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US5791990: Lottery system

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Schroeder; J. Michael · Mark Klingler · Deborah G. Davidson · Fred W. Finnerty ·
Assignee(s) Dittler Brothers Incorporated ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Russell; Dean W.Kilpatrick Stockton LLP ·
Primary Examiner Benjamin H. Layno ·
Application Number US8753953
Filing date 12/03/1996
Issue date 08/11/1998
Predicted expiration date 12/03/2016
U.S. Classifications 463/17  · 273/138.2  ·
International Classifications A63F 306  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 46317;18 ·
17 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

Interactive, computer-activated games or other activities are disclosed. Included among the disclosed embodiments are systems employing not only a computer program, but also a ticket that, if a "winner," must be modified prior to redemption to include information gleaned by executing the program. The ticket additionally may include an activation code for input into the computer program.

Independent Claims | See all claims (17)

  1. 1. A method of playing a computerized game comprising:a. obtaining a ticket and an activation code;b. inputting the activation code into a computer to activate or as part of the computerized game;c. playing the computerized game;d. receiving a redemption code as a result of playing the computerized game; ande. modifying the ticket to reflect the redemption code.
  2. 5. A method of playing a computerized game comprising:a. obtaining a ticket;b. removing from the ticket an opaque covering to reveal an activation codes;c. inputting the activation code into a computer to activate or as part of the computerized game;d. playing the computerized game;e. receiving redemption information as a result of playing the computerized game;f. modifying the ticket to reflect the redemption information; andg. if appropriate, redeeming the modified ticket.
  3. 10. A game-playing system comprising:a. a ticket on which an activation code is printed;b. a computer program adapted to receive as input the activation code;c. means for executing the computer program to provide output information algorithmically linked to the activation code; andd. means for validating the output information; and in which the ticket further comprises:i. a removable, opaque covering applied over the activation code to obscure it from view; andii. an area adapted to reflect the output information.
  4. 16. A method of playing a computerized game comprising:a. obtaining a ticket;b. removing from the ticket an opaque covering to reveal an activation code;c. inputting the activation code into a computer to activate or as part of the computerized game;d. playing the computerized game; ande. receiving redemption information as a result of playing the computerized game.
  5. 17.17. A game-playing system comprising:a. means for providing an activation code;b. a computer program adapted to receive as input the activation code;c. means for executing the computer program to provide output information including a redemption code algorithmically linked to the activation code; andd. means for validating the redemption code.

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