Georgia Lottery Corporation signs seven year extension with IGT

Georgia Lottery Corporation signs seven year extension with IGT

Monday, October 31, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
Ongoing partnership will continue to 2025 with new deal

The Georgia Lottery Corporation has signed a seven-year contract extension with IGT Global Solutions Corporation to provide new lottery products and services until September 2025.

The extension is no great surprise given that IGT has partnered with the Georgia Lottery since it first started selling tickets in 1993. Indeed the latest extension has been hailed as a positive show of ‘mutual co-operation’.

Jay Gendron, IGT senior vice president, WLA North America Lottery, welcomed the deal: “IGT and the Georgia Lottery have had a long and successful partnership for more than 20 years, and this contract extension is a testament to the mutual cooperation and commitment of the two organisations to increase lottery sales and continue generating record profits for education through the deployment of industry-leading solutions.”

The Georgia Lottery recorded a record US$4.56 billion in total sales in its fiscal year 2016. As one of the top performing and most efficient lotteries in the world, the Georgia Lottery has raised more than $17.8bn for the students of Georgia.

Under the contract extension, IGT will provide the Georgia Lottery with several components of IGT's Aurora platform, including Aurora Transaction Engine, Aurora Open Retail, Aurora Retailer Wizard, Aurora Navigator, and Aurora Performance Intel.

Aurora Open Retail, a new retail solution software architecture, will enable the Georgia Lottery to support multiple types of retail solution devices in an efficient manner, improving time to market. In addition, the Georgia Lottery will receive Aurora Navigator back-office applications for Lottery personnel, who will now have the ability to customise the look and feel of the interface to meet their exact needs, help them better manage their business, and enhance productivity.

The Georgia Lottery will also receive IGT's Aurora Performance Intel solution, a comprehensive business intelligence and analytics tool that provides insights across all sales channels. IGT's Aurora Retailer Wizard solution will provide a secure website for Georgia Lottery retailers to more effectively manage their businesses, interact with the Lottery, and drive results.

In addition to providing the Georgia Lottery with the above-mentioned suite of Aurora platform components, IGT will replace a significant portion of the Georgia Lottery's existing lottery terminal base with IGT's Altura Flex lottery terminals, which feature a smaller footprint along with a large high-resolution display for ease of retailer use and the widely-deployed high-speed AccuTherm Ultra printer.

IGT will also provide 6,150 Ticket-Scan Plus self-service ticket checkers and an equal amount of the company’s latest Aurora MultiMedia digital signage solution will also be deployed, which will help stimulate increased brand awareness, winner awareness, jackpot awareness, and transaction activities. As part of the contract extension, 4,650 new KENO video controller units will be installed by IGT at authorized KENO retailers throughout the state.

Additionally, IGT will provide select Georgia Lottery retailers with the Gemini Touch, IGT's new self-service lottery vending machine, which provides fully customizable screens and support for up to 28 instant-ticket games and a configurable number of draw games. The Gemini Touch will also feature a cashless payment option.

Further, a material portion of the existing retailer communications network will be upgraded to the latest advanced generation of satellite technology. Lastly, as part of the contract extension, IGT will provide integration and enhancements to the Georgia Lottery's iLottery player portal on its website.


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