So where are the best Jackpots to be enjoyed on the planet, and who has won probably the most EVER? I’ve looked into this and it’s far from a research, 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, however in Spain, where in actuality 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 plenty of winners, so this past year 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The largest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on the planet is one of 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 sole winners. Up to now they’ve bought a brand 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 career in throwing cars around a track. The greatest headline jackpot of $365 million occurred on February 18, 2006 and was won by 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 top prize in Powerball and Mega Millions draws are based on an annuity rather than simply straight cash – those American Lottery marketers!
Biggest Bingo Jackpot:
Britain could be the land of Bingo, and the largest ever win at bingo was in 2008 whenever a 38 year old cleaner Soraya Lowell, from Lanarkshire won a massive £1.2 million. This beat the previous 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 into the millions, and may be won at the push of a key rather than once a week. They are much harder to verify, but for casino type games, nevertheless the generally accepted top dog is really 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 company 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. Since should have been a Christmas to keep in mind!