Who won, what we know about the top 10 payouts
Millionaires and billionaires thanks to a small game of chance called the Powerball.
It’s no surprise that when lotteries go on for weeks and months at a time, lotto fever hits us hard. Is it luck? Is it a strategy? Does using the same numbers over and over, week after week pay off?
We will never know.
However, this article includes some details about the biggest Powerball winners in the game’s history – where they bought a ticket, if they were part of a pool and, in at least one case, how an act of kindness paid off big.
As of July 29, 2022, here are the top 10 Powerball jackpots.
(Check back for updates on this story as Powerball jackpots roll by.)
10. $564.1 million, February 11, 2015
Three tickets sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas won the $564.1 million Powerball jackpot on February 11, 2015.
According to a story on powerball.comthe ticket sold in Texas was claimed by “TL Management Trust, Andrew Weber, Trustee of Austin for a cash value of $127,046,150.05”.
The Powerball website states: “The ticket was purchased at the Appletree Food Mart, located at 893 E. Princeton Drive in Princeton. For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the retailer is entitled to a $1 million bonus. The winning tickets were also sold in the North. Carolina and Puerto Rico.”
9. $587.5 million, November 28, 2012
Two tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched the six numbers for win the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot on November 28, 2012. It was unclear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or groups.
8. $590.5 million, May 18, 2013
One man’s good deed paid off—literally!
An 84-year-old Florida woman named Gloria MacKenzie told lottery officials that a man allowed her to line up in front of him. MacKenzie ended up winning a huge Powerball jackpot of $590.5 million on May 18, 2013. She chose the lump sum payout, worth $370.8 million before taxes.
According to a story in USA TODAY, MacKenzie purchased the winning ticket at a Publix in Zephyrhills, 30 miles northeast of Tampa. The mother-of-four, grandmother and great-grandmother, “did not speak to reporters outside the lottery headquarters. But lottery officials say MacKenzie told them as she stood in line to purchase her ticket, a man allowed her to go ahead of him, allowing her to purchase the winning ticket in Quick Pick. Previously, she had purchased four additional tickets prior to the May 18 draw,” the article read.
7. $632.6 million, January 5, 2022
Two tickets purchased in California and Wisconsin shared the $632.6 million Powerball jackpot on January 5, 2022. In addition to the grand prize winners, 14 other tickets won $1 million prizes, including one in New Jersey, according to one story on northjersey.coma USA TODAY Network site.
6. $687.8 million, October 27, 2018
Two winners from Iowa and New York shared the $687.8 million Powerball jackpot, which had a cash option of $396.2 million, in the October 27, 2018 draw.
According to a story in the Delaware Newspapera USA TODAY Network newspaper, “15 tickets matched the five white balls but did not match the red Powerball…Thirteen of those tickets won $1 million. The tickets were sold in California (2), Colorado , Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey (2), New York (2), Ohio and Texas (2) Two other tickets sold in Florida and Texas won a $2 million prize because the tickets included the Power Play option for an additional $1.
Additionally, the story states that “there were three $50,000 winners in Delaware, according to the Delaware Lottery website. In total, there were over 3.5 million winning tickets in all price levels.”
5. $699.8 million, October 4, 2021
One ticket matched all numbers in the October 4, 2021 Powerball draw to win $699.8 million. It was purchased from Albertsons supermarket in Morro Bay, California, and the retailer received $1 million for selling the ticket, story says in the Registration in Bergen, NJ, a USA TODAY Network newspaper. The winner had a cash option of $495,980,160.52.
An Amazing Payday:$699.8 million Powerball winning ticket sold in California
4. $731.1 million, January 20, 2021
An anonymous group from Maryland has won the $731.1 million Powerball jackpot – the biggest lottery win in Maryland lottery history. The winners called themselves “The Power Pack” and purchased a single ticket on January 20, 2021 at Coney Market in Lonaconing, Maryland. It is in Allegany County, located in northwestern Maryland.
The American Dailya USA TODAY Network newspaper, reported in January 2021: “The last jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, worth $731.1 million, was sold in a struggling mining town whose biggest claim to the glory was to be the hometown of baseball legend Lefty Grove. . . . store will receive a bonus of $100,000 to sell the ticket.”
Unlucky town in Maryland:wins $731.1 million in Powerball. The store that sold the ticket receives a good hundred thousand
3. $758.7 million, August 23, 2017
This huge Powerball jackpot broke a previous record for the biggest win for a single ticket when Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts won it on August 23, 2017.
However, shortly after Wanczyk’s $758.7 million win, a stroke of bad luck hit the lottery winner’s name via social media.
According to an article from July 2021 on ABC27.com, after Wanczyk’s victory, “several fake social media accounts appeared using her name, claiming that she was giving away money in exchange for personal information. Four years later, new text messages are now circulating claiming that Wanczyk was donating $5,000 to 200 randomly selected people after a ‘spin ball.’ The message asks the recipient to text a number to receive their money.”
It was a scam, and experts say people should never text or email their personal information to strangers. And if the text message or email seems fishy, it probably is.
2. $768.4 million, March 27, 2019
A 24-year-old man from Wisconsin named Manuel Franco won the $768.4 million Powerball on March 27, 2019. Franco purchased the winning ticket at a Speedway in New Berlin, Wisconsin. The jackpot was then the third largest in US history, and Franco told reporters in 2019 that winning “feels like a dream”. According to reports, before winning the $768 million Powerball draw, Franco was just trying to save $1,000 in the bank.
At 24, this man has won $768 million:See Manuel Franco claim a historic Powerball jackpot
1. $1.59 billion, January 13, 2016
Three winners took home the Powerball prize that would be the biggest jackpot in history – $1.586 billion divided into three. Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida; Marvin and Mae Acosta from California; and John and Lisa Robinson of Tennessee claimed the three tickets with a cash value of $327.8 million each.
Contributor: Rachael Thomas, USA TODAY Network-Florida; John Bacon, Doug Stanglin, Gary Strauss and Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY; Channing King, USA TODAY Network; Indianapolis star Chris Sims; Daniel J. Gross, The Greenville News; Sarah Hauer, JournalSentinel.com; John Connoly, northjersey.com; Jessica Bies, Delaware News Journal
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