If you are thinking of buying a ticket in the $1.5-billion Powerball draw in the U.S., be ready to spend some time over the border before claiming your winnings.
A Burnaby woman says she was told otherwise you could be staying there much longer, in U.S. custody.
Whether your ticket is a winner or not, it is illegal in the U.S. to bring in any kind of lottery ticket from a foreign country, and that includes Canadians buying tickets in the U.S. and coming back home.
Michelle Demers says ticket sellers in the U.S. should be warning foreign customers.
“And also you forfeit the ticket — I mean, the ticket would be subject to criminal forfeiture, so it’s not like you could do the two years and leave with your $1 billion.”
CKNW has crunched the numbers, that brings your chances of winning from one in 292 million … to none.