US Lottery Statistics, History and Facts (2021)

Here are a few of the most interesting US Lottery statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Number of possible US Powerball ticket combinations:


Last updated 1/18/19

Odds of winning Powerball jackpot:

1 in slightly over 292 million

Last updated 1/18/19

Odds of winning Mega Millions jackpot:

1 in slightly over 302 million

Last updated 1/18/19

Amount you’d have to spend (at $2/ticket) to buy every possible Powerball ticket combination:


Last updated 1/10/16

Percentage of lottery winners that go broke within 7 years:


Last updated 1/12/16

Date of Powerball launch:

1988 as Lotto America and April 1992 as Powerball

Biggest world lottery prize ever offered:

$1.58 billion (Powerball 1/13/16)

Last updated 4/3/19

Odds of winning the Mega Ball Mega Millions Jackpot:

1 in 302,575,350

Last updated 4/3/19

Largest Mega Millions prize ever offered:

$1.53 billion (October 2018)

Last updated 4/3/19

Date of Mega Millions launch:

August 1996 (as The Big Game)

Size of the North American lottery industry:

$70 billion/ year

Last updated 1/31/11

State that introduced the first modern state lottery:

New Hampshire (1964)

Number of US states that run lotteries:


Last updated 1/31/11

Percentage of the American population that purchases a majority of lottery tickets:


Last updated 1/31/11

Year scratch tickets were introduced in the US:


Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These US Lottery stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.