Playing from Overseas
If you are heading overseas, you can still play National Lottery games and the Health Lottery in a number of different ways, ensuring that you donít miss out on an exciting jackpot while you are gone. Whether you are heading off on a city break or business trip, getting away on a family holiday for a fortnight or even studying abroad, you can still join in with your favourite lotteries.
Playing in an Online Syndicate
Taking part in Lotto, EuroMillions, Thunderball and the Health Lottery as part of an online lottery syndicate is simple and it improves your odds of winning a portion of a big jackpot. You can buy shares in a lottery group whilst overseas, or you can buy multi-draw tickets before you leave, meaning you will be entered into the draws that take place during your trip.
Visit the Syndicates section to take part and find out how your chances of winning a top prize are increased by playing in a lottery group.
Playing in Advance
When playing a lottery as an individual, you are presented with the opportunity to buy tickets for consecutive draws in advance, so you can ensure your numbers are in the draw while you are away.
EuroMillions ticket holders can buy up to four weeks of entries online and at retailers, with Lotto and Thunderball players able to enter up to eight weeks in a row, as can Health Lottery participants. For each game you can choose to play in one, some or all of the draws each week; however, you cannot opt to play in a specific draw in the future without also entering the corresponding draws in the preceding weeks.
Playing by Direct Debit
National Lottery and Health Lottery draws can be entered on a continuous basis via Direct Debit. You must be physically located within the UK when you set up your Direct Debit, but it will continue to run for as long as you are away, provided there are sufficient funds in your bank account.
Playing EuroMillions in another Participating Country
EuroMillions is played in nine countries across Europe and you can buy tickets from authorised retailers in each of those nations. Popular holiday destinations like France and Spain sell EuroMillions tickets, meaning that you join in with your favourite multinational lottery if you didnít manage to play in advance at home.
It is worth noting that any prizes won on tickets purchased overseas must be claimed within that country; UK retailers cannot pay out cash amounts won on tickets from Luxembourg, Ireland or any other EuroMillions nation other than the UK, for instance. You should also be aware that prizes worth more than Ä5,000 in Portugal, Ä2,500 in Spain and CHF1,000 in Switzerland are all subject to local taxes.
You can buy EuroMillions tickets in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Playing Foreign Lotteries from the UK
Thanks to online lottery concierge services, you can play big money games from around the world without having to leave your home. Whether you want a chance to win a big Euro payout from Italyís SuperEnalotto or you would prefer to play Powerball in the US, where the jackpot reached US$1.58 billion on Wednesday 13th January 2016, a world of lottery possibilities is available.
The service takes your order and sends locally-based staff to buy the tickets on your behalf. They scan them and upload the image to your player account before storing the ticket in the office safe until the draw takes place. Non-jackpot prizes are paid into your player account and, if you are lucky enough to win the top award, the customer services team will contact you to guide you through the claims process.
In December 2015, an Iraqi man claimed a US$6.4 million Oregon Megabucks prize from the previous August, having played through a lottery concierge service. The service arranged travel from his home in Baghdad to the US and, once he was issued with a visa, he was able to pick up his winning cheque in person.
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