Jackpocket, the only licensed third-party lottery app in the US, has announced it has launched its app in New York state.

New Yorkers will now have the ability to play Powerball, Mega Millions, New York Lotto, Cash4Life, Win 4, Take 5, Pick 10 and Numbers on their mobile thanks to its introduction.

The launch in the Empire State comes as both Mega Millions and Powerball draws reached a jackpot of over $500m this week. The lottery app will provide New Yorkers with an easy, secure way to order official state lottery tickets from their smartphones.

The New York Gaming Commission approved new regulations allowing digital lottery courier services to operate in the state in 2019. Jackpocket becomes the first officially-licensed New York courier service under the new regulatory framework.

Peter Sullivan, CEO and founder of Jackpocket, said: “As a native New Yorker and growing up watching my father play the lottery, being able to use Jackpocket in New York is personal for me.

“Jackpocket’s mission is to make the lottery more accessible and convenient to play. I’m proud that now it’s easier than ever to play your favorite games from anywhere in New York.”

Jackpocket will help drive state lottery revenue by broadening access to the lottery, while also attracting new consumers who otherwise would not be active lottery players, as over 60% of current users are under 45 years old.

The New York Lottery contributed over $3bn in 2019 to help support education in New York State and continues to represent 13% of the total state education aid to local school districts.

New York is Jackpocket’s 10th state launch following Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Washington DC. To date, the lottery app’s players have won over $22m in lottery prizes.

Jackpocket offers consumer protections to ensure player safety such as daily deposit and spend limits, self-exclusion, and in-app access to responsible gaming resources.

The lottery app is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, and its the first third-party lottery service to receive a responsible gambling certification from the NCPG’s Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program.

Last month, Jackpocket announced it would make Apple Pay available to its mobile lottery players.