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Anchor Gaming to Continue Services to Florida Lottery

1 March 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (Press Release) –March 1, 2001 -- Anchor Gaming (Nasdaq: SLOT) today announced that its lottery systems subsidiary, Automated Wagering International, Inc. (AWI) will continue to provide on-line gaming services and products to the Florida Lottery under terms of an amended contract entered into with the Lottery on February 22, 2000.

On February 28, 2001, the 1st District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida affirmed a Circuit Court of Leon County's judgment that rendered an amended contract entered into on March 9, 1999 between AWI and the Florida Lottery null and void.

This ruling does not affect the Lottery's determination to award the original contract to AWI that resulted from the competitive procurement initiated by the Lottery in 1995.

AWI intends to file a motion for rehearing of the 1st District Court of Appeal ruling. The ruling is not final until the disposition of this motion for rehearing.

In the event that this ruling does become final, AWI hopes to begin negotiations with the Florida Lottery on the terms of a new long-term contract consistent with the guidance provided by the court in this case.

The Lottery's agreement with AWI resulted from the competitive procurement initiated by the Lottery in 1995 in which AWI and GTECH were the only respondents. Subsequent to the original award of the Lottery contract to AWI in 1996, GTECH filed two consecutive protests on the procurement process and the Lottery's award of the contract to AWI.

Both of these protests were rejected, resulting in a final order from the Lottery awarding the contract to AWI in March 1998. The First District Court of Florida denied GTECH's further attempt to prevent the contract award. The Supreme Court of Florida denied GTECH's attempt to appeal the First District Court's decision.

Anchor Gaming will continue to vigorously defend and protect its rights under this lottery agreement. There can be no assurance, however, that Anchor's AWI subsidiary will be successful in its efforts or that the ultimate results of this litigation will be favorable to Anchor Gaming.

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