If you want to purchase an online lottery game card, the official state lottery website is the place to do it. Tickets may also be found at convenience stores and gas stations; just make sure that you are over 18 to play! Each state sets its minimum age requirement differently – for more information contact your local lotteries for details.
Some online lottery websites claim they can sell you tickets for any state’s drawing, but such sites may lack legal authorization to do so. To protect yourself and play responsibly, always select licensed sites in your state.
When purchasing a ticket, the ticket will feature numbers and information printed on its surface that can be used for validation at retailers as well as entry into Play It Again! and Points for Prizes programs within The Club. Depending on which type of ticket is purchased, some tickets also feature unique codes which you can enter on the lottery’s official website to track entries and results.
You can use the ePlaySlip app in some states to purchase tickets, enabling you to create a digital playslip on your mobile device and scan it into a retailer’s lottery terminal for automatic reading of numbers and ticket generating. Or verbalize them directly to retail staff who will manually input them into the terminal for you. Some retailers may offer Quick Pick options which randomly select numbers; you may indicate your preference by marking a box or section on your playslip or talking with retail employee about it.
Some retailers provide a hybrid form of online lottery sales, taking orders for tickets over the internet and then sending agents out to purchase them from authorized retailers. Although legal in certain states, such services can be risky and should be avoided whenever possible. The official lottery website features a list of licensed retailers selling tickets as well as tools to help locate one near you.
Lottery proceeds help state programs, organizations, and charities such as educational institutions, sports teams, homelessness prevention initiatives. While lottery play can be enjoyable and many dream of winning big jackpots such as those seen with Powerball in the US ($600 Million Powerball Jackpot would only bring home about $377 Million after taxes!), remembering your odds are extremely slim is important when pursuing such activities.
Most state-regulated online lottery platforms enable players to register, pay for subscriptions, review past results and extend subscriptions without leaving home – most are even free! By contrast, third-party courier services usually charge a monthly fee that may or may not be refundable upon cancellation.