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Top 10 largest Mega Millions jackpots to date
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Top 10 largest Mega Millions jackpots to date

The USA's Mega Millions lottery game has been paying out large lottery jackpots since its commencement in 1996. Of course all those years ago, 16 in fact, it was known as the Big Game. Its new name - Mega Millions - came into play 10 years ago, in 2002. From a small financial outlay, buying just one Mega Millions lottery ticket, you can win life-changing amounts of money, including the top lottery jackpot prize.

All you need to do is match the 6 winning numbers including the Mega Ball. Easy! If you need an incentive to play the Mega Millions lotto, then the Top 10 List of Largest Lottery Jackpots should be it.

Taking the top spot is the largest Mega Millions lottery jackpot to date, at a huge $656 million. This is the most recent mega win, which occurred in March of this year and was split between three ticket-holders in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois. It also spurred a lottery ticket buying frenzy, as players rushed to secure their tickets.

5 years prior to this, in 2007, the 2nd biggest lottery jackpot made two players in New Jersey and Georgia very rich by splitting $390 million. In at number 3 is the lotto win of $380 million by 2 lucky ticket-holders in Washington and Idaho in January 2011.

The 4th largest Mega Millions lottery jackpot of $336 million was shared between two players in California and New York in 2009.

At just over half the value of the top spot's $656 million is the 5th biggest of $330 million. It was split between four ticket-holders in Texas, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey in 2007.

The 6th jackpot saw one lucky lottery winner in New York scoop $319 million, just a few months after the 3rd largest jackpot in 2011. Still in the $300 million bracket is the 7th largest lottery jackpot of $315 million, which went to one player in California way back in 2005.

In at just under $300 million is the 8th biggest Mega Millions lottery jackpot of $294 million, enjoyed by one ticket-holder in Massachusetts in 2004.

Another lottery winner in Georgia bagged the 9th largest jackpot of $275 million early in 2008. And finally, the 10th biggest lottery jackpot was a very respectable $270 million back in 2006, which went to one lucky player in Ohio.

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