Online lottery is a type of gambling where players place bets on the outcome of popular lotteries around the world. These sites act like bookmakers, accepting bets and paying out winnings based on the odds of each lottery. They do this to maximize profits and attract more players. While the concept is similar to sports betting, online lotteries offer a variety of additional benefits for players.
Aside from the obvious convenience of playing lotteries online, players can also access games from anywhere across their jurisdiction as long as they have a computer with an Internet connection and a web browser or application. Many of these sites also offer discounts and bonuses that make it more affordable to play. These can range from free tickets to multi-draw discounts.
While online lottery games aren’t regulated by the federal government, they’re legal in most states and have become more widely available over the years. Generally, only state-run lotteries sell online tickets, but many private companies are now offering their services to US residents. Most of these are not official government-run lotteries, but rather middlemen that sell entries to officially run lotteries, such as the Mega Millions or Powerball.