The Río Negro Lottery will begin the implementation of a blockchain for the “Quiniela Rionegrina” (Río Negro Pool) in 2020. The authorities hope that this will help them build trust among players, third parties and auditors.
It was reported that the authorities of Río Negro, a province of Argentina, will conduct a pilot test with a blockchain for their lottery. This implementation aims to determine the utility of this type of decentralized networks and to seek other forms of application for the rest of the public administration.
This blockchain technology project would be implemented next year and would initially include the “Quiniela Rionegrina” (Río Negro Pool) and winning coupons for more than 100,000 pesos, the Lottery revealed through the press. Although it was not specified when the tests will begin or what type of blockchain will be used, the institution said that the main objective of adopting this technology is to raise people’s confidence about the information generated and issued by the lottery.
The President of the Rio Negro Lottery of Argentina, Luis Ayestarán, explained during the announcement of the project that this organization needs to venture into the digital world since everyone is already there. He added that they will begin to work jointly with Os City to incorporate blockchain technology into the modernization process that has begun in their province, as an element to provide security to the people to whom they must account.
The company in charge of the project is the local startup Os City, whose representative, Lucas Jolías, said that it will work with a blockchain, but not with cryptocurrencies. In other words, it is not about the Lottery accepting bets with Bitcoin, for example, but about the network being used for audits and internal information analysis.
The executive considers that the application of decentralized networks is something positive for Argentina due to the experiences that have been reported in the country regarding the manipulation of public information.
It has been observed in the crypto ecosystem that there are multiple user preferences for playing or betting with decentralized applications. As reported by DappRadar and State of the Dapps, most people choose this type of entertainment, with My Crypto Heroes and EOS Dynasty being just two examples.
Other options that exist for those looking to play online are the casinos that work on public blockchains. Some examples are FunFair, Bitcasino.io or sportsbet.io, in the case of sports betting.
This announcement made by the Río Negro Lottery has a precedent, although it is related to cryptocurrencies, in the Zulia Lottery in Venezuela. The organization reported in August 2019 that they would begin receiving bets on Bitcoin and Petro, the state cryptocurrency driven by the government of the oil-producing country.
At that time, the state’s governor, Omar Prieto, said that they would use the Virtualloto.com portal, which would allow the public to bet with cryptocurrencies on the Millionaire Jungle (animal lottery), Triple Zamorano and Triple Zulia games.
A request for comments sent to the representative of Os City, Lucas Jolías, to learn more technical details about the project did not receive a response. Likewise, a reply is expected from Silvio Castro, Secretary for Modernization and Technological Innovation in the province of Río Negro.
By Willmen Blanco