Biggest Lottery Winners
A few lottery numbers are all that stands between you and a cash prize. Some players win a few pounds, while others win tens of thousands and splash out on new cars. For those who end up with a six-figure payday, a delightfully mortgage-free life lays before them. Then you come to the multi-millionaires...
Lotteries can shoot ticket holders straight into the same wealth bracket as celebrities and sports stars with sums in the millions available each week. The occasional nine-figure jackpot is also a very real possibility, bringing unbelievable wealth to the winner and their family and friends.
Largest Lottery Winner
The American Mega Millions game featured the biggest lottery jackpot of all time in March 2012, when three tickets from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland shared US$656 million. All three took their win in cash, meaning that they each received US$158 million before tax.
The largest lottery prize to be won by a single ticket was US$590.5 million on America's Powerball in May 2013. It was claimed by Gloria MacKenzie of Florida, who chose to accept the lump sum option of US$370.8 million.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford of Suffolk won Europe's biggest lottery jackpot in July 2012 when they bagged £148.6 million (€190 million) on EuroMillions. A Portuguese player who bought their ticket in Castelo Branco also matched this feat in October 2014.
In October 2010, the jackpot for the popular Italian lottery game SuperEnalotto hit €177.8 million after it had been rolling over since February of that year.
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