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Vol. 68 No.3 - Monday July 21, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories


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  • GTECH’s SPHINX 3D™ Game Debuts Across the U.S. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Extends Its Cooperation with Lotterywest Until 2019. Full Story.
  • POLLARD BANKNOTE’S Neon Ink a Hot Seller for The Polish National Lottery. Full Story.
  • Lottery’s Sales of Scratch-Off Tickets Increased by an Average of 10% with SSI’s On-Counter Dispenser. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Streamlines Processes Enabling Lotteries to do Business Faster, More Efficiently and Cost-Effectively. Full Story.
  • Registration for Asia Pacific Lottery Association 2014 Annual Regional Conference is Now Open! Full Story.
  • Tennessee Lottery Marks 10th Consecutive Record Year. Full Story.
  • Lotto Hessen and Paymaxs Launch a New Mobile Lottery Experience. Full Story.
  • Lottery Association Launch Website to Monitor Various Forms of Illegal Gambling. Full Story.
  • Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Finished FY2014 with Sales of Over $411 Million. Full Story.
  • Wyoming Lottery Corporation Announces Cheyenne Frontier Days Sponsorship. Full Story.
  • The European Lotteries Association Recalls That Member States Remain the Best Placed to Set Gambling Regulation and Protect Consumers. Full Story.
  • New Interactive Training Courses for Loterie Romande’s Responsible Gaming Programme Now Online! Full Story.
  • Visitors to Australasian Gaming Expo 2014 Dreaming of VEGAS WIN! Full Story.
  • Karma Gaming Accepted as Associate Member of the European Lotteries and Toto Association. Full Story.
  • EquiLottery Combines Horse Racing and Lottery for ‘Greatest Two Dollars in Sports’. Full Story.
  • Idaho Lottery Celebrates 25th Anniversary with $49 Million Dividend to People of Idaho. Full Story.



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GTECH’s SPHINX 3D™ Game Debuts Across the U.S.

GTECH begins nationwide roll-out of award-winning True3D™premium game

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (July 15, 2014) -- Following its initial installation in Las Vegas, Nevada, the nationwide roll-out of GTECH’s SPHINX 3D™ game has begun. Properties in Connecticut, including Foxwoods Resort Casino, as well as California, North Dakota and Florida have installed the product, and more will follow in Idaho, Minnesota and Iowa. Initial performance and player feedback gathered at promotional events has been exceptional.

Players are amazed when they see the 3D effects for the first time,” said Foxwoods Resort

Casino Executive Director of Slot Operations Angelo Avallone. “It keeps them engaged and

eager to get to more bonus rounds, and they tell their friends and other players to check out this truly amazing game.”

SPHINX 3D is the first title in the new True3D™ product line, which uses patented, awardwinning3D display technology exclusively designed for GTECH. The SPHINX 3D game runs on the AXXIS™ cabinet, which is designed to create a sense of personal space and immerse the player in the game.

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Based on feedback from properties that already have the product on their floor, players are immensely enjoying the unique SPHINX 3D game experience,” said Victor Duarte, GTECH Sr. Vice President, Gaming and Content, and Sr. Vice President, North American Commercial Gaming

 “Innovation is the backbone of our company´s success, and we are pleased to see our truly unique and innovative SPHINX 3D product becoming a huge hit with players"

The SPHINX 3D game was recently named the most highly anticipated premium game by a wide margin for three consecutive quarters in casino industry surveys. It has also won three industry awards since it was unveiled at G2E in September 2013

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 Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2013, GTECH had approximately €3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees with operations in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit www.gtech.com

For further information, CONTACT: Claudia Baskerville, GTECH Marketing, T: 702-896-8548 / M: 702-210-7803 / Email: Claudia.Baskerville@gtech.com.

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

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INTRALOT Extends Its Cooperation with Lotterywest Until 2019

ATHENS, Greece / PERTH, Western Australia (July 16, 2014) -- INTRALOT Group’s subsidiary in Australia, INTRALOT Australia Pty Ltd., announces that it has signed an amendment of its contract with the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia (Lotterywest) for three (3) additional years with the option of two one-year additional extensions, and will continue to provide technology and related services to Lotterywest through 2019.

The amendment of the contract includes the upgrade of INTRALOT’s flagship Central System, LOTOS O/S™, and the provision of the new version of its interactive platform,

B-On as well as the Horizon interactive multimedia platform. Lotterywest as part of a significant project to redesign not only the technology for its retailers but also to create a new retail image which is currently under development will deploy  INTRALOT’s state-of-the-art retailers’ terminals, Photon and Genion, and its next-generation self-service device, Gablet.

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INTRALOT will also provide Lotterywest with its newly launched interactive solution, the Mobile Lottery, a patent pending, independent end-to-end solution developed for native iOS and android, mobile and tablet devices. The Mobile Lottery will elevate the gaming experience to new levels of interaction and social engagement by allowing participation in all games through an innovative mobile app-anytime, anywhere.

The team at Lotterywest are delighted to have come to this agreement to extend our existing contract with INTRALOT. They have been a valued business partner and we look forward to this very positive arrangement continuing over the years ahead. We are confident that the technology and other expertise that INTRALOT have offered us will contribute to the success of this important Retail Transformation project which we have undertaken”, said Ms. Jan Stewart, Lotterywest CEO.

INTRALOT Group Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Ioannis Pantoleon, stated: “We are very pleased with the extension of our cooperation with Lotterywest. Over the past 7 years, we have worked closely with the Lottery and we are proud to have been a part of their successful efforts to modernize their operations, increase sales and become an example in the wider area. We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation to the benefit of their players and stakeholders”.

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Mr. Antonis Markopoulos, INTRALOT Group Managing Director of Oceania, added: “INTRALOT will continue to maintain and support Lotterywest’s very successful operation and assist to their break-through Retail Transformation project. INTRALOT’s innovative solutions will help the Lottery meet its goals to provide new experience to their retailers, deliver exciting gaming experiences to its players, reach a younger ‘mobile’ generation, and increase its social contribution to the local community”.

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide.

Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth.

With presence in 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.700 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information CONTACT: Ms Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT SA.

 

 

POLLARD BANKNOTE’S Neon Ink a Hot Seller for The Polish National Lottery

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (July 14, 2014) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is proud to be a contributing partner in the success enjoyed by the Polish National Lottery (“Totalizator Sportowy”) with the latest launch of its 2 złoty (zł) instant game, Super 7. After three weeks on the market, Super 7 sold 14% more than the previous launch of this product.

Super 7 is one of Totalizator Sportowy’s core instant games. This latest version, launched on May 20, 2014, replicates the design of previous Super 7 tickets, but now features Pollard Banknote’s new neon inks. Hot pink and fluorescent orange colours add to the ticket’s visual appeal at retail to attract both longtime players of Super 7 and novices to the game.

Super 7 also features Pollard Banknote’s dual-colour play symbols. A player who uncovers a black number seven wins the corresponding prize and if a red seven is revealed, the prize amount doubles. Players have the chance to win up to 77,777 zł (equivalent to approximately $25,600 USD).

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Super 7 is one of our most successful core games and when we saw Pollard Banknote’s new neon colours, we knew they would look great on our tickets,” explained Kordian Zieliński, Instant Manager, Totalizator Sportowy. “Super 7 has always been colorful, but these new, vivid neon inks give the ticket a powerful eye-catching appeal at retail. This is obvious from the fact that current sales are surpassing those of the previous Super 7 game.”

Super 7 is the first ticket printed with our new vibrant neon inks, and we’re very happy to have helped the lottery achieve success with the latest launch of this core game” said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote. “The success of Super 7 demonstrates the proven power of Pollard Banknote’s neon ink as an eye-catching feature on instant tickets that triggers the impulse purchase.

Totalizator Sportowy Spólka z.o.o. was established in 1955 as Poland's national lottery. Headquartered in Warsaw, it is a limited liability company that is wholly owned by the Treasury of Poland, and by law holds a lottery monopoly in the Republic. Totalizator Sportowy supports sport, national culture, and responsible gaming initiatives in Poland, with the allocated causes and the state budget receiving 729 million zł in 2013.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile, and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL).

For more information, please visit our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.

For More Information CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose

Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Lottery’s Sales of Scratch-Off Tickets Increased by an Average of 10% with SSI’s On-Counter Dispenser

ADAIR, Iowa (July 2014) --During the last year, SSI was pleased to work with Pollard Banknote and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries testing our on-counter dispensers in Winnipeg.

 

SSI On-Counter Dispensers

 

Throughout Canada, scratch-off tickets are not typically dispensed in the same fashion as in the U.S.  Tickets are typically ripped apart and artistically displayed in large counter trays under glass.  While this has been the primary dispenser for Manitoba Lottery for years, Pollard Banknote arranged with the province's lottery operator to trial the displays to measure the impact to sales and gauge retailers' perception of improved ticket accounting offered with this new model.

Working with Pollard Banknote, 18 locations were chosen for the initial test.  Due to different pack sizes and perforations patterns, not all tickets could be displayed and dispensed easily from on-counter Modular-Mini® dispensers.  Pollard designed display cards for the front and sides of the dispensers and installed the POP prior to installs at retail to help hide any empty displays.  Manitoba's sales staff installed the new dispensers without removal of the current tray dispensers.

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The initial results of the test showed increased sales by an average of 10% compared with similar stores.  Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries requested an expansion of the test and found the same increase in the next grouping of 15 stores added.  At this time, we switched from a Dual Bingo dispenser to the NEW GEN II dispenser to allow for more flexibility in dispensing of their games and improved display.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is now making the GEN II dispenser a mainstream merchandising option for retailers and it looks to have 200 retailers using the displays by the end of the fiscal year.

Since the initial test, more packs of new games have been reconfigured to easily dispense in the GEN II and most retailers have begun dispensing from these units in addition to their current trays.

Future plans allow all Manitoba Liquor and Lottery retailers to utilize this new dispenser option.

Saskatchewan Lotteries is going to begin its own tests later this summer.

SOURCE: Schafer Systems, Inc. (SSI) Finding Retail Solutions.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Streamlines Processes Enabling Lotteries to do Business Faster, More Efficiently and Cost-Effectively

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (July 15, 2014) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, has been working diligently across its global locations to facilitate business in the lottery industry to be faster, more efficient and more cost-effective than ever before.

The initial push began in 2011 when GLI released its “GLI-23: Video Lottery Terminals” standard. Part of the GLI Standards Series, GLI-23 has helped to reduce supplier R&D time and costs.

Since then, GLI’s landmark tools, such as Point.Click.Submit.SM, Point.Click.Transfer.SM and the award-winning and patented GLI Link® have all further helped to reduce supplier costs and speed time to market.

Then in 2012 GLI launched its Professional Services division, with a team of veteran IT and lottery experts who have been working with lottery operators, regulators, and suppliers the world over.

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We are committed to helping suppliers, regulators and operators increase efficiencies, improve processes, reduce costs and enhance their bottom line. There is absolutely no team in the world with the depth of experience, knowledge and ability as the team we have carefully assembled at GLI Professional Services,” said GLI Canada CEO Salim Adatia.

The Professional Services division has four main areas of services, each specifically designed to make doing business in the lottery industry faster and more effective. Those categories are: Project Management; Governance, Risk and Compliance, including World Lottery Association Security Control Standards (WLASCS) and ISO 27001 Information Security audit and certification; GLI University® Training; and Technical Services.

GLI’s Professional Services division has consulted with lotteries on a wide range of topics spanning the complete spectrum of the lottery industry, from security assessments to project management, IT strategy and implementation and WLA and ISO standards.

GLI’s Professional Services division recently completed a major project management support assignment for the Atlantic Lottery Corporation as the Corporation was replacing its Video Lottery system. James Porter, COO & CTO said, “I strongly recommend GLI's Professional Service Team. In our engagement, GLI was contracted to provide project management services for a very significant corporate initiative. The project required them to work with multiple vendors in a technically complex environment. GLI’s project management skills and process improvement abilities allowed them to perform at a senior program level to coordinate multiple sub project streams.”

GLI’s Professional Services team has also lent its expertise and insights to a host of conferences and symposiums. For example, last month, Professional Services Director Gregory Doucette spoke at the Canadian Gaming Summit on topics of Network Risk Assessment, Field Testing & Inspection and Auditing the Cloud.

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This August, Doucette will speak on a panel at Scientific Games Lottery Symposium, addressing WLASCS and ISO 27001 standards, as well as the benefits for U.S. lotteries.

GLI is a recognized certification service entity for WLASCS in North America. WLA recently waived its certification fee for lotteries that want to attain certification to the WLASCS standard. This three-year fee waiver will help drive certification, and GLI’s Professional Services division has a team that is WLA authorized and ready to help lotteries through the important certification process.

GLI is a member of WLA, NASPL, CIBELAE and the European Lotteries.

For more information about how GLI’s Professional Services can benefit your company, visit www.gaminglabs.com to schedule a demonstration.

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 guide 65 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

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Registration for Asia Pacific Lottery Association 2014 Annual Regional Conference is Now Open!

GUANGZHOU, China (July 11, 2014) -- The Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) is pleased to announce that registration for Asia Pacific Lottery Association 2014 Annual Regional Conference is now open!

Hosted by APLA and the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), the APLA 2014 Annual Regional Conference will be held on 13-17 October at The Westin Guangzhou, China.

With the theme “Connecting with Customers” this year, the conference provides a valuable opportunity for lottery industry players to gather together, exchange ideas and share their insights to engage all kinds of customers.

Lottery business is, after all, a consumer-oriented service and therefore, it requires consumer service best practices and principles to take the business to the next level. With the advent of new technologies, the lottery business has been evolving rapidly with the launch of many innovative services.

Throughout the conference period, delegates will enjoy a whole range of guided tours and sumptuous cuisines. We hope you’ll enjoy the conference in this fascinating city in China, and bring home some of the brilliant ideas to help with business growth!

Registration Closes on 12 Sept, 2014

 

 

Workshop – “Lottery Digital Innovation Clinic”

We are glad to introduce a NEW concept to this conference – “Lottery Digital Innovation Clinic”.

It will be held on 13 Oct from 13:30 – 17:00 at The Westin. The purpose of this classroom style workshop serves as an interactive platform for our Silver Sponsors to showcase their services and products by conducting a talk together with interactive demonstrations to our audiences in close distance.

Lunch buffet will be served. Seats are limited. Please indicate your attendance on the registration form.

Keynote Addresses not to be missed:

  • “Big Data in Business” by Tony Surtees, former VP and General Manager of Yahoo!
  • “The world #1 online shop” by Taobao
  • “Asia's leading travel and lifestyle reward program” by Stephen S.Y. Wong, CEO of Asia Miles Limited
  • “Driving growth in 1.3 billion people China consumers market” by Yougang Chen, McKinsey
  • “40 years’ experience on organizational development in a 130 yrs old lottery” by Henry Chan, Executive Director of HKJC
  • “Combating illegal Operations” by Richard Cheung, Executive Director of HKJC

 

 

  • Opening dinner with Chinese Opera performance
  • Golf Tour
  • Half-Day Tour at Lingnan Impression Garden
  • Pearl River Night Cruise
  • Closing Dinner with Kung Fu performance
  • Networking Tour at Baiyun Mountain

 

 

The conference hotel, The Westin Guangzhou, is offering discounted room rates for APLA 2014 Annual Regional Conference participants. Please make your booking before 12 September 2014 to enjoy the discounted rates. The availability is limited. Please click below link to reserve your room. As October is the peak season in Guangzhou, please make your booking early. CLICK HERE

We look forward to seeing you in Guangzhou, China!

Registration is now open.CLICK HERE to sign up now!

Thank you and have a good day.

SOURCE: APLA.

 

 

Tennessee Lottery Marks 10th Consecutive Record Year

Total Lottery funding raised for education since inception now exceeds $3 Billion

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 15, 2014) -- Posting its tenth consecutive year of increased sales, today the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation announced its sales and proceeds figures for Fiscal Year 2014. The Lottery reported $1.417 Billion in total sales for Fiscal Year 2014, an increase of $49 Million over last year’s previous sales record of $1.368 Billion. This year’s sales resulted in a contribution of $337.2 Million for the education programs funded by the Lottery.

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A robust growth in instant ticket sales substantially contributed to this year’s sales growth. Forty-seven new instant ticket games were introduced during the year. Sales of these popular games reached an all-time high of $1.15 Billion during Fiscal Year 2014.

"From top to bottom, we’ve stayed focused on the corporation’s mission to serve Tennessee students and their families by responsibly maximizing proceeds for the education programs funded by the Lottery,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

We work continually to refine our business model, to introduce innovative and entertaining games for our players, to promote efficiencies and best business practices across the organization, and to provide top-notch support for the retailers that sell the Lottery’s products. In this manner, the Tennessee Lottery succeeds for all of our stakeholders—from the player who enjoys our games, to the retailer who earns the commission, to the student who works hard for and relies upon the scholarship.”

According to data from Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, the entity that oversees Lottery funded programs, more than 800,000 grants or scholarships were awarded to students to attend in-state institutions of higher learning since the Lottery’s inception in 2004.

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During the past academic year alone more than 100,000 grants or scholarships were awarded. Lottery funds are also used to support other education- related endeavors, such as after-school programs and an ongoing initiative to make schools more energy efficient.

Total Lottery funding for education programs in Tennessee—including funds used for scholarships, grants, and after-school programs—now exceeds $3 Billion since ticket sales began in January 2004.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $6 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs.

Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $3 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $7.5 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $776 million in retailer commissions.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, 615-324-6556 office / 615-604-2827 mobile.

SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.

 

 

Lotto Hessen and Paymaxs Launch a New Mobile Lottery Experience

Innovative technology bringing the Lottery to the end user

HESSEN, Germany, (July 15, 2014) --  Paymaxs Ltd., a world marketing leader in changing the lottery experience for the end user, announced today the signing of a first-of-its-kind mobile lottery agreement with Lotto Hessen.  The web and mobile application is expected to launch today.

Paymaxs' unique solution includes a full rich back-office system; a regulation engine which meets the specific regulatory requirements; a perfect solution for "responsible gaming"; full databases and knowledge bases of customer behavior for marketing and sales efforts and a direct communication channel.

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"We are pleased to offer players opportunities of interacting with Lotto Hessen by sending lotteries remotely and at the same time, being able to enjoy an interactive experience they have never experienced before," commented Eitan Linker, CEO of Paymaxs. "We are focused on bringing new life to the lottery game and at the same time, enable extended reach, greater participation and additional revenues," Linker continued.

Dr. jur. Heinz-Georg Sundermann, Managing Director of Lotto Hessen, remarked: "Paymaxs' solution allows us to combine our traditional lottery game with the fun of a FreeWin game, which especially will reach the younger generation.  We are excited about this intensive mobile presence we can offer our end users."

In order to be part of the new lottery interactive experience, end users are invited to download the application from either the Apple App Store or alternatively, if you have android - on Google Play.  The application is called FreeWin and by downloading the service, you will be roaring to go!

About Paymaxs 

Paymaxs was founded with the aim of enabling lottery companies to engage customers in a modern, exciting lottery experience simultaneously, increasing revenues and reducing costs. The company has established a revolutionary method to make your product the core motivation for millions of people to join an independent social community. Paymaxs' goal is to support lotteries during the transition period of transforming their old games into a modern, attractive experience for all.

Combining a highly creative marketing & product team with an extremely talented technical R&D staff working hand in hand is the Paymaxs secret recipe for the unique solution provided today - both web and mobile. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.paymaxs.com

About Lotto Hessen

Lotto Hessen, established in 1949, is the state-run lottery company of the State of Hesse, Germany, located in Wiesbaden. The company is managed by Dr. Heinz-Georg Sundermann. The company has around 190 employees, around 2000 service points around the state and annual sales of nearly 600 million Euro. The company also offers a web shop http://www.lotto-hessen.de.

PR CONTACTS for enquiries:

 

Lotto Hessen
Dorothee Hoffmann
Tel: +49-0611 / 36-12-170
Fax: +49-0611 / 36-12-116
Paymaxs Ltd
Hadas Hamerovv
Vice President of Product Marketing
Hadas@paymaxs.com
Mobile: +972-585-277-277

 

SOURCE: Paymaxs Ltd

 

 

Lottery Association Launch Website to Monitor Various Forms of Illegal Gambling

The fight against illegal gaming sites anyone can join

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (July 9, 2014) – The association of operators of central lottery systems and other games (SPELOS) today launched a web portal called ‘Maps of illegal gambling.’ In this way SPELOS decided to up the ante in its battle against a significant expansion of gambling in a black Czech Republic.

"On the mapping of illegal establishments in the long term we are working with some of the information we have already contacted the relevant authorities. This happened for example in the case of the Civic Association Life is a Game whose action SPELOS warned first, "said Petr Vrzáň, CEO SPELOS.

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Vrzáň also said: "Based on suggestions from members of our association and citizens we have to date made available 117 addresses where there illegal lotteries are being conducted. However, we are well aware that this figure is only the tip of the entire iceberg, and the actual situation is much worse."

According to the latest estimates of legitimate operators, there are more than a thousand illegal gaming devices operating at present throughout the country.

These devices occur mainly in places where the regulations are not being enforced. This is true for other countries where a zero tolerance towards illegal gambling has not been enforced or legislated against. There countries are now struggling with increased unemployment, crime, gangs and fewer resources in public budgets.

"We would be happy for the general public to get involved in the fight against illegal play rooms, Internet kiosks or kvízomaty.

Just fill out a simple notification form to alert us as to any illegal gambling room that is not yet included in our database," added Vrzáň.

The SPELOS information database can also be a source of information to representatives of individual cities and municipalities, and other government authorities having oversight of bookmakers, and other gaming operators.

"Despite a number of political and especially populist promises of how easy it is to eradicate illegal gambling, we know that to solve this problem is on the contrary very difficult.

Therefore, we believe that using our Map of illegal gambling establishments will make the work of state authorities and their police much easier for combating illegal gambling.

The SPELOS information database for ‘Maps illegal gambling’ can be found HERE.

SOURCE: SPELOS.

 

 

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Finished FY2014 with Sales of Over $411 Million

Lottery Nears Half-Billion-Dollar Mark in Scholarships

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 10, 2014) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery finished the 2014 Fiscal Year with a sales total of over $411 million, generating more than $81 million to fund scholarships for Arkansas students.  ASL Director Bishop Woosley expects net proceeds will easily surpass the half-billion-dollar mark in total scholarships funds before September 28, the fifth anniversary of its first ticket sale.

“It’s gratifying to know that, in less than five years of operation, we’ve helped more than 135,000 Arkansas students to realize their potential for academic achievement,” Woosley said. 

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That’s $500 million that was simply unavailable to Arkansas students before the Lottery opened in 2009.  These dollars and students, studying at Arkansas colleges and universities, will create a more educated workforce to attract new industry and high-skill, higher-paying jobs to our state.  The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship can be a powerful economic development tool.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery sold its first ticket on September 28, 2009, and as of June 30, 2014, total ticket sales have surpassed $2.1 billion.

The first lottery-funded Arkansas Academic Change Scholarships were awarded in the 2010-2011 academic year, and since then net proceeds of $497,752,014 have helped a total of 135,626 Arkansas students attend Arkansas’s public colleges and universities. 

And since its inception, ASL has paid over $120 million in sales commissions to retailers selling Lottery products throughout Arkansas.

The sole purpose of the ASL is to provide scholarships and grants to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within the state.

For more information on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, visit: www.myarkansaslottery.com.

For more information on scholarships and an application, go to: www.adhe.edu.

ASL CONTACT:  Patrick Ralston, Phone: 501-683-1877.

SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

Wyoming Lottery Corporation Announces Cheyenne Frontier Days Sponsorship

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (July 14, 2014) -- The Wyoming Lottery Corporation has signed on as a platinum sponsor of the 2014 Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western Celebration.

"We're pleased to support Cheyenne Frontier Days," said Jon Clontz, the Wyoming Lottery's Chief Executive Officer. "We're excited about launching Powerball® and Mega Millions®  sales in August, and being able to kick things off by sponsoring an exciting and heavily attended event that exemplifies fun, volunteerism and Wyoming’s western spirit is the perfect opportunity."

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"The Wyoming Lottery's platinum sponsorship demonstrates its commitment to supporting the state and local economies and to becoming an integral part of the community," said Cheyenne Frontier Days CEO, Dan Cheney. "The Lottery is a great fit for our consumer and will benefit all of Wyoming. We’re happy to welcome them to the Frontier Days Sponsor Family."

The Lottery will have three exhibit booths located in Frontier Park during Cheyenne Frontier Days, including one in the Exhibit Hall. Visitors will have a chance to meet the WyoLotto staff, learn about the lottery, play games and win prizes. The Lottery is also conducting a VIP ticket giveaway on its Facebook page and at www.wyolotto.com. The Lottery will give away four packages good for an entire day of Frontier Days activities for four individuals. Two of the packages include four tickets each to the Frontier Nights Championship Bull Riding event on July 21, the other two feature tickets to the Brad Paisley concert on July 24.

Since 1897, scores of volunteers have given their time to put on Cheyenne Frontier Days, a ten-day world class event that attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually and draws top rodeo professionals who compete for nearly $1 million in cash and prizes. Cheyenne Frontier Days runs from July 18-27, 2014.

The official launch of Powerball and Mega Millions sales by the Wyoming Lottery is August 24, 2014.

For more information, visit www.wyolotto.com and www.cfdrodeo.com

About the Wyoming Lottery

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead last March. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account.

SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery.

 

 

European Commission Publishes Recommendation on Online Gambling

The European Lotteries Association Recalls That Member States Remain the Best Placed to Set Gambling Regulation and Protect Consumers

BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 14, 2014) --Today, the European Commission has adopted its Recommendation on common principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gambling services and for the prevention of minors from gambling online. The European State Lotteries and Toto Association (EL) points to the importance and the primary competence of Member States to regulate gambling on their territory in a manner that guarantees a high level of consumer protection.

EL supports the goal of protecting consumers and players and in particular minors and stresses that a high level of consumer protection in the gambling sector is reached notably by taking into account the national specificities and cultural features, as ruled on several occasions by the European Court of Justice and confirmed by the European Parliament. Gambling services and advertising for gambling services should only be allowed for operators who are legal i.e. who hold a specific authorisation in the Member State of the consumer. Accordingly, EL calls on the Commission to take a clear position on this matter.

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EL President Friedrich Stickler: “The purpose of the Recommendation – protecting consumers and minors – is laudable. We recall that in the specific economic activity that is gambling, Member States hold the primary competence to decide how to regulate it on their territory in order to best protect consumers. The Recommendation may never prevent Member States from maintaining more stringent measures or from adopting, if necessary, new measures.” In that context, EL points to the importance of Member States taking effective enforcement measures at the national level and the importance of cooperation between Member States, rightly addressed in the 2010 Council Conclusions on a legal framework for gambling and betting in the EU Member States. These Conclusions also called for the recognition of the specific contribution of lotteries to society in any discussion on gambling at the European level.

EL provided input to the follow-up of the European Commission’s Action Plan through contributing its ‘EL ambitious model for the best protection of consumers’ in April 2013 wherein the association provided its thoughts on the relevant points the European Commission Recommendation should take into account. EL stresses the importance of fully respecting the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice and the confirmation of the primary competence of Member States to regulate the gambling sector. Also the European Parliament has considered in its 2013 Resolution on online gambling that a European sectoral legislative act on gambling would not be appropriate.

Link to European Commission Recommendation

For further information please CONTACT:

 

Friedrich Stickler
EL President and Board member, Austrian Lotteries
Tel. +43 1 79070 1300
friedrich.stickler@lotterien.at
Jutta Buyse
EL General Delegate
Brussels
Tel: + 32 (0)2 234 38 20
Mobile +32 476 896 376
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).

 

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New Interactive Training Courses for Loterie Romande’s Responsible Gaming Programme Now Online!

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (July 15, 2014) -- Raising employees’ and retailers’ awareness about preventing and combating problem gambling forms a cornerstone of Loterie Romande’s Responsible Gaming programme which, since its launch in 1999, has been constantly reviewed and improved. On this score, Loterie Romande has, in conjunction with SiLabs, a specialist institute unanimously recognised in the sphere of social responsibility and prevention of gambling addiction, devised a series of new interactive training modules.

New certification for all members of staff...

With a wealth of updated content, a series of new video clips and interviews with experts, this training material aimed at everyone working at Loterie Romande deals with the issue of preventing problem gambling in an upfront, straightforward and user-friendly way.

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The first section, which is wholly dedicated to the company’s social responsibility, highlights the economic and social role played regionally by Loterie Romande which adopts a measured, ethical and transparent approach to pursuing everything that it does in its business.

The material points out how development of Loterie Romande’s business and social responsibility must go hand in glove with each other so as to cement the company’s legitimacy at the same time as furthering the general public’s confidence in Loterie Romande.

The second section focuses particularly on Responsible Gaming itself and how problem gambling should be averted. Lasting roughly 45 minutes in all, this new interactive training course is far from being a straightforward listing of dry theory and principles. Using interviews with psychologists and role-play situations, the course is geared towards not just providing a solid knowledge base, but also equipping those following the course to have the right reflexes if the need arises. The course ends with a test leading to a Responsible Gaming certificate being awarded to those who pass a compulsory requirement for members of Loterie Romande’s staff.

...and the whole of Loterie Romande’s sales network!

As from July 2014, Loterie Romande’s entire sales network will also be offered the opportunity to undertake this new compulsory training course online. This material aimed at retailers, designed on the same principles as modules for Loterie Romande’s own staff, places particular emphasis on those challenging situations retailers might encounter on their premises, helping and encouraging them to respond to these by handling them appropriately.

Several interviews, video clips and role-play exercises make the training more realistic. The course also offers practical advice along with reliable tools aimed at enabling retailers to cope with issues associated with problem gambling most effectively and at ensuring Responsible Gaming guidelines are complied with throughout Loterie Romande’s sales network.

CONTACT: Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO, +41 21 348 13 13.

Loterie Romande.

 

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Visitors to Australasian Gaming Expo 2014 Dreaming of VEGAS WIN!

To be in the draw, all you have to do is register and turn up at the Expo between the 12th and 14th of August

Get your AGE Mobile App by clicking HERE.

SYDNEY, Australia (July 14, 2014) -- Every year for the last four years, 3 lucky visitors to the Australasian Gaming Expo have won a trip for two to Las Vegas, the home of gaming and the Global Gaming Expo.  The prize draws are held each day from the names of people who have registered and attended the AGE.

This year will be no different, it’s going to be a magnificent new Venue in a picturesque location on Sydney Harbor but the much anticipated and Loved VEGAS PRIZE is still on offer and that already has visitors bubbling with excitement.

Annie Johnson (Left) and Katherine Johnson Won the Las Vegas Prize at AGE 2013

Annie Johnson heard her name being paged while she was at the AGE 2013,”to go to the Exhibitors Help Desk.”

When she arrived she was surprised to learn that she was the Thursday winner of a trip for two to Las Vegas along with 5 night’s accommodation. 

The 2013 pilgrimage to the AGE was a family affair with Annie’s sister Katherine and parents Maryanne and Clive Johnson, who is the publican of the Prince Alfred Hotel in Booval Queensland, all in attendance.

But the big surprise was for Annie’s parents Clive and Maryanne, because Annie decided to give them the prize.

And although it was their second trip to Vegas, Clive and Maryanne still found Vegas just as much fun as ever with plenty of things to do. 

They spent two days at the Global Gaming Expo which was within walking distance of their hotel.

Maryanne said of the show:  “It was really exciting especially with the conference and so many different gaming machines and different bases and different type of wagering machines that we don’t see in Australia.”

They also treated themselves to a helicopter ride and champagne breakfast at the Grand Canyon and visited several Casinos including Caesars Palace, New York New York, Palazzo, Venetian, Paris, and Wynn. While they were there they were able to get tickets to the Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio which is described in the promotional material as “An aquatic masterpiece of surrealism and theatrical romance”.

And of course there was the quality and quantity of the food from all the Casino restaurants which featured cuisines from all around the world. 

Maryanne also found time to visit the local Factory Outlet store and stock up on good quality American clothing which is a fraction of the price that we pay for clothes here in Australia.

The Vegas prize draw will be held again at this year’s AGE! 

To be in the draw, all you have to do is register and turn up at the Expo between the 12th and 14th of August.

More information and Visitor registration are available online at: www.austgamingexpo.com  or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, (+61 2) 8216 0931 or rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

 

Karma Gaming Accepted as Associate Member of the European Lotteries and Toto Association

HALIFAX, Canada (July 10, 2014) -- Karma Gaming International is proud to announce that it has been accepted as a ratified associate member in the European Lotteries and Toto Association (EL). The announcement follows Karma’s induction into the World Lottery Association in October, 2012.

Karma is reinventing lottery games for the digital generation, by merging the thrill of winning money with the excitement of casual games, a concept that could help lotteries revitalize player engagement and bring relevance to their brands online. Karma’s games can be played cross-platform - for online computer (Flash), mobile (native iOS and Android) as well as HTML5 mobile.

Lottery represents the most mainstream form of gambling, and casual gaming is the most mainstream form of video gaming. With strong cross-play, interest in similar game genres, and comparable motivations and game play habits, an opportunity exists to create truly new lottery products through the combination of these two “mass” pastimes. In doing so, the lottery industry could address its most fundamental challenge when moving online – one of relevance in digital channels.

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 “Europe is the most advanced and forward-thinking lottery market globally, with the highest rate of lotteries offering games online and in mobile channels. European lotteries understand that products must evolve to meet the expectations of the digital generation in order to be relevant,” says Paul Leblanc, CEO of Karma Gaming. “Karma offers the most exciting next-generation, cross-platform lottery games in the market today, and we believe our games and technology will be a welcome addition among lotteries looking to expand their player base among digital audiences.”

No other company better understands the points of intersection between lottery and casual games than Karma,” says Paul Leblanc, CEO of Karma Gaming. “We believe our suite of innovative lottery products, which merge casual gaming with lottery, will be an exciting opportunity to engage with digital audiences online and in mobile channels.”

Karma is looking forward to launching our next-generation content in European markets and we’re thrilled for closer collaboration with European Lotteries,” says Leblanc.

About Karma Gaming

Karma Gaming International was formed to connect lotteries and casual gamers. The company has created a new breed of online game designed to appeal to consumers who have grown up online. The products merge the fun and skill of casual gaming with the chance to win real monetary rewards. For more information on Karma visit

www.karmagaming.com or follow Karma on Twitter at @KarmaGaming. Karma Gaming has a head office based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a second location in Moncton, New Brunswick.

About European Lotteries and Toto Association

The European Lotteries is the umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL brings together state-owned operators who operate on behalf of the state. EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

EL was created in 1983 under Swiss law.

For further information CONTACT: Paul LeBlanc, CEO and Co-Founder / Ph: 1 902 461 2909.

SOURCE: Karma Gaming.

 

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EquiLottery Combines Horse Racing and Lottery for ‘Greatest Two Dollars in Sports’

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (July 8, 2014) -- EquiLottery LLC is now offering its new innovative horse racing and lottery game, EquiLottery, which combines the excitement of live horse racing with lottery terminals across the world. At a time when both the racing and lottery industries are looking for ways to adapt to evolving marketplaces, EquiLottery produces non-traditional marketing opportunities and a unique gaming method to deliver new excitement to the lottery experience. Allowing lottery players to participate in the same wagering pools as horseplayers, this game promises to create dynamic payouts for lottery and horseplayers while keeping in line with the legislative and financial realities of international lottery corporations.

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EquiLottery simplifies the process of participating in racetrack pari-mutuel pools by narrowing the experience to one race and one pool each day. Players will be invited to purchase a $2 quick pick ticket from their local lottery retailer for an exotic wagering pool connected to a pre-selected live race or series of races. These pools can be any multi-number opportunity offered at the racetrack, including, but not limited to, Trifectas, Superfectas, Super Hi-5s, and Pick 6s.

"Discovering the horse racing industry as a 30-something adult, I can relate to the steep learning curve it takes to understand this beautiful sport," said Brad Cummings, who invented and patented the game and serves as President and CEO of EquiLottery LLC. "My initial goal was to increase the exposure of horse racing and develop new fans. EquiLottery certainly satisfies these criteria."

With the first dollar going directly into the racetrack pari-mutuel pool, EquiLottery helps racetracks to realize a significant boost in handle. This increases profits through enhanced takeout revenues and engages a new audience with the racing product.

Additionally, EquiLottery's influence allows horseplayers an opportunity to find wagering value by raising payouts on combinations across the board, bringing an international focus to races integrated with the EquiLottery system.

Revenue studies from leading lottery firm Gaming Laboratories International project significant revenue increases for races involved with EquiLottery, including a $97 million handle impact on the Kentucky Derby if played through EquiLottery across ten racing states, a nearly 80% increase on 2014 handle numbers.

"I have always felt there is tremendous potential for a concept incorporating horse racing and the lottery," said former racetrack executive David Vance.

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"I applaud Brad Cummings for his big picture vision and his determination to fashion a plan that serves both industries." Vance was the former President of Remington Park and actively pursued a national agenda for racing while serving as President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations.

Cummings also pointed out that it is not enough for this patented gaming product to improve the future of horse racing. Lotteries also need ample incentive to incorporate new games into their corporate strategies. EquiLottery gives lotteries the flexibility to match their expected profits and covers anticipated expenses including marketing fees and vendor royalties.

"It's important when we develop solutions to improve the racing product that we also understand the needs of our potential partners," said Cummings. "EquiLottery is designed so that lotteries can implement this game without any fear of profit cannibalization."

Horsemen, racetrack executives, lottery professionals and the general public are invited to visit www.EquiLottery.com or www.EquiLottery.ca to learn more about this exciting new game, including specific game structure, additional revenue projections and polling results.

Visitors will also be able to learn how to bring EquiLottery to their state and share their support through multiple social media platforms and a “Get Involved” contact form.

About Brad Cummings

Currently living in Lexington, Kentucky, the heart of the horse racing industry, Brad Cummings has been a prominent player in the racing industry since 2008. As co-creator of the Paulick Report, the industry’s leading independent online news source, and recently serving as COO of PM Advertising, the world’s largest Thoroughbred ad agency, Cummings has built a proven track record of innovation and success.

Beyond his achievements in business, Cummings is also known for his rendition of the National Anthem at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.

Before entering the sport of horse racing, Cummings ran several statewide political campaigns and served as the chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party in Louisville.

Cummings can be found in the Louisville Courier-Journal as a regular political columnist writing every third Wednesday.

Brad Cummings - President/CEO

SOURCE: EquiLottery, LLC.

 

 

Idaho Lottery Celebrates 25th Anniversary with $49 Million Dividend to People of Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (July 15, 2014) -- The Idaho Lottery kicked-off their 25th Anniversary celebration this afternoon by returning the largest dividend in their history.  Accepting the dividend on behalf of the people of Idaho, Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter received a check worth $49 million during a ceremony at the State Capitol.  This year’s eleventh consecutive record dividend came on the strength of the seventh consecutive year of responsibly increased sales.

Led by Chairman Mel Fisher, the Idaho Lottery Commission and Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson presented Governor Otter with a check representing the 25-year dividend provided to Idaho public schools and the State’s permanent public buildings for $649.5 million.

Tomorrow’s classrooms will enjoy today’s benefits due to the continued achievements of the Idaho Lottery,” said Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter.  “For two and a half decades, the Lottery has been committed to the highest levels of fairness and integrity, leading them to become the best Lottery in the nation.  Building on 25 years of success, join me in celebrating your Idaho Lottery’s silver anniversary.”

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With close to two-thirds of a billion dollars returned for our good causes, when players play the Lottery in Idaho, someone, somewhere, is always benefitting,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “Every play pays.  Every day we contribute $134,247 to a greater common good that exceeds the sum of our dollars and dividends: the future of Idaho’s education and prosperity among her citizens.”

The Idaho Lottery sold its very first ticket on the steps of the Idaho Capitol in July 1989.  Since that time, the Idaho Lottery has totaled $2.7 billion in sales. The statewide network of 1,200 brick and mortar retail locations has earned $160 million in commissions.

For the twelfth time in thirteen years, and the seventh consecutive year, the Idaho Lottery’s annual sales exceeded the previous year.  This year’s sales were $208.9 million, marking the first year in Idaho Lottery history that sales eclipsed the $200 million mark.

During the ceremony Governor Otter presented Luci Willits, Chief of Staff for the Idaho State Department of Education with a $30.625 million dividend check.  Of that amount, $18.375 million is earmarked for the Department of Education’s Building Fund Account and the remaining $12.25 million is for the Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed $343.9 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

"Over the past 25 years, the Lottery has proven its resourcefulness and partnership by contributing well over $300 million for Idaho’s classrooms. On behalf of the State Department of Education, I want to thank Idahoans across the state for supporting Idaho students and public education," Willits said.

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Governor Otter also presented Gena Russell, Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council Chair, with a dividend check for $18.375 million. This is the largest amount ever received by the State’s Permanent Building Fund.  Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has returned $305.6 million back to the permanent buildings of Idaho.

The Idaho Lottery has been a meaningful contributor in the maintenance and enhancement of Idaho’s public buildings for twenty-five years,” said Russell. “Lottery revenue each year enables us to preserve our historical facilities, provide safe work environments for the Gem State’s employees, and improve the quality of Idaho’s college campuses.”

The Idaho Lottery celebrated its 25th Anniversary by setting five new records in Fiscal Year 2009.  In addition to the record dividend and sales figures, the Lottery also set records in Scratch ticket sales ($122.8 million), total prizes paid to the players ($136.8 million), and commissions earned by Idaho Lottery retailers ($12.14 million).

The Idaho Lottery’s 25th Anniversary celebration will continue on the Lottery’s actual anniversary date, July 19th, with a FREE player appreciation party prior to the final night of the Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa.  Later that evening during the rodeo the national LIVE Powerball draw will take place and will be broadcast from the Idaho Center.

SOURCE: Idaho Lottery.

 




 

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