Lottery Tickets As A Bonus Or Wide Area Progressive Top Award
The Okuniewicz patents include claims for players entering to drawings via a slot machine or player tracking/bonusing system including multi-state lotteries and promotional drawings. Players prefer slot machines with paytables that have a higher frequency of low and middle range hits in contrast with Wide Area Progressives that are forced to pay for their jackpots at the expense of a traditional player's reduced time-on-device. Issuing lottery entries like PowerBall® or Mega Millions® through a slot machine that utilizes a popular paytable can increase time-on-device and player satisfaction while also offering second chance drawing opportunities that drive more return visits.
There appear to be a large number of products in the field that offer entries to drawings in response to gaming device activities. Many of these products potentially infringe claims within this area of the Okuniewicz portfolio. Additionally, when considering that the largest slot machine manufacturers have recently been purchased by global lottery companies (GTECH and Scientific Games), it is very likely that the industry will continue to experience more blending of lottery games and casino games in the future.