Lottery winners will tell you about that strange phenomenon that is the lottery boom. What, I hear you ask, is a lottery boom? Well the lottery boom, my friend, is that feeling you get when your lottery numbers finally come in. The overwhelming sense of euphoria brought on by picking 3, 4, 5 or even 6 numbers in your chosen lottery draw. BOOM!

You Only BOOM When You’re Winning!

Boom when you’re winning. you only boom when you’re winning! How satisfying is it to have even a minor victory on the lottery? To receive your winner’s cheque even for a minor amount is a joyous experience. Some people I know don’t even cash it in. They frame the cheque and hang it over the mantlepiece as an everlasting souvenir of their wonderful lottery win.

Boom! Shake, Shake, Shake the Room

When your numbers come up in the latest lottery draw you be like…

5 Lottery Winners That Had a Major BOOOOM!

There’s something about a lottery winner. Every single person that wins the lottery gives the rest of us hope. Every time we switch on the TV and see someone pick up one of those oversized cheques we see ourselves. The lottery is about dreams and aspiration. Sure the odds can be long, but at £2 for a Euromillions ticket and $2 for the Megamillions (if you buy them at a local retailer) isn’t it worth a chance? Isn’t it? These guys certainly thought so. Here are the 5 biggest lottery winners of all time who had a major BOOOOM!.

BOOM! David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith

Meet David Kaltschmidt and his wife Maureen Smith from Florida, USA, The biggest lottery winners of all time. This couple won a $528.7 million (£370m) share of the biggest Powerball jackpot in lottery history, an eye watering $1.5 billion!

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David Kaltschmidt and his wife Maureen Smith won $528.7 million (£370m)

Although only winning a third of the massive $1.5 billion jackpot (huh only!) David and Maureen nevertheless still became, together with regular churchgoers John and Lisa Robinson from Tennessee and another lucky winner in California, the biggest lottery winners of all time in January of 2016.

BOOM! John and Lisa Robinson

John and Lisa Robinson lottery winners

BOOM! Merle and Patricia Butler

Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois, USA were, together with winners from Maryland and Kansas the previous biggest lottery winners scooping a share of a whopping $656 million.

merle and patricia butler lottery winners
Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Ill., are seen during a news conference at the Red Bud Village Hall Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Red Bud, Ill. The retired southern Illinois couple has claimed the third and final share of last month’s record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Steve Jahnke)

Merle and Patricia waited three weeks before claiming their winnings. No need to rush these things, it takes about three weeks to write your shopping list. Merle purchased his $3 Quick Pick ticket on Wednesday, March 28 2012 at the Red Bud Moto Mart in Illinois. Certainly the best purchase he has ever made in his life.

The winners from Maryland were a mini syndicate calling themselves “The Three Amigos”. These guys who were all teachers had pooled their money to buy 60 tickets. They intended to celebrate their win by getting tattoos of the winning numbers 🙂

BOOM! Harold Diamond

The daddy of them all has to be 80 year old Harold Diamond of Wurtsboro, Sullivan County, USA. Technically Harold is the biggest single ticket lottery winner of all time as on November 4, 2014 he won an awesome $326 million jackpot. Holy schmoly!


The winning numbers were 09 15 24 39 41 and the Mega Ball was 01. Harold, bless him, bought the tickets after seeing the Megamillions logo flashing on a lottery terminal as he was eating in his local Subway restaurant.

BOOM! Adrian and Gillian Bayford

The biggest Euromillions winners were Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Haverhill in Suffolk, UK. This couple won the enormous sum of €190 million (£148 million) in August 2012.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford Lottery Winners
Adrian and Gillian Bayford Lottery Winners

Their story would make a sizeable blog post of it’s own as sadly things didn’t end well for this couple. Adrian and Gillian went their separate ways not long after when Gillian ran off with a used car salesman. Still we are guessing that Adrian still had another 95 million reasons to stay cheerful.

* In October 2014 another €190 million was won by a Portuguese ticket holder.

Tell Us About Your Lottery Boom Moment

You don’t have to be a major lottery jackpot winner to boom the lottery. Anyone who experiences a win on the lottery, no matter how small, has earned their booming rights. If you have had a lottery or a scratchcard win from £10 to £1 million Ken Slots would love to hear about it. We love winners. Tell us about your boom moment in the comments section below and lets all BOOM together!

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