How to Play the Lottery Online
Whether you’re interested in playing for fun, or you’re looking for a way to win a huge prize, there are lotteries to suit your tastes. Several US states have their own lotteries, and some have launched online versions. Online lotteries are gaining popularity, though not as fast as sports betting. Some states also allow ticket subscription services. This allows you to receive tickets from other states. This means you can buy tickets online, as well as from your local gaming establishment.
Illinois became the first state to offer lottery tickets online. The state launched a pilot program in March 2012, and later that year added online Powerball tickets. Eventually, the site also added Daily Lottery Games. The site later expanded to include Instant Games, too.
In addition to Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island all allow online lottery ticket sales. Rhode Island also has a legal online poker game. New Jersey is also in the process of allowing online lottery tickets. A handful of Northeastern states are also considering the legalization of online lotteries. In the meantime, there are several third-party lottery apps that have started popping up in recent years.
The Connecticut Lottery is one of the oldest lottery organizations in the US. In addition to local games, the lottery also offers multi-state draw games, including Powerball and Mega Millions. Profits go to the state’s general fund, education programs, and retired employee benefits.
The North Carolina Education Lottery is a state-run lottery that has a history of giving away more than $5 billion to education programs. The state received voter approval in 2002 to start running the lottery. Profits go to the state’s school aid fund, and two-thirds of the money goes to public schools and educational programs. The state also uses the lottery proceeds for state parks, open space conservation, problem gambling treatment programs, and wildlife habitats.
While the odds of winning the jackpot are virtually non-existent, the prize will usually increase with time. This is because the jackpot grows and rolls over. If you win the jackpot, you’ll split the prize with a fellow player.
The New Hampshire Lottery has been around since 1964. It has several draw games and features Mega Millions and Lucky for Life. New Hampshire also has an e-Instant game. It also offers three multi-state draw games.
The Ohio lottery has eight draw games. Ohio is also a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Idaho is also a member of the MSLA, and it offers several in-house games as well as four multi-state draw games. In addition to in-house games, West Virginia has three in-house games. The Iowa lottery is also a member of the MSLA, as is the North Dakota lottery.
The Oregon Lottery has six games. The profits go to the state’s general fund, open space conservation, and problem gambling treatment programs. The Iowa lottery also has three in-house games. The North Dakota lottery offers four multi-state draw games and Mega Millions.