The US lottery industry has seen some changes lately. A handful of states are now legalizing online lotteries. However, most state-run lottery programs have yet to take advantage of this technology.
Although UIGEA does not prohibit sales of official lottery tickets online, it does prohibit transactions that cross state lines. This is why states with no online lottery programs often defer to third-party applications. Some states that offer their own online lottery programs include Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
Online lotteries are not as popular as sports betting. But they are gaining popularity. Because of the convenience and security of buying lottery tickets online, more states are now offering the option.
State-run lotteries are available in 48 jurisdictions across the country. Each state has its own set of laws. Most jurisdictions offer Mega Millions, Powerball, and other big jackpot games. There are also multi-state lotteries like Treasure Hunt and Tri-State Megabucks.
There are some other lotteries that are only offered in certain states. Hawaii does not have a state-wide lottery. Other jurisdictions that do not offer lotteries are Alabama, Mississippi, and Utah. These states are cited as religious reasons for not allowing the establishment of the lottery.
When purchasing an online ticket, you’ll usually be required to provide information about your age. If you are under 18, you must complete a Know Your Customer (KYC) check to verify your identity. You may also be asked to submit sensitive financial and personal information.