Virginia Lottery partners with local restaurant for exclusive games

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The Virginia Lottery has selected a few non-traditional lottery businesses in the commonwealth to offer e-games on its mobile app.

Jess' Downtown Restaurant in Harrisonburg has served quick food for almost 100 years, and now as you dine, you can also play a quick game with the Virginia Lottery.

The Virginia Lottery has partnered with the restaurant to install a Bluetooth signal so guests can play e-games and traditional games all on their smart phone.

"You can play your Powerball, play your scratchers, your Pick Three, you can set it up to reoccur and just play everyday so I think it's a really good convenience for everyone," Brian Faltynowitz, the restaurant manager, said.

The restaurant has the location set up so as soon as you step off the property you can no longer play the e-games.

Officials at the Virginia Lottery said they're moving toward using their app in different locations to make it easier to engage with players.

Some customers, who were already playing the games in the restaurant, on Monday said it's a great way to attract business.

"I think the app makes it easier for you, like you don't have to go to the gas station to buy all these tickets," Emily Slayton, a customer, said. "You can just do it on you phone, while your eating and you can keep playing."

The owners of Jess' Downtown said their new location in Grottoes called, Lil Gus's, will also have the mobile lottery service.