Playing the lottery can involve a trip to the lottery terminal, standing in long lines to buy lottery tickets when jackpots are large and facing traffic. Now, some lotteries give Lotto players the chance to buy lottery tickets with mobile devices and mobile phones. Many lotteries also allow access to the Internet and the ability to create an online lottery account. Social networking websites such as Twitter allow lottery players to check the lottery results instantly using cell phones and other mobile devices.
In the United Kingdom, lottery players can create an account with the national lottery and British players can enter and buy lottery tickets using text messages. Users of this service report that it is fast and efficient. In South Africa ATM Access and SMS Banking has been combined to allow lottery players the opportunity to use cell phones to play South African lottery. There are now mobile applications available in the United Kingdom that allows players to receive lottery results via a text message. The service is available on all telephone networks in the UK and the load is 25% per message.
There are mobile phone applications that allow lottery players access to services that will help the player choose lottery numbers. The statistics showed that most of the big lottery winners had their “lucky” numbers chosen by a kind of random numbers generator. There are many services available to access lottery number generators and can easily be found online. Many of these services offer free accounts and also provide lottery results.
Lotto players who find themselves in another city or other city can use mobile maps to find the nearest lottery retailer. Just go on the mobile web and scan the cards to search for the nearest lotto retailer. Mobile banking are becoming popular in many parts of the world and those who have this service can buy lottery tickets on the terminal using a mobile phone. This service should be widely available in the near future.
In the United States, some states have now established websites and some allow players to make an online lottery purchase. Although there have been problems with online ticket sales due to online anti-game legislation in the United States, the problems are resolved quickly. States that allow players to purchase online lottery tickets hope to increase lottery revenues to help increase budget deficits. This is just a matter of time before lotteries catch up with their European counterparts.