So where are the very best Jackpots to be had on the planet, and who has won the most EVER? I’ve looked into this and it’s not even close to a science, but my research says the Biggest Jackpots ever won are the following:
Biggest Lottery Jackpots:
The largest Lottery Prize Funds reside not in the United States, but in Spain, where in actuality the 2011 Spanish Christmas Lottery had a Prize Fund of £1.2 billion and a Jackpot of £587 million fin88. What sort of Spanish Christmas lottery works would be to generate lots of winners, so this past year 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The largest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on the planet is certainly one of our personal – Colin and Christine Weir of Scotland won £161.7 million in July 2011. They won a multiple rollover Euro Millions Jackpot and were the only winners. Up to now they have bought a brand new house in 23 acres on the outskirts of their home town Largs in Scotland, employed a cook and sponsored an area boy racer Gregor Ramsay for a career in throwing cars around a track. The biggest headline jackpot of $365 million occurred on February 18, 2006 and was won by a single ticket in Nebraska. It had been shared by eight people who worked for a meatpacking plant. They elected for their winnings in cash, sharing $177,270,519.67 (after taxes), as the most effective prize in Powerball and Mega Millions draws are based on an annuity rather than just straight cash – those American Lottery marketers!
Biggest Bingo Jackpot:
Britain may be the land of Bingo, and the largest ever win at bingo was in 2008 whenever a 38 year old cleaner Soraya Lowell, from Lanarkshire won a huge £1.2 million. This beat the prior biggest bingo win of £1.1 million which was won by Christine Bradfield in a bingo club in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Soraya has been back in the headlines recently after being sued for Bankruptcy by South Lanarkshire Council over unpaid Council Tax debts. Go figure.
Online Slots and Casino Jackpots
Online Jackpots regularly enter the millions, and can be won at the push of a button rather than once a week. They are much harder to verify, but for casino type games, but the generally accepted top dog is really a student from Norway who won £9.5 million on Bettsons Mega Fortune game in 2009.
Casino game Mega Moolah has paid out a stupendous £5.3m to Georgios M, your small business owner from Greece who hit the Jackpot in 2011.
In the UK, the enigmatically named “Taaloo1” won £3,9 million on the Clover Rollover Slots Jackpot game on Christmas Eve 2010 via the Bet 365 website. Now that will need to have been a Christmas to keep in mind!