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TheLotter.com was established in early 2002 as a place where people from all over the world can purchase lottery tickets from their favorite lotteries across state lines or in international locations.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, TheLotter describes themselves as the first ever website and company that allows people from around the world to purchase lottery tickets from countries where they do not live and are not currently traveling to.
All you have to do is create a personal account on their website and then decide which lottery ticket you would like to purchase. Once you have purchased the ticket on the website, a representative from their local offices will actually go in person and purchase the tickets on your behalf.
The representative will then take this ticket and scan it into their system so you can see it on your account, with the serial number, date, time, and place of purchase included. This data can be verified by an official lottery operator at any time.
Once the numbers are chosen, you will be notified by email or SMS text message if you have won a prize, including all jackpots and secondary prizes which are available. If possible, the money will be transferred into your account at TheLotter.com, though if you win a large sum of money you may need to travel to collect it in person.
The website emphasizes more than once that they will never take commissions from the winnings of people who actually purchase any winning tickets through this website’s service. Instead, this website will add a service charge of varying degrees to the cost of each individual ticket you purchase.
Currently this service does provide people mobile access through both iOS and Android platforms.
The website says that they actually will refund customers the service charge they apply to a ticket purchase, but only if you request a refund from the first ticket that you have purchased – subsequent purchases will not be eligible for a refund. The website does not provide specific instructions on how to request your refund, however, so customers who believe they want a refund must contact their Customer Service as soon as possible.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact Customer Service with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by phone at +44 20 3150 0476, by submitting them directly to their website through their Contact Us link, or by using their Live Chat feature whenever it is available.
There are many, many different websites and blogs online which offer discussions and debates about whether or not what this website does is even legal. Since they do have in person representatives that personally purchase the tickets at a store for you, the website itself is not providing illegal online sales, but if you win a lottery using this service you might not actually be able to collect your winnings.
The website briefly touches on this by saying that customers from international communities may need to fly in and collect their winnings in person, and if non-citizens are allowed to collect their money, they will be required to pay 30% of their winnings in federal taxes. There is likely to be an additional taxation when you re-enter your country of origin as well.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There may be other companies which offer online lottery services, but there are many complicated laws involved in whether or not these services are legal, including the country where they are hosted, the country from which you are playing, the types of lottery or games you are playing, and more.
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1 ‘TheLotter.com’ Review
TheLotter is clearly the best lottery messenger out there. The only website that actually present jackpot winner (the dude from Iraq). They are super nice and helpful. Recommended