29 January 2016

The Lottoland Book Of World Records

The Biggest Jackpots & Lotteries Of All Time

January 2016 was a record month in lottery terms with a new record set by the UK Lotto. But it was the record jackpot set by America's PowerBall that really captured the world's imagination. So where do those records stand now? What's the biggest lottery in the world? What's the biggest lottery win ever in the Ireland? What's the biggest win ever in the world? What's the most ever won on EuroMillions? Presenting the Lottoland Book Of World Records – where we answer all these questions and more!

The Biggest Jackpots & Lotteries Of All Time

There's been quite a lot of talk about record jackpots this month. First we had news of the UK Lotto record, worth £66 million, but that amount was overshadowed by a jackpot over 16 and a half times larger – the epic $1.586 billion (approx. €1.4 billion) jackpot of American giant PowerBall.

Now that billion-dollar jackpots are a reality the lottery world will never be the same. Which begs the question – how does this new record-breaking amount change the current lottery rankings?

The Biggest Lottery In The World

While PowerBall's been getting all the hype of late it's still not the biggest lottery in the world. Its biggest jackpot, worth €1.4 billion, though staggering, is still a considerable amount less than the amount paid out in prizes by the Spanish Christmas Lottery, a.k.a. "El Gordo", which in 2015 had a prize pool of £1.6 billion.

But could PowerBall ever unseat El Gordo to take the title of "Biggest Lottery in the World?" If you had asked us at Christmas we would have considered it highly unlikely, but after the past couple of weeks we have to admit that now there's a distinct possibility.

The Biggest Jackpots In The World

In the race for the biggest ever lottery jackpot PowerBall now moves up to first place to become the undisputed lottery jackpot heavyweight.

This means that the previous title-holder, MegaMillions, moves down to second place.  

PowerBall not only has the biggest jackpot in history in its credit, it enjoys seven out of ten of the top jackpot values of all time.

So currently, as of January 2016, the world rankings are as follows:


Record Jackpot

Current Rate

PowerBall [US]

$1.586 billion

€1.4 billion

MegaMillions [US]

$656 million

€583 million

EuroMillions [EU]

€190 million

€190 million

SuperEnaLotto [IT]

€177.7 million

€177.7 million

EuroJackpot [EU]

€90 million

€90 million


The Biggest Ever Lottery Win

Not only has PowerBall given us the biggest lottery jackpot in the world, it's also given us the biggest ever lottery win. In May 2013 PowerBall also won the record for the largest lottery amount ever won by a single person when octogenarian Gloria C. Mackenzie from Florida claimed the full jackpot worth $590 million, or, at current rates, €524 million.

Other Highest Lottery Wins 

What about other lotteries? Well, in the table below you'll find details of the biggest jackpots, plus biggest single-winner prizes ever won in the UK Lotto plus other popular lotteries at Lottoland:


Highest Jackpot

Highest Single Prize

UK Lotto

£66 million (€84.4 million)

£35.1 million (€44.9 million) 

Irish Lotto

€18.99 million 

€16.7 million 


€90 million 

€90 million


Biggest Lottery Win In Ireland

The biggest Lotto win was for €18.99 million, won by a work syndicate from Carlow back in 2008. The biggest lottery prize ever won in Ireland is, you probably guessed already, Limerick's Dolores McNamara who, back in 2005, won €115 million. It was the biggest ever EuroMillions win at the time and she remains the biggest single winner to date.  

Biggest EuroMillions Jackpots

The current record for EuroMillions is €190 million. This was won twice, first by English couple Adrian and Gillian Bayford in 2012, and again by an anonymous player from Portugal in 2014. If you're curious about the biggest EuroMillions winners of all time, meanwhile, we've already got a full article on the subject here.

The Biggest Jackpot – Right NOW!

So, what's the biggest jackpot available right now? Well the answer is just one click away. Lottoland is the only place where you can play (and win) the world's biggest lottery jackpots, so check out our full list of lotteries to find out!