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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 69 No.3 - Monday October 20, 2014

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

Jumbo Interactive



  • GTECH Sign Licensing Agreement with A Squared Entertainment for 'From Frank ™ Brand'. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Completes Gaming System Conversion with New Player Subscription Technology for North Dakota Lottery. Full Story.
  • WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator, H1 2014 sales up 8.4%. Full Story.
  • Skilrock Technologies Invite You to Visit (stand no E & F) at the World Lottery Summit 2014. Full Story.
  • CIBELAE to Implement A Multi-Jurisdictional Game for Member Lotteries. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Debuts New ‘Carolyn Adams Ticket for The Cure’ Instant Game. Full Story.
  • Georgia Lottery Mark Record First Quarter Profits. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery Celebrates 25 Years. Full Story.
  • UK Court Rules That the Point of Consumption Licensing Regime is Lawful. Full Story.
  • Voting Commences for the Fleurry Best Lottery Event Contest. Full Story.
  • Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Release September 2014 Index. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery's ‘The Walking Dead’ Ad Wins Industry's Highest Honour. Full Story.
  • WyoLotto Now Offer Embeddable Winning Numbers Widgets for Websites. Full Story.
  • Vermantia is Expanding Its International Management Team. Full Story.
  • Gaming Authority Attempts to Block Payments to Illegal Gambling Operators. Full Story.


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GTECH Sign Licensing Agreement with A Squared Entertainment for 'From Frank ™ Brand'

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (October 14, 2014) -- GTECH has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with Genius Brands International’s (GBI) wholly owned subsidiary, A Squared Entertainment, for property licensing rights to the From Frank™ brand.

The agreement gives GTECH the exclusive rights to license this brand for lottery purposes in North America, allowing GTECH to use From Frank logos and iconography on printed lottery games, e-instants, and terminal based and keno style lottery games. The From Frank suite of greeting cards and other gift products, created to celebrate every occasion, feature the beloved French bulldog, Frank, and his neighborhood friends alongside humorous and quirky text. The cards and gift products are available at popular retail stores across the nation.

“GTECH is looking forward to offering lotteries humorous, animal themed instant tickets featuring From Frank imagery and content. We are confident the From Frank brand will add value and appeal to this category for lotteries,” said GTECH Senior Director, Brand Licensing & Marketing Pat Schmidt.

GTECH introduced the From Frank line of instant tickets at NASPL 2014 and the response was tremendous. Lotteries are excited about the brand and believe it will translate well into successful lottery games that will appeal to core and light players alike.”

From Frank is a one-of-a-kind brand delivering humor that resonates with large audiences, and can be translated into a broad range of consumer product lines created to make people smile. Partnering with GTECH, a leader in the lottery industry, is testament to the growing popularity of the brand, and we look forward to working with them to deliver a program that speaks to the core of From Frank—having fun!,” commented GBI Global Consumer Products President Stone Newman.

GTECH has developed a portfolio of creative, humorous and adorable instant tickets featuring Frank and his friends that are designed to make players smile.

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From Frank, the brainchild of Kate Smith and her French bulldog, Frank the Tank, debuted in 2008 when Smith combined images capturing Frank’s humorous, human-like personality with the quirky, yet happy, comments she imagined Frank saying. Frank’s main goal in life is to make humans smile. And since he’s not allowed to venture more than a block from his house, his cards and products help him do that. Frank knows how to live life – he appreciates the little things and quickly forgets the bad ones. The From Frank brand shares these values with consumers - helping them to take life a little less seriously and ultimately making them smile.

About A Squared Entertainment

A Squared Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genius Brands International, is a brand management and licensing company that represents 3rd party properties across a broad range of categories in territories around the world. The company currently represents Psycho Bunny, a luxury apparel line; From Frank, a humor greeting card and product line;

Elecktro Kids and MIP both from Wowee Toys; Celessence Technologies, the world's leading microencapsulation company; and Archie Comics, celebrating its 75th Anniversary as one of the most successful and beloved comic book brands of all time.

Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Genius Brands International “GBI” (OTCQB:GNUS) is a publicly traded global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content for toddlers to tweens. Led by award-winning creators and producers CEO Andy Heyward and President Amy Moynihan Heyward, GBI creates “content with a purpose,” meaning content that is as entertaining as it is enriching. GBI’s growing library of content includes the award-winning Baby Genius, Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab and Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, the first project from Stan Lee Comics, a joint venture with legendary Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. For more information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

GTECH S.p.A.

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

For further information CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent
GTECH S.p.A.
Corporate Communications
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
Media Contact (For GBI):
Three.Sixty Marketing + Communications
Michelle Orsi
310-418-6430
michelle@360-comm.com

 

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

Scientific Games Completes Gaming System Conversion with New Player Subscription Technology for North Dakota Lottery

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ATLANTA, Georgia (October 13, 2014) – Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced the successful completion of an integrated lottery gaming system conversion, including a player subscription technology platform, for the North Dakota Lottery (“the Lottery”). The conversion was completed as part of an eight-year agreement with Scientific Games for the operation of an integrated online lottery gaming system and services. The new system also features the Company’s Sciplay™ interactive technology which enables an internet-based player subscription program in North Dakota. Under the gaming system contract, Scientific Games also provides the Lottery with a players club and the Company’s Points for Prizes program. The contract was awarded to Scientific Games following a competitive procurement and may be extended for two years.

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Scientific Games completed the conversion ahead of schedule in July 2014. The conversion was executed with uninterrupted operation of the Lottery’s gaming systems, including statewide instant game distribution, telecommunications network, software and new point-of-sale equipment at lottery retailers throughout North Dakota.

Pat McHugh, President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games said, “This conversion project was a great example of collaboration with the North Dakota Lottery and its retail network. With the new systems technology, the player subscription program, players club and Points for Prizes™ program, North Dakota is well-positioned for continued growth with additional ways to their engage players. Players are also responding positively to the new self-serve kiosks installed as part of the systems conversion.” Scientific Games has served as the central gaming systems provider for the North Dakota Lottery since the Lottery began in 2004.

Scientific Games installed a new communications network, a full suite of draw-based game systems and a range of new lottery equipment in more than 400 retail locations, with 50 new licensed retailers to be added.  The Company’s newest WAVE™ terminals were deployed, as well as its new PlayCentral™ EX self-service kiosks which are player activated for draw game purchase. In addition, the Lottery’s draw games are available to adult players within the state of North Dakota through a new internet-based subscription program powered by the Company’s award-winning Sciplay technology. Scientific Games also launched the Lottery’s players club website and is providing additional marketing services.

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Since the North Dakota Lottery began in 2004, it has transferred over $56 million to the State General Fund which benefits everyone who lives in, works in or visits the state of North Dakota.

About the North Dakota Lottery

The North Dakota Lottery is responsible for administering, regulating, enforcing, and promoting the state's lottery. The Lottery selects and licenses retailers, trains employees of retailers to use lottery terminals, sell tickets and redeem winning tickets, assists retailers in promoting lottery games, pays high-tier prizes to players, and ensures that retailers and players comply with the lottery law and rules. The North Dakota Lottery conducts five multistate games: Powerball®, Mega Millions® Hot Lotto ®, Wild Card 2® and 2by2®.

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: http://www.scientificgames.com.

CONTACT: Therese Minella, Phone: 770-825-4219.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator

Lotteries make a robust first half showing;

H1 2014 sales up 8.4% on sales for H1 2013.

BASEL, Switzerland (October 13, 2014) --  With lotteries continuing to perform strongly in the second quarter of 2014, world markets enjoyed a robust first half of the year, with half-year on half-year sales increasing by 8.4% on aggregate. Growth in global lottery sales was once again driven by the thriving Asia Pacific and Latin American regions, with more modest contributions coming from the European and African markets.

The Latin American region had the best showing of any market in H1 2014, with participating Latin American lotteries reporting an aggregate first-half on first-half increase in sales of 20.3%. Growth in the Latin American region was yet again driven by Argentina’s Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado.

Once more the Argentinean national lottery recorded double-digit quarter-on-quarter growth, reporting a first-half on first-half increase in sales of 26%. Brazil’s Caixa Econômica Federal also performed strongly, recording an increase in sales of 12.3% for H1 2014 over H1 2013. In contrast, sales at Mexico’s Lotería National para la Asistencia Pública dipped slightly over the first six months of 2014, as compared to the first six months of 2013.

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Hot on the heels of the Latin American region was the Asia Pacific region, which also enjoyed a very healthy first-half showing. In Asia Pacific, participating lotteries oversaw an aggregate increase in sales of 14.5% for the first half of 2014, as against the first half of 2013.

Once again, the engine of growth in the Asia Pacific region was the participating mainland Chinese lotteries.

The China Sports Lottery delivered a first-half on first-half increase in sales of 24.1%, with the China Welfare Lottery following on with an increase in sales of 15.5% for the first six months of 2014, as against the first six months of 2013. Particularly notable were the monthly results for June, where sales at the China Sports Lottery for June 2014 were up a massive 83% on sales for the corresponding month in 2013. The exceptionally large increase in sales at the China Sports Lottery for June 2014 can largely be attributed to betting on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the tournament for the association football world championship, which took place in Brazil in June 2014. Elsewhere in Asia Pacific, half-year on half-year sales were up at Hong Kong’s Hong Kong Jockey Club, steady at Australia’s Lotterywest, and slightly down at Japan’s Mizuho Bank.

The African region saw participating lotteries record an aggregate increase in sales of 4.1% for the first half of 2014, as against the first half of 2013. The Mauritian National Lottery led the way, reporting a sales increase of 28.1% for the first six months of 2014, versus the first six months of 2013. The healthy performance of the Mauritian National Lottery can be attributed to very high jackpots in March, April, and June 2014, with record jackpots of MUR 100 million and MUR 120 million on offer in April 2014.

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Building on its good first quarter showing, Morocco’s La Marocaine des Jeux also continued to perform strongly, with sales there increasing by 21.7% for H1 2014 relative to H1 2013. Offsetting these performances, however, were Morocco’s Loterie Nationale and South Africa’s national lottery, which both reported a half-year on half-year decline in sales.

In Europe, sales among participating European lotteries increased by a modest 2.9% on aggregate over the first half of 2014, as against the first half of 2013. This was largely in keeping with the performance of the wider European economy, which saw seasonally adjusted GDP rising by a modest 0.7% in the euro (EA18) area and by 1.2% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2014, as compared to the second quarter of 2013. Nonetheless, there was at least one star performer in Europe:

Hungary’s Szerencsejáték Zrt., which continued on strongly from Q1 2014, recording sales for H1 2014 that were up by 32% on sales for H1 2013. Sales of almost all games offered by Szerencsejáték Zrt. in Q2 2014 exceeded sales for the corresponding quarter of 2013. Bookmaker-type games proved the most popular among the Hungarian players, with sports betting games showing a very intensive increase in June 2014 owing to the FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Szerencsejáték Zrt.’s brand new sports betting game (TippmixPro), which was launched in the middle of last year, has also contributed to the lottery’s success; and sales of instant tickets also increased, particularly at the higher price points.

In Greece, OPAP’s situation improved further, despite the ongoing domestic recession there, with half-year on half-year sales up 9.7%. Of especial note was the performance of OPAP’s Pame Stihima (fixed odds sports betting), which saw revenues in Q2 2014 increase by 31.5%, reflecting the effects both of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June and four consecutive quarters of growth. Elsewhere in Europe, half-year on half-year sales increased by 6.7% at Finland’s Veikkaus, by 5.9% at the Czech Republic’s SAZKA a.s., and by 4.7% at Norway’s Norsk Tipping.

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In contrast, first-half on first-half sales at Spain’s SELAE and ONCE both dipped, despite Spanish GDP rising by 0.6% in the second quarter of 2014.

In North America, lottery sales sagged during the second quarter of 2014, with participating North American lotteries recording a second-quarter on second-quarter aggregate decrease in sales of 4%. This offset the healthy performance of lotteries in the North American market during the first three months of 2014, when a first-quarter on first-quarter aggregate increase in sales of 6.6% was registered.

Upon consolidating these figures, participating North American lotteries saw aggregate growth tick up 1% half-year on half-year. The fall in sales in the North American market in Q2 2014 relative to Q2 2013 was largely occasioned by the USD 590 million Powerball jackpot of May, 2013, which buoyed sales in the second quarter of that year.

Nonetheless, there were some bright spots in the North American market. In particular, the California Lottery saw its sales increase by 7.9% in the first six months of 2014, as against the first six months of 2013. This helped the California lottery record more than USD 5 billion in sales over its last fiscal year (Q3 2013–Q2 2014) — the first time the lottery has reached such a milestone over the course of a financial year.

The WLA will continue to track the progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator. We wish to thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look forward to bringing you the third quarter 2014 results shortly.

Jean Jørgensen

WLA Executive Director

SOURCE: WLA.

 

 

Skilrock Technologies Invite You to Visit (stand no E & F) at the World Lottery Summit 2014

ROME, Italy (October 15, 2014) -- As you might know, World Lottery Summit 2014 is being held from November 2-5, 2014 in Rome, Italy. We at Skilrock Technologies (Sugal & Damani Group, India) would be present during the summit and if you plan to be there, it would be an honor to meet up with you. Idea is to discuss various business opportunities in Retail, Interactive Lottery and share industry experiences where we can assist you for the following:

  • Retail Lottery Solution
  • Scratch Tickets
  • iGaming Platform (Bingo & Lotto | Casino | Rummy | Poker | Lottery | Instant Win | Scratch Games)
  • Central System • Responsible Gaming

 

Kindly let me know your thoughts so we can sync-up to schedule a meeting.

The Skilrock Technologies team will be on stand no E & F - we would love to meet you!

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

 

CIBELAE to Implement A Multi-Jurisdictional Game for Member Lotteries

COLOMBIA (October 8, 2014) -- The Board of Directors of la Corporación Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE) met this week in Cartagena, Colombia, for, among other things, progress in signing a commitment to implement a multi-jurisdictional game, covering all member lotteries.

CIBELAE President, Luis Gama, said: "a year ago that we assume the presidency of the Corporation and have managed to keep growing presence among the industry".

Among the topics to be agreed is the approval of three new associate members, Bapro Payment Systems SE of Argentina; Kambi Malta Company and National Surety Company of Colombia SAS. In addition the Institute of Lotería y Casinos of the Province of Buenos Aires joined as a regular member.

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Moreover, progress was made in the signing of a commitment to implement a multi-jurisdictional game covering all member lotteries of CIBELAE; in modifying the statute and regulations to facilitate and professionalize the operation of CIBELAE; a Training Plan was established for 2015; the creation of a formalized Communication Department, and a report was made about the communication tools implemented so far.

The progress of the Strategic Plan 2014 -2015 were reported, the decision to participate in regional fairs and congress in Rome WLA was ratified.

In addition, the training calendar for the year 2015, which starts in Mar del Plata was defined on 11 and 12 March, along Lottery ALEA and the Province of Buenos Aires.

The session was welcomed by the president of the Corporation, Luis Gama, of the National Lotteries of Uruguay; Secretary General, Inmaculada García de SELAE; and the Executive Director for Latin CIBELAE Nestor Cotignola of ALEA.

Also present were representatives of agencies that regulate and administer gambling in Uruguay; Panama; Spain; Argentina; Brazil; Dominican Republic; Venezuela; Costa Rica and Portugal.

SOURCE: Edited CIBELAE news release.

 

 

Illinois Lottery Debuts New ‘Carolyn Adams Ticket for The Cure’ Instant Game

Proceeds Support Breast Cancer Research and Education

CHICAGO, Illinois (October 9, 2014) -- The Illinois Lottery today introduced the 11th edition of its breast cancer awareness instant lottery game, Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, at the headquarters of Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, a recent grant recipient of Ticket for the Cure funding. This was the first lottery game of its kind in the nation, and remains the only lottery game in the U.S. benefitting breast cancer research and support services.

Ticket for the Cure

Since 2006, Ticket for the Cure has raised more than $10.4 million to support breast cancer research, awareness and education in Illinois. Net proceeds from the sale of the ticket are distributed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which provides grants that fund medical research centers and community organizations across the state. The lottery instant game launched today is expected to raise nearly $700,000 in funding.

If I could personally tell every adult in Illinois that we offer an instant ticket that only costs $2, a ticket that, if you lose, funds breast cancer research and programs in our state, and that, if you’re lucky, you could win up to $20,000 instantly, I believe nearly everyone would buy a ticket--and we would greatly increase the amount of money raised for this worthy cause,” said Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones.

The American Cancer Society reports that more than 9,000 Illinoisans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

"Research, education and early diagnosis are essential to helping Illinois women and their families battle this devastating disease,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “We are grateful to the Illinois Lottery, our community partners, and everyone who buys a ticket.  Let’s empower the women in our lives to become better advocates for their health by getting their annual mammograms and learning all they need to know about breast health.”

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The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force (“the Task Force”) received funding from the proceeds of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure and has been steadfast in promoting breast cancer awareness. “Far too often, women of color and poor women die needlessly from breast cancer because they didn’t access the high quality care they need as early as possible.  These funds are helping us improve their odds so that every woman has the best chance possible of survival” said Dr. Anne Marie Murphy, Executive Director of the Task Force.

This specialty game was renamed Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, under legislation sponsored in 2011 by State Senator Mattie Hunter and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. It is named for former Illinois Lottery Superintendent (2003-2007) Carolyn Adams, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 44.

Tickets are available at some 8,200 Lottery retail locations statewide. Each ticket costs $2 and has top prizes (4) of $20,000.

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 www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

contact: IDPH: Shelia Porter 312-814-3524 or Illinois Lottery: Mike Lang 217-524-5158.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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Georgia Lottery Mark Record First Quarter Profits

ATLANTA, Georgia (October 15, 2014) -- The Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced record profits for education for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account will amount to $227,914,000, surpassing last year’s first quarter transfer by more than $3.2 million.

The Georgia Lottery’s first quarter profits bring the total raised for educational programs in the state of Georgia to more than $15.7 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

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We remain focused on our mission of maximizing revenues for the important educational programs we fund,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford.

Our fiscal year is off to a strong start, which is great news for the many students and families who benefit from the HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.”

The first quarter of the Georgia Lottery’s fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2014.

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Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.7 billion to the state of Georgia for education.

All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program.

More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com  and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.

Play Responsibly – Be An Informed Player – It’s All About Fun!

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Celebrates 25 Years

Games have generated more than $4 billion for Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (October 10, 2014) - October 13, 1989 was a big day for Hoosiers.

That's the day the Hoosier Lottery sold its first ticket, launching a successful Indiana institution that has generated more than $4 billion for good causes. Since its inception in 1989, more than $521.3 million has been transferred to local police and firefighters' pensions and $707.6 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund.  Hoosiers benefit through the more than $3.1 billion transferred to the Build Indiana Fund, which is primarily used to reduce the motor vehicle excise tax.

The Lottery was created by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers in a November 1988 voter-approved referendum, with the charge to maximize revenues to the State. In addition to its beneficiaries, the Hoosier Lottery has advanced countless others during the Lottery's 25-year history, including more than 4,000 Lottery retailers who have earned over $1.1 billion in commissions since inception.

During that same 25-year-period, Lottery players have won $9.4 billion, with prize amounts ranging from $1 up to $314 million, a Powerball jackpot won by David Coterel in September 2007. Indiana, which joined the Powerball game in 1990 when it was known as Lotto America, holds the record-38-for the most Powerball winners in any participating state.

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"The Hoosier Lottery's 25th anniversary is a milestone that all of us should be proud of," said Executive Director Sarah Taylor. "Today's celebration is a reminder of the Lottery's commitment to maximizing revenue for good causes."

It all started with Hoosier Millionaire!

The Lottery's first scratch-off ticket, Hoosier Millionaire, generated over $8 million in sales on the Lottery's first day open for business. The ticket spawned the popular Hoosier Millionaire television show, which consistently ranked at the top of its time slot from November 1989 to December 2005.

The Hoosier Millionaire show minted 191 millionaires, and as part of the 25th anniversary celebration, the Hoosier Lottery this year brought back the show and its original hosts-Mark Patrick, Barbara Hobbs and Tony Lamont-to host live game shows throughout the State, culminating in August with a Championship Show at the Indiana State Fair.

Throughout the years, the Hoosier Lottery has developed from offering a Hoosier Millionaire Scratch-off ticket to one that now provides players with a current selection of nine draw games and numerous Scratch-off games ranging in price from $1 to $25.

The Hoosier Lottery is one of 45 lotteries in the United States, including the District of Columbia, with the exceptions being Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah. The first U.S. lottery began in New Hampshire in 1964, and the most recent lottery launch was Wyoming, which began selling tickets in August of this year.

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 and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Public Information Officer, 317-264-4898 (office) / 317-653-0561 (cell) or Email: carango@hoosierlottery.in.gov

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

UK Court Rules That the Point of Consumption Licensing Regime is Lawful

GIBRALTAR (October 10, 2014) -- Today Mr Justice Green handed down his judgment in the UK judicial review proceedings and found that the new UK licensing regime was not in breach of EU law.

GBGA comment:

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Naturally we are disappointed with the Court’s decision.  Cross-border regulatory regimes require significant co-ordination and co-operation on key legal and regulatory issues and the UK already had this with the Gibraltar industry, regulator and jurisdiction.

“We maintain this law is not in the best interests of consumers, the industry and the regulator itself and that there are more effective ways of dealing with the challenges of regulation and competition in this sector. We remain concerned the UK regulator will find it difficult to hold companies to account in jurisdictions outside of the EU where it has no legal powers and common legal framework or culture.

Given this judgment there is now even greater need for an EU legal framework for online gambling if we are to effectively protect all European consumers, enjoy a common market and avoid each Member State deciding alone how to deal with an activity that naturally crosses borders.

The judgment is available HERE: Judgment final

http://gbga.gi/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Judgment-final.pdf

SOURCE: The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA).

 

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Voting Commences for the Fleurry Best Lottery Event Contest

  • Get some new ideas for your next lottery event.
  • Two new events a day
  • Only 12 hours to vote

 

AUSTIN, Texas (October 15, 2014) -- La Fleur’s Magazine invites you to vote for your favorite lottery events submitted by 17 North American lotteries for La Fleur' s 2014 Fleurry Event Competition for Best Lottery Event.

Winners will be showcased at La Fleur' s 2014 Lottery Conclave & Interactive Summit in Austin, Texas (which will be held November 17-19th, 2014).

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The link for Wednesday, October 15 is http://www.lafleurs.com/Day1hgfks.html.

Our plan is for the Fleurry Best Lottery Event to become an annual event for our fall conference,” said Terri Markle, Publisher, La Fleur’s Magazine. “Our idea was to showcase the showcase the creativity of lotteries in reaching out to current as well as non-players through events staged at a variety of forums, including college campuses, city tasting festivals, sporting events, train stations, community outreach and proceeds-related events. We think lottery marketers will find a lot of inspiration in seeing what their colleagues are doing to increase brand awareness and sales through event sponsorship and experiential marketing.”

Lotteries use a variety of measures to evaluate the success of the event, including sales, attendance and assets.

For eight days, La Fleur' s Magazine will pulse out a link to view two/three new Fleurry event submissions daily. Voting will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m ET. The next day La Fleur’s Magazine will pulse out the link to vote on the next set of new events in the Fleurry Event Competition. In other words, you have only 12 hours to vote each day so don't procrastinate!

The voting commenced on Wednesday, October 15th and will finish eight business days later on Friday, October 24th. The lotteries with the highest rated events will be recognized at the "Fleurry Events Awards" ceremony at the La Fleur’s 2014 Lottery Conclave and Interactive Summit. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas (Nov. 16-19, 2014). The Texas Lottery is the co-host of the Austin conference.

SOURCE: La Fleur's.

 

 

Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Release September 2014 Index

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 9, 2014) - The AGEM Index declined in September 2014 when compared to August 2014, falling 3.08 points (-1.6 percent) to a composite index of 187.50. The latest period represents the sixth decline in the past nine months. Compared to the same month a year ago, the AGEM Index reported a modest increase of 1.18 points (+0.6 percent).

In September, nine of the 17 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported a month-to-month decline in stock price, with eight falling by more than five percent. Of the eight manufacturers reporting gains in stock price in the latest period, three were up by more than five percent.

The broader stock markets reported similar declines in September 2014. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3 percent compared to August 2014, ending the month at 17,042.90. The S&P 500 closed the month at 1,972.29, which represents a 1.6-percent decline from the prior month. Meanwhile, NASDAQ reported the largest monthly decline of the major indices, falling 1.9 percent to 4,493.39.

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

  • Multimedia Games (MGAM) reported a stock price of $36.01 (+29.5 percent) and contributed 2.33 points.
  • Due to a 3.9-percent gain in stock price to EUR 18.81, GTECH S.p.A. (GTK) contributed 0.65 points.
  • Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) contributed 0.41 points due to a 6.1-percent gain in stock price to $10.77.

 

Selected negative contributors included the following:

  • Crane Co. (CR) contributed negative 2.53 points due to a 9.2-percent decline in stock price to $63.21.
  • With a stock price of $20.78 (-10.0 percent), Konami Gaming (KNM) contributed negative 2.21 points.

 

The Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas hosted the 14th annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) from September 30 through October 2. At the event, an estimated 480 exhibitors showcased their new products, including slot machines, video game technology and security products.

An estimated 27,000 attendees were at this year's event which was up four percent from last year. In addition, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, G2E had a $22.3 million impact on the local economy.

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A number of gaming equipment manufacturers introduced new slot machines based on popular movies and television series at G2E this year. International Game Technology (IGT) unveiled two new slot machines based on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Bally Technologies (BYI) announced games based on the popular shows "Friends" and "Duck Dynasty." In addition, the company unveiled "Wonder Woman Wild" and "Wonder Woman Gold" as well as "Betty Boop's Firehouse" and "Betty Boop's 5th Avenue."

"Sons of Anarchy" will also make its debut on the casino floor with Aristocrat Technologies' (ALL) new slot machines based on the FX cable network series that continues to grow in popularity. Other popular brands that will soon be offered include Ainsworth Game Technology's (AGI) products based on the movies Showgirls and The Sound of Music and WMS Gaming's (SGMS) games based on "Mad Men" and Austin Powers.

Other highlights from G2E 2014 include WMS' debut of two new player-focused hybrid slant Blade cabinets, Blade s23 and Blade s32, and Ortiz Gaming's new cabinet, O-Circle, which includes a curved display and surround sound for increased player engagement.

In addition, IGT introduced its S3000 cabinet, which will provide a new take on spinning reel games. Also, the company's Advantage® System will be able to connect each player's data from DoubleDown Casino to their land-based casino play, which will allow operators to better track their preferences.

Konami Gaming (KNM) introduced Slot Dispatching on its SYNKROS® Konetic Mobile Employee App™, which is compatible on iOS and Android phones and allows slot attendants and technicians to receive service requests quickly and efficiently.

Meanwhile, TCSJohnHuxley launched seven new products, including Gaming Floor Live. The product allows data gathered from table games to be analyzed in real time to help casino operators manage their floors more efficiently.

The Global Gaming Expo continues to grow as gaming equipment manufacturers keep pace with an evolving gaming industry and technological advancements. The marquee event of the year demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit of small- to large-scale firms maximizing consumer play and operator productivity.

The AGEM Index

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 17 global gaming suppliers throughout the world. A total of 12 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.

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The index is computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization. Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.

About AGEM

AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems, and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world.

Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM and its member organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business environment.

AGEM Index

The AGEM index and overview is prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm providing consultation services for public and private entities.

The company utilizes extensive experience in economics, information technology and finance to provide a wide range of services, including urban economic consulting, financial advisory services, market analysis, public policy analysis, hospitality industry and gaming consulting, and information system and technology consulting.

For More Information, CONTACT: Marcus Prater, Executive Director, 702.812.6932.

SOURCE: AGEM media release distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, +1 (702) 413-4278.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery's ‘The Walking Dead’ Ad Wins Industry's Highest Honour

Deemed best communication piece in North America

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (October 9, 2014) -- The Hoosier Lottery has received the industry's top honour for its television advertisement for The Walking Dead Scratch-off ticket.

Known as the Best of the Batch, the 2014 award was presented Oct. 2 by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). The 30-second spot was produced by Mortenson Safar Kim of Indianapolis, the Hoosier Lottery's advertising agency of record.

The annual Best of the Batch is bestowed upon what judges consider the best of all entries submitted for Batchy Awards in the categories of corporate communications; radio, print and television advertising; and responsible gaming materials. The Walking Dead television ad was selected from nearly 380 Batchy entries.

Comments offered by the judges included the following:

"The spot quickly captured the viewer's attention in a very entertaining way.

"I appreciated the edgy humour that was linked to the product so perfectly.  It effectively used the AMC brand to support the Lottery game and its proposition.

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The ad aired between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, 2013, coinciding with the sale of The Walking Dead Scratch-off ticket at more than 4,000 Hoosier Lottery retailers. Citing the ad's creativity, other lotteries that offered the Walking Dead ticket requested to use the spot and branded it with their respective lottery logo and other details. Those lotteries included Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and Vermont.

The lottery also received the Batchy in the categories of TV Advertising-Instant Games, for The Walking Dead ad, and Corporate Communications-Player/Customer Newsletter, for the February 2014 Retailer Playbook.

The Hoosier Lottery was a finalist for Radio Advertising-Daily Draw Games, for Poker Lotto radio, and for Special Category-Use of Humor (TV), for The Walking Dead ad.

The Batchy Awards, and the Best of the Batch, are named for Ralph Batch, NASPL's first president and a true pioneer in lottery advertising.

Visit the Hoosier Lottery's You Tube page to view the award-winning ad.

The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season on October 12 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, the series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad L. Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Tom Luse.

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 and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Download Hoosier Lottery logos here.

CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Public Information Officer, Email: carango@hoosierlottery.in.gov,  317-264-4898 (office) or 317-653-0561 (cell).

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery media release.

 

 

WyoLotto Now Offer Embeddable Winning Numbers Widgets for Websites

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (October 13, 2014) - The Wyoming Lottery now provides embeddable widgets to dynamically display winning Mega Millions® and Powerball® winning numbers on your website.

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The WyoLotto Widgets can be a resource for people to visit your website on draw nights. Draws are held weekly and numbers are electronically published around 9:15pm on Tuesday and Friday nights for Mega Millions, and on Wednesday and Saturday nights for Powerball.

These iFrame widgets are easy to place on your website by simply copying code and pasting into your website.

CONTACT: Rachel Girt, Wyoming Lottery Corporation, Phone: 307-286-1592, Email: rachel@warehousetwentyone.com.

About the Wyoming Lottery

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead last March. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account.

SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

 

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Vermantia is Expanding Its International Management Team

Attracting world-class talent to compete in the international arena of licensed gaming

ATHENS, Greece (October 14, 2014) -- Vermantia announced the appointment of Tony Plaskow as Head of Sales & Business Development and Richard Clarke as Head of Licensing & Games Operation.

Tony brings a wealth of knowledge to Vermantia through his experience with leading gaming companies such as Bally Technologies, IGT and St Minver. He will be responsible for the global sales and business development team, distributing Vermantia’s Virtual, Instant, Casino and Social content to land-based and interactive operators.

The global sales team also welcomes Carlos Silva as Sales Director of Virtual Games, to oversee Vermantia’s growth into Europe and Asia. Previously, Carlos was Sales Director at Inspired Group, and adds proven value to the Vermantia sales team.

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Richard, in turn, will be responsible for bringing the latest, most innovative Casino, Lottery and Instant Games to our online and mobile partners; working towards developing multi-channel technology, as well as for the heading teams in Athens and London working on design, game play, and delivery mechanisms. Richard joins Vermantia from Iforium, Gala Coral, where he served as Head of Mobile since 2011, managed the product launch of Scratchino, and from 2004 worked as the International Technology Director at Ladbrokes.

Richard is joined by Mohit Chaddah as Gaming Technology Manager, who will oversee all technical aspects of our Gaming Solutions. Mohit Chaddah has been successfully delivering technology solutions in the gaming industry for quite a few companies, including Coral, Unibet and Ladbrokes amongst others.

Mr. Filippos Antonopoulos, CEO, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Tony, Carlos, Richard, and Mohit, all experienced industry professionals, as members of our Vermantia family. We strongly believe that talent drives growth, and we believe these gentlemen to be hugely talented. The collaborative environment and innovative spirit of our team will allow them to participate in our company’s vision and help us carve a niche for Vermantia in the global gaming market.”

For more information about Vermantia visit http://www.vermantia.com and social media: Facebook.com/Vermantia | twitter.com/Vermantia | vimeo.com/vermantia

About Vermantia (www.vermantia.com)

Vermantia (http://www.vermantia.com) is a global leader in innovative and immersive gaming content. Vermantia specializes in the creation, aggregation, management and delivery of virtual games, social games, and sports betting content for gaming operators worldwide. Vermantia’s extensive portfolio and proprietary gaming and platforms media, as well as its global content partnerships, create custom services to meet the needs of players in each market.

For more Information CONTACT: Mr. Evangelos Tsaras, Corporate Development Director, P: +30 – 2130065500, F: +30 – 2130065520, e: tsaras@vermantia.com.

SOURCE: Vermantia.

 

 

Gaming Authority Attempts to Block Payments to Illegal Gambling Operators

THE NETHERLANDS (October 9, 2014) – de Kansspelautoriteit, the Dutch Gaming Authority and various payment service providers have signed a cooperation agreement that blocks payments between consumers and providers of illegal gambling over the Internet.

Earlier this year, Payment Service Providers Mollie BV DialXS Sisow BV and BV joined the covenant. These are companies that focus on facilitating payments for products and services offered via the internet.

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On September 22, 2014 Currence (owner of iDEAL), Mastercard payment company and the members of Payments Association Netherlands, including the Dutch banks, also joined the covenant.

On October 6, 2014, the acquirer PaySquare SE, which is responsible for the processing and payment of transactions debit cards, also joined the covenant.

By joining the covenant the respective payment service providers fulfil their social responsibility and send a signal to the illegal gaming operators.

The purpose of the agreement is to make it difficult for them to continue.

The Gambling Authority shall endeavour to expand the number of participants in the covenant.

The Gaming Authority is looking to the participation of a large number of payment service providers which is important.

"If an illegal provider receives no money from a consumer, it is a priori not already lucrative to be illegally operating," said the Gaming Authority.

SOURCE: de Kansspelautoriteit.

 




 

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