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Vol. 67 No.1 - Monday April 7, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories


Jumbo Interactive


  • GTECH is bringing gaming to life in Germany with SPHINX 3D™. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Selected As Gaming Vendor by the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Promotes Scott Schweinfurth to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Full Story.
  • Pollard Banknote and Neogames Announce Joint Venture to Offer Ilottery Services. Full Story.
  • New Mexico Lottery Launches Five Scratchers™. Full Story.
  • Lotto New Zealand recognized for World Class Responsible Gaming. Full Story.
  • LOTELHSA Contracts with Pro-Lite for Custom GPRS-Equipped Jackpot Signage. Full Story.
  • Kansas Lottery Select the New SSI GEN2 as Their On-Counter Dispenser of Choice. Full Story.
  • New Jersey Lottery Contributed One Billion Dollars to the State In Fiscal Year 2013 Supporting Vital Programs and Institutions. Full Story.
  • Four European Lotteries Begin Selling Common Instant Ticket. Full Story.
  • Digital Gaming Taskforce Announced to Advance Lottery and Gaming Sector. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Marks Two-Year Internet Sales Anniversary. Full Story.
  • MPs Consider Lords Amendments to the Gambling Bill. Full Story.
  • Jumbo Interactive ASX Release. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Receives Patent for Its Award-Winning GLI Link® Technology. Full Story.


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GTECH is bringing gaming to life in Germany with SPHINX 3D™

Unique True 3D™ is set to amaze Spielbanken Bayern players in Bavaria

LUEBBECKE, Germany (March 31, 2014) -- Following its international debut at the GTECH booth at ICE Totally Gaming 2014 (ICE), with visitors queuing up to catch a glimpse of the amazing True3D™ technology, the demand for GTECH’s SPHINX 3D™ machines is high. The Spielbanken Bayern group in Germany is the first customer at ICE to sign a deal for several SPHINX 3D machines, which will be placed in each of their nine casinos.

SPHINX 3D is the first title in GTECH’s new SPIELO True 3D product line, which uses a glasses-free 3D display designed exclusively for GTECH for the gaming industry. It uses a unique, patented autostereoscopic technology with integrated eye-tracking to make images jump off the screen or stretch into infinity in high resolution. SPHINX 3D runs on the new AXXIS™ cabinet, which is designed to maximize player comfort, create a sense of personal space, and immerse the player in the game.

We are extremely happy that the first signed deal at ICE for SPHINX 3D was with Spielbanken Bayern, with whom we have a very long-standing and close relationship. This proves again that they are committed to offering their players the latest innovations and best possible entertainment. We are grateful for their continued trust in our products,” said Athanasios (Sakis) Isaakidis, GTECH Sr. Director and General Manager, EMEA Casino.

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Josef Müller, Vice President Staatliche Lotterieverwaltung Bayern, said, “SPHINX 3D is an amazing product and the True3D technology is unbelievable. It did not take us long to decide that this is a product we just have to offer our players. We cannot wait for the delivery when SPHINX 3D will be installed in all of our nine Spielbanken Bayern locations.” 

SPHINX 3D has taken the industry by storm. Since its global launch at G2E Las Vegas in October 2013, GTECH has received three awards for this innovative product: First Place: Best Slot Product award at the Global Gaming Business (GGB) 12th Annual Gaming & Technology Awards; the 2014 Slot Floor Technology Award by Casino Enterprise Management Magazine; and the Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products 2013 by Casino Journal.  

The longstanding and solid relationship between Spielbanken Bayern and GTECH has seen numerous projects come to life over the years. Apart from offering Bavarian players SPIELO core and multigames, Spielbanken Bayern has deployed customized Wide Area Progressives as well.  In addition, Spielbanken Bayern has used GTECH´s GALAXIS™ casino systems solution since 2000, and in 2009 the chip cash™ cashless solution was installed on more than 1,100 machines group-wide.

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 2013, 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:

Rhonda Whittaker

GTECH Corporate Communications Manager

T: +1 506 878 6471

rhonda.whittaker@gtech.com

SOURCE: GTECH.

 

 

INTRALOT Selected As Gaming Vendor by the Wyoming Lottery Corporation

DULUTH, GA  (March 29, 2014) -- INTRALOT, Inc., based in Duluth, GA, the North American subsidiary of INTRALOT Group, has been selected by the Wyoming Lottery Corporation as its gaming vendor to provide systems and services for the newly-formed WyoLotto™, the State’s first entry into the Lottery business. INTRALOT will provide the start-up and on-going services, including the recruitment of Lottery retailers, the supply, installation, maintenance and support of the new lottery Central System and software platforms, terminal network and communications.

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a quasi-public corporation established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead last July. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money.

The Lottery released a Request for Proposal for Lottery Operations and Services on Dec. 3, 2013. The largest three vendors in the industry submitted proposals and after a thorough review and fair scoring of each proposal, the Wyoming Lottery awarded the contract to INTRALOT, which scored the highest points.

The Wyoming Lottery and INTRALOT have already begun work on the implementation plan and will work collaboratively to have a contract signed by late April. The term of the contract is expected to be 5 years of operations with three, 5-year extension options. The Wyoming Lottery is expected to go live later this year with two draw games: Powerball® and Mega Millions®.

INTRALOT Inc. President and CEO, Mr. Tom Little, said: “We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the Lottery’s gaming partner and are excited to work closely with them to get the games off the ground in a secure and socially responsible manner, to set the stage for future growth, and to maximize long-term sales and returns for its beneficiaries”.

Mr. Jon Clontz, CEO of the Wyoming Lottery, stated that the Wyoming Lottery was impressed with INTRALOT’s customer focus and how that would come to bear in pushing the state’s lottery live. “INTRALOT will provide quality systems and user-friendly terminals that make lottery products easy to sell,” Clontz said.

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Mr. Ioannis Pantoleon, Group Chief Operating Officer, added “Since beginning operations in 2002, INTRALOT USA has won 14 contracts in the highly competitive U.S. marketplace, including the last 2 U.S. Lotteries that have started new operations; the previous one being the highly-successful Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in 2009. We are pleased to announce our new contract in Wyoming. We are confident that our leading gaming technology, our operational know how across all gaming jurisdictions and our focus on understanding our customers’ needs will provide great value and strong support to the new lottery’s operations”.

About INTRALOT

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 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.700 people and revenues of $2.1 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more info:

Ms Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com  - www.intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Promotes Scott Schweinfurth to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

NEW YORK and CHICAGO, (April 3, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company"), a leading diversified supplier of innovative content and technology to the gaming and lottery industries, announced today that Scott D. Schweinfurth has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He replaces Jeffrey S. Lipkin, who will help facilitate a seamless transition. Mr. Schweinfurth will continue to be based in the Chicago area.

"As we move forward in implementing our integration plans, we are firmly committed to continue to achieve organization efficiencies and cost reductions, and to improve our performance and cash flow," said David L. Kennedy, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Scott will provide strong financial and strategic leadership as we focus on optimizing our ongoing cost structure and improving efficiencies in our business and financial processes; and he will continue to lead our integration efforts. I believe we have the right people in the right positions to deliver the significant opportunities created by the combination of WMS with Scientific Games."

During his 13 years as WMS' Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Mr. Schweinfurth was an effective leader and collaborator who drove meaningful improved performance as WMS' revenue grew more than threefold and its market capitalization increased more than sixfold from 2000. From 1995 until joining WMS in 2000, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Bally Technologies. Previously, he had been at Ernst & Young for 18 years, serving the last six years as an audit partner. Mr. Schweinfurth, a registered certified public accountant, was recognized for his financial leadership by being named a Best CFO in the Gaming and Lodging industry by Institutional Investor Magazine from 2009 to 2011.

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"Jeff has been a key member of the leadership team during the last five years and helped to build Scientific Games," Mr. Kennedy said. "His commitment and contributions to our Company were invaluable and we wish Jeff continued success in his career."

Pfund Named Vice President of Investor Relations

The Company also announced William H. Pfund will lead investor relations for the Company. Mr. Pfund joined WMS in May 2006 and during the succeeding seven years led investor relations and helped enhance the recognition of WMS within the investment community and global gaming industry. Prior to WMS, he was Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Snap-on Incorporated since 1999 and prior to that held the same position at Rubbermaid Incorporated. Mr. Pfund was recognized for his efforts in helping investors by being named a Best IR Professional in the Gaming and Lodging Industry by Institutional Investor Magazine from 2009 through 2011.

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.

Company Contact

William Pfund (847) 785-3167

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Pollard Banknote and Neogames Announce Joint Venture to Offer Ilottery Services

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (March 31, 2014) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”), one of the world’s leading full-service lottery vendors, and NeoGames, a leading global internet lottery provider with strong expertise in online and mobile products, today announced the formation of NeoPollard Interactive, a joint venture arrangement. NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new iLottery channels and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. The joint venture will leverage the strengths of both companies to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative iLottery services for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.

Together, Pollard Banknote and NeoGames recently won a contract to provide iLottery services to the Michigan Lottery.

With this success, the two companies have formalized their relationship as a joint venture, making services available to other lotteries—with a primary focus on the emerging iLottery market within North America. NeoPollard Interactive will provide lotteries with customized iLottery solutions including modular and full turnkey offerings to create and operate interactive web and mobile channels to help grow their player base, optimize player engagement and retention, and build their brand by cross-promoting across all channels. This combination of market-proven expertise and technological innovation will help lotteries expand their portfolios into the critical channels of online and mobile gaming.

We are very excited to join forces with NeoGames to help lotteries expand their game portfolios and add new distribution channels,” stated Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “The strength of NeoPollard Interactive will be our collective ability to leverage all lottery channels—from ‘bricks and mortar’ retail to interactive gaming—in response to how players want to play in our consumer-driven culture. With the addition of iLottery, we hope to help lotteries optimize sales and contributions to good causes.”

“A lottery is made up of a network of interactions across various sales channels. This ‘ecosystem’ thrives and evolves when a lottery successfully utilizes these channels to increase player engagement,” said Ilan Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, NeoGames. He added, “Our research and experience show that an exceptional, jurisdiction-specific iLottery portfolio helps lotteries encourage players of traditional lottery products to develop and expand into multi-channel players in an increasingly complex omni-channel lottery ecosystem. Additionally, it reaches new target markets, a challenge currently faced by most lotteries. NeoPollard Interactive will offer a comprehensive iLottery solution that will help lotteries create a seamless lottery experience through all available channels.”

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About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote 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.

About NeoGames

NeoGames is a leading software and service provider specializing in the development of interactive instant win and lottery games since 2005. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of multi-channel, internet, mobile and tablet soft gaming solutions and with its robust and flexible gaming system, enables lotteries and commercial gaming operators around the world to tailor the most effective offerings for their specific markets. NeoGames provides leading-edge operational and marketing services that help its partners maximize revenues from interactive channels in a dynamic market environment. 

NeoGames currently serves over two million active players around the world. With an ‘act local, be global’ approach to strategy and sales. For more information, please visit our website at www.neogames.com.

For More Information about Pollard Banknote Contact:

 

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

 

For More Information about Neogames Contact:

 

Moti Malul

Vice-President, Sales & Business Development

Telephone +972-3-6072571

E-mail: moti@neogames.com

Ilan Rosen

Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: +356-2-2494832

E-mail: ilan@neogames.com

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

New Mexico Lottery Launches Five Scratchers™

Biggest Single-Day Launch in Lottery’s 18 Years

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (March 31, 2014) -- No fooling − the New Mexico Lottery introduces five Scratcher™ games today, the biggest single-day launch in its 18-year history.

New Mexico Lottery CEO David Barden said the five-game launch kicks off an initiative called “Super Tuesday.”

 “Stores and players don’t want to have to guess about when new games might be out,” Barden said. “Starting now, the first Tuesday in the month will be our big Scratcher launch day.”

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According to New Mexico Lottery Product Manager Karla Wilkinson, the lottery will introduce between three and five Scratcher games on “Super Tuesday” with some exceptions such as a business holiday.  She said the effort will help the lottery launch and promote new games in a more efficient and cost-effective way to maximize revenue for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program. 

‘$500 Explosion’ Game Features $3 Million in Prizes

Today’s launch includes a $10-game called “$500 Explosion.”  The game features $3 million in prizes ranging between $10 and $500.

Wilkinson said the game is designed to create lots of winning experiences that can all be paid in stores.

“Any time shoppers see clerks giving lots of prizes to very excited lottery players, it starts a big buzz,” she said.

New Mexico Lottery prizes between $1 and $600 can be claimed in stores.  Larger prizes must be claimed through the lottery. 

Other games launching today are:

• $1 “Money Magnet” with a top prize of $1,200;

• $2 “Sizzling Cash Tripler” with a top prize of $5,000;

• $3 “Lotería” with a top prize of $25,000;

• $5 “$50,000 Gold Rush” with a top prize of $50,000.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since 1996, the lottery has raised $600.2 million for education and more than 90,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.  Information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

 

Lotto New Zealand recognized for World Class Responsible Gaming

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (March 28, 2014) -- Lotto New Zealand is celebrating after achieving international recognition for its commitment to providing a safe and friendly gaming environment.

After going through a rigorous review process, Lotto New Zealand’s responsible gaming programme has been recognised by the World Lottery Association to Level 3 (out of four possible levels) under its Responsible Gaming Framework.

Lotto New Zealand is thrilled to have its responsible gaming programme recognised by the World Lottery Association, the world’s leading authority on responsible gaming.

Responsible gaming is an integral part of our day-to-day business, from the way we design and market our games, to the training and support we provide our retailers and the information we provide our players,” said Lotto New Zealand’s Chief Executive Wayne Pickup.

Our games are intended to be fun and rewarding entertainment – and we want to keep it that way.”

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The international benchmark for responsible gaming is set by the World Lottery Association, and is aimed at protecting lottery players around the world.

Lotto NZ achieved Level 2 certification of their programme in 2009, and it is due to their commitment to continuously improve its responsible gaming practice that it has now achieved Level 3 recognition.

We want to be better and do better every year,” said Mr Pickup.

Lotto New Zealand’s vision is to be a world leading lottery for the maximum benefit of New Zealand communities, and we want to ensure that we are operating our business in a sustainable and responsible way.”

Lotto New Zealand exists to provide safe gambling that allows New Zealanders to play and win while contributing money back to the community.

In 2013, Lotto New Zealand transferred over $200 million to the Lottery Grants Board for community purposes. Lottery funding is the major source of funding for Creative New Zealand, Sport New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission, and more than 3,000 community organisations and projects each year.

About the World Lottery Association (WLA)

The WLA is a member-based organisation that sets the international benchmark for responsible gaming. The WLA represents 140 member lotteries from 90 countries on five continents. WLA membership is exclusive and requires adherence to a responsible gaming code of conduct.

The WLA’s Responsible Gaming Framework: The responsible gaming programmes of WLA member lotteries are assessed against 10 core program elements: research, employee education, retailer training and support, game design, online gaming, advertising and marketing, player education, treatment referral, stakeholder engagement, and reporting and measurement.

Level 3 certification denotes a responsible programme with strong planning, development and implementation of responsible gaming initiatives.

SOURCE: NZ Lotteries.

 

 

LOTELHSA Contracts with Pro-Lite for Custom GPRS-Equipped Jackpot Signage

COSTA MESA, California - (March 31, 2013) Seeking reliable technology to broadcast jackpot amounts nationwide,Loterías Eectrónicas de Honduras (LOTELHSA) contacted Pro-Lite, a leading North American supplier of updatable jackpot signage. The resultant contract represents Pro-Lite's expansion into the Central American lottery market.

Established in 2003, LOTELHSA is an enterprise of Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, a multinational company founded in 1890, specializing in high security ticket printing, the design and printing of passports and lottery operation. The lottery Division ofCanadian Bank Note has more than 20 years of experience in providing expert solutions to lottery markets worldwide. Canadian Banknote's establishment of LOTELHSA, a high-tech electronic lottery, marked a new phase in Honduran Lottery culture.

The Double Sided Van Top Sign is a new product, inspired by LOTELHSA

Pro-Lite answered LOTELHSA's communications challenges and marketing agenda with custom double-sided van top signs, and the newly introduced Modulex™ sign system; both products were equipped with general packet radio service (GPRS) quad band communication.

Modulex™, which allows expansion as the game portfolio grows, is also the choice of Ohio Lottery and the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. Drawing on its experience as a supplier of taxi cab signs to the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission, Pro-Lite was well qualified to develop the van top jackpot sign product. Both products were customized to automatically update display of MIL, MILLON or MILLONES below the automatically updated jackpot amount. Delivery was completed in January.

About Pro-Lite

More than 400 Pro-Lite workers, in eight cities around the globe, provide custom LED lighting and messaging solutions to the gaming, transportation, traffic control, fast food, manufacturing, and P.O.P industries, the United States Postal Service and more. In retail, Pro-Lite serves top names such as Walmart and Costco. In the lottery industry, Pro-Lite has served organizations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.

For more information about Pro-Lite's lottery point of sale signage, please CONTACT: Linda Turner, Sales Manager, Lottery Division Phone: 1+609-538-0128, Fax: 1+609-538-1607, Email: inda.turner@pro-lite.com

SOURCE: Pro-Lite (www.pro-litelottery.com)

 

 

Kansas Lottery Select the New SSI GEN2 as Their On-Counter Dispenser of Choice

ADAIR, Iowa (March 28, 2014) -- The Kansas Lottery recently conducted strategic planning of its retail sales efforts and felt a change was needed in its look at retail.

After reviewing many options, the GEN2 was selected as the Kansas Lottery's dispenser of choice and is currently being installed in hundreds of locations around the state. "We chose the GEN2 dispenser because of its new features and flexibility at retail," said Deputy Sales Director Crystal Roudybush. "We appreciate the ability to use our display cards in the dispenser and the flexibility to dispense our traditional 4" wide ticket or our 8" Game Book.  Initial sales results are very promising." 

The new GEN2 Dual 6" was added to the SSI Modular Mini line in 2013.  Many states were looking to expand their instant ticket selection with an oversized game or book of games, but most of our Modular Mini ® dispensers could not accommodate these sizes.  The GEN2 was designed to accommodate these larger books, but also includes the basic features inherent to all Modular Minis. 

Find out more here:

SSI GEN2

The GEN2 is currently being used in TX, Hoosier, MO, IA, KS, D.C., Manitoba, Greece, El Salvador and Hellenic Lotteries

SOURCE: SSI News.

 

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New Jersey Lottery Contributed One Billion Dollars to the State In Fiscal Year 2013 Supporting Vital Programs and Institutions

TRENTON, New Jersey (March 28, 2014) – The New Jersey Lottery Executive Director, Carole

Hedinger, and State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff have released the Lottery revenue

recipients’ distribution report for Fiscal Year 2013. The report details the disbursement of the $1.08 billion the Lottery provided to support State institutions and programs in Fiscal Year 2013.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Lottery’s year over year contribution increased, ensuring that its mission and objectives are being accomplished. The Lottery contributed $1.08 billion in Fiscal Year 2013, an increase from $950 million in Fiscal Year 2012. The contribution includes a $120 million accelerated guarantee payment from the Northstar New Jersey Lottery Growth Management Services contract. The revenue without the accelerated payment was $962 million.

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State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff praised the Lottery for helping the State pay for important services.

The $1.08 billion in Lottery contribution supports enhanced educational opportunities for our school-age children and the students attending our colleges and universities,” he said. “The funding also improves the quality of life for the developmentally disabled and our state’s veterans. The Lottery’s Fiscal Year 2013 revenues generated a new record in Lottery contributions.”

The Lottery had a remarkable year in so many ways,” Hedinger said. “We faced the challenges imposed by Superstorm Sandy, but then we came roaring back with the greatest number of New Jersey multi-state game jackpot winners we ever had in a single year. In addition, the leadership was focused on the process of restructuring operations and implementing the Lottery Growth Management contract to provide sales, marketing and advertising services. I am confident that these changes will provide even greater efficiency to the Lottery’s operation and thereby increase revenues in the coming years.”

Lottery players also received a record payout this year. The Lottery awarded more than $1.67 billion in prizes in Fiscal Year 2013, up from $1.61 billion in Fiscal Year 2012. There were 81 top-tier winning tickets during the year, with cash prizes ranging from $650,000 to $211 million.

There were about 107 million winning tickets validated and paid during the year.

The Lottery continues to function as an integral component of the state’s economy,” Hedinger added. “It affords small, mid-size and large businesses a revenue generation source and additional marketing opportunities that non-lottery retailers do not have.”

The more than 6,500-strong Lottery retailer network earned more than $157 million in commissions up from $154 million in FY 2012.

The Lottery funding distribution report prepared by the Department of the Treasury is available on the NJLottery.net website under the Where the Money Goes tab.

About the New Jersey Lottery

The Lottery is the State’s fourth largest individual revenue producer. Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.net) has contributed more than $22 billion to state education and institutions. The New Jersey Lottery saved taxpayers over $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2013 by returning game proceeds to important educational programs and state-run facilities. More than 6,500 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.

 

 

Four European Lotteries Begin Selling Common Instant Ticket

Scratch Big Four, Released Simultaneously in Four Countries; The first such product in history

WARSAW, Poland (March 27, 2014) -- Close cooperation of European lottery companies is already a fact. On March 28, the first ever Scratch-card game released under a common name and graphic design was released simultaneously in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

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The door to a new era of cooperation for European lottery companies has been opened. March 28, 2014 will become a landmark in the history of our industry when Szerencsejáték Zrt (Hungary), TIPOS, národná lotériová spoločnosti, a.s., (Slovakia), SAZKA sázková kancelář, a.s. (Czech Republic) and Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o. (Poland), the brand owner LOTTO, will jointly begin selling the Scratch-card game called the Big Four.

Accompanying the release of the lottery slogan "scraping borders" perhaps best captures what we want to convey to all our Players - this is just the beginning of our international cooperation.” Said Wojciech Szpil, President & CEO of Totalizator Sportowy.

In Poland, the price of the scratch-card is 5 zł.

It is therefore a product from scratch premium segment. Each of the four countries pay the winnings from scratch-cards, which were purchased in its territory, therefore, such a win, which was found on the fate of the Big Four purchased in Poland, cannot be realized in the Czech Republic or Hungary.

Here is the complete list of all the prizes in the Big Four, which will be sold in Poland:

 

Issue 4 000 000 tickets

 

Won

The value of r

4

150 000 zł

12

7 500 zł

400

750 zł

4 000

75 zł

20 000

50 zł

40 000

30 zł

80 000

20 zł

120 000

15 zł

160 000

10 zł

600 000

5 zł

 

For more information about the ‘Big Four’ CLICK HERE.

About Totalizator Sportowy

Totalizator Sportowy, owner of the LOTTO brand, is one of the most recognizable Polish companies. For the past 57-plus years, we have been working in numbers games and lotteries.

We have a network of more than 13,500 points of sale as part of an online system that uses the latest technology, allowing for real-time betting, among other things.

We are a socially responsible company that is constantly evolving in order to stay ahead of the market and meet the demands of our customers, while, at the same time, ensuring that our products are completely safe.

But we do not ignore our history either; instead, we take lessons from the past that allow us to invest boldly in the future.

We are pleased that, thanks to Totalizator Sportowy, many Poles have been able, and are still able, to enjoy their winnings.

Hundreds, if not thousands, have been able to fulfil their wildest dreams, while millions have benefited from the sports facilities established with funding from the company.

SOURCE: Totalizator Sportowy.

 

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Digital Gaming Taskforce Announced to Advance Lottery and Gaming Sector

 

 

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario (March 28, 2014) --The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) today announced the establishment of a Digital Gaming Taskforce that will help advance the local lottery and gaming sector. The group is made up of distinguished members of the lottery and gaming industry, along with representatives from local organizations. It will provide strategic direction to further enable the community to take advantage of its competitive strengths to develop projects and implement an investment attraction strategy that targets businesses in the digital gaming and information/communication technology (ICT) sectors.

For the past 25 years, Sault Ste. Marie has been home to the Head Office of Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) and possesses a critical mass of lottery and gaming expertise. Pollard Banknote is the second largest provider of instant lottery games in the world. They supply over 12 billion tickets per year to lotteries around the world. Pollard Banknote is an emerging leader in digital gaming, having recently been contracted to supply the i-lottery platform for the Michigan Lottery. In addition, they maintain an operation in Sault Ste. Marie which supplies many of their worldwide lottery partners.

More recently, Canadian Bank Note Company (CBN) established an office in Sault Ste. Marie that has quickly grown to over thirty staff. SSMIC recently announced a collaborative project with CBN with over that received over $1M in funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to establish a dynamic charitable gaming platform and utilize SSMIC’s game development expertise to create six, new play-on-demand games.

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Sault Ste. Marie offers opportunity for growth in the lottery and gaming sector, along with unique funding opportunities for companies through organizations such as NOHFC and FedNor. The community is also home to Algoma University and Sault College, which deliver talented graduates to the local labour market, are represented on the taskforce, and are open to collaborative projects to assist in the development of the lottery and gaming sector.

Since the 2012 OLG announcement regarding modernizing lottery and gaming in Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie has developed an aggressive strategy with its economic development organizations, in collaboration with the OLG, to expand this sector in the community,” said Tom Dodds, CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “Today’s announcement is one element of a multi-faceted strategy designed to drive new businesses here and create high-tech jobs.”

The Digital Gaming Taskforce is one element of a continuum of activities focused on business development in the community,” said Tom Vair, Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. “We are very fortunate to have assembled this group of lottery and gaming leaders to help build local capacity in this sector and help guide us in our future efforts. Each member of the Taskforce brings a unique set of skills, knowledge and expertise to the table.”

With funding from the City’s Economic Development Fund, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and FedNor - Industry Canada, community partners have been able to put in place an investment attraction strategy to target businesses in the digital gaming and ICT sectors. With this funding in place, Sault Ste. Marie is now able to take full advantage of upcoming technology-related opportunities.

The Taskforce will serve as the catalyst for ideas and action, and help ensure that the community capitalizes on all local opportunities to market Sault Ste. Marie’s digital gaming and ICT sectors.  The team will engage stakeholders from around the world to develop projects that will drive new job and revenue creation.

The taskforce is made up of the following community members:

 

  • Tom Marinelli – Acting-CEO, Ontario Lottery and Gaming
  • Anup Kumar - Executive Director, Charitable Gaming, Canadian Banknote Company, Limited
  • Terry DeBono – Partner, The Debono Group Inc. Terry has been involved as a senior executive in advertising, television, and gaming industries for over 30 years.
  • Doug Pollard – Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote Limited.
  • David Schantz – Vice-President, Academic and Research, Algoma University
  • Leo Tiberi – Vice President, Academic, Sault College
  • Tom Dodds - Chief Executive Officer, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
  • Tom Vair – Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

 

For more information, please visit: www.saultlotteryandgaming.com, or contact Diana Medaglia, Marketing and Communication Manager for the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), at 705.942.7927 x. 3138, Email: dmedaglia@ssmic.com, or Marc Capancioni, Communications Coordinator for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, at: 705.759.0409/ Email: m.capancioni@ssmedc.ca

About the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) was established in 1999 to function as a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the information technology and science knowledge-based sectors. SSMIC is focused on four core areas: operating a business incubator to encourage the establishment and growth of business start‐ups; providing support services to the SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) technology and science community; supporting the establishment and enhancement of advanced research projects in the region and undertaking strategic market development projects such as the highly successful GIS project. SSMIC operates an award‐winning GIS department that has been recognized internationally for its unique community information utility model and advanced work in the health and human services sector.

About the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) is a non-profit organization that works to generate wealth, create and retain jobs, increase the Municipal tax base and attract visitors to the community. On the business development front, the SSMEDC supports existing local companies in their expansion plans while also attracting external businesses and investment to Sault Ste. Marie. To learn more about the SSMEDC and its services, along with the competitive advantages that make Sault Ste. Marie a great place to live and do business, visit: www.sault-canada.com.

SOURCE: Joint Press Release.

 

 

Illinois Lottery Marks Two-Year Internet Sales Anniversary

Age and Geography Safeguards Work to limit online purchases to Illinoisans 18 and older

CHICAGO, Illinois (March 31, 2014) --The second anniversary of the Illinois Lottery selling tickets via the Internet recently passed, with online sales safeguards working as designed, Lottery officials announced today. Under legislation passed by the General Assembly, Illinois became the first state in the country to sell lottery tickets via the Internet on March 25, 2012 – offering two games initially under the pilot program: Mega Millions and Lotto.

The Lottery, through its private manager, launched the first Internet sales portal in the United States during the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot week of March 2012,” said Michael Jones, Director of the Illinois Lottery. “Two years later, it is clear that the age and geography constraints that were key parts of the test are working as designed.”

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Only Illinois residents can buy lottery tickets on the Illinois Lottery’s website and only within Illinois. From the beginning, the Internet pilot program incorporated technologies that prohibit underage and out-of-state play. The online registration process requires age verification before allowing any purchases, and uses geo-location technology to verify Internet players are located within Illinois’ borders. Also, and for the first time, the lottery has the ability to enforce, a maximum overall purchase limit of $150 per day—with other purchase limits for each product offered. Since March of 2012, Internet Lottery sales have totaled $36.9 million.

On November 30, 2012, the Lottery added Powerball to its online product lineup, following action by the Illinois General Assembly to allow the pilot program to include the Powerball game. The addition of Powerball to the program created Illinois’ first two Internet millionaires: In December 2012 Jose Aguilera of Brookfield matched five numbers in a Powerball drawing by playing a Quick Pick ticket and the second million dollar prize won through purchasing a ticket over the Internet went to a pool play shared by a group of co-workers in November of 2013 from a downstate Paxton school district.

Recently, the lottery added a mobile app, a key component of most consumer product Internet interfaces. Other features of the Internet portal include the capability of users to further limit purchases, automatic prize notification via email and player review of game history and numbers played. Prizes of $600 or less are deposited in the winner’s online account. Players can then choose to have the prize money transferred to a bank account, use it for future purchases, or request a check be mailed to them (prizes over $600 are processed through an Illinois Lottery Claims Center).

The road to Internet sales began more than five years ago when the Illinois legislature approved an Internet pilot program. All profits generated through lottery sales over the Internet go toward building roads and bridges throughout Illinois.

About Illinois Lottery

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

Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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MPs Consider Lords Amendments to the Gambling Bill

LONDON, U.K. (March 27, 2014) -- MPs debated amendments by the House of Lords to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

Read the Lords Amendments to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill makes provision about the licensing and advertising of gambling.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, it became possible, for the first time, to offer "remote gambling" from equipment based in Great Britain. The Act defines remote gambling as gambling where customers participate through the use of "remote communication" such as the internet, telephone, television, or radio.

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill would amend the 2005 Act so that all remote gambling operators would be required to obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission to enable them to transact with British customers and advertise in Britain.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced into the Commons on 9 May 2013 and had its second reading on 5 November 2013. Committee stage took place over four sittings from 12 November to 19 November 2013. MPs debated the remaining stages of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill in the House of Commons on 26 November 2013.

The Bill then went to the House of Lords for consideration. The Bill had its first reading in the Lords on 27 November 2013 and completed its third reading on 18 March 2014.

Lords Amendments

When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.

Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.

What happens after consideration of amendments?

Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).

SOURCE: UK Parliament.

 

 

New Jersey Lottery Contributed One Billion Dollars to the State In Fiscal Year 2013 Supporting Vital Programs and Institutions

TRENTON, New Jersey (March 28, 2014) – The New Jersey Lottery Executive Director, Carole Hedinger, and State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff have released the Lottery revenue recipients’ distribution report for Fiscal Year 2013. The report details the disbursement of the $1.08 billion the Lottery provided to support State institutions and programs in Fiscal Year 2013.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Lottery’s year over year contribution increased, ensuring that its mission and objectives are being accomplished. The Lottery contributed $1.08 billion in Fiscal Year 2013, an increase from $950 million in Fiscal Year 2012. The contribution includes a $120 million accelerated guarantee payment from the Northstar New Jersey Lottery Growth Management Services contract. The revenue without the accelerated payment was $962 million.

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff praised the Lottery for helping the State pay for important services.

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The $1.08 billion in Lottery contribution supports enhanced educational opportunities for our school-age children and the students attending our colleges and universities,” he said. “The funding also improves the quality of life for the developmentally disabled and our state’s veterans. The Lottery’s Fiscal Year 2013 revenues generated a new record in Lottery contributions.”

The Lottery had a remarkable year in so many ways,” Hedinger said. “We faced the challenges imposed by Superstorm Sandy, but then we came roaring back with the greatest number of New Jersey multi-state game jackpot winners we ever had in a single year. In addition, the leadership was focused on the process of restructuring operations and implementing the Lottery Growth Management contract to provide sales, marketing and advertising services. I am confident that these changes will provide even greater efficiency to the Lottery’s operation and thereby increase revenues in the coming years.”

Lottery players also received a record payout this year. The Lottery awarded more than $1.67 billion in prizes in Fiscal Year 2013, up from $1.61 billion in Fiscal Year 2012. There were 81 top-tier winning tickets during the year, with cash prizes ranging from $650,000 to $211 million.

There were about 107 million winning tickets validated and paid during the year.

The Lottery continues to function as an integral component of the state’s economy,” Hedinger added. “It affords small, mid-size and large businesses a revenue generation source and additional marketing opportunities that non-lottery retailers do not have.”

The more than 6,500-strong Lottery retailer network earned more than $157 million in commissions up from $154 million in FY 2012.

The Lottery funding distribution report prepared by the Department of the Treasury is available on the NJLottery.net website under the Where the Money Goes tab.

About the New Jersey Lottery

The Lottery is the State’s fourth largest individual revenue producer. Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.net) has contributed more than $22 billion to state education and institutions. The New Jersey Lottery saved taxpayers over $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2013 by returning game proceeds to important educational programs and state-run facilities. More than 6,500 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.

 

 

Jumbo Interactive ASX Release

  • Mexico: Jumbo Has Served Notices Of Termination Of Reseller Agreements
  • Germany: Eurojackpot Has Jackpotted To A Record 56 Million Euro Bolstering Initial Signups
  • Australia: Reasonable Start To The Second Half Year With 8 Jackpots Reaching At Least $15 Million.

 

BRISBANE, Queensland (April 1, 2014) -- Leading interactive lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX:JIN) provides the  following Company update at the end of the March 2014 Quarter.

In Mexico, Jumbo Mexico has served two notices of termination of agreements, which related to the resale of official Lotería Nacional and Pronósticos lottery games. The notices of termination affect the Pronósticos Reseller Agreement and the Lotería Nacional Reseller Agreement that Jumbo Mexico signed and announced on 30 November 2012 that enabled the sale of lottery games over the Internet. The share purchase agreement that gives Jumbo certain rights in exchange for a strategic investment remains unaffected.

Unfortunately it was necessary for Jumbo to exercise its rights to terminate the reseller agreements”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited.

Jumbo Mexico has built a state-of-the-art lottery website in Mexico, but has still been unable to begin selling tickets according to the terms of the agreements due to local issues which are independent of Jumbo’s activities.” he said.

Jumbo has already expensed development costs and has minimal ongoing costs as it considers its options.

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In Germany, the Eurojackpot lottery has jackpotted to a record €56 million, passing the previous record of €46 million set in April 2013. This has bolstered initial signups to www.jumbolotto.de, which is now live in 7 of 16 states covering roughly 75% of the German population or 63 million people. It is expected that the remaining 9 relatively small states will be live as soon as formal documentation is completed in the near future.

“The record run of jackpots in the Eurojackpot game couldn’t come at a better time and helps our signups as we ramp up our marketing efforts”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited.

In Australia, the second half-year is off to a reasonable start with 8 jackpots reaching $15 million or more (with a peak jackpot of $30 million) occurring in the March quarter. This compares with 22, 16 and 21 jackpots reaching the same level in the previous three half-year periods.

Jackpots in Australia so far this second half have been average, however our larger 1.64 million database is helping to continue our growth”, said Mr Veverka.  

As advised previously, Group profits will be influenced while Germany grows to a break-even position.

About Jumbo Interactive

Jumbo Interactive Limited is listed in Australia (ASX:JIN) as well as the German Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart exchanges (Symbol: WKN A1C82X)

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: Mike Veverka

CEO and Executive Director / Ph: 07 3831 3705.

SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive Limited.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Receives Patent for Its Award-Winning GLI Link® Technology

LAS VEGAS (April 2, 2014) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, has received a patent for its award-winning GLI Link® technology.

GLI Link, named one of the “Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards” by Casino Journal magazine, now carries the patent number US 8,657,678 B2.

This is an incredible milestone for our company. No other test lab creates tools for their clients, and we are proud to have created a series of exclusive tools for both our regulatory and supplier clients. Now to have received a patent for one of our creations is very exciting and reinforces our message that GLI is so much more than just testing,” said GLI Vice President of Global Services Ian Hughes.

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GLI’s engineers created GLI Link, a proprietary technology that brings interoperability testing to a new global scale. GLI Link connects manufacturers’ products and operators’ systems online, and expands interoperability testing to every GLI lab. With GLI Link, interoperability testing can performed on any game with virtually any system from any GLI lab in any time zone, saving time, saving money and speeding time to market.

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For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and guide 65 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.

Contact: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Marketing

+1 (702) 914-2220 or c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.




 

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