So where are the best Jackpots to be had on the planet, and who has won the absolute most EVER? I’ve looked into this and it is not even close to a science, but my research says the Biggest Jackpots ever won are as follows:
Biggest Lottery Jackpots:
The biggest Lottery Prize Funds reside not in the United States, but in Spain, where the 2011 Spanish Christmas Lottery had a Prize Fund of £1.2 billion and a Jackpot of £587 million fin88. How a Spanish Christmas lottery works is always to generate plenty of winners, so a year ago 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The biggest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on the planet is among 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 real winners. To date they have 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 career in throwing cars around a track. The biggest headline jackpot of $365 million occurred on February 18, 2006 and was won by way of a single ticket in Nebraska. It was shared by eight individuals 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 simply 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 last biggest bingo win of £1.1 million that has been won by Christine Bradfield in a bingo club in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Soraya has been in the news 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 get into the millions, and may be won at the push of a button rather than once a week. They’re much harder to verify, however for casino type games, however the generally accepted top dog is just 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 must have been a Christmas to consider!