Scientific Games upgrades Leeds lottery facility

Scientific Games Corporation has expanded instant game production technology by 20% at its UK production facility in Leeds, adding an estimated 175 employees to its workforce there.

The Leeds plant is one of five global instant games production centres serving the worldwide lottery industry with products representing 70% of global retail sales. It currently supplies the UK National Lottery and 50 lotteries in Europe and internationally.

Hilary Benn, Member of Parliament for Leeds Central, participated in a COVID-safe ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour with the firm’s executives Mark Scholey, VP Global Manufacturing, and Kevin Anderson, VP Global Strategic Accounts EMEA, and a few of the firm’s UK employees.

Anderson commented: “Our investment in this UK production expansion represents our strong commitment to serve the UK National Lottery and lotteries throughout Europe, and to entertain the world’s players through our instant game innovation.”

Scientific Games has been the exclusive instant game provider for the UK National Lottery since its inception in 1994, helping the lottery’s instant game business grow to become a $4.7bn consumer product category that funds its UK beneficiary programs.

Scholey added: “This technology expansion allows lotteries to bring new games to market more quickly so they can offer just-in-time inventory at retail. The expansion strengthens our nearly 50 years of global leadership in lottery instant products, and importantly helps our lottery customers drive maximum proceeds to support their beneficiary programs.”

The new instant games production technology at Scientific Games’ Leeds facility offers a wide range of flexibility in game innovation including playstyle, colour, images, ticket sizes, and speciality papers and finishes.

The technology manufactures instant game tickets at 1,000 feet per minute and supports the company’s commitment to quality environmental practices with the use of green technology, recyclable paper, water-based inks and energy-efficient processes.

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