LottoExposed Replies Your Questions
There have been several queries from our members on the LottoExposed forums asking for reputable lottery agents that accept PayPal as the choice payment option. This is an excellent question because many online lottery agents do not accept PayPal as a payment source—strangely enough. After doing a little bit of digging, I believe I can answer the question on everyone’s mind: “Where can I pay with PayPal?”
The Lottery Agents
It saddens me to say that, although PayPal is accepted virtually everywhere, it is not accepted by many lottery agents. With all of my searching, I have very few agents that accept PayPal, and two of those agents are questionable.
First, let me get the bad news out of the way…
PayPal Dislikes the Lottery/USA
Because there are so many lottery agents that do not accept PayPal as a payment option, I figured I had to take a look at PayPal’s site and see what is up with the terms of services. According to the site under Prohibited Activities, part 6:
“Involve gambling, gaming and/or any other activity with an entry fee and a prize, including, but not limited to casino games, sports betting, horse or greyhound racing, lottery tickets, other ventures that facilitate gambling, games of skill (whether or not it is legally defined as a lottery) and sweepstakes unless the operator has obtained prior approval from PayPal and the operator and customers are located exclusively in jurisdictions where such activities are permitted by law.”
So technically, no lottery site should be able to accept PayPal as a payment source, right? Well, if you live outside of the United States, you can use PayPal as a payment source. Unfortunately, for the US citizens who want to use their PayPal accounts to play, we cannot. Part of this may be because PayPal is not part of the American online gambling industry and because of this, any transactions that they process with any lottery agencies could be a legal disaster, especially since the company is based out of San Jose, California and they have to adhere to the strict gambling regulations.
The only way the following lottery sites are allowed to use PayPal as a payment option is be making the option unavailable to Americans.
There is some good news though! PayPal is looking to become a part of the US online gambling industry, and if that does happen, it will open up a lot more ways to for us Americans to play the lottery.
Now on to the good news:
Play Lottery via PayPal on OzLotteries
OzLotteries operates out of Australia since 1994 and accept players’ worldwide. They hold their drawings every Tuesday and the average price for a ticket is AU$1.00. The minimum jackpot is AUD$2 million and it continues to grow until the jackpot is won.
Unfortunately, you can only use PayPal here if you are an Australian resident. In addition, you can only have one PayPal account per OzLotteries account. This means you cannot use different PayPal accounts to fund one OzLotteries account. To protect against fraud, members who use PayPal to deposit money into their account, they must withdraw the same amount (as they have deposited) via PayPal until they can use other withdrawal methods. For example, if you deposit $20, your first withdrawal must be $20 via PayPal.
Play Lottery via PayPal on LotterBall
LotterBall is a free lottery service and the trademarked name is property of calottery.com. There is not much information on this particular company, although we were able to a review on the group. The games the company offers include the US Powerball, Mega Millions, SuperLotto Plus, Fantasy 5, Daily 3 and Daily 4. They offer their services for a flat rate, plus the value of each ticket. You can use PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard to pay for your tickets; however, should you win anything, you will have to travel out to California to receive your winnings. This could be a problem if you are an international player.
Play Lottery via PayPal on SocialLottoPool
Social Lotto Pool is based in Northern Virginia and is created from an idea of creating the largest lottery pool ever. In theory, but being a part of a massive lottery pool, you are increasing your odds of winning the lottery by playing collectively. The founders of Social Lotto Pool stated they founded their service when the Power Ball reached the record jackpot high. They stated that they would rather see 500 people win $1million rather than 1 person win $500million.
In order to participate in the pool, you choose your membership plan and then purchase your tickets. You do have the option of choosing tickets at every drawing or you can choose the monthly renewal option and you will be automatically entered in the lotto.
Now here is where I am a little skeptical. How can a company in Virginia use PayPal as a payment source if it is illegal for PayPal, a US based company, to process transactions used for gambling? That alone sounds shady to me… Their FAQ seems rather cut and paste, just to make it sound legit.
Play Lottery via PayPal on MyLottoAgent
My Lotto Agent is based out of the UK and… Honestly, there is not a whole lot of information about them. We here at LottoExposed have not done a review on the site, so we cannot say for sure if the site is legitimate or not. But… Apparently you can play the UK lottery and EuroMillions through the site and pay via PayPal. The Terms and Conditions of the site make no mention of PayPal, nor is there a FAQ page.
This is one site I would stay away from, simply because there is no information about it.