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April 18th, 2010

U.S.A. – Powerball How to play

Powerball® is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, we draw five white balls out of a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 39 red balls.
Players win by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win. The jackpot (won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball) is either an annuitized prize paid out over 29 years (30 payments) or a lump sum payment. Each ticket costs $1. If the winner chooses the annuity, the annual payment will be increased each year by the percentage set out in the Powerball game rules.
The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is $200,000 paid in cash and any time you match the red Powerball, you win. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 35.

Power Play® is a special feature that allows a winner to multiply the original prize amount. Powerball players can multiply their Powerball prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times (does not include the jackpot). The Match 5 prize with Power Play option will always be multiplied 5X’s for $1 million cash Note that any set prizes or Power Play prizes, including the Match 5+0 prize, may be reduced if wins exceed the available prize fund. We pick the Power Play multiplier number at random before each draw. A player must choose the Power Play option when they buy their Powerball ticket.

April 11th, 2010

Euro Millions – How to play

EuroMillions is Europe’s biggest-ever, rolling jackpot lottery game. Simply select 5 numbers from 1 to 50 and 2 Lucky Stars from 1 to 9.

The EuroMillions draw normally takes place every Friday evening in Paris, and 5 main numbers are drawn along with 2 Lucky Stars. Match a minimum of three numbers to win a prize; 3 main numbers, 1 main number and 2 Lucky Stars or 2 main numbers and 1 Lucky Star.

Match 5 main numbers and 2 Lucky Stars to win the jackpot, or a share of it!

April 11th, 2010

British National Lottery – How to play

Lotto is the UK’s biggest millionaire-making game. Simply select 6 numbers from 1 to 49.

The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and six numbers (the main numbers) are drawn, along with one additional number – the bonus number. Match a minimum of three numbers to the main numbers drawn to win a prize. Remember, the bonus number is only relevant when you match five main numbers and the bonus number.

April 11th, 2010

USA Mega Millions – How to play

Mega Millions tickets cost $1.00 per play.

Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46 – or select Easy Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.

What if you win the jackpot?

Annuity option: Provides 26 annual payments. For every $1,000,000 in the jackpot, you will receive approximately $38,500 per year before taxes.

Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

In addition to the jackpot, there are other prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000*.

* 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.

**Some states use a Megaplier feature to increase non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3 or 4 times. To find out if your state participates, and to get Megaplier results, visit the lottery web site in the state in which you played.