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Dare to Win the American Dream — Top US Lotteries Total $330 Million

The red, white, and blue has turned into green, green, green. Now that the record Eurojackpot has been won, US lotteries are back on top! The three largest jackpots in the world belong to US lotteries, totaling $330 million. Play the lottery like an American this week and turn the American dream into a reality!

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Mega Millions – $173 Million

Mega Millions has the world’s largest jackpot right now and it’s not even a close race. The Mega Millions $173 million jackpot is over $50 million more than the second largest jackpot and $140 million more than the current largest European lottery jackpot. Mega Millions has no jackpot cap and holds the jackpot world record with $656 million, split by three winning tickets in March 2012. 2015 has also been a record-breaking year for Mega Millions. The largest Mega Millions jackpot so far in 2015 was $265 million, won on 16 January by Jesus Davila Jr., the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history. Play Mega Millions online for your chance to make your own lottery history.

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US Powerball – $121 Million

After all sold tickets failed to match the 9 May winning numbers, the US Powerball jackpot rolled over to $100 million, the first time it reached nine digits since 14 March. Since that time, the jackpot has only gotten larger and now $121 million is up for grabs this Wednesday. It’s been an interesting mix of highs and lows this year for US Powerball. One of the largest jackpots of all-time — $564 million — was won split by three ticket holders on 11 February. Then on 14 March, a single ticket sold in New York won $136 million. Since that time, however, there were no major rollover streaks. Four jackpots were won in March and April, from $40 million to $80 million. How far will the jackpot rise this time around?

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California SuperLotto Plus – $36 Million

California is known as the Golden State, home to Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley billionaires. And with a starting jackpot of $7 million, California SuperLotto Plus is a lottery worthy of the state with the Midas touch. Like Mega Millions and US Powerball, California SuperLotto Plus does not have a jackpot limit and will rollover until a winner is drawn. The largest jackpot was $193 million, won in 2002. The current jackpot is an impressive $36 million, so buy your California SuperLotto Plus tickets online today and you could be California Dreamin’ this Wednesday.

$2 Billion in Unclaimed Lottery Tickets — A Simple Solution

In late 2014, data was collected from each lottery commission in the US to see exactly how much money would-be lottery winners lost by not claiming their tickets. The final amount surprised everyone: prizes from unclaimed lottery tickets in the US added up to $2.04 billion in 2013 alone.

One of the main reasons tickets go unclaimed is that many people don’t know there are secondary prizes; they see that they haven’t won the jackpot and just toss the ticket without taking notice of other prizes available. Another issue is lost or destroyed tickets. From $1 to $100 million, we at theLotter have a simple fix for this problem.

All About Lottery Prize Divisions

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While most people dream about winning a jackpot worth hundreds of millions, most major lotteries have multiple prize divisions that offer life-changing cash prizes. So don’t rip up your tickets just because you don’t match all the winning numbers! Some lotteries’ secondary prizes are set amounts, unchanged regardless of the size of the jackpot. US Powerball and Mega Millions are two notable examples of a set lottery. US Powerball has nine prize divisions and to win the lowest cash prize, all you need to match is the Powerball. Secondary Powerball prizes range from $4 to $1 million. Mega Millions also has nine prize divisions with secondary prizes ranging from $1 to $1 million — matching only the Mega Ball gets you $1. An important thing to know about both Powerball and Mega Millions is that their secondary prizes can be multiplied by adding a Power Play or Megaplier when purchasing a lottery ticket. Adding a Power Play will double the largest secondary prize to $2 million and all other secondary prizes will be multiplied by up to five times. The Mega Millions Megaplier is an even more extraordinary addition since it can multiple the second-tier prize of $1 million to as much as $5 million!

California is the exception to the set prize rule. That state’s secondary prize amounts are pari-mutuel, meaning that they are determined by ticket sales and the number of winners in each division. Two lotteries with completely pari-mutuel secondary prizes are EuroMillions and EuroJackpot. EuroMillions’ 13 and EuroJackpot’s 12 prize divisions are each allocated a percentage of the prize fund, determined by ticket sales and number of winners. EuroJackpot is currently featuring a very special second-tier prize — since the €90 million jackpot cap has been reached, the amount that would have been added from a rollover is instead added to the second-tier prize. This week’s second-tier prize is estimated at a jaw-dropping €20 million! Buy EuroJackpot tickets online for your chance to win millions, jackpot or not!

The Simple Solution to Unclaimed Tickets

Don’t let your prizes get away from you! Another reason why lottery tickets go unclaimed is that people forget to check their numbers or lose their tickets. The solution is to keep your tickets safe and check them after every draw. Obviously, you say, but this can be more difficult than it sounds — lottery tickets are just pieces of paper after all. Ticket misplacement and destruction, whether by unintentional ironing or washing, is a disaster no one wants to ever experience. The best way to keep your tickets safe and sound is by purchasing your lottery tickets through theLotter! We’ll store your lottery tickets away in a safe and we’ll even check your numbers for you! All you have to do is sit back, relax, and win!

Get in a Lottery State of Mind

When we discuss US lotteries, we spend most of the time on Powerball and Mega Millions because they’re lottery powerhouses. However, we offer tickets for several US state lotteries, with jackpots that sometimes rival the size of their multi-state counterparts. Let’s climb into our Chevy Silverado pickup truck and explore our top US state lotteries.

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California SuperLotto Plus - This week’s biggest state jackpot goes to SuperLotto Plus with $30 million! With a  jackpot starting at $7 million, SuperLotto Plus is America’s biggest state lottery. The record was set in 2002 when it rolled over enough to make it to a Hollywood-sized $193 million. SuperLotto Plus has nine prize divisions; to win the jackpot, a ticket must match five numbers ranging from 1 to 47 and one additional number called the Mega, ranging from 1 to 27. Draws take place twice per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Florida Lotto – On the opposite side of the country, we have Florida Lotto. The jackpot starts at $2-$3 million with a record of $106 million, which was set all the way back in 1990! There are four prize divisions; to win the Florida Lotto jackpot, match all six numbers ranging from 1 to 53. Secondary prizes can be multiplied up to 5 times by purchasing the Xtra multiplier with your lottery ticket. The current jackpot is a sunny $4 million; draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday.

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Florida Lucky Money – Another Florida lottery option is Lucky Money, with jackpots ranging from $500,000 to $2 million and eight prize divisions. The current jackpot is $700,000; to win the jackpot, match four numbers from 1 to 47 and the Lucky Ball ranging from 1 to 17. Florida Lucky Money draws take place every Tuesday and Friday.

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New Jersey Pick 6 XTRA – Sometimes you have to go with the classic option. Considered a classic lottery, because there are no bonus or additional numbers, Pick 6 XTRA is a joy to play! With five prize divisions, you only need to match two numbers to win a cash prize. To win the jackpot, just match six numbers ranging from 1 to 49. Draws are held every Monday and Thursday; the current jackpot is $2.9 million.

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New York Lotto – Just like every state has a motto, so too does every state lottery association. New York’s humourous “Hey, You Never Know” is one of our favorites and New York Lotto is one of our favorite US state lotteries to play! Match six numbers ranging from 1-59 and you’ll be the Empire State’s next big winner. Besides the jackpot, there are four secondary prize divisions; to win the second place prize, you must match 5 main numbers and a bonus ball (which is only used for this prize level). Draws take place bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Oregon Megabucks – Portland is the new hip place to be in the US, and Oregon Megabucks is an equally hip lottery to play! There are four prize divisions; winning the jackpot requires matching all six numbers ranging from 1-48. A multiplier, the Kicker, can be added when purchasing your lottery ticket which will then multiple any secondary prize by up to four times. The current jackpot is $2.4 million with draws taking place three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

From coast to coast and sea to shining sea, theLotter has your favorite US state lotteries covered. Play today and get on the road to victory!

Can EuroJackpot Go the Distance?

The last two months have been historic for EuroJackpot. First, Europe’s youngest multi-national lottery celebrated its third birthday on 23 March. Then the jackpot kept rising higher and higher and speculation about a new EuroJackpot record began. Last week, the record was finally broken — the previous record was €61.2 million set in September 2014 — when the jackpot rolled over to €62 million. This past Friday, the jackpot rolled over again to €75 million! The record hasn’t just been broken, it’s been shattered! The next question on everyone’s mind: with only €15 million left to go, will EuroJackpot finally reach its jackpot cap of €90 million? Play EuroJackpot online today for your chance to take home millions’ worth of EuroJackpot history.

Reasons Why You Need to Play EuroJackpot

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1. There are twelve ways to win! To win the historic jackpot, you’d have to match all five main numbers ranging from 1 to 50 and two additional numbers between 1 and 10. However, you have 11 other prize divisions to win — even if you only match two main numbers and one additional number, you will win a cash prize! And the secondary prizes aren’t anything to scoff at: last Friday’s draw made seven ticket holders more than €291,000 richer when they matched all five main numbers and one additional number.

2. Cash prizes are tax-free! To quote ABBA, the winner takes it all! Unlike some other lotteries around the globe, EuroJackpot is completely TAX-FREE. That means that if you win the €75 million jackpot, you take home €75 million.

3. Playing multi-national lotteries are fun! 16 countries participate in EuroJackpot, making it the lottery with the largest pool of potential players in Europe. Knowing that so many people in so many different countries are just as excited about playing the lottery as you are is thrilling and makes it truly a global experience.

4. No better time to start playing than now! With the historic €75 million jackpot at stake and the possibility of hitting the jackpot cap for the first time ever, there is no better time to start playing EuroJackpot. Be a part of lottery history!

Good luck, Viel Glück, Gangi þér vel, lykke til, buona fortuna!

Discover the Australian Lotto Like Captain James Cook

In his log book, Captain James Cook wrote that he saw a new land and named a piece of that land Point Hicks after his Lieutenant, Zachary Hicks. The honors and claiming didn’t stop there: Cook claimed the land for his native England and named the land New South Wales. His log book dates this sighting — the first time the East coast of Australia was seen by a European — as 19 April 1770. However, due to a miscalculation of the meridian, the date he actually “discovered” New South Wales was 20 April 1770. Whether you want honor Australia on the 19th or 20th, make sure to play Australia’s best lotteries and perhaps you’ll share in the riches of this great land.

Lotta Lotto to Love – Australia’s Monday Lotto has a draw every — you guessed it — Monday. The Monday Lotto currently has a AUD$1 million jackpot and the #4 spot on theSmart. Continue to play for an Aussie victory on Wednesdays with Australia’s Wednesday Lotto. The current jackpot is AUD$1 million and it holds the #5 spot on theSmart. For a weekend win, play Saturday Lotto. The jackpot is a fantastic AUD$4 million and it takes the #1 spot on theSmart. For all three lotteries, pick 6 numbers ranging from 1 to 45 and if you match all six on draw night, then you’ll be more excited than a kangaroo winning a boxing match.

Oz Lotto - Like Captain James Cook himself, Oz Lotto was the first lottery to make it to New South Wales. It began in 1994 as Australia’s first fully national game as Saturday Lotto at that time did not include NSW. Oz Lotto holds draws every Tuesday night. To win the big jackpot, match 7 main numbers ranging from 1 to 45. Some secondary prizes require matching a certain amount of main numbers plus one of the two bonus balls picked during the draw. The current Oz Lotto jackpot is AUD$2 million.

Australia Powerball Lotto – It might not be as flashy as it’s American cousin, but Australia’s Powerball is a fascinating game with lots of ways to win — eight prize divisions in total! With draws every Thursday night, the way to a jackpot win is to match all six main numbers ranging from 1 to 40 and the Powerball ranging from 1 to 20. The record for largest Australia Powerball Lotto jackpot is a whopping AUD$80 million! The current jackpot is a not too shabby AUD$3 million.

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback, Australia is truly a land at which to marvel. Celebrate its European discovery and become a part of the Australian lotto today, whether with a single ticket, a systematic form or one of our fabulous syndicates which increases the odds and fun. Come draw night, you might discover that you’re beginning your own adventure with millions of Aussie dollars!

 

Taxes on Lottery Winnings — How Much Will You Take Home?

If you’re from the US, have American friends on your Facebook mini-feed or watch US late-night comedy shows, you may be aware that today is the dreaded Tax Day. It may be necessary for a functional society, but no one likes having to file their taxes, especially if it means more money is deducted. In ‘celebration’ of US Tax Day, let’s take a look at some top lotteries and if and how they collect taxes on lottery winnings. Good news for everyone: lots of global lotteries are tax-free!

Notable Tax-Free Winnings
EuroJackpot
Australian Lotteries
UK Lotteries – All UK Lottery prizes are tax-free including EuroMillions and UK Millionaire Maker tickets
French Lotteries – Including EuroMillions and My Million tickets
Germany Lotto
Austria Lotto
Hungarian Lotteries
Ireland Lotto
New Zealand Powerball
Ontario 49
Lotto 649 (Canada)
South African Lotteries

Notable Taxed Winnings

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American lotteries – Non-US residents are subject to a fixed federal tax rate plus any additional state taxes
Spanish Lotteries – Lottery winnings over €2,500 in Spain are subject to a government tax
Italian Lotteries –  Lottery winnings are subject to a government tax no more than 6%

While some prizes may be considered tax-free in regards to income, winnings could be liable for some nations’ inheritance or estate taxes. Tax rates and laws are constantly changing. Please consult a tax attorney or an accountant if you become a lottery millionaire.

Five Game of Thrones Noble Houses Representing the Lottery

The new Game of Thrones season debuts on the 12th, and people are going WILD with excitement! In honour of the upcoming season, let’s take a look at which of the noble houses in Westeros best present some of our favourite lotteries!

House Stark – Canada Lotto 6/49

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Winter is Coming

What better House is there to present the cold Canadian winter? House Stark, the show’s fan-favourite, has stood for years, defending the North. Canada Lotto 6/49 stands strong, offering a set jackpot of CAD$7 million, as well as a raffle that offers an additional CAD$1 million with every draw!

 

House Lannister – US Powerball

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Hear Me Roar

House Lannister of Casterly Rock is one of the strongest houses in Westeros, home to one of the most powerful and rich families in the continent. US Powerball, like the Lannisters, may not hold the title for the biggest jackpot ever, but it holds 6 out of the top 10 lottery record slots! Just two months ago, on February 11th, 2015, the first US Powerball prize was worth $564 million.

House Baratheon – Mega Millions

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Ours is the Fury

House Baratheon may be a relatively young house, but it claimed the throne nearly two decades before the beginning of the show, becoming not only powerful, but royal to boot. The royal lottery of all lotteries that have ever been is most definitely Mega Millions, the American lottery that holds the record for the largest jackpot in the world, won on March 12th, 2002.

House Targaryen – EuroJackpot

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Fire and Blood

House Targaryen are the original rulers of Westeros. And while it’s true that EuroJackpot just recently celebrated its third birthday, the only known survivor of the line is Daenerys, who is busy in the East, building the strength she needs to claim her throne back from the Baratheon usurpers. EuroJackpot is steadily growing as one of the hottest Pan-European lotteries available in the continent, and everyone knows it’s just a matter of time before the title of biggest belongs to it!

House Martell – La Primitiva

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Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

House Martell is one of the greatest Houses of Westeros. It is a proud House that rules the southern peninsula of Dorne, and was once considered among the royal Houses through marriage. House Martell is the perfect candidate to present Spain’s La Primitiva – the longest standing lottery in the world, lasting two and a half centuries!

And these are five Houses we have to represent some of the best lotteries in the world! Are there any other suggestions you have for this list? Leave a message in the comments below!

New York Lotto and Oz Lotto Make theBig and theSmart Top 10

On theLotter, we have two categories to help you choose which lotteries to play, along with your favorites. These categories are theBig and theSmart. theBig lists the day’s biggest jackpots, while theSmart lists the lotteries with the best cost-benefit ratio in terms of odds, jackpot size, ticket cost, and taxes. Today two lotteries are listed on both theBig and theSmart’s top ten: New York Lotto and Oz Lotto. Play smart and win big!

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Oz Lotto: Oz Lotto was founded in 1994 as the first pan-Australian national lottery; prior to the creation of Oz Lotto, some states were left out of lotteries like the Saturday Lotto. A single drawing is held every Tuesday night. Oz Lotto has 7 prize divisions with a jackpot starting at AUD$2 million. To win the jackpot, a ticket holder must match all seven numbers ranging from 1 to 45. Oz Lotto grabbed the record for the largest jackpot in Australian lottery history when four winners split the AUD$112 million jackpot on 6 November 2012. The current jackpot is a marvelous AUD$25 million. It is currently listed as #5 on theBig and #4 on theSmart.

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New York Lotto: In 1978, the New York Lottery organisation created New York Lotto as a means to fund education. Originally draws were held only on Saturdays, but the lottery’s popularity was so great that they added weekly Wednesday draws in 1983.  There are five prize divisions in the New York Lotto; to win the jackpot, match six numbers from 1 to 59. A bonus number is drawn as well which only determines the second place prize. The biggest jackpot in New York Lotto history was $65 million, won in January 2007. The current New York Lotto jackpot is $13.4 million. New York Lotto is listed at #10 on theBig and #9 on theSmart.

Check theBig and theSmart every day for the world’s top lottery picks!

Chicago Theatres Get A Boost From Powerball Winner

Times are tough for the arts, especially for live theatre. It may be an unlikely pairing, but Powerball and live theatre have come together this past week to make beautiful music.

All the World Is a Stage (For Doing Good)

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In July of this year, Roy Cockrum bought a Powerball ticket from a supermarket in Tennessee. It was truly the purchase of a lifetime and when the next Powerball draw was held, Roy had $259.8 million more to his name. He opted for the one-time cash payment, receiving a total of $153 million. Now when most people think about winning the lottery, they imagine buying a mansion or two, going on exotic vacations, and collecting a fleet of luxury vehicles. But Roy Cockrum is not most people. Unless the average person is a former Episcopal monk with over two decades of theatre experience that is.

So even though Cockrum had left the monastery some years before purchasing the lottery ticket, he still kept his vow of poverty — vowing now to donate most of his winnings. He has so far used the money to start The Roy Cockrum Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee. The mission of the foundation is to “award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters throughout the United States of America”. The first recipients of his generosity are two highly-regarded theatres in Chicago, where Cockrum went to college, graduating from Northwestern University. Those two theatres are The Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest non-profit theatre, and The Steppenwolf Theatre, where many famous actors — such as Gary Sinise and John Malkovich — started their careers. The money from the Roy Cockrum Foundation will underwrite productions at both venues.

Whether you’re dreaming about becoming a great philanthropist or if mansions are more your cup of tea, buy your lottery tickets today and you could be the next player worthy of a standing ovation.

Score €100 Million With the 2015 EuroMillions Superdraw

53 years ago today, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors, made NBA history by shattering the record for most points made in one game by a single player when he scored 100 points all by himself. While that’s certainly an impressive feat, we’re more intrigued by the potential to score €100 million with a single lottery ticket in this Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw. Will a winner come out of the 6 March Superdraw or will it roll over and increase its already out-of-this-world jackpot?

The Camera-Shy €100 Million Winners
Only 5 past Superdraws have concluded with a jackpot win on the first draw. All €100 million winners have decided to remain anonymous. Play the 2015 EuroMillions Superdraw today for your chance to be the next €100 million winner!

* 9 February 2007 – winning ticket sold in Belgium
* 6 March 2009 – split jackpot; two winning tickets in France and Austria
* 18 September 2009  – winning ticket sold in France
* 28 September 2012 – winning ticket sold in Spain
* 15 November 2013 – winning ticket sold in Spain

How Super Can the Superdraw Get?

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The general EuroMillions jackpot cap of €190 million also extends to the Superdraw. The cap was finally reached last year when the October 2014 Superdraw rolled over an incredible six times! The fact that there are regular EuroMillions draws happening leading up to the Superdraws means that sometimes things don’t go quite according to plan. A Superdraw planned for 6 June 2014 was cancelled when the regular EuroMillions jackpot rolled over so many times that it was above €100 million by that date! The current EuroMillions jackpot rolled over for the seventh time in a row, which means that tomorrow’s draw has a jackpot worth €79 million. Should a winner come out of the next draw, we would normally see the jackpot return to the base amount of €15 million; from €15 million to €100 million — that would be quite the jackpot boost from the Superdraw!

Our excitement level is increasing with every second that ticks away, bringing the 6 March EuroMillions Superdraw ever closer! No wonder EuroMillions is Europe’s largest and most popular lottery!

Lottery-Themed Books For Library Lovers’ Month

February is Library Lovers’ Month, and for all you literary lottery fans out there, we’ve compiled a list of some interesting lottery-themed books to check out from your local library!

The Rich Part of Life by Jim Kokoris

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Teddy and his brother have just lost their mother in a road accident and are left in the care of their detached father, a Civil War professor. Their father buys a lottery ticket and wins $190 million by playing his wife’s old numbers. How will Teddy and the rest of his family deal with this unexpected sum of money? Chicago-area novelist and humorist Jim Kokoris takes us on an emotional journey not to be missed — especially by lottery fans who are also Chicago enthusiasts as the setting is wonderfully described.

 

The Winner by David Baldacci

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What would you do if you were offered a nine-figure jackpot? A 20-year-old mother living in a trailer park with her infant daughter is offered a $100 million lottery ticket. The only stipulation? She needs to change her identity and leave the US and must never return. Is it an offer too good to refuse and what will be the true cost of her decision? A fun read for suspense fans.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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I’ve got a Golden Ticket! Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book centers around Charlie Bucket, a poor and humble boy, and Willy Wonka, the reclusive owner of a large candy factory, who decides to hold a lottery of sorts. He hides five Golden Tickets in chocolate bars across the world, and the lucky winners will get a tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of candy. When Charlie unwraps his chocolate bar, a whole world of delight opens up. A timeless classic, good to read over and over again.

 

Molly’s Millions by Victoria Connelly

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Molly Bailey is a good-hearted florist. Very good-hearted. After winning £4.2 million in the National Lottery, she decides she needs to give her newly won fortune away — a decision that her miserly brother couldn’t disagree with more. To add to her ordeal, Tom Mackenzie, a desperate journalist, decides that she is the story that could save his career. Will Molly succeed in helping others or will her brother and the media bring her down? For fans of cute romantic comedies and chick lit, a fun adventure ensues!

 

Lottery by Patricia Wood

Lottery by Patricia Wood

This novel revolves around Perry Crandall, a 31-year-old man with an IQ of 76. His grandmother teaches him what’s important in this world, including playing the weekly lottery. When she dies, Perry is orphaned and alone until he wins $12 million in the Washington State Lottery, and all sorts of people come out of the woodwork. Will he know whom to trust now that he doesn’t have his beloved grandmother around? Shortlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction.

 

Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

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JoLayne Lucks lives up to her name when she stops by a local convenience store to pick up a lottery ticket and play her usual numbers (the ages at which she dumped her former boyfriends) and wins the $28 million Florida Lottery jackpot. However, her luck ends there as she shares the win with two other Floridians who couldn’t be more different from her, and who have very sinister plans for the ENTIRE jackpot. Adapted into a play which premiered in Edinburgh in 2008.

 

The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov

The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov

Ah, to end on Chekhov! Ivan Dmitritch’s wife Masha spends all her money on the lottery. He is not at all happy with her choices, but his tune changes when he reads the paper and sees that her numbers match the winning numbers. Without checking the final number, the pair start to fantasize about what they would do with their winnings. Husband and wife begin to fight, hatred, desire, and greed grip them — a state in which they will remain until Ivan can bring himself to check the final number. One of Chekhov’s lesser known short stories.

Lottery Player vs. Lottery Winner

A very famous internet saying claims that 97% of the statistics are made up on the spot.  That is exactly the kind of research we decided to rely on when we put this post together. Our investigation, relying heavily on internet meme’s and figments of our imagination, turned up four main differences between “lottery players” and “lottery winners”. The latter group consists of people who have won the big jackpots. Secondary prizes were not taken into account. Enjoy this thoughtful article!

Lottery Player vs. Lottery Winner – the Crib

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It’s a rule of the thumb – if you win a jackpot, the first thing you have to do, is buy a new house that is bigger and fancier than the one you currently live in. The US Mega Millions $100 million jackpot will certainly let you buy a nice mansion (but not a Batcave), and you’ll even have some leftover funds for a “YOU AGAIN?” welcome mat!

Lottery Player vs. Lottery Winner – Facebook Friends

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Everyone has days like these; you try to avoid having to do actual work, so you log onto Facebook, fully expecting a mass of new and interesting people just dying to become your friends. And then you check your friend requests, and it’s running on empty.

Unless you’re a lottery winner – because even the fake profiles will suddenly want to love you and claim to know you if you won a massive jackpot such as the US Powerball $60 million jackpot, for instance!

Lottery Player vs. Lottery Winner – Potential Love Life

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We aren’t trying to be cheeky here, nor are we suggesting that you should accept all the love offers you’ll receive once you become a lottery winner. But most of us are just normal people with normal love lives, going to work in the morning and coming back to a spouse and a family in the evening.

Becoming a lottery winner can change all that – just like the Facebook scenario, suddenly a lot of potentially interested people are showing up! Don’t let yourself go because of them – the person who was always there for you before you won that jackpot will still be there for you after that. Can you say the same for others who are suddenly popping up? And you can be certain that a lot of them would have popped if you hadn’t made that €50 million EuroMillions jackpot yours?

Lottery Player vs. Lottery Player – the Zombie Apocalypse

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So yeah…

The same statistics we mentioned at the beginning of the article also claim there’s an 81.3% certainty that a zombie apocalypse is looming in the near future. If you’re the lottery player in that scenario, you’ll have a certain amount of family members to accompany you as you fall into the clutches of the zombies and become one too.

But if you’re a lottery winner, all the love potentials from the previous scenario will be there as well, and you can throw a huge mega zombie apocalypse party!  Even if the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow, you will never regret winning those €49 million in EuroJackpot!

What do Black Sabbath, Steve Buscemi, and France Loto Have in Common?

The three things in the title of this post appear to have absolutely nothing in common; Black Sabbath, the band that gave us Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Buscemi, one of the greatest actors the century, and France Loto. Or do they?

Each of them shares one very special trait – they were all created on Friday the 13th! Friday the 13th is infamously known as a day of bad luck… But is it? Let’s have a look at these three and see just how good and lucky they are instead!

Black Sabbath and Friday the 13th

Black Sabbath is considered to be one of the most influential metal bands of all times. Many sing along to their songs, and they also get regularly covered by contemporary bands and performers. But did you know that the band released their debut album, Black Sabbath, on Friday, February 13th, 1970? That day was certainly a good day for the band, who went from being ignored by radio stations and hated by music critics to being one of the greatest things to have been unleashed from the music industry.

Steve Buscemi and Friday the 13th

Steve Buscemi is a powerhouse actor who often manages to star in 5 movies per year, and direct a bunch of his own movies too! He’s best known for various roles in movies directed by Quentin Tarantino, Jerry Bruckheimer, and The Coen Brothers. Born on Friday, December 13th, 1957, this New York-based actor is blessed with both talent and success.

France Loto and Friday the 13th

The first France Loto was held on a Friday the 13th in 1976. Ever since, the France Loto has held superdraws on every Friday the 13th that came its way. The next draw is this Friday, and the jackpot is going to be worth a massive €13 million!

As you can see, Friday the 13th should never be about bad luck, because so many good things happened on it! Gather all the good luck you can muster, and play the France Loto tomorrow, for your chance of winning €13 million euro on Friday the 13th!

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theLotter’s 2014 – a Collage of Highlights

2014 was an exciting year, filled with thrilling events in the world of lotteries – both online and off. Here are some noteworthy moments and interesting facts! Click image for full size! 

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  • The biggest jackpot was the $425.3 million jackpot in US Powerball, won February 19th
  • Mega Millions broke a new record – a single ticket won the $321 million jackpot
  • theLotter members won over 350,000 times through out the year
  • theLotter members won over $3 million together
  • A new language was added to theLotter – Hungarian
  • Five new lotteries were added to theLotter in 2014: Swiss Lotto, FL Lucky Money, New York Cash4Life, Greece Lotto, and the Greece Joker
  • theLotter syndicates were launched on November 24th
  • California SuperLotto Plus celebrated its 30th birthday
  • And EuroMillions is now officially 10 years old (soon to be 11)!

2014 was a great year, and theLotter’s team is here to make sure 2015 is even better. Stay tuned to find out how!

Data gathered between January 1st, 2014, and December 31st, 2014. Find our main source here!

A Lottery Player’s New Year’s Lottery Resolution!

New Year’s is always the time for rebirth and starting afresh. Some people aim to improve their diets while others aim to maintain a fitness schedule, or spending more time with their loved ones. In honor of 2015, we would like to put together a lottery resolution list that any lottery enthusiast could easily strive for!  

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Win a Jackpot

Mega Millions is currently worth $188 million. US Powerball is worth $131 million. The Australia Saturday Lotto Superdraw is worth AUD$30 million. With so many jackpots around us, all one needs to do is simply aim for one… And go for it!

Change Your Way of Playing!

If you’re the kind of person who always uses the same numbers, maybe it’s time to change things around! Use the Quick Pick tool! Are you the kind of person who is already using it? Maybe you should choose your loved ones’ birthdates instead! Whatever it is you’ve been doing – try new things to get new results!

Try New Lotteries!

Are you a huge Mega Millions fan? Have you considered playing other American lotteries? Or perhaps do you prefer the humbler European lotteries, who offer smaller jackpots, but much better odds of winning? Play a lottery game you haven’t played yet!

Travel around the World with Your Win

Matt Myles did it. There’s no reason for you not to do it too! Especially considering the fact that so many lottery winners have learned that taking time off after the win does them a lot of good, and helps them keep focus when they come back!

Buy Lottery Tickets Online

We have covered the pros of buying your lottery tickets online quite extensively over the years. By now, you really have no reason to buy your tickets at the shop when theLotter is available and you can buy tickets not just for local lotteries, but 49 lotteries around the world!

These are the five New Year’s lottery resolutions every player should follow! Did any of these tips work? Let us know! Happy New Year, from theLotter!

Fun Lottery Movies to Watch with Your Loved Ones during the Holidays

Christmas is a magical time of the year, and nearly everyone gets to take time off and relax at home with their families during the holiday season. Enjoy this Yuletide with your loved ones as you watch some of the lottery related movies that make us happy during the cold winter months. Here is theLotter’s list of top three movies to watch in the upcoming days!  

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Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Five lucky children win the chocolate lottery as they discover the golden tickets to Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. The five are granted a tour of the factory, shown inside candy-related secrets, and are given a chance to win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Charlie, a boy from a poor family, is one of those very lucky children, and he must now survive the chocolate factory tour and make it to the end! The movie received a remake treatment by Tim Burton in 2005.

Waking Ned

Waking Ned is a 1998 Irish comedy. Ned Devine, a man from a small Irish town, wins the Irish National Lottery, and the surprise shocks him so badly that he dies! Ned’s friends scheme together to keep the news of Ned’s death quiet so that they can claim the prize in his honour. Plot twists and hilarity ensues as the group realizes that it’s really not that easy to keep secrets in such a small town!

It Could Happen to You

It Could Happen to You is a movie previously mentioned on theLotter, based on a real story. A police officer finds himself without enough money to tip the waitress at his local diner, so he offers her a share of whatever he might win with the lottery ticket in his pocket. The ticket ends up winning the jackpot, and the police officer stayed true to this word!

Snuggle up with your loved ones this holiday season to watch these movies and many others. And remember – there’s only one way to make sure someone creates a movie based on how you win the jackpot, and that’s by playing! Play your favourite lotteries online for your chance of being someone’s feel-good Christmas movie!

20 New EuroMillions Millionaires in One Week


EuroMillions’ local raffles, My Millions in France and Millionaire Maker are about to rock your world this weekend. The two European lottery fan favourites are together about to create 20 new €1 million winners, on top of the standard EuroMillions jackpot, which is now at €63 million! The odds of becoming a EuroMillions millionaire are looking very bright!

 

EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker – Mega Friday

A relatively new EuroMillions UK promotion turns the last Friday of each month into a Mega Friday, a day that brings joy to more UK raffle winners. Each ticket bought for the EuroMillions UK draw will get a Millionaire Maker raffle code, like any other EuroMillions UK ticket, and this time, 10 winning codes will be determined to create 10 €1 million winners and, if that wasn’t enough, each winner will get an additional treat!

In the first Mega Friday, which was held on October 31st, 25 winners won €1 million each, along with an all-expense-paid two-week VIP trip to Makepeace Island in Australia for eight people! This Mega Friday offers each of its winners a similar trip to Australia, Brazil or Peru with one friend, including a 5-star resort stay, a business class flight and some spending money, on top of the €1 million raffle prize!

It’s Raining Millionaires with EuroMillions France and My Million

The My Million raffle increases the amount of winning tickets from time to time, and this week it is happening again. Not too long ago, in September, EuroMillions France created 20 €1 million winners in one week, 10 in each of the two weekly draws. This week, EuroMillions France is about to shower the streets with money once more! Tuesday’s draw already had five €1 million winners instead of one, and Friday’s draw will have the same amount!

Win EuroMillions France and UK Raffles with theLotter

Some may think that the fact that EuroMillions UK and EuroMillions France draws are local versions of EuroMillions means they can’t partake in these amazing raffles, when in fact it’s as simple as playing your own local lottery. When purchasing a ticket for either EuroMillions UK or EuroMillions France on theLotter, you can be sure your ticket is purchased locally by one of our professional lottery agents, and is guaranteed to have a participating raffle code.

With 20 chances of winning a €1 million prize this week, on top of the EuroMillions jackpot that just reached €63 million, it would be a shame to miss the upcoming draw! But wait, we are just about to sweeten the deal even more! Black Friday is here, and theLotter is about to embark on 24 hours of madness with an amazing 30% Cashback on one-time entries for ALL lotteries on the site, including the two local versions of EuroMillions!

Did You Win UK Lotto and Forget All About It?


Several UK Lotto wins have gone unclaimed and will expire in December, and three of them are jackpots! UK Lotto players – check your wallets, your pockets, and your old tickets, because you might be a winner!

 

Lottery tickets often get lost or forgotten, and sadly, many wins go unclaimed due to this. It’s not rare to miss out on a small secondary win from time to time, but when big prizes such as the jackpot have been won, it does sting more than a little.

Below you will find a chart of all the big UK Lotto prizes that have been won and have not been claimed yet, and will expire next month:

Draw Date Prize Winning Numbers Last Date to Claim
4th June, 2014 £68,529 14, 19, 30, 31, 47, 48, (16) 1st December, 2014
21st June, 2014 £389,998* 3, 7, 13, 17, 27, 40, (19) 18th December, 2014
28th June, 2014 £1,045,504 8, 12, 28, 30, 43, 49, (42) 25th December, 2014

* The jackpot was shared by several winners, two have yet to claim their prize

“Time really is running out for the winner[s] of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money,” a UK Lotto official said in regards to the unclaimed £389,998 wins, “We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing Lotto ticket could be hiding. This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

Should no one come forward with the winning tickets before the deadlines, the prize money as well as the interest it has generated will return to the UK Lotto, and from there be allotted to various lotto funded projects across the UK.

Play Lotto UK Online

The best way to avoid missing your wins is buying your lotto ticket online. When you buy your lottery ticket via theLotter, we purchase the ticket on your behalf and send a scan of the ticket directly to your account. When you win, the prize money is sent to you, 100% commission free, so you never have to clear time in your schedule to collect your winnings!

The best part about buying your tickets online is, of course, the geography – it becomes entirely irrelevant! Play the US Powerball from the UK, Mega Millions from Spain, the UK Lotto or EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker from the US, or any other combination you can think of! With theLotter, the world of lotteries is at your fingertips.

UK National Lottery is About to Turn 20!

The UK National Lottery is about to celebrate two decades of activity, amazing wins and admirable charity work this month. This is an excellent time to learn a bit more about where your ticket fees go.

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Almost twenty years have passed since the Camelot Group started operating the UK National Lottery in 1994. Over those twenty lustrous years, the UK National Lottery created many millionaires and huge prize winners.

Players are not the only ones to gain from the existence of the UK’s beloved lottery games. The entire British community profits, as many good wills and charity organizations count on the National Lottery’s profits being directed their way.

The UK National Lottery hosts several lottery games, and each ticket you buy for any of these games helps the UK National Lottery fund many charitable causes. In the past, it has even contributed to some of Britain’s proudest moments – the Oscar winning movie “The King’s Speech” and the historic London Olympic Games in 2012.

The First National Lottery Draw

The first National Lottery draw was held on November 19th, 1994. The winning numbers on that night were 30, 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22, and the bonus was 10. Seven jackpot winners came out of this very first draw, each taking their part of the £5,874,778 prize.

UK Lotto Jackpot Record

On January 6th, 1996 a stupendous £42 million UK Lotto jackpot was won by three anonymous winners, each claiming a third of the total prize – £14,002,870! While the £42 million jackpot is the highest in the history of UK Lotto, the biggest prize won by a single ticket is £22,590,829, which was won by two friends on June 10th, 1995.

Play UK National Lottery Games Online

There’s no need to travel far in order to enjoy the exceptional games the UK National Lottery has to offer. All you have to do is simply purchase your ticket online at theLotter. You can either choose to play the EuroMillions and partake in the unique UK Millionaire Maker raffle, play the UK Lotto by choosing your six lucky numbers from a range of 1-49, or take a chance with the Thunderball, which is held three times a week and has a fixed £500,000 jackpot.

More Lottery Winners Are Trusting Their Millions

Different people react in different ways to winning a huge jackpot. Some may relish their fifteen minutes of fame and choose to come forward to publicly claim their prize. Others would prefer keeping quiet about it. Each of these choices has an impact on a winner’s life, but both options are completely understandable. However, not all countries let you choose whether or not you can to remain anonymous. So how can you keep your name out of the papers and still claim your millions? The current trend in the lottery world is collecting your prize through a trust.

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One of the first suggestions you can find in almost any guide to a new lottery winner is “Do anything to stay anonymous”, and for good reason. A huge lottery prize can impact a winner’s personal life as well as bank account. Being famous for a recent stroke of luck tends to bring unwanted attention from those who seek to gain on someone else’s wealth. It gets harder when you have a family, when the public attention affects not only you, but your loved ones as well.

Some countries allow winners to scoop up their millions without their name being revealed, but others don’t. If you had to win this week’s Mega Millions jackpot, for instance, and you live in Massachusetts, you would not be able to claim your prize anonymously. But this doesn’t mean there’s no way around it and that you have to give in to a new semi-celebrity status.

By using a legal trust, a recent scratch-ticket winner from Massachusetts received the $15 million win without being exposed. Instead of having the winner’s face all over the papers, holding the gigantic paper cheque, it was the lawyer and accountant running the trust who ended up in the picture.

Collecting a prize through a trust is not at all a new practice, however it has become a more popular method over the past year. More and more winners choose to form a legal trust to collect their prize, thus assuring they won’t be exposed. When collecting a lottery prize through a trust, your name remains a secret even to lottery officials.

According to the Massachusetts lottery, it’s perfectly understandable why winners would shy away from the spot-light, and the practice of using a trust to collect lottery winnings is completely within the lottery’s legal boundaries. However, some people don’t hold the same opinion about the legitimacy of lottery winners’ anonymity. Objectors say it’s not entirely acceptable to remain anonymous, as lottery regulations require transparency regarding the identity of the winner. Forcing winners to come forward and identify themselves helps to monitor the fairness of the game, confirming that the prizes are truly won by random players, and not by lottery employees.

The easiest option to win millions is to pick the game you want to play and purchase your lottery ticket anonymously on theLotter, as we never reveal the identity of our players!