Scientific Games extends instant games deal with Portuguese national lottery

| By Richard Mulligan
Scientific Games Corporation has become the exclusive provider of instant games to Portugal’s Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML) national lottery.

Under a new three-year deal, Scientific Games will provide its portfolio of instant games to SCML, which is the fourth-largest instant game operator in Europe with instant games representing approximately $1.9bn in annual retail sales.

The agreement expands a partnership that began when the Portuguese national lottery launched in 1995, with instant games responsible for much of its success over more than 25 years.

“We are honoured to be the primary instant game supplier to Europe’s top four performing lotteries and nine of the top 10 performers globally,” said John Schulz, Scientific Games’ senior vice president of instant products.

“Scientific Games is excited to expand our long-time, successful relationship with SCML in Portugal to continue the lottery’s growth by offering exciting instant game entertainment to Portuguese players while responsibly generating maximum proceeds for the lottery’s charitable cause.”

Dr Edmundo Martinho, head of SCML, said: “We are pleased to award this new instant games contract to Scientific Games. Our long history with the company provides an excellent foundation to continue the responsible growth of SCML instant game entertainment to generate maximum funding benefitting our charitable causes.”

Scientific Games currently supplies its instant games to 48 European lotteries including Italy’s Lotterie Nazionali, Française des Jeux, and the UK’s National Lottery. Earlier this year, it signed an extension to its long-term technology partnership with Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec.

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