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Oklahoma Lottery cuts costs to renew Scientific Games partnership

30th May 2013 7:27 am GMT

Scientific Games Corporation has signed a new lottery gaming services agreement with the Oklahoma Lottery, continuing the company’s relationship with the US state lottery since its launch in 2005.

The contract was awarded through a competitive procurement process and becomes effective on August 9th for an initial term of one year, and includes nine additional one-year contract extension options.  

The new deal provides for lottery systems and services, including terminals and state-wide communications, instant ticket printing, warehousing and distribution, technical and sales staff as well as additional lottery services.

The company will also replace all retailer terminals starting at the end of 2016, as part of the deal.

“The Oklahoma Lottery has been a valued customer since its launch in 2005, one of the fastest implementations ever in the industry, and we are pleased to continue our successful partnership,” said Pat McHugh, Scientific Games’ president of North American Lottery Systems. “We are looking forward to collaborating with the Lottery to contribute more returns to education in the State.”

Scientific Games has been the Oklahoma Lottery’s gaming vendor since the lottery’s launch in 2005.

“Scientific Games has been a great partner over the last eight years,” said Rollo Redburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission. “With their help, we can continue to focus on growing our revenues and driving efficiencies in order to provide more money for Oklahoma education.

“We’ve been operating for eight years with one of the best per retailer contract costs in the nation. We have known for several years that a new contract would cost more and we have been preparing by reducing the size of our staff and cutting other operating costs,” continued Redburn. “Even though our contract rate is higher than our previous rate, it was not unexpected and the Scientific Games offer provided the best option for our gaming services at the best price.”
 
Last year, the Oklahoma Lottery generated $208m in retail sales and returned $73m to education in the state.

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