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Posted: June 12, 2014, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

Can an American play the Euromillion by buying tickets online? Is that allowed/legitimate?

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    Posted: June 12, 2014, 10:42 pm - IP Logged

    I have bought tickets online in the past. The service I was using even sent me a scanned copy of the tickets I bought. I'm not sure if it is legal or not. The tickets I bought were mostly losers and the few tickets that did win were only $5-10 prizes. I never collected the money because it would be a hassle. I opted instead to use the prize money to get new tickets that ended up losing.

    I'm not sure what would have happened if I actually won the jackpot. If the lottery authorities would even honor the ticket or not. Also I was worried the person that bought the ticket for me would go and collect the money for themselves.

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      Posted: June 13, 2014, 12:01 am - IP Logged

      I have bought tickets online in the past. The service I was using even sent me a scanned copy of the tickets I bought. I'm not sure if it is legal or not. The tickets I bought were mostly losers and the few tickets that did win were only $5-10 prizes. I never collected the money because it would be a hassle. I opted instead to use the prize money to get new tickets that ended up losing.

      I'm not sure what would have happened if I actually won the jackpot. If the lottery authorities would even honor the ticket or not. Also I was worried the person that bought the ticket for me would go and collect the money for themselves.

      I was wondering about that too. The Powerball website says that you can't buy Powerball tickets online or through a third party but I don't see anything preventing that on the Euromillions site, so I thought maybe it was ok. But should they keep your winning ticket, what recourse would the buyer have?

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        Posted: June 13, 2014, 8:16 am - IP Logged

        Sorry to disappoint youDisapprove. To play the Euro-millions lottery you'll have to be physically located in one of the nine participating countries and have proof of address if you win. Hope to win today I bought 13 tickets and its Friday the 13th  Shocked

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          Posted: June 13, 2014, 12:58 pm - IP Logged

          Sorry to disappoint youDisapprove. To play the Euro-millions lottery you'll have to be physically located in one of the nine participating countries and have proof of address if you win. Hope to win today I bought 13 tickets and its Friday the 13th  Shocked

          I found this on their website when I clicked on how to play: Play Euromillions online. If it's not possible to play online, why did they add this? I'm curious.

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            Posted: June 13, 2014, 1:33 pm - IP Logged

            I found this on their website when I clicked on how to play: Play Euromillions online. If it's not possible to play online, why did they add this? I'm curious.

            That's not the official site for EuroMillions.  If you visit the site and click on "Click Here to Play EuroMillions," it'll redirect you to Lotter, a third-party lottery concierge service.

            Camelot runs EuroMillions in the UK. 

            http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/help/faqs.ftl#int_GetStarted1

            In the FAQ, to set up an account you need to be 16 or older and be a resident of UK or Isle of Man.  I'm sure their partner lottery organizations in other countries that also offer EuroMillions have similar residency requirements.  It also states that "If you do not meet these requirements, any ticket purchases you make will be declared invalid and no prizes paid, and we will have the right to reclaim any prizes already paid under these circumstances."

            The problem with all these online lottery brokers is that no one has won the big jackpot yet, so no one knows for sure how the payout will be handled should that occur.  With smaller prizes no one cares, they claim prizes on your behalf, credit your account and for most people they purchase more tickets for future draws. 

            I'd hate to buy tickets, miraculously win the jackpot, and then find out I can't collect my winnings.

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              Posted: June 13, 2014, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

              Having bought numerous Euromillions tickets, my advice is to stick with Megamillions, Powerball or your state's lottery. Using a lottery ticket butler service was expensive and nothing is better than having your tickets in your possession. I wouldn't trust an unsigned jackpot winning ticket with anyone.

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                Posted: June 13, 2014, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

                Hi all, newbie from Ireland might have a partial answer to "can you play the Euro Millions outside the member countries" I had a look at the Irish lottery website which has recently introduced online purchasing of tickets and a requirement is you must be a legal resident of Ireland... 

                The reality is I would trust no one with my €100 Million ticket. 

                If you won enough  you could probably find some distant Irish relative who would be more than happy to collect your winningsCheers

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                  Posted: June 13, 2014, 6:47 pm - IP Logged

                  Sorry to disappoint youDisapprove. To play the Euro-millions lottery you'll have to be physically located in one of the nine participating countries and have proof of address if you win. Hope to win today I bought 13 tickets and its Friday the 13th  Shocked

                  These butler services that buy tickets probably wait until their customers outside these countries win to tell them that, mean while they continue to collect their fees hoping it never comes up which odds are it never will. Wink

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: June 13, 2014, 7:01 pm - IP Logged

                    Sorry to disappoint youDisapprove. To play the Euro-millions lottery you'll have to be physically located in one of the nine participating countries and have proof of address if you win. Hope to win today I bought 13 tickets and its Friday the 13th  Shocked

                    Wow! I didn't know about the part of having to have proof of address requirement. The concierge service i've been using addresses the having to be "physically located" part of the requirement but the having proof of address part is troubling. I'll have to ask them about this.

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                      Posted: June 13, 2014, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

                      Thank you everyone. Guess I'll be sticking with our U.S. MUSLs. Even if they allowed Americans to play Euromillions, I'm no longer comfortable with these online concierge services. I read today that Euromillions doesn't care who purchases the ticket, they only care who signs it. What would stop the service from signing and claiming a large jackpot? At least Powerball will investigate if there's a discrepancy and withhold payment, doesn't seem as if Euromillions will. That troubles me.

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                        Posted: June 14, 2014, 1:35 am - IP Logged

                        Just like our Mega Millions, someone won EuroMillions tonight...

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                          Posted: June 14, 2014, 10:51 am - IP Logged

                          Just like our Mega Millions, someone won EuroMillions tonight...

                          Now that's freaky. All three of the world's largest lotteries reset in the same week. What are the odds

                          I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                          The odds are about the same.