Biggest Lotto Prizes
Lotto games around the world all have their own jackpot prizes and with multiple draws each week, rollovers as well as special jackpot games, we often see record breaking jackpots available across the globe. The biggest lotto prizes cannot be pin pointed to any one continent but there are some world jackpots renowned for boasting the biggest lotto prizes; including multi-state games in the USA such as the Mega Millions and the Powerball, the Italian lottery of the SuperEnalotto and of course, the popular pan-European game of EuroMillions to name just a few. This page takes a look at a selection of the biggest lotto prizes won to date by visiting separate continents and taking a brief look at the jackpot prizes created by the lotteries in the countries of that continent.
Biggest Lotto Prizes in the USA
Of course some of the biggest lotto prizes from the USA have been generated by the multi-state lotteries, but the smaller state lotteries have also created some pretty impressive jackpot winners too.
- Powerball – On February 18th 2006 a single ticket won the biggest lotto prize jackpot to date of $365 million.
- Mega Millions – The biggest lotto prize for this multi-state lottery was an impressive $656 million which was won on the 30th March 2012. This winning lotto prize was shared by three ticket holders, one from Illinois, one from Kansas and the other from Maryland.
- Lotto Texas – On 19th June 2004 the biggest lotto prize of $145 million was won by a single ticket holder who opted for the cash value option and netted an impressive $82,569,717.
- Florida Lotto – The biggest lotto prize for the Florida Lotto was won back on 15th September 1990. The jackpot was won by six players and was an estimated $106.5 million and each player received $17.75 million each.
These are just a few examples of the biggest lotto prizes won in the USA.
Biggest Lotto Prizes in Europe
The EuroMillions is a pan-European lotto game that is played by multiple countries so it will come as no surprise to find that this lottery has produced some of the biggest lotto prizes from around the world. The biggest lotto prize ever won in Euromillions was by Chris and Colin Weir from the UK on 12th July 2011, draw number 397. This jackpot was created after multiple rollovers and actually took the EuroMillions jackpot to its cap for the first time in the week prior to Chris and Colin Weir actually winning the top prize.
However, the EuroMillions game is not the only lottery that produces some of the biggest lotto prizes – Italy’s Superenalotto is renowned for rolling over simply because it has such a high number matrix (players have to predict six main numbers from 90 to win). The biggest lotto prize to date created by the SuperEnalotto was €177,729,043, and was won on 30th October 2010 by one lucky ticket holder.
Biggest Lotto Prizes in Australia
Australia is not shy in producing big lotto prizes, and on 30th June 2009 the Oz Lotto game saw a jackpot of A$106,549,984 shared amongst two ticket holders - one from South Australia and another from Queensland. Although advertised at A$90 million, the Division 1 prize pool was substantially higher thanks to increased ticket sales.
Australia also has its own Powerball lottery – a multi-state game similar to that found in America. Whilst the biggest lotto prize for this game didn’t quite make it to the impressive A$106.5 million of the Oz Lotto, it did reach the A$80 million mark on 30th July 2009 and was won by two lucky ticket holders.