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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 71 No.1 - Monday April 13, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

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  • GTECH and International Game Technology Complete Combination and Form the World's Leading End-To-End Gaming Company. Full Story.
  • Vermont Lottery See Pollard's Frogger Instant Scratch Game Leaping Off the Shelves. Full Story.
  • WLA Report Full year Global Lottery Sales Up by 9.9%; Growth Driven Again by Latin America and Asia Pacific. Full Story.
  • Tennessee Lottery Surpass $10 Billion in Instant Ticket Sales. Full Story.
  • New Mexico Lottery Launch Crossword Game Offering $2.3 Million in Prizes. Full Story.
  • FDJ Provide A New 'Group Set Formula' for Its Historical Loto® Game. Full Story.
  • APLA/WLA Seminar – Divided by Oceans : Connected by Opportunity 27 to 30 April, 2015. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery's New Cat and Dog Themed Games on Sale Now. Full Story.
  • Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Report Top Results in 2014. Full Story.
  • Amatic Goes Live in Austria with Comtrade Gaming Technology. Full Story.
  • Good Fortune Smiled on Quebec Lottery Players in Recent Weeks. Full Story.
  • Clarification on Announcement Regarding Online Lottery Sales in China. Full Story.
  • Pennsylvania Lottery Launch Cash4LifeT, A New Terminal-Based Game. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Names Alex Bertone Tribal Development Representative for Oklahoma. Full Story.
  • Former SA Lotteries Director Appointed to SA Football Commission. Full Story.
  • April Showers Bring Players New Ways To Win! Full Story.


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GTECH and INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY Complete Combination and Form the World's Leading End-To-End Gaming Company

Combined Company, Named International Game Technology PLC ('IGT'), Begins Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (Ticker: IGT)

Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala, Joined by Senior Executives of the Combined Company, Rings Opening Bell

LONDON, U.K. (April 7, 2015) -- GTECH S.p.A. and International Game Technology today announced the completion of the combination of their businesses, creating a global leader in delivering innovative end-to-end solutions across the full spectrum of regulated gaming. The combined company's name is International Game Technology PLC ("IGT"). It began trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'IGT'.

IGT is uniquely positioned to serve global commercial and government clients with innovative content, cutting-edge technology, and a suite of products that delivers exciting gaming experiences through every channel, including lotteries, gaming machines, social, mobile, and interactive.

IGT is now positioned number one both in lottery and gaming machines.

IGT's customer base presents a powerful growth opportunity for the two highly complementary legacy businesses. IGT is the preferred gaming and lottery partner in more than 100 countries around the world with combined revenues of approximately $6 billion

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"Regulated gaming clients across both the government and private sectors are seeking reliable, secure and innovative ways to increase revenue and drive profitability, and IGT is the trusted go-to partner in this space," said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT. "We will provide top-performing content across multiple platforms enabling players to experience their favorite games across all regulated segments and channels, all with our unwavering Customer First approach. With a truly global reach, we will share expertise and experience both geographically and across market segments. The combination of GTECH and IGT is a winning combination."

"We are pleased to welcome IGT to the NYSE," said Thomas W. Farley, NYSE Group President. "IGT is a premier global gaming operator shaping the future of entertainment and gaming, and an excellent addition to the NYSE's community of the world's leading companies."

Mr. Sala has been with GTECH for more than 10 years, most recently serving as CEO, and has two decades of experience in executive management positions

In addition to Mr. Sala, the corporate leadership team will be comprised of the following:

  • Renato Ascoli - Chief Executive Officer, North America Gaming/Interactive (DoubleDown Casino)
  • Walter Bugno - Chief Executive Officer, International
  • Fabio Cairoli - Chief Executive Officer, Italy
  • 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

 

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GTECH and International Game Technology today completed their merger, creating a global leader across the full spectrum of regulated gaming. The combined company began trading today on the NYSE as "IGT".

 

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all regulated segments and channels, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of prime content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately $6 billion in revenues and more than 13,000 employees.

For more information, please visit: www.merger.igt.com.

 

CONTACT

Robert K. Vincent

Corporate Communications

T. (+1) 401 392 7452

James Hurley

Investor Relations

T. (+1) (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Vermont Lottery See Pollard's Frogger Instant Scratch Game Leaping Off the Shelves

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (April 8, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to announce the outstanding success of the Vermont Lottery's $5 Frogger instant scratch game.

Launched on January 23, 2015, Frogger has already become Vermont Lottery's highest-selling $5 instant scratch game. Frogger's game index was 172 after the first eight weeks, a record that outperforms all other Vermont instant games launched since 2010. This success re-confirms the enduring appeal of Konami's Frogger brand, three decades after the initial release of the iconic arcade game.

Launched in multiple jurisdictions across North America to rave reviews, Frogger is licensed by Konami Digital Entertainment ("KONAMI"), and is available to lotteries exclusively through Pollard Banknote.

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Vermont Lottery's Frogger ticket offers players a chance to win up to $5,000 instantly, plus the opportunity to enter non-winning tickets into a second chance draw and play an interactive online Frogger game through the lottery's Players Club. The online leaderboard encourages a deeper level of interaction, enhancing the overall customer experience.

Combining the nostalgia of the timeless video game and its beloved Frogger character with proven high-appeal instant ticket designs, it's easy to see why this game is jumping off the shelves.

"Full credit to Vermont Lottery for making the $5 Frogger game so incredibly successful," said Sina Aiello, Vice President Marketing at Pollard Banknote. "Konami's Frogger brand has proven time and again in jurisdictions all over North America it can generate real excitement among players. The success is reflected at retail and in the participation rates we are seeing in the interactive game and second chance draws."

"Frogger is great for existing instant players and attracting newer players, especially those who like to play games online" said Greg Smith, executive director of the Vermont Lottery. "Our work with Pollard Banknote has helped make Frogger one of the biggest contributors to our instant game success. And that has helped us boost overall revenue for the benefit of the entire state of Vermont."

Pollard Banknote provides turnkey solutions and customized promotional support for a robust portfolio of licensed games. In addition to designing, programming, and printing the themed tickets, Pollard Banknote's integrated marketing strategies also include second-chance drawings, interactive games, retailer promotions, consumer launch events, advertising development, social media campaigns, point of sale materials, and 'how to-play' videos.

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About Vermont Lottery

Since the sale of its first ticket in February of 1978, the Vermont Lottery has produced over $1.6 billion in overall sales. From those sales, over $1 billion has been returned to players in the form of prizes. Over $91 million has gone back into the local communities and has been paid to local Lottery agents in the form of commissions. Since 1999, over $325 million has gone to the State of Vermont Education Fund.

About Konami Group

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher, and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. KONAMI's titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution, and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, UK. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. The latest information about Konami and details about the products it publishes can be found at http://www.konami.com.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.

For more Information CONTACT: Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: saiello@pbl.ca.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator

Full year global lottery sales up by 9.9%; growth driven again by Latin America and Asia Pacific

 

 

BASEL, Switzerland (April 3, 2015) -- In 2014, full-year on full-year global lottery sales grew 9.9%, strengthening from 2013 full-year on full-year growth of 4.9%. The growth in worldwide lottery sales was once again built on the foundations of strong performances from the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions, with both these locales having recorded unbroken double-digit growth in sales over the past six quarters. The robust performance of the Asia Pacific and Latin American markets was tempered, however, by the performance of the North American region, which saw full-year on full-year sales tread water in 2014. For their part, the European and African markets recorded mild year-on-year gains for 2014. The improvement in sales globally in 2014, together with the recent upturn in the economy in the United States, paints a more promising picture for global growth than has been occasioned in the past two years. Indeed, the pickup in global growth suggests we may be returning to the heights of 2011, the best year for global lottery sales in recent memory.

The Latin American market performed most strongly in 2014, with participating Latin American lotteries reporting an aggregate full-year on full-year increase in sales of 23.2%. Growth in Latin America was once again driven by Argentina's Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado, which reported a full-year on full-year increase in sales of 26.8%.

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Brazil's Caixa Econômica Federal also performed robustly, recording a twelve-month on twelve-month increase in sales of 18.5%. In contrast, Chile's Polla Chilena and Mexico's Lotería National para la Asistencia Pública both had a quieter 2014, with FY on FY sales holding steady at the former, and down slightly at the latter.

The Asia Pacific region also saw strong growth, with participating Asia Pacific lotteries witnessing an aggregate full-year on full-year increase in sales of 15.6%. Continuing an ongoing theme, the engine of growth in the Asia Pacific region was the participating mainland Chinese lotteries. Building on the growth in sales occasioned by the 20th FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014, the China Sports Lottery recorded a full-year on full-year increase in sales of 32.8%, while the China Welfare lottery reported a twelve-month on twelve-month increase in sales of 16.7% for its part. With sales in excess of EUR 30 billion (USD 32.2 billion) over the past twelve months, the China Welfare lottery is now the world's largest lottery by annualized sales volume, eclipsing Italy's Lottomatica, which falls back into second place, just ahead of the China Sports Lottery. Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, Australia's Lotterywest held steady with an FY on FY increase in sales of 1.8%, while Japan's Takara-kuji lottery saw its sales dip slightly over the same timeframe.

In Europe, lottery sales picked up in 2014, with participating European lotteries recording an aggregate full-year on full-year increase sales of 5.1%. With Eurostat reporting that GDP rose over FY 2014 by 0.9% across the euro area (EA18 countries) and rising by 1.4% across the EU28 countries in the same timeframe, the economic environment eased slightly for Europe's lotteries. Lotteries in Eastern and Central Europe fared best, with sales at Hungary's Szerencsejáték Zrt. increasing by 24.8% year-on-year and sales at the Czech Republic's SAZKA a.s. growing by 15.2% over the same period.

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In Greece, sales at OPAP continued to rebound, with twelve-month on twelve-month revenues up 14.8%. This marked the sixth consecutive quarter of growth in sales at OPAP, defying the ongoing economic turmoil in Greece. Poland's Totalizator Sportowy also had a positive 2014, recording an FY on FY increase in sales of 6.7%. Elsewhere in Europe, Finland's Veikkaus Oy, Italy's Lottomatica, and France's Francaise des Jeux all reported full-year on full-year increases in sales in the region of 5%. In contrast, sales at the participating Spanish lotteries fell slightly over the same timeframe.

The African region saw modest gains in 2014, with participating African lotteries recording an aggregate increase in full-year on full-year sales of 3.8%. Ghana's National Lottery Authority saw full-year sales increase by 21% across the board in 2014, as against full-year sales for 2013. Morocco's La Marocaine des Jeux also continued to perform strongly, recording a twelve-month on twelve-month increase in sales of 11.9%. The Mauritian National Lottery also fared positively, seeing its sales increase by 6.6% year-on-year. In contrast, full-year sales at South Africa's Gidani and Morocco's Loterie Nationale dipped slightly in 2014, as compared to full-year sales for 2013.

The North American region held steady in 2014, with participating North American lotteries posting an aggregate full-year on full-year increase in sales of 0.4%. This, despite the improving U.S. economy, which saw real GDP rising by 2.4% for 2014 (as against 2013) - the best full-year growth recorded by the U.S. since 2010. The standout performer in the North American region was once again the California Lottery, which boasted a full-year on full-year increase in sales of 6%. Elsewhere in North America, full-year on full-year sales at participating lotteries either held steady, or ventured into negative territory. One possible explanation for the sluggish growth in sales in North America - the improving U.S. economy notwithstanding - might lie in the performance of the U.S. multi-jurisdictional Powerball game, which saw its full-year on full-year sales decline by 19%; this, despite the game's recent introduction in California.

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A comparative lack of big Powerball jackpots in 2014 (where only one Powerball jackpot over USD 400 million was recorded), coupled with possible jackpot fatigue, may have contributed to the block game's comparatively lackluster performance over the given timeframe.

The close of 2014 marks the fifth year the WLA has been reporting on quarterly sales growth in the world lottery community. Over this time, global growth in lottery sales has ranged from an annual high of 13.1% (2011) to an annual low of 4.9% (2013), averaging out at a very respectable 8.3% per annum, in what have been largely challenging economic circumstances worldwide. The continued growth of our industry, even in difficult economic climes, is a testament both to the commitment of the professionals whose work powers this industry, and to the public's ongoing desire to play fun, entertaining, and socially responsible games that contribute to good causes. New benchmarks continue to be set: Q4 2014 marked the first time in which global lottery sales, as recorded by the lotteries participating in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator (WLA QLSI), saw sales of over EUR 50 billion (USD 53.7 billion) in a quarter.

The WLA will continue to track the progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA QLSI. Going forward, the aim of the WLA QLSI remains unchanged: to provide, via aggregating and reporting upon quarterly sales data from WLA member lottery organizations, a barometer for enabling lottery professionals to gauge the overall climate of the lottery industry globally and by region. Once again we thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look forward to bringing you the first quarter 2015 results shortly.

Jean Jørgensen

WLA Executive Director

SOURCE: WLA.

 

 

Tennessee Lottery Surpass $10 Billion in Instant Ticket Sales

Milestone Reached, 2nd Fastest in U.S. Lottery History

March Instant Game Sales Set New Mark

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 3, 2015) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation announced today that it had sold more than $10 billion in instant tickets since the Lottery's inception, reaching that mark in March, or just over 11 years, a faster pace than all but one other U.S. lottery

Instant ticket sales for March of this year hit $115.8 million, the highest for any month since inception, eclipsing by one million dollars the previous record set in March 2014.

"We take great care to develop innovative and entertaining instant games for our players," said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. "Combined with an effective distribution system and continual focus on the retailer network, our program of instant tickets has been highly successful, propelling our Lottery to 11 consecutive years of record growth. The upshot, of course, is that this success has allowed us to raise a remarkable sum of money for vital education programs in Tennessee.".

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According to data provided by Scientific Games Corporation, a leading international supplier of lottery goods and services, 16 of the 47 U.S. lotteries have surpassed $10 billion in instant ticket sales, but only Texas did so in less time than Tennessee. Texas took seven years to reach that point. Others in the top five include, Georgia, hitting the $10 billion mark in 13 years of sales; California in 14 years; and Florida in 17 years.

Mrs. Hargrove, who has served as the President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery since inception, previously launched and served significant terms leading the lotteries in both Florida and Georgia, respectively.

The Tennessee Lottery currently offers up to 40 different instant games available at retailers throughout the state, and has introduced approximately 471 such games since the lottery began.

Since inception in January 2004, total sales for the Lottery -combining both instant tickets and drawing-style games-has exceeded $13 billion as of March 31, 2015. Total education proceeds from those sales exceed $3.2 billion

About the Tennessee Education Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Lottery ticket sales fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, after-school programs and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.

Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $3.2 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $7.9 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned over $822 million in retailer commissions.

For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock Director, Communications, Email: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com, Phone: 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827.

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery.

 

 

New Mexico Lottery Launch Crossword Game Offering $2.3 Million in Prizes

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (April 7, 2015) -- A crossword game that offers a total of $2.3 million in prizes is among three New Mexico Lottery Scratchers™ arriving in stores today.

In its $2.3 million payout, the $3 "Bonus Word Crossword" includes three top prizes of $30,000. Other cash prizes range between $5 and $1,000.

"Crossword Scratchers are ? in a word ? 'hot,'" said Karla Wilkinson, New Mexico Lottery product director. "They challenge players to find as many complete words as they can from a random mix of letters and players find the wordplay to be especially entertaining."

The $2 "Money Multiplier" Scratcher offers top prizes of $10,000 and a bonus feature that multiplies prizes up to 5 times.

In the $3 "$25,000 Monte Carlo" Scratcher, the play area features roulette, slots and dice games. The Scratcher includes an opportunity to win up to 15 times on a single ticket.

"MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™" Scratcher

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The New Mexico Lottery also rolled out the "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB™" Scratcher in late March.

The $5 game includes cash prizes of up to $50,000. Players with non-winning tickets can enter a drawing for a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas to be studio audience members for the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB TV Game Show and a chance to be chosen as a contestant on the TV Game Show to play for prizes of up to $1 million.

There will be three drawings throughout the summer. The first drawing is scheduled for June 30, 2015.

Players enter their non-winning tickets at www.nmlottery.com

The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB TV Game Show is currently broadcast by KOAT on Saturdays at 10:35 p.m. Viewers served by TV stations in neighboring states can get show information at www.playmmc.com.

The "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" Scratcher game was developed by Scientific Games and uses Hasbro's iconic MONOPOLY brand. Since 2006, Hasbro has licensed more than 170 MONOPOLY lottery games.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since its inception in 1996, the lottery has raised $641 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).

Scientific Games Corporation is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company's portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit: http://www.scientificgames.com.

The MONOPOLY name and logos are trademarks of Hasbro. The distinctive design of the gameboard, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces, are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. for its property trading game and game equipment. ©1935, 2015 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights Reserved

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

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FDJ Provide A New 'Group Set Formula' for Its Historical Loto® Game

FRANCE (April 6, 2015) -- La Française des Jeux (FDJ) is Launching group play on the formula Loto® game to promote collective and friendly practice game in France. This new way of playing will be available from the draw LOTO Easter Monday on April 6.

This proposed FDJ® game formula is in the development of collaborative consumption in France. This new form of consumption is also developing in the area of the game. It is a reality and expectation.

According to a study by Opinion which reveals FDJ® results : 1/5 of French people have played Loto® group (21%), 8% do so every month. This is a practice that has since accelerated over 5 years: 26% play group for over 5 years, 51% have been playing for 2-5 years and 22% play for 1 year. 42% of group players play in the family, 34% with friends and 27% with colleagues. Player groups are composed 87% of 2 to 5 people and 10% of 6 to 10 people.

The motivations of the group involved are: increase the odds of winning (48%), party together if gain (46%), dreaming more (41%), a good time (36%), choose whole numbers (20%), being together when removing earnings (19%) and being together for the draw (11%).

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The new option "party game" Loto® offer the opportunity to play 2 to 10 players on a single ballot game. Each player will receive a receipt for individual game based on its participation in decision-Thurs 82 million new papers with this option "group Game" will be available in 22,700 retail outlets draw FDJ from Sunday 5th April.

FDJ® for this game option is to share the fun of playing, share the dream of the potential gain and emotion at the results, share the joy of winning as a group and share the future achievements.

It allows players to increase their chances of winning by playing together on multiple racks. It allows players to reduce their development by sharing their grid with multiple players.

Finally, it ensures the security group of the payment of the gain to the extent that each player has received his game.

Stéphane Pallez, President and General Director of the French Games "FDJ® had to support the development of collaborative consumption in the game involved the sharing economy. It is our customers who have invented group play . This collective consumption corresponds to the expectations of our clients and to the game FDJ® advocates, carrier jeuconvivial social links."

This new formula Loto® game will be available only in FDJ® outlets, places par excellence of group play, places of exchange and friendship between players. The biggest gain is shared Loto® 24 million, won 6 June 2011 by a family of Val-d'Oise (95).

Recently, Loto® jackpot of € 2 million of 16 February 2015 was won by 7 colleagues in the Lyon region. The winner grid had been played in the point of sale FDJ® - Tobacco Plant, 102 Republic Street in Meyzieu (69).

Loto®, who turns 40 next year, is the game that carries the FDJ® innovations. It has continued to evolve since its launch in 1976 to be always in step with the times and with the expectations of the French. By 1978, the subscription (5 weeks) was born.

In 1980, the Saturday draw appears. In 1992, the launch of the now famous system "flash". 1996 sees the arrival of the first LOTTO SUPER (super jackpot) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the game. 1997, arriving multiple grids. 1999, the birth of JOKER, additional game Loto®. 2008 sees the redesign of Loto® with its current 3 runs a week and finally, in 2012, the options: "Double Count," "Duo", "Double Chance" are launched.

*16.6 million French playing Loto® which 3-4000000 play weekly (price grid 2 €; average € 4.08 per game are played socket). In 2014, sales amounted to € 1.5 billion, unchanged from 2013, confirming the strength of the game which is a flagship product for the players and the game has spent 38 new millionaires Loto®.

SOURCE: La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

 

 

APLA/WLA Seminar – Divided by Oceans : Connected by Opportunity 27 to 30 April, 2015

GOLD COAST, Australia (April 8, 2015) -- As the fastest growing lottery region globally, the Asia Pacific region is as diverse as it is innovative in meeting the challenge of lottery development in emerging markets as well as maximizing stakeholder returns in more established, mature lottery environments.

The challenge of engaging our customers in a fast paced, connected world has never been greater.

This Seminar will focus on the key trends driving customer behavior in the digital space as well as more traditional retailing environments.

This will be complemented by practical examples of how lotteries and supply partners are building closer connections with existing players and engaging potential customers.

The importance of secure, transparent operations will also be highlighted with a workshop session led by the Chair of the WLA Security and Risk Management Committee, Thierry Pujol.

The workshop will include real life examples from APLA members which have attained the WLA Security Control Standards Certification and is not to be missed by those lotteries working towards or considering WLA Security Certification.

 

Monday 27th April 2015

 

Seminar venue and accommodation:

Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa

71 Seaworld Drive Main Beach Gold Coast, Queensland 4217

Australia Phone: (+61 7) 5577 0000 Fax: (+61 7) 5577 0093

www.sheratonmiragegoldcoast.com.

SOURCE: APLA.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery's New Cat and Dog Themed Games on Sale Now

Scratch-offs play on perennial pet rivalry and put cash in Hoosiers' pockets

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 7, 2015) - Cats vs. Dogs and Dogs vs. Cats. It's an age-old argument - and the names of the Hoosier Lottery's newest Scratch-off games.

The Hoosier Lottery's new Cats vs. Dogs and Dogs vs. Cats Scratch-off games hit retailers today and tickets are $2 each. The Cats vs. Dogs game features 10 different cat images. The Dogs vs. Cats game features 10 different dog images.

All images were selected by Hoosier Lottery Facebook fans from a field of about 50 different dogs and cats.

Cat & Dog Themed Tickets

Each game has five top prizes of $20,000, for a total of 10 top prizes. Players may also enter non-winning tickets at hoosierlottery.com for an additional chance to win one of 40 $500 second chance prizes worth $500 each. There are 20 second-chance prizes available on each game.

While Cats vs. Dogs and Dogs vs. Cats won't likely settle the dispute over pet supremacy, the scratch-offs will put cash in Hoosiers' pockets.

Thanks to these games, we will soon find out which is more popular among Hoosiers, cats or dogs. Billboards throughout the state will display a running tally indicating which game - Cats vs. Dogs or Dogs vs. Cats - is proving more popular.

Players can also visit hoosierlottery.com and follow the Hoosier Lottery on Twitter and Facebook to discover how the rivals are matching up.

About the Hoosier Lottery

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund.

In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund.

To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit: www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback.

Download the official Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Hoosier Lottery, Public Information Officer, Email: carango@hoosierlottery.in.gov, 317-264-4898 (office), 317-653-0561 (cell).

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Report Top Results in 2014

VIENNA, Austria (April 8, 2015) -- Marked growth in the casino, lottery games and VLT sectors brings record sales of 3.62 billion euros; massive increase in earnings to 41.7 million euros.

There were plenty of reasons to celebrate at the Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Group in the 2014 business year. All companies in the Group - Casinos Austria, Austrian Lotteries, Casinos Austria International and the Entertainment subsidiary which handles the group's online, video lottery terminals and sports betting activities - posted increased sales compared to 2013 and thus contributed to raising the Group's consolidated sales to a record 3.62 billion euros.

This corresponds to a rise of 3.34 percent year-on-year. The group paid out a total of 2.43 billion euros in prize money and winnings in 2014 - the largest amount in its long and successful history. With total tax payments of 552 million euros, the group also once again confirmed its role as one of the top five taxpayers in Austria. Great performance in its domestic business and further restructuring successes in its international business led to operating results almost doubling to 62.8 million euros, and group earnings rocketing to a gratifying 41.7 million euros.

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Chairman Karl Stoss summed up the year in a correspondingly positive tone: "We introduced many measures, launched new products and further increased our efficiency. Strengthened by these extremely gratifying results, we can now continue to work with full force on the future of this great group of companies."

At Casinos Austria in particular, 2014 was a very eventful year on many counts. With total investments in the double digit millions, the company refurbished its casinos in Bregenz, Velden, Salzburg and Vienna, giving each of them a brand new look that caters to the demands of contemporary guests.

The eight casino restaurants operated by Casinos Austria flourished under the new Cuisino food and beverage (F&B) brand, and the launch of Double Roulette introduced a new variation of the game in which small bets offer the chance to win up to 1,200 times the amount bet. Guests acknowledged all these measures and flocked in increasing numbers to the 12 Austrian casinos, which welcomed a total of 2,504,422 guests in 2014, a rise of 6 percent year-on-year. Revenues were up by 3.2 percent to 271 million euros, generated in equal measure from rising gaming revenues and a healthy plus at the Cuisino F&B subsidiary.

Following on from its excellent results in the previous year, Austrian Lotteries raised its sales figures once again in 2014 - this time by 3.3 percent to an all-time high of more than 3.15 billion euros (including win2day and WINWIN). This can be attributed in part to the extremely gratifying results at the WINWIN Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) subsidiary, where total sales for the year were up by 15.1 percent to some 635 million euros (2013: 551 million euros).

Innovative new forms of playing the lottery, like the TeamTipp (literally: "team numbers") and Anteilsschein (literally: "share ticket") brought a strong increase in sales for the Lotto "6 aus 45" national lottery product to 586 million euros (+2.4 percent) and a rise in EuroMillions lottery sales to 340 million euros (+5.4 percent). Last, but by no means least, the Rubbellos scratch-off lottery product successfully continued its multi-game strategy, introduced a number of new games - including two for mobile phones and tablets - thereby raising its sales for the year to 128 million euros, an increase of 7 percent compared to the previous year.

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There was also good news to report from Casinos Austria International (CAI). CAI succeeded in raising its revenues by 1 percent year-on-year to 139.1 million euro, a significant achievement given the stagnating and in some areas even clear downturn in the international casino sector. The restructuring measures introduced continued to prove their worth and contributed to further enhancing the earnings and revenues situation: all CAI operations further improved their operating performance in 2014, resulting in an operating profit of 866,000 euros.

Operating profits of 57.69 million euros (compared to 44.4 million euros in the previous year) at Austrian Lotteries and 8.9 million euros in operating profits from the 12 Austrian casinos ultimately led to gratifying consolidated group profits of 41.7 million euros. The group once again also lived up to its name as one of Austria's biggest taxpayers: a total of 552 million euros in taxes and duties were paid to the Ministry of Finance in 2014, an increase of 4.2 percent compared to the previous year. Furthermore, the group also once again confirmed its reputation as one of the country's most eminent sponsors of social causes, the arts, culture, sport and tourism.

The group also further strengthened its leading role in the field of responsible gaming and player protection in 2014: Austrian Lotteries has successfully undergone recurring responsible gaming audits by the European Lottery Association and the World Lottery Association since 2009. At the start of 2014, Casinos Austria's responsible gaming management system was also certified by the European Casino Association. This makes the Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Group one of the first fully certified gaming groups worldwide.

The Casinos Austria AG and Österreichische Lotterien GmbH 2014 Annual Reports are available for download in German at the following links. The 2014 Financial Report for Casinos Austria International Holding will be published at the end of April. Click Here and Click Here

CONTACT: Martin Himmelbauer, Head of Corporate Communications, Casinos Austria - Österreichische Lotterien, Phone.: +43/1/53440-22326, E-Mail: martin.himmelbauer@casinos.at.

SOURCE: Casinos Austria.

 

 

Amatic Goes Live in Austria with Comtrade Gaming Technology

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (April 7, 2015) -- Comtrade Gaming, a leading provider of standards based solutions to the gaming industry, has today announced that their sCore G2S protocol stack was successfully integrated into Amatic Industries gaming machines that are now running in Austria, where every machine has to be directly connected to their Federal Computing Centre.

Amatic is the second manufacturer that went live with their machines in Austria after the government launched central control system in July 2013.

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With integration of Comtrade Gaming’s sCore technology Amatic machines have met the requirements of the Austrian legislation and can communicate with federal system via Gaming Standards Association’s G2S protocol. Since more and more regulators are adopting the same standards based approach for monitoring gaming machines this step enables Amatic to expand their presence in all such markets.

According to the management at Amatic: “Comtrade Gaming, with their expertise in the field of gaming systems management, helped us to connect our machines to the Federal Computing Centre. Furthermore, with this solution we will be able to bring our products to new markets. This definitely is one of the best investments into the future”.

Director of Systems, Oliver Lynch, explained: “Comtrade Gaming is helping gaming machine manufacturers adopt new GSA protocols for years and Amatic was one of our first clients. We are very happy that the launch of their machines in Austria was successful. Such deployments of G2S standard are proof that gaming industry is modernising and we will continue with our product investments to help other regulators and vendors to upgrade their environments.”

More info: Oliver Lynch Director of Systems Comtrade Gaming M: +353 86 383 4557 e-mail: oliver.lynch@comtrade.com

About Amatic Industries

The Austrian company AMATIC Industries is an integrated supplier of advanced gaming technology. Incorporated in 1993, AMATIC has been operating successfully in the international casino and gambling market for more than 20 years. The company is specialized in development of games and software, the production of cabinets, electronic multiplayer systems and server based video lottery terminals. AMATIC`s product portfolio also includes casino management systems and complete online gaming solutions.

SOURCE: Amatic Industries (www.amatic.com).

 

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Good Fortune Smiled on Quebec Lottery Players in Recent Weeks

MONTREAL, Quebec (April 2, 2015) -- The last few weeks have been paying for consumers to Quebec lottery, since Loto # 8209; Quebec gave them several lots of one million dollars or more. This brings to 19 the number of lots to be at or above $ 1 million paid since January 1, 2015. Hopefully spring will also be under the sign of luck for many more consumers!

It is through the Lotto 6/49 at 49 Quebec and Kingston Karma Ball Special Hidden these winners have become millionaires or multi-millionaires.

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They come in particular from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Bas-Saint-Laurent, the North Shore, Lanaudière and Montreal. Among them include a Lower Laurentien, which is enriched with $ 5,000,000, owes its fluke to a combination of the Lotto 6/49 he plays for 25 years and a couple of North Shore, travel enthusiast, will now have the opportunity to discover new destinations since he got his hands on a guaranteed share of $ 1,000,000 Lotto 6/49.

The lucky period continued while two Quebecers have pocketed the tidy sum of $ 5,827,979 each to win the Lotto 6/49 of 1 April. Also, the jackpot of $ 2 million Quebec 49 was won that night. If you're one of the lucky winners, please contact customer service Loto-Québec at 1 866 611-LOTO (5686).

Since its inception, the Corporation has delivered nearly 1400 lots of $ 1 million or more.

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March 14, 1970, Loto-Québec took its first winners with his draw Inter-Lotto, a $ 2 lottery jackpot which amounted to $ 125,000. Since then, the story has been enriched by millions of moments of emotion, of millions of winners!

To mark the occasion of this anniversary, Loto-Quebec makes social media a series of thematic content in the coming weeks, including 10 winners stories told by employees and workers, and posted on his YouTube channel. Emotions guaranteed!

For further information CONTACT: Jean-Pierre Roy, Director of Communications and Media Relations, Loto-Québec, Telephone: 514 499-5151.

SOURCE: Loto-Québec.

 

 

Clarification on Announcement Regarding Online Lottery Sales in China

SHENZHEN, China, (April 6, 2015) -- 500.com Limited (NYSE: WBAI) ("500.com" or the "Company"), a leading online sports lottery service provider in China, today made an announcement in furtherance to the announcement the Company made on April 3, 2015. The Company wants to restate that it was one of the two entities approved by the Ministry of Finance in 2012 to provide online lottery sales services on behalf of the China Sports Lottery Administration Center. In particular, such approval mandated that the China Sports Lottery Administration Center use its best effort to develop an online lottery sales management system as part of a pilot program for online lottery sales in China, and once such a management system is finished, the China Sports Lottery Administration Center should apply again for approval from the Ministry of Finance for official commencement of online lottery sales in China.

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The Company notes it has been working and will continue to work with the China Sports Lottery Administration Center to develop such a management system. To the best of the Company's knowledge, the approval by the Ministry of Finance for the Company to provide online lottery sales services on behalf of the China Sports Lottery Administration Center is valid and has not been revoked or amended as of the date of this announcement.

The Company believes the public announcement jointly released by eight competent government authorities on April 3, 2015 is a further step by the competent government authorities to sanction unauthorized online lottery sales and to ensure the healthy development of the lottery market in China. In particular, the Company believes the close proximity of the release of such public announcement and the promulgation of the Notice on Issues Related to Self-Inspection and Self-Remedy of Unauthorized Online Lottery Sales on January 15, 2015 signals a potential significant change of regime in the online lottery market in China. In light of such potential change of regime, the Company decided to voluntarily and temporarily suspend all of its online lottery sales services. To the best of the Company's knowledge, as of the date of this announcement, all online lottery sales service providers in China have temporarily suspended their operations.

The Company further notes that as of December 31, 2014, the Company had cash in the amount of RMB914.2 million, which the Company estimates would be sufficient to sustain the Company's operations for approximately 10 years without taking into account any revenue, and given the Company's estimated annual operational overhead of RMB80 million to RMB90 million.

About 500.com Limited

500.com Limited (NYSE:WBAI) is a leading online sports lottery service provider in China. The Company offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of online lottery services, information, user tools and virtual community venues to its users. 500.com was among the third companies to provide online lottery services inChina, and is one of two entities that have been approved by the Ministry of Finance to provide online lottery sales services on behalf of the China Sports Lottery Administration Center, which is the government authority that is in charge of the issuance and sale of sports lottery products in China. According to iResearch, the Company had the largest market share among online lottery service providers for the third six months of 2013, in terms of the total purchase amount of sports lottery products.

For more information, please CONTACT: 500.com Limited.

SOURCE: 500.com Limited media release.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Launch Cash4LifeT, A New Terminal-Based Game

MIDDLETON, Pennsylvania (April 6, 2015) -- On Tuesday, April 7, the Pennsylvania Lottery will begin sales of Cash4LifeT, a new $2 terminal-based game offering a top prize of $1,000 a day for life and a second prize of $1,000 a week for life.

The game is currently sold in New Jersey and New York. Drawings are held each Monday and Thursday at 9 p.m.

Cash4Life players get to dream about what it would feel like to wake up to an extra $1,000 in their pocket, each and every day, for the rest of their lives,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “If a top-prize winner opts to take the cash instead, they will receive a one-time payment of $7 million.

To play Cash4Life, players choose five numbers from 1-60 and one number from 1-4, the green Cash Ball. Players may choose their own numbers or select Quick Pick.

To win the top prize, players must exactly match all five numbers drawn and the Cash Ball number. The top prize annuity is paid in lifetime installments of $365,000 a year. In cases where more than one top-prize winning ticket is sold for a drawing, the top prizes are split equally among all top prize winners in all participating states.

To win the second prize, players must exactly match all five numbers drawn but not the Cash Ball number. The second prize is an annuity prize of $1,000 a week for life or a one-time payment of $1 million.

Other Cash4Life prize levels are:

  • Match four numbers plus the Cash Ball: $2,500.
  • Match four numbers without the Cash Ball: $500.
  • Match three numbers plus the Cash Ball: $100.
  • Match three numbers without the Cash Ball: $25.
  • Match two numbers plus the Cash Ball: $10.
  • Match two numbers without the Cash Ball: $4
  • Match one number plus the Cash Ball: $2

 

All prizes may be reduced if total payouts at a particular prize level exceed predetermined liability levels. Additional information on the liability cap is available in the official game rules.

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Odds of winning the $1,000 a day for life prize are 1:21.8 million. The odds for winning the $1,000 a week for life prize are 1:7.3 million. Overall odds of winning any prize are 1:8.

Pennsylvania Lottery Cash4Life may be played up to 10 consecutive drawings in advance. Players can find playslips and how-to-play brochures at Lottery retailers. Drawing results and complete play instructions will also be available at palottery.com.

As with any multi-state game, all Cash4Life sales and related profits will remain in the state where the ticket was sold. All prizes must be cashed in the state where the ticket was sold.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

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 Lottery’s 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.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names Alex Bertone Tribal Development Representative for Oklahoma

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 7, 2015) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named Alex Bertone as the Tribal Development Representative for the Oklahoma Tribal Gaming market.

In her role, Bertone is responsible for the needs of all Tribal gaming regulators and operators within the Oklahoma jurisdiction.

GLI National Director of Tribal Development Russell Witt said, “We are excited to welcome Alex to the Tribal Development team. Her experience, expertise and relationships with both the operators and regulators throughout Oklahoma made her our choice to continue the level of service and support our clients need and expect from GLI.”

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Alex Bertone Appointed Tribal Development Representative for the Oklahoma Tribal Gaming market

Bertone brings with her a depth of knowledge in Class II Gaming System compliance as well as sales and development. Most recently she served as an Account Executive for Rocket Gaming Systems, where she was responsible for key accounts in Oklahoma and throughout the Southeast. Previously, she served as compliance administrator for Rocket Gaming Systems, where she was responsible for product submissions with the independent testing laboratories and tribal gaming agencies.

For more than 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 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®).

 

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Former SA Lotteries Director Appointed to SA Football Commission

ADELAIDE, South Australia (April 2, 2015) -- The SANFL is pleased to announce the appointment of June Roache to the SA Football Commission. Ms Roache’s appointment was confirmed at this morning’s Commission meeting. She replaces Philip Duval, who recently retired after serving for four years, and becomes the first female Commissioner in its history.

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June Roache former CEO SA Lotteries

June was Chief Executive of SA Lotteries for some 20 years until 2014 and serves on a number of boards including the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute, ForestrySA and the Essential Services Commission of SA and is Chair of the Adelaide Football Club’s Professional Standards and Integrity Committee.

She is also a former long-serving Board Member of Business SA, has chaired the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA)and was until recently the Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA).

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Management. “South Australian football is very fortunate to have secured the services of June Roache,” SA Football Commission Chairman John Olsen said.

The SANFL invests significantly in its diversity and inclusion programs and it’s only right that this commitment is reflected with representation at the highest levels of our organisation,” he said.

June will bring tremendous business acumen, experience in managing a large organisation, a deep understanding of professional sport and a valuable perspective and we are delighted to welcome her to the Commission.

Ms Roache will commence her role at April’s Commission meeting.

I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the SA Football Commission,” she said. “Football is a significant contributor to South Australia, not only in terms of its economic impact but also in the integral role it plays within families, clubs and communities across the State. “I am looking forward to contributing at the governance and strategic levels of the Commission to ensure the sustainability of the game for the benefit of the community of South Australia.

SOURCE: South Australian National Football League press release.

 

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April Showers Bring Players New Ways To Win!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 7, 2015) -- The Florida Lottery today introduced three new Scratch-Off games that offer more than $60 million in total cash prizes. The games, BIG MONEY, DOUBLE MATCH, and QUICK BUCKS, go on sale today.

All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 48 hours.

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BIG MONEY features eight top prizes of $250,000 and more than $37 million in total cash prizes! This $5 game offers more than 2.6 million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-3.99.

The $2 game, DOUBLE MATCH, offers more than $17 million in prizes, including six top prizes of $30,000! The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-4.38.

For just $1, players can win up to $5,000 with QUICK BUCKS. There are more than 3 million winning tickets totaling more than $9.5 million in cash prizes! The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Florida Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 64 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $640 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2013-14.

About The Florida 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 Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.




 

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