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American Lotteries – Top 5 American Lottery Games

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Can a Non-resident Claim a Prize of an American Lottery?

The USA states are not interested in restricting access to its lotteries to foreign citizens. However, the operators caution that “winners are responsible for tax payment in their home countries” and this all means that people from abroad can claim an American lottery prize but they may have to pay taxes to the USA government on their winnings and might also have to pay taxes to their own local government on their winnings.

The official Powerball.com website under “Frequently Asked Questions” gives an answer to the question: “CAN A NON-RESIDENT WIN POWERBALL?

 

“If you legally purchase a Powerball ticket, you can play the game and you can collect prizes. You do not have to be a citizen or a resident to play the game. You can be a tourist. That said, some states do have rules that seem to imply that a winner must produce evidence of citizenship or a federal SSN, but there are other ways to hold back taxes for a winner who does not have a U.S. SSN. Occasionally, some state lawmaker talks about limiting wins to U.S. citizens, but no laws have passed so far.”

 

1) US Powerball

More about Powerball: Powerball has operated from 1992 after Lotto America was re-branded. The first Powerball draw took place on 22 April 1992. From that time, the Powerball lottery has grown fast and is currently sold in 47 states in the US. It presents a $40 million minimum jackpot.

Draws take place on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 10.59 p.m. (EST). Five winning digits are drawn from a pool that has 69 balls and one extra ball named as the Powerball.

When you match five digits and the Powerball, you can win the jackpot.  Claiming winning numbers can be done up to one year following the draw date; however, this varies and is determined by the state where the ticket was purchased in.

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Hugest Lottery winners of $1.58 Billion Jackpot

7 July 2017

A couple from Florida is the second to declare that they won the record Powerball lottery held in January. David and Mary Kaltschmidt won $528.7 million or £370m jackpot share. They divided their winnings with John and Lisa Robinson who bought their ticket in Tennessee. A winner from California has not yet revealed himself or herself.

2) Mega Millions

More about Mega Millions: Mega Millions started on 31 August 1996. The initial drawing happened on 6 September 1996 and six states took part, such as Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Players can select six digits from two independent pools of digits; five varied digits from 1-75 and one digit from 1-15 or choose Easy Pick. When you match each of the six winning digits in a drawing, you become a jackpot winner. The jackpot begins at $15 million and increases by at least $5 million for every draw whenever the jackpot rolls.

Tammy Pratt holding a $126 million lottery cheque

Largest Mega Millions Jackpot

On 30 March 2012, history was made when Mega Millions won the hugest prize in the world of $656 million. The jackpot was divided into three, by Illinois, Kansas and Maryland tickets.

Payout for the annuity for Mega Millions is done as one instant payment and afterwards 29 yearly payments. Every payment is 5% huger than the earlier one.

Initially, the jackpot was paid in even installments but players became worried that there would be a rise in the cost of living whereas their payments remained the same. Therefore, payments rise every year to help in protecting the lifestyle of the winners.

3) SuperLotto Plus

More about SuperLotto Plus: SuperLotto Plus presents a California-only game which is played similarly to Mega Millions. The game started in 1986 and was called California Super Lotto. Its name was changed to SuperLotto Plus in 2000. Its beginning jackpot is $7 million.

This lottery provides Mega jackpots beginning at $7 million that makes it among the most famous games in US. Awesome prizes are provided by SuperLotto Plus and the opportunity to win secondary prizes with only the MEGA number or make a huge win when each of the 5 numbers are matched with MEGA number.

Select a playslip at any of the more than 19,000 California Lottery retailers found all through the state or play online. California Lottery retailers are the only ones who sell the tickets and they are just sold to individuals who are aged 18 or more.

Choose 5 digits from 107 as well as a MEGA digit from 1-27 on the playslip. Alternatively, you can select QuickPick ® and allow the computer to select them on your behalf.

For each play draw, the cost of SuperLotto Plus is $1. You can also choose 5 extra Quick Picks® on a single playslip. You are able to even play your chosen digits up to 20 draws beforehand by marking your play slip’s box for ‘ADVANCE PLAY ®.’

Biggest jackpot for SuperLotto Plus

The hugest jackpot ever was reached in 16 February 2002, which was an entire  $193 million following 11 rollovers.  Three individuals were able to get each of the numbers correct and each got around $32.1 million.

4) New York Lotto

More about New York Lotto: From 1967, the New York Lottery has made earnings of $29 billion to sustain education statewide. The lottery is played each week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Players select six digits from 1-59. The draw is inclusive of a bonus ball from similar pool of numbers. The bonus ball is only featured on the prize’s second tier.

In case a player wins the huge jackpot, they have 60 days to make a decision on whether they prefer it as a lump sum or an annuity of 25 years.

The largest Jackpot for New York Lotto

On 12/1/2016, Harold Diamond, a retired principal of Sullivan County school won a huge jackpot of 326 million which made him the hugest winner in the history of state lottery. He had bought the winning ticket in Middletown at a gas station in Valero.

5) Florida Lotto

More about Florida Lotto: Florida Lotto presents the state’s leading lottery game, which has existed, from 1988.

You can purchase official Lotto tickets online by choosing six digits from a 1-53 guess range. You are able to manually select your winning digits with quick pick or you can draw on the lucky numbers you have saved.

With Lottosend, players are given a service where they can view their tickets and an email of your scanned official lottery ticket is sent to your personal account prior to the relevant draw.

This top Florida lotto is drawn at 23:15 EST each Wednesday and Saturday and this famous American state lottery presents four wonderful prize divisions!

When you purchase ten or five line tickets, you might decide to include the Florida Lotto Xtra, an optional multiplier which can raise secondary prizes even by five times!

Payment of jackpot prizes is done in 30 yearly installments or as a lump sump payment at one time. Winners of jackpots have 60 days following the draw to choose the option for lump-sum payments. Winners should claim their prize in 180 days from the relevant drawing.

Hugest Jackpot for Florida Lotto

On February 17, 2016, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith went to claim their shares of the previous month’s 1.6 billion jackpot. They chose to obtain one lump sum amount of $327.8 million prior to taxes.

They purchased the winning ticket in Melbourne Beach, Florida at a Publix supermarket.