Questions You Need To Be Answered Before Playing the Lottery Online
In an ideal world, we would be able to trust everyone and every company that we come across. We would be able to do business with virtually unknown people and have faith that our information is safe, our money is safe, and we are purchasing legitimate goods—in our case, lotto tickets. Sadly, that is far from the case. If that were the case, this website wouldn’t exist, and I would be out of a job!
Most sites have a FAQ page that is full of useful information. Sometimes these pages don’t answer every question you may have. To protect yourself, I’ve compiled some of the top questions that you have to ask your lottery agent before you do business with them. I would recommend that you contact them and get these answers before you pay any fee.
Subscription Based Questions
The following questions should be listed somewhere on the main page of the site. If not there, they should be listed in the FAQ. If you cannot find these questions on the website or in the FAQ, you will want to contact the lottery agent and have them answered.
- Is this a subscription based lottery? There have been instances where some lottery sites did not disclose that they were a subscription-based site. Many lottery players had to learn the hard way when they saw on their credit card statement that they were being charged monthly fees for the lottery site.
- How much is the subscription fee? If the site does say that they are a subscription site, the fee and terms should be listed. If it is not, you need to ask the lottery agent the specifics. Be sure that you ask this before you ever give them any payment information.
- How much is the cancellation fee? Like the above question, it should be listed. If this isn’t listed in plain sight, it may be written in the fine print. If you can’t find it there, you have to call the people in charge and have this answered. You don’t want to be stuck with paying an astronomical fee all because you don’t want to play anymore.
- How long are the subscription terms? You may be getting suckered into a long term contract if you’re not careful. You will also want to look for the word “syndicate.” If you see that, then the subscription is one that renews on its own. You will want to know if you can change payment options—or at the very least turn off the auto-renew.
With any business you do online, you will want to keep your personal information safe. This especially includes your credit card information. The following aren’t necessarily questions, but things to look for on the website.
Legitimate companies use some form of data encryption on their sites. This means that any information being put on any of the forms on the website is encrypted or converted into a code that can only be unscrambled by an authorized person with an appropriate key. When information is encrypted, there is an extra layer of security when submitting financial information (like credit cards) and personal information. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the following:
- SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
- SET (Secure Electronic Transaction)
- S-HTTP (Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
Some of the most popular encryption companies include:
- Norton Antivirus
If you don’t see these listed anywhere on the website, contact the company and inquire about their identity protection measures. If you cannot get a clear answer from them, then do not do business with them.
Most Important Question of All
When you play the lottery at home, you get a physical ticket. Well, if you choose to take part in an international lottery, you won’t be able to walk into a store and pick up that ticket. You’ll want to ask your lottery agent how they ensure that you have a ticket—WILL THEY SEND YOU A COPY OF THE TICKET TO PROVE THEY BOUGHT IT???
If you’re unable to get clear answers from any lottery site that you find, you can always refer to our list of LottoExposed.com approved lottery agents.