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Jackpocket hands advisory role to former Scientific Games CEO


US-focused mobile lottery start-up Jackpocket has appointed Gavin Isaacs, the former CEO of Scientific Games and current chairman of SBTech, as a senior advisor to its board of directors.

Isaacs will now work with the Jackpocket board and executive team to help set a growth strategy for the start-up and guide its expansion into new jurisdictions in 2019 and beyond.

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Isaacs brings more than 20 years of experience in the gambling sector to Jackpocket, a reseller service for state lottery tickets.

Isaacs has served as chairman of sports betting and gaming technology supplier SBTech since January of this year, having previously led Scientific Games before departing in August 2016.

Earlier in his career, Isaacs also spent time as COO of Bally Technologies, CEO of SHFL Entertainment and president of Aristocrat.

“It is an exciting road ahead, and I’m eager to do my part to help the team navigate regulated spaces and shape new strategies for modernising the industry,” Isaacs said.

Jackpocket founder and CEO Peter Sullivan added: “We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can be really thoughtful about who we have in our court, as we fortify our leadership position as a gaming technology company in a changing industry.

“With lotteries and iGaming undergoing such rapid transformation, and in many cases starting to converge, we know that Gavin will bring valuable counsel and foresight in making more inroads for our growth.”