can canada win in powerball lottery

Can canada win in powerball lottery

With a jackpot prize of $1.6 billion, the US Powerball is the most lucrative lottery completion in the world. Obviously, you would expect the majority of the players and subsequent winners to be American. However, it is possible for non-US citizens to play and win the Powerball lottery.

In February 2016, a lucky Canadian gambler identified as P won $1 million from Powerball. He might have missed out on the $1.6 billion jackpot, but the Quebec resident was still pleased to walk home a million dollars richer.

How P Won $1 Million in the US Powerball

As expected, the prospect of being a billionaire was way too exciting to forego. Because nobody had won the Powerball jackpot for a long period, it had increased to over $1 billion. Like many other non-Americans, P was skeptical about his eligibility for the Powerball draw.

After researching on the internet, P established that it was indeed possible for a Canadian to participate in the Powerball lottery. There is no legal requirement that a winner must be a US citizen in order to pick up a prize, so Canadians are free to enter and win without any issues.

On January 13, 2016, the $1.6 billion jackpot prize was won, but P wasn’t among the winners. He was a bit disappointed and tried to give it a second shot. A month later, he used the quick pick option to choose his lucky numbers and waited for the draw. The following morning, he discovered that he had won the second prize in the US Powerball, earning him $1 million.

What Canadians Need to Know about the Powerball Draw

It is highly likely that many Canadians will be motivated to play Powerball following P’s success story. But before forking out your money with the hope of winning the jackpot, here are some things you should know.

Buying Tickets Online is Risky

In the US, gambling is regulated by state governments. This means that tickets can only be bought from licensed retailers and winnings can only be collected from the state in which the tickets were bought. This condition is reiterated by the official Powerball website.

US Laws Could prevent you from Cashing in your ticket

If you buy your ticket in the US and move back to Canada, there is a law that could prevent you from returning to America to claim your winnings. The rule, known as the ‘immortal articles law’, prohibits the import of certain materials such as lottery tickets from foreign countries into the US.

Your winnings will NOT be taxed by the Canadian Government

Should you win the Powerball, you will only be required to pay taxes to the IRS and the state from which you bought the ticket. Canada will not take a dime from what remains after the US government takes its cut.

You Can’t Win on Facebook…

As unbelievable as it sounds, some people fall for tricks claiming that you can win Powerball prizes on Facebook. According to the lottery’s website, such notices are fraudulent and should be reported immediately they are spotted.

…but you CAN Play Online from Canada

Sites like Lottoland offer Canadians the chance to bet on and win Powerball without the inconvenience of having to try and cross the border to pick up a ticket.

Despite the highly unfavorable odds, investing a paltry $2 for a chance of being a millionaire overnight is not a poor decision.

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Read the story of the Canadian who became a millionaire thanks to playing the United States’ biggest lottery: Powerball. We explain the legal status of Canadian Powerball winners.

Powerball hits US$700 million: here’s how Canadians can play

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On Wednesday, the U.S.’s second largest lottery will be drawn as the main Powerball prize has risen to US$700 million – in Canadian funds that would translate to around a cool $880 million.

While that number has many Americans seeing dollar signs, Canadians can also grab a share of the prize but they also need to be careful about how they purchase tickets.

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If you were to cross the border, you are allowed to purchase a ticket as a “tourist, according to the Powerball website.

“If you legally purchase a Powerball ticket, you can play the game and you can collect prizes. You do not have to be a citizen or a resident to play the game. You can be a tourist,” Powerball says on its website.

However, a problem could arise if you bring the ticket back to Canada.

According to the “immoral articles” law: “all persons are prohibited from importing into the United States from any foreign country any … lottery ticket, or any printed paper that may be used as a lottery ticket, or any advertisement of any lottery.”

That said, there are other options for purchasing tickets.

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You can phone a friend or relative that lives South of the Border or you can also use a site designed to purchase tickets for you. will purchase tickets for you in the U.S. and will send you a scanned copy of your purchase.

The website also promises to fly you to the U.S. if you win an “8- or 9-figure jackpot.”

Lottoland, a Gibraltar-based company, recently became available in Canada.

Play with Lottoland is unique in that users bet on which numbers will be drawn, rather than buying a ticket through an official lottery operator.

If they pick the correct numbers, they’ll win the same amount that the actual lottery pays.

What are your odds?

The odds of winning the main prize are one in 292.2 million.

Tom Rietz, a professor at the University of Iowa who researches probabilities, says one way to think about it is to envision the 324 million U.S. residents. Your chance of winning is roughly comparable to being that one lucky person out of the entire population, with everyone else losing.

What are the tax implications?

The Canadian government will not be collecting a share of your winnings but that won’t stop Uncle Sam from taking a chunk.

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Lottery winnings are free from income tax in Canada but the Internal Revenue Service will claim a large withholding tax.

“For U.S. residents the federal tax rate for lottery winnings is 25 per cent of the gross winnings,” said Texas Lottery spokesperson Kelly Cripe in an email. “For non-U.S. residents the federal tax rate for lottery winnings is 30 per cent of the gross winnings.”

Will you really get $700 million?

If you are willing to play the long game you will receive the full prize.

That will require you to wait 29 years to receive 30 payments.

Plan B is to take the money and run which means a lump sum of US$443.3 million.

— With files from Global News’ Andrew Russell and the Associated Press

Canadians can also grab a share of the US$700 million Powerball jackpot but they need to be careful about how they purchase tickets. ]]>