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Advice for playing the lotto online
Date: 2010-09-20 14:17:04

Online lotteries are providing new avenues to those wishing to win massive amounts of money.

One of the many questions that get bandied about among friends while chatting over dinner, barbecues and in bars is “What would you do if you were to win the lottery?” The answers are varied and range from “It wouldn’t change my life” to “Wait, let’s get that bucket list going!”

Needless to say, a jackpot like that would afford the winner all the choice in the world, but more often than not, where choice is lacking is how one could get hold of a ticket. In days gone by, the only way to get a lottery ticket would be to queue up at your local newsagent or corner shop and hand over the cash, but in our modern world of international connectivity, the Internet has opened up international lottery ticket purchasing to the entire planet.

Gone are the days of picking numbers for the locally organized lottery draws with relatively small jackpots. Nowadays, purchasing from online lottery vendors is quicker, easier, and offers so much more choice.

What choices are available?
International lotteries like the EuroMillions pan-European offering, or the American multi-state Powerball and MegaMillions lotteries have recently begun paying out vast sums of winnings to customers both locally and internationally.

The major advantage of online lottery ticket purchases is that patrons have a larger selection available to them, and can tailor their choices according to which lottery offers the biggest jackpot.

At the time of writing, the world’s biggest lottery prize available was the Italian SuperEnaLotto, which featured a staggering €141,000,000 prize to the lottery winner that correctly selected all six numbers. If you were a UK resident, the equivalent UK Lottery jackpot available was a relatively paltry sum of just over £2,000,000.

Jackpots just keep getting bigger
One of the most interesting effects of international lottery purchases is that the increased business has affected the jackpots in a way that makes the prospect of buying a ticket more attractive. The reason for this is that a portion of the sales generated by each lottery goes toward funding the jackpot itself - More players result in bigger jackpots!
Potential hurdles and what to look out for.

Naturally, however, there are a host of issues one has to consider when offering lotteries internationally. An online ticket vendor that has been in the industry for well over a decade listed fraud prevention, repatriation of winnings, customer age verification and general customer awareness as some of the biggest hurdles they have to face.

Do your homework first
Customers wishing to take part in online lotteries would be advised to do their homework before handing over their credit card details. In truth, it would be best to ensure that whichever online lottery vendor you choose ticks all the boxes required, such as:
• Secure credit card processing facilities.
• SSL certificates on all registration and purchase pages.
• 24 hour Live Support.
• Legitimate communications (bad spelling and grammar in lottery winning emails are a dead giveaway).
• Current gaming licenses (where applicable).
• Proven track record.

Other resources available to those wishing to take part are consumer watchdog organizations, such as Fraudaid and Scamwatch.

An established way of playing the lottery
Online lotteries have now become an established method of playing your weekly lottery ticket. Their popularity is growing and as a result, more and more people will fall prey to the fly-by-nighters and unsavoury operators that do exist. The bottom line is: Make sure you’re protected. There are many trustworthy lottery agents out there, such as PlayHugeLottos.com, who have been in business for over a decade, paying out millions in winnings over the years.

At the very least, the one thing that genuine online lottery vendors are providing is the same thing that has made the Internet the retail powerhouse it is today - choice. Choose your vendor, choose your lottery, choose your payment method and if you win, choose… whatever your heart desires.

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