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A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories



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  • GTECH Sign One-Year Contract Extension with the Minnesota State Lottery for Instant-Ticket Printing Services. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Sign Amendment to Its Contract with the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. Full Story.
  • NHL™ Stars of Slovakia Game Offers 2nd Chance Trip to North America. Full Story.
  • GLI Europe BV Become First Foreign Institution to Provide Testing Services for Gaming Devices in Slovenia. Full Story.
  • The Florida Lottery to Launch New Terminal Game. Full Story.
  • Poundland to Offer Charity Scratchcards Instore. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery ‘Cash Booth’ Stirs Up Fans in Carbondale. Full Story.
  • Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association to Challenge New UK Gambling Act. Full Story.
  • Lottery Drawings Produce $14 Million in Winnings in May While Scratch-Off Winners Claim $11 Million. Full Story.
  • Lottery Meets Its Revenue Estimate for the State; Transfers Extra $11 Million to Beneficiary. Full Story.
  • Gaming Standards Association (GSA) to Play Informative Role At iGaming Super Show. Full Story.
  • Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announce Nine New Members Join Organization. Full Story.
  • Silver Anniversary Australasian Gaming Expo Set for Glebe Island. Full Story.
  • IGT Partners with Bwin.Party for International Online and Mobile Games Rollout. Full Story.
  • Supreme Ventures Celebrate Anniversary with New Game - Top Draw. Full Story.
  • Global Gambling Report 9th Edition "Change is on the Cards". Full Story.




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GTECH Sign One-Year Contract Extension with the Minnesota State Lottery for Instant-Ticket Printing Services

Contract extension continues GTECH’s three-year instant-ticket printing relationship with the Minnesota State Lottery

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (June 25, 2014) -- GTECH has extended its agreement with the Minnesota State Lottery for a one-year period commencing May 29, 2014. GTECH and the Minnesota State Lottery initially entered into an agreement for instant-ticket printing services in December 2011, which was the result of a competitive procurement and named GTECH as a secondary instant-ticket vendor for the Lottery. The initial contract included the option to extend the term for two one-year periods.  This is the first extension option that has been exercised by the Lottery.

GTECH supports the Lottery with instant-ticket printing services as well as prize structure development, customized sales data analysis, game planning and strategy. Over the past year, GTECH and the Lottery have worked together to revitalize the Lottery’s $30 price point by introducing the industry’s first $30 licensed property game. The game launched in August of 2013 and included three instant one-million dollar top prizes, a mass media marketing program, and second chance prize opportunities. The game was successful in increasing sales for the price point, selling more tickets than the two most recent $30 games launched by the Lottery.

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GTECH and the Minnesota State Lottery have a longstanding relationship, and the Lottery’s decision to continue working with GTECH is further evidence that our Customer First philosophy and ability to deliver quality instant ticket products and services are recognized by our customers,” said Alan Eland, GTECH Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, North America, who also oversees GTECH’s printing operations. “GTECH looks forward to continued collaboration with the Lottery in achieving even greater results for the good causes they support.”

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 8,600 employees with operations in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit www.gtech.com.

For further information CONTACT: Robert K. Vincent, GTECH S.p.A. Corporate Communications / T. (+1) 401 392 7452.

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

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INTRALOT Sign Amendment to Its Contract with the New Hampshire Lottery Commission

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DULUTH, Georgia (June 24, 2014) -- INTRALOT Inc., based in Duluth, GA, the North American subsidiary of INTRALOT Group, is pleased to announce an amendment to its contract with the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. INTRALOT will continue to provide the Lottery with its Lottery Gaming System (“System”) for the operation of terminal based games; the management of instant games and associated gaming products, the support of the retailer network and other support services including marketing.

In addition, under the terms of the amendment, INTRALOT has received the available 4-year extension of its original contract dated July 1, 2010. The extension will commence on July 1, 2016 and go through June 30, 2020. The amendment also effectuates the implementation of certain equipment exchange options and certain Offered Options pursuant to the original contract.

Charlie McIntyre, the Lottery’s Executive Director, commented: “New Hampshire was the first U.S. state to start a lottery in modern times (1964). We are now celebrating 50 years of successful operations. Since INTRALOT converted our systems, lottery sales have increased by more than 20% and we very much look forward to continuing that trend during our partnership through 2020. Over the past four years, INTRALOT has provided excellent service and created tremendous value for New Hampshire citizens and for the New Hampshire Education Trust Fund.”

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Mr. Tom Little, President and CEO of INTRALOT Inc., said: “We are extremely proud to have been part of the Lottery’s rich history and we are very excited to continue our partnership with the Lottery for an additional four years. Together we will introduce new sales channels and innovative products and services to the citizens of New Hampshire to raise additional funds for education.”

Mr. John Pantoleon, INTRALOT Group Chief Operating Officer, added: “Since the inception of our partnership we have supplied our state-of-the-art terminals and related peripherals that are connected to INTRALOT’s LOTOSTM O/S Central System. We are confident that we will continue our fruitful partnership, working closely with the Lottery team to further increase the Lottery’s revenues for the benefit of New Hampshire and its citizens.”

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.700 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information CONTACT: Ms Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

NHL™ Stars of Slovakia Game Offers 2nd Chance Trip to North America

ATLANTA, Georgia (June 25, 2014) -- Lottery players in Slovakia have a chance to win a trip to North America, thanks to an instant game sold by TIPOS, National Lottery Company (the “Lottery” or “Tipos Lottery”). The game features National Hockey League (“NHL”) marks and player images from the National Hockey League Players’ Association™ (“NHLPA”), made available to the Lottery via MDI Entertainment, LLC, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) (the “Company”). MDI has a licensing relationship with the NHL™ and NHLPA, and worked with the Lottery to develop the instant game and 2nd Chance promotion, which offers a grand prize trip for two to the United States or Canada, and tickets to up to five regular season NHL games.

Ice hockey is extremely popular in Slovakia, and there are many Slovaks in the NHL, so this game presents a very exciting opportunity for our lottery players,” said PhDr. Ladislav Kriška, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director of the Lottery. “The chance to win a trip to the United States or Canada to see Slovakia’s finest players compete in the NHL is incredibly special, and we are pleased that Scientific Games and MDI have helped make it possible for us to award such a rare and valuable prize.”

Tipos Lottery’s 2nd Chance Promotion

This really is an exceptional game, and we were thrilled to work with the Tipos Lottery on its development,” said Amy Bergette Hill, Senior Vice President for Lottery Interactive at Scientific Games. “It offers Slovakia’s lottery players a once-in-a-lifetime prize opportunity and for the Lottery, it’s a full-service package. MDI and Scientific Games are delivering an attractive licensed game with complete back-end support for the 2nd Chance promotion.”

The back-end support is being supplied by personnel in Scientific Games offices in several countries, providing full-time technical and game development resources. The platform for the web-based promotion, including aspects of Scientific Games’ patented Easy Entry™ ticket validation system, is provided by the corporation’s WLA-accredited Vienna data center, with support from its Budapest office. The game’s tickets were produced at Scientific Games’ printing facility located in Leeds, England, and web codes and hash files for it were programmed and produced there as well. Central project management for the promotion is being handled from offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.

This was a global effort, and is evidence of Scientific Games’ ability to service lotteries throughout the world completely, efficiently and effectively thanks to our expansive footprint and technological expertise,” said Amy Bergette Hill. “Our secure 2nd Chance draw system is available internationally and incorporates configurable, responsible gaming tools and safeguards so that we can provide lotteries with promotions that are reliable and compliant within their jurisdictions.

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The Tipos Lottery’s 2nd Chance promotion is currently running, and will continue until January 2, 2015. Lottery players can enter codes from eligible NHL™ instant game tickets into the Lottery’s “Web Chance” microsite, which was designed by Scientific Games. After the promotion ends, one winner will be drawn and will get to choose up to three North American cities to visit, and up to five regular-season hockey games to attend during a 14-day trip for two. Airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transfers and spending money are included in the prize. Travel arrangements and hockey game tickets are being facilitated by MDI.

NHLPA, National Hockey League Players' Association and the NHLPA logo are trademarks of the NHLPA. © NHLPA.

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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.

About the Tipos Lottery

TIPOS, national lottery company, joint-stock company was established on 11th December 1992 but started its activities on 1st January 1993. The only shareholder is Slovak Republic, represented by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic. TIPOS operates the state lottery and other gambling games on the basis of individual licenses granted by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

GLI Europe BV Become First Foreign Institution to Provide Testing Services for Gaming Devices in Slovenia

HILLEGOM, The Netherlands (June 23, 2014) – Marking another company milestone as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) announced today the Ministry of Finance of Slovenia has appointed GLI Europe BV as “an institution for issuing gaming device test reports for the jurisdiction of Slovenia.”

GLI Europe BV is privileged to be the first foreign company to be permitted to provide these services.

GLI Europe Managing Director Martin Britton said, “This has been a strategic project allowing GLI to issue gaming device test reports directly to the Regulator for this market, saving time and cost to the client, while being able to provide onsite services within Slovenia. It is a great achievement for GLI, which also benefits our clients. We are thankful to the Ministry for the trust they have placed in GLI.”

GLI is the market leader in Europe, where the company has offices in Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Globally, GLI serves regulators, suppliers and operators in 455 jurisdictions.

Gaming Laboratories International

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.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International (GLI).

 

 

The Florida Lottery to Launch New Terminal Game

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (June 23, 2014) -- The Florida Lottery is proud to announce that on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, it will launch the new Terminal game LUCKY MONEY™. The new game is an enhanced version of the MEGA MONEY™ game that is ending on July 1, 2014. 

“The Florida Lottery continuously evaluates our games and product offerings to ensure our players have the best games available,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “MEGA MONEY was first introduced in 1998 and updates were made over the years, yet we believed the game could be improved. Therefore, we kept the unique features of MEGA MONEY and added new features such as an increased second prize, better overall odds and EZmatch™ to create a better game for our players.”

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LUCKY MONEY jackpots start at $500,000 and can roll over to reach $2 million before rolling down to increase the lower-prize levels. Players win the jackpot by matching the four white ball numbers plus the Lucky Ball™, or by matching any of the non-jackpot winning combinations to win other cash prizes or a free ticket. LUCKY MONEY tickets cost $1 per play, and for $1 more players can add EZmatch for the chance to win up to $500 instantly.

LUCKY MONEY tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 2, 2014. LUCKY MONEY drawings will be held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:15 p.m., ET, with the first drawing being held on Friday, July 4, 2014. MEGA MONEY ticket sales will end at 10:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, with the final drawing being held that evening at 11:15 p.m. If there is not a jackpot winner in the final MEGA MONEY drawing, the jackpot will roll and be carried over to the LUCKY MONEY jackpot for the first drawing. Players will have until December 28, 2014, to redeem winning MEGA MONEY tickets. For more information, please visit flalottery.com.

About The Florida Lottery

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

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

 

Poundland to Offer Charity Scratchcards Instore

UNITED KINGDOM (June 23, 2014) -- Poundland, Europe’s biggest single price value retailer, is rolling out the sale of charity scratch cards across its 450 UK stores from today (Monday 23 June, 2014). Each scratch card, produced specifically for Poundland customers, will detail the name of the beneficiary charity they are supporting through their purchase.

Poundland is the first major retailer to sell charity scratch cards nationwide. The scratch cards offer customers the strongest odds, currently in the market, of winning a prize.

The rollout follows a successful trial earlier this year with Rieves Lotteries Ltd, a scratch card specialist licensed by the Gambling Commission to manage lotteries for the benefit of charities.

Richard Lancaster, Trading Director of Poundland: “We’re delighted to be supporting and helping to raise much needed funds for charity. We are offering our customers both strong odds of winning a prize and also the chance to support some of the UK’s best loved charities.

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Steve Lyons of Rieves Lotteries Ltd added: “Poundland has really got behind this launch. Its customers will have a great chance of winning a prize and the revenue raised will provide much needed support for the charities that it works with.  It’s a win all round.”

For further information CONTACT: Graham Smith, Twelve PR (for Rieves Lotteries Ltd), T: 01608 495012 / M: 07770 500194 / E: graham@twelvepr.co.uk.

About Poundland

Poundland plc joined the premium segment of the London Stock Market in March 2014. 

Poundland is Europe’s largest single-price value general merchandise retailer and winner of the 2014 Grocer Awards for Variety Discounter of the year. Over 500 stores have been opened in the UK and the Republic of Ireland since 1990, including Northern Ireland. Poundland sells quality top brands and own brand products all for the single price point of £1 each, providing customers with amazing value every day.

Serving an average of 5 million customers every week during Q3 2013, Poundland offers an irresistible shopping experience where shoppers are guaranteed to find approximately  3,000 quality products per store and over 1,000 well-known brands, across 17 shopping categories including  food and drink, health and beauty, household, gardening, DIY, Pet, Stationery, Books, DVDs and Toys.

With a growth strategy of at least 60 new stores every year, Poundland has exceeded this target for the financial year, creating approximately 1,600 new jobs.

In June 2010, Poundland was acquired by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm.

Warburg Pincus acquired a majority stake with the management at Poundland retaining a minority shareholding and continuing to lead the business.  

For more information about Poundland, please visit:

 

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SOURCE: Poundland plc.

 

 

Illinois Lottery ‘Cash Booth’ Stirs Up Fans in Carbondale

Players offered 20-second ‘Cash Grab’ to Celebrate New Lottery Instant Games – ‘20 Years of Cash’

CARBONDALE, Illinois (June 20, 2014) -- The Illinois Lottery brought its popular “Cash Booth” to Carbondale today, when dozens of Lottery fans were given the opportunity to grab free 20 years of Cash instant tickets and other lottery prizes. The booth was operational for several hours today at Kroger, 501 North Giant City Road, and Shell, 222 North Emerald.  Dozens of adults lined up for a chance to go inside the Lottery’s forced-air Cash Booth and grab (for 20 seconds) floating $1 dollar bills and coupons good for Lottery instant tickets and branded merchandise.

20 Years of Cash tickets are available at four price points--$1, $2, $5 and $10--with top prizes, respectively, of $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 a week for 20 years (prizes paid quarterly). In addition to the annuitized prizes, 20 Years of Cash grand prize winners also receive an immediate payment of $100,000, $200,000, $500,000 or $1,000,000, depending on which of the four games was purchased.

Grand prize winners in each the four games will receive the following total prize money (subject to federal and state withholding): 

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$1 game: $1,140,000

$2 game: $2,280,000

$5 game: $5,700,000

$10 game: $11,400,000

The 20 Years of Cash games feature a familiar match-number game-play that allows consumers to easily determine if they win by matching any of their numbers to any of the winning numbers printed on each ticket. The four games are available at more than 8,200 Lottery retailers statewide.

The Illinois Lottery kicked off its Cash Booth tour this past February in Chicago and Joliet and made stops in Rockford and Loves Park in March, Milan and Silvis in April and Champaign-Urbana last month. Today’s event in Carbondale marked the end of the lively 20 Years of Cash, Cash Booth promotion. Consumers were also able to win even more cash via the Illinois Lottery’s Facebook 60 Seconds of Cash promotion. Three (3) $500 grand prizes were awarded in the June 10 drawing. The grand prize winners, Name from Location, Name from Location and Name from Location will have the chance to win up to an additional $1,000 in a 60 second cashbox grab. Be sure to check Lottery social media pages for additional promotions taking place this summer.

For more information on 20 Years of Cash, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.

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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

Media CONTACT: Chanele Newton, Phone: 312-368-5814.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association to Challenge New UK Gambling Act

“Unlawful’” Gambling Law Poses “New Danger” for Consumers

GIBRALTAR (June 18, 2014) -- A new law that establishes the Gambling Commission as the industry’s regulator across the globe not only threatens the safety of consumers online but is unlawful, claims the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA).

Currently, British consumers gamble online with a limited number of licensed operators based in a handful of recognised jurisdictions. Under the proposed new regime the UK is opening the UK market and consumers to operators based anywhere in the world and some of whom will not obtain a licence. The regime will effectively require the Gambling Commission to police the online sector on a worldwide basis. Peter Howitt, Chief Executive of the GBGA argues that this new law, combined with planned tax changes, will drive consumers to the unregulated or poorly regulated market, and so ensure that a significant proportion of UK consumers will be unprotected when they play and bet with foreign operators:

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This is bad for UK consumers, bad for the regulated industry, bad for Gibraltar and is in breach of European law, but fantastic news for operators who choose to avoid proper regulation.

We know of no precedent where any regulator in any industry will be granted the role of licensing and regulating operators all over the world in this way, threatening to criminalise companies and people who fail to submit to its regime.  This is plainly unworkable.  The likely impact of this legislation will be to drive UK consumers towards unregulated or poorly regulated operators, leaving them exposed to unnecessary risks.  This Act allows operators from 165 new jurisdictions to gain licences to operate and advertise in the UK and the Gambling Commission is supposed to regulate this industry with no extra-territorial information gathering or enforcement powers.  Clearly that spells a new danger for British consumers.”

The GBGA, which represents Gibraltar-based online gambling operators, has instructed the law firm Olswang to write to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid MP, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP and the Gambling Commission to spell out the risks posed by the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 and to declare its intention to challenge it.  In letters before action, which can be seen attached below, Olswang argues that the new licensing regime established under the Act breaches Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and is unlawful, as Dan Tench, a partner at Olswang explains:

The Government announced that this law was introduced with the express intention of addressing concerns it said it had about the protection of consumers. The measures introduced through this Act are neither reasonable nor proportionate to achieving that goal and are likely to have adverse consequences for consumers.”

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“All this Act achieves is a wholly unjustified, disproportionate and discriminatory interference with the right to free movement of services, a right enshrined in European Law.  For these reasons the Government must reconsider this law or we shall have no option but to ask the courts to review it for them.”

The GBGA argues that the new law is unnecessary, particularly given that Gibraltar has one of the most effective regulatory regimes in the world.  It argues that a more effective means to promote consumer protection was rejected by the Government without proper consideration or explanation.

This proposal, called Pass-porting, would ensure that highly experienced and effective local regulators retain responsibility for licensing their domestic industry but work with and share information with the Gambling Commission on a formally structured basis.

The GBGA has now written to the Government and the Gambling Commission placing them on notice of a claim for judicial review.  They have 14 days in which to respond.

CLICK HERE to download the letter to the UK Government dated 18 June 2014.

CLICK HERE to download the letter to the Gambling Commission dated 18 June 2014

Further Information CONTACT: Jonathan Hawker, Slate Campaigns, T: +44 20 3126 4979, M: +44 7979 907 000, Email: jh@slatecampaigns.com.

ABOUT: The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, a trade body representing the Gibraltar operators, has published correspondence between its external legal counsel and both the British Government and the British Gambling Commission that envisages the potential commencement of judicial review proceedings against the recently passed amendments to the Gambling Act.

SOURCE: The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association Limited (GBGA).

 

 

Lottery Drawings Produce $14 Million in Winnings in May While Scratch-Off Winners Claim $11 Million

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (June 23, 2014) -- From paying off their homes to planning for retirement, Louisiana Lottery players had big plans for the more than $14 million won during drawings held in May. The Lottery also reported nearly $11 million in scratch-off prizes claimed in May.

May’s draw-style game winnings included three match-5 Powerball with Power Play prizes worth $2 million each, two match-5 Powerball prizes worth $1 million each, four match-4 plus Powerball with Power Play prizes totaling $110,000, two  match-4 plus Powerball prizes worth $10,000 each, four Mega Millions prizes of $5,000 each, four Easy 5 jackpots totaling $250,000 and one Lotto jackpot worth $525,000. Pick 3 winning tickets totaled $1,722,510 and Pick 4 winning tickets totaled $1,757,900.

Easy 5 prizes totaled $391,462 with an additional $146,908 won in ezmatch prizes, an instant-win option available for an additional $1.

Lotto Lagniappe prizes totaled $60,000 for the month of May. The Louisiana Lottery’s Lotto Lagniappe promotion offers players who purchase a single-draw $5 Lotto ticket bonus entries into a monthly raffle drawing for additional cash prizes. The promotion lasts until June 30.

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More than 19,000 Power Play purchasers won a bonus total of $3,239,893 in addition to their regular Powerball prize,” Lottery President Rose Hudson said, “and nearly 32,000 Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $116,863.” The Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing.

In total, draw-style game winnings from drawings held in May were $14,401,669. Lottery draw-style game players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those tickets.

We encourage players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing and to check them promptly after the drawing. Even if a ticket does not win the jackpot, it could have won another prize,” Hudson added.

In addition to $10,649,133 in scratch-off cash prizes paid during May, players also claimed $1,677,000 worth of free-ticket prizes.

According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are closed when all top prizes are claimed, and scratch-off players have 90 days from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket.

A list of current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on its website, www.louisianalottery.com.

While actual game performance and the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery allocates at least 50 percent of sales to fund prizes.

At least 35 percent of sales is transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana.

Retailers are paid at least 5 percent in commission, and the Lottery retains less than 10 percent of sales to operate.

Hudson reminded ticket purchasers to play responsibly, encouraging anyone who has a gambling problem, or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help.

Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.

 

 

Lottery Meets Its Revenue Estimate for the State; Transfers Extra $11 Million to Beneficiary

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 18, 2014)—The Oklahoma Lottery announced today that it has met its revenue estimate for the State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma education. The Lottery expects to transfer $11 million more than what was appropriated to Oklahoma education from fiscal year 2014 proceeds for a total of $67 million this year.

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Lottery contributions to education have continued to exceed expectations over the last five years,” said Rollo Redburn, Executive Director. “We continuously strive to provide new and enjoyable games for our players and they, in turn, continue to help us raise money for Oklahoma education.

Since its launch in 2005, the Lottery will contribute more than $625 million to Oklahoma education by the end of the current fiscal year.

“The Lottery has now raised more than $600 million for Oklahoma education,” said Redburn. “This inspires us in our ongoing efforts to provide additional funds to Oklahoma education programs. At the end of the day, the education of Oklahoma kids is the real reason we’re here.”

About the Oklahoma Lottery

Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $600 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.

SOURCE: Oklahoma Lottery.

 

 

Gaming Standards Association (GSA) to Play Informative Role At iGaming Super Show

GSA’s Online Gaming Committee to be Key Point of Discussion

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 23, 2014) – The Gaming Standards Association (GSA), the leading standards-setting body for the global gaming industry, will play an important and informative role at the upcoming iGaming Super Show.

The show takes place June 24-27 in Amsterdam, and on June 26, GSA President Peter DeRaedt will be a featured speaker on the panel, “Technical Compliance EU: What You May be Missing.” Also appearing on the panel are GSA Europe Special Representative Phyllis Farrugia and Ian Ince, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at GSA Platinum Member company Playtech.

DeRaedt, Farrugia and Ince will also be available throughout the iGaming Super Show to discuss the swift progress being made in GSA’s Online Gaming Committee. The committee is expecting to release a preliminary draft standard sometime this summer.

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Peter DeRaedt noted, “GSA’s Online Gaming Committee is moving quickly to develop a series of online gaming standards. It is important to note that only GSA members can participate on the committee. Online gaming companies are encouraged to join GSA to ensure their voice is heard.”

GSA has a wide range of membership options to meet any organization’s size, budget and business goals. GSA representatives can help you decide which level is best for you anytime at www.gamingstandards.com.

About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA)

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, GSA’s members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.

Global Gaming Business Magazine named GSA’s 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 Technologies.”

For more information, visit: www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association (GSA).

 

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Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announce Nine New Members Join Organization

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 23, 2014) – The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of nine new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the world’s leading gaming suppliers to a total of 141 members, an all-time high.

The new AGEM members are:

Adlink Technology, based in San Jose, Calif., offers industrial embedded computing solutions, application-ready intelligent platforms and customization services to the gaming industry.

Amatic Industries, based in Rutzenmoos, Austria, has been operating successfully in the international casino and AWP market for more than 20 years with a variety of machines and electronic tables.

Boss Gaming, based in Hollywood, Fla., with offices in Slovenia and assembly plants in Columbia and Mexico, produces a variety of electronic roulette and blackjack machines.

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Gold Club, based in Sežana, Slovenia, creates innovative products through employee synergy that has the company and its machines in a wide variety of global gaming markets.

Intervision Gaming, based in Nicosia, Cyprus, produces and develops a variety of revolutionary products for the worldwide gaming industry.

Metronia, based in Madrid, Spain, and established in 1994, operates Bingo Electrónico de España, SA and specializes in unique electronic bingo and gaming machines.

Portilla, Ruy-Díaz y Aguilar, based in Mexico City, was founded by experienced lawyers from Mexico and the U.S. and specializes in gaming, compliance, real estate, litigation and international trade legal services.

U1 Gaming, based in Bozeman, Mont., with an office in Las Vegas, designs, manufactures and distributes multi-game video gaming machines for casinos, bars and taverns.

Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco, is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets and specializes in assisting gaming equipment manufacturers.

AGEM

AGEM is a non-profit international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, systems, table games, online technology, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives.

For more information, visit: www.AGEM.org.

SOURCE: AGEM.

 

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Silver Anniversary Australasian Gaming Expo Set for Glebe Island

Gaming Expo is on 12, 13 and 14 August – Don’t Miss it!

GLEBE ISLAND, Sydney (June 17, 2014) -- Every year since 1990, the Australasian Gaming Expo has attracted top gaming and hospitality industry executives.   This year’s 25th Gaming Expo moves to the new Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island with more space, more features and more exhibitors.

The Gaming Expo is on 12, 13 and 14 August this year, and its 15,600 square metres makes it one of the largest trade events in Australia and easily the largest gaming event.

Owned and operated by the Gaming Technologies Association, the Gaming Expo is the ultimate showplace for new gaming technologies for casinos, clubs and hotels.  The biggest attraction is always the new games from poker machine suppliers, who look forward to August each year to unveil their latest and greatest games and machines.

The Association’s primary members Ainsworth, Aristocrat, Aruze, Bally, IGT, Konami and WMS Gaming are world’s-best at their trade and the Gaming Expo right in the heart of Sydney presents a great opportunity for their customers from around the region.

But poker machines are not the only attraction, with more than 160 exhibitors proudly showcasing Audio Visual equipment, ATM Equipment, Building Services, Cash Handling & Equipment, Consultancy Services, Entertainment, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Furniture, I.T., Interior Design & Fitout, Marketing Services, Membership Management, Paging & Communication, Point of Sale Systems, Retail, Security, Signage & Displays and Staff Uniforms. So there’s definitely something for everyone.

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There’s been more interest than ever this year, with 26 first-time exhibitors.  They’ll be part of a project where over 750 poker machines and a hundreds of truckloads of signage and equipment is moved in to Glebe Island, installed, connected, tested, used and compared by the most demanding critics and then moved out again – all in only a few days.  The logistics of the event are amazing, even by exhibition industry standards.  But paramount in all this is the safety of all the people involved – whether stand builders, exhibitors, visitors or venue staff.  In particular, all stand builders hold safety accreditation and all contractors and exhibitors undertake a safety induction before they’re allowed to start work onsite.

More than 160 companies have signed up for 15,600 square metres of exhibition space – which is about the size of an Australian Rules football field.   Last year well over 2,300 visitors attended each of the first two days, with more than 1,100 backing up for the third day.  They came from every Australian State and Territory, along with a big contingent from New Zealand and international guests from America, Europe and around the Asia-Pacific region.

And the Gaming Expo delivers.  99% of visitors surveyed last year saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new products and technology, while the same 99% said they saw what they wanted to see at the Expo.

The new venue will fascinate visitors, with direct Sydney Harbour water frontage on three sides and captivating views of the Anzac Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Getting there is easy with additional transport including complimentary ferries operating on the event days from Darling Harbour’s Convention Wharf to Glebe Island, complimentary buses from Pyrmont and from Central Station, along with a complimentary shuttle bus from the Sydney domestic airport.  Of course, taxi facilities are available at the Sydney Exhibition Centre and limited paid car parking is also available.

A range of contemporary pop-up eating spaces will be available on event days including an alfresco area.  Visitors will be invited to attend the Best Stand award presentation at 5pm on the Tuesday of the event and also a Silver Anniversary celebration at 5pm on the Wednesday.

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Visitors who attend the Australasian Gaming Expo are eligible to win a trip for two to the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas – including airfares from Sydney and 5 nights at the luxurious Palazzo Venetian Resort and Casino.   One trip for two will be drawn on each day of the Gaming Expo.

The event website www.austgamingexpo.com includes an interactive floor plan which is updated in real time, along with a list of exhibitors which can be sorted by company name, stand number or category – and provides contact details for each exhibitor and their website address for further information.

Another new feature in 2014 is the AGE14 app which is available at the Apple Store or on Google Play.  The app features all the important information that visitors to the show will need including how to get to the new venue, transport timetables and booking facilities, an interactive floor plan and a detailed exhibitor list.

Exhibition entry is complimentary to gaming industry executives, courtesy of the Gaming Technologies Association.  The exhibition is open from 10am on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 August and closes at 5pm on the Tuesday and Wednesday (3pm close on the Thursday).   Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting and nobody under 18 years of age (including infants) may enter the Exhibition.

More information and Visitor registration are available online at www.austgamingexpo.com  or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.

The Australasian Gaming Expo

The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Technologies, IGT Australia, Konami Gaming Australia, ShuffleMaster Australasia and WMS Gaming Australia.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, Phone: (+61 2) 8216 0931 or Email: rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: The Australasian Gaming Expo.

 

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IGT Partners with Bwin.Party for International Online and Mobile Games Rollout

Game launches across major regulated markets increase excitement for bwin.party players

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 24, 2014) -- Global gaming entertainment giant International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) has partnered with bwin.party digital entertainment (LSE: BPTY) to launch many of IGT’s top-performing interactive games on the bwin platform.

IGT is supplying its content to bwin.party, which has recently launched online poker and casino offerings in New Jersey under the license of Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa (a long-term IGT land-based casino customer), for distribution in New Jersey at nj.partypoker.com and internationally at partypoker.com, bwin.com, as well as at other bwin.party brands in nationally regulated European markets. With market-leading positions in its product verticals, bwin.party gains access to IGT’s complete game library via a one-time, simple integration to the IGT rgs (remote game server) solution.

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From the casino floor to online and mobile devices, IGT games are worldwide player favorites,” said Golan Shaked, Director of Games at bwin.party. “Adding IGT’s portfolio of instantly recognizable, market-attuned content to our brands including bwin, partypoker and PartyCasino will provide great, additional fun and entertainment for our players.”

“This agreement with bwin.party is a key milestone in our journey across regulated markets – it significantly extends the presence of IGT games in key markets around the world,” said Leigh Nissim, IGT Commercial Director of Interactive. “bwin.party is one of the biggest igaming operators on the planet and our partnership confirms that as a supplier of premium casino content in regulated markets, IGT is a standout choice.”

Follow IGT at @IGTNews.

For a full look of IGT's impressive product portfolio visit www.IGT.com. Join the conversation at #IGTBlue.

About IGT

International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a global leader in casino gaming entertainment and continues to transform the industry by translating casino player experiences to social, mobile and interactive environments for markets around the world. IGT's acquisition of DoubleDown Interactive provides engaging social casino style entertainment to more than 6 million players monthly. More information about IGT is available at IGT.com or connect with IGT at @IGTNews or facebook.com/IGT. Anyone can play at the DoubleDown Casino.

About bwin.party

bwin.party digital entertainment plc is a global online gaming company with leading market positions in each of its four key product verticals: online sports betting, poker, casino and bingo with some of the world’s biggest online gaming brands including bwin, partypoker, PartyCasino and FoxyBingo. Incorporated, licensed and regulated in Gibraltar, the Group has offices in Europe, India, Israel and the US. bwin.party is also licensed in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany (Schleswig Holstein), Italy, Spain and Alderney. Listed on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: BPTY), bwin.party is a constituent of the FTSE250 Index Series as well as the FTSE4Good Index Series.

CONTACT: Michelle Schenk,  IGT Public Relations, Michelle.Schenk@IGT.com

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Supreme Ventures Celebrate Anniversary with New Game - Top Draw

KINGSTON, Jamaica (June 24, 2014) -- Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) will celebrate its 13th anniversary on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 with the rollout of a new lottery game. The new game will be called Top Draw. This game will give players a chance to win up to a million dollars every day. The starting jackpot each day will be $200,000 and the jackpot will roll by $200,000 after each draw, if there is no winner.

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The company has five game draws each day (at 8:30am; 10:30am; 1pm; 5pm and 8:25pm), so the daily jackpot could climb to as high as $1 Million, if there is no winner for draws one to four.

Sonia Davidson, SVL's Vice President of Group Corporate Communications said, "This is a new and exciting daily jackpot game and is being launched in celebration of our 13 years in the business of gaming and entertainment. We listen to our players and constantly find ways to meet and surpass their expectations. Top Draw offers quick returns of minimum $200,000 each draw, for an investment of just $50 per wager. We look forward to the public's participation when we roll out the game on Wednesday, our anniversary."

In the Top Draw game, players simply choose five numbers from a field of 22 numbers, ranging from 01 - 22. The lottery will draw 5 numbers and players matching all five numbers will win the jackpot for the draw. Players who match 4 and 3 numbers will also win subsidiary prizes. The game is pari-mutuel, so all prizes levels are shared amongst the number of winners. If there is no jackpot winner for the draw, the jackpot will roll by $200,000 to the next draw that day. Once the jackpot is hit, the next draw starts at $200,000.

Top Draw represents the ninth online game offered by SVL. The other online games in its portfolio are: Cash Pot, Dollaz, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Lucky5, Lotto and Super Lotto. The company has over 1,100 lottery retailer's islandwide.

SOURCE: Supreme Ventures Limited.

 

 

Global Gambling Report 9th Edition "Change is on the Cards"

CASTLETOWN, Isle of Man (June 18, 2014) – GBGC has produced its Global Gambling Report 9th Edition "Change is on the Cards," which is now on sale.

A triumvirate of trends

Technology, tourism, and taxes make up the triumvirate of trends that is driving the growth in global gambling revenues.

Such is the conclusion of our research in compiling the 9th edition Global Gambling Report.

Spanning 250 individual gambling jurisdictions and extending to 2,100 pages, this year’s edition marks the latest in our celebrated series, widely acknowledged as unsurpassed in the market for its detail and accuracy, and essential reading for industry executives.

Our reports cover the whole spectrum of gambling activities in both their traditional, land-based and online/mobile forms, from sports betting and casino, to gaming machines, bingo and lotteries.

Join governments, operators, investment banks, tech firms and global suppliers, and gain privileged insight into the latest remote and land-based gambling trends.

There is a website landing page with video, Prezi presentation and infographic all free.

Download the Infographic.

Download the Prezi presentation.

CONTACT Warwick Bartlett, Phone: 01624 827138, Email: warwick@gbgc.com.

SOURCE: GBGC (http://www.gbgc.com/).

 




 

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