Mega Millions draw of millions of US dollars is not only limited to Americans. As a Canadian you can also take part in this lottery and access it online or physically as you cross the border and have a ticket to play the game. Mega Millions have lots of players across the globe and specially Canadians love this game because they often have a profitable experience bringing US dollars into their own currency in Canadian dollars.
So to get the US Mega Million lottery ticket you can cross the border to buy tickets, but you’ll have to check the laws of the state you’re visiting. Some states don’t even sell lottery tickets, and the rest have deadlines for purchasing a ticket. For example, Arizona Lottery stops selling tickets two hours before the drawing, while many states sell until 15 minutes before the draw.
You cannot buy Mega Millions lotto tickets online yourself. In US only residents of Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina or North Dakota can buy Mega Millions tickets online from their state lotteries. Residents of New York and Virginia can also buy online subscriptions to the Mega Million lottery.
You can buy online ticket from a third party. But Mega Millions heeds a warning: proceed with caution.
“Mega Millions is not affiliated with and does not endorse any company claiming to sell our tickets around the world, online or otherwise,” the website reads. “If you choose to do business with one of these companies, you do so at your own risk.”
There are a number of independent ticket purchasing services that sell lottery tickets to people around the world.
When playing at these sites online you can also check the results of the lottery instantly.
Why Canadians want to play Mega Millions Lottery?
Mega Millions is most wanted lottery by Canucks due to many reasons. The first and foremost is the Massive Jackpots prizes it has. The record jackpot at the time of writing was $845 million making it second only to Powerball in terms of the world’s biggest lottery jackpots. With ticket prices from just $4 CAD it’s no surprise that Canadian players love the opportunity to take a shot of nabbing such an enormous prize.
One of the nice extra features on offer from the Mega Millions lottery is the 5x Megaplier feature. For an extra $1.50 all the prize tiers from 2 through 9 are multiplied by 5. That means that while the odds of winning a prize don’t change, the potential rewards have increased exponentially.
The Mega Millions draw takes places on Tuesdays & Fridays at 23:00 (EST), so there are two chances every week to hit that elusive jackpot. We know that winning a lottery is not exactly a simple proposition, but with so many prize tiers there is always a chance of hitting at least a few numbers to get a nice win. And of course, with the MegaPlier option, those smaller tiers can be multiplied by five to make a small win into a big one!
How to Play Mega Millions?
Mega Millions tickets cost US$2.00 per play.
Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 – or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
The jackpots start at $40 million and grow by a minimum of $5 million per draw each time the jackpot rolls.
There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot down to $2
In California all prizes are pari-mutuel, meaning payouts are based on sales and the number of winners. All other Mega Millions states set the 2nd through 9th prizes at pre-determined amounts.
If you win the jackpot the Mega Millions annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous one. This helps protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power in periods of inflation.
The other option is cash option which is one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.