Buying a lottery ticket is the oldest form of legal gambling in the US. Lotteries operate in 45 US states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Almost all lottery revenues go to the education, public school and public employee pension systems.
Online lottery tickets are available in a variety of states. However, it is not common for lottery tickets to be sold online. In fact, only six states have legalized online lottery ticket sales. Some states are considering expanding their online lottery services.
The biggest multi-state lottery in the United States is Powerball. Powerball tickets cost $2 and have odds of one in 292,201,338, with a jackpot that can reach a record high of $1 billion. The jackpot is awarded when one or more people match five numbers from a pool of 69.
The Mega Millions lottery is another multi-state lottery. It is the largest lottery in the country. Its jackpots are frequently awarded to lucky winners. The Mega Millions lottery also features an additional pool of numbers.
A few US states offer instant win games online. These games are similar to scratch cards, but require no waiting for the lottery draw. You select a set of numbers and symbols on a screen, then enter your payment information. You can then print tickets.
The most popular US lottery games include Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto America. Each lottery offers a range of local and multi-state draw games. The best lottery sites will allow you to compare odds, current jackpots and buy tickets. Some sites will also allow you to buy tickets in the name of a lottery syndicate. These syndicates pool money together, extending the lottery bankroll.