(1) Electrical and mechanical parts and design principles may not subject a player to physical hazards or injury.
(2) A surge protector shall be installed on the electrical power supply line to each video lottery terminal. A battery or equivalent power back-up for the electronic meters shall be capable of maintaining accuracy of all accounting records and terminal status reports for a period of one hundred eighty days after power is disconnected from the terminal. The power back-up device shall be located within the locked logic board compartment of the video lottery terminal.
(3) An on/off switch which controls the electrical current used in the operation of the terminal shall be located in an accessible place within the interior of the video lottery terminal.
(4) The operation of each video lottery terminal may not be adversely affected by any static discharge or other electromagnetic interference.
(5) A minimum of one electronic or mechanical coin acceptor or other means accurately and efficiently to establish credits shall be installed on each video lottery terminal. Each video lottery terminal may also contain bill acceptors for any legal United States currency. All coin and bill acceptors shall be approved by the commission prior to use on any video lottery terminal in this state.
(6) Access to the interior of a video lottery terminal shall be controlled through a series of locks and seals.
(7) The main logic boards and all erasable programmable read-only memory chips (EPROMS) are considered to be owned by the commission and shall be located in a separate locked and sealed area within the video lottery terminal.
(8) The cash compartment shall be located in a separate locked area within or attached to the video lottery terminal.
(9) No hardware switches, jumpers, wire posts or any other means of manipulation may be installed which alter the pay tables or payout percentages in the operation of a game. Hardware switches on a video lottery terminal to control the terminal's graphic routines, speed of play, sound and other purely cosmetic features may be approved by the commission.
(10) Each video lottery terminal shall contain a single printing mechanism capable of printing an original ticket and retaining an exact legible copy within the video lottery terminal or other means of capturing and retaining an electronic copy of the ticket data as approved by the commission: Provided, That such printing mechanism is optional on any video lottery terminal which is designed and equipped exclusively for coin or token payouts. The following information shall be recorded on the ticket when credits accrued on a video lottery terminal are redeemed for cash:
(i) The number of credits accrued;
(ii) Value of the credits in dollars and cents displayed in both numeric and written form;
(iii) Time of day and date;
(iv) Validation number; and
(v) Any other information required by the commission.
(11) A permanently installed and affixed identification plate shall appear on the exterior of each video lottery terminal and the following information shall be on the plate:
(i) Manufacturer of the video lottery terminal;
(ii) Serial number of the terminal; and
(iii) Model number of the terminal.
(12) The rules of play for each game shall be displayed on the video lottery terminal face or screen. The commission may reject any rules of play which are incomplete, confusing, misleading or inconsistent with game rules approved by the commission. For each video lottery game there shall be a display detailing the credits awarded for the occurrence of each possible winning combination of numbers or symbols. A video lottery terminal may allow the amounts of minimum and maximum wagers on a single game to be determined by licensee or permit holder in the exercise of its business judgment subject to the approval of the commission. All information required by this subdivision shall be displayed under glass or another transparent substance. No stickers or other removable devices shall be placed on the video lottery terminal screen or face without the prior approval of the commission.
(13) Communication equipment and devices shall be installed to enable each video lottery terminal to communicate with the commission's central computer system by use of a communications protocol provided by the commission to each permitted manufacturer, which protocol shall include information retrieval and terminal activation and disable programs, and the commission may require each licensed racetrack to pay the cost of a central site computer as a part of the licensing requirement.
(14) All video lottery terminals shall have a security system which temporarily disables the gaming function of the terminal while opened.
(b) Each video lottery terminal shall have a random number generator to determine randomly the occurrence of each specific symbol or number used in video lottery games. A selection process is random if it meets the following statistical criteria:
(1) Chi-square test. -- Each symbol or number shall satisfy the ninety-nine percent confidence level using the standard chi-square statistical analysis of the difference between the expected result and the observed result.
(2) Runs test. -- Each symbol or number may not produce a significant statistic with regard to producing patterns of occurrences. Each symbol or number is random if it meets the ninety-nine percent confidence level with regard to the runs test for the existence of recurring patterns within a set of data.
(3) Correlation test. -- Each pair of symbols or numbers is random if it meets the ninety-nine percent confidence level using standard correlation analysis to determine whether each symbol or number is independently chosen without regard to another symbol or number within a single game play.
(4) Serial correlation test. -- Each symbol or number is random if it meets the ninety-nine percent confidence level using standard serial correlation analysis to determine whether each symbol or number is independently chosen without reference to the same symbol or number in a previous game.
(c) Each video lottery terminal shall meet the following maximum and minimum theoretical percentage payout during the expected lifetime of the terminal:
(1) Video lottery games shall pay out no less than eighty percent and no more than ninety-five percent of the amount wagered. The theoretical payout percentage will be determined using standard methods of probability theory.
(2) Manufacturers must file a request and receive approval from the commission prior to manufacturing for placement in this state video lottery terminals programmed for a payout greater than ninety-two percent of the amount wagered. Commission approval shall be obtained prior to applying for testing of the high payout terminals.
(3) Each terminal shall have a probability greater than one in seventeen million of obtaining the maximum payout for each play.
(d) Each video lottery terminal shall be capable of continuing the current game with all current game features after a video lottery terminal malfunction is cleared. If a video lottery terminal is rendered totally inoperable during game play, the current wager and all credits appearing on the video lottery terminal screen prior to the malfunction shall be returned to the player.
(e) Each video lottery terminal shall at all times maintain electronic accounting regardless of whether the terminal is being supplied with electrical power. Each meter shall be capable of maintaining a total of no less than eight digits in length for each type of data required. The electronic meters shall record the following information:
(1) Number of coins inserted by players or the coin equivalent if a bill acceptor is being used or tokens or vouchers are used;
(2) Number of credits wagered;
(3) Number of total credits, coins and tokens won;
(4) Number of credits paid out by a printed ticket;
(5) Number of coins or tokens won, if applicable;
(6) Number of times the logic area was accessed;
(7) Number of times the cash door was accessed;
(8) Number of credits wagered in the current game;
(9) Number of credits won in the last complete video lottery game; and
(10) Number of cumulative credits representing money inserted by a player and credits for video lottery games won but not collected.
(f) No video lottery terminal may have any mechanism which allows the electronic accounting meters to clear automatically. Electronic accounting meters may not be cleared without the prior approval of the commission. Both before and after any electronic accounting meter is cleared, all meter readings shall be recorded in the presence of a commission employee.
(g) The primary responsibility for the control and regulation of any video lottery games and video lottery terminals operated pursuant to this article rests with the commission.
(h) The commission shall, directly or through a contract with
a third-party vendor other than the video lottery licensee,
maintain a central site system of monitoring the lottery terminals
utilizing an on-line or dial-up inquiry. The central site system shall be capable of monitoring the operation of each video lottery
game or video lottery terminal operating pursuant to this article
and, at the direction of the director, immediately disable and
cause not to operate any video lottery game and video lottery
terminal. As provided in this section, the commission may require
the licensed racetrack to pay the cost of a central site computer
as part of the licensing requirement.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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