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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 69 No.11 - Monday December 15, 2014

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories
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  • GTECH S.p.A. Announced a Settlement with the Illinois Lottery to Terminate For Convenience the Northstar Lottery Group's Private Management Agreement. Full Stroy.
  • INTRALOT: Successful Launch Of The Irish National Lottery. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Announces New Board Appointments. Full Story.
  • Camelot Global Delivers Successful Transition For Premier Lotteries Ireland. Full Story.
  • BCLC Engages Players with a Fully Digital Retail Store. Full Story.
  • FDJ® launches "Happy Holidays." Full Story.
  • Nebraska Lottery Seeks Proposals for Advertising and Marketing Services. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Encourages Responsible Gaming. Full Story.
  • Loto Quebec Offers Lottery Online Group Formation. Full Story.
  • Lottery Ticket for $1 Million Will Expire Christmas Eve. Full Story.
  • TATTSBET Lifts Retail Game. Full Story.
  • DC Lottery's 'Real Winners' Campaign Makes Winning Relative and Relatable. Full Story.
  • Appointment of Director of Communications at Svenska Spel. Full Story.
  • Successive Wins In The Supply Of Sports Lottery Terminals To Three Provinces. Full Story.
  • Nanum Lotto to Receive WLA Responsible Gaming Award. Full Story.
  • Jumbo Int. Trading Update Half Year December 2014. Full Story.
  • (AGEM) Releases November 2014 Index. Full Story. Full Story.
  • Judgment of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Full Story.
  • Paddy Power Announce Management Appointments. Full Story.
  • PlayOLG Customer Preview Begins. Full Story.
  • Lottery adds midday Sunday drawing for Daily 3, 4, Quick Draw. Full Story.
  • Targeting of Ads for Gambling Products. Full Story.
  • Maryland Casinos Generate $90.2 Million in Revenue during November. Full Story.
  • DC Lottery Issues RFP for Best Practices Review. Full Story.
  • AGA Release Best Practices for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance. Full Story.
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GTECH S.p.A. Announced a Settlement with the Illinois Lottery to Terminate ForConvenience the Northstar Lottery Group’s Private Management Agreement

GTECH will remain supplier to the Lottery through June 30, 2021

ROME (ITALY) and PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (US), (December 10, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. today announced that, effective December 9, 2014, its subsidiary Northstar Lottery Group, LLC (Northstar) entered into an agreement with the Illinois Department of Lottery (the Lottery) to terminate the private management agreement (PMA) for convenience. The PMA went into effect on January 18, 2011, and is now expected to terminate in approximately 12 months.  At the election of the Lottery, the termination agreement can be further extended for up to three six-month periods. Northstar is a consortium in which GTECH Corporation holds an 80 percent controlling interest, with Scientific Games International, Inc. (SGI) holding the remaining 20 percent interest.   

Under the termination agreement, the Lottery will pay a termination for convenience fee and disentanglement services fees to Northstar for a 12-month period.  Disentanglement services constitute all services that Northstar currently provides under the PMA.  Northstar will continue providing those services until the earlier of: a transition of Northstar’s responsibilities to the Lottery or to another private manager, or 12 months from the termination notice date, unless otherwise extended as described above. Northstar will receive a maximum of $12.65 million in termination for convenience fees.   

The Lottery will also pay Northstar for disentanglement services fees of approximately $121 million during the 12-month disentanglement period for the reimbursement of costs for ongoing Lottery operating expenses such as personnel, subcontractors (which includes fees to GTECH and SGI as suppliers), and additional transition-related expenses up to $17 million due to the termination of the PMA. These disentanglement fees are subject to a requirement that Northstar return any payments that it receives from the Lottery in excess of the costs actually incurred.  The State will continue to have control and oversight over all Lottery operations during the disentanglement services period.  

As part of the global settlement of disputes in the termination agreement, the Net Income Shortfall Payments for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014 have also been agreed upon and settled for $21.8 million, $38.6 million, and $37.1 million, respectively.  As a result of the settlement, Northstar will record an additional charge in the fourth quarter of 2014 that it preliminarily estimates to be $20 million.  No further cash impact will result from this Net Income Shortfall Payments final determination. Northstar will not be responsible for the payment of any Net Income Shortfall Payment, nor will it be entitled to receive any Incentive Compensation, for all or any portion of fiscal year 2015, or any subsequent fiscal year.

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GTECH will retain its separate facilities management agreement through June 30, 2021. The parties have agreed that Northstar will assign the GTECH facilities management agreement to another private manager, or to the State, if another private manager is not selected. The agreement may be extended for up to four additional one-year terms, to June 30, 2025, at the discretion of the new manager with the approval of the State, if required. If the State selects another private manager, the private manager has the option of issuing a competitive procurement for services provided by GTECH under the facilities management agreement after June 30, 2018, subject to certain conditions.

As part of the termination agreement, the Lottery and Northstar have agreed to cease a dispute resolution process intended to adjudicate all pending requests for adjustments to Net Income Levels in the PMA and all outstanding litigation and other disputes.

Related news releases: September 16, 2010; January 19, 2011; September 12, 2012

GTECH S.p.A.

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation. The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Italian Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2013, GTECH had approximately €3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees with operations in approximately 100 countries on six continents. For more information, please visit www.gtech.com.

For further information:

 

Robert K. Vincent

GTECH  S.p.A.

Corporate Communications

T. (+1) 401 392 7452

Simone Cantagallo

GTECH S.p.A.

Media Communications

T. (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

INTRALOT: Successful Launch Of The Irish National Lottery

ATHENS, Greece (December 11, 2014) -- INTRALOT announces the successful transition of the National Lottery of Ireland to its cutting-edge central system and terminals. Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) is officially the new operator of the National Lottery for the next 20 years having won a competitive tender process with a bid of €405 million. INTRALOT Ireland, a subsidiary of the INTRALOT Group has been selected as the technology partner of PLI, in order to provide set up, maintenance and support of new lottery software platforms and terminals.

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

The transition to INTRALOT’s system was completed on Sunday November 30th morning and the Lottery’s Points of Sales were connected to the new central system. INTRALOT has provided its state-of-the-art Photon terminals, which will facilitate the growth of sales through the lottery’s extensive retail network. The new interactive lottery portal has also been successfully launched and is now available at www.lottery.ie. Players will have increased options to play online, on their mobiles and tablets.

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Mr. Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, Premier Lotteries Ireland, said: “Premier Lotteries Ireland is extremely pleased to have successfully completed transition. We have 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.”

Mr. Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of Camelot Global, commented: “We are extremely pleased to have delivered a successful transition for Premier Lotteries Ireland. The scale, complexity and challenging timelines in which the Camelot Global project team – supported by INTRALOT and PLI staff – have successfully completed this transition are industry leading, and I would like to thank them all for their hard work over the last nine months. We have built strong relationships and look forward to continuing to work with PLI and INTRALOT in the future.

Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are very satisfied with the smooth transition of the National Lottery to our system. Our cooperation with PLI and Camelot Global has been exemplary and together we have set a solid basis for the long-term operation of the project. We are confident that the new Lottery will provide to the Irish players new gaming experiences in a responsible way while increasing revenues for good causes.”

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.500 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Announces New Board Appointments

Names Richard Haddrill Executive Vice Chairman and Gabrielle McDonald Director

NEW YORK, NY (December 11, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") today announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors (the "Board"). Richard M. Haddrill, former CEO of Bally Technologies, Inc. ("Bally"), was elected as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board on December 4, 2014, and Judge Gabrielle K. McDonald was elected as a Director on October 30, 2014.

"Scientific Games is pleased to welcome two extremely accomplished, talented, and highly qualified leaders to our Board," said Gavin Isaacs, Scientific Games President and Chief Executive Officer. "Richard is an extraordinary executive who led Bally to record profits and revenues and has a deep background in growing high-performing companies. Gabrielle has an internationally renowned record for integrity and fairness, as well as a deep background in law, compliance and international business. Richard and Gabrielle are strong additions to our already outstanding Board."

In his role as Executive Vice Chairman and a member of the Board's Executive and Finance Committee, Haddrill will focus on assisting the Company in realizing its business and financial objectives in connection with the integration of Bally, which the Company acquired in November 2014. Haddrill will also focus on new business development, as well as providing general strategic guidance to Scientific Games' management.

Prior to joining the Board, Haddrill served as Bally's Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2012 and from May 2014 until the Company's acquisition of Bally in November 2014. He served on Bally's board of directors from 2003 until the acquisition, including serving as Chairman of the Board from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to becoming Bally's Chief Executive Officer, Haddrill served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Manhattan Associates, Inc., a global leader in software solutions to the supply-chain industry.  Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Powerhouse Technologies, Inc., a technology and gaming company involved in the video lottery industry and online lottery and pari-mutuel wagering systems.

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Haddrill is chairman of the board of directors of Corrective Education Company, a company involved in providing training and education alternatives to judicial prosecution.  In addition, he is a director of the American Gaming Association and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nev.

Judge McDonald is a former U.S. District Court judge and since 1999 has served as Special Counsel on Human Rights to Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., a leading international resources company. From 2001 until 2013, Judge McDonald also served as a judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Prior to that, she served six years as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, and was president of the Tribunal from 1997 until 1999. Judge McDonald is a member of the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association. She received her law degree from Howard University School of Law, completing the program as the top student in her class.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; electronic gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities;  sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.com.

Company Contacts

Investor Relations: 

Bill Pfund +1 847-785-3167 

Vice President, Investor Relations 

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations: 

Mollie Cole +1 773-961-1194 

Director, Corporate Communications 

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Camelot Global Delivers Successful Transition For Premier Lotteries Ireland

LONDON / IRELAND (December 10, 2014) -- Camelot Global (“Camelot”) has today announced that it has successfully delivered the ambitious technical and business transition programme in Ireland, on behalf of Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), seven months ahead of schedule. Following a competitive tender process, PLI was awarded a 20-year licence to operate the Irish National Lottery in February 2014. Under the new licence, PLI had until the 30 June 2015 to complete transition but the company set itself the ambitious target of completing transition before Christmas 2014.

The transition in Ireland was supported by PLI’s new technology supplier, Intralot Ireland, a subsidiary of the Intralot Group. The seamless transition was completed on Sunday 30 November 2014 when, just after 8am, the retail terminal estate connected successfully to the Intralot system. The new interactive lottery site was also successfully launched the same day.

The transition programme saw the rollout of state-of-the-art modern technology, including two new data centres and infrastructure; a new 3G and ADSL retailer network; new gaming systems, with Intralot’s Lotos host; upgraded business systems; new retailer and interactive player Contact Centres; second-line support teams; and new Photon terminals for all retailers. The upgraded technology will facilitate the growth of sales through the extensive retail network, as well as provide increased options for customers to play online through the internet and mobile phones. It will also support PLI’s future plans to bring new innovations to the lottery and further enhance the player experience, with exciting game and channel enhancements to follow in the New Year.

Inside the business, Camelot Global supported the National Lottery to transfer across all existing staff in line with Governmental requirements. It also helped to prepare the new PLI organisation for day one readiness which included payroll and pensions.

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As part of this project, Camelot Global opened an Irish branch, Camelot Global Ireland (CGI), which will provide on-the-ground expertise, support and assistance. The team in Ireland will operate the gaming systems on behalf of PLI and provide technical support, as well as provide Contact Centre support for both retailers and interactive players.  A key component of Camelot Global’s Irish team will be its new iLottery fuction, which will provide PLI with a dedicated and specialist interactive managed service to develop and grow the PLI digital channels. Camelot Global will draw on its experience from the UK, where it supports Europe’s largest interactive lottery, to deliver these improvements. Specifically, this means Camelot Global will provide online marketing, web delivery and, in due course, a new digital technology platform for the Irish National Lottery.

Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, Premier Lotteries Ireland, commented; “Premier Lotteries Ireland is extremely pleased to have successfully completed transition. It has been an extensive programme that could not have been delivered without the help, knowledge and expertise of Camelot Global – working in tandem with our own National Lottery team. PLI looks forward to building on this relationship over the coming years to further grow and develop our business for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of Camelot Global, said; “We are extremely pleased to have delivered a successful transition for Premier Lotteries Ireland. The scale, complexity and challenging timelines in which the Camelot Global project team – supported by Intralot and PLI staff – have successfully completed this transition are industry leading, and I would like to thank them all for their hard work over the last nine months. We have built strong relationships and look forward to continuing to work with PLI and INTRALOT in the future.”

For more information please contact:

Laura Pearson T: 0044 (0) 7968 939 340 E: laura.pearson@camelotgroup.co.uk

About Camelot Global

Camelot Global is a leading advisor and lottery solution provider to lotteries around the world.

Our mission is to provide proven and pioneering solutions for responsible lottery growth.

We do this through:

  • Providing industry-leading lottery technology and managed service solutions. The lottery industry has struggled to develop cost-effective and agile solutions in response to the digital revolution. Camelot Global has developed an interactive platform, game content, managed service and in-lane solutions that lotteries can deploy rapidly at low cost. Camelot Global supplies the interactive platform to the UK National Lottery, one of the largest interactive lotteries in the world.
  • Advising lotteries and lottery owners on the key issues facing their organisations. We have worked with the world’s leading lotteries on critical decisions around technology procurements, game design and commercial strategy. Where appropriate, we will manage complex technology programmes or processes on behalf of our clients

 

We are owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan with over $130 billion in net assets. OTPP is the owner of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (the operator of the UK National Lottery, which Camelot has operated since 1994) and majority shareholder in Premier Lotteries Ireland (the operator of the Irish National Lottery).”

Laura Pearson

Senior Media Relations Manager

Camelot Business Solutions Limited

Tel: 020 7632 5716

Mobile: 07968 939340

Web: www.camelotgroup.co.uk

SOURCE: Camelot Group uk.

 

 

BCLC Engages Players with a Fully Digital Retail Store

CALGARY, AB (December 9, 2014) -- Carmanah Signs Inc. (www.carmanahsigns.com) is pleased to present a feature video of BCLC’s Signature store, which offers a host of interactive experiences designed to bring more energy and entertainment to traditional lottery games. A first of its kind, the store offers touch and gestural interactive digital experiences, engaging players well beyond the traditional lottery sales transactions.

The store’s showcase experience is a large 10-foot by 7.3-foot gestural video wall—an interactive player experience that uses gestural technology combined with a digital camera to bring the player straight into a dream background of their choosing.  The gestural video wall is a quick, 10-second interactive experience, which is targeted to appeal to Millennials and others who enjoy immersive technology and social media.  

In addition to the gestural video wall, the new store offers 11 other digital screen experiences.  There is a lounge with a Keno screen and sports event screen, where players are able to relax and watch Keno results or place sports bets.

 

 

About Carmanah Signs

Carmanah enables lotteries and casinos to engage players by designing and supplying digital sign networks, digital media experiences and value-added LED signs.

Carmanah is the world leader for the global lottery market in the development and production of wirelessly-updated lottery jackpot signs, which increase jackpot awareness, sales and ultimately revenues for good causes. Carmanah has provided over 100,000 wireless jackpot signs for lottery retailers in 41 lottery jurisdictions.

Carmanah’s LED and digital table game signage is installed in over 500 casinos on all five major continents, helping to inform, engage and retain casino players. 

Carmanah is the gaming division of Stratacache, a leading global provider of digital sign software, hardware and network services. Carmanah and Stratacache’s digital technologies improve in-store shopper experience, promote retail conversion and assist with mobile activation.

Contact: Heather Saunders

Tel.: +1.403.930.4273

Email: hsaunders@carmanahsigns.com

SOURCE: Carmanah Signs.

 

 

FDJ® launches "Happy Holidays", a Year-End Scratch Game Featuring Delectable Deserts

FRANCE (December 1, 2014) -- FDJ has launched the scratch game "Happy Holidays," this is the 6th edition of the event-scratch game on the holidays. 20 million tickets to this game (€ 3), which allows up to € 50,000, will be sold for a period of 4 months in the FDJ® 33,400 outlets.

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Since 2009, this ephemeral game of its success is an appointment expected by 20 million scratch card players as well as retailers. The five previous editions were "Happy 2014", "2013 the year of opportunity", "2012 years of wealth", "dream year 2011" and "2010, a golden year." In each edition, 20 to 30 million tickets are sold.

For its new edition, the year-end ticket, highlights the gourmet theme. Logs, cream puffs, buttons, cup cakes, donuts are just as pastries installed on the dessert display shown on the ticket "Happy Holidays.”

To win, the player must scratch 9 or 18 pairs of pastries cakes. If for each pair of pastries, the player finds 2 are identical then he won the associated gain. A box "Bonus" allows to win an additional gain. Gains are cumulative and the maximum payout is € 50,000.

"Happy Holidays" offers a 1 in 4.45 tickets to win a lot.

The range of ILLIKO® games, shows both in FDJ® outlets and FDJ.fr, recorded in 2013, 5.56 billion euros in sales, representing 45% of sales, up 3 3% vs. 2012. The range consists of about 20 games in the network and is regularly updated to meet the expectations of players, fond of novelties.

SOURCE: FDJ.

 

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Nebraska Lottery Seeks Proposals for Advertising and Marketing Services

LINCOLN, Nebraska (December 9, 2014) -- The Nebraska Lottery is seeking competitive proposals for a full-service advertising agency to work collaboratively as a partner in producing successful advertising and marketing services.

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The primary responsibility of the Nebraska Lottery’s agency of record is to develop and implement marketing solutions for Lottery products. The contractor will be required to meet the advertising needs of the Lottery for all products and other advertising/promotional activities which occur during the term of the contract. The Lottery traditionally includes the agency in all phases of marketing planning and idea generation to provide the contractor with as much information as possible, and to benefit from their experience, creativity, and knowledge.

The complete Request for Proposals (RFP) is available online at the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com. Responses to Phase I of the RFP are due on February 4, 2015. The contract will take effect on July 1, 2015.

Any vendor considering bidding on this RFP can notify Jill Marshall, RFP Coordinator at jill.marshall@nebraska.gov to be placed on an interested party list. Notification should include company name, contact name, and contact email address. This will ensure notification of any RFP related information, including answers to vendor written questions.

The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $535 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.

 

Illinois Lottery Encourages Responsible Gaming

CHICAGO, Illinois (December 8, 2014) -- The Illinois Lottery is reminding players that holiday instant games, while they can be great gifts and stocking stuffers, are only intended for adults. The Lottery is asking retailers to remind customers that Lottery tickets can only be legally purchased by adults--and should only be given as gifts to those age 18 and older.

"Discouraging underage and excessive play is year-round pursuit for the Illinois Lottery," said Michael Jones, director of the Illinois Lottery. "During the holiday season, 'Play responsibly; must be 18 to Play' is a message that we go to great lengths to promote. Please remember that Lottery tickets should never be given to anyone under the age of 18."

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Growing concerns over adolescent problem gambling prompted the Illinois Lottery to join the National Council on Problem Gambling, and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University.  Illinois is one of dozens of lotteries around the globe collaborating this holiday season to increase public awareness on the impact and impropriety of giving lottery products as gifts to minors.

This marks the seventh year these two organizations have partnered with multiple lotteries to promote this message. Once again, the Illinois Lottery is taking a lead role, encouraging players to give responsibly during the holiday season and throughout the year. When giving any lottery product as a gift, please keep the recipient's age in mind.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state's Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

Contact: Mike Lang 217-524-5158

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

Loto Quebec Offers Lottery Online Group Formation

MONTREAL, Canada (December 8, 2014) -- Loto-Québec offers a whole new way to train lottery groups. Indeed, today, a feature to form online groups for Lotto Max , the Max Québec , the Lotto 6/49 and Québec 49 is available to lottery players. Loto-Quebec is the first Canadian company to offer lottery online group formation.

Two main options available to consumers who want to play in groups: to create their own group and then invite participants or join already created groups. And since group consists of several parts pooled, the chances of winning a prize are thereby increased!

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The advantages of the new online tool groups are numerous. It allows players from around the province to regroup. It also facilitates the work of supervisors, which can easily invite members, including by email or through social media (eg. Facebook).

The groups online tool is available from the site loteries.loto-quebec.com or by mobile lotteries . All players who want to create a group or join a group must have a Espacejeux account Loto-Québec. Security controls associated with customer accounts are used to validate the age and place of residence of the players.

Improved online offers

Another new site is now adaptive lotteries (responsive web design), that is to say it is designed to provide visitors with an optimal browsing experience easier viewing and navigation. The user can visit the same website with different devices (PC, smartphone, tablet, etc.) always have the same visual comfort. "We offer online lotteries since 2012; from the start, customers asked us to create online groups. We are very pleased to continue the development of our online activities by offering a practical tool that will meet the tastes. We have also performed the complete overhaul of our website to make it more accessible, comprehensive and entertaining, "said Simon Patenaude, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

About Loto-Québec

Loto Québec's mission is to manage the supply of gambling and money responsibly fostering order, the extent and interest of Quebecers. Since 1 January 2014, the Company issued 59 batches of a million dollars or more.

SOURCE: Loto Quebec.

 

 

New Mexico Lottery Ticket for $1 Million Will Expire Christmas Eve

Mystery Millionaire Bought Powerball® Ticket in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (December 7, 2014) -- A wonderful Christmas present awaits the New Mexico Lottery player holding a Powerball® ticket worth $1 million that will expire on Dec. 24.

The mystery millionaire’s soon-to-expire ticket is from the Sept. 27 drawing.  The ticket matches the white ball numbers of 2, 11, 35, 52 and 54. 

If ever there was a time to clean out every nook and cranny in your home or car, this is it,” said David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO.  “Someone was very lucky on drawing night, but they need to make their own luck right now by finding the ticket and turning it in for this amazing prize.”

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The ticket was bought at 1:57 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Circle K located at 3622 State Highway 528 NW (at Ellison Drive NW) in Albuquerque. 

The lottery does not know if the player lives in Albuquerque, elsewhere in New Mexico or out of state.

To claim the $1 million prize, the player must return the ticket to the lottery by Dec. 24 at the close of business.  Lottery officials said the winning ticket should be signed immediately since it is a bearer instrument.

Prizes for all New Mexico Lottery drawing games must be claimed within 90 calendar days of the draw date.  Deadlines to claim prizes are printed on the back of all New Mexico Lottery tickets.

If unclaimed, the $1 million prize will be forfeited and returned to the prize pool.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since its inception in 1996, the lottery has raised $626 million for education and more than 97,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.  Information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

 

TATTSBET Lifts Retail Game

BRISBANE, Australia (December 8, 2014) -- TATTSBET is rethinking the 'TAB of the future', and will begin to roll out the multi-sensory immersive experience from early 2015 in New Farm.

The new retail concept will work in accordance with TattsBet's rebrand to UBET, also effective early next year.

Revolutionising the TAB will encompass new ploys to consumer sight, sound, smell and touch.

New lighting and cutting-edge video wall technology consisting of twelve 42-inch monitors will be introduced to the retail stores, as well as 'sound canopies', USB ports and in-built headphone jacks for a targeted audio experience, and new colours and finishings to connote a more premium product.

TattsBet COO Barrie Fletton says the new concept has been a long time coming for Tatts Group (ASX: TTS).

Fletton says retail still represents around 70 per cent of the business, even though growth has largely been driven by digital channels.

"Our [physical] environment hasn't evolved a great deal over the years," says Fletton.

"We've refreshed a number of agencies across the network, but not stepped back and properly considered the concept as a whole.

"We think this will be a game-changer for wagering in Australia it will help attract a new, younger customer, while making our existing customers more comfortable."

Fletton says the decision represents a move to align TTS' online and in-store offerings, based on the knowledge that "punters aren't channel exclusive".

The brand will be consistent across experiences, appealing to both sports and racings fans through branded architecture including stadium-like seating in-store.

"One of the key aspects we considered as part of the rebranding process was the fact there was little alignment between our online and retail offerings, says Fletton.

"The rebrand, new retail concept and new website and mobile app will allow us to create a seamless, multi-channel experience."

TTS retail footprint currently expands more than 1400 outlets across four states, which will each receive a revamp over time.

Branding and design agency Hulsbosch is responsible for the creation of the UBET brand, and retail design studio McCartney Design is responsible for the physical revamp.

SOURCE: Tattsbet.

 

 

DC Lottery’s ‘Real Winners’ Campaign Makes Winning Relative and Relatable

WASHINGTON, DC (December 4, 2014) -- The DC Lottery has launched its Real Winners commercial campaign featuring local players who have won prizes ranging from $5,000 to over $1,000,000.

People do win prizes of all sizes with the DC Lottery,” says Executive Director Buddy Roogow.

The Real Winner spots highlight the people, fun, and enjoyment of being a winner. It can and does happen!”

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The four segments currently running feature local nightspot owner Veronica Roberts who won $200,000 with DC-5; another DC-5 winner, dancer and artist Bonita Cacho who is a winner several times over with the 5-digit game, and Leonard Poe who won $1.4 million with the national jackpot game Hot Lotto.

Highlighting the agency’s popular Prize Squad summer promotion is a spot featuring Vanessa Dixon Briggs and her mom. Vanessa won the $5,000 top prize at one of the eight—for every ward of the District—Prize Squad events. She and her mother play the lottery together. “This was such a wonderful surprise and to be able to share the experience with my mother was just priceless,” stated Vanessa hugging her mother.

Produced by MDB Communications, the stylized spots can be seen on local television and on the DC Lottery’s YouTube channel.

DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board

Founded in 1982, the DC Lottery is the District of Columbia Government agency that regulates the sale of gaming products and charitable gaming activities in the District of Columbia. Since its inception, the DC Lottery has awarded more than $3 billion in prizes, transferred more than $1.8 billion to the District’s General Fund which supports essential services in the District, and has helped local nonprofits raise more than $125 million in support of social causes. Visit www.dclottery.com for detailed information about the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.

SOURCE: DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.

 

Martin Hedensiö will be the new Director of Communications at Svenska Spel

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (December 4, 2014) -- Martin Hedensiö has been appointed new Director of Communications at the Svenska Spel. Martin Hedensiö is currently Head of Communications  for the Nasdaq group in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  He will assume his position by May 1, 2015th

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I am pleased to welcome Martin Hedensiö the Swedish Games. Martin is highly qualified both in terms of leadership experience as excellence in communications. With the mission Swedish game here, and the changing market we are in, we get great benefit from Martin's experience and knowledge in communication and sustainability, says Lennart Kall, CEO of the Swedish Games.

Martin Hedensiö, 50, is an economist in the ground and began his career with the consolidated financial statements by ABB fan and Skandia. Then he saddled on, started working with communication and has served as Deputy Director of Investor Relations at Electrolux, vice president and partner at Springtime as well as partner and head of the Corporate and Financial Communications at H & H.

I've been working a lot with sustainability and responsibility issues, both in business and as a consultant, and feel well again the dynamics of Swedish Spel's mission. For me it is a fine and important task and a big reason why I became interested in the service. It is an exciting time to enter the Swedish Games and in the Swedish gaming industry, says Martin Hedensiö.

Martin Hedensiö will be part of Group Management and report directly to the CEO.

For more information contact:

Lennart Kal, CEO Swedish Games, tel 010-120 77 77th

Johan Tisell, Press Secretary, Swedish Games, tel 070-322 55 21st

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

 

Successive Wins In The Supply Of Sports Lottery Terminals To Three Provinces

HONG KONG (December 4, 2014) -- The Board of Directors (the "Board") of China LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") is pleased to announce that Guangzhou Lottnal Terminal Company Limited (廣州洛圖終端技術有限公司, "Lottnal"), a subsidiary of the Company, has recently won a bid to supply Sports Lottery terminals to Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Over the past two months, Lottnal has successively secured orders to supply Sports Lottery terminals to Heilongjiang Province, Qinghai Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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In recent years, the lottery markets of Heilongjiang Province, Qinghai Province and Inner

Mongolia Autonomous Region have undergone rapid development. From January to October of this year, Sports Lottery sales growth in the three provinces was higher than the industry average growth rate of 33%, with growth in Heilongjiang and Qinghai exceeding 60% year-on year.

So far this year, the Group has secured orders to supply Sports Lottery terminals to eight provinces and regions, including Gansu, Guizhou, Zhejiang, Anhui, Guangxi Autonomous

Region, Heilongjiang, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, out of which Gansu,

Guizhou, Zhejiang and Anhui were second wins. From January to October of this year,

nationwide Sports Lottery sales amounted to RMB143.928 billion, already surpassing full year 2013 sales of RMB132.797 billion. The Sports Lottery market in China is developing rapidly, and the Group will actively grasp market opportunities and continue to expand its market share, in order to provide quality products and services for the Chinese Sports Lottery market.

As at the date of this announcement, the Board comprises Ms. LAU Ting, Mr. WU Jingwei, Ms. CHAN Tan Na, Donna and Mr. LI Zi Kui as Executive Directors; Mr. HOONG Cheong Thard as a Nonexecutive Director; and Mr. HUANG Shenglan, Mr. CHAN Ming Fai and Mr. CUI Shuming as Independent Non-executive Directors.

SOURCE: LotSynergy Holdings Limited.

 

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Nanum Lotto to Receive WLA Responsible Gaming Award

Nanum Lotto Aims to Settle Lottery Industry Sound and Pleasurable Leisure for Everyone

SEOUL, Korea (December 08, 2014) -- Nanum Lotto Inc., the exclusive national lottery operator of the Republic of Korea, today announced that it has awarded the World Lottery Association’s (WLA) “2014 Best Emerging Responsible Gaming Program” during the WLA’s biennial general meeting held on November 5, 2014 in Rome, Italy.

The Best Emerging Responsible Gaming Program honors a member certified to the WLA Responsible Gaming Framework (RGF) at level 2 or 3, whose plans clearly demonstrate commitment to a vision and plan that realize a world-class Responsible Gaming program. The members qualified for the Award are chosen from RGF level 2 and 3 certifications that have been acquired in the last 3 years.

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Out of the 17 strong RGF certified candidates from around the world, the WLA was pleased to announce Nanum Lotto as the winner from the Panels’ unanimous vote. “What made Nanum Lotto the winner in the Panel’s view was its determination to get its program right from the very beginning, very thoughtful, systematic, already strategic approach,” said Maria Sillanpaa, Chair of the Responsible Gaming Independent Assessment Panel. “Nanum Lotto has built a very robust foundation from which the Panel believes the Lottery will make solid and fast progress going forward.”

For the successful settlement of a sound lottery culture, Nanum Lotto has been actively committed in establishing the Responsible Gaming Standard as its internal code of conduct to protect, cure, and educate lottery players through various lottery system improvements and marketing campaigns.  

We are very proud to have received recognition from the WLA for the hard effort and dedication to our Responsible Gaming programs,” said Yang Won Don, CEO, Nanum Lotto, Inc. “As the area of responsible gaming has become crucial criteria for the development of successful and sustainable lottery business in today’s global lottery industry, we will continue our effort to enhance the standard of the Responsible Gaming programs to deliver lottery as a sound and pleasurable leisure for everyone.”

About Nanum Lotto Inc.

Nanum Lotto Inc. began its lottery business involvement as a lotto operator under the Korea Lottery Commission in 2007 and has been proudly reselected as the exclusive national lottery operator to operate and manage all forms of lotteries in the Republic of Korea. Nanum Lotto is committed to develop sound lottery industry by actively delivering the message of its public value. To discover more, please visit www.nlotto.co.kr.

SOURCE: Nanum Lotto Inc.

 

 

JUMBO INTERACTIVE Trading Update Half Year December 2014

  • Record Sales In Australia
  • Germany Slowly Gaining Traction

 

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia (December 8, 2014) – Leading interactive lottery business, Jumbo Interactive Limited (ASX:JIN), is pleased to announce sales in Australia are on track for a record half year in the range of $62 to $65 million, up approximately 23% on the preceding June 2014 half year. This is a direct result of the growing customer account database coupled with a good run of Jackpots including a $70 million Powerball. The number of customer accounts on OzLotteries.com has reached 1.81 million at 30 November 2014.

The following guidance is provided for the six months to 31 December 2014.

 

 

 

The balance sheet remains healthy with Net Assets of $19.8 million as at 31 October 2014 despite continuing international expansion expenses in Germany, Mexico and the USA. The Company’s cash position remains strong at $24.2 million as at 31 October 2014 ($15.1 million net cash plus $9.1 million players’ funds).

The current dividend policy of a stable dividend payment remains unchanged with 1.5 cents per ordinary share planned for the half year.

Germany

The launch into all 16 Lande (states) in Germany from July 2014 has increased expenses for marketing, software development and staff as part of Jumbo’s strategy of growth in international markets. Initial customer acquisition has been slow due to minimal differentiation in the first version of www.Jumbolotto.de from other websites. A new version is due for release in December 2014 with the first of a series of premium product enhancements that will continue in 2015 with further releases.

“It’s clear from the first few months that a premium product offering is essential in Germany”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited.

Our first premium product – Jumbo Syndicates – will be released this month with further premium products to be released in the second half”, he said.

Losses in Germany have not reduced the effective income tax expense for the Group. This is due to directors taking a conservative approach by not recognising a deferred tax asset until the business becomes further established. However, these losses are still available to offset against future profits.

Australia

TTV is expected to be approximately 23% higher than the previous half year to June 2014 and approximately 14% higher than the corresponding December 2013 half year period.

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Record sales in Australia are a result of a growing database and a good run of jackpots including a $70 million powerball”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive.

This clearly demonstrates continuing growth in the internet lottery market in Australia”, he said.

Jumbo’s customer demographic is skewed towards younger age groups indicating that internet lotteries are growing the overall market by attracting customers that would not play the lottery through traditional outlets”, he concluded.

As was the situation for the December 2013 half year, the bulk of ticket sales for the upcoming $30 million New Year’s Eve Megadraw will be booked in the second half rather than the current half year period with the draw scheduled for 3 January, 2015 ( Dec 2013: 4 January 2014).

About Jumbo Interactive

Jumbo Interactive Limited is listed in Australia (ASX:JIN) as well as the German Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart exchanges (Symbol: WKN A1C82X).

In 2000, the Company sold its first lottery ticket on the internet and since then has developed www.ozlotteries.com into a popular site for lotteries to be played.

Jumbo has proven its ability to open up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the internet.

Jumbo is now also active in the European lottery market with its first licensed operation www.jumbolotto.de servicing the $11 billion German lottery market (since December 2013).

For further information:

Mike Veverka

CEO and Executive Director

Ph: 07 3831 3705

SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.

 

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Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Releases November 2014 Index

LAS VEGAS, NV (Dec 5, 2014) - The AGEM Index reported a composite value of 185.58 in November 2014, which represents a decline of 1.41 points (-0.8 percent) when compared to October 2014. Compared to a year ago, the index fell 7.89 points (-4.1 percent). The AGEM Index reported month-to-month declines for three consecutive months and year-over-year declines for two consecutive months. In November, Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) completed its acquisition of Bally Technologies, removing Bally from the index.

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During the latest period, 10 of the 16 global gaming suppliers reported a monthly decline in stock price, with six falling by more than five percent. Of the six companies reporting gains in stock price, only one was up by more than five percent.

Broader equities markets continued to trend in a positive direction in November 2014. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the month at 17,828.24, up 2.5 percent from the prior month. The S&P 500 also reported a 2.5-percent increase during the period, rising to 2,067.56. NASDAQ reported the greatest monthly increase of the three major indices, rising 3.5 percent to 4,791.63.

Selected positive contributors to the November 2014 AGEM Index included the following:

Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) contributed 3.10 points, due to a 28.6-percent increase in stock price to $15.14.

International Game Technology (IGT) reported a stock price of $17.03 (+3.9 percent) and contributed 1.39 points.

With a stock price of $36.29 (+4.0 percent), Multimedia Games (MGAM) contributed 0.36 points.

 

 

Selected negative contributors included the following:

Due to a stock price of $59.03 (-5.3 percent), Crane Co. (CR) contributed negative 1.56 points.

Konami (KNM) reported a stock price of $18.80 (-6.6 percent) and contributed negative 1.50 points.

With the results of the November 2014 election in the rear-view mirror, the fate of gaming-related initiatives was decided by voters in eight states. The initiatives largely focused on the expansion of gambling within each state. The results are highlighted below and demonstrate that while gaming continues to expand throughout the United States, residents in some areas remain hesitant to allow it to move forward.

In South Dakota, voters approved a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow live craps, roulette and keno in casinos in the City of Deadwood as well as tribal casinos in the state. The games are subject to approval from the South Dakota Legislature during the upcoming legislative session. The South Dakota Commission on Gaming expects casinos will be able to begin offering the new games by July 1, 2015.

In Massachusetts, voters rejected a measure that would repeal a 2011 law allowing for three casino licenses and one slots-only facility in the state. As a result of the election, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission officially awarded casino licenses to MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts. While the operators received approval for their casinos a few months ago, licensing was delayed until the fate of gaming in the state was known.

MGM Resorts plans to build an $800 million resort in Springfield, while Wynn Resorts will be developing a $1.6 billion resort near Boston. Both operators plan to begin construction on their properties in 2015, with the first resort expected to open by 2017. In addition, Penn National Gaming, which was awarded the license for the slot facility, continues to move forward with construction. The $225 million property in Plainville is expected to open next year.

Ballot initiatives in California, Colorado and Rhode Island that would have expanded gambling in the three states were all rejected by voters in the November election. In California, the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians will not be allowed to build its proposed tribal casino nearly 40 miles from its reservation.

In addition, Colorado voters denied a measure to allow a racetrack operator in Arapahoe County to add a casino to its facility. The initiative was the eighth failed ballot attempt at expanding gambling in the state in 20 years.

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Finally, voters in Rhode Island rejected an initiative to allow Newport Grand to add table games at its facility, which is the second time the initiative has failed in two years. However, voters did approve a second ballot measure that will allow them to approve a casino's location before it re-locates.

Other initiatives that gained approval from voters involved the legalization of charitable raffles or lotteries. In Kansas and South Carolina, nonprofit, religious and veteran groups will now be allowed to hold raffles for fundraising purposes. Meanwhile, in Tennessee, organizations serving veterans can now hold annual lotteries.

The AGEM Index

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 16 global gaming suppliers throughout the world. A total of 11 suppliers are based in the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq, AMEX or OTC market, while two trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange, one trades on the Milan exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange. The index is computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization. Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.

About AGEM

AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems, and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world. Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM and its member organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business environment.

AGEM Index

The AGEM index and overview is prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm providing consultation services for public and private entities. The company utilizes extensive experience in economics, information technology and finance to provide a wide range of services, including urban economic consulting, financial advisory services, market analysis, public policy analysis, hospitality industry and gaming consulting, and information system and technology consulting.

AGEM Membership Roster

AGEM Gold Members:

Ainsworth Game Technology

Aristocrat Technologies

Aruze Gaming America

Austrian Gaming Industries

Global Cash Access (GCA)

GTECH

International Game Technology (IGT)

Intralot S.A.

Konami Gaming

Multimedia Games

Scientific Games / WMS / Bally Technologies

Video Gaming Technologies (VGT)

Contact For More Information:

Marcus Prater

Executive Director

P.O. Box 50049, Henderson, NV 89016-0049

702.812.6932

SOURCE: AGEM.

 

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Judgment of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australian (December 5, 2014) -- The Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria has today dismissed an appeal by Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) against a Supreme Court of Victoria judgment delivered in June 2014 in favour of the State of Victoria. In the initial Supreme Court proceeding, Tabcorp sought a payment of approximately $686 million from the State of Victoria.

Tabcorp had claimed that the State of Victoria was obliged to make the payment to Tabcorp in August 2012, when Tabcorp’s Gaming and Wagering Licences expired and new licences were granted.

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The claim was based on a statutory provision included in legislation from 1994 when the State privatised the Victorian TAB and listed Tabcorp on the Australian Securities Exchange. Tabcorp’s initial public offering was underpinned by this statutory entitlement, the terms of which were clearly set out in the prospectus. Tabcorp had also claimed that the State was obliged to make the payment pursuant to a promise to deal with Tabcorp reasonably and in good faith.

Tabcorp is reviewing the Court of Appeal’s judgment to determine whether it will seek special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia.

Financial Considerations

As a result of the former Government’s decision in 2008 that Tabcorp was not entitled to the payment, Tabcorp incurred a one-off charge of $461 million against its 2008 earnings, and further annual non-cash amortisation charges of $18 million in relation to the Victorian Gaming Licence and $9 million in relation to the Victorian Wagering Licence until August 2012. Tabcorp has therefore dealt with the former Government’s announcement in its financial accounts. There is no additional impact on Tabcorp’s financial accounts as a result of today’s judgment.

For more information:

Media: Nicholas Tzaferis, GM Corporate Affairs, 03 9868 2529

Financial Analysts: Lachlan Fitt, GM Investor Relations and Strategy, 02 9218 1414

SOURCE: Tabcorp Release.

 

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Paddy Power Announce Management Appointments

LONDON, UK (December 9, 2014) -- The Chief Executive Designate of Paddy Power plc, Andy McCue, today Tuesday 9th December, announces three senior management appointments. The appointments will take effect from 1st January 2015, coinciding with Andy assuming the role of Chief Executive.

  • Peter O'Donovan has been appointed 'Chief Product Officer', leading a newly created product function which brings together the technology and product development teams across Paddy Power and Cayetano in Bulgaria. In addition, the technology department of Sportsbet, the Group's Australian business, will have a dotted reporting line into Peter. Global product innovation will be coordinated centrally under Peter.
  • Johnny Hartnett has been appointed 'Managing Director, Paddy Power Online' with responsibility for paddypower.com and paddypower.it, together with Dial-a-Bet and Customer Operations. Johnny is currently Director of Operations at Paddy Power and was previously COO in Sportsbet, and prior to that Head of Sports Risk & Trading in Paddy Power.
  • Christian Woolfenden has been appointed 'Managing Director, Retail (UK & Ireland)'. Christian has been Global Marketing Director at Paddy Power since 2011, having previously been Global Brand Director for the Bacardi brand. Prior to joining Bacardi in 2008, Christian worked for eight years at Procter & Gamble in Switzerland and London in finance and marketing roles. A search process is underway to fill the role of Marketing Director.

 

Andy McCue, Chief Executive Designate, commented: "These appointments reflect a strategic emphasis on customer and product. I am delighted to be filling these positions with high calibre individuals with a proven track record of success in the Group."

For Reference Contact:

 

Andy McCue

Chief Executive Designate

Paddy Power plc

Tel: + 353 1 905 1011

Cormac McCarthy

Chief Financial Officer

Paddy Power plc

Tel: + 353 1 905 1013

Jack Massey

Director of Investor Relations & Company Secretary

Paddy Power plc

Tel: + 353 1 905 1013

Billy Murphy / Karen Ferris

Drury / Porter Novelli

Tel: + 353 1 260 5000

Mobile: + 353 87 231 3085

Conor McClafferty

Finsbury

Tel: + 44 20 7251 3801

Mobile: + 44 7951 411 796

 

 

SOURCE: Paddy Power Plc.

 

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PlayOLG Customer Preview Begins

TORONTO, Ontario (December 5, 2014) -- A customer-focused preview of PlayOLG is underway for eligible members of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) Winner’s Circle Rewards (WCR) program.

The first 500 invitations have been issued to eligible WCR members who expressed interest in participating in this short-term preview. These players are now able to register, play games and fully experience PlayOLG prior to a province-wide launch in early 2015.

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Invitations will be issued to 17,000 eligible WCR members in the coming days and weeks before PlayOLG becomes available to legal-aged Ontarians.

OLG’s Internet gaming site includes interactive casino-style games including slots and table games such as Blackjack, Baccarat, Single-player Poker and Roulette, as well as the sale of LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX lottery tickets and ENCORE.  

With the launch of PlayOLG, OLG joins British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and all of the Atlantic Provinces in offering provincially regulated, safe Internet gambling entertainment. Currently, approximately 500,000 Ontarians spend an estimated $400 - $500 million annually on out-of-province grey market sites, which are not regulated in Ontario.

OLG’s Responsible Gambling

PlayOLG has embedded Responsible Gambling (RG) tools which draw on Canadian and global best practices after consulting broadly with a range of stakeholders, researchers and addiction specialists.

OLG’s RG program continues to receive international recognition. The World Lottery Association (WLA) recently awarded OLG the WLA Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program Award. This award recognizes excellence in Responsible Gambling among more than 140 member organizations from around the world.

PlayOLG’s RG safeguards focus on prevention and mitigation and include player education on healthy playing habits and how to seek help and support for problem gamblers.

Play OLG’s RG features include:

  • No anonymous play
  • Registration includes age and identity verifications
  • Mandatory weekly deposit limits
  • Casino loss limits
  • Time limits for casino game play
  • Lottery ticket purchase limits
  • Customized RG messaging based on play levels
  • Seven day cooling-off period before increasing limits
  • Player self-assessments and risk profiles
  • Breaks from play on PlayOLG (one day to three months)
  • Self-Exclusion
  • Full account history available to every player
  • Tips for parents about password protection and how to monitor their children’s Internet access and usage

 

PlayOLG is regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Please visit PlayOLG.ca for more information

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’s (OLG).

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Hoosier Lottery adds midday Sunday drawing for Daily 3, 4, Quick Draw

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 5, 2014) - The Hoosier Lottery will add consistency to certain daily draw games beginning Dec. 7 with the addition of Sunday midday drawings for its Daily 3, Daily 4 and Quick Draw games.

Currently, midday drawings for all three games are conducted Monday through Saturday. The Sunday drawing schedule will match the existing schedule for Monday through Saturday drawings. The cut-off for ticket purchase will be 1:10 p.m. Eastern and the drawing will occur at or about 1:20 p.m.

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Daily 3, with a top prize of $500, and Daily 4, with a top prize of $5,000, offer players the opportunity to play their numbers their way. Both are available for either 50-cents or $1 per wager.

With Quick Draw , players can win up to $2 million by matching 0 or 5 or more of their 10 numbers to the 20 drawn numbers. Wagers are $1, $2, $3 or $5 each.

Midday drawings are not televised. Drawing results for all midday games are available at www.hoosierlottery.com. Hoosier Lottery players can also sign up to receive winning number alerts by joining mylottery at www.hoosierlottery.com or via the Lottery's free mobile app.

About the Hoosier Lottery

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback. Download the official Hoosier Lottery App and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Hoosier Lottery logos are available online.

Contact: Courtney Arango, Public Information Officer

carango@hoosierlottery.in.gov

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

Targeting of Ads for Gambling Products

Article By: Daniel Ware, Compliance Executive

LONDON, U.K. (December 10, 2014) -- Gambling advertising is an area that receives significant public scrutiny and the Codes reflect the care that should be taken when marketing gambling products.

The Codes require that gambling advertising is prepared with a sense of responsibility to consumers and society with a particular emphasis on ensuring children are protected.  Central to this is that the CAP Code requires that gambling ads aren’t directed at those aged below 18 years of age through the selection of media or context in which they appear.

The ASA has previously investigated ads that have been deemed to breach this rule and has made clear that advertisers should take the necessary steps to ensure that their marketing is correctly targeted.  This applies across all media including email and social media.

Making ads a safe bet

An email advertisement for a Bet Butler promotion that stated "SIGN UP TODAY FOR YOUR FREE £25 RISK-FREE BET* Join Now” prompted a complaint that it was inappropriately targeted because it was sent to the complainant’s 10-year-old son.

Because the advertiser had sent an e-mail promoting a gambling service to an under-18 the ASA deemed it was inappropriately targeted.

Social media and video sharing

The ASA has also examined ads in social media and video sharing platforms.

A Facebook page for an online bingo game run by Profitable Play that was headed "Bingo Friendzy ... World's First Real Cash Games on Facebook" ran into trouble because a number of posts further down the page included images of furry cartoon characters.

Two complainants challenged whether the ad was irresponsible because it was likely to be of particular appeal to children.

Classified Advertisement

Although the ASA considered the ad, in particular the imagery used, was likely to appeal to children, if they were exposed to it, the ASA noted the ad was accessed only via the advertiser's Facebook page, and that access to that page was age-restricted to website users who were 18 or over.  As Profitable Play had taken reasonable steps to prevent those who were under 18 from viewing the ad it did not breach the Code.

Likewise a post on the X Factor Facebook page for a Mecca Bingo competition to win prizes related to the show prompted a complaint that it was socially irresponsible because it was likely to be of particular appeal to children or young persons.  However, the post was age-restricted so it would only be seen by Facebook users who were registered as aged 18 or over and as such the ASA considered the advertisers had taken reasonable steps to prevent those who were under 18 from viewing the ad and didn’t find it in breach.

The Ladbrokes Youtube channel also came under scrutiny because complainants believed that its ad could be seen by under 18s.  The ASA understood that the ad had appeared on Ladbrokes' own Youtube channel only, rather than having been scheduled to play elsewhere on the platform.  As the content was unlikely to appeal to under 18s and children and young people were unlikely to constitute a significant proportion of visitors to Ladbrokes' own Youtube channel the ASA was satisfied that the ad had been appropriately targeted.

National press

This contrasts with instances where the ASA has decided that the content of an ad for a gambling product appealed to children whilst appearing in an untargeted medium.

For example, a regional press ad in the Metro newspaper, for an online casino, which featured an image of Optimus Prime from the children’s sci-fi franchise, Transformers fell foul of the rules because it appeared in an untargeted medium which was available to both under-18s and adults. Although the small print on the ad stated that the offer was only available to over-18s the depiction of the toy brand character was likely to have particular appeal to children and young people and therefore beached the Code.

Don’t gamble with the rules

How the ASA interprets and applies the Code demonstrates that advertisers are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their ads for gambling products aren’t directed to under 18s.  Where it appears that the placement of the ads is in media that isn’t targeted at children, marketers should ensure that the content of the ads does not appeal particularly to children for example by using toy brand characters or popular comic book characters.

The key is to consider who your audience is likely to be and take action where necessary to ensure that your advertising is correctly targeted.  If using agencies and third parties to place advertising in online media such as banner advertising or in-game advertising appearing in apps, advertisers should ensure that their advertising is being placed with the appropriate audience in mind.

For further guidance on this subject we recommend you contact the CAP Copy Advice Team.

NOTE: Daniel Ware, Compliance Executive

Daniel studied African Studies at the University of Birmingham and obtained an MSC in Global Politics in 2012.  He joined the ASA Complaints Team as an exec in 2004, has provided management cover in the Complaints department and moved to the Compliance team in 2007.  He ensures compliance by ensuring ASA rulings are adhered to and invokes sanctions where necessary.  He also conducts sector sweeps, produces surveys of advertising sectors and occasionally undertakes investigations into advertising.

SOURCE: Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

 

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Maryland Casinos Generate $90.2 Million in Revenue during November

BALTIMORE, Maryland (December 5, 2014) --The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency today announced November 2014 revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. November 2014’s combined statewide revenue totaled $90,170,865.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,162,925 from both slot machines and table games in November.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was:  $149.93 for slot machines, $2,352.56 for banking table games and $358.53 for non-banking table games.  Hollywood Casino’s November 2014 revenue decreased by $457,581, or 6.9%, from November 2013.  Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 1,158 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.

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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $23,371,051 from both slot machines and table games in November. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $171.99 for slot machines, $2,694.74 for banking table games and $1,027.22 for non-banking table games. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,500 slot machines and 145 (120 banking and 25 non-banking) table games.  The casino opened to the public in August 2014.

Maryland Live Casino generated $53,779,355 from both slot machines and table games in November.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was:  $258.52 for slot machines, $4,672.79 for banking table games and $1,357.23 for non-banking table games. Maryland Live’s November 2014 revenue increased by $356,514, or .7%, from November 2013. Maryland Live Casino operates 4,185 slot machines and 189 (137 banking and 52 non-banking) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,336,323 in November, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $139.01. Casino at Ocean Downs’ November 2014 revenue decreased by $132,052, or 3.8%, from November 2013.  The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $3,521,211 from both slot machines and table games in November.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was:  $167.55 for slot machines, $1,332.08 for banking table games and $357.07 for non-banking table games.  Rocky Gap’s November 2014 revenue increased by $192,553, or 5.8%, from November 2013. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 577 slot machines and 17 table games (15 banking and 2 non-banking).

In a year-to-year comparison, November 2014 casino revenue increased from November 2013 by $23,330,484, or 34.9%.  In a comparison excluding Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, year-to-year revenue decreased from November 2013 by $40,567, or .06%.  See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of November 2014’s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the individual casinos and combined state total.  

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the state’s casinos.  In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.  To keep Marylanders informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the state’s casinos, the MLGCA posts monthly financial reports on casino revenue on its website, gaming.mdlottery.com.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

 

 

DC Lottery Issues RFP for Best Practices Review

Title: Best Practices Review of DC Lottery

Type of Solicitation: RFP

Date Issued: 12/3/14

Close Date: 12/30/14 at 2:00PM (edt)

Issued By: Office of the Chief Financial Officer

For Information Contact: Contracting Officer, Dorothy Whisler Fortune, Phone: 202-442-8078, Email: dorothy.whisler@dc.gov

The Contracting Officer is the ONLY official authorized to legally bind the District or make changes to the terms and conditions of this contract.

Only he or his designee can increase, decrease, extend or terminate this agreement. All other changes are unauthorized.

General Information: The Office of the Chief Financial Officer ("OCFO") for the District of Columbia ("District") and the Office of Contracts on behalf of the DC Lottery is seeking a contractor to conduct a Best Practices review of the DC Lottery.

Purpose/Objective: The goal is to review Industry Best Practices and tailor those recommendations to the DC Lottery that are feasible for enactment with the statutory and regulatory structure in which the DC Lottery operates.

The results of this review will be used to develop the long-term strategic plan for the DC Lottery.

Address Offer to: Office of Chief Financial Officer, 1100 4th Street, SW - Suite E610 Office of Contracts, Washington, DC 20024.

SOURCE: DC Lottery.

 

AGA Release Best Practices for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance

Article by: Geoff Freeman, president and CEO, American Gaming Association

WASHINGTON, DC (December 10, 2014)

Dear Gaming Colleagues:

Release of the industry’s first-ever “Best Practices for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance” last week has been recognized and highlighted by major national media outlets for the forward-looking culture of compliance we exemplify.

The Best Practices serve as an industry resource, but also publicly affirm the casino gaming industry’s commitment and active protocols to protect the U.S. financial system from money laundering and other forms of illicit financing.

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) acknowledged it too finds value in our industry’s engagement stating to Gambling Compliance, “We look forward to continuing a mutually beneficial dialogue with the AGA and other trade groups.” As we close out 2014 and enter 2015, the AGA will continue to coalesce member experts and build upon our culture of compliance through ongoing engagement with FinCEN.

Coalescing Industry Experts

The “Best Practices for Anti-Money Laundering Compliance” mark an incredible milestone for the industry, because it coalesced industry experts in legal, compliance and regulatory policy around development of a shared resource of significance for all.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “For a number of years, individual properties and companies within the casino industry have made anti-money laundering compliance a priority, but the best practices are really the first time the industry came together as one to tackle this.

Elizabeth Cronan, AGA’s director of gaming policy, told the Las Vegas Sun, “This is really the first opportunity that everyone has come together and shared their practices and put them forward in one document. One of the real hallmarks of this document is that it does illustrate the industry’s commitment to a strong culture of compliance.

Demonstrating Gaming’s Culture of Compliance

While AML compliance programs have long been in place at individual casino properties, our industry galvanized around illuminating our strong culture of compliance through our best practices. Not only is our commitment to AML more clearly outlined to regulators, but, as Reuters reported, so is our message to criminals:

 

We as a casino industry are sending a very clear message to anyone who might wish to attempt to use our services as a means of laundering funds or doing other illicit things: “We're watching you, we're looking out for these types of things, and it's not going to happen in the casino industry.

 

Joe Kelly, professor of business law at SUNY College at Buffalo, NY, said to MoneyLaundering.com,“The more industry does itself, the less likely you’ll have federal regulation problems. The AGA manual will be a good guide.” Ralston Reports reiterated this sentiment, stating that the document “is clearly a pre-emptive strike, and probably a smart one.”

Forward-Looking Engagement

Unfortunately, attempts by a few bad actors to do our industry harm are not unique to any one casino property, region – or limited to our industry. AML compliance and risk management are common to us all, and essential for protecting the integrity of the gaming industry and entertainment experience of the majority of our customers who intend to do no harm. Engagement on the Best Practices is one of many areas where the industry will continue to come together. The AGA will seek other opportunities to create industry-wide unity. Thanks for your support.

 

Sincerely,

Geoff Freeman

President and CEO

 




 

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