If you’ve not played the lottery online before then you may find the choice of sites to play at overwhelming. That is because these days not only can you buy directly through the National Lottery website but you can also play through lottery betting sites and syndicate sites too. Here’s some information about each:
The National Lottery Site
This is the official site of the National Lottery in the UK. This will give you access to play the standard lottery games offered by Camelot UK Lotteries, including Lotto, Lotto Hot Picks, Euromillions and Thunderball. You’ll also see instant win games like scratchcards which are fun to play. You can play with syndicates here as well and make payments via your bank account to buy your lines each week.
Lottery Betting Sites
Lottery Betting Sites are a relatively new phenomenon. Sites like Lottoland allow you to place a bet on the outcome of a draw. They have no official connection with the lotteries they take bets on, but they offer a similar payout to the real thing. They are backed by insurance companies so that if someone correctly guesses the correct numbers to win the jackpot then the insurance company will pay out. Lottery Betting sites are handy because they allow you to bet on many draws from around the world, including the massive Powerball jackpots in the United States which can offer prizes of £100,000,000s on a regular basis.
A lottery syndicate is a way to share the cost of entering a lottery draw. Syndicates are often groups from work or friends who get together to buy several or many tickets between them. They will share the cost, and any winnings from their lines. This is a way of getting more entries into the draw for a lower price. For example, rather than buying one line for £1, with a syndicate you can buy a 10% share in that line for 10p and have 10 shares in 10 lines for £1. It allows you to have more chances at winning the jackpot, albeit with the caveat that you will have to share that jackpot should you win. Syndicates are now available online too and there are a few sites worth checking out to see what good value you can get.
NOTE: It is important if you decide to play lottery online that you choose a site that is reputable. If you are going to share your bank details with a website then you need to know that you can trust them. Lottery Betting sites like Lottoland and online sportsbooks must have a UK license from the UK Gambling Commission if they are going to take bets. You will be able to read about their license on their websites. Only bet at licensed sites.