GTECH and The Colorado Lottery Sign Lottery Gaming System and
Represents GTECHs 26th
Lottery Jurisdiction in the U.S.
ROME, ITALY and PROVIDENCE, RHODE
ISLAND (January 20, 2014) GTECH S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation
has signed a lottery gaming system and services contract with the
Colorado Lottery to
provide a full range of lottery products and ongoing services commencing on
November 2, 2014 through June 30, 2021. The contract, which follows a
competitive procurement, has a maximum of two, two-year extensions which may be
exercised in whole or in part at the discretion of the Lottery. GTECH expects
to receive approximately $70 million in revenues over the base term.
This contract is important
to GTECH as it allows us to re-establish a relationship with the Colorado
Lottery which dates back to 1988 when we first brought the Lottery
online, said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel.
We have conducted comprehensive retailer and consumer research studies
in Colorado to gain a better understanding of the marketplace today, and in the
future. GTECH looks forward to upgrading the Colorado Lotterys
operating systems and its retailers with our latest technology, product
solutions, and games necessary to support the Lotterys next phase of
Under the contract, GTECH will
provide the Colorado Lottery with expandable technology, a flexible set of
retail solutions, and data-driven, decision-making tools to help increase
revenues to the State of Colorado. The Company will provide its Enterprise
Series (ES) central system solution to support all levels of the Lotterys
sales growth. The contract also calls for the replacement of the Lotterys
existing terminal base with 3,200 new Altura® GT1200 full-functioning
Additionally, GTECH will introduce
ES MultiMedia digital advertising displays to stimulate increased brand
awareness, winner awareness, and player recognition of jackpots and game
activities, directly at the point-of-sale. GTECHs self-service ticket
checkers, Ticket-Scan®, will allow Colorado players secure access when
identifying winning tickets. In addition, GTECH will provide 600
Gemini® self-service lottery product vending machines as well as an
The Colorado Lottery also has the
option to purchase additional products and services over the contract
term. GTECH will operate from its primary data center in Pueblo,
Colorado, with a backup data center in Austin, Texas. Ongoing services
include operation and maintenance of the ES central system and communications
network; terminal maintenance; retailer training; field services; and hotline
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
2012, GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in revenues and more than 8,600
employees in approximately 60 countries.
For more information, please visit:
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Unveils Its Latest VLT & Casino Solutions at ICE 2014
LONDON, U.K. (January 23, 2014) --
INTRALOT is proud to
present its latest cutting-edge solutions for VLT and casino, the new release
of iGEM Monitoring System, the GLS Gaming Licensing System, and its
Players Club, at its booth N12-160 at the ICE Totally Gaming 2014 in London
from February 4 - 6, 2014. With these technologically advanced offerings
INTRALOT is moving the gaming industry into a new era, fully satisfying the
continuously increasing needs for more efficiency, multi-protocol support,
compliance, security, player centric operations and responsible gaming.
The new version of iGEM, is
INTRALOTs state of the art multi-venue, multi-protocol EGM monitoring and
control system, featuring a number of new functionalities, such as G2S native
support, protocol conversion, local and wide area jackpots, cashless gaming,
TITO, player tracking, real time graphical display tools, responsible gaming
support and a comprehensive accounting and reporting system.
GLS is a workflow based, fully
on-line Gaming Licensing System, featuring e-licensing for all gaming
stakeholders and all gaming assets, as well as Compliance and Investigations
support, while offering a wealth of integrated capabilities, including a
document management system, integrated electronic payment systems for handling
payment of license fees, and a powerful communications platform among
Finally, INTRALOTs Players
Club, is a versatile and powerful cross-channel tool to maintain player
information and support player retention, featuring responsible gaming,
promotional campaigns, loyalty, integrated CRM and Help Desk support and more.
Additionally, INTRALOTs Gaming
Solutions Director, Mr. Theodosios Engelis, will give the Companys
insight and share its international experience on the casino industry
developments and trends, participating at the panel discussion "Ascertaining
future directions for European casino operators to reignite growth and enhance
the customers gaming experience across multiple-channels" at the 6th
International Casino Conference, which will take place in the framework of ICE
Totally Gaming 2014.
Visit INTRALOTs stand and find
out more about INTRALOTs World of Gaming, the industrys finest
blend of gaming solutions for lottery, online, mobile, casino, betting, and
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 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 info: Ms Persa
Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MDI Reaches Interactive Milestone with Launch of 500th Website
ALPHARETTA, Georgia (January 22,
2014) -- MDI Entertainment,
LLC, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS), announced today
the launch of its 500th website designed and developed for a lottery
customer. The website was created in conjunction with MDIs
MONOPOLY Jackpot game, launched December 3rd by the Arizona Lottery. The
instant game features an MDI-built 2nd Chance web-based collect and
win game, playable on digital and mobile platforms. It offers holders of
non-winning instant tickets the chance to enjoy an extended, interactive play
experience that could result in winning instant cash prizes or entries into
monthly progressive jackpot drawings.
The sophistication of the
game and the design of the website both in play style and graphics
are excellent examples of the interactive lottery products developed for
player engagement by our MDI group, commented Jim Kennedy, Executive
Vice President and Group Chief Executive of Lottery at Scientific Games.
This 500th website created for a lottery customer speaks to our depth
of innovation and experience, and to the level of trust we have established
with our 42 internet customers since we created our first lottery microsite for
the New Jersey Lottery in 2001.
Looking at the numbers, just over
430 of the 500 websites were created and launched as part of integrated lottery
2nd Chance drawing promotions. Today, approximately half of these integrated
promotional programs feature animated 2nd Chance games like the one for
MONOPOLY Jackpot. MDI also creates Players Club websites for lotteries
that can feature 2nd Chance games as well as just for fun games,
player surveys, game tutorials, drawing results, number generators and more.
Lotteries participating in MDIs Properties Plus® program can take
advantage of all of MDIs web-based Players Club features, as well as the
Points for Prizes® loyalty rewards program, which includes MDIs Easy
Entry ticket validation system and the state-of-the-art Points for Prizes
online rewards store. Engaging lottery players and giving those players a
connected lottery brand experience is the ultimate goal.
The number of lottery-specific
websites launched by MDI continues to grow, as does MDIs interactive
portfolio as a whole. In addition to creating interactive games, websites and
the Points for Prizes lottery rewards store, MDIs interactive team has
built a lottery game subscription program, innovative lottery apps and
Slingo® Lottery Challenge, an instant game and mobile
competition complete with a leaderboard and the option for integrated Facebook
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 Companys
portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming
machines and game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports
betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and
interactive content and services. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Therese Minella -
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Pollard Banknote Named Primary Instant Ticket Supplier For The
Vermont Lottery Commission
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (January 22,
2014) -- Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to announce
that it has been named the primary supplier of instant ticket printing services
for the Vermont Lottery Commission (Vermont Lottery). Under this
new agreement, Pollard Banknote will provide the Vermont Lottery with instant
scratch tickets, game design, and related services. The three-year contract
began January 15, 2014 and includes provisions for two additional oneyear
extensions. The estimated contract value is $6.3 million (USD) over the first
This contract award marks Pollard
Banknotes first opportunity to work with the Vermont Lottery. This new
partnership allows the Lottery to take full advantage of Pollard
Banknotes creative game concepts and designs that feature unequalled
playability, expertise in creating sales-driving prize structures, as well as a
number of innovative and propriety products, including the companys
extraordinarily successful, Pollard PlayBook® concept and Scratch FX®
We are thrilled that the
Vermont Lottery has chosen Pollard Banknote as its primary instant ticket
supplier, said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard
Banknote. This is a great opportunity for our company to establish a
collaborative and successful relationship with the Vermont Lottery, where we
can combine our respective visions to introduce new and exciting products to
its instant ticket portfolio that are sure to resonate with lottery players in
We are looking forward to
working with Pollard Banknote as our new primary supplier of instant scratch
tickets," says Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery.
Pollard Banknote has a reputation for providing some of the finest
instant lottery products in the industry, as well as an unsurpassed commitment
to gaming integrity and security. We are confident that this new partnership
will help maximize the revenue generated from the sale of instant tickets for
the benefit of all Vermonters."
Since the sale of its first ticket
in February of 1978, the Vermont Lottery has produced over $1.6 billion in
overall sales. From those sales, over $1 billion has been returned to players
in the form of prizes.
Over $91 million has gone back into
the local communities and has been paid to local Lottery agents in the form of
commissions. Since 1999, over $280 million has gone to the State of Vermont
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote Limited is one of
the worlds leading full-service lottery vendors and is a major supplier
to North Americas 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
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
2013 Was a Lucky Year for Swiss Lotto and Euro Millions
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (January 16,
2014) -- 2013 was full of excitement for players of lottery games in
Switzerland. Indeed, Loterie Romande and Swisslos enabled 30 players of Swiss
Lotto and Euro Millions to become millionaires. During the just- completed
year, luck smiled on players with the right combination of Swiss Lotto 26
times, and more than 20 million francs big gains were won.
The Euro Million, for its part,
celebrated the biggest Swiss gain in the history of the game: 115.5 million
francs. The winning table was validated in the canton of Valais in August.
Swiss Lotto: the new formula
keeps its promises
In 2013 26 Swiss Lotto players
became millionaires. Indeed, two people have won a seven-figure amount through
the "Joker ".
In addition, 18 Lucky players won a
million francs by selecting the 6 winning numbers. Six others were even more
lucky and hit the jackpot.
Three of these gains correspond to
the 2nd, 3rd and the fourth largest gains in the history of the
game, respectively 34,500,000, 32,000,000 and 22,500,000 francs. For the
record, the record of Swiss Lotto jackpot is 35800000 francs and was won in
Launched January 10, 2013 at the
national level, the new formula of the Swiss Lotto therefore lived up to all
its promises! It offers a share larger jackpots and, secondly , through the
second gain which saves a million francs , it is more millionaires. Thus, all
winnings in 2013 by Swiss Lotto players are amounts to more than 211 million
francs. Recall that the Swiss Lotto has, since its inception in 1970 made 788
The record gain of 115.5 million won
in Switzerland in Euro Millions
A very lucky player became a Swiss
multimillionaire by pocketing last August the record jackpot of 115.5
million francs, the winning grid has been validated in the canton Valais. In
addition, three other Helvetian saw their account credited multimillion francs.
Note that since the game in 2004, Euro Millions has 38 players that have become
millionaires in Switzerland. With its record jackpot, the new "champion Swiss "
enters the top 20 European jackpots. Recall that the largest gain the history
of Euro Millions CHF 228 million , was won in 2012 in Great Britain.
Loterie Romande, which distributes
all its profits to thousands of institutions, Utilities, cultural vocation,
sports or social, publish details of its results 2013 to May 2014.
CONTACT: Jean -Luc Moner - Banet,
Director General, 021348 13 13.
SOURCE: Loterie Romande.
Plus FIREBALL # Now Drawn with Every Illinois Lottery Pick 3
and Pick 4 Game
Game Update begins Sunday,
CHICAGO, Illinois (January 17, 2014)
-- On January 19, the Illinois
Lottery will update the add-on feature called plus FIREBALL so that a
numbered plus FIREBALL is drawn as part of every Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawing.
This change will improve a players chance to win a prize and will give
players the chance to turn non-winning tickets into winners. The Pick 3 and
Pick 4 base games and prizes will remain the same, as will the drawing schedule
(seven days a week, twice a day) and ticket prices (start at 50 cents).
How it Works:
- A plus FIREBALL drawing is held along with each
Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawing. For each plus FIREBALL drawing, one ball is
selected, from a pool of balls numbered 0-9.
- The plus FIREBALL will now always be drawn only
from a pool of numbered balls (previously, unnumbered balls were part of each
- Prize amounts for plus FIREBALL have been adjusted
to accommodate this change.
- When a plus FIREBALL is drawn, the number on that
ball can replace any one of the numbers drawn in the Pick 3 or Pick 4 drawing
to make one or more winning plus FIREBALL combinations.
- Plus FIREBALL was added on to Pick 3 and Pick 4
this past September as a new play option to provide players a chance to obtain
more winning number combinations.
The winning numbers will be
displayed on the Illinois Lottery website (www.illinoislottery.com) and the
drawings will continue to take place at 12:40 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. Overall odds
of winning a Pick 3 or Pick 4 prize vary based on the type of wager.
www.illinoislottery.com for more information.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the states 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
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
Picklive to Partner Sugal & Damani Group in Joint
LONDON, U.K. (January 21, 2014) --
Fantasy sports and social gaming operator Picklive Limited has entered into an
investment deal and joint venture with Indian lottery distributor and operator
Sugal & Damani Group (SND) to launch daily fantasy cricket games for
real-money prizes in the country.
The new fantasy cricket game will be
based on Picklives current UK-based football product to offer a real time
and social second screen gaming experience.
Both firms said that the deal has
wider implications with the aim of creating Indias first multi-product
skill gaming platform.
In addition, SND has also opted to
invest in Picklive through the operators Skill Infra Solutions BV
subsidiary. Nitesh Damani, SND director, will take a seat on the Picklive board
on behalf of the Indian firm.
We have been following
Picklives development for some time and were impressed with their product
and vision of changing the landscape of sports gaming, he said.
They now have a live UK
product, a joint venture in the US with Sportech and an Indian joint venture
coming soon. With strong local partners and a rapidly changing global gaming
market we believe Picklive has a unique opportunity to build a global product
David Galan, Picklives chief
executive officer, added: Sugal & Damani is an extremely well
respected major operator in the Indian government licensed lottery market and
has very strong technical and operational skills.
Combined with its
knowledge, relationships and distribution abilities, we believe we have a very
strong partner and are excited about the prospects of developing a gaming
business in the untapped Indian market.
SOURCE: Picklive Limited.
More Winnings for FDJ Players on Equivalent Gaming Expenditure
(GGR)* to 2012
FRANCE (January 17, 2014) --
- FDJ: responsible games for the benefit of
- 27.1 million Players (+ 800,000) with
average stakes of 8.8 per week (down 1.2%)
- 12.35 billion in stakes collected
- 8.07 billion of prizes paid
- 621 million paid to local retailers
- 3 billion in contributions to the
FRANCE (January 16, 2014) -- La
Française des Jeux (FDJ) recorded a 1.8% increase in stakes collected in
2013, up to 12.35 billion from 12.14 billion in 2012. Sales in the
physical network (96.7% of total sales) rose at a similar level (1.7%) while
Internet sales grew at a faster pace, up by 5.5% to 410 million.
FDJs 2013 results reflect the
strength of a gaming model that continues to attract the French public, with
27.1 million players. The main pillars of this public gaming model continue to
be its local presence, through 33,400 retailers, and the constant principles
that have underpinned its success over the past 80 years: responsible
innovation, an equal chance for all and redistribution.
A gaming model that benefits all
Redistribution to players, retailers
and the community accounted for more than 95% of stakes collected. Winnings
paid out to players once again increased, up by 2.5%, i.e. 200 million
more than in 2012, reaching a total of 8.07 billion or 65.4% of stakes
collected compared with 64.9% in 2012. Contributions to the public interest
exceeded 3 billion, of which 230 million in favour of sport for
all. Revenues distributed to local retailers amounted to 621 million,
5.7% more than in 2012 corresponding to an increase of 8.4% per point of
Popular brands enjoyed by 27.1
French players took a pragmatic
approach to gaming in 2013. The number of players increased from 26.3 million
in 2012 to 27.1 million in 2013 while the average weekly stake declined
slightly, down from 8.9 in 2012 to 8.8 in 2013. Given a stronger
increase in winnings (2.5%) than in stakes (1.8%), gaming expense per player
was down by 2.6% to 3 a week.
Games combining tradition and new
features, accessible to all
Players focused on games rooted in
gaming tradition as can be seen by the stable performance of the LOTO®
(which moved back to second place in FDJs games), with a particular focus
on scratch cards, which are simple but appealing as can be seen from the
success of the illiko® range launched in 2012 (of which the leading game
Cash remains FDJs number one game), and on sports betting for the general
public (the ParionsSport betting game is now the fourth most popular game).
Lottery stakes collected totalled 10.70 billion (86.7% of sales), stable
relative to 2012 despite the small number of exceptional events: two Fridays on
the 13th versus three in 2012, no symbolic dates such as 12-12-12 and no
lengthy Euro Millions cycle in 2013 compared with three in 2012.
Accessible sports betting
Sports betting, boosted by an
eventful year, exceeded 1.65 billion in sales (13.3% of total sales), up
by 14.4% compared with 2012, mainly through the retail network (95.4% of
sales). This offer appealed to a greater number of players, 700,000 more, while
average stakes decreased by 10%. This trend shows the success of an accessible
and modern sports betting offer, ten years after FDJ introduced fixed-odds
betting in France and subsequently overhauled its sports pools offer, Loto Foot
(the original sports Loto had been created in 1985).
A Responsible And Committed
2013 also featured a strengthening
of FDJs Corporate Social Responsibility policy, which was restructured
around five strategic directions and close to 50 action plans.
gaming continues to be the central theme, whether in terms of support
for recreational gaming, prevention of underage gaming and training of
The percentage of disabled workers
employed by FDJ reached 6.5% in 2013.
The budget allocated to the FDJ
Foundation was doubled on the occasion of its 20th anniversary and the start of
a new five-year period (18 million over five years). In particular, FDJ
has become one of the leading partners of the French Red Cross. FDJ also
renewed its partnership with the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF), and
introduced an Integrity and Social component into all its sports partnerships
(LFP, FFHB, FFBB and FFR). The FDJ Foundation contributes, for instance, to the
Supporters de lemploi jobs support initiative launched by LFP
and all the professional football clubs.
Vigéos assessment of
the groups CSR policy resulted in a strong improvement in its
extra-financial rating, which was raised to 76/100 versus 69/100 in 2011, the
strongest rating assigned to a French company by Vigéo.
Information: Read the Full Report HERE
SOURCE: La Française des Jeux
(FDJ) official media release.
The New York Lottery Plans for the Future to Safeguard State Aid
NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 21, 2014) --
The New York State Gaming Commission has awarded Camelot Global Services a
contract to conduct market research in relation to alternative approaches for
the future of the Lottery in New York State. The study will provide valuable
insights into the market and provide a five year business plan to ensure the
growth of future returns to Education.
The New York Lottery had annual
sales of over $7.1 billion in FY 2012-13. The highest producing lottery in the
United States, the Lottery drove over $2.17 billion in aid to education to the
State in FY 2012-13.
New York State is already in the
business of gambling with nine video lottery facilities, five tribal class III
casinos, and three tribal class II facilities and New York has more electronic
gaming machines than any state in the Northeast or Mideast.
Since 1967, the New York Lottery has
adapted to change. However the Lottery is now faced with increased competition
for discretionary spend from casinos, and needs to review its strategy to
ensure is remains a relevant gaming option and more importantly a source of
funding for State aid to education.
Gardner Geurney, Acting Lottery
Director commented; The gambling landscape in New York State has
changed over the last twelve months, and will continue to change and become
more competitive. In order to safeguard state aid to education it is highly
critical that we look at alternative approaches for the future of the Lottery.
Camelot Global Services has the necessary skills and expertise to provide
insight in identifying paths to achieve state aid to education
Alex Kovach, Managing Director of
Camelot Global said; We are extremely proud to have been awarded this
contract, and look forward to working with the New York Lottery over the next
few months. We applaud the forward thinking of the New York Lottery and
recognize the importance of adapting in order to stay relevant, exciting and
accessible to players. This contract builds on the work we have done across
North America including the California State Lottery, the Interprovincial
Lottery Corporation of Canada and the Massachusetts State
CONTACT: Laura Pearson, Senior Media
Relations Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5716 /
Mobile: 07968 939340 / Web: www.camelotgroup.co.uk.
SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions
Lotto24 AG Records Strong Growth in Billings and Revenue, Stable
Development of Gross Margin and New Customers
HAMBURG, Germany (January 21, 2014)
-- According to preliminary figures, Lotto24 AG achieved billings of almost EUR
30.5 million (prior year: EUR 1.1 million) in its fiscal year 2013, of which
around EUR 14.2 million was generated in the fourth quarter of 2013 (previous
quarter: EUR 9.0 million). With revenues of around EUR 2.7 million in 2013 as a
whole (prior year: EUR 93 thousand), of which approximately EUR 1.3 million in
the fourth quarter of 2013 (previous quarter: EUR 0.8 million), the gross
margin for both the full year and the fourth quarter of 2013 amounted to
At around 74 thousand, the number of
newly registered customers in the fourth quarter of 2013 was slightly up on the
preceding quarter (71 thousand) and thus raised the number of new customer
registrations in 2013 as a whole to around 213 thousand (prior year: 30
The total number of registered
customers amounted to approximately 242 thousand as of 31 December 2013 (prior
year: 30 thousand). Marketing expenditure was around EUR 2.6 million in the
fourth quarter (previous quarter: EUR 2.8 million) and around EUR 7.3 million
for 2013 as a whole (prior year: EUR 266 thousand). This resulted in a cost per
lead (CPL) of EUR 35.4 for the fourth quarter and EUR 34.6 for 2013. The
decision not to increase marketing expenditure in the fourth quarter of 2013 -
a relatively expensive advertising period - and in particular to restrict the
use of TV commercials was a deliberate decision based on a cost-benefit
analysis in favour of CPL.
According to preliminary
calculations, the result from operating activities (EBIT) amounted to almost
EUR -11.4 million (prior year: EUR -4.3 million), while net profit for the
period was around EUR -8.8 million (prior year: EUR -3.1 million). The
development of earnings is in line with the stated strategy of Lotto24 AG to
quickly extend its position as Germany's leading online broker of lottery
products by making significant investments in marketing.
The Annual Report 2013 is to be
published on March 27, 2014.
CONTACT: Phone: +49 (0)40 8 222 39
0, Fax: +49 (0)40 8 222 39 70, E-mail:
SOURCE: Lotto24 AG
MECN's Benchmarking Report - 5TH Edition
- Updated 2013/2014 Edition of MECN's
Benchmarking Report on the Global Lottery Industry
- MECN presents the 2013/2014 edition of its
lottery benchmarking study with a special focus on social media activities of
LONDON / MUNICH, (January 16, 2014)
-- For the fifth time since 2007, MECN is updating and expanding its unique and well-received
benchmark study of the global lottery industry.
This study again provides a wealth
of information on lottery-specific industry benchmarks far beyond existing
sales comparisons. The 2013/2014 edition also includes a large number of
analyses of the Internet/digital segments. Since social media and networks,
such as Facebook, and social gambling are becoming more and more important,
MECN again included analyses of activities and successes of lotteries in social
The updated study
- Sales-related benchmarks Total sales and
product-related sales (e.g., lotto, betting, instant, ...) benchmarks, such as
per-capita sales analyses.
- Sales channel benchmarks, such as number of
residents and sales per outlet,
- Internet/digital segments and channels The
report offers many analyses of the Internet/digital segments and channels,
including breakdown by product (Internet lotto, betting,...), users, .... We
have also included comparisons to private Internet gambling companies.
- Social media and networks benchmarking and success
stories In-depth analyses of the social media activities (Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube) of lotteries. Moreover, we have added several best practice
case studies identifying potential success factors.
- Marketing benchmarks, such as marketing/advertising
expenses in % of total sales, optimal media mix of the ad budget, ...
- Operating expense benchmarks, such as operating
expenses in % of sales broken down into human resources (e.g., average
personnel expenses, sales per employee), IT and communications, and other
- Success factors of the lottery business The
analysis of success factors is based on an updated survey conducted among 30
- Best practices For most benchmark areas we
provide updated best practice case studies of the leading lotteries.
- Large number of lotteries analysed and most
up-to-date information Analyses of data from ca. 130 state/public
lotteries and operators for the years 2011 and 2012 as well as long-term trend
analyses reaching back to 2005.
In total, the report has 105 pages
and 106 graphs/exhibits.
The study can be obtained at:
MECN is a network of experts on
issues concerning the media and entertainment industry. Together they provide
in-depth knowledge, analysis, and advice to global clients. Contact: Martin
Oelbermann, Tel: +49 (0)89 3835 6785, e-mail:
Niki Lauda and Novomatic Close Long-Term
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN / VIENNA (January
16, 2014) - Niki Lauda, three-time Formula One world champion and entrepreneur,
and the Novomatic Group have entered into a long-term partnership.
The agreement provides, among other
things, that Lauda acts for the global gaming company in the world as a brand
In addition to the brand presence
through the now world famous red Kapperl Niki Lauda will be the Novomatic Group
as a testimonial in the context of selected events on national and
international stages available.
Novomatic CEO Franz Wohlfahrt said
today at a press conference at the Novomatic Forum in Vienna: "We are very
proud that the long-standing friendship between our company founder Prof.
Johann F. Graf and the Austrian national hero Niki Lauda now in this
"The world star Niki Lauda is the
best communicator of our corporate mission as the world's leading innovative
technology company and provider of products and services in the international
leisure and entertainment industry. "
"I am very pleased that Novomatic
has selected me as the new brand ambassador," Niki Lauda said: "Exciting
as it was, perform the new cap for the first time during the Golden Globe
Awards." Lauda about his new partner:
"It is no coincidence that the
cap and the addition of` winning `technology contributes next to the logo.
Because Novomatic is a leading, innovative group that in over 40 countries it
operates from Austria now and has grown from Lower Austria from a global player
with more than 20,000 employees, including 3,000 in Austria. "
SOURCE: Novomatic AG.
Washington Lottery Runs Super Bowl Player
SEATTLE, Washington (January 20,
2014) -- Washingtons
Lottery announced Monday it is holding a special promotion in which a lucky
Seahawks fan and guest will be able to win two tickets to the Super Bowl,
round-trip airfare, hotel and a $500 VISA gift card. But you need to act fast,
as the deadline for buying the tickets is Wednesday.
To enter this special
Seahawks New Jersey Bound Prize Package, Seahawks fans can
purchase a $10 Lotto ticket at any Safeway store or Safeway Fuel Center in
Washington state between Monday (today) and Wednesday, January 22, and
receive a mail-in voucher for a chance to win, the Lottery said.
There is only one Seahawks New
Jersey Bound Prize Package available to win.
In addition, 12 people entering this
contest will win a $500 Seahawks Pro Shop gift cards, and 12 others will win
$200 Pro Shop gift cards.
Multiple entries per envelope are
allowed and vouchers must be mailed to WL-New Jersey Bound, P.O. Box 43012,
Olympia, Wash. 98504-3012.
The entries must be received by
Saturday, January 25.
The drawing for the winner will take
place at 3 p.m. next Monday, January 27. The Grand Prize winner must be
available by phone between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to be eligible to win the
For more information, visit:
or join our online community on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/walottery and follow us.
SOURCE: Washington Lottery.
Lottery Insider Announce Strategic Marketing/Media Partnership
with iGaming North America Conference 2014
MITTAGONG, NSW, Australia (January
21, 2014) -- Lottery Insider Announced today that it has signed a strategic
marketing media partnership with the iGaming North America Conference 2014,
(March 19 21) to be held at the Plane Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las
Vegas, Nevada (www.iGamingNorthAmerica.com).
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. Its 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.
Regulation in the U.S. and Canadian
markets appears imminent and several bills for regulation are pending in
various jurisdictions. Yet even with its global reach and undisputed commercial
success, the technology and geolocation issues and opportunities surrounding
iGaming are still not well understood by many of those in the traditional
gaming industry in North America.
Come March 19-21, that will all
begin to change.
Held over three days, the conference
brings delegates together with the industry's veterans and visionaries. This
year iGNA brings you:
- An additional half day conference programme
- Expanded exhibition hall
- One full day of social gaming content
- Networking opportunities before and after the
The iGaming North America Conference
brochure is now available to download. The brochure outlines some important
features of the 2014 conference as well as the full conference program,
schedule of networking activities and event sponsors. (Download the brochure)
CLICK HERE to register.
SOURCE: Lottery Insider.
Tennessee Lottery Marks Major Milestone with 10th
Strong 2nd Quarter Continues
Run of Record-Breaking Sales; Total Education Funding Since Inception Now
Exceeds $2.91 Billion
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (January 22,
2014) -- Announcing another record quarter and the current total of more than
$2.91 billion raised for education-related programs, the
Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation today marked the 10th anniversary of the first day of
lottery ticket sales in Tennessee.
The Corporation celebrated this
milestone anniversary with a short program at the Lotterys Nashville
headquarters, where officials unveiled a new logo, honoured retailer partners
with a Board Resolution, and launched a series of TV spots paying tribute to
the HOPE Scholars who have benefitted from the Lotterys record breaking
For 10 years now, the
Lottery has enjoyed fantastic support from Tennesseans throughout the state,
which explains our solid and consistent gains year after year, said
Rebecca Hargrove, Lottery President and CEO. Be it from our many
players, our network of 5,000 retailers, or the legion of scholarship
recipients and their families, the response to the Lottery from the first day
has been overwhelming. As we enter the next decade, were dedicated to
making sure the years ahead prove just as fun for our players and as productive
for the good causes we serve.
The Lottery continued its strong
performance with a new record set for second quarter sales and proceeds for
education. In this time period alone, Oct. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, the
Lottery posted $85 million raised for state education programs and an
impressive $352.7 million in sales, a jump of $19.7 million or 5.9%, from the
same period last year.
On track for a 10th consecutive year
of sales growth, the Lotterys sales for the first half of
FY 2014 now stand at $691.1
million6.9% ahead of the same period last year.
While the Lottery reports on a
fiscal year basis, here are some details about the Lotterys first 10
years (Jan. 20, 2004 through Jan. 19, 2014):
- More than $2.91 billion raised for
- More than $11.2 billion in gross ticket
- Nearly $6.8 billion in prizes won by
- More than $733 million paid in retailer
- 131 winning tickets worth $1 million or
more, including the recent $61 million Mega Millions jackpot won by a Nashville
Apart from these ten year figures,
the Tennessee Lotterys strong performance is reflected in industry
comparisons. These include:
- A record-setting nine years of consecutive
sales growth from inception, unprecedented among U.S. lotteries.
- 1st among U.S lotteries for compounded
annual growth in sales over last six years.
- Through FY 2013, Gross Sales increased an
average of 6.3% annually since FY 2005. This compares to an overall industry
growth of 3.6% during that same time period. Exceeding the industry
growth rate in this fashion has resulted in over $ 250.9 million in additional
sales for the Lottery.
- Through FY 2013, Total Education Funding
increased an average of 5.0% annually since FY 2005. This compares to an
overall industry growth of 2.6% during that same time period. Exceeding
the industry growth in this fashion has resulted in over $52.3 million in
additional funding for Tennessee education programs.
- From FY 2005 through FY 2013, Lottery
operating expenses (that is, all costs other than prizes, retailer commissions
and major gaming vendors fees) have remained relatively flat, averaging
only 2.8 % of gross sales.
According to the Tennessee Student
Assistance Corporation, the organization that oversees the Lottery-funded
higher education programs, Lottery funds were used to assist approximately
103,000 students at higher education institutions in the state during the past
academic year, bringing the total since inception to over 800,000. Lottery
funds were also used to support after-school programs and an initiative
designed to make schools more energy-efficient.
For more information, please visit
For information about Lottery-funded
scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com. To see a county-by-county breakdown
of the number of students who benefit, visit
Media CONTACT: Kym Gerlock,
Tennessee Lottery / 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827, Email:
SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery
Totalizator Sportowy to be General Sponsor of Polish Olympic
WARSAW, Poland (January 21, 2014) --
(Polish State Lottery) are to be the general sponsor of the 2014 Olympic team.
The relevant agreement was signed today at the Warsaw Sports stadium, Lottery
CEO Wojciech Spielman, and the President of the Polish Olympic Committee
Andrzej Kraśnicki attended. This act preceded the official presentation of
the composition of the representation, we will see when XXIIWinter Olympic
Games in Sochi.
The cooperation with the POC is part
of the overall activities of years conducted by Totalizator Sportowy for sport.
It will be recalled that the company was founded 58 years ago, just to support
the development of this vitally important area of social life. It is therefore
one of the few, if not the only one who looks after the interest of the acts on
Importantly, conducting this type of
activity, TS makes a great contribution to the development of civilization and
social development of our country, and also builds a positive image abroad.
President Wojciech Spielman asked
for cooperation from the POC replied that "Our relationship with the broad
idea of the Olympic, hence - a collaboration with the Polish Olympic Committee,
is not an accident and the consequent effect on the development of Polish
sport. I hope that it is obvious to everyone. We would like to take this
opportunity to strongly emphasize that the world of sport, including
supporters, have Totalizator Sporting faithful friends. Such was and will
During the presentation and
discussions at the POC president Spielman stressed that they recognize that
involvement in sport must have a multifaceted dimension, and not confined to
finance specific activities. This is the only way you can have a real
impact on the development of sport and physical culture he added.
Wojciech Spielman also stressed that this year and next TS will be particularly
active in fulfilling its mission to the sport.
The cooperation of the National
Lottery and the Polish Olympic Committee is a longstanding and consistent -
sponsoring the Polish Olympic Team has been going on since 1994. Pools
supported the Polish Olympic Sports at the Olympics in Lillehammer (1994),
Atlanta (1996), Salt Lake City (2002), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), Vancouver
(2010) and London (2012). Under the agreement signed just, Sports Pools will
also be the General Sponsor of the Polish Olympic Sochi 2014 and will also be
of Polish Olympians in Baku and Rio.
Totalizator Sportowy is one
of the locomotives of the Polish economy, thus supporting the most important
events of national character is our duty and privilege. Pools Sports supports
Polish Olympians twenty years, during which time they have won numerous medals,
guaranteeing us the enormity of unforgettable emotions. This is for us a source
of pride, but also the responsibility that lies on the Sports Totalizator as
one of the greatest patrons of the sport in Poland said Wojciech
Spielman, CEO LotterySporting.
Totalizator Sportowy (TS), the brand
owner LOTTO, founded in 1956, company revenue was to be spent on the
construction and renovation of sports facilities. TS is one of the few
companies, if not the only, which was established to support the sport. For
this task on many levels: it collects funds under the statutory payments for
gaming and lottery money, supports many organizations and sporting events from
their own funds and participates in activities aimed at finding and training
sporting talents. Only since 2000 Pools Sports donated to the Fund for the
Development of Physical Culture due to payments of more than 7.1 billion in
2013 years - more than 561 million.
SOURCE: Totalizator Sportowy.