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High-tech lottery company opens new $15M facility in Florida

Feb 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

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LAKELAND, Fla. — On its face, an instant lottery card wouldn't seem an example of high tech.

But the 22 layers of print, security and other features needed to produce a modern lottery card make it high tech indeed.

So tech was one of the themes celebrated Tuesday at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new $15 million facility in Lakeland operated by the British-based International Game Technology (formerly known as Gtech).

"We aren't just tourism anymore. We aren't just agriculture. We're finally high tech," said U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, one of the speakers at the ceremony.

The 45,000-square-foot expansion to the IGT Lakeland facility, which opened in 2009, will boost employment by 20 percent by the end of 2021, said Jay Gendron, chief operating officer for lottery operations.

"They contribute to the high-skill, high-wage mission of the community," said Cory Skeates, president of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, among the several dozen attendees at the ceremony. "We've got an industry leader like IGT, and they could be anywhere they want to be. They chose Lakeland."

Since opening, employment in Lakeland has more than doubled to 250 full-time employees with an annual payroll of nearly $12 million, he said. The new facility was built to address the rising demand for instant lottery game tickets.

"Today marks an important milestone at IGT," Gendron said. "We're taking the next step toward our goal of dominating the market in the instant ticket space."

IGT prints tickets for lottery games in 40 U.S. states and across the globe, he told The Ledger in an interview after the ceremony. It has a 14 percent share of the U.S. lottery market behind industry leader Scientific Games in Las Vegas with 72 percent.

The Lakeland facility also prints for more than 50 countries, including most of Europe and North America.

Company officials also threw a belated Valentine to Ross and other civic officials.

"I know Lakeland is your (Ross's) lifelong home, and we're happy to be your neighbors," CEO Marco Sala said. "We chose to invest in Florida and Lakeland because it's an excellent location and a wonderful place for our employees to raise their families."

The new facility will make IGT more competitive in lottery-game products, increasing its printing capacity by 30 percent and giving it the ability to expand its customer base, Sala said.

"Instant tickets are one of the most popular lottery products in the world," he added. "This allows us to create exciting content with a sophisticated printing process."

IGT officials gave guests a peak at that sophisticated production process through tours of the new facility.

"We needed this space. We were on top of each other," said Richard Modawell, director of security, quality and compliance at the Lakeland facility and one of the tour guides.

Ticket production increased by 15 percent in 2016 and is projected to increase another 15 percent this year, he said.

The new facility has a 22-station printer capable of producing 48,000 tickets per minute.

Each station adds a new feature to the instant ticket, such as a different color, security measure or scratch-off component, Modawell said.

"The lottery tells us what it wants," he said. "We can do everything from soup to nuts."

Security is a big feature of the production and distribution process, Modawell said.

Computers and sensors monitor every ticket to ensure only the designated number of winning tickets are shipped to the customer, he said. If the system reports a single batch of tickets can't be accounted for, the entire production line shuts down until employees find the missing tickets.

"That doesn't happen very often," Modawell added.

Tickets are shipped in locked containers that aren't opened until they reach the customer, he said.

IGT is the global leader in gaming products, which also includes casino and video games, computer and mobile games and interactive systems, according to the company website.

For the third quarter of 2017 ending Sept. 30, IGT reported revenue of $1.2 billion, down 4 percent from the fourth quarter 2016 partly because of a 6 percent loss because of currency exchange rates. It had a net $804 million loss for the recent third quarter because of a $118 loss in currency exchanges and $714 million in other non-cash write offs.

For the nine months ending Sept. 30, IGT reported $3.6 billion in revenue, a nearly 8 percent decline from the same period in 2016.

At the close of trading Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange, IGT stock gained 40 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $27.59 per share. The stock opened the year trading at $27.32 per share.

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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Posted: February 22, 2018, 2:00 pm - IP Logged

Lakeland, Florida will be known as the former home of Abraham Lee Shakespeare. He won big and then lost. Great Police work brought his killer to justice. She will be in prison for the rest of her life.

 This is very good news about the IGT Lakeland facility. Better paying jobs than harvesting oranges. 

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    Improved Technology Help Prevent Ticket Counterfeiting.

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      Posted: February 22, 2018, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

      Lakeland, Florida will be known as the former home of Abraham Lee Shakespeare. He won big and then lost. Great Police work brought his killer to justice. She will be in prison for the rest of her life.

       This is very good news about the IGT Lakeland facility. Better paying jobs than harvesting oranges. 

       Lep

      IGT had sent out a thing on FB about this and of course was excited to read all about it.  Also was in their investor news.

      Poor old Shakespeare, buried in concrete in his own driveway.  I bet that sociopath killer didn't think twice when she drove over his grave who knows how many times.  RIP Mr. Shakespeare.

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        IGT had sent out a thing on FB about this and of course was excited to read all about it.  Also was in their investor news.

        Poor old Shakespeare, buried in concrete in his own driveway.  I bet that sociopath killer didn't think twice when she drove over his grave who knows how many times.  RIP Mr. Shakespeare.

        l * think Mr Shakespeare was buried on her property BD, if l am not mistaken she got her ex to show up on the property with a backhoe to excavate the area she wanted him to work on.The ex threw her under the bus, and rightly so. That woman is the personification of evil, right down to her stiletto heels.

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          IGT had sent out a thing on FB about this and of course was excited to read all about it.  Also was in their investor news.

          Poor old Shakespeare, buried in concrete in his own driveway.  I bet that sociopath killer didn't think twice when she drove over his grave who knows how many times.  RIP Mr. Shakespeare.

          I saw an interview with her a while back. She was smiling and laughing and was called out on it. She had letters from other alleged witnesses and it was pointed out the handwriting looked like hers!!! True sociopath.

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            No matter how many security features are built into a scratcher ticket, there will always be someone who will figure a way around it.

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              Posted: February 23, 2018, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

              Why not name this building after Mr Shakespeare. If politicians can name Aircraft carriers, Airports, libraries, streets etc after Ronald Reagan, why not Abraham Shakespeare. I mean he had the first name of a President of these United States for crying out loud. I say “ send a signal.”

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                Lol. Lol. No building affiliated with the lottery is going to be named after someone who was murdered for his lottery winnings. Hot Sauce would have a better chance if he won the lottery. RIP Abraham.

                Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                  Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:32 pm - IP Logged

                  Gee, one can’t even crack a joke anymore without hurting people’s feeling.Skeptical

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                    GTech is part of the problem. You don’t get it. I will not elaborate. You will have to read for yourselves. Unless you’re happy not winning, which I’m not.

                    Sometimes you do the right thing just because it’s right.

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                      Posted: February 25, 2018, 5:39 am - IP Logged

                      Not really high tech, but whatever gives employment to the area I guess.

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                        GTech is part of the problem. You don’t get it. I will not elaborate. You will have to read for yourselves. Unless you’re happy not winning, which I’m not.

                        Since we bought up G-Tech, how is a non-existent company to blame?  Go IGT, you rock!

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                          Since we bought up G-Tech, how is a non-existent company to blame?  Go IGT, you rock!

                          Non-existent by name, but not non-existent. And definitely not by practice. Since we brought up naivete, go ahead with your own. Jobs to the area? Don’t make me laugh. You turn a blind eye and accept what they do. Not only typical, but a shame.

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                            Posted: February 26, 2018, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

                            GTech is in charge of gambling policy in the United States. Go ahead with your dreams. I’ve yet to hear about you winning any $100 million jackpot though. But I’m sure you’ve spent much to build prisons and underfund education. Good for you.

                            Sometimes you do the right thing just because it’s right.