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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

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.

The Largest Jackpot Goes to… EuroJackpot?!

Overshadowed much of the time by EuroMillions, Mega Millions, and US Powerball, it is now EuroJackpot’s time to shine! With a jackpot amount of €51 million, Eurojackpot currently has the largest jackpot of any multi-national or multi-state lottery. Buy a EuroJackpot ticket online and you could be the week’s big winner this Friday night!

The Basics of EuroJackpot

1) EuroJackpot was founded in March 2012, making it one of the youngest European lotteries. While it may be new to the lottery scene, it’s accomplished a great deal already and currently holds the title of biggest pan-European lottery with 16 member countries. The original participating countries were Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Finland, Italy, and the Netherlands. Draws take place every Friday night in Helsinki, Finland.

2) To win the jackpot, you have to match five main numbers ranging from 1 to 50 and two additional numbers ranging from 1 to 10.

3) The jackpot cap is €90 million. The largest jackpot in EuroJackpot history was €61.2 million, won in September 2014.

4) EuroJackpot prizes are TAX-FREE! Unlike other lotteries, the money that you win is all yours.

5) While the jackpot cap for EuroJackpot is lower than the EuroMillions cap of €190 million, the odds of winning EuroJackpot are almost double!

The most relevant thing to know about EuroJackpot right now is that it holds the #1 spot on theBig with its €51 million jackpot. Will it keep rolling over and break the September 2014 jackpot record? Will we see it reach the €90 million jackpot cap? Or will a lucky winner take home millions this Friday? EuroJackpot has never been more exciting — be a part of this ever-growing, lottery phenomenon today!

Put the Next Powerball Jackpot in Your Easter Basket

To all those celebrating, theLotter wishes you a very Happy Easter! People around the world are following their Easter traditions. In the US, for example, kids hunt for brightly-painted Easter eggs, take pictures with the Easter Bunny at the mall, and eat marshmallow bunnies called Peeps. A lucky bunch of kids will even get to participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with President Obama. Talk about an all-American Easter! Create your own tradition with an American twist and play Powerball online today — and your Easter basket could be $70 million heavier this Wednesday!

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket!

It may be a cliched phrase, but it’s true. If you want to play the lottery and win, it’s best to diversify how you play. This can be done by joining a syndicate. Right now, you can join a Powerball syndicate with 200 randomly selected lines. That’s 200 chances to win the jackpot! Another Powerball syndicate option available is 55 lines with one number match guaranteed. When you join a syndicate, you buy shares of the whole. This means that if a cash prize is won, everyone who owns shares will split the winnings according to how many shares they own. If you want more of a potential win, all you have to do is buy more shares. A Powerball syndicate is a fun way to increase your odds of winning. Of course, buying tickets on your own has the advantage of a bigger overall jackpot, since you’re not sharing the win (unless multiple winning tickets are sold). With $70 million at stake, it’s always a good idea to play multiple ways.

How have we gotten to $70 million? Here’s a quick recap of Powerball’s March of winners. On March 14th, a ticket sold in New York took home $136 million. It rolled over once and then on March 21st, a single ticket holder in Tennessee won the $50 million jackpot — the lowest Powerball jackpot since May 2013.  That was quickly broken by the very next draw on March 25th, which ended with a ticket purchased in New Jersey winning $40 million. Even though it’s the lowest possible jackpot, something tells us the winner wasn’t complaining. Since then, the Powerball jackpot has rolled over three times to get us to the current $70 million jackpot. Will the streak continue or will April be another month full of Powerball winners?

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!

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.

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!

Celebrate the Eiffel Tower With France Loto

On 31 March 1889, Gustave Eiffel’s engineering vision was realised when the Eiffel Tower was officially opened as the entrance arch to the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle). The source of artistic controversy, many in Paris at first disliked the monument. In time though, it would become one of the most recognized symbols of Paris and a major tourist destination for millions around the world. Celebrate the 126th birthday of this engineering marvel with another French icon by playing France Loto online today and you could end up €5 million richer — oh la la! 

France Loto — la crème de la crème

At 126, the Eiffel Tower is a youngster compared to the history of lotteries in France. King Francis I approved the first national lottery draw in 1539 to help pay off the treasury’s debt. Delighting the population, lotteries have been a part of French society ever since. Two notable examples: Voltaire amassed a great fortune by joining forces with Charles Marie de la Condamine, a mathematician of genius caliber, to form one of the most successful lottery syndicates ever; and The United States of America’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty, was partially-funded by a lottery held in France.

Lottery in France continues to make an impact with France Loto; an estimated €4.4 BILLION in prizes is given out every year. With small guess ranges and 10 prize divisions, the odds of winning a cash prize (all divisions) is one of the best at 1 out of 16. To win the jackpot, a ticket must match five main numbers ranging from 1-49 and one lucky number ranging from 1-10. The France Loto jackpot increases by €1 million with every roll over; the largest jackpot was €24 million, won in 2011. With three chances to win each week — Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday — France Loto is one of the best ways to become a part of the European lottery dream. And to sweeten the deal, France Loto prizes are TAX-FREE!

Whether you play solo or join a syndicate like Voltaire, make sure you play France Loto today!

Canada Superdraw Brings all the Players to theLotter and They’re Like – Let’s Play!

It’s rare that we hear about lottery raffles unless they happen in EuroMillions, but Canada Lotto 6/49 is holding two special Superdraw raffles and you definitely don’t want to sit them out!

Canada Superdraw 649

Canada 6/49 Raffles

Canada Lotto 6/49 holds a raffle with every draw, and the winner gets to take CAD$1 million with them! The raffle requires no extra charge in order to participate – simply buy your lottery ticket online, and be automatically entered! Each ticket comes with a raffle code, and a single code wins every Wednesday and Saturday!

What is the Canada 6/49 Superdraw Raffle?

This March, Canada 6/49 is holding a Superdraw raffle! On March 18th (yesterday) and 21st (Saturday), there will be 56 guaranteed winners in addition to the jackpot winner! Each ticket will automatically include a free-of-charge code, which may bring them a win! One lucky winner will receive CAD$1 million. Six winners will receive $100,000 each, and 49 winners will each receive $10,000!

At present, there is still no news about the winners from yesterday’s draw, but stay tuned, as theLotter will update as soon as the cash prizes are claimed! Don’t miss this one – the Canada Lotto 6/49 jackpot is currently worth a whopping CAD$20 million, and there is still time to win the raffle prizes! Play now!

Beware the Ides of March — The Lottery of Ancient Rome

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears… I come here to talk about the lottery of Ancient Rome! It’s been 2,058 years since Brutus, Cassius, and a whole host of Roman senators assassinated Julius Caesar, but the memory of that event has been made timeless by the likes of Dante and Shakespeare. To commemorate the events of the Ides of March, 44 BC., let’s take a quick trip in our lottery time machine and head back to Ancient Rome. And because all roads lead to Rome, any purchase you make through theLotter app between today and 26 March will give you one entry into our Roman raffle where you could win a trip for two to Rome!

Roman Raffle Dinner Delights – During the Saturnalian feasts, many Ancient Roman hosts took part in apophoreta (Ancient Greek for “that which is carried home”). They would paint symbols on wooden blocks and hand them out to their party guests. At the end of what was likely an evening of Bacchus-level pleasure, the symbols would be drawn and prizes of varying quality would be handed out to each guest.

Roman Emperors and the Lottery – Many emperors engaged in the dinner party raffles, but it was Julius Caesar’s adopted son, Augustus Caesar, who was the first emperor to implement a lottery in the more modern sense of the word. There are records during Augustus’s reign of lottery tickets being sold to pay for city repairs. The prizes were items of varying worth, not money, however. Nero also engaged in public lotteries, selling thousands of tickets for items such as ships, estates, and, unfortunately, slaves during his reign.

Elagabalus and Terrible Teenage Lottery Angst – Elagabalus (also known as Heliogabalus) has a fascinatingly terrible reputation for someone who ruled so young and for so short a period of time. This was likely due to him being generally insane. He became emperor in 218 AD at the age of 14 and quickly began making his mark on Rome. He established a lottery where people could win lots of prizes — one catch: you didn’t know what you were playing for until you won. People could win slaves and property, like the lotteries of Nero, but that wasn’t fun enough for Elagabalus. Creating the worst lottery ever, he added prizes like dead animals, bees and wasps, and even death sentences. Not only that, but he decided to up the ante and release the lottery tickets from a catapult into a crowd of people who had to push, pull, and fight for a ticket of their own. Oh, and he filled the catapult with live, poisonous snakes too. This charmer of a Roman emperor was assassinated at the age of 18.

Crazy and over-the-top, the history of the lottery in Ancient Rome is basically everything and more you expect from this era. Let’s hop into the lottery time machine and head back to the modern lottery era where we can continue to safely play for millions without the catapulting snakes.

Friday the 13th – a Lucky Day for Mega Millions in Michigan!

Old wives tales associate Friday the 13th as a day of woe and misfortune. Luckily, they couldn’t be further from the truth! Nowadays, Friday the 13th is celebrated around the world, but nowhere will you find bigger reasons to celebrate outside of the state of Michigan, because the Mega Millions jackpot has been won a whopping three times on Friday the 13th over there!

Friday the 13th 2015

Friday the 13th – June 2008

The first Friday the 13th Mega Millions jackpot in Michigan was won by none other than Fred Topous. Topous not only managed to win the $56 million jackpot, but the timing he won it in can only make others jealous. In between 1984 and 2008, he had spent all but three years either in prison, or on parole. Normally, that would mean the state would get a huge share of the win, but in Topous’ case, since he had been released not long prior to his win, the state received nothing.

Friday the 13th – June 2014

The Mega Millions jackpot won just last summer, on June 13th, 2014, was worth $66 million! The winner, Kelsey Zachow from Port Huron, Michigan, could hardly believe her luck!
“I was screaming ‘I won! I won!’ at the top of my lungs and [her boyfriend] came running into the room,” said Zachow. “I was yelling so much that he thought I had been in a car accident or hit someone on my way home. I told him I had a winning $66 million ticket in my hand and he didn’t believe me. He finally looked at the ticket and couldn’t believe his eyes.”

Friday the 13th – May 2011

Friday the 13th was a very lucky day for Kendall Alden, who won the Mega Millions $27 million jackpot on May 13th, 2011! Alden was not even aware that he had won until several days later. The ticket had been in his wallet the entire time – too easy to accidently lose! The numbers on his ticket were not numbers he’d selected himself, since he used the Quick Pick option instead.

Friday the 13th – February 2015

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th. You don’t have to be from Michigan to cash in on this lucky day – on March 13th, 2009, which was a Friday as well, a winner was made in New York! So cash in on that luckiest of days, and play Mega Millions online, no matter where in the world you are!

Lucky Lottery Playlist

Working in an office, driving down the city streets, running through a lovely park — add a music playlist to these activities and suddenly you feel like you’re in a Hollywood movie. Why should playing the lottery be any different? Play these tunes while you’re in a lucky lottery mood and accentuate that winning vibe.

1. The Lottery Song – Harry Nilsson (1972), covered by The Format
Harry Nilsson, a Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter, wrote this sweetly romantic song for his album Son of Schmilsson, which got certified Gold in 1972. The cover version below is from the American indie-rock band The Format, included as an iTunes exclusive track on their 2006 album Dog Problems.

I will buy a ticket
On the local lottery
We could win the lottery
We could go to Vegas
And be very happy

2. I Wanna Be Rich – Calloway (1989)
Calloway was an RnB duo from Cincinnati, Ohio.  “I Wanna Be Rich” was the band’s only hit song, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in May 1990. It’s no wonder why this song was such a hit — who can’t help but dance to this groovy lottery tune?

I want my cake, wanna eat it too
I want the stars and the silver moon
I spend my money on lottery
My favorite number is 1 2 3

3. When I Win the Lottery – Camper Van Beethoven (1989)
California rock band Camper Van Beethoven mixes rock, ska, punk, and everything else under the sun to create a unique musical sound. “When I Win the Lottery” infuses political lyrics with a violin-heavy score to produce an amazing song.

When I win the lottery, gonna buy all girls on my block
A color tv and a bottle of french perfume
When I win the lottery, gonna donate half my money to the city
So they have to name a street or a school or a park after me

4. Pray to Jesus, Play the Lotto – Brandy Clark (2013)
Brandy Clark is one of the biggest rising stars in the American country music scene. For years, she’s been a successful songwriter for singers like Sheryl Crow and LeAnn Rimes. She released her debut album, 12 Stories, in 2013 to overwhelming critical acclaim. In this song, Clark captures the spirit and everyday life of regular folks — including playing US Powerball — with a real all-American vibe.

Behind the counter up there on the wall,
It reads $200 million on the Powerball,
Six little numbers that could change it all,
So we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto,
Cause there ain’t but two ways we can change tomorrow

5. Free Money – Patti Smith (1975)
This song comes from Smith’s debut record, Horses, which was hugely influential in the punk rock scene of New York. From the artist herself: “It’s really a song for my mom. She always dreamed about winning the lottery. But she never bought a lottery ticket! She would just imagine if she won, make lists of things she would do with the money — a house by the sea for us kids, then all kinds of charitable things.”

Every night before I go to sleep
Find a ticket, win a lottery
Every night before I rest my head
See those dollar bills go swirling around my bed

6. Next Big Winner – Homegrown Band (2012)
This up-and-coming country-rock band from Georgia, USA has set their love of buying lottery tickets to an iconic country sound. So dust off your cowboy boots and start dancing in our lottery hoedown.

There ain’t no doubt, I’m feeling lucky today
I’ll be a millionaire in a matter of minutes
Just need a couple bucks of scratch-off tickets
Well life would be so much better
I’ll be the next big winner

7. Lottery – Lydia Caesar (2013)
Lydia Caesar is a new find for me and I must say that this is just good, solid fun and a complete joy to listen to! She compares her relationship to winning the lottery and how lucky she feels to have found someone so wonderful.

I hit the jackpot, I’m done
Cash my check, you’re the one
I thought the odds were against me
In the love lottery

8. Lottery Winners on Acid – The Crimea (2002)
Based in London, this indie-rock band have toured with artists like Regina Spektor, Billy Corgan, and Kings of Leon. Their inventive music video and humorous lyrics make “Lottery Winners on Acid” a must for any playlist. The band currently is inactive; Davey MacManus, the lead singer, recently changed career paths, by getting a nursing degree and has talked about opening a children’s home in South Africa.

We walk through the streets
Like lottery winners on acid
Everything she say
I was thinking anyway
We walk through the streets
Like lottery winners on acid

9. Lottery – Michelle Chamuel (2014)
Michelle Chamuel first caught the attention of American audiences when she became runner-up of the fourth season of The Voice in 2013. Chamuel compares her relationship to playing the lottery and is hoping to win in the game of love in this upbeat pop song.

Let’s not make it harder than it has to be
I’ll take a chance on you, you’ll take a chance on me
And we’ll both play the lottery
And we’ll both play the lottery
We’ll find out if it’s meant to be
If we’re both playing the lottery

10. Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong (1960)
Alright, so this doesn’t actually specifically mention the lottery, but it’s a classic and needs to be on this playlist! Many bands, including The Beatles, have covered this song throughout the years, but nothing is quite as fun as the original. So pump up the volume and dance to your heart’s content as you buy lottery tickets online!

The best things in life are free
But you can give then to the birds and bees
I need money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)

The Lottery and Cats

We all love to play the lottery online – it means we can play from home, school, or even while sitting down for dinner. No hassle, it’s available anywhere and anytime to us, and there are no annoying people behind us in the line urging us to choose our numbers faster. Another great thing that happens online – cats. Cats, as we all know, are the animal of the internet. Here is a list of cats presenting some of the biggest lotteries online!

American Shorthair Cat Presents: US Powerball

American Shorthair

American cats are simply the best felines to use when presenting American lotteries. It is the seventh most popular breed in the States. Just like playing your favourite lotteries with multi-draw packages, these cats are low-maintenance, but deliver a lot of love and cuddliness in return. American Shorthair cats are strong, with well-developed chests, shoulders, and hindquarters.

 

 

American Bobtail Cat Presents: Mega Millions

American Bobtail

This is one of the cutest breeds of cats that exist on the face of the world. The American Bobtail Cat is a genetically modified cat, and has been officially recognized as its own breed since 1989. Just look at how adorable it is! Much like the Mega Millions, the American Bobtail cat likes to garner attention by being active and playful, demanding attention and play time, and just loves to cuddle!

 

European Shorthair Cat Presents: EuroMillions

European Shorthair Cat

The European Shorthair, also known as the Celtic Shorthair, originated in Scandinavia. It’s been around for forever, and is adored by any and all who love cats. Just like the countries of Europe itself, different members of the species behave differently and have a certain set of different characteristics. Some are hot tempered and wild like a EuroMillions Superdraw, others are cool and chill, like a EuroMillions starting jackpot, but we love them all!  This breed is spread all around Europe, so there’s a lot to love! There is no better cat to represent the EuroMillions!

Australian Mist Presents: AU Powerball

Australian Mist

The Australian Mist breed hails directly from sunny Australia, so what other cat could present the Australian Powerball? These cats are playful when they’re kittens, and a little more calm when they grow into adults. They love the indoors, but can hold their own with local wildlife as well. They’ll protect you as good as the AU Powerball can protect your funds in the bank!

 

Chartreux Presents: France Lotto

Chartreux

Chartreux are mostly silent cats, and some of them are even mute. Yet they are terrifyingly intelligent. They are the France Lotto of the lottery world – usually quiet, but every now and then, they demand and receive the attention they deserve. This Friday is a Friday the 13th, which means that France Lotto is holding a Superdraw, and the jackpot is worth €13 million!

 

 

What other types of cats would you add to this list? Which lotteries would you pair them up with? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime, keep playing, and good luck!

$119 Million US Powerball — Cure Those Post-Superdraw Blues

The EuroMillions €100 million Superdraw is over and won, so what will lottery fans do now? No need to feel down in the dumps, because US Powerball has a jackpot that will lift your spirits and make your heart sing! $119 million is up for grabs this Wednesday, 11 March. So chin up and play US Powerball online today!

2015: Year of the Huge Jackpot?

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The 11 March drawing will mark the one-month anniversary of the first — and so far last — US Powerball win of 2015. On 11 February, three ticket holders split the mind-boggling $564,100,000 jackpot. Ever since that draw, the US Powerball jackpot has rolled over, bringing us to the spectacular $119 million amount ready for the taking this Wednesday. Will the jackpot keep rolling or will one of the world’s most popular lotteries finally crown a new 2015 winner?

On the Road to the Record
As difficult as it may be to imagine, the current jackpot has $471.5 million more to go before it ties with the US Powerball jackpot record of $590.5 million, set in 2013. US Powerball doesn’t have a  jackpot cap, so the sky is truly the limit! The winner of that jackpot, Gloria C. Mackenzie, an 84-year-old woman from Florida, also broke the record for the largest sole lottery winner in US lottery history. Since today is International Women’s Day, we’re pleased to say that lottery fans, regardless of gender, can break records and make lottery history!

Record-breaking or not, there is no argument that $119 million would be life-changing. That amount. using today’s exchange rate, is approximately €109.7 million, almost €10 million more than the EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot. So take a chance and be a part of this American lottery classic and you could see a whole lot of Benjamins come your way this Wednesday!

The Lottery System of the ‘Verse

What happens when you take the eight biggest jackpot records, and pair them up with the planets of our solar system? Read on to see!

Introducing: the Lottery System

The Lottery System is a lot like our solar system, but we cap the first letter to keep it formal. Instead of names based on ancient Roman gods, the planets are named after the lotteries that have worked hard to end up in the top 8 of the word. It got a little confusing when three of the planets were named “Mega Millions” and the other five became “US Powerball”, so just as roman letters are added to moons and comets in our solar system, we added the jackpot to differentiate between the different planets.

Lotto System

It’s a pretty nifty system, isn’t it?

If we assume that all planets are inhabitable, which planet would you like to live on? How do you suppose the planet “US Powerball – $587.5 million” would differ from the planet “US Powerball – $425.3 million”? And how long would it take for enough people to team up and search the galaxy for other systems?

It can take the shortest of moments – did you know that EuroJackpot is currently worth €49 million? With an estimated two rollovers to go before it breaks its own record, your chance of becoming part of the people that create a European Lottery system is closer than ever. Play EuroJackpot online now!

Are Your Lotto Numbers Hot or Cold?

This season is all about hot and cold. Winter up north, summer down south, a whole lot of Super Bowl Katy Perry, and lottery numbers of course! Read on to find out what it means to have hot or cold lotto numbers!

HotnCold

If you’ve been following the US Super Bowl, chances are that you saw Katy Perry’s sensational halftime performance. The reviews are blowing hot and cold about her performance, but one thing that can’t be disputed is that Ms. Perry sure knows how to put on a show! Actually, one song that Katy is best known for is her hit Hot N Cold, but she didn’t sing this favourite at the Super Bowl.

Powerball lottery is another big hit of the week and has some hot and cold of its own going on! Hot and cold numbers that is! Read on to find out what hot and cold numbers are, and whether your lucky numbers fall into either category.

What Are Hot and Cold Lottery Numbers?

Even though lottery draws are totally random, often certain numbers show up more frequently than others. These are known as hot numbers. Some lottery players like to play these numbers because they believe that they are likely to appear again.

Numbers that are drawn with the least frequency are known as cold numbers. There are those lotto fans who prefer playing cold numbers, with the belief that they are bound to show up soon.

Neither of these ways to choose numbers is scientific, because, each number has an equal chance of being drawn. That is the definition of randomness, after all.

There are even those players who like to balance things out by choosing a combination of hot and cold numbers.

2014 Hot and Cold Numbers for the World’s Top Lotteries

We’ve done some homework and put together a list of the hot and cold numbers for 2014 for the world’s top lotteries. Each lottery has its own hot and cold numbers. You may want to use them when playing the lottery or not, but either way, it’s interesting to see which numbers came up the most or least frequently in 2014.

US Powerball

Hot: 54, 28, 49, 48, 2, 31, 25, 24, 14

Cold: 56, 4, 20, 21, 6, 18, 27, 35, 40, 41, 44, 45

Mega Millions

Hot: 29, 35, 10, 31, 25, 3, 46

Cold: 6, 15, 17, 30, 32 42, 44

EuroMillions

Hot: 13, 38, 3, 4, 25, 26

Cold: 12, 22, 41, 9, 11, 16, 14

EuroJackpot

Hot: 18, 33, 35, and the additional numbers 4, 6 and 8

Cold: 23, 24, 48, 50

La Primitiva

Hot: 37, 30, 18, 2, 12, 49

Cold: 10, 21, 48, 1, 35, 16, 25

SuperEnalotto

Hot: 1, 90, 88, 85, 82, 55. and SuperStar 49

Cold: 60, 59, 9, 18, 28, 50, 30

And the Star of the Lottery Show is…

US Powerball has stolen the lottery spotlight over the past few weeks with its massive and climbing jackpot! The prize is currently at $317 million (!!) so it’s the hottest thing happening in the lotto world. Fans are flocking to buy up their Powerball lottery tickets because a jackpot like this is not to be missed.

US Powerball and Super Bowl Go Global

No matter what you thought of the show, Katy Perry’s dynamite performance had the stadium’s crowds and TV viewers entranced. She performed a mix of her biggest musical hits, culminating in her Super Bowl ‘shooting star’ rendition of her hit Firework. Each song was accompanied with a thematic performance and stage setting, with Katy even donning a fire dress and riding on an imposing, robotic lion for her hit song Roar. What did you think of the performance?

Just like you didn’t need to be sitting in the University of Phoenix stadium to experience Katy’s show (YouTube and TV did just fine), you don’t need to be in the US to take part in the US Powerball lottery draws. Simply log-on to your online account and purchase Powerball tickets online! We’ve even launched a spectacular Powerball syndicate to celebrate the enormity of this jackpot. You can buy shares for the 1000-line random selection Powerball syndicate, which will give you 1000 times greater chances of winning!

What are the Best Lottery Jokes?

Do you know another good lottery gag? Contact Customer Support and you might find your favourite jokes published here in the future. Watch this space for more jokes… (to be continued)

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Our online lottery players tell us the funniest lottery jokes, regardless of whether they play EuroMillions, play the US Powerball, or like to buy Mega Millions tickets overseas.

Here’s a sample of some of the funniest lottery jokes we’ve heard.

Pack Your Bags

My wife once asked me: “If you won the lottery, would you still love me?”, to which I replied, “But of course, honey. I’d really miss you, but I’d still love you.” (a joke by Irish comedian Frank Carson)

Money Talks

Heard this conversation at my local bank recently…

A grumpy old guy jumps the line and goes to the teller. He shouts at the cashier, “Open me a damn checking account woman!”

The astonished clerk replies, “I’m sorry, sir… I seem to have misunderstood what you’re saying?”

“So listen! I said I wanna open a damn account. Right now!”

The cashier whispers, “Sorry, sir, but could you please not use that kind of language in the bank. I’m gonna get my manager.”

So the cashier goes over to her superior to tell him about what just happened. Her manager calms her down, steps up to the window and asks the man,

“Sir, Conny here just told me you wanted to open an account, but that there’s some kind of trouble. What is the problem exactly, sir?”

“Look, there’s no friggin problem, dammit! Just open me a damn account in your damn bank so I can deposit this $270 million I just won in the damn Powerball lottery!”

“No problem, sir. And this damn woman was giving you a hard time?”

Your Boss Hates You

Andy works at a large call centre in Sydney, Australia. At the annual New Year’s do, he decides to pull a practical lottery joke on his boss. When the boss is in the loo, Andy quickly finds his boss’s wallet and jots down his Australian Powerball lottery ticket numbers for that day.

Upon the boss’s return, Andy takes to the stage, goes up to the mic, and says “G’day everyone. As you all know there’s a special lottery draw tonight, so I thought you might be interested in the winning numbers.” He then lists the numbers he wrote down.

A few people start to inspect their tickets, and so does his boss. The boss becomes really quiet, turns pale and starts breathing rapidly. After a few minutes, he gulps down a pint of lager, stands up and shouts out:

“Listen you fools. I’ve been sleeping with my secretary, gorgeous Suzy here, for months. I hate you and I hate this company. I just won the bloody Australian Powerball, so I don’t give a toss. I’m leaving!”

Oops.

Take a Fiver

A husband comes home early from work and he asks his wife “What would you do if I told you I’d won the lottery?”

His wife replies “I’ll take half of your winnings and leave!”

The husband responds “Well I just won 10 quid, so take a fiver and leave!”

A Flea Can Dream

Two fleas bump into each other after not having met for ages.

“I just won the La Primitiva Jackpot!”

“What will you do with all that money?”

“I’m going to get myself a nice new pack of dogs!”

Morgan Freeman’s Free Lottery Tips

Natasha had just seen her Essex tanning salon gone bankrupt. Distraught, she walks into her local parish church, kneels down and starts to pray.

“Dear Lord, my situation’s on top. I know haven’t been perfect or anyfink, but I could really use a lottery win. You gotta help me out here.”

When she doesn’t win the National Lottery EuroMillions that week she opts to pray in a synagogue. “Oh come on, yeah. I really need this cash mate! Me mom’s got her surgery coming up. Please lemme win the lottery.”

In the following week she still doesn’t win a thing, so she goes into a Buddhist temple. “You’re startin’ to disappoint me here. I’ve been praying non-stop for weeks now. Just let me win sumfink, alright? Standard, I don’t even have to win like a super high jackpot or anyfing, just gimme enough for that surgery thing I was tellin’ ya about. I’ll even donate some on Red Nose Day this year.”

Out of the blue the heavens open up and Morgan Freeman descends. With a booming voice he says: ”Look Tash, I heard you, but just go and buy a damn lottery ticket!”

Logic – Stop Lining the Wrong Pockets

So you don’t like it that by buying lottery tickets you support healthcare, schools and sports clubs? Why don’t you just put your money in a mutual fund and support investment advisors and fund managers’ pension schemes?

Where Are The Biggest EuroMillions UK Winners Today?

When someone hits a big lottery jackpot, they make the headlines, pop champagne, pose for pictures, and we hear all about what they will be doing with their millions. Eventually the media fanfare calms down and moves onto the next big winner story. Haven’t you ever wondered what happened with some of the biggest lotto multi-millionaires?

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Did they spend their money as they planned? Have their lives changed drastically? We caught up with the latest news on some of the world’s biggest lottery winners. These EuroMillions UK winners got up to some really interesting things in 2014!

Chris and Colin Weir Say YES!

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Chris and Colin Weir are Britain’s biggest lottery jackpot winners (in Sterling), having won a phenomenal £161 million in EuroMillions in July 2011. This lucky couple from Largs near Glasgow could not believe their eyes when they realized that they had matched numbers 17, 19, 38, 42, 45, and Lucky Stars 9 and 10, making them the sole winners of the main prize.

They wanted to travel to China and Australia, and to visit the best art galleries in Paris and Russia. They also planned on buying new houses for their son and daughter. Aside from these luxuries, the Weir’s also intended on donating money to charity. And they have definitely not disappointed on this front!

In 2013, this philanthropic couple set up The Weir Charitable Trust with the aim of assisting Scottish charities, groups or individual people in need of financial aid. The charity was created with a £5 million endowment from the Weirs.

One cause that Chris and Colin showed particular support for in 2014 was Scotland’s pro-independence campaign, the Yes Scotland campaign. The couple donated £5.5 million to Yes Scotland, which was nearly 80% of total donations to the campaign. They have been life-long independence supporters so they are lucky enough to have been in a position to fund their favourite cause.

The Weirs are a couple not only with a big bank balance, but also with a big heart. In 2012, they received a letter from a desperate mother who needed £28,000 to pay for surgery to help her 3-year old daughter walk. The Weirs gave her the money and have possibly changed a little girl’s life. The same year, they pledged a five-figure amount of money to purchase a prosthetic limb for a 13-year old Scottish cancer sufferer. In fact, from the moment they became millionaires, this kindly couple have shown their generosity, even giving their previous £180,000 home to their neighbours when they moved out!

Gillian Bayford Finds True Love

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Many of us lotto fans know the story of Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won £148 million in EuroMillions in August 2012. The couple sadly split in 2013 but the story does end with a happily ever after. Gillian Bayford will be remarrying and the lucky guy is the Audi dealer who sold her a new fleet of Audis.

Gillian bought five new cars from an Audi dealership and hit it off with the dealer, Alan Warnock. Now the happy couple have decided to wed! With her new love, new flashy engagement ring and new fortune, Gillian Bayford’s future looks bright. Adrian Bayford is also engaged, so there is a happy and prosperous future in store for both these lotto millionaires.

Neil Trotter Moves Into Dream Mansion

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Motorsport fanatic, Neil Trotter, was not completely surprised when he hit a massive EuroMillions jackpot in March last year. He always believed he would be a millionaire someday and knew it would happen for him at some point. He won the incredible sum of £108 million, becoming Britain’s fourth biggest EuroMillions winner.

At the time he spoke about his dream house – a spacious property where his partner, Nicky Ottaway, could house horses, and he could park a fleet of supercars. Now, Trotter has made his dreams a reality. He recently purchased a massive £5 million medieval estate, complete with 400 acres of land and its own lake. Best of all is that the mansion has more than enough space for his dream racing cars, and has plenty horse stables too! Trotter sold his three-bedroom semi in Surrey for almost £400,000, making himself a nice profit on the property. Lucky for his neighbours, racing-mad Trotter won’t be building a racetrack on his new estate!

Life of a Lottery Millionaire

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Ah, the life of a lotto millionaire! Breath-taking properties, luxury Audis, and, in the case of the Weirs, the joy of giving something back. And all these lucky winners did to make their dreams a reality was buy EuroMillions UK lottery tickets and get the numbers right! You too could become a lottery multi-millionaire. All you need to do to stand a chance of winning is to buy your lottery tickets and hope that lady luck is on your side! The world’s biggest lottery jackpot at the moment is $208 million for US Powerball. This amount of money could get you everything that you’ve ever dreamed of. If you play theLotter’s new Powerball syndicate of 792 lines, you’ll experience 792 times greater odds of winning a prize! So what are you waiting for, 2015 could be your year!

Luck Of The Irish Lotto

When it comes to good luck, the Irish sure know how to attract it, and so do their lotteries. 2014 was a year of big wins for Irish Lotto and Irish EuroMillions players and 2015 promises to be even luckier!

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When it comes to the lottery, the luck of the Irish is certainly no myth. 2014 proved to be a very lucky year for many Irish Lotto and EuroMillions players. There were loads of Irish winners over the past year and some really interesting winner stories too!

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€1 Million Mother’s Day Gift

A lucky Irish mother was given a lotto ticket by her daughter for Mother’s Day and it turned out to be a winning ticket! The lucky mom received €1 million from the Irish Lotto and thanked her daughter by repaying her mortgage and setting up a fund for her

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Dublin Syndicate Winners

A syndicate of Dublin machine workers struck it lucky in the Easter draw of the Irish lotto and won €250,000. The 14 members of the syndicate each took home €18,000.

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Lucky Friday 13th

Friday 13th a lucky day? You better believe it! At least for one lucky Limerick family. The family bought a €4 Quick Pick Irish Lotto ticket on Friday 13th June, 2014. This ticket landed up winning them €1 million! Limerick is home to many lotto millionaires and there has been a total of €200.5 million won in the county!

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Couple Wins €12 Million

Also in June, a lucky couple hit the Irish Lotto jackpot of €12 million! This was the 11th largest Irish Lotto jackpot of all time and the highest Irish Lotto jackpot of 2014.

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Hospital Syndicate Wins Big

A syndicate of nine Waterford nurses and hospital staff were the lucky winners of €500,000! By playing EuroMillions together, this lucky team is on cloud nine after their big win.

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Largest Irish Syndicate Wins

The biggest Irish syndicate of all time won €200,000 in the Irish Lotto. The syndicate was made up of 291 members from the GAA Sports Club from Kildare. Now that’s strength in numbers!

 

 

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Mystery Irish Syndicate

In September, an anonymous Irish syndicate hit the jackpot in EuroMillions, pocketing an impressive €86.7 million.

 

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Another Irish Syndicate Win

A syndicate of 13 co-workers hit the Irish Lotto jackpot of €4.9 million in September 2014. Each member pocketed approximately €376,000, a pot of gold worthy of any leprechaun.

 

 

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First-Time Syndicate Wins Big

In October, six Price Waterhouse Coopers employees started a lottery syndicate and won €500,000 in Irish Lotto the first time they played!

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Luckiest County in Ireland

Louth may be the smallest Irish county, but it’s the luckiest! Louth’s claim to fame is that it has the highest number of lotto millionaires per capita. In November, a Louth family, the Binghams, won a prize of €3,595,140.

 

 

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Luck of The Nurse Syndicate

December saw another nurse syndicate win the lotto. This lucky group of Wexford medical workers won more than €2.89 million!

You don’t need to be Irish or even live in Ireland to experience the luck of the Irish. Simply buy Irish Lotto tickets online and you too could become Ireland’s next big millionaire!

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!

5 Main Differences Between Lotteries And Raffles

There’s raffle mania going on! December and January have been brimming with some of the biggest raffles the world has ever seen. So what exactly does it mean to be a raffle in the world of lotteries?

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Many, many countries around the world offer a lottery or even multiple lotteries. There are national lotteries, state lotteries, multi-state lotteries and even pan-European lotteries!

But raffles, on the other-hand, aren’t as widespread. We’re not talking about your local high school raffle to raise money for the prom. We’re talking multi-million (or billion!) dollar, euro or pound prizes here; huge national lotteries that change lives forever.

What Are Raffles?

Raffles are actually a form of lottery and are defined by Wikipedia as ‘a means of raising money by selling numbered tickets, one or some of which are subsequently drawn at random, the holder or holders of such tickets winning a prize.’

Billions of Reasons to Play Spanish Raffles

There are a couple of raffles out there that are offered by national lottery operators. Spain is probably most famous for its raffles. The Spanish Christmas Lottery or Loteria de Navidad
is particularly well-known and for good reason – this annual pre-Christmas raffle has a prize pool of €2.24 billion! The odds are pretty spectacular too with 1 in every 7 participants winning a secondary prize.

Another popular Spanish raffle is the Loteria del Nino, which happens in January each year. The prize pool for this raffle is €560 million and the winning odds are even more incredible than those of Loteria de Navidad. This raffle draw just happened today on January 6th!

Once all the excitement is over following Loteria de Navidad and Loteria del Nino, Spain still has some more raffles up its sleeve with the monthly Loteria Nacional Extra.

Other Big Lottery Raffles

But Spain is not alone as a national raffle provider. EuroMillions UK and France EuroMillions have their own raffles too. EuroMillions UK has the UK Millionaire Maker and France EuroMillions has the My Million Raffle. These raffles take place twice per week, corresponding with the EuroMillions lottery draws. There are even many other national lotteries that have their own raffles, such as Canada Lotto 6/49 that has its Guaranteed Prize Draw raffle.

Raffles vs Lotteries

Raffles that are called lotteries, raffles that are drawn alongside lotteries…it’s no surprise that it may be a little unclear as to what exactly a raffle is in the lottery world. The basic functioning of lotteries and raffles is the same – you buy tickets to stand a chance of winning a prize, and your number set/raffle code is selected at random. But aside from this, there are some fundamental differences between the two.

These are the five key differences that will help you spot who’s who in the lottery and raffle zoo!

You choose your own numbers in lotteries

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When you play the lottery, you get to select your own numbers. In a raffle, you are given a pre-printed raffle code. There are many players that do opt for the Quick Pick option when buying lottery tickets, but there is still the choice to go with this option or to choose your own numbers.

Always a jackpot winner in a raffle – guaranteed!

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In a raffle, there is always a guaranteed jackpot winner, as the draw machine includes only the numbers or codes that correspond to the raffle tickets sold. Lottery draws don’t always have a jackpot winner, as the draw machine contains every number from the guess range, so there is no guarantee that the numbers selected were chosen by any ticket-holders.

It is possible in both lotteries and raffles for there to be multiple jackpot winners. In lotteries, this happens if more than one person chose the same numbers. There are some raffles that will have more than one jackpot winner, such as Loteria de Navidad, where each ticket code is printed multiple times and is then divided into shares.

Raffles are time-constrained

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While lotteries can rollover multiple times, sometimes even with no limit, raffles generally are scheduled for a particular date. There are raffles that happen on a regular basis, but each draw is completely independent of the one before it. EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker is one such raffle. This raffle happens twice per week, alongside the regular EuroMillions lottery draws. Each UK Millionaire Maker raffle draw guarantees one £1 million winner per draw, regardless of what happened in the previous draw. Lotteries on the other-hand will continue rolling over until the jackpot is won, unless there is a jackpot cap of course!

Raffles have a limited number of tickets available

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Lotteries are unlimited. There are as many tickets available as there are people who buy them.In fact, the more people that buy lottery tickets, the better it is for everyone because the jackpot grows based on ticket sales. With raffles, there is a limited number of raffle codes on sale. To compensate for this, Loteria de Navidad and Loteria del Nino print each ticket code multiple times, and still divide each copy into shares, so that even more people can participate in the raffle.

Lottery jackpots grow while raffle jackpots are set

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As mentioned in points 3 and 4, lottery jackpots grow with each rollover, the final jackpot amount of each draw depending on the number of tickets sold. It’s a cycle of success – the higher the jackpot gets, the more tickets are sold, and since the jackpot increase is based on ticket sales, the cycle of success keeps on going. That is why once jackpots reach high amounts, the rollover increases get bigger and bigger. Raffles on the other hand have a pre-set jackpot prize that is once-off and is not based on how many tickets are sold.

Buy Lotto and Raffle Tickets Online

Now that you know all you need to know about raffles, you’re probably rearing to play! Even though the massive Spanish annual raffles are over for the year, there are many other fantastic raffles you can play. You can buy tickets online for the world’s biggest lotteries and raffles right here at theLotter.

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!