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Patent Issued for Lottery Game with Interactive Game Indicia Selection

August 20, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- A patent by the inventor Bozeman, Alan Kyle (Alpharetta, GA), filed on November 30, 2010, was published online on August 5, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8795054 is assigned to Scientific Games International, Inc. (Newark, DE).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention relates in general to on-line lottery games, and more specifically to an on-line lottery game method with interactively selected lottery and game player game indicia.

"Lottery games are a popular and successful means by which public lotteries have been able to generate revenues for use in the public good. The known types of lottery games include pre-printed scratch-off or 'instant win' lottery games and on-line games. The known types of on-line games have traditionally comprised 'lotto' type games, which require that a game player fill out a game play ticket with a series of lottery play numbers thereon, and/or designate a 'quick pick' in which the numbers to play are selected for the player. The lottery play slip is scanned into a lottery terminal, typically a stand-alone terminal, whereupon a ticket is authorized by the lottery system and printed at-the lottery terminal. These known types of on-line games are conducted on a weekly or twice weekly basis by individual states or by multi-state lottery organizations, for example, the Power Ball and Mega Millions lottery games played in the United States. Similar national and regional games exist in a great many foreign nations as well.

"In the effort to promote the popularity of lottery games and thus improve lottery sales and revenues, the lottery authorities have been looking for ways to expand the reach of on-line lottery games beyond the known types of on-line games. Accordingly, the need exists for new on-line lottery game methods adapted for quick and easy game play for encouraging greater player participation as well as the ability to play when, where, and as desired by the game player rather than waiting for a scheduled draw. Moreover, there is also a need for an on-line lottery game that uses symbols or game indicia in addition to or in lieu of text for offering game play to any game player, regardless the native tongue or language(s) spoken by any such game player."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "A novel wagering game method is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment of the inventive game method in which a game player and a gaming organization are each assigned game indicia. The method includes the steps of identifying or correlating a first game indicia selected by the game player with a first game indicia selected by the gaming organization thereafter, whereupon the player and the gaming organization each then select the remaining game indicia they choose to play. Additionally, the gaming organization's selections are disclosed to the game player during each of its turns, i.e., its indicia selection step. The game player is credited with a match for each of his or her selected indicium that matches the indicium selected by the gaming organization in that turn. The method includes the step of awarding prizes to the game player based on the number of matches between the gaming organization's indicia selections and the game player's indicia selections in the order drawn.

"Accordingly, the game method comprises a series of turns in which the player selects an indicium followed by the gaming organization selecting an indicium. The selections are done without replacement. As discussed, the gaming organization s selections are disclosed to the player as they occur. Each turn is recorded as a success or a failure depending on whether or not the player's selection 'matches' that of the gaming organizations in some predefined way. The game continues until no more matches are possible, or until the player has exhausted all of their indicia. Prizes are based on the number of matches.

"In one embodiment, there is disclosed a wagering game method in which a game player and a gaming organization are each assigned game indicia from a series of game indicia. The method includes receiving sequentially a first plurality of indicia from the game player, generating sequentially a second plurality of indicia for the gaming organization, displaying sequentially the second plurality of indicia to the game player in the order the second plurality of indicia is generated, identifying sequentially a number of matches between the first plurality of indicia and the second plurality of indicia selected during a same turn, and awarding a prize based on the number of matches, wherein an indicia in the second plurality of indicia being generated after an indicia in the first plurality of indicia is received from the game player.

"In another embodiment, there is disclosed a system for playing a wagering game method in which a game player and a lottery authority are each assigned game indicia from a series of game indicia. The system includes an input device for receiving player indicia from a player, a game indicia generator for generating lottery indicia according to a predefined possibility, a display device for displaying game indicia to the player, and a controller for determining a number of matches between the player indicia and the lottery indicia. The controller is also capable of awarding a prize to the player according to the number of matches between the player indicia and the lottery indicia, and the player indicia and the lottery indicia being received and generated alternatively.

"Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent upon reading the specification, when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, to which the invention is directed."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Bozeman, Alan Kyle. Lottery Game with Interactive Game Indicia Selection. U.S. Patent Number 8795054, filed November 30, 2010, and published online on August 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8795054.PN.&OS=PN/8795054RS=PN/8795054

Keywords for this news article include: Scientific Games International Inc.

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