On nationwide Powerball’s 30th anniversary, Wisconsin ranks fourth in winners

State Powerball patrons have toted up 19 jackpot wins since first ticket sold on April 19, 1992

MADISON (WKBT) — Powerball has racked up a decent record in Wisconsin, which has logged 19 jackpot wins since the first ticket was sold 30 years ago Tuesday.

That ranks the Badger State fourth on Powerball’s all-time jackpot list. An Oneida couple became the latest Wisconsin Powerball jackpot winners on Jan. 5. They split a $632.6 million jackpot with another winner from California.

Powerball ticket sales began nationwide and in Wisconsin on April 19, 1992, for the game’s first drawing three days later. In addition to creating 1.7 billion prize winners during the past three decades, the game has generated more than $27 billion to fund vital public services and programs across the country.

Powerball has produced some of the biggest wins in lottery history, including the world record $1.586 billion jackpot set in January 2016. Other notable snapshots from the past 30 years include:

  • Jackpot-winning tickets: 393
  • $2 million-winning tickets: 470
  • $1 million-winning tickets: 2,424
  • Overall prize-winning tickets: 1.75 billion
  • Total jackpot prizes paid: $25 billion
  • Total lower-tier cash prizes: $25 billion

In August 2021, Powerball launched a new Monday drawing, which expanded the weekly lineup of Powerball drawings to three nights a week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Powerball tickets are $2 a play. The odds of winning a Powerball Jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a Powerball ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold.

The Wisconsin Lottery enriches communities statewide by giving back 93 percent of its revenue to winners, retailers and Wisconsin homeowners, according to Lottery officials.

Since 1988, the Wisconsin Lottery has generated more than $17 billion in total revenue, with more than $9.7 billion in prizes paid and more than $5.1 billion in funding for property tax credits to eligible Wisconsin homeowners.

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