The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and digital solutions provider mkodo have developed an updated version of the lottery’s app, allowing consumers in the Canadian province purchase lottery tickets via mobile devices.
The new-look native app is now fully transactional, enabling users to register for an account and either buy tickets or sign up for the lottery’s subscription services. Customers can also deposit and withdraw funds via the app, as well as scan retail tickets to instantly see if they have won.
Mkodo, which also works with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, said the app is compliant with Apple’s updated guidelines that require apps to be developed in a native iOS framework, rather than as a mobile web solution in a native wrapper.
“We first launched BCLC’s app over a year ago, but customers have been regularly asking to have the functionality of easily purchasing lottery tickets via mobile, and we are thrilled to now be able to offer BCLC’s customers this option and hope they enjoy the new experience,” mkodo’s managing director and co-founder, Stuart Godfree, said.
This week, the BCLC posted record revenue of CAD$2.59bn for its 2018-19 fiscal year, an increase of 3.5% from last year. While casino and community gaming fell slightly in the fiscal year ended 31 March, 2019, the total for the sector remained above BCLC’s projections.
Lottery income increased from $476.4m to $536.3m, exceeding initial budget projections by 14.2%.