In the United States, only seven jurisdictions currently offer online lotteries. This number is down from eight as recently as 2015, when Minnesota dropped its online lottery program. However, the Department of Justice clarified its position on the Wire Act in 2011 which opened the door to more states offering lottery tickets online. Some states have developed their own lottery online apps while others rely on third-party apps to process transactions. Others say verification problems prevent them from offering online lotteries.
In Rhode Island, players are required to register for an iLottery account before purchasing Lottery tickets. Users may only make one iLottery account. The Rhode Island Lottery may also restrict the value of a single account. It is important to note that this account can only be used for purchases made through the website.
The Director of the State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is appointed by the Governor. This person must be approved by the General Assembly and the Senate. The director also has the authority to enter into contracts with private licensees and political entities. These contracts must be approved by the General Assembly’s Legislative Policy Committee.