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Still no winner for $1.1B MegaMillions Lotto in US

by Malou Talosig-Bartolome

DO you wanna be a billionaire, so freakin’ bad?

Well, it looks like you can still get a chance to become a billionaire. The jackpot prize for MegaMillions Lotto in the United States is still up for grabs.

The winning numbers in the drawing Tuesday (Wednesday 11am Manila time) are: 7, 13, 14, 15 and 18. The gold Megaball is 9. For states with Megaplier, it’s 3X.

The jackpot prize could have been US$1.1 billion (Php 60 billion).

16 new millionaires

Nonetheless, there are 16 new millionaires who won two other prizes of Mega Millions.

Three of them won US$3 million (P164 million) each for getting the first five numbers correct and the Megaplier 3X.

They come from Connecticut, Florida and New York.

Meanwhile, 13 bettors got the first five numbers correct and won US$1 million (around Php 54 million) prize each.

Two of the bettors placed their bets in Ohio, two from Massachusetts, one each from California, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Next draw

Since no one won today’s MegaMillions lotto, the new jackpot prize will be worth about US$1.35 billion (Php 74B).

The new draw for MegaMillions will be this Friday night (Saturday morning Manila time).

This will be the second-highest top prize in the MegaMillions history.

Can Filipinos outside the US place bets in MegaMillions?

The answer is yes. It is legal for foreigners, aged 18 years old and above and residing outside the US to play Mega Balls.

All they need to do is to place their bets at the authorized retail outlets of MegaMillions. Each state lottery has its own regulations and they have their websites where foreigners can place their bets.

However, foreigners who won the lotto are taxed higher than American citizens. Each state has also its own taxation schemes for foreigners winning the lotto.

It also depends if the country where the foreigner lived has a bilateral avoidance double taxation agreement with the US.

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