Until recently, there were only a few states in the United States that allowed players to buy lottery tickets online. However, as state governments begin to experiment with the internet, more are likely to authorize online lotto ticket sales in the future.
In the past year, Pennsylvania has added its own online lottery platform. Players have access to a number of lotteries through the website, including Keno, Super Lotto, and Bingo. Using the platform, players can also create groups and pools to purchase tickets in bulk.
The Department of Justice clarified its position on the Wire Act in 2011, opening the door for states to allow online gambling. In the process, it also gave states permission to offer a variety of lottery games online.
However, the Department of Justice isn’t the only body in the federal government that has been pondering the same question. In fact, many historians believe that the Chinese used lottery to fund the Great Wall of China.
The Department of Justice also had to determine whether US online lottery sites violated the Federal Wire Act. It ultimately concluded that the law does not apply to online gambling. This, along with the fact that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting, opens the door to more states to offer online lottery tickets in the future.
For now, only seven states offer online lotteries. The states that currently do so include Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.