Biggest lottery jackpot ever up for grabs in the US, and Canadians are welcome to buy tickets


What would you do with US$540 million?

Some astronomically lucky person may have to actually ponder that question today as the U.S. Mega Millions jackpot draw is called. It’s the largest sum ever put up in a lottery, and as the Toronto Star is reporting, Canadians are also able to take a crack at it.

“We don’t discriminate,” Mary Cassani, the administrative services manager at Vermont Lottery, one of 44 states that offer Mega Millions tickets, told the newspaper. “People, they’ll email us and want to know, ‘Can Canadians win the lottery?’ Absolutely.”

According to the Boston Herald, an estimated 1.2 billion tickets have already been sold. But before you go scrambling for your wallet, take a look at your odds of winning. If you buy one ticket, your odds of winning are 1 in 176 million. Based on U.S. averages, you’re about 8,000 times more likely to be murdered, and 50 times more likely to be struck by lightning, the Associated Press reports.

But still, just imagine. . .

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Biggest lottery jackpot ever up for grabs in the US, and Canadians are welcome to buy tickets

  1. where can you buy the american lottery tickets in brampton, Ontario?

    • you can’t, you have to across the border and buy one or have a US friend do it for you

  2. If I won the lottery, the first thing I would do is call President Obama and ask him “How much would it cost me to just make you go away?”

    •  you’d an idiot 1uscanuck.

    • As of March 30, over 150 million has been raised in SuperPacs already, with most of that going to just to fight the Republican Primary.  So come the election, while being able to mobilze 540 million might make you a player, I don’t think it’d lock it down for you.

  3. win the lottery?
    You’re 100 times more likely to discover a cure for cancer + a pill that makes everyone drop to their correct weight in half-an-hour and look 35 years younger, all revealed in a dream.  

  4. Canadians can buy Powerball tickets online. Also playing the Mega Millions and any other major lottery in the world is possible with the click of your mouse. http://goo.gl/pVly6V

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