The Ohio Lottery has signed a five-year contract with Intralot Inc to implement its Intralot Orion Sportsbook solution.
Under the terms of the deal, Intralot SA’s US subsidiary will utilise its current lottery equipment and infrastructure “to facilitate the sports betting journey for retailers and customers” throughout Ohio.
Intralot Inc has received a provisional licence through the Ohio Casino Control Commission to operate the contract, and the firm expects the final five-year licence to be issued shortly after January 1, 2023.
The project is expected to go shortly thereafter with 700 retail locations already approved – a number that should grow to over 1,000 in the next months.
This deal marks the latest lottery agreement secured by Intralot, which has provided a secure central gaming system in the state of Ohio since 2009, aiding in-state and multi-state draw Ohio Lottery games.
In September, Intralot and EveryMatrix confirmed delivery of a new online solution to La Marocaine des Jeux & des Sports en Ligne (MDJS), the Moroccan state lottery.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, the Ohio Lottery modified its rules on cashing in sports bets following complaints from retailers that more money in-hand was heightening the risk of robberies on stores.
The issue was addressed by allowing non-host locations (all lottery retailers) to cash sports gaming prizes.