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International Game Technology (IGT) has secured its second major contract of the week, signing a seven-year extension with the California Lottery.

Signed between the London-based firm’s IGT Global Solutions Corporation subsidiary and the lottery, the second largest in the US, the deal also includes five one-year extension options.

The agreement follows a 10-year contract renewal with the Pan Malaysian Pools (PMP), and follows similar Americas-focused agreements signed with Canada’s Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLCC) and Brazil’s Minas Gerais State Lottery.

Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery, said: “The California Lottery has trusted IGT to provide best-in-class, modern lottery solutions for more than three decades, driving continued increased sales for the Lottery and more than $41bn to support California’s public schools.

“IGT’s enhanced second-chance promotions platform will provide maximum flexibility for the California Lottery to create a variety of exciting promotional drawings and bonus capabilities for its players.”

Provisions of the agreement include support and maintenance of the California Lottery’s central system, communications network and 140,000 point-sale hardware spread across 23,000 retailers.

The central focus of the deal is on upgrading the lottery’s second-chance platform to a cloud-based one by incorporating it into IGT’s OMNIA solution, whilst also providing the operator with instant ticket games and services, field services, marketing and research capabilities, and call centre support.