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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
For more information, visit IGT or
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twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt.
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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
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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
Scientific Games to Provide More Than 2,000 Electronic Gaming
Machines to the Oregon Lottery
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 17, 2015) --
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
All games will be part of a
multi-game suite on the Bally ALPHA 2 Pro V32 cabinet.
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.
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
SOURCE: Scientific Games
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
"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
"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.
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:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Lotto to Offer More Chances Than Ever to Become a Millionaire from
- 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
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
- 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:
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
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:
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
For further information, please
contact: Camelot Press Office - 020 7632 5711.
Missouri Lottery Proceeds Increase Over Previous Fiscal
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. Todays 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
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®.
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
Theyve made some
significant changes to help bring in more money for public education,
Twitty said. I am confident we are headed in the right
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 states 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 Lotterys website at MOLottery.com.
Each year, the proceeds are
allocated by the governor and the states legislature during the annual
appropriation process. These funds represent approximately 4 percent of the
annual funding required for Missouris 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 states public education programs, 6.1 cents pays for
retailers commissions, incentives and bonuses, and 4.9 cents is used for
SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.
CT Lottery Launch New Mobile App with Ticket Scanning
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
"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."
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
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.
Shanghai Welfare Lottery New Sales and Management System Launch Earns
HONG KONG, SAR (June 15, 2015) --
Shanghai Welfare Lotterys 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 Lotterys
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.
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
Lotterys 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
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 companys professional capabilities.
We believe that Shanghai Welfare
Lotterys future development will reach new heights through the joint
efforts of the company and Shanghai Welfare Lottery.
SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings
CASH4LIFE Celebrate One Year Anniversary
Exciting multi-state game
paid more than $143 million to nearly 15 million winners in NY and NJ in
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Unique Instant Game
Raises Millions of Dollars to Support Illinoisans living with
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 nations 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
gamewhich is expected to raise about $2 million for the causewas
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.
We are fortunate that our
partners in the Governors 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
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. Its the only lottery game in the nation
whose profits are used exclusively to fund HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment
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
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
About the Illinois
Department of Public Health: Founded in 1877, the Illinois Department
of Public Health is responsible for protecting the states 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
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. Its free and anonymous
(no names). Trained counselors can help to answer your questions and help you
to find a testing site thats 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 departments
HIV/AIDS and STD Hotline at 1-800-AID-AIDS (1-800-243-2437). IDPHs
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.
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the states 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.
"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
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
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
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.
ESSA Chairman Mike OKane
welcomed the European Parliaments 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, OKane 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 sectors 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.
ESSA is a key player in the fight
against betting related match-fixing. It represents many of the worlds
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 ESSAs
website at: www.eu-ssa.org
or visit us on twitter: @ESSA_Betting.
CJEU Further Clarifies Requirements for EU-Compliant Gambling
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: "
legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which, without
providing for a transitional period, introduces a five-fold increase in the
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
- 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)
It will now be to the local Court in
Hungary to provide the material ruling in the case, taking into account today's
For more information, please
contact: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90,
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.
Loto-Québec Increases Its Profit Margin in
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.
The economic and social
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
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.
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
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.
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
Powers group operating profits come from customers based in
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
Hong Kong Jockey Club are in second
place even though many residents are going to Macau to gamble in the
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
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, GBGCs
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. GBGCs 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
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
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GBGC also publishes the
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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 AGAs 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.
Were 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, its 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
- 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
- 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 industrywhich supports 1.7 million jobs and
generates $38 billion in taxes across 40 statesfrom the criminal networks
that rely on illegal gambling to fund violent crimes and drug and human
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 AGAs Illegal
Gambling Advisory Board members:
Illegal gambling is a
pernicious problem I confronted as former Deputy Director of the FBI. Its
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
Tim Murphy, former deputy director
of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
Over the course of my
career, Ive 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 arent 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
Illegal gambling is a crime
that cuts across all borders on the streets and online. Its 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)
Ive 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
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 arent 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 AGAs
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
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
SOURCE: The American Gaming