There are several lotteries under the banner of the UK National Lottery and all of them are great in their own way. One in particular, however, manages to stand out above the others - the EuroMillions transnational lottery. It's not only Europe's biggest lottery, it stands among some of the worlds largest lotteries as well. In fact, because the prizes of the EuroMillions lottery are in Euros or Pounds and are untaxed, winners actually often take home significantly more than the equivalent cross-border lotteries in the US - the famous MegaMillions and Powerball.
EuroMillions today takes place across several European nations, including the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Switzerland. Needless to say with the aggregate amount of players involved the jackpot gets pretty big rather quickly.
Playing EuroMillions is easy. You select your six numbers out of a grid ranging from 1 to 49 and let lady luck do the rest. Actually buying the tickets, however can be a major hassle for many individuals. Reasons why people can't get to a sales point are varied and can range from immobility, insane work schedules, fatigue, or plain laziness. Other people who can't play might reside outside of one of the EuroMillions participating countries. This doesn't disqualify them from playing, but it can be hard to cross borders in order to buy a ticket.
Because tickets must be bought physically, in an authorized sales point within a participating country, many people are being left out of the game. This is not a legal issue. It's simply a logistics issue.
Fortunately, there are workarounds to the problem. There are websites called lottery concierge services that have staff members in the countries where certain lotteries are held who go out and purchase tickets in your stead. This solves the problem whether you live in Nicaragua or just down the road from a kiosk but are too lazy to trot downstairs to purchase a ticket.
Everything is done directly over the internet. You log in and set up an account, pick your numbers, and presto! You're the owner of a lottery ticket for the next draw. The physical ticket itself is held securely so no one other than you have access to it. And it's as simple as that. The very best of these services is called LotteryMaster, and its users swear by it. Claiming small wins is as easy as watching them get deposited into your account automatically.
In the event you're the big winner, what happens is that you get notified directly through the service and you organize a trip to the country in which you bought the ticket. Once there, you claim your ticket and take it to a claims center. Everything that happens after that is a whirlwind of media attention and the strange feeling that your life will never be the same again.
Playing the lottery has always been easy but today, with the advent of modern technology it has never been easier.