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Vol. 70 No.12 - Monday March 30, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories


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  • INTRALOT Expands Its WLA SCS & ISO 27001 Certification in the USA & Australia. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Granted Conditional Independent Testing Laboratory Certification by Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Full Story.
  • NZ Lotteries Create More Fun for Players with 2nd Chance Draw. Full Story.
  • More Ways to Win Cash Playing Pick-3 from the New Jersey Lottery in March. Full Story.
  • Quick Keno: The Instant Game of Playing & Winning, Still Gaining Popularity. Full Story.
  • La Fleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac Released. Full Story.
  • Arizona Joins 13 Other States for New MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™ Multi-State Lottery Scratch Ticket Game. Full Story.
  • New Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket from Massachusetts State Lottery Offers Unprecedented All Access Garden Party Pass Prize. Full Story.
  • Malta iGaming Seminar Announce 2015 Dates. Full Story.
  • eCOGRA Offers Free British Online Gambling Dispute Service to Players. Full Story.
  • Legislation and Lottery to Come Under the spotlight at Gaming in Holland Conference. Full Story.
  • Report: Ensure Maximum Return to Good Causes from Society Lotteries. Full Story.
  • New York's Lucky Streak Continues: $58M Mega Millions Jackpot Won in New York. Full Story.
  • American Gaming Association Provide IRS Proposal Update. Full Story.
  • Personal Licence Applications Are Now Online. Full Story.
  • Voting Begins for 2015 Fleurry Best Advertising Contest. Full Story.



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INTRALOT Expands Its WLA SCS & ISO 27001 Certification in the USA & Australia

ATHENS, Greece (March 25, 2015) -- INTRALOT has been awarded the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard (WLA SCS:2012) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its operations in the United States of America and Victoria Australia, in line with the Group strategy to expand its certifications in various jurisdictions where the company operates.

The certifications of its US subsidiary, INTRALOT Inc., and the Australian INTRALOT Gaming Services Pty Ltd. (IGS) that operates in Victoria, 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.

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INTRALOT Inc. currently supports 12 lotteries in the US, while INTRALOT Gaming Services (IGS) operates the monitoring system of 27,500 EGMs in Victoria through its iGEM electronic monitoring system.

"INTRALOT Group is an industry leader in the area of information security, contributing to the shaping of the good practices internationally", said Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT Group Chief Operating Officer and continued, "Within this context we have decided to expand the WLA certification at strategic locations across the world to offer our customers the confidence they need regarding the security of the provided systems. We will retain our leading position in the security field and will remain committed to our strategy to develop products and services in compliance with the highest global security standards."

The Chair of the WLA SRMC Mr. Thierry Pujol, commented: "Obtaining a WLA SCS:2012 certification for a lottery or a supplier in our industry represents a high-level process of security. We are now 64 lotteries and 9 suppliers certified worldwide and interest in the WLA-SCS is still increasing. INTRALOT is fully involved in its procedures to maintain transparency for its stakeholders. Respect of Integrity is the main value of our activity. Congratulations to INTRALOT!"

Mr. Jean Jorgensen, WLA Executive Director, added: "I would like to congratulate INTRALOT for the most recent certification of its US subsidiary, INTRALOT Inc., and of its Australian operation, INTRALOT Gaming Services Pty Ltd. In 2008 INTRALOT became the first lottery supplier to be certified to the WLA-SCS. Since then, INTRALOT has continued to expand the scope of their certification to include their various operations around the world. These most recent certifications demonstrate INTRALOT's firm and continuing commitment to the security and integrity of the global lottery industry."

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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. 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

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International Granted Conditional Independent Testing Laboratory Certification by Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (March 20, 2015) - Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) was granted conditional independent testing laboratory certification, pursuant to Massachusetts regulations 205 CMR 144.06 during today's Massachusetts Gaming Commission Public Meeting #147. Full certification is expected to be issued contingent on the outcome of a full background investigation and review by the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau.

The conditional independent testing laboratory certification granted to GLI by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) enables GLI to immediately begin to execute independent testing and certification services on behalf of the MGC.

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GLI President James Maida said, "We commend the MGC's consistent and open communication with staff as GLI endeavored towards this certification, and GLI stands ready and able to assist the MGC in meeting its regulatory objectives."

GLI serves more than 475 global jurisdictions, more than 130 of which exclusively accept GLI certification letters.

About Gaming Laboratories International

For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market.

With 20 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.

For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing +1 (702) 914-2220, Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

NZ Lotteries Create More Fun for Players with 2nd Chance Draw

Turn a non-winning Instant Kiwi ticket into cash

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (March 21, 2015) -- Ten lucky Instant Kiwi players from around the country have scratched their way into Lotto New Zealand history as the very first winners of 2nd Chance.

2nd Chance gives anyone with a non-winning Instant Kiwi ticket another shot at turning their ticket into cash, by entering it into an online draw to win one of 10 weekly prizes of $1,000.

We’re always thinking about how we can create a bit more fun for our players,” said Ben Coney, Lotto NZ’s Chief Innovation and Technology Officer.

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Now customers get a second chance to turn their Instant Kiwi ticket into cash just by scanning the barcode with their phone.”

The first 2nd Chance draw took place on Tuesday and 10 Instant Kiwi players from around the country have turned a non-winning ticket into a nice little earner, winning a cheeky little $1,000 each.

The launch of 2nd Chance follows on from the successful launch of the Lotto NZ App in June last year, which put the power of an in-store ticket checker in the hands of Lotto players for the first time.

The ticket-checking app is already really popular with our players and has been downloaded over 115,000 times,” said Mr Coney.

“With 10 weekly prizes of $1,000 cash up for grabs, 2nd Chance is shaping up to be just as popular.”

Players can enter 2nd Chance by simply scanning the barcode on the front of any non-winning Instant Kiwi ticket using the Lotto NZ App, or by signing into their MyLotto account and manually entering the ticket serial number.

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The Lotto NZ App is available for both Apple and Android smartphones. To download the app, search ‘Lotto NZ’ in the App Store or visit mobileapp.mylotto.co.nz to download the Android app.

SOURCE: NZ Lotteries.

 

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More Ways to Win Cash Playing Pick-3 from the New Jersey Lottery in March

TRENTON, New Jersey (March 23, 2015) – The Pick-3 game is one of New Jersey’s longest running and most popular games with players. Since its inception in 1977, Pick-3 has maintained its position as a top ticket seller and ranks first in sales among all draw games including the multi-state games. Spring is a favorite time of year for Pick-3 players because the “Green Ball Double Draw” promotion provides them with more opportunities to win cash. The promotion will run from March 23 through April 5.

The “Green Ball” promotion is certain to increase prizes and here is how it works:

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  • Each midday and evening during the promotion after the regular Pick-3 drawing, a subsequent drawing will be conducted from a separate machine that contains 9 or less white balls (exact number is determined by how many have previously been removed during the course of the promotion) and 1 Green Ball – starting with a total of 10 balls.
  • If a white ball is drawn, it will be removed, and the next drawing will be from the remaining white balls and 1 Green Ball. A white ball will be removed each drawing until the Green Ball is drawn.
  • If the Green Ball is selected, a second set of Pick-3 numbers will be drawn, giving players a second chance to win from their original Pick-3 wagers. Whenever the Green Ball is drawn, all 10 balls are replaced for the next Pick-3 drawing, where the process starts over.

 

Watch New Jersey Lottery drawings for Pick-3, Pick-4, Jersey Cash 5, Pick-6 XTRA, and CASH4LIFE from the Lottery website homepage (NJLottery.com), or on the official Lottery Facebook Page. Evening drawings, with the exception of CASH4LIFE, can be seen on WPIXTV (PIX11) in New York and WPHL-TV (PHL17) in Philadelphia. Powerball and Mega Millions drawings can be seen on WABC-TV stations.

About the New Jersey Lottery

Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $23 billion to the State in support of education and institutions. In Fiscal Year 2014, the Lottery’s contribution was more than $965 million. Among its beneficiaries are: veterans homes, colleges and universities, school nutrition programs, homes for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, higher education scholarship programs and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

 

Quick Keno: The Instant Game of Playing & Winning, Still Gaining Popularity

MALTA (March 16, 2015) -- Maltco Lotteries offers a number of exciting games attracting various people from all sectors. Some find their thrill in the anticipation of winning until the draw day is due, and others prefer to play and know whether they have won or not, immediately.

It is in this second category that one can place the Quick Keno game, introduced by Maltco Lotteries in 2004. As years went by, not only did this game continue to grow and evolve but also, for many reasons, it has easily become one of the most sought after games.

It is not just for the wide chance of winning in this game that brought this game to such popularity, but also for the convenient way the player can purchase his ticket, and sit down comfortably with his favorite numbers in hand, waiting to find out if he won or not within a few minutes. If he happens to be a winner, he can instantly exchange his ticket with the winning amount given to him immediately, and all this, after only a few minutes of him entering the Maltco shop.

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An exciting game like this could only be made possible thanks to the heavy investment Maltco Lotteries has done in its IT and network system, covering all shops in Malta and Gozo.

As already mentioned, during the past eleven years Quick Keno has grown drastically and is still gaining popularity amongst the Maltese community. Many discover and try their luck at this game when purchasing tickets for yet another game, (Lotto or Super 5), and while they're playing their lucky numbers, they realise that in a minute or two there's a Quick Keno draw, and so they buy a ticket for this immediate game.

Statistics show that both men and women love playing this game equally, with the most common factor being that Quick Keno serves as the perfect break in a relaxed environment, and away from the hectic daily routine.

There are many ways of how to play this game. For starters it doesn't require any particular craft or technique, instead all one needs is to choose twelve favourite numbers from 1 to 80, of which 20 are drawn in each draw. The more matching numbers the more money they win. One can play in various ways and so it is recommended that new players seek all the information related from the shop Agent in order to be guided best in this simple but most excited game.

Two examples of how one can play are the Play Hi and Play Low, in which the player will bet that 12 out of the 20 numbers drawn next will be either between 1 and 40 (Play Low) or between 41 and 80 (Play Hi).

Each ticket costs 50 cents and the players will also have the possibility to choose to play either on low odds and win a small amount of money, or they could choose to play on the bigger odds and win more.

The process of each game takes about five minutes and one could buy his ticket up till the very last 30 seconds before the draw, this means that the player will know if he won or not in such a time.

Players describe the Quick Keno as an exciting game played in a pleasant environment Maltco shops nowadays offer, thanks to the new gaming perception introduced on the Maltese Islands.

All Maltco Agents are trained, well informed and always ready to help with any enquiries regarding all games including Quick Keno, however one can also find all related information on www.maltco.com.

The Quick Keno game can be played from all the Maltco Lotteries shops and from all authorized sellers.

A very important factor one should mention is that to play and win with Maltco Lotteries one does not need registration, and all winners will be given the entitled winning amount upon presentation of the ticket.

SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.

 

 

La Fleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac Released

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (March 19, 2015) - The La Fleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac has been released and will begin shipping on Tuesday, March 24th. The 2015 World Lottery Almanac book costs $850 plus shipment costs. With the required purchase of the 2015 World Lottery Almanac book, there are additional options to purchase the Excel Database. You can purchase the LaFleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac by clicking this link

The 448-page La Fleur's 2015 World Lottery Almanac is the complete reference source on the $284 billion worldwide lottery industry.

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This edition features the Internet & Mobile Report, showcasing the calendar 2014 vs. 2013 total online sale & instant online sales for lotteries worldwide. The tables examine online sales as a percentage of a lottery's total sales & total instant sales. Growth is also measure by a 2014 versus 2013 analysis of online sales.

Section I features a "Fast Facts" compilation of data on North American lotteries, including start up history, guide to product mix, government profits earmarking including by program, and video lottery terminal guide.

Section II features four-page profiles on 45 U.S., five Canadian and six Australasian lotteries. Each profile traces the lottery's calendar 2014 versus 2013 sales by game (instant, 3-digit, 4-digit, lotto, keno, VLTs, niche games), its calendar 2014 versus 2013 instant sales by price point ($1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $7, $10, $20) and its projected fiscal 2015 versus fiscal 2014 ad budgets by media and by game.

Each profile tracks the lottery's five-year annual sales by game from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2014. Each profile features the number and the percentage of total, instant and draw retailers by type of business, plus each retailer's fiscal 2014 total, instant and draw sales.

Section III is divided into seven chapters: worldwide lottery sales; fiscal 2014 sales, profit and expense analysis; the retailer network; ad expenditures; historical analysis; contractor survey; and calendar 2014 U.S. lotteries' weekly sales by game.

The worldwide lottery sales chapter tracks calendar 2014 traditional game sales and VLT net machine income in local currency and converted to U.S. currency for 180 lotteries worldwide, including rankings by total and per capita sales for instant, lotto, total, keno, toto and draw games. There is a separate section on VLT net machine income rankings.

The historical analysis section features the U.S., Canadian and Australian lotteries' annual sales by year for the past decade for instant, pulltab, 3-digit numbers, 4-digit numbers, in-state lotto, cash lotto, bloc lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, fast draw and daily keno and video lottery terminals.

The contractor guide features a monetary guide to U.S. lotteries' instant ticket and draw system contracts. In addition, there is a worldwide guide to instant printers and terminal system contracts by lottery organization.

The appendix includes a glossary of terms.

SOURCE: La Fleur.

 

 

Arizona Joins 13 Other States for New MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™ Multi-State Lottery Scratch Ticket Game

PHOENIX, Arizona (March 23, 2015) --"MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB," the first-of-its kind television game show will launch a new multi-state companion lottery scratch ticket in Arizona joining 13 other states in the new game. The new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB lottery scratch ticket created by Scientific Games under license from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will debut in Arizona on April 7 just in time for the new premiere date of "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" television show on 3TV KTVK in Phoenix on Saturday, March 28, and FOX 11 KMSB in Tucson on Sunday, March 29 (check local listings for time).

The "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" television game show 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").

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"This lottery scratch game captures the essence and fun of the 'MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB' television 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 MONOPOLY™ 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 career."

"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 quickly."

"Scratch games are very popular with Arizona Lottery players," said Tony Bouie, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. "Nothing makes us happier than providing an opportunity to generate more Arizona winners."

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With a live studio audience made up of the winners and their guests, totaling almost 400 people each day, including ten winners from Arizona, 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 during the first week of production.

With the launch of the new scratch ticket, Arizona 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: Arizona Lottery.

 

 

New Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket from Massachusetts State Lottery Offers Unprecedented All Access Garden Party Pass Prize

BOSTON, Massachusetts (March 25, 2015) -- The Massachusetts State Lottery and the TD Garden today announced they are teaming up on a unique new $5 “scratch” ticket that will give players the chance to win over $30.7 million in instant cash and second chance prizes, including the unprecedented opportunity to win exclusive access to every single ticketed event held at the TD Garden for an entire year

The Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket, which goes on sale Tuesday, March 31 at Lottery retailers statewide, offers four (4) top instant prizes of $250,000 and over 1.8 million instant prizes ranging from $5 to $10,000.

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The new $5 game also features four (4) Second Chance Drawings through which players can enter their non-winning tickets for chances to win the first-of-its-kind All Access Garden Party Pass that includes two premium seats to each ticketed event held at the TD Garden for one full year (all regular season and postseason professional and amateur sporting events, concerts, circus and family shows and more), one premium parking space for each event and $25,000 in cash. Additional Second Chance prize packages include premium seats at a selection of TD Garden events, behind-the-scenes tours of the TD Garden and cash.

To celebrate the launch of the new Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket, the Lottery and the TD Garden are giving fans the opportunity to have their “Ultimate Garden Party Dream” realized. Fans are invited to describe in 250 words or less what their ultimate dream experience at the TD Garden would be. While every component of their dream might not be able to be fulfilled, one person will be chosen to win a TD Garden experience that is related to their Ultimate Garden Party Dream. All entries must be submitted via e-mail at ugpdream@masslottery.com. Entries are being accepted from Wednesday, March 25 through Tuesday, April 7 at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced via www.masslottery.com and the www.facebook.com/mastatelottery and Twitter accounts www.twitter.com/mastatelottery.

With a print run of over 8 million tickets, sales from the $5 Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket are expected to reach nearly $40 million and generate more than $6.4 million in local aid revenues available for Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns.

To learn more about the Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket and its Second Chance Drawings, pick up a game brochure at any of the Lottery’s 7,500 sales agent locations across the state or visit www.masslottery.com , where you will also find details and official rules for the Ultimate Garden Party Dream contest.

SOURCE: Massachusetts State Lottery.

 

 

Malta iGaming Seminar Announce 2015 Dates

MIGS15 to take place on 17-19 November

ST JULIAN'S, Malta (March 19, 2015) -- The Malta iGaming Seminar partners have announced that MIGS15 will be held between the 17th and 19th of November in St. Julian's. Speaking about his group's plans for MIGS15, Kris Baron, Partner of Capstone Group, said: "MIGS15 will be bigger and better. We have planned to have double the amount of expo space and we're adding an extra day, whereas we are already working hard to deliver an excellent list of high calibre speakers and topics."

MIGS will be in its seventh year, having been established in 2008. The event has grown from strength to strength with its most recent edition, held at the Hilton Malta in St. Julian's, attracting over 400 C-level delegates, 70% of whom travelled to Malta from all over the world. Last year's seminar was well attended , with ievery session attended very well.

Warwick Bartlett, CEO of GBGC, said: "The conference is well organized with good speakers and a polite audience who attend every session. There is no graveyard shift for speakers."

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CalvinAyre.com's Rebecca Liggero ranked MIGS14 as one of the top ten-iGaming conferences to attend. According to Ms. Liggero the event is intimate and has top-notch speakers, which provides for interactive discussions.

MIGS15 has already attracted a host of sponsors, exhibitors and speakers. Prospects include those who attended, exhibited at, sponsored or heard about the Success of MIGS 14. Sue Schneider, Partner and in charge of content commented: "We are working on the agenda from now on to provide our loyal and prospective audience an even better line up for this year. As in the past, we will have a blockbuster line-up of speakers."

The organizers of the popular event also announced that they would be extending the conference and adding an extra day of high profile content and networking opportunities. Mrs. Schneider continued, "By adding more content, we are adding more value to our event. We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback given to us for the organization of the seminar from authorities, delegates and sponsors and have listened to the feedback on how to make it even better."

Grant Brett, a delegate representing GoldBet, has been awarded a free registration to MIGS15 for filling out an online post-event customer satisfaction survey. According to the survey, over 90% of attendees were satisfied with the overall event whereas the topics that ranked most interesting were the Malta Gaming Authority Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri's address, "Scale Up, Scale Out", Declan Hill's Keynote and Panel discussion on Match Fixing, "Innovations in Payment Options" and "Is Poker Dead or is it Meeting its Potential".

According to MIGS15 partners (BMIT, RE/MAX Malta, Capstone Group and Sue Schneider), MIGS15 will be a larger event with growth in the quality of speakers, topics, networking events, sponsors and exhibitors. For more information, please contact Ramona Mifsud on Ramona@maltaigamingseminar.com.

SOURCE: Malta iGaming Seminar (MIGS).

 

 

eCOGRA Offers Free British Online Gambling Dispute Service to Players

LONDON, U.K. (March 20, 2015) -- Players at certain online gambling websites licensed by the UK Gambling Commission now have a useful facility in the event of a dispute with an operator which they have been unable to resolve for themselves - a free dispute resolution service operated by the London-based independent standards organisation and testing agency eCOGRA.

The company has been authorised to operate as an Alternative Dispute Resolution service provider by the UK Gambling Commission, which now oversees, licenses and regulates all legal operators accessing the British market in terms of new point of consumption-based remote gambling legislation.

eCOGRA has been part of the online gambling industry for the past 12 years, setting and monitoring high operational and player treatment standards for many of the leading operator groups in the business and acting as an impartial mediator in issues between players and operators.

The free dispute resolution service, which is accessed online through the www.ecogra.org website, is headed by Tex Rees, a Clear ADR Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator who since 2003 has been involved in the resolution of more than 8,000 disputes involving players at eCOGRA's Safe and Fair accredited seal-holder sites.

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eCOGRA chief executive Andrew Beveridge revealed this week that 355 UKGC licensed sites have already elected to use his company's ADR service, including leading operators such as 32Red, 888, bet-at-home, BetClic Everest, Betway, bwin.party, Casino Rewards, Paf and Unibet.

"eCOGRA has developed a sophisticated software system to help manage and expedite the resolution of disputes with UKGC-licensed operators, and this, harnessed with the eCOGRA ADR team's considerable experience in online gambling mediation, will help resolve most disputes within 72 hours," Beveridge said.

ADR head Tex Rees added: "eCOGRA has many clients using us for games testing in our capacity as an approved test house, and for performing annual security audits as required by the UKGC.

"We've included ADR in our service offering as we know how important it is to players to have an impartial mediator handling their issues with operators. From an operator perspective it is equally important that our clients can come to us for a full suite of services involving independent third parties as required by UKGC regulations."

About eCOGRA

Founded in 2003 to set and improve operational standards and player safety in the online gambling space, eCOGRA has amassed a wealth of experience in implementing international best practice standards and requirements and ensuring these are maintained through regular review and monitoring.

246 of the most established and successful internet gambling websites are accredited and policed by the independent, London-based company, which is staffed by professional auditors with Big 4 auditing firm experience, information system experts and responsible gambling specialists.

The company runs a free-of-charge dispute mediation service for players with complaints about its accredited operators, with an online submission channel at www.ecogra.org.

eCOGRA has been awarded the United Kingdom Accreditation Service's (UKAS) ISO accreditation ISO/IEC 17025:2005 : General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, for the United Kingdom and Denmark.

In addition, eCOGRA has been approved as a testing agency with several online gaming jurisdictions.

SOURCE: eCOGRA.

 

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Legislation and Lottery to Come Under the spotlight at Gaming in Holland Conference

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (March 26, 2015) -- Gaming in Holland today confirmed that this year's conference topics shall spotlight separate sessions dedicated to secondary iGaming legislation and lottery modernization.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Mr. Walter Bugno President and CEO of GTECH International;
  • Mr. Mor Weizer, CEO of Playtech Plc;
  • Mr. Mark Davies, Managing Director of Camberton PR,
  • member of Betfair founding management team and several key Dutch government officials shall all be presenting.

 

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The event which is now in its fourth year will be co-hosted with the iGaming Super Show and takes place in June 22nd - 23rd. The conference promises to be a must-attend event for iGaming executives looking to understand the pending legislation changes in 2017 and the growth opportunities for the Dutch market.

Willem van Oort founder of Gaming in Holland, said, "We provide the networking environment for those in the industry to be able to navigate and operate a compliant gaming business in the lucrative Dutch market. Testament to our growth in the iGaming calendar is the continued support from tier one industry associations and sponsors, which make these events possible and a success for attendees."

About Gaming in Holland

With 1,300+ members, it serves as a platform for the exchange of information, knowledge and contacts for iGaming and Lotteries in Holland.

The event is a 2-day conference. Registration starts March 26th. Early Bird Fee is 650€.

Industry partners include Gaminglaw.Eu , EGBA, Assissa, VAN, Speel Verantwoord, GBA, IMGL

Media Partners: iGaming Business, Calvin Ayre, Lottery Insider, Gaming People

Confirmed sponsors: NMI, IAMSTERDAM, Lottovate, NYX Gaming, CDDN, Meneer Casino, Dutch Gaming Studios, Gaming Ventures.

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Report: Ensure Maximum Return to Good Causes from Society Lotteries

LONDON, U.K. (March 25, 2015) -- In a report published Wednesday 25 March 2015, Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee says regulation of society lotteries should be changed to lift the burden on smaller lotteries and new lotteries starting up.

Society lotteries are intended to be primarily a means of raising money for charities and other good causes. The vast majority are small, often local, and raise sometimes small but vital sums of money for the work of the organisations they support.

The Gambling Act 2005 relaxed some of the restrictions on such lotteries. The Committee say this was not a cause of concern until the recent launch of some larger, "umbrella" lotteries, advertised nationally, run by commercial operations and giving near to the statutory minimum percentage of the proceeds of ticket sales to the good causes they support.

These are controversial in part because they are alleged to stretch the definition of a society lottery as primarily intended to raise money for good causes, and in part because they are seen by some as direct competitors to the National Lottery.

Committee conclusions:

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  • There should be greater differentiation between the regulations applied to the great majority of lotteries, which are small and local, and those applied to larger ones, especially those run by commercial organisations, which tend to give far smaller proportions of their proceeds to the charity
  • For new lotteries, the current requirement for at least 20% of the ticket receipts from each lottery to be given to good causes (rather than allocated to prizes or operating expenses) should be spread over an extended period, perhaps three years, to help lotteries to cope with high start-up costs.
  • On average, lotteries are able to return about 45% of their ticket receipts to good causes, many make much greater returns. It would be a disincentive to innovation to increase the requirement for the minimum return of 20%, but it is not appropriate that large, well-established lotteries should provide only the minimum return to good causes
  • The 35% cap on operating costs other than prizes and money set aside for roll-overs should be reintroduced for the largest lotteries.
  • The legislation should be amended to recognise a class of umbrella lotteries, with its own set of limits on individual draws, annual sales and prizes. A number of options are possible:
  • setting overall limits on the amounts that may be raised or paid out in prizes,
  • limiting the number of individual society lotteries that may join together under an umbrella lottery or stipulating different ‘large society lottery’ limits on the constituent societies.
  • The limits on the single society large and small lotteries should be raised, following research by the Gambling Commission into what might be the appropriate limits, and that the limits should be reviewed every three years

 

Chair's Comments:

John Whittingdale, Chair of the Committee, said:

"Many charities now depend upon Society Lotteries as a vital source of funds. We want to see the maximum return to good causes and believe that the regulatory regime governing society lotteries should be designed to encourage that. Provided that the lottery remains focused on its primary purpose, the licensing regime should be light, including continued exemption from gambling and lottery taxes.

We are concerned at the growth of large, so-called umbrella, lotteries which are designed to get around the statutory maximum amounts for sales and prizes. While we think increasing the minimum return of 20% across the board would be counterproductive, it is not appropriate that large, well-established lotteries should provide only the minimum return to good causes. We therefore recommend the creation of a new category and the reintroduction of a cap of 35 per cent on operating costs for the large well–established lotteries. This will help ensure that these lotteries are genuinely maximising the amount of money they raise for the causes that they support."

SOURCE: DCMS.

 

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New York's Lucky Streak Continues: $58M Mega Millions Jackpot Won in New York

Fourth Mega Millions/Powerball Multimillion Jackpot Won in New York in Recent Months

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 25, 2015) -- The New York Lottery today confirmed that a jackpot-winning ticket for the March 24, 2015 Mega Millions drawing was purchased at World Books at 1 Penn Plaza in New York. This sole winning ticket - purchased as a Quick Pick - is worth $58 million

The winning numbers for the March 24 Mega Millions drawing were 02 - 23 - 32 - 45 - 55 and Mega Ball 12.

"New York is proving itself to be the luckiest place to play the Lottery," said Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery. "This is the fourth nationwide-multimillion jackpot won in New York in recent months, ranging from $58 million to $326 million. We urge the ticketholder to sign the back of your ticket and keep it in a safe place, and when you're ready to claim, we look forward to meeting you."

Recent Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots won in New York include:

  • " November 4, 2014 Mega Millions drawing, $326 million prize, won by Harold Diamond of Wurtsboro, Sullivan County
  • " February 27, 2015 Mega Millions drawing, $126 million prize, won by Tammy Pratt of South Fallsburg, Sullivan County
  • " March 14, 2015 Powerball drawing, $136 million prize, yet to be claimed, sold at 7-Eleven, 15 Page Avenue, Staten Island

 

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The winner has one year from the date of the drawing to claim the $58 million Mega Millions prize. The winner may claim the ticket at any one of the Lottery's Customer Service Centers statewide, including the Manhattan office at 15 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004 and the Long Island office at 45 South Service Road, Plainview, NY 11803.

The jackpot is either an annuitized prize paid in 26 annual payments or a lump sum payment of $38.3 million. Each ticket costs $1.

World Books will receive a $10,000 bonus for its role in selling the jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket.

In addition to the $58 million jackpot prize, a $1 million dollar second prize for the March 24 Mega Millions drawing was sold in Suffolk County at Kings Park Stationers at 56 Indian Head Road in Kings Park. The ticket was purchased as a Quick Pick

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.17 billion in fiscal year 2013-2014 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery's contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

SOURCE: New York Lottery.

 

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American Gaming Association Provide IRS Proposal Update

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2015) -- This week, the AGA engaged with industry experts, lawmakers and other stakeholders regarding the issuance of the IRS notice that proposes reducing tax reporting requirements for players’ slot winnings (as well as keno and bingo) from $1,200 to $600, and potentially altering the reporting system for electronically tracked slot play in casinos.

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While it’s clear our industry is united in its opposition to any future consideration of the reporting threshold reduction, some of the proposals may be favorable for gaming operations and patrons, if addressed with industry input.

Therefore, AGA is working to ensure that the IRS better understands the technological and operational capabilities of our casinos before unilaterally mandating new reporting systems.

Following last week’s broader AGA Tax Working Group and industry government relations professionals discussion of initial interpretation, concerns and opportunities within the IRS proposal, the AGA mobilized a smaller task force of tax and casino operations experts to take an in-depth look into the proposed regulations by examining the technical tax and gaming business operations that would be impacted under the IRS’ proposals. 

On Wednesday, this task force gathered and identified priority data needs for this “information gathering” phase, as follows:

  • Industry limitations within existing technology and processes;
  • Impact analysis on gaming business operations and patrons; and
  • Existing regulatory constraints.

 

The task force will be developing data and reporting its findings internally over the next week to assist in AGA’s broader message development and campaign to educate the IRS, Congress and other key stakeholders.

As this information is aggregated, we look forward to sharing specific points with you, particularly as AGA builds the most compelling case possible to take to senior IRS officials in the weeks ahead.

SOURCE: American Gaming Association.

 

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Personal Licence Applications Are Now Online

LONDON, U.K. (March 24, 2015) -- The Gambling Commission has launched the latest addition to e-services which allows individuals applying for personal licences or making Annex A personal declarations to apply online.

Applicants can navigate in a way that reflects their individual role and responsibilities by giving them the option to skip questions that are not relevant for them.

Applicants can also upload information and supporting documentation, including certified copies of identity documents and bank statements, which reduces the risk of original documents being lost in the post and unnecessary delivery delays.

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Dawn Best, Licensing Manager at the Gambling Commission said:

This latest addition to our online services allows individuals to experience the convenience of an online application method similar to that which operators have enjoyed for some time. This is another step towards providing a full suite of online services for all applicants and licensees.”

The new system is available to those who are applying for a personal licence or making an Annex A personal declaration, and who are not already licensed or approved by the Commission.

Link to Site – CLICK HERE

The Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.

The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice.

For further information please contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

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Voting Begins for 2015 Fleurry Best Advertising Contest

WASHINGTON DC March 25, 2015 - For the next 17 days, the global lottery industry can vote on their favorite lottery TV ads for La Fleur's 2015 Fleurry Advertising Awards. Each day an email will arrive in the Inbox at 8:30 a.m. EST. The respondent has 12 hours to vote on just two ads with a simple "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" before the spots are replaced with the next two ads.

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According to La Fleur's Magazine, 35 North American lotteries submitted their choice of their best TV ad for La Fleur's 2015 Fleurry Advertising Competition for Best Lottery Advertisement. Winners will be showcased at La Fleur's 2015 Lottery Symposium & Retail Summit in Washington D.C. (which will be held May 5th-8th, 2015).

"Last year we switched to asking our voters to take 60 seconds out of their hectic work day to watch two TV ads that we emailed out. They couldn't procrastinate or they lost their chance to vote," said Terri Markle, Publisher, La Fleur's Magazine. "We had a phenomenal response. Everyone loved the chance to see great ads."

This year the Fleurry Awards has been sponsored by Scientific Games and InComm. Their support ensures the continuation of fun internet campaigns like this one.

The voting commenced on Wednesday, March 25 and finishes 17 business days later on Thursday, April 16th. The lotteries with the highest rated ads will be recognized at the "Fleurry Advertising Awards" ceremony at the Symposium.

"Please let other executives in your organization know about the Fleurry Advertising Awards so they can vote too," said Byron La Fleur, Associate Publisher, La Fleur's Magazine.

For Lottery executives to be added to the database to receive the daily Fleurry email please email byron@lafleurs.com.

SOURCE: Lafleurs.




 

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