ayments platform Paysafe has expanded its partnership with NeoPollard Interactive (NPi), a provider of iLottery programs in North America. Through this partnership, NPi’s technology leverages Paysafe’s proprietary payment gateway to power the iLottery services offered by the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Paysafe and NeoPollard Interactive first partnered in the U.S. market in 2014 to provide the Michigan Lottery with a comprehensive 360° iLottery and payments solution. In addition to the Michigan Lottery and the North Carolina Education Lottery, NPi and Paysafe’s milestone partnerships include contracts with the Virginia Lottery and the New Hampshire Lottery.
Following a competitive procurement process, the North Carolina Education Lottery partnered with NPi to convert its previous digital offerings to a fully integrated omnichannel digital engagement solution. This technology solution includes Pollard Banknote’s playON player engagement platform, a full-featured mobile application, and NPi’s NeoSphere player account management system, which leverages best-in-breed payment technology from Paysafe.
Players can use their North Carolina Education Lottery account to purchase tickets online for Powerball, Mega Millions, Carolina Cash 5, and Lucky for Life. The rapid connectivity of Paysafe’s payment gateway technology ensures that players can seamlessly and securely fund their iLottery accounts and withdraw winnings (up to a certain limit) using a wide variety of different payment methods.
"The future of the U.S. lottery market will see digital channels complement retail, or offline, lottery ticket sales," said Gregory Kirstein, Director of Business Development for iGaming at Paysafe. "We’re excited to support this evolution by strengthening our partnership with NeoPollard Interactive to enhance North Carolina Education Lottery’s online offering."
"In order to power the most profitable iLottery programs, NPi maintains the highest standards of technical excellence and commitment to our Lottery partners," said Liz Siver, General Manager at NPi. "The high bar that we have set for ourselves is one that we also expect from partners in our technology and services ecosystems. For this reason, we are proud to continue growing with like-minded partners such as Paysafe."