The Idaho Lottery announced it has successfully completed its conversion to a new lottery central system and retailer terminals and as scheduled, began full operations with its new gaming services provider, INTRALOT.

"We are very pleased with how smoothly the transition occurred," stated Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "This has been a tremendous effort by my staff and INTRALOT to get a great amount of work done on a very limited schedule.  My confidence in the whole process was also affirmed when INTRALOT received Multi-State Lottery Association (Powerball) certification on the first inspection with zero discrepancies.  This was the first time a lottery vendor scored "100 %" on the inspection," added Anderson.

The terminal conversion included the installation of 950 new INTRALOT Coronis terminals as well as new LED Customer Service Displays and Player Advertising Displays. The work also included the installation of a new central operating system at INTRALOT's offices in Boise that networks all the Lottery's retailers with the Lottery's headquarters using state-of-the-art, high bandwidth satellite communications.

"Our most recent United States conversion in Idaho was the result of a successful team effort between INTRALOT and the Idaho Lottery," said Tom Little, INTRALOT USA President and CEO.

After a lengthy, fair, spirited, and competitive bid process, the Idaho Lottery entered into the new contract on June 28, 2006 with INTRALOT USA, based in Atlanta, Georgia. The change replaced long-time provider G-Tech, a subsidiary of Lottomatica in Rome, Italy.

"The conversion process, which was handled in a secure and efficient manner, has afforded the Lottery a valuable opportunity to re-energize our retail partners," explained Anderson.

Constantinos Antonopoulos, CEO of INTRALOT S.A. based in Athens, Greece, the parent company of INTRALOT USA, echoed Anderson's sentiments on the transition. 

"With the successful system conversion and launch of the Idaho Lottery's gaming system, INTRALOT demonstrates its capacity to fulfill its clients' high expectations and needs," said Antonopoulos.  "We are sure that our partnership with the Idaho Lottery will be mutually rewarding and as gratifying as it is with our other U.S. customers."

The new contract is valid for seven years with an option to extend up to three additional years. The contract and operations will save the Lottery as much as $12 million over the life of the award.

"The long-term savings for the Idaho Lottery are very significant," described Anderson. "This new contract means more dollars will be available for Idaho's public schools and buildings in the years ahead."

INTRALOT, a public company listed on the ASE, is the second biggest supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content and value added services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. It’s broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting & Video Lottery operations, its experience in sports games and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With 39 subsidiaries, 8 business offices, more than 3,600 people and revenues of €700 M (?) for 2006, INTRALOT’s footprint straddles five continents.