As far as the age of online providers goes, theLotter New Zealand is a 21st Century baby. In exactly two decades of its existence, theLotter has built a solid reputation around the world with its app and website platform that exposes Aotearoa New Zealand gamblers to more than 45 different lotteries. Since its inception in 2002, theLotter lines up some of the biggest jackpots such as the EuroMillions, Mega Millions, US Powerball, as well as daily draws. It is touted as among the world’s biggest online lottery draw providers.
The website doesn’t jump out when compared to many other online gambling sites, but Kiwi ticket buyers will be pleased to know theLotter, reportedly, has sold more than seven million winning tickets around the world. It also has distributed more than $NZ105 million to delighted winners, including a dozen millionaires. The select few among the jaw-dropping windfall recipients include a woman from Panama, Aura Dominguez Canto, who had sashayed away with $US30 million (about $NZ50 million) from the Florida Lotto draw in July 2017. The pensioner had opted for a one-time, lump sum of $US21 million (about $NZ30.6 million).
When our team of reviewers had visited the site, theLotter had claimed its biggest jackpot had been $US2.1 billion (about $NZ3.6 billion), courtesy of the American giant, Powerball. For good measure, the website reveals an Iraqi man had, two years earlier, collected $US6.4 (about $NZ11 million) in the Oregon Megabucks. The unnamed citizen had created history in becoming the first foreigner to claim the Oregon lottery draw’s premier prize money offshore. He chose to take his windfall over two decades, rather than a lump sum.
A lottery ticket messenger service, theLotter is an autonomous go-in-between purchasing agent for Kiwis wanting to try their luck at major draws around the world. With the seconds running down on the website thumbnail of each lottery draw means New Zealanders can buy a ticket (on dedicated mobile apps), around the clock from a spectrum of playing options that we’ll cover below.
Like any gambling activity in New Zealand, online lottos are legal provided they aren’t in defiance of the current laws of the NZ Lotteries Commission. Section 238 of the Gambling Act 2003 defines the functions of the NZ Lotteries Commission which, by default, endorses online lotto as a legal form of entertainment and gambling for Kiwis. Despite those omissions, we have no reason to doubt theLotter’s legitimacy as a trustworthy site.
Laora Limited, a company registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, operates theLotter website. While it’s not clear on the website, our team has dug deep to establish that Aikmina Services Ltd is the “merchant of record” and is registered as a company in Cyprus. That means it has the responsibility of handling theLotter’s transactions, including working out and collecting the various local taxes from the different countries that stage the draws.
However, theLotter makes it abundantly clear in its terms-of-use policy that Laora Ltd is not responsible for any dealings Kiwis may have with any third parties that may latch on to its site. We urge Kiwi players to do the same. The Lotto Direct Company owns theLotter which has a Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licensing logo on its website, although because such providers aren’t online casinos, they aren’t required to procure a gambling licence. That will not be an issue in New Zealand where people play the national lottery, twice a week, as if it’s a regular raffle at a neighbourhood school fundraiser. We’ll attempt to cover as many different aspects to sidestep potholes, so you can make an educated decision on whether theLotter is tailor made for your individual requirements or not.
Well, theLotter site receives a big tick from us for posting a YouTube video that shows how easily its platform works. It also offers a printed version through its FAQs link. For those who are familiar with online casino or sportsbook sites, it will be a breeze. Kiwi newcomers will need to register and open an account. However, the steps take a different course in that they ask New Zealand ticket buyers to click on a preferred lottery draw thumbnail to activate the registration process.
Here’s theLotter’s stress-free and swift three-step process to get the ball rolling:
To start playing is also elementary. Having chosen your lottery on the site, you’ll be required to fill your tickets as if you’re doing it at a corner Lotto shop in your neighbourhood. You can either choose your numbers or opt for “Quick Pick” for an automated random selection. Click play to seal your selection. From there, Kiwis will be asked to confirm their purchase. Keep an eye on your inbox for an automated email notification that confirms your order.
When an online lottery concierge has offices scattered around the globe to purchase tickets on behalf of non-residents, then it shouldn’t come as a surprise to Kiwis that theLotter’s choices can leave them breathless. It takes in the lotteries of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the continent of Europe, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States, which has a lion’s share. Asia is the only inhabited continent unaccounted for.
They include national and state lotteries. Among the choices are the popular giant ones such as the EuroMillions, the My Millionaire raffle, the US Mega Millions, and the billion-dollar-plus US Powerball. While rival GiantLottos offering fewer draws may benefit newcomers, the 45-plus on theLotter may make it difficult for them to decide which one. In fact, the site must be adding new games because we found at times their count hovers around the 60 mark.
However, Kiwi gamblers can opt for a popular draw or go for a smaller or familiar one, such as the Australia Monday/Wednesday Lotto, or perhaps the Italy MillionDAY Extra. That’s because some players tend to grapple with the fear that if it sounds too good, then it isn’t true. On building confidence on a digital platform, the Kiwi gamblers can traverse to mammoth draws.
Here’s a cross-section of draws that theLotter offers (nations have respective currency values at the time we visited the website):
It goes without saying that theLotter has annual Spanish raffles in its smorgasbord of draws, although they aren’t technically lotteries because prizes are awarded based on draw results. That includes the El Gordo Loteria de Navidad (Spanish Christmas Lottery), Loteria del Nino, and Loteria Nacional Extra. All New Zealand ticket holders need to do is pick a “pre-populated”, five-digit combination before buying up to 10 shares in that ticket. Wagering New Zealanders will delight in knowing that raffles always have guaranteed winners. We advise Kiwi newcomers to click on this excellent raffles link to find out more details on how they differ from draws.
Like other marquee rivals, theLotter offers Kiwis several ways to play online lottery and raffles. They can play as many draws as they like, but we urge them to consider what suits their requirements.
Consequently, New Zealand players can enter as individuals or pick options that will help them minimise their expenses while they still enjoy the maximum thrill of sharing handsome prizes. That’s because theLotter can offer online lottery buyers discounts on deals based on the high-frequency of ticket sales. Some of them even come with free promotional offers.
Here are options for Kiwi gamblers to buy tickets (in alphabetic order):
The beauty of playing on theLotter is that should you cash in, the draw organiser from respective countries will pay into your account, not the concierge. That’s owing to theLotter not banking on its own earnings or insurance policies to cover for monetary prizes.
Our team determines the quality of service on any iGaming site based on the way and how quickly it aims to tackle the gamblers’ grievances. We can safely say theLotter ticks many boxes with its around-the-clock customer support in 13 languages via live chat, email, and toll-free lines.
The first indicator for us is a thorough FAQs. Well, theLotter knocks it out of the park with an FAQs link that will test the fussiest lottery players. No doubt, there’s always some room for improvement. It seems New Zealand doesn’t feature among its countries that have access to a toll-free number.
What will please Kiwi gamblers is the option to contact an agent to phone them back. We feel that’s as good as an 0800 number. We noticed other nations’ sites have Fax, Viber, and WhatsApp numbers, but not NZ.
Transactions are secure under the Geotrust 128-bit SSL encryption code on theLotter site. The payment methods and FAQs links offer clear steps to Kiwis. If that isn’t enough, the customer support staff are available. Regrettably, the kiwi dollar isn’t among the accepted currencies, so exchange rates will apply.
Bank transfers, Mastercard, and Visa are the three options on the website. We suspect e-Wallets such as Neteller and Skrill, are available but, either way, more payment gateways will help. The number of processing days vary on bank transfers, but the instant card deposits/withdrawals are processed within 1 to 3 business days. Transactions will show either as theLotter or Aikmina Services Ltd on statements.
A minimum $NZ10 deposit/withdrawal applies and a maximum $NZ1,000 withdrawal is slapped on cards and $NZ2,000 on e-Wallets. Be mindful that theLotter charges a nominal fee for buying your tickets.
Anything less would undo theLotter’s good work. It’s a mobile friendly website and has the option of downloading Android and iPhone apps. Kiwis can customise and receive free alerts on jackpots and results.
This service enables Kiwi gamblers to view their scanned copy of tickets bought on their behalf. It also provides a facsimile copy. This courier service guarantees exclusive ownership of the ticket to prevent others from claiming your prizes. You can view a copy of your ticket on the right side of the My Account screen in your online account. No emails will be sent.
New Zealanders can make the most of exclusive bonuses and discounts by activating “notifications” in their email preferences. They also can opt for SMS texts or personalised promotions via their mobile phones.