Moroccan Lottery extends tender process amid new operator search

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La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS) has extended its call for tenders as it searches for a new Moroccan National Lottery operator.

The new deadline for submission of bids is now 10am on May 31, 2022, at MDJS’ headquarters in Casablanca, extending the initial date of April 4.

In addition, the commencement date of the licence period has been moved from January 1, 2023, to January 1, 2024.

“This extension of time is in line with the MDJS’ constant willingness to establish a trustworthy and sustainable partnership with the global community of operators and technology providers,” an MDJS statement read.

An announcement by MDJS in January called for two tenders in order to separate the lottery operations, which includes raffles, from sports betting and other gaming activities, though bidders can submit an offer for one lot or both lots.

Initially offering an eight-year contract, the deal will remain extendable for two additional years, provided ‘certain conditions’ are met.

The public company also stated that the documents provided must comply with the provisions of the consultation regulations, as indicated in the tender documents.

Intralot has powered the lottery since 2010, but the Greek operator reduced the duration of its contract last year, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a contributing factor. Its contract is now scheduled to conclude on December 31, 2022.