IP Address?

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When I was using Comcast I was able to log on to the Georgia Lottery and purchase tickets. Since I have started using Exede I get an error message on the Georgia Lottery web site that Mobile/Cellular users are not allowed to use the lottery site, nor out of State users are allowed. Why is this? Is my account set up in such a way that my computer IP that I'm using is from out of the state of Georgia? Can anyone help me with this issue?
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John Morris

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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Hi John  Please send your account and contact information to exedelistens@viasat.com and we'll take a look at it.  Thank you  Exede Diana
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Old Labs

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The science of determining one's location from their dynamically assigned IP address is an inexact one at best subject to error.

For example, I'm in the market for some garden mulch and just visited the Home Depot and Lowe's web sites to check out the prices (mulch is mulch - the cheaper the better). Despite the fact that I'm in Virginia, Home Depot would like me to travel to Salt Lake City to purchase. Lowe's apparently uses a more intelligent algorithm and only wants to send me to Richmond some 50 miles away despite the fact there's one within 3 miles. Fortunately, neither thinks I'm 22000 miles above the equator west of Ecuador. 

The Georgia Lottery likely uses the flawed Home Depot algorithm based upon the physical point of presence of your ISP. In my case, Salt Lake City represents the location of my Exede core node (maybe an alternate way to determine your core node rather than tracert for those who frequently ask?).   

Comcast likely has a physical presence in Georgia.

In the case of Home Depot and Lowe's if you want real accuracy, you have to explicitly tell them your ZIP Code (it's likely Lowe's then keeps track of IP addresses associated with that ZIP Code in some fashion and undoubtedly someone with an IP address similar to mine is now defaulting to my location).  

You can probably go to the Home Depot site to find out where they think you're at and take a look at the default location selected. The Georgia Lottery likely thinks you're at or around the same location.

Regardless, probably not much ViaSat can do about it -  a better question might be does Georgia also prevent sales of lottery tickets to out-of-staters passing through on I-75, I-85, I-20, etc?  

P.S. Lowe's has gotten smarter. They used to send me to Colorado and I'd take the opportunity stop by and visit that old evil duck guy.    
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Lowes and Home Depot has had me every where from some town in NJ that I've never heard of to Phoenix. I could change it and they would change it right back sometimes right in the middle of an order. Home Depot actually sent one of my orders to Phoenix store one time. About six months ago or so Home Depot started keeping my right store. Tractor Supply is better, I'm in East Texas and they're nice enough to pick me a store seemingly at random in East Texas.