With the jackpot in hand, the next step for a ticket buyer is to purchase their tickets, which are sold through various online portals.
Some sites also offer a virtual lottery, in which users will be asked to enter their names, email addresses and other personal information in order to win.
“The website will automatically send your email address, which you can use to contact you if you win the lottery,” said Jana Ritter, vice-president of product and services for ticket scanner company Wawra.
“They will give you an email address to use if you lose, and you can call them for tickets you have won.”
The virtual lottery sites are still in their infancy, but are already proving popular.
In Canada, a company called LottoTicket has more than 2.2 million online tickets to be won, which they hope to sell in the coming months.
But with a record $2.2-billion jackpot expected this weekend, there is still no guarantee that the online sites will deliver on their promise to sell tickets online in real time.
“We are always looking for ways to help our users win more,” said Wawras, “so we will continue to develop our online ticket selling platform in the future.”
With files from CBC News.