Depending on your state of residence, you may have to pay state taxes on your lottery winnings. There are several states that do not tax lottery winnings. However, some states do, such as North Carolina, which imposes a tax of 5.25%.
In the United States, the Powerball lottery is played in 45 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. It has been around since 1983. It is currently worth $782.4 million. The jackpot is calculated by the sum of money that has been invested in the prize pool over the past three decades. The jackpot grows with the number of players.
The Powerball lottery is known for its jackpots. Some people have won multiple large jackpots. This has become more common in recent years. The lottery has added more number combinations and increased the odds of winning. The lottery also added an additional drawing day in August to help boost sales.
The Powerball lottery also offers an annuity option, which gives the prize money over a period of 29 years. The first payment is equivalent to $28.6 million, with the next 29 payments adding up to $117.7 million. The amount of each payment is 5% more than the last.
The couple who won a 148 million lottery jackpot last year are divorcing. One of the couple, Rhoda Toth, was a major donor to the Democratic Party. She also was accused of tax evasion, which resulted in her going to prison.