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NEW VIDEO: The largest lottery jackpots in history

September 24, 2021, 5:22 pm ET

Will these jackpots ever be dethroned?

By Kate Northrop

Today, Lottery Post released its latest video on the biggest lottery jackpots in history. Since there's no telling when a jackpot will be won in the future, this list is subject to change. Quite honestly, we're hoping it does!

At the time we recorded this video, the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots had just almost reached a combined $1 billion, so we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at the five largest lottery jackpots in history.

Mega Millions

Lottery ticket sold in New York wins $431 million Mega Millions jackpot

September 22, 2021, 2:53 pm ET

By Kate Northrop

After a run of 29 drawings without a jackpot winner, the 30th drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game produced a single $431 million winner last night when one ticket sold in New York matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball.

The winner will now have to choose between being paid $431 million in 30 annually-increasing payments over 29 years or the lump-sum estimated cash value of $314.4 million.

According to USA Mega's Mega Millions Jackpot Analysis, after all federal and...

Mega Millions / Powerball

Mega Millions and Powerball offer nearly $1 billion in combined lottery jackpots

September 20, 2021, 2:38 pm ET

Chance to win nearly half a billion dollars tonight

By Kate Northrop

Lottery players are eyeing up the two nearly identical multi-state jackpots that have reached almost a combined $1 billion this week.

That means that someone could go to sleep tonight a half billion dollars richer.

According to leading multi-state lottery website USA Mega, the Mega Millions jackpot sits at an estimated $432 million...

Maryland Lottery

Maryland player almost threw out $50,000 winning lottery ticket

September 18, 2021, 3:15 pm ET

It's a good idea to double-check lottery tickets before tossing them. Nearly throwing out a winning lottery ticket almost cost a Maryland man a $50,000 prize.

Michigan Lottery

Michigan man wins $4 million top prize in new scratch-off lottery game

September 16, 2021, 12:07 pm ET

One particular player loves trying out different types of instant games, and in doing so won a huge $4 million top prize from one of the Michigan Lottery's newest scratch-off games.

International

Australian man who won nearly $1 million in lottery gave it all away

September 14, 2021, 6:25 pm ET

A year after winning almost $1 million (US$731,905) in the Australian TattsLotto, one particular Aussie went on a selfless crusade to give it all away.

Euro Millions

£27 million EuroMillions lottery winner found dead at home

September 13, 2021, 8:40 am ET

A lottery winner of a £27 million (US$37.4 million) EuroMillions jackpot was found dead in her bungalow on Thursday.

North Carolina Lottery

N.C. man wins three major lottery prizes from scratch-off tickets bought at the same store

September 10, 2021, 7:35 pm ET

A North Carolina man had his third stroke of luck this Labor Day when he won his third major scratch-off prize, having bought every one of those winning tickets at the same lottery retailer.

Florida Lottery

Florida business owner wins $1 million lottery jackpot the day he opens his new shop

September 9, 2021, 6:22 am ET

A Florida man is elated after achieving two tremendous milestones in one day — winning $1 million in the lottery and opening his brand-new business.

Italy Lottery (Italia)

Italian store owner who reportedly stole €500,000 lottery ticket blocked from leaving country

September 7, 2021, 4:25 pm ET

An Italian shopkeeper just narrowly missed escaping the country after he was accused of stealing a winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth €500,000 (US$592,385) from a customer.

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