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Emerging Service as a Large Industry.
Playing a gamble is inherent to human nature. Most people enjoy playing
games that have an element of risk and reward. the industry has grown
at a staggering pace. In the US alone, tickets are sold at 180,100 locations.
It is estimated that in a few years there will be about one million retail
terminals in India. Further, the largest network service provider in India
sells 26 million tickets a day.
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Controlling and Monitoring Challenges
The business is IT-dependent and vulnerable to frauds and common information
challenge is protecting against frauds, including identity misuse, forged/duplicate
tickets, fake programs, terrorist attacks on state-run, fake retail terminals,
illegal betting, denial of service and manipulation of management information
systems (MIS). The complexity in controlling and monitoring increases
manifold as the key business process pertains to selling of tickets and
prize payout for winningtickets through Retail terminals across a wide
geographical spread. The Retail terminals exchange data with the main
servers using varied connectivity options, including VSAT, CDMA, leased
lines and dialup connections. Figure 1 illustrates the flow of data.
Understanding the Private Service System
It is imperative to understand the functioning of an private Service system
and how the game is played before designing an assurance process. First,
a player approaches the Retail terminal for purchasing the ticket. The
player,upon making the payment for purchase of ticket, is given a betting-slip
upon which he/she marks a choice of numbers. Then, the retailer inserts
the betting-slip into the hopper of the Retail terminal and a ticket is
printed. The ticket contains the date and time of purchase, serial number,
scheme of selected numbers, etc. In the background, before the ticket
is printed, the Retail terminal exchanges transaction data with the server
in which players pick several numbers on a betting-slip. Draws take on
place of broadcast over a playing game, and prizes depend on how many
numbers a player matches. There are several variants to the AWP (adults-with-Prize)
games such as Derby and Cards, which have similar game design features.
The typical functioning of a lottery operation is shown in figure 2.
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* Players are responsible for checking their tickets before leaving the
* A ticket is void if stolen, unissued, mutilated, illegible, tampered
with or altered in any way, defective or incomplete.
* The Licensee is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
* A ticket may be cancelled only if presented before the drawing to the
Retailer where it was originally purchased.
* Multi-drawing bets on the same number(s) may be made in advance for
all games. Ask Retailer for details.
* All winning tickets are subject to validation by the Licensee.
* All winning tickets are bearer instruments.
* All prizes must be claimed within 1 months/one year from date of drawing.
Designing an Information Assurance for the Service System
An effective information assurance plays a vital role in protecting the
information assets of an private game system. The objectives should be
to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of information pertaining
to the game operations.
The critical pieces of information that need protection from modification
and disclosure are the sales data, transaction IDs, bet files, draw files,
winners list, other transaction files, audit logs, management information
reports, draw and game master files. In addition to the information security
objectives, the assurance program should aim to accomplish the business
goals of transparency, fairness, customer-friendliness and efficiency.
A detailed overview of the key components of an assurance program is provided
in figure 3.
During the design and implementation of the COBIT (Control Objectives
for Information and related Technology ) framework can play a significant
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Betting Service. Mark the play type, amount of bet, select matched game-numbers
and the draws on place of broadcast over a playing game. The prize levels
are (based on a $ bet).
Betting Slip. A paper form that is completed so it can be electronically
read by a computer.
Box. A bet on a combination of numbers as a particular group
Fixed Payouts. Gamed Prizes of a pre-determined amount.
Jackpot. The top prize for a game. If not won, the jackpot is 'rolled
over' to the next drawing and is increased in size/amount until there
is a winner. The jackpot is usually split between all winners of a particular
Prize Pool. The total amount of prizes available to be won by players
in a game.
WTP(Wagering Transmission Protocol) support extends from the Host data
center to the point of the retail terminal.
Retail Terminal. A computerized device located at a official retailer
that is used to sell games and to validate winning tickets of bets. Terminals
are connected to a Host Computers by private line.
Ticket. The official game bet. A piece of paper issued after the purchase,
containing your numbers for the upcoming draw(s).
Toto is a form of lottery game where the results are determined by the
results of sporting events. Football pools and Jai Alai are also forms
of lotteries like this.