Scientific Gaming has signed an amendment to its contract with Loteria Nacional de Beneficencia of Panama to provide the country’s first online lottery game, Pega 3, under the company’s existing agreement with the Lottery.
Created by Scientific Games, Pega 3 is scheduled to launch in June 2014 as a standard Pick 3 game.
Ricardo Brooks, Director of Loteria Nacional de Beneficencia, said: “Pega 3 is our very first online lottery draw game and a brand new product for Panama as we continue to work in new ways to respond to our players and deliver the excitement of lottery with a high level of trust and integrity. The new game will complement our existing portfolio of products, particularly the new instant games that launched last fall.”
The Lottery began offering instant games to players for the first time in October 2013 under a ten-year contract with Scientific Games, which was awarded through a competitive procurement process the same year. Currently, the National Lottery of Panama operates traditional draw-based lottery games through a network of 13,500 lottery vendors.
“Consumers in Panama have embraced the instant games that recently launched and the Lottery’s hard work has resulted in gaining the player’s interest and trust,” said Patrick McHugh, President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games. “We see the Pega 3 online game as a new choice for players; it is the next step for the Lottery’s expanding product portfolio and we anticipate that it will be well-received by players.”
The National Lottery of Panama reported that it generated US$610m in total retail sales in 2013, which included $23m in instant game sales following the introduction of instant games in October.