The Most Famous Lottery Winner: Celebrating the Legends of Jackpot Success

Choose the Winner you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Oct 1, 2023 11:14
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinion matters! We are excited to present our latest ranking, "Who is the most famous lottery winner?" It's time to explore the thrilling world of lottery millionaires, where once ordinary lives have been transformed by extraordinary windfalls. Get ready to dive into their fascinating stories and cast your vote for the most unforgettable lottery winner of all time. Did they use their newfound fortune for good or did it lead to their downfall? You decide! And if you think we missed a legendary winner worth mentioning, don't hesitate to suggest a missing option. Let the game of chance begin and may the luckiest winner top the ranking!

Who Is the Most Famous Lottery Winner? (October 2023)

  1. 1
    She won a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot in 2017, the largest single-ticket lottery prize in U.S. history.
  2. 2
    She won a $590.5 million Powerball jackpot in 2013 at the age of 84, making her the largest lottery winner in U.S. history at the time.
  3. 3
    He is a seven-time lottery grand prize winner and author of the book "Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery."
  4. 4
    He won a $451 million Mega Millions jackpot at the age of 20 in 2018, making him one of the youngest lottery winners in history.
  5. 5
    He won a $315 million Powerball jackpot in 2002, one of the largest lottery prizes at the time. However, his life was plagued by tragedy and misfortune after winning the jackpot.
  6. 6
    He won a $314.9 million Powerball jackpot in 2002, but also faced a series of personal tragedies and legal troubles after his win.
  7. 7
    He won a $338 million Powerball jackpot in 2013, the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history at the time.
  8. 8
    David Edwards
    Steindy (talk) 16:17, 10 November 2016 (UTC) · CC BY-SA 3.0
    He won a $41 million Powerball jackpot in 2001, but later lost most of his fortune due to excessive spending and bad investments.
  9. 9
    She won £152,319 in the British football pools in 1961, and famously declared that she would "spend, spend, spend" her winnings.
  10. 10
    He won £9.7 million in the British National Lottery in 2002, but quickly blew through his fortune and became known as the "Lotto Lout" for his wild lifestyle.

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Ranking factors for famous lottery winner

  1. The size of the prize
    The larger the prize, the more attention it tends to receive.
  2. Publicity
    Winners who choose to share their stories and participate in media interviews tend to become more well-known.
  3. Impact of the win
    Winners who use their prize money to make a significant impact on their own lives or the lives of others tend to be more memorable.
  4. Uniqueness
    Winners who have unique or interesting stories tend to stand out in the public's memory.
  5. Repeat winners
    There have been a few lottery winners who have won large prizes multiple times, which can also factor into their level of fame.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous lottery winner. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite Winner is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


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A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Winner once every 24 hours. The rank of each Winner is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous lottery winner

Lotteries have been around for centuries, and they have made quite a few people rich overnight. While most of us dream of winning the lottery, only a lucky few actually get to experience it. Over the years, there have been several lottery winners who have become famous for their incredible luck and the massive amounts of money they won. From the inspirational stories of people who used their winnings to help others to the cautionary tales of those who lost it all, lottery winners have always been a subject of fascination for people around the world. In this article, we take a closer look at some of the most famous lottery winners of all time and explore their incredible stories.