Lottery to replace 12,000 VLTs and install a new Spielo central control system

Loto-Québec subsidiary Société des loteries vidéo du Québec has awarded contracts to IGT Canada and Lottomatica’s Spielo Manufacturing to replace the lottery’s 12,000 VLTs within a new central control system to be operated by Spielo.

Loto-Québec received government approval late last year to replace its VLTs and central system at a cost of approximately $265 million. Loto-Québec said at the time that most of its existing inventory was more than eight years old and aging rapidly, requiring more frequent and costly maintenance and repairs.

The contracts were awarded after two competitive procurement processes in which IGT Canada and Spielo distinguished themselves from their competitors due to their “excellent price-quality ratio, their experience and reputation in the VLT industry, the security, integrity and reliability of their VLTs, their platform relating to responsible gaming, as well as the diversity of their games and technological advances,” said Loto-Québec.

Spielo, which has worked with Loto-Québec since 1994, will provide its INTELLIGEN operating system to manage, monitor and control the entire network of 12,000 machines, which will be replaced by both Spielo and IGT Canada. Deployment of the system and machines is expected to begin in 2012.