North American Lotteries Poised for Innovative New
GENEVA, Ohio (October 6, 2014)
Citing new games and innovations planned for the year ahead, attendees
were upbeat last week at the lottery industrys annual conference and
trade show in Atlantic City, N.J., produced by the
North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).
For Gary Grief, Executive Director
of the Texas Lottery Commission, the conference completed his year-long term as
NASPL President in 2013-2014. In his closing comments, Grief praised the
industry for reaching an unprecedented level of collaboration and for its
support in making NASPL the go to organization for lottery research
and education. Lotteries and vendors alike have never been more
aligned in our pursuit of cooperative initiatives, he explained.
I couldnt be more excited about our industrys success in
generating revenues for great state causes and the potential going
To further the path that Grief and
previous NASPL presidents have charted for the industry, members elected a new
slate of officers for the 2014-2015 year. Chosen as President was Terry Rich,
Chief Executive Officer of the Iowa Lottery Authority, who pledged to emphasize
innovation and the need to tell our story through marketing and
Other officers who will join Rich
and Grief on the NASPL Executive Board of Directors for the coming year
- 1st Vice President Paula Harper Bethea,
Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery
- 2nd Vice President May Scheve Reardon,
Executive Director of the Missouri Lottery.
- Treasurer Rose Hudson, President of the
Louisiana Lottery Corp
- Secretary Charlie McIntyre, Executive
Director of the New Hampshire Lottery
- Region I Director Carole Hedinger, Executive
Director of the New Jersey Lottery
- Region II Director Alice Garland, Executive
Director of the North Carolina Education Lottery
- Region III Director Randy Miller, Director
of the North Dakota Lottery
- Region IV Director David Barden, Chief
Executive Officer of the New Mexico Lottery
- Incoming President, Interprovincial Lottery Corp.
David Loeb, President of the Western Canada Lottery Corp.
Lottery products continue
to serve as an affordable, local entertainment option, and the games we offer
generate more than $20 billion annually in net revenues in the United States
alone to the good causes we help support, said Rich. To keep
moving forward, well continue to investigate new ideas and possibilities
for lottery products, understanding that our success ultimately rewards
players, retailers and the public through good causes. New and
improved will be our mantra as we freshen our games and develop new
Rich cited MONOPOLY
Millionaires Club, launching in 23 states on October 19, as an
example of the innovations to come. Its the first
multi-jurisdictional lottery draw game which is associated with a well-known
national icon brand, explained Rich. He also emphasized the
importance of building on the integrity that is the hallmark of the lottery
industry, and communicating expectations for players, lotteries, retailers and
the elected officials who oversee lotteries in each jurisdiction.
The North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal
exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the
organization has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery
organizations. NASPLs basic mission is to assemble and disseminate
information on the lottery industry through education and communications, and
where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters
of general policy.
Media CONTACT: David Gale, Executive
Director, (440) 466-5630, Email:
SOURCE: North American Association
of State and Provincial Lotteries.
GTECH and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Announce Wheel of
Fortune® and Jeopardy!® License Agreement for Lottery
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (October 1,
2014) GTECH and Sony
Pictures Consumer Products have announced a multi-year licensing agreement
granting GTECH the property licensing rights to the iconic TV game shows Wheel
of Fortune and JEOPARDY!. The agreement will be effective as of January 1,
2015, and gives GTECH the rights to develop and distribute certain Wheel of
Fortune and JEOPARDY! lottery games throughout the world. In addition to
instant scratch tickets and draw based games, GTECH will develop second chance
promotions and other interactive experiences for lottery customers.
Wheel of Fortune is Americas
Game®. It has been the number one syndicated game show since its inception
and has earned seven Emmy® Awards, including a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding
Game/Audience participation Show. With more than 26 million viewers per week,
syndications most successful series continues to attract a larger
audience than many primetime television shows.
Favorite Quiz Show® and its host, Alex Trebek, began
their 31st season September 15, 2014. JEOPARDY! delivers more than 9
million viewers daily, and holds the Guinness World Records® title for the
most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show (31 Emmys), including the 2014
Emmy® for Outstanding Game Show. In 2014, JEOPARDY! won the inaugural
Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Writing for Quiz and Audience
Participation; it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award.
GTECH is excited to partner
with Sony Pictures Consumer Products on the Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY!
Brands, said Robin Drummond, Senior Vice President of GTECH Canada,
and Chief Operating Officer for GTECHs printing operations. We
are committed to bringing a robust, multi-channel and multi-jurisdictional
program to the lottery community by extending these brands across all available
platforms and territories.
We are looking forward to
partnering with GTECH to achieve even greater levels of success in the lottery
industry. We believe GTECH has the expertise and experience as well as the
tools and technology needed to deliver innovative and entertaining Wheel of
Fortune and JEOPARDY! content to lottery consumers across multiple product
categories, said Greg Economos, Senior Vice President of Sony
Pictures Consumer Products.
About Sony Pictures Consumer
Sony Pictures Consumer Products
(SPCP) is the licensing and merchandising division of Sony Pictures
Entertainment (SPE), a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of
Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPEs global operations encompass motion
picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production,
acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and
distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new
entertainment products, services and
technologies. For additional information, go to
About 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 Milan 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. For more information, please
For further information CONTACT:
Robert K. Vincent, GTECH S.p.A., Corporate Communications, T. (+1) 401 392
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB Lottery Game Goes on Sale October
19 in 23 States
New Multi-State Lottery
To Make "More & More Millionaires"
Companion One-Hour TV
Game Show to Debut February 2015
LOS ANGELES, California (October 1,
2014) -- In less than 30 days, a group of lottery officials will do something
that hasn't been done in more than 12 years - create a new multi-state lottery
game. The new lottery game, called MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB, will pool prize
money to make "more and more millionaires." The news comes as the
lottery industry's largest annual gathering at the
North American Association of State and
Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) conference commences.
"Lotteries across the country
came together and listened to what players wanted," said Rebecca Paul
Hargrove, President of the Tennessee Lottery. "With three chances to win $1 million,
a $5 popular price point, and the ability to unlock more and more millionaires,
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB is expected to spread the wealth across the country
like no other game in lottery history."
The new multi-state premium lottery
game and weekly one hour prime time television show was created by
Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS), a leading developer of technology-based
products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery
markets. The new lottery game goes on sale in 23* participating states on
Sunday, October 19 where lottery tickets are sold, with more lotteries**
planning to join in the following months. The population of lottery
jurisdictions selling the game at launch will be approximately 175 million. By
the first week of March 2015, that population is expected to be close to 250
With three different ways to win a
million dollars, MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB is the first game to combine the
high-stakes and rich rewards of multi-state lottery gaming with the fun and
entertainment of a national television game show. The television series will
feature players selected from an audience comprised mainly of ticket holders
drawn from those who registered their lottery tickets online or via a
smartphone app, and will be hosted by actor and comedian Billy Gardell ("Mike
& Molly," "You, Me & Dupree").
The uniquely designed MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES' CLUB draw game is expected to generate more simultaneous
millionaires than any other game in lottery history. The prize pool will begin
with a $15 million Top Prize and ten $1 million Club Prizes. If the Top Prize
is not won in a given week, it will continue to increase in value for the next
three weeks until it reaches $25 million. For as long as no one wins the Top
Prize, all additional prize money will be allocated to fund additional $1
million Club Prizes until someone wins the Top Prize. Winning the Top Prize
will unleash the $1 million Club Prizes. With the draw taking place on Friday
evenings at 11:15 pm (ET), literally hundreds of players across the country
could wake up Saturday morning as millionaires.
This new approach to a national
lottery draw game was created by Scientific Games under license from Hasbro,
Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and is based on the iconic MONOPOLY brand, which
is one of the most well recognized brands in the world.
"MONOPOLY is one of the most
successful brands in gaming with lottery, slots and sweepstakes. With MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES' CLUB, more millionaires will be made than ever before," said
Steve Saferin, President of Properties Group and Chief Creative Officer for
Scientific Games. "Our player research consistently indicates that
participants would prefer to see the millions of dollars in lottery prizing
distributed to lots of winners, rather than one or two players winning hundreds
of millions of dollars each."
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB is the
first multi-state draw game at the $5 price point in the United States, though
$5 is the most popular price point for instant scratch ticket games. This $5
price point strengthens the game's play value while differentiating it within
lottery draw game portfolios.
Lottery players can register their
tickets online to build MONOPOLY-themed Property Sets that, when complete, earn
an entry into a drawing for the chance to appear on the nationally televised
game show "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB," which premieres in February 2015.
Thousands of players will win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas
to be in the studio audience of a "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" taping.
Contestants on the show will then be
selected at random from the audience to play a series of games, each with a
MONOPOLY theme, each of which will offer cash and other prizes valued up to
$100,000. A final round will offer one player on each episode a shot at $1
million. More than $2.5 million in prize money is available to win on every
Since 2006, there have been more
than 170 MONOPOLY-themed lottery games launched globally with a retail value of
nearly $5 billion, most performing 10% or more above industry averages, based
on data from MDI Entertainment, LLC, a Scientific Games company. According to
LaFleur's Magazine, "MONOPOLY Millionaire", distinct from the traditional
MONOPOLY brand, was one of the most popular licensed brands in lottery gaming
in fiscal year 2013. MDI Entertainment has introduced 14 MONOPOLY Millionaire
lottery games with retail value in excess of $850 million since 2012.
*Participating states launching
October 19: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,
Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Texas and Washington D.C.
**States expected to launch post
October 19: California (pending regulatory approval), *Idaho, *Kansas, North
Dakota, Ohio, *Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, *Wisconsin.
*may need further regulatory
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation is a
leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated
content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The company's portfolio
includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and
game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting
technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive
content and services. For more information, please visit:
SOURCE Scientific Games
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), in Partnership with
NYCE, Announce Recent Installation of GLI Link® at NYCEs Facilities
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 6, 2014)
International (GLI®), in partnership with NYCE, is proud to announce
the recent installation of the award-winning and patented GLI Link® at
NYCEs facilities in Mexico, further solidifying GLIs commitment to
the Latin American Region.
As technology has advanced,
and now that systems are providing electronic funds transfer and TITO,
interoperability is more important than ever, and more and more jurisdictions
are requiring this type of testing, said GLI Director of Latin
American Development Karen Sierra-Hughes. Taking into consideration
the growth in the Mexican markets and the various systems being utilized by
casinos to better administrate their operations, GLI Link is a natural solution
for system and gaming suppliers to take advantage of a testing environment
where the communication among their products can be verified.
This installation will be placed in
the Mexico City IT-Cluster, where NYCE has a very functional office with enough
infrastructure to serve the entire country through a high speed connection,
embedded security and 24x7x365 high quality service.
NYCE engineers have been trained by
GLIs experts and will have continuous direct contact with GLI to support
and fix any kind of trouble.
This is the second GLI Link
environment available for the Latin American Region. The first installation was
completed and is available now in GLIs South America laboratory in La
With a wide range of
international suppliers providing products in this jurisdiction, GLI Link is a
perfect solution, eliminating the problem of shipping devices and systems to
locations around the world. GLI Link operates remotely, meaning there is no
shipping of devices, saving time and money. Further, GLI Link creates a
real world environment that provides a sense of security and lowers
support costs for equipment providers around the globe, said Salvador
Sanchez, NYCE Director of Operations.
With GLI Link, suppliers can test
against specific casino configurations in their local lab, in their own time
zone. With GLI Link, there is no more waiting for devices to be packed,
shipped, received and tested, streamlining the entire process and speeding time
GLI prides itself on establishing
complete testing centers, not just offices, and GLI Link adds to the
capabilities of each GLI testing lab.
With GLI Link, interoperability
testing can be performed on any game with virtually any system from any GLI lab
in any time zone, in Asia, Europe, Latin America or anywhere on the globe, and
GLI can interface devices to a variety of systems that are operating in any
major casino in the world.
GLI has been dedicated to gaming
throughout Latin America for more than 16 years and enjoys a very good working
relationship with gaming regulators throughout the region. GLI will continue to
work closely with regulators to help regulations remain current and with
suppliers to make their testing and certification process as efficient and
cost-effective as possible.
For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and
iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing
time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the
only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards
for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For
more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
NYCE is the Mexican Standardization
and Certification Body in Electronics, Telecommunications and Information
Technology fields with almost 20 year experience being the leader in conformity
assessment issues. NYCE have published in Official Diary of Federation more
than 100 Mexican standards (NMXs) on Information Technology industry and
have develop specific certification schemes for the gaming industry.
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Carmanah Signs Appoint New Director of Sales for
Fast Growing Company
CALGARY, AB (Oct 6, 2014) --
Carmanah Signs Inc.
(www.carmanahsigns.com) is pleased to announce Daniel Miller has joined the
company to further develop its growing portfolio of international accounts.
Daniel Miller comes with a wealth of experience in the gaming industry
particularly related to digital signage solutions, having supplied enterprise
wide Gaming enabled digital signage platforms to leading land-based Casino
operators worldwide. Daniel joins Carmanah shortly after Stratacaches
(www.stratacache.com) acquisition of Carmanah, where Daniel will continue to
add value to Carmanahs lottery, casino and gaming customers.
Based in Amsterdam and supported by
the Luxembourg office locally and the Calgary office globally, Daniel joins
Carmanah as Director of Sales, Europe to continue Carmanahs recent
successes by collaborating closely with local clients to ensure their signage
strategy drives retail sales, brand awareness and jackpot awareness.
Daniel will be taking over
day-to-day responsibilities of serving the European market from Max Goldstein,
Vice President of Sales for Carmanah, who will assist in the transition
allowing Max to focus on the growth of the North American and Latin American
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 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
SOURCE: Carmanah Signs Inc.
J&S Gaming Bounces = Some Fun at NASPL
Lottery Wiz puppets
Engage Players and Add even More Fun to the Game!
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (October
2, 2014) This years NASPL conference was bigger and better and
warmly received by vendors and suppliers.
Steven Brandstetter, President,
J&S Gaming, Inc. attended this years conference that ran alongside
G2E Gaming Las Vegas.
According to Brandstetter, this
years event was really focused on how to engage with the lottery
consumers through interactive mobile games, which was why J&S Gaming
brought the Lottery Wiz puppet to the show.
Brandstetter outlined to Lottery
Insider that the Lottery Wiz lottery ball character is a great Ambassador
for Lottery Brand Awareness.
Lotteries can use our
Lottery Wiz character to bring public awareness of the new games
currently being developed for cell phones and tablets.
J&S Gaming, Inc first HTML5
mobile app is titled, "Lil' Lottos Lottery Wiz" and was recently launched on
the iTunes and Google Play stores. Its a free app that is a fun way for
people to pick their numbers for most of the popular drawings including
Powerball and Mega Millions. The second game is titled, "Lil Lottos
Dancing For Cash". Its a match three of eight games featuring two of the
other Lil Lottos lottery ball characters. These games can be found on the
The Lottery Ball Characters are all
about Fun and Brand Awareness, giving players an interaction point to recognize
games and seek more information, after all Lottery Games are all about
Brandstetter summed up his
experience at the conference, saying the future looks bright for the Lottery
industry as technology advances to allow for new ways to engage players with
interactive mobile entertainment.
http://www.lil-lottos.com / Email:
SOURCE: Lottery Insider / Steven
Brandstetter, President, J&S Gaming, Inc.
Lotto New Zealand Launch New Game Play 3
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (October 6,
2014) -- Lotto New Zealand has
launched a brand new game today called Play 3, which provides an alternative to
its traditional lottery games.
We want to offer our
players a fun, new game thats unique from our other games. Its easy
to play and we think Kiwis are going to love it, said Lotto New
Zealands Head of Product Justin Powell.
Play 3 gives players the chance to
win prizes every day for just $1. All players need to do is pick a three-digit
number and a play type and then try and match it to the winning number, drawn
daily at 6pm.
Simple number games like Play 3 have
been around internationally for over 50 years.
Most lotteries in North
America and Asia offer a simple game like Play 3, said Mr Powell.
Its one of the most popular lottery games in places like New
With Play 3, there is no large
jackpot to be shared. Instead it offers fixed prize payouts, with good odds of
winning and a top prize of $500.
Customers can choose any three-digit
number to play, which may be guided by personal superstitions and
circumstances. Favourite numbers are often linked to birthdays, anniversaries
or house numbers.
And what is traditionally considered
a lucky number differs depending on the country you visit. In
Chinese culture 8 is considered lucky because its pronounced similarly to
the Chinese word for wealth and prosperity.
Memorably, to capitalise on number
8s luck, the Beijing Olympics began at 8pm on 8 August 2008, creating a
very lucky date for the Chinese hosts.
In other cultures, such as America,
the UK and France, the number 7 is considered to be lucky due to a variety of
reasons including its link to nature, such as the 7 seas, 7 continents, and 7
colours in the rainbow.
Whatever your superstitions are,
Play 3 makes it easy to play your special numbers for a chance to win prizes
Play 3 tickets are available for
purchase now from all Lotto stores and online at MyLotto.co.nz. The first Play
3 draw will take place tonight at 6pm.
- Play 3 is Lotto New
Zealands new game that gives players the chance to win prizes every
- To play, simply choose a
three-digit number and a play type. Match your number and play type to the
winning number drawn daily at 6pm and youre a winner
- Play type includes exact match,
any order match or match any pair of numbers.
- Play 3 is a fixed odds and fixed
prizes game it doesnt matter how many other people win each prize
division, the prize amount stays the same.
- The top prize available to win
with a single Play 3 type is $500
- Play 3 is drawn daily at 6pm. The
full results of all draws are available at any time online at MyLotto.co.nz, by
calling 0800 MYLOTTO (0800 695 6886), or at all Lotto stores.
1 in 1,000
3-way: 1 in 333
6-way: 1 in 167
1 in 33
Lucky and unlucky numbers around
8 and 9
4 and 7
USA, UK, France,
3 and 13
4 and 9
information CONTACT: Kirsten Robinson, Phone: 021 038 8817.
SOURCE: NZ Lotteries.
RGA Calls on Greece to Open Online Gambling Market to
ATHENS, Greece (Oct 2, 204) -- At
the Greek Gaming Conference 2014 today the RGA will outline its concerns about
the Greek online gambling regime and will make the case instead for the
introduction of an open, regulated and fairly taxed market that would be to the
benefit of both the Government and Greek consumers.
The Remote Gambling Association
(the RGA) has consistently stated that the only viable long term
market for online gambling in Greece is one that is open to multiple licensees
who can provide the value, choice and range of products that are demanded by
consumers. This is the only way to ensure that customers get the protection of
a Greek licensing system and the Greek Government can benefit from taxation
paid by licensed operators.
When the Greek authorities partially
opened up the online gambling market in 2012 they allowed 24 EU-licensed
gambling companies to provide online sports betting legally. It is estimated
that they will pay almost 50 million gross gambling revenue tax to the
Greek State in 2014.
Greek customers therefore already
have a range of operators to bet with and have been protected through a robust
Now the Greek authorities, in a move
designed to shore up the privatisation of OPAP, are intending to close down the
24 operators and create an online sports betting monopoly for OPAP.
The European Commission should have
considerable concerns where markets are closed down without good reason and
today the RGA will explain that those should include:
- The Greek Government has consistently failed to
implement its own laws to open up the online gambling market. Current
legislation allows for the full opening of the online gambling market with
licensing of online gambling operators but it has been limited to 24 temporary
licenses which are now under threat of removal.
- The Commission must at least have suspicions that
the motivation for not offering licences for online gambling in the past two
years had nothing to do with consumer protection but was designed to sell the
Governments shares in OPAP shares at the highest possible price. OPAP has
been granted the monopoly without the proper tendering process. Even if a
monopoly could be justified, and that is very difficult to believe, this means
that other potential bidders have not had the opportunity to compete for the
- OPAP is a long established and successful business
in Greece, but it is very inexperienced in the field of online gambling and it
is not credible to suggest that it is better placed to protect consumers than
companies who have been active in the sector for many years.
- The Greek Government has not followed the correct
European Union procedure for the implementation of legislation and has delayed
responses to requests for information.
Sue Rossiter Director of Projects
and Policy at the RGA said today: The current situation for online
gambling in Greece is damaging to the reputation of the Greek regulator and
Government. It puts customers at risk by encouraging them to use unlicensed
operators if they do not want to be restricted to the limited offer of OPAP.
That will inevitably deny the Greek Government millions of Euros in gambling
and associated taxes.
Holders of the 24 temporary
licences have demonstrated that a well regulated regime has benefits for all
concerned. An extension of this limited freedom to a fully regulated and taxed
market can only widen those benefits.
In the absence of constructive
progress to introduce an open, transparent and fair online gambling regime in
Greece, the RGA will be relying on all legitimate options at its disposal,
including legal challenges to the EU and the Greek courts, in order to get to a
legal, clear, workable and fair resolution.
For further information or comment
please CONTACT: Sue Rossiter, RGA Director of Policy and Projects, +44 (0) 20
About the RGA
The RGA is the largest online
gambling trade association in the world representing the largest licensed and
stock market-listed remote gambling operators and software providers (see
www.rga.eu.com). The organisation provides the remote gambling industry with a
single voice on all issues of importance to regulators, legislators, and key
decision makers around the world. Further information and a full list of
members can be found at www.rga.eu.com.
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited Announce Half-Year Financial
LONDON, U.K. (October 6, 2014) --
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (Camelot) today announced that total
UK National Lottery ticket sales for the first six months of its 2014/15
financial year (1 April 27 September 2014) were £3,469.8 million,
an increase of £158.0 million on the corresponding period last year and
the second-highest interim total since The National Lottery launched in 1994.
During the period, Camelot generated
£867.71 million for National Lottery Good Causes taking the total
raised to date to over £32 billion. National Lottery funding has now
enabled more than 430,000 individual awards to be made across the UK the
equivalent of 138 National Lottery-funded projects in every postcode district.
Over the same period, Camelot awarded £1,926.2 million in prizes to
players taking the total paid out to over £53 billion and the
total number of lottery millionaires to more than 3,600.
Camelots overall performance
over the half-year was driven by strong growth in both Lotto, following its
successful re-launch last year, and instant play games with sales of the
latter breaking a number of records as a result of the launch of 30 innovative
new games, higher prize payouts and the continuing rollout of up to 10,000
standalone terminals to meet untapped demand for National Lottery
Total sales over the half-year would
undoubtedly have been even higher had EuroMillions enjoyed as many big jackpot
draws as it did in the first half of 2013/14 and had there been a repeat of
last years special 100 UK Millionaires Raffle draw. Camelot
is confident that its plans to refresh EuroMillions with a raft of exciting
changes which have always been planned for the second half of 2014/15
and include the introduction, for the first time ever, of some great non-cash
prizes will drive sales of the game over the second six months.
Andy Duncan, Chief Executive
Designate of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: Thanks to the strong
performance of both Lotto and instant play games, weve made a very
positive start to the 2014/15 financial year. Delivering over £2.7
billion for National Lottery projects and players in just six months is a
As we look forward to
celebrating 20 years of The National Lottery next month, were determined
to build on this momentum. Weve just successfully launched a major new
online and mobile platform, which is transforming the way players interact with
our games across all devices. On top of that, weve got really exciting
plans for the second half of the year including special birthday events
to thank our players and, starting later this month, some amazing new prizes on
EuroMillions which will ensure that The National Lottery continues to be
truly life-changing for players and society.
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has
also today published its accounts for the 2013/14 financial year. These show
that, from total ticket sales of £6,730.9 million, £1,751.1 million
was raised for National Lottery Good Causes and £3,636.6 million was
awarded to players in prizes. Over the same period, £807.7 million was
paid to the Government in Lottery Duty and £304.5 million was paid to
retailers in commission. Camelots profit after tax in 2013/14 was
£58.5 million. In line with previous years, this represented less than 1%
of total revenue, while over 90% of total revenue went back to winners and
(1) Figures do not include
investment returns on National Lottery balances which are reported
For further information on Camelot,
The National Lottery and its games, please visit:
CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications
Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot Group.
Monopoly Millionaires Club Lottery Game to Make More and
The Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery Joins New Multi-State Lottery with National Television Series Inspired
By Iconic Brand
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 6,
2014) -- Arkansas is ready to mint some millionaires!
Lottery will join lotteries across the country in offering a new draw game,
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES CLUB that will spread the wealth among players by
offering multiple million dollar prizes in conjunction with a Top Prize that is
capped at $25 million.
With three different ways to win,
the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES CLUB game is planned to go on sale in Arkansas
on Oct. 19, and is the first game to combine the high-stakes and rich rewards
of multi-state lottery gaming with the fun and entertainment of a national
television game show featuring players selected from among the lotterys
ticket holders who have registered their tickets online or via a smartphone
Players can win the Top Prize (up to
$25 million); become one of the many, randomly-selected $1 million winners when
another player wins the Top Prize; or register a ticket online where they will
build MONOPOLY brand themed property sets to earn entries in a drawing for a
chance to appear on the nationally televised game show, which will have more
than $2.5 million in available prize money on each episode.
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES CLUB is
a $5 draw game and will be the first multi-state draw game at this price level
in the United States, though $5 is the most popular price point for instant
scratch ticket games. This $5 price point strengthens the games play
value while differentiating it within lottery draw game portfolios.
The unique design of the MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES CLUB lottery game is expected to generate more simultaneous
millionaires than any other game in lottery history. With the draw taking place
on Friday evenings at 11:15 p.m. Eastern, players across the country will have
the opportunity to wake up a millionaire. In early 2015, the MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES CLUB television series will welcome players from
participating states to its studio audience in Las Vegas where they will
compete before a live audience to win $1 million.
Comedian and actor Billy Gardell
(Mike & Molly, You, Me and Dupree) has been tapped
to host the show.
The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES CLUB
lottery game represents a response to the wishes of lottery players who said
that they would like a game with more substantial winners than just one or two
enormous jackpot winners.
Monopoly Millionaires Club
is set to make a lot of millionaires real quick, Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said.. It combines up to three ways to
win with a game known the world over, a game nearly everybody is familiar
This new approach to a national
jackpot game was created by Scientific Games and branded with Hasbros
iconic MONOPOLY game, which is one of the most well-known brands in the
The MONOPOLY brand is one
of the most successful brands in gaming with players winning with
MONOPOLY-branded lottery, slots and sweepstakes. With our MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES CLUB lottery game, the Top Prize will break the bank and
make more millionaires than ever before, said Steve Saferin,
president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games.
Our player research
consistently indicates that participants would prefer to see the millions of
dollars in lottery prizing distributed to multiple winners, rather than one or
two players winning hundreds of millions of dollars each.
On each ticket in the MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES CLUB lottery game, there will be a unique code that players
can use to register their tickets online for a chance to appear on the
television show. Thousands of players will win a five-day, four-night trip for
two to Las Vegas to join the shows studio audience of other
players. Some studio audience members will be selected at random to
compete on the television show. Contestants on the show will play a series of
games with a MONOPOLY theme, each of which will offer cash and other prizes
valued up to $100,000. A final round will offer one player on each episode a
shot at $1 million.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery,
approved by Arkansas voters as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 in 2008,
and created by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act of 2009, provides
scholarships to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private-nonprofit
two-year and four-year colleges and universities within Arkansas. Since
September 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has raised over $452 million
for scholarships to over 160,000 Arkansas students.
The MONOPOLY name and logos are
trademarks of Hasbro. The distinctive design of the gameboard, the four
corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the
distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces, are trademarks of Hasbro,
Inc. for its property trading game and game equipment. ©1935, 2014
Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights Reserved.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
NHL® Lotto from OLG is Here and Hockey Glory
Its Time to Take Your
TORONTO, Ontario (October 7, 2014)
-- Canadas favourite season is here and hockey glory awaits with NHL®
LOTTO, the new game from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). NHL® LOTTO
combines an animated, in-store shoot-out instant game with an evening lotto
draw, themed with NHL® teams that you get to choose! For $2 per play,
NHL® LOTTO gives you a shot at winning up to $15,000 instantly
in-store and up to $100,000with the nightly draw.
Were proud to team up
with the NHL® to offer NHL® LOTTO for hockey fans and lottery players
to take a chance on winning big throughout the season and all year
round, said Greg McKenzie, OLG Senior Vice President, Lottery.
Associating this great new game with the best hockey league in the
world will make NHL® LOTTO far more popular than a generic theme. Its
time to drop the puck and see who wins!
To play, select your favourite
NHL® team that you want as your shooting team or choose a Quick Pick for a
random selection of any of the 30 teams. Then, watch the lottery
terminals Customer Display Screen as your shooter takes three shots at
prize targets behind the goalie. If the shooting hockey player hits any one or
more of the targets behind the goalie, you win the corresponding prizes of up
With NHL® LOTTO, theres
still more game to play after the instant shoot-out with a nightly Lotto Draw
for a chance to win the top prize of $100,000. Choose five numbers or use a
Quick Pick combined with your Team selection to match against the five winning
Lotto numbers and NHL® team drawn nightly to win prizes up to $100,000. You
can win $3 just for matching the NHL® team on your ticket with the one
NHL® LOTTO is the newest
addition to OLGs Watch n Win category in which each game features
an animated in-store instant win game with a nightly draw and is the second to
utilize a licensed theme along with the already popular WHEEL OF FORTUNE®
NHL® LOTTO tickets can be
purchased at any lottery terminal retail location in Ontario. Must be 18 years
of age or older.
NHL® LOTTO FACT SHEET
Just in time for the new hockey
season OLG is introducing NHL® LOTTO, a new hockey-themed Watch n Win
game that gives players a shot at winning $15,000 instantly
in-store and $100,000 with a nightly draw, all for $2!
For each $2 NHL® LOTTO play:
Select your favourite NHL® team
or use Quick Pick to select a team
Watch the lottery terminal screen as
your shooter takes three shots at prize targets behind a goalie.
Win up to $15,000 instantly if the
shooter hits any one or more of the targets
Your NHL® team selection is also
valid for the nightly Lotto Draw
Select five Lotto numbers from 1 to
30 or use Quick Pick to select your numbers
Match your Lotto numbers and
NHL® Team with the winning numbers and Team drawn nightly to win up to
Match just the NHL® team on your
NHL® LOTTO ticket with the one drawn nightly to win $3!
NHL® LOTTOs $15,000 top
instant prize is the largest of the Watch n Win games.
NHL® LOTTO odds of winning:
- Any prize (instant or Lotto) approximately 1
- Top Lotto prize of $100,000 approximately 1
- Top instant prize of $15,000 approximately 1
Advance Play and ENCORE are not
available for NHL® LOTTO.
Tickets can be checked in various
ways. Customers can check their ticket on the self-serve ticket checker, give
it to an OLG retailer for validation, call the WIN Line at 1-866-891-8946 or
check online at OLG.ca. For mobile alerts with winning numbers players can
subscribe at https://www.olgmobile.ca
Visit the NHL® LOTTO page of
olg.ca for details. Hockey glory awaits!
NHL and the NHL Shield are
registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks
and NHL team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and
the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written
consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. © NHL 2014. All Rights Reserved.
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
People's Postcode Lottery Deploys Postgres from EnterpriseDB to
Expand Charitable Programs
BEDFORD, Massachusetts (October 6,
2014) - EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class
Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, has today announced
People's Postcode Lottery (PPL), a lottery management organization that
supports charitable trusts and projects, has chosen to deploy EDB's Postgres
Plus Advanced Server. People's Postcode Lottery adopted an open source based
stack with EDB's Postgres Plus database and Red Hat JBoss Fuse to lower costs
while supporting growth in the number of players and charities.
People's Postcode Lottery in the
U.K. has raised more than $62 million for charity. The organization needed to
update its core lottery system to lower costs and support an increase in
transactions. The team discovered, however, that its upgrade plans would have
led to higher maintenance and operational costs for its legacy Oracle database
Instead, PPL looked for a new
solution and selected EDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server as its database with
Red Hat JBoss Fuse to support the integration with internal and external
applications. The organization worked with Trivento, a solutions provider based
in the Netherlands, on the project due to Trivento's experience with charitable
organizations and the available combination of the EDB and Red Hat software
Alec Burrett, head of data services
at People's Postcode Lottery, explained: "We had challenging goals for this
year to expand but also reduce operational costs by 25 percent. Trivento showed
us that EnterpriseDB's solution would be able to provide the functionality of
Oracle at a lower cost and with greater scalability. Adopting open source
solutions with Red Hat and EnterpriseDB helped us meet our objectives."
Postgres Plus Advanced Server with
database compatibility for Oracle provides enterprise-class performance and the
ability to support Oracle applications. With database compatibility, Postgres
Plus allows PPL to meet its goals without additional fees and the need for an
expensive rip-and-replace, all while continuing to use existing skills and
Red Hat JBoss Fuse is an open source
Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) that offers organizations a robust, flexible, and
easy-to-use platform to integrate applications, data, services, and devices.
The integration platform uses popular open source technologies, including
Apache Camel, to provide transformation, routing, and protocol-matching
services. The technology eases the development and maintenance of integration
solutions and provides a vast array of connectivity options. For example, with
Red Hat JBoss Fuse, PPL is able to expand functionality by easily adapting
modules and allowing modules to communicate with each other more quickly.
"The needs of People's Postcode
Lottery align perfectly with what we do best help organizations of all sizes
cut database costs by deploying an enterprise-class, open source based
alternative to proprietary databases," said Sandor Klein, Vice President,
International Sales at EnterpriseDB. "The powerful combination of Postgres
and JBoss Fuse are creating new opportunities for cost savings across the
enterprise software stack."
Mike Piech, general manager of
Middleware at Red Hat, further clarified the importance of the project: "For
organizations with tight budgets, the combination of Red Hat JBoss Fuse and
Postgres is a great option. Red Hat's enterprise-grade open source integration
solution enables organizations to deliver better business solutions faster and
reduce total cost of ownership. Pairing software from Red Hat and EnterpriseDB
helps organizations like PPL cut costs and reallocate budget to more strategic
With the new solution, PPL has been
able to meet its goal of reducing operational costs by 25 percent and users
have reported positively on the increased functionality and improved design of
the new solution. Organizations like PPL are increasingly turning to open
source based solutions to lower costs and gain the greater flexibility that
comes from freedom from vendor lock-in. With EnterpriseDB and Red Hat, People's
Postcode Lottery hopes to continue to expand and bring even more aid to its
charities and communities.
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worldwide provider of Postgres software and services that enable enterprises to
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spend by 80% or more. With powerful performance and security enhancements for
PostgreSQL, sophisticated management tools for global deployments and Oracle
compatibility, EnterpriseDB software supports both mission and non-mission
critical enterprise applications. More than 2,500 enterprises, governments and
other organizations worldwide use EnterpriseDB software, support, training and
professional services to integrate open source software into their existing
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Deluxe Fan Experience Up for Grabs from Non-winning Louisiana Lottery
Article By: NewOrleansSaints.com
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (October 3,
2014) -- From now until Oct. 20, players can enter their non-winning
Louisiana Lottery $5
SAINTS scratch-offs into the games second second-chance drawing to be
eligible to win the 2014 Deluxe Fan Experience Package including limousine
transportation to and from the Nov. 9 game against San Francisco for the winner
and three guests, four Plaza Club Sideline tickets to the game, pregame field
passes, one night hotel accommodation (two rooms) and $500 spending cash, plus
four authentic Saints jerseys to declare their spirit! In addition, nine
lucky winners will receive either an autographed jersey, helmet or football.
The 2014 SAINTS scratch-off game
includes three scenes with the teams iconic fleur-de-lis logo emblazoned
in shiny gold metallic ink with top prizes of $100,000 plus the opportunity to
enter nonwinning tickets into a series of second-chance drawings to win unique
game-day prize experiences or official autographed Saints merchandise.
We upped our game with this
years experience prizes that include exclusive access to areas of the
Mercedes-Benz Superdome and game activities usually off-limits to
fans, explained Lottery President Rose Hudson. When players
dont win an instant prize on SAINTS, they can use it to enter their
favorite second-chance drawing to win a one-of-a-kind experience guaranteed to
make this Saints season one to remember!
To enter the second-chance drawings,
players should complete the information on the back of non-winning $5 SAINTS
scratch-off tickets and mail one ticket per envelope (no larger than 4.5" by
9.5") to the drawing address printed on the back of the ticket. Players can
enter as many times as they wish, but each entry should be mailed in a separate
During the first second-chance
drawing held Sept. 16, John Pickens non-winning Louisiana Lottery SAINTS
scratch-off was selected from more than 10,000 entries to win the 2014 Saints
Tunnel Team Experience Prize Package.
Originally from Idaho, Pickens has
been a die-hard fan Saints fan for decades. I adopted them as my team
when I moved to Louisiana in 1969, he said.
The 62-year-old winner from Summit,
Miss., said he plans to take his wife and children to accompany him on the
field as the Saints come marching into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome ahead of the
Oct. 5 game against Tampa Bay. The prize package also includes four Plaza Club
Sideline tickets to the game, pregame field passes, hotel accommodations and
$500 spending cash.
I usually watch the games
alone so I can focus! Pickens joked, but readily admitted that this
would be a wonderful exception to his typical game-day routine.
Also during the games first
second-chance drawing, nine finalists won official autographed Saints
merchandise. Patricia Gonsuron of New Iberia, Mary Muilenburg of Houma and Jay
Doucet of Metairie won an autographed jersey. Gary D. Robinson of Alexandria,
Geraldine Hopper of Metairie and Rayar Johnson of Buckatunna, Miss., won an
autographed helmet. John W. McDonner of Jarreau, Reggil Harris of Baton Rouge
and Patrick Dean of LaPlace won an autographed football.
Complete game and second-chance
drawing entry rules, prizes and a second-chance drawing schedule can be found
on the Lottery's website, www.louisianalottery.com. Lottery ticket purchasers
and second-chance drawing entrants must be at least 21 years of age. If you or
someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available by calling
1-877-770-7867. For security purposes, the Lottery encourages players to sign
the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.
The National Football League, its
member professional football clubs, NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL
Properties LLC, NFL Enterprises LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries,
affiliates, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, representatives and
employees (collectively, the NFL Entities) will have no liability
or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in
this lottery or the prize awarded. The NFL Entities have not offered or
sponsored this lottery in any way.
SOURCE: New Orleans Saints Official
Novomatic Americas Announce Key Appointment
Industry veteran Rick
Meitzler is to accelerate NOVOMATICs US market presence, bringing his
four decades of success and experience in the gaming industry to help put
NOVOMATIC firmly on the map.
CHICAGO, Illinois (October 3, 2014)
-- Novomatic Americas, LLC today announced the appointment of industry veteran
Rick Meitzler to the position of Vice President of North American Sales.
Rick brings 36 years of gaming
industry experience to his new role, having previously held key positions for
several major manufacturers in the US. His enthusiasm for his new role within
the NOVOMATIC family is boundless and, as he commented: NOVOMATIC
Americas complete line of gaming products such as the new Dominator
cabinet shown at G2E in Las Vegas, together with the brands success
stories from all across the globe, now makes us ready to make a huge impact in
North American markets. I look forward to taking these ground-breaking
products to market very soon and I already know that US operators are more than
keen to see and try them. NOVOMATIC has such a proud reputation in the global
gaming industry and, of course, the huge advantage of the innovation and
direction skills of its founder and owner, Professor Johann F. Graf. I
regard it as a great honour for me to be asked to play a significant part in
what I am certain will be major success story across America.
Meitzler, who will be based in
Chicago, IL, joins NOVOMATIC after 3 years at Bally Technologies, where he was
Director of Sales in the Midwest USA, including the Illinois VGT market.
Previously, he helped bring Ainsworth Game Technologies into the North American
market as the Senior Vice President of North American Operations. He
spent his first 30 years in various engineering and sales roles for Bally
CEO of Novomatic Americas, Jens
Halle, commented enthusiastically on this new appointment: We are all
absolutely delighted to welcome Rick Meitzler to this crucial position. I have
known him, as both a former colleague and a personal friend, for many years and
I am extremely happy that he has agreed to take up this key appointment. Rick
is extremely well respected throughout the industry and he brings a wealth of
knowledge and experience to NOVOMATIC as we now more aggressively pursue key
North American markets.
Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH
(AGI) a 100-percent subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG (www.novomatic.com) is an integrated global
gaming company specializing in the design, development, manufacturing,
distribution and sales of electronic gaming machines and advanced technology
products. As Europe's leading manufacturer AGI delivers one of the broadest
product ranges in the industry.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest
integrated gaming companies in the world. The group employs more than 19.000
staff worldwide (2,700 in Austria). Founded by entrepreneur Prof. Johann F.
Graf, the group has locations in 43 countries and exports high-tech electronic
gaming equipment to 80 countries. The group operates more than 215,000 gaming
machines in its about 1,400 plus traditional and electronic casinos as well as
via rental concepts. Part of the group is also Admiral Sportwetten GmbH,
Austria's leading sports betting operator with more than 200 outlets as well as
the Vienna based online gaming specialist Greentube Internet Entertainment
SOURCE: Novomatic Americas, LLC.
Shoutz Wins Big at 2014 Global Gaming Expo
Shoutz, Inc. won two American
Gaming Association Communications Awards during the 2014 Global Gaming Expo,
the gaming-entertainment industrys largest trade show.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 8, 2014)
-- Shoutz, Inc. won two American Gaming Association Communications Awards
during the 2014 Global Gaming Expo, the gaming-entertainment industrys
largest trade show.
Each year, the AGA
recognizes outstanding advertising, public relations, marketing and
financial and corporate communications in the gaming-entertainment
industry, with their Communications Awards.
Shoutzs mobile application,
LotteryHUB, is an official app of Powerball and
Shoutzs marketing through the LotteryHUB app earned them first prizes in
the Best Mobile Marketing and Best Direct Digital Marketing categories in this
years Communications Awards.
This is the second year in a row
that Shoutz has won the top prize in the Best Mobile Marketing category. In
2013, their winning entry demonstrated the highly successful launch of
Its such an honor to
win not one, but two Voice Awards this year, said Shoutz Director of
Marketing Jamie Smith. To be named the Best Mobile Marketers in the
industry is very exciting, and were happy to be recognized for our direct
messaging campaigns, which weve worked hard to get right.
Shoutzs 2014 submissions
showed how LotteryHUB leverages digital and mobile technology to provide
engaging content and convenient tools for lottery players. They also
demonstrated the ways in which LotteryHUBs messaging campaigns keep
players closer than ever before to their favorite games.
Push notifications remind players to
buy tickets, notify them of live drawings, and alert them to any potential
winnings. Email messaging also alerts players to potential winnings, but also
acts as a content distribution platform that delivers additional engaging
content directly to players inboxes.
Shoutz also showed how their
engagement platform and LotteryHUB messaging campaigns have helped generate
revenue for their lottery partners in the U.S.
We entered the lottery
industry with the knowledge that we were doing something unprecedented. Winning
Best Mobile Marketing two years in a row speaks to the strength of our
products, and to our ability to move the lottery industry forward,
said Shoutz CEO Jim Mueller.
Were very proud of
our unique ability to keep players informed, engaged and entertained with our
opt-in messaging campaigns, Mueller said. We knew LotteryHUB
users loved our messaging, and winning Best Direct Digital Marketing tells us
that our peers in the industry have recognized the power of great mobile
This years submission for the
Best Mobile Marketing category was titled The Lottery Industry's Mobile
Marketer: LotteryHUB. Shoutzs Best Direct Digital Marketing
submission was titled LotteryHUB: The Mobile Billboard and Every Lottery
Shoutz, Inc is an award-winning
marketing and technology company based in Austin, Texas. Established in 2011 as
a mobile pioneer in video engagement, Shoutz has quickly become the leading
mobile marketing provider in the lottery sector. Shoutz is dedicated to driving
brand engagement through digital, social and gaming programs on mobile. Shoutz
uses their mobile engagement and gaming platforms to create more convenient,
engaging and rewarding experiences for lottery players. With their innovative
technology, Shoutz gives lotteries the power to better engage their players,
accurately measure their marketing efforts, and optimize their fundraising
About the LotteryHUB App
LotteryHUB launched in March 2013
with Powerball LotteryHUB (4.2) is the official app of Powerball and Mega
Millions. This app includes live drawings of the national games, ticket
tracking of players numbers, news and information on the two national
games. LotteryHUB provides enhanced notifications and alerts to provide lottery
players with immediate and up-to-date information on Powerball and Mega
Brazil FIFA World Cup - One-Time Revenue Boost or Sustainable
- New Q3 2014 online gambling data report
- Comprehensive quarterly report analysing
updated benchmarks, KPIs, trends, ... covering all sectors of the online
LONDON / MUNICH, (October 8, 2014)
-- The first half of 2014 was marked above all by the FIFA World Cup and some
events, such as the PokerStars acquisition, that shook up the industry.
Therefore, it's again time for MECNs researchers to publish their new Q3 2014 Online
Gambling Quarterly report. This report covers online gambling industry
benchmarks, KPIs, and related topics and comes to mixed conclusions in its
analysis of the overall state of the industry.
FIFA World Cup boosted revenue
The analyses of the financial
results of a large number of online gambling operators show that the growth
rates of many KPIs and financial figures (e.g., total revenue, ...) rose in Q2
2014 and H1 2014 mostly due to the FIFA World Cup.
- The Q2 2014 average total revenue growth rate
(compared to the year before, across all verticals/segments) was at 19%, up
from 5% in Q1 2014.
- In H2 2014 the average total revenue growth
(compared to the year before, across all verticals/segments) was 9%, up from 5%
in H1 2014.
- The next quarters will tell whether the FIFA World
Cup had only a one-time effect or served perhaps as the starting signal for the
Industry climate only
"satisfactory" with no improvements likely in the future
Despite the recent revenue growth,
most of the experts surveyed in MECNs panel assess the current business
climate as only "satisfactory" (on a scale ranging from "poor" to
"satisfactory" to "good"). Martin Oelbermann, co-author of the study, explains
further: It seems that since fall 2013 the business climate assessment
has stayed at "satisfactory" without any major changes - neither for the worse
nor for the better". Additionally, the market insiders surveyed also do not
expect the business climate to change over the next 12 months (the survey
includes about 35 executives of the online gambling industry, among them many
CEOs of key operators).
Mobile makes currently averages
29% of total revenue
For more than three years now the
online gambling industry has declared the mobile channel its key growth driver.
However, although the mobile business is becoming more and more important,
operators do not (yet) have consistent reporting standards (KPIs) regarding
their mobile revenues. In regard to comparable benchmarks two KPIs are
- Mobile total revenue
- Mobile in % of total revenue - On average, the
operators analysed generate 29% of their total online revenue via mobile
channels (Q2 / H1 2014 figures).
Winners and losers in the future
- Ladbrokes and Betfair seem to be on a good track again
The online gambling industry is no
longer a sure-fire success with every market player getting a fair share of the
market. As mentioned above, times continue to be tough, and the market will see
"winners" and "losers".
According to the experts MECN
surveyed, Bet365 and Paddy Power will likely be among the "winners" and will be
able to grow their market shares the most in the next 12 months.
Among the companies with the largest
improvements in regard to the experts' expectations of the future market shares
were Ladbrokes and Betfair (see exhibit 1 - comparison of March and September
data). Both companiesare currently undergoing major restructuring but on the
whole, industry experts seem to believe in the success of these improvements
and expect market shares to grow in the next 12 months.
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Online Gambling Quarterly Q3
2014 - Comprehensive quarterly report analysing updated benchmarks, KPIs,
trends, ... covering all sectors of the online gambling industry
This quarterly report covers a wide
range of topics from key company sectors, such as finance, marketing, strategy,
.... Due to this extensive coverage, the report is a must-read for executives
and departments of all companies active in the online gambling market.
This regular report offers
unprecedented insights into the industry, including:
- Strategic issues Strategic topics, such as
overall industry climate, trends, forecasts, stock development
- Financial benchmarks Quarterly and half-year
revenue benchmarks, EBIT, and cost benchmarks, ...
- Marketing benchmarks Social benchmarks, SEO
benchmarks, affiliate marketing benchmarks,
Product-related topics and
benchmarking Growth potential for selected products, benchmarking of
product offers, ...
- Analyses of regions and regulated markets
Regional analyses, such as the level of internationalization and in-depth
coverage of regulated markets, ...
- In total, the report has 105 pages and 154
The study can be obtained at
www.mecn.net or the
MECN is a network of experts on
issues concerning the media and entertainment industry. Together they provide
in-depth knowledge, analysis, and advice to global clients.
Contact: Martin Oelbermann, Tel: +49
(0)89 3835 6785, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org