Does the USA Lotto work

Lotto in the USA

Excited waiting for the lucky numbers to be drawn is something that is also known in the USA. There, however, playing the lottery has a slightly different dimension than in this country. It is not uncommon for the lottery jackpots in the USA to reach dizzying heights. The most popular lottery variants in America are called Powerball and Mega Millions. The tickets can be bought anywhere, for example in supermarkets or at gas stations.

Powerball, America's Lotto

The Powerball lottery is offered almost all over the country, the draws take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Participation costs $ 2 per game. First five numbers are drawn from a drum with 69 white balls. Then comes the actual Powerball, one of 26 red balls. If all the numbers match those on the ticket, the player can look forward to a huge win in any case, because the jackpot is guaranteed to be worth at least 40 million dollars. In fact, however, it is usually significantly higher, because for every draw without a main prize, at least 10 million are added. This is how the huge jackpot sums come about, which occasionally make headlines around the world - in June 2016, three tickets shared the incredible winnings of almost 1.6 billion dollars.

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Second chance with Mega Millions

Powerball's draws aren't the only chances of multi-million dollar lottery winnings in the US. The Mega Millions lottery is also played on Tuesdays and Fridays. The player chooses five out of 75 numbers in the main field and one out of 15 for the so-called "Mega Ball". Mega Millions can be played in 44 of the 50 states, and a game costs one dollar. With this, the participants buy the chance of the jackpot, which is worth at least 15 million dollars. Similar to Powerball, the jackpot sums continue to rise indefinitely at Mega Millions if the main prize is not won, the record stands at 656 million dollars.

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