The Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries in America are infamous for their mammoth jackpot prizes, with the current record being a jaw-dropping $656 million – a Mega Millions record. In celebration of these favourite lotteries we’re showcasing the top five jackpot records.
At number 5, this Powerball jackpot of $448 million had everyone talking. It was won on the August 7th 2013 draw by three lucky Powerball players. The cash pay out for the humungous jackpot was a $258 million, split three ways by the fortunate winning ticket holders. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the winners because they decided to choose anonymity. We do agree, however, that this was a good decision following a cash windfall of such epic proportions!
Fourth on the top five is another Powerball jackpot – worth $587.5 million, with a cash pay out option of $384.7 million. There were two winning tickets for the enormous jackpot but this jackpot still hold the record for the 2nd largest cash option in US lottery history.
Gloria MacKenzie never imagined she’d set records with her lottery windfall experience. But her $590.5 million Powerball is the largest lottery win by a single ticket in the world! And what’s more, hers is also the 3rd largest cash prize, at $370.0 million!
In a forceful attempt to break the top record held by the Mega Millions lottery, this ambitious lottery came very close to doing so! Managing to achieve an incredible record of $648 million on December 17th, 2013, this near-record breaker jackpot bumped off the previous second-largest jackpot record and we expect to see just as much activity from the Powerball lottery this year.
And now what you’ve been waiting for – the biggest lottery jackpot in US lottery history! The infamous Mega Millions clocked an epic $656 million jackpot on March 30th, 2012. The incredible jackpot prize equated to a cash option of $471 million, which the three winners split. And as if this record wasn’t enough, the cash option also made lottery records for all-time largest cash pay out!
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