|The following statistics were compiled from 34 national lottery winners (8 Male, 26 Female) Average age of 46|
|Powerball Effects on Happiness|
|Percent of lottery winners who are happier after winning||55 %|
|No effect on happiness||43 %|
|Are less happy||2 %|
|Of the 55% of winners who are happier|
|Claimed the reasons were improved financial security and fewer worries||65 %|
|Claimed the reason was they can buy what they want and that life is a lot easier||23 %|
|Powerball Effects on Family Life|
|Percent who remained married after winning||95 %|
|Percent who were living with a partner (not married) and are still in the relationship||100 %|
|Percent of winners whose family claims to be happier||58 %|
|Percent of families who claim to be less happy||37 %|
|Percent of families who cited increased financial security as the main reason||34 %|
|Probability that new family wealth will be gone by the third generation||90 %|
|Percent of winners who have given some money to their family||83 %|
|Percent who gave money to their siblings||66 %|
|Percent who gave money to their children||57 %|
|Percent who gave money to their parents||51 %|
|Likeliness that the winner’s family will ask for money|
|Percent of families who asked for winnings from winners of $100,000 to $500,000||17 %|
|Percent who asked for winnings from winners of $4 Million +||29 %|
|Powerball Effect on Friendships|
|Percent of winners who already had a best friend and are still best friends||90 %|
|Average number of friends men winners give money to||3|
|Average number of friends women give money to||1|
|Powerball Effects on Lifestyles|
|Percent of lottery winners who had spent their entire winnings within 5 years||44 %|
|Percent who increased contributions to charity||40 %|
|Percent who vacationed outside of the country for the first time||19 %|
|Percent who have still not vacationed outside of the country||12 %|
|Percent of winners who purchased a motor-home / RV||7 %|
|Percent of winners who have moved since their win||38 %|
|Of those who moved: Percent who moved from an apartment to a single family home||75 %|
|Percent of lottery winners who now own property in foreign countries||24%|
|Percent of lottery winners who have had plastic surgery||1 %|
|Percent of winners who moved their kids from public to private schools||3 %|
|Percent of winners who joined a health club||12 %|
|Percent of winners who have gained weight||32 %|
|Percent of winners who have lost weight|
|Powerball Effects on Work|
|Percent of winners who were in a career job before their win and are still in that job||48 %|
|Percent of winners who have started a new job since winning||15 %|
|Percent of winners who started their own business||45 %|
|Percent of lottery winners who still play the lottery on a weekly basis||68 %|
|The following is a breakdown of what lottery winner Brad Duke did with his $220 million Powerball jackpot in 2005|
|Safe, low-risk investments such as municipal bonds||$45 Million|
|Aggressive investments like oil and gas and real estate||$35 Million|
|A family foundation||$1.3 Million|
|A trip to Tahiti with 17 friends||$63,000|
|Mortgage paid off on his 1,400 square-foot house||$125,000|
|Student loan paid off||$18,000|
|Used black VW Jetta||$14,500|
|Annual gift to each family member||$12,000|
Powerball Lottery History and Statistics
Mega Millions began on August 31, 1996 as the Big Game. The first drawing took place on September 6, 1996, with six states participating: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia.
After exciting growth of the game in 1997, a Tuesday drawing was added in February 1998. Players were given a larger choice of numbers and a “cash payout” option in January 1999. In May 1999, New Jersey became the seventh member state.
In May 2002, the multi-state game was given the new name of “Mega Millions,” New York and Ohio became member states, and the game matrix and prize amounts were changed to offer players more excitement.
In September 2002, Washington became the 10th member state, followed by Texas in December 2003. In June 2005, California became the 12th member, solidifying Mega Millions as the country’s most widely played multi-state jackpot game.
On January 31, 2010, 23 more state lotteries joined Mega Millions as an historic cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball went into effect. With additional lotteries joining since then, Mega Millions is now played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions made history with the world’s largest prize in any jackpot game ever: $656 million. The jackpot was split three ways, by winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. The record stood for almost four years until it was eclipsed by a Powerball jackpot in January 2016.
Mega Millions entered a new era on October 19, 2013, with a matrix change designed to create bigger jackpots, second-tier prizes of up to $5 million with the Megaplier feature, and better overall odds.
Powerball Lottery News and Updates
Powerball Lottery Reaches $1.3 Billion
The current Powerball grand prize of $1.3 billion is by far the biggest lottery jackpot of all time.
The instant scratch-off games available in most states typically draw more players, but only Powerball and Mega Millions have such staggering grand prizes.