- Ancient History, the first winners of lottery in history. Who invented the lottery and keno?
- History of lotteries in Europe (1466 – 1933). First state lotteries and winners in France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and others.
- The emergence of lottery in England. First winners and tradition of state lotteries.
- Official European lotteries. Official European lotteries. EuroMillions, SuperEnalotto, El Gordo, and others.
The 4 biggest lottery wins in history: Powerball and Mega Millions
Lotteries have changed lives of people miraculously for a good long time now. They have been changed the lifestyles of many a people the world over. Given below are some of the biggest prize money ever won.
Powerball ,$1.5 billion on Jan, 2015:
The winning tickets of this lottery was sold in the Chino Hills of California; Munford in Tennessee; and in the Melbourne Beach, Florida.
Balbir Atwal, the owner of a 7-Eleven franchise in the Chino Hills had sold one winning ticket; he himself won a staggering sum of $1 million as a bonus for selling such a big winning ticket.
Mega Millions ,$656 million, March 30, 2012:
According to the company, Mega Millions, it was the largest jackpot ever pooled by any of the lotteries in the world ever. However like most grand prizes, the prize had been split among the multiple winning tickets holders with the correct numbers. This one had three.
One of them was a retired couple from the state of Illinois. Merle and Patricia Butler got a whopping $218.6 million, one third of the total prize.
Mega Millions, $648 million on Dec. 17, 2013:
Two winners had to split this humongous jackpot. One of the lucky two was Ira Curry, a woman from Georgia, who calculated the numbers on the combination of her family birthdays.
The other one, Steve Tran, had been working as a delivery driver in San Jose. After winning it he called his boss and said he was never going to go to work again!
Powerball, $590.5 million on May 18, 2013:
The 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie, a resident of Florida bought the only winning ticket for the lottery. However it could have gone to someone else easily. Mackenzie said that because of her age, someone allowed her to go before and that resulted in all the difference.