Online Lottery is a game where you can win money through a random drawing. It’s easy to play and requires no special skills or equipment. It is available on mobile devices and desktop computers, and most states have it as one of their lottery offerings. Players can purchase tickets online or in-person and choose from a variety of games. Many of them are instant-win scratch-off games, though some are more complex, such as keno or raffles with tens of thousands of dollars up for grabs.
Most online lotteries aren’t government-run, but rather private businesses that serve as middlemen for official state-run lotteries. However, they still purchase entries to those draws and sell them online at the same price as in brick-and-mortar shops (with no extra “online” fees added on top).
Because federal law forbids selling state lottery tickets across borders, most legal online lottery sites use geolocation technology to ensure that anyone trying to buy a ticket is actually within state lines. This is an excellent way to prevent fraud and keep players safe.
Some state-run lottery websites also allow players to sign up for subscriptions that will automatically purchase tickets into upcoming drawings for weeks, months or even years at a time. They can do this by visiting the official website and looking around for a “subscriptions” link somewhere. Some sites also allow users to set daily, weekly and monthly limits on how much they can spend on online lotteries. If they hit those limits, their winnings are usually deposited directly to their accounts, although some require that winners claim them in person.