Lotto FAQs

How do I play the lotto?

Every lottery game is different in terms of how many balls are chosen, how many draws are held each week and even how the jackpots are won.

  • First, you should decide which lottery game you’d like to play – perhaps you like the huge jackpots offered by Powerball or the better odds of winning provided by Irish Lotto. The choice is yours!
  • After deciding which game to play, you need to select the numbers you will play. Keep in mind that each lottery will have a different number format. If you can’t decide which numbers to play, you can always use random number generator.
  • You will then need to purchase your ticket, either in a store or online at Lotto.net via the third-party concierge services that we work with.

Once that’s done, you just need to wait for the draw to see if you’ve won. You can check your results here at Lotto.net to find out whether or not you’ve won a prize, and how much you might have won. Once you’ve checked your tickets, you will need to contact the appropriate lottery regarding collecting your winnings. If you bought your tickets through a concierge service, smaller prizes will be paid into your account. Should you win big, the concierge service will give you all the help and advice you need to claim your windfall from the relevant lottery organisation.

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How do I win the lotto jackpot?

Different lotto jackpots have different ways to win jackpots, but typically you must match all of the main numbers drawn. Visit the separate pages for each lottery on Lotto.net to see what you need to do to win big.

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Do lotto tickets expire?

Lotto tickets do eventually expire after the draws for which they were purchased. For many lotteries, such as Euromillions, tickets are valid for 180 days after the draw. For US lotteries such as the Mega Millions and Powerball, the deadline for claiming prizes can vary between participating states. To avoid missing out on a prize, you should always check your results straight after the draw. You can also avoid missing out on a prize by buying tickets online so that any money due to you is paid into your account straight away.

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How old do you have to be to play the lotto?

The age at which you can legally buy lotto tickets varies between countries. In the United States and Australia you have to be at least 18 years of age to play the lotto, while in the UK you must be at least 16 years old. If you are playing through a lottery concierge service, you must be at least 18 years old to buy tickets. If you are underage and win a lottery prize, it will be declared void.

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Do you have better odds at winning if you play the same numbers for each draw?

No – winning the lotto is all down to luck and all sets of numbers have the same chance of appearing (even the ones which were drawn last week!). Some people like to use the same numbers for every draw, where others prefer to pick a different set each week - both have the same chance of winning.

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Will I get taxed if I win the lotto?

Tax on lotto winnings depends on what country you’re playing from as well as the country which offers the game. You will always be due to pay tax locally if that is what your country's laws dictate. For example, if you are playing the lotto in the UK or Australia the winnings are tax-free, but if you’re playing a US game you will be subject to federal tax and sometimes a state tax depending on the state in which the ticket was purchased.

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What is a syndicate?

A lotto syndicate is a group of players that have an agreement between them to play the lotto and share the winnings if they win. Most syndicates are formed through family, friends or work colleagues. Some lotto players join syndicates as a way of improving their chances of winning since more tickets are bought for the same outlay (although obviously winnings are reduced). When forming or joining a syndicate it is always advised to draw out a contract of terms and conditions called a syndicate agreement.

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Where can I find the latest lotto results?

You can find the latest lotto results here at Lotto.net. Lottery results are updated as soon as the draw takes place so you can find the latest results. You can also find the results for the last ten draws of some of the most popular lottery games if you haven’t checked for a few weeks.

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Can I play the lotto online?

Yes, you can play the lotto online here at Lotto.net using the third-party concierge service we work with, no matter where you might be located.

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What happens if no one wins the jackpot?

If no one wins a lotto jackpot, then in most cases the money will be added to the next draw’s jackpot creating a "lotto rollover".

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What is a lotto rollover?

A lotto rollover will occur when no one manages to match all the lotto numbers in a particular draw. The money for that top tier of prizes is 'rolled over' to the next draw and usually added to the top tiers prize for that next draw. Occasionally a limit is reached and the money that is rolled over can be shared amongst all prize levels rather than just the top prize level.

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Should I play the lotto when the jackpot is bigger?

Some people prefer to play the lotto only when there is a big jackpot available as they find it more desirable. However, there tends to be a high demand for lotto tickets when there is a large jackpot meaning that the likelihood of having to share the jackpot is higher.

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Why can't I see the jackpot amounts at the same time as the results?

When the lotto draw takes place it takes some time for the jackpot amounts to be calculated because often the exact amount depends on how many winners there are. Most lotteries take place in the evening so it is usually not until the following morning that the jackpot amounts are calculated and published.

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Can I play a lotto game from a different country?

Yes, you can play all of the lotteries displayed on Lotto.net from wherever you live using our concierge service; simply visit the Lotto Tickets page to get started. Look at the Concierge Jackpot Winner page for an example of how one player from Iraq won $6.4 million on the Oregon Megabucks lottery in 2015.

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My ticket doesn’t have the right numbers on it, can I get a refund?

If the numbers on your ticket are different from the numbers you selected it is your responsibility to bring it to the attention of the lotto retailer immediately to fix the issue.

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What do I do if I lose my lotto ticket?

Most lotteries are not responsible for lost or stolen lotto tickets. It is strongly advised to sign the back of your lotto ticket after you purchase it to protect yourself from loss or theft. In some jurisdictions, a lottery ticket is a bearer instrument, meaning that if you lost it without signing it and another person found it, they would be entitled to claim any winnings produced by the ticket.

If you have lost a lotto ticket, is it advised to contact the lotto you were playing and be able to provide them with information such as where and what time you bought the ticket from and what your chosen numbers were (and often useful if you know what else you bought at the same time). It is best to avoid situations like this by playing online so all your tickets are stored safely in your player account.

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If I win the lotto, can I remain anonymous?

In Europe, you can either stay anonymous or ‘go public’ after winning a lotto jackpot. In the US, players in most states will have to provide their name when claiming a prize. For players using concierge services, it may be possible to remain anonymous in certain circumstances even if it is not usually permitted. For example, a man from Iraq who won the Oregon Megabucks jackpot in 2015 was allowed to keep his identity private to protect his family.

There are a number of opinions on whether or not to go public with a lottery win. Some argue that it’s best to go public straight away to get the media frenzy over with to enjoy their new wealth in peace. Others maintain that it’s better and safer to remain anonymous, even if it means hiding your fortune from those around you.

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Where can I find previous lotto results?

You can find previous lotto results here at Lotto.net for the past ten draws of your chosen lotto. You don’t want to leave it too late so don’t forget to check your lotto results straight after the draw to see if you’re a winner.

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How do I know that the draw is really random?

Each lotto draw has machines tested by independent companies and adjudicators who supervise each draw to ensure that it is random, fair and honest. Each lotto draw is random and each ball has the same chance of being chosen from the machine.

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