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Top American Powerball Jackpots of All Times

Lottery fans the world over know that the biggest jackpots on the planet are awarded by the American Powerball game. Powerball's incredible jackpots rocket sky high draw after draw, making headlines and setting world records. Rival American lottery Mega Millions is making its bid to pass Powerball, but in the meantime, Powerball is the king. Who are the lucky winners of the biggest US Powerball jackpots of all time? Keep on reading and meet these very lucky lottery players.

1. US$1.586 Billion

The US Powerball set the world record for the largest lottery jackpot, closely followed by Mega Millions's US$1.537 billion jackpot, on 13 January 2016. When a lottery offers a prize this big, everybody wants to play by purchasing a ticket in this historic draw.

Three tickets matched the Powerball numbers drawn and they were sold in three different US states: California, Tennessee and Florida. So who were these three winners who beat the US Powerball odds to share the historic jackpot?

Lisa and John Robinson

The first ones to come forward were Lisa and John Robinson from Tennessee. Guided by the advice of a Memphis-based attorney, they paraded their winning ticket on the Today show before they went through the prize collection process.

“Not only are we private, we’re common people.”[…] “We’re just like y’all. These big fancy houses are nice, but you gotta clean ‘em.”

These were the Robinsons’ words on 15 January 2016. Their plan was to keep living in their three-bedroom home in Munford, continue working and go on with their lives. Were they kidding anyone? Maybe themselves, but that did not last long. Half a year later, the Robinsons were switching to a lavish 10-bedroom mansion surrounded by a 320 acres of land and facing a private lake. It came with a US$6.2 million price tag, but how much is too much when you cashed over US$300 million?

Next came The Nickel 95 Trust. This is how the Florida winners decided to claim their win. However, their identities quickly became known. A Melbourne Beach couple, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith have been Florida residents for 25 years. They refused to give too many details regarding their personal life or their plans how they would use their sudden windfall.

After a long waiting period, Marvin and Mae Acosta from California came forward as well to claim their share of the Powerball record jackpot.

“We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care.”
“We have engaged a team of advisors to educate and guide us through this process.”

Have they been true to their words? Nobody knows for sure as the Acostas have wiped out their social media accounts, and left their 5-bedroom home in Eastvale they had purchased only a few months before the win. Obviously, they did not leave a forwarding address.

2. US$768.4 Million

24-year-old Wisconsin resident Manuel Franco had a lucky feeling when he walked into a Speedway outlet not far from Milwaukee to purchase US$10 worth of individual Powerball tickets for the lottery's draw on 27 March 2019. "I honestly felt so lucky that I did look up at the camera and I wanted to wink at it cause I just had that lucky feeling,” he said at a news conference.

Manuel Franco

The day after he won an enormous US$768 million jackpot, Franco went to work as usual but he was anxious and sweating. He said he never showed up to work again after that day. Franco said he would take the lump sum of his prize and would receive just over US$326 million after taxes.

“ To win feels something like a dream and I feel like at any moment I might wake up. I just can’t believe an ordinary guy like me would ever be in this position. … I will say that the two-dollar ticket you buy is worth the chance to change your life forever. It certainly has changed my life and I look forward to the future.”

Franco told reporters at the conference, “I'm sure you'll never see me as like one of the people who went bankrupt or broke or anything like that. I plan to live my life normal as much as possible."

3. US$758.7 Million

The biggest jackpot of 2017, the Powerball prize of US$758.7 million, made all the headlines. The legendary prize was collected by a single ticket-holder and her name is now lottery history. Mavis Wanczyk even held, at the time, the world record for the largest lottery win on a single ticket.

Mavis Wanczyk

So, who is Mavis Wanczyk? She is from Massachusetts; she has two children; and she has been working in patient care for the more than 32 years. Once she cashed in the golden Powerball ticket, she decided to quit her position at the Mercy Medical Center. “I called and told them I will not be coming back”, said Mavis during a news conference.

“ The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax. I just want to be me and be alone and…figure out what I want to do.”

What does one do with an astounding jackpot of US$758 million? Mavis did not want to make rash decisions, so she decided to begin her lottery life with some well-deserved rest. Dealing with a lottery jackpot of such astounding proportions can be both a blessing and a curse and the process of dealing with everything might prove to be rather overwhelming.

Everybody wanted to know what Mavis would end up doing with her millions. Would she buy a mansion? Would she travel the world? Would she get a glamorous wardrobe? Mavis Wanczyk came to collect her Powerball jackpot with the biggest smile on her face, and since then, she’s kept a low profile.

There was no news about any world travels, nor about any high-life enhancements. Mavis has managed to do what so many other smaller lottery winners have failed to do, and that is to live a quiet lottery life. It remains to be seen what the future has in store for Mavis Wanczyk because, with a Powerball jackpot this size in your bank account, the story is never over.

4. US$731.1 Million

They call themselves "The Power Pack" and that's all we know about them. Together they purchased a ticket at a convenience store in Maryland for the draw on 20 January 2021, and it was the only full match of the Powerball numbers drawn. The winners chose the US$546.8 million USD lump sum cash option (approximately US$366.6 million USD after tax deductions).

According to Maryland Lottery officials, the winners will invest their money in caring for their families and positively impacting their communities "for generations to come."

“ This can’t be right, I’m going to work.” - The Power Pack member who bought the winning ticket

5. US$687.8 Million

Two lucky lottery players - one from Iowa and one from New York - shared a huge Powerball jackpot on 23 October 2018.

The first of the two winners to come forward was Lerynne West from Redfield, Iowa. Like most jackpot winners, she chose the lump sum payout worth US$198.1 million. West came to collect her prize together with her family and she intends to use the money to set up a steady future for them. But aside from college funds for her six grandsons, she wants to buy a big car so that they can all go travelling.

West said that she also wants to use her Powerball windfall to make a change in the lives of those in need. She wants to set up a foundation in memory of her grandson, who passed away after being born prematurely. It will be named the Callum Foundation and it will help other families dealing with this issue.

Then came Robert Bailey from Manhattan, New York, a 67-year-old retired federal employee. Now, he is also a Powerball jackpot winner. His lucky day has been a long time coming, as Bailey has been playing the same numbers in the lottery for the past 25 years.

Robert Bailey

Week after week, he would buy tickets with these numbers from four different stores. But right before his lucky draw, Bailey did something different. He went into a Harlem deli to get out of the rain and purchased his Powerball tickets there. It seems it was a very good move because it made him a millionaire.

Like his co-winner, Bailey chose the lump sum payout and he is very happy with his sudden windfall. He wants to take his time with spending the money because he wants to make smart investments that will benefit him as well as his family. Until then, he wants to buy his mother a brand-new house and to travel.

As for his lottery tradition, Bailey has no intention of putting it to rest. “I will continue to play my numbers until this train runs out”, he said during a press conference. Don’t be surprised if he makes the news again with his lucky numbers!

6. US$590 Million

At the age of 84, Gloria MacKenzie’s life took an unexpected turn when she became the sole winner of a Powerball jackpot of US$590 million. Her big lottery break came in 2013 and her prize was the biggest ever awarded to a single ticket until 2017, when Mavis Wanczyk came along.

Gloria MacKenzie

Her lottery winner was somewhat of a fluke. MacKenzie was in line at a lottery retailer’s office, when a very polite woman asked her if she’d want to take her place in front of the line. Gloria happily accepted and went on to buy the Quick Pick ticket that brought her the Powerball fortune.

Gloria MacKenzie was a teacher at East Millinocket in Maine, but after her husband passed away, she moved to Zephyrhills, Florida. Then, when she thought that life had no more surprises left for her, she won the Powerball lottery. She opted for the lump cash payment of US$371 million, which eventually amounted to US$278 million after taxes.

MacKenzie decided to split her lottery winnings with her son, and still, she was left with more than enough to change the lives of so many people. She donated US$2 million for a maintenance fund for the Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine. Later, she started the Gloria MacKenzie Foundation, which offers grants for advances in education.

The stories of these lucky players who won the top Powerball jackpots of all time remind everybody why taking a chance by playing the lottery is definitely worth it. With its amazing prizes and its exciting features, such as the powerful Power Play multiplier, the US Powerball is undoubtedly the most exciting lottery you can play. So, try your luck and order entries to America's biggest game through theLotter Australia's lottery courier service and maybe you will find yourself listed as one of the biggest Powerball winners ever!

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