A friend of mine that lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada was once dreaming of riches. Not just any riches - Powerball riches. He's Canadian and Canada has lotteries, but the jackpot rarely ever gets to be more than million. He wanted more; he wanted to win a gigantic Powerball jackpot in The United States. On one drawing that had a jackpot of more than 0 million, he drove from Toronto to Pennsylvania to buy tickets. Powerball is an interstate lottery with many participating states. The closest state to where he lived was the state of New York, but it was not a participating state. He had to drive to Pennsylvania; it was a three hour drive. He said that he didn't mind the drive because, the whole way down, he was thinking of the lavish lifestyle a win would provide him.
This friend of mine asked around to see if anybody wanted to give him some money to buy tickets for them. The first question that most people asked him was, "Can Canadians win the Powerball jackpot." Many didn't think that it was possible for a Canadian to win the Powerball jackpot.
So, to prove everybody wrong, he actually read the FAQs on the Powerball website. He found his answer. On the website it says that you do not have to be an American resident to play the game. You can be a tourist. That means that Canadians can win. Of course, Canadians would be subject to the lottery tax just as American residents are (Lottery winnings in Canada, conversely, are completely tax-free.).
So, if you are Canadian and are dreaming of winning a lottery with estimated jackpots beyond your wildest dreams, you can head on over to one of the participating Powerball states and purchase some tickets. Keep in mind, though, that the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are approximately 1-in-195-million.
Back to my friend. As you would probably guess, he didn't win. Maybe next time.