Everyone dreams of one day winning The Big One. Whether you play the Mega Moolah slot, lottery games, syndicated bingo or even try your hand a little poker, that dream of one day winning a bank-busting sum of money is always at the back of your mind.
Of course, there are plenty of lucky people who have managed to win big, but over the years, which players have struck the biggest prizes? In this article, we’ll examine some of the most common forms of jackpot games available and we’ll look at which players currently hold the record (as far as we can ascertain) as being the biggest prize winner in the history of that game.
So let’s begin our quest by looking at the millionaire maker online slot, Mega Moolah and who has won big here.
1. Mega Moolah online slot
Biggest overall winner : John Orchard in December 2012, winning £5.88 million.
John landed a £5.88 million win wagering just 30p at a bingo site while playing in the UK. This is the biggest win in h istory, eclipsing the €6.37 million won in May 2009 by Greek player Giorgios M.
Biggest Mobile winner: Gabriel L in September 2013, winning £3,74 million.
In September 2013, Gabriel L became the biggest ever Mega Moolah winner to land his jackpot via mobile when he won £3.7 million while playing in the UK. His win surpassed the previous record, held by Jason A from New Zealand, who won $881,740 via mobile playing in May 2013.
2. The National Lottery
Biggest overall win: £42m won in 1996 and shared by three tickets.
In the first days of the National Lottery in the UK, before the advent of Euromillions and other lotto games, there was only one draw which tended to attract larger prizes, especially when the prize rolled over into a second or third week. Three lucky tickets won the biggest ever National Lottery prize in 1996, when they banked £14 million apiece for a total win of £42 million.
Biggest single ticket win: £22.6 million won in 1995 by Paul Maddison.
The largest ever single ticket jackpot win came in a rollover game in June 1995, when Paul Maddison and his friend Mark Gardiner scooped £22.6 million on their ticket.
3. European Lotteries
Biggest jackpot win: Colin & Chris Weir in July 2011, winning £161 million.
Scottish couple Chris and Colin Weir landed the largest ever European lottery jackpot win when winning the Euromillions jackpot in July 2012. They have been in the news recently for donating £750,000 of their winnings to a local football club, Partick Thistle, to help improve facilities for youngsters training with the club.
Biggest non-Euromillions Jackpot win: Anonymous winner of €147.8 million in the SuperEnalotto in Italy, in August 2009.
In addition to the Euromillions jackpot, there are several European countries that run their own national lottery. The biggest prize ever won across Europe in this was the €147.8 million jackpot one lucky player from Bagnone won in August 2007.
4. American Lotteries
Biggest Single Jackpot Win: $656 million in March 2012, paid to 3 winners.
The largest ever Jackpot payout in American and World history occurred in March 2012 when three lucky people shared a reported $656 million jackpot after winning the Mega Millions lottery. The three winners have since remained anonymous with only their state (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland) known.
It is worth noting however that due to immediate taxation on winnings and how the Mega Millions Jackpot is paid out, the actual payout by the lottery company to the winners was $474 million.
Biggest single jackpot winner: Gloria McKenzie of Florida who won £590.5m.
Gloria McKenzie took home the third largest cash prize in lottery history when winning the Powerball jackpot in May 2013. After taxes and other payments, she earned a cash prize of $370 million.
The latest Mega Millions jackpot drawn 17 December 2013, of $636 million will be split between two players from California (San Jose) and Georgia (Atlanta). At the time of the drawing the jackpot was set at $636 million, but could wind up closer to $650 million falling just shy of a new record, which was the $656 million that was split between three winners in March 2012.
5. Bingo Jackpot Winners
Biggest bingo jackpot winner: Soraya Lowell in March 2008, winning £1.16 million.
Mrs Lowell won her jackpot in the Club 3000 National Bingo Game at her local bingo hall in Lanarkshire Scotland, winning the top prize of £1.16 million.
In a nice touch, she shared half her winnings with her friend and bingo partner Agnes O’Neill, as over the years they had shared other wins with each other.
She bought an Ice Cream van with her share of the winnings, but unfortunately Mrs Lowell and her husband were served with bankruptcy papers in 2012 after failing to pay council tax.
6. Poker Tournament biggest winners
Biggest Poker Tournament win: Jamie Gold in 2006, winning $12 million at the WSOP Main event.
The main event at the 2006 WSOP event is the largest Poker Tournament ever to have been contested abd was held at the Rio All Suite and Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The big winner of the £10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship Main Event was Jamie Gold, who won Poker’s largest ever tournament prize of $12 million.