ShareThis Page

Eh? Powerball fever is hot north of the border

| Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

Lottery fever has gone international as eager ticket-holders around the world await tonight's $440 million Powerball drawing.

Spokesmen for theLotter, a London-based online ticket messenger service, said the Powerball fever that sparks lines at convenience stores across the U.S. anytime the jackpot swells spread north of the border last year where the company counted a 60 percent uptick in U.S. lottery sales to Canadians in 2017 over 2016.

“This is remarkable because it was a year when U.S. jackpots were much lower than 2016 when Powerball set a $2 billion (in Canadian dollars) jackpot record,” theLotter spokesman Austin Weaver said.

He said online sales to Canadians for tonight's Powerball drawing are expected to set a strong start for the new year in Canada, which has become theLotter's largest market for U.S. lottery ticket sales.

The company has an office in Oregon where tickets for buyers around the world are purchased, scanned and stored. It boasts it has sold winning tickets to U.S. lotteries that created lottery millionaires in Canada, El Salvador, Russia, Ukraine, Australia and Panama.

If Powerball fever subsides with a winning number, players can always look forward to Friday's Mega Millions lottery drawing. That jackpot is projected to grow to $418 million by then.

But don't get excited just yet. The odds of winning are infinitesimal — one in 302.6 million for Mega Millions, one in 292.2 million for Powerball.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996, or via Twitter @deberdley_trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me