People who are not US residents usually have several questions regarding the lotteries. These people can be from anywhere, including India. If you are from India and you are thinking of entering in the Powerball lottery, then you have come to the right place. You may have several questions and we are here to address them all, starting from whether or not you are eligible to how you will be able to claim your prize money. So let’s get right into it!
Who is allowed to play US Lotteries such as the Powerball and Mega Millions?
As long as you are at or over the legal age, it doesn’t really matter what statues of US residency you are at. You don’t have to live in the country in order to be eligible to enter these lotteries. As long as the tickets are purchased in the state where lotteries are legal, you don’t really have much to worry about.
So because people who are not US residents are allowed to buy tickets, that means they will very well be able to collect the prize money too. So for instance, you are an Indian, and you are in the states visiting some family, and you happened to stumble upon some lottery tickets, you should definitely go ahead and buy them. However, you should also make sure of the rules and guidelines of the state you are in. For instance, there are some states that don’t allow the lottery winner to remain anonymous, and if you are not okay with that you should reconsider buying the tickets. Moreover, you should make sure about the tax information as well.
Are you allowed to purchase the tickets while residing in a different country?
Since we have established that anyone, who is above the legal age, can enter and collect their lotteries, it is important to know in order to be eligible to do that, you have to be in the US to buy the tickets. However, there are some certified websites who are authorized to sell tickets online for Powerball lotteries and more, which can be put in safe securely of the country where the lottery is taking place after purchasing. These tickets will then be scanned and uploaded to the user’s account as proof that they have the ownership of the tickets. Another option you can consider is you could ask a family member or a friend to get the tickets for you on their name, and maybe they could pool in the money with you which will increase your odds. If you come across a website that seems really promising, then you should look the company up on Google and read all their reviews so you have a better idea of their legitimacy.
Are illegal immigrants allowed to enter?
Since there are no laws that say where the person should be from when they enter the lottery that means illegal immigrants are allowed to enter too. However, if the person does win, that will expose his status of residency making it viable for him/her to get deported. This also applies to criminals and felon, because there are no rules that say otherwise.
We hope this article will have cleared whatever questions you may have regarding entering the lottery as an Indian. If you are feeling lucky, and you are also in the states, then there are no reasons for you to not take the chance. You never know, you could end up being the first Indian to win the lottery!