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NEW VIDEO: The largest lottery jackpots in history

Sep 24, 2021, 5:22 pm

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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.

The Mega Millions jackpot, which grew to $431 million, was won by a single ticket in New York this week, but who knows — maybe the current Powerball jackpot worth half a billion dollars will keep growing and make it on this list someday.

WATCH: The Largest Lottery Jackpots in History

Many players probably remember the electrifying Mega Millions jackpot from earlier this year that topped the $1 billion mark. Who would have guessed that such a slow-growing jackpot with a record number of rollovers could have captivated the country during the stint of lackluster jackpots the United States saw during the pandemic? That one made it onto our Top 5 list.

If you are quickly looking for a way to see just the bare-bones, numbers-only list of top jackpots in United States history, you can absolutely take a glimpse at the Top 25 watchlist we post on our jackpots news updates on Lottery Post. That being said, simple lists can't give you all the details. Want to know the winners behind the massive jackpots? What they immediately did after winning? How much cash they really got? Visit Lottery Post's official YouTube channel to learn the stories behind the winning lottery ticket. Be sure to tell us in the comments what you think about these famous lottery winners, or what you would have done if you won that much money — we can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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Simpsonville
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Will watch it tomorrow...I'm sure it is well worthy!

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    Mcminnville, Oregon
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    It was a good refresher of jackpots that I had forgotten about over the last ten years.  I liked the stories in the video too.-weshar75

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      Gallatin Tennesee
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      Kat, Your videos keep getting better. I was not aware of any of these stories. When you mentioned the  the guy from prison suing the Tennessee couple, that had me laughing out loud. Can't wait for your next video. Well done. And very informative.

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        Will watch it tomorrow...I'm sure it is well worthy!

        Excellent video.  Had totally forgot about #2 and that's a good thing for the winner.   That's what is so good about an anonymous state like SC.

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          Gallatin Tennesee
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          Kat, Your videos keep getting better. I was not aware of any of these stories. When you mentioned the  the guy from prison suing the Tennessee couple, that had me laughing out loud. Can't wait for your next video. Well done. And very informative.

          CoolLOLDrum

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            Baton Rouge, LA
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            Great video. I enjoyed these stories very much. I just hope these people went on to lead happy, peaceful lives free of drama. The one who the day after the win called her job and said she wasn't coming in and went straight to claim her prized kind of shocked me. No planning at all on what she would do. I just hope all turned out OK for her.

            Keep up the good work Kate!

            Prisoner Six

            "I am not a number, I am a free man!"