The US Powerball lottery is once again boasting a seriously huge jackpot of 208 million Dollars for this Saturday evening!
It’s not the first time that this American lottery has the world’s attention. Seasoned lottery players will remember numerous other occasions that either the US Powerball or the Mega Millions lottery have soared to gigantic jackpot amounts that got every lottery player on the edge of their seats – waiting for their lucky numbers to drop out the lotto machine.
Let’s take a look back over time and see who got the shock of their lives when their lotto numbers won extraordinary high Powerball jackpot amounts and how their lives changed forever.
The biggest Powerball jackpots and who won them:
$590.5 million - May 2013:
Holding the record as the biggest ever US Powerball jackpot winner, is 84 year old, Gloria Mackenzie. While standing in line to buy a lotto ticket, another kind-hearted person let her go in ahead of her. Both bought Quick Pick tickets, but it was Ms Mackenzie’s ticket purchased first that won the biggest ever Powerball jackpot to date. A neighbour was quoted as saying, "I'm very happy for her. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person. She was always pleasant and smiling."
$587.5 million - November 2012:
Two tickets shared the second biggest US Powerball jackpot win. The first ticket holders were Cindy and Mark Hill of Missouri. The couple in fact remember telling their daughter not to get her hopes up, and that they would probably not win. Naturally when they realised that they had in fact won the jackpot, they bought her the horse she so badly wanted.
The second ticket, claiming half of the top prize in this draw initially opted to remain anonymous. But due the fact that records are eventually made public, the winner, by the name of Matthew Good materialised. Apparently, even though the store clerk at his local convenience store tried to persuade him to spend the whole $20, he only spent $10 on his Powerball tickets. In a statement he said, "It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift.”
Both winning tickets in this draw opted to take the lump-sum Powerball jackpot pay-out.
$564 million - February 2015:
In February 2015, after a long rollover, three tickets eventually claimed the Powerball jackpot that rose to a staggering $564 million. The winning tickets were sold in Princeton, Texas; another in Puerto Rico; and a third in North Carolina.
It's the third-largest Powerball prize ever and the fifth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The winners chose to take the lump sum option, and split $381,138,450.16 before taxes.
$448.4 million - August 2013:
Three tickets won the $448 million Powerball jackpot. Two in New Jersey, and one in Minnesota.
One of three jackpot tickets was bought by a group of 16 lottery players, who called themselves "Ocean's 16." The name comes from the fact that the group all work for the Ocean County vehicle maintenance facility. The group split the $86 million share of the jackpot, taking the cash-option value.
Another ticket holder was a project engineer in Minnesota who said he had dreamed of taking home the jackpot. The third winning ticket was claimed by a 70-year-old man in New Jersey.
$425.3 million - February 2014:
While eating lunch at a Subway, Raymond Buxton decided to buy a second Powerball ticket and double his chances of winning the massive Powerball jackpot. It’s a good thing he did as he won the jackpot.
He’s also quite a character as he walked into the lottery headquarters to claim his prize, wearing a t-shirt that read: "Luck of the Jedi I Have."
When asked what he planned to spend his new found wealth on, he said that he would use the winnings for charitable causes and travel.
He told the press that he estimates that he has been playing the lottery for about 20 years with the mantra of 'you can't win if you don't play'. He also went on to say, "Sitting on a ticket of this value was very scary," and "It's amazing how a little slip of paper can change your life."
If you love huge jackpots and massive secondary prizes, you have definitely come to the right place! Whatever time it is and wherever you are playing from, you’ll be able to find tickets to the world’s biggest online lottery draws right here at PlayUSALotteries.com!
When do the Powerball draws take place?
Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday. The results of drawings will be available on the website as soon as they have been audited. Everyone who has an entry into the draw will be sent an email notifying them of the Powerball winning numbers and any matches that they have.
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