Whether you are looking for a quick way to pick your lucky numbers, or a chance to win a huge jackpot, online lottery tickets are a great option. While the legality of buying lottery tickets online varies from state to state, more states are expected to give online lottery ticket sales a try in the future.
Currently, there are more than a dozen US states that offer legal online lottery games. Some of the games can be purchased for as little as $5, while others can cost as much as $20. Some states offer scratch cards, while others have in-house and multi-state draw games. The following table lists the available games in each state.
The New Hampshire lottery is the first US state to offer a lottery. It started operations in 1964, and features a number of draw and instant win games. It also offers Powerball, one of the largest national lotteries in the United States. The Delaware lottery started in 1974, and has eight draw games. It does not offer MegaMillions online.
The Illinois lottery is another example of a state-run lottery. The lottery’s proceeds go to the state’s general fund, education programs, and other state causes. It also supports low-cost prescription programs. It also sponsors a lottery fundraiser for the Illinois State University Foundation.
The California lottery, on the other hand, offers a wide variety of local and multi-state draw games. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MSLA). The proceeds go to the state’s school aid fund, natural resources, and open space conservation. It also includes several state-based draws, including Keno.
The Iowa lottery, meanwhile, offers several state-based and multi-state draw games, including Lotto America and Cash4Life. It is a charter member of the MSLA, and its profits go to the state’s general fund, open space conservation, and wildlife habitats. The proceeds from the lottery also go to public school construction, debt services, and retirement benefits for state employees.
The Vermont lottery also includes a number of draw and instant win games. The money from ticket sales goes to the state’s general fund, health and human service programs, and tax relief. It also includes several multi-state draw games, including Mega Millions. The Washington lottery has five state-only draw games. It also features a number of instant win games, including the Powerball and MegaMillions. Its proceeds go to the state’s school aid and open space conservation funds, and it has a special program for law enforcement.
There are many other states that offer online lottery games, but only a few have authorized the sale of lottery tickets online. The Pennsylvania lottery, for example, does not sell Powerball online, but it does allow residents to purchase online tickets for several draw games. The District of Columbia, on the other hand, launched its online lottery in January 2021. It uses IWG/NeoPollard to provide its instant games. The DC lottery also recently released its Prospector’s Jackpots game.
Aside from the official lottery websites, there are third-party lottery apps that have appeared in recent years. These are essentially a mobile version of the official online lottery sites.