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Who can play to win from the draws of the US Mega Millions?

The US Mega Millions is one of the most played and loved lotteries in the world, which isn’t surprising since its jackpots have reached into the billions! Yes, that’s right, billions. The biggest jackpot was AUD $2.1 billion and was won in 2018!

You’re probably wondering if it is possible to play to win from the draws of the US Mega Millions so you can become a billionaire overnight and finally buy that huge yacht in Greece and eleven Pininfarina Battista’s.

Well, the answer is yes! Even if you aren’t an American citizen and even though Mega Millions prevents overseas ticket buyers from collecting prize money!

So who can play?

The possibility for Aussies and kiwis to win from the draws of the American Mega Millions Lottery is available through The Lottery Office’s matching USA Mega Lotto.

If you’re wondering whether to give it a go, just remember, there are two draws every week offering nine different prize divisions!

When you purchase an entry in our USA Mega Lotto, we will purchase a matching ticket in a Mega Millions lottery draw conducted in the USA.

Big jackpots is just one reason why we want to offer Aussies a chance to win from this massive lottery draw!

Man in hat smiling

Is it legal?

There may be rules against anyone outside of the US buying a ticket and collecting the prize money directly, but Australians can still play to win from US Mega Millions.

When The Lottery Office purchases the matching ticket, it stays in the US and we collect the prize there. If your ticket in our matching USA Mega Lotto is a winner, we pay the exact same value of the winning amount that we collected from the overseas lottery. No fees and no commissions.

We’re also licensed by the Northern Territory Government of Australia and the lotteries that we operate and offer are Government approved and licenced. The Lottery Office meets all regulatory requirements and we undertake regular financial and procedural audits. For that extra assurance, ongoing live audits of our processing of customer orders against tickets are carried out.

How to play US Mega Lotto

When you purchase an entry in our USA Mega Lotto, we’ll purchase a matching ticket in the Mega Millions lottery conducted in the USA.

  • Select 5 numbers between 1 and 70, and 1 number between 1 and 25.
  • You can multiply a non-jackpot win by up to 5 times if you choose the ‘multiplier’ option for an extra $3.45 per game.
  • Decide how many draws you’d like to use your numbers for.
  • You can also choose a ‘quick play’ for fast checkout.

Don’t forget, there are two draws of our USA Mega Lotto every week, the same as with US Mega Millions, and nine prize divisions, giving you extra chances to win!

How to increase your chances of winning the jackpot?

  • Play more games! The more games you play, the more chances to win!
  • Play more draws! US Mega Millions is drawn twice weekly!

Also, you can win more money by choosing the multiplier feature for only $3.45 extra. This can bump up your non-jackpot wins by up to 5 times.

Collecting your win

If you win under AUD$10,000, we’ll email you the good news and the money will be automatically credited to your Lottery Office account. However, if you win over AUD$10,000, we’ll call you on the phone number you provided and let you know in person, so we can take care of payment arrangements with you. We pay you the exact same amount for winning a prize in our USA Mega Lotto as the prize money we collect from winning with the matching US Mega Millions.

To purchase a ticket follow these steps:

STEP 1 – Visit our website and sign up for an account using your Facebook or Google account. Alternatively, you can sign up for an account using your email address. Share a few details and agree to our Privacy Policy and Ts and Cs.

STEP 2 – It’s time to play! Visit our website and choose the lottery and the numbers you’d like to play. If you’re time poor, choose a Quick Play and the numbers will be chosen at random for you.

STEP 3 – Complete the transaction and pay securely using a debit or credit card, Bpay, POLi Pay, bank transfer or Paysafecard. For your safety, our website is secured by 256-bit encryption technology.

Note: To sign up for an account with The Lottery Office you must be over 18 years and be an Australian or New Zealand resident.

FAQ

Will I recieve a ticket?

Yes. You will receive a Lottery Office ticket detailing the game numbers and draw dates for our lottery that you have entered. Your Lottery Office ticket can be found under 'My Draws' in your Lottery Office account. The overseas lottery ticket remains the property of The Lottery Office, and will be stored securely in the country of origin. Some countries have laws forbidding the transport of lottery tickets outside the country.

How do I purchase a lottery game?

To purchase a lottery game, simply follow the steps below: 1. Select a lottery to play. 2. Choose a Play Option. 3. 'Quick Play' will automatically generate a chosen number of games and will be added to your cart immediately. 4. 'Choose your own' allows you to pick specific numbers individually for each game. You can also choose to play in more than one draw with this option. 5. Click 'Go to checkout' or 'Add to cart'. Finally, review your order, choose a payment method and click 'Pay Securely'. You will receive an order confirmation via email.

Are my tickets secure?

As all of our tickets in our lotteries are electronic we have developed features to ensure the security and accountability of our ticketing process. The primary individual ticket identifier is the entry number above the barcode and this number is unique for every ticket issued. The number is created at the time that a valid order is placed by the customer and is contained in the order confirmation email sent thereafter. It then links that order to the ticket issued to the customer and the matching foreign ticket purchased in the relevant foreign lottery. The barcode contained on the bottom of the electronic ticket was not used to identify the individual tickets that we issued. Therefore the barcode is not required to identify ownership of the ticket after the draw. Our tickets are always electronic tickets and, as they are not a printed paper ticket randomly sold, we did not need or use barcodes in the winner identification and notification procedures. It is not the holder of the ticket that is entitled to claim the prize as is the case with paper tickets but the known customer who ordered it and to whom it was issued. Our winner identification is all done automatically by our business systems. Of course customers can also do their own personal checks of draw numbers against draw outcomes. For this reason the barcode has been the same on all of the tickets that we issue. Its purpose is simply to provide an initial assistance in identifying instances where a bogus electronic ticket may have been created in an endeavour to falsely claim a prize. If the wrong barcode is on the ticket it was not created and issued by us. However this is only a superficial check. A genuine ticket must have the correct entry number issued to the winning customer who ordered it and thus can only be claimed by the player it was issued to. Therefore even if the correct generic barcode was on a forged or copied ticket, only the genuine owner of a real and original Lottery Office ticket will be paid the prize that they have won. Following queries from customers about why the barcode was always the same, we made the decision to actually link the barcode to the individual entry numbers. Therefore from February 15, 2021 all ticket barcodes will represent the ticket number and will therefore be different for every ticket issued.

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