Across the United States, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands operate lotteries. Some states are currently in the process of legalizing online lottery ticket sales. There are several Northeastern states that are considering pursuing this option.
Online lottery ticket sales are currently available in six states: Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Maryland. The Pennsylvania Lottery launched its online lottery service in January 2018. The online lottery’s revenue exceeded $4 billion in its first year. The money from ticket sales goes to the state’s general fund and schools. The state’s school fund receives a percentage of the profits. It also provides funding for a number of programs including education, debt services and senior care services.
The New Hampshire Lottery, which launched in 1964, offers several draw games including Mega Millions. In addition, the lottery offers a variety of instant win games. These games are played online, similar to scratch-off tickets sold at gas stations. The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are among the largest jackpots in the nation. The odds of winning are 1 in 302,575,350. In addition, the lottery provides players with the option of buying tickets in bulk for up to 100 drawings.
The Michigan Online lottery started selling tickets in 2014. Players can purchase tickets to the lottery’s Mega Millions, Fantasy 5, Lotto 47, and Powerball games. The website also provides players with a wide range of instant win games. These games are available for play 24 hours a day. Some games have stakes as low as $0.10, while others can be played for as much as $20.
The Indiana lottery, known as the Hoosier Lottery, also offers online lottery games. Players can buy tickets to Lotto America, Mega Millions and Cash4Life. These games have top prize jackpots that can reach $200,000. The state’s profits go to the state’s general fund, state parks, schools and other state causes. The lottery also has in-house games, including Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 5.
The Michigan Online lottery was the second state to launch a full-featured online lottery service. Since its launch in 2014, the Michigan lottery has introduced more than 50 games to the site. Most of these games can be played on a smartphone or a tablet. The site also offers instant keno games. These games have a similar interface to the real keno game. There are also several instant win scratch card games. These tickets are available for purchase online or through a mobile app.
The Colorado Lottery was launched in 1983. In addition to its Mega Millions, Powerball, and Pick 3 games, the lottery also features several multi-state draw games.