Currently, only six states – New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Iowa and Maryland – have legalized online lotteries. However, more states are in the process of legalizing them. In fact, a few are already expanding their services to include Instant Games.
Although the state of Nevada does not offer its own lottery, residents can purchase tickets from other states. Nevada residents may buy lottery tickets in neighboring states, including California, Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington, Utah and Oregon. There are also third-party lottery apps that have appeared in recent years.
New Hampshire, for example, launched its online lottery last summer. The New Hampshire iLottery offers players the chance to win instant cash. It features scratch-off games, jackpots, keno and draw games. Ticket sales are similar to those found at gas stations.
There are several games that can be played online at the official lottery website. Those include Mega Millions, Lotto America and Powerball. These games can be played on a computer, tablet or mobile device. There are also several Instant Games that are available for players to play on the web. Players may be required to fill out a form or pay a fee to claim their prize. Those who win over $600 may need to visit a lottery claim center, and those who win more may need to fill out an IRS form.
Many states have state-operated lottery programs, while other states use lottery proceeds to fund public services. Most states require that lottery winners be at least 18 years of age to play. However, underage gambling can result in heavy fines or even jail sentences. It is best to play lottery games under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
The Colorado Lottery has been around since 1983, and features several in-house games as well as multi-state draws. The lottery also participates in Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life. Players may buy tickets in batches of up to 100. A ticket may be purchased for up to 104 consecutive drawings. Powerball and Mega Millions tickets may also be purchased individually. Purchasing more tickets increases the chance of winning. Tickets cost $2 for each game.
New Mexico, for example, features several instant games as well as a variety of draw games. Its online lottery features a “check my numbers” tool to see if you’ve won a prize. In addition to the multi-state draw games, players can play a variety of local games as well.
Washington DC launched iLottery in February 2021. Those who live in the district must be at least 18 years old. Players may purchase tickets online or at a retail location. Tickets are couriered to winners’ homes. The lottery proceeds go to a variety of programs and charities. One-half of the proceeds go to school construction, and the other half goes to the public school renovation program. The lottery also donates money to a variety of state programs.
Illinois Lottery offers Powerball, Mega Millions, LotteryXP, and Pick 3. The lottery is affiliated with the Multi-State Lottery Association and participates in several draw games.