Lottery Releases iPhone App Allowing Players To Check Tickets, View Winning Numbers
DES MOINES, Iowa - On the go and want to check your lotto ticket to see if it's a winner? Need the latest winning lottery numbers? The Iowa Lottery now has an app for that.
The lottery has added a free iPhone app on iTunes that players can install on their mobile devices to keep up with the latest lottery news. To add the app to your mobile device, just visit the App Store in iTunes and install the Iowa Lottery's LotteryPlus Mobile app. The app can run on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad devices running IOS 3.2 and above.
"These days, players are asking for information on the go, and this is one more way the lottery is getting information to people when - and where - they want it," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said Thursday. "Plus, we just really like saying, 'Yep, we've got an app for that.'"
The lottery is offering the app in conjunction with Georgia-based Scientific Games International, the company with which the lottery contracts for its statewide gaming network that's used to sell and cash tickets. The new app is available for free on iTunes, and Rich said the lottery is investigating additional apps for other popular mobile platforms.
"Lottery players are accessing the Internet from around the world these days, and this new app allows them to easily get the information they need by utilizing a technology they already use for everything from playing games to shopping and watching the news," he said.
Rich said that in addition to serving up information in a convenient new format, the new app also enhances player security by giving Iowa Lottery players another way to check tickets on their own. Lottery players can use the app to check their lotto tickets utilizing the app's barcode scanner, or they can key in the serial number from their lotto ticket to see if they've won a prize. The app also supplies the current jackpot amounts and the latest winning numbers in games like Powerball®, Mega Millions® and Hot Lotto®.
Other features of the app allow you to find the closest lottery retailers to your current location using your device's location services, and you can shake your device using the app's plays feature to generate a lotto play. You can then take your device to a local lottery retailer and have the barcode on your screen scanned to purchase that ticket. The app does not allow people to play online, however.
In addition, players can use the app to learn general lottery information, such as how lottery proceeds are used in Iowa and where the lottery has offices in the state.
"We've had a ton of fun testing this app and trying out all its new features while we were getting it ready for its big debut," Rich said. "Iowa has long been a tech-savvy state and we're proud to continue that tradition of innovation for player convenience and security.".