What happens after I enter the Diversity Visa Lottery?
You enter the Diversity Visa Lottery at dvlottery.state.gov. Then the State Department gives you a confirmation number. Keep that number safe. You will need it to check your status.
Diversity Visa Lottery winners are picked at random by a computer. There is no way to increase your chance of being picked.
You can find out your status only at dv.lottery.state.gov. The State Department will never send you a letter or email to say you won. If you see that kind of message, it is a scam.
If your entry is picked, you will have to pay a fee. You pay it only when you go to the
embassy or consulate for your appointment. The U.S. government will never ask you
to send money in advance by check, money order, or wire transfer. U.S.