Iowans may soon be able to buy lotto tickets on their smartphones

Iowans may soon be able to buy lotto tickets on their smartphones

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 9:39 PM

KIMT NEWS 3- The Powerball is up to $280 million and you might soon be able to buy your ticket for that pot of money from the comfort of your own home. The Iowa Lottery is writing legislation so Iowans can buy their tickets from an app on their smart phone.
They say the move is a necessary one in this thchno age. Still, some are concerned about underage gambling, addicted gambler usage and people out of state buying the tickets.
The Iowa Lottery says they have already addressed all the issues. The app will have a limit on how much money people can spend each week. It will also ping your phones GPS in order to ensure you live in the state of Iowa, but there are still some concerns.
“Everything is becoming so electronic,” said Angel Dietrich of Mason City. “Walmart doesn’t have cashiers anymore. It’s pretty sad that we are running people out of jobs.”
Those with the Iowa Lottery say it is already legal to sell online. They just want to be open and transparent with Iowans while adding the language of “E-Lottery Tickets” to the state law.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 68°
Albert Lea
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 66°
Austin
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 70°
Charles City
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Rochester
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Today kicks off somewhat of an active pattern with low severe weather risks for the work week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

The ongoing need for blood donors

Image

Rochester Salvation Army store to close

${article.thumbnail.title}

StormTeam 3: Tracking returning rain

Image

KoMet volleyball sweeps Byron 3-0

Image

Latest Iowa AP football poll

Image

Dover-Eyota gets past St. Charles

Image

Talking about homelessness

Image

Getting to see the new electric bus

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 9/17

Image

Float therapy to reset your brain

Community Events