Mega Millions is famous for its HUGE jackpots. Lottery players in the United States and abroad are scrambling to get their tickets before every draw for a chance to win big. The top Mega Millions jackpot winners have scooped prizes worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Who wouldn’t want to join them? The good news is that the Mega Millions lottery is open to players outside of the US by playing online. So Mega Millions jackpot winners can come from any country on the planet! Get ready to take a chance on a life-changing jackpot and play Mega Millions online today!
Check out the Top 10 biggest Mega Millions winners and read about their incredible stories.
1) $1,537 billion – October 23, 2018
A single ticket purchased in South Carolina matched the five main numbers and the Mega Ball to win an unbelievable $1.537 BILLION – the largest Mega Millions jackpot prize ever awarded, the biggest jackpot in the world for a single ticket AND the second biggest lottery jackpot in the world !
2) $656 million – March 30, 2012
This Mega Millions jackpot had the title of ‘World’s Largest’ until US Powerball’s $1.6 billion jackpot usurped it. Three winning tickets split this leviathan of a jackpot. Merle and Patricia Butler, a retired couple from Illinois, took home $218.6 million. “We are just everyday people who have worked hard all our life…We just happened to hit it big,” Merle said about the couples’ incredible windfall.
The second slice of the pie went to the Mega Millions syndicate the Three Amigos. Made up of 3 Maryland public school employees, the Three Amigos remains one of the most famous, and winningest, lottery syndicates of all time.
3) $648 million – December 17, 2013
Ira Curry, a 56-year-old woman from Atlanta, Georgia, split the jackpot with another winning ticket sold in San Jose, California. Curry selected her winning numbers, 8, 14, 17, 20, 39, Mega Ball 7, using family members’ birthdays. In fact, her daughter broke the news that she was a winner after hearing the draw results on the radio. Curry opted to take her share of the enormous jackpot as a one-time cash payment of $173.8 million.
Steve Tran was the other lucky winner from San Jose, California. Tran, a delivery driver, called his boss as soon as he found out he’d won and told him, “I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever.”
4) $536 million – July 8, 2016
A single winning ticket sold at a gas station in Indiana claimed the prize.
5) $451 million – January 5, 2018
Shane Missler, all of 20 years old, was the sole winner of this incredible jackpot! Missler, who couldn’t legally buy alcohol at the time of his win, had ‘a feeling’ that he might win when he bought his winning ticket using computer-generated Quick Pick numbers. Missler chose to collect a one-time cash payment of $282 million. He plans to use his winnings to take care of family and donate to charity. Call it a sign of the times; Missler updated his status on Facebook to ‘Oh. My. God.’ when he found out he’d won.
6) $414 million – March 18, 2014
Florida couple Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier split the jackpot with another winner from Maryland. The Colliers became the first Mega Millions jackpot winners in their state a year after Florida began offering the Mega Millions lottery. What a precedent! The lucky winners planned to invest their winnings and travel.
7) $393 million – August 11, 2017
Patricia Busking of Palos Heights, Illinois was the sole winner of this massive jackpot. She took home a lump sum payment of $247.3 million, money that she planned to split between family and charity.
8) $390 million – March 6, 2017
Elaine and Harold Messner of New Jersey split the prize with Eddie Nabors, a Georgia truck driver. The Messners used their winnings to quit their jobs and retire early while Nabors planned to ‘do a lot of fishing.’
9) $380 million – January 4, 2011
Two winning tickets from neighboring states Idaho and Washington shared this jackpot. Coincidently, 3 of the main numbers, as well as the Mega Ball, matched numbers featured on the popular ABC television show Lost. According to Mega Millions, 25,587 tickets won $150 for matching the three main numbers and the Mega Ball. Looking for other ways to choose Mega Millions numbers? Try playing Mega Millions hot numbers, or cold numbers. You never know, they could be your lucky numbers.
10) $336 million – August 28, 2009
Two winning tickets, from New York and California, split the prize.
James “Jimmy” Groves of the Bronx, NY went from ducking creditors over credit card debt to being a rich man, to the tune of $168 million! Groves, a 49-year-old worker at Madison Square Garden, said he plans to use his fortune to travel the world.
Kevyn Ogawa from San Gabriel, California was a 32-year-old grocery store worker when he won $168 million.
Play Mega Millions to Join the Biggest Jackpot Winners
The biggest jackpot winners have won huge sums of money that make them as rich as tech geeks after an IPO. You can join them! Playing Mega Millions online with an official entry is the way to play for those not living in the US. You don’t have to be an American citizen to play, win, and collect your prize! You just need a winning ticket!