The 10 biggest lottery wins in American history


The record of winning the lottery in the US is the amount of 1.6 billion USD, divided equally among the owners of 3 tickets earlier this year. While many people openly won the prize, some middle-aged people want to keep their identities secret. Therefore, the story of those who win the giant lottery in America always makes people curious.

Lottery price of 1.6 billion USD

The current US lottery record is set on January 13, 2016, with three tickets winning the Powerball lottery. The owner of 2 of the 3 tickets confirmed immediately after the results while the remaining ticket owner appeared 6 months later.

The $1.6 billion prize is given to three parties: the couple John and Lisa Robinson in Tennessee, Maureen Smith in Florida, and the couple Mae and Marvin Acosta.

The current US lottery record is set on January 13, 2016, with three tickets winning the Powerball lottery. 

The Robinson couple chose to receive money once and they even went on TV before receiving the award. Meanwhile, the Acosta couple, who appeared last, refused to respond to the media. They explained the reason they waited 6 months to confirm winning because they wanted to “consult with a group of advisors”.

Prize of 656 million USD

On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions confirmed that there were 3 tickets with the winning amount of 656 million USD – the current record of this lottery brand.

A retired couple Merle and Patricia Butler in Illinois received one-third of the money, or $218.6 million. “We are just ordinary people who work hard all their lives” said Mr. Merle.

The second ticket to win the prize came from a group of friends in Maryland nicknamed “Three Amigos”. The remaining winner is still unknown. People only know this ticket was bought in Kansa- One of the few states that allow the winner to keep his name secret.

Prize of 648 million USD

The two share the Mega Millions prize of US $648 million on December 17, 2013, Ira Curry in Georgia and Steve Tran in California. Ira said she chose numbers based on the combination of birthdays of family members.

Meanwhile, the delivery driver named Steve immediately called his boss when he heard the news and said: “I won the lottery. I don’t think I will go to work today, tomorrow or later”.

Prize of 590.5 million

Gloria Mackenzie, 84-year-old, from Florida, bought a single ticket and the prize on May 18, 2013. It may actually belong to someone else. “When queuing up to buy lottery tickets, another person gave me up to buy first and finally I won” said Gloria.

Prize of 587.5 million USD

On November 28, 2012, Mr. Matthew Good became one of the two owners of the $587.5 million jackpot. He wanted to remain anonymous but Arizona law does not allow.

The remaining lucky ones are Cindy and Mark Hill couple in Missouri. Before that, they said their daughter do not expect anything in winning the lottery. After winning the prize, they planned to take her to the beach and buy her a horse. Mr. Mark bought himself a red Chevrolet Camaro.

Lottery prize of 564 million USD

This lottery prize was also distributed to three parties on February 11, 2015. One of them is the single mother Marie Holmes in North Carolina.

Holmes is raising 4 children, including a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. In addition to taking care of her children, Holmes wanted to use the money to complete her university program, do charity as well as buy a house for her mother.

The other two winning tickets went to an unnamed person in Puerto Rico and Andrew Weber in Texas

Lottery prize of 540 million USD

On July 8 2016, Mega Millions announced that the ticket for winning the US $540 million prizes belonged to one person in Indiana. However, this person’s identity has not been clarified yet. Indiana state law requires the winner to have 180 days to receive the prize.

Lottery prize of 487 million USD

The draw on Saturday, July 30, 2016, by Powerball determined that the winning ticket of $487 million was sold in New Hampshire but information about the lucky person was not disclosed. With this result, Powerball has changed the ranking of the top 10 largest lottery numbers in the US in 2016.

Lottery prize of $ 448.4 million

The drawing on August 7, 2013, associated with a touching story. One of the three tickets together won $448.4 million purchased by a group of 16 victims in Super Sandy, the second strongest storm after Katrina, to hit the US in October 2012.

Nicknamed “Ocean’s 16”, they work for the county maintenance agency of Ocean County, New Jersey. Each person received $3.8 million after-tax.

One of the three tickets together won $448.4 million purchased by a group of 16 victims in Super Sandy, the second strongest storm after Katrina, to hit the US in October 2012.

The other two lucky people were an engineer in Minnesota, who said he “dreamed many times about the award”, and a 70-year-old man in New Jersey.

Lottery prize of 429.6 million USD

On May 7, 2016, a player in New Jersey won $429.6 million from Powerball.

What do the lottery winners do with the money they receive?

According to a 2012 report published by the Telegraph, in addition to 15% of the winners were retired, 59% of winners decided to quit while only 19% continued to work. 83% of winners decided to relocate with an average new home value of about $900,000.

A car is also a gift that the winner wins for himself. According to statistics, Audi is the most popular choice with 16%, followed by the brands Range Rover, BMW, Mercedez.

Former Federal Reserve director Ben Bernanke once said: “The lottery winners are very happy and excited to hear the news. However, only six months later, they are said to be not as happy as they used to be before winning the lottery”.