A new way to play the lottery is raising concerns among counselors who help those addicted to gambling.
The new, mobile-enabled Lottery Card operates as a gift card would and can be used to play either Powerball or Mega Millions.
The cards are available now at Kroger stores throughout the state as part of a pilot program.
According to creators Linq-3 and the Blackhawk network, the consumer buys a card in increments of $10 or $20 (plus an 89-cent fee for "mobile play benefits.”)
The buyer scratches off a section on the back of the card to reveal a code, which is then entered by text. Once the text has been sent, the buyer is in the next drawing automatically.