Progressive Payoffs

Progressive Payoff Video Lottery Terminal (VLT)

Video Lottery Terminals, commonly known as VLTs, are similar to slot machines, except that VLTs are connected to a centralized computer system that determines the outcome of each wager using a random number generator (RNG).

Although the outcome of each wager is random, VLT operators are able to program in advance the total amount and number of payouts that its central computer system will allow at its connected VLTs. Furthermore, these connected VLTs form one large progressive payoff that grows quickly because multiple players are contributing to the payoff at the same time.

On October 16, 1989, South Dakota became the first U.S. State to legalize VLTs. The machines are owned by private companies but are closely monitored by the South Dakota Lottery via a centralized computer system that assures the integrity of the games.

To date, other states which have or have had some form of legalized Video Lottery include Oregon, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Delaware, New York, West Virginia, Louisiana and Montana.

In Canada, New Brunswick was the first province to introduce VLTs. They were introduced in the early 1990s.