Premier Lotteries Ireland becomes the New Operator of The National
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.
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 OLeary / David
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About Premier Lotteries
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
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
Stars Visit Downing Street to Celebrate 20 Years of Changing
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
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.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron,
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
theyre also making a massive difference to their local
environment; helping arts bodies thrive, protecting the UKs 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 Ill 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
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
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
The National Lotterys
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.
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:
Camelot Business Solutions
Tel: 020 7632 5711
SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions
OLG Receives International Responsible Gambling
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (November
26, 2014) -- The Ontario
Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced today that it has received
the World Lottery
Associations (WLA) 2014 Best Overall Responsible Gambling (RG)
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.
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.
Were 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 OLGs 19 gaming sites have received RG
Check, the most rigorous RG accreditation program in the world.
As OLGs 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
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.
OLGs 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
SOURCE: Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation media release.
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
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
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 Trusts 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
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
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.
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The research is published online at
Responsible Gambling Trust
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
SOURCE: Responsible Gambling Trust
Novomatic Americas Announces Key Appointment
CHICAGO, Illinois (December 1, 2014)
-- Industry veteran Rick Meitzler is to accelerate NOVOMATICs 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 brands 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.
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
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
The Quality Group Appoints Andreas Luckmann as New TQG-LTS Product
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
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
Claudia Köhler Weidestr. 134
22083 Hamburg, Germany
T M Email: Web:
+49-40-689468-41 +49-172 4091613
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 labs phone number
remains the same, (303) 277-1172. The new location became fully functional on
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 Colorados 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.
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.
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59th Special Meeting of the Board of Legal Representatives of
Organizers: Lotería del Chubut and
Asociación De Loterías, Quinielas Y Casinos Estatales De
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 Majestys 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
- 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
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.
"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
Gambling Commission Publish Latest Industry
Gambling Commission has published
industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2009 to 31 March
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
The Gambling Commission has also
published an Excel version of the statistics to provide more transparency and
an element of interactivity with the figures.
- 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
- 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:
SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.
New Zealanders Gambling Less but Some Still at Significant
NEW ZEALAND (November 30, 2014) --
Kiwis gambling less but some groups still at significant risk of harm, finds
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
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%.
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
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
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
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
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 its the winning cell has the option of cashing out,
selling the ticket on the games 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 BetConstructs
pioneering spirit, Jeff DAgostino said Innovation isnt
like a cartoon moment, where a light bulb flashes above somebodys 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 Were extremely proud of OGWIL, and in fact
its 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.
Wisconsin Lottery Seeks Lottery Market Research
MADISON, Wisconsin (December 2,
Revenue, Department of Lottery
Market Research Analyst (Advertising/Pull-Tab)
Title: / JAC:
Job Working Title:
Revenue Services Consultant - Senior 14-05489
Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
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.
Anthony, HR Specialist, 608-266-2679,
Area of Competition:
Deadline to Apply:
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.
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
Notes: The Department of Revenue will conduct criminal
background and tax non-filer checks on applicants prior to selection.
Job Knowledge, Skills and
- 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
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working
relationships with Lottery and vendor staff
Apply online for this position
To apply for this position, click
Log In to access your existing account or to create a new account
if you dont 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
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
SOURCE: Wisconsin State
New Yorks Responsible Play Partnership Joins With National
Council On Problem Gambling To Encourage New Yorkers To Gift Responsibly This
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (December 2, 2014)
-- Members of New Yorks 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 Lotterys 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.
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 childs chances of developing
a gambling problem. Were 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
About the New York State Gaming
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
The New York State Office of
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services oversees one of the nations
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
About the New York Council on
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
About the National Council on
The National Council on Problem
Gambling serves as the national advocate for programs and services to assist
problem gamblers and their families. The National Councils 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
SOURCE: New York State Office.
21st Century Lotteries Need to Offer 21st Century Technology says
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.
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
customers expectations also needs to be considered. Todays customer
is time poor and has soaring expectations. Convenience, simplicity and
accessibility are simply expected, they dont want to wait around and they
dont 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 shoppers 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 email@example.com
SOURCE: ABACUS technology.