International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a new supply agreement with the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) to provide a range of services, expanding its existing relationship with the lottery.

The gaming system and related services agreement will see IGT provide NCEL with a draw-based central system, lottery terminals and self-service vending machines, a multifaceted communications network and ongoing services.

This includes IGT's Aurora Open Retail system and Aurora Navigator back-office applications.

NCEL will also roll out the supplier’s Altura Flex draw-based terminal, and the Gemini Touch self-service vending machine. The ES MultiMedia digital advertising display will also be provided to stimulate increased brand awareness, winner awareness and player recognition of jackpots and game activities at the point of sale.

The contract lasts for ten years beginning April 1st 2017, and allows for a five-year extension that would see the deal run until 2032. This extends the relationship between IGT and the NCEL, which has worked with the supplier (then GTECH) since it launched its offering in 2006.

“We are grateful to be aligned with the NCEL in innovating its business and achieving consecutive years of record success, and we welcome the opportunity to support the NCEL in ushering in its next exciting chapter,” said Michael Chambrello, chief executive of IGT’s North American lottery business.

“We look forward to furthering our partnership, helping to increase contributions to education, and bringing the greatest value to North Carolinians as we help the NCEL reach and exceed its next set of strategic goals.”

“The Education Lottery's partnership with IGT during its first 10 years of operations is one of the major reasons it has succeeded in increasing both sales and earnings every year,” NCEL executive director Alice Garland added. “With our new partnership, the lottery will get the systems and equipment it needs to work more effectively and efficiently for its players, its retail partners and the good cause it serves. By working together, the next 10 years can be as successful as the first.”

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