Minas Gerais

International Game Technology (IGT) and Scientific Games (SG) have issued an update on the duo’s tender to deliver products to the state lottery of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The group are part of a consortium with a local partner, SAGA Consultoria e Representações Comerciais e Empresariais S/A (SAGA), to support the Minas Gerais State Lottery (LEMG).

A 20-year contract, the deal grants the three firms exclusive rights to provide several lottery products to the LEMG, including instant games, a supporting instant ticket system and passive lottery games.

LEMG first chose the consortium back in April 2023, with the trio offering the state lottery returns of 21% of net gaming revenue from lottery operations, slightly more than local competitor Hebara’s offer of 20%.

Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery, said: “We are very pleased to enter the Brazilian lottery market through this partnership with Scientific Games and SAGA, leveraging IGT’s decades-long experience operating some of the world’s largest lotteries, along with best-in-class instant ticket and passive lottery solutions for player entertainment and good causes.

“This agreement enables us to expand IGT’s global leadership in lottery and build upon our operational expertise while creating additional opportunities in Brazil through the launch of printed instant tickets and related services.”

IGT and SG will take the primary role in operating the instant ticket and passive lottery business in Minas Gerais, which is home to 21 million people. This will significantly expand the state lottery’s product range, which currently consists of keno and a national draw game.

The two firms will also jointly provide printed instant games planning and production, whilst SG will have primary responsibility for supplying software and management systems.

The contract will commence on 9 June 2023 and the consortium expects to launch instant games by the end of 2023, whilst added terms allow for another 20-year extension of the partnership.

Michael Conforti, Scientific Games President of International, added: “We are excited to bring our 50 years of expertise in lottery instant games, analytics, systems and management services to Brazil through our partnership with IGT and SAGA. 

“The sole purpose of our consortium is to build a lottery operation focused on maximising revenues for LEMG’s beneficiary programmes.

“Players in Minas Gerais can look forward to world-leading instant scratch game entertainment delivered through an advanced, highly secure gaming system that serves both retailers and street vendors.”