There's a new way to play the Ohio lottery, and it's drawing criticism and praise for how easy it is to use.
The new Ohio lottery card is now in stores across the state. You can find it on the gift card racks. You can pay for it with cash, your debit card, or a credit card. The card includes a code on the back, that you can scratch off, then text to a predetermined lotto number. After that text, the lottery will generate a set of Quick Pick numbers, and send those to your phone. You can keep track of the numbers yourself, but the system will notify you're a winner.
We spoke to Shelley Hunter over Skype. She's a gift card expert who spoke to us on behalf of the Ohio lottery.
"I think the most important part of this is that there's so many unclaimed lottery tickets. This ensures that people who win will be notified and they'll receive their money automatically if it's under $600," said Hunter.
However, some people are worried about the ability to buy tickets on credit. Under Ohio law, you could rack up debt of up to $700 a week, which could prove a problem for people struggling with gambling addiction.
"The lottery card is actually built in with some responsible gaming thresholds, so in Ohio, for example, you can only play up to $100 a day. That threshold would be different per state," said Hunter.
That's not the only criticism. Others point out that someone who can legally buy a card might hand it over to someone who can't, who could then download it on his or her own phone, and if the winnings are less than $600, get the cash themselves.