Retired Indian woman wins $1 Million US Powerball cash prize

A dream shared amongst all lottery players is one day waking up with millions in their bank account after winning a massive lottery jackpot. It is a dream that has kept them coming back to buy a lottery ticket for centuries.

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Retired Indian woman wins $1 Million US Powerball cash prize

Every lottery game is a game of luck and chance. Numerous factors determine your chances of winning a lottery jackpot. Factors such as how many winning numbers or combinations you need to get.

Luck is said to only favour those who are prepared. But 62-year-old retired sexagenarian, Ushakiran Patel, shattered all these notions when she won US $1 million in the US Powerball lottery.

Her story follows the classic “luck of the draw” as she is not a regular player, and she used the Quick Pick method to choose her lucky numbers. The random number generator picked 06-13-19-36-51, which did not win her the US Powerball jackpot but still landed her a hefty second-place prize.

In a statement after claiming her winnings, Patel said she had no specific plans for her windfall but will use it wisely to make her retirement comfortable.

Who are the biggest lottery winners from India?

Patel’s lottery winning story is inspiring and her windfall life-changing, but when compared to prizes won by other Indian lottery players, it is a modest sum.

Nandlall Mangal - US $245.6 million

In 2018, an Indian construction worker from New York’s famous borough, Staten Island won a US $245.6 million US Powerball jackpot. The lucky winner, Nandlall Mangal, admitted in an interview that he only purchases entries when the jackpot is more than US $100 million.

Mangal used the Quick Pick option to choose his lucky numbers, but left his entry on the kitchen counter and left town. He returned a week later and checked the winning numbers online only to find out he had won the colossal US Powerball jackpot. The lucky US Powerball jackpot winner opted to have his winnings paid to him in a lump-sum.

Sandeep Singh - US $23 million

22-year-old Sandeep Singh thought he was down on luck when his girlfriend left him and had low job prospects. Little did he know his decision to buy an entry into the Mega Millions lottery would change his life for the better, that is US $23 million for the better.

Many lottery players buy a lottery ticket without understanding their chances of winning the lottery jackpot or other prizes. Some perceive purchasing a lottery ticket as an investment, a form of entertainment and an avenue out of challenging situations.

So, what do you need to do to increase your chances of winning a lottery jackpot?

Useful tips to increase your chances of winning

If you are keen to play your favourite India lottery game and win a life-changing lottery jackpot, below are tips that might increase your chances of winning;

Retired Indian woman wins $1 Million US Powerball cash prize -  Useful tips to increase your chances of winning

1. Play the right lottery games

While it might be tempting to only participate in the biggest jackpots, the smaller jackpots can often have more favourable chances of winning and draw more frequently.

You can try your hand at scratch card competitions or smaller lotteries, such as Cash4Life, which draws daily and gives you the opportunity to win $1000 every day for the rest of your life.

Scratch card competitions may offer smaller rewards, but they can offer higher chances of winning.

2. Do not change your numbers

There is no specific skill required to buy tickets to play your favourite lottery game; however, choosing your lucky numbers does require some strategy.

Richard Lustig, a seven (7) time lottery winner and author, recommends that you play your lucky numbers frequently instead of changing them. He also suggests avoiding using the Quick Pick option, birthdays and anniversaries to choose your lucky number. They limit the pool of numbers that you can use.

3. You cannot win if you do not play

You should pay attention to the lottery drawings and play consistently to increase your chances of winning.

International lotteries you can play from India

The lack of technology advancements in previous years only made it possible to play local lotteries in India. Nowadays, the convenience of the internet has opened the door to the world's biggest lotteries. is one of the longest-running online lottery platforms offering you the chance to play the worlds biggest lotteries from India. You have the opportunity to partake in massive jackpots, such as the US Powerball, Mega Millions, EuroJackpot, SuperEnaLotto and EuroMillions.

What measures do you take to ensure you increase your chances of winning that life-changing lottery jackpot? Let us know in the comments below.

This article forms part of our Powerball Resource Centre.

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