Dream big, this is something we hear all the time. Whether it’s about our jobs, our bank balance or our personal lives. Dreaming is great, but what happens if you want to go from dreaming big to living big? Then you need online lotteries and their life-changing jackpots. Let’s take a look at the highest jackpots ever won so far, and a few things you could do with them.
Powerball, $1.6 billion.
Powerball has always been a crowd favourite, and as one of the oldest lotteries around it’s easy to see why.
Powerball was originally launched in 1992 and forever changed the way the game was played. Instead of sticking to the normal one-drum system, Powerball was the first game to use two-drums to draw numbers. It also allowed for tiered prizes and more winnings. Instead of only allocating winnings to players who matched all the winning numbers, tiers allowed for many players to be rewarded. Whether you only match one ball or five, players walk away with something.
In 2016, Powerball jackpot hit a record-breaking $1.6 billion which was then split among three winners. Each winner walked away with roughly $533 million. Two of the winners decided to take the lump-sum option while the third winner decided to remain anonymous, but did say that they were thankful for the "rare gift that has been placed in our care".
A few things you could buy with $533 million:
- A crystal piano worth $3.2 million.
- A gold-plated Bugatti Veyron worth $10 million.
Mega Millions, $656 million
Labeled as the second biggest jackpot in the world, Mega Millions is known for throwing out massive jackpots from time to time. It even gave US Powerball a run for its money.
Mega Millions has come a very long way from the 90s. On August 31, 1996, the Big Game was launched and within six years it turned into a multi-state game with draws happening multiple times a week. After working its way into the hearts and minds of many around the world, Mega Millions became the second biggest lottery around. Then things changed in 2012 when it reached Powerball status!
On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions broke the record of the highest jackpot, sitting at a very exciting $656 million. Much like the Powerball jackpot we just looked at, there were three lucky winners for this grand prize. The grand prize was split three ways between winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
Mega Millions held its number 1 position for ‘biggest jackpot ever’ for four years, but in January 2016 Powerball came back with a bang when it had a jackpot prize of $1.6 billion, which we just looked at.
What could you buy with a share of $656 million:
- A watch made from 201-Carat Gemstones worth $25 million
Turns out winning the lottery means you really can buy anything you want - the world truly is your oyster. Whether you’re playing some of the biggest jackpots around or a scratchcard, you’re in it to win big. Want to personally find out what you could buy with the highest lottery jackpots around, why not start playing now and you could be our next winner!