It’s easy to buy a lottery ticket, but holding on it long enough to check if the numbers won? That’s another matter.
This decades-old conundrum, particularly in the United States, is finally coming to an end, thanks to AutoLotto—a start-up that recently launched a mobile app that allows users to buy, play and redeem lottery tickets using their smartphones.
According to the company, the app doesn’t charge fees, doesn’t receive commissions from purchases, and most importantly, allows players to keep 100 percent of their winnings and even cash out using the app. AutoLotto also gives users their first ticket for free.
AutoLotto founders Matt Clemenson and Tony DiMatteo told TechCrunch their goal is to work with state lotteries, and not to “disrupt the industry.”
According to TechCrunch, more than 166,000 users have signed up on a waiting list to get the app, which was only recently made available on the Apple App store since the start-up still sought approval from state authorities.
“We seek formal acknowledgement that we are not in conflict with existing laws before we operate,” DiMatteo said, according to the technology news outlet. “We provide a service that helps state lottos and retailers, and people who enjoy playing.”
Lotteries may have grown to a $70 billion industry in the United States today, but there’s no denying that Americans are still late to the lottery apps game. Currently, the country has lagged in turning lotteries over to digital domains compared to its neighbors over in Europe, which have already started offering lotteries via mobile and online platforms.