Netlotto has a lot of things going for them, but I would advise you to look before you leap.
Netlotto isn’t exactly the most ideal lottery site out there. For starters, they only offer a handful of games, which are all Australian lotteries—so don’t expect popular games like Euromillions or Mega Millions here. They also accept less than 10 payment methods, so it might prove a bit tricky for some players to purchase tickets or deposit funds into their accounts.
That being said, Netlotto is still worth a look because, despite their shortcomings, they get a lot of things right. Prize claiming is a breeze; players from other countries are accepted; and the games are tax-free (for the most part). They are also a legitimate—not to mention accredited—reseller of Australian lotteries, with 15 years of experience under their belt, so you know your money is in safe hands. Want to know more about them? Continue reading below for my full take!
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Registering for a free Netlotto account is simple and easy—and it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to complete.
I like how simple and no-nonsense it was. You just fill up the registration form with the required details—which aren't that many, by the way—and then you can start playing. Netlotto also asks you whether you want to receive email updates or not. More interestingly, you can also choose to be notified whenever lotto jackpots go above a certain threshold. Only looking to play in draws offering more than $1M? No problem!
Netlotto’s lottery games are pretty limited in scope.
Currently, you can only play in 6 games, all of which are Australian lotteries. So, yes, if you’re hoping to play in mega lotteries like the US Powerball, Euromillions or Mega Millions, Netlotto is definitely not the place. Sure, they do have the Australian version of Powerball, but the original, US-based one is the bigger—and more lucrative—of the two. Below are the lotteries offered by Netlotto:
The great thing about Netlotto’s games is that, collectively, draws take place almost every day of the week. For instance, draws for the Monday Lotto, Wednesday Lotto and Saturday Lotto games take place on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. Oz Lotto draws are held every Tuesday, while Powerball draws are held every Thursday.
Draws for The Pools game are held every Saturday as well, which means that the only days of the week where draws aren’t held are on Fridays and Sundays. In other words, if you join all their games, you have 6 chances of winning every week.
Netlotto doesn't have the most affordable tickets around due to one major flaw.
They don't allow players to purchase one line at a time. Instead, you have the option of purchasing lines ranging from 10 to 100. Using Australia Powerball as an example, the most "pocket-friendly" option (if you can even call it that) is AUD20 for 10 lines minimum! At the very least, they do allow you to enter your tickets one draw at a time. Lotto players on a budget, this might not be for you.
If single play games aren’t enough, Netlotto also offers group play games.
Currently, there are a total of 12 syndicate games involving 4 lotteries. The games are as follows:
Netlotto's promotions are as limited as they come.
As of this writing, their "Special Offers" page is currently empty. Meaning, if you want to find a good deal, you'd have to wait until they offer one. Unlike other lottery sites, they don't have any ongoing discounts, loyalty programs, or referral bonuses.
I wouldn’t call Netlotto’s customer support options impressive. At best, they are decent enough.
Take for example their FAQs—It adequately covers the basics, but doesn’t really go too in-depth. Other lottery sites provide detailed information about topics like registration, accounts, promotions, troubleshooting, and the like, whereas Netlotto’s is as basic as it gets.
Meanwhile, if your concern goes beyond the scope of self-help measures, you can contact them through phone, email, or online contact form. They also provide their postal and business address though I find it hard to believe that most people will take the time to send them a written letter via snail mail and actually wait for a reply.
Educating players about the individual games on offer as well as lottery in general is one of Netlotto’s strengths—you wouldn’t immediately realize it though.
Netlotto does things a bit differently than other lottery sites with regards to lottery education. Sure, the comprehensive lotto glossary on tap feels familiar, but it’s a different story when it comes to the individual lottery games. Most lottery sites include dollops of information about each game they offer inside their respective lottery pages, but not Netlotto.
Netlotto's comprehensive glossary.
Through a link found at the bottom of their website, you can download a very comprehensive PDF file that details the mechanics of their games plus other important rules you need to know. I really liked that you could just download it so you could learn about the games at your own pace, but some may take issue with the fact that the document is really packed with information. It’s basically a wall of text. But, hey, at least Netlotto went out of their way to thoroughly educate players.
While I think Netlotto’s website is generally easy to use, I did encounter a few issues.
What you see here doesn’t really stray far from the established norm as far as lottery sites go. Their website carries a simple design and effective layout, so getting around and playing should immediately feel familiar to online lottery veterans and newcomers alike.
That being said, Netlotto’s website falters in some areas. For starters, a dedicated link to their FAQ page is nowhere to be found. Clicking on the “Customer Service” link simply takes you to their Contact Us page. However, if you look closely you can find 3 quick links on their Contact page which, if clicked, will lead you straight to their FAQs. In short, finding their FAQs is a chore.
Clicking on the Quick Links is the only way to get to their FAQs.
Beyond that, Netlotto doesn’t do a very good job explaining their Systems and Smart Systems feature. Yes, they do provide explanations, but all of them are incredibly brief--they don't really get into the nuts and bolts of these systems they offer. Remember, these features are unique to Netlotto so it would have been better if they had gone a bit more in-depth.
For the most part, Netlotto feels like any other lottery site as far as playing goes. They do throw in a few unique features into the mix to keeps things fresh.
Here’s how you play:
Simple and easy, right? Now, here is where it gets a bit more interesting. Netlotto also offers a few unique game features that can change the way you play.
Unlike most lottery sites in the industry, Netlotto’s prize claiming process is pretty straightforward.
When you win a prize at any of Netlotto’s featured games, you will be notified via email. More importantly, your winnings are automatically credited to your account. That’s right, all winnings are directly credited to your account, whether it be a small prize or a jackpot. No need to claim it in person; it’s that simple.
Netlotto accepts only a few payment methods, which somewhat limits some players from playing.
Currently, Netlotto accepts 7 methods of payment, namely: Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Diners, BPAY, PayPal and bank transfers. 2 other payment methods (Poli and Skrill) are listed as coming soon though, so you may want to keep an eye on Netlotto if you’re using any of those.
Netlotto only offers 2 withdrawal methods: bank and check.
Once winnings are in your account, you can withdraw any amount to your nominated bank account. In some cases, especially when it comes to prizes over $250AUD, it may take up to 48 hours to appear in your bank account. If you don’t want the winnings sent to your bank, you can also choose to request a check to be sent to your home. Below are the withdrawal processing fees:
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