20 biggest Lottery Jackpot Winners

At a time when Nigerians do not have to travel out of the country to participate in international mega lottery jackpots, like Powerball and Mega Millions; here is a list of 20 biggest Jackpot Winners to keep the hope alive.

  1. US $1.586 billion Powerball Lottery jackpot. In January 2016, three ticket holders jointly pocketed the biggest lottery jackpot ever. The winners hailed from Chino Hills, California, Florida and Tennessee respectively. Each of the winners went home with US$609.247 million
  1. $1.54 billion Mega Millions jackpot. The winner whose identity remains a mystery as he chose anonymity, won the $1537,000,000 jackpot in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018. He accepted the one- time cash option of $878 million.
  1. $768.4 million Powerball jackpot. 24-year-old Manuel Franco from Wisconsin won the Powerball jackpot drawn on March 27, 2019.
  1. US$ 758.7 million Powerball Lottery jackpot. Mavis Wanczyk, a Massachusetts resident and an employee of the Chicopee Medical Center won $758.7 million on a single ticket in August 2017. She went home with an agreed onetime lump sum payment of $480.5 million.
  1. $687.8 million Powerball jackpot. Two winners; 51-year-old grandmother from Iowa and 67-year-old Robert Bailey from Manhattan won the jackpot on Oct. 27, 2018. The price was split between the two winners @ $343.8 million. Robert opted for a one-time payment of $125.3 million (after taxes).
  1. US$656 million Mega Millions Jackpot. Three ticket holders from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, won in the Mega Million draw of 30th March 2012. Each of the winners went home with the large sum of $218.6 million.
  1. $648 million Mega Millions jackpot. Two winners Ira Curry from Georgia and Steve Tran from Northern California won the $648 million jackpot. Each of the winners received $324 million.
  1. $590.5 million Powerball jackpot. An 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie from Florida won a record US$590.5 million in 2013. She opted to take a single lump sum payment of $370.8 million (before tax)
  1. $587.5 million Powerball jackpot. Mark and Cindy Hill, an elderly couple from Dearborn, Missouri won the Powerball jackpot amounting to $587.5 million along with another player from Arizona (he remained anonymous) in November 2012.
  1. US$564.1 million Powerball jackpot. Three players from North Carolina, Texas, and Puerto Rico won the jackpot in February 2015. Two of the winners from Texas and Puerto Rico chose to stay anonymous.
  1. US$559.7 million Powerball jackpot. A New Hampshire resident who chose to remain anonymous won the jackpot in January 2018. The winner is yet to come forward.
  1. $543 million Mega Million jackpot. A group of 11 co-workers at a finance company in Santa Clara bought a single ticket in July 2018 and won the jackpot. The prize was split amongst them.
  1. The US$ 536 million Mega Millions jackpot. The Warrens family from Indiana won the jackpot in July 2016. One of the 5 coupons they bought had the winning numbers, making them the largest single ticket sweepstake winner. 
  1. $533 million Powerball jackpot. Richard Wahl of Vernon Township in Sussex County New Jersey won the jackpot on March 2018. He walked away with one- time payment of $324 million (before taxes)
  1. $522 million Mega Millions jackpot. An identified winner, Laarni Bibal from San Diego, California won the jackpot on June 7, 2019. 
  1. $487 million Powerball top Purse. After 22 successive draws failed to throw up a jackpot winner, a family from New Hampshire finally won the jackpot that was drawn on 30th July 2016. 
  1. $450 million Mega Millions jackpot. 20 years old, Shane Missler from Port Richey in Florida won the jackpot and agreed to receive the sum of $281,874,999 in one-time lump sum payment after tax.
  1. $448.4 million Powerball grand purse. Three set of winners; Paul White from Minnesota, Mario Scarnici from New Jersey and a group of 16 called the “Ocean’s 16” from New Jersey jointly won the Powerball top prize on August 7th, 2013.
  1. $447.8 million Powerball jackpot. A lone ticket holder, Jeff Lindsay from California won the jackpot in July 2017. He accepted a one-time payment of $271.1 million (before taxes)
  1. $429.6 million Powerball jackpot. Pearlie Smith and her 7 adult children from New Jersey won the jackpot on May 7th, 2016.


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