Powerball fever is back, Canada!
While it might not be the mammoth $2.1 billion CAD jackpot that swept the world back in January 2016, the lottery currently sits at $510 million USD, or $645 million CAD.
And while Canadians are eager to take their chances and play the half-a-billion-dollar Powerball, not all can afford to cross the border to get tickets in the US.
There are some rules when it comes to being Canadian and playing, like how players must collect any winnings in the State where their tickets were purchased, and that Canadians can’t physically enter the US with lottery tickets in their possession.
That said, Canadians can still “purchase a Powerball ticket… play the game and… collect prizes,” according to the official Powerball website. And “you do not have to be a [US] citizen or a resident to play the game.”
So how can Canadians play?
The easy solution is using the services of theLotter, the leading online ticket purchasing company. They use local agents in the US to buy official lotto tickets on behalf of customers from around the world. The website charges you a transaction fee and in return you get a scan of any ticket bought before the draw.
And no, commissions aren’t taken from winning tickets.
The system works, as can be seen from this story about a man from Iraq who won an $8.3 million CAD jackpot in Oregon – all without ever leaving home.
Baghdad resident M.M. had been playing lotteries at theLotter for only a few months when he decided to take a chance at winning the $6.4 million USD ($8.3 million CAD) Oregon Megabucks jackpot in August 2015. Shortly after the draw took place, he received a call from a customer service representative at theLotter informing him of his amazing jackpot win.
“I was in shock,” he said.
The Iraqi’s lottery win was such a unique story that it was reported in the New York Times, the Daily Mail, NBC, CNN, and Associated Press. All publications noted that it was perfectly legal for foreigners to win American lottery prizes by purchasing official tickets online at theLotter.
Like thousands of other Canadians, P. from Quebec started playing lottery online with theLotter when the US Powerball offered its record jackpot. Luckily for P., he continued playing Powerball in the following weeks and ended up winning the $1 million second division prize in the draw on February 27, 2016.
“We’re in Canada and it is hard to buy tickets from the States,” P. said, noting that he was extremely pleased that he had discovered theLotter.
Players are impressed by how easy it is to purchase official lottery tickets online and they have come to trust the purchasing services of theLotter. Over the years, theLotter has paid out over $58 million in prizes to more than three million winners from across the globe. Players can purchase tickets to the world’s biggest lotteries, including the Mega Million, EuroMillions, the Italian SuperEnalotto, the EuroJackpot and more.
With the Powerball jackpot currently at $510 million USD and growing, Canada’s avid lottery players undoubtedly share dreams of lottery riches.