Hitting the Jackpot: Biggest Lottery Winnings Ever

Many people play the lottery daily, buying a scratch off ticket or Quick Pick along with their coffee and newspaper in the morning, while others just get a few scratch off tickets in their stocking at Christmas. The rush of playing the lottery is universal, but most people never win more than a couple dollars, or another free ticket at best.

Imagine what it would be like to look at your numbers and realize that you were the big winner. Here are the stories of a few people who rolled the dice in the US Lottery and won.

Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier – $207 million

Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier walked away with half of a $414 million jackpot after they won the Mega Millions lottery in central Florida just last year. After buying the ticket at a local grocery store, Robyn completely forgot about it until news of the huge jackpot came on the 6 o’clock news. As the numbers were being read out, she went to get her ticket, and almost didn’t believe it when all of their numbers matched perfectly.

The couple deposited the money in a trust, where they plan to leave it until they can figure out how they want to use it. One thing they definitely plan to do is catch as many college football games as they can and support their beloved Notre Dame whenever they play.

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Jeremy R. Smith Sr. / Shutterstock.com

Raymond Buxton – $425 million

Retiree B. Raymond Buxton showed his sense of humor when he came forward to claim his $425 million lottery winnings on April Fools Day. He chose to take the lump sum option, pocketing $242.2 million (before taxes) all in one go.


After checking and rechecking his numbers, he decided to take a while to get his affairs in order before claiming his winnings. He set up a financial advisor and secured a lawyer. Then, he donned a Yoda t-shirt that read “Luck of the Jedi I have” and walked into the California Lottery headquarters with the scrap of paper that would change his life forever.

He plans use his newfound wealth to travel, but also plans on donating lots of money to funding pediatric health research.

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catwalker / Shutterstock.com

Paul White – $149.4 million

Big winner Paul White’s first purchase with his $149.4 million Powerball win wasn’t exactly the extravagant thing that most people dream about. He bought a $30,000 used car that he had been eyeing on Craigslist. However, his next plans not only improve his own life, but also make a difference in the lives of his elderly parents. He’s promised them that his next purchases will be a beautiful house for them.

He’s also been honest, and said that he doesn’t plan to ever work again. After taxes, his cash jackpot is worth about $60 million.

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