Online company Jackpocket worked with the state to allow players to buy and cash tickets without going to a lottery retailer.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Decades removed from the backroom bookie running a lucky numbers game for a neighborhood, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is partnering with an app maker to play draw games online in a way that looks a little like those old gambling rackets. Only this version is legal.
“This is just yet another way that the lottery can get a little bit more money to add to the education fund,” said Jarrod Johnson, an early adopter of the app Jackpocket. He has been placing bets on various lottery draws since May, when the app soft-launched in Arkansas and a targeted social media ad peaked his interest.