The Biggest Lottery Wins in Every State

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What’s the biggest lottery win in your state?

Wonder no more! Here’s a list of the biggest lottery winnings by state in the U.S. This list covers the largest lottery winnings with a single lottery ticket (no sharing!) in each state.

Any states not represented do not have a state lottery.

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Arizona

Prize: $410M

Game: Mega Millions

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The first Mega Millions win in the state is also the biggest jackpot win ever in Arizona.

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Arkansas

Prize: $177M

Game: Mega Millions

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This jackpot was won on April Fools Day…but this lottery prize is no joke.

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California

Prize: $2.04B

Game: Powerball

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Drumroll for the biggest lottery jackpot in history!

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Colorado

Prize: $133M

Game: Powerball

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A CO woman finally wins the jackpot after playing her numbers for 30 years.

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Connecticut

Prize: $254.2M

Game: Powerball

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Three wealth management co-workers won on 1 Quick Pick ticket.

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Delaware

Prize: $121M

Game: Powerball

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Won by a group of 33 co-workers from a DE printing company.

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Florida

Prize: $1.58B

Game: Mega Millions

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This ultra lucky winner secured the largest win in the game’s history….but this lottery prize is no joke.

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Georgia

Prize: $648M

Game: Mega Millions

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“It’s like I’m still dreaming.”

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Idaho

Prize: $220.3M

Game: Powerball

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pick-your-own numbers victory in Idaho..”

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Illinois

Prize: $1.337B

Game: Mega Millions

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“It’s the largest lottery prize ever won in Illinois…”

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Indiana

Prize: $536M

Game: Mega Millions

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This Hoosier bought their winning ticket on the way to their child’s sports game.

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Iowa

Prize: $343.9M

Game: Powerball

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This single-mom nearly lost her ticket after dropping it on the floor of her sister’s truck.

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Kansas

Prize: $218.6M

Game: Mega Millions

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The winner said they were looking forward to early retirement.

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Kentucky

Prize: $218.6M

Game: Powerball

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All of Kentucky’s top jackpot winners won on Powerball.

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Louisiana

Prize: $191M

Game: Powerball

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3-member family partnership took home the prize.

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Maine

Prize: $1.348B

Game: Mega Millions

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Maine won its first Mega Millions jackpot on a Friday the 13th.

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Maryland

Prize: $731.1M

Game: Powerball

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An anonymous group, known as “The Power Pack,” said they would use the money to invest in their community.

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Massachusetts

Prize: $758.7M

Game: Powerball

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hospital worker opted for the lump sum.

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Michigan

Prize: $1.05B

Game: Mega Millions

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lottery club bought their winning ticket at a local Kroger. 

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Minnesota

Prize: $229M

Game: Powerball

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“He is retired as of 14 or 15 hours ago,” the winner’s wife said.

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Mississippi

Prize: $524K

Game: Match 5

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This is the biggest prize since MS lottery began selling tickets in 2019.

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Missouri

Prize: $192.4M

Game: Powerball

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“I think we’ll have a good Christmas.”

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Montana

Prize: $48.5M

Game: Powerball

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“Mostly I’ve just got to let it sink in and let it feel real.”

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Nebraska

Prize: $365M

Game: Powerball

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Eight ham processing plant co-workers became instant millionaires.

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New Hampshire

Prize: $559.7M

Game: Powerball

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“My client doesn’t want any accolades, she doesn’t want any credit. She just wants to do good things.”

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New Jersey

Prize: $559.7M

Game: Powerball

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The winning ticket was sold at ShopRite Liquor #781 in Neptune Township, NJ.

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New Mexico

Prize: $206.9M

Game: Powerball

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group of friends chipped in for the winning ticket.

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New York

Prize: $432M

Game: Mega Millions

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The biggest Big Apple win was sold at Pronto Pizza.

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North Carolina

Prize: $344.6M

Game: Powerball

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Numbers from a fortune cookie are responsible for this winner’s good fortune.

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North Dakota

Prize: $3M

Game: Mega Millions

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Two $3 million Mega Millions prizes are tied for biggest wins in ND.

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Ohio

Prize: $372M

Game: Mega Millions

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record December lottery win set the stage for a very Happy Holiday.

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Oklahoma

Prize: $105.8M

Game: Powerball

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“Basically I just broke down and cried.”

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Oregon

Prize: $1.326B

Game: Powerball

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Lottery gold won in Portland, Oregon

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Pennsylvania

Prize: $516M

Game: Mega Millions

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“This is life-changing generational money.”

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Puerto Rico

Prize: $127M

Game: Powerball

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This prize marks the first winning Powerball jackpot ticket ever sold outside the continental U.S.

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Rhode Island

Prize: $336.4M

Game: Powerball

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“We are truly blessed.”

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South Carolina

Prize: $1.537B

Game: Mega Millions

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“I can’t even count that number.”

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South Dakota

Prize: $232.1M

Game: Powerball

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South Dakota’s very own Powerball jackpot won in Pierre.

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Tennessee

Prize: $420.9M

Game: Powerball

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“Everyone was screaming — just the joy!”

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Texas

Prize: $420.9M

Game: Powerball

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Someone in San Angelo matched all six numbers drawn & chose the cash option as the time of purchase. 

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Prize: $2M

Game: Powerball

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St. Croix resident won by matching 5 numbers. 

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Vermont

Prize: $366.7

Game: Powerball

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Also the one and only Powerball jackpot won by VT.

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Virginia

Prize: $239M

Game: Mega Millions

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“Sweetheart, we got the numbers.”

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Washington

Prize: $754.6M

Game: Powerball

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The winner could opt for the annuity option or a one-time cash payment of $407.2 million.

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Washington, D.C.

Prize: $144M

Game: Powerball

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An 82-year-old lifelong resident took home the jackpot.

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West Virginia

Prize: $314.9M

Game: Powerball

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The drawing took place on Christmas Day.

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Wisconsin

Prize: $768.4M

Game: Powerball

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“I just had that lucky feeling.”

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Wyoming

Prize: $5M

Game: Mega Millions

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The biggest lottery win in Wyoming was sold in Evanston.

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Your Odds of Winning the Lottery

The lottery is a game of chance. People use dozens of strategies to try and boost their chance of winning a life-changing prize. From scrutinizing the numbers (or choosing seemingly random numbers) to joining your lottery pool at work, there are many ways people choose to play. Do these strategies affect your odds? Not at all. Everyone has the same chance of picking the winning lottery numbers. 

Can Lottery Winners Choose to Remain Anonymous?

When you learn about the most lottery winnings by state, we bet you want to know if those winners had the option to remain anonymous when they claimed their prize. The answer is that it depends. States have their own rules about whether lottery winners can remain anonymous. And there may be stipulations on those rules, too. For example, in Texas, you can remain anonymous only if the prize won is over $1 million. Check your state lottery website for more information on which regulations apply to you.

(RelatedThese Are the “Luckiest” Powerball Numbers in 2024)

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How Much Are Lottery Winnings Taxed?

So, what happens if you win? If you join the biggest lottery winners, be ready to give Uncle Sam his piece of the pie. Any winnings above $599.99 are considered income in the eyes of the IRS and will be taxed as such. Your normal income tax rate will be charged for prizes from $600 to $4,999.99. Once you hit $5,000, the IRS will take 24% of your total winnings. 

Depending on your other income, this could push you into a higher tax bracket, so be prepared to pay the difference between what the IRS has already taken and your actual tax bracket in additional taxes. For example, if your total income between work and your lottery winnings puts you in the 37% tax bracket, you will owe an additional 13% of your winnings back to the government. 

This article originally appeared on Jackpocket.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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