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Online Lottery Is Spreading During The Coronavirus Shutdowns

Coronavirus has ground the world to a halt, but one thing it hasn’t slowed down is the availability of online lottery products.

Since the Coronvirus lockdowns went into effect, Rhode Island has launched online lottery sales, and Jackpocket, an online lottery courier service, has gone live in two states, Oregon and Arkansas.

All told there are now 12 states offering lottery products through the internet. There are even full-fledged online lottery states and five states offering online lottery subscriptions. Additionally, there are eight jurisdictions where Jackpocket is operating as an online courier service. One state, New Hampshire, offers state-run online lottery products alongside Jackpocket’s courier service.  

With the new additions, the number of iLottery states currently stands at 19, and that is likely to keep increasing as states search for new revenue streams and ways to offset slumping retail sales caused by the stay-at-home guidelines.

The Current Crop of Online Lottery States

Not all states offering online lottery in the US are created equal.

Illinois only sells online tickets for its daily and weekly draw games, like Powerball or Mega Millions. The five other online lottery states, including Rhode Island, sell draw and instant win games.

But even amongst the states offering draw and instant win games, the catalog of offerings varies dramatically, as well as some states (Georgia, Kentucky, and Michigan) offering online keno.

And then there are the online lottery subscription states.

Online Subscription States

Again, not all lottery subscription states are created equal. In fact, two states, North Carolina and North Dakota offer single draw subscriptions, making them de facto online lottery states.

  1. Maine– 13, 26, and 52-week subscriptions are available.
  2. New York– The minimum subscription length is two weeks.
  3. North Carolina– Subscription lengths range from a single draw to a full year.
  4. North Dakota–Subscription lengths range from a single draw to a full year.
  5. Virginia– The minimum subscription length is two weeks.

Jackpocket States

Jackpocket app allows users to order lottery tickets (for draw games only) in jurisdictions where the company is approved to operate. After submitting their order, Jackpocket purchases tickets for customers from an authorized retailer.  

With the recent additions of Oregon and Arkansas, the service is now available in the following jurisdictions:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Washington DC
  3. New Jersey
  4. Texas
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Minnesota
  7. Colorado
  8. Oregon

Since only two states prohibit lottery courier services, Jackpocket offers states that would typically need to pass legislation and time to launch an opportunity to provide online lottery sales during the current stay-at-home orders.

As Jackpocket CEO Peter Sullivan previously told Betting USA:

“Jackpocket is allowing lottery players a safe alternative to play the official state lottery games they know and love like the Powerball and Mega Millions from the comfort of their own homes.

“Additionally, players don’t need to leave their house to redeem their winnings, which can be instantly sent to their bank accounts or used to play again.”

More information on Jackpocket, and how to register an account is available here.

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