You may be asking yourself sometimes, why do people buy lottery tickets at all? Chances to win it are quite slim anyway.
Indeed, millions of people purchase lottery tickets every year, all across the US, and all around the world. The appeal of winning the lottery is really huge! Although many or most players understand that their chances of actually hitting the jackpot are quite small, they reason that if they don’t buy a ticket; they won’t have a chance of winning at all. In other words….nothing ventured, nothing gained.
For many people, a slight chance of winning a fortune is better than no chance. Then, too, a lot of players feel that the expenditure of the small cost for a lottery ticket—usually only a dollar or two—won’t change their life in any shape, form or fashion. On the other hand, though, if they happen to buy a winning ticket and hit the jackpot; the millions of dollars won will most certainly change their life, in every way!
Playing the lottery isn’t anything new. In fact, lotteries have been around for thousands of years. The first recorded evidence of a lottery are Keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 B.C. It is thought that these first lotteries were used to help finance government projects, including the Great Wall of China.
So, mankind’s interest in playing the lottery stretches way back in history!
Almost every country has its own national lottery. The prize funds and method of entries can vary widely from nation to nation.
In the US, two of the largest and most popular lotteries are the Powerball and Mega Millions. Because these lotteries are huge, with so many players, the prizes are usually worth millions of dollars; with the jackpot prize sometimes well over $100 million or more.
Mega Millions is the biggest jackpot game in America. To date, the biggest Mega Millions jackpot won was $390 million in 2007, which was split between two lucky winners.
Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery that can be played in twelve states:
Mega Millions prize drawings are held twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday.
How can you participate in the Mega Millions lottery is you aren’t in one of these states, or even in the US?
Simple. You can buy your Mega Millions lottery tickets online! With a lot of scam going around, make sure you are buying from a reputable website. Otherwise you may simply lose your whole winning along with your card details.
There are legitimate, reputable websites on the internet that sell lottery tickets, including Mega Millions. Terms and conditions may vary, so you should read these carefully before making an online purchase of lottery tickets from a website.
In general, most websites that sell lottery tickets will buy a ticket for you, and then send you the ticket if you win a prize.
You will usually receive an email to notify you of your win. You may choose to have the winning ticket sent to you, or you can authorize the company to collect your winnings for you and then transfer to your bank account.
Some lottery ticket websites will automatically cash smaller prize amounts and then place the cash into your account with them. At that point, to collect your winnings, you would need to verify your identity for security, and take care of any necessary tax forms.
Something to remember: A reputable online Mega Millions lottery ticket seller will require your registration on their website. If there is no registration required, proceed with caution or better yet—hit the back button!
The World Wide Web is indeed a marvelous thing!
If you have access to a computer and the internet, you can buy tickets for almost any lottery in the whole world, right from your own home!