How to Play the Lottery Online


In the United States, the lottery is legal. There are 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that offer lotteries. Six states do not have lotteries, and one is considered a national lottery. However, a multi-jurisdictional lottery game allows people in different jurisdictions to play together for a chance to win a big prize. Powerball and Mega Millions are two examples of these games.

You can also use your smartphone’s browser to play the lottery. Many lottery apps contain information such as draw jackpots, a store locator, and a ticket scanner. Some apps even let you choose numbers ahead of time or play Second Chance games on a ticket that you’ve already lost. Online lottery games are built into apps and state lotteries are usually able to integrate them with existing apps. These games use cross-platform technology, so players can access the same account they use for playing the lottery on the web.

Some states allow players to purchase tickets online by signing up for a subscription. A subscription provides access to past results and the ability to check your winning numbers. In this way, online lottery tickets are nearly as convenient as individual lottery ticket sales, but you must buy more than one ticket. Third-party lottery courier services offer a hybrid form of online lottery sales. They accept online orders and then send agents out to buy tickets for you. The legality of such services is questionable in most states, but most lottery websites have a section stating that selling tickets online is not legal.