Lotteries are popular all over the world. That is why almost every country has a national lottery, and there are many lotteries in which citizens of several countries participate. It is difficult to say whether the lottery or sports betting is more popular, but the lottery does not require any skills or knowledge, and it is also much cheaper to participate. So you will notice that the lottery is played by everyone, regardless of age, gender and other factors, while sports betting, no matter how popular, is still related to a certain type of people.

Although the lottery is popular literally everywhere, it is easy to see that people are most passionate about it in South and North America. As these are two huge continents with a lot of states and a large population, there is no one lottery for Americas. Whether we are talking about Canada, the USA, Mexico or Brazil, everyone has their own national lottery. Find out the differences between the South and North American lotteries in this article.

North America lotteries

North America includes the USA, Canada, Mexico, as well as all Central American and Caribbean countries. Over half a billion people live in that part of the world. Although there is no accurate data, at least a third of the population plays the lottery regularly in North America.



The USA is home to two lotteries that paid out the biggest jackpots in history. Three times we had a case where the jackpot was over a billion dollars. Those two lotteries are called Powerball and Mega Millions. Both are available in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While Powerball is also available in Puerto Rico. Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah do not sell lottery tickets. The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit association in charge of Powerball. Also, almost every state has its own lottery. There are several other U.S. joint lotteries such as 2by2, Lucky for Life and Cash4Life but they are available in a much smaller number of states.



Canada has three national lotteries – Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max and Daily Grand. The Daily Grand has a very similar structure to the Powerball. What sets the Canadian lottery apart from many others around the world is the opportunity for a non-resident to win a prize as well.



Melate, organized by Pronósticos para la Asistencia Pública is the most popular lottery in Mexico and odds are great. It can be played even online. The second Mexican lottery is the Lotería Nacional para la Asistencia Pública.

Other countries


All other states like the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica also have their own national lotteries. Costa Rica has as many as four recognized lotteries – Lotería Nacional, Chances Lotería Popular, Lotería Tiempos, and Lotería Instantanea, although not all are in the form of a lottery with the drawing of balls, but there are also scratch cards. Belize has three lotteries, while most other states have one, such as the very popular Super Lotto in Jamaica.

South America lotteries

Latinos are one of the most passionate people in the world. You will notice their passion best when you see how much they love their favorite soccer clubs. They are also passionate about games of chance, especially the lottery. If you search for “juegos de loteria” on one of the search engines, you will get so many results. We will mention few of most popular South America lotteries where in percentage terms, probably even more people play the lottery than in North America.



Brazil is one of the largest countries and with the largest population in the world, and by far the largest and most populous in South America. The Mega-Sena is the largest lottery in Brazil and the most popular lottery in South America. It has been organized by the Caixa Econômica Federal bank since March 1996. Draw is being held twice a week. Since Brazil consists of more than 20 states and the Federal District there are many more local lotteries that people also play alongside Mega-Sen which has the biggest jackpot.



Peru has more than 30 million inhabitants, so their lottery is also very popular and has a large number of players every round. The lottery is available at and all you have to do is register through the website or download a smart phone app and you can participate. You will find a detailed explanation of how to register and how to play. If you win the jackpot, they will let you know but be sure to check your ticket regularly. If you do not take the prize within 6 months, you lose the right to do so, and you certainly would not want to.



Argentina is one of the best developed countries in South America, which in many ways resembles Western European countries. Argentines have a large number of lotteries at their disposal, and it is up to them to choose where they like the odds the most. Many Argentines also play more than one lottery to increase their chances of winning a grand prize. The most popular are Quiniela and Loto, but right behind them are El loto 6/41, Spiel and Instants. Numerous Argentines love sports betting and Sports Lottery


Whether you are in Europe, Asia or America, you will find many lotteries. Lotteries are popular all over the world because everyone hopes they can get rich overnight. And practically the only way to get rich overnight legally is to win the jackpot in one of the lotteries. The jackpot varies, so in the USA it can be a billion dollars, and elsewhere only a few million dollars. But in any case, it is a life-changing amount of money that will give you a comfortable life. The more tickets you play and the more different lotteries you participate in, the higher your chances of winning. Also, if you always stick to the same numbers you have a better chance than those who change numbers every time.