A new concept in mobile game apps was just recently released: Three years in development, the explosive 33 Numbers is a totally free app that allows users to win an actual cash jackpot instantly. While there are other game apps out there promising prizes, most if not all of them are either sponsored gift certificates or a nominal cash prize of a few dollars. 33 Numbers, however, boasts a growing jackpot in the thousands. As of the writing of this release, the cash jackpot is just over ten thousand dollars.
The app avoids gambling restrictions in most locations by making the game totally free to play. There are no in-app purchases and there is no paid-version available. The jackpot is supported by advertising revenue in the form of industry-standard banner and page ads unobtrusively displayed during the game. A play for fun version is available for a few certain states where playing any game for a monetary prize might be considered gambling. The app checks the users’ location services on download and formats the game for that location.
The game itself is easy to learn, fun to play and somewhat addicting. The object is to fill in a game board of 33 spaces with numbers between one and one thousand in ascending numerical order.
“The most often asked questions we get are, ‘Is this real?’ ‘Is it actual money?’ and, ‘where does the money come from?'”, said David Mintz, managing partner of 33 Numbers, LLC. “This reinforces the idea that our concept is so new that the market is struggling a bit to understand and accept it. Actually, it’s a very common business model, similar to say TV game shows where revenues from advertisers help support a prize for winners. We’ve just applied it to smartphone gaming. It’s not gambling because it’s totally free to play. And the more players we have, the bigger the jackpot grows.”
33 Numbers is available for download on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and directly from their website at www.33numbers.com.