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Singapore Pools launches app to save paper, help track spending

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New app also helps punters track spending

Singapore Pools has launched a new mobile app that allows punters to mark out 4-D and Toto bets on e-betting slips and track their expenses.

This will not only reduce the use of paper betting slips, but also promote responsible gaming through the app's expense tracker, said its spokesman yesterday.

If one in 10 of those switched to this app, Singapore Pools projects it could save an estimated 71 tonnes of paper a year - equivalent to more than 1,200 trees.

The eBetslip app was made available on Android and iOS platforms yesterday.

A unique quick response (QR) code will be generated after an e-betting slip is marked out. Punters can scan the code at Singapore Pools outlets for a physical betting ticket after making payment. Scanning services for the QR codes are available at 25 Singapore Pools outlets and will be rolled out at all outlets by the end of next month.

The app will also prompt users to track their spending after each purchase. It is targeted at punters who prefer to buy physical betting tickets.

It does not allow for instant online purchase of tickets, unlike the existing Singapore Pools mobile app launched in 2016 where users can access online betting services and purchase gaming tickets.

To register for a Singapore Pools account, users must be at least 21 and undergo a verification process and checks to ensure they are not on the casino exclusion list. The eBetslip app does not require an account and is a paperless way to mark out online bet slips.

The Straits Times understands the verification process for the app is less stringent as it does not allow direct buying of tickets.

"Users must still proceed to a terrestrial Singapore Pools outlet to place, pay and get paper bet tickets for their bets marked," said a Singapore Pools spokesman.

Before punters can mark out e-betting slips, they must set a weekly or monthly expenditure limit. Notifications will be sent when they reach 75 per cent and 100 per cent of that amount.

Assistant hotel manager Tanggaraja Perumal, 42, said the expense manager would help him.

But retired engineer Soh Yew Wai, 65, said: "If I have to go to the outlet to place my bet, I would prefer to use the paper slip there."