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Online Lottery Vs Offline Lottery: Which Is better?

Ever wondered why so much hype surrounds playing the lottery online versus strolling down to your local newsagency, waiting in line, and purchasing a paper ticket that has the potential of being lost?

Did we answer our own question?

Who else is guilty of misplacing necessary paperwork or sending it through the washing machine? This is one reason why playing the lottery online is superior to playing the lottery offline. If that’s not a good enough reason, here’s five more…


When you play an online lottery with The Lottery office, you can play to win from draws of the biggest jackpots in the world.

Tickets bought for in-store jackpots in traditional Australian lotteries can’t compare with jackpots overseas. The biggest US jackpot win was in 2016, when a lucky few players took out a colossal AUD $2.3 billion in the US Powerball. Only a couple of years later, in October 2018, another big win went down in the history books, when one player collected a massive AUD $2.2 billion in the US Mega Millions Jackpot.

Both the US Powerball and the US Mega Millions have a minimum jackpot prize of AUD $50 million! Which is considerably higher than the standard Australian Lottery jackpot offered in-stores.


When it comes to store-bought lottery tickets, you have no backup. What happens if your ticket gets lost, or as we mentioned above, goes through the washing machine? Maybe your toddler gets hold of it and mistakes it for a colouring-in competition. There are so many variables to consider! When it comes to playing the lottery online, it’s digital. Your ticket is safe. Your details are secure and it’s a hassle-free way of entering for your chance to win big!

P.S. We’ve made it super quick and easy to purchase an online lottery ticket from The Lottery Office.

Step 1: Sign up for an account using your Facebook or Google account or your email address. Share a few details and agree to our Privacy Policy and Ts and Cs.

Step 2: Visit our website and select the lottery and your numbers. If you’re in a hurry, choose a Quick Play which will save you even more time!

Step 3: Finish the transaction and pay securely using a debit or credit card, Bpay, Paysafecard or PayID. For safety reasons, the website is secured by 256-bit encryption technology.

Note: To sign up for an account with The Lottery Office, you must be over 18 years and be an Australian or New Zealand resident.


When purchasing lottery tickets in-store, you need to get to the shop and buy your ticket before the draw closes. Imagine this scenario: Your co-worker has mentioned a HUGE jackpot happening that night. Your workday finishes at 5 pm. You have until 5:30 pm to rush to your nearest newsagent to grab your ticket. Unfortunately, you get held up, it’s peak hour traffic, and you don’t make it. The game is over for you before it even starts.

When it comes to playing the lottery online, you can access the biggest jackpots in the world right from your smartphone with a few taps.


You don’t need a computer to connect with The Lottery Office. You can access everything you need via our app for Android devices or Apple devices (iOS). Use the app to log in to your account to check results, see past draws, tickets, results and winnings, save your favourite numbers, and stay up to date when the big draws arrive.

Man playing Lottery Office app


Store-bought lottery tickets can usually only offer lotteries from the country they’re bought in, and some cases, even the state they’re bought in can decide which lotteries can be sold.

Playing the lottery online means more opportunities to play and win from draws of lotteries all over the world.

With The Lottery Office, you can choose to play from several different lotteries, including:

  • USA Power Lotto (matching tickets purchased in US Powerball)
  • USA Mega Lotto (matching tickets purchased in US Mega Millions)
  • European Millions (matching tickets purchased in Europe’s EuroMillions)
  • UK Lotto (matching tickets purchased in the UK National Lottery)
  • Irish Lotto (matching tickets purchased in the Irish National Lottery’s Lotto)
  • Italian Super Jackpot (matching tickets purchased in Italy’s SuperEnalotto)
  • European Jackpot (matching tickets purchased in Europe’s Eurojackpot)
  • La Primitiva (matching tickets purchased in Spain’s La Primitiva)

Playing online with The Lottery Office also means you can enter syndicates and play from the comfort of your own home. With an online lottery, you can access all of the tools you need to play at your fingertips. Playing online with The Lottery Office also gives you a reason to feel good, knowing that you are helping contribute to various charities.

Are you ready to try your luck at an online lottery? Sign up for an account with The Lottery Office today! When you buy a ticket in one of our local lottery draws, we purchase a matching ticket in the corresponding overseas lottery. If you win, we pay you the same amount we collect!


Why is online lottery better than offline lottery?

With online lottery, you don't have to visit a store to play the lottery, you can play anywhere, anytime. You'll also never have to worry about losing your ticket, we make sure your ticket is safe and sound. In the event of a win, we'll let you know, so you don't even need to check your numbers. If you win less than AUD$10,000, we'll pay the prize directly to your Lottery Office account. If you win AUD$10,000 or more, we'll contact you to arrange payment.

Will playing online save me time?

The Lottery Office is proudly 100% Australian-owned and operated, and we're one of the safest lottery companies in the country. We've been operating the same licensed lottery model internationally for more than 16 years. When you play the lottery with us, there's no betting. Instead, you receive our own Government approved Lottery Office tickets. We are licensed and regulated by the Northern Territory Government. The NT Government audits our financials and operating procedures as well as live audits of customer orders against the tickets purchased and the resulting draw outcomes against the winner payments.

Does The Lottery Office have an app?

YES! When you download The Lottery Office App, you'll get fast, and easy access to all your outcomes from past draws, tickets, winnings, and your current balance.

Read about The Lottery Office app for more information.
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