12 biggest U.S. lottery jackpots ever

Posted: September 21, 2012

Here are the dozen largest annuity jackpots of all-time in the United States.

Note that the list's most recent addition, an August 2012 Powerball jackpot that landed at No. 7, paid the most cash ever to a single winner.

They jackpots are all from three multistate games: Powerball, Mega Millions, and its precursor, the Big Game.

The first ranking number is for the annuity, payable over 25 years for Mega Millions, 30 years for Powerball.

Since most winners take a lump-sum payout, cash figures are included, with a separate ranking in parentheses.

1. $656 million, Mega Millions, won March 30, 2012, by three tickets, sold in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. Cash: $471 million (No. 1 for total cash all-time).

2. $390 million, Mega Millions, won March 6, 2007, by 2 tickets, in Georgia and New Jersey. Cash payout: $233.1 million (No. 3 cash all-time).

3. $380 million, Mega Millions, won Jan. 4, 2011, drawing, in Idaho and Washington State. Cash payout: $240 million (2).

4. $365 million, Powerball, won Feb. 18, 2006, in Nebraska. Cash: $177.3 million (11). Record annuity for Powerball, record annuity with a single winner for any U.S. lottery.

5. $363 million, Big Game, won May 9, 2000, by 2 tickets, in Illinois and Michigan. Cash: $180 million (10).

6. $340 million, Powerball, won Oct. 19, 2005, in Oregon. $164.4 million cash (18).

7. $337 million, Powerball, won Aug. 15, 2012, in Michigan. Cash: $223.7 million (4). Most total cash ever for Powerball, most cash paid to a single winner for any U.S. lottery. (Mega Million's three higher totals were all split.)

8. $336.4 million, Powerball, for Feb. 11, 2012, drawing. Cash: $210 million (6).

9. $336 million, Mega Millions, won Aug. 28, 2009, by two tickets, in New York and California. Cash: $214 million (5).

10. $331 million, Big Game, won April 16, 2002, by three tickets, in Georgia, Illinois and New Jersey (12).

11. $330 million, Mega Millions, won Aug. 31, 2007, by four tickets, in New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and Virginia. Cash: $194.4. million (8).

12. $319 million, Mega Millions, won March 25, 2011, in New York. Cash: $202.8 million (7). Biggest Mega Millions annuity won by a single ticket.

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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