Online lottery is an increasingly popular way to play the lotto from anywhere in the world with a computer, smartphone or tablet. The technology used to power these games is becoming more reliable and secure. It allows players to participate in both national and international lotteries, from the comfort of their own home, office, football stadium or local pub. However, it is important to understand the legal implications of online lottery before you start playing.
The most common method for playing online lottery is through the websites of state-regulated lotteries. These sites use geolocation technology to ensure that players are located within state lines, which is required by federal law. They also offer a variety of payment methods to make it easy for players to purchase tickets online.
Another option is through third-party websites that act as agents for the lotteries. These websites do not sell official tickets, but rather bet on the outcome of lotteries around the world. They charge a small fee to purchase the ticket on your behalf, and then send you a digital copy of it.
Many retail stores are concerned that online lotteries will compete against them, stealing their in-person sales. However, testimony given at a recent hearing by the Massachusetts State Lottery director demonstrates that there is no evidence that iLottery has cannibalized traditional lottery sales.