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Wondering which lotteries give you a chance to win a spectacular amount? Here are 10 of the world’s biggest lotteries and the characteristics that make them unique.
The 10 World's Biggest Lotteries:
Power Ball is as big as lotteries can get. In 2016 it became the game that offered the biggest jackpot in the decades-long history of lotteries. Curious about the amount? It was a mere 1.5 billion dollars.
The winners came forward to claim the massive sum about a month after the win was announced. Maureen Smith, 70, and her husband David Kaltschmidt, 55, won half of this amount. The other half went to John and Lisa Robinson.
Powerball is a US lottery available in 44 states. International players are now lucky enough because they have a chance to participate and win. The guaranteed minimum jackpot is 20 million dollars. To win, players have to choose five numbers from a pool of one to 69 and a Powerball number from one to 26.
There’s also a Power Play option that increases the size of prize tiers other than the jackpot. Thus, even if you don’t win the biggest amount, you still have an opportunity to get your hands on a juicy sum. Good luck!
US Mega Millions
Surprise, surprise – the world’s second biggest lottery also comes from the US. Mega Millions is another favorite of worldwide lottery fans because the jackpots are simply massive.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot in the history of the game is 656 million dollars. There were three jackpot winning tickets that split the sum after the March 30, 2012 drawing. Players in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland proved to be much luckier than everybody else in the US.
Just like Powerball, Mega Millions is now available for international players to try. The rules of the game are pretty simple – choose five numbers from a pool of 75 and one additional number from a pool of 15. While the odds of getting all these numbers right aren’t too impressive, the Mega Millions jackpot definitely justifies the efforts.
The third entry in the list comes from Europe. EuroMillions has started a worldwide craze due to the big number of massive jackpots that the game has handed out through the years.
A Portuguese lucky lottery winner became the winner of the most spectacular EuroMillions jackpot. The sum of 190 million Euro (201 million US dollars) fell on a lucky Friday, October 24 in 2014. Two other big jackpots went to EuroMillions lovers in the UK – a prize of 148.6 million euro and another one of 161 million euro.
This pan-European game has made millionaires across the continent. There have been 83 jackpot winners from France, 78 lucky people from Spain, 63 from the UK, 61 from Portugal and 27 from Belgium.
Today, you have the opportunity to test your EuroMillions luck regardless of your location. Tickets can effortlessly be purchased online and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to pick your lucky numbers.
Buongiorno Italia! You have also made it to the list of countries that have given the world some of its most spectacular lotteries. Italy’s contribution is called SuperEnalotto.
The game that’s been around ever since 1997 has players trying to match six numbers out of 90 to the ones for the respective drawing.
The largest jackpot in the history of SuperEnalotto is 177.7 million euro. The jackpot fell on October 30, 2010 after eight months of jackpot roll overs and no winner. The lucky ticket was purchased by a syndicate of 70 people who split the massive amount amongst themselves.
Apart from the great jackpot, SuperEnalotto comes with the so-called SuperStar optional pick. The SuperStar doesn’t have an impact on the jackpot, but it can increase the value of the lower prize tiers.
The Spanish national lottery is called La Primitiva and it’s recognized for some historic and pretty impressive jackpots.
La Primitiva is one of the oldest lotteries in the world – it’s history dates back to 1763. This was a royal initiative aimed at generating funds for the treasury. The format has changed, but the popularity of La Primitiva remains high in the country and the rest of Europe.
The biggest jackpot in the history of La Primitiva is 100 million euro and it fell after 25 weeks of roll overs and no winners. A single person from Barcelona scooped the entire, life-changing sum.
There’s a minimum guaranteed jackpot of three million euro – a wonderful perk that players have gotten to love and enjoy.
Just like EuroMillions, EuroJackpot is another pan-European game. It ranks among the biggest worldwide lotteries because of the numerous massive jackpots that have been handled through the years.
There’s a minimum guaranteed jackpot of 10 million euro and it can roll over to a maximum amount of 90 million euro. In order to win, players have to match five numbers from a pool of 50 and two additional numbers from a pool of 10.
EuroJackpot isn’t known solely for the massive jackpots. The game is also characterized by 11 additional prize tiers.
People in the UK are lucky because they can pick among EuroMillions and the national lottery of the country. UK Lotto is pretty impressive and it has quickly become a favorite among lottery enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.
All of the UK Lotto prizes are paid in the form of tax-free lump sums. Needless to say, this is a massive benefit, especially when it comes to larger sums.
The biggest jackpot in the history of UK Lotto fell on January 9, 2016. After a long period of rollovers, the jackpot had reached 66.1 million pounds or a bit more than 82 million dollars.
Brazil is famous for a lot more than its carnival. Mega-Sena lottery from the country has become recognized across the globe because of the excellent characteristics and large jackpots that it has to offer.
The biggest jackpot in the history of the game is 135.3 million R$ or approximately 43 million euro. There’s a minimum guaranteed jackpot that’s approximately one million euro.
Apart from the standard Mega-Sena drawings, Brazil has a special event called Mega da Virada. The drawing takes place on New Year’s Eve. The biggest Mega da Virada jackpot ever won is 263.3 million R$ or approximately 83 million euro.
El Gordo is a bit different from the other lotteries in the list because it takes place just one time per year. The Spanish Christmas lottery hands out massive prizes and is one of the most awaited Holiday events in the country.
Each year, El Gordo hands out one four million euro prize. There’s a 1.25 million euro second prize, a 500,000 euro third prize and a 200,000 euro fourth prize. Apart from the top prizes, there are seven additional tiers that give players a chance to win some money.
South Africa Powerball
While it’s not as impressive as its American counterpart, the South Africa Powerball deserves its place among the best worldwide lotteries. The reason? Excellent jackpots, of course.
The largest jackpot in the history of the game is 102 million R, which is approximately 7.23 million US dollars. A very young guy in his 20s changed his life after getting all of the numbers for the respective drawing.
Beware of fake lottery scams
“You’ve won the lottery!” It’s something that many people want to hear. But sometimes those words come from scammers who are trying to steal your money. Some of those scammers have falsely identified themselves as being affiliated with Mega Millions. No representative of Mega Millions would ever call or e-mail anyone about winning a prize.
The scams take many forms and the scammers use many tricks. The criminals may contact unsuspecting consumers by email, telephone, mobile phone, or through social media sites, and tell intended victims they have won a large prize. They might identify themselves as being with Mega Millions or another legitimate lottery, even though Mega Millions is a game, not an organization.
Most recently, these scams use important-sounding names like “United States National Lottery,” “Mega Millions Mobile Lottery,” "USA UK Mega Millions Lottery," “Mega Millions Corporation” or “Mega Millions International Lottery” – these are all attempts to look legitimate in order to scam people out of their money. None of these so-called entities exist – again, Mega Millions is a game, not an organization. These scammers are fraudulently using our name and our logo.
These scams all have one thing in common: They try to trick you into sending them money or personal information by claiming that you have won a large lottery prize. They often target older people and have been known to wipe out victims’ retirement savings.
If the person is fooled into thinking he or she has won a prize, the crooks usually try to get the person to wire money for “taxes” or “fees.” They may also try to get the victim to provide them with a bank account number, which they will then clean out. Another trick is to send the winner a bogus “check” and ask the winner to send money back to cover expenses. It is only after victims have sent their own money that they discover the check they received is counterfeit.
Here are some tips that can prevent you from being scammed:
* If someone says you have won a lottery that you have never played, be suspicious. You can’t win a legitimate lottery if you didn’t buy a ticket.
* If you have caller-ID on your phone, check the area code when someone calls to tell you you’ve won. If it is from a foreign country, that is a red flag. Also, be aware that some con artists use technology that allows them to disguise their area code: although it may look like they’re calling from your state, they could be anywhere in the world.
* Be suspicious if an e-mail contains misspellings or poor grammar, or if the person who called you uses poor English.
* If you are told that you need to keep your “win” confidential, be suspicious.
* No real lottery tells winners to put up their own money in order to collect a prize they have already won. If you have to pay a fee to collect your winnings, you haven’t won.
* Just because a real lottery is mentioned does not necessarily make it a real prize. Someone may be using the lottery’s name without its permission or knowledge.
* Never give out personal information or send money unless you verify the company’s or solicitor’s legitimacy.
* If they offer to wire the “winnings” directly into your bank account, do not give them your bank account information.
* If you are told that you can “verify” the prize by calling a certain number, that number may be part of the scam. Instead of calling it, you should look up the name of the lottery or organization on your own to find out its real contact information.
* If you think someone on the phone is trying to scam you, hang up immediately. If you engage them in conversation, your name and contact information could end up on a list that’s shared with other scammers.
The Federal Trade Commission has more information on fake lottery and other scams at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams. To file a complaint or get free information call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). If you have been the victim of a scam, contact your local police or sheriff’s office or state police.
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