Patents by Inventor John M. Packes, Jr.

John M. Packes, Jr. has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7704139
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate lottery ticket transactions. A request to purchase a lottery ticket is received, the lottery ticket being associated with a lottery number combination, such as a limited number of lottery tickets or a limited number of players. An indication that the lottery number combination is to be associated with a limited number of occurrences is also received. For example, an indication that the lottery number combination is to be associated with only a single lottery ticket may be received. A price associated with the lottery ticket is determined based on the received indication. According to one embodiment, the price is increased by a predetermined amount based on the received indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Tulley, John M. Packes, Jr., James A. Jorasch, Jay S. Walker, Patrick J. Buckley, Peter J. Vogel, Magdalena M. Fincham, Norman C. Gilman, Keith Bemer, Russell Pratt Sammon, William P. Van Vooren, Andrew P. Golden, Michael F. Steib
  • Patent number: 7690980
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate lottery ticket transactions. A request to purchase a lottery ticket is received, the lottery ticket being associated with a lottery number combination, such as a limited number of lottery tickets or a limited number of players. An indication that the lottery number combination is to be associated with a limited number of occurrences is also received. For example, an indication that the lottery number combination is to be associated with only a single lottery ticket may be received. A price associated with the lottery ticket is determined based on the received indication. According to one embodiment the price is increased by a predetermined amount based on the received indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Tulley, John M. Packes, Jr., James A. Jorasch, Jay S. Walker, Patrick J. Buckley, Peter J. Vogel, Magdalena M. Fincham, Norman C. Gilman, Keith Bemer, Russell Pratt Sammon, William P. Van Vooren, Andrew P. Golden, Michael F. Steib
  • Patent number: 7682240
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate lottery ticket transactions. A request to purchase a lottery ticket is received, the lottery ticket being associated with a lottery number combination, such as a limited number of lottery tickets or a limited number of players. An indication that the lottery number combination is to be associated with a limited number of occurrences is also received. For example, an indication that the lottery number combination is to be associated with only a single lottery ticket may be received. A price associated with the lottery ticket is determined based on the received indication. According to one embodiment, the price is increased by a predetermined amount based on the received indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Tulley, John M. Packes, Jr., James A. Jorasch, Jay S. Walker, Patrick J. Buckley, Peter J. Vogel, Magdalena M. Fincham, Norman C. Gilman, Keith Bemer, Russell Pratt Sammon, William P. Van Vooren, Andrew P. Golden, Michael F. Steib
  • Publication number: 20100017022
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for advancing the sale of vending machine products. The invention enables selling products without revealing the identity of the product. By concealing the identity of the products from a consumer prior to receiving payment, the present invention promotes the automated sale of perishable, slow-selling and/or less profitable products, to increase the overall profitability of a vending machine. Various embodiments are disclosed, including: predetermined price embodiments in which a vending machine sells one or more mystery products for a predetermined price; consumer-specified price embodiments in which a consumer is allowed to specify a price for one or more mystery products; and upsell embodiments in which a vending machine offers one or more upsell mystery products in exchange for the amount of change owed to a consumer, or in exchange for an amount of change owed to a consumer plus an additional monetary value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Jay S. WALKER, Daniel E. TEDESCO, John M. PACKES, JR., Charles A. RATTNER, Magdalena MIK, Andrew S. VAN LUCHENE
  • Patent number: 7641548
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, methods, computer readable media and apparatus are provided for processing lottery ticket sales. In one example, a request by a player is received to purchase at least one hidden size multiplier. Play indicia are associated with the multiplier by storing data related to the at least one set of play indicia and the multiplier, and a price is determined for the multiplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Packes, Jr., Stephen C. Tulley, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Magdalena Mik, Jay S. Walker, Steven M. Santisi
  • Publication number: 20090291746
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a method for terminating play of a game session at a gaming device is provided. The method includes determining a game parameter, determining a terminating value associated with the parameter, determining whether the terminating value is reached, and terminating play of the game session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: Jay S. WALKER, James A. JORASCH, Daniel E. TEDESCO, John M. PACKES, JR.
  • Patent number: 7587333
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for advancing the sale of vending machine products. The invention enables selling products without revealing the identity of the product. By concealing the identity of the products from a consumer prior to receiving payment, the present invention promotes the automated sale of perishable, slow-selling and/or less profitable products, to increase the overall profitability of a vending machine. Various embodiments are disclosed, including: predetermined price embodiments in which a vending machine sells one or more mystery products for a predetermined price; consumer-specified price embodiments in which a consumer is allowed to specify a price for one or more mystery products; and upsell embodiments in which a vending machine offers one or more upsell mystery products in exchange for the amount of change owed to a consumer, or in exchange for an amount of change owed to a consumer plus an additional monetary value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, John M. Packes, Jr., Charles A. Rattner, Magdalena Mik, Andrew S. Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 7553235
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed that documents and authenticates cap removal data. According to a first aspect of the present invention, the apparatus measures a parameter indicative of the number of times that a cap has been removed by a user. The apparatus also encodes at least the parameter indicative of the cap removal data, thereby deriving encoded cap removal data. The apparatus outputs the encoded cap removal data to a user. According to a second aspect of the present invention, another apparatus receives the encoded cap removal data and decodes it to authenticate the cap removal data. According to a third aspect of the present invention, a medicine container is operable to output a result of a game based on cap removal data associated with the medicine container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, John M. Packes, Jr., Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 7553234
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed that documents and authenticates cap removal data. According to a first aspect of the present invention, the apparatus measures a parameter indicative of the number of times that a cap has been removed by a user. The apparatus also encodes at least the parameter indicative of the cap removal data, thereby deriving encoded cap removal data. The apparatus outputs the encoded cap removal data to a user. According to a second aspect of the present invention, another apparatus receives the encoded cap removal data and decodes it to authenticate the cap removal data. According to a third aspect of the present invention, a medicine container is operable to output a result of a game based on cap removal data associated with the medicine container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, John M. Packes, Jr., Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 7513825
    Abstract: A system, method, and ticket for a lottery player to increase a payout received for winning a lottery game is disclosed. A request to purchase a set of play indicia (e.g. lottery numbers) and to associate the play indicia with a multiplier is received from a player. Data relating to the set of play indicia and data identifying the multiplier are stored in a memory where they are logically associated with each other. A purchase price is determined for the multiplier based upon various factors including the expected value of the multiplier as applied to a lottery ticket. The set of play indicia may be for a drawing-type lottery game and/or an instant-type lottery game and may be defined by characters and/or other representations. An embodiment of the present invention also includes a computer system having a memory for storing data related to the lottery game and having a processor in communication with the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Packes, Jr., Stephen C. Tulley, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Magdalena Mik, Jay S. Walker, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 7493267
    Abstract: A method for gathering marketing information from a player including transmitting a marketing question to a player proximate in space to a compensation dispensing machine, receiving a response to the marketing question from the player, and transmitting a signal to the compensation dispensing machine providing compensation to the player. The signal can be transmitted proximate in time to receiving the response. Alternatively, the method for gathering marketing information from a player can include transmitting a marketing question to a player, receiving a response to the marketing question from the player, and transmitting a signal causing a compensation dispensing machine to provide compensation to the player at a time proximate to receipt of the response. The compensation dispensing machine can be proximate in space to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, John M. Packes, Jr., Geoffrey M. Gelman, Peter Kim, Andrew P. Golden, Timothy A. Palmer, Steven M. Santisi
  • Publication number: 20090030776
    Abstract: A billing statement according to one aspect of the invention includes a description of a transaction and an offer pointer associated with the transaction, wherein the offer pointer includes information that may be used to review an offer. In one example of this aspect, the offer pointer is a telephone number printed adjacent to a description of a transaction on a credit card billing statement. The telephone number accesses a voice response system presenting conditional branches through which a consumer can navigate to review an offer. In another example, a hyperlink is positioned adjacent to a total amount owed listed on an electronically-displayed billing statement. The hyperlink may be selected to access a website presenting offers for review by the consumer. The offers reviewed in each of these examples may be customized based on details of the transaction such as the product purchased or the amount of the purchase, the identity of the consumer, and/or on other data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Timothy A. Palmer, Russell Prat Sammon, John M. Packes, JR., Geoffrey M. Gelman, Kurt M. Maschoff, Andrew M. Golden, Michiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7361085
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides for determining a first gaming session; determining a rank of the first gaming session; determining at least one gaming session, each at least one gaming session of the first set having a respective rank that is not higher than the rank of the first gaming session, determining data corresponding to the at least one gaming session; determining at least one bonus based on the data; and applying the at least one bonus to the first gaming session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Packes, Jr., James A. Jorasch, Jay S. Walker, Michael D. Downs
  • Patent number: 7188080
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided wherein an indication of a plurality of product categories is received, each product category being associated with a plurality of products. For example, the indication of the plurality of product categories may be received from a buyer. Buyer offer information, including an indication of an offer amount associated with the plurality of product categories, is also received. A subset of the plurality of products is selected for each of the product categories, and an indication of the selected products is provided. The buyer's offer may then be evaluated. If the buyer's offer is accepted, the selected products may be provided to the buyer in exchange for payment of the offer amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Magdalena Mik, John M. Packes, Jr., Russell Pratt Sammon, Michiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7052394
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for conducting and for playing a supplemental lottery game. In accordance with some embodiments, a system and method are provided for performing a meta-game award analysis, upon completion of a primary lottery drawing, by comparing each of the primary lottery drawing entry numbers of a group of primary lottery entries with a list of winning numbers from the primary lottery drawing, and determining if the meta-game award analysis indicates that the group of entries qualifies for a meta-game award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, John M. Packes, Jr., Magdalena Mik, Stephen C. Tulley
  • Patent number: 7006983
    Abstract: A point of sale (POS) rebate method and system allows a consumer purchasing a product having an associated manufacturer's mail-in rebate to redeem the rebate at the POS. Products that have associated manufacturer rebates are recognized when the products are purchased, e.g., based on information stored in a rebate database. When such products are identified, terms and conditions of a POS rebate are determined. The value of the POS rebate may be determined based on the value of the mail-in rebate offered by the manufacturer. The value of the POS rebate may be determined by querying a server containing rebate information, such as a server operated by or on behalf of the manufacturer or retailer. The consumer is then prompted to choose whether to keep the original manufacturer's mail-in rebate, or to accept the POS rebate, along with any terms and conditions associated with the POS rebate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Packes, Jr., Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Keith Bemer, John B. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 7004834
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for facilitating play of a game with user-selected elements. According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a set of all possible elements of a game is determined. Each of the elements of the set is associated with at least one of a plurality of locations. A representation of the plurality of locations is displayed to a player, defining a set of selectable locations. At least one selection signal is received, with each selection signal indicating a selectable location from the set of selectable locations, indicating at least one selected element. An outcome is determined based on the at least one selected element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, John M. Packes, Jr., Russell Pratt Sammon, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 6969318
    Abstract: A system, method, and ticket for a lottery player to increase a payout received for winning a lottery game is disclosed. A request to purchase a set of play indicia (e.g. lottery numbers) and to associate the play indicia with a multiplier is received from a player. Data relating to the set of play indicia and data identifying the multiplier are stored in a memory where they are logically associated with each other. A purchase price is determined for the multiplier based upon various factors including the expected value of the multiplier as applied to a lottery ticket. The set of play indicia may be for a drawing-type lottery game and/or an instant-type lottery game and may be defined by characters and/or other representations. The magnitude of the multiplier may be determined at random.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Packes, Jr., Stephen C. Tulley, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Magdalena Mik, Jay S. Walker, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 6964611
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment of the present invention provides for receiving data indicating a request by a player for an automated session, in which the automated session comprises a plurality of lottery outcomes. The method further provides for determining at least one parameter associated with the automated session and for determining at least one lottery outcome. The method also includes providing the at least one lottery outcome based on the at least one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Packes, Jr., Michael F. Steib, Andrew P. Golden, James A. Jorasch, Jay S. Walker, Thomas M. Sparico
  • Patent number: 6773345
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for operating a lottery gaming system. In one embodiment, a player playing an electronic instant lottery game on a player device accumulates occurrences of a bonus symbol during a duration comprising at least two outcomes. The occurrences of the bonus symbol may be tracked by means of a running count. The running count may be increased with each occurrence of a tracked bonus symbol and the player provided with a bonus if the running count is at least equal to a predetermined number. The accumulated occurrences of the bonus symbol may also expire in some embodiments of the present invention. Expiration of an occurrence of a bonus symbol may occur, for example, after a predetermined time period or a predetermined number of outcomes from the time of the occurrence of the bonus symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Magdalena M. Fincham, Stephen C. Tulley, John M. Packes, Jr.