GTECH has signed a seven-year integrated drawing-style/instant-ticket lottery gaming system and services contract, which includes a wide array of lottery products and ongoing services, with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
The contract, which follows a competitive procurement, allows the Tennessee Lottery the option to renew for up to an additional seven extension years. GTECH expects to receive approximately US$130m in revenues from the new contract, commencing following the lottery gaming system conversion in April 2015. The Tennessee Lottery has been a valued GTECH customer since it first began selling tickets in 2004.
“The Tennessee Education Lottery is one of the most respected lotteries in the industry, with 10 consecutive years of record-setting sales growth. GTECH is privileged to have served as the Lottery’s partner from the very beginning, and has developed a highly collaborative partnership over the past decade,” said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin Patel. “We are dedicated to the Tennessee Lottery Corporation’s continued growth and long-term vision, and we are equally committed to the Lottery’s players, its beneficiaries, the businesses that sell lottery products, and the citizens of Tennessee.”
“Working in collaboration with GTECH as a partner has been an important component of our years of record-setting success, a period that has produced more than $3 billion for education-related programs to benefit students and their families in Tennessee,” said Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove. “They have delivered expertise and reliability to the benefit of all our stakeholders at the Tennessee Lottery. Now, on the strength of their impressive submission, we are pleased to partner once again with GTECH as we head into our next decade of successful operations.”
GTECH will provide a new, integrated drawing-style/instant ticket lottery gaming system based on GTECH’s Enterprise Series (ES) solution, designed to support a minimum of 5,500 full-service drawing-style retailer terminals at conversion with growth capacity to support up to 7,500 full-service drawing-style retailer terminals, and a variety of additional point-of-sale equipment to drive increased sales. GTECH will also install its Altura GT1200 terminals with 15-inch touch screens, new Gemini Ultra self-service ticket vending machines, and Ticket-Scan Plus self-service ticket checkers for players.
The Tennessee Lottery will also receive electronic wireless jackpot signs, ES Multimedia displays, as well as an enhanced communications network featuring GTECH’s patented “Dual Comm Inside” solution for certain of the Lottery’s retailers. Additionally, GTECH will provide a mobile app allowing players the ability to check their tickets on smart phones or other mobile devices, as well as handheld terminals with mobile device capabilities for promotional events. In addition to providing ongoing services such as maintenance of the Lottery’s systems, terminals, and communications network; field services; marketing support; and hotline management; GTECH will also assist the Tennessee Lottery with new game and strategic planning research.
Since the Tennessee Lottery’s inception in 2004, more than US$3bn has gone toward Tennessee’s Hope Scholarships, college grants, pre-K and after school programs, and other educational opportunities.