USA Mega Millions Lottery Raises The Stakes: Minimum Jackpot Now $40,000,000

One of the things that made the USA Powerball lottery so amazing was the minimum jackpot prize of $40,000,000. The Powerball was, until recently, the biggest minimum jackpot lottery game in the USA. Well, we have some good news for lottery lovers out there! The USA Mega Millions lottery has just raised its minimum jackpot prize to $40,000,000, and is now on par with the Powerball. Prior to this change the Mega Millions minimum jackpot prize was $15,000,000.

Minimum Jackpot Now $40,000,000
Minimum Jackpot Now $40,000,000

This means that you can choose between the Mega Millions and the Powerball for a minimum jackpot prize of $40,000,000. The best news of all is that you can also play the Mega Millions lottery game online from home.

The jackpot prize of the Mega Millions was not the only thing to change, the rules have also changed. Before players had to choose 5 out of 75 numbers and 1 out of 15 Mega Numbers, now players must choose 5 out of 70 numbers and 1 out of 25 Mega numbers. The odds of winning smaller prizes have gotten better and the odds of winning the minimum jackpot prize of $40,000,000 have gotten smaller. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are now over 1 in 300 million. For comparison the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are around 1 in 290 million.

But with minimum jackpots of this size we can understand why lotto players from all around the world choose to play Mega Millions and Powerball online. $40,000,000 minimum prize can go a long way in life, even if the odds are slim.

Judy Finchum From Grand Junction Wins $133.2 Million In US Powerball

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Grand Junction area resident Judy Finchum says she has played the same five numbers in the Powerball every week, without fail, for the past 30 years.

On Sunday, her persistence won her $133.2 million, making Finchum the biggest jackpot winner in state history. The store where she usually buys Powerball tickets from — Lucky Me Super Store — was awarded $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Finchum and her husband, Mac, have decided to get the full payout instead of yearly payments. She will receive $66 million after taxes.

Finchum is planning to retire while her husband is looking to use the money to fix or replace his pickup truck. The family is also considering donating part of the money to victims of recent wildfires and hurricanes.

Grand Junction Woman Wins $133.2 Million From Powerball

Why People Prefer to Buy US Powerball Lottery Tickets Instead of Other Lottery Games

When you play US Powerball this signifies that you shall instantly enjoy numerous benefits that are not present in other lotteries. You are able to make preparations for everything, such as buying your Powerball ticket, analyzing the draw outcomes and winning Powerball numbers.

Winners Of $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot

Features of Powerball Lottery not found in other lotteries


Huge Starting Jackpots & Rollover leaps


Where lottery starting jackpot is concerned, Powerball is unmatched, since the starting jackpot for this lottery is a remarkable $40 million! 

Apart from this, the jackpot raises its jackpot with a minimum of $10 million each time it has a rollover. 

The increase goes up with the number of rollovers. The best news is that no jackpot cap is available, so in theory, it can rollover countless times!

International Participation


Powerball is a lottery from America where one can purchase physical tickets in America. But, it is actually an extremely global event, as players from throughout the globe are able to buy tickets online.

When a Powerball ticket is purchased online, it provides similar prospects as a physical ticket. This signifies that despite where you reside in the globe, each player possesses similar possibility of being a jackpot winner. This turns the Powerball draw into a really global event!

Wonderful Overall Odds


It is obvious that players of Powerball wish to become winners of the Powerball jackpot. But, this lottery offers more; there are a lot of secondary prizes to be won. In total, they are eight and can be won if the jackpot is unattainable. If you correctly guess the Powerball number, you become eligible to win a prize!

Power Play Multiplier


Among the hugest Powerball benefits is the secondary prize multiplier it provides called the Power Play. Using this option to play Powerball increases the prize of one ticket to $3 from $2 and can raise the 2nd prize to $2 million from $1 million.

Here's how to buy your Powerball ticket online


You can buy almost anything online now -- even Powerball tickets.

To potentially win the $1.5 billion jackpot prize on Wednesday, most people will have to buy their numbers in person. Only a few of the 44 participating Powerball states have moved the process online. But if you really don't want to go, there are a couple of services that let you pay someone to buy them for you.

Here's how:

-- If you live in Illinois or Georgia, you can buy an official Powerball ticket online for Wednesday's drawing.

-- If you're a California resident, you can use an app like LottoGopher to pay someone to get your ticket.

-- Lotterymaster, Lotto365 and Congalotto are similar services that work for both international and domestic lotteries, including Powerball. (CNNMoney hasn't tested any of these sites so we can't vouch for their quality.)

The Illinois online lottery system is pretty straightforward: Pick one ticket or multiple tickets for up to 26 consecutive drawings. You can choose your own numbers or tell the site to pick them for you. Add your tickets to your cart and check out.

The online process for the Georgia lottery system works like a prepaid PayPal account. First you have to create an "iHOPEcard" account. Then you have to transfer money from your bank in order to buy a ticket online. If you win, the system deposits money back to your iHOPEcard for prizes less than and including $5,000. Rinse and repeat.

Both states let people play Mega Millions online too.

Online courier service LottoGopher charges customers a membership fee based on what games they want to play, how often they want to play, and whether or not they want to manage lottery pools through the site. There's a free tier, and three paid tiers ranging from $3 a day to $99 a year.

The company stopped taking orders on Monday due to overwhelming demand.

The jackpot "jumped so much in such a small amount of time that we weren't able to add capacity," founder James Morel told CNNMoney. "We just shut it down completely for now."

Due to high demand for Powerball tickets, The Lotter says its ticket service is temporarily unavailable too.

A 14-year-old company, The Lotter gained attention in December when an Iraqi man living in Baghdad used the site and won a $6.4 million jackpot prize in Oregon.

Given how much is at stake, there's a chance that someone living abroad could take all of the winnings too.

Sites like Congalotto, Lotterymaster, and Lotto365 operate similarly, but appear to be operating normally.

Each charges customers differently, including some that ask for a one-time fee or a bank transfer fee of prize money.

Huge boost in SA sales for R4.42bn US Powerball draw

All eyes are on the US this weekend after Powerball rolled over to R 4.9 billion.** Many tens of thousands of South Africans are going online to play Powerball online through theLotter, so the chance that a South African will win the huge prize is increasing daily.


theLotter securely purchases its South African clients' paper tickets for Powerball and Mega Millions in Portland, Oregon, where it established a large office after an overseas customer won $6.4 million in the Oregon Megabucks late 2015. South Africans are legally entitled to play Powerball in this manner, because Powerball tickets purchased in Oregon through theLotter never leave the state. Furthermore, the official Powerball website says, "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." Also, South Africa won’t tax the prize (though the American IRS will levy 38% on prizes over $600). 

theLotter.com is the world’s premier lottery ticket messenger service – it enables people to order official lottery tickets from around the world and doesn’t charge commission on wins. The service has helped people win close to $58 million since 2002: in late 2015 an Iraqi client won the jackpot in Oregon. Since January 2016, theLotter has helped create Powerball millionaires in Canada, El Salvador & Australia, and a Moscow chauffeur won €824,000 in the Austria Lotto! All big winner stories can be found here. 

** The jackpot for the US Powerball on Saturday 3 June 2017 is currently estimated to be $337 million US dollars.

Powerball lottery: 5 things Canadians need to know

The U.S. will take a sizeable chunk of your winnings, if you're able to collect them at all.

Terry Lee, from Perth, Ont., shows off his Powerball tickets. Canadians have flocked to the U.S. to buy Powerball tickets ahead of tonight's draw for the chance to win $1.5 billion US. (Ashley Burke/CBC)
Canadians are flocking to the U.S. to buy Powerball lottery tickets ahead of tonight's draw for the chance to win $1.5 billion US, which the organizers say is the largest jackpot in the history of the world. 

  • Questions about legitimacy of online ticket brokers not stopping Canadians 
  • Stephen Colbert warns 'moose-munching iceholes' against buying Powerball tickets 
  • Window smashed at bakery giving away Powerball tickets 
But before you shell out your hard-earned money for a chance at walloping wealth, there are a few things you should know: 

1. Buying your ticket online could backfire


If you buy your ticket through an online broker, you'll be gambling in more ways than one. 

Gambling in the U.S. is state controlled, which means you have to buy lottery tickets directly from a licensed retailer within a state, and you have to return to that state to collect any winnings. States will only sell tickets online to their own residents. 

"No one except the lottery or their licensed retailers can sell a lottery ticket. No one. Not even us. No one. No, not even that website. Or that one," Powerball's website says.

Zaida Cobangbang, of Union City, Calif., shows her Powerball tickets shortly after buying them Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in San Lorenzo, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)
Still, thousands of Canadians have flocked to sites like TheLotter.com, which skirts the laws by purchasing tickets on customers' behalf rather than selling them directly. Both Powerball and the Ontario government caution against such brokers, noting they are unregulated and there is, therefore, no guarantee you'll be able to collect your prize. 

However, TheLotter.com's Andrew Weaver told CBC News it has "an unblemished record stretching back 14 years," and Oregon State Lottery spokesman Chuck Baumann confirmed the service once handed over a $6.4-million US jackpot to an Iraqi man who used it. 

2. U.S. law could bar from you from bringing your ticket back


If you buy your ticket in the U.S. and bring it back to Canada, an obscure federal law could potentially stop you from returning Stateside to cash it in. 

The "immoral articles law" forbids "importing into the United States from any foreign country" a number of items, including obscene materials, abortion-inducing drugs and, you guessed it, lottery tickets. 

Still, foreigners have successfully won and claimed U.S. prizes before, and Powerball insists Canadians are eligible. 

"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," the official Powerball website says. 

One way around this potential obstacle is to keep your ticket in a safety deposit box south of the border. 

3. Canada won't tax your winnings 


Powerball winnings are subject to taxes in the U.S., but not in Canada. The IRS will take at least 30 per cent of your winnings — the standard for all "non-resident aliens" — while state taxes vary. But you're not obligated to report what remains of your winnings when you file your taxes back home.

The U.S. taxman will take at least 30 per cent of your Powerball earnings should you score a winning ticket. (iStock)
The U.S. tax agency treats lottery winnings like income. That means the bigger the prize you claim at once, the more you'll have to fork over to the government. The Powerball site cautions that if you choose to take your winnings as a lump sum, rather than having it paid out in installments over 29 years, you risk losing as much as half to taxes. 

4. You absolutely cannot win on Facebook 


"​Facebook users are reporting that they are receiving notices from 'friends' indicating that Powerball is giving away prize monies through Facebook, with links of information to 'claim their prize,'" Powerball warns on its website. 

"These notices are false and fraudulent. The persons behind this fraud are attempting to gain personal information or payment of fees."

If you see this message, do not click. It is a scam. (Snopes.com)
Earlier this year, a Pennsylvania woman lost $10,000 US through such a scam, Pittsburgh's Action News 4 reports. 

5. You probably won't win, anyway 


Your chances per ticket of winning Powerball are one in more than 292 million. Strategic statistician Amram Shapiro recently told Time you have a better chance of: 

  • Being killed by an asteroid. 
  • Getting struck by lightning. 
  • Being murdered on a trip to the Grand Canyon. 
  • Becoming a movie star. 
  • Dying from chronic constipation. 
Still, at $2 US a ticket with a potential $1.5-billion payout, it's not such a bad investment.

You're more likely to be struck by an asteroid hurling towards the Earth from the depths of space than you are to win tonight's Powerball jackpot. Good luck! (Don Davis/NASA)