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Lottery in the US
The most important fact you need to know about the United States is that there is no national lottery provider in the USA. Lottery games are operated under the laws of each jurisdiction. The very first lottery game financed by the government has been founded in 1934 in Puerto Rico, while on the mainland it arrived 30 years later to New Hampshire.
Until then, there was no legal framework that was regulating the lottery games in the US. Hence, there were many problems facing illegal lotteries. Currently, playing lotto games is available and completely legal in the majority of the United States. However, several states still refuse to accept lotto games in their jurisdictions.
These states include the likes of Nevada for example, where the gambling industry, fearing from competition, has lobbied against introducing lottery in the state. But lottery games are not available in the states of Alabama, Mississippi and Utah either. These states object to lottery games due to religious reasons. Hawaii and Alaska also have no state lottery providers.
The remaining jurisdictions of the large country offer the possibility of playing lottery games. The most popular lottos in the United States are the Powerball and the Mega Millions. Each of these games offer millions of US Dollars to be won.These games can be found in most states, but some of the states operate their own games, such as the 2by2 can be played in Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota, for example.
Online Lotto in the USA
Playing online lotto in the US has been rather difficult due to an old gambling law in the USA. The federal Wire Act of 1961 made it impossible to accept any kind of online gambling in the United States. However, many states accept online lotto providers by now, thanks to the mediation of state governors.
Illinois was pioneer state in this sense as they were the first ones to ask the Department of Justice to clarify the meaning of US gambling laws and determine their views about online gambling. It took years for the Department but eventually they accepted and legalized selling online lottery tickets.
Not all states are so innovative as Illinois or Florida, where online lotto games are also accepted due to their improved legislation bills. The states of Maryland and Colorado have introduced gambling laws that ban the possibility of online lotto games, while most states welcome the idea of selling lotto tickets online.
Currently lotto enthusiasts can choose from huge variety of gaming options all over the world. Online lotto winners can become richer by tens or even hundreds of millions of US Dollars upon participating in the jackpot games of Mega Millions or Powerball, which are two rather popular lotto games in the US.