Here Are The Biggest Lottery Jackpots In US History


Another eye-popping lottery prize of $456.7 million was claimed over the weekend, cracking our list of the 20 largest jackpots in U.S. history.

A single winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania, but there’s no word yet on who the lucky winner is.


The grand prize clocked in as the 11th largest of all time. That includes jackpots racked up by both the Powerball and Mega Millions of games, which are the two most widely played lotteries in the United States.

Here’s where the rankings stand now.


1. $1.6 billion Powerball


January 13, 2016: The record-shattering jackpot was split three ways by Mae and Marvin Acosta from Chino Hills, California; John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee; and Maureen Smith, a 70-year-old from Melbourne Beach, Florida.

The Robinsons appeared on NBC’s “Today” show before cashing in their ticket. They opted to take their $528.8 million shares of the prize in one lump-sum payment of $327.8 million. (Jackpot prize amounts are the annuity jackpots paid out over 30 payments, even though almost all winners chose to take a lesser lump sum of cash).

Smith told the Florida Lottery that she had played the lottery — and bought tickets with the same six numbers — for years before winning the jackpot.

The Acostas refused to speak to the media. They assembled a team of advisers and waited six months before claiming the prize.

2. $758.7 million Powerball

August 23, 2017: The winning ticket was sold in Chicopee, Massachusetts, to Mavis Wanczyk, who won the largest jackpot with a single winner in American history. The 53-year old said she would retire early and that she immediately quit her job.

3. $656 million Mega Millions

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March 30, 2012: This jackpot had three winners.


A retired couple from Illinois, Merle and Patricia Butler, received one of the slices of the top prize. “We are just everyday people who have worked hard all our lives. We just happened to hit it big,” Merle said. Patricia added that they planned to use “part of the winnings to do some real good.”

Another winning ticket was divided among a group of friends in Maryland who dubbed themselves the “Three Amigos.”

The third winner is still unknown. That ticket was purchased in Kansas, which is one of the states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.

4. $648 million Mega Millions

December 17, 2013: Two winners split this jackpot, including Ira Curry, a Georgia woman, who said she bet on a combination of family birthdays.

The other winner, Steve Tran, was working as a delivery driver when he bought a Mega Millions ticket in San Jose, California. Tran said he called his boss after he won to say, “I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever.”

5. $590.5 million Powerball

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May 18, 2013: 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie of Florida had the one-and-only winning ticket, but it could’ve easily gone to someone else. “While in line at Publix, another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning quick-pick ticket,” Mackenzie said.

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