Biggest Lottery Wins of All Time

Scroll through to see some of the biggest lottery jackpot winners of all time.

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Mavis Wanczyk, of Chicopee, Mass., stands by a poster of her winnings during a news conference where she claimed the $758.7 million Powerball prize at Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Braintree, Mass. Officials said it is the largest single-ticket Powerball prize in U.S. history. At left is state treasurer Deb Goldberg.
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Roy Cockrum, 58, of Knoxville claims his $259.8 million Powerball prize, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million. Lottery officials say it's the largest prize ever won in Tennessee Lottery history.
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B. Raymond Buxton, won $425 million in the Powerball, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. He is the sole winner of February's $425 million Powerball jackpot. He bought the winning ticket for the Feb. 19 drawing at a convenience store in Milpitas, Calif.
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Parmeet Singh, son of Dixon Landing Chevron store owner Kulwinder Singh, speaks to reporters at the store in Milpitas, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. According to California lottery officials, the store sold the lone winning ticket for a $425 million Powerball jackpot but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.
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The "Ocean's 16" from Toms River, N.J. snagged one of the three winning tickets for a $448 million Powerball jackpot in August 2013. The group works for the vehicle services department in Ocean County, N.J. Each of the workers walked away with roughly $3.8 million. Some of that money will help a few of those workers rebuild homes ravaged by Hurricane Sandy <i> Click through to see more of some of the biggest lotto jackpot winners ever <i/>
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Juan Rodriguez had just 78 cents in his savings account and owed $44,000 to creditors when he took a gamble and played the Mega Millions in New York. His luck changed when he became the sole winner of a $149 million lotto jackpot in November 2004. He opted to take the lump sum payment of $88.5 million.
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Two Oregon couples cashed-in on one of the biggest lottery jackpots in history when they won the $340 million Powerball in November 2005. Frances and Bob Chaney, along with their daughter, Carolyn West, and her husband, Steve, chipped in to buy $40 worth of tickets in the small town of Jacksonville, in southwest Oregon. They took home a lump sum of $164.4 million before taxes.
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The Adcock brothers snatched up one of the biggest lotto jackpots in Virginia. Tucker "T.J." Adcock of Buckingham, Va., was in disbelief when he realized that he and his brother, Bernard, had won a $82.5 Mega Millions jackpot in August 2007. Bernard is a retired corrections lieutenant and Tucker worked three jobs until the jackpot win. He told lottery officials at the time that he'll continue to work just two jobs instead.
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An iron worker and his wife won a $275 million Mega Millions jackpot in Georgia in February 2008, giving the couple -- Tonya and Robert Harris -- enough cash to trade-in their trailer home for a new house in coastal Georgia. Harris played the winning numbers by using his grandchildren's birthdays.
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Eight lucky ladies claimed a Powerball ticket worth $276 million in Charleston, W. Va., in March 2008. The women worked in a sheriff's department tax office and occasionally played the Powerball before they hit it big. They opted to walk away with a $139 million cash payout and each came away with $11.9 million.
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Minnesota couple Paul and Sue Rosenau said they already had everything they needed before they won a $180.1 million Powerball jackpot in May 2008. The couple told reporters that their lives wouldn't change that much, but after walking away with a lump sum of $59.6 million, that probably didn't happen.
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Homemaker Ciela Lopes took an every day trip to the supermarket and bought her routine lottery ticket using the same numbers she always had. But this time the New Jersey woman cashed in big, winning a $126 Mega Millions jackpot in December 2008. The ticket remained in her purse for days until she thought to check it.
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A 23-year-old rancher from Mission, S.D. went from rags to riches after he struck luck and won a $232 million Powerball jackpot in June 2009. Neil Wanless opted for the $88.5 million lump sum to help his struggling family. People who know the family said their mobile home had been repossessed and their farm equipment was in pretty bad shape. Wanless often baled grass along roads for cheap feed for his cattle and sheep.
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A retired couple from Great Bend, Kan., claimed a $96 million Powerball jackpot prize in November 2009. Donald and Kathleen Damon played the lottery religiously and bought just a single ticket that reigned in a lump sum of $46.6 million.
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Maria Grasso, a 54-year-old Chilean immigrant and live-in baby sitter ended up telling her venture capitalist boss that she was a multimillionaire like he was, after she realized she won a $197 million Big Game jackpot in Boston in April 1999. She ended up taking home a lump sum payment of $104 million.
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RIchard and Mary Morrison had plenty of plans for the $165 million they won playing the New York State Lottery: Paying off their mortgage, opening a restaurant and helping the poor. But authorities in Long Island also had some plans for that money too, seeking $1 million from the couple after they claimed the couple overcharged the county for homeless shelters they once ran.
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The McCullars of Washington state split a $380 million Mega Millions prize in January 2011. Jim McCullar used his and his wife's birthdays as the winning numbers - 8/15/42 and 4/25/47.
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Seven New York state workers shared a $319 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2011. The so-called "Albany Seven" work as IT specialists and program managers in the New York Division of Housing and Community Renewal. The lucky seven walked away with $19 million each after they decided to take a lump sum payout.
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Two friends from southern Indiana suddenly became retired welders when they claimed a $221.7 million Powerball prize. Darin Fox and Todd Reardon said they planned to spend a lot of time hunting after becoming multimillionaires.
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A trio of Greenwich, Conn., wealth managers claimed a $254 million Powerball jackpot in November 2011. Brandon Lacoff, Greg Skidmore and Tim Davidson of Belpointe LLC reportedly collected the lottery prize for a silent winner who wanted to remain anonymous. But the men denied that accusation and took a $108 million lump sum.
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A couple decided to remain anonymous after claiming their share of a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in January 2012. The couple, who bought the ticket in Maryland, shared the jackpot with two other lucky winners in Illinois and Kansas.
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Daniel Bruckner, a Silicon Valley financial analyst, raked in $208 million after he bought a single Mega Millions ticket in Long Island, N.Y., Bruckner was spending the Christmas holidays with his in-laws in December 2011 when he decided to stop by a local convenience store in town and buy a ticket.
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Louise White, 81 of Newport, R.I. won one of the biggest Powerball jackpots ever in February 2012: $336.4 million. But she kept the ticket in a Bible when she discovered she had won. After she consulted with attorneys, financial advisers and Rhode Island lottery officials, the camera shy 81-year-old came forward to collect her prize.
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A group of 20 shipping department workers at a Quaker Oats plant in Iowa cashed in big when they claimed a $241 million Powerball jackpot in June 2012. One of the workers bought the ticket for the group, who range in age from 35 to 64. Sporting bright red t-shirts, the group claimed their prize in Des Moines, Iowa, and then demanded privacy. Each of them walked away with $5.6 million.
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Paul White of Ham Lake, Minn., held one of the three winning Powerball tickets for the August 2013 $448 million jackpot. The 45-year-old father of two teens was the first to come forward and joked at a press conference that he was too busy to quit his job as an engineer. But he did say he would spend part of the winnings on a car he's had his eye on for several months.
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Jose Luis Serrano and Maite Serrano of Spain won a part of one of the biggest lottery prizes in the world - El Gordo - worth about $3.3 billion. The Christmas lottery in December 2012 sprinkled a bit of joy in 15 Spanish towns around the country where winning tickets were sold, each worth about $530,000.
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Helen and Harold Lerner decided to retire after they won a $258 million Mega Millions jackpot in New Jersey in September 2005. After learning they had the winning ticket, the Lerners wrapped the ticket in cellophane, put it in a lockbox and hid it in the back of Helen's lingerie drawer. Before becoming multimillionaires, the couple had only ever won a pair of New York Yankees' tickets and a frozen turkey from a grocery store.
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