Largest Lottery Jackpots
Every player's dream is to claim a spot in the mega list of the biggest lottery winners. However, only very few people have ever hit such jackpots, and in this post, we look at the players with the most massive lottery jackpots.
How hard is it to win a Jackpot?
The odds of winning big in the lottery are slim. The same applies even in online casinos as very few people can boast of earning those huge rewards.
Yet, most people never stop fantasizing about how their lives would witness dramatic changes if they can claim a massive pile of cash.
The net revenue from lottery sales in 2016 alone in the United States stood at $73 billion.
Also, LendEDU, a popular loan marketplace, estimated the figure showed that in 2016, Americans spent about $233.04 per head on lottery tickets.
In the last eleven years, we’ve had some of the biggest lottery wins ever, including an eye-watering $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in 2016 in America.
That’s currently the largest ever Jackpot in the world. Let’s dive deep into this list of the biggest lottery winners around the globe.
$1.586 billion — Powerball
This whopping sum was won on January 13, 2016. The sales of winning tickets took place in California, Tennessee, and Florida.
This made the accumulated amount for all the winning tickets roughly $528.8 million.
$758.7 million — Powerball
This is the largest Jackpot for just one winner and was won August 23, 2017. According to reports, the lucky ticket was purchased by Mavis Wanczyk in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Estimated Jackpot of $1.537 billion — Mega Millions
The lottery ticket was won October 23, 2018. And the lucky winner is resident in South Carolina.
South Carolina is one of only a few states in which you’re allowed to keep your identity secret and still claim your winnings.
$768.4 million — Powerball
$786.4M was won by a single ticket on March 27, 2019, in Wisconsin. Before taxes, the winner can choose between a whopping $477 million 1-time lump sum or an estimated annuity of $768.4M. This annuity is paid out over twenty-nine years, as explained by the Powerball.
$687.8 million — Powerball
As regards this $687.8M Jackpot, which was won October 27, 2018, 2 winning tickets got drawn, one in New York and the other in Iowa.
$656 million — Mega Millions
This humongous sum was won March 30, 2012, and winning tickets sold in Maryland, Kansas, and Illinois.
Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois, didn’t disclose their win to anyone for close to 3 weeks before they showed up to claim their prize.
$648 million — Mega Millions
$648 million was won December 17, 2013, and winning tickets sold in California and Georgia.
Ira Curry, who lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, revealed that her winning numbers included a mix of the family's lucky number, 7, and birthdays.
$587.5 million — Powerball
Winning tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri and claimed by Mark Hill and Cindy of Dearborn, Missouri in November 28, 2012.
$564.1 million — Powerball
Winning tickets for this $564.1M Jackpot were sold in Texas, Puerto Rico, and North Carolina on February 11, 2015.