A team of two students, one from the University of Ottawa and one from Carleston University, have developed a smartphone lottery app that is sure to attract the world’s notice.
Guy Hobaika and Kevin Chen took one year to develop this app that is on the verge of being launched. Called World Lottery, the app allows users to purchase a lottery ticket for $1.99. It then prompts them to select six numbers or randomly selects six numbers for them, which will be played in weekly draws. The lottery players can then view the results live on their iOS or Android devices and grab an opportunity to win prizes in Canadian dollars. If players get three numbers right, they will receive $30, and if they get four numbers right, they will win $3,000.
According to the developers, the winnings will be sent to the winners through a variety of payment methods such as credit card, PayPal, or wire transfer.
Chen, a student of business at the University of Ottawa, said: “We’re hoping to put as much effort into it as possible. And we’re just hoping for the best, that people do find this interesting.”
The duo says that several investors, including their family members, have invested heavily into the project. The students, both immigrants, say that they wanted to do something that would make their parents feel proud of them. Chen says that his parents began life working in hotels and migrated several times.
However, only the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC) can run a lottery game in the province. Tony Bitonti, a spokesman for the OLGC, said: “If it is some sort of app that’s based in wherever, then it would be considered a grey market site. It’s unregulated in the province of Ontario.”
Hobaika, however, says that the app is secure and legal.