In October 2018, the Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion dollars – its second highest jackpot ever. Despite a 1 in 302,575,350 odds, the U.S. lottery industry saw record consumer participation. In December, U.S. annual retail sales for lottery instant “scratch” games hit a record $50 billion, making scratch games one of the largest consumer product categories in the country.
Leading the global lottery industry with innovative games, technology and services that keep today’s players engaged and help lotteries generate funds for state beneficiaries is Scientific Games. The company’s Alpharetta-based Lottery group is the world’s largest supplier of instant games, the leading supplier of lottery online and mobile games in the U.S., and the fastest growing lottery systems technology supplier in the country.
At the helm of new innovation is Tech Alpharetta board member and CTO for Scientific Games Lottery, Walt Eisele. Under his leadership, the company’s Technology and Product teams leads product development, delivery, strategic direction, customer interaction, services and technology.
“I’m passionate about business and technology, and my role at Scientific Games allows me to tap into both areas daily,” stated Eisele. “I’m challenged to drive innovation in ways that will enhance our business and move the global lottery industry forward.”
Scientific Games selected Alpharetta as its home for many reasons, primarily the community’s business infrastructure, quality of life, plentiful tech talent and flourishing economy.
“Alpharetta is a great blend of a tech hub and a family friendly environment,” added Eisele. “A benefit of Alpharetta is its thriving tech sector and strong base of passionate, well-educated technologists. Being a part of a vibrant community really provides a great workforce foundation for Scientific Games. Organizations such as Tech Alpharetta help us bring innovation into our own products and services, as well as connect us with like-minded innovators to provide value to their projects.”