The Biggest Lottery Winners of 2016
2016 has been a record-breaking year in the lottery market as some of the biggest winners of all times have emerged to set an entirely new standard for the game. In this article, we will tell you all about the luckiest ticket-holders whose lives have changed entirely after playing the lottery. Their stories may inspire you to take a chance on the lottery because it may just change your life for the better. Take a look!
1. The Grand Winners of the US Powerball
This year has started with a bang for the US Powerball, as the biggest jackpot in the history of the game and the entire lottery found its winners on January 13th 2016. The grand prize was worth $1.6 billion, which is an unimaginable amount of money.
There were three jackpot winners on January 13th. The lucky tickets came from Florida, California, and Tennessee and their holders eventually shared the enormous jackpot amongst themselves. They opted for the $930 million cash option, and each of them was entitled to a third of the prize.
This unprecedented win made this American lottery the biggest game in the lottery business. Now players from all over the world can play US Powerball online on websites like theLotter.ca for a chance to win the amazing prizes.
2. The Divine Intervention Powerball Win
Pearlie Smith is a 70-year-old independent woman and the mother of seven. After someone in the family had a very intense dream about the lottery, she decided to play the exact numbers in the dream in the Powerball lottery.
Much to her surprise, those were the winning numbers for the $429 million Powerball jackpot and they made her and her family multimillionaires. “We had divine intervention”, said Valerie Arthur, the eldest of the Smith siblings.
The divine intervention ticket was purchased as a cash ticket and as such, the Smith family got a whopping $284 million lump payment. They decided to split the money amongst themselves, which means that they each got $35.5 million. The Smith family has admirable plans for their big win, as they aim to share their wealth with the less fortunate.
3. The Mysterious Mega Millions Winners
Back on July 8th, the third largest Mega Millions jackpot worth $536 million was won in Indiana. But while the winning ticket was identified, the winners themselves were nowhere to be found. It was not until a few days later that the Indiana winners came forward and collected the $378 million cash option.
However, the family who won the enormous jackpot wished to remain anonymous. Their chosen representative said that they are “just really good people” who wish to honor their Hoosier values and remain in Indiana. In spite of them not appearing personally in front of the cameras, their win remained in Mega Millions history.
4. The New Hampshire Powerball Winner
On July 30th 2016, the US Powerball had yet another big jackpot win. A family from New Hampshire won a staggering $487 million in the beloved American lottery. While the other jackpots of 2016 were larger, the New Hampshire players were the only winning ticket holders, which makes their win the largest of the year.
The family’s attorney collected the prize on their behalf and told the press that “There couldn’t have been two better people or a better family to win this money”. Their greatest objective is to use their newly found fortune to do “great things”.
5. The EuroMillions Big Winner of the Year
On October 11th 2016, one of the biggest EuroMillions jackpots of all time worth €168 million was won by a Belgian player. He is the father of four and a beloved member of the local community. The lucky winner is of Albanian origin and he works for the Belgian waste management service.
He said that he would donate a part of his winnings to charity and that he will continue to play the lottery precisely because this could help him do even more for “people in need”. Whether or not the Belgian player will win the lottery a second time, his actions will mean the world to the less fortunate.
As you can see, this year has brought about quite a few massive wins in the lottery market. In fact, it has brought the biggest lottery jackpot of all times. The $1.6 billion US Powerball grand prize will remain in the history of the game forever. We have yet to see what the final days of December will bring, but 2016 was clearly a memorable year in the lottery.