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36.04.01.00.htm 36.04.01.00. Title 36 MARYLAND STATE LOTTERY AND GAMING CONTROL AGENCY Subtitle 04 VIDEO LOTTERY TERMINALS Chapter 01 Video Lottery Technical Standards Authority: State Government Article, §9-1A-02, 9-1A-04, 9-1A-15, 9-1A-22, and 9-1A-24, Annotated Code of Maryland
36.04.01.01.htm 36.04.01.01. 01 Definitions.. A. In addition to the terms defined in State Government Article, §9-1A-01, Annotated Code of Maryland and in COMAR 36.03.01.02, which have the same meaning in this subtitle, in this subtitle, the following terms have the meanings indicated.B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Double-up” means an optional wager on a video lottery terminal, the availability of which is triggered by a preceding winning event, in which the player has a mathematically equal probability of d
36.04.01.02.htm 36.04.01.02. 02 Testing, Certification, and Approval of Equipment, a System, or Software.. A. A manufacturer may not offer the equipment, systems, or software enumerated in §E of this regulation, or a modification to a Commission-approved version of that equipment, system or software, for sale, lease, distribution, or use in a facility without it having been:1) Tested and certified by an independent certified testing laboratory; and. 2) Approved in writing by the Commission..
36.04.01.03.htm 36.04.01.03. 03 Submission of Equipment, a System, or Software for Testing and Certification.. A. A manufacturer seeking Commission approval for equipment, a system, or software other than a video lottery terminal shall submit the equipment, system, or software to an independent certified testing laboratory.B. The submission required by §A of this regulation shall include the following:. 1) A request for testing and certification under Regulation .02F of this chapter;. 2) A prototype of the equ
36.04.01.04.htm 36.04.01.04. 04 Submission of a Video Lottery Terminal for Testing and Certification.. A. A manufacturer seeking Commission approval for a video lottery terminal shall submit the video lottery terminal to an independent certified testing laboratory.B. The submission required by §A of this regulation shall include the following:. 1) A request for testing and certification under Regulation .02F of this chapter;. 2) A prototype of the video lottery terminal identical in all mechanical, e
36.04.01.05.htm 36.04.01.05. 05 Abbreviated Testing and Certification.. A. Except with regard to the Commission’s central monitor and control system, a manufacturer may, during the period specified in Regulation .02G of this chapter, seek Commission approval of a prototype or proposed modification under an abbreviated testing and certification process for any equipment, system, or software required to be tested and certified under Regulation .02E of this chapter.B. A manufacturer shall s
36.04.01.06.htm 36.04.01.06. 06 Concatenated Binary Files and Related Documentation.. A manufacturer shall deliver each video lottery terminal to the Commission with:. A. The concatenated binary file signature corresponding to the Commission-approved version of the video lottery terminal in a form satisfactory to the:1) Commission; and. 2) Central monitor and control system operator; and. B. A file, in a form satisfactory to the Commission, describing the video lottery terminal including:1) Manufacturer’s:.
36.04.01.07.htm 36.04.01.07. 07 Emergency Modification of Equipment, a System, or Software.. A. Notwithstanding the requirements of Regulations .03C and .04C of this chapter, the Commission may, on submission of a written request by a manufacturer, authorize installation of a modification to equipment, a system, or software required to be tested, certified, and approved by the Commission under Regulation .02E of this chapter, on an emergency basis.
36.04.01.08.htm 36.04.01.08. 08 Notice of Known or Suspected Defect.. A. A manufacturer shall immediately notify the Commission of any known or suspected defect or malfunction in equipment, system, or software required to be tested, certified, and approved by the Commission under Regulation .02E of this chapter.B. A manufacturer shall:. 1) Confirm in writing any notice given to the Commission verbally pursuant to §A of this regulation; and2) If required by the Commission, notify a facilit
36.04.01.09.htm 36.04.01.09. 09 Revocation.. A. The Commission may, at any time, revoke an approval granted to equipment, a system, or software under Regulation .03, .04 or .05 of this chapter on a determination by the Commission that the equipment, system, or software does not comply with:1) State Government Article, §9-1A, Annotated Code of Maryland, and this subtitle;. 2) The technical standards enumerated in any Request for Proposals issued by the Commission pertaining to the equipment, syst
36.04.01.10.htm 36.04.01.10. 10 Communication Requirements.. A. A manufacturer shall enable a video lottery terminal to communicate with the Commission’s central monitor and control system through any gaming industry communication protocols designated by the Commission.B. Unless the Commission notifies a manufacturer in writing to the contrary, SAS v.6.02 shall be the designated communication protocol.
36.04.01.11.htm 36.04.01.11. 11 Average Payout Percentage.. A. Definitions.. 1) In this regulation, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. 2) Terms Defined.. a) “Game cycle” means the finite set of all possible combinations of symbols on a video lottery terminal, including spinning reels or card images or other forms of video display or both.b) “Theoretical payout percentage” means the total value of jackpots expected to be paid by a video lottery terminal divided by the total value of vid
36.04.01.12.htm 36.04.01.12. 12 Maximum Bet.. A. A video lottery terminal may not accept a maximum bet on a single game event in excess of $500 without the written approval of the Commission.B. The $500 maximum bet in §A of this regulation does not apply to a double-up option on a winning wager.
36.04.01.13.htm 36.04.01.13. 13 Video Lottery Terminal Lock-up.. A. A video lottery terminal shall be configured to lock-up and preclude further play following a single jackpot that requires the filing of IRS Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings.B. A single jackpot event shall include the exhaustion of all available double-up and bonus wager options on a winning wager.C. A video lottery terminal may be configured to permit the transfer, upon lock-up, of a jackpot amount to the credit meter.
36.04.01.14.htm 36.04.01.14. 14 Random Number Generator.. A. Definitions.. 1) In this regulation, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. 2) Terms Defined.. a) “Chi-squared analysis” means a statistical test for goodness of fit which measures the difference between a theoretical result and an observed result.b) “Correlation test” means a statistical test that determines whether each card, number, symbol or stop position is independently chosen without regard to another card, numbe
36.04.01.15.htm 36.04.01.15. 15 Rules of Play.. A. Definition.. 1) In this regulation the following term has the meaning indicated.. 2) Term Defined. “Strategy choice” means a particular play option on a video lottery terminal that requires the use of skill to consistently achieve the best result.B. A video lottery terminal shall be equipped to display to a player while idle the:. 1) Schedule of credits awarded with each winning combination;. 2) Applicable rules of play; and.
36.04.01.16.htm 36.04.01.16. 16 Video Lottery Terminal Meters.. A. A video lottery terminal shall be equipped with:. 1) The meter functions enumerated in §C, D, and F of this regulation;. 2) Meters which:. a) Continuously and automatically increment in credits equal to:. i) The denomination of the video lottery terminal; or. ii) Cents; and. b) Are accessible and legible without access to the interior of the video lottery terminal; and. 3) A device, mechanism, or method for retaining electronically accounting d
36.04.01.17.htm 36.04.01.17. 17 RAM Clear.. A manufacturer may not perform a RAM clear on a video lottery terminal without:. A. Prior notice to the central monitor and control system operator; and. B. Recordation and transmission to the central monitor and control system operator of accounting meter data immediately prior to the RAM clear.
36.04.01.18.htm 36.04.01.18. 18 Video Lottery Terminal Tower Lights and Error Conditions.. A. Definitions.. 1) In this regulation the following terms have the meanings indicated.. 2) Terms Defined.. a) “Administrative mode” means a video lottery terminal has been deliberately placed by a manufacturer in an unplayable state to access the set up or recall functions of the video lottery terminal;b) “Disabled mode” means a video lottery terminal has been deliberately placed, by a manufacturer or
36.04.01.19.htm 36.04.01.19. 19 Last Game Recall.. A. A video lottery terminal shall be capable of recalling and displaying a complete play history for the most recent game event and at least three games immediately preceding the most recent game event.B. The play history required by §A of this regulation shall:. 1) Be presented in the same sequence as the original game play;. 2) Be available when the video lottery terminal is in:. a) Idle mode;. b) Administrative mode;. c) Disabled mode; and.
36.04.01.20.htm 36.04.01.20. 20 Video Lottery Terminal Entry Logs.. A. Unless a request for an alternate procedure is submitted in writing and approved by the Commission, a manufacturer shall equip a video lottery terminal with a maintenance log for use in documenting each time a:1) Video lottery terminal is entered; or. 2) Device connected to a video lottery terminal which may affect the operation of the video lottery terminal is accessed.B. A maintenance log shall be:. 1) Signed by each individ
36.04.01.21.htm 36.04.01.21. 21 Video Lottery Terminal Security.. A. Access to the main door securing the interior of a video lottery terminal shall be controlled by at least one lock:1) The key to which is:. a) Different from any other key securing access to a video lottery terminal component including a:. i) Belly door;. ii) Bill validator; or. iii) Cash storage box; and. b) Limited to access by a:. i) Manufacturer; and. ii) Facility operator; and. 2) Provided and installed by a facility operator e
36.04.01.22.htm 36.04.01.22. 22 Minimum Design Standards Applicable to Equipment, a System, or Software.. A. Equipment, a system, or software required to be tested, certified, and approved under this chapter shall:1) Conform to the minimum design standards of this regulation; and. 2) If applicable, conform to any specific additional design standards enumerated in this chapter.. B. Equipment, a system, or software required to be tested, certified, and approved under this chapter shall, at a minimum, co
36.04.01.23.htm 36.04.01.23. 23 Video Lottery Terminal ― Additional Requirements.. A. A manufacturer shall configure a video lottery terminal to wager credits available for play in the following order:1) Noncashable credits; and. 2) Cashable credits.. B. A manufacturer may enable a video lottery terminal that has been tested, certified, and approved under this chapter for tournament play with the prior written approval of the Commission.
36.04.01.24.htm 36.04.01.24. 24 Gaming Ticket System ― Additional Requirements.. A. A facility operator shall utilize a gaming ticket system that has been tested, certified, and approved under this chapter.B. A facility operator shall, in a form and in a time frame specified by the Commission, submit a report to the Commission detailing any adjustment made to the amount of a gaming ticket.C. In addition to complying with the minimum design standards of Regulation .22 of this chapter, a g
36.04.01.25.htm 36.04.01.25. 25 Ticket Redemption Unit ― Additional Requirements.. A. A facility operator may utilize a ticket redemption unit that has been tested, certified, and approved under this chapter.B. In addition to complying with the minimum design standards of Regulation .22 of this chapter, a ticket redemption unit shall, in a manner satisfactory to the Commission:1) Establish the validity of a gaming ticket or promotional play instrument by comparing the unique series number on the tick
36.04.01.26.htm 36.04.01.26. 26 External Bonusing System ― Additional Requirements.. A. A facility operator may utilize an external bonusing system that has been tested, certified, and approved under this chapter.B. In addition to complying with the minimum design standards of Regulation .22 of this chapter, a video lottery terminal connected to an external bonusing system may not equal or exceed an average payout percentage of 100 percent when the contribution of any bonus awards available on a video lotter
36.04.01.27.htm 36.04.01.27. 27 Cashless Funds Transfer System ― Additional Requirements.. A. A facility operator may utilize a cashless funds transfer system that has been tested, certified, and approved under this chapter.B. A facility operator shall, in a form and in a time frame specified by the Commission, submit a report to the Commission detailing any adjustment made to the amount of a credit transferred to or from a video lottery terminal by means of a cashless funds transfer system.
36.04.01.28.htm 36.04.01.28. 28 Progressive Video Lottery Terminals.. A. A video lottery terminal offering a progressive jackpot may:. 1) Stand alone; or. 2) Be linked to:. a) Other video lottery terminals in a facility; or. b) Video lottery terminals in two or more facilities in or outside the State through a wide area progressive system under Regulation .29 of this chapter.B. A manufacturer may not install in a facility, and a facility operator may not make available for play, a video lottery ter
36.04.01.29.htm 36.04.01.29. 29 Wide Area Progressive System.. A. A manufacturer may not install, and a facility operator may not make available for play, a wide area progressive system without Commission approval in writing of:1) A wide area progressive agreement under §C of the regulation;. 2) A progressive proposal under Regulation .30 of this chapter; and. 3) Internal controls submitted under COMAR 36.03.10.05 addressing the payment of a progressive jackpot on a video lottery terminal participating in a
36.04.01.30.htm 36.04.01.30. 30 Progressive Proposal.. A. A progressive proposal:. 1) Shall be jointly prepared, executed, and submitted to the Commission by a facility operator and a manufacturer;2) Shall include the following:. a) Manufacturer’s:. i) Serial number;. ii) Model number;. iii) Software identification number; and. iv) Version number;. b) Denomination or a designation as multi-denomination;. c) Cabinet style;. d) An indication as to whether the video lottery terminal is to be:. i) Stand alone;.
36.04.01.31.htm 36.04.01.31. 31 Remote Access.. A. A manufacturer may not perform from a remote location analysis of, or technical support with regard to, a video lottery terminal without:1) Submission of a written request to the Commission; and. 2) The written approval of the Commission.. B. A manufacturer may perform from a remote location analysis of, or technical support with regard to, a facility operator’s video lottery systems including, but not limited to, a:1) Gaming ticket system;.
36.04.01.32.htm 36.04.01.32. 32 Manufacturer Storage of Equipment, Systems, and Software Outside a Facility.. A. A manufacturer may not utilize a location outside of a facility to store or repair equipment, systems, software, or related parts and inventory for use in a facility without the storage facility being:1) Inspected by the Commission; and. 2) Approved in writing by the Commission.. B. A manufacturer shall locate a storage facility in Maryland in a location or locations that reason
36.04.01.9999.htm 36.04.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―32 adopted as an emergency provision effective March 1, 2013 (40:6 Md. R. 470) adopted permanently effective April 29, 2013 (40:8 Md. R. 725)Regulation .01A amended effective October 27, 2014 (41:21 Md. R. 1262). Regulation .11E, I amended effective January 7, 2016 (42:26 Md. R. 1597). Regulation .18D, E amended effective October 22, 2018 (45:21 Md. R. 976).
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