Have You Secured Your Place at the WLA / APLA Seminar on Queensland's
Beautiful Gold Coast?
APLA / WLA 2015 Seminar Divided by Oceans : Connected
by Opportunity 27th to 30th April, 2015
GOLD COAST, Queensland, Australia
(March 9, 2015)
Opening Dinner - 27th April
The poolside area at the Sheraton
Mirage Resort and Spa is the perfect setting to kick off the APLA / WLA 2015
Seminar. Catch up with industry friends and acquaintances in casual tropical
surroundings whilst enjoying fresh Australian cuisine and entertainment.
Closing Dinner - 29th April
A Seminar highlight will be the
closing dinner to be held at Sea World where delegates will dine by the lagoon
at Sea Worlds Dolphin Beach. You will be mesmerised by the beautiful
dolphins with their amazing display of grace and agility, as well as the
Networking Event - 30th April
2015 | 9am to 2pm
This event will enable delegates to
enjoy the diversity of the Gold Coast region by venturing into the Gold Coast
hinterland. The tour will take in areas of sub-tropical rainforest with
spectacular views from Mount Tamborine.
Delegates will have the opportunity
to relax and network with industry colleagues while enjoying wine and cheese
tasting, lunch and various activities at OReillys Canungra Valley
Optional Golf Tour GOLF!
The Gold Coast boasts a large
selection of quality golf courses and Seminar delegates can play one of the
best The Glades Golf Club at Robina. This par 72 course was designed by
Australian golfing icon Greg Norman who had the vision to create a great
golfing challenge for players at all levels, within visually stunning
Date and Time
Monday 27 April. Bus departs
Sheraton Mirage Resort at 6am for tee off from 7am. Bus will return from The
Glades at 12:30pm, arriving back to the Sheraton Mirage Resort at 1pm.
Forward to the APLA Website for Further Information On this
event - Click Here
GTECH Announce 2014 Fourth Quarter and Full Year
- Solid Q4 driven by strong product sales in
the Americas and International; stable service revenues overall
- Sharp growth in Q4 Operating Income
excluding one-off items related to IGT transaction
- Full-year results (EBITDA, CapEx, Operating
Income, NFP) at or ahead of guidance excluding one-offs
- IGT acquisition currently expected to close
on April 7, 2015
ROME (ITALY) and PROVIDENCE, RHODE
ISLAND (March 9, 2015) -- GTECH
S.p.A.s Board of Directors, chaired by Mr. Lorenzo Pellicioli, today
reviewed both the fourth quarter and full year consolidated results, and
approved the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2014.
We ended 2014 on another
robust quarter, with strong product sales in the Americas and International and
steady service revenues overall, said Marco Sala, CEO of GTECH S.p.A.
We are finalizing the acquisition of IGT, ready to initiate the
integration of our two companies, and to consolidate our leadership of the
global gaming industry.
"Our underlying operating
performance was very solid in the fourth quarter, said Alberto
Fornaro, CFO of GTECH S.p.A. "Excluding one-off items primarily related to
the IGT acquisition, we achieved or exceeded guidance in all our key full-year
metrics: EBITDA, CapEx, Operating Income, and Net Financial
Consolidated Revenues were
809 million, up approximately 5% from 773 million in the fourth
quarter of 2013. This increase was principally driven by product sales which
rose to 86 million in the quarter from 51 million in the fourth
quarter of 2013, chiefly reflecting higher product deliveries in the
International and Americas segments. Service revenues were up slightly to
723 million versus the same period last year.
EBITDA was up 7% to 261
million compared to 245 million in the fourth quarter of last year.
Operating Income was 97
million compared to 104 million last year. Operating Income was up 22% to
127 million excluding one-off items which consist of transaction costs of
22 million associated with the pending IGT acquisition and an 8
million adjustment to goodwill related to the sale of the ticketing business in
Interest Expense was 65
million compared to 42 million last year, the increase being principally
due to the bridge facility which was entered into in anticipation of the
closing of the IGT acquisition.
Net loss attributable to the
owners was 93 million, compared to net income of 1 million in
the 2013 fourth quarter, primarily attributable to the make-whole on the early
redemption of the 2016 Notes, higher interest expense related to the bridge
facility, a higher effective income tax rate primarily related to additional
taxation related to the Italian reorganization, as well as the tax settlement
and non-deductible costs associated with the IGT acquisition. Diluted
loss-per-share was 0.54 compared to income of 0.01 in the fourth
quarter of last year. Excluding the one-off items primarily related to the IGT
acquisition, net income attributable to the owners was 53 million up from
29 million and Diluted EPS was 0.31 up from 0.17 last
Capital Expenditures in the
quarter were 66 million.
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SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
TThe Evolution of the Scratchers Tickets in
A small market carries with it
a number of technical difficulties
MALTA (March 10, 2015) -- Within
such a limited market like that found in Malta, a company which will be
launching a new product will require a lot of planning and thought. Quantities
do count and the viability of a product is generally based on large
Obviously, one cannot forget that
sales and how much a person sells, loss and the amounts lost.in other words it
is a holistic operation based on the person that produces the new product
whilst taking into consideration the effect of the product on the producer and
also how it will be welcomed by the market. It could be that the terms being
used are somewhat complicated however; the business has to do its homework well
through a clear vision to avoid the company from going through negative
A product is successful and the
company is able to write its success story. A product is unsuccessful and the
company experiences a loss which might be fatal for it.
With this scene in mind, we may
apply all of this to what Malta had experienced way back in 1996 - meaning
before the privatisation of the Public Lotto - whereby the Scratchers Instant
tickets game had been launched.
The game of Scratchers, with its
diverse forms, is a very simple one and falls under the category of games which
allow instant winnings. Meaning that a person enters a Maltco shop, asks for a
Scratchers ticket or tickets, scratches the game area and would immediately
know whether the person is a winner or not.
In the event that a person is a
winner, the person has the possibility to cash the winnings there and then from
the same shop. However, should he be not so lucky this time, he would give it
another try next time.
There are some people that when they
go to purchase a Lotto, Super 5, Grand Lottery ticket or play any other game
from Maltco Lotteries, they also like to buy a Scratchers ticket/s and while
being relaxed and in the comfort of their home, they like to enjoy scratching
the ticket/s. Naturally it is a private moment of excitement. These moments
have the ability to create a lot of satisfaction due to the winnings they bring
The Scratchers tickets offer a
number of different winning possibilities and the winning amounts also vary.
Maybe the greatest excitement of this game is that upon scratching the ticket,
the player would know at first hand that he might be a winner. Without waiting
for any sort of draw to know whether he is a winner or not. Simply by
scratching the ticket in his hand he would know immediately whether fortune has
knocked on his door or not. Also he would know the exact amount he has won and
would know how much he will be given when he goes to the shop to get his
winnings no questions asked.
Like we mentioned earlier, the game
of Scratchers in Malta had been originally introduced in 1996. This was
naturally a completely innovative product which had been positively accepted by
When in 2004 Maltco Lotteries had
been given the licence of Lotto in Malta, it continued to build upon what it
had inherited in this game's regard; meanwhile the brand of Scratchers was
From that time onwards, and on a
regular basis, Maltco Lotteries launched a number of different tickets on the
same concept of Scratchers. Nowadays, it may be said that an average of eight
Scratchers editions are continuously available on the market. The ticket prices
vary from 1.00 to 5.00. Also the winnings vary according to the
ticket price but the every edition of scratch tickets is designed so that on
average every 4 consecutive tickets selected from a pack of tickets has a
Behind the launching of various
editions on the market there is a lot of planning, not only about securing the
viability of the editions, but also as regards the success of the editions so
that they will be greatly accepted by the market. Therefore a number of aspects
are combined together to come up with a fresh, modern and attractive
presentation of the tickets.
In Maltese we say that the first
impressions are the most lasting. And even in products of the like,
presentation is of utmost importance and one has to be a good salesperson to
encourage people to buy such tickets which may in turn give the player some
Studies show that since the game is
based on the instant win, Maltco Lotteries is opt to design each game edition
on principles that the game is attractive to be played instantly and the
winning methods are simple and with no complications for one to play.
Every month, all the Scratchers
players have a second chance to participate in another game with no extra
participating cost - by gathering non-winning tickets amounting to a total of
10.00 - and entering in a chance to win the prize of 1,000. The
draw of such a lottery is transmitted live on television, once a month before
the Super 5 draw.
It is good to say that Maltco
Lotteries pays out an average of five ticket editions every year with a grand
prize of up to 50,000.
The complete variety of the
Scratchers editions may be found in all Maltco Lotteries shops and authorised
It is somewhat interesting that
Maltco Lotteries had recently participated in the World Lottery Summit which
took place in Rome, whereby it had been represented by Ioannis Katakis and
David Anthony Gatt, the company CEO explained in detail the challenges which
Maltco Lotteries went through and is still experiencing so that Malta may be
able not only to sustain the game of Scratchers within its small market but
also to make it popular and attractive.
He explained that there are a number
of challenges which relate to the production of such tickets and that the
company is continuously engaged to produce these tickets in such a way that
they are viable since the quantities produced are small due to a small market.
However, the company believes that it has to give the best of service for the
market, including the production of such tickets.
It is due to this that INTRALOT
being the mother company, has worked hand in hand with Maltco to help with the
production of these tickets to be carried out with those of other international
SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.
MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB To Launch New Multi-State Lottery
Scratch Ticket Game
March Premiere Date Set for
Nationally Syndicated Companion TV Show
Two New Millionaires Minted in
First Week of Series Production
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 10, 2015)
-- "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB," the first-of-its kind television game show
will launch a new multi-state companion lottery scratch ticket. With as many as
14 state lotteries joining immediately, and more states to follow, the MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES' CLUB lottery scratch ticket created by
Scientific Games under
license from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will debut in March 2015 just in time
for the new premiere date of the "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" television game
show on March 28 and 29 (check local listings for time, day and station).
"MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" is hosted by actor, comedian and television star
Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly," "You, Me and Dupree"), and co-hosted by Todd
Newton ("Family Game Night," "Hollywood Showdown").
Originally created as a multi-state
lottery draw game in 2014, the following states will be the first to roll out
this exciting new scratch ticket: Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine,
Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, South Dakota and Tennessee.
"This lottery scratch game
captures the essence and fun of the 'MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB' game show
that has already started production in Las Vegas," said Steve Saferin,
president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games.
"The studio audience reaction to the show has been wildly enthusiastic, and
there's no better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of MONOPOLYTM than to
give fans of the game yet another way to play."
Scientific Games Productions
recently kicked off production on "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" at the Rio
All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas inside a custom-built, 48,000
square-foot, state-of-the-art structure. Gardell stood atop the multi-million
dollar LED floor displaying the iconic MONOPOLY board before an audience of
winners from participating state lotteries, and guided contestants through
their journey to possibly win $1 million.
During the first week of production,
the show had its first two $1 million winners and awarded a grand total of over
$3.5 million in cash and prizes.
"I've never seen anything like
watching these contestants win this life-changing amount of money," said
Gardell. "It is hands-down one of the best experiences I've had in my
"In my 20 years of producing TV
game shows, this is definitely the most overwhelming response from an audience
based on how quickly two new millionaires were minted during these
tapings," said Scott St. John, executive producer. "No other show I've
produced - or seen - has ever given away this much prize money this
With a live studio audience made up
of the winners and their guests, totaling almost 400 people each day,
contestants were selected at random from the registered trip winners to play a
series of games, each offering cash and other prizes, with a total value of up
to $2.5 million per episode. The final round offers a single lucky contestant a
shot at a $1 million prize. Plus, each section of the audience shares in their
contestant's winnings from the show. Gardell and local segment game host Todd
Newton led contestant play in games such as Community Chest, Ride the Rails and
Electric Company, and between the national and local show segments, handed out
cash and prizes worth over $3.5 million.
With the launch of the new scratch
ticket, players can try and qualify to win a four-night, five-day trip for two
to Las Vegas with accommodations at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino,
and the chance to compete on the game show by registering their MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES' CLUB lottery scratch tickets online at www.playmmc.com to build
MONOPOLY-themed Lottery Property Sets that earn them entries into a random
drawing to participate.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's
portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery
and gaming systems; electronic gaming machines, game content and systems; table
games products and utilities; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards
programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services. For more
information, please visit www.scientificgames.com.
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Pollard Banknote Announce Improved Fourth Quarter and Record Annual
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (March
10, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard") today released its financial results for the
three months and year ended December 31, 2014, with improved fourth quarter
gross profit and net income compared to 2013.
"We are very pleased with our
financial results for the 2014 fiscal year and the fourth quarter,"
commented Co-Chief Executive Officer John Pollard. "The positive trends
experienced during the year have continued and we expect the same to carry on
"We achieved record revenue in
2014, driven by the success of our proprietary products including our Scratch
FX® and PlayBook® instant tickets. Our strong portfolio of contracts,
including a number of new contracts obtained in 2014, allowed us to maintain
significant momentum throughout the year. Sales of our licensed games product
line were also strong throughout the year. Our production volumes reached
record levels during the year and our average selling prices were ahead of
2013. Were it not for the timing of a large amount of goods in transit over
year end our annual ticket sales volumes would also have reached record
"Our free cash flow was very
strong during the year, allowing us to continue to pay down our bank debt in
addition to funding a large amount of our almost $19 million in total capital
"The weakening Canadian dollar,
particularly in reference to the U.S. dollar, brings multiple benefits to
Pollard. Not only does the amount of net cash inflow increase due to greater
equivalent Canadian dollar receipts, it also makes us more competitive in
bidding for future work. Continued weakening of the dollar in the first quarter
of 2015 is a positive trend for our company"
"Our fourth quarter results
generated higher net income and gross profit margins versus 2013 reflecting a
strong production mix of high valued products. Our top line revenue and
adjusted EBITDA were slightly lower due solely to a large amount of in transit
product at year end, however this revenue will be reflected in our first
quarter 2015 results."
"The official start-up of our
Michigan Lottery ilottery internet site occurred in the fourth quarter and the
initial results have been very encouraging. All metrics have met or exceeded
original targets including revenue, player registrations and net proceeds for
the lottery. While still a modest part of our overall results in absolute
numbers, the financial upside is potentially significant and we look forward to
replicating our success in the future as more lotteries embrace the internet as
a viable distribution method."
"Our two major development
projects progressed well over the fourth quarter of 2014 and the early part of
2015. Our major press expansion remains on target for second quarter
commissioning and will fundamentally change the capacity and capabilities of
Pollard. At the same time, the implementation of our ERP system includes a
staged roll-out beginning in the second quarter of 2015 and will provide us the
infrastructure to maximize the utilization of all our processes including our
new press line."
"The lottery industry had another
good year in 2014 and all signs point to continuing growth. Lotteries are
increasingly relying on instant tickets as their main generator of funds,
particularly given declining sales in the lotto or draw based games over the
last 12 months. The increasing market size of the instant ticket product line
provides us with significant opportunities for greater sales and
"We are very proud of the results
we achieved in 2014 and are excited about 2015. Our industry is growing and
expanding into new areas and Pollard is poised to benefit. Not only have we
achieved very good financial results in 2014, but we have also laid a strong
foundation to expand our organization and capitalize on these growth
Information: to Read the full financial report please forward to the
website of Pollard Banknote -
For further information CONTACT:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323 ext 204,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323 ext 275,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323 ext 250,
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Smartplays Origin® System: Multi-layer Security &
EDGEWATER PARK, New Jersey (March
11, 2015) - Auditable. Secure. Random. Reliable. Is your
lottery drawing staff comfortable using those adjectives with your current
RNG? Recent events have placed computerized number generating
systems under new scrutiny. Industry leaders are increasingly using the word
auditable in reference to the measure of integrity RNGs can truly
offer. Smartplay International deliberately addressed these issues when
developing the Origin® System, focusing on access, control and human
Limit access, degrees of control.
These concepts seem simple enough; no single person or company should ever have
unrestricted access to your live gaming systems. Responsibilities from ticket
sales and draw applications should be segregated. With any software change or
development, the source and applications should be vetted by a third party as
being fit for purpose. Once compiled, digital signatures (checksums) should be
calculated and proved on a regular basis.
Human verification and
accountability. More than one single person, a minimum of two, should
certify, through checksum and seal integrity, that there is a verifiable chain
of custody from when the systems were last certified through the current draw.
Just as there are occasionally errors in technology, we all know humans make
errors. Check and check again.
Smartplays two-tier approach is necessary to assure
game integrity in the digital age of gaming. Our use of this method has been
audited, tested, scrutinized and certified by worlds top gaming
certification companies. KPMG of Vancouver, Canada; Gaming Laboratories Inc. of
Lakehurst, NJ; Secure Software in McClean, VA; BMM Compliance of Las Vegas, NV;
and Eclipse Compliance Testing in Solon, OH have all certified the Origin®
Lotteries using the Smartplay
Origin® Digital Draw system can rest easy knowing their drawings are safe
from manipulation, insider fraud or hacking. The system is not accessible to a
network or the internet. The physical console housing and logon validation,
which is required prior to start of a game, give it an added dimension of
security. Once the system is ready to go, every event is logged. The
system runs its own self-diagnostic check during startup. Lottery officials
easily export drawing results to web and media outlets via video card, thumb
drive or by using the Origin® Portal System.
So who uses the Origin®
System? Washington State, Tennessee, California, Pronosticos (Mexico),
North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana, National Sports Lottery
(Nigeria), Illinois, and Ohio lotteries all use the Origin® System on a
regular basis. Virginia and New York lotteries use an Origin® for raffles,
2nd chance draws, special event drawings, and as a backup system to their
traditional machines. The New Jersey Lottery and Rhode Island Lottery have
rented systems on a limited basis for special events.
Adaptable. Highly capable.
Auditable. A technologically advanced computer platform containing animations
and broadcast-quality graphics on a highly secure and triple-redundant random
number software system are all part of the standard Origin® Digital Draw
package. Systems have the inherent ability to conduct raffle and 2nd chance
games with populations as large as one billion. Pick six out of 36? No problem.
Perpetual Keno drawings? Piece of cake! With minimal expenditure, these systems
can be reconfigured to add new games and custom graphics specific to the
lotterys game requirements.
Equally as important, Smartplay
engineers have copies of all systems distributed to our clients. If ever a
question of integrity arises, systems and backup systems can be audited for
errors, validation and history.
Established in 1993, Smartplay is
dedicated to the creative design, development and manufacture of lottery
drawing equipment. The product line has evolved over the years in
response to clients needs by incorporating the latest technology.
Smartplay has thereby maintained a position as international leader in the area
of lottery drawing machines and customized game show equipment. Smartplay is
consistently chosen above other manufacturers due to a reputation for quality
and reliability. Smartplay is proud to be the choice of the worlds most
CONTACT: Mariana Burachok,
Marketing, Phone: +1 609 880 1860, Email:
SOURCE: Smartplay International,
Inc., Edgewater Park, NJ USA.
NOVOMATIC to Reclaim Multiplayer Sales and
AUSTRIA (March 11, 2015) -- Austrian
Gaming Industries GmbH, (AGI), the wholly owned subsidiary of the NOVOMATIC
Group has given advance notification that, as of August 1st 2015, it will
reclaim the rights to the sales and distribution of its multiplayer (electronic
table gaming) product range that are currently held by TCS John Huxley.
As and from August, 2015 AGI will
fully control all international sales and distribution of its multiplayer
product range directly, through its subsidiary companies in some jurisdictions
and via certain distribution partners in specific markets. TCS John Huxley will
still have access to software and spare parts support, via AGI approved local
channels, for this NOVOMATIC product range and thus will be able to offer
related services in certain designated markets.
Mr Jens Einhaus, Sales Director of
AGI, noted: AGI wishes to thank TCS John Huxley for its long
commitment to NOVOMATIC and its market leading multiplayer product range. While
circumstances now dictate that AGI will now bring commercial responsibility for
these products back in house, the length of our co-operation with
TCS John Huxley and the excellent relationship that our companies have shared
have been a major factor in the success of NOVOMATIC multiplayer products
around the world. For that I wish to express our thanks for the excellent
professional relationship that AGI has enjoyed over the years with TCS John
AGI has taken steps to ensure
customers that the transition in sales, distribution and service of multiplayer
products will be seamless and that it will provide the highest level of sales
and after sales service attention to any and all enquiries received on or after
August 1st, 2015.
Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH
(AGI) a 100-percent subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG (www.novomatic.com) is an
integrated global gaming company specializing in the design, development,
manufacturing, distribution and sales of electronic gaming machines and
advanced technology products. As Europe's leading manufacturer AGI delivers one
of the broadest product ranges in the industry.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest
integrated gaming companies in the world. The group employs more than 22,000
staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf, the Group
has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming
equipment and solutions to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 232,000
gaming machines in its about 1,500 plus traditional and electronic casinos as
well as via rental concepts.
Part of the Group is also Admiral
Sportwetten GmbH, Austrias leading sports betting operator with more than
200 outlets as well as the Vienna based online gaming specialist Greentube
Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH. With the acquisition of Betware and the
foundation of NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions in 2013 the Group entered the lottery
business segment and thus completed its transition into a truly integrated
The main markets of the group are
the Member States of the European Union; the Central, Eastern and South Eastern
European markets where NOVOMATIC was, due to its early market entry, able to
establish an excellent position; as well as expanding markets with exceptional
growth such as Latin America and the US.
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Group.
Dutch Postcode Lottery Society Always
Dutch Postcode Lottery
Kicks-Off Ninth Annual Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (March 11,
2015) -- The Dutch Postcode Lottery today announced the launch of the ninth
annual Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, the largest international sustainable
business plan competition that aims to promote a low carbon economy and a
greener environment. U.S. and global entrepreneurs of all experience
backgrounds are encouraged to submit creative business plans that directly
reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The winner with the best plan will
receive 500,000 euro (approximately $535,000 USD) to further develop the
product or service and bring it to market within the next two years. In
addition to the winning entry, the organization will also offer 200,000 euro
(approximately $214,000 USD) to the first and second runners-up.
The Postcode Lottery Green
Challenge provides the most innovative and promising green entrepreneurs with
the opportunity to really make a difference and help combat climate
change, said Marieke van Schaik, managing director of the Dutch
Postcode Lottery. Since 1998, this annual competition has been an
important global platform where individuals have the chance to not only bring
their ideas to life, but also meet other visionaries that share their
Entrants will be evaluated on how
well they integrate Cradle2Cradle principles into their designs and explain the
extensive development process that will maximize the impact of the product or
service moving forward. Additionally, judges will also assess entries based on
three factors: communication potential, courageousness, and
The deadline for the competition is
June 1 and entrepreneurs can submit their business plans online through
www.greenchallenge.info. In July, the organization will announce 25 nominees
who are in the running towards becoming a finalist. Five finalists will then be
selected in August for the final round of the competition, where they will
present their ideas in front of a selected audience and a panel of
international judges during the grand final in Amsterdam on Sept. 10.
About the Dutch Postcode
Lottery Society Always Wins
The Dutch Postcode Lottery was
founded in 1989 to support charitable organizations. Today, 2.5 million people
in the Netherlands play the lottery in order to stand the chance of winning a
hundred thousand prizes. At the same time, these lottery participants support
92 charitable organizations with fifty percent of each lottery ticket. Since
its founding, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has donated more than 4 billion
to organizations working in the fields of human rights, nature and the
Organizations the lottery supports
include UNICEF, WWF, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and
Natuurmonumenten. As of 2005, the Postcode Lottery also operates in the United
Kingdom and Sweden, where the Peoples Postcode Lottery and Svenska
PostkodLotteriet respectively raise money for charity. In the Netherlands, the
Dutch Postcode Lottery operates together with the BankGiro Loterij and the
VriendenLoterij under the Goede Doelen Loterijen umbrella. Novamedia/Postcode
Loterijen is the third largest private charitable donor in the world.
SOURCE: Dutch Postcode Lottery.
WyoLotto Launch Cowboy Draw Game with $10,000 "Horse"
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (March 11, 2015)
-- Cowboy Draw®, Wyoming's new in-state lottery game kicks off on March 15
in true Western spirit with a special $10,000 giveaway contest offering fans
the chance to win: a horse. That's right, pardner. Only in Wyoming.
The Horse Giveaway contest goes live
on March 15, 2015, at the same time WyoLotto® retailers start selling the
first Cowboy Draw tickets. To enter the special giveaway, participants submit a
photo taken of themselves with their recently purchased Cowboy Draw ticket and
register on the Wyoming Lottery Facebook page or at wyolotto.com.
These "selfies" may be submitted
through March 29, 2015 at 2:59 am. Any Wyoming resident 18 years of age or over
at the time of the event who resides in Wyoming can register for a chance to
win. A winner will be randomly selected from among all valid entries.
The Horse Giveaway winner will in
fact win $10,000, which may be spent on a horse-in true Wyoming spirit-or for
anything the winner might choose to do with $10,000. "The Horse Giveaway
celebrates the March 15 launch of our first in-state game with a little Western
flair and a lot of fun," said Jon Clontz, CEO of the Wyoming Lottery
Corporation. "To top off Cowboy Draw's better odds and the jackpot starting
at $250,000, maybe-just maybe-you could win the horse of your dreams."
The new game from the Wyoming
Lottery Corporation will offer the Cowboy State better odds than Powerball®
and Mega Millions®, with jackpots starting at $250,000 that keep growing
until someone wins. Tickets for Cowboy Draw will only be sold in Wyoming,
giving Wyomingites higher chances of winning winning prizes. Prizes could rise
to a million dollars and more!
Cowboy Draw is a draw game similar
to Powerball and Mega Millions. Players choose five numbers ranging from 1 to
45. A player who correctly matches all five numbers is the jackpot winner.
Players who correctly match four, three and two numbers also win cash prizes of
$1,000, $20 and $5, respectively. Each $5 ticket provides two chances to win.
The weekly drawings for Cowboy Draw will be held every Monday and Thursday at 2
The first drawing will be held on
Monday, March 23 at 2 p.m To receive updates and notifications about the
upcoming Wyoming Cowboy Draw game, visit:
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Launch The MS Project Instant
New Game Expected to raise $2
million for Multiple Sclerosis Research in Illinois
CHICAGO, Illinois (March 6, 2015)
--The Illinois Lottery,
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, and the Illinois Department of
Public Health launched today the Lotterys latest instant game that funds
research into the cause, prevention and future cure of multiple sclerosis
Im proud to stand
with roughly 20,000 Illinoisans living with multiple sclerosis,
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti said. The new Illinois Lottery
instant game will help fund important research to identify what causes MS, how
we can prevent it and one day hopefully find a cure. As someone living with
this disease, I am honored to join the Illinois Lottery today to launch this
new game and hopefully bring us one step closer to curing MS.
The MS Project, the eighth edition
of the special cause Lottery instant game that funds MS research in
Illinois, is expected to raise nearly $2 million for the cause. The actual
ticket, the ability to win $250,000 instantly if played, and details of where
profits of the game are used, were announced at Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, a 2014 recipient of The MS Project funds.
Illinois Lottery Director Michael
Jones and Lt. Governor Sanguinetti were joined by Illinois Department of Public
Health Director Nirav Shah, M.D., J.D.; Holly Messick, President of the
National MS Society Greater Illinois Chapter; and Drs. Melissa Brown and
Stephen Miller, Northwestern MS grant recipients.
The MS Project instant game
represents what a lottery is all about. If you choose to buy a ticket because
youre feeling lucky--or because youd like to support this great
cause--you have an equal chance to win up to $250,000 instantly, said
Lottery Director Jones. This lottery game gives every adult in
Illinois the opportunity to willingly participate in funding critical research
on MS. Look for the bright orange ticket on display at 8,100 retailers
throughout our state.
This is a time of great
promise for people living with MS, with many novel strategies being explored in
clinics and laboratories throughout the country and around the world,
said Holly Messick, President of the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National
MS Society. With more than 15 Lottery funded research projects
currently taking place across the state, Illinois has become a leader for
cutting-edge research aimed at restoring function to people who live with this
often devastating disease.
All profits for The MS Project
instant game go to the Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund, which awards
grants to organizations conducting MS research in Illinois. All grants are
reviewed and approved by the National MS Societys Research Programs
Advisory Committee, a panel that includes 75 leading scientists, physicians and
other professionals from virtually every field related to MS.
We are fortunate that our
partners in the Governors office, Lottery, and in the field continue to
cohost this event every year, said Illinois Department of Public
Health Director Dr. Shah. Weve raised $7 million toward MS
research since we began partnering in 2008 and we look forward to supporting
innovative projects that will ultimately lead to the end of this debilitating
I have used funding from
the Illinois MS Lottery to advance a new research direction in my
laboratory, said Dr. Stephen Miller of Northwestern.
The grant has furthered our work on studying the ability of various
drugs to promote myelin repair in combination with drugs which target the
autoimmune response in mouse models of multiple sclerosis.
MS Project is available at more than
8,100 Illinois Lottery retailer locations across the state. Each MS Project
ticket costs $5. Available prizes range from $5 to $250,000 (four top prizes
are available). For more information regarding MS Project, please visit
illinoislottery.com or for more information regarding multiple sclerosis, visit
MSIllinois.org or gatewayMSsociety.org.
About the National Multiple
Lottery Director Michael Jones (at podium) traveled to the Feinberg School of
Medicine Friday to unveil the new iteration of the "MS Project" instant
Society: MS stops people from
moving. The National MS Society, Greater Illinois and Gateway Area chapters
exist to make sure it doesnt. They address the challenges of each person
affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through
advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS
organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to
help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
About the Illinois Department of
Founded in 1877, the Illinois
Department of Public Health is responsible for protecting the states 12.4
million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and
control of disease and injury. The Department's nearly 200 programs touch
virtually every age, aspect and cycle of life.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the states Common School Fund
to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to
the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the
fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with
HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online
and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at
www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
Florida Lottery Has Highest Scratch-Off Sales Week Nationwide For
Second Week In A Row
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 9,
2015) -- The Florida
Lottery announced today that Scratch-Off ticket sales for the week ending
March 8, 2015, exceeded $95.6 million, the highest, single-week Scratch-Off
sales of any lottery in the country. This record-breaking Scratch-Off sales
week resulted in $17 million being generated for the benefit of Florida
students and schools.
"Twenty Florida Lottery games had
sales of more than $1 million last week," said Florida Lottery Secretary
Cynthia O'Connell. "This is good news across the board because higher sales
result in more winners, increased commissions for retailers and more revenue
generated for Florida's students and schools."
Last week's sales were led by the
new $10,000,000 FLORIDA CASH Scratch-Off game, with $20.8 million in sales,
followed by the $600,000 GOLD RUSH Scratch-Off game, with more than $10.6
million in sales and 100X THE CASH, with more than $7.3 million in sales.
The Florida Lottery offers
approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines
or counter displays at more than 13,000 retail locations statewide. Scratch-Off
games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising
approximately 64 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $640 million
for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2013-14.
About The Florida
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $27 billion to education and sending more than
700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
New York State Gaming Commissions Responsible Gaming Program
Earns Global Recognition
March is National Problem
Gambling Awareness Month.
New York is one of six
jurisdictions to achieve World Lottery Association Level 3
SCHENECTADY, New York (March 2,
2015) The World Lottery
Association (WLA), the leading global authority on the lottery business,
has granted the New York State
Gaming Commissions Lottery Division its prestigious Level 3
Responsible Gaming Certification.
The advanced accreditation
recognizes the Commissions ongoing efforts to apply a strict responsible
gaming framework to its products, advertising, player education and activities.
Other factors such as research, treatment referral, and reporting and
measurement were also cited as factors that contributed to the WLAs
In achieving Level 3 Responsible
Gaming Certification, New York joins only five other Lottery jurisdictions in
North America who have attained this prestigious distinction.
The Commissions advanced
certification comes at the beginning of March, which is National Problem
Gambling Awareness Month. This month, the Commission seeks to raise awareness
about the issue and educate the public and healthcare professionals about the
warning signs of problem gambling as well as the availability of treatment
options and referrals.
Commission Chairman Mark D. Gearan
said, We held the states first-ever forum on problem gambling
last year and learned a great deal. The WLAs certification proves that we
are moving in the right direction in recognizing that effective regulation of
gaming includes addressing the challenges posed by problem gambling. We will
continue to partner with the industry to indeed have the
conversation as proposed by the National Council on Problem
Chairman Gearan recently announced
that the Commission will soon host public forums around the state aimed at
breaking down the stigmas surrounding problem gambling, charting a path
to treatment, and exploring better ways to provide education and awareness on
this important issue. Details about these events will be announced in coming
To achieve WLA Level 3 Certification
Lotteries must demonstrate they have:
- Allocated sufficient resources to support the
implementation of specific Responsible Gaming programs;
- Initiated the development of internal and external
communications to inform relevant stakeholders of the Lotterys
Responsible Gaming commitments; and
- Begun the implementation of engagement processes
that support the Development of a Responsible Gaming program.
National Council on Problem Gambling
Executive Director Keith Whyte, who personally reviewed and endorsed New
Yorks Level 3 proposal prior to its submission said, I believe
New York is one of the first states to truly unify all forms of gaming
oversight under a single commission and I expect this will continue to lead to
improved responsible gaming outcomes across the entire spectrum of gaming
operations in the state, up to and including the new casinos.
Members of New Yorks
Responsible Play Partnership (RPP) also voiced their support of the Lottery
Divisions ongoing Responsible Gaming initiatives.
New York State Office of Alcohol
& Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene
González-Sánchez said, Clearly the staff of the New York
State Gaming Commission is committed to developing an industry best practice
framework that will support its daily operation for the benefit of the citizens
of New York.
New York Council on Problem Gambling
Executive Director James Maney said, The formation of the RPP was an
indication, to those working in the field of problem gambling prevention and
treatment, NY Lottery retailers, and the general public, that addressing
Responsible Gaming is a priority for the State of New York.
New York Association of Convenience
Stores (NYACS) President James S. Calvin also reviewed and endorsed the Lottery
Divisions submission and said, NYACS applauds the Lotterys
expanded outreach to its retailer base, and we look forward to partnering with
the Division on future Responsible Gaming initiatives.
The World Lottery Association
The World Lottery Association is a
global professional association of state lottery and gaming organizations from
more than 80 countries on six continents. All members adhere to the strictest
standards of social responsibility, responsible gaming, security and risk
About the New York State Gaming
The New York State Gaming Commission
regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including
horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery
terminal facilities at race tracks, the state lottery and charitable
SOURCE: New York State Gaming
New Lucky for Life Draw Game Has Touched the Lives of MILLIONS
Are you One of Them?
ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (March 10,
2015) -- On more than a million occasions, luck has touched the lives of those
who have played and won prizes in the new "Lucky for Life" lottery draw
game played in 15 lotteries across the country. Maybe you're one of them! With
the variety of luck to be had playing Lucky for Life, here are just a few ways
luck has visited the first 1,252,653 winners in the game:
Patrick Malone of Massachusetts got
a big dose of "Big Luck" by celebrating his 28th birthday with a $25,000 a year
for life win in the game. Malone's prize payout is guaranteed at $500,000 for
20 years, but could easily be more than $1,000,000 for collecting payments
annually for 40 years or more.
Debbie Hanson of Missouri and Sharon
Silva of Idaho both experienced "Beginner's Luck" with the purchase of their
very first Lucky for Life tickets-each won $5,000 prizes. Another 65 other
players have won $5,000 in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Idaho,
Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island and
A "Little Bit of Luck" can go a long
way-especially when the number of Lucky for Life $3 to $200 wins totals up to
over $6.4 million in prizes. Now that's Lucky!
Of the 15 participating Lucky for
Life lotteries, "A Whole Lot 'O Luck" has been felt by those who play in
Michigan and Massachusetts. More than 33% of the winning tickets sold to date
have come from these two states!
The "Luck of the Draw" was really
felt on February 26, when a total of 116,652 winning tickets were sold for that
date-including Lucky's latest $25,000 a year for life winners, Mary Ann and
Steve Rice of Montana. Could you be next?
"The response to the new Lucky
for Life game has been exciting and overwhelmingly positive," said Anne M.
Noble, lead director for the game and President/CEO of the CT Lottery. "In
eleven drawings held to date, Lucky has already changed the lives of five
'$25,000 a year for life' second prize winners in four states. It's only a
matter of time and a little bit of luck, before we will be celebrating that
first Lucky '$1,000 a day for life' top prize winner. We are all really looking
forward to that."
About Lucky for Life:
- Tickets cost $2 each, and are good for one drawing.
- Lucky for Life is sold by 15 lotteries across the
country: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Maine,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode
Island, South Carolina and Vermont.
- Drawings are held every Monday and Thursday night
at 10:38pm Eastern time, and are televised live from Connecticut on
- Following each drawing, drawings can be viewed via
upload on www.LuckyforLife.US, or each state's individual social media and
lottery web sites.
- The top prize is up to $1,000 a day, every day, for
life when matching five (5) numbers plus the Lucky Ball number. The prize is
payable as an annuity or lump sum.
- Players who match the first five numbers win up to
$25,000 a year for life. The prize is payable as an annuity or lump sum.
- "For Life" prizes are payable for the length of a
winner's life. At minimum, 20 years worth of payments are guaranteed. Payments
could last much longer, based on the lifespan of the winner.
- Eight other cash prizes range from $3 to
- Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 7.8.
- Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in
- Additional information about the game, its rules
and how to play can be found at www.LuckyforLife.US or each state's individual
To follow the luck that lasts a
lifetime, visit www.LuckyforLife.US or stop by your local lottery retailer. Age
restrictions apply. Please play responsibly.
SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.
Licensing Authorities Consulted on Changes to Statutory
LONDON, U.K. (March 5, 2015) --
The merits of an evidence-led
approach to local gambling regulation was one of the key themes discussed by
around 250 local council representatives at special events in Birmingham,
London, Manchester and Newcastle recently.
Hosted by the Gambling
Commissions Local Authority Liaison Unit (LALU), the events looked at
proposed changes to the Commissions fifth edition of its guidance to
licensing authorities (GLA), which sets out principle guidance to local
councils on gambling related matters.
The Commissions chief
executive, Jenny Williams, and its chair, Philip Graf, opened the Birmingham
and London events respectively, where attendees, including elected members and
sector professionals, were invited to pool their collective expertise and
discuss some of the key drivers of the forthcoming GLA consultation,
- the need to reflect the outcomes of the
Commissions consultation on the social responsibility provisions within
the licence conditions and codes practice (LCCP)
- to promote collaborative working between licensing
authorities and local gambling operators
- to continue the positive partnership working
between the Commission and licensing authorities
- to reinforce the powers afforded to licensing
authorities to manage local gambling regulation through measures such as their
statements of licensing policy.
The Commission also explained the
fifth edition of GLA will refer to a local area profile which licensing
authorities can use to map out the local risks to the licensing objectives (eg
schools, rehabilitation centres, crime hotspots) as well as set out their
expectations of local operators premises risk assessments (a new
requirement under the LCCP changes). Those present at the events were invited
to consider the risks within their localities and the measures that could be
put in place to mitigate specific concerns.
Westminster Council closed the
Birmingham, London and Manchester events with a presentation setting out its
own work on risk profiling which has, in a number of cases, led to more
positive and constructive dialogue with local gambling operators.
Helen Venn, the Commission's
programme director responsible for LALU said:
"These events reinforce the
positive working relationship between the Commission and its regulatory
partners. It was very encouraging to see those present engaging with the
subject matter and sharing their innovative approaches to tackling a diverse
range of local issues. The events provided us with valuable feedback on the
themes that will underpin the forthcoming GLA consultation."
Further events are to be held in
Scotland and Wales in the coming weeks.
SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.
Gold Mine Ticket Sees First Top Prize Winner
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 9,
2015) - A unique Hoosier
Lottery ticket that offers players the chance to take the top prize in cash
or gold has had its first big winner!
Porter County's Constance Zaharias
won $124,000 in the Hoosier Lottery's new Gold Mine Scratch-off. Zaharias, of
Portage, said the new Gold Mine game sparked her interest when she saw it at
Family Express, 298 W. U.S. Highway 6 in Valparaiso. When she purchased the
ticket, she had no idea it was worth more than its weight in
Zaharias soon discovered her ticket
was a winner for one of nine top prizes of $124,000 on the popular new
"My jaw dropped because I was so
excited, and I still can't believe it," said Zaharias while claiming her
prize March 3 at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.
Zaharias had the option of claiming
her $124,000 prize the traditional way, as a check or an electronic funds
transfer, or in the form of actual gold. Zaharias said she opted for cash
because she plans to use the winnings to purchase a home and fulfil another
lifelong dream with a trip to Australia.
The Gold Mine Scratch-off costs just
$5 and is the first Hoosier Lottery ticket to offer the option of payment in
gold. The value of the top prize is the same whether the winner chooses cash or
gold. State and federal taxes are withheld from either payment option.
Eight top prizes remain unclaimed at
this time. The Hoosier Lottery encourages all winners to seek professional
financial and tax advice, regardless of which payment method they choose.
About The Hoosier Lottery
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30
million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the
Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed
$164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback. Download the official Hoosier
Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Hoosier Lottery logos are
CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Hoosier
Lottery, Public Information Officer, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, 317-264-4898 (office) 317-653-0561 (cell).
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Internal Revenue Service Proposals Impact on
By: Sara Rayme, Senior Vice
President, Public Affairs, American Gaming Association
WASHINGTON, D.C (March 5, 2015)
Dear Gaming Colleague:
Yesterday, the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations and an
Notice updating the tax information reporting rules for players slot
winnings (as well as keno and bingo). Notably, the IRS is considering future
additional regulations that could aim to reduce the respective reporting
thresholds from $1,200 to $600 on gaming winnings. This potential policy change
could create additional burdensome and unnecessary reporting requirements for
IRS Proposals Impact on
The IRS's proposed regulations
currently do not alter commercial casinos reporting thresholds
from the existing levels for winnings from keno, bingo and slot machine play
(other than electronically tracked slot machine play). However, the IRS may
consider future additional regulations that could reduce the reporting
thresholds. The IRS will be accepting public comments over the next 90 days
regarding current threshold levels, and considering whether amounts should be
uniform for bingo, keno and slot machine play. The AGA Tax Working Group,
comprised of senior tax representatives from AGA member companies, will submit
comments to the IRS on behalf of the industry.
and the official
IRS documents on this issue.
The AGAs Next Steps
We stand ready to facilitate
industry consensus and to advocate for rulemakings that benefit and protect the
casino gaming industrys interests. It is policy proposals such as this
one that the AGA will address under our Next Generation Gaming
platform that seeks to streamline regulations, remove barriers to innovation
and allow regulators to be more nimble as the gaming landscape continues to
As part of our push for
next-generation gaming policies, the AGA will deliver the message that casinos
should not be treated differently than other businesses. As reaffirmed in a
poll conducted by Mark Mellman and Glen Bolger, a majority of voters support
As this issues progresses, we will
keep you informed on this and other advancements on next-generation gaming
policies that enable our industry to reinvest, innovate and create more
Senior Vice President, Public
SOURCE: American Gaming