LotteryShop is a curious artifact from a bygone era of the internet – one that I am hesitant to recommend to lotto lovers.
LotteryShop’s game selection is quite decent, despite not being as vast as what their competitors offer. They also make prize claiming easy by taking care of everything on your behalf. Plus, they don’t take commissions from your winnings, so you get exactly what you win.
Unfortunately, on top of their painfully outdated website, LotteryShop only accepts a very limited number of payment methods. They also don’t accept single draw purchases, which means you can only participate in multiple draws. As a result, you would have to invest a bit more money here than you would at other sites. In short, there are better sites than LotteryShop, but if you are still interested, then read on!
You can't make your own account with LotteryShop; which means you can go straight to playing.
While skipping the account registration process and heading straight to playing may sound convenient, it actually creates several problems (as far as LotteryShop's process goes, anyway). For one, having no account means features like account wallets, transaction histories, and the like won't be at your disposal. Another thing to keep in mind is that you still have to provide your personal details and payment information every time you purchase a ticket, which isn't exactly convenient!
While the amount of games they have can’t exactly compete with what industry stalwarts, like theLotter, offer, LotteryShop does offer good variety.
They feature popular games like US Powerball, Euromillions, and Mega Millions, along with less popular ones like USA Mega Jackpots and Japan Jumbo Draw. Below is the complete list of single play games they offer:
Surprisingly, LotteryShop also offers a few group play games – though they don’t really do much to advertise that fact.
You wouldn’t immediate know they had syndicates (because of their website’s terrible layout), but they’re there if group play games are your thing. Unfortunately, you won’t get much to choose from as they only offer 2 syndicates: Euromillions and Spanish El Gordo.
LotteryShop doesn’t look like it, but their website is quite safe to use.
For starters, the website utilizes SSL encryption to secure any transaction going to and from their site. They say that they utilize GeoTrust, which was confusing since clicking the padlock image on the URL bar states that they use GoDaddy. It’s not a huge deal, to be honest – I just found the inconsistency a bit weird. Beyond that, LotteryShop also passes Norton Websafe’s website scan with flying colors.
Lottery education isn’t LotteryShop’s strong suit – and it shows.
LotteryShop does provide nuggets of information about each lottery game – from prize breakdowns to quick facts – but that’s about it. They don’t make a solid effort at all to teach newcomers how each lottery works, nor do they provide a lottery glossary. If you are new at lottery – or online lottery – there are more beginner-friendly sites out there.
LotteryShop’s website is a mixed bag: it’s terribly designed, but easy enough to navigate.
LotteryShop seems to have all but given up updating their website – the entire thing looks and feels like it was made in the late 90’s or early 2000’s (which it probably was). It’s also frustrating how some elements of their site are either broken (like the live chat) or so terribly coded that it messes up the layout. And, oh, did I mention that their lottery results page is so horribly outdated that the latest results are from a year before? That’s ridiculous.
Parts of LotteryShop's site are broken or horribly coded.
For what it’s worth though, navigating LotteryShop’s site is easy enough. Links to the different games and pages are clearly laid out, so you don’t really have to scour their website to get where you want to. It’s also worth mentioning that LotteryShop supports over 100 languages. However, they didn’t actually do the translating – it’s powered by Google translate, so expect a hit or miss affair. Still, kudos to them for even including this feature.
Unlike other lottery sites, players don’t get their own personal accounts here – you simply go straight to playing. It’s not as seamless a process as one would think though.
LotteryShop makes it easy for winners to claim their prizes.
If you win, the company will send you a notification that provides in-depth details of the lottery, draw, division number, and how much you won. Meanwhile, if you were lucky enough to win more than $1,000, LotteryShop will call you by phone.
Prize claiming, as I’ve said, is pretty easy – you don’t even need to travel far to collect your money. OSA, which, again, LotteryShop is a division of, will collect your winnings and deposit it to your bank account. This is also free of charge; plus, no commissions will be taken from your winnings.
LotteryShop’s banking methods are quite limited, which is disappointing.
They currently accept only 5 payment methods – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and Diners Club. As you can see, LotteryShop doesn’t accept payment from online wallets, so if you don’t have any of the aforementioned credit cards, you won’t be able to play here. As for withdrawal methods, you won’t have to worry much as LotteryShop automatically deposits all winnings to your bank account.
LotteryShop’s customer support options are, to be blunt, quite terrible.
For starters, their Help Desk page, which houses their FAQs, are ridiculously barebones compared to other lottery sites’. The information there doesn’t say much at all! Some, in fact, tell you to contact their support agents instead. You won’t learn more about LotteryShop’s service here, that’s for sure.
LotteryShop's Help Desk isn't exactly helpful.
Should you choose to contact them directly, you only have one option: submit an online contact form. Technically, they also offer live chat, but when I tried it, it was practically useless. Clicking on the “Continue” button to connect with a support agent does nothing. I tried it on two different browsers and still nothing. So, yes, you just have to make do with the online contact form. Not exactly ideal if you have a pressing concern.
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