Welcome to USLottery.com, the industry’s newest voice in all things related to US lotteries. Whether it’s discussing how to play online lotteries legally or where to buy tickets at retailers, we cover the ins and outs of every national and state-specific lottery in the USA.
Here at US Lottery, visitors will find news and information, real-time jackpot updates, results, and drawing updates. Other topics of discussion include interesting information about odds and payouts, winners’ stories, and much more.
USLottery.com also wishes to serve as an advocate of players by taking a realistic and no-nonsense approach to every lottery topic. We openly discuss the true odds of winning, how to avoid scams and how to play responsibly.
In short, USLottery.com aims to be your trusted source for all things lottery.
US Lotteries by State
Each state in the US with a legal lottery is responsible for overseeing the conduct of the lottery within its borders.
Typical lottery regulations include the establishment of an oversight commission, approving the rules of each game, approving new games, the distribution of lottery funds and determining how winners are paid.
Each state does it a bit differently, so the lottery landscape varies across the US. The following US Lottery pages explain how the lottery works in each state, how to play online legally (if permitted) and much more.
Multi-State Lotteries in the USA
The US lottery industry is regulated primarily at the state level. Federal lottery law (18 U.S.C §§ 1301-1308) generally prohibits the interstate transportation of lottery tickets and enacts certain restrictions on the promotion of lotteries but does not regulate the conduct of lotteries themselves.
The regulation of the conduct of lotteries, therefore, falls on the shoulders of each state. The United States does not have a true national lottery as a result. However, a variety of states have formed agreements to run multi-jurisdictional lotteries that are largely the same in participating states.
Powerball and Mega Millions stand as the two most recognizable multi-state lotteries. Both games are available in the vast majority of states with legal lotteries. Other groupings of states cooperate on additional multi-state lotteries that are smaller in scope but that still span across more than a single state.
Below is an overview of each multi-state lottery conducted in the USA.
The types of lottery games available vary by state and can be placed into one of several categories. The following pages will explain how each game type works and where it can be played in each state.
- Multi-state draw games
- State-level draw games (lotto and dailies)
- Instant win games (scratch-offs and pull-tabs)
- Keno and bingo variants
- Second chance drawings
Soon, USLottery.com will provide lottery jackpot trackers for all major draw games in the USA. These trackers will show the current jackpot amount, date of the last win and provide information for where to play, either in-person or online.
Lottery Drawings and Results
USLottery.com will also launch lottery drawing results trackers that visitors can use to see the outcomes of recent drawings. Players holding tickets can use these results trackers to check for winners and to find information about redeeming prizes.
Every state with a legal lottery is “online” to some extent or another. In most states, the online lottery is limited to a website and mobile app in which customers can sign up for an account to receive alerts, see results, find nearby lottery retailers and enter second-chance drawings.
However, a growing number of states are indeed taking their lotteries fully online. States such as Michigan and Pennsylvania among others now offer instant win scratch games and online tickets for purchase online and through mobile apps. In those states, customers can make deposits, buy tickets and receive instant payments from anywhere within state lines.
Customers in these states can play the lottery online legally:
The following states also support online subscription purchases:
- Maryland (subscription payment must be sent via mail)
- Maine (subscription payment must be sent via mail)
- New York
Additionally, third-party ticket courier service Jackpocket.com has received the blessings of multiple state regulators to sell official tickets through its mobile app. Jackpocket is the only regulated service of this type and is available in:
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- New York
- Washington D.C.
A second service, TheLotter, offers ticket purchases in three states:
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