IGT launches lottery unit

March 26, 2002 8:12 AM
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International Game Technology has created a Lottery Division as an umbrella operation to simplify the recent purchase of Anchor Gaming.

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 West Virginia.

The SAMS lottery system and all lottery operations under IGT, such as the Oregon Lottery route locations, will come under the new Lottery Division.