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Vol. 69 No.1 - Monday October 6, 2014
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  • GTECH Wins Global Gaming Awards for Land-Based and Interactive Business. Full Story.
  • 20 Years Of Tinka!! Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Completes Gaming System Conversion with New Player Subscription Technology for Maine State Lottery. Full Story.
  • Jumbo Interactive at the Forefront of Growth Trend. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Delivers Quality Assurance Testing For the Launch of the Wyoming Lottery (WyoLotto™) Systems. Full Story.
  • MORPHO at The World Lottery Summit 2014. Full Story.
  • Camelot Becomes First Lottery in the World to Use Augmented Reality on Scratchcards. Full Story.
  • Differentiated Tax Regime for Online and Land-Based Gaming not Addressed by Today’s CJEU Ruling. Full Story.
  • Missouri Fuel Retailers Embrace Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Linq3 Lottery Innovation. Full Story.
  • Betdigital’s Integration of GTECH Game Creates a Top UK Performer. Full Story.
  • DJI Holdings Partner with Xinhua for Mobile Lottery. Full Story.
  • Lottery Sales Ahead of Last Year, Below Budget. Full Story.
  • Loterity Launch New Game Called BLITZ for Belarusian Lottery Sport Pari. Full Story.
  • CJEU Confirms Danish Differentiated Tax Regime for Online Gambling. Full Story.
  • Arkansas Lottery: Five Years of Big Wins, Big Money, Bigger Opportunity for Arkansas. Full Story.




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GTECH Wins Global Gaming Awards for Land-Based and Interactive Business

Company recognized for Land-Based Gaming Innovation and as Digital Industry Supplier at inaugural event

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 30, 2014) -- GTECH has won awards in the categories of Land-Based Gaming Innovation of the Year and Digital Industry Supplier of the Year at the first-ever Global Gaming Awards.

The awards ceremony was held on Sept. 29 in conjunction with the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. A total of 120 nominees were shortlisted based on their achievements of the past year, and a panel of 50 industry leaders voted to crown a winner in each of 12 categories.

The Land-Based Gaming Innovation Award recognizes GTECH´s novelty product Action Jackpots™, which offers four different progressive links tied into one single gaming machine.

Action Jackpots is a unique ‘MultiLink’ that offers players the freedom to choose their favourite progressive link without having to change the gaming machine. GTECH was selected from among 10 nominated companies for the award.

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Sylvia Dietz, GTECH Sr. Director of Global Marketing, accepted the award on behalf of GTECH

Innovation forms the backbone of our company’s success, and we are proud that Action Jackpots has been recognized as the Land-Based Gaming Innovation of the year,” said Victor Duarte, GTECH Senior Vice President, Gaming and Content.

Action Jackpots is a clear example of our commitment to R&D, ensuring that the games and products we release perform exceptionally for our customers.”

The Digital Industry Supplier Award recognizes GTECH’s comprehensive interactive “total solution” offering, as well as the Company’s Customer First approach and its commitment to the highest level of integrity and responsibility. GTECH was named the winner from among 10 shortlisted suppliers.

Being recognized as the Digital Industry Supplier of the Year demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the solutions they need now and as the market evolves,” said Matteo Monteverdi, GTECH Senior Vice President, Interactive.

Operating as a B2C business in other areas of the globe, we have the experience and are well-positioned to give our customers the best technology and advise them on how to effectively market their products through the interactive space.”

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GTECH offers a complete portfolio of award-winning Interactive products, systems, and services. Its solutions are flexible and fully scalable to easily create a successful online business tailored to customer needs.

For more information about the Global Gaming Awards, visit: http://www.globalgamingawards.com.

GTECH S.p.A.

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.

The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Italian 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 100 countries on six continents.

For more information, please visit www.gtech.com

For further information, CONTACT: Nadine Levermann, GTECH Marketing, T: +49-5741-240 999 31 / M: +49-151-125 463 47, Email: nadine.levermann@gtech.com.

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

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20 Years Of Tinka!!

This October Tinka Celebrates Its 20 Years Anniversary

LIMA, Peru (October 1, 2014) -- Tinka, the popular numerical game of INTRALOT de Peru, the leading lottery and sports betting company of Peru, celebrates its 20th Anniversary. In 20 years Tinka has turned 116 Peruvian players, so-called Tinkeros, into millionaires, and has delivered over 478 million Peruvian Soles to players.

The most memorable jackpot of Tinka is the one of 2013, in which the game distributed 21 million Soles and changed the lives of two lucky winners in the cities Cañete and Yurimaguas. Prior to this jackpot, the largest award was received by a lucky Tinkero from Huánuco, who became the winner of an awesome 14 million Soles in 2011.

On the occasion of the anniversary, INTRALOT de Peru CEO, Mr. Vangelis Apostolakopoulos, commented: "We are very proud to celebrate Tinka’s 20th Anniversary: 20 years in which the Peruvian players trusted us, in which we turned many of the players into winners and changed their lives, while generating resources for the support the local communities and various social causes. We appreciate the confidence of the players in INTRALOT de Peru over these years, and we vow to continue working so that Tinka can continue making dreams come true for many Peruvians.”

Thanks to its top worldwide operating standards, security certification and transparency, Tinka has maintained leadership in the Peruvian Market over the last 20 years.

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INTRALOT de Peru will celebrate this anniversary occasion with special promotions during the month of October, offering to even more players the opportunity to become winners with Tinka.

“Play Tinka and make your dreams come true”

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: kartsoli@intralot.com or Ms. Judith Ramirez Plasencia, Communications & PR Coordinator of INTRALOT de Peru, Phone: +511 513-5555, Email: judith.ramirez@intralot.com.pe, Internet: www.intralot.com.pe.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Completes Gaming System Conversion with New Player Subscription Technology for Maine State Lottery

ATLANTA, Georgia (September 25, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced the successful completion of an integrated lottery gaming system conversion, including a player subscription technology platform, for the Maine State Lottery (“the Lottery”). The conversion was completed as part of a six-year agreement for the operation of an integrated lottery gaming system for instant and draw games. The new system features the Company’s Sciplay™ interactive technology which enables an internet-based player subscription program and V.I.P website. Under the gaming system contract, Scientific Games also provides the Maine State Lottery with the Company’s Cooperative Services Program (CSP) that integrates the Lottery’s instant game operations, including game design and production, marketing services, warehouse management, inventory control and retail distribution. The contract was awarded to Scientific Games following a competitive procurement and may be extended.

Scientific Games completed the conversion ahead of schedule in June 2014. The conversion was executed with uninterrupted operation of the Lottery’s gaming systems, including statewide instant game distribution, telecommunications network, software and new point-of-sale equipment for lottery retailers throughout Maine. The Company installed the Maine State Lottery’s first central gaming system in 1985, however, first began serving the Lottery as its instant game provider in 1975.

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Through collaboration and careful planning with our longtime partner, Scientific Games, the technology conversion was a success and the Maine State Lottery is poised and well-positioned for continued growth,” said Gregory Mineo, Director, Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. “With the new retailer equipment, the player subscription program and the instant product category management services provided through the CSP program, we can focus on driving maximum sales and profits for the State of Maine.”

Scientific Games installed a new communications network, a full suite of draw-based game systems and a range of new lottery equipment in nearly 1,300 retail locations.  New WAVE™ terminals and ticket checkers were deployed, as well as Lottery InMotion™, a digital advertising and content management system that promote the Maine State Lottery games in-store at the retail point-of-sale. In addition, the Lottery’s draw games are available to adult players within the state through a new internet-based subscription program powered by the Company’s award-winning Sciplay technology. Scientific Games also launched the Lottery’s VIP website and is providing additional marketing services.

We are proud to continue our collaboration with the Maine State Lottery.  In the more than three decades that we have been their trusted partner, the Lottery’s revenue has experienced continued growth.” said Pat McHugh, President, North America Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.  “Our focus is aligned with the Lottery’s mission to responsibly maximize revenue growth to generate additional funds for the state and the local businesses that depend on lottery sales.”

In fiscal year 2013, the Maine State Lottery had total sales of more than $230 million, including over $166 million in instant game sales.

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About the Maine State Lottery

The Maine State Lottery is proud of its commitment in providing the citizens of Maine with fun and exciting entertainment through the complete distribution and sales of Tri State Megabucks Plus, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life, Tri-State Pick 3 and Pick 4 and an extensive array of instant lottery tickets. The Maine State Lottery was established in 1974 by Maine voters in a statewide referendum. In 2004, Maine joined the multi-jurisdictional jackpot game, Powerball; in 2009, Maine joined the multi-jurisdictional jackpot game, Hot Lotto; on May 9, 2010, Maine joined the multi-jurisdictional jackpot game, Mega Millions; and on March 3, 2012 Maine joined the New England Regional Game Lucky for Life. Each year, millions of dollars are returned to players in prize money. Additionally, Maine small businesses receive millions of dollars in commissions and bonuses for selling lottery products, and the State’s General Fund received more than $50 million to support essential programs and services.

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: http://www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS: Investor Relations: Bill Pfund, (847) 785-3167. Media Relations: Mollie Cole, (773) 961-1194.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Jumbo Interactive at the Forefront of Growth Trend

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Explanatory Memorandum

BRISBANE, Queensland (Sept 26, 2014) -- Jumbo Interactive Limited (ASX:JIN) is an internet lottery business with operations in Australia and Germany. Currently in an expansion phase, Jumbo has been actively pursuing

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further opportunities in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe. The internet has brought positive change to the world lottery industry with some countries already showing

strong sustainable growth as a result. However the vast majority of national lotteries are still at the cusp of this adoption and it is Jumbo’s belief that most will join the revolution in the next few years.

Jumbo’s goal is to be at the forefront of this growth trend.

With experience dating back to 2000 when Jumbo sold its first lottery ticket on the internet, Jumbo is uniquely positioned to partner with any national lottery around the world.

2013-14 was an important year for Jumbo with the launch of its first international website Jumbolotto.de in Germany.

This adds to Jumbo’s success in Australia where www.OzLotteries.com delivered its 14th record year of ticket sales, maintaining its unbroken run.

Read the Notice of Annual General Meeting and Explanatory Memorandum CLICK HERE

SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive Limited.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Delivers Quality Assurance Testing For the Launch of the Wyoming Lottery (WyoLotto™) Systems

MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (September 29, 2014) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has successfully completed delivery of Quality Assurance System Testing for The Wyoming Lottery (WyoLotto™), which made history on August 24th by selling its first ticket. With the delivery of lottery systems quality assurance testing by GLI, the Wyoming Lottery was able to launch its first lottery game.

We were very pleased the Wyoming Lottery chose GLI and our Professional Services Division to conduct this crucial, thorough systems quality assurance testing project,” GLI Professional Services Director Gregory Doucette said. “Since creating the Professional Services Division in 2011, we have carefully assembled a staff consisting of the industry’s foremost leading experts, and the Wyoming Lottery, like our other clients, can choose GLI, confident that their systems quality assurance testing projects are carried out by the industry’s best.”

Jon Clontz, CEO of WyoLotto™ said, “The Launch of the Wyoming Lottery has been a rewarding and exciting experience. To set foot on the ground last October and be opening a lottery 10 ½ months later is a remarkable achievement! An even more remarkable outcome is that we launched the lottery without any major systems, technology or point-of-sale problems."

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"This was a very smooth launch, executed with persistent attention to detail and precision. The combined high quality experience of our testing lab, GLI, our gaming vendor INTRALOT, and LOTTERY staff proved to be a formula for success. My staff, GLI, Elsym and the INTRALOT team logged countless hours to include weekends ensuring benchmarks, deadlines and milestone objectives were met. GLI, INTRALOT, Elsym and my team maintained a constant team-oriented attitude and a positive and motivating drive that led to a successful launch with no major concerns.”

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

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

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

For more information about GLI’s Professional Services benefits, visit www.gaminglabs.com  to schedule a demonstration, or visit GLI at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas in booth #4430.

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

 

MORPHO at The World Lottery Summit 2014

Morpho offers the most advanced security technologies, tailored to meet the needs of gaming professionals

LONDON, U.K. (September 30, 2014) -- Morpho is a global leader in security solutions, for law enforcement and border control, targeting a customer base of governments, national agencies and administrations. Morpho’s gaming department offers one of the most extensive offering of lottery terminals on the market. The company has 20 years of experience in the gaming industry and has deployed 240,000 gaming terminals to date. We caught up with Patrice Boché, Vice-President of Sales, Gaming at Morpho, to find out more.

What are the distinctive business trends and market dynamics you currently see in the gaming industry?

We currently see three major trends. The first is a need for smaller terminals and self-service kiosks, to help develop new additional points of sale (POS). The second is the dematerialization of paper slips, receipts and tickets, increasingly replaced by customer smartphones. The third is the convergence of online and mobile gaming with the traditional ’brick and mortar’ network.

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The result is that customers enjoy an improved gaming experience, relying on modern and user-friendly processes that are increasingly secure and cost-effective. They are also presented with a homogenous gaming environment integrating traditional POS with online and mobile gaming.

What are the expected benefits of the World Lottery Summit 2014 for Morpho?

The World Lottery Summit is the biggest event in the gaming industry, where lottery operators gather from all over the world every two year to discover new products and technologies and anticipate market trends. We will present our latest innovations, share experiences and exchange with customers. This will be a unique opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from businesses operating our products and solutions on a day-to-day basis.

What will you be highlighting on the show?

We will exhibit Morpho’s Elite terminal, a groundbreaking product that uses an optical scanner (a camera) instead of a traditional scrolling scanner, as well as the most advanced image capture and recognition technologies. This allows the Elite terminal to accommodate a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors for play slip design. We will also present a brand new self-service terminal that players may operate themselves, for ticket checking purposes. The S8 terminal will also be presented, along with the new generation of ultra compact S4 terminals.

What will be the benefits of these novelties to your customers?

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Morpho’s Elite terminal offers retailers speed and ease of use for processing play slips, receipts or scratch tickets. Lottery marketing departments will discover new opportunities for designing innovative play slips. Lottery operators may improve their total cost of ownership. Finally, players will enjoy a new interactive experience, with the added benefit of strengthening the relationship between lotteries and customers. Morpho’s new self-service terminal offers a variety of novel features.

Players will appreciate the ticket checker, account management and prize claiming options, as well as the variety of multi-purpose in-store entertainment games. Lottery organizations will appreciate the display of game instructions, draw results, sport betting odds, etc. Marketing display is also a valuable additional business driver. Finally, the S4 terminal offers all the functionalities of a standard lottery terminal, in the most compact unit currently on the market.

Morpho is a global leader in security solutions. In what way do your customers in the gaming industry benefit from synergies with your other areas of excellence and expertise in the security business?

Looking at the gaming market’s broader picture, there are many benefits that may derive from Morpho’s unique in-house technologies. The company’s face recognition solutions may help casinos easily identify VIPs or Persons of Interest (undesirable or self-excluded patrons). Morpho’s identity management and biometric technologies may also offer improved player authentication features, as well as signature and integrity management of transactions. Morpho’s recent acquisition of Dictao, the leading publisher of software solutions for security and digital trust, is an additional step in this direction.

What are Morpho’s main differentiators over competition in the gaming industry?

Morpho offers one of the most extensive offering of lottery and betting terminals, covering a wide variety of needs and environments, with a proven track record of high reliability. Morpho’s integrated R&D center provides very strong innovation capabilities. Our in-house manufacturing plant allows high manufacturing flexibility and optimal control over quality and price, with the ability to make long-term maintenance commitments. Finally, Morpho has positioned itself as a supplier of terminals and services to lottery and betting operators and never places itself in a competing position with its customers.

SOURCE: MORPHO – a member of the Safran Group.

 

 

Camelot Becomes First Lottery in the World to Use Augmented Reality on Scratchcards

LONDON, U.K. (September 26, 2014) -- Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, has become the first lottery in the world to use augmented reality on Scratchcards.

The Lottery announced that it has partnered with image-recognition and augmented reality specialist, Blippar, to bring its new £2 ‘Christmas Cash’ Scratchcard to life.

Blippar works with other major brands – such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Vogue, Disney and Heinz – to unlock added content on everyday products. To experience the augmented reality on the National Lottery ‘Christmas Cash’ Scratchcard – which is launching in stores across the UK this Monday (29 September) – players will need to download the free Blippar app onto their smartphone or smart device, and then hold up the Scratchcard to be ‘blipped’.

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The Scratchcard will then jump to life via the smart device, with a 3D winter scene which will give players the chance to play a fun free game, enter a prize draw to win £1,000 in shopping vouchers and read about creative ways to give Scratchcards as Christmas gifts.

Martyn Baxter, Head of Instants at Camelot, said: “We are really excited to be teaming up with Blippar to enhance our Christmas Scratchcard range – and to be the first lottery in the world to use augmented reality on our products."

"Christmas is always a busy time for The National Lottery and, in recent years, our players have really embraced giving Scratchcards as gifts to their adult friends and family – for example, by including them in festive cards, or using Scratchcards instead of chocolates in advent calendars.

The Blippar experience is just another fun extra – giving players a free game and the chance to win £1,000 in shopping vouchers, just in time for Christmas. It’s about us recognising that many of our retail players use smartphones, and then complementing and enhancing their retail experience through that channel.”

Jonathan Barrowman, Commercial Director at Blippar, said: “Over 70% of adults play The National Lottery – greater reach than any FMCG brand in the UK – so it makes sense to partner with Camelot."

"We hope National Lottery Scratchcard players enjoy ‘blipping’ – which allows you to see the world through a different lens and unlock fun, interactive content on familiar, physical items. The ‘blippable’ Scratchcards are a great example of how brands can create impact during the cluttered festive season.”

About Camelot (www.camelotgroup.co.uk)

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  • Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
  • Each week, Camelot generates, on average, around £33 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total, £31 billion has now been raised and more than 430,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century.
  • The National Lottery has so far given away over £52 billion in prizes and created more than 3,600 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.

 

For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit: www.camelotgroup.co.uk and www.national-lottery.co.uk

Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.

About Blippar

  • Blippar™ is the world’s leading visual browser, harnessing augmented reality and image-recognition technology to bring the physical world to life through smartphones, tablets and wearables
  • Blippar™ enables brands, publishers and agencies to use their products, packaging, newspapers, magazines, and merchandising to activate interactive digital content, which users unlock by 'looking' at it through the app
  • Consumers can now engage with their favorite publications, brands and celebrities with unique interactive mobile experiences.
  • Since launching in the UK in 2011, Blippar™ has expanded rapidly internationally – with offices in London, NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, LA, Istanbul, Delhi and Amsterdam – and through partnerships with some of the largest international media owners and brands, including Condé Nast, TIME Inc., Procter&Gamble, Kraft, Nestlé, Heinz, Coca-Cola, Anheuser Busch, L'Oréal, Universal Pictures and Jaguar.
  • In June 2014, Blippar™ acquired Layar™, a pioneering AR company founded in the late 2000s. The combined user base, data and technology makes Blippar™ the world’s most influential AR company.

 

CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions Limited.

 

 

Differentiated Tax Regime for Online and Land-Based Gaming not Addressed by Today’s CJEU Ruling

BRUSSELS, Belgium (September 29, 2014) -- The European Gaming and Amusement Federation expressed disappointment that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided today to dismiss an action for annulment of Commission Decision 2012/140/EU in relation to the Danish Gaming Duties Act. The proposed Danish law will tax online providers of gaming at a flat rate of 20%, compared to up to 75% for their land-based competitors. However, today’s ruling fails to either confirm or reject the discriminatory tax regime proposed by Denmark.

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Commenting on the ruling, EUROMAT’s President Annette Kok said: ‘Today’s ruling fails to address whether discriminatory state aid, as proposed by the Danish law, is justified. We are disappointed that there remains a lack of legal certainty on this point.

We believe that favouring online companies with lower tax rates will simply distort the marketplace in Europe at the expense of our already highly regulated and highly taxed members and the 250,000 European citizens they employ.”

For further information please contact EUROMAT’s Director, Kieran O’Keeffe, on 0032 476.

About the European Gaming and Amusement Federation

EUROMAT is the European Gaming and Amusement Federation - the voice of the gaming and amusement industry in Europe. Established in 1979, it represents manufacturers, distributors and operators of gaming machines outside casinos through 21 member associations (including 2 observers) from 16 European countries.

The ruling T601/11 follows an action for annulment of Commission Decision 2012/140/EU of the 20th September 2011.

Under the Danish proposals, a €100,000 gross gaming revenue will result in a tax payment of €20,000 for online companies and a tax payment of € 71,000 for land-based businesses. However, today’s ruling fails to either confirm or reject the discriminatory tax regime proposed by Denmark.

Related Documents

140926_ECJ_decision (pdf 29-09-2014)

140926_ECJ_decision (pdf.)

SOURCE: European Gaming and Amusement Federation.

 

 

Missouri Fuel Retailers Embrace Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Linq3 Lottery Innovation

Multiple Fuel Retailers Increasing Lottery Sales by Using Gilbarco's Passport® Point of Sale to Sell Tickets at the Pump

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Sept 30, 2014) -- A growing number of Missouri retailers, including 20 store chain Rapid Roberts, are adopting Play At The Pump, Gilbarco Veeder-Root and partner Linq3's technology solution that offers the opportunity to buy lottery tickets directly from the gas pump. Play At The Pump is a simple software upgrade to Gilbarco's Passport point of sale and offers Passport retailers a new way to increase lottery sales and engage consumers. Rapid Roberts joins Signal Foods and Fast N Friendly's food marts in the Springfield, MO market, which features over 40 locations offering the new lottery solution. In addition to Missouri, Play At The Pump is also up and running in Minnesota, with California and North Carolina set to pilot the program by the end of 2014.

"We are excited about the additional lottery ticket sales that Play At The Pump brings to our sites," said Todd Wilson, president of Rapid Roberts. "Gilbarco and Linq3 have taken forecourt innovation to the next level with Play At The Pump, giving us the ability to improve our consumers' experience and make our site a more attractive destination."

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The Play At The Pump application allows consumers to play Mega Millions, Powerball, and a state jackpot game via the dispenser with a payment card, then have winnings of up to $599 deposited directly back onto the card. Lottery players can have their numbers texted directly to their mobile phone, making it easier to keep track of lottery tickets and get alerts when they have won a prize. There are no payment card fees on the lottery portion for retailers as Linq3 covers that expense. As part of the service, Linq3 interfaces with the various lottery operators while Gilbarco develops the point of sale software and integrates the technology into the forecourt.

Play At The Pump has shown positive results for retailers who now have a new source of revenue from casual lottery players, who do not normally go inside the store. The field-tested solution increases indoor lottery sales by 4-5% due to advertising the jackpot levels, and encourages repeat business through an intuitive consumer experience.

"We are thrilled to see retailers such as Rapid Roberts taking a proactive approach adopting new technology on their forecourt," said Travis Bouck, vice president of marketing, Gilbarco Veeder-Root. "Play At The Pump is a great example a forward-thinking retailer growing their sales and enhancing their brand through our Passport POS system."

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will feature Play At The Pump at the NACS Show in Las Vegas from October 7-10 in booth #5621 and in the Cool New Products room. Interested retailers can also view a video of the Play at the Pump experience at playatthepump.com.

About Gilbarco Veeder-Root

Gilbarco Veeder-Root is the worldwide technology leader for retail and commercial fueling operations. We offer the broadest range of integrated solutions from the forecourt to the convenience store and head office. For almost 150 years, Gilbarco has earned the trust of its customers by providing long-term partnership, uncompromising support and proven reliability. In fact, we help manage the business and maximize the bottom lines for 19 of the top 20 convenience store operators in the U.S. Gilbarco Veeder-Root. Technology with a human touch.

For Further Information CONTACT: Andrew Syzek, Commercialization Manager Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Tel: (336) 547-5460.

SOURCE: Gilbarco Veeder-Root.

 

 

Betdigital’s Integration of GTECH Game Creates a Top UK Performer

Digital content developer helps Goldify™ game become one of Coral's top performers in License Betting Office charts

OXFORD, U.K. (September 25, 2014) -- Content and systems developer Betdigital has risen to the challenge of integrating GTECH’s unique Goldify™ game into Coral’s Licensed Betting Offices (LBOs) with spectacular results.

The UK LBO Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) market is going from strength to strength as gaming giant GTECH can attest, having seen Goldify become one of Coral’s top performers on its LBO charts.

GTECH’s mythology-themed game has performed superbly in Europe, with features that are unique to the market. The player touches a symbol to turn it to gold, thus “goldifying” it. The volatility of the base game depends on the player’s selection. Betdigital’s vast experience in the field ensured that the game replicated those features and strong results in the UK sector.

Oxford-based Betdigital integrated the game using SystemX, a proprietary platform that allows rapid-fire integrations of just 12 weeks — up to five times faster than alternative systems.

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"The Goldify game’s exclusive game play and unique ‘Goldify’ symbol features have proven to be extremely successful in Europe, but they hadn’t been seen on FOBTs before," said Marcel Heutmekers, GTECH International Vice President of Commercial Gaming.

"When the opportunity arose to make the game available to Coral customers in the UK, we were convinced that Betdigital could manage the complex implementation challenges and convert this game into an equally exciting experience for UK players."

Coral's Rich Barr added, "Goldify has been a great performer in Europe, and we wanted to offer the game to our UK customers without jeopardising any of the hallmarks that make the game so popular. The LBO FOBT sector is flying, and working alongside Betdigital has delivered hugely impressive results.”

Betdigital’s continued success is built on our speed and unrivalled integration experience,” said Heath Samples, Betdigital CEO. “We pride ourselves on being able to take all types of games into new markets, and the success story of Goldify consolidates our position as market leaders.

 For more information, please CONTACT: Square in the Air Communications, +44 (0) 20 3586 8266, Email: enquiries@squareintheair.com.

About Betdigital

Betdigital was founded in 2011 to develop content and systems for the UK and international gaming markets.

Betdigital’s GRID (Game Rapid Integration & Development) System and SystemX, the industry's first truly cross-platform gaming engine, enables third party and online game developers to bring their content to the land-based gaming market. Betdigital facilitates the integration to multiple platforms and handles all compliance requirements, ensuring games get to market quickly.

Betdigital also develops high-quality content in-house which is deployed by all major platform operators around the world, including William Hill, Ladbrokes and Gala Coral.

SOURCE: Betdigital.

 

 

DJI Holdings Partner with Xinhua for Mobile Lottery

LONDON, U.K. (September 29, 2014) -- DJI signs partnership to supply Xinhua for rapidly growing Chinese mobile lottery market.

DJI Holdings plc (AIM: DJI, "DJI", the "Group"), a licensed and authorised provider of regulated lottery products in the Chinese lottery market, has been awarded the exclusive contract to supply Xinhuacai Technology Company ("Xinhuacai") with a technology platform and a comprehensive range of mobile lottery games and lottery services.

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Xinhuacai is a subsidiary of Xinhuatong Software Development (Beijing) Company ("Xinhuatong Software"), a subsidiary of Xinhua News Agency, the official Chinese Government news and media authority. Xinhuacai has the stated objective to become a leading provider and distributor of lottery products in China.

Xinhuacai is focussed on exploiting the growing mobile lottery market which has benefitted from the rapid spread of smartphones throughout China. Xinhuacai is seeking to secure appropriate licenses and approvals from the relevant lottery authorities and government departments throughout China.

Xinhuacai intends to provide a wide variety of new lottery products and games for both the Welfare and Sports Lotteries to be distributed through numerous sales channels.

Darren Mercer, Group Chief Executive of DJI, commented:

"We are delighted to be awarded the opportunity to be Xinhuacai's partner.”

"To be selected by one of China's most important institutions is both very exciting and we see this as a key strategic development for our Group.”

"We believe that our technology platform, marketing expertise and tailored lottery games for both Welfare and Sports lotteries, along with Xinhua's position in China, will provide an ideal platform to capitalise on the rapidly expanding market for mobile lottery sales."

Mr. Dong Jinhua, Chairman of Xinhuacai, commented:

"We are delighted to be working with DJI. They have the technical expertise and considerable experience in these markets. We believe they will provide us with the best suite of games and an excellent technology platform to address the rapidly growing mobile lottery and games market."

ENQUIRIES:  DJI Holdings plc., Darren Mercer, Group Chief Executive or Rodney Davis, Chief Financial Officer, Phone: +44 (0) 1565 872990.

SOURCE: UK Regulatory (RNS & others).

 

 

Lottery Sales Ahead of Last Year, Below Budget

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 29, 2014) -- At Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery’s board of directors, it was announced sales for the first two months of FY15 (July and August) were $140.2 million.

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This is $2.3 million more than the same period last year, but $6.9 million less than budget.

Instant games were the strongest performer in this period at $87.5 million.

This is $3.5 million more than the same period last year and $2.8 million more than budget.

According to Vice President of Finance Rick Kelley, draw game sales continued to struggle primarily due to no sustained jackpot run for either the Powerball or Mega Millions games.

Overall draw game sales for the period were $45.6 million, which is $8.2 million less than the same period last year and $8.1 million below budget. Keno sales for the period were $6.9 million, off $1.6 million from budget.

Income before transfer of dividends was $36.6 million for July and August, $1.2 million more than last year but $1.9 million less than budget.

In other business, the board approved:

  • A draft of 2014 audited annual financial report prepared by Crowe Horwath LLP.  For the fiscal year, audited sales and transfers to the Commonwealth of Kentucky were $858.8 million and $226.1, respectively.
  • A lease agreement for the Prestonsburg regional office and storage space.
  • New rules for Monopoly Millionaires Club and amended Powerball and Mega Millions rules, and;
  • Rules and regulations for four scratch-off tickets.

 

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be November 21. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.

 

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Loterity Launch New Game Called BLITZ for Belarusian Lottery Sport Pari

WARSZAWA, Poland (September 16, 2014) -- On September 16th at 4:40 a.m. Loterity Sp. z o. o. has successfully launched new game called BLITZ, providing end to end solution to its Belarusian client Sport Pari. Apart from gaming logic, there was also delivered support of online results exchange with regulator revision system.

BLITZ is the game based on frequent draws which take place every 5 minutes. This is a similar game, known in the industry, under brands such as: Rapido®, Club Keno® or Rapid Keno®.

The game results are presented in real time on Loterity Android® based STB boxes connected to TV or computer screens. Loterity STB boxes operate independently from lottery POS terminals.

They require internet connection provided by GSM operator, cable or WIFI, which significantly enhances flexibility of their applicability.

The game is available via traditional lottery POS terminals and also via digital channel that consist of:

  • browser HTML5 application and dedicated mobile application
  • " After first week of sales, BLITZ has increased lottery sales by 30%, making this game the second top selling after daily KENO. It is also important to mention, that introduction of BLITZ game has increased digital channel sales by approx. 3 times..

 

Loterity is currently in the process of delivering the next, new games for Sport Pari, which will be launched soon.

Loterity Sp. z o.o.

Loterity is one stop shop lottery system provider, that specializes in digital channel designed for regulated lotteries. Loterity is market leader in mobile solutions for lottery and is pioneering its practical use. Loterity delivers state of the art complete lottery systems, that can be quickly customized to the Lottery needs, but also provides integration ready modules, that can be launched with current central systems and existing solutions.

Loterity offers end to end delivery support, service and specialized consulting.

SOURCE: Loterity Sp. z o.o.

 

 

CJEU Confirms Danish Differentiated Tax Regime for Online Gambling

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Sept 26, 2014) -- Today, the General Court of the EU issued a ruling in State aid cases T-601/11 (Dansk Automat Brancheforening v Commission) and T-615/11 (Royal Scandinavian Casino Århus v Commission), confirming the differentiated Danish tax regime for online gambling (see ruling). The applicants had challenged the European Commission's decision that a differentiated tax regime for on- and offline gambling is compliant with EU State aid rules. The Court found that the land-based applicants are not individually affected by the tax regime. It confirms that Member States can continue to set a tax level for online gambling that takes into account the competitive global .com offer in order to ensure that consumers are channelled to the regulated offer.

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The two cases were brought by land-based applicants against the European Commission’s Decision to approve the Danish taxation model for online and offline gambling, which establishes different taxation levels for the two different types of gambling. The Danish tax level for online gambling was set at a level taking into account the need to channel the Danish consumer towards the regulated online gambling offer which is key in safeguarding the public policy objectives of the Danish Gaming Act. The Court today ruled that such differentiated tax measures are of general application and there is no specific aspect that can demonstrate that the applicants are specifically and individually affected by the tax measure.

According to the Court:

"[T]he applicant has not demonstrated […] that the aid measure in question was liable to have a substantial adverse effect on the position of one or more of its members on the market concerned. The applicant’s members and, consequently, the applicant are therefore not individually concerned by the contested decision." (T-601/11, para 52)

EGBA Secretary General Maarten Haijer comments: "We welcome today’s decision of the Court confirming that the Commission correctly argued that online gambling requires a tax level that takes into account the competitiveness of the global online .com offer. With the unregulated offer just one click away on the internet, consumers will only play within the regulated environment if that offer is sufficiently attractive in terms of price and consumer experience. There are plenty examples of Member States where the regulated offer fails to attract consumers due to product restrictions and tax levels, resulting in those consumers being pushed outside the European regulatory umbrella, often to unregulated Asian offerings.”

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Mr. Haijer further adds: “Having a restrictive market defeats the purpose of any regulation, namely ensuring proper consumer protection. An appropriate tax level is one of the key elements in creating an attractive and safe playing environment, albeit not the only one. It is important to emphasise that EGBA does not consider a differentiated tax regime as an objective in itself. But it is imperative that the tax level for online gambling is set at a level that allows for a competitive regulated market compared to the unlicensed offer from outside of the EU.”

For more information, please contact: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90, egba@egba.eu

Background information on the case

In case T-601/11, on 30 November 2011 and in case T-615/11, on 06 December 2011, the applicants submitted a challenge to the Commission Decision of 20 September 2011 in Case No C 35/2010 (ex N 302/2010) on measures which Denmark is planning to implement in the form of duties for online gaming in the Danish Gaming Duties Act.

About EGBA

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA is a Brussels-based non-profit association. It promotes the right of private gaming and betting operators that are regulated and licensed in one Member State to a fair market access throughout the European Union. Online gaming and betting is a fast growing market, but will remain for the next decades a limited part of the overall European gaming market in which the traditional land based offer is expected to grow from € 79.7 Billion GGR in 2012 to € 83 Billion GGR in 2015, thus keeping the lion’s share with 85% of the market. Source: H2 Gambling Capital, September 2013.

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SOURCE: EGBA.

 

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Arkansas Lottery: Five Years of Big Wins, Big Money, Bigger Opportunity for Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (September 29, 2014) -- With over 150,000 Arkansas students awarded almost half a billion dollars in lottery-funded Academic Challenge Scholarships, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is celebrating five full years of big wins and big opportunities as an engine for higher education and an educated, higher-earning workforce.

Before that first ticket was bought at 12:01 AM on September 28, 2014, we could only guess at what this lottery could do for our state,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said.

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"Everyone had an opinion, but no one—the taxpayers who overwhelmingly voted for it, the lawmakers who designed it, the [Arkansas Lottery] staff and Commissioners that worked night and day to get to that first ticket—no one knew for sure what that day would bring.

Woosley, who joined the Lottery staff as Procurement Director in July 2009, later serving as Chief Legal Counsel before his 2012 appointment to ASL Director by the Lottery Commission, said part of the gamble in 2009 was an economy still unsteady after a year of recession. 

Had we thought more about what was working against us, we might have wished for more time,” Woosley said.

But the mandate of the voters and the General Assembly was clear:  GET it done NOW, GET it done FAST, GET it done RIGHT.  We had 1,212 retailers across the state who stepped up to sell our tickets, and they have been the ‘tip of the spear’ ever since.

In the ensuing five years, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has built a track record of sales far beyond those anticipated on that chilly September morning in 2009.  Here is the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, at five years, by the numbers:

 

  • $457,510,855 in net proceeds, providing scholarships for more than 150,000 Arkansas residents pursuing opportunities and advancement through higher education at Arkansas’s 47 public and private nonprofit colleges and universities;
  • $2.252 BILLION in net ticket sales;
  • $1.414 BILLION in prizes paid on tickets purchased in Arkansas;
  • Almost $1 MILLION in unpaid personal income tax and unpaid child support deducted from claims and returned to Arkansas taxpayers;
  • $9.5 MILLION in Arkansas state income tax and $35 million in Federal income tax paid on Lottery winnings;
  • $125 MILLION in ticket sales and cashing commissions paid to 1,870 licensed Lottery Retailers selling tickets in communities statewide.
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With five years on the books, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary with a new look and newer, bigger instant, draw, and multi-state games. 

An ad campaign beginning in early October will say “Thank You!” to the people of Arkansas for playing the Lottery and making higher education a reality for more Arkansas students.

Tickets for MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ (MMC), a premium multi-state draw game that offers multiple $1 million prizes and a top prize starting at $15 million and capped at $25 million, will begin October 19, 2014.

And in January 2015, Lucky for Life, offering players a top prize of up to $1,000 a day for life, will make its Arkansas debut.

CONTACT: Patrick Ralston, Director Of Public Relations & Legislative Liaison, Office: 5016831877, Mobile: 5015901002, Email: patrick.ralston@arkansas.gov.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 




 

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