One of the wonders of the internet is that lotteries can now be played online wherever and whenever you want. It has made lotteries accessible across the globe, offering international jackpots to all those who dream of that rags to riches story. Buying online lottery tickets falls under online gambling and with legalities varying from country to country, it is best to check your local laws regarding international lotteries and also what the tax would be should you win.
Websites who sell international lottery tickets are not affiliated with the lottery companies themselves but rather act as a sort of middle man; a bit like your brother buying a ticket on your behalf. Although MegaMillions is offered internationally via certain websites, their official site states that: “Mega Millions is not affiliated with and does not endorse any company claiming to sell our tickets around the world, online or otherwise. If you choose to do business with one of these companies, you do so at your own risk.”
If you live outside the US and would like to buy a MegaMillions lottery ticket then your best bet would be to find a reputable website before doing so.
The MegaMillions jackpot is won by matching all six winning numbers to the numbers on your ticket. Jackpots start at $40 million and grow by a minimum of $5 million per rollover. Should you win the jackpot, you have the choice of an annuity or cash option. The annuity option is where you get one immediate payout followed by 29 annual payments. Each payout is 5% bigger than the previous one in order to protect the winner from inflation. The cash option is a one-time lump-sum payment that is equal to the total amount of cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night.
So far this year, the MegaMillions lottery has made four lucky winners into multi-millionaires!
The first win of 2018 was on 5th January when $451 million was won by one ticket holder and claimed by a trust called Secret 007 LLC. As it turned out, the full jackpot was won by 20 year old Shane Missler from Port Richey, who set up the trust with the help of his family, revealing his identity only after claiming his lump sum payment.
The second MegaMillions lottery winner was Richard Wahl of Vernon, New Jersey who won a staggering $533 million on 30th March 2018.
The next lucky MegaMillions jackpot winner was crowned on 4th May 2018. The jackpot total of $142 million was claimed by the ABC XYZ Trust, who walked away with $60 497 043 after choosing the lump sum payout over the annuity. The winning ticket came from Fat Daddy’s in Moraine, Ohio.
The last recorded MegaMillions jackpot winner this year was actually an 11-member Santa Clara County office pool from a financial firm! The 11 lucky winners won the jackpot of $543 million but all agreed that they would not retire early as they loved the company for which they work and would instead use the money to help pay off mortgages and fund their kids’ college tuition.
2018 has already seen many ordinary people walking away with MegaMillions’ jackpots, forever changing their lives. Perhaps you could be the very next MegaMillions Jackpot winner for this year…
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