London-listed gaming technology provider Playtech has been awarded the contract to launch a new online casino for Poland’s state-owned National Lottery operator Totalizator Sportowy.

The company was selected following a competitive tender process and will supply the lottery with its online casino platform, games portfolio and related services.

“This is a breakthrough moment not only in the history of Totalizator Sportowy, but also the entire Polish entertainment market,” said Totalizator Sportowy president Olgierd Cieślik. “The partner selection process, despite time-consuming work, allowed us to select one of the best suppliers on the market.

“I am sure that being extremely experienced and well-known in the entire gaming industry, the company will perfectly handle this task.”

Totalizator Sportowy has operated the Lotto brand for more than 60 years in Poland, with its iGaming launch marking an important step in the company's expansion plans.

Cieślik added that by combining Totalizator Sportowy’s experience and knowledge of the Polish market with Playtech’s expertise in iGaming, the two will create a solution that benefit both players and the Polish Treasury.

Playtech described the contract award as a demonstration of its "unique appeal to large government-run organisations in regulated and newly regulated markets".

“Totalizator Sportowy has been supplying lottery and gambling products for more than 60 years and is the largest operator in Poland. We are thrilled to have been selected as its new online casino partner and I’m delighted to be able to announce this agreement today,” said Playtech chief executive Mor Weizer.

“Given the scale and flexibility of our gaming platform Playtech is the partner of choice for leading land-based operators that are best placed to lead the online growth of newly regulating online markets.”

Shares in Playtech plc. (LSE:PTEC) were trading down 0.15 per cent at 781.00 pence per share in London early Thursday afternoon.