In recent years, states have begun to authorize online lottery tickets. These tickets are similar to scratch cards in that players choose a number of numbers from a drawing and get a prize. However, unlike a real scratch card, the prize is often instant. The prizes are worth between five and 250 times the amount played.
Online lottery play is a relatively new concept in the United States. Only a few states have authorized the purchase of lottery tickets through their websites. Some other states are still undecided on whether or not to permit this form of gambling. It has not impacted traditional ticket sales in any way. While the legal landscape favors additional states following the issuance of online lottery ticket sales, some have legitimate concerns about problem gambling.
North Carolina launched its lottery system in 2005. Several state-sponsored lottery websites charge the same price for tickets online as they do in the real world. Several of these online ticket services are run by third party providers. Others are run by the state itself. All of these have a common goal of raising money for public projects.
Michigan Lottery launched online ticket sales in January 2016. By the end of March 2016, the state had sold $8 million in tickets online. This means that the amount of online sales exceeded traditional ticket sales by more than two times. As of this writing, the amount of online ticket sales is expected to continue to grow.
Illinois Lottery began selling individual Mega Millions and Powerball tickets online in 2012. After a few months, the official website began selling subscriptions. For a monthly fee, subscribers receive a Powerball and/or Mega Millions ticket for every drawing. A batch of up to 100 tickets may be purchased. If you win, you can claim the prize in person at the lottery’s claim center. Winnings above $600 will require you to fill out a claim form or bring identification documents.
New Hampshire has joined the group of US states that offer online lottery games. Their online lottery is operated by NeoPollard Interactive. They offer iLottery instant win games, which are similar to the scratch cards sold at gas stations. Players can buy tickets for the daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 draws. Ticket prices start at $0.50 and go up to $10 for each piece of Diggi. Depending on the size of the jackpot, the winnings can be worth thousands of dollars.
Pennsylvania is also among the states that offer online ticket sales. In addition to the state-sponsored lottery, the Pennsylvania lottery offers virtual sports and Keno. Before the launch of its online lottery, the PA lottery reported $4 billion in total game sales.
Washington DC has an iLottery program. To participate, residents must be 18 years old and physically present in the district. There are several draw games to choose from, including keno and scratch-offs. The state’s proceeds are used for educational programs and tourism.