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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 9, September 2010, Posted On: 8/16/2010

Illinois Awards VLT Control System Contract To Scientific Games

Marcus Webb
Scientific Games Corp., Scientific Games International Inc., Illinois Gaming Board, Mark Ostrowski, Illinois video gaming, Illinois video lottery, VLT, operator-run video gaming, Michael Chambrello, coin machine, coin-op news, Pat Quinn

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Scientific Games Corp. said its wholly owned subsidiary Scientific Games International Inc. has been awarded the contract for the design, implementation and administration of a video gaming central control system by the Illinois Gaming Board.

Under the terms of the contract, Scientific Games will provide real-time communication for control of every licensed video gaming terminal during the contract period. The contract was awarded through a competitive procurement process, has an initial term of six years and includes a four-year extension option. 

Under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2009, every licensed video gaming terminal must be connected to a central communication system, which must be able to support up to 60,000 terminals in up to 15,000 locations.

IGB administrator Mark Ostrowski said the central control system would help ensure integrity, fairness and security of VLT operations. Scientific Games president and chief executive Michael Chambrello said the Illinois VLT network could be America's largest, with potentially up to 60,000 video gaming terminals.

Scientific Games Corp. is an integrated supplier of instant tickets, systems and services to lotteries worldwide. It supplies server-based gaming machines and systems, amusement and skill with prize (SWP) betting terminals, interactive sports betting terminals and systems, and wagering systems and services to pari-mutuel operators. It is also a licensed pari-mutuel gaming operator in Connecticut, Maine and the Netherlands. The company's global central systems business, including subsidiaries Global Draw and Games Media, operates more than 115,000 terminals worldwide.

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