Players can buy lottery tickets online through an Internet retailer and/or lotto agent. Here are a few places on the web where you can purchase lotto tickets:
- WinTrillions (Internet)
- WinTrillions (Mobile)
Buy Lottery Tickets Online
There are six advantages of purchasing lottery tickets online:
1.) You can shop for the best lottery deals around the world.
Some games offer much bigger jackpots and cash prizes than others. For instance, matching five of six numbers on Mega Millions can earn you $250,000 while matching five of six digits on Lotto Texas usually earns less than $3,000 in second place prizes. That’s a $247,000 difference.
Selecting which lottery to play is similar to shopping for auto insurance where you choose the best deal (i.e., optimal risk-reward ratio). Some lotteries return more of the cash pot back to the players. Others return less (and thus more of the funds are diverted towards government programs, bureaucratic overhead or corruption).
When you buy lotto tickets online, you’re shopping for the best deal/game around the world.
Efficiency Through Online Purchase
2.) Buying lottery tickets online is more efficient. You save time and gas money by not having to fall in line at groceries and convenience stores.
Transferability of Jackpot Winning Ticket
3.) Online retailers will notify you by phone and/or email if you win. Internet transactions leave a digital trail.
Purchases at brick-and-mortar stores usually aren’t the case. If you happen to lose a jackpot winning ticket worth millions of dollars, whoever has possession of the lottery ticket can redeem your cash prize.
In most jurisdictions, lotto tickets are redeemable by whoever has possession of it.
Digital Copy of Lotto Ticket
4.) Lotto agents often make digital copies of your lottery tickets. (Sometimes you have to make this request.) The scanned tickets eliminates the risk of lost, stolen or damaged tickets. Also, the electronic copy makes it easier to manage office pools and group purchases. You don’t want a co-worker cashing the winning ticket alone without the rest of the members knowing about it.
Join Internet Lotto Pools
5.) Some online lottery retailers allow you to join forces with other players around the world through syndicates. You make lotto purchases as a group and increase your collective chances of winning a jackpot.
Volume Discounts from Lotto Agents
6.) Some online lottery retailers offer discounts for volume purchases. For regular players, this saves money over the long-term.
Purchasing Outside of the U.S.A. | Non-Americans
There are no authorized Mega Millions or Powerball brick-and-mortar retailers outside of the U.S. You’ll need to either (1) make the purchase within U.S. territory, or (2) have a trusted family member, friend, or relative (who won’t steal the jackpot) make the purchase for you inside U.S. territory, or (3) have an online lottery agent make the lotto purchase on your behalf.
In the event that a non-American (or non-U.S. resident) wins, they are subject to a U.S. federal withholding tax of approximately 30 percent. They may also be subject to additional state taxes, depending on where they claim the prize.
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are sold in all U.S. states, except for Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi and Alabama. They are also sold in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.