International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Services Limited, signed a 10-year contract with National Lottery plc, a subsidiary of IZI Group and the new operator of the National Lottery in Malta.
IGT also signed an instant ticket printing services contract, expected to run until June 2032, for the National Lottery’s re-launch of instant tickets into the market.
Under the terms of an initial agreement, IGT’s world-class lottery central system and retail solutions went live in July 2022, replacing a competitor’s technology. IGT collaborated with National Lottery to introduce an additional draw day for Lotto, the most traditional and successful game in Malta, and launch two draw games, Pick 3 and Super 5 4-3-2-1, the first draw games to go live in over 10 years. With the new agreements in place, IGT plans to work with the National Lottery to relaunch the lottery’s instant ticket program and double the size of its retailer network.
“IGT’s extensive experience with achieving significant sales growth for leading lotteries such as National Lottery PLC made it an ideal partner for re-establishing Malta’s National Lottery,” said Johann Schembri, IZI Group’s founder and CEO.
“In addition to its sophisticated lottery product portfolio, IGT’s responsible approach to innovation and sustainable growth align with the lottery’s vision of providing unique gaming entertainment experiences to players in a responsible and safe environment.”
“National Lottery PLC and IGT had an ambitious, seven-month timeline to complete a comprehensive lottery system implementation and deploy new equipment throughout Maltese retailers,” said Jay Gendron, IGT chief operating officer, global lottery.
“Nevertheless, IGT was up for the challenge. Our technology, along with new draw-based games and features, went live in record time and on schedule. We are now focused on working with the lottery to inspire continued sales growth responsibly through innovative technology and compelling instant ticket content that engage players.”