GTECH Supplies Norsk Tipping with Interactive Products for
Largest-Scale Game Launch in Lotterys History
Lottery successfully deploys
65 GTECH iBingo, iCasino and eInstant games, as well as GTECH Player Account
Manager system and integrated Player Services
PROVIDENCE, RI, USA and Oslo, NORWAY
(February 3, 2014) --Through an agreement with
Norsk Tipping has launched
its first range of iGaming products exclusively for the Norwegian market. The
deployment of 65 games is the largest launch of its kind in the Lotterys
Norsk Tipping was asked by the
Norwegian Ministry of Culture to develop online games to provide the Norwegian
public with an attractive offering and at the same time be in the forefront of
With this launch, Norsk
Tipping is challenging foreign betting companies not licensed in Norway by
providing attractive games that are not as aggressive as the cross border
operators. Responsible Gaming is our trademark, said Norsk
Tipping CEO Torbjørn Almlid.
GTECH has supplied Norsk Tipping, a
World Lottery Association (WLA) member, with its award-winning iBingo product,
an iCasino portfolio including a range of slot games, and eInstants designed to
ensure that the new portfolio appeals to a wide range of players. The games,
which are available to registered Norwegian players across mobile, tablet, and
desktop channels, were launched on January 14, 2014. This is Norsk
Tippings first agreement with GTECH, which is also providing the Lottery
with hosting and operational services.
This is a much-needed and
long-awaited renewal of Norsk Tipping as a provider of money games in Norway.
Norsk Tipping must be up-to-date to survive as a gaming company and provide
customers with attractive games. We will launch a series of new games in 2014
and we will especially concentrate on new games for mobile, continued
Norsk Tipping is among the
worlds most forward-thinking WLA members, and we are proud to be a part
of this important evolution in their gaming program, said GTECH
International CEO Walter Bugno. Thanks to GTECHs vast experience
in both the commercial iGaming market and the traditional WLA market, the
Lottery can now offer its players an entertaining and competitive iGaming
portfolio while tracking player behavior across every gaming device. This gives
Norsk Tipping unparalleled insights into player behavior, while strengthening
its Responsible Gaming program.
As part of the five-year agreement
with Norsk Tipping, which was announced in December 2012, GTECH has supplied
the Lottery with its Player Services and Player Account Manager back-office
system, in addition to a range of new games. The Player Account Manager system
features a fully scalable and powerful open architecture that works seamlessly
across platforms, securely captures all player data, and allows easy
integration of third-party products. The system has been integrated with Norsk
Tippings current Player Card program, giving the Lottery a complete view
of player activity across all gaming channels, including the retail gaming
We are thrilled to see
these solutions come to life, thanks to GTECHs integrated platform and
entertaining game solutions. GTECH has ensured a historic launch, and early
indications suggest that this program expansion will well exceed our
objectives, concluded Mr. Almlid.
Norsk Tipping is the latest Nordic
WLA customer to benefit from GTECHs iGaming games, platforms, and
services; GTECH also supplies Veikkaus in Finland and Svenska Spel in Sweden
with its interactive solutions.
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 Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol
GTK and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2012, GTECH had
3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees in approximately 60
For more information, please visit:
For further information, CONTACT:
Rhonda Whittaker, GTECH Corporate Communications Manager, T: +1 506 878 6471 /
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Distinguished for Its Global
ATHENS, Greece (February 6, 2014) --
INTRALOT was distinguished
among the companies listed on the Athens Stock Exchange receiving the 1st
Internationalization award for its global expansion and successful
operations across geographies. The award was delivered to INTRALOT in the
context of the Money Business Awards 2013 during an award ceremony
that took place on February 5th in Athens, in the presence of dignitaries,
prominent public figures, and members of the business community.
While receiving the award, Mr. Elias
Athanasiou, INTRALOT Group Strategic Planning Director, stated: We are
really honored to receive this significant award that rewards our endeavors
toward a truly extrovert business strategy. During 2013 INTRALOT has further
strengthened its position in the jurisdictions where it has presence and signed
new contracts in countries on all 5 continents. Our goal is to continue to lead
the way of the global gaming industry offering innovation and technologically
advanced solutions, such as the ones we are currently presenting to
industrys professionals from all over the world at ICE Exhibition in
The awards are an initiative of
MONEY financial magazine. The winners are selected by the
investment community through a web-based voting procedure. The purpose of this
competition is to promote and reward the best companies listed on the Athens
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 information CONTACT: Ms
Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000,
Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
Scientific Games Announce First North American Deployment of Next
Generation Central Management System, AEGIS NGS
ATLANTA, Georgia (February 3, 2014)
-- Scientific Games
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced the North American launch of
AEGIS NGS, a next generation central management system, one of the most
advanced systems in the lottery industry. It will make its debut in 2015
with Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) and be deployed across nearly
5,000 WCLC retailers. AEGIS NGS is an upgrade to the Lotterys current
Scientific Games system. AEGIS NGS currently operates 15 systems for lotteries
in Germany, France and Norway, and is scheduled to launch with two additional
European lotteries in 2014-15.
We believe that this
upgrade to AEGIS NGS will allow us to securely support our current business
requirements, as well as lead us into the future with opportunities to add new
game content, add new sales channels and reach new players, said Dani
Pokornik, Vice President, Information Technology at WCLC.
AEGIS NGS service-oriented
architecture features an open platform designed to interface with multiple
lottery distribution channels, including interactive, mobile, self-service
terminals and multi-lane retail. The systems highly flexible functions
can be enabled based on lottery and jurisdictional requirements. It is also
iPad® enabled for real-time performance management.
AEGIS NGS is a
next-generation system we purposefully engineered from the ground up with an
integrated architectural approach, said John Donahue, Managing
Director for Scientific Games International. AEGIS NGS is a
future-proof system for lotteries that offers incredible support
for current business requirements as well as innovative features to help lead
them strongly into the future. We are very excited to be launching it in North
America with our longstanding customer, WCLC.
Launched for the first time in 2010
in Stuttgart, Germany, AEGIS NGS has deep roots in Scientific Games AEGIS
central system and other legacy systems brought together over decades of
serving global lotteries.
About Western Canada Lottery
Western Canada Lottery Corporation
(WCLC) is a non-profit organization authorized to manage, conduct and
operate lottery and gaming-related activities as agent for its Members, the
governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The Yukon Territory, Northwest
Territories and Nunavut participate as associate members. WCLC's affairs are
governed by a Board of Directors consisting of two representatives appointed by
each of the Member provincial governments.
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:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Totalizator Sportowy (Polish National Lottery) Achieves Record
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (January 29,
2014/ -- Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is proud to be a major contributing
partner in the sales success enjoyed by
Totalizator Sportowy (Polish
National Lottery). The Lottery announced a significant increase in instant
sales in 2013-31.9% over 2012 sales. This annual sales record coincides with
the Lottery extending its contract with Pollard Banknote. This extension, the
first of five possible 12-month extensions, has an estimated value of
approximately $6.9 million USD.
Pollard Banknote first collaborated
with Totalizator Sportowy as its primary instant ticket supplier in 2007. Since
then, the Lottery has experienced consistent year-over-year increases in
instant ticket sales and achieved a staggering 668% total growth over this
A significant driver of 2013 sales
was the launch of the Lottery's first 10 zÍoty (approximately $3.30 USD)
game. The 10 zÍoty MAXI CA$H is an extension of the Lottery's popular 5
zÍoty CA$H category. The game, available in three colors, featured an
emphasis on chatter prizes-prizes high enough that people will share their
winning experiences with others. Launched on September 24, 2013, MAXI CA$H was
an immediate hit with players, representing a remarkable 49% of the Lottery's
instant ticket sales for that day. Throughout October, the game maintained a
23% share of the Lottery's instant sales. More importantly, this game did not
cannibalize the sales of the 5 zÍoty category.
An increase in the number of 5
zÍoty games offered and a very successful holiday ticket also
contributed to the Lottery's impressive yearly sales. The holiday ticket,
Kalendarz Adwentowy, featured Pollard Banknote's patented Scratch FX®-a
printing feature which adds sparkle and shine to the display and scratch-off
graphics of instant tickets for a visual appeal and brilliance that exceeds
that of foil, holographic foil and metallic inks.
"Pollard Banknote congratulates
Totalizator Sportowy on another record-setting year of instant ticket
sales," said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer. "The strong
showing of the Lottery's 2013 instant game portfolio is indicative of the
momentum we have built with this client through a collaborative partnership and
a focus on sales growth. We are confident that we can help the Lottery continue
this trend of year-over-year growth in the instant ticket category."
"This year we worked closely with
Pollard Banknote to expand our instant game selection and offer games that
appeal to a broad spectrum of players. This strategy is clearly paying off for
us," stated Kordian ZieliÍski, Instant Manager for Totalizator
Sportowy. He added, "Pollard Banknote's cutting edge products, like Scratch
FX®, are gaining popularity in our market and through the extended contract
we can keep offering innovative games to our players."
Totalizator Sportowy Spólka
z.o.o. was established as Poland's national lottery in 1956 and began offering
instant tickets in 1999. Headquartered in Warsaw, it is a limited liability
company that is wholly owned by the Treasury of Poland and by law holds a
lottery monopoly in the Republic. Totalizator Sportowy supports sport, national
culture, and responsible gaming initiatives in Poland, with the allocated
causes and the state budget receiving 1.57 billion zÍoty in 2012.
About Pollard Banknote
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
For more information, please visit
our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Smartplay's New Lottery Drawing Machine Designs Take-Off in
Thailand and Vietnam
EDGEWATER PARK, New Jersey (January
20, 2014) Lottery players in Vietnam and Thailand recently met the
latest evolution in traditional lottery drawing machines, the Viper and Comet,
as developed by SMARTPLAY
The Viper is
a single digit drawing machine which uses high powered blowers to mix
lightweight numbered balls prior to their upward, vacuum selection. The new
machine evolved from the popular SuperBingo, a traditional bingo drawing
machine which can draw and display up to 86 numbers.
LATEST EVOLUTION OF TRADITIONAL LOTTERY DRAWING MACHINES
Ho Chi Minh Lottery Company, Ltd.
worked with Smartplays Vietnamese agent, Nguyen Huu Tuan, and Smartplay
designers to create miniature single-digit bingo drawing machines similar in
appearance to the SuperBingo, but enhanced with optics, monitors and accent
lighting. Ho Chi Minh Lottery Company, Ltd. purchased eight new Vipers and
will launch their new game this upcoming spring.
In contrast, gravity is used to draw
the numbered balls for the new Comet lottery draw
machine, recently purchased by Compact Solution Co., Ltd. for the
Government Savings Bank of Thailand. Based on the stylized Smartplay
Halogen and Halogen II, the Comet also uses captivating lighting to illuminate
each ball as it is selected and ascends to the top of the mixing chamber.
Selected balls can travel down
either side of the machines ball trail for display. The newly designed
machine is compact and ideally suited for single-digit games, easily
accommodating display and mixing of ten numbered balls, as Compact Solutions
Both newly designed machines
originated from highly successful, durable and reliable traditional drawing
machine models crafted by Smartplay International. While the classic models are
available for purchase, the new designs have been increasingly successful due
to their economic size and weight.
Established in 1993, Smartplay is
dedicated to the creative design, development and manufacture of lottery
The product line has evolved over
the years in response to clients needs by incorporating the latest
technology. Smartplay has thereby maintained a position as international leader
in the area of lottery drawing machines and customized game show equipment.
Smartplay is consistently chosen
above other manufacturers due to a reputation for quality and reliability.
Smartplay is proud to be the choice of the worlds most prestigious
CONTACT: Mariana Mokritski,
Marketing +1 609 880 1860, Email: Mariana@smartplay.com.
SOURCE: Smartplay International,
Tipp24 SE Advise Transfer of Registered Office to London Expected
to be Completed on February 7, 2014
HAMBURG, Germany (January 31, 2014)
-- Tipp24 SE expects
registration of the transfer of its registered office to London with the UK's
Companies House on 7 February 2014. The transfer had been resolved by the
company's Annual General Meeting of 28 June 2013 with a large majority. It will
become effective as of the registration.
Dr. Hans Cornehl, CEO of Tipp24 SE,
states: 'Having accomplished all necessary preparations for the move of
Tipp24 SE, we are now on the verge of completing the transfer of our registered
office. London provides excellent conditions for the further strategic
development and internationalisation of our company. We aim to fully utilise
the opportunities which the UK offers.'
According to the Frankfurt Stock
Exchange, trading of the company's shares (WKN TPP024 / ISIN DE0007847147) will
continue as normal during the relocation. No suspension is planned.
As of the registration of the
transfer, the shares in Tipp24 SE will convert into registered shares under UK
law. In order to enable the registered shares to continue trading on the
Frankfurt Stock Exchange, they will be traded in the form of so called
Clearstream Interests (CI) under WKN TPP024 / ISIN GB00BHD66J44. The respective
adjustment in the shareholders' depository accounts will be effected
automatically upon the registration of the transfer. Each Clearstream Interest
(CI) represents a registered share in Tipp24 SE. Shareholders of Tipp24 SE do
not need to take any action.
A detailed description of the
consequences of the company's relocation for shareholders, creditors and
employees is provided in the Transfer Report of the Executive Board dated 21
May 2013, which can be downloaded from the company's website (www.tipp24-se.de)
in the special section 'Annual General Meeting 2013 / Relocation'.
Tipp24 SE will announce the
registration of the transfer of its registered office immediately via a capital
market announcement pursuant to § 30e WpHG.
About Tipp24 SE
Tipp24 SE was founded in September
1999 and holds equity interests in a number of companies in Spain and the UK,
which enable participation in lottery-based games via the Internet, especially
via the websites www.ventura24.es,
From its foundation to the current
day, Tipp24 has generated stakes of 2.5 billion euros and thus contributed over
650 million euros in taxes and duties. Following its successful IPO in 2005
(Prime Standard), the company was admitted to the SDAX index in June 2009. In
July 2012, German online brokerage activities were successfully spun off from
Tipp24 SE in the form of the company Lotto24 AG, which is listed separately on
the stock exchange.
With the acquisition of a stake in
the UK-based company Geonomics Global Games Limited in December 2012, Tipp24 SE
laid the foundation for the expansion of its international business.
CONTACT: Tipp24 SE, Andrea Fratini,
Head of Media and Public Relations, Tel.: +49 (0)40 32 55 33 660.
SOURCE: Tipp24 SE (www.tipp24.de).
ISBB Launch New Online Betting System with the Advanced Betting
& Lottery Platform from LVS & Lotsys
- New ISBB web and mobile sportsbook -
- Easy ABP integration thanks to open
- Advanced risk management features for
better trading team productivity
LONDON, U.K. (February 3, 2014) --
British sports betting software provider LVS Ltd and its French counterpart,
lottery solutions specialist Lotsys SAS (FDJ Group) announced today that the
Israel Sports Betting Board (ISBB), exclusive rights operator for sports
betting in Israel, is now live with the system they jointly delivered to this
LVS and Lotsys won an international
tender to supply their Advanced Betting & Lottery Platform technology (ABP)
to ISBB in the form of a customized ABP platform comprising a sportsbook, a
transactional engine, web and mobile site (www.winner.co.il).
This solution provides the
foundation to sustain ISBBs growth for the next decade, said
Zach Fishbein, Chairman of ISBB. CEO Itshak Lary added: We have chosen
modernity and flexibility with LVS and Lotsys.
This project is part of ISBBs
strategy to upgrade their offer to customers and distribute a much broader
range of sports and markets. ISBB is enhancing productivity with the ABP
sportsbook automation suite and ABP open architecture to enable real-time
integration with satellite systems and online services.
ISBB is a very interesting
customer; they are sharp and highly skilled in sports betting and IT,
said Simon Ordish, LVS CEO. They know what they want and this project
was a great opportunity to boost our roadmap.
ABP is a new generation of betting
solution developed on modern yet proven technologies, such as Java and Oracle
for the backend and Ruby on Rails for the frontend, and exposes all its
services through an open REST API, considerably facilitating integration
Pascal Blyau, LVS Managing Director
& FDJ Development Director summed up: While ABP was initially
designed for online betting operators, this kind of project allows us to extend
ABP into a much more global and multi-channel solution purpose-fitted for
sports betting and lottery operators. ABP is a new class of gaming solution and
is becoming a best-seller in the lottery world.
SOURCE: LVS Ltd.
Half-Way Through Fiscal Year, Lottery Transfers to State Up Six
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (February 2,
2014) -- For the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, the
Corporation transferred more than $39.4 million to the state's coffers,
bringing cumulative transfers for the year to over $80.1 million, which exceeds
last year's transfer to date by $4.6 million.
With second-quarter revenue of
$112,775,997, the Lottery contributed $39,471,600 to the state treasury. By
law, 35 percent of Lottery proceeds are transferred to the state treasury and
dedicated for K-12 public education.
No other lottery jurisdiction in the
U.S. contributes a greater percentage of revenue to its government.
Retailers earn five percent sales
commission on Lottery tickets, plus incentives for cashing winning tickets and
bonuses for selling winning tickets, totalling nearly $6.3 million for October
to December of 2013.
Lottery President Rose Hudson
credited the Lottery's recent success to a Mega Millions jackpot that exceeded
$600 million in December as well as solid scratch-offs sales.
"Lottery scratch-off sales are
running 13 percent higher than last year thanks to perfecting our inventory
management program," noted Hudson.
"These improvements in our the
operational efficiencies, exciting new game designs and strong relationships
with our retailer partners has helped put the Lottery in the position of
outpacing last year, which was our second most successful."
Lottery ticket purchasers must be at
least 21 years of age. Anyone with a gambling problem, or friends of anyone
with a gambling problem, is encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for
For security purposes, players
should sign the back of their tickets after purchasing.
More information on the Louisiana
Lottery can be found on Facebook at:
www.facebook.com/louisianalottery or on Twitter at
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
The Florida Lottery is Sending Ten Players to Las
First Forever Fabulous
Second Chance Drawing held today
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 5,
2014) --The Florida Lottery
held the first of three second chance drawings for non-winning FLAMINGO®
Scratch-Off tickets in the Forever Fabulous Second Chance Promotion. Ten grand
prize winners will receive a Las Vegas trip package which includes roundtrip
airfare; ground transportation; hotel accommodations for 3 nights, 4 days; a
$1,000 Flamingo® food and beverage credit; $250 spending money; plus two
VIP tickets to the Donny & Marie Show.
In addition, 100 second prize
winners will receive a Flamingo merchandise prize package which includes a polo
shirt; a set of golf balls; a pair of Tervis® tumblers; a beach towel; a
visor; a watch; sunglasses and a robe.
The first drawings grand prize
winners are listed below. For a complete list of winners, please visit the
Lotterys website at www.flalottery.com.
Two second chance drawings remain
and will be held on March 5 and April 2.
Players may enter their non-winning
FLAMINGO Scratch-Off tickets on the Lotterys website. Tickets must be
entered before midnight ET on the last day of the entry period for each
Additional information about the
Forever Fabulous Second Chance Promotion is available on the Florida Lottery
The FLAMINGO Scratch-Off game
launched on January 7, and offers six top prizes of $250,000. The overall odds
of winning are one-in-3.96.
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 Floridas economy through prize
payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to
Since 1988, Florida Lottery games
have paid more than $40 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people
For more information, please visit
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
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iLottery 2.0: Expand the Game: Whitepaper Now
Karma's latest whitepaper in
partnership with La Fleur's Magazine is now available for download
HALIFAX, Canada (February 4, 2014)
-- Karma Gaming, a
developer of next-generation casual games for lotteries worldwide, and La
Fleurs Magazine announced the release of Karma Gamings new White
Paper entitled iLottery 2.0: Expand the Game.
For a free copy of the full report
In November 2013, Karma Gaming
commissioned Gamer Insights Group to conduct an Attitudes and Usage Study among
lottery players and gaming audiences. The data contained in this White Paper is
based upon an attitudes and usage study of 3,000 consumers across the United
States, the United Kingdom and Canada. It examines the points of intersection
between play-for-fun games and lottery, and how lotteries might be able to use
game trends to increase brand appeal among new audiences and strengthen their
"With over 70% of lotteries
participating in social media and 43% offering some form of online sales,
digital has become a fast growing marketing and sales channel for
lotteries, said Jay Aird, co-founder and chief innovation officer at
Karma Gaming. The transition from bricks to clicks, however, has not
been easy. Beyond the regulatory hurdles and technical challenges, lotteries
face incredible competition online for the customers time and
As a result of these challenges,
interactive sales for lotteries vary greatly, ranging from under 1% to over 40%
of total sales, according to La Fleurs data. What we have seen is that the
early movers in Europe have exploited the potential to establish the Internet
as another sales channel. As a result, online sales for these pioneers now
represent 20% to 30% of their total sales, said Terri Markle,
president and CEO, TLF Publications. In contrast, U.S. lotteries have
faced an uphill battle to receive regulatory approval to sell online or to test
new types of games to sell online, beyond lotto subscriptions. Online sales
represent only about 1-2% of sales.
Lottery users are active players of
casual & social games, over-indexing against the general population. U.S.
lottery players are the heaviest casual & social game players across the
three markets studied. Casual & social gaming has become the fastest
growing form of mass media of all time, bringing hundreds of millions of new
consumers to the category who never before considered themselves gamers.
Lotteries are struggling
for digital relevance while casual and social gaming has become the pastime of
choice for the mass market. Could lotteries benefit from the convergence of the
two categories? How interested are lottery players in casual & social
games? Do gamer audiences enjoy lottery games, and could they
represent the next valuable audience for lotteries moving online? This
whitepaper provides insights into these questions, and explores the world of
casual & social gaming from a lottery perspective, said Paul
LeBlanc, co-founder and chief executive officer at Karma Gaming.
Among the major findings of the
White Paper, lottery players, casual & social gamers enjoy the same types
of games. Among U.S. lottery players, 70% play casual & social games on
computer, while 59% play on smartphones, and 48% play on tablet devices. Among
U.S. smartphone gamers, 85% participate in lottery and 77% purchase lottery
scratch games. This suggests that lotteries and lottery suppliers
could grow their user bases by targeting casual & social gamers with
marketing and new product innovations, said Aird.
Finally, lottery players are more
advanced with mobile commerce than reflected by current industry sentiment,
according to the report. Lotteries and suppliers should take note that
their player bases are more advanced digitally than realized by the
industry, said LeBlanc.
SOURCE: Karma Gaming.
New Mexico Lottery Revs Up Trucks & Bucks
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (February 4,
2014) -- Players are revved-up to win shiny red trucks in the
New Mexico Lotterys
Trucks & Bucks Scratcher.
Available in stores now, the $3
Trucks & Bucks game offers top prizes of three Ford* F-150 XLT
The Trucks &
Bucks game includes a second-chance drawing for
players with non-winning tickets. Two players will win gray Ford* F-150 XLT
Players enter at Second Chance
City at www.nmlottery.com. The deadline to enter is June 3. Six finalists
will be drawn on June 5. Two truck winners will be drawn on June 28.
The truck prizes, valued at more
than $52,000 each, will include tax and title.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
The sale of all New Mexico Lottery
games funds a college tuition-assistance program. Since its inception in 1996,
the New Mexico Lottery has raised $593.4 million for education and more than
90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
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).
NOTE: *Ford Motor
Company www.FordMotorCompany.com Trademarks and Trade Dress used
under license to MDI
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
IGT Celebrates 20th Anniversary of VLT and Systems Partnership
with University of Iceland
LONDON, U.K. (February 5, 2014) --
Today at ICE Totally Gaming, Europe's premiere gaming tradeshow, gaming
entertainment leader IGT (NYSE: IGT) and the University of Iceland celebrated
the 20th Anniversary of their business partnership to provide Iceland Lottery
players with the fun and excitement of IGT
Video Lottery Terminals
The long-standing relationship has
produced meaningful benefits to the Icelandic community at large by generating
funding for University of Iceland buildings and resources.
IGT furnishes 100 percent of the
Iceland Lottery's Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) in addition to providing a
variety of systems products including Casinolink, EZ-Pay, sbX Media Manager and
sbX Floor Manager.
"Today we salute our great
friends and partners at the University of Iceland, as we celebrate 20 years of
working together to deliver best-in-class entertainment that helps to provide
important resources to the educational system," said Patti Hart, IGT
CEO. "We look forward to building on this outstanding relationship as
we continue to lead and transform gaming entertainment."
For more information about IGT,
visit IGT.com. Follow IGT at @IGTNews. Join the conversation at
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Luck Will Find You! Lottery Introduces Edgy California Black
Exclusive Scratchers® Game
$10 Tickets Offer Sleek Look With 20 Chances for $1 Million Top
SACRAMENTO, California (February 4,
2014) -- Lady Luck is back and shes on the hunt again, this time
looking to award Californians with two dozen life-changing top prizes of $1
million each. Yes, were talking potentially seven figures for a $10
investment on the Lotterys latest Scratchers game, California Black
And wait until you see it! Its
unlike any of our wide variety of games currently on the market. Whereas most
tickets feature bright colors and sparkly patterns this $10 game is deep
black with a touch of gold. We know the color black is steeped with imagery,
including sophistication and mystery.
Consumers who have seen the ticket
are taking note. They describe the 8x4-sized Scratchers ticket as
bold, elegant and mischievous. The $1 million prize is certainly enticing.
The last time we introduced
our California Black Scratchers game, it sold extremely well,
said Russ Lopez, California Lottery Deputy Director of Corporate
Communications. Players loved the look, feel and most importantly
all of the prizes! We are confident this new exclusive
ticket will do just as well.
If youre hoping this game is
as easy to play as it is fun to hold youre in luck! Just match any
of YOUR NUMBERS to any of the six WINNING NUMBERS and
win that prize. Uncover a 10X symbol to automatically win 10 times
that prize. Uncover a 20X symbol to automatically win 20 times that
prize. Uncover a WIN symbol and win all 20 prizes automatically!
The odds of winning the $1 million
top prize are 1 in 1.2 million. The odds of winning any of the other cash
prizes, from $10 up to $20,000, are 1 in 4.11. Dont forget, every
non-winning ticket can be entered into our 2nd Chance program for another try
at becoming Californias latest millionaire!
And thats not
all! Were adding even more excitement by giving players an
extra 2nd Chance code to win $1 million in cash during our End of Game Draw! On
the back of every California Black Exclusive ticket is a QR (Quick Response)
code. Its a portal to Lady Lucks Challenge our new exclusive
online match game that challenges your memory.
There you can enter your 2nd Chance
code from your non-winning California Black Exclusive ticket to get a bonus
Also, if you need a refresher on
what Lady Luck looks like, check her out in the flesh in the hip California
Black Exclusive Scratchers television spot. Its airing this month in
major markets throughout the state.
California Black Exclusive $10
Scratchers are now available at more than 21,000 participating Lottery retail
locations throughout the state. Remember, luck can strike anywhere any
The game is part of the
Lotterys continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners
and earn more money for California public schools.
This past fiscal year, the sale of
Lottery products generated $1.28 billion for students the 13th
consecutive year more than a billion dollars was distributed to public schools
throughout the state.
Although a modest amount once
divided between 1,600 public school districts, teachers and administrators
count on their funds to continue critical learning programs, purchase equipment
and even pay teacher salaries.
The mission of the California
Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while
simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every dollar
spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of
contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation.
The California Lottery urges its
customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a
gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at:
SOURCE: California Lottery.
Duck Dynasty® Scratch-Offs Have Arrived at Hoosier
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 4,
2014) -- One of America's most popular families is now a part of the
Hoosier Lottery game
Beginning Feb. 4, Duck Dynasty
Scratch-offs will be available to Hoosier Lottery players. This $2 ticket,
which includes a top prize of $10,000, will feature five different scenes of
Robertson family members made popular in A&E's Duck Dynasty TV show.
The Hoosier Lottery announced in its
November 2013 public commission meeting that it would be launching the Duck
Dynasty game, based on the strength of the Duck Dynasty brand and the success
of like games in other states.
Currently, fans can not only watch
Duck Dynasty, but now, they can add the Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off to their
collection of Duck Dynasty items and have a chance at winning a cash prize at
the same time!
To specifically reach fans of the
show that might be most interested in the ticket, the Hoosier Lottery will be
undertaking what might be considered non-traditional routes, including
advertising in publications like Game & Fish Magazine, near stores that
sell hunting and fishing equipment, and on the Duck Dynasty TV show itself.
Duck Dynasty joins the Hoosier
Lottery's roster of Scratch-off games, available at over 4,000 retailers across
the state of Indiana. Leading the Scratch-off pack is the popular Hoosier
Millionaire, the first Scratch-off game ever available to Hoosier players,
which has been revamped in honor of the Lottery's 25th anniversary.
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
To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and
For more information, please contact
Stephanie McFarland at:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
New Australasian Gaming Expo Venue at Glebe Island, Passes Its
the many attendees at the test event. Left to Right: Judy Rayner
Australasian Gaming Expo exhibition sales agent; Merryl Freeman
Marketing Manager, Paltronics; Ross Ferrar CEO, Gaming Technologies
Association; Sandra Renwick Marketing Manager, Bally; Tania Gauci
PA & Senior Administration Supervisor (Australasia), Bally; Michael
OHara Australasian Gaming Expo Co-ordinator
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (January 30,
2014) -- On Friday 24th January, the operators of the new venue for the 2014
Australasian Gaming Expo, held a test event for future exhibitors at the new
Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, site. This will be the home for the
Australasian Gaming Expo for the next 3 years.
With over 500 visitors attending on
the day, it was a great opportunity for them to test that the ferries and buses
worked, that the taxi drivers could find the new venue and that visitors coming
by car could find the new venues car park by knowing to turn left to go
past the Super Yacht Marina and not proceed along Victoria Road.
Also at the test were the complete
catering services offering everything from scrumptious Tandoori filled
Baguettes to complete Caesar Salads. And in a step up from the catering at the
old Darling Harbour venue, the coffee was proper coffee, made by real baristas
with proper coffee machines.
Several exhibitors that will be at
AGE 2014 attended and they were pleasantly surprised at both the sense of
permanence and spaciousness that the new venue offered. Heres what
Enrike Vogel Customer Service Manager at PHaT Sourcing said after he had
finished the guided tour; The view looking outside of Hall 1 is
absolutely breathtaking. Inside the Halls there is such a natural
lighting and this felt very warm and inviting. Very excited this
year to be exhibiting in the new venue at AGE!!
Lindsay Verdon from Paynter Dixon
was as equally excited; Glebe Island, as a new facility, has a lot of
positive features and the natural light is excellent. We will be able to
create a stand with more design flair. The AGE event has been held at
Darling Harbour for 24 years, this move will enlighten and boost our enthusiasm
for new ideas which our industry is all about!!
The Australasian Gaming Expo will be
held from the 12th of August to the 14th of August 2014.
The Gaming Technologies
Associations 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, Phone: (02) 8216 0931 or 0418
686 075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies