How to play online lottery in India

Lotteries have always been seen as a means to escape all your financial problems. Everyone must have dreamt about winning a jackpot at least once in their lifetimes. And indeed, big lotteries around the world like the Powerball and Mega Millions pay millions of dollars as the jackpot for each draw. In fact, the biggest jackpot won so far in history was more than 1.5 billion U.S. Dollars’.

In India, there are no nationwide lottery draws. In fact, lotteries are banned in a majority of the states. Only 13 Indian states have a legal lottery as of today, and all are conducted by the state governments. Obviously, those residing outside these states do feel left out. However, thanks to the internet, it is now possible to play the lottery online too.  Just like sites like where you find all the information related to online betting, you can search for the best online lotteries on the internet.

Let’s understand how you can play online lotteries from India.

Finding a good lottery site

Today, you will find many sites on the internet that allow you to play the lotteries. However, it is important that you choose a site after proper research so that you will not face any problems at a later stage. Some of the safest sites for playing online lotteries are Lottoland, LottoSmile, and Lotto247.

These sites are licensed and regulated by various reputed gaming authorities, making them extremely reliable.

Creating an account

Once you have zeroed in on a website, you will need to register with them. You can open an account by furnishing details like your full name, date of birth, address, contact details including e-mail and mobile number, etc.

Once the account is created, you can now put in money into your website amount, with which you can buy your lottery ticket.

Most websites have a number of banking options, including bank transfer, credit/debit card deposits, e-wallets like Neteller and Skrill, as well as prepaid cards like AstroPay.

Buying a ticket

Once the funds are deposited in your account, you can now use them to purchase tickets for lottery draws. Most websites allow you to take part in a number of popular lotteries from around the world, including Powerball, Mega Millions, Euro Millions, Spanish El Gordo, etc.

Just like you would select numbers for a physical ticket, you can select the numbers on the lottery site. Most sites also allow you to use the `Quick pick´ option, where if you are too confused to select your numbers, they will be automatically selected for you using an algorithm.


All lottery sites work in one of two ways. Websites like Lottosmile have agents residing in different countries, who buy tickets on your behalf. Once you have selected the numbers for a particular lottery, the agent will buy the physical ticket mirroring the same numbers, and you will also receive proof of purchase. When the draw is conducted, if your ticket bears the drawn numbers, you will win the prize as announced, by the lottery operator themselves.

Websites like Lottoland work a bit differently. While you still get to choose the numbers, you are essentially betting on the outcome of the results. No physical ticket is bought on your behalf, and you are not taking part in the lottery itself. If your selections match the winning numbers, the site operator will pay you from the prize pool formed by the sale of tickets, if it is a smaller amount. In case of larger amounts or jackpots, the operators have insurance to cover such payouts.

If you are lucky enough to win, the winning will be credited to your account and is yours to withdraw. The winnings are however subjected to taxes.


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