British gambling operator Camelot Global has ventured across the pond in search of a big U.S. business, local media reported.
According to the Chicago Business, Camelot UK’s sister company has “quietly” opened its North American headquarters in the city of Chicago in Illinois.
“We have a handful of staff in the Chicago office at the moment, but will be adding to the team over the coming months and will look to have a team of over 20 people based in our new headquarters soon,” Laura Pearson, Camelot Global’s head of global affairs, said in an email.
The Chicago team, whose office is a leased space in Chicago’s thriving West Loop area, is headed by Duncan Malyon—the firm’s senior vice president of North America.
“Duncan is responsible for continuing to build our North American business in line with our global strategic business plans. One of his key areas of focus is to further develop Camelot Global’s future digital and retail channel strategy, to the benefit of its North American partners,” Pearson said.
Camelot had just won a five-year contract to develop a business plan for the Arkansas lottery, but the company has its eyes set on a much bigger game: the Illinois Lottery.
According to the news outlet, a private management contract for operating the state lottery is expected to be “out for bid soon” after Gov. Bruce Rauner fired last year the Northstar Lottery Group, the company that used to run the lottery.