It's undeniable that the Internet has made a huge impact on everyday life. From communication to commerce, so many things can now be done online. Lotteries from all over the world are now open to you without your even leaving your computer seat - all thanks to the Internet. Instead of sticking to the stale old lotteries in your area, you can now play at bigger lotteries in different countries with even larger jackpots. Here are some of the jackpot hotspots from all over the lotto-playing globe.
El Gordo (Spain)
It's not a far-off statement to say that every online lottery website in cyberspace now offers bets for El Gordo, the largest lottery in Spain and arguably one of the largest on the planet. Whereas most other lotteries have prizes to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, El Gordo advertises that it has up to $ 3 billion in prizes to award. Add that to the tax-free lottery systems of Europe, and you've got yourself a very enticing lottery game indeed.
You will not, however, be getting all those digits in your bank account should your bets get drawn. In this Spanish game, you buy shares of cards (usually in tenths) that have numbers on them. You then wait for the draw and cross your fingers that your numbers will get drawn.
One of the biggest lottery games in Europe, it's a good game to consider if you'll be playing in online lotteries. The EuroMillions game holds many of the record-breaking jackpots from the last few years, most notable of which is Dolores McNamara's EUR115 million (about $ 152 million) windfall - the largest individual payout in the world to date. It's also worth playing as an online lottery because all prizes in the EuroMillions game are awarded lump-sum and tax-free, making your win much, much sweeter.
Mega Millions (Multi-state, US) and Powerball (Multi-state, US)
Although taxes and allowances eat up a good chunk - a majority, in fact - of Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, some of the bigger jackpot winners are still left with noteworthy assets on their prize checks. The two winners of the largest Mega Millions jackpot to date - an advertised $ 390 million - for example, would split the after-tax prize of about $ 140 million. Powerball prizes are not so far off, with the largest jackpot (under the previous Powerball brand) at $ 363 million.
Even if it gives reliably middle-ground sums, this Italian game is another online lottery favorite because it always yields tax-free lump-sum prizes. In other words, the advertised amount is exactly what you'll get you to happen to have the jackpot-winning ticket. Beside, there have been many times when the SuperEnalotto got out prize amounts that were very far from measly. Its October 2008 EUR100 million (about $ 127 million) jackpot, for example, inspired an Italy-wide lotto-betting frenzy.
There's a lot of lotto money to be won on both sides of the Atlantic. Now that online lotteries are so widespread and well-established, you can think less of national boundaries and focus more on just getting that multi-million dollar (or Euro) prize.