Mississippi renews lottery contract with IGT for three years

May 28, 2024 7:53 PM
Photo: CDC Gaming Reports/IGT Booth G2E 2021
  • David McKee, CDC Gaming Reports
May 28, 2024 7:53 PM
  • David McKee, CDC Gaming Reports
  • Mississippi

International Game Technology (IGT) announced Tuesday that its subsidiary IGT Global Solutions Corp. extended its contract with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation. The three-year pact runs through December 1, 2029.

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IGT Global Solutions will supply online-gambling and instant-ticket services through the life of the agreement. In an expansion of previous terms, the company will provide a mobile convenience app, new GameTouch 28 lottery terminals, and its Sales Wizard retail-automation tool.

According to IGT, the new mobile application will “provide players a multitude of convenience features, including the ability to view winning numbers, check for winning tickets, create digital playslips, find retailers, access game information, and review responsible-gaming materials.”

IGT already has 300 of its GameTouch 28 self-service terminals in the field, but will be supplementing them with new devices promised to offer increased flexibility and player engagement. Sales Wizard is an operations-facing implement intended to supply insights on sales, instant-ticket inventory, and point-of-sale equipment and signage.

Although IGT has already opened six digital-technology laboratories in Mississippi, it will continue to create more under the terms of the new agreement, part of the company’s After School Advantage program. Promised the company, “IGT will also continue its annual scholarship contribution that benefits students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Mississippi.”

Mississippi Lottery President Jeff Hewitt hailed the renewed pact. “When launching … in 2019, we relied on IGT’s expertise to guide us in driving player engagement across draw-based and instant-ticket games and in realizing our growth targets.

“After almost five very successful years, we continue working with IGT to enhance our operations and deliver quality entertainment to our players,” Hewitt said in a statement.

IGT Global Lottery COO Jay Gendron stated, “”Since the Mississippi Lottery’s inception, IGT has applied our deeply rooted proficiency of industry best practices to help the Lottery continuously exceed its sales objectives, year after year. The new solutions that IGT is delivering in Mississippi will provide ultimate convenience for both the Lottery and its players, while also supporting the needs of the evolving lottery landscape.”

Shares of IGT fell slightly in trading. They were $19.24 per share at press time.