Pingit growth at Barclays
Pingit growth at Barclays
Pingit was the UK’s first person to person mobile payment app when it was launched in 2012, but from next month will become the first-ever mobile payment and payout option for the National Lottery.
Camelot, the operator of the Lottery, is keen to respond to the growth in the number of customers who play via handheld devices. Darren Foulds, managing director of Pingit and mobile payments at Barclays, told TotallyGaming.com that his company is looking to extend the facility to other gambling companies.
“We are proud to be working with Camelot, making life easier for players to pay for National Lottery games straight from their mobile, with a secure, instant and simple way to pay," Foulds said.
“This is a great example of how Pingit has expanded from being the first person-to-person mobile payments app in the UK to now being a viable digital option for paying for everyday goods and services from a mobile phone.”
National Lottery players who have registered for Pingit will initially be able to pay for Lotto, Thunderball and EuroMillions via the app.
Pingit will offer players, who purchase a winning ticket through Pingit, the option to receive and withdraw winnings of up to £50,000 (€69,528/$78,195) through their Pingit account. It is available to anyone with a UK mobile number and UK bank account, not just Barclays customers.
Foulds explained that players can use Pingit in three ways by either adding Lotto as a favourite payee, by searching for the Lotto under the ‘make a payment’ heading or by scanning a National Lottery QR code.
“It is important to note we are providing a transactional service for Camelot – so effectively the customer uses the app to advise Camelot they want to buy a ticket, Camelot then send the customer directly their tickets, with the payment only passed through the Pingit app," Foulds said.
“If the customer wins, the payment can be processed via the app up to a certain level – after that they have to go to Camelot directly.”
Camelot said that with six out of every ten visits to the National Lottery website now from smartphones and tablets, it hopes the introduction of Pingit will make both paying and playing National Lottery games “easier, convenient and more accessible”.
“With faster payment and registration, Pingit will make it even easier for our players to enjoy the excitement of National Lottery games on the go, with the added security offered by Barclays,” said Tim Copper, digital director at Camelot.
“This collaboration with Barclays represents a real breakthrough in speed and simplicity for our players – and underlines how we’re continuing to radically enhance The National Lottery playing experience.”