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What Happened To All The USA Lottery Syndicates?

UPDATE: Things now look pretty bleak for US online syndicates. President Bush’s ‘anti-internet gambling’ law introduced back in January 2007 seems to have effectively killed off most of the small syndicate operators in the US. And most operators in other countries are reluctant to accept US players too.

It wasn’t what this legislation was intended to do, but lottery pools just got caught in the crossfire.

It does seem a fairly crazy situation that it’s OK to have an entire city based purely around gambling (Las Vegas), massive state run lotteries in nearly every state in the country — yet running a lottery syndicate via the internet is a bad thing..!? Write to your Senator folks!


13 Jul 2014 Kimberly-Clark group win $1M — each receives $48,500 after taxes.29 Jun 2014 Rolls Royce based syndicate win $1M on Powerball.11 May 2014 $414 Million jackpot split by winners in Maryland and Florida.24 Feb 2014 Bethlehem city park workers pool split a $1M win.26 Jan 2014 The ‘City Haulers’ collect $1M from Mega Millions 13th Dec draw.4 Dec 2013 A UPS group based in Louisville, Kentucky pick up another $1M win.24 Nov 2013 Another big $1M prize — this time 41 workers from the The Newcan Company who bought 177 tickets between them.3 Dec 2012 Biggest Mega Millions Jackpot Ever — we know this game rolls over a lot, but just how big can it get?10 Aug 2011 Ohio Syndicate win Friday’s $99 Million jackpot.Powerball Lottery News — more info and winners stories for the big US Powerball game.Mega Millions Lottery News — winners stories and more for Mega Millions.

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The DV-2020 entry period will run from 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, until 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Those interested in entering the DV-2020 program should check this web page in the coming days. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Entries will NOT be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.

Please read the DV-2020 Entry Instructions carefully. Entrants may be disqualified for not completing the entry form correctly or by submitting more than one entry.

The entry form is prepared in two parts, one for the primary Entrant and one for derivatives (if any). Each part must be completed correctly and completely before going to the next part. After all parts are completed, the entry will be submitted to the DV-2020 Processing Center.

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Program Overview

The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2020, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program.

Applicants who are selected in the program (“selectees”) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determine selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.

For DV-2020, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

There is no changes in eligibility this year.

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The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Visas are allocated to nationals of countries with historically lower rates of U.S. immigration. Nationals of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five years are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa program.

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DV-2019 Entrants may enter their confirmation information starting at noon (EDT) on May 15, 2018. DV-2019 Entrants should keep their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2019.

US Lottery Syndicate Reviews

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4 stars LottoLand Syndicates LottoLand has been taking the UK, Europe and Australia by storm. And now they have some impressive syndicate options for those big US games too.
4 stars LottoLishus Not your usual kind of lottery pool. But these guys do offer a convenient way to play the big games online.
4 stars WinTrillions Powerball and Mega Millions Syndicate A ‘big draws’ syndicate covering the big US games plus Italy’s huge SuperEnalotto all in one package.
3.5 stars Florida Lotto Magic A decent syndicate with some great extra bonuses worth more than the membership fee! Plays Florida Lotto, Powerball and Mega Millions too.

How to enter the Green Card Visa Lottery?

Applying for participation is quite easy and can be done online on the United States Green Card Office website. We can show you the most hassle-free way to apply in our step-by-step guide

Joining the DV Green Card Lottery with the help of a paid immigration services, such as ours, makes the process faster and painless.

Examine our comparison chart that clearly explain why it’s so important to use a professional immigration service when applying for a Green Card true the Diversity Visa Program.

Remember if your application is disqualified in the United States DV Lottery, you will have to wait for the next year before you can try again. Therefor you won’t regret a single penny spent on our immigration services because we will save your time and help you avoid the risk of rejection.

Why do certain countries not qualify for the Diversity Visa Program?

The Green Card Diversity Lottery allows natives of myriad countries to acquire permanent American residency. As a winning participant, you and your family can become United States citizen through naturalization.

People from the following regions can take part in the lottery:

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Oceania
  • North, South and Central America
  • The Caribbean

There are high- and low-admission regions and states. Each nation’s allowance for the American Green Card Lottery depends on the number of immigrant visas that country has issued to foreign citizens within the last five years. This approach ensures migration balance and stimulates diversification.

US Lotteries by State

Each state in the US with a legal lottery is responsible for overseeing the conduct of the lottery within its borders.

Typical lottery regulations include the establishment of an oversight commission, approving the rules of each game, approving new games, the distribution of lottery funds and determining how winners are paid.

Each state does it a bit differently, so the lottery landscape varies across the US. The following US Lottery pages explain how the lottery works in each state, how to play online legally (if permitted) and much more.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

The Big Two: Powerball vs Mega Millions

Despite the crazy odds, these two big multi-state games remain incredibly popular in the USA — due of course to the enormous rollover jackpots they produce.

Both games have changed formats numerous times over the years. The range of main numbers has changed, as has the range of Power/Mega balls — in every case making the jackpot harder to win in what seems a constant competition to have the biggest rollover jackpots.

The ticket price was also increased for Powerball on 15 January 2012 from $1 to $2. While it still remains at $1 for Mega Millions (with no published plans to change) — this is important to remember when comparing games. You can effectively double all the odds for Powerball to get a fair dollar for dollar comparison.

These are the current chances of winning for both games:-

Matches Powerball Odds Mega Millions Odds
Powerball vs Mega Millions Odds
Jackpot — Match 5 + PB/MB 1 in 175,223,510 1 in 258,890,850
Match 5 1 in 5,153,633 1 in 3,904,701
Match 4 + PB/MB 1 in 648,976 1 in 689,065
Match 4 1 in 19,088 1 in 15,313
Match 3 + PB/MB 1 in 12,245 1 in 13,781
Match 3 1 in 360 1 in 306
Match 2 + PB/MB 1 in 706 1 in 844
Match 2 n/a n/a
Match 1 + PB/MB 1 in 111 1 in 141
Match 1 n/a n/a
Match PB/MB 1 in 55 1 in 75

Which does make these two of the hardest games in the world to win. Making a a very good idea if you want to try your luck at those jumbo jackpots.

Closed Syndicates(for reference only):

Rating Click For Review Summary
Closed — Archived
3 stars Texas Lotto Club A decent syndicate option if you want to play ‘Lotto Texas’. Lack of transparency may concern some.
3 stars Lottery Pools Win A straightforward amateur Mega Millions syndicate.
0.5 stars YoYo Lotto Pool Plays the California Lottery, New York Lottery and Mega Millions. But makes exactly the same mistakes as the recently demised Xzotto.
1 stars The lottery pool that isn’t. Xzotto is a confusing mess with little of any value to offer.
3 stars Group Play A passable system tailored more toward infrequent group lotto entries.
4 stars Lotto Busters Club Tennessee based Powerball syndicate, nicely done. Worth a look.
4 stars Virtual Lottery Pool Decent Powerball pool with no charges at all.
3 stars Big Powerball Pool Well balanced pool at a good price.
2 stars ’20 Chances’ A decent syndicate marred by small group sizes, and just too expensive to recommend.
2 stars Heron Aerospace Lottery Pool A very low cost New Mexico based pool playing the Powerball.

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The US Lottery — A Little Background

There are 38 US states currently allowed to run lottery games. Most also run their own lottery games, but the big multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions games continue to draw huge interest due to their vast jackpots.

Nearly $18 billion in profits were raised directly from lottery games in the fiscal year 2009, providing a valuable contribution to state income and funding for everything from Health and Welfare to Education.

The largest prize to date was won by a Powerball syndicate of 13 machine shop workers in Ohio. They shared a lump sum payment of $161,496,959 — that’s over $12 million each!

Contrary to popular belief, you are actually much more likely to win the USA lottery than get struck by lightning! (That quote you often see does depend very much on how often you fly kites in thunderstorms, and whether or not you buy lottery tickets…)

What About The Prizes?

The crazy prizes that drive the popularity of these two games are pretty much always in the $100M+ range, commonly hit $200M+ and have been setting records in excess of $300M for the past couple of years.

The record jackpot is currently held by Mega Millions. It stands at $656M claimed by 3 ticket holders in March 2012.

But Powerball came close in May 2013 with a $590.5M jackpot — but this one was claimed by one single ticket, bought by Gloria MacKenzie in Florida.

It is important to remember that lottery jackpots in the USA are actually annuity payments. If you choose to receive a lump sum cash payout instead (which most people do) then you typically receive around half of the headline amount. Prizes in the USA are also taxed in most states.

So ultimately Gloria would have only pocketed around $278,175,000… (no tax for Florida!)

The benefits of winning the United States Green Card Lottery

Immigration to America can open many opportunities. If you plan to obtain quality higher education or wish to have access to the best healthcare services, a permanent United States residency is for you. If you want to become a citizen later, your prospects for the future will be even better.

Students with Green Cards are considered in-state permanent residents of the United States, making American colleges and universities’ tuition fees lower for them than for foreign applicants. Moreover, by winning the Diversity Visa Lottery, you gain the right to financial aid, which will reduce your study expenses dramatically.

Green Card holders also qualify for Social Security that grants United States citizens certain privileges. It provides the following benefits:

  • medical and disability insurance
  • childcare assistance
  • rewarding retirement plans
  • support for seniors

Часть вторая Данные о членах семьи (Derivatives)

Если вы в браке или у вас есть дети, откроется вторая часть заявки. Здесь нужно ввести данные о них, но граф меньше. Для каждого члена семьи нужна своя фотография. Принцип заполнения тот же.

Вопросы, которые появляются, если указать, что женат

Когда все готово, нажмите Continue — появится страница со всеми введенными данными. Проверьте введенные данные и исправьте ошибки, если они есть. Если все правильно, нажмите Continue. Все — заявка отправлена!

После этого откроется страница, сообщающая, что заявка принята. На ней есть номер подтверждения (Confirmation Number) — 16-значное сочетание цифр и букв. Не потеряйте его: распечатайте, сделайте скриншоты, отправьте супругу по электронной почте. По нему в мае следующего года вы сможете узнать, выиграли или нет.

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