So where are the best Jackpots available on earth, and who has won the absolute most EVER? I’ve investigated this and it is far from a science, but my research says the Biggest Jackpots ever won are the following:
Biggest Lottery Jackpots:
The greatest Lottery Prize Funds reside not in the United States, in Spain, where the 2011 Spanish Christmas Lottery had a Prize Fund of £1.2 billion and a Jackpot of £587 million encaribe. The way the Spanish Christmas lottery works is always to generate plenty of winners, so a year ago 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The greatest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on earth is certainly one of our personal – Colin and Christine Weir of Scotland won £161.7 million in July. They won a multiple rollover Euro Millions Jackpot and were the only winners. Up to now they’ve bought a new house in 23 acres on the outskirts of their property town Largs in Scotland, employed a cook, and sponsored a nearby boy racer, Gregor Ramsay, for a lifetime career in throwing cars around a track. The greatest headline jackpot of $365 million occurred on February 18, 2006 and was won with a single ticket in Nebraska. It had been shared by eight people who worked for a meatpacking plant. They elected to receive their winnings in cash, sharing $177,270,519.67 (after taxes), as the very best 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 could be the land of Bingo, and the biggest ever win at bingo was in 2008 each time a 38 year old cleaner Soraya Lowell, from Lanarkshire won an enormous £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 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 into the millions, and could be won at the push of a switch instead of just once a week. They are much harder to verify, but for casino type games, but the generally accepted top dog is 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, a small company owner from Greece who hit the Jackpot.
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. Since will need to have been a Christmas to consider!