If you’re serious about lotto, I wouldn’t recommend BoxLotto.
BoxLotto is unlike most lottery sites—and that’s no compliment. You won’t find a single official lottery here, so don’t expect to play Powerball, Mega Millions and the like. Instead, they offer their own lottery game, one that is completely free to join and is open to US players. While that sounds promising on paper, the truth is the complete opposite.
Prizes, for instance, are practically miniscule compared to the mega jackpots offered elsewhere. And if you do win, you may just have to wait a month after you make a claim to get your prize—however small it is. To top it all off, residents from at least 30 countries are prohibited from playing here. So, why would you use this site? Well, I personally wouldn’t—but if you’re interested, read on to learn more!
BoxLotto's in-house lottery game
Since BoxLotto is a completely free-to-use lottery site, creating an account is unnecessary.
In other words, you can go straight to playing their proprietary lottery game. It's easy and straightforward; plus, they will only ask for your email and no other personal information.
That's great! But, here's the bad news: for every entry, you must visit or view a sponsored ad to qualify. Due to BoxLotto's free-to-play approach, they had to turn to ads to make money. It's understandable, but not everyone is fond of ads. To make matters worse, if you live in one of the 30 countries they don't cater to, you won't be able to play at all. The upside is, unlike other lottery sites, US players are welcome to play.
BoxLotto only offers one lottery game—their own.
Don’t expect to find games like US Powerball, Mega Millions, and the like here. BoxLotto only offers one lottery game—and it’s not even an official game. The game they offer is their own, but the winning numbers, as I’ve mentioned earlier, are pulled from the latest NY State Lottery results. It also works like most lottery games do: pick 6 numbers and 1 bonus number.
On its own, it’s alright—but compared to other lottery games, the prizes are downright unimpressive. The largest amount that you can win is $250,000 (that is, if you match all 6 numbers), while the smallest prize is 3 free tickets. Those prizes aren’t the least bit enticing—especially when there are so many other choices out there.
Technically, they do have other games on their site, but I wouldn’t recommend you play them.
Okay, let’s get this one out of the way: you can play US Powerball at BoxLotto. I know, I said that they only offered one lottery game, so why is there US Powerball on their site? Well, it’s not actually “theirs” per se; rather, it’s from WinTrillions. So, why would I play it at BoxLotto when I can go to WinTrillions’ website, instead? At least there are more options and features there.
Why play Powerball here when you can go to WinTrillions, instead?
Meanwhile, if you want something a bit more interactive, BoxLotto also offers virtual bingo. However, unlike other sites that feature interactive games, you can’t win actual money here. You only receive virtual currency which you can only use to purchase in-game items. It’s a neat time-waster, and nothing more.
At the very least, BoxLotto’s website seems to be safe, but there is one caveat.
Since BoxLotto runs a completely free service, they don’t really need to encrypt data coming to and from their website. However, I ran them through Norton Websafe and Google Safe Browsing to check how they fare and they passed with flying colors. They also got a 100/100 over at Webutations, which is great. Of course, if you’re not comfortable using a lottery site—or any website, for that matter—that isn’t secured by SSL encryption, then you might want to look elsewhere.
Don’t expect in-depth education materials here.
Outside of a simple guide on how to play their lottery game (as well as an “Official Rules” page), BoxLotto does offer any in-depth lottery education materials. Sure, they don’t need to given the simplistic nature of their service, but it would have been nice to see to at least get a lottery glossary.
BoxLotto's website is outdated and littered with ads.
BoxLotto’s website is, for the most part, easy to use—but it isn’t pretty.
If you remember websites made in the early 2000’s, that’s exactly how BoxLotto’s website looks and feels like. The design is outdated, and—not surprisingly—littered with ads. Sure, it’s still a breeze to browse because of its simplicity, but the overall layout is just ugly.
Though BoxLotto works differently than other lottery sites, playing is, at least, quite easy.
Finding out you’ve won and claiming prizes at BoxLotto seem straightforward, but they’re not without caveats.
You can find out if you’ve won either by checking their results page or signing up for an email alert. Seems easy enough. Here’s the caveat: BoxLotto claims they pull the winning numbers from the NY State Lottery to ensure fairness, but they also use a PHP function to randomly generate the bonus ball. Because of this, the numbers could differ slightly from the NY State Lottery results—which could end up confusing some people. Sometimes, the numbers match perfectly, though.
Meanwhile, claiming prizes is as simple as checking the results page, entering your email address on the given field, and following the on-page instructions. Don’t expect to see your money immediately though—winnings are paid a month after you make a claim. So, for example, if you made a claim in October, BoxLotto will pay you around the first week of November.
Finally, if you win but don’t live in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, or US, you will not be informed nor will you receive any of your winnings. Countries outside of the ones I mentioned are prohibited from participating in BoxLotto’s game.
Some people might find withdrawing their winnings a bit of a hassle here.
Since BoxLotto’s lotto game is completely free to play, you don’t need to worry about deposit methods. You do, however, need to worry about the withdrawal process as BoxLotto only pays through PayPal and nothing else. If you don’t use PayPal, you will have to create an account to receive your winnings. The thing is, if you’re new to PayPal, you will only be able to withdraw your money after 21 days. So, not only will you wait a month to get your winnings, you might also have to wait a bit if your PayPal account is brand new. That’s nearly two months of waiting!
Due to the nature of their website, it’s not surprising that customer support isn’t the best.
You won’t be able to contact them via phone, live chat or direct email—only an online contact form is available. Plus, they can take up to 2 business days to respond to your inquiry. Their FAQs, meanwhile, lacks some details. For instance, if you want to learn how to claim your prize, they don’t really give you a concrete answer. The quality of their support options pale in comparison to other lottery sites, but, again, it’s expected of a completely free service.
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