So where are the very best Jackpots to be had in the world, and who has won probably the 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 biggest 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 fin88. How a Spanish Christmas lottery works is to generate lots of winners, so last year 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The biggest Single ticket Jackpot Winner in the world 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 sole winners. Up to now they have bought a new house in 23 acres on the outskirts of their home 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 by way of a single ticket in Nebraska. It had been shared by eight those 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 are based on an annuity rather than straight cash – those American Lottery marketers!
Biggest Bingo Jackpot:
Britain may be 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 a massive £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 back 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 the millions, and could be won at the push of an option instead of just once a week. They’re much harder to verify, but also for casino type games, nevertheless 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 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. Given that should have been a Christmas to keep in mind!