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Examples of Lottery Scams

As more and more people are becoming wise to lottery scams, fraudsters are getting increasingly creative. Here are just some examples of lottery scams you may receive:

Second Chance Lottery/Raffle

Usually based around a rollover draw, the scammer will claim you have won a prize in a ‘second chance’ EuroMillions draw. EuroMillions does not hold such ‘second chance’ draws. Unclaimed prizes are always either returned to the prize pool to pay winners in future draws or transferred to the good causes supported by the lottery.

Lottery Winner Trusts

Some scammers are using the names of known charitable lottery winners to try and extract personal information from the intended victim by claiming that the legitimate jackpot winner is looking to donate funds to people who are less fortunate or in need.

Anti Terrorism Agency

The victim receives a letter telling them there is a cheque waiting to be sent to them as soon as they pay a fee to an agency that ensures international money transfers over a certain value do not contain funds associated with terrorism.

To see an example of a scam letter received, visit the Example EuroMillions Scam page.

Mega Millions. Результаты. Как играть

22 октября 2013 года прошел первый тираж игры в современном формате с рекордными, к слову, джекпотами.

Как играть в Мега Миллионы?

Игрок должен выбрать 5 чисел из 75 для обычных белых шаров, далее необходимо сделать ставку на так называемый золотой шар (одно из пятнадцати чисел) . Кроме того, существует опция с Мегапликатором, который увеличивает все выигрыши, кроме джекпота, в пять раз. Например, выиграв 10 тысяч долларов и имея мегапликатор, вы получите все 50 000. Неплохо, не правда ли?

Как выиграть джекпот в Мегамиллионы?

Как и в других лотереях, здесь также существует несколько призовых категорий. Давайте рассмотрим, сколько вы можете выиграть и при каком количестве отгаданных чисел. Примеры ниже:

  • 5+0 — 1 млн. долларов
  • 4+1 — 5 тыс. долларов
  • 4+0 — 500 долларов
  • 3+1 — 50 долларов
  • 3+0 — 7 долларов
  • 2+1 — 5 долларов
  • 1+1 — 2 долларов
  • 0+1 — 1 доллар

***Примечание: первая цифра — это количество угаданных цифр на белых шарах (от до 5), вторая (которая идет после знака «+» — это количество угаданных цифр на золотом шаре (от до 1).

Megamillions — лотерея с рекордными джекпотами

50% от всех продаж идут именно на приз, в отличии от других лотерей, где гораздо меньшая доля собранных денег выделяется для победителей. Выиграть в лотерею не так и сложно, как кажется. Сейчас вы просто читаете эту информацию, но стоит только решиться, купить билет, сделать ставку и… Кто знает, может быть, все ваши мечты воплотятся уже после следующего розыгрыша? Минимальный джекпот составляет 15 миллионов долларов США и увеличивается на 5 млн. после каждой игры, если не был сорван. Последние счастливчики, забравшие всю сумму, были в 2013 году, а лотерея проводится дважды в неделю. Как думаете, какая сейчас сумма джекпота?

Один победитель с одним билетом на руках

Увеличить шансы, купив несколько билетов сразу, можно, и даже рекомендуется. Однако, не стоит заполнять их одинаково. Так как если сразу все ваши билеты получат джекпот, забрать вы сможете, увы, только один максимальный приз. Заполняйте лотерейные билеты по-разному, рискуйте! Если все ваши билеты выиграют какие-то ставки, забрать вы сможете только одну!

Лотерея Мега Миллион. Победители

Джекпот еще ни разу не был сорван в формате 575 и 115, зато однажды в теплом марте 2012 года сразу трое счастливчиков разделили огромный джекпот и получили по 174 миллиона долларов наличными. Выигрыши отправились в Мэриленд, Канзас и Иллинойс. Как думаете, вам по силам сорвать такой джекпот? Просто купите билет и попытайте удачи!

Taxes in Other EuroMillions Countries

If you win a EuroMillions prize in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland or Luxembourg, you will not be taxed on your winnings, just like in the UK. However, winners will be taxed in Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

In Portugal, any prize worth more €5,000 is taxed at a rate of 20 percent, while there is a levy of 35 percent in Switzerland on any winnings over CHF1 million. Spanish prizes of more than €40,000 are subject to tax at 20 percent.

You can only claim a EuroMillions prize in the country where you bought your ticket, so you will have to accept the local rules on tax even if you are not a resident of the country.

You may also find these help sections useful:

Lost and damaged tickets

If you lose your ticket or damage one to the point where it cannot be read or scanned, you should contact your National Lottery for advice on what to do next. If you have a winning ticket that has been lost or damaged you need to report it as soon as possible after the winning draw, as your claim may be invalidated if you leave it too late.

You can find the contact details for the UK and Ireland national lotteries above.

Claiming prizes

There are different ways to claim EuroMillions prizes depending on how much you win, whether your entry was bought in-store or online, and which country the ticket was bought in. Generally, smaller prizes can be claimed for lottery retailers, while larger prizes need to be redeemed from a regional office or lottery headquarters.

Go to the How to Claim page to find out all you need to know about claiming EuroMillions prizes in each participating country.

Tickets purchased in other EuroMillions countries

EuroMillions prizes can only be claimed in the same country that the winning ticket was purchased in. For example, if you buy a ticket in Spain, you will not be able to claim any prizes won on it in the UK, and vice versa.

If you do win a prize on a EuroMillions ticket bought in another country, you’ll need to contact the country’s lottery provider to find out if you can make any alternative arrangements to claim the prize — please note that this would be at the discretion of the selling lottery. Visit the dedicated page for playing EuroMillions abroad to find contact details for the lottery providers in each of the participating countries.

Identifying a lottery scam

Lottery scams are all too common today but there are two golden rules that you should remember in order to protect yourself against them:

  • You cannot win a prize in a lottery you have not entered. If you are ever notified that you have won a prize in a lottery you have not played, it is a scam.
  • No legitimate lottery organisation would demand an upfront fee to pay out your prize money. Again, any message requesting a payment to ‘release’ a lottery prize is a scam.

Go to the Scams page to learn lots more about this type of fraud, including other ways to spot lottery scams.

Good Causes by Country

View information about Good Causes for the following EuroMillions countries:

UK

In the UK, 28p from every £1 spent on National Lottery games, including EuroMillions, is set aside for good causes. More than £40 billion has been raised since the National Lottery began, with over £30 million per week being added to the Good Causes Fund.

More than half a million awards have been granted to projects across the UK, and the figure keeps rising sharply each year. The funds collected are distributed by a number of bodies, covering four main categories – Sports, Arts, Heritage, and Health Education, Environment and Charitable Causes.

The money is split proportionally as set out by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport:

Austria

Österreichische Lotterien, which runs EuroMillions in Austria, has been sponsoring good causes under the motto of ‘good for Austria’ since 1986. Austria’s Olympic and Paralympic Committees have been backed by funds raised through lottery games in Austria. A range of other humanitarian and research projects have also benefited, while money has been raised to help the protection of pandas, lynx and bearded vultures.

Belgium

The Belgian National Lottery is committed to helping various good causes and offers grants and sponsorships to a host of projects. A total of €185.3 million was made available for public service grants in 2016, split between 61.95% for humanitarian and social work, 27.44% for donations to the community, 6.5% for culture, 2.92% for sport and 1.19% for science.

France

Française des Jeux, the French National Lottery, is committed to developing athletes with sponsorship programmes, providing social support through sport and helping disabled people access sports. It achieves these aims through funds from games like EuroMillions, which are distributed by the lottery’s foundation. The company also sponsors the Française des Jeux professional cycling team, which was founded in 1997.

Ireland

More than €5 billion has been raised for good causes since the Irish National Lottery began in 1987, and approximately 30% of the funds generated from games such as EuroMillions are donated to worthy projects. The money is distributed across the country, supporting local initiatives and larger organisations such as the CROCUS Centre for people with cancer, the Dyslexia Association and the Asthma Society.

Luxembourg

The net profit on all Luxembourg lottery games, including EuroMillions, is donated to good causes in the fields of health, sport, culture, social issues and the environment. The Nationale Grande-Duchesse Charlotte is responsible for distributing the grants on behalf of the lottery and has awarded almost €220 million to date, with beneficiaries including the Luxembourg Red Cross, the National Cultural Fund.

Portugal

The Portuguese Department of Games runs lotteries such as EuroMillions and donates the majority of net income to government departments who distribute the funds in the areas of health, sport, culture and social issues. Of the money provided for beneficiaries across Portugal and its islands, 28% is pledged to Santa Casa Misericordia de Lisboa, a charity dating from the 15th century which runs hospitals and other health centres, as well as supporting a wide range of other projects.

Spain

Loterias y Apuestas del Estado allocates its profits to an array of good causes devoted to social issues, sport, culture, education and the environment. Some of the charitable organisations to benefit from funds from EuroMillions and other lottery games are the Spanish Association Against Cancer, the Olympic Sports Association and San Ildefonso Primary School.

Switzerland

There are two official lottery operators in Switzerland — Swisslos and Loterie Romande. Swisslos supports national sports programmes such as the Olympic team and youth development in football, whilst also focusing on the German-speaking cantons of Switzerland and Ticino across sectors such as culture, sport, social issues and the environment. Loterie Romande provides support for good causes in the French-speaking cantons, benefiting the areas of sport, social action, education, health, culture, research, heritage, the environment and tourism.

How to Play

How do you play EuroMillions?

To play EuroMillions, you must select five main numbers from 1 to 50 and two Lucky Star numbers between 1 and 12. You can buy tickets from authorised retailers in any of the nine participating countries, or enter online. View the How to Play EuroMillions page for a step-by-step guide to taking part.

What is the cut-off time for ticket sales?

Ticket sales close at 7:30pm UK time on the night of a draw. Sales remain closed until the draw has taken place, reopening shortly after for the next draw.

Can you enter more than one draw in advance?

You can buy tickets for up to four weeks in advance, entering either the Tuesday draw each week, the Friday draw, or both. It is therefore possible to enter your numbers into eight consecutive draws by playing every Tuesday and Friday for four weeks. You can also sign up to play continuously by direct debit.

Can the same number appear as a main number and a Lucky Star?

Yes, the Lucky Stars are drawn from a separate pool of 12 numbers. You can therefore select the same number(s) as a Lucky Star and a main ball.

How much does it cost to play?

The cost of a single EuroMillions play in the UK is £2.50. This price also enters you automatically into the Millionaire Maker.

Can you play EuroMillions if you don’t live in a participating country?

EuroMillions tickets are available from retailers in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, as well as the UK. However, the game can also be played online in other countries thanks to online concierge and betting services. Go to the Tickets page to take part.

EuroMillions Taxes vs Other Lotteries

EuroMillions offers some of the largest jackpots in the world, and the fact that prizes are not taxed in six of the nine countries makes it stand out even more in comparison with some of the other big lotteries.

American games such as Powerball and Mega Millions, for example, have tax obligations at both a state and federal level, so although these games regularly offer the biggest jackpots out of any lottery in the world, the payouts can end up significantly lower than the pre-draw estimate.

New Yorkers suffer heavier taxes than anyone else in the U.S. In August 2018, one player from the state won a Powerball jackpot advertised at $245.6 million, but they ended up walking away with a significantly lower sum. They opted to take a cash lump sum of $147 million, which worked out as a final payout of $99.4 million – around 40% of the advertised jackpot – after taxes had been deducted.

In EuroMillions, you will be given the specified amount with no deductions if you play in a country which does not tax winnings, such as the UK. The UK player who anonymously claimed £121 million in April 2018, for example, received a much larger payout than the $245 million Powerball winner, even though at first glance it would seem they had not won as much.

What to Do About Tax Issues

When you win a large lottery prize in the UK, you will have the chance to speak to experienced advisors who have guided other lucky players through what to do with their newfound wealth. They will be able to point you in the direction of financial experts and will recommend the most appropriate banks for you to open an account with based on your own circumstances.

With regards to the issue of IHT, it is a good idea to think carefully about the timing of any gifts you plan to make, and then keep a record of any payments. Your financial advisor will also speak to you about the tax on your interest and discuss possible investments to give you the maximum benefit. It may be a complicated topic, but any advice you receive will be tailored to your own personal situation and one very positive aspect is that your prize will not be subject to the same sort of tax laws as it would be in other countries.

Prize Information

How do you win prizes?

You win prizes by matching the numbers you select to the winning numbers drawn. There are 13 different prize tiers, and you can win prizes just by matching two main numbers. To win the jackpot, you must match all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars.

Does the jackpot roll over if there’s no winner?

The jackpot starts at a minimum of €17 million (approximately £15 million) and rolls over if there is not a winner. However, the jackpot can only go up to a maximum of €200 million. Once it reaches that level, it is capped and can only stay at €200 million for four draws at the most. In the next draw (the fifth one at €200 million), the jackpot must be won and the money will be shared between players in the highest winning tier if there are no Match 5 + 2 winners.

How much of the money from ticket sales goes towards prizes?

Fifty percent of the money you spend on a ticket is returned to players as prize money. A percentage of this prize fund is then allocated to each of the 13 prize categories. This is known as a pari-mutuel prize structure, so the prizes are not fixed and vary from draw to draw depending on how many tickets are sold and the number of winners.

The money that is not given to the prize fund is distributed in a number of different ways – with 28 percent going to good causes, 12 percent to the UK Government as Lottery Duty and five percent to retailers as commission. The remaining five percent covers operating costs and profit for the lottery operator.

How do you claim prizes?

The method for claiming prizes depends on how you play and how much you win. If you play online, smaller amounts will be transferred straight into your lottery account, but you must contact the National Lottery for anything larger than £30,000. If you buy a paper ticket, you must visit an authorised retailer for awards up to £100. You can go to a National Lottery Post Office or claim by mail if you win up to £50,000, but you must claim larger amounts in person. Take a look at the page on Claiming EuroMillions Prizes for more details.

What happens to prize money before it’s claimed?

When a prize is waiting to be claimed, it is held in trust managed by Law Debenture rather than a Camelot bank account. Any interest that accrues during this time is transferred to the Good Causes Fund – but is first used to pay various fees. These include Law Debenture’s trustee fees and fees owed to external auditors, along with bank charges and tax.

Millionaire Maker and EuroMillions HotPicks

How do you win a Millionaire Maker prize?

You win if the Millionaire Maker code on your ticket matches the winning code selected on the night. The code consists of four letters and five numbers and you must match it exactly with each digit in the same order. At least one code will be drawn alongside each EuroMillions game and the prize for winning is £1 million.

How does EuroMillions HotPicks work?

In EuroMillions HotPicks, you are able to decide how many numbers you want to try and match, from one up to five. You select your numbers from a pool of 1 to 50 and the winning numbers are the same five main balls from the EuroMillions draw. You must match all the numbers you choose to win the associated prize; you can win £10 for matching just one number or £1 million for matching all five. Go to the EuroMillions HotPicks page to find out more.

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