International Game Technology has announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions, has signed a seven-year contract with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation to provide it with a draw-based central system, lottery terminals, and additional services.

IGT has also signed an additional seven-year contract to supply the production of instant tickets, secure warehousing and distribution of games.

IGT was selected as the preferred bidder for both contracts following the state's competitive procurement. The two contracts have commenced and allow for up to three one-year extensions. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation is expected to sell the first ticket no later than December 1, 2019.

Jay Gendron, IGT chief operating officer, lottery, said: "IGT's experience with providing leading technology, solutions, and services to startup lotteries is unparalleled, having helped 10 lotteries successfully begin their businesses in the US since 1990.

“IGT will leverage our decades of experience and industry insights to help drive the success of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation, and to introduce compelling lottery entertainment throughout the State.

"IGT is committed to supporting the Lottery's short and long-term growth objectives by providing customised, high-performing back-office systems, tools that foster retailer and player engagement, strategic instant ticket development and production, and technology, games, and marketing support that establishes the Lottery as a reputable brand."