Florida Lottery will go offline for systems upgrade on April 15
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Lottery officers say they do not look forward to issues as a multimillion-dollar upgrade of a merchandising gadget is going into position this month.
But fairly than press their good fortune, gamers are recommended to shop for previous than standard as the brand new gadget is predicted to require the principle place of job to go offline for a number of hours April 15.
“The vast majority of the upgrade will occur overnight on the 15th, causing minimal inconvenience,” lottery spokeswoman Keri Nucatola stated. “Still, we are encouraging our frequent players who would normally buy tickets on that morning to get their tickets ahead of time.”
The alternate was once licensed via lawmakers as a part of a $54 million line merchandise within the state price range remaining yr.
Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell instructed participants of the Senate Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee remaining week that the gadget conversion stays on time and on price range.
“It will take approximately 10 hours to make the switch-over if everything goes correctly,” Poppell stated right through a affirmation listening to sooner than the committee. “Generally, what that means is when we complete operations, somewhere around midnight, we would shut the old system down, and we would come up live, hopefully, at 10 a.m. the next morning.”
Las Vegas-based International Game Technology is overseeing the conversion.
The legislative price range merchandise supplies for as much as 2,500 merchandising machines, changing apparatus and device nearly 15 years outdated, bringing in a brand new communications community and making improvements to safety and anti-fraud measures.
“The new system will include improved technology and retailer enhancements that will create a better overall player experience,” Nucatola stated. “One example of this is the new self-service ticket checkers. These machines can be used by players to check their tickets for winners on their own, reducing the need to wait in line and adding an additional layer of security.”
Poppell estimated the brand new gaming gadget has required the substitute of 130,000 items of digital apparatus and coaching for 40,000 retail workers statewide.
The alternate comes because the lottery has observed report enlargement, topping $6.7 billion in gross sales up to now fiscal yr, which ended June 30. Poppell stated gross sales are on tempo for $7 billion within the present fiscal yr. Money from the lottery is used for things like the Bright Futures scholarship program.
There aren’t any plans to supply video games on-line, which is illegal via state rules.