Mega Millions Jackpot: Can You Buy Lottery Tickets Online? – Channel 2 of WSB-TV
With the Mega Millions jackpot surpassing $1 billion, interest in the next draw has skyrocketed.
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The jackpot has been growing for several months and no one has won the grand prize since April. Rising ticket sales pushed the jackpot to over $1 billion after Tuesday’s draw.
While most people in the country have a lottery retailer within a few miles of their home, Mega Millions tickets are not sold in every state. Five US states – Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah – do not participate in the lottery game.
And while residents of Alabama, Nevada and Utah can cross state lines to purchase a ticket, those living in Alaska and Hawaii cannot, leading some to ask if they can buy tickets online.
In a handful of states where Mega Millions tickets are sold at retail locations, you can also purchase tickets online by entering lotteries in those states.
In Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia, you can buy Mega Millions tickets online. In New York, you can buy tickets online by entering the state lottery.
According to the Mega Millions website, in “most cases you must be a resident of these jurisdictions (states) to participate in these purchase options, but in all cases you must be physically within their borders. when you purchase tickets online”.
Details on how to register can be found on the websites of these lotteries (see Where to play).
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