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14 common misconceptions about US Mega Millions

US Mega Millions is one of the most well-known lotteries in the world. This lottery is always making the headlines, famous for its long list of winners and huge jackpots.  

While Mega Millions has made a name for itself over the last 20 years, there are still a few misconceptions about this life-changing lottery.  

Here are some of the most common Mega Millions misconceptions.  

US Mega Millions is new.

FALSE. US Mega Millions has been paying out winners for over 20 years. Since August 1996 to be exact. 

You can only win from draws of Mega Millions if you live in the USA.

FALSE. Thanks to The Lottery Office you can win from draws of US Mega Millions from Australia. When you purchase a ticket in our USA Mega Lotto, we purchase a matching ticket in the US Mega Millions.

It’s not safe to play outside of the USA.

FALSE. It is safe to play international lottery with The Lottery Office. We are government licensed and regularly audited to ensure we meet all regulatory requirements. 

There’s only one way to choose numbers.

FALSE. There are many ways to choose your lottery numbers. Lucky numbers, birthdays or lucky dates, ask your friends or pull them out of a hat. It’s your choice! 

The jackpots aren’t that big. 

FALSE. The biggest US Mega Millions jackpot was AUD$2.1 billion and was won in 2018. Imagine winning a jackpot like that 

The bigger the jackpot the more expensive the tickets.

FALSE. Our lottery ticket prices don’t increase when the jackpot rises. We are not taking bets on lottery outcomes.  

You need to match all numbers to win anything.

FALSE. To win first division you must match all main numbers and the mega ball, however, there are 8 more divisions in US Mega Millions.  

There are no special features.

FALSE. By spending a few extra dollars and choosing the multiplier feature you can increase your win by up to 5 times.  

If no-one wins the jackpot it starts over again.  

FALSE. If no-one wins the jackpot it rolls over to the next draw and at least AUD$6.8 million (approximately)  will be added on top.  

Everyone will know about your win.

FALSE. When playing international lottery with The Lottery Office you have the choice to remain anonymous.  

We take a commission when you win.

FALSE. We pay you the same amount of money we collect from the overseas lottery. 

If you win you have to collect the prize money from the overseas lottery.

FALSE. If you are a winner of our lottery, The Lottery Office will pay you from and in Australia in Australian dollars the exact same amount that we collect overseas for the matching winning ticket that we bought.  

When dealing with The Lottery Office,  we are dealing with someone offshore.

FALSE. We are an Australian owned and operated business with our lottery operations and customer service teams located right here in Australia.  

Anyone can sign up with The Lottery Office.

FALSE. To sign up with the Lottery Office you must be over the age of 18 years and a resident of Australia or New Zealand.

Now that we’ve demystified US Mega Millions and debunked some of the most common misconceptions, why not try your luck at winning from a draw of this famous international lottery.


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