Lottery officials anticipate consideration of digital platform to sell tickets, remain competitive with demand
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery wants to launch an iLottery digital platform to sell tickets. There are about seven other state lotteries "in queue" for deployment. The lottery's major contracts expire in calendar year 2026. In March 2020, the lottery started a pilot program with Jackpocket Inc. to offer sales of lottery games through a mobile app. Only draw tickets may be purchased through Jack pocket. Winners Corner in Little Rock is Jack Pocket's licensed retailer. It sells instant tickets on site. Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Knoxville, introduced legislation that would have created the Arkansas Lotterie Keno and iLotto Act.
Lottery officials anticipate consideration of digital platform to sell tickets. Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is targeting February 2023 roll-out of a lottery-branded mobile app. The app will be branded around Arkansas scholarship lottery with familiar fonts, logos, winning numbers and access for members of Player's Club. The lottery has used a Scientific Games International-provided mobile application branded the Players Club for the limited purpose of entering the Second Chance Drawing and the Points for Prizes program.
Lottery officials anticipate consideration of digital platform to sell tickets. The lottery is operating under a set of vendor contracts that "include significant deficiencies" Scientific Games International contract renewed in 2019 provides for a 4.5% "bonus payment" for all sales of instant tickets that exceed $360 million a year during the contract period. The expiration of the current vendor contract in fiscal year 2026 is an opportunity for the lottery management to correct a current "weakness" in the contracts. It is also possible to introduce a new lottery system.