If you are looking to take part in the phenomenon of online lotteries, you have two choices: lottery messenger services and lottery betting services.
Both methods will require you to create and register a free online account, and you will need to provide a valid payment method to add funds to that account if you want to play. After that, you are free to choose the lotteries you want to take part in as well as the numbers you wish to play with.
The biggest distinction between the two methods of playing online is that, with a lottery messenger service, you receive electronic copies of lottery tickets that have been bought on your behalf by a messenger agent; with a lottery betting service, you simply choose the numbers for a specific lottery draw and bet on the outcome of that draw.
This distinction means that when you play with a lottery messenger service, you have a ticket that gets entered into the main draw of the relevant lottery. A lottery betting entry differs from this in that you have not technically entered into the official draw, rather you have entered into the draw of the betting service itself.
The price of tickets and payment of prizes both reflect this distinction. Lottery messenger services will pay out the entirety of your prize in line with the prize you would have received had you been playing with a physical lottery ticket from the official lottery operator. The slightly higher ticket price covers service and administration fees of the agents working on your behalf. It’s worth noting that lottery messengers do not tend to charge commission on any prize you may win through them.
Lottery betting services – being independently licensed – can set the price of entry for each play and add bonus features such as a double jackpot, where a player might pay a slightly higher price for the chance to win twice as much. With a lottery betting service, you can also choose the particular draw in which you wish to take part. This is not an option when playing through a lottery messenger service because - while you can purchase multiple tickets for the same draw, and set up a recurring payment - you can only ever buy lottery tickets for the next upcoming draw.
On the other hand, lottery betting services can raise their ticket prices in the event of an unusually large jackpot or if their insurance prices have increased due to a number of winners, in order to guarantee and maintain a 100% pay-out record. In summary, while lottery betting services do offer a like-for-like payment, you could end up paying more to play depending on external factors.
Essentially, it comes down to whether you, as a player, would rather purchase an electronic ticket and feel like you are taking part in the draw, albeit online, or pay to place a bet on the outcome of a lottery ticket, while still receiving the same prize amount as you would have done had you played with an online ticket.