Several states in the US are now offering online lottery games. These sites allow players to purchase tickets and check the results. A few of these sites even offer an instant win game. These games are similar to scratch-off lottery tickets sold at gas stations. They can be played online from a mobile device or desktop. Some lottery sites also offer a subscription option. This allows players to buy tickets for every drawing. It also allows them to check the results of past drawings.
In Pennsylvania, online lottery ticket sales are legal. Before its launch, the PA iLottery reported $4 billion in total game sales. Profits go to the state’s education fund. The proceeds go directly to schools and also fund programs that combat problem gambling.
Several other states are considering expanding their online lottery offerings. Massachusetts is in the middle of a legalization process. In Rhode Island, the state is currently in the process of launching its own online lottery system. Some other Northeastern states are also considering legalizing online lotteries.
New Hampshire has also recently legalized online lottery sales. The New Hampshire lottery, which started in 1964, launched an e-Instant game in late 2018. Players can purchase a ticket on the lottery’s website and play the game from their desktops or mobile devices. They can also enter major drawings and enter the lottery through the site. The site offers tickets for major draws such as the Powerball and Mega Millions.
New Hampshire is one of the first states to legalize online lottery sales. In the past, lottery agents would buy tickets on behalf of other players. They were then uploaded into a secure online database. They could not claim prizes. However, a few third party lottery courier services provide a hybrid online lottery sales service. These services allow players to buy tickets online, but the winners must pick up their tickets in a local store.
The Minnesota lottery, meanwhile, was forced to pull its online lottery sales after lawmakers voted to make these transactions illegal. The lottery offers several local games as well as two multi-state games. Players may buy Powerball and Mega Millions tickets individually or in batches of up to 100 tickets.
In addition to the multi-state games, the Minnesota Lottery also offers four local games. These include MegaMillions, Powerball, Pick 3, and Mississippi Match 5. The state is also a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Its proceeds go to several programs, including state parks, wildlife habitats, and open space conservation. Approximately 40% of the lottery’s proceeds go to environmental programs. The remainder goes to the state’s general fund.
The Connecticut Lottery has been operating for more than half a century. It has donated more than $10 billion to educational and financial programs. The state’s general fund received $348 million from the lottery in 2014. Profits go to state services, including debt services, retired employee benefits, and the general fund. Approximately 25 cents of every dollar collected on tickets goes to the Common School Fund.