What’s it like to win $100 Million? How about $200 Million? What about $656 Million?? Can you imagine? There have been some pretty massive prizes in recent years from all over the world. While most of us would be happy with even $1 Million, these winners took home several million. Here are some of the biggest jackpots ever won from around the globe.
Mega Millions Biggest Lotto Prize (U.S.)
The grand daddy of them all was a whopping $656 Million jackpot prize, just this year on March 30, 2012. While the prize was shared by three separate winning tickets, each ticket won an incredible $218.7 Million! Not too shabby. There was even some controversy over one of the winning tickets, but eventually it got settled. One ticket was held by three school workers in Maryland calling themselves “The Three Amigos”; the Kansas ticketholder remained anonymous and the third ticket was held by Merle and Pat Butler of Illinois.
Powerball Biggest Lottery Prize (U.S.)
Ok, so one person took home this gigantic prize. $365 Million. Whoa! Yes, you read that right. Can you imagine winning $365 Million? Even after taxes that comes to, well…..a lot of money. This prize was won in 2006 by a syndicate of 8 people from Nebraska. In 2012, Louise White from Rhode Island, won $336.4 Million all by herself.
Texas Lotto (U.S.)
Back in 2004, someone won $145 Million from the Texas Lotto. You know what they say, “Everything’s Bigger in Texas!”. In this case, it’s true. The winner decided to take their payout upfront, which still gave them $82.5 Million. That can buy an awful lot of cowboy hats.
This lotto is played in multiple countries in Europe, so it is easy for the jackpots to grow quickly. The biggest prize so far has been €185 Million, which in today’s dollars equals $233 Million! Again, not too shabby.
Biggest Keno Win (Australia)
Keno is a game played most often in casinos and local bars, and is very similar to lotto. Usually there are a lot more numbers to draw from, so the odds of winning are long. In 2010, a man from Australia was having a drink in his local bar and decided to buy a $20 Keno ticket. Well, his numbers came in and he won $1.7 Million. Not bad for an investment of $20 and a drink!
Maybe one day your name will appear on the list of biggest winners. Even if you win a big prize, and it’s not one of the biggest in history, who really cares? You won! Enjoy it. And be careful with your winnings. You can always check the winning numbers at one of our favorite lotto results sites.
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