Frequently Asked Questions About Online Lotteries
Is it Safe to Play Lotteries Online?
Generally, yes. But you must do your homework to make sure the website is legitimate. Fake websites exist and are eager to take your money.
Legitimate lottery sites are usually regulated by a gambling commission, which ensures that lottery sites adhere to strict standards. They also employ certain measures, usually SSL encryption and security logos, to ensure that all transactions are secure.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg so check out my in-depth article to learn what makes a safe lottery site!
How do I Avoid Being Scammed?
Think like a scumbag scammer to be safe!
Scammers take advantage of the unquestioning, the unsuspecting and the trustful players out in the global lottery universe. Learn how they operate in order to beat them at their game and not end up a victim. There are different schemes that scammers use to take your hard-earned money like bogus sites, free tickets, and even calling you directly on your phone!
Read on and be a master of your lottery universe!
How do Online Lotteries Work?
Online lottery sites allow players from all over the world to participate in a wide array of international lottery games using only a computer or mobile device.
How to play? Choose an online lottery website, sign-up and start playing. Most lottery sites offer different game types beyond the traditional "solo play" which includes syndicates, millionaire raffles, and even virtual scratch cards. If you win, you can either receive your prize immediately in your account, or by claiming it in person – depending on the amount of your win.
The most attractive aspect about online lotteries is the ability to participate in as many games as you want,anywhere in the world, without having to leave the comfort of your home. For instance, last year Powerball had a record-setting jackpot of $1.6 billion dollars and you could have participated in that lottery no matter where in the world you were!
What is a Lottery Agent?
Lottery agents are basically middlemen. They bridge the gap between you and international lottery games, whether they are played in the United States (Powerball, MegaMillions), Canada (Lotto6/49, Lotto Max), Europe (EuroMillions, Eurojackpot, Vikinglotto, Lotto 6 aus 45, Super Enalotto), Brazil (Mega-Sena) Australia (OZ Lotto), China Welfare Lottery (China), to name a few.
What makes them unique is that they actually go out and purchase tickets on your behalf. Most will scan your ticket, send a copy to your account, and keep the original for safekeeping. This proves two things: ticket ownership and your official entry to the lottery game of your choosing. Be aware that there are other lottery sites who are not agents and do not actually buy the ticket. You bet on the outcome of a lottery. This is not as straight-forward as an agent and can potentially be a slightly riskier wager.
Read on to learn more about lottery agents – like why some raise ticket prices, for instance – so be sure to check out my article!
How does Lottery Critic Rank Online Lottery Websites?
I sign up and buy tickets on every site mentioned on Lottery Critic, and avoid the ones that seem shady. Then I review them based on the entire experience, from sign-up to games offered, site design, cash withdrawal, customer support, winnings payout and more.
Browsing is time-consuming and a user-friendly lottery website scores big with me. I also prefer a site that offers many different games. It shows me that the company is engaged in the player experience and has a great creative team behind them. And as always, I put my Sherlock Holmes cap on to check whether a site is secure enough to safeguard your hard-earned money, whether it be Euros, dollars, pounds, yen, francs, rupees, yuan or rubles. Read on for a more in-depth look!