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Posted: September 2, 2006, 1:32 am - IP Logged

Considering some problems with some official state websites I was wondering what official websites would people here consider good and what they look for in a website. I'd expect any state to have some basics:

Game rules/how to play

Daily results that are updated on the same day and are 99% accurate with mistakes being corrected soon.

Any specials or promotions they are having plus current scratch offerings.

Past drawing information going back at least 3 years with jackpot information for lotto style games.

I have noticed some sites are confusing while other sites are very well run. WA state's website is pretty good but they are slow on updating it. The Michigan website didn't really have a how to play or rules area that I could easily find. The British Columbia website is very good but they really push the online sales of tickets.

Just wondering what official websites people here like (we already know this one is good) 

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    This is an important one in my opinion, draw videos both live and archived. Something I'd really like to see is a lottery putting every single drawing from inception on it's website. Sure it's a lot of bandwidth, but I think it's worth it for posterity's sake.

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      Some people here seem not to think much of it bit I like the Missouri lottery website.

      Even has a number wizard (quick picks) and has plenty of administrative info on what to do if you win a jackpot. 

      There's also a number search feature, you just pick the game and your numbers and it tells you if and when they've ever hit.  

      And there's a fictional little town called Luckytown  

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        i like virginia.you can look at past draws on video.they have every number drawn back to the 80's in its archives.they have stories of winners every day with pics included.really good all around.....

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          Some people here seem not to think much of it bit I like the Missouri lottery website.

          Even has a number wizard (quick picks) and has plenty of administrative info on what to do if you win a jackpot. 

          There's also a number search feature, you just pick the game and your numbers and it tells you if and when they've ever hit.  

          And there's a fictional little town called Luckytown  

          Smile

          I also like the Missouri website for the number wizard and the info on what and where to go when you do - if ever- win big.  It would be nice if they would allow you to have access to all past numbers instead of just taking you to 1998 because the lottery started in 1985 or 86.Type

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            1985, no internet. Well, not available to everyone. That probably has a lot to do with it. 

            Most likely just too labor intensive to post 14 years worth of lottery data from the past on websites that didn't even exist when the lotteries started.  Doing it day by day is one thing, that's quite another. 

            Re: the Vrginia lottery site and the videos. That's pretty impressive. Somone a whil ago put up a thread about is there any way to get lottery results in the exact sequence the numbers were drawn in, I hope they see this thread. 

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              what's wrong with this picture.

              Frostburg Woman Wins $30K with 30 Hot Days of Summer Promotion

              Congratulations to Carolyn Boykin of Frostburg. She won  $30,000 with the 30 Hot Days of Summer Promotion.
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                what's wrong with this picture.

                Frostburg Woman Wins $30K with 30 Hot Days of Summer Promotion

                Congratulations to Carolyn Boykin of Frostburg. She won  $30,000 with the 30 Hot Days of Summer Promotion.

                Wouldn't that be hillarious if they really made a $20,000 mistake?  Maybe that's why she's smiling!

                BTW, you have a very sharp eye to have caught that! Thumbs Up

                 

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                  what's wrong with this picture.

                  Frostburg Woman Wins $30K with 30 Hot Days of Summer Promotion

                  Congratulations to Carolyn Boykin of Frostburg. She won  $30,000 with the 30 Hot Days of Summer Promotion.

                  That's hysterical!  I hope Carolyn ran to the bank with that big check and cashed it quick.

                  Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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                    at this point it's hard to say which game she really won did she win the promotional game or the bonus match 5.

                    this is why i say every so often that the people whom work for the various lotteries are either under paid or could care less. When they posted the wrong picture with the wrong check. how hard could it have been for someone to fix it instead of posting it on their website like that. It makes them look bad. like they don't have it together. Where is the director dosen't he see these things or is he too busy counting all the money he makes for the state.

                    one good thing they took off the banner they had on their site it was some java script thing you had to wait until it loaded before the page would activate. Now their site loads faster than ever. 

                    every so often i catch these few mistake they make.

                    http://www.msla.state.md.us/  on the left side click winners.

                    I suspect also they people whom work there might be more excited than the winners are.

                    i wonder whom will take the blame for it when the sheeeee hits the fan.

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                      “What official websites would people here consider good and what they look for in a website.”

                      I have looked at all the government lottery websites in the US, Australia, most of Latin America, and most of Europe. I look for any information on what a player should and should not do before and after a buying a ticket and/or winning the jackpot so I can avoid all the big mistakes. I also gathered all the information on tax rates and claim periods. When I travel, I try to avoid buying a lottery ticket in states or countries that tax out of state residents (non-residents). For example, when I am in New York City, it is better to take the train (PATH) into New Jersey and buy Mega Millions in New Jersey or take any other train outside of NYC into New York and buy new York lottery ticket.  New Jersey does not have a state tax. However, New York has a 7.7% state tax and NYC has an 4.5% city tax on lottery winnings in addition to the 7.7% state tax.

                       

                      California’s web site is attractive and uncluttered. However, the web site is completely unhelpful about providing information on what a player should and should not do before and after a buying a ticket and/or winning the jackpot. According to California Lottery officials, individuals, (anti-lottery?), used to send hate mail and spam that would overwhelm the computer system.  As a result California Lottery officials disabled the e-mail address on its web site and it is extremely difficult to obtain information. All inquiries must be made by phone or fax.  Like Washington, California is also extremely slow to update the estimated jackpot after a drawing.

                       

                      A few of the international websites are good, in particular those from English speaking countries, but most are awful.

                       

                      In particular, I look for:

                      • Suggestion, forms, and agreements for group plays and pools;
                      • the tax rate for in-state and out of state residents;
                      • claim forms and tax forms;
                      • the names of attorneys, CPAs, financial advisors, and/or law firms that were hired by previous winners; and
                      • Frequently Asked Questions.
                       

                      I consider the following websites to be good to excellent:

                       Mega Millions states

                      Michigan - IRS tax forms and links

                      Ohio - cash value calculator and the first to update the estimated jackpot for mega millions after a drawing.

                       Powerball States

                      Connecticut – used to have good tax information on partnerships, LLCs, and trusts

                      Iowa – excellent information (taxes -several cases; taxes in 2 states and other gov. debts.)

                      Missouri - (When You Win a Jackpot page); claim forms (lottery & IRS)

                      New Hampshire - (claim procedures); claim forms (lottery & IRS)

                      Pennsylvania - the biggest collection of FAQ

                       Other

                      International sites in Europe

                      Lottoreport – mega-millions sales by state; mega-millions sales vs. powerball sales

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                        It's a government job. No one will be blamed. Besides, larger numbers look better for players.

                        SIDEBAR: four4me, I take it you are a Stargate fan?

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                          Posted: September 7, 2006, 12:38 am - IP Logged

                          “What official websites would people here consider good and what they look for in a website.”

                          I have looked at all the government lottery websites in the US, Australia, most of Latin America, and most of Europe. I look for any information on what a player should and should not do before and after a buying a ticket and/or winning the jackpot so I can avoid all the big mistakes. I also gathered all the information on tax rates and claim periods. When I travel, I try to avoid buying a lottery ticket in states or countries that tax out of state residents (non-residents). For example, when I am in New York City, it is better to take the train (PATH) into New Jersey and buy Mega Millions in New Jersey or take any other train outside of NYC into New York and buy new York lottery ticket.  New Jersey does not have a state tax. However, New York has a 7.7% state tax and NYC has an 4.5% city tax on lottery winnings in addition to the 7.7% state tax.

                           

                          California’s web site is attractive and uncluttered. However, the web site is completely unhelpful about providing information on what a player should and should not do before and after a buying a ticket and/or winning the jackpot. According to California Lottery officials, individuals, (anti-lottery?), used to send hate mail and spam that would overwhelm the computer system.  As a result California Lottery officials disabled the e-mail address on its web site and it is extremely difficult to obtain information. All inquiries must be made by phone or fax.  Like Washington, California is also extremely slow to update the estimated jackpot after a drawing.

                           

                          A few of the international websites are good, in particular those from English speaking countries, but most are awful.

                           

                          In particular, I look for:

                          • Suggestion, forms, and agreements for group plays and pools;
                          • the tax rate for in-state and out of state residents;
                          • claim forms and tax forms;
                          • the names of attorneys, CPAs, financial advisors, and/or law firms that were hired by previous winners; and
                          • Frequently Asked Questions.
                           

                          I consider the following websites to be good to excellent:

                           Mega Millions states

                          Michigan - IRS tax forms and links

                          Ohio - cash value calculator and the first to update the estimated jackpot for mega millions after a drawing.

                           Powerball States

                          Connecticut – used to have good tax information on partnerships, LLCs, and trusts

                          Iowa – excellent information (taxes -several cases; taxes in 2 states and other gov. debts.)

                          Missouri - (When You Win a Jackpot page); claim forms (lottery & IRS)

                          New Hampshire - (claim procedures); claim forms (lottery & IRS)

                          Pennsylvania - the biggest collection of FAQ

                           Other

                          International sites in Europe

                          Lottoreport – mega-millions sales by state; mega-millions sales vs. powerball sales

                          Correction about NYC: New York City cannot collect its personal income tax on non-residents. If you don't live there, you are not subject to its 4.5% city tax. The same is true for Washington DC.

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                            It's a government job. No one will be blamed. Besides, larger numbers look better for players.

                            SIDEBAR: four4me, I take it you are a Stargate fan?

                            yes i like the stargate sg1 and Atlantis series.

                            makes you wonder when the dream up these shows if there isn't something going on behind our backs. like the technologies they use to move the show along. Using ancient Egypt as a pre cursor for the ancient civilization that may have or not been the cradle of civilization descended from some far of distant planet. Who knows what they may have discovered in the hieroglyphics wether or not our ancestors came from another planet. Even though the show is factious it's still has a good theme.

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                              RDC137:

                              Correction about NYC: New York City cannot collect its personal income tax on non-residents. If you don't live there, you are not subject to its 4.5% city tax. The same is true for Washington DC.


                              It was years ago but I lived in North Jersey and worked in Manhattan and NYC income tax came out of every check.