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7-Eleven, GTECH Launch On-Line Lottery Sales

28 July 2003

DALLAS, Texas - - (Press Release) -- E-tickets aren't just for airlines anymore. Consumers who want to avoid lines will be able to purchase their lottery tickets with the touch of a screen. 7-Eleven, Inc. (NYSE: SE), the world's largest convenience retailer, and GTECH Corporation (NYSE: GTK), the world's leading lottery-transaction processor, plan to make it easier and faster for people to buy their tickets.

7-Eleven today announced an agreement with GTECH to add lottery sales capabilities to the chain's Vcom electronic commerce kiosks in selected 7-Eleven stores throughout the United States. GTECH has contracts with 25 U.S. lotteries and is expected to provide self-serve lottery access on Vcom in many states where 7-Eleven is deploying its kiosks.

Customers will be able to purchase lottery tickets through the innovative Vcom kiosks, upon approval from state lottery departments, using GTECH's proprietary "Lottery Inside" technology. Vcom kiosks are now in 1,000 7-Eleven stores in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Vcom, which stands for "virtual commerce," is 7-Eleven stores' proprietary machine that offers ATM capabilities and touch-screen convenience to provide customers with financial and other services 24 hours a day. Unique in the world of kiosks, Vcom offers a variety of services on a single device. Customers can conduct ATM transactions, cash checks, purchase money orders and money transfers, and access VerizonĀ® residential telephone services. Soon they will be able to pay bills, purchase car and motorcycle insurance and do limited online shopping.

The kiosks are located away from the sales registers, which gives customers additional access and an added place inside the store to buy the more than 700 million lottery tickets that 7-Eleven sells each year. The kiosks will sell lotto tickets, as opposed to the "scratch" variety, and customers will pay by inserting cash into the machine's bunch-note acceptor slot that can accommodate up to 30 bills of different denominations at one time.

For 7-Eleven, the agreement represents providing even more convenience for customers and another way to grow its share of the $36 billion-a-year US lottery business.

"Through Vcom, we can give customers what they've told us they want, which is easy access to a variety of self-serve products at one location," said Brady Giddens, 7-Eleven's director for Vcom products and services. "So, whether it's buying a lottery ticket, cashing a check or grabbing a cup of coffee with the morning newspaper, customers can conveniently do more at 7-Eleven."

"We look forward to working with GTECH to provide Vcom lottery sales in our stores," Giddens said. "For our lottery-playing customers, buying lottery tickets through Vcom is a new way to play and pay and can shorten check-out lines ... that's added convenience on two fronts."

The GTECH agreement demonstrates the role open standards and technology play in providing distribution solutions that meet the changing requirements of the retail environment.

"We are pleased to be able to participate in this strategic alliance with 7-Eleven, which will showcase the power and flexibility of our GTECH Enterprise Series(TM) and Lottery Inside solutions," said James Breindel, retail business manager of GTECH. "GTECH is committed to developing strategic retail partnerships and being the market leader in delivering innovative lottery-growth solutions."

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