Что делать если вы стали жертвой мошенников?
От имени крупных компаний действуют мошенники, и, к сожалению, многие люди ведутся на их провокации. Если вы поняли, что попали в «лапы» аферистов, необходимо действовать таким образом:
- не в коем случае не открывайте ссылки и прикреплённые файлы имеющиеся в фейковом письме или сообщении;
- не отправляйте свои личные данные и информацию об банковской карте третьим лицам;
- можно отправить письмо Генеральному прокурору штата, из которого пришло письмо, дабы предупредить об афере с лотереей. Однако это слишком долгая и рутинная работа. И вряд ли кто-то будет отправлять письма в США;
- жалобы на Поверболл можно отправлять и на адрес Федеральной торговой комиссии, агентства по защите прав потребителя (США). Но опять же, находясь в России делать это никто не будет.
Главная ваша задача: никак не взаимодействовать с мошенником. Если вы думаете, что злоумышленники не буду разводить вас на деньги, потому что вы находитесь в России, то вы ошибаетесь. Здесь действует другая схема: посредник (например TheLotto), за небольшой процент, покупает билет от вашего имени и просто дает вам скан-копию. Игрок надеется, что получит приз, но об этом можно забыть.
Методов одурачить людей множество. Главное понимать, что большие суммы денег иностранный игрок не выиграет. Об этом официально заявляют на сайте самой лотерее. Мелкие выигрыши, может быть и то, если посредник окажется честным. Но как показывает практика и статистика, это маловероятно.
FAQs about Playing Powerball Online
Can I Play Powerball online?
Yes! You can do it from the comfort of your home, using any device you like (desktop, tablet, or phone). theLotter offers world-leading services that are available worldwide.
Is It Safe to Play US Powerball Online?
Yes, it is! Playing online with a lottery messenger service is a safe, legal, and convenient method. What makes them so reliable? It’s simple: the fact that they buy the tickets from official retailers on your behalf.
Do you have to be a U.S. citizen or resident to play Powerball?
No, you can play US Powerball if you are not a US citizen and even if you don’t live in the US by purchasing your tickets online. Powerball is available in 47 US states, and theLotter’s service makes playing available worldwide.
Cash vs Annuity
Powerball jackpot winners have the option of receiving their winnings as a one-off cash lump sum, or as annuity payments.
The annuity option entitles you to the full advertised jackpot amount (minus taxes), in 30 payments over 29 years. The first payment will be made immediately and each subsequent payment increases by 5%.
The benefits of annuity payments are that you receive the full jackpot amount, as opposed to a reduced cash value (see below), and you have the security of receiving a steady income for the foreseeable future.
Many winners choose to receive the jackpot as a one-off cash lump sum. However, the value of a lump sum payout is always less than it would be for the annuity option. This is because the cash prize represents the actual funds in the jackpot pool at the time of the draw, while the annuity value is based on the lottery’s expected return from investing the cash sum over 29 years. The annuity sum is guaranteed to the player and they receive the full amount even if the lottery makes investments that do not achieve the expected return.
If an annuity winner dies before receiving all of their payments, the prize transfers to their estate or to a beneficiary designated by them. Different states have different rules on whether the estate receives annual payments or the balance of the award.
To play Powerball, you’ll need to get a ticket. A Powerball ticket consists of five numbers and a sixth number designated as the Powerball number.
Each Wednesday and Saturday night, a drawing is held. If your ticket’s numbers match some or all of the numbers drawn, you’ll win a variable sum of money. The amount you win depends on how much you match, and if you match all 6 numbers, you’ll win the grand prize.
A single ticket costs $2. With each ticket purchased, it’s possible to add the Power Play option, which costs $1 more.
There are nine ways to win at Powerball, based on the number of matches you make and whether you match the specific Powerball number. They are as follows:
- Match all five numbers + the Powerball number – Jackpot
- Match all five numbers – $1,000,000
- Match four numbers + Powerball – $50,000
- Match four numbers – $100
- Match three numbers + Powerball – $100
- Match three numbers – $7
- Match two numbers + Powerball – $7
- Match one number + Powerball – $4
- Match Powerball – $4
An option called Power Play allows players to increase these values should they win.
Power Play is an option players can select that allows for an increase in non-jackpot prizes. In order to activate Power Play, players must pay $1 on top of the standard $2. A Power Play number of 2, 3, 4, 5 or (sometimes) 10 is generated at random for this ticket. If the ticket wins any prize below the $1,000,000 prize, the value is multiplied by the Power Play number. If the ticket wins the million dollar prize, that prize is doubled. The 10x Power Play number will only be a possibility when the jackpot is $150 million or lower. Please note that California doesn’t allow the Power Play option.
Yes, anyone can play Powerball regardless of whether he or she is a US Citizen or not. The caveat, however, is that a ticket must be purchased in the US to be valid. Services exist that will buy Powerball tickets in the US on behalf of foreign-located players. It’s important to research to make sure that the service you’re using is legitimate.
There is a 1 in 24.87 chance of winning a Powerball prize of some kind with each ticket, but the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.
The full odds table is as follows:
- Five + Powerball – 1 in 292,201,338
- Five – 1 in 11,688,053.52
- Four + Powerball – 1 in 913,129.18
- Four – 1 in 36,525.16
- Three + Powerball – 1 in 14,494.11
- Three – 1 in 579.76
- Two + Powerball – 1 in 701.32
- One + Powerball – 1 in 91.97
- Powerball – 1 in 38.32
Yes, to play Powerball you must be 18 years of age or older.
U.S. citizens will pay federal taxes on prizes of more than $5,000, and most states also withhold their own tax from the prize amount.
Non-US residents should consult their country’s laws to determine what their tax liability may be.
If a Powerball drawing is held and no ticket sold matches all 5 numbers plus Powerball, the jackpot rolls over to the next drawing. Each time this happens, the jackpot grows larger and larger.
There’s no limit on how high the jackpot can grow, and multiple roll-overs can produce jackpots that grow by hundreds of millions of dollars each time.
If multiple tickets are sold for a drawing that match all 5 numbers plus Powerball, the jackpot will be split evenly between the winners.
In January of 2016, the jackpot reached $1.58 billion dollars. Three winning tickets were sold, meaning that a prize of $528.5 million was awarded to each of the three ticket holders.
The expiration date on a winning Powerball ticket depends on the state in which it was purchased. Each state has its own rules, ranging from 90 days to as much as a year after the drawing was held. You’d be encouraged to consult with lottery officials in the state in which the ticket was purchased to know when your ticket expires.
The cut-off point for buying a ticket varies from state to state. Generally, it’s from one hour to two hours before the drawing is held.
Powerball prizes must be claimed in the state where the tickets were purchased. Each state has its own rules about when prizes must be claimed and it is the responsibility of the player to come forward in time. Visit the How to Claim page for more information. Winning tickets must be checked and validated by the lottery operator in the state where the ticket was bought, or by an agent of the operator, such as an authorized retailer, before prizes can be paid out.
Anyone who wins a large Powerball prize must pay federal taxes in the US, regardless of whether or not they are a resident. This is set at a rate depending on your total annual income (including money from lottery winnings). The lottery makes an immediate 25 percent federal withholding on prizes of more than $5,000, and most states levy a local withholding, although Tennessee and South Dakota do not.
Below are the tax withholdings by state, although certain other factors – such as residency – could affect these. For further advice, consult a professional financial advisor.
|U.S. Virgin Islands||0.0%|
What is Power Play?
Power Play is an optional multiplier, which can boost the seven bottom prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or even 10 times! The officials select the value of the multiplier depending on the draw and jackpot size; with 2 being more likely to appear than 10. Please note that the jackpot is never increased by Power Play. Only secondary prizes get multiplied. The 10x multiplier only comes into play when the jackpot is $150 million or less to encourage people to play when the jackpot levels drop.
Guessing the five main numbers and the Power Play would make you a millionaire even by doubling Powerball’s second prize up to $2,000,000. Don’t forget to Power Play and take your game further!
|Match||Amount||Power Play x2||Power Play x5||Power Play x10|
Prizes and Odds of Winning
You must match all five numbers and the PowerBall to win the jackpot, but you can win a prize even for just matching the PowerBall on its own. The table below shows how many numbers you need to match to win in each prize division, as well as the odds of winning:
|Prize Division||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning*||Percentage of Prize Pool||Average Prizefor the past 365 days’ draws|
|1||5 + PowerBall||1 in 42,375,200||70.73%||R46,809,045.67|
|2||5||1 in 2,230,274||5.19%||R193,461.71|
|3||4 + PowerBall||1 in 188,334||3.25%||R19,632.81|
|4||4||1 in 9,912||5.51%||R1,068.65|
|5||3 + PowerBall||1 in 4,280||6.23%||R515.65|
|6||3||1 in 225||5.19%||R22.18|
|7||2 + PowerBall||1 in 299||3.9%||R22.01|
|8||1 + PowerBall||1 in 57||Fixed R15||R15.00|
|9||PowerBall Only||1 in 35||Fixed R10||R10.00|
The prizes in the eighth and ninth division are fixed at R15 and R10 respectively. The prizes in the upper seven divisions are pari-mutuel, meaning each division receives a percentage of the total Prize Pool. Fixed prizes are paid out first, with the remainder of the Prize Pool divided between the seven other divisions according to the percentages in the table. The value of a prize in these divisions can vary, depending on how many winners there are and how much money is in the Prize Pool.
Do you think you’ve won a PowerBall prize? Visit the How to Claim page to find out more about claiming prizes, whether you played online, with your bank or through a retailer.