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Largest Lottery Win in the USA

As neither Powerball nor Mega Millions have jackpot caps, the top-tier prizes for both games have the ability to reach truly enormous sums. Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest prizes in US lottery history!

Mega MillionsOn Wednesday 13th January 2016, Powerball smashed the record previously held by Mega Millions for the world’s largest jackpot as three ticket holders – one from California, one from Florida and one from Tennessee – won a top prize worth US$1.58 billion.

Powerball also holds the record for creating the single largest US lottery winner. The record is currently held by Powerball ticket holder Gloria MacKenzie, 84, from Zephyrhills, Florida who won the colossal US$590.5 million jackpot from the Powerball draw on 18th May 2013, although she chose to take the cash lump-sum of US$370.8 million before taxes.

The Mega Millions draw on 30th March 2012 saw the jackpot reach a phenomenal US$656 million (US$474 million cash value) before finally being won by three ticket holders from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland who matched all six numbers drawn to share the record-breaking jackpot prize. The lottery game held the world record for nearly four years, and is still the second-largest jackpot in history.

Two of the winning ticket holders were named as Merle and Patricia Butler from Red Bud, Illinois and three work colleagues, dubbed ‘The Three Amigos’, from Milford Mill, Maryland. The third winning ticket holder purchased their Mega Millions ticket in Kansas, which is one of the few states in the US to allow winners to remain anonymous, and decided not to go public with their good fortune.

Other Notable US Lottery Wins

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