10 Biggest Powerball Jackpots Ever

Are you wondering what was the biggest Powerball jackpot ever? We’ve listed the top ten Powerball lottery jackpots, counting down from tenth place to the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, which is also the world record jackpot prize. Are you ready to find your name on this list?

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10. Emerald Legacy Trust - 17 March 2018 - $456.7 Million

A jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was presented to officials at the Pennsylvania Lottery by a lawyer who provided no details regarding the person or people who will get the money. The ticket had correctly matched all five white balls, 22-57-59-60-66, and the red Powerball 07, to win a jackpot that had been growing since January 10. The claimant, Emerald Legacy Trust, opted to receive a cash prize of $273,959,698, less 24 percent federal and 3.07 percent state tax withholding. The after-tax prize amount is $199,798,807.75.

9. New Hampshire family - 30 July 2016 - $487 Million

An unidentified New Hampshire family promised to do 'great things' with their newfound wealth after their lawyer claimed the jackpot prize on their behalf. The family’s ticket matched the five main numbers of 11-17-21-23-32 and the additional Powerball number 5. The lawyer said family members wished to keep their identities a secret. Their final payment, after taxes, is $256 million. The lawyer announced that the family had already made $100,000 in donations to charity and planned to donate more.


8. Anonymous - 6 January 2018 - $559.7 Million

The New Hampshire winner of this amazing jackpot was required by state law to identify herself when she claimed the prize but instead she sued to remain anonymous, despite having signed her ticket with her actual name. Lawyers for the woman, identified solely as Jane Doe, said her privacy interests outweigh the public’s right to know and a local judge agreed. "The Court has no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe's identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation and unwanted communications," the judge's resolution stated.

The winner's lawyers received payment on her behalf of $264 million, after taxes were deducted. Doe pledged to donate between $25 million to $50 million of her prize to charity over time.

7. Marie Holmes; TL Management Trust; & Anonymous - 11 February 2015 - $564.1 Million

Mother-of-four Marie Holmes has not had the easiest life. She was raising her four kids as a single mother and was forced to quit her job to take care full-time of her son with special needs. Marie asked her mother to buy a ticket for her when the Powerball jackpot grew to an obscene amount. Her mother obliged and the rest is lottery history.

Holmes was one of three winners of the $564.1 million jackpot. She became the biggest lottery winner in North Carolina's history. Holmes vowed to use the money for good causes. Since then Holmes has been in and out of the news for both positive and not-so-positive reasons as she used some of her millions to help out her church, and some of the money to bail out her boyfriend on a drug charge.

Another winner claimed their share of the prize as the TL Management Trust. The winning ticket was bought at the Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, Texas.

The last winner, a resident of Puerto Rico, remained completely anonymous. All three winners collected their prize as a one-time cash payout of $127 million each, which ended up being $87.9 million after taxes.

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6. Matthew Good; Mark and Cindy Hill - 28 November 2012 - $587.5 Million

The Missouri winners of this epic Powerball win announced their big victory ceremoniously at the high school where they first fell in love in the 1970s. Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Missouri spent $10 on five tickets with random numbers, and in return they received a $192 million cash payout before taxes! These high school sweethearts made national news and put Dearborn on the map!

The other recipient of the huge jackpot, Matthew Good of Phoenix, Arizona, settled on the lump sum cash payment, as well. Talk about living up to your name! Obviously Good’s life will be good for a long time to come with his massive Powerball win!


5. Gloria C. MacKenzie - 19 May 2013 - $590.5 Million

Mindy Crandell was waiting in line at the Publix supermarket near Tampa, Florida, in front of Gloria MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Zephyrhills resident. Crandell decided quite courteously to let the woman go in front of her, not realising that giving up her spot in line would mean giving up a record $590.5 million lottery win! MacKenzie took her spot, bought a Quick Pick, and became the winner of what was at the time the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket holder. Remarkably, Crandell said she had no regrets and preferred to teach her daughter that kindness was more important than money.

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4. Lerynne West; and Robert Bailey - 27 October 2018 - $687.8 Million

Lerynne West, 51-year-old mother of three from Redfield, Iowa, had just purchased a new home and while she was moving in, she stopped in town for pizza and coffee, and to purchase a Powerball ticket. She ended up leaving the ticket for several days on the floor of her sister's pickup truck before she realized she had just won a share of the huge Powerball jackpot. Her split of the prize was $343.9 million, which she took as a lump sum cash payment worth $198.1 million.

Robert Bailey, a 67-year-old retired postal worker in New York, had played the same lottery numbers for nearly three decades. "A family member gave me the numbers over 25 years ago and I faithfully play them," he said. When the winning numbers were announced, Bailey checked his ticket online and said to himself, "These look like my numbers." Even after his big Powerball win, Bailey said he would "continue playing my numbers until this train runs out."

After originally being advertised as offering a $750 million jackpot, the top prize in the Powerball draw was downsized to $687.8 million after the drawing as ticket sales did not meet expectations. The numbers drawn were white balls 08, 12, 13, 19, 27, plus Powerball 04, and Power Play multiplier 3X.

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3. Mavis Wanczyk - 23 August 2017 - $758.7 Million

It looked like Powerball was on its way to a second billion-dollar jackpot, but that was not to be. Even so, the winner of the draw on 23 August 2017 went straight into the record books! Mavis Wanczyk, a hospital worker from Massachusetts, was the sole winner of an incredible $758.7 million jackpot prize. This win set records, at the time, for the second biggest American lottery jackpot ever awarded, as well as the highest annuitized jackpot and cash value prize ever won by a single ticket.

Surprisingly, Massachusetts Lottery officials and Wanczyk held a press conference shortly after the draw. This was quite unusual as big lottery winners tend to retain their privacy as long as possible. Apparently Wanczyk couldn't keep her jackpot win a secret!

2. Manuel Franco - 27 March 2019 - $768.4 Million

A single ticket purchased in Wisconsin was the only winner of a $768.4 million ($477 million cash) Powerball jackpot, the third-largest in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers were white balls 16, 20, 37, 44, 62, plus Powerball 12. The winner of the enormous prize was identified as a 24-year-old Wisconsin man named Manuel Franco. At a press conference Franco said, “To win feels something like a dream and I feel like at any moment I might wake up. I just can’t believe an ordinary guy like me would ever be in this position. … I will say that the two-dollar ticket you buy is worth the chance to change your life forever. It certainly has changed my life and I look forward to the future.”

1. WORLD RECORD JACKPOT! Lisa & John Robinson; The Nickel 95 Trust; & Marvin and Mae Acosta - 13 January 2016 - $1.586 Billion

US Powerball made significant rule changes in 2015, which they hoped would give them a billion-dollar jackpot by 2020. Turns out they only had to wait a few months, not years, to see their billionaire dreams come true.

After more than two months of rollovers, the jackpot was climbing closer and closer to the $1 billion mark. It was utter madness around the world as millions of people clamoured to buy Powerball tickets off- and online. When the jackpot finally rose to $1.58 billion, the whole world held its breath in anticipation. On 13 January 2016, three tickets with the winning numbers -- 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10 -- made lottery history. Not only is this the biggest jackpot in U.S. history, but it's also the biggest lottery jackpot in the world so far!

John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee were so excited, they just had to let the entire nation know that they were one of the fantastically lucky winners. John, an Air Force veteran, and Lisa, who works in a dermatology clinic, participated in a television interview before they even claimed their winnings!

The Tennessee Lottery confirmed that the pair was indeed one of the historic lottery winners and the couple claimed its unbelievable $528 million share at a lottery press conference. The couple brought along their daughter Tiffany and their dog Abby, who promptly fell asleep as they were handed their epic cheque. Lisa and John decided to take the lump sum cash option of $327.8 million before taxes.

Another $528 million prize was claimed by The Nickel 95 Trust. The trustee is Maureen Smith, 70, of Melbourne Beach, Florida. The Trust also chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment.

The final winning Powerball ticket belonged to Marvin and Mae Acosta from southern California. Unlike the other two winners, the Acostas waited seven months before they came forward to claim their third of the prize. The reason for the delay was that the couple had enlisted a team of lawyers and financial advisers to help handle this incredible prize.


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