So where are the most effective Jackpots available on the planet, and who has won the most EVER? I’ve looked into this and it’s far from a science, but my research says the Biggest Jackpots ever won are as follows:
Biggest Lottery Jackpots:
The largest Lottery Prize Funds reside not in the United States, in Spain, where in fact 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 a lot of winners, so a year ago 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The largest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on the planet is among our own – Colin and Christine Weir of Scotland won £161.7 million in July. They won a multiple rollover Euro Millions Jackpot and were the only real winners. So far they have bought a fresh 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 vocation 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 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 utmost effective prize in Powerball and Mega Millions draws derive from an annuity rather than simply straight cash – those American Lottery marketers!
Biggest Bingo Jackpot:
Britain is the land of Bingo, and the biggest ever win at bingo was in 2008 when 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 that has been won by Christine Bradfield in a bingo club in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Soraya has been back the news 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 may be won at the push of a key instead of just once a week. They are much harder to verify, but also 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, a small business 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. Given that should have been a Christmas to keep in mind!