LottoJar is the online lotto ticket “courier”, offering 7 Californian Lottery games. LottoJar’s services are not affiliated with the CA Lottery. LottoJar.com is owned and operated by LottoJar, Inc., which is located at 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612, US. It also could be reached by email address [email protected], or phone number +1.8556886527. LottoJar, co-founded by Nick Paranomos and Chris Hicken, was launched on March 23, 2013.
Let’s get it said right up front! LottoJar is for California residents who are actually in California to purchase their tickets. It is a lottery provider service that only deals in California lotteries though that does give you access to Powerball and Mega Millions and California is one of the only states that does not take state tax. Federal tax is still applicable but they don’t get into that anywhere on their site. Funny, that’s one of the things that was weird is what they don’t say on their site.
Who is LottoJar.com?
There is no information on LottoJar’s website that says who they are. Our team did some serious digging and identified LottoJar is a registered company in California with an Oakland address and phone number. I still can’t figure out why they don’t include this information on their site. It would certainly go to credibility.
LottoJar is a little different from other online lottery providers. They offer monthly subscriptions to buy lottery tickets ranging from $0.99 up to $49.99 depending on what kind and the amount you want to buy. The tickets are actually sold at retailer face value. For example, if you want to buy one US Powerball ticket for the month, you must take a $1.99 subscription. The actual cost of the ticket at a retailer is $2.00.
They also talk about putting together a lotto pool but only after you actually buy your ticket(s).
LottoJar also does a lucky draw once a week for ‘one lucky player’ to win a free LottoJar subscription for a year. For once, they are very clear on the rules and regulations, and timing of this.
LottoJar’s Customer Service
There is no live chat but LottoJar does provide an email address and toll-free number available PST (remember we are talking California here) business hours.
LottoJar.com and Complaints
There weren’t any complaints but then again, anyone who is going to complain would probably go straight to their toll-free number.
I do wish some of these lottery provider sites would cross read some of their information though. LottoJar claims that “unlike local gas stations or liquor stores, they don’t get any money from the state lottery to sell you games”. They say those retail costs add up which is money that could go back into education for California. But they do buy tickets from retailers so it all adds up to the same thing! So how the heck do they make any money? All our team could figure it that maybe the site is actually owned by the State of California.
The other weird thing on their site is they say they will send your winnings by check anywhere in the United States. Okay – hang on. But you must be in California to play.
LottoJar.com did nail it on the head with the price of gas. I mean if the only reason you are driving to a retailer is to pick up your tickets, that does add up. Yes, I admit I used to be one of those people. Thank goodness for good online lottery providers.
The Bottom Line
LottoJar makes it very clear this online site is only for people in California who want to play lotteries. They do offer a place to register to indicate your interest in playing from another state – and will notify you by email once it is up and running. I guess they are trying to monitor where they just open up shop next.
Online Face Value Lottery Tickets
Includes Two of the Biggest Jackpot Lotteries
No State Lottery Tax
Only for Californians
Only California Lotteries
Federal Tax Applicable
This site doesn’t get a thumbs up or thumbs down. The fact you must not only be in California when you purchase your ticket and a resident takes most of us out of play.