Currently, there are 45 states, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands that run lottery. Of these, six states allow players to purchase online tickets. There are also several more states that are in the process of approving online lotteries.
The first US state to offer a lottery was New Hampshire, which began operations in 1964. Since then, the lottery has evolved to include Mega Millions and Powerball, along with a variety of draw games. It is one of the largest national lotteries in the United States, and it is available nearly everywhere. In addition to these two major lottery games, Massachusetts offers players a number of other lottery games. They can choose between eight different draw games and three multi-state lottery games.
There are also Instant Games, which are casino-like games that can be played from your desktop or smartphone. They are offered by a handful of online lotteries, including the District of Columbia. These games can be played with a single number or with a group of numbers, and they can be won by matching the amount of numbers chosen. The prizes range from $1 to $20, but can also be as large as $100,000. The prize money can be claimed by visiting a lottery claim center or sending a certified mail service.
Minnesota was the first state to provide Instant Games on the web, and it was also the first to launch an online lottery ticket sales program. In 2002, the state received voter approval to launch an online ticket sale system. However, it soon shut down its online lottery, citing verification challenges.
The next state to launch an online lottery was Georgia. The lottery was able to overcome opposition from anti-gambling forces in the state. In 2010, Georgia launched the third state-run lottery to provide Instant Games on the web. The website of the Georgia lottery is not translated by Google’s Website Translator. In 2011, the Department of Justice clarified its position on the Wire Act, which opened the door for more states to offer lottery tickets on the Internet. In December 2020, the District of Columbia rushed out emergency rules requiring all lottery games to be conducted through IWG. In January 2021, the District of Columbia will introduce its own online lottery.
The fourth state to offer an online lottery was Kentucky. In early 2011, Kentucky announced that it would be offering an online lottery. In addition to the physical lottery tickets, Kentucky also offers a variety of games that can be played on the Internet. These include virtual sports, scratch-offs, and raffles. The Kentucky lottery also donates money to scholarship programs and grant programs. In addition to the lottery, the lottery funds a KEES Scholarship Program, and they also donate to the state’s Common School Fund.
North Dakota launched its online lottery in 2004. It is a part of the Multi-State Lottery Association. It participates in Mega Millions and Powerball, as well as four local games. The proceeds from the lottery go to the state’s general fund, school aid, and environmental programs.