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It’s Time to Play the Lottery, Pitches!

When Pitch Perfect came out in 2012, no one could have guessed the cult-like following it would garner. What started as the Mean Girls of a cappella becamean international sensation, with movie-lingo spilling into our day to day lives, and movie gags becoming part of regular conversations. To aca-celebrate the release of the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, we’ve rounded up the competing A Capella groups in the first movie, and put them together with our favourite lotteries.

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Treblemakers

Pitch Perfect opens with the Treblemaker’s a cappella cover of Rhianna’s “Don’t Stop the Music”. They’re the kings of campus, winning the first place in every competition they enter, and their male-only vocalists are ranked among the most attractive guys on campus. The Treblemakers are a lot like Mega Millions – they’re big, they’re flashy, and receive all the positive attention they demand. Mega Millions is worth $194 million this weekend, and is the biggest jackpot in the world right now, and we just can’t refuse it.

Barden Bellas

The aca-underdogs, the Bellas, start their journey by vomiting all over the audience. It’s one of the most disgusting comedy scenes of the decade, and the girls magically do the only thing anyone possibly should in that case – climb up. Spoiler warning: they end up winning the big competition! The Barden Bellas remind us a lot of US Powerball, because although they sometimes fall too quickly, you know they’re here for the long run. US Powerball has set a jackpot goal of $1 billion by the year 2020. Their current jackpot is worth $138 million.

BU Harmonics

The BU Harmonics are the a cappella group that deserves much more exposure. They’re also the only group other than the Treblemakers to not lose during the Riff Off, which means that the audience was ripped off a scene of them going against each other. We get to hear them sing at the beginning of the movie, and we think that the lottery that best fits them is the California Super Lotto Plus, currently offering a jackpot of $37 million.

The High Notes

The a cappella group has some singers with vocal abilities that would knock your socks off. They’re also quiet, singing in their own world, doing their thing, and everyone’s best friend. We match them with the Colorado lottery, for obvious reasons.

Are there other groups in the movie you think might be have a good lottery match? Have you seen Pitch Perfect 2 there and think there are some good competitors for the European lotteries? Let us know in the comments!

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.

Why You Should Play the South African Lotto Superdraw!

The South African Lotto is holding the second part of its massive Superdraw this Saturday, and there’s no reason to sit this one out! The first part of the Superdraw was held on April 25th, and the prize was a whopping R20 million (USD$1.6 million). This Saturday, the South Africa Lotto is featuring a R15 million draw – a jackpot that could make a lot of people happy!

South Africa Superdraw

The South African Lotto is one of the most popular lotteries in the country. A HUGE amount of South Africans participate – a whopping 82% of the adult population! If Mega Millions or US Powerball could get such a huge percent of Americans to play, we’d be seeing much bigger jackpots and prizes!

Playing the South Africa Lotto is easy – you simply select 6 numbers out of 48, and that’s it! No additional numbers, no bonus numbers, and a relative small guess range that makes sure players don’t stay too long without a jackpot win. The incredible winning odds place this lottery regularly high up on theLotter’s theSmart list, which lists the best lotteries in the world based on their jackpots and cost-benefit ratios! The Superdraw places the lottery as the theSmart’s #2 lottery this week!

On theLotter, you can play this magnificent lottery with multi-draws that earn you up to 25% of a discount and with a subscription that will get you every 10th ticket for free. Of course, there is the possibility that you could win it on your first go, so what are you waiting for?! Go play South Africa Lotto online!

$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!

If Lotteries Were Superheroes

The UK National Lottery is holding a super draw every Wednesday in May! The superdraw includes the regular jackpot, plus a guaranteed £1 million prize draw winner, and 50 Lotto raffle winners who will take home £20,000 each! Play UK National Lottery online for your chance to be a super winner!

From the EuroMillions Superdraw to the Canada Lotto 6/49 Superdraw to the UK National Lottery Superdraw, it seems like lotteries are the new superheroes. Winning a lottery jackpot would certainly be as life-changing as getting saved by Superman — and with the millions you win, you could buy your own Batmobile. If there were a Superhero lottery universe, which well-known superhero would each lottery represent?

Captain America – Mega Millions

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Born to an immigrant family in 1920s New York, Steven Rogers transforms from humble beginnings to a super soldier defending his nation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt even presents Captain America with his trademark shield. Mega Millions is equally as patriotic and beloved by the American public and beyond; for decades, millions of lottery fans across the States and globe have been dreaming of and admiring its huge jackpots and strong secondary prizes. With the world’s largest lottery jackpot on record — $656 million — Mega Millions deserves to be named the Captain America of lotteries.

Batman – New York Lotto

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Gotham City’s ultimate crime-fighter is our choice for Gotham’s official state lottery. New York was the second US state to establish a modern lottery association when it began in 1967. Batman is America’s second oldest superhero, debuting in May 1939; Superman is the first with an appearance in 1938. Batman is sleeker, more sophisticated, and far edgier than Superman. He embodies the spirit and sass of New Yorkers and their hometown New York Lotto is one sleek lottery to play. With a jackpot record of $65 million set in 2007, New York Lotto is not to be underestimated!

Thor – EuroJackpot

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Thor is the son of Odin, a Norse god. Odin wipes Thor’s memories of being a god in order to teach him a lesson in humility; Thor is transformed into a medical student named Donald Blake. He goes on holiday to Norway where several odd things happen, including an alien encounter. He runs from the aliens into a cave and finds a walking stick that is actually the Hammer of Thor. He strikes the stick against the cave and transforms back into Thor. EuroJackpot is the baby of European lotteries, founded in 2012, but it has risen dramatically to become a powerhouse this year. EuroJackpot got out its godlike hammer and reached its jackpot cap of €90 million for the first time in its history! Keep your eyes on this youthful lottery — it has many exciting things in its future!

Superman – US Powerball

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Superman is America’s classic superhero and US Powerball is America’s classic multi-state lottery game! Since its first draw in 1992, Powerball has been doing great things for the citizens of the United States, just like good ol’ Superman. Lottery revenues have funded education and arts projects, along with other projects benefiting communities around America. You could say that playing the game is a bit like fighting for truth, justice, and the American way! With a $40 million starting jackpot amount, Powerball’s lowest jackpot is higher than many lotteries’ jackpot records. Super-sized jackpots for a super-sized hero!

Wolverine – Canada Lotto 6/49

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Wolverine is one of Canada’s first superheroes, so of course Canada Lotto 6/49 is going to have to get its claws out! Wolverine’s (aka Logan) first super gig is with the Canadian government, but he soon becomes disillusioned and joins the X-Men. Wolverine is a force to be reckoned with just like Canada Lotto 6/49. It’s a lottery with super-strength — seven prize divisions, one guaranteed CAD$1 million raffle winner with every draw, and no jackpot or rollover cap!

Of course with jackpots worth millions, playing the lottery is a super fun and exciting activity even without superpowers or a cool cape (though if you have a cool cape, by all means wear it while you pick your favorite numbers!). Keep playing with theLotter and may super luck be with you!

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
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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
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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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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!