Lottery Online is bringing the lottery to digital platforms, where younger generations live out their daily lives. Currently, the $100 billion-a-year industry is mostly cash-based and ticket buyers typically buy tickets at bodegas, convenience stores or gas stations. The startup behind the new offering, Jackpot, wants to change that by making it easier for consumers to buy a lottery ticket from their smartphones.
The site allows users to purchase a ticket from any computer or mobile device, regardless of whether they are in the same state as the lottery’s physical retail outlets. Using geolocation technology, the website detects where players are in the world and blocks purchases that may violate state laws against buying tickets across state lines.
A player can also sign up for lottery subscriptions that will automatically buy a ticket into every drawing for a period of weeks, months or even a year at a time. To find out more about these services, simply visit your state’s official lottery website and look for a “subscriptions” link.
Purchasing entries into multi-state lotteries like Mega Millions or Powerball is also available on most lottery sites. These online operators usually serve as middlemen between the official government-run lotteries and the players; they charge a little more than brick-and-mortar retailers, but they offer other benefits such as keeping a record of your tickets and payments. In addition, some of them have a system where if you win up to a minimal threshold, the prize money will be deposited into your account, whereas others will require you to claim the prize in person.