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The popularity of US lotteries

Gambling as a pastime was around almost forever. But in the US it was only around since 1600. Two major US lotteries, Mega Millions and Powerball were formed only at the end of the past century. Many things have happened since the 1600s. Time passed and Lottery evolved it turned out to be more sophisticated more challenging and even more fun, especially when the jackpot rose significantly during the past decades.

Nowadays there is even a possibility to purchase a lottery ticket with your cellphone without ever pulling out a pen or a credit card. US lotteries are so popular that even non-citizens buy them online, and even win in them sometimes, although they have to pay a hefty tax of 30% from the jackpot they win.

There have been crooks around, trying to scam people into giving them their credit card numbers and other sensitive information in exchange for a promised prize.

If you pay for a lottery ticket make sure it is not a scam. The best way to ensure that you are getting the real deal is to go to Google and type the keywords “Lottery Name Scam”, where “Lottery Name” stands exactly for what it means. Mighty Google will help you find whether it’s a clean bet or no go.

In the United States, lotteries are run by 48 jurisdictions: 45 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In fiscal 2018 alone, Americans spent around $77.7 billion on lottery tickets and that means that people love to gamble. Regardless their status of being ultra-rich or disgustingly poor people would love to try their luck to increase their fortune.

However, even in America, there are four territories that lottery is considered to be illegal. These are Alabama, Nevada, Alaska, and Utah.

The top lottery winners in the US history were John and Lisa Robinson in Tennessee, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt in Florida and Marvin and Mae Acosta in California all had the option of roughly $533 million as an annuity or $327.8 million as the lump-sum payment. That was Powerball. Bear in mind that for those lottery wins taxes had to be paid.

And this three families made it big merely by filling out a ticket than most of us would by doing a day to day work. Having a day job is nice, it can pay your lottery ticket bill. But winning the big jackpot could be even nicer. Imagine all the things you could buy, all the people you could help, all the problems you could solve. Being a winner is nice, but having a good life is the main reason you do all that in the first place.

Don’t forget to work for your happiness and for your health, and sometimes give luck a chance to put a big smile on your face, in form of those zeros in your bank account.

There are some other games across the states worth mentioning, among them are: 2by2, All or Nothing, Cash4Life, Lotto America, Lucky for Life, Tri-State Lottery.

Play nice, expect to lose but hope to win. 

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