Inside America's lottery empire...how Mega Millions and Powerball grew so big [VIDEO]

Is this the secret to today’s enormous jackpots? The main prizes for the Mega Millions and Powerball have been on the rise since the two struck a deal to cross-sell tickets in each others' member states in 2010. But there’s much more to the story. CNBC investigates in this fascinating documentary.

Here's 8 of the biggest lottery jackpots up to 2019 that will astound you [VIDEO]

This video list of giant wins includes $564 Million - Marie Holmes of North Carolina, $587.5 Million shared by Matthew Good and the Hill Family, $590.5 Million - Gloria MacKenzie, $648 million dollars (2013)- Steve Tran and Ira Curry, $656 Million Dollars - three groups of people, $758.7 Million - Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and $1.537 billion and $1.586 billion.

These Powerball lottery winners gave great advice that could save you millions

These Powerball lottery winners gave great advice that could save you millions

$293 million Powerball winner Cindy Hill holds the microphone to daughter Jaiden, as husband Mark and sons Jason and Cody look on. They won half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot in that draw. Photo: Dave Kaup/Reuters

When a Forbes Magazine writer wrote about an Arizona Powerball win in 2012, she gave some good advice from the anonymous winners on how to handle their win.

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Ellen asks $1.6 Billion Powerball winners how it felt to win ... no surprise there!

"It's a dream," said John Robertson, a $1.6 Billion Powerball shared winner, to Ellen Degeneres on The Ellen Show, "and I don't want to wake up right now!" John and Lisa collected a third share in the 2016 draw, which amounted to nearly $529 million. The couple spoke to her on the popular daily show about their gigantic win and also revealed to Ellen when they bought tickets.