What would you do if you won the lottery? If you’re as obsessed with Pinterest as I am, you probably have your own vision board chock full of posh houses with pools, improbably large gemstones and a supercar to make Top Gear’s Matt LeBlanc green with envy. (I still miss Jeremy Clarkson, the Hamster and Captain Slow, but I digress)…
We all know that winning is, shall we say, not guaranteed, but it doesn’t stop us dreaming. If you fancy dreaming a bit bigger then I’ve found a way to enter international lotteries with huge jackpots – for example the US PowerBall or the US Megamillions with Lottoland.
The US PowerBall created the biggest jackpot of all time – $1.6 billion (£1 billion) in January 2016 on Lottoland whilst the US Megamillions created the second biggest win of all time.
So how can you do this? You might assume that you are buying a lottery ticket but at Lottoland you are betting on the outcome of the official draw by doing something called lotto betting.
Lotto betting is conducted through a separate company, such as Lottoland and any money you win is paid out by them and not the official lottery operator.
So, if I win big on the US Powerball this week (I’m feeling lucky!), Lottoland will pay me the prize money, not the official PowerBall operator in the US. It won’t change me, honest.
You play in exactly the same way as you would other lotteries – select your numbers, sit back and wait for the draw.
The only real difference is that you have lots more chances to win big jackpots that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to, with Lottoland taking your bet and paying you if you win.
And this form of betting allows Lottoland to offer extra cash prizes not available by buying a ticket. For example, using the DoubleJackpot feature on Euromillions allows you to bet for twice the official lottery jackpot. You do this by paying double the ticket entry price of £4 (entry is 50p cheaper on Lottoland at £2). If the lottery jackpot is £50M, Lottoland will pay you £100M.
You can play on your PC or download the mobile app and Lottoland also offer new players a no deposit required free line Welcome Bonus to get you started.
To register you will need to supply a copy of photo ID (passport or driving licence) and a utility bill valid within the last 3 months to confirm your current address. Simply snap with your phone and upload. Topping up your account with credit is easy and you can set a deposit limit to ensure you don’t overspend.
Note that Lottoland does not permit underage players (you have to be 18+) and they recommend the installation of software such as Net Nanny, Cyber Sitter or the Parental Control Bar filter if you share your computer with your kids.
If you’re looking for alternative lotteries to play, with more flexibility and even the chance to join syndicates with other players, take a look at Lottoland.