JOHANNESBURG, January 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Online ticket sales in South Africa going through the roof
It's an historic moment! Thousands upon thousands of foreigners, including many South Africans, are buying tickets online for the biggest lottery jackpot draw in world history! The US Powerball currently stands at $700 million (R11 billion), but it is extremely likely that the multi-state lotto giant will adjust the tally in the lead-up to Saturday night's draw due to the huge increase in ticket sales.
In other words: Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?
So how did this come about? Powerball changed its rules in the autumn of 2015, increasing the odds of a $1 billion Powerball from a mere 8.5% to a staggering 63.4% - in other words: the chance Powerball will rise to above a billion is 7.5 times higher these days. Who knows? Powerball could exceed the $1 billion mark in the next few days and start offering a $2 billion jackpot or $3 billion jackpot... The sky is the limit.
Up until a few years ago South Africans who wanted a chance at winning colossal jackpots had to fly to the US to buy lottery tickets. Fortunately this is no longer necessary as theLotter.com provides a convenient and secure online service, with lottery experts around the world physically purchasing tickets on customers' behalf from official lottery retailers. theLotter.com has distributed almost R700 million in prizes to more than 1 million lottery winners since it was established more than a decade ago. Only a few weeks ago one of theLotter's players, a man from Iraq, won the R103 million Oregon Megabucks, which resulted in a huge media frenzy in the US and many other countries.
The biggest jackpot won by a single player thus far was $590.5 million. This enormous sum was won by Gloria Mackenzie from Florida in May of 2013. Will the jackpot roll over once again or will someone scoop up the jaw-dropping prize this week? Regardless, the Powerball lottery is making headlines the world over once more.
Regardless of whether they play online or take a last minute flight to America, let's hope South Africans will get lucky when they participate in the R11 billion US Powerball draw.