When most people think of playing the lottery, they think of the jackpots and becoming a multimillionaire, lavish vacations, and quitting their day job. The occasional cynic might think only of the odds against winning. But the truth is, regardless of your viewpoint, playing the lottery is about all of us winning together. How? Because every lottery ticket purchase helps fund important programs and initiatives at the state level. In California, for example, 95 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes directly back to the state! Curious where the money goes and who it helps? Read on to learn how the lottery benefits all of us, even if we don’t have the winning numbers.
Retailers earn a commission on lottery ticket sales (typically around five percent) and, if they participate in the Retailer Incentive Program, they earn bonuses on large prize-winning tickets sold by their business. In fact, retailers can earn up to $1 million for selling a jackpot-winning ticket! In the Lottery.com app, we point users to their closest retailer because we want everyone, retailers included, to be happy and win together.
Many states rightfully choose to support education in their state. The South Carolina Education Lottery, for example, was started in January 2002 with the initiative to increase revenue for public education. Since then they’ve given more than $5 billion to the Education Lottery account, and additional lottery proceeds have generated $3.46 billion to support scholarships and grants and benefited K-12 schools with more than $87 million. The California Lottery’s mission is “to maximize supplemental funding for public education.” Among other states that support education are Missouri, Arizona, and Montana, which uses lottery proceeds to fund scholarships at Montana colleges and universities for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, math, and healthcare.
The Texas Lottery gives money to the Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The fund awards grants to local government agencies and non-profits which address the needs of Texas Veterans and their families. Other states that support veterans via funds and support programs include Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Illinois.
Both Nebraska and Arizona give a portion of their lottery proceeds to their local environment and wildlife, although the Colorado Lottery takes first place in preservation efforts. They are the only entity in the world that dedicates all of its lottery profits (typically more than $100 million a year) to preserving their environment. In total, the Colorado Lottery has given more than $2.7 billion back to the state to protect their land.
This isn’t just across the United States – even New Zealand uses its lottery system to protect their gorgeous landscape. They offer environment and heritage grants for projects that help “protect, conserve or care for our natural, cultural and physical heritage, or allow us to better understand and access these resources.”
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Most recently, CLF has partnered with Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s celebrated, broadly inclusive cosmetic brand, on a new limited-edition makeup highlighter and Diamond Ball sweepstakes to raise critical funding for CLF. Each dollar donated or spent toward the highlighter purchase counts as one entry into the Diamond Ball sweepstakes, and 100% of funds will support CLF’s mission-critical initiatives in emergency responsiveness and education around the globe.
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When you think of America’s Sweetheart, Drew or Julia may come to mind, but Mega Millions has been captivating Americans since 1996. Active in 44 states, Mega Millions operates two draws a week and has paid out ten jackpots in the last 18 months, and the same amount of second-tier prizes ($1 to $5 million) in 2018 alone. Need even more reasons to get excited about Mega Millions? Read on.
“Big” Money Is Good, But “Mega” is Better
Mega Millions, when first introduced on September 6, 1996, was originally called The Big Game. It wasn’t until 2002 that it was renamed and relaunched as The Big Game Mega Millions. That year, there were nine Mega Millions jackpots won, including the very first draw! Since 1996, the number of participating states has rocketed from six to forty-four, and there have been 175 jackpot-winning draws.
We all want to know about the big money, and who’s winning it. The largest Mega Millions prize won in the game’s history is an impressive $656 million, split between winners in Kansas, Maryland, and Illinois. The jackpot also ranked as the third largest lottery prize in U.S. history! California and New York have also tasted success, bragging the highest number of winners by state.
Dream Maker, Record Breaker
The March 6, 2007 drawing, worth $390,000,000, broke records with its ticket sales. A record-setting 200 million tickets were sold, which is more than half of the U.S. population and the amount of the prize itself!
These Numbers are Hot!
Looking for your next lucky number? 29, 42, 10, and 16 have been chosen the most times in the last 100 Mega Millions draws. As always, the Lottery.com app lets you choose your favorite numbers although, statistically, tickets with numbers automatically chosen have the highest win rate.
In Lottery.com Land, Wednesdays and Saturdays are just called Powerball days. To get pumped for tonight’s draw, we’ve rounded up some fun Powerball facts!
All they do is win, win win
Curious about the winningest state? According to data from the Multi-State Lottery Association, Indiana holds the highest number of Powerball recipients. It might be time to take a trip to Indiana!
Trying to decide which numbers to play? 13 may get a bad rap as being unlucky, but it seems to be a magic charm for the Powerball! The top five main draw numbers for Powerball are 16, 22, 26, 32, and 41.
If you stacked enough $100 bills to form $40 million, the starting Powerball jackpot, the bills would tower as high as the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. $85 million in $100 bills would tower as high as the Statue of Liberty! (Source: Powerball.com)
Patience Is A Virtue
Winners who choose the annuity option get paid in 30 installments over 29 years. Winners who choose the annuity option also earn more over time. Annuity jackpots are also paid out in an increasing schedule, which means the annuity payout increases by five percent every year.
Put This On Your Vision Board
Playing the lottery is downright exciting. The dream of becoming an overnight millionaire, the thrill of the chase, and the possibility of changing one’s life with the purchase of a $2 ticket is not only fun, it’s enough to motivate half of the U.S. adult population to play the lottery at least once a year. In addition to the inherent excitement, there are typically a few lottery success stories a year that are impressive enough to pique the interest of even the biggest lottery naysayer. We’ve rounded up a collection of a few of the lottery’s most newsworthy moments. Enjoy!
1. The Largest Jackpot Won On A Single Ticket
If you play the lottery, chances are good you heard about this recent lottery win! Mavis Wanczyk was a clerical worker in the nursing department of a Massachusetts hospital who made waves in the press with her huge win. Not only is her prize the largest jackpot won by a single player, it remains the second largest U.S. lottery prize! After realizing she’d won, she promptly called her job to tell them she would not be coming back. Wanczyk opted to take the lump sum payment of $480 million, before taxes, making her richer than Beyonce.
2. New Hampshire Woman Goes To Court – And Earns The Right – To Maintain Her Anonymity
A New Hampshire woman, now nicknamed “Jane Dough,” sued for her right to anonymity after winning the lottery and signing her name on the back of the winning ticket. According to standard Right to Know laws, the front and back of winning lottery tickets are considered public documents in order to ensure transparency and authenticity in the lottery process. The winner went to court to defend her identity in an effort to maintain her safety and a normal lifestyle. In his ruling, Judge Charles Temple stated, “The Court has no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe’s identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation and unwanted communications.” To prove that she was a “bona fide lottery participant” and “real winner,” the judge resolved to reveal the winner’s hometown of Merrimack, New Hampshire, access to the front of the ticket displaying the winning numbers, the date of any claim, and the total prize amount.
3. Coworkers In Las Vegas Finally Win It Big
It’s common for coworkers to form an office lottery pool and, if you weren’t a believer in lottery pools before, this should change your mind. A group of 22 coworkers from the Las Vegas Paving Corporation landed a $2 million payday after years of playing together on a monthly basis. After taxes, each player walked away with $68,000. The group doesn’t think their luck has dried up yet – they plan to continue playing with the hope of winning again. We love to see people #wintogether!
4. The Couple Who Donated Nearly All Of Their Winnings
Allen and Violet Large, a Canadian couple, truly won large in 2010 – and then gave almost all of it away. The couple, already in their 70s at the time of winning, proved how much good is still in the world. They determined that others needed the money more than they did and so, after ensuring that their family was financially squared away, gave almost all of their $11.2 million prize money away to hospitals and charitable organizations.
5. The $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history! The record-shattering January 13, 2016 jackpot was split between three winning tickets: Maureen Smith of Florida, John and Lisa Robinson of Tennessee, and Mae and Marvin Acosta of California. Maureen Smith and the Robinsons chose to go public with their story, while the Acostas declined speaking to the press and spent six quiet months putting together a team of advisers before collecting their money. Each winning ticket earned an impressive $528.8 million for the respective owners.
What made you decide to download the Lottery.com app? Perhaps it was the ease of playing the Powerball from your phone, or maybe you had a stack of old lottery tickets that you’d never checked. Whatever the reason, there may be more functionality to the app than you know! Now that your account is up and running, allow us to give you a tour of a few features and tips that will help you maximize your user experience.
1.Play Your Free Ticket
Not only is the Lottery.com app free, your first ticket is, too! That’s because we believe in making people happy – especially our users. Even if we’re not yet live in your state, your free ticket will be waiting for you when we are. Good luck, and happy playing!
2. Play Mega Millions
It’s the newest game available for play in the app! Whether you’re a Powerball powerhouse or a Mega Millions mega fan, we’ve got you covered – and made it easier than ever for you to play.
3. Pick Your Lucky Numbers, Or Leave It To Us
Have you played the same lottery numbers for ten years? No problem, we want you to play all the lucky custom numbers you’d like. If you prefer leaving things to the lottery gods, your ticket will automatically generate random numbers like any other paper lottery ticket.
4. Send Your Friends Free Tickets
As always, it’s our goal to #wintogether, and we believe in sharing the love. That’s why we’ve sweetened an already sweet deal: for every friend to whom you send a free ticket who then downloads the app, you earn another a free ticket for yourself. It’s a win-win deal!5.
5. Cash Out In The App
Our redemption process allows you to either apply your current winnings to future ticket purchases or cash out directly to your bank account. The process is seamless and nearly instant. Say goodbye to the hassle of driving to the lottery office to claim your prize.
6. Reach Out To Our Customer Happiness Team Right From The App
Our Customer Happiness team is made up of real people, not robots, who love to help people 24-7-365. Simply click the three lines in the upper left corner of the app and tap HELP to begin a live conversation with one of our experts.
7. Use Our Ticket Scanner To Check Your Paper Tickets
It’s estimated that over $2 billion in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year. Many players don’t know that there are second and third-tier prizes available or don’t check their tickets thoroughly. Let’s face it – every dollar counts! If you’ve been sitting on a stack of unchecked tickets for months, use the Lottery.com app to snap photos of your tickets and we’ll alert if you’ve won, and how much. It’s that easy. Get ready to clean out your wallet and, hopefully, earn a few dollars!
Did you enjoy learning more about the Lottery.com app features? Whether you’ve already been enjoying full app functionality or are pleased to learn more, we’ve got even more awesome features on the horizon, including jackpot notifications so you never miss out on the big money. As always, feel free to share this post or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Have any lingering questions? Contact our Customer Happiness team at Support@lottery.com.