GTECH S.P.A. Sign Agreement for 800 Million Four-Year Term Loan
Additional reduction in bridge
facility commitment for acquisition of IGT to $4.9 Billion from the Original
Amount of $10.7 Billion
ROME (ITALY) and PROVIDENCE, RHODE
ISLAND (U.S.), (January 30, 2015) --
(GTECH) entered into a 800 million four-year senior
facilities agreement with BNP Paribas, Intesa Sanpaolo, Mediobanca and
The agreement provides for two
400 million term loan facilities to GTECH which may be used for general
corporate purposes, including repayment of existing indebtedness. Upon
completion of the previously announced merger of GTECH with and into Georgia
Worldwide PLC ("NewCo") which is being effected in connection with the
acquisition by GTECH of International Game Technology ("IGT"), NewCo will
become the borrower under one of the term loan facilities and a principal
Italian operating subsidiary will become the borrower under the other term loan
Subject to customary limitations,
both facilities are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by GTECH Corporation
and, upon completion of the GTECH-NewCo merger, will be fully and
unconditionally guaranteed by certain subsidiaries of NewCo. Upon
completion of the GTECH-NewCo merger, the term loan facility borrowed by the
principal Italian operating subsidiary will be fully and unconditionally
guaranteed by NewCo.
The term loans will be repayable in
full at maturity and will bear a variable interest rate based on certain credit
ratings. The agreement provides for standard covenants and restrictions
which are substantially identical to those found in the senior facilities
agreement dated November 4, 2014 for the multicurrency revolving credit
facilities made available to GTECH and GTECH Corporation.
Following the outcome of the
previously announced tender offer and consent solicitation with respect to
GTECH S.p.A.'s 750,000,000 Subordinated Interest-Deferrable Capital
Securities due 2066, the commitment for GTECH's 364-day senior bridge term loan
credit facility (the "Bridge Facility") for the financing of the acquisition of
IGT has been further reduced to $4.9 billion (the original amount was $10.7
Related news releases: July 16;
August 20; September 23; October 23 and 30; November 5, 7 and 25; December 18,
2014; January 8, 20 and 23, 2015
GTECH S.p.A (www.gtech.com)
GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial
operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets,
delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the
highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.
The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Italian Stock Exchange under the
trading symbol GTK and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In
2013, GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees
with operations in approximately 100 countries on six continents. For more
information, please visit www.gtech.com.
For further information CONTACT:
|Robert K. Vincent
T. (+1) 401 392 7452
T. (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
The Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sports Betting Holds Its
First General Assembly
BRUSSELS, Belgium (January 22, 2015)
-- The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) for sports betting held its
inaugural General Assembly on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, in Brussels,
Belgium. This meeting marks the establishment of the GLMS as a non-profit
association, mandated by the world lottery community to monitor sports betting
activity for irregular betting patterns in an effort to combat corruption in
The impetus to establish such a
monitoring system came through a joint effort of the
World Lottery Association (WLA)
and the European State Lotteries
and Toto Association (EL) in 2012. The GLMS will be built upon the existing
European Lottery Monitoring System (ELMS) for sports betting, which was
established by the EL and has been officially operational in Europe since 2009.
The GLMS will implement the most up- to-date technology, offering
its members global coverage on sports betting activity, service around the
clock 365 days a year, and automatic alerts on live betting.
At the GLMS's inaugural General
Assembly, the bylaws for the new association were adopted and the association's
first Executive Committee was elected. The GLMS Executive Committee consists of
seven members. Three of the members are elected to the Executive Committee by
the delegates of the GLMS General Assembly. The WLA and the EL, as GLMS
Collective Members, each appoint two representatives to the GLMS Executive
Committee. The GLMS Executive Committee comprises:
- Mr. Friedrich Stickler, Member of
the Board, Austrian Lotteries, Austria. Mr. Stickler was elected GLMS
- Mr. Younes El Mechrafi, Chief
Executive Office, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco. Mr. El Mechrafi
was elected GLMS Secretary.
- Mr. Borut Bohinc, Head of Sports
Betting Department, Sportna Loterija, Slovenia. Mr. Bohinc was elected GLMS
Representing the EL on the GLMS
Executive Committee are:
- Mr. Thierry Pujol, Director of
Risk Management and Security - Member of the Management Board, La
Française des Jeux, France. Mr. Pujol was elected GLMS Treasurer.
- Mr. Jan Peder Stromslid, Executive
Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Norsk Tipping, Norway. Mr.
Stromslid was appointed GLMS Member.
Representing the WLA on the GLMS
Executive Committee are:
- Mr. Seah Chin Siong, Chief
Executive Officer, Singapore Pools (Private) Limited, Singapore. Mr. Siong was
elected GLMS Vice President.
- Mr. Edmundo Dupré
Echevarría, Managing Director of Polla Chilena de Beneficencia,
Chile. Mr. Dupré Echevarría was appointed GLMS member.
The new GLMS Executive Committee
will take charge of the association effective immediately. Technical operations
for the GLMS will be situated in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the former operations
center of the ELMS as soon as the GLMS is operational.
of state owned/state licensed lotteries that offer sports betting from
twenty-five different nations came together to found the GLMS at the
Also attending the meeting were WLA
President Jean-Luc Moner-Banet and EL President Friedrich
Commenting on the success of the
meeting WLA President Moner-Banet stated, "This meeting demonstrates
the resolve of the world lottery community to counter match-?fixing and
corruption in sports, and to unconditionally preserve the integrity of sports.
As I have mentioned countless times, integrity is at the core of how our
members do business. It is therefore essential that we do all we can to ensure
that the Global Lottery Monitoring System is an absolute success."
Echoing Mr. Moner-Banet's
sentiments, EL President Stickler added, "This is a historical day for the
global fight against match- fixing, as the lotteries today establish the
most sophisticated monitoring system in place and I am convinced that this
initiative will constitute a significant step in the on-going fight
against the phenomenon. EL and its members were the first to develop an
international cooperation to be able to detect irregular betting patterns. This
cooperation, which had started already in 1999, resulted in the creation of
ELMS in 2009 and we are now very proud to see our European Lotteries Monitoring
System (ELMS) going global".
The GLMS is set to go live on June
1, 2015 and will supersede the ELMS at that time. As previously mentioned, the
GLMS will expand the ELMS to a global operation and will implement new
technologies to establish the GLMS as a state-of-the art monitoring
If you would like further
information on the GLMS please CONTACT: Mr. Friedrich Stickler, GLMS President,
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.: +431790701300.
or Mr. Seah Chin Siong, GLMS
Vice_President and Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Pools (Private) Limited,
email@example.com Tel.: +65 62168168.
INTRALOT Take Gaming Experience to New Heights at ICE
ATHENS, Greece (January 31, 2015) --
INTRALOT participates at
ICE Totally Gaming Exhibition in London, 3 to 5 February, 2015, with a strong
ambition to lead progress in the gaming industry with its complete portfolio of
innovative Products and Services. Join us at booth #N6-160 and explore the
novel Personalized Gaming Experience, and new products and services in Sports
Betting, Lottery, Content, Gaming and Interactive Systems, a portfolio
dedicated to fulfill our valued customers expectations.
Our cutting edge Sports Betting
solutions, which are a driving force of this years ICE, serve the most
dynamic segment of the industry with constant innovation demands.
INTRALOTs in-depth understanding and extensive know-how turned the
company in one of the leading sports betting operators in the world with an
impressive track-record and performance across the globe. The new iflex
platform will be demonstrated at the booth, including all individual
components, such as the iflexContent and the iflexTrader that generate the
pre-match and live content based on multiple feeds while managing the trading
liquidity. Our modular and full range of customizable Sports Managed Trading
Services, which provide end-to-end pricing and risk management, complement our
iflex Sports platform and give an edge to operators through a unique
combination of land based, web and mobile networks.
INTRALOT is dedicated to designing
products to provide the optimal User Experience and our proposal for the new
Retail era includes Retailer and Player Terminals, such us the new camera-based
ICON technology terminal, Proton, and the brand new vending terminal DreamTouch
Compact. StoreSmartPlay multimedia solutions covers the entire range of
in-store gaming applications, such as Lottery, Betting, Racing and Virtuals,
EGM jackpots and Lottery digital signage.
Content is at the core of the gaming
industry and at the core of INTRALOTs strategy. Our enriched portfolio of
Instant Win Games (IWG) for interactive mobile and self-service platforms will
be showcased through our Playground delivery platform. INTRALOTs Games
Studio manages and constantly extends our Instant Win Games portfolio with
innovative playstyles, game mechanics and rich interactive themes. Through the
Playground delivery platform own content is aggregated with feed from several
select external Games Studios to support gaming operators at different steps in
their evolution path towards content-driven interactive offerings. Virtual
Games content will also be demonstrated on multiple platforms for retail and
interactive worlds, along with the Racing Solutions, TrackBet and Racing
At INTRALOT we have created an
unparalleled Mobile experience supported by our Mobile product offering. We
will showcase our complete mobile solutions, including MobileLottery, an
innovative, independent end-to-end solution that makes the lottery experience
native on IOS & Android, the newly launched MobileLotteryTV edition along
with Intelligent Gaming Messaging (IGM), which is a personalized push
notification platform to connect, engage, and retain customers.
In the Lottery sector, we will
present LotteryScratchChain (LSC), an end-to- end solution for the planning and
fulfillment of Scratch Land based operations. LSC enables cost effective
scratchs operation cycle, and at the same time endorses real time
monitoring and drives incremental sales. We will also showcase our open4all
solution that upgrades Lotterys portfolio with new game options, enriched
playing experience, and personalized game models. Syndicates, GroupPlay and
TeamPlay are included in the solution.
In the Gaming Solutions area,
INTRALOT will present its impressive and well tested iGEM platform. iGEM
enables operators to have a complete and secure control of their electronic
gaming machines network and is expanded by the addition of more G2S and SAS
Classes. We will introduce the enhanced iGEM version, which includes exciting
new applications that help operators generate excitement, attract new players
and increase profitability. iGEM Jackpot Suite is a complete Jackpot solution
suitable for casinos, VLT venues, racetracks and any other single/multi-site
gaming environments, and is compatible with virtually all slot machine
The Responsible Play module of iGEM
is the most flexible Responsible Gaming system available today, allowing
operators worldwide to adapt to the evolving regulatory requirements,
safeguarding business continuity and Player Protection. In addition, our GLS
system offers end-to-end processing and workflow management for all Gaming
Licensing and Compliance processes, to all gaming stakeholders, including
operators and regulators.
At INTRALOT we deliver end-to-end
personalized solutions on all components of the gaming industry to secure
success in operations. To this end we introduce the cutting-edge iGaming
Console (IGC), a multichannel Content Management System, along with iGaming
Platform (IGP). IGC has built-in responsive designs and content intelligence to
identify, understand and better serve customers. It overhauls the online user
interface process, by enabling operators to deploy changes faster, more
frequently and made only once without needing to be replicated across operating
systems. IGP delivers a customer centric approach related to acquisition,
retention, bonusing and loyalty schemes regardless of the distribution channel
and offers real time segmentation and targeted campaigns for registered
We invite you to join us and take
your gaming experience to new heights.
About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)
INTRALOT, a public listed company,
is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing
systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive
gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad
portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing
& Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a
competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers
efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, more
than 5.500 people and revenues of 1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has
established its presence on all 5 continents.
For more information CONTACT: Ms.
Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, T: +30-210 6156000,
CIBELAE Invite Delegates to the Third International Seminar on
Lotteries in Mar del Plata
CIBELAE invita al Tercer
Seminario Internacional de Loterías en Mar del Plata
MADRID, Spain (January 20, 2015) --
Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE) together
with the World Lottery Association
(WLA), la Asociación de
Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA), and the Instituto de
Lotería y Casinos de la provincia de Buenos Aires (IPLyC), announced the
date and location of the "Third International Seminar Lottery Entertainment
The event will take place on 11 and
12 March, in the NH Gran Hotel Provincial, city of Mar del Plata,
This year, the central theme will be
"entertainment experience" in order to account for how gambling are part
of this industry. In addition to the keynote speeches were developed in
parallel conference on "lotteries, betting and outlets in Latin America"
and "Latin American Meeting of compliance officers."
It is worth noting that this event
is aimed at the public and private sectors linked to industry gambling, from
Spain and Latin America. Furthermore, it will feature speakers from
international companies and industry fair in parallel.
For more information and
registration, see the official website of the event:
Such events are part of the
objectives pursued by the Board of CIBELAE, to rank the seminars, increasing
the number of regular and associate members and encourage participation of
Mar del Plata is an Argentine city
on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, 400 km (249 miles) south of Buenos Aires.
Mar del Plata is the second largest city of Buenos Aires Province.
SOURCE: La Corporación
Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE).
Scientific Games Select Las Vegas as Location for Global Headquarters
and Primary Gaming Manufacturing Operation
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 26, 2015)
-- Scientific Games
Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced
today that the Company is relocating its global corporate headquarters and
establishing its Gaming Division's primary U.S. manufacturing operations at its
existing facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada. Effective immediately, Scientific
Games' global headquarters is located at: 6650 South El Camino Road, Las Vegas,
"Selecting Las Vegas as our
global headquarters is a natural step in the corporate evolution of Scientific
Games," said Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Las
Vegas is a diverse, cosmopolitan city in business friendly Nevada where we have
strong roots and an extensive and growing employee base. This move will allow
us to stay closely connected to our worldwide base of gaming, lottery and
"Equally important to our
continued operating success is maintaining the continuity of our major
operating divisions. To that end, the Company's Bally and Shuffle Master
gaming development and support operations will continue to be based in Las
Vegas, while our significant WMS game development, engineering and other gaming
support operations, as well as our Interactive Division, will continue to be
based at our Chicago Tech Campus. The operational headquarters of Scientific
Games' Lottery Division will remain in Alpharetta, Georgia."
Reflecting the Company's commitment
to rapidly implement identified integration plans that are expected to drive
increased efficiency and cost synergies, Scientific Games has begun to
transition the WMS manufacturing operations from Waukegan, Illinois, to Las
Vegas. To ensure customer needs are seamlessly maintained throughout the
transition, production plans include enhancing the Company's Las Vegas
operations before scaling back manufacturing operations at the Waukegan
facility. Scientific Games expects all production to be transferred to the Las
Vegas facilities by the summer of 2015 and anticipates closing the Waukegan
facility before the end of 2015.
"It is great news for Nevada that
Scientific Games, an industry leader in gaming, lottery and interactive
entertainment and technology, has selected Las Vegas as its new global
headquarters," stated Governor Brian Sandoval. "The relocation of the
Company's manufacturing operations and corporate office to Las Vegas means
hundreds of good-paying jobs for the people of Clark County and our state in
the years to come. As we work together to grow and diversify the Nevada
economy, I am appreciative that Gavin Isaacs and his executive team recognized
the advantage of doing business in our great state."
Thomas Skancke, CEO of the Las Vegas
Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), said "Scientific Games' bold move to
establish global headquarters in business friendly Las Vegas will help LVGEA
realize our goal to make the region a global business destination, while
positioning Nevada as the gaming capital of the world. We look forward to
working with the company as it continues to grow and thrive in Las
The cost synergies arising from the
manufacturing consolidation and the associated costs of transferring production
and corporate functions to Las Vegas are included in the Company's previously
disclosed estimate of $235 million of expected annual cost synergies from the
Company's acquisition of Bally Technologies, Inc. by the end of 2016 and
associated one-time costs to achieve the synergies of $80 million.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products, services
and entertainment content for the 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:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
The Gaming Industry Keeps Flourishing in
By Malta Gaming
Hon. Chris Cardona visits Betclic
Everest Group offices
SLIEMA, Malta (January 21, 2015) --
Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Chris Cardona and
the Executive Chairman for the Malta Gaming Authority, Joseph Cuschieri,
recently paid a visit to the offices of the online gaming Operator
Betclic Everest Group in Sliema. The delegation was welcomed by the
Groups CEO, Ms Isabelle Andrѐs.
Addressing all those present during
the visit, Ms. Andres welcomed and thanked the Maltese Government and the Malta
Gaming Authority for their visit and the support the Group has received
The group recently relocated all its
trading and finance activities from Gibraltar to Malta, following an intensive
period of consultation. This decision has also led to an increase in jobs here
in Malta, which is now one of the Groups largest office locations. Ms.
Andres said, Betclic Everest Group is delighted to be licensed in
Malta and is committed in furthering its good business relationship with the
Malta Gaming Authority.
These jobs reflect the
Governments proactive approach at creating new and better jobs.
said Minister Chris Cardona. It is always encouraging to see the
continuous investment from reputable international companies like the Betclic
Everest Group in Malta. The Government is committed to supporting the gaming
industry in order to keep up the pace of competition and continue attracting
foreign direct investment to Malta.
The Malta Gaming Authority Executive
Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri, added that having established itself as a major
player in the iGaming field, Malta will continue to deliver innovative
solutions to address present and future challenges faced by the industry.
The iGaming sector has proven to be very beneficial to Malta in terms
of value add, quality of labour and additional business services, he
Betclic Everest Group is a European
online gaming site operating a wide range of on-line gaming offers in more than
20 countries. It has a unique portfolio comprising of five diverse and
complementary international brands, namely, Betclic, bet-at-home.com, Everest,
Expekt and Monte Carlo Casino. Betclic Everest Group is owned equally by two
European entertainment operators: Lov Group and La Société des
Bains de Mer.
SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.
Save the Dates for Australasian Gaming Expo
Featuring more than 180 exhibitors across 15,600 square
metres of exhibition space
SYDNEY, Australia (January 16, 2015)
-- Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th
August are the dates for the 2015 Australasian Gaming Expo
Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island Featuring more than 180 exhibitors
across 15,600 square metres of exhibition space, the Australasian Gaming Expo
is easily the biggest event of its type in Australia and one of the world's
biggest. All indications are that the exhibition will again be full to capacity
with a wide range of companies showcasing the world's best gaming and related
equipment and services
Last year's Gaming Expo saw a number
of changes resulting from the move to the temporary location at Glebe Island,
all of which have been favourably received. Interstate visitors were
particularly pleased with the free Ferry travel from Darling Harbour to Glebe
Island, affording them a spectacular Sydney Harbour cruise.
Of course there's more to the Expo
than a cruise, with one visitor summing up their Gaming Expo experience in the
following words: "Always interesting not just to see new products but
totally new ideas and ways of doing business..... new areas of thought into how
Australasian Gaming Expo Sydney Exhibition Centre - Let The Fun
In fact, our post show research
showed that 97% of the visitors saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new
products and technology.
Event owner and operator, the Gaming
Technologies Association, will again add to the fun by offering a surprise trip
for 2 to Las Vegas for visitors at each day of the Expo one of which was won
last year by Victoria's own Danielle Burston from the Collingwood Football
Club. Of course the Gaming Technology Association's members whose exhibition
stands would sit comfortably alongside the world's best at any global event,
will be in full force at the Australasian Gaming Expo. The Australasian Gaming
Expo is the "must attend" event.
Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo
is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless
The Gaming Technologies
Association's primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Australia, IGT (Australia), Konami
Australia and WMS Gaming Australia..
For further information contact:
Ross Ferrar CEO, Gaming Technologies Association (+61 2) 8216 0931 or
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
BC Lottery Corporation Launch OpenBet Promote System in Match Eatery
& Public House at Starlight Casino
Pioneering betting content
display will drive players to PlayNow.com
LONDON, U.K. (January 26, 2015) --
OpenBet, the worlds leading software provider to the sports betting
industry, has partnered with BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) to deploy its next
generation Promote system in the casino environment.
Promote has been integrated to a
gigantic 12-screen display to create a cinematic-style experience at the venue
in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. The new screen will completely
change the customer experience within the venue and provide a best in class
promotional system designed to enhance enjoyment and engagement.
BCLCs PlayNow Sportsbook
(powered by OpenBet) first launched in 2012 on PlayNow.com and offers players
more than 500 betting options, including futures, props and betting on live
games while theyre in play.
Our latest deployment of
Promote, with BCLC at the Starlight property, means customers can now
experience the most dynamic sportsbook experience delivered on one of the
largest video walls installed within British Columbia, said Jeremy
Thompson-Hill, OpenBet CEO. It demonstrates OpenBets commitment
to a true omni-channel gaming experience that todays player demands, and
which delivers optimum value to operators.
In conjunction with BCLC and Gateway
Casinos, OpenBet Promote has developed a tailored, high-definition betting
content display that will revolutionise the Starlight Casino sports bar
experience. Promote Studio centrally manages the live video feeds, TV, audio,
data feeds, HTML, RSS, and social media to deliver a live picture experience
across multiple sports and games with real-time price, screen and content
This is a brand new and
innovative way to engage our players in an interactive and fun atmosphere where
they can enjoy all the amenities of a sports lounge, along with the excitement
of live sports action betting, said BCLC Vice President eGaming
Rhonda Garvey. Offering Sportsbook in the casino gives our players a
best in class gaming experience.
About OpenBet Ltd.
Established: Founded in 1996,
OpenBet powers the largest share of the worlds online bets with global
software deployments in multiple, legal gaming jurisdictions. With
offices in North America, Australia and the UK, over 20 customers in the online
gaming industry and over 50 integrated partners worldwide, OpenBet provides the
most open gaming platform and a product suite that ensures the very best and
most flexible solution available.
Innovative: OpenBet prides itself on
product innovation and technical excellence that makes it the technology
provider and betting platform of choice for bookmakers, national lotteries and
other government-backed betting organisations and operators in newly regulating
international markets. OpenBets products include Sportsbook, Casino,
Poker with a single centralised Account. With a roadmap of continuing
innovation, OpenBet Retail also offers integrated solutions bridging land-based
Trusted: OpenBet is trusted by some
of the worlds most successful operators including William Hill,
Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Betfair, SkyBet and PMU. OpenBet is the preferred
supplier of National lotteries in North America providing the underlying
technology for their online operations and as the primary online casino
provider for BCLC.
British Columbia Lottery Corporation
(BCLC) is a Crown Corporation responsible for conducting and managing gambling
on behalf of the Province of British Columbia. Revenue generated supports
provincial, community and charitable programs. BCLC operates casino, community,
and bingo gaming, national and provincial lottery games and online gambling
through PlayNow.com. Commercial gaming in B.C. is a $2.8-billion-a-year
T: +44 (0)20 8742 1600
Vice President, Social
Responsibility & Communications
SOURCE: OpenBet Ltd.
Pennsylvania Lotterys The Daily Number, BIG 4 and Quinto to
Become the PICK Family of Games; New PICK 2 Game to
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (January
26, 2015) -- Pennsylvania Lottery players, get ready for the dawn of a new era:
the PICK family of games will launch on Jan. 27.
- PICK 2, a new, twice-daily draw game, will allow
players to choose any two-digit number.
- After nearly 38 years, The Daily Number the
Pennsylvania Lotterys first daily draw game will become PICK
- BIG 4, launched in 1980, will become PICK 4.
- Quinto, launched in 2008, will become PICK 5.
The PICK games will be played
exactly like the existing games and drawn twice daily, making it easy for new
and existing players to immediately understand how to play and win.
The PICK games are
Easy to Say, Simple to Play, said
Lottery Executive Director
Sil Lutkewitte. They will help to reinvigorate our draw games
portfolio through a fresh, new look, a coordinated marketing strategy and new
The first new second-chance
opportunity will take place from Feb. 2 to Feb. 26, when the Take Your Pick!
Second-Chance Drawings will allow players of any PICK game to enter one of two
drawings to win either a $50,000 top prize or one of 100 cash prizes of
All PICK game tickets bearing an
official entry code will be eligible for entry through the Second-Chance Prize
Zone inside the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or via the Pennsylvania
Lotterys official smartphone app.
Tickets must be entered before they
are presented for prize validation and payment in order to be considered for
the second-chance drawings.
To create a seamless change for
regular players, advance-play tickets purchased for The Daily Number, BIG 4 and
Quinto prior to Jan. 27 will be valid for play as PICK games. Although old
playslips will continue to work, players will find new playslips at retailers
in late January.
The Daily Number was launched on
March 1, 1977, becoming the first Pennsylvania Lottery game where players
picked their own numbers. BIG 4 joined the nightly drawing lineup on Nov. 22,
1980. Mid-day drawings for both games were added on Feb. 11, 2003.
Quinto, which allows players to pick
five numbers, debuted on Aug. 26, 2008 with mid-day and evening drawings.
For more information on how to play
Pennsylvania Lottery games, visit www.palottery.com.
About the Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the
only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit
older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has
contributed more than $24.7 billion to programs that include property tax and
rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost
prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the
52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers
throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds
players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please
play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.
For drawings results, winning
numbers, winners stories and to subscribe to the Lotterys RSS news
feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
Total Winnings by Wyolotto Players Surpasses $1
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (January 26, 2015)
-- The Wyoming Lottery
Corporation celebrated a new milestone over the weekend when the total
winnings by WyoLotto players surpassed $1 million. Thats right, $1
million won by Wyoming Lottery players which is nearly double the population of
the Cowboy State.
So far, 190,908 WyoLotto players
have won a total of $1,025,439 since the launch of the lottery in August 2014.
The largest amount won so far was $25,000 in the Jan. 20 Mega Millions drawing,
followed most recently by $20,000 won in the Jan. 24 Powerball drawing.
"Reaching the $1 million in
winnings mark is an important milestone for the Lottery, showing that WyoLotto
players are having fun and winning," said Jon Clontz, CEO of the Wyoming
"We fully expect the number of
winners and size of prizes won will increase with the addition of the Cowboy
Draw game on March 15 followed by potentially two more games later in the
The minimum jackpot for the Cowboy
Draw game is $250,000. The Cowboy Draw jackpot will grow until it is hit.
To find out if you have won, check
your numbers online at wyolotto.com, take your ticket to any official WyoLotto
retailer or by calling toll free 1-855-995-6886 (855-WY-LOTTO). Players
can also subscribe to receive WyoLotto winning numbers notifications by email.
For more information, visit www.wyolotto.com/signup. Retailers are authorized
to pay up to $599 in prizes. Prizes over $600 must be processed through lottery
headquarters in Cheyenne either in person or by mail. See www.wyolotto.com for
details. Please remember that the ticket is your property and you need to sign
it. Payment of any prize shall be made as directed by the person(s) whose
signature(s) appears on the back of the ticket.
About the Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a
corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative
session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead last March. The corporation
operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state
tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be
distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula.
Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land
Fund's Common School Account.
CONTACT: Rachel Girt. Wyoming
Lottery Corporation, Phone: 307-286-1592, Email:
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery Corp.
Euro Games Technologys Advance in the Americas
SOFIA, Bulgaria (January 21, 2015)
-- The strategy of Euro Games Technology for stepping on the US market proved
successful. The company, together with its partner Reel Games, realized another
major sale for the region with their first installation in Puerto Rico. It
included P-24/24 Up slot machines from Premier series connected to EGTs
Vega jackpot system and was carried out at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
The complex is located near the
airport, right on the waterfront at the oldest settlement in San Juan.
The casino, spread across 7000
square feet, was voted San Juans friendliest casino for its
rolicking atmosphere, good-natured dealers, and tons of ways to play with
We are extremely excited to
have the Sheraton as the first place to receive our machines in Puerto Rico.
The local players are exactly what our games are designed for, and we are
confident that they will feel the difference with EGTs
products, commented Sean Smith, President and founder of Reel Games,
The P-24/24 Up cabinets, equipped
with the Premier Multi-3 mix of titles, featuring the popular fruit themed
games, along with the Vega jackpot system, offering its Mini, Middle and Super
levels of jackpot, are expected to increase the interest towards Sheraton Old
San Juan Casino. Ada R. Pérez, director of the casino, commented:
"It is well known that the EGTs slot models are favorites among
players throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and we
believe they will be accepted with the same enthusiasm in Puerto Rico as
Nadia Popova, Director of EGT for
Central America, supported the market observations of Sean Smith and Ada R.
Pérez and expressed her satisfaction for the companys good start
of 2015: 2014th was full of success for Euro Games Technology and I
hope that the entering in Puerto Rico is just the beginning of even more
booming new year.
BC Lottery's PlayNow.com Release Full List of Super Bowl and Oscar
KAMLOOPS, B.C. Canada (January 26,
2015) -- With two major entertainment events in the next few weeks, PlayNow.com
has released their annual lists of Super Bowl and Academy Awards betting
More bets are placed each year on
the Super Bowl than on any other individual sports event. It is estimated that
$10 billion is wagered globally with over 200 million people placing bets on
the game. Last year, players in B.C. wagered approximately $350,000 on Super
Bowl through BCLC.
Super Bowl and Oscars are the two
most popular events for props and novelty bettors due to the marketing hype,
the connection to pop culture and the entertaining storylines. Novelties
capture almost any speculation around sports, arts, sciences or any other
Download a full list of
Super Bowl Props for your party:
- What colour Gatorade will be dumped on the winning
coach at the Super Bowl?
- Will the Super Bowl go into overtime?
- How long will it take Idina Menzel to sing the
- Who will win Best Actor/Actress at the Academy
- Best Picture at the Academy Awards?
Super Bowl odds have the Seattle
Seahawks currently favoured by 1 point over the New England Patriots.
Early Academy Awards betting
favourites have Boyhood to win Best Picture, Michael Keaton for Best Actor and
Julianne Moore to take home the Oscar for Best Actress.
Visit PlayNow.com for more than 100
props and novelty bets, including odds for Super Bowl XLIX, Academy Awards and
Grammys; who will play the next James Bond; will Hilary Clinton win the
Democratic Presidential Nomination; Will Camilla become Queen?
BCLC offers socially responsible
gaming entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians.
Each year, revenue from gambling contributes more than $1 billion to fund
important provincial, municipal and charitable programs across B.C
The Florida Lottery Applauds Governor Scotts Keep Florida
Working Budget For Its Continued Support Of
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 28,
2015) -- Governor Rick Scotts 2015-16 budget recommendations will enable
the Florida Lottery to
continue its core mission of maximizing revenues for the Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF). The Governors $167.6 million
proposal for the Lottery underscores his support for public education in
Governor Scott said, The
Florida Lottery ranks among the top lotteries in the nation, and has provided
more than $27 billion to education over the past 27 years. Every great job
begins with a great education, and the transfers from the Florida Lottery help
to provide our students with the opportunities they need to succeed in the
classroom and beyond- which is why we have included these important investments
in our KEEP FLORIDA WORKING budget.
In order to help the Lottery
continue to grow sales and maximize revenue to education, the Governors
- $532,353 to update the agencys information
- $120,000 for OPS positions to handle the increase
in workload resulting from the Lotterys ticket sales success over the
past four years
- $224,500 to retain a security firm to conduct a
comprehensive security evaluation of the department as required by Florida
- $4.3 million to increase the Lotterys instant
ticket appropriation as required, based on the November 2014 Revenue Estimating
Conference forecasts, to pay Lottery gaming vendors
With this funding, the
Florida Lottery will be able to successfully continue its efforts to
efficiently and effectively operate as an entrepreneurial enterprise,
generating in excess of $5.6 billion a year in sales and more than $1.4 billion
in revenue to education. Governor Scotts budget provides
significant investment in education at every level and reflects his continued
commitment to ensuring that Florida has a strong and competitive education
system that provides its graduates with greater opportunities and better paying
jobs, said Secretary Cynthia OConnell.
In Fiscal Year 2015-16, the Florida
Lottery will continue to launch new and exciting games; unveil enhancements to
current game offerings; expand its retailer network; explore innovative
alliances with public and private-sector partners; and implement a
comprehensive marketing plan that includes non-traditional advertising, social
media and further development of its Internet presence.
I commend Governor Scott
for prioritizing education in his recommended budget for 2015-16. The
Governors continued support of education at every level is helping our
state ensure that we graduate students who will be prepared to lead Florida in
the future, said Senator Bill Montford.
The Bright Futures
Scholarship Program still serves its intended purpose to keep
Floridas best and brightest students in the state. By investing in these
students pursuit of higher education, we are making an investment in the
future of our state, said John Thrasher, President, Florida State
Living and working in a
state where the Governor places emphasis on growing businesses and supporting
education is truly an honor, said Mark Perreault, Old Northeast
Rally, Tampa, Florida. I appreciate what Governor Scott and the
Florida Lottery do each day to ensure the prosperity of our economy and the
success of our children.
"Bright Futures has given me the
opportunity to put the worry of financial stress behind me in order to be
successful in and outside of the classroom. Bright Futures is giving students
like me the opportunity and reward for an amazing college education and
experience," said University of Central Florida student, Sydney Alexander.
In business, relationships
mean a lot. Governor Scotts leadership and determination to steer the
state in the right direction, along with the partnership with the Florida
Lottery, create a winning environment, said Joon Chang, Owner, Right
Way Fuel and Colonial Plaza Mobil in Orlando.
The budget proposed by
Governor Scott shows the value he places on commerce, communities and
education. Its great to see that the hard work we put into making
our businesses succeed is matched by the support we receive from Governor Scott
and the Florida Lottery, said Daniel Diaz, Vice President, Government
Governor Scott deserves
praise for his continued focus on economic and job growth in the Sunshine
State. His direction, combined with the Florida Lotterys partnership with
its network of more than 13,000 retailers, has resulted in increased revenue
for Florida businesses and education, said Richard McAllister,
President and CEO, Florida Retail Federation.
I appreciate the importance
Governor Scott places on Florida businesses, said Charles Rooney of
Rainey Cawthon Distributors in Tallahassee. Creating an environment
that allows local businesses to flourish and thrive allows positive impacts to
spread throughout communities around the state.
About The Florida Lottery
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
Floridas 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: The Florida Lottery.
PwC Present Conclusions of Study Developed for Remote Gambling
Association to Parliament
- Change to tax system for Online sporting
bets would generate 20M more revenue to the State than present
- Current Taxation plans will lead to the
loss of competiveness for regulated operators and encourage consumers to use
the non-regulated market;
- The tax regime will make it harder to
promote a big regulated market.
- The PWC study concludes that the proposed
system will result in a small, inefficient and unprotected market; the
countries with the alternative GGR tax system were able to create larger,
efficient and secure systems for consumers.
LISBON, Portugal (January 28, 2015)
-- Online sporting bets would generate 20M more revenue to the State
until 2018 if the taxes were based on Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR). The current
proposal based on betting turnover, and the revenue the Government will receive
will remain at 17 million, until 2018.
This conclusion was presented to the
Commission for Economy and Public Works at the Parliament by
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in a study developed for Remote Gambling
To support the study Sporting
Bets Regulation in Portugal, PwC collected and analyzed data on other
European countries, according to the tributary regimes applied in each one of
them and the corresponding market behavior, with especial highlight for fiscal
As observed by PwC study, the
proposed model on Portuguese law chooses taxation on bet value over a GGR
regime. According to the study, the former discourages the demanding of
licenses and the coming of new entrants in Portugal, for the awards wont
be competitive, maintaining players in unregulated market. For the State, the
biggest consequence of this scenario will be a fiscal revenue way inferior to
the one expected when it was decided to regulate the online gambling
PwCs analysis notes that in
France, with a model identical to the Portuguese, half of the online gambling
traders had left the country by the end of the first year due to the lack of
profitability (18 of the total 35), which weakened the offer made to the
consumers and caused a meteoric decrease of revenue to the Government.
Absorption rate at
Under these conditions, the ability
to attract supply and clients from the unregulated to the regulated market
(absorption rate) is minimal. The verified experience in other countries shows
that a tributary regime based on the total amount of bets prevents market
evolution and is not able to absorb more than one fourth of the market. On the
contrary, GGR model increases its absorption rate over 50% (more 50% in Spain:
more than 80% in Denmark), double the projected rate for Portugal under the
Consumers with less
By analyzing the potential
socioeconomic impacts of the regulation of online sporting bets in Portugal, in
light of the experience and situation of other European countries, PwCs
study maintains that the present model damages the consumers for, by remaining
in unregulated market, there remains no kind of juridical protection in the
moment of placing and collecting the bet. Thus, there wont exist a legal
identification umbrella for the users personal data. On the other hand, there
wont be any control of addictive behavior, contrary to what happens in
the traditional gambling and in regulated market of other countries.
The study concludes that the
proposed system is diminished, inefficient and unprotected. The countries with
a GGR model were able, in contradistinction, to create plural, efficient and
CONTACT: Filipe Nogueira, Tel: +351
21 923 9700 / 939 239 736, Email:
The Remote Gambling Association
The Remote Gambling Association
(RGA) is the largest online gambling trade association in the world,
representing the worlds largest licensed and stock market-listed remote
gambling operators and software providers. The organisation provides the
remote gambling industry with a single voice on all issues of importance to
regulators, legislators, and key decision-makers. Further information about the
RGA can be found at www.rga.eu.com.
SOURCE: The Remote Gambling
Gaming Standards Association Calls For Comments On The Next Release
Of The G2S Standard
G2S Version 3.0 Adds Important
New Functionality and Simplifies Implementation, Testing, and Operations
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 27, 2015)
G2S, the Gaming Standards Associations award-winning
Game-to-System Message Protocol, drives many of the gaming industrys
newest and most exciting products. Now GSA is set to unveil G2S version 3.0,
and the organizations members are in the process of conducting final
reviews and providing comments before it is released.
G2S Version 3.0 is the
result of almost three years of work by our G2S Technical Committee, based on
direct feedback from suppliers and operators, as well as regulators in
jurisdictions from around the world. The result is a new version of G2S that is
not only mature and rich in functionality, but which also simplifies protocol
implementation, testing and operation, said GSA Chairman Adrian
Most significantly, the new
version of G2S uses WebSockets and EXI, making message handling and
communications much more efficient.
Critical new functionality has been
added to the protocol including support for Standalone Progressive Controllers,
Mystery Progressive Jackpots, and Progressive Displays. Specific jurisdictional
requirements have also been addressed. Further improvements to the Player User
Interface have been made, allowing multi-source picture-in-picture
functionality to be managed through an open protocol.
We have been listening to
our membership and to the industry at large throughout this improvement
process, noted Marcu. Now we want to make certain that
member input and feedback is heard and addressed as we prepare to release the
standard this Spring.
Review and comment is open to all
GSA members. The deadline for comment is January 31. A draft of the standard is
available for review and download at GSAs website:
The G2S standard has won
international acclaim. Global Gaming Business named it the Best
Productivity-Enhancement Technology. Casino Journal named it one of the
Top 3 Most Innovative Products and Casino Enterprise Management put
it on the list of Top 10 Slot Floor Technologies.
GSA standards are created by the
organizations global membership. To find a membership level that best
suits your business goals and budget, visit www.gamingstandards.com.
Established in 1998, GSAs
members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.
For more information, visit:
www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn,
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications, Phone: +1 (702) 413-4278.