Intralot, the technology partner of lottery company Gidani, has invested close to R1-billion in its South African operations and established a regional business development hub in Johannesburg to drive expansion in southern Africa.
Intralot originates in Greece and has already set up other hubs in the US, Chile, Hong Kong and Australia. It supplies integrated gaming and transaction processing systems. It will explore lottery, gaming and related value-added opportunities throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Yannis Rondiris, CEO of Intralot SA, confirms that the company's E80-million investment makes it the biggest Greek investor in South Africa.
Intralot has supplied 7 800 lottery terminals to Gidani and expects to supply 3 000 additional terminals over the next three years.
It has also supplied the software, LOTOS, that operates the central systems and the terminals of the national lottery.
Intralot, which has had a presence in South Africa for the past 18 months, is keen on co-operating with local technology partners to provide the necessary software and technical support for Gidani to introduce value-added plans to the existing lottery terminals.
Subject to the necessary approvals, this could result in GPRS-based lottery terminals being equipped to process a variety of new services such as fee collection, bill payments and other relevant transactions.
“Technological capacity and flexibility are important factors in our business and we want to leverage these to bring, through Gidani, new added value non-lottery services to the South African market, in co-operation with technologically advanced local partners," says Rondiris.