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Mobile lottery platform to roll out by October

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 6:00 AM
File Brian George, CEO of Supreme Ventures Limited.

Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) will begin testing its mobile betting platform by August, and do a full rollout by October, says President and CEO Brian George said.

"The mobile platform has to be connected to an electronic wallet, which is funded by the player. That is why mobile money, as approved by the BOJ [Bank of Jamaica], was a critical component of being able to implement mobile wagering," George told Wednesday Business.

All SVL lottery games will be available via the mobile betting platform.

During the test phase, SVL will "go through its iterations and integrity processes to ensure that ... things such as under age gambling" are ruled out, said George. "Part of the reason that you want it linked to an account is you want to make sure that account belongs to an adult," he said.

A mobile payment system to make it easier to place wagers or buy lottery tickets on the go was first touted by the company in 2013. George is not saying how much SVL is investing in the platform, saying only that it's a fair amount of money.

"The most important aspect of it is the software development," he said, while noting that the project is being worked on in three countries - India, Greece and Jamaica.

tameka.gordon@gleanerjm.com