Mega Millions Winners
With no cap on the top prize, Mega Millions jackpots can reach truly enormous sums. Mega Millions currently holds the record for the second and third-largest lottery jackpots in the world. Here are the top ten biggest wins in the game's history:
$656 million won on March 30th 2012
The drawing on March 30th 2012 created not only the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever seen but also the second-largest jackpot in the world. The grand prize was worth an incredible $656 million and was the result of 19 draws without a top-tier winner. In the draw, three ticket holders from Maryland, Illinois and Kansas matched all six numbers to share the jackpot.
The winners were named as Merle and Patricia Butler from Red Bud, Illinois and three work colleagues dubbed 'The Three Amigos' from Milford Mill, Maryland. The third winner was from Kansas but, as winners in that state have the option to remain anonymous, they were never formally identified. Each winner received $218.6 million before taxes.
$648 million won on December 17th 2013
The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot was worth $648 million and was finally won on December 17th 2013 by two ticket holders after 22 draws without a top prize winner. One of the winning tickets was purchased in Georgia by Ira Curry and the other by Steve Tran of California.
$540 million won on July 8th 2016
A single player from Cambridge City, Indiana won the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot on Friday 8th July 2016 after 34 draws without a jackpot winner, the longest run of rollovers the game had ever seen. The grand prize was worth $540 million, with a lump-sum value of $380 million before taxes, and is currently the largest Mega Millions jackpot won on a single ticket.
$414 million won on March 18th 2014
On March 18th 2014, two ticket holders split a jackpot of $414 million to receive $207 million each before taxes. The lucky winners were the Cobie and Seamus Trust from Florida and an anonymous player from Maryland.
$393 million won on August 11th 2017
The winning ticket was sold at Nick’s Barbecue in Palos Heights, Illinois. The prize, won by single ticket holder Patricia Busking, is the largest-ever jackpot amount won in Illinois and the estimated cash value is $247.3 million.
$390 million won on March 6th 2007
The draw on March 6th 2007 offered a $390 million jackpot and was shared between Elaine and Harold Messner from New Jersey and Eddie Nabors from Georgia. Each winning ticket picked up $195 million before taxes.
$380 million won on January 4th 2011
In January 2011, two ticket holders from Idaho and Washington split a jackpot of $380 million.
$336 million won on August 28th 2009
Kevyn Ogawa from San Gabriel, California and James Groves from the Bronx, New York, were the lucky players who shared the $336 million jackpot from the August 28th drawing. Each player took home $168 million before taxes.
$330 million won on August 31st 2007
Four winning ticket holders won the $330 million jackpot. The winners were John and Sandy Belawsky from New Jersey, Bernard and Tucker Adcock from Virginia, Ellwood Bartlett of Maryland, and SB Alchemy Holdings, Ltd., of Dallas, Texas.
$326 million won on November 4th 2014
Harold Diamond, a retired school principal from Wurtsboro, New York, won the $326 million jackpot. He chose to take the cash lump sum of $130.6 after withholdings. The Mega Millions jackpot remains the second largest won by a single ticket holder in the game’s history.
$319 million won on March 25th 2011
The jackpot worth $319 million was split between seven co-workers known as the 'Lucky Seven' from Albany, New York. The jackpot was the fifth-largest in the game’s history at the time and the co-workers opted for the lump sum of $202.9 million before taxes.