The Illinois Lottery has just released its new mobile app that allows lottery fans to play Powerball, Lotto and Mega Millions from their smartphones and tablets. In addition, players are able to check jackpots and winning numbers, and for the very first time they can find a retailer from their phone.
This free app can be downloaded directly to Android and iOS devices. This app is the first mobile lottery app in the United States and it allows any adult Illinois resident to purchase lottery tickets.
The new app enables players to stay up to date with the latest jackpot amounts and winning numbers, with just a single click. Players can also:
- Purchase tickets for Powerball, Lotto and Mega Millions (adults only)
- Find the closest lottery retailer when they use the geo-locator on their smartphone
- View winning numbers for Illinois Lottery draws
- Access responsible gaming information including counseling information and the self-exclusion hotline – players can also manage their app and online spending limit
The Illinois Lottery was the first lottery based in the U.S. to allow players to purchase lottery tickets online – a practice which began in March of 2012. Any adult resident of Illinois who is 18 years of age or older can play the Powerball, Lotto and Mega Millions though the online sales channel on the Lottery’s website or through the new app.
The minimum purchase amount is $5.00. In December when the Mega Millions prize was $646 million, mobile users made up 44.4% of the all players visiting the Illinois Lottery website – that is a total of over 2.4 million mobile views.