The function will let winners claim their prizes without having to physically visit a Lottery claim center. This full introduction is something the company has been working up to since first processing its mobile ticket cashing transaction in May.
“The introduction of mobile cashing is a terrific advancement for the Lottery as we adapt to new technological trends that have reshaped this industry,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
Goldberg added that the feature will not only accommodate customers, but also "has the added benefit of positive environmental impacts by eliminating unnecessary driving and production of paper checks."
The feature will allow customers to claim prizes from $601 to $5,000. Their winnings can be electronically deposited into their bank account.
“We are thrilled to offer this convenience to our customers, including particularly some who live more than an hour and a half from the nearest claim center,” said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director of the Mass Lottery.
Sweeney said as the lottery gains more customers, "the cumulative long-term benefits of this feature have the potential to be enormous."
The Mass Lottery app is available for Android and iOS devices.
WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) spoke with Goldberg: