THE J.G. WENTWORTH COMPANY® AND NEW MEXICO LOTTERY AUTHORITY PARTNERSHIP BRINGS VIRTUAL GIFT CARD INNOVATION TO SCRATCH-OFF LOTTERY CATEGORY
RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The J.G. Wentworth Company® (“J.G. Wentworth” or the “Company”) (OTCQX:JGWE) today announced a coalition with the New Mexico Lottery Authority that offers a new product in the retail market that combines both a virtual Visa® prepaid gift card and a Scratcher in one offering.
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The J.G. Wentworth Give Some! Play Some!™ Visa Gift Card will allow consumers to give a guaranteed gift, while providing the recipient a chance to win an additional cash prize through a scratch-off lottery ticket. (Graphic: Business Wire)
The J.G. Wentworth Give Some! Play Some!™ Visa Gift Card will allow consumers to give a guaranteed gift, while providing the recipient a chance to win an additional cash prize through a scratch-off lottery ticket. The New Mexico Lottery Authority will be the first to seamlessly integrate this combination product into their offerings, and in turn, will drive retailers to embrace incremental store placement. The Scratcher is available for purchase in New Mexico Lottery retailers now. Here’s how it works:
STEP 1: An individual visits a retailer that sells scratch-off lottery tickets and purchases the Give Some! Play Some!™ Scratcher, receiving both a virtual Visa gift card valued at $20 – and a scratch-off lottery ticket as part of the purchase fee.
STEP 2: The recipient gets to play the scratch-off game printed on the card’s packaging with a chance to win up to $100.
STEP 3: The customer will visit an online account center to activate and redeem their $20 guaranteed value.
“Consumers enjoy giving and using gift cards due to the convenience and flexibility they offer,” said Stewart A. Stockdale, CEO of J.G. Wentworth. “Our product brings much needed excitement back to the gift card market. Our collaboration with the New Mexico Lottery Authority combines a new spin on gift card giving with a scratch-off that allows the recipient a chance to increase the value of their gift.”
“We are always seeking new ways to generate additional revenue for the Scholarship program through innovation,” said David Barden, CEO of the New Mexico Lottery Authority. “We believe combining Scratchers with gift cards will help drive incremental revenue for our Legislative Lottery Scholarships and give our players a new way to experience and gift our product.”
Sean Healey, J.G. Wentworth’s Vice President of Payment Solutions, oversees the Company’s prepaid card division and has helped drive and shape the brand’s emerging role in the prepaid marketplace.
“At J.G. Wentworth, we have worked to identify new, creative ways to leverage payments to energize somewhat dated categories,” Healey said. “The product combines the open loop gift card market with the instant ticket market for the first time – markets that are estimated to be in excess of $30 billion each in the U.S. alone.”
About The J.G. Wentworth Company®
The J.G. Wentworth Company® is focused on providing direct-to-consumer access to financing solutions through a variety of avenues, including: mortgage lending and refinancing, structured settlement, annuity and lottery payment purchasing, prepaid cards, and access to providers of personal loans.
Mortgage loans are offered by J.G. Wentworth Home Lending, LLC NMLS ID # 2925 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org), 3350 Commission Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192; 888-349-3773.
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This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of our securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful, prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
The Give Some! Play Some!™ Visa® Prepaid Card is issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. MetaBank, or Visa, is not responsible for lottery rules or winnings, nor does MetaBank, nor Visa, endorse or sponsor those offers. MetaBank is responsible for issuance of the Card and the terms of the related Cardholder Agreement. Card has fees that may reduce initial gift value.
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