IGT secures extension to Czech lottery deal with Sazka

6 May 2020

International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a long-term extension to its lottery technology partnership with Sazka Group in the Czech Republic.

Under the new agreement, which came into effect at the end of March, IGT will provide technology products and services through an upgraded lottery central system, next-generation lottery terminals and a new digital lottery platform, as well as associated content and services.

IGT, which has been working with Sazka since 1993, will convert Sazka’s current IGT lottery central system to its new Aurora lottery solution.

This upgrade includes BizApps, which offers business intelligence and analytics tools aimed at boost sales growth, as well as predictive ordering tool Order Wizard.

IGT will also replace Sazka’s 8,000 lottery terminals with its newest machines, including draw-based lottery terminal the Retailer Pro.

Meanwhile, the contract includes the opportunity for Sazka to leverage the IGT PlayDigital PlayCommand platform, to monitor player engagement, anticipate new customer and technological trends, adapt the operation to new opportunities, and deploy responsible gaming safeguards.

In addition, IGT will provide technical services supporting central lottery system as well as software and telecommunications maintenance, game content and consulting services for game design and marketing.

“Sazka has been working with IGT in the Czech Republic for the past 27 years, and building on this relationship is a positive reflection of Sazka Group’s partnership with IGT in multiple European markets,” Sazka group chief executive Robert Chvátal said.

“We’re looking forward to leveraging these new solutions for enhanced growth, ensuring that we continue to generate funds for youth sport in the Czech Republic.”

IGT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer international, Declan Harkin, added: “Our Aurora platform’s exceptional performance and reliability will ensure long-term innovation and growth for the Lottery and drive player engagement, increasing revenues to good causes and ultimately benefiting the people of the Czech Republic.”