WIN THE BIG ONE!
Powerball reveals luckiest numbers
It’s the second largest Powerball jackpot to ever be offered in Australia, but it almost looks like spare changenge change compared with the five biggest winnerswi winners ever in the world, whoo who ccollectively collectively won an eye-watering totalto total of $4.2 billion.
The most recentnt recent mega-millions winner had been playing playlaying the same six lottery numbersbers numbers for 25 years when he scooped scoopedd an i incredible dibl $343 $343.8 8 million illi Powerball win last October.
Robert Bailey, 67, bought his ticket at a deli in Harlem, New York, using lucky numbers a family member had given him years earlier. Robert said he was so shocked when he realised he’d won that he didn’t sleep at all that night.
“It’s a good life changer,” grinned the retired federal government employee. He added he planned to buy a house and land for his mum and invest wisely to take care of the next generation of his family with the $272 million he took home after taxes.
The biggest ever Powerball winner in history is Massachusetts mum-of-two Mavis Wanczyk, who won $758.7 million in August 2017. She says she chose the winning numbers randomly, with some based on family birthdays. The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26 with a Powerball number of 4.
“I had a pipe dream, and my pipe dream has finally come true, I want to retire and it came early,” the former medical centre employee crowed, adding,ddi adding, “I called calledlld my employer and told them I will not be coming back.”
Mavis walked away with $336 36 million after taxes. She promised ised to help out the needy in her community. mmunity.
TRIPLE WINNERS NN
Powerball’s biggest ever jackpot was $1.586 billion – and it was split between three couples, who won $528.8 million each.
Tennessee couple John and Lisa Robinson initially planned to keep living in their modest home, while Lisa said she wanted to continue working. Two years later and they’ve moved to a $6.2 million, 10-bedroom mansion with its own private lake.
Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt still live in their $300,000 Florida home, and have spent little of their huge fortune – just splashing out on a Tesla car and a new SUV. And the couple still play Powerball.
Marvin and Mae Acosta didn’t come forward to claim their winnings for six months and have tried to keep a low profile, although they did reveal plans to create a charity with some of their winnings. Florida grandmother Gloria Mckenzie, 84, won $590.5 million in 2013. She upgraded from her rundown $30,000 rental unit to a $2 million seaside mansion, donated almost $4 million to a high school that needed a new roof and pledged to share her winnings with her son Scott.