Kansas Lottery Launch New "Frogger" Game
TOPEKA, Kansas (September 5, 2014)
-- Frogger, a classic arcade game introduced in the 1980s, is now reborn as a
$5 lottery instant scratch game! The
Kansas Lottery began
shipping out the new Frogger tickets to retailers throughout the state this
Players can win cash prizes up to
$25,000 instantly playing Frogger. They can also win cash in a second-chance
drawing by entering their non-winning Frogger tickets online.
The winners of a $500 grand prize
and three $250 secondary prizes will be announced March 13, 2015. The deadline
to enter the drawing is March 10, 2015.
As in the video game, the object is
to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid
cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards.
One of the most fun aspects of the
game (besides winning cash) is that players can scan the QR code on their
non-winning tickets and enjoy the classic game of Frogger as they try to get
the best scores and fastest times possible while playing Frogger online.
Frogger is regarded as a classic
from the golden age of video arcade gamesand was noted for its novel game play
The Kansas Lottery anticipates
players will have a lot of fun with the Frogger scratch game, too!
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford,
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.
Lotterywest Grants to Preserve West Australias
Lotterywest grants totalling
more than $1.6m to support heritage conservation
Grants provided for urgent
conservation work on places and objects of significant heritage
PERTH, Western Australia (Sept 8,
2014) -- A variety of places and objects that have shaped Western Australian
culture, from space equipment to war memorials, will benefit from more than
$1.6million in grants to support heritage conservation.
Announcing the Lotterywest grants
today, Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the funding would go towards
conserving places and objects with significant heritage value for future
"A total of 36 Lotterywest
Conservation of Cultural Heritage Grants worth more than $1.6million have been
provided to local government and community organisations," Mr Jacob
These grants are about ensuring our
State's history is preserved so these objects and places can continue to inform
us about our past and how they shaped our lives.
"Among the grant recipients is
the Shire of Carnarvon, which will receive $30,676 to conserve the Overseas
Telecommunications Commission Satellite Earth Station in Carnarvon which played
a significant role in the NASA's Apollo Moon project in the 1960s and early
"The station is the home of the
Casshorn antenna, which broadcast the first live pictures of Neil Armstrong
walking on the moon to Perth audiences. The grant funds will mean urgent
building works to conserve the building can go ahead."
The Shire of Leonora will receive
$193,754 to restore and conserve an 1899 mining timber head frame in the
historically significant ghost town of Gwalia. Another $229,205 will also be
provided to the shire for urgent restoration works to five historically
significant miner's cottages in Gwalia.
The Minister said the grants gave
priority to urgent works and projects which demonstrated broad Community use
"Many of the applications
supported are for historical buildings that are still focal points and meeting
places for communities today," he said.
"Grant support will mean they
will continue to be safe, useful community assets with a story to tell for
years to come."
Lotterywest provides year round
grants for the conservation of natural heritage and for community histories and
in 2013-14 these grants totalled $3million.
More information go to:
Scientific Games Awarded Three-Year Instant Game Contract Extension
with Colorado Lottery
NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 8, 2014)
-- Scientific Games
Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today
announced that it has signed an extension of its contract with the Colorado
Lottery to continue as a provider of instant lottery games and related
services. Under the agreement with the Colorado Lottery, Scientific Games will
continue as the Lottery's primary instant game provider for three additional
years beginning July 1, 2014.
Laura Solano, Director, Colorado
Lottery said, "Scientific Games has provided instant games for the enjoyment
of Colorado Lottery players since we started doing business in 1983 with just
one instant game. We look forward to three more successful years with
John Schulz, Senior Vice President,
Instant Products for Scientific Games said "Scientific Games is focused on
delivering long-term instant product revenue growth for the Colorado Lottery to
help increase returns to its beneficiaries. We are honored to be their partner
of choice and to have the opportunity to continue to provide the Lottery's
primary instant game portfolio through this important contract
About the Colorado
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery's
games - Lotto, Cash 5, Pick 3, Mega Millions®, Powerball® and Scratch -
stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. From parks and
trails, to wilderness and recreation areas, the Colorado Lottery is funding the
places where Colorado plays. More than $2.7 billion has been returned to the
state for parks, recreation, open space, conservation education and wildlife
projects since the Lottery started in 1983. For more information, visit
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation is a
leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated
content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's portfolio
includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and
game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting
technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive
content and services. For more information, please visit:
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SOURCE: Scientific Games.
Kambi Sport Solutions Ratified as Associate Member of the World
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Sept 9, 2014) --
Kambi is pleased to announce
WLA General Assembly has ratified Kambi as Associate Member of the
World Lottery Association
This membership will give Kambi
access to the WLA network of associate members, conferences and other events as
well as certifications.
The World Lottery Association (WLA)
is a member-based organisation advancing the interests of more than 150
The WLA promotes the highest
standards of social responsibility and seeks to improve public understanding of
the beneficial role that state lotteries play in society.
For more information, please
CONTACT: Kristian Nylén, CEO Kambi, +44 7764 161 055
Kambi Group plc is a B2B supplier of
fully managed sports betting services on an in-house developed software
platform, providing premium turnkey sports betting services to B2C
Kambis product encompasses a
broad offering from front-end through to odds compiling and risk management.
Kambi employs approximately 330 staff across offices in Malta, London,
Stockholm, and Manila.
The companys current coverage
includes more than 110,000 live betting events and 250,000 pre-match events per
year covering 65 different sports from all over the world. Kambis clients
include Unibet, 888, Paf, 32Red and Napoleon Games.
Kambi utilises a best of breed
security approach, with guiding principles from ISO 27001. Kambi Sports
Solutions is an eCOGRA certified. Kambi Group plc is listed on NASDAQ OMX First
North Stockholm under the symbol KAMBI.
Kambis Certified Adviser on
NASDAQ OMX First North Stockholm is SEB Corporate Finance, Skandinaviska
Enskilda Banken AB.
SOURCE: Kambi Group plc.
New Colts Scratch-Off Game Offers Ultimate Suite
Prizes include 24 pairs
of season tickets, 28 suite packages!
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (September 4,
2014) - The Hoosier
Lottery's newest Scratch-off game could be your ticket to Colts games, with
prizes like the Ultimate Suite Experience, 2015 season tickets and up to
The game, Colts $20,000 Touchdown
Cash, costs just $2 and offers instant and second chance prizes. It is
available at Hoosier Lottery retailers around the state.
Win cash or season tickets
Colts Suite 2Colts $20,000 Touchdown
Cashis packed with prizes Colts fans will appreciate. In addition to the chance
to instantly win up to $20,000 cash, every ticket offers the chance to
instantly win 2015 Colts season tickets. There are 24 pairs of season tickets
available on the game and eight top cash prizes of $20,000!
Four suite packages up for grabs
for every home game starting Sept. 28!
Hold on to your non-winning tickets!
Every non-winning Colts $20,000 Touchdown Cashticket can be entered into the
mylottery second chance Ultimate Suite Experience
The Hoosier Lottery will be
conducting second chance drawings for 28 suite packages, with four awarded for
each of the seven home games beginning with the Sept. 28 game against the
Tennessee Titans. Each suite package winner will receive entrance to the game,
and the Hoosier Lottery Winners Suite, for him or herself and three guests.
Suite winners will also receive a $200 Colts Pro Shop gift card and a $100 Visa
It is easy to enter!
To enter for the chance to win an
Ultimate Suite Experience package, just visit hoosierlottery.com, sign up for a
FREE mylottery account and enter the code from the front of all non-winning
Colts $20,000 Touchdown Cash tickets. The first drawing is Sept. 10 and full
details, including specific entry and claim deadlines, are available at
Colts suiteColts $20,000 Touchdown
Cashis the third officially licensed Indianapolis Colts-themed ticket offered
by the Hoosier Lottery in recent years. Previous tickets carried a $5 price
tag. At just $2, this year's Scratch-off is an incredible value, offering
multiple season tickets and suite experiences. In total, theColts $20,000
Touchdown Cashgame will be a ticket to the Colts game for 160 lucky Colts fans,
including winners and their guests.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery
contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30
million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million
in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce the motor vehicle excise tax by 50
To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
To view a video about where the proceeds from the Hoosier Lottery go, click
here. Download Hoosier Lottery logos here.
CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Public
Information Officer, Email: email@example.com,
317-264-4898 (office), 317-653-0561 (cell).
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
The Gold Rush is on as the Florida Lottery Launch the $600,000,000
Gold Rush Scratch-Off Game
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Sept 8, 2014)
--The Florida Lottery is
proud to introduce the newest version of a player favorite with $600,000,000
GOLD RUSH. The $20 Scratch-Off game offers more than $600 million in cash
prizes, including ten $3 million top prizes. The games overall odds of
winning are 1-in-2.95.
GOLD RUSH, which originally launched
June 29, 2004, was the Florida Lottery's first $20 Scratch-Off game. With more
than $2.8 billion in prizes awarded since it was first introduced, GOLD RUSH
has become one of the Lotterys most popular Scratch-Off games.
For more information on the
$600,000,000,000 GOLD RUSH Scratch-Off game, please visit the Lotterys
website at flalottery.com.
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Lotterys portfolio of games, comprising approximately 64
percent of ticket sales and generating more than $640 million for the
Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2013-14.
About The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $27 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 Floridas economy through prize
payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to
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
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Portuguese Online Sports Betting Market: an Opportunity for Santa
LONDON, U.K. (Sept 9, 2014) -- The
Remote Gambling Association
(RGA) has noted the opposition of Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa
(SCML) to the governments plans to regulate the online sports
betting market, but the RGA believes that a viable and competitive market in
the future would benefit not just consumers and the government, but Santa Casa
The RGA argues that the
Portuguese plans for reform, in particular, the prohibitive taxes that will
apply to online sports betting will make the establishment of a competitive
licensed market almost impossible. SCML appears to see the establishment of
such a successful online betting market market as a threat rather than an
opportunity. However, in other jurisdictions (such as Denmark) the incumbent
monopoly operators have thrived under new licensing systems.
There is no reason that SCML could
not be at least as successful in a regime where there will be room for many
different kinds of operators to run profitable tax-paying businesses provided
that a sensible tax on gross profits is introduced.
The RGA is of the view that the
taxes set out in in the draft law are the result of a fear of cannibalisation
of the SCML offline sports betting market by future Portuguese licensed online
sports betting operators. A forthcoming study by PWC will, among other things,
make it clear that any fears of cannibalisation of Santa Casas offline
sports betting product are wholly misplaced.
Furthermore, it is clear that if the
punitive taxes for online sports betting in the draft law remain, there will be
a clear ongoing risk of many Portuguese consumers using illegal and/or
unlicensed operators after regulation is enacted.
Clive Hawkswood, the RGAs
Chief Executive stated:
understand why Santa Casa, which is such a highly respected institution in
Portugal, would have concerns about a fundamental change in the betting market.
However, we genuinely believe that its fears are not well-founded and that an
online betting market with a reasonable tax regime based on gross profits would
present it with a huge opportunity. Santa Casa need only look at the example of
Denmark for real evidence of this: operators there are taxed at 20% of their
gross profits and the previous monopoly operator, Danske Spil, is doing
extremely well even though it has now been in competition with a number of
other licensed operators for the past few years.
If the online sports betting
market could be taxed on a gross profits basis it would be good news for all
stakeholders. It would be a win for Santa Casa who could compete in this sector
whilst maintaining their current successful offline sports betting product; it
would be a win for the Portuguese state which would benefit from increased
inward investment and tax revenues; and it would be a win for the Portuguese
consumer who would enjoy the benefits of a licensed and competitive
Unfortunately, none of these will
be achieved if the tax regime makes it impossible for companies to operate
profitably in a licensed Portuguese market. That is the real threat at the
moment. There is very clearly a demand in Portugal for online gambling.
If consumers cannot be offered
the value and range of products they desire from within the Portuguese market
they will continue to seek it out from operators who are licensed elsewhere.
That cannot be good for Santa Casa or anyone else.
The RGA is the largest online
gambling trade association in the world, representing the worlds largest
licensed and stock market-listed remote gambling operators and software
providers. The organisation provides the remote gambling industry with a
single voice on all issues of importance to regulators, legislators, and key
decision-makers. Further information about the RGA can be found at
For more information, CONTACT: Sue
Rossiter, Director of Projects and Policy, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: +44
(0)203 585 1243.
Remote Gambling Association
Multi-State US Casino Operator Selects GameAccount for Simulated
Gaming in the US
LONDON & DUBLIN (September 8,
2014) -- GameAccount Network plc (GameAccount Network or the
Company), a leading developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B
gaming software and online gaming content, announces a partnership with a
multi-State US casino operator ("Client") to launch a Simulated Gaming
online experience for new customers and existing patrons of Clients
selected casinos in the United States.
It is expected that GameAccount
Network and the Client will launch their first Simulated Gaming website
in the last quarter of 2014 subject to suitable regulatory approvals following
which the Clients identity will be publicly disclosed.
Simulated Gaming is the
innovative Internet gaming service designed by GameAccount Network specifically
for land-based US casinos to launch in advance of prospective real-money
internet gaming regulation. Simulated Gaming offers a
gaming-as-entertainment consumer website enabled with unique monetization
features and a compelling portfolio of over 100 casino slot, table and
skill-based games including poker, backgammon, gin rummy, poker dice and
Launched in the US by GameAccount
Network in January 2014, Simulated Gaming has been proven to monetize
Internet traffic to existing websites operated by land-based US casinos with
more than 10% of players spending on average 3x more than players of Social
Casino applications operated on Facebook.com. Simulated Gaming enables
land-based US casinos to tap into the Social Casino market worth an estimated
$1bn per annum in the United States in 2013, increases property visitation
among existing patrons and drives acquisition of new patrons.
SOURCE: GameAccount Network plc.
The Florida Lottery Reunites with Floridas Pro Football Teams
for the Pro Football Powerball® Promotion
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 12,
2014) -- Its football season again and the
Florida Lottery, the
Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins are ready
to give away some great prizes! POWERBALL® and POWERBALL with Power
Play® players have the chance to support their local professional football
teams while winning a variety of prizes including VIP suite experiences, 2015
season tickets, a flyaway trip, Lottery Scratch-Off tickets and more.
It is always an enjoyable
experience when the Florida Lottery and Floridas pro football teams
partner together, said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia
This promotion offers our
players once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite professional team
while generating revenue for education.
This years promotion includes
four initial drawings between October 1 and December 3 and a final drawing on
December 31, 2014. Players who purchase $10 or more of POWERBALL or POWERBALL
with Power Play from September 15 through December 29 will receive a voucher
with a unique number that can be entered on the Lotterys website for a
chance to win exciting prizes. More information will be available on the
Lotterys website beginning September 15.
About Powerball In
Florida has among the strongest
POWERBALL with Power Play sales of all U.S. lotteries, exceeding more than $2.5
billion and yielding $1 billion in education funding to date. Since POWERBALL
launched in Florida in January 2009, the Florida Lottery has had the most
winners in the nation, winning more than $1.3 billion in prizes, including
eight jackpot winners.
About The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $27 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
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Offers a 'Frenzy' of New Instant
CHICAGO, Illinois (September 11,
2014) -- This month, the Illinois Lottery is giving Illinoisans a chance to win
even more cash with the debut of their newest instant games: Loose Change,
Super $100 Frenzy, Super $500 Frenzy and $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular offer
players multiple chances to win big prizes. These games join popular instant
games like Crossword and ongoing numbers games like Lotto.
Turn coins into dollar bills with
the new instant ticket, Loose Change. Players can win up to $500 on the $1
instant game. Overall odds of winning a prize on Loose Change are
Super $100 Frenzy is a $2 ticket
with a top prize of $20,000. This ticket is packed with over $4 million worth
of $100 prizes. Overall odds of winning a prize on Super $100 Frenzy are
If players like Super $100 Frenzy,
then they'll love Super $500 Frenzy. Up to $200,000 can be won on this $5
instant ticket. Super $500 Frenzy also offers over 20,000 $500 prizes. Overall
odds of winning a prize on Super $500 Frenzy are 1-in-4.26.
$300,000,000 Cash Spectacular boasts
35 $1-million top prizes, and features over $89 million in prizes worth $100 to
$20,000. The $10 instant game gives players a chance to win up to 15 times on a
single ticket. Overall odds of winning a prize on $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular
Players can purchase Loose Change,
Super $100 Frenzy, Super $500 Frenzy and $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular at more
than 8,200 Lottery retailers statewide.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state's Common School Fund to
assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the
Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight
against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with
HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online
and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com.
Players must be at least 18 years old.
CONTACT: Chanele Newton, Phone:
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
ESSA and CONCACAF Agree Betting Integrity Memorandum of
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Sept 9, 2014) --
ESSA, the regulated betting industrys integrity body, and the
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football
(CONCACAF) have today agreed to establish a betting integrity information
sharing arrangement. The agreement builds on ESSAs already strong
information sharing base with many of the worlds major football
authorities. It also demonstrates the increasingly global focus of ESSA and its
membership, which represents many of the leading regulated sports betting
This partnership agreement
with CONCACAF sends a clear and forceful message to match-fixers and further
highlights the determination of ESSAs regulated operators and responsible
sporting bodies such as CONCACAF to work together to address a common threat to
both of our sectors, said Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA.
This agreement formalises
our respective organisations joint resolve to form a robust and proactive
partnership to protect sporting events and regulated betting markets from
criminal elements that seek to profit from manipulating sport, he
CONCACAF follows a
multi-step approach in the fight against match-fixing in order be able to
prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to potential cases with zero
tolerance. Cooperation and coordination with all other stakeholders is integral
to CONCACAFs strategy. The sports betting industry is an important
partner in that fight. Building an efficient partnership with the betting
industrys integrity body is therefore very essential said Dr.
Laila Mintas, Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF.
ESSA was established in 2005 by the
leading online sports book operators in Europe to monitor any irregular betting
patterns or possible insider betting from within each sport. To achieve this
goal ESSA implemented an early warning system between its members that
highlights any suspicious betting activity. The Early Warning System allows
ESSA to work with the sports regulators and their disciplinary and legal
department, ensuring that when an alert is given the regulator is informed
immediately which may prevent the possibility of any game manipulation on a
given event. So far, ESSA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FIFA,
The FA, DFB, ATP, ITF, WTA and has established close relations with the IOC and
many other sports regulators.
ESSA members include the ABB,
Betclic; Bet-at-Home; Betsson, Bet365, BetVictor, bwinparty; Digibet; Expekt;
the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Interwetten; Ladbrokes; PaddyPower; Stanleybet,
Unibet and William Hill.
For more information on ESSA, please
visit ESSAs website at www.eu-ssa.org or visit us on Twitter.
Gubernatorial Candidate Says Its Time for an Education Lottery
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (September 4,
2014) -- State lawmakers have tried before and failed to
establish an education lottery
for Alabama. Similar to those in 43 other states, a state education lottery
could produce as much as $250 million every year for Alabamas education
States that operate their own
lotteries have contributed billions of dollars toward educational improvements
over the past 20 years all across the country. A number of states use lottery
revenues primarily for college scholarships, but other states direct the
majority of funds toward grade school students or, in some cases, teachers and
teacher training programs. Alabamians have been excluded from such educational
improvements as state leaders have failed to follow through on lottery plans in
the past. Consequently, Alabamas studentsand the state as a
wholeare falling behind.
Alabama is one of only seven states
without an education lottery. Others include Mississippi and Wyoming, which
accompany Alabama among the worst-ranking states in terms of college
attainment. Only 33.1 percent of Alabama adults (25-64) held a college degree
as of 2012, far below the national average of 39.4 percent. Another 23 percent
had attempted college but left without a degree. High costs were likely the
cause for many.
Neighbouring and nearby states that
do have education lotteries unsurprisingly have higher college attainment rates
Georgia: The Georgia
Lottery began operation in 1992. Since then, its contributed over $8
billion in educational funding, and more than 1.6 million Georgia students have
directly benefitted from lottery revenues. Georgias Constitution mandates
that revenues be used exclusively for educational spending (except for dollars
used to operate the system and award lottery winners). Funds have gone mostly
toward tuition grants and scholarships in Georgia, with additional funds going
toward early childhood programs and classroom and school building
Georgias model influenced the
creation of similar lottery systems in the Carolinas.
South Carolina: South
Carolinas lottery began in 2002 and has contributed more than $3.4
billion for the states students.
North Carolina: Lottery
revenues have amounted to over $3 billion in North Carolina since the
states system began in 2005.
College-level education is
increasingly important for Americas future workers, but long-term
economic projections suggest the U.S. is drastically undereducated at the
The entire nation must work to
significantly increase college attainment, or severe consequences may lie ahead
some of which we are already experiencing. Without enough college
graduates, who can excel in the 21st century economy, America as a whole risks
falling behind its competitors. And almost no state is farther behind than
Our students need the help
desperately. We face pressing educational issues throughout all levels of our
Two of the biggest education needs
in our stateearly childhood education and access to collegewill
finally be addressed using lottery funds when Im elected Governor.
Expand Early Childhood Education:
Increase Benefits for Alabama Families
We must do everything to ensure that
every child who is eligible for early childhood education has the opportunity
to enrol in a pre-K program in our state,
Under my plan, lottery funds will be
used supplement and expand funding for early-intervention and education
programs like Head Start.
Only 33.1 percent of Alabamians have
a college degree, significantly behind neighbouring states with education
lotteries. Georgias adult population with a college degree has risen to
37.4 percent, South Carolinas 36.1 percent, North Carolinas to 38.4
percent, and Floridas 38.1 percent.
Initially under my plan, Ill
use lottery funds to cover a portion of college costs for Alabama high school
graduates who choose to attend a two-year community college, including those
who using community college as a pathway towards a four-year degree. My plan
will also include funds for students who enrol in a work-training program.
As governor, my ultimate goal will
be for any high school graduate in Alabama to attend a vocational or trade
school or a two-year community or technical college for free and to provide a
number of these graduates with financial assistance if they chose to continue
their education at a four-year university.
Ill work in partnership with
the state legislature and business community to make that dream a reality
before the end of my first term.
Supporting Our Students Means
Growing Our Economy
Our state ranked 49th in job
creation in 2013with only 300 new jobs added during the entire year. So
far in 2014, we are consistently finding Alabama ranked as the only state in
the nation with a year-over-year rise in unemployment.
Looking specifically at
Alabamas unemployment rate for 16-19-year-olds, the number reached an
astounding 21.9 percent in 2011. Only 71.8 percent of students graduated high
school that year.
An education lottery would provide
additional educational funding, which will help meet a desperate need among
students and families for affordable early childhood education, college grants
and scholarships, and work-training support.
But theres much more to be
done in our schools. A lottery will help, but we also need to revisit how we
hold our schools accountable for performance and student outcomes. The Alabama
Accountability Act of 2013 is nothing but a recycled version of No Child Left
Behind, which has proved largely ineffective since signed into law in 2002.
Fixing our schools will help our
economy, and we cant afford to expect new results from old ideas. Our
students, their families and the State of Alabama deserve better.
Legislators, Not Just Schools Should
Be Held Accountable
The 2013 Alabama Accountability Act
was intended to increase school choice and college access for low-income
students and families, but in reality what are taxpayers getting for the $40
million of our hard-earned money spent every year? Those dollars are being
pulled from public schools and handed over to private companies, all the while
punishing our states teachers rather than addressing and fixing the
causes of a failing school.
Public schools are deemed
failing when they rank in the bottom six percent of schools on
state test scores during two of the previous four years. Administrators of
failing schools can then apply for a waiver from the state, allowing them to
fire teachers regardless of tenure. How is this supposed to solve the problem
when the cause of a failing school is never as simple as bad
teachers? These failing schools are almost universally in the poorest
neighbourhoods. Poverty, violence, hunger, lack of parental
involvementthe problems these students face will not magically go away by
bringing in new teachers.
When a school is declared
failing, another thing happens as well. Students in those schools
areon paper, at leastgiven the choice to enrol in another school
somewhere else. But those other school options are often completely impractical
and unattainable by their families. Single, working mothers love their children
as much as anyone, but time is precious and limited.
The state of Alabama should be
bolstering educational programs in our most challenging neighbourhoods, not
dismantling them. Firing teachers who are willing to take on the tough
assignments is not the answer. Neither is raiding the schools budget and
punishing students already living in poverty.
Accomplishing Goals and Getting the
After the disastrous first term of
Gov. Bentley, Alabama needs to work harder than most states to catch up with
the rest of nation in most every important category especially
State leaders will have to put
politics aside and do more to help our students, our workforce, and our
My plan draws upon the best parts of
recent education lottery proposals from within our state but also important
pieces from the plans in other states that are producing results.
Models from other
states show that education based
lotteries can vary, and the differences are
not drawn along party lines. South
Carolina spends almost 75 percent of
lottery revenues on college aid, whereas
Carolina uses most of its revenues to support
teachers in grades K-3.
Under my plan, establishing an
education lottery will help our state do more than just catch up. It will
better equip our students with the
tools they need to compete in the 21st century economy
and restore strength to Alabamas hollowed-out
workforce and struggling economy.
Better Messaging, Better Marketing with
AUSTIN, Texas. (Sept. 4, 2014) --
The number of channels through which lotteries can connect with and engage
their players is increasing at an incredible pace. Direct, personal
messaging is revolutionizing marketing. Players are now so accustomed to
individualized messages; personalization is quickly becoming a requirement -
not a fancy trick - for marketers in every industry.
Jamie Smith (JS), director of
marketing at Shoutz, Inc., recently answered some questions about customized
marketing and personalized push messaging. Smith explains both the direct
and ancillary benefits of connecting with lottery players, and how emerging
technology in the industry is becoming a case study in the real-world retail
benefits of mobile engagement.
Lottery Insider (LI): First
of all, how did you start with customized messages? How can others
implement the strategy?
JS: When we started our
messaging, we had just one basic push notification for users, letting them know
when a Powerball drawing was live on LotteryHUB. That message alone
yielded three times the traffic we normally had in the first 30 minutes after
the drawing, and we quickly began getting emails asking us for other types of
messaging. What were we going to do, say no?!
The first step to good messaging is
- and I know this can be a little scary - giving users the power to control how
we communicate with them. This is the most important step, I think,
because youre showing customers that youre ready to listen and
respond to their needs.
Listening to customers brings big
benefits for marketers, too. Giving users control of how we
communicate with them taught us so much about our user base. Something as
simple as a notification center in our app allowed us to better engage our
users not just through messaging, but also with all the content we produce on
the entire LotteryHUB network.
LI: Now that
youve expanded youre messaging and, as you said, given the users
control over the relationship, what kind of messages are you sending?
JS: Were like the
ESPN of the lottery. They send score updates, we send jackpot updates,
and just like sports, people have their favourite game, too. We try to
let our users customize their experience as much as possible, and we have a lot
of different types of messages they can choose to receive or opt-out of.
We send jackpot alerts notifying
users whether or not a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot was won; and we send
winning numbers alerts to let players know when numbers for those games have
We send friendly ticket reminders,
prompting users to visit a retailer and purchase a ticket, and were
flexible enough to send non-regular messages.
Our favourite notification, and
probably our users favourite, too, is the matching number
notification. Users can enter their Powerball and Mega Millions numbers,
and then well alert them if they match enough numbers to win a
prize. A PC Mag reviewer actually said that that message was the
one that encouraged him to buy more tickets for the next drawing - were
pretty proud of that.
Whats important for marketers
to remember is that customers will tell you what they want. We even
create content out of our users great ideas - it helps us say thank you
and it helps show other users that we are listening.
And, on top of the messages we send,
we try to remember that our video and news content is a form of messaging
too. Sure, its not push, but youve got to know your audience
to deliver the goods for them; its amazing how much you can learn when
LI: Technically, how does it
JS: We have so many users
subscribing to so many different types of messages that a while back we decided
to hire a vendor to help us push messages on such a large scale. We store
users preferences and pass that information on to our vendor, who helps
handle our broadcasting/
So our messages are sent through our
vendor to Apples Push Notification Service (APN), or to the Android
Cloud-to-Device Messaging Service (Android Cloud). In simple terms, users are
subscribing to different channels (or apps on a device). The messages we send
are to the APN and Android Cloud who then send our messages through our channel
for our subscribers.
LI: What have you found
successful with push marketing and LotteryHUB? When it comes to a
preference center, are users using it? What hasnt been
JS: We most certainly have
seen a lift in subscriber rate since we added a preference center. When
they can customize how we communicate with them, users are more willing to
subscribe to notifications. A great example is our ticket reminder
notification. We dont have a large base of subscribers on this message,
but the open rates are very high- upwards of 60 percent.
Nothing has been a total failure,
which is a huge relief. But that's not to say that there haven't been
disappointments along the way - even something as small as an engagement idea
on social media that fell flat, but we've got to take the good with the
not-so-good and learn how to make LotteryHUB more engaging. That's our daily
mission: make a better product.
LI: What are your predictions
on upcoming push messaging and messaging trends?
JS: Group messengers and
outside messaging apps- I'll put money on it! There are already companies like
Taco Bell on Snapchat messaging to passionate brand followers and plenty of
brands have found Instagram to be a valuable tool in their marketing
efforts. Its definitely time for us to start discussing how to
communicate effectively using these messaging methods, but its also
important to remember that some channels arent for everyone - messaging
shouldnt feel forced, it should feel exactly like what it is: a
conversation between brand and customer.
Weve also done some research
in emerging location-based technologies, and were watching closely to see
if it is a good fit for our products and our users. Its certainly
enticing since we work with national games, but even at the state level,
location-based messaging could drive a lot of traffic for retailers, which
means more revenue for good causes. Again, finding the right balance with
messaging, keeping up a conversation and not abusing users permissions,
thats the key.
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Lottovate: The New Digital Champion for Lotteries Around the
MIAMI, Florida (September 10, 2014)
-- From September lotteries will have a new choice of partner to help realise
the revenue-generating potential of digital channels: Lottovate.
Lottovate is a global digital
lottery services provider that can help maximise lotteries revenue from
digital products and channels, including mobile, wherever they are in the
Lottovate will draw on parent
company Tipp24s 15 years of experience in product innovation and
development, player acquisition and customer relationship management (CRM).
Combined with its data analytics, marketing and technology expertise, Lottovate
can work with partners to develop digital lottery revenues, improve player
experience and add measurable value through a range of services: digital
retail, marketing services and multi-channel consultancy. Lottovate is well
positioned to become the go-to digital partner of choice for lotteries.
Managing director, Zuriñe
Sáez de Viteri, says: In a highly connected, multi-channel
world, it seems surprising that many players still cannot buy lottery tickets
on demand and on the move. The growth of eCommerce shows that the market for
buying goods and services online and via mobile devices continues to expand,
but the lottery world hasnt typically responded to this
Lottovate understands that the world
of lottery can be a complicated one. Their unique position in the hearts of
communities gives them a greater responsibility and duty of care than other,
more commercial, businesses.
Continues Sáez de Viteri:
This means that a move into digital will come with challenges and
potential obstacles but whether youre developing a digital strategy, or
simply evaluating the potential, Lottovate can help because it understands
player behaviour. We call this Digital Insight and were
incredibly excited to be bringing this new proposition to the global lottery
As a digital retail provider,
Lottovate can become a lotterys sales partner for interactive channels.
For lotteries looking to launch an interactive service or replace an existing
platform, Lottovate can make it a seamless transition with end-to-end channel
management. Its full-service proposition covers everything from lottery game
content and host platform integration to player account management and customer
service. It also includes responsible gaming, content management, customer
lifecycle management and CRM.
Lotteries that already have an
interactive channel can also optimise performance with Lottovates
marketing services expertise in player acquisition, conversion, retention and
CRM. By analysing site performance, key performance indicators and player data
it can create and execute detailed interactive marketing plans for enhanced
Finally, in its role as a
multi-channel consultant, Lottovate can apply its unique insight developed
during 15 years in digital lottery to help partners develop market projections,
multi-channel strategies and business cases for online channels and
For further information or interview
opportunities, please CONTACT: TopLine Comms, Phone: +44 (0)207 580 6502,
About Lottovate (www.lottovate.com)
Lottovate is passionate about
digital lottery and the potential it offers the regulated lottery market, both
in increasing revenues and attracting new players, responsibly.
Indeed, digital is all we do.
Lottovates focus is managing
player experiences that will deliver results, based on leading eCommerce
practices and principles.
Most traditional suppliers to the
lottery industry focus on the supply of technology, leaving lotteries to
operate and build their businesses. Lottovate works in true partnership with
lotteries to build a successful digital channel together on a shared basis,
with Lottovate, not only supplying the multi-channel experience, but also
managing the day to day operations of attracting and retaining players.
Our services are available in two
ways as a full, end to end, multi-channel operation which we call
The Digital Retailer; or for those lotteries that already have an
interactive proposition, we can manage the player-facing marketing activity to
optimise performance as The Marketing Partner.
We can also offer our insight and
experience on a consultancy basis.
CONTACT: Lottovate, Email:
RCS Launch GazzaBet in Partnership with
Five-year deal between RCS
MediaGroup and Playtech
MILAN, Italy (Sept 10 2014) --
Leading Italian daily sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has launched
GazzaBet an online sports betting portal and mobile offering developed
in partnership with Playtech, the worlds leading international designer,
developer and licensor of software and services for the online, mobile, TV and
land-based gaming industry.
Timed to coincide with the new
national and international football seasons, the sportsbook will offer an easy
and secure way to bet on sports and events selected and approved by Italian
In a five-year deal, that includes
an option to renew for a further five years, Playtech will manage the gaming
platform and provide RCS MediaGroup with its innovative online and mobile
sports betting and gaming software, products and marketing services under the
GazzaBet sets out to meet the needs
of all sports fans and will cover both Italian and international football, the
Champions League and Europa League, Euro 2016 qualifiers, basketball,
volleyball and other major sporting events, including Formula 1 and classic
cycling races such as the Giro dItalia.
The launch of GazzaBet marks RCS
MediaGroups first entry into sports betting and provides a safe and
transparent user experience backed both by the La Gazzetta dello Sport brand
a hallmark of reliability and integrity and the technological
expertise offered by Playtech, the leading provider of innovative
multi-channel, turnkey sports and gaming solutions.
This also marks Playtechs
first entry into the Italian sports betting sector with its technology
providing a cutting-edge alternative to the software currently being used in
The online and mobile sportsbook
offers a comprehensive range of advanced features, with a unique offering in
the industry that includes up-to-the-minute sports betting news, detailed
statistics and expert tips provided by a betting content specialist.
The mobile optimised site is
designed to provide the best user experience on the market and caters for a
wide range of devices and operating systems.
GazzaBet is an attractive
proposition for fans, with new customer bonuses and spot promotions for all
players as well as some of the best odds on the Italian market
making the site the definitive choice in fixed odds and in-play betting online
or on mobile. Customers can use any of the major payment methods to manage
their gaming experience, while customer service will be available (in Italian
only) by phone, web chat and email.
The decision to launch the site came
in part from a recent survey carried out by research institute Gfk Eurisko that
found a strong interest in online gaming among players and Gazzettas
Alessandro Bompieri, General Manager
of RCS MediaGroups Media Division, said: We are extremely
pleased to be in a position to offer such a new service within a
regulated market to our passionate readers, many of whom have been
waiting for a sophisticated sports betting website for a long time. We are very
proud of our offering and, as of today, of a portal like GazzaBet that is
secure, protected and advanced thanks to the extraordinary experience of
GazzaBet is a further step
in our pipeline of sports entertainment digital products and services and
follows the successful recent releases of the Gazzetta Gold app and the new
Gazzetta website, added Bompieri.
Shay Segev, COO of Playtech, said:
This is a landmark deal for Playtech and cements our position as the
leading supplier of sports and gaming technology and services in regulated
We are extremely excited to
be partnering with such an iconic sports news brand and the potential it has to
drive market growth for both parties, Segev added.
About Playtech (www.playtech.com)
Playtech develops unified software
platforms and content for the online and land-based gaming industry, together
with providing a range of ancillary services such as marketing, CRM services
The Groups capabilities enable
the delivery of an integrated software or turnkey solution, with players
accessing online, broadcast, mobile and server-based gaming terminals through a
New licensees include existing
online operators upgrading or diversifying their offering, land-based casino
groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants
making their online gaming debut, particularly in newly-regulated markets.
Founded in 1999, Playtech is listed
on the London Stock Exchange and has over 3,400 employees located in twelve
countries. Its leading gaming applications include casino, bingo, poker, sports
betting, live, mobile and social gaming, casual and fixed odds games.
For further information CONTACT:
Mor Weizer, Chief Executive
Ron Hoffman, Chief Financial
c/o Bell Pottinger
+44 (0)20 7861 3232
Adam Kay, Head of Investor
+44 (0)20 7428 1776
David Rydell / Olly Scott
+44 (0)20 7861 3232
About RCS MediaGroup (www.rcsmediagroup.com)
RCS MediaGroup is one of the
worlds major multimedia publishing groups and as such is intent on
leading developments in its sector in defining the next publishing paradigm.
RCS is active in all publishing sectors from newspapers to magazines,
books to TV, and radio to new media and among the leaders in terms of
advertising sales and distribution.
With 32% of its turnover generated
in foreign markets, RCS has a significant presence in particular in Spain,
Portugal, USA, South America, UAE and China and is listed on the Borsa Italiana
MTA segment (RCS MediaGroup S.p.A.; ISIN: IT0004931496). With the power brands
Corriere della Sera, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Marca, El Mundo and Expansion,
RCS is leader in the newspaper sector in Italy and Spain.
La Gazzetta dello Sport is
Italys leading source of sports news and with nearly 4 million readers is
the most-read daily newspaper in Italy. Founded in 1896, it has always stood
out for its authoritative information and the unrivalled quality of its
content. Together with its Saturday magazine, Sportweek, and its website,
video reports, digital editions and social media presence, it offers a
comprehensive news source, providing all the information and opinions that
sports fans crave. La Gazzetta dello Sport covers thousands of live events
through its multi-platform news system. Gazzettas huge online community
is one of the most vibrant on the web.
For further information CONTACT: RCS
MediaGroup - Corporate Media Relations, Maria Verdiana Tardi, Tel: (+39) 02
25845412 (+39) 347 7017627, Email:
or Newspapers Media Relations, Francesca Marzotto, Tel: (+39) 02 62824111 -
(+39) 335 5997198, Email: