Following closely on the heels of the growing popularity of online sports betting and virtual gaming in Nigeria, the biggest, life-changing global jackpot lottery recently made its debut on Wednesday 8th November, 2021 in Nigeria, at the prestigious Radisson Hotel, G.R.A. Ikeja, Lagos,thereby, gifting Nigerians the unique opportunity to participate and win big in several global international lottery games including the popular US Powerball, Australia Powerball, US MegaMillions, SuperEnalotto, Euromillions, EuroJackpot, Spanish La Primitiva, etc., for a chance to win millions of naira in cash rewards, as well as the 200 billion jackpot.
Now, for those doubting Thomases out there who are always quick to scepticism, below are 10 factual figures of total prize money won in the US MegaMilions and Powerball Lotteries till date:
1. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
2. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
3. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
4. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
5. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
6. $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
7. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)
8. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
9. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)
10. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)
Also, the beauty of MagaMillione Naija is that only adults are legally allowed to participate by buying tickets through them, as well as receiving winnings in Naira equivalent from them, should the ticket turn out to be a jackpot winner.
.Speaking at the Media briefing, Mr. Okwy Okeke, the dynamic and amiable managing director/chief executive officer, MegaMillions Naija parent company, International Gaming & Entertainment Limited, who had even surmised that the brand name should have been “MegaBillions” were it not for the sake of humility, really elaborated on the subject matter:
“We are bringing something that has never happened before and we are happy to bring MegaMillions to Nigeria. Our target is to provide life-changing opportunities for millions of Nigerians, who otherwise would never have travelled to the US to play the lottery.
“We believe that through MegaMillions, we have taken a pragmatic approach to address some of our socio-economic challenges, especially the ability to reduce poverty rates and catapult millions of Nigerians to unprecedented wealth as people can play and win millions with as low as N100, he concluded.