HiQ is commissioned to integrate a gaming platform for De Lotto in the Netherlands

HiQ is commissioned to integrate a gaming platform for De Lotto in the Netherlands HiQ, the Nordic IT and management consultancy, has been commissioned to work on adaptation and integration as Veikkaus, the Finnish national lottery, licenses its internet gaming platform to De Lotto, the Dutch national lottery. The gaming platform enables gaming directly over the Internet. De Lotto launched the system last week with their sports betting games. Under a partnership agreement with Veikkaus, HiQ Softplan has developed a gaming platform called OnNet. Veikkaus offers to license the OnNet system to other national lotteries through partnership agreements. HiQ Softplan integrates and adapts the system for the lottery. Second development phase of De Lotto's system consists of adding lucky games (e.g. Lotto) and some additional functionality. The agreement covers not only the implementation project but continuous development, maintenance and on call support as well. "Placing an online bet on whether Jari Litmanen´s Ajax will beat Manchester United instead of looking for an open betting shop is an easier and more enjoyable way for people to place a casual bet. Communication should be used to make things a little more fun and a little more simple," says Hannu Lehessaari, MD of HiQ Softplan. "We establish long-term relationships with our customers and are happy to follow them to other countries when they sell their solutions to new customers. OnNet is a good example of a successful approach for which there exists a substantial worldwide market for the gaming platform," concludes Lehessaari. OnNet is Finland's largest e-commerce site for consumers and gives customers the opportunity to play various games of chance, such as "Lotto," "Lången" or "Dagens Dubbel." OnNet has over 220,000 registered users and weekly sales of just over EUR 1.3 million. "If a national lottery does not take care of its Internet players in its territory - someone else will. OnNet turns threats into opportunities by enabling not only internet gaming but also gaming by mobile phones, interactive digital TV, etc. There exist great possibilities in Internet gaming, and I look forward to a prosperous cooperation for both Veikkaus and HiQ Softplan in the future", says Risto Rautee, Development Director of Veikkaus. De Lotto is the national lottery of the Netherlands and offers products such as "Lotto" and "Keno". De Lotto's profits are used to benefit various national activities in sports, culture, welfare and health. In 2001 De Lotto transferred EUR 53 million to her beneficiaries. For more information, please contact: Hannu Lehessaari, MD HiQ Softplan, tel. +358 9 4355 8631, email: hannu.lehessaari@softplan.fi Anna Svensson, CIO HiQ, tel.: +46 8 58890015, +46 704 200103, email: anna.svensson@hiq.se Risto Rautee, Development Director Veikkaus, tel: +358 9 852 6214, email: risto.rautee@veikkaus.fi Saskia Geradts, De Lotto tel. +31 70 321 63 21, email: geradts@lotto.nl HiQ is an IT and management consultancy that focuses on high-tech solutions in the fields of communication and simulation technology. The company is a leader in these fields and the Nordic region is its domestic market. HiQ employs 475 people at offices in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. HiQ is listed on Stockholmsbörsen. For more information, please visit www.hiq.se ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/09/23/20020923BIT00470/wkr0001.doc http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/09/23/20020923BIT00470/wkr0002.pdf

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