Online Lottery: Everything You Wanted to Know

Published December 8, 2012 by OCR Editor

Online Lottery: Everything You Wanted to Know

From ancient lottery schemes to today's online versions, the lottery continues to fascinate!

The frenzy surrounding the huge ($587,500,000) Powerball jackpot - it was finally won last weekend - has put the spotlight on the lottery. Today, this ancient form of gambling, while still available in its traditional off line format, has also entered the Internet age, and playing lottery online has become a global phenomenon. Here are answers to the most common questions about online lotteries:

What is online lottery?

This version of traditional lottery allows players tobuy tickets through online lottery sites on the Internet. Depending on the type of site, players can buy tickets for draws within or outside their countries (for example, for Euromillions, Powerball, MegaMillions, SuperEnalotto, and more). A typical online lottery site not only offers tickets for sale, but also provides lottery odds, lottery results reviews, and recent winner stories.

How does online lottery work?

Typically, the player enters his "lucky" numbers - and the site's experts purchase the tickets on his or her behalf, scans them to his private account before the draw closes, and transfers any winnings directly to the account, often without commission. Lottery results are published online and winners are notified via SMS or email alerts. The online purchase is secure and players don't miss a big win.

How are personal and financial data protected?

Online lottery sites ensure that all pages with confidential information are encrypted using the most advanced security technology and accessible via a username and password only.

Do the different lotteries on the sites have different rules?

Each lottery may have its own rules, but all lottery forms are configured to fit the rules of the game. Players need only fill the form with their selected n umber, and the site executes the purchase. Additionally, information about the various lotteries - including schedules, statistics, taxation etc - is probably available at the sites.

Do online lottery sites accept all currencies?

Most sites support a variety of currencies, including the Euro, US Dollar, British Pound, and more. Domestic or international payment methods will be charged in any of the supported currencies.

What are the advantages of playing lottery online?
  • Comfort - Play any lottery, anywhere in the world, without leaving home.
  • Simplicity - Just boot up the PC, visit the site to set up an account, and buy the tickets. No downloading or membership fees required.
  • Convenience - Buy the ticket days or even weeks in advance - no risk of forgetting or not having the time to buy.
  • Security - Enjoy multiple verifications of the ticket purchase, plus no paper ticket to be lost or destroyed accidentally!

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See also

US Lotteries Losing Popularity with Young Players

Lottery Draws: From TV to Online

$112 Million Up for Grabs in Tuesday's Mega Millions Draw

New Online Lottery Agent: Ice Lotto

China Enforces Ban on Online Lotteries


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