Many state lotteries are exploring the opportunity to expand their online presence. As of right now, only a handful of states offer online lottery ticket sales, but many more are on the way. Using an official lottery website can make the buying and claiming process easier and quicker. You can also browse games and promotions based on your favorite themes, or you can purchase tickets for big national draws like the Mega Millions.
Online lottery sales aren’t legal in every state, but several Northeastern states are actively seeking legislation to legalize them. New Hampshire recently made it possible to play their lottery online through the e-Instant games option on their website. This technology allows you to play from your desktop or mobile device. Other states, like Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are also working on legislation that would allow online lottery sales.
Today, only seven jurisdictions offer lottery games online. There were eight as recently as 2015, with the exception of Minnesota, which ended its online lottery program in 2015. While the Wire Act prohibits online sales of lottery tickets, the Department of Justice clarified its position in 2011 and opened the door for states to offer lottery tickets online. Some states have their own lottery apps while others rely on third-party applications. The states with no online lottery systems cite legal concerns as the reason for not offering their lottery online.
Unfortunately, Nevada has no online lottery and no local mobile app. Fortunately, California offers a great mobile app that allows residents to participate in their favorite lottery games. While it may be difficult to purchase lottery tickets online, players must be at least 18 years of age and be in California to play. This app offers Mega Millions, Powerball, and SuperLotto Plus. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
There are many benefits to purchasing lottery tickets online. Many lottery sites have secure databases where your personal information is protected. In addition to the security of your lottery tickets, your personal information is protected by privacy policies. The information you provide will never be displayed publicly, and your name will never be disclosed to anyone but the lottery company.
In recent years, many states have begun offering lottery games online. The New Hampshire Lottery, for example, launched its “iLottery” online lottery in late 2018. You can now purchase tickets for big draws and receive payments immediately into your bank account. In addition to the convenience, you will be supporting important causes.
If you win a large lottery prize, you should be aware of tax implications. Many states do not pay winnings in one lump sum. However, winnings are sometimes paid out as an annuity or through a yearly payment. If your prize is large, you may need to visit your local lottery claim center. Some jurisdictions require you to provide your tax return and a claim form.