Powerball is a lotto game that rewards participants both jackpot and cash prizes. Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a non-profit, government-benefit organization owned and operated by its 31 member lotteries, draws five white balls out of a barrel of 55 white balls and one red ball out of a barrel of 42 red balls. By matching chosen numbers, winners have nine opportunities to win. The jackpot is won by matching all five of the white balls and the red Powerball. A Powerball ticket costs players $1 a piece, and players can purchase as many tickets as theyâ€™d like. Players can also pay an extra $1 for the PowerPlay, in which any prize winnings are multiplied by up to five times the normal prize (not including the jackpot amount). The multiplier is chosen randomly at the same time the Powerball numbers are drawn. All profits made through the lottery stay in the individual states and are used to support causes approved by the state legislatures.
You do not need to be a resident of one of the participating states or provinces in order to take part in a Powerball lottery. Powerball tickets can only legally be bought through a state lottery computer system in Powerball participating states. A state can sell Powerball lottery tickets via the Internet only to people within its state. Lottery tickets cannot be bought or sold through the mail or over the Internet across state lines or the U.S. national border. Similarly, state and federal aws prohibit the purchase of another statesâ€™ lottery tickets across state lines. You can, however, travel into another state, purchase a lottery ticket, and then bring it back into your state. It is also against federal law to purchase a Powerball ticket across national lines. In other words, you cannot participate in Powerball via the mail or internet from outside of the United States.
That doesnâ€™t mean, however, that you must be a citizen of the United States to play the game. Just like a U.S. citizen, non-citizens may legally purchase a Powerball ticket in a state that participate in the lottery program. Non-citizens who in in Powerball can face some diffGuidelines for non-citizens who win in Powerball can be confusing. Some states, including Maryland, North Carolina, and North Dakota, have written rules that imply that Powerball winners must produce evidence of United States citizenship or a federal Social Security Number. According to federal tax laws, however, there are ways for non-citizens who win in Powerball to hold back taxesâ€"even if that non-citizen, who may be an undocumented resident or a visitor from a foreign country vacationing in the United States, does not have a United States Social Security Number.
The state of New Hampshire Lottery Commission states that for non-citizens of the United States a 30% tax will be withheld for all winnings over $599. In the state of Arizona, non-residents must pay the federal 30% withholding tax in addition to a 6% state tax for any Arizona Lottery prizes valued over $5,000. Furthermore, winners may be subject to additional taxes when their winnings are reported to the Internal Revenue Service.
It is highly recommended that any non-citizens who win in Powerball consult with a tax advisor regarding tax obligations. Undocumented residents may choose to consult an immigration lawyer as well. Remember that you do have the legal right to purchase Powerball tickets as a non-citizen. Even though a 35%-plus tax withholding may seem like a huge chunk of change, it helps to remember that itâ€™s not on money that you earned but money that you won.
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