Is it legal to play the lottery over the Internet?
The state lotteries and MUSL (the organization that runs Powerball) are all very firm in their assertion that playing the lottery in any manner over the Internet is illegal. We are not lawyers and can’t provide legal advice, but we are not so sure about their position. Their absolute certainty that it is illegal may have more to do with not wanting to lose control of the player interaction, and less to do with a firm legal footing.
When we assess the legality, we look at what has actually happened in court cases. There have been people in the past who purchased a lottery ticket from an Internet Web site, subsequently won the jackpot, and the lottery attempted to block them from receiving the jackpot. In each case, the winners took the lottery to court and won. They received their jackpot as if they walked into a store and purchased a ticket.
You must keep in mind that any type of Internet-based lottery service is not risk-free. From a legal standpoint, the services are dealing in loopholes in the current law, and the US Congress has taken steps to make those loopholes tighter, particularly in trying to prevent banks and credit cards from allowing Internet payments for lottery services. But there is a much bigger threat when you use an Internet lottery service: getting ripped off.
By not making a purchase in a store, you may be doing something worse than throwing your money away: you may be helping to keep a scam operation running. Stay away from anything referring to a «syndicate». We are not aware of any site using that terminology that is not a scam. Also beware of sites that state «Insured by ___» at the bottom. It is like saying «We don’t really buy lottery tickets, but trust us, you’ll get paid if you win.» Have you ever heard of an insurance company paying out a $200 million Powerball jackpot? We haven’t.
We do allow some advertising on USA Mega for lottery services. We recommend that USA residents stay away from such services, and make your purchases in a store. The ads are directed at non-USA residents, who may not have the online lottery restrictions that exist in the USA.
USA Powerball Results
You can find the latest USA Powerball result below, including the winning numbers and how much prize money was won. For more results, please visit Powerball.net.
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Jackpot for this draw: $156,500,000
Display Balls in Drawn OrderShow USA Powerball Winners 11-11
|Prize Division||Prize Amount||Winners||Total Prize Fund|
|Match 5 plus Powerball||$156,500,000.00||Rollover 0||$0.00|
|Match 4 plus Powerball||$50,000.00||10||$500,000.00|
|Match 3 plus Powerball||$100.00||774||$77,400.00|
|Match 2 plus Powerball||$7.00||15,983||$111,881.00|
|Match 1 plus Powerball||$4.00||121,618||$486,472.00|
|Match 0 plus Powerball||$4.00||278,950||$1,115,800.00|
|Match 5 (with Power Play)||$2,000,000.00||$0.00|
|Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$100,000.00||2||$200,000.00|
|Match 4 (with Power Play)||$200.00||68||$13,600.00|
|Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$200.00||239||$47,800.00|
|Match 3 (with Power Play)||$14.00||4,798||$67,172.00|
|Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$14.00||5,177||$72,478.00|
|Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$8.00||38,827||$310,616.00|
|Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play)||$8.00||85,601||$684,808.00|
Next Estimated USA Powerball Jackpot
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Can non-US citizens play? What if a non-US citizen wins?
Yes, non-US citizens can legally play, and non-US citizens are eligible to win any prize offered in the game.
If a non-US citizen wins, they would claim their prize in the same manner that a US citizen would, but the taxes withheld would be different. For example, federal withholding for non-US citizens is a flat 30%. Also, individual states may have different tax structures for non-US citizens than they do for US citizens. Depending on which country the person is a legal resident of, there also may be tax treaties between the US and that other country which could be helpful in offsetting whatever the US tax liabilities are.
In short, non-US citizens can play and win Powerball. If a non-US citizen wins a large prize, they will be responsible for some amount of tax, which in the end will probably be an amount similar to what a US citizen would pay, but there are so many possible variations with international tax codes that you’ll need to consult with a local tax attorney if you need to know a precise amount of tax liability.
Power Play is a multiplier option. For an extra US $1 per ticket you can add Power Play. You don’t have to choose any extra numbers for this. Rather than improving your chances of a win, Power Play increases the amount of prize money you receive if you do win.
One Power Play number is randomly selected from a pool of 42, marked with multipliers from 2x to 5x. If the jackpot is less than US $150 million, one extra 10x multiplier is added. Whichever multiplier is drawn, non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by that amount, for winning tickets with the Power Play option selected. This excludes the jackpot and any wins for five numbers matched (where the top prize is doubled to US $2 million).
Powerball prizes must be claimed in the state where the tickets were purchased. Each state has its own rules about when prizes must be claimed and it is the responsibility of the player to come forward in time. Visit the How to Claim page for more information. Winning tickets must be checked and validated by the lottery operator in the state where the ticket was bought, or by an agent of the operator, such as an authorized retailer, before prizes can be paid out.
Anyone who wins a large Powerball prize must pay federal taxes in the US, regardless of whether or not they are a resident. This is set at a rate depending on your total annual income (including money from lottery winnings). The lottery makes an immediate 25 percent federal withholding on prizes of more than $5,000, and most states levy a local withholding, although Tennessee and South Dakota do not.
Below are the tax withholdings by state, although certain other factors – such as residency – could affect these. For further advice, consult a professional financial advisor.
|U.S. Virgin Islands||0.0%|