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Biggest Lottery Win in Every State

Here's the largest lottery winners by state. Because records are made to be broken.

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.

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Arizona $410M Mega Millions The first Mega Millions win in the state is also the biggest jackpot win ever in Arizona.
Arkansas $177M Mega Millions This jackpot was won on April Fools Day...but this lottery prize is no joke.
California $2.04B Powerball Drumroll for the biggest lottery jackpot in history!
Colorado $133M Powerball A CO woman finally wins the jackpot after playing her numbers for 30 years.
Connecticut $254.2M Powerball Three wealth management co-workers won on 1 Quick Pick ticket.
Delaware $121M Powerball Won by a group of 33 co-workers from a DE printing company.
Florida $1.58B Mega Millions This ultra lucky winner secured the largest win in the game's history.
Georgia $648M Mega Millions "It's like I'm still dreaming."
Idaho $220.3M Powerball A pick-your-own numbers victory in Idaho.
Illinois $1.337B Mega Millions "It's the largest lottery prize ever won in Illinois..."
Indiana $536M Mega Millions This Hoosier bought their winning ticket on the way to their child's sports game.
Iowa $343.9M Powerball This single-mom nearly lost her ticket after dropping it on the floor of her sister's truck.
Kansas $218.6M Mega Millions The winner said they were looking forward to early retirement.
Kentucky $128.6M Powerball All of Kentucky's top jackpot winners won on Powerball.
Louisiana $191M Powerball A 3-member family partnership took home the prize.
Maine $1.348B Mega Millions Maine won its first Mega Millions jackpot on a Friday the 13th.
Maryland $731.1M Powerball An anonymous group, known as "The Power Pack," said they would use the money to invest in their community.
Massachusetts $758.7M Powerball A hospital worker opted for the lump sum.
Michigan $1.05B Mega Millions A lottery club bought their winning ticket at a local Kroger. 
Minnesota $229M Powerball "He is retired as of 14 or 15 hours ago," the winner's wife said.
Mississippi $524K Match 5 This is the biggest prize since MS lottery began selling tickets in 2019.
Missouri $192.4M Powerball "I think we'll have a good Christmas."
Montana $48.5M Powerball "Mostly I've just got to let it sink in and let it feel real."
Nebraska $365M Powerball Eight ham processing plant co-workers became instant millionaires.
New Hampshire $559.7M Powerball "My client doesn't want any accolades, she doesn't want any credit. She just wants to do good things."
New Jersey $1.128B Mega Millions The winning ticket was sold at ShopRite Liquor #781 in Neptune Township, NJ.
New Mexico $206.9M Powerball A group of friends chipped in for the winning ticket.
New York $432M Mega Millions The biggest Big Apple win was sold at Pronto Pizza.
North Carolina $344.6M Powerball Numbers from a fortune cookie are responsible for this winner's good fortune.
North Dakota $3M Mega Millions Two $3 million Mega Millions prizes are tied for biggest wins in ND.
Ohio $372M Mega Millions A record December lottery win set the stage for a very Happy Holiday.
Oklahoma $105.8M Powerball "Basically I just broke down and cried."
Oregon $1.326B Powerball Lottery gold won in Portland, Oregon
Pennsylvania $516M Mega Millions "This is life-changing generational money."
Puerto Rico $127M Powerball This prize marks the first winning Powerball jackpot ticket ever sold outside the continental U.S.
Rhode Island $336.4M Powerball "We are truly blessed."
South Carolina $1.537B Mega Millions "I can't even count that number."
South Dakota $232.1M Powerball South Dakota's very own Powerball jackpot won in Pierre.
Tennessee $420.9M Powerball "Everyone was screaming — just the joy!"
Texas $360M Mega Millions Someone in San Angelo matched all six numbers drawn & chose the cash option as the time of purchase. 
U.S. Virgin Islands $2M Powerball A St. Croix resident won by matching 5 numbers. 
Vermont $366.7 Powerball Also the one and only Powerball jackpot won by VT.
Virginia $239M Mega Millions "Sweetheart, we got the numbers."
Washington $754.6M Powerball The winner could opt for the annuity option or a one-time cash payment of $407.2 million.
Washington, D.C.  $144M Powerball An 82-year-old lifelong resident took home the jackpot.
West Virginia $314.9M Powerball The drawing took place on Christmas Day.
Wisconsin $768.4M Powerball "I just had that lucky feeling."
Wyoming $5M Mega Millions The biggest lottery win in Wyoming was sold in Evanston.

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Curious about where most lottery winners are by state? Check out our lists for states with the most Powerball winners and the most Mega Millions winners. There's always more room at the top!

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.

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. 

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