International Game Technology (IGT) has announced that its GTECH subsidiary has signed a seven and a half year deal to provide a wide range of lottery software and services to the Minnesota State Lottery.
The deal will see GTECH provide the lottery with new technology, including an IP communications network, multimedia displays, self-service products and ongoing support services. It was awarded following a competitive procurement process.
The supplier will provide a set of retail solutions and data-driven decision-making tools designed to help boost revenue. It will replace the lottery’s existing central system with its Enterprise Series solution to support sales growth.
It will also replace the lottery’s existing terminal base with approximately 3,200 Altura GT1200 machines, as well as launching Ticket-Scan Plus self-service ticket checkers.
The contract allows for three one-year extensions, and is expected to generate revenue of between $75m and $80m over the length of the initial 7.5 year contract period, which runs until August 9th, 2023.
“The Minnesota State Lottery has built its success based upon strong retailer relationships and understanding its players' preferences,” commented Michael Chambrello, chief executive of IGT’s North American lotteries business. “We will continue to work in partnership with this forward-thinking lottery to offer the most appropriate technology solutions and a diversified product mix tailored to meet the ever-changing needs of the Lottery's retail landscape, and adapt as its business evolves over the next seven-and-a-half years.
“As well, we will remain focused on maximizing profitability for the Lottery by continually searching for ways to grow sales while operating effectively and efficiently,” he added.
Minnesota State Lottery executive director Ed Van Petten described IGT as “the right partner” with which the lottery could build on 25 years of success and maximise its contribution to the state.
IGT will maintain a primary data centre in Roseville, Minnesota, with its backup centre in Austin Texas, providing ongoing services such as the operation and maintenance of the central system, maintenance of the terminals and communications network, alongside field services and hotline management.