California SuperLotto Plus VS California Mega Millions – Which Is Better?
There is no doubt that the United States is amongst the top, if not at the top, when it comes to lottery games. Home to the US Powerball, the Mega Millions and the SuperLotto Plus among many others, the United States can boast of being top of the lottery list. Not only are these lotteries well-renowned and extremely popular but they also boast of huge jackpot prizes especially when compared to lotteries in other countries. The highest jackpot of the California SuperLotto Plus stands at $193 Million while that of the California Mega Millions stands at $656 Million. Despite the discrepancy these two lotteries share in their highest jackpot amounts, the SuperLotto Plus and the California Mega Millions share more in common that you can imagine. But before we delve into the comparison of these two lotteries, it is important that we know more about these lotteries.
Brief History of Both Lotteries
The California Mega Millions is one of the largest and most popular lotteries in the US and the world at large. With jackpot amounts that regularly reach 9 digits, this lottery has earned its name as one of the most played lottery games in the world. Founded in 1996 as the “Big Game”, this lottery has given birth to hundreds of millionaires over the years. The California Mega Millions is a multi-jurisdictional lottery currently operating in 44 states in the US including the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. It has a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $15 million and draws are held twice every week on the Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 P.M. (Eastern Time).
The Super Lotto Plus is yet another lottery organized and operated in the U.S. and open exclusively to residents of the state of California. It began in 1986 as the Californian Super Lotto but in 2000, the name was eventually changed to the SuperLotto Plus. Its jackpot starts at a guaranteed $7 million annuitized payment.
Now that we know a little more than we originally did about the lottery, we will do a comparison of both lotteries.
- Method of Play
The California Mega Millions lottery uses a 5/75 + 1/15 matrix while the SuperLotto Plus uses a 5/47 + 1/27 matrix. This means that to participate in the Mega Millions lottery, each player is required to select six numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 75 and an additional number from a pool of numbers from 1 to 15. The first five numbers are known as the main numbers while the sixth number is known as the Mega Ball. The SuperLotto Plus uses the same format but for the fact that players are expected to select their first five balls from a pool of 45 balls, as opposed to the 75 for the Mega Millions.
Both the California Mega Millions and the SuperLotto Plus have guaranteed minimum amounts. There is however, a discrepancy in the amount – $15 million for the California Mega Millions and $7 million for the SuperLotto Plus. Both jackpot amounts can increase due to the number of rollovers and the total amount of sales tickets. To win the jackpot for both lotteries, a player will have to match all five main balls plus the Mega ball. In the event that no player is able to match all six balls drawn, the jackpot amounts are rolled over to the next draw.
Both lotteries offer other prizes in addition to the jackpot prize which are won by matching some of the main balls in addition to or without the Mega ball. Winnings are subject to taxes except for winnings below a specific amount. For the jackpots however, winners are expected to choose between the annuitized form of payment and the cash lump sum amount. The annuitized payment is usually paid over 30 annuitized payments which generate interest. The cash lump sum amount on the other hand, is taxable.
The California Mega Millions lottery is a multi-jurisdictional lottery which currently operates in 44 states in the US including the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. The SuperLotto Plus on the other hand is exclusively reserved to residents of the state of California.
- Playing online
Both of the lotteries can be played online. With the emergence of online lottery platforms. Online lottery platforms have made the playing of lotteries extremely easy and convenient and also bridged the jurisdictional boundaries by making it possible for people in different areas of the world to play lotteries reserved for the residents of a particular geographical location.
- Price tiers
Both the CA Mega Millions and the SuperLotto plus boast of nine different price tiers including the first price tier which is the jackpot. Players can win prizes regardless how many numbers they match with or without the Mega number. Both lotteries also give out prizes to those players who are able to match just the Mega number.
- Number of draws
Both the CA Mega Millions and SuperLotto Plus have two weekly draws. The draws for the Mega Millions hold on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 PM while the draws for the SuperLotto Plus hold at 7:45 PM PT (Pacific Time) on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
From the above comparisons, it can be seen that both the SuperLotto Plus and the CA Mega Millions share a lot in common. Because of that, it is easy to play the other if you have knowledge of one. With or without the similarities and differences, both lotteries are legit and recognized throughout the world. Every draw day, both the CA Mega Millions and the SuperLotto Plus create new millionaires and with this, they have positively impacted the lives of many people. A large part of the funds from the sale of tickets of these two lotteries are given out to winners as prizes, while some of the funds are used to invest and support good causes. Some of these good causes include education, healthcare, sports and creation of other recreational facilities for the general public. So, in playing these lotteries, you are not only seeking to participate but are also helping the entire public.