Buying lottery tickets online is a growing trend. More states are considering adding online lottery sales to their operations. Whether you are interested in playing for a chance at a million dollars or just want to try your luck at winning the Powerball, it’s worth checking out your state’s lottery to see what is available.
Several states have authorized online lottery ticket sales, and the process is no different than purchasing a ticket in a brick and mortar store. However, some states allow players to enter multi-state drawing games, and some of these allow the purchasing of online tickets for multiple draw games. The best way to find out if your state is a legal option for buying lottery tickets online is to check with the lottery website.
Illinois became the first state in the United States to offer online lottery ticket sales in 2012. It began with a pilot program in March 2012, and eventually added Powerball lottery tickets. The site also expanded to include daily lottery games and instant games. Its offerings now include eight in-house draw games and three multi-state draw games.
Pennsylvania is another state that allows players to buy online lottery tickets. In addition to the state’s 11 draw games, it offers several games that can be played for a fee on its website, including Keno and virtual sports. It does not offer MegaMillions online.
The New Hampshire Lottery, which started in 1964, has several draw games, including Powerball. It is a charter member of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates other lottery programs in the US. The proceeds from the lottery go to fund education programs, health care, public safety, and tax relief.
Other states that offer instant win scratch cards include New Mexico, West Virginia, and Vermont. These are similar to real scratch-off games. The price range is from $1 to $10. The odds are usually close to 50 percent. Some states require you to bring identification documents or an IRS form to cash in your winnings.
The Ohio Lottery is one of the largest lotteries in the United States. Its games include seven draw games and several instant win games. The state’s proceeds are used to support its educational programs, healthcare, and senior care services.
North Dakota is the only state that does not have an in-house game. It is part of the Multi-State Lottery association, and its proceeds go to the state’s general fund. The other five multi-state draw games are run by Washington, D.C. and Iowa. The proceeds from the lottery also go to public schools and colleges.
The Idaho Lottery was established in 1989. Its games are drawn in-house, but it also joins the Multi-State Lottery Association. In addition to the state’s four multi-state draw games, players can also play the Iowa Lotto and the Lotto America. The winnings range from $1 to $20. Some larger winnings may require you to visit a local lottery claim center.
The Rhode Island Lottery was launched in 1974. It is also a member of the Multi-State Lottery Assocation, and its proceeds go to human services, law enforcement, and tax relief.