Playing the Lottery Online

Using an online lottery website, you can play various lotteries without having to go to the lottery retailer. You can view current jackpots, compare odds, and purchase tickets securely. Depending on your location, the cost of tickets varies.

Most states have a minimum age requirement of 18 to play lottery games. There are also some states that require players to be residents of the state.

Some states have a state-wide lottery. Pennsylvania, for example, launched its online lottery in 2018. The Pennsylvania iLottery reported $4 billion in total game sales in its first year of operation.

Other US states do not have state-wide lotteries. These states are Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Utah. Other states, such as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, run state-wide lotteries.

Powerball is a lottery game that is played in 21 states and the US Virgin Islands. Players can choose from 26 different Powerball numbers. Each ticket costs $2, and the odds are 1 in 292,201,338.

The Mega Millions lottery is played in 44 states and is considered the de facto national lottery game. Players must guess five numbers out of 70. The jackpot is estimated to be $1.537 billion in 2018.

In addition to the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries, some states also offer instant win scratch cards online. In addition to the traditional lottery games, some states offer mobile lottery games that allow users to select their system and numbers without waiting for the next drawing. Most mobile lottery games have user-friendly interfaces.