New and improved lottery machines could be coming to local casinos. South Dakota lottery officials want to make sure gamers are having the best experience possible. They are going to hire a private consultant to evaluate the state's video lottery machines.
There are thousands of older machines in South Dakota. Some are 20 years old and 15 percent of the lottery machines in the state feature newer models that were made in 2011. Lottery officials say the consultant will not only look at the machines but the video lottery program as a whole.
The state's video lottery net income was as high as $112 million in and since then dropped to $87 million in 2012. Lottery officials hope that they'll be able to improve machines and bring in more business after hearing from the consultant.
Any recommended changes will go to the legislature next year.