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Lotteries in the United States

In the United States, lotteries are run by 47 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lotteries are subject to the laws of and operated independently by each jurisdiction, and there is no national lottery organization. However, consortiums of state lotteries jointly organize games spanning larger geographical footprints, which in turn, carry larger jackpots. Two major lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball, are both offered in nearly all jurisdictions that operate lotteries, and serve as de facto national lotteries.

Gambling as a generalization has roots in the United States and other English colonies as far back as the 1600s. Not every colony allowed gambling, however. The Massachusetts Bay Colony, for example, did not allow cards, dice or gaming tables, even in private residences. In most colonies however, gambling was seen as a harmless distraction as long as it was played in a gentlemanly manner.

The acceptance of gambling in the colonies was fairly short-lived by English investors because it was seen as a sign of laziness and as a vice. The investors saw gambling as a root cause of the colonies’ inability to sustain themselves. Lotteries were used not only as a form of entertainment but as a source of revenue to help fund the colonies. The financiers of Jamestown, Virginia, for instance, funded lotteries to raise money to support their colony. These USA lotteries were quite sophisticated for the time period and even included instant winners. Not long after, each of the 13 original colonies established a lottery system to raise revenue. In early American history, legislators commonly authorized lotteries to fund schools, roads, bridges, and other public works. Evangelical reformers in the 1830s began denouncing lotteries on moral grounds and petitioned legislatures and constitutional conventions to ban them. Recurring lottery scandals and a general backlash against legislative corruption following the Panic of 1837 also contributed to anti-lottery sentiments. From 1844 to 1859 alone, 10 new state constitutions contained lottery bans. By 1890, lotteries were prohibited in every state except Delaware and Louisiana.

State lotteries have become a significant source of revenue for states, raising $17.6 billion in profits for state budgets in the 2009 fiscal year (FY) with 11 states collecting more revenue from their state lottery than from their state corporate income tax during FY2009. Lottery policies within states can have conflicting goals. Given that instructions are passed down from state legislatures, lottery implementation is often expected to be carried out with reduced advertising and funding while still producing the same amount of revenue. This issue led states to look for loopholes in the system. Massachusetts, for example, had its advertising budget dramatically cut, and therefore started using free-play coupons as money to pay for advertising. This led to an IRS investigation into alleged non-reporting of income because the IRS considered the coupons to have monetary value.

How do the scams work?

Often, the scams will put USA Mega or some other recognizable name or logo on the paper to make it look official.

Also, most times the scam artists will also include a very real-looking check for a few thousand dollars.  Keep in mind, the check is not real — if you went to cash it, the check would be worthless.  But it looks real, making you very excited at this point that you’ve actually won something.

The scams always boil down to this: they want you to send them money.  Most of the time, they claim that you need to send them the taxes on your prize.  After all, they sent you the check, so why not just deposit the check, and then send them the money from your account via Western Union?

That’s the key.  They are trying to get you to send your real money from your bank account, in exchange for their fake check that they gave you.

Todays lottery in the States

Today, lotteries are established in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The most recent US lottery to be legalized was in Wyoming, where it began operation on July 1, 2013 although tickets were not sold for about a year.

Some retailers that sit on state lines often offer both state lotteries with state boundaries clearly marked, since such sales still have to occur in the physical state it is offered. One retailer located along U.S. Route 62that is largely in Sharon, Pennsylvania but has a small portion lying inMasury, Ohio sells both the Ohio Lottery and the Pennsylvania Lotteryat one location. The first modern US joint-state lottery game was formed in 1985 inMaine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. In 1988, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) was formed with Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon,Rhode Island, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia as its charter members; it is best known for Powerball, which was designed to create large jackpots. Another joint lottery, The Big Game (now called Mega Millions), was formed in 1996 by six other lotteries as its charter members.
Today, all 44 individual state lotteries offer both Mega Millions and Powerball as a result of a 2009 agreement between the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL to cross-license their joint games to one another’s members, although the two organizations continue to administer Mega Millions and Powerball separately. D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands also offer both games. Only the Puerto Rico Lottery offers only Powerball and not Mega Millions.
Among the states that do not have lotteries, Alabama, Mississippi, and Utah cite religious objections. Nevada’s lucrative gambling industry has lobbied against a state lottery there, fearing the competition. Alaska and Hawaii, being outside the contiguous United States, have not felt the pressure of losing sales to competitors.

Lottery games in the United States

– All or Nothing: draw game in Iowa and Minnesota
– Cash4Life: Indiana, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and Pennsylvania
– 2by2: North Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska
– Hot Lotto: North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia , Delaware, Idaho,
Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire and New Mexico,
– MegaHits: Video slots in Ohio, Rhode Island Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia
– Lucky for Life: Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina , Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wyoming. Nebraska, South Dakota, and West Virginia were added in in 2017
– Tri-State Lottery (Megabucks Plus, Pick 3 (Day & Night), Pick 4 (Day & Night), Fast Play: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

American Visa Lottery Application Form Instructions

1. FULL NAME – Last/Family Name in Capital letters, First/Given Name, Middle Name

2. DATE OF BIRTH – Day, Month, Year Please note that even though the date of birth format normally used in the U.S. is Month, Day, Year; you are supposed to write the date of birth in the format Day, Month, Year as it is normally used in the most parts of the world.

3. GENDER – Male or Female

4. CITY WHERE YOU WERE BORN – Self-explanatory.

5. COUNTRY WHERE YOU WERE BORN – The name of the country that is currently in use for the place where you were born.

6. COUNTRY OF ELIGIBILITY OR CHARGEABILITY FOR THE DV PROGRAM – In most cases, it is the country of your birth. However, some applicants may be able to use the country of birth either their spouse or one of their parents.

7. ENTRY PHOTOGRAPH(S) – Recent digital photographs of yourself, your spouse and all your minor unmarried children under 21 years of age, if applicable. The photograph must be an individual photograph. Family or group photographs are not accepted.

Include all your natural children, children of your other spouse, legally adopted children and stepchildren who are unmarried under the age of 21 years on the date of your application. You need to includes these children even if you are no longer married to the child’s parent, even if the child does not reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you.

Do not include your children who are already U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

If you are married, unless you are legally separated (i.e., there is a written agreement recognized by a court or a court order), you need to include your spouse as well even if he/she does reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you. Of course, if you are legally divorced or widowed, you no longer have a spouse and you don’t have to enter the former spouse information.

Married children and children 21 years of age or older are not eligible to be included in your DV application. However, according to the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), it may be possible for the child to immigrate with you if the DV application is made before the child turns 21 and the child turns 21 before visa issuance. In such cases, he/she may be protected from aging out and will be treated as if he/she were under 21 years solely for the purpose of processing the visa. However, in order to take advantage of this, the child actually must seek to acquire the immigrant visa within a year of the visa becoming available.

If you fail to list all of your eligible children and/or your spouse, it will result in the disqualification of the entire case and the immigration visa will be rejected at the time of visa interview. Of course, if you had any children born after you made the application and before the visa was issued, you could obviously not include those children in the original application and they would still get the immigrant visa.

Of course, you do not need to be married or have children in order to apply for lottery green card.

8. MAILING ADDRESS – In Care Of, Address Line 1, Address Line 2, City/Town, District/County/Province/State, Postal Code/Zip Code, and Country.

9. COUNTRY WHERE YOU LIVE TODAY – Self-explanatory.

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10. PHONE NUMBER – It is optional. However, if you have a phone number where you can be reached, is it recommended to put it.

12. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION YOU HAVE ACHIEVED, AS OF TODAY? You must indicate which one of the following represents your own highest level of educational achievement: (1) Primary school only, (2) High school, no degree, (3) High school degree, (4) Vocational school, (5) Some university courses, (6) University degree, (7) Some graduate level courses, (8) Master degree, (9) Some doctorate level courses, and (10) Doctorate degree

13. MARITAL STATUS – Unmarried, Married, Divorced, Widowed, or Legally Separated

14. NUMBER OF CHILDREN– Total number of children. Please look at #7 above for further information.

15. SPOUSE INFORMATION – Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of Birth, Country of Birth, and Photograph. Please look at #7 above for further information.

16. CHILDREN INFORMATION – Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of Birth, Country of Birth, and Photograph. Please look at #7 above for further information.

Signatures are not required on the E-DV entry form.

What does winning a Green Card mean for my family?

As the saying goes, happiness is the only thing that doubles when shared! And the same goes for luck in the Green Card Lottery! Those who win have already managed the first big step in making the USA their new home. Who actually profits from a Green Card win? We have summarized the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions our Green Card experts are asked below. 

Those who win the Green Card can share their luck with others! Your children would like to work or study in the USA? Winning a Green Card makes it easy: when you win, your children win too!

  • All unmarried children under the age of 21 will benefit from your Green Card luck!
  • Accordingly, all your children under 21, biological or adopted, as well as those of your spouse must be listed in your Green Card Lottery application because they also have a right to receive a Green Card. 

Use the benefits of a green card for the whole family and your new life in America can start straightaway.

Not without my partner- double your green card chances!

It sure does, so don’t miss your chance and register your spouse for the lottery at the same time. The best part is: If your spouse wins the Green Card, then you automatically win as well! You were not married when your application was submitted or you got married after your application was sent? That is also no problem. As long as you marry before the consulate appointment or directly after receiving your winner’s notification, your better half can still come with you.

Let the American adventure begin. Same-sex marriage is subject to the same regulations as long as the marriage is valid according to US laws.

Can children over the age of 21, siblings or parents also apply for a Green Card?

Even unmarried children over the age of 21 can get a slice of your Green Card lucky pie! This process is the so called family-based preference. It is important, that the applicant is a Legal Permanent Resident or even US citizen, in order to apply for a Green Card for spouses, children and even siblings or parents at a later date. We summarized some important facts about this topic in the section Apply for a Green Card.

  • If one member of the family wins, however, not all qualified family members are required to apply for a Green Card.
  • Each family member has a right to decide if they want to emigrate to the USA.

The decision to start a new life in the USA is a big step towards a new adventure. From our experience, most families express the importance of staying together and making the big step towards a new life in America as a family. Read what our Green Card winners over the last years have experienced. 

You want to be one of those happy winners, too? Apply for the next GreenCard Lottery  today and make your American dreams come true!

Sample Letters and checks

Please check out the sample scam letters and checks by clicking the small images.

Not all scams will look just like these, but they give you a good idea a what to look for.

These are real scam letters and checks sent to us by our readers.  You will note that some of the materials are very easy to see that it’s a scam, and others look authentic.  But for those who don’t know anything about lottery games, even the clear forgeries can look real.

In the sample letters, see if you can spot:

  • The misspelling «Congradulations»
  • Prize description does not match the game they are referring to (Mega Millions does not have a prize category «A», whatever that is)
  • Use of USA Mega logo, to try to make the letter seem legitimate
  • The barcode at the bottom, to try and make the letter seem legitimate, except the barcode reads «0123456789» — not exactly a realistic code!
  • Just the fact that you’re getting a letter at all is odd.  In Mega Millions you buy tickets, and the lottery has no idea who the winners are before they walk into lottery headquarters and redeem the ticket.  Think about it: isn’t that why you hear about unclaimed jackpots all the time?  The lottery has no idea who to tell about the win, because all tickets are bought anonymously!

Number Frequency

See how many times each number has been drawn, and see how often each Star Ball has appeared. You can also view how many days it has been since each number appeared in a draw.

Lotto America Number Frequency
Ball

Freq.

Days ago

Freq. Days ago Last Drawn
1 36 2 Aug 19, 2020
2 28 125 Apr 18, 2020
3 24 41 Jul 11, 2020
4 29 51 Jul 1, 2020
5 26 9 Aug 12, 2020
6 31 9 Aug 12, 2020
7 24 44 Jul 8, 2020
8 27 2 Aug 19, 2020
9 25 188 Feb 15, 2020
10 31 76 Jun 6, 2020
11 30 13 Aug 8, 2020
12 26 20 Aug 1, 2020
13 24 37 Jul 15, 2020
14 22 13 Aug 8, 2020
15 29 125 Apr 18, 2020
16 32 48 Jul 4, 2020
17 30 2 Aug 19, 2020
18 33 30 Jul 22, 2020
19 27 65 Jun 17, 2020
20 18 6 Aug 15, 2020
21 24 20 Aug 1, 2020
22 35 41 Jul 11, 2020
23 27 16 Aug 5, 2020
24 29 6 Aug 15, 2020
25 38 30 Jul 22, 2020
26 29 16 Aug 5, 2020
27 25 6 Aug 15, 2020
28 27 79 Jun 3, 2020
29 27 13 Aug 8, 2020
30 32 23 Jul 29, 2020
31 29 13 Aug 8, 2020
32 28 27 Jul 25, 2020
33 27 44 Jul 8, 2020
34 33 6 Aug 15, 2020
35 32 2 Aug 19, 2020
36 29 27 Jul 25, 2020
37 20 111 May 2, 2020
38 26 23 Jul 29, 2020
39 20 9 Aug 12, 2020
40 31 20 Aug 1, 2020
41 28 44 Jul 8, 2020
42 24 9 Aug 12, 2020
43 17 16 Aug 5, 2020
44 28 20 Aug 1, 2020
45 35 2 Aug 19, 2020
46 27 27 Jul 25, 2020
47 34 27 Jul 25, 2020
48 24 13 Aug 8, 2020
49 24 30 Jul 22, 2020
50 27 90 May 23, 2020
51 34 23 Jul 29, 2020
52 23 72 Jun 10, 2020
Star Ball Frequency
Ball

Freq.

Days ago

Freq. Days ago Last Drawn
1 24 23 Jul 29, 2020
2 34 9 Aug 12, 2020
3 22 16 Aug 5, 2020
4 24 48 Jul 4, 2020
5 30 13 Aug 8, 2020
6 26 20 Aug 1, 2020
7 29 30 Jul 22, 2020
8 33 55 Jun 27, 2020
9 37 2 Aug 19, 2020
10 30 6 Aug 15, 2020
All Star Bonus Frequency
No.

Freq.

Days ago

Freq. Days ago Last Drawn
2 135 6 Aug 15, 2020
3 97 2 Aug 19, 2020
4 26 23 Jul 29, 2020
5 31 34 Jul 18, 2020

How does the Green Card Lottery work?

Applying for the Green Card Lottery through the US authorities takes place once a year and since 2003 is only possible online. The American Dream gives you the possibility to register any time of the year, update your personal details for the application and review your data including photos before your application is submitted to the US authorities. The Green Card Lottery, as the name already suggests, is a lottery and every time you participate, you have the chance to win. Sometimes it may take a few years to get lucky, so it is important to use your chance to participate every year. Also, to avoid missing your chance to participate, you should pay attention to the application deadlines for the Green Card Lottery.

With support from The American Dream, no deadline will go unnoticed and we guarantee that your application will meet the requirements set by the U.S. authorities. We make sure that you have the best chances to win in the Green Card Lottery! Be aware that countries that exceed the quota for the allowed number of US visas will be excluded from the lottery. For this reason alone, you should take your chance to apply as long as it is possible. People born in countries with already high US immigration rates, such as Mexico, China and the Philippines, are not allowed to participate in the lottery. On the other hand, it is also possible for a country to be admitted to the lottery. For example, Poland was taken off the list of excluded countries in 2011 and Ecuador in 2016. Since then, these countries can participate in the Green Card Lottery. Participation requirements for the Green Card Lottery are constantly changing and that is why is it worth it to keep yourself informed of the current situation.

The Diversity Visa Lottery (DV Program) is lawful under the conditions established by Section §201 and §204 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The DV Program is administered by the Department of State who work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the American immigration authorities. The calculation for the distribution of the visas among countries is stipulated by this law as well as which countries can participate. The law also defines the submission regulations which can change from year to year. 

American Visa Lottery Application Confirmation

Once you successfully register the entry, you will see a confirmation screen that contains your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. You will need this confirmation number in order to  the status online, starting March of the next year.

If you lose the confirmation page (or number), the only way to know whether you have been selected in the lottery would be if you receive an official letter by post. The KCC cannot resend the confirmation page or number to you.

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You can not get the list of selected persons from the U.S. embassy or consulate.

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American Visa Lottery Application Details

The only way to officially apply for a green card lottery is to apply online at the Dept. State website. Beware of any other non-government websites that charge fees for this free application.

The online form that you fill is called Form DS-5501, Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, that is available only during the DV open registration period.

You can not download the form and fill it out. Starting with DV-2005, paper entries are not accepted. Online process makes the process more efficient and secure. Moreover, Department of State uses the special technology and other means to identify the persons who commit fraud or illegal immigration or those who submit multiple entries.

You should not wait until the last week of the registration period as there may be heavy demand and it may result in the web site delays.

If you do not fill the online form completely, your entry will be disqualified.

Regardless of who made the entry, if you make more than one entry, all of your entries will be disqualified. Regardless of who made the entry, you are completely responsible for making sure that information in the entry is correct and complete.

Do not send any documents (birth certificate, work experience, school records etc.) anywhere, other than making an online entry.

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