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There have been stories that Canadians have also been purchasing the US Powerball lottery tickets but I was always under the impression that you need to be a US citizen in order to receive the prize. Can somebody set the record straight?

I know there have been ways to purchase tickets online, but I'm sort of wary about it. Might be a way to scam Canadians, or maybe it's legit. Does anyone know?

Jan 12, 2016 @ 07:55 pm

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No idea, sorry! I know that when you're in the UK you can buy Irish lotto tickets even though it's a different country, so it might be legit...
Jan 12, 2016 @ 08:36 pm



According to this article, it's valid if you border hop and buy there!
Jan 12, 2016 @ 08:37 pm

Yes you can

You can still buy them if you are Canadian. I think there is an extra tax to pay or something like that but with 1.3 billion who cares lol
I got a friend in Boston who got me some tickets :)
Jan 13, 2016 @ 01:40 am


the winner who wins and becomes not only a millionaire, but a billionaire, WOW!!!
Jan 13, 2016 @ 04:25 am


I just came across this news article. I was sure there were a few rules to consider...


USCODE-2011_title19-chapter4-sub11-part1-section1305 "Immoral Articles">
"All persons are prohibited from importing into the United States from any foreign country any...lottery ticket, or any printed paper that may be used as a lottery ticket, or any advertisement of any lottery."

AMENDMENTS 1988—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–449 inserted proviso at end of first par. directing that, ‘‘effective January 1, 1993, this section shall not apply to any lottery ticket, printed paper that may be used as a lottery ticket, or advertisement of any lottery, that is printed in Canada for use in connection with a lottery conducted in the United States’’"

So what I'm understanding is that you are allowed to purchase a ticket if you are Canadian, but if you are the winner, it will be illegal according to US laws to re-enter the country to claim your prize. The only legal way it could be done is if you have duel citizenship or have a family member in the States willing to buy you a ticket and hold on to it in good faith. Otherwise, you might not be able to collect the money because you would need to physically move the ticket from one country to the other. Please correct me if I'm wrong about this...

Jan 13, 2016 @ 06:22 am

who knows!?

I don't know but I purchased tickets online at lottosonline.com . My aunt said it was legit. I didnt spend a lot just incase. I guess we will find out tonight if Im lucky! Lol.
Good luck to all of those who played!
Jan 13, 2016 @ 07:17 am


I think that means you would have to cash it there and probably pay crossborder fees and declare it!
Jan 13, 2016 @ 07:47 am


Yes Canadian can win powerball just like winning at a LasVegas casino. You have to claim it and pay duties.

Jan 13, 2016 @ 08:26 am


When you win at the casino in Las Vegas, you're still physically in the US, so they can award you the money. According to their amendments, the problem is trying to re-enter their country with the lottery ticket, which they claim to be invalid if you have brought it out of the US. Maybe there are loopholes, who knows!

I'm just curious to see if a Canadian would actually be given the money if they try to go back past the border with the winning ticket. It would be awesome if one of us wins! Good luck if you played!!

Jan 13, 2016 @ 09:18 am


If it's just a matter of paying duty fees, then I don't see the problem. It's still worth it!
Jan 13, 2016 @ 09:19 am

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