May 21, 2013 – The South Dakota Lottery announced yesterday that it would be hiring a Nevada-based firm, Union Gaming Analytics, to consult on the Lottery’s update for Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs).
Union Gaming Analytics won the contract over New Jersey’s Spectrum Gaming. South Dakota Lottery director Norm Lingle told Prairie Business that the “price difference was substantial enough that the choice was obvious.”
The primary goal of South Dakota’s video lottery update is to offer new incentives for businesses to invest in the terminals, and to recast the public perception of the gaming systems, according to the Prairie Business report.
VLTs debuted in South Dakota in 1989, and the coming update may also pioneer a new regulatory system for the games.
In the past, a central computer contacted each VLT over telephone lines to check for non-responsive terminals and collect daily game reports.
But since March, Scientific Games of New York has been testing a new system in South Dakota which uses digital subscriber lines (DSLs) instead of telephone lines.
The DSL communication between terminals and the central computer would shrink telephone bills on both ends of the system, and hopefully improve the gaming experience by allowing Lottery officials to address problems more quickly.
Rather than collecting daily reports and checking for maintenance needs overnight, the Lottery’s central computer will be able to check in with each terminal every minute.
As for the gaming experience, DSLs would allow the South Dakota lottery to offer video lottery players rewards clubs and progressive jackpots by linking terminals over the internet.