App to Play Lottery Launches in Texas as Mega Millions Soars to $475M

Jackpocket Increases Contributions to State Beneficiary Programs

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#LottoTexasJackpocket
is betting more people in Texas will want to Texas
Two Step
with the public launch of its flagship app, which offers
players a secure way to order official state lottery tickets for
well-known favorites like Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3 and Daily 4, Texas
Lottery
-specific Lotto Texas and Texas Two Step, and many more
games. By allowing players to participate in the lottery from the
convenience of their phones, Jackpocket increases Texas Lottery
revenues, which directly benefit the Foundation School Fund, supporting
public education, the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’
Assistance (FVA), and other state programs. The launch comes as Mega
Millions
climbed to an estimated $475 million for the drawing on
Tuesday, June 4.

“We’re excited to introduce the lottery to a younger, mobile-first
demographic, and encouraged that, since our soft launch earlier this
year, an overwhelming 73% of our players in Texas are 45 and younger,”
said Jackpocket Founder and CEO Peter Sullivan. “Jackpocket players have
contributed nearly $1 million to the state’s beneficiaries already, and
we’re looking forward to furthering these contributions in support of
the Texas Lottery’s commitment to improving public education, veterans’
assistance and other programs across the Lone Star State.”

In 2018, the Texas Lottery transferred over $1.4 billion to the
Foundation School Fund, administered by the Texas Education Agency. The
funding is used for teacher salaries, bilingual education, special
education and more. Since the FDA’s inception, over $113 million has
been awarded to organizations across Texas, helping over 250,000
veterans and their families with financial assistance, transportation,
housing, and mental health services.

Jackpocket soft launched the app in Texas in January 2019. Less than two
weeks later, a Jackpocket player in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area won a $150,000
prize
playing the Powerball. Included in the public launch of
Jackpocket is the newly unveiled “Private Pools” feature, allowing
players to create personalized, private lottery groups. Last month, two
aircraft mechanics and friends of 10 years from Greenville, Texas, won a $50,000
prize
when their pool, “Brothers,” drew four of five numbers for the
Powerball.

About Jackpocket

Jackpocket
is the first third-party app in the U.S. that offers players a secure
way to order official state lottery tickets, such as Powerball, Mega
Millions and more. As a no-cost, no-integration, turnkey platform,
Jackpocket helps lotteries drive incremental revenue—benefiting
essential state programs such as public education, veterans assistance,
natural resources and more—while attracting new customers like
millennials who otherwise would not be active lottery players.

Jackpocket’s mission is to create a more convenient, fun and responsible
way to play the lottery. Through the app, players can place orders for
their favorite games, check lottery results, join lottery pools with
other Jackpocket players, and turn on autoplay so they never miss a
drawing. And by being the first company to automatically lock a player’s
identity to their ticket serial number, Jackpocket makes the lottery
even more secure. Jackpocket is currently available in Minnesota, New
Hampshire and Texas, and expanding to many new markets in 2019. Download
the app on iOS
or Android,
and follow along on Facebook,
Twitter
and Instagram.

Contacts

Media
Sarah Arvizo
[email protected]

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