Almost every state in the US has a state lottery. This is a form of gambling that most states permit, though some require a minimum age to purchase tickets.
Each state has a different system and a different mix of draw and instant win games. Most states require the purchase of tickets in person, but a few states allow the purchase of tickets online.
Some states also offer instant win scratch cards. These are similar to the real scratch games, but can be played online. In addition, some states allow players to enter state-level drawings from home.
A growing number of states are considering expanding to the Internet. Many people believe that a state lottery could benefit educational programs. However, casinos are strongly opposed to the concept.
Several states have established their own online lottery sites, but the legal landscape has yet to completely clear. A few Northeastern states are in the process of legalizing their online lotteries.
The Illinois Lottery website was first launched in March 2012. It later expanded to include Daily Lottery Games, Powerball lottery tickets, and Instant Games.
The Idaho Lottery began in 1989 and offers four multi-state draw games. The state uses its profits to fund problem gambling treatment and state parks.
The North Dakota Lottery received voter approval in 2002. Its proceeds are used to fund gambling treatment and prevention programs, as well as education and school budgets. The state also offers multi-state games such as Lucky for Life and Powerball.