|Games, Inc. has filed a patent for “Internet Instants”, its newest innovation for the government-sponsored lottery industry. The product allows for an in-store purchase of 'instant' games that can be played over the Internet. This in-store purchase ensures compliance with state lottery regulations on underage play and in-state purchase. Government-sponsored lotteries are a $42 billion business in North America. |
Internet Instant ticket holders gain access to a 'Personal Play Site' through which in-store-purchased tickets are displayed for post-purchase selection and play. This allows for several key features not currently available in the lottery marketplace: ticket animation, sound and music, variable price points and a far higher play value than the conventional paper ticket. Players can choose from a selection of variably priced and variably- themed tickets when activating their in-store purchased play slip. The technology will also allow lotteries to offer their customers a wide variety of 'instant' games, rather than just the conventional 'scratch and reveal' ticket.
This is how it works: At any licensed retail outlet, a player purchases a Play Slip for a 'player chosen' dollar amount. That Play Slip, and its unique serial number, is recorded in the Lottery's Legacy system. The player can then access the Internet Instants at the participating lottery's website. The player chooses from a database of tickets, up to the dollar value of his Play Slip. Play values could begin as low as $.05. The player selects the tickets and price points when he views them on the Lottery's website. He downloads the selected tickets into his 'PIN' protected Personal Play Site for immediate or delayed play. Winnings are placed into a 'PIN' protected player account, and at the player's instigation winnings can be downloaded on to his Play Slip for redemption at the lottery outlet.
In compliance with auditing procedures, all Internet Instants' results are calculated upon entry into the database and winners are determined by the player's random selection from tickets available in the database, emulating a conventional in-store purchase.