GTECH S.P.A. Announce Name of New Company as
- Planned corporate structure and
executive leadership team announced
- Organization will include distinct North
America Gaming and North America Lottery units, also responsible for global
products and services
ROME, ITALY and PROVIDENCE, RHODE
ISLAND (February 26, 2015)
GTECH S.p.A. today announced
that upon completion of its acquisition of
International Game Technology
(NYSE:IGT), the combined entities will be branded as IGT and that
the holding company, Georgia Worldwide PLC, has changed its name to
International Game Technology PLC. Upon the completion of the acquisition, IGT
will be the global leader in delivering innovative end-to-end gaming solutions
across the full spectrum of regulated gaming while continuing to transform the
industry with cutting-edge technology and innovative content.
In addition, GTECH has announced the
corporate structure and executive team that will lead the combined
organization. The new company will leverage the strengths of the two combined
gaming industry leaders to become the largest gaming and lottery company in the
The combination of GTECH
and IGT brings together two highly complementary legacy businesses to form the
true blue chip company in global gaming. The new name and branding reflect this
positioning. In addition, our two companies have similar core values; in fact,
our respective names are derived from the same origin. The comprehensive
footprint of our new group fully validates the global claim inscribed in the
IGT name, said Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. Chief Executive
Officer. Our new logo, marrying the IGT name and the iconic
GTECH globe, draws upon the substantial brand equity of our two
companies. It symbolizes our unique capacity to transform the industry
with cutting-edge technology and innovative content; to deliver exciting game
experiences through every channel, including gaming, lottery, interactive,
mobile, and social; and to be the partner of choice in the global gaming
Building on GTECHs success
with its current organizational structure, the new company will be shaped as a
customer-facing organization with four business units operating in three
regions: North America, International and Italy.
With the specific intent to offer
customers a single point of contact, the North America region will be comprised
of two business units focused along different customers. Each will be
separately responsible for driving the growth of the entire product portfolio
for WLA customers (North America Lottery) and for Commercial customers (North
North America Gaming will also have
global responsibility for the product development, manufacturing, marketing and
delivery of all of the companys gaming offerings. This includes
interactive and sports betting, as well as oversight of the DoubleDown
Casino online social gaming business. The respective legacy IGT groups
across gaming and interactive will be integrated into North America Gaming as
North America Lottery will have
global responsibility for the product development, marketing, and delivery of
all the companys lottery offerings.
Consistent with the current GTECH
structure, the International business unit will be responsible for the
strategic development and management of all business conducted outside of North
America and Italy, across the companys entire product portfolio.
The International organization will
have specialized and separate sales and operations groups, each supported by
the respective North America product and services organizations. The
respective legacy International IGT groups will be integrated into the
International business unit as appropriate.
The Italy business unit will operate
as it does today. All product development, marketing, manufacturing, and
servicing will be supported by North America Lottery and North America Gaming
The corporate functions related to
Finance, Legal and Human Resources will be managed on a global basis.
The Corporate Leadership team will
be comprised of the following:
- Marco Sala Chief Executive Officer,
International Game Technology PLC
- Renato Ascoli Chief Executive Officer, North
America Gaming/Interactive (DoubleDown Casino)
- Walter Bugno Chief Executive Officer,
- Fabio Cairoli Chief Executive Officer,
- Michael Chambrello Chief Executive Officer,
North America Lottery
- Alberto Fornaro Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
- Donald R. Sweitzer Chairman, IGT Corporation
(North America) and Senior Public Affairs Advisor
- Robert Vincent Senior Vice President, Human
Resources and Corporate Communications
"We have brought together a
talented team of proven leaders to combine two great companies, forming a
powerful lottery and gaming enterprise that will provide leadership and value
to our customers around the globe," continued Mr. Sala.
"In the coming months, the new
executive team will work together to optimize integration planning to achieve
the synergies we have committed to delivering. By listening and learning from
both companies, they will build on our combined strengths and craft the new
organizations future as a winning combination."
As previously announced, the Company
will establish a corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom with operating
headquarters in Rome, Italy, Las Vegas, Nevada and Providence, Rhode Island.
Upon the close of the transaction, the company will be listed on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol IGT.
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. edited media
Scientific Games Expands Gaming Technology Presence in Canada with
Atlantic Lottery Corporation's Lottery and iLottery Systems
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 2, 2015) --
Corporation(NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today
announced it has signed a contract with the
Corporation ("ALC" or "the Lottery") to provide a lottery gaming system and
internet-based iLottery gaming system. The Company is responsible for
developing and implementing its AEGIS NGS lottery gaming system and
Sciplay® iLottery system for ALC, as well as providing ongoing operational
monitoring and maintenance support beginning in mid-2017. Implementation is
expected to begin this month, with conversion to the new system in 2016. The
five-year contract, awarded by ALC after a competitive procurement process,
includes extension opportunities up to 15 years, for a total of 20 years. The
contract extends Scientific Games' gaming technology service presence to 70
percent of the provinces and all three territories in Canada.
"We are delighted to continue
innovating with Scientific Games to bring entertaining lottery games to
Atlantic Canadian players through technology that both serves us today and
leads us into the future," said Brent Scrimshaw, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Atlantic Lottery Corporation. "Our conversion to the
AEGIS NGS and Sciplay systems will provide ALC with the opportunity to securely
and responsibly grow through traditional retail channels, and now mobile,
internet and emerging channels."
ALC operates the gaming business on
behalf of the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island,
and Newfoundland and Labrador. With this new contract, ALC will replace its
current lottery gaming system with a next generation gaming system and iLottery
platform that will support its retail and internet gaming channels with
advanced functionality and services. The open-architecture of the new system
offers flexibility, scalability and speed to market for new products.
"The combination of the AEGIS NGS
gaming system and the Sciplay iLottery system will offer ALC a completely
integrated technology solution and a deep entertainment portfolio of
traditional and digital lottery games for players," said Pat McHugh, Senior
Vice President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games. "ALC
will be well-positioned to become an industry leader in multi-channel player
engagement and promotions that can successfully grow their business."
McHugh said that Scientific Games
has provided iLottery and internet-based loyalty solutions to 20 World Lottery
Association members, beginning in 2001 with Germany's Lotto Bayern. The
Company's Sciplay system is currently the leading iLottery, lottery loyalty and
lottery player subscription service technology in the U.S. with implementations
in Arkansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and most
recently, North Dakota.
Scientific Games began its nearly 40
year relationship with ALC in 1978 as the Lottery's instant game provider. The
Company currently provides ALC with instant games and licensed properties and
has supplied the Lottery's gaming systems technology since 2001.
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.
About Atlantic Lottery
Atlantic Lottery is publicly owned
by the four Atlantic provinces. Its revenues exceeded $1 billion in 2013-14,
and its products range from draw games to sports wagering to online offerings.
All profits are returned to the governments of Atlantic Canada for investment
in public services. Since Atlantic Lottery was created in 1976, it has returned
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Florida Lottery Has Highest Scratch-Off Sales Week
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 4, 2015)
-- The Florida Lottery
announced today that Scratch-Off ticket sales for the week ending March 1,
2015, exceeded $91.7 million, the highest, single-week Scratch-Off sales of any
lottery in the country. This record-breaking Scratch-Off sales week resulted in
$16.99 million being generated for the benefit of Florida students and
By continuously launching
new games with a multitude of instant cash prizes, and offering a variety of
second chance promotions, we are giving our players what they want and the
results speak for themselves, said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia
The high performance of our
Scratch-Off games means that our players are winning big, retailers are earning
higher commissions and more revenue is being generated for education programs
Last weeks sales were led by
the new $10,000,000 FLORIDA CASH Scratch-Off game, with $17.1 million in sales,
followed by the $600,000 GOLD RUSH Scratch-Off game, with more than $10.92
million in sales.
The Florida Lottery offers
approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines
or counter displays at more than 13,000 retail locations statewide. Scratch-Off
games are an important part of the Lotterys portfolio of games,
comprising approximately 64 percent of ticket sales and generating more than
$640 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year
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: Florida Lottery.
SLI Global Solutions Joins the GLI Group of
LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (March 2, 2015)
The Gaming Labs
International group of companies is pleased to announce the addition of SLI
Global Solutions (SLI), a leader in Quality Assurance and Software Testing
Services, to its growing portfolio of companies. With this acquisition, SLI
Global Solutions and GLI combine to form one of the largest organizations with
a singular focus on software testing and quality assurance worldwide.
GLI President/CEO James Maida said,
Just as GLI is recognized for its global leadership in gaming testing
and professional services, SLI has long been recognized as the leader in
government solutions; testing for certification of health IT, and voting system
certification testing; software testing and quality assurance. Those
similarities extend to the culture of each company. With testing and
certification at our core, both GLI and SLI have shared beliefs in excellence,
passion and commitment to our clients and to providing the best services
available anywhere. Moving forward together, we will share that culture and
commitment to excellence, providing even more customers with broader levels of
testing, certification and professional services.
SLI President Mark Phillips said,
SLI has built a scalable delivery model using documented and
repeatable processes delivered by highly credentialed and experienced staff and
enhanced by innovative tools and techniques. Because of this, SLI has been able
to provide significant value to both private and public sector clients as they
develop their most strategic IT products. We are excited to join the GLI family
of companies to rapidly scale and deliver these solutions to a much broader
range of clients.
SLI ensures information technology
investments result in products that are built according to agreed upon
standards, perform as expected, and fulfill business needs. Together, GLI and
SLI will represent one of the world's largest providers exclusively dedicated
to quality assurance, technology testing and IT governance-related
SLI brings a broad portfolio of
services and solutions to GLI including world class software test automation,
quality assurance, and independent verification and validation for commercial
and government agencies. SLI has earned a number of designations
including an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management System and
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for software testing for electronic health
records and voting systems. SLI leads the industry with its own proprietary
quality management methodology, SQM3, which is based on practical applications
of IEEE, PMI and ISO standards.
About SLI Global
Since 1996, SLI Global Solutions has
been helping customers manage their technology risks and investments. As a
company that has earned an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Quality
Management Systems and ISO 17025 accreditation for all laboratory work, we
provide software testing, quality assurance (QA), and independent verification
and validation (IV&V) for commercial and government agency clients that are
based upon our proprietary quality management methodology, SQM3.
About Gaming Laboratories
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.
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Hoosier Lottery, Speedway Partnership Offers Big
Customers can win free fuel,
chance for cash
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 2,
2015) -- Would you like to win free fuel for a year? Lottery tickets that offer
a chance to win a big cash prize?
Between March 2 and April 29, the
Hoosier Lottery and Speedway are offering a special promotion that will allow
Speedy Rewards customers the chance to do both, and more!
For every $1 spent on Hoosier
Lottery products by Speedy Rewards members, one entry into a drawing will be
The top three prizes in the drawing
are free fuel for a year (valued at $2,500 each)!
In addition, there will be six
prizes of $1,000 worth of fuel, eight prizes of $250 worth of Hoosier Lottery
Scratch-off tickets, and 15 prizes of $50 worth of Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off
Customers will need to show and
swipe their Speedy Rewards card at the time they make their purchase in order
to be entered into the drawing. Promotion is valid at all Indiana Speedway
About The Hoosier Lottery
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30
million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the
Teachers' Retirement Fund.
In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier
Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund.
To learn more about the Hoosier
www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback. Download the official
Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Hoosier
Lottery, Public Information Officer, 317-264-4898 (office), 317-653-0561
(cell), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Idaho Lottery Gives Cash Incentive to Finish Those Makeover
BOISE, Idaho (March 1, 2015) -- This
spring, the Idaho Lottery is offering a new $5 Scratch Game, Money Makeover,
with multiple ways to win cash to help you complete those lingering home
improvement projects, large or small, up to $40,000!
SOURCE: Idaho Lottery.
Government Issues Decree Establishing New Legal Regulation of
Conditions to Reduce Indiscriminate Proliferation of Gambling
PARAGUAY (February 25, 2015) -- To
reduce the indiscriminate and irregular proliferation of gambling halls, and
promote responsible gaming programs and prevention of pathological gambling,
the Government issued Decree No. 3,083 / 2015 establishing a new legal
regulation of conditions of authorization gambling to operate at the municipal
and departmental levels.
The legal advisor to the President
of the Republic, Minister Sergio Godoy, reported on the afternoon of Tuesday,
February 24, the Head of State, Horacio Cartes, signed on the date the official
respective provision. He announced that "One of the main reasons for this
new regulation is aimed at reducing the indiscriminate and irregular
proliferation of gambling halls."
Godoy explained that "As a means
to this end, the government seeks to standardize and provide legal certainty
about the provisions establishing the criteria for approval at the departmental
and municipal level, taking into account the diversity of provisions currently
existing ordinances that have consequently not allow an orderly
"Please note that the Government
has taken into account in the creation of this regulatory system, the need to
promote programs Responsible Gaming and Gambling Prevention for the purpose of
obtaining an orderly and responsible gaming cultural development, thus avoiding
the consequences harmful associated with this kind of disorder," he
PLAN PUBLIC POLICY
He added: "In this context, the
Executive authorizes the National Commission on Gaming (Conajzar) to plan
public policy Responsible and Prevention of Gambling Game, as well as Corporate
Social Responsibility for adoption by companies engaged in the exploitation of
The minister Godoy said "it
should be noted that Decree sets minimum requirements framework for regulating
the operation of games of chance, as include: characteristics of function rooms
and places where gambling character classroom; standards, features and
technical specifications of the systems, machines and tools that can be used,
Appropriated also "provides that
the games and electronic machines aimed at children, exposed in public and
those who work in places that do not conform to the regulations, will not be
accepted. It also regulates local gambling should be a minimum distance of five
hundred (500) feet and educational centres, schools, colleges, universities
established similar rules governing the matter," as he said.
PAYMENT OF SALARIES
The legal advisor to the president
said on the other hand, by Decree No. 3,082 / 2015, President Horacio
Cartes authorized the payment of salaries of public administration and
Retirement and Pension.
The Executive has
authorized the Directorate General of Treasury, under the Secretariat of State
for Financial Administration of the Ministry of Finance, to proceed to the
payment of salaries of public administration and retirement and pension for the
month February this year," Godoy said.
SOURCE: Office of President of the
Republic of Paraguay (www.presidencia.gov.py).
New Mexico Lottery Launch Mustang Money Scratcher
For Cars 50th Anniversary
Game Includes Chance to Win
Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang GT
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (March 4,
2015) -- The New Mexico
Lotterys latest Scratcher has true horsepower.
Available in stores now, the
Mustang Money Scratcher features cash prizes of up to
Win a Limited Edition Ford
The $5 game also offers players with
non-winning tickets a chance to win a limited edition Ford Mustang GT*
manufactured to celebrate the cars 50th anniversary.
Thanks to Rich Ford, the
New Mexico Lottery is the only lottery in the world to have a 50th anniversary
edition Ford Mustang GT to give as a prize, said Karla Wilkinson, New
Mexico Lottery product director.
The limited edition Ford Mustang GT
is car number 443 of only 1,964 made. The Mustang made its debut in
1964. The prize, which comes in Wimbledon White with an automatic
transmission, is parked now at the Rich Ford showroom in Albuquerque.
Its a sweet ride for
a trip down Route 66, Wilkinson added.
The Ford Mustang GT prize is valued
at $70,000, and will include tax, title and license.
Players enter non-winning
Mustang Money tickets at www.nmlottery.com. The deadline to
enter is July 7. Three finalists will be drawn for a live grand prize
giveaway event scheduled for Aug. 8 at the Isotopes game in Albuquerque.
More New Scratchers
The Mustang Money
Scratcher is one of five launching today. The other games are:
- Hot 5s is a $1 game that features top
prizes of $2,500;
- Power 7s is a $2 game that features top
prizes of $14,000;
- 3 Times the Money is a $3 game that
features top prizes of $30,000;
- Big Money is a $10 game that features
top prizes of $100,000 as well as prizes between $30 and $250 totaling more
than $1 million.
Since its inception in 1996, the
lottery has raised $633 million for education in New Mexico. More than
97,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery
Scholarships. More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is
available at: www.nmlottery.com.
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
Fantasy Sports Promotor to Bring Amazing Fan Experiences and Rewards
to UFC Fans
BOSTON, Massachusetts (February 25,
2015) -- DraftKings, Inc., the largest U.S.-based destination for daily fantasy
sports, today announced a partnership with the UFC®, the worlds
leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Through DraftKings, UFC fans
will be able to enter into weekly fantasy MMA contests to win numerous prizes,
including individual time with UFC stars and personalities and trips to premier
The new partnership between UFC and
DraftKings will make UFC fans a priority by offering exclusive opportunities to
meet and interact with their favourite UFC athletes and personalities. UFC and
DraftKings will be providing fans with multiple contest opportunities,
The Dana White Experience:
Winners will receive travel and accommodation to attend a major UFC event as
Dana Whites special guest. Winners will attend the press events, workouts
and stand on the stage at weigh-ins leading up to the event, get a photo taken
in the world-famous Octagon with Dana following weigh-ins, and sit in
Danas special guest section during the fights.
UFC International Fight Week:
Winners will receive travel and accommodations, plus two VIP passes to every
event at UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas from July 7-12.
Fights with Dana: Winners
will receive two tickets to attend a UFC event and sit in Dana Whites VIP
The UFC is the fastest
growing sports organization in the world, driven by the millions of fans who
passionately follow MMA. Were excited to partner with the UFC to provide
its fans with games that provide tremendous payouts and amazing, unique
prizes, said Jeremy Elbaum, Vice President of Business Development at
DraftKings. This partnership reflects DraftKings deep commitment
to MMA and its fans.
Were thrilled to
partner with DraftKings to provide UFC fans with new opportunities to engage
with the UFC, UFC Senior Vice President of Global Marketing
Partnerships Michael Mossholder said. Like all major sports and
leagues, we continue to strive for ways to offer the most thrilling and
innovative experiences for our fans and working alongside the leaders of the
daily fantasy sports industry offers a cutting edge platform for daily action
The partnership with UFC builds on
DraftKings commitment to mixed martial arts and its growing legion of
fans. DraftKings recently unveiled Daily Fantasy MMA, the biggest daily fantasy
contest for mixed martial arts, and announced an exclusive partnership with UFC
light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. As part of the UFC agreement, DraftKings
will become the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of the UFC and will
receive prominent stadium and PPV brand placement for all major events, as well
as joint promotion across all UFC web properties and social channels.
SOURCE: UFC edited media
Gaming Standards Association Welcomes Austrian Gaming Industries
(NOVOMATIC Group of Companies) as Newest Platinum
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 3, 2015)
The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) proudly welcomes its newest
Platinum member, Austrian Gaming Industries (AGI) part of the NOVOMATIC Group
Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH
(AGI) a 100-percent subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG (www.novomatic.com) is an
integrated global gaming company specializing in the design, development,
manufacturing, distribution and sales of electronic gaming machines and
advanced technology products. As Europe's leading manufacturer AGI delivers one
of the broadest product ranges in the industry.
GSA President Peter DeRaedt said,
We are pleased Austrian Gaming Industries has become a Platinum member
of GSA. AGI has been a longtime Gold member, and recently made the
decision to upgrade to Platinum status, join the board of directors and further
their commitment to the work of GSA. As a proven leader in our industry
with extensive influence in Europe and valuable insights into the industry on
the continent, we welcome their strong show of support and input.
Established in 1998, GSA
continues to deliver the freedom and power to do what you want through
GSAs standard and protocols. Our members represent a wide cross
section of the global gaming industry.
Platinum members include: Alberta
Gaming & Liquor Commission; Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; GTECH; Austrian
Gaming Industries, NOVOMATIC Group of Companies; International Game Technology
(IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation; Scientific
Games International (SGMS), and Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.
For more information, visit:
www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and
California Lottery Joins Problem Gambling Awareness Month
SACRAMENTO, California (March 3,
2015) -- Every year the California Lottery joins other state and national
organizations to recognize the month of March as National Problem Gambling
Awareness Month (PGAM). The goal is to educate and raise public awareness that
problem gambling is an addiction with similarities to the causes and
consequences of alcohol and drug dependence. It also affects people from all
segments of society.
This years theme,
Dont Ignore the Signs urges the public to recognize that
problem gambling is a hidden disease, as compulsive gamblers do not
exhibit visible signs in the way individuals with other addictions do. Signs
that an individual may have a gambling disorder often include depression,
lying, guilt, shame and financial devastation.
While most Californians enjoy
recreational gambling responsibly, an estimated one million adults of all ages,
races and ethnicities from all communities in California meet the criteria for
problem or disordered gambling. Popular forms of gambling include casino
gambling, online wagering, the lottery, horse racing and sports wagering, among
During the PGAM campaign, the
California Lottery and its partners also stress the importance of finding free
treatment assistance for gambling disorders by calling Californias
1-800-GAMBLER helpline. The helpline is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and
365 days a year offering callers a brief intervention and crisis
stabilization to get them to the next step, which is treatment. The California
Lottery partially funds 1-800-GAMBLER helpline via an Interagency Agreement
with the California Department of Public Health.
Problem gambling is a treatable
disease, and treatment is effective in minimizing harm to individuals, families
and society as a whole. In 2010, the Office of Problem Gambling and UCLA
Gambling Studies Program developed California Gambling Education and Treatment
Services (CalGETS), which has now provided treatment to more than 7,000
individuals suffering negative impacts on their lives due to a gambling
Since its inception, the Lottery has
remained committed to being a responsible corporate citizen that strives to
ensure the highest standards of responsible gaming. In fact, the California
Lottery is the only lottery in the United States to hold a Level Four
Certification from the World Lottery Association. Over the last few years, the
Lottery has made several improvements to its RG program, some of which
- Training 97% of its workforce on how to identify
problem gambling behavior;
- Launching the first U.S. lottery industry Corporate
Social Responsibility website;
- Improving treatment referral; and
- New collaborations with the California Office of
Problem Gambling (OPG) and the California Council on Problem Gambling.
For more information on National
Problem Gambling Month visit OPGs website
http://problemgambling.securespsites.com. To learn more
about the California Lotterys Responsible Gaming Program visit
The California Lottery is a $5
billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies
that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to
provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously
supporting local communities. In FY 2013-14, the Lottery created 89 new
millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back
to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and
colleges, prizes and Lottery retailer compensation. The California Lottery
urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel
you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at
SOURCE: California Lottery.
Playtech Unveil Rainbow Riches Bingo
Skys the limit for first
variant of UKs most popular slot game
LONDON, U.K. (February 27, 2015) --
Playtech, the worlds
leading multi-channel gaming software and services supplier, today launched
Rainbow Riches Bingo the first ever bingo variant of the iconic
cross-channel brand, licensed and developed in partnership with Scientific
The UKs most popular retail
slot game, which enjoys huge success in the land-based bingo market, is
available today as a mobile and online bingo variant and launches with a
£100,000 promotion in the run up to St Patricks Day on March
Playtechs experienced bingo
team spent several months perfecting the product, developing a number of
innovative features, and paying particular attention to ensuring the
brands unique elements and characters remain aligned with the original
Playtechs development of the
game was mobile-led, first across handset and bespoke tablet platforms,
followed by desktop client delivery.
Rainbow Riches Bingo includes
two new, industry-first, network-based jackpots ensuring a maximum amount of
daily winners. Split between gold, silver and bronze prize bands along the
games Rainbow Road, the first jackpot is triggered once the
correct amount of shamrocks has been drawn.
The second jackpot is triggered on
an individual basis via the wishing well bonus. Players select a lucky number
and every time their number is drawn, they collect a gold coin. Once a player
fills his or her well a bonus is awarded.
Gary Keaney, Head of Bingo,
Playtech, said: I'm incredibly proud to bring such an established
brand to the Playtech Bingo network. Rainbow Riches has an extremely loyal
community and we have worked very hard to build and deliver further social
elements to the new game that will both engage existing players, and also
attract a new audience."
With such an innovative and
mobile-focused product, we have kicked off 2015 with a bang and Im
extremely confident we will continue to build on this throughout the
Jeremy Bowskill, Vice President
& Chief Technology Officer Interactive, Scientific Games, said:
The Playtech Bingo team have done a fantastic job with Rainbow Riches
Bingo, adding some highly innovative new features that differentiate the
product from our standard player-popular Rainbow Riches bingo side games as
well as remaining true to the brands original and classic gameplay,
bonuses and characters.
Playtech develops unified software
platforms and content for the online and land-based gaming industry, together
with providing a range of ancillary services such as marketing, CRM services
The groups capabilities enable
the delivery of an integrated software or turnkey solution, with players
accessing online, broadcast, mobile and server-based gaming terminals through a
New licensees include existing
online operators upgrading or diversifying their offering, land-based casino
groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants
making their online gaming debut, particularly in newly-regulated markets.
Founded in 1999, Playtech is listed
on the London Stock Exchange and has more than 3,900 employees located in 14
countries. Its leading gaming applications include casino, bingo, poker, sports
betting, live, mobile and social gaming, casual and fixed odds games.
SOURCE: Playtech (www.playtech.com).
Macao Gaming Summit - November 17 to November 19, 2015 at Venetian
MACAO (March 3, 2015) -- The Macao
Gaming Show will again be accompanied by the Macao Gaming Summit - a three day
conference featuring esteemed and knowledgeable speakers from a number of
different organizations around the world. The theme of this year's show is
Asian Gaming: Looking beyond the horizon and there will be a specific focus on
This includes an in-depth look at
online gaming in Asia, what opportunities currently exist in this space and the
barriers standing in the way.
iGaming will undoubtedly play a huge
role in the future of gaming across Asia but how can we best capitalize on it?
Plan your visit now by heading to
the Macao Gaming Show Official Site
SOURCE: The Macao Gaming Show.
International Association Of Gaming Regulators Announce 2015
Conference In Lima, Peru
NEVADA, U.S.(March 2, 2015) -- The
International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) today announced that its
2015 Annual Conference will take place in Lima, Peru on October 13-15,
2015. The event will explore issues affecting gaming regulators,
policymakers and industry executives in gambling markets around the world.
The conference will focus on
challenges faced by regulators as they seek to improve the effectiveness and
efficiency of gambling oversight. Expected to attend the annual gathering
are IAGR members who represent gaming jurisdictions from throughout the world
including those in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Central
America, the Caribbean and South America. Industry representatives are
also invited to attend the conference.
This will be IAGRs
first conference to be held in South America and we are very enthusiastic about
this important development, said Birgitte Sand, President of IAGR and
Director of the Danish Gambling Authority. We are looking
forward to enhancing our relationships with gaming regulators in Peru and
throughout the Latin American continent. South America has a very active
gaming industry and as we welcome its regulators into the IAGR family, we
expand our knowledge base to the benefit of all our members.
Conference Planning Sub-Committee
Co-Chair and Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Licensing Director, Susan Hensel
said, We are putting together a first rate conference program focused
on leading edge issues and technologies. Together with my Co-Chair and
Director-General of the Swedish Gambling Authority, Hakan Hallstedt, we are
planning sessions examining not only the latest developments in the ever
evolving gaming industry but also how those developments impact gaming
The conference is being held in
conjunction with the International Masters of Gaming Law annual conference
which will run October 14-16, 2015.
It is our hope that many
members from both IMGL and IAGR but also a significant number of gambling
stakeholders from industry will take advantage of this excellent opportunity to
meet and establish or consolidate professional relations and exchange valuable
knowledge and latest views on gambling from both regional and global
perspectives, underlined Birgitte Sand.
Both conferences will take place at
the JW Marriott Hotel Lima.
For more information on the IAGR
Conference visit: http://iagr.org/lima2015/.
About the International
Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)
The International Association of
Gaming Regulators (IAGR) consists of representatives from gaming regulatory
organizations throughout the world. The mission of IAGR is to advance the
effectiveness and efficiency of gaming regulation by providing a forum in which
gaming regulators from around the world can meet, exchange views and
information, and discuss policy issues among themselves and with
representatives of the international gaming industry; a means of fostering
cooperation between gaming regulators in the performance of their official
duties; and a central point of contact for inquiries from governments, gaming
regulatory agencies and personnel, and representatives of the international
gaming industry. You can follow IAGR on Twitter at IAGR_org or join our
LinkedIn Discussion Group
CONTACT: Mariah Echele, IAGR
Secretariat, Email: email@example.com, Phone:
SOURCE: International Association of
Lottery Corporation is a Proud Sponsor of Ontario
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (March 2,
2015) -- The Ontario Lottery
and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is pleased to be the exclusive Presenting
Partner of Ontario Scene.
Ontario Scene, presented by
Canadas National Arts Centre, is a major national festival showcasing 600
of Ontarios established and emerging artists. It takes place throughout
Ottawa and the National Capital Region from April 29 to May 10, 2015.
With 90 events over 12 days,
festival participants will enjoy events in music, theatre, dance, visual and
media arts, film, literature, and culinary arts. These events will occur at
different venues across Ottawa and Gatineau, Quebec.
cultural scene contributes to the vitality of the province, said
Stephen Rigby, OLGs President and CEO. Ontario Scene offers a
unique way to spotlight Ontarios world-class artists, from all creative
fields, who reflect our rich diversity of talent. OLG is honoured to join the
National Arts Centre in celebrating the energy and spirit of Ontario artists as
we show the country and the world what Ontario has to offer.
OLG has a proud tradition of
supporting events and festivals that bring people together and strengthen
communities. Each year, OLG supports about 250 local events and festivals in
communities across Ontario.
Ontario Scene is the seventh in a
series of biennial festivals that celebrate artists from the various regions of
Canada. For more information on Ontario Scene, visit ontarioscene.ca.
OLG is a provincial agency
responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975,
OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario.
OLGs annual payments to the Province have helped support health care;
education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur
sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial
Adjarabet Live on Microgaming Poker Using Babelfish
ISLE OF MAN (March 3, 2015) --
Adjarabet has completed a full migration of its poker offering to the
Microgaming platform; they are the first operator to use the revolutionary
The project, a joint effort with
Georgian development house Singular (singular.ge), involved Adjarabet building
their own custom poker software. Using Microgamings Babelfish API, this
software is plugged in to Microgamings servers, giving
Adjarabet a completely tailored, unique poker client with none of the hassle or
cost of server-side development and hosting.
Adjarabet (adjarabet.com) was
founded in 1998 and has firmly established itself as the Georgian market leader
in poker, casino, sports betting and skill games. The company made waves in
2013, when it was revealed that the Georgia-regulated operator was one of the
worlds biggest standalone poker sites. In 2014, following a promotion
giving away over 500,000 Georgian Lari, it was the third-largest poker room in
Adjarabet has generated a
lot of interest in the last couple of years and naturally I am thrilled that
they have chosen Microgaming and our Babelfish technology to take their poker
platform to the next level, comments Alex Scott, Head of Poker at
Microgaming. It has been a pleasure working with Singular and
Adjarabet to do something that has never been done before in poker, and
Im very excited to see how we can grow poker together over the coming
software is available in both download and instant-play versions, with mobile
coming soon. Adjarabets players will continue to play at tables in
Georgian Lari, but because their software is running on the MPN systems, they
can add network liquidity to their offering at any time with the flip of a
We were looking for a
partner to help us grow and improve our poker offering; when Microgaming
presented Babelfish we knew it was exactly what we needed, comments
Alastair Ives, Head of Poker at Adjarabet. The Babelfish API allows us
to offer a product that is completely tailored to our customer base,
eliminating the pain of migrating to a new software provider. We are very happy
with how the process has been handled and with the results of the migration so
With Adjarabet live, Microgaming can
also reveal that the MPN Poker Tours planned stop in Tbilisi, Georgia,
will be run in conjunction with Adjarabet. Held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace
from the 28th to 31st May 2015, the event will offer players a substantial
guaranteed prize pool for a minimal $550 buy-in. Players can qualify for the
event online for as little as 0.25 and a list of poker rooms can be found
The launch of Adjarabet comes at an
exciting time for Microgaming poker, with several other new operator signings
to be announced in the coming months, and major changes to the poker software
also on the way.
For further information please
CONTACT: Microgaming Press Office, Phone: 01624 647777, Email: