Record-breaking jackpots: the biggest lottery payouts of all-time
What are the biggest jackpots of all time? Three lotteries dominate the global prize payout table: Europe’s favourite lotto, the EuroMillions and the record-breaking Mega Millions and Powerball from the United States.
Below is a list of the top ten lottery prizes of all time, which is dominated by the USA’s “mega multi-state lotteries”: the Powerball & Mega Millions lottos. Since the arrival of the multi-national EuroMillions lotto in 2004, it's argueable that this Euro lotto should also claim some of the top spots since it's prizes are tax-free and therefore winners, in reality, recieve bigger prizes.
EuroMillions prize money is awarded as a lump sum and is tax-free in most European countries, whereas when Americans win prize money from the Mega Millions or Powerball, a large percentage of those winnings are taxed; how much so depends on which state the winning ticket was bought in. So the winners of the biggest jackpots may not necessarily end up being the receivers of the most amount of money!
|Jackpot Total||Lotto||Date of Draw||Winners/Winner|
|$656/£292 million*||Mega Millions (USA)**||30th Mar 2012||Three anonymous winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland (USA)|
|$648/£410 million*||Mega Millions (USA)**||17th Dec 2013||Two anonymous winners from Georgia and California (USA)|
|$591/£375 million*||Powerball (USA)**||18th May 2013||One winner, Gloria MacKenze of Zephyrhills, Florida (USA)|
|$588/£372 million*||Powerball (USA)**||28th Nov 2012||Two anonymous players from Arizona and Missouri (USA)|
|$564/£358 million*||Mega Millions (USA)**||04th Jan 2011||Two anonymous players from North Carolina, Texas and Peurto Rico (USA)|
|$448/£284 million*||Powerball (USA)**||07th Aug 2013||Two anonymous players from Minnesota and New Jersey (USA)|
|£161 million*||EuroMillions (Europe)||12th Jul 2011||Colin and Christine Weir from Largs, Scotland|
|£159 million*||EuroMillions (Europe)||25th Jun 2013||Two winners from Ireland and Belgium|
|£150 million*||EuroMillions (Europe)||24th Oct 2014||One winner from Portugal|
|£149 million*||EuroMillions (Europe)||10th Aug 2012||Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Haverhill, Suffolk|
Traditionally, if you play a national lottery in a given country, then you must be a resident in that country. However, at Lottoland, you can bet on international lotteries regardless of where you live. This is because Lottoland has a unique business model that allows you to bet on the outcome of lotteries from all around the world. Lottoland pays all prize tiers, not just the jackpot, just as if you had bought a ticket with that lottery directly.
What’s more, to guarantee your winnings, at Lottoland we are secured by the world’s leading insurers and we are fully audited by KPMG, ensuring that all your winnings are guaranteed to be yours.
*Jackpot values are approximate value based on time/date of conversion from USD/GBP.
**The USA’s Powerball & Mega Millions payouts are subject to taxes, the sum stated above is the amount received by the winners/winner after all deductions have been made. Unlike in the USA, no tax is paid on lottery winnings in the UK & most European countries. Note: Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpot winnings will be paid out by Lottoland as an annuity over several years as they are in the United States (i.e. winning the Mega Millions Jackpot will be paid out over 30 years). Record jackpots won at Lottoland will be paid out without tax deductions.