New Illinois Lottery app raising online security concerns

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:25 PM

 (KMOV) --A new way to play the Illinois Lottery is raising questions about online security.

The state launched a new smartphone app that lets player find winning numbers and even buy tickets. The free app so far has 127,873 downloads according to the lottery.

Since only Illinois Residents are allowed to play, the app uses personal information and smartphone tracking to verify that players are of legal age and live in the state. 

Some residents are leery of sharing their info and say because of that, they wouldn’t use the app.

“Is it going to be a secure site? Or is it going to be something we’re taking a risk on like placing an order online?  I don’t know, it’s something I don’t want to trust,” says Cahokia resident Stephanie Roberts.

The terms and conditions of the app says it uses an independent security firm called PCI, which identifies itself as an independent security firm backed by the major credit card companies.

Limits are set for how man tickets a player can purchase on the app.  The daily cap is $150.  The weekly cap is $1050.  The monthly cap is $3500. 

The app can be downloaded for free at the Illinois Lottery website and the Apple App Store. The minimum purchase for signing up for an account is $5. 

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