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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 04:41PM
ROME (ITALY) – PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (USA), June 05, 2012 – Lottomatica Group S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation has signed a five-year contract extension that brings the partnership with Veikkaus Oy, the operator of the Finnish National Lottery, through November 2018. Under the extension agreement, GTECH will provide operational and professional services to support Veikkaus in its continued development of new games and sales channels. GTECH expects to receive revenues in the range of €60 million – €70 million over the extension period, beginning in the first quarter of 2013. Veikkaus has been a valued GTECH customer since 1989.
“GTECH is listening to, and acting upon, the ever-changing market needs of its customers in order to better understand and address the unique requirements of the lottery industry,” said GTECH President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. “As a result, we are pleased to be part of the next phase of growth for one of our industry’s most advanced lotteries. Veikkaus Oy is an early adopter of new technologies and an efficient operator that contributes the highest level of lottery profits to good causes per capita in the world.”
“With Veikkaus, we have created a true cooperative partnership which has led to jointly creating market-leading solutions such as the new ES Anywhere mobile gaming solution,” continued Mr. Patel. “The ES Anywhere suite meets Veikkaus’ needs for security, architectural fit with other systems, and openness in terms of working with third party mobile client developers.”
“We are determined to continue serving our players and beneficiaries in a world class manner,” said Veikkaus Oy Executive Vice President Olli Sarekoski. “Veikkaus has had a long and successful history operating the National Lottery and it is crucial to have the best possible partners to further our growth. GTECH has proven to be instrumental in our operational performance and contributing to our rapid growth. We are excited to continue facing the new market demands together with GTECH.”
Under the extension, GTECH will continue to manage and develop Veikkaus’ gaming system, one of the most sophisticated in the lottery industry. In addition to supporting the GTECH-provided Enterprise Series (ES) central system and 3,400 Altura® lottery terminals, GTECH will further develop and integrate a wide range of e-Commerce systems including the GTECH G2 Bingo platform. GTECH will also deliver its new ES Anywhere™ mobile gaming platform that allows for seamless integration of third party games and content.
In its most recent fiscal year, Veikkaus recorded total sales of €1.8 billion. Proceeds from the Lottery benefit Culture and Sports in Finland.
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