The 20 Biggest Lottery Jackpots Ever

by: Esteban On  Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tags:  Fantasy   Lottery   Lucky  

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Yesterday I wrote a list about the most expensive homes in the world. The day before that I wrote about a $750 cigar that’s soaked in 50-year-old Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac. So that’s it. I’ve decided that I’d like to be filthy rich. And since the easiest way of achieving that is to win the lottery, I’ve put together this rundown of the biggest lottery jackpots in history—you know, so I can look for clues or patterns in the supposedly randomness. The good news is that there does seem to be a pattern where, mathematically speaking, there shouldn’t be. The bad news is that this pattern shows that you pretty much have to be at least 55 to win the big ones. So I guess I won’t be making an immediate ascent to a higher tax bracket.

Oh well. At least you have this list to read, and I won’t waste any money on lottery tickets for the next 25 years.

20. $239 million

$239 million lottery jackpot 2004

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2004

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

Truck driver J.R. Triplett picked up 5 lottery tickets on his way home from work, and one of them was worth $141.5 million—which is what they got by choosing the lump sum option.

19. $250 million

$250 million lotter jackpot 2011

Lottery: EuroMillions

Year: 2011

Country: United Kingdom

Winning Tickets: 1

Colin and Chris Weir became the biggest lottery winnings in British history when they hit a £161 million lottery jackpot. Then they moved to Spain.

18. $254 million

$254 million lottery jackpot 2007

Lottery: Powerball

Year: 2007

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

Missouri residents WWII veteran Jim Wilson and his wife, Shirley, won this huge jackpot back in 2007.

17. $258 million

$258 million lottery jackpot 2005

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2005

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

The New Jersey couple that won this jackpot opted for the cash up front option, which netted them an instant $156.1 million.

16. $259.9 million

$259.9 million lottery jackpot 2009

Lottery: Powerball

Year: 2009

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

This was the largest lottery win ever from a ticket sold in South Carolina.

15. $275 million

$275 million lottery jackpot 2008

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2008

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

The winners took the cash option, which payed out $167,694,000 before taxes, and bragged about the cars and homes they were going to buy. (So yeah, it’s probably all gone now.)

14. $294 million

$294 million lottery jackpot geraldine williams 2004

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2004

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

The sole winner was a 68-year-old grandmother. Why does it seem that only older people win these huge jackpots?

13. $314.3 million

$314.3 million lottery jackpot 2007

Lottery: Powerball

Year: 2007

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

With the winnings, David Coterel of Ohio bought himself a Harley Davidson…dealership.

12. $314.9 million

$314.9 million lotter jackpot 2002

Lottery: Powerball

Year: 2002

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

This winner, West Virginia’s Jack Whittaker, became famous after winning this huge jackpot. Unfortunately, it was because his life fell apart and he lost all the money to leaches, scams, and bad investments.

11. $315 million

$315 million lottery jackpot 2005

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2005

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

This was won by 7 lab workers from a medical center in Garden Grove, Califoria.

10. $319 million

$319 million lottery jackpot 2011

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2011

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

This massive jackpot was split by 7 I.T. workers from Albany, New York. It could have been 12, but 5 of their co-workers passed on the weekly lotto pool. (Oops.)

9. $330 million

$330 million lotter jackpot 2007

Lottery: unknown

Year: 2007

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 4

Winning tickets were purchase in four states: Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and New Jersey.

8. $331 million

331-million-lotter-jackpot-2002

Lottery: The Big Game

Year: 2002

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 3

Two families and a single woman from Georgia split this one three ways—$110,000,000 each.

7. $336 million

$336 million lotterly jackpot 2009

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2009

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 2

One of the winners told the New York Post that winning the lottery turned into a nightmare when friends and family started harassing him for money.

6. $336.4 million

$336.4 million louise_white_powerball_winner  2012

Lottery: Powerball

Year: 2012

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

A little old lady from Rhode Island named Louise White won this gigantic jackpot. But she didn’t stuff all the cash in her mattress. She hired a team of lawyers and set up a trust that would ensure she and her relatives don’t blow this windfall.

5. $340 million

$340 million lotter jackpot 2005

Lottery: Powerball

Year: 2005

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 2

The first thing one of the two winning couples did was buy a 6,400 square foot home on 6 acres—pretty modest by some standards.

4. $363 million

$363 millon lottery jackpot

Lottery: The Big Game

Year: 2000

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 2

Two couples split this jackpot—one from Michigan, one from Illinois. The couple from Illinois told reporters they’d pay down their debts with the winnings, which leads me to wonder what the hell kind of debts they had.

3. $365 million

$365 milllion lotter jackpot 2006

Lottery: Powerball

Year: 2006

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 1

The one winning ticket was purchased by 8 workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant. That’s $45,625,000 a piece—a lot more than you’d make in three lifetimes at a meatpacking plant.

2. $380 million

$380 million lottery jackpot 2011

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2011

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 2

One of the winners, Holly Lahti of Rathdrum, Idaho, went into hiding after claiming her winnings. The reason? Her supposed “ex-husband” wasn’t really her ex. The two were separated but still legally married, and Lahti didn’t want to share the winnings.

1. $390 million

$390 million lottery jackpot 2007

Lottery: Mega Millions

Year: 2007

Country: USA

Winning Tickets: 2

Eddie Nabors of Dalton, Georgia, and the Messners (Harold and Elaine) of Woodbine, New Jersey, split this huge jackpot. That’s $116,557,083 each, after taxes.

I could live on that. Hell, I’d be happy to win that $83 in the lottery.





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