top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Can I buy a UK lottery ticket online in France?

For your UK lottery ticket to be valid, it must be bought when you are 'physically' located in the UK or Isle of Man

Reader question: I am aware that generally people are not meant to play the UK National Lottery or buy British Euromillions tickets if outside the UK. However, although I live in France, my computer gives me a UK IP address. If I bought a ticket, in the event of winning a big prize, would I be disqualified if they found out I bought the ticket abroad?

Yes, because it is not enough to buy the ticket in the UK in a “virtual” sense. The terms and conditions of the UK National Lottery say you must be “physically” located in the UK or Isle of Man at the time that you buy the ticket.

They further state that organisers Camelot will not pay out a prize in respect of any games played while you were located outside these areas. It also has the right to terminate your online account if it “suspects or knows” you have played while located abroad.

Relates stories

Gift of French scratch card wins homeless friends €50,000

France's Heritage Loto tickets go on sale

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2023 (for 2022 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - but also contains significant general information pertinent to readers of other nationalities - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France