Gavin Isaacs joins US lottery start-up in advisory role

SBTech chairman to advise Jackpocket as it launches its lottery messenger app in 10 states

SBTech chairman and former Scientific Games CEO Gavin Isaacs has been appointed as a senior advisor to the board of directors for US lottery start-up Jackpocket.

Isaacs will work with Jackpocket’s board – which includes investor partners from Silicon Valley-based BlueRun Ventures and Conductive Ventures – and the executive team to help set growth strategy and expansion plans.

Jackpocket is a third-party app that lets customers order official state lottery tickets form around the country, giving players access to big jackpots like the Powerball and Mega Millions.

The firm raised a Series B round of funding in October last year and plans to make its app available in 10 states by the end of the year.

“It’s been so thrilling to witness Jackpocket’s evolution over the last few years, and to see it fully embrace all of its hurdles and turn them into opportunities for creating a better lottery experience,” said Isaacs.

“It’s an exciting road ahead, and I’m eager to do my part to help the team navigate regulated spaces and shape new strategies for modernizing the industry.”

Isaacs joined SBTech as chairman earlier this year after 20 years in the US land-based casino industry.

“We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can be really thoughtful about who we have in our court, as we fortify our leadership position as a gaming technology company in a changing industry,” said Jackpocket founder and CEO Peter Sullivan.

“With lotteries and iGaming undergoing such rapid transformation, and in many cases starting to converge, we know that Gavin will bring valuable counsel and foresight in making more inroads for our growth.”