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In U.S. Games This Week, Powerball Tops $200 Million; Mega Millions Clears $100 Million

We’re on another double run, folks.

Powerball this Wednesday at 11 a.m. E.T. tops $200 million as a jackpot.

Mega Millions has run up to more than $100 million in Tuesday night’s game.

Are you ready to take a chance?

Odds for both games ridiculous. Crazy.

But you know what? Someone somewhere always eventually wins. Someone beats the odds.

Keep that in mind as you think about whether or not to play.

We don’t advise betting the mortgage money or food money or rent money on the game. Be smart.

But it’s worth a shot.

My book (still available on amazon…OH right, I need to update it)… tells stories of folks just like you who won. And sometimes in the craziest ways.

I’m not shilling for my book by the way. It is out of print, so I don’t make ONE PENNY if you buy it.

But it is a fun read. As intended.




California Player Has the “Power”: Wins $785,000

As she scanned a handful of California Scratchers® tickets in late July, it wasn’t looking good for Denice Harvey – literally! “I’m blind, I can barely see,” the Manteca resident said half-jokingly with a laugh.

“I was scanning my [tickets] and I kept seeing, ‘Sorry not a winner.’ But then I got to my [Powerball] ticket [from the July 30 draw]…”

Harvey could tell the wording on the Check-A-Ticket screen for that Powerball ticket looked different than the others. So she asked a clerk at the convenience store in Oakdale (where she stopped for a cup of coffee) to please have a look. “I was telling him that I think I won a dollar. So Read more

Florida Resident Visits Friend in Virginia, Wins $100,000

While Brenda Volpe of Jacksonville, Florida, was visiting friends in Virginia, one of them had some sound advice:

“Gas is cheap in Virginia. You need to buy gas here.”

So Ms. Volpe stopped at Kangaroo Express on Major Graham Road in Max Meadows, along Interstate 81. Not only did she buy some of that cheap gas, but she also played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

Her ticket ended up matching all five numbers to win $100,000

“It’s the best vacation I ever took!” she said as she claimed her prize.

Ms. Volpe won the game’s top prize in the August 12 night drawing. The winning numbers were 3-16-23-30-31. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer Read more

Which Lottery Around the World is the Best?

I generally don’t like to run press releases…but I found this one fascinating.

What do YOU think here in the USA?

As the internet continues to make the world a smaller place, there are now plenty of sites which allow us to play on other lotteries around the world. But which one is best? Which offers the best value, has the highest jackpots or the best odds?

Following extensive research and analysis of 20+ world lotteries – their odds, payouts, jackpot sizes, player value, ticket sales and prices, a new site answers these questions and more.

Predictably, the largest jackpots are offered by the multistate or multi-country lottos such as the US Powerball and Megamillions, the Euromillions and Eurojackpot. The US Powerball dominates many statistics here with an average jackpot size of £180m and the largest ever jackpot of £1bn! The largest single country jackpots are found in Italy and Canada.

But big jackpots do not necessarily equate to good value. Some jackpots, for example, are much harder to hit than others. The jackpot with the longest odds, or hardest to hit, is Italy’s Superenalotto with odds of over 600m to 1! Much ‘easier’ is the Hoosier Lotto in Nebraska, where the odds of hitting the jackpot are a mere 1 in 9 million.

This analysis of jackpot sizes and odds though, only tells part of the picture. Player value and enjoyment is also determined by your chances of getting any win (win frequency) and also the percentage of ticket receipts that are returned to players as prizes (return to player or RTP). The meanest at doling out regular cash per ticket are the Australian Powerball and Florida Lotto, where you are likely to win something for only 1 in 70-80 tickets. Compare this with El Gordo in Spain or the two Canadian lottos where, on average, you get at least your stake back with every six or seven tickets you buy.

As for the amount of ticket revenues paid back in prizes, player value will depend on what size the jackpot is when you play, i.e. if you’re playing after many rollovers you face a much better ‘return’ than when the jackpot has just been reset at its minimum. Luckily, at they’ve done all the maths here too. The average RTP or return to player (across all jackpot sizes) of the Hot Lotto and Ozlotto is less than 50% of sales, for example.  In contrast, the Megamillions and California’s Superlotto Plus pay out on average more than 70% of ticket receipts to players.

So, which is the best lotto around the world? Well, a bit depends on what sort of lotto player you are. If you’re an all-or-nothing mega-jackpot hunter then you’ll probably favour the big multistate lottos. If you care more about regular payouts and are happy with a fighting chance at a modest $7m jackpot you’ll probably go for something like the 649 in Canada. If you’re a value seeker who only plays when a jackpot reaches real positive value (after taxes, annuity options and your chances of sharing a jackpot) then you’ll be more promiscuous! And the overall pick of the bunch at  The US Megamillions, but only just.

Source: Gaming Monitor Ltd

A Gem of a Prize: California Player Hits $1 Million Prize

Matthew Parks is a hard worker, a good son and a good father – and he’s also one of California’s newest millionaires after winning the top prize of $1 million on one of the California Lottery’s newest Scratchers® tickets, Lucky Gems.

Parks has two jobs and recently after leaving one of them, he stopped and bought two Lucky Gems Scratchers tickets. While eating dinner at home, he scratched the ticket, realized he won and yelled Read more

$5 Scratcher Leads to $1 Million for New York Player

Matthew Beidl of Troy, NY, said his winning experience began when he used a $5 prize from a Lottery scratch-off game to purchase another $5 scratch-off ticket. What happened next was anything but business as usual.

“I scratched the ticket in my car and saw the number 18 matched up and underneath it said, ‘Jackpot.’ I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said the new Lottery millionaire.

Beidl said winning $1,000,000 before breakfast made it difficult to focus on anything else for the rest of the day.

“I didn’t make it to work that day. I decided to go my mother’s house instead,” he said. “I needed someone else to look at the ticket because I just kept staring at it. I wasn’t sure if it was real Read more

U.S. Has Powerball, Mega Millions, the UK (and other countries ) Have Euro Milliions: $84 Million Winner Comes Forward in Wales

A £61,102,442.90 (about $84 million in US dollars) jackpot was scooped by the Davies family from Monmouthshire, Wales.

They are sales executive Stephanie Davies, 23, her mum Sonia, her partner Keith Reynolds (who were on holiday in Florida at the time) and sister Courtney.

Amazingly, Sonia had just had life-saving surgery just days before they discovered they were rich beyond their wildest dreams.

U.K. Player Bets on U.S. Powerball, Wins $1,000,000

A lucky player in the UK has scooped a massive $1.1m (£840,000) prize after betting on the US Powerball game by participating in the World Lottery Club, the online secondary lottery service run by Annexio in the Isle of Man.

This is not readily available to U.S. players, by the way. [Although it should be.]

The man, aged 30, who has not been named, lives in the Bolton area and would have been in line to pick up an incredible $332m if he had matched one more winning number.

This enormous jackpot rolled over with a potential $478m (£332m) prize up for grabs at the Powerball draw last Saturday. It was won by a ticket holder in New Hampshire.

Annexio’s World Lottery Club allows players to bet Read more

Powerball Draw on 7/30 is $478 Million, 8th largest in U.S. ever

Talk about getting high.

How does $478 million sound?

Worth a $2 bet?

Think about it: how much do you pay  every day for a cup of coffee? A Starbucks cup?

Granted, all you have to do is beat 1 in 292 million odds.

No problem.

You see…someone…is going to do exactly that. One day one draw. All it takes. And a lot of luck.

Now You Can Play the Lottery in Vietnam: Jackpot Worth $535,000 in USD

Remember when Vietnam… any mention of…referred to the war?

Now they’re Americanizing the lottery.

Vietnam’s first ever self-select lottery opened recently with a minimum jackpot of VND12 billion, or $535,000 in US dollars in Ho Chi Minh City.

The computerized lottery ‘Mega 6/45’ was introduced with that record jackpot eight times the highest prize in traditional Vietnamese lotteries.

The new lottery project is a cooperative effort between Read more

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