There is still a lot of uncertainty in the United States about the legality of lottery online sales. In fact, only seven states allow players to buy tickets online. However, the trend is growing and there are more states looking to get involved in the online lottery scene.
The state of Georgia was one of the first jurisdictions to offer online ticket sales in 2012. The GA Lottery began selling major drawings in 2012, and the first instant win game, the single version of Keno, was introduced in 2013. This game features a top prize of $100,000.
The Michigan lottery has offered online games since 2014. They have added keno, fantasy 5, and lotto 47. The website gives bettors access to games 24 hours a day.
Some states, including Pennsylvania, are also introducing new online lottery systems. They use geolocation technology to help customers purchase their tickets. Similarly, the Virgin Islands is set to begin running lotteries in 2021.
Many states require players to be a resident of their state to participate in their lottery system. For instance, in Illinois, you have to be a resident of Illinois to play in the Pick-3 and Pick-4 lottery. If you win, you must go to the lottery office to claim your prize.
In the meantime, some states have made it possible to buy instant win scratch cards. These are often available on the official state lottery platforms.
While these lotteries are available in most US states, their availability depends on the state. Those that have allowed for online ticket sales have seen little decline in traditional ticket sales.