|Interactive computer games with a gambling element could be a means of offsetting Lotto’s waning popularity, New Zealand Lotteries Commission chief executive Ariane Burgess told a parliamentary select committee last wee, this according to the website stuff.co.nz.|
The commission also examined the concept of “virtual” Lotto tickets, which could be bought through a variety of electronic channels: via mobile phone call, the Internet or electronic kiosks, as ways of dealing with falling consumer interest for the Lotto.
Mrs Burgess assured the committee that there would be safeguards to prevent minors from gambling: 'It could be a game on a PC or you might get it off a server . . . buried in the game would be a lottery paradigm . . . You could set an age limit if you were doing this through selling scratch cards (to access the game) through shops.'
Also discussed by the commission were plans for New Zealand joining an international “Lotto bloc” to boost bettors’ interest, but talks with Melbourne-based Tattersall’s about joining Australia’s Lotto were “ a long way from any firm proposal”. Burgess also said that Lotto jackpots would have to rise to boost consumer interest.