Despite its shortcomings, LottoKings prove to be a great alternative to industry stalwarts like theLotter.
LottoKings may seem relatively new to the online lottery scene, but they have been in the industry far longer than it looks. They are a rebrand of CongaLotto, one of the more well-known lottery sites out there. While it’s easy to think that they simply slapped on a fresh coat of paint and called it a day, there are a lot of crucial improvements under the hood, too.
Beyond offering a wide array of lotteries and supplementary games, LottoKings also provides a promising satisfaction guarantee, as well as various options for claiming jackpots. Unfortunately, the company also took a few steps back and now accepts lesser payment methods than before. The website also doesn’t provide scanned copies of your tickets, and opting out of a subscription can mean you have to pony up $10 before receiving a refund. Despite the shortcomings, though, LottoKings is still worth a look.
Account creation is dead simple at LottoKings.
While you must provide more of your personal details during registration compared to some lottery sites, everything still takes less than 5 minutes to accomplish. From there, you can immediately start playing. Surprisingly, LottoKings also allows players from the United States to sign up. This doesn't guarantee you'll be able to play without any hitches though. So, if your local laws prohibit playing in online lotteries, play at your own risk!
LottoKings offers good game variety.
The 19 games they have include the most popular lotteries today, such as: Powerball, Mega Millions, SuperEnalotto, and Euro Millions. Beyond that, they also feature France’s French Loto, Ireland’s Irish Lotto, Brazil’s Mega Sena, Canada’s Canada Lotto, Australia’s OZ Lotto, and more. Check out the list below:
The prices, when compared to industry leader theLotter, are surprisingly much more affordable. A Mega Millions entry costs $14.86 at theLotter (because of the 3-line minimum), while it only costs a mere $3.50 at LottoKings (because you can purchase 1 line at a time). For a quick look at their prices, take a look below:
LottoKings also offers syndicate play, so you can group up with other people to increase your odds of winning.
If you win, the prize is divided and distributed accordingly to all members of your group. Purchasing more shares can help you bag a larger piece of the pie, though. All of this sounds well and good, but one thing to note is that LottoKings’ offerings are fewer compared to other lottery sites. They currently only offer 4 lotteries with syndicate play, which include: Powerball, Mega Millions, EuroMillions, and SuperEnalotto. For most players, these should be enough but having more choices is always better.
On top of syndicates, LottoKings also offers Millionaire Raffles.
Some of LottoKing’s offerings include the Super Summer Millionaire Raffle, May’s Special Draw, Saturday Draw, and Thursday Draw—all of which are Spanish raffles, by the way. Take note that some of these raffles may not be available during certain times of the year and could have other raffles in their place, instead. This is because some raffles—like the Christmas El Gordo or the Sorteo Extraordinario de San Valentin—are only held for a few months at a time.
It’s also important to note that entry prices for raffles are much more expensive than traditional lottery games, so if you’re on a tight budget, it’s best to just go with the regular games. 1 ticket entry to May’s Special Draw, for example, will cost you $67.
[Update: 04/10/17]: LottoKings used to offer virtual scratch cards (as seen above)—the same ones offered by WinTrillions, among other lottery sites—but it seems they no longer have this game type on their repertoire.
LottoKings’ satisfaction guarantee is good, but there’s a caveat.
Their “triple satisfaction guarantee” allows you to get a refund if you:
Take note, however, that if you cancel in the middle of a subscription — that is, not at the end of a subscription and before a renewal — you will have to pay a $10 administration fee for opting out.
LottoKings runs a tight ship when it comes to player security.
For starters, they employ a 256-bit GoDaddy SSL encryption, which should ensure that your transactions with them are seured. On top of this, they also keep your tickets safe inside a deposit box for security. They are also duly licensed and regulated by a Curacao gaming commission, so you can be assured that they aren’t just some shady lottery scammer that will spirit your money away.
It’s easy to acquaint yourself with their service as well as the games they offer, thanks to education materials.
As I’ve mentioned before, LottoKings’ sprinkles dollops of helpful information across their website. On top of their FAQs, each lottery game page—including syndicates—explain the rules, how much the usual prizes are, and more.
LottoKings’ website design is quite simple, so expect nothing short of a smooth browsing experience.
Like every other lottery site, the latest jackpots are displayed front and center, complete with quick links to their respective lotteries. When you scroll down, you will find helpful information about their services, lotteries, and even their triple satisfaction guarantee (more on this later). Individual lottery pages offer more information about each particular lottery game, as well. Pretty standard stuff, right?
I like this about LottoKings’ website; it’s familiar enough for old hands, yet pretty accessible for newcomers, too. Obtrusive ads are nowhere in sight as well, which definitely deserves plus points in my book.
What I’m on the fence regarding their website, however, is the quick purchase option.
This is done entirely through the main navigation menu. When hovering your cursor over the Powerball tab, for example, the dropdown menu that pops up gives you the option to quickly purchase tickets. No need to go through the usual process; you’ll immediately be redirected to your cart. If you are in a hurry, this is definitely a good option.
What makes me unsure about the overall practicality of this feature, however, is the fact that you have no control over which numbers are picked. Plus, you also don’t have control over how many plays you can purchase. Mega Millions’ quick purchase option, for instance, allows you to buy 5 entries only—that’s $17.50 worth of plays you never picked the numbers for. It’s also important to note that not all the lotteries they have offers this quick purchase option—just the ones featured on their navigation menu.
LottoKings works much like any other lottery site out there. It’s a pretty straightforward process, too:
Here’s how you start playing:
One thing that LottoKings does differently, though, is that they don’t provide scanned copies of lottery tickets. Rather, they provide purchase invoices. It’s a small detail but having a scanned copy of your lottery ticket is preferable as it provides assurance that you are officially an entrant in the lottery game of your choosing. That said, I do think it’s still commendable that LottoKings provides an invoice whereas other companies will just ask you to take their word for it.
The number of accepted payment methods at LottoKings pales in comparison to other sites.
Back when LottoKings was known as CongaLotto, they accepted a wide array of payment methods. Now, however, they only accept 10. Don’t get me wrong, 10 isn’t a terrible number but the fact that they used to accept more back then compared to now is just disappointing. At least the payment methods they do accept are par for the course though. They prefer Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, but you can also use Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard Debit, Delta, Discover, Entropay, and NETeller if you don’t have any of the 3 aforementioned credit cards.
LottoKings makes claiming certain prizes easy but for some amounts, you're on your own.
The site claims that winnings below $600 will be credited to your account, but anything above this will be handled on a case by case basis. What this means is anybody's guess because LottoKings doesn't go into too much detail. They do state that for large prizes (most likely jackpots), they will send the original winning ticket to you, so you can claim the prize on your own.
It's a far cry from their previous prize claiming process--wherein they offered many user-friendly ways of getting winnings--but at least they have a solid payout record. To date, they have had over 200,000 successful payouts, ranging from small prizes up to large, million-dollar jackpots.
Finally, it’s also important to note that unlike some lottery sites, LottoKings does not take commissions from your winnings.
LottoKings offers good customer support overall.
On top of a helpful FAQ section, as well as all the informative tidbits scattered around their website, you can also get in touch with them through a variety of channels. They have an online contact form that you can submit but if you would rather talk to an agent on a one-to-one basis, they have live chat and phone lines as well. Do take note that these aren’t 24/7 lines, so you would have to catch them during their operating hours in order to get in touch.
I am from Alaska USA. Can I play?
Legally speaking, no. Alaska, like most US states, prohibits any form of online gambling. But technically, LottoKings does allow people living in the US to create an account with them. However, do so at your own risk!
I advise you to wait though. Playing online lottery could soon be legal for those living in the US. Keep your fingers crossed! 🙂
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