GTECH Partners with Game Design Firm
GTECH will offer Arizona
Gaming Designs Plus or Minus game to customers;
GTECH signs agreement to
extend favorable pricing to customers on patent-pending lottery game
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (August 26,
2014) GTECH and
Arizona Gaming Designs, LLC, have signed an agreement to bring Arizona Gaming
Designs patent-pending Plus or Minus lottery game to GTECH customers.
Plus or Minus, also known as 1-Off®, gives players another way to play
3-digit and 4-digit daily numbers games, offering a chance to win even if the
numbers chosen don't exactly match the numbers drawn by the lottery.
With Plus or Minus, players win if
one of their numbers is one higher or one lower than the winning numbers drawn
by the lottery.
This partnership extends exclusive,
favorable pricing terms to GTECH customers, some of the country's leading
providers of numbers games. Arizona Gaming Designs is a provider of unique game
designs for lotteries, gaming machines, casinos, race tracks, and sports
"Our research continues to show
that lottery players value game enhancements that improve their chances of
winning, and GTECH remains focused on game innovations that will drive lottery
profits, said GTECH Senior Vice President of Lottery Product
Marketing Stefano Monterosso. Our customers are always looking for
innovative ways to improve their players' favorite games. We believe that Plus
or Minus is an excellent opportunity for lotteries to do just that on numbers
games, and we are happy to be able to offer preferred pricing to our
We are delighted with the
opportunity to partner with GTECH in providing preferred pricing to their
customers, said Arizona Gaming Designs President Ron Borruso.
Our objective is to develop new games for the lottery industry,
providing players with the opportunity to win more frequently and enhance
The game, previously launched by the
Florida Lottery in 2010, and most recently by the Missouri Lottery, has seen a
positive response from players due to improved likelihood of winning, which has
led to an increase in sales in the draw games category.
In Missouri, sales of Pick 3 and
Pick 4 have increased more than 8.5% since Plus or Minus debuted in July 2013.
Both GTECH and Arizona Gaming Designs have sponsored independent consumer
research to validate the strong level of interest in the game.
With its August 3, 2014 launch, the
Michigan Lottery became the first to launch Plus or Minus through the new
partnership. Michigan Lottery Chief Deputy Commissioner Tom Weber oversaw the
Lottery's research and planning effort for Plus or Minus.
"We are very excited to bring our
players a great new way to play popular Michigan Lottery games. The new ways to
win with Daily 3 and Daily 4 numbers will generate a renewed interest in these
staple games and extend their tradition of producing winners every day."
1-Off® is a registered trademark
of the Florida Lottery.
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:
Sarah Simpkins, GTECH Game Development and Portfolio Management, T: +1 401 392
7024, Email: Sarah.Simpkins@gtech.com.
INTRALOT Seal VLTS Pre-Commitment Contract in
ATHENS, Greece / VICTORIA, Australia
(August 24, 2014) -- INTRALOT Gaming Services Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary
of INTRALOT Australia Pty Ltd, has signed a contract with the Victorian State
Government in Australia to implement a voluntary pre-commitment scheme for up
to 30,000 electronic gaming machines (EGM) across the State including the
The Pre-Commitment solution in
Victoria, Australia will be a state-of-the-art and world leading Responsible
Gaming initiative. The scheme will be voluntary for players, it will, however,
be mandatory to be offered on all gaming machines operating in Victoria
including at the Melbourne Casino. Players will be able to set time and loss
limits on any electronic gaming machine, track their play across the State and
electronically access their personalised information at any gaming venue, or
INTRALOT was selected as the
preferred provider by the Victorian Government in September 2013. Following the
successful contract negotiations and a thorough technical and commercial due
diligence process, INTRALOT will undertake the operation of the pre-commitment
service for a period of 12 years, until August 2027, with system being planned
to be installed during 2015 before the official launch on December 1st, 2015.
The Minister for Liquor and Gaming
Regulation, the Honourable Mr. Edward O Donohue MLC, stated: The
Victorian Coalition Government welcomes the agreement reached between the state
of Victoria and INTRALOT and looks forward to continuing to work with IGS to
deliver a world leading voluntary pre-commitment system for Victorian gaming
Mr. John Pantoleon, INTRALOT Group
Chief Operating Officer, commented: Following the successful
implementation of the monitoring licence project in Victoria, we are very
pleased to move together with the State to deliver such a world leading
initiative in the important field of responsible gaming, since this is a core
element of INTRALOT Group strategy around the world.
We are very happy to sign
this important contract with the Government of Victoria. With the hard work and
dedication of our team, we will manage to create an exemplary initiative for
the region, the country but also the Gaming sector globally, added
Mr. Antonis Markopoulos, INTRALOT Group Managing Director in Oceania.
Mr. Steve Wooding, Chief Operating
Officer of INTRALOT Australia, said: "We are very satisfied to conclude this
agreement with the government of Victoria. The Pre-commitment scheme is another
example of INTRALOTs innovative technology and dedication to the
principles of Responsible Gaming.
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.
For more information CONTACT: Ms.
Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
Scientific Games Appoint Gaming Industry Veteran to Lead North
America Sales at WMS Gaming
NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 20, 2014) --
Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company"), today
announced the appointment of Deron Hunsberger as Senior Vice President, North
America Sales, WMS Gaming. In his new role, Mr. Hunsberger will lead sales,
participation and leasing, sales support, and marketing for the WMS Gaming
business throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Hunsberger will lead the
WMS team's focus on developing the WMS sales and marketing strategies that meet
the needs of gaming customers.
Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Scientific Games said, "Our goal as a business is to be
the partner of choice for all our customers. I know Deron well, and his deep
understanding of the gaming industry and his commitment to creating revenue
opportunities for customers will bring us closer to that goal. We are thrilled
to have him on board as he brings a new level of energy and excitement that
will invigorate our sales initiatives to help our customers keep their players
in the game."
Mr. Hunsberger is a talented leader
in the gaming industry with more than 20 years of sales and marketing
experience. He served as Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas at SHFL
entertainment, Inc., now Bally Technologies, Inc., from 2011 to July 2014 after
joining the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America in
2010. Previously, Mr. Hunsberger served as Senior National Manager of Gaming
Operations at Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. from 2008 to 2010. Before joining
Aristocrat Technologies, he served as Director of North American Sales at
Konami Gaming, Inc., and held progressively responsible positions as an account
executive in the gaming industry.
Mr. Hunsberger said, "Scientific
Games offers immense opportunity for success and continuous improvement, and I
am delighted to join the Company. At the end of the day, success is driven by
quality products and content; WMS Gaming has an impressive product portfolio
that consistently generates revenue, and we plan to maximize that value for our
customers, players, and the Company. With a treasury of world-class products
across multiple gaming platforms, a commitment to customer service and a clear
vision of the future, we stand ready to help our customers keep players in the
game. I'm excited to join such a passionate team."
About WMS Gaming
WMS Gaming Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (the "Company"), is a leading
supplier of innovative gaming entertainment products and services worldwide.
The Company designs, develops, manufactures, distributes and markets casino
games and gaming machines, video lottery terminals and video gaming terminals.
More information on WMS can be found at http://now.wms.com or visit the Company
on Facebook®, Twitter® or YouTube®.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation is a
leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated
content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's portfolio
includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and
game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting
technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive
content and services. For more information, please visit:
Company CONTACT: Media Relations,
Mollie Cole, Phone: (773) 961-1194.
SOURCE Scientific Games
Jumbo Interactive Announce FY 2014 Preliminary Final
QUEENSLAND, Australia (August 22,
2014) -- Continuing growth in the Companys customer account database has
helped reduce the impact of an 18% decrease in prize and jackpot activity in
Australia1. Both Revenue and Profit came close to FY13 levels, demonstrating
that internet lotteries continue to grow and gain in popularity even during
natural fluctuations in prizes and jackpots.
Summary of Preliminary Final
Results for FY 2014
Cash (net of customer funds)
Dividend (Full Year)
With a 10% larger customer account
database and a strong balance sheet, Jumbo is well positioned should a natural
upswing in prizes and jackpots occur in the year ahead, said Mr Mike
Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited.
Progressing in Germany
Jumbo has passed significant
milestones in Germany with the completion in June of the necessary connections
to all 16 state lotteries, giving the Companys website www.JumboLotto.de
access to the entire 80 million German population.
Jumbo is the only Company
in Germany with connections to all 16 state lotteries with technology developed
entirely in-house, said Mr Mike Veverka.
Focus is now shifting
towards marketing and building our customer database using unique features in
our software platform, he said.
The market for internet lottery
sales in Germany is expected to reach 6 billion by 2020 (Source:
Deutscher Lotto & Totoblock (DLTB)
lotteries, Deutscher Lottoverband (DLV), Leibnitz University Hanover), half the
expected 12 billion total market size following the deregulation of the
lottery market in 2012. The drivers for this growth include the launch of
internet resellers (such as www.JumboLotto.de), advances in
multi-jurisdictional games (such as the Eurojackpot) and increasing lottery
participation rates. Germany lags behind neighbouring countries such as France
and the UK in lottery participation metrics such as percentage of population
that play the lottery and average customer spend. These factors combine to make
the German internet lottery market an attractive target for Jumbos
In addition to Germany, Jumbo has
identified the USA and Mexico as other international markets that have
significant internet lottery growth potential. The USA has yet to fully adopt
internet lottery sales however management believe that political opposition has
declined and the large US lottery market will open up soon. Jumbo is active in
the USA via a 50/50 joint venture called Lotto Points Plus
as well as direct lobbying with specific state lotteries. In Mexico, Jumbo has
developed the website www.JumboLotto.mx but has delayed the launch until the
required approvals are in place.
Market development expenses in these
regions were incurred in the FY14 year supported by Jumbos reasonable
balance sheet and profitable business in Australia.
With over $16.4 million in
net cash and a reasonable balance sheet with net assets of $19.8 million, Jumbo
is comfortably placed to steer these projects into profitability, he
Jumbo Annual General
Details of the Companys Annual
General Meeting are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014
Venue: Lady Thiess Room
399 Queen Street Brisbane, QLD,
A 1.5c fully franked dividend has
been declared for the 2nd half of the 2014 FY, which brings the full year total
to a 3.0c fully franked dividend per share.
The Board intends maintaining a
stable dividend at this level for the next few years while the Company works
towards achieving profitability in the overseas markets it has successfully
(I) aggregate Division 1 OZ Lotto
and Powerball jackpots of $15 million or more
About Jumbo Interactive
Jumbo Interactive Limited is listed
in Australia (ASX: JIN) as well as the German Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart
exchanges (Symbol: WKN A1C82X).
In 2000, the Company sold its first
lottery ticket on the internet and since then has developed www.ozlotteries.com
into a popular site for lotteries to be played.
Jumbo has proven its ability to open
up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing
initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the
Jumbo is now also active in the
European lottery market with its first licensed operation www.jumbolotto.de
servicing the German lottery market.
For further information CONTACT:
Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Phone: 07 3831 3705.
SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive
Ohio Lottery Celebrate 40th Anniversary of First
CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 22, 2014) --
Today marks 40 years since thousands of people gathered at Parmatown Mall in
Parma to watch the first official drawing of the
Ohio Lotterys first
game, Buckeye 300.
The Ohio Lotterys Showmobile,
a tractor trailer that carried a nine feet long tumbler for the drawing, set up
the morning of August 22, 1974.
One thousand balls numbered 000 to
999 were placed into the tumbler that would spin end over end, and when the
tumbler stopped turning, ten numbered balls fell into place. Three envelopes
drawn from a drum containing the results of 30 horse races determined the
winning chambers on the tumbler.
The winning numbers that day were
178, 264 and 002. Twelve $15,000 winning tickets were sold and eligible for a
$300,000 drawing the following week. Approximately 25,000 $20 winners were sold
and were eligible for a $1,000,000 drawing two months later. Omar Watts of
Middlefield, Ohio won that drawing.
Tickets for that first game
were 50 cents, and it was the only game offered. Today we have games ranging
from $1 all the way up to $30, Director Dennis Berg said of how the
lottery has changed. Its amazing to look back and see how far
weve come. With technology today, our players can watch KENO drawings and
daily drawings on their computer or smart phone, and can scan their tickets to
see if they have a winner. They have more than 75 games to choose from in
our product line.
The Ohio Lottery is celebrating its
40th anniversary with the Ohio Lotterys 40th Anniversary Millions instant
ticket. The $30 instant ticket has a top prize of $10,000,000, the largest
instant prize ever offered by the Lottery.
To learn more Ohio Lottery history,
visit our website HERE.
SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.
The Turbo Option - More Spice for Players of
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 21,
2014) -- As of August 25, players of Banco may choose the Turbo option and a
chance to multiply their prize. This amendment, which adds spice to the current
game, is the latest offering by
offer a more entertaining product and adapted to its clientele.
For each selection of Banco, the
consumer will have the choice to double his bet to the draw of the Turbo, which
multiplies a lot to 10 times. Thus, each Banco draw an additional draw will be
conducted to determine the multiplier that will apply to lots.
For example, a consumer who makes a
bet 4 $ 1 win $ 100 if its 4 numbers are winners, according to the prize
structure of Banco (category 4/4). But if it doubles its implementation in
order to participate in the draw of the Turbo and the multiplier is drawn x 3,
he will win $ 300 ($ 100 x 3).
The total amount payable by category
from four million to six million dollars a draw for Banco and remain six
million to Banco special. These limits include lots with and without the Turbo
Each day, players will be able to
Banco bet by going to a retailer, or online or on their mobile.
"Banco is a popular choice for
many Quebecers lottery, and, for 25 years. The addition of the Turbo option is
sure to please fans of this game since it now has the potential to multiply the
lots," said Elaine Thivierge, Director of Marketing for the Presidency
Lottery operations Loto-Québec.
Examples of possible batches with up
to 4 numbers at $ 1
With the Turbo option, the ticket
price will be $ 2.
Banco, sold only in Quebec, was
launched in September 1989 and will celebrate its 25th anniversary on September
15. With sales of $ 138.7 million in 2013-2014, it is the third best selling
lottery Loto-Quebec after the Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max. Followers of Banco
delight to develop many possible combinations of numbers.
For the past three years, more than
400 winners received prizes of $ 25,000 or more at Banco and Banco Special,
including 10 lots of $ 1 million.
Information CONTACT: Marie-Claude
Rivet, Assistant Director Media Relations - Public Relations,
Loto-Québec, Phone: 514 499-5079, Email:
Swiss Lottery Operator Supports Proposed Gaming
Loterie Romande Response in
Respect of the Consultation on the Draft Federal Law on Gambling
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (August 20,
2014) -- On April 30, the Federal Council for consultation the draft new law on
gambling. The Board of Directors of the Loterie Romande believes this project
is balanced and coherent: it reflects the interests of all stakeholders and
includes relevant compromise on a number of key aspects. Given the improvements
proposed by gaming operators, including corporate social responsibility,
Loterie Romande wants balance and coherence of the project are not compromised
by additional requirements that would undermine the attractiveness of the
lottery games and sports paris. In an increasingly competitive environment, the
new legislation should allow companies to operate lottery games attractive,
profitable and responsible to ensure the long-term stability of the profits
distributed to the public interest.
Loterie Romande broadly approves the
bill, drafted in collaboration with all stakeholders. She believes that this
project is the result of relevant compromise on key issues of importance
fundamental to the Loterie Romande:
Balanced distribution of powers
between the Confederation and the cantons
The bill allows the practical
implementation of Article 106 of the Constitution, accepted by 87% of the vote
in the referendum of 11 March 2012 It ensures a balance between the skills of
the Confederation and the cantons and gives those new different definitions of
gambling. As lottery games and sports paris,
These new definitions are
satisfactory and enable operators to adapt their social and technological
developments without them are made at expense of other forms of gambling for
the protection of the population.
Profit distribution to the
The bill ensures that the profits
from lotteries and sports paris continue to be paid exclusively to the
distribution of organs Cantons' profit purposes. Loterie Romande welcomes the
establishment of a framework that has relevant rules to increase transparency
and independence of competent bodies.
Preventing Problem Gambling
The measures in the bill provide
effective protection, particularly for minors and vulnerable populations. This
new regulation, is both flexible and responsive to risk factors, takes into
account the specificities of games and how they operate. Loterie Romande
considers in this respect that the bill contains requirements that will
probably make one of the Swiss laws more severe in Europe in terms of
responsible gaming. In this context, it wants no additional prevention measures
which go beyond the provisions of the project. The measures disproportionate
and unrealistic harm the establishment of an essential balance between the
protection of players on the one hand and the need to guarantee offers both
legal and attractive on the other.
Fight against the illegal supply
Because of the dangers associated
with crime, money laundering or dependence, the fight against illegal offerings
- representing a gross gaming revenues estimated at CHF 300
million a year - is a necessity. The
bill has the advantage to provide concrete measures to curb illegal gambling,
such as blocking websites that are unauthorized. Loterie Romande approves this
provision, which is one that benefits of gambling are properly allocated to the
public benefit instead enrich private operators from tax havens.
Standardization of the tax
treatment of gains
Currently, the gains from lotteries
and sports paris are subject to tax income, which is not the case of the gains
in gambling, free, for them from taxation. The bill establishes logically equal
tax treatment between gains in lotteries and those acquired in other games
money. Loterie Romande welcomes this new design, which will make games of
lottery and most attractive sports paris and will therefore generate additional
benefits for the public utility. The exemption will also reduce the competitive
advantage of illegal operators, while helping to curb the exodus of players to
tenders untaxed in neighbouring countries.
As it stands, the Loterie Romande
does not want balance and consistency of solutions
proposed are challenged by
amendments that would undermine the competitiveness of lotteries. While
avoiding an incentive to excess and addiction, games offered should remain
attractive and operators must be able, while respecting their duties, adapt to
changing society. Loterie Romande recalls the need for a legislative framework
for the mission and
responsibilities of lottery
corporations whose profits - almost CHF 550 million by year for Switzerland -
are an indispensable support charitable projects, cultural and sports.
The complete position of Loterie
Romande is available on: www.loro.ch
SOURCE: Loterie Romande.
The Florida Lottery is Gearing Up for the Fan-Tastic College
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 22,
2014) -- Back by popular demand, the
Florida Lottery is pleased
to announce its partnership with five Florida universities to offer the
Fan-Tastic College Football Promotion. FLORIDA LOTTO® players have the
chance to support their local college football teams while winning a variety of
fun prizes including a bowl game trip, season tickets, a regular season away
game trip, team merchandise, a $10,000 cash prize and more. Universities
participating in the promotion include University of Florida®, Florida
State University®, University of Central Florida, University of
Miami® and University of South Florida.
The Lottery is
committed to supporting education at every level. We provide funding to support
K-12 education programs, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, and colleges
and universities, said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia
Our sole mission is to
generate as much revenue as possible for education, while offering our players
a fun and exciting portfolio of games. By combining Floridians love for
FLORIDA LOTTO and college football, we know that this promotion will be a
win-win for everyone.
This years promotion will be
held from August 27 through December 2, with the Grand Prize drawing on
December 4, 2014. Players who purchase $10 or more of FLORIDA LOTTO or FLORIDA
LOTTO with XTRA, will receive a voucher with a unique number that can be
entered into the Fan-Tastic College Football Promotion on the Lotterys
website. Each of the five teams will have four Fan Experience drawings, along
with one final Grand Prize drawing. More information will be available on the
Lotterys website beginning August 27.
The Lottery is also partnering with
Florida colleges and universities across the state to host ice cream socials
honoring Bright Futures scholarship recipients and celebrating the
Lotterys 26-year history of supporting education in Florida. In addition,
oversized facsimile checks will be presented at college football games
representing the amount of money each school has received from the Lottery in
the form of Bright Futures scholarships.
About The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $27 billion to education and sending more than
650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Scratch-Off Ticket Sales Growth One for the Record
2014 Fiscal Year
Transfers Exceed Expectations by $20.9 Million
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (August 22,
2014) -- With more than $450.5 million in revenue for fiscal year 2014, the
Corporation transferred $161.6 million to the state treasury for K-12
public education $1.4 million more than last year and second only to 1993 when
the Lottery was the only form of gaming in Louisiana.
Scratch-off sales alone grew by
nearly 10 percent, placing the Louisiana Lottery among the country's top 10 for
product line sales growth and helping to add an additional $20.9 million to the
states coffers than what was budgeted.
"While draw-style game sales are
often at the mercy of huge national jackpot runs, scratch-off sales growth is
largely driven by factors we directly control, including superior game design,
a customized consumer-driven product mix and just-in-time inventory management
at retail," noted Lottery President Rose Hudson.
"I am proud of the work we've
done at the Lottery to maximize revenue for our state while upholding the
highest standards of integrity and public trust."
Besides the state, local businesses
that sell Lottery products also benefited with total retailer compensation of
more than $25 million for fiscal year 2014, which includes sales commission,
incentives for cashing winning tickets and bonuses for selling winning
Fourth quarter figures for fiscal
year 2014 show Lottery revenue totalled $104,417,313 with $40,510,770 being
transferred to the state treasury. The June transfer included a surplus of
$3,965,000 due to operational efficiency.
The Louisiana Lottery ranks second
among state lotteries in percent of revenue transferred to its
government. In fiscal year 2014, 35.5 percent of Lottery revenue was
transferred to the state treasury and dedicated for K-12 public education.
Nearly 53 percent of revenue was allocated to prizes for players. At least 5.5
percent was paid to retailers who sell Lottery games, and less than 6 percent
was retained by the Lottery for operating costs.
The Lottery's total fiscal-year
state proceeds were $161,664,700. Since the Lottery began operations in 1991,
more than $8 billion in revenue has been generated, primarily from ticket
sales. More than $2.8 billion has been transferred to the state treasury.
"These results give us all a
reason to smile," Hudson added. "As we explore better ways to use
technology to manage our business and connect with our players, the future is
bright for the Louisiana Lottery."
Lottery ticket purchasers must be at
least 21 years of age. The Lottery encourages anyone with a gambling problem,
or friends of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
AGE 2014 Wraps Up a Successful Show
Interview with R Ferrar CEO
Gaming Technologies Association organiser of the AGE
SYDNEY, Australia (August 21, 2014)
CEO Gaming Technologies Association
What were your expectations about
the show? Have you met them?
Having been at the previous location
for 24 years, moving to the new location certainly meant we were going into
R Ferrar CEO Gaming Technologies
Bringing the show to the new
location brought many challenges. We had to reconfigure the layout of the
show to fit into the new space, we had to take into consideration such elements
as the lower ceiling heights, the higher level of ambient light and the
accessibility. There was limited on-site parking which meant we had to place a
greater reliance on three modes of public transport to get the visitors here:
Buses from Central Railway Station; Ferries from the old Darling Harbour site
(where the bulk of the parking was still available) and the Taxi Service.
There was also a concern about the
geographic segregation of Darling Harbour from the restaurant
precinct of Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay.
In addition to promoting the show to
both Exhibitors and Visitors we also needed to communicate the details of the
new location and its associated transport arrangements to the Exhibitors and
Of course the biggest unknown for us
was; How would the visitors react to the new location and the use of
How did the exhibitors and
As it turned out none of the
concerns we had prior to the show materialised. We were greatly
encouraged when the shows exhibitor space sold out a month before the
The visitors seemed to enjoy the
ambient light, the on-site catering and the accessibility.
To communicate the details of the
new location, our early advertising focussed on just that, AGE to shine
at Glebe Island. In May we launched a dedicated AGE mobile App which
included all the information visitors needed for access to the show. When
analysing the download statistics for this App this week we learned that the
App user numbers exceeded 90% of the numbers of Desk Top users.
At the actual AGE, the buses, taxis
and ferries all seemed to work like clockwork, with a third of all visitors
using the ferries.
From the exhibitors point of
view, the geographic segregation from Darling Harbour and Cockle Bays
restaurant precinct was a bonus. The visitors were happy to dine on site and
consequently stayed on site for longer.
Ultimately, we were delighted with
the visitor response to the show with visitor numbers very close to those of
What can you tell us about
exhibitor and visitor feedback?
The feedback from both the
exhibitors and the visitors has been very positive with many Exhibitors
spontaneously expressing satisfaction at the Exhibitor Cocktail Party, held on
the first night of the show.
While some established exhibitors
were nervous about the move to Glebe Island and had lowered their expectations
accordingly, one of them volunteered We have been exhibiting at the
Sydney AGE for a number of years. This year our expectations were not
high. We were pleasantly surprised. The show from our perspective was a
Another exhibitor also commented:
This years AGE was definitely the best in recent memory.
After changing venues Ill admit I wasnt quite sure how wed go
but the overwhelming response from customers locally and internationally has
made this years show a fabulous success. Not only was I impressed
with the quality of the attendees, the effort all the exhibitors went to
getting behind the show was amazing. Cant wait for
Why is it important to run
the Exhibition in Sydney, Australia?
When the NSW Government first
announced the demolition and reconstruction of the old Darling Harbour site and
that it would take three years, we considered our options which were to move
the show interstate to either Sydney or Brisbane or stay in Sydney and either
go to the suburban Homebush precinct or utilise the un-built Glebe Island
facility, which was to be adapted from the temporary Press facility that was
used in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
To assist us in our decision making,
we widely canvassed the opinions of both the exhibitors and the visitors and
the response was a resounding Keep the AGE in Sydney.
From our perspective Sydney is the
natural home for the AGE particularly as it attracts visitors from every State
in Australia as well as international visitors from New Zealand and South East
Asia. This year we also had visitors from the USA.
What are your future
The 2015 and 2016 Australasian
Gaming Expos will be run at Glebe Island and then in 2017 we will be relocating
again, back to Darling Harbour.
SOURCE: Beyond Advertising.
First-Ever Lottery Commercials About Where The Money
Goes Now Airing
Took A Change In State Law To
Info on scholarships and
grants awarded in your area included
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 25,
2014) -- For the first time in its 25 year history, the
Kentucky Lottery today is
advertising where proceeds from the sale of its games are spent.
This has never happened before
because, until recently, it wouldve been against the law.
When the states General
Assembly put together the governing legislation for the Kentucky Lottery back
in 1989, a floor amendment was passed which stated,
programs and services shall not be mentioned in advertising or promoting a
lottery. Kentucky thus became the only state in the US to prohibit
the mention of the programs where lottery funds were directed in
In talking with legislators
who were there at the time, there was a great fear of the unknown,
said the Kentucky Lotterys President and CEO Arch Gleason. The
level of concern was high as to what kinds of ads we would run, and
specifically there was anxiety that we may run ads which would overpromise
benefits. Given that level of nervousness, the beneficiary advertising
restriction was put in place.
Over the years, several attempts
were made through the General Assembly to overturn the ban, but none became
law. Finally, through the latest state budget bill, the restriction was
TV ads begin running today in seven
markets across the state featuring the story of Molly Anderson, a recent
University of Kentucky graduate and special education teacher with the Fayette
County Public Schools. Created and produced by Bandy Carroll Hellige in
Louisville, the commercial features how Molly received a KEES scholarship which
helped her go to college and fulfill her lifelong dream of being a teacher.
The KEES program, which is solely
funded by the Kentucky Lottery, is one of only three scholarship and grant
programs which receive Lottery proceeds. The other two need-based programs are
the College Access Program and Kentucky Tuition Grants.
Research conducted by the Kentucky
Lottery has shown the public wanted to know where Lottery proceeds were spent
in the Commonwealth. 83% of Kentuckians surveyed said they didnt feel
like they received enough information on how proceeds are spent, and 89% felt
the Kentucky Lottery should be able to advertise how proceeds are
Ive always felt like
it was good public policy to tell people where these dollars are
going, Gleason said. Legislators will tell you the number
one question they consistently hear from constituents deals with not knowing
where proceeds go from Lottery sales. Starting with this new commercial, we now
look forward to sharing this news across Kentucky and the story we have
to tell is a good one.
Since 1989, more than $4 billion in
proceeds from Kentucky Lottery sales have been turned over to the Commonwealth.
In 1999, proceeds started a gradual shift away from the General Fund and into
college scholarships and grants. Since that time, more than $2.2 billion in
scholarships and grants paid for from Lottery sales have been distributed by
the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, or KHEAA. More information
on how to apply for a Lottery-funded college scholarship and grant can be found
on their website, www.KHEAA.com.
The numbers show 95 cents
of every dollar in non-loan student aid awarded by the Commonwealth comes
straight from the sale of Kentucky Lottery tickets, Gleason said.
And were immensely proud of that fact.
You can access numbers as to how
many scholarships and grants have been awarded in your area through FY13 :
CONTACT: Chip Polston, Vice
President, Communications, Government and Public Relations, Kentucky Lottery
Corporation, Phone: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.
Improved Scratching Tool for Instant Lottery Tickets
InventHelp® Client (DLL-2704)
leading inventor service company, attempts to submit an invention, Y Not, to
companies for review
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (August 21,
2014) -- Do you wish there was a better way to scratch off instant lottery
tickets? Are you tired of searching for coins or having to use your fingernail?
An inventor, from Dallas, Texas, thought there needed to be a more efficient
way, so he created a prototype for the Y NOT.
The Y NOT is a modified scratching
tool that offers assistance when scratching off instant lottery and other prize
tickets. In doing so, it eliminates the need to search for a coin which saves
time and offers added convenience. The easy-to-use device also eliminates the
possibility of a scratch that is too wide for a specific game.
The Y NOT features a novel design
that could serve as a good luck charm and it is compact and can easily be
carried in a pocket or purse. Additionally, it is ideal for adults 18 and older
and it is producible in design variations.
The inventor described the invention
design. I thought there needed to be a better way to scratch off
lottery tickets so I invented this. My design is easy to use and makes a
perfect scratch every time.
The original design was submitted to
the Dallas office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or
sale to manufacturers or marketers.
For more information, write Dept.
13-DLL-2704, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412)
288-1300 ext. 1368.
Learn more about InventHelp's
Invention Submission Services at:
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SOURCE: Press release distributed by
Massachusetts Lottery Release New Patriots Instant
New $5 game features over
$46.2 million in instant win and second chance prizes!
BRAINTREE, Massachusetts (Tuesday,
August 26, 2014) With the opening kickoff of the 2014 season less than
two weeks away, the Massachusetts Lottery and the New England Patriots are
welcoming a new addition to their winning roster of team-branded
scratch games with the introduction of the 2014 New England
Patriots Instant Ticket. The new $5 ticket goes on sale today at the
Lotterys 7,400 licensed retailers across the state.
The 2014 New England Patriots
Instant Ticket is the Lotterys fourth Patriots-branded offering since
2009, when Massachusetts introduced the lottery industrys first scratch
ticket to feature a National Football League team logo.
This new game offers immediate
scratch and win cash prizes and second chance prizes totaling over
$46.2 million, including seven top prizes of $250,000 and 2,812,068 prizes
ranging from $5 to $4,000.
Players have the opportunity to
enter their non-winning tickets for chances to win exclusive experiential
prizes, including away game trips for two to Miami for 10 years, home game
ticket packages, player autographed footballs, Chalk Talk
experiences with a member of the Patriots coaching staff and additional
There will be five second chance
drawings during the sales period of the $5 2014 New England Patriots Instant
The Lotterys portfolio of
Patriots-branded tickets has amassed over $209.4 million in sales and generated
approximately $33.9 million in net profit to date. Lottery profits are the
largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across
With a print run of 12.1 million
tickets, sales from this new $5 game are expected to reach $60.5 million and
can help grow monies available for return to municipalities by another $9.5
Players can learn more about the new
$5 2014 New England Patriots Instant Ticket by picking up a game brochure at
any Lottery retailer location or by visiting the Lottery online at:
SOURCE: Massachusetts Lottery.
Celebrating Ten Years of Responsible Internet Gambling in Atlantic
Atlantic Lottery thanks
players for their support with prizes
MONCTON, New Brunswick (August 25,
2014) -- Atlantic Lottery
is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of offering responsible Internet
gambling, and wants to give back to its players to honour the occasion.
To celebrate the anniversary,
Atlantic Lottery is thanking players for their support with a chance to win
prizes from Aug. 22 to Sept. 30, 2014:
- Every $2 purchase on alc.ca will be entered into
Atlantic Lotterys popular 2Chance draw that offers a grand prize of
- Any WebCash vouchers purchased from Atlantic
Lottery retailers to fund a players alc.ca account of $10 or
greater purchased and deposited during the promotion period will be entered
into a draw for $1,000 in WebCash. The retail location that sold the winning
WebCash voucher will receive a $1,000 prize as well.
When we launched our
Internet gambling site in August 2004, we were the first lottery in North
America to sell products online, said James Reilly, Atlantic
Lotterys Senior Manager, eCommerce.
For 10 years now, Atlantic
Canadians have been enjoying a range of entertaining products with us, online.
Todays alc.ca offers players big jackpot lottery games LOTTO 6/49 and
LOTTO MAX, their favourite regional draw and PROLINE games, and
online-only offerings iBingo and Pickn Click. We offer our players the
convenience of playing at home at the only legal, regulated Internet gambling
site in Atlantic Canada today.
On Atlantic Lotterys
anniversary plans, Reilly remarks, Were excited about giving our
alc.ca players a second chance to win and including our retailers in the
anniversary. We believe both groups will respond to, and enjoy, the
Since its early days as
PlaySphere.ca, to the current transactional site alc.ca, Atlantic Lottery has
prided itself on having one of the most responsible Internet gambling sites in
North America with a comprehensive suite of responsible gambling tools to help
players make informed choices. As with all of Atlantic Lotterys profits,
all profit generated by alc.ca goes back to the four Atlantic Canadian
For more information contact:
Craig Ennis, Direct: (709) 724-1718 / Cell: (709) 728-8159 / e-mail:
SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery.
Yggdrasil Enters Swedish Regulated Gaming Market with Lottery
Collaborative gaming project
in support of Swedish Sports Alliance
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (August 26, 2014)
-- Full-service games provider Yggdrasil Gaming has entered the Swedish
regulated gaming market via a collaborative project with Svenska Klubbspel AB
the joint venture between media partner Metro and casino operator
Cherry to deliver bespoke lottery gaming products to support a number of
Swedish beneficiaries and the non-profit Sports Alliance.
Klubblo is the Sports
Alliances own lottery and will potentially benefit the 20,000 plus sports
clubs and 70 special sports federations that are members of the Swedish Sports
Yggdrasil will provide a number of
its innovative games and will enable clubs to customise and brand their own
lottery games to capitalise on the strength of their own brands and fan bases.
The full commercial launch is expected for Q4 2014.
Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil
Gaming, commented: Klubblo is a particularly exciting project for
Yggdrasil, being our first step into both the world of the World Lotteries
Association and the regulated Swedish market.
We have been working on
this since autumn last year and were delighted to now see these games
live for the Swedish Sports Alliance and Klubblo.
It has certainly been a real
challenge. We have had to be very innovative in the way we have developed the
lottery games to fulfil the requirements of the regulator, but also make the
games exciting for the players.
Lasse Dilschmann, CEO of Klubblo,
said: Yggdrasil have some fantastic experience in the gaming industry,
particularly in the fast-moving slots market, as well as the lottery
They have a unique approach
and they were the obvious choice to deliver something truly conceptual and
innovative for Klubblo.
Yggdrasils portfolio contains
a wide range of popular casino games, including its latest fantasy world themed
game Magic Mushrooms, with a unique reels draw sequence, and the high-roller
video slots Jokerizer and Winterberries, the much promoted high-paced video
slot Fruitoids as well as Lotto7, a unique daily lottery draw where players
play for a progressive 2.5 million prize.
Yggdrasil, which has offices in
Malta, Poland and most recently a new sales office in Gibraltar, has signed a
number of agreements this year with a host of household names in gaming,
including Mr Green, LeoVegas, Videoslots.com, Vera&John, Cherry Online
Gaming, CO-Gaming (ComeOn!) and Unibet.
About Yggdrasil Gaming
Yggdrasil Gaming is a newly
established instant RNG lottery games, live lotto and superior online and
mobile casino games developer headquartered in Malta and with offices in Poland
and Gibraltar. Its clients include Unibet, Mr Green, LeoVegas, Videoslots.com,
Vera&John, Cherry Online Gaming and CO-Gaming (ComeOn!).
Yggdrasil Gaming's games server is
based on several generations of platform development and is certified by
external testing houses. Its products include video slots, classic and video
scratch games, 3D video keno games, instant lotto express, live studio lotto,
and pooled progressive jackpots across multiple platforms including desktop and
mobile games. Yggdrasil recently announced the launch of a daily live lottery
draw from Malta, with a 2.5 million guaranteed, progressive jackpot.
For more information please
SOURCE: Yggdrasil Gaming.
Hoosier Lottery Offers New Option for Bingo
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Aug. 25,
2014) - Bingo fans now have a new way to play their favorite game: the Hoosier
Lottery's Bingo To Go draw game.
The new game, on sale now, offers a
variety of options for Hoosier Lottery players and Bingo aficionados alike. The
game features four drawings each day: Morning (10 a.m.), Midday (1:20 p.m.),
Early Evening (7 p.m.) and Evening (10:50 p.m., EDT).
To play Bingo To Go , players simply
need to ask for the game by name at Hoosier Lottery retailers. Wagers are $1,
$2, $5 and $10 and top prizes are multiplied by the wager amount. The top prize
for a $1 ticket is $10,000; for a $2 ticket, $20,000; for a $5 ticket, $50,000,
and for a $10 ticket, $100,000.
To win Bingo To Go, players match
their board numbers with the numbers drawn by the Hoosier Lottery in any of a
variety of traditional bingo patterns, including the Big Diamond pattern to win
the top prize.
Players can check their tickets on
the Hoosier Lottery website at www.hoosierlottery.com, with their favorite
retailer, on select TV broadcasts, in select newspapers or with the Hoosier
Lottery's free convenience app now available for Android phones. The free app
for Apple users is scheduled to be available in September.
About The Hoosier Lottery
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery
contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30
million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million
in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce the motor vehicle excise tax by 50
To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit: www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and
CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Public
Information Officer, 317-264-4898 (office), 317-653-0561 (cell), Email:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.