Can You Do the Lottery Online?
Recently updated on May 17th, 2020
You can do the lottery online in about 7 states in the USA. Granted, the number is small now however, they are more states that have lotteries online. Although these other States to have online presence for the state lottery not all of them are loud residents to buy lottery tickets online. Buying lottery tickets online is possible in the following States Georgia Illinois Kentucky Michigan New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. The rest of the States only have subscription services where players can get alerts of the latest deals from the state lottery.
This should not dismay regular players of the lottery. The emergence of COVID has influenced how States look at the restrictive laws around online gambling and online lotteries. Just recently Rhode Island added in a lottery to the state’s lottery. This is most likely going to be an ongoing trend in most States. Since most players are locked in their homes and cannot travel for non-essentials. Besides the issue of the virus we are in 2020 after all and it is about time that online gambling including being able to purchase lottery tickets online should be a norm.
What states can you play the lottery online?
The following states have an iLottery, that is an online lottery. However only half on these states allow you to buy lottery tickets online.
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
States with Lotteries In USA
Almost all states in the USA have a state-run lottery except Alabama, Alaska Utah, Hawaii and surprisingly Nevada. we say surprisingly because Nevada allows everything every kind of gambling except lotteries which goes back to an arcade claw that was first made back in the 1860s. You would think by now we should be way ahead of whatever social norms caused that law to be in effect.
Alabama recently filed a bill to allow a lottery to operate in the state. The bill was filed by house representative Steve Clouse earlier in march this year. With 70 other co-sponsors including the speaker of the House it looks like a lottery may finally happen for Alabama.
A lot of states have lost a lot of revenue in the last in this year and state-run and legal gambling options will inject much-needed funds into the state pockets. The potential tax revenue from a state lottery is expected to be in the 200 million range. These figures alone should be enough to convince the state lawmakers.
I wouldn’t hold my breath for Hawaii to have a state lottery since absolutely all forms of gambling banned.
Alaskans have their week working gambling events which are non-traditional to say the least but it is not expected to actually change their laws to accommodate more traditional lottery still gambling anytime soon.