Record $1.53B Mega Millions Jackpot Won in South Carolina + 9 Other Biggest Lottery Jackpots in US in Last 10 Years

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On Wednesday, October 24 a single ticket holder in South Carolina won the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot, nearly breaking the all-time record jackpot for any lottery — the $1.586 billion jackpot for a 2016 Powerball draw.

Nexter.org made a list of biggest jackpots that were won in US in last 10 years.

1. $1.586 billion (Powerball)

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There were three winning tickets for history’s biggest prize, which was drawn on Jan. 13, 2016, according to CNN Money.

John and Lisa Robinson in Tennessee, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt in Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta in California all had the option of roughly $533 million before taxes as an annuity or $327.8 million as the lump-sum payment.

The Robinsons’ winning ticket was one of four they bought at a grocery store, they tell NBC’s TODAY show. They opted to take the lump sum. “We’re not guaranteed tomorrow,” says John.

In Florida, Smith and Kaltschmidt also picked the lump sum. At the time they planned to get massages, upgrade their truck and retire with the newfound wealth, according to NBC.

The Acostas remained anonymous for months after winning, but released a statement saying they were thankful for the “rare gift that has been placed in our care.”

2. $1,537  billion (Mega Millions)

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Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The winner (or winners) of Wednesday’s drawing has yet to come forward, but lottery officials confirmed that only one ticket sold for the drawing matched all of the winning numbers. And, because that ticket was sold in South Carolina, the world may never know exactly who won the huge prize.

3. $758.7 million (Powerball)

Mavis L. Wanczyk was announced as the winner of the $758.7 Million Powerball Jackpot in August of 2017.

Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts, claimed the winning ticket for the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot in August of 2017. Shortly after, she called up her employer at Mercy Medical Center, where she had worked for 32 years, and quit.

She decided to take the lump sum for the prize, accepting $480.5 million before taxes.

4. $656 million (Mega Millions)

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In March 2012, Mega Millions also had three winning tickets. Illinois winners Merle and Patricia Butler claimed $218.6 million of the winnings.

In Maryland, a state that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, three school employees claimed their share under the name “The Three Amigos.”

The third winner in Kansas remains anonymous.

5. $648 million (Mega Millions)

Ira Curry of Georgia and Steve Tran of California both won the December 2013 Mega Millions lottery.

Tran called his boss to say “I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow or ever,” according to NBC Bay Area. Jennifer’s Gift Shop, where Tran bought several tickets, received $1 million for selling the winner — a perk given in several states.

Curry bought her tickets as a last-minute decision and selected a combination of family birthdays and her lucky number seven.

Both went with the lump sum option of $173 million.

6. $590.5 million (Powerball)

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In May 2013, Gloria Mackenzie in Florida won a jackpot worth about $590 million, at the time making history as the biggest jackpot to be won by only one person. She chose to receive the one-time payment of about $370 million before taxes.

“It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person,” one of her neighbors toldNBC.

7. $587.5 million (Powerball)

November 28, 2012: Two winning tickets — Matthew Good of Arizona and Cindy and Mark Hill of Missouri.

8. $564 million (Powerball)

On February 11, 2015 there were three winners Marie Holmes of North Carolina; Andrew Weber, who claimed it on behalf of a trust in Texas; and an anonymous player in Puerto Rico.

9. $540 million (Mega Millions)

Lottery officials say a single winning ticket for this grand prize was sold in Indiana and the winner took it on July 8, 2016.

10. $487 million (Powerball)

The lone winning ticket for Saturday’s Powerball jackpot — estimated at $487 million — was sold in New Hampshire in 2016.


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