The Pennsylvania Lottery has launched virtual sports games across its retail network for the first time through a partnership with New York-listed supplier Inspired Entertainment.

The Xpress Sports virtual games mark a new category of fast-paced games for the lottery, with games being decided every five minutes.

Integrated through Scientific Games' central lottery and sports betting platform, point-of-sale terminals, and TV monitors at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers, the virtual sports offering officially went live this week.

Xpress Football and Xpress Car Racing are the first Inspired titles to be made available at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers, with the games using ultra-realistic animation to depict the outcome of random computerized drawings that take place every five minutes.

"We are thrilled to continue the Pennsylvania Lottery's modernization efforts with the launch of our new virtual sports brand, Xpress Sports," said Pennsylvania Lottery director Drew Svitko. "Virtual sports games appeal to Pennsylvanian's passion for sports and, like all of our games, virtual sports games are supported by systems technology innovation.

“Our recent game entertainment expansion with Keno, iLottery and now virtual sports is already generating new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians. Kudos to all those at the lottery and Scientific Games who have worked so hard to introduce these new products to our players."

In Xpress Football, random drawings simulate a drive inside the 20-yard line between two virtual football teams. Each drive will result in a touchdown run, touchdown pass, field goal, or turnover. Players win prizes for correctly choosing one or more of the 16 possible outcomes listed on the playslip. For a $1 play, prizes will range up to $250 and players can play up to 20 consecutive drives.

Xpress Car Racing sees random drawings simulate a two-lap race of 12 cars around the Pennsylvania Lottery speedway. Each race results in a first, second and third-place finisher. Players win prizes for correctly choosing the car numbers that will place, with a $250 prize for choosing the top three finishers in exact order.

"Scientific Games' continued investment in new games, technology, and services to maximize proceeds for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made the successful launch of virtual sports, Keno and iLottery mobile/online games possible," said Pat McHugh, senior vice president, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.

"We are proud that our partnership with the Pennsylvania Lottery has resulted in one of the highest performing lotteries in the world."

Shares in Scientific Games Corp. (NSQ:SGMS) closed in New York Thursday up 4.61 per cent at $30.65 per share, while shares in Inspired Entertainment Inc. (NSQ:INSE) closed down 0.68 per cent at $7.25 per share.

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