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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 69 No.6 - Monday November 10, 2014

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories




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  • Jean-Luc Moner-Banet re-elected for second term as President of the World Lottery Association (WLA). Full Story.
  • Premier Names New Lotterywest CEO. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Expands Its ISO 27001 & WLA SCS Certifications in Germany, Malta, Greece & South Africa. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Sign Contract with Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation as Exclusive Instant Game and Services Provider. Full Story.
  • Arizona Lottery Unveils New Logo. Full Story.
  • Centre for Gambling Studies Conducts First Research Study of Internet Gambling in United States. Full Story.
  • ABACUS Wins De Lotto. Full Story.
  • ASA Publishes Review of Gambling Advertising. Full Story.
  • WyoLotto Offer Players Online Tools to Start a Lottery Pool. Full Story.
  • The Quality Group – Lottery Technology Systems GmbH. Full Story.
  • Karma Announce New Lottery Game Innovations Ahead of World Lottery Summit in Rome. Full Story.
  • Bookmakers announce further Player Protection Measures. Full Story.
  • Unibet Sponsors 2014 British Poker Awards. Full Story.
  • The UK's professional Basketball League partners with Sportradar. Full Story.
  • 666BET becomes FA Cup sponsor of non-league ‘Super Six’. Full Story.





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Jean-Luc Moner-Banet re-elected for second term as President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

BASEL, Switzerland (November 6, 2014) -- Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Loterie Romande, was re-elected on Wednesday 5 November as the President of the World Lottery Association (WLA). First elected to the post in 2012, Mr Moner-Banet will press ahead with his mission at the helm of the WLA for a second two-year term of office. Loterie Romande is delighted with Mr Moner-Banet’s re-election as, for the second time, Switzerland will hold one of the topmost positions of importance and influence on the global stage for lotteries and lottery companies.

During the World Lottery Summit 2014 (WLS 2014), held between 2 and 5 November in Rome, all those lottery companies that are members of the World Lottery Association participated in elections to renew the WLA’s governing bodies. Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, first elected as the WLA’s President in September 2012, had put himself forward for a second term of office as President. His wealth of experience in the realm of lotteries and his dynamic vision of the key challenges on the international stage, most especially in the arena of sports betting and the integrity of sports, persuaded the assembled members to appoint him to the WLA’s highest office for a second term of two years.

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The WLA numbers around 150 official lottery companies (authorised State lotteries) from over 80 countries around the globe, most of whose revenues (over 200 billion francs) are redeployed for the public good. The WLA is the world body and authority for all things connected to lotteries, overseeing compliance with the system of legal concessions and supervising the integrity of games and sports betting, and implementing the most exacting standards with regard to responsible gaming (prevention and combating of gambling addiction) and security. The WLA plays a front-line role in the fight against match-fixing, co-operating actively with international institutions and the world’s leading international sporting bodies, such as the Council of Europe, FIFA and the IOC. It also acts as an international forum where experience and creative ideas relating to future development of lotteries operating for the public benefit can be exchanged.

Loterie Romande is delighted with Mr Moner-Banet’s re-election as, for the second time, Switzerland will hold one of the topmost positions of importance and influence on the global stage for lotteries and lottery companies. In an era when private companies active on the Internet, often operating illegally, are challenging the operating business model of officially authorised lotteries worldwide with their exclusively public-utility role, Switzerland has a duty to be actively involved in these matters and have a voice in the all-important debates on such fundamental issues related to operating lottery games and sports betting. Such cooperation is proving particularly fruitful considering the drafting of the new Swiss Federal legislation on games of chance and gambling; it makes it possible to place this work on drafting the new law into an international context and ensure that regulatory good practice on a global scale can be better incorporated.

Loterie Romande’s Board of Directors encouraged Jean-Luc Moner-Banet to stand again to be WLA President as his position there does not detract from his work as Loterie Romande’s CEO – in fact, quite the reverse is true. The Board acknowledges his exemplary commitment towards formulating and developing best practice in the field of lotteries and sports betting.

For further information on the WLA: www.world-lotteries.org

Contacts: Jean-Pierre Beuret, Chairman, +41 79 332 01 00

Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO, +41 79 310 78 69

SOURCE: WLA.

 

 

Premier Names New Lotterywest CEO

Paul Andrew to take the helm at Lotterywest

PERTH, West Australia (November 5, 2014) -- Western Australia’s top surf lifesaving administrator, Paul Andrew will take over as the new Chief Executive Officer of Lotterywest.

Premier Colin Barnett this morning announced that Mr Andrew will take up the reins as CEO in February next year following the retirement of Jan Stewart.

Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in both Government and the not-for-profit sector in WA during which time he has built a strong commitment to the community and a proven record of establishing, nurturing and sustaining important relationships with the community, clients and stakeholders.  He has displayed a strong commercial focus in all of his roles,” Mr Barnett said.

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I congratulate him on his appointment and am looking forward to working with him to further the very important work that Lotterywest does in the community.”

Lotterywest operates in a competitive market, turning over close to $800 million per annum.  Proceeds from the operation of the State’s lottery business are returned to the community each year through statutory and non-statutory grants where eligible community and charitable organisations receive funding.

The CEO is responsible to the Premier and the Lotterywest board through the chairman for the efficient and effective management of Lotterywest.

Mr Andrew has been CEO of Surf Life Saving WA since July 2005, and has also held senior roles at St John of God Health Care Murdoch and the Catholic Education Office WA.

He is a director of the Western Australian Sports Federation and member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, past president of the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club and a member since 1976.

He follows Mrs Stewart who has been at Lotterywest since 1987 and CEO since 1992.

Jan has had a remarkable career at Lotterywest and has taken its profile and community involvement to a very high level.  Lotterywest funding is now central to so many Western Australian events and organisations doing really excellent work in the community,” the Premier said.

Lotterywest chairman John Atkins also welcomed Mr Andrew to the role.  

I take this opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful contribution of our current CEO Jan Stewart.  I have every confidence that Paul Andrew will prove to be a very fine successor to Jan and will make a great contribution to the future of Lotterywest, building on Jan’s outstanding legacy,” Mr Atkins said.

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WA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly to the community to support not-for-profit organisations

Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $271.2 million to support the WA community including WA’s public hospitals, arts and sporting organisations and more than 1,000 community organisations

For a full list of grants recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier, visit http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au

SOURCE: Lotterywest.

 

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INTRALOT Expands Its ISO 27001 & WLA SCS Certifications in Germany, Malta, Greece & South Africa

ATHENS, Greece (November 3, 2014) -- INTRALOT has been awarded the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard (WLA SCS:2012) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its operations in Germany, Malta and Greece, gradually implementing its certification expansion strategy. The award ceremony was held at INTRALOT’s booth P4 during the WLA Annual Lottery Summit, held in Rome on 2-5 November.

The certifications of its German subsidiary INTRALOT Germany, MALTCO Lotteries in Malta and Hellenic Lotteries in Greece, cover all corporate functions of each operation, formalizing the existing management systems that control the integrity of the games and corporate conduct as a whole.

These certifications are complementary to the WLA SCS, ISO 27001, ISO 20000 and ISO 9001 certificates of INTRALOT Headquarters in Athens, Greece, covering the complete life cycle of system and service design, development, implementation, support and operation in a particular country.

Similarly, INTRALOT Headquarters certifications complement those of its clients, as for example in the case of GIDANI that has recently and successfully finalized its yearly ISO 27001 and WLA SCS certification audit.

During the award ceremony, the Chair of the WLA SRMC Mr. Thierry Pujol, commented: “INTRALOT is the first supplier which made the choice to develop its activity in the lottery industry business under the umbrella of the WLA SCS certification. This company is fully involved and committed in the topics related to security and risk management since a long time. The WLA Security and Risk Management Committee (WLA SRMC) is really glad to maintain good relations with INTRALOT experts who are regularly invited to participate as speakers to its WLA Security Seminars.”

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Mr. Jean Jorgensen, WLA Executive Director, added:" The WLA congratulates INTRALOT and its lottery partners with their continued strong commitment and effort to align their security and risk management procedures along the WLA Security Control Standard."

Receiving the awards, Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT Group President Latin America, Western Europe & Africa, said: ”We are very satisfied to have our operations certified by the two leading organizations. INTRALOT’s dedication to integrity and the provision of quality products and services is critical to our business success and our strategy of sustainable leadership”.

The audits were performed by TUV Nord, one of the world’s largest certification bodies which performed on-site inspections, examining the local operations.

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.

 

 

Scientific Games Sign Contract with Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation as Exclusive Instant Game and Services Provider

NEW YORK, NY (November 3, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced it has signed a new contract to continue as the exclusive provider of instant games and related services for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation ("the Lottery"). Under the new agreement, Scientific Games will provide the Lottery with an instant game portfolio as well as an integrated Cooperative Services Program (CSP) which includes instant game production, product management support, game management systems, warehousing and distribution, and a wide range of related services such as interactive content and marketing research. The Lottery is currently ranked among the Top 10 highest performing lotteries in the world for instant game per capita sales.

The new contract, which was awarded through a competitive procurement process, continues the successful relationship Scientific Games and the Lottery have shared since 2003.  The contract will begin January 1, 2015 with an initial term of seven years plus seven one-year extension options.

Rebecca Hargrove, President & CEO, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation said, "The success of our instant product category with consumers in Tennessee has been integral to the more than $3 billion we have raised for education programs in Tennessee since the Lottery began 10 years ago. We look forward to continuing our team effort with Scientific Games and our more than 5,000 retailers to offer entertainment value to consumers in Tennessee through a superior instant game portfolio."

"Our selection as the primary instant game provider for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation ensures the continuation of the game design, technology innovation, and instant category management services that have delivered 10 consecutive years of instant product growth for the Lottery," said John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games. "We are honored to continue to fulfill our role with the Lottery to help maximize revenues for education in the state of Tennessee."

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The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation generated more than $1.36 billion in total retail sales in fiscal year 2013, which included $1.08 billion in instant game products.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $6.3 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs. Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $3 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $7 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $753 million in retailer commissions.

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.

Company CONTACTS: Investor Relations, Bill Pfund< Phone: (847) 785-3167 or Media Relations, Mollie Cole, Phone: (773) 961-1194.

SOURCE: Scientific Games.

 

 

Arizona Lottery Unveils New Logo

New Logo Conveys the Fun and Entertaining Brand

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PHOENIX, Arizona (October 30, 2014) - The Arizona Lottery announced today a new logo, refreshing the 33-year-old brand with a redesigned logo and new look aimed to excite players now and in the future. The new logo features a modern take and contemporary style, conveying the fun and entertaining qualities of the brand.

In-depth research and analysis of how and why players are attracted to the brand prompted the Arizona Lottery to transform the brand and logo. Several logo options were tested with Lottery staff, retailers and players, ultimately guiding the new look. The brand refresh was a planned 2015 activity, scheduled to support the expansion of new games and projected sales growth.

The new logo, designed by the Arizona Lottery's Agency of Record LaneTerralever, conveys the fun, unexpected, and entertaining nature of the many games the Lottery offers.

The release of the new logo and visual brand marks a significant milestone and the start of new era for the Arizona Lottery. The font is dynamic, offering a playful and engaging identity. The color palette is representative of the wide-open skies and opportunities in Arizona, as well as the rich heritage of the state. Both the red and blue colors point back to the State flag, as does the star graphic. In addition, the star also serves as a sign of hope -- conveying the wishing and dreaming experienced when a player picks up an Arizona Lottery ticket. The overall design clearly illustrates the vision and ambition for the future of the Arizona Lottery.

"This exciting refresh of the Arizona Lottery brand will make it more appealing to our enthusiastic players and more relevant in today's marketplace," said Jessica Reimann, director of Marketing and Advertising for the Arizona Lottery. "Ultimately, the Lottery's goal is to continue to achieve record-breaking sales year-over-year, which fund a variety of public programs that enrich the lives of Arizona citizens."

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The rollout of the Arizona Lottery new logo will take place over the next year and will reach all of our 2,800 retailers. New elements that will begin immediately include the website, billboards, and digital properties.

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by game. All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format.

About the Arizona Lottery

The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it receives no General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets -- nearly $3.4 million per week -- fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.8 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net funding to the state and more than $686 million in commissions to retailers. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com

CONTACT: Jen Adler,  LaneTerralever, 602.417.1594.

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.

 

 

Centre for Gambling Studies Conducts First Research Study of Internet Gambling in United States

Study to examine the impact of legalized online gambling and assess whether problem behaviours vary with demographics across the state

NEW JERSEY (October 30, 2014) -- The Centre for Gambling Studies at the Rutgers University School of Social Work has been awarded $1.2 million to conduct the first comprehensive investigation of internet betting behaviour in the United States.

Last November, New Jersey became the third state in the country to allow online gambling. Funded by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the three-year project project is in response to a mandate from Gov. Chris Christie to examine the impact of Internet gambling has on problematic gambling behaviours across the state.

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New Jersey is one of only three states where Internet gambling is legal," said Lia Nower, professor and director of the center who also serves as the principal investigator on the grant. "But iGaming is a new frontier and no one knows quite what to expect. It's a real testament to the governor and the division that they're taking such a responsible approach to evaluating potential negative impacts, and we are really honoured to be a part of it."

The project will begin in January of 2015 with a state-wide baseline prevalence survey of a representative sample of New Jersey residents. In the first wave of the study, a representative sample of 1,500 adult New Jersey residents will be interviewed by cell and landline phone and 2,000 residents will be interviewed online regarding gambling behaviour and Internet gambling. A follow-up survey 18 months later will evaluate any changes in past-year prevalence of Internet gambling and problem gambling as well as changes in the characteristics of Internet gamblers.

Since the inception of Internet gaming, the Division of Gaming Enforcement has been committed to maintaining the highest level of responsible gaming standards, and information from a study such as this will only help in that regard,” said David Rebuck, director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

In addition to the prevalence study, the centre also will provide four yearly reports to the governor, based on statistical analyses of the betting behaviour of gamblers across Internet gambling sites.

Gambling has become a $40 billion-a-year industry in the United States, generating more revenue than movies, spectator sports, theme parks, cruise ships and recorded music combined. The global online gambling industry is one of the most rapidly expanding markets.

In New Jersey, patrons can play casino games as well as table games and poker online. Currently there are six operating Atlantic City casino Internet gambling permit holders with 14 authorized online gambling websites available to those who establish accounts and play within the borders of New Jersey.

Between the November 26, 2013, launch date and September 30, 2014, gross revenues from Internet gambling totalled $102,285.692. The state also collects a 15 percent tax on all gross revenue from Internet gambling and a 2.5 percent tax to the Casino Reinvestment and Development Authority (CRDA).

Unlike casino gambling, people don't have to travel or make time to gamble on the Internet," Nower said. "You can bet from your iPad at the breakfast table or on your work computer or on your phone at your kid's soccer game.  And you're not handling cash so the money doesn't seem real.  Our studies will identify what type person chooses this very private form of gambling, who develops problems, and how those problems are different from other forms of legalized gambling."

The Centre for Gambling Studies was created in 2007 and serves as the only gambling research, policy, and training centre in a school of social work in the nation. The centre is a non-partisan resource for clinicians, legislators, academics, students and other policymakers in New Jersey and internationally on gambling-related issues.

CONTACT: Beth Salamon, O: 848-932-5340, C: 908-217-7707, Email: bsalamon@ssw.rutgers.edu.

SOURCE: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey media release.

 

 

ABACUS Wins De Lotto

De Lotto signs three-year rolling contract with ABACUS Solutions International to offer flexible sales opportunities to retailers and more choice for customers during their shopping experience

LONDON, U.K. (November 3, 2014) -- Dutch lottery operator, De Lotto, is the first lottery in the world to benefit from the ABACUS Fusion Platform – a game changing technology that allows retailers to integrate its lottery technology into existing Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) systems to make the lottery more visible, simplify the buying process and boost lottery sales. 

Providing lottery everywhere, the deal signals the start of an exciting chapter for the lottery industry and offers innovation in how customers purchase their tickets and play games by putting De Lotto at multiple touch points within the shopping experience.

As an alternative to queuing at a dedicated lottery terminal, De Lotto customers will be able to purchase lottery tickets using bar coded vouchers at multiple checkout lanes during the checkout process with charges appearing on their receipt along with their other purchases. The lottery ticket will be printed on white paper on the existing integrated EPoS printer.

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Talking about the deal, Tim Holley, ABACUS Solutions International Chairman and former CEO of Camelot, the operators of the UK National Lottery, added:  

"The ABACUS technology solution enables lottery tickets to be purchased at any Point of Sale terminal, so massively increases the lottery terminal estate at a minimal cost.

Integrating ABACUS technology offers lotteries huge growth potential and keeps the lottery on the radar of customers.”

CEO of ABACUS Solutions International, Simon Butler, added:

Modern shoppers expect convenience and with lotteries wanting to drive more sales, integrating play options at more points of sale is the most effective way to do so.  

“This will enable retailers to pick up ‘lapsed’ players, ‘occasional’ players and ‘double’ players who are tempted to have another go. Integrating more options to purchase makes the lottery much more available and visible.”

The ABACUS Fusion platform presents a simple interface and integration into existing retailer systems is minimal.  

As part of the Dutch holding group, ABACUS Solutions International Holding BV, the opportunity with De Lotto offers ABACUS huge opportunities in the region.

De Lotto has been earning money for sports and other charities in the Netherlands since 1961. With the brands Lotto, Toto, Lucky Day, Krasloten (instant tickets) and Eurojackpot, De Lotto invests in society. Annually, De Lotto donates millions to institutions in the field of sports, culture, social welfare and public health. Over the years this amount has increased to almost 2 billion euros.

Speaking about what the deal means for De Lotto, Sales Director Hannelore Jager, said:

By providing lottery everywhere for our retailers, we’re offering our modern customers pay and play systems that suit their busy lifestyles.

“We’re looking forward to the full integration of ABACUS’s technology and changing the mind-set of De Lotto customers.”

ABACUS is unique, employing experts from both the lottery world and the payment processing industry as well as leading software technologists. With simplicity at their core, ABACUS systems have an impressive speed to market and high levels of lottery and payment security.

The concepts, games and technology of ABACUS work in partnership with lottery organisations and their suppliers, enabling all parties to benefit from the changing and evolving shopping patterns of consumer spending.

ABACUS will be exhibiting at World Lottery Summit in Rome between 2nd and 5th November 2014 on stand number 3. To find out more about ABACUS technology visit: www.abacus-bv.com or contact them on: info@abacus-bv.com

SOURCE: ABACUS.

 

 

ASA Publishes Review of Gambling Advertising

LONDON, U.K. (October 30, 2014) -- Independent research that we commissioned reveals that people are satisfied with the way gambling advertisements are regulated.  They approve of how the rules are applied, which is in line with our objectives to protect young people and vulnerable adults.

We’ve reviewed our position on gambling advertising in light of changes to the law which, in 2007, allowed greater freedom to advertise gambling products.

As a result, the number of gambling ads has increased significantly. The law recognises that gambling is a legitimate leisure activity but one that needs to be properly regulated to protect against harm.  It was timely, therefore, to conduct a review to determine whether our decisions on complaints about gambling ads have been set in the right place.

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As part of the Review we commissioned an independent agency, Research Works Ltd, to look into the public’s views on gambling advertising.  We also scrutinised all its decisions on gambling advertising complaints from the past year.

The research revealed that, in nearly all instances, our decision-making was in line with public opinion. Respondents also broadly considered that the UK advertising rules appropriately covered their concerns about when gambling ads should appear and what they can contain.

The wider review has identified some advertising issues that warrant further consideration.

These include:

  • Concerns over whether gambling sales promotions are always clearly and accurately advertised;
  • Whether some ads indirectly feature themes that link gambling to toughness, resilience and recklessness (all of which are prohibited by the rules), and
  • If we can take more proactive steps to challenge potential breaches of the rules not raised by complainants

 

In response to these issues, we’ll now prioritise potential breaches relating to sales promotions in gambling ads; be more proactive on issues relating to social responsibility and continue to work closely with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission to ensure a joined up approach.

Guy Parker, Chief Executive, said: “We’re pleased our decisions are in line with people’s opinions but we’re not complacent: there are areas we need to examine further as part of our commitment to ensure every UK ad’s a responsible ad.

Read the ASA's Review in full (PDF)

Read the independent research report - Public Perception of Gambling Advertising in the UK (PDF)

SOURCE: Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

 

 

WyoLotto Offer Players Online Tools to Start a Lottery Pool

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (November 3, 2014) -- Lottery pools spring up like mushrooms when jackpots reach levels at which even a split pot would make a difference in a person’s life. Currently, the Mega Millions® jackpot is an estimated $321 million and the Powerball jackpot is an estimated $178 million, making pools an attractive option for improving each member’s odds.

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation has launched WyoLotto™ Pool Play to provide tips and fun downloadable resources for everyone. Downloads, available at wyolotto.com, include signup sheets, posters, tips and pool rules.

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Lottery pools are popular not just because they increase each member’s odds of winning,” said Jon Clontz, Wyoming Lottery CEO. “They also maximize the fun.”

Clontz noted that there are friends and coworkers pooling their money and playing together right now. “Our web site is offering information and tools to help others get in on the fun and excitement of being part of a pool. We’ve created tools players need to start a pool at work or with friends.”

To help spread the word about Pool Play, the lottery is holding a $5,000 drawing in December. All pools that sign up online at wyolotto.com by Dec. 14 will be entered for a chance to win and split $5,000.

Pools are all about people coming together to have fun,” Clontz said. “Whether the winning pool’s participants divvy up the $5,000, use it to throw an office party, or spend it on lottery tickets, it will certainly be a fun win for the pool players.”

Recent examples of pools that have hit it big include an office pool in Pennsylvania that won $2 million in the Oct. 22 Powerball drawing and another in Green Bay, Wisconsin that won $1 million in the Aug. 27 Powerball drawing.

Clontz encourages pool organizers to considering the following when creating a lottery pool.

  1. Pick a leader. Pick a leader who will be in charge of the lottery pool and who will buy the tickets, make copies, keep track of winnings, etc.
  2. Create a team agreement. Creating a group agreement that spells out who’s playing and individual contributions. Have all participants sign it.
  3. Publicize it. Post a list of all participants so there’s no uncertainty about who’s involved and who isn’t.
  4. Keep the tickets secure. Keep the original tickets in a safe place.
  5. Go to wylotto.com for more information and resources that will help your pool.

 

The Wyoming Lottery has also produced an informative rack card that provides useful tips about forming lottery pools. The rack card is available at WyoLotto retailers statewide.

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: Wyoming Lottery.

 

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The Quality Group – Lottery Technology Systems GmbH

Presenting the TQG-LotterySuite, an End-to-End central lottery system, at the World Lottery Association Summit 2014 in Rome

ROME, Italy (November 3, 2014) -- The Quality Group - Lottery Technology Systems GmbH is presenting its End-to-End central lottery system for the state-licensed lottery market, at the WLA Summit 2014 in Rome.

TQG-LTS has developed a complete End-to-End lottery system that provides all of the functions and applications needed for the operation of a thoroughly reliable, future-oriented lottery.

TQG-LTS is presenting its standard software solution, which features ‚Innovation  Performance  Quality at its best’ at stand 24, in Rome.

Presenting the TQG-LotterySuite, an End-to-End central lottery system, at the World Lottery Association Summit 2014 in Rome

The TQG-LotterySuite is independent from terminal, server, operating system and browser. It is highly configurable, fully scalable, multilingual and multi-client capable. With its thin client terminal software TQG-LTS is setting new standards. TQG has been an established and certificated software company for over two decades now, constantly going far beyond statutory requirements.

The World Lottery Association is a worldwide membership organization which represents the interests of state-licensed lotteries. The WLA bases its values on compliance with the highest standards of Corporate Responsibility - with 'WLA Responsible Gaming Principles' and 'WLA Responsible Gaming Framework' – as well as respect for all existing legal systems.

TQG-LTS meets the stringent requirements WLA membership demands.

Continuous, high quality investment in the lottery industry, as well as the expert skills and experience of TQG-LTS employees and superb levels of customer satisfaction have allowed TQG-LTS to gain recognition as being a highly innovative company.

TQG-LTS is delighted to be taking part in the WLA Summit in Rome and anticipates generating considerable interest.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to CONTACT: The Quality Group GmbH Presseabteilung, Claudia Köhler: +49-40-689468-41, +49-172 4091613, Email: claudia.koehler@tqg-lts.com.

SOURCE: The Quality Group. (www.tqg-lts.com).

 

 

Karma Announce New Lottery Game Innovations Ahead of World Lottery Summit in Rome

HALIFAX, Canada (October 30, 2014)  - Karma Gaming International is excited to announce the launch of a new category of next-generation lottery games- Crossword Hidden Object, based on Karma's patent-pending technology.

Crossword-style instant win games are considered an evergreen lottery product category, while Hidden Object games are a popular sub-genre within puzzle-style games, popular on Facebook, tablet and mobile devices. By merging crossword with Hidden Object-style puzzle casual games, Karma has created a lottery game category for the casual gaming generation.

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The first two titles - Haunted Hotel and Secrets of the Pyramids - hold the distinction as being the first-ever episodic lottery games, featuring storylines played out over multiple levels.

Each level contains a hidden object puzzle and a crossword. Players must uncover hidden letters within the puzzle to solve the crossword to win real-money. Players can also uncover additional bonus cash mini-games, as well as hidden clues to solve the mystery storyline, including hidden notes and artifacts.

Karma's games can be played across all devices and are available in HTML5, Flash or native iOS.

"Karma has gained deep understanding of how to effectively combine the thrill of winning and gambling, with the entertainment value of gaming," said Jay Aird, Karma's Chief Innovation Officer. "Word-based games and puzzle games are universally popular among lottery players and casual gamers alike, and also share similar player profiles."

"Lotteries around the world are suffering from an aging player base and a lack of relevance among younger audiences," said Paul LeBlanc, Chief Executive Officer of Karma Gaming. "By reimagining a familiar lottery instant win game as a casual game, we are making lottery relevant to the digital generation."

 Karma will be showcasing Haunted Hotel at the upcoming World Lottery Summit in Rome. Haunted Hotel and Secrets of the Pyramids are available through Karma directly as well as through Karma's distribution partners, such as GTECH and Scientific Games.

About Karma Gaming

Karma Gaming International is the leader in next-generation lottery games. Karma creates gaming experiences which can be played cross-platform, designed to appeal to the digital generation. The products merge the fun and skill of casual gaming with the chance to win real monetary rewards.

 SOURCE: Karma Gaming International.

 

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Bookmakers announce further Player Protection Measures

LONDON, UK (November 3, 2014) -- Today, the UK's major High Street Bookmakers and Gaming Machine Suppliers have committed to additional voluntary measures to further promote responsible gambling on gaming machines, by enhancing player controls.

Gaming Machine customers will be compelled to make a choice as to whether they wish to set a time and/or money limit prior to game play.

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This will be achieved via a mandatory message requiring the player to either select limits or not and, for those who choose not to, automated machine alerts will be generated following 30 minutes of game play or, following the loss of £250.

These new measures have been introduced following recent research which revealed that the setting of self-imposed limits is the most effective way to help players remain in control. The data shows that while only a small percentage of players presently utilise the set limits functionality, a high percentage of these will stop gambling at or before the limit they have chosen.

Research and industry figures also show that "pre-commitment" is an important tool for people wishing to control or limit their gambling. (1)

The industry has therefore, on a voluntary basis, concluded that in line with its commitment to the highest standards of responsible gambling, to increase the prominence of the set limits functionality.

These latest improvements to gaming controls are born from the player behaviour data now available post the implementation of the ABB's Code for Responsible Gambling and, the independent research findings of the Responsible Gambling Trust. (2)

These changes will also be supported by a focussed in-shop campaign to encourage more customers to set limits and, to see setting limits as an integral part of a normal approach to gaming machine play. The centrepiece of this campaign will be a Responsible Gambling Week in January 2015 which will coincide with the new measures being introduced at the end of the month.

James Henderson, CEO William Hill, Richard Glynn, CEO Ladbrokes, Carl Leaver, Group CEO Gala Coral and Andy McCue, CEO Designate Paddy Power said: “Evidence available from the current machine controls shows that voluntary limits help machine customers to stay in control of their gambling – so it’s up to us to encourage more people to make use of them. That is precisely what these new measures should do.”

Paul Darling Chairman of the ABB said: "We have listened closely to public and political concerns about gaming machines, and this action is building on our evolving commitment to responsible gambling measures. These are not minor changes, but significant and substantive improvements to player protection based on evidence. Our research says loud and clear that voluntary limits are the best way to ensure players stay in control, which is why we are acting decisively to promote them with our customers.

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We are determined to protect vulnerable people while at the same time offering fun and enjoyment to the millions of people in this country who enjoy betting.”

Over 40,000 retail staff have already been re-trained in responsible gambling measures over the last 12 months and, following this latest initiative, a further substantive training exercise will again be carried out in readiness for January.

Notes:

1 The latest industry figures show 75 per cent of players setting a monetary alert either stop playing or continue playing but do not put in any more money. And over 85 per cent of players setting a voluntary time limit either stop playing or stop putting in any more cash when they reach that limit.

2 Independent research carried out earlier this year by Professor Alex Blaszczynski of the University of Sydney commented positively on voluntary setting of limits as a means of controlling gambling.

The report, Operator Based Approaches to Harm Minimisation in Gambling, co-authored by Adrian Parke, Jonathan Parke and Jane Rigbye, found that “pre-commitment is a useful tool for a proportion of gamblers to assist in limiting time and money spent gambling.”

It continued: “Educating gamblers on the nature and aims of pre-commitment should be promoted widely to the general population of gamblers to increase its use and compliance.”

Contact Details:

Hilary Douglas - Campaigns Director

Association of British Bookmakers

E: hilarydouglas@abb.uk.com   

T: 07867 179 163/ 0207 434 2111

SOURCE: Association of British Bookmakers.

 

 

Unibet Sponsors 2014 British Poker Awards

LONDON, UK (November 4, 2014) -- The organisers of the British Poker Awards (www.thebritishpokerawards.com) are proud to announce Unibet as the headline sponsor for 2014.

Unibet joins Bluff Europe magazine, PokerNews, PokerStrategy, RankingHero and CalvinAyre.com, in celebrating the best of British poker.

"We're genuinely delighted to have the chance to sponsor the British Poker Awards - the UK is our fastest growing market and being a London-based company, it's a great opportunity for Unibet to get more involved in UK poker," said Martin Stalros, Unibet Head of Poker.

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"The BPA is something we look out for at the start of each year and I think most British players would agree that it's the most important annual awards we have for poker. It also happens to be the most entertaining, and we'll be doing our best to make sure that can still be said for at least another year!" he added.

"Unibet is dedicated to British Poker and working hard to put the fun back into poker," said Bluff Europe editor-in-chief Michael Caselli. "This makes them a perfect fit for a ceremony that is the highlight of any player's social calendar."

Poker fans still have time to vote for their favourite players, poker rooms, tournaments and more in 13 readers choice categories at www.thebritishpokerawards.com, including the brand new video category 'Hand of the Year'.

Nominees have been selected by an impartial panel of poker media, comprised of PokerNews' Matthew Pitt, PokerStrategy.com's Barry Carter, CalvinAyre.com's Lee Davy, RankingHero's Nicolas Levi, Late Night Poker creator Nic Szeremeta and 'Voice of Poker' Jesse May.

To vote for the awards and get a chance to win a seat at the star-studded event, visit www.thebritishpokerawards.com, where players can also find updates on the upcoming ceremony, including news of a special panel award.

Media contact:

Tom Victor

Lyceum Media

tom@lyceummedia.com   

About The British Poker Awards (www.thebritishpokerawards.com)

The British Poker Awards is an annual event created in order to honour the best poker players, leagues, clubs and tournaments in the UK. Organised by Bluff Europe, in association with several other media outlets including Pokernews, PokerStrategy, RankingHero and CalvinAyre.com to ensure impartiality, nominees are chosen by a committee of journalists, before being put to public online vote. Players and industry figures are then invited to attend an awards presentation ceremony.

SOURCE: Unibet.

 

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The UK's professional Basketball League partners with Sportradar

Sportradar becomes preferred betting data partner of British Basketball League

LONDON, UK (October 31, 2014) -- Today, the British Basketball League (BBL) are pleased to announce the appointment of Sportradar as their preferred betting data partner for the 2014/15 Season.

This exciting development for the League will see BBL fans benefit directly from the partnership with Sportradar committing to increase the number of games covered this season by BBL TV from its previous 30 to 45.

The British Basketball League, often abbreviated to the BBL, is the premier men's professional basketball league in the United Kingdom representing 13 teams from England and Scotland. The teams compete for the national title during the regular season and post-season Play-offs, as well as for the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy.

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Sportradar are the world's leading supplier of sports and betting related data. The brand are experts at understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world, providing cutting-edge solutions and services to media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities.

Commenting on the partnership, the League's Commercial Director David Leyden Dunbar said: "This is such a positive news story at the beginning of the 2014/15 Season, where we've been able to deliver a partnership which all BBL fans can benefit from instantly. This season we've strived to improve BBL TV's output but the addition of 15 extra live games has only been made possible through Sportradar's investment and support."

Sportradar's Managing Director Data & Licensing, Johannes Ranke had this to add: "The British Basketball League is such an exciting league, with teams from Glasgow down to Plymouth and one that a lot of the up and coming talent of the UK look up to. The opportunity to help in the development and growth of UK basketball is an exciting one, and we are proud that our partnership will see the league's channel broadcast 50 % more matches than it did last season".

About the British Basketball League (www.bbl.org.uk)

The BBL - British Basketball League - is an independent company, owned by its member clubs, which has run the top men's professional league in the UK since 1987. It operates a system of franchises over the UK stretching from Plymouth in the south west to Glasgow north of the border.

The BBL is a major contributor to the development of the sport at all levels and its member clubs place a large emphasis on work undertaken in their local communities.

The 2014/15 season will be the League's 28th and promises to be the most successful to date both on and off the playing court.

About Sportradar Security Services (www.sportradar.com)

Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world. The company's Security Services operation provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations, including the AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA. This unique system allows the Security Services team to monitor betting behaviour and patterns worldwide and to identify suspicious activities. Those findings prove invaluable for sports federations and law enforcement agencies that are looking to pinpoint match-fixers. The Security Services also include the Fraud Prevention Service (FPS) through which Sportradar offers education tools and services that have been delivered to leagues and clubs around the world. These have been show to increase awareness of illegal betting and match-fixing among those involved in sport.

More than 600 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar's data depth and quality services in their daily business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in more than 25 locations around the world and employs over 750 highly experienced staff worldwide.

Contact: Alex Inglot

Head of Communications

Sportradar AG

Phone: +44 203 695 22 14

Email: a.inglot@sportradar.com

SOURCE: www.sportradar.com.

 

 

666BET becomes FA Cup sponsor of non-league ‘Super Six’

Online bookmaker invests in grass roots by partnering Basingstoke Town, Gosport Borough, Weston-super-Mare, AFC Fylde, East Thurrock United and Norton United

ISLE OF MAN (November 5, 2014) -- 666BET.com has signed sponsorship deals with six non-league clubs playing in this weekend’s FA Cup first round.

The FA Cup partnerships will see the online bookmaker’s logo appear on the kits of a selection of sides from across the country and the non-league pyramid.

The ‘666BET Super Six’ are: Conference South trio Basingstoke Town, Gosport Borough and Weston-super-Mare, Conference North’s AFC Fylde, as well as East Thurrock United of the Ryman Isthmian Premier and Norton United of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

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Barry Martin, CEO of 666BET.com, said: “From Premier League to non-league, 666BET is proud to be involved in football across all levels of the beautiful game.

“We are looking forward to seeing the ‘666BET Super Six’ in action this weekend and hope they can pull off a few shocks in The FA Cup first round.”

All agreements will continue for every round in which the teams remain in the competition and include perimeter board advertising for the sides playing at home.

The teams will have the 666BET logo on the front of their shirts apart from Basingstoke Town and Weston-super-Mare, who will wear the logo on the back of shirt and shorts respectively. These two deals will also apply to league games until the end of the season.

AFC Fylde have created a limited run of the special edition FA Cup shirts, which will be worn at Plymouth Argyle. They are being sold for £20.22, the price reflecting the year the ambitious club hopes to be playing in the Football League.  

Commercial Manager Dave Riche said: “We are delighted to have the support of 666BET for our FA Cup journey.

“We hope that by attracting a major betting brand who have partnerships with Premier League clubs that this shows the increase in the profile of AFC Fylde.”

Since launching in summer 2014, 666BET has signed Harry Redknapp as its brand ambassador and he stars in the company’s TV advertising alongside Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Vas Blackwood.

It has betting partnerships with Premier League sides Leicester City and West Bromwich lbion, as well as sponsoring League One Leyton Orient’s shirt.

666BET is also official betting partner of the Grand Slam of Darts, which will be held at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall from November 8-16, 2014, and the firm recently sponsored Newmarket’s Bunbury Cup and a number of high profile boxing fights.

666BET is offering money back on all losing outright FA Cup bets if selections lose to a non-league team at any stage of the competition.

About 666BET.com

666BET.com is a fully registered online gambling website. Our goal is to offer an easy to use betting platform for our clients, excellent customer care, good value in our odds offering and all these under a secure and safe environment. We are regulated by Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and we use data security procedures that exceed e-gaming standards.

SOURCE: 666BET.com.




 

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