Lottery and gaming supplier International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a deal to roll out its Gemini Touch lottery vending machines with Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec.

The new agreement sees the Gemini Touch terminals replace the lottery's existing instant ticket vending machines.

The agreement continues a relationship that dates back to 1999 and has seen IGT provide Loto-Québec with its video lottery central system, around 12,000 video lottery terminals, casino and interactive games, and the Canadian Bingo and Poker Networks.

The terminal, described by IGT as its "most sophisticated self-service solution", will allow Loto-Québec to offer players cashless payment functionality and an age verification feature that scans drivers' licences. The terminals can also be equipped to sell draw and sports games in future.

"IGT's Gemini Touch machines will allow us to offer products to our players, with the added convenience of a cashless payment feature and a secure age verification tool to support responsible gaming," Loto-Québec acting president and chief executive Lynne Roiter commented.

"We've had a longstanding partnership with Loto-Québec and are excited to now introduce the Gemini Touch to the Canadian market," IGT senior vice president of WLA North America Lottery Jay Gendron added. "The Gemini Touch machines incorporate the most advanced technology and superior user experience design to ensure optimal sales that will help the Lottery contribute maximum revenues to good causes."

The Gemini Touch machines are to be installed in 100 locations throughout Quebec this summer.

Shares in International Game Technology plc (Co.Data) (NYQ:IGT) closed in New York Thursday up 0.19 per cent at USD$26.60 per share.


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