Top 10 Biggest Lottery Jackpots

What are the biggest lottery jackpots of all time? You've probably heard about the record-breaking billion dollar Powerball jackpot in the USA in 2016 - here are the other 9 biggest payouts of all time, ranked from biggest to smallest. Note that because the United States taxes lottery winnings this reduces the actual payout of jackpots for lotteries like Powerball and Mega Millions. Therefore the actual cash value amount is shown below in brackets. In Canada and most European countries lottery winnings are not taxed. At the bottom are the biggest jackpots for Canadian Lotto 6/49 at CDN$64 million. The top Lotto Max jackpot is capped at CDN$60 million.

Rank Jackpot Lottery Date Winning Tickets
1st USD$1.586 billion ($983.5 million) Powerball (USA) January 13th, 2016 3 (CA, FL, TN)
2nd USD$656 million ($474 million) Mega Millions (USA) March 30th, 2012 3 (KS, IL, MD)
3rd USD$648 million ($347.6 million) Powerball (USA) December 17th, 2013 2 (CA, GA)
4th USD$590.5 million ($370.9 million) Powerball (USA) May 18th, 2013 1 (FL)
5th $587.5 billion ($384.7 billon) Powerball (USA) November 28th, 2012 2 (AZ, MO)
6th USD$564.1 million ($381.1 million) Powerball (USA) February 11th, 2015 3 (NC, PR, TX)
7th USD$536 million ($378.3 million) Mega Millions (USA) July 8th, 2016 1 (IN)
8th USD$487 million ($341.7 million) Powerball (USA) July 30th, 2016 1 (NH)
9th USD$448.4 million ($258.2 million) Powerball August 7th, 2013 2 (MN, NJ)
10th USD$447.8 million (279.1 million) Powerball July 10th, 2017 1 (CA)
Lotto 6/49 CDN$64 million (approximately USD $48 million) Lotto 6/49 October 17th, 2015 1 (Mississauga, Ontario)

Our Methods
We accounted for the net jackpot, the sum an individual winner received after tax, or would have received. Lottery winnings are taxable in the U.S., in contrast to Germany and most European countries. For U.S. lotteries we therefore take taxes into account in order to have a fair comparison of actual winnings. Typically, lottery winnings in the U.S. are taxed at an average rate of 25-35%. We used a value of 30%. Note: It is common for U.S. lotteries to pay out lottery jackpots as annuity ("Annuity Option") over several years (e.g. winnings of Mega Millions will be paid out over 30 years).

Record jackpots won at Lottoland will be paid out without tax deductions.

Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lottery_jackpot_records
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotto#Eurojackpot_in_Europa
http://www.megamillions.com/difference-between-cash-value-and-annuity
http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2012/03/30/how-much-tax-will-you-owe-on-540-million-jackpot/