Top 10 biggest lottery prizes in the history of the United States

Here are 10 stories about the largest Jackpots in the history of the United States.

1. The prize: $ 656,000
Lottery: Mega Millions
Date: March 30, 2012
Cash payout: $ 474,000 ($ 158 each)

The largest jackpot in the US history was divided between people from Maryland, Kansas and Illinois. Two winners wished to remain incognito, but Merle and Peter Butler, the third lottery winners have failed to remain anonymous, because it is contrary to the laws of their state. «I looked at the ticket a few minutes, then turned to my wife and said, — «We won». She looked at me with a smile, and then I said: «No, we really won." And then she laughed. She was laughed four hours,» says Merle.

2. The prize: $ 648,000
Lottery: Mega Millions
Date: December 17, 2013
Cash payout: $ 347,600 ($ 173,800 each)

The second largest jackpot in the history of lotteries shared 56-year-old housewife Debbie Alford and truck driver Fred Tran. The last wasn’t fast to take away his prize; he came to the lottery office two weeks after the announcement of the results. Fred usually bought a couple of tickets in each city, where he went to his truck at work. After the man discovered he became a millionaire, he left a message to his boss: «Today I will not go to work. And tomorrow will not go. In general, I will not come at all».

3. The prize: $ 590,500
Lottery: Powerball
Date: May 18, 2013
Cash payout: $ 370,900

The first largest undivided jackpot in the history of the United States went to 84-year-old resident of Florida Gloria McKenzie. The elderly lady bought a ticket for $ 2 at the local supermarket. The woman refused to talk to reporters, so we do not know her plans on the winnings.

4. The prize: $ 587.5 million

Lottery: Powerball
Date: November 28, 2012
Cash payout: $ 384,700,000 (142,350,000 each)

The fourth largest jackpot in the history of the United States was divided between 2 couples. Mark and Cindy Hill from Missouri barely made both ends meet: Cindy worked as an office manager, and Mark worked at a local factory for packing food. The couple has three adult children and an adopted daughter from China. Hill family is going to travel, enjoy life and do charity. The second pair of winners wished to remain incognito. It is known that the couple had a very good income before they won money. The winners came to the money wisely and invited a financial analyst to dispose a winning properly.

5. Winning $ 448 million
Lottery: Powerball
Date: August 7, 2013
Payment in cash: $ 258 million (86 million each)

Big prize was shared between three people in the US. One of the winners, 45-year-old engineer Paul White told the press that he felt a great relief, «I feel like I dropped the weight that pressed on my shoulders every day." As expected, the man resigned. His plans include buying a car Acura NSX for $ 30,000 and a large house for his parents. White is divorced and has two children; before the man was afraid that he could not pay for the expensive education for his daughters, but now he feels confident.

6. The prize: $ 425.3 million

Lottery: Powerball
Date: February 19, 2014
Cash payout: $ 242.2 million

As usual, a pensioner from California bought a lottery ticket at a gas station, where he stopped to eat. Raymond Buxton says he was waiting for this win for 20 years. The man is going to spend the money traditionally for lottery winners — to go on a world tour and give the money to charity. The pensioner informed his relatives and family about the winning not immediately, first he prudently gathered all the documents and cashed the check.

7. The prize: $ 414 million
Lottery: Mega Millions
Date: March 18, 2014
Cash payout: $ 230.9 million ($ 115.45 million each)

$ 414,000 was shared between a loving couple, Robin and Raymond, and another man, who wished to remain anonymous. The owner of the supermarket, which sold the winning ticket, also received a good commission of $ 100 000. The couple from Florida shared their plans for the prize money: travel, business investment projects and lifetime passes to the matches of their favorite football team.

8. The prize: $ 399,400
Lottery: Powerball
Date: September 18, 2013
Cash payout: $ 223,000

Lucky, who has won more than a quarter billion dollars, also wished to remain anonymous. We only know that the man drove to the gas station to buy his favorite muffins, but there were no any on sale. Instead of the pastry the seller offered to the residents of South Carolina to buy a lottery ticket, which turned to be winning. The man used the right not to disclose his name in the press, because he feared thieves and excessive media’s attention.

9. The prize: $ 390,000
Lottery: Mega Millions
Date: March 6, 2007
Cash payout: $ 233,100 ($ 116,550)

$ 390 million went to the Messner family from New Jersey and truck driver Ed Neibors from Georgia. When Ed was asked what he was going to do after such a huge win, the man said modestly: «I’ll go fishing.»

10. The prize: $ 380,000

Lottery: Mega Millions
Date: January 4, 2011
Cash payout: $ 240 000 ($ 120 each)

The main prize went to single mother Holly Lahti and one more winner. After cashing the money Holly resigned from the bank where she worked as a specialist in customer service, and disappeared in an unknown direction. Her ex-boyfriend, Josh Lahti could be entitled to a half of the prize, as the spouses were not officially divorced. Mr. Lahti commented on the win of his wife: «It’s awesome! I no longer have to pay child support!» The winners from Washington turned to be much more noble people. They reported that they were going to write checks to each of their six children, and to transfer the rest money to charity.

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