How to Check If You Can Play Online Lottery from Your Country?
We cannot count how many times we have been asked if country X can play the lottery in country Y. We try to be as accommodating as possible and while we have no problems answering these questions, especially when you submit them onto LottoExposed Forum, sometimes it feels like a broken record.
Ah, but we get it. It’s easier to ask your question rather than sift through hundreds of articles and who knows how many questions whose answers may not be exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve all been there!
This article will serve as an impromptu FAQ of sorts to international online lotteries. We want to clear the air on some of the most common questions that we’ve been asked. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
How do I know if I can play Country X’s lottery?
Well, for the majority of international lotteries, you can play their lottery as long as your own country allows for it. What do I mean by this? Well, since I live in the USA, I cannot play international lotteries from the comfort of my own home. The lottery commission in the US has made gambling via phone, internet, and mail illegal (they say it’s a safety concern and are protecting us…).
You will want to check with your own county lottery commission to see their particular laws and stipulations when it comes to international lotteries. Typically countries that have an international lottery will allow you to play other country’s lotteries. Surprisingly, Wikipedia has a detailed list of lotteries that are available by country.
If you are using a third person retailer like TheLotter.com, Congalotto.com, or WinTrillions.com, these sites will tell you if you can play, usually when you start the registration process or somewhere listed in the FAQ page. A good rule of thumb is, though, if the site does not have your language or your currency listed, chances are you may not be to play.
After I’ve Chosen My Numbers, How Do I Pay?
When you’ve chosen your numbers, you’re going to have to pay. How each of these sites handles their payment options may vary slightly. Most times, you will be able to use your credit card (don’t worry, the sites are encrypted and are secured). Some sites will allow you to use other payment methods such as PayPal, WebMoney, BitCoin, and others. You will want to check with the site to see how exactly the site accepts payment.
If I Live in Another Country, How Do I Collect My Winnings?
In the incredible chance that are a winner from one of these lotteries, it’s only natural that you will want to know how you’ll collect your winnings. Usually, if you are joining a third person retailer site like the aforementioned sites, you will be required to sign up for an account—these are free for the most part. We have yet to run into a site that charges a membership fee. When you win, your winnings will be transferred to your account within 24 hours of the official announcement of the winning lottery numbers.
From here, you can withdraw the payment to your selected payment method or you can just leave the winnings in your account and use that money for future lottery tickets.
When it comes to jackpots, each site has their own policy. Most sites will require that you go to their office in person to collect the large sum of money. You will want to check with your home country’s policies on how they handle foreign lottery winnings. This can be done by contacting the lottery commission and/or tax offices.