Biggest Powerball Jackpots


Is there anyone who hasn't dreamed about winning the Powerball grand prize and all the things they'd do with their millions? With a $20 million starting jackpot that has no limit on how high it can go, the game has created some of the top wins in lottery history.

One of the world's most famous lotteries, Powerball attracts players from across the US as well as foreign residents who want to try their luck. The first time the jackpot topped nine figures was in July 2013, when Colleen DeVries and Leslie Robbins of Wisconsin claimed an $111.2 million win. Since then, the top prize has regularly set new records and turned many ordinary Americans into overnight multimillionaires.

Read on to discover the top 10 jackpots in Powerball history and where the lucky tickets were purchased ...

1. $1.58 billion - January 13, 2016

This prize holds the record as the largest ever in lottery history. It's also notable for being the first-ever occasion that a jackpot rolled above $1 billion.

The incredible prize was split by three winning tickets sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee.

First to claim were Munford, Tennessee couple John and Lisa Robinson, who appeared on the Today show to tell a live TV audience that they held one of the lucky tickets. They chose to receive the cash option payout of $327.8 million. Had they opted for the annuitized prize, their share would have been nearly $530 million.

The second set of winners to surface were husband and wife David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach, Florida. They claimed via the Nickel 95 Trust, which they created to manage their winnings. The couple also decided to receive their prize as a $327.8 million lump sum.

Six months after the draw, Marvin and Mae Acosta from Chino Hills, California stepped forward as the holders of the third winning ticket. The couple stated that they would donate most of the money to a Trust and to charity. The Acostas also chose to take their win as the $327.8 million cash option.

2. $768.4 million - March 27, 2019

24-year-old Manuel Franco of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the lucky recipient of the highest lottery prize ever won by a single ticket. Franco said he had a "really lucky, weird feeling" when he purchased the winning ticket. He opted for the lump sum payout of $477 million, choosing to retire and pursue his goal to "help out the world."

3. $758.7 million - August 23, 2017

At the time, this jackpot was the largest ever hit on a single ticket. Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts wasted no time in claiming her life-changing win, stepping forward the day after the drawing to collect the cash option of $480.5 million. She told lottery officials that shed'd quit her job in a hospital, and her next step would be to "hide in bed"!

4. $731 million - January 20, 2021

The biggest prize in Maryland history went to a group of players who chose to stay anonymous, going by the name "The Power Pack." One of the group members bought their single winning Quick Pick ticket from Coney Market in Lonaconing, a small former mining town in Allegheny County. However, it took a while for their good fortune to sink in. After checking the winning numbers, the member who purchased the ticket told the rest of the group, "This can’t be right. I’m going to work."

The Power Pack eventually did claim their prize in May, sharing the $546.8 million lump sum payout, less $366.6 million in federal and state tax withholdings. While they didn't plan to change the way they lived, the winners said they would invest in order to support their families and communities "for generations to come."

This incredible jackpot should definitely answer the question, "Do Powerball Quick Picks ever win?"

5. $699.8 million - October 4, 2021

This amazing prize was won by a single ticket purchased in California, following 40 jackpot rollovers. The cash option is valued at $496 million. The winner has not come foward yet to claim their payout.

This win was extra-special in a number of ways. It was the first time the jackpot was hit on a Monday since Powerball added the third weekly draw in August 2021. Not only that, but the prize was also the fifth-largest Powerball win ever, the seventh-largest US jackpot of all time, AND the biggest lottery win in California history!

The ticket was sold by Albertsons in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County.

6. $687 million - October 27, 2018

Two winners shared this awesome jackpot: Lerynne West of Redford, Iowa and Robert Bailey of New York City.

After temporarily losing her ticket in her sister's truck, West was able to claim her prize, using some of the funds to create a charity named in honor of her grandson, The Callum Foundation.

Bailey, a retired government worker, faithfully stuck with the same numbers for over 25 years after receiving them from a friend - and said he's not going to stop playing his lucky picks anytime soon. Both winners chose to receive the lump sum payment of $198 million each.

7. $590.5 million - May 18, 2013

Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida, made history with the largest prize ever won by a single ticket. She chose to receive her payout as the cash value of $370.9 million.

8. $587.5 million - November 28, 2012

Arizona resident Matthew Good and Missouri grandparents Mark and Cindy Hill shared this jackpot, with all the winners deciding to go with the cash option payout of $192 million each before taxes.

9. $564.1 million - February 11, 2015

This prize was split by three winners in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas, who each collected $188 million. The Puerto Rican ticket holder chose to remain anonymous, and the Texan winner also shielded their name by claiming via a trust. North Carolina resident Marie Holmes was the only winner to make her identity public.

10. $559.7 million - January 6, 2018

This jackpot, won by a single ticket in New Hampshire, was the subject of a lengthy legal dispute. The winner wished to stay anonymous, although according to state law, her identity should become public. The winner eventually prevailed in her quest and collected the prize through the Good Karma 2018 Nominee Trust.

The winner opted for the cash lump sum of $352 million and said she would contribute to multiple charities. The winning ticket was sold at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack.

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