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OnlineLotto is a social gaming platform that first launched in 2019. It features a variety of slots and lottery-style drawing games from which to choose. The slot games are strictly for virtual currency, while the lotteries do offer a chance to win real cash prizes.
There are no table games or video poker on OnlineLotto such as what you might find at other social casinos. However the developers have indicated an intention to add blackjack, roulette and baccarat in the future.
OnlineLotto is powered by the Gibraltar-based company Yellow Social Interactive Media. The site follows a sweepstakes model for which it employs two virtual currencies: Gold Coins and Sweepstakes Coins. This two-currency system is similar on the surface to other sweepstakes casinos, but they function a little bit differently.
Yellow Social also has a second site, Pulsz Casino, which focuses purely on slots and lacks both the cash prizes and lottery-like aspects of OnlineLotto.
Gold Coins have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for real money. As noted, Gold Coins are the only currency you can use to play the slots, and the only thing it’s possible to win from them. However, they can also be used to enter the site’s lotteries, and those offer the chance to win Sweepstakes Coins, or will in future.
Here’s an overview of what to expect when visiting the OnlineLotto social casino.
New sign-ups at OnlineLotto automatically receive 5,000 free Gold Coins with which to start trying out the games.
There is additionally a one-time multiplier bonus available for a user’s first purchase of Gold Coins. Whatever the amount of the purchase, OnlineLotto will offer triple the number of Gold Coins you would normally get. Here is a rundown of the available purchase options, showing both the usual number of coins, and the total with the bonus.
The site also advertises giveaways for those following its Facebook account. However, it is unclear when these occur and what the terms of those giveaways are.
That’s about it as far as permanent bonuses or promotions are concerned, although many of the slot games do include chances to win free spins.
OnlineLotto has a tier-based VIP loyalty rewards program. Moving up in status rewards players in two ways:
You earn points automatically while playing slots. As you play, you move up in levels, which are different from the VIP tiers. At each “level up,” you earn VIP points, and after accumulating a certain number of those points, you move up to a higher VIP status.
New players begin at the Bronze tier. There are six tiers total. Here is what each tier offers:
You receive points whenever you purchase Gold Coins. For example, for the $1.99 purchase listed above, you get 18 VIP points; for $99.99, you get 1,800 VIP points. Players with higher VIP status receive more points for their purchases.
To purchase OnlineLotto Gold Coins, first click the purple “Get Coins” button, then click to choose the amount you wish to buy.
There is only one method available for purchasing Gold Coins — PayPal. Clicking through enables players to access their PayPal accounts in order to make secure payments. The Gold Coins instantly show up in your account, with the total always noted in both upper corners of the site.
There are close to 40 slot titles available at OnlineLotto. All are powered by the popular game provider NetEnt, with many favorites such as:
The slots offer a range of stakes. Minimum bets range between 10 and 25 Gold Coins, and most slots allow a maximum bet of 100 or sometimes 125 Gold Coins. The one exception is Reel Rush, a higher stakes option with a range of 50 to 250 Gold Coins.
Payouts vary from game to game. Pyramid: Quest for Immortality has the lowest maximum payout of 2,500 Gold Coins, while Eggomatic and Starburst top out at 12,500 Gold Coins.
Meanwhile other titles have much bigger maximum payouts, among them Coins of Egypt (300K GC), Aloha! (500,000 GC), Blood Suckers (937,500 GC) and Secret of the Stones (3.125M GC). Naturally, hitting the jackpots on these machines is much harder than the others.
Players start at Level 1 and level up as they play. At the moment, the highest level available is Level 128. Moving up in levels opens up access to additional slots. In other words, new players don’t have access to all the titles to begin with, but must move up in levels to unlock all of the different slots on the site.
Your current level is noted by a number inside a star located in the upper left corner. New players can play only these three slot games:
That said, it doesn’t take very long to start moving up levels and unlocking more titles. Pop-ups inform you when you’ve attained a new level. These pop-ups also let you know how many VIP Points you’ve received and which new games you can play.
OnlineLotto currently features two online lottery draws. The OnlineLotto Jackpot Hour game goes off once every hour, seven days a week. There is also an OnlineLotto Jackpot featuring larger prizes that runs three times a week.
OnlineLotto Jackpot Hour costs 25 Gold Coins to play. Entries can be submitted up until 10 minutes before the hour, and drawings happen at the top of every hour.
The game works like a regular lottery. Players choose five numbers between 1 and 70, then also choose a number between 1 and 10 for the bonus ball.
You can choose numbers by clicking them on a virtual lottery ticket. You can also select the “Quick Pick” option to have numbers randomly selected for you. Players can submit up to five entries at once, and there is no limit to the number of entries per drawing.
Currently all lottery prizes are in Gold Coins, with the top prize appearing to vary between 750 million and 1.25 billion Gold Coins for correctly picking all five numbers and the bonus ball. (This top prize changes each hour.) According to the probabilities listed on the site, that would mean hitting a 121,030,140-to-1 long shot.
Prizes are arranged into 12 “tiers,” with each possible result landing in a particular tier. Thus the perfect ticket is Tier 1, a ticket matching the five numbers but not the bonus ball is Tier 2, and so on down to a ticket with zero matches landing in Tier 12.
Even Tier 12 awards a consolation prize of 5 Gold Coins. Hitting one number (Tier 10) or just the bonus ball (Tier 11) wins 12 Gold Coins. Players need to get at least two numbers correct to start making a profit.
Once the drawing is complete, a “feeling lucky?” pop-up invites you to see how you did. You can also always review your lottery results in the “my games” section.
The other OnlineLotto Jackpot game costs 50 Gold Coins to play.
OnlineLotto Jackpot drawings occur every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at midnight ET. Again, entries can be submitted up to 10 minutes before each drawing.
The game is exactly the same as the OnlineLotto Jackpot Hour game, and in fact appears to feature the same range of top prizes from 750 million to 1.25 billion Gold Coins. Meanwhile the lowest tier prizes are larger than in the hourly game, awarding 10 and 25 Gold Coins.
OnlineLotto has offered additional lottery games, such as OnlineLotto Millions, OnlineLotto Morning, OnlineLotto Afternoon and OnlineLotto Evening. These generally play the same as the ones currently offered, although some feature two bonus balls instead of one.
According to the site, some of the lotteries award Sweepstakes Coins that are redeemable for cash. However none of the lotteries running at the time of this review offered any prizes other than Gold Coins. It appears that the chance to win cash prizes will be added at some point in future.
The FAQ explains how those who win enough Sweepstakes Coins to reach a minimum prize balance of $20 can withdraw their winnings into their bank account following the completion of a verification process. The verification process involves submitting one form of identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport, national ID card) and a document from the last three months verifying a mailing address (e.g., bank statement, utility bill).
The site currently contains no information about the value of the prizes or the terms under which the Sweepstakes Coins will be exchanged for them.
Besides playing OnlineLotto through a web browser, users can also play the games using the OnlineLotto app.
Android users can download the OnlineLotto app via the website. There is no Apple (iOS) version of the app. The app includes the same functionality and features as the web-based version, including all of the same games.
For desktop users, there is a Chrome plug-in extension available. The plug-in is essentially just a shortcut to the regular site as viewed through Chrome. It should be noted, however, that the NetEnt-powered slot games are all optimized for Safari.
The OnlineLotto site has a simple, straightforward design with an unremarkable white-and-purple color scheme that is easy enough to navigate. After logging in, you’ll see player-specific information regarding Gold Coin balance and VIP status clearly displayed along the top. A sidebar on the left features quick links to different areas of the site:
Clicking “Slots” brings up the various titles in a large window. When playing slots, the games load into a pop-up window, or you can enlarge them to full screen.
While the site isn’t necessarily spectacular in its design, the games all feature top-notch graphics, animation, and sounds including music and other effects. When you are playing, your Gold Coins tally automatically updates with each spin both on the site and within the actual game.
Clicking “Lottos” takes you to the available Online Jackpot games. Hit “Play Now!” and virtual lottery tickets appear on which you can choose numbers and submit lines.
“My games” helpfully shows the current slot games players have unlocked along with links to the games. Players can also review lottery tickets they have purchased and results. “VIP rewards” provides details regarding your VIP status and progress toward the next level.
At the bottom of the sidebar there are also quick links to OnlineLotto’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
OnlineLotto is currently available in 47 US states, the exceptions being:
OnlineLotto is also available to players in Canada, although not in Quebec.
While the site is fairly intuitive, it is not easy to locate the OnlineLotto frequently asked questions page. (You may find it easier to Google for “OnlineLotto FAQ” than to find it by navigating the site directly.)
The FAQ has answers to various questions about player accounts, the games and their features, technical aspects of the site, and more. For additional issues or concerns, OnlineLotto provides email support, as well.