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Vol. 66 No.8 - Monday February 24, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

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  • GTECH to Make An Offer to Acquire Probability Plc, A Leading Global Provider of Mobile Entertainment Gaming. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Extends Its Online Contract in New Mexico. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Release App with Ticket Scanning Capability. Full Story.
  • Eastern European e-Gaming – Signs of Progress in 2014. Full Story.
  • Veikkaus Profit Increased by 506.3 Million in 2013, Digital Sales Account for More Than a Third of Sales. Full Story.
  • Caixa Loterias Report Sales Increase of 8.82% in 2013. Full Story.
  • Idaho Lottery Turns 25, Offers Special Ticket. Full Story.
  • Luck Will Find You! Lottery Introduces Edgy California Black Exclusive Scratchers® Game. Full Story.
  • Czech Lottery to Enter Mobile Market with New Numerical Lottery. Full Story.
  • New Mexico Lottery Board Interviews CEO Candidates, Extends Employment Offer. Full Story.
  • Lotería Nacional Completes Its 2013 "Lottery Action" Program. Full Story.
  • Gaming Regulator Reminds Licensees on Requirements for Holding Poker Tournaments. Full Story.
  • New Jersey Lottery Turns Trash Into Cash with the Million Dollar Replay. Full Story.
  • Florida Lottery Sets New Record for Weekly Scratch-Off Sales. Full Story.
  • European Lotteries Association Welcomes the European Parliament Report on Anti-Money Laundering Directive Which Allows for Appropriate Control of All Gambling Activities. Full Story.


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GTECH to Make An Offer to Acquire Probability Plc, A Leading Global Provider of Mobile Entertainment Gaming

ROME, Italy and PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (February 18, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH UK Interactive Limited (GTECH UK), had reached agreement with the board of UK-listed Probability Plc (Probability) on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition by GTECH UK of the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of Probability. The acquisition, at £0.50 per Probability share, values the fully diluted share capital of Probability at approximately £17.5 million (€21 million). The acquisition is expected to be completed by mid-2014.

Probability is a mobile gaming solutions company that will provide GTECH with immediate access to a mobile solution in slots and table games, as well as enhance player acquisition and retention experience. Probability’s proprietary Slot-O-Matic technology allows the automatic translation of gaming content across multiple mobile operating systems. Probability has established an industry-leading capability to quickly create and bring to market games which will work in multiple devices in numerous regulated jurisdictions.

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This acquisition is a significant step in GTECH’s ongoing efforts to meet the mobile gaming needs of our World Lottery Association (WLA) and commercial customers,” said GTECH S.p.A. President of Products & Services Renato Ascoli. “Probability does not have a WLA presence and its products complement GTECH’s mobile product offering. The combination will generate operational synergies, primarily in R&D and games development. Technical integration and the resulting impact on time-to-market for Probability’s solutions is expected to progress rapidly as GTECH is a current customer in Italy and, as such, is integrated into Probability’s platform.”

Having recognized the significance that mobile would play in the gaming sector earlier than most in the industry, Probability has invested the time and capital into technology and developed a deep understanding of mobile gaming dynamics,” said Probability CEO Charles Cohen.  “We enter into this transaction with the expectation that our combined knowledge and resources will drive future growth in mobile gaming for our customers.”

Probability has developed a catalog of more than 30 games compatible with over 3,500 mobile devices, including tablets, and serves 800-1,000 different devices a day. High-Definition (HD) gaming is part of its current portfolio and being delivered as a way to enhance the customer experience.

Moreover, Probability has demonstrated its ability to offer its technology in all traditional gambling business models including B2C, B2B partner-managed, and B2B Probability-managed “white-label” in multiple regulated jurisdictions.

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With a highly-skilled team of approximately 45 employees, Probability was founded in 2004, and listed on the AIM – London Stock Exchange in 2006. It is currently licensed in several jurisdictions including Italy, Gibraltar, and the UK, and is in the process of developing U.S.- ready systems.

Probability’s net gaming revenues for the first six months of its fiscal year 2014 (the six-month period ended September 30, 2013) were £3.6 million. As of September 30, it had a net cash position of £1.7 million.

The acquisition, which will be implemented by way of a Court sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the UK Companies Act 2006 and is subject to certain regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed by mid 2014. Fabio Celadon, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, led the acquisition team for GTECH.                                             

GTECH S.p.A.

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation. The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2012, GTECH had approximately €3.1 billion in revenues and more than 8,600 employees in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit www.gtech.com.

For further information CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent

GTECH  S.p.A.

Corporate Communications

   T. (+1) 401 392 7452

Simone Cantagallo

GTECH S.p.A

Media Communications

T. (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: GTECH  S.p.A.

 

 

INTRALOT Extends Its Online Contract in New Mexico

ATHENS, Greece (February 20, 2014) -- After a smooth conversion to INTRALOT’s systems and six years of successful operations in New Mexico, INTRALOT USA was awarded an extension of its contract by the New Mexico Lottery Board for the provision of the on-line Lottery Gaming System and related products and services. The new amendment extends the current seven (7) year contract, for three (3) additional years from 2015 until 2018.

The extension amendment provides that INTRALOT will continue to offer the New Mexico Lottery INTRALOT’s LOTOS™ O/S On-line Gaming Computer System. This includes its state-of-the-art terminals, peripheral devices and a satellite network that links retailer terminals across the state to the central system. Incorporated into this package are additional services, such as marketing support, hotline, maintenance and repair as well as field operations.

According to Mr. David Barden, Interim Director of the New Mexico Lottery, “I look forward to continuing our productive relationship with INTRALOT as the lottery moves towards new technology and sales channels benefiting the future of New Mexico through our support of higher education.  New Mexicans have benefitted from our relationship with INTRALOT.  As our partner INTRALOT has consistently provided excellent technology and service at a value-based price.”

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INTRALOT USA President and CEO, Mr. Tom Little, added: “Upon award of the contract in New Mexico our first task was to successfully complete the difficult task of upgrading New Mexico’s current system to an INTRALOT solution.   Once the system was converted our team have continued to meet the needs and goals of the New Mexico Lottery and are pleased to continue our relationship with the award of the extension of our contract. We will continue to stand by the Lottery and support its efforts to increase its sales for the benefit of the State’s good causes.”

Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, CEO of INTRALOT Group, stated: “We are looking forward to continuing our close cooperation with the New Mexico Lottery and providing our added-value services to the State. INTRALOT’s well-established presence in the US ratifies our relationship of trust with the US Lotteries. This extension of our contract is a result of our consistent offering of pioneering products and services that focus on addressing the needs and expectations of the Lotteries, as well as the hard work and dedication to excellence of the INTRALOT USA team.”

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: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Release App with Ticket Scanning Capability

ATLANTA, Georgia (February 18, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) announced today its release of a ground-breaking mobile app with a ticket scanning feature. The app was designed and launched for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation to complement its VIP Rewards® program, the Lottery’s Points for Prizes® program created and managed by Scientific Games and its subsidiary, MDI Entertainment, LLC.

A component of Scientific Games’ Properties Plus® program, Points for Prizes allows players to enter lottery tickets into an exclusive Players Club member section of the Lottery’s website to earn rewards points.

Points accrue with each ticket entered, and can be redeemed by the player in the Points for Prizes online store for loyalty rewards ranging from movies, music and eBook downloads to electronics, jewelry and sporting equipment.

Using the new MDI-built app, players have the ability to scan a barcode on eligible tickets to have their points instantly added to their accounts, and to enter Play It Again!TM and 2nd Chance drawings. No manual ticket entry is needed.

In addition to the scanning tool, the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation’s app delivers other valuable features from its VIP Players Suite® website including e- alerts setup and modification to receive draw results, jackpots, “Your Number’s Up” and other game notifications. Information on eligible instant games, as well as member ticket entry history and point balances also are available via the app.

Non-members can even register for a VIP Players Suite® account directly from their mobile devices.

We’re extremely pleased to offer our players this multi-functional new app,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President & CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “This gives us yet another way to connect with our players, reward our VIP Players Suite® members and, ultimately, maximize proceeds for the students and families of our great state.”

Amy Bergette Hill, Senior Vice President for Interactive at Scientific Games, said, “The creation of the ticket scanning function is a significant step forward, and we commend the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation for being the first to offer it to its players. This makes the ticket entry process much quicker and more convenient for players, and eliminates any possibility of incorrectly keying in a number."

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"The scanning tool is a noteworthy feature of Tennessee’s new app, and now can be offered with other mobile apps we build for our customers.”

In the first 30 days following its release, the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation’s new app was downloaded more than 14,000 times. Nearly 900,000 tickets were entered via the app’s scanning functionality, representing 14 percent of the total number of tickets entered during that time.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets.

The Company’s portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services.

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

CONTACT: Therese Minella - 770-825-4219 - Scientific Games Corporation.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Eastern European e-Gaming – Signs of Progress in 2014

Article by: GBGC

CASTLETOWN, Isle of Man ((February 17, 2014) --The progress of internet gambling and its regulation in Eastern Europe has not been as rapid or as successful as planned. In general, across the region, it has taken much longer for regulation to be developed than anyone expected. But 2014 is showing signs of movement.

Bulgaria, a country of seven million people and a member of the European Union since 2007, started reviewing its online gambling policy in the same year it joined the EU. However, the law that regulated Internet gambling only actually came into effect some five years later in July 2012. Another year then passed before operators were allowed to apply for online gaming licences. A little before that, the authorities drew up an Internet gambling blacklist, which comprised a total of 171 websites by the start of 2014.

As Internet gambling was already quite well developed in the country before it was regulated, with the likes of Sportingbet, bwin and Betfair targeting the market and advertising there, the authorities expected that the operators would queue up for the new local licenses. But, with high taxes in place, the licences have not proved popular. The Internet gambling tax was set at 15% of handle, the same as for land based betting and lotteries. As a result, by the end of 2013, only two companies were licensed for online gambling: the sports betting monopoly’s Maltese company Eurofootball Limited and the state owned lottery and tote Bulgarian Sports Totalisator.

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So the government decided to revise the gambling laws again, a practice deployed every few years. Just before the end of 2013, the Bulgarian parliament passed the state gaming law changes which reduced the tax rate to 20% of GGY/rake. The effects of the lower taxes will be seen in the coming months. But the change in tax base has already spurred PokerStars and Betfair to make licence applications. Other companies are also said to have shown renewed interest in the market now the tax is going to be based on GGY rather than handle.

In Croatia online gambling has great potential, but its size is limited due to the legislative barriers of entry. The 2010 law changes allowed online gambling for the first time, but only for the existing land based operators and for the games of the same type as the ones offered in land based venues (so bookmakers can offer only betting, casinos only casino games and the state lottery both plus lottery games, same as in bricks and mortar establishments). The law came into effect in 2010, when Croatia was not part of the EU, but with EU entry taking place on 1 July 2013 the requirement for existing local, land-based operations seems incompatible with EU regulations. The annual licence fee is set to HRK 3m (around €400,000), which is three times more than for retail betting and six times more than for a casino.

As a result of these regulatory requirements, four years after the market was liberalised, only five out of nine bookmakers are using the Internet channel, including the lottery, which also conducts sports betting. The lottery is also offering lottery games over the Internet. There are still no operators of Internet casino games, even though Croatia has 13 casino concessionaires plus the lottery.

Despite its small population of only 4.2 million people, Croatia could potentially be a lucrative market for Internet operators due to high propensity to gamble. The leading bookmaker had nearly 40% of its total betting handle coming from the Internet only 15 months after it was launched. At the end of 2012, a little over two years after the launch, the Croatian Lottery’s Internet lottery sales accounted for 5% of total lottery sales, but the Internet accounted for as much as 35% of the total betting handle. By now the leading Croatian bookmaker is seeing well over 50% of turnover coming from the Internet. It would be interesting to see some statistics on casino games, but so far only the Lottery seems interested in launching an Internet casino, but it keeps getting postponed.

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Another example is Montenegro, a tiny country with only 600,000 inhabitants. Montenegro allowed Internet gambling as far back as 2004, one of the first countries in the region to do so. But the small size of the market coupled with a modest infrastructure in this mostly mountainous country sparked no interest from online or existing land based operators. So in 2011 the authorities decided to amend the law. But after two years of working on the new law, the draft legislation was abandoned, due to lack of consensus among various parties. It was then agreed that it will be left to the operators to propose the initial draft of the law, which was due by mid-2013. Based on previous experience we do not expect the new law to be in force before 2015.

Macedonia also allowed Internet gambling from an early stage, but decided to go down the route of being an Internet gambling hub, forbidding licensees from targeting the local population. No operators applied for a licence, but years passed by before the authorities decided to amend the law to make licensing more attractive.

The new law, passed in 2011, originally allowed targeting of both local and foreign players, but the operator had to have a company registered locally. The licensing fee was set to €50,000, while the tax was set to 0.5% of handle.

But in 2012 the government approved amendments to the law to give the new state lottery exclusive rights to organise Internet gambling. The lottery was allowed to offer lottery games, casino and sports betting online. In summer 2013 the lottery published a tender for a stake in a joint venture, which will allow the successful bidder to operate VLTs and Internet gambling. Casinos Austria International was selected to hold a 49% stake in the JV, with the aim to start blocking foreign websites and offering Internet gambling in H1 2014.

In the ethnically divided Bosnia and Herzegovina there are three gambling laws, each ruling over one entity or a de facto entity. Only Republika Srpska allows Internet gambling. Licence fees are set to BAM 200k (€100,000) and the licences are valid for five years. The tax is set to 5% of GGY and another 5% of tax/rake is paid for casino games. The first operator launched Internet gambling in January 2011, consisting of sports betting and casino games. The company also operates land based betting shops and slot halls. It targets not only its citizens, but also citizens from other entities and other countries. It is estimated that only about 15% of its players are from Republika Srpska. Another bookmaker launched online betting recently, but the players have to open an account and deposit money in a land based betting shop before they can play online.

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Serbia started drafting a new law, which also allowed Internet gambling for private operators, in 2011. Previously only the state lottery was allowed to operate online. The law came into force at the end of 2011, but sub-legal regulations were completed only in August 2013, allowing for issuance of licenses. The law sets the taxes to reasonable 5% of GGY for non-betting and 15% of GGY for betting. As of early 2014, three bookmakers are offering Internet betting, but players are required to deposit and withdraw funds at land based shops.

So, to sum up, over the six countries detailed above, only 12 operators are active over the Internet with a local licence. As some of these countries have had Internet regulations in place for a number of years, the market should have been well developed by now, but this has not been the case. Croatia is the most advanced country in the region when it comes to Internet gambling, but high licensing fees are still hindering its growth. As most of Eastern Europe has a high propensity to gamble, this might be an good market for foreign operators willing to tackle the problems the industry is facing, especially those stemming from slow regulatory changes.

About GBGC

GBGC provides top flight consultancy services, data and publications for the global gambling industry. We look at all segments from the traditional land based business of casino, bingo, sports betting and lotteries to the new vibrant and rapidly growing on line gambling business. GBGC has helped governments develop their policy toward gambling, companies with their corporate strategies, investment banks and private equity with their due diligence and served some of the major consultancies with the flow of data about the gambling business.

GBGC has completed six assignments for governments including Botswana where we have advised the government on the implementation of its new Gambling Laws.

The government of Malta, where GBGC produced the concept for Malta to become the most successful online gambling destination. GBGC has also completed contracts with the regional Government of Lagos, Nigeria and two projects for the Isle of Man Government. GBGC have undertaken assignments for UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort, Charterhouse Development Capital, Stanley Leisure plc, General Atlantic Partners, William Hill plc, Ladbrokes plc and GTECH.

SOURCE: GBGC.

 

 

Veikkaus Profit Increased by 506.3 Million in 2013, Digital Sales Account for More Than a Third of Sales

VEIKKAUS, Finland (February 12, 2014) - For Oy Veikkaus Ab, the Finnish National Lottery, 2013 was another year of success. Turnover went up to EUR 1 858,4 million, an increase of 4.6%. In addition to which Veikkaus attained a record-high profit, EUR 506 million, an increase of 1.1%.

"Veikkauksen performance and improved cost-effectiveness in a challenging environment. At the same time, we developed our business more responsibly and reliably, with special attention to the prevention of gambling addiction and the introduction of a strong, bank identifiers based on the so-called Tupas identification," says CEO Juha Koponen .

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Veikkaus registered players increased by 1,538,000 (5.1%). Registered players share of net sales was 53.7%. Digital sales rose for the first time in more than a third of our total sales (36.3%). Mobile channel digital sales accounted for over 10 per cent. Pot Sports net sales totalled €797.0 million (-1.2%), daily games €657.4 million (10.1%) and sports games €403.9 million. million (8.5%).

Growth was strongest in the digital channel eArpojen and event-time of Live Betting popularity. eArvat attracted €69.8 million (51.3%) and Live Betting €18.1 million (74.9%) of turnover.

Eurojackpot achieved its first full year of operation, €106.4 million (76.2%) of turnover.

Return to players (prizes) €1,022.5 million (7.6%). The cost of lottery tax was €99.8 million (1.1%).

Betting is not liable to tax, and therefore not been able to reduce the supply and palveluostoihinsa included in the value-added tax.

Veikkaus paid value added tax totalling €21.9 million (1.9%). Betting in 2014, the year before seeking a better result in the challenging business environment, and in spite of stricter regulation.

"We believe that the dedicated work of game catalog and reforms to guarantee a stable revenue recognition Veikkaus beneficiaries of the changing business environment," says Juha Koponen.

For more information CONTACT: CEO Juha Koponen, via communications, p.020 750 6355 or Communications and Responsibility, Pekka Ilmivalta, tel 020 750 7314.

SOURCE: Oy Veikkaus Ab press release.

 

 

Caixa Loterias Report Sales Increase of 8.82% in 2013

CAIXA Lotteries Have Record Revenue of More Than R$ 11 Billion (US$4.5 billion) in 2013

BRAZIL (February 17, 2014) -- The sale of Caixa Economica Federal Lotteries reached R$11.4 billion (US$4.7 billion) in the year 2013. This is an increase of 8.82% over 2012, when sales reached R $10.4 billion (US$4.6 billion), representing a new record in the history of lotteries in Brazil.

Among the Lottery products, Mega-Sena was responsible for 41.50% of revenue, followed by Lotofácil, which accounted for 26.14%, and Quina, with 16.97% of the total collected.

Vice President for Funds Government and Lotteries, Fabio Cleto, said CAIXA Lotteries are an important source of resources for social development in Brazil.

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"In addition to millionaires awards, last year nearly R $ 5.4 billion (U.S. $ 2.2 billion) went to social programs of the Federal Government, in priority areas for the country, such as education, culture, sport and security," he said.

Of the amount raised by Federal Lotteries, almost 48% is allocated to social-lending. In 2013, there was an increase of 10.02% compared with the transfers made in 2012. Results and Prospects In 2013, CAIXA Lotteries implemented various innovations in the draws and modalities.

In March, the first themed drawing competition was launched, Lotomania of Páscoa, which offered a major prize of R $41.2 million (US$17 million).

CAIXA also introduced the third weekly draw mode 'Timemania,' which now takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. "The year 2013 was also the year of consolidation option listed betting - Bolão and other competitions CAIXA specials - Lotofácil of Independencia, Quina de São João and Mega da Tack , in its fifth year raised over R$758.2 million (US$314.5 million),"said the Vice President. Fabio Cleto

The year 2014 presents many challenges and brings also good prospects for further strengthening services for Lotteries. Among several new features planned is the expansion of the sale of lotteries on the Internet for all gamblers, launching a new product and enhancements to existing patterns of lotteries. These actions related to the expansion of the network of outlets planned for this year, will help to increase sales.

SOURCE: Caixa Economica Federal Lotteries press release.

 

 

Idaho Lottery Turns 25, Offers Special Ticket

BOISE, Idaho (February 19, 2014) -- The Idaho Lottery is commemorating twenty-five years of success with the debut of their special edition, commemorative 25th Anniversary ticket, a new Scratch GameTM that features a top prize of $250,000. Today’s announcement starts a five month long campaign to celebrate the Idaho Lottery’s twenty-fifth year of operations.

The success of the Lottery over the past two-and-a-half decades has been truly remarkable,” stated Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “To be approaching two-thirds of a billion dollars in returned dividends to the public schools and permanent buildings of Idaho in just twenty-five years has certainly exceeded the expectations of those who created the Lottery back in 1989.”

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The Idaho Lottery sold their first $1 Scratch ticket, Idaho Match 3, to Idaho billionaire J.R. Simplot during a ceremony on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol on July 19, 1989. Since that time, the Idaho Lottery has generated over $2.5 billion in revenue through an extensive network of 1,150 retail locations state wide.

In twenty-five years, the Idaho Lottery has awarded more than $1.5 billion in player prizes, paid over $148.2 million in retailer commissions, and returned over $600.5 million in dividends to the Idaho Public School Building account and the Idaho State Permanent Building Fund.

Our 25th Anniversary game is all about the 25s” described Anderson. “In addition to the two top prizes worth $250,000 each, this game features a lot of $250 and $2,500 prizes, plus a second chance prize worth $25,000. It’s really a thank you to our players, our retail partners, and our beneficiaries.

For a limited edition print run of only 600,000 tickets, the new $25, 25th Anniversary Scratch Game goes on sale Wednesday and carries two top prizes of $250,000. The game, printed on shiny, holographic paper, has over $11 million in prizes.

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To further enhance this year’s celebration, beginning on March 25, 2014, and the 25th of each month thereafter until shortly after the Lottery’s celebration date on July 19, 2014, the Lottery will be awarding a monthly lucky player with a prize of $2,500.

Players wishing to participate in the second chance draw may enter their alphanumeric code from the front of their 25th Anniversary ticket on the Idaho Lottery’s website at www.idaholottery.com. When the game officially ends, the Lottery will hold a second chance draw for all the entries and award one lucky player $25,000.

To all our players and all our retail partners, thank you. I hope all of Idaho will take a moment to join us in celebrating twenty-five great years of entertainment from your Idaho Lottery,” added Anderson. “And please, when you play, please do so responsibly.”

About The Idaho Lottery

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund.

Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.5 billion in products, awarded over $1.5 billion in prizes to players, returned more than $148.2 million in retail commissions, and distributed $600.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit: www.idaholottery.com.

SOURCE: Idaho Lottery.

 

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Luck Will Find You! Lottery Introduces Edgy California Black Exclusive Scratchers® Game

SACRAMENTO, California (February 14, 2014) -- Lady Luck is back – and she’s on the hunt again, this time looking to award Californians with two dozen life-changing top prizes of $1 million each. Yes, we’re talking potentially seven figures for a $10 investment on the Lottery’s latest Scratchers game, California Black Exclusive.

And wait until you see it! It’s 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 8”x4”-sized Scratchers ticket as bold, elegant and mischievous. The $1 million prize is certainly enticing.

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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 you’re hoping this game is as easy to play as it is fun to hold – you’re 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! See more here.

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. Don’t forget, every non-winning ticket can be entered into our 2nd Chance program for another try at becoming California’s latest millionaire!

And that’s not all! We’re 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. It’s a portal to Lady Luck’s 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 code.

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Also, if you need a refresher on what Lady Luck looks like, check her out in the flesh in the hipCalifornia Black Exclusive Scratchers television spot. It’s 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 time!

The game is part of the Lottery’s 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: 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: California Lottery.

 

 

Czech Lottery to Enter Mobile Market with New Numerical Lottery

SAZKA Launch Mobile Operator SAZKAmobil

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (February 14, 2014) – Sazka on this day will enter the market of mobile operators with the brand SAZKAmobil and also unveil a new numerical lottery offered by SAZKAmobil that extends the family of games offered by the largest Czech company. From 18th February customers will be able to buy "happy" SIM cards at all points of sale that offer Sazka lottery or online on the Internet.

"The Sazka brand is strong, credible and has a long tradition. Tradition is not enough, we as a parlay, we look to the future, and therefore we are continually expanding our range of services. The mobile operator is an important step for the further expansion of the brand Sazka, "says Robert Chvatal, CEO bets.

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SAZKAmobilu Customers will be able to recharge at least 300 crowns per month calls for 1.50 CZK / min., Send SMS for CZK 1.30 to all networks.

The advantage of the mobile offering through the Sazka Lottery is the wide network of branches, which includes a score of 6 900 sales points, where you can not only buy a prepaid SIM card, but also top up and play. It will also be available to customers with a free info line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"When you recharge SAZKAmobilu on our terminals you may also be included in the straight bet among others, the last five digits of the phone number for inclusion in the game of chance SAZKAmobil. Bettors can thus choose a lucky number just your mobile number. We believe that how one remembers their mobile number, so Easy to play, "explains plans Sazky CEO Robert Chvatal.

To draw new games SAZKAmobil chance can join anyone who fills out a ticket with five numbers for 20 crowns. Two raffle draws will be held on the first Monday of the month and broadcast on CT1. Do SAZKAmobil chances but all can participate fully and to bet on any five numbers for 20 crowns.

CONTACT: Václav Friedmann, Sazka spokesman, Email: friedmann@sazka.cz, Phone: 774351554.

SOURCE: Sazka.

 

 

New Mexico Lottery Board Interviews CEO Candidates, Extends Employment Offer

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (February 14, 2014) -- The New Mexico Lottery board of directors today interviewed candidates for the position of chief executive officer and voted to offer the position to Interim CEO David Barden.

If Barden accepts the board’s offer, compensation would be subject to contract negotiation.

We interviewed four exceptional candidates and each one could provide the leadership and innovation that the New Mexico Lottery needs in an entertainment marketplace where players have lots of choices,” said Dan Salzwedel, chairman of the lottery’s board of directors.

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  “In the end, we selected David Barden because we believe he has the ability to hit the ground running and to make high-impact changes that will result in a higher profile for the lottery, better sales and more revenue for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program.”

Leading the New Mexico Lottery is an exciting opportunity for the exact reason that there’s so much potential for the New Mexico Lottery to do more,” David Barden said.

The board hired Barden as the lottery’s interim CEO on December 4.  Barden’s work experience includes serving as vice president of the Arkansas Lottery Commission between 2009 and 2011 and as senior attorney and then director of marketing and product development for the South Carolina Education Lottery from 2001 to 2009.

Barden graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and a juris doctor degree from the Ohio Northern School of Law.  He is married and has two children.

Salzwedel said the board received 20 resumes from which it selected 10 finalists and ultimately interviewed four candidates.  The four candidates completed background investigations.  The board’s decision to offer the position to Barden was unanimous.

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The other three candidates were:  John A. Martin, assistant director for lottery and executive staff at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency; Dale McDonnell, a lottery industry consultant and former assistant director and general counsel at the Minnesota State Lottery; and Tom Trella, director of portfolio strategy and analysis at the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

The New Mexico Lottery has 55 employees.  In FY 2013, the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program received a record $43.7 million from net ticket sales of $141.8 million. 

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 than 43,300 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.

 

 

Lotería Nacional Completes Its 2013 "Lottery Action" Program

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (February 14, 2014) - Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia, The National Lottery of El Salvador (LNB), presented medical equipment to various hospitals in the country, valued at $23,483.49, completing the final delivery of donations scheduled for 2013, for its "Lottery Action" program.

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"This day we are delivering to five (5) hospitals premier medical equipment, including: fetal monitors, aneroid sphygmomanometers, electrocardiographs, to assist in expanding services to the thousands of users of the network of public health."

"With this release, we ended the year with an investment in charities that exceed $300,000."

"This is a result of the sale of tickets which allowed us to reach more than 60 public and private institutions across the country, especially the Progress territories, nursing homes and children's homes." "were the words of the speech of Mr. Rogelio Fonseca, President of the LNB.

"The population identifies with the role of the LNB in its Charities work, the public should think that is contributing to social improvement of the people and why the people have a special affection and love to the Lottery," said the Minister of Health Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez.

This event was carried out at the premises of the Ministry of Health at 9:00 am with the presence of the Minister of Health, National Director of Hospitals and the President of LNB.

SOURCE: National Lottery of El Salvador.

 

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Gaming Regulator Reminds Licensees on Requirements for Holding Poker Tournaments

BRISBANE, Qld., Australia (February 14, 2014) --Following an investigation by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) this is a timely reminder for all licensees of the legal requirements for the conduct of casino-type games, such as poker tournaments, held on licensed premises. 

OLGR and QPS recently received inquiries about planned poker tournaments to be conducted in association with a Brisbane tourist operator. The planned tournaments were subsequently cancelled by the licensee following investigations into alleged unlawful gambling.

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In Queensland poker involving gambling is only lawful in one of the State's four casinos under the Casino Control Act 1982. Poker which is played outside of a licensed casino and in a public place may constitute an unlawful game under the Criminal Code 1899.

There are exceptions when poker can be played in public, however. The poker tournament (or game) must be free to enter and free to play. Some tournament operators, while not charging an entry fee, allow 'chipping up' whereby additional tokens or betting chips are provided if participants purchase alcoholic beverages during the course of a tournament. This is unlawful, as there is an indirect cost being charged for persons to participate in the poker game.

At times, OLGR receives complaints about the conduct of unlawful games allegedly occurring on licensed premises. These matters are reported directly to the police and if charges are made under the Criminal Code against the licensees concerned, OLGR can give consideration to conducting its own inquiries. It is possible that a breach of the Liquor Act 1992 may have occurred under section 151A (Betting on licensed premises).

Poker games which are played between friends at a private residence are considered lawful, on the proviso that the total amount bet on each game is received by the player with the winning hand and players are not charged a fee to participate.

For additional information, please see the OLGR website page ‘Poker tournaments/funny money nights’, listed under ‘Gaming’.

SOURCE: Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation's (OLGR).

 

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New Jersey Lottery Turns Trash Into Cash with the Million Dollar Replay

Million Dollar Replay Winners Announced

TRENTON, New Jersey  (February 14, 2014) – New Jersey Lottery held the Grand Prize Drawing of the 2013 Million Dollar Replay program and announced the winners of the top prizes including the $1,000,000 Grand Prize.

The drawing is a culmination of the year-long program that provides instant ticket game players with the opportunity to turn their non-winning tickets into a second opportunity to win big money. There is one lucky $1,000,000 Grand Prize winner along with two $100,000 winners, three $50,000 winners, four $25,000 winners, and five $10,000 winners. All of the other finalists receive a $250 consolation prize.

The year-long Million Dollar Replay program offers players a second chance to win one of 15 top cash prizes by entering eligible, non-winning tickets that, prior to the initiation of the program, were simply thrown in the trash. Instant game players have the opportunity to win the Grand Prize Drawing by entering into one or more of the quarterly semi-finalist drawings. The quarterly drawing winners then populate the finalist pool for the grand prize drawing.

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Each entry into the Million Dollar Replay program requires $10 in non-winning instant game tickets, that are included in the games eligible list posted on the Lottery website. The $10 amount may be accumulated by combining tickets with purchase prices ranging from $1 up to $20. The New Jersey Lottery received more than 7.4 million entries into the 2013 program for the four quarters of the program.

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, says, “This is the third year the Million Dollar Replay program has provided New Jersey Lottery non-winning players with the opportunity to win big. It is a wonderful way for the Lottery to show its players how important they are to us. This year, we filmed the live drawing to allow the public an inside view of the detailed process and excitement. The video will be available next week for viewing on our Facebook page and You Tube Channel.”

The Million Dollar Replay program is comprised of four quarterly drawings held at Lottery headquarters at which 100 finalists are selected. The 400 finalists are then included in the Grand Prize drawing, all of whom receive a minimum $250 consolation prize.

The Grand Prize distribution for the Million Dollar Replay program is as follows: one $1 million winner, two $100,000 winners, three $50,000 winners, four $25,000 winners, and five $10,000 winners.

New Jersey Lottery players can enter the current 2014 Million Dollar Replay program by joining the free New Jersey Lottery VIP Club accessible from the NJLottery.net website.

Once a VIP Club member, players are qualified to enter their non-winning, eligible, instant game ticket numbers into the drawing. The current quarterly drawing entry period will end on March 31, 2014 with the drawing being held on or about April 3, 2014.

Please forward to the New Jersey website to view Winners List.

About the New Jersey Lottery

Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey State Lottery NJLottery.net has contributed over $20 billion to State education and institutions. The New Jersey Lottery saved taxpayers over $930 million in fiscal year 2011 by returning game proceeds to important educational programs and State-run facilities. More than six thousand businesses throughout the Garden State prosper from their partnership with the New Jersey Lottery. Among the Lottery's 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.

 

 

Florida Lottery Sets New Record for Weekly Scratch-Off Sales

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 17, 2014) -- The weather is great in Florida and the sun isn't the only thing shining, Florida Lottery sales are increasing right along with the temperature. The Florida Lottery announced today that sales of Scratch-Off tickets exceeded $78.5 million last week, an all-time record. The newest record breaks the previous sales mark by $4.5 million, reached the first week of March 2013. Florida Lottery's Scratch-Off sales have also surpassed the New York Lottery, the highest-selling U.S. lottery, the past four consecutive weeks.

"Twenty-one Florida Lottery games had sales of more than $1 million last week," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell.

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"This is good news across the board because higher sales result in more winners, increased commissions for retailers and more revenue generated for Florida's students and schools."

The Florida Lottery newest $25 Scratch-Off game, 100X THE CASH, led the Scratch-Off game sales, exceeding $15 million in sales last week. The $20 GOLD RUSH TRIPLER Scratch-Off game followed closely behind with more than $9.5 million in sales.

Terminal game sales are also contributing to the Lottery's bottom line, as both multi-state jackpot games continue to roll over, creating hundred-million-dollar jackpots. The Lottery has been averaging more than $100 million in total sales every week for the past seven weeks.

About The Florida Lottery

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

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

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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European Lotteries Association Welcomes the European Parliament Report on Anti-Money Laundering Directive Which Allows for Appropriate Control of All Gambling Activities

BRUSSELS, Belgium (February 20, 2014) -- Today, the European Parliament committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Civil Liberties (LIBE) adopted their joint report on the European Commission proposal for a revision of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

European Lotteries Association (EL) has consistently called for the extension of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive’s scope to all forms of gambling: given the high financial flows inherent to any gambling activity, it is an area with a high vulnerability to fraud and money laundering where not regulated appropriately, or where the existing regulation is not enforced.

EL President Friedrich Stickler: “We had called unambiguously for an extension of the scope of the Directive to all forms of gambling. We today welcome the further important step taken by the European Parliament to ensure an appropriate application of the controls on the specific activity that is gambling, thereby allowing Member States to apply the Directive to its full potential”.

EL today strongly supports the specification brought by the European Parliament of the specific forms of due diligence that should apply: for forms of gambling beyond casinos and online gambling, the controls should apply on the winnings above a threshold of 2 000 EUR. This specification rightly addresses the specific risk that can lie in the potential fraud with winnings and takes into consideration European customer social habits.

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EL points out that the control on winnings for certain forms of gambling is already in place in a number of Member States and has proven to be adequate. EL therefore calls on the Council to now follow the lead of the European Parliament and also provide for this efficient and adapted way of extending the Directive to all forms of gambling.

EL takes note of the fact that the European Parliament supports the possibility for Member States to exempt forms of gambling, following a risk assessment. However, EL considers that the provision as adopted in ECON and LIBE today, whereby Member States need to seek the approval from the European Commission, goes beyond the necessary and sufficient guarantees of control of national implementations already provided in the Directive and undermines the subsidiarity principle as consistently referred to in the CJEU jurisprudence on gambling. EL therefore hopes this point will be clarified further in the dialogue between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the Directive.

It is expected that the European Parliament plenary will confirm the position adopted by the LIBE and ECON committees in April in order to start discussions with the Council.

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

European Lotteries Association (EL)

European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 46 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

SOURCE: European Lotteries Association (EL).




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