When the state lottery rolls out its new scanners for online and paper ticket sales in 2018, the scanners are expected to be used in all 50 states.
And like the lottery, they’re also expected to scan millions of tickets at once.
The scanner, which was initially meant to be a way to collect and track more information about how tickets are purchased, has since evolved into a more comprehensive tool that can collect data on more than just how many tickets are sold.
The scanners will also be used to scan the electronic-ticket sales records of many ticket sellers and retailers in the state.
What it means for the lottery: For the first time, the lottery will be scanning all ticket sales from across the state, including those sold by online retailers.
The system will also gather information about the number of tickets sold, the dates and times of the sales and the amount of money spent.
And it will be able to identify those who didn’t buy their tickets.
“The lottery is really looking to be able see where you are going to sell tickets,” said Larry O’Brien, a senior vice president with the lottery.
“It’s not just about where you’re at now, it’s where you have been for the past year.”
What it’s not: The scanners won’t have the same privacy protections as a physical scanner, meaning that people who want to buy a ticket will need to sign in with a password, a form of identification that is generally easier to guess than a passcode.
The lottery also won’t be able read the data collected by the scanner, and the information won’t appear on the lottery’s systems.
In addition, the scanner won’t show a picture of the ticket sold.
It’s also not clear if the scanners will have the ability to tell if a ticket has been used, whether it has been purchased and, most importantly, whether there are any other items that might be sold.
That could include receipts for other purchases or cash.
“We’re not going to know what other things are sold that aren’t being scanned,” said Joe Kocher, president and chief executive of the lottery operator.
“So it’s an open question what the scanners might look like, what other kinds of data they might collect.”
What the scanners don’t do: While the scanners won, the state is not collecting any data about the sales of tickets, which means that ticket sales will not be analyzed or flagged for future use.
There is also no indication that the scanners, or any other automated scanning devices, will be required to report the amount paid for each ticket sold, which would allow for a more detailed picture of how much money was spent on tickets sold.
This could mean that lottery ticket buyers will not have to pay sales taxes on the money they buy, or that people will have to sign a contract that prohibits them from selling tickets for a certain amount of time, like in some states.
In a statement, lottery officials said they are working to ensure the scanners remain compliant with state and federal laws, but did not provide further details.
What to know: The state lottery will spend about $6.5 million this year to upgrade the scanners.
The upgrades include adding new software that will enable the scanners to automatically detect potential fraud, to improve security and to improve performance.
The systems are expected have a lifespan of about three years.
The state also plans to hire about 2,500 people over the next four years to help with the upgrades.
And the lottery has been upgrading the scanners since 2014, and plans to spend about 10 million dollars over the coming three years to do the same.
The goal is to get the scanners up and running in 2020.
The technology, though, won’t start rolling out immediately, said O’Connor.
“I think the first thing that we’ll see is some enhancements to make the scanners more robust,” O’Donnell said.
“There’s no magic bullet.”