International Game Technology (IGT) has secured a renewal of its contract with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation for a further 10 years.

Set to last until 2036, the contract will cover delivery of an upgraded retail system, new point-of-sale hardware and a cloud-based ilottery system, and further strengthens the London-based supplier’s presence in the US lottery sector.

Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer Global Lottery, said: “The Kentucky Lottery has always been at the forefront of lottery innovation and IGT is pleased to continue supporting these modernization efforts.

“IGT’s future-forward mindset and next-generation product portfolio are critical in today’s evolving lottery space. Over the next 10 years, we will build upon our longstanding partnership with the Kentucky Lottery and deploy our sophisticated technology to further enhance the player experience.”

Central to the agreement is provision of IGT’s Aurora platform, complete with applications, tools and reporting capabilities, such as the Performance Wizard, Retailer Wizard and Sales Wizard.

Additionally, the company will also deliver 4,000 new retailer pro terminals and ticket checkers, as well as 28 lottery vending machines.

Mary R. Harville, Kentucky Lottery Corporation President & CEO, remarked: “The Kentucky Lottery has partnered with IGT since operations first began and we have continued to look for ways, in partnership with IGT, to modernise our offerings over the last 30-plus years.

“Enhancing our lottery solutions with IGT’s retail and iLottery systems and convenient self-service retail terminals will provide more opportunities for us to responsibly grow our sales and return additional funds for scholarships and grants for Kentucky college students.”

The agreement marks IGT’s second US-focused deal this month, following a partnership signed with the California Lottery two weeks ago, which covered similar areas such as point-of-sale hardware.

As well as making progress on its US prospects, this year has seen the company sign a series of European agreements, having partnered with or signed renewals with the likes of Lithuania’s Euloto, Switzerland’s Loterie Romande and Poland’s Totalizator Sportowy.

Srini Nedunuri, IGT Senior Vice President Global iLottery, added: “In 2016, the Kentucky Lottery became one of IGT’s first US customers to launch an ilkottery programme.

“”Since then, IGT has worked with the Kentucky Lottery to triple the number of online draw games available to players, as well as provide a vast portfolio of compelling eInstant games. 

“IGT’s cloud-based ilottery platform will offer the Lottery more flexibility, increased analytics and a full suite of advanced player-management features and responsible gaming tools.”