Winning the lottery can be very exciting. It doesn’t matter if you win the Powerball, Mega Millions or some other kind of lottery, winning is winning. You can win small lottery jackpots or big ones. Of course, winning the big jackpot is everyone’s dream. One thing is for sure – winning the lottery can change your life!
Check out these Top 10 Highest Lottery Jackpots of All Times:
10th Place – $448,000,000
This lottery win was special because two people from New Jersey won but also another winner from Minnesota shared the jackpot. On August 7th, 2013 with the Powerball the big win was $448 million. The cash payout for the win was $258 million.
9th Place – $487,000,000
A single very lucky winner from New Hampshire hit on 30th of July 2016 the big Powerball jackpot. The family that got the winning ticket chose to remain anonymous but mentioned they would do “great things” with their newfound wealth.
8th Place – $536,100,000
One happy couple from Hamilton County, Indiana hit all the luck numbers on July 8th 2016 Mega Millions draw. The couple chose to hire the services of Warren D, LLC to secure their winnings and keep the identity hidden from the public. A funny story around this win tells that even after the couple find out online that they won they couldn't believe it was actually true. So, after a quick computer restart they checked it again were amazed to find they are still the lucky winners
7th Place – $564,100,000
The $564.1 million win with the Powerball on Feb 11th, 2015 was another special one. The reason why was because it was won in North Carolina and in Texas. Surprisingly, it was also won in Puerto Rico. This was one of the largest jackpots that had happened since 2013.
6th Place – $587,500,000
In Arizona and in Missouri, on November 28th, 2012 with the Powerball, the big win was $564.1 Million. At that time, this was considered to be the 2nd largest win with the USA lottery.
5th Place – $590,500,000
In Florida, on May 18th, 2013 with the Powerball ticket the big win was $590.5 million. This means that Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, holds the record for the biggest single winning lottery ticket prize. It also makes it the 4th biggest in regards to cash value at a staggering $370.9 million.
4th Place – $648,000,000
In California and in Georgia, on December 17th, 2013 with the Mega Millions, the big win was $648 million. The cash value of this win was $347.6 million.
3rd Place – $656,000,000
Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million dollars. On March 30th, 2012 3 of the winning tickets were sold at Kansas, Illinois and in Maryland. This makes it one of the largest cash payouts in the world ever with $474 million.
2nd Place – $758,700,000
The record for the highest cash value for a single ticket was broken on 23rd of August 2017 by Mavis Wanczyck from Massacusetts. The 53 year old mom got all the lucky numbers on this Powerball draw amazing herself and the rest of the world with her staggering sum of sole winning. When asked how she picked the winning numbers she simply answered: “The numbers were kind of random, maybe birthdays”.
1st Place – $1,584,000,000
Now, the last one on the list and that makes the number one spot, on Jan 13th 2016 3 lucky winners hit the world's largest jackpot to date with lump sum of $327.8 million for each winning ticket. Winners arrived from California, Florida and Tennessee to claim the rewards after millions of people from all over the world did whatever they could to put their hands on Powerball tickets. Some winners in the giant jackpot arrived from online lottery websites such as The Lotter which once again proves to give everybody a fair chance of winning America's biggest lottery jackpots.
The only downfall is the tax that comes with winning but hey, you have way more then you did before you won the jackpot – right? Know that you will have to do taxes if you win the lottery but don’t let that discourage you from going after your dreams. Again, you never know when you might win the big one!