or the third consecutive year, Smartplay’s Origin System will select the numbers for the New Jersey Lottery’s January bonus raffle. Participation in each event was subject to competitive bid and Smartplay’s reputation for reliability and premium customer service in both traditional machines and technology products gave an edge in successfully securing both of these imminent contracts.
New Jersey’s Jersey Jackpot Raffle, described as a short-term raffle-style game, features three top-tier winners of us$ 2 million and a total of us$ 5 million in cash prizes. The us$ 20 tickets go on sale in December for the January 21, 2009 draw. A total of 500,000 tickets are available; sales close at 6:30pm on the 21st.
Rhode Island’s game is a similarly styled raffle. One hundred and twenty thousand tickets, sold for us$ 20 each and numbered 1 to 120,000, went on sale in October. Rhode Island has a live telecast of the draw results scheduled as part of a New Year’s Eve celebration.
The Origin System is especially desirable for use in raffles due to its flexibility, which allows the Lottery to adjust the pool of numbers in the event that every numbered raffle ticket is not sold. Smartplay’s Origin System is currently used daily by New Mexico Lottery (Origin Video Server Client), Arizona Lottery, Washington’s Lottery, Ohio Lottery and Tennessee Lottery (Origin Video Server Client).
In addition to Rhode Island and New Jersey, the system has been selected as the means to conduct raffles by New Mexico Lottery, New York Lottery, Ohio Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery, Arizona Lottery, Washington’s Lottery and Virginia Lottery. Rentals of equipment such as the Origin System are an economical way for lotteries to present exciting short-term special events that can expand the player base and ramp up revenue.