he proposed seven-year integrated services contract includes three one-year extension options. The New Jersey Lottery estimates the total value of the contract to be approximately us$ 105 million over the contract period. Gtech expects to finalize a contract with the Lottery in January 2009, subject to a protest period which ends on January 15, 2009.
“New Jersey is one of the top-performing lotteries in the world, and we are pleased to be able to continue the partnership we began with them nearly 25 years ago,” said Gtech President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. “Over the next several years, Gtech looks forward to working together with the Lottery to apply industry-wide best practices, provide added convenience for players and retailers through additional self-service lottery products and the benefits of evolving technology that includes further enhancement of their lottery system, terminal offering, and communications network, and the deployment of new electronic POS messaging devices.”
“All of this combined gives players better access to the games they like to play, a more efficient lottery environment for retailers, and maximizes revenues for education for a Lottery that has done an outstanding job with online lottery and instants portfolio growth, making them one of the most profitable lotteries in the world,” continued Patel.
Under the proposed new contract terms, the firm expects to provide the New Jersey Lottery with a comprehensive set of solutions including a central system conversion to its Enterprise Series, approximately 6,200 new online lottery terminals, and an IP-communications network.
In addition, the company expects to install 4,100 Ticket-Scan machines, Gtech’s self-service ticket checkers allowing players secure access when identifying winning tickets; deploy its Enterprise Series MultiMedia player messaging and transition display technology with 1,500 flat-panel monitors; and install 1,500 Instant Ticket Vending Machines, 500 of which will be Gtech’s Lottery to Go and 1,000 Instant to Go 24-bin units. Additionally, the company will provide telemarketing, warehousing, and distribution services for the Lottery’s instant tickets.
Gtech will continue to provide ongoing services including installation and maintenance of the central system, terminals, and communications network, as well as field service and retailer training. It will also provide the Lottery with a full range of marketing consultancy services in game product planning, sales analysis capabilities, and through market surveys and research, and retailer network reviews.
“Gtech is privileged to work hand-in-hand with the Lottery providing a holistic approach to the marketplace, through player and retailer trend analyses, and learning from our global footprint and our New Media subsidiaries who are well-versed in interactive offerings and exciting new game content,” concluded Patel.