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Vol. 71 No.5 - Monday May 11, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories



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  • International Game Technology Achieve Highest iGaming Vendor Rating by Info-Tech Research Group. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games and Penn National Gaming Enter into Agreement to Deploy "SG Universe" Interactive Product Suite at Four Penn National Properties. Full Story.
  • Pollard Banknote Exclusive License, TETRIS®, A Perfect Fit For The Texas Lottery®. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Bring World-class Land-based, Lottery and iGaming Testing Services to G2E Asia. Full Story.
  • Latest Pennsylvania Lottery Winning Numbers Now Available By Phone. Full Story.
  • Massachusetts State Lottery Release New $30 Scratch Ticket. Full Story.
  • Virginia Lottery Launch Cash4Life®. Full Story.
  • Milestone for A Truly Digital Single Market. Full Story.
  • Australian Federal Police and Sportradar Announce Integrity Partnership. Full Story.
  • Millionaire Raffle Sales Start May 5, Drawing July 11. Full Story.
  • Third Quarter 2015 Lottery Proceeds Up Thanks to Phenomenal Scratch-Off Sales. Full Story.
  • Lottery Players Club Celebrate Five Years of Winning Moments in May. Full Story.
  • Lottery Makes Connection With International Airport. Full Story.
  • New Mexico Lottery Introduce Four Triple-Action Scratchers Featuring Over $5 Million in Total Prizes. Full Story.
  • Iowa Lottery Release New Scratch Ticket to Celebrate Anniversary. Full Story.




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International Game Technology Achieve Highest iGaming Vendor Rating by Info-Tech Research Group

LONDON, U.K. (May 6, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT, "IGT") has been ranked as a Champion, the highest possible rating, in Info-Tech Research Group's iGaming Platforms Vendor Landscape for the Gaming and Hospitality Research Center .

The Info-Tech Research Group's Vendor Landscape reports recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. They assess vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, paying tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category.

For this iGaming Platforms Vendor Landscape, Info-Tech focused on those vendors that offer broad capabilities across multiple platforms and that have a strong market presence and/or reputational presence among mid- to large-sized enterprises. IGT was one of 11 vendors chosen for the assessment, and received exemplary scores for product features, vendor viability and vendor strategy, and good scores for product usability, product architecture, vendor reach and vendor integration. IGT's Champion status represents the highest ranking, followed by Market Pillar, Innovator and Emerging Player.

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"The industry is at a high point of tension as the world, and especially the United States, waits to see how regulations will evolve," said Larry Fretz, Gaming and Hospitality Practice Lead, Info-Tech Research Group. "Given this uncertainty, and the unfamiliar nature of online casinos to most U.S. operators, Info-Tech has chosen experienced vendors who have already proven themselves in regulated, legal markets in the U.S., Canada, and Europe."

According to the report, IGT has one of the most advanced customization capabilities, said Fretz. "Operators with a global client base, especially in Europe, should look at IGT. U.S. land-based operators currently using GTECH, IGT, or SPIELO technologies for land-based machines or Casino Management Systems (CMS) should also consider IGT's offering if they wish to expand their online presence. This solution is also suitable for casinos looking for a high degree of customization."

"IGT's selection as a Champion in Info-Tech Research Group's iGaming Platforms Vendor Landscape report affirms our B2B leadership in the interactive space," said Matteo Monteverdi, Senior Vice President, Global Product Marketing, Interactive. "The recent merger of GTECH and IGT strengthens our global presence and positions the organization as the vendor of choice for operators looking to enter the world of iGaming. We are proud to be recognized for our complete product line, which covers the entire iGaming spectrum - from social and play-for-fun to real-money gaming, sports, and lotteries."

About 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 prime content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately $6 billion in revenues and more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.merger.igt.com..

About Info-Tech Research Group

With a paid membership of over 30,000 members worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group (www.infotech.com) is the global leader in providing tactical, practical Information Technology research and analysis. Info-Tech Research Group has an eighteen-year history of delivering quality research and is North America's fastest growing full-service IT analyst firm.

About GHRC

Info-Tech's Gaming & Hospitality Research Center (GHRC) focuses on providing practical and tactical advice for CIOs, VPs and Director level IT professionals within the casino & resort market. Evaluating vendors and products specific to the Gaming & Hospitality industry is a revolutionary way to help evaluate current and future technology. Increased value and accelerated business results can be realized when combined with GHRC consulting services that use a structured, industry best practices approach across four major IT focus areas: IT/Business Alignment, Applications, Infrastructure and Risk Management.

For more information, CONTACT: Adam Olrog, IGT Marketing, +44 203 131 0458.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Scientific Games and Penn National Gaming Enter into Agreement to Deploy "SG Universe" Interactive Product Suite at Four Penn National Properties

Agreement Marks Penn National's Entry into the Social Gaming Space

LAS VEGAS and WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania (May 5, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games") and Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) ("Penn National") today announced an agreement whereby Penn National will deploy the Scientific Games SG Universe product suite at four Penn National properties. The agreement marks Penn National's entry into social gaming while significantly expanding player access to Scientific Games' Play4Fun social casino platform and its Mobile Concierge next-generation marketing capabilities.

Penn National Gaming expects to launch the Mobile Concierge and Play4Fun Network products at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in the coming months, with the three additional Penn National properties expected to come online shortly thereafter. Customer play of the SG Universe solutions at Penn National properties via iOS® and Android® devices is expected to be launched this summer.

Chris Sheffield, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of I-Gaming for Penn National Gaming, commented, "The launch of social gaming is an important strategic initiative for Penn National that we expect will enhance loyalty and retention of our customers, drive casino visitation and build engagement with our brands both on and off premises. In our review of the available solutions, Scientific Games' Play4Fun had distinct advantages that enable us to offer their slot content that our players enjoy on our casino floors in a mobile social casino experience. This includes certain slot content that will be exclusively available for our customers. We've spent a great deal of time developing our Marquee Rewards customer loyalty program, which includes nearly three million active regional gaming customers nationwide. We're looking forward to offering those customers in West Virginia, and other markets as they come on line, this social gaming offering, through which we'll be able to provide player rewards that can be redeemed at our physical casino locations."

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Jordan Levin, President, Interactive at Scientific Games, said, "We have a deep and long-term relationship with Penn National Gaming which we are pleased to expand into the online space. Penn National's adoption of our SG Universe product suite squarely addresses their strategic priority to create deeper relationships with their customers no matter where they are. This agreement, with one of the world's most successful land-based casino operators, is an exciting testament to the value the SG Universe creates for casinos to extend their brand online and through player smartphones and tablets. We're confident that the SG Universe will provide Penn players an exciting new way to enjoy casino content."

The SG Universe Mobile Concierge is an award-winning platform powered by more than 150 unique marketing features designed to put a casino's brand squarely in the palm of its players' hands. Next-generation marketing capabilities enabled by Mobile Concierge include the ability to fully customize a casino's brand and the property's amenities; allowing players to view their loyalty rewards credits and tier progress wherever they are; rules-based messaging leveraging geo-fencing technology that can deliver messaging to players at the time and location a casino operator prefers; and the ability for players to book hotel rooms, spa treatments, dinner reservations and more.

The SG Universe Play4Fun Network is an award-winning social casino platform that empowers land-based casinos to build engaged online player communities, anchored by player-favorite content from the casino floor, including slots and table games from the Bally, Barcrest, Shuffle Master and Williams game development studios. In current deployments, Play4Fun interactive entertainment is driving more than 85 minutes of engagement per daily player, during an average of more than four sessions per day immersed in the casino's brand -- both online and on mobile devices.

Scientific Games Company CONTACTS:

 

Scientific Games:
Bill Pfund
Vice President, Investor Relations
+1 847-785-3167
bill.pfund@
scientificgames.com
Scientific Games Interactive:
Rory Shanahan
Head of Marketing & B2B Social Products
rory.shanahan@
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Penn National Gaming Company
Eric Schippers
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs/Gov't. Relations
610-373-2400

 

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and shufflers; 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 Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. At March 31, 2015, the Company operated twenty-six facilities in seventeen jurisdictions, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. At March 31, 2015, in aggregate, Penn National Gaming's operated facilities featured approximately 31,000 gaming machines, 760 table games and 3,100 hotel rooms.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Exclusive License, TETRIS®, A Perfect Fit For The Texas Lottery®

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (May 1, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce the Texas Lottery®’s introduction of a $2 Tetris® instant ticket and upcoming official launch event. Available at Texas Lottery retailers since March 16, 2015, Tetris tickets—exclusive to Pollard Banknote’s licensed game portfolio—is already proving itself a perfect fit for Lone Star State lottery players. After only four weeks, 37% of the tickets have been sold!

The Texas Lottery’s Tetris ticket offers more than $11.5 million in prizes, and players who do not win instantly can enter online for a chance to win one of 800 merchandise prize packages.

The Texas Lottery and Pollard Banknote worked with The Tetris Company to develop a ticket and merchandise program customized specifically for the Texas market. The ticket art captures the iconic elements of the Tetris game but with a twist—the famous Tetrimino playing pieces have been used to create  a Texas-shaped grid!

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A key building block of a great Tetris program is a larger-than-life launch event. To promote this Tetris ticket, the Texas Lottery will be participating in the annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Market Square in San Antonio. On Saturday, May 2, the Texas Lottery’s booth will be a must-see kiosk for festival-goers who can stop by to play a jumbo version of Tetris Blitz, the lightning fast Tetris mobile game by Electronic Arts, live on an LED wall that is over 20 feet high! Thousands of visitors walking through Market Square will see the oversized game in action. The Texas Lottery’s team will be giving attendees a chance to spin a prize wheel and win, and a roaming Tetrimino-topped team will be sharing information about the Tetris instant ticket and Tetris Blitz mobile game.

The Texas Lottery’s Tetris program is further supported by a social media campaign that engages Texas Lottery fans on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For instance, Texas Lottery followers on Instagram were invited to answer trivia questions for a chance to win Tetris prize packs.

Tetris is a phenomenon now celebrating 30 years as one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands in the world. The Texas Lottery selected this iconic game for its broad appeal; it simply transcends age, culture, and language,” said Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery.

We are confident that, together with the Texas Lottery, we have developed a marketing program to support the launch of the Tetris instant ticket that will engage Texans on a wide scale,” explained Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The excitement of the live event combined with the strong brand equity of the Tetris brand is expected to create excitement and increase awareness and sales of the instant ticket.

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The Texas Lottery is committed to generating revenue for the State of Texas through the responsible management and sale of entertaining lottery products while incorporating the highest standards of security and integrity. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $17 billion to the Foundation School Fund to support public education in Texas, with over $1.2 billion contributed in fiscal year 2014. Since fiscal year 2010, a portion of Texas Lottery proceeds has also benefitted the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

About the Tetris® Brand

The Tetris® brand is one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world with over 525 million paid mobile downloads, and billions of games played online per year. In the game’s 30+ year history, hundreds of millions of players have experienced the Tetris Effect. Tetris is loved globally by people of all ages and all cultures. Working with Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, and Hasbro, the Tetris game continues to be one of the most widely recognized video games of all time. Tetris Holding, LLC is the owner of Tetris rights worldwide and The Tetris Company, LLC is its exclusive licensee. For the latest information about the Tetris brand and Tetris products, please visit www.tetris.com.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels.  The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

 

Sina Aiello
Pollard Banknote Limited
Vice President, Marketing
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: saiello@pbl.ca

Andrea Piotraszewski
Zebra Partners (on behalf of Tetris)
Telephone: (206) 910-7606
E-mail: andrea@zebrapartners.net

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International Bring World-class Land-based, Lottery and iGaming Testing Services to G2E Asia

MACAO, China (6 May 2015) - The G2E Asia trade show is one of the most important events for the region's gaming industry, and Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will play an important role at the event on stand 239.

GLI Asia General Office Manager Amanda Chan will lead GLI's team at G2E Asia, where they will discuss the company's industry-leading testing and certification services, as well as its many services beyond testing, which help regulators, suppliers and operators to get more from GLI.

GLI will also present its exclusive and award-winning tools, such as the patented GLI Link® and Point.Click.Transfer.SM, which are proven to reduce testing times and costs and to speed time to market.

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GLI has been working in the region since 2007, serving the testing, certification and consultation needs of regulators, suppliers and operators in the land-based, lottery and iGaming industry.

Chan, a long-term resident of Macao, brings extensive gaming and regional experience to GLI's clients. She said, "We are grateful to all of our clients for giving us the opportunity to prove time and again, in established and emerging jurisdictions throughout the Asia Pacific region, that our services, knowledge and expertise are unmatched. We are excited for G2E Asia and for the chance to meet with current and new clients at this exciting show."

For more information on GLI and its extensive world-class services, visit GLI at G2E Asia on stand 239, visit gaminglabs.com, or contact GLI Asia at: Alameda Doutor Carlos do Assumpacao No. 235 a 287 Edf. China Civil Plaza, 13 Andar Sala F, G, H Macao SAR The local phone number is +853-2857-5026

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: GLI media release distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, Phone: +1 (702) 413-4278.

 

 

Latest Pennsylvania Lottery Winning Numbers Now Available By Phone

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (April 29, 2015) – Pennsylvania Lottery players can hear the latest winning numbers by calling the toll-free results hotline, 1-877-282-4639. Day and evening drawing results are offered.

We recently expanded our hotline to include evening drawings because we want to make it easy for players to check every ticket, every time,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.

In addition to offering current winning numbers for the Lottery’s daily draw games such as the PICK family of games, Treasure Hunt and Cash 5, the hotline provides the latest Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Cash4Life™ and Match 6 Lotto results.

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Only the most recent drawing results are available by telephone. To check archived drawing results, players may visit www.palottery.com and click on “Games,” then select “Past Winning Numbers.” A link to past results may also be found on the individual webpages for each game.

Players should also be sure to check every ticket using self-service ticket scanners found at Lottery retailers. Scanning a ticket is the only way to be certain whether it has won a prize.

It’s important for players to check all tickets promptly because we want every winner to claim their prize,” Svitko added. “For draw games, prizes expire one year after the drawing date. For instant games, prizes expire one year after the end-sale date posted on palottery.com.

Most prizes may be claimed at Lottery retailers. For specific instructions on where to claim prizes of varying sizes, visit the How to Claim Your Prize page at palottery.com.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery:

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $24.7 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.

The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.

For drawings results, winning numbers, winners’ stories and to subscribe to the Lottery’s RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Massachusetts State Lottery Release New $30 Scratch Ticket

BRAINTREE, Massachusetts (April 28, 2015) -- “Supreme Millions,” the Lottery’s second $30 offering, features over $732 million in cash prizes, including 80 top prizes ranging from $1 million to $15 million!

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State Treasurer and Lottery Chair Deborah Goldberg today announced the launch of the Massachusetts Lottery’s latest $30 instant “scratch” ticket -- Supreme Millions -- a highly-anticipated release that is packed with over $732 million in total cash prizes.

Based on the record-setting success of the Lottery’s first $30 ticket, we are very excited about today’s launch and the potential it has to generate over $100 million in critical local aid dollars for the 351 cities and towns in our Commonwealth,” said Treasurer Goldberg, who today was at the Lottery’s Braintree headquarters for the new game’s release.

Included in Supreme Millions’ robust prize offerings are four $15 million and 66 $1 million “scratch and win” prizes, as well as over 1.76 million prizes ranging from $100 to $50,000. Ten $1 million prizes will be awarded via the game’s exciting second chance drawing program that allows players to enter their non-winning tickets online for opportunities to win substantial cash prizes. Two $1 million prizes winners will be selected in each of the game’s five second chance drawings.

Supreme Millions is the Lottery’s second offering at a $30 price point. It comes on the heels of the wildly-successful World Class Millions ticket that was released in April 2014 and is expected to sell out by this summer.

The overall chance of winning a prize in Supreme Million is 1 in 2.79, the best odds offered in Mass. Lottery history. The new game’s overall prize payout of 80.7 percent represents the highest payout percentage offered by the Mass. Lottery, matching only that of World Class Millions.

Supreme Millions presents its players with a thrilling opportunity to win up to 30 times on a single ticket. Each ticket contains 10 “Winning Numbers” and 30 “Your Numbers,” each of which contain 30 prize values.

If one or more of the “Your Numbers” matches the “Winning Numbers,” the player wins the corresponding amount.

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There are also “2X,” “5X,” “10X,” “20X,” and “200X” symbols in the “Your Numbers” spots, which multiplies any winning combinations, as well as a burst symbol that automatically awards players with a $100 instant win.

With a print run of over 30.2 million tickets, sales from the new $30 Supreme Millions game are expected to reach approximately $907 million and the potential net profit that will be generated is $104.2 million.

Lottery profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

World Class Millions, the state’s first $30 ticket, has generated over $582.9 million in sales and $66.9 million in net profit since its release just over a year ago. 

The Mass. Lottery received the 2014 “Best New Instant Ticket Award” from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) for World Class Millions, marking the first time the Lottery has ever received this distinction. 

The Massachusetts Lottery introduced the world’s first instant ticket product, a $1 ticket named The Instant Game, in May 1974 – a move that revolutionized the lottery industry and established Massachusetts as a lottery innovator.

In the 41 years since, the Massachusetts Lottery has grown to be the world’s leader in instant ticket sales, generating over $3.3 billion annually.

SOURCE: Massachusetts State Lottery.

 

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Virginia Lottery Launch Cash4Life®

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 28, 2015) -- Imagine receiving $1,000 every day for the rest of your life. That’s the top prize in Cash4Life®, which is coming to Virginia beginning May 3.

Cash4Life® is a draw game in which players try to match five out of 60 numbers, plus one out of four CashBall numbers. A player who matches all six numbers wins the top prize.

The second prize, for matching the first five numbers but not the CashBall number, is $1,000 per week for the rest of the winner’s life.

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We’re excited to offer Cash4Life® to Virginia Lottery players,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “The exciting top prize in this game has gone over well with players in other states. And of course, every Cash4Life® ticket bought in Virginia, win or lose, will help generate funds for K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.

Cash4Life® will replace Decades of Dollars, which will end a successful four-year run in Virginia.

Cash4Life® is currently played in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Drawings are held Monday and Thursday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by 8:45 p.m. to be included in that night’s drawing. Each play costs $2. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 21.8 million. The odds of winning the second prize are 1 in 7.2 million.

If a winner prefers not to have a lifetime of prize payments, he or she can opt for a one-time cash option of $7 million for the top prize, or $1 million for the second prize.

Cash4Life® tickets will be available at all Virginia Lottery retailers beginning May 3, with the first drawing on May 4.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.4 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $538.6 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2014. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

SOURCE: Virginia Lottery.

 

 

Milestone for A Truly Digital Single Market

BRUSSELS, Belgium (May 6, 2015) -- European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes the publication of the European Commission's strategy for a Digital Single Market. The EU is in dire need of a proper framework to reap the benefits offered by new technologies that have fundamentally transformed our economies and consumer behaviour.

Today the European Commission published its much-anticipated strategy for a Digital Single Market, which aims at making the European digital framework fit for purpose to the 21st century economy.

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According to the Commission, the digital changes "bring immense opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs. They also raise challenging policy issues for public authorities which require coordinated EU action. All Member States are wrestling with similar problems but on a national basis which is too limited to allow them to seize all the opportunities and deal with all the challenges of this transformational change." 1 EGBA could not agree more.

Online gambling is currently covered by several EU (consumer protection) directives, but most of the applicable regulation is still national. As a result, EU multi-licensed gambling operators are confronted with the costs of 28 different sets of rules, effectively making their services less competitive and attractive for consumers than the unregulated offer from Asia.

In its Cost of non-Europe study, the European Parliament has calculated that a unified European online gambling market would bring benefits of 5.6 billion euros per year. Importantly, the study concludes that "at present, the absence of a single market results in unequal protection of consumers (specifically vulnerable persons and minors)" but also that "protection for problem gamblers and vulnerable consumers is also fragmented and less effective as a result."2

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, said: "The EGBA fully supports the Commission's political investment in the Digital Single Market. The EU online gambling sector is the most competitive in the world and will help create the innovation, growth and jobs that will result from taking away barriers in the Internal Market. EGBA is looking forward to the concrete legislative proposals that will follow today's publication."

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

(1) European Commission, A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, page 3

(2) European Parliament, The Cost of Non-Europe in the Single Market, Chapter 5 on Consumer Acquis

About EGBA

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwin.party, Digibet, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA is a Brussels-based non-profit association. It promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment. While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-over effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.

SOURCE: EGBA.

 

 

Australian Federal Police and Sportradar Announce Integrity Partnership

ST GALLEN, Switzerland (May 1, 2015) -- The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Sportradar are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Sydney yesterday.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton and Sportradar's Managing Director for Strategy and Integrity Andreas Krannich signed the Cooperation and Information Exchange MoU at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in Manly.

AFP Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said the MoU formalises the cooperation between the AFP and Sportradar and enhances the ties between the two agencies.

"The partnership will further the cooperation between Sportradar and the AFP to support law enforcement activities and AFP investigations in regards to organised crime," Deputy Commissioner Ashton said.

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The partnership underlines efforts to ensure the integrity of Australian sport from organised crime. "This agreement will be of major benefit to both the AFP and Sportradar and will assist in the sharing of information between the two organisations," Mr Krannich said.

"The MoU not only helps both organisations gather and share relevant information, but leads to increasing the public confidence in sport."

This MoU builds on Sportradar's support of European law enforcement and follows the recent Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions intended to reduce barriers to information sharing on match fixing and related issues.

The agreement will strengthen the cooperation between the participants, particularly with respect to information exchange, to assist law enforcement to achieve its objectives and reduce the threat posed by criminal infiltration of Australian borders.

Media enquiries: AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333 / Sportradar (+44) 203 695 2214.

About Sportradar (www.sportradar.com)

Sportradar is the 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.

Partnering with the likes of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as their Official Data Partners, we have provided numerous rights holders with the tools and services to unlock the full power and impact of their data. These have all increased the efficiency of their data collection and distribution, broadened the reach and impact of their data, and enabled them to grow revenue and engagement.

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.

More than 600 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: Alex Inglot Head of Communications, Sportradar AG Telephone: +44 203 695 22 14 Email: a.inglot@sportradar.com.

SOURCE: Sportradar.

 

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Millionaire Raffle Sales Start May 5, Drawing July 11

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (May 4, 2015) -- Tickets go on sale May 5 for the 20th edition of Millionaire Raffle, offering the Pennsylvania Lottery’s best chances of winning a $1 million prize. This limited-time, twice-annual game features 6,000 cash prizes totaling more than $5 million.

Tickets are available until 5 p.m. on the drawing date, Saturday, July 11, 2015, or until sold out. All previous Millionaire Raffle games have sold out.

Since our first Millionaire Raffle went on sale 10 years ago, the game has awarded more than $101.5 million to tens of thousands of winners across Pennsylvania,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “Our players are always excited when Millionaire Raffle returns and we invite them to play responsibly.

Only 500,000 tickets will be sold. Each $20 ticket offers a 1-in-125,000 chance of winning one of the $1 million top prizes. The overall chances of winning any prize are 1-in-83.33. Millionaire Raffle’s prize levels are:

  • Four prizes of $1 million
  • Four prizes of $100,000
  • 100 prizes of $1,000
  • 5,892 prizes of $100

 

After purchase, immediately sign the back of your ticket and store it in a safe place until the drawing.

Each ticket features a unique, eight-digit number issued sequentially as tickets are sold across the state. The first ticket sold is number 00000001, and the final ticket sold is number 00500000.

To be considered a winning ticket, the number on a Millionaire Raffle ticket must exactly match a winning number selected in the drawing, and all digits must appear in the same sequence as the winning number.

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Winning Millionaire Raffle numbers will be randomly selected on July 11. The Lottery’s live drawing show at 6:59 p.m. will televise the selection of four $1 million, top-prize ticket numbers and four $100,000, second-prize ticket numbers.

The remaining 100 winning numbers for prizes of $1,000 each and 5,892 winning numbers for prizes of $100 each also will be selected, but will not be televised live due to time constraints. In total, 6,000 prizes worth $5,089,200 will be awarded.

Players may visit: www.palottery.com to review a list of winning numbers after the drawing. Players should check Millionaire Raffle tickets using scanners found at Lottery retailers.

For the convenience of players who pool ticket purchases with others, Millionaire Raffle Pool Play forms are available on www.palottery.com.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $24.7 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.

The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.

For drawings results, winning numbers, winners’ stories and to subscribe to the Lottery’s RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Third Quarter 2015 Lottery Proceeds Up Thanks to Phenomenal Scratch-Off Sales

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (May 6, 2015) -- For the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation transferred more than $45.2 million to the state’s coffers, bringing cumulative transfers for the year to nearly $121 million, more than $8.8 million ahead of budget and on target with last year.

With third-quarter revenue of $129,204,789 the Lottery contributed $45,221,675 to the state treasury, 10.3 percent better than 2014.

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By law, 35 percent of Lottery proceeds are transferred to the state treasury and dedicated for K-12 public education. The Louisiana Lottery ranks second among U.S. lotteries in percentage of revenue transferred to its government.

Retailers earn 5 percent sales commission on Lottery tickets, plus incentives for cashing winning tickets and bonuses for selling winning tickets, totaling more than $7.1 million for January to March of 2015.

Lottery President Rose Hudson credited the Lottery's nine-month performance to phenomenal scratch-off sales which are up over 13 percent from last year, helping to offset lackluster Powerball sales.

"Three-fourths of the way through fiscal year 2015, our scratch-off sales growth trend continues," noted Hudson.

"Over the last five years, our strategies for increasing scratch-off payouts from 59.41 percent to 62.75 percent by coupling administrative cost savings and unclaimed prizes have paid off. Our players love more prizes, and so we have seen scratch-off sales soar 41 percent - the most successful growth in the Louisiana Lottery's 24-year history, resulting in an additional $19.6 million in recurring annual revenue for the state."

Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. Anyone with a gambling problem, or friends of anyone with a gambling problem, is encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for assistance.

For security purposes, players should sign the back of their tickets after purchasing.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.

 

 

Michigan Lottery Players Club Celebrate Five Years of Winning Moments in May

LANSING, Michigan (May 4, 2015) -- The Michigan Lottery’s Players Club is celebrating five years of winning moments during May, with several special offers for members!

Starting Tuesday, Players Club members will notice special promotional messages about the club’s fifth anniversary on the Lottery’s website. Members should also be on the lookout for special Players Club offers – including free bonus point opportunities – later this week.

During the first week of May, Players Club members will have several opportunities to earn bonus Players Club points:

  • Tuesday – Free 500-point bonus code given at Players Club login
  • Wednesday – Earn 5X points on non-winning tickets entered into Players Club Accounts
  • Thursday – Free 100-point bonus code posted on the Lottery’s Facebook page
  • Friday – Earn 5X points for every $1 played online

 

Throughout the month of May, the Lottery’s Facebook and Twitter account will highlight Players Club promotional opportunities and past winners.

The Players Club is a free program that gives Lottery players the chance to accumulate points by entering codes from non-winning instant, pull tab, draw game tickets, and through online game play.

Points may be redeemed for entries into drawings for prizes and once-in-a-lifetime experiences or for merchandise, including Lottery free-play coupons.

Players may join the Players Club by visiting: www.michiganlottery.com/join_now.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 

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Lottery Makes Connection With International Airport

DENVER, Colorado (May 1, 2015) -- Please prepare for landing! Beginning next week, the Colorado Lottery is poised to launch a DIA-themed Scratch ticket to celebrate our enhanced partnership with Denver International Airport and commemorating the airport’s 20th anniversary.

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The Destination Dollars ticket, which will be available for purchase in the Jeppesen Terminal and at retailers across the state, will cost $2 and feature Top Prizes of $20,000. Its 4” x 6” size is larger than the Lottery’s traditional $2 Scratch games, and displays four different scenes showcasing the iconic landmark that is DIA.

The game also has a Second-Chance Drawing with a chance to win two round-trip airline tickets on United Airlines or United Express to anywhere in the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean.

Players can read the drawing details and enter their non-winning tickets for Second-Chance starting next week on the Lottery web site, www.coloradolottery.com or their Colorado Lottery mobile app.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Lotto, Cash 5, Pick 3, Mega Millions, Powerball and Scratch – create, enhance, and protect parks, wildlife areas, trails and open space in Colorado.

For 32 years, the Lottery has returned more than $2.7 billion to outdoor projects in Colorado through Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CONTACT: Kelly Tabor, Phone 303.759.6872 | CELL 303.945.9724, Email: Kelly.Tabor@state.co.us.

SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.

 

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New Mexico Lottery Introduce Four Triple-Action Scratchers Featuring Over $5 Million in Total Prizes

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (May 5, 2015) -- Winning is fun. Doubling your winnings is even better. And TRIPLING your winnings is awesome!

It's Super Tuesday! The New Mexico Lottery today launches four games that triple prizes.

  • " $1 Lucky Horseshoe Tripler features top prizes of $3,000;
  • " $2 Triple Winning 777 features top prizes of $10,000;
  • " $5 Chile Twist Big Bingo features top prizes of $50,000;
  • " $10 Triple Red 777s features top prizes of $100,000.

 

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since its inception in 1996, the lottery has raised $644 million for education in New Mexico. More than 97,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at: www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

 

Iowa Lottery Release New Scratch Ticket to Celebrate Anniversary

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 6, 2015) -- The Iowa Lottery has released a new ticket as part of the celebration of its 30th birthday later this year. Lottery CEO, Terry Rich, says the process had to first be made legal before they could start selling tickets.

In 1972 the (Iowa) constitution was changed to actually allow lotteries. Thirteen years later, the legislature passed a law and the governor signed a bill to allow the lotteries,” Rich told Iowa Public Radio.

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The state began selling a one-dollar “Scratch, Match and Win,” instant-scratch game ticket on August 22nd at the Iowa State Fair. The lottery has introduced a scratch ticket in honor of the anniversary that Rich says is eco-friendly. He says the ticket is made with partially recycle paper and is called “30 Somethings” ticket that will have a top cash prized of $30,000.

"The Iowa Lottery has expanded from that first scratch ticket to multiple scratch tickets, pull tabs and various lotto games that have generated lots of money. “In its 30 years there were $6.3 billion in sales, $1.6 billion given to the state of Iowa to use,” Rich says.

Rich says the money from the lottery is handled differently than money from casinos, which is handed out by the non-profit casino partners. The money from the Iowa Lottery is dedicated to backing the Vision Iowa program bonds, some goes to the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, and all the rest goes to the general fund. “I really like that model because then we run this like a business with the integrity and the social impact always at the back of our mind, and the legislature decides where the money goes,” according to Rich.

Rich says lottery tickets are an affordable entertainment option for people, and says when the economy slows, lottery ticket sales pick up. He expects the Iowa Lottery to continue evolving with changes in technology. “I would say in 30 years if I could predict what the lottery would be like, I think it would be less paper, more social, and hopefully we’ll have an answer to this mystery of the Hot Lotto,” Rich says.

Rich refers to the Hot Lotto ticket which was turned in just before it expired on December 29th of 2011, but the prize was never paid out as the true owner had not been revealed. An employee of an Iowa Lottery vendor, Eddi Tipton of Norwalk, was charged in January with two counts of fraud in connection with the attempt to cash in the ticket.Tipton goes on trial in July of this year.

Overall, figures from the Iowa Lottery show 127 people have won prizes of one-million dollars or more in the 30 years.

SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.




 

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