Almost every US state has a state lottery. The laws regulating lottery play vary from state to state. Some states allow players to buy lottery tickets online, while others require players to be physically present in the state to play. Most lottery profits go to fund education programs, state causes, and other programs. In some states, players can play scratch-off games and other in-house games.
The Illinois Lottery is the first state to allow online lottery ticket sales. It started a pilot program in March 2012. The website later expanded to include Instant Games and Powerball lottery tickets. Several other states have begun the process of legalizing online lottery sales. New Jersey and Rhode Island are in the process of launching online lottery programs. In addition to lottery ticket sales, some states have started offering Instant Games, which are casino-like games that can be played on a mobile device or from a desktop.
The North Carolina Lottery is a state-run system that began in 2005. Its proceeds go to support education, debt services, and other state programs. In addition to lottery games, the state also offers sports betting. In the past decade, the lottery has contributed more than $5.5 billion to education.
The New Hampshire Lottery began operations in 1964. The lottery offers a variety of draw games, including Mega Millions, e-Instant games, and more. New Hampshire residents can also play lottery-style games online. The state’s lottery website has several other draw games available, including keno, scratchers, and tri-state games.
The Oregon Lottery offers six draw games. Its proceeds go to fund state causes, state parks, natural resources, and problem gambling treatment programs. In addition to lottery games, the Oregon Lottery also offers online sports betting.
The Connecticut Lottery is one of the oldest lottery organizations in the U.S. It began operations in 1974. It has several draw games, including Mega Millions, Cash4Life, and a multi-state game called Cash4Life Megabucks. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Its profits also go to education programs and retiree benefits.
The Ohio Lottery is the second oldest lottery in the U.S. It offers eight draw games. The Ohio Lottery also has an online gaming site that allows players to purchase tickets. Those who purchase tickets online are automatically withheld 24% federal tax. Players may choose to receive the winnings in a tax-free way, but larger prize amounts may require a claim form, an IRS form, or a certified mail service.
Oklahoma Lottery is the third oldest lottery in the U.S. It has six draw games and an online gaming site. The lottery proceeds go to the state general fund, state parks, and school budgets. Its website offers games including keno, scratchers, and Instant Games.
North Dakota Lottery is the fourth state lottery in the U.S. It offers Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lucky for Life. The lottery was approved by voters in 2002. Those who purchase lottery tickets online are automatically withheld 24% federal and state taxes. Those who win over $600 are sent a W2-G form.