CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Lottery Commission Director John Musgrave announced Thursday that the Lottery has reached an agreement with Scientific Games International (SGI) that will allow the current central computer system that controls all video lottery machines within the state to remain in operation through Jan. 31, 2018.
"This agreement will maximize the lifespan of our system and ultimately save both the state and Limited Video Lottery operators and retailers from the very costly process of making a system change at an earlier date," Musgrave said. "I want to thank Scientific Games International for working with us to make this extension possible."
Last fall, company officials announced that they would replace the obsolete computer system that operates nearly 7,000 LVL machines in bars and clubs around the state at the end of 2015. That would have required LVL operators and retailers, who paid the Lottery nearly $70 million in 2011 for 10-year licenses, to either replace or upgrade current machines.
LVL operators and retailers loudly objected to the news, citing costs ranging from $3,000 per machine for the upgrade package to $30,000 per machine for new LVL devices.