After rolling over for 13 times, the US Powerball jackpot has soared to the staggering amount of $600 million this weekend. The result: the entire world was seized by a lottery rush. Lotto tickets sale volumes were continuously breaking the records; new theories as how to pick the winning numbers were developed; daring dreams were rising in all lottery players’ minds.
In America, people were waiting in sometimes long lines for the chance to purchase their ticket. Right after the draw, people were flocking to websites such as theLotter to check Powerball results to see if they were the lucky winner..
Such a historical moment of the lottery world invites to a review of the biggest Powerball jackpots.
1. $587.5 million
A few months ago, the Powerball lotto draw of November 28, 2012, produced two winners that had to share the largest jackpot in this U.S. lottery’s history — a total of $384.7 million before taxes. The lives of two lucky couples, one from Arizona and a second one from Missouri, took a sudden turn last year as they both cashed in more than $136 million. Except for their initial statements, very few details are available about the Arizona couple because they chose to keep their anonymity. On the other hand, the Missouri couple gave out all sorts of information concerning their plans. Both in their 50s and parents of three grown sons, Mark and Cindy Hill were thinking about adopting another Chinese girl so that their adoptive daughter, Jaden, would be able to understand what it is like to be a sister. The former office manager, who had been laid off her job two years before winning the lottery, and her husband, who worked as a mechanic for a meat processing factory felt like they were able to make all their family members’ dreams come true after the big win.
2. $365 million
If the top record is rather recent, the second largest jackpot in Powerball’s history was all the way back in 2006. On February 18, the $365 million jackpot ($177 million after taxes) was claimed by a syndicate lotto ticket bought in the state of Nebraska. While the overall amount may seem amazingly high, if you want to make the right calculations, you should divide the sum by eight as this jackpot was split among eight food factory workers. Unlike most lottery jackpot winners, the Nebraska residents decided to receive their winnings in annual payments.
3. $340 million
The ConAgra Foods syndicate winners broke the previous record, established only four months earlier on October 19, 2005. The $340 million prize is also accompanied by a fascinating story. Two very closely related families who were Oregon residents bet on the same lotto numbers and shared the third largest Powerball jackpot until that time. The winners were Robert Chaney of Jacksonville and his wife and Frances, their daughter, Carolyn and her husband Steve West from Medford.
4. $338 million
Earlier in 2013, the picture of a happily smiling man wearing a yellow jacket and holding a ceremonial $338 million check was making the tour of the world. The fourth largest jackpot in US Powerball’s history was won on March 23, 2013, by a New Jersey resident who had emigrated 26 years ago from the Dominican Republic. Did his American dream eventually come true? It certainly did now that he has cashed in the $152 million worth lump sum. After many years of sweat and hard work, Petro Quezada started a new life, selling his bodega and taking off with his wife Ines Sanchez toward a destination revealed solely to his family.
This was the biggest Powerball jackpot of all time, and it will certainly be interesting to learn details about the lucky winner(s) and how the big win changes their lives!