The United States is home to 44 different state lotteries and the District of Columbia. Only six states do not have lotteries, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah. As of 2017, there are no national lotteries in the US. While some states have introduced online lottery games, most have followed the traditional legislative route. Other states have chosen to skip the legislative route entirely, deciding that their existing laws already provided ample room for online products.
While official lottery operators purchase tickets for players, some betting firms offer their own tickets for their customers. These companies purchase and store tickets on behalf of players, then upload them to a secure online database. Although they cannot claim the prizes, the winnings are immediately dispatched to the winners’ homes. In some cases, these companies can even pay out the prizes to lottery players directly. Despite the many benefits associated with these services, you may still want to check out the official lottery operators first.
Online lottery sales have risen in popularity, and the Kentucky lottery is no exception. In 2016 they introduced an app that allows lottery players to access and play their tickets online. In March 2018, the lottery also began offering keno drawings online, but this is yet to be fully implemented. But it’s a start. Fortunately, the online lottery hasn’t hurt the retail lottery. While online lottery products have grown in popularity, the state’s legislature has been able to maintain its traditional retail lottery sales.