The Easter weekend could provide one lucky Aussie with an incredible $616 million if they beat the enormous odds and win the USA Mega Lotto jackpot.
The Lottery Office, which sells tickets for the huge lotto draw, is hoping "one lucky Aussie (will be) hopping for joy" after a tough start to 2023 for Australians. "The Easter Bunny will be extra generous this year," CEO Jaclyn Wood said.
“We’ve seen a record-breaking number of Aussies hunting for international lottery jackpots in recent months and winning big. Our last big winner was a 61-year-old teacher who cashed in just shy of AUD1 million and was just one number off 1 billion.”
Last year a Sydneysider who also entered an international lottery just missed out on a $424 million fortune over one number as well.
The chances of winning the USA Mega Lotto are extremely low, with odds at over 300 million to one. Australians themselves can't directly purchase a ticket in a US lottery but can buy tickets through an agency such as The Lottery Office. When Australians purchase a ticket, the company purchases a matching ticket in the overseas draw. Lottery Office tickets start at $7 a game.
Lottery players chase bigger jackpots in overseas lotteries
“International lotteries also have the potential to pay out significantly more than their minimum jackpots,” Ms Wood said.
“For example, the US Powerball, which is matched to our USA Power Lotto, holds the world record for the biggest prize ever at AUD2.9 billion while the largest ever Australian lotto payout was AUD160 million. We are holding out hope the next big win will be an Aussie."
The draw closes this Saturday at 10am EAST.
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