How are Lottery Tickets Made?

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How are Lottery Tickets Made?

Gambling has come to interest a lot of people in the last few decades. In the US and all across the globe, lottery circles are on an all-time high.

One of the most prominent features of lottery tickets in modern times is the instant-win feature. Here, the worth of the ticket is known to the owner as soon as the enclosed number on the ticket is scratched. This does not require the wait till draws are made.

With such easily accessible features in the ticket itself, it becomes necessary for the designs and manufacturing components of the lottery tickets to be more secure.

How are Lottery Tickets Designed?

Lottery tickets are designed based on different games. Every design varies based on the game that is attracting more lottery buyers. For example, the techniques may vary from sports events to horse races et cetera.

The designs are such a way that the number on the lottery ticket has to be encrypted with unique security features. There are various ways in which frauds around the lottery numbers take place.

  • There might be a fraud in knowing the lottery number by drawing a connection between the lottery ticket’s serial number and the lottery number.
  • Other methods include reading the lottery ticket number without actually scratching the card. It might be done by candling, flashing bright light on the numbers to reveal them.
  • Another way is delamination, where the different layers of the ticket might be separated to reveal the layer containing the lottery ticket number.
  • Wicking is another way in which solvents are plastered on the lottery slot for the numbers to be revealed.

To prevent all these malpractices, there are tightly secured designs preventing breaches to the security code as well as the concealing coating. This is ensured by randomly encoding numbers in no relation to the serial number, using a foil or opaque coating to prevent maneuvering with light or solvents.

What are the Raw Materials used in Making Lottery Tickets?

Lottery tickets require the same raw-material as any other card or passport would need. The main component required especially for these is paper of appropriate thickness, aluminum foil for coating in some cases, suitable inks to print the numbers as well as acrylic resins for the concealing codes.

What is the Process for Manufacturing the Lottery Tickets?

The manufacturing process involved in the printing of lottery tickets involves multiple steps of varying complexities.

  • Printing: This process of printing may be of two types, continuous feed process or sheet press process. The main items to be printed are the numbers, validation dates, gaming rules, information about the price, and other graphic designs.
  • Serial number coding: The serial numbers are fed in the form of randomized computer-generated digits. They are printed under the method used for printing, using the jet ink printers. After the printing and encoding of the digits are done, the numbers are finally concealed.
  • Concealment of the lottery digit: The acrylic film is used to cover the numbers on the lottery ticket. Either an opaque metal foil or a paper pull-tab may be used. The second layer is a confusing pattern of random lines and symbols that are of the same color as the digits. A final layer covers the panel with graphics related to the ticket design.

Finally, after printing and coating are done, the tickets are perforated into cut into rolls for dispatching it further. The tickets finally go to the ticket vendor, and the buyer feeds the serial number in the system to reveal the cash prize, which then needs to be claimed further.

With the evolvements in the printing technology further, more complex and secure designs can be expected.

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