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Anchor Gaming's On-Line System Launches

10 July 2000

LAS VEGAS, July 10 (Press Release) -- Anchor Gaming (Nasdaq: SLOT - news) today announced that on July 2, 2000, its AWI on-line lottery systems subsidiary successfully converted the West Virginia Lottery's instant and on-line gaming systems to AWI's integrated on-line lottery system.

AWI was awarded the West Virginia Lottery contract in November 1999 after a competitive bidding process in which four companies participated. The long-term contract called for AWI to consolidate the Lottery's instant, on line, and Keno gaming systems into its MasterLink(TM) Advanced Gaming System software package.

Two different vendors previously provided these services, and AWI's conversion marks the first time that the operations of two vendors have been converted to one integrated application software system. The West Virginia changeover is also the first time that a lottery's instant and on-line systems have been converted to a single system at the same time. The conversion was completed 40 minutes ahead of schedule.

In addition to providing its MasterLink(TM) System software, AWI installed 1,400 on-line retail terminals and 350 instant-ticket terminals and converted 250 Keno locations. AWI's terminals are now selling and cashing lottery tickets at approximately 1,800 retailer locations throughout West Virginia.

``The smooth implementation would not have been possible without the excellent cooperation and planning of the West Virginia Lottery personnel, and we are proud to have West Virginia join our growing North American operation as our partner and customer,''

AWI President John Beach said. ``We are elated to display the flexibility of our MasterLink(TM) system by converting the operations of two vendors onto our on-line and instant game modules, allowing the Lottery to realize both operational and financial benefits.''

``The West Virginia Lottery looks forward to being a part of the AWI family,'' said John C. Musgrave, Director of the West Virginia Lottery. ``Our successful conversion to the AWI system on July 2 gives me great confidence in AWI's abilities.''

The West Virginia conversion was the second for AWI within six days, as the Shanghai Fengcai Lottery, China's first on-line lottery operation, began selling and cashing tickets on June 26, 2000 at approximately 600 locations throughout Shanghai.

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