20
Oct 13

Asteroid Hitting Earth More Likely Than Winning Powerball?

Brace yourselves – the asteroid that narrowly missed the Earth back in September is coming back for another pot shot. Experts have estimated that the chance of the planet getting hit by Asteroid 2013 TV135 in 2032 is “better than that of winning the Powerball”. However, with twelve Powerball jackpots won and zero Extinction Level Events so far this year, we at LotteryWorld think these experts should check their facts!

Image of an asteriod hitting the Earth

Although the odds of winning the jackpot seem incredible at 1 in 175,223,510, the simple fact is that players do win. Although last night’s results saw no one match all six numbers for the ninth time in a row, we’d remind players that it has only been a little over a month since an anonymous man from South Carolina secured a whopping $399.4 million jackpot after he purchased a handful of Powerball tickets instead of the hotdog buns he originally went to buy!

Despite no one winning Saturday’s $186 million jackpot, six lucky players from California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Pennsylvania did manage to match five main numbers to win $1 million each (the Californian winner took home $541,955 due to the pari-mutuel prize system).

Saturday’s rollover means that the Wednesday jackpot is estimated at an incredible $216 million, which is the tenth time so far this year that the Powerball jackpot has rocketed past the $200 million barrier.

So, in the unlikely event that astronomers are right and the asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, don’t let that put you off buying your Powerball tickets – as $216 million would buy a heck of an end of world party for 2032!

Mega Millions News

Don’t forget, the first Mega Millions draw incorporating the new changes takes place this Tuesday, with a jackpot of $55 million at stake. The new format offers larger starting top prizes, faster growing jackpots and better odds of winning a prize all for the same tiny price of $1! You can read more about the Mega Millions here.

For more Earth-shattering jackpot news, visit Lottery.net


14
Jan 13

Camelot one step closer to 20 year Pennsylvania Lottery contract

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Written by Mike Redfern for LotteryWorld.com

The Camelot Group’s North American subsidiary is one step closer to becoming the private manager of the Pennsylvania Lottery – making it the third US state to do so along with Illinois and Indiana – saying they can generate $34 billion in profits.

The decision, whilst not finalised, to hand over the $3.5 billion lottery to Camelot was announced to Pennsylvania state lottery employees by Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser on Friday January 11th afternoon.  Mr Meuser said in an email:

“We’re confident that by combining one of the Nation’s best lotteries with one of the best private-sector lottery industry experts in the world, we’ll end up with a win-win proposition to grow and protect Lottery profits for decades to come.”

The next steps…

The Corbett Administration has issued a “notice of award” to Camelot, which at this stage is not binding, for a 20 year contract.  The next step is for the disclosure of the contractual details to the Senate Finance Committee.  The committee will collect information about Camelot’s bid and will be able to address all contractual procurement questions – then at a later date determine what is in the best interest of Pennsylvania.

Opponents of the deal are upset that the administration has awarded the contract ahead of the due process being completed.  In an e-mail, House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, asked that the review be deferred and continued…

“…the administration’s decision to barge ahead today [Friday January 11th, 2012] is beyond disappointing.  It shows an outrageous contempt for the people of Pennsylvania.”

Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have filed a lawsuit seeking to block any privatization agreement.  David Filman of the union said.

“It’s just incredible that the governor would ignore the General Assembly and the thousands of Pennsylvanians we’ve heard from who understand that this is a bad deal for our seniors,”

Want to know more about or play the Pennsylvania Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery began on March 7, 1972, with a 50-cent ticket twice weekly draws and a grand prize of $1 million.  It is the only state Lottery that allocates its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents – contributing more than $22.6 billion.  In just the last year alone, the Pennsylvania Lottery generated more than $1 billion in PA Lottery benefits for those programs.

To find out more about the Pennsylvanian Lottery and other US lotteries such as the powerball and Mega Millions or just to get the latest results try the Lottery.net.

Editorial comment – not only is this one step closer to Camelot having a foothold in the US it could be the first step towards UK and European lottery players being able to buy into the massive multi-state lotteries of the Powerball and Mega Millions. Who knows, may be even a World Lottery?


07
Jan 13

Lottery News: Lotería del Niño Results (Sunday 6th January 2013)

Lottery WorldLottery News and Results from around the world. The Spanish Lotería del Niño 2013: a total of €840 million ($1.1 billion) has been paid out in this year’s Lotería del Niño (The Child Lottery), which is named after the baby Jesus and is second only to the Lotería de Navidad with a prize fund of over €2 billion.  The draw takes place on the Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday 6th January 2013 a day which according to tradition the baby Jesus was visited by three kings bearing gifts.

Primer Primio (First Prize) – €2 million

The €2 million first prize has been won by ticket number 30875 and has been shared amongst winners from five regions, Alicante, Leon, Madrid, Murcia and Tenerife.

Segundo Primero (Second Prize) – €1 million

The second prize of €1 million has been won by ticket number 46 674, sold in the towns of Albacete, Banyeres de Mariola (Alicante), Almeria, Guareña (Badajoz), Cala Ratjada ( Mallorca), Palma de Mallorca, Badalona (Barcelona), Torrelavega (Cantabria), Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara), San Emiliano (León), Madrid, Murcia and Valladolid Lugo.

Full Prize Breakdown

How to play Lotería del Niñoto

A whole ticket for the Lotería del Niño is made up of ten parts, each with the same number.  Players can buy any number of parts for €20 each or they can buy the whole ticket for €200.  A common way to play is to buy a whole ticket as a family, friend or co-worker syndicate.

The first prize winning ticket is worth €2 million, that’s €200,000 for each part.  If one person owns the whole ticket, all ten parts, then they will receive the whole prize.  If the ticket is not owned by a single person then each part receives €200,000 for every part of the ticket they own – one part = €200,000; 2 parts = €400,000, 3 parts = €600,000 and so on and so on…The odds of winning a prize are very good with 1 in 3 ticket holders guaranteed to win something.

However, there is a catch this year.  Due to austerity measures put in place by the government intended to stimulate Spain’s economy, anyone who wins above €2,500 has to pay 20% income tax on their winnings.