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IGT wins Florida Lottery contract

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International Game Technology (IGT) on Thursday announced it had won a deal with the Florida Lottery to provide new hardware.

IGT will provide the Florida Lottery with retailer terminals, in-store signage, self-service lottery vending machines, self-service ticket checkers and an upgraded communications network.

The total value of the contract was not available on the Lottery’s website as of Friday.

“Since 2005, the Florida Lottery and IGT have worked together to implement solutions and initiatives that have been key to the Lottery’s growth,” said Jay Gendron, IGT senior vice president, North America lottery, in a press release.

“The Lottery’s close attention to the needs of players and retailers has been instrumental in making it among the world’s most successful and respected lotteries — and serves as a model for driving lottery growth through effective branding and innovation,” he added. “Working together, our aligned organizations can build on this success even further for the benefit of Florida’s education program.”

The contract is for an initial 10-year period, and the Florida Lottery “simultaneously exercised the first of its three available three-year renewal options,” the company said.

“IGT will continue to provide ongoing services to the Florida Lottery, including system design, delivery, and ongoing support operations; terminal installation and maintenance; retailer training; hotline management; and telecommunications network management and maintenance,” the release said.

Earlier this week, the Lottery said it set “an all-time-record high” of $467 million in ticket sales for August. The Lottery now plans to transfer about $120 million from the August proceeds into the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, which helps pay for public education.

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