A mobile application has been launched in Arkansas which will allow individuals to play the state lotteries.
Jackpocket officially launched in Arkansas on Thursday, Sept. 24. The app will enable individuals to order tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life and the Natural State Jackpocket, as well as several daily games, such as the Cash 3 and Cash 4.
Founded in 2013, Jackpocket was the first third-party app that allowed lottery players to obtain official state lottery tickets. Jackpocket functions as a courier service with users ordering a ticket through the app, and the company having someone purchase the lottery ticket from a physical location. Once secured, Jackpocket sends an email with the ticket serial number and a high resolution scan of the ticket’s front and back.
The ticket is also stored in a locked, fireproof vault, according to Jackpocket’s website.
“Our app uses geotechnology to verify that you are within a particular jurisdiction and then we also verify your age and identity to make sure you are over the age of 18 and can play the lottery. You have the ability to order your ticket directly from your phone, but the convenience doesn’t stop there. Players don’t have to worry about holding onto their tickets, checking their tickets, or even redeeming their tickets. We’ve also added really compelling new features like the ability to play in a pool socially with your friends and colleagues as well as the ability to set up an Autoplay so you never miss a drawing,” Jackpocket co-founder and CEO Peter Sullivan said in a VentureFizz interview.
The company is based in New York and has launched in nine states, including Arkansas so far. Jackpocket, while founded in 2013, was launched in 2018 in Minnesota and New Hampshire and has expanded since to Colorado, Ohio, Oregon, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
As a courier service, Jackpocket charges a service fee to cover costs. This fee is made available to users before a transaction is made, according to Jackpocket’s FAQ section, with no monthly fee or sign-up fees required.