There’s no denying that emoji’s have become a popular way to express yourself on social media. Who can resist adding a cheeky winking face or a wry comment or a tears-of-laughter emoji to a post that makes you giggle on Facebook?
Now one lucky EuroMillions winner from Ireland has kept his identity under wraps by collecting his prize wearing an emoji face mask.
The unknown Irish winner matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star number in the EuroMillons draw that took place on 7 October 2016. He collected his check for €195 988 with two of his best friends, all wearing emoji masks as they had their picture taken. His two friends had no idea what he was up to until they stepped through the doors of the National Lottery Office in Dublin.
The smiling winner has decided to take a few days to enjoy the feeling of being a winner. He plans to pay of his mortgage, but hasn’t decided what to do with the rest of his prize yet. He bought his lottery ticket online, so we can assume that he found out about his big win shortly after the lottery results were verified.
That’s important to note because many people still don’t believe that you can play international lotteries online. But online lottery ticket agents do provide a legitimate service to players all around the world who want to play the big lotteries that aren’t available in their own country. There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t buy Powerball tickets online. It’s not illegal for non-US citizens to play American lottery games. Although you will have to pay a bit more in tax on your US lottery winnings if you aren’t a US citizen, you could still become in instant millionaire.
And if you’re worried that you could be scammed, if you do some research into the online lottery ticket agent, you can avoid this. Start by checking whether the online lottery site you want to use gives you scanned copies of your official lottery tickets. Whether you want to play the Powerball, EuroMillions or EuroJackpot, you should always get a copy of the official lottery tickets that have been purchased on your behalf. This serves as proof that you are the rightful owner of the lottery ticket.
You should also read the terms and conditions set out on the online lottery website. Find out exactly how the agent operates before you spend any money. These terms and conditions should make it clear what security the online lottery site uses to protect your personal and credit card information. They should also have a physical address and a contact number you can call if you have any questions.
Playing the lottery online is simple and fun. Not only does it allow you to play lotteries from all over the world, it makes playing the lottery in your own country more convenient. You don’t have to make a point of getting tickets from your local lottery ticket retailer every week. You can set up a subscription to the lotteries you want to play with your online lottery ticket agent and never miss a draw. Simply pick your lucky lotto numbers and your credit card is billed before every draw without you having to log in to your account to buy your tickets every time.
And you won’t have to worry about keeping up with the latest lottery results either. The online lottery ticket agent checks all the tickets after the results have been verified and notifies the winners via email. Could you imagine opening your inbox to discover that you’ve won a jackpot? If you play the lotto online, that’s exactly what could happen.
Even claiming your prize is hassle-free. If you win a smaller prize, the online lottery agent will collect your winnings for you and deposit them into the account you’ve created on their site. You have the option of transferring the money to your private bank account, or using them to buy more lottery tickets for the next draw.
If you should happen to win a big prize on the Powerball lottery, for example, you may have to collect your prize in person. In this case, you’ll be glad you played the lottery online because the lottery ticket agent will help you make all the arrangements to make your way to the US to get your check. If you didn’t have the support of a knowledgeable lottery ticket agent, you could find the experience a bit overwhelming.
But remember that if the Powerball results do make you a big winner, you may not have the option of wearing an emoji mask to collect your winnings. Only a few US states allow Powerball winners to keep their identity a secret. So if you fancy the idea of posing for a picture with a big check and an emoji mask on your face such as the recent EuroMillions winner, stick to playing the EuroMillions online. And don’t forget to bring some friends with you to share in the fun.