Lottery players can now use credit, debit cards and even mobile payment options to play instant and draw games.
Gaming and technology services provider Scientific Games recently launched a card payment processing technology—the first of its kind in the United States—which is directly integrated with lottery gaming systems technology.
The omni-channel enterprise service bus (ESB) technology is a service-oriented gaming platform that was designed to securely integrate third-party products and services, including card payment processing. The payment solution, developed for the Pennsylvania Lottery and approved by the Multi-state Lottery Association, accepts Europay, Mastercard and Visa payments.
In addition, the payment technology also supports mobile payment options such as Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.
“To protect future funding to lottery beneficiaries, the industry must keep pace with rapidly changing consumer demands. Scientific Games has innovated payment options to align with today’s consumer preferences. We are experiencing an increasingly cashless society, and the timing was right for the Pennsylvania Lottery to test new convenient commerce solutions to their players and retailers,” Pat McHugh, senior vice president for global lottery systems at Scientific Games, said in a statement.
A member of the European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association, Scientific Games provides lottery games, services, systems and retail technology to more than 150 lotteries globally. Recently, the gaming service provider inked two new deals with Denmark’s Danske Spil A/S, which will see Scientific Games provide game solutions and services to Danske Lotteri Spil as well as interactive player account management (PAM) solution and services for Danske Spil.
The company also won a five-year contract with Germany’s Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt late last year to provide retail technology including 725 terminals, software and maintenance services to the German lottery.