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
Europes largest listed gaming companies. GTECH was chosen from among four
vendors in an open competitive procurement process to provide OPAPs VLT
Central Information System to monitor and control up to 35,000 VLTs in
OPAPs 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.
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. INTELLIGENs open-standards
architecture and foundational features, including its integrated Responsible
Gaming solution, will ensure the programs success and long-term
sustainability, which ultimately benefit the people of Greece.
GTECHs Central Information
System will provide OPAP with the ability to connect to the worlds
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
OPAP became a valued GTECH customer
in March 2014 when it selected GTECH as the strategic partner for OPAPs
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. 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
For further information CONTACT:
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT Sign Amendment Extending It's Contract in Washington DC
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
"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:
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 NASCARone of the worlds most successful
sports entertainment propertieswill give North American lottery clients
the opportunity to capitalize on the brands popularity, social presence,
and ability to offer unique experiential prizes that will turbo-charge their
instant ticket portfolios.
Were very excited to
offer NASCARthe premier motorsports innovatorto our lottery
clients, remarked Pollard Banknotes 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"
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
allthe 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).
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 were excited
to reward fans with NASCAR experiences they wont ever
Through its Licensed Products team,
Pollard Banknotes 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.
The NASCAR license adds to Pollard
Banknotes 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.
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:
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
GLI Expands Professional Services Leadership
Seasoned Senior IT
Professional Wade Dauphinee Joins as Manager of Professional
MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (July
21, 2014) GLIs Professional Services division has been growing
rapidly since its inception in 2012, and now the divisions 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.
As GLIs 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.
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:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
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
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 Lotterys 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.
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
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 years
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.
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 Lotterys administrative
costs decreased to 2.04 percent of sales, down from 2.07 percent in the
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
were 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
About the Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the
only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit
older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has
contributed more than $24.7 billion to programs that include property tax and
rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost
prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the
52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers
throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds
players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please
play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
For drawings results, winning
numbers, winners stories and to subscribe to the Lotterys RSS news
feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
NOVOMATIC is Now a Member of the WLA, the EL and the
Accordingly, the gaming
group expands its footprint in the lottery segment
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (July 22,
2014) --NOVOMATIC, Europes largest integrated gaming group, was now
accepted as a member in three of the worlds most important lottery
associations. With this, the company expands its competency in lottery
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. Betwares 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
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 industrys leading international
players, but also shows that it complies with the WLAs high standards
regarding corporate and social responsibility.
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 NOVOMATICs CEO Franz
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. NOVOMATICs November 2013
acquisition of Betware, the former WLA Gold Contributor and long-time leader in
online gaming solutions for the lottery market, emphasizes NOVOMATICs
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.
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,
Austrias leading sports betting operator with more than 205 outlets as
well as the Vienna based online gaming specialist Greentube Internet
Entertainment Solutions GmbH.
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 organizations 28th National
Conference on Problem Gambling in Orlando, FL on July 12. The award
recognized the CT Lotterys employee newsletter, Chatter that
Matters, as the best new problem gambling-related newsletter.
I am very proud that the
NCPG has recognized our staffs 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.
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 Lotterys 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
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 states 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
Lotterys 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)
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
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 years 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
About the Delaware
Since the start of operations in
1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.1 billion to the
states 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,
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
Lotterys KENO and EZPLAY® Games and the opening of three new VLT
facilities contributed to the record sales.
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 were pleased
to see another record year despite the growing competition, Director
Dennis Berg said.
KENO and EZPLAY® Games, the Ohio
Lotterys 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 Lotterys first $30 ticket, 40th Anniversary Millions,
introduced Jan. 16, 2014.
Information on VLT revenue can be
All figures are preliminary and
unaudited. Audited figures are expected to be released in October.
SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Win National Award for Underage Play Prevention Ad
CHICAGO, Illinois (July 17, 2014)
--The Illinois Lottery
has received a prestigious, national award for its effective use of responsible
gaming messaging during last winters 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,
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 Canadas 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
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
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 states 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
Now there is at lottery
and euro millions the team tip for the collective game
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.
is possible to play as a team together with the team tip and win
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:
SOURCE: Austrian Lotteries.
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
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.
"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
- 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
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
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.
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
"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 worlds largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.
The official launch of
Powerball® and Mega Millions® sales by the Wyoming Lottery is August
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
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
lotterys 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.
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:
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 Georgias HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgias
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
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com and
Play Responsibly Be An
Informed Player Its All About Fun!
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.
Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Third Consecutive
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 Commonwealths
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 states 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
The Lotterys 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
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
Lotterys 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 Lotterys 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
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
Commonwealths 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
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 countrys 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
Californias powerful tribal casino industry agree on how to divide the
pie and protect their lucrative land-based businesses from online
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.
Its 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 reservations fire station and fund community
programs and education.
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 states gaming powers, tribal and
commercial, about who gets what, and who doesnt, 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 its
not without symbolic significance, and it does open up the possibility of
interstate compacts with other tribes and possibly international
Canadas 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 wealthiestthe
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. Thats
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
This is not to say the operation
would be on safe legal grounds by any means.
The tribe is relying on pokers
status as a Class II game under the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) --
which is to say, its 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. Its an issue in which the federal government has taken no
small interest, as anyone familiar with 2011s Black Friday will recall.
But its 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
They also argue that IGRA
must be amended in order to address internet gaming in this setting,
Kahnawakes 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
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
havent launched. The tribe promised in mid-July 2014 that Privatetable
would be taking bets within a matter of days.
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