Currently, there are 45 states that run state-wide lotteries. The United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC operate their lotteries as well. In 2021, the District of Columbia will begin its own online lottery.
The legality of online lottery sales depends on the individual state. Some states require that you purchase tickets from a third-party app while others permit constituents to buy lottery tickets directly on the state’s application. Some states also require players to be residents of the state. Many gambling sites offer limits on spending. Online lottery games may cap out at less than $20. In addition, most applications require that you use geolocation to purchase tickets online.
Some states require that you purchase lottery tickets from official lottery retailers or providers. While this may protect lottery tickets from being stolen, it does make it difficult for the state to track players who are at risk. Several Northeastern states are considering legalizing online lotteries.
Currently, there are only six states that offer online lotteries. The first state to offer an online lottery was Illinois, followed by Georgia. The state has sold a large volume of tickets electronically. The state also donated money to local schools and scholarship programs.
In recent years, several Northeastern states have started considering the legalization of online lottery. In particular, Pennsylvania has been attempting an ambitious menu of games. Specifically, the state has offered a number of Instant Games, which are casino-like games that can be played on the web. The state has also started a scholarship program called KEES.
In the summer of 2020, the Rhode Island lottery plans to begin offering an online lottery. Rhode Island calls its instant win games “e-Instants.” In other words, they are games that can be played from a mobile device or desktop. While many other states have e-Instants, Rhode Island’s Instant Games are a little different. They are supplied by GTech, which was acquired by IGT two years after the state’s online lottery launched.
While only six states have established online lottery services, several more are considering offering them in the near future. In addition, a few states offer Instant Games. These games allow wagering, and the top prize is usually in the five-figure range.
The biggest multi-state lottery game in the US is Powerball. The jackpot ranges from $250,000 to $1 billion. Most states participate in the MegaMillions. MegaMillions is considered the de facto national lottery game in the US. In addition to Powerball, several states participate in MegaMillions, including Michigan.
The state of Michigan has been offering online games since 2014. The Michigan lottery has sold more tickets electronically than any other state in the country. The Michigan retail lottery continues to set sales records. Since the Michigan lottery started selling tickets online, sales have topped $8 million weekly.
In addition to online lottery games, Michigan also sells electronic scratch-offs. The Michigan lottery site allows bettors to play games 24-hours a day. Its site is the fastest-growing catalog of Instant Games on the Internet. There are currently more than 100 Instant Games available. In addition, players can purchase tickets online for Mega Millions, Fantasy 5, and Lotto 47.