Now for something a little different! LiveLotto offers an online lottery game that can be played on mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Don’t look for the usual US Powerball or EuroMillions mega jackpots, but then again, it doesn’t cost as much to play! This looks like a cute little site for playing not so big jackpots where part of the money is going to charities. So let’s take a deeper look.
How to Play?
The first thing you have to do to play the lottery games at Livelotto.co.uk is download the app/program. Part of this is uploading your “game face”. Next is choosing the game you want to play, load your account and go for it. Whoops – only if you are physically in Great Britain. Yup folks – players must be a resident of Wales, Scotland or England and actually be there “at the time of purchase”. Oh – and you must be 16 years or older.
Games at Live Lotto
Livelotto.co.uk has seven different games all with a buy in of 10p. Their largest estimated jackpot is £25,000 plus 100 lucky dips of £1, with a prize tier of £1,000, £250, £100 and £50. The other games have a jackpot of £10,000, £5,000, £1,000, £10, £5 and £1. And then it gets weird. The £1, £5 and £10 draws happen daily as total tickets are sold. An example is the £1 draw has a total of 16 tickets and once they are all sold, any further tickets are purchased for the next day. This is versus the other four draws that only happen once the tickets are sold. For the £25,000 jackpot, that means 404,581 tickets.
Livelotto.co.uk and Winning
LiveLotto donates 20% of all ticket sales to a specific charity as set out on their web site. Currently there is only one, but it looks like other charities could get involved and/or become part of one of the specific draws. Players get between 62 and 65% of sales paid back in winnings. The rest goes to operating the site. There are no fees for withdrawals though a £5 minimum is applied unless you are closing your account. They also underline the fact they do not store your credit card details on their site and instead PayPoint Plc to process deposits and withdrawals.
£5,000 Free Draw Giveaway
On livelotto.co.uk’s web site there is a button for a £5,000 one time draw as part of the launch of their site (a month ago). The only thing is – there is no date for when it will take place.
LiveLotto & Customer Service
Besides the email address and online form, there is a phone number (lovely person answers and was very helpful) and snail mail address in the United Kingdom. Customer service is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. There is also a lovely message on their answering machine during off hours. In their privacy section, they say they won’t share your information and will keep it secure.
The Bottom Line
Good Odds of Winning
20% for Charity
Only for People in Wales, Scotland & England
You Must Physically be in Great Britain
No Mega Jackpots
This site gets a thumbs up for people in Great Britain and a thumbs down for the rest of us. We still do wonder a bit at this limitation, but there is no indication you will be receiving spam as a result of playing. If you are playing here, please let us know what you’ve won!