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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Select and Drag Method for a Gaming Machine", for Approval

May 8, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Anderson, Frank R. (Las Vegas, NV); Kruczynski, Keith (Las Vegas, NV), filed on November 21, 2013, was made available online on April 24, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Bally Gaming, Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Currently, conventional casino gaming units offer play of lottery style games. During play of a lottery style game, a player typically selects one or more game numbers from a range of game numbers, and the player's selected game numbers are compared to one or more randomly selected game numbers. The randomly selected numbers represent the winning numbers for the lottery game. If there are a sufficient number of matches between the player's game numbers and the randomly selected numbers, the player receives a payout.

"For certain types of lottery style games, it is popular for players to select one particular number for all play positions or 'spots' located on the lottery card. However, on an electronic lottery style game, the player is required to input a number for each and every position or spot located on the lottery card, which can be relatively time consuming. For these types of lottery games, it would be desirable to increase the speed of play when the player selects the same number used in all spots located on the lottery card."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Briefly, and in general terms, various embodiments are directed to a method for playing a gaming device. In one embodiment, the method includes: providing a gaming device having a touch-screen display capable of enabling play of a game of chance, wherein the game of chance displays multiple game positions for inserting values related to the game of chance; and enabling a player to select an initial unhidden value in one of the game positions and then copy the selected initial unhidden value into multiple game positions, wherein the selected initial value is copied into other game positions by selecting the touch-screen display location above the game position displaying the initially selected value and then selecting the touch screen display location above other game positions, which sets the values of the game positions to the initially selected value.

"In an aspect of one embodiment, a cellular phone, separate and apart from the gaming machine, is enabled to input player selections. In another aspect, a wireless input device, separate and apart from the gaming machine, is enabled to input player selections.

"In another embodiment, a method for playing a lottery game includes: enabling play of a lottery game on a gaming device, the gaming device having a touch-screen display, and the lottery game displaying multiple game positions for inserting values related to the lottery game, wherein a player selects one number in each position; receiving the player input for selecting a first unhidden number in one of the game positions; and copying the selected initial unhidden value into multiple game positions by detecting the player's selection on the touch-screen display location above the first selected unhidden number and populating multiple game positions with the first selected unhidden number as the detected player's selection moves across the remaining positions on the touch-screen display, which automatically sets the values of the game positions to the initially selected value.

"In still another embodiment, a method for playing a lottery game includes: enabling play of a lottery game on a gaming device, the gaming device having a random number generator and a touch-screen display, and the lottery game displaying multiple number positions from a first number position to a last number position for inserting values related to the lottery game; receiving input from the touch-screen display of an initial unhidden number in one of the multiple number positions; copying the selected initial unhidden number into multiple game positions by detecting a touch on the touch-screen display located above the number position with the initially selected unhidden number and detecting a touch on the touch-screen display located above multiple number positions; and using an algorithm to set the detected touched number positions to the initially selected unhidden number.

"Other features will become apparent from the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which illustrate by way of example, the features of the various embodiments.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

"FIG. 1 depicts one embodiment of a gaming machine configured to enable play of a lottery style game;

"FIG. 2 depicts a close-up view of a display screen showing a lottery style game with four lottery cards on one screen;

"FIG. 3 depicts a flow diagram of one method using a select and drag feature on a gaming machine; and

"FIG. 4 depicts a diagram of one embodiment of a gaming system including a plurality of gaming machines."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Anderson, Frank R.; Kruczynski, Keith. Select and Drag Method for a Gaming Machine. Filed November 21, 2013 and posted April 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2436&p=49&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140417.PD.&OS=PD/20140417&RS=PD/20140417

Keywords for this news article include: Bally Gaming Inc.

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