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Vol. 71 No.11 - Monday June 22, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories



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  • IGT Unveil Exclusive Game and Systems Innovations at the Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo 2015. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games to Provide More Than 2,000 Electronic Gaming Machines to the Oregon Lottery. Full Story.
  • GLiCloud® Inventory Management System from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Reaches 100,000 Game Milestone. Full Story.
  • Lotto to Offer More Chances Than Ever to Become a Millionaire from October. Full Story.
  • Missouri Lottery Proceeds Increase Over Previous Fiscal Year. Full Story.
  • CT Lottery Launch New Mobile App with Ticket Scanning Feature. Full Story.
  • Shanghai Welfare Lottery New Sales and Management System Launch Earns Broad Acclaim. Full Story.
  • CASH4LIFE Celebrate One Year Anniversary. Full Story.
  • Illinois Lottery Introduce Latest ‘Red Ribbon Cash’ Game. Full Story.
  • Svesnka Spel Focus on Breadth and Diversity in New Sponsorship Agreement with the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Full Story.
  • ESSA Welcome Parliamentary Motion to Protect the Integrity of Sport. Full Story.
  • CJEU Further Clarifies Requirements for EU-Compliant Gambling Law. Full Story.
  • Loto-Québec Increases Its Profit Margin in FY2014-2015. Full Story.
  • GBGC: Which Country Gambles the Most? Full Story.
  • Top Law Enforcement Officials to Lead New Advisory Board Guiding Efforts to Combat Illegal Gambling. Full Story.




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IGT Unveil Exclusive Game and Systems Innovations at the Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo 2015

LONDON, U.K. (June 15, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) will showcase its industry-leading systems innovations and a rich portfolio of game content in booth 401 at the Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo in Tulalip, Wash., from June 22 to 24, 2015.

IGT will introduce three intelligent apps that bring a new level of player excitement to Washington casinos: Point Pursuit®, Lucky Seat® Slots and On Demand Suite, which supplement the Company's Service Window through IGT's sbX® server-based gaming solution. The Point Pursuit® bonus application offers a thrilling new way to award players random or fixed amounts of extra bonus awards. The Lucky Seat® Slots bonusing application delivers unexpected rewards to carded players. The On Demand Suite service application provides players with a variety of conveniences, including Beverage on Demand®, Host on Demand® and Valet on Demand® apps.

"We've established significant momentum in the Northwest region with IGT's innovative bonusing and server-based applications," said Knute Knudson, IGT Vice President of Tribal Relations and Business Development. "The new applications that we will unveil at the Northwest Indian Gaming Conference will even further strengthen our tribal partners' relationships with players and ability to differentiate themselves in the market."

In addition to leading systems solutions, IGT will highlight a variety of content and hardware innovations in booth 401:

  • IGT's Dynasty Edition series unveils a revamped, re-launched collection of the Company's top-performing titles, including Wolf Run®, Treasures of Troy® and Siberian Storm® games. The series merges original game characteristics and math with enhanced features, such as additional bonus content and improved graphics.
  • Players keep things cool with the Ice Hot™ game. The theme's traditional symbol set and popular game play mechanics are designed for progressive and high denominational gaming experiences.
  • The Guardians Treasure™ game unlocks hidden fortunes and offers a high-volatility gaming experience for thrill-seeking players.
  • The Dragon Fairy® game theme features a free games bonus and customized configuration options that elevate the gaming experience into a fairytale.
  • The Triple Chance Poker™ game offers players the option to choose from six games available on the AVP® platform.
  • Players open a bank of opportunities with the Mega Vault™ game. Designed for high-volatility gameplay, the Mega Vault game offers a free games bonus that locks in multipliers for big win potential.
  • The vibrant Asian-inspired Gong Xi Fa Cai™ game can trigger wealth and fortune. To elevate excitement, players can win a progressive level jackpot, or initiate the free spins bonus for big wins.

 

Leading Hardware:

  • Drawn from the widely praised design of IGT's CrystalCore® Cabinet, the CrystalDual™ Cabinet features crystal-clear clarity through dual screens and a multi-touch Digital Player Panel, while providing a technician-friendly cabinet design for increased operator efficiencies. The CrystalDual boasts a rich library of content, including The Fates™, Golden Eagle® and Game of Gods™ series of games.

 

Award-winning Innovation:

  • Show-goers will embark on a riveting 3D experience with IGT's award-winning SPHINX 3D™ game. As part of the Company's TRUE 3D™ product line that offers players an innovative 3D gaming experience without the need for additional eyewear, the Egyptian-themed game features an integrated eye-tracking system that detects player position and relays it to an internal 3D engine. Players encounter the thrilling 3D visual effects when they enter one of the five bonus rounds and experience other exciting features including, special wilds or falling coins that appear to jump out of the screen.

 

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For more information, visit IGT or GTECH online or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt.

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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 www.merger.igt.com.

Contact: Ortal Dahan, IGT Corporate Communications, +1 (702) 669-7662

SOURCE:IGT.

 

 

Scientific Games to Provide More Than 2,000 Electronic Gaming Machines to the Oregon Lottery

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 17, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") today announced that through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bally Gaming, it has reached an agreement to provide at least 2,000 video lottery terminals (VLTs) to the Oregon Lottery.

The Company has submitted the product and software to the Oregon Lottery and will begin shipping games later this year, after completion of a field trial and receipt of approval from the Oregon Lottery.

All games will be part of a multi-game suite on the Bally ALPHA 2 Pro V32 cabinet.

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Derik Mooberry, Scientific Games' Group Chief Executive, Gaming, said, "We are honored to continue our solid relationship with the Oregon Lottery in this well-established and successful market. Players in Oregon will now have an opportunity to experience a new robust suite of games and products, including player favorites on the eye-catching Bally Pro V32 cabinet. We continue to leverage our multi-channel content for the benefit of lottery markets in the U.S. and Canada."

With its 32-inch vertical HD video touch-enabled display, enhanced sound, lighting synchronized to game play, and easy serviceability, the Bally Pro V32 will showcase high-performance game content on more than a dozen game titles, including Lucky Tree, Quick Hit Platinum, Cash'M If You Can, Texas Dice, and Jewel of the Dragon. Additional games will feature video poker and keno content.

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 www.scientificgames.com.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

GLiCloud® Inventory Management System from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Reaches 100,000 Game Milestone

GLiCloud Now in use by 52 Clients at 116 Locations

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 15, 2015) - The award-winning GLiCloud® inventory management and tracking system from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has surpassed a monumental milestone. More than 100,000 games are now attached to the system in North America, which is used by 52 clients at 116 locations.

"In conversations with operators and regulators, one request kept arising: they needed a more accurate, more cost-effective way to manage their casino floor inventory. So we committed our top engineering R&D resources and created the GLiCloud system. It is field-proven to save time, save money, increase compliance and eliminate human error."

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"We are thrilled to reach this milestone and are committed to further our research and development efforts to continue to help our clients improve their efficiencies and compliance," said GLI Development Manager and GLiCloud Project Lead David Elmore.

GLIiCloud is a modern inventory management and tracking system that allows operators and regulators to quickly and instantly check regulatory status of components on the entire casino floor, all in real-time.

Powered by the web portal GLIAccess® and easily accessible with the mobile app GLI Mobile®, GLiCloud ensures compliance by delivering updates for every component on the entire casino floor in real-time. The automation eliminates human error, thereby further increasing the level of compliance.

Additionally, because status updates are delivered automatically, the property saves labor time and associated costs. GLiCloud operates on any mobile device, so regulators/casino staff can receive updates and confirm status from anywhere, anytime.

GLiCloud is one of several exclusive tools available only from GLI. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com or call +1 (702) 914-2220.

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

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Lotto to Offer More Chances Than Ever to Become a Millionaire from October

  • New 'Millionaire Raffle' to guarantee at least one millionaire per draw
  • Bigger rolling jackpots - average winning jackpots will be triple the current level
  • Players will choose six numbers from 59, rather than from 49 today
  • Better odds of becoming a millionaire than on the current game
  • Matching two numbers will win a free go

 

LONDON, U.K. (June 15, 2015) -- National Lottery operator Camelot today announced that some exciting changes are being made to its Lotto game in October. The enhancements will create more millionaires than ever before; will introduce a new Millionaire Raffle; will offer bigger rolling jackpots; will give players a free go for matching two numbers; and mean that the chances of winning at least £1 million will be better than the chances of winning the jackpot on today's game. The enhancements will change the way the game works by adding additional numbers for players to choose from - from six from 49 to six from 59.

The changes follow Lotto's successful re-launch in 2013 and are part of Camelot's ongoing commitment to offer players continuously fresh, exciting and enticing prizes across all National Lottery games. This, in turn, will deliver more money for Good Causes, through a thriving and healthy National Lottery.

The key highlights include:

  • A new 'Millionaire Raffle' which will guarantee at least two millionaires each week - one on a Wednesday and one on a Saturday - in addition to 20 winners of £20,000 in every draw.
  • Bigger rolling jackpots - from October onwards, average winning jackpots are expected to be triple the level of winning jackpots on the current game.
  • Better odds of becoming a millionaire - in an average week, the chances of winning at least £1 million on the new game will be better than winning the jackpot on the current Lotto game - with odds at one in just under 10 million*, versus one in just under 14 million on today's game.
  • Six balls will now be drawn from a total of 59 - the way the game works will be changing and, from October, players will choose 6 numbers from 59 instead of the 49 today.
  • Matching two numbers will win a free go. Players matching two numbers will get a Lucky Dip® ticket for a future draw - giving them another chance to be a millionaire.
  • An extra 1.8 million winners a week will be created through the new Match 2 prizes. This new prize tier means that the overall chance of winning any prize increases from 1 in 54 on the current game to 1 in 9.3 come October. A link to the full table of the game's new odds and prize structure can be found here: https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/lotto-changes.

 

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Andy Duncan, Chief Executive of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: "Lotto has enjoyed two years of consecutive growth since we re-invigorated the game in 2013 - and has already delivered over £250 million more to Good Causes than if we had done nothing to change the game. What we're announcing today - offering players more chances than ever to become a millionaire on Lotto and bigger rolling jackpots - is part of our programme of continuous innovation and builds on Lotto's ongong success. New ideas and fresh, enticing prizes will keep the game healthy and thriving - ultimately delivering even more for players and Good Causes."

Other aspects of Lotto will stay unchanged - for example, matching three numbers will still win players £25 and the price will remain at £2 per line.

As a result of the enhancements, the odds and prize structure on Lotto HotPicks - which uses the same numbers as Lotto - will also change, with bigger prizes on offer to players. Full details can again be found online at: https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/lotto-changes

The exact October launch date - including details of the amazing launch events - will be confirmed in due course. In the meantime, with no immediate changes taking place, players can continue to play Lotto as normal.

*Overall odds of becoming a millionaire on the new game refers to combined odds of winning the jackpot or £1 million on the Millionaire Raffle in an average week

For further information, please contact: Camelot Press Office - 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot.

 

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Missouri Lottery Proceeds Increase Over Previous Fiscal Year

JEFFERSON, Missouri (June 15, 2015) -- The Missouri Lottery announced today that proceeds to public education in FY15 came in $3.4 million higher than proceeds in FY14. Today’s final transfer of $25,258,803 brings FY15 proceeds to $270,701,018, the third highest ever.

The Lottery is moving in the right direction,” said John Twitty, chairman of the Missouri Lottery Commission. “The Lottery has reduced some operating costs and looked closely at all their games to see what could be done to increase profits for education.”

Twitty said the Lottery saw positive gains in most in-state Draw Games, including the new Lucky for Life™ game. Several new Scratchers games, which were designed to attract new players, were introduced, including “AMC® The Walking Dead®,” “MARDI GRAS WORLD™” and “Escape to Margaritaville®.”

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The Lottery also found new venues to offer their games, like selling tickets at KCI Airport, sports stadiums and concerts,” Twitty added. “It also now offers multi-state Draw Games tickets at some gas pumps and ATMs.”

In terms of proactively streamlining operations, the Lottery also saw a $7 million cost savings by rebidding the Draw Games system and advertising contracts, renegotiating the Pull-Tab product and loyalty program contract expenses, and self-imposing one-time budget reductions on promotional prizes, advertising, and expense and equipment costs.

They’ve made some significant changes to help bring in more money for public education,” Twitty said. “I am confident we are headed in the right direction.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds from Missouri Lottery ticket sales go to public education. In fiscal year 2015, these proceeds were appropriated for a variety of programs including: the Foundation Program, the A+ Scholarships Program, Special Education Excess Costs, the Classroom Trust Fund and 10-12 percent of the state’s funding for several public higher education institutions’ operating costs. For a complete list of programs, including information about Lottery dollars directed to your county, visit the Lottery’s website at MOLottery.com.

Each year, the proceeds are allocated by the governor and the state’s legislature during the annual appropriation process. These funds represent approximately 4 percent of the annual funding required for Missouri’s public education system.

For each dollar spent on the Lottery, more than 95 cents goes back to the citizens of the state in one form or another. Approximately 65 cents is returned to players as prizes, 24 cents goes to the state’s public education programs, 6.1 cents pays for retailers’ commissions, incentives and bonuses, and 4.9 cents is used for administrative costs.

SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.

 

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CT Lottery Launch New Mobile App with Ticket Scanning Feature

Winning numbers, current jackpots, ticket scanning and more!

ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (June 15, 2015) -- The Connecticut Lottery Corporation has launched its first mobile enabled application to allow users to look up winning numbers, check game tickets to determine if the ticket is a winner, find the current draw game jackpots, locate retailers, review game information, read winner stories and find information about responsible gambling.

"Information about our lottery products is currently delivered to customers through a variety of communication methods," noted Anne M. Noble, President and CEO of the state's lottery corporation. "The Lottery's traditional web site, mobile web site, social media channels and our in-store retailers are effective outlets for game information, and we are excited to launch our first app to further support information and efficiency for our customers."

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The technology for the app was developed by Scientific Games International (SGI) for the CT Lottery's use. Apps developed by SGI are currently in use by lotteries located in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina as well as by the North American State and Provincial Lottery Association.

"Adding app technology to our customers' experience is a way in which the CT Lottery can remain relevant and current with 'how' to send and receive information in a meaningful way. Customer service is a priority for our business and providing information through personal mobile devices works to ensure convenience for our customers," Noble said.

The app is available at no charge from the App Store and Google Play, by searching for "CT Lottery."

About the CT Lottery

In fiscal year 2014, players won more than $668 million in prize money. At the same time the CT Lottery provided a record $319.5 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state's General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more. Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $8.5 billion, and we have awarded more than $13 billion to winners.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly. For information about the CT Lottery, call (860) 713-2700, visit ctlottery.org or Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery).

SOURCE: CT Lottery.

 

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Shanghai Welfare Lottery New Sales and Management System Launch Earns Broad Acclaim

HONG KONG, SAR (June 15, 2015) -- Shanghai Welfare Lottery’s new sales management system and betting terminals, supplied by the subsidiaries of China LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the “Company”), Beijing Bestinfo Cyber Technology Company Limited and Guangzhou San Huan Yong Xin Technology Company Limited, officially commenced sales operation in May 2015. Since the launch, the new sales management system has provided stable operations and comprehensive services, enabling Shanghai Welfare Lottery to achieve unified management and data sharing, effectively ensuring that the overall development needs of the Shanghai Welfare Lottery market are met.

The launch of the new sales management system solves the issues surrounding Shanghai Welfare Lottery’s previous arrangement, where two different suppliers provided independent transaction systems and betting terminals. This prevented users from being able to purchase or claim prizes for all Shanghai Welfare Lottery game varieties at any single point of sale.

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The new sales management system enables users to purchase and claim prizes for all 8 game varieties, including “3D”, “ “15 & 5”, 6+1 and 4”, at all points of sale located in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, the new real-time bank payment function further guarantees the security of Shanghai Welfare Lottery’s lottery proceeds, reduces financial management costs and motivates the enthusiasm of points of sale.

Furthermore, the new sales management system offers statistics and analysis on all Shanghai Welfare Lottery transaction data, enhancing the overall management functions of the betting outlets and deeply integrating the electronic lottery draw system.

The security, reliability and productivity of the system are also greatly strengthened with the addition of a disaster recovery system and data backup centre. With the use of new technology and system architecture, the new sales management system is also equipped with very flexible expansion capabilities to suit to the needs of different markets, and carries broad promotional value. The new sales management system has already won recognition and praise from lottery authorities, points of sale and lottery players.

After jointly winning the bid and signing the contract for the “Shanghai Welfare Lottery New Sales and Management System Technical Services Project”, the subsidiaries of the company overcame various difficulties related to tight time constraints, heavy responsibilities and demanding requirements. The project was successfully launched in accordance with the requirements, after completing the demand survey, technical reserve, programme development, system testing, game launch and system trial run stages. This is another milestone for the company in the lottery sales system and terminal services area, and is also an affirmation of the company’s professional capabilities.

We believe that Shanghai Welfare Lottery’s future development will reach new heights through the joint efforts of the company and Shanghai Welfare Lottery.

SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings Limited.

 

 

CASH4LIFE Celebrate One Year Anniversary

Exciting multi-state game paid more than $143 million to nearly 15 million winners in NY and NJ in inaugural year

More than $74 million in revenue generated on both sides of the Hudson

TRENTON, N.J. / NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 16, 2015) - Lottery officials in New Jersey and New York - the founding members of the groundbreaking CASH4LIFE game- today held tandem cyber celebrations to commemorate the first anniversary of their joint Lottery offering that gives players a chance to win not one but two prizes of a lifetime.

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The first drawing of the CASH4LIFE game was conducted June 16, 2014 from the New Jersey Lottery's drawing studio in Lawrenceville. One year and 104 drawings later, CASH4LIFE has generated more than $70 million in revenue to fund important in-state programs and services in both New Jersey and New York.

New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger said, "We attribute the success of CASH4LIFE to its unique prize proposition. The market acceptance has exceeded our expectations and what began as a local game, is now expanding to other states. The positive overarching message resonates with people everywhere - health, happiness and CASH4LIFE. What more could anyone ask for?"

New York Lottery Acting Director Gardner Gurney said of the game's success, "The CASH4LIFE game is a proven winner. It represents the high level of collaboration, innovation and customer awareness required to keep players entertained and give new players a reason to try their luck. The success of this game has inspired us to apply those same principles to our scratch-off games with similar success."

The CASH4LIFE game is a double matrix game requiring players to select five numbers from a field of 60 and another number - the Cash Ball - from a separate field of four. Players who match all six numbers win an unprecedented $1,000 a day for life prize.

To date, a total of eight New York and New Jersey lottery players have won the top prize offering a guaranteed minimum payout of $7,000,000.

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Ten additional players have matched the first five numbers drawn to qualify for the $1,000 a week for life prize, which offers its own guaranteed payout of $1,000,000.

Winners of either prize may receive substantially more given the winner's age at the time he or she claims because as long as the winner keeps living, the state issuing the prize will keep paying.

The CASH4LIFE game was launched in 2014 in New York and New Jersey with the expectation that other Lottery jurisdictions would join as they became statutorily eligible.

The Pennsylvania Lottery joined the CASH4LIFE consortium in April of 2015 and the Virginia Lottery began selling tickets last month.

About the New Jersey Lottery

Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $23 billion to the State in support of education and institutions.

In Fiscal Year 2014, the Lottery's contribution was more than $965 million. Among its beneficiaries are: veterans homes, colleges and universities, school nutrition programs, homes for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, higher education scholarship programs and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.11 billion in fiscal year 2014-2015 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery's contribution represents 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

 

Illinois Lottery Introduce Latest ‘Red Ribbon Cash’ Game

Unique Instant Game Raises Millions of Dollars to Support Illinoisans living with HIV/AIDS

CHICAGO, Illinois (June 9, 2015) -- Today, the Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Department of Public Health unveiled the newest version of Red Ribbon Cash – the nation’s only instant lottery game whose total net proceeds fund education and support programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. The eighth edition of this special-cause Lottery instant game—which is expected to raise about $2 million for the cause—was unveiled at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.

By purchasing the Red Ribbon Cash game, Lottery players are providing valuable services that benefit thousands of people in our state living with HIV-AIDS,” said Acting Illinois Lottery Director B.R. Lane. “AIDS awareness, treatment and prevention are bolstered every time an adult buys a Red Ribbon Cash ticket in Illinois. The end result: we are able to make a real difference in in the lives of thousands of people who suffer from this terrible disease.”

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We are fortunate that our partners in the Governor’s Office and Lottery continue to cohost this event and sell this special ticket every year,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “We look forward to using the funds raised to support innovative projects that will ultimately lead to the end of this debilitating disease.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the agency responsible for administering Red Ribbon Cash grants, Illinois ranks seventh nationwide in both the diagnosis of HIV infections and the estimated number of AIDS cases. In 2013, there were 35,953 cases of HIV/AIDS diagnosed in Illinois. In Chicago alone, there are more than 23,000 people living with HIV/AIDS – two and one half times the national prevalence rate.

Since 2008, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $5.8 million to the fight against HIV/AIDS, through the sale of this special instant ticket. It’s the only lottery game in the nation whose profits are used exclusively to fund HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

As the chief sponsor of the legislation that created the Red Ribbon Cash game in 2007, I continue to be encouraged by the positive results from the sales of this instant ticket,” added Senator Jacqueline Collins. “The Red Ribbon Cash proceeds continue to assist HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for all Illinoisans.

Red Ribbon Cash is available at more than 8,100 Illinois Lottery retailer locations across the state. Each Red Ribbon Cash ticket costs $5. Available prizes range from $5 to $250,000 (there are four top prizes of $250,000), with over $6.6 million in total available prize money. For more information on Red Ribbon Cash, please visit illinoislottery.com.

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About the Illinois Department of Public Health: Founded in 1877, the Illinois Department of Public Health is responsible for protecting the state’s 12.4 million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury. The Department's nearly 200 programs touch virtually every age, aspect and cycle of life.

About HIV/AIDS in Illinois

For more information about HIV/AIDS in Illinois, call the Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline at 1-800-243-2437 or TTY (hearing impaired use only) 1-800-782-0423. It’s free and anonymous (no names). Trained counselors can help to answer your questions and help you to find a testing site that’s right for you. They are available seven days a week (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends). To find the closest free HIV testing site by calling the department’s HIV/AIDS and STD Hotline at 1-800-AID-AIDS (1-800-243-2437). IDPH’s innovative Text2Survive mobile service also provides free HIV testing locations by texting IL plus ZIP code to 36363. This service is also available in Spanish by texting “CENTRO” plus ZIP code to 36363.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

Svesnka Spel Focus on Breadth and Diversity in New Sponsorship Agreement with the Swedish Ice Hockey Association

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (June 5, 2015) -- Svesnka Spel continues to contribute to the development of Swedish hockey through a newly signed sponsorship agreements with the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. The new contract runs for six years and the focus is in addition to all national team activities including continuing talent, a title sponsorship for riksserien for ladies and a bet on the men's division 1 hockey.

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"Svesnka Spel want to be involved and take responsibility for the Swedish athletic future in the national team as well as the width of the level. I am very happy that we can now continue developing the Swedish ice hockey, which is one of our largest and most engaging sports," says Lennart Käll, CEO of Svesnka Spel.

Svesnka Spel has been the main sponsor of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association for over twenty years.. Cooperation has included the Hockey Academy is Sweden's largest talent and training programs for junior and youth hockey. Within the framework of the Hockey Academy hockey advisers in twelve locations around Sweden worked with the training of ice hockey youth. Now Swedish Games and Swedish Ice Hockey Association go the next step to further develop hockey in the newly signed sponsorship.

There is an agreement that will allow us to long-term development of the sport, and by continuing with our focus on youth and talent but also because we raise the new parts Hockeyettan and riksserien. Swedish Spel's support also means that we will have more resources to continue to develop damishockeyn in the country, says Christer Englund, president of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.

Within the framework of this agreement, we would also, together with the Association, contribute to the development of diversity within the sport, with the objective of ice hockey can be a sport for everyone regardless of background and economic conditions, says Lennart Kall.

The new agreement is valid until June 30, 2021 and includes a total value of up to about 121 million.

For more information, CONTACT: Johan Söderkvist, press officer at Svesnka Spel, phone 070-24 53 116. Johan Tisell, Press Officer Svesnka Spel, tel 070-322 55 21st.

SOURCE: Svesnka Spel.

 

 

ESSA Welcome Parliamentary Motion to Protect the Integrity of Sport

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 11, 2015) -- Today, the European Parliament approved a joint motion for a resolution promoting the adoption of good governance practices in sport to protect it from the adverse impacts of corruption and fraud, including money laundering and match-fixing. That motion is welcomed by ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity), which represents many of the largest regulated betting operators in the world and who are the victims of sports fraud such as match-fixing.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) agreed the joint motion for a resolution following the recent revelations of alleged high-profile corruption at senior levels in FIFA, the worldwide governing body for football, and have underlined the need for all international sports organisations to have transparent, accountable and democratic structures in place.

Highlighting the importance of good governance principles to the integrity of sport and in preventing corruption, MEPs stressed that: “corruption and money laundering are intrinsically linked and a large number of Member States have been affected by match-fixing and other financial crimes often related to criminal organisations operating on an international scale”.

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ESSA Chairman Mike O’Kane welcomed the European Parliament’s stand against corruption in sport and the associated negative impacts on regulated betting companies and consumers who are the victims of related fraud such as match-fixing, he said “ESSA has campaigned for some years on the importance of establishing transparent and accountable governance in sport as a fundamental measure to protect the integrity of sporting events.”

Corrupters will continue to prey on sports with poor governance and financial management structures, which is unfortunately widespread within the sector. ESSA supports the position of the European Parliament that if not addressed urgently and properly, corruption may continue to undermine trust in sports institutions and threaten the integrity of sport as a whole’ and will also continue to weaken the fight against match-fixers”, O’Kane continued.

ESSA and its members remain ready to engage with other responsible stakeholders to raise awareness about sports fraud and to combat match-fixing. The organisation plays a key role as the regulated betting sector’s representative body at international match-fixing policy forums and holds positions on working groups at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. ESSA has long adopted a transparent and evidence-based approach to betting integrity policymaking and regularly publishes integrity statistics covering its members’ regulated betting markets. The latest report, covering Q1 2015, can be found here.

About ESSA

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ESSA is a key player in the fight against betting related match-fixing. It represents many of the world’s biggest regulated sports betting operators, serving over 40 million consumers in the EU alone. Concerned regulated bookmakers created ESSA in 2005 to monitor betting markets and alert sporting bodies and national regulators to suspicious betting patterns. The goal was and is to protect consumers from potential fraud caused by manipulating sporting events. ESSA helps to combat this with evidence-based intelligence it provides to sporting bodies and regulators.

Every year, our members invest over €50m in compliance and internal security systems in order to help combat fraud. They also give back to sport and society by spending €400m on sponsorship around the world - €250m of that in Europe alone. This increases substantially when advertising and photo and video-streaming rights are taken into consideration. ESSA and its member also co-fund an education programme on gambling with EU Athletes that reaches out to 15,000 athletes/players across at least ten different sports in 13 EU countries.

ESSA members include the ABB, Betclic, Bet-at-Home, Betsson, Bet365, BetVictor, Betway, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Interwetten, Ladbrokes, PaddyPower, PMU, Sky Bet, Stanleybet, Unibet and William Hill.

For more information see ESSA’s website at: www.eu-ssa.org or visit us on twitter: @ESSA_Betting.

SOURCE: ESSA.

 

 

CJEU Further Clarifies Requirements for EU-Compliant Gambling Law

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 12, 2015) -- Yesterday, the The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) not only questioned several aspects of the Hungarian gambling law, but its ruling also provided a number of conclusions that are widely applicable (Case C-98/14, Berlington Hungary). These included taxation, the need to provide an attractive regulated offer and the requirement to notify gambling legislation.

EGBA Secretary General Maarten Haijer said: "The ruling of the CJEU is a timely reminder to Hungary and other Member States that national gambling legislation needs to respect the requirements of EU law. In particular, legislation must actually and primarily address the pursued objectives. Restrictions can only be justified if they serve to combat actual problems in the Member States, for example with regard to gambling-related crime or gambling addiction. Today's ruling adds to the growing body of CJEU case law on gambling and the limits within which Member States must set their gambling policy."

The particular case at hand concerns an amendment to the Hungarian law on games of chance made in 2012, which prohibited the operation of slot machines in amusement arcades (allowing them only in casinos).

The CJEU confirms (see link) that:

  • Prohibitions are found to constitute technical rules, which need to be notified to the EC: "the provisions of national legislation that prohibit the operation…constitute 'technical rules' within the meaning of that provision, drafts of which must be communicated..." to the European Commission (para. 100)
  • The CJEU confirms that taxes may constitute a restriction on the freedom to provide services: "… national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which, without providing for a transitional period, introduces a five-fold increase in the … tax … constitutes a restriction on the freedom to provide services, guaranteed by Article 56 TFEU provided that it is liable to prohibit, impede or render less attractive the exercise of the freedom to provide the services…" (para.42)
  • The Court also inter alia embraces the need to have an attractive regulated offer as a pre-requisite to channel the consumer: "In order to achieve that objective of channelling into controlled circuits, the authorised operators must provide a reliable, but at the same time attractive, alternative to a prohibited activity..." (para. 70)

 

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It will now be to the local Court in Hungary to provide the material ruling in the case, taking into account today's CJEU conclusions.

For more information, please contact: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90, maarten.haijer@egba.eu

About EGBA

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwin.party, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA is a Brussels-based non-profit association. It promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment.

While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-over effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.

SOURCE: EGBA.

 

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Loto-Québec Increases Its Profit Margin in FY2014-2015

Profit margin rose from 32.5% to 33.4%

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (June 11, 2015) -- The Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, filed this morning in the National Assembly, the Annual Report 2014-2015 of Loto-Québec. In the period between 1 April 2014 and March 31, 2015, Loto-Québec has compiled a net profit of 1.116 billion, down 2.5% from the previous year. However, in terms of optimization concerted efforts have resulted in a decrease in expenses of $ 41.5 million (-4.1%) compared to the previous year. This sound management has advanced the profit margin, which increased from 32.5% in 2013-2014 to 33.4% in 2014-2015. As for products, they are of the order of 3.338 billion dollars, down 5.1% from the previous year.

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The economic and social contributions

The impact of Loto-Québec's activities was felt in many ways. Thus, the lottery winners, bingo and Kinzo pocketed 888.3 million dollars. For their part, the lottery network partners, casinos and gaming establishments hit $ 317.6 million. Purchases from companies doing business in Quebec totaled 380.4 million dollars, and special charges and contributions to governments reached 254.3 million dollars. During the year, $ 27.7 million were vested in the fight against problem gambling. Moreover, the sponsorship program has supported over a hundred folk flavor to events by paying some $ 13.6 million.

The results by sector

Reflection of effective management, the net profit from the lottery sector (391.0 million) shows a lower decrease (-5.5%) than sales (-7.9%), which is located 1.634 billion.

This slowdown was mainly due to the less convincing performance pan-Canadian lotteries. Without recurring accruals big lots, the Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 have seen their incomes decline by 20.5% and 6.5% respectively. However, stimulated by an accumulation of several weeks Lotto Max lottery sales for the first quarter (April-June 2015) should be comparable to the same period last year.

With its optimization plan, the Société des casinos du Québec increased its net profit by 9.2%, or nearly 15 million. The casino sector generated revenues of 776.8 million dollars, down 2.5% compared to the previous year. The slowdown in this sector is caused in part by competition increasingly fierce. This trend is also observed in comparable markets in Quebec (Ontario, New Jersey and Connecticut).

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The Video Lottery sector, which was fused to the bingo sector, recorded revenues of 952.5 million dollars, down 2.6%. The decrease in revenue in the network of bars and brasseries (879.3 million dollars) was 3.4%, while the gaming halls in Québec ($ 23.2 million) and Trois-Rivières (11 , 0 million) saw revenues jump 14.7% and 11.0%. Bingo activities ($ 24.3 million) and Kinzo ($ 14.7 million) have led to increases of 6.5% and 4.3%. Net income for the gaming establishments sector, 549.0 million, up nearly half of all of Loto-Québec.

A renewal strategy

To meet the major challenge of renewing customers in its casinos, Loto-Québec has deployed a series of initiatives to enhance and diversify the entertainment offering. These include, among these, improving the online gambling offers; implantation in two casinos in the area, a section multijeu with animation and multimedia effects; and the opening of a nightclub at Casino du Lac-Leamy. A major project related to the renewal of the customers, combining several internal teams, is also underway.

The reopening of the Cabaret du Casino de Montreal, in September, and the arrival of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, in spring 2016, will further consolidate an entertainment offer that is aimed at a wide audience.

Efficiency Measures

The renewal of the Company also involves a review of ways. For example, during the year, Loto-Québec merged entities "VLTs" and "bingo" and some budgets were revised downwards, including that allocated for advertising. A major transformation of the lottery ticket distribution system business, while the use of spaces in buildings has been redesigned. In addition, the workforce was reduced by 7.5%.

Social responsibility, which includes the responsible gaming remains at the heart of concerns. A responsible marketing code, put forward at the end of 2014, the commitments came together in this direction. More than ever, the Company aims to improve its overall performance and to remain a world leader in responsible marketing.

The annual report 2014-2015 is available now on the website of Loto-Québec.

 

 

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

SOURCE: loto Quebec.

 

 

GBGC: Which Country Gambles the Most?

ISLE of MAN (June 14, 2015) -- The latest figures compiled by the Global Betting and Gaming Consultants show that Australia is by far the biggest gambling nation on the planet with a per capita spend of US$866 a year. British operators Paddy Power, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Bet 365 have all been quick to recognise the potential and have licensed their business in Australia to take sports bets. Forty six percent of Paddy Power’s group operating profits come from customers based in Australia.

But the real gambling spend for Australia comes not from internet but the widespread distribution of pokie machines (50%) played by locals and then also casinos (20%) that host Chinese gamblers.

Hong Kong Jockey Club are in second place even though many residents are going to Macau to gamble in the casinos.

Canada comes in third with strong gambler support for casino, gaming machines and lotteries. Ontario is the lead state almost double in terms of gross gaming yield in front of Quebec.

Italy has growth in stature as a gambling market with the growth of various slot machines through deregulation as the Italian Government has sought to gain a higher tax yield from gambling.

The United Kingdom has dropped to tenth from third in 2008. “This is because other countries have decided not to criminalise the gambler and bring forth legislation to legalise gambling. However we expect the UK to rise in the ranking next year when we will see a full year of on shore licensing for internet gambling which was previously allocated off shore, mostly in Gibraltar, Isle of Man and Malta” said Warwick Bartlett Chief Executive of GBGC.

All of the top ten listed are prosperous countries which destroy the myth that the poor gamble most. “You can only lose what you have in your pocket, and gambling is not a priority for poor people, it is essentially a luxury purchase when all essentials have been paid for” says Warwick Bartlett, GBGC’s CEO.

 

 

Singapore and Macau have been left out of the calculations because the high gross gaming yields are predominantly created by tourists from China and the rest of Asia.

About GBGC (http://www.gbgc.com/)

GBGC provides practical and insightful consultancy, data and market reports for the global gambling industry. GBGC’s consultancy and advice is based on more than 50 years’ experience in different areas of the gambling sector.

GBGC covers the whole spectrum of gambling activities – sports betting, casino, gaming machines, bingo, and lotteries – in both their traditional, land-based forms and online/mobile versions.

Since 1998 GBGC has worked with clients on every continent, helping governments develop their gambling policy, advising companies of all sizes on their strategy, and assisting investment banks and private equity with due diligence work.

GBGC also publishes the comprehensive Global Gambling Report – essential reading for gambling industry executives.

SOURCE: GBGC.

 

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Top Law Enforcement Officials to Lead New Advisory Board Guiding Efforts to Combat Illegal Gambling

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2015) -- The American Gaming Association (AGA) today announced the formation of its Illegal Gambling Advisory Board as part of its “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative. The new Board met for the first time today at the AGA’s office in Washington, DC.

Members of the Board will provide advice regarding industry efforts to develop actionable tools for law enforcement and to reduce the demand through public awareness; guide partnerships with law enforcement at the local, state, federal and international level; and provide strategies and perspective on necessary steps to plug existing holes in enforcement efforts.

We’re fortunate that five of the most well-respected law enforcement officials from across the country are lending their expertise to our efforts to combat illegal gambling,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “As the gaming industry seeks to grow, it’s imperative that we crack down on the illegal operations that siphon critical revenues and tarnish the legal, highly regulated products and experiences we provide.

The Board is comprised of:

  • Tim Murphy (chair), former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
  • Ed Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner
  • James Dinkins, former executive associate director at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.
  • J.B. Van Hollen, former Wisconsin State attorney general, U.S. attorney, and district attorney.
  • Bill Young, former Clark County Sheriff and head of Las Vegas Metro Police Department; current senior vice president of compliance and security at Station Casinos

 

In a keynote speech before attorneys general from across the country in April in Biloxi, Mississippi, Freeman launched the “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative. The initiative seeks to distinguish the highly regulated, $240 billion legal gaming industry—which supports 1.7 million jobs and generates $38 billion in taxes across 40 states—from the criminal networks that rely on illegal gambling to fund violent crimes and drug and human trafficking.

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The initiative is focusing on four key areas of illegal gambling: illegal sports betting; black market machines; Internet sweepstakes cafes; and illegal online betting.

Quotes from AGA’s Illegal Gambling Advisory Board members:

Illegal gambling is a pernicious problem I confronted as former Deputy Director of the FBI. It’s tied to organized crime and the proceeds fund other nefarious activities. The AGA's "Stop Illegal Gambling, Play It Safe Initiative" is a terrific idea, and I look forward to helping guide them as they partner with law enforcement.”

Tim Murphy, former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

Over the course of my career, I’ve seen first-hand and testified in cases involving illegal gambling. There is a stark difference between legitimate industry such as the operators the American Gaming Association represents, who are good community partners, and these bad actors who aren’t regulated and have no respect for the law. I applaud the AGA for leading efforts to thwart illegal gambling and proactively working with law enforcement.”

Ed Davis, former Boston police commissioner

Illegal gambling is a crime that cuts across all borders on the streets and online. It’s a dangerous transnational crime. The private sector plays an important role in working with law enforcement, and the AGA is clearly serious about confronting the problem. I am pleased to be part of this important initiative.”

Jim Dinkins, executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

I’ve prosecuted crimes as a U.S. Attorney, state attorney general and district attorney. Illegal gambling cuts across all levels of government. It hurts consumers and legal businesses and often supports illegal activity such as human trafficking. Anything we can do to reduce this scourge is a step in the right direction and I am pleased to be working with the AGA to address this problem as part of the Advisory Board.”

J.B. Van Hollen, former attorney general of Wisconsin, U.S. attorney, and district attorney

As a sheriff I confronted criminals on the streets of Las Vegas. Now I work hard every day to protect our customers and the integrity of our heavily regulated industry. We work closely with law enforcement every day to ensure our customers feel safe. By contrast, illegal operators, have one thing in mind: make money at all costs. They don't pay taxes, they have no consumer protections, they aren’t regulated and they have no qualms about resorting to violence. I am pleased to be working with the other members of the Advisory Board and guiding the AGA’s important ‘Stop Illegal Gambling Play it Safe’ initiative – another example of the industry's commitment to public safety.”

Bill Young, former sheriff of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and current senior vice president of compliance and security at Station Casinos

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 path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

SOURCE: The American Gaming Association.




 

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