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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 69 No.10 - Monday December 8, 2014

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories





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  • Premier Lotteries Ireland becomes the New Operator of The National Lottery. Read.
  • Stars Visit Downing Street to Celebrate 20 Years of Changing Lives. Read.
  • OLG Receives International Responsible Gambling Award. Read.
  • Ground-breaking research distinguishes problem and non-problem play on gaming machines. Read.
  • Novomatic Americas Announces Key Appointment. Read.
  • The Quality Group Appoints Andreas Luckmann as New TQG-LTS Product Manager. Read.
  • Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Relocates Colorado Laboratory to Accommodate Increased Demand for Services. Read.
  • 59th Special Meeting of the Board of Legal Representatives of ALEA. Read.
  • House of Lords Debate the National Lottery. Read.
  • Liverpool FC Announce Betfair Partnership. Read.
  • Gambling Commission Publish Latest Industry Statistics. Read.
  • New Zealanders Gambling Less but Some Still at Significant Risk. Read.
  • BetConstruct launches OGWIL - a Brand New Style Of Online Scratchcard. Read.
  • Wisconsin Lottery Seeks Lottery Market Research Analyst. Read.
  • New York's Responsible Play Partnership Joins With National Council On Problem Gambling . Read.
  • 21st Century Lotteries Need to Offer 21st Century Technology says Expert. Read.






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Premier Lotteries Ireland becomes the New Operator of The National Lottery

DUBLIN, Ireland: (December 4, 2014) -- Today, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) has officially become the new operator of the National Lottery in Ireland following payment of the final instalment of the licence fee and a successful transition process. The company, whose shareholders are Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), An Post and An Post pension funds, will operate the National Lottery for the next 20 years having won a competitive tender process with a bid of €405 million.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin TD, said: “I am delighted that following a great deal of detailed preparatory work by all involved, the operation of the National Lottery has successfully passed from An Post National Lottery Company to Premier Lotteries Ireland.  I want to acknowledge the contribution of all the stakeholders, including the staff of the companies and the National Lottery retailers, to this successful transition and I wish PLI every success in its endeavours which will be overseen by the recently appointed National Lottery Regulator, Liam Sloyan.  I am happy that National Lottery funding for good causes will continue to grow in line with the growth now being experienced in the economy”.

Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, Premier Lotteries Ireland, said: “Premier Lotteries Ireland is extremely pleased to have successfully completed transition. We have successfully commenced operations and look forward to further developing the National Lottery and its associated games. The awarding of the licence to PLI represents the next step in what has been an incredible journey for the National Lottery so far. PLI is committed to responsibly growing the National Lottery over the next 20 years and to guaranteeing the ongoing support for good causes across Ireland.”  

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Under the new Licence, PLI had until the 30th June 2015 to complete transition; however the ambitious transition programme began in March this year following the first payment of €202.5 million to the Government. Camelot Global supported and assisted PLI to deliver the transition programme successfully and months ahead of schedule.  

PLI has already invested in the development of the National Lottery through the roll out of state of the art modern technology, including 4,000 new Photon terminals, which will facilitate the growth of sales through its extensive retail network, as well as providing increased options for customers to play online, on their mobiles and tablets. Over the coming years PLI intends to bring new innovations to the lottery and further enhance the player experience.

Funds from the €405 million licence fee have been allocated by the Government to a number of important social projects including the Wild Atlantic Way, the National Sports Campus, 1916 Commemoration Projects and Limerick City of Culture 2014. This funding, along with the increasing revenues which the National Lottery will generate for good causes over the next 20 years, will benefit worthwhile projects in communities throughout Ireland.

For more information please contact:

Donnchadh O’Leary / David Callaghan

Edelman

+353 (0)1 678 9333 | +353 87 2820436 | +353 (0)87 938 8880

donnchadh.oleary@edelman.com / david.callaghan@edelman.com

About Premier Lotteries Ireland

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), An Post and An Post Pension Funds have partnered to form Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI). The companies have a successful track record in the lottery industry through their shareholdings in Camelot and the Irish National Lottery respectively.

OTPP is the 100% owner of the Camelot Group, which includes UK National Lottery operator Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, and Camelot Global which provides consultancy and management services to lotteries worldwide. With C$140.8 billion in net assets, OTPP is the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada and is an independent organization that invests the pension fund's assets and administers the defined benefit pensions of 307,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario. An Post has successfully operated the Irish lottery since its creation in 1986.

PLI represents the best in lottery expertise globally and is uniquely positioned to grow the lottery over the coming 20 years for the benefit of future generations in Ireland.

SOURCE: Premier Lotteries Ireland.

 

 

Stars Visit Downing Street to Celebrate 20 Years of Changing Lives

Prime Minister Thanks National Lottery for Helping Transform the UK

LONDON, UK (December 4, 2014) -- Celebrities, politicians and beneficiaries of National Lottery funding joined the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, and The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH at a Downing Street reception to celebrate 20 years of The National Lottery.

Representatives from across the arts, sport, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors rubbed shoulders with a host of stars at the event, which recognised the life-changing contribution to communities made by National Lottery funding.

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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said:

The National Lottery has been helping projects across the country week in, week out for two decades – having raised over £32 billion for Good Causes.

Whether they go to the local shop or play online, when they pick their numbers and buy their tickets, people all over the UK are not just in with a shot at scooping a big prize – they’re also making a massive difference to their local environment; helping arts bodies thrive, protecting the UK’s heritage sites, developing sporting talent, and, of course, supporting the amazing work of countless charities.

I would like to thank my predecessor, Sir John Major, for his vision and determination – despite much opposition – in setting up this fantastic institution. The National Lottery has achieved an incredible amount in 20 years – and I’ll be crossing my fingers for another 20 years of changing lives.”

David Cameron was joined by former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, credited by many as the “founding father” of The National Lottery. The pair officially unveiled a new image commissioned to mark 20 years of National Lottery funding at the event, which brought together a crowd of 150 people, all of them celebrating two decades of life-changing projects across the UK

Sir John said: “The National Lottery has funded a rebirth of cultural and sporting life in Britain and I am delighted to celebrate its 20th birthday. Wherever you go around the United Kingdom – to a park, sports centre, museum or theatre – the likelihood is that it has received National Lottery money.

When we launched The National Lottery in 1994, we estimated that it would raise £1 billion a year for the Good Causes. However, it has far exceeded this total – and the money raised has enriched us all. I wish The National Lottery every possible success for the future – long may it thrive and long may our nation benefit.”

Andy Duncan, CEO of National Lottery operator Camelot, said: “The National Lottery has transformed the UK and it continues to do so – with over £33 million raised for Good Cause projects each and every week. It has had a hugely positive impact in all walks of life, creating thousands of jobs and millions of training and volunteering opportunities in the process.

This is all thanks to National Lottery players who, between them, have been awarded more than £53 billion in prizes, with over six million winners created every week. So, whether you or someone you know has had a major win, or a project close to your heart has had funding, The National Lottery has touched communities the length and breadth of the UK – making a truly life-changing difference.”

For further information, please contact Camelot Press Office: 0207 632 5711

 

Image features 150 people from more than 50 National Lottery funded projects from across the UK

 

Background Information

• The National Lottery’s Celebrating 20 Years image captures a snapshot of the range and diversity of the projects that have benefited from the £32 billion raised by National Lottery players. The image was shot over the course of one week, at one photography studio, by the photographer Christian Sinibaldi and the creative practice Spy Studios.

• The image features 150 people from more than 50 National Lottery funded projects from across the UK. Each project is engaging in an activity and using props that they feel best represents and highlights their work.  It includes everything from a Hackney City Farm donkey to a motorbike belonging to Blood Bikers, a group of volunteers who transport blood between hospitals in the north west of England. Everyone was captured from the same angle and at the same scale, to ensure each project is equally represented.

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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 over £33 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total, £32 billion has now been raised and more than 450,000 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 £53 billion in prizes and created more than 3,700 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.

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

Sarah Icken

Communications Manager

Camelot Business Solutions Limited

Tel: 020 7632 5711

Web: www.camelotgroup.co.uk

SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions Limited.

 

 

OLG Receives International Responsible Gambling Award

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (November 26, 2014) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced today that it has received the World Lottery Association’s (WLA) 2014 Best Overall Responsible Gambling (RG) Program award.

The WLA announced the award during its biennial general meeting held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Rome, Italy. Presented every two years, the award recognizes excellence in Responsible Gambling and rewards the gaming and lottery organization with the best overall program among more than 140 member organizations from across the world. Eligibility for the top prize is limited to operators with level 4 certification, the WLA's highest level of accreditation.

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Over the past nine years, OLG has worked with problem gambling experts to develop an effective RG program,” said Tom Marinelli, Acting President and CEO, OLG. “We’re proud of the standard we are pursuing when it comes to RG and the recognition our program continues to receive. While we have made great strides, we will never stop making improvements guided by external research and the expectations of our customers.

Benefiting from the work of problem gambling experts and leading researchers, OLG has developed an enterprise-wide Responsible Gambling program that provides players with information to help them make informed choices. Through comprehensive employee training, innovative technology and collaboration with community organizations, OLG provides a gateway to effective support services.

In addition to this recognition from the WLA, as of March 2014, all of OLG’s 19 gaming sites have received RG Check, the most rigorous RG accreditation program in the world.

As OLG’s modernization continues, private sector service providers will take over specific day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming in Ontario. At the same time, OLG will become a leaner, more focused organization, responsible for managing the lottery and gaming market and maintaining a gold standard in Responsible Gambling programming.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

SOURCE: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation media release.

 

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Ground-breaking research distinguishes problem and non-problem play on gaming machines

LONDON, UK (December 1, 2014) -- The Responsible Gambling Trust has today published world-leading and independently conducted research into gaming machines in licensed betting offices that shows it is possible to distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour.

The programme of research was commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust to build the knowledge base available to identify harmful machine play and to understand what measures might limit harmful play without impacting on those who do not exhibit harmful behaviours.

The research has been conducted independently by leading experts in gambling behaviour and social research, and reviewed by a panel of international academics to ensure it meets the standards expected of high quality academic research. The findings of the research have been provided to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission to inform policy decisions they may wish to make with regard to these machines. The findings will be presented to the industry at the Responsible Gambling Trust’s annual ‘harm minimisation’ conference on 10 December.

Marc Etches, Chief Executive of the Responsible Gambling Trust, said:

"This research speaks for itself. The government, the gambling regulator and the industry all

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asked us to provide wholly independent research using industry-held data to help inform policy decisions and we have delivered a ground-breaking set of papers in just ten months. When we started this programme there was no credible research into gaming machines in licensed betting offices. Our understanding of these machines and the way people use them is now greatly enhanced.

The bookmaking industry deserves credit for opening itself up to scrutiny. We hope that

everyone will consider carefully how the findings of this ground-breaking research can be used to help all gamblers to make better informed decisions and, in particular, to protect those that are vulnerable to gambling-related harm.”

Neil Goulden, Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Trust, said:

The researchers have shown that it is possible to distinguish between problem and non-problem gaming machine play, and they have provided many important insights about player behaviour.

This research has huge potential to inform the industry's approach to minimising gambling related harm and we strongly urge the industry to make every effort to improve how problem behaviour is more effectively monitored and managed in the future."

Professor Alex Blaszczynski, Chairman of the independent review panel, said:

It is important to highlight the substantive and world-leading contribution to our understanding of problem gambling made by this research. This programme represents the first collaborative endeavour between multiple industry operators and independent researchers. It is of outstanding significance.”

Contact:

Paul Scaping

Bell Pottinger

Direct line: +44 (0)20 3772 2626

Mobile: +44 (0)7795 971022

pscaping@bellpottinger.com

Further Information:

The research is published online at www.responsiblegamblingtrust.org.uk.

Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT)

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) is a national charity committed to minimising problem gambling and gambling-related harm in Britain through effective education and prevention techniques.

SOURCE: Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT).

 

 

Novomatic Americas Announces Key Appointment

CHICAGO, Illinois (December 1, 2014) -- Industry veteran Rick Meitzler is to accelerate NOVOMATIC’s US market presence, bringing his four decades of success and experience in the gaming industry to help ‘put NOVOMATIC firmly on the map’.

Novomatic Americas, LLC today announced the appointment of industry veteran Rick Meitzler to the position of Vice President of North American Sales.

Rick brings 36 years of gaming industry experience to his new role, having previously held key positions for several major manufacturers in the US. His enthusiasm for his new role within the NOVOMATIC family is boundless and, as he commented: “NOVOMATIC Americas’ complete line of gaming products such as the new Dominator cabinet shown at G2E in Las Vegas, together with the brand’s success stories from all across the globe, now makes us ready to make a huge impact in North American markets.  I look forward to taking these ground breaking products to market very soon and I already know that US operators are more than keen to see and try them. NOVOMATIC has such a proud reputation in the global gaming industry and, of course, the huge advantage of the innovation and direction skills of its founder and owner, Professor Johann F. Graf.  I regard it as a great honour for me to be asked to play a significant part in what I am certain will be major success story across America.”

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Meitzler, who will be based in Chicago, IL, joins NOVOMATIC after 3 years at Bally Technologies, where he was Director of Sales in the Midwest USA, including the Illinois VGT market.  Previously, he helped bring Ainsworth Game Technologies into the North American market as the Senior Vice President of North American Operations.  He spent his first 30 years in various engineering and sales roles for Bally Technologies.

CEO of Novomatic Americas, Jens Halle, commented enthusiastically on this new appointment: “We are all absolutely delighted to welcome Rick Meitzler to this crucial position. I have known him, as both a former colleague and a personal friend, for many years and I am extremely happy that he has agreed to take up this key appointment. Rick is extremely well respected throughout the industry and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to NOVOMATIC as we now more aggressively pursue key North American markets.”

Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH (AGI) a 100-percent subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG (www.novomatic.com) is an integrated global gaming company specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales of electronic gaming machines and advanced technology products. As Europe's leading manufacturer AGI delivers one of the broadest product ranges in the industry.

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world. The group employs more than 19.000 staff worldwide (2,700 in Austria). Founded by entrepreneur Prof. Johann F. Graf, the group has locations in 43 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment to 80 countries. The group operates more than 215,000 gaming machines in its about 1,400 plus traditional and electronic casinos as well as via rental concepts. Part of the group is also Admiral Sportwetten GmbH, Austria's leading sports betting operator with more than 200 outlets as well as the Vienna based online gaming specialist Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH.

SOURCE: Novomatic.

 

 

The Quality Group Appoints Andreas Luckmann as New TQG-LTS Product Manager

HAMBURG, Germany (December 2, 2014) -- TQG-LTS has developed a complete end-to-end lottery system that provides all of the necessary functions and applications for the operation of a future-oriented and reliably functioning lottery. In Andreas Luckmann, the company has gained someone with tremendous experience to head up its Product Management team.

Mr Luckmann has worked both in Germany and internationally as a consultant and business analyst in various projects within the lottery industry. After recently spending some time in an eCommerce company Mr Luckmann has now returned to the lottery sector.

"I am delighted to be active in the lottery business again. I am particularly pleased to be a part of TQG-LTS, a company that, true to its guiding principles of "Innovation, Performance, Quality" will revolutionize the whole lottery market. I am very much looking forward to playing my role in this success."

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

The Quality Group GmbH

Media Department

Claudia Köhler Weidestr. 134 22083 Hamburg, Germany

T M Email: Web:

+49-40-689468-41 +49-172 4091613 claudia.koehler@tqg-lts.com www.tqg-lts.com

SOURCE: The Quality Group GmbH.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Relocates Colorado Laboratory to Accommodate Increased Demand for Services

WHEAT RIDGE, Colorado (December 3, 2014) – Responding to increased demand for its industry-leading services, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has relocated its Colorado laboratory to a new 40,000 square foot facility in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

The new laboratory is located at 4720 Independence Street, Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The lab’s phone number remains the same, (303) 277-1172. The new location became fully functional on December 1.

Dave Daniels, Sr. Director of Engineering for GLI, is also General Manager of the Colorado laboratory.

He said, “GLI has been very fortunate to have an ever-increasing demand for our services, both in our testing and certification services and in our many services beyond testing, such as forensics, network security assessments, field inspections and GLI University® training. This new facility will allow us to serve our customers even better, while also allowing for future expansion.”

Although moving to a new city, the GLI laboratory and its 100+ jobs remain in Colorado’s Jefferson County.

GLI has a long history in Jefferson County. We first opened a Colorado facility in the county in 1995, and we have enjoyed a successful relationship with the County, the State and regulators and operators ever since. We are very pleased to announce our decision to stay in the county, and we look forward to many more years of successful cooperation,” Daniels said.

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 c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: GLI.

 

 

59th Special Meeting of the Board of Legal Representatives of ALEA

Organizers: Lotería del Chubut  and Asociación De Loterías, Quinielas Y Casinos Estatales De Argentinaalea

ARGENTINIA (November 27, 2014) -- In the city of Puerto Madryn, in adherence to the International Day for Preventing and Combating Money Laundering, the opening of the International Seminar was held, organized by ALEA in conjunction with Lotería del Chubut and was attended by representatives of United Nations and the Financial Intelligence Unit, among other government and private agencies.

Given the 76 present, including national and provincial officials were told the words of the President of ALEA, CP Roberto A. López, who provided the institutional framework were read The Seminar, held at the Rayentray Hotel, located on the waterfront of the Chubut town.

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Although he could not attend due to schedule, the President of ALEA was blunt in his message in which he stressed the importance of the event and noted that "International Day for Prevention of Money Laundering what better way to vindicate our work, experience and knowledge in the field with speakers and associations, organizations and institutions of higher global scale."

And said, "the constant challenge of our provinces in the fight against illegal gambling in all its edges; the present times have to redouble our efforts to live up to the international forefront and new modalities regarding gambling, as well as motivates us more tools to combat lawlessness, which has a negative impact on our society."

Recall that ALEA driving these meetings to promote professionalism and enrichment of human resources Argentine lotteries, in a framework for exchange of experiences and best practices. The Coordinating Unit for the Prevention of Money Laundering by the Training Commission ALEA made ​​for this seminar experts convening high international level.

In the beginning, video conferencing and from Colombia, Monica Mendoza of the United Nations Office Against Drugs and Crime (the UNODC), said that: "during this day, 7 million people connected by an extensive network including Internet portals 1500 participated in the international conference."

And then, the official stressed that the society must be attentive and "not engage in business easy closing the doors to these illicit activities."

He also stressed that "unlike other crimes, the community is not informed about money laundering."

Also at the opening, Lic. Leonardo Perez Candreva, Member of the Advisory Board of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), explained that: "since 2010 there is a dramatic change in politics thanks to the action of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as president of Argentina gave priority to the issue sending to Congress from the executive branch a package of laws that later were echoed by the legislature, almost unanimously.”

Among the authorities included the presence of Sebastian Bonachea, representing the Chubut State, Dr. Hernán Najenson, Chairman of the Coordinating Unit for the Prevention of Money Laundering ALEA (UCPLA) and Counsel and Compliance Officer Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos of the Province of Buenos Aires; and Dr. Alejandra Quevedo, legal expert of the Executive Secretariat of GAFISUD. 

Participating in the meeting were representatives of Buenos Aires, Corrientes, Chubut, Entre Rios, La Pampa, National Lottery SE, Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Black, Salta, San Luis, St. Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero. Among the adherent members were present companies Newtronic SA, Slots Machines SA and UNLP.

SOURCE: ALEA.

 

 

House of Lords Debate the National Lottery

LONDON, U.K. (November 27, 2014) – Today Members of the Lords, including a former secretary of state for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the opposition spokesperson for International Development in the House of Lords, discussed the impact of the National Lottery in the United Kingdom on its 20th anniversary.

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This was a topical question for short debate, which usually take place on a Thursday in the Lords chamber. During debates, Lords are able to put their experience to good use, checking and challenging the government.

The debate was requested by Baroness Rawlings (Conservative) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the National Lottery in the United Kingdom on its 20th anniversary.

Other speakers to contribute were:

  • Lord Addington (Liberal Democrat), former spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Lord Holmes of Richmond.
  • Lord Smith of Finsbury (Non-affiliated), former secretary of state for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour), opposition spokesperson for International Development.

 

Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), government spokesperson, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, responded on behalf of the government.

CLICK HERE to read uncorrected version of the debate.

SOURCE: UK Parliament.

 

 

Liverpool FC Announce Betfair Partnership

LIVERPOOL, U.K. (November 25, 2014) -- Liverpool FC today announced Betfair as the club's official betting partner in the United Kingdom, Spain, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Bulgaria and Italy.

The relationship will see Betfair using the strength and scale of the Reds' digital platforms to connect with fans in these regions, offering them great pricing on every fixture.

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"We are delighted to be joining forces with one of the world's largest online betting organisations," commented Billy Hogan, chief commercial officer at Liverpool.

"Regionalising partnerships means that we are able to work with brands, such as Betfair, in countries where they have the strongest presence and where our footprint can best match their brand objectives. Ultimately this means that we can deliver relevant and engaging programmes in those regions."

Since 2012, the Reds have been evolving their global betting partnership strategy, focusing on aligning with key betting brands to deliver a geo-targeted betting experience and enable the club to enhance the offering to betting fans regionally.

"We're excited to be working with a club of the scale and fame of Liverpool Football Club," said Mark Ody, Betfair's brand director.

"Everything about Liverpool Football Club is iconic - the Kop, the passionate fans, the Liver bird on the jersey, the entertaining football. It's a great match as Betfair excites consumers with a supercharged betting experience, bringing fans closer to the action through our innovative products."

SOURCE: Liverpool FC - Official media release.

 

 

Gambling Commission Publish Latest Industry Statistics

Gambling Commission has published industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2014

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (November 27, 2014) -- The Gambling Commission has published industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2014. The figures provided for April 2013 to March 2014 are provisional (6) at this stage.

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The Gambling Commission has also published an Excel version of the statistics to provide more transparency and an element of interactivity with the figures.

Findings include:

  • The British gambling industry, as regulated by the Commission, generated a gross gambling yield (GGY) of over £6.8bn between April 2013 and March 2014, a rise of almost £0.4bn (6%) compared to the period April 2012 to March 2013.
  • The non-remote betting sector represents the largest market with a 47% share of GGY.
  • Growth is biggest for remote betting, bingo and casino (22%) and casinos (15%) compared to last year.
  • Other sectors showing growth are arcades, betting, and large society lotteries.  Only the bingo sector experienced a decrease in GGY between the two most recent reporting periods.
  • GGY for B2 machines in betting shops was over £1.56bn, an increase of just under £17.6m (1%) on the figure for the previous reporting period, set against a 4% increase in the number of B2 machines.
  • 102,715 people were employed across the industry, a drop of 5,357 from the previous reporting period.

 

This is the first edition of Industry Statistics to include sales figures for the National Lottery, for which sales were £6.7bn during the period April 2013 to March 2014.

CLICK HERE to download the full report.

Further information CONTACT: UKGC press office on (0121) 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

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New Zealanders Gambling Less but Some Still at Significant Risk

NEW ZEALAND (November 30, 2014) -- Kiwis gambling less but some groups still at significant risk of harm, finds national survey

New Zealanders are gambling less than they once were, according to the largest New Zealand gambling survey to be held in the past 15 years. However the research has also revealed that some groups are gambling at high levels, and are likely to be at greater risk of problem gambling.

The survey was conducted by AUT University, and funded by the Ministry of Health as part of the National Gambling Study (NGS). It investigated the gambling habits of 6,251 adults.

Annual gambling participation rates in the last decade have been found to be lower than the previous decade, with approximately 80% of adults taking part in some form of gambling – down from around 90%.

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The most notable finding was a substantial drop in the number of people who gamble weekly or more. In the present survey only 22% of adults took part this often, compared to 40% in 1999 and 48% in 1991,” says lead researcher Professor Max Abbott.

Also striking was the reduction in the number of people frequently participating in continuous gambling forms – activities such as casino table games, electronic gaming machines and track betting, which have rapid cycles of play. Weekly or more frequent involvement in this type of activity has fallen from 18% in 1991 to 10% in 1999, and down to 6% in the present study.

Despite more gambling activities being available, the study also found there has been a reduction in the number of adults who take part in multiple activities. In 2012 22% of adults took part in four or more activities, compared to 28% in 2005 and around 40% during the 1990s.

According to Professor Abbott, these findings are of particular interest in the context of problem gambling. Participation in multiple activities, frequent involvement in continuous gambling modes (especially electronic gaming machines or EGMs), and higher expenditure were all strongly associated with problem gambling in previous New Zealand studies.

The participation findings generally lead us to expect that gambling-related harm has decreased in recent years. However, while there has been a reduction in the number of people who take part in multiple activities, there has been a substantial increase in the self-reported expenditure of those who continue to do so,” he cautions.

Wide participation and expenditure differences remain, with some groups – including Maori, Pasifika, people without formal education and the unemployed – having greater involvement than others in high risk gambling. This means that while there have been significant reductions in gambling involvement since the 1990s, a number of groups remain at risk and the overall levels of harm may not have changed appreciably,” adds Professor Abbott.

SOURCE: AUT University.

 

 

BetConstruct launches OGWIL - a Brand New Style Of Online Scratchcard

LONDON, UK (December 2, 2014) -- BetConstruct, the international games developer and solutions provider for online, mobile and landbased gambling operations, has announced today the launch of a new ground-breaking lottery game called OGWIL (Online Guaranteed Win Instant Lottery)

OGWIL is a totally unique online scratch card which gives players the chance to win up to $6 million in an instant.  The ticket contains ten rows of two (or three) columns. Each row has one winning and one (or two) losing cells. The player chooses one cell in the first row and if it’s the winning cell has the option of cashing out, selling the ticket on the game’s market or “doubling up” and continuing to the second row. This continues for all subsequent rows and if all ten winning cells were correctly picked the player has just become a millionaire!  At all times, the player is in total control of which cell they pick on each line, which adds a compelling and competitive element not found in other games.

Commenting on BetConstruct’s pioneering spirit, Jeff D’Agostino said “Innovation isn’t like a cartoon moment, where a light bulb flashes above somebody’s head. At BetConstruct we believe that innovation actually lies in the way we approach our team, products and services in order to consistently create value from ideas.  OGWIL is the latest in a long line of products that demonstrate our commitment to new and original content

Suren Khachatryan, CEO of BetConstruct said “We’re extremely proud of OGWIL, and in fact it’s already exceeding our expectations just after being launched”.  Khachatryan further added that “the immediate feedback from our clients and their players has been tremendous and leaves us ever more determined to bring exciting new games to the market.”

SOURCE: Betconstruct.

 

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Wisconsin Lottery Seeks Lottery Market Research Analyst

MADISON, Wisconsin (December 2, 2014) –

Revenue, Department of Lottery Market Research Analyst (Advertising/Pull-Tab)

Job Announcement Code(s): 14-05489

County(ies): Dane

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Job Working Title: Revenue Services Consultant - Senior 14-05489

Lottery Market Research-Advertising/Pull-Tab

Type of Employment: Full Time (40 hrs/week)

Salary: Starting salary is between $46,917 and $62,640 per year. This position is included in pay schedule and range 07-03. A six month probationary period will be required. This is a full-time, permanent position.

Contact: Wanda Anthony, HR Specialist, 608-266-2679, wanda.anthony@revenue.wi.gov

Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented

Area of Competition: Open

Deadline to Apply: 12/21/2014

Applications must be saved and finalized online by 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 21, 2014.

This full time, permanent position is located in Madison, at the WI Department of Revenue, in the Division of Lottery. Our building is located right off the beltline at the Rimrock Road exit. We offer on-site parking and easy access to the Madison Metro.

Job Duties: This position works under the supervision of the Game Development Section Supervisor and performs professional level work in conducting marketing research, performing statistical analysis, and developing and maintaining statistical information reporting systems that are used as the basis for administrative planning and decision making. The position complies and analyzes a variety of data, prepares reports and graphs, and assists with policy and procedure development for advertising plans, pull-tab (break-open) games and other Lottery products. Results are used to provide recommendations to management on product development, game strategies, game odds, informational advertising, etc.

Special Notes:  The Department of Revenue will conduct criminal background and tax non-filer checks on applicants prior to selection.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with Excel and database software
  • Knowledge of advanced research techniques
  • Knowledge of marketing practices
  • Ability to work under deadlines
  • Ability to work and complete tasks independently
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Lottery and vendor staff

How To Apply: 

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To apply for this position, click “Log In” to access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t already have an account in the system. Once you are logged in, click "Apply Now." You will be asked to provide your personal information, attach a resume and then complete an exam (questionnaire). Once you finalize your exam, you will be sent an email by the system confirming that the exam process has been completed.

The responses to your exam will be evaluated by a panel of job experts. Those candidates that appear to be the most qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

To assist in making the interview process more efficient, the State of Wisconsin has an interview reuse policy. As a result of this policy, interview results from those interviewed for this position may be considered for similar employment opportunities in the future.

SOURCE: Wisconsin State Government.

 

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New York’s Responsible Play Partnership Joins With National Council On Problem Gambling To Encourage New Yorkers To Gift Responsibly This Holiday Season

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (December 2, 2014) -- Members of New York’s Responsible Play Partnership, comprised of the New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substances Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling today announced its participation in a national public service program sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling aimed at curbing the popular practice of giving Lottery tickets as holiday gifts to minors.

The Lottery’s commitment to the national “Gift Responsibly” holiday campaign is the latest in a series of steps taken by the Gaming Commission aimed at drawing attention to the legal gambling age in New York State.

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Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams said, “We encourage New Yorkers of legal age to play the Lottery and participate in the other games available in the state, but we stress that they must do so responsibly. The approaching holiday season serves as an appropriate time to remind New Yorkers on both sides of the sales counter that those over the age of 18 should not gift Lottery tickets to minors and that it is illegal to sell a Lottery ticket to or accept a wager from a minor regardless of the time of year.”

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “Research has shown that just as with alcohol, drugs and tobacco use, gambling at an early age can increase a child’s chances of developing a gambling problem. We’re asking all New Yorkers to consider the age of the person on the receiving end of a Lottery gift not just during the holiday season, but year-round.”

New York Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director James Maney said, “We applaud the Commission, OASAS and the National Council for their efforts to remind New Yorkers of the legal sell age for gambling products in New York State and we look forward to continuing to work with the RPP to educate New Yorkers on the risks and penalties associated with underage gambling.”

National Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Keith Whyte said, “Lottery tickets are often viewed as the perfect gift at holiday time because they fit inside a greeting card or into a stocking hung over the fireplace. The Gift Responsibly program urges adults to recognize that gifting children with Lottery tickets sends the message to this impressionable population that youth gambling is acceptable when our research has shown that children who receive Lottery tickets as gifts tend to start gambling earlier in life and are put at greater risk of developing a gambling problem.”

The Responsible Play Partnership is coordinating the placement of the “Please Gift Responsibly” message on all draw game tickets during the month of December and posting the same message on all the electronic promotional displays located near the terminals at more than 18,000 licensed Lottery locations statewide. The Commission is also reminding all gaming licensees that being cited for illegal underage sales may make them subject to written warnings, fines and/or suspension or revocation of their Commission license. Store personnel who sell tickets could also be arrested, as the sale of lottery tickets to underage buyers is a misdemeanor. 

About the New York State Gaming Commission

The New York State Gaming Commission regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery terminal facilities at race tracks, the state lottery and charitable gaming.

About the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

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The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems dedicated to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, with nearly 1,60-0 programs, including crisis, inpatient, residential and outpatient services, that serve approximately100,000 people on any given day.

About the New York Council on Problem Gambling

The New York Council on Problem Gambling is a not-for-profit independent corporation dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling and advocating for support services and treatment for persons adversely affected by gambling. The Council maintains a neutral stance on gambling and is governed by a Board of Directors.

About the National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling serves as the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.  The National Council’s vision is to improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling.  The National Council is neither for nor against legalized gambling.  NCPG is organized with three classes of members: state affiliate, corporate and individual. The NCPG concentrates efforts on the national level, while the state affiliates work at the state and local level.

SOURCE: New York State Office.

 

 

21st Century Lotteries Need to Offer 21st Century Technology says Expert

In an industry dominated by legacy technology, lottery providers need to embrace disruptive technology that will revolutionise the landscape and allow retailers access to a wider customer base and greater commercial opportunities.

Article By: Simon Butler, CEO of ABACUS Solutions International

HAMPSHIRE, UK (December 2, 2014) -- There are hundreds of lotteries across the globe, yet lottery growth in Europe is still only reported to be increasing by a modest 2.9% on aggregate in the first half of 2014, demonstrating the huge scope and opportunities for growth.*

With such enormous opportunities for both retailers and lottery providers, what does the Lottery industry need to take it to the next level and catapult it into the 21st century? Enter technology and innovation.

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Without a doubt, innovation will be a game changer for the lottery industry and change the way both retailers and consumers interact and play the lottery in the future. The lotteries that seize these new technological advantages, will be the lotteries that will succeed.

Take the lottery buying process. Currently this can be frustrating for both retailers and consumers, dominated and held back by the old fashioned technology and operations which slow down the sale and create significant missed sales opportunities.

Supermarkets and convenience stores often house dedicated lottery terminals in their stores, which not only take up essential retail space, but the use of these solitary units create queues and slow processes at the checkout for merchants.

Whilst these old fashioned processes are a bind for retailers, the effect on customer experience and the modern day customer’s expectations also needs to be considered. Today’s customer is time poor and has soaring expectations. Convenience, simplicity and accessibility are simply expected, they don’t want to wait around and they don’t want to queue.

Lotteries need to consider this and offer both retailers and customers more effective routes to sale by integrating lottery platforms into its existing cashier technology. This will offer more sales opportunities and ensure that the lottery is everywhere and available at all parts of a shopper’s journey.

Netherlands based De Lotto will be the first lottery company globally to benefit from this by using the ABACUS Fusion Platform. Recognising the importance of integrating 21st century game-changing technology into the infrastructure of its merchants’ current terminals, De Lotto will support its merchants to boost lottery sales, whilst providing a better experience for its players.

This solution will enable consumers to purchase their lottery product at any of the till points in a store, this is of optimum ease for shoppers and also enables retailers to pick up ‘lapsed’ players, ‘occasional’ players and ‘double’ players who are tempted to have another go at another kiosk.

Integrating more options to purchase makes the lottery much more available and visible through point of sale advertising opportunities and sales prompts from the cashier. It also gives the opportunity for smaller lotteries with less market share to get a piece of the lottery pie and even make the pie bigger.

This is another example of how technology, as it is for almost every industry globally, is the driver for the ‘next generation lottery.’

The ABACUS Fusion platform provides lottery everywhere; by presenting a simple interface which integrates into existing retailer systems with minimal fuss.

The concepts, games and technology of ABACUS Solutions work in partnership with lottery organisations and their suppliers, enabling all parties to benefit from the changing and evolving shopping patterns of consumer spending.

Both the lottery and retail landscape are changing. Technology and innovation now need to be at the heart of all future growth strategies in order to fully maximise the potential of the industry and importantly, boost sales.

To find out more about ABACUS technology visit www.abacus-bv.com or contact them on info@abacus-bv.com

SOURCE: ABACUS technology.




 

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