Biggest American Mega Millions Lottery Jackpots of All Time

Everyone knows that the biggest lottery jackpots in the world are awarded by American lotteries, but not everyone knows that many of the biggest American jackpots have been won playing Mega Millions. Here is a countdown of the top Mega Millions jackpots ever. Maybe one day soon your name will be on this list!

10. Shane Missler - 5 January 2018 - $451 Million

Twenty-year-old Share Missler from Port Richey, Florida joined the Mega Millions winners list with a huge jackpot win, but he wasn't really surprised that he had won because he just had "a feeling" that he might. "I'm only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity," Missler said.

Missler collected his prize as the managing member of Secret 007, LLC, electing to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $281,874,999.00. "The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!" Missler tweeted after his big win.

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9. Peace of Mind Trust - 21 May 2021 - $516 Million

A single ticket purchased at the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 2760 Trenton Road, Levittown, Pennsylvania, was the only one to match all five white balls drawn, 6-9-17-18-48, and the yellow Mega Ball 8, to win a jackpot worth an estimated annuity value of $516 million, or $349.3 million cash, less applicable withholding taxes.

The prize money was claimed by Kurt Panouses, of Florida-based Panouses Law Firm, and Christopher Mahoney, of Pennsylvania's Stuckert & Yates, the lawyers who represented the lucky winners. "The winners live in small communities in eastern Pennsylvania and desire to keep their lives as normal as possible. Maintaining anonymity is key to ensuring that normalcy," they said.

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8. Laarni Bibal - 7 June 2019 - $522 Million

Jackpot winner Laarni Bibal "took some time before claiming her ticket," California Lottery officials said as she claimed her massive prizes three months after the draw. During that time, Bibal kept the winning ticket "in a secret hiding place." When asked where that was, she said, "I can't tell you. The secret hiding place is still a secret!"

Bibal chose the Mega Millions cash option and received $340 million (before federal taxes). According to lottery officials, Bibal planned to use the money to pay bills and buy a home.

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7. Richard Wahl - 30 March 2018 - $533 Million

Richard Wahl, a 47-year-old production manager at a food services company from Vernon, New Jersey, won the jackpot on the second time he ever played the lottery. "I drive past that (Mega Millions) sign every day and don't buy," he told reporters at a press conference when he picked up his check.

Wahl had purchased his first ticket the previous month after chatting with a co-worker about retirement, but he didn't win anything. A week later, he stopped at a gas station and bought more tickets, including the winning one. He opted for the one-time cash option which entitled him to an after-tax prize of about $175 million. Apparently he had a real understanding of the Mega Millions game!

6. Warren D, LLC - 8 July 2016 - $536 Million

"We are humbled and overjoyed by our Mega Millions winnings," said the family that won the huge jackpot in a statement. A representative for the winners, who elected to remain anonymous, said: "They're going to continue to work. They don't want this to change their lives." The family was born and raised in Indiana and they bought the winning ticket while going out of state on a trip. They had purchased Powerball tickets before, but this was the first time they played Mega Millions. "Our priority is to maintain a sense of normalcy for our children," the family said in the statement.

5. 11 California Co-workers – 24 July 2018 - $543 Million

Eleven co-workers at a San Jose financial institution played the lottery together on a whim after learning how high the jackpot had grown. "If I could win, anybody could win. We're just normal people!" said Roland Reyes, who claimed the prize on behalf of his group.

The players, ranging in age from 21 to 60, pitched in $2 each to purchase tickets together. Reyes said that the co-workers plan to keep on working. "We love that company. We love what we've built there. We have a good time and want to stay together." The winners chose to take the lump sum of $320.5 million, which for each member amounted to $29,140,281 before federal taxes.

4. Ira Curry; and Steve Tran - 17 December 2013 - $648 Million

This huge jackpot was made possible largely due to major format changes made by Mega Millions in October 2013. When the new rules went into effect, they served to boost the lottery’s jackpot significantly. In this case, after a series of 21 rollovers, Mega Millions ticket sales went through the roof. It wasn’t even clear how high the jackpot would be in the final draw but the prize ended up being $648,000,000!

Two winners each earned a $324,000,000 share of the pot, worth $173,819,742.50 before taxes. The winning tickets were bought in San Jose, California, and Stone Mountain, Georgia. The first winner to come forward to claim the prize was 56-year-old Ira Curry, who chose the numbers based on family birthdays and the family's lucky number seven, which was selected as the Mega Ball.

The California winning ticket was bought at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose by Steve Tran, who almost lost his ticket. Tran hadn't even realized he'd won, since the winning ticket was in a pile of other old tickets that he'd neglected to check!

3. Merle and Patricia Butler; The Three Amigos; & Anonymous - 30 March 2012 - $656 Million

Mega Million's huge jackpot drawing was held on 30 March 2012. As the jackpot rose to epic proportions, players and fans began to wonder whether the prize pool would ever be won! The final jackpot was $656 million - a world record for the biggest lottery jackpot ever which stood for almost four years!

On the Friday after the win, the first of three winners claimed their $218.6 million share of the prize. Kansas law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, which was what this wise lottery winner chose to do.

The Maryland winners of the amazing prize were three public school system employees who dubbed themselves "The Three Amigos." These American lottery winners -- a woman in her twenties, another in her fifties, and a man in his forties -- purchased a total of sixty tickets around the state, a $20 per person investment that ended up giving them each a huge return on their money! After splitting a massive $218.6 million, it's safe to say that these amigos are probably each other's richest friends!

The last winning ticket of this enormous jackpot belonged to Merle and Patricia Butler. The couple stayed up all night watching the news and surfing the internet to find out how many people had won the jackpot.

When word that the winning ticket had been purchased in their native town of Red Bud, Illinois, friends jokingly asked Merle if he was the winner. Little did they know! The retired couple came forward on 18 April 2012 to claim their prize's cash option payout of $111 million after taxes.

2. Wolverine FFL Club - 22 January 2021 - $1.05 billion

After a record 37 rollovers, the Mega Millions jackpot had reached a staggering $1.05 billion when the draw's winning numbers were matched by a lucky ticket purchased in Novi, Michigan on 22 January 2021. The jackpot was won by a 4-member syndicate called the "Wolverine FF Club" who came forward to claim their winnings on 12 March 2021, “This kind of money will impact the families of our club members for generations to come. We plan to stay humble and pay it forward through charitable giving in southeast Michigan.”. The group chose to split the one-time lump sum amount of $766 million. This Mega Millions jackpot is now the third-biggest lottery prize in the world and the second-largest prize won by a single ticket! mega millions billion dollar jackpot

1. Anonymous - 23 October 2018 - $1.537 Billion

A single ticket sold in South Carolina was the only winner of a $1.537 billion ($878 million cash) Mega Millions jackpot in the lottery’s draw on 23 October 2018.

The draw had been advertised with a $1.6 billion jackpot and it looked like Mega Millions was set to replace Powerball with a new world's record for largest jackpot ever. But after the draw results were announced and it became known that there was a single winner in South Carolina, the final prize amount was slightly reduced because ticket sales had been lower than expected.

The winning numbers in the draw were the white balls 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 5. The historic Mega Millions jackpot smashed the lottery's former record of $656 million, set in March 2012. In addition to the jackpot winner, the sales frenzy produced an incredible 36 second prize tickets.

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