Have you grabbed a handful of Powerball lottery tickets from across the border recently?
Your odds of winning the $1.3 Billion US jackpot may have just increased from 300 million to 1 to NONE AT ALL, thanks to an American law.
Some U.S. border guards are warning Canadian travelers that they’re lottery ticket purchase may very well breach a law banning the importing of “immoral articles”.
That law states that “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.”
Now, you don’t have to be an American in order to play the Powerball lottery. The United States does not forbid foreigners from buying tickets and winning.
But, if a Canadian buys a Powerball ticket, brings it back home to Canada, and then attempts to return with it to the United States, they will breach the code described HERE.
And U.S. border guards have taken action in defense of this law in the past! In December, border guards confiscated nine B.C. lottery tickets from a man entering the United States.