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Jun 12, 2014 9:09 PM by Stephania Jimenez - sjimenez@kristv.com

New Lotto App Helps Users Track Winnings

CORPUS CHRISTI - Do you buy lotto tickets, but often forget to check your results? There's an app to help you with that.

Yoo Lotto tracks your lottery tickets and lets you know if you've won anything.

First, you have to download the app. It's free on Apple's App Store and Google Play.

"As soon as you buy a lottery ticket, you take a picture [of the ticket using the app] and then, when the drawings are announced, we send you a notification telling you how much you won," explained CEO Eric Yoo.

"We even let you know how much you won, where you redeem [your winnings]," added Yoo.

Yoo said he developed the app after learning that so many people fail to claim their winning tickets.

"There's actually $800 million worth of tickets that go unclaimed every year. In Texas, it's over $50 million," said Yoo.

A lot of those tickets include small winnings. However, even if you don't hit the jackpot, you may want to think twice before tossing your tickets in the trash. Yoo Lotto has a Second Chance program, which gives out prizes to its users.

Yoo also reminds ticket holders to keep their tickets; if you win, you still need to have the ticket in your possession to collect the money.

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