Top 5 biggest US jackpots ever won
Within the past 5 years alone, there have been numerous record breaking jackpots across all of the major US lottery games. Both Mega Millions and Powerball have even had jackpots worth over a billion US dollars in 2018 and 2016, respectively.
Even if you’re not in the US, there’s plenty of ways for you to still participate in the jackpot fun. Sites like bestonlinelottery.in allow anyone around the world to buy into these massive US lottery jackpots. But is it worth it? Ask the people who won the five largest US jackpots of all time if it is.
January 2016: $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot
To date, this remains the highest jackpot in US lottery history ever won. Three lucky ticket holders got to split this jackpot, with winners in California, Tennessee, and Florida.
The couples in TN and CA both took the lump sum payment of $327.8 million. The couple in Florida actually remained anonymous for months before revealing their identities and that they took the lump sum as well.
October 2018: $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot
While not the largest jackpot, this winner was the largest single ticket US jackpot winner. An anonymous person in South Carolina was the lucky ticket holder, so there’s very little actually known about the person and what they did with the money.
March 2019: $768.4 million Powerball jackpot
One Wednesday night, 24 year old Manuel Franco of Wisconsin’s life was changed forever when he won the second largest US Powerball jackpot of all time. Surprisingly, he didn’t claim the prize right away. It took the man several weeks to finally turn in the winning ticket to collect his prize.
August 2017: $758.7 million Powerball jackpot
We all have that dream of calling our employer up and quitting if we ever won the jackpot to any of these massive US lottery games. But Mavis Wanczyk actually did call her employer of 30+ years to quit the day she won this jackpot.
Taking home the lump sum, the Massachusetts woman walked away with $480.5 million at the end of the day. Naturally, the first thing Wanczyk did with her winnings is “sit back and relax”.
March 2012: $656 million Mega Millions jackpot
The largest group of winners on the list, five people all together split this massive Mega Millions jackpot back in 2012. Only Merle and Patricia Butler of Illinois revealed their identities when claiming their prize.
One anonymous winner claimed their prize in Kansas, while three other anonymous winners, self-declared “The Three Amigos”, claimed their prizes in Maryland.