Loto: what are the biggest jackpots in history?

In Europe, a record at 220 million

She had “a hunch”, she played for the first time in her life and she won the 220 million euros. This is what tells the young woman from Tahiti in French Polynesia, the big winner of the EuroMillions jackpot on October 15th. It sets the new European record.

The previous biggest gain of EuroMillions was quite recent: 210 million won in Switzerland in February 2021. In third place on the podium, we find a Frenchman who had pocketed 200 million in December 2020. The maximum jackpot of the European lottery was was raised to 250 million euros in 2020. Previously, it was capped at 190 million, sum won four times between 2012 and 2019.

However, EuroMillions does not have a monopoly on jackpots of more than 200 million euros on the continent. In Europe, this record figure was exceeded for the first time … in a national lottery. In Italy, the SuperEnalotto had allowed a Lombard to leave with 209.1 million euros in August 2019. Capping the EuroMillions at the post.

The other major European lottery played in 18 countries (but not in France), the Eurojackpot, capped its winnings at 90 million euros. A sum won eight times.

In the United States, the billion exceeded three times

It will not surprise anyone, it is in the United States that the figures are exploding. While in Europe, the 200 million euro mark has only been crossed 4 times, in the United States, we have already exceeded one billion dollars three times. The two largest lotteries in the country are Mega Millions and Powerball. It is this second that holds the world record, with a jackpot of 1.586 billion dollars (approximately 1.361 billion euros), won on January 13, 2016. However, the sum was divided between three winners tied.

For the biggest gain won by a single ticket, you have to go to the side of Mega Millions. On October 23, 2018, a player from South Carolina won the sum of 1.537 billion dollars (approximately 1.318 million euros). The lottery also recorded a winning ticket of $ 1.050 billion (approximately 900 million euros) on January 22, 2021. The top 10 jackpots in the US exceed $ 640 million. All in excess.

In France, the record fell in September

In France, we are more modest. The record Loto jackpot is € 26 million. An amount won just a month ago, on September 11. We had to go back to June 6, 2011 to find the previous record of 24 million. In 2014, a couple from Girondins also pocketed 23 million.