Lottery jackpot records

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This is a collection of notable lottery jackpot records in the United States, Europe and the Philippines, listing the largest prizes/jackpots awarded in various drawings.

El Gordo[edit]

Spain's Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad (Spanish Christmas Lottery) is generally considered to be the world's largest lottery game, with the largest first prize/jackpot. In 2012, the first prize was €720 million (then US$941.8 million; $1.215 billion in 2022 dollars). The total prize pool in 2012 was €2.52 billion (US$3.297 billion; $4.255 billion in 2022 dollars). The tickets for this drawing have pre-printed five-digit numbers, with each set of numbers sold multiple times in series. For example, a ticket with the number "00001" was printed 180 times under different series numbers. Moreover, each series is divided into 10 décimos (tenths in English), which are the individual tickets available for purchase. This results in the top prize being split by a very big number of winners usually from different regions of Spain. The 2011 top prize of €720 million was paid out as €4 million (US$5.2 million) to each of the 180 tickets (or €400,000 for each décimo) with the number 58268.[1] In 2016, the total prize pool was €2.310 billion ($2.414 billion).[2][3] In 2020, the total prize was €2.38 billion ($2.897 billion).

United States[edit]

All lottery winnings are subject to Federal taxation (automatically reported to the Internal Revenue Service if the win is at least $600); many smaller jurisdictions also levy taxes. The IRS requires a minimum withholding of 24% of the prize (minus the wager) of any gambling win in excess of $5,000. However, the net for a major prize often is misleading; winners often owe the IRS upon filing a return because the Federal withholding was below the winner's tax obligations. Nonresident U.S. lottery winners[4] have 30% of winnings of at least $600 withheld.

While the largest lottery prizes in the early history of U.S. state lotteries were "annuity-only", these lotteries gradually introduced a "cash option" for these games.

All prizes listed below are reported as the pre-withholdings amount, as this is taxable income the player must report on their returns to be subject to taxation. Jackpots and jackpot shares listed below are annuity amounts (and the cash value.)

Because of the rate of growth, one annuitized jackpot can have a higher cash value than a larger annuitized jackpot with a lower cash value. For instance: while both the Mega Millions' and the Powerball's annuities are paid out in 30 annual installments, the Mega Millions' annuity payments increase 5 percent yearly, while the Powerball annuity payments increase 4 percent yearly. This makes the Mega Millions' annuity structure somewhat more "inflated".

List of U.S. lottery drawings of $300 million or more (annuity value) with at least one jackpot-winning ticket (dollar amounts in millions):[5][6]

Rank Jackpot Cash value Tickets Per ticket Game Date Where Notes
1 $1,586.4 $983.5 3 $327.8 Powerball Jan. 13, 2016 CA, FL, TN World's largest jackpot (cash value & annuity)[7]
2 $1,537 $877.8 1 $877.8 Mega Millions Oct. 23, 2018 SC Largest jackpot for a single ticket; largest cash value for a single ticket.[8]
3 $1,337 $780.5 1 $780.5 Mega Millions July 29, 2022 IL 2nd largest cash value for a single ticket.[9][10]
4 $1,050 $776.6 1 $776.6 Mega Millions Jan. 22, 2021 MI 3rd largest cash value for a single ticket.[11]
5 $768.4 $477 1 $477 Powerball Mar. 27, 2019 WI Bought in New Berlin, Wisconsin.[12]
6 $758.7 $480.5 1 $480.5 Powerball Aug. 23, 2017 MA [13]
7 $731.1 $546.8 1 $546.8 Powerball Jan. 20, 2021 MD [14]
8 $699.8 $496 1 $496 Powerball Oct. 4, 2021 CA [15]
9 $687.8 $396.2 2 $198.1 Powerball Oct. 27, 2018 IA, NY [16]
10 $656 $474 3 $158 Mega Millions Mar. 30, 2012 IL, KS, MD [17]
11 $648 $347.6 2 $173.8 Mega Millions Dec. 17, 2013 CA, GA [18]
12 $632.6 $450.2 2 $225.1 Powerball Jan. 5, 2022 CA, WI [19]
13 $590.5 $370.9 1 $370.9 Powerball May 18, 2013 FL [20]
14 $587.5 $384.7 2 $192.4 Powerball Nov. 28, 2012 AZ, MO [21]
15 $564.1 $381.1 3 $127.0 Powerball Feb. 11, 2015 NC, PR, TX [22]
16 $559.7 $352 1 $352 Powerball Jan. 6, 2018 NH [23]
17 $543 $320.5 1 $320.5 Mega Millions July 24, 2018 CA [24]
18 $536 $378.3 1 $378.3 Mega Millions July 8, 2016 IN [25]
19 $533 $324.6 1 $324.6 Mega Millions Mar. 30, 2018 NJ [26]
20 $530 $345.2 1 $345.2 Mega Millions June 7, 2019 CA [27]
21 $516 $349.3 1 $349.3 Mega Millions May 21, 2021 PA [28]
22 $487 $341.7 1 $341.7 Powerball July 30, 2016 NH [29]
23 $473.1 $283.3 1 $283.3 Powerball April 27, 2022 AZ [30]
24 $456.7 $269.4 1 $269.4 Powerball Mar. 17, 2018 PA [31]
25 $451 $281.9 1 $281.9 Mega Millions Jan. 5, 2018 FL [32]
26 $448.4 $258.2 3 $86.1 Powerball Aug. 7, 2013 MN; NJ (2) [33]
27 $447.8 $279.1 1 $279.1 Powerball Jun. 10, 2017 CA [34]
28 $437 $261.8 1 $261.8 Mega Millions Jan. 1, 2019 NY [35]
29 $435.3 $263.4 1 $263.4 Powerball Feb. 22, 2017 IN [36]
30 $431 $314.4 1 $314.4 Mega Millions Sep. 21, 2021 NY [37]
31 $429.6 $284.1 1 $284.1 Powerball May 7, 2016 NJ [38]
32 $426 $293 1 $293 Mega Millions Jan. 28, 2022 CA [39]
33 $425.3 $242.2 1 $242.2 Powerball Feb. 19, 2014 CA [40]
34 $420.9 $254.6 1 $254.6 Powerball Nov 26, 2016 TN [41]
35 $414 $230.9 2 $115.4 Mega Millions Mar. 18, 2014 FL, MD [42]
36 $414 $319.9 1 $319.9 Mega Millions June 9, 2020 AZ [43]
37 $399.4 $223.3 1 $223.3 Powerball Sep. 18, 2013 SC [44]
38 $396.9 $274.6 1 $274.6 Powerball Jan. 29, 2020 FL [45]
39 $393 $247 1 $247 Mega Millions Aug. 11, 2017 IL [46]
40 $390 $233.1 2 $116.5 Mega Millions Mar. 6, 2007 GA, NJ [47]
41 $380 $240 2 $120 Mega Millions Jan. 4, 2011 ID, WA [48]
42 $372 $251.6 1 $251.6 Mega Millions Dec. 17, 2019 OH [49]
43 $366.7 $208.4 1 $208.4 Powerball June 29, 2022 VT [50]
44 $365 $177.3 1 $177.3 Powerball Feb. 18, 2006 NE [51]
45 $363 $180 2 $90 The Big GameMM May 9, 2000 IL, MI Largest Big Game jackpot before it became Mega Millions [52]
46 $344.6 $223.3 1 $223.3 Powerball June 1, 2019 NC [53]
47 $340 $164.4 1 $164.4 Powerball Oct. 19, 2005 OR [54]
48 $338.3 $211.0 1 $211.0 Powerball Mar. 23, 2013 NJ [55]
49 $337 $224.7 1 $224.7 Powerball Aug. 15, 2012 MI [56]
50 $336.4 $210.0 1 $210.0 Powerball Feb. 11, 2012 RI [57]
51 $333 $214 2 $107 Mega Millions Aug. 28, 2009 CA, NY [58]
52 $331 $174 3 $58 The Big GameMM Apr. 16, 2002 GA, IL, NJ [59]
53 $330 $194.4 4 $48.6 Mega Millions Aug. 31, 2007 MD, NJ, TX, VA [60]
54 $326 $197.5 1 $197.5 Mega Millions Nov. 4, 2014 NY [61]
55 $319 $202.8 1 $202.8 Mega Millions Mar. 25, 2011 NY [62]
56 $315.3 $183 1 $183 Powerball May 19, 2018 NJ [63]
57 $315 $185 1 $185 Mega Millions Nov. 15, 2005 CA [64]
58 $314.9 $170.5 1 $170.5 Powerball Dec. 25, 2002 WV Won by Jack Whittaker[65]
59 $314.3 $146.0 1 $146.0 Powerball Aug. 25, 2007 IN [66]

Notes:

  • MM. ^ ^ The Big Game became The Big Game Mega Millions and then Mega Millions in 2002.

Europe[edit]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom's National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit,[67] Camelot's 'good causes' programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.[68]

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • €230.0 million (US$235.2 million/£195.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Euromillions history as well as the largest prize won by a British winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in sterling currency, won on 19 July 2022.[69]
  • €120.0 million (US$122.5 million) was the largest jackpot in the Eurojackpot history, won on July 22, 2022 by one ticket in Denmark
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy's SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €98.4 million (US$112.0 million)[70] was the largest jackpot in Spain's La Primitiva (not to be confused with El Gordo de la Primitiva), won by a single ticket holder on Thursday 15 October 2015. The ticket was purchased in Barcelona.[71]
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany's Lotto 6 aus 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €45.0 million (US$45.8 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 aus 49, won on 13 April 2022.
  • Kr. 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom's Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland's Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.[72]
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30,009,676 (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France's SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €30,000,000 (US$25.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French Lotto, won on 04 december 2021.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10 February 2017. This 7 billion forint grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.[73]
  • Kr. 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden's Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.[74]
  • €19.1 million (US$21.8 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland's Lotto, won on 15 January 2022.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland's Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium's Loterie Nationale/Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia's Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1,800 rouble ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.[75]

Philippines[edit]

On November 29, 2010, a Filipino bettor from Olongapo won Grand Lotto 6/55 using the "lucky pick" system, with a jackpot prize of ₱741.2 million.[76][77][78] On October 14, 2018, two bettors from Albay and Eastern Samar won the Ultra Lotto 6/58 and split the ₱1.18 billion (US$21.9 million) jackpot prize, the biggest jackpot won in the history of Philippine lottery as of 2020.[79]

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