INTRALOT has signed a ten-year deal with Nigeria’s International Lottery and Gaming Limited (ILGL) to provide the operator with a range of lottery technology and related services.

Intralot will support the launch of the lottery later this year with its lottery system, numerical games and its point of sales network technology.

ILGL is owned by R&R Group, a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Nigeria, with subsidiary offices in the UK and Lebanon. It is active in a number of diverse fields such as construction, transport, telecommunications and agriculture, as well as leisure and entertainment.

INTRALOT chief operating officer Nikos Nikolakopoulos described the partnership with ILGL as a major step towards establishing the supplier’s presence in the developing African gaming market.

“We are pleased to offer to ILGL, our valuable, new partner in Nigeria our innovative lottery technology and services as well as our extensive operational know-how,” he explained.

“INTRALOT’s dedicated team in the region with the support of our global operations team will work together with International Lottery and Gaming Limited, so as to implement our common vision for a successful lottery operation,” Nikolakopoulos continued. “We are confident that our partners’ deep knowledge of the local market, along with our global experience, will lead to the delivery of secure and entertaining games offering to the Nigerian players exciting gaming experiences.”

“ILGL has been granted by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission a national license to operate a lottery in Nigeria,” ILGL vice chairman Ronaldo Minaise added. “ILGL envisages offering the best, most credible and trustworthy lottery experience to all Nigerian players.”

Shares in Intralot SA (Co. Data) (ASE:INLOT) were trading up 2.61 per cent on the news in Athens early Monday at €1.57 per share.