Biggest Lottery Wins From Around the World
Although a win on the Lottery would come in welcome for any winner, whether a modest £10 on three numbers, or the full multi-million pound fortune on all six, some of the largest ever Lottery wins have paid out more money than could ever feasibly be spent in one lifetime, despite the winner’s best efforts.
The world’s largest ever jackpot win was $390million dollars, which was won on March 6, 2007 and shared by two Mega Millions (US) ticket holders, one from New Jersey, one from Georgia. America also claims the world’s largest single win of $365million dollars in February 18, 2006, which was won and shared between eight in a Nebraskan meat processing plant syndicate with one very lucky Powerball (US) ticket.
The States also has the celebrity of offering up the next largest Lottery win, this time in The Big Game (US), when on May 9, 2000, Larry and Nancy Ross of Michigan and Joe and Sue Kainz of Illinois shared a huge prize fund of $363 million dollars.
The popular EuroMillions has created innumerable millionaires since its launch in 2004. In February 3, 2006, three lucky ticket holders – two French, one Portuguese – shared a jackpot of EUR180million Euros. EuroMillions also made a millionairess many times over out of Irish mother of six, Dolores McNamara, who scooped a massive EUR115million Euros on July 29, 2005, to become Europe’s largest Lottery winner and the recipient of the world’s single largest payout.
Italy’s SuperEnalotto made millionaires out of ten customers who shared one winning ticket worth EUR71.8m in a Milan bar in May 4, 2005, marking Italy’s largest ever Lottery prize giveaway. Britain’s National Lottery paid out £42million, England’s largest ever prize, to three winning ticket holders on January 6, 1996, but that’s not the last you’ll hear of the National Lottery in the UK making millionaires out of ordinary Lotto players.
Angela Kelly, a UK resident, won £35.4million on August 10, 2007 with the ever high-rolling EuroMillions Lottery, marking her out as the UK’s single largest payout recipient and changing her life forever. She won by matching all five numbers plus two lucky stars to 23, 40, 42, 43, 49, plus 2 and 6.
The world’s final two remaining largest winners both hail from Europe and won playing the National Lottery. On October 7, 2006, EUR37.6m was won by a German male nurse, hailing from North Rhine-Westphalia and EUR16.2 m, Ireland’s largest single payout, was won by Paul and Helen Cunningham on July 28, 2007.
The odds of being one of these remarkable Lotto winners are high, roughly 13,983,816 to 1 for six numbers out of 49, but such fierce odds do little to detract eager players, who enjoy the game no less for the regular losses.