In the US alone in 2016, adults spent $72.7 billion on lottery tickets of all kinds. With jackpots reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars, it’s no wonder lottery fever catches people from all walks of life, nor is it any wonder that people will go to extreme lengths to try to cheat the system. Every day, millions of people hand over hard-earned money for a chance at wealth, and every day, thousands of others scheme ways to defraud the system. In both cases, the lure of instant wealth (or even just an extra 20 bucks), draws folks to play some form of a lottery ticket.
And so it Goes...
The lottery has an interesting and fun history. Lotteries were used to fund the American colonies and bank role a young, growing nation. Gaming revenue also allowed for the construction of railroads across the continent in the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, most lotteries were deemed illegal in the US and Europe and remained that way until after World War II. Today, many state education budgets in the US receive between 5 and 30 percent of their budget (or more) from lottery earnings.
In October 2002 the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) created a set of technical standards for lotteries across North America to protect the integrity, security, interoperability, and profitability of those operations. In Europe, The European Lotteries (EL) is the umbrella organization of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL brings together state-owned and private operators, both profit and non-profit, who operate on behalf of the state. These bodies help ensure gaming is operating ethically and efficiently for the benefit of those who chose to play.
Barcode Scanning Decreases Fraud
Among recent changes to lotteries around the globe is the addition of barcodes and barcode scanning technology. A majority of lottery tickets are now printed with barcode technology that ensures the accuracy of the information on the ticket and protects against counterfeiting and any attempts at altering the ticket. The use of QR codes, 1D, and 2D barcodes has helped to decrease fraud as well as to increase efficiency in the lottery arena. Codes can be found on all types of lottery tickets, from scratchers to Megabucks. Because of the amount and types of data which can be encrypted in barcodes, and the safety of the encryption within those barcodes, they have become a nearly ubiquitous part of all types of lotteries.
The use of scanners for the barcodes, and barcode scanning software programmed specifically for the agencies overseeing instant win and big drawing events, is also aiding in the fight against fraud and helping improve service. Omnidirectional scanners, either hand-held or incorporated into the transaction register or terminal, ensure quick (typically milliseconds) reading of the ticket data which is instantly transmitted to the government or private organization responsible for overseeing the lottery ticket sales. For instant win tickets, the data scanned in the barcode can be compared against the lottery list of winning numbers for an immediate yes or no answer and identify where the ticket was sold. These registers or terminals can be found at lottery retailers such as convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, and lottery locations.
Customized Lottery Data Capture Solutions
Tailored and often customized data capture solutions that include both enterprise-grade hardware and software ensure individual lottery partners the data retrieved from each ticket meets their specific requirements. It can be used to scan licenses or identification cards to ensure that tickets are being sold to legal age patrons as well as ensuring the efficacy of the transactions themselves.
At Code Corporation, we have developed our own decoding algorithms and specialize in secure data capture technologies that meet all these criteria and more. From eliminating counterfeiting issues or applications needing advanced security (proprietary symbology GoCode®) to advanced barcode scanners and decoding software that can compensate for damage or scan multiple barcodes at once, Code products deliver not only a time savings but also offer greater convenience and a better user experience. Code’s scanning and decoding technology provides the security solutions the gaming and lottery industry values and delivers the accuracy and efficiency they need.
As criminals become ever more sophisticated, and the risks to this industry increase, a solution is required to be flexible and adaptable. Code Corporation and its software brand TachyonIQ, stand ready to deliver industry innovative approaches to barcode scanning and decoding that provide the adaptability necessary to always stay one step ahead. Tell us what you think. We would love to hear form you.