An international lottery is a game of chance that takes place in countries around the world. It has been used to raise money since ancient times. Today, many governments use lotteries to raise funds for public projects such as hospitals or universities.
Some of the most popular overseas lottery games include EuroMillions, US Powerball and Mega Millions. These jackpots can reach record-breaking amounts, but you can also win smaller prizes by playing less well known games.
The international lottery industry is dominated by eight gaming companies. These companies are licensed at state or national level in Australia, and operate a wide range of lottery games in multiple countries.
If you receive a letter or email that claims to be from a foreign lottery, do not respond in any way and immediately delete it. These letters and emails are almost always scams designed to steal your personal information, such as your bank account or credit card details.
These letters or emails often claim that you have won a lottery prize or have been selected to receive a large amount of cash. You will need to fill out a payment processing form and provide your name, address, date of birth and other personal information.
Scammers will often use the logos of real international lottery brands such as El Gordo or the UK National Lottery. These names are used to make it appear as though the letter or email is authentic.
These mailers are designed to trick you into paying exorbitant fees to play a foreign lottery or to purchase fake tickets. You can find out more about these mailers and what to look for by visiting our page on international lottery scams.