The New Jersey public can now access the lottery from the convenience of their smartphones as Jackpocket became the first registered lottery courier service in the Garden State. The launch comes as Mega Millions surpassed $340m for its next scheduled draw today (December 13).

Unveiling the public launch of its app within the state this week, the organisation intends to give players within the region an easy, secure way to order official state lottery tickets.

As a result of this development New Jersey is the first state lottery to formally authorise lottery courier services, allowing the placement of orders through a mobile app.

Players can place ticket orders in the Jackpocket app for offerings such as Mega Millions, Powerball and Cash4Life, as well as New Jersey’s own Pick-6. 

Jackpocket stresses that it aims to broaden access to the lottery and increases participation, helping to drive state lottery revenue and attract new consumers who otherwise would not be active lottery players. Sixty-six percent of current Jackpocket users are under 45 years old.

Furthermore, to ensure players safety the organisation is to also offer consumer protections such as daily deposit and spend limits, self-exclusion and in-app access to responsible gaming resources. 

Jackpocket is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, and the first third-party lottery service to receive a responsible gambling certification from the NCPG’s internet responsible gambling compliance assessment program.

“Jackpocket’s mission is to make the lottery more accessible and convenient to play,” said Jackpocket founder and CEO Peter Sullivan. “We’re proud to be the first registered lottery courier service in New Jersey, a state leading the way in innovative gaming. To date, Jackpocket players have won over $5m in lottery prizes.”