Until recently, only a handful of US states had a working online lottery. Fortunately, the Department of Justice clarified its position on the Wire Act in 2011, opening the doors for more states to offer online lottery ticket sales.
The official state-sponsored lottery website charges the same price for online tickets as they do in the real world. They also offer online lottery games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, and Euromillions. There are also some state lotteries that offer instant win scratch cards online. Some states also have apps, but the online lottery industry is still in its infancy.
One of the most exciting aspects of the online lottery industry is the ability to engage with the lottery from a mobile device. Several lottery retailers are now authorized to sell customized digital instant win games. These games are similar to real scratch-off games. In addition, many lottery websites have insurance policies for tickets.
As of today, only seven US jurisdictions offer online lottery games. These states are: Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Illinois, and North Dakota. Several states are in the process of deciding whether or not to offer online lottery ticket sales. However, more states are likely to do so in the near future.
The first US state to offer an online lottery was Minnesota. The state’s first online lottery was a small collection of instant win games. The official lottery website was later expanded to include online keno and lottery tickets.