So where are the most effective Jackpots to be enjoyed on earth, and who has won the most EVER? I’ve investigated this and it’s far from a technology, but my research says the Biggest Jackpots ever won are as follows:
Biggest Lottery Jackpots:
The greatest Lottery Prize Funds reside not in the United States, but 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 lots of winners, so a year ago 180 winners received around £3.25 million each.
The greatest Single ticket Jackpot Winner on earth 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. Up to now they have bought a brand new house in 23 acres on the outskirts of their home town Largs in Scotland, employed a cook, and sponsored an area 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 was shared by eight individuals who worked for a meatpacking plant. They elected for their winnings in cash, sharing $177,270,519.67 (after taxes), as the most truly effective 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 is the land of Bingo, and the biggest 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 that 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 get into the millions, and can be won at the push of a switch rather than once a week. They are much harder to verify, but also for casino type games, nevertheless the generally accepted top dog is 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 keep in mind!