BoxLotto.com is initially a little confusing. It’s a online lottery site that offers one lottery game free. I can’t figure out how these guys are making money then again, information is money. Though they claim that ‘your Information will not be given, sold, rented or loaded to any third party’ it looks like it happens. BoxLotto.com is owned by Audie Johnsen and operates under a US address in California.
BoxLotto.com is not the place to find UK Thunderball, Oz Powerball or any other international lotteries. It is more of sweepstakes offering a weekly free draw based on the results of the New York Lottery numbers drawn every Wednesday. The maximum prize is $250,000 for 6 numbers guessed, with 5 numbers providing $250, 4 numbers at $2 and 6 free tickets and 3 numbers get 3 free tickets. Players select their numbers, provide an email address and check to see if they’ve won.
Official Rules at BoxLotto.com
In reviewing the official rules of BoxLotto.com, I hit my first snag. They say “Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. Entries for Tuesday Night Drawing are accepted between 8:01 pm CST Wednesday and 8:00 pm CST Wednesday.” Okay, is it Tuesday or Wednesday.
Who Gets To Play BoxLotto.com
The next snag was this game is only offered to Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, RSA, UK, and USA residence 18 years and older. There are a bunch of other ‘voids’ and ‘ineligibles’ and ultimately ‘all entries are limited to English speaking Internet users to ensure fairness to our weekly sponsors‘. Bingo and I don’t mean I just won.
I realized that these guys at BoxLotto.com make their money by being paid by other people. I guess they don’t get paid for people who play who don’t speak English.
BoxLotto.com’s Customer Support
There is an online form people can complete for customer support as well; there is also an email address, telephone number (though no indication when someone will be there) and snail mail address. There is an FAQ which has a bunch of information, but it still leaves a person wondering, what am I doing here! There are no fees to be paid, hence no payment options. I guess this could be a good reason that there aren’t a lot of complaints.
BoxLotto.com’s Homepage has a place to click to read ‘Fraud Alert’ on the right-hand side. They are upfront here on issues that pertain directly to their reputation.
The first one is a warning regarding receiving letters in the mail saying you have won a large sum of money from Box Lotto out of Canada. Well, firstly these guys aren’t out of Canada so most people should stop right there. It’s the usual scam where they send you a check but require a person to wire to a location the taxes payable. Of course, by the time the wire has gone through, people find out that the check is counterfeit.
We have also come across players who had been participating for a while but had never won any money [answers.yahoo.com].
So, What’s the Catch at BoxLotto.com?
What still isn’t clear is, it appears that BoxLotto.com doesn’t actually share or provide your personal details to third parties or affiliates but your clicking on links does. It’s a gray area, enough that we do suggest people proceed with caution before they begin inputting this information.
Serious Player or Not – Would You Play Here?
It is hard to imagine serious players either expecting to win for playing for free or opting to even participate in a site which offers just one choice of the lottery. Even the maximum prize money of $250,000 does not offer much encouragement when compared to prizes offered by the major players in online lotteries.
The Bottom Line about BoxLotto.com
This looks like a promotional site dressed up as a free online lottery option.
Probably Sells Your Personal Details
Lack of Information
Limited to English Speakers
For people who genuinely want to play lotteries online, this is not the place to go. We give it a thumbs down!