FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q. Can lottery tickets be purchased online?

A. Yes. Our partnership with The Lotter allows you to purchase lottery tickets online. Our partner buys your ticket in-store on your behalf, allowing you to play the lottery online.

Q. Can US lottery tickets be purchased from out of the US?

A. Yes. Although there are no authorized lottery retailers based outside of the US, our lottery ticket partner allows you to purchase US state and national lottery tickets from anywhere in the world.

Q. What taxes are non-US citizens subject to after lottery wins?

A. Should a non-US citizen win a lottery prize, they are subject to federal withholding taxes for non-US citizens, which is 30% of their winnings. While this amount may vary depending on which state the winning ticket is claimed in, the amount that non-US citizens are taxed is very similar to that which is applied to US citizens.

Q. In which states is Powerball available?

A. You can purchase buy Powerball tickets from anywhere in the world via Lottery USA. However, you can also buy Powerball tickets from authorized retailers in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. A map detailing these locations can be found here. Please visit the Multi-State Lottery Association's FAQ page for further information.

Q. In which states is Mega Millions available?

A. You can play Mega Millions online, regardless of where you live, through Lottery USA's partnership with The Lotter. However, you can also purchase tickets in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Q. Can more than one person share a lottery prize?

A. Yes, there have been many examples of winners sharing their prizes among a group. Lottery players often like to team up, as it can increase their overall chances of winning. Rules regarding group wins can vary between lotteries, so it's worth checking with the particular lottery that you're interested in playing. Powerball, for example, are happy for players to divide their prize among a group and can do this regardless of whether the cash or annuity options are chosen. They can even pay some group players in cash and others in annual payments, if required.

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Q. Are lottery prizes subject to taxation?

A. Yes. US citizens are subject to tax on all income that amounts to more than $600, including gambling wins. The jackpots advertised are the amount that a winning player would receive if they chose the annuity option, but even this amount would be subject to Federal and State income tax every time that you receive a payment.

Q. What are the payouts for Mega Millions?

A. 5 + bonus = $15 million minimum jackpot!

5 + no bonus = $1,000,000 minimum win

4 + bonus = $5,000 minimum win

4 + no bonus = $500 minimum win

3 + bonus = $50 minimum win

3 + no bonus = $5 minimum win

2 + bonus = $5 minimum win

1 + bonus = $2 minimum win

0 + bonus = $1 minimum win

Q. Why does your site always seem to be a day behind on the jackpot amounts?

A. There are two reasons why we are two days off with updating the jackpots. The "official" jackpot amount is not released until the day after the drawing because they need to find out if someone won or not. Lottery USA does not update results and jackpots until 2 a.m. Updating causes delays in the page so we run it very late at night.

So, if the drawing is held Wednesday evening, the "official" jackpot is not released until Thursday. We then update our site very late Thursday night (Friday morning). So for a drawing on Wednesday, you may not see the official jackpot until Friday morning.

Q. What are the payouts for the Powerball?

A. Match 5 + POWERBALL = $40 million minimum jackpot!

Match 5 + NO POWERBALL = $1,000,000

Match 4 + POWERBALL = $10,000

Match 4 + NO POWERBALL = $100

Match 3 + POWERBALL = $100

Match 3 + NO POWERBALL = $7

Match 2 + POWERBALL = $7

Match 1 + POWERBALL = $4

Match 0 + POWERBALL = $4

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Q. What happens if I accidentally lose a winning ticket?

A. Unfortunately, there's no kind way of saying this, but if you lose a winning ticket then there's nothing you or anyone can do. Lost tickets are unfortunate so we definitely recommend that you keep any purchased lottery tickets in a safe place. There have been cases of players rooting through their trash in an attempt to find a discarded winning ticket. Also, always sign the back of your ticket and add your details, as most lottery claims won't require any proof of purchase to be shown. Essentially, whoever has the ticket legally owns it. However, if the ticket is signed, this will indicate your ownership of the ticket and therefore any lottery jackpot that you may win because of it.

Q. Do US lottery players have to choose the cash or annuity option before buying the ticket? Why can't players make their choice when they claim their prize?

A. The rules regarding cash or annuity options vary between lotteries. Players can choose from the cash/annuity options when either purchasing a ticket, or claiming a jackpot prize. For example, Mega Millions and Powerball lottery winners choose once they have won the jackpot.

Q. Why is the cash amount of the Powerball jackpot less than the annuity amount?

A. The annuity amount is the value of the cash amount invested in securities over 25 years.

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Q. Where can I check my old lottery numbers?

A. At Lottery USA, you can find past lottery results that are up to a year old. All you have to do is locate the lottery that you're interested in and click either of the links below it that says ‘last 10' and ‘year'. This will allow you to view either the winning numbers from the last ten draws or every draw for the last year.

Q. But your past results only go back one year.

A. Yes, one year is the longest any state gives for you to collect on a winning ticket. After a year, do you really want to know that you won and that you cannot collect?

Q. When the Powerball jackpot is more than $20 million; why not have several top prizes of $1 million or $5 million each instead of one $30 million, $50 million or $75 million prize?

A. The Powerball game is designed to produce large jackpots. The Lottery provides other games with more frequent winners of smaller prizes.

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Q. Since several states sell Powerball, which state (s) gets the profits from the tickets?

A. The profits from Powerball tickets stay in the state where the ticket was bought.

Q. How do I know that the lotteries on Lottery USA are safe?

A. As lotteries are run by individual states, and the multi-state lotteries by the Multi-State Lottery Association, you can feel completely assured that all US lotteries featured on Lottery USA are completely legitimate and safe. Lotteries are highly regulated with their accounts being audited by a number of independent organizations to ensure that there is no foul play taking place.

Q. How do I know that lotteries conduct drawings randomly?

A. All state lotteries conduct public drawings, which means anyone can watch a drawing and see for themselves how winning numbers are picked. Lotteries are highly scrutinized by their players and the media and would simply not be able to get away with fixing their drawings.

In addition to televising drawings, high-tech machines are used to ensure that lotteries are completely fair. Measures such as the weighing of lottery balls, the use of multiple balls and using secure printing and distribution facilities are all taken, so you can be sure that all US lotteries are completely random.

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Q. Who can play the Lottery?

A. Sorry, kids, but lotteries aren't for you. But as long as you're 18 years or older, you can play.

Q. How many states have a lottery?

A. 46

Q. How often is the site updated?

A. Up to ten times per day, depending on the number of drawings. The final update is usually around 3 a.m. (EST). Some jackpot information isn't available until the following day.

Q. Can you anonymously receive your winnings?

A. In most cases the answer to this is no. The reason for this is that lottery organizers like the public to know that the lottery is fair and being won by a variety of people, so they'll often release the name of a lottery winner and the town or city that they live in.

Q. I've received an e-mail/cell phone message informing me of a lottery win. Is this genuine?

A. Sorry but no, this will probably not be genuine. Prize notifications are often the work of spammers, who are hoping to get your personal details, bank details or even money from you. When you receive an e-mail/cell phone message notifying you of a lottery win, ask yourself whether you participated in the lottery. In our experience, there has never been a case of a lottery that offers players prizes without asking them to pay or at the very least register for entry in the first place.

We recommend that when receiving a message informing you of a win, if you don't recognize the sender, simply delete it. Certainly don't respond to it, reveal your identity or any other personal details and most importantly, don't pay any money in order to collect a prize.

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