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Vol. 66 No.11 - Monday March 17, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories




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  • GTECH Announce 2013 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games' Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenue Rises to $402 Million. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT launches SportsMobile in Italy. Full Story.
  • Skilrock Technologies at African Lotteries Association (ALA) Congress 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. Full Story.
  • WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator. Full Story.
  • Maltco Lotteries Launch 'Play Together'. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Sign Contract with North Dakota Lottery to Provide Online Lottery System and Player Rewards Program. Full Story.
  • Pollard Banknote Announce Strong Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results. Full Story.
  • Alchemy3 and the Home Depot Raise the Roof!. Full Story.
  • European Parliament Vote on Appropriate Control of All Gambling Activities Under the New Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Full Story.
  • Instant Lottery Ticket Sales Soar in First Week of March. Full Story.
  • Texas Lottery® Introduce New Scratch-Off Game Benefiting Texas Veterans – On The Money. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Unveil New ‘MS Project’ Instant Game. Full Story.
  • New Jersey Lottery’s Most Popular Online Game. Full Story.
  • PAGCOR Thanks GLI for the Development of Technical Standard for Electronic Gaming Machines in the Philippines. Full Story.
  • The Quality Group - Lottery Technology Systems GmbH (TQG-LTS). Full Story.





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GTECH Announce 2013 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results

Consolidated Financial and Business Highlights

  • New organization in place, significant wins, and strong pipeline; €50 million in expected annual cost savings from reorganization
  • 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 Comparison

 

 

ROME (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."

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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 implement.”

Fourth 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.

EBITDA, at €245 million, was in line with the 2012 fourth quarter level.

Operating 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.

During the 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.

Net Income 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.

Diluted Earnings-Per-Share (EPS) was €0.01, compared to €0.36 in the fourth quarter of last year.

Capital Expenditures in the quarter were €73 million.

Net Financial Position (NFP) in the quarter improved by €86 million.

Continue Reading the full financial report CLICK HERE (pdf)

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

Scientific Games' Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenue Rises to $402 Million

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) -- Scientific Games 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 acquisition. 

"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 businesses."

 

 

To Further Read the full Financial Statement Please head to the Investors Page of Scientific Games Corporation Click Here

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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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 company’s interactive gaming platform that ensures cross-channel compatibility according to the Group’s Universal Gaming Experience framework.

Mr. George Zenzefilis, INTRALOT Group Chief Product & Services Officer, stated: “SpotsMobile, one of our Group’s 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 player’s 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”.

About INTRALOT

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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 its customers.

For more info:

Ms Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.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.”

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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 d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

For more details please visit http://www.congres-ala2014.com.

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 marketing@skilrock.com

About Skilrock Technologies

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.

 

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WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator

Full year global lottery sales up by 4.9%; growth driven by Latin America and Asia Pacific

WLA Sales Indicator

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.

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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 Argentina’s Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado, which reported a prodigious twelve-month on twelve-month increase in sales of 31.4%. Chile’s 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. Brazil’s 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, Japan’s 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 April–December 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 Q1–Q3 2013, as against the period Q1–Q3 2012.

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 Morocco’s 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 board.

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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 Greece’s 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 Spain’s 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 Finland’s Veikkaus, which saw its fourth-quarter on fourth-quarter sales rise by 9.1%. The Czech Republic’s 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 organization’s 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 region.

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.

Jean Jørgensen

WLA Executive Director.

For enquiries: regarding participation in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator, please contact Dr. Matthew Spinks (ms@world-lotteries.org) at the WLA Basel business office.

SOURCE: WLA.

 

 

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 Super 5.

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.

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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. Maltco’s spokesperson said that players will have the perfect opportunity to try this new concept with today’s 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 Maltco’s Points of Sale.

The company has also created a suggested “Play together” Planner which can be found on the company’s website: www.maltco.com.

Maltco Lotteries Limited

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 worldwide.

SOURCE: Maltco.

Scientific Games Sign Contract with North Dakota Lottery to Provide Online Lottery System and Player Rewards Program

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 6, 2014) -- Scientific Games 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 programs.

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 point-of-sale.

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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 points. 

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: www.scientificgames.com.

CONTACT: Investor Relations: Cindi Buckwalter, (212) 754-2233 or William Pfund, (847) 785-3167.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Announce Strong Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results

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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."

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"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.

CONTACT:

 

John Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

Facsimile: (204) 453-1375

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

Facsimile: (204) 453-1375

Rob Rose

Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

Facsimile: (204) 453-1375

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

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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 world’s 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).

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The home makeover theme works well with event and publicity extensions. For example, a lottery’s 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.

About Alchemy3

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 America’s 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: js@alchemy3.com, Phone: 770-442-6993.

SOURCE: Alchemy3.

 

 

European Parliament Vote on Appropriate Control of All Gambling Activities Under the New Anti-Money Laundering Directive

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 of February.

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.

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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 CONTACT:

 

Friedrich Stickler
EL President and Board member,
Austrian Lotteries
Tel. +43.1.79070.1300
friedrich.stickler@lotterien.at
Jutta Buyse
EL General Delegate,
Brussels
Tel: + 32.(0)2.234.38.20
jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu

 

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 association’s 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 Association (EL).

 

 

Instant Lottery Ticket Sales Soar in First Week of March

Instant Sales for Week Exceed $31 Million, Highest in 10 Years

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (March 11, 2014) -- Riding the success of its newest games, the Tennessee Education Lottery today announced that the first week of March produced the highest sales of instant-ticket games since the Lottery’s launch week in January 2004.

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 Lottery’s first week of inception. When combined with sales of all games, this past week came in as the fifth highest grossing week since inception.

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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 $1,000.

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 Lottery.”

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 Lottery

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.

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About the Texas Lottery

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 Commission

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: http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Fund-for-Veterans-Assistance.aspx.

SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.

 

 

Illinois Lottery Unveil New ‘MS Project’ Instant Game

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.

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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, you’re 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 same.” 

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 be predicted.

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 lives.”

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 Society’s Greater Illinois Chapter. “This is another important step in our ongoing efforts to create a world free of MS.”

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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 Society’s Research Programs Advisory Committee, a panel that includes 75 leading scientists, physicians and other professionals from virtually every field related to MS.

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 don’t 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 www.gatewayMSsociety.org.

CONTACT:

 

Illinois Lottery

Mike Lang

217-524-5158

Illinois DPH

Melaney Arnold

217-558-0500 

MS Society

Jeremy Barewin

312-423-1124

 

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

New Jersey Lottery’s Most Popular Online Game

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 Lottery’s 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.

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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 Lottery’s 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 the area.

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. GLI’s 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 Ian Hughes.

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

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: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

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The Quality Group - Lottery Technology Systems GmbH (TQG-LTS)

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 customer’s 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 brings."

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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: www.tqg.de/en/references.

TQG is privately held, with a corporate vision to grow in an organic and sustainable way. The company’s understanding is that success can only result from customer’s 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.




 

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