Guess in this age of smart phones and instant messaging, more and more companies are going to jump to apps or at the very least, a dual system that allows players to play lotteries from whatever device they want. AutoLotto.com launched their new app in March 2015 on YouTube. Okay should the word App be capitalized or not? That was just one of the weird questions that went through my mind as I was sitting there fiddling with my phone. And then it actually rang!
US Powerball & Mega Millions
Jumping from the phone call back into the application, AutoLotto sounds fairly straight forward watching the YouTube launch. There are two games though there are different ways to play. There is straight play buying individual tickets and there are syndicates. Players can opt to book tickets when jackpots hit certain thresholds. The only thing though – don’t look to play your favorite numbers. This is all quick pics – at this point! Well, that’s what the YouTube launch said. Going to their site, there is NO information on the actual games offered.
And The Winner Is at AutoLotto?
AutoLotto.com takes a 5% cut on your lottery wins called a “Service Fee” – that’s in their words “including, but not limited to, jackpots”. They also say that if they receive the winnings in the form of a check completed in your name, you agree to sign it back to AutoLotto so they can take their 5% and then it goes into your account. Not sure why they are all twitchy about this one.
Don’t look for a great deal of info on their web pages. There are the usual terms and conditions though pretty basic. Now their privacy page made me stop and think before I’d put my phone number into their system. There are all kinds of mumbo jumbo on what they can do with your info, how they will use it and what they are collecting. It’s probably all okay, but definitely got me thinking.
Tony & Matt
Back to the YouTube, launch of AutoLotto.com, Tony and Matt walk people through how it works. This is really pretty good though it would be interesting to see where they got their statics. Tony claims that six out ten people played lotteries in the last 12 months. He also claims that 70% of people who play lotteries have an income over US $75,000. Now I’m not sure if he is trying to encourage investors in creating more lottery sites or raise the platform on the profile of the average lottery player.
Back to AutoLotto.com’s Site
Though there is information through their YouTube videos, the site really doesn’t say much. Worse, it wasn’t until we clicked into their contact page where we found under a very short version of the FAQ “I signed up already. Where’s my free ticket?” Hey folks – they haven’t actually launched yet. The new video they have added to the autolotto.com website says they have 100,000 plus people waitlisted and are collecting more phone numbers each day. Part of me wanted to do this, just to see what happened and the other part of me said “No Way”.
Who Are They
Autolotto.com lists “their team” on their front page. Other than that, the only real information is plastered on their site “Built in San Francisco”. Their contact page has a form plus two email addresses for press and advertising. Digging into the web, they do have an 888 telephone number plus snail mail address and are registered in California. Their YouTube video says they are initially launching in New Hampshire plus 5 other states this year. We’re just not sure when they are actually going to go live.
Last but Not Least at AutoLotto
Autolotto.com also says that they will be launching a web based site for those who want to play from their computer and not through an App. Again, we’re just not sure when this is going to take place. For now, all they are doing is collecting telephone numbers where at some point you will be able to download the app and at some point get your free ticket!
Final verdict: 1 out of 10 stars.