If Powerball were a person, it would officially be able to buy a lottery ticket in Iowa! As you know, you have to be at least 21 to purchase lottery tickets in our state, and Powerball as a game is turning 21 today.
Can you believe that Powerball got its start back on April 19, 1992? Back then, jackpots started at $2 million dollars and the game was sold by 15 lotteries. Fast-forward to today, and Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with jackpots that start at a guaranteed $40 million and grow until someone wins! The biggest jackpot in the game so far was a $587.5 million prize split in the drawing on Nov. 18 by two tickets in Arizona and Missouri.
Eight tickets sold in Iowa have won Powerball jackpots so far, including two just last year. The largest Powerball jackpot won in Iowa to date came in June 2012. The Shipping 20, a group of co-workers from the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, claimed that $241 million Powerball prize.
And there was another lottery milestone this week in Iowa! The Iowa Lottery is now 28 years young. Legislation creating a lottery in Iowa was signed into law back on April 18, 1985. Oh, the games and winners we’ve seen since then!
Now, as you know, Power Paul has become our mascot here at the lottery, so allow me to be the first to officially wish Paul a happy 21st birthday. For some reason, Paul called in sick today. Do you think he’s out celebrating?