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Vol. 66 No.13 - Monday March 31, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories




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  • GTECH Announce Reorganization of GTECH Americas Management Team and Creation of New Lottery Management Services Structure. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Announce 2013 Full Year Results: Revenues Exceeded €1.5 Billion. Full Story.
  • Five More Years! British Columbia Lottery Corporation Awards Pollard Banknote Contract Extension. Full Story.
  • NagaWorld and Kambi Sign an Agreement for a Land Based Sportsbook Solution. Full Story.
  • Alchemy3’s Collect ‘N Win App Ranks #18 in iTunes Top Free Apps! Full Story.
  • Gambling Commission Strengthens Senior Team. Full Story.
  • National Lottery Celebrates ‘Millionaire’ Turning Eleven. Full Story.
  • The Florida Lottery and Miami Heat Team Up for Another Win. Full Story.
  • Kentucky Lottery Sales Hold Steady Through the Start of 2014. Full Story.
  • New Hampshire Lottery Celebrates 50 Years. Full Story.
  • Veikkaus Annual General Meeting: the Full-Year 2013 Earnings €506.3 Million to be Distributed as Directed in Accordance with the Distribution Act. Full Story.
  • Budget Bingo Tax Cut to Create and Save Hundreds of Jobs and Revitalize Industry. Full Story.
  • Lottery Association Critical of Inequable Gambling Tax Rates. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Peru Achieves WLA Level 3 Certification in Responsible Gaming. Full Story.
  • La Fleur’s 2014 World Lottery Almanac Released. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Millionaire TV Shows Kick-Off in Evansville. Full Story.



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GTECH Announce Reorganization of GTECH Americas Management Team and Creation of New Lottery Management Services Structure

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (March 21, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. has reorganized its Americas management team to meet its customers’ growing needs for an integrated offering across multiple gaming channels, including lottery, VLT, commercial casino, and interactive gaming. It has also created a new Lottery Management Services structure to meet lotteries’ increasing needs for greater efficiency and reliable profits through private or outsourced management services provided by GTECH.

The new management team, which reports to GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel, reflects GTECH’s Customer First objectives by anticipating opportunities to help customers build their player bases due to rapid changes in the Americas gaming landscape.

Those changes include the growth of regulated interactive gaming, accelerating use of mobile technology, and the convergence between land-based and interactive gaming technologies. The Americas region continues to work hand-in-hand with GTECH’s centralized Products and Services team for all marketing and technology support.

The reorganized Americas management team includes:

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  • Alan Eland, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, North America. After almost three decades with GTECH, Alan has announced his decision to retire from the Company effective January 1, 2015. For the remainder of this year, Alan will manage GTECH’s relationships with the California Lottery, Texas Lottery, and oversee a portfolio of Canadian jurisdictions and Western Region states. Alan will also continue to manage GTECH’s printing and Client Services operations.
  • Jay Gendron, Senior Vice President, United States. Jay, who has 20 years of experience managing GTECH’s Lottery and Gaming sales and operational activities across 13 states in the U.S. Eastern region, will be responsible for preparing U.S. customers for the next phase in the lottery industry’s evolution as technology and gaming channels converge.
  • Victor Duarte, Senior Vice President, North American Commercial Gaming. In addition to his current role as Senior Vice President of Gaming and Content, Victor will be responsible for leading sales activities with our Commercial and Tribal Casino customers in North America. His experience and knowledge of the commercial gaming market will ensure that casino customers can retain and attract players by offering the most compelling gaming experiences and game content.
  • Matteo Monteverdi, Senior Vice President, Americas Interactive. In addition to his current role as Senior Vice President, iGaming, Matteo will work with Americas gaming customers to leverage the latest technological and regulatory developments to build a foundation of sustainable and effective interactive gaming programs.
  • Connie Laverty O’Connor, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. Connie will continue to be a liaison with GTECH customers, dedicated to helping deliver their business plans and execution strategies. During the next several months, Connie will transition from the role of interim CEO of GTECH Indiana and focus on significant customer and industry initiatives, and multi-jurisdictional opportunities.

 

In addition, the Lottery Management Services team has been created to leverage GTECH’s operational expertise and best practices drawn from its experience as a private manager/outsourced operator in Illinois, Indiana, and New Jersey. Marco Tasso, Senior Vice President, Lottery Management Services, will lead this new team, and will have overall Profit and Loss responsibility for all Lottery Management Services contracts in North America. During his time at Lottomatica, Tasso was instrumental in the brand transformation and impressive revenue growth of Italy’s Scratch and Win, the world’s largest instant ticket business.

The following leaders have also been appointed to the new Lottery Management Services structure:

  • Scott Howarth, Vice President, Lottery Management Services, will be responsible for shared best practices in areas such as organizational development, product innovation, retail optimization, business process execution, and facilitating the annual business planning process.
  • Tim Simonson, Chief Executive Officer, Northstar Lottery Group, will be responsible for managing the business relationship with the Illinois Lottery and delivering the business plan.
  • Colin Hadden, Vice President and General Manager, GTECH Indiana, will bring his extensive customer relations and operational experience to the Hoosier Lottery to help drive its growth plan.
  • Russ Knapp, Vice President and General Manager, Northstar New Jersey, will be responsible for meeting the expectations of the New Jersey Lottery and delivering Northstar’s business plan.

 

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As the gaming, technological, and regulatory landscape continues to evolve in the Americas, GTECH has assembled a team of experienced leaders to help our customers successfully take their critical next steps in this evolution,” said Jaymin B. Patel, President and CEO, GTECH Americas. “This new management structure will ensure that our customers are armed with the knowledge and innovation they need to build sustainable operations and responsibly grow revenues.”

GTECH S.p.A.

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation. The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2013, GTECH had approximately €3.1 billion in revenues and more than 8,600 employees in approximately 60 countries.

For more information, please visit: www.gtech.com.

For further information CONTACT: Robert K. Vincent, GTECH S.p.A. Corporate Communications, T. (+1) 401 392 7452.

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

INTRALOT Announce 2013 Full Year Results: Revenues Exceeded €1.5 Billion

EBITDA Increase of 9.7%

ATHENS, Greece (March 26, 2014) -- INTRALOT, the leading international gaming company, announces today its financial results for the twelve-month period ending December 31st, 2013, prepared in accordance with IFRS.

INTRALOT Group’s Consolidated Revenues for FY2013 increased by 12% compared to FY2012, reaching €1,539.4 billion. Net of a negative FX impact of €80.1m, revenues reached €1,619.5m, posting an increase of 17.9% y-o-y in FY 2013. EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) posted an increase of 9.7% reaching €194.8m. Νet of a negative FX impact of €8.9m, EBITDA reached €203.7m, an increase of 14.7% y-o-y in FY 2013. EBT was shaped at €53,6m.

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EAT-am (Earnings After Taxes and after minorities) were shaped at €-4.6m and was strongly affected by €10.8m of negative FX differences on an after tax and after minority level plus write-offs and provisions of €13.7m. Excluding such costs the Net Profit would have reached €19.9m in the FY 2013 period.

Cash Flow from Operations reached €81.3m in the 12M, 2013 period. Net Debt in the same period decreased by €30.7m to €397.2m compared to 9M 2013, mainly due to improved operating cash-flow generation and capex easing in the last quarter of 2013. FX impact on cash for FY 2013 was 22.6m.

Revenues for the parent company during FY2013 increased by 8.1%, to €150.9m. EBITDA increased by 5.8% to €23.1m. Earnings After Taxes (EAT) were shaped at €-0.1m.

Commenting on FY2013 results, INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, noted: “2013 was an important year for the Group, since we won several new contracts in Europe, Asia and Australia, and we renewed major contracts in the US, Europe and Asia. Moreover, we launched innovative products in the interactive and retail fields, such as the Mobile Lottery, Virtual Games, the Multi-channel Lottery, DreamTouch, iGEM and DeepStack Casino.

In 2013 INTRALOT managed to deliver a strong set of financial results across the board and we are very proud of this. As the CEO of the Group I would like to comment on the future for which we have redefined our key priorities and I would like to focus on our recent internal corporate reorganization, which was performed with the assistance of The Boston Consulting Group.

After many years of enduring success and strong global growth, we have decided to consolidate the company's global operations, products and services and technology, in order to create a more flexible and effective structure.

INTRALOT Group is now organized in four distinct divisions:

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Global Operations & Sales, Products & Services, Technology and Finance. The new organizational structure focuses on operational excellence, creating synergies between the Headquarters and the Group subsidiaries, while promoting innovation across the company, integrating technology and products and services. Our aim is to meet the needs of our customers, increase shareholder value, create robust financial results, and economies of scale, as we will become more innovative and also capitalize on our existing Global infrastructure and presence.

INTRALOT, being present in 57 jurisdictions and with 84 contracts in its portfolio, is very well placed to capitalize on its existing projects, both in terms of introducing new technologies and new games as well as in terms of obtaining additional contracts. Operating in an industry that constantly evolves, with many opportunities and challenges arising from the business, technological and regulatory changes, we are best positioned to benefit and extract maximum value for our stakeholders. I am confident that the new participatory management structure will bring INTRALOT Group to a new path of growth and success."

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

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 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.700 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Five More Years! British Columbia Lottery Corporation Awards Pollard Banknote Contract Extension

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (March 26, 2014) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year contract extension by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (“BCLC”) for the supply of instant ticket games and related services. Under this new agreement, which commenced February 1, 2014, Pollard Banknote will continue to be the primary supplier of instant ticket games for BCLC. The value of the contract over the five-year term is estimated to be approximately $30 million in revenues.

Since 1986, Pollard Banknote has supplied a range of products and services to BCLC—from game design and instant ticket production to marketing support and strategic planning. The Lottery has also launched many of Pollard Banknote’s patented and exclusive product innovations over the years, including Scratch FX®, Spectrum Scratch FX®, PlayBook®, and other Fusion® games.

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This new contract will also give Pollard Banknote the opportunity to provide a number of value-added services to the Lottery, including professional development seminars and the company’s SureTrack™ lottery management system. This increased knowledge and efficiency, combined with the introduction of new innovations over the next five years, will help BCLC continue to drive sales growth and expand its consumer base.

Pollard Banknote is very proud of our 28-year partnership with BCLC,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “BCLC is a long-valued customer, and we have worked hard to increase sales and offer the Lottery an expanding selection of innovative products and services to meet the consumer behavior of its jurisdiction."

"We embrace this opportunity to help BCLC continue its impressive growth in its instant ticket category to maximize revenues that support health care, education, and communities in British Columbia.”

We’re excited to build upon our relationship with Pollard Banknote and grow the partnership that has been forged over nearly three decades,” said Kevin Gass, BCLC’s Vice-President of Lottery Gaming. “The company is known for driving sales and providing leading-edge product innovations and we look forward to bringing some of those new, innovative products that will engage and entertain our customers to the market.”

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BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation offering socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians through health care, education, and important community programs.

About Pollard Banknote Limited

Pollard Banknote Limited is one of the world’s leading full-service lottery vendors and is a major supplier to North America’s charitable gaming industry. The company manufactures instant lottery tickets and provides related programming, design and marketing support. As well, Pollard Banknote manufactures pull-tab tickets and bingo paper, and supplies lottery management services (including warehousing and distribution). Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and currently serves more than 50 lotteries worldwide, including some of the largest and most respected lotteries in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

For More Information CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose

Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

 

NagaWorld and Kambi Sign an Agreement for a Land Based Sportsbook Solution

MALTA (March 20, 2014) -- Kambi Sports Solutions is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Nagaworld Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of NagaCorp Ltd (HKSE), for a fully managed over-the-counter Sportsbook solution scheduled to go live in April. The Kambi sports solution will enable NagaWorld Ltd to offer a world class sports betting experience at their flagship hotel-casino entertainment complex NagaWorld in Phnom Penh.

The agreement represents Kambi’s entrance as a B2B supplier of retail based Sportsbook solutions to the land based casino industry as well as to the Asian sports betting market.

Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi Sports Solutions, commented:

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I am delighted that NagaWorld has chosen to partner with Kambi. This agreement is strategically important as it represents a validation of Kambi’s multi-channel vision and the supports the investments we continue to make in our journey to becoming the global market leader for the provision of managed sports betting services. This agreement will enable NagaWorld to offer their customers the experience of interacting with a world class Sportsbook.”

For more information CONTACT: Kristian Nylén, Chief Executive Officer, +44 7764 161 055 or David Kenyon, Chief Financial Officer, +44 7595 106 647.

About NagaCorp

NagaCorp Ltd. is the largest hotel, gaming and leisure operator in Cambodia, and the Company has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Stock Exchange") since 2006. NagaCorp’s flagship, NagaWorld, is Phnom Penh's only integrated hotel-casino entertainment complex, and enjoy a 70-year casino license that will run till 2065, as well as a 41-year monopoly within a 200km radius of Phnom Penh that expires in 2035.

About Kambi Sports Solutions

Kambi is a B2B supplier of fully managed sports betting services on an in-house developed software platform. Kambi employs approximately 300 staff and has offices in London, Stockholm, Malta and Manila. Kambi’s Sportsbook clients include Unibet, 888, Paf, Mediaset Espana, Acrismatic Group, Egasa Group, Suertia, and Napoleon Games. Kambi’s solutions are currently certified in Denmark, Malta, Alderney, Italy and Spain. This means that they are approved and audited by the SPM, LGA, AGCC, AAMS and DGOJ. Kambi utilizes a best of breed security approach, with guiding principles from ISO 27001. Kambi Sports Solutions is an eCOGRA certified supplier.

SOURCE: Kambi Sports Solutions.

 

 

Alchemy3’s Collect ‘N Win App Ranks #18 in iTunes top free apps!

ATLANTA, Georgia (March 26, 2014) -- In just one week, the Florida Lottery’s new Lucky Lotto Collect ‘N Win promotion has registered almost 60,000 participants—propelling Alchemy3’s app to one of the top of iTunes top free apps.  At number 18 on the charts, the app ranked higher than some of North America’s most popular apps including ABC, Fox, Nick, and CBS .  The app also broke the top 100 on Google Play,  settling in at #79 in last weeks rankings.  “We know that our Collect ‘N Win concept is a winner” said Paul Guziel, CEO of Alchemy3, “but to see a regional app perform better than one with national relevance far exceeds our expectations”, Guziel added.

 “The smart phone App allows our players to take part in a new second chance promotion and at the same time do so in an interactive, fun way,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “We strive to make the playing experience fun and it’s great to see that Florida Lottery players have responded with great excitement for this new App.”

The Collect ‘N Win program has run in other lottery jurisdictions including DC and West Virginia and several other lotteries will be launching programs in 2014-15.

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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.

About the Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery’s sole mission is to transfer as much revenue as possible to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF), and has contributed more than $26 billion to education and sent more than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.   More than $1 billion annually has been transferred to education for the past eleven consecutive fiscal years, representing approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.  Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires.

For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT:  Jeffrey Schweig, 770-442-6993 or Email: js@alchemy3.com.

SOURCE: Alchemy3.

 

 

Gambling Commission Strengthens Senior Team

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (March 18, 2014) -- The Gambling Commission has continued its push to bring in a range of industry expertise with the engagement of two senior industry figures ahead of the implementation of the changes proposed in the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.

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Ladbrokes Customer Services Director Sue Harley and Roger Parkes, former Director of Group Compliance at Betfair, will both work with the Commission in coming months and will provide expertise and insight to support the Commission’s work in regulating remote gambling operators based offshore.

Sue Harley joins the Commission in early April on a fixed term contract.* As an Executive Director, she will take on responsibility for a broad policy and management portfolio.

Roger Parkes is already working with the Commission, providing additional experience and input into the Commission’s preparations for implementation of the Bill.

These arrangements supplement the expertise in the Commission’s existing cross-functional teams in areas such as enforcement, legal, intelligence gathering and player protection.

Jenny Williams, Chief Executive at the Commission, said “We are delighted to have Sue and Roger working with us."

"Their experience and industry knowledge will prove invaluable as we move towards implementation of the changes to remote gambling regulation”.

Further information is available from our press office on (0121) 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: The Gambling Commission.

 

 

National Lottery Celebrates ‘Millionaire’ Turning Eleven

SAN SALVADOR, Republic of El Salvador (March 20, 2014) -- Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia de El Salvador (LNB) dedicated a recent draw to the anniversary of The Millionaire Eleven.

"This is a special day as we celebrate the 11 years of the release to market of our traditional lottery or as we call it "The Millionaire," with an issuance of 40 thousand tickets and the novelty of the system of accumulation,” said Mr. Armando Sanchez, General Manager of the LNB.

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11 years ago, the authorities of that time, took an important step to dare to change the amounts in the main prizes, ensuring this initiative benefit both the institution and the sales force and consumers.”

During this time, there are hundreds of people who Lottery has changed their lives by winning a "bit" or "full ticket", this institution along its 144 has always sought to go innovating games that are attractive to consumers, but before making any changes, the institution takes responsibly technical study with the primary objective to provide because we are all winners," Mr. Sanchez added.

In the draw was announced that soon make an official announcement of new structures of prizes to win more benefits for our consumers and are already approved by the Ministry of Finance with effect from 14th May.

During the initial phase of the draw with the presence of representatives of the children's home "Doctor Gustavo Magaña" from Abroad, through the Lottery program in action, delivering a donation consisting also became supplied uniforms and shoes for soccer that will come support to household children can play sports.

The draw was held in the multipurpose room of the headquarters of the LNB at 1:00 pm and featured the participation of artistic folk dance group "tichat Quituca" from the Pedagogical University of El Salvador.

SOURCE: Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia de El Salvador.

 

 

The Florida Lottery and Miami Heat Team Up for Another Win

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 24, 2014) -- The Florida Lottery and the Miami HEAT today announced the return of the Miami HEAT Playoff Experience Promotion. Beginning today, through Sunday, May 18, players who purchase a Florida Lottery BIG 3 POWER PACK at select retailers in the Miami and West Palm Beach areas will receive a voucher that contains a unique number to be entered on the Lottery’s website for a chance to win a fly-away trip to a 2014 Miami HEAT Playoff game, season tickets for the 2014-15 Miami HEAT season, player meet and greets, autographed merchandise and more.

Last year’s Miami HEAT promotion was a huge success,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “This partnership is a slam dunk for HEAT fans and Lottery players alike. We enjoy giving our players the opportunity to support a phenomenal Florida team and raise additional funds for our students and schools.”

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Two drawings will be held, the first on April 22 and the second on May 20, from vouchers submitted during the entry period for each drawing. One Grand Prize winner in each drawing will receive a fly-away trip for two to a 2014 Miami HEAT Playoff game. The HEAT Playoff Fly-away package will include airline tickets, hotel accommodations, game tickets and $1,000 cash. Other prizes include lower level tickets for two for the 2014-15 Miami HEAT season; regular season lower level home game tickets for the 2014-15 season with player meet and greets, locker room tours or a playoff game experience; the opportunity to attend a HEAT basketball clinic; and autographed merchandise. Additional information about the promotion is available on the Florida Lottery website.

It is an honor to once again partner with the Florida Lottery on the Miami HEAT Playoff Experience Promotion,” said Eric Woolworth, President of Business Operations for The HEAT Group. “This promotion is truly a win-win in that it generates important funds for education while getting HEAT fans excited for playoff basketball at the same time.” 

About The Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $26 billion to education and sending more than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires.

For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

 

Kentucky Lottery Sales Hold Steady Through the Start of 2014

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 25, 2014) -- At Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s (KLC’s) board of directors, it was announced FY14 sales continue to beat last year’s results but are below budget.

Total year-to-date sales through February were $564.4 million, which is $12.7 million more than the same period in the previous fiscal year but $18.5 million less than budgeted. Sales were spurred by the launch of Keno in November.

Sales of that product line have been $14.6 million, which is $3.9 million more than budgeted for the period. An additional 100 retailers have been added since the game’s launch.

Income before transfer of dividends to the Commonwealth for the FY to date was $150.5 million, which is $3.5 million more than last year but $742,000 less than budgeted.

Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO Howard Kline told the board revenue projections for the remainder of the FY appear to show the KLC will meet the dividends amount the Commonwealth expects for the year.

Kline added, “We’ve seen a great rebound in sales over the past five weeks, thanks in part to a solid jackpot run by our Mega Millions game and player interest in our new $25 anniversary scratch-off ticket.”

In other action, the board re-elected Keith Griffee as chair. The Bullitt County resident serves as a market president for PBI Bank.

June Hudson, a retiree from Benton, was also re-elected as vice chair.

The board also approved contracts with:

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  • Smartplay International for drawing machine maintenance and repair services;
  • Garron Lottery Products for draw machines, ball sets and related services;
  • Delehanty Consulting LLC for third-party security assessment and related services;
  • Fortune Realty for the lease of the Lexington regional office and warehouse space, and;
  • Goldberg Simpson LLC and Valenti Handley & Robinson for legal services.

 

Rules and regulations for 14 scratch-off tickets and an amendment to the rules for the draw game 5 Card Cash were also approved.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be May 30. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.

Kentucky Lottery (www.kylottery.com)

Kentucky Lottery proceeds now go to college grant, scholarship and literacy programs. The Kentucky Lottery has contributed more than $2 billion for need-based grant and merit-based scholarship programs since 1998.  The KLC also contributes $3 million annually to adult literacy development programs and "Read to Achieve", an early childhood reading program.  Since its inception in 1989, the Kentucky Lottery has sent more than $4 billion to the Commonwealth.

CONTACT: Sara Westerman, Communications Specialist, Phone: 502-560-1677, Fax: 502-560-1670.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery (www.kylottery.com)

 

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New Hampshire Lottery Celebrates 50 Years

Nation’s first Lottery has delivered 50 years of winning, $3.2 billion in prizes and over $1.5 billion to education

CONCORD, New Hampshire (March 12, 2014) -- The country’s first Lottery is celebrating 50th years of winning and delivering over $1.5 billion to education in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Lottery is marking the milestone with exciting new opportunities for players to continue the winning tradition along with the introduction of a new, limited edition $25 Granite Millions commemorative scratch ticket, with a top prize of $2 million and the highest overall payout in the United States of $25 million in prizes to be won.

The New Hampshire Lottery formally kicked off its 50th celebration this morning with Governor Maggie Hassan purchasing the first Granite Millions ticket at the State House. Eleven customer appreciation events will be held throughout the state starting this afternoon at the Bi-Wise Market in Allenstown and running through September.

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"Fifty years ago, we set out to bring the fun and excitement of winning to the people of New Hampshire, becoming the first Lottery in the nation,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “You might say the New Hampshire Lottery invented lucky and we intend on creating more lucky Lottery winners in the next 50 years!”

Governor John W. King signed the bill making New Hampshire home to the first state-run lottery in the nation on April 30, 1963 and the first tickets went on sale on March 12, 1964. Since its inception, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded more than $5 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $3.2 billion being paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Even more impressive has been the Lottery’s commitment to education. Net proceeds to education total more than $1.5 billion to date.

The heart of the New Hampshire Lottery is our commitment to education,” continued McIntyre. “Throughout the past 50 years the Lottery has been creating innovative new programs to help grow our profits, which are earmarked for education. Recent record Powerball jackpots, improvements to our scratch games, increased prize payouts, combined with the introduction of new games has contributed to record sales and more annual support for the school children of New Hampshire.”

From March through September the Lottery will be traveling throughout the state to 11 different retail locations to celebrate 50 years by offering customers a fun experience, free food and numerous opportunities to win, including a $50,000 anniversary giveaway contest, $50 instant cash prizes, and several in-store promotions.

For example, customers who celebrate on March 12th by purchasing a New Hampshire Powerball®, New Hampshire Mega Millions®, New Hampshire Hot Lotto® Sizzler, Tri-State Megabucks℠ Plus, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games or a Lucky For Life® ticket from 11am to 1pm will receive a free Tri-State Gimme 5 ticket.

On March 16th – 29th, from 6am – Midnight, customers who buy a SINGLE $8 or greater Lucky For Life ticket will have the chance of winning $50 instantly.

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There will be twenty prizes of $50 awarded per day for the two week period – over $14,000 in prizes!

A LUCKY Tax Day promotion is planned for April 15th and each hour from 6 am - Midnight one prize of $1,040 will be awarded at random for those who buy a single $5 or greater Tri-State Megabucks℠ ticket.

There are numerous games and promotions throughout the year and multiple chances to win on www.nhlottery.com/lucky.

The first customer appreciation event will be on March 12th from 12 – 3 pm at the Bi-Wise Market, 39 Allenstown Road in Allenstown.

Customers can also win on the web at www.nhlottery.com/lucky by entering the $50,000 giveaway contest. NH Lottery Replay members can replay their single non-winning $5 or greater Tri-State draw game tickets for a chance to win $50 at www.nhlotteryreplay.com.

The celebration will also continue on the New Hampshire Lottery’s Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/NewHampshireLottery.

Each week, Lottery Facebook fans – new and old alike – may enter a weekly drawing to win two of the $25 Granite Millions instant scratch tickets.

I want to thank executive director McIntyre, Lottery commissioners Debra Douglas, Paul Holloway, Doug Scamman, and Lottery staff for their dedication to creating a professional, innovative and industry-leading organization that has delivered so much to support education in our state,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Their commitment helps the Lottery succeed and strengthens the future of New Hampshire.”

 

 

About New Hampshire Lottery

Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has had a significant financial impact on the state.  For the past 50 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded more than $5.0 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $3.2 billion being paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Net proceeds to education total more than $1.5 billion to date.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission, located at 14 Integra Drive in Concord, currently manages all lottery operations in the state, including instant games, New Hampshire Powerball®, New Hampshire Mega Millions®, New Hampshire Hot Lotto® Sizzler, Tri-State Megabucks℠ Plus, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games, Gimme 5, Fast Play games and Lucky For Life®.

SOURCE: New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

 

 

Veikkaus Annual General Meeting: the Full-Year 2013 Earnings €506.3 Million to be Distributed as Directed in Accordance with the Distribution Act

FINLAND (March 20, 2014) -- The Annual General Meeting of the Veikkaus the Board of Directors decided to allocate for the full year 2013 profit of EUR 506 300 000 to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture and games, supervised by the Ministry of Interior for distribution to Finnish arts, sports, science and youth work.

Per capita, distribution of our proceeds to society is the largest gaming companies. In addition, the General Meeting decided to allocate €25.6 million from the reserve fund in order it to pay the state for distribution to the agreed €531.9 million euros.

Veikkaus' retained earnings are further divided into the Finnish welfare as directed in accordance with the distribution Act: Arts 38.5 per cent, 25 per cent of physical science by 17.5 per cent and nine per cent to youth work.

In addition, the budget is allocated each year to these same parties 10% of the specified separately by the way.

Veikkaus paid to the State in 2013 lottery tax of EUR 99.8 million (+1.1%), as well as value-added tax of € 21.9 million (+1.9%).

SOURCE: Oy Veikkaus.

 

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Budget Bingo Tax Cut to Create and Save Hundreds of Jobs and Revitalize Industry

Industry welcomes tax cut and unveils plans for the future

LONDON, U.K. (March 25, 2014) -- The UK bingo industry has welcomed last week’s Budget tax cut and announced plans to reinvest the savings in jobs and revitalising the sector.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne today visited Castle Leisure’s Cardiff bingo club, where he met staff and members, as part of a series of visits to Wales following last week’s Budget.

Castle Leisure runs 11 bingo clubs, with eight in South Wales and three in England. The company plans to use some of the money they will save in Bingo Duty to bring forward a 3.5% pay-rise for staff by six weeks, so that they receive it before Christmas.

Castle will also create 100 new jobs in the next three years by increasing their capital investment substantially. They will now invest £5.5 million in refurbishing their existing clubs and £7.5 million in developing a new bingo club.

The Rank Group, which operates 97 Mecca Bingo clubs around the country, announced that it intends to open three new bingo halls as a result of the tax reduction. It will also restart its modernisation programme, which will involve at least £6 million capital investment over the next three years.

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As a result, the Rank Group expects to create more than 200 new jobs and safeguard many existing ones. They are also committing to pass on some of the savings to members in the form of lower prices and bigger prizes.

Gala Bingo has announced that it too will pass on some of the benefits of the tax cut to its customers. It will open a new club in Southampton, investing £5 million and creating 50 new jobs. Plans to close nine clubs will be scrapped, saving almost 200 jobs. Gala will also reinvest £40 million in stepping up its programme of club refurbishments.

Crown Bingo, an independent operator, has said that the tax cut means that its Portsmouth club, which was facing closure, will now receive the investment it needs to save it, protecting the jobs of its 25 members of staff, some of whom have worked for Crown for over 25 years.

The Bingo Association has welcomed the decision to reduce tax on Bingo on behalf of all its members including the 51 independent Bingo Companies and the two larger chains, Mecca and Gala. Its members have committed to reinvesting the tax saved in a number of different ways.

Early indications are that they will create new jobs and safeguard many more existing ones. Bingo club members will see facilities invested in and modernised, they will see new bingo clubs open, and value to customers in some clubs will also increase through reduced prices or improved prizes.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:

Bingo clubs up and down the country support many jobs. By cutting in half the tax that they pay, we are backing an industry that is so much more than the sum of its parts.”

Miles Baron, Chief Executive of the Bingo Association, said:

We are already seeing evidence that the duty reduction on bingo will be transformational for operators and customers. The Bingo Association wants to thank bingo fans and players, the MPs who got behind us and the Chancellor, for delivering the stimulus we needed. Communities across the country will now benefit from investment in premises, jobs and better value for customers.”

Jeff Harris, Chief Executive of Castle Leisure, added:

This tax cut means that we can reinvest money in growing the business and creating jobs. It will make a huge difference to Castle, our staff and the communities we serve.”

The Budget announced a cut in the rate of Bingo Duty from 20% to 10% to support bingo clubs. This will benefit all bingo operators in the UK. In 2012, there were 400 bingo clubs, employing 12,000 people. Six million people are retail members of the Bingo Association, half of them playing regularly.

SOURCE: Press Release, HM Treasury, Minister: The Rt. Hon George Osborne MP.

 

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Lottery Association Critical of Inequable Gambling Tax Rates

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (March 25, 2014) – The Association of operators of central lottery systems and other games ("SPELOS") said it strongly disagrees with the information that the Ministry of Finance comment that Závodský Andrew, Deputy Minister of Finance, presented to the media. The Association says it is apparently an attempt to re-raise the tax burden on lottery companies.

According to information published in Hospodářské of March 25, 2014, the Ministry of Finance is preparing differences in tax levels, with the VLT + VHP state tax at the highest rate. They should at least be raising taxes for odds betting. And, somewhere between these segments should then be casinos.

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SPELOS members are already burdened by VHP and VLT and, addition to the 20% lottery tax an additional fee of CZK55 for each day of operation, which together account for almost 30% of the tax that is directly of turnover, without application of any cost.

Moreover lottery companies cannot deduct VAT and obviously applies to income tax. Other tax increases is therefore no liquidation.

"I do not understand why it should be opposed tax rate for casinos and other gaming sites, though both may be the same device. We consider this step discriminates against operators who do not have their facilities located in casinos. Moreover, while all the instruments placed in restaurants and amusement arcades - the VHP and the VLT are to have the new maximum bet 2 or 5 crowns, which are outdated limits of the early nineties, at exactly the same equipment, but placed in casinos, this level will be approximately ten or 50 crowns, which I think is nonsense. Equally incomprehensible to me is an effort to unify MF betting limits for obsolete VHP and modern VLT, which are far more sophisticated and technologically advanced and state supervision as well as transparent. In addition, enable online checking, various security measures and registration of players and thus prevent the game not only to young people, but also socially weak. Therefore the operator as a much higher investment,” added Vrzáň.

SPELOS will also monitor the progress of the Ministry in relation to the operators of online games that are equal in terms of EU VLT and VHP. This procedure so far seems to be conceptually unclear. A number of studies have also clearly shown that the dependency potential in both the aforementioned segment of the same or at least comparable to that of women for online games pose far greater risks.

SOURCE: SPELOS press release.

 

 

INTRALOT Peru Achieves WLA Level 3 Certification in Responsible Gaming

LIMA, Peru (March 27, 2014) -- INTRALOT Peru, the leading lottery and sports betting company in Peru has been granted Level 3 Responsible Gaming Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA), becoming one of the first lotteries in the Latin American region to achieve such accreditation.

The certification is a result of coordinated efforts and a reward to effective implementation of INTRALOT Group’s industry standards compliance framework, implemented to the subsidiaries of the Group worldwide. WLA Responsible Gaming Level 3 certification corresponds to the planning and implementation of the international responsible gaming framework defined by the WLA.

Ms. Belkis Diaz, Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager of INTRALOT Peru

Ms. Belkis Diaz, Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager of INTRALOT Peru, mentioned "We are very proud of this achievement and the effort and commitment of all our partners and stakeholders, as without them this would not have been possible. We will continue working towards the advancement of responsible gaming as it furthers both issues of compliance and sustainability through the creation of shared value for our customers and society.”

Recognized as the global authority on the lottery business, The World Lottery Association (WLA) is a member-based organization whose mission is to advance the interests of state-authorized lotteries.

Further to the implementation of the responsible gaming program, as recognized by the certification, INTRALOT Peru will continue to focus on continuous improvement of the WLA program.

About INTRALOT

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 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.700 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

CONTACT: INTRALOT de Perú SAC, Milena Chávez Maggi, Phone: +511 513-5555 / +511 513-5539, Email: milena.chavez@intralot.com.pe.

SOURCE: INTRALOT Peru (www.intralot.com.pe).

 

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La Fleur’s 2014 World Lottery Almanac Released

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (March 26th, 2014) --The La Fleur’s 2014 World Lottery Almanac has been released and will begin shipping on Monday, March 31st. The 2014 World Lottery Almanac book costs $800 plus shipment costs. With the required purchase of the 2014 World Lottery Almanac book, there are additional options to purchase the Excel Database. You can purchase the LaFleur's 2014 World Lottery Almanac by clicking this link.

The 488-page La Fleur’s 2014 World Lottery Almanac is the complete reference source on the $284 billion worldwide lottery industry.

This edition features the Internet & Mobile Report, showcasing the calendar 2013 vs. 2012 total online sale & instant online sales for lotteries worldwide. The tables examine online sales as a percentage of a lottery's total sales & total instant sales. Growth is also measure by a 2013 versus 2012 analysis of online sales.

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Section I features a “Fast Facts” compilation of data on North American lotteries, including start up history, guide to product mix, government profits earmarking including by program, and video lottery terminal guide.

Section II features four-page profiles on 45 U.S., five Canadian and six Australasian lotteries. Each profile traces the lottery’s calendar 2013 versus 2012 sales by game (instant, 3-digit, 4-digit, lotto, cash lotto, keno, VLTs, niche games), its calendar 2013 versus 2012 instant sales by price point ($1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $7, $10, $20) and its projected fiscal 2014 versus fiscal 2013 ad budgets by media and by game. Each profile tracks the lottery’s five-year annual sales by game from fiscal 2009 through fiscal 2013. Each profile features the number and the percentage of total, instant and draw retailers by type of business, plus each retailer’s fiscal 2013 total, instant and draw sales.

Section III is divided into seven chapters: worldwide lottery sales; fiscal 2013 sales, profit and expense analysis; the retailer network; ad expenditures; historical analysis; contractor survey; and calendar 2013 U.S. lotteries’ weekly sales by game.

The worldwide lottery sales chapter tracks calendar 2013 traditional game sales and VLT net machine income in local currency and converted to U.S. currency for 181 lotteries worldwide, including rankings by total and per capita sales for instant, lotto, total, keno, toto and draw games. There is a separate section on VLT net machine income rankings.

The historical analysis section features the U.S., Canadian and Australian lotteries’ annual sales by year for the past decade for instant, pulltab, 3-digit numbers, 4-digit numbers, in-state lotto, cash lotto, bloc lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, fast draw and daily keno and video lottery terminals.

The contractor guide features a monetary guide to U.S. lotteries’ instant ticket and draw system contracts. In addition, there is a worldwide guide to instant printers and terminal system contracts by lottery organization.  The appendix includes a glossary of terms.

SOURCE: TLF Publications, Inc.

 

 

Hoosier Millionaire TV Shows Kick-Off in Evansville

Players still have a chance to participate!

INDIANAPOLIS (March 24, 2014) - The Hoosier Millionaire Show is back and it kicks off in Evansville this week! After nearly a decade, Hoosiers will have a chance to hear host Tony Lamont say the iconic words, "From Evansville, it's time to play Hoosier Millionaire!"

Hoosier Millionaire fans who are hoping to be contestants on the Evansville show at the Centre Theatre on Thursday, March 27 still have a chance! They can enter their non-winning Hoosier Millionaire tickets for the chance to be selected at the show, on the spot, to be the show's sixth contestant.

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That lucky player will join the five who were chosen from non-winning ticket entries at: www.hoosierlottery.com and will compete for the chance to appear on the 25th Anniversary Championship show!

Entry into the show is free and theatre doors open at 5 p.m. Hoosier Millionaire fans are welcome at that time, as seating will be limited. Entertainment will be provided until the selection of the sixth contestant at approx. 6:30 p.m. The show will begin at approx. 7 p.m.

Tony Mark Barbara 283Longtime Hoosier Millionaire favorites Mark Patrick, Tony Lamont and Barbara Hobbs will be hosting the road shows throughout the state, as well as at the finale, stirring up the nostalgia of years past.

The top prize winner of the Evansville show will be joined by the top winners of the shows slated for Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, New Albany, Elkhart and Indianapolis. The six players will then compete in the 25th Anniversary Championship show at the Indiana State Fair on August 16 for the chance to be the next Hoosier Millionaire.

The Evansville contestants selected from their mylottery entries are Tiffany DeVon of Elkhart, Jack Binkley of Wolcottville, Scott Sparling of Crown Point, Mark Lutzow of Crown Point and Ty Kipker of Warsaw.

The first five contestants for the Fort Wayne show have been selected and are Rick Rhodes of Kokomo, Mary Jane Head of Alexandria, Glenda Catt of Peru, Jeanette Bogacki of Evansville and Susie Saunders of Columbus. As with the Evansville show, the sixth contestant for Fort Wayne will be chosen from non-winning Hoosier Millionaire tickets entered on-site.

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There are still opportunities to enter non-winning Hoosier Millionaire tickets in the mylottery second chance drawings for the Terre Haute, New Albany, Elkhart and Indianapolis shows at: www.hoosierlottery.com. Players are also welcome to attend any of the shows and enter their non-winning tickets onsite.

Details on the specific locations of the shows, entry deadlines and how to participate are available on the Web site.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

About The Hoosier Lottery

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.

To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please CONTACT: Stephanie McFarland, Email: smcfarland@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 




 

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