£162 million pounds. That, at a conservative estimate, was the total estimated lottery jackpot prize fund available worldwide during the first week of March 2017. Just think about that number for a moment. All those zeros. All those dreams that could come true. All those problems solved.
How can you get your hands on a slice of that action? Legitimately, and without having to pack your bags, move to a different country, take up permanent residency and then buy a ticket? By using a Lottery Concierge Service, that’s how.
Lottery Concierge Services are for lovers of online lotteries who want to improve their chances of a big win by playing outside their own countries. You may live in the UK, but by using a Lottery Concierge Service you can buy a lottery ticket in the USA, Australia, Ireland, Spain – wherever the jackpots – or the odds – are big enough to take your fancy.
Concierge Services work in one of two basic ways. (1) They will buy an online ticket on your behalf, hold onto it, check the results, and pay you any winnings. Or (2) they will buy a physical ticket, scan and upload it onto your online account, and leave you to check the results and claim any winnings yourself.
Both of these services of course come at a price. They will usually charge a commission or a handling fee, depending on the kind of service they offer. A commission on any winnings would be charged if they are buying your ticket, checking the results and distributing your payout (i.e. scenario 1 above). If you don’t win anything then there is no charge (see for example Lottosend).
A handling fee would be charged if all the Service is doing is buying you a ticket and scanning it into your account, and they won’t take a percentage of any winnings (i.e. scenario 2). But if you don’t win you still have to pay the handling charge (see for example IceLotto).
Does this all sound too good to be true? Well, while playing international lotteries is fun and potentially lucrative, as with any industry where large sums of money are involved, there are scams and scammers out there. If you’re contemplating doing this for the first time then do your homework first so you can be confident that you’re playing a real lottery in a safe space. As with anything, check the small print.
Basic things to look for are: Is the company registered with clear corporate information available including an office address, phone number, etc? Can you play your chosen lottery from your home country? Do you need to pay a subscription on top of the ticket price? How are any winnings paid out? How easy is it to check the results?