Lottery Online is a type of lottery that allows players to play from the comfort of their home. Players can use the Internet to purchase tickets for state-level and even multi-state drawings like Powerball and Mega Millions. In addition, a number of companies offer online lottery subscriptions where users can buy tickets on a recurring basis. These subscriptions can be purchased for weeks, months or even years. The draw date of each drawing is displayed on the website and the results are emailed to the player once all of the numbers have been selected.
While a few states offer an online lottery option, most do not. In fact, only about a third of the country’s residents have access to state-level lottery games. In the meantime, private companies like Jackpocket, which is based in Boston, are trying to bring lottery sales into the digital age with its mobile-friendly service. The company says it has more than 100 million registered users and is growing rapidly. It is also offering new features such as instant wins and a gamified experience.
Some state officials fear that online lottery sales will cannibalize traditional brick-and-mortar ones, but advocates argue that every consumer-facing industry should have a digital presence. A 2022 report by NeoPollard Interactive found no evidence of such cannibalization in Pennsylvania and Michigan, where online lottery games were first launched. In addition, a state official points out that lottery profits already help support affordable early education and child care programs.