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

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.

Mega Millionaire

Mega Millions Millionaire

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!

These Mega Millions 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.

Do you have a great Mega Millions story or just want to connect? Follow us on Twitter @lotterydotcom, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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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!

Lucky Numbers

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.

Fat Stacks

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

The highest Powerball ever was a cool $1.6 billion. Three lucky tickets split the jackpot, with $528.8 million going to the holder of each ticket. Read up on more newsworthy Powerball wins here.

Lottery News

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

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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When it comes to brainstorming what makes the world a better place, big business is probably the furthest thing from your imagination. But the good news is that there are plenty of companies out there dedicated to making a real difference in their communities and beyond. In other words, the money you spend with some businesses doubles in value because its also stretching to help others. Here are a few change makers that are committed to the cause:

Retail: TOMS and Leesa

Physical and online retail stores sometimes donate proceeds of their sales, or items of value, to charities around their community and abroad.

You might have heard of companies like TOMS shoes, who give a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair bought in store or online. They currently ship shoes with over 100 services across more than 70 countries.

Another great example is Leesa.com, who donate a mattress to a homeless shelter for every 10 mattresses sold on their site.

Personal Hygiene Products: Dove and The Body Shop

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You’ve probably seen the Dove Real Beauty campaigns. These are short, emotional, and often viral videos that promote self-love for people of all shapes and sizes. They directly address self-image issues that plague many women and even men. Instead of just selling a product, Dove promotes self-confidence.

The Body Shop is another company that helps out. It has product lines that support wildlife preservation in places like Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The funds from certain products contribute to saving acres of endangered rainforest habitat.

Eyewear and Optometry: Warby Parker with VisionSpring

Warby Parker, like TOMS, provides a product to someone in need for every pair of glasses sold through their store. Over 1 billion people around the world don’t have access to much-needed eyewear, leaving up to 15% of the world’s population unable to work or learn. Warby Parker designs affordable eyewear and also partners with institutions like VisionSpring to deliver glasses to people in need.

Water Providers: People Water

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People Water is another company that offers a “buy one, give one” approach to their product — clean drinking water. Because they offer such a vital resource, the work they do is of tantamount importance worldwide. They believe positive social outcomes are just as important as making a profit.

Professional Service Firms: Ernst & Young

Sometimes institutions start by doing good within their own walls. Did you know that Ernst & Young was voted the best employer for people with disabilities in 2015? They cater to customers and employees with various degrees of disability, both in-person and online. That includes a job-aids process and a disability resource center for those who need it.

State Lotteries

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Many state lotteries use their revenue to support education and environmental programs within their communities. For example, the Arizona Lottery helps to fund the Healthy Families Program, which supports struggling families of people dealing with mental health issues. The Minnesota lottery helps fund natural resources, including the promotion of responsible hunting and fishing, and the Texas Lottery uses its revenue to support care and services for veterans across the state.

If you want the money you spend to do some good in the world, check out any of the companies listed above. And if you want to contribute to state lottery funding in your area, sign up with the Lottery.com app on your smartphone or tablet today. You can buy a Powerball ticket in just two taps, and help support all kinds of great causes!

To learn more, head to Lottery.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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You’ve undoubtedly read scores of company profiles, articles, reviews, and founders’ bios for companies and products that are “disrupting the industry” in any given field. Companies, platforms, and tech are “changing the game” and “reimagining the way we think” about X concept. People have gone so far as to say that if you are not in front of disruption, you become a victim of it. This many expert opinions can’t possibly be wrong, can they?

At Lottery.com, we’ve decided to do just the opposite.

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What the….?!!

Since the inception of Lottery.com, known then as AutoLotto, we’ve aimed to create a product that is inevitable and pushes the lottery industry forward, rather than disruptive to an already extremely popular, developed institution. Why choose the perhaps less flashy “inevitable growth” route? For one thing, inevitability is certainly not exclusive of innovation. It simply means creating a product or concept that is bound to be desired by the human experience. Innovation, by definition, means to “introduce something new or different.” Its synonyms include breaking new ground, contemporary, and ingenious. Those all sound like pretty good ideas for a company, don’t they? A literal wise guy, Albert Einstein, once said that the definition of insanity is doing something the same way over and over again and expecting a different result. As humans and as industries, we naturally evolve and that evolution pushes us forward.

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Adapt and flourish

The second reason we take this approach is that we believe in building things that we think should exist. Bringing an industry online doesn’t disrupt that industry, it adapts it to fit the modern zeitgeist. It is inevitable that almost everything will be automated and brought online in the near future. Many people no longer go to the grocery store to purchase their food, they order it online. The good news is that by simply advancing an existing industry, we can expand the current market of lottery players to include millennials and over tech savvy demographics. The reason that this is important is because it means the lottery industry will stay alive and well, and continue to fund great things like education, social programs, and wildlife conservation.

How we do it

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Lottery.com endeavors to advance, not agitate. We seek recognition of our legality, cooperation, and partnership in every state that we operate in. In the lottery world, that’s a big deal. In fact, we would never infringe upon the existing lottery in a state before going live. So no, we don’t aim to disrupt officially and state-sanctioned lottery games and local retailers, we work to innovate and advance the process so that buyers and sellers of lottery tickets alike can #wintogether.

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Do you want to learn more or try our app out for yourself? Head to Lottery.com to learn more or go straight to l.lottery.com/sm to download the app. Even in states where we are working to go live, you are able to use the app to track your paper tickets for winnings. For lottery results, jokes, and crazy stories, follow us on Twitter @lotterydotcom or on Facebook. Connect with us on LinkedIn and be sure to share this content and clap if you like it.

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If you’re lucky enough to be a lottery jackpot winner, chances are that everyone you encounter will have an opinion about what you should do with the money. While the way you spend your money is up to you, and you should enjoy the process, here are a few ways in which you can try to ensure your winnings are maximized.

1. Work with a financial advisor

According to the Sudden Money Institute, lottery jackpot winners actually receive about a third of the total jackpot. It’s completely up to winners to decide if they’ll take a lump sum or a payout of 30 allotments over 29 years. The decision is typically based around tax brackets, investment options, and personal finances. A financial advisor can and should evaluate your options for you, and advise you in the payout that makes the most sense in your situation.

2. Invest

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Investing can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You can certainly take the stock market or cryptocurrency route and invest a good portion of your money. With the proper financial advice and portfolio advisor, it’s possible to significantly grow your wealth. This may also mean investing in startup companies or funding campaigns that you strongly believe in. Lastly, it may mean investing in the future of your children, be that in college funds, trusts, or other savings accounts. If you play your cards right, you may be able to do all of the above!

3. Find or establish a cause that will leave a lasting legacy

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Lottery winners are in a rare position to make a huge impact on this and future generations via charitable causes and donations. In spite of all that money can buy, some winners find a lasting legacy or important cause to be the must fulfilling gift of all. Consider giving to organizations that fight disease, provide clean water, build schools, feed the homeless, provide jobs to the underprivileged, or whatever is near and dear to your heart. If there is no such charity, perhaps create your own. Money can buy much more than a new home or fast car; it can buy hope, a cure, a new future, or a second chance for someone in need.

4. Make sure you’re not losing out on winnings

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It is estimated that approximately $2 billion in lottery winnings go unclaimed each year. In fact, in 2015 alone, 114 prizes with $1 million or more were never claimed. Why? The answer is simple: people forget to check their tickets or simply don’t realize they’ve won a secondary jackpot. Thanks to the Lottery.com app, you don’t have to stress about missing out on any winnings. The app tells users almost instantly if and how much a ticket has won. The first way to be a big winner is to know you’ve won. Want to try it for yourself? Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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How have lotteries changed since they were first introduced? What has stayed the same? Our brief history of the lottery takes a fun and informative tour through the past to uncover the origins of America’s favorite games of chance.

The Beginning

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Lottery-style games have been around for a long time and they are popular all around the world. Various forms of lottery games make an appearance in the Bible, the Quran, Greek mythology, and ancient Japanese and Chinese histories. The Romans used lottery games to predict the future, reward their followers, and distribute gifts at parties. Jobs, political positions, and property were also distributed by lottery draws throughout history.

A popular Italian lottery game in the 15th century, bianca carta, is believed to have given birth to the lottery ticket. The name comes from the word “white” in Italian, which is in reference to the white paper tickets. In France, the Italian entourage of Caterina de Medici introduced the game as blanque.

Changing Lottery Prize Structures

The concept that we now know as state lotteries began to develop in the 1560s after unlicensed lotteries were outlawed in Flanders in 1526. Class lotteries used several levels of prizes, from most lucrative to least, and participants could buy in at multiple levels.

The Use of Lottery Numbers

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In the 16th century, Genoa used a lottery draw to fill 90 senator spots. Eventually the public began betting on the drawing outcomes, which was the start of “Lotto.” The names of the senators were replaced by lottery numbers 1 through 90. Sounds similar to the Powerball numbers we use now, doesn’t it? This “new” game was operated by bankers and then taken over by the state. A “6 out of 49” number system was first introduced in Berlin in 1952.

Funding Social Programs

August Caesar famously sold lottery tickets to fund repairs for the city of Rome. As early as 1539, France used lotteries to make up for lost capital after being at war with Spain. Lotteries were also used to fund the Hôpital Général de Paris, the king’s wedding, and the renovation of many Parisian churches. To this day, lottery funding is used in state projects across America and goes toward educational funding, among other causes.

The First New York Lotteries

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Lotteries came to America with European settlers. The first official U.S. lottery happened around 1746 to help pay for fortification of the city. At the end of that same year, a lottery was used to help in the construction costs of building a college. In order to prevent raising taxes to alleviate post-war debt, lotteries were used to raise money for various projects, including founding a college, repaying public debt, and building a lighthouse. Lotteries began to really catch on across the U.S. in the 1980s.

Lotteries and Technology

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Lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions are now moving towards a digital future. The Lottery.com app allows you to play the lottery right on your smartphone. Finally, the lottery is catching up to other industries that have already benefited from going digital. Technological advancements are also used to ensure that the lottery stays fair for everyone.

The Future of the Lottery

At Lottery.com, we are continuing to expand and add more games to our platform so stay tuned! In the meantime, use the app to check your paper tickets or play the Powerball, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with the latest updates.

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When your family wins the lottery, what should you do first? You may want to distribute some of the money to those close to you, support your favorite charitable cause, or put some into savings. But, of course, you’ll also want to treat yourself and your family a bit, and here are some great ways to do just that:

Send Your Kids to College

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The college of their dreams is within reach when your lottery windfall is available to pay for steep tuition costs. You really can’t beat a good education — after all, it’s an investment in their future. It may not be as glamorous as a new sports car or some of the other options here, but it will be extremely valuable in the long run. Trust us.

Invest in Home Improvements

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If you don’t buy a new home altogether, why not make a few desirable adjustments to your current home? As a new lottery winner, you may want to go all out with a pool, a game room, or energy efficient additions. Or, you may be thinking of something more modest. Have you always dreamed of having an open-concept kitchen and an island counter with a double sink? Now’s the time to go for it!

Pamper Yourselves

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Go out for a nice dinner, enjoy a salon trip, book a couples’ massage, get the iPhone X, take a family trip. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the small things that you might have put aside before that are finally within your reach.

Visit Disney World

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Guaranteed to delight the whole family, Disney World is the ideal trip to take together. The rides, the food, the events and parades, the resort, the characters and costumes…there’s so much to do and see. What tends to be an expensive trip will be no problem once you’ve won the Powerball jackpot.

Fund Your Bucket List

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“I’ve always wanted to…” You’ve no doubt said these words before. Whether it’s a specific destination, adventurous activities, or once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everyone has a bucket list. Why not get started on yours by putting some of your lotto winnings towards checking these items off?

Take a Cruise

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Even if you’re keeping your 9-to-5 (and many lottery winners do), you will probably want to treat yourself to a well-deserved vacation. There’s nothing more relaxing than the scent of open waters and the sound of the waves as you suntan on the deck of a yacht. Or, maybe you want to be the captain of your own cruise.

Travel the World

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There are so many things to see and do across the globe. Make a list of the sights that you and your family want to see and then set off to start exploring. This is the time to treat yourself, and your loved ones, to some unforgettable and life-changing experiences.

What’s on your lottery winnings must-do list? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter — or leave us any other questions or comments and we’ll do our best to help out.

To have a shot at making your dream list a reality, grab a free Mega Millions or Powerball ticket on your smartphone or tablet by signing up with Lottery.com.

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The end of the year is notoriously the most expensive time of year, whether you celebrate the holidays or not. Office gift exchanges, presents, travel to see family, and extra meals out create a cash suck. Now, imagine an alternative to all that financial stress: a lottery win in the midst of “the most wonderful time of the year.” The currently climbing lottery jackpots just might provide a few fortune-favored winners the opportunity to have their best holiday season ever. If you are one such lucky lotto player, here are a few ideas for how to treat yourself to an epic December:

1. Stay at the Cabin or Lodge of Your Dreams

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For those who love the snow, there’s no better way to immerse yourself than in a cozy cabin or ski lodge. Whether you love a relaxing sauna session or hitting the slopes, there are options for anyone. Many resorts and rentals are also family-friendly and offer discounted lift tickets and activities for children. Go ahead, treat yourself.

2. Go Heliskiing or Heliboarding

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Feeling fearless? This is arguably the most intrepid winter activity out there. Helicopters carry experienced skiers and snowboarders to the top of untouched peaks where they are left to ride down steep, flawless mountain faces. Experienced winter athletes cite this as one of their greatest thrills but, be forewarned, this one is not for novices or the faint of heart.

3. Throw an Unforgettable Holiday Bash

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Holiday parties don’t need to be stuffy! Get creative and throw your friends and family a party none of you will ever forget. Whether it’s a black tie affair with real reindeer, a costume party on the slopes in Vail, or a pajama party with an Elvis impersonator and fountains of nacho cheese, you have the means to throw the soiree of the century. Go all out.

4. Travel The Country Via Train

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Imagine traveling up the gorgeous California coast or making the nostalgia-filled journey from New York City all the way to San Francisco, all from the comfort and warmth of a train car. Rail vacation packages can be purchased for yourself or a group and promise sites along the way like Times Square, the Hudson River, the Rocky Mountains, and Fisherman’s Wharf. For anyone looking to explore the U.S. and have a unique holiday experience, this might be the option for you.

5. Surprise Families by Paying For Their Gifts on Layaway

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Although there are plenty of flashy ways to spend your newly-won cash, this may be the most fulfilling option of all. Many large retailers offer layaway plans for families who are unable to take on the financial burden of the holidays all at once. Follow in the footsteps of other anonymous donors who have generously paid off the cost of layaway gifts for hundreds of families. You have the potential to not only give a merry holiday season, but to change lives. Winning feels good, but paying it forward feels even better.