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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 69 No.4 - Monday October 27, 2014

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories
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  • Washington's Lottery Announce GTECH as the Apparent Successful Contractor in Recent Gaming RFP. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Recognized for Global Expansion INFOCOM Awards 2014. Full Story.
  • APLA Executive Committee Appointed. Full Story.
  • NOVOMATIC Sign Seven Year Contract with Israeli National Lottery, MIFAL HAPAIS, for the Provision of Video Lottery Technology. Full Story.
  • The European Lotteries Association and the European Disability Forum Take Further Steps to Promote the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Full Story.
  • Skilrock Technologies Announce Participation in the 17th Annual Africa Com Event. Full Story.
  • California Lottery Sales Surpass $5 Billion. Full Story.
  • La Lotería Chaqueña Begins Installation of New Lottery System. Full Story.
  • Commission Refers Sweden to the CJEU for Failure to Comply with EU Law. Full Story.
  • Rieves Lotteries Announce New Scratchcard Partnership. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Wins Major Advertising Award. Full Story.
  • National Lottery Launch Brand New Website! Full Story.
  • Inspired and AGTech to Showcase VLT, Virtual Sports and omni-channel Innovations at World Lottery Summit 2014 in Rome. Full Story.
  • Michigan Lottery’s Poker Lotto Game Celebrates One Year of Dealing Cash to Players. Full Story.
  • MECN Report - Online Gambling Operators' Mobile Businesses Currently Average 29% of Total Revenue. Full Story.
  • Tipp24 SE 'To Create a Better World of Lottery'. Full Story.

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Washington's Lottery Announce GTECH as the Apparent Successful Contractor in Recent Gaming RFP

OLYMPIA, Washington (October 15, 2014) -- Officials from Washington's Lottery today announced GTECH, a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in regulated worldwide gaming markets, as the apparent successful contractor of the organization's gaming contract. Washington's Lottery opened its gaming RFP on April 14 of this year.

GTECH, which has been a gaming service provider for Washington's Lottery for more than a decade, looks to continue to increase Washington's Lottery's capabilities to provide its players with a high-level of gaming content and offerings, thus leading to increased sales revenue.

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Washington's Lottery's primary beneficiary, the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, received more than $121 million in contributions in FY14. These dollars allow for the continued efforts in supporting the needs of thousands of students across the state by making higher education more accessible and providing much-needed funding for early childhood education programs. The State Need Grant, just one of the programs supported by the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, was able to provide higher education scholarships to over 19,000 students with funds from the lottery. A significant percentage of Washington's Lottery proceeds also support school construction.

Increased sales mean Lottery retailers across the state benefit, too. This year, more than $37 million was earned by more than 3,700 Lottery retailers on both sides of the Cascades, many of which are local independent businesses.

For more information on Washington's Lottery and its state contributions, visit the Beneficiary tab at: www.facebook.com/walottery.

Washington's Lottery

Since 1982, Washington's Lottery has generated more than $3 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account. Money in the Pathways Account goes toward helping students achieve their higher education dreams and supports early childhood education learning programs. The state's Lottery offers consumers several types of games: Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, The Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit walottery.com or join our online community on Facebook at facebook.com/walottery and follow us on Twitter @walottery.

CONTACT: Jennifer Carroll (Curator on behalf of Washington's Lottery), Office: (206) 454-3703, Cell: (206) 226-5237, E-mail: jennifer.carroll@curatorpr.com.

SOURCE: Washington Lottery.

 

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INTRALOT Recognized for Global Expansion INFOCOM Awards 2014

ATHENS, Greece (October 22, 2014) -- INTRALOT has won a Business Excellence Award in the category of Global Expansion at the InfoCom Awards 2014. The awards ceremony was held on October 21st during the 16th InfoCom World Congress, “Techonomy: Time for Synergies”.

The Business Excellence Award recognizes INTRALOT’s successful global reach and excellence in doing business worldwide. “Being recognized for our Global Expansion rewards our efforts to provide state-of-the-art products and services to our customers worldwide and verifies our dedication to excellence and our innovative approach of doing business. Moreover, it inspires us to further expand our global footprint in the five continents and enrich our successful track record”, said George Zenzefilis, INTRALOT Group Chief of Products and Services.

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InfoCom World Congress is the largest event on digital technologies in SE Europe, attracting more than 3,500 delegates per year. It successfully records and captures the course taken and convergence happening in Technology, Informatics, Telecommunications & Media sectors.

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide.

Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth.

With presence in 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.500 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

APLA Executive Committee Appointed

APLA Conference Experiences Record Turnout

GUANGZHOU, China.(October 16, 2014) -- At the recent APLA AGM and APLA Exco meeting held on 16 October 2015, the latest  APLA Executive Committee line up was appointed as follows:

Chairman – Dato Lawrence Lim Swee Lin, Magnum Corporation, Malaysia

Vice Chairman – Mr Bill Thorburn, Tatts Group Limited, Australia

 

Committee Members

  • Mr Yokichi Yokoyama – Japan Lottery Association, Japan
  • Mr Wayne Pickup – Lotto NZ, New Zealand
  • Mr Richard Cheung – HKJC, Hong Kong
  • Mr Seah Chin Siong – Singapore Pools, Singapore

 

Ms Jan Stewart is retiring from Lotterywest and is not seeking re-election.

Mr Tan Soo Nan is also not seeking re-election and has appointed Mr Seah Chin Siong to represent Singapore Pools.

The APLA Conference also had a record turnout with about 235 delegates attending.

SOURCE: APLA.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Sign Seven Year Contract with Israeli National Lottery, MIFAL HAPAIS, for the Provision of Video Lottery Technology

GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (October 22, 2014) -- NOVOMATIC , one of the largest integrated gaming groups in the world, has signed a seven year contract with Mifal Hapais, the Israeli National Lottery, for the provision of its state-of-the-art video lottery system.

The system includes a central system, 150 retailer terminals and 500 of its newest generation video lottery terminals. NOVOMATIC will also provide customized games, together with maintenance and support services for the entire duration of the contract.

The contract has been concluded after a thorough procurement process and allows Mifal Hapais the option to renew it for up to an additional thirteen years. NOVOMATIC expects to generate around 23 million Euros of revenue over the initial period.

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We are very proud to welcome our new customer Mifal Hapais to the NOVOMATIC Group. It is a positive proof of the market’s need for more competition amongst the top tier providers, in order to bring innovation and value to this growing market”, said Thomas Graf, CTO of NOVOMATIC AG.

We are very pleased to have concluded this contract with NOVOMATIC. Their commitment to us as a client is a lesson in excellent service, and their complete solution is a lesson in innovation. We are looking forward to many years of success, which will allow Mifal Hapais to increase the contribution for our good causes”, said Eli Dadon, CEO of Mifal Hapais.“ This is one of the first steps on our route to success in the

WLA lottery market. We intend to take many more”, added Mr. Graf.

Further information CONTACT: Dr. Hannes Reichmann, Head of Group Communications +43-664-301 48 20 hreichmann@novomatic.com.

Visit: www.novomatic.com or www.novomaticforum.com.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC AG.

 

 

The European Lotteries Association and the European Disability Forum Take Further Steps to Promote the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 17, 2014) -- The European Lotteries Association (EL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) announce the First Addendum to their cooperation agreement, signed this month.

EL and EDF members have been working together since 2011. EDF is the representative umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities in the EU. EL is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit.

The cooperation between EL and EDF is drawn up in respect of the UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities, aiming to ensure their full integration in society and conducting actions such as awareness raising and dissemination of best practices.

(from left to right): EDF-President Yannis Vardakastanis, ONCE-President Miguel Carballera, EL-President Friedrich Stickler and Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, EL 1st Vice-President, at the signing of the First Addendum to the cooperation agreement between the two organisations in October 2014

The cooperations enshrined in the EL-EDF Cooperation Agreement of 2011 have developed successfully. They provide the basis for a second phase of cooperation which is now concretised through this First Addendum”, considered EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis during the signature of the Addendum at the headquarters of ONCE, the Spanish lottery that operates exclusively for the benefit of persons with a disability.

EL President Friedrich Stickler: “We are commited to encourage our members to cooperate further with members of EDF. Our members operate for the benefit of society and promoting full inclusion fits entirely with this mission.”

EL first Vice-President Christophe Blanchard-Dignac adds: “Important steps have already been taken and now even more can be done for persons with disabilities. This is the aim of the ‘Common European pilot projects’ provided for in this Addendum which we wish to develop together in the field of employment and education"

Hosting the signature of the First Addendum, ONCE President Miguel Carballada commented: “We are pleased to have been a driving force in this cooperation agreement from the beginning and confirm our full support to help in the implementation of further concrete projects”.

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Examples of existing best practices by EL members to promote the inclusions of persons with a disability can be found on the joint EL-EDF website: www.forinclusion.org

For further information please CONTACT: Jutta Buyse, EL General Delegate, Brussels - Tel: + 32 2 234 38 20, Email: jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu or Lila Sylviti, EDF Communications officer, Brussels – Tel: + 32 2 282 46 00, Email: lila.sylviti@edf-feph.org.

The European Lotteries (EL)

The European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 46 European countries including all 28 EU Member States.

The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest.

Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

The European Disability Forum (EDF)

The European Disability Forum (EDF) is the European umbrella organisation representing the interests of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe.

The mission of EDF is to ensure disabled people full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in Europe.

EDF is a member of the Social Platform and works closely to the European institutions, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

SOURCE: The European Lotteries (EL) and European Disability Forum.

 

 

Skilrock Technologies Announce Participation in the 17th Annual Africa Com Event

GURGAON, India (October 16, 2014) -- Skilrock Technologies is delighted to announce its participation in the 17th Annual Africa Com Event to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 11th -13th November 2014.

“Skilrock” will be showcasing PAYKONNECT platform at AfricaCom – PayKonnect provides an end to end solutions for TOP-UP/ EVD, Bill Payment, Mobile Money & Wallet, Micro banking and Money Remittance. PAYKONNECT is designed to allow users conduct financial transactions anywhere, anytime and is aimed at bridging the gap between banked and unbanked users. PAYKONNECT is Scalable, Secure, Convenient, Cost effective and easy to implement.

Paykonnect Solution is operational in India under brand name “PAYWORLD” (Which is one of the largest electronic distributor providing commercial services through 60,000+ retail touch points and conducting 15 million transactions per month). Apart from India, Paykonnect platform has already been implemented internationally in KENYA, NIGERIA, ZIMBABWE, Sri Lanka and UK and is expanding to newer geographies of Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Come and experience live demonstration and explore numerous possibilities of application of the technology platform and its customization as per your end user requirements

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About Skilrock Technologies

SKILROCK is the technology arm of US$ 1.8 billion Sugal & Damani Group – the largest Lottery operator in India. With over 40 years domain knowledge of the Commercial Services, Lotteries industry and one of the finest development centers in India, Skilrock is an ideal technology partner for Commercial service, Lotteries and Gaming technology. Its Technology solutions for Lottery and Commercial Services are popular in the emerging markets due to their scalability, cost-effectiveness and Ease of customization. Skilrock has strong credentials with CMMI Level 3 certification; ISMS approved operations, UK Gambling Commission Approved software development house, Certification from iTech Labs, Gaming Patents and having live solutions in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Schedule a meeting with Skilrock at AfricaCom #Booth No- A22

CONTACT Person- Mr. Sourabh Goyal, Email sourabh.goyal@skilrock.com, call on +91-8826 31 5550.

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

 

California Lottery Sales Surpass $5 Billion

Lottery Achieves Record Fiscal Year; Sends $1.35 Billion to California Schools

SACRAMENTO, California (October 18, 2014) -- The California Lottery maintained its status as one of the fastest growing lotteries in the United States in Fiscal Year 2013-14, as it increased sales by 13.2 percent over its last fiscal year and provided $1.35 billion to California schools from sales that surpassed $5 billion – $5.03 billion to be exact – for the first time in California Lottery history.

It’s been an exciting year for the California Lottery, with great new games and promotions and big jackpots,” Acting Lottery Director Paula LaBrie said.

We’re proud of the record-breaking amount of supplemental funds sent to California’s public schools. However, it’s a new year and we plan to work even harder to further our mission of supporting those schools and their students.

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In total, the Lottery was able to send an additional $65 million  in supplemental funds to schools this year compared to last year – $1.35 billion in FY 2013-14 versus $1.28 billion in FY 2012-13. And while that seems like an impressive total, the figures do become more modest when you consider the amount is divided amongst more than 1,100 school districts in California.

This past year’s increase in sales and contributions to education were fuelled by continued increases in Scratchers® sales, and huge increases in Mega Millions® and Powerball® sales. Scratchers sales were up more than nine percent over where they were last year thanks largely to the introduction of the Lottery’s first-ever $20 game in September 2013. Total Scratchers sales for the past year finished at more than $3.28 billion. Mega Millions and Powerball sales were driven by a number of large jackpots that spurred big ticket sales across the country. Two of those large jackpots – a $324 million Mega Millions jackpot and a $425 million Powerball jackpot – were ultimately won by California players. MEGA Millions sales for the year were more than $427 million – an increase of 13.5 percent from last year. Powerball sales were $473 million in the first full year of offering the game in California.

Other factors to consider from the recently completed fiscal year:

  • Total sales were more than $588 million higher than last year;
  • Hot Spot sales grew by a staggering 22 percent over last fiscal year;
  • Sales of Daily Derby grew by a whopping 31 percent over FY 2012-13;
  • Retailers earned more than $345 million in commissions, cashing bonuses and other incentives;
  • Nearly $22 million in Lottery prizes went unclaimed;
  • FY 2013-14 marks the 14th consecutive year the Lottery has provided more than $1 billion in supplemental funds to California schools; and,
  • This is the fifth consecutive year that Lottery sales have increased.

 

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The California Lottery is a $5 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities.

In FY 2013-14, the Lottery created 89 new millionaires.

Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and Lottery retailer compensation.

The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets.

If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at: 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: California Lottery.

 

 

La Lotería Chaqueña Begins Installation of New Lottery System

CHAQUEÑA, Argentina (October 15, 2014) – la Lotería Chaqueña (http://loteria.chaco.gov.ar/) is preparing to install the first 600 new lottery terminals in its agencies as part of a renewal process of the system by Ecom Chaco e Ivisa SA.

"After solving some initial problems with the imported terminals, the province has finally received the first batch of 600 machines," said Lottery President Chaqueña Nestor Rolhaiser.

He also indicated that the installation of these machines will commence immediately, with the first ten installed on Friday.

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"With this step we begin to realize an old dream of the la Asociación de Agentes y Subagentes," said Rolhaiser, while recalling that the agreement signed last February with Ecom authorities and Chaco e Ivisa SA includes the renovation of about 1,400 points of sale.

"These terminals will incorporate a technological renovation to around 1,100 sub-branches to the online system," said the head of the provincial body, plus remember that this initiative is in Institutional Shares of the fiftieth anniversary of Chaco Lottery.

Once this process is finalized, la Lotería Chaqueña will have one of the key online gambling networks in the country.

"This will mean a big expansion for members of the sales network, as it will optimize the work and add more hours of work," said Rolhaiser.

In agencies the Sistema de Juegos Betmaker Touch, consists of a terminal with a 15-inch touchscreen, a graphic display screen of 7 inches, 84-key keyboard, thermal printer 80 mm wide, RAM memory is installed four gigs, and a laser scanning device.

The equipment for sub-agencies, meanwhile, will consist of a 10 inch touch screen monitor, keyboard, 60 buttons, a graphic display of 7 inches, a printer 80 mm, and similar memory and processing machines of agencies.

This connectivity will also promote the growth of las bocas de Lotipago across the province, a service that allows the payment of utility bills and extended hours, even during weekends.

SOURCE: la Lotería Chaqueña (http://loteria.chaco.gov.ar/).

 

 

Commission Refers Sweden to the CJEU for Failure to Comply with EU Law

BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 16, 2014) -- Today the European Commission referred Sweden twice to the CJEU for its persistent failure to comply with EU Law in cases on online betting and poker services. It is a breakthrough decision because this is the first time that the EC has taken a Member State to Court over its online gambling legislation. A number of other pending cases are ready to be referred and in November 2013 new infringement proceedings were additionally opened.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA said: “EGBA fully supports and commends the EC for taking this decision. This is a breakthrough that shows a strong commitment to upholding fundamental European freedoms. Sweden was given many years to bring its legislation into conformity but regretfully there was little commitment to change.

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He also added: “EGBA fully expects other Member States to soon be referred to the Court. There is a long list of pending cases that are ready to be taken to Court. No Member State regardless of its size should be exempt from scrutiny. However, EGBA stands ready to support any Member State that now decides to reform their legislation to ensure compliance with EU rules.”

CLICK HERE for European Commission press release on the case.

For more information, please CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90, Email: maarten.haijer@egba.eu.

About EGBA (www.egba.eu)

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. It promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment. While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-over effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.

Background:

In November 2013 the EC issued 2 ‘reasoned opinions’ against Sweden and a further one was announced in July 2013. This move is one in a series of actions by the EC against both Sweden and other Member States that follows repeated calls from the European Parliament for the Commission to act as the Guardian of the Treaties. It further follows a large number of cases in which legal clarifications by the Court of Justice on how the Treaty applies to national gambling legislation have been delivered.

SOURCE: EGBA.

 

 

Rieves Lotteries Announce New Scratchcard Partnership

LONDON, U.K. (October 15, 2014) -- Rieves Lotteries Ltd has announced a major new partnership with supermarket chain Morrisons which will see the introduction of charity scratchcards in 500 of their superstores across the UK.

Morrisons is one of the first major retailers to offer charity scratchcards nationwide and the rollout is expected to raise over £1m for Morrisons chosen charity partner, Sue Ryder.

Rieves is licensed by the Gambling Commission to promote lotteries on behalf of charities and their scratchcards can be found in Poundland as well as specialist lottery kiosks situated in major shopping centres around the UK.  Rieves’ scratchcards offer consumers some of the best odds of winning from a £1 or £2 card in the market, and they currently work with a number of charities including The Royal British Legion, Breast Cancer Care, and most recently Sue Ryder.

Steve Lyons, director of Rieves Lotteries Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Morrisons and raising money for a great charity like Sue Ryder. Our company ethos is to offer retailers a tailored solution which provides them, and their customers, with the best possible return from scratchcards which in turn raises a significant amount of money for a host of great charities.

“The scratchcard category has quadrupled in size over the last ten years and is now worth in excess of £2bn annually, with over one quarter of the population regularly playing, so we’re confident this rollout will be another great success and raise some much needed funds for Sue Ryder.”

Guy Mason, head of corporate affairs at Morrisons, said, “Morrisons colleagues voted for Sue Ryder to be our new charity partner.  We chose to work with them as we want to support families affected by incurable illness across the country. This partnership with Rieves will really help make a difference to the charity. We are always looking to offer customers new products and the addition of charity scratchcards is a fantastic way to increase customer choice, with the positive feeling gained from knowing exactly which charity is receiving support.”

Heidi Travis, Sue Ryder CEO echoed the sentiment, “Our partnership with Morrisons and Rieves will help give more people the care they want at the end of their lives.  The money raised will make a lasting difference to thousands of families across the UK at the most difficult time of their lives”.

SOURCE: Rieves Lotteries Ltd.

 

 

Illinois Lottery Wins Major Advertising Award

Wins ‘Batchy’ for Industry Best Corporate Beneficiary Video

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (October 16, 2014) – A video highlighting the benefits of the Illinois Lottery’s unique “Carolyn Adams Ticket For the Cure” instant game was recognized by other North American lotteries as the best in the industry, during a recent gathering of members of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

The  video, one of a series of ‘man on the street’  interviews done to support special cause games, won a coveted “Batchy Award,” an award created some 27 years ago by current Lottery Director Michael Jones to recognize and promote great lottery creative advertising.

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It is named after Illinois’ first Lottery chief executive, Ralph Batch, a widely recognized Lottery pioneer.

At the same gathering, which saw 42 U.S. and Canadian lotteries submit some 360 of their best advertising and communications works for evaluation, the Illinois Lottery’s monthly retailer newsletter was cited for excellence in corporate print communications.

The lottery has always strongly believed that its ability to maximize sales and profits to good causes was dependent on offering products that every adult in Illinois would buy,” said Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones. 

Over the last three years we have come to the conclusion that if everyone became aware of our special games--Veterans Cash, The MS Project, Red Ribbon Cash, and Ticket for the Cure --everyone would want to buy one. The video is an example of that conclusion being proven: each person informed about the game wants to participate and raise money for such a special cause.

Coincidentally, the 11th edition of Ticket for the Cure went on sale last week.

Tickets cost $2 each, and feature prizes of up to $20,000.

The latest version of the game, “Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure,” is named after the former Lottery Superintendent who succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 44 in 2007.

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The Illinois Lottery launched its initial Ticket for the Cure instant game in 2006. It 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. 

Since its inception, the game has raised more than $10.4 million for breast cancer research and to provide mammograms and other services for women. 

The Batchy award winning video can be seen HERE.

NASPL is a multinational association representing 52 lotteries in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The association’s recent gathering, where the awards were announced, was held in New Jersey. 

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund, which goes toward job creation, roads and bridges, and other capital projects. Players must be at least 18 years old.

CONTACT:  Mike Lang, Phone: (217) 524-5158.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

National Lottery Launch Brand New Website!

BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 16, 2014) -- With 2.25 million monthly visitors and as many as one million unique visitors, month after month, the website of the National Lottery is one of the most active sites in Belgium.

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With the launch of a new website, the National Lottery continues its qualities and ambitions strong in the paint. Informative, up to date, modern and fresh design, easy navigation ... This user-friendly site also gives you a look behind the scenes of the National Lottery. Here you can see the continued growth of our company creatively closely.

With around 400,000 visitors each month via the website browsing directly to email lotto.be, the site earned a new design, optimal functionality and above all ... a lot of content. If you know that looked nearly 10,000 times per month through the site to a retail outlet where you can go to play, we want to get acquainted with all the activities of the National Lottery that surfers: playing, profit distribution, sponsoring the cultural heritage. ...

This website is a true digital hub. With a cartload of stories about our sales, the winners, the turnover, the corporate and sponsorship site bridges between the players and the National Lottery. Builds

The needs of the player we lose not matter the eye.

  • Are you looking for the latest draw results?
  • Would you like to apply for sponsorship for your sports event?
  • Would you like to work for our company?
  • Are you curious about how many millionaires we make per year?
  • Whether it's the sales figures that attract you?

 

In these and other questions, this website provides a clear answer.

We certainly want to be informative but also interactive. By integrating the most used social media applications, we want to see our players and visitors a pleasant web experience.

We wish you lots of fun discovering www.nationale-loterij.be.

CONTACT: Kiki Vervloessem, Spokeswoman National Lottery, 0474870845, Email: Kiki.vervloessem@nationale-loterij.be

SOURCE: Nationale Loterij.

 

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Inspired and AGTech to Showcase VLT, Virtual Sports and omni-channel Innovations at World Lottery Summit 2014 in Rome

LONDON, U.K. (October 17, 2014) -- Inspired Gaming Group (Inspired), the leading London based supplier of SBG Video Lottery and Virtual Sports lottery games, and AGTech, the Hong Kong-listed, leading integrated gaming company in China's lottery market, will be co-exhibiting their latest innovations in VLT, Virtual Sports and Mobile omni-channel entertainment at the biennial World Lottery Summit 2014 (2nd – 5th November) on stands L and M.

AGTech and its 100%-owned subsidiary Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd. ("GOT") will be exhibiting its next generation C8 Sports Lottery Terminals. GOT has won multiple tenders in 2013 and 2014; coverage of GOT's terminals in China now reaches 28 provinces and regions.

The sports lottery market in China has an installed base of approximately 130,000 terminals. GOT has consistently enjoyed a market share of more than 50%.

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Inspired is the leading supplier worldwide of Virtual Sports games for lottery across 40,000 venues and over 200 web and mobile sites in 35 countries. It serves leading lottery operators such as Lottomatica, Sisal and OPAP with its award-winning Virtual Sports. In Italy, Inspired's Virtual Sports products have driven the development of a €1billion p.a. market in Italy in just one year.

Inspired's Virtual Sports lottery products are supplied to the National Sports Lottery (NSLAC) in China through AGT, AGTech's joint venture with Ladbrokes. The Virtual Motor Racing rapid draw lottery game "Lucky Racing" has been live in 1,700 lottery-betting shops in the Hunan Province since 2011 and is the best performing lottery product in Hunan. The Virtual Football game, known locally as "e-Ball", is now live in 2,500 venues in Jiangsu Province – the largest sports lottery market in China with a 15% market share of national sports lottery spend.

Inspired Virtual Sports lottery games offer a number of benefits to traditional lottery providers. The products are proven to drive an average of $150 of new post prize income [per lottery retail venue per day] and has driven incremental bets of over USD $1bn per annum in major government lottery jurisdictions.

It is also a highly flexible proposition; operators can control game race schedules across all of their venues and adjust payout margins to suit local regulation and business objectives. The sports events are rendered on screen in real time; making every event totally unique and exciting for players, with the highly realistic motion graphics and audio commentary providing a fun and high quality lottery experience.

Inspired will also be presenting its new games for its major Video Lottery (VLT) markets, and offering demonstrations of its GSA - G2S compliant VLT technology for private or government lottery operators, including its Core CDW - Centrally Determined Wins – system.

Demonstrating its leadership in omni-channel entertainment and HTML5 mobile games, Inspired will also be showcasing its newest games White Knight and Goddess of the Amazon, which were recently launched simultaneously across retail, online and mobile in the UK.

Gerhard Burda, Acting Chief Product Officer at Inspired Gaming Group, commented: "We are really looking forward to co-exhibiting with AGTech at the World Lottery Summit. As demonstrated by our partnership in China, Inspired's Virtual Sports, VLT and Mobile propositions are an excellent alternative to traditional numbers and lottery games as it enables operators to generate incremental revenue in a structured, compliant way.

"Delegates can look forward to trying out our latest innovations in VLT and Virtual Sports, as well as seeing live demos of our new mobile HTML5 games on various tablet and mobile operating systems."

About AGTech (www.agtech.com)

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AGTech is the leading integrated gaming company in China's lottery market. AGTech is principally engaged in (i) gaming technologies (game software, systems, hardware and terminals); (ii) online and mobile lottery; and (iii) lottery management. The Group is committed to applying international management concepts and advanced technologies to the lottery industry in various areas such as lottery systems, lottery hardware, lottery games, internet and mobile smart phone distribution & systems, wireless network and streaming media, thereby providing China's lottery authorities and millions of lottery players in China with professional, integrated lottery services.

Through Asia Gaming Technologies Limited ("AGT") and its subsidiaries, AGTech's joint venture with Ladbroke Group, AGTech has developed and successfully launched China's only nationally-approved virtual fixed odds sports betting system as well as its first games, "Lucky Racing" and "e-Ball Lottery".

The Group has a team of over 200 professionals and the footprint of its lottery business now covers over 80% of the provinces and municipalities across China. The Group is a member of the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA).

About Inspired Gaming Group (www.inspiredgaminggroup.com)

Inspired Gaming Group (Inspired) is the leading supplier worldwide of Server Based Gaming (SBG), VLT and Virtual Sports systems and games for VLT, lottery, casino, street, bingo and sports betting locations.

The Group's unique Open SBG Core™ software systems, terminals and Virtual Sports products are live in over 30 countries. It is one of the three leading VLT suppliers to Italian lotteries and betting shops. Its Virtual Sports products are deployed in 35 countries and are the leading online, mobile and land-based games in their category worldwide. There are approximately 35,000 gaming terminals on the Inspired Open SBG Core™ platform.

The Group's customer base includes regulated operators of lotteries, casinos, licensed betting offices, gaming halls, bingo halls and regulated online sportsbooks and casinos. Key customers include major regulated gaming companies such as Sisal, Lottomatica, William Hill, Gala Coral Group, Betfred, Ladbrokes, Genting, Paddy Power, Codere, Sky Vegas, PartyGaming, Fortuna, bet365 and Caliente.

Acquired and refinanced in 2010 by leading London investment firm Vitruvian Partners, the largest new private equity fund in Europe, Inspired is focused on the expansion of its SBG leadership into new international markets.

CONTACT: Marketing Phone: +44 20 7438 5800, Email: marketing@ingg.com.

SOURCE: Inspired Gaming Group.

 

 

Michigan Lottery’s Poker Lotto Game Celebrates One Year of Dealing Cash to Players

LANSING, Michigan (October 17, 2014) -- Poker Lotto hit the one-year mark on Sunday of dealing excitement and cash to players, who’ve won more than $24.5 million playing the popular Michigan Lottery game.

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Poker Lotto offers two chances to win big cash prizes. Each $2 ticket gives players a crack at winning up to $10,000 instantly and then up to $100,000 in the nightly drawing.

In only a year, Poker Lotto is becoming known for its fast-paced fun and big prizes with 48 players – nearly one a week – winning $10,000 after being electronically dealt a royal flush.  Another 17 players hit the top prize of $100,000 in the nightly drawing.

All told, Poker Lotto players won more than $16.8 million instantly and another $7.7 million through the nightly drawings.

Poker Lotto offers players two great games in every hand: a chance to win instantly right in the store and walk out with a cash prize range from $2 to $500; plus a nightly lotto drawing with prizes ranging from $3 to the grand prize of $100,000! Players should keep in mind that the nightly drawing is an entirely separate game from the instant-win game played when they purchase a ticket. Winning the instant-win game is based on whether they are dealt a winning poker hand. The nightly drawing is exclusively a matching game. Cards from the nightly drawing are not used to form a winning poker hand. To win a prize in the nightly drawing, a player must match two or more cards with the cards drawn.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 

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MECN Report - Online Gambling Operators' Mobile Businesses Currently Average 29% of Total Revenue

LONDON / MUNICH, (October 20, 2014) -- 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 its newest Online Gambling Quarterly report (Q3 2014) MECN's researchers therefore try to crack this tough nut and analyse several mobile KPIs and their development in recent years and quarters.

Mobile growth development - still difficult to benchmark

Many online gambling operators do not (yet) have consistent reporting standards (KPIs) regarding their mobile revenues. Also not all KPIs are reported consistently by all operators for every quarter or half years. In regard to comparable benchmarks "only" two KPIs are currently usable: 1.) mobile betting stakes/revenues in % of total betting stakes/revenues and 2.) total mobile revenue in % of total revenue (across all segments/verticals).

Mobile business makes currently in average 29% of total revenue

Initially, the mobile figures that were reported focused on betting stakes or revenues because operators in the past focused primarily on launching mobile betting offers. Recently, the mobile revenue generated by the casino, bingo, and poker verticals/segments has become more and more relevant. Therefore, more and more operators additionally/instead report the mobile revenue in % of total revenue across all verticals. Our analyses of the mobile business of key online gambling operators provide the following insights:

  • Mobile total revenue in % of total revenue - On average, the operators analysed generate 29% of their total Mobile online revenue (across all segments/verticals) via mobile channels (Q2 / H1 2014 figures). Best practice is found at Paddy Power where 52% of the revenue comes via the mobile channels, followed by Norsk Tipping with 42%
  • betting stakes/revenues in % of total betting stakes/revenues - On average, the operators analysed generate 43% of their total online betting

 

Exhibit 1: Mobile revenue in % of total revenue – stakes/revenue via mobile channels (Q2 / H1 2014  figures)

 

 

Is there a maximum mobile revenue share?

As the mobile share is growing constantly, the question arises whether there is a maximum total revenue share the mobile channel can reach depending on vertical/segment. Here are the insights from MECN's expert survey:

  • Betting – The experts assume that the maximum mobile share is about 57% of total online/digital betting revenue.
  • Casino – The experts assume that the maximum mobile share is about 49% of total online/digital casino revenue.

 

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,
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  • 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 graphs/exhibits

 

The study can be obtained at www.mecn.net or the report website

About MECN

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: pr@mecn.net

SOURCE: MECN.

 

 

Tipp24 SE 'To Create a Better World of Lottery'

Tipp24 SE is ZEAL Network SE

LONDON, U.K. (October 20, 2014) -- Tipp24 SE takes the next step in the company's development and will be renamed ZEAL Network SE. The proposed name change reflects the broader strategic direction of Tipp24 after the company has expanded its operations in recent years beyond the original end-customer business also.

Currently Tipp24 SE is active in three business areas: First, the company consolidated sales from the established second lottery range for consumers under the brand Tipp24.com.

Second, the Tipp24 SE of licensed lottery providers such as state lotteries and private organizations, business-to-business services under the brands Lottovate and Lotto Network.

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Third operates Tipp24 own lottery games, including the end of September, launched in Britain innovative GeoLotto.

Dr. Hans Cornehl, Chief Executive Officer of Tipp24 SE: "The change of name of the Company in ZEAL is the next logical step in the development of our company: reflects the broader scope of our operation and is contrary to our vision of a world with better lotteries." Tipp24 has invited its shareholders to an Extraordinary General Meeting on 19 November 2014 in London. The only item on the agenda will be the change of name of the company in ZEAL Network SE. If approved by the required majority, the new name will take effect a few days later.

CONTACT: tipp24, SE Press office: Tel +44 (0) 20 3739-7000, E-mail: media@tipp24.co.uk

About Tipp24 SE ( www.tipp24.co.uk)

Tipp24 is a holding company specializing in the field of online lotteries. We offer lottery-based games as well as business-to-business solutions. Our vision is a world with better lotteries.

Tipp24 SE was founded in Germany in 1999 and is headquartered in London now. Its shares are traded in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and are part of the SDAX. To date Tipp24 SE has implemented stakes of around 2.5 billion euros, paid taxes, and duties amounting to 650 million euros.

Tipp24 SE holds interests in the following companies: Lottovate provides digital services for licensed lottery operators worldwide (www.lottovate.com). Lotto Network provides private organizations a platform for custom lottery products (www.lottonetwork.com). Geolotto is an innovative geo-based lottery game in the United Kingdom (www.geolotto.co.uk). Ventura24 is a commercial lottery agents in Spain (www.ventura24.es). Tipp24 offers retail second lottery products (www.tipp24.com).

SOURCE: Tipp24 SE.

 

 




 

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