Yes, there's actually a mobile payment story in tonight's $550 million PowerBall drawing.

Denizens of the Twin Cities looking for a place to score a lottery ticket for the drawing will be able to buy a ticket using their mobile phones and an ATM or a gas pump (if they don't mind ignoring the prohibition on using a cellphone near a gas pump). Minnesota authorities have given the OK for a rollout of paperless lottery ticket sales at self-service locations.

KAAL-TV has reported that "Play at the Pump" was introduced yesterday at 27 ATMs and a dozen gas stations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. A wider rollout will follow.

Tickets for both Powerball and MegaMillions games are available for purchase (though today, nobody's giving MegaMillions much thought) at touchscreen self-service locations.

Ticket-buyers must produce an ATM card and PIN, a drivers license and a cellphone number in order to enter the lottery. They must also purchase at least three quick-pick tickets and pay a $1 service charge.

Quick-pick numbers are sent to the player via text message, as is the notification of a lottery win. Winnings of up to $599 are automatically deposited to the winner's bank account.

Tonight at exactly 9:59 p.m. CST, Minnesotans all over the Twin Cities will be fixated on their mobile screens, waiting for a one-in-175-million-chance SMS that says, "You've won $550 million." You betcha.

For more stories like this, visit the regulatory research center.

Related Content

User Comments – Give us your opinion!
Products & Services

Infobip Push Notifications


Cellum Top-Up






Infobip 2 Way SMS




Cellum Web Checkout


Advertising & OTO Marketing System – WWS One to One Marketing …


White labeled mobile payment platform


BulleT wireless secure card reader authenticator


Wallet Wars
CONNECT 2014 Mobile Innovation Summit
Request Information From Suppliers
Save time looking for suppliers. Complete this form to submit a Request for Information to our entire network of partners.