Q. How long has Global Lottery Corporation been in business?
A. A Global Lottery Corporation was founded as a Nevada (USA) Corporation in 2005. However, GLCs management team bring over 30 years experience in the worldwide gaming industry.
GLC’s hardware and software was previously sold under the name WSG Systems, which is now wholly-owned by Global Lottery Corporation.
Q. What makes GLC different from other lottery/pari-mutuel providers?
A. GLC brings your lottery or pari-mutuel gaming operation a number of distinct advantages, including:
Cutting-edge gaming equipment and systems
Internet and cell-phone interface-allows for more gaming opportunities
Fully-tested system reliability
In-country service and support
Time and resources to continually serve your gaming needs
Multiple-feed printer/reader hardware
Q. Do you sell hardware/software to casinos?
A. GLC sells pari-mutuel and keno systems to casinos. We do not sell slot machines.
Q. How long will it take you to implement our system?
A. The lead-time to deliver terminals is generally six (6) months from receiving an order. Most other components are available in less time. Please call us directly for timing on your particular needs.
Q. Can GLC hardware be used to upgrade my existing gaming system?
A. Absolutely! GLC’s systems are available for start-up gaming, and replacing or upgrading outdated systems.
Q. Who is the manufacturer of GLC hardware?
A. GLC is the manufacturer. We contract with qualified assembly facilities. Materials and components are sourced from trusted suppliers around the world.
Q. How much space does a GLC terminal require in a retail establishment?
A. GLC’s systems are designed for minimal space requirements. In general, approximately one-third (1/3) meter sq. will be needed, and of course power and internet connections are required.
Q. Where does the GLC Central System reside for a lottery?
A. Wherever the lottery owner wants it. GLC recommends that the central system is housed in a secure, safe, and confidential location. Back-up hardware should be installed in a separate location. GLC will consult with the lottery owner/operator about details and requirements of each system.
Q. Is there a difference between GLC lottery and pari-mutuel hardware?
A. The same hardware can be used to manage both types of gaming. However, a pari-mutuel system may not require the same level of Central System that a lottery requires.
Q. How many tickets can the GLC printer/reader process per minute?
A. 50 tickets.
Q. What is the average life-span of a GLC terminal?
A. GLC hardware and software are rigorously tested-hardware is “burned in” for 48 hours.
The average life-span of a terminal 10 to 15 years; however actual life-span will depend on useage, proper maintenance (i.e., keeping it clean, ventilation, not-spilling coffee on it, etc.).
Q. How is GLC software developed?
A. GLC’s lottery and pari-mutuel software were developed by an expert Asia-based team with in-depth experience in the gaming industry. They include the following disciplines and experience:
- Doctor of Philosphy in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science/Electrical Engineer with experience working for companies such as Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, New South Wales Lotteries, and Cincom Systems. Designer of the Internet-based Lottery system after years of research and development in this and related fields.
- Project Leader/Software Manager, previous experience with Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, Totalitztor Systems Inc., New South Wales Lotteries, Malaysia Magnum 4D, and Macao Jockey Club. Almost 30 years experience.
- Certified Quality Analyst (CQA)/Certififed System Analyst (CSA) holder. Also holds Advance Certificate in Digital Computer Programming from University of Hong Kong. Experience with Totalizator Systems Inc., Kenward System (China), New South Wales Lotteries, Hong Kong Jockey Club.
- Legal Specialist (UK Law Graduate) with over 10 years gaming industry experience.
- Business Development Expert, graduate of University of Malaysia (Bachelor of Science, Honors) and Education Diploma. Previous Experience in numerous business developments and feasibility studies in China, Myanmar, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and the Indian Subcontinent. Worked on successful implementation of computerized lottery systems in Malaysia and China.
- Semi-conductor Specialist, graduate of National Taiwan University, provides technical services and support. Experience with Intel and SGS. Worked on successful implementation of computerized lottery system in China.
- Market Specialist, graduate of York University. Involved in successful implementation of computerized lottery systems in the Philippines, Ghana, and Suriname. Also brings market expertise from work in India, Taiwan, China, Nepal, and Vietnam.
Q. Will other existing lottery or pari-mutuel software work on a GLC system?
A. Would require modifications, however as GLC’s systems are PC-based, they are able to run a huge variety of software programs with excellent stability and reliability. Our software experts will determine if there are any interface challenges.
Q. What is a lottery?
A. According to wikipedia.org, a lottery is defined as “a popular form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize… The first signs of a lottery trace back to Asia, where ancient Keno slips were discovered. First played in China, the lottery has helped finance major governmental projects like the Great Wall of China.”
Modern lotteries have exploded in popularity over the past decades. Lotteries have become a socially acceptable forms of entertainment based on chance rather than on perceived skill. North America represents a large market with over forty US states and Canadian Provinces having lotteries. Worldwide over 200 jurisdictions have legalized lotteries-generally automated. These are comprised of networks of thousands of computerized terminals processing nearly one hundred and eighty billion dollars ($180,000,000,000) in bets each year.
Q. Who operates lotteries?
A. Official, major lotteries are the domain of governments-at all levels, including federal, state/province, and local. Some governments choose to run the lotteries themselves, but most contract the management and operation of their lottery to a “lottery operator.” GLC works both as a sub-contractor to governments and existing lottery operators. Should a government desire our full suite of services and expertise, we also act fully as a lottery operator.
Q. Can anyone start a lottery?
A. No. World governments will not tolerate unregulated lotteries. Of course, there are untold numbers of small lotteries that happen in the form of bingo games, school raffles, 50/50 draws, etc. You should always make sure you know the laws of your nation, state/province, or local jurisdiction before engaging in any sort of gaming.
Q. Where does lottery money go?
A. The “profits” of lotteries (money that remains after prizes and operating costs are paid) are seen as a form of “soft taxation.” It’s a way for governments to raise revenue that is enjoyed by the bettor, and benefits the government. Lottery proceeds may be targeted to a specific public venture, such as schools or libraries, or go into the general government funds.
Q. Is there a worldwide lottery association?
A. Yes. It’s called the World Lottery Association.
Q. What is pari-mutuel gaming/betting?
A. According to wikipedia.org, pari-mutuel betting is defined as “a betting system in which all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool; taxes and a house take are removed, and payoff odds are calculated by sharing the pool among all placed bets.”
Pari-mutuel gaming operations can include betting on horse racing, dog racing, boxing, football, or just about any type of competition.
Q. Who is permitted to operate pari-mutuel gaming?
A. Modern pari-mutuel betting no longer requires bettors to physically go to the track or other competition site-rather bettors can play at any number of facilities, including pubs, casinos, and even the Internet. GLC’s pari-mutuel systems allow any operator of this type of gaming to run and manage the bets for multiple events with ease.
Like most gaming, pari-mutuel games are usually monitored and regulated by governments. However, they differ from lotteries in that the government is not the prime beneficiary of the money collected.