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How Do you Collect your Money From Online Lottery Wagering, Without Violating the Law?

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Thread Starter
South Carolina
United States
Member #18322
July 9, 2005
1773 Posts
Posted: May 25, 2009, 3:54 pm - IP Logged

I just recently read in a past post that some U.S. banks will not accept direct deposits from online lottery websites?  Is this true?  IF so, how are all of you online players collecting your money? Check by mail, money gram, direct deposit, or exactly HOW? What is the SAFEST way to collect winnings from online lottery websites?

Also, how much does it usually cost to receive your winnings? Are there any issues to be aware of, or problems that can occur? Has anyone ever loss money that was due to them through non-receipt? Has anyone ever loss their entire online lottery account?

How do U.S. banks monitor and catch online lottery deposits by PAPER CHECK, or by direct deposit?  Will they ever REFUSE TO HONOR such Deposits?

Has anyone ever deposited an Online Lottery Check, by any method, that bounced?

I haven't started playing Pick 3/4 online yet, so I'm inquiring in advance about the exact procedure for collecting your winnings, step by step, and any issues/problems to be aware of. 

Would anyone like to share any personal experiences in this regard, without mentioning particular websites that we are not supposed to name on LP? (We should be able to WARN each other somehow, without violating any LP rules)

Also, exactly what is the legal content of the most recent Online Gambling Law, that has everyone concerned about the legality of playing lottery online?  Is it legal to play Pick 3/4 , and/or  Regular Lottery online, or not?  I think a point of Precise Clarification is in order here. 

Are we playing online at our own risk, against the Law, or what?  I realize that we cannot give or receive legal advice on LP, however, I just want a YES or NO response to the question, Is playing lottery online legal, or not? Is there some  AMBIGUITY  in the Law, that would preclude a YES or NO response?

Are some forms of online wagering legally permissible, while others are not?  If so, what category does the Lottery fall into? Can you get away with playing Pick 3/4 for small sums of money, but not Regular Lottery for larger sums of money?  There probably isn't any distinction between the two, is there?

Your informative response would be appreciated.


    United States
    Member #73818
    April 25, 2009
    173 Posts
    Posted: May 25, 2009, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

    Checks in the mail or good..I'm sure some of them use paypal or something similar also.

      BobP's avatar - bobp avatar.png
      Dump Water Florida
      United States
      Member #380
      June 5, 2002
      3146 Posts
      Posted: May 25, 2009, 6:05 pm - IP Logged

      In my opinion there is a huge difference between general online wagering which is rife with questionable casinos, and places where you can play lottery.

      Only play with money you can afford to lose.  Any time you put money into a gambling venue, consider it lost.   If you win, that's gravy.

      Talking strictly lottery, the more you take the time to learn about the host site before sending money the more comfortable you will be.  For example, there may be limits not only on how much you can play, but on how much you can be paid out depending on bonus money you may have accepted.  On the other hand, the amount you want to withdraw may affect the means of payment.  For over a grand you may have to pay $35. for Fedex to bring you a check or money order.  Yet if you request on a Monday between 9am and 1pm only once per 30 days the fee is waved at one place.   I would never give my account details for a wire transfer so I only take checks.   Never had a problem cashing them having more then that in my account, never had one bounce.  I once thought I was being questioned, but it turned out to be a pitch for other expensive nonsense the bank wanted to sell me.  The checks or money orders look like one from uncle Bill, not with the site name, they're not stupid and don't set out to cause their customers problems.

      Paypal no longer has anything to do with gambling of any kind.  If you see a new site taking paypal for a lottery/gambling thing, that will soon change once paypal figures it out.


        United States
        Member #75060
        May 26, 2009
        300 Posts
        Posted: May 26, 2009, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

        BobP is telling you some good stuff here. Be very careful with who you select for online gaming. I'm very familiar with one area of what he's talking about.