Virginia Lottery launches Mobile Play

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) There's a new way to play the lottery, and it involves your smartphone.

The Virginia Lottery has launched Mobile Play, which connects a smartphone or tablet to a lottery retailer's bluetooth signal.

You still have to visit the retailer, but Mobile Play allows you to buy tickets for games like Mega-Millions and Powerball.

And you can also play new e-games, an electronic version of scratchers.

John Hagerty is a spokesperson for the Virginia Lottery.

"So much of what's going on in today's economy is on your smartphone," Hagerty said. "People expect to have that convenience. And so this is a way of the lottery reaching out and meeting people, meeting consumers, where they are."

You can also play the lottery in new mobile-only locations, including restaurants such as Wildwood Smokehouse on Electric Road in Roanoke County.