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Vol. 66 No.3 - Monday January 20, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories





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  • Colorado Department of Revenue Welcomes Laura Solano as the New Director of the Colorado Lottery. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Renews the ISO 9001:2008 Certification for Betting Operations. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games and Hasbro Expand License Deals to Include New Channels, Brands and Territories. Full Story.
  • JELLY BELLY® Joins Pollard Banknote’s Ever-Growing Family of Licensed Brands. Full Story.
  • iGaming North America Conference Announce Partnership with North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Full Story.
  • New Mexico Lottery Sales Increase 26 Percent in December. Full Story.
  • Connecticut Lottery’s “50/50 Super Draw” Game with Unlimited Jackpot Prize is Back! Full Story.
  • Latest Instant Games Launched by La Française des Jeux. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Will Broadcast Amber Alerts Via In-Store Monitors Throughout State. Full Story.
  • Eastern Iowa Barbershop Quartet Stars in New Lottery Commercials. Full Story.
  • A New Year and a New Powerball Game Enhancement Beginning on January 22, 2014. Full Story.
  • New York Lottery Releases Scratch Ticket with Jackpot of $7.5 million. Full Story.
  • Georgia Lottery Posts Educational Transfers Totalling $15 Billion. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Unveils Mobile App. Full Story.
  • 87% of Exhibitor Space Already Sold for the 2014 Australasian Gaming Expo. Full Story.






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Colorado Department of Revenue Welcomes Laura Solano as the New Director of the Colorado Lottery

DENVER, Colorado (January 16, 2014) -- The Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) welcomes Laura Solano as the new Director of the Colorado Lottery

Solano will report directly to the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue and be responsible for managing and directing the activities of the Lottery Division including: Administration, Marketing, Sales and Distribution, Market Research, Advertising, Security and Vendor Relations.

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The Lottery Director also works closely with the Lottery Commission, which plays an important role in the oversight and governance of the Colorado Lottery.

Solano comes to the Colorado Lottery from the McClelland Children’s Foundation in Pueblo as the Business Manager and as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Colorado State University in Pueblo. 

She has an array of experience in managing and leading operational initiatives, delivering projects and organizational growth, having spent seven years as the Vice President of Learning at Pueblo Community College and Dean of Business and Technology.

Solano brings with her experience in business management, technology, finance, contract management, and strategic planning.  

Solano holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Colorado.  She is a Pueblo, Colorado native and is active in the community.

CONTACT: Daria Serna, Communications Director State of Colorado, Department of Revenue Office: 303.866.5303 / Cell: 720.305.8687 / Email: daria.serna@state.co.us

SOURCE: State of Colorado, Department of Revenue.

 

 

INTRALOT Renews the ISO 9001:2008 Certification for Betting Operations

ATHENS, Greece (January 14, 2014) -- INTRALOT and its subsidiary, Betting Company S.A., were awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification after being audited and found to be in accordance with the requirements of the certification’s management standards covering all of their activities. The whole certification process was conducted by the globally recognized Bureau Veritas. Betting Company has been certified with the ISO 9001:2008 since 2003.

The current certification covers the whole range of the company activities that have already been certified in the past, as well as its new services. More precisely, it covers the design, organization, operation, risk management, operational support, training, consultancy and promotion of fixed odds betting games, and pool betting games with regard to betting on sports and non–sporting events, betting on greyhound and horse races and betting through alternative channels.

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Mr. Nikolaos Skayannis, INTRALOT Group Director of Betting, commented on the certification: “We are very pleased to receive this certification. At INTRALOT Group our continuous effort and focus is to remain compliant with the highest international security and quality standards. The ISO 9001:2008 certification that INTRALOT and our subsidiary Betting Company succeeded to re-achieve serves exactly this strategy.”

About INRALOT (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 56 jurisdictions, more than 5.500 people and revenues of €1.4 billion for 2012, 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: INRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games and Hasbro Expand License Deals to Include New Channels, Brands and Territories

Agreements Include Perennial Player Favourite MONOPOLY Brand

NEW YORK and PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island (January 9, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) and Hasbro, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAS) today announced the successful execution of amendments to their long-term licensing agreements.  The amended agreements provide Scientific Games with access to new channels of distribution, additional brands and extended geographic territories. 

The amendments expand the existing Scientific Games lottery and WMS Gaming slot machine license agreements to expand the brands for real-money internet wagering and to now include many Hasbro brands in social casino gaming channels of distribution. 

The agreements feature a number of popular Hasbro brands, including the MONOPOLY brand, one of the most well-recognized and successful licensed gaming entertainment brands in the world.  The duration of these licensing agreements has also been extended from 2017 through 2020, with a potential additional three-year extension.

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"Expanding our licensing agreements and working more comprehensively with one of our most valued licensees allows us to build on our strong brand presence in the lottery and casino gaming world," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro.  "We've enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with both Scientific Games and WMS and their combination presents us with exciting opportunities as we centralize key brands with one licensee across multiple gaming distribution channels."

WMS and Scientific Games have independently had portfolio licensing agreements with Hasbro since 1997 and 2003, respectively. 

The MONOPOLY brand has been the number one licensed brand in the lottery industry and among the top licensed brands in slot machines during the course of these licenses. 

Under the expanded license agreements, Scientific Games has secured the rights to license a number of Hasbro brands, including the MONOPOLY brand, in the real-money internet wagering and social casino gaming channels of distribution.

Scientific Games will gain access to additional Hasbro brands in these channels over the term of the agreement.  Scientific Games has also secured the rights to license seven additional Hasbro brands for its slot machine portfolio and expanded the territories for its lottery licensing rights.

"We know the importance of convergence in today's marketing environment, so we are gratified to expand our relationship with Hasbro and leverage opportunities that will arise from employing Hasbro brands with strong consumer appeal across multiple channels simultaneously," said Steve Saferin, President, Properties Group and Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games.

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"The acquisition of WMS has enabled Scientific Games to extend and expand its licenses with Hasbro and to create a one-stop solution for lottery, casino and online gaming for gaming operators." 

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.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Scientific Games Corporation:

 

Investor Relations:

Cindi Buckwalter, (212) 754-2233

William Pfund, (847) 785-3167

 

Media Relations:

Aimee Remey, (212) 754-2233

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Investor Relations:

Debbie Hancock, (401) 727-5401

 

Media Relations:

Julie Duffy, (401) 727-5931

 

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation

 

 

JELLY BELLY® Joins Pollard Banknote’s Ever-Growing Family of Licensed Brands

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (January 14, 2014) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) announced today that Jelly Belly® is now one of the company’s latest licensed brands. This new license acquisition allows Pollard Banknote to offer its clients the opportunity to leverage the Jelly Belly® brand’s worldwide popularity and provide lottery players with a sweet new instant gaming option.

The Jelly Belly Candy Company has made candy since 1898, and introduced the Jelly Belly® gourmet jelly bean in 1976. Almost 40 years and 50 official flavors later, Jelly Belly® has become the world’s most popular jelly bean—selling more than 14 billion jelly beans every year. In fact, if the number of Jelly Belly® jelly beans eaten in a single year were placed end-to-end, they would circle the Earth five and a half times! With a phenomenal 94% brand awareness, it’s no surprise that Jelly Belly® is the number one gourmet jelly bean brand in the market, boasting worldwide brand recognition.

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We’re pleased to be able to offer the Jelly Belly® brand to our lottery clients. In addition to its exceptional brand awareness, Jelly Belly Candy Company delivers a multi-level marketing platform, including over 700 year-round special events, an aggressive sports sponsorship program, and more than 750,000 visitors a year who tour their facilities in both California and Wisconsin,” said Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote.

By combining the high degree of exposure and awareness of Jelly Belly® jelly beans with Pollard Banknote’s eye-catching and whimsical designs, innovative print technologies such as our multi-color translucent marking system, and the opportunity to incorporate our turnkey integrated marketing and promotional programs, lotteries can effectively reach a receptive audience who are open to purchasing brand-related merchandise, including instant games that are faithful to the highly-successful, bright and flavorful Jelly Belly® brand.”

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: Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Telephone: (204) 474-2323 / Email: saiello@pbl.ca.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

 

iGaming North America Conference Announce Partnership with North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries

LAS VEGAS, USA (January 10, 2014) -- The iGaming North America Conference (March 19-21, 2014) announced today a strategic marketing partnership with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (www.NASPL.org).  NASPL was founded in 1971 evolving from an informal information exchange to a leading association representing 52 lottery organizations, making it a natural partner of this dedicated North American iGaming conference and exhibition.

Lotteries in the US and Canada are increasingly bringing their products online in innovative ways.  So we’re excited to welcome NASPL onboard as a supporting association and pleased to reach out to the lottery community as both attendees and speakers,” commented Sue Schneider, founder of eGaming Brokerage and partner on the conference.

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"NASPL is pleased to participate in a partnership for the North American iGaming conference and look forward to attending this event.  It’s a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas in this ever-growing field” said David Gale, executive director for NASPL.

As well as support from NASPL the iGaming North America Conference is also supported by a number of other leading associations such as the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), the Gaming Standards Association (GSA), the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) and the Remote Gambling Association (RGA).

iGaming North America will host its 4th annual conference March 19-21 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. For more information on other supporting associations and publications which are supporting the conference again this year, you can find the list at: Click Here.

For Press Queries contact: Tracey Daniel, iGaming Business, Email: Tracey@iGamingBusiness.com, Phone: +44 (0) 207 954 3417.

About iGaming North America

The 2014 iGaming North America conference marks the fourth year of this unique networking and educational event designed to introduce the land-based gaming businesses of North America to the global iGaming industry. Our aim is to provide a cost-effective networking environment that helps foster understanding regarding the potential impacts of regulation of internet gambling in the U.S. and Canada, and provides critical information regarding the players, resources, legislative framework and topics that are important to all of the parties that comprise the important commercial gaming segment. With the surge in activity at both the state/provincial as well as federal levels, the time is right for all of the operators, consultants, vendors and suppliers focused on the North American audience to come together for this important informational event.

Please visit: www.iGamingNorthAmerica.com for further information

SOURCE: iGaming North America.

 

 

New Mexico Lottery Sales Increase 26 Percent in December

Another $4 Million for College Scholarships

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (January 9, 2014) – New Mexico Lottery ticket sales jumped 26 percent in December.

Preliminary gross sales for the month came to approximately $13.7 million, up from $10.8 million in December 2012.

David Barden, the New Mexico Lottery’s Interim CEO, said the December sales increase was driven by the $656 million Mega Millions® jackpot, the game’s second-largest prize ever.

Our players wanted a chance to be a part of lottery history and they rushed to stores,” Barden said. 

He added that in the hours immediately preceding the Dec. 17 drawing, players across New Mexico were buying Mega Millions tickets at a rate of approximately $3,000 a minute.

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$4 Million for College Scholarships

From December sales of $13.7 million, Barden said the lottery will deliver approximately

$4 million to the state’s Legislative Lottery Scholarship program, up from $3.2 million in December 2012.

Every time they buy a lottery ticket, our players help put higher education within reach of more students,” Barden said.

By statute, the New Mexico Lottery is required to return at least 30 percent of net revenues to the scholarship fund.  With December revenues of approximately $4 million, the lottery will have delivered a total of $21 million in revenues in the first half of Fiscal Year 2014.  

New Mexico Lottery players won $4.8 million in December, bringing total prizes won so far in Fiscal Year 2014 to $35.2 million.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $589 million for education and more than 90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.  More than 43,300 of those students have already earned their college degrees. 

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).

CONTACT: Lottery Communications Office, (505) 342-7616, (800) 642-6689, ext. 7616, Email: media@nmlottery.com.

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

 

Connecticut Lottery’s “50/50 Super Draw” Game with Unlimited Jackpot Prize is Back!

50/50 Super Draw Ticket Sales Begin Sunday, January 12

ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (January 10, 2014) -- Back by popular demand—50/50 Super Draw—the only CT Lottery game with an UNLIMITED jackpot prize!

Starting Sunday, January 12, tickets for the 50/50 Super Draw game will go on sale for $5 each. 

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When 50/50’s drawing is held on Monday, March 17 to randomly select one jackpot winning ticket number, one lucky ticket holder will win 50 percent of the total sales!

Tickets are sold in sequential order, starting with ticket number 000001.  Sales will end on March 16. 

The 50/50 Super Draw game’s jackpot prize is truly unique,” said Anne M. Noble, President and CEO for the CT Lottery.  “It’s the only CT Lottery game that offers a jackpot with an unlimited prize potential.”

50/50 Super Draw game odds change daily, based on ticket sales.  Regardless of how many tickets are sold, 50/50’s jackpot winner is guaranteed to receive a minimum prize of $100,000. 

For more information about 50/50 Super Draw, and daily updates on the jackpot prize amount as it grows, visit ctlottery.org or join us now on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery).

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.

CONTACT:  Valerie Guglielmo (860) 713-2702, Fax:  (860) 713-2695 / Web: www.ctlottery.org.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.

 

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Latest Instant Games Launched by La Française des Jeux

‘Défoulo’, A New Scratch Game To Let Off Steam From Daily Life Problems

FRANCE (January 14, 2014) -- On January 9th, FDJ launched a new permanent instant game ‘DEFOULO.’

The ticket features a small doll covered in eight pieces of multi-colored fabric, as many scratch areas representing daily life hassles: clingy mother-in-law, unbearable boss, noisy neighbours, crowded bus… In order to win, the player needs to find identical pairs of symbols.

The game costs €2 and offers players chances of winning up to €15,000.

The launch of ‘DEFOULO’ has many objectives:

  • Attract new players, but also win back old ones
  • Boost and broaden the range of instant games through a permanent and humorous offer
  • Generate additional sales of €140 million.

Chances of winning a prize are 1 in 3.39. Furthermore, players have more than one (1) chance out of ten (10) to double their stake, and the best odds among €1, €2, €3 games on €20 winnings.

Limited editions starting in May and October 2014, such as ‘Vacances à l’eau’ (Cancelled holidays) and ‘Réveillon fiasco’ (New Year’s Eve fiasco) will be available in point of sales and on fdj.fr website.

Happy 2014! the new scratch game for the New Year

On December 26th, to celebrate the New Year, FDJ launched a new instant game ‘Happy 2014’.

Happy 2014 is a temporary instant game, priced at €3, offering a €30,000 top prize.

The ticket features 12 “happy little men” matching 12 months of the year.

If the player finds two (2) identical symbols under one or more characters, he can cumulate his winnings (from €6 to €30,000). In addition, the player wins the amount revealed by the bonus area.

Chances of winning a prize are 1 in 4.59.

For more information, please CONTACT: Antonia Dadoun – Market Intelligence & International Relations, Email: adadoun@lfdj.com or Aurelia De Foucaucourt – Market Intelligence & International Relations, Email: adefoucaucourt@lfdj.com.

SOURCE: La Française des Jeux

 

 

Illinois Lottery Will Broadcast Amber Alerts Via In-Store Monitors Throughout State

CHICAGO, Illinois (January 13, 2014) -- As the nation recognizes National AMBER Alert Awareness Day, the Illinois Lottery today announced that it will partner with state and local law enforcement agencies to provide assistance in broadcasting AMBER Alerts via the Lottery’s advertising monitors used in more than 8,200 Lottery retailers throughout the state.

Child abduction is one of the worst nightmares any family can experience. The Illinois Lottery recognizes the importance and effectiveness of the AMBER Alert system, and is honored to be able to assist throughout the state,” said Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones.

The Illinois AMBER Alert Notification Plan is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and the National Weather Service to activate urgent bulletins in the most serious child abduction cases. This is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of children.

Since a majority of Lottery retailers are located near highways and transportation hubs throughout the state, this vast network of retailers will greatly increase message delivery for each Alert.

During an AMBER Alert, the Illinois Lottery will:

  • Send an immediate message to approximately 8,200 Lottery retailers statewide
  • Display the message along with pictures of the abducted child (when available) on Lottery in-store display monitors statewide.
  • Feature the repeating message for 20 seconds every 60 to 90 seconds, until the alert is cancelled.

 

Citizens in Illinois can take pride in the fact that they can help each and every time a child is abducted by simply being aware of their surroundings and reporting what they see to law enforcement,” said Illinois AMBER Alert Coordinator Craig Burge. “This collaborative effort will continue to provide the basis for the success of AMBER Alerts for years to come, he added.

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In 1996, nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while playing near her home in Arlington, Texas, and murdered. In response to community concern, the Texas Association of Radio Managers, with the assistance of Texas’ local area law enforcement, created the first AMBER Plan. All fifty states now have similar plans. Since the program’s inception, over 670 abducted children across the country have been safely recovered as a direct result of AMBER Alerts.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please visit the AMBER Alert website at www.amberillinois.org or call the Illinois Clearinghouse for Missing Children at 1-800-843-5763 (1-800 U HELP ME).

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

CONTACT: Chanele Newton 312-368-5814.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

Eastern Iowa Barbershop Quartet Stars in New Lottery Commercials

Members Are From Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City and Blairstown

DES MOINES, Iowa (January 13, 2014) -- A men's barbershop quartet from eastern Iowa has a starring role in commercials running statewide to promote four new Iowa Lottery games.

The television and radio spots, which started airing Monday, feature the SwitchBack quartet on stage, smiling broadly and singing to the camera. The members of the quartet, outfitted in eye-catching silver jackets, sing a harmonic jingle about the lottery's "Make My Day™," "Make My Week™," "Make My Month™," and "Make My Year™" instant-scratch games.

SwitchBack's members are: John Hayden from Blairstown, Lee Thomsen from Marion, Erik Sherard from Cedar Rapids and Terry Blessing from Iowa City. All four have collegiate singing experience, three are members of the Harmony Hawks Barbershop Chorus in Cedar Rapids, and two are music educators in school districts in Linn and Benton counties.

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The group was formed in late fall 2012 when Hayden, Thomsen and Sherard needed a substitute to complete their quartet. Blessing joined the group, the other men switched parts to accommodate the new voice and that's how the name "SwitchBack" was born.

"That's part of the source of our name," Thomsen said. "SwitchBack is this switching around."

SwitchBack was chosen by a selection committee for the lottery spots from many video and audio files featuring quartets from across the state. The commercials were produced by a music arranger, an advertising agency and production studios based in Iowa.

Teri Wood, the lottery's vice president of marketing, said the mid-December commercial production with SwitchBack progressed quickly.

"They just nailed the song in the script and that really helped keep things moving," she said. "It was a fun session. We're always glad when we can showcase local Iowa talent in our ads."

The lottery spots are the group's first commercial appearance.

"Now we can say we're studio recording artists," Hayden said with a smile.

Thomsen, 31, sings bass in the lottery's production. He is a music teacher at Starry Elementary School in the Marion Independent School District and an assistant director of the Harmony Hawks.

Sherard, 31, the baritone voice in the lottery's production, said that even though the group has only been singing together for about a year, a strong friendship has developed amongst SwitchBack's members and their families.

"I like the sound and the brotherhood of being with just four guys in a quartet setting," he said. "You become really close."

Sherard said he thinks that participating in the lottery advertising campaign will bring recognition to the group.

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"It's fun to see and be part of the process," he said. "We've never done that before."

Hayden, 43, sings lead in the lottery's production. He teaches choral music in the Benton Community School District and directs the Harmony Hawks Barbershop Chorus. He said he enjoys the challenge of a cappella singing.

"If it's not good, it's bad; that's the thing with barbershop," he said. "You either make that a cappella sound work or it's not there."

Blessing, 30, who sings tenor in the lottery's production, said that family, jobs, and other commitments make it difficult for SwitchBack to rehearse more than three or four times a month, but each quartet member works individually to master their voice part.

"With only four there's nowhere to hide," he said. "You have to know your stuff."

SwitchBack participated in a regional barbershop quartet competition in Kansas City, Mo., this past fall and hopes to qualify in April for an international competition scheduled this summer in Las Vegas.

The lottery's new Make My Day™, Make My Week™, Make My Month™ and Make My Year™ scratch games hit the market Monday. The group of tickets has a similar look, feel and gameplay, but varies in size, cost and prizes offered. The price point and top prize increase with the length of time indicated in the game's name. For example, players can win up to $5,000 playing the $1 Make My Day™ game, but can win up to $100,000 playing the $10 Make My Year™ game. Players scratch the "stars" in the playing area on each ticket and match game symbols to win prizes.

SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.

 

 

A New Year and a New Powerball Game Enhancement Beginning on January 22, 2014

TRENTON, New Jersey (January 15, 2013) – Beginning with the Wednesday, January 22, 2014 draw, Powerball players will have the opportunity to double, triple, quadruple or even quintuple their prizes when they purchase their Powerball ticket with the enhanced Power Play option.

The new Power Play option changes the original Power Play set prize amounts to variable prize amounts based on a randomly generated multiplier drawn with each game draw.

The Power Play multiplier will increase the prize amount by 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x when a ticket is purchased with the Power Play option. Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director said, “The current prize matrix has fixed prize amounts. The new matrix adds another level of player excitement with the potential to increase prize amounts by up to 5 times.” The customer add-on Power Play option will remain at $1 per play.

The Power Play option will not increase the Match 5 + 0 prize, which remains at $2,000,000, when the Power Play option is purchased with a ticket. Power Play will not multiply the Jackpot prize.

The price of a Powerball ticket will remain at $2 per play.

Below is the new game matrix detailing the prize amounts based on the Power Play multiplier number?

 

 

Powerball is played in 44 jurisdictions across the country. Watch live drawings on the New Jersey Lottery’s website (NJLottery.net), or on our Official Facebook Page, or on CBS stations: WLNY 10/55 and CW Philly 57. Play Powerball – and Give Your Dreams A Chance!

New Jersey Lottery

Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey State Lottery (NJLottery.net) has contributed nearly $22 billion to State 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.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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New York Lottery Releases Scratch Ticket with Jackpot of $7.5 million

SCHENECTADY, N.Y (January 14, 2014) -- The New York Lottery today announced the launch of its new Silver Spectacular game, the first ever $25 scratch-off game offered in the history of the New York Lottery. Silver Spectacular is an exciting new game for players who want a spectacular, life-changing win.

Our newest New York Lottery scratch-off game offers players a higher cash jackpot prize of $7,500,000,” said Gardner Gurney, Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery. “We believe our current players and perhaps some new Lottery players will want to get in on the excitement of a chance to win such a spectacular, life-changing cash prize.”

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The Silver Spectacular game launched statewide on January 7. Lottery players enjoy playing scratch-off games, and most players have their own favorites.  Despite this, some consumers are also motivated by the novelty of playing the newest games. Scratch-off games account for more than 50 percent of overall sales of New York Lottery games.

The Silver Spectacular game is supported through television, radio and out-of-home advertising throughout the state.

To view the television spot titled “Glory Days” on the New York Lottery website, Click Here.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.04 billion in fiscal year 2012-2013 to help support education in New York State.  The Lottery’s contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education.  It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

About the New York State Gaming Commission

The New York State Gaming Commission regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery terminal (VLT) facilities at race tracks, the state lottery and charitable gaming.

CONTACT:  Communications Office,  (518) 388-3415.

SOURCE: New York Lottery.

 

 

Georgia Lottery Posts Educational Transfers Totalling $15 Billion

ATLANTA, Georgia (January 16, 2014) --  As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totalled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

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More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013. 

Georgia Lottery profits received a strong boost from the $636 Mega Millions jackpot in December. One of the two jackpot winners was a Georgia resident.

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Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com  and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.

CONTACT: Kimberly M. Starks - Media Relations Manager, (404) 215-5062 office / (404) 831-4995 mobile, Email: kstarks@galottery.org.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.

 

 

Illinois Lottery Unveils Mobile App

CHICAGO, Illinois (January 15, 2014) -- The Illinois Lottery has unveiled a mobile app where consumers can play Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lotto from their smart phone, check winning numbers and jackpots and, for the first time, even find a nearby retailer. The free app is available for download on iOS and Android devices and is the first of its kind in the United States offering any Illinois adult the chance to purchase lottery tickets via an app.

The newly-designed app allows those who download it to be updated about the lottery with just one click about winning numbers and jackpot amounts. It also includes the following features:

  • Enables adults to easily purchase tickets for: Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball.
  • Winning Numbers History: Users can view winning numbers for all Illinois Lottery draw games.
  • Retailer Locator: Users can find the closest lottery retailer wherever they are by using their phone's geo locator.
  • Responsible Gaming: Tap the app and you can view messages about playing the lottery responsibly and information on counseling and the self-exclusion hotline. They can also manage their online and app spending limit.

 

In March 2012, the Illinois Lottery was the first U.S. based lottery that allowed players to purchase lottery tickets online. Any adult resident, 18+, can play Mega Millions, Lotto and Powerball via the Lottery's online sales channel and through the new app. Minimum purchase is $5.

During December, a period when the lottery's Mega Millions prize was $646 million, mobile users represented 44.4 percent of all Illinois Lottery web site visits, totaling more than 2.4 million mobile views.

Please visit www.illinoislottery.com to download the Illinois Lottery mobile app.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state's Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com.

Players must be at least 18 years old.

CONTACT: Chanele Newton, Phone: 312-368-5814.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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87% of Exhibitor Space Already Sold for the 2014 Australasian Gaming Expo

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia  (December 16, 2013) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) is delighted to announce that 115 exhibitors have taken exhibition stands at the 25th annual Australasian Gaming Expo, to be held on 12-14 August 2014 at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

GTA’s Board of Directors toured Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island early in December and was very happy with the new facility. 

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Absolute water frontage on three sides to Sydney Harbour and spectacular views of the Anzac Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge will ensure that visitors are impressed – and the building itself is an imposing structure.  Previously used as the British media centre at the London Olympics, its size and permanence are impressive. 

The 2014 Gaming Expo will occupy a larger space than previous years, covering three Halls at the new venue over the next three years while facilities are redeveloped at Darling Harbour.  Exhibitors have followed up their requests to keep the Gaming Expo as close as possible to Sydney’s CBD by taking larger and more space.

Fully serviced exhibition facilities including a range of pop-up bars and restaurants will be provided for the Australasian Gaming Expo.   Complimentary ferry services will operate from Darling Harbour and complimentary shuttle buses will operate from Central Station during the event.   Further information about the venue is available at: http://sydneyexhibitioncentre.com.au and further information about the event including an exhibition floor plan is available at www.austgamingexpo.com.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s members include Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Technologies, IGT (Australia), Konami Gaming Australia and WMS Gaming Australia.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, (02) 8216 0931 or 0418 686 075 or Email: rferrar@gamingta.com.

 

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Left to Right: Malu Barrios, CEO of Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island;  Adrian Slingsby (side on), Manager – Events, Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, Judy Rayner, Michael O’Hara (back to view in yellow vest),  Ross Ferrar, and the AGE Board of Directors, inspecting construction progress on the new temporary facility at Glebe Island. Notice the view of the Harbour Bridge in the background.

 

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).




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