So where are the most effective Jackpots available in the world, and who has won the most EVER? I’ve investigated this and it is definately not a research, but my research says the Biggest Jackpots ever won are the following:
Biggest Lottery Jackpots:
The largest Lottery Prize Funds reside not in the United States, 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. How a Spanish Christmas lottery works is to generate plenty of winners, so last year 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The largest Single ticket Jackpot Winner in the world is certainly 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 only winners. So far they’ve bought a fresh 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 career in throwing cars around a track. The largest headline jackpot of $365 million occurred on February 18, 2006 and was won with a single ticket in Nebraska. It had been shared by eight people who worked for a meatpacking plant. They elected to receive their winnings in cash, sharing $177,270,519.67 (after taxes), as the most effective prize in Powerball and Mega Millions draws are derived from an annuity rather than simply straight cash – those American Lottery marketers!
Biggest Bingo Jackpot:
Britain is the land of Bingo, and the largest ever win at bingo was in 2008 when a 38 year old cleaner Soraya Lowell, from Lanarkshire won an enormous £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 a key instead of just once a week. They are much harder to verify, however for casino type games, however 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 must have been a Christmas to remember!