Winning a lottery means you’d have to have some amazing luck, better luck if your winnings are in the billions. Lotteries can be big payouts and once in a while, we get to see it. The industry has grown quite a lot and has produced some big jackpots to play for. The last decade produced some of the biggest winners in the world, here are a few of the big winners and their big-money numbers.
The biggest jackpot ever won was in January of 2016. There were three winning tickets and the $1.58 billion winnings were divided as such. Approximate of $528 million going to each winner.
The first ticket winners showed up with their pup to claim their prize, the second winners decided to retire with their newfound wealth. The third winners gave most of their winning away to various charities.
Keeping it secret
Winning huge amounts of money can attract a lot of unwanted attention, some lottery winners prefer to stay out of the limelight. An anonymous winner claimed a jackpot of $1.53 billion in 2019, becoming the highest prize won by a single ticket ever.
The winners approached quite a while after the draw was announced, they opted for instant cash payout and walked away with $878 million.
It began with a ‘lucky’ feeling…
On March 27th With less than $1000 in his account, Manuel Franco left to work and bought a lottery ticket on his way back. It was the winning ticket and he claimed his prize in April of 2019. He chose a lump sum payment of his $768 million winnings and went home with $326 million after paying state and federal taxes.
Fame comes calling
In august of 2017, 53-year-old Mavis Wanczyk claimed a ticket that won her a jackpot of $758 million, after legal deductions she ended up with $480 million. The first thing she did was quit her job at a medical center she worked at for 32 years. She went public via the media less than 24 hours later, garnering the attention of anyone with a tv.
Three lucky amigos
Merle and Patricia Butler and one other individual worked for Maryland’s education system, they pooled in and bought 60 lottery tickets. In March of 2012, they won $656 million.
The couple at the time in 41 years of marriage planned to buy a new car and tickets to their favorite baseball teams’ games. They referred to themselves as the three amigos, the third seems to have chosen to stay anonymous.