The winner the $533 million Mega Millions jackpot claims his prize!

Richard Wahl, 47, was the sole winner of a $533 million Mega Millions jackpot on 30 March. On Friday the 13th this lucky winner came forward to collect his astronomical prize at New Jersey Lottery headquarters. Wahl’s mammoth Mega Millions jackpot was the largest lottery jackpot won in New Jersey history and the fourth largest Mega Millions prize, ever.

Wahl chose to take his prize as a lump cash sum of $324 million rather than the full $533 million paid out in 30 payments over 29 years.

“It’s not only life-changing money for me, but I want it to be life-changing money for others: family, friends and people in need,” said Wahl at a press conference while collecting his prize. Watch the full press conference here.

Wahl continued to say that, “We’re a humble family and we’re going to keep our roots.”

He admitted that he plans to use some of his now vast fortune to fulfill his dream of rebuilding a 1963 Corvette. Wahl also plans to give generously to charity as well as help his wife’s family in Mexico.

Wahl is a production manager at a New Jersey food services facility and is not a regular lottery player. However, he says he was inspired to play Mega Millions after a co-worker pointed out that the humongous jackpot would be more than enough to set him up for life. He bought his winning ticket at a gas station in Riverdale, New Jersey. The owner of the station will get a $30,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

He chose his numbers using Quick Pick, which may be one of the reasons that he didn’t have to share his prize. Wahl himself assigns a different significance to his Quick Pick numbers being winners, “that’s why we believe it’s God’s plan.”

What’s your plan? The only way to win a lottery jackpot is to have a ticket. That’s where theLotter comes in! Play Mega Millions online today with an official lottery ticket for your chance to win a life-changing jackpot!

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10 Biggest American Lottery Jackpots of All Time

When you win the lottery, you become incredibly rich overnight! Even winning a second place prize in Powerball and Mega Millions will make you an instant millionaire. But, there are millionaires and there are millionaires. When jackpots roll over and grow to epic proportions, the winners become extremely wealthy, even richer than many celebrities!

10 Biggest American Lottery Jackpots of All Time

We’ve listed below the ten biggest American lottery jackpots of all time, counting down from tenth place to the world record jackpot prize. Are you ready to find your name on this list?

10. Anonymous – 30 July 2016, Powerball $487M

Lawyers for a New Hampshire family claimed the $487 million jackpot prize

Lawyers for a New Hampshire family claimed the $487 million jackpot prize on their behalf, saying that their clients wished to remain anonymous. The family chose to take the lump sum cash payout, which after taxes amounted to $256 million.

According to the attorneys, the family immediately announced that they would donate $100,000 to charitable causes, with plans to make additional contributions to charity in the future. The family’s attorney promised that the Powerball winners would do great things with their prize money.

9. Anonymous – 8 July 2016, Mega Millions $536M

Mega Millions $536M

A couple from Hamilton County, Indiana, nearly forgot they bought Mega Millions lottery tickets before they learned that they had won their $536 million jackpot prize. The couple, who chose to remain anonymous, went into the record books for winning the largest prize ever won by a single ticket in the Mega Millions lottery.

When the couple went online and saw the winning Mega Millions numbers announced, they realized that they matched the Quick Pick ticket they had purchased. The couple couldn’t believe what they were seeing so they restarted their computer in disbelief. The couple chose to take the one-time lump sum payment of their prize to receive a final payment of $271 million after taxes.

8. Anonymous – 6 January 2018, Powerball $559.7M

Powerball $559.7M

One of the first pieces of advice given to the winner of a huge jackpot prize is to sign the back of their lottery ticket. However, in the case of the winner of a huge Powerball jackpot prize in January 2018, that advice could end up being a curse. A woman from New Hampshire, said that signing her winning ticket was a “huge mistake”. If she had received proper legal advice in time, she would have signed the ticket with the name of a trust that would ensure her anonymity. According to New Hampshire Lottery regulations, the identity of lottery winners must be made public. The jackpot winner stated that she desires to protect her personal safety “and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.” The woman went to court in a case that has the potential to change lottery laws around the world.

7. Marie Holmes; TL Management Trust; & Anonymous – 11 February 2015, Powerball, $564.1M

Holmes was one of three winners of the $564.1 million jackpot

Mother-of-four Marie Holmes has not had the easiest life. She was raising her four kids as a single mother and was forced to quit her job to take care full-time of her son with special needs. Marie asked her mother to buy a ticket for her when the Powerball jackpot grew to an obscene amount. Her mother obliged and the rest is lottery history.

Holmes was one of three winners of the $564.1 million jackpot. She became the biggest lottery winner in North Carolina’s history. Holmes vowed to use the money for good causes. Since then Holmes has been in and out of the news for both positive and not-so-positive reasons as she used some of her millions to help out her church, and some of the money to bail out her boyfriend on a drug charge.

Another winner claimed their share of the prize as the TL Management Trust. The winning ticket was bought at the Appletree Food Mart in Princeton, Texas.

The last winner, a resident of Puerto Rico, remained completely anonymous. All three winners collected their prize as a one-time cash payout of $127 million each, which ended up being $87.9 million after taxes.

6. Matthew Good; & Mark and Cindy Hill – 28 November 2012, Powerball, $587.5M

 28 November 2012, Powerball, $587.5M

The Missouri winners of this epic Powerball win announced their big victory ceremoniously at the high school where they first fell in love in the 1970s. Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Missouri spent $10 on five tickets with random numbers, and in return they received a $192 million cash payout before taxes! These high school sweethearts made national news and put Dearborn on the map!

The other recipient of the huge jackpot, Matthew Good of Phoenix, Arizona, settled on the lump sum cash payment as well. Talk about living up to your name – obviously Good’s life will be good for a long time to come with his massive Powerball win!

5. Gloria C. MacKenzie – 19 May 2013, Powerball, $590.5M

Gloria C. MacKenzie - 19 May 2013, Powerball, $590.5M

Mindy Crandell was waiting in line at the Publix supermarket near Tampa, Florida, in front of Gloria MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Zephyrhills resident. Crandell decided quite courteously to let the woman go in front of her, not realising that giving up her spot in line would mean giving up a record $590.5 million lottery win! MacKenzie took her spot, bought a Quick Pick, and became the winner of what was at the time the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket holder. Remarkably, Crandell said she had no regrets and preferred to teach her daughter that kindness was more important than money.

4. Ira Curry; and Steve Tran – 17 December 2013, Mega Millions, $648M

Mega Millions, $648M

This huge jackpot was made possible largely due to major format changes made by Mega Millions in October 2013. When the new rules went into effect, they served to boost the lottery’s jackpot significantly. In this case, after a series of 21 rollovers, Mega Millions ticket sales went through the roof. It wasn’t even clear how high the jackpot would be in the final draw but the prize ended up being $648,000,000!

Two winners each earned a $324,000,000 share of the pot, worth $173,819,742.50 before taxes. The winning tickets were bought in San Jose, California, and Stone Mountain, Georgia. The first winner to come forward to claim the prize was 56-year-old Ira Curry, who chose the numbers based on family birthdays and the family’s lucky number seven, which was selected as the Mega Ball.

The California winning ticket was bought at Jennifer’s Gift Shop in San Jose by Steve Tran, who almost lost his ticket. Tran hadn’t even realized he’d won, since the winning ticket was in a pile of other old tickets that he’d neglected to check!

3. Merle and Patricia Butler; The Three Amigos; & Anonymous – 30 March 2012, Mega Millions, $656M

Maryland public school system employees who dubbed themselves "The Three Amigos."

Mega Million’s largest jackpot drawing ever (and world record at the time) was held on 30 March 2012. As the jackpot rose to epic proportions, players and fans began to wonder whether the prize pool would ever be won!

On the Friday after the win, the first of three winners claimed their $218.6 million share of the prize. Kansas law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, which was what this wise lottery winner chose to do.

At least the lotto world was able to semi-identify the Maryland winners, three Maryland public school system employees who dubbed themselves “The Three Amigos.” These American lottery winners — a woman in her twenties, another in her fifties, and a man in his forties — purchased a total of sixty tickets around the state, a $20 per person investment that ended up giving them each a huge return on their money! After splitting a massive $218.6 million, it’s safe to say that these amigos are probably each other’s richest friends!

The last winning ticket of this enormous jackpot belonged to Merle and Patricia Butler. The couple stayed up all night watching the news and surfing the internet to find out how people had won the jackpot. When word that the winning ticket had been purchased in their native town of Red Bud, Illinois, friends jokingly asked Merle if he was the winner. Little did they know! The retired couple came forward on April 18th to claim their prize’s cash option payout of $111 million after taxes.

2. Mavis Wanczyk – 23 August 2017, Powerball, $758.7M

Powerball was on its way to a second billion-dollar jackpot

It looked like Powerball was on its way to a second billion-dollar jackpot, but that was not to be. Even so, the winner of the draw on 23 August 2017 went straight into the record books! Mavis Wanczyk, a hospital worker from Massachusetts, was the sole winner of an incredible $758.7 million jackpot prize. This win set a record for the second biggest American lottery jackpot ever awarded. It was also the highest annuitized jackpot and cash value prize ever won by a single ticket.

Surprisingly, Massachusetts Lottery officials and Wanczyk held a press conference shortly after the draw. This was quite unusual as big lottery winners tend to retain their privacy as long as possible. Apparently Wanczyk couldn’t keep her jackpot win a secret!

1. WORLD RECORD JACKPOT! Lisa & John Robinson; The Nickel 95 Trust; & Marvin and Mae Acosta – 13 January 2016, Powerball, $1.58 Billion

WORLD RECORD JACKPOT - 13 January 2016, Powerball, $1.58 Billion

US Powerball made significant rule changes in 2015, which they hoped would give them a billion-dollar jackpot by 2020. Turns out they only had to wait a few months, not years, to see their billionaire dreams come true.

After more than two months of rollovers, the jackpot was climbing closer and closer to the $1 billion mark. It was utter madness around the world as millions of people clamoured to buy Powerball tickets off- and online. When the jackpot finally rose to $1.58 billion, the whole world held its breath in anticipation. On 13 January 2016, three tickets with the winning numbers — 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10 — made lottery history.

John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee were so excited, they just had to let the entire nation know that they were one of the fantastically lucky winners. John, an Air Force veteran, and Lisa, who works in a dermatology clinic, participated in a television interview before they even claimed their winnings!

The Tennessee Lottery confirmed that the pair was indeed one of the historic lottery winners and the couple claimed its unbelievable $528.8 million share at a lottery press conference. The couple brought along their daughter Tiffany and their dog Abby, who promptly fell asleep as they were handed their epic cheque. Lisa and John decided to take the lump sum cash option of $327.8 million before taxes.

Another $528.7 million prize was claimed by The Nickel 95 Trust. The trustee is Maureen Smith, 70, of Melbourne Beach, Florida. The Trust also chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment.

The final winning Powerball ticket belonged to Marvin and Mae Acosta from southern California. Unlike the other two winners, the Acostas waited seven months before they came forward to claim their third of the prize. The reason for the delay was that the couple had enlisted a team of lawyers and financial advisers to help handle this incredible prize.

Biggest American Lottery Jackpots – Can You Win One?

Winning the biggest American lottery jackpots is an incredible feat, and you’re probably envious of the winners! There is only one way to secure your place on our top ten list, and that is by playing the lottery! Choose your lottery and purchase your lottery tickets now!

American Lottery Multipliers – The Ultimate Guide

When you play the lottery, your main aim is to scoop the top prize, especially when we are talking about the American lotto giants Powerball and Mega Millions. But, there are certain features the American lotteries have that make the game wildly exciting, even past the jackpot. The American lottery multipliers certainly make the top of this list. These game enhancers can take your lottery winning to an entirely new level as they can make secondary prizes double, triple, quadruple…or even more. In this article, we are going to tell you all about American lottery multipliers. So, if you thought that the lottery couldn’t get any better, get ready to be surprised!

What Are Lottery Multipliers?

While the exact way multipliers work can be different from one lottery to another, one thing is sure: the role of a multiplier is to boost prizes. The most important thing you need to know about multipliers is that they are drawn separately from the main numbers. This feature is entirely optional, but it can give prizes an immense boost, which makes it an asset to the game.

What Are Lottery Multipliers?

How Do Lottery Multipliers Work?

Not only are lottery multipliers drawn separately, but all you have to do is to opt for this feature when picking your lotto numbers and purchasing the ticket. You do not have to choose the multiplier itself. Its value will be selected during the draw and this will define the prize increase it brings.

The Biggest Lottery Multipliers Out There

While there are several American lotteries to offer the multiplier feature, two of them have spectacular multipliers: the US Powerball, which has the Power Play option, and the US Mega Millions, which has the Megaplier. Read on to find out how to get the most of them, as well as to get acquainted with other American lottery multipliers.

What is the PowerPlay Option?

What is the PowerPlay Option?

Everybody wants to play Powerball for a chance to win the record-breaking jackpot in the game, but there is more to this amazing American lottery than its enormous first prize. From its $1 MILLION second prize and all the way to those hefty second, third, and up to ninth tier prizes, the US Powerball has so many reasons to keep players putting in their tickets. But all of these secondary prizes can get so much bigger with the Power Play multiplier. Let us tell you how! While the Power Play will not boost your odds of winning Powerball prizes, it can certainly boost the value of the prizes you won.

How the PowerPlay Works

  • You choose the Power Play option on your Powerball ticket.
  • During the official Powerball draw, the Power Play multiplier will be drawn from a range of 2 to 5.
  • The drawn multiplier determines how much the prizes are increased.
  • The $1 MILLION second prize can only be doubled for Power Play winners, regardless of the drawn multiplier.
  • The drawn Power Play multiplier will determine the number of times that all other secondary prizes (3rd to 9th tier prizes) are increased.
Divisions Match No Power Play Power Play x2 Power Play x3 Power Play x4 Power Play x5
1 5+ PB Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
2 5 $1 MILLION $2 MILLION $2 MILLION $2 MILLION $2 MILLION
3 4 + PB $50,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000
4 4 $100.00 $200.00 $300.00 $400.00 $500.00
5 3 + PB $100.00 $200.00 $300.00 $400.00 $500.00
6 3 $7.00 $14.00 $21.00 $28.00 $35.00
7 2 + PB $7.00 $14.00 $21.00 $28.00 $35.00
8 1 + PB $4.00 $8.00 $12.00 $16.00 $20.00
9 0 + PB $4.00 $8.00 $12.00 $16.00 $20.00

Power Play Winners

With so much at stake, millions of Powerball players go in with the Power Play option. And there have been countless Power Play winners who managed to boost their lottery prizes. But let us tell you about some of them who were lucky enough to match the five main numbers in the Powerball lottery, and who got to raise their prizes from $1 MILLION to a fantastic $2 MILLION.

Bill Aliff of New Castle – 2 MILLION – The New Castle player went to check his Powerball ticket as usual, without having much hope for a win. “I always thought people like me don’t win”, he said. The machine printed out two slips for his ticket. The first said that he couldn’t cash in more than $600 there, and the second said that he needed to go to the local lottery office because he had won a whopping $2 MILLION.

Michael Alston of Virginia Beach – $2 MILLION – Mike work up on Sunday morning and decided to check his Powerball numbers. But while he expected this to be part of his regular routine, he got the biggest surprise of his life. He said he ran upstairs, woke up his wife and they were both stunned to see that they had matched the five winning numbers for the Powerball. And since they went in with the Power Play option, their second prize got as big as $2 MILLION. “It’s something you dream about all your life”, said Michael.

What is the Megaplier?

What is the Megaplier

Do you know all about the Mega Millions lottery? You might think so, but there is also the Megaplier! It works similarly to the Power Play multiplier in the US Powerball. Players who opt to play with the Megaplier have a chance to get a significant boost in the game because they have the chance to increase their secondary prizes tremendously. While the Megaplier does not apply to the Mega Millions, it will increase all the other prizes in the game, including the second prize.

How the Megaplier Works

  • You choose the Megaplier option on your US Mega Millions ticket.
  • The Megaplier will be drawn from a range of 2 to 5 during the official Mega Millions draw.
  • The Megaplier determines how many times the secondary prizes (2nd to 9th tier) are increased.
  • The Megaplier does not apply to the Mega Millions jackpot.
Divisions Match No Megaplier Megaplier x2 Megaplier x3 Megaplier x4 Megaplier x5
1 5+ MB Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
Min.
$40 MILLION
2 5 $1 MILLION $2 MILLION $3 MILLION $4 MILLION $5 MILLION
3 4 + MB $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000
4 4 $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000
5 3 + MB $200.00 $400.00 $600.00 $800.00 $1,000
6 3 $10.00 $20.00 $30.00 $40.00 $50.00
7 2 + MB $10.00 $20.00 $30.00 $40.00 $50.00
8 1 + MB $4.00 $8.00 $12.00 $16.00 $20.00
9 0 + MB $2.00 $4.00 $8.00 $10.00 $12.00

Megaplier Winners

Over the years, there have been numerous Mega Millions winners who have boosted their winnings with the Megaplier option, but we’d like to tell you about some of the biggest ones from the recent years. Their stories will show you just how important it is to tick that Megaplier box!

Gladys Salwedel – $5 MILLION – On October 27th, 2017, Gladys Salwedel of Oakly, Michigan won the second prize in the Mega Millions lottery, which made her an instant millionaire. But because Gladys ticked the Megaplier option, her prize got from $1 MILLION to a whopping $5 MILLION.

Linda Evans – $5 MILLION – Linda Evans from Virginia matched the five main numbers in the Mega Millions on the draw of December 13th, 2016, which earned her a $1 MILLION. But Linda remembered to Megaply, and it really paid off for her because her big prize was boosted to an incredible $5 MILLION.

Billy’s Bunch Syndicate – $5 MILLION – On June 21st, 2016, a syndicate of twenty men from a medical supply manufacturing company in Rhode Island have won a huge $5 MILLION prize in the Mega Millions. Each member of the Billy’s Bunch syndicate got a $250,000 share of the big prize and they all plan to retire within the following years.

Other American Lottery Multipliers

You might know be aware, but Power Play and Megaplier are not the only American lottery multipliers out there. Powerball and Mega Millions might very well be the inseparable brothers and impossible to conceal enemies, but when it comes to multipliers, they have some competition. For instance, Florida Lotto has the XTRA feature, while Oregon Megabucks has Kicker.

How the XTRA WorksHow the XTRA Works

  • You choose the XTRA option on your Florida Lotto ticket.
  • In the official Florida Lotto draw, one XTRA number from 2 to 5 will be drawn separately from the lottery numbers.
  • The drawn XTRA number (2-5) determines how many times the 2nd and 3rd tier secondary prize will be increased. The XTRA does not apply to the Florida Lotto jackpot.
  • If you guess 3 of the winning Florida Lotto numbers and win the 4th tier prize, the XTRA option will earn you a $25.00 prize regardless of the drawn XTRA number (5x the 4th Tier Prize, every time).
  • If you match 2 of the winning Florida Lotto numbers, the XTRA feature will earn you a Free Ticket in the Florida Lotto, regardless of the drawn XTRA number.

How the Kicker WorksHow the Kicker Works

  • You choose the Kicker option on your Oregon Megabucks ticket.
  • After the 6 Oregon Megabucks winning numbers are drawn, the Kicker is drawn from 2 to 4.
  • The drawn Kicker determines how many times (2, 3, or 4 times) your 2nd and 3rd tier secondary prizes can be increased.
  • If you match 3 of the winning Oregon Megabucks numbers, the Kicker will earn you a $4.00 guaranteed prize.

Why It’s Worth Playing with a Multiplier

If you are still not convinced that lottery multipliers are well worth your attention, then let us tell you exactly how they could improve your game and enhance your experience. These are the three main reasons to try multipliers today.

  • The minimal investment they require is greatly paid off in the prize increase.
  • The Megaplier and the Power Play multiplier can make the $1 MILLION second prize in the US Powerball and the Mega Millions jackpot-sized.
  • Lower-tier prizes come with lower winning odds because the amounts of the prizes are lower as well. But with the multipliers, these could reach outstanding amounts, which means that lottery multipliers can get you big prizes with lower winning odds.

So, what do you think? Are you going to try lottery multipliers for yourself? Do you want the chance to win bigger prizes for the same chances? If so, then don’t forget to Megaply when you play Mega Millions and don’t you overlook the Power Play option in the US Powerball because it could increase your prizes tremendously! Good luck!

Nataliia From Ukraine Wins $1 Million US Mega Million

Winning = Luck + Determination!

Guess what; we did it again! Nataliia is our latest millionaire at theLotter! She played US Mega Millions online and won $1 million! Winning knows no boundaries when you play online, as Nataliia just proved to the world! She was determined to win a life-changing prize and she never lost sight of her goal. Read on and get the whole, amazing story!

Nataliia From Ukraine Wins $1 Million US Mega Million“I won this prize…then a week later I had a birthday!”

Winning $1 million has to be the best birthday present, ever! Being a millionaire at the young age of 24 means Nataliia will have reason to celebrate for years to come! “I have three mortgages and I just want to pay them off so I don’t have to pay them every month.” While Nataliia is still quite young, she has a very mature outlook. She plans to use her winnings to pay off her three mortgages in full.

Behind the Scenes as Nataliia Receives Her Prize

Behind the Scenes as Nataliia Receives Her Prize

What does it sound like to find out you’ve won $1 million

Five Numbers That Won $1 MillionFive Numbers That Won $1 Million

Nataliia matched the five US Mega Millions main numbers correctly, 1, 10, 57, 66, and 75, to win her $1 million second prize! Had She also correctly guessed the Mega Ball, 4, she would have won the $15 million jackpot for that draw. As it turned out, there were no jackpot winners and two second prize winners, total, in the draw of 26 September 2017.

had subscriptions to US Powerball and EuroMillionsIf at First You Don’t Succeed…

Nataliia had a dream to be a lottery millionaire and she was determined to make that dream a reality. She started playing online with theLotter about two and a half years ago after finding the site and liking the clear and quick steps for registering and playing.
Since almost day one, Nataliia has had a subscription to Mega Millions using the Quick Pick numbers for each entry. By subscribing, She ensured that she never missed a draw, including the one that made her a millionaire!
Nataliia also had subscriptions to US Powerball and EuroMillions. There is no doubt that she was serious about winning and winning big!

Nataliia is a Gold Level – VIP and enjoys a 7.5% discount on all entriesSubscribe to Savings

Nataliia is a Gold Level – VIP and enjoys a 7.5% discount on all entries. Her winning subscription also came with every 10th ticket free. In short, Nataliia knew how to play smart and save money while chasing her big win!
Subscriptions and Multi-Draws are two ways that you can save on every entry while playing for a life-changing win of your own. Don’t forget about our VIP program! Discounts start at 2.5% at the Bronze Level and go all the way up to 20% at the Diamond Level, per entry!

Winning Happens at theLotterWinning Happens at theLotter

Nataliia is the first player to win $1 million playing US Mega Millions at theLotter. She joins H. from El Salvador, B.U. from the UK, P. from Quebec, and G. from Australia, who all won $1 million playing US Powerball, as the fifth $1 million winner at theLotter. In addition to our $1 million winners, we’ve had some incredible jackpot wins! Most recently, Aura D. from Panama won a $30 million Florida Lotto jackpot. M.M. became and international news story when he won $6.4 million playing Oregon Megabucks at theLotter…from Baghdad! London, Baghdad, San Salvador, Vienna, and more. It doesn’t matter where you’re playing from, you can win! Put your city on the winner’s map! Play now!

 

Powerball vs. Mega Millions – The Ultimate Lottery Battle

Never in the history of the lottery has there been a fiercer battle than Powerball vs. Mega Millions. These two games are the biggest in the United States and in the entire world because they have the absolute biggest jackpots in the entire market.

Powerball vs. Mega Millions – The Ultimate Lottery Battle

And the cut-throat competition between them that has made them the ultimate lottery games. In this page, we are going to tell you all about this thrilling cat and mouse game that the US Powerball  and the USA Mega Millions  have been playing, as well as all of the amazing things that came out of it. Take a look!

Powerball vs Mega Millions – The Jackpot Battle Royale

Ever since their humble beginnings, the US Powerball and the USA Mega Millions have had large jackpots, but this decade has seen both these lottery titans outdoing themselves. The competition between them has enabled them to raise the stakes for lottery games everywhere because the prizes offered by Powerball and Mega Millions have simply been larger than life.

In 2012, everything that any lottery fan could talk about was the enormous $656 MILLION jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery. This actually became the largest prize in lottery history, as nothing could come close to this gargantuan amount. With a world record at hand, the Mega Millions had the upper hand in its feud against the Powerball for quite a long time.

The Jackpot Battle RoyaleIndeed it took the US Powerball a few years to come back from this majestic blow that it got from the Mega Millions, but when it finally did, it was the hit of a lifetime. On January 13th, 2016, Powerball managed to do something that had seemed impossible in the lottery market beforehand. From one draw to another, the Powerball exceeded the $1 BILLION threshold and the world was in awe.

The Powerball jackpot reached an incredible $1.58 BILLION, and there was no lottery fan on the planet that didn’t want to be in the race for the single largest jackpot that the world has ever seen. Played Powerball legally by putting in their tickets online on theLotter. The draw on January 13th, 2016 was truly legendary because millions and millions of players from all the corners of the world invested their tickets, their hopes, and their dreams in the US Powerball jackpot.

There were three winning tickets for that draw, but the biggest winner came out to be the US Powerball itself because the $1.58 BILLION jackpot made it the new face of the lottery. Most of the millions and millions of players who entered the race for the huge jackpot kept on putting in their tickets for the US Powerball, all in the hope that the first prize would get that high again.

Up to this day, the US Powerball jackpot has yet to exceed the $1 BILLION threshold once again, but it came impressively close in 2017, when it had yet another huge jackpot. On August 23rd, 2017, the first prize in the Powerball got to $758 MILLION, and this draw made lottery history once more.

Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts was the sole winner of this enormous windfall and, overnight, she became the biggest lottery winner of all times. With another world record beaten, the US Powerball lottery is enjoying its glory days, but it is going to have to come up with solid long-term plan, because the Mega Millions has been plotting amassive offensive move.

Powerball vs Mega Millions – Top 10 Jackpots

While it is almost impossible to decide between the USA Powerball and Mega Millions, we decided to look at each of their top prizes to try to determine a winner. In the table below, we have listed the biggest jackpots in each of the two big games. Take a look!

Top 10 Jackpots

By analyzing this table, the US Powerball appears to have always been one step ahead of the Mega Millions. At the end of the day, its prizes have been larger, which should make the Powerball the better lottery. But the Mega Millions is a fierce contender that will keep on putting up a fight, which will then push things even further in this battle of the lottery titans. Just in case you have any doubts about that, we will tell you all about the big Mega Millions upgrade that will turn this battle into a war.

The PowerPlay vs. the Megaplier

The PowerPlay vs. the Megaplier

The US Powerball and the Mega Millions offer some outstanding gameplay features that enable players to increase their secondary prizes. Both multipliers abide by the same principle and it goes like this: players who opt for the multiplier, which comes at a very accessible price, can have the secondary prizes that they win increased exponentially.

In both the US Mega Millions and the US Powerball, players do not choose the multiplier. This is drawn after the main lottery numbers and it can be 2, 3, 4, or 5. The amount of the multiplier is the number of times that secondary prizes will be increased. However, there are some key differences between the PowerPlay and the Megaplier.

The Megaplier will increase all secondary prizes in the Mega Millions prize list, but the PowePlay is somewhat different. As per the Powerball official rules, all secondary prizes will be increased the number of times indicated by the PowerPlay number (2-5), except the second-tier prize, worth $1 million, which can only be doubled.

Powerball and Mega Millions – The Ultimate Winning Odds Battle

There are two central elements that determine the value of a lottery, and these are the jackpot amount and the odds of winning it. Powerball had the bigger jackpots that came with the high winning odds, while the Mega Millions had the slightly lower jackpot amounts, which came with the better odds, though.

However, since the Mega Millions is changing its rules as of October 28th, 2017, both the jackpot amounts and the winning odds will be comparable with those in the Powerball, which puts the Mega Millions in an entirely new league. In the table below, you can see the exact changes:

The Ultimate Winning Odds Battle

The Big Mega Millions Offensive – The Brand-New Rules of the Mega Millions

As of October 28th, 2017, the Mega Millions lottery is getting a massive upgrade that will make all the difference in the Powerball vs Mega Millions battle. Its new rules come with a new gameplay format, a bigger starting jackpot, and some significant secondary prize upgrades.

Until now, players had to choose 5 main numbers from 1 to 75 and a Megaball from 1 to 15. From October 28th, they will have to choose 5 main numbers from 1 to 70 and a Megaball from 1 to 25. This brings the Mega Millions closer to the Powerball, in terms of number ranges. The Powerball gameplay rules dictate that players must choose 5 main numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball from 1 to 26.

The Brand-New Rules of the Mega MillionsThe change in number ranges brings the change in the odds of winning, thus putting the two lottery titans in the same game tier. Moreover, the biggest change that comes with the new Mega Millions is the increase of the minimum jackpot amount, which will grow from the current $15 MILLION to $40 MILLION.

This means that starting from October 28th, 2017, both the Powerball and the Mega Millions will have the same minimum jackpot. And this is huge because it will give way to bigger jackpots and far more exciting lotteries in the months to come. We are incredibly excited to see what comes next!

As you can see, the Powerball vs Mega Millions battle has kept the lottery world breathless for the past decade, and there is no sign that it will stop in the predictable future. Moreover, the upcoming stage of this battle of the lottery titans is bound to make the lotto world boom!

So, make sure you put in your tickets for both the US Powerball and the Mega Millions on our platform because they promise some gargantuan jackpots and an entire fleet of exciting prizes. And rest assured that theLotter is safe and you will get your money up to the last cent. Who will be the winner in the Powerball vs Mega Millions battle? That remains to be seen as this fall the ultimate clash of lotteries unveils. Stay tuned and may the odds be ever in your favor!

 

The Best Lottery Commercials of All Time

While it may not seem to be a usual target of advertising, there were some lottery commercials over the years that have exceeded all standards and stood out as some of the best on the market. Playing the lottery is fun, so most of these ads are extremely entertaining. So, without further ado, let us show you the best lottery commercials in advertising history!

1. Justino – The Spanish Christmas Lottery

This is the best lottery commercial of all times because it features an unexpectedly moving story about a man who always goes out of his way to make a better day for those around him. Justino is a night guard in a mannequin factory in Spain. As his job leaves him quite lonely, he uses the mannequins to make special installations for his colleagues to find in the morning.

With Christmas on the way, Justino begins a majestic plan to build a very special Christmas tree for them. Being very busy putting his plan into practice, Justino forgets about putting in his share for the Loteria de Navidad raffle. The Christmas Lottery is the biggest lotto event of the year in Spain and it is part of the local holiday traditions.

On his way in to work, Justino reads the newspaper and finds out that the factory syndicate has won the Loteria de Navidad raffle. This is the moment when he realizes that he had forgotten to put in a share. While he feels sorry for missing out on the prize, he goes in ready to congratulate his colleagues on their big win. But their reaction takes Justino completely by surprise. To find out why, watch this adorably heartwarming Christmas Lottery commercial.

2. #Pleasenotthem – James Blunt – The UK National Lottery

This is one of the most amusing lottery commercials we have ever seen. It features singer James Blunt talking about how he would use a lottery win to give back to the people. His aim is that everybody should feel better about themselves, everybody should feel beautiful.

And, in his view, the ideal way for them to get that is to have James Blunt himself tell them that every single day. While hearing that “You’re beautiful” from the star may seem exciting at first, having that every single day may not be the inspiring experience you may think it to be.

You have to watch the video to find out just how bad things would be if James Blunt won the UK National Lottery. Everybody has a chance to become a winner when playing the lottery, but after seeing this commercial, we definitely hope that it won’t be James Blunt.

3. Snowfall – California Lottery Powerball Commercial

This moving commercial was made to celebrate the US Powerball lottery coming to California, which was one of the happiest lottery news to hit the United States. In fact, the ad was made precisely to relay the size of this exciting event.

The best thing about this amazing commercial is the dramatic rendition of “California Dreaming”, which was specifically made for the Powerball ad. So, watch how sunny California is taken by the irresistible lottery fever of the US Powerball, but you should know that this type of fever is extremely contagious.

4. “Big Enough To Go Island Shopping” – EuroMillions

 

Everybody knows that the jackpots in the EuroMillions lottery are simply larger than life. But exactly how big is a million-dollar jackpot? Well, as you can see in this hilarious commercial, it is just big enough for winners to go island shopping with their lotto prize.

Watch this adorable ad to find out just how an island purchased by an Irishman for his local community would look like. If you’ve never seen an exotic island with a very intense Irish charm, then take a look at this EuroMillions commercial because it will seduce you irrevocably. Watch out for that crisp sandwich!

5. The Megaply Commercial – Mega Millions

If you’ve ever played the Mega Millions lottery, then you must know the golden rule: Don’t forget to Megaply! This hilarious ad was made precisely to point out how important it is to check the Megaplier option. With only $1.00 extra, you can increase your winnings significantly!

The man in this commercial finds out he’s won an amazing $10,000 and he’s on top of the world. He gives his wife the amazing news, and she’s obviously thrilled, but she immediately asks about the Megaplier. And then, the man realizes that he forgot to megaply.

So, instead of winning $20,000, $30,000, or even $40,000, his prize will stay at $10,000. So, learn from his mistakes and don’t ever forget to megaply when playing Mega Millions! $1.00 can get you a very long way when it comes to the Mega Millions.

Did you enjoy our selection of the best lottery commercials of all time? Which of them did you like most? Will it be adorable Justino, dramatic Snowfall, delightfully annoying James Blunt, the charming Irish island, or the man who forgot to megaply?

Mega Millions Changes Set to Create Record Jackpots

The American Mega Millions lottery will introduce changes later this year that will not only make the game more fun to play, but which will also set the stage for new jackpot records. Among the changes to the Mega Millions rules will be a starting guaranteed jackpot of $40 million (instead of the current $15 million); revised guess ranges; and increased secondary prizes. While these Mega Millions rules changes have yet to be officially confirmed, we have it on good authority that they will be imminently. 

Mega Millions Rules Changes to Come

Starting with its draw on Tuesday 31 October 2017, it will be slightly more difficult to win the Mega Millions jackpot while the odds of winning the second tier prize of $1 million will be better. The cost of Mega Millions tickets will double to enable the upcoming changes.

Mega Millions’ rules changes will set it on a collision course with its rival American lottery, the Powerball, to see which of the two will offer the next record-breaking jackpot prize. For four years, Mega Millions held the world record with the $656 million jackpot it awarded in March 2012 to three lucky winners. Then in January 2016, the Powerball surpassed all expectations when it awarded a $1.58 billion jackpot to three winners.

The changes to the Mega Millions rules include:

As a result of the Mega Millions changes planned for later this year, the lottery will be more fun to play than ever before. Will the Powerball change its rules in order to retain its supremacy in the lottery world? Anything could happen and lottery fans all over the world stand to benefit from the higher prizes on offer.