Looking to cash in on the Powerball lottery? What Canadians need to know

Looking to get really, really rich, quick? You may want to consider purchasing a ticket for Saturday's record-breaking Powerball draw, with an estimated US$800 million up for grabs in the American lottery.

See Full Article

In Canadian dollars, that could mean a jackpot total of more than $1 billion.

Here's what Canadians need to know about the jackpot draw set for Saturday.

A non-resident can win Powerball

If you legally purchase a Powerball ticket, then you can collect your prize, regardless of whether you're an American citizen or not.

Rules around buying Powerball tickets online

According to the lottery's website, Powerball tickets can only legally be purchased from a licensed retailer. Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A lottery can also legally sell tickets online, but only to "persons within its own state."

The lottery warns against using websites that offer to buy and hold tickets for a service fee.

Your chances of winning the jackpot are really, really low

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million. By comparison, your odds of being struck by lightning are closer to one in a million.

You have until Saturday night to buy a ticket

The draw will be held at 10:59 p.m. ET on Saturday. Sales cut-off times from state to state -- from one hour to two hours before the draw.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Canada vowed to protect its Indigenous women. But they are still being blamed for their own deaths

    Canada News CTV News
    February marked the culmination of a nearly decade-long legal saga that raised national questions about how Canada treats Indigenous women. Cindy Gladue, a 36-year-old Canadian Cree-M├ętis mother of three, bled to death in a hotel bathtub almost a decade ago. Source
  • Indian farmers mark 100th day of protest with road blockade

    World News CTV News
    NEW DELHI -- Thousands of Indian farmers blocked a massive expressway on the edges of New Delhi on Saturday to mark the 100th day of protests against agricultural laws they say will devastate their income. Farmers stood on tractors and waved colorful flags while their leaders chanted slogans via a loudspeaker atop a makeshift stage. Source
  • Sydney's LGBTQ2S+ Mardi Gras goes ahead with restrictions

    World News CTV News
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Sydney's annual iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras went ahead on Saturday, only in a different format due to coronavirus restrictions. It was being held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where people can socially distance in their seats rather than on the traditional route down Oxford Street. Source
  • Hong Kong court puts off release of pro-democracy activists

    World News CTV News
    HONG KONG -- The group, which includes three former legislators, will have hearings Thursday and on March 13, the High Court said. A court agreed this week to release them but prosecutors appealed the decision. They are among 47 people who were charged under a national security law imposed on the Chinese territory last year by the ruling Communist Party after pro-democracy protests. Source
  • U.S. senate works through night with COVID-19 aid on path to passage

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate worked through the night and past sunrise Saturday on Democrats' showpiece US$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after a deal between leaders and moderate Sen. Joe Manchin on emergency jobless benefits broke a logjam that had stalled the package. Source
  • Spy warrant shortcomings stretch back almost a decade, newly released audit shows

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- A newly released audit report shows that difficulties with the judicial warrant process at Canada's spy agency -- an issue that made headlines last summer -- stretch back at least nine years. Internal reviewers found several of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's preparatory steps for the execution of warrant powers needed strengthening. Source
  • Nine months after the pandemic arrived, births fell sharply: data

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Nine months after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in North America, births in Quebec and British Columbia fell far below normal levels, statistics show. December, 2020 saw 3,185 babies born in B.C.; on average, the province has had 3,526 births in December between 2020 and 2019. Source
  • Pope, Iraq's top Shia cleric hold historic meeting

    World News CBC News
    Pope Francis and Iraq's top Shia cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq's long-beleaguered Christian minority during an historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf. Source
  • Iraq's top Shia cleric welcomes Pope into his home for talk on peaceful coexistence

    World News CBC News
    Pope Francis and Iraq's top Shia cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq's long-beleaguered Christian minority during an historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf. Source
  • A judge ruled photos of enslaved individuals belong to Harvard, not their direct descendant

    World News CTV News
    A woman who says she is the direct descendant of a man and woman pictured in some of the earliest known photographs of enslaved people does not have a property interest in the images, now owned by Harvard University, a Massachusetts judge ruled Tuesday. Source