Top 10 Biggest Mega Millions Jackpots Ever

With the words mega and millions in its name, it's no wonder that the blockbuster lottery Mega Millions is known for having mega jackpots. In fact, Mega Millions has come incredibly close to breaking the record for largest jackpot ever. If you're curious about exactly how big Mega Millions's jackpots have gotten, this is the perfect guide for you. Read on to find out what are top 10 biggest Mega Millions jackpots ever!


Our list of the top Mega Millions jackpots:

10. Peace of Mind Trust - May 21, 2021 - $516 Million

The five Pennsylvanian winners of the May 21, 2021 $516 million jackpot remain unknown as they chose to stay anonymous by forming a trust and having their lawyers accept the prize money on their behalf.

That doesn't mean we don't have any details on the win, however. As covered in 6ABC, the winners picked the name Peace of Mind Trust and chose to receive the winnings as a lump sum payment of $348.6 million. After taxes, the prize was worth $254,233,980.

9. Laarni Bibal - June 7, 2019 - $522 Million

Although Laarni Bibal did accept her big jackpot win under her own name, not much else is known about the otherwise secretive woman who chose not to revail details such as her age and location.

Laarni won $522 million with random quick pick numbers on a ticket she purchased in a local store in San Diego, California. Laarni's big win was also big news for the store, which received a $1 million payout.

California Lottery officials told The San Diego Union-Tribune that after finding out about her June 7th win, Laarni hid the ticket for several weeks while planning how to handle the win before finally coming forward to accept the $340 million lump sum payment (before federal taxes).

When asked where she hid the ticket, Laarni said, "I can't tell you. The secret hiding place is still a secret!"

8. Richard Wahl - March 30, 2018 - $533 Million

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It was second time lucky for 47-year-old production manager Richard Wahl, who won $533 million with his second-ever Mega Millions ticket.

CNN reported that the man from New Jersey planned to use the money to fulfill his dream of restoring a 1963 Corvette. Other than that, he also planned to be generous to friends, family, and charities, saying, "It's not only life-changing money for me, but I want it to be life-changing money for others."

7. Warren D, LLC - July 8, 2016 - $536 Million

It was just another normal day for one Indiana family that bought a few Mega Millions tickets on a whim while stopping for gas.

Little did they know one of those tickets would change their lives forever when their second row matched all of the winning numbers for the July 8, 2016 draw for a $536 million jackpot.

The family's final payout was a $271 lump sum, after taxes. According to the Courier Journal, the family has chosen to remain private in order "to protect the safety and well-being of their children." The family decided to remain in Indiana, as they couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

6. 11 California Co-workers - July 24, 2018 - $543 Million

Eleven employees at a finance company in Santa Clara, California decided to each pitch in $2 for Mega Millions tickets. After the July 24, 2018 draw, their $2 turned into $29 million each!

Roland Reyes stepped forward to accept the prize on behalf of the entire group, who had chosen to take a $320.5 million lump sum (before taxes).

According to NBC News, the workers decided not to name the company they work at so that they could continue working there as usual. "We want to keep our jobs. We love that company. We love what we've built there. We have a good time and want to stay together."

5. Ira Curry and Steve Tran - December 17, 2013 - $648 Million

In October 2013, Mega Millions reached a new turning point in its history when the lottery implemented new rules designed to increase the size of its jackpots.

The rule changes worked so well that the lottery barely had to wait before getting a massive $648 million!

It took twenty-one rollovers until the Mega Millions jackpot was finally won on December 17, 2013. Surprisingly enough, even with astronomically low winning odds, the jackpot was split between two winners.

The first to come forward with a winning ticket was 56-year-old Ira Curry from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Ira had used family birthdays and his lucky number to pick his numbers.

The second winner was Steve Tran from San Jose, California. Tran almost ended up missing out on the momentous win, as his winning ticket had been sitting for a while in a pile of old tickets he'd forgotten to check.

After splitting the lump sum amount, each winner received a prize worth $173,819,742 before taxes.

4. Merle and Patricia Butler, The Three Amigos, and Anonymous - March 30, 2012 - $656 Million

The March 30, 2012 drawing had not one, not two, but three jackpot winners!

One of the three won in Kansas and made use of the state's laws to remain anonymous when accepting their $218.6 million piece of the prize money.

The second ticket belonged to a group of Maryland public school employees going by the name "The Three Amigos." Each of the three put in $20 in order to collectively buy sixty tickets. In return for that $20, they ended up splitting $218.6 million!

The last ticket belonged to a married couple - Merle and Patricia Butler from Red Bud, Illinois. Their lump sum payout ended up being worth $111 million after taxes.

3. Wolverine FFL Club - January 22, 2021 - $1.05 Billion

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After a record thirty-seven rollovers, the Mega Millions jackpot was over the billion dollar barrier and sitting at a staggering $1.05 billion!

According to CNN, the ticket had been purchased by a lottery club called The Wolverine FFL Club, from Oakland County, Michigan.

The group decided to take the winnings in a lump sum of $776 million which was worth $557 million after taxes - netting just under $140 million for each participant.

A lawyer accepted the jackpot check and read out a statement on the group's behalf, saying, "This kind of money will impact the families of our club members for generations to come. We plan to stay humble and pay it forward through charitable giving in southeast Michigan."

2. Anonymous - July 29, 2022 - USD$ 1.337 Billion

Mega Millions broke the billion-dollar barrier a third time in July 2022 after three months of rollovers that had the whole world scrambling to purchase tickets.

Finally, on July 29, 2022, a single ticket sold in Illinois managed to match the winning numbers: 13, 36, 45, 57, 67, as well as the Mega Ball number 14. Once all was said and done, the prize had reached $1.337 billion (or $780.5 million in cash) making it the third-largest lottery prize in world history.

What was the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever?

1. Anonymous - October 23, 2018 - $1.537 Billion

So what was the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever?

Unfortunately, but understandably, the winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot chose to remain anonymous so we don't much about them other than that the ticket was sold in South Carolina with the winning numbers 5, 28, 62, 65, and 50, plus the Mega Ball 5.

The historic draw took place on October 23, 2018. Before the draw, lottery officials actually expected the jackpot to be the biggest of any lottery ever, but slightly lower ticket sales than estimated meant it didn't quite beat Powerball's $1.58 billion record. Still, $1.537 billion is no mean feat!

We may never know who exactly won the money, but CBS News estimated that the cash value was $913 million.

Who will be the next biggest Mega Millions winner?

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It's impossible to know who the next biggest Mega Millions winner will be, but with Mega Millions's incredibly low odds of 1:302.6 million, the lottery definitely hopes to eventually steal the top prize away from Powerball and its massive jackpots.

Try your luck at Mega Millions next jackpot by purchasing your lottery tickets before the next draw!