25 biggest U.S. lottery jackpots

Posted: February 09, 2012

Here's a list of the 25 largest payouts ever by lotteries in the United States. They're all from three multistate games: Mega Millions; its precursor, the Big Game; and Powerball. In parentheses is the rank for that particular lottery.

1. $390 million, Mega Millions (1), won March 6, 2007, by 2 tickets, in Georgia and New Jersey. (Cash payout was $233.1 million, second all-time.)

2. $380 million, Mega Millions (2), won Jan. 4, 2011, drawing, in Idaho and Washington State. (Cash payout of $240 million was biggest ever.)

3. $365 million, Powerball (1), won Feb. 18, 2006, in Nebraska. (Biggest win ever for a single ticket.)

4. $363 million, Big Game (1), won May 9, 2000, by 2 tickets, in Illinois and Michigan.

5. $340 million, Powerball (2), won Oct. 19, 2005, in Oregon.

6. $336 million, Mega Millions (3), won Aug. 28, 2009, by two tickets, in New York and California.

7. $331 million, Big Game (2), won April 16, 2002, by three tickets, in Georgia, Illinois and New Jersey.

8. $330 million, Mega Millions (4), won Aug. 31, 2007, by four tickets, in New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and Virginia.

9. $319 million, Mega Millions (5), won March 25, 2011, in New York. (Biggest Mega Millions jackpot won by a single ticket.)

10. $315 million, Mega Millions (6), won Nov. 15, 2005, by 1 ticket in California.

11. $314.9 million, Powerball (3), won Dec. 25, 2002, by 1 ticket in West Virginia.

12. $314.3 million, Powerball (4), won Aug. 25, 2007, in Indiana.

13. $310 million, Powerball (5), for Feb. 11, 2012, drawing. ($193.4 million cash jackpot biggest ever for Powerball.)

14. $295.7 million, Powerball (6), won July 29, 1998, in Indiana.

15. $295 million, Powerball (7), won Aug. 25, 2001, in four states, Delaware, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Minnesota.

16. $294 million, Mega Millions (7), won July 2, 2004, in Maryland.

17. $276.3 million, Powerball (8), won by March 15, 2008, in West Virginia.

18. $275 million, Mega Millions (8), won Feb. 22, 2008, in Georgia.

19. $270 million, Mega Millions (9), won Feb. 28, 2006, in Ohio.

20. $266 million, Mega Millions (10), won May 4, 2010, in California.

21. $265 million, Mega Millions (11), won April 18, 2006 in Ohio.

22. $261.3 million, Powerball (9) won July 9, 2003, by 2 tickets, in Pennsylvania and Missouri.

23. $261.6 million, Powerball (10), won June 2, 2010, by one Ohio ticket.

24. $259.9 million, Powerball (11), won Aug. 19, 2009, in South Carolina.

25. 258.5 million, Powerball (12), won April 21, 2010, in Missouri.

Notes: A $258 million Mega Millions jackpot, won Sept. 16, 2005, in New Jersey was that state's biggest solo jackpot win ever.

A 2004 Powerball jackpot with an annuity value of $213.2 million yielded the biggest payout ever in Pennsylvania. It was claimed by Kristine and Steven White, of Somerset County, N.J., who bought a ticket in Bucks County.

For more on lotteries, go to www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery, www.powerball.com or www.megamillions.com.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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