Century Gaming

Technologies, by far the largest route operator in the state, operates more than 6,000 terminals in Montana.

tion, the lottery is second only to personal income tax as a source of revenue for the state.

In Montana, more than 1,400 licensed operators offer a total of more than 16,000 VLTs. Century Gaming Technologies, by far the largest route operator in the state, operates more than 6,000 terminals in Montana.

Century’s Montana business is nearing the scope of its business in Nevada, where it operates 7,000 games in routes of the former United Coin Machine Company, which it acquired in 2004. “The environment in Montana plays directly into our strengths,” says Tim Cogswell, vice president and general manager of Century. “We have been in the route business in Montana since the inception of statewide gaming over 30 years ago.

“We believe we will see growth internationally in Canada, Greece and South America,” says Scientific Games’ Greig, “as well as domestically in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Oregon. The new gaming expansion laws in Illinois open up the number of machines each licensed location can have, and with SG’s already-strong performance in this market, we are confident we will see more opportunity as part of this expansion.”

For years, the biggest growth story in the worldwide VLT market was found in Europe, where there is a robust market of non-casino gaming parlors in Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and elsewhere. But the trend has definitely spread to the . in recent years, with new VGT laws in Illinois and Pennsylvania multiplying

U.S. Growth The growth has been most dramatic in Illinois, one of the few markets not tied to a state lottery. Illinois first legalized VGTs in 2009, and placed the first machines in liquor-licensed locations in September 2012. At the end of that month, 61 VGTs were in operation.

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