Record-Setting Powerball Jackpot Delivers $66.1 Million for New York Schools

October 15, 2023 | Government

New York’s Lottery sales again skyrocketed as jackpot grew, generating millions of dollars in aid to education and commissions for New York Lottery retailers

The second highest Powerball jackpot of $1.765 billion, while won in California, delivered more than $77.4 million combined for New York State public schools and Lottery retailers.

The Powerball jackpot of $1.765 billion rolled 36 times before the winning ticket was drawn on October 11.  In New York State, Powerball ticket sales totaled $189 million during the run. All of New York Lottery’s profits from sales are constitutionally dedicated to New York’s K-12 public schools, totaling $66.1 million. Commissions on Powerball sales paid to retailers across the state totaled $11.3 million.

“Every dollar spent playing the New York Lottery benefits New York’s schools and lottery retailers, many of which are small businesses,” said Gaming Commission Chair Brian O’Dwyer. “While record-breaking jackpots rightfully generate excitement, the New York Lottery continues to provide both responsible entertainment for millions of players and a consistent revenue stream to better our state.”

Multiple New Yorkers won prizes totaling $14.2 million in prizes of $50,000 or more during the Powerball roll up between July 22 and October 11:

  • Seven $1 million second prize winners
  • One Powerplay second prize winner of $2 million
  • Four Powerplay third prize winners of $150,000
  • Three Powerplay third prize winners of $100,000
  • 86 third prize winners of $50,000

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.7 billion in Lottery Aid to Education for FY2022-2023 to help support education in New York State.

The New York Lottery is committed to providing players with a range of fun, entertaining games in a socially responsible manner. Those seeking help can visit or call New York State’s confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (467369). Standard text rates may apply.

SOURCE: New York Gaming Commission.