The Virginia Lottery has become the first lottery in the United States to operate a completely cloud-based ilottery programme following a partnership with technology provider NeoPollard Interactive (NPi).
The technological support includes NeoDraw, the central gaming system for draw games, and NeoSphere, the player account management and marketing system. The integration also features NeoPlay, the eInstants remote gaming server and the games it hosts.
NPi said it hopes that the migration to cloud hosting will significantly improve efficiencies related to the operation and ongoing maintenance of the Virginia Lottery’s ilottery programme, which has been powered by NeoPollard since launching eSubscriptions back in 2016.
“The Virginia Lottery is committed to providing a best-in-class experience to our players,” said Kelly T Gee, executive director of the Virginia Lottery.
“Enhancing the scalability of our ilottery platform through the use of cloud technology demonstrates to our players that we place a priority on a seamless and reliable ilottery experience, all of which ultimately supports our mission to raise revenue for our public schools.”
According to the provider, the Virginia Lottery can now scale its ilottery programme to accommodate large jackpot runs and associated volumes of promotions and campaigns.
“We recognise the need to continually refine our offerings based on emerging and evolving technology,” said Doug Pollard, NPi’s co-chief executive. “Delivering our ilottery solution through the cloud will enable us to better serve the Virginia Lottery and other ilottery programmes that are powered by NPi. We value the trust the Virginia Lottery placed in us to deliver this innovative solution.”
Co-chief executive Moti Malul added: “Record-breaking jackpots over the last few years have generated significant traffic online, underscoring the need for ilottery programmes to effectively respond to player purchase demand.
“By harnessing the enhanced capabilities that only cloud hosting provides, we can better support the growth of our lottery clients as they strive to meet and exceed player expectations.”