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IGT Selected by the Mississippi Lottery Corporation to Supply Innovative Lottery Products and Services

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Company signs two seven-year contracts to provide wide array of lottery technology, instant tickets, and services that will help increase the Lottery’s short and long-term growth plan

International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter “IGT”), signed a seven-year contract with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation to provide it with a draw-based central system, lottery terminals, and additional services. IGT signed an additional seven-year contract to supply the production of instant tickets, secure warehousing, and distribution of games. IGT was selected as the preferred bidder for both contracts following the State’s competitive procurement. The two contracts have commenced and allow for up to three one-year extensions. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation is expected to sell the first ticket no later than December 1, 2019.

“IGT’s experience with providing leading technology, solutions, and services to startup lotteries is unparalleled, having helped 10 lotteries successfully begin their businesses in the U.S. since 1990. IGT will leverage our decades of experience and industry insights to help drive the success of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation, and to introduce compelling lottery entertainment throughout the State,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. “IGT is committed to supporting the Lottery’s short and long-term growth objectives by providing customized, high-performing back-office systems, tools that foster retailer and player engagement, strategic instant ticket development and production, and technology, games, and marketing support that establishes the Lottery as a reputable brand.”

“We are thrilled to have IGT on board with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation,” said Tom Shaheen, Mississippi Lottery Corporation President. “We look forward to partnering with them in our effort as we pursue our mission of raising funds for roads and bridges throughout Mississippi.”

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation will receive IGT’s Aurora Platform and Retailer Pro, IGT’s fastest and most innovative retailer-friendly draw-based lottery terminal. IGT’s Retail Digital Media advertising display solution will be provided to stimulate brand awareness, winner awareness, and player recognition of jackpots and game activities, directly at the point-of-sale. The Lottery will leverage IGT’s self-service point-of-sale devices including a combination of the GameTouch™ 28 vending machine for players to purchase instant tickets and the GameTouch™ 20 compact vending machine.

As part of the instant ticket contract, IGT will implement its complete instant game supply chain solution, Instant Advantage™, which includes a tailored and strategic approach to the way IGT will design and print instant ticket games for the Lottery. Secure warehousing and distribution of instant tickets to lottery retailers will also be provided.

IGT will also deliver marketing support, field services, primary and back up data centers, call center operations, software support, and retailer training.

IGT has maintained a presence in Mississippi since 1992 through its gaming operation and helped open the first casino in the State. Along with hiring new employees from Mississippi, IGT will open a local office and a warehouse in the Greater Jackson area near the Mississippi Lottery Corporation headquarters to ensure collaboration, maximize efficiency, and address opportunities.

 

About IGT:

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

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NIGA Delegation Visits Gauselmann Group

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Ernest L. Stevens Jr., Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), with a delegation of four have visited the Gauselmann group in Germany.

The NIGA members started off their visit in Eastern Westphalia. They visited the Gauselmann Group’s production plant in Lübbecke, the company’s training centre at Schloss Benkhausen in Espelkamp and the German Coin-Op Museum. They experienced German casino flair in the MERKUR Casino arcades in Espelkamp, as well as at the Bad Oeynhausen casino.

They made discussions with various company representatives, especially Paul Gauselmann (founder of Gauselmann group), who invited Ernest L. Stevens along with Jürgen Stühmeyer (Merkur Management Board member) and Athanasios Isaakidis (Chief Executive, International) to a personal meeting.

“It is a great honour for us to welcome Ernest Stevens and his delegation to the Gauselmann Group’s company headquarters. Mr Stevens has been passionately campaigning for the concerns of the Indian gaming industry in the United States for decades. Thanks to his skill, gaming revenues have been more than tripled in the past two decades. This is a remarkable achievement and a great win for the affiliated Indian tribes, that have been able to use the generated revenues to implement many social projects such as schools, kindergartens and hospitals,” Paul Gauselmann said.

“In addition, I see in Mr Stevens many parallels with my own many years of association work in the German amusement and vending machine industry and am therefore delighted to be able to get to know him better personally,” he added.

“We are delighted to have received the invitation to get to know the East-Westphalian Gauselmann Group personally and about the wonderful hospitality shown to us during our stay. It was really fascinating to see how the high-quality products of the games makers in Germany are manufactured and, like our casinos in the United States, how they also secure local jobs,” Ernest L. Stevens said.

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High 5 Games recruits Jesse Cary as Vice President Strategy

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High 5 Games (H5G), the world’s leading independent casino games provider, has appointed Jesse Cary in the newly created role of Vice President Strategy as the company prepares to launch its social casino into the real money gaming market.

Cary is an experienced technologist and joins the company from Bede Gaming where he served over eight years as a technical director of the platform provider.

As part of his new role, he will be responsible for H5G’s iGaming platform strategy, advising on technical platform design, platform as a product, as well as engineering organisational structure.

Following the developer’s recently granted MGA B2C licence Type 1, his immediate focus will be to ensure the successful launch of High 5 Casino and help take the B2C brand into new markets.

The casino will launch on the company’s proprietary platform, Vault, which incorporates its Brain with Benefits technology that is built on Google’s artificial intelligence and machine learning frameworks. High 5 Games has ambitions to package and licence the intelligent Brain, named Oracle, to operators worldwide in the future.

The appointment will also provide the developer with a bridge between its recently formed Maltese business operation and its established product and development teams in New York City.

Anthony Singer, CEO of High 5 Games, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Jesse to High 5 Games, who will become a real asset to the team as we prepare to launch our first B2C brand in the real gaming market.

“His tech background will be instrumental as we begin to broaden our product offering, especially with the launch of our Brain with Benefits technology that is set to set to revolutionise the casino experience with a truly personalised player journey.”

Commenting on his new role, Cary said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and an exciting time to join High 5 Games.

“The company’s new Brain with Benefits technology will take gaming to the next level. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team and to introduce Oracle the Brain to the global gaming industry.”

 

 

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Nominations Open for the 2020 American Gambling Awards

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Nominations to win a coveted Golden Eagle are now being accepted in 12 categories for the 2020 American Gambling Awards, which recognize operational and business excellence within the regulated, American online gambling industry. The Golden Eagle trophies and American Gambling Awards brand serve as trustworthy symbols to consumers looking for the best regulated casinos, sports betting, horse racing and fantasy operators in the United States.

For the 2020 American Gambling Awards, eight commercial categories will honor the achievements of the industry’s regulated online gambling operators and suppliers serving the flourishing U.S. market. Four more service categories will recognize the achievements of the industry supporters, policymakers, lawyers and regulators who play a vital role in developing the American online gambling market. For the full list of categories visit www.gambling.com/us/awards.

Returning to evaluate nominations for each award category will be a diverse panel of expert judges. For the first time, the public will have a chance to weigh in on the online gambling industry’s most impactful companies and influencers – from the perspective of the American gambler. A public voting opportunity will be available online when finalists are announced.

Key dates for the 2020 American Gambling Awards include:

  • March 20, 2020 – Nominations due
  • March 30, 2020 – Finalists announced; public vote opens
  • April 14, 2020 – Judging and public voting closes
  • May 14, 2020 – Winners announced at awards party at ICE North America in New Orleans

Charles Gillespie, chief executive of Gambling.com Group Plc, says, “There was an unprecedented flurry of activity in every corner of the American online gambling industry in 2019. From all the legislation and advocacy, to the product launches and an evolving media landscape, there will be no shortage of milestones and achievements to celebrate at the 2020 American Gambling Awards. Competition will be fierce as operators and policymakers seek acknowledgement of their early success in the American market. Don’t miss out on this chance to take home a Golden Eagle.”

The American Gambling Awards will culminate with an awards party on May 14 at ICE North America, organized by Clarion Gaming. The 2020 American Gambling Awards are presented by Gambling.com and bookies.com. For more information, visit: www.gambling.com/us/awards.

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