Thanks to a posting on “Submit Lottery Agents for Review”, the team took a look at LottoExpress.com this last week. At first glance, it looked like a pretty solid platform offering international lotteries online. It was time to look deeper. Is this site as good as it looks?
Games at LottoExpress
This online lottery provider offers 12 international lotteries plus four combo plays. The international lotteries include the usual US and European games, plus Canada’s 649 and three Australian lotteries Lotto 6/45, Oz and Powerball. Take a good look at what is offered for any games you decide to play. Some of the lotteries offered by LottoExpress.com can be played one ticket for one draw versus some the minimum is four draws. There are no syndicates offered here.
Lotto Express and Combo Plays
There are four different combination plays that are offered. Euro Pass has one ticket, each of EuroMillions and EuroJackpot. American Dream includes US Powerball and Mega Millions. The Irish American includes 2 of the each of US mega draws plus two ticket lines for Irish Lotto 6/47. Australian Outback Special includes one ticket for each of the 3 Aussie lotteries advertised. Players must play a minimum of 2 draws for each combo and can choose multi-draw combinations of 4, 8 and 12. There is also the option to play more tickets in combinations of 1, 3, 5, 10 and 20 ticket lines.
LottoExpress says they do not charge any commission or fees, but there is no other information on how quickly they get you your winnings. Interestingly, they do seem to offer the option of either a lump sum or annual winnings depending on the lottery though the only place this is mentioned is in the FAQ.
LottoExpress’s Terms and Conditions
That was one of the issues that the team had with this site. The Terms and Conditions are pretty light on and it took reading the FAQ to answer a few of our questions. There is no information on how a player opts out of playing here except a £5 charge a month on any inactive account at six months until it either runs out of money or is reactivated. LottoExpress.com also talks about withdrawals are limited “to the sums set out in the Payment Details Table on the Banking Page”. Okay, where’s the Banking Page? It’s not in the Terms and Conditions. We asked the question and they came back with it’s your banking rules and regulations. Sorry, I have a problem with that.
Who Can Win at LottoExpress.com?
Besides the usual of having to be 18 years or older, LottoExpress lists a bunch of other countries that “prohibit” them from offering their services to residents in Afghanistan, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Palau, Somalia, Switzerland and the US. Keep in mind this refers to “residents” and if you are the nationality of any of these, but resident somewhere else – you can play. We asked! The other interesting little twist in the T&C is that LottoExpress.com will not process any ticket purchases for a lottery where the player resides.
Getting in Touch
LottoExpress offers a list of toll free numbers plus one international in the Netherlands though these folks are registered and operate out of the Isle of Man. International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited owns and operates lottoexpress.com under the Online Gambling Regulation Act 2001 regulated by the Gambling Supervision Commission. There is an online form and snail mail address. The email address contact was in the T&C. Live Chat is available during Netherland business hours Monday to Friday.
LottoExpress.com’s Bottom Line
Overall, this site looks pretty good though we’d be a lot more confident with a more informative Terms & Conditions and I’d want to see the Banking Page before going any further. I would also like to have the option to play syndicates – but that’s personal.
No Fees, No Commission
Who Can’t Play!
This site gets a begrudging thumbs up. Definitely, it would be stronger if they added to the Terms and Conditions besides all the disclaimers and what the operators are not responsible for. If you do play here, let us know how you are doing! We need that feedback.