Buying lottery tickets online is a convenient way for consumers to enjoy the convenience of playing a lottery without having to travel to a lottery retailer. There are six states in the US that currently offer online lottery games. Some are in the process of allowing online ticket sales, while others are considering expanding the scope of their online lottery offerings. While federal law does not currently prohibit online ticket sales, lottery opponents have valid concerns about the possibility of cannibalizing the lottery industry, as well as the potential for problem gambling.
The US is home to several lotteries, each with its own rules and games. There are two main types of lotteries – in-house and multi-state games. In-house lotteries are run by the state, while multi-state lotteries are operated by various states. Many lottery jackpots are considered progressive lotteries, since the prize amount increases each time someone wins. There are a number of different types of in-house lotteries, and each offers different prize amounts and odds of winning.
The most popular multi-state lottery in the United States is Powerball, which offers odds of winning 1 in 292,201,338. Players must choose between one or two pool numbers, and the two pool numbers must match the drawn numbers to win the jackpot. Ticket prices range from $1 to $20. Mega Millions is another popular lottery, which offers additional pool of numbers. There are other lotteries in the US, including Delaware and New Hampshire, which have online lottery systems.
The first US state to offer lottery tickets online was Illinois, which began offering lottery tickets for sale in March 2012. Illinois’ website later added daily lottery games and instant games, allowing people to play Powerball and Mega Millions online. However, Illinois is only authorized to sell jackpot and daily games, and does not offer tickets for other lottery games.
In addition to Powerball, the Illinois Lottery also offers Mega Millions and four in-house games. Ohio, Mississippi, Maryland and Pennsylvania also offer online lottery games. Each state has a different collection of draw games, and some offer instant win scratch cards online. These games are played from a desktop, smartphone or tablet.
The Colorado Lottery began in 1983 and features several multi-state games. The proceeds from the Colorado Lottery go to state education programs, parks, wildlife habitats, and open space conservation. There are also two in-house draw games, one of which is called Lotto 47, and three scratch-off games. The state lottery also contributes a portion of the proceeds to the state’s Common School Fund.
The Connecticut Lottery began in 1970 and is the oldest lottery in the US. The proceeds of the Connecticut Lottery go to education, as well as debt services and retired employee benefits. In addition to the draw games, the lottery also offers in-house games, including Powerball, Mega Millions, Mississippi Match 5, and Pick 3. The state lottery is also a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
The Connecticut Lottery also offers an online lottery. The state lottery has renegotiated its gaming compacts with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, authorizing them to offer sports betting and other forms of gambling. The lottery is also authorized to authorize tribal lotteries to offer online lottery ticket sales.