Scientific Games gets Iowa Lottery contract
DES MOINES, IO. – Leading lottery games provider Scientific Games Corporation has won a $50 million contract with the Iowa Lottery to supply its lottery game computer system for the next ten years.
Scientific Games must successfully pass a background information check from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation before the contract can officially go ahead.
CEO of the Iowa Lottery, Terry Rich said that “If the board approves it, we estimate this will save us nearly $1 million a year over the current contract.” The current contract he mentions is also held by Scientific Games.
The new computer system, to check and validate tickets should be ready to be rolled out by the beginning of July next year.
The new contract will require Scientific Games to supply communications equipment, software and computer terminals at nearly 2,500 lottery retail outlets across the state. The contract is fixed to a minimum term of 7 years with the option for three extensions of one year each.
The latest contract is the largest ever awarded by the Iowa Lottery and there was fierce competition for it from Scientific Games’ rivals Intralot and GTech. A dozen representatives from each company were present in the lottery board room when the decision was made. Lottery executives had thrown out previous bids from the same companies in May because it was impossible to make a decision on a winner.
The new system will allow retailers to sell traditional games such as instant scratch tickets, plus online games such as Powerball and Mega Millions. Some lottery retailers don’t have the capability now to sell online games. One feature of the new system is that it will allow players to check their own lottery tickets to determine whether they have a winner.
source: The Des Moines Register
Published: September 3, 2010