The Biggest Lottery Jackpots To-Date
Here are the Top Five biggest lottery jackpots won to date, either by single tickets or shared between several tickets.
$1.58 billion won on Powerball, January 13th 2016
This is the largest jackpot in the world to date, and after two months of rollovers three tickets from California, Tennessee and Florida won a Powerball jackpot of $1.58 billion. Each winning ticket received $528.8 million before taxes.
$656 million won on Mega Millions, March 30th 2012
The largest Mega Millions prize to date, this jackpot was shared by three winning ticket holders from Maryland (a syndicate of a trio of teachers), Illinois (a married couple in their 50s named Merle and Patricia Butler) and Kansas (the winner of which remained anonymous).
$590.5 million won on Powerball, May 18th 2013
This jackpot was won by Gloria MacKenzie of Florida and remains the largest Powerball prize won on a single ticket. The grandmother from Zephyrhills decided to take a cash sum of $370.8 million before taxes.
$587.5 million won on Powerball, November 28th 2012
The two winners of this prize from Arizona (a married man named Mark Good in his 30s) and Missouri (a married couple in their 50s named Mark and Cindy Hill) respectively each opted for the cash option.
$390 million won on Mega Millions, March 6th 2007
Two ticket holders from New Jersey (married couple Elaine and Harold Messner in their 50s) and Georgia (52 year old truck driver Eddie Nabors) shared this whopping jackpot.
It is not difficult to understand why the biggest lottery wins in the world have been won on American lotteries. Both the Powerball and Megamillions have no jackpot cap and can be played across America, which is the biggest country with the largest lottery playing population in the world. It is estimated that roughly 50% of Americans play the lottery regularly, with this percentage undoubtedly going up in the event of a large rollover jackpot.
However, with changes to lottery jackpot caps and talks of new multi-national games in the works, who knows when this Top Five will include something other than a US jackpot?