Lot Match Or Lot Combination (e.g., Roulette, Lottery, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/17)
  • Patent number: 10275980
    Abstract: A lottery host, retailer terminal(s) and specially adapted tickets and ticket packs provide embodiments of a wagering event integrity control system, method and apparatus as disclosed. In various embodiments, purchased but unactivated tickets for a lottery drawing are activated based upon a code and/or signal received by the lottery host, wherein the received code and/or signal is associated with different tickets in the ticket pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: IGT Global Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Heathcote, Aaron Michael Koll, Sarah W. Simpkins
  • Patent number: 10269212
    Abstract: Various embodiments of alerts on mobile devices are described. In some embodiments, information regarding a plurality of games may be stored, including a list of mobile devices registered to receive alerts associated with each game. Data comprising information related to the plurality of games may be received. Matches between information in the data and one or more of the games may be identified by searching the stored game information. For each identified match, at least one alert message may be generated for each mobile device registered to receive alerts associated with the game. The respective alert message may include a respective summary of information from the data regarding the game, which may include information about scheduling and/or potential outcomes of the game. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Dean P. Alderucci, Charles Plott, Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 10262498
    Abstract: A system and method are described for generating hybrid lottery tickets. The hybrid lottery tickets comprise both an instant win portion and a draw portion. The instant win portion provides the opportunity to win a prize at the time of purchase while the draw portion provides the opportunity to win a prize based on a subsequently occurring draw. The instant win portion is generated based on the draw portion, allowing the hybrid lottery ticket to be generated at the time of purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ONTARIO LOTTERY AND GAMING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Bruce Caughill, Steven Joseph Dolan, Ji Huang
  • Patent number: 10249130
    Abstract: A game machine comprises a physical lottery mechanism including a plurality of lottery portions, wherein an image display device having a transmissive screen through which each lottery portion can be seen is arranged on each of the front and back of the lottery mechanism; games different from each other are simultaneously performed so as to make a difference between a lottery portion to be used in a game for one side of the lottery mechanism and a lottery portion to be used in a game for the other side of the lottery mechanism, and display of the image display device is controlled so that a lottery state of a lottery portion being used in a game is seen through the transmissive region of the screen, while a lottery state of a lottery portion not being used in the game is less visible or invisible in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryu Sasaki, Takashi Sakuma, Kensaku Yoshida, Yoshihiro Ando
  • Patent number: 10242536
    Abstract: A gaming system provides a game to one or more players and includes a ball lottery machine. The ball lottery machine includes a frame, a lottery ball field, an image projection unit, and a control unit. The lottery ball field has a rotating field. The rotating field includes a plurality of ball pockets spaced on the rotating field. The ball pockets are configured to receive a lottery ball. The rotating field is rotatably coupled to the frame. The image projection unit is coupled to the frame and is configured to project a rotating image into an upper surface of the rotating field. The control unit is configured to establish a rate of rotation associated with the rotating field and to responsively control a rate of rotation of the rotating image using the image projection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Masato Okuaki, Ryu Sasaki, Daisuke Matsuki, Atsushi Inoue, Makoto Nakano
  • Patent number: 10235843
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispenser array includes a plurality of separate bins, with each bin defined by a housing having a defined first internal space for receipt of a supply of interconnected lottery tickets. Each bin has an electronic ticket drive mechanism a control system in communication with the drive mechanism to initiate a dispense sequence upon receipt of a ticket dispense command. The control system is furthered configured to generate a bin ID signal upon a lottery ticket being dispensed from the bin. A central lottery server receives the bin ID signals and is configured to randomly determine a select one of the bins within the dispenser array to associate with a bonus prize and, for each dispense sequence, to compare the received bin ID signal to the select bin to determine if the bin associated with the dispense cycle corresponds to the selected bonus bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay J. Ghia, William F. Behm
  • Patent number: 10229561
    Abstract: An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a game-playing transaction conducted between a user device and a game-playing terminal, wherein the game-playing transaction is associated with a request for playing a game; determining a location of the user device associated with the game; determining the user device is located in an approved location associated with the game; and processing the game-playing transaction based on determining the user device is located in the approved location associated with the game. The game-playing transaction is conducted on a first communication interface, and the information associated with the game-playing transaction is received on a first or second communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cage, John Minutaglio, Roy Leach, David Tashjian, Travis L. Smith, John Frederick Houseal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10229466
    Abstract: A system and associated method are provided for dispensing lottery tickets at retail establishments, the lottery tickets authorized for sale in a given jurisdiction by a lottery authority. The lottery tickets are formatted for sale at the retail establishment with a ticket purchase code and a separate ticket data code. For each ticket sale, the ticket purchase code is input into a point-of-sale (POS) system of the retail establishment such that purchase of the lottery ticket mimics purchase of a non-lottery product in the POS system. For each ticket sold, a ticket data packet is transmitted from the retail establishment to a host lottery system, the data packet identifying the particular lottery ticket sold from the ticket data code and the particular retail establishment at which the lottery ticket was sold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Christensen, Joseph W. Bennett, III
  • Patent number: 10226690
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus which provides for a modified roulette wheel apparatus and associated wagering games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy Adams
  • Patent number: 10223862
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gaming system (100) comprising a local gaming device (101) and a first remote gaming device (108). If player of the respective devices (101/108) fulfills a predetermined gaming behavior criterion then gaming information is shared between common gaming interface portions of the respective devices (101/108). The invention provides an improved interaction between local (103) and remote players (107), resulting in a more realistic gaming experience for the local players as well as for the remote players. The invention also relates to a corresponding method, server, computer program product and remote gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TANGIAMO TOUCH TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventors: Mats Nordahl, Jimmy Eiterjord
  • Patent number: 10217326
    Abstract: An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a game-playing transaction conducted between a user device and a game-playing terminal, wherein the game-playing transaction is associated with a request for playing a game; determining a location of the user device associated with the game; determining the user device is located in an approved location associated with the game; and processing the game-playing transaction based on determining the user device is located in the approved location associated with the game. The game-playing transaction is conducted on a first communication interface, and the information associated with the game-playing transaction is received on a first or second communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cage, John Minutaglio, Roy Leach, David Tashjian, Travis L. Smith, John Frederick Houseal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10207189
    Abstract: A system for determining a type of a player associated with an online game, wherein the system includes at least one player device having one or more sensing modules; a server arrangement communicably coupled with the at least one player device, wherein the server arrangement is configured to transmit a first set of information to the at least one player device; receive a second set of information from the at least one player device, wherein the second set of information comprises a game information and a sensor information; analyze the second set of information to calculate a reliability factor of the associated player; and determine the type of the associated player based on the calculated reliability factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Huuuge Global Ltd.
    Inventors: Anton Gauffin, Wojciech Wronowski
  • Patent number: 10203965
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a data processing method, including the steps of intercepting a signal within a communications channel between a predefined peripheral device for a computing system and an application executing on the computing system and processing the signal and performing one or more actions in response to the processing. At least one action affects onward transmission of one or more signals within the communications channel. A data processing system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SPARKLE CS LTD
    Inventors: Judd Ferrer, Mark Brighton
  • Patent number: 10186109
    Abstract: A lottery ring includes a first ring and a second ring that have a ring shape and are concentrically arranged so as to form a layer; and a constraining device that operates between a constraint state for constraining the first ring and the second ring such that the first ring and the second ring integrally rotate on the same center and a release state for releasing the constraint state such that the first ring and the second ring relatively rotate, wherein accommodating units that accommodate a physical lottery medium are provided at the first ring along a rotation direction, and information providing units that are arranged along the rotation direction so as to respectively correspond to the accommodating units through the layer, and associated respectively with predetermined information is provided at the second ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Astsuhi Inoue, Shoki Kogure
  • Patent number: 10182460
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing multitenancy gaming platform services are presented. In one embodiment a method for providing multitenancy gaming platform services comprises receiving, at a server computer, a request from one of a plurality of applications for an operation associated with a service, the request including a token, data related to an application, and a target user identifier. The method further comprises, decoding the token to determine an application identifier and a user identifier. The method further comprises, determining which service of a plurality of multitenancy gaming platform services is requested, and sending the data related to the application to a second server computer responsible for the service, wherein the operation is authorized by the second server computer based on the user identifier and target user identifier. The method further comprises receiving a response from the second server computer responsible for the service, indicating a status of the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Ajinkya Apte, Bruce Sherrod, Matthew Leventi, Suryaveer Singh Lodha, Matthew John Alberts, Tim Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10158628
    Abstract: A computing platform may receive, from a client server, a request to authenticate a user to a user account, as well as device selection input selecting a registered device to receive a one-time passcode. The computing platform may evaluate the device selection input based on contextual login information associated with the user account, determine that the registered device selected to receive the one-time passcode is out of context, and execute a security procedure. Based on validating a response to the security procedure, the computing platform may generate a one-time passcode and may send the one-time passcode to the registered device selected to receive the one-time passcode. Thereafter, the computing platform may receive one-time passcode input, validate the one-time passcode input, generate a validation message directing the client server to provide the user with access to the user account, and send the validation message to the client server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Elizabeth S. Votaw, Andrew T. Keys
  • Patent number: 10147283
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system are provided for enabling digital imaging of both secure and non-secure areas of instant lottery tickets on demand across a geographically diverse network. Instant lottery tickets produced with this system accommodate smaller volume print runs, process color, and a greater level of customization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hydra Management LLC
    Inventors: Allen Lorne Weil, Fred W. Finnerty, George Kurtz Peng
  • Patent number: 10147274
    Abstract: A multilayer hybrid game system with a real world engine connected by a communication link to a game world engine wherein the real world engine comprises a real world credit meter, a random number generator, and a real world credit pay table, wherein the real world engine is configured to receive a trigger of a wager, determine a gambling outcome, and communicate the gambling outcome, an entertainment software engine connected to the game world engine configured to execute a multilayer entertainment game, generate a user interface display that depicts a representation of the multilayer entertainment game, a game world engine that communicate a wager trigger to the real world engine, generates a multilayer entertainment game impact that can be used to modify the multilayer entertainment game gameplay based a plurality of players' execution of the multilayer entertainment game and a global betting manager constructed to: manage multilayer wagers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10127764
    Abstract: An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a game-playing transaction conducted between a user device and a game-playing terminal, wherein the game-playing transaction is associated with a request for playing a game; determining a location of the user device associated with the game; determining the user device is located in an approved location associated with the game; and processing the game-playing transaction based on determining the user device is located in the approved location associated with the game. The game-playing transaction is conducted on a first communication interface, and the information associated with the game-playing transaction is received on a first or second communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cage, Roy Leach, David Tashjian
  • Patent number: 10115097
    Abstract: A method and system for generation of ticket security codes is provided. The method includes generating, by a host computing system, a lottery transaction authentication code for each transaction, generating an additional security code for the transaction, and including the generated additional security code on a lottery receipt for the transaction. The additional security code includes information that cannot be reproduced in the host computing system without access to the lottery ticket receipt and allows verification of critical data for the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Irena Szrek, Walter Szrek
  • Patent number: 10089608
    Abstract: An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a game-playing transaction conducted between a user device and a game-playing terminal, wherein the game-playing transaction is associated with a request for playing a game; determining a location of the user device associated with the game; determining the user device is located in an approved location associated with the game; and processing the game-playing transaction based on determining the user device is located in the approved location associated with the game. The game-playing transaction is conducted on a first communication interface, and the information associated with the game-playing transaction is received on a first or second communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cage, John Minutaglio, Roy Leach, David Tashjian
  • Patent number: 10058770
    Abstract: A system enables wagering method on random outcome events including Sic Bo. The system includes: a) two distinct sets of three dice in each set, one set being a set of three standard dice, and another set of special image dice with images on each face; b) a surface for moving and stopping the two distinct sets of three dice in each set; c) at least two wagering positions; d) three separate paytables, for the random outcome for the first set of dice. Second set of dice and combined two sets of dice; and e) wherein the first set of dice comprises standard six-faced dice and the second set of dice comprises a first die, a second die and a third die with each of the second set of dice having at least one face with a unique symbol that does not include numbers or art indicating 1 through six.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Weng I. Chan, Daniel L. Sahl
  • Patent number: 10049528
    Abstract: An interleaved wagering system is disclosed. The system includes an interactive controller constructed to: provide an interactive application; receive an indication to provide an additional wager opportunity; receive an indication to engage in the additional wager opportunity; communicate an indication to engage in the additional wager opportunity; receive a wager outcome and an application resource. The system also includes a wager controller constructed to communicate the wager outcome based on a received wager request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10043349
    Abstract: A lottery game playing method includes providing a numerical deviation factor, issuing a lottery ticket to a player imprinted with groups of chance numerals including a group of primary numerals and groups of option numerals. The number of primary numerals is equal to the number of option numerals of each group of option numerals. Each option numeral of each group of option numerals is the same as a positionally corresponding one of the primary numerals, or different from the positionally corresponding one of the primary numerals by the numerical deviation factor. The method next includes receiving from a drawing result numerals positionally corresponding to and equal in number to the number of primary numerals and the number of option numerals of each of the groups of option numerals, and assigning a win to the lottery ticket if the result numerals are the same one of the groups of chance numerals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald Borruso
  • Patent number: 10037654
    Abstract: A hybrid game having a user selectable gambling game is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang
  • Patent number: 10037651
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gaming system including a gaming machine. In response to a triggering event, the gaming system initiates play of a feature game including a plurality of standard symbols and value symbols, the value symbols being associated with one or more values. Value symbols adjacent to one another are combined into a larger composite symbol and held in place on a display device, the standard symbols then replaced with replacement symbols randomly selected from the standard and value symbols. When the replacement symbols include another value symbol adjacent to the composite symbol, the new value symbol is also combined with the composite symbol, increasing its size. At the conclusion of the feature game, a reel associated with the composite symbol is displayed and spun to select an award from a set of possible awards based on the size of the composite symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Qin You, Yanhua Yin, Peter Wilkins, Elizabeth Carter, Jack Chesworth, Ross Malcolm Gilbertson
  • Patent number: 10032336
    Abstract: A gaming system that is arranged to facilitate selection of one or more win lines by a player is described. The gaming system comprises a weight allocator for allocating a weight to a wager, the allocated weight being dependent on a number of win lines selected by the player. The gaming system further comprises a prize allocator, and a trigger determiner arranged to determine a trigger condition, the trigger condition being dependent at least in part on the allocated weight. The gaming system is arranged to allocate a prize to a player in response to determination of the trigger condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryan Paul Hawkins, Jamie Keith Langille
  • Patent number: 10026261
    Abstract: A gambling hybrid game with dynamic wager updating is disclosed. The gambling hybrid game includes an entertainment system engine that provides an entertainment game to a user, a real world engine that provides gambling games to one or more users, and a game world engine that monitors the entertainment game and provides gambling games when appropriate. The gambling hybrid game during the course of game play may dynamically update a wager amount to be placed on a gambling event in the gambling game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang
  • Patent number: 10019871
    Abstract: A prepaid interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including a wager controller operatively connecting an outcome server and an application controller, the wager controller constructed to: receive a plurality of computer-generated tokens; determine and communicate token information; receive wagering outcomes and token identifications, each token of the plurality of tokens corresponds with a wagering outcome and token identification; receive wager request instructions; determine and communicate wagering outcome; and communicate the token identification; the outcome server constructed to: receive and authenticate the token information; when the plurality of tokens are valid, communicate wagering outcomes and token identifications; receive the token identification; and store the token identification; and the application controller constructed to: determine whether to trigger a wager; when a wager is triggered, generate the wager request instructions; communicate the wager request instructions; receive the wager
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10008074
    Abstract: A method for authenticating instant lottery tickets in a web-based program that links secondary activities to the tickets includes providing each lottery ticket with a validation code that links the lottery ticket to an electronic validation file in a database that contains a predetermined outcome and status of the lottery. Each lottery ticket is provided with a registration code separate from the validation code, wherein a player uses the registration code to register the lottery ticket in the web-based program. The registration code is an encrypted form of the validation code for each ticket. With a server and upon receipt of the registration code, the registration code is decrypted to determine the validation code. The validation file associated with the decrypted registration code is accessed and, from the validation file, the authenticity and status of the lottery ticket required for a valid entry into the web-based program is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Martineck, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9997026
    Abstract: A method for authenticating instant lottery tickets for entry into a lottery activity includes providing each lottery ticket with a validation code that links the lottery ticket to an electronic validation file in a database, wherein the validation file contains a predetermined outcome of the lottery ticket and a status of the lottery ticket. Each lottery ticket is provided with a registration code separate from the validation code, wherein the registration code is used to register the lottery ticket in the lottery activity. The registration code is generated as an encrypted form of the validation code for each respective ticket. With a server and upon receipt of the registration code for entry into the lottery activity, the registration code is decrypted to determine the validation code assigned to the lottery ticket. The validation file associated with the decrypted registration code is accessed and used to verify authenticity and status of the lottery ticket required for entry into the lottery activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Martineck, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9990803
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to an electronic gaming device including a memory, a processor, and a plurality of reels. The plurality of reels may include one or more areas. The memory may include one or more one or more subscription based progressive structures. The processor may generate one or more symbols to be located in the one or more areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Godfrey Imudia, Jared Torres, Steven Davis
  • Patent number: 9975050
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to a multi-prize mystery box that provides an award to users who activate the mystery boxes and benefits to members of affiliations associated with the activating users. Users of an association may be provided notifications informing the users that the activating user has provided them with a benefit, increasing recognition of the activating user in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Luc Pieron, Thomas Baxter, Henry Rull, Sam McLellan, Stephanie Schultz
  • Patent number: 9959710
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a game-operating computer system, including: at least one server and game-operating software stored on a non-transient computer readable medium accessible by the server, where the at least one server, executing game-operating software, is at least configured to: generate an instance of a proximity game, where the instance of the proximity game is played based on the following rules: a) selecting a plurality of winning values from a pool of values, b) electronically receiving a first plurality of player-selected values from the pool of values, c) electronically receiving a second plurality of player-selected values from the pool of values, d) comparing the player-selected values with the winning values, where at least one player-selected value is not equal to at least one winning values; and e) determining at least one winning player from the at least one first player and the at least one second player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Intralot S.A.—Integrated Lottery Systems and Services
    Inventor: Nikolaos Diamantis
  • Patent number: 9940787
    Abstract: Software on a server and/or client device verifies a user as eligible to play an online game in which the wager and payout are made with real money. The software causes a graphical user interface (GUI) view for a first online game to be displayed to a user. The software then receives a first game input from the user. The first game input represents a wager or a play according to game mechanics of the first online game. The software causes a GUI view for a second game to be displayed to the user. And the software receives a second game input from the user. The second game input represents a play according to game mechanics for the second game. Then the software provides a payout for the first online game. The payout includes a promotional payout that depends at least in part on the second game input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Janosov, Nir Leibovich
  • Patent number: 9930031
    Abstract: A method of performing operations on an account server processor includes receiving authentication query messaging through a network interface from a user terminal. The authentication query messaging contains an account identifier and a credential string of characters. An elapsed time associated with the user entering characters of the credential string through a user interface of the user terminal is determined responsive to the authentication query messaging. A combination of the account identifier, the credential string, and the elapsed time is authenticated to generate an authentication result. The operations further include selectively communicating through the network interface toward the user terminal based on the authentication result, information that is fetched from a memory of an accounts database using the account identifier. Related account server processors and methods by user terminals are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: Badrinath Mohan
  • Patent number: 9922121
    Abstract: A search system includes a terminal apparatus and a server apparatus. The server apparatus includes a response unit configured to respond image information about a web page of a search result corresponding to the search query for a web search transmitted by the terminal apparatus to the terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive the image information about the web page of the search result from the server apparatus, and a display control unit configured to display the image information received by the receiving unit on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taketo Sano, Hiroyuki Soya
  • Patent number: 9911270
    Abstract: A system, method and computer product for multiple online exchanges of multiple iterations of all or part of a wager or fantasy sports entry is disclosed. A user accesses a wager exchange website. The user creates a user account and selects a ticket for partial sale. The user indicates a percentage value of the ticket that the user wishes to sell. The ticket is split into two child tickets, a first child ticket corresponding to the percentage value the user wishes to sell and a second child ticket corresponding to a percentage value the user wishes to retain. The ticket is set as inactive, and the first child ticket is set as active. The first child ticket is offered for sale on the exchange website. A second user purchases the first child ticket, and the process repeats with the first child ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GET OUT AHEAD LLC
    Inventors: Dominic J. LaRocca, Daniel Mark Tuckett, Joshua Tyler Pearl, Zachary Lax
  • Patent number: 9865135
    Abstract: A system and method of selling pre-printed lottery tickets for random draw lotteries through the retailers POS without the use of additional lottery hardware. Pre-printed lottery tickets allow a consumer to purchase a lottery ticket for a subsequently occurring draw by including that ticket in their shopping basket. The pre-printed lottery ticket may be purchased as any other common product through the point of sale terminal. No specialized hardware such as lottery terminal, printer or dispensing device is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: BLACKHAWK NETWORK, INC.
    Inventor: Gino Giunti
  • Patent number: 9837127
    Abstract: A system and method for post-production insertion of audio cues into media files is described, comprising a media transcoder loading into memory a first media file comprising audio tracks arranged along a timeline and an identifier identifying a location on the timeline of the first media file at which an item is to be presented, generating an audio cue tag comprising an audio cue having two or more inaudible audio signals, wherein the audio cue uniquely identifies the item associated with a web page to be accessed by a mobile device, and transcoding the first media file to encode at least some of the one or more audio tracks, embed the audio cue into a first audio track of the first media file, and determining not to compress at least a portion of the first audio track comprising the audio cue while compressing other portions of the first media file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: mKues, INC.
    Inventor: Eric H. Janszen
  • Patent number: 9830349
    Abstract: A per device state is introduced that indicates whether a storage device is shared clusterwide or not. The state may be populated by default based on detected device locality. Devices detected as local and those shared by only a subset of host machines in a cluster of machines may have the state set to “FALSE.” Devices which are shared by all the machines in a cluster may have the state set to “TRUE.” Locality of storage devices in a cluster may be modified using such state information. Operations upon other storage device state may be modified depending upon device sharing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Cota-Robles, Kanika Nema, Thorbjoern Donbaek Jensen
  • Patent number: 9824340
    Abstract: An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a game-playing transaction conducted between a user device and a game-playing terminal, wherein the game-playing transaction is associated with a request for playing a game; determining a location of the user device associated with the game; determining the user device is located in an approved location associated with the game; and processing the game-playing transaction based on determining the user device is located in the approved location associated with the game. The game-playing transaction is conducted on a first communication interface, and the information associated with the game-playing transaction is received on a first or second communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cage, John Minutaglio, Roy Leach, David Tashjian
  • Patent number: 9824346
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a fractional lottery transaction system that enables users to round up their purchase price when purchasing an item from a merchant, wherein the round up amount may be used to purchase a fractional amount of a lottery ticket. If the lottery ticket that is purchased is deemed a winner by a lottery establishment, the system determines the fractional amount of the winnings each fractional owner receives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: ZFPP, LLC
    Inventor: Jaroslaw F. Zygula
  • Patent number: 9824530
    Abstract: An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a game-playing transaction conducted between a user device and a game-playing terminal, wherein the game-playing transaction is associated with a request for playing a game; determining a location of the user device associated with the game; determining the user device is located in an approved location associated with the game; and processing the game-playing transaction based on determining the user device is located in the approved location associated with the game. The game-playing transaction is conducted on a first communication interface, and the information associated with the game-playing transaction is received on a first or second communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Cage, Roy Leach, David Tashjian
  • Patent number: 9811970
    Abstract: A system for displaying a digital scratcher ticket on a device having an interactive display. A backend data storage and processing unit creates and stores data corresponding to a digital scratcher ticket having a unique identifier. A trigger mechanism storage and processing generates a trigger signal for use by the device. Upon receipt of the trigger signal by the device, the device receives the stored data corresponding to a digital scratcher ticket created by the backend data storage and processing unit. The device then validates the data with the backend data storage and processing unit. The validated data is used to display the digital scratcher on the interactive display, but the displayed digital scratcher ticket is hidden until a user of the device interacts with the interactive display to reveal the digital scratcher ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: ACTV8, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Shuster
  • Patent number: 9799169
    Abstract: An on-line lottery is operated from a jurisdiction, with only players who are not citizens or residents of the jurisdiction being eligible to participate. The eligibility of a prospective player is checked at sign-up and/or when selected to win a prize. If a prospective player is determined to be a citizen or resident of the jurisdiction, their participation in the lottery is nullified, meaning the prospective player was not entered in the lottery, and thus was never eligible to win a prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan Gibson Bintliff
  • Patent number: 9799170
    Abstract: A method for processing lottery transactions and debit/credit transactions with lottery terminals that communicate with a lottery central site over a closed lottery network includes conducting lottery transactions at the lottery terminals and transmitting lottery transaction data between the lottery terminals and the lottery central site. An interface is configured between the lottery central site and an acquiring processor that is external to the closed lottery network. Debit/credit purchase transactions are conducted at the lottery terminals and debit/credit purchase transaction data is transmitted from the lottery terminals through the closed lottery network to the lottery central site, and from the lottery central site to the acquiring processor via the interface. The debit/credit purchase transaction data and lottery purchase transaction data are isolated throughout the closed lottery network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Earl Irwin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9773383
    Abstract: There is described a method of determining jackpots comprising the steps of: determining a total jackpot amount; determining whether the total jackpot amount is at least equal to a threshold, the threshold being equal to a maximum jackpot amount plus an excess jackpot amount; when the total jackpot amount is at least equal to the threshold, setting a main jackpot at the maximum jackpot amount, the main jackpot associated with a main draw; and determining a number of additional draws and corresponding additional jackpots, each to be won using a same player selection as for the main jackpot, using the excess jackpot amount, the corresponding additional jackpots being awarded independently of an allocation of the main jackpot, wherein at least one of the steps is performed by a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: INTERPROVINCIAL LOTTERY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Elizabeth Knebli
  • Patent number: 9767651
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods of selecting and placing real-world wagers responsive to one or more wager triggers, obtaining outcomes of the real-world wagers, facilitating user interactions with various interactive media, and revealing the outcomes of the real-world wagers through the interactive media to give an appearance that the outcomes of the real-world wagers resulted from the user interactions even though the outcomes resulted from the real-world wagers and were determined before the user interactions. By integrating real-world wager outcomes with gameplay and other user interactions, the system may provide an engaging user experience with interactive media. For example, a game may reveal an outcome of a real-world wager (which has already occurred), in response to in-game actions such as user actions in the game, other players' actions in the game, game events (e.g., events caused by the game logic/artificial intelligence), and/or other events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Game Play Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell M. Fine, David M. Marshall
  • Patent number: 9761088
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to gaming systems for playing ball games where a hall is launched into a gaming area. More particularly, the present invention relates to a multiplayer gaming system comprising a ball game device having a launching mechanism for launching a ball into a gaming area to start a game, the gaming system further comprising a start control means for controlling start of the launching mechanism and a plurality of gaming terminals for a plurality of players, said gaming terminals including an input device for inputting a prediction and/or a bet for the outcome of a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventor: Florian Kirnstötter