Lottery FAQ

1. How do I play the Lottery?

Each Lottery is different in terms of how many balls are chosen, how many draws take place a week and even how the Jackpots are won. 

  • First of all you need to know which Lottery it is you want to play, this way you know what Lottery jackpots are available to you and what day and time the draw is. 
  • When you know what Lottery you are going to play you need to select which numbers you would like to play with, if you can’t decide you can always use a random number generator.
  • You will then need to purchase your ticket, either in a store or online at Lotterydesk.com via the third-party concierge services that we work with.

All you need to do now is wait for the Lottery draw to see if you’ve won and check your results here at Lotterydesk.com. If you have matched a few numbers you can check a prize breakdown of your Lottery here to see how much money you have won! If you have matched all the numbers then you’re a jackpot winner! You will need to contact the appropriate Lottery regarding collecting your winnings.

2. How do I win the Lottery jackpot?

To win the Lottery jackpot you need to match all the numbers chosen on your Lottery ticket with all the numbers drawn in the Lottery you playing in. 

3. Do Lottery tickets expire?

Yes, most Lottery tickets do expire after a period of time.  For many lotteries, such as Euromillions, tickets are valid for 180 days after the draw. This also applies to US lotteries such as the Mega Millions and Powerball; however this can vary between US states. It is advised to check your results straight after the draw so your ticket doesn’t expire. Remember, if you buy tickets online, the prizes are 'claimed' straight away so you don't have to worry about the expiry date.

4. How old do you have to be to win the Lottery?

To play the Lottery in most countries you have to be at least 16 years of age. In the United States and Australia you have to be at least 18 years of age to play the Lottery. If you are under the legal age to buy a Lottery ticket and you do win then your prize will be void.

5. Do you have better odds at winning the Lottery if you play the same numbers for each draw?

No, the Lottery is complete luck and all sets of numbers have the same chance of appearing (even the ones which were drawn last week!). Some people like to use the same numbers for every draw, where others prefer to pick a different set each week - both have the same chance of winning.

6. Will I get taxed if I win the Lottery?

Tax on Lottery winnings depends on what country you’re playing from and you will always be due to pay tax locally if that is what your country's laws dictate. For example, if you are playing the Lottery in the UK or Australia the winnings are tax free.  If you’re playing a US game you will be subject to Federal tax and sometimes a state tax depending on what state you live in.

7. What is a syndicate?

A Lottery syndicate is a group of players that have an agreement between them to play the Lottery and share the winnings if they win. Most syndicates are formed through family, friends or work colleagues. Some Lottery players join syndicates as a way of improving their chances of winning since more tickets are bought for the same outlay (although obviously winnings are reduced). When forming or joining a syndicate it is always advised to draw out a contract of terms and conditions called a syndicate agreement.

8. Where can I find the latest Lottery results?

You can find the latest Lottery results here at Lotterydesk.com. Lottery results are updated as soon as the draw takes place so you can find the latest results. You can also find the results for the last ten draws if you haven’t checked for a few weeks.

9. Can I play the Lottery online?

Yes, you can play the Lottery online here at Lotterydesk.com using the third-party concierge services that we work with, no matter what country or state you live in.

10. What happens if no one wins the jackpot?

If no one wins a Lottery jackpot then this will (usually) be added to the next draw’s jackpot creating a "Lottery rollover".

11. What is a Lottery rollover?

A Lottery rollover will occur when no one manages to match all the Lottery numbers in a particular draw. The money for that top tier of prizes is 'rolled over' to the next draw and usually added to the top tiers prize for that next draw. Occasionally a limit is reached and the money that is rolled over can be shared amongst all prize levels rather than just the top prize level.

12. Should I play the Lottery when the Jackpot is bigger?

There tends to be a high demand for Lottery tickets when there is a large jackpot. Big jackpots create hype and there is likely to be more press coverage.  Some people prefer to play the Lottery only when there is a big jackpot available as they find it more desirable - maybe they think $50 million just isn't enough, whereas $250 million is!

13. Why can't I see the jackpot amounts at the same time as the results?

When the Lottery draw takes place it takes some time for the jackpot amounts to be calculated because often the exact amount depends on how many winners there are. Most lotteries take place in the evening so it is usually not until the following morning that the jackpot amounts are calculated and published.

14. Can I play the Lottery from a different country?

Yes, you can play the Lottery from a different country here at Lotterydesk.com using the third-party concierge services that we work with.

15. My ticket doesn’t have the right numbers on it, can I get a refund?

If the numbers on your ticket are different from the numbers you selected it is your responsibility to bring it to the attention of the Lottery retailer immediately.

16. What do I do if I lose my Lottery ticket?

Most lotteries are not responsible for lost or stolen Lottery tickets. It is strongly advised to sign the back of your Lottery ticket after you purchase it to protect yourself from loss or theft.  If you don’t sign your ticket someone else can claim your Lottery winnings. 

If you have lost a Lottery ticket is it advised to contact the Lottery you were playing and be able to provide them with information such as where and what time you bought the ticket from and what your chosen numbers were (and often useful if you know what else you bought at the same time). It is best to avoid situations like this by playing online so all your tickets are stored safely.  

17. If I win the Lottery can I remain anonymous?

In the Europe you can opt to remain anonymous or you can choose to 'go public'. In the USA the law on public disclosure varies between states.

There are varied opinions about Lottery winners going public. Some people believe it is best to go public so it is over and done with and everyone knows the truth and that they will soon be forgotten about. However, some argue that going public is not wise due to the amount of begging letters and pressure for donations and it is best to stay quiet about your big win. If you do wish to remain anonymous, you will need to think about how you can hide your new found wealth.

18. Where can I find previous Lottery results?

You can find previous Lottery results here at Lotterydesk.com for the past ten draws of your chosen Lottery. You don’t want to leave it too late so don’t forget to check your Lottery results straight after the draw to see if you’re a winner.

19. How do I know if the Lottery draw is really random?

Each Lottery draw has machines tested by independent companies and adjudicators who supervise each draw to ensure that it is random, fair and honest. Each Lottery draw is random and each ball has the same chance of being chosen from the machine

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