Lottery jackpot records

El Gordo[]

Spain’s Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad (Spanish Christmas Lottery) is generally considered to be the world’s largest lottery game, with the largest first prize/jackpot. In 2012, the first prize was €720 million (then US$941.8 million; $1.058 billion in 2020 dollars). The total prize pool in 2012 was €2.52 billion (US$3.297 billion; $3.704 billion in 2020 dollars). The tickets for this drawing have pre-printed five-digit numbers, with each set of numbers sold multiple times in series. For example, a ticket with the number «00001» was printed 180 times under different series numbers. Moreover, each series is divided into 10 décimos (tenths in English), which are the individual tickets available for purchase. This results in the top prize being split by a very big number of winners usually from different regions of Spain. The 2011 top prize of €720 million was paid out as €4 million (US$5.2 million) to each of the 180 tickets (or €400,000 for each décimo) with the number 58268. In 2016, the total prize pool was $2.310 billion (US$2.414 billion)

Europe[edit]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 aus 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 aus 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium’s Loterie Nationale/Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.

El Gordo[edit]

Spain’s Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad (Spanish Christmas Lottery) is generally considered to be the world’s largest lottery game, with the largest first prize/jackpot. In 2012, the first prize was €720 million (then US$941.8 million; $1.058 billion in 2020 dollars). The total prize pool in 2012 was €2.52 billion (US$3.297 billion; $3.704 billion in 2020 dollars). The tickets for this drawing have pre-printed five-digit numbers, with each set of numbers sold multiple times in series. For example, a ticket with the number «00001» was printed 180 times under different series numbers. Moreover, each series is divided into 10 décimos (tenths in English), which are the individual tickets available for purchase. This results in the top prize being split by a very big number of winners usually from different regions of Spain. The 2011 top prize of €720 million was paid out as €4 million (US$5.2 million) to each of the 180 tickets (or €400,000 for each décimo) with the number 58268. In 2016, the total prize pool was $2.310 billion (US$2.414 billion)

Europe

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 aus 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 aus 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium’s Loterie Nationale/Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.

Europe

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany

Europe[edit]

Unlike in the United States, where lottery wins are taxed, European jackpots are generally tax-free (the lotteries themselves are taxed in other ways) and jackpots are paid in a lump sum. For example, in the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, wagers are split between the game operator Camelot Group and the government, with Camelot distributing its share among prizes, operating costs, profit, Camelot’s ‘good causes’ programme, with the remainder going to the government as value-added tax (VAT) due.

Examples of largest jackpots in specific European lotteries
  • £170.2 million (EUR190 million/US$208.2 million) was the largest prize won by a UK winner in the pan-European EuroMillions in GBP currency, won on 8 October 2019 in the UK.
  • €190.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroMillions lottery and it’s paid out four times:
Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2012-08-10 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 148,700,000 UK
2 2014-10-24 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 149,800,000 Portugal
3 2017-10-06 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,800,000 Spain
4 2019-10-08 190,000,000 1 190,000,000 170,200,000 UK

€90.0 million is the maximum jackpot in the Eurojackpot lottery and it’s paid out eleven times:

Chronological Nr. Date Jackpot in Euro Winner Prize in Euro Prize in Pound Country
1 2015-05-15 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 65,500,000 Czech Republic
2 2016-10-14 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 81,000,000 Germany
3 2017-01-06 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 15,400,000 3 X Germany, Netherlands & Denmark
4 2018-02-09 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,700,000 Finland
5 2018-07-06 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,800,000 2 X Germany
6 2018-11-16 90,000,000 5 18,000,000 16,000,000 2 X Germany, Finland, Spain & Italy
7 2019-05-10 90,000,000 2 45,000,000 39,500,000 Germany & Poland
8 2019-08-23 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 82,400,000 Finland
9 2019-11-22 90,000,000 3 30,000,000 25,800,000 2 X Germany & Hungary
10 2020-02-07 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 76,500,000 Germany
11 2020-05-01 90,000,000 1 90,000,000 79,000,000 Germany
  • €209 million (US$233.7 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Italy’s SuperEnalotto lottery, won on 13 August 2019.
  • €45.4 million (US$67 million) was the largest jackpot in Germany’s Lotto 6 aus 49, won in December 2007 by three tickets.
  • €37.7 million (US$48 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the German Lotto 6 aus 49, won on 7 October 2006.
  • SEK 238 million (US$38 million) is the largest single ticket jackpot of Svenska Spel Lotto Drömvinsten
  • £66.1 million (US$96 million) was the largest jackpot in the United Kingdom’s Lotto, won on 9 January 2016 by two tickets.
  • CHF 48.6 million (US$ 53.2 million) was the largest jackpot in Switzerland’s Swiss Lotto, won on 23 August 2014.
  • £35.1 million (US$49.6 million) was the largest winner on the UK Lotto game in April 2016.
  • €38.4 million (US$49.7 million) was the largest jackpot in the Netherlands draw of the Staatsloterij (State Lottery) in May 2013.
  • €30 million (US$31 million) was the largest jackpot in France’s SuperLoto, won in May 2006 by two tickets.
  • €24 million (US$35 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in the French SuperLotto, won on 6 June 2011.
  • €22,5 million (US$23.9 million) was the biggest lotto win in Hungary was on Eurojackpot (half of the €45 mil.) on 10th February 2017. This 7 billion HUF worth grand prize beat a 5 billion record set up in 2003.
  • SEK 215 million (€22 million, US$30 million) was the largest single-ticket jackpot in Sweden’s Lotto of Svenska Spel, won on 27 March 2010.
  • €19 million (US$30 million) was the largest jackpot and largest single-ticket jackpot in Ireland’s , won on 28 June 2008 by a group of sixteen colleagues at a quarry and concrete plant in County Carlow.
  • €12.2 million (US$15.7 million) was the largest jackpot in Finland’s Lotto of Veikkaus, won in October 2012 by one ticket.
  • €13 million (US$17.9 million) was the largest jackpot in Belgium’s Loterie Nationale/Nationale Loterij, won in December 2013 by one ticket.
  • €4.32 million (US$4.77 million) was the largest jackpot in Russia’s Gosloto 6 to 45, won in February 2016 by one 1800-roubles ticket. This is the largest jackpot in Russia.
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