ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Scientific Games has expanded its Forsyth County lottery ticket manufacturing plant -- a move that will create 40 jobs and expand printing capacity by about 20 percent.
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Alpharetta-based Scientific Games has acquired a manufacturing system -- Alpha P-7 -- that can print 9 billion lottery tickets annually. Alpha P-7 is essentially 20 printing presses electronically networked together.
Scratch-off lottery tickets require an elaborate manufacturing process, said Jim Kennedy, chief of Scientific Games' lottery business. Every ticket is unique and requires "more than 20 layers of ink to create this electronically tracked piece of (paper)," Kennedy said.
Global sales of scratch-off lottery tickets are about $70 billion. In the United States, the scratch-off lottery business is bigger than the music and movie business combined, Kennedy said.
The lottery division accounts for about half of Scientific Games' revenue. The company designs and manufactures more than 3,500 instant lottery games annually in Atlanta, Montreal, Santiago, Beijing and Leeds, England.
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)