Playing the Lottery Online in Maryland


If you want to win the lottery but don’t have the time to go to a physical store, there are now apps that let you play the lottery on your smartphone. You can download these apps and play any of the major lotteries without leaving the comfort of your home. The only disadvantage of these apps is that they only offer the biggest games, and you will not always have the option of playing smaller games in your state. In addition, they may not allow you to buy tickets from local lotteries.

In Maryland, the lottery is the third largest source of state revenue, following income and sales taxes. Last year, 61.9% of Lottery revenues were used to pay prizes to winners, while 7.5% went to retailer commissions and 3.5% was for operational costs. The rest of the revenue was deposited in the General Fund of the State Treasury to support education, public health, and public safety programs. So far, these funds have been very useful in promoting the lottery in Maryland.

There are 44 jurisdictions in the United States that operate a lottery, and there are federal lotteries in D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. In the US, only seven states currently have their own online lottery programs. In 2011, the Department of Justice clarified its stance on the Wire Act, opening the door for states to offer lottery tickets online. Some states offer their own apps for lottery players while others defer to third-party apps.