Camelot partners Barclays to launch mobile payments service

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has joined forces with Barclays to launch a new mobile payment option for customers.

From next month, players will be able to pay for National Lottery games using a smartphone or tablet device.

The new service will utilise Barclays Pingit, which in 2012 became the UK’s first person-to-person mobile payment application.

National Lottery players registered with Pingit will be able to pay for the Lotto, Thunderball and EuroMillions by Lucky Dip draws using the app or scanning a unique QR code.

Players can select the draws they wish to purchase a ticket for and the number of draws that they wish to enter, with the ticket being directly linked to their device.

Players that purchase a winning ticket using Pingit will also have the option to receive and withdraw winnings of up to £50,000 (€96,600/$108,400) through their Pingit account.

The free service will be made available to all players in the UK that have a mobile device and a valid UK bank account.

“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,” Camelot digital director Tim Copper said.

“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.”

Darren Foulds, managing director of Pingit and mobile payments at Barclays, added: “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.”

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