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Highest lottery jackpotOne of the greatest things about playing any lottery is the sheer amount that can be won. Not small "make a fun weekend from it" kind of win but a truly life changing sum. And the best feature of all is that there are no long terms skills required and absolutely anyone can win. Not only this, around the world, people are hitting that big lottery jackpot every week from the U.S. to Europe and across the world in China and all across Asia. What a lot of people don't know is that the biggest lottery jackpot is not where you would expect it to be. The largest lotery prize total actually comes from Spain's Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad (Spanish Christmas Lottery). This giant lottery holds the record for the largest main jackpot which was US$ 941.8 million (€720 million) back in 2012. It also holds the record for the biggest ever prize pool for a lottery which was a simply staggering $3.297 billion (€2.52). Strangely though it does not hold the record for the biggest single winning ticket as all tickets issued for this lottery are pre-made and sold multiple times so that several people always win. A single number combination can be sold as many as 180 times creating many happy people. When it comes to records the U.S. lottery has the big ones which come from both the Mega Millions draw and the Powerball. Take a look at these top winners:

  • March 2012 - Mega Millions draw - A jackpot of $656 million went to 3 ticket holders
  • December 2013 - Mega Millions draw - A jackpot of $648 million went to 2 ticket holders
  • May 2013 - Powerball draw - A jackpot of $590 million went to a single ticket holder and is the highest lottery jackpot ever

Largest lottery jackpotThese U.S. lottery draws by far and away exceed those of their European counterparts where the largest lottery jackpots reach $234 million (€190 million). Not that this is a small sum of money of course.

One thing that is clear about all the largest lottery jackpots is that they are won by ordinary people from a multitude of places both large and small.

How much is the lottery jackpot? It jackpots total is one of the undefinable characteristics of playing the lottery and is influenced by a few factors. Primarily it revolves around whether or not it has been won at the previous draw. No winner means that there is a rollover situation where the new fund is added to the old. Secondly it depends on the number of people who purchase tickets for a given draw. So always check either online or at your place or purchase to get a rough idea of the jackpot total.

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