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Updated September 20, 2007

The month of August 2007 was unusual in that there were two very large US lottery jackpots at the same time. Both the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries broke the $300 million mark. In the history of the Mega Millions, there has only been 5 jackpots over $300 million. For the Powerball lottery, there has only been 4 jackpots that exceeded $300 million. Therefore it was very unusual for two to occur in the same month.

On August 25, 2007, the sum of the two jackpots was $564.3 million and established a new record. The Powerball jackpot was $314.3 million for the August 25 draw and the Mega Millions jackpot was $250 million for the August 28 draw. The previous record sum was $540 million on February 18, 2006 when the Powerball jackpot was $365 million and the Mega Millions jackpot was $175 million.

The Powerball jackpot was won on August 25, 2007, when it reached $314.3 million. It took 16 rolls to reach that level after starting at the $15 million level on June 30. It was the fourth-largest jackpot in the 22-year history of the multistate Powerball game. The first Powerball jackpot over $300 million was close to that value at $314.9 million and was also reached after 16 rolls. It was won on Christmas Day in 2002 and still holds the record for the largest US jackpot won by a single person.

The Mega Millions jackpot was finally won on August 31, 2007 after reaching the $330 million mark. It took 15 rolls to reach that level after starting at $12 million on July 10. The largest ever Mega Millions jackpot was also reached in 15 rolls. It was $390 million and was won on March 6, 2007.

List of largest Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots

* Mega Millions was previously called The Big Game

Date Jackpot Cash Value Lottery
Mar 6, 2007 390 233 Mega Millions
Feb 18, 2006 365 177.3 Powerball
May 9, 2000 363 180 The Big Game*
Apr 16, 2002 331 176.7 The Big Game*
Aug 31, 2007 330 194 Mega Millions
Nov 15, 2005 315 184.6 Mega Millions
Dec 25, 2002 314.9 170.5 Powerball
Aug 25, 2007 314.3 146 Powerball