The Complete Guide to Online Lottery Games

We have all dreamed of winning a huge lottery jackpot that can change your life in a second. I always have this nagging voice in the back of my head that says “what if you win”.

Don’t get me wrong I love this nagging voice because it allows me to dream about what could be. A quick and beautiful escape from the day to day.

I remember my first lottery win allowed me to go from a two-wheeler to getting my own four-wheeler and that was one of the lower cash prizes, just imagine a jackpot!

On this page, you will find out more about the benefits of international lotteries, just how easy it is to win a lottery jackpot, which are the biggest lottery jackpots and much more.

You can easily navigate this guide with the table of contents below. If you want to find the right place to try out your favourite lottery game, check out my reviews of online lotteries to find your favourite!

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Here you can find all the different types of lottery games available in India.

For each Lottery game review, you will find a guide for how to buy tickets and how to play online in a safe and legal way.

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Lottery Games with the Biggest Jackpots

I know that you are interested in knowing more about these life-changing lottery games I have been talking about.

Below I will share a table with the best online jackpot lottery games and their minimum and maximum jackpot so far.

What is the maximum jackpot for Lottery games?

Lottery Jackpot GameMinimum JackpotMaximum Jackpot
Powerball$40 000 000$1 586 000 000
Mega Millions$40 000 000$1 537 000 000
SuperEnalotto$2 217 527$248 000 000
La Primitiva$2 217 527$112 914 260
Bonoloto$443 427$8 003 888
Bitcoin Jackpot1000 bitcoins4000 bitcoins
New York Lotto$2 000 000$65 000 000
El Gordo$4 434 559$4 434 559
EuroJackpot$11 086 351$99 777 166
EuroMillions$18 845 548$252 700 000
Table explanation: For your convenience, I have translated all currencies into USD. Each maximum jackpot has been translated to the value of the dollar at the date of the win. Bitcoin was presented as-is since the exchange rate changes frequently.

As you can see the jackpots available are crazy. I have a hard time even imagining even being able to spend this kind of money in one lifetime! All you have to do to be able to win is buy a ticket!

State lottery games vs International lottery games

I know I am not alone in our great country dreaming of lottery jackpots due to the popularity of Indian state lotteries.

If you are from Kerala I am sure you have played in the Kerala lottery, if you are from Punjab I am sure you have taken at least a peek at the Punjab lottery results to see the winning numbers of the lotto jackpot and so on.

Dreaming is wonderful and let me tell you, with a lottery ticket it’s easy. Sure your chances of winning are slim but someone has to win!

In the past years, I have moved away from Indian lotteries and played almost exclusively on online international lotteries.

Why do I play more international lotteries?

Well, online jackpots are bigger, it is safer to play and it is extremely convenient.

Through years of playing, I have accumulated tons of experience and what good is experience and knowledge if you don’t share it.

Here at Online Lotteries, I help Indian players increase their chances of winning international lotto games.

How can I help you win?

With the boatloads of knowledge I possess. The more you know the higher your chances of winning are.

So each article you read here will help you get the most out of online lotteries.

Let’s start with the different lotto games that are available. I am sure you are familiar with the state lotteries and their jackpots but what about international jackpot lottery games online?

Indian State Lottery Games

The first Indian state lottery jackpot game was started by the Kerala state lottery. It started in 1967 and quickly grew successful.

So successful that other states copied it’s structure and created their own lottery games like the Sikkim lottery, Punjab lottery, Goa lottery and more.

What these lotteries have in common is that they are regional. You can only buy tickets at retailers in a specific state or some times nearby states as well.

Some of these lotteries also exclude residents of other states and only allow their own residents to play.

With restrictions like these, the jackpot cannot become that big. Fewer players mean smaller prizes since the prizes are almost always based on the income from the tickets.

Below you can see the jackpot amounts of some of the most famous Indian state lottery games.

Win Win LotteryKerala State Lottery60 Lakhs
Dear MorningSikkim State Lottery25.25 Lakhs
Dear DayWest Bengal State Lottery26 Lakhs
Dear EveningNagaland State Lottery25.25 Lakhs
Super LottoPlaywin Lottery2 Crores
New Year Lohri BumperPunjab State Lottery2 Crores
Akshaya LotteryKerala State Lottery60 Lakhs

Worldwide Lottery Games

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Many of the most popular international lottery jackpot games actually started out as state jackpot games. Mega Millions and Powerball are two great examples of this.

Mega Millions started in the USA in the states of Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia on August 31, 1996.

Originally it was only residents of these states that were allowed to buy lottery tickets and play. It was created by Michigan and Illinois lottery commissions but quickly more state commissions wanted in due to its success. One thing led to another and soon 44 states in the US had joined.

But what makes this lotto game interesting is the fact that they decided to skip their requirements of players having to be residents of a specific state.

Instead, they decided to invite the whole world to play including Indian players.

The jackpots grow huge because of the number of players but also because it is a progressive jackpot. This means it grows every time the jackpot isn’t won!

Types of Lottery Games & how they are played

Nowadays jackpot lotteries can be structured in several different ways. In my opinion, there are some that are better than others.

Below I will present some of the most common structures of lottery systems and what they imply for the jackpot.

The First Lottery System – Single Numbers

Lotteries have existed for more than 2000 years. The most simple form is the way lotteries started. Each ticket had a single number for example 1 to 2000.

You bought a ticket with one single number and no one else could have the same number.

In this way, there are guaranteed winners for each prize tier, every draw.

Usually, the prizes were objects and not set amounts of money but there was still a lottery jackpot that could be silver plates or similar valuable objects.

Single numbers lottery ticket

Around the 1500s the prizes changed though and gave winners set cash amounts instead. The jackpot was the number 1 prize and gave winners the largest amount of money.

Improving the Single Numbers System

The first improvement that was created to the Single Number game was made by the Spanish Lottery commission with the famous lottery Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad.

It is more commonly known as El Gordo and has the world’s largest lottery prize pot.

el gordo drums

They created a two-drum system where first a winning number was drawn and then what prize that number won.

By doing so they created more entertainment within the draws. Just imagine you know you have won and then you wait for the draw on how much you will win.

Very exciting to say the least!

Different Series Game

This type of lottery works in the same way as the Single Numbers system but has different series separating the same numbers.

The series can be separated by letters or numbers. For example, you can have number 11234 in Serie A and your friend can have the same number but in Serie B making your numbers A11234 and B11234.

Some lotteries separate the numbers when they are drawn making only A11234 a winning number. Others only draw the number 11234 and both tickets in series A and B win.

Sometimes the ticket holders share the prize and other times each number in every series gets a set prize, it all depends.

This type of lottery game is common for several Indian state lotteries.

The Ball System

Most modern international jackpot games have a ball system. The sequence of the numbers is drawn at random from a drum with numbered balls.

Each number only occurs one time so, for example, you can’t choose two 12 on your ticket since there is only one 12 ball.

Usually, this means you can choose your own numbers and instead of having one complete number like the Single Numbers game you have a sequence of different numbers. For example, you might have to choose 5 numbers between 1 and 50.

This way there are no guaranteed winners meaning the jackpot can grow continuously. These are the jackpots we are all after, the really life-changing ones in the form of thousands of crores!

Since you can choose your own numbers several players may have the same number. In this case, the winners share the jackpot but this happens seldom since the odds of it happening are very low.

The Two Drum System

Now we have reached the pinnacle of jackpot lottery games. The two drum game works in the same way as the ball lottery game but with one crucial difference.

The balls are drawn from two drums meaning the odds of a jackpot winner decrease.

Right now you might be asking yourself “Why in the world is that a good thing?”.

Well, it’s quite simple really. Less chance of winning means that the jackpot of the lottery can grow larger for every draw there is no winner. Fewer winners = Bigger jackpots.

Powerball is the first lottery game to use this system and guess who has the record for the world’s largest jackpot?

That’s right, Powerball. On the 13th of January 2016, three lucky winners shared a jackpot of $1.586 billion.

That is more than Rs. 11229 crore! Just imagine what you could do with that amount of money!

My secret tips to winning a jackpot

Now that I have shared a lot of more objective information I think it’s time for me to tell you about my personal favourites and ways to win.

I mean I always appreciate personal tips and tricks when it comes to lottery games and thought you might too!

Let’s start with my absolute favourite, Powerball. As you already know it has the world’s largest lottery jackpot. But that’s not what makes it my favourite.

It’s the fact that it is the original, the one lottery that revolutionized the jackpot size possible in lottery games.

Also, it’s just so easy to play. I feel most lucky with dates so choose a date that means something to you!

I also like Mega Millions but to be honest it is more or less just a copy of Powerball.

For me, it’s a great way to spread out my luck to be able to win the biggest online lottery jackpots available. I also believe that kindness will be rewarded.

You can just ask the winner of the biggest Mega Millions jackpot. He let a person go ahead of him in line who also bought a Mega Millions ticket. This act of kindness, in turn, gave him the ticket that gave him more than 1000 crores! So be kind!

My last tip would be to play El Gordo. It occurs just once a year and has the world’s largest prize pool. Last year the prize pot was 19017 crores.

The set jackpot is $4 434 559 which is around 32 crores. This means after the jackpot is handed out there are 18985 crores left to hand out.

This online jackpot lottery gives you the absolute highest chances of winning a few crores!

How to increase your chances to win the jackpot

Your best chances of becoming a Crorepati through lotteries is to know what numbers work. In a lottery, there is something that is known as hot and cold numbers.

Hot numbers appear more frequently whereas cold numbers appear less frequently.

Choosing numbers that are hot may increase your chances of winning the jackpot. Look for numbers that occur frequently and combine them.

The combination is completely up to, if you feel lucky with numbers then that’s the right choice.

With online jackpot lottery games, you also have the advantage of checking the amount of the current jackpot.

Since almost all online lottery games have a progressive jackpot, the amount will constantly increase.

This is what is known as a pooled jackpot, each ticket bought increases the prize pool and the jackpot rolls over a set amount each time it is not won.

To increase your chances of winning a bigger jackpot you will want to wait for a few rollovers. This way you maximize the amount of money you will win!

So there you have it. Now you know more about international lottery games and that is the first step to take towards winning the jackpot. Good luck and never stop dreaming!

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