by Antoni Majewski

IGT Extends Contract with Virginia Lottery: A 3-Year Extension for Enhanced Lottery Technology

International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) has announced a significant contract extension with the Virginia Lottery through its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation. This three-year extension, effective through October 2033, includes options for additional one-year extensions and promises upgraded lottery systems and innovative gameplay features.

A Prolonged Partnership for Progress

IGT’s ongoing collaboration with the Virginia Lottery, which began in 2000, is set to continue with a three-year contract extension. This extension not only reaffirms the strong relationship between the two entities but also ensures the Lottery’s operations will benefit from cutting-edge technology and support until at least October 2033, with potential further extensions.

Under this extended contract, the Virginia Lottery will receive an upgraded central lottery system and communications network, new point-of-sale hardware, and exciting gameplay features. These enhancements, targeted to go live by October 2025, are part of IGT’s commitment to providing advanced technology and enriching the lottery experience for players.

IGT: A Global Leader in Gaming

IGT, known for its responsible and engaging gaming experiences, brings a wealth of expertise to this partnership. The company’s substantial investment in innovation, player insights, and technology enables it to offer unrivaled gaming experiences. With a strong presence in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide and a team of approximately 10,500 employees, IGT is a major player in the gaming industry.

Tony R. Russell, Virginia Lottery Interim Director, acknowledged IGT’s role in modernizing their lottery offerings: “Since first partnering with the Virginia Lottery in 2000, IGT has helped us responsibly modernize our lottery offerings and drive sales growth for our business. We look forward to IGT’s enhancements to our system and point-of-sale technology.”

Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery, commented on the partnership: “IGT has worked closely with the Virginia Lottery for more than 20 years to deliver world-class, innovative lottery solutions and services. The upgraded technology being deployed for the Virginia Lottery as part of our latest extension will offer increased flexibility and engaging new experiences for players.”

Technological Advancements and Enhanced Gameplay

The contract extension entails upgrading the Virginia Lottery’s central retail system to IGT’s Aurora™, a component of the OMNIA™ lottery solution. Additionally, 5,500 retailer terminals will be replaced with the Retailer Pro S2 terminal, enabling simultaneous feature updates across multiple terminals. These advancements promise to streamline lottery operations and introduce new gameplay experiences, including a progressive jackpot feature for the Lottery’s Print ‘n Play games.

Objective Commentary: IGT and Virginia Lottery’s Continued Success

IGT’s extended partnership with the Virginia Lottery is a testament to the company’s ability to innovate and adapt in the fast-evolving world of lottery gaming. This collaboration, spanning over two decades, demonstrates how strategic partnerships can drive technological advancement and growth in the gaming industry.

The integration of new technologies like Aurora™ and the Retailer Pro S2 terminal illustrates IGT’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art solutions that not only benefit the Lottery’s operations but also enhance the player experience. This ongoing relationship is poised to contribute significantly to the Lottery’s mission to support Virginia’s K-12 public education, showcasing a successful blend of technology, innovation, and social responsibility.

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