GTECH Lets the Zombies Loose in Helsinki
GTECHs Plants vs.
Zombies slot games, based on the globally popular casual titles from
PopCap Games, are a hit with players in Finland
HELSINKI, Finland (April 30, 2014)
-- Casino Helsinki has recently installed two Plants vs. Zombies titles from
GTECHs gaming product
brand, SPIELO, and they have become an immediate success with players. The two
titles Plants vs. Zombies Gargantuar and Plants vs. Zombies
Backyard Showdown have revived a slow area on the casino floor,
according to casino management.
Both games feature the Graveyard
Bonus, where players pick tombstones, collect suns to win one of three
progressives, and avoid the brain-craving zombies. Plants vs. Zombies
Gargantuar offers a plant/zombie scatter pay and random wilds in the base game,
with the Vase Breaker Pick-a-Prize and Gargantuar Free Spins bonuses.
Meanwhile, Plants vs. Zombies Backyard Showdown has a base game where plant
symbols have special powers just like the casual game. In the Who Will
Win the Spin bonus, players win extra credits for guessing three correct spins
in a row.
The top-selling casual Plants vs.
Zombies games are played by millions of people worldwide and appeal equally to
both men and women. GTECH worked closely with PopCap to stay true to the spirit
of their brands and create terrifically fun and engaging Plants vs. Zombies
slot games that capture the games creativity, humor and attention to
We installed the Plants vs.
Zombies machines in an area that has been quite difficult game-wise. But from
the very first day, customers have taken to the machines, and I have received a
lot of positive feedback from our players about the games. The customers seem
to like the bonus rounds very much, and love that they happen quite
frequently, said Sina Hentunen, Business Manager at Casino Helsinki.
The games have not only
attracted new players, but our regular players enjoy playing them because of
the progressive prizes. The machines themselves look great and they definitely
bring the wow effect to the casino floor. I am very happy with the
initial revenues and games played.
GTECHs PopCap library of games
is presented on the MaXVusion cabinet with a 32 portrait high
definition LCD top screen. This cabinet offers customized, dynamic content and
vibrant game screen features, along with highly visible, theme-specific
packaging and a full-color digital button deck.
We know our customers want
compelling and entertaining content that will intrigue current players, while
also growing the player base, said Athanasios Sakis
Isaakidis, GTECH Sr. Director and General Manager, EMEA Casino.
The positive performance of
Plants vs. Zombies at Casino Helsinki proves once again that we work closely
with our customers to provide them with the right products for their
GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial
operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets,
delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the
highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.
The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Milan Stock Exchange under the
trading symbol GTK and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In
2013, GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in revenues and more than 8,600
employees in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit
For further information, CONTACT:
Rhonda Whittaker, GTECH Corporate Communications Manager, T: +1 506 878 6471,
NOTE: © 2014, Electronic Arts
Inc. PopCap and Plants vs. Zombies are trademarks of Electronic Arts
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Sign Fifth Amendment with the Ohio Lottery to Provide
Interactive Terminals & Games
DULUTH, Georgia, USA (April 29,
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 Ohio Lottery.
INTRALOT will provide its Multi-Purpose Next Generation (MPNG) self-service
Lottery machines that will empower players to have an incredible interactive
player experience with EZPLAY® Tap Games, an extension of the
lotterys already successful instant online EZPLAY® product line.
The MPNG Player Activated Vending
Machines are manufactured in INTRALOTs facilities in Mason, Ohio. The
MPGN will be connected to INTRALOTs B-On® system, the companys
Interactive Gaming Platform. The B-On® system is a state-of-the-art,
innovative, robust and high performance solution that meets the growing demands
of the gaming industry and enables the expansion of sales and services across
many traditional and alternative sales channels.
With the new player activated
terminals consumers will be able to access all of the Lotterys existing
terminal based games, as well as, the new EZPLAY® Tap Games. This new
series of games has been designed to provide a paperless and visual instant
The machines and games will be
available in Veterans and Fraternal organizations throughout the state of Ohio.
The revenue from these games will provide additional funds for education and
generate money for these select organizations individual needs and the
charitable efforts they currently support.
Mr. Dennis Berg, the Director of the
Ohio Lottery, reported to the Ohio Lottery Board of Commissioners at the April
Commission: The Multi-Purpose Next Generation state-of-the-art gaming
equipment will be manufactured in Mason, Ohio. This is same facility that the
current MPs used primarily for our Keno trade channel and the Winstation
Instant ticket dispensing equipment is built in. In conjunction with our vendor
partner INTRALOT, we continue to conduct informational open house sessions
throughout the state to interested Veteran and Fraternal Organizations. Our
goal is to provide clarifying information on how the MPNG program will work and
this next generation equipment can benefit their organizations.
Mr. Tom Little, President and CEO of
INTRALOT Inc., commented the MPNG and the games will allow us to
provide the Lottery with interactive game content that will provide an
immediate solution to the current needs of the state and its veteran and
fraternal organizations. Ohio will pave the way with these games to attract new
players and help transition the Ohio Lottery into the top echelon of lotteries
in the world. Not only will this project create new jobs in the state, it will
also lead to significant additional revenue for education in the great state of
Mr. John Pantoleon, INTRALOT Group
Chief Operating Officer, added: Our fruitful and mutually beneficial
partnership with the Ohio Lottery has led the lottery to its decision to assign
us the project to deploy and introduce to the State our Next Generation MPNGs
and innovative, TAPP IT!TM interactive touch screen games that offer to players
a fun and exciting way to win prizes instantly. We are confident that our new
offering, already successfully launched in Idaho, will be embraced by players
in the State of Ohio and will increase the Ohio Lotterys earnings, thus
its contribution to Good Causes.
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 please CONTACT:
Ms Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
or Mr. John Pittman, Vice President of Marketing, INTRALOT Inc., Phone:
678-473-7218, email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
Scientific Games Sign Primary Instant Games Contract with Washington
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 28, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) (the "Company") today announced it has signed a
new contract to provide instant games and related services for Washington's
Lottery, a customer since 1990. Under this new agreement, the Company will
create, produce and deliver instant tickets to
Washington's Lottery, as well
as provide a range of marketing support and research services. Created in 1982,
Washington's Lottery was established to generate revenues for state programs
through the sale of lottery products.
The six-year contract, which was
awarded through a competitive procurement process, began in March 2014, and may
be extended by the Lottery for additional periods and terms.
"For more than 25 years we have
worked with Scientific Games to build a relationship based on trust and proven
successes for Washington's Lottery," said Bill Hanson, Washington's Lottery
Director. "We are excited about the opportunities for increasing revenue as
we continue our longstanding partnership."
successfully generates and maximizes its proceeds to benefit the citizens of
the state of Washington," said John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant
Products for Scientific Games. "We are honored to be selected once again to
support the Lottery with secure games and innovative content and contribute to
the lottery's continued success."
Washington's Lottery has enjoyed two
consecutive years of record-breaking sales, ending fiscal year 2013 with more
than $567 million in total sales, representing a six percent increase over the
previous fiscal year.
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:
| Investor Relations
| Media Relations
SOURCE: Scientific Games
32Red Selects Kambi Sports Solutions to Upgrade Its Sports
LONDON, U.K. (April 30, 2014) --
Unibet Group plc (STO:UNIBSD)
Kambi Sports Solutions is
pleased to announce that it has signed a four-year agreement to deliver a fully
managed Sportsbook solution to 32Red. The agreement will enable 32Red to offer
a significantly upgraded sports betting (http://www.888sport.com/) experience
to its customer base in addition to facilitating expansion of its business.
Kambis sportsbook will be
fully integrated with 32Reds Microgaming platform, enabling the players
to move seamlessly between casino and sport. In addition, the agreement with
Kambi will further enable 32Red to pursue its strategy in regulated
Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi
Sports Solutions, commented:
I am delighted and excited
that 32Red has chosen to partner with Kambi. The 32Red Brand has strong equity
and the business has ambitious growth plans in the sports segment that are
aligned with Kambis vision. The agreement will enable 32Red to provide
its customer base with an exceptional sports betting experience. We very much
look forward to developing the partnership over the coming months and
Ed Ware, CEO of 32Red Plc:
We are thrilled to be
partnering with Kambi who we see as the leader in their field. This partnership
will enable 32Red players to have access to a first class sportsbetting product
online and across all mobile devices. The 32Red brand has strong heritage in
sports sponsorship in the UK and our ongoing support of horse racing along with
the recently announced association with Rangers FC demonstrates our ambition in
the space. The new service will be live in time for the 2014 FIFA World
About Kambi Sports
Kambi is a B2B supplier of fully
managed sports betting services on an in-house developed software platform.
Kambi employs approximately 340 staff and has offices in London, Stockholm,
Malta and Manila. Kambis clients include Unibet, 888, Paf, Mediaset
Espana, Egasa Group, Suertia, Napoleon Games, and Nagaworld. Kambis
solutions are currently certified in Denmark, Malta, Alderney, Italy and Spain.
This means that they are approved and audited by the SPM, LGA, AGCC, AAMS and
DGOJ. Kambi utilizes a best of breed security approach, with guiding principles
from ISO 27001. Kambi Sports Solutions is an eCOGRA certified supplier.
More information about Kambi Sports
Solutions can be found at www.kambi.com
CONTACT: Kambi, Kristian
Nylén , Chief Executive Officer, +44 7764 161 055.
SOURCE: Kambi Sports Solutions.
Dianne Thompson CBE to Retire As Camelot Group CEO After 14
Group to Be Restructured Into Two Separate Entities: Nigel
Railton to Head Global Team, Andy Duncan to Lead Core UK Business
LONDON, U.K. (April 29, 2014) --
Camelot today announced
that Dianne Thompson CBE has decided to retire on 31 October 2014 after 14
years as Group CEO and 17 years with the company. During this time, she has led
the company to become one of the worlds most successful lottery
operators, fought and won two licence competitions, secured a four-year
extension to the current licence to 2023, raised billions of pounds for
National Lottery Good Causes, and made a truly life-changing difference to
people and communities across the UK.
Over the next six months, the group
will be separated into two clear functions to ensure the best possible platform
for continued future growth, both in the UK and overseas. Andy Duncan MD
of the UK business since 2011 will become CEO of Camelot UK Lotteries
Limited (CUKL), and Nigel Railton currently Group CFO and Strategy
Director will become CEO of Camelot Global Services Limited. Both will
take up their new positions on 31 October 2014 and will report in to Lee
Sienna, the Chairman of the Camelot Group of Companies. Dianne, Andy and Nigel
will work closely with employees across the group to finalise the enhanced
Lee Sienna, Chairman, said:
Dianne Thompsons contribution to Camelot and the worldwide
lottery sector has been immense. Under her leadership, the UK National Lottery
has gone from strength to strength with long-term sales growth of over
35% and more than £21 billion raised for National Lottery Good Causes
during her time as Chief Executive. She leaves a lasting legacy, with the group
in the best possible position to build on her achievements. On behalf of the
Board, I would like to thank Dianne for her dedication, drive and unrivalled
business acumen over the past 14 years.
Thompson, Andy Duncan, Nigel Railton
"A vibrant and flourishing UK
National Lottery will continue to remain at the very heart of Camelots
operations, with the group also looking to add to its growing portfolio of
interests outside of the UK. In appointing two CEOs with the calibre and
experience of Andy Duncan and Nigel Railton, there will be a seamless
transition to the next chapter of Camelots history.
Dianne Thompson said: I
have always said that running Camelot has been my dream job, and I will look
back over the last 14 years with great fondness and pride. I feel privileged to
have worked with such fantastic colleagues, who have always put National
Lottery players and the Good Causes we ultimately support at the
heart of everything we do. Through their energy and creative drive, we have
grown sales, and therefore revenues for National Lottery projects, over the
long term. Having successfully broken into the fiercely-competitive global
lotteries market, the group is also on a great footing to fulfil its long-term
international growth aspirations.
In Andy Duncan and Nigel
Railton, backed by the continued long-term support of Camelots owner,
Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (Teachers), I leave the group in very
talented, experienced and committed hands. Under their leadership, I know that
the business soon to be two businesses will
Dianne had initially planned to
leave the company in 2012 but, at the request of Teachers, agreed to
continue in her role in order to devise and implement the groups
ambitious international growth strategy, while further developing the UK
strategy. She has agreed to make herself available to Camelot in a consultative
capacity, while pursuing her other business and charitable interests.
Andy Duncan said: I am
delighted to have been given the opportunity to build on all of Diannes
achievements, which have seen Camelot become a world-leading multi-channel
lottery operator. We already lead the world in digital lottery innovation and
this will become even more of a key focus in the years ahead. I am very excited
at the prospect of leading such a talented team as we continue to deliver on
The National Lotterys promise to be truly life-changing for both winners
to right: Dianne Thompson, Nigel Railton, Andy Duncan
Having worked very closely with
Dianne on the UK business over the last two and a half years, Andy is ideally
placed to take over as CEO of CUKL. He recently orchestrated the successful
launch of new Lotto the first substantive change to The National
Lotterys flagship game since it launched in 1994 which has turned
around the games long-term sales decline. He has also overseen a massive
expansion in The National Lotterys digital services including the
launch of a new mobile platform and engaging apps, a growing social media
presence, and the creation of a bespoke digital team, which
is working on the imminent launch of an entirely new online platform.
Andy will continue to lead this
ongoing programme of digital transformation to ensure that the UK National
Lottery, as it has done since launch in 1994, continues to adapt and thrive in
an ever-changing digital landscape and in the face of ever-increasing
competition and continues to deliver for players, the Good Causes it
supports and UK society as a whole for the next 20 years and beyond.
Nigel Railton said:
Diannes reputation across the lottery world is unrivalled. Her
commitment to the UK National Lottery and wider lottery industry has been
unwavering, as has her dedication to seeing the sector grow responsibly. Having
worked very closely with her for the last 16 years, I am indebted to Dianne for
all of her guidance especially as we have pressed ahead with our global
expansion plans. With a number of international consultancy contracts won and
some ambitious plans on the horizon, this is a really exciting time for Camelot
Global and Im very much looking forward to building on these
Click Here to view Dianne Thompson's key
For further information, please
CONTACT: Camelot Press Office on 020 7632 5711.
Dianne Thompson CBE CEO,
Camelot Group of Companies
Dianne Thompson CBE is CEO of the
Camelot Group of Companies, which is responsible for operating the UK National
Lottery. She joined Camelot in 1997 as commercial operations director and
became Chief Executive in December 2000. Since then, Dianne has developed and
driven Camelots strategy for long-term responsible growth, which resulted
in Camelot achieving its highest-ever ticket sales of almost £7 billion
in 2012/2013, delivering record returns to UK National Lottery Good Causes and
record levels of prize money to players in the process.
Dianne led the company in its
successful bid to operate the UK National Lottery in the third licence period,
which runs until 2023. Under her leadership, Camelot Global Services has also
successfully bid to operate two lotteries overseas firstly in
Pennsylvania and secondly as part of the consortium, led by Camelots
owners the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, which will operate the Irish
National Lottery from late 2014 onwards.
In a career spanning 40 years,
Dianne has worked in marketing for a variety of companies such as ICI Paints,
Sterling Roncraft and Signet Group. She was previously Director of Marketing at
Woolworths and a lecturer at Manchester Polytechnic for seven years, during
which time she founded and ran her own advertising agency.
She is President of the Market
Research Society, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Marketing
Society and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Dianne is also a Companion of
the Chartered Management Institute and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of
Marketors. Dianne has previously been awarded the titles of both Veuve Clicquot
business woman of the year 2000 and marketer of the year by the Marketing
Society in 2001, and, in the 2006 New Years Honours, she received a CBE
for services to business.
Dianne is the non-executive Chairman
of RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio.
Andy Duncan Managing
Director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
Andy Duncan joined in November 2011
in the newly-created role of Managing Director of Camelot UK. He is responsible
for the UK National Lottery a business with annual sales of almost
£7 billion, generated in over 40,000 retail outlets across the UK, as
well as via www.national-lottery.co.uk, one of the top 10 e-commerce platforms
in the UK and the largest online lottery in Europe. He led the successful
relaunch of the flagship Lotto game in 2013.
Andy brought a wealth of top-level
commercial, digital, marketing and media experience with him to Camelot. Prior
to joining, he was Chief Executive of H.R.Owen, the UK's leading luxury car
business. Before this, Andy was Chief Executive of Channel 4 from 2004 to 2009,
where he oversaw a period of strong growth in both viewing and advertising
share, and the broadcaster's emergence as a multi-platform media business. This
included the launch of 4OD in 2006, the world's first full TV on demand
platform. Under his tenure, Channel 4 also won a record number of creative,
advertising and marketing awards, including 13 Oscars.
Previously, Andy held prominent
positions at the BBC, where he was the first-ever Board level Director of
Marketing, Communications and Audiences. He was also a key architect of
Freeview the UK's biggest digital TV platform and its founding
Chairman. He also sat on the BBC Commercial Board and was a trustee of Children
He spent the first 17 years of his
career at Unilever in a variety of roles, including European General Manager in
the Foods Business and European Marketing Director, and as a member of the
Global Category Board.
In January 2014, Andy was appointed
President of the Advertising Association. He was Chairman of the Media Trust
the media industry's leading charity from 2006 to 2014 and
remains on its Board. He is also a Board member of the Oasis Trust and a member
of the British Museum Marketing Advisory Group. Previously, he has been
Chairman of the TV industry's Cultural Diversity Network, Chairman of the Royal
Television Society's Futures Group, a member of the Government's Creative
Economy Board and Chairman of the Tea Council. He was awarded Marketer of the
Year in 2003.
Nigel Railton Group Chief
Financial Officer and Strategy Director, Camelot Group of Companies
Nigel Railton is Group Chief
Financial Officer and Strategy Director for the Camelot Group of Companies.
Nigel joined Camelot in 1998 as
Financial Controller and became Finance Director in 2003, later joining
Camelots Board in January 2006. He was also on the board of
Camelots venture in South Africa from 2003 to 2005, which saw the company
establish and support the successful operation of the inaugural South African
Having played a key role in
Camelots successful bid to operate the UK National Lottery in the third
licence period, Nigel became Finance and Operations Director in 2007, assuming
overall responsibility for the successful implementation of Camelots
transition commitments. This saw Camelot complete the largest and fastest
lottery upgrade of its kind in the world with an entirely new network of
touch-screen terminals and cutting-edge digital media screens; an upgraded
gaming system via a brand new communications network; and a new,
next-generation National Lottery website, with a re-designed interface and host
of new functions.
Working alongside Group CEO Dianne
Thompson, Nigel took responsibility for developing Camelots overall
strategy in 2008 and, from this, helped drive the sale of Camelot to Ontario
Teachers Pension Plan (Teachers) in 2010. He took on his current
role as Group CFO and Strategy Director in 2010.
More recently, Nigel helped secure a
four-year extension to Camelots current licence, which now runs until
2023, and worked very closely with Teachers in the successful bid to
operate the Irish National Lottery.
A qualified accountant with more
than 25 years experience in financial, commercial and operational
disciplines, Nigel began his career at British Rail, working for Network
South-East, Railtrack PLC and Railfreight Distribution. He also worked as a
Financial Analyst for Black and Decker and as a Marketing Product Manager for
DeWalt Power Tools.
Immediately prior to joining
Camelot, Nigel was Senior Management Accountant at the Korean-owned Daewoo Cars
NASPL iLottery Game Developers Conference
May 18 - 21, Cleveland,
CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 24, 2014) --
What can lottery operators learn from the people who design casual
and mobile games? Quite a
These are the most dynamic sectors
of the video game industry, with hundreds of games launched daily and more than
1000 new games launched every week. Mobile and casual games are literally
training our customers to expect variety and constant improvement. The
lotteries must evolve to meet the customer.
NASPL has organized a special three-day workshop that will
enable members to learn design techniques and tricks from the pioneers of the
videogame industry. This premier event will bring a host of leading videogame
visionaries to the lottery industry for an in-depth and hands-on session. The
speakers come primarily from outside our industry and they will help unravel
the complexities of designing interactive games that soon will become a part of
the product portfolio of many lotteries.
NASPL has partnered with Robert
Tercek (http://www.roberttercek.com/) one of the worlds most
prolific creators of interactive content. Robert has launched game
services on every digital platform, including game consoles, Internet sites and
mobile devices. He also created and managed the Game Developer
Conferences mobile symposium, the worlds leading gathering of
mobile game developers. As conference advisor and keynote/moderator, Robert has
helped NASPL bring together an unmatched panel of expert speakers including
some of the prime movers in both the land-based and internet gaming spaces
seasoned players from game studios and publishers who will reveal the
design secrets behind some of the most engaging mass-media offerings in the
The opening keynote speaker is Gabe
Zichermann, founder of the Gamification Company, (http://www.gamification.co/gabe-zichermann/) who will
explain how to apply the principles of game-based marketing to the lotteries.
Gabe is the worlds leading expert in the topic of gamification, the
author of three books on the subject and the host of his own conference on that
Jensen, a global expert in the licensing and management of brands in
the game industry will explain how to work with licensors to create a great
interactive experience that fulfills brand expectation.
Seasoned game designer
Rick Marazzani will offer timeless lessons on what lotteries
can learn from worlds most successful and enduring mass-market game
Kruger, founder and Chairman of Goo Technologies in Sweden (http://www.gootechnologies.com/) will offer a
visually-spectacular preview of the future opportunities for games on mobile
The Conference will culminate with
an interactive game design work session conducted by Tracy
Fullerton (http://tracyfullerton.com/), Associate Professor and
Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab, will challenge delegates to design
their own unique games.
Ms. Fullerton is one of the top
educators in the field of game design. She has conducted game design
workshops in every part of the world to great acclaim. The Game Design Workshop
will help delegates get into the very heart of what game design is all about in
a hands-on interactive and collaborative design process that can be learned and
shared with colleagues in the office.
Interactive games are a relatively
new product for North American lotteries, especially those in the U.S. The
interactive game industry brings with it an entirely new and complex set of
technologic possibilities and constraints, unique design techniques,
specialized development processes and especially important, a player
demographic that may not be currently involved with traditional lottery
products. This new industry has its own unique learning curves, growing pains
and opportunities for state governments, suppliers and game developers.
This is your chance to learn
firsthand from the very best game designers in the videogame industry.
NASPL has also secured the
commitment of several international companies to provide perspectives from
outside of North America.
Boudec, Head of Business Development for the French Lottery group
Francaise des Jeux (https://www.fdj.fr/accueil/), who will provide the insight
gained through years of previous experience with ILottery games.
International insight will
also be offered by speakers from
(http://www.scientificgames.com/), NeoGames (http://www.neogames.com/), Answer Lab
(http://answerlab.com/) and Leger (http://leger360.com).
Opening presentations will address
the state of the lottery industry, regulation impacting our present and future
product offerings, and the identification of our players today and
beyond. Issues relating to player protection will also be highlighted
including the introduction of an industry-wide responsible gambling
This event will offer the technical
depth necessary for the hands-on development of ILottery games product
managers, team mangers, IT and marketing professionals and others providing an
important tactical iLottery vision for the future.
Responsible Gaming Measures Reduce Earnings for Svenska
VISBY, Sweden (April 24, 2014) --
Swedish gambling Group's operating profit for the first quarter of 2014 was
1,243 million, a decrease of 6.2% or 83 million compared to the same period in
The decrease is due to a
number of responsible gaming measures, for example, registered games at Vegas,
the abolition of the rebate or bonus, changed sales contests, and a decrease in
sales of Lotto, says Lennart Käll,
Svenska Spel CEO.
Net gaming revenues decreased by $
186 million (-7.5%) compared with the same period last year, from 2480 to 2293
The decrease in revenues is
expected and is a result of that we have strengthened our gaming. This trend
will continue and be seen more clearly in June, when we extend the mandatory
registration to our games in the physical environment. At the same time we
reduce our costs by 36 million (5%). Several initiatives are underway in
parallel to give our customers an even better gaming experience for all our
client meetings and our product categories, tour, sports and casino
games, says Lennart Käll.
Swedish Accordion image measurement
in the first quarter shows that the company has the strongest image value of
all gaming companies in the market. 61 percent of the Swedish population is
somewhat or very positive attitude, which is an increase of 2 percentage points
compared with the first quarter of 2013., 53 per cent of the population
believes that Swedish Games is the leader when it comes to gaming on the
Swedish gaming market.
First Swedish professorship for
research into gambling addiction has been established at Lund University.
Swedish Game finance professor at 2.5 million per year for five years.
A 80-year collaboration with Swedish
football has been extended for another six years. The contract is worth over
900 million. Swedish Games continue as main sponsor and enable investments in,
among other things, talent development and women's football.
First quarter January to
March 2014 brief:
- Net gaming revenue for the Group was 2,293 (2,480)
million, a decrease of 7.5%
- Operating profit amounted to SEK 1 243 million
(1326), a decrease of 6.2%.
- The profit amounted to SEK 1 258 million (1341), a
decrease of 6.2%.
- Operating margin was 22.4 (22.8)%.
Interim report January - March 2014
can be downloaded HERE.
For more information, CONTACT: Marie
Loob, CFO 010-120 3724 or Olle Axelsson, Communications Director,
SOURCE: Svenska Spel.
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instantly can enter non-winning tickets into promotional second-chance drawings
for a chance to become a finalist for the $500,000 prize for the purchase of a
D.R. Horton Dream Home.* Dream Home prize finalists will win $10,000 and travel
to the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area to participate in the Dream Home
Giveaway Event in which one lucky winner will be selected.
Build Your Dream Room
Texans that have dreamed of
remodeling a room in their home have the chance to win a Dream Room Makeover.
The games second-chance drawings offer four opportunities to win a
$25,000 room makeover (awarded via The Home Depot® Gift Cards).**
Dream it then buy it
Every weekend warrior could use a
little extra credit at The Home Depot! Players that have been eyeing a new
power tool or maybe that new patio furniture set can enter for a chance to win
one of 1,800 The Home Depot Gift Cards valued at $500 each.
Social media contests
In conjunction with the launch of
the game, the Texas Lottery will offer its Twitter followers and Facebook fans
additional opportunities to win The Home Depot Gift Cards. Facebook fans may
upload a photo of a room they would like to makeover and
prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as follows:
- One (1) first place winner will receive a $1,000
The Home Depot Gift Card
- One (1) second place winner will receive a $500 The
Home Depot Gift Card
- One (1) third place winner will receive a $250 The
Home Depot Gift Card
- Two Twitter winners will be selected each week with
each winner receiving one (1) $50 The Home Depot Gift Card.
Texas Dream Home offers more than
$25.7 million in instant-win prizes and features overall odds of winning any
prize of one in 3.77.
* D.R. Horton is an Equal Housing
Opportunity Builder. D.R. Horton is a registered service mark of D.R. Horton
Management Company, Ltd. The image of the home shown on the front of the ticket
is for illustration only and is not a depiction of the Dream Home that the
winner may elect to build.
**The Home Depot® is not a
sponsor of The Texas Dream Home 2nd Chance Promotion. The Home Depot® is a
registered trademark of Homer TLC, Inc. and is used with permission.
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 $42 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 Assistance.
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 www.txlottery.org.
About D.R. Horton
D.R. Horton, Inc., Americas
Builder, is the largest homebuilder in the United States, based on its 25,161
homes closed in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2013. Founded in
1978 in Fort Worth, Texas, D.R. Horton has operations in 77 markets in 27
states in the East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central, Southwest and West
regions of the United States. The Company is engaged in the construction and
sale of high quality homes with sales prices ranging from $100,000 to over
$1,000,000. D.R. Horton also provides mortgage financing and title services for
homebuyers through its mortgage and title subsidiaries.
CONTACT: Media Relations, Texas
Lottery Commission, (512)344-5131.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery
Hoosiers Continue Winning with Hot
Multiplier family, Value Book
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 25,
2014) - Hoosiers are continuing to win big on
The multiplier family of games
continues to pay out big prizes. Since early March, over $17 million has been
awarded in prizes in the family's five games: 100X the Cash, 50X the Cash, 20X
the Cash, 10X the Cash and 5X the Cash.
Despite all the wins, multiple
prizes, including the top prizes, are still unclaimed on all the games. 100X
has four prizes of $2 million; 50X has three prizes of $1 million; 20X has
eight prizes of $100,000; 10X has seven prizes of $10,000; and 5X has 22 prizes
of $5,000 remaining.
Also scoring big with Hoosiers is
the Lucky 7s Value Book, which offers Hoosiers six great Scratch-Offs for the
price of four. Since Value Book's launch on April 1, over $7 million has been
won on prizes ranging from $20 up to $250,000.
The most recent top prize winner,
Laura Keller of Fort Wayne, claimed her $250,000 at Hoosier Lottery
headquarters just days ago!
About The Hoosier Lottery
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery
contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30
million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million
in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50
To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Northstar Lottery Group, Together with Scholastic, Bring a New
Reading Oasis to Washington, Illinois Schools
WASHINGTON, Illinois (April 25,
2014) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at Central Primary to
commemorate a Reading Oasis donated by Northstar Lottery Group, the private
manager of the Illinois Lottery, in collaboration with Scholastic. The Reading
Oasis will serve both Central District 51 schools (Washington) to help promote
literacy and provide a safe, nurturing environment within the school for
students and parents in an area devastated by tornadoes last November.
Northstar is honored to be
able to make a difference in this community. Washington was tragically affected
by the last falls tornado and we want to help them rebuild,
said Tim Simonson, president and CEO of Northstar Lottery Group.
Although this is a small gesture, it is a step closer to making this
unwavering town whole again"
More than 100 Central
students are still displaced as a result of the tornado that destroyed 500
homes and damaged 600 more. Central Schools are located one block from the
center of the tornados path and incurred approximately $150,000 in damage
to the school buildings and property. This contribution will certainly
contribute to the healing process, said Dr. Chad Allaman,
superintendent of Central District 51.
We have displaced students
located in seven different communities and their parents either drive them to
school or place them on district buses each day to make sure the children get
to and from school safely. This Reading Oasis will give parents a chance to
take some time out of their day to bond with their children over a good book.
All of us at Central District 51 are grateful to Northstar for this
Northstars donation includes
more than 1,200 books for students and their parents to enjoy, and well as
furniture to create a comfortable setting. GTECH Corporation, Northstars
parent company, helped make this contribution possible by matching
Todays ceremony took place
during Central District 51′s Reading Under the Stars event where parents
accompanied their children for a night of reading and fun activities in Central
Primarys gymnasium. Scholastic surprised students with an appearance by
Clifford the Big Red Dog®. Scholastic also provided Klutz Build-a-Book®
kits to 300 students to make their own books, and conducted a raffle for four
complete Wimpy Kid book series value packs.
Northstar will also donate $5 book
vouchers to every student at Gifford Elementary school in Gifford, Illinois
another area hit hard during last years tornado season. These
vouchers will enable children to purchase books of their choice at Gifford
Elementarys upcoming Scholastic Read and Rise® Book Fair.
Since July 2011, when it officially
became the private manager of the Illinois Lottery, Northstar Lottery Group has
sponsored various charitable activities and has opened nine After School
Advantage computer labs statewide in its ongoing commitment to community
Northstar Lottery Group
Northstar Lottery Group is a
consortium of best-in-class companies with more than 50 years combined
experience in Illinois. Northstar Group is led by a partnership between
GTECH Corporation and
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ:
SCHL) is the worlds largest publisher and distributor of childrens
books and a leader in educational technology and related services and
childrens media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and
technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and
other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company
distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels,
including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools,
libraries, on-air, and online at
Schlastic Read & Rise®
Read & Rise® is a national
literacy initiative of Scholastic, the global childrens publishing,
education and media company, that reinforces the practical things all families
can do to ensure their children become strong readers and learners. Together,
schools and families practice literacy skills to encourage a love of reading
and promote academic achievement.
For more information, visit:
www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/readandrise or visit the media
room at mediaroom.scholastic.com.
CONTACT: Chanele Newton, Phone:
SOURCE: Northstar Lottery Group.
Introducing the Connecticut Lotterys New 5 Card
Cash Draw Game - 1 Ticket, 2 Games to Win!
5 Card Cash ticket sales begin
Sunday, May 4th. Daily Drawings begin Monday, May 5th.
ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (April 30,
2014) -- Sunday, May 4th marks the start of a new
CT Lottery draw game, 5
Card Cash. ONE ticket, with TWO games to win! The card themed game
costs just $2 each, is easy to play, and requires no card playing skills or
To learn about 5 Card Cash, visit
the CT Lotterys YouTube channel (YouTube.com/CTLottery), Facebook
(facebook.com/CTLottery) or Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery) sites or stop by
any CT Lottery retailer location.
How to Play 5 Card
- 5 Card Cash draw tickets are Quick Pick
only, so no playslips are needed. Simply ask your lottery retailer for a
ticket, and you are in the game!
- When you buy your 5 Card Cash ticket, check it
IMMEDIATELY! Each ticket includes a hand of 5 randomly selected playing
card symbols from a standard deck of 52 cards.
- If the hand on your ticket matches one of the 10
winning hands for the game, youre an Instant Winnerup to
- If you cash your 5 Card Cash Instant
Win ticket immediately, youll receive an exchange ticket from the
retailer with the same cards to hold onto for the next daily Drawing. Or,
you can wait until after the Drawing to cash your ticket.
- To win again, use your same 5 Card Cash ticket to
match the cards in the daily Drawing at 1:57pm.
- Match 3 or more of the cards in the 5 Card Cash
daily drawing, and you could win up to $255,555!
The overall odds of winning any 5
Card Cash prize are 1 in 4.1. The Instant Win overall odds are 1 in
4.2. Daily Drawing overall odds are 1 in 235.3. The top Drawing
prize is subject to split prize liability and may be lower than shown.
The CT Lottery reminds the public
that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.
For information about the CT
Lottery, call (860) 713-2700 or visit CTLOTTERY.ORG.
SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.
Lottery Report Robust Third Quarter Revenue for the
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (April 28,
2014) -- For the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, the
Corporation transferred $40.9 million to the state, bringing total fiscal
year-to-date contributions to $121.1 million, which is 5 percent over 2013 and
exceeds budgeted transfers by more than $15.6 million.
With third-quarter revenue of
$117,054,569, Lottery state proceeds reached $40,969,100. By law, 35 percent of
Lottery revenue is transferred to the state treasury and dedicated for K-12
Lottery President Rose Hudson
credited the Lottery's success over the last three months to more big jackpot
runs, including Powerball's $425.3 million jackpot for the Feb. 19 drawing and
Mega Millions' $400 million jackpot on March 18. Lotto sales were also up,
driven by a rolling jackpot that began in December as well as the Lotto
Lagniappe promotion that began in March. Scratch-off sales continued to be
popular with double-digit increases over 2013.
"Big jackpots are still heavy
hitters when it comes to producing an immediate up-tick in sales," said
Hudson, "but the steady star in our performance has been our scratch-off
games, which are player favorites day-in and day-out. Technology enhancements
made over the last year to ensure the right games are delivered to the right
retailers at the right time have really paid off."
Retailers earn five percent sales
commission on Lottery tickets, plus incentives for cashing winning tickets and
bonuses for selling winning tickets, totaling more than $6.4 million for
January through March of 2014.
Lottery ticket purchasers must be at
least 21 years of age. Anyone with a gambling problem, or friends of anyone
with a gambling problem, is encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for
assistance. For security purposes, players should sign the back of their
tickets after purchasing.
More information on the Louisiana
Lottery can be found on its website www.louisianalottery.com, on Facebook at:
www.facebook.com/louisianalottery or on Twitter at:
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
Oregon Lottery Celebrated 29th Anniversary on April
Over $9 billion in Lottery
proceeds have gone to help programs and projects
SALEM, Oregon (April 25, 2014) -- On
April 25, 1985, the Oregon
Lotterys one and only game, the Pot of Gold Scratch-it, went on sale
at Lottery retail locations across Oregon.
Over the next 29 years, many new
games have been added that have helped the Oregon Lottery generate proceeds
exceeding $9 billion to help projects and programs throughout Oregon.
As the states second
largest revenue source behind only personal income taxes, the Oregon Lottery
provides critical funding for schools, job creation, state parks and salmon
recovery, said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. In
short, the lottery helps fund the very things that Oregonians most value about
While much is the same after 29
years for example, Lottery players can still play Lottery games for just
$1 there have been many changes in how Lottery proceeds are used:
In 1985, all Lottery profits were
originally ear-marked for economic development.
In 1995, Oregon voters approved a
constitutional amendment authorizing Lottery proceeds to be used to help fund
Oregons public schools.
In 1998, voters passed a
constitutional amendment requiring 15 percent of Lottery proceeds be used for
natural resources, split evenly between state parks and watershed restoration
for salmon recovery.
For the 2013-15 biennium, public
education will receive over $592 million in Lottery funds, economic development
will receive over $283 million, and parks and natural resources will receive
over $158 million. Additionally, gambling prevention and treatment programs
will receive over $10.5 million to fund problem gambling prevention and
treatment in Oregon.
For more details on how Lottery
dollars were used in each Oregon county for the 2011-13 biennium, go to Lottery
Fund Allocations on the Lotterys website.
CONTACT: Chuck Baumann, Phone:
503-540-1015, Cell: 503-510-7829, Email:
SOURCE: Oregon Lottery.
Scottish National Party Calls for Sensible
Regulation of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals
EDINBURGH, Scotland (April 23, 2014)
-- Stuart McMillan is calling on the UK Government to take immediate action to
combat the suffering caused by fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), often
described as the crack cocaine of gambling.
A reported £4.4 billion was
gambled in Scotland on FOBTs last year and Mr McMillan is backing the Fairer
Gambling Campaigns call to reduce the current maximum stake on FOBTs from
£100 to £2.
Mr McMillan, who is leading a debate
on the issue at The Scottish Parliament today, said:
As things stand at the
moment it is possible to blow £100 on a 20 second spin. Thats
£300 in a minute or £18,000 in an hour so it is
little wonder that FOBTs have become known as the crack cocaine of
Sensible regulation is
needed immediately and I support the Fairer Gambling Campaigns call to
reduce maximum bet on FOBTs from £100 to £2.
Speaking with former
gamblers and hearing of their experiences with FOBTs has been a real eye opener
to me. But it has also been encouraging to hear how they have managed to
transform their lives by seeking help to overcome their
The work done by
organisations such as Gamblers Anonymous should never go unnoticed, nor should
the bravery of gamblers who seek their help.
I have written to the UK
Government to ask them to seriously consider how FOBTs are regulated. Until
Scotland becomes independent the powers of regulating gambling ultimately rest
with Westminster so it is up to Westminster to act now to protect people
and families whose lives are being ruined by these machines.
Motion as follows:
That the Parliament expresses
concern at recent reports that £4.4 billion was wagered in Scotland on
fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in 2013, and also at reports in the
Greenock Telegraph that £77 million was gambled in the year up to
September 2012 on FOBTs in Inverclyde; understands that the machines, usually
found in bookmakers, allow gamblers to spend hundreds of pounds every 20
seconds on games such as roulette or simulated racing; further understands many
former gamblers have described FOBTs as the "crack cocaine of gambling" due to
the speed at which large sums of money can be lost and because of their
highly-addictive qualities, and acknowledges the work of Gamblers Anonymous and
other organisations across West Scotland and the rest of the country in raising
the awareness of the dangers of FOBTs and giving support to those who seek
CONTACT: Scottish National Party,
Tel: 0800 633 5432, Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Scottish National Party.
New Mexico Lottery, Problem Gambling Council Sign
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (May 1,
2014) -- The New Mexico
Lottery and the New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling will work together
to provide problem gambling rehabilitation services statewide.
Under the terms of a four-year
contract, the lottery will pay the council a total of $70,000 to provide its
gambling-specific crisis hotline. If lottery sales grow by 4 percent
during any one year of the four-year contract, the lottery will pay the council
an additional $1,000 a year over the life of the contract.
The councils hotline
1-800-572-1142 is accessible 24 hours a day from anywhere in New
Mexico. Services are provided by trained personnel in English, Spanish
and Navajo. Callers may remain anonymous.
The lotterys support
enables the hotline staff to provide problem gamblers and their families with
free counseling and crisis intervention, said Kandace Blanchard, the
councils clinical director. Access to these services is
important and we are thankful for the lotterys commitment to be proactive
on behalf of New Mexicos families.
The New Mexico Lottery has been
working with the council since 1998.
As a member of the gaming
industry, we have an obligation to make counseling and intervention easy to
find by people who might have any type of gambling problem, said
David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO.
The lottery publishes the crisis
hotline number on its Scratcher tickets and on other marketing and advertising
Information about problem gambling
assistance is also posted to the lotterys website at
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
CJEU: Inconsistency Of Austrian Gambling Legislation Confirmed
BRUSSELS, Belgium (April 30, 2014)
-- EGBA welcomes todays ruling of the Court of Justice of the European
Union in the Pfleger case (C-390/12) that largely follows the Opinion issued by
AG Sharpston on 14 November 2013. The Court confirms its well-settled case-law
according to which a national gambling legislation is compliant with EU law
only if it is consistent, i.e. if the declared public interest objectives are
actually pursued free of hypocrisy, in a consistent and systematic manner. Not
surprisingly, the Court also rules that the burden of proof regarding the
proportionality and consistency of a measure rests with the Member States.
Notably, this is the first time the CJEU has confirmed the applicability of the
Charter of Fundamental Rights in a ruling on gambling.
The CJEU recalled the Member
States' burden of proof: a Member State wishing to justify a restrictive
] must supply the court called on to rule on that question with
all the evidence [
] to be satisfied that the measure does indeed comply
with the requirements deriving from the principle of proportionality" (para 50,
emphasis added). (1)
If the national court
] that the real purpose of the restrictive system at issue is
not the fight against crime and the protection of gamblers, but a mere increase
of State tax revenue [
], it would have to conclude that the system at
] is incompatible with European Union law (paras 54-55, emphasis
added). Therefore, the CJEU reconfirms that "[
] Article 56 TFEU must be
interpreted as precluding national legislation [
], where that
legislation does not actually pursue the objective of protecting gamblers or
fighting crime [
] in a consistent and systematic manner" (para 56,
For the first time in a
gambling-related ruling the CJEU confirms the applicability of the Charter of
Fundamental Rights of the European Union: "[
] an unjustified or
disproportionate restriction of the freedom to provide services under Article
56 TFEU is also not permitted under [
] Articles 15 to 17 of the Charter"
Finally, the CJEU reiterates
that "where a restrictive system has been established for games of chance and
that system is incompatible with Article 56 TFEU, an infringement of the system
by an economic operator cannot give rise to penalties" (para 64, emphasis
EGBA Secretary General Maarten
Haijer comments: "We welcome the Courts decision, which confirms that the
Austrian gambling legislation is in breach of EU law. Todays ruling
strengthens the requirement that Member States gambling laws should be
Mr Haijer further adds: "In this
context, we want to remind that the European Commission acted in its proper
role as guardian of the treaties by launching formal infringement proceedings
against six Member States last November. Whilst we encourage the Commission to
take the appropriate next steps in these proceedings and open new proceedings
where necessary, we especially urge the Member States to pursue their stated
public interest objectives in a consistent and systematic manner free of
The Austrian Gambling system has
recently been subject to several Court cases both on national and EU levels, in
particular the CJEU cases C-64/08, Engelmann; C-347/09, Dickinger and Ömer
as well as C-176/11, Hit and Hit Larix, in which the CJEU has detected major
inconsistencies in the Austrian gambling legislation and hence declared that
major parts of the Austrian system are non-compliant with EU law.
(1) The first and only prevalence
study on Austria [Kalke et al 2011] shows very similar prevalence rates as in
open, liberalized markets such as UK
For further information, please
contact: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90, Email:
On 14 November 2013 Advocate General
Sharpston issued on Opinion on the Pfleger case (C-390/12) which already
confirmed that, unlike the Austrian current system, national gambling
legislation should be strictly consistent. Also in line with todays
ruling, Advocate General Sharpston argued that it is the Member States
duty to provide the necessary evidence to this effect.
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home.com, BetClic,
bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming
Association (GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA is a Brussels-based
non-profit association. It promotes the right of private gaming and betting
operators that are regulated and licensed in one Member State to a fair market
access throughout the European Union. Online gaming and betting is a fast
growing market, but will remain for the next decades a limited part of the
overall European gaming market in which the traditional land based offer is
expected to grow from 79.7 Billion GGR in 2012 to 83 Billion GGR
in 2015, thus keeping the lions share with 85% of the market. Source: H2
Gambling Capital, September 2013.