So where are the most effective Jackpots to be had on the planet, and who has won the most EVER? I’ve looked into this and it’s far from a science, 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 actuality the 2011 Spanish Christmas Lottery had a Prize Fund of £1.2 billion and a Jackpot of £587 million gboslot. The way the Spanish Christmas lottery works is always to generate lots of winners, so this past year 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The biggest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on the planet is one of our own – Colin and Christine Weir of Scotland won £161.7 million in July 2011. They won a multiple rollover Euro Millions Jackpot and were the only real winners. To date 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 local boy racer Gregor Ramsay for a career in throwing cars around a track. The biggest 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 those who worked for a meatpacking plant. They elected to receive 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 straight cash – those American Lottery marketers!
Biggest Bingo Jackpot:
Britain may 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 an enormous £1.2 million. This beat the last 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 in the news 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 get into the millions, and can be won at the push of a key instead of just once a week. They’re 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 business owner from Greece who hit the Jackpot in 2011.
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. Now that should have been a Christmas to remember!