Different countries have different lottery rules, but there are often many ways that ticket-holders can win big. In addition to the thrill of buying the ticket and choosing your lucky numbers, the announcement of results is usually a much-anticipated event full of hope and prayers.
The winnings in a Powerball can differ based on the sequence and total numbers you select. From getting all the correct numbers to just a few, or merely the Powerball number, everything can lead to victory. Sometimes these results are live telecasted on TV in a variety show kind of atmosphere, while at other times, with the advent of technology you can catch the latest Powerball results by simply logging on to the website. An advantage of visiting the Powerball website is that you get first-hand information on the total winners and how much they have won. The amount you earn in a Powerball depends on how many other people have also selected the same numbers. If, by chance, you are the only one, then very much like the winners below, you walk away with life-changing amounts in your pocket.
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Three winners walked away sharing this grand Powerball prize in January of 2016. The American winners were from Tennessee, Florida, and California. The US Governments allows for the winning money to be taken as a lump sum or as an annuity wherein taxes are deducted. Two of the winners chose the lump sum of $327.8 each so they could enjoy the money from the very beginning. The third winner decided to keep this information a secret but was thankful for the win.
It was in 2013 when an 84-year-old woman from Florida won the Powerball jackpot as the sole winner. Like most winners, she went with a one-time payment, but Gloria Mackenzie was at the time the biggest single winner of a Powerball. While players can choose the numbers on a ticket, Gloria had used the quick-pick option where the computer randomly selects the numbers for you. The winning ticket was one of four cards she bought at that time, from a supermarket.
The year 2017 saw 53-year-old Mavis Wanczyk win the Powerball jackpot that came with the highest single winner amount at the time. Mavis was working in a medical facility when she won and said that she would continue to do the same. A thoughtful person, her initial reaction after winning, was to relax and think things over, rather than going on a spending trip. From a life filled with many struggles, she instantly became one of the top 0.01 percent of people in the US.
In August of 2018, a 34-year-old engineer won this massive Powerball jackpot in South Africa. While he kept his name away from the papers, he said that it took him a while to realise the magnitude of his win. As a person who at one time did not have a job, this was a significant life-changing event. He plans to invest the money now correctly and also help his friends and family with their needs.
AUS$ 60 Million
A retired Australian man won the entire Powerball jackpot in Queensland, Australia at the end of 2018 to walk away with a cool 60 Million. He played Powerball occasionally and had won up to AUS$600 previously, but this was a whole different ball game. However, this is only the second most significant win in Australia wherein a couple in 2016 won AUS$ 70 million.