About PlayiLottery

What is PlayiLottery?

PlayiLottery is an information hub for anyone interested in the US online and retail lottery industries. 

  • We provide free helpful tools and guides for players. 
  • We conduct thorough and unbiased reviews of online lotteries in the US.
  • We stay on top of the latest industry news and trends, producing a wide-ranging newsfeed written by experts and journalists with years of experience in US gaming. 
  • We emphasize safe play and provide responsible gaming resources.
  • We promote education about the online lottery industry, which is still a relatively new and often misunderstood market in the US. 
  • We report on the legal lottery industry only. We do not cover unsafe, unregulated operators.

PlayiLottery is part of Catena Media, a national network of sites covering the legal US gambling industry. Some of Catena’s flagship properties include Legal Sports Report, PlayUSA, and Bonus.com. PlayiLottery is an independently owned site that is not endorsed by, funded by, or affiliated with any online lottery.

Get to know the team

Chris Imperiale, Managing Editor

Chris Imperiale

Chris Imperiale is the Managing Editor for PlayiLottery, the destination for all your lottery news and information. Along with a group of great writers, Chris helps produce an engaging and informative newsfeed that provides the latest on the US online and retail lottery industries. He has covered various gambling markets for Catena Media, most notably Pennsylvania, since 2018.

Before working on PlayiLottery, he was the Managing Editor for PlayPennsylvania and PlayWV. Chris managed each outlet for several years, becoming well-versed in gambling legislation in the casino, sports betting, and lottery industries. He also helped report on updates from the Pennsylvania Lottery, one of the foremost US iLottery states, including new partnerships and tools available for players. 

Chris is a Rutgers University graduate who has written and edited for several publications, including Bleacher Report.

You can email Chris at [email protected].

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Drew Ellis, Lead Writer

Drew Ellis

A member of Catena Media since 2020, Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer at PlayiLottery, where he handles coverage of the online and retail lottery industry in the US. He previously spearheaded news content at PlayMichigan, covering one of the most prominent online lottery industries in the US—among the many other aspects of Michigan’s sprawling iGaming market.

Ellis has experience covering the gambling industries in Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, and Canada. Decades of media experience provide him with the background to handle complex lottery laws and policies around the country and the expansion of iLottery in the US.

Before working for Catena Media, Ellis spent more than 20 years in the newspaper industry, covering sports and gambling. His work for The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun and The Oakland Press was recognized with awards by the Associated Press and other media organizations. Ellis has also contributed to the Detroit Free Press and the Associated Press, and he currently contributes to All Lions—the Sports Illustrated home of the Detroit Lions.

You can email Drew at [email protected].

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Cole Rush, Contributor

Cole Rush

Cole Rush is a contributor for PlayiLottery who spent six years working at Scientific Games, one of the world’s leading lottery operators. He writes for a handful of Catena Media sites, covering online lottery, iGaming, sports betting, and more. A prolific writer in the US gaming market, Cole also has bylines at iGaming Business, ICE 365, and IGB North America.

He kickstarted his career with an internship at WMS Gaming (later acquired by Scientific Games), one of the leading operators in the US lottery and iLottery market.

Following his six-year stint embedded in the lottery industry at Scientific Games, Cole made the leap to freelance journalism in 2020.

Cole covers every nook and cranny of gambling, including lottery, online casinos, sports betting, new markets, and much more. He particularly enjoys covering the weirdest, wackiest corners of the gaming world: obscure and under-appreciated games and gambling’s inextricable relationship with pop culture.

Cole received his degree in creative writing from the University of Iowa.

You can email Cole at [email protected].

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Matthew Bain, Content Manager

Matthew Bain

Part of Catena Media since 2022, Matthew Bain is the Content Manager at PlayiLottery, where he oversees editorial and evergreen content to make the site as helpful as humanly possible to anyone who visits. Matthew has led various Catena sites through high-interest moments in the US gambling industry, from California’s Prop 26 vs. Prop 27 battle, to sports betting launches in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and North Carolina, to ongoing iGaming legislative efforts in states such as New York and Maryland.

Before this role, Matthew directed the newsfeeds for Catena Media’s regional sites, including those in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina—states where legal online lotteries are part of thriving online gambling markets.

Prior to joining Catena Media in 2022, Matthew won 10 statewide and national journalism awards during six years as a reporter and editor for the USA TODAY Network. Matthew’s work primarily appeared in the Des Moines Register but was also featured in the Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and USA TODAY. Matthew’s bylines have also appeared throughout his career in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and Orange County Register.

You can email Matthew at [email protected].

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Other contributors

Martin Green

Martin Green is an experienced writer with a specialist focus on online lotteries, casinos, and sportsbooks. He spent five years working for William Hill before becoming a journalist in 2009. He is also an avid lottery player, with plenty of first-hand knowledge, experience, and insight to pass along. You can email him at [email protected].

Nathan Frederick

Nathan Frederick is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and has over two decades of experience in the sports and gaming industries. His work includes digital and print media, numerous podcast appearances, and more than 1,000 published bylines. He has also authored three books, one of which launched as an Amazon No. 1 New Release. You can email him at [email protected].

Hill Kerby

Hill Kerby has been writing about the online and retail lottery industry in the US since 2021. He is a contributor to multiple Catena Media sites and has a background in poker, sports and psychology which he incorporates into his writing. You can email him at [email protected].

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is a contributor for PlayiLottery with plenty of experience under his belt. He writes about lottery gaming and various forms of online gambling for sites across Catena Media. Beyond that, Dan is the author of three books, and he previously reported for Major League Baseball, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Currently, he is residing in Michigan — one of the top online lottery markets in the US — with his family. You can reach Dan at [email protected].

Why should you trust us?

High standard for journalistic excellence

The PlayiLottery team is full of journalists with decades of newsroom experience. With that experience comes a commitment to accuracy and ethics—two pillars of journalistic excellence.

Our team members treat the news-gathering and news-reporting processes at PlayiLottery with the utmost professionalism, just like they did at the esteemed outlets they worked for previously, including USA TODAY, Sports Illustrated, and Bleacher Report, as well as the Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Des Moines Register.

Members of the PlayiLottery team have received professional awards from the Associated Press, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Press Association, Iowa Newspaper Association, and San Diego Press Club.

Experience in the industry

PlayiLottery team members boast a similarly robust background in the gaming industry. That includes lengthy career stops at Scientific Games (a worldwide leader in lottery operations) and William Hill (a worldwide leader in gambling operations), as well as time spent playing on the professional poker circuit.

Our team of experts and journalists has more than 40 combined years of experience covering various US gaming industries. That includes the lottery space, online casinos, sports betting, and more. Our writers have covered gaming industries in 20 US states, as well as the overall US and Canada gaming industries, for Catena Media sites and other outlets and trade publications.


Nobody employed at PlayiLottery has an affiliation with any website or operator in the lottery industry or any other gaming industry. We pride ourselves on independent coverage. We thoroughly vet each writer who joins our team. All our work goes through multiple accuracy checks before it is published.

Feel free to learn more about our objectivity and news-gathering process on our Editorial Guidelines page.

Get in touch

We’ve got a Contact Us page that lists all the information you’ll need to reach the person you’re looking for via email.

If you’d like to call or mail something to us, here’s that info:

  • Catena Media US, Inc.
    8565 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 150
    Las Vegas, NV  89123
  • 702-941-6632

PlayiLottery advertising disclosure

PlayiLottery is a part of Catena Media. Sometimes, sites across Catena Media may receive a commission if certain links are clicked and users create accounts with a third-party operator.

However, those third-party operators have zero influence on the content published on any Catena Media site. All content is produced independently, and all opinions are our own. 

Currently, no links on PlayiLottery would lead to compensation for the site.

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