$1.75 Billion, 69 New Millionaires in Multi-State Lotteries Since Biden Inauguration

Not one week has gone by since the inauguration of Joe Biden as the next president, and there have already been 69 new millionaires in America's two multi-state lottery games.

Jackpots that both began building in August and September both had their grand prizes hit in the first three days of Biden's term. A $730 million Powerball prize hit in nearby Maryland not even 12 hours after Biden took his oath as the 46th President of the United States.

Two days later, a ticket was sold in Michigan that won the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot. That prize was the second-highest jackpot ever in that game, and only the third jackpot in America to ever hit $1 billion.

In all, 69 tickets won at least $1 million in the first four days of Biden's term, including an astounding 44 tickets for a $23 million Powerball drawing on Saturday. That game reset to the $20 million minimum after the $730 million win, but the game rose to $23 million after ticket sales exceeded expectations, according to the Powerball website.

Powerball and Mega Millions Tickets
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets sold in Texas during January 2020. Neither of the tickets were winners, and the jackpot kept soaring for each game in the new year. Scott McDonald/Newsweek

Here's a breakdown of Powerball and Mega Millions millionaire winnings since Joe Biden was sworn in as the new president less than a week ago.

01/20/21 Powerball $731.1 million jackpot
1 grand prize winner from Maryland ($731.1 million or $546.8 million cash option)
12 second-prize tickets worth $1 million each
1 second-prize ticket worth $2 million

01/22/21 Mega Millions $1.05 billion jackpot
1 grand prize ticket sold in Michigan ($1.05 billion or $776.6 million cash option)
8 second-prize tickets worth $1 million each
2 second-prize tickets worth $2 million each

01/23/21 Powerball $23 million jackpot
1 grand prize ticket sold in New Jersey ($23 million or $17.3 million cash option)
35 second-prize winners worth $1 million each
8 second-prize winner worth $2 million each

Add up the winners, and it's 69 new millionaires across America.

The next drawings for each of the two multi-state lottery games will be Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, which will complete the first full week of Biden's presidency following the 2020 election.

Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Wednesday and Saturday, and one of America's two biggest lottery jackpot games. Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

Mega Millions is the other multi-state lottery every Tuesday and Friday night, and it is one of America's two biggest lottery jackpot games. Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million or more with a Megaplier. Tickets are $2 per line, and odds of winning with a $2 Mega Millions ticket are one in 303 million. For more information on Mega Millions, or to check your past numbers, visit its website.