GTECHs SPHINX 3D Game is Brought to Life at MGM Grand
in Las Vegas
game is the industrys most anticipated new premium game in
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 2014)
Following its award-winning global launch at the 2013 Global Gaming Expo,
GTECH's SPHINX 3D game has been brought to life for the first time in the
North American casino market at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,
Nevada. The first title in GTECHs new True 3D product line, which uses a
glasses-free 3D display designed exclusively for the Company by SeeFront, the
SPHINX 3D game has already garnered multiple awards and accolades, and has been
identified as the most highly anticipated premium game by a wide margin for
three consecutive quarters in the Eilers Fantini Quarterly Slot
The SPHINX 3D game uses a unique,
patented autostereoscopic technology with integrated eye-tracking to make
images jump off the screen or stretch into the distance in high resolution. The
SPHINX 3D game 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.
SPHINX 3D game
Based on the responses from
gaming operators and from players themselves, the SPHINX 3D game is positive
proof of GTECHs ability to successfully combine innovation and
entertainment in the commercial casino segment, said Victor Duarte,
GTECH Sr. Vice President, Gaming and Content, and Sr. Vice President, North
American Commercial Gaming. As the game is rolled out to casinos
across North America, we expect its performance to be driven by its unique and
compelling features and
The SPHINX 3D game has been approved
in several GLI jurisdictions, so more players will be able to experience this
truly unique product in properties across the country and also across
international markets as new installations take place regularly over the coming
The SPHINX 3D game has won three
industry awards since it was unveiled at G2E in September 2013, including First
Place ranking in Casino Enterprise Management Magazines 2014 Slot Floor
Technology Awards; the Platinum Award for the most innovative product of 2013
in Casino Journals Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products
Awards; and First Place in the Best Slot Product category for Global Gaming
Business Magazines 12th Annual Gaming & Technology
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 8,600 employees
with operations in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please
For further information, CONTACT:
Claudia Baskerville, GTECH Marketing, T: 702-896-8548 / M: 702-210-7803, Email:
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Italia Launch MULTILIVE Betting
ROME, Italy (June 12, 2014) -- On
the occasion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, INTRALOT Italia (www.intralot.it is pleased to
announce the redesign of the Live Betting section of its website, in order to
offer players an innovative universal gaming experience.
A unique and intuitive web interface
was used to upgrade the LIVE Betting section into a novel MULTILIVE section.
The MULTILIVE section aims to offer players multiple betting opportunities and
provide them the opportunity to bet on more than one LIVE events in a single
In line with the strategy to
consistently present gaming offers to customers that are tailored to their
personal preferences, INTRALOT has enriched the LIVE sections content
with a wider LIVE events program and with new betting options available
on each event.
The use of forefront technological
architecture further allows players to customize their MULTILIVE webpage by
personally creating the graphic display with the matches of their preference
and to place their bets in the Fast Bet option, directly from the LIVE
With the launch of MULTILIVE and the
start of the 2014 World Cup, INTRALOT has started a series of promotions that
award special bonuses to new and registered players alike. Further details are
available at the website: www.intralot.it.
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 5.500
people and revenues of 1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established
its presence on all 5 continents.
In Italy, INTRALOT participated in
the public tender for the licensing of the retailing of public gaming announced
by AAMS. INTRALOT was awarded licenses to operate fixed odds betting on sports
events in a licensed retail network and through internet, as well as horse
racing. INTRALOT retail network in Italy is made up of more than 500 points of
sale. INTRALOT also participated in the Italian public tender for the licensing
of VLTs and AWPs network management, to become an awarded Concessionaire
through INTRALOT Gaming Machines. With presence in all the Italian regions, its
technology and professionalism, INTRALOT offers services based on efficient and
secure systems of on-line data transmission to its customers.
For more information CONTACT: Ms.
Isabella Degani, Communications & Media Relations Specialist, Phone: +39 06
4147415, email: email@example.com.
Gavin Isaacs Named CEO at Scientific Games
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 10, 2014) -
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today
announced the appointment of Gavin Isaacs as President and Chief Executive
Officer of Scientific Games, succeeding David L. Kennedy effective
immediately. Mr. Kennedy will continue to serve as Executive Vice
Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Isaacs is an accomplished gaming
industry executive with more than 15 years of industry leadership
experience. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of SHFL
entertainment, Inc. from April 2011 through November 2013 when the company was
acquired by Bally Technologies, Inc. Previously, Mr. Isaacs served as
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bally Technologies from
May 2006 through March 2011.
Prior to joining Bally Technologies,
he held senior roles at Aristocrat Leisure Limited, including Head of Global
Marketing and Business Development, Managing Director of Aristocrat's
London-based European subsidiary and President of Aristocrat Technologies,
Inc., Aristocrat's Las Vegas-based subsidiary focused on North and South
America. Mr. Isaacs is also a Trustee and former President of the
International Association of Gaming Advisors.
"Gavin is a very talented and
seasoned gaming industry executive with the necessary skills to lead our
Company to the next level of growth and performance," said Ronald O.
Perelman, Chairman of the Board of Scientific Games.
"He has an impressive track
record of success and is recognized for his dynamic leadership. We
believe his focus on customer relationships, strategic thinking and expertise
in growing innovation-focused businesses make him the ideal choice to lead our
efforts to achieve greater profitability and increased cash flow."
Mr. Perelman continued, "We
extend our thanks and appreciation to David for stepping up to lead the Company
during the last six months and work with the Board to facilitate the CEO
succession. We were fortunate to have a leader of David's stature and
experience at such an important time, and we are pleased that he will continue
to serve the Company and our stockholders as Executive Vice Chairman."
Mr. Isaacs commented, "I am
tremendously enthused to join the Company at this exciting and challenging time
and lead the business to the next level. Scientific Games has a skilled
worldwide organization that is focused on improving performance and
growth. In collaboration with the entire Scientific Games team, I look
forward to working together as we concentrate on creating and distributing
innovative products and services to our customers, completing the integration
of WMS and enhancing stockholder value."
On June 9, 2014, Mr. Isaacs was
granted 85,935 restricted stock units (RSUs) and stock options to purchase
161,181 shares of the Company's common stock (with an exercise price of $8.73
per share, representing the average of the high and low sales prices of the
Company's stock on June 6, 2014, and a ten-year term), which awards are
scheduled to vest in one-fourth increments on each of the first four
anniversaries of the date of grant.
The RSUs and stock option grants
were approved as employment inducement grants pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule
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
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Lotteries Make Bright Start to 2014; Q1 Sales for 2014 Up 8.9% on
Q1 Sales for 2013
BASEL, Switzerland (June 11, 2014)
--Defying expectations, lotteries made a bright start to 2014, with
first-quarter on first-quarter sales increasing by 8.9%, the best opening to a
new year since 2012. The growth in global lottery sales was again grounded in
strong performances from the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions, with
additional contributions from the North American market and, surprisingly, the
The Latin American region enjoyed
the strongest showing of any market in Q1 2014, with participating Latin
American lotteries reporting an aggregate first-quarter on first-quarter
increase in sales of 24.1%. Growth in the Latin American region was once again
driven by Argentinas Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado. The
Argentinian national lottery continued its impressive growth streak, reporting
a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 31%.
The growth in sales at
Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado is attributable to a number of
factors, including: modifications and improvements made to their product range,
which have resulted in the provision of a better range of gaming offers to
their customers; the success of a new lottery game, Lotto con
Jackpot; and the strong performance of various concessions, among them
VLTs and the bingo halls of the city of Buenos Aires.
Also performing strongly was
Brazils Caixa Econômica Federal, which recorded an increase in
sales of 18% for Q1 2014 against Q1 2013. Sales growth at the Brazilian
national lottery was largely driven by the success of three lotto products:
Lotofácil, Mega-Sena, and Timemania.
Lotofácil enjoyed record
sales in January 2014, while quarter-on-quarter sales of Mega-Sena and
Timemania increased dramatically owing to the large jackpots on offer in
February and March 2014. A successful advertising campaign, conducted from
December 2013 to March 2014, proved very helpful in promoting all three lotto
The Asia Pacific
region also performed strongly, with participating Asia Pacific
lotteries witnessing an aggregate in sales of 13.6% for the first three months
of 2014, as against the first three months of 2013. Once again, the engine of
growth in the Asia Pacific region was the participating mainland Chinese
lotteries. The China Sports Lottery delivered a first-quarter on first-quarter
increase in sales of 17.1%, with the China Welfare Lottery following on closely
behind with an increase in sales of 15.6% for the period JanuaryMarch
2014, as against the period JanuaryMarch 2013. Across mainland China,
lottery ticket sales rose 13.6%, instant lottery ticket sales rose 11%, and
video lottery sales rose 25.4%, all over the January to March period, with the
Guangdong, Hunan, Gansu, and Shandong provinces and the municipality of
Shanghai witnessing the biggest increase in sales. Running in a strong third in
the Asia Pacific market was Australias Lotterywest, which oversaw an
increase in sales of 11.5% for Q1 2014, as opposed to Q1 2013.
In the North American
market, participating North American lotteries witnessed an aggregate
increase in sales of 6.6% for the first three months of 2014, as against the
first three months of 2013.
The upswing in the North American
market was somewhat surprising, given that the U.S. economy contracted by 1% in
the first quarter of 2014. Previously, the government had estimated that GDP
growth would expand at the rate of 0.1 percent over the first quarter. The
contraction in the U.S. economy, the first in three years, was occasioned by
one of the worst winters in the U.S. in living memory, with economists
estimating subsequently that the severe weather there might have cut as much as
1.5 percentage points from GDP growth. Apparently, however, lottery sales were
impervious to the bad weather, with a number of lotteries across the continent
seeing their sales increase quarter-on-quarter. The growth in sales in the
North American region was spearheaded by the California Lottery, which saw its
sales rise by 20.6% on a first-quarter on first-quarter basis. The increase in
sales at the California Lottery was driven on the one hand by growth in
Powerball salesPowerball was introduced in California in April
2013and on the other hand by the successful introduction of a new US$20
Scratchers game. Canadas Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation also
performed strongly, with sales up by 14.8% for Q1 2014 over Q1 2013. Other
North American lotteries seeing their sales increase were the Kentucky lottery
and the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, which recorded first-quarter
on first-quarter increases in sales of 6% and 7.5% respectively.
In Europe, sales
among participating European lotteries increased by 4.2% on aggregate in the
first three months of 2014, as against the first three months of 2013. This was
the best quarterly performance by participating lotteries in Europe since Q1
2012, when sales grew by 4.3% quarter-on-quarter. With lottery sales in Europe
having languished in mostly neutral or negative territory throughout 2013, the
upswing in sales in Q1 2014 was even more notable than the corresponding upturn
in sales in the U.S.
The surprise increase in sales was
set against the backdrop of the continuing stagnation of the European economy,
where seasonally adjusted GDP rose by only 0.2% in the euro area (EA18) for the
quarter and by only 0.3% in the wider EU28. Compared with the same quarter of
the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.9% in the euro area (EA18)
and by 1.4% in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2014, after rises of 0.5% and
1.0% respectively in the previous quarter. Participating European lotteries
were able to shrug off the wider economys torpor, however, with several
such lotteries enjoying robust quarter-on-quarter increases in sales. At
Hungarys Szerencsejáték Zrt., sales for Q1 2014 were up by
33.9% on sales for Q1 2013. Several elements contributed to the growth in sales
at Szerencsejáték Zrt., including: a shift in demand to
faster-paced games such as Keno and instant tickets; changes and improvements
to the instant ticket product range, resulting in increased sales of instant
tickets at higher price points; the launch in mid-2013 of a highly successful
online betting site, TippmixPro; and the offer of a significant jackpot in Q1
2014 on a main product, Ötöslotto (5/90 lotto). In Greece,
OPAPs situation continued to improve, with sales up 11.1%
quarter-on-quarter. This was the fifth consecutive quarter of growth for the
Greek national lottery, even as Greeces GDP contracted by 3.9% over the
course of 2013. First-quarter on first-quarter sales increased by 6% at both
Portugals Santa Casa and Frances Française des Jeux, while
Norways Norsk Tipping enjoyed a first-quarter on first-quarter increase
in sales of 5.2%.
The African region
saw an aggregate increase in sales of 7.6% for Q1 2014 over Q1 2013.
Contributing strongly to the good showing of the African region was
Moroccos La Marocaine des Jeux, which reported a first-quarter on
first-quarter increase in sales of 30.3%. Growth at La Marocaine des Jeux
continued to be due to the increase in sales of its Cote & Sport (Oddset)
game. Building on its successful startup in 2009, the Mauritius National
Lottery recorded a 15.9% increase in sales for the first three months of 2014,
as against the first three months of 2013. And for its part, Ghanas
national lottery reported an increase in sales of 8.6% over the same
For full year 2013 results,
This edition of the WLA Quarterly
Lottery Sales Indicator sees Hungarys Szerencsejáték Zrt.
and the Mauritius National Lottery added to the list of lotteries participating
in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator. We extend a warm welcome to our
newest members and look forward to bringing you the mid-year results
WLA Executive Director
GBGC - Singapore Tops Global Gambling
ISLE OF MAN (June 10, 2014) --
Singapore has toppled Australia from the top of the gambling spend per capita
list, just a couple of years after the two integrated casino resorts opened in
the sovereign city-state.
New research for Global Betting and
Gaming Consultants 9th edition of the Global Gambling Report shows that
Singaporeans spend US$ 1,376 per capita on gambling per year, some way ahead of
the Australians (US$961).
Prior to the opening of the casinos
in Singapore the city state did not feature in the top five of the gambling
spending charts, so it has been a rapid rise to the top in just a few
Canada is in third place with a
spend of US$494 per capita, some way behind the top two jurisdictions.
The expansion of gambling in Italy,
particularly internet gambling and gaming machines, has seen Italian spend per
capita hit US$400, putting it in 5th place behind Hong Kong (US$454).
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GTECHs Burda Wins Leader of the Year at Women in Gaming
Sr. Director of Global Game
Development takes prize in Land-Based category at fifth annual gaming industry
Director of Global Game Development Dubravka Burda
LONDON, U.K. (June 9, 2014) --
Dubravka Burda, GTECH Sr.
Director of Global Game Development, has won the Leader of the Year Award
(Land-Based) at the 5th Annual Women in Gaming Awards. The title was awarded to
Burda during the awards gala at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on
Friday night, June 6, 2014.
The Leader of the Year category
identifies a woman working in the land-based gaming industry who has proven the
ability to lead in a positive environment and has helped to inspire and guide
her team to internal or external success. A panel of 10 independent industry
judges selected the winner from a group of six finalists.
Dubravka's leadership and
commitment to excellence directly influences GTECHs strong game
development pipeline, which consistently provides our customers with compelling
and highperforming game content, said Victor Duarte, GTECH Sr. Vice
President, Gaming and Content, and Sr. Vice President, North American
Commercial Gaming. Congratulations to Dubravka for this well-deserved
recognition from her industry peers.
Since Burda began her tenure with
GTECH in 2011, she has grown from overseeing commercial casino games to also
developing Video Lottery Terminal, Amusement With Prize and interactive
content; and from managing a small team in Graz, Austria, to also leading
groups in Moncton, Canada; Las Vegas, U.S.; Belgrade, Serbia; London, U.K.; and
Her exceptional management skills
have led to her successful leadership of more than 300 employees at
GTECHs game development studios around the globe Most recently,
Dubravkas group was behind the development of the SPHINX 3D casino
game, a unique glasses-free 3D experience that has garnered critical acclaim
and has won three major industry awards in late 2013 and 2014
Along with Burda, four GTECH women
were finalists across various categories, including Chief Technology Officer
Rachel Barber (Innovator of the Year); Italy Senior Vice President, Legal
Counsel Claudia Ricchetti (Industry Achiever of the Year, online or
land-based); Game Development Manager Tatjana Vesel (Star of the Future); and
Corporate Communications Manager Rhonda Whittaker (Hidden Talent of the Year,
online or land-based).
In addition to recognizing
outstanding women in the gaming industry, the Women in Gaming Awards also
support Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a U.K. charity committed to breast cancer
research, campaigning and education (www.breakthrough.org.uk).
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 8,600 employees with operations in approximately 60
countries. For more information, please visit
For further information, CONTACT:
Rhonda Whittaker, GTECH Corporate Communications, T: +1 (506) 878-6471 / M: +1
(506) 381-5958, Email:
SOURCE: GTECH Corporate
New York Lottery and VLT 2013-14 Record Profit Hits $3.17
Highest Amount Ever In
History of North American Lotteries for A Single Beneficiary NYS
Lotterys Official Press
NEW YORK N.Y. (June 6, 2014) -- The
New York State Gaming Commission today announced traditional Lottery sales and
video lottery net win for fiscal year 2013-2014 totaled $9.23 billion,
producing a profit of $3.17 billion for education, a 4.2 percent increase over
fiscal year 2012-2013.
This marks the 14th consecutive year
of growth in revenue for the most profitable Lottery in North America.
We are proud of the
significant contribution the Lottery makes to support New Yorks schools
and we are very pleased to have set yet another sales record for the past
fiscal year, said Robert Williams, Acting Executive Director of the
New York State Gaming Commission. We look forward to continuing this
record of success in the future.
Total sales and net win increased
$292.2 million or 3.3 percent over the prior year. Profit for education
increased $127.2 million or 4.2 percent over the prior year.
The Traditional Lottery business
benefited from strong growth of the Mega Millions game, including the second
highest jackpot of $648 million in December 2013. In addition, there was
continued growth in Quick Draw due to better market penetration and retailer
support efforts. Increases in video lottery net win (total bets less prizes)
and profits were reported at five of the nine of the Video Lottery Gaming
facilities, led by Resorts World Casino New York City.
All Lottery profits go to funding
K-12 education in New York State. The Lotterys fiscal year 2013-2014
profit of $3.17 billion represents approximately 15 percent of total state aid
to local school districts.
The Traditional Lottery business
includes draw games such as Powerball, Mega Millions, and Numbers, and
scratch-off games such as Win for Life and Cashword. Traditional Lottery sales
increased 2.9 percent or $205.3 million with a $2.26 billion profit, a result
of increases in Mega Millions, Numbers, Win 4 and Quick Draw. The aid to
education generated through the combination of all Traditional Lottery games
increased 3.6 percent or $78.3 million.
Sales for Mega Millions increased
substantially during a roll up that started on October 4 and produced the
second highest jackpot of $648 million before being hit on December 17, 2013.
Strong sales for Powerball were also recorded for a roll up that ended on May
18, 2013 with a jackpot of $590.5 million. Quick Draw sales increased 12.8
percent or $74.2 million over the previous year. Increased promotion and
advertising contributed to sales increases of 3.1 percent and 4.7 percent for
Numbers and Win 4 respectively.
Sales for Lotto declined 14.1
percent and sales for scratch-off games decreased 1.3 percent from the previous
Video Lottery Gaming:
Video Lottery Gaming generated a
record $1.91 billion in net win and $916.4 million in profit. Resorts World
Casino alone contributed $792.6 million in net win and $368 million in profit
for education. The year-over-year increase in net win from all nine Video
Lottery Gaming facilities totaled $87 million or 4.8 percent, with an increase
in profit for education of $48.9 million or 5.6 percent.
Annual net win from Resorts World
Casino totaled $792.6 million, an increase of $96 million or 13.8 percent from
the prior fiscal year.
Net win for Batavia Downs Gaming
totaled $47.1 million, an increase of $2 million or 4.4 percent, largely
attributable to an October 2013 expansion of the gaming floor.
Finger Lakes Gaming and
Racetracks net win totaled $130.8 million, an increase of $1.2 million or
0.9 percent, due in part to the opening of an expanded gaming floor.
Empire City Casino at Yonkers
Raceway achieved annual net win of $547.2 million, an increase of $1.9 million
or 0.3 percent.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway, the
oldest of the states Video Lottery Gaming facilities, realized an annual
net win of $158.9 million, an increase of $200,000 or 0.1 percent.
The remaining Video Lottery Gaming
facilities posted net losses year-over-year due to a variety of factors,
Where Lottery Money Goes:
Overall, 96 percent of the
Lotterys $9.23 billion in combined sales and net win was returned to New
Yorkers in the form of prizes, aid to education, and commissions to retailers
and video gaming facilities.
Prizes paid totaled more than $4.3
billion from Traditional Lottery games.
Aid to education totaled $3.17
Commissions paid to more than 18,000
Traditional Lottery retailers and nine Video Lottery Gaming facilities totaled
$1.29 billion. The Lottery paid $439 million in commissions to Traditional
Lottery retailers and $851 million in commissions to Video Lottery Gaming
The entire operation of the
Traditional Lottery, including advertising, marketing, printing, systems,
telecommunications, finance and administration is funded from just 4 percent of
About the New York
The New York Lottery continues to be North Americas
largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.17 billion in fiscal year
2013-2014 to help support education in New York State. The Lotterys
contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to local school
New York Lottery revenue is
distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to
distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school
districts size and its income level; larger, lower-income school
districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.
About the New York State Gaming
The New York State Gaming Commission
regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including
horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery
terminal facilities at race tracks, the state lottery and charitable
SOURCE: NY Lottery.
New Jersey Lottery Release Fiscal Year 2013 Annual
TRENTON, New Jersey (June 10, 2014)
New Jersey Lottery
Executive Director Carole Hedinger today released the Annual Report for Fiscal
Year 2013 and reported that the Lottery contributed $1.08 billion to the State
for aid to education and institutions, an increase from $950 million in Fiscal
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.
The Annual Report features Fiscal
Year 2013 milestones including the four multi-state jackpot game wins by New
Jersey Lottery players in one year.
The Lottery had a
remarkable year in so many ways, Executive Director Carole Hedinger
said. We faced the challenges imposed by Superstorm Sandy, but then we
came back with the greatest number of New Jersey multi-state game jackpot
winners we have ever had in a single year.
Lottery players received a record
payout in Fiscal Year 2013. The Lottery awarded more than $1.67 billion in
prizes, 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 approximately 107 million winning tickets validated and
paid during the year.
In addition, the Fiscal Year was the
culmination of two years of leadership groundwork focused on restructuring
operations and implementing the Lottery Growth Management contract. The
contract details the sales, marketing and advertising services that will be
provided to the Lottery by the contracted management company. The process
required extensive research, review, planning and ultimately, contract
execution on June 20, 2013.
I am confident that these
changes will provide even greater efficiency to the Lotterys operations
and thereby increase revenues in the coming years, Hedinger said.
The Lottery is the States
fourth largest individual revenue producer. A complete accounting of lottery
revenue distribution is included in the Annual Report and on the NJLottery.net
website in the Where the Money Goes section.
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 continues to
function as an integral component of the states economy,
Hedinger said. It affords small-, mid-size and large businesses a
revenue generation source and additional marketing opportunities that
non-Lottery retailers do not have.
About the New Jersey
The Lottery is the
States 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 more than$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.
CONTACT: Judith L. Drucker, M.A.,
Public Relations Manager, New Jersey State Lottery, Tel: 609-826-7477, Email:
SOURCE: New Jersey State
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Texas Lottery Launches
Circuit of the Americas10x Super Fast Cash Scratch-Off
AUSTIN, Texas (June 10, 2014) --
The Texas Lottery® and
Circuit of The Americas have teamed up for a third year to bring a new
scratch-off game to Texas.
With the new Circuit of The Americas
10X Super-Fast Cash, players can win up to $100,000 instantly or enter
promotional second-chance drawings for the opportunity to win a Dream
Experience Trip Package valued at more than $52,000.
The $5 game goes on sale today at
Texas Lottery retail locations.
Circuit of The Americas 10X Super
Fast Cash offers more than $17 million in instant-win prizes, including five
top prizes of $100,000.
Instant prizes for the game range
from $5 to $100,000. Circuit of The Americas 10X Super Fast Cash offers overall
instant-win odds of one in 3.25, including break-even prizes.
Second Chance to Win
Players that dont win
instantly have a second chance to win by entering their non-winning tickets in
one of the four promotional second-chance drawings that will take place
throughout the run of the game. The drawings offer 2,400 prizes including four
Dream Experience Trip Packages.
Winners of the Dream
Experience Trip Package and three of their guests will enjoy a VIP
experience at a Circuit of The Americas event of their choice. Each Dream
Experience Trip Package is valued at more than $52,000 and will include:
- Luxury Trackside Motorhome Experience
- Merchandise Memorabilia Packages
- Premium food & non-alcoholic beverage catering
- All-expense paid round-trip airfare to and from
- $875 in cash for spending money.
- Luxury airport transfer
Social Media Contest
In conjunction with the launch of
the game, the Texas Lottery will offer its Facebook fans additional
opportunities to win prizes including VIP tickets and more.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $21 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $43 billion in prizes to lottery players.
Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has
contributed $16 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public
education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas
Lottery revenues benefit state pro-grams including the Fund for Veterans
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch-offs.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or at:
About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in
Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination
for premium sports and entertainment. COTAs marquee event, the FORMULA 1
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX was awarded 2013 Sports Event of the
Year by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and the same publication named
the venue a finalist for 2014 Sports Facility of the Year.
Additionally, COTA is the new North
American home for the summer edition of ESPNs X Games. More than
one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP,
the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championships,
business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the
venues acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, winner of Pollstars
Best New Major Concert Venue award for 2013.
COTAs 1,500-acre campus
includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot
Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the
Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an
iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more
information and downloadable video and photos, visit:
or COTAs dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com. Follow COTA
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CircuitofTheAmericas
and Twitter @circuitamericas and @COTAmedia.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Brushfire Takes Top Honours at Ad Industry Event with "LONG LIVE
YOU" New Jersey Lottery Commercial
CEDAR KNOLLS, New Jersey (June 5,
2014) -- Brushfire Inc., a fully integrated marketing communications firm, was
the big winner at the 46th Jersey Awards where its
New Jersey Lottery spot,
"Long Live You" was awarded Best of Show and Best of Television at the
group's annual awards dinner. In total, the agency took home nine awards
at the ceremony.
The 30-second spot was lauded for
its clever depiction of an aging gentleman collecting on his winning lottery
ticket for decades. The judges noted the campaign was fresh and innovative.
In addition to these honours,
Brushfire's lottery work was also recognized for its radio spots with "Feel
Like Two Million Bucks" earning Best of Radio. Three of the lottery campaigns
earned First Place awards and another was honoured with Second Place.
According to Joan Mueller, president
and of Brushfire, Inc., "It is an honour and a privilege for the team at
Brushfire to be recognized in this fashion by our peers in the industry. It is
a testament to the teamwork and high calibre of talent within our
Brushfire's work on Thompson's
WaterSeal also received a First Place nod for the "Protection Built In,"
campaign, which visually showcases the product's strength against outside
The Jersey Awards, sponsored by the
NJ Ad Club, recognizes the "best of the best" in the communications industry
throughout the state. Judging of the more than 400 entries in the Jersey Awards
competition was conducted by the Westchester Advertising Club.
Brushfire, Inc. is a fully
integrated marketing communications firm, delivering advertising, public
relations, promotional marketing, media and interactive capabilities to both
national and regional clients. Brushfire has been recognized with many
prestigious industry awards, including numerous Telly Awards and the Silver
Anvil, the public relations industry's highest award. The agency has also been
named NJ Biz of the Year. Brushfire is agency of record for leading clients in
government, industry, and consumer packaged goods.
SOURCE Brushfire Inc.
New Keno Game to Innovate the Colombian Gaming
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (June 9,
2014) -- Keno is often compared to bingo by the similarities in the gameplay.
However, it has some peculiarities that have become a very popular alternative
game in countries such as USA, Germany, Greece, France and Australia, to be
accessible to bettors.
In Colombia, the Keno will expand
the portfolio of games with an easy option to play with high chances of winning
and immediate results.
The betting ticket, containing
a selection of numbers from 1 to 80, gives the player the following:
- Value you wish to bet on each draw;
- Number of draws in which participate with your
selection of numbers;
- Selection of up to 10 numbers to bet.
These data are recorded in a sales
terminal issuing the ticket voucher bet. Typically, the minimum will Keno draws
every ten minutes, which are transmitted on monitors or screens in retail
outlets. The random number generator (RNG) that must be certified will draw 20
numbers that will determine the draw.
How do you win at Keno?
Keno is a game counterpart: the game
operator defines the factor fixed payment for success and the punter decides
how many numbers will play and how much money to gamble; according to a minimum
bet value defined by the rules of the game and a maximum bet value defined by
The more successful and chosen by
the punter numbers, the prize will be higher.
Rules of the game
Coljuegos is already in the process
of regulating this new game, after which an open public tender will be called
to select operators who meet the eligibility requirements to exploit the game
Law 643 of 2001 (Art. 38) defines
the Keno as a new game; the operator must pay at least 17% of the gross sales
of the game Exploitation Rights.
SOURCE: Empresa Industrial y
Comercial del Estado Administradora del Monopolio Rentístico de los
Juegos de Suerte y Azar (Coljuegos).
Agreement Allows Lottery Tickets to Bear Numismatic Collection of
the Museum Brazilian Securities Images
BRAZIL (June 5, 2014) -- On May 15,
Caixa Econômica Federal
and Securities of the Museum Central Bank of Brazil (Bacen) signed a
cooperation agreement to stamp the numismatic collection of the Museum
Brazilian Securities Bacen on the Federal Lottery tickets.
In 2012, CAIXA Lotteries paid
tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Museum of values with the stamp of Gold
Coin, in the amount of 64 thousand reis (old currency), offered to authorities
present at the Coronation Mass D. Pedro as Emperor of Brazil in 1822.
By signing the agreement, the
Federal Lottery tickets may, for a period of five years, submit photos and
information of currencies and bonds forming the numismatic collection of the
Museum of Brazilian securities.
Stamping museum objects in the
airplane The acquis of the Central Bank reaches more distant parts of the
country through the CAIXA Lotteries, whose sales network is present throughout
Vice President for Government and
Lottery Fund, Fabio Cleto said: "by their lottery tickets, CAIXA also brings
art and the cultural richness of Brazil every citizen in a different way, which
reinforces the important relationship between business, the arts and national
La LoteríaFederales the
oldest product of the CAIXA Lotteries launched 52 years ago has sales of more
than 14 million tickets a year.
SOURCE: La Corporacion
Iberoamericana de Loterias y Apuestas (CIBELAE).
NeoGames Awarded Contract with the Portuguese
SLIEMA, Malta (June 11, 2014) --
NeoGames is pleased to
announce that it has been awarded a new contract to expand its iLottery
offering at Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, the Portuguese
Weve developed a very
close working relationship with JSC, the gaming division of SCML said
Mr. Ilan Rosen, CEO of NeoGames. The growth of Instant Ticket sales
experienced by SCML in recent years is a reflection of the Lotterys hard
work and dedication to providing a rich and exciting gaming experience in a
secure and responsible manner for the people of Portugal. We are committed to
building on the success of this partnership and will continue to explore with
the lottery new and innovative products and marketing strategies.
Throughout the duration of the
agreement NeoGames will supply the lottery with customized games from its
successful portfolio, along with interactive versions of existing printed
tickets, available in retail shops today.
NeoGames will also provide SCML with
elements of its iLottery platform, thus enabling the lottery to manage some
operational aspects of the business. Being able to manage the platform
independently empowers the lottery and is a core strategy for NeoGames. We
strongly believe in sharing our knowledge and expertise with our
clients said Mr. Rosen.
Furthermore, as part of the
agreement NeoGames will provide the lottery with marketing services. This
collaboration will ensure that the lottery will continue to enjoy growth in
Since 2010, SCML has
experienced a tremendous growth in Instant Tickets sales with a record sales in
2013 of 590.7 (M). With NeoGames we have found a reliable partner that
can help us increase our revenues from our interactive channels while
maintaining a high degree of security and social responsibility. The knowledge
they bring from other jurisdictions and their ability to customize this to the
specific requirements of our lottery is of great value and was a key factor in
our selection of them as a primary provider of iLottery games. said
Mr. Fernando Paes Afonso, CEO and Vice-President of SCML
About Santa Casa da
Misericórdia de Lisboa
Created in the 15th century (1498),
at the time of the Portuguese Discoveries, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de
Lisboa has, as its core mission, since its creation, the social assistance of
the underprivileged, dedicating its main activity to children and the elderly
in the area of Lisbon. Being a charitable organization involved in
humanitarian activities, Santa Casa has been chosen by the Portuguese State to
run Lotteries (since 1783), sports betting games (1961) and number games (Lotto
1984, Euromillions in 2004) with the purpose of raising funds to finance its
social work and all the Projects involved in making life better and more
comfortable to the most deprived ones of Lisbon population.
Santa Casas mission is carried
out every day with the help of its workers as well as with a number of
volunteers who give part of their time to assist Santa Casa in better achieving
its goals in society.
Keeping up the pace with modern
technologies allows Santa Casa to provide in a safe, transparent and
trustworthy way, what players need to give this Institution their confidence
NeoGames is the leading software and
service provider that pioneered the global interactive scratch cards and
lottery gaming market. Since launching in 2005, NeoGames has delivered the most
comprehensive portfolio of soft-gaming solutions to customers around the globe
including National Lotteries and top gaming operators.
NeoGames flexible platform was
developed specially for lotteries operating in the internet world. It meets
with regulatory requirements and responsible gaming standards and can easily be
integrated with any lottery systems.
To meet the mass market demand for
mobile gaming, NeoGames offers its most popular and entertaining scratch cards
and instant win games on an advanced mobile platform, optimized for a wide
variety of smartphones and tablets.
SOURCE: NeoGames (www.neogames.com).
Gaming Standards Association Opens New Office in
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 10, 2014)
The Gaming Standards
Association (GSA) announced today that as part of its global collaboration
initiative in the creation of standards for the gaming industry, it has
established a satellite office in Brussels, Belgium.
Work in the creation of GSAs
Online Gaming Standards is progressing at a fast pace, and Europe has been a
leader in the adoption of regulation for online gambling and betting. With the
establishment of an office in Europe, GSA will be working and consulting with
all stakeholders from both the regulatory and policy domain as well as the
GSAs primary aim is to bridge
the gap in the debate concerning technical requirements and to facilitate the
creation of solutions through standards that will yield benefits to regulators,
operators, and manufacturers and provide a platform for further development of
Phyllis Farrugia, as GSA Europe
Special Representative, will manage the new office. Farrugia has more than 15
years experience in EU policy and the reform and regulation of markets, having
held senior positions in both government and industry in various previously
monopolized sectors. She is considered as an expert in her field and has held a
key advisory position to the Maltese Government and the Maltese gaming
regulator for almost a decade, covering areas of EU and international affairs
and regulation policy and participated in multitude of strategic, gaming
regulatory debates, legislative proposal negotiations and policy discussions at
bilateral, European and multi-lateral level.
GSA President Peter DeRaedt said,
As online activity spreads and grows in Europe and around the world,
enhanced by the spread of smartphones and tablets, regulation and technical
requirements remain fragmented along (Member) State boundaries leading to
burdensome inconsistencies for gaming providers active and licensed in more
than one jurisdiction. GSA believes that at this stage of regulatory and market
development in Europe, it seems there is increased focus on compliance for both
the regulators and the regulated, where we believe the adoption of common
technical standards could be the next building block and a catalyst for
enhanced global collaboration between the various stakeholders.
GSA offers a range of membership
levels to suit any companys budget and business interests. For more
information on the many benefits of membership, please visit GSAs website
About the Gaming Standards
The Gaming Standards Association
(GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming
manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the
identification, definition, development, promotion and implementation of
standards to enable interoperability, innovation, education and communication
for the benefit of the entire industry.
Established in 1998, GSAs
members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
Global Gaming Business Magazine
named GSAs Game to System (G2S) Protocol the Best
Productivity-Enhancement Technology. Casino Journal magazine named it one
of the Top 3 Most Innovative Products and Casino Enterprise
Management put it on the list of Top 10 Slot Floor
For more information, visit:
www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Issues Warning of
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (June 11,
2014) -- The Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery is warning Arkansans about scammers who are making
false representations about individuals winning a lottery prize.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
received a report that a person purporting to represent the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery called an Arkansas resident and informed her that
shed won $5 million in a Second-Chance drawing.
The caller knew the womans
home address, and instructed her to go to a local store to purchase a pre-paid
card called Green Dot MoneyPak to use to pre-pay taxes owed on the prize.
The scammer provided a toll-free
number that, when called, mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone
To protect yourself, please
- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery never requires the
payment of any money in order to claim a prize;
- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery typically does not
call people to tell them that they've won, except in contests that the person
has intentionally entered;
- Never provide any personal or financial information
to someone over the phone unless you initiate the call or are certain the
caller is legitimate, especially Social Security numbers, bank account numbers,
and credit card numbers.
If you receive a call from someone
claiming to be from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Powerball or Mega
Millions be on your guard.
You can always call the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery Security Hotline at 1-888-606-6292 for more information or
to check the legitimacy of such claims.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has
notified the Consumer Protection Division of the Arkansas Attorney
Generals Office of this scam.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship