This Saturday, May 11th is bringing yet another fantastic raffle! This got us thinking about how other Loteria Nacional draws compared. Check it out!
The next Loteria Nacional draw is right around the corner! The May Special Raffle takes place on Saturday, May 11th, with €84 million in total prizes and a premio especial of €5 million, players around the world will be competing for a share. There is also another Special Raffle on June 8th boasting €84 million in cash giveaways as well as a raffle on July 6th, which will feature €140 million in prizes!
Take a look at this infograph comparing the last 5 draws as well as the upcoming draw in June!
Use your iPad to win yourself a lottery fortune with the introduction of theLotter’s NEW iPad App! Join us as we take a look at Apple’s iProduct revolution and we’ll tell you how you can win the world’s most popular tablet computer.
It seems like forever since Apple rocked the world with the first iPod back in 2001. With its mechanical scroll wheel and 1,000-song capacity, the music player became an instant attraction for techies and music-lovers alike. At the time, there were two types of people – those who owned an iPod (showing off the now infamous white in-ear headphones) and those who wanted an iPod (sporting green faces full of envy).
If the original iPod was a phenomenon, the first iPhone had to be exceptional to compete with a relatively established mobile phone market. Launched in 2007, the iPhone combined a sleek shell, a large touchscreen display and smooth functionality to become an instant hit! A year later, the App Store opened and Apple had left its mobile competitors wondering where to go.
After the iPhone, Apple’s loyal fans eagerly anticipated ‘Apple’s Tablet’, and in 2010, the iPad was finally born. More than 300,000 were sold on the first day, and 3 million iPads had been bought within just 80 days!
We are now up to the fourth generation iPad and the App Store offers more than 800,000 Apps, but for lottery fans, Apple’s amazing story and millions of dollars of investment have led up to one very special moment: the launch of theLotter’s NEW iPad App!
theLotter has operated a convenient and secure online lotto service for over a decade. Players from around the globe can buy lottery tickets online for more than 40 of the world’s most popular draws and can check results for over 70 lotteries. Since February 2012, lottery fans have been able to do so directly on their iPhone. Now they can enjoy the latest lottery action on an iPad too, adding yet another dimension to playing it global!
To celebrate the launch of theLotter’s NEW iPad App, we are giving away two brand new iPad 4s. A raffle will be held on 1st May 2013, and every Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond theLotter VIP member will automatically be entered into the draw!
Check your theLotter account to see if you have the 201 or more VIP points that will make you eligible for a chance to win a beautiful iPad 4 just in time for summer. To boost your VIP points, simply play any of our great state, national and international lotteries, or refer a friend to theLotter through our Tell A Friend program to receive 10 VIP points and $25 in bonus money. Activate an old subscription and you will immediately receive 25 VIP points, or deposit funds in advance for 1 VIP point per dollar while ensuring that you can always play the biggest jackpots happening now!
It’s time for EuroJackpot to blow out the candle on the cake! EuroJackpot was born a little over a year ago and now boasts a ‘big kid’ jackpot of €34 million!
Europe’s third multi-national lotto held its inaugural draw on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland. An ambitious lottery from the start, Eurojackpot set its top prize at a €10 million minimum with a €90 million cap. Today, the EuroJackpot is speeding towards its cap with Friday’s jackpot worth €34 million –talk about growing up well!
As EuroJackpot prepares to blow out its single-candle cake, the lottery is celebrating its eight rollovers and an all-time jackpot high. Since it was created, EuroJackpot draws have had the potential to turn players into millionaires overnight, making more than 70 million players €300 million richer since last March. What kind of birthday cake could you cook up with all that dough?
This $1.3 million diamond cake (left), which is covered in silver ‘luster’ dust icing and 1,200 carats of diamonds, would be affordable. It weighs about 160 pounds and it can serve 320 guests at $3,125 per slice! Forget sharing one piece!
With 12 ways to win, there are lots of winning combinations in each EuroJackpot online draw. Players can still win big with smaller divisions throughout the 11 other prize categories. The bottom tier requires only two main numbers and one additional number for a pay-out. EuroJackpot’s €34 million prize has catapulted it all the way to a #3 ranking on the theBig – what else can the lottery wish for on its birthday?
This year, EuroJackpot is wishing for a wide array of winners from all over the globe and perhaps more participating countries to invite to its 2nd birthday celebration next year!
As this European lottery’s jackpots spike, so does its fan base and country membership. When it began, EuroJackpot started out with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy on board, and a year later the list has grown to a total of 14 countries with the addition of Croatia Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. Who will be EuroJackpot’s next guest?
Hot off the press is a lottery love story just in time for Valentine’s Day—a bright spot in the darkness of this February winter! An Arkansas couple leaves for a weekend away together and returns with fortune of over $1 million!
The Weavers (no relation to theLotter’s Austin Weaver, as far as we know!) of Stuttgart, Arkansas, spent a weekend north of state capital Little Rock on a fishing trip and came back to discover that they had collectively won over $1 million!
The pair reeled in a total of $1,050,000 with two chance lottery ticket purchases from a T-Ricks convenience store in the city of Pangburn on their way to and from Greers Fery Lake in north eastern Arkansas. Stephen Weaver bought a lucky “$1 Million Riches” instant ticket, and Terri Weaver opted for a “Taxes Paid” instant ticket worth $50,000.
Like most of us who find bad news easier to believe than the good, “I thought we were going to have to go do a lie detector test, and put our hand on the Bible,” Weaver confessed as he contemplated what he would say to lottery officials. Despite the big wins, the Weavers have modest plans for their cash windfall which include paying off bills and investing in a more comfortable retirement.
Some of last year’s biggest wins seem to have come from couples who have tried their luck together in the perfect metaphor for coupledom, which might make this the ultimate syndicate! Grab a partner and choose a lottery here!
In November 2012, when USA Powerball reached unprecedented heights of $588 million, a husband and wife duo from Missouri took home half of the record jackpot. The Hills of Dearborn came forward with their family in a press conference held in the high school gym where their romance began in the 1970’s. Today, the Hills are multi-millionaires many times over and share this good fortune with their family and community in the small town of 500 residents.
Earlier in the year we saw lip-locked pictures of the Bayfords from Suffolk, UK who took home the record-breaking EuroMillions £190 million jackpot in August 2012. The pair professed modest aspirations and the desire to keep their children’s feet on terra firma.
Can’t get away this weekend for a lucky fishing trip like the Weavers ? The perfect weekend couple’s activity is trying your double luck at the USA Powerball jackpot of $208 million together from home—from anywhere in the world! Click here to play, cross your fingers or hold someone’s hand—your luck may come in time for Valentine’s day!
Winning the lottery does not happen to ordinary people every day. However, it does happen to ordinary people all the time! Ordinary or extraordinary, for those who win big in the lottery, it is certainly an emotional experience that would challenge the most stoic and calm… There’s your movie!
Everyone loves a lottery winner story, but who says a lottery loser story can’t be dramatic too? Poor Richard is the slightly misleading title of a new French movie, Pouvre Richard, about Richard (who didn’t win the lottery) and his friend and colleague Omar (who did)! Set in a small village, it’s not long before the close-knit community finds out there is a winner in the vicinity, suspecting Poor Richard, as shy Omar shuns the spotlight. Will his anonymity survive? Will Poor Richard?
Pouvre Richard, which is released this Wednesday, is not the first appearance of the lottery in the movies and popular culture at large. In 1994, U.S. romantic comedy It Could Happen to You, starred Hollywood favourite Nicholas Cage as a New York City cop who offered to share his potential lottery winnings with a diner waitress, played by Bridget Fonda, in lieu of a tip. After winning $4 million, he stuck to his word and the pair become local celebrities as their lives change forever.
When it comes to television, the ins and outs of winning the lottery get the small screen attention. Reality shows, such as The Lottery Changed My Life, feature people like lucky Leroy from Michigan, who went from collecting food stamps to living the high life, as his son Jeff stays determined to turn his dad into the most eligible millionaire. Or Randy, a retired West Virginia sheriff who as a $79 million U.S. Powerball lottery winner, is more like Robin Hood than the Sheriff of Nottingham, in his desire to give back to his community.
Over in Australia, a faux-reality show called Winners and Losers was created as a TV-salute to popular Australian lottery Oz Lotto. The comedy drama features four lucky ladies who share an Oz Lotto jackpot, following them as they adapt to life as millionaires.
The lottery also receives international musical dedications in lyrics, think Alanis Morissette’s Ironic, and song titles, including Lottery by Electro artist Eric Solomon. Even band and rapper names pay homage to the lotto, such as The Lottery Tickets, an energetic group from Cape Town, South Africa, and Lottery, an up-and-coming hip hop MC hailing from Chicago, Illinois.
We know our fans love the lottery – in fact many of you love ALL the lotteries. Most look for the biggest jackpots, while some seek out the lottos with the best cost-benefit ratio. Below read some statistics prepared by UK National Lottery operator Camelot Group, to see the impact of winning the big one could have on your life.
Effect on Happiness
Winning the lottery allows people to fulfill dreams they never would otherwise get to see come true, to afford material goods that seemed out of reach, and to pay off loans and mortgages for themselves and their loved ones. Unsurprisingly, the majority of lottery winners (55%) are happier after a win than they were before. A paltry 2% of big lottery winners define themselves as less happy after their win.
Effect on Family Life
When it comes to how a family’s happiness increases, 58% or families are happier after a lottery win for a close relative. The myth that money causes strife between a husband and a wife can be put to bed, as an impressive 95% of marriages survive and thrive after a big lottery win. For co-habiting partners, an incredible 100% stay with their loved ones!
According to the lottery survey, 83% of winners distribute some of their new found fortune amongst family members, mostly to provide financial security and stability. Rather surprising is that only 17% of people related to someone who wins between $100,000 and $500,000 will ask for money.
Blood is thicker than water, and it seems friendships are more important than money, as 90% of winners who already had a best friend are still on good or excellent terms! That said, men are three times more likely to help out a less fortunate friend as women tend to select their BFF (Best Friend Forever) to spoil and treat.
Effect on Lifestyles
Winning the lottery tests those who claim ‘I’d give more to charity if I had more myself’. It turns out that 40% of winners actually do put their money where their mouth is, choosing one or more charities and increasing their contribution to the poor and needy. A similar amount (38%) will move house after a big win, with 75% of those moving from an apartment to a single-family home. Amazingly, 48% of people stay in their current jobs, and 45% start their own business.
Finally, 68% of lottery winners still play the lottery on a weekly basis, believing Lady Luck will visit again soon!
Apple launched iPhone5, British Princess Kate Middleton announced she was pregnant with a potential royal heir, and Barack Obama was chosen for a second presidential term. In 2012, the world was introduced to Honey Boo Boo and Fifty Shades of Grey, and Gangnam Style was the internet sensation that got everyone dancing. Most importantly, 21st December 2012 has come and gone, and despite doomsday declarations the Earth is still spinning away!
2012 was also an important year in the lottery world, with four major lotteries enjoying record-breaking jackpots and raffle-induced revelry. Yours truly, theLotter, celebrated its 10th Anniversary by offering amazing lottery discounts and launching a brand new site. Join us as we look back on 2012’s top lottery highlights and look forward to an exciting 2013 at theLotter.com
Record Lottery Jackpots in 2012
Mega Millions Fever
The USA Mega Millions is known for massive prizes. So, when a $363 million jackpot went without a winner in March 2012, every lottery fan and his mother wanted a piece of the rollover draw to follow. In just four days, the Mega Millions main prize jumped from $476 million, to $500 million, to $540 million, to $600 million, eventually ‘settling down’ at $656 million – the world’s largest ever jackpot!
On March 30th, it was announced that three lucky ticket holders, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, would each receive $218 million before taxes.
U.S. Powerball Prophecy
On 15th January 2012, lottery officials at the U.S. Powerball publicised an ambitious target of a $500 million jackpot by the end of the year. After a summer-to-autumn run of 14 consecutive rollovers, the popular USA lottery stood at $425 million, guaranteeing a new record. In the days that followed, lottery lovers, aware of Mega Millions’ four-day spike, took the U.S. Powerball to $588 million, proving the power of the Powerball profits as well as its prophets. A new personal best, the jackpot was split between two winners from Arizona and Missouri, on 28th November 2012.
As USA lotteries hit the headlines in 2012, Europe had a choice – to rest on its lottery laurels or stand up to be counted. EuroMillions has a jackpot cap of €190 million* (worth approximately $250 million) which, once reached, is only available for one draw and one rollover before it is distributed to second prize winners. The European lottery had just such a decisive draw on 10th August 2012, and one lucky winner finally won the first ever €190 million jackpot.
*New rules from 2012 meant that once the €190 million jackpot cap was reached, a new jackpot cap of €195 million was set.
Australia’s Oz Lotto on Race Day
In Australia, the first Tuesday in November is Melbourne Cup Day. The world-famous horse race is dubbed ‘the race that stops a nation’ as it holds the country’s attention and for many is a public holiday. On 6th November 2012, Australia’s Oz Lotto drew the affectionate comparison ‘the jackpot that stops a nation’, as lottery estimates put the main prize at over AU$100 million for a draw that this year coincided with the Melbourne Cup.
A strong finish catapulted the jackpot to AU$112 million, a new Oz Lotto and Australian lottery record that was split between three single ticket holders and an 80-person syndicate.
Raffle Lotteries in 2012
100 Olympics Millionaires
As the world tuned into the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the UK National Lottery had an extra special treat in store – the UK Millionaire Raffle would create 100 millionaires as part of the EuroMillions UK draw held the same night. British lottery fans had contributed €2.7 billion of lottery money to support the international sporting event, and according to the UK National Lottery, creating 100 millionaires represented a small token of their appreciation.
The Spanish Christmas Lottery celebrated its bicentennial annual draw on 22nd December 2012. Known locally as Loteria de Navidad, the world’s biggest lottery offered an incredible €2.52 billion in prize money and a guaranteed jackpot fund of €720 million for the second year running!
In case you missed it, catch up on how the city of Spanish novelist Cervantes got in the mood for some early morning celebrations here.
theLotter in 2012
theLotter’s 10 Year Anniversary
This year was a particularly special year for theLotter, as your favourite online lotto service marked its 10th Anniversary with special offers for customers new and old. We are proud to reach the milestone of running a secure lottery service for ten years, allowing lottery lovers from around the world access to the world’s biggest jackpots and the best lotteries. We are particularly proud of one theLotter player who joined us in April 2012, to win a $1 million second prize in the U.S. Powerball on only his fifth online lotto purchase from theLotter.
theLotter.com Looking Forward
With the next decade in mind, theLotter.com underwent a major makeover in 2012, with a revamped homepage and mega menu, streamlined sign in and deposit, and simplified navigation through your private account. We also added Russian lotteries Gosloto 6/45 and Gosloto 7/49, which have already proven popular with players.
Join the fun in 2013 with your choice of over 40 lotteries to play online, starting with Loteria del Nino on January 6th, a Spanish raffle lottery which has winning odds of 1 in 3 and guarantees 60 €2 million jackpot prizes and 60 €1 million second prizes!
What was your lottery highlight of 2012 and which lotteries are you looking forward to playing in 2013? Leave a comment below, like us on Facebook, and keep playing it global with theLotter!
theBig currently lists ten lotteries that have a jackpot of $20 million or higher, with some like Australia’s Oz Lotto and EuroMillions boosted by multiple rollovers. It is finally the week leading up to the world’s biggest annual lotto, the Spanish Christmas Lottery, known locally as Loteria de Navidad and worth €2.52 billion in prize money. In the ten days that follow, 50 millionaires will be made in the UK Christmas and New Year Millionaire Raffles.
Thanks to our friends at Spain’s Loteria Nacional, there is another little reason to smile that will arrive on the twelfth day of Christmas to set more than just 12 lords-a-leaping. His name is El Nino, or ‘the little one’.
In a country where weekly and seasonal lotteries are all about El Gordo, El Nino has a lot to do in just one draw to earn his place in the Spanish lottery calendar. He waits humbly for all the other super lotteries to share their wealth over Christmas and New Year, and on January 6th, the last day of the season of good will, shows just how generous a little chap he can be.
In fact, El Nino is more generous by percentage as the Spanish Christmas Lottery, giving back 70% of ticket sales in prize money. Both lotteries are played as raffles that use 100,000 five digit codes from 00,000 to 99,999. Loteria de Navidad copies each number 180 times, and the Little One makes 60 copies, with both then getting into the community spirit by dividing into ten decimos (shares) so everyone can join the party.
The philosophy of El Nino is that everyone, tall or short, should enjoy a win, little or large, and with winning odds of 1:3, he goes a long way to achieving this. Although the total prize fund does not match the Spanish Christmas Lottery, the Little One’s €840 million stash and €120 million in jackpot money dwarf many weekly draws.
El Nino also has a few extra tricks up his sleeve when up against the big hitters, including a second drawing that will decide 60 €1 million second prizes, as well as five figure prizes for being within one number either side of a winning code. Then again, El Nino has been helping people begin the New Year in style since 1941, almost half a century before Loteria de Navidad began its lottery legacy.
theLotter is proud to offer international access to both the Spanish Christmas Lottery and El Nino, worth over €3 billion between them. Remember to purchase your Loteria de Navidad tickets in time for Saturday’s draw, and stay up to date about El Nino with theLotter on Facebook.
Looking to experience some Christmas glee? Loteria de Navidad tickets are on sale now at theLotter! As the December 22nd draw date nears, lottery fans around the world are waiting with baited breath to see if they will win one of 27.5 million different prizes this holiday season. Select Loteria de Navidad – Spanish Christmas Lottery shares here.
Words alone cannot describe the rich 200-year history, huge prize pool and unbelievable winning odds that make up the Loteria de Navidad. The Spanish Christmas Lottery infograph below offers a new approach and a fresh take on the biggest lottery draw of the year!
For the first time ever, tickets for the biggest lottery draw of the year, Loteria de Navidad, are on sale at theLotter! The Spanish Christmas Lottery offers €2.52 billion in total prizes, 1 in 100,000 odds of winning a jackpot prize and €720 million in jackpot prizes! To celebrate this exciting lottery launch at theLotter, players are invited to purchase their Loteria de Navidad tickets at a special reduced rate for a limited time!
On December 22nd, 1808, Beethoven conducted and performed his fifth and sixth symphonies in front of a packed house in Vienna. On December 22nd, 1956, Colo, the first gorilla ever bred in captivity, was born in an Ohio zoo. December 22nd is Mother’s Day in Indonesia, National Mathematics Day in India and Spanish Christmas Lottery – Loteria de Navidad lottery desults draw day at theLotter!
Wondering how to purchase Spanish Christmas Lottery tickets at theLotter? It’s easy!
1. Choose one or more shares with your lucky 5-digit number.
2. Select the number of shares you wish to buy. Ten shares make up one ticket.
3. See a scanned copy of your shares in your theLotter.com account.
4. Receive automatic win notification and commission-free prizes!
Loteria de Navidad tickets are sought-out items in Spain and around the world – as they hold the promise of millions of Euros in prizes. Select your shares by December 7th and benefit from a special early bird discount. Enter to be one of the over 27 million players who will walk away winners after the raffle results drawing on December 22nd. Play the Loteria de Navidad here!
Imagine a lottery where the numbers have been drawn for exactly 200 years, the results are sung, the prizes are tax-free, and the total prize pool is €2.52 BILLION! The Spanish Christmas Lottery – Lotería de Navidad is all these things and more with the world-famous end-of-the-year draw taking place annually on December 22nd just as the holiday season is getting off the ground. Players can ring in the New Year as multi-millionaires with tickets to the Spanish Christmas Lottery at theLotter—coming soon!
Christmas has arrived early this year, and tickets for the Spanish Christmas Lottery will be on sale starting December 2nd so that theLotter players can get first dibs on the world’s richest lottery. This raffle has been one of Spain’s Christmas traditions for 200 years together with other national favourites which include dancing the Jota escorted by guitars and castanets, children filling their shoes with straw, and eating ‘turron’ almond candy!
The Christmas lottery draws 98% of the Spanish public to the enormous once -a-year event. You know a lottery is a real social institution when tickets start showing up on slippers and dresses!
Lotería de Navidad has hit home with the Spanish public and lottery fans worldwide with the unparalleled winning odds which make it Spain’s biggest lottery event. The Christmas lottery offers a €2.52 billion prize pool with winning odds beginning at 1:6.5. The highest prize available in this annual draw is €4 million, with an amazing 1:100,000 chances of winning the top prize – almost 1,165 times better than the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot!
Altogether there are 180 million Spanish Christmas Lottery tickets for sale and more than 27 million winning tickets are expected! How are so many winners possible for one lottery? Here is the simple math of it:
100,000 tickets known as ‘billetes’ or tickets are printed with a unique five-digit code
180 copies are made of each billete
A billete is divided into 10 shares called ‘décimas,’ and players can purchase décimas individually or opt for the whole billete!
100,000 billetes * 180 copies * 10 shares = 180 million décimas on the market!
In other words, ten winning décimas and 180 copies of this ticket make a total of 1,800 tickets eligible to claim the €4 million jackpot prize!
Last year, the Spanish Christmas Lottery’s winning odds managed to help an entire town. The 2,000 residents of a tiny town called Grañén found themselves €720 million richer after claiming all 1,800 jackpot prizes worth €4 million each!
The amount of tickets available for this raffle will be limited as the draw gets closer, so the sooner tickets are purchased before the December 22nd draw date, the better! The Spanish Christmas Lottery offers the potential to turn lottery lovers from around the world into this year’s Grañén!
Take part in Spain’s fastest growing Christmas tradition at theLotter, and buena suerte!
How lottery tickets play into the constantly changing role of a neighbourhood newsstand.
The neighbourhood newsstand is a constantly evolving space. What was once a kiosk brimming with newspapers, magazines and publications from far and wide in a smattering of languages has become somewhat of a convenience store on-the-go. As printed news becomes more passé and people turn to the internet to stay informed, newsstands have branched out and stacks of folded papers have been replaced with best-selling novels, an impressive variety of chewing gum and of course, lottery tickets. In fact, small kiosks have become even more colourful recently as they line their walls with lotto tickets – arguably the shops’ most popular items.
Newsstands operate with the goal of offering convenience and accessibility to local residents – stocking the
shelves with travel-size tubes of toothpaste and the top-selling “Shades of Grey” novels. While one South Florida kiosk-owner insist that niche magazines like “ShowBoats International” and “Shotgun News” still draw in customers, many newsstands have found lottery tickets to be their main sell.
In the US, most states now sell both US Powerball and Mega Millions Lotto tickets, in addition to at least one state-run jackpot draw and wide variety of scratch cards. In England, newsstand shelves are brimming with lotto tickets for the UK National Lottery, along with entries for multi-national draws EuroMillions and EuroJackpot lotteries. And with more lotteries and ticket options constantly popping up, the selection will continue to grow!
theLotter is the ultimate internet newsstand, offering up fresh supplies of industry news, lotto results and a plethora of lottery tickets from over 40 draws worldwide. While street-corner kiosks sell a variety of local lotteries, online lottery transcends state lines, borders and seas, allowing you to Play it Global.
As US states like Illinois start to sell lottery tickets via the internet and online lottery services like theLotter constantly broaden their already impressive varieties, it seems that lottery tickets, just like print publications, are more convenient and easily accessible online.
So, as lottery tickets are more and more destined for the digital world, the real question is…what’s next for the neighbourhood newsstand?
Mississippi is poised to be the 44th state in the United States to create a government-backed lottery.
Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is just about as far south as you can get in the United States. While the Gulf Coast is primarily known for its oil, Mardi Gras, and seafood, the region is also chockfull of exciting US State lotteries, including the Louisiana Lotto that boasts a “starting cash jackpot of $250,000 that keeps growing until it’s won!” and the Florida Lotto, which has produced a $106 million record jackpot!
Business and political talks have commenced, and a Mississippi state lottery might be thrown into the mix of US state lotteries in the near future. Mississippi would be the 44th state to launch a state-run lottery, joining all but one of its neighbouring states, Alabama, in holding a weekly d
The tiny state of Rhode Island pioneered the US state lottery movement, holding its first lotto results drawing on May 21, 1974. Since then, more than 80% of the 50 states have followed suit, launching a variety of lotteries, some boasting incredibly high jackpots, like California Super Lotto Plus, and others offering remarkable winning odds, like Indiana Hoosier Lotto.
Mississippi residents voted in favour of forming a state lottery back in 1992 and after two decades of waiting, the state is now aggressively pushing its formation. US state lotteries provide necessary revenues to state budgets, which turns into funding for education, recreational facilities and activities, and public parks. Each year, the existing 43 American state lottos bring in about $55 billion in combined revenues, and this money impacts state spending drastically.
Through the Great Outdoors Colorado Grants, the Colorado Lottery has both established and maintained public parks across the state for the past 20 years. Renowned nature photographer, John Fielder, has recently created a photo collection of the nature preservation state-wide to celebrate two decades of crucial lottery funding.
In Mississippi, lottery supporters hope to direct lottery profits directly to benefit public education. With the establishment of a Mississippi Lotto, residents’ precious lottery dollars would remain inside state lines, producing Mississippi Lottery millionaires and redistributing the revenues to state-funded projects.
As exemplified by the wide variety of US state lottery tickets, information, and results offered at theLotter, each American lotto draw offers its own unique twist on the traditional lottery structure, keeping players on their feet. Enter the lottery of choice and click here to check up-to-date lottery results for your favourite US state lottos!
Do you think that your country or state could use the excitement of a new lottery draw? Right now, new lotteries are popping up around the world – stretching from China to the Bahamas. Maybe your home country will be next!
People often wonder what they would do if they won the lottery.
Images of champagne bottles being corked, luxury cars and mansions usually feature heavily. However, a new survey has found that 64 per cent of Americans would live frugally after becoming millionaires.
The study was carried out by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin – a website that offers people money saving coupons – and it highlights how many individuals would see nothing wrong with being prudent with their lottery winnings.
Some 53 per cent would continue to use cheap stores for their shopping, 51 per cent would only pick up items on sale and 36 per cent would stay in their job. This may surprise some people, but is shows that individuals are determined to be sensible with their lottery jackpots.
Jackie Warrick, president of CouponCabin, said: “It’s easy for anyone to get swept up in the excitement of lottery tickets, but it’s important to be realistic.”
In terms of what people would spend their newfound wealth on, there were a lot of different responses. One person said they would take their whole family to Disney World, which would be a fantastic way to reward everyone.
Another individual showed their caring side by saying they would build a homeless shelter. By going down this route, it means millionaires can touch a number of lives with their good fortune.
One of the more popular responses was to buy a large RV and travel the country visiting family and friends. The freedom offered by not needing to worry about job security means that people would be able to really enjoy themselves on this type of trip.
The study also discovered that women are more likely to play the lottery then men, while the 55 and over age group is the most frequent player. Some 72 per cent of people would take the lump sum option over an annuity if they won big.
This research certainly provides food for thought, as it demonstrates how there is much more to winning the lottery than throwing a big party and dining in fine restaurants.
Everyone dreams of winning the lottery and spending $1 million.
But how many people have actually sat down and thought about what they would do with such a life-changing sum of money? One thing’s for sure, the age of a person will influence their plans.
Finance author Justine Davies told News.com.au that anyone in their 20s should be sensible if they receive a seven-figure sum. Paying off a mortgage, saving some of the money to bring up kids and funding a trip back to university are her three top tips.
Bruce Brammall, author of Debt Man Walking, said those who are a bit older should view $1 million as an opportunity. “It should be enough to obliterate your mortgage, which should be second on your list after clearing your dumb debt, including car loans and credit cards,” he added.
Mr Brammall said people should then make a series of investments in an effort to make their second, third and fourth million and then retire to live in style.
In terms of those who are already retired, there is plenty of scope for these individuals to enjoy themselves. Kerrin Falconer, who has 15 years financial planning experience, noted high on the wish list will be a few holidays to luxurious locations.
Some of the money can also be used to help out kids, grandkids and any friends who have been particularly supportive. Now people of all ages know how to spend the money, the big question is where can they win $1 million?
There are a number of lotteries that offer $1 million jackpots, including the New York Sweet Millions Lotto. Indeed, the second prize on the US Powerball Lotto is this amount. Another draw that could interest people is theOntario49 – one of the newest lottery draws available at theLotter.
Based on the same concept as the popular New York Sweet Millions Lotto, players will be given the chance twice weekly – on Wednesdays and Saturdays – to scoop a CAN$1 million fixed jackpot.
It offers favourable winning odds, sizeable and tax-free prizes and everyone has a one-in-54 chance of landing some money. All individuals have to do is choose which one of these excellent lotteries to enter.
The California Super Lotto top prize has climbed to a very tempting $20 million for tonight’s (September 12th) draw.
One of the most popular state lotteries in the US, it has handed out $27 billion in prizes since 1984. This includes $193 million windfall in 2002, which still represents the largest US state jackpot ever.
The top prize has not been claimed since July 25th, when one lucky person got their hands on a $15 million jackpot. Because of this, there is a lot of hype surrounding tonight’s draw.
This fantastic deal is available until 23:57 GMT tonight so people can enter the lottery for less than usual. The California Super Lotto is currently fourth on theBig and it is the highest ranked US state lottery at present.
So all people have to do to win this life-changing sum of money is match five numbers from a guess range of 1 to 47 and one additional number from a guess range of 1-27.
In total, there are seven American state lotteries offered at theLotter – in addition to the US Mega Millions and US Powerball multi-state lotteries – the California Super Lotto, Oregon Megabucks Lotto, Florida Lotto, the Indian Hoosier Lotto, the New Jersey Pick Six Lotto, the New York Lotto and the New York Sweet Million Lotto.
As well as offering massive jackpots and great winning odds, these draws also give something back to the community, frequently providing funding for local public works and education projects.
One draw in particular that is always popular is the Oregon Megabucks Lotto. Currently ranked at number two on theSmart, it offers a mixture of competitive winning odds and impressive jackpots.
Held three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – the record jackpot for the lottery is a $30 million.
It is obvious to see why US state lotteries are so enduringly popular, as they offer individuals a great chance of winning massive amounts of cash.
Choosing the best lottery to enter can be a very tricky decision.
People need to weigh up the relative merits of every draw before spending any money. However, at the moment, there are three lotteries putting their best foot forward – and they all feature on theBig and theSmart.
The US Mega Millions Lotto, Australia Powerball Lotto and New York Lotto are the most dynamic lotteries in the world currently, as they have a perfect combination of offering a big jackpot and a good cost-to-benefit ratio.
This is sure to leave plenty of people interested in these lotteries as they look to land a life-changing sum of money. But, what goes into drawing up these two lists?
Visit theBig page to see the list of the largest lotto jackpots from around the world. These jackpots are then placed in descending order – factoring in different currencies – to leave people with an easy guide.
Similarly, the Smart is a resource that highlights the lottos that offer the best lottery odds, according to their cost-to-benefit ratio. It considers the size of the jackpot in relation to the taxes a winner has to pay, the odds and the price of the bet.
A massive $120 million is the top prize on offer from the US Mega Millions Lotto and this is good enough to see it first in theBig and ninth on theSmart. However, this draw is no stranger to giving over nine-digit sums of money, with $337 million handed out last month.
The Australia Powerball features regularly on theSmart, as it offers a tax-free jackpot and has favourable winning odds. It is currently placed third, while a series of rollovers have seen the prize fund rise to AUS$15 million ($15.5 million) and seventh place on theBig.
One of the most attractive state lotteries in operation, the New York Lotto jackpot stands at $12 million, which is good enough for tenth place on theBig. It also places seventh on theSmart and all people have to do take claim the cash is match six numbers from a guess range of 1-59.
So, the only dilemma facing people is which one of these great draws will they enter?
Going on holiday is one of the most relaxing experiences a person can have.
However, imagine coming back from a break to discover you are C$25 million richer. This is what happened to Lesley Vickars, as the lady from British Columbia (BC) was on a trip when she won the Canada Lotto Max draw on August 24th.
After returning from a holiday in Scotland with her husband and three grown-up children, the bookmaker was shocked when she checked the lottery results drawn while she was away.
“I was at the mall exchanging cash before we left on vacation when I bought the tickets,” explained Vickars. “I didn’t think about them again until we got home. I hadn’t even realised that a winning ticket this large had been sold in Burnaby.”
Now Ms Vickars can look forward to her whole life becoming a holiday thanks to the life-changing sum of money and her story highlights how people should always check their lotteries numbers.
The lady admitted the millionaire feeling has yet to sink in and she does not know what she is going to do with her winnings yet. Her C$25 million windfall was part of a C$50 jackpot, with the other half being scooped by a person from Ontario.
Since the launch of Canada Lotto Max in September 2009, players in BC have taken home more than $400 million in prizes, with eight major jackpots counted among them.
Although Ms Vickars has yet to decide if she will stay on in her job, one person who is going to continue to work after winning the lottery is James Jess. Despite the fact he has taken home $3 million on the New York Lotto, he has no plans to retire.
Mr Jess said he appreciates that life is going to be a bit easier thanks to the money and he has chosen to receive the cash in 20 annual installments of $150,000. However, the 62-year-old said he is willing to revalue his plans in one year.
Not everyone is likely to share his enthusiasm for going back to his day job, but the man deserves to be admired!
With kids heading back to school, it is important to consider the positive impact that lotteries can have on education.
Lotteries around the world do much more than just make dreams come true, as a number of them give significant backing to the local school system.
For example, the California State Lottery Act sets out how money from the California State Lottery provides funding for public education initiatives in the state.
Set up in 1985, over $25 billion has been given to public schools in this time period, which represents a significant investment. The focus of the project is Kindergarten to 12th Grade, as 76.71 per cent of overall lottery funds are directed here, with much of this money spent on attracting and retaining teachers.
Anyone who has bought a Virginia Lottery ticket in the past knows it comes with a tagline that says ‘Helping Virginia’s Public Schools’. Indeed, more than $5 billion in lottery proceeds have gone on public education in the last 24 years, which works out at around $450 million annually.
The Oregon Lottery has been handing over 59 per cent of its total funds to education programmes since 1995. The money is distributed into four areas within the system: the Education Stability Fund, the State School Fund, colleges and universities and bonds. The Department of Education and Oregon University Systems is responsible for the administration of all allocations.
But it is not just US lotteries that provide financial backing for learning. The Big Lottery Fund gives out millions from the UK National Lottery every year to various good causes.
Some £155 million was contributed to the Children’s Play initiative, while £40 million has been handed over to support the Family Learning programme – which focuses on education and increasing skills and knowledge.
A series of country-specific schemes have also been supported by the Young People’s Fund, which has received over £200 million to date.
As can be seen, there is much more to lotteries that just handing out massive jackpots. Indeed, they are a positive force for change and ensure many kids get access to a first-class education.
The Italy SuperEnalotto is one of the most well-known lotteries and one that gets many Italians excited. In October 2010, the top prize rose to an astonishingly high €177 million after a series of rollovers, while €147 was paid out in August 2009.
Indeed, on August 30th one lucky ticketholder got their hands on €12 million after matching all six numbers in the Italy SuperEnalotto draw.
With this kind of money, people could really spoil themselves. Among the items they may consider buying are the world’s first cappuccino maker, or a mansion next to Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney onLake Como.
The Spain El Gordo Lotto is another excellent draw. No one managed to scoop the jackpot from the last draw (September 2nd) and so the top prize has ratcheted up to €25 million.
This places it fifth on theBig and means it is offering the largest jackpot of any national lottery in Europe at the moment.
Germany Lotto is also reaching something of a milestone today, as it is now 47 years old. A €12.2 million top prize was handed out on Saturday, which is a fitting way to mark the anniversary.
The Germany Lotto has the exact same format as the UK National Lottery, whereby people have to match six numbers from a guess range of 1-49. All prizes are paid in one cash lump sum and are tax-free, with the record jackpot standing at €43 million.
As is clear, all three of these national lotteries are strong and offer players a fantastic chance of winning a life-changing sum of money. However, where Spain also offers individuals the opportunity to play the EuroMillions, Italy has remained resolute with its suite of national lotteries, SuperEnalotto, SiVinceTutto and SuperEnalotto SuperStar.
And with the SiVinceTutto sitting sixth on theBig at the moment, it is easy to see why!