Playing the lottery can involve a trip to the lottery terminal, standing in long lines to purchase lottery tickets when the jackpots are big and dealing with traffic. Now some lotteries are giving lotto players the chance to purchase lottery tickets with mobile devices and cell phones. Many lotteries also allow internet access and the ability to create a lotto account online. Social networking websites such as Twitter allow lottery players to check lottery results instantly using cell phones and other mobile devices.
In the UK lottery players can create an account with the UK National Lottery and players can enter and purchase lottery tickets using text messages. Users of this service report that it is quick and efficient. In South Africa ATM access and SMS banking have been combined to allow lottery players the opportunity to use cell phones to play the South African lotto. There are now mobile applications available in the UK that allows players to receive lottery results via text message. The service is available on all phone networks in the UK and the charge is 25p per message lottery sambad.
There are mobile phone applications that allow lottery players access to services that will help the player pick lottery numbers. Statistics have shown that most big lottery winners have had their ‘lucky’ numbers picked by some sort of random number generator. There are many services available that provide access to lottery number generators and these can easily be found online. Many of these services offer free accounts and also provide lottery results.
Lotto players who find themselves in another city or town can use mobile maps to find the nearest lottery retailer. Simply go to the mobile web and scan the maps to find the nearest lotto retailer. Mobile banking is becoming popular in many parts of the world and those who have this service can purchase lottery tickets at the terminal using a cell phone. This service is expected to be widely available in the very near future.
In the US some states have now established websites and some allow players to make an online lottery purchase. Although there have been some problems with online ticket sales due to anti online gambling legislation in the US the problems are swiftly being resolved. States that allow players to purchase lottery tickets online hope to boost lottery related revenue to help with rising budget deficits. It is only a matter of time before US lotteries catch up with their European counterparts.