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Biggest Lottery Winners in History
What is the highest winning amount of all time? Who is the richest lottery winner? We've made a list of the top 10 lottery winners in history. Check out the lucky winners who made their dreams come true. We will update this list every time someone makes it to the top 10. Dream big - maybe one day it can be you...
$1.59 Billion, US Powerball – January 13, 2016
The list of the biggest lottery winners starts with a head-turning amount. An incredible jackpot of 1.59 billion dollars fell on January 13, 20176, as a result of the biggest Powerball series of roll-overs. The sum, however, wasn’t won by one person. There were three lucky tickets, and they belonged to Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt in Florida, Marvin and Mae Acosta in California and John and Lisa Robinson in Tennessee. Each couple claimed the still impressive amount of 327.8 million dollars.
$758.7 Million, US Powerball – August 23, 2017
Until the October 2018 Mega Millions prize fell, Mavis Wanczyk held the prize of being the biggest lottery win to claim the jackpot without having to share it with anyone else. The 53-year-old from Chicopee in Massachusetts chose the winning numbers based on family birthdays. Previously, Mavis worked at a hospital, but she announced plans to quit her job.
$687.8 Million, US Powerball – October 27, 2018
The biggest lottery winners ever all seem to come from the US, and this entry in the list serves as proof of the claim. The fourth biggest jackpot in the history of the world fell in the autumn of 2018. According to official Powerball data, one lucky ticket was bought in Iowa and the second one – in New York. Both winners stepped forward soon after the announcement. One of them is Lerynne West from Iowa and the second one is Robert Bailey from Manhattan. Each winner took home 396.2 million dollars (cash value of the award).
$656 Million, US Mega Millions – March 30, 2012
Once again, several people got very, very lucky at the same time. The biggest lottery winners in 2012 each took home 158 million dollars (after taxes). There were three winning tickets, one of them purchased by Merle and Patricia Butler in Illinois. The couple won with a quick pick ticket, and they opt for a lump sum payment.
$648 Million, US Mega Millions – December 17, 2013
What could be better than joining the club of the biggest lottery winners in the world shortly before Christmas? The dream came true for two lucky Mega Millions players in the US in 2013. The two winners were later identified as Ira Curry from Georgia and Steve Tran from California. Ira came forward first, but Steve needed some time to claim his millions eventually.
$590.5 Million, US Powerball – May 18, 2013
Meet Gloria MacKenzie, a fortunate lady from Florida. She was the sole person to win one of the biggest Powerball jackpots in the history of the game. Gloria was 84 at the time of this massive accomplishment. She bought a quick pick ticket from a local supermarket and opted for the lump sum payment. That cut her jackpot down to 370 million dollars, which we still consider to be an incredibly impressive amount.
$587.5 Million, US Powerball – November 28, 2012
Yes, it seems that if you want to claim the most spectacular jackpot in the history of the world, you will have to play either Mega Millions or Powerball. Mark and Cindy Hill are joining the hall of fame, after they acquired a winning ticket for the November 28, 2012 drawing of the game. Other than the couple from Missouri, there was one more winner from Arizona. It’s interesting to point out that the retail venues responsible for selling winning tickets also benefit from the accomplishment. In the event of the Hill family, there was a 50,000-dollar prize for the owner of the store that sold them the winning ticket.
$564.1 Million, US Powerball – February 11, 2015
Not one, not two but three people guessed the lucky numerical combination that contributed to the fall of the Powerball jackpot during the February 11, 2015 drawing. The prize per ticket was 127 million dollars. One winner came from North Carolina; one was from Puerto Rico. Marrie Holmes from North Carolina was only 26 at the time of winning. The single mother of four kids became the state’s biggest Powerball winner at the time. After winning, Marrie announced she planned to continue her journey towards becoming a nurse while also giving her children the best possible life.
$533 Million, US Mega Millions – March 30, 2018
New Jersey’s luckiest person in 2018 was called Richard Wahl. He was the only person in the US to guess the correct numerical combination that resulted in winning a Mega Millions jackpot of 533 million dollars. Richard, aged 47, bought his ticket at a convenience store and upon winning, he decided to opt for the lump sum payment of 324 million dollars. According to the big winner, he comes from a humble family, and he’s not going to run around spending tons of cash on things that he doesn’t really need.
€190 Million, EuroMillions – August 10, 2012
While the biggest European jackpots are somewhat lower than what the top US lotteries produce, it's still worth exploring some of the most prominent millionaires from other corners of the world. The pan-European EuroMillions caps its jackpot at 190 million euros. This award has been claimed several times over the years; one of the luckiest European couples is from the UK. Adrian and Gillian Bayford claimed the maximum amount in August 2012. Unfortunately, the money didn’t do them a lot of good. Fifteen months after the big win, the couple decided to separate and go their individual ways.