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What was the $1.9 billion Powerball draw?

The $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot that was drawn on November 7, 2022 set a new record for the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The massive jackpot captivated the nation as people rushed to buy Powerball tickets for a chance to win the near-record sum. The lucky numbers selected on November 7 – white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, plus Powerball 10 – produced just one jackpot winner who had purchased their ticket in California.

How Did The Jackpot Get So Big?

The reason the Powerball jackpot reached the staggering $1.9 billion amount was because of the incredibly long stretch without a jackpot winner. The jackpot started rolling on August 6 at $20 million and over the next three months, continued to swell as no ticket matched all six numbers through 39 consecutive drawings. Millions of people were purchasing tickets for each drawing, resulting in rapidly growing prize pools that pushed the jackpot higher and higher each time it rolled. The odds of winning the jackpot are incredibly small – 1 in 292.2 million – so it’s not surprising that it took months before someone finally matched all the numbers. But that long dry spell allowed the jackpot to reach a historic peak.

Powerball Lottery Draw Details

Date of Draw November 7, 2022
Jackpot $1.9 billion ($929 million cash value)
Winning Numbers 10, 33, 41, 47, 56, PB 10
Number of Jackpot Winners 1
Location of Winning Ticket California
Odds of Winning Jackpot 1 in 292.2 million

The winning numbers selected on November 7 were white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, plus Powerball 10. There was just one jackpot winning ticket sold, which was purchased in California. The lucky ticket holder could choose between taking the full $1.9 billion amount spread over 29 annual payments, or a one-time cash payment of $929 million. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot were incredibly small at just 1 in 292.2 million. It was this long shot chance that caused the jackpot to continue rolling for months before finally being won.

Winning Ticket Purchased in California

The sole winning ticket for the $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, California. The owner of the gas station and convenience store located northeast of Los Angeles received a bonus check for $1 million for selling the winning ticket. Under California rules, the winner cannot remain anonymous and will be publicly identified once they claim their prize. As of mid-November, the jackpot winner has not yet come forward. Winner has one year from the draw date to contact the California Lottery and begin the claims process.

Reactions to California Ticket Sale

Many California residents and Powerball players nationwide were very surprised that the record jackpot was won in the Golden State. That’s because Powerball is not one of the biggest lottery games in California like it is in many other states. Mega Millions has historically been more popular there. But with Powerball mania sweeping the nation for the giant jackpot, Californians still joined the excitement.

The fact the winning ticket was sold in California meant the state will receive millions of dollars in public education funds from taxes and fees on the jackpot. Lottery officials applauded the money going to their schools. However, some officials noted much of the Powerball ticket sales accrued in other jurisdictions that will not benefit. Overall though, it was an exciting and historic day for California to become home to such an enormous jackpot winner.

Other Winning Tickets

In addition to the single California ticket matching all six numbers in the November 7 draw, 22 other tickets matched five numbers to win $1 million prizes. Over 3.7 million tickets won smaller prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million.

Some key details on secondary prizes:

  • 22 tickets matched five white balls to win $1 million each. Of those, five winners paid an extra $1 for the Power Play option to see their prizes multiplied to $2 million.
  • The $1 million-winning tickets were sold in the following states: California, Florida (2), Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (2), Texas and Washington (3).
  • 178 tickets matched four white balls plus the Powerball to win $50,000 each. Another 49 of those tickets had purchased the Power Play to increase their prize to $200,000.
  • Over 3.7 million tickets across all prize levels won cash amounts ranging from $4 to $2 million.

It was great news that along with the one jackpot winner, there were still millions of other players who took home prizes throughout the different prize tiers.

Ticket Sales Before the Draw

In the days leading up to the record-breaking November 7 Powerball draw, ticket sales across the country soared to unprecedented levels. Many states reported selling hundreds of thousands of tickets per minute in the hours before the cut-off. Powerball fever was clearly sweeping the nation! Some key facts about sales activity include:

  • Total tickets sold reached around 228.6 million for the November 7 draw, far surpassing previous sales records.
  • In the week before the big draw, 35 states reported record-shattering sales including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and others.
  • California estimated $1.4 million worth of Powerball tickets were sold every minute in the days before the draw, for a total of $224 million in sales.
  • Experts predicted that if sales followed recent trends, the total prize pool for the November 7 draw could approach $2 billion.

Clearly, lottery fever had spread across the U.S. in the days leading up to the event. Retailers were processing an immense volume of number selections in hopes of selling the prize winning ticket. Even though most players did not grab the jackpot, many still considered it worthwhile to purchase tickets for a chance at such a massive prize.

Changes to Powerball Game

Part of the reason the Powerball jackpot was able to grow to such an extraordinary amount was due to changes made to the game format in 2015. Powerball officials implemented the following modifications which have resulted in significantly larger jackpots over the past several years:

  • Increased the main ball pool from 59 to 69 white balls, making the odds of winning the jackpot higher.
  • Raised the Powerball pool from 35 to 26 red balls.
  • Allowed jackpots to grow faster by paying out more prizes across the lower tiers rather than directing money into growing the jackpot.
  • Introduced the 10X Power Play option to multiply non-jackpot prizes for an extra $1 per ticket.

These changes have clearly been successful in their goal of building larger jackpots by making it harder to win the top prize, while also incentivizing players to spend more with the Power Play add-on. The proof is in the new U.S. lottery record set at $1.9 billion.

State Lottery Revenues

For the 44 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that participate in Powerball, their lotteries generate important tax revenues that help fund government programs and services. Things like education, senior citizens, veterans, environmental conservation and more are supported by lottery proceeds. Here are some state details:

  • California uses its lottery revenues exclusively for public education. 34% goes to prizes, 50% to public schools, 16% to expenses and retailer commissions.
  • In Fiscal Year 2022, Pennsylvania generated $1.2 billion in profit from its state lottery that went to programs for older residents.
  • New York’s lottery provided over $3 billion in funding for education in Fiscal Year 2022.
  • The Texas Lottery has contributed over $29 billion to the state Foundation School Fund to support public education since 1997.
  • The Florida Lottery has generated over $42.5 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund over the last 33 years.

State lotteries across the U.S. reliably generate billions of dollars in revenue annually that allow lawmakers to fund valuable public programs that may otherwise be underfunded or face budget cuts. So lottery ticket sales play an important role in supporting services that communities rely on.

Factors for Growth in Lottery Industry

In recent decades, lottery revenues in the U.S. have been on the rise as games like Powerball drive strong sales. Some factors that experts point to regarding growth of the industry include:

  • New games and game formats have captivated consumer interest
  • Lotteries have expanded to more jurisdictions over the years
  • Aggressive marketing increases exposure and hype for giant jackpots like the record $1.9 billion
  • Tickets remain inexpensive but offer life-changing winnings
  • Jackpots grow quickly due to game designs and roll-over amounts
  • Convenience of purchasing tickets has improved with more retailers and online/mobile options

As long as lotteries continue innovating their product offerings, advertising big jackpot potentials, and making tickets easy to buy, revenues will likely keep trending upward.

Criticisms of the Lottery

While lottery games are very popular in most participating U.S. states, some groups criticize elements of the lottery system:

  • Lotteries have been called a regressive tax on the poor due to the demographic data showing low-income groups spend a larger portion of their money on lottery tickets than wealthier groups.
  • Some characterize the lottery as an exploitative system that fuels false hope in disadvantaged communities.
  • Others argue that promoting lottery play is unethical and incentives reckless gambling, particularly amongst people who can least afford to frequently spend money chasing jackpots.
  • There are concerns that lotteries create negative societal impacts by draining incomes and targeting specific groups aggressively.

However, lottery officials contend they are simply offering a legal and voluntary entertainment product people choose to purchase, and that criticizing lotteries as unfair to the poor is misplaced. But the concerns remain an ongoing public policy debate regarding state-run lotteries in America.

Probability and Odds

The exceedingly slim odds of matching all Powerball numbers to win the jackpot demonstrates how unlikely it is. But playing long shots is what fuels lottery fever. Important probabilities include:

  • Chances of winning Powerball jackpot: 1 in 292,201,338
  • Odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime: 1 in 15,300
  • Chance of bowling a 300 game: 1 in 11,500
  • Odds of flipping a coin and getting heads 20 times in a row: 1 in 1,048,576

As those comparisons make clear, purchasing a Powerball ticket with expectations of hitting the jackpot is folly. Lottery games are mathematically designed so the probabilities of winning are extremely remote. While playing is fun with a tiny chance at life-changing winnings, players should have realistic expectations about their likelihood of fortunes. But dreams of big jackpots will continue driving Powerball mania!

Tax Implications

While winning over $1.9 billion in the Powerball drawing might seem like all gains, the massive windfall actually presents complicated tax consequences for the California ticket holder. Some key tax implications include:

  • Federal income taxes will consume up to 37% of the prize money for the top income bracket.
  • California collects state income tax up to 13.3% on lottery winnings by residents.
  • For the lump sum cash payout of $929 million, over $300 million would go straight to federal taxes.
  • Having their new high income may impact the winner???s eligibility for certain tax credits and deductions they qualified for before.
  • The annual taxes on investment returns from the prize money could equal tens of millions of dollars per year.

Clearly, the lucky Powerball victor will need expert legal and financial advice to minimize their tax burden on the windfall jackpot. While over $1.9 billion seems like an otherworldly sum, Uncle Sam and state tax authorities will make sure to collect their share, significantly reducing the final take home amount.

Historical Powerball Jackpots

The epic $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot dwarfed all previous lottery prizes, more than doubling the previous record. For context, here are the largest Powerball jackpots in history:

Jackpot Date Winning Location
$1.9 billion November 7, 2022 California
$768.4 million March 27, 2019 Wisconsin
$758.7 million August 23, 2017 Massachusetts
$731.1 million January 20, 2021 Maryland
$687.8 million October 27, 2018 Iowa and New York

Prior to the jaw-dropping $1.9 billion record, the previous Powerball jackpot record stood at $1.586 billion, set back in January 2016. That prize split between three winning tickets purchased in California, Florida and Tennessee. While the new record more than doubled the prior world mark, Powerball fever is sure to continue driving new massive jackpots in the future.

Future Powerball Changes

After the unprecedented response to the $1.9 billion jackpot, Powerball is considering additional changes to their game format to produce more record prizes and sales. Some potential future changes include:

  • Adding a third weekly drawing to run jackpots up faster.
  • Increasing the minimum starting jackpot amount.
  • Allowing winners to remain anonymous in more participating states.
  • Introducing a new prize tier between $1 million and jackpot for matching 5 numbers.
  • Offering discounted Power Play promotions to incentivize purchases.

By continuing to tweak the Powerball system, lottery officials will work to drive bigger jackpots and revenues. Of course, they still want to avoid making the games too easy to win, which is why the odds are so extraordinarily high against players matching all numbers. But larger, more frequent jackpots will keep enticing millions of ticket buyers chasing that elusive life-changing score.


The monumental $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot captivated the nation and demonstrated the immense popularity of lottery games. While the chances of winning were incredibly slim, millions of people rushed for the opportunity to take home a world record windfall. The lucky California winner now faces major decisions about claiming their prize and navigating massive tax implications. Meanwhile, the draw provided state lotteries with an influx of revenues to support valuable public programs. Lottery fever is sure to continue as Powerball constantly looks for ways to offer bigger jackpots that will keep audiences playing and dreaming for the next record amount. But for now, $1.9 billion remains the pinnacle that other lotteries will strive toward in the future.