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Thinking Of Starting A Lotto Service

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I'm thinking about starting a lotto service one of these days (note the word thinking). You know, something like betslips. I was thinking of offering Mega Millions, Powerball, and NJ Pick 6 Lotto. How does that sound?

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    i think it would be too much time and effort, especially since you are in college.  perhaps if you limited it to school, and started some sort of lottery club and everyone pooled their money together.  i did that my freshman year.

    I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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      Posted: May 21, 2005, 10:23 pm - IP Logged

      If you're on a shoestring budget I would not recommend it.  It is a very difficult legal area to work within, and you can get really nailed if you don't get a good lawyer who can help you navigate the risky waters.

       

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        I am not sure but I thought buying across state lines was illegal in the US.  I thought you "have to be there in person".  Also, how would a person get their tickets..you can't send lottery tickets through the mail..

        If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

        You never know when you will get another hit.

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          Littleoldlady:

          There are a few complicated ways to make it happen legally, but like I said you really need legal help to be sure you're on solid footing.

           

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            If you send money (including checks) through the mail for the lottery service to buy the tickets for you, you have violated U.S. Postal Service regulations.  I used to do a "lottery pool" at work and I received a package from the California Lottery on how to do it and forms and contracts, etc.  That's when I learned that you can't use the U.S. mail.  Also, you MUST purchase the ticket.  The places on line that many of us use for playing Pick 3 and Pick 4 do not purchase any tickets (they aren't in the U.S.), but when the other services were around to bet on Powerball and Mega Millions, they actually purchased the tickets.  The guarantee they had, of course, was that they would refund your purchase price, if they failed to buy the ticket for you.  Can you imagine thinking you won $100 million only to find out the service missed buying your ticket? 

            I like, Todd, would not recommend you try this venture! 

             

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              Posted: May 21, 2005, 11:56 pm - IP Logged

              When LottoWorld Magazine was still around and well, I was the California Super Lotto ticket purchasing agent for their $3 Billion Club. They would send me the Money Order and numbers to play via Airborne Express overnight from Naples, FL. That is how they got around the postal regulations. I would hold on to the tickets. If there was a win of substantial amount I would cash in, and apply that towards the next play. Sad to say we never won the JP. There were also other agents in different States playing for the big jackpots.

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                When LottoWorld Magazine was still around and well, I was the California Super Lotto ticket purchasing agent for their $3 Billion Club. They would send me the Money Order and numbers to play via Airborne Express overnight from Naples, FL. That is how they got around the postal regulations. I would hold on to the tickets. If there was a win of substantial amount I would cash in, and apply that towards the next play. Sad to say we never won the JP. There were also other agents in different States playing for the big jackpots.

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                Very interesting!

                Of course, they have closed that loophole now.  All common carriers are included in the federal laws now, not just USPS.

                 

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                  Well it was just an idea I had. I was just planning on taking a limited number of orders, and buying the tickets myself within PA & NJ. Then keeping all tickets in a file at my home, and any winners I will pay via PayPal.

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                    Another thing I was thinking of was starting a free lotto type site. I would need a lot of capital to buy the server, the software, and the ball machines though.

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                      PayPal no longer allows you to use their services for funding any kind of gambling activity. You would soon lose your account.  BobP


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                        Well it was just an idea I had. I was just planning on taking a limited number of orders, and buying the tickets myself within PA & NJ. Then keeping all tickets in a file at my home, and any winners I will pay via PayPal.



                        You might think that doing it on a limited basis lessens the risk, and it does to a degree, but trust me when I say it is not worth it if/when something happens.

                        Plus, BobP is absolutely correct.  When PayPal discovers that it is a gambling transaction, they will immediately freeze any money in the account, and you will be left holding the bag.

                        Naturally, you don't have to come to me for approval, I'm just trying to give you some benefit of experience. 

                         

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                          Another thing I was thinking of was starting a free lotto type site. I would need a lot of capital to buy the server, the software, and the ball machines though.



                          I have no idea what a "free lotto type site" is, but I will tell you that if you are talking about running any type of lottery, that is illegal in the United States.  Yes, states can pass their own laws that allow them to have a lottery, but they are the only ones that can do it!

                           

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                            Another thing I was thinking of was starting a free lotto type site. I would need a lot of capital to buy the server, the software, and the ball machines though.





                            I have no idea what a "free lotto type site" is, but I will tell you that if you are talking about running any type of lottery, that is illegal in the United States.  Yes, states can pass their own laws that allow them to have a lottery, but they are the only ones that can do it!

                             



                            I'm talking about something like FreeLotto.com or Luckysurf.com

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                              Posted: May 22, 2005, 2:01 pm - IP Logged

                              Nobody mentioned "Pic-A-State" which was based in PA.