Video lottery terminals (VLTs)
function much like gaming machines (slots).
The player inserts payment,
selects a combination of numbers and pulls a lever or pushes a button to play
the game. Numbers are randomly generated via a hook-up run by the lottery.
The machines can pay out in two ways. Either coins drop out or a paper
receipt is printed that can be redeemed for prize money.
Where they have
been introduced VLTs have made a significant impact.
In South Dakota, in
the United states for instance, VLTs are the states second largest source of
general fund revenue.
In Australia VLTs can be found in each of the lottery
jurisdictions with the exception of Western Australia. Tattersall's (the large
privately operated lottery organisation) even offers the first VLT to "jackpot"
to any machine being played. The highest prize so far has been A$20,000.
North America, Canada is shaping up to be the center of VLT activity. Following
a massive installation effort by Loto-Quebec and the approval of the machines
for Ontario, as well as their popularity in Atlantic Canada. Canadian
politicians appear to have decided that the contributions VLTs can make to
government revenue far outweigh the negative social impacts that they
previously argued would result from these games.
SOURCE: The Whole World