New York-listed supplier International Game Technology (IGT) has been selected by the Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) to power the state’s new lottery.

The MLC board of directors has approved entering into a contractual agreement with IGT Global Solutions Corporation following a board meeting late last week.

Under the deal, IGT will provide the lottery with a central gaming system that will generate tickets for computerized draw games such as Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as providing printing services for instant scratch-off tickets.

“We are thrilled to have IGT on board with the MLC,” said MLC president Tom Shaheen. “Every lottery relies on vendors to provide their expertise and the necessary infrastructure to provide lottery products to the public.

“We look forward to partnering with them in our effort as we pursue our mission of raising funds for roads and bridges throughout Mississippi.”

The MLC said that the selection of IGT was a pivotal step in the lottery’s plans to launch instant ticket games no later than 1 December, with drawing games to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

The MLC was created last year upon passage of the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, Senate Bill 2001.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appointed the five-member board of directors last October, with the goal of having the first lottery tickets on sale during the final quarter of 2019.

Shares in International Game Technology plc (NSQ:IGT) closed at $11.98 per share in New York Friday.

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