GTECH Issues 7th Annual Sustainability Report
Responsible Gaming and
Community Support are the Foundation of GTECHs Sustainability
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (September
12, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A.
announced the release of the 2013 Sustainability Report. This marks the seventh
edition of the report, which describes the Companys social,
environmental, and economic impact. The Sustainability Report is GTECHs
primary method for communicating the Companys commitment to responsible
gaming and community outreach to its stakeholders.
GTECH has always been
focused on the cultural and social issues that affect our industry,
said GTECH S.p.A. CEO Marco Sala. In fact, GTECH was one of the
first companies in the industry to advocate for responsible gaming, and to
design and implement specific actions.
The 2013 report was prepared using
the G4 guidelines set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an
international leader in sustainability efforts and reporting.
GTECHs sustainability strategy
is based on the understanding that a balanced and responsible approach to
gaming is the only way to ensure long-term value creation.
In 2013, GTECH partnered with
research centers, universities, and industry experts to conduct research on
problem gambling and to identify the best solutions to protect the players.
GTECH continued its efforts to develop and institute responsible gaming tools
including age verification, deposit limits, self-exclusion systems, and
GTECHs lottery operators in
Italy and the United States continue to review and further develop their
extensive responsible gaming framework. The programs consist of three
fundamental principles: prevention of problem gambling, support for problem
gamblers and their families, and prevention of underage gambling. These
programs are based on the World Lottery Associations responsible gaming
GTECH continues to focus its
attention and resources on various community outreach programs and initiatives
around the world. In the United States and Canada alone, GTECH employees
donated over 1,000 hours of their time to local non-profit organizations in
2013. Volunteer programs include Team Grants, Matching Gifts, Day Off for
Volunteerism, and Dollars for Doers. Employees at GTECH volunteer with
organizations in education, health, social services, protection of animals and
the environment, cultural events, and humanitarian causes.
In Italy, the Company sponsored the
reopening of an exhibit at the City of Science in Naples that was destroyed due
to arson. The City of Science contains an interactive science and business
center dedicated to young entrepreneurs. With GTECHs contribution, it was
possible to reopen an emblematic place of culture and science in Southern
GTECHs signature charitable
initiative, After School Advantage, provides state-of-the-art computer
technology to non-profit community organizations that serve at-risk children in
jurisdictions where GTECH conducts business. GTECH strives to lessen the
digital divide and offer inner-city children a fun, safe, and educational
environment to attend during the critical after school hours. During 2013,
GTECH installed 29 computer labs through its After School Advantage program,
bringing the total to 223 since the programs inception in 1999.
GTECH continued to improve
environmental practices and employed an established systematic approach to
saving energy and containing the direct and indirect consequences of production
activities. GTECH has achieved the following results:
- Recycling packaging components in Rhode Island has
reduced plastic sent to the landfill by 48% since 2011;
- Gaming terminals produced in Canada have a 27%
reduction in the electricity consumption from previous models;
- In Italy, paper consumption was significantly
reduced by eliminating 300,000 printed copies of the companys newsletter
in favor of distributing it electronically; and
- The printing facility in Florida recycled 2,062
tons of paper in 2013 alone.
In June of 2013, GTECH was
re-certified for ISO 14001:2004 for the Environmental Management System (EMS)
at its Coventry, Rhode Island manufacturing facility. GTECH also received
separate ISO 14001:2004 EMS certifications for the Data Center of the Americas,
Lottomaticas Rome office, the National Response Center, and GTECHs
printing facility in Lakeland, Florida.
In 2013, GTECHs total revenue
by geographic segment was 57% in Italy, 32% in the Americas, and 11% in the
International region. Regarding its business in Italy in 2013, GTECH handled
10.4 billion transactions with a value of 37.1 billion relevant to the
whole gaming system and services.
GTECH shares continue to be listed
on the FTSE4Good Index, which represents a group of stocks selected according
to the principles of ethical finance, and on the Axia Sustainable Index, which
includes companies listed in Italy that stand out for environmental and social
responsibility as well as for corporate governance.
For more information about
GTECHs sustainability strategy and to read the 2013 Sustainability Report
in its entirety, please visit www.gtech.com or
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 Italian 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 100 countries on six continents.
For more information, please visit
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
Gaming Laboratories Internationals Latin American Roundtable
Draws Regulators and State Lotteries from 16 Countries Across Latin America and
the Caribbean Region
LAS VEGAS (September 16, 2014)
Gaming and Lottery regulators as well as State Lotteries from 16
countries across Latin America and the Caribbean gathered earlier this month
for Gaming Laboratories
Internationals (GLI®) Latin American Regulators Roundtable. The
educational event was held in Lima, Peru and was the most successful Roundtable
GLI has yet produced in the region.
GLI Director of Latin American
Development Karen Sierra-Hughes said, We were very pleased to welcome
so many regulators and State Lotteries from so many countries, representing the
diverse and exciting landscape that is the gaming and lottery industry in Latin
America and the Caribbean.
In total, 53 representatives from
across Latin America and the Caribbean were in attendance. Countries
represented included Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican
Republic, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Lucia,
Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Regulators were enriched by a
program covering todays most relevant and pressing issues, presented by
thought-leaders and experts from across the region and around the world. Topics
included gaming and lottery license processes for land-based and iGaming
operations; fraud, money-laundering and player protection; sports betting
operations and their procurement processes; lottery profitability, risk
management and growth challenges; interactive delivery systems; monitoring and
control systems; and responsible gaming.
53 representatives from across Latin America and the Caribbean were in
Attendees also enjoyed an onsite
demonstration of the DGJCMT Perus Regulators Data Center, as well
as an onsite demonstration of client server systems, as well as monitoring and
control systems in a gaming hall in Lima.
We are extremely grateful
to our talented and knowledgeable speakers who came from around the world to
participate in the Roundtable, and to share their valuable insights with the
regulators who oversee the jurisdictions in this exciting and dynamic part of
the global gaming industry, and with the State Lotteries that are thriving and
looking to implement new technology in the Region. We are also very grateful to
the DGJCMT of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism in Peru for so kindly
opening their doors to us. We are also thankful to CIBELAE and all the
countries in attendance for joining us this year. We are looking forward to our
next Roundtable, Sierra-Hughes said.
Ing. Manuel San Roman Benavente,
General Director of Casinos and Slot Machines, Peru Regulator said, My
special recognition to Gaming Laboratories International for the remarkable
high attendance at the Regulators Roundtable. We have been honored and proud to
be the host for this important event. It is necessary to recognize the efforts
of the representatives from the 16 countries that attended and provided their
experiences and expertise, which have enriched the development of the
conference. The atmosphere of fraternity which prevailed at the Roundtable has
shown us that our problems are common, and that solutions may also be common. I
hope that the closeness that has arisen between us does not get lost, that it
becomes stronger with a continuous exchange of information and experience,
where it is up to GLI to offer the necessary platform to ensure opinions are
shared by all.
Eric Ríos, Executive
Secretary, Gaming Control Board, Panama said, It was a very pleasant
experience. The presentations were very helpful, especially because all the
topics are of important and current interest. Likewise, the experience to meet
other regulators in the region was very productive for me because I got to
learn from their experience and advice.
two-day educational event was presented through GLIs world-renowned GLI
University® and was presented free of charge to
The President, along with the
Executive Director of Ibero-American Corporation of State Lotteries (CIBELAE),
Luis Gama and Dr. Néstor Cotignola respectively, said, It was a
real honor to have representation in this prestigious event, as our members not
only had the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the gaming
industry, but also it allowed closer ties and learn the idiosyncrasies of each
of the regulatory entities from Latin America and the Caribbean who attended.
We also appreciate the opportunity to present the CIBELAEs
multi-jurisdictional lottery project during the conference. For all these
reasons, we would like to extend our congratulations and our best wishes to
continue organizing this type of events, giving priority to this sector that
benefits the population.
Jack Shirley, Executive Director of
the Jamaica Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission said, Since my
involvement in the gaming industry, I have found GLI to be a most resourceful,
solutions-oriented and forward thinking partner. The most recently concluded
GLI conference in Peru is a true testament of my experience to date with this
company. The conference agenda was appropriate for the target market, including
"It allowed for the sharing and
exposure of best practices between experienced players and those from emerging
regions in an ever-evolving, technology-driven industry. The practical
demonstration at one of the casinos of the host country was indeed a welcome
bonus. I benefitted immensely from the knowledge gained and the insight of
where the industry is heading, and in particular, to have made the acquaintance
with my regional and international counterparts was an invaluable additional
resource, and it was indeed a great opportunity for networking. I look forward
with great anticipation to the next conference for the BGLCs
The two-day educational event was
presented through GLIs world-renowned GLI University® and was
presented free of charge to regulators.
Next for GLI is the Global Gaming
Expo in Las Vegas, where the companys entire Latin American and Caribbean
team will be in attendance and ready to discuss all regulatory developments in
the region. Later this year, GLI will produce its Argentinean Regulators
Seminar, which takes place November 10th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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
17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery
For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email:
Texas Lottery® Contributes Record-Breaking $1.2 Billion to Public
Record sales also result in
$11.5 million for Texas veterans programs
AUSTIN, Texas (September 15, 2014)
-- The Texas Lottery closed
out a record-breaking fiscal year 2014, by making its largest contributions to
public education and Texas veterans programs in the agencys 22-year
With $4.384 billion in
sales, we surpassed last years sales record which resulted in a
contribution of $1.220 billion to Texas, our single largest annual transfer of
revenue to the state, said Gary Grief, executive director of the
Texas Lottery. This is the 11th consecutive year that the Texas
Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas.
This years revenue transfer
included $1.203 billion to the Foundation School Fund, the Lotterys
single largest annual contribution to Texas public schools and a 4.8 percent
increase over last years contribution. With this revenue transfer, the
Texas Lottery has contributed more than $17 billion to Texas public
The Foundation School Fund,
administered by the Texas Education Agency, funds the operational needs and
special program services for Texas school districts including teacher salaries,
utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and
talented education, and career and technical education.
Texas schools are not the only
beneficiaries of the Texas Lotterys record sales. Sales of the Texas
Lotterys veterans themed scratch-off games resulted in $11.5 million for
the Fund for Veterans Assistance, which is administered by the Texas
Veterans Commission. This is the Lotterys largest single annual revenue
transfer to the Fund for Veterans Assistance.
Since 2009, the Texas Lottery has
contributed more than $39 million for important programs benefitting Texas
veterans and their families. In a state with 1.7 million veterans, these
programs provide Texas veterans with financial assistance, transportation
services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counselling and housing
The Texas Lottery saw strong sales
across its entire scratch-off game portfolio. Scratch-off sales totalled more
than $3.280 billion, the highest instant ticket sales in Texas Lottery history.
In addition to robust sales, the Texas Lotterys careful spending kept
administrative expenses to just 4.6 percent of fiscal year 2014 sales.
Texas Lottery players also had a
great year with $2.81 billion collected in cash and merchandise prizes. For the
states more than 17,000 Texas Lottery retailers that collect a five
percent commission on every lottery sale, commissions amounted to $219.5
million, the highest commission to retailers in Texas Lottery history.
Other highlights for fiscal
year 2014 include:
- Texas Lottery Commissions Executive Director
Gary Grief named to the Public Gaming Research Institutes 2014 Hall of
- In January, the Texas Lottery announced it joined
the National Council on Problem Gambling as a Silver member.
- In March, the Lottery recognized Problem Gambling
"The Texas Lottery continues to
set new standards of excellence in its mission to generate revenue for the
state of Texas, and we look forward to continued success, said J.
Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I am very pleased with the
results for fiscal year 2014.
Note: Sales and revenue figures are
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $22 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $44 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $17 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step, Pick
3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch-offs.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or at:
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Council of Europe Convention: A Necessary Step Towards the Protection
of Sports Integrity
BRUSSELS, Belgium (September 18,
2014) -- The European Lotteries
(EL) warmly welcomes the Council of Europe Convention against the
Manipulation of Sports Competitions which is today open to signature at the
Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sports in
Lotteries, as the historical partner
of sports, have continuously called for strong measures to protect sports
integrity. Sport which provides entertainment and conveys significant values,
cannot be subject to any suspicion of fraud. Fighting match-fixing and other
threats to sports requires cross-border cooperation beyond the national
frontiers. In this context, the Council of Europe Convention shall play an
important role to protect sport on the European continent
EL President Friedrich Stickler:
Sport plays a significant role in our societies, and it is of utmost
importance to preserve it from fraudulent behaviours. As betting operators,
lotteries strongly welcome in particular the provisions to fight against
illegal betting as well as the clear definition of this illegal
"The Convention should enter into
force as soon as possible: the dangers should not be minimalized and we have
already lost enough time.
EL congratulates 27 Member States of
the European Union all Member States bar one and the European
Commission as well as the non-EU participating States on having agreed to the
common very clear definition of illegal sports betting provided for in the
Convention. EL deplores that one single Member State of the EU Malta
is contesting the validity of the Convention under EU law but trusts
that the Member States will in good faith and in respect of the institutions
support the achievements of the Council of Europe.
EL calls on the States and the
European Union to accede to this Convention as soon as possible. It should
however not prevent other initiatives to move ahead in this area notably within
the European Union. In this regard, EL already called on the European Union to
adopt a common definition of sports fraud as a criminal offense at EU level
under article 83 of the TFEU.
For further information please
CONTACT: Friedrich Stickler, EL President and Board member, Austrian Lotteries,
Tel. +43 1 79070 1300, Email: email@example.com or Jutta Buyse,
EL General Delegate, Brussels, Tel: + 32 (0)2 234 38 20, Mobile +32 476 896
376, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
European Lotteries (EL)
European Lotteries (EL) is the
European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance
for the public benefit. EL has members from 46 European countries including all
28 EU Member States. The associations EU members contribute more than 20
billion p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture,
social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many
commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and
betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the
respective national government.
SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).
Oklahoma Lottery Approaches a Milestone
Lottery Reminds the Citizens of
Oklahoma of the Contributions made by the Lottery for the benefit of good
causes and the State of Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (September
12, 2014) -- The 10 year anniversary of the statewide vote to approve the
lottery in Oklahoma, is near and It seems an appropriate time to remind the
citizens of Oklahoma of what they voted into place on November 2, 2004, and to
provide a report on the progress made so far.
Through State fiscal year 2014, just
ended on June 30, 2014, the State has received more then $625 million from
lottery proceeds and almost $602 million of that has been distributed
(appropriated) for Oklahoma education programs.
These funds were appropriated to the
State Vocational and Career Technology System, the Elementary and Secondary
School System, and the State System for Higher Education, with a small amount
appropriated to the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind in
Career Tech has used these funds to
provide scholarships to teachers to improve knowledge and teaching skills and
for various programs and equipment needs throughout their system. More than $29
million has been appropriated to Career Tech through FY2014.
The funds appropriated to the Higher
Education System through FY2014 ($242 million) were used to help pay the
debt service on a system-wide bond issue that provided capital improvements on
campuses around the state.
The funds appropriated to the
Elementary and Secondary Schools through FY2014 ($271 million) were used
early on to pay for salary adjustments for support staff personnel. In
addition, $30 million has been appropriated to the School Consolidation
Assistance Fund, which provides fiscal assistance to school districts going
through consolidation; and $30 million has been appropriated to the
Teachers Retirement System.
This is $602 million that would not
have otherwise been available to help fund Oklahoma education programs; a good
choice by the People back in November of 2004 and a good choice for Oklahoma
There are other issues facing the
Lottery and by resolving some of these issues, the Lottery can provide more
funding for Oklahoma education programs.
SOURCE: Oklahoma Lottery.
The Florida Lotterys EZMATCH Promotion is Coming Back for
A Limited Time
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 14,
2014) -- Florida Lottery players can win with ease this fall with
the return of the EZmatch promotion! For a limited time, players who add
EZmatch to their FANTASY 5® or LUCKY MONEY purchase could win cash
prizes of up to $1,000 instantly.
From Monday, September 15, through
Sunday, October 26, 2014, the EZmatch top prize will double from $500 to $1,000
and the second prize from $250 to $500! EZmatch players will also enjoy
an increased minimum prize, up from $2 to $5. Plus, the number of $500
instant-win prizes will be increased throughout the six-week promotion.
EZmatch is an add-on feature that
gives FANTASY 5 and LUCKY MONEY players the opportunity to win cash prizes
instantly, for an additional $1 per play. When a player adds EZmatch to his or
her FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY purchase, five EZmatch numbers and instant prize
amounts will be printed on the ticket. If any of the EZmatch numbers match any
of the FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY numbers on the ticket, the player instantly
wins the prize amount shown. Players can win up to five times on a single
All EZmatch prizes of less than $600
may be redeemed at any Florida Lottery retailer. Prizes of $600 or more must be
claimed at a Florida Lottery district office. If an EZmatch prize is paid by a
retailer before the applicable FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY drawing on the ticket
has occurred, a continuation ticket will be provided to the player.
EZmatch prizes may be claimed up to 180 days after the first draw date on the
ticket. More information about this promotion, or any Florida Lottery game, is
available at www.flalottery.com.
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.
The WLA Branch Office in Latin America Will Be Under the Charge of
CIBELAE and Located in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (September
10, 2014) -- In an historical event for the region, during the meeting of the
World Lottery Association (WLA)
Executive Committee, the opening of a branch office in Latin America that will
be under the charge of Corporación Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas
del Estado (CIBELAE) and located in Buenos Aires, Argentina was unanimously
The CIBELAE President, Luis Gama,
together with Executive Director, Néstor Cotignola, travelled to
Lausanne, Switzerland, as members of the WLA Executive Committee to execute a
cooperation agreement between both entities under which a WLA branch office
will be opened in Latin America.
The CIBELAE President, Luis Gama,
said that: this WLA branch office in Buenos Aires fill us with pride,
increases our commitment and calls the region to double their efforts since the
approval of this agreement is a historical decision that serves to strengthen
the bonds between the two organizations and favours the gaming industry as a
Along this line, the CIBELAE
Executive Director, Néstor Cotignola stated that this major
achievement of the Corporation clearly illustrates the expansion and
strengthening process started with the management of Luis Gama which pursues
the growth of gaming activities in Ibero-America.
LOTTO Hessen Extends Its Partner Network
New partner GI Tech
Gaming provides a tablet solution for scratch ticket sales
WIESBADEN, Germany (September 15,
2014) -- From the beginning of next year, lottery players in the state of Hesse
will be able to purchase scratch tickets via off the shelf tablets. The
technology, that initially will be available at petrol stations, is developed
and delivered by the new cooperation partner GITech Gaming.
After a thorough evaluation
of several bids, we are glad to announce that we selected GI Tech Gaming with
their partner Gaming Solutions to supply software and hardware for extension of
our network, says LOTTO Hessens managing director Dr. Heinz
We will be able to use
standard tablets to sell scratch tickets at our retailers which constitutes a
very innovative process that does not exist in Germany´s gaming market
GI Tech Gaming is headquartered in
Chennai, India, and has been a trendsetter in the Indian gaming industry since
Having powered more than 35000
lottery and gaming terminals globally, GI Tech Gaming has delivered its state
of the art gaming content and lottery technology in some of the most
challenging environments globally and has pioneered in innovative delivery
channels through terminals, the web, tablets and mobiles.
The Norwegian company Gaming
Solutions has comprehensive experience from the Nordic markets, a part of the
world known to be good in balancing high lottery turnover with responsible
CONTACT: Dorothee Hoffmann, LOTTO
Hessen, Unternehmenskommunikation, Tel. 0611/3612-170, E-mail:
SOURCE: LOTTO Hessen.
Michigan Lottery's Fantasy 5 Celebrates TEN Years of Making Dreams
LANSING, Michigan (September 12,
2014) -- One of the Michigan Lottery's most popular games, Fantasy 5, marks its
10th anniversary of making dreams come true for players.
Since it began, Fantasy 5 has
offered players a chance to win a jackpot of at least $100,000 every night of
the week for just $1.
All told, the daily Fantasy 5
drawings have produced some impressive results for players:
- More than $266.7 million in prizes paid to
- 1,334 jackpots won totalling more than
- Largest jackpot: $844,374 won by three
lucky players on Nov. 20, 2012
The game's known for making players
jackpot winners on a frequent basis and has been on a role for most of this
Fantasy 5 players are on a hot
streak, winning 50 jackpots - more than two per week on average - since April
The jackpot prizes have totaled more
than $7.7 million.
Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For
an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving
players a chance to win up to $500 instantly.
Fantasy 5 players select five
numbers from one to 39.
Players who match all five Fantasy 5
numbers drawn win a jackpot guaranteed to start at $100,000.
Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven
days a week at 7:29 p.m.
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.
CIBELAE Issues Invitation to Important International Seminar in
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (September
10, 2014) --The public and private sectors that operate, manage or regulate
gaming activities from around the world are invited to this event where
attendants will receive training delivered by speakers from Brazil, Uruguay,
Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Portugal and Paraguay.
Among the topics to be discussed
during the three-day work sessions, the highlights are:
- The modernization of lotteries in order to fight
illegal gambling and models at the world level;
- Tools to fight illegal gambling and the experience
of various Latin American countries;
- License granting models and strategies in order to
fight illegal gambling; and
- management of risks associated with asset
laundering in the gaming industry.
The sessions will be addressed by
officers of the United Nations Office to Fight Organized Crime and Terrorism
and of the Financial Action Group of South America (GAFISUD)-European Union
There will also be a panel on
Corporate Social Responsibility delivered by officers of the
World Lottery Association (WLA).
For more information,
CIBELAE invites you to go
to the official webpage developed for the event:
This kind of events are part of the
goals pursued by the CIBELAE Board of Directors which include raising the
standard of seminars, increasing the number of regular and associate members
and encouraging the involvement of existing members.
The Big MO Combo is Back!
JEFFERSON, Missouri (September 15,
2014) -- If you liked getting a free play with Julys Big MO Combo ticket,
youll be happy to know the combo is back!
Players will still get $12 worth of
plays for only $10, but this time, the mix of games has changed, and the free
ticket is a $2 Powerball play.
The second Big MO Combo offering
will run September 14 through October 11.
Getting a combination of
Draw Games was very popular when we offered it in July, said May
Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.
Everyone likes to get more
value for their purchase, and this time players will get a free Powerball
Reardon noted that the play style
was also popular with Missouri Lottery retailers.
Now, players who ask for a $10 Big
MO Combo will receive: a Pick 3 ticket with1-Off for two drawings ($2); a Pick
4 ticket with 1-Off for two drawings ($2); a Show Me Cash ticket for three
drawings ($3); a Club Keno 4-spot ticket for three drawings ($3); and a free
Powerball ticket worth $2.
All Big MO Combo ticket numbers will
be generated using Quick Pick.
For more information about Missouri
Lottery Draw Games and the Big MO Combo, go to MOLottery.com.
SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.
Sports Betting Report Provides a Factual Base to Inform the
Commercial and Integrity Debate
Commercial and Integrity Issues
BRUSSELS / LONDON, (September 15,
2014) -- In the week when Ministers from around 50 countries are expected to
sign a new match-fixing Convention in Switzerland, the regulated betting
industry, represented by the ABB, EGBA, ESSA and RGA has published a report
entitled "Sports Betting: Commercial and Integrity Issues" to help
inform the wider debate. The author Jason Foley-Train updates the 2010 report
he produced while on secondment (to the betting industry) from the UK
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to explore not just match-fixing
but the associated commercial and integrity matters that have gained prominence
in the interim period.
The report is a comprehensive and
evidence-based resource and analysis that provides a vital insight into the
important symbiotic commercial and integrity relationship between the sporting
and betting sectors. It also highlights how the growing global sports betting
market have led policymakers within national and transnational institutions to
be drawn into a complex commercial and integrity debate.
Key findings from the report
Sports betting rights are not
an effective mechanism for financial distribution to sport and do not improve
Highlights that a report by
the Asser Institute for the European Commission has widely criticised the
right to consent to bets model, detailing numerous practical and
operational flaws in the system, along with a number of important legal
obstacles within the EU.
The mutually beneficial
commercial association between betting and sport has continued to grow with
sponsorship and advertising becoming a significant source of funding for
Regulated operators continue
to invest significantly in sports broadcasts both in land-based facilities and
through new interactive streaming channels as a means to support new betting
product innovations and to create greater interaction and engagement with their
Sports bodies are also
achieving payments from licensing specialised data companies which are then
selling real-time data, sports information and statistics to regulated betting
operators to inform and drive the growing market in live (in-play) betting on
Assertions that the opening
of gambling markets to competition involving regulated private operators will
lead to a reduction in lottery revenues and thereby money allocated to good
causes does not appear to be corroborated by the evidence of a number of
An increasing amount of
independent research shows that corrupters primarily seek to defraud
unregulated operators and utilise mainstream betting products with high levels
of market liquidity to try and mask their illicit activities, rather than new
The proposal that new
markets, such as in-play betting, offered by regulated operators should be
restricted or prohibited on sporting integrity grounds does not, given the
weight of independent data, appear to be a policy generated from any firm
Defrauding regulated betting
operators is fraught with significant difficulties; sophisticated detection and
consumer identification systems, restricted stakes, markets closed and bets
voided in suspicious cases, mean that there is limited scope for large-scale
Significant governance issues
remain concerning the enforcement of sporting rules and sanctions, corruption
within sport itself, along with a widespread lack of player salary payments
which is allowing organised crime to exploit the financial vulnerabilities of
Clive Hawkswood, RGA Chief
Executive, stated that: Unfortunately the sports betting integrity
debate is too often driven by either the ill-informed or those looking to gain
a commercial advantage. I very much hope that this report will go a long way
towards educating opinion formers of the facts of the situation, strengthening
their knowledge base and ultimately providing a foundation for
Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General,
stated that: The report corroborates much of what the regulated
betting sector has been advancing for over a decade; attacks on the integrity
of sport are principally directed by organized criminal groups seeking to
exploit the vulnerabilities of sports own participants often from poor
governance. Regulated betting operates are actually the potential victims of
such fraud, immediately questioning the rationale behind the sports
right approach, which has been widely criticised in a recent report for
the European Commission as being inefficient and having numerous practical and
operational flaws, along with a number of legal obstacles within the
SOURCE: ABB / EGBA / ESSA / RGA.
Pennsylvania Gets Into Halloween Spirit with New Scratch
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (September
16, 2014) -- Players of the Pennsylvania Lotterys new Zombie Cash and
Frankenbucks Halloween-themed instant games will have extra chances to win
through the online Monster Money Second-Chance Drawings, offering $150,000 in
Through the VIP Players Club at
palottery.com, non-winning Zombie Cash or Frankenbucks tickets can be entered
into either the $1,000 Monster Money Second-Chance Drawing or the $50,000
Monster Money Second-Chance Drawing.
After choosing one of the two
drawings, each entrant will receive a number of entries equal to the ticket
price: two entries for the $2 Zombie Cash game and five entries for the $5
The random, computerized drawings
will produce 100 winners of $1,000 and one winner of $50,000. The entry
deadline is Oct. 30 with winners to be announced by Nov. 7.
Online entry only. Mailed entries
will be disqualified. Visit palottery.com for entry, prizes, rules and drawing
information. Void where prohibited.
Zombie Cash, a $2 game, offers 10
top prizes of $25,000 and over $1.9 million in doubled prizes. Reveal a
BRAIN (BRAIN) symbol, win the prize shown under that symbol. Reveal
a DOUBLE (DOUBLE) symbol, win DOUBLE the prize shown under that
symbol. Reveal a ZOMBIE (ZOMBIE) symbol, win all 12 prizes
Frankenbucks, a $5 game, features 10
top prizes of $50,000 and over $18 million in cash prizes. When any of YOUR
NUMBERS match any WINNING NUMBER, win the PRIZE shown under the matching
number. Reveal a STACK OF CASH (WIN20) symbol, win $20 instantly.
Reveal a FRANKENSTEIN (FRNKSTN) symbol and win the PRIZE shown
under that symbol automatically.
Visit www.palottery.com for more
information about instant games, prize odds, remaining prizes and rules.
About the Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the
only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit
older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has
contributed more than $24.7 billion to programs that include property tax and
rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost
prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the
52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers
throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds
players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please
play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
For drawings results, winning
numbers, winners stories and to subscribe to the Lotterys RSS news
feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
MONOPOLY Millionaires Club Lotto Game Coming to South
PIERRE, South Dakota (Sept 16, 2014)
-- The South Dakota Lottery
will be minting some new millionaires beginning next month.
The South Dakota Legislatures
Rules Review Committee today approved the game rules for MONOPOLY
Millionaires Club (MMC), a multi-state lotto draw game that offers
multiple million dollar prizes and a top prize that starts at $15 million and
is capped at $25 million.
Ticket sales for the $5 game, which
gives players three ways to win, begin October 19, 2014 at all lotto retailers
in South Dakota; the first drawing is scheduled for October 24, 2014.
Drawings will be held Friday nights
at 10:15 p.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased until 9:15 p.m. CT/8:15 p.m. MT the
night of the drawing.
Each lotto ticket will contain five
numbers and a randomly drawn Monopoly property, a Millionaires Club
Number, and a web code. Players can win by matching the draw numbers to
win cash prizes, including the top prize; if the top prize is won, triggering a
second drawing, and having their Millionaires Club Number randomly drawn
for a $1 million prize; and by entering their web code on the MMC website for a
chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to participate in a national television game
show and win up to $1 million. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game
are 1:10 while the odds of winning the top prize are about 1 in 73 million.
MMCs unique design is expected
to generate more simultaneous millionaires than any other game in lottery
history. Lottery executive director Norm Lingle says lottery players have long
wished for a game with more substantial winners than just one or two enormous
jackpot winners and MMC fits the bill.
Theres never been a
lotto game that offers so many chances for players to become millionaires. With
MONOPOLY Millionaires Club, lotteries really looked for ways to
spread the wealth among a bigger pool of people. In each of the three ways to
win, our players have a chance at at least $1 million. We think the game will
appeal not only to traditional lotto players but also to those who want to play
online or via smartphones, Lingle said.
To enter their web code for a chance
to win a trip to Las Vegas for the national television game show, players must
be a member of the South Dakota Lotterys Players Club. Membership is
free; players can sign-up at http://lottery.sd.gov/players/login/.
More information on the MONOPOLY
Millionaires Clubgame will be available on the Lotterys
website and at lottery retailers in the coming weeks.
SOURCE: South Dakota Lottery.
Michigan Lotterys $1,000,000 Play it Again Game Show to
LANSING, Michigan (September 15,
2014) -- Three Michigan
Lottery Players Club members will compete for a chance to win a
life-changing $1 million on the $1,000,000 Play it Again game show Wednesday
The show, hosted by former Brady
Bunch star Christopher Knight, begins at 7:55 p.m. and will air on stations
around the state: WBKB-TV 11 (CBS), WDIV-TV 4 (NBC), WNEM-TV 5 (CBS), WXSP-TV
(MyNetwork TV), WLAJ-TV 53 (ABC), WLUC-TV 6 (NBC/FOX), WGTU-TV 29/WGTQ-TV 8
(ABC), and WGN-TV (Cable).
The three finalists competing for
the big prize are: Kelly Day, of Armada; John Freeman, of Grand Rapids; and
Gary Mayberger, of Eastpointe.
The finalists will play against each
other in an electronic dice game with a top prize of $1 million. Each runner-up
will receive a $5,000 prize.
Players redeemed Players Club points
for entries into the drawing. Each entry for the $1,000,000 Play it Again
drawing required 10 Players Club points and more than 9.8 million entries were
submitted. There was no limit on the number of entries that each player could
The 2015 Play it Again drawing is
now open to Players Club members. There is no limit on the number of entries
that each Players Club member may have in the drawing. The entry deadline for
the 2015 drawing is Aug. 2, 2015.
The Players Club is a free rewards
program that allows Lottery players to accumulate points by entering codes on
non-winning instant and draw game tickets. Points may be redeemed for entries
into drawings for prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences or for merchandise,
including Lottery free-play coupons.
Players may join the Players Club by
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.