(CNN Spanish) — With a jackpot pool of $800 million, many non-Americans may be wondering if they can try their luck at the Powerball this weekend. The answer is yes, but if they can buy tickets.
One need not be a citizen or resident of the United States to play the popular lottery, which collects the second highest jackpots in its history.
If you are a foreigner, but you are in a jurisdiction where tickets are sold, you can purchase them as long as you meet the age requirement imposed by each location.
One clarification: Even if you’re a foreigner, if you win it, the relevant federal and state taxes may apply to you.
Some lotteries sell Powerball tickets online, explain the game’s popular page, but in these cases the service is only available to residents of the jurisdiction where the lottery is located.
“The sale of Powerball tickets online or by mail across jurisdictional boundaries is prohibited,” Powerball says.
Remember that tickets are sold in 45 states, including the city of Washington (District of Columbia), Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
You must match all five numbers on the white balls and on the red Powerball balls to win the jackpot. According to the lottery, the odds are a little less than one in 292 million.
If someone wins the jackpot, they can choose between receiving 30 payouts over 29 years or a single payout, according to a Powerball press release. The cash value of the prize will be approximately US$335.7 million.
According to the lottery, the chances of the jackpot being hit are slim, but this year it happened six times. If you decide to participate, remember that the drawing takes place on Saturday at 10:59 Miami time and you can watch it live on television or on the Powerball.com site.