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Aristocrat Acquires Hanson Distributing

19 August 2002

LAS VEGAS--(Press Release) --Leading slot manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. announced today the company has acquired Hanson Distributing Company of Bloomington, Minn. A privately held company, Hanson has been Aristocrat's sole external distributor of products and services in the U.S., representing Aristocrat and its products in the upper Midwest region of the United States since 1990. Hanson's territory comprises the oldest tribal casino market in the country and includes Native American casinos in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and North and South Dakota

As part of the agreement, Scott Nelson, president and owner of Hanson, will join the Aristocrat organization as General Manager of the new Midwest Region, which will include Hanson's original territory with the addition of Detroit, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, and portions of Canada. Hanson employees will also become part of Aristocrat's sales and service organization, and will provide the entire range of Aristocrat products including games, progressive jackpot links, the OASIS(TM) casino management system and visual displays.

"We are very enthusiastic about becoming a true part of the Aristocrat organization," Nelson said. "Hanson and Aristocrat have been key associates for more than a decade and feel that now we will be able to contribute more directly to the growth of the company. Most importantly, casino customers will benefit from the addition of the full resources of Aristocrat."

Aristocrat CEO Des Randall said, "As an industry leader, our continuing emphasis must be to provide the Aristocrat product portfolio in a consistent manner to all our customers worldwide. At the same time, we recognize the importance of providing uniform and high level service and support. The extensive knowledge and experience of the Hanson team in the US market will be a valuable asset for Aristocrat."

Aristocrat President Mark Newburg added, "We welcome the opportunity to continue to utilize the expertise and experience of Scott and the entire Hanson staff. Bringing the Hanson organization into the fold is a key part of our commitment to realign our entire organization to work in partnership with our customers. The inclusion of Hanson will strengthen the organization and our commitment to our customers."

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