August Lottery Winner Stories 4 – USA – Larry and Nancy Ross $363m
Back in the USA on May 9, 2000, Larry and Nancy Ross of Shelby Township, Michigan, won part of the $363 million Big Game lottery jackpot, to date this payout is the biggest in the history of the lottery in North America.
The Big Game which is now known as the Mega Millions, is a multi-state lottery game which can be entered in the states of; Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia. Tickets for the lotto cost $1. On top of that there are an additional 8 ways to win a jackpot including a range of cash prizes ranging from $1 to $150,000.
“We still can’t believe we won!” said Larry of his family’s unbelievable good fortune as they claimed the prize on May 12, 2000. “The whole thing is overwhelming and we are still adjusting to the shock. We saw the clerk who had sold us the ticket on TV. We re-checked the ticket and found we had the winner!”
After using the lottery checker The Ross family decided to cash in their $181.5 million share of the jackpot prize in a single lump-sum payment which worked out as approximately $90 million (after taxes have been deducted).