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The hugest lottery prizes in the world

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Many people choose to play on lotteries that offer fantastic prizes, which is no surprise as playing the lottery always requires some incredible luck, and not only when the chances of winning are a bit lower. Aggregation is one way to achieve huge sums, as it can offer a way to add the funds that were not won on the current week to the funds of next week's game, making it able to gradually increase the prizes. This means that most - yet, not all - lotteries use this method to be able to offer luring prizes.

The hugest lottery prizes in the world

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Spain's Christmas lottery, the Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad offers one of the biggest prizes in the world, in 2012 for example, some 720 million Euros could be won, while the whole fund reached as much as 2,52 billion Euros. This lottery is something like a Christmas tradition in its home country. People can buy tickets with random number combinations on them, but only some of these combinations will win. Yet, several people can have the same combinations, and that's why the winners won only a 4-4 million share out of the 720 million Euros in 2012. The more winners there are, the smaller their share will be.

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The next biggest prizes that can be won are offered by the American MegaMillions and Powerball lotteries - both of them had set up some great records in the past, and it was usually just a matter of time for them to take the lead from each other regarding the amount of prizes. In 2016, the Powerball offered a 1586,5 million-dollar jackpot, but it was won by three people, which means the greatest prize a single person won was payed by the MegaMillions in 2018, when somebody gained 1537 million dollars on this game.

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Some European lottery games also offer huge prizes, such as the EuroMillions, which can have a jackpot worth 190 million Euros. This far, there were three times when this maximum prize was won. The Italian MegaSena Lotto also offered a 177 million-Euro jackpot in 2010, and the EuroJackpot game sometimes offers 90 million Euros as jackpot. The latter was won more than just one times, first in 2015.

Anita Diós

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