Some may see the lottery as a foolish pursuit and a waste of money, but it is a fact that it has made millionaires all over the world. The size of prizes for every lottery varies, but it is safe to say that they are big enough to change lives. There are tons of lotteries played all over the world and the internet has made it easier than ever for people to participate in this game. For instance, you can now buy Powerball tickets online no matter where you are. You don’t even have to be in the country to play it and try your luck.
In the history of the lottery, there have been some spectacular wins. Listed below are the biggest lottery jackpots that have been seen in US history:
- $1.6 billion Powerball
The Powerball jackpot in January 13, 2016 was split three ways, but none of the winners had anything to complain about because they still managed to take home a record-shattering amount. Maureen Smith of Florida, Lisa and John Robinson of Tennessee and Mae and Marvin Acosta of California, who claimed their winnings in six months, divided the total in three parts.
- $758.7 million Powerball
The winning ticket was purchased in Massachusetts by one Mavis Wanczyk who made North American history as the single biggest winner. He won the jackpot last year on August 23, 2017.
- $656 million Mega Millions
Like some of the other big jackpots, this amount was split between three tickets on March 30, 2012. A retired couple residing in Illinois, Patricia and Merle Butler, took home one third of the amount. One third was claimed by a group of friends who called themselves the ‘three amigos’. The final ticket was purchased in Kansas, but the winner was not revealed.
- $648 million Mega Millions
The December 17, 2013 jackpot was split between Steve Tran of California and Ira Curry of Georgia. According to Curry, she had chosen the numbers after combining a bunch of family birthdays. Tran had been working as a delivery driver when he won and he immediately called his boss to quit his job.
- $590.5 million Powerball
Powerball results are always sensational, but this was even more so because the entire jackpot went to an 84 year old woman living in Florida. Gloria Mackenzie revealed that it had been a stranger’s kindness that got her the winning ticket as he had allowed her to move ahead of him in line for buying the ticket.
- $587.5 million Powerball
The winning pot was announced on November 28, 2012 and it was split between the Hill family of Missouri and Matthew Good. Mark and Cindy Hill had told their daughter that winning was a long shot and she shouldn’t get her hopes up. But, when they realized they had won, they took her for a beach vacation and bought her a horse.
These are some notable lottery winners of all time whose life changed forever because they had the lucky ticket.