Where there are big jackpots, there are big winners. The US Powerball winners are well known for hitting some of the biggest lottery jackpots in the world. The game has made some very lucky people unbelievable rich.
On the 13th of January, 2016, the world’s biggest jackpot was won. $1,6 billion was shared between 3 Powerball tickets. 1 came from Chino Hills in California, the other from Florida, and the third from Tennessee. Each of them walked away with $528.8 million. The US Powerball winners in Florida and Tennessee were the EXTRA lucky ones because no federal tax is applied to lottery winnings there! The cash option after Federal withholdings in the state that does have tax came to $187.2 million.
The second biggest jackpot win happened on the 18th of May in 2013. A $590 million jackpot was won by a ticket in Florida. The winner was Gloria C. Mackenzie, age 84, who bought her quick pick from a local supermarket. She claimed her prize in the form of a cash lump sum.
Other major US Powerball winners include Jack Whittaker, who won $314.9 million on the 25th of December, 2002. A family from Jacksonville, Oregon, won $340 million on October 19th, 2005. In 2006, $365 million was won by a syndicate of eight players who worked at a meatpacking plant.