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Powerball and Mega Millions have a lot in common, but there are still some differences between them. Let's compare Mega Millions and Powerball and find out which lottery has the best odds and which game has the best prizes. In short, which is better: playing Mega Millions or Powerball? Bemorepanda hopes that in this article you will find answers to all questions regarding the differences between these lottery titans. But also find out some interesting facts about both Mega Millions and Powerball : history, biggest wins and other interesting things.

Americans kicked into lottery fever when the combined Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots were played. $ 1 billion.

The Mega Millions jackpot for the October 16 draw is valued at $ 667 million. This is the largest jackpot in Mega Millions history. Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot is $ 345 million and the next draw will take place on October 17th.

With incredibly high jackpots, not even gamblers are willing to try their luck. If you've never played the lottery before, here's what you need to know.

Mega Millions tickets cost $ 2 each and can be purchased from lottery stores in 44 states. (Six states do not participate. Sorry Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah — you're out of luck.)

You choose six numbers for each ticket: five numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 - the Mega Ball. If you do not want to choose your numbers, use the Quick Select feature and your numbers will be selected for you.

In some states, such as Texas and Wisconsin, you buy a Just the Jackpot ticket. This ticket costs $ 3 but gives you two raffles. The catch is that you only win if you get all six winning numbers. This is in contrast to the standard Mega Millions ticket, where players who match some but not all of the numbers are eligible for lower prizes.

There is also a Megaplier option that is available in most states. For the extra $ 1 per game, any non-jackpot winnings will be multiplied.

1. The rules for Mega Millions and Powerball are almost identical. You need to choose 5 main numbers and 1 additional one. If you match all the numbers drawn, you will win the jackpot. An overlap can win you a side prize.

2. Powerball and Mega Millions are renowned for their incredible jackpots, some of the largest in the world. Today the world record holder is Powerball, but before that, the Mega Millions held the palm for four years.

3. The Mega Millions jackpot reached incredible heights in March 2012, when the previous world record (set by Mega Millions in March 2007) was $ 390 million. After a long losing streak, on March 30, 2012, the $ 656 million prize was split among three winners.

4. A record $ 1.586 billion won by Powerball in January 2016 was also won with three tickets. In October 2018, it looked like Mega Millions was about to beat that amount. The lottery announced a jackpot of $ 1.6 billion, but the final prize fell below the Powerball record. This happened because ticket sales fell short of expectations.

5. The $ 1.537 billion jackpot won by a single South Carolina player is the largest lottery prize ever won with a single ticket, as well as the largest single payout on a single ticket.

6. Mega Millions also managed to win another jackpot of over a billion dollars. Although he has not set any new records, this $ 1.05 billion prize was won on January 22, 2021 in Michigan. It went to the Wolverine FFL Club, a four-member lottery club.

7. The Megaplier in Mega Millions and Power Play in Powerball are multipliers (multipliers) that you can add to your ticket for a small surcharge. This will allow you, in case of winning the secondary prize, to increase its size several times.

8. Unlike the additional numbers that players select when filling out the ticket (Mega Ball in Mega Millions and Powerball in Powerball), the multiplier number does not need to be guessed. It is selected randomly during the draw (from a separate reel).

9. In both games, the multiplier can be 2, 3, 4 or 5. However, Powerball also has a multiplier of 10, which can only be drawn when the lottery jackpot is below $ 150 million.

10. Although the multiplier does not affect the jackpot in any way, it determines how many times the secondary prizes will be multiplied. The winners of the secondary categories, who marked the multiplier box on their ticket, will win a prize multiplied by several times.

11. There is another difference between the two multipliers. Megaplier multiplies all Mega Millions side prizes. This means that when Megaplier 5x is dropped, the player who wins the 2nd prize can win $ 5 million.In the PowerBall lottery, the maximum size of the 2nd prize, regardless of the Power Play number drawn in the drawing, is always $ 2 million.

12. Powerball has drawn $ 1.586 billion and Mega Millions $ 1.537 billion, so both lotteries can play astronomical amounts. The second prize in both lotteries is $ 1 million, but there is a slight difference: the Mega Millions multiplier can increase it to $ 5 million, while the size of the 2nd Powerball prize, even with the Power Play multiplier, will never exceed $ 2 million.

13. In both Powerball and Mega Millions, you have to match 5 main and 1 additional numbers to win the jackpot. The conditions for winning other prizes are also the same, but their amounts are different.

14. The odds of hitting the jackpot in both lotteries are pretty low, but in Powerball the odds are slightly higher (1 in 292.201.338 versus 1 in 302.575.350). The odds of winning secondary prizes also vary slightly. This is due to differences in guessing ranges. Here is a table that compares the odds for each prize tier.

15. The first Powerball draw took place on April 22, 1992; The Mega Millions have been drawn since September 6, 1996. Learn more about the history of Mega Millions.

16. Mega Millions offer the "Just the Jackpot" option, which allows players to buy a cheaper ticket that only claims the jackpot and cannot win other prizes.

17. In some states, Powerball offers an additional Double Play option that allows players to participate in an additional draw where they have a chance to win up to $ 10 million.

18. Mega Millions draws on Tuesdays and Fridays at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Powerball Draws take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

19. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 47 jurisdictions (45 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands). Powerball tickets are available in the same jurisdictions as well as Puerto Rico.

20. The price of a Mega Millions ticket, like the cost of a Powerball ticket, is $ 2. The Megaplier / Power Play option adds $ 1 to the ticket price.

21. The minimum starting jackpot for both lotteries was $ 40 million, but this amount was cut to $ 20 million in April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

22. Jackpots of both lotteries can be obtained either in a one-time payment or in 30 annual installments (each of which will be 5% higher than the previous one).

23. You don't need to travel to the United States to play Mega Millions! You also do not need to be in the United States to participate in the Powerball Draws. You can play both exciting lotteries online at theLotter!

24. The first tickets for the Mega Millions lottery, founded under the name "The Big Game", went on sale in August 1996. The first draw took place on September 6, 1996. 

25. Initially, only 6 states participated in the lottery: Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and Maryland. Initially, the draws were held only on Fridays, but the game quickly gained popularity, and already in February 1998 the organizers added an additional draw on Tuesdays. Around the same time, the guessing range was expanded, and the winners had the opportunity to take the main prize in one payout. In 1999, New Jersey became the seventh state to offer tickets for the Great Game draws.

26. The "Mega Millions" lottery was renamed in May 2002. At the same time, Washington, New York, Oregon joined the host states. Subsequently, circulations also began to be carried out in Texas (2003) and California (2005).

27. Texas became the first state to offer members the Megaplier option, which could multiply the secondary prizes by several times. The Megaplier remained unique to the one-star state until it signed a cross-sell agreement with Powerball in January 2010, after which it appeared on tickets sold in other states. Today, the Megaplier is available in all jurisdictions in which Mega Millions tickets are sold, with the exception of California.

28. In January 2010, Mega Millions and Powerball signed a historic cross-selling agreement that allowed states to sell tickets to both lotteries. As a result of the agreement, the number of states in which Mega Millions tickets were sold jumped to 43. It was also possible to play the lottery in Washington D.C. and in the US Virgin Islands.

29. In March 2012, Mega Millions set a world record for the largest jackpot to date. The incredible $ 656 million prize was won by three tickets (purchased in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland). That record was held until January 2016, when Powerball raffled off $ 1.586 billion.

30. Starting October 22, 2013, the guessing range has changed from 5/56 + 1/46 to 5/75 + 1/15. The lottery organizers also set a minimum jackpot ($ 15 million) and a minimum amount of an increase in the first prize in case of transfer ($ 5 million), and also increased the size of the second prize from $ 250,000 to $ 1 million. In addition to this, the Megaplier 5x (with which the second prize can reach $ 5 million).

31. On July 8, 2016, Mega Millions hit the jackpot of $ 536 million - the largest prize ever won with a single ticket.

32. In October 2017, the lottery organizers revised its rules once again. The aim of these measures was to increase the popularity of the lottery and increase the Mega Millions jackpots. Changes included an update to the guessing range (5/70 + 1/25), a $ 40M minimum guaranteed jackpot, and higher secondary prizes. As part of the new format, the ticket price for Mega Millions has doubled from $ 1 to $ 2.

33. The organizers introduced a new game option "Just the Jackpot" - for $ 3, players got 2 chances to hit the jackpot, but, at the same time, they could not claim secondary prizes (this option is not available in all jurisdictions, in which tickets are sold).

34. In a historic draw on October 23, 2018, Mega Millions hit the biggest jackpot in its history: $ 1.537 billion. The winner who bought the ticket in South Carolina applied for the prize in March 2019. He chose to receive his winnings in a lump sum of $ 877,784,124 and not divulge his identity. This jackpot was the largest amount ever won with a single ticket in the world.

35. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, "The Mega Millions Consortium has adjusted the game's starting jackpot and will determine the starting amounts for subsequent jackpots and jackpot increases for each draw," the lottery organizers said in a statement in early April 2020. Since then, the starting jackpot has been reduced from $ 40 million to $ 20 million, and the minimum jackpot increase between draws has been $ 2 million.

36. The Mega Millions raffled its second billionth jackpot on January 22, 2021. After a record longest losing streak of 37 draws, the $ 1.05 billion ($ 776.6 million lump sum) prize was won by a four-player Michigan-based lottery club. The club's representative and attorney applied for the prize on March 12, 2021. The group opted for a one-off payment of $ 766 million over receipt of the full amount in annuity payments. This jackpot is the second largest prize in Mega Millions history and the third largest prize in the history of the lottery.

37. Shane Missler, 20, from Port Richey, Florida, was not surprised to find out that he had won a giant jackpot. As he said, he had a "premonition". "I am only 20, but I hope to use this [prize] to devote time to various hobbies, to help my family and to benefit humanity."

38. The syndicate prize is the largest of just 3 Mega Million jackpots hit in Philadelphia since Mega Million tickets began selling there in 2010.

39. Richard Wahl, a 47-year-old production manager at a food services company from Vernon, New Jersey, won the jackpot on the second time he ever played the lottery. "I drive past that (Mega Millions) sign every day and don't buy," he told reporters at a press conference when he picked up his check.

40. On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions had a huge draw. As the jackpot grew and grew, players and fans alike began to wonder if the prize would ever get bogged down! The final jackpot was $ 656 million - which brought the lottery the world record for the largest lottery jackpot (it lasted almost four years)!

41. The first of the three winners took his share of the $ 218.6 million prize the following Friday after the draw. Kansas law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, which is exactly what this wise lottery multimillionaire did.

42. The second winners of the stunning prize were three Maryland public school staff who called themselves the "Three Amigos." It is known about the winners that one of them was a woman in her twenties, the other in her fifties, and the third member of the syndicate was a man in his forties. Chipping off $ 20 each, they bought 60 tickets, one of which brought them a lot of money! The amigos who split the whopping $ 218.6 million are probably each other's richest friends!

43. The last winning ticket of this huge circulation belonged to retirees Merle and Patricia Butler. When it was revealed that the winning ticket had been purchased in their hometown of Red Bad, Illinois, friends jokingly asked Merle if he had won. They never imagined ... The couple stayed up all night watching the news and surfing the Internet to find out how many people have won the jackpot. On April 18, 2012, they took their prize in a one-time payment, and after taxes were paid, they got their hands on $ 111 million.

44. After a record longest losing streak of 37 draws, the Mega Millions jackpot hit a staggering $ 1.05 billion. Finally, on Saturday, January 22nd, the winning draw numbers matched the numbers on a lucky ticket purchased in Novi, Michigan. As it turned out later, the jackpot was won by a 4-member syndicate called "Wolverine FFL Club" (wolverine - wolverine). They announced their winnings on March 12, 2021. “This money will affect the lives of the families of our club members for many generations to come. We plan to stay humble and share the winnings through donations to charities in southeastern Michigan. " Like many of the other winners on this list, the group opted for a $ 766 million lump-sum prize. This Mega Millions jackpot is the third largest lottery prize in the world, and the second largest prize won with a single ticket!

45. The ticket, sold in South Carolina, was the sole winner of the $ 1.537 billion ($ 878 million lump sum) Mega Millions draw on October 23, 2018. The jackpot was announced at $ 1.6 billion and it looked like Mega Millions would break the Powerball world record for the largest lottery prize in history. But ticket sales were lower than expected, and the final jackpot was reduced slightly as a result. After the draw ended, it became known that South Carolina has a single winner.

46. The mother of four children, Marie Holmes, did not have an easy life. She raised four children single-handedly and had to quit her job to constantly take care of her son with special needs. When the Powerball jackpot rose to sky-high levels, Marie asked her mother to buy a ticket for her. Her mother complied with the request, and fortune took care of the rest. Holmes became one of three winners of the $ 564.1 million jackpot, making her the largest lottery winner in North Carolina history. Taking the prize, Holmes vowed to spend the money on good deeds. Since then, she has made frequent headlines in the news for both positive and not-so-positive reasons. She used some of her winnings to help her church and some of the bail money for her boyfriend, who was arrested on drug charges.

47. Matthew Goode, Mark, and Cindy Hill - $ 587.5 million - November 28, 2012. The winners of this epic Powerball jackpot from Missouri announced their big win in high school, where they first met and fell in love in the 1970s. Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Missouri spent $ 10 on five random tickets and hit a $ 192 million (gross) prize! These high school sweethearts made the country news and made Dearborn famous. The second runner-up, Matthew Goode of Phoenix, Arizona (namesake of the famous actor), also opted for a lump sum.

48. Lerynne West, a 51-year-old mother of three, from Redfield, Iowa, just bought a new home and, in the course of her upcoming move, stopped by the store to buy pizza and coffee, as well as a Powerball ticket. She ended up leaving a ticket for a few days on the floor of her sister's pickup truck before realizing that she had just won a slice of the huge Powerball jackpot. Her share of the prize was $ 343.9 million, and she took that amount in a one-time payment of $ 198.1 million.

49. The record longest four-month streak without a winner was finally cut short on October 4, 2021, with a single ticket sold in California that hit the jackpot of $ 699.8 million! The winning draw numbers were 12, 22, 54, 66, 69 and Powerball 15. Not only is it the 5th largest jackpot in Powerball history, but also the 7th largest prize ever drawn in an American lottery. According to the California Lottery website, the lucky ticket was purchased at a grocery store in Morro Bay. The winner has not yet applied for the prize.

50. The ticket purchased from the Coney Market in Lonaconing, Maryland was the only ticket that featured winning Powerball draw numbers on January 20, 2021. On May 26, 2021, the prize was collected by anonymous winners who identified themselves as the “Power Pack.” ("Powerpack"). They chose to receive the money in a lump sum of $ 546.8 million (approximately $ 366.6 million after deducting federal and state taxes). Maryland Lottery officials said the winners told them the money would allow them to help their families and community members "for generations to come."

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@Sunny Really interesting facts!

Everyone has a fantasy to win the lottery and retire, but the question is which lottery. While there are many different local and state lotteries, there are two main major multi-state lotteries: Mega Millions and Powerball.

Lotto Megamillions is an American lottery, the first game of which was held in 1996, and among the participants were 6 states. Nowadays, residents of 45 states and 47 jurisdictions take part in the Megamillions lotto. The lottery draws take place twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday nights. To take part in the Mega Millions lottery game, you need to select 5 main balls and a Mega Ball, which acts as a bonus ball. Also, in some states, players have the opportunity to choose the "Megaplier" ball, guessing which you will increase the size of your winnings.

For those looking to get rich overnight, there are many public and private lotteries. However, if you are one of those dreaming big and thinking about wealth beyond the ordinary, there are two multi-sided lotteries that promise incredible wealth: Mega Millions and Powerball. These lotteries are regularly played by millions of people; who doesn't want to become a billionaire overnight? Bemorepanda attempts to figure out the differences between Mega Millions and Powerball to help people make an informed decision. But also share with you some funny memes.

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Mega Millions is a government lottery that promises millions to players with jackpots of $ 12 million or more. If, however, the winner does not exercise the cash option, he will receive $ 1 million annually for the next 26 years. The jackpot stacks up when there is no winner, and ultimately the huge amount rolls over to the next jackpot winner. This is a $ 1 lottery, although players have the option to add $ 1 for each subsequent game they do not win the jackpot, and get the mega rail option where they multiply their jackpot by 2, 3, 4 or more. The lottery is held twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, mainly in Atlanta City, Georgia.

Powerball is another multi-state lottery game played in 44 jurisdictions and operates on the same principles as Mega Millions. Until January 2012, it was a $ 1 lottery, but today it costs $ 2, and the power play option cost $ 3 instead of $ 2 before. Ticket sales end at 10:00 pm ET in most states.

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The player who invests 2 dollars gets the opportunity to choose 5 numbers from 59 white balls and one number from 35 red balls. When the game is drawn, the machine chooses the numbers for the white balls and the other machine chooses the numbers for the red balls. The order in which the white balls are dropped is irrelevant and the player must match the numbers with the numbers he has chosen.

Powerball is the oldest of the two. He replaced Lotto * America in April 1992. It is an American lottery that is sold in 47 jurisdictions (44 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) as a total jackpot game. It is coordinated by the Multinational Lottery Association (MUSL), a non-profit organization formed by agreement with various US lotteries. Mega Millions, on the other hand, replaced the Big Game. Its first draw took place in 2002 and at the time it was known as The Big Game Mega Millions. It is sold in all of the same jurisdictions as Powerball except Puerto Rico.

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Both Mega Millions and Powerball are very similar. The main difference between the two is that Powerball jackpots start at $ 40 million and Mega Millions jackpots start at $ 15 million. However, on March 30, 2012, the largest jackpot won for Mega Millions was $ 656 million, while the largest jackpot won for Powerball was $ 590.5 million on May 18, 2013. jackpots in case no previous jackpots have been won. Another difference between them is the cost of one ticket. A Mega Millions ticket costs $ 1, while a Powerball ticket costs $ 2.

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A boy named Troy has written a letter to his neighbour about Arthur, the latter's golden retriever. He only studies in the fourth-grade.


In the letter, the little boy offered to help to babysit the dog and take him out for a walk after the ‘virus’ is gone.


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This adorable gesture has inspired thousands of comments online. A user wrote, “That dogs face is like, can I please keep it? I’ll take good care of it and walk it everyday” another said, “This is a great daily dose of wholesomeness”.






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The lion has always acted as the personification of strength and living power, power, and royal posture. But we don't know everything about lions.


In addition to the fact that the lion, like all animals, perceives smells through the nose, it can catch and recognize them with the help of the so-called "Jacobson's tube" - located in the oral cavity, in the upper palate, right behind the front incisors. The cats are involved when they concentrate their attention on some exciting smell for themselves, drawing in air through their mouths, slightly raising their upper lip and nose - a smile of a predator.



The muzzle of a lion, like every human fingerprint, is unique. In nature, there are no two identical lions with very muzzles. At the same time, the claws of a lion grow up to 7 cm, and the teeth of an adult - 30.


If the animal is complete, then the living creatures that he hunts, which serve as his prey, can quite easily walk next to him - at this moment, they have nothing to fear for their lives since such animals will not attack just like that, for the sake of entertainment.


Many mistakenly believe that people are attacked only by an old or wounded animal that cannot entirely hunt antelopes or gazelles. But as statistics show, more young individuals in excellent physical shape become cannibals.


Do you know these interesting facts about lions?



1. the giant wild cats on the planet are tigers. Lions are the second largest. Adult females can weigh about 130 kg, males - about 180 kilograms.


2. Lions are often referred to as "kings of the jungle." But in fact, they do not live in the jungle. Their primary habitats are African grasslands and plains. 


3. Leos love to travel. But you will never meet them in the rainforests - this is the element of tigers and jaguars. 


4. Almost all wild lions live in Africa. Still, one small population exists around the Gir Forest National Park in Western India. 


5. There may be more subspecies of lions in the wild than you might think. People generally can only name Asiatic and African lions. However, there are about eight of their subspecies, in particular, the northern Congolese and Masai. 



6. Of all the large feline species, lions are the most social. They live in large groups called "pride." A pride usually consists of related females and their cubs and a male or a group of males. The size of pride can vary from 15 to 40 individuals. The more members in the pride, the stronger it is.


7. Lionesses raise cubs together. The female can feed both her own and other cubs with milk. 


8. The mane is the visiting card of the male lion. None of the representatives of the cat family has anything like this.


Why does the male need such a luxurious “hairstyle”? The mane is a kind of indicator of the strength and activity of the animal. The darker the fur, the more attractive the male is to the female. In addition, the mane protects the neck and head of the beast during fights.


9. Lions are excellent hunters. They run fast, reaching speeds of up to 80 km / h and jumping. This helps them catch fast-footed prey. They have a wonderful sense of smell, sensitive hearing, and good eyesight. The claws of the beast reach a length of 7 cm.


10. The kings of beasts are lazy. Most of the day, they sleep or relax. They can be up to 20 hours a day! 



11. Lions can hunt down and kill an animal weighing more than 500 kg. The most desirable prey for them is buffaloes. It's just hard to deal with them. Often in a fight, the winners are not the jungle kings. 


12. Without water, they can do up to four days, but they need to eat every day. A lion can eat up to 40 kg of meat in one sitting, about a quarter of its weight. Its tongue is covered with sharp papillae, which help the predator scrape the flesh from the bones. 


13. Lions hunt mainly at night. They see well in the dark, which gives them a massive advantage over prey. 


14. Females hunt much more often than males. At the same time, some lionesses play the role of the "center," others play the role of "wings" - the wings drive the prey to the center. 


15. males must protect their pride and territory. Even though males rarely help females in hunting, they eat first. 



16. Cubs are usually born with blue eyes. After about three months, the eyes change color to yellow-brown or amber. 


17. Lions rub their heads against each other, thus creating a familiar collective smell. This smell allows the animals of particular pride to know who is a member of their family and who is not if a skirmish arises between the satisfaction.


18. At the age of 3-4 years, males and females are ready to mate. The gestation period is about four months. There are from 1 to 6 cubs in the litter (usually 2-3). Childbirth takes place away from the family, after which the female hides the cubs for another six weeks. At birth, lion cubs weigh only about 1.5 kg. 


19. Females in the same pride tend to give birth around the same time, making it possible to raise several litter together.


20. Pride often roar "in chorus," declaring their territory, and even young lion cubs join the general cry. The roar of a lion can be heard at a distance of 8 km! 


21. Lions don't just roar. They make various sounds, including those that are common to domestic cats. They hiss when they are angry and even meow when they want to attract the attention of their relatives. 



22. Lions can successfully interbreed with other types of big cats. For example, a liger is known - as a hybrid of a lion and a tigress.


23. The white lion is a rare morph with a genetic disease (leucism) caused by a double recessive allele. In total, there are about 300 such individuals on the planet. These are not albinos. They have normal pigmentation of the eyes and skin.


24. Lions live for about 10-14 years in the wild. Their age is much longer in captivity, up to 20-25 years. 


25. Only 20,000 lions are believed to be left in their natural habitat, which is half of 30 years ago. If, for example, we compare the number of lions with the number of elephants, of which there are 415 thousand, it becomes clear that there are very few royal predators left. By now, they have disappeared from 90% of their historical range. Some scientists say that if current trends continue and people do not take proper conservation measures, wild lions could completely disappear from the face of the earth by 2050.


What are the misconceptions about lions?


There is no "Lion King."

Despite what the classic Disney movie would have you believe, the pride doesn't have Mufasa or Simba in charge of all other lions (or all other African animals, for that matter). Instead of a king or queen, lions live in an egalitarian society without ranking.


King of the Treeless Jungle

Lions gloriously acquired the title "King of the Jungle." However, the name is misleading as lions don't live in the jungle. Their habits include bushland, grasslands, savannas, and rocky hills. This is a simple case lost in translation.


The word jungle has its roots - it is the Hindi word "ring," which means forest or wasteland - the latter can easily be applied to the savannah. Another title of the lion - "King of Beasts" - will not be disputed here. Please discuss the matter with your nearest lion if you wish to deny it.



White lions have been considered sacred throughout Africa, and there is a common misconception that they have albinism. While albino lions exist, white lions are a distinct subset of lions. White lions have a regressive mutation called leucism, which reduces melanin. This pigment controls the color of a lion's coat and eyes. Eye color is a way to tell white lions from albino lions. White lions have blue eyes, while albino lions are red or pink.


Mane means successful male.

The lion's mane is commonly seen to calculate a lion's sex appeal to potential mates—the more magnificent the fur, the more attractive the male. However, recent evidence refutes this as a universal rule. Deserted male lions in Tsavo can attract females and successfully defend a territory against other males.


Manes doesn't always mean men. Maned lionesses have been seen, especially in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. These lionesses engage in activities usually associated with male lions and are more likely to be sterile.


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