With its larger than life jackpots, the US Powerball has raised the stakes for the entire lottery market. It holds the world record for the largest jackpot in history, which was worth a groundbreaking $1.6 billion. Since then, more and more people from all over the world have become Powerball players, which has made this lottery the most popular out there. In this article, we will tell you all about their record-breaking first prize, as well as the rest of the largest Powerball jackpots to date. Take a look!
1. $1.6 BILLION – January 13th 2016
Beyond any shadow of a doubt, 2016 was the year of the Powerball. After numerous rollovers, the jackpot had finally exceeded the billion-dollar threshold, which was a first in the history of the lottery. As you can imagine, everybody had Powerball fever considering the outstanding amount of this fabulous jackpot. In fact, the word “Powerball” ended up being no.1 on America’s Most Googled Words list for 2016 because everybody wanted a chance to become a billionaire overnight.
Eventually, the $1,600,000,000 jackpot was won by three very lucky ticket holders who guessed all five of the main numbers and the Powerball. They each got an equal share of the fantastic prize, which made them multimillionaires.
2. $758 MILLION– August 23rd 2017
The Powerball lottery made lottery history on August 23rd, 2017 when Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts scooped a jackpot worth $758 MILLION. She is now the biggest lottery winner of all times, as this is the largest amount that has ever been won on a single ticket. Ms. Wanczyk has chosen the cash value option worth $480.5 MILLION and she has already quit her job because, with a jackpot like this, the possibilities are endless! The $758 MILLION prize is also the second largest jackpot in lottery history, which makes the draw on August 23rd, 2017 one for the books!
3. $590 MILLION – May 18th 2013
While the $1.6 BILLION Powerball jackpot was shared by three players, Gloria C. MacKenzie of Zephyrhills was the sole winner of the second largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball. At the respectable age of 84, Mrs. MacKenzie’s life took a very fortunate turn, as she scooped one of the biggest lottery prizes out there.
She had an established agreement with her son, Scott MacKenzie, to share any lottery win they may get. It was Mrs. MacKenzie herself who bought the winning ticket at a Publix grocery store, so it seems that she had the inspiration to choose the lucky Powerball numbers.
4. $587.5 MILLION – November 28th 2012
The third largest jackpot in Powerball history was worth a staggering $587.5 MILLION and it was won on November 28th 2012 by two ticket-holders in Arizona and Missouri. Matthew Good from Phoenix bought his winning lottery ticket in a local food store and he eventually opted for the $192 MILLION cash payment.
The other half of the $587.5 MILLION jackpot was won by Cindy and Mark Hill from Missouri. They have three sons and a 6-year old daughter whom they adopted from China. The entire family happily attended the press conference for their jackpot win and they were thrilled about their unexpected windfall.
5. $564 MILLION – February 11th 2015
There were three winners for the $564 MILLION jackpot from February 11th 2015. The happy ticket holders who shared this amazing prize were from North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas. Each of them got an equal share of the prize worth a whopping $188 MILLION.
6. $487 MILLION – July 30th 2016
The fabulous $487 MILLION jackpot was claimed by a family in New Hampshire, who wished to preserve their anonymity. Their lawyers claimed the prize and told the press that “There couldn’t have been two better people or a better family to win this money” and that they would use it to do great things.
7. $448 MILLION – August 7th 2013
Three lucky ticket holders shared August 7th 2013’s $448 MILLION Powerball jackpot. Two of them were from New Hampshire and the third was a Minnesota resident. Each of them had a claim to a $149.3 MILLION share of the prize, which is a life-changing amount.
8. $447.8 MILLION – June 10th 2017
Almost a tie with the sixth largest jackpot on the list, the Powerball first prize of June 10th, 2017 was worth no less than $447.8 million and it was won by a single ticket-holder from Sun City, California. This is the most recent addition to our list.
9. $435 MILLION – February 22nd 2017
One of the latest Powerball winners has made lottery history this year, as a lucky player from Indiana was the sole winner of the $435 MILLION jackpot from February 22nd 2017. With such an excellent start to the year, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the fabulous US Powerball lottery.
10. $429 MILLION – May 7th 2016
This was not only one of the biggest wins in the history of the US Powerball, but also one of the most memorable wins in lottery history. Pearlie Smith, the mother of seven, had a dream about the numbers for the Powerball lottery and much to her surprise, she truly has dreamed her way into becoming a multimillionaire. The Smiths will share the money among themselves and they have big plans for the future.
With such a breathtaking jackpot hall of fame, the US Powerball has no match in the lottery industry. The prizes in this American lottery are simply larger than life and its main contenders could only hope to come close to its grandeur. So, don’t miss out on your chance to become a Powerball millionaire! Put in your ticket and who knows what it will bring you! Good luck!