Has Anyone Ever Won the Powerball Online?


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The trend of people playing Powerball online has increased over the years. Many people find that playing the lottery online fits more easily into their busy schedules, especially when they can play wherever they are right using an app on their phone. One of the most popular lottery games in America is Powerball, and it’s available to play online, depending on your location.

Has anyone ever won the Powerball when playing online? 

No one has hit the Powerball jackpot playing online…yet. But many people have won second-tier Powerball prizes, including multi-million dollar payouts, by playing the lottery online or using a lottery app.

In fact, 19 lottery fans have ordered winning Powerball tickets worth $1 million.

Learn More: How Long Do You Have to Claim Mega Millions

Exploring the Possibility of Winning the Powerball Online

Powerball is an exciting game of chance. Drawings happen three times per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, at 10:59 PM ET. Choose 5 numbers (between 1 and 69), plus a Powerball number (between 1 and 26).

Powerball costs $2 per ticket. If you want to increase your potential non-prize amount, excluding the jackpot, you can add Power Play to your ticket for an additional $1. 

Power Play increases your prize winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5, or even 10 times. The Power Play multiplier is announced before each drawing. The 10x multiplier is only available when the advertised prize annuity is $150 million or less. If you match five white numbers, the prize is an automatic $2 million. 

Learn More: Which States Win Mega Millions the Most?

Uncovering Online Powerball Winners

If you play Powerball online, your odds of winning are the same as anyone else with a ticket. Winners are becoming more prevalent as more people conveniently order their tickets online. 

So, who are the biggest Powerball winners in history? That honor goes to a lucky someone who won a $2.04 billion prize in California playing Powerball!

Some recent lottery winners across the country:

  • Lamonica Foreman, a 59-year-old woman who ordered her ticket online via the Michigan Lottery and included the Power Play option. She logged into her lottery account to not only discover she had picked up the $50,000 prize but also, thanks to Power Play, she actually won $200,000

  • Francisco Nunez got an unexpected birthday surprise when he won $150,000 with a Powerball ticket he ordered online on the NC Lottery website. Thanks to the Power Play option, he received 3x the amount of his original winnings!

Can You Really Win the Powerball Online?

Yes! It doesn’t matter if you play online or in-person at your local lottery retailer. Your odds of winning the Powerball are exactly the same. Digital lottery couriers allow you to order tickets for your favorite lottery games using your phone or computer. Have some questions about playing Powerball online and what it’s like to win?  

Automatic winner notifications: One of the most exciting aspects of using a Powerball app is getting that “you won” notification right after you win a prize.

Has Anyone Ever Won with a Powerball App: Real Success Stories

The Powerball’s notable history can leave you wondering if anyone has ever won the Powerball. So, let’s take a look at some actual lottery winners!

  1. Grandma of 10 checks her phone at 3 a.m. — and learns she’s a massive lottery winner.” (Miami Herald).

  1. ‘Now I can breathe’: Ohio woman wins $1M Powerball on lottery app (Fox 8)

  1. Corpus Christi resident hits it big, plans to do charity work with winnings  (KIII TV)

  1. Best friends in Texas set up their private Powerball Pool and won $50,000. (Herald-Banner)

  2. College student wins $1M Powerball prize via app  (NBC 11)

All told, 19 people have become millionaires playing Powerball. When it comes to Powerball winnings, check out which states have won big.

This article originally appeared on Jackpocket.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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This is the #1 State for Lotto Losers

This is the #1 State for Lotto Losers

After a years of high inflation, many Americans may dream more about unlimited wealth. Record-high and near-record-high lottery jackpots occurred over the past couple of years — a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot in November 2022 and a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot in July.

In light of these life-changing jackpots, LendingTree researchers looked at how much people are spending on lotteries by state — and whether they can afford it. Additionally, we asked nearly 2,000 U.S. consumers about their lottery attitudes and habits. Here’s what we found.


  • Massachusetts residents spent the most per capita on lottery tickets and scratch-offs. Residents spent $805.30 per capita in 2020 — the latest available data — dwarfing fellow Northeastern states New York ($455.93) and Rhode Island ($429.88). Meanwhile, North Dakota residents spent only $32.24 per capita, below Wyoming ($40.97) and Montana ($58.62).
  • There’s a saying that you have to spend money to make money, and Massachusetts residents playing the lottery are doing that. Residents got back 70 cents in lottery prize money for every dollar they spent in 2020 — the second-highest after Missouri (71 cents) and ahead of three states at 69 cents. In South Dakota, payouts were only 19 cents per dollar spent, below West Virginia (22 cents) and Oregon (23 cents).
  • Combining these elements to compare sales to payouts, Rhode Island residents lost the most cash on lotteries. Rhode Island residents had the worst deficit — the amount spent per capita minus prize payouts per capita — at $281.63 in 2020, followed by West Virginia ($249.81) and Massachusetts ($244.49). The states that spent the least overall had the smallest deficits: North Dakota ($15.69), Wyoming ($17.31) and Montana ($24.60).
  • Spending and losses only tell part of the story, though, even if Massachusetts remained at the top of the list of states where residents spent the biggest share of their personal income on lotteries. Massachusetts residents still dominated — they spent $10.26 for every $1,000 of personal income in the state in 2020 — but Georgia ($8.29) and South Carolina ($8.27) joined the conversation for the first time.
  • Knowing where their state lands on spending and payouts could be important to the 60% of Americans who play the lottery. A separate LendingTree survey found that 86% of lottery players buy scratch-offs, while 65% buy tickets. Amid last month’s Powerball craze, more than half of Americans (58%) say they’d prefer a lump-sum payment if they beat the odds and won the lottery.


To determine consumers’ per-capita lottery spending, LendingTree researchers analyzed ticket sales (excluding commissions) in 2020 by state. Researchers then added the estimated commissions that participating stores receive for selling a winning ticket, estimating a rate of 5.5% based on data from Playport — an online gambling platform used by lottery retailers.

  • To determine the amount consumers won per dollar spent, researchers divided lottery prize payouts per capita by lottery sales per capita.
  • To determine the amount consumers lost, researchers subtracted lottery prize payouts per capita from the lottery sales per capita.

However, personal incomes in some states are low enough that the losses may be more meaningful — even if the total loss is lower. To determine which states can least afford lottery losses, researchers compared lottery sales to statewide personal incomes in 2020. Researchers looked at lottery sales and losses per $1,000 in personal income in the state.

The following states don’t have lotteries: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

LendingTree researchers analyzed lottery data from the U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Annual Survey of State Government Finance — the latest available. Researchers also used the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) revised 2020 estimates on state personal income.

Analysts estimated the amount spent by residents of each state on lotteries (annual ticket sales excluding commissions, plus an assumed 5.5% in commissions), prize payouts and net losses on a per-capita basis, as well as the amount spent, won and lost on lotteries per $1,000 in statewide personal income. Losses are defined as total estimated sales minus total prize payouts.

Population data for 2020 is from the BEA. The following states don’t have lotteries and were excluded from our analysis: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Separately, LendingTree commissioned Qualtrics to conduct an online survey of 2,033 U.S. consumers ages 18 to 76 on Oct. 18, 2022. The survey was administered using a nonprobability-based sample, and quotas were used to ensure the sample base represented the overall population. All responses were reviewed by researchers for quality control.

We defined generations as the following ages in 2022:

  • Generation Z: 18 to 25
  • Millennial: 26 to 41
  • Generation X: 42 to 56
  • Baby boomer: 57 to 76

Which states have the biggest lottery losers?

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Lottery sales per capita: $32.24

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $16.55

Losses per capita: $15.69


Lottery sales per capita: $40.97

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $23.66

Losses per capita: $17.31


Lottery sales per capita: $58.62

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $34.02

Losses per capita: $24.6


Lottery sales per capita:  $71.23

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $41.87

Losses per capita: $29.36


Lottery sales per capita: $63.83

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $32.42

Losses per capita: $31.41


Lottery sales per capita: $101.34

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $68.92

Losses per capita: $32.42

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Lottery sales per capita: $99.89

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $66.83

Losses per capita:  $33.06


Lottery sales per capita: $90.54

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $57.15

Losses per capita:  $33.39

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Lottery sales per capita:  $110.94

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $73.10

Losses per capita: $37.84

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Lottery sales per capita: $93.78

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $55.88

Losses per capita: $37.90

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Lottery sales per capita: $116.67

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $77.82

Losses per capita: $38.85

Jacob Boomsma

Lottery sales per capita:  $116.28

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $74.70

Losses per capita:  $41.58


Lottery sales per capita: $148.08

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $101.73 

Losses per capita: $46.35


Lottery sales per capita: $124.18

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $77.76 

Losses per capita: $46.42


Lottery sales per capita: $145.93

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $99.43 

Losses per capita: $46.50

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Lottery sales per capita:  $109.40

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $59.83 

Losses per capita: $49.57


Lottery sales per capita: $185.57

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $121.96 

Losses per capita: $63.61


Lottery sales per capita:  $178.00

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $111.86

Losses per capita:  $66.14

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Lottery sales per capita: $201.99

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $135.33 

Losses per capita: $66.66


Lottery sales per capita: $218.53

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $147.02

Losses per capita:  $71.51

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Lottery sales per capita: $229.87

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $158.25 

Losses per capita: $71.62


Lottery sales per capita: $229.08

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $151.30 

Losses per capita: $77.78


Lottery sales per capita: $244.79

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $172.72 

Losses per capita: $72.07


Lottery sales per capita: $239.26

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $158.57 

Losses per capita: $80.69


Lottery sales per capita: $267.64

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $178.96 

Losses per capita: $88.68 


Lottery sales per capita: $274.82

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $184.66 

Losses per capita: $90.16


Lottery sales per capita: $238.90

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $146.35

Losses per capita:  $92.55


Lottery sales per capita: $249.80

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $153.44 

Losses per capita: $96.36


Lottery sales per capita: $293.03

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $193.21 

Losses per capita: $99.82


Lottery sales per capita: $285.91

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $180.69 

Losses per capita: $105.22


Lottery sales per capita: $342.70

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $229.01 

Losses per capita: $113.69


Lottery sales per capita: $345.25

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $231.45 

Losses per capita: $113.80

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Lottery sales per capita: $397.11

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $272.94 

Losses per capita: $124.17


Lottery sales per capita:  $354.03

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $226.07 

Losses per capita: $127.96


Lottery sales per capita: $325.01

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $191.76 

Losses per capita: $133.25


Lottery sales per capita: $366.63

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $231.16 

Losses per capita: $135.47


Lottery sales per capita: $361.00

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $221.74 

Losses per capita: $139.26

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Lottery sales per capita: $408.51

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $264.89 

Losses per capita: $143.62


Lottery sales per capita: $429.51

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $284.37 

Losses per capita: $145.14


Lottery sales per capita: $207.97

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $40.49 

Losses per capita: $167.48


Lottery sales per capita: $231.37

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $52.69 

Losses per capita: $178.68

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Lottery sales per capita: $455.93

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $239.11 

Losses per capita: $216.82


Lottery sales per capita: $805.30  

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $560.81

Losses per capita: $244.49


Lottery sales per capita: $321.44

Lottery prize payouts per capita:  $71.63

Losses per capita: $249.81


Lottery sales per capita: $429.88

Lottery prize payouts per capita: $148.25

Losses per capita: $281.63

This article originally appeared on LendingTree.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.


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