Lotteries with Raffles

Which lotteries offer raffles?

You will be entered into a raffle when playing the EuroMillions & El MillónEuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker, France EuroMillions and My Million, UK Lotto  and Canada 6/49.

How do raffles work?

In a raffle you do not have to match any numbers to be a winner. You are automatically assigned a code (usually alphanumeric) that is printed on the lottery ticket at the time of purchase. On the day of the lottery draw, a separate draw takes place, and a winner is randomly picked from all purchased tickets. In other words, there is a guaranteed raffle winner in every draw where a raffle is offered

Do I choose my own numbers for the raffle?

No, the raffle code is assigned automatically by the terminal when the ticket is purchased and printed on the receipt. For all except the Canada 649, you receive 1 code per line that you purchase. For the Canada 649 you will receive only code.

How much can I win from raffles?

The following lottery raffles are available on theLotter:

  • EuroMillions & El Millón – The prize amount for this raffle is €1 million and one winning ticket is selected every Friday. Tickets purchased for both Tuesday and Friday draws are eligible for the weekly raffle.
  • EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker – The prize amount for this raffle is £1 million and there are two raffle winners per draw. On the last week of every month, two Mega Week raffles take place, each awarding £1 million and other luxury lifestyle prizes.
  • EuroMillions and My Million Raffle – The prize amount for this raffle is €1 million and one raffle winner is selected per draw.
  • Canada 6/49 Raffle – The prize amount for this raffle is CAD$1 million and one raffle winner is selected per draw.
  • UK Lotto – The UK National Lottery’s original raffle guarantees one £1 million prize winner and twenty £20,000 prize winners every single draw.

Do all EuroMillions drawings have raffles?

Raffle draws are part of the game when you play EuroMillions & El Millón, EuroMillions & UK Millionaire Maker, and France EuroMillions and My Million. All EuroMillions players, including those of you that play the Austria EuroMillions, participate in the European Millionaire Maker raffle, staged on select occasions throughout the year.

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.

(FAQ) Lottery Categories: theBig & theSmart

What is theBig?

the biggest jackpots around the world

theBig is a lottery category that lists the biggest jackpots around the world! Subscribers to theBig are entered in the biggest lotteries online twice a week after calculating all the lottery draws by Tuesday at 04:00am GMT for the first entry, and by Friday 04:00am GMT for the second entry.

To subscribe to theBig, purchase a Subscription to the top lottery on theBig list. Subscribing to theBig will ensure that you regularly play the biggest jackpot in the world twice a week and never miss the opportunity to win a huge prize!

What is theSmart?

the best cost-benefit ratio in the world

theSmart is a lottery category that enters you in the lotteries with the best cost-benefit ratio in the world! TheSmart takes into account the price of the ticket, the declared jackpot, and the odds of winning in this formula which updates the category list on a daily basis according to this formula: Block Price^2*(Declared Jackpot)/(Jackpot Odds). Subscribers to theSmart are entered in the best draws online twice a week, after calculating all the draws by Tuesday 03:00am GMT and Friday 03:00am GMT.

To subscribe to theSmart, purchase a Subscription to the top lottery on theSmart list. Subscribing to theSmart will ensure that you regularly play the lottery with the best cost-benefit ratio in the world twice a week and never miss the opportunity to win!

Will I play the same lottery with theBig and the Smart every draw?

theLotter’s theBig category presents the biggest jackpots from around the world, and the jackpot offering the largest top prize may vary from day to day.

Similarly, the calculation of theSmart will change depending on available jackpots.  If you wish to subscribe to a single lottery online, please purchase a one-time entry in the lottery of your choice and choose to subscribe after confirming your purchase.

How do I set a price limit for subscriptions to theBig and theSmart?

Choose to play a lottery which appears on theBig or theSmart and confirm your selection. In the ‘Confirmation’ page, a window will appear with the details of your subscription. Open the ‘Set a price limit’ dropdown menu and set a price limit from the available options. If you do not set a price limit, the default selection will be ‘Unlimited.’ Click ‘Submit’ to confirm your purchase.

See Your Official Lottery Ticket Online at theLotter

Since we began buying official lottery tickets in 2002, we have aimed to create an operation that is transparent and trustworthy. The See Your Ticket Service sits at the core of this promise to our world-wide community of lottery fans who have taken home over $50 million in prizes.

See Your Ticket is one of the ways we practice what we preach. When you buy a ticket in any of the 49 lotteries offered on the site, you see a scan of the official lottery ticket purchased on your behalf. Our 25 local offices buy lottery tickets from licensed retailers with your selected numbers and play options so that you can cash in on lotto games all around the globe!

How Does This Work?

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Local agents print out your order and purchase the official lottery tickets. The tickets are traded in for receipts containing the selected numbers, play options, and often date, time, and location of purchase. The tickets are securely stored in our local offices until all prizes are claimed and the tickets expire.

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After the tickets are purchased on your behalf, each ticket receipt – containing full participation details, is scanned into our system and matched to the appropriate transaction in your account. This allows you to view the specific ticket you paid for, in your password-protected online account.

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We guarantee that a scan of every ticket you buy on the site will be available to view in your account before the draw. However, in rare cases, circumstances beyond our control may prevent us from purchasing the ticket in time. In these rare cases, the ticket will be canceled and refunded in full to your account, with additional compensation.

Where Do I See My Ticket?

See Your Official Lottery Ticket Online at theLotter1. Login to your account

2. Go to My Account

3. Choose the ticket you wish to see from the Entries table

4. Your official ticket scan will appear on the right hand side of the screen under “Your Ticket”

5. You can print your ticket by clicking the image on the right hand screen and then clicking on the “Print” button appearing on the lower right corner.

What Do I See on the Ticket?

What Do I See on the Ticket

Ticket Ownership

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A confirmation email sent directly to the email you provided upon registration. The purchase confirmation email will contain the details of the ticket purchased, including the chosen lottery, your selected numbers, and the draw date.

Your Scanned Ticket Your Scanned Ticket 

A scan of the ticket purchased on your behalf will be displayed in your account, providing additional proof that the ticket was indeed purchased for you by theLotter, in accordance with your purchase order. 

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Your participation information is permanently saved in your account record, and your account records can be printed at any time.

Claiming the Prize

Claiming the PrizeIn case of a jackpot win, we will pay your way to our local office and assist you to collect the prize in person with the assistance of theLotter’s t legal team and representatives. Most non-jackpot wins are collected by our local office on your behalf and transferred directly to your account on the site, and you can withdraw the win to your chosen payment method. While the scanned ticket in your account is an important component in validating ticket ownership, you cannot collect your prize with it – one can only do this with the original ticket. If you wish to collect the prize yourself, you are welcome to do so by contacting our customer support, who will put you in touch with the local office where your original ticket is safely kept.



What is the Best Lottery Game to Play?

Record-breaking multi-million dollar jackpots send lottery fans worldwide scurrying to purchase tickets for the next exciting draw. But is playing lotteries with the biggest jackpots the best way to make one’s dreams of striking it rich come true? What is the best lottery game? Here are some things you should consider when buying your tickets.

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Which Lotteries Have the Biggest Jackpots?

The record for the biggest lottery jackpot was set in January 2016 when the Powerball hit $1.58 billion, an amazing prize that was split between three winning tickets. Each of those tickets was awarded a lump sum payment of $327.8 million. This jackpot prize shattered the previous record set by Mega Millions in March 2012, when that lottery’s jackpot reached $656 million. That prize was also split three ways. Each winning ticket was worth $158 million.

Seeing that the top ten lottery jackpots of all time have been set by two American lotteries – US Powerball and US Mega Millions– leads to an initial conclusion that these are the best lotteries to play. Their enormous jackpots, as well as their massive prize pools, attract not only huge publicity but also large throngs of players. Over 600 million tickets were sold for the drawing when the record Powerball jackpot fell. With that amount of competition, one could possibly conclude the only barrier to winning a huge jackpot prize is buying a Powerball ticket.

Lotteries and Jackpot Odds

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292 million. Before the Powerball introduced a rule change in October 2015, the odds were one in 175 million. Lottery officials quite obviously realize that with reduced odds, there is less chance of winning and this creates larger jackpots. This in turn increases ticket sales. But, are the Powerball jackpot odds the best in the lottery field?

Mega Millions, in comparison, offers one in 258.9 million odds of winning the jackpot, not much of a difference. The odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are one in 139.8 million while the odds of winning EuroJackpot’s top prize are slightly better – one in 95 million.

Small lotteries can be candidates for the best lottery games as well. Even though the jackpots may be smaller, the odds of winning them are better. The odds to win the Australia Powerball jackpot are one in 76.7 million; the odds in the California SuperLotto Plus are one in 41.4 million; the odds in the Spain La Primitiva lottery are one in 13.9 million; and the odds in the Sweden Lotto are better yet – one in 6.7 million. With lower jackpot odds there is less of a chance that a jackpot will go unclaimed for long.

The worst jackpot odds? Quite possibly the Italian SuperEnalotto, where you must pick six numbers out of 90. The odds of winning this lottery’s jackpot are one in 622 million. Yet a €163 million jackpot was won in October 2016, proving that even with overwhelming odds stacked against you, it is possible to win an amazing jackpot prize.

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Which Lotteries Have the Best Overall Prize Odds?

Winning a jackpot is not the only way to win a lottery prize. There are many secondary prizes up for grabs as well. Which lottery offers the best chance to win a non-jackpot prize?

The odds of winning a 6th division prize in SuperEnalotto are one in 22; the odds of winning a 12th division Match 2 prize in EuroMillions are one in 21; the Mega Millions 9th division prize odds are also 1 in 21; while in Powerball, the odds of winning a 9th division prize are a bit harder: one in 38.

What about smaller lotteries? The odds of winning an 8th division prize in the France Loto are one in 16; the odds of winning a prize in the Austria Lotto are also one in 16; while the odds of winning a 6th division prize in the U.K. Lotto are one in 10. But as lottery players know, the easier the odds, the lower the prize.

As for prize pool size, there is nothing that can compete with the Spanish Loteria de Navidad – El Gordo. This annual Christmas season raffle offers a staggering €2.31 billion in prizes. The odds for winning a Navidad prize are very attractive: 1 in 7.

Which Lotteries Have the Lowest Taxes?

There are many tax-free lottery games around the globe. Prizes in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK, among other countries, are paid out tax-free at source, however winning players may be subject to local taxation based on their country of residence. It would be wise to check these matters with a tax professional when you win.

Which Lotteries Have the Lowest Taxes

So, Which Is the Best Lottery Game to Play?

There are a number of factors to consider when playing the lottery, including the odds, the jackpot prizes, the price of tickets, and the taxes. It is often difficult to make an informed decision. Luckily, theLotter provides a unique lottery category called theSmart, which takes all of these elements into consideration to determine the best cost-benefit ratio of the top lotteries.

Take for example the Australia Saturday Lotto, the Spain BonoLoto, and the Oregon Megabucks. These three lotteries, which frequently appear at the top of theSmart’s list, may not offer the highest jackpots or the best winning odds, yet playing them gives players the best run for their money. By subscribing to theSmart, players can ensure that they play the lotteries with the top cost-benefit ratios in the world twice a week.

One additional thing to consider. Winning a lottery prize is most certainly a matter of luck and many players go with their gut in choosing both the lottery they’ll play and the numbers they’ll select. It is more than likely that the best lottery games to play are different for everyone. The best advice, therefore, would be to play the lotteries which appear to be luckiest for you.

Brazil Celebrates Easter with Dupla de Páscoa Draw

It’s Easter time and one of the first countries making plans to celebrate the holiday is Brazil. On 15 April 2017, the regular Saturday night Dupla Sena draw will be replaced by Dupla de Páscoa, which translates as Easter Double. This special event will offer a guaranteed R$20 million jackpot (approximately $6 million).

Dupla de Páscoa Draw

The Dupla de Páscoa jackpot must be won in the draw. If no tickets match the six numbers drawn, the prize money rolls down to winning tickets in the next highest prize division.

The Dupla Sena draws scheduled for April 8th, 11th, and 13th will not take place, building up the suspense ahead of the special draw. Dupla de Páscoa lottery tickets can be purchased starting Friday 7 April.

To play Brazil’s Dupla Sena online, all you have to do is select 6 numbers from a guess range of 1 to 50. Dupla Sena increases your chances of winning by drawing two different sets of numbers in each draw. There are four prize categories. If your six numbers match the drawn numbers, you will win the Dupla Sena jackpot.

Purchase your Dupla de Páscoa tickets now!

9 Widespread Lottery Myths Debunked!

Is it true that you are more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery? If you keep playing the same numbers over and over are you guaranteed to one day win the jackpot? Are lottery jackpots harder to win than ever before?

Many of us have preconceived opinions about lottery play but some of these beliefs are simply not true! Lottery myths, like any other kind of myth, are ultimately false beliefs in what lotteries are all about. It’s time to expose the most widespread lottery myths for what they truly are, especially if you like to play the Mega Millions or the US Powerball this week, (something which you can do regardless of where you are in the world)!

Myth #1: It is more likely that you will be struck by lightning than win the lottery.

You’ve probably heard this one before – this is the most commonly cited lottery myth. Yet, it is not exactly true. Let’s consider the statistics. According to the US National Weather Service, the odds of a person being struck by lightning in their lifetime are 1 in 600,000. At face value, it would indeed seem that you have a greater chance of being hit by lightning than beating the 1 in 292 million odds to win the US Powerball jackpot.

It is more likely that you will be struck by lightning than win the lottery

Yet, this myth was debunked back in 1996 by Iowa Lottery commissioner Ed Stanek. Stanek pointed out that in 1995, 1,136 people won a million dollars or more playing North American lotteries compared with only 91 who were killed by lightning. Stanek noted that Powerball is not an “all or nothing” game and players can win small amounts even if they match only some of the numbers in a draw. The bottom line suggests that it would not be wise to go outside during a lightning storm but to play the lottery instead.

Myth #2: The lottery is a form of taxation on the poor.

This is a serious, frequently mentioned criticism of lotteries. Critics call the lottery a “regressive tax” and say that lottery players tend to have lower income and to be less well educated than non-players.

If you think about it, playing the lottery is entirely voluntary whereas taxes are compulsory payments to support the government. In addition, some studies indicate that middle class citizens are most likely to play the lottery. Also, what about the many celebrities who play the lottery – George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Madonna, and others! These “higher income” players enjoy the thrills of playing the lottery just like everyone else.

Myth #3: Only the winners benefit from the lottery.

Not true! While only a small percentage of players actually win cash prizes in a draw, the number of people who actually benefit from a lottery is huge. Lotteries devote a significant percentage of their ticket sales to charitable causes, including education, environment, healthcare, social issues, sports, veterans affairs, and more. We all benefit from the lottery, even those of us who never play the game!

theLotter actively encourages charitable giving and encourages winners to share their good fortunes. Not only that, in our charity programme theLotter will match and double contributions to charity!

Only the winners benefit from the lottery

Myth #4: If you keep playing the same numbers, eventually you’ll win the jackpot.

False! The numbers in a lottery draw are chosen randomly, with no connection as to whether you’ve played them previously. Theoretically, you could play your numbers until infinity and they would eventually win the jackpot but realistically, the chances of your frequently played numbers winning the jackpot are as random as anyone else’s.

Whether you believe in using them or not, we have been keeping track of the Powerball results and its hot & cold numbers. Will they appear in the next draw?

Myth #5: The smaller the jackpot, the better the odds.

This is not true! The odds of your winning the Powerball are exactly the same when the jackpot is $40 million as when it is $400 million. If you buy more than one lottery ticket, your odds improve but only by a small degree. You do, however, have better odds of winning the jackpot prize if you play a smaller lottery. For example, the odds of winning the Austria Lotto are 1:8,145,060 but as a result, jackpots in that lottery tend to be quite small in comparison.

Myth #6: Winning a large prize more than once is impossible.

It is said that lottery luck only strikes once, but this statement is not based in reality. There have been many remarkable stories about players who have scored more than one amazing lottery prize. One example is English couple David and Kathleen Long who won £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery twice in two years.

Another example is that of the Carmichaels from Arizona. The couple won $2.5 million playing the Arizona State Lottery in 1995 and then scored a $1 million win in 2013.

A number of our players at theLotter have enjoyed repeated lottery luck. A.K., one of our veteran players from Latvia, won a massive €578,000 win playing the Italian SuperStar in 2013. Two months later he scored lottery wins in the Canada Lotto 649; La Primitiva; and France Lotto.

Many jackpot winners state that despite their financial windfall, they will keep playing the lottery and now we know why!

Myth #7: Lottery jackpots are harder to win than ever.

This statement is actually true. Powerball changed its rules in October 2015. The guess range for the main numbers increased from 59 to 69 while the Powerball guess range was reduced from 35 to 26. Following these changes, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot decreased from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.

As a result, the Powerball jackpot became much harder to win and jackpots grew larger and larger. The Powerball rules change led to the record $1.58 billion jackpot split between three winning tickets in January 2016.

Lottery jackpots are harder to win than ever

Myth #8: Lottery play leads to compulsive gambling.

Here again is a very serious charge against lottery play, but actually there’s little evidence to support it. According to the National Survey on Gambling Behavior conducted by the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, “it does not appear that the availability of a lottery has an impact on (problem gambling) prevalence rates.”

Similarly, a study of ‘Lottery Playing, Gambling Addiction and Links to Compulsive Consumption’ from 1990 stated that its findings “do not support the claim that lotteries create addictive gamblers.”

Lottery play, like other forms of gaming, is intended to be fun but could potentially become addictive. Responsible gaming sites, like theLotter, include links to GamCare and Gamblers Anonymous to help lottery players identify the possibility of gambling problems.

Myth #9: Winning a lottery will make you happy.

On the whole, winning the lottery doesn’t really change you. If you were happy before, you will be happy after winning the lottery. If you were a jerk before, you will still be a jerk. While lottery money can give you financial freedom, it can’t buy you love or guarantee happiness. Still, winning the jackpot would be a major life-changing event!

Winning a lottery will make you happy

Lottery myths – should you believe everything you hear?

Playing the lottery combines entertainment with a low-cost chance to make fantasies come true. Those who choose to play the lottery should do so responsibly, setting aside a budget for ticket purchases that they can afford. No matter where you go, and what lotteries you play you may hear people say things about the lottery but don’t forget – not all lottery myths are true!