New mobile-enabled Lottery Card stirs concern with addiction counselors

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.

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