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Top Powerball Jackpots and Their Winners

A lottery fan or not, you have most probably heard about America’s most beloved lottery game Powerball. Its incredible jackpots accumulating roll over after roll over make the headlines several times a year. The world record holder for the biggest jackpot ever delivered, Powerball’s history is a fascinating one, dotted with overnight millionaires and many “from rags to riches” stories. Wondering which are the largest prizes delivered by this lottery? Who are the lucky winners? Keep on reading and you will have all the answers.

1. $1.6 Billion

The US Powerball has set the world record for the largest lottery jackpot on January 13th 2016. To this day, it is the only time a lottery prize has ever passed the $1 billion threshold. With a prize this big in the game, everybody wanted to have a ticket in this legendary draw.

The three tickets matching the winning numbers of the Powerball draw on January 13th 2016 were sold in three different US states: California, Tennessee and Florida. So, who were the lucky winners?

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 in 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 January 15th, 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 $6.2 million price tag, but how much is too much when you cashed over $300 million?

Next came The Nickel 95 Trust. This is how the Florida winners decided to claim their win. However, their name did not remain away from the public eye. 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 for sudden windfall.

After a long waiting period, Marvin and Mae Acosta from California decided to come forward as well and 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. $758.7 Million

The biggest jackpot of 2017 and the runner-up on the world’s biggest jackpot list, the Powerball prize of $758.7 million made all the headlines in 2017. The legendary prize was collected by a single ticket-holder and her name is now lottery history. Mavis Wanczyk now holds the world record for the largest lottery win.

So, who is the biggest lottery winner in the world? Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts, aged 53, has two children and she had been working in patient care for the more than 32 years. Once she cashed in the golden Powerball ticket, she deiced to put her career at the Mercy Medical Center to an end. “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 $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 a blessing and a curse and the process of it might prove to be rather overwhelming.

Everybody wanted to know what the world’s biggest lottery winner would end up doing with her millions. Would she buy a mansion? Would she travel the world? Would she get the glamorous wardrobe? But Mavis Wanczyk came up 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, and that is to live a quiet lottery life. It remains to be seen what the future brings for Mavis Wanczyk because, with a Powerball jackpot this size in your bank account, the story is never over.

3. $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 $590 million. Her big lottery break came in 2013 and she was the single biggest lottery winner in the world until 2017 when Mavis Wanczyk came along.

Her lottery winner was somewhat of a fluke. Mrs. 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 $371 million, which eventually amounted to $278 million after taxes.

Mrs. 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 $2 million for a maintenance fund for the Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine.

Later on, she started the Gloria MacKenzie Foundation, which offers grants for advances in education. She is one of the jackpot winners who used their money to make a difference, rather than a scandal, which makes Gloria MacKenzie an example for lottery winners everywhere.

These are the top 3 Powerball jackpots that have reminded everybody why playing the lottery is definitely worth it. With its amazing prizes and its exciting features, like the Power Play multiplier, the US Powerball is undoubtedly the most exciting lottery you can play. So, try your luck and play America's biggest game on theLotter Australia and maybe you can be one of our Powerball winners!