The lottery in the United States has been around for over a century. It was started as a way to generate revenue to help the country’s schools. Today, lotteries are generating billions of dollars in revenue each year. In addition, the payouts are increasing.
There are 45 states in the US that run lotteries. However, Hawaii is the only state that hasn’t yet legalized online lottery sales. Nevertheless, several Northeastern states are actively seeking to expand their gaming opportunities through online lotteries.
Pennsylvania’s lawmakers have approved a new law that allows people to buy tickets online. They hope to raise $250 million in the next five years. Unfortunately, the state faces legal challenges to the project. Seven Pennsylvania casinos have already sued the state. If the lawsuit is resolved, the project may be in jeopardy.
While online lotteries aren’t as popular as sports betting, they’re growing in popularity. Many online lottery sites have added instant games to their offerings. Instant games are similar to scratch-offs, but you can play these from your smartphone or tablet. You can also play from desktop computers. Some of the most popular games include Mega Millions and Powerball.
New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are in the process of legalizing their online lotteries. When these states’ gambling laws are passed, players can choose from a variety of local, state-based and multi-state draw games. Players can purchase tickets for these games by logging onto an official lottery website. These websites make buying and claiming prizes a breeze.
Ohio’s Lottery offers a wide variety of instant games. You can win cash prizes ranging from $1 to $20. The top prize for the single-number Keno game is $100,000. A person can buy more tickets for higher chances of winning. Online Lottery purchases are secure when handled by an official vendor.
Oregon Lottery has six games to choose from. Proceeds from the lottery go to state parks, natural resources and environmental programs. Profits also support problem gambling treatment and senior care services.
Iowa’s Lottery participates in two multi-state draw games. Residents of this state can also participate in two in-house games. Those who win more than $5,200 will receive a W2-G form.
Montana’s Lottery features the Mega Millions and Powerball. The proceeds from these games support public school renovations and construction. The remaining money goes to the general fund. Among the other games are scratch-offs and keno.
New Hampshire started its first state-operated lottery in 1964. Currently, the state’s Lottery features several draw games and an e-Instant game. The lottery is run by the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Missouri’s Lottery began in 1986. In addition to the eight draw games offered, the lottery has several multi-state draw games. Players can win up to $2.5 million for the Mega Millions or the Powerball. Those who live in the state can participate in the Lucky for Life game.
North Dakota’s Lottery is operated by the state’s general fund. Those who win over $5,200 will receive a W2-G tax form.