International Game Technology has created a Lottery
Division as an umbrella operation to simplify the recent purchase of Anchor
The newly-acquired companies, formerly under Anchor, will
be referred to as IGT companies. Christer Roman, president of the IGT Lottery
Division, will direct those companies, which include AWI, VLC and United Tote.
Roman, who was in
Montana on business and not available for comment, managed several Anchor Gaming
companies prior to IGT’s acquisition of Anchor Gaming last December.
“The newly acquired companies that will be considered
part of the Lottery division will expand IGT’s scope and enable IGT to exploit
the strengths of Anchor Gaming companies to better serve the lottery market,”
said T.J. Matthews, the chief operating officer of IGT.
AWI develops and
operates computer based on-line lottery systems and related equipment. It is the
second largest domestic on-line lottery provider, with contracts in eight states
including Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South
Dakota and West Virginia.
VLC is a leading developer of gaming machine central
control and marketing systems. It provides gaming machines to government
jurisdictions in the United States, Canada, Australia and Iceland.
United Tote is the second largest provider domestically of
pari-mutuel wagering systems and related products. More than 120 racetracks and
off-track betting parlors through North America work with United Tote.
“I am excited about the synergies that this has brought
about,” Matthews said. “ I am confident that, under the direction of
Christer Roman, this will enhance IGT’s international presence.”
IGT is a world leader in the design, development and
manufacture of microprocessor-based gaming, along with video lottery products
and software systems. The firm operates in all jurisdictions where gaming and
lotteries are legal.The Public Gaming department, which formerly marketed IGT
products to state-run lotteries, will now become part of the Gaming Division.
That department will be under the authority of IGT Vice President Jerry Young
and will focus on casino-style government-run and regulated gaming at racetrack
and pari-mutuel locations. States involved include Delaware, Rhode Island, and
The SAMS lottery system and all lottery operations under IGT, such as the Oregon Lottery route locations, will come under the new Lottery Division.