International Game Technology PLC Announced that ITHUBA Consortium
Commenced Operations Under Third License to Operate South Africa's National
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
"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
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
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 www.merger.igt.com
|Robert K. Vincent,
(+39) 06 51899030;
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 http://www.scientificgames.com
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
SOURCE: Scientific Games
The European Lotteries Association Elects New
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
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
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,
- Robert CHVÁTAL, CEO, SAZKA a.s., Czech
- Andy DUNCAN, CEO, CAMELOT UK LOTTERIES LTD, United
- Inmaculada GARCÍA, President and CEO,
SOCIEDAD ESTATAL LOTERÍAS Y APUESTAS DEL ESTADO, Spain
- Jannie HAEK, CEO, NATIONALE LOTERIJ/LOTERIE
- Hansjörg HÖLTKEMEIER, Member of the
Managing Board, DEUTSCHE KLASSENLOTTERIE BERLIN, Germany
- Franci KRIAN, Member of the Board, LOTERIJA
SLOVENIJE, d.d., Slovenia
- Fernando PAES AFONSO, CEO, GAMES DEPARTMENT OF
SANTA CASA DA MISERICÓRDIA DE LISBOA, Portugal
- Stéphane PALLEZ, President and CEO, LA
FRANÇAISE DES JEUX, France
- Arjan VANT 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
associations 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: email@example.com.
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 associations 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: www.european-lotteries.org
|European Lotteries New Executive Committee for 2015-2017
SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).
Lotteries Worldwide Enjoy Robust First Quarter Growth; Sales Up by 8%
WLA Quarterly Lottery
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.
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.
WLA Executive Director
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
- Camelot joins a group of leading businesses who
collectively invested over £2.06 billion in UK communities in
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Business in the
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
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
businesses in 2014 have:
- Invested over £2.06 billion in
- Engaged on average 1 in 3 of their employees in
- Directly supported over 6.4 million
- Supported over 26,000 organisations (charities,
community groups, social enterprises, etc.)
- Invested on average 2.06% of their pre-tax profit
SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions
Gaming in Holland Conference Kicks-Off Monday, June
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.
Register online for one of the final
tickets now! Click Here
Here's a quick final rundown of the
- Attendees: All the decision makers
in lotteries and iGaming from companies big and small, coming from 22
countries, including many from the Netherlands.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
DECLARATION: Lottery Insider
is a media partner for the Gaming in Holland Conference.
SOURCE: Gaming in Holland
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.
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
ABOUT THE HOOSIER
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.
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Gaming Laboratories International Continues to Grow Its Presence in
Asia Pacific Region
SYDNEY, Australia (June 9, 2015) --
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
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
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
About Gaming Laboratories
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
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).
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 arms length negotiations.
REASON FOR THE FORMATION OF
THE JOINT VENTURE
The Management of the Company is of
the view that the synergies between the Group and Zhongmingan will be
beneficial to the Groups 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 Groups 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 arms 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
American Gaming Association and the Association of Gaming Equipment
Manufacturers Announce Partnership to Combat Illegal Gambling in
Gaming industry invites
Texas elected officials, law enforcement to join effort to fight illegal
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 states
existing laws that forbid the kind of uncontrolled activity that continues to
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
"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
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:
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:
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 www.barclays.com.
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
CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications
Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions
TLF Publications Join NCPG as Organizational Platinum
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."
"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
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
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
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
Visitor Registration Goes Live as Macao Gaming Show Looks to Confirm
Pole Position in Asia
November 17-19th, The
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
The www.macaogamingshow.com 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.
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
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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is a media partner for the Macao Gaming Show.
SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show.
Pollard Banknote Continues Legacy of Printing Innovative Big Instant
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
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
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
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.
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:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.