LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA February 19, 2014 – Diamond Game is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 5-year contract with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (the “Lottery”) to provide Veterans’ Organizations (VOs) with Instant Ticket Lottery Machines (ITLM) and related services. The contract is a result of a Request for Proposals issued in August 2013 pursuant to a 2012 Act by the Maryland Legislature.
The contract allows for the placement of up to five ITLMs at each qualified VO meeting hall in Maryland. The Lottery estimates there are currently 150 qualified organizations that may apply for the ITLMs. Deployment is expected to commence by the end of 2014 throughout the state.
“We are pleased and proud to expand our relationship with the Maryland Lottery and presence in Maryland,” said Jim Breslo, Diamond Game President & CEO. “We have had our unique style of ticket dispensers in operation in bingo, fraternal, and veteran halls in Anne Arundel County, Maryland since 2006. We’ve also had VLTs at the Maryland Live! and Ocean Downs casinos through the Maryland Lottery since 2011.”
The ITLMs provided under the contract are modernized instant ticket vending machines, with video animation of the game result to enhance entertainment and bring excitement to the player experience. Diamond Game holds 16 patents related to the unique devices and is recognized in the industry as a true innovator in the field of ticket dispensers. The machines dispense pre-printed, scratch-off lottery tickets and are linked between locations to a robust central system that provides accounting records to the halls and Lottery on par with state-of-the-art lottery and casino central systems. Diamond Game is providing a “turn-key” solution to the Lottery, providing the machines, tickets, and central system. It is also contracting with a local Maryland minority business enterprise, Image Power, to fulfill service requirements.
This contract comes on the heels of recent deployments of similar ITLMs by Diamond Game in Missouri veteran and fraternal clubs by the Missouri Lottery, in Ontario, Canada charitable bingo halls by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation, and in New Mexico charitable bingo halls and clubs as authorized by the New Mexico Gaming Control Board.
“The award of this contract validates our efforts to provide a true next generation ticket dispenser designed to keep up with the modernization that is taking place in other areas of the gaming industry. Further, it demonstrates a trend of states permitting non-profit organizations to provide entertaining and profitable games for its members. We’re proud to be part of this effort, and especially proud to be supporting Maryland’s veterans,” said Breslo.
Diamond Game designs, manufactures and services games and gaming systems for the public gaming, Native American and charity markets. As a Company where innovation plays, Diamond Game continuously develops new and thrilling gaming experiences for a variety of gaming markets. Diamond Game maintains its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California and service facilities in Oklahoma City, OK, Hamilton, ON, and Jefferson City, MO. Learn more about Diamond Game at www.diamondgame.com.
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