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Vol. 71 No.10 - Monday June 15, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

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  • International Game Technology PLC Announced that ITHUBA Consortium Commenced Operations Under Third License to Operate South Africa's National Lottery. Full Story.
  • Maltco Lotteries: The Journey So Far. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Wins Three Year Agreement to Provide Instant Games and Services to Norsk Tipping. Full Story.
  • The European Lotteries Association Elects New President. Full Story.
  • Lotteries Worldwide Enjoy Robust First Quarter Growth; Sales Up by 8% Quarter-on-Quarter. Full Story.
  • Camelot UK Lotteries Awarded the Community Mark, Recognising Its Excellence in Community Investment. Full Story.
  • Gaming in Holland Conference Kicks-Off Monday, June 22. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery Launch New Fast Play Games. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Continues to Grow Its Presence in Asia Pacific Region. Full Story.
  • New Joint Venture Will Better Serve the Sports Lottery and Welfare Lottery Industries in the PRC. Full Story.
  • American Gaming Association and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Announce Partnership to Combat Illegal Gambling in Texas. Full Story.
  • Camelot to Boost Mobile Experience With Barclays PINGIT. Full Story.
  • TLF Publications Join NCPG as Organizational Platinum Member. Full Story.
  • Visitor Registration Goes Live as Macao Gaming Show Looks to Confirm Pole Position in Asia. Full Story.
  • Pollard Banknote Continues Legacy Of Printing Innovative Big Instant Games. Full Story.

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International Game Technology PLC Announced that ITHUBA Consortium Commenced Operations Under Third License to Operate South Africa's National Lottery

LONDON, U.K. (June 10, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced that the South African consortium led by ITHUBA Holdings Proprietary Limited (ITHUBA) commenced operations of South Africa's National Lottery with the first drawing taking place on June 2, 2015. As the licensee, ITHUBA will operate the National Lottery for a period of eight years, with IGT as ITHUBA's main technology supplier for lottery systems and support services.

"IGT is very pleased to be involved once again in South Africa as the technology solutions provider to the new National Lottery operator," said Walter Bugno, IGT International CEO. "We are excited to have gone live with a lottery that has tremendous growth potential, and, with ITHUBA, that also has the potential to expand and thrive over the next eight years."

IGT is providing a comprehensive set of solutions to ITHUBA including the Company's Enterprise Series central system and 9,000 Altura® lottery terminals. Additionally, ITHUBA will receive 1,000 Ticket-Scan® Plus next generation ticket-checking devices, which allow players to easily and securely check the win status of their lottery tickets.


IGT will also provide ongoing services including software enhancements and maintenance; software licensing; marketing consultancy; data center operations; and provision and management of terminal spare parts.

Proceeds from the National Lottery benefit many good causes in South Africa including the arts, culture, heritage, charities, and sports

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium 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 generated approximately $6 billion in revenues in 2014 and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit



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Maltco Lotteries: The Journey So Far

MALTA (June 10, 2015) -- Maltco Lotteries: One of the largest and most respected companies on the island. The Maltese and Gozitans alike recognise the achievements and improvements Maltco Lotteries have brought to the country, and this is why it has earned national respect, not only for the advanced achievements in this industry, but also for what it has brought to the customer; variety, security, reliability.

Before 2004 Maltco Lotteries was unheard of. Nobody knew of it. No one recognised this company. It literally started out of nothing. Maltco Lotteries had neither a location from where to operate, and much less staff to run it.


All it had was the drive. Maltco Lotteries was full of energy and enthusiasm to innovatively break through the Maltese market after decades of the Lotto and Lottery being ran by the Maltese government. This operation was no joke. It was not an easy drive anyone could achieve. First the company, needed to win the confidence of the public.

Everyone agrees that Maltco Lotteries is one of the largest and most established companies on the Maltese islands today. Not only due to the vast number of outlets spread in every town and village, but also due to the heavy technology it invested in.

Maltco's retail network is the largest online terrestrial network that exists in Malta owned by one organisation.

Maltco's network currently consists of around 250 retail outlet spread across the Maltese islands all connected online to Maltco's systems. This means that once a player requests a ticket, the agent will input the ticket request on the system which is instantaneously recorded in Maltco's Central Systems real-time as the ticket is printed.

Back in 2004, Maltco selected GO as the preferred service provider to connect Maltco's prospective agency network. The choice was based on GO's expanded outreach network, flexibility of service, and the company's commitment to continue investing in Malta's infrastructure.

In July 2004, Maltco Lotteries took over and started the operation with just 2 games; Lotto and Super 5. Between 2004 and 2014 Maltco increased its portfolio by another 8 games; U*BET Sports Betting, Quick Keno, U*BET ATG HorseRacing, Bingo 75, U*BET GBI HorseRacing, Grand Lottery, Fast Bingo and U*BET PAA HorseRacing.

In order to be able to support the above enhanced portfolio, the bandwidth upgraded to 8Mbps for each retailer, rather than the prior 64kbps.

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In 2013, after the award of a second 10-year concession and licence, the then legacy Network (based on ATM) was migrated to MetroEthernet. This was a major project for both GO and Maltco involving substantial reinvestment.

This allowed: the upgrade of all agency equipment which was replaced with the latest cutting edge equipment and the deployment of Intralot's Horizon platform which is an integrated, interactive multimedia platform allowing the dissemination of online information, display of draw presentations at the agencies, display of LIVE Horse races.

The reason behind this success is the professionalism in the way the company operated throughout the years, from the its dedicated staff to the highly committed agents and their respective employees.

Maltco Lotteries is very proud of its impeccable achievement by abiding blindly to all the laws and regulations set by the Maltese constitution, the MGA Regulations, and also by the European and International Lottery Standards and Regulations.

Maltco Lotteries is a company of substance, just as much as it is a company that has made a substantial and noticeable difference in the Maltese Lotto industry. This is repeatedly stated even by foreigners involved in the gaming industry who visit Malta, they all seem to have words of praise and show their respect for what Maltco Lotteries has managed to do in Malta. These experts not only praise the company's operation, but also they are intrigued to adapt certain operational skills to their own companies abroad. Maltco Lotteries feels proud, not only for its own merits, but also for putting Malta and the Maltese amongst the top Lottery companies in the world.

SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.



Scientific Games Wins Three Year Agreement to Provide Instant Games and Services to Norsk Tipping

LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, (June 8, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that the Company has signed a new contract with Norsk Tipping (the "Lottery"), the National Lottery of Norway, to provide instant games and related marketing services. Awarded through a competitive procurement process, the three-year contract began January 29, 2015 and may be extended by the Lottery for an additional term. Scientific Games currently supplies Norsk Tipping with gaming system and retail technology.

Torbjorn Almlid, CEO of Norsk Tipping, said, "We are very excited about the opportunity to begin implementing the forward-looking instant product management strategy presented to us by Scientific Games. Our focus will be assessing how we can expand our instant game portfolio and segment our retailer network as a means of growing the instant product category. All of these efforts will be complimented by the installation of a new instant game engine from Scientific Games."

With total sales of 26.9 billion Norwegian Kroner in 2014, Norsk Tipping offers a wide range of lotto, sports, instant scratch, VLTs and interactive games in the Norwegian market. The Lottery's products are sold through a nationwide network of more than 4,000 retailers and via mobile platforms and the internet. Scientific Games has a history of working with Norsk Tipping since the launch of instant lottery games in Norway in 1995.


John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "Scientific Games is honored to win Norsk Tipping's instant game business and to partner with one of the industry's most innovative lotteries on both instant products and lottery systems. We will now be able to combine our global instant category best practices and our systems expertise with the Lottery's unbridled knowledge of the Norwegian marketplace to offer an integrated portfolio of high-quality products and services that will help them achieve their goals."

The Lottery was created in 1948 by the Norwegian government and today funds cultural causes, sports facilities and scientific research. Considered by many in the global lottery industry to be among the most progressive and forward-looking lotteries in the world, Norsk Tipping has offered its products on the internet since 2001, one of the first lotteries in the industry to do so.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit

About Norsk Tipping

Norsk Tipping is assigned by the government to offer games that create excitement and entertainment within responsible limits, with the profits going to good causes. Norsk Tipping is a government-owned limited company under the direction of the Ministry of Culture. We are over 400 employees who ensure that every week we can pay out millions in prize money, and at the same time generate profits of NOK $11 million per day to benefit good causes. The regulation of money games in Norway is concentrated around preventing undesirable gaming behavior. Norsk Tipping is likewise assigned to channel people's gaming activity to games offered within responsible limits. This ensures good official control over the Norwegian gaming market and guarantees that revenues from money games goes to the benefit of society.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.


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The European Lotteries Association Elects New President

OSLO, Norway (June 9, 2015) -- At their General Assembly, the national lotteries united under the umbrella of The European Lotteries have elected their new Executive Committee for the 2015-2017 period.

The General Assembly preceded a two day congress in Oslo, hosted by the Norwegian lottery Norsk Tipping.

Hansjörg Höltkemeier has been elected through a direct vote by the members as President of the association. He has been a member of the Managing Board of the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (Germany) since 2005 and a member of EL Executive Committee since 2009.

The General Assembly also appointed Fernando Paes Afonso of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (Portugal) as First Vice-President and Robert Chvátal of Sazka (Czech Republic) as Second Vice-President.

The newly elected members of the Executive Committee of The European Lotteries are (in alphabetical order):

  • Torbjørn ALMLID, President and CEO, NORSK TIPPING AS, Norway
  • Fabio Attilio CAIROLI, Managing Director, LOTTOMATICA, Italy
  • Robert CHVÁTAL, CEO, SAZKA a.s., Czech Republic
  • Hansjörg HÖLTKEMEIER, Member of the Managing Board, DEUTSCHE KLASSENLOTTERIE BERLIN, Germany
  • Franci KRIŽAN, Member of the Board, LOTERIJA SLOVENIJE, d.d., Slovenia
  • Stéphane PALLEZ, President and CEO, LA FRANÇAISE DES JEUX, France
  • Arjan VAN’T VEER, Lead Management, STAATSLOTERIJ, The Netherlands


The Executive Committee has held its first meeting to commence the work to plan the future on the basis of the association’s newly adopted ‘Oslo resolution’.

For further information please visit our website and CONTACT: EL Secretary General, Bernadette Lobjois, Phone: +41.21.311.30.25, Email:

European Lotteries (EL)

The European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organization of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 46 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

For more on The European Lotteries please visit:


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SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).



Lotteries Worldwide Enjoy Robust First Quarter Growth; Sales Up by 8% Quarter-on-Quarter

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BASEL, Switzerland (June 9, 2015) -- Lotteries worldwide enjoyed a sunny start to 2015, with all five regions of the globe reporting results firmly in positive territory. Overall, first-quarter on first-quarter sales increasing by 8% globally, with the Asia Pacific and the Latin American markets once again acting as the engines of growth.

The Latin American region performed most strongly over the opening quarter of 2015, continuing on with its good form from the second half of 2014. Participating Latin American lotteries reporting an aggregate first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 14.7%, slowing down from an aggregate fourth-quarter on fourth-quarter increase in sales of 24.3%.

Growth in Latin America was yet again driven by Argentina's Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado, which oversaw a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 23.1%. In contrast, sales at Brazil's Caixa Econômica Federal fell over the same period, while Mexico's Lotería National para la Asistencia Pública held steady.

Following hot on the heels of the Latin American region was the Asia Pacific market, where participating Asia Pacific lotteries reported an aggregate first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 14.3%.

Continuing a now familiar theme, growth in the Asia Pacific region was again driven by the China Sports Lottery and the China Welfare Lottery. The China Sports Lottery saw its sales increase by 31.5% over the first three months of 2015, as against the corresponding period of 2014, while the China Welfare Lottery saw its sales increase by 9% over the same timeframe. Across China, first-quarter on first-quarter sales of Lotto, Guess Lottery (sports betting), and VLT products were up by 10.9%, 95.2%, and 24.1% respectively. Growth was concentrated in the Shandong, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Heilongjiang provinces; the province of Heilongjiang, for instance, reported 58.9% growth compared to a year earlier.


Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, lotteries had a quieter quarter, with sales at Australia's Lotterywest, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Japan's Takara-kuji lottery all either up slightly or essentially treading water.

In Africa, participating African lotteries recorded an aggregate first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 6.5%. Continuing on with its strong performance over recent months, Ghana's National Lottery Authority saw its sales increase by 42.9% quarter-on-quarter. Lotteries in Morocco also enjoyed healthy growth, with La Marocaine des Jeux reporting a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 11.9%, and Loterie Nationale reporting a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 8.3%. In contrast, sales at the Mauritius National Lottery declined sharply over the same timeframe. Sales for the first quarter of 2015 were lower than those of the prior quarter due to lower aggregate jackpots of MUR 222 million being advertised for the quarter compared to MUR 355 million for the prior period; the prior quarter had seen a record jackpot of MUR 80 million. Moreover, the lottery was unable to execute its Quick Win (instant) games launch plan for 2015 as the Mauritian Gambling Regulatory Authority did not approve any new games; this adversely affected the sales of Quick Win games in the first quarter. Elsewhere in Africa, sales at South Africa's Gidani rose, with the South African National Lottery overseeing a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 4.6%.

Also registering a robust performance, given the maturity of the markets there, was the North American region, where participating North American lotteries posted an aggregate first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 4.7%. The results of the North American market were even more impressive given that they were set against the backdrop of a contracting U.S. economy, which witnessed a fall in real GDP of 0.7% in Q1 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis second estimate. Previously, real GDP in the U.S. had grown at the rate of 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Once again, the standout performer in the North American region was the California Lottery, which recorded a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 12.4%.

Also performing strongly were the Minnesota State Lottery, which reported a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 10.1%, and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, which saw its first-quarter on first-quarter sales rise by 7.5%. All other participating U.S. lotteries also recorded results in positive territory. This contrasted with the situation with respect to the participating Canadian lotteries, which either saw their sales decline or hold steady.

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Despite the improving European economy - Eurostat reported that seasonally adjusted GDP rose over Q1 2015 by 0.4% across both the euro area (EA18 countries) and the EU28 countries - the picture for lotteries in Europe in the first quarter of 2015 was more nuanced. Central European lotteries, including the Czech Republic's SAZKA a.s., Poland's Totalizator Sportowy, and Hungary's Szerencsejáték Zrt., all fared best, reporting first-quarter on first-quarter increases in sales of 25.4%, 24.9%, and 18.5% respectively. The increase in sales as SAZKA a.s. was due in large measure to the sales of the Eurojackpot block game, which was introduced at SAZKA a.s. in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The Czech Republic lottery also experienced slight sales increases in its flagship Sportka lotto game and in sales of instants, while Internet sports betting sales also rose 35% quarter-on-quarter. At Hungary's Szerencsejáték Zrt., the increase in sales was attributable in part to the upsurge in sales occasioned by a large jackpot on 5/90 lotto (Ötöslottó); moreover, this surge in sales pulled up the performance of other secondary lotto games as well. Meanwhile, sales at Greece's OPAP continued to strengthen, with first-quarter on first-quarter revenues growing by 15.8% on the back of core games resilience and contributions from the Hellenic Lotteries. This marked the seventh consecutive quarter of growth in sales at OPAP, defying the continuing economic turmoil in Greece. Also in the black was France's Française des Jeux, where sales were up by 6.4% first-quarter on first-quarter. Offsetting the positive results of many European jurisdictions, however, was the performance of Europe's largest lottery, Lottomatica, where sales dipped for the period January-March 2015, as against the period January-March 2014; this had the effect of pulling results for Europe down as a whole. Sales as Sweden's Svenska spell also eased slightly over the same timeframe.

The WLA will continue to track the progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA QLSI. Once again we thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look forward to bringing you the second quarter 2015 results shortly.

Jean Jørgensen

WLA Executive Director



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Camelot UK Lotteries Awarded the Community Mark, Recognising Its Excellence in Community Investment

  • Business in the Community's CommunityMark is the UK's national standard for excellence in community investment.
  • Only 36 companies currently hold this sought-after standard.
  • Camelot joins a group of leading businesses who collectively invested over £2.06 billion in UK communities in 2014.


LONDON, U.K. (June 4, 2015) -- Camelot has been recognised with a CommunityMark, the UK's national standard for leadership and excellence in community investment, run by Business in the Community, HRH The Prince of Wales's responsible business network.

CommunityMark recognises businesses that are leading the way in supporting local communities. The sought-after standard is given to companies who put community at the heart of their business. CommunityMark holders prioritise the most pressing issues in their communities, and make a measurable difference across different areas of responsible business: from helping disadvantaged people into employment and supporting social enterprises to compete for business, to building long-term partnerships with schools.

The CommunityMark is difficult to achieve, the rigorous assessment process is designed so that only the best companies get it. Camelot joins an exclusive network of 36 businesses who have collectively invested over £2.06 billion in their communities in 2014 and are engaging one in three employees in community programmes.


Camelot has been awarded the CommunityMark for its work in identifying key social issues that are most relevant to the business and to the communities in which it operates - working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, as well as leveraging combined knowledge and expertise for mutual benefit.

The company also demonstrated that it goes above and beyond regulatory requirements in responsible gaming and has some interesting programmes around young people and students, with significant days allocated to employee volunteering.

Camelot will be presented with the CommunityMark at Business in the Community's National Gala Dinner, supported by the 2014 Responsible Business of the Year National Grid, on 7 July 2015.

Matt Godfrey, Head of Consumer Strategy & Innovation, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the CommunityMark. As operator of The National Lottery, we deliver over £34 million each week to Good Causes the length and breadth of the UK. We also create, on average, 20 millionaires a month. However, it is hugely important to us that we also have a life-changing impact on the communities in which we live and work - so we are immensely proud to be one of the 36 companies recognised for our commitment in this area."

Commenting, Stephen Howard, Business in the Community's Chief Executive, said: "I congratulate Camelot for joining the exclusive network of CommunityMark companies today. Business has a vital role to help create vibrant and prosperous communities. CommunityMark holders are at the heart of this movement, demonstrating an impressive commitment to identifying and responding to social needs. Crucially, these companies understand that excellence in community investment not only has a positive and valuable impact on society, but also creates real business benefits. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business."

For further information about the CommunityMark, including the full list of achievers and their case studies, visit

For media information about Camelot, contact the Camelot Press Office on 020 7632 5711.

For information about Business in the Community contact Ochuko Adekoya, 020 7566 9758


About Business in the Community

Business in the Community is the Prince's Responsible Business Network. Our members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

Responsible business is about how a business makes its money not just how it spends its profit. It is about managing growth responsibly while reducing dependency on natural resources. It is about how the business operates as an employer, supplier and customer and how as a neighbour it helps to create vibrant communities where people can flourish. With the encouragement of strong leadership, we are proving responsible business can be a force for positive change - and that tackling social and environmental issues can return financial value.

We are a business-led, issue focused charity with more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. We engage thousands of businesses through our programmes driven by our core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations


Business in the Community's CommunityMark recognises businesses that are leading the way in supporting local communities. The sought after standard is given to companies who put community at the heart of their business.

Only 36 companies hold the CommunityMark, a handful are awarded each year. It is difficult to achieve, the rigorous assessment process is designed so that only the best companies get it. CommunityMark holders prioritise the most pressing issues in their communities, and make a measurable difference to them by investing time, expertise and money into projects that are going to make the biggest lasting difference.

The CommunityMark in numbers

Collectively CommunityMark businesses in 2014 have:

  • Invested over £2.06 billion in communities
  • Engaged on average 1 in 3 of their employees in volunteering
  • Directly supported over 6.4 million individuals
  • Supported over 26,000 organisations (charities, community groups, social enterprises, etc.)
  • Invested on average 2.06% of their pre-tax profit in communities


SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions Limited.


Gaming in Holland


Gaming in Holland Conference Kicks-Off Monday, June 22

This is our last call for the final guests!

AMSTERDAM, Holland (June 9, 2015) -- The highly anticipated fourth edition of the Gaming in Holland Conference kicks off Monday, 22 June in Amsterdam. This two-day edition promises to be the most popular so far.

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Here's a quick final rundown of the event:

  1. Attendees: All the decision makers in lotteries and iGaming from companies big and small, coming from 22 countries, including many from the Netherlands.
  2. Speakers: This year's speakers include Mrs Marja Appelman (CEO of the Dutch Gaming Authority), Dennis van Breemen (Program Manager Ministry of Security and Justice), Mor Weizer (Playtech), Dr Hans Cornehl (ZEAL), Justin Franssen (Kalff, Katz & Franssen), Mark Davies (Camberton PR), David Sargeant (iGaming Ideas), Annelies in 't Veld (IAMSTERDAM), Johan Styren (LeoVegas) and Alex Rutherford (William Hilll). Plus: some of the world's top operators on the same panel! See our full schedule here
  3. Official Dinner and networking: Meet other attendees during early morning coffee and croissants, lunch, and afternoon breaks, as well as at the Official Dinner hosted by the City of Amsterdam at Jamie Oliver's Restaurant FIFTEEN.
  4. Demo Room on Tuesday, 23 June: With presentations from NMI Gaming, Dutch Gaming Studios, CDDN, mGAGE, TV Gambling, Ludoco, and Bet2Match.


The Who's Who of lotteries and iGaming are getting together for a very special celebration of knowledge sharing, networking and business. This is our last call for the final guests!

DECLARATION: Lottery Insider is a media partner for the Gaming in Holland Conference.

SOURCE: Gaming in Holland Conference.



Hoosier Lottery Launch New Fast Play Games

Instant fun of Scratch-offs meets the thrill of Draw games!

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (June 8, 2015) - Fast Play is a new series of games offered by the Hoosier Lottery that gives players the thrill of Draw games with the instant excitement of Scratch-offs.

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The new games are easy to play and prizes are replenished.

Four different Fast Play games are now available for purchase, including: $1 Fast Cash with a top prize of $500; $1 Red Hot Numbers with a top prize of $1,000; $2 Slots of Fun with a $5,000 top prize; and $5 Bling Bling Bucks with a maximum payout of $25,000.

Adults 18-and-older should request their Fast Play game at Hoosier Lottery retailers and play the game by matching numbers or symbols to discover if they are an instant winner.

Play slips are not used, and individuals who have downloaded the free Hoosier Lottery mobile convenience app may scan a barcode on their purchased ticket to see if they have a winner.

Fast Play and other Hoosier Lottery games are available at more than 4,400 Hoosier Lottery retailers throughout the state.


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

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.



Gaming Laboratories International Continues to Grow Its Presence in Asia Pacific Region

SYDNEY, Australia (June 9, 2015) -- Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) recently completed a very successful showing at G2E Asia, where the company presented its testing and certification services for land-based, lottery and iGaming, in addition to its many services beyond testing

Those services have driven a burst of growth for the company throughout the Asia Pacific region, where GLI has three labs in Australia and one in Macau. With the combination of locations and recent growth, GLI is now the largest service provider of its kind in the region.

GLI Australia COO Espee de Robillard said, "Our multiple locations in the Asia Pacific region give us many advantages over our competitors that enable us to better serve our customers. For example, three Macau-based engineers are relocating to Australia for cross-training and specialized training as we look to expand our reach and further meet customer needs."

Meeting customer needs has resulted in GLI growing its laboratory capacity. GLI Australia physically expanded one of its Australia locations this year, growing from 1,000 square meters to 1,600 square meters in Adelaide, and plans are in development for growth in the Sydney location. Across the business, GLI Australia has increased staffing levels to accommodate continually increasing demand, adding 21 new staff members so far this year.

"At GLI, we are very customer-focused. One of many things that separates GLI from competitors is we actively listen to customer needs and respond in many creative ways to increase levels of customer service. It's that very focused team effort, dedication to our clients' needs and a good deal of hard work that has helped us to become the leading lab in Asia Pacific," de Robillard said.

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

About Gaming Laboratories International

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:

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phone: +1 (702) 914-2220, Email:

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International (GLI).



New Joint Venture Will Better Serve the Sports Lottery and Welfare Lottery Industries in the PRC

China Vanguard Invests US$1.2 Million in New Joint Venture

HONG KONG, SAR (June 4, 2015) -- The board of directors (“Board”) of China Vanguard Group Limited (“Company”, together with its subsidiaries, collectively the “Group”) is pleased to announce that, on June 4 2015 (after trading hours), the Company, through a wholly owned subsidiary, has entered into a Joint Venture Agreement (the “Agreement”) with independent third parties for the formation of the joint venture, Beijing Zhongmingan Investment Management Limited* (“Zhongmingan” or the “Joint Venture”).

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Pursuant to the Agreement, the Group will, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, effectively hold 51% equity interest in Zhongmingan through capital injection of RMB7,204,000. The consideration for the Agreement was determined based on arm’s length negotiations.


The Management of the Company is of the view that the synergies between the Group and Zhongmingan will be beneficial to the Group’s core business in providing consulting, content development, market expansion and hardware production and better serve the Sports Lottery and Welfare Lottery industries in the PRC. The Agreement will serve as a basis for cooperation between the Group and Zhongmingan to further leverage the technology and resources to strengthen the Group’s foothold in the PRC market.

The Joint Venture will primarily be engaged in technology consulting, development and related services, in addition to hardware distribution.

The Board considers that the Agreement was entered into in the ordinary course of business of the Group and on normal commercial terms after arm’s length negotiation. The Board is of the view that the terms of the Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereunder are fair and reasonable and in the interests of the Company and Shareholders as a whole.

Shareholders and potential investors of the Company should be aware that the completion of the Agreement is subject to the satisfaction of various conditions and therefore the Agreement may or may not proceed. Shareholders and potential investors of the Company should exercise caution when dealing in the securities of the Company.

SOURCE: China Vanguard Group Limited.


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American Gaming Association and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Announce Partnership to Combat Illegal Gambling in Texas

Gaming industry invites Texas elected officials, law enforcement to join effort to fight illegal gambling

WASHINGTON D.C. (June 3, 2015) -- The American Gaming Association (AGA) and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) today announced a new partnership to highlight and combat the rapid spread of illegal gambling machine activity in Texas. With an estimated 100,000-150,000 “8-liner” and illegal slot machines now present in Texas, the state has become the most glaring example of widespread illegal gambling activity in the United States.

Over the last several months, AGA has been shining a spotlight on the vast, dangerous illegal gambling operations running rampant across the country, and few places exemplify the thriving nature of illegal gambling better than Texas, where hundreds of thousands of black market machines are currently in operation,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “By partnering with AGEM and building off of the already strong support of law enforcement officials at every level, we will make real progress in shutting down illegal operators.


AGEM represents the most respected licensed and regulated gaming suppliers in the world, and we no longer can remain silent about the current environment of widespread illegal gambling in Texas,” said Thomas Jingoli, AGEM President and Chief Compliance Officer for Konami Gaming. “On behalf of our 140-plus member companies who supply gaming equipment and technology to regulated markets around the world, we are asking for law enforcement in Texas, from the highest levels in Austin to the smallest communities, to enforce the state’s existing laws that forbid the kind of uncontrolled activity that continues to spread.”

Among those issuing statements in support of the AGA-AGEM effort are State Representative Allen Fletcher, R-Tomball; Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; and Representative John Kuempel, R-Seguin. Read quotes of support from Texas legislators here.

In a letter to elected officials and law enforcement in Texas, AGA and AGEM are inviting them to join this initiative and to take action. Among the recipients are: Texas’ congressional delegation; Governor Greg Abbott; Attorney General Ken Paxton; and state legislative leaders. Read the letter here.

Since launching “Stop Illegal Gambling - Play it Safe” last month, the AGA has worked hand in hand with law enforcement, attorneys general and other agencies to expose illegal gambling. While “8-liner” machines are not technically illegal in Texas, payouts by law must be limited to $5 in non-cash prizes. Game rooms in most cases are clearly not following the law, creating a statewide environment of illegal gambling activity that has spread rapidly over the past few years.


According to a recent New York Times article and local media reports, illegal gambling activity is taking place in various locations such as windowless former tire shops and tractor-trailers parked along busy roadways. In some cases, illegal slot machines brought in from other states are mixed with the “8-liners” in an attempt to expand the illegal gambling activity. The current “8-liner” landscape is a breeding ground of criminal activity, including robberies, assault, money laundering, tax evasion and organized crime.

About AGA

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a pathway for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

About AGEM

AGEM is a non-profit international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, systems, table games, online technology, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives. For more information, visit:




Camelot to Boost Mobile Experience With Barclays PINGIT

National Lottery game payments made easier and faster with instant, secure direct payments through Barclays Pingit app

LONDON, U.K. (June 9, 2015) -- Camelot, operator of The National Lottery, has today announced the launch of the first-ever mobile payment option for The National Lottery, offering players a great 'quick pay and play' experience.

Paying for National Lottery games using just a smartphone or tablet will be available through Barclays Pingit from next month.

With six out of every ten visits to The National Lottery website now from smartphones and tablets, the introduction of Pingit will make both paying and playing National Lottery games easier, convenient and more accessible - available when and where people want.


National Lottery players who have registered for Pingit will initially be able to pay for Lotto, Thunderball and EuroMillions by Lucky Dip® through the Pingit app or by scanning a QR code. Players will be able to select the draws they wish to purchase a ticket for and the number of draws they wish to enter, and then receive their tickets directly to their mobile devices.

Tim Copper, Digital Director at Camelot, said: "With faster payment and registration, Pingit will make it even easier for our players to enjoy the excitement of National Lottery games on the go, with the added security offered by Barclays.

"This collaboration with Barclays represents a real breakthrough in speed and simplicity for our players - and underlines how we're continuing to radically enhance The National Lottery playing experience."

Darren Foulds, Managing Director of Pingit and Mobile Banking at Barclays, said: "We're proud to be working with Camelot, making life easier for players to pay for National Lottery games straight from their mobile, with a secure, instant and simple way to pay.

"This is a great example of how Pingit has expanded from being the first person-to-person mobile payments app in the UK to now being a viable digital option for paying for everyday goods and services from a mobile phone."

Pingit will offer players, who purchase a winning ticket through Pingit, the option to receive and withdraw winnings of up to £50,000 through their Pingit account. It is available to anyone with a UK mobile number and UK bank account, not just Barclays customers.

For further information CONTACT:

Camelot Press Office, Tel: 0207 632 5711 or Barclays Media relations, Catherine Cuthbert, Tel: 020 3134 6229 / 07880 184 222, Email:

About Camelot

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.

The National Lottery has delivered more than £33 billion for Good Cause projects since its launch in 1994 - enabling more than 450,000 individual funding awards to be made throughout the UK. That's an average of 144 lottery grants for every UK postcode district - benefiting projects in the sports, arts, health, heritage, education, environment and charitable/voluntary sectors.

The National Lottery has also awarded over £55 billion in prize money to date and has now created more than 3,800 millionaires or multi-millionaires.

For further information about Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit: and

About Barclays

Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays' purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions - in the right way.

With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website

Barclays Pingit

Pingit was the UK's first person to person mobile payment app launched in 2012. It is free to download and available for everyone, not just Barclays customers. To date, Pingit has been downloaded 4.2 million times and the total amount sent using the service has reached £1.2 billion. Over 67,000 businesses have registered to use the service.

CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions Limited (


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TLF Publications Join NCPG as Organizational Platinum Member

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (June 10, 2015) -- TLF Publication, Inc., publisher of La Fleur's Magazine, announced that it is now an Organizational Platinum Member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Founded in 1991, TLF Publications has been an independent resource for the global lottery industry. TLF publishes a bi-monthly trade magazine, organizes educational conferences and publishes statistical data books, including La Fleur's World Lottery Almanac.

"I am thrilled to have TLF Publications join NCPG as a member at the Platinum level. Our relationship with Terri, Bruce and Byron has kept growing over the years and in-kind membership was the logical next step," said NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte. "Their unparalleled knowledge and coverage of the lottery industry makes them a perfect partner on our responsible gaming efforts. La Fleur's Magazine took the lead among gaming industry publications by hosting a charitable NCPG event at their spring conference. Strikes! for Responsible Gaming has become a smash success as we bring together lottery professionals to have a good time for a great cause."

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"We are proud to support the NCPG and the important work it does to educate state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling," said Terri Markle, President & CEO of TLF Publications.

In 2015, La Fleur's Global Lottery Forum will include La Fleur's Sustainability Awards for lottery organizations for the areas of corporate social responsibility, responsible gaming and the environment. TLF Publications has worked with NCPG to formulate the list of global lotteries to be recognized. Trophies will be presented at La Fleur's 2015 Global Lottery Forum, which will be held June 14-17 in Toronto at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management. OLG is a Sponsor of the conference.

For the last three years, TLF Publications has hosted the Strikes! for Responsible Gaming at its annual symposium in Washington, D.C. For La Fleur's 2015 Lottery Symposium & Retail Summit, held May 5-8, 2015, attendance hit a high of 70 participants. This represented a 40% increase over the 2014 event. Proceeds support NCPG's programs, including the National Problem Gambling Hotline which receives approximately 300,000 calls per year, and newly expanded access through text and online chat.

"We are very proud of the lottery industry which helps to further NCPG's mission to lead state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling," said Markle. Currently, 15 U.S. lotteries are NCPG members.

TLF Publications will join the following organizations which are also NCPG Platinum organizational members: AGEM, bwin party management (Gibraltar), Georgia Lottery Corporation, Global Cash Asset, IGT, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Michigan Lottery, Sunland Racetrack and Casino, The Rational Group, Vantiv Gaming Solutions and Wind Creek Hospitality.

NCPG was conceived as the national representative of the problem gambling field and is organized with three classes of members: state affiliate, corporate and individual. The NCPG concentrates efforts on the national level, while the state affiliates work at the state and local level.

NCPG's purpose is to serve as the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Its vision is to improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling.

SOURCE: TLF Publications, La Fleur's.


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Visitor Registration Goes Live as Macao Gaming Show Looks to Confirm Pole Position in Asia

November 17-19th, The Venetian, Macao

MACAU, SAR (June 10, 2015) -- Visitor registration for this year's Macao Gaming Show (November 17-19th, The Venetian, Macao) has gone live. C-Level gaming professionals from around the world, who last year attended MGS from a record 20 nations, are being invited to register for the Asian gaming industry's keynote exhibition via its website.

The site provides simple registration options for one of the world's fastest growing gaming exhibitions, which this year will focus not just on the most significant gaming developments and trends, but also the destination and broader business opportunities in Macau and the entire Asia region.

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MGS General Manager and Event Director Marina Wong was clearly enthused as the programme for the 2015 edition of Macao Gaming Show begins to roll-out.

She explained: "This is a key time for both the Macau and the entire Asian gaming industry. MGS is the gateway to this significant marketplace and vast sums of investment and economic faith are being entrusted to our industry. MGS is determined to deliver on this over the coming years: we have the key support and backing of the Asian business community, a close working relationship with the Macau SAR Government and there is a clear vision for how we need to drive our industry forward 'for the world'. It's a clear message - MGS 2015 is now open for business."

Immediately following last year's edition, the Macao Gaming Show operation has been working intensively with its various stakeholder groups in order to continue the momentum and deliver a bigger and better event which reflects the changes taking place not only within its home market but also in the Asia region.

Marina Wong added: "I am pleased to say that we are ahead of our targets and forecasts and the industry can look forward with confidence and enthusiasm to what is the only show that is truly representative of the Asian gaming industry."

For more information and to register for the Macao Gaming Show, visit:

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SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show.



Pollard Banknote Continues Legacy of Printing Innovative Big Instant Games

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (June 11, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is proud to celebrate its long-standing tradition of printing the most large format instant games for lotteries worldwide. For over 15 years Pollard Banknote has led the industry in the quantity of large format games produced, and in 2014 alone, the company printed over 20 big games (larger than 48 square inches in area), a tally that doesn't include specialty products like the PlayBook®, advent calendars, or pouched games.

In 1999, Pollard Banknote printed the industry's first large format instant game-called Millennium-for a charitable non-profit organization in Sweden.


Always looking for ways to innovate, this ticket was also the first two-sided scratch-off game ever produced-again, by Pollard Banknote. Measuring a massive 12" wide x 8" high, the 50 kr (approx. $5 USD) ticket marked an auspicious beginning to the company's position as the industry's leading large format ticket printer.

"Pollard Banknote is very excited to highlight the popularity of our large format tickets-just one of our many innovative product options that demonstrate our leadership in the industry," said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. "We have led the industry by printing large format tickets that add more play areas, more value for players, and more options for lotteries to keep the PlayBook® dispensers that house large format tickets stocked year-round. Simply put-we have the most experience creating and printing the most stunning big tickets on the market today."

Sales consistently show that oversized tickets make a big impact at retail, demonstrated by the recent sales achievements of the Minnesota State Lottery's Big Cash Crossword ticket and the New York Lottery's Winner Wonderland holiday game, both printed by Pollard Banknote.

The Minnesota State Lottery launched its Big Cash Crossword game measuring a sizable 7.8" wide x 8" high. This super-sized ticket's front and back real estate was packed with features that included six crossword grids, doubler and tripler features, a redeemable coupon and extra big time chances to win! The coupon drove players back to retail, with a validation barcode that, when redeemed, offered a free Progressive Print-N-Play® crossword game. The game generated over $6.6 million (USD) in total sales, making it the top-selling game sold out of retailers' PlayBook® dispensers. It also drove coupon redemption rates to over 90% and made a big impression on the judges at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) in 2013-named Finalist for the Best New Instant Game of the Year!


The mega-sized holiday-themed ticket at 8" by 8", Winner Wonderland, was a huge success for the New York Lottery last year. The game exceeded expectations by selling out in only five weeks. Players and retailers were excited to see such a unique large format game, and with the follow-up release of its Lucky 7s Playbook, the Lottery was able to sustain the excitement and popularity of large format games. The big tickets added interest at retail, kept the larger dispenser stocked, and increased total ticket facings at over 17,000 retailers in New York.

Another way to sustain interest in large format tickets is Pollard Banknote's newest innovation, the Multi-Pack™-yet another industry-leading product that will keep large dispensers stocked by offering players massive amounts of play in a large format. Presented as one giant ticket (measuring 8" wide x 8" long, or more), the game can be designed at a variety of price points. Each individual game can also be detached-every game within the big ticket contains its own barcode for validation, allowing players to redeem each game separately.

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

For More Information Contact:


Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323


SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.


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