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IGT has strengthened its European operations, securing a renewal of its partnership with Germany’s Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG (WestLotto).

The five-year renewal will see NYSE-listed, London-headquartered IGT deliver its Aurora central lottery system and related technologies to WestLotto until at least 2031, with provision for further extensions.

IGT hopes to utilise Aurora to reliably handle WestLotto’s high transaction volume whilst boosting profitability and innovation for the lottery. The latter goal will see support for WestLotto’s plans for management, transformation and growth.

Andreas Kötter, WestLotto Co-CEO, commented: “IGT has provided WestLotto with world-class lottery solutions for more than 20 years and is the trusted partner for us to provide the best possible player experiences and to drive growth responsibly for our business.

“We look forward to modernising our central system further through the implementation of Aurora and the many benefits its modules will present to our Lottery.”

IGT states that its platform will provide an ‘intuitive, user-friendly applications, tools and reporting capabilities’ to handle WestLotto’s transaction processing, game management and back-office operations.

Christiane Jansen, WestLotto Co-CEO, remarked: “IGT’s global expertise and our extensive knowledge of the local lottery market complement each other perfectly. The partnership represents gaming of the future that is as innovative as it is secure and reputable.”

The contract extension is the latest in a series of partnership announcements and renewals for IGT, with the latest being a 10-year contract with Matla’s National Lottery plc.

Europe is not the only continent on IGT’s radar, however, as 2023 has seen the company win the tender for Brazil’s Minas Gerais state – along with two other firms – and partner with the Maine and Rhode Island Lotteries in the US.

Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery, said: “As Germany’s largest lottery with over €1.7 billion in sales, WestLotto requires the sophistication, reliability and innovation that IGT’s Aurora central system delivers.

 “Our high-performing Aurora platform and its components will enable the Lottery to manage its business more efficiently, while providing premier player experiences and maximising funds to good causes.”