The lottery can be a life-changing experience. But it can also come with a host of negative consequences.
For example, winners often face a greater risk of bankruptcy and can be stalked by scammers or robbed. A number of jackpot winners have also been killed.
Powerball is one of the most popular games in America and offers life-changing jackpots. It’s played in 45 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The game is based on the chance of winning by matching five numbers plus a Powerball number. The winning numbers are drawn from two ball machines, one containing white balls and the other with red Powerballs.
For just $2 per play, players can win big by matching all five numbers and the Powerball. The Powerball prize increases with each rollover, and players can multiply their winnings up to 10 times with the PowerPlay feature.
There have been several large jackpots won by Powerball players over the years, including a record-breaking $2 billion prize in November 2022. Some lucky winners have taken the cash option and others have chosen to take an annuity over 30 annual payments, according to Powerball’s rules.
Mega Millions is a popular lottery game that offers a jackpot worth up to $1.5 billion. It is played in 45 states, along with the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
The game is played by picking five numbers from a set of white balls, which are randomly mixed together in two machines. Players must match all five white balls to win the top prize.
Since its inception, Mega Millions has produced more than 33 million winners, including 68 winners who took home $1 million or more, the lottery said.
One of the most recent Mega Millions wins was from a single ticket purchased in South Carolina. It was the largest jackpot ever won in that state and it came at a time when the game was still chasing the $1.5 billion Powerball record.
Lotto 6/49 is one of Canada’s most popular national lottery games. It was launched in 1982 and is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC).
The game has two parts, the Classic Draw and the Gold Ball Jackpot. The Classic Draw features a fixed CA$5 million jackpot plus six other ways to win.
Players select six numbers from a range of 1-49, with a prize ranging from CAD$100 for matching all six digits to CA$1 million for a seven-number match. The odds of winning are 1 in 13,983,816.
The game also offers the opportunity to win a guaranteed CA$1 million in the Gold Ball Jackpot, which is drawn after the main draw. To purchase tickets, you can visit your local lottery store. You can also play online. To find out more, check out your province’s lottery website. The next Lotto 6/49 draw is on Wednesday, 14 September 2022. Watch the results. CLICK HERE to view the winning numbers for Canada’s Lotto 6/49.
Cash4Life is a multi-state game that costs $2 per play and includes a top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Drawings are held daily at approximately 8 p.m.
There are two ways to play Cash4Life: You can choose your own numbers or use Easy Pick. Either way, you’ll need a playslip to tell your clerk which options you want.
In addition, there are several optional plays that will increase your chances of winning. You can add EZ Match, which costs an additional $1 per play, or buy tickets for a future draw date.
Cash4Life winners have a choice of a lifetime annuity, which provides pre-tax annual payments, or a lump sum option, which allows them to receive the full amount in one payment. Rules vary by state; for example, a ticket purchased in Florida whose winner prefers the cash option must claim within 60 days of the drawing.