Biggest Tennessee Lottery Winners
On this page you'll find a list of the top Tennessee Lottery winners and the state's largest prizes. Learn the stories beind the big wins and the games that have produced incredible jackpots for TN players - it might be your turn next!
Tennessee has enjoyed one Mega Millions top prize since joining the game in 2010, along with seven Powerball jackpots since ticket sales began in 2004.
Lisa and John Robinson, Powerball, $1.586 Billion (Split)
The Robinsons, of Munford, won one-third of the largest lottery jackpot in US history - $1,586,400,000 - on January 13, 2016 with a ticket they bought from Naifeh's Food Mart, just a block from their home.
On his way home from work, John picked up his usual four tickets, one for each family member. He didn't feel well after arriving home and went to sleep. Meanwhile, Lisa watched the draw and checked their numbers three times before waking her husband with the life-changing news. "We were up all night," Lisa revealed. Although the couple said they would stay in their modest family home, they eventually purchased a 10-bedroom house nearby for $6.2 million.
The Robinsons split the win with Marvin and Mae Acosta of California and The Nickel 95 Trust of Florida. All the winners chose the cash option and shared the $983,505,233.36 lump sum, receiving $327,835,000 each.
Tennessee 20, Powerball, $420.9 Million
After playing Powerball together for eight years, spending $120 twice a week, this lottery pool of 20 co-workers at North American Stamping Group hit the jackpot on November 26, 2016.
"The chance to win when you play in this lottery is small, but we do it for fun," said Amy O'Neal, who purchased the winning ticket at the Smoke Shop on Scottsville Road in Lafayette. She went to bed on the draw night without checking the numbers. The next morning, her son and husband woke her up after they learned that a single ticket from the retailer had won the jackpot.
Amy began to check the tickets, and on the third one, "I started screaming, looked at the ticket again and thought I was in a dream," she said.
The group opted for the $254,652,358.97 lump sum and received just over $12.7 million each. Their plans included early retirement, new vehicles, paying for kids' college, and taking care of hospital debts.
Roy Cockrum, Powerball, $259.8 Million
Knoxville resident Cockrum won the Powerball top prize on June 11, 2015. He chose the cash option of $153,530,034.56 before withholdings and planned to use most of the winnings to start a performing arts foundation. "I literally fell to my knees - a tsunami of cash like that is quite overwhelming," he said of his amazing win. "It's going to be my job to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches." The 58-year-old was an actor and stage manager for 20 years, struggling to make ends meet, before joining an Episcopal religious order - where he took a vow of poverty. In 2008, he left and he returned to Knoxville to be near his parents.
Freedom Trust, Powerball, $198 Million
A single lucky ticket hit the Powerball jackpot on July 13, 2019. The prize was claimed by Freedom Trust, keeping the identity of the ticket-holder private. The Trust opted for a cash payment of $128,130,339.46. The ticket was purchased at Worsham’s Market in Hendersonville. The store, run by the Worsham family since 1901, received a $50,000 bonus from the TN Lottery.
Avondale Revocable Trust, Powerball, $144.1 Million
The Trust won this impressive prize on November 4, 2015 and chose a lump sum payment of $89,795,622.27. The winning ticket was sold at Hobson Tobacco and Beer, located at 2216 Hobson Pike in Antioch.
Bettina and Jonathan Still, Mega Millions, $61 Million
Nashville residents Bettina "Tina" Still and her son Jonathan hit an incredible payday on January 3, 2014 with a ticket purchased at Bellevue Shell, 7395 Old Harding Pike in Nashville. They chose the cash option and received a payout of $24.5 million. Bettina, a retired State of Tennessee employee, and Jonathan, who works for the state's Department of Transportation, played the lottery together for years, always sharing the prizes. "I have played the lottery since it first arrived in Tennessee and have always believed that I could win," Bettina said. "As I keep telling my friends: You can't win if you don't play ... But honestly, when I realized I'd actually won, I was astonished and nearly fainted."
Michael Duncan, Powerball, $50 Million
Duncan, of Knox County, scored this awesome Powerball win on March 21, 2015 with a ticket purchased at Rocky Top Market, 1811 Roane St. in Harriman. He visited the store to buy a soft drink and bought a Powerball ticket on the spur of the moment after spotting a sign - the first time he'd purchased a lottery ticket in two years. He said he felt the numbers he chose, reflecting family members' ages, were given to him, and thanked God for his win. He took the cash option of $33,557,046.98 before taxes and said he planned to keep working.
The Hubbard Family, Powerball, $25.5 Million
Bobbie and Richie Hubbard won their amazing Powerball jackpot on March 30, 2005 and chose the lump sum of $13,851,308.26. Bobbie, a native of South Pittsburg, was at the family business, Hub City Automotive Parts, when she learned they'd won. "I screamed," she said. "Then I yelled to my husband and everyone in the store that we had won the Powerball." Richie had to pick his wife up after she "fell on the floor." The family said they would continue working, although perhaps "take a few more vacations!" They also planned to pay bills, expand their business, and "do some good with it."