The two competing lottery games had jackpots worth a combined $1 billion — the first time both games ever offered prizes of more than $400 million each at the same time.
And they each had winning numbers drawn on consecutive days, which is also rare.
The two winning tickets were the eighth and eleventh largest jackpots ever awarded by the two games. Here’s where the list of the largest U.S. lottery prizes stands now.
1. $1.6 billion Powerball
January 13, 2016: The record-shattering jackpot was split three ways by Mae and Marvin Acosta from Chino Hills, California; John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee; and Maureen Smith, a 70-year-old from Melbourne Beach, Florida.
The Robinsons appeared on NBC’s “Today” show before cashing their ticket in. They opted to take their $528.8 million share of the prize in one lump-sum payment of $327.8 million. (Jackpot prize amounts are the annuity jackpots paid out over 30 payments, even though almost all winners chose to take a lesser lump sum of cash).