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Vol. 68 No.12 - Monday September 22, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories





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  • GTECH Issues 7th Annual Sustainability Report. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International’s Latin American Roundtable Draws Regulators and State Lotteries from 16 Countries Across Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Full Story.
  • Texas Lottery® Contributes Record-Breaking $1.2 Billion to Public Schools. Full Story.
  • Council of Europe Convention: A Necessary Step Towards the Protection of Sports Integrity. Full Story.
  • Oklahoma Lottery Approaches a Milestone. Full Story.
  • The Florida Lottery’s EZMATCH™ Promotion is Coming Back for A Limited Time. Full Story.
  • The WLA Branch Office in Latin America Will Be Under the Charge of CIBELAE and Located in Argentina. Full Story.
  • LOTTO Hessen Extends Its Partner Network. Full Story.
  • Michigan Lottery's Fantasy 5 Celebrates TEN Years of Making Dreams Come True. Full Story.
  • CIBELAE Issues Invitation to Important International Seminar in Colombia. Full Story.
  • The Big MO Combo is Back! Full Story.
  • Sports Betting Report Provides a Factual Base to Inform the Commercial and Integrity Debate. Full Story.
  • Pennsylvania Gets Into Halloween Spirit with New Scratch Tickets. Full Story.
  • MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ Lotto Game Coming to South Dakota. Full Story.
  • Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again Game Show to Air. Full Story.






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GTECH Issues 7th Annual Sustainability Report

Responsible Gaming and Community Support are the Foundation of GTECH’s Sustainability Strategy

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 Company’s social, environmental, and economic impact. The Sustainability Report is GTECH’s primary method for communicating the Company’s 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.

Responsible Gaming

GTECH’s 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 referral services.

GTECH’s 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 Association’s responsible gaming framework.

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Social Initiatives

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 GTECH’s contribution, it was possible to reopen an emblematic place of culture and science in Southern Italy.

GTECH’s 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 program’s inception in 1999.

Environmental Responsibility

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 company’s 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, Lottomatica’s Rome office, the National Response Center, and GTECH’s printing facility in Lakeland, Florida.

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Economic Sustainability

In 2013, GTECH’s 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 GTECH’s sustainability strategy and to read the 2013 Sustainability Report in its entirety, please visit www.gtech.com or www.gtechlottery.com

GTECH S.p.A.

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

 

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SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International’s 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 International’s (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 today’s 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.

In total, 53 representatives from across Latin America and the Caribbean were in attendance.

Attendees also enjoyed an onsite demonstration of the DGJCMT Peru’s 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.”

The two-day educational event was presented through GLI’s world-renowned GLI University® and was presented free of charge to regulators

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 CIBELAE’s 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 regulators.

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"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 BGLC’s participation.”

The two-day educational event was presented through GLI’s 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 company’s 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 Regulator’s Seminar, which takes place November 10th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

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 industries.

For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: GLI.

 

 

Texas Lottery® Contributes Record-Breaking $1.2 Billion to Public Schools

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 agency’s 22-year history.

With $4.384 billion in sales, we surpassed last year’s 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.”

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This year’s revenue transfer included $1.203 billion to the Foundation School Fund, the Lottery’s single largest annual contribution to Texas public schools and a 4.8 percent increase over last year’s contribution. With this revenue transfer, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $17 billion to Texas public education.

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 Lottery’s record sales. Sales of the Texas Lottery’s 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 Lottery’s 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 assistance.

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 Lottery’s 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 state’s 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 Commission’s Executive Director Gary Grief named to the Public Gaming Research Institute’s 2014 Hall of Fame
  • 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 Awareness Month.

 

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"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 unaudited.

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: www.txlottery.org.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

Council of Europe Convention: A Necessary Step Towards the Protection of Sports Integrity

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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 Switzerland.

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 activity."

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"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: friedrich.stickler@lotterien.at or Jutta Buyse, EL General Delegate, Brussels, Tel: + 32 (0)2 234 38 20, Mobile +32 476 896 376, Email: jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu.

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 association’s 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.

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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 FY’2007.

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 FY’2014.

The funds appropriated to the Higher Education System through FY’2014 ($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 FY’2014 ($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 education programs

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 Lottery’s 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.

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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 ticket.

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 millionaires.

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

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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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 approved.

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 whole.

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.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

 

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.

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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 Hessen’s managing director Dr. Heinz Georg Sundermann.

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 yet."

GI Tech Gaming is headquartered in Chennai, India, and has been a trendsetter in the Indian gaming industry since its inception.

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 gaming.

CONTACT: Dorothee Hoffmann, LOTTO Hessen, Unternehmenskommunikation, Tel. 0611/3612-170, E-mail: dorothee.hoffmann@lotto-hessen.de.

SOURCE: LOTTO Hessen.

 

 

Michigan Lottery's Fantasy 5 Celebrates TEN Years of Making Dreams Come True

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 players
  • 1,334 jackpots won totalling more than $146.5 million
  • Largest jackpot: $844,374 won by three lucky players on Nov. 20, 2012

 

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The game's known for making players jackpot winners on a frequent basis and has been on a role for most of this year.

Fantasy 5 players are on a hot streak, winning 50 jackpots - more than two per week on average - since April 7.

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.

 

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CIBELAE Issues Invitation to Important International Seminar in Colombia

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 Project.

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: www.sijuego.com.

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.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

 

The Big MO Combo is Back!

JEFFERSON, Missouri (September 15, 2014) -- If you liked getting a free play with July’s Big MO Combo ticket, you’ll 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.

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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 ticket.”

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.

 

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Sports Betting Report Provides a Factual Base to Inform the Commercial and Integrity Debate

Sports Betting: 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 include:

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• Sports betting rights are not an effective mechanism for financial distribution to sport and do not improve integrity.

• 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 sport.

• 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 customers.

• 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 sporting events.

• 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 markets.

• 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 betting products.

• 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 evidence base.

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• 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 profit.

• 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 players.

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 progress.”

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 EU.”

SOURCE: ABB / EGBA / ESSA / RGA.

 

 

Pennsylvania Gets Into Halloween Spirit with New Scratch Tickets

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (September 16, 2014) -- Players of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s 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 additional prizes.

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 Frankenbucks game.

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.

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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 shown.

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 Lottery

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 Lottery’s RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palottery  or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.  

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ Lotto Game Coming to South Dakota

PIERRE, South Dakota (Sept 16, 2014) -- The South Dakota Lottery will be minting some new millionaires beginning next month.

The South Dakota Legislature’s 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.

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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.

MMC’s 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.

There’s 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 Lottery’s Players Club. Membership is free; players can sign-up at http://lottery.sd.gov/players/login/.

More information on the MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™game will be available on the Lottery’s website and at lottery retailers in the coming weeks.

SOURCE: South Dakota Lottery.

 

 

Michigan Lottery’s $1,000,000 Play it Again Game Show to Air

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 night.

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).

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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 submit.

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 visiting: www.michiganlottery.com/join_now.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 




 

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