he announcement comes on the heels of a US subsidiary of an Italian firm being tapped to create an online lottery system for the state.
Comodo CA, a Jersey-City based company, will be providing new digital certificates for the lottery's online transactions. According to the company, "digital certificates enable organizations, such as the New York State Lottery, to encrypt the information transmitted over the Internet. With a digital certificate, the computer storing and sending information can use an algorithm to scramble the message so that only the intended recipient can read it."
Anything you send to NYLottery.com, including your name and contact information, is protected by the use of these certificates. They are also necessary to protect credit card numbers should director Gordon Medenica get his wish of online lottery sales.
SSL (secure socket layer) technology also protects against counterfeit sites using "phishing" to steal information. Browsers can verify the site's authenticity by checking the security certificate - this is what's happening if your browser tells you that a site's certificate has expired.
Last month Rhode Island-based GTECH, subsidiary of Italy's Lottomatica, announced that it was "tapped as the preferred bidder in the competition to provide a new online lottery system and services to the New York Lottery."
The company has been providing services to the lottery for twenty-three years, according to the statement. Reading between the lines, it looks like Gtech's existing services include video gaming terminals, instant game machines, ticket-checking terminals and possibly QuickDraw.
They'll be adding a wireless network and up to 20,000 online lottery terminals, which doesn't sound like the same thing as being able to play on the internet from home. However, it looks like this contract and the Comodo agreement will lay the groundwork for significant online expansion for the NY Lottery.
The contract with Gtech is worth us$ 550 million over seven years, and was awarded in a competitive bidding process. Information on the bidding and price of the Comodo contract was not available as of this writing.