Technology has completely changed the gambling industry: slots are now video slots, casinos are downloadable clients, and poker can be enjoyed by players sitting in different continents. The lottery has been affected by new tech too, and punters have access to an ever-expanding selection of draws. There are more ways to win than ever, and indeed, more ways to find out if you’ve won.
Despite being comparatively low-tech, one of the quickest methods of checking the numbers is to watch television broadcasts. The BBC’s National Lottery Live is something of an institution in the UK, and other countries’ state lottery programmes are equally popular. If catching the live TV show isn’t an option, many providers also broadcast highlights of the draw later in the evening, and it’s possible to listen in via radio when on the move.
Players who don’t mind a bit of a delay can also check their picks against national newspaper columns, or can bring their tickets to any corner shop with an official lottery machine and scan their lines for winnings.
The final traditional method of checking results is less commonly practised: some organisations, notably the People's Postcode Lottery, allow players to check winnings by ringing up. Punters who decide to go for this option should check that the organisation they're calling is legitimate, and must be sure never to give sensitive information over the phone; fraudsters often target bank accounts by requesting details under the guise of organising payouts.
Many official lottery websites require players to sign up for an account in order to purchase tickets online. If this payment route is chosen, winning users will usually receive an automated email informing them of their good fortune. Those who wish to double-check automated results can also look at winning numbers on official lottery homepages or specialist gambling websites such as TheLotter. Interestingly, Britain’s national lottery site allows users to check the results of every draw that has taken place in the last 180 days, and serious gambling historians can browse draw outcomes dating from the 13th of June 2011 at uk-lottoresults.co.uk.
If players have purchased lottery tickets via a site such as Coral Lotto or Ladbrokes Lotto, it’s also possible to find winning results on bookies’ websites. Most users will have registered to purchase tickets through these operators, and so (as in the case of national lotteries) are likely to receive an email alert if they’ve won.
While players can simply load the above websites on their smartphone or tablet’s web browser, using these platforms also opens up the possibility of viewing results via dedicated apps. The National Lottery has two mobile services, one for iOS and one for Android, that allow busy users to check their winnings in an instant; there’s also a growing range of third-party apps like Lottery Results that show lots of draw outcomes at once. Although some of these programs have relatively simple interfaces that display lists of numbers and little else, it’s also possible to find applications that use smartphone cameras to scan tickets and save players the trouble of finding their chosen lottery.
For a truly old-meets-new experience, some gamblers may wish to download mobile apps such as LotteryHUB that stream lottery TV programs live on mobile devices – this is an ideal option for time-poor punters who enjoy the thrill of watching the numbers drop but can’t be in the living room at draw time. Players who opt for this method of results checking should note that a full TV licence is required to watch any kind of live television legally, even if the broadcast in question is produced abroad and isn't being viewed on a TV.
With so many ways to check lottery results, gamblers are spoilt for choice in 2015. If you’re a new player who's keen to pick a few lines but doesn’t know where to start, check out our informative guide to lotteries and jackpots to get clued up on what different organisations have to offer.