The Biggest Lottery Jackpots Of All Time!

biggest lottery jackpots of all time

With the Powerball jackpot fund currently standing at roughly €429,300,000. We are set to see somebody win one of the biggest lottery jackpots of all time at some point over the coming weeks or months. This is an exciting time for any lottery aficionado. So inspiring that we research the biggest lotto payouts of all time. Let’s put this unbelievable Powerball prize fund in context…

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The fat one

The world’s biggest lottery event in terms of total prize money is the annual Spanish Christmas draw, ‘El Gordo’ (‘the fat one’!). With a total prize fund of €2.5billion on offer to players, this draw sees far more money dished out than any other lotto draw in the world. However, that doesn’t mean it features the biggest prizes… The prize money on offer in this lotto is shared out between thousands of players. Each can win no more than €400,000 per winning ticket. It’s an interesting lotto gameplay model, but it’s never going to break any records for payouts to individual players.

The American Dream

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the world’s biggest jackpot payouts in regular draws have all taken place in the US of A. The nation’s duo of premier draws, MegaMillions and Powerball (along with previous MegaMillions incarnation ‘The Big Game’) are entirely responsible for the US’s pre-eminence in the record jackpot stakes. Accounting for every single payout in the top 25. The record for the biggest payout is held by MegaMillions. The draw held on March 30th 2012 resulted in cash payouts totaling $474 million split between three winning ticket-holders. The jackpot fund’s annuity value stood at a jaw-dropping $656 million. See here for the full top 25 US payouts.

Euro lottos boast top prizes too

Americans certainly don’t have all the fun when it comes to big lotto wins. Europe’s leading lottos can also lay claim to some phenomenal prize payouts. Twice in its history to date, the leading pan-European draw EuroMillions has paid out €190 million top prizes. The money heading to the UK in 2012 and to Portugal two years later. It can only be a matter of time before we see a 10-figure prize payout with these growing jackpots. Who’s going to be the very first lotto billionaire?