Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs)
A VLT is an easy to play gaming machine, often operated by a combination of touch screens and buttons. VLTs offer a range of familiar games upon which players can place wagers, including keno, lotto, blackjack, roulette, bingo and various forms of card games. VLTs are fully-automated and operate from customary power networks and connections, and are connected to the Central Monitoring System (CMS) through a standard telecommunications or broadband connection.
VLTs incorporate a number of measures to assure secure game play. First, the machines are durably constructed and can only be accessed by authorized, trained personnel. Second, records of game play are generated on hard meters and in electronic form stored both locally within each VLT and within the CMS. Finally, SGVI administers comprehensive training to the lottery Retailers with respect to enforcement of applicable regulations and maintenance of a secure gaming environment.
Game play parameters are set within the VLT itself. The outcome of all video lottery games played on a VLT is determined by the Random Number Generator (RNG) or equivalent random determinate device contained within each VLT. The key parameters of game play determined by the Government and SGVI are the theoretical win percentage, the amount of wagers and prize payouts, and the aggregate limit on prize payouts. Records of each game played and the amount of all credits paid by players and prizes paid out from the VLT are housed both locally on the VLT and in the CMS, and can be monitored by the Government at all times.
A player inserts money into the VLT to play, and hits a
cash out button when the player is finished playing. VLTs can offer one game for play or a large menu of games. At the end of play, the VLT will then print a ticket reflecting the player's remaining cash balance and/or winnings. The ticket is honored by the video lottery Retailer who pays out to the player the cash awards reflected on the printed ticket. This process for paying player winnings assures cash in the video lottery system is always tracked by the CMS.
Ticket In - Ticket Out (TITO)
VLTs can be equipped to permit players to use their tickets to reinsert in a VLT without the requirement to
cash-out a player's winnings. This is referred to as a
ticket-in/ticket-out system, and it enables players to play for a continuous period of time without the need to manage their cash during gameplay. The advantage of the TITO system is that players are able to collect cash awards at their discretion through tickets that may be used to play at different VLTs at a location over periods of time.
VLTs can be further equipped to support the tracking of individual player gaming through a separate electronic card, which can provide operational insights with respect to the most successful games, locations, and opportunities for additional VLT deployment. More importantly, player tracking permits the launch of
customer rewards programs that offer higher volume players benefits provided through marketing and retail partners, such as discounts on hotel stays, apparel, or dining. These benefits augment overall play by increasing customer satisfaction with the video lottery experience.
Secure Gaming Environment
VLTs incorporate a number of measures to assure secure game play. First, the machines are durably constructed, and can only be accessed by authorized, trained personnel. Second, records of game play are reflected on hard meters and in electronic form which are stored locally within each VLT and the CMS. Finally, as approved by the government, SGVI administers comprehensive training to the lottery Retailers with respect to enforcement of applicable regulations and maintenance of a secure gaming environment. Overall the games hardware and software are designed and built according to standards that have been developed over time by various regulated gaming jurisdictions and tested by third party gaming labs for durability, security, fairness, accuracy and accountability to ensure a secure gaming environment.
VLTs are manufactured by several manufacturing companies that generally produce gaming equipment and gaming networks for video lottery. SGVI has extensively reviewed and tested the competing products available for deployment of video lottery platforms, and has the capability to efficiently choose, consulting with its Government customers, the best VLTs and best game software that maximizes play in a given jurisdiction.