IGT has signed a 20-year contract extension with the Rhode Island Lottery to remain the exclusive supplier of lottery, ilottery, instant ticket, and video lottery solutions and services.
Later this year, the Ocean State’s draw-based lottery system will be replaced by IGT’s performance-driving Aurora product, in addition to all related lottery terminals and telecommunications equipment.
The lottery supplier has also pledged to upgrade Rhode Island’s ilottery system in 2023, enabling players to access a user-friendly portal or award-winning mobile solution with a vast library of emerging content.
Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, commented: “IGT’s history is rooted in Rhode Island as the company is one of its most successful high-tech startups, with the Rhode Island Lottery being our very first customer.
“IGT’s good jobs and great people are the foundation of our success and one of the reasons why we have been able to support the lottery in its continued evolution throughout our decades-long partnership.
“Over the next 20 years, we are committed to delivering unrivalled gaming experiences that engage players and drive maximum growth for Rhode Island’s third-largest revenue stream.”
IGT will continue to supply its instant ticketing service to the lottery, incorporating some of its most well-known brands. Furthermore, the gaming brand is committed to replacing the video lottery central system, increasing reliability and security.
From January 1, 2023, IGT will also serve as an exclusive supplier of video lottery terminals in the Ocean State, via a joint venture with Bally’s Corporation.
Mark Furcolo, Rhode Island Lottery Director, added: “The Rhode Island Lottery has partnered with IGT since the early days of both businesses and has benefitted from piloting numerous IGT innovations over the years, including exciting ilottery solutions and sophisticated new ways of ticket printing that are now part of our growing portfolio.
“This extension signifies an impressive milestone, and we look forward to continued success and implementation of the most advanced lottery systems and solutions for many years to come.”
The move commits IGT to the maintenance of 1,100 lucrative jobs in Rhode Island, further to a $155m investment in the state.