The Kentucky Lottery is looking to raise more than $4 million to build a new, larger, and more secure state lottery website.
Kentucky Lottery CEO Mark Hinkle said the lottery will add new tools and features that will improve the lottery experience for customers, employees and the public.
The state lottery will have more security measures including new cameras, fingerprint scanners, more secure payment options, and a mobile app that will allow lottery participants to use their smartphones and tablets to pay for their prizes.
More importantly, the state lottery has set aside $500,000 to expand its technology infrastructure.
“The lottery has been operating on a shoestring budget for the last six years, and now, we’re ready to get ahead of the curve and invest in our infrastructure,” Hinkle told the Associated Press.
While the state’s lottery has always been profitable, it has seen its revenue decrease every year since the federal government began imposing tighter controls on how states run their lottery.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the lottery in Kentucky was $2.1 billion in 2016, down $800,000 from the previous year.
It’s unclear how many people will be able to use the lottery’s new website, which is expected to open to the public on April 10.