§ 461a.10. Automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machines.

 (a)  A slot machine licensee may utilize an automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine that has been tested and approved by the Board under §  461a.4 (relating to submission for testing and approval).

 (b)  Automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machines may be located on or proximate to the gaming floor of a licensed facility and must be subject to surveillance coverage under §  465a.9 (relating to surveillance system; surveillance department control; surveillance department restriction). Each automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must have a label on the top of the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine and on the front of the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine that displays the asset number of the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine. The labels must have white lettering on a black background or other color combination approved by the Bureau of Gaming Operations and may not be easily removed. The label on the top of the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must be at least 1.5 inches by 5.5 inches and the label on the front of the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must be at least 1 inch by 2.5 inches or other sizes approved by the Bureau of Gaming Operations.

 (c)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must have the capability of establishing the validity of a gaming voucher or coupon by comparing the instrument’s unique serial number, automatically generated by the respective gaming voucher or coupon system in accordance with this subpart and technical standards adopted by the Board and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and posted on the Board’s website with electronic records within the gaming voucher system or coupon system.

 (d)  The methods utilized to comply with the requirements of subsection (c) shall be submitted to and approved by the Board under §  461a.4 in the context of the testing of a gaming voucher system or coupon system.

 (e)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine may function as a bill breaker changing bills of one denomination into bills of a smaller denomination.

 (f)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must contain a lockable gaming voucher, coupon and currency storage box which retains any gaming vouchers, coupons or currency accepted by the machine. The gaming voucher, coupon and currency storage box located inside the machine must also have imprinted, affixed or impressed thereon the asset identification number of the corresponding machine.

 (g)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must have, at a minimum, the following:

   (1)  One lock securing the compartment housing the storage box and one lock securing the storage box within the compartment, the keys to which must be different from each other.

   (2)  One lock securing the compartment housing the currency cassettes.

   (3)  One lock securing the contents of the storage box, the key to which must be different from the keys referenced in paragraphs (1) and (2).

 (h)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must be designed to resist forced illegal entry.

 (i)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine’s currency cassettes must be designed to preclude access to its interior.

 (j)  Access controls relating to the operating system or applications of the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine, and ancillary systems, applications and equipment associated with the reconciliation thereof, must employ security measures that require authentication of the user and recording and maintaining of data regarding access and modifications made. Authentication must be in accordance with this subpart and technical standards adopted by the Board and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and posted on the Board’s web site.

 (k)  A gaming voucher or coupon accepted by an automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine shall be cancelled immediately upon exchange in a manner that effectively prevents its subsequent redemption by the cashiers’ cage, another automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine or its acceptance in a slot machine, fully automated electronic gaming table or electronic wagering terminal bill validator. The methods utilized to comply with this requirement must be in accordance with this subpart and technical standards adopted by the Board and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and posted on the Board’s web site.

 (l)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must be designed to be impervious to outside influences, interference from electro-magnetic, electro-static and radio frequencies and influence from ancillary equipment.

 (m)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must include a means to protect against transaction failure and data loss due to power loss.

 (n)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must detect, display and record electronically the following error conditions: power reset; door open; door just closed and system communication loss. These error conditions may be automatically cleared by the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine when the condition no longer exists and upon completion of a new transaction.

 (o)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must detect, display and record electronically the error conditions in paragraphs (1)—(4). These error conditions must disable the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine and prohibit new transactions.

   (1)  Failure to make payment, if the gaming voucher or coupon is not returned and no receipt is issued.

   (2)  Failure to make complete payment if a receipt for the unpaid amount is not issued.

   (3)  Bill validator failure.

   (4)  Printer failure due to printer jam or lack of paper.

 (p)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must be designed to evaluate whether sufficient funds are available before stacking the voucher and completing the transaction.

 (q)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must be capable of maintaining synchronization between its real time clock and that of the gaming voucher system and coupon system.

 (r)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must be equipped with electronic digital storage meters that accumulate the following information. The information must be readily available through system reports. When a value is maintained, the value must be in dollars and cents.

   (1)  Physical coin out. The total value, by denomination, of coins paid by the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine.

   (2)  Voucher in—value. The value of cashable gaming vouchers accepted.

   (3)  Voucher in—count. The number of cashable gaming vouchers accepted.

   (4)  Coupon in—value. The value of cashable coupons accepted.

   (5)  Coupon in—count. The number of cashable coupons accepted.

   (6)  Bill in. The value of currency accepted by the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine. An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must also have specific meters for each denomination of currency accepted that records the number of bills accepted.

   (7)  Bill out. The total value of currency dispensed. An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must also provide for specific meters for each denomination of currency dispensed that record the number of bills dispensed.

   (8)  Additional requirements. Other meters as may be required by technical standards adopted by the Board and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and posted on the Board’s web site.

 (s)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine must have the capacity to record and retain, in an automated transaction log, all critical transaction history for at least 30 days. Transaction history must include records with the date, time, amount and disposition of each complete and incomplete transaction, error conditions, logical and physical access and attempted access to the automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine. If an automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine is capable of redeeming multiple vouchers and coupons in a single transaction, the transaction history must include a breakdown of the transaction with regard to the individual gaming vouchers and coupons.

 (t)  An automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine or ancillary systems, applications and equipment associated with the reconciliation thereof, must be capable of producing the following reports upon request:

   (1)  Gaming voucher transaction report. The report must include the disposition (paid, partial pay, unpaid) of gaming vouchers accepted by an automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine which must include the validation number, the date and time of redemption, amount requested and the amount dispensed. This information must be available by reconciliation period which may be by day, shift or drop cycle.

   (2)  Coupon transaction report. This report must include the disposition (paid, partial pay, unpaid) of coupons accepted by an automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine which must include the unique serial number, the date and time of redemption, amount requested and the amount dispensed. The information must be available by reconciliation period which may be by day, shift or drop cycle.

   (3)  Reconciliation report. The report must include the following:

     (i)   Report date and time.

     (ii)   Unique asset identification number of the machine.

     (iii)   Total cash balance of the currency cassettes.

     (iv)   Total count of currency accepted by denomination.

     (v)   Total dollar amount of vouchers accepted.

     (vi)   Total count of gaming vouchers accepted.

     (vii)   Total dollar amount of coupons accepted.

     (viii)   Total count of coupons accepted.

   (4)  Gaming voucher, coupon and currency storage box report. The report must be generated, at a minimum, whenever a gaming voucher, coupon and currency storage box is removed from an automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine. The report must include the following:

     (i)   Report date and time.

     (ii)   Unique asset identification number of the machine.

     (iii)   Unique identification number for each storage box in the machine.

     (iv)   Total value of currency accepted.

     (v)   Total number of bills accepted by denomination.

     (vi)   Total count of gaming vouchers accepted.

     (vii)   Total count of coupons accepted.

   (5)  Transaction report. The report must include all critical patron transaction history including the date, time, amount and disposition of each complete and incomplete transaction. If an automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine is capable of redeeming multiple vouchers or coupons in a single transaction, the transaction history must include a breakdown of the transaction with regard to the individual gaming vouchers and coupons accepted.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  461a.10 amended under 4 Pa.C.S. § §  1202(b)(30), 1207(3), (5), (7), (9) and (11), 13A02(1), (2), (2.1), (4) and (6), 13A25(c), 13A62(a), 1321 and 1322.

Source

   The provisions of this §  461a.10 amended October 10, 2008, effective October 11, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 5652; amended August 28, 2009, effective August 29, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 5125; amended September 25, 2009, effective September 26, 2009, 39 Pa.B. 5562; amended February 26, 2010, effective February 27, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 1082; amended May 14, 2010, effective May 15, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 2535; amended December 15, 2017, effective December 16, 2017, 47 Pa.B. 7563. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (370317) to (370321).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  465a.34 (relating to automated gaming voucher and coupon redemption machine accounting controls).



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