|Posted: March 3, 2007, 12:02 pm - IP Logged|
Is there a legitimate way to get tickets for games that aren't sold in your state? Specifically Megamillions, but I'd be interested in other jackpot games also.
This is from the Mega Millions website:
You must be 18 years old or older to buy a ticket. You can only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers in the states of California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia or Washington.
This is from the Powerball website FAQ page:
CAN I BUY POWERBALL TICKETS THROUGH THE INTERNET?
Powerball tickets can only legally be purchased through a state lottery computer system in the lottery jurisdictions that sell the Powerball game. A lottery can legally sell tickets on the Internet, but only to persons within its own state. No one can sell lottery tickets by mail or over the Internet across state lines or the U.S. national border. No one. Not even us.
Any Internet lottery site that purports to sell Powerball tickets, or “shares” of Powerball tickets to purchasers or to run a “service” for you, is operating illegally. They are not authorized by the Multi-State Lottery Association or by any U.S. lottery. There are legal Internet sales of lottery tickets in some states or countries, but only within the borders of that state/country or by agreement between nations. The United States has no agreements with any other nation to allow lottery tickets sales across the national border.
The laws of your state prohibit the purchase of another state’s lottery ticket across state lines. Federal laws also make out-of-state lottery plays across a state line illegal. But note that you can legally travel to another state, buy a ticket, and bring it back to your home state. Most countries prohibit the purchase of lottery tickets across their border.
Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.
There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.