Add Texas to the list of state where making online lottery purchases just became a whole lot easier.
Residents wanting to take part in the Texas Lottery will now have the opportunity to do so from the convenience of their mobile devices as an official app to play the state lottery launches in the Lone Star State. Jackpocket, a third-party app that provides players with a secure way of purchasing state lottery tickets, is in charge of the operation that hopefully changes the face of the Texas Online Lottery.
The ultimate goal of the Jackpocket app offering tickets to play lottery games in Texas is simple: generate revenue for the state. By giving potential players the chance to get in on the action via mobile device, more people are sure to buy tickets and play lottery games, allowing more Texas Lottery revenue to be created. The money is sure to be put to good use as revenues from the Texas Lottery provide public education contributions to the Foundation School Fund as well as the Texas Veteran Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA), along with delivering aid to other state-sponsored programs.
Texas Online Lottery services on the Jackpocket app originally went live with a soft launch in January 2019 and immediately saw dividends for players. Less than two weeks after launching the app in Texas, one Jackpocket player from the Dallas-Fort Worth area cashed out a $150,000 prize on Powerball.
Texas is certainly not the only state to allow a state lottery mobile app to go live, as it joins multiple states that have already bought into the idea and are seeing results:
Several states have already employed Jackpocket to run their online lottery games, with Texas being the newest. The Jackpocket app is available in both Minnesota and New Hampshire, with plans to expand to many markets including California in 2019. Here is a full list of all states that currently offer online lottery games:
- New Hampshire (via Jackpocket)
- Minnesota (via Jackpocket)
- Texas (via Jackpocket)
Texas Lottery: How Will The Jackpocket App Work?
The Jackpocket app offers convenient way for players to take part in the state lottery by purchasing tickets such as Mega Millions and Powerball among many others. In the Lone State State, this would include state-specific games like Texas Two-Step and Lotto Texas in addition to many more. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to Jackpocket lottery pools:
- One ticket is the minimum for entry into a Mega Millions or Powerball pool.
- Entries are anonymous, but you can see how many people are in the pool at any time.
- Players can check the Jackpocket app to see how much they won following the drawing. Pool members split the winnings based on the prize-sharing agreement.
The on-the-go dynamic of mobile app participation also serves as an effort to bring in new, younger players that wouldn’t ordinarily take part in the lottery. While playing the Texas Lottery on the app, players can turn on autoplay in order to never miss a drawing and Jackpocket also introduced a “Private Pools” feature, which offers players the chance to create private lottery groups among friends and family. Jackpocket also locks the identity of the player to their ticket serial number, providing an extra layer of security not previously seen.