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Vol. 68 No.4 - Monday July 28, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

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  • GTECH Selected to Provide Intelligen™ VLT Central Information System to Greek Lottery Operator OPAP. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Sign Amendment Extending It's Contract in Washington DC Until 2020. Full Story.
  • POLLARD BANKNOTE Bring The High-Speed World of NASCAR® to the Instant Ticket Industry. Full Story.
  • GLI Expands Professional Services Leadership Team. Full Story.
  • PA Lottery Close Fiscal Year with $3.8 Billion in Sales, Nets More Than $1 Billion to Benefit Older Pennsylvanians. Full Story.
  • NOVOMATIC is Now a Member of the WLA, the EL and the CIBELAE. Full Story.
  • CT Lottery Win “Newsletter Award” at National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Awards Event. Full Story.
  • Delaware Lottery Set New Record in Sales for Traditional Games for Fiscal Year 2014 . Full Story.
  • Ohio Lottery Complete Fiscal Year with Record Sales, Profits. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Win National Award for Underage Play Prevention Ad Campaign. Full Story.
  • Introduction of the Team Tips; Play Together and Win. Full Story.
  • Wyoming Lottery Campaign Kicks Off Today. Full Story.
  • Georgia Lottery Celebrates 21st Birthday, Partners with Kia Motors to Launch New Games and Promotion. Full Story.
  • Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Third Consecutive Year. Full Story.
  • California Tribe Plans to Go it Alone Online. Full Story.


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GTECH Selected to Provide Intelligen™ VLT Central Information System to Greek Lottery Operator OPAP

System to connect up to 35,000 video lottery terminals (VLTs) in Greece's new gaming program

ROME (Italy) and PROVIDENCE (Rhode Island) (July 24, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary GTECH Canada ULC (GTECH) has been selected to provide its INTELLIGEN™ VLT (video lottery terminal) Central Information System to Greek lottery operator OPAP, one of Europe’s largest listed gaming companies. GTECH was chosen from among four vendors in an open competitive procurement process to provide OPAP’s VLT Central Information System to monitor and control up to 35,000 VLTs in OPAP’s planned new network.

GTECH is expected to connect its INTELLIGEN Central Information System to OPAP and concessionaire VLTs beginning in late 2014, following system certification by the Hellenic Gaming Commission.

GTECH’s extensive experience deploying large-scale, open standards-based VLT Central Systems for World Lottery Association customers around the world will help OPAP maximize the benefits of its new VLT program,” said Walter Bugno, President and CEO, GTECH International. “INTELLIGEN’s open-standards architecture and foundational features, including its integrated Responsible Gaming solution, will ensure the program’s success and long-term sustainability, which ultimately benefit the people of Greece.”

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GTECH’s Central Information System will provide OPAP with the ability to connect to the world’s largest VLT manufacturers’ machines through the Game to System® (G2S™) protocol; advanced network functionality, including multi-level jackpots and remote game downloading; an integrated Responsible Gaming solution; Advanced Business Analytics; Player Services Management; and Proactive Diagnostics.

OPAP became a valued GTECH customer in March 2014 when it selected GTECH as the strategic partner for OPAP’s online sports betting operations in Greece. The solution was launched in three months, providing players with an optimal betting experience and allowing OPAP to benefit from the new technology in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

GTECH is the leading provider of VLT central video systems to World Lottery Association markets, with 24 INTELLIGEN deployments between 2009 and the end of 2015, inclusive of Greece.

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:

 

Robert K. Vincent

GTECH  S.p.A

Corporate Communications

T. (+1) 401 392 7452

Simone Cantagallo

GTECH S.p.A.

Media Communications

T. (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

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INTRALOT Sign Amendment Extending It's Contract in Washington DC Until 2020

ATHENS, Greece (July 22, 2014) -- INTRALOT Inc., based in Duluth, GA, the North American subsidiary of INTRALOT Group, is pleased to announce an amendment that extends its contract, pursuant to the terms of the existing contract, with the District of Columbia. The extension provides that INTRALOT will continue to offer the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board (DCLB) INTRALOT's LOTOS™ O/S On-line Gaming and Instant Ticket Management Computer System.

This includes its state-of-the-art terminals, peripheral devices and a communications network that links retailer terminals across the district to the central system. Incorporated into this package are additional services, such as marketing support, hotline, maintenance and repair as well as field operations.

Under the terms of the amendment, INTRALOT has received all five (5) of the available 1-year extensions of its original contract dated March 30, 2010. The extensions will commence on March 30, 2015 and go through March 29, 2020.

Mr. Buddy Roogow, the Lottery's Executive Director, commented: "INTRALOT has been an extremely valuable partner with the DCLB. Their creative expertise and technical capabilities have allowed us to continue a leadership role in the industry by expanding our product line with new, exciting, innovative games and distribution channels, including interactive instant games played on player-activated terminals. With these new channels and games, we have increased our sales and player base without cannibalizing sales of other products. We very much look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership with INTRALOT through 2020."

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"We are extremely proud to have been part of the Lottery's success and we are very excited to continue our partnership with the Lottery for an additional five years. We are equally proud of invaluable contributions of our local partner, DC09*, LLC, its President and CEO, Emmanuel S. Bailey, and his team. Together we will continue to introduce new sales channels and innovative products and services to the District of Columbia to benefit those who live and work in the city as well as those who visit,"said Mr. Tom Little, President and CEO of INTRALOT Inc.

INTRALOT Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr. John Pantoleon, added: "Being chosen to continue offering leading technical and marketing solutions to the US capital is rewarding and motivating, as it recognizes our commitment to delivering significant value to our Lottery partners. With our trusted partner, the DCLB, we share the same strategy of innovation and social responsibility and we look forward to exceeding expectations and offering even more exciting new games to the benefit of the Lottery, the District and its citizens".

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 5.500 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

*About DC09, LLC DC09, LLC is a subsidiary of INTRALOT and is responsible for business and central systems operations as subcontractor to INTRALOT.

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.

 

 

POLLARD BANKNOTE Bring The High-Speed World of NASCAR® to the Instant Ticket Industry

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (July 21, 2014) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”), a leading lottery partner that provides instant tickets, interactive solutions and marketing support, is pleased to add NASCAR® to its portfolio of licensed products. This new licensing agreement with NASCAR—one of the world’s most successful sports entertainment properties—will give North American lottery clients the opportunity to capitalize on the brand’s popularity, social presence, and ability to offer unique experiential prizes that will turbo-charge their instant ticket portfolios.

We’re very excited to offer NASCAR—the premier motorsports innovator—to our lottery clients,” remarked Pollard Banknote’s Vice President, Marketing, Sina Aiello. “The NASCAR brand brings with it millions of fans who are engaged and emotionally charged. Our ticket art will reflect the thrill and excitement that NASCAR exudes and prizes will include NASCAR merchandise and experiences. Lotteries will be able to offer once-in-a-lifetime VIP race experiences that their players have only dreamt of, which may include meet and greets with a NASCAR driver or crew"

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NASCAR has wide appeal that transcends age, gender, ethnicity, and geography, making it more than a pastime for millions of passionate and loyal fans. The NASCAR brand offers it all—the unique personalities of top racecar drivers and fierce rivalries, combined with dramatic and unpredictable race finishes. Now lotteries have the opportunity to capitalize on this fan fervor!

Whether viewed in person, on television or via digital media, a NASCAR race offers unrivalled entertainment as stock cars reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour.

When the races are over and cars are back in the garage, NASCAR fans are still heavily engaged in the sport, consuming content on NASCAR.com and interacting with multiple social media platforms including the @NASCAR Twitter handle (1.5 million followers) and official NASCAR Facebook page (4.3 million fans).

NASCAR’s partnership with Pollard Banknote is about more than just branding,” said Blake Davidson, NASCAR vice president, licensing and consumer products. “What makes this special is that our sport becomes the prize, and we’re excited to reward fans with NASCAR experiences they won’t ever forget.

Through its Licensed Products team, Pollard Banknote’s turnkey program includes the design, programming, and printing of themed tickets, as well as various options such as second chance draws, a POS program, and broadcast and digital marketing.

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The NASCAR license adds to Pollard Banknote’s sales-driving portfolio of high profile brands that are selected to appeal to the existing lottery player while attracting new players that are brand loyal. Current licenses include Tetris®, Frogger, Jelly Belly®, The Venetian® and The Palazzo®, and others.

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.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

For More Information CONTACT: Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing Telephone: (204) 474-2323 E-mail: saiello@pbl.ca.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

GLI Expands Professional Services Leadership Team

Seasoned Senior IT Professional Wade Dauphinee Joins as Manager of Professional Services

MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (July 21, 2014) – GLI’s Professional Services division has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2012, and now the division’s leadership team has added a seasoned senior Lottery IT professional.

Wade Dauphinee has joined GLI as Manager of Professional Services. Dauphinee brings nearly two decades of IT experience to GLI, including 10 years in the lottery and gaming industry. In his role, he will work directly with GLI Professional Services clients, delivering value-added advisory services in the areas of Governance, Risk and Compliance and Technical Services.

Most recently, Dauphinee was with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, where he further honed his skills managing large IT projects, from core evaluation of RFPs for lottery systems replacement, gaming Wide Area Network (WAN), telephony and IT outsourcing.

GLI Canada CEO Salim Adatia said, “We are thrilled to welcome Wade to the Professional Services leadership team. Wade is a proven leader with an enviable depth of knowledge that will benefit our clients as well as our staff.”

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“As GLI’s Professional Services division continues to grow, it is important that we continue to earn the trust of existing and potential clients. Bringing an experienced professional such as Wade to our leadership team sends a very strong message that we are serious about our business and earning that trust every day,” said Professional Services Director Gregory Doucette.

Dauphinee brings a deep knowledge of complex lottery IT issues to GLI. He is noted for his skills in information security management, security process design, IT governance and operations frameworks, business continuity management (BCM) and disaster recovery plan (DRP) and risk management methodologies. His proven leadership skills have enabled past employers and clients to reduce risk, increase protection of sensitive information while increasing efficiencies.

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 Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

 

PA Lottery Close Fiscal Year with $3.8 Billion in Sales, Nets More Than $1 Billion to Benefit Older Pennsylvanians

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (July 22, 2014) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery finished fiscal year 2013-14 with $3.8 billion in sales, dedicating $1.08 billion in net revenue to support programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians.

Fiscal year sales were $99.9 million, or 2.7 percent, above the previous year and prior sales record of $3.7 billion. Net revenue grew by $14.1 million, or 1.3 percent, over the previous year and prior record.

The Lottery paid nearly $2.4 billion in prizes in 2013-14, an increase of $77.7 million over the previous year and a new all-time record. More than 62 cents of every Lottery sales dollar was returned to players in the form of prizes, and 76 Lottery players won prizes of $1 million or more last year.

The Lottery’s more than 9,100 retailers, many of them family-owned small businesses, earned $202.4 million in fiscal year 2013-14, an increase of $6.3 million over the previous year.

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This growth over last year is thanks to our players and retailers, who understand the great things Pennsylvania Lottery games provide,” said Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte. “For the third consecutive year the Lottery generated more than $1 billion to support vital services and benefits for older adults across the state. This is great news, but the numbers also underscore the importance of getting legislative relief from the statutory minimum rate of return to position the Lottery to deliver more dollars to senior programs in future years.”

By law, the Lottery had to return at least 27 percent of ticket sales revenue to the Lottery Fund to pay for programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians last year. It returned 28.5 percent for senior programs, the lowest percentage of sales revenue, yet highest dollar amount in the history of Lottery.

While terminal-based games deliver the highest net revenue as a percentage of sales for the Lottery, consumer preference continues to shift toward instant games, which demand a higher payout percentage, and therefore deliver a lower percentage return for the Lottery Fund and senior programs.

Instant games sales for the fiscal year totaled $2.4 billion, which was $139.7 million, or 6 percent, higher than the previous year. Instant games accounted for 64.3 percent of the year’s total game sales, a 2 percent increase over 2012-13.

Sales for terminal-based games – which include The Daily Number, Big 4, Quinto, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6, Millionaire Raffle, Powerball and Mega Millions – totaled more than $1.35 billion for the fiscal year, which was $39.8 million, or 2.9 percent, below the previous year.

Terminal-based games Powerball and Mega Millions deliver the greatest return as a percentage of sales to senior programs, but sales of those games fluctuate dramatically based upon jackpot level, as evidenced by the nearly $100 million drop in Powerball and Power Play sales from fiscal year 2012-13 to 2013-14.

Our mega-jackpot games are exciting because they can generate tens of millions of dollars in senior funding over a span of days when jackpots get high,” said Lutkewitte. “But in years where large jackpots are less frequent, instant games account for an even greater percentage of sales, and we move closer and closer to that statutory minimum rate of return.

There are legislative proposals in both the House and the Senate that would decrease the minimum rate of return to 25 percent long-term, and this legislation is key to enabling future growth in Lottery funds for senior programs.”

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Without legislative action to lower the mandated rate of return, which jumps back up to 30 percent for fiscal year 15-16, the Pennsylvania Lottery will have to make adjustments to its marketing plan, including diminished payouts, which will likely harm sales and reduce profits by hundreds of millions of dollars in just a few years.

The Lottery’s administrative costs decreased to 2.04 percent of sales, down from 2.07 percent in the previous year.

Nearly 98 cents of every Pennsylvania Lottery dollar goes back to the community in the form of prizes paid to winners, benefits for older Pennsylvanians and commissions to retailers and vendors,” said Lutkewitte. “We are proud to contribute to the economy while we deliver crucial funding to benefit older adults, and we’re eager for the legislature to enact relief from our current statutory rate of return so we can deliver even more for the benefit of our seniors.”

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.

 

 

NOVOMATIC is Now a Member of the WLA, the EL and the CIBELAE

Accordingly, the gaming group expands its footprint in the lottery segment

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (July 22, 2014) --NOVOMATIC, Europe’s largest integrated gaming group, was now accepted as a member in three of the world’s most important lottery associations. With this, the company expands its competency in lottery services.

Apart from its market leading position in the European video lottery sector, NOVOMATIC strives to also increase its footprint in the classic lottery segment – not least through the acquisition of the Icelandic lottery technology pioneer Betware Holding hf. that was completed in November of 2013. Betware’s many years of experience as a provider of online gaming solutions for the lottery market already offer a major step in this direction. Now, NOVOMATIC can also count itself among the members of the three most important lottery associations worldwide: the World Lottery Association (WLA), the European Lotteries (EL), as well as the Corporación Iberoamericana De Loterías Y Apuestas De Estado (CIBELAE).

The World Lottery Association is a worldwide member-based organization that advances interests of the state lottery companies by advocating the highest ethical principles and supporting its members in achieving their visions. As one of the most recent members, NOVOMATIC has now been recognized as a Gold Contributor. With this, the group proves not only that it is one of the industry’s leading international players, but also shows that it complies with the WLA’s high standards regarding corporate and social responsibility.

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The European Lotteries, an umbrella organization for national lotteries, has also recognized these efforts and rewarded NOVOMATIC with a status as Associate Member. The CIBELAE, an association of lotteries in Latin America, has accepted NOVOMATIC as a STAR Provider (“proveedor estrella”).

Being received as a member of these three important associations honors us and shows that our commitment to continued innovation and social responsibility pays off. As an integrated gaming group, we are both an operator and a producer of high-quality gaming devices and services. The lotteryoffering will perfectly complement our already comprehensive portfolio”, says NOVOMATIC’s CEO Franz Wohlfahrt.

In acquiring NOVOMATIC as a Gold Contributor, the WLA has gained a partner that is one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world. NOVOMATIC’s November 2013 acquisition of Betware, the former WLA Gold Contributor and long-time leader in online gaming solutions for the lottery market, emphasizes NOVOMATIC’s eagerness to work with the world lottery community in its effort to gain revenue for good causes. We are proud to welcome NOVOMATIC as a WLA member, and to count them among our Gold Contributors”, says WLA President Jean-Luc Monet-Banet, who recently visited the NOVOMATIC headquarters in Gumpoldskirchen, Lower Austria.

ABOUT NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world. The group employs more than 20,000 staff worldwide (3,000 in Austria). Founded by entrepreneur Prof. Johann F. Graf, the group has locations in 45 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment to 80 countries. The group operates more than 230,000 gaming machines in its about 1,500 plus traditional and electronic casinos as well as via rental concepts. Part of the group is also Admiral Sportwetten GmbH, Austria‘s leading sports betting operator with more than 205 outlets as well as the Vienna based online gaming specialist Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH.

SOURCE: Novomatic.

 

 

CT Lottery Win “Newsletter Award” at National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Awards Event

ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (July 18, 2014) – The CT Lottery was selected by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) as the winner of the “Newsletter Award” at the organization’s 28th National Conference on Problem Gambling in Orlando, FL on July 12.  The award recognized the CT Lottery’s employee newsletter, Chatter that Matters™, as the best new problem gambling-related newsletter.

I am very proud that the NCPG has recognized our staff’s collective efforts to promote responsible gambling through a newsletter.  The award exemplifies our commitment to meeting the highest standards in our industry for corporate social responsibility, and is a tribute to our team,” said Anne M. Noble, CT Lottery President and CEO.

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A commitment to responsible gambling education and awareness is a core value of the CT Lottery.  Chatter that Matters™, a quarterly newsletter headed up by Chelsea Turner, CT Lottery Director of Government, Regulatory and Operational Affairs, is written by employees, and designed to help keep co-workers and stakeholders informed about the Lottery’s efforts to promote responsible gambling, supplier diversity, pro business initiatives and green initiatives. 

The CT Lottery also participates in the World Lottery Association's responsible gaming accreditation program.  In 2012, the CT Lottery achieved Level 2 Accreditation – one of only six U.S. lotteries to achieve this distinction, and it is now working towards Level 3 Accreditation.  

About the CT Lottery

In fiscal year 2013, players won more than $699 million in prize money.  At the same time, the Lottery provided a record $312.1 million to support the valuable services and programs founded by the state’s General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.  Since the Lottery began in 1972, its contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $8 billion, and more than $13 billion has been awarded to winners. 

The CT Lottery contributes $2.3 million annually to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' (DMHAS) Chronic Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund, and commits additional funding support in various ways including Public Service Announcements (PSAs).

To learn more about the CT Lottery’s responsibly gaming efforts, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG and click on the “Corporate Responsibility - Responsible Gambling” tab.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.

 

 

Delaware Lottery Set New Record in Sales for Traditional Games for Fiscal Year 2014

DOVER, Delaware (July 18, 2014) – The Delaware Lottery today announced record sales in Fiscal Year 2014 (year ending June 30, 2014) for its traditional games products. In its 40th year of operations, total sales for Fiscal Year 2014 were $148,354,564, which represents a 2.71% increase from Fiscal Year 2013. Traditional game products are composed of lottery favorites POWERBALL® and MEGA MILLIONS®, as well as HOT LOTTO®, DELAWARE CASH 5®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY3, PLAY4, Instant Games and Keno. The previous sales record was set in Fiscal Year 1999 at $145.86 million.

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The success we achieved in Fiscal Year 2014 is the outcome of the groundwork laid over the past few years,” said Lottery Director Vernon Kirk. “The enhancement of our product portfolio and expansion of our Retailer network proved effective in driving sales. We will continue to look for new ways to offer products and winning experiences that our players want in an effort to build a better gaming future in Delaware.”

Sales have been climbing since Fiscal Year 1994, more than 20 years ago, when the Delaware Lottery broke $100 million in annual sales. This past fiscal year’s success can be attributed in part to a record sales year for INSTANT GAMES (more than $50 million and a 6.8% increase from Fiscal Year 2013) and the exceptional performance of MEGA MILLIONS®. As authorized in the Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, the addition of Keno to the product line in Fiscal Year 2013 has been well received by players and also contributed to the overall increase in Fiscal Year 2014 sales. Finally, the Lottery Retailer network expansion between 2011 and 2014 (from 535 retailers to 655 to date) was key factor contributing to the overall sales success.

About the Delaware Lottery

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

SOURCE: Delaware Lottery.

 

 

Ohio Lottery Complete Fiscal Year with Record Sales, Profits

CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 17, 2014) -- Ohio Lottery traditional sales combined with video lottery net win reached a record $3.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2014, up $314 million from Fiscal Year 2013. Growing popularity of the Lottery’s KENO and EZPLAY® Games and the opening of three new VLT facilities contributed to the record sales.

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Profits generated $904.3 million for the Lottery Profits Education Fund in Fiscal Year 2014, an all-time record. Profits were up $101.2 million compared to Fiscal Year 2013. By law, Ohio Lottery profits support public school operations, K through 12.

“Ohioans have multiple options today as to where they spend their entertainment dollar, and we’re pleased to see another record year despite the growing competition,” Director Dennis Berg said.

KENO and EZPLAY® Games, the Ohio Lottery’s instant/online game category, led the way for the record sales performance. Consumers purchased $1.42 billion worth of Ohio Lottery instant games. The largest game category, instant games sales were driven by the popularity of the Lottery’s first $30 ticket, 40th Anniversary Millions, introduced Jan. 16, 2014.

Information on VLT revenue can be found :HERE

All figures are preliminary and unaudited. Audited figures are expected to be released in October.

SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.

 

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Illinois Lottery Win National Award for Underage Play Prevention Ad Campaign

CHICAGO, Illinois (July 17, 2014) --The Illinois Lottery has received a prestigious, national award for its effective use of responsible gaming messaging during last winter’s holiday season. The Best Holiday Campaign award went to the Illinois Lottery earlier this month at the 28th Annual Meeting of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in Orlando, Florida.

As part of its commitment to underage play prevention, the Illinois Lottery joined 37 other gaming corporations in the 2013 annual Holiday Campaign--a collaborative initiative of the NCPG and Canada’s McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. The collaborative highlight the risks of giving lottery tickets and scratch cards as holiday gifts to minors.

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While holiday instant tickets can make great gifts and/or stocking stuffers, they are only for adults.  Lottery tickets can only be legally purchased by adults and should only be given to those age 18 and older.  2013 was the sixth year that the NCPG and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors partnered with lotteries to promote this message.

 “The Illinois Lottery is proud to receive this award and will continue to promote responsible gaming in all facets of our operations,” said Michael Jones, director of the Illinois Lottery.   “We are committed to preventing underage and excessive play,” said Jones.  “During the holiday season and throughout the year, the message we emphasize is:  ‘Play responsibly; give responsibly’.”  The Illinois Lottery is one of only five U.S. lotteries to have achieved Level Three certification for Responsible Gaming practices from the World Lottery Association —the 2nd highest level possible. 

Playing the lottery can be fun and exciting. The possibility of life changing jackpots, daily wins and instant prizes not only creates excitement in players, it can also bring risks for players. The Illinois Lottery is committed to ensuring that consumers know the odds and are protected from potential risks including gambling addictions, fraud schemes and underage play.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

Introduction of the Team Tips; Play Together and Win

Now there is at lottery and euro millions the team tip for the collective game experience

VIENNA, Austria (July 11, 2014) -- The Austrian Lotteries have introduced a new form of play for all fans of lotto "6 out of 45", Euro millions and Toto, which puts the emphasis on a common game experience to play more tips together and also want to win together. This new chapter in game participation is called Team Prediction.

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Now it is possible to play as a team together with the team tip and win together.

Team Prediction means to put it simply: Up to ten people play - and win - in common with the same advice, with each team member gets his own receipt and therefore can claim his prize regardless of the other members.

This means that in future questions such as "Who keeps the joint receipt?", or "What is the relationship shared" history or the time of possible trepidation as to whether, in the case of the case really divided, passé.

The Team Prediction can play with teams of between two and ten people, with at least as many tips have to be played as there are team members. On the Bet Slip Tip own team check-box. When submitting betting slip the number of team members must be announced.

For each team member a separate receipt is printed. This is of importance, as in case of win the receipt is a bearer instrument and the profit is paid to the bearer of the receipt. When Team Tip are available for each team member a receipt to their owner can claim his rightful share of the total team win.

The team tip launched on Monday July 14, 2014 and can be played via normal appearance, and as a tool tip. Players are also issued with Lotto and Toto also via system certificate.

CONTACT: Austrian Lotteries, Mag Günter Engelhart, Tel: 01 790 70/1910, Email: guenter.engelhart@lotterien.at web: www.lotterien.at.

SOURCE: Austrian Lotteries.

 

 

Joint Action by the European Commission and Member States is Leading to Better Protection for Consumers in Online Games

BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 18, 2014) -- Following a large number of complaints in EU countries concerning in-app purchases in online games and in particular inadvertent purchases by children, national authorities joined forces with the European Commission to find solutions.

The coordinated enforcement action in the EU on in-app purchases in online and mobile games has made real progress in delivering tangible results. Industry has made a number of engagements which seek to address consumer concerns. The action will increase consumer confidence in the fast-growing "app" sector.

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"This is the very first enforcement action of its kind in which the European Commission and national authorities joined forces. I am happy to see that it is delivering tangible results. This is significant for consumers. In particular, children must be better protected when playing online. The action also provides invaluable experience for the ongoing reflection on how to most effectively organise the enforcement of consumer rights in the Union. It has demonstrated that cooperation pays off and helps to improve the protection of consumers in all Member States," said EU Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica.

Vice President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda, added: "The Commission is very supportive of innovation in the app sector. In-app purchases are a legitimate business model, but it's essential for app-makers to understand and respect EU law while they develop these new business models".

A common position agreed by national authorities within the CPC network and communicated to Apple, Google and the Interactive Software Federation of Europe in December 2013(1) asked that:

 

  • Games advertised as "free" should not mislead consumers about the true costs involved;
  • Games should not contain direct exhortation to children to buy items in a game or to persuade an adult to buy items for them;
  • Consumers should be adequately informed about the payment arrangements for purchases and should not be debited through default settings without consumers’ explicit consent;
  • Traders should provide an email address so that consumers can contact them in case of queries or complaints.

 

Making use of the consumer protection cooperation mechanism provided by EU rules, Apple, Google and relevant trade associations were asked to provide concrete solutions across the EU to the concerns raised.

Google has decided on a number of changes. Implementation is underway and will be completed by the end of September 2014. These include not using the word "free" at all when games contain in-app purchases, developing targeted guidelines for its app developers to prevent direct exhortation to children as defined under EU law and time-framed measures to help monitor apparent breaches of EU consumer laws. It has also adapted its default settings, so that payments are authorised prior to every in-app purchase, unless the consumer actively chooses to modify these settings.

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Although, regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns linked in particular to payment authorisation, Apple has proposed to address those concerns. However, no firm commitment and no timing have been provided for the implementation of such possible future changes. CPC authorities will continue to engage with Apple to ensure that it provides specific details of changes required and put its practices into line with the common position.

Member States enforcers and the European Commission have also invited the associations of online game developers and platforms to reflect on concrete measures that they could take to address the issues raised in the common position, including the possibility for guidelines or standards incorporating the CPC position.

Enforcement, including possible legal action, is in the hands of the national authorities which will now consider how to address outstanding legal issues.

The European Commission and Member States will continue to monitor the issue and in particular the extent to which the engagements made have addressed in practice the concerns raised in the CPC position.

Background

The EU Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation (EC N°2006/2004) links national consumer authorities in a pan-European enforcement network. Thanks to this framework, a national authority in one EU country can call on their counterpart in another EU country to ask them to intervene in case of a cross-border infringement of EU consumer rules. The cooperation is applicable to consumer rules covering various areas, such as the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the Unfair Contract Terms Directive.

SOURCE: The European Commission.

 

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Wyoming Lottery Campaign Kicks Off Today

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (July 23, 2014) -- The Wyoming Lottery Corporation today kicked off a comprehensive, statewide, multimedia marketing campaign as part of the countdown toward the initial sale of lottery tickets in Wyoming on August 24.

The "Get Ready to Play" campaign launches today, July 23, across Wyoming in a number of mediums, from traditional print and broadcast advertising, to digital efforts. Television and radio ads focus on the quest to catch the elusive jackpotalope -- a creature that's worth millions and described as part jackalope, part jackpot and 100 percent Wyoming.

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"We want to generate excitement among Wyoming residents about being able to play two national lottery games that have massive jackpots and offer chances to win four nights a week, all right here in our state," said Jon Clontz, the Wyoming Lottery's Chief Executive Officer. "Wyoming's chance to play is coming just a month from now on August 24."

As part of its initial marketing push, the Wyoming Lottery Corporation signed on as a platinum sponsor of the 2014 Cheyenne Frontier Days, which runs July 18- 27 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Today, July 23, the Wyoming Lottery will be highlighted as an official sponsor of CFD, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.

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

For more information about the games and where tickets will be sold, visit: www.wyolotto.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 Corporation.

 

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Georgia Lottery Celebrates 21st Birthday, Partners with Kia Motors to Launch New Games and Promotion

ATLANTA, Georgia (July 22, 2014) -- The Georgia Lottery has partnered with Kia Motors to launch the new 21 Black Series, celebrating the lottery’s 21st birthday.

The 21 Black Series family of instant games is loaded with top prizes ranging from $20,000 to $2.5 million. Players can enter non-winning 21 Black Series tickets online for a chance to win a 2014 Kia Soul.

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One Kia Soul will be awarded weekly for 12 consecutive weeks. The first drawing will be conducted July 31.

The 21 Black Series family of instant games went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Tuesday. Ticket prices for the games are $1, $2, $5 and $20.

For more information about the games and second chance promotion, visit: www.galottery.com/21black.

Georgia Lottery Corp

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com  and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.

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SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.

 

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Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Third Consecutive Year

Record-Setting Sales Year Produces $971 Million in Net Profit

BOSTON, Massachusetts (July 24, 2014) -- Calling it “a win for cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” Treasurer Steven Grossman announced today that the Lottery ended its fiscal year with an estimated $971 million in profit, $34 million higher than what was anticipated in the original FY14 state budget. With $4.861 billion in transactions, the Lottery achieved a record-setting year in terms of sales, and the resulting profit is second only to the $983 million that the Lottery generated in FY12. Lottery net profit is the single largest source of unrestricted local aid to the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.

I am proud that our creative and entrepreneurial management approach has resulted in another year of record or near-record performance, generating revenues that will improve the quality of life for the state’s residents by providing funding for important local initiatives,” said Grossman, who as Treasurer serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. “The dramatic profit increases that the Lottery has produced over the last three years have been realized through innovation, efficiencies and an outstanding management team.”

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The Lottery’s fiscal year commenced on July 1, 2013 and ended June 30, 2014. Sales of $4.861 billion topped the previous record of $4.850 billion set last year by $11 million, marking the third consecutive year of record-setting sales. Over the last three fiscal years, Lottery sales have totaled $14.453 billion, and profits $2.912 billion.

Compared to FY11, sales for FY14 are up 9.8 percent ($433.4 million) and profits are up 9.5 percent ($84.0 million). This growth has been accomplished with greater operational efficiencies, including a reduction from 406 to 394 full-time employees through attrition in that span. Further demonstrating the efficiency of operations, the Lottery spent an estimated $2.1 million less than it budgeted for administrative costs in FY14, money that was directly applied to the overall profit. The Lottery’s administrative costs remained at approximately 2 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any U.S. lottery.

Grossman also pointed to enhanced marketing and continued evaluation and revamping of the game offerings as contributors to the Lottery’s three most successful years. Most recently, after considerable analysis, the Lottery introduced its first $30 instant ticket, “World Class Millions,” which helped fuel unprecedented levels of overall instant ticket sales in the weeks following its April launch. The momentum has continued into the beginning of FY15, with total gross sales of all Lottery products up 5.6 percent from FY14 over the first three weeks of July.

Thanks to the efforts from our employees and statewide network of retail partners, and to the continued support from our players, we have once again reached new levels of success and maximized profit made available to cities and towns,” said Beth Bresnahan, Lottery Executive Director. “While the Lottery is posting record-breaking figures, our players and retailers are also enjoying record or near-record numbers of their own.”

The Lottery awarded $3.515 billion in prizes in FY14, second only to the $3.523 billion awarded last fiscal year. Prize payouts for a given year can fluctuate based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their prizes. With 72.3 percent of all revenue returned to players in the form of winnings in FY14, the Massachusetts Lottery has the highest payout percentage of any lottery in the country. Meanwhile, Lottery retailers earned over $277 million in retailer commissions and bonuses in FY14, topping the mark of $276 million set last fiscal year.

While the FY14 figures have not been formally audited, the Lottery does not expect them to change substantially once that annual review process is complete. Lottery officials anticipate completing the finalized financial statement of operations in early September.

The Massachusetts State Lottery was created in 1972 to generate much-needed local aid revenues for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. Since its inception, the Lottery has returned more than $21 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Lottery.

 

 

California Tribe Plans to Go it Alone Online

Article Published by GBGC

CASTLETOWN , Isle of Man (July 23, 2014) -- The legislative dominoes that were supposed to fall across America once New Jersey went online are still standing, and with internet gambling largely a bust in its most populous state to date, hopes for a vibrant US industry again are shifting West, to California, and to a small Indian tribe that is poised to put those hopes to the test sooner than anyone expected.

Two bills to legalize internet poker in the country’s biggest potential market have been circulating since early this year, but as with similar measures in past sessions, neither is likely to go anywhere until leaders of the various factions within California’s powerful tribal casino industry agree on how to divide the pie and protect their lucrative land-based businesses from online competition.

A San Diego tribe with no seat at the big table is tired of waiting and has set up its own poker site and supporting infrastructure and announced this month that it plans to go live for real money at a room called Privatetable.com.

It’s going to offer folks the first legal, regulatory, vetted Internet poker,” said David Vialpando, chairman of the gaming commission of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, a federally recognized tribe with 950 members and a 15,000-acre reservation in the mountains of North San Diego County.

The Iipay had a casino, The Santa Ysabel, which opened in 2007, but it shut down earlier this year, leaving the tribe deep in debt. Vialpando says the tribe needs the revenue to rebuild aging roads, buildings and the reservation’s fire station and fund community programs and education.

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If Privatetable happens it will send a thundering shot across the bow of law and precedent. Certainly it would shake up the complacent haggling among the state’s gaming powers, tribal and commercial, about who gets what, and who doesn’t, which has stalled legalization for years.

The Iipay have a letter of support from the government of the Isle of Man, a respected international licensing and hosting e-gaming jurisdiction which gave its formal recognition earlier this year to a fledgling group called the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance (TIGA). The alliance to date counts only two Minnesota tribes as members, but it’s not without symbolic significance, and it does open up the possibility of interstate compacts with other tribes and possibly international collaborations.

Canada’s Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which is located on Mohawk Indian territory, is hosting part of the infrastructure, which has been two years in the planning and design, according to news reports. Play will take place on a modified version of the IG Soft software, a version of which is currently in use on the Winning Poker Network. Wagers will be processed by Finpay.net. Deposits will be accepted by credit card and Bitcoin.

We are hoping that the state uses our experience here at Santa Ysabel to help them craft the framework for internet gaming,” Vialpando said.

At the least, Privatetable.com would provide an early glimpse into the economic realities of online poker in California, the most populous state in the country and the wealthiest—the one state, perhaps the only one, where nearly everyone agrees an intrastate market would thrive. Research published last year and based on surveys of real-money players estimates the revenue potential at upwards of $263 million the first year, growing to more than $380 million by year 10. That’s probably conservative. A more recent study commissioned by several casino tribes forecasts a market worth $845 million by 2020.

If the Iipay do take the plunge, only residents of California will be allowed to play for real money, and they will need to be at least 18 years old and physically located within the state.

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This is not to say the operation would be on safe legal grounds by any means.

The tribe is relying on poker’s status as a Class II game under the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) -- which is to say, it’s not a house-banked casino game and not dependent therefore on a tribal-state compact under the terms of the Act. The legal advice the tribe has taken is that since IGRA allows tribes to regulate and offer gaming on tribal lands as a matter of sovereignty, and since there is no specific prohibition on online poker in California, Privatetable.com is “in compliance with both state and federal law”.

While IGRA is clear in its provisions that restrict the gaming to federally recognized reservations or off-reservation land taken into trust by the government on behalf of a tribe, the Act was passed in 1988 and has nothing to say about the Internet Age debate over whether the gambling takes place where a bet is placed or at the server that takes it. It’s an issue in which the federal government has taken no small interest, as anyone familiar with 2011’s Black Friday will recall. But it’s only been tested in a legal U.S. market in New Jersey, which of course came down on the server side in order to comply with a provision in the state constitution limiting casino gambling to Atlantic City.

Some legal commentators believe that limitations in tribal-state regulatory compacts and provisions in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act limit the ability of tribes to accept wagers from off Indian lands,” Los Angeles-based gaming attorney Ian Imrich told OnlinePokerReport.

They also argue that IGRA must be amended in order to address internet gaming in this setting,” he said.

Kahnawake’s involvement could prove troubling as well. It lists dozens of gambling sites as licensees, but transparency has been an issue for the KGC, which has faced legal problems in the past, and it was tainted in the scandals that rocked the industry some years back in connection with cheating at Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet.

Imrich believes a real-money launch will almost certainly trigger a legal challenge from the state and/or the federal government over issues that will be “hotly contested,” he said.

Legal issues over the nature and extent of tribal sovereignty to offer Class II gaming via the Internet, where the gaming actually takes place (i.e., on tribal servers or otherwise), and whether IGRA authorizes or proscribes such online poker will become front and center.”

Which could be why the Iipay haven’t launched. The tribe promised in mid-July 2014 that Privatetable would be taking bets “within a matter of days”.

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