The Advantages and Disadvantages of Playing the Lottery Online


The history of the US lottery goes back to the early 1700s. Newspaper ads from colonial times indicate hundreds of lotteries were operating in the early 18th century. New Hampshire became the first US state to introduce a lottery in 1934, and Puerto Rico followed suit in 1964. Today, forty-five states, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands operate lotteries. In addition to drawing and instant win games, the US also offers online lottery products.

While it used to be that only official lottery websites could sell lottery tickets, the Internet has made the process far easier and convenient. Not only can you check out the latest results and win numbers, but you can also extend your subscription for as many drawings as you want. Online lottery subscriptions are nearly as convenient as buying individual tickets, but you must remember to purchase multiple tickets at once. A hybrid form of online lottery sales is offered by third party lottery courier services, which take your order online and send an agent to purchase the tickets in person. Though this form of lottery sales may not be legal in all states, it is becoming increasingly popular because most states have strict laws against selling tickets online.

Another disadvantage of playing the lottery online is that the house edge of most lotteries is close to 50%. Despite the relatively high odds, lottery aficionados maintain that the house edge is not a concern because the prize money is so big and the chances of winning are so small. Therefore, online lottery apps are easier to download and use than their physical counterparts. If you decide to download an app, you should make sure that it is available on your mobile device.