We Live in the Era of Smart Phones and Stupid People
We live on our smartphones. These devices have become such a big part of our everyday lives that many of us can’t see going a day without them. We can manage our finances, watch videos, take pictures, and a plethora of other things to increase productivity, find information, and keep connected with the world.
With that said, when people ask if playing the lottery through our smartphones was a good idea, the thought is met with mixed reactions. On the one hand, it can be a great way to play the lottery anywhere in the world, all from the palm of your hand—you figure, you already have that ability for the most part when you play through a lotto agency online. On the other, because the ability to play the lottery on your phone is still relatively new (it only became popular within the past few years), people are worried about the security and the safety of their personal information, rightfully so.
Meet the World Lottery Association
Did you know there was such a thing as the World Lottery Association? I surely didn’t! When it comes to all things related to the lottery around the world, the WLA has the answers for you. And when it comes to how mobile phones can be implemented in how the world can play various lotteries, they have an actual set of guidelines that the lottery industry must follow when making their games mobile phone accessible.
Some of these guidelines include game registration requirements, how to prevent attacks by Bluetooth, how to protect against replay, and security requirements such as encryption, authentication, and efficient session control.
The guide also goes over examples of prevention scenarios, and it describes various ways the mobile application can keep its users safe and secure. The set of guidelines is an exciting read, and it may ease some of your worries about playing a mobile lottery.
Don’t Forget About the Lottery Apps
There are many different apps available that can let you monitor lottery numbers and there are quite a few apps that allow you to participate in the game too. Unfortunately, if you live in the US, you are only allowed to play US games. Some apps use GPS tracking that will prevent you from purchasing an out of state lottery tickets!
If you live in a country where international lottery laws aren’t so restrictive, you may find that downloading a lotto app is a fantastic way to play—especially if you do not have access to a computer.
The Scams via Text Messaging
Like all things, there are shady people out there who are always ready and willing to take a good thing and ruin it. There are many instances where people are sending out scams to people through their mobile phones under the guise of winning some contest. While these SMS scams are well known, there are still some people who still fall for them, hook lines and sinkers. It is always recommended that you never respond to these messages that you receive from weird-looking numbers.
In these messages, you are always told that your mobile number has won any particular amount of money and all you have to do is send an email or call some sort of foreign number. If you ever receive these types of text messages, never respond to them! If you respond to these messages, who knows what they can do. While you may not be participating in playing the lottery by text message, your phone does store information and who knows what kind of information could be obtained just by a responding text from you.
The Bottom Line
If you were to ask me if I think playing the lottery on my mobile idea was a good thing or not… I’d say why not. Just be sure that you have some anti-virus protection on your mobile device and make sure the app that you are using has positive reviews and has well-known and respective personal security measures in place. When you are satisfied that the mobile lottery is secure… Have fun and good luck!