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 is not even close to a research, 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, however in Spain, where in fact 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 lots of winners, so a year ago 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The biggest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on the planet is among 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 only winners. To date they have bought a new house in 23 acres on the outskirts of their house town Largs in Scotland, employed a cook, and sponsored a local boy racer, Gregor Ramsay, for a vocation in throwing cars around a track. The biggest headline jackpot of $365 million occurred on February 18, 2006 and was won by way of a single ticket in Nebraska. It was shared by eight individuals who worked for a meatpacking plant. They elected to receive their winnings in cash, sharing $177,270,519.67 (after taxes), as the very best prize in Powerball and Mega Millions draws are derived from an annuity rather than just straight cash – those American Lottery marketers!
Biggest Bingo Jackpot:
Britain is the land of Bingo, and the greatest ever win at bingo was in 2008 each time 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 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 button instead of just once a week. They are much harder to verify, but for casino type games, however the generally accepted top dog is just 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, your small business 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. Given that will need to have been a Christmas to remember!