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Vol. 67 No.9 - Monday June 2, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories
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  • GTECH to Provide Tipos Lottery in Slovak Republic with Instant-Ticket Printing Services. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Named Best Multinational Company. Full Story.
  • Pollard Banknote Awarded Instant Ticket Printing Contract By Taiwan Lottery Co. Ltd. Full Story.
  • Betware Received "The workplace of the Year" Award. Full Story.
  • Skilrock Announce Its Participation in World Lottery Summit, Rome 2014. Full Story.
  • Illinois Senate Unanimously Confirms Michael Jones as Director of the Illinois Lottery. Full Story.
  • Loterie Romande Announce 2013 Results; Profits Distributed for Public Good Remain Stable. Full Story.
  • Svenska Spel Chooses Cybercom for Information Security. Full Story.
  • BETEGY Signs Sports Data Predictions Deal with Chinese Lottery Giants for World Cup. Full Story.
  • Finnish National Lottery Launch New Geolottery Game Using GTECH Software. Full Story.
  • Latin American Lotteries Discuss the Creation of a Multi-Jurisdictional Game. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Attracts Veteran Test Manager to Professional Services Division. Full Story.
  • Maximize Summer with the “99 Days Of Summer” From The Delaware Lottery. Full Story.
  • Take A Chance and Play Monopoly™ Park Place Payout™ and Other New Scratch-Off Games Hit Stores Today. Full Story.
  • Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Donate $1.35M for FASD Research. Full Story.

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GTECH to Provide Tipos Lottery in Slovak Republic with Instant-Ticket Printing Services

Agreement continues GTECH’s four-year relationship with TIPOS

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (May 23, 2014) -- GTECH has announced that it has entered into a four-year agreement with TIPOS, national lottery company, a.s. (TIPOS), in the Slovak Republic to provide instant-ticket printing services to the Lottery through December 2017.

Under the agreement, which was the result of a competitive procurement, GTECH is qualified as a vendor to produce instant tickets for the Lottery. GTECH has been a supplier of instant-ticket printing services to TIPOS since October 2009 under a four-year term that expired in October 2013. GTECH has supported the Lottery with instant-ticket printing, game concepts, prize structure development, portfolio recommendations, and marketing.

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TIPOS has been a key customer for GTECH over the past four years, and we are pleased to see the Lottery experience such tremendous growth,” said Alan Eland, GTECH Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, North America, who also oversees GTECH’s printing operations. “GTECH looks forward to continuing to support TIPOS and helping to build its instant ticket portfolio, increase its revenues, and reach a new player base.”

GTECH will produce TIPOS’ games at the Company’s primary printing facility in Lakeland, Florida, where, in 2013, it printed more than 700 games.

GTECH S.p.A.

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.

The Company is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A.

In 2013, GTECH had €3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees with operations in approximately 60 countries.

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

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

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

INTRALOT Named Best Multinational Company

ATHENS, Greece (May 27, 2014) -- INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious distinction “Best Multinational Company” during the “Diamonds of the Hellenic Economy 2014” awards’ ceremony organized by STATBANK that took place on May 22nd, in Athens, in the presence of members of the business community and the political world. This significant distinction recognizes and rewards INTRALOT’s successful extrovert strategy, its commitment to excellence, its robust business growth, as well as its contribution to the Hellenic Economy.

While receiving the award, Mr. Elias Athanasiou, INTRALOT Group Investors Relations Director, stated:

We are really honored with this distinction. All these 22 years since its establishment INTRALOT has stayed true to its values and committed to its strategy to promote innovation across geographies. During the past years, INTRALOT has become the leader of the lottery sector and one of the most robust Hellenic multinational companies that supports the Hellenic Economy, and is also an Ambassador of the Hellenic entrepreneurship in the five continents.”

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INTRALOT’s distinction came after the evaluation of the largest Hellenic companies and was based on ten (10) financial criteria. The awards are organized annually by STATBANK to promote healthy entrepreneurship and to reward companies for their strong growth, as well as their contribution to productivity, employment and the competitiveness of the Hellenic economy.

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: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Awarded Instant Ticket Printing Contract By Taiwan Lottery Co. Ltd.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (May 27, 2014) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a new contract for primary instant ticket printing by the Taiwan Lottery Co. Ltd. (“TLC”). The two-year contract began January 1, 2014, and includes provisions to extend the agreement for up to two additional years.

As a member of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (“APLA”) and an exclusive provider of instant tickets to Taiwan for the past 12 years (seven years contracted with TLC and five years with the previous operator), Pollard Banknote has developed an in-depth understanding of the Taiwanese market—specifically, the game design characteristics and play preferences that appeal most to players, as well as the unique security and quality considerations that must be taken into account for optimal success. Since 2006, TLC has seen an extraordinary 347% increase in instant ticket sales—the result of a charitable reputation, diverse product portfolio, and a strategic marketing partnership with Pollard Banknote in the areas of promotion, product design and channel management.

Sales data from early 2014 indicates that the Lottery is on track for yet another year of tremendous growth. During the first three months of 2014 alone, TLC generated a staggering $1.35 billion USD in instant ticket sales—a particularly noteworthy achievement considering 2013 annual instant ticket sales totalled $1.67 billion USD.

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We have developed a very close and cooperative working relationship with TLC over the past seven years,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “The unprecedented growth experienced by TLC in recent years is a reflection of the Lottery’s hard work and dedication to providing secure, high-quality games to the people of Taiwan. We are committed to building on the proven success of this partnership and continuing to explore new and innovative products and marketing strategies for Taiwan’s unique marketplace.

We are pleased to announce that Pollard Banknote will continue to be a key partner in the growth and development of our instant tickets,” said Joy Huang, President, TLC. “We have enjoyed a very profitable relationship with the Pollard Banknote team and we look forward to further successes during the term of this new contract.”

As the operator of Taiwan’s Public Welfare Lottery since 2007, CTBC Bank Co., Ltd. (“CTBC Bank”) was once again awarded a 10-year lottery operator license by the Ministry of Finance beginning January 1, 2014, and running through to December 31, 2023. CTBC Bank subsequently contracted with TLC to manage the operation of the lottery business, consisting of online, instant, and passive products. TLC offers diversified lottery products to Taiwan's citizens and strives to assist socially disadvantaged groups in Taiwan through the allocation of lottery profits.

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 www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose

Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Betware Received "The workplace of the Year" Award

KÓPAVOGUR, Iceland (May 23, 2014) -- Betware was rated the 6th best company to work for in Iceland (among companies with over 50 employees) in the largest employment survey in Iceland “Company of the Year Survey”, conducted yearly by “The Commercial Workers” (VR) the largest trade Union in Iceland. Betware was granted with "The workplace of the year" award.

The survey is conducted among over thousand companies in Iceland making it the most comprehensive workplace study in the country.

It investigates the internal work environment as the employees perceive it to be. The core components that the study reviews are: Management, working atmosphere and morale, the employment package and salary, working conditions, flexibility at work, independence, company´s image and job satisfaction in general.

About Betware

Betware has been a pioneer in the Internet gaming market since 1996, developing interactive solutions for licensed gaming operators

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On the 7th of November 2013, following the acquisition of the majority of shareholding of Betware Holding by NOVOMATIC AG, the company became the member of the Novomatic Group.

Operating over 1,400 gaming facilities worldwide, NOVOMATIC is the undisputed market leader in Europe for electronic casino operations and one of the largest gaming technology companies in the world with over 30 years of experience. Both NOVOMATIC and Betware share the mission of offering products and services only in markets with precise regulatory frameworks.

Betware’s core product is a flexible and open Gaming Platform that allows lotteries and gaming operators to implement best-of-breed games, services and content from vendors of their choice. With the ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control Standard Certification, and numerous lottery audits, Betware’s solutions have proven to be extremely secure and reliable.

Betware’s offering will now complement NOVOMATIC’s product portfolio and provide a bridge into the lottery world. NOVOMATIC, one of the largest conglomerates of the international gaming industry, will now focus on building its presence in the lottery industry in conjunction with Betware.

Betware employs a team of energetic, creative, and passionate professionals based in Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Belgrade, and Madrid.

Betware’s customers are among the most innovative lotteries and gaming operators in Europe and North America.

SOURCE: Betware.

 

 

Skilrock Announce Its Participation in World Lottery Summit, Rome 2014

GURGAON, India (May 27, 2014) -- Skilrock technology is delighted to announce its participation in the World Lottery Summit 2014 to be held in Rome, Italy from 2nd to 5th November.

Skilrock would be presenting its robust and cost effective Lottery platform during the Summit at Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Director Skilrock Technologies said “We are delighted to confirm our participation in WLS for 2014. Having been to earlier WLS events we feel it’s the best place to interact and network with Lottery Professionals from all over the world.”

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Skilrock plans to showcase its Retail Lottery platform as well as the Mobile Lottery Technology which is currently the most popular product in its portfolio. Along with this, Skilrock will also showcase various innovative technology solutions and much more. So keep watching this space for more updates.

About Skilrock Technologies

SKILROCK is the technology arm of US$ 1.8 billion Sugal & Damani Group – the largest Lottery operator in India. With over 45 years of domain knowledge in the gaming industry and having one of the finest development centers in India, Skilrock can be your game changer or technology partner for all your gaming and commercial services needs.

We have a highly scalable, resilient and adaptable solution to meet the needs and expectations of all kinds of markets in the retail as well as iGaming space including Mobile Lottery and Gaming. We have strong credentials with CMMI Level 3 certification; ISMS approved operations, UK Gambling Commission Approved software development house, Certification from iTech Labs, Gaming Patents and having live solutions operating in Asia, Africa and Europe.

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

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Illinois Senate Unanimously Confirms Michael Jones as Director of the Illinois Lottery

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 27, 2014) -- The Illinois General Assembly has entered its final scheduled week of the legislative session with a host of issues on its collective plate. 

An important action taken by the Illinois Senate earlier in the session, has received scant publicity until now; namely, the unanimous approval by the Senate of Michael Jones' confirmation as Director of the Illinois Lottery.

The reconfirmation vote was 53-0 (with three voting present)--an overwhelming endorsement of how Jones is handling Illinois' first-in-the-nation experiment with its private manager, Northstar Lottery Group.

SOURCE: IL Lottery.

 

 

Loterie Romande Announce 2013 Results

Profits Distributed for Public Good Remain Stable

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (May 27, 2014) -- Following consolidation of its activities in 2012, the Loterie Romande has recorded a slight increase in gross gaming revenues (GGR), which were CHF 378 million over the full financial year 2013. Net profits remained stable at CHF 206 million. This positive result means that the high level of the sums distributed to projects benefitting the public is maintained. It is due in large part to the changes in the tax system which came into force last year: the raising of the threshold for collection of withholding tax on lottery wins to CHF 1,000.00 and the abolition of the “droit des pauvres” tax in Geneva canton made lottery games and sports betting more attractive.

On 30 April 2014, the Federal Council put its proposed new law on cash gaming out to consultation. The Loterie Romande takes the view that this proposal is balanced and consistent. In a context which is increasingly competitive, the Loterie considers it appropriate to recall the need to provide a legislative framework that is adapted to the mission and to the responsibilities of lottery companies, in order to guarantee the long-term stability of the profits distributed in support of social action, culture, sport and the environment.

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On Monday, at the Ouchy Multicultural Community Centre in Lausanne, the Loterie Romande held its annual press conference to announce its financial results for 2013. The conference was chaired by Mr. Jean-Pierre Beuret, with the company CEO Mr. Jean-Luc Moner-Banet and the President of the Conference of the presidents of the Distributing Bodies (CPOR – Conférence des présidents des Organes de répartition), M. Bernard Favre, in attendance.

Stable Results

Gross gaming revenues (GGR) in 2013 – in other words, the amounts staked less the wins paid out to players – totalled CHF 378 million, representing a slight increase compared to 2012 (+3%). This result is largely due to changes associated with the tax system which came into force last year: the raising of the threshold for collection of withholding tax on lottery wins to CHF 1,000.00, and the abolition of the “droit des pauvres” tax in Geneva canton made lottery games and sports betting more attractive.

The net profits came to CHF 206 million. This sum, distributed to the cantonal bodies for distribution of the profits of the Loterie Romande and to the sports bodies, has remained stable compared to 2012 (CHF 204.8 million). This result is a positive one, in view of the ever-increasing competition in the cash gaming sector, in particular associated with the activities of illegal operations via the internet.

Employing 292 staff as at 1 January 2014, the Loterie Romande has also paid CHF 69.6 million in commission for distribution of its games, to 2,650 agents in French-speaking Switzerland in 2013. In this way, it makes a significant contribution to the business activity of local shops (corner-shops, cafés and restaurants), both in urban centres and in the outlying suburbs and villages.

Distribution of Profits

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Some 3,000 charitable foundations and institutions have benefited from support from the Loterie Romande in 2013. On average, over CHF 500,000.00 per day has therefore been distributed to charitable works and to cultural and sports bodies in French-speaking Switzerland.

The net profit for 2013 was distributed as follows: 5/6 to the Cantonal Distributing Bodies, meaning a total of CHF 171.7 million to support projects for social action, culture, education, research and the environment; and 1/6 (CHF 34.3 million) to sport.

As previously, the Loterie Romande has paid a tax of 0.5% of GGR – a total of CHF 1.89 million – specifically earmarked for preventing and combating excessive gaming.

New tax arrangements on lottery wins: additional benefits for the public good

Since 1 January 2013, withholding tax has only been collected on lottery wins and sports betting wins above CHF 1,000.00.

This increase in the threshold for collection of withholding tax has boosted interest in all the games offered by the Loterie Romande, by contributing to a shift away from illegal gaming and cross-border gaming in favour of approved gaming in Switzerland.

Sports and horse race betting (PMU) in particular have benefited from this change in the legislation, with respective increases in GGR of 39% and 17%.

The abolition of the “droit des pauvres” tax in Geneva canton produced the same positive effects, encouraging Geneva residents to play and validate their tickets at points of sale in their canton.

Removing this tax has had a major impact, primarily in the canton of Geneva, where GGR grew by over 12% (across all games).

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Thanks to the additional profits generated as a result (nearly CHF 2 million), the Geneva fund for distribution of profits from the Loterie Romande is now able to support more projects.

Revision of the legislation

On 30 April 2014, the Federal Council put a draft law on cash gaming out to consultation. The Loterie Romande takes the view that this proposed new law is balanced and consistent; it enables practical implementation of Article 106 of the Constitution, which secured widespread support via the plebiscite of 11 March 2012.

Drawn up in collaboration with representatives of the Swiss Confederation and of the cantons, of the cash gaming sector and of agencies involved in preventing addiction, the proposals that have been put out to consultation take account of the interests of all the actors concerned, and thus reflect the suitable compromises made.

As things stand, the Loterie Romande does not wish to see the balance and coherence of the proposal being compromised by amendments which might affect the competitiveness of lottery companies. In an environment that is increasingly competitive, the new law on cash gaming should allow the companies to run attractive, profitable and responsible games, in order to guarantee the long-term stability of the profits distributed for public benefit.

CONTACTS:

 

M. Jean-Pierre Beuret
President
079 332 01 00
M. Jean-Luc Moner-Banet
CEO
079 310 78 69
M. Bernard Favre
President of the CPOR
079 215 80 58

 

SOURCE: Loterie Romande.

 

 

Svenska Spel Chooses Cybercom for Information Security

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (May 20, 2014) -- Svenska Spel has chosen Cybercom (STO:CYBE) and its Compliance Portal service for its information security. A three-year contract has been signed for the portal and services.

"AB Svenska Spel is certified in accordance with ISO/IEC 27001, WLA and PCI DSS, and as part of efforts to strengthen our internal controls we are now implementing system support for compliance. It will be exciting to get to work on this, and Cybercom's portal meets our needs in order to succeed," says Jörgen Myhlén, Head of Group Security, AB Svenska Spel.

"We have worked with Svenska Spel for a long time, and we are very pleased that they have also entrusted us with this assignment. We see it as affirmation that Cybercom is at the forefront when it comes to modern management of information security," says Niklas Flyborg, President and CEO, Cybercom.

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Cybercom's Compliance Portal service is an innovative GRC tool that includes security governance. The solution makes existing regulations interactive and also offers functions for risk and response analysis.

"We are very much looking forward to working with Svenska Spel, which has very high standards for its information security. The greatest GRC challenge currently lies in transparency and management of complexity, both technically and operationally."

"Svenska Spel will now have system support for managing information security risk and compliance, just as accountants have accounting systems," says Bengt Berg, security specialist, Cybercom.

Cybercom has worked with IT security for many years, with a number of Sweden’s leading companies and organisations.

For risk governance, Cybercom has developed its Compliance Portal, which is a complete Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) tool with functions for compliance and risk management.

Compliance Portal supports a decentralised process for compliance. Key data and graphical reports can be generated in real time.

About Cybercom

Cybercom is an IT consulting company that assists leading companies and organisations to benefit from the opportunities of the connected world. The company’s areas of expertise span the entire ecosystem of communications services. Cybercom’s domestic market is the Nordic region, and in addition the company offers global delivery capacity for local and international business.

Cybercom was founded in 1995 and has been quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange since 1999. Read more at: www.cybercom.com.

CONTACTS:

 

Cybercom

Bengt Berg

security specialist

+46 70 825 00 29

Niklas Flyborg

President and CEO

+46 70 594 96 78

Kristina Cato

Communications and IR Manager

+46 708 64 47 02

 

SOURCE: Cybercom.

 

 

BETEGY Signs Sports Data Predictions Deal with Chinese Lottery Giants for World Cup

CANADA (May 21, 2014) -- BETEGY, the digital sports data technology start-up, today announced that they are to provide their patented football sports betting prediction software in an exclusive 3-year licensing agreement with Chinese Welfare and Sports Lottery provider SunLoto operators of the Wozhongla brand.

The Sports Lottery market in China was worth $21.9Billion in 2013 and the agreement sees BETEGY as one of the first European companies to enter this lucrative and legal sports betting related vertical. It is to offer its digital sports content and user engagement football predictions products developed using statistical algorithms to millions of potential customers of the Wozhongla brand as a paid service in time for this year’s World Cup.

 

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The 3-year deal with an optional extension shall allow SunLoto access to the BETEGY API which provides data-driven predictions as against subjective opinions on football events in over 20 global football leagues, into what is arguably the biggest sports betting market in the world for football fans in the hundreds of millions.

Alex Kornilov CEO and Co-founder of BETEGY, said, “China is viewed by many sports betting and sports data companies in the West as the panacea for growth. We are delighted to be one of the first providers to offer our sports data prediction content solutions that use self-learning algorithms and statistics on football outcomes, in a market where over 250 million people play the Chinese Sports Lottery and Chinese Welfare Lottery."

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"Sports data prediction tools are growing in popularity at an exponential rate, driven by tech savvy sports bettors and fans using smart phones and other devices. These customers demand accurate information to satisfy their immediate needs whether for betting or for fun. By signing this agreement with Wozhongla, we have a trusted and reliable strategic partner in China."

Gao Lei CEO of Wozhongla commented, “Since 2008 we have been an authorised Welfare and Sports Lottery Service Provider and have built a strong and growing customer base. Our success stems both from our respected and trusted brand and our continued investment in our customer’s needs. The requirement for additional sport services such as predictions has been a focus for Wozhongla. We have reviewed other providers but ultimately selected BETEGY due to their proven track record, patented technology and professionalism. We anticipate launching this service in early June to coincide with the upcoming World Cup in Brazil”.

About BETEGY

BETEGY (www.betegy.com) provides online-based forecasts regarding the outcome of soccer matches. BETEGY analyses statistical data and current reports to help its users determine the best possible winning chances. For this, BETEGY uses its own unique and self-learning algorithm to include and weigh up various relevant statistical indicators such as the results of previous matches, current place in the tables, goals scored, etc. For more information, visit BETEGY

About Wozhongla

Based in Beijing and founded in 2008, Wozhongla is a leading online and mobile Welfare Lottery and Sports Lottery service provider in China. Wozhongla offers a diverse and integrated range of mobile and online lottery services to over 4.5 Million customers via its established platform, cooperating with 20 Provincial Lottery Centres and offering over 56 of the most popular lottery games in China.For more information, visit: www.wozhongla.com.

 

For further information, please CONTACT:

 

BETEGY

Sebastian Meitz, Chief Operating Officer

Phone +48 604 606 136

eMail: sebastian@betegy.com

Wozhongla

Zac Karlaftis,

Public Relations

Phone + 86 10 84760126

 eMail: zac@wozhongla.com

 

SOURCE: BETEGY.

 

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Finnish National Lottery Launch New Geolottery Game Using GTECH Software

Finnish lottery provides Naapurit game powered by GTECH Proxilotto functionality within GTECH’s Enterprise Series® lottery central system

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (May 27, 2014) – GTECH’s Proxilotto software has enabled Veikkaus Oy (Veikkaus), the operator of the Finnish National Lottery, to launch its new daily geolottery game.

In Finland, the Proxilotto game has been branded as “Naapurit,” which translates to “neighbours” in English. Players register by purchasing a Player Card or subscribing to tickets from a retailer, on the web, or on mobile. Once a jackpot winner is drawn in a random raffle, a second round of winners is selected among players who live the closest to the original winner.

Those geographically closest to the jackpot winner receive larger cash amounts. Daily draws have been broadcast on live television and live web streams in Finland since May 11, 2014.

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Proxilotto, an optional feature of GTECH’s Enterprise Series® lottery central system, uses GTECH proprietary multi-point distance logic to determine a “second win class,” so a lottery can select multiple proximity factors to identify additional winners. For Veikkaus’ game, the players’ geographical location is used with GTECH logic in combination with third-party standard web mapping services. As with the Veikkaus project, the Proxilotto game can also incorporate licensed third-party branding and visual design elements so players in a specific region can seek out their lottery’s familiar look and feel. Lotteries using GTECH’s Enterprise Series lottery central system can easily design other game formats around the Proxilotto logic.

Veikkaus’ decision to use GTECH-developed Proxilotto technology as the engine behind it’s new geolottery game demonstrates its trust in the integrity and functionality of our solutions"

said GTECH International Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer EMEA Declan Harkin. “This exciting new game reaffirms Veikkaus’ position as one of the world’s most successful lottery operators, and will help to sustain and grow its gaming program, which ultimately benefits all Finns.”

GTECH’s Proxilotto software, built on industry-proven raffle game logic, was purchased by Veikkaus as part of a five-year contract signed in 2012, which extended GTECH’s original 2004 agreement to provide operational and professional services to support the Lottery’s continued development of new games and sales channels.

Veikkaus has been a valued GTECH customer since 1989. Proceeds from the Lottery support amateur sports, the arts, sciences, and youth initiatives in Finland.

About GTECH

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation. The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A.

In 2013, GTECH had approximately €3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees with operations in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit www.gtech.com.

For further information, CONTACT: Rhonda Whittaker, GTECH Corporate Communications, T: +506 878 6471 / M: +506 381-5958, email: rhonda.whittaker@gtech.com.

About Veikkaus

Veikkaus is a Finnish lottery for Finnish players. It offers high-quality gaming entertainment reliably and responsibly, producing each day over EUR 1,4 million of lottery revenue for Finnish society. Veikkaus contributes its total proceeds to the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, which distributes them further to Finnish arts, sports, science and youth work. Read more at: www.veikkaus.fi

For further information, CONTACT: Olli Sarekoski, Veikkaus EVP Business, +358 020 750 7210, Email: olli.sarekoski@veikkaus.fi.

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

 

Latin American Lotteries Discuss the Creation of a Multi-Jurisdictional Game

MADRID, Spain (May 18, 2014) -- In the framework of the Ibero-American Summit Game that took place in Madrid, the President of la Corporación Iberoamérica de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE) Luis Gama and Executive Director Dr. Néstor Cotignola held several meetings with officials of ONCE and y de la Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (SELAE) in order to advance the creation of a multi-jurisdictional game that brings together the countries of Latin America.

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Moreover, CIBELAE authorities held a meeting with the Director General of la Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), Carlos Hernández Rivera under the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration of Spain, who reported on the legislation in force in the European country after the enactment of Law 13 of 2011 for the online gaming market, and the granting of licenses to operate online gaming regulated by the state.

The Director General of de Juegos de Casino y Máquinas Tragamonedas de Perú, Mr. Manuel San Roman Benavente; the President of the National Commission on Gaming Paraguay, Javier Balbuena; the holder of the Superintendent of Casinos Games Chile, Renato Maturana Hamel; a delegation of Bolivia regulators headed by Regional Director of Santa Cruz de la Sierra Eduardo Garcés Caceres and the representative of the Ministry of Finance of Brazil Waldir Eustaquio Marques Junior also participated in the meeting.

The Director General of ONCE, Angel Sanchez took the delegates to one of ONCE’s Educational Resource Centres (ERC), where they could see that the money from the game being put to good use to help children with visual impairment.

Dr. Hernán Najenson met with officials designated by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) to integrate the newly created Community Prevention of Money Laundering at Latin America.

Finally, during the day of the Iberoamerican Summit Game CIBELAE President Luis Gama participated with the Executive Director, Dr. Néstor Cotignola in three roundtable discussions about the current situation of regulators; future business and advertising and Responsible Gaming.

SOURCE: la Corporación Iberoamérica de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE).

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International Attracts Veteran Test Manager to Professional Services Division

Kelly Black Joins GLI’s Professional Services Team in Moncton, Canada

MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (May 27, 2014) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, announced today it is expanding its professional services group. Joining the team as Manager of Technical Services is widely respected consultant Kelly Black. Black will be positioned in GLI’s Professional Services headquarters in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

GLI Canada CEO Salim Adatia said, “I am very pleased with this solid step to expand our existing talent pool. Adding a seasoned professional services consultant such as Kelly to our team unquestionably gives us an even wider breadth of expertise and know-how to optimally service our growing consultancy demands.”

Bringing Kelly to the GLI team will add tremendous depth and skill to our growing Professional Services team, in particular as it relates to our growing technical services channel. Kelly will help GLI meet the demands of our clients for the delivery of localized interactive game testing,” added Professional Services Director Gregory Doucette.

Black will be responsible for global delivery of the team’s Technical Services and implementations including management of the following testing service focuses:

 

  • interactive gaming testing
  • load and performance testing
  • technical assurance testing

 

Black is a Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE) and adds extensive software testing experience to GLI’s Professional Services team, having worked for more than 14 years for companies such as CGI Group, Cenovus Energy Inc., NETELLER Inc. and BearingPoint. She comes to GLI with experience in the lottery and gaming sectors. Most recently, she served as Program Test Manager/Lottery & Gaming Center of Excellence at CGI, where she led the overall performance of the testing services across multiple projects and lines of business including Atlantic Lottery.

Gaming Laboratories International

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

Contact: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220, Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

Maximize Summer with the “99 Days Of Summer”

Second Chance Drawing From The Delaware Lottery

The Delaware Lottery Will Giving Away 99 Prizes And $999

DOVER, Delaware (May 27, 2014)  –There are exactly 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and the Delaware Lottery is celebrating that fact by giving its players the chance to win cash and prizes throughout the summer. Starting June 1st and ending August 31st players can enter eligible non-winning game tickets each month to win one of 33 $50 Visa gift cards or $333 dollars in the Delaware Lottery’s 99 Days of Summer Second Chance Drawing.

99 Days of Summer is an entertaining and fun way to give players the chance to enhance their summer by potentially winning cash or a $50 Visa gift card,” said Lottery Director, Vernon Kirk.

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The 99 Days of Summer monthly promotions are as follows:

June

Eligible Games: DELAWARE CASH 5® and MULTI-WIN LOTTO non-winning tickets dated between June 1 and June 30, 2014

Prizes: $333 cash or one of 33 $50 Visa gift cards 

July

Eligible Games: DOUBLE DIP (Game 679) and ALL THE CLAMS (Game 683) non-winning Instant Game tickets between July 1 and July 31, 2014

Prizes: $333 cash or one of 33 $50 Visa gift cards

August

Eligible Games: HOT LOTTO® non-winning tickets dated between August 1 and August 31, 2014

Prizes: $333 cash or one of 33 $50 Visa gift cards

To be entered into the Delaware Lottery’s 99 Days of Summer Second Chance Drawing, eligible non-winning tickets must be mailed to:

99 Days of Summer Second Chance Drawing

P.O. Box 319

Cheswold, DE 19936-0319

Additional information about the promotion is as follows:

DELAWARE CASH 5 and MULTI-WIN LOTTO non-winning ticket(s) must be dated between June 1 and June 30, 2014; DOUBLE DIP (Game 679) and ALL THE CLAMS (Game 683) Instant Game non-winning tickets must be mailed between July 1 and July 31, 2014; HOT LOTTO® non-winning tickets must be dated between August 1 and August 31, 2014.

All information on non-winning DELAWARE CASH 5®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, HOT LOTTO® and Instant Game ticket(s) must be completed, including signature, to be eligible.

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Multiple entries per envelope are accepted.

Mailed entries must be received by the Delaware Lottery Office by 4 p.m. on the following dates for the monthly second chance drawings: June DELAWARE CASH 5® and MULTI-WIN LOTTO promotion—Thursday, July 3, 2014; July Instant Games promotion—Thursday, August 7, 2014; August HOT LOTTO® promotion—Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Drawings for the monthly promotions will be held on the following dates: June DELAWARE CASH 5® and MULTI-WIN LOTTO promotion—Friday, July 11, 2014; July Instant Games promotion—Friday, August 15, 2014; August HOT LOTTO promotion—Friday, September 12, 2014.

For more information about the Delaware Lottery’s 99 Days of Summer Second Chance Drawing, visit: www.delottery.com/99DaysOfSummer

About the Delaware Lottery

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.1 billion to the state’s General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, DELAWARE CASH 5®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno, iGaming, assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.

SOURCE: The Delaware Lottery.

 

 

Take A Chance and Play Monopoly™ Park Place Payout™ and Other New Scratch-Off Games Hit Stores Today

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 28, 2014) -- The Florida Lottery today introduced four new Scratch-Off games that offer more than $100 million in total cash prizes. The new games are MONOPOLY™ PARK PLACE PAYOUT™, RED WHITE & BLUE 7’s, CHILI PEPPER TRIPLER and HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 48 hours.

The headlining game, MONOPOLY PARK PLACE PAYOUT, features six top prizes of $500,000 and more than $71 million in total cash prizes. This $5 game offers five million winning tickets, and the overall odds of winning are one-in-4.01.

The $2 game, RED, WHITE & BLUE 7’s offers more than $2.7 million in prizes, including top prizes of $30,000. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.46.

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Players can win up to $25,000 with CHILI PEPPER TRIPLER. This $2 Scratch-Off game offers more than 2.3 million winning tickets totaling more than $14 million in cash prizes.

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, the newest $1 game, features more than three million chances to win. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Florida Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 60 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $575 million for education in fiscal year 2012-13.

About The Florida Lottery

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

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

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.

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From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere.

The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK).

Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year.

It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

MONOPOLY and PARK PLACE PAYOUT are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2014 Hasbro.  All Rights Reserved.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Donate $1.35M for FASD Research

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (May 28, 2014) – Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is providing $1.35 million towards research aimed at improving early diagnosis, intervention and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The funding is awarded to the Canada-Israel International Fetal Alcohol Consortium (CIIFAC), made up of research teams from the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The CIIFAC’s research is focused on:

 

  1. Better understanding the susceptibility factors for FASD including genetics, nutrition, and socio-economic factors in order to offer improved prevention strategies.
  2. Developing new tools for diagnosing FASD earlier in order to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

 

People with FASD are all unique. They have different gifts and talents but they also have different challenges. We want to provide families living with FASD the services and supports they need to live  successfully – and to support women to have healthy pregnancies,” said the Honourable Kevin Chief, Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities. “This funding from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries supports our government’s cross-departmental FASD Strategy, and will bolster world leading research here in our province.”

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Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is very pleased to support this important research,” said Winston Hodgins, President and CEO of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. “Our corporation is committed to social responsibility and has implemented FASD-related public awareness programs for many years. Consuming alcohol during pregnancy is directly related to the development of FASD – therefore, we are committed to FASD research and prevention.”

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries commits two percent of annual net income for liquor and gaming social responsibility programs in research, education, and awareness. This year, that amounts to $11.6 million.

This new funding strengthens our research partnership on FASD with the Hebrew University,” said Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. “Our research teams are seeking innovative approaches to understanding FASD in an effort to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities affected by FASD in Manitoba and beyond.”

The $1.35 million supports three research projects, led in Manitoba by Drs. Brenda Elias, Geoff Hicks, and Miyoung Suh. Together, the projects aim to:

  1. Understand the role of genetics to identify children affected by FASD at a younger age. This would allow earlier intervention and support.
  2. Understand the role of nutrition in mitigating the risk and reducing the effects of FASD when women consume alcohol during pregnancy.

 

The research consortium was made possible through the work of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU), which was instrumental in bringing together all of the stakeholders.

 “We are delighted at the continued success of the partnership for FASD research between the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University,” said Rami Kleinmann, President and CEO, CFHU. “The funding from Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries speaks to the importance of collaborative research in addressing the complex medical and social implications of conditions such as FASD.”

SOURCE: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries press release.

 




 

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