WASHINGTON — What topic sparked the most interest online this year? No, it wasn’t Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or the 2016 election. Forget the drama-filled Olympics and the Pokemon Go phenomenon.
The No. 1 most searched topic in 2016 was the billion-dollar Powerball lottery drawing, according to a rankings of users’ searches released by the search giant this year.
In January, lottery officials announced the weekly Powerball jackpot had grown to $1.6 billion — the largest ever — sparking a ton of Google searches from hopeful players. A smaller (relatively speaking) $429 million jackpot later in the year also sent lottery hopefuls to Googling.
In general, Yahoo users appeared more interested in celebrities. Top searches on the site included two Kardashians, Gwen Stefani and even, inexplicably, Jodie Sweetin, who co-starred in the “Fuller House” reboot series.
“Pop culture really dominated our list and always sort of does,” Amy Wicks with Yahoo, told WTOP.
Here are top 10 searches and news stories as ranked by Yahoo. For Google’s list of the top searches scroll through the photo gallery above.
Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.