GTECH S.p.A. Announced a Settlement with the Illinois Lottery to
Terminate ForConvenience the Northstar Lottery Groups Private Management
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 Northstars 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
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
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. 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
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
INTRALOT: Successful Launch Of The Irish National
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
The transition to INTRALOTs
system was completed on Sunday November 30th morning and the Lotterys
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 lotterys 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.
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
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
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.
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.
Scientific Games Announces New Board
Names Richard Haddrill
Executive Vice Chairman and Gabrielle McDonald Director
NEW YORK, NY (December 11, 2014) --
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,
"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
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.
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.
Bill Pfund +1 847-785-3167
Vice President, Investor
Mollie Cole +1 773-961-1194
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Camelot Global Delivers Successful Transition For Premier Lotteries
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 PLIs 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 Intralots 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 PLIs 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.
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 Globals 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
Europes 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 worlds 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), Canadas 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).
Senior Media Relations Manager
Camelot Business Solutions
Tel: 020 7632 5716
Mobile: 07968 939340
SOURCE: Camelot Group uk.
BCLC Engages Players with a Fully Digital Retail
CALGARY, AB (December 9, 2014) --
Carmanah Signs Inc. (www.carmanahsigns.com) is pleased to present a feature
video of BCLCs 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 stores showcase experience
is a large 10-foot by 7.3-foot gestural video wallan 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
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.
Carmanahs 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 Stratacaches digital technologies improve
in-store shopper experience, promote retail conversion and assist with mobile
Contact: Heather Saunders
SOURCE: Carmanah Signs.
FDJ® launches "Happy Holidays", a Year-End Scratch Game Featuring
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.
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
"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.
Nebraska Lottery Seeks Proposals for Advertising and Marketing
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
The primary responsibility of the
Nebraska Lotterys 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
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
email@example.com 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
Lotterys beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93
counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska
SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Encourages Responsible
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
"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."
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
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
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
MONTREAL, Canada (December 8, 2014)
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!
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
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
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.
The mystery millionaires
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.
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
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
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,
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.
DC Lotterys 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
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 agencys
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 eightfor
every ward of the DistrictPrize 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 Lotterys
DC Lottery and Charitable Games
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 Districts 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
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
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
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
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
Nanum Lotto to Receive WLA Responsible Gaming
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
Associations (WLA) 2014 Best Emerging Responsible Gaming
Program during the WLAs 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.
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 Panels 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 todays
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
SOURCE: Nanum Lotto Inc.
JUMBO INTERACTIVE Trading Update Half Year December
- Record Sales In Australia
- Germany Slowly Gaining
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
Companys 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.
The launch into all 16 Lande
(states) in Germany from July 2014 has increased expenses for marketing,
software development and staff as part of Jumbos 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
Its 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.
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.
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
This clearly demonstrates
continuing growth in the internet lottery market in Australia, he
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 Years 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
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:
CEO and Executive Director
Ph: 07 3831 3705
SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.
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.
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
International Game Technology (IGT)
reported a stock price of $17.03 (+3.9 percent) and contributed 1.39
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,
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.
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
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
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
AGEM Membership Roster
AGEM Gold Members:
Ainsworth Game Technology
Aruze Gaming America
Austrian Gaming Industries
Global Cash Access (GCA)
International Game Technology
Scientific Games / WMS / Bally
Video Gaming Technologies (VGT)
Contact For More Information:
P.O. Box 50049, Henderson, NV
Judgment of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of
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
Tabcorps Gaming and Wagering Licences expired and new licences were
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.
Tabcorps 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
Appeals judgment to determine whether it will seek special leave to
appeal to the High Court of Australia.
As a result of the former
Governments 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 Governments announcement in its financial accounts. There is
no additional impact on Tabcorps financial accounts as a result of
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.
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
- 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
For Reference Contact:
Chief Executive Designate
Paddy Power plc
Tel: + 353 1 905 1011
Chief Financial Officer
Paddy Power plc
Tel: + 353 1 905 1013
Director of Investor Relations
& Company Secretary
Paddy Power plc
Tel: + 353 1 905 1013
Billy Murphy / Karen
Drury / Porter Novelli
Tel: + 353 1 260 5000
Mobile: + 353 87 231 3085
Tel: + 44 20 7251 3801
Mobile: + 44 7951 411 796
SOURCE: Paddy Power Plc.
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
Corporations (OLG) Winners 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.
Invitations will be issued to 17,000
eligible WCR members in the coming days and weeks before PlayOLG becomes
available to legal-aged Ontarians.
OLGs 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
OLGs 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
OLGs 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.
PlayOLGs 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 OLGs RG features
- No anonymous play
- Registration includes age and identity
- 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
- Player self-assessments and risk profiles
- Breaks from play on PlayOLG (one day to three
- Full account history available to every player
- Tips for parents about password protection and how
to monitor their childrens Internet access and usage
PlayOLG is regulated by the Alcohol
and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
Please visit PlayOLG.ca for more
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
Hoosier Lottery adds midday Sunday drawing for Daily 3, 4, Quick
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.
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
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
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
Contact: Courtney Arango, Public
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Targeting of Ads for Gambling Products
Article By: Daniel Ware, Compliance
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
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 arent 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
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 complainants 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
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
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
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 didnt 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.
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 childrens 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.
Dont gamble with the
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 arent directed to
under 18s. Where it appears that the placement of the ads is in media
that isnt 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
Maryland Casinos Generate $90.2 Million in Revenue during
BALTIMORE, Maryland (December 5,
2014) --The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency today announced November
2014 revenue numbers for the states 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 2014s
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 Casinos 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
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
Lives 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
Gaps 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 2014s 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 states 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 states casinos, the MLGCA posts monthly financial
reports on casino revenue on its website, gaming.mdlottery.com.
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming
DC Lottery Issues RFP for Best Practices
Practices Review of DC Lottery
12/30/14 at 2:00PM (edt)
Issued By: Office
of the Chief Financial Officer
Contact: Contracting Officer, Dorothy Whisler Fortune, Phone:
202-442-8078, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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)
Article by: Geoff Freeman, president
and CEO, American Gaming Association
WASHINGTON, DC (December 10,
Dear Gaming Colleagues:
Release of the industrys
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
The Best Practices serve as an
industry resource, but also publicly affirm the casino gaming industrys
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
Treasurys Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) acknowledged it
too finds value in our industrys 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.
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
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, AGAs
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 industrys commitment to a strong
culture of compliance.
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 youll 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.
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.
President and CEO