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Jackpot.com Lottery Courier Partners With Associated Press

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Posted on: June 5, 2024, 03:26h. 

Last updated on: June 5, 2024, 03:26h.

Jackpot.com announced today that it has become the Official Lottery Courier of the Associated Press, the independent global news organization founded in 1846.

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A Mega Millions player fills out several lottery tickets. Jackpot.com has partnered with the Associated Press to become the global media organization’s Official Lottery Courier. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed. (Image: Getty)

Jackpot.com continues to expand its reach and target possible new customer demographics. The AP partnership will bring lottery results to the media organization’s website in states where Jackpot.com operates.

Jackpot allows people in six states to purchase lottery tickets online through the company’s courier service. The platform and mobile app are live in Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas. Each of those states does not allow their lotteries to sell online tickets.

Working with the Associated Press as their official lottery courier and provider of state lottery results marks a pivotal moment for us at Jackpot.com,” said Akshay Khanna, the company’s CEO and co-founder.

“This collaboration not only helps provide readers with the latest lottery drawing results but enables them to seamlessly and responsibly purchase lottery tickets online. We’re not just selling tickets — we’re transforming the landscape of lottery gaming,” Khanna added.

Jackpot vs. Jackpocket

Jackpot.com is a third-party app and website that facilitates the purchase of official state and interstate lottery tickets for online consumers.

Currently, only nine states allow their state-run lotteries to offer online sales. They are Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Dakota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The lottery in Washington, D.C., also facilitates online purchases.

While online lottery sales are limited to those jurisdictions, the states where lottery gaming is permitted but the state lotteries do not directly facilitate online ticket sales typically don’t have laws prohibiting courier services like Jackpot.com.

Jackpot.com and its primary competitor, Jackpocket, utilize couriers in the states where they operate and purchase the tickets in person on the online consumers’ behalf. The platforms charge a commission on account deposits — 15% on Jackpot.com and 7% on Jackpocket — but do not charge a fee on winnings or withdrawals.

Jackpot.com says it provides a safer lottery platform because it has invested heavily in responsible gaming protocols.

The lottery courier is the only business of its kind in the U.S. to receive the iCap Responsible Gambling Accreditation from the National Council on Problem Gambling. The certificate is issued to online gaming companies that have implemented best practices for online gambling player protection.

More Than Lottery Tickets

DraftKings last month completed its $750 million acquisition of Jackpocket. The Official Digital Lottery Courier of the USA Today Network, Jackpocket is operational in 17 states — Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and West Virginia. Jackpocket is also live in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

DraftKings’ interest in the lottery courier is a play to hopefully lower the sportsbook and iGaming operator’s customer acquisition costs. The thinking is that DraftKings can convert some online lottery players into internet casino gamblers and sports bettors.

In addition to Jackpocket and Jackpot.com, other notable online lottery courier companies include Lotto.com, theLotter, and Mido Lotto. There are 17 states where such lottery couriers are operating online in a largely unregulated environment.

A lucky player in Illinois last night won a $552 million Mega Millions jackpot, the ninth-richest prize ever won on the lottery game.

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