Powerball States 2020

Powerball is an American lottery game offered by 44 states, along with Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. The game is not available in 6 states:

Launched in 1992, Powerball was the first of its kind because the game is played by using two machines, as opposed to other lottery games that only use one device. To play Powerball, hopeful players pay either $2 or $3 to select five numbers from a set of 69 white balls and 26 red “Powerballs.”

Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST. The winning numbers are selected from the two identical machines, one containing the white balls, with the other providing the red balls.

Payouts for Powerball are higher than the average lottery, ranging from $40 million to $1.586 billion, the record for the largest lottery jackpot in history, set on January 13, 2016. This payout was split by three fortunate winners in California, Tennessee, and Florida. These winners beat the odds – the average odds of winning Powerball are 1 in over 292 billion.

Winners have the option to receive their payout in two ways: they can either receive 30 payments over 29 years, or a lump sum, which provides the winner with the instant gratification of winning, but they end up taking home less money at the end of the day as this amount is subject to the state tax.

As stated earlier, the game is not available in six states. Read on to find out why.

  1. Nevada does not have any lotteries, as it is a strictly gaming state.
  2. Alabama formally does not participate in any lotteries as it is in the Bible Belt. However, recent efforts have been made to allow residents to vote for a lottery, as many go to border states to play.
  3. Mississippi has seen an increase in casino-style gaming in cities like Gulfport and Biloxi.
  4. Utah was founded in Mormonism, and its state constitution bans all forms of gambling, but many residents buy tickets along the border with Wyoming and Idaho.
  5. Alaska is sparsely populated, so there is a concern that a lottery would not pay off. However, smaller gaming options, like bingo and dog mushers’ contests, are readily available.
  6. Hawaii has the same problem as Alaska. Lawmakers have often proposed a lottery, but the idea always fails. There is no state lottery allowed on the island.

However, even states where Powerball is played can be unlucky. Not all states have ever had a winner, including Maine, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

With over 10 percent (or 39) of all Powerball winners, Indiana has been home to the most winners. Missouri has the second-highest number of winners (31), with over 8 percent.

Here’s a breakdown of the more-lucky states:

  1. Indiana: 39
  2. Missouri: 31
  3. Minnesota: 22
  4. Kentucky: 18
  5. Pennsylvania: 18
  6. Louisiana: 17
  7. Wisconsin: 17
  8. Arizona: 13
  9. Florida: 12
  10. Kansas: 11
  11. New Hampshire: 11
  12. Washington, D.C.: 11
  13. Nebraska: 10
  14. Delaware: 10
  15. Iowa: 9
  16. New York: 9
  17. New Jersey: 8
  18. California: 8
  19. West Virginia: 8
  20. Connecticut: 8
  21. Rhode Island: 8
  22. Tennessee: 7
  23. South Carolina: 6
  24. North Carolina: 6
  25. Georgia: 6
  26. Massachusetts: 6
  27. New Mexico: 5
  28. Oregon: 5
  29. Idaho: 5
  30. Oklahoma: 4
  31. Montana: 4
  32. Michigan: 3
  33. Ohio: 3
  34. Colorado: 3
  35. South Dakota: 3
  36. Puerto Rico: 2
  37. Texas: 2
  38. Illinois: 2
  39. Maryland: 2
  40. Virginia: 1
  41. Arkansas: 1
  42. Washington: 1

Powerball States 2020

State 2020 Pop.
Alabama4,908,620
Alaska734,002
Arizona7,378,490
Arkansas3,039,000
California39,937,500
Colorado5,845,530
Connecticut3,563,080
Delaware982,895
Washington DC720,687
Florida21,993,000
Georgia10,736,100
Hawaii1,412,690
Idaho1,826,160
Illinois12,659,700
Indiana6,745,350
Iowa3,179,850
Kansas2,910,360
Kentucky4,499,690
Louisiana4,645,180
Maine1,345,790
Maryland6,083,120
Massachusetts6,976,600
Michigan10,045,000
Minnesota5,700,670
Mississippi2,989,260
Missouri6,169,270
Montana1,086,760
Nebraska1,952,570
Nevada3,139,660
New Hampshire1,371,250
New Jersey8,936,570
New Mexico2,096,640
New York19,440,500
North Carolina10,611,900
North Dakota761,723
Ohio11,747,700
Oklahoma3,954,820
Oregon4,301,090
Pennsylvania12,820,900
Rhode Island1,056,160
South Carolina5,210,100
South Dakota903,027
Tennessee6,897,580
Texas29,472,300
Utah3,282,120
Vermont628,061
Virginia8,626,210
Washington7,797,100
West Virginia1,778,070
Wisconsin5,851,750
Wyoming567,025