If you found yourself suddenly a multimillionaire,
what would you do? Quit your work, purchase a home, donate to a cause, or possibly travel the world? Some people were even luckier and won the highest prizes ever paid in a lottery, all of them in the last decade.
The 10 Richest Prizes Won with Lottery!
10. $564.1 Million – Powerball
When Marie Holmes won the $564.1 million jackpot in 2015, her life was forever changed. The mother of two girls who is a single parent decided to get the entire amount at once, and she got $127 million. Holmes also stated that she would give some money to charity.
9. $587 Million – Powerball
Matthew Good, from Phoenix, won the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot in 2012. Instead of getting the entire amount in yearly installments, he chose to get $192 million all at once.
8.$590.5 Million – Powerball
Can you imagine receiving $590.5 million all to yourself? Up until 2012, Gloria C. Mackenzie received the largest single prize. A few years later, someone else on this list broke the record. The 84 years old winner, decided to have a $370 million in cash instead of having the full amount in 30 annual payments.
7. $648 Million – Mega Millions
Can you imagine waking up so wealthy that you can just call and say you quit? That is what actually happened. Ira Curry and Steve Tran had to share the $648 million prize of Mega Millions in December 2013. While Tran waited 16 days to realize he had the winning ticket because he was traveling, Ira Curry claimed the prize right away.
6. $656 Million – Mega Millions
Mega Millions game’s $654 million jackpot in 2012 was one of the biggest in history. Three tickets shared the prize. Merle and Patricia Butler were the first to claim their money. The second ticket belongs to three friends from Maryland who identify themselves as The Three Amigos. The previous winner is still an unknown.
5. $687.8 Million – Powerball
In October 2018, two players split the $687.8 million Powerball prize after 21 weeks went by with no winners. They each had the option of taking out $198.1 million or receiving $343.9 million a year in instalments. There is no information about their decision.
4. $758.7 Million – Powerball
As the lone Powerball jackpot winner in August 2017, Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts, became the newest billionaire in the US. She received $480.5 million after taxes, which was more than enough to allow her to live the rest of her life without worrying about money.
3. $768.4 Million – Powerball
One thing Manuel Franco wanted to do with his money was put $1,000 away. He was able to enjoy much more, though, after winning $768.4 million on the Powerball early this year. It was a large sum to win playing the lottery, one of the largest. In April 2019, Franco received his payout in full.
2. $1.537 Billion – Mega Million
The $1.537 billion jackpot, the largest prize given by Mega Million to history, was won by one ticket, according to a confirmation from the lottery company in October 2018. The winner has the option of receiving $878 million all at once or the full amount paid in annual installments for 29 years ($53 million per year). The winner is from South Carolina, and according to the estate rules, there is the option to remain anonymous.
1. $1.586 Billion – Powerball in January 2016
The largest lottery prize in history was won. The $1.586 billion jackpot, or $533 million before taxes, was split among three fortunate winners. Some of the winners also donate their winnings to charitable organizations.