Largest Lottery Win in the USA
The largest lottery win in the USA came on Wednesday 13th January 2016, when three Powerball ticket holders – one from California, one from Florida and one from Tennessee – shared a top prize worth US$1.58 billion. This win smashed the record previously held by Mega Millions for the world’s largest-ever lottery jackpot.
The Tennessee ticket was owned by John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, who opted to take the cash lump sum of US$327.8 million, rather than receive US$528.8 million over 29 years. The Nickel 95 Trust was the winner from Florida, headed by trustee Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach, where the ticket was sold. They also chose the cash option. The Californian winner is yet to claim their portion of the prize and has one year from the draw date to come forward before the prize expires.
Other Big US Lottery Wins
Powerball also holds the record for creating the largest US lottery win on a single ticket. Gloria MacKenzie, 84, from Zephyrhills, Florida won a US$590.5 million jackpot 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. This win stood as a world record for nearly four years, and is still the second-largest lottery 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.