- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire says it’s the first state in the country where people can buy Powerball tickets using a smartphone app that is channeled through a convenience chain.

The Concord Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/29MSDJz ) the San Francisco-based startup AutoLotto has been selling the tickets through its app for several weeks. A high-profile launch is planned on Saturday as the firm sponsors the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Loudon.

Stores keep 5 percent of ticket sale revenue and get a bonus payment if they sell a jackpot winner. They also use lottery tickets to attract customers.

Out-of-state companies can’t sell state lottery tickets though, so AutoLotto has agreed to split revenue with the T-Bird Minimart chain.

A lottery spokesman says the arrangement has been approved by the state lottery commission and attorney general’s office.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.cmonitor.com

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