GTECH Expands Sales Team in Asia
Companys presence in
Asian market grows with appointment of Casino Systems Sales Manager Michael
SINGAPORE (May 21, 2014) --
GTECH has announced the
appointment of Michael Lim as the Companys new Casino Systems Sales
Manager for the Asian region.
Based in Singapore, Michael will be
responsible for account development in Singapore, Vietnam and Taiwan, where his
main task will be to grow these new markets and introduce GTECHs Casino
Systems product portfolio. He will report to Lai Fatt Chiang, GTECH General
Manager for Casino Systems in Asia.
Michael has six years
experience in all aspects of the gaming industry in Asia, including a position
with Weike Singapore, as well as a Sales Manager role with IGT Asia.
Over the past 24 months, we
have increased our presence in Asia, and continue to do so with Michaels
appointment. As our new Sales Manager in Asia, he will focus on developing and
maintaining close relationships with our customers, said Marc Attal,
GTECH General Manager Casino Systems.
This latest addition to our
Asian team clearly demonstrates our commitment to the Asian market and will
further help us to understand the needs of these operators and
Michael graduated from the
University of West of England and speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Hokkien.
He is looking forward to meeting customers in person at GTECH booths 501 and
601 at the G2E Asia show in Macau.
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
For more information, please visit
For further information, CONTACT:
Nadine Levermann, GTECH Marketing, T: +49-5741-240 999 31 / M: +49-151-125 463
47, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
Scientific Games Announce Proposed Private Offering of $375.0
Million of Senior Subordinated Notes Due 2021
NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 20, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) ("Scientific Games") today announced that its
wholly owned subsidiary, Scientific Games International, Inc. ("SGI"), intends,
subject to market and other conditions, to offer $375.0 million of senior
subordinated notes due 2021 (the "2021 Notes") in a private offering. The
2021 Notes will be offered only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance
with Rule 144A and to non-U.S. Persons under Regulation S under the Securities
Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and will be guaranteed by
Scientific Games and certain of its subsidiaries.
Scientific Games intends to use the
net proceeds of the 2021 Notes offering (i) to redeem or repurchase all of
SGI's outstanding 9.25% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2019 (the "2019 Notes")
and to pay accrued and unpaid interest thereon plus any related premiums, fees
and costs and (ii) for general corporate purposes.
The 2021 Notes will not be
registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and, unless so
registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to
an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities
Act and applicable state securities laws.
This press release does not and will
not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the 2021
Notes, nor will there be any sale of the 2021 Notes in any state in which such
offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or
qualification under the securities laws of any such state. This press
release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Nebraska Lottery Scores Instant Ticket Success With Pollard
Banknotes Exclusive Frogger Brand
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (May 22,
2014) Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to
congratulate the Nebraska Lottery on the outstanding success of its first
instant game to feature the highly sought-after licensed brand, Frogger. The
Lotterys $5 Frogger ticket has been leaping off the shelves since its
launch on January 6, 2014 - selling 50% above the average $5 game in its first
12 weeks on the market. After only four weeks, it was the highest-selling $5
game on the market.
Three decades after the first
release of the classic Frogger video arcade game, published and licensed by
Konami Digital Entertainment (KONAMI), interest in the game remains
exceptionally strong in North America, and around the world. Pollard Banknote
and the Nebraska Lottery leveraged the nostalgic appeal of this timeless brand
to capture the attention of players through an advertisement featured on the
Lotterys website. The eye-catching ad linked players to a Frogger
microsite that featured a free-to-play interactive version of the classic
Frogger game - an added value of the brand that increases excitement, and keeps
We are thrilled that
Pollard Banknotes exclusive Frogger brand continues to perform extremely
well in jurisdictions throughout North America, most recently boasting
remarkable success for the Nebraska Lottery, said Sina Aiello, Vice
President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote. With 18 successful Frogger
launches to date - and more to come in 2014 - this brand continues to achieve
excellent results for many of our lottery partners. The incredible sales
generated by the Nebraska Lotterys Frogger game, once again speaks to the
all-encompassing appeal of this classic brand. New and existing players alike
are drawn not only to the instantly recognizable characters, but to the fun and
engaging interactive game that is reminiscent of the popular and time-honoured
Were very pleased
with the results from our $5 Frogger game, said Jim Haynes, Director,
Nebraska Lottery. The combination of classic video game graphics and a
unique play style appealed to our players, and the interactive game was a great
addition to our website.
Frogger is part of Pollard
Banknotes sales-driving portfolio of high profile brands that are
selected to appeal to the existing lottery player while attracting new players
that are brand loyal. In addition, Pollard Banknote provides a turnkey solution
and full-scale program of promotional support with its licensed games -
customized to each lottery and its specific market. In addition to designing,
programming, and printing the themed tickets, Pollard Banknotes
integrated marketing strategies include second chance drawings, interactive
games for brand interaction, retailer promotions, consumer launch events,
advertising development, social media campaigns, point of sale materials, and
how-to-play videos - just to name a few!
About Konami Group
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment
properties. Konamis titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR
SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution, and Castlevania, among other top
sellers. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan
with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo,
Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami
Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, UK. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the
United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. The
latest information about Konami and details about the products it publishes can
be found at http://www.konami.com.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales,
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Lottery Players Hit The Money Trail!
Polaris and Alchemy3 introduce
Powersports theme Lottery Programs
ATLANTA, Georgia (May 19, 2014) --
Alchemy3 announced a
licensing arrangement with Polaris® Industries Inc. today. The multi-year
agreement allows Alchemy3 to provide lotteries with rights to run Polaris theme
lottery games offering a variety of vehicles - including ATVs, Side-By-Sides
Polaris is a recognized leader in
the powersports industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and
markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain
vehicles (ATVs), side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road
electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Lotteries are reaching
beyond the predictable to attract a different type of player, said
Jeffrey Schweig, President of Alchemy3.
Polaris products have
strong appeal across the demographic spectrum, allowing us to cast a broad or
narrow marketing net to support participating lotteries marketing
efforts. Schweig added,
With the breadth of
products available through Polaris, lotteries will be able to choose vehicle
prizes that match with the players they are trying to reach. In addition,
Polaris prizes are a more affordable option to other vehicle prizes, allowing
lotteries to award more prizes than a traditional vehicle game. The
first Polaris lottery games will launch Summer 2014.
Since its inception in 2007,
Alchemy3 has become one of a select few companies in America that holds
exclusive licenses to provide services to the North American Lottery Industry.
A3 has worked with nearly all of North Americas lotteries and maintains
strong contacts in every jurisdiction. The company not only holds the esteem of
lotteries; but also with world class companies like Mars, EA SPORTS, Bass Pro
Shops, The Home Depot, Honda and Norwegian Cruise Line who use Alchemy3 as
their trusted brand stewards in the lottery world.
Alchemy3 has worked hard to achieve
their market position by putting brand owners and lottery clients needs
first-- providing them with boutique type attention and executing
programs with the highest level of integrity, honesty + thoughtfulness.
About Polaris Industries
Polaris is a recognized leader in
the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris
designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road
vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and
RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road
electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales
leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a
presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the
Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest
in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with
Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and
internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a
complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel and Klim
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on
the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PII, and the Company
is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line
of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from
authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
CONTACT: Jeffrey Schweig, Alchemy3,
Phone: 770-442-6993, Email: Js@alchemy3.com
Lotterywest CEO Jan Stewart to Retire at the End of the
PERTH, West Australia (May 20, 2014)
-- Jan Stewart has
announced that she will be retiring from Lotterywest on December 19, this
Ms Stewart told the Editor of
Lottery Insider, "Deciding to leave such a wonderful organisation after 22
years as CEO and almost 27 years in total has not been an easy decision, but
the time is right is for both Lotterywest and for me personally as I move
towards a new phase of my life in non-executive roles and in contributing to
the community in other ways."
"In the past 27 years I have worked with so
many inspirational people, both within Lotterywest and those involved with
other organisations who support us in our work in running the Lottery business
and those who work in the many different community organisations we have
supported over the years."
"It has been a privilege to lead
Lotterywest and to have played a part in its growth and in the building of its
reputation both within Western Australia and internationally," Ms Stewart
Evidence of Jan Stewart's
contribution to the WA community can be found in every corner of the State.
From a kindergarten playground in
Albany, to the spectacular treetop walk in Kings Park, a Men's Shed in Gingin
and a youth centre in Midland, the Lotterywest chief executive have overseen
the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of community
grants in her 22 years in the role.
At the same time, she has had the
rewarding job of handing over millions in winnings to lucky Lotto players.
The position of CEO will be
advertised within the next few weeks to allow sufficient time for the
appointment of a new CEO by the time Ms Stewart relinquishes the role in late
SOURCE: Lottery Insider
Camelot Achieves Second-Highest Ever Annual
Strong Growth In Lotto Offset
By Lack Of Euromillions Rollover Luck
LONDON, U.K. (May 20, 2014) --
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
(Camelot) today announced UK National Lottery ticket sales of
£6,730.9 million for the 2013/14 financial year the second-highest
annual total since The National Lottery launched in 1994.
In the year ending 31 March 2014,
Camelot raised £1,751.1 million¹ more than £33 million
each and every week and almost £70 per UK household for National
Lottery Good Causes. Camelot has now raised over £31 billion for these
projects, with more than 430,000 individual awards made across the UK - the
equivalent of 138 National Lottery-funded projects in every UK postcode
district. Camelot also paid out £3,636.6 million in prizes to players
during the year, taking the total amount of prize money paid to date to over
£51 billion and the total number of lottery millionaires created so far
to more than 3,500.
Buoyed by a very strong second six
months as a result of the changes to reinvigorate Lotto which have succeeded in
turning around the flagship games long-term sales decline, total National
Lottery sales in 2013/14 were the second-highest ever. They came very close to
matching the exceptional figure of £6,977.9 million set in Olympics year
and almost certainly would have done so had there been a repeat of the
phenomenal, one-off sales boosts that the EuroMillions game enjoyed in
2013/14 saw significantly fewer
EuroMillions Rollovers than the year before, with only half as many draws
offering jackpots of over £100 million, and there was no extended roll
series beyond 10 rolls, compared with three the previous year which, on their
own, delivered almost £200 million in additional sales in 2012/13.
EuroMillions also received a never-to-be-repeated boost in 2012/13 from London
2012, with the special 100 UK Millionaires Raffle held on the night of the
Opening Ceremony setting a new weekly National Lottery sales record of over
As well as strong growth in Lotto,
Camelot succeeded in growing sales of instant play games to a record
£2,141.1 million in 2013/14, an increase of 3.8% on the year before. This
was driven by the launch of 73 exciting new Scratchcards and online Instant Win
games offering a range of different play-styles and price points with
even higher prize payouts.
Andy Duncan, Managing Director of
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: Were delighted to have
achieved our second-highest ever sales. We always said that matching the
one-off performance of 2012/13 would be virtually impossible but to have very
nearly done so and without the feel-good factor of London 2012 and with
far less luck on EuroMillions underlines what a really good set of
results this is. In particular, its great to see our flagship Lotto game
back in year-on-year growth after a long period of sales decline and delivering
substantially more money for the Good Causes.
Having raised over
£1.75 billion for National Lottery projects and paid out over £3.6
billion in prize money to our players during the year, were fulfilling
The National Lotterys promise to be truly life-changing. The work
were carrying out to transform our digital services across all channels
including the imminent launch of an entirely new online platform that
will revolutionise the way players interact with our games across all devices
has already seen sales get off to a very positive start in 2014/15 and
gives us an excellent platform to deliver even more for winners and society in
the years to come.
¹Subject to audit; figures do
not include investment returns on National Lottery balances which are reported
For further information, please
contact: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711.
- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed
operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for
National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not
responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
- Each week, Camelot generates over £33 million
for National Lottery-funded projects in total £31 billion has now
been raised and more than 430,000 individual grants have been made across the
UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th
- The National Lottery has so far given away over
£51 billion in prizes and created more than 3,500 millionaires or
multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
- Camelot runs the most cost-efficient major lottery
in Europe, with around 4% of total revenue spent on operating costs.
- The UK National Lottery is ranked at just 49th in
the world in terms of per capita spend, despite being the seventh largest
lottery in the world by sales clear evidence of Camelots
longstanding commitment to being a responsible operator.
- Total sales of draw-based games in 2013/14 were
£4,589.8 million, a fall of 6.6% on 2012/13.
- Total sales of instant play games in 2013/14 were
£2,141.1 million, an increase of 3.8% on 2012/13.
- Total in-store sales in 2013/14 were £5,554.2
million, a fall of 4.1% on 2012/13. Accounting for around 83% of all sales,
retail remains the largest National Lottery sales channel.
- Total interactive and subscription sales in 2013/14
were £1,176.7 million, a fall of 0.8% on 2012/13. Leading the field of
digital lottery innovation and e-commerce, Camelot operates Europes
largest online lottery in terms of sales. With over six million players,
national-lottery.co.uk is one of the top 10 e-commerce sites in the UK.
For further information on Camelot,
The National Lottery and its games, please visit:
Players of all National Lottery
games must be aged 16 or over.
CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications
Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot Group (www.camelotgroup.co.uk).
Whole Lotto Winning Going On!
DC Lottery players
break the bank, enjoy streaks, and achieve record
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014) --
DC Lottery players are dancing
to a winning beat. In recent weeks, the Family of Numbers Games (DC 3, DC 4,
and DC 5) have yielded chart-topping prize payouts with combined cash awards of
over $10 million that have players celebrating their good fortune.
bank, is the term used to describe prize payouts that exceed sales
for that particular game. And, DC Lottery players have been prosperous in their
April and May 2014, saw two
exotic wins with DC 3, the three-digit numbers game with a top
prize of $500.
2-2-2 was the winning number for the
evening game held on April 9. Collectively, players won $808,550. For the
midday game held on May 5, the winning number was triple 7s yielding
another big pay day for DC 3 players with winnings topping $504,800. Total
prize payout for DC 3 winners from April 1 through May 13 was $4,842,800. In
comparison, this is more than double the $2,291,120.00 payout netted by players
for the month of March 2014.
On May 10, the eve of Mothers
Day, DC 4 players won big with 1-1-1-0 for the midday drawing. All totalled,
players won over $2 million in cash prizes. The May 10 win represents the
highest payout for this game since September 2011 where the combined payout was
$2.6 million. The top prize for DC 4 is $5,000.
DC 5 players know why the game is
referred to as DCs Hottest Numbers Game. The starting
wager is $.50 with the chance at winning $25,000. It is not unusual for players
to double-down with a $1 bet for a chance at $50,000. And, they win. Since
April 1, 22 DC 5 players have won the $25,000 top prize and another four have
won $50,000. Total cash prizes awarded to DC 5 players since April 1 has
surpassed $1.2 million.
These numbers represent
great wins for our players, says DC Lottery Executive Director Buddy
Where theres a win
theres a happy player, and we enjoy making our players
The Family of Numbers Games are
played twice daily with midday and evening drawings. Wagers for these games
begin at $.50.
Founded in 1982, the DC Lottery is
the District of Columbia Government agency that regulates the sale of gaming
products and charitable gaming activities in the District of Columbia. Since
its inception, the DC Lottery has awarded more than $3 billion in prizes,
transferred more than $1.8 billion to the Districts General Fund which
supports essential services in the District, and has helped local nonprofits
raise more than $125 million
in support of social causes. Visit:
detailed information about the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control
SOURCE: DC Lottery.
Summer Promotion Offers Experiences of a Lifetime, Points for Draw
JEFFERSON, Missouri (May 16, 2014)
How would you like to spend a few days this summer in Montana learning
fishing tips from the same outdoorsman who taught Brad Pitt how to fish for the
movie A River Runs Through It? Or would you like to charter your
own private yacht complete with a chef for you and your three closest friends
to sail around the U.S. and British Virgin Islands? Both of these prizes
and more than 1,000 other prizes can be won in the
Second Chance of a Lifetime Outdoor Adventures summer
promotion, which starts May 19.
We wanted to be able to
offer one-of-a-kind experiential prizes that the average person cant
buy, said May
Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.
Research shows that people
get the most satisfaction and happiness from experiences, so we want to make
players dreams come true and help them make memories they will never
forget with these special adventures.
A total of four water-themed
grand-prize adventures, one in each of four drawings, will be awarded, and the
player will have his or her choice of trip. In addition, the promotion
will offer a total of 16 first prizes (four per drawing) for family adventures
to Big Cedar® Lodge in Branson, and 1,000 second prizes (250 per drawing)
of an outdoor adventure accessory, with a menu of prizes ranging from video
cameras and Oakley sunglasses to gas grills and golf clubs.
We think players will have
a lot fun this summer with these amazing prizes, she said.
Reardon added that, in addition to
Scratchers tickets, players will also be able to use Draw Games tickets for the
first time ever to enter the summer promotion online.
Not only will they be able
to enter their Draw Games tickets for the promotion, but for the first time,
Draw Games players will earn points to be used in our Points For Prizes®
online store. Reardon announced. Players can redeem points
for terrific prizes, like televisions, tablets, tools and travel accessories
just to name a few. There are hundreds of prizes in our
Reardon said this promotion is only
the beginning for Draw Game points, as Draw Game tickets will be eligible to
earn points from here on out.
We think our players are
going to be very pleased they can now earn points for Draw Game
tickets, she said.
SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.
New Legislation Aims to Place Tighter Controls on which Sports are
Appropriate for Betting Activities
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (May 19,
2014) -- The NSW Government has recently introduced legislation to Parliament
to combat match fixing in sport. The legislation, known as the Racing
Administration Amendment (Sports Betting National Operational Model) Bill 2014,
aims to provide a framework for betting agencies to enter into integrity
agreements with sports controlling bodies.
The Bill establishes a framework to
strengthen the capacity of sporting bodies to recognise and manage integrity
risks associated with the betting that takes place on their sport.
Approved controlling bodies will now
be given the power to choose the types of bets that are available for their
sport, or whether any betting occurs at all.
Fines for breaches
A betting agency breaching the
legislation will receive a fine of up to $11,000. An individual who breaches
the legislation will receive a $5,500 fine or 12 months imprisonment or
The legislation will support a
national model which underpins the National Policy on Match Fixing in Sport
which was agreed to by all Australian Sports Ministers in 2011.
The agreements will:
- include integrity measures used to prevent,
investigate and assist in the prosecution of match fixing or corrupt
- provide financial returns to the sports involved;
- include information sharing arrangements and a
consultation process for new sporting events and bet types
Sports controlling bodies will also
have a right to veto betting on their sport if it is deemed in the public
interest to do so.
In September, 2012, the Government
introduced the first legislation of its type in Australia outlawing match
fixing, with penalties of up to 10 years jail for offenders.
SOURCE: Office of Liquor, Gaming
NASPL's Professional Development Seminar - July 21-25,
Sheraton Myrtle Beach
Convention Center Hotel
Hosted by South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 18, 2014) --
NASPL and the
South Carolina Education Lottery
(SCEL) are pleased to invite you to register for the 2014 NASPL
Professional Development Seminar held in Myrtle Beach.
Come join this three-day premier
event with your colleagues in Myrtle Beach and meet with your respective
committees to discuss issues that have an impact on your positions within the
Below you will find the link you
need to register for NASPL 2014 Professional Development. You can also
make your hotel reservations through the site by clicking on the
"Accommodations" button or using the independent link below.
To book your hotel reservation
please use this link, NASPL '14 Professional Development Seminar (OR copy and
paste the following link into a web browser)
Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Room Rate: $195.33
inclusive of taxation, internet and breakfast buffet
Registration Fee: $550
Hotel Reservation Cutoff
Date: June 20, 2014 (NASPL will not hold rooms after this date)
Meals covered two receptions, three
lunches, two dinners and five breaks.
No Hotel Shuttle Provided
Florida Lottery Players Score Big Miami Heat
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 20, 2014)
-- The Florida Lottery held
the final drawing in the Miami HEAT Playoff Experience Promotion today. One
Grand Prize winner was selected to win a fly-away trip for two to a 2014 Miami
HEAT playoff game, which includes airline tickets, hotel accommodations and
The Grand Prize winner from today's
drawing is Kenneth Smith, of Miami.
For a complete list of winners,
please visit the Lottery's website at
Additionally, one player won a pair
of 2014-15 Miami HEAT season tickets; three players won two regular season
lower level home game tickets for the 2014-15 season and a post-game meet and
greet with a Miami HEAT player; three players won two regular season lower
level home game tickets for the 2014-15 season and a pre-game meet and greet
with a Miami HEAT legend; three players won the opportunity to attend a HEAT
basketball clinic facilitated by a HEAT legend; two players won two regular
season lower level home game tickets for the 2014-15 season and a locker room
tour lead by a HEAT legend; eight players won two regular season lower level
home game tickets for the 2014-15 season and a pre-game dinner in Dewar's Club
House; three players won a team ball autographed by the entire Miami HEAT team;
and three players won a jersey autographed by a HEAT legend.
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
For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications / (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
WLA / EL / CIBELAE Join Forces to ProvideSports Betting Seminar of
the Decade - June 22 25, 2014
Seminar in cooperation
with the European Lottery Association Fortaleza, Brazil
GOOOOOOOOOAL ! Fix your Focus
FORTALEZA, Brazil (May 18, 2014)
-- 2014 being the year of the football World Cup, all eyes (and bets)
will be turned to Brazil and we will be at the heart of the excitement to hear
and share valuable information on sports betting and its opportunities, but
also the threats relevant for our industry. On June 24, 2014, participants of
the Sports Betting Seminar will have the unique opportunity to attend the
qualifying game of teams in Group C Greece against Ivory Coast. Tickets
for this game are included in the seminar fee.
We will also have the opportunity to
watch other matches on television.
CIBELAE have joined forces
to provide all our sports betting enthusiastic members with a memorable
seminar, in a memorable location, on a most memorable occasion. Reputed
speakers from within and beyond the lottery industry will share insights into
sports betting relevant topics; we will dribble our way through live betting
best practices from around the world; and our global suppliers will be
challenged to deliver state of the art products to ensure we stay on the
- Live betting action
- Addressing the integrity of sports
- Regional market updates
- Discussions on hot topics debates that will
challenge participants for solutions surrounding topics such as"turnkey
solutions" vs"do it yourself"ones.
- Fighting fraud internationally the move from
ELMS to a global monitoring system.
- FIFA "Organizing the World Cup"
Don't hesitate a moment longer register now as this highly popular
seminar is rapidly filling up!
Who should attend? - Sports
betting directors, lottery executives and collaborators responsible for sports
betting, marketing and product development, odds compilers, associate members
of the associations.
When? - The seminar will
start with a welcome dinner on the evening of Sunday, June 22, and end after
lunch on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
Language: The Seminar will be
held exclusively in English. Translations into Spanish/Portuguese
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Win Big with Illinois Lotterys New Instant Ticket
CHICAGO, Illinois (May 16, 2014)
--The Illinois Lottery
released four new instant games this month. Bejeweled, Triple Win, Black
Diamond 7s and $100 Million Money Mania offer players multiple chances to win
big prizes. These games join popular instant games like 20 Years of Cash
and ongoing numbers games like Hit or Miss.
Bejeweled, a highly popular puzzle
game, is now available in the form of an Illinois Lottery instant ticket! The
$3 instant ticket gives players ten chances to win up to $50,000 and has over
one million available prizes. Overall odds of winning on Bejeweled are
Triple Win is a $2 game that gives
players the chance to triple their win and pocket up to $30,000. Overall odds
of winning a prize on Triple Win are 1-in-4.23.
Players can also try their luck on
Black Diamond 7s. With seven top prizes of a quarter of a million dollars, and
over 150,000 prizes of $25 or more, this $5 instant ticket is sure to attract
attention. Overall odds of winning a prize on Black Diamond 7s are
$100 Million Money Mania offers top
prizes of $4 million along with over $100 million in total prizes. The $20 game
boasts three colorful designs and overall odds of winning a prize on $100
Million Money Mania are 1-in-2.96.
Players can purchase Triple Win,
Bejeweled, Black Diamond 7s and $100 Million Money Mania at more than 8,200
Lottery retailers statewide.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the states 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
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.
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
GBGC: Gambling Indices Reach Record Highs
GBGC has completed its annual
revision of the two gambling indices.
CASTLETOWN, Isle of Man (May 21,
2014) -- The two GBGC indices,
GBGC 50 and iGBGC, track the share price movements of the 50 largest gaming
companies and ten largest internet gambling companies respectively. To be
included in the GBGC 50 index, the companies have to derive at least 35% of
revenues from gambling activities
At the beginning of 2014 both
indices reached the highest levels in their nine-year history. On 2 January
2014, the GBGC 50 reached 237.1 points (both indices were based at 100 at the
beginning of 2005), 60% more than a year ago. iGBGC reached 406.8 points, 42%
more than a year ago. Both indices have now shown growth for two consecutive
In early 2014 the total gambling
market cap (adjusted for the percentage of revenues from gambling) of the 50
largest companies reached US$351bn, or 46% more than in the previous year. The
gambling market cap ranged from US$793m for the smallest company, Penn National
Gaming, to US$56bn for the leader, Sands China.
The top ten gambling companies are
the same as last year, albeit in a slightly different order. The top four
positions are the same as in 2013: Sand China, followed by its parent company
Las Vegas Sands, Galaxy Entertainment and Wynn Macau. The order has changed
slightly for the remainder of the top 10, and Melco Crown Entertainment is now
in the fifth position. Crown Limited, retaining tenth position, is the only
company in the top ten that is not predominantly focused on Asia, even though
Asian gamblers account for an important part of its revenues.
The changes in the composition of
the GBGC 50 index in 2014 reflect the mergers and acquisitions and spin-offs,
which took place in the previous year.
- The highest-ranking new entrant is Penns
newly created REIT Gaming and Leisure Properties, which made it to the 24th
- We have also included Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad
for the first time, which made it to the 34th spot. The other three companies
returned to the index after several years: machine manufacturer Boyd Gaming is
back after a years absence;
- Multimedia Games Holding Company, a technology
producer for Native American and commercial casinos, returned for the first
time since 2006;
- China LotSynergy Holdings, the lottery equipment
manufacturer for the Chinese market, returned for the first time since
The new entrants replaced WMS
Industries, which was acquired by Scientific Games Corp., SHFL Entertainment,
bought by Bally Technologies and Ameristar, which merged with Pinnacle
Entertainment. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. was also pushed out of the index,
now taking 54th place, while Kingston Financial Group is now 56th.
During 2013 the best performer in
the GBGC 50 index was Melco International Development, whose share price
increased by 209% in the period from January 2013 to January 2014. The worst
performer was Echo Entertainment Group, whose shares lost 26% of their value as
the company lost its monopoly position in Sydney to Crown, starting in 2019.
Its share price in the coming months will depend on whether they secure a
licence for a new casino in Brisbane.
The total gambling market cap of the
ten leading igaming companies has reached US$15.4bn, 75% more than in the
previous year. To be included in the iGBGC index, the companies have to be
predominantly Internet based.
Amaya could be quoted as an
exception to this rule, because the company started off in land-based gambling,
but are quickly growing their online operations.
The gambling market cap of the
components ranges from US$193m for Bet-at-Home.com to US$5.7bn for
In 2014 all the components of the
iGBGC index remained the same, with only their order changing. Playtech
remained the leader, followed by Betfair (4th in 2013) and Bwin.Party Digital
Entertainment (2nd in 2013). Betsson, 3rd in 2013, is now 4th, followed by
Unibet, which retained its position.
All companies in the iGBGC index
showed an increase in the share price during 2013. Playtech was the best
performer in iGBGC, with share price up 72.6% in January 2014 compared to a
year ago. Betssons share price was up only 1.7% during the year, making
it the worst performer of the interactive index.
Read more about the global gambling
market in GBGCs 9th edition of the Global Gambling Report.
Link to access the GBGC Gambling
Indices Click Here
CONTACT: Warwick Bartlett, Tel +44
(0) 1624 827138, Fax +44 (0)1624 827139, Email:
IOC Looks Forward to Further Cooperation with Norsk
The International Olympic
Committee (IOC) Visits Norwegian Tipping to discuss the fight against
match-fixing in sport
HAMAR, Norway (May 20, 2014) -- The
International Olympic Committee (IOC) was visiting
Norsk Tipping to discuss
the fight against match-fixing in sport.
We are very excited about
this partnership, the first IOC president Thomas Bach said about the
Together with the IOC came
representatives of the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016 to Norwegian
Tipping. According to communications manager Magne Vikøren is working
against match-fixing also applicable for the Youth Olympic Games.
In anticipation of the
Youth Olympic Games, we will work with you to give athletes the right
attitudes. Pure and honest sport is a part of the program of the Youth Olympic
Games, and the Norwegian Tipping and IOC together makes the issue of
match-fixing important to us,: says Vikøren who had IOC visit
in Lillehammer in two days.
A satisfied Bach had to rush on to
Oslo after the meeting, but before he left the Norwegian Tipping he took his
time to praise the work being done to combat cheating in sport:
I am very pleased with the
visit. Having the opportunity to discuss the problem of match-fixing in sport
was very appropriate because it promote clean sport and combat match-fixing is
a top priority for the IOC.
It's good to see the
determination and enthusiasm that has been shown here, and the knowledge that
Norway cannot fight against match-fixing without international cooperation. We
are very pleased that Norwegian Tipping join our efforts to prevent
match-fixing, closed Bach .
The CEO of Norwegian Lottery,
Torbjørn Almida was also pleased with the visit.
It was short and hectic,
but very enjoyable. It demonstrates the closeness between the sports movement
and Norwegian Lottery, says Brendan who was particularly pleased that
he used German knowledge in conversation with Bach.
IOC is on a three-day visit to
Norway to talk about the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway to discuss
the application for the Olympic Games in 2022.
SOURCE: Norsk Tipping.
2020 GAMING Stand Out in the Market
2 June 2014 to 4 June
LISBON, Portugal (May 20, 2014) --
At 2014 Industry Days, the three Partner suppliers -
Scientific Games - will
show how to stand out by delivering excellence in service and
facilities now and up to the year 2020.
They will share details of
successful games and facilities and will reveal their thoughts on future
developments, particularly those based on new media.
The following main themes will be
addressed by the three Partner suppliers:
Leveraging the New Media,
Multi-Jurisdictional Games, 2nd Chance Solutions and the Emergence of EITs:
Building a Strategy for Greater Player Loyalty and Engagement
Competing in the open market.
Drivers of change that unlock the power of lotteries to excel in a competitive
Partnerships to Drive Innovation and
The Keynote address of the event
will be delivered by Mr Jacques Séguéla, Advertising Legend and
Author and a man who has not avoided the opportunity to be controversial during
a lifetime in the public eye.
This Partner/Supplier Day will be
followed by a half day titled Imagination Master Class where
a number of interesting and creative speakers and
involvements will be organised to encourage participants to
change the way they think about games, channels and their players.
Further Information: Click Here
SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).
Report: Annual General Meeting of Lotto24
Shareholders adopt all
resolutions with large majorities
HAMBURG, Germany (May 21, 2014) --
Lotto24 AG successfully held its second Annual General Meeting as a listed
company today. Attended by around 50 percent of voting capital, all items on
the agenda were adopted with large majorities.
In addition to the usual items, such
as approving the actions of the Executive Board and Supervisory Board and
appointing auditors, the agenda also included the creation of new authorised
The Executive Board expressed its
satisfaction with the fiscal year 2013 and the first quarter of 2014: 'From a
standing start, we succeeded in establishing ourselves as the market leader
among Germany's online lottery brokers,' says Petra von Strombeck, CEO of
Lotto24, and adds: 'Of particular importance to us, however, is that our
business model works and our expectations regarding customer behaviour and our
most important KPIs have been met. With 314 thousand customers at present, we
have established a significant lead over other private providers which we aim
to secure and expand. We are delighted with the strong approval given by our
shareholders and regard it as confirmation of our course so far.'
About Lotto24 AG
Lotto24 is Germany's leading online
broker of state-licensed lotteries (www.lotto24.de). On behalf of its customers, the company
enters into gaming contracts with the respective lottery companies for lottery
products such as 'Lotto 6aus49', 'Spiel 77', 'Super 6', 'EuroJackpot' and
Following its foundation in 2010,
the company was one of the first private online lottery brokers to resume
activities on the German market in 2012, when the new State Treaty on Games of
Chance came into effect, and to receive all the necessary state permits.
Lotto24 AG has been listed in the
Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 3 July 2012.
Lotto24 aims to extend its position as Germany's leading online broker of
CONTACT: Lotto24 AG, Vanina
Hoffmann, Tel.: +49 (0) 40 / 82 22 39 501, E-mail:
SOURCE: Lotto24 AG (www.lotto24-ag.de)