GTECH Sign Seven-Year Lottery Gaming System and Services Contract
with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Following Competitive
ROME, Italy and PROVIDENCE, Rhode
Island (July 25, 2014) -- GTECH
S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation has signed a
seven-year integrated drawing-style/instant-ticket lottery gaming system and
services contract, which includes a wide array of lottery products and ongoing
services, with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (Tennessee
Lottery). The contract, which follows a competitive procurement, allows
the Tennessee Lottery the option to renew for up to an additional seven
extension years. GTECH expects to receive approximately $130 million in
revenues from the new contract, commencing following the lottery gaming system
conversion in April 2015. The Tennessee Lottery has been a valued GTECH
customer since it first began selling tickets in 2004.
The Tennessee Education
Lottery is one of the most respected lotteries in the industry, with 10
consecutive years of record-setting sales growth. GTECH is privileged to have
served as the Lotterys partner from the very beginning, and has developed
a highly collaborative partnership over the past decade, said GTECH
Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. We are dedicated to
the Tennessee Lottery Corporations continued growth and long-term vision,
and we are equally committed to the Lotterys players, its beneficiaries,
the businesses that sell lottery products, and the citizens of
"Working in collaboration with
GTECH as a partner has been an important component of our years of
record-setting success, a period that has produced more than $3 billion for
education-related programs to benefit students and their families in
Tennessee," said Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation President and CEO
Rebecca Hargrove. "They have delivered expertise and reliability to
the benefit of all our stakeholders at the Tennessee Lottery. Now, on the
strength of their impressive submission, we are pleased to partner once again
with GTECH as we head into our next decade of successful operations."
Under the contract, GTECH will
provide a new, integrated drawing-style/instant ticket lottery gaming system
based on GTECHs Enterprise Series (ES) solution, designed to support a
minimum of 5,500 full-service drawing-style retailer terminals at conversion
with growth capacity to support up to 7,500 full-service drawing-style retailer
terminals, and a variety of additional point-of-sale equipment to drive
increased sales. GTECH will also install its Altura GT1200® terminals with
15-inch touch screens, new Gemini Ultra self-service ticket vending
machines, and Ticket-Scan® Plus self-service ticket checkers for
The Tennessee Lottery will also
receive electronic wireless jackpot signs, ES Multimedia displays, as well as
an enhanced communications network featuring GTECHs patented Dual
Comm Inside solution for certain of the Lotterys retailers.
Additionally, GTECH will provide a mobile app allowing players the ability to
check their tickets on smart phones or other mobile devices, as well as
handheld terminals with mobile device capabilities for promotional
events. In addition to providing ongoing services such as maintenance of
the Lotterys systems, terminals, and communications network; field
services; marketing support; and hotline management; GTECH will also assist the
Tennessee Lottery with new game and strategic planning research.
Since the Tennessee Lotterys
inception in 2004, more than $3 billion has gone toward Tennessees Hope
Scholarships, college grants, pre-K and after school programs, and other
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:
Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
POLLARD BANKNOTE Named Primary Scratcher Ticket Supplier for the
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (July 28, 2014)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited
(TSX: PBL) is pleased to announce it has been named the new primary supplier of
scratcher ticket printing and services for the
Virginia Lottery. The
five-year contract is set to begin October 28, 2014, and includes provisions to
extend the agreement for up to five additional years. The estimated contract
value is $20,250,000 (USD) over the first five years.
The Virginia Lottery will benefit
from Pollard Banknotes proven ability to develop unique instant game
strategies and concepts. This new contract allows the Lottery to take full
advantage of the companys expansive portfolio of innovative and propriety
products, including proven sales-driving play formats like the Pollard
PlayBook®, and cutting-edge ticket print enhancements such as Scratch
FX® that make tickets stand out in stores. Pollard Banknote also offers a
growing range of interactive and technology-enabled products that can both help
the Lottery broaden its player base by engaging a wide variety of consumer
segments, and optimize instant ticket sales at retail.
"Pollard Banknote is excited for
this opportunity to demonstrate our strengths and capabilities to the Virginia
Lottery as its new primary supplier of instant ticket printing and
services, said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales
& Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. We are dedicated to
working with the Lottery to develop market-specific strategies that will
leverage our unique and innovative products to foster sales growth in Virginia
and maximize revenue to support public education within the
We are pleased to name
Pollard Banknote as our new primary scratcher ticket supplier, and look forward
to building a strong and collaborative partnership with the company in this new
role, said Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery.
Pollard Banknotes vision is very much in line with the Virginia
Lotterysto be an innovative leader in delivering lottery games to
the broadest possible consumer base. We are eager to explore every opportunity
to create exceptionally entertaining products and services that exceed the
expectations of Virginias players and retailers, and ultimately benefit
For nearly three decades, the
Virginia Lottery has been producing fun and exciting games for Virginians to
enjoy. Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used to support
public education in the Commonwealth. Last year alone, the Virginia Lottery
generated sales totalling nearly $1.7 billion, and contributed more than $486
million to Virginias public schools.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales,
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL).
For more information, please visit
our website at www.pollardbanknote.com
For More Information Contact:
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Annual Iowa Lottery Sales Top $300 Million for Third Straight
FY 2014: Strong Year For The
Lottery, But Mother Nature Made Her Presence Known
DES MOINES, Iowa (July 28, 2014) --
The Iowa Lottery finished its latest fiscal year with strong results, but the
brutal weather this past winter definitely had an impact on the sale of many
consumer products, including lottery tickets.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich
announced the lottery's fiscal year 2014 results Tuesday, noting that its
annual sales, proceeds to state causes, and prizes to players all ranked among
the Top 4 in the lottery's 29-year history.
"The lottery is in a healthy
position, with its products continuing to serve as an affordable, local
entertainment option," Rich said. "There is no doubt, however, that
weather conditions were a challenge this year. The 'chance element' also came
into play in terms of the number of big jackpots we saw."
The preliminary figures released
Tuesday show that lottery sales in FY 2014 totaled more than $314 million,
marking the third year in a row that the total has topped the $300 million
mark. Proceeds to state causes totaled nearly $74 million, the fourth-highest
amount for the lottery since its start in 1985. Prizes to lottery players
totaled $186.9 million in FY 14, the second-highest total in the lottery's
The lottery's overall results for
the year were down from its record figures in FY 2013. Two big factors came
into play that affected sales:
Mother Nature. Repeated blizzards
and frigid temperatures often made it impossible for folks to get out and about
this past winter in Iowa, and when people aren't in their normal routines, they
don't make their usual purchases, including lottery tickets. The winter weather
definitely impacted lottery sales.
Cyclical Powerball jackpots. The
lottery's FY 2013 results were buoyed by strong Powerball sales, with the
game's jackpot topping the $300 million mark on four different occasions during
the year. FY 2014 saw the Powerball jackpot top that mark only three times,
which impacted the popular product's overall sales in Iowa. As lottery
officials have repeatedly emphasized, big jackpot runs are unpredictable, and
the lottery therefore believes it must continue to budget for results that
reliably can be achieved.
"Statistically, we know that our
results will fluctuate from year to year, but we anticipate that lottery games
will continue to be a consistent, key source of proceeds for vital state causes
here in Iowa," Rich said.
Iowa Lottery Board chair Herman
Richter said that the lottery's strong results in its latest year and healthy
overall outlook led the Lottery Board at its June 30 meeting to approve a 10
percent increase in budgeted lottery proceeds for FY 2015, which began July
"We're confident that the lottery
will continue on an upward trend," said Richter, president of The Three
Sons clothing store in Milford, where he lives. "We anticipate that the
lottery will far exceed its goal of providing a base of at least $60 million in
annual proceeds to state causes."
The lottery's unaudited figures show
that its $73.9 million in proceeds to state causes in FY 2014 were ahead of
budget for the year, but down 12.9 percent from the previous year's record
total of $84.9 million. The lottery's combined sales from its core products of
lotto, instant-scratch and pull-tab games were down 7.4 percent from the
previous year's record total of $339.3 million.
A highlight of the lottery's FY 2014
results was the $1.8 million it raised for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund to
benefit our state's veterans and their families. The lottery has now raised
more than $15 million for the Trust Fund since it began providing proceeds to
that cause in 2008.
Sales of instant-scratch tickets,
the first product introduced by the lottery and always one of its top-selling
items, were down 6.7 percent for the year to $188.8 million. The lottery had
set a record for scratch sales in FY 2013 at $202.3 million.
Rich also noted that local Iowa
businesses received $20.1 million in commissions from the lottery for selling
its products in FY 2014.
"It's gratifying to be able to
recognize our retailers for the work they do in selling lottery tickets,"
Rich said. "We're glad to know that lottery commissions make a positive
difference in the bottom line for businesses across the state."
Rich said that the lottery closed on
the purchase of a new headquarters location in FY 2014, a transaction designed
to position it well for the future. The real estate purchase is being paid for
with lottery revenues in FY 14 and FY 15, producing no long-term debt for the
lottery and providing it with the stability and value of a headquarters
property in Clive on the western side of the Des Moines metro area.
Here is a year-to-year
comparison of annual lottery sales by product:
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
Wyoming Lottery Begins Releasing Names of Approved
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (July 23, 2014) --
With the Aug. 24 launch of Powerball® and Mega Millions® ticket sales
less than a month away, the Wyoming Lottery has started releasing the names of
the retailers it has approved so far. The Lotterys goal is to have a
maximum of 450 to 500 ticket-selling locations statewide.
To find the nearest WyoLotto
location, residents can check the website, www.wyolotto.com. The online list will be
updated continually as additional retailers are approved.
Over the next several weeks,
residents will start seeing the bright blue and yellow WyoLotto signs appearing
on approved retailers such as gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores,
restaurants and bars across the state.
The excitement is pretty
high as we work to notify and train retailers to sell tickets, said
Jon Clontz, the Wyoming Lottery's Chief Executive Officer. Our
focus right now is on working hand-in-hand with retailers, holding retailer
training sessions and testing the equipment so we can be ready on August
The Lottery selected retailers based
on several criteria, including annual sales, foot traffic, the size of the
population over 18 years of age and geographic location. Earlier this spring,
retailers reviewed the criteria and application process and gave their input
during statewide workshops attended by over 400 people.
Clontz stressed that retailers are
the backbone of the lottery's success. "We have worked hard to make the
selection process fair and have made efficient, effective decisions to maximize
Retailers will be notified of their
selection status over the next couple of weeks. However, the lottery plans to
continue to accept applications.
We expect to add more
retailers as the lottery grows, Clontz said. Interested
retailers should apply and those that didnt make the first cut may
re-apply after 90 days.
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.
Lottery Partners with Hall of Fame Member on New Scratch
ROSEVILLE, Minnesota (July 15, 2014)
Lottery has teamed up with former Minnesota Vikings player and Hall of Fame
member Carl Eller on the Moose 81 scratch game, which went on sale today
at lottery retail outlets across Minnesota. Moose 81 is a $5 game with a
top prize of $100,000.
Eller, whose nickname on the field
was Moose and who wore number 81, developed the
football-themed casino-style card game. I created the game for those
players who enjoy the fun and excitement of both poker and blackjack,
Eller stated. Players can find more information about the game on his website,
Minnesota Lottery Executive Director
Ed Van Petten said,
Were excited to be working with one of Minnesotas greatest
football players. Previous poker-style games have sold well, and we expect
Moose 81 to be a hit with lottery players.
Eller will be promoting the new game
and signing autographs at the following locations:
Neighbor Stop, 1101 Owen St. in
Stillwater, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 25
Moose Lake Little Store, 1050
Highway 73 in Moose Lake, from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, August 15
Canterbury Park in Shakopee, from
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 23
Shakopee Dakota C-Store #1 in Prior
Lake across from Mystic Lake Casino from 11:30 - 12:30 on Friday, September
SOURCE: Minnesota Lottery.
Maryland Lottery Introduce New Ravens Cash Fantasy
Ticket offers more than $10
million in prizes
BALTIMORE, Maryland (July 28, 2014)
-- For the sixth consecutive year, the
Maryland Lottery and
Baltimore Ravens have partnered to create an exclusive Ravens-themed ticket.
The new $5 Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-off ticket offers more top prizes than
ever before, and an exciting second-chance contest. Tickets will be available
in retail stores throughout the state today and the Maryland Lottery will
celebrate the big kickoff at the Ravens Training Camp Practice this evening at
M&T Bank Stadium.
"Our Ravens ticket and
second-chance contest has proven to be extremely popular with players during
the past several years," said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery
and Gaming Control Agency. "We're excited to continue our partnership with this
world-class organization and offer cash and exclusive prizes to Lottery players
and Ravens fans."
In addition to 160 top prizes of
$5,000, the Ravens Cash Fantasy ticket offers more than 28,000 prizes ranging
from $50 and $500 on the ticket, and over $250,000 in cash prizes through the
second-chance contest. To enter the contest, players submit non-winning
Ravens Cash Fantasy scratch-offs through the My Lottery Rewards program. Along
with the cash prizes, fan-favorite experiential prizes will be awarded,
including: season tickets for 20 years, the chance to travel with the team to
the Miami game in December, season tickets for one season and premium game day
We are proud to have the
Maryland Lottery as one of our most significant partners, said Dick
Cass, President of the Baltimore Ravens. We are pleased that the
Maryland Lottery will again offer a scratch-off ticket that will give our fans
the opportunity to win outstanding prizes, including cash and season tickets
for the next 20 years to Ravens games.
Ravens Cash Fantasy will be sold at
every Baltimore Ravens home game and at the more than 4,400 Lottery retail
locations across the state. The Lottery will also be on AAA Ravenswalk at
M&T Bank stadium for all home games, offering fans the chance to play their
favorite games and spin the prize wheel.
mdlottery.com/ravens for more details.
Since its inception in 1973, the
Maryland Lottery has awarded nearly $21 billion in prizes to players and $13.3
billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Marylands largest
revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services
including education, public safety and health, human resources and the
environment. For information, go to mdlottery.com.
CONTACT: Erica L. Palmisano ,
Assistant Director of Communications
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming
Lotterywest Grant Bolsters Surf Life Saving
- Premier presents Lotterywest grant of
$1,356,392 to Surf Life Saving WA
- Grant will help construct new Westpac
Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter hangar
PERTH, Western Australia (July 26,
2014) -- Surf Life Saving WA will be able to build a new heliport facility for
the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service at Rous Head in Fremantle,
thanks to a Lotterywest grant of $1,356,392 presented by Premier Colin Barnett
Mr Barnett said the grant would
provide a much needed upgrade to current facilities.
The current sea containers
and demountable office will be transformed into a modern and efficient centre
with a custom-made helicopter hangar and new office amenities, he
This will give Surf Life
Saving WA a solid base from where it can better deploy its emergency services,
improving response times.
The new facility will not only
provide improved long-term shelter for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue
helicopters, but it will also host a new communications tower and operating
base for SurfCom - Surf Life Saving WAs communications and emergency
Both SurfCom and Surf Life
Saving WAs Aviation Services play a vital role in managing coastal safety
in Western Australia and are an integral part of the States Emergency
Management strategy, the Premier said.
With the States
growing population, Surf Life Saving WA is always seeking new and improved ways
to serve the community and these upgrades will support them in achieving this
Surf Life Saving WA has strong local
support, with Fremantle Ports generously providing the site on a peppercorn
lease agreement and neighbours AvWest Aviation, through the Roberts family,
continue to provide considerable financial support.
The State Government has been a
major supporter of surf life-saving in Western Australia at both a club and
State level for more than 25 years.
In 2013-14, Lotterywest raised $271.3million
for beneficiaries including Western Australias hospitals, arts, and sport
and recreational groups.
Lotterywest is the only lottery in
Australia where proceeds are distributed directly to the community. For every
dollar West Australians spend on their favourite Lotterywest games, 33 cents is
returned to benefit the community.
Since 1988, Lotterywest has provided
Surf Life Saving Western Australia and its clubs with grants totalling more
More information on Surf Life Saving
WA is at http://www.slswa.com.au
For a full list of grants
recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier visit
Atlantic Lottery Setting the Foundation for the
Atlantic Lottery Releases
Annual Accountability Report
MONCTON, New Brunswick (July 24,
2014) -- Atlantic Lottery
today released its results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It was a
strong year for the company, with revenue of $1.06-billion, and increases in
both sales and profit.
Gross ticket sales were
$671.2-million, a $24-million dollar increase over the previous year. Sales
increases in ticket lottery products helped spur this growth, with
ScratchN Win sales up $11.5-million over last year to reach a record
$200-million sales mark. Not to be outperformed, our national draw games,
regional draw games, sports products and Breakopen games had a combined sales
total of $464-million, representing an increase of more than $13.2-million over
Atlantic Lottery returned
$368.4-million to the four Atlantic Provinces, a reversal of four years of
softening profits to shareholders. This represents an extra $7-million to
support important services such as health care, education and roads.
The economic impact continues, with
$384.3-million awarded in prizes large and small to Atlantic Canadians, far
outstripping prize totals in recent years. Atlantic Canadian companies received
77% of Atlantic Lottery expenditures for goods and services, and $122.5-million
was paid in commissions to ticket and video lottery retailers.
While the decline wasnt as
sharp as it was in 2012-13, Atlantic Lottery's video lottery revenues continued
to soften, ending the year at $374-million. A winter for the record books,
fewer terminals, and aging VLTs still in the market contributed to the
Ticket lottery remains our
bread and butter, thanks to efforts to modernize our brands, said
Atlantic Lottery President and CEO Brent Scrimshaw. Changes to LOTTO
6/49 and a revitalized ScratchN Win portfolio, for instance, rewarded
many of our players this year. As for video lottery, new terminals with
world-class responsible gambling features and the ability to offer games that
players want are expected to stabilize that line of business.
In looking forward, Scrimshaw
explained that Atlantic Lottery needs to compete and win in a radically new
We operate in a very
competitive consumer marketplace. Players want to be entertained. They want
different options, different ways to play and different prize structures; and
they want those gaming options from a company they trust.
Our share of the gambling
spend in Atlantic Canada is shrinking. We are facing enormous pressure from
online, offshore operators who offer many of the games players want,
Scrimshaw added. These operators are not bound by Canadian laws,
regulations or standards, including responsible gambling and player
protections. Atlantic Canadians will continue to seek gambling options to meet
their expectations. We aim to always be their first choice for the safest, most
responsible, and entertaining gaming available.
- The revamped LOTTO 6/49 came in 10% over budget,
with 17% growth in sales when compared to last year.
- PROLINE had a strong year, thanks to hockey
wagering coming back strong at the end of the hockey strike and playoffs
extending well into the first quarter of 2013-14.
- The eGaming business, which includes the sale of
ticket lottery products as well as Internet only products such as iBingo and
Pickn Click, delivered sales of $19.2-million, an increase of
$1.1-million over the previous year.
- Red Shores operations in Charlottetown and
Summerside overcame a long, hard winter to show moderate year-over-year sales
growth of $0.7-million, ending the year with total sales of $19.9-million.
- Atlantic Lottery was one of only three North
American lotteries to receive Level 4 recertification under the World Lottery
Associations Responsible Gaming Framework, ranking it among the top
lotteries in the world.
- The Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
recognized our efforts with an Excellence in Corporate Responsibility award.
Atlantic Lottery was the only Atlantic Canadian organization recognized and the
only lottery to be recognized.
For more information: Craig Ennis
CONTACT: Direct: (709) 724-1718 / Cell: (709) 728-8159, e-mail:
SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery.
California Lottery Earns Global Recognition, Certified for Security
Standards, Gaming Integrity
SACRAMENTO, California (July 24,
2014) -- The California
Lottery today received notice that it has received a prestigious gaming
security certification from the World Lottery Association (WLA). In fact, the California
Lottery is the only lottery in the United States to earn the WLA
Security Control Standard (WLA-SCS) Certification.
Weve always taken
great pride in taking that extra step to ensure that the security of our games
was at the highest possible standard, Acting Lottery Director Paula
LaBrie said. Lottery security plays a critical role in maintaining the
confidence and trust of the public who buys our products every day. Were
honored to be recognized by the World Lottery Association for our continued
efforts to achieve and sustain public confidence in our daily
The WLA-SCS is the lottery
sectors only internationally-recognized security standard. The WLA-SCS
combines a leading international standard for information security with current
best practices in lottery security. The WLA-SCS assists the lottery sector
around the globe in obtaining a level of security that can be relied upon to
provide integrity and security in its lottery operations. The WLA-SCS requires
a security management structure allowing lotteries to maintain a high degree of
integrity, availability and confidentiality of information that is vital to its
This is not the first time the
California Lottery has been recognized by the World Lottery Association. Back
in July 2011, the California Lottery was just the second state lottery to
achieve a Level Three certification for its responsible gaming efforts. The
California Lottery is currently working toward furthering its commitment to
responsible gaming by seeking a Level Four status from the WLA. No other state
lottery has achieved Level Four status.
The mission of the California
Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while
simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every dollar
spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of
contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation.
The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their
budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you
can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.
SOURCE: California Lottery.
Illegal Gambling Networks Across Asia Targeted in INTERPOL-Led
US$2.2 billion in illicit
bets made during 2014 FIFA World Cup
LYON, France (July 18, 2014)
An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting illegal soccer gambling networks
across Asia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup has resulted in more than 1,400
arrests and the seizure of almost USD 12 million.
During the six-week operation, law
enforcement officers from China, Hong Kong (China), Macao (China), Malaysia,
Singapore and Vietnam carried out more than 1,000 raids on illegal gambling
dens many controlled by organized crime gangs estimated to have
handled around USD 2.2 billion worth of bets, the majority through illicit
Operation SOGA V short for
soccer gambling was the fifth action of its type since 2007 and was
timed to target illegal soccer gambling activities from 1 June to 13 July,
ahead of and during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Coordinated by INTERPOLs
Criminal Organizations and Drugs unit and its Liaison Office in Bangkok,
Operation SOGA V brought together officers from INTERPOL National Central
Bureaus and other law enforcement agencies in the participating countries.
During the operation officers also
seized computers and mobile phones which will be analysed to identify the
potential involvement of other individuals or gangs across the region and
The results of this latest
Operation SOGA are significant in relation to the volume of bets being handled
by these illegal gambling dens, as well as the number of arrests,
said Jean-Michel Louboutin, INTERPOLs Executive Director of Police
Illegal gambling generates
massive profits for organized crime networks which are often linked to
corruption, human trafficking and money laundering, which is why a coordinated
international response is required to tackle this type of crime.
Operation SOGA V would not
have been such a success without the hard work of the law enforcement
authorities on the ground. INTERPOL will continue to support their efforts in
identifying and dismantling the crime networks at the national, regional and
global levels, concluded Mr Louboutin.
A meeting and training workshop
involving participating countries and jurisdictions, in addition to
representatives from the INTERPOL Asia Pacific Expert Group on organized crime,
were held ahead of the operational phase.
The combined five SOGA operations
have to date resulted in more than 8,400 arrests, the seizure of almost USD 40
million in cash and the closure of some 3,400 illegal gambling dens which
handled almost USD 5.7 billion worth of bets.
With the organized crime networks
behind illegal gambling dens often funneling their profits into other crimes
including human and drugs trafficking, raising awareness of these hidden links
is a key part of INTERPOLs Turn Back Crime campaign.
The campaign aims to highlight the
dangers of organized and other forms of crime and to engage the private sector
and the public, making them aware of the very real effects crime has on
SOURCE: INTERPOL media release.
Tabcorp to acquire ACTTAB
MELBOURNE, VIC, Australia (July 30,
2014) -- Tabcorp Holdings
Limited (Tabcorp) today announced that it has agreed with the
ACT Government to acquire ACTTAB for $105.5 million.
ACTTAB is a Territory-owned provider
of totalisator and fixed odds wagering, Keno and Trackside products. The
business offers its services and products through a distribution network
comprised of 53 retail outlets located throughout the ACT as well as telephone
and internet platforms.
As part of the acquisition, the ACT
Government will issue to Tabcorp a 50 year exclusive totalisator licence, a
sports bookmaking licence for an initial term of 15 years with further rolling
extensions to a total term of 50 years, and ongoing approvals to offer Keno and
Trackside products for 50 years.
The ACTTAB totalisator and sports
bookmaking licences are highly attractive. Ongoing payments to be made by
Tabcorp in respect of the totalisator are limited to an annual licence fee of
$1 million and CPI increases. There is no wagering tax payable to the Territory
on the totalisator licence. The wagering tax payable to the Territory on the
sports bookmaking licence currently has an expected effective tax rate of less
than 1% of turnover.
Tabcorp's close proximity to the ACT
market, as well as existing pooling and fixed odds management arrangements with
ACTTAB, provide operational alignment and a deep understanding of ACTTAB's
Tabcorp's Managing Director and CEO,
David Attenborough, said: "The acquisition of ACTTAB presents a unique
opportunity for Tabcorp to secure long-term licences on highly favourable terms
in a jurisdiction that is complementary to our existing Wagering and Keno
businesses in Victoria and New South Wales. We look forward to leveraging our
capabilities to strengthen the product offering available to ACTTAB customers
and to deliver the best outcome for the racing industry and other stakeholders
including our venue and community partners."
Tabcorp intends to fund the
acquisition from existing bank facilities. Tabcorp expects the acquisition will
generate EBITDA of approximately $14 million in the year following completion
of integration of the business and will be EPS accretive. Integration is
expected to take around 12 months.
The ACT Government has agreed to
certain protections which provide greater regulatory certainty in respect of
the key terms of the licences.
The acquisition is subject to
regulatory approvals, including ACCC clearance. Tabcorp expects to announce
completion of the acquisition within the next few months.
Tabcorp is recognised as a world
leader in sustainability and in the responsible service of gambling. The 2013
Dow Jones Sustainability Index has ranked Tabcorp as the global gambling
industry leader for eight of the past nine years.
For more information:
Financial analysts: Lachlan Fitt, GM
Investor Relations and Strategy, 02 9218 1414
Media: Nicholas Tzaferis, GM
Corporate Affairs, 03 9868 2529
YAHTZEE Launch Brings First Hasbro Game to Williams Interactive
CHICAGO, Illinois (July 29, 2014) --
Williams Interactive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scientific Games
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS), today launched the YAHTZEE online slot game, the
first Hasbro game addition to its Game Server library of authentic Vegas-style
and UK-favourite casino games. The launch is possible as a result of the brand
licensing agreement between Scientific Games and Hasbro.
The YAHTZEE slot is based on
a proven terrestrial casino slot machine game and has been optimized for the
play styles and preferences of online casino fans. A unique persistent-state
mechanic in the YAHTZEE Party Bonus allows players to save bonus triggers for
use whenever they choose, allowing even minimum bet players to qualify for one
of two exciting jackpot awards.
Were thrilled to have
YAHTZEE as the first game released online from our deep library of proven
Hasbro-branded games, commented Tom Wood, Director of Casino Products
for Williams Interactive. With multiple exciting bonuses and a unique
store your bonus mechanic, we expect the YAHTZEE game to appeal to
a wide range of players with multiple motivations and game
Following todays launch,
YAHTZEE is immediately available for roll-out on European gaming sites
integrated with the Williams Interactive Remote Game Server.
About Williams Interactive
Williams Interactive LLC, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation, provides turnkey solutions to
the global iGaming industry, from the white-label Play4Fun Network free-play
iGaming and marketing platform, to its Remote Game Server integration that
provides real-money gaming sites access to an expansive portfolio of
world-famous casino games.
Williams Interactive provides a
robust library of proven WMS Gaming and Barcrest slot themes to the iGaming
industry including Gold Fish, Super Jackpot Party, Zeus and
numerous licensed entertainment games, in addition to fan-favorite game engines
Colossal Reels, Double Money Burst and Reel Boost already
popular with many online players.
More information on Williams
Interactive can be found at www.williamsinteractive.com and on its YouTube®
and LinkedIn channels.
Williams Interactive Media
Rory Shanahan /
SOURCE: Williams Interactive.
Michigan Lottery Players Feeling Number 1 on Top of the
LANSING, Michigan (July 28, 2014) --
The number one is No. 1 for nearly 3,700 lucky
Michigan Lottery players
who each won $5,000 a total of nearly $18.4 million over the
weekend when the winning Daily 4 numbers were 1-1-1-1.
A total of 3,672 players won $5,000
apiece for matching the winning Daily 4 numbers 1-1-1-1 straight
in Saturday evenings drawing. The winning Daily 4 number of 1-1-1-1 last
was drawn on April 26, 2005.
The number of winners and total
prizes for the drawing dwarfed typical Daily 4 numbers. Saturday evenings
total number of winners and top prize total were both nearly 25 times that of a
typical Daily 4 drawing. Over the last 30 days, the average number of players
to match a winning number straight is 149. The total average top prize amount
for a Daily 4 drawing is slightly more than $743,000.
There are four ways to play the
Daily 4: straight, boxed, two-way and wheeled. Prize amounts vary based on the
way a number is played, and on the order in which the winning numbers are
drawn. Players may select a four-digit number, or choose an easy pick ticket.
There are two Daily 4 drawings a day, seven days a week, at 12:59 p.m. and 7:29
p.m. Each play is $1.
The Michigan Lottery reported annual
sales of $2.4 billion in fiscal 2012, and generated $770 million in net revenue
for the state School Aid Fund, which supports public education programs
throughout the state.
Retailers received annual
commissions of $172.1 million, while Michigan Lottery players collected prizes
worth $1.36 billion.
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.