Powerball has been creating big winners and breaking records for lottery jackpots since it started in 1992. Find out about the largest prizes in the game’s history and learn more about the lucky Powerball winners who have claimed them.
Following a run of 19 consecutive rollovers, the Powerball jackpot reached a record-breaking $1.58 billion. The largest prize in U.S. lottery history was finally landed by John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach in Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills, California. All three players opted to take the cash lump sum of $327.8 million each.
Manuel Franco, from West Allis in Wisconsin, announced that he wanted to ‘help out the world’ after matching the full winning line on March 27th 2019. The winning ticket was one of ten he bought from a Speedway on Beloit Road in New Berlin, Milwaukee. He was aged 24 when he won and was tempted by the annuity, but eventually decided to take the cash option of $477 million.
Massachusetts resident Mavis Wanczyk became one of the biggest winners in lottery history when she matched the numbers required to collect $758.7 million. The 53-year-old, who instantly quit her job after finding out about her win, bought her entry from a gas station in the town of Chicopee and opted to take the cash option of $480.5 million.
Two tickets split the jackpot to win $343 million each. One of the winners, Lerynne West from Redfield in Iowa, revealed that she would use the money to set up a charitable foundation. The other winner was Robert Bailey, a retired federal government employee from New York. He also wanted to ‘give back to Manhattan’, while he also planned to keep playing the lottery.
Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills in Florida found fame after scooping an incredible $590.5 million. The octogenarian, who neighbors described as a “sweet little old lady”, decided to take a one off pre-tax lump sum worth $370.8 million.
Two ticket holders shared a colossal $587.5 million jackpot following a run of 15 successive rollovers. Matthew Good of Arizona and Missouri couple Mark and Cindy Hill split the hefty sum, each choosing to take the $192.3 million cash option.
A prize pot of more than half a billion dollars was shared between three lucky players as Marie Holmes, a single mother from Shallotte, North Carolina, an anonymous trust in Texas and a nameless player from Puerto Rico each walked away with $188 million.
A woman from New Hampshire won this huge prize and claimed the money anonymously after winning a legal battle to keep her identity private. State law would normally have compelled the New Hampshire Lottery to make her name public, but the judge ruled in her favour so that her safety was not put at risk. She bought her winning entry from Reeds Ferry Market, near Concord.
There were a trio of jackpot winners as a $488.4 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Minnesota and two players from New Jersey. Paul White of Ham Lake, Mario Scarnici from Monmouth Junction and ‘Oceans 16’, a syndicate from Ocean County, each took the cash option to bank a pre-tax total of $86 million.
An anonymous ticket holder from New Hampshire claimed a $487 million reward after purchasing their entry from Hannaford supermarket in Raymond. Speaking to lottery officials in The Granite State, the winner said they would do “great things” with the money.