Are you heading across the river to pick up your powerball ticket? we’re not blaming you… winning $1.5 billion U.S. or $2.1 billion in Canadian funds has many of us rushing over for a chance to win the big prize. The odds of course are slim, about 300 million to one, but did you know bringing your ticket back into the U.S. is against the law.
Little is known about a U.S. law that prohibits you from bringing your ticket back into the U.S. to claim your prize in the off chance that you win the lottery.
The law allows you purchase any amount of tickets as you want according to the Powerball website. “You do not have to be a citizen or a resident to play the game. You can be a tourist.”
CTV Vancouver reports, you can buy a ticket, but you can’t take it back into Canada and then come back to the United States. All persons are prohibited from importing into the United States from any foreign country any … lottery ticket, or any printed paper that may be used as a lottery ticket, or any advertisement of any lottery.”
Makes you wonder just what would happen if a Canadian won the largest lottery in history… What would you do?