There are hardly any of us who some time or the other do not dream of winning the lottery. Apart from the prospect of experiencing all the luxuries that one has ever imagined, hitting the jackpot implies the supreme pleasure of living well without having to work for any of it at all. In order to inspire the optimist in you, here is a brief account of the 10 biggest lottery wins of all times.
- Mega Millions Jackpot 2012
The windfall from Mega Millions Jackpot 2012 worth a staggering $ $656 million was won by three tickets, each of which stood to claim $218 million each, before taxes, under the annuity option. However the identity of the three ticketholders is still not known, as according to Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino the state does not require its jackpot recipients to go public, as some other states do.
- Mega Millions Jackpot, 2007
In 2007, the Mega Million Jackpot of $390 million was claimed by two winners in United States. One of them was Eddie Nabors of Georgia, a 52-year-old truck driver who said after the win that he planned to buy a house for his daughter, pay off mortgages for his mum and sister and buy a fishing boat for his son. The other winner of this Jackpot was a couple, Elaine and Harold Messner of Cape May County New Jersey. Each winner – Nabors as well as the Messners - got an $87.4 million in cash, after taxes, from their lottery win. However unlike Nabors, the latter, through a lawyer hired before going to claim the prize money, declined all comment on how they planned to spend the money.
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- Mega Millions Jackpot, 2011
In January 2011, Jim and Carolyn McCullar, of Washington, hit the Mega Millions jackpot, worth $380 million.McCullar took back $190 million since he had bought one of the two winning tickets in the $380million Mega Millions lottery. The grandfather of 23 kissed his wife Carolyn as he received the oversized cheque and promptly handed it over to her with the comment, “We've been married 41 years,” he said. “I know what to do with this cheque”' Upon asked by reporters on what he planned to do with the amount, Jim McCullar said he planned to pass his winnings on to his kids and donate to charity.
The claimant to the other half of the $380 million Mega Millions Jackpot 2011, turned out to be a single mother of two from northern Idaho, Holly Lahti. Even though she did a disappearing act right after being announced as the other winner of the Jackpot, Lahti was inundated with congratulations on her Facebook wall.
- Powerball Jackpot, 2006
The 2006 Powerball Jackpot in United States was won by a Meatpacking Syndicate from Nebraska. The eight workers from the ConAgra meatpacking plant in Lincoln, Nebraska who had pooled in their earnings to buy the lottery ticket took back $365 million in shared winnings. Two of the winners were immigrants from Vietnam and one of them was from the Congo.
- Euromillions, July 2011
Colin and Christine Weir scooped the Euromillions jackpot in July 2011. With winnings of 185 million Euros, the couple from Largs near Glasgow found a spot on the Sunday Times Rich List at the 430th place, even ahead of celebrities like musician Ringo Starr and entrepreneur Sir Tom Jones. Married for 30 years, the Weirs also took back a couple of lottery titles – the biggest Scottish Winners, the winner/s of the Biggest Euromillions Jackpot and the largest Single Euromillions Winner. This was also the first win on a Euromillions lottery draw since the Jackpot Cap rule was put into place on 6th March 2009.
- Euromillions, October 2011
Dave and Angela Dawes won the EuroMillions jackpot of £101 million in October 2011. It was the third largest lottery jackpot in UK history but only the third time the couple, from Cambridgeshire, had played the Lottery. Dawes, 47, is a shift supervisor at Premier Foods, and his partner, 43, is a volunteer for the British Heart Foundation. The ticket was bought at WH Smith on the Market Place in Wisbech. The couple, who have been together for four years, said they would continue with their plan to get married in Portugal in 2012.
- Euromillions, 2009
Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million from winning the Euromillions Jackpot in November 2009. An unemployed mechanic, Les was in fact £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.
- Euromillions, February 2010
Nigel Page from Gloucestershire with partner Justine Laycock were winners of the winner of the £56m EuroMillions jackpot in February 2010. After the win, Page said he wanted to open the first indoor skydiving centre in the South West. A self-confessed skydiving fanatic, Page is a member of a local adventure club in South Cerney. While he runs a property maintenance business as the day job, Justine Laycock is an estate agent. Right after discovering their win, the couple announced that they planned to give up working fulltime. The total of the £112m Euromillions jackpot was split with another ticket, bought in Spain.
- Euromillions February 2011
Casey Carrington was declared the winner of£45 million after she matched all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February this year. Twenty-two years old Cassey is from Stapleford in Nottingham and works as an Iceland supervisor. Following the Lucky Dip win, she said she planned to marry painter fiance Matt Topham, also twenty-two.
- Euromillions, January 2012
A Nottinghamshire couple Gareth and Catherine Bull won 40 million Sterling Pounds as they hit the Euromillions Jackpot in January 2012. The couple had apparently bought the ticket on a whim. forty-year old Gareth is a builder and admitted that he would like to splurge the winnings on a box at Manchester United while his 35 year-old wife appeared to have a new carpet for the landing at their home on top of her shopping list.