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Question: How do I play the lotto?
Answer: Each lotto is different in terms of how many balls are chosen, how many draws take place a week and even how the Jackpots are won. 

  • First of all you need to know which lotto it is you want to play, this way you know what lotto jackpots are available to you and what day and time the draw is. 
  • When you know what lotto you are going to play you need to select which numbers you would like to play with, if you can’t decide you can always use a 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.

All you need to do now is wait for the lotto draw to see if you’ve won and check your results here at Lotto.net. If you have matched a few numbers you can check a prize breakdown of your lotto here to see how much money you have won! If you have matched all the numbers then you’re a jackpot winner! You will need to contact the appropriate Lottery regarding collecting your winnings.

Question: How do I win the lotto jackpot?
Answer: To win the lotto jackpot you need to match all the numbers chosen on your lotto ticket with all the numbers drawn in the lotto you playing in. 

Question: Do lotto tickets expire?
Answer: Yes, most lotto tickets do expire after a period of time.  For many lotteries, such as Euromillions, tickets are valid for 180 days after the draw. This also applies to US lotteries such as the Mega Millions and Powerball; however this can vary between US states. It is advised to check your results straight after the draw so your ticket doesn’t expire. Remember, if you buy tickets online, the prizes are 'claimed' straight away so you don't have to worry about the expiry date.

Question: How old do you have to be to win the lotto?
Answer: To play the lotto in most countries you have to be at least 16 years of age. In the United States and Australia you have to be at least 18 years of age to play the lotto. If you are under the legal age to buy a lotto ticket and you do win then your prize will be void.

Question: Do you have better odds at winning the lotto if you play the same numbers for each draw?
Answer: No, the lotto is complete 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..

Question: Will I get taxed if I win the lotto?
Answer: Tax on lotto winnings depends on what country you’re playing from and 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.  If you’re playing a US game you will be subject to Federal tax and sometimes a state tax depending on what state you live in.

Question: What is a syndicate?
Answer: 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.

Question: Where can I find the latest Lottery results?
Answer: 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 if you haven’t checked for a few weeks.

Question: Can I play the Lottery online?
Answer: Yes, you can play the lotto online here at Lotto.net using the third-party concierge services that we work with, no matter what country or state you live in.

Question: What happens if no one wins the jackpot?
Answer: If no one wins a lotto jackpot then this will (usually) be added to the next draw’s jackpot creating a "lotto rollover".

Question: What is a lotto rollover?
Answer: 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.

Question: Should I play the lotto when the Jackpot is bigger?
Answer: There tends to be a high demand for lotto tickets when there is a large jackpot. Big jackpots create hype and there is likely to be more press coverage.  Some people prefer to play the lotto only when there is a big jackpot available as they find it more desirable - maybe they think $50 million just isn't enough, whereas $250 million is!

Question: Why can't I see the jackpot amounts at the same time as the results?
Answer: 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.

Question: Can I play the lotto from a different country?
Answer: Yes, you can play the lotto from a different country here at Lotto.net using the third-party concierge services that we work with.

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

Question: What do I do if I lose my lotto ticket?
Answer: 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.  If you don’t sign your ticket someone else can claim your lotto winnings.  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.  

Question: If I win the lotto can I remain anonymous?
Answer: In the Europe you can opt to remain anonymous or you can choose to 'go public'. In the USA the law on public disclosure varies between states.
There are varied opinions about lotto winners going public. Some people believe it is best to go public so it is over and done with and everyone knows the truth and that they will soon be forgotten about. However, some argue that going public is not wise due to the amount of begging letters and pressure for donations and it is best to stay quiet about your big win. If you do wish to remain anonymous, you will need to think about how you can hide your new found wealth.

Question: Where can I find previous lotto results?
Answer: 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.

Question: How do I know if the Lottery draw is really random?
Answer: 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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