States With the Highest Powerball Taxes

If you end up with the winning Powerball numbers, these states will take the biggest tax bite out of your payout.

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Powerball numbers are on many people's minds since the jackpot soared again (it stood at $1.326 billion for the April 6 winning ticket) following another recent Powerball lottery jackpot prize of $1.76 billion. Powerball excitement includes the prospect of winning big — and, unfortunately, paying some taxes on that prize. 

Although some states won’t tax your Powerball winnings, many states will, and some have higher tax rates than others. 

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor,

As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.