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Topic # 148724 28-Jun-2014 21:06
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Just went to go check what the lotto numbers were this week, and noticed that Lotto now have an app. 

Went to download their Android app, but they are only giving the APK for download, not an app via Google Play.

https://mylotto.co.nz/mylotto-features-and-services/mobileapp/ 

Interesting that they aren't releasing it via Google Play- Firstly, being a security risk asking user's to enable and install and app from an unknown source, but unsure how they expect to deal with future app updates/fixes (Users expected to go redownload the new APK each time?)

To end it all, the app didn't even work the ticket scanner crashes instantly on my Galaxy S5.




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  Reply # 1076278 28-Jun-2014 21:16
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Downloaded the app to my S3 ok. It is really sensitive when checking tickets but I did manage to do that to my 2 store bought samples, wish I could say there was some success but normal luck applies, at least accordding to the result.

A lotto check logo is now present on my S3.

I tried to install it on my Samsung SM-P900 Tablet but it treated me with disdain.

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  Reply # 1076284 28-Jun-2014 21:27
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Stupid app is faulty. Some rubbish about not being a winning ticket. Other than that, seems to work fine on my stock Note 3.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1076289 28-Jun-2014 21:34
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Isn't anyone concerned about the permissions the app asks for? Why does it need to know your location and record audio?

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  Reply # 1076295 28-Jun-2014 22:02
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Don't think they will be able to release it via Google Play.
This is one of the articles in the T&Cs:

Gambling: We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other value.

So it's an APK download or nothing

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  Reply # 1076299 28-Jun-2014 22:12
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dauckland: Don't think they will be able to release it via Google Play.
This is one of the articles in the T&Cs:

Gambling: We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other value.

So it's an APK download or nothing

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But apple have it in their store. It doesn't let you check or display online tickets so is pretty useless.

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  Reply # 1076302 28-Jun-2014 22:19
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z2k: Isn't anyone concerned about the permissions the app asks for? Why does it need to know your location and record audio?


It wants your location because it has a map to find your nearest lotto store etc, It needs camera to scan the barcode ofcourse, not sure about audio though

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  Reply # 1076313 28-Jun-2014 23:06
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It's so they can hear your reaction when you win the big one. O_o

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  Reply # 1076316 28-Jun-2014 23:14
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The GCSB and NSA made them do it

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  Reply # 1076377 29-Jun-2014 08:05
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mattwnz:
dauckland: Don't think they will be able to release it via Google Play.
This is one of the articles in the T&Cs:

Gambling: We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other value.

So it's an APK download or nothing

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But apple have it in their store. It doesn't let you check or display online tickets so is pretty useless.


Not sure about Apple but for Google they won't be able to offer much beyond what's there now.
And if it's useless- why bother?

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  Reply # 1076386 29-Jun-2014 08:38
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Hopefully they can add barcode scanning of paper tickets. Would be the only feature their website can't deliver me (well that and the winning ticket)




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  Reply # 1076388 29-Jun-2014 08:49
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davidcole: Hopefully they can add barcode scanning of paper tickets. Would be the only feature their website can't deliver me (well that and the winning ticket)


umm, have you used the app at all?
It DOES scan paper ticket and scratchy barcodes. 

edit: the results checker app is independant of the mylotto interface i.e. the mylotto.co.nz provides all the general info and ability to purchase / check tickets via login and the APP is simply a ticket checker. 
I'm using the results checking app on both apple and android and works fine. 


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  Reply # 1076389 29-Jun-2014 08:52
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Yep, scanning works well. Maybe David meant for Apple?

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Reply # 1076390 29-Jun-2014 08:53
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BigHammer: Stupid app is faulty. Some rubbish about not being a winning ticket.


Complain to them

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  Reply # 1076402 29-Jun-2014 10:05
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Oh awesome. I was asking them for that feature...even got to the point of asking if the Api exists so I could look at making it myself.




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  Reply # 1076407 29-Jun-2014 10:13
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the iPhone app works a treat (apart from no winning tickets haha)

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