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Vol. 71 No.3 - Monday April 27, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories





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  • Scientific Games Launch Online Wagering Casino Games with Danske Spil. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Name Leading Lottery Risk Management and Security Expert New Senior Manager of GLI Professional Services. Full Story.
  • Maltco Lotteries: A Contribution to Society in the Most Concrete and Responsible Way. Full Story.
  • Atlantic Canadians Can Now Purchase Draw Lottery Games with Atlantic Lottery Mobile App. Full Story.
  • Leading Online Lottery Service Provider Enters into Strategic Partnership with China Mobile Limited. Full Story.
  • Tennessee Lottery Posts Record Quarterly Returns. Full Story.
  • Lottery Issues Statement Following Continuation in Hot Lotto® Trial. Full Story.
  • Croatian National Lottery Integrates Betradar Live Odds Services. Full Story.
  • Italy's Second-Largest Gaming Group Launch Campaign for its Online Sportsbook Brand 'Matchpoint'. Full Story.
  • State-Owned Lottery Operator Supports Dutch Sports for the Benefit of All Players. Full Story.
  • Florida Lottery Reaches $28 Billion Milestone. Full Story.
  • Deutsche Telekom Launch tipp3.de – a Fair, Transparent Portal for Sports Betting in Germany. Full Story.
  • March Was Mad Fun for Many New Jersey Lottery Instant Ticket Winners. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery Tickets Are Recyclable! Full Story.
  • GSA's Online Gaming Committee to Finalize Third-Party Game Interface Standard During Its Upcoming Meeting in London. Full Story.
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Scientific Games Launch Online Wagering Casino Games with Danske Spil

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 16, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation is proud to announce the extension of its relationship with Danish online casino and lottery operator Danske Spil through the launch of the Company’s remote game server with the operator in the Denmark “dot country” regulated online wagering jurisdiction..

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Danske Spil players in Denmark now have online access to the popular land-based slots and table games in the Scientific Games Interactive content library, which includes hit titles from the Bally, Barcrest, Shuffle Master and Williams game design studios.

Bob Hays, Vice President Commercial, Interactive at Scientific Games, said, “We are excited to enter the Danish online wagering jurisdiction and to provide Danske Spil players with access to our deep library of proven slots and table games. The interest in our content from another regulated online gaming market is a testament to the broad player appeal of our proprietary slots and table game themes.”

Søren Schneider, Head of Casino, Poker & Games for Danske Spil, said, “We’re thrilled to deepen our relationship with Scientific Games by extending our casino offering and strengthening our position as marked leader in a very competitive Danish market. The wide array of player-popular casino games to which we have access through their game server heightens the entertainment we’re able to offer our players at home and on-the-go.

The launch in Denmark is another milestone for the Scientific Games Interactive remote game server. The Company already provides its broad content library in multiple regulated online wagering jurisdictions around the world, including New Jersey, Europe, Delaware and various Canadian provinces including British Colombia and Ontario. The Scientific Games Interactive content is delivered through the Bwin.Party platform.

About Scientific Games

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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.

About Danske Spil

Danske Spil A/S, previously known as Dansk Tipstjeneste A/S, was founded in 1948 in connection with the passing of Tipsloven by the Danish Parliament, Folketinget. Until 1989, the football betting was Danske Spil's only product, but this changed in 1989 when the company was authorised to offer lottery services (Lotto) as well. In 1992 the first scratch card, Quick, entered the market, and in 1994 Oddset was launched.

Since 2000, Danske Spil has also offered betting on horse- and dograce. In 2001, the subsidiary Danske Automatspil was founded. This subsidiary handles slot machines.

Dansk Automatspil merged with Elite Gaming A/S in 2011. In 2012, Danske Spil bought Erhvervsinvest's shareholdings of 50.1 percent in Elite Gaming. As a result of the transaction, Danske Spil obtained an equity interest of 100 percent and went from joint to sole ownership of Elite Gaming.

In 2010 Folketinget unanimously passed the partial liberalisation of the Danish gaming legislation, which allowed other suppliers of games to apply for licenses to offer sports- and online gaming products.

The law entered into force in 2012, which prompted Danske Spil to establish two subsidiaries: Danske Lotteri Spil A/S, which handles the monopolised games, and Danske Licens Spil A/S, which handles the liberalised games. Danske Lotteri Spil offers, among other things, Lotto, Onsdags Lotto, Joker, Eurojackpot, Keno, Quick, Bingo and Dantoto. Danske Licens Spil offers, among other things, Poker, Casino Oddset, Tips and Zezam.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International Name Leading Lottery Risk Management and Security Expert Thomas Bierbach New Senior Manager of GLI Professional Services

MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (April 20, 2015) - Further strengthening its incomparable leadership team, GLI has named respected lottery risk management and security expert Thomas Bierbach as Senior Manager of its Professional Services division.

Bierbach is a highly experienced Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and brings more than 20 years of international technology and management experience to GLI. He is an accredited WLA Security Control Standard Auditor and Certified ISO/IEC27001 Lead Auditor and has led lotteries through ISO/IEC27001 implementation and certification, as well as WLA Security Control Standard Certifications.

GLI Professional Services Director Gregory Doucette said, "Throughout the global lottery industry, Thomas is known as a consummate professional in the field of lottery risk management and security and compliance. His work in the identification and implementation of security and compliance programs in support of operational integrity, fraud prevention and player protection are widely known, and has solidified his reputation as a key thought-leader in the field. We are excited to welcome him to GLI Professional Services."

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Thomas Bierbach Senior Manager of GLI Professional Services division.

Prior to joining GLI, Bierbach was senior consultant to Atlantic Lottery Professional Services, advising the lottery on professional services practices development. He has also served as the Director of Security and Compliance and as IT Audit Manager for the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Previously, he served as Director of Lottery and Audit Services for BMM Testlabs, Vice President of Risk Advisory and Compliance for Baseline Business Geographics and represented Canada as Co-Chair on the World Lottery Association Security & Risk Management Committee (WLA SRMC).

Bierbach is located in GLI's Professional Services office in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and can be reached at +1 (506) 855-0214.

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

About Gaming Laboratories International

For more than 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

Maltco Lotteries: A Contribution to Society in the Most Concrete and Responsible Way

MALTA (April 21, 2015) -- The company takes regular initiatives in various social welfare areas as well as to promote sports amongst the Maltese society.

The company's name Maltco Lotteries is directly synonymous with the gaming industry whereby the company is not only locally at the forefront with encouraging and satisfactory results but also globally through its membership in both World Lottery (WLA) and European Lottery (EL) Associations thus not only honour the company itself, but also our country which is at the forefront in this sector, as well as spurring companies to follow examples of how to do business and achieve results in this sector.

Maltco Lotteries follows this starting point with the most immediate manner with a good number of initiatives taken on a regular basis to concretely give its due to various social aspects of our country which directly and indirectly affect all the Maltese population, and also to tangibly help the various Maltese sporting fields towards achieving progress.

Maltco Lotteries always believed that a healthy society is one which embraces the principle of widespread solidarity. Therefore every so often we hear about how the company - in the most direct and altruistic manner - involves itself and participates in pluralistic activities both in the social sector as well as the sporting field.

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It is worth noting a number of examples about the company's Corporate Social Responsibility, amongst which, that as part of the agreement reached with the Government when the company won the license for another ten years, Maltco Lotteries committed itself to donate EUR 50,000 yearly to the Malta Gaming Authority which go towards the Responsible Gaming Fund. A task to be undertaken so stop abuse, ensures that gaming is carried out responsibly and those working in this sector through illegal betting are stopped.

The company's initiatives in the sports sector are plenty. It is enough to remind the support recently given to the Malta Chess Federation. Maltco Lotteries choose to sponsor the competitions organised by this Federation for the next two years and this with the intent to extend its support and backing to relatively small societies to that they can also continue progressing in their operations.

When talking about sports, physical strength and fitness often come first to mind. However, there is another sport which goes beyond this and which is based upon mental power. Chess is in fact one of such games and it is important to note that there is a good number of people in Malta enthusiastic about this very interesting game.

Maltco Lotteries was also involved in the gala night for the SportMalta Awards. And this for the second consecutive year and with the precise intent to help develop the Maltese sporting talent. Apart from the sponsoring help, Maltco Lotteries offers a EUR500 prize to every winning athlete so they can continue investing in their abilities and coaching so they can improve their qualities, and in turn increase the level of Maltese sports.

Another association which benefitted from Maltco Lotteries' was the Malta Weightlifting Association in relation to the Mediterranean Cup 2015 which was held last March. Even here, the company gave its input to ensure that the activity could be successfully organised and satisfactory to itself and to all those who have this particular sport at heart.

This year Maltco chose to help the LifeCycle Foundation's marathon which is going to be held in Iceland this coming July. A number of volunteer cyclists participate in this annual challenge and paddle a distance not less than 2,000km in ten days to collect money in aid of patients in the Renal Unit, Mater Dei Hospital.

Together with many other companies, Maltco Lotteries participates in the President's Fun Run organised yearly during the month of December with the air of collecting money in aid of Istrina. This activity attracts thousands of Maltese and Gozitan who together and for one noble cause, run to St. George's Square in Valletta where the President of Malta announces that collected sum which would be going towards various noble causes administered by the Community Chest Fund.

Apart from the handsome sum which Maltco Lotteries offers for this initiative, the company also encourages its Agents so that their outlets collect money and donate to this noble cause towards The Community Chest Fund. Moreover, the company encourages its employees to participate and to give their donation and walk together as the Maltco Group.

SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries.

 

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Atlantic Canadians Can Now Purchase Draw Lottery Games with Atlantic Lottery Mobile App

MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (April 21, 2015) -- Atlantic Lottery now has an app for that.

Atlantic Canadians can now use their alc.ca account to conveniently purchase many of their favourite draw lottery games (LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, Atlantic 49, TAG, Twist, Salsa Bingo and Bucko) with the Atlantic Lottery Mobile app.

The free app is available for iPhone and iPad from the Canadian App Store.

It’s really about convenience and giving players what they want, where they want it,” said James Reilly, Atlantic Lottery’s Senior Manager, eCommerce.

Our alc.ca members were already able to access their accounts from their mobile devices. In fact, approximately 20% of draw lottery purchases on alc.ca are made from mobile devices, but it was cumbersome."

"The app provides an optimized layout for ease of use and navigation, and is just a tap away on your Apple device.”

Completing the transaction within the app also provides convenient access to the app’s other features, including winning numbers and jackpot information, winners’ information, a retailer finder, responsible play information, and the ability to set custom lottery alerts.

For more information CONTACT: Craig Ennis, 1-800-561-3942, or (709) 724-1700 ext. 1718, e-mail: craig.ennis@alc.ca

 

 

SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery.

 

 

Leading Online Lottery Service Provider Enters into Strategic Partnership with China Mobile Limited

PALO ALTO, California (April 21, 2015) -- Xcelmobility, Inc. (OTCQB: XCLL, OTCBB: XCLL), a leading online lottery service provider, today announced that it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with China Mobile Group Fujian Company Limited, a subsidiary of China Mobile Limited ("China Mobile"), to expand the reach and ease with which payments can be made for the Company's mobile lottery products. The agreement will provide easy and convenient payment services for lottery players regardless of the user's device, through China Mobile's vast subscriber network.

According to the terms of the agreement, The Company will work in close cooperation with China Mobile Group Fujian Company Limited to both expand the mobile lottery user base and provide for the most convenient and easy to use transaction system. China Mobile subscribers will be able to quickly and easy purchase lottery products as well as receive lottery winning through their China Mobile accounts.

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Founder and Executive Chairman of Xcelmobility, Inc. commented, "We are extremely excited to have reached such a mutually beneficial agreement with China Mobile. China Mobile is well respected by online lottery players and offers the most secure, trusted and widely used payment services. With China Mobile as a partner we are excited about our future online lottery success. Having a trusted partner like China Mobile for payment services allows us to expand our leading online lottery platform, innovative purchase tools and technology, and superior mobile services."

About China Mobile Limited 

China Mobile Limited is the leading mobile services provider in Mainland China, the Group boasts the world's largest mobile network and the world's largest mobile customer base. China Mobile Group Fujian Company Limited ("Fujian Mobile") is a subsidiary of China Mobile Limited. Today China Mobile has over 815,000,000 customers.

About XcelMobility, Inc. 

XcelMobility is a leading online lottery service provider in China. The company aggregates and processes lottery purchase orders from registered user accounts and derive revenues from service fees paid by provincial sports lottery administration centers for the purchase orders of welfare and sports lottery products. We focus on China's burgeoning mobile market of well over 1 Billion Users.

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Company CONTACT:  Investor Relations, Contact phone: (858) 886-7237, Email: ir@xcelmobility.com

SOURCE: XcelMobility.

 

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Tennessee Lottery Posts Record Quarterly Returns

$96.8 Million in Education Funding Best Three-Month Total Since Lottery's Inception Total Raised for Education Funding Now Exceeds $3.3 Billion

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 17, 2015) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation today announced the Third Quarter for Fiscal Year 2015 produced the highest education funding of any three-month period since the Lottery's inception in January 2004. The record-setting quarter, covering the period from January 1, 2015, through March 31, 2015, saw a return in total education funds surpassing $96.8 million, a 10.6% increase-or $9.3 million-over the same period last fiscal year, and $4.7 million more than the previous record set in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2012.

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Total Lottery funding for education-related programs in Tennessee-including funds for scholarships, grants, and after-school programs-now exceeds $3.3 billion since the Lottery's first day of ticket sales more than 11 years ago. The third quarter of FY15 also saw a record in total Lottery sales of more than $400.9 million, an increase of more than $24.6 million over the previous record set in the third quarter of last year.

"This was a remarkably robust quarter for the Lottery," said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. "Our array of instant games proved especially popular, and when combined with sizeable jackpots in our drawing-style games, we were again able to post record returns. The best news, of course, is that the funds raised will serve to benefit Tennessee students and their families all across the state."

About the Tennessee Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $3.3 billion for designated education programs, funding more than 900,000 college grants and scholarships, a variety of after-school programs, and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $8.2 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $848 million in retailer commissions

For more information, please visit: www.tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.

 

 

Lottery Issues Statement Following Continuation in Hot Lotto® Trial

CLIVE, Iowa, Iowa (April 14, 2015) -- Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich released the following statement Monday following announcement that the Polk County District Court trial involving the Hot Lotto case has been rescheduled for July:

We need to respect the trial process and allow the court to do its work, so we are not in a position to discuss the facts that are going to be litigated in this case. We don't want to do anything that could prejudice the outcome of the trial. But I can tell you that there are extensive security procedures involved in lottery drawings, and this case demonstrates why we have to continually sharpen our skills and oversight.

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There will always be someone trying to beat the system. The lottery industry has and will continue to update its security procedures as we identify vulnerabilities to protect against them. We've introduced additional layers of security and even more separation of duties at our lottery because of what we've learned in this case, and that's ultimately been a positive outcome. We also urged that the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), the vendor organization for which Eddie Tipton worked, put additional security procedures in place and that has occurred, with more underway.

The equipment and software used in the Hot Lotto drawings has been replaced since the time that Eddie Tipton was employed at MUSL. The new equipment and software has been tested and certified by an independent gaming laboratory and forensically examined for malicious software, with no concerns identified. The security cameras, other physical security restrictions and procedures at MUSL also have been replaced and updated.

I have confidence that the games we offer today are fair. Our lottery has strong layers of security in place to protect lottery players, lottery games and lottery prizes. Those procedures enabled us to seek information about the winning ticket in this case and not pay the prize until basic questions could be answered - and they never were.

We've repeatedly said that this is an ongoing investigation, and we have more information about this case today than we did in the past. We have worked side-by-side with law enforcement throughout this investigation and are eager for the outcome of the trial."

SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.

 

 

Croatian National Lottery Integrates Betradar Live Odds Services

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland (April 16, 2015) -- Betradar, the world’s leading supplier of sports and betting related data, today announced a new partnership with its longstanding client Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o., the national lottery of Croatia. Under the terms of the agreement, Croatian Lottery will integrate Betradar’s market leading Live Odds Service into its product portfolio, and thereto, significantly enhance the range of its in-play betting offer provided to the Croatian market.

Betradar’s Live Odds Service is a fully automated and integrated in-running trading service that offers a broad variety of live betting sports and markets. In total the in-play betting portfolio contains round- the-clock coverage of up to 18,000 live events per month across 18 different sports with more than 350 unique betting markets. As the official data partner of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Betradar is able to offer over 60,000 live tennis matches per year.

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Daniel Feric, Chairman of the Board of the Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o., said: “We took a deliberate decision to use Betradar’s service, not least for their experience as the leading sports and betting-related data service provider. With the integration of Betradar’s Live Odds Service, we’ll not only improve our company’s portfolio but also guarantee an entertaining live betting solution customised to satisfy the needs of all sports enthusiasts.

George Schneider, Director Sales at Sportradar welcomes the extension of the co-operation with the Croatian Lottery: “We are pleased to work with Hrvatska Lutrija as it is very important for us to strengthen this long and successful partnership. Supporting them with our comprehensive Live Odds Service, enables Croatian Lottery to sustain and develop their sports betting offering. Moreover, we are confident that this valued partnership will lead to great mutual growth, now and in the future.”

About Croatia Lottery (Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o.)

Games of chance have long tradition on the territory of the Republic of Croatia. Their conducting started far back in 1951 by the establishment of the Croatian Directorate within the Yugoslav Lottery. After the establishment of Croatia as an independent state in 1991, all business relationships with the Business Association of Yugoslav Lottery Organisations were terminated, and in 1993 Lutrija Hrvatske changed its name to Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o.

Pursuant to Ordinance on foundation of Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o., the Republic of Croatia is the sole founder of Croatian Lottery, limited liability company for organisation and conducting games of chance and entertainment games. Since 1993 Hrvatska Lutrija has been a member of WLA (World Lottery Association) and AESL (Association of European State Lotteries) and has been following models and standards of business efficiency of similar companies in developed European countries in technological, organisational and professional terms.

More information can be found on: https://www.lutrija.hr/.

About Sportradar (www.sportradar.com)

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Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world. We provide cutting-edge solutions and services to media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities.

Since its founding in 2001, Betradar has developed into a key player providing all necessary services to run a bookmaker operation, such as fixtures, results, odds compiling, trading tools, in-running services, front-end content solutions like statistics and live scores, as well as innovative gaming solutions. The diverse portfolio of betting, managed trading, content, streaming and gaming solutions allows us to meet the challenges and demands of the international bookmaking industry in a forward- looking manner. Besides market leading companies in the sports betting and media industry, Sportradar also operates a unique Fraud Detection System (FDS) for several federations, including the AFC, CONCACAF and UEFA. Furthermore, Sportradar is the exclusive, worldwide distributor for ITF (International Tennis Federation) Official Data.

More than 800 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar's data depth and quality services in their daily business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other cities and employs over 1,000 highly experienced staff worldwide.

CONTACT: Tobias Brunner, Director of Marketing Operations, Telephone: +49 89 2000 845 255, Email: t.brunner@sportradar.com.

SOURCE: Sportradar

 

 

Italy's Second-Largest Gaming Group Launch Campaign for its Online Sportsbook Brand 'Matchpoint'

ITALY (April 20, 2015) -- Sisal Matchpoint commences betting this week. On air from April 18, the campaign's communications launch from Sisal. "Sisal Matchpoint. Reinvent the game every day."

If its there, then you can bet with Sisal Matchpoint This is the message of the new campaign on air since Saturday, April 18 on the main television channels and print and web. Sisal Matchpoint reaffirms its role as a leader in the betting and its ability to constantly innovate the product through a commercial that tells perfectly the ability to anticipate the future of the player betting

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In the spot in which there is a match in which many different disciplines - from football, basketball, going to football and motorcycling - interact with each other, creating a unique sport, new, original, imagined specifically for customers of Matchpoint: something which, if it existed, Sisal punters would be the first to be able to play.

Sisal Matchpoint you can find today the betting of tomorrow, thanks to a schedule that offers an increasing number of events. " Today the offer of Sisal Matchpoint can be considered among the most competitive " - explains Sisal Entertainment manager, Francesco Durante.

In 2015 we will come to quote more than 120,000 events , on all sports and from all over the world. Among these bets there will be many proposals designed and absolute exclusive to our customers, as was done recently for the Series A, MotoGP, the Superbowl, the NBA All Star Game and the Formula 1, or for events such as costume Sanremo and the Oscars. The campaign wants to emphasize that we are launching this very ability to innovate and renew itself, historically in the DNA of Sisal .

The capacity which is also reflected in Sisal Live Channel , the first channel in-store in Italy that offers a rich schedule of live sports, supported by information, statistics and the latest technology. Our intention for the future is to continue to invest, keeping an eye on the appearance of entertainment, which is increasingly sought by the bettor . "

For this campaign Sisal Matchpoint relies on Publicis , the agency that care of business communication bets, digital games and services Sisal Group. The commercial will be aired from April 18, will be broadcast on the main national broadcasters presiding in a targeted major sporting events and more headings followed by fans. All the news about the world Matchpoint be visible on the blog " The Bet "and on the website sisal.it.

SOURCE: Sisal.

 

 

State-Owned Lottery Operator Supports Dutch Sports for the Benefit of All Players

NETHERLANDS (April 21, 2015) -- De Lotto, the state-owned lottery operator of the Netherlands, has reported a profit of €59m for 2014.

On behalf of NOC * NSF president André Bolhuis today from the hands of Ambassador De Lotto Pieter van den Hoogenband, presented a check for 42.7 million received symbolically for the benefit of the sport. The presentation took place at Papendal, the heart of the Dutch sports.

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The overall result of Lotto in 2014 was 59 million. Of this, nearly 43 million to NOC * NSF. Lotto contributes less prize money and expenses, of 100% of its result to the Dutch society. More than 70% is for the NOC * NSF, the remainder goes to 18 charities in the areas of culture, health and welfare.

The 76 sports federations affiliated to the NOC * NSF get from the remittance to the NOC * NSF contribution. Thus, each federation can from large to small for years count on a structural contribution of Lotto. Contributions which are of great importance for the sport. Even small and less commercially attractive sports and athletes it are suported by this program.

Pieter van den Hoogenband, ambassador of Lotto commented "The Lotto is invaluable to Dutch Sport This applies to both the top level and the supporting levels, I personally have also benefited from the contribution of Lotto in my sports career:.. Sports, training camps, competitions, everything costs money. The payment of Lotto makes these facilities available. ".

André Bolhuis, Chairman NOC * NSF said "For the sport in the Netherlands, De Lotto is vital. Without the financial support of The Lotto then daily sport for all would be very expensive and disappears in the Netherlands the place in the international top 10."

Lotto. For sports and society.

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The Lotto was founded over 50 years ago by athletes to generate by organizing contributions for the Dutch sport. After deduction of prize money and expenses, 100% of its result goes to the Dutch society, of which about three-quarters of that goes to NOC * NSF, which in turn distributes this amount among the 76 affiliated federations.

Since its inception, The Lotto has already paid 1.5 billion to the NOC * NSF. The remainder is distributed to 18 charities in the areas of culture, health and welfare, such as the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the Heart Foundation and the Orange Fund.

With the products of Lotto you can win lots of money and also support the sport forever. That's WinWin! www.delotto.nl

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NOC * NSF and the sports in the Netherlands and as Olympic committee responsible for the broadcasting of Dutch Olympic and Paralympic teams. NOC * NSF puts the sport in a social context. The goal is to ensure that everyone really does get to enjoy, and wins through sport.

By generating optimal conditions for all sports in the Netherlands, through the strategy of participating and winning.

Winning means excelling in sports, getting medals, but also do research, stimulate people every day a little better, sports to combat obesity, make the Netherlands safer and more social.

We win a lot of sports. www.nocnsf.nl

SOURCE: De Lotto.

 

 

Florida Lottery Reaches $28 Billion Milestone

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 21, 2015) -- The Florida Lottery today announced a new milestone of $28 billion in transfers to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) since opening its doors in 1988. In fiscal year 2013-14, the Lottery achieved record sales resulting in the transfer of $1.49 billion to Florida's students and schools. The Lottery is currently on pace to have another record-breaking year, which means another record level of transfers to education.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell was joined by Florida State Representative Alan Williams to make the announcement and present a ceremonial check representing the $28 billion generated from Lottery ticket sales for education.

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Governor Scott said, "Today's announcement that the Florida Lottery has reached $28 billion in transfers to education is great news for Florida students. We know a great job begins with a great education, and we are working to ensure that every student has access to the tools they need to succeed in their college and future career. I applaud the Lottery for their commitment to investing in our students so they can become the leaders of tomorrow."

"Floridians can always count on the Lottery to remain focused on our mission to maximize revenues for the educational programs we fund," said Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "In the coming year, we will continue to explore new product offerings that will help generate enthusiasm among our players and continuing to grow revenues for education in our state."

This marks the thirteenth consecutive year the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education, and has continued to lead the 10 largest-selling lotteries in the nation in sales growth and growth in contributions to beneficiaries. Just last month, the Florida Lottery led the nation in single-week Scratch-Off sales for two straight weeks, setting a national record of more than $95.6 million in Scratch-Off sales for a single week and resulting in $17 million being generated for the benefit of Florida students and schools.

"The Lottery's sole mission is to sell tickets to generate revenue for education," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "Floridians can always count on their Lottery to raise additional funds to benefit the state's most valuable future resource - our students. We will continue to explore new product offerings that will help generate enthusiasm among our players and grow revenues for education in our state."

Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered by the Florida Department of Education.

 

Cynthia O'Connell and Representative Alan Williams pose with Florida Lottery employees holding a ceremonial check representing the $28 billion the Florida Lottery has generated for education. These teachers and students represent a small, yet important, portion of the Florida Lottery's stakeholders in the state of Florida.

 

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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Deutsche Telekom Launch tipp3.de – a Fair, Transparent Portal for Sports Betting in Germany

  • Österreichische Sportwetten GmbH, a strong partner with vast experience, is on board
  • Secure, responsible betting is a central component
  • Highlights include quick picks and yes/no bets

 

GERMANY (April 22, 2015) -- A new chapter in sports betting has been opened. The starting whistle for www.tipp3.de – a fair, responsible offering on the sports betting market – was sounded today. Effective immediately, tipp3.de has opened the doors to an Internet-only offer for sports fans, with a focus on soccer. However, bets on other sporting events – such as basketball and Formula 1 – are also possible. The new portal takes bets exclusively for professional sports; bets on amateur and youth matches are not possible. Deutsche Telekom holds majority ownership of tipp3.de operator Deutsche Sportwetten GmbH (DSW), with a 64 percent share, and stands for the motto "We make sports better".

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"We are betting on the growth market of sports wagers," says Matthias Schmidt-Pfitzner, Head of Digital Media at Deutsche Telekom. "We are entering the business as a trustworthy online provider – with a maximum focus on security, quality and the customer experience."

The partner in DSW, with a 36 percent share, is Austrian provider Österreichische Sportwetten GmbH (ÖSW). ÖSW is part of the Casinos Austria Group and boasts more than 14 years of experience in accepting sports bets in Austria – one of the most competitive sports betting markets in Europe. Over this period, ÖSW has professionally handled more than 140 million sports wagers. The company pays special attention to the areas of player and youth protection, as well as to measures aimed to prevent match manipulation. This vast trove of experience makes ÖSW an ideal partner for Deutsche Telekom.

Responsible gaming is particularly important to Deutsche Telekom, with a focus on targeted prevention. It involves specific measures such as the setting of binding limits for deposits, bets and losses during the registration process, as well as participation in the "mentor" program, which reliably identifies and points out suspicious betting patterns. And it is clear that children and young people are not a target audience for tipp3.de.

No one under 18 years of age can play; tipp3.de uses the ID Pass from Deutsche Telekom, among other methods, for age verification. ID Pass ensures that only persons who have been successfully verified as adults can use tipp3.de. Deutsche Telekom's age verification system has been rated positively by both the KJM (Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media) and FSM (Voluntary Self-Monitoring of Multimedia Service Providers) in the past.

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tipp3.de gives each customer a unique sports betting experience. The selection of sports wagers is diverse, yet clearly arranged. tipp3.de offers bets on popular sports disciplines, such as soccer, ice hockey, tennis and basketball. Unique betting forms – such as a quick pick with additional bonus and simple yes/no bets – provide an entirely new way to experience the world of sports betting.

Placing a wager makes following the sporting event especially exciting. It's about entertainment, fun and putting one's own sports expertise to the test.

The quick pick offers a fast way to get started in the world of sports betting and offers and extra bonus of 15 percent on top of the total odds.

A preselection of sports events and results makes it possible to place bets with just a few clicks, and can be changed at any time. Easily, quickly and conveniently.

Instead of selecting odds and special bets, the "yes/no" questions are simply answered with "yes" or "no". Bets of one euro and up can be placed, and bettors win twice their bet even if the question package contains one wrong answer. From entire Bundesliga match days to individual winter sports events, the yes/no bet covers a wide range of betting options.

Each new customer at www.tipp3.de will receive a starting bonus of up to EUR 103 on their first deposit.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014).

The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers.

Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide.

The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.

SOURCE: Deutsche Telekom.

 

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March Was Mad Fun for Many New Jersey Lottery Instant Ticket Winners

Instant Ticket Players Won More Than Ten Million Dollars

TRENTON, N.J. (April 20, 2015) – The largest top prize that has ever been offered in New Jersey Lottery instant ticket history was won and claimed in March by Lacey Katona from Linden. The new $30 ticket, $5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza instant game, was a life-changing event for her and her family. Katona said about the win, “My family feels truly blessed.”

A press event to celebrate the win was presided over by Carole Hedinger, Lottery Executive Director and held at the lucky retail location, Krauszer’s in Linden. Local and national news media were in attendance to report on the exciting story.

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Equally as thrilled and surrounded by her family, Nicole Searight came to headquarters to claim her $2,000,000 Mega Cash instant game prize. Nicole said that her favorite games include Crossword, Big Money Poker, $10 Cash Spectacular, and now, her life-changing favorite is the Mega Cash game. When Nicole described what the experience was like for her when she realized that she had won she said, “I was hysterically crying.” Her mom added, “I thought someone had died – she couldn’t breathe.”

Once calm, she began thinking long-term. Nicole decided to take the annuity prize so that she and her son can feel secure for the next 25 years. Living for today is also important, so Nicole purchased a new house to call home and a new truck to get her there.

This summer, she and her son will experience the wonder of Disney World! Dreams really do come true.

The instant ticket excitement didn’t end there. Adelaide DeCarlo of Lyndhurst claimed her $1,000 a Week for Life prize by accepting the lump sum payment of $1,000,000 before taxes. Her lucky retailer was 7-Eleven #32353 (N) in Lyndhurst.

Congratulations to all of our top-tier instant ticket prize winners,” said Carole Hedinger, NJ Lottery Executive Director. March’s top-tier instant ticket annuity prize value was $10,907,777.

In total, more than $107 million in prizes were paid to New Jersey Lottery instant ticket winners during the month of March.

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Topping the list was the $5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza, followed by the $2,000,000 Mega Cash, a $1,000 A Week Win for Life, and a Diamond Spectacular million dollar win. In addition, there were 7 $30,000 prizes paid, 20 $20,000 prizes paid and 12 $10,000 prizes paid.

Everyone wins when they play New Jersey Lottery games because lottery revenue benefits residents across the state,” said Hedinger. A minimum of 30 percent of game revenue is contributed to the state on behalf of state education and vital institutions.

This month, instant ticket sales contributed more than $36.7 million towards those causes bringing the total instant ticket contribution thus far to more than $267 million.

ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY LOTTERY

New Jersey residents benefit from Lottery funds generated by ticket sales. Lottery revenue supports educational programs, grants and institutions across the State.

Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $24 billion to the State in support of education and institutions.

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.

SOURCE: NJ Lottery.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Tickets Are Recyclable!

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 22, 2015) - Today's recognition of Earth Day often highlights the importance of recycling, and the Hoosier Lottery is in on the game!

All Hoosiers, including Hoosier Lottery players and retailers, should be aware all Hoosier Lottery tickets and playslips are recyclable

Hoosier Lottery players are encouraged to always check their Hoosier Lottery tickets carefully before recycling them.

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If draw game tickets aren't jackpot winners, they may still be worth money to the owner. Hoosier Lottery drawings produce thousands of winning tickets at various prize levels. All Hoosier Lottery winning numbers can be viewed at hoosierlottery.com or on the Hoosier Lottery app. Draw game prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date.

Before recycling, Scratch-off players will want to ensure they are not missing out on a second chance to win. Many Scratch-off games feature second-chance promotions that offer additional prize drawings requiring presentation of the original ticket to claim the prize.

Players should check www.hoosierlottery.com/mylottery.com for information about all active second chance promotions before recycling their Scratch-off tickets.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund.

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

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

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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GSA's Online Gaming Committee to Finalize Third-Party Game Interface Standard During Its Upcoming Meeting in London May 12-13

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 16, 2015) -- The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) today announced that the group's Online Gaming Committee will meet May 12 & 13 in London to do a final review of the Third-Party Game Interface standard. The Third-Party Game Interface is used to link together iGaming Platforms, Remote Game Servers, and Progressive Servers. During the meeting, the committee will also discuss standards for online Regulatory Reporting and Software Authentication.

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Peter DeRaedt emphasized the importance of the May meeting for the industry saying, "This is not the time for suppliers or operators to sit on the side lines. We encourage all interested parties to jump in with both feet to ensure that their voices and opinions are heard as this important standard is being finalized."

GSA Protocol Director, Ethan Tower amplified the purpose of the meeting saying, "We'll not only be finishing the Third-Party Game Interface but also discussing the scope of work and schedules for the development of standards that address critical regulatory reporting and central monitoring requirements." Tower also noted that, "The committee's goal is to present the proposed standards to the regulatory community this coming fall."

Only members of GSA can participate in GSA's technical committees creating and managing the standards that drive the gaming industry.

There are levels of membership to fit every organization's needs and budget. Visit www.gamingstandards.com to join GSA today.

Established in 1998, GSA's members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.

For more information, visit: www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association.




 

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