The 18 Million Powerball Winners You Didn’t Hear About
The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 292 million, but the odds of winning any prize are one in 25
Don’t be down about losing Saturday’s record $949.8 million Powerball drawing if you dropped two hopeful bucks on a ticket. There’s some good news after all: 18 million people won some combination of numbers in the drawing, meaning America is a nation of winners.
Aside from the prized jackpot that no one won on Saturday night, players still got tons of prizes ranging from $4 for getting only the Powerball number right to $2 million, which you can win when you have five winning numbers and a Power Play add-on. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 292 million, but the odds of winning any prize are one in 25 thanks to a range of other winning possibilities.
While it’s unclear how many people in each state bought a ticket, Powerball released the number of people in each state who won. Using that methodology, Vocativ found that the states with the most winners per 1,000 people were New Jersey and Delaware.
Vermont fared the worst, with just 10 winners per 1,000 people. Powerball fever must not have spread to the U.S. Virgin Islands, which also had just 10 winners per 1,000 people.
If you were one of Saturday’s 18 million lucky winners, you could always spend the winnings on more tickets, since the jackpot could rise to a record $1.3 billion in the next drawing on Wednesday.