solutions for draw continuity during the global pandemic
The current pandemic has brought many challenges to lotteries, nudging the industry to a digital transformation. We believe that we are in a unique position to help the industry during this uncertain time: Szrek2Solutions offers secure draw solutions that ensure draw continuity under all circumstances.
LOTTERY LEADERS REASSESS DRAW CONTINUITY
Draw continuity is a heightened priority to the lottery industry, and has been identified as a weak point in the operations of the lottery system. When we discussed backup solutions with Daniel Sagrario, IT manager, he said that SLE has recognized the need for several viable backup solutions for the EuroMillions draw, to ensure business continuity under the most extreme and diverse circumstances. Like other industry leaders, he’s looking for backup solutions that provide the same level of integrity as the primary draw solution.
“We want to be sure that when the lottery awards large amounts of money, we can prove to the public that those draws were random, unpredictable and altogether correct.”
Szrek's remote draw service provides lotteries with access to a cloud-like platform for performing draws. We also provide lotteries with their own dedicated systems, when regulations allow for automated and remote operation.
rEMOTE DRAW SERVICE
When the pandemic hit in March, Szrek2Solutions put in place a safety net: a remote draw solution for manual draws, hosted at IGT data centers in West Greenwich, RI and Austin, TX. This services allows draw managers and draw auditors to perform and audit draws remotely - including from their homes - following strict security procedures. The solution uses Szrek’s patented RNG technology with proof of integrity. This solution is available as a primary or backup solution for manual draws.
DEDICATED LOTTERY RNG SYSTEMS
RNG systems hosted at the lottery can also offer draw continuity. Both the remote and automated configurations allow draw staff and auditors to maintain their strict security procedures, from various locations, including their homes. Szrek's automated and remote draw systems can serve as the primary and/ or backup draw system.
Our remote draw systems allow for manual draws from different locations, while maintainig our standard of integrity. Lotteries can perform and audit draws wherever there is internet connectivity (from the draw room, remote facility, or draw staff’s home).
Automated draw systems are integrated with the gaming system, with draws either triggered by the gaming system, or activated by another process. Because automated draws communicate with the gaming system, they can occur without human interaction.
Szrek’s draw systems with random number verification have been deployed for over 15 years without failures or fraud. When reflecting on the effects of the 2020 pandemic on the lottery industry, experts agree that lottery leaders need to reassess their draw continuity plans.
NASPL asked associate members:
“WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON LEARNED BY THE LOTTERY INDUSTRY FROM THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC?”
Read our response as well as perspectives from other associate members.