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GTECH Announce 2013 Fourth Quarter And Full Year
Consolidated Financial and
- New organization in place, significant
wins, and strong pipeline; 50 million in expected annual cost savings
- Levered free cash flow of 326
million, up 8% over 2012
- Proposed cash dividend of 0.75 per
share, up 2 euro cents over 2012
- Interest in Italian Scratch & Win to
grow from 51.5% to 64% through buyout of UniCredit stake
GTECH 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
(ITALY) PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (US), (March 13, 2014)
GTECH S.p.A.s Board of
Directors, chaired by Mr. Lorenzo Pellicioli, today reviewed both the fourth
quarter and full year consolidated results, and approved the financial
statements for the year ended December 31, 2013. The Board will propose to the
Annual Shareholders Meeting a cash dividend of 0.75 per share, with
an ex-dividend date of May 19, 2014, payable on May 22, 2014.
During 2013, GTECH met or exceeded its key
performance objectives and made significant gains in strategic growth segments
while successfully executing a major reorganization, said Marco Sala,
CEO of GTECH S.p.A. "For the coming year, we expect to sustain our momentum
as we build on these achievements. We continue to advance our interactive
capabilities, notably in the mobile gaming space, to address some of the
fastest growing areas of the market. We are also well positioned to secure new
international operator opportunities."
We generated full-year significant levered
free cash flow of 326 million, up 8% over 2012, said Alberto
Fornaro, CFO of GTECH S.p.A. Our Net Financial Position improved to
2.51 billion compared to 2.55 billion. Over the next two years we
expect to achieve approximately 50 million of annual recurring cost
savings, through a number of initiatives that we have identified and started to
Quarter Consolidated Results
Consolidated Revenues were 773 million compared
to 813 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. At constant currency,
revenues would have been 790 million. Total Service Revenues were in line
with the prior year level at 722 million. Product sales were 51
million versus 90 million in the same period last year when the Company
recorded significant machine gaming product sales in Canada.
245 million, was in line with the 2012 fourth quarter level.
Income was 104 million, versus 126 million in the fourth quarter of
2012, principally due to lower product sales and 15 million in
restructuring charges related to the 2013 group-wide reorganization.
quarter, the Company reached an agreement to resolve three tax matters in Italy
resulting in a one-time settlement of 34.7 million, of which 6.3
million had previously been provisioned by the Company.
attributable to the owners was 1 million, compared to 63 million in
the 2012 fourth quarter, due principally to the lower level of operating income
and the one-time tax settlement.
Earnings-Per-Share (EPS) was 0.01, compared to 0.36 in the fourth
quarter of last year.
Expenditures in the quarter were 73 million.
Financial Position (NFP) in the quarter improved by 86 million.
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SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
Scientific Games' Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenue Rises to $402
Growth Reflects Benefit
from WMS Acquisition and Strength of Lottery Business Integration Efforts
Yielding Accelerated Cost Synergies;
Remain on Track to
Achieve $100 Million in Annualized Savings by December 2015
NEW YORK, NY (March 12, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today
reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31,
2013. During the fourth quarter, Scientific Games completed the acquisition of
WMS Industries Inc. ("WMS"), creating a leading diversified supplier to the
gaming and lottery industries with innovative content, world-class technology
and an expansive geographic footprint. Unless otherwise noted, all results for
the 2013 fourth quarter and full year referenced herein include the results of
operations of WMS for the 74 days following the October 18, 2013 closing of the
"Fourth quarter revenues reflect
solid growth in our lottery business and a partial quarter of WMS results,"
said President and Chief Executive Officer David L. Kennedy. "We are focused
on growing our customers' revenues and capturing new growth opportunities by
accelerating development of innovative content and technology and continuously
improving our core competencies. At the same time, we are focused on
achieving the targeted cost synergies related to the acquisition of WMS and
driving profit margin and cash flow improvements across all of our
To Further Read the full Financial
Statement Please head to the Investors Page of Scientific Games Corporation
SOURCE: Scientific Games
INTRALOT launches SportsMobile in Italy
ITALY (March 13, 2014) --
INTRALOT announces that
its subsidiary in Italy, INTRALOT Italia, has enriched its interactive gaming
portfolio with the launch of SportsMobile, its new mobile and tablet sports
betting proposition which was first introduced at ICE Totally Gaming Expo in
London last month.
The new product
(http://mobi.intralot.it) enables mobile users to enjoy the excitement of
pre-match and live sports betting, using the latest technology on mobile and
tablet devices. SportsMobile utilizes HTML5 technological innovations by
INTRALOT Interactive and enables the player with a feature rich experience of
sports betting. It is fully integrated with the companys interactive
gaming platform that ensures cross-channel compatibility according to the
Groups Universal Gaming Experience framework.
Mr. George Zenzefilis, INTRALOT
Group Chief Product & Services Officer, stated: SpotsMobile, one
of our Groups series of innovative mobile-first products capitalizes on
our extensive sports betting global footprint and combines the latest of
technological trends based on HTML5 framework. The SportsMobile roadmap for the
next few months includes further attractive patent pending propositions that we
believe will redefine the mobile punters experience and we are confident
for its success in not only Italy but also our global operations.
Mr. Emilio Iaia, Chief Executive
Officer of INTRALOT Italia, commented on the launch: This solution
represents a key pillar of growth in our interactive strategy, which is
evolving by continuously developing new products and services to respond to the
market needs and players new preferences. Moreover, we are really proud
of our new sports betting offering. We are confident of the success of our
product in Italy, based on the attractiveness and continuous enhancement of our
product to the benefit of our players.
INTRALOT, a public listed company,
is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing
systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive
gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad
portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing
& Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a
competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers
efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 56 jurisdictions, more
than 5.500 people and revenues of 1.4 billion for 2012, INTRALOT has
established its presence on all 5 continents.
About INTRALOT Italia
INTRALOT Italia, a joint stock
company, is a subsidiary of the INTRALOT Group, a global leader in the gaming
market and listed on the Athens Stock Exchange. INTRALOT Italia was established
in December 2006 and participated in the public tender for the licensing of the
retailing of public gaming announced by AAMS. INTRALOT Italia was awarded
licenses to operate fixed odds betting on sports events in a licensed retail
network and through internet, as well as horse racing. INTRALOT Italia retail
network is made up of more than 600 points of sale. With presence in all the
Italian regions, its technology and professionalism, INTRALOT Italia offers
services based on efficient and secure systems of on-line data transmission to
For more info:
Ms Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate
and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
email@example.com - www.intralot.com
SOURCE: INTRALOT Italia.
Skilrock Technologies at African Lotteries Association (ALA) Congress
2014 in Dakar, Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal, AFRICA (March 11,
2014) -- Skilrock
Technologies is delighted to be present at 16th Annual African Lotteries
Association (ALA) Congress to be held in Dakar, Senegal from 11 to 13 March
2014 at the Hotel KING FAHD PALACE. The Congress was inaugurated today by
Mr. Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, Minister of Budgets who also visited
Skilrock stand right after inauguration and expressed his joy at the
participation of an Indian company at the event.
On the occasion of inauguration Mr.
Sujit Lahiry, Director shared that, Skilrock has been known as a
Lottery & Gaming Technology provider in Africa and other Emerging Markets.
With the participation in ALA we want to register our keen interest and
confidence in the West Africa region. We are excited to share our Retails &
Mobile Lottery solution and our experience in African Lottery Technology to ALA
2014 delegates. The response received on day one has been just phenomenal with
visitors from most of the ALA member countries meeting us today.
ALA aims to unite African lotteries
and companies by bonds of solidarity and understanding, and to participate in
the African economic integration through Common achievements. It has 09
members: Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Côte dIvoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
For more details please visit
Skilrock is one of the leading
lottery technology providers in Africa and its solutions are already deployed
at over 16,000 Lottery terminals in the African region. So come and experience
live demonstration and explore numerous possibilities of using the platform.
To schedule a meeting with Skilrock
at the event write to us at
SKILROCK is the technology arm of
US$ 1.6 billion Sugal & Damani Group the largest Lottery operator in
India. With over 45 years of domain knowledge in the gaming industry and having
one of the finest development centers in India, Skilrock can be your game
changer or technology partner for all your gaming and commercial services
needs. It has strong credentials with CMMI Level 3 certification; ISMS approved
operations, UK Gambling Commission Approved software development house,
Certification from iTech Labs, Gaming Patents and having live solutions
operating in Asia, Africa and Europe.
SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.
WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator
Full year global lottery sales
up by 4.9%; growth driven by Latin America and Asia Pacific
BASEL, Switzerland (March 12, 2014)
-- In 2013, full-year on full-year global lottery sales grew 4.9%, moderating
from 2012 full-year on full-year growth of 7.7%. The growth in worldwide
lottery sales was again built on the foundations of strong performances from
the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions, with both these regions having
recorded double-digit growth in sales over the past three consecutive quarters.
The strong performance of the Asia Pacific and Latin American markets was
offset, however, by the performance of the European region, which saw full-year
on full-year sales contract in 2013. For its part, the North American market
registered mild year-on-year gains for 2013, while the African market for FY
2013 was basically unchanged relative to its overall position in FY 2012. The
tempering of sales globally in 2013, together with recent political and
economic developments worldwide such as the crisis in Ukraine and heightened
economic instability in Argentina, suggests it would be prudent to adopt a
cautious outlook on global lottery sales for 2014. Indeed, global growth in
world lottery sales has now slowed for two years in succession, after reaching
a high point in 2011, as the attendant graph shows.
The Latin American market enjoyed
the strongest performance of any market in 2013, with participating Latin
American lotteries reporting an aggregate full-year on full-year increase in
sales of 21.4%. Growth in Latin America was fuelled by Argentinas
Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado, which reported a prodigious
twelve-month on twelve-month increase in sales of 31.4%. Chiles Polla
Chilena de Beneficencia also performed strongly, recording a full-year on
full-year increase in sales of 15.1% on the back of a very good first-half
showing. Brazils Caixa Econômica Federal also performed robustly,
with an 8.8% increase in sales for FY 2013 against FY 2012.
The Asia Pacific region also fared
impressively, with participating Asia Pacific lotteries witnessing an aggregate
full-year on full-year increase in sales of 13.1%. The mainstay of growth in
the Asia Pacific region was again the participating mainland Chinese lotteries.
The China Sports Lottery delivered a twelve-month on twelve-month increase in
sales of 20.2%, with the China Welfare lottery following on closely behind with
a whole-year on whole-year increase in sales of 16.9%. On the other hand,
Japans Takara-kuji lottery saw its sales fall for the twelve months up to
and including December 2013, as against the twelve months up to and including
December 2012. The decrease in sales at the Takara-kuji lottery is largely
attributable to the very positive response of the Japanese public to the
one-off special lottery held in February 2012 to raise funds for reconstruction
work after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. Indeed, for the nine
months AprilDecember 2013, sales at the Takara-kuji lottery were up by 4%
on sales for the corresponding period of 2012.
The North American market slightly
improved on FY 2012 results, with participating North American lotteries
posting an aggregate full-year on full-year increase in sales of 2.1%. The
standout performer in the North American region was the California Lottery,
which boasted a full-year on full-year increase in sales of 8.8%. The Tennessee
Education Lottery Corporation also fared well, reporting a twelve-month on
twelve-month increase in sales of 5%. The comparatively modest overall position
of the North American region for FY 2013 relative to FY 2012 is apparently
attributable to the enormous popularity of the record-breaking US $656 Mega
Millions draw of March, 2012, which pushed Q1 2013 results for participating
North American lotteries deep into negative territory in comparison to results
for Q1 2012. In contrast, lottery sales for participating North American
lotteries grew 6.5% for the period Q1Q3 2013, as against the period
The African region was flat in 2013,
with participating African lotteries recording an aggregate increase in
full-year on full-year sales of 0.3%. The highlight of the African market was
the performance of Moroccos La Marocaine des Jeux, which showcased a
twelve-month on twelve-month increase in sales of 11.7%. The strong showing of
La Marocaine des Jeux was counterbalanced by results from the other
participating African lotteries, which saw sales decline slightly across the
In Europe, lottery sales contracted
in 2013, with participating European lotteries recording an aggregate decrease
in full-year on full-year sales of 2.1%. With Eurostat reporting that GDP fell
over the whole year 2013 by 0.5% across the euro area (EA17 countries) and
rising by only 0.1% across the EU28 countries in the same period, the operating
environment in 2013 was clearly a difficult one for lotteries. Sales at
Greeces OPAP fell particularly sharply in the first half of 2013 as
against the first half of 2012, contracting by 15.1%, while year-on-year sales
declined at several other participating PIIGS lotteries, including Spains
Lotterias y Apuestas del Estado. In better news, however, European economic
performance improved slightly in Q4 2013, with GDP rising by 0.3% in the euro
area and by 0.4% in the EU28 during the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared
with the previous quarter. The uptick in the economic outlook was apparently
reflected in the fourth quarter sales figures of a number of participating
lotteries in Europe, such as Finlands Veikkaus, which saw its
fourth-quarter on fourth-quarter sales rise by 9.1%. The Czech Republics
SAZKA sázková kancelář, a.s. proved the exception to
the general trends in Europe, seeing its sales rise by 25.6% in FY 2013, as
compared to FY 2012. The strong showing of SAZKA sázková
kancelář, a.s. was due to a confluence of several factors,
including a successful restructuring of the company following a difficult 2011,
and the continued success of its Sportka offering.
The WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales
Indicator (WLA QLSI) was conceived in 2009 in the aftermath of the global
financial crisis. In light of the economic uncertainty occasioned by the global
financial crisis, the WLA determined that providing a regular snapshot of
global and regional sales tendencies would be of considerable value to the
world lottery community. The idea behind offering such a snapshot was not to
enable fine distinctions in the analysis of lottery sales, such as could be
assisted through, for example, the breakdown of lottery sales by product mix or
category. Rather, the intent was to provide a very high-level overview of the
state of play in the lottery industry, one which gave the industry professional
a very general sense of how the industry was performing, both regionally in
their organizations jurisdiction and around the world. The WLA concluded
that such a picture of the lottery industry could best be delivered by
collecting and aggregating quarterly sales data from selected lottery
organizations and reporting on the aggregated data in a timely manner, through
the vehicle of the WLA QLSI.
At its launch in July 2010, the WLA
QLSI reported on aggregated sales from 19 WLA member lotteries. Today, almost
four years later, the WLA QLSI reports on aggregated quarterly sales figures
from thirty-five lotteries, covering some 60% of world lottery sales by sales
volume. Notwithstanding its growth in size, the aim of the WLA QLSI remains
unchanged: to provide, through aggregating and reporting upon quarterly sales
data from WLA member lottery organizations, a barometer for enabling lottery
professionals to gauge the overall climate of lottery industry globally and by
The WLA will continue to track the
progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA QLSI. We wish to
thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look
forward to bringing you the first quarter 2014 results shortly.
WLA Executive Director.
For enquiries: regarding
participation in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator, please contact Dr.
Matthew Spinks (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the WLA
Basel business office.
Maltco Lotteries Launch 'Play Together'
MALTA (March 12, 2014) --
Maltco Lotteries has
launched Play Together where players can share the cost of
the tickets amongst their friends, family and colleagues in Quaterno + and
We tried to combine both
the notion of having the players participate in our games in a relaxed social
environment which we offer in most of our shops, together with the idea of
having players playing their favourite games with their friends, said
a spokesperson for Maltco Lotteries.
When a player shares the cost of a
ticket/s, it enables him/her to participate with higher value tickets and with
more combinations. This increases the chances of winning by trying various
combinations. Maltcos spokesperson said that players will have the
perfect opportunity to try this new concept with todays Super 5 Jackpot
which amounts to 1 million.
Participation is simple. A player
has to become a Play Together Manager, team up with his/her friends
and decide in which game the team would like to participate in. Tickets are to
be purchased from all Maltcos Points of Sale.
The company has also created a
suggested Play together Planner which can be found on the
companys website: www.maltco.com.
Maltco Lotteries Limited has an
exclusive licence to operate all National Lottery games in Malta. The company
is currently operating most of the games which previously fell under the
responsibility of the Department of Public Lotto. These games include the Super
5 lottery, the Lotto, and instant lotteries (Scratchers). In the coming months
a number of new games will also be offered. The licence was issued by the
Ministry of Finance (Article 26 (3) of the Lotteries and Other Games Act,
2001). Besides privatising the national lotteries, the Act also paved the way
for the establishment of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority, which regulates
the industry. MALTCO was set up in 2004 with a 73% shareholding by INTRALOT
S.A. and the remaining 27% is owned by high profile Maltese businessmen .
INTRALOT is a global leader in the design, development, operation, and support
of integrated games and transaction processing systems. The company currently
ranks third on revenues amongst integrated lottery systems suppliers
Scientific Games Sign Contract with North Dakota Lottery to Provide
Online Lottery System and Player Rewards Program
NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 6, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) (the "Company") today announced that it has
signed a new contract with the North Dakota Lottery to implement and operate an online
lottery system, and to provide a range of services and marketing support.
Scientific Games, the service provider to the Lottery since its inception, will
also be providing the Sciplay interactive platform, which includes
systems for internet subscriptions, player registration and player rewards
Under the terms of the contract,
Scientific Games is responsible for installing and supporting terminals,
terminal communications and point of sales equipment for approximately 450
WAVETM lottery retail terminals. This includes 50 PlayCentral® EX draw game
only Self-Service Lottery Terminals and the Lottery InMotion system,
which allows the Lottery and its retailers to feature more advertising at the
The Company will also be upgrading
North Dakota to the AEGIS-EF® central management system, one of the most
advanced systems in the lottery industry, as well as providing its Points for
Prizes® program, which allows players to enter lottery tickets into an
exclusive Players Club member section of the Lottery's website to earn rewards
Scientific Games has been the
provider to North Dakota since 2004, when the State launched its lottery
program, and for the past 10 years has provided a lottery solution that has
helped to achieve an average annual growth rate of nearly 20 percent. The
contract, which was awarded through a competitive procurement process, is
scheduled to begin July 6, 2014 and runs for eight years, and may be extended
by the Lottery for an additional two-year period.
"We truly appreciate the trust
the North Dakota Lottery team has placed in us, and we are very proud of our
longstanding relationship and the success we have worked so hard together to
achieve," stated Pat McHugh, President of North American Lottery Systems
for Scientific Games. "We have been there since the beginning, and with the
innovative new products and services we'll be adding in North Dakota, we look
forward to even greater success in the years ahead."
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation is a
leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated
content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's portfolio
includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and
game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting
technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive
content and services. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Investor Relations: Cindi
Buckwalter, (212) 754-2233 or William Pfund, (847) 785-3167.
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Pollard Banknote Announce Strong Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial
WINNIPEG, Canada (March 5, 2014) --
Pollard Banknote Limited
(TSX: PBL) ("Pollard") today released its financial results for the three
months and year ended December 31, 2013.
"We are very pleased with our
financial results for both the 4th quarter and for all of 2013," commented
Co-Chief Executive Officer John Pollard. "The final quarter of the
year continued the trend of strong sales volumes and revenue that we have
experienced throughout the year."
"We recorded record sales volumes
for 2013 and significant increases in our licensed games product line.
Our sales volumes were up approximately 8% and our average selling prices were
consistent with 2012. Sales of our licensed games products were up
significantly and sales of our digital applications, while small in absolute
value, began gaining traction in 2013."
"Our revenue increased by $22.5
million, or 13%, a tremendous accomplishment reflective of our strong team of
employees and our unique approach to the industry. It also reflects a
recognition in the marketplace of the ability of Pollard to assist lotteries in
maximizing funds they can generate for their various good causes. We
gained a number of key new contracts in 2013 and continue to see success in
this area in 2014. More importantly we have seen a number of situations
of increased share of work for Pollard with lotteries which have multiple
suppliers. All of these factors look to continue into 2014."
"Throughout 2013 we made a number
of investments and upgrades to our business, particularly in adding key staff
resources in the marketing and technical areas, in order to lay the foundation
to grow our business. The impact of these investments in the short term
has been to limit the growth of margins relative to the growth in our revenue
line. However, we are confident that these investments will allow us to
generate increasing margins and profits in the future."
"The instant ticket industry
remains very strong. Lotteries continue to grow their traditional paper
based instant ticket products lines while at the same time quickly developing
opportunities to provide their gaming products on the internet. We are
very excited about our new contract to provide the iLottery internet based
product offering for the Michigan Lottery and are looking forward to expanding
this product line."
"We continue to be very
optimistic looking ahead to 2014, both for the opportunities developing within
our industry, and our ability to take advantage of these opportunities to grow
the business and profitability of Pollard."
POLLARD BANKNOTE LIMITED
Pollard is one of the leading
providers of products and services to lottery and charitable gaming industries
throughout the world. Management believes Pollard is the largest provider
of instant tickets based in Canada and the second largest producer of instant
tickets in the world.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Facsimile: (204) 453-1375
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Facsimile: (204) 453-1375
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Facsimile: (204) 453-1375
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Alchemy3 and the Home Depot Raise the Roof!
Alchemy3 and The Home Depot
Now Building Games for Lotteries
ALPHARETTA, Georgia (March 10, 2014)
-- Alchemy3 is now the
exclusive representative for The Home Depot® in the Lottery category.
Lotteries have desired to partner with the home improvement category
for years said Jeffrey Schweig, President of Alchemy3.
The do-it-yourself (DIY)
category has exploded over the past two decades, as evidenced by the many
popular home improvement shows and dedicated networks. That, coupled with the
American dream of home ownership, made partnering with The Home Depot, the
worlds largest home improvement retailer, an easy decision said
Schweig. With nearly 2,000 locations throughout the U.S., practically
everyone has a Home Depot in their neighborhood.
Prize options include awarding The
Home Depot gift cards, room makeovers, and actual dream homes (Alchemy3
represents a variety of quality regional home builders).
The home makeover theme
works well with event and publicity extensions. For example, a lotterys
sponsorship of a home or school makeover is a smart tactic for reinforcing the
message of where lottery proceeds go Schweig explained.
The Home Depot lottery games will
begin to launch Spring, 2014.
Since its inception in 2007,
Alchemy3 has become one of a select few companies in America that holds
exclusive licenses to provide services to the North American Lottery Industry.
A3 has worked with nearly all of North Americas lotteries and maintains
strong contacts in every jurisdiction. The company not only holds the esteem of
lotteries; but also with world class companies like Mars, EA SPORTS, Bass Pro
Shops, The Home Depot, Honda and Norwegian Cruise Line who
use Alchemy3 as their trusted brand stewards in the lottery world. Alchemy3 has
worked hard to achieve their market position by putting brand owners and
lottery clients needs first-- providing them with boutique
type attention and executing programs with the highest level of integrity,
honesty + thoughtfulness.
CONTACT: Jeffrey Schweig, Email:
European Parliament Vote on Appropriate Control of All Gambling
Activities Under the New Anti-Money Laundering
The European Lotteries
Association (EL) welcomes that the European Parliament text takes into account
the specificity of the gambling sector
BRUSSELS, Belgium (March 11, 2014)
--Today, the European Parliament plenary adopted its resolution on the European
Commission proposal for a revision of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The
plenary resolution follows the adoption in the respective committees at the end
EL again stresses its support for
the specification brought by the European Parliament of the specific forms of
due diligence that should apply: for forms of gambling beyond casinos and
online gambling, the controls should apply on the winnings above a threshold of
2 000 EUR. This specification rightly addresses the specific risk that can lie
in the potential fraud with winnings and takes into consideration European
customer social habits.
EL President Friedrich Stickler:
The control on winnings for certain forms of gambling is already in
place in a number of Member States and has proven to be adequate. The step
taken by the European Parliament today will allow Member States to apply the
Directive to its full potential.
EL calls on the Council and the
European Commission to now follow the lead of the European Parliament and also
provide for this efficient and adapted way of extending the Directive to all
forms of gambling.
EL takes note of the fact that the
European Parliament supports the possibility for Member States to exempt
certain forms of gambling, following a risk assessment. However, EL considers
that the provision whereby Member States need to seek the approval from the
European Commission, goes beyond the necessary and sufficient guarantees of
control of national implementations already provided in the Directive and
undermines the subsidiarity principle as consistently referred to in the CJEU
jurisprudence on gambling. EL therefore hopes this point will be clarified
further in the dialogue between the European Parliament, the Council and the
Commission on the Directive.
For further information please
European Lotteries (EL)
European Lotteries (EL) is the
European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance
for the public benefit. EL has members from 46 European countries including all
28 EU Member States. The associations EU members contribute more than 20
billion p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture,
social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many
commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and
betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the
respective national government.
SOURCE: European Lotteries
Instant Lottery Ticket Sales Soar in First Week of
Instant Sales for Week Exceed
$31 Million, Highest in 10 Years
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (March 11,
2014) -- Riding the success of its newest games, the
Lottery today announced that the first week of March produced the highest
sales of instant-ticket games since the Lotterys launch week in January
Instant ticket sales for the week
ending March 8 hit $31,123,289, the highest in over 10 years. The record for
sales of instant tickets is $34,614,300, set after the Lotterys first
week of inception. When combined with sales of all games, this past week came
in as the fifth highest grossing week since inception.
The Tennessee Lottery launched four
new instant games on March 4, including Mega Millionaire Jumbo Bucks, which
offers the chance to win up to $2 million; Platinum Doubler, with top prizes of
$100,000; I Heart Cash, a fun visually innovative game with the chance to win
up to $20,000; and Double 8s, a $1 game offering the chance to win up to
Throughout the year we work
hard to develop an array of entertaining instant games, said Rebecca
Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Last week we expanded the popular Jumbo Bucks franchise and added
innovative graphics and prize structures to other games, all of which were
clearly a great hit with our players. In the end, of course, such results mean
more proceeds to fund the education programs supported by the
The Lottery recently celebrated its
10th anniversary of operations, marking the milestone with the announcement of
a record-setting second quarter, bringing the total raised for education
programs to more than $2.91 billion. These funds have been used to award more
than 800,000 scholarships and grants to Tennessee students, to whom the Lottery
paid tribute with a recent series of TV spots featuring HOPE Scholars.
About the Tennessee Education
The Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of
its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging
over $6.3 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college
scholarships and after-school programs.
Since the Lottery began selling
tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $2.91 billion for these
programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over
$6.8 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $733
million in retailer commissions.
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, Tennessee
Lottery, Phone: 615-324-6556 / 615-604-2827.
SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.
Texas Lottery® Introduce New Scratch-Off Game Benefiting Texas
Veterans On The Money
AUSTIN, Texas (March 7, 2014) --
Texas Lottery® retailers
have begun selling On The Money, a new scratch-off game benefiting Texas
veterans. Since 2009, the Texas Lottery has issued scratch-off games, including
Veterans Cash and Veterans Winnings, to support the Fund for Veterans
Assistance which is administered by the Texas Veterans Commission.
The Texas Veterans Commission Fund
for Veterans' Assistance (FVA) awards reimbursement grants to eligible
charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service
Organizations that provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their
families. In fact, these organizations have served more than 150,000 veterans
and their families in Texas.
On The Money features more than $7
million in total prizes and overall odds of winning of one in 4.38. Players
interested in finding the game in their area can use the Scratch-Off Game and
Store Locator on the Texas Lottery website.
About the Texas
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $21 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $42 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $16 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state pro¬grams
including the Fund for Veterans Assistance.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch-offs. For more
information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.
About the Texas Veterans
The mission of the Texas Veterans
Commission is to advocate for and provide superior service to Veterans and
their families in the areas of disability claims assistance, employment
services, education benefits and grant funding.
Over 200 skilled counselors in 75
cities provide one-on-one guidance to Veterans and their families to ensure
they receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled.
For more information about the Texas
Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance, please visit:
SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Unveil New MS Project Instant
Lottery has raised $6.5
million for Multiple Sclerosis research since 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (March 6,
2014) As part of its legislative mandate to fund good causes, the
Illinois Lottery today
announced the launch of its latest instant game whose proceeds fund research in
Illinois as to the cause, prevention, and future cure of multiple sclerosis
(MS) an often devastating disease. MS Project, the seventh edition of
the special cause Lottery instant game that funds MS research,
could generate over $1 million this year to support research programs. Since
2008, the Lottery, working closely with the National MS Society, has raised
more than $6.5 million from the sale of MS instant games.
In announcing the new MS Project
game during National MS Awareness Week, Illinois Lottery Director
Michael Jones was joined
today at the Capitol building in Springfield by John Blazek, President of the
National MS Society Greater Illinois Chapter; Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Director of
the Illinois Department of Public Health; and grant recipient Dr. Rob Motl,
Director of the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory at the University of
Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
If you buy an MS Project
instant ticket, whether you win $20,000 instantly or not, youre helping
create substantial funding for programs researching MS, said Illinois
Lottery Director Michael Jones. This devastating disease is especially
prevalent among young women, and all of us are affected by it through people we
know who suffer from it. Now all of us have the opportunity to do something
about it by buying MS Project tickets--and encouraging others to do the
The MS Project instant game, if it
sells out, will provide over $1 million for the Illinois Multiple Sclerosis
Research Fund. Proceeds will be used to help physicians better understand the
disease, and to enable researchers to continue their efforts to discover a
cure. Each MS Project ticket costs $2 and includes a variety of cash instant
prizes that range from $2 to $20,000 (four top prizes are available).
Multiple sclerosis, an
unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system,
interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and
the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet
Although MS is not
considered a fatal disease because the majority of people with MS have a normal
life-span, they may struggle to live as productively as they desire and often
face increasing limitations, said Illinois Department of Public
Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. Funding MS research through
the lottery ticket can help those with MS live healthier and happier
The partnership with the
Illinois Lottery and the funds generated through the scratch-off ticket are
helping to propel new and innovative research throughout the state,
said John Blazek, President of the MS Societys Greater Illinois Chapter.
This is another important step in our ongoing efforts to create a
world free of MS.
The Illinois Department of Public
Health will continue to provide MS Project proceeds to the National MS Society,
which, in turn, awards grants to organizations conducting MS research in
Illinois. All grants funded by MS Project revenue have been, and will continue
to be, reviewed and approved by the National MS Societys Research
Programs Advisory Committee, a panel that includes 75 leading scientists,
physicians and other professionals from virtually every field related to
The Illinois Lottery funds
gave us the huge boost we needed to expand one our most significant studies
the development of a comprehensive approach for addressing walking
related problems in MS, which is among the biggest challenges that people
living with the disease encounter on a daily basis, said Dr. Rob
Motl, a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at
the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, and Director of the Exercise
Neuroscience Research Laboratory. Four of his University of Illinois colleagues
received pilot grants from the Illinois Lottery in 2013.
MS Project is available at more than
8,200 Illinois Lottery retailer locations across the state. If you dont
see the game displayed please ask for it. For more information regarding MS
Project, please visit: www.msticket.com or for more information regarding multiple
sclerosis, visit: www.MSIllinois.org or
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
New Jersey Lotterys Most Popular Online
Offers Players Even More
Ways to Win Cash with the Pick-3 Green Ball Double Draw Promotion
TRENTON, New Jersey (March 7, 2014)
- The Pick-3 game is one of New
Jersey Lotterys longest running games and also the most popular game
with players. Since its inception in 1977 the game has maintained its position
as a top ticket seller and ranks first in sales among all online games
including the multi-state games.
Spring is a favorite time of year
for the Pick-3 players because the Green Ball Double Draw promotion
provides them with more opportunities to win cash. The promotion will run from
March 10 through March 30.
The Green Ball
promotion is certain to increase prizes and here is how it works:
- Each night during the promotion, after the regular
Pick-3 drawing, a subsequent drawing will be conducted from a separate machine
that contains 6 white balls and 1 green ball.
- If the green ball is drawn, a second set of Pick-3
numbers will be drawn and players will have a second bonus chance to win from
the same Pick-3 wager.
- If a white ball is drawn, it will be removed,
and the next night the draw will be from the remaining 5 white balls and 1
green ball. A white ball will be removed each night until the green ball is
selected. Whenever the green ball is drawn, all seven balls are replaced for
the next Pick-3 evening drawing.
- The green ball is guaranteed to be selected at
least three times during the three week promotion.
Watch live New Jersey Lottery
drawings for the Pick-3, Pick-4, Jersey Cash 5 and Pick-6 games at the Lottery
website (NJLottery.net), or on the official Lottery Facebook Page. Evening
draws can be seen on CBS stations: WLNY 10/55 and CW Philly 57. Powerball and
Mega Millions drawings can be seen on WABC TV stations
About The Lottery
Since its inception in 1970, the New
Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.net) has contributed more than $22 billion to the
State in support of education and institutions. In fiscal year 2013 the
Lotterys contribution was more than $1 billion. Among its beneficiaries
are: veterans homes, community and other colleges and universities, school
nutrition programs, homes for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric
hospitals, higher education scholarship programs and the Marie Katzenbach
School for the Deaf.
The lottery also plays a key role in
supporting small businesses throughout the state with
approximately 6,800 Lottery
retailers. In fiscal year 2013, the Lottery retailers earned more than $157
million in commissions supporting convenience stores and other establishments
throughout the state. Every day, the Lottery helps to make winners by:
providing entertainment and winning jackpots for lottery players; supporting
the business community that serves as Lottery retailers and generating
financial support for vital programs and organizations in our State.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
PAGCOR Thanks GLI for the Development of Technical Standard for
Electronic Gaming Machines in the Philippines
MACAO, China (March 10, 2014)
Since opening the first full-service and accredited gaming test lab in the
Macao region, Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC, has been growing its business exponentially throughout
Now GLI, which is celebrating its
25th anniversary, has reached another milestone in assisting regulators for
developing the PAGCOR (Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation) Technical
Standard for Electronic Gaming Machines. PAGCOR has expressed its appreciation
and thanks to GLI for its support and assistance in this effort.
PAGCOR will formally announce the
launch of the Technical Standard this week to the Philippine media, and the
agency has invited GLI Asia General Manager Larry Xiao to attend the ceremony
as an honorable guest.
The development of technical
standards for electronic gaming machines is an important milestone in the
evolving role of PAGCOR as gaming industry regulator. Atty. Jorge V. Sarmiento,
President and Chief Operating Officer of PAGCOR said, We are pleased
to finally have uniform technical standards that will ensure a high level of
integrity of slot machines and other types of electronic gaming machines
operating in the Philippines. This cooperative endeavor between PAGCOR and GLI
reflects our desire for the Philippines to adhere to global best practices in
all aspects of gaming.
We are honored with the
incredible trust the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has
bestowed in GLI. Since 1998, we have worked closely with PAGCOR, and we are
absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to work with PAGCOR side by side on
the establishment of this Technical Standard. GLIs strong local presence
has contributed tremendously to this effort. GLI is also humbled by this
achievement and will continue to serve PAGCOR and other regulators around globe
to best of our ability, said GLI Vice President of Global Services
For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC has continuously delivered the best quality land-based and
iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing
time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the
only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and guide 65 standards
for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For
more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
|Left to right: Edwin Mendoza, PAGCOR Policy Development Group
Head, Gaming and Licensing Development Larry Xiao, GLI Asia General Manager
Jorge Sarmieto, PAGCOR President and COO Francis Hernando, PAGCOR Vice
President, Gaming and Licensing Development
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Marketing, Phone: +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
The Quality Group - Lottery Technology Systems GmbH
A new technology provider
for lottery systems
HAMBURG, Germany (March 7, 2014) --
From today onwards, The Quality Group (TQG) will be the provider for end-to-end
Lottery Standard Software. Beyond the existing online lottery Platform, TQG now
internationally provides products, solutions and services for end-to-end
lottery central systems.
"Since our foundation in 1985,
TQG has been providing standard software for the retail, automotive and
telecommunication industry as well as for the government sector" said
Marcus Frey, joint CEO and founder of TQG. "More than 25 years of
continuously improving our products, has shown us, that it is far more
efficient to use standard solutions where customers can individually choose
options and functions to be parameterized in or out instead of meeting each
customers needs with a new software, starting from scratch" Martin
Schlaghecke, CEO and joint founder added. "Our customers appreciate the high
levels of quality, fast delivery and incredible reliability this approach
With TQG-Lottery Technology Systems
(TQG-LTS), TQG has formed another innovative company. TQG-LTS develops a
complete end-to-end Lottery Management System providing all functions and
applications to run a forward -looking and reliable lottery.
"TQG-Lotterysuite" is a highly
modular, flexible and powerful system. It covers various functions, such as of
point of sale software applications, combined with retailer management, game
management, player services with the focus on responsible gaming, business
intelligence tools, an online platform and last but not least the
required communication infrastructure. An open interface concept allows
connecting to all relevant partners as well as the integration of 3rd party
applications and hardware. The system is designed to be fully hardware
agnostic. TQG-LTS will support any terminal hardware, any central system
hardware platform and any third party backoffice application.
TQG-LTS has engaged with Frank
Cecchini as COO & Business Development International and Karsten
Hagemeister as COO & Business Development DACH. Mr Cecchini spent almost 15
years working with GTECH S.p.A. in technical and business development roles. Mr
Hagemeister worked with Wincor Nixdorf for 17 years followed by eight years of
business development for GTECH. "Many years working with lotteries helped us
understand the priorities of the industry: innovation, reliability, cost and
time to market are the key factors. The new approach with TQG-LTS will reduce
cost significantly while speeding up time to market", Mr Hagemeister points
out. "Our objectives are clear. We are a technology company, our business is
to deliver upto date technology, utilising modern best practices to keep
quality high while retaining a tight control on costs. We provide high quality
product and services made in Germany without outsourcing or offshoring. Our
technology teams remain experienced and up to date with an outstanding
comprehension of our customers business needs", continued Mr
Cecchini. "We are here for the long term, our aim is to disrupt a market
with low levels of competition, high costs and outdated practices - we will
base our success on providing state of the art systems, investing in cost
saving technology and performance enchaining innovation."
Norbert Mallien, CTO of TQG-LTS
states: "Our success is based on using the latest technology, investing in
cost saving innovation and adopting best practices. The lottery world is
changing. The lotteries themselves understand that they are presented with few
options, most bearing high costs and long delivery times with sparse
innovation; more competition can only benefit the industry by invigorating
innovation and forcing a fresh new look at how things should be done."
The Quality Group (TQG) is one of
the foremost technology companies providing comprehensive solutions to instil
quality, consistency and reliability for critical and complex corporate
administrative processes. Since its foundation, TQG has been providing both
product and know-how in Enterprise Information Management (EIM) with its LCM
Software Suite. For more than a decade, the company has continuously been
gaining experience in the lottery industry. With more than 100 employees, TQG
has successfully delivered solutions across the globe to institutions as
diverse as The adidas Group, Carl-Zeiss, Porsche and Lotto Brandenburg in
Germany, Telefonica in Spain, Migrol and Sunrise in Switzerland to
Stop&Shop in the United States. The complete list can be viewed online at:
TQG is privately held, with a
corporate vision to grow in an organic and sustainable way. The companys
understanding is that success can only result from customers success. TQG
delivers best in class solution using best of breed components.
For more information please CONTACT:
The Quality Group, Marketing - Claudia Köhler, Phone: +4940-689468-41 /
Fax: +4940-689468-99 / Email: Claudia.Koehler@tqg.de
SOURCE: The Quality Group.