We searched for the record jackpots of the most popular lotteries. True to the motto “Bigger is Better” , the US leads the record list of the highest lottery winnings ever. But also Europe does not need to hide with record profits in nine-digit height.
Lotto 6 out of 49: 45 million euros
The biggest jackpot in the German lottery history was 45,382,458 euros and was cracked on 5 December 2007. Overall, three players from Schleswig-Holstein, North Rhine-Westphalia and Thuringia typed the correct winning numbers (9, 10, 24, 28, 39, 42 and the Superzahl 3). The highest single win went on 7 October 2006 with 37.688.291,80 euros to a player from North Rhine-Westphalia.
Euro Jackpot: 90 million euros
The new community lottery has already outperformed the traditional lottery in terms of winnings. On 15 May 2015, a Czech won the first record jackpot in the amount of 90,000,000 euros . The second Euro Jackpot in the same record was won by a German player from Baden-Württemberg on 14 October 2016.
EuroMillions: 190 million euros
The European record is set by the multi-country lottery EuroMillions. A couple from England cracked the gigantic jackpot of 190 million euros on 10 August 2012. Due to the weak exchange rate at the time, however, came “only” 148.6 pounds to disburse. A couple from Scotland received £ 161.6 million on July 12, 2011, even though the profit was “only” € 185 million.
Powerball: 590 million dollars
On May 18, 2013, the largest jackpot in the history of the American Powerball Online Lottery was won. An 84-year-old lady from Florida won the record amount of $ 590,500,000 (about 460 million euros at that time). In America, however, you only get the full prize money if you can pay off the prize money over several years. The winner, logically, chose an immediate payout given her age, earning “only” $ 370,800,000.
MegaMillions: $ 656 million
The world’s highest in a lottery reached jackpot was $ 656 million and was cracked on March 30, 2012 in the American Mega Millions. After 18 draws without a major win in a row broke out in the US a true lottery fever and it formed long lines at gas stations and newsstands. The record win was shared by three winners from Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.