IGT Global Solutions Corporation, a subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC ,and Scientific Games LLC on Tuesday announced that they, along with local partner SAGA Consultoria e Representações Comerciais e Empresariais S/A (SAGA), have formed a consortium and executed a concession agreement with the Minas Gerais State Lottery (LEMG) to operate an instant and passive lottery in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The consortium will bring instant and passive games to players in Brazil’s southeastern state of 21 million people, where lottery games are the only form of legalized gaming. Currently, only keno and a national draw game are offered in the state.
Terms of the 20-year agreement provide the consortium with an exclusive license for lottery operations in Minas Gerais, including instant games, a supporting instant-ticket system, and passive lottery games, with an option in the agreement for a 20-year renewal. IGT and Scientific Games will lead the consortium’s operation of the instant-ticket and passive-lottery business in the state and will jointly provide printed instant-games planning and production, while Scientific Games will supply the software and management-system requirement.
“This partnership with Scientific Games and SAGA for the Brazilian lottery market will leverage IGT’s decades-long experience operating some of the world’s largest lotteries, along with instant-ticket and passive-lottery solutions for player entertainment and good causes,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery. “This agreement enables us to expand IGT’s global leadership in lottery and build on our operational expertise, while creating additional opportunities in Brazil through the launch of printed instant tickets and related services.”
“We’re bringing 50 years of expertise in lottery instant games, analytics, systems, and management services to Brazil through our partnership with IGT and SAGA,” said Michael Conforti, Scientific Games President of International. “The sole purpose of our consortium is to build a lottery operation focused on maximizing revenues for LEMG’s beneficiary programs.”
The contract is effective June 9, 2023, and the consortium is expecting to launch instant games by the end of this year.