USA – An American casino and lottery product supplier and the first company to introduce a secure instant lottery ticket in 1974; Scientific Games Corporation, has today announced that it has won a contract in Iowa from the Iowa Lottery to provide a ‘new state-wide gaming system to serve the lottery and the 2,400 retail locations where Iowa Lottery games are sold’.
Iowa Lottery is run by the state of Iowa which administers games on behalf of the member lotteries, which includes the Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America, Lucky for Life, Pick 3, Pick 4 and a number of instant scratch tickets.
The deal, which the Iowa Lottery Authority Board voted 5-0 to award Scientific Games the contract effective immediately, may be extended for an additional five years on top of the initial ten.
According to reports, the Iowa Lottery, which offers multi-jurisdictional games, is planning to implement the new gaming system in the middle of next year. In addition, the decision was made to select Scientific Games for the contract it tendered for because it was the ‘best choice to meet the Iowa Lottery’s business objectives and upgrade the Lottery’s 2011 technology with minimal disruption to game sales, providing millions of dollars for vital state programs benefitting Iowans.’
Chief executive officer for lottery products at Scientific Games Pat McHugh commented on the contract:
“Scientific Games appreciates the trust the Iowa Lottery has placed in our Company and our technology to continue supporting programs that help make Iowa a great place to live. We are also very proud that the hard work of our teams and ability to successfully align with lotteries’ business plans continues to position Scientific Games as the fastest growing lottery systems provider in North America.”
Scientific Games is working with the Iowa Lottery to finalize the contract and plan a seamless switch to the new technology. As part of the new technology rollout, the Iowa Lottery will upgrade to an advanced gaming system, central communications network, retailer terminals, and player self-service kiosks.