Mega Millions Winners
With no cap on the top prize, Mega Millions jackpots can reach enormous sums. Mega Millions holds the record for the third and fourth-largest lottery jackpots in the world. On this page, you can find information about the biggest Mega Millions winners of all time, as well as the locations of any jackpot-winning tickets sold.
Top 10 Mega Millions Jackpot Winners
Here you can see the top ten Mega Millions winners in the game’s history. You can also view information about the total winners and payouts for each drawing by selecting the date:
|Jackpot Amount||Drawing Date||Winning Tickets||Winning State(s)|
|$656 million||March 30th 2012||3||Maryland, Illinois and Kansas|
|$648 million||December 17th 2013||2||Georgia, California|
|$540 million||July 8th 2016||1||Indiana|
|$533 million||March 30th 2018||1||New Jersey|
|$450 million||January 5th 2018||1||Florida|
|$414 million||March 18th 2014||2||Florida, Maryland|
|$393 million||August 11th 2017||1||Illinois|
|$390 million||March 6th 2007||2||New Jersey, Georgia|
|$380 million||January 4th 2011||2||Idaho, Washington|
|$336 million||August 28th 2009||2||California, New York|
|$330 million||August 31st 2007||4||New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Texas|
|$326 million||November 4th 2014||1||New York|
Below you can find more information about the biggest Mega Millions winners, including their names and other interesting facts about the drawings.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Wahl, a 47 year old Food Production Manager from Vernon (New Jersey), is the sole winner of the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot ever; the winning ticket was sold at a Lukoil mini-mart in Riverdale. Wahl decided to take the cash option worth $220.7 million, after taxes.
Shane Missler, a 20-year old background screening worker, was the sole winner of the $450 million jackpot that is the second largest single win in Mega Millions history. The Florida player took the cash lump sum of $281.2 million after winning from one of his five quick pick tickets that were bought with scratchcard winnings.
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.
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.
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.
In January 2011, two ticket holders from Idaho and Washington split a jackpot of $380 million.
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.
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.
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 is the third largest won by a single ticket holder in the game’s history.↑ To top