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If you’re looking to buy Powerball tickets online so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to get a chance at $700 million, you’ll likely have a tough time. Only three states legally allow residents to buy tickets online: Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan.
Here’s what you need to know.
Because of strict lottery regulations, only Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan currently let residents purchase Powerball tickets online. You must be a resident of the state in order to purchase a ticket online and you must actually be in the state at the time you are buying the ticket online.
To buy a Powerball ticket in Georgia, visit this link and pick Powerball near the bottom of the page. Make sure first that you read the rules closely and match all the requirements. You’ll need to create an account before you can buy tickets. Up to $5,000 of winnings will be automatically deposited in an iHOPEcard account.
To buy a Powerball ticket online in Illinois, visit this link and click “Buy Now” near the top of the page. Make sure first that you read the rules closely and match all the requirements. In Illinois you can only buy buy up to 25 draws at a time and set up to purchase your tickets automatically for 26 weeks. There are also some promotional codes in Illinois.
To buy a Powerball ticket online in Michigan, visit this link. Make sure you read the rules closely first. You can buy up to 50 tickets at a time for $100. You can choose “Easy Pick” for random numbers or build your own numbers. A minimum purchase of $5 is required to play. You can also add a Power Play for $1 more. You can even choose up to 30 consecutive drawings for automatic tickets. You’ll get alerted automatically if you won any prizes.
Some other states let you use apps to pay other people to buy tickets for you via apps, but these apps haven’t been tested or verified, so you’ll be using them at your own risk. You can read about these apps here in a story by CNN. In California, for example, you can use an app like LottoGopher to pay someone else to get your ticket. TheLotter works similarly.