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Vol. 66 No.9 - Monday March 3, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories
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Jumbo Interactive





  • Jacinta Kielty Enjoys Success in the International Gaming Industry. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Extends Contract in Croatia to Provide Interactive Instant & Scratch Games. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Celebrates New Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Instant Games at Atlanta Global Lottery Center of Excellence. Full Story.
  • Michigan Lottery Adds Interactive App to Wild Time Instant Game. Full Story.
  • Jumbo Interactive Half Yearly Report. Full Story.
  • Splendid Response to Skilrock Technologies at ICE, 2014. Full Story.
  • Alchemy3 Introduces NEW WAYS to Love Lucy! Full Story.
  • Massachusetts Lottery Official Release on Appointment of Beth Bresnahan to Executive Director. Full Story.
  • BCLC Service Plan to Deliver $1.19 Billion to the Province of British Columbia. Full Story.
  • New Missouri Game Offers Top Prize of a Quarter of a Million Dollars. Full Story.
  • Enhanced Quick Draw Offers More to Hoosier Players. Full Story.
  • Win for Life to be Played Exclusively in Virginia Beginning with Feb. 26 Drawing. Full Story.
  • Illegal Lotteries Leaves Participants Unprotected. Full Story.
  • Missouri Lottery Extends 1-Off Agreement with Arizona Gaming Designs. Full Story.
  • Louisiana Lottery Launch New Website. Full Story.
  • Players Winning Big with Michigan Lottery’s First $30 Instant Game. Full Story.

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Jacinta Kielty Enjoys Success in the International Gaming Industry

Jacinta Kielty celebrates 25 years in lottery and gaming

DUBLIN, Ireland, (February 24, 2014) -- Jacinta Kielty, Director of GTECH Ireland Operations Ltd., has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in the lottery and gaming industry.

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator, partner of choice, and provider of technology in regulated worldwide gaming markets. GTECH Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of GTECH S.p.A and has provided a full suite of technology, services and solutions to the National Lottery in Ireland since 1987.

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Ms. Kielty has over 25 years of experience in the gaming business, including 12 years as director of GTECH Ireland Operations Ltd. On a daily basis, she manages all aspects of the company, ensures that the business meets all contractual agreements and optimizes business opportunities in the Irish market.

In this role she consistently uses her broad areas of expertise to ensure successful business strategy development and implementation.

As a senior member of the International team, Ms. Kielty also works on international projects and strategic initiatives.

Recognized for her technical and leadership skills, Ms. Kielty attributes her success to her ability to readily adapt to changes, hard work and a positive outlook. Having come from a sales background, she got involved in her profession through a fascination with gaming technology and the positive impact lotteries have on people's lives.

Ms. Kielty received an MBA in business from The Open University. She was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and maintains affiliation with the MBA Association of Ireland. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling and golfing. In the years to come, Ms. Kielty seeks to continue to advance her career either in Ireland or abroad, in an intellectually stimulating environment.

For more information, please visit: http://www.worldwidebranding.com.

CONTACT:  Ellen Campbell, Director, Media Relations, Email: mediarelations@worldwidebranding.com.

SOURCE: World Wide Branding Media distribution.

 

 

INTRALOT Extends Contract in Croatia to Provide Interactive Instant & Scratch Games

ATHENS, Greece (February 27, 2014) -- INTRALOT S.A. announces the extension of its agreement with Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o, the Croatian State Lottery, for the supply and maintenance of an extensive portfolio of interactive instant and scratch games, following a public procurement procedure. The extension contract will have a duration of one (1) year and may be re-extended for consecutive one-year periods.

According to this new agreement INTRALOT, through its subsidiary INTRALOT Interactive and its gaming associate NeoGames, will provide the Croatian Lottery with additional games, on top of the wide pallet of fifty (50) e-instant and e-scratch games currently made available by the lottery. These new games will be also integrated into the Croatian Lottery’s existing multichannel gaming platform, based on INTRALOT’s B-OnTM technology, and will become accessible to Croatian players through the Internet. 

The Chairman of the Board of the Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o, Mr. Daniel Feric, stated: “We are very pleased with the successful sales levels of the interactive instant and scratch games during their 1st year of operations. The new games will significantly enrich, enlarge and complement Hrvatska Lutrija’s interactive gaming offering, currently also comprised of Lottery’s all numerical games (Lotto, Keno, Joker, TV Bingo and Eurojackpot), Fixed-Odds sports betting and virtual games. The new e-instant and e-scratch games are expected to go live in the coming weeks, in accordance with the well-designed interactive gaming strategy of our Organization, implemented with the support of INTRALOT”.

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INTRALOT Group Chief Products & Services Officer, Mr. George Zenzefilis, stated: “We are extremely honored by Croatian Lottery’s continued trust in INTRALOT and are very pleased to be the strategic partner that has assisted the Croatian Lottery in implementing its interactive gaming strategy from the very beginning. The upcoming launch of the suite of state-of-the-art e-instant and e-scratch games, and the implementation of an extensive roadmap of games to follow, will put the Croatian Lottery within the ‘elite’ of the WLA Lotteries as far as interactive gaming practices is concerned.”

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 Celebrates New Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Instant Games at Atlanta Global Lottery Center of Excellence

 

L to R: Debbie Alford, President and CEO, Georgia Lottery Corporation; Rayna Casey, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Georgia Lottery Corporation; Georgia Governor Nathan Deal; Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Lottery Group, Scientific Games; and David Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Scientific Games celebrate the ribbon-cutting of Scientific Games’ new advanced manufacturing technology for lottery instant games, Alpha P-7.

 

ATLANTA, Georgia (February 26, 2014 – Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) (the “Company”) announced the operational debut of Alpha P-7, its new and most advanced manufacturing technology for instant lottery games, at the Company’s Global Lottery Center of Excellence north of Atlanta. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Debbie Alford, President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Alpha P-7 with David Kennedy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scientific Games, and Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Lottery Group, Scientific Games. 

The Georgia Lottery has raised more than $15 billion for education and has become the second-highest performing lottery per capita in the United States,” said Governor Deal. “Scientific Games plays a major role in our ability to put out a high-quality product that keeps HOPE alive."

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"I congratulate Scientific Games on the addition of the new instant lottery game manufacturing technology, and I appreciate the company’s contribution to our state’s economic infrastructure and workforce.”

We are proud to have Scientific Games as the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s instant game provider since we began in 1993 and we look forward to many exciting games created for Georgia players using the Alpha P-7 technology,” said Debbie Alford, President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, currently the 2nd highest performing instant lottery per capita in the world with $2.6 billion in instant game sales in fiscal year 2013.

The newest component of the Company’s overall global manufacturing technology, Alpha P-7 is best-in-class technology that expands Scientific Games’ entire instant lottery game operations.

Alpha P-7 advances game innovation for the Company’s lottery customers around the world through a wide range of flexibility in game design elements such as security, color, images and ticket sizes.

The Alpha P-7 technology further enables Scientific Games to help drive results for our lottery customers by offering more opportunities for game innovation,” said Jim Kennedy. “Our instant game design and manufacturing is currently leading the way with more than 75% of the best-selling instant games in the U.S. We’re also advancing the instant game category in Europe, Asia and emerging markets in Latin America. We view the new Alpha P-7 technology as an investment in our lottery customers, their retailers, beneficiaries and players.”

Alpha P-7 is designed to manufacture instant games at 1,000 feet per minute and will continue the Company’s commitment to quality environmental practices with the use of green technology, recyclable paper, water-based inks and energy efficiency.

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The manufacturing technology was custom-designed by Scientific Games engineers and TRESU Royse Inc., a global provider of uniquely engineered, advanced technology solutions.

Currently, Scientific Games designs and manufactures more than 3,500 instant lottery games annually at five technology facilities throughout the globe, including Atlanta, Montreal, Santiago, Beijing and Leeds, England.

The Company provides technology, products or services in over 120 lottery jurisdictions worldwide, including nearly all U.S. lottery jurisdictions.

Since creating the world’s very first secure instant scratch lottery game in 1974, Scientific Games has produced innovative technology, game content and customized program solutions for lotteries and regulated gaming organizations around the world.

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.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Michigan Lottery Adds Interactive App to Wild Time Instant Game

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (February 20, 2014) – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Michigan Lottery’s latest innovative instant product, $5 Diamond Wild Time, featuring an interactive second chance game app. Wild Time has been a staple instant game in the Michigan marketplace for more than 20 years, and with the addition of an interactive component, players now have more ways to play the game with additional chances to win.

Launched on February 4, 2014, the Wild Time app is available online and allows players to play for fun or participate in a second-chance promotion. By using the app to enter non-winning tickets, players have the opportunity to win Players Club reward points or instant game cash coupons, which are redeemable at any retailer. A mobile version for Android users can be found at the Google Play Store, and an iPhone and iPad version is available for download at the Apple Store.

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Developed in collaboration with Pollard Banknote, the Wild Time app builds on the remarkable success generated by previous interactive second-chance apps used to support Bingo, Cashword, and many of the Lottery’s licensed properties. The Wild Time interactive game features a format that gives players visiting the website the full experience of Wild Time’s attention-grabbing animation and entertaining sound effects.

The launch of the Michigan Lottery’s interactive Wild Time app is the latest in the Lottery’s continuing effort to provide players with the very best products that this industry has to offer, and Pollard Banknote is proud to provide the tools needed to support that initiative,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “Based on the incredible success the Lottery has experienced with its Cashword and Bingo apps, we are confident that players and retailers in Michigan will respond just as enthusiastically to the increased playability of this popular game.”

With the introduction of this exceptional new game, Pollard Banknote has once again proven itself to be the partner of choice when it comes to innovation,” said Tom Weber, Chief Deputy Commissioner, Michigan Lottery. “This fun, new app gives users more chances to play and win, and allows potential players to familiarize themselves the popular Wild Time brand by providing the option to play for fun. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Pollard Banknote to leverage current technology and develop more of these ground-breaking products for our players to enjoy, which ultimately benefits the State of Michigan.”

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Pollard Banknote and its predecessor companies have been the primary instant ticket supplier to the Michigan Lottery since 1986. In fiscal year 2013, the Michigan Lottery provided $734.3 million to the State School Aid Fund. Established in 1972, the mission of the Michigan Lottery is to support State education programs with the highest integrity. It accomplishes this by providing highly entertaining products through a dynamic public business enterprise built upon honesty, customer satisfaction, and teamwork.

About Pollard Banknote Limited

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

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose

Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

 

Jumbo Interactive Half Yearly Report

  • Results Ahead Of Guidance Due To A Strong Run Of Australian Jackpots In December
  • Germany Now Live And Making A Contribution In HY2
  • Strong Balance Sheet And Cash Position
  • 1.5c Dividend Declared

 

BRISBANE, Queensland Australia (February 24, 2014) – Leading interactive lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX:JIN), is pleased to announce continued robust trading with a strong run of Australian jackpots in December 2013 pushing results above forecasts.

 

 

The trading robustness can be seen clearly when comparing results with a number of half-year periods and not just the December 2012 half which included the record $112 million OzLotto jackpot on Melbourne Cup day in 2012”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive.

Furthermore, the bulk of ticket sales for the $30 million New Year’s Eve Megadraw will be booked in the second half rather than the current half year period with the draw taking place on 4 January, 2014.

The balance sheet strengthened with Net Assets rising from $20.5 million at 30 June 2013 to $21.9 million at 31 December 2013 despite international expansion expenses in Germany and North America. The Company’s cash position also remains strong at $25.1 million at 31 December 2013 ($16.9 million net cash plus $8.2 million players’ funds).

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Jumbo’s Australian customer database grew from 1.52 to 1.64 million accounts over 12 months due to interactive marketing efforts designed to complement the efforts of Tatts.com, Jumbo’s primary lottery partner in Australia.

Jumbo focuses on customer acquisition from areas that complement the efforts of Tatts.com and increases overall marketing reach”, said Mr Veverka.

In addition, unique campaigns designed to increase customer retention and reinvigoration of established players resulted in the good result”, said Mr Veverka.

Germany Goes Live

Jumbo’s new lottery website in Germany, www.jumbolotto.de is live and has begun taking orders. Marketing campaigns have commenced and will continue to escalate throughout 2014 to build the customer database.

I expect the percentage growth in Germany to outpace that of Australia due to the larger market size and it’s earlier stage in the growth cycle”, said Mr Veverka.

The $11 billion German lottery market is almost twice the size of the Australian market however internet penetration is less 1% of overall sales compared to 9% in Australia.

Financial Performance

During the period, Jumbo spent $1.1 million on international expansion coinciding with the Company being awarded licenses in all 16 German states. In addition to Germany, positive signs are emerging from other European and North American markets. Below is a summary of the financial results, including a like-for-like comparison for better trend analysis.

 

 

 

These expenses relate to general marketing costs to find target jurisdictions as well as increased employee costs and establishment costs in jurisdictions that have been signed. To date, the Company has been successful in expanding into Germany, launching late December 2013, and has plans to enter more international markets in the future. The planned launch in Mexico is still pending.

All these expenses have been fully recognised in the Group’s consolidated profit and loss and funded from operating cash flows with significant payback opportunities expected in the years ahead.

Previously, customer acquisition costs were capitalized and amortised over an 18 month period. From 1 July 2012, these costs are expensed as they are incurred. The amortisation charge in the 2013 and 2012 half-year periods on capitalised costs prior to 1 July 2012 have been added back for like-to-like comparative purposes. This changed treatment does not affect Net Cash Flows and reduces the variance between reported Net Profit After Tax and Operating Cash Flows.

Dividend

Proposed interim fully franked ordinary dividend of 1.5 (one and a half) cents per share with a franking percentage of 100% (2012: 100%) as follows:

  • Record date: 14 March 2014
  • Payment date: 28 March 2014

 

The Dividend Reinvestment Plan will be suspended for the proposed interim fully franked dividend.

The board intends to maintain a minimum of 3.0 (three) cents per share per annum dividend during the Company’s international expansion phase in recognition of the strong balance sheet and cash positions.

About Jumbo Interactive

Jumbo Interactive Limited is listed in Australia (ASX:JIN) as well as the German Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart exchanges (Symbol: JUB).

In 2000, the Company sold its first lottery ticket on the internet and since then has developed www.ozlotteries.com into a popular site for lotteries to be played.

Jumbo has proven its ability to open up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the internet.

Jumbo is now also active in the European lottery market with its first licensed operation www.jumbolotto.de servicing the $11 billion German lottery market.

For further information CONTACT: Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Phone: 07 3831 3705.

SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive Limited.

 

 

Splendid Response to Skilrock Technologies at ICE, 2014

LONDON, U.K. (February 23, 2014) -- Members of Skilrock Technologies are back to work in India after a hugely successful ICE Totally Gaming Event in London. This year marked the largest presence of Skilrock at ICE with added presence at India Gaming Summit, Picklive Stand, Skilrock’s own Stand and Partnering with FICCI.

The event was marked by fun and frolic with promotional Lottery draw where hundreds of participants were issued lottery tickets and many attendees were amongst the winners. Behind these light moments serious discussions around the wide range of terminals and our comprehensive gaming solution provided wholesome experience to our visitors.

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Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Director said: "It’s just amazing that over 23,000 gaming industry professionals attended ICE this year inspite of 48 hour underground strike. What is just awesome is that we had hundreds of attendees connecting with us in some form or the other.”

Mr. Kamlesh Vijay, Group CEO also shared his views about the potential of Gaming Industry in India during the fully packed “India Gaming Summit” at ICE.

Skilrock showcased its Gaming solution for Retail and Mobile lottery along with its Online Casino Technology and 70+ innovative games, which attracted a diverse audience. Skilrock’s emerging market solution was unique in ICE and it was very well appreciated by the visitors from such markets.

Mr. Abhishek Kumbhat, Head of Technology said: "Our CCH strategy is a response to the market needs and is based on requirement of clients especially in emerging markets. Our Technology will help operators be agile and move as per the market needs without being bound by CCH i.e Channel, Content, Hardware

Having had a successful event, we are already looking forward to ICE 2015.

See you soon and keep watching this space for more from Skilrock Technologies.

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

 

Alchemy3 Introduces NEW WAYS to Love Lucy!

ATLANTA, Georgia (February 24, 2014) -- Alchemy3 announced today that they are the exclusive representative for the I Love Lucy brand.  The Iconic 1950’s show was first introduced to the Lottery industry by Alchemy3’s founders in the mid 1990s.

Over the last 20 years, many Lotteries have run I Love Lucy games--some repeatedly,--with strong sales results.  “Not only does Lucy deliver on sales, but the property also provides lotteries with the opportunity to create exciting publicity and event extensions” said Jeffrey Schweig, President of Alchemy3.

While I Love Lucy has been a part of pop culture for over 50 years, it continues to appeal to new generations of consumers. The show has remained in syndication since its inception and Millenials are just as intrigued as their Baby Boomer counterparts.

The show’s principles are timeless with comedy, laughter, love and friendship which everyone identifies with. There was something inside of them that’s inside of all of us.” said Desi Arnaz, Jr., son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

Alchemy3 has done a thorough creative exploration of the Lucy brand including new instant ticket concepts, innovative mobile apps and draw game promotions. There are also exclusive opportunities for Lotteries to partner with the new on-stage version of the classic TV show called “I Love Lucy Live On Stage”.

Building on the successful release of the colorized version of the Christmas special last year, which drew over 8.7 million viewers, with more colorized episodes to follow, we have brought the same color vibrancy to our Lucy themed products and promotions.  We look forward to sharing these new ways to love Lucy with our Lottery customers” Schweig concluded.

 

Alchemy3 Introduces NEW WAYS to love Lucy!

 

About Alchemy3

Since its inception in 2007, Alchemy3 has become one of a select few companies in America that holds exclusive licenses to provide services to the North American Lottery Industry. A3 has worked with nearly all of North America’s lotteries and maintains strong contacts in every jurisdiction. The company not only holds the esteem of lotteries; but also with world class companies like Mars, EA SPORTS, Bass Pro Shops, The Home Depot, Honda and Norwegian Cruise Line who use Alchemy3 as their trusted brand stewards in the lottery world. Alchemy3 has worked hard to achieve their market position by putting brand owners and lottery clients’ needs first-- providing them with “boutique” type attention and executing programs with the highest level of integrity, honesty + thoughtfulness.

I LOVE LUCY and related marks are trademarks of CBS Broadcasting Inc. ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. Images of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are licensed by Desilu, too L.L.C. Unforgettable Licensing

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

SOURCE: Alchemy3.

 

 

Massachusetts Lottery Official Release on Appointment of Beth Bresnahan to Executive Director

Treasurer Cites Experience and Continuity in Leading the Nation’s Most Successful Lottery

BOSTON, Massachusetts (February 14, 2014) -- Treasurer Steven Grossman today appointed Beth Bresnahan as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, drawing on the management and marketing expertise that has led to record-breaking profits at the Lottery in recent years. Bresnahan replaces Paul Sternburg, who is leaving to start a consulting business in the lottery industry.

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Beth Bresnahan

“Beth is driven by results, and her strategic marketing approach has been a boon to the cities and towns that depend on Lottery profits for unrestricted local aid,” said Grossman. “Her innovative management style is one of the main reasons that the Lottery has generated such unprecedented levels of revenue, and I’m delighted that she is assuming this top leadership role.”

Prior to today’s appointment, Bresnahan served as the Lottery’s Assistant Executive Director and Director of Marketing and Communications, a role in which she helped develop engaging games, promotional programs and outreach strategies that resonated with the Lottery’s players. In the last two fiscal years, the Lottery achieved its two highest annual profit levels in history, $984 million in 2012 and $956 million in 2013. Those two fiscal years also set new records for sales, with $4.741 billion being generated in 2012 and $4.850 billion being generated in 2013.

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I appreciate the Treasurer’s confidence in my capabilities and am honored he has asked me to undertake this leadership role at the Lottery,” said Bresnahan. “Our team has worked to build an even more efficient and profitable business model during the last three years. I look forward to guiding the Lottery on a continued path of growth and success.”

Paul Sternburg was appointed Executive Director of the Lottery in January of 2011 when Grossman came into office. The Treasurer credited Sternburg’s leadership and sales and marketing expertise as “absolutely essential to the record-breaking success of the Lottery over the past three years,” and went on to say “as the leader of the most successful lottery in the United States, Paul has distinguished himself as one of the industry’s most imaginative and knowledgeable voices.”

Sternburg, who has 17 years of experience with state lotteries, stated that he believes “the industry is on the cusp of major innovation and change,” and that he looks forward to working with a talented industry to “leverage technology and partnerships to help deliver revenue to good causes and facilitate responsible growth.” He will continue to be based in the Boston area. “Treasurer Grossman and I built a great lottery team and we have positioned the Massachusetts Lottery as world leader; I am grateful to have served the Commonwealth and the Treasurer in this critical role,” said Sternburg.

The Massachusetts Lottery Commission was established in 1971, and its profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Lottery.

 

 

BCLC Service Plan to Deliver $1.19 Billion to the Province of British Columbia

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada (February 24, 2014) -- Canada’s British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) expects to generate revenue of CAD$1.11bn from its lottery and online gaming operations during its 2013/14 fiscal year, as it continues to invest in PlayNow.com with enhancements to bingo, poker and lotto as well as optimizing players’ experience for tablets and mobile devices.

BCLC releases its three-year Service Plan last week, outlining its plans and strategies to deliver “sustainable and growing” revenue to the province of British Columbia.

Total revenue is projected to increase by 4 per cent over the next three years to $2.90bn by the end of the 2016/17 fiscal year, reflecting continued growth in all three gaming channels.

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BCLC’s Service Plan Approved

BCLC’s 2014/15–2016/17 Service Plan outlines our plans and strategies to deliver sustainable and growing revenues to the Province of British Columbia while creating memorable entertainment experiences for our players over the next three years.

In 2014/15, we plan to deliver $1.19 billion to the Province of British Columbia that will provide a multitude of benefits to its residents. Our corporate goals, objectives and performance measures are presented in this document, explaining what we need to achieve and why it is important, in addition to how we will measure our success. Our Service Plan reflects our desire to grow the benefits our business creates for British Columbia.

BCLC is committed to establishing a strong gambling entity that is set up for success in the long term. We will continue our strong focus on organizational performance and re-invigorating revenue growth through exploring new ways of looking at our business. At the same time, investments we make to strengthen our business will be balanced with cost management in order to provide value to the Province.

To learn more about our strategies, goals and commitments, check out our 2014/15-2016/17 Service Plan.

To read the Service Plan: CLICK HERE

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

 

New Missouri Game Offers Top Prize of a Quarter of a Million Dollars

JEFFERSON, Missouri (February 21, 2014) -- A new Missouri Lottery Draw Game will offer players three games with nine chances to win on a single ticket and a top prize of $250,000 cash. The new game, $250K Triple Play, officially goes on sale Feb. 23.

The $2 ticket will include three separate games with nine chances to win cash. Players can win up to $250,000 on Game 1, up to $10,000 on Game 2 and up to $5,000 on Game 3.

The best part of this new cash game is that it is a Missouri-only game,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “All the prizes will be won on tickets bought right here in Missouri.

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Reardon noted the overall chances of winning a prize are excellent at 1 in 6.18.

There will be a lot of winners,” she said. “Based on the design, we expect to average more than 100,000 winners each month and average more than one winner of a quarter of a million.”

To play, players pick four numbers from 1 to 60 for Game 1 or have the computer “Quick Pick” the numbers for them. Players will receive a total of eight more sets of “Quick Pick” numbers for Games 2 and 3. The winning numbers will be drawn at 8:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, along with Missouri Lotto, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Players can buy tickets up to 15 consecutive drawings in advance.

We are very excited about this new Draw Game, and players are going to love getting so many chances to win on one ticket,” Reardon added.

To kick off the new game, players can enter their non-winning $250K Triple Play tickets into the “Triple Play at the Raceway” second-chance promotion for a chance to win trips for two to Sonoma Raceway™ in California. The promotion starts on Feb. 23 and runs through March 30.

Players can enter their non-winning tickets into their free My Lottery® account to receive one entry per dollar (two entries for a $2 ticket) into one of four weekly drawings.

Two players will be drawn each week to win:  two race suite tickets with Hot Passes for the June 22 races at Sonoma Raceway™; a vineyard tour excursion to three of the top vineyards in the Sonoma Valley; airfare, ground transportation and hotel accommodations; and $1,000 spending cash. A total of eight winners will receive this grand-prize trip.

Ten other names will be drawn each week to win $500 for a total of 40 cash winners. The drawings will be held on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1.

SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.

 

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Enhanced Quick Draw Offers More to Hoosier Players

Revised game structure increases odds of winning

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 24, 2014) - As of Feb. 23, Hoosier Lottery fans of Quick Draw, the lottery's evening draw game, have more chances to win, a choice of how much to wager, and the potential to win much bigger prizes -- up to $2 million cash.

In the enhanced Quick Draw, players select their wager amount of $1, $2, $3 or $5. They can request a Quick Pick ticket from the clerk at their favorite retail location or select up to 10 numbers from a field of 1 to 80. A ticket that matches five or more of the 20 numbers drawn by the Hoosier Lottery will win a cash prize ranging from $5 to $2 million, depending on the amount wagered. So, the more a player wagers, the more he or she can win in prize money!

This innovative, patented feature of the enhanced game is proprietary to, and is being made available under a license agreement with, Lottery Dynamics LLC.

And, a ticket that matches zero numbers is worth a free $1, $2, $3 or $5 Quick Draw ticket, depending on the amount wagered!

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Players can also add the EZ match option for an extra $1 per wager and win up to $500 instantly!

Previously, Quick Draw was drawn only in the evening. Now, there is a midday Quick Draw drawing, offering players a second chance, on Monday through Saturday, to win a prize!

With just one draw per day, on average more than $30,000 was won in Quick Draw every day!  Now, with more chances to win, much higher prizes, and more choice for the players, the game just got a whole lot better.

The Hoosier Lottery's Quick Draw game launched March 1, 2009.

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

About The Hoosier Lottery

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

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

For more information, please contact Stephanie McFarland at: smcfarland@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

Win for Life to be Played Exclusively in Virginia Beginning with Feb. 26 Drawing

The game with the prize of a lifetime is one of Virginia’s favorites

RICHMOND, Virginia (February 25, 2014) -- It’s the game with the prize of a lifetime: Win for Life. Beginning with the February 26, drawing,

Win for Life will become a Virginia-only game.

In addition, the Virginia Lottery will begin offering top-prize winners the choice of $1,000 per week for the rest of the winner’s life or a one-time cash option of $1 million before taxes.

Win for Life has been good to Virginia Lottery players, with 44 of the 74 top-prize winners so far coming from the Commonwealth,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. “We expect these changes to bring even more excitement for our players.”

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Win for Life tickets still cost just $1. Players try to match six numbers to win prizes. One unusual feature of the game is that once the six winning numbers are drawn, a seventh number, called the Free Ball, is drawn. This extra number gives players a chance to increase non-jackpot prizes.

Tickets are available at all Virginia Lottery retailers.

Virginia residents can also play Win for Life with a subscription for 26, 52 or 104 advance drawings. For more information, go to https://www.valottery.com/subscribe.

When the Win for Life game began in February of 2006, it was played in Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky. Until February 22, it was played in Virginia and Georgia.

Win for Life drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 11:00. The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 5,245,786. Other prizes in the game range from $2 to $52,000. For streaming video of live drawings, or to view past drawings, visit www.valottery.com

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

SOURCE: Virginia Lottery.

 

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Illegal Lotteries Leaves Participants Unprotected

PRETORIA, South Africa (February 21, 2014) -- “In recent months there has been an increase in the number of illegal lotteries being advertised in the media. This leaves participants in these illegal lotteries unprotected and no guarantee that they can claim their prizes if they ‘win,’” said Prof Alfred Nevhutanda, the Chairperson of the National Lotteries Board (NLB).

The NLB is a statutory body that has been established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No. 57 of 1997) to regulate lotteries in South Africa. No one can run a lottery without having it approved and registered with the National Lotteries Board.

In terms of South African law, the following permitted lotteries must be registered in terms of lottery regulations:

  • The National Lottery, operated by a licensed operator (currently Gidani)
  • Lotteries incidental to exempt entertainment (lotteries conducted at a bazaar, sale, fete, dinner, dance, sporting event or similar events)
  • Private Lotteries (lotteries conducted in closed groups e.g. social or sporting clubs)
  • Society Lotteries (lotteries conducted by Non Profit Organisations as part of their fundraising drives)

 

In terms of section 56 of the Lotteries Act, no person shall conduct any competition or lottery unless authorised by the Board. Approval of the National Lotteries Board will be clearly reflected in all publicity material together with an approval number, said Prof Nevhutanda.

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The Lotteries Act further states that, any person who participates in, or conducts, facilitates, promotes or derives any benefit from a lottery, not authorised by the Act, shall be guilty of an offence.

One recent lottery that has been widely advertised involves a foreign couple resident in South Africa that are running an illegal lottery where the prize on offer is a villa in a wine area of the Western Cape.

All monies paid to participate in this illegal lottery will be kept in a “Trust Account” in Austria.

This lottery is web based and all the information and buying of lots is accessible from anywhere in the world.

The NLB is of the view that this lottery constitutes an illegal lottery.

Lotteries must have a social component in order to be considered for approval by the NLB. Even when approached, under no circumstances will the NLB approve a lottery where there intention is profit for the individual or group who intends to carry out such lottery. Using the guise of a lottery for the sale of properties will not be allowed.

The NLB warns South Africans to refrain from participating in Lotteries of such nature as they remain illegal in terms of South African law. Any person convicted of an offence in terms of the Lotteries Act shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment or both a fine and imprisonment.

SOURCE: National Lotteries Board.

 

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Missouri Lottery Extends 1-Off Agreement with Arizona Gaming Designs

JEFFERSON, Missouri (February 26, 2014) -- The Missouri Lottery announced today it has agreed to extend its agreement with Arizona Gaming Designs, LLC to continue the 1-Off play type for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games.

‘1-Off’ offers Pick 3 and Pick 4 players a way to win by missing their numbers by “1-Off”. Players missing 1, 2, 3 or all of their digits by one up or one down from their favorite numbers still win.  With more chances to win than any other bet type, a Pick 3 1-Off has 27 chances to win, while a Pick 4 1-Off has 81 chances to win.

1-Off has helped to stimulate both Pick 3 and Pick 4 games for the Missouri Lottery. Since 1-Off launched in June 2013, Pick 3 sales have improved by 6.3 percent and Pick 4 sales have increased 7.6 percent, exceeding our expectations.” according to May Scheve, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  

Ron Borruso, president of Arizona Gaming Designs, commented, “We continue to believe in our philosophy of developing entertaining games for the lottery industry, which provide frequent winning experiences for players and increase sales for the public good. We are pleased with the success of 1-Off in Missouri and look forward to continuing our partnership with the Missouri Lottery.”

For more information about Arizona Gaming Design’s 1-Off© feature, CONTACT: Fran Gruden, Arizona Gaming Designs, LLC, Phone: 412-344-5012, Email: fran@azgamingdesigns.com.

SOURCE: Arizona Gaming Designs, LLC.

 

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Louisiana Lottery Launch New Website

BATON ROUGUE, Louisiana (February 25, 2014) -- In February, the Lottery launched a brand new website with improved functionality, upgraded features and a cleaner, more sophisticated design. The navigation and graphics educate players on how to play Lottery games, highlight winners and feature promotional opportunities around the state.

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The latest winning numbers and jackpot information are quickly accessible and much easier to read through a pop-up window by clicking on the horn icon located on the homepage and the draw-style game detail pages. Players can also click the Winning Numbers main navigational link to see previous winning numbers.

Other highlights include an improved events calendar (under the Promotions link); a visual map-based find-a-retailer tool (Where to Play); social media share icons; one-stop-shop draw-game pages where players can learn to play, find winning numbers, check their numbers, view big winners and get answers to questions without ever leaving the page. Web video, which has become a primary web-based marketing medium, is also more seamlessly integrated and utilized within the site.

It's been about nine years since we last updated our website,” said Communications Manager Kimberly Chopin. “In that time, web technology and best practices have grown by leaps and bounds. Moving to a new website enables the Lottery to better serve our mission and our players.

Even when change is good, we know it can be hard,” Chopin added. “Frequent visitors to the site may get frustrated at first since they've grown accustomed to looking for information in certain places. We encourage players to take time to explore the changes and contact the Lottery with any questions or feedback.”

To fully experience updated features, including the site's dimensional design, mouse hovers and maps, make sure you have the most up-to-date version of your chosen web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome).

 

 

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.

 

 

Players Winning Big with Michigan Lottery’s First $30 Instant Game, More Than $7 Million in Prizes Awarded

LANSING, Michigan (February 23, 2014) -- Michigan Lottery $2 Million CashPlayers are winning big with the Michigan Lottery’s first $30 instant game – $2,000,000 Cash – with more than $7 million in prizes awarded in the first two weeks of the game.

More than $80 million in prizes are still available in the game, including all three of its top prizes of $2 million.

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Nearly 120,000 winning tickets have been purchased in the first two weeks. The $2,000,000 Cash game offers players overall odds of 1-in-2.68 of winning prizes ranging from $30 up to $2 million. That includes a 1-in-25 chance of winning $200. To date, more than 13,000 prizes of $200 have been claimed. Each ticket offers players 30 chances to win.

Sales for the $2,000,000 Cash game have been brisk, which is consistent with the strong player interest in $10 and $20 instant games, such as Hot Millions and Diamond Payout also now available at retailers.  Both of those games offer top prizes of $1 million.

Many players like the $10 and $20 instant games because they offer the best overall odds, large top prizes, and multiple chances to win,” said Glenn Strong, the Lottery’s instant games product manager. “The strong response we’re seeing to the $2,000,000 Cash game shows that this preference holds true for our first $30 game and that players are excited about the chance to win $2 million.”

Tickets for the $2,000,000 Cash game are on sale at Lottery retailers across the state.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 




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