How has technology changed one of olden days’ favorite games?

The gambling industry is hands-down the most innovative one at leveraging new technologies. The industry is always on the look-out for new technologies. Lotteries have been quick to incorporate new technologies in everything from how players purchase tickets to creating innovative ways for them to play this game of chance. 

Before the advent of smartphones and the internet, gamblers were limited by distance, travel costs, and modes of transportation. In the past few years online gambling has changed that. The ability to play from any computer or device is something players love especially when they are on the move. Here’s a look at how technology has changed lotto online all over the world.

Smartphone apps

When it comes to lottery gaming, smart phones have been an invaluable tool for both players and lotteries for almost 10 years now. It is virtually impossible to visit any lottery website without finding a mobile-optimized version of their site. Players like this because they can buy tickets, get results, check their numbers and more without actually visiting a physical store or kiosk.

Lotteries enjoy new ways to increase sales without laying out more money on advertising or marketing campaigns and they can do it from anywhere in the world at any time day or night. For example South Africa’s National Lottery organisation created an SMS gateway for players that enables them to check results via text message even if they don’t have internet access on their devices. 

New ways to play 

Any player that has tried out online lotteries quickly realizes how easy the process is compared with traditional lotto games. This is especially so when it comes to smart phones where players can actually see their numbers being drawn live on their screens in real time! Gone are the days when you had to wait until you got home before you found out if you won – now you just log into your account and see what happened. Many lotteries these days are also experimenting with new ways for players to play their games. 

Fraud prevention 

It’s not just new ways to play that lotteries and players are excited about. They are also looking forward to fraud prevention features. 

While some lotteries didn’t waste any time embracing newer technologies, there are others that still rely on paper tickets and manual drawings. Lotteries have been getting creative in preventing the many ways players try to cheat the system – from creating scratch-off tickets that can’t be copied easily, to using digital systems that prevent multiple entries using false information with hidden codes on tickets or the website and other security measures, including new authentication processes for online play. 

Online sales

You don’t need an app for your smartphone to buy lotto tickets as most lotteries have their websites optimized for mobile viewing. This has been a game changer for lottery players as they no longer have to wait in line at stores or stand in crowded lines at kiosks or worse still rely on others physically present at these locations to purchase their ticket for them. Lottery offices benefit from this too as they no longer need extra staff working during peak times such as weekends, holidays, Christmas etc…

Players are also being encouraged to use their own creativity to create new ways to play. Which brings us to our next innovation for today:

How gambling has made use of blockchain technology

With the introduction of digital money and cryptocurrencies, lotteries have been quick to jump on the bandwagon and accept these new forms of currency. The most popular method is Bitcoin thanks to its zero processing fees and its speed. Bitcoin allows players to get instant results as well as pay-out winners more quickly.  Players can purchase tickets from 41 states using their credit or debit cards using this method or they can transfer funds from their bank accounts directly into an account with the company.

Millennials are extremely interested in this new technology. Lotteries in particular have been quick to incorporate blockchain into their systems. The underlying technology is a distributed database that can record any number of events without the need for a central authority or third-party verification. 

Blockchain was developed to support cryptocurrency but it has many other potential uses like verifying identity, keeping records and voting. It’s possible that blockchain will someday be used to verify official lottery ticket purchases and winning numbers as well. 

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