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Vol. 71 No.8 - Monday June 1, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories
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  • IGT Provide Third-Generation Wide Area Progressive at Ten Spielbanken Niedersachsen Properties in Germany. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Announce Its 1st Quarter 2015 Results. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Announce Four-Year Contract Extension for Instant Games and Cooperative Services with De Lotto in the Netherlands. Full Story.
  • Arizona Lottery Extends Contract with Pollard Banknote for Instant Ticket and Pull-Tab Printing. Full Story.
  • iOS Mobile Apps Launched for Delaware iGaming Sites. Full Story.
  • GBGC: Global Gambling Revenues Surpassed US$450 billion in 2014. Full Story.
  • New Hampshire Lottery Announce It Will Offer 2015 New England Patriots Scratch Ticket Game. Full Story.
  • Monopoly Millionaires’ Club™ Instant Game Coming to Michigan. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery Update Mobile Convenience App to Include Ticket Checker. Full Story.
  • Lottery Statewide Proceeds Campaign Kicks Off This Month. Full Story.
  • Credit Card Ban at Casinos Would Reflect Gross Misunderstanding of the Gaming Industry. Full Story.
  • NetEnt Sign Key Patent Cross-License Agreement with IGT. Full Story.
  • First $1 Million Prize Claimed in $500,000,000 Cash Scratch-Off Game. Full Story.
  • FDJ Celebrates 25 Years of Its Iconic Ticket "Banco" by Revisiting the Offer of Gambling Outlets and on Digital. Full Story.
  • ASA and CAP Annual Report 2014: Having More Impact, Being More Proactive. Full Story.

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IGT Provide Third-Generation Wide Area Progressive at Ten Spielbanken Niedersachsen Properties in Germany

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LONDON, U.K. (May 20, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that it will supply the new Niedersachsen Jackpot Wide Area Progressive (WAP) at Spielbanken Niedersachsen casinos in Germany. The new Niedersachsen Jackpot comprises 56 machines over 10 different properties.

The latest generation WAP will provide Spielbanken Niedersachsen's customers with the Mermaid's Spell™ WAP on IGT's robust and highly reliable OXYGEN™ cabinet. The agreement represents the third consecutive WAP jackpot provided by IGT to Spielbanken Niedersachsen since 1997.

"We are very proud to be chosen once again by Spielbanken Niedersachsen to supply their next WAP offering," said Marcel Heutmekers, IGT Vice President EMEA and Latin America. "This acknowledges our continuous efforts to work in partnership with our customers to develop the best product for their specific needs."

Over the coming months, the IGT team will work closely with Spielbanken Niedersachsen to provide them with a tailor-made solution for their operations and their players. IGT will brand the game graphics to harmonize with Spielbanken Niedersachsen's corporate identity, as it has in the past. Taking into account the number of machines, locations, the desired hit rate and jackpot amounts, IGT is developing a new mathematic formula to perfectly fit Spielbanken Niedersachsen's requirements.

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"We know from past experiences that we have chosen the right supplier for our WAP," said Hartmut Meier, General Slot Gaming Manager at Spielbanken Niedersachsen. "This is the third WAP we are realizing together, and the cooperation has always been very successful. The game concept is great, and we are convinced that our players will love it."

The first Niedersachsen WAP was installed by the Company in 1997; it was replaced in 2002.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT generated approximately $6 billion in revenues in 2014 and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit: www.merger.igt.com.

For further information, CONTACT: Nadine Levermann, IGT Marketing, T: +49-5741-240 999 31, M: +49-151-125 463 47, Email: nadine.levermann@igt.com.

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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INTRALOT Announce Its 1st Quarter 2015 Results

CONTINUOUS GROWTH - 12% REVENUE INCREASE

ATHENS, Greece (May 28, 2015) -- INTRALOT S.A., the leading international gaming company, announces today its financial results for the three-month period ending March 31st 2015, prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Consolidated Revenues for the period grew by 12.0% to €499.4m, from €445.7m in the corresponding period last year, representing an increase of €53.7m.

Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) developed to €46.2m, being a decrease of €5.4m (10.6%) compared to 1Q 2014. After adjustment for one-off restructuring costs of €0.6m and provisions of €0.6m EBITDA in 1Q 2015 reached €47.4m. Excluding the impact of the OPAP and Romanian contracts the rest of the business grew by an estimated 11%.

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Earnings Before Tax (EBT) in 1Q 2015 increased by 12.5% to €18.7m. Net Profit after minorities for the period developed at €-8.9m and excluding the impact of the OPAP and Romanian contracts the rest of the business improved by €7.1m compared to 1Q 2014.

Operating Cash Flow in the 1Q 2015 increased by €2.1m to €6.4m, compared to the same period in 2014. Cash flow in 1Q 2015 includes the one-off impact of increased working capital needs in order to bring suppliers credit to normal levels.

CapEx in 1Q 2015 was €13.6m, which includes €1.1m of one-off restructuring and relocation costs, compared to €13.9m in 1Q 2014.

Net Debt as at 31.03.2015 period was shaped at €393.0m, increased by €11.6m compared to 31.12.2014 (€381.4m).

Revenues of the Parent Company for the period decreased by 36.6% to €15.1m and EBITDA decreased to €-0.5m from €7.8m in 1Q 2014, attributed to the impact of non-recurring items. Earnings After Taxes (EAT) decreased to €-1.0m from €-1.1m in 1Q 2014.

Commenting on the 1Q 2015 Results INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, noted: "Revenues in the quarter grew by 12% and EBITDA proved to be resilient despite the difficult comparison with 1Q 2014, due to the fall-off of the previous OPAP and Romanian contracts and strong headwinds from a higher than usual payout. A comparison of the business excluding these exceptional items shows a strong growth in Revenue across all of our geographical segments.

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On a like for like basis our EBITDA grew by c. 11% in this quarter as the majority of our subsidiaries reported strong results, in-line with our broader expectations.

During the first quarter we have renewed our contracts in the Netherlands, Morocco and Azerbaijan and continued the implementation of our strategic plan to streamline operations. We are expanding our product portfolio and improving the player experience by adopting a true "best-of-breed" model, with our products strategy focusing on mobility, gaming content, player engagement platform, CRM platform and L10 Central System.

Our course is in line with our goals to generate top line growth from both existing projects and greenfield development. We are also focusing on improving our bottom-line and being positive in terms of cash flow."

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers' efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, about 5.400 people and revenues of €1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Announce Four-Year Contract Extension for Instant Games and Cooperative Services with De Lotto in the Netherlands

ATLANTA, Georgia (May 21, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that De Lotto ("the Lottery"), the national lottery of the Netherlands, has extended its contract with the Company to provide instant games and a Cooperative Services Program (CSP) for an additional four years beginning April 1, 2015. The CSP services include instant game design, planning and production, as well as call center ordering services for De Lotto retailers, instant product training workshops and strategic marketing support. Under the contract, which was awarded following a competitive procurement process, Scientific Games will continue as the sole supplier of the Lottery's instant games. From 2012 to 2014, the Company's work with De Lotto has resulted in a 12.8 percent increase in instant product sales.

Mr. Peter Kuipers, CEO of De Lotto, said, "We've had a trusted partnership with Scientific Games for many years. Our teams have worked with their instant product specialists to create a successful portfolio of instant games enjoyed by players throughout the Netherlands. We have increased the range of services Scientific Games will provide through this contract extension, particularly in the area of marketing and retail distribution, and we look forward to four more successful years together."

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John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "The level of collaboration we have had with De Lotto to manage their instant product has been outstanding. Our Cooperative Services Program drives great results in the Netherlands and in 18 other lottery jurisdictions around the world including Italy, Germany, Ukraine and Dominican Republic. Our instant product management program has consistently generated compound growth greater than the industry as a whole, and we do this by streamlining efficiencies in instant game portfolio design, production, sales, warehousing and distribution."

Scientific Games retail specialists provide consulting services for De Lotto's marketing and sales departments, including a "train the trainer" program which instructs De Lotto field representatives in the Company's world-leading best practices for instant products. Areas of training include in-store product display, winner awareness and solutions to improve sales in the existing De Lotto retailer estate as well as create solutions for retail chains and new ways of selling instant games. The Company's retail specialists also host instant game workshops for De Lotto retailers as part of a retail activation program.

De Lotto is a gaming organization founded in 1961 by and for De Lotto beneficiaries including NOC*NSF and charities such as the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, Oranje Fonds, Skanfonds, Veteranen Fonds and 14 health funds. In addition to instant games, which De Lotto has branded Krasloten, the Lottery sells four other gaming products under the following brands: Lotto (draw-based games), TOTO (sports betting), LuckyDay (draw-based game) and Eurojackpot (draw-based game).

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit http://www.scientificgames.com

Company Contacts Lottery Communications: Therese Minella, APR (770) 825-4219

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Arizona Lottery Extends Contract with Pollard Banknote for Instant Ticket and Pull-Tab Printing

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (May 28, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to announce that it has signed an extension to its Instant Ticket Printing and Production Services contract with the Arizona Lottery. Under this extension agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue to provide instant and pull-tab tickets and related services to the Lottery until January of 2016.

This extension continues Pollard Banknote's long-standing relationship with the Lottery that began over 17 years ago, and is a testament to the company's ability to foster enduring, cooperative and reliable relationships with its Lottery partners to fulfill the common goal of increasing revenues and profits to support good causes.

"Since we began working with Pollard Banknote almost two decades ago, we have developed a strong partnership with the company and look forward to building on the success we have already achieved together," said Tony V. Bouie, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. "We have worked closely with the company to leverage its unique products to help grow our instant and pull-tab ticket sales and will continue to explore new innovations that will offer our players even more value and excitement."

In addition to providing instant game and pull-tab ticket printing to the Arizona Lottery, Pollard Banknote provides marketing support and strategic planning, research, design testing, and portfolio management. As the Lottery's main provider of Bingo games, Pollard Banknote has helped grow category sales by 32% over the last six years, reaching a record-setting $42 million in total Bingo sales in fiscal year 2014. Pollard Banknote has also produced the majority of the Lottery's Crossword games, with sales steadily trending up in this core category over the past five years.

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"We are very proud of our enduring partnership with the Arizona Lottery," said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. "Through ongoing consultation, the Lottery has over the years taken advantage of many of our print innovations, including Scratch FX® and the upcoming summer launch of a family of games featuring our striking neon ink. We are very excited to have the opportunity to continue working with the Lottery to produce the best games possible to generate revenues for a variety of state programs."

The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. It does not receive any General Fund dollars from the state. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.8 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net funding to the state and more than $686 million in commissions to retailers. Proceeds from sales of lottery tickets-nearly $3.4 million per week-fund a variety of state programs including economic and business development, education, environmental issues, and health and public welfare. In FY2014, the Lottery contributed $175.6 million to various state funds.

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.

 

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca
John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca
Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote

 

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iOS Mobile Apps Launched for Delaware iGaming Sites

DOVER, Delaware (May 21, 2015) -- The Delaware Lottery is pleased to announce the launch of its free mobile iGaming applications for iOS devices. The mobile apps are now available for download from each of the three Delaware Casino online gaming sites: (http://www.delawarepark.com/igaming/, http://onlinegaming.doverdowns.com/, http://www.harringtongamingonline.com/) and from the Apple App Store.

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The three new apps now make it easier for Delaware players to enjoy their favorite casino games “on the go” for real money via WiFi networks. The apps are compatible with iOS devices only (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) and you must be 21 to play and located in Delaware.

This is an exciting moment for iGaming in Delaware”, said Lottery Director Vernon Kirk.

Players can now find convenience and entertainment in playing casino games on their iOS mobile devices, and it’s just in time for tourists visiting our amazing Delaware beaches this summer.”

About the Delaware Lottery

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware.

The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, DELAWARE CASH 5®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games.

Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.

SOURCE: Delaware Lottery.

 

 

GBGC: Global Gambling Revenues Surpassed US$450 billion in 2014

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LONDON, U.K. (May 27, 2015) -- The world’s global gambling revenues surpassed US$ 450 billion in 2014, according to the analysis in Global Betting and Gaming Consultants’ new tenth edition of its Global Gambling Report, available Here

The market grew by just 1.1% in 2013 but performed more strongly in 2014, rising by 3.2%, according to the provisional data.

Asia overtook North America as the largest gambling region in 2010 and Asia continues to hold the top spot, accounting for almost 33% of global gambling revenues.

In spite of the improvement in gross gaming yield the world’s leading top 50 gambling companies by market capitalisation saw more than US$ 100 billion wiped off their stock market valuations in 2014.

CONTACT: Warwick Bartlett, Chief Executive Global Betting and Gaming Consultancy, T +44 (0) 1624 827138 C +447624483921, Email: Warwick@gbgc.com.

SOURCE: GBGC (www.gbgc.com).

 

 

New Hampshire Lottery Announce It Will Offer 2015 New England Patriots Scratch Ticket Game

New Hampshire Lottery will feature Patriots Scratch ticket for the fourth consecutive year; Scratch ticket to feature top prize of $100,000

CONCORD, NewHampshire (May 20, 2015) -- The New Hampshire Lottery proudly announces it will offer a 2015 New England Patriots $5 Scratch Ticket.

Now with a top prize of $100,000, this will be the fourth consecutive year the New Hampshire Lottery has offered the Patriots scratch ticket, one of the best-selling scratch ticket games in New Hampshire Lottery history.

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The 2015 Patriots scratch ticket is scheduled to go on sale statewide on Monday, Aug. 31.

“In New Hampshire, we stand behind our team,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.

We are proud to support the New England Patriots organization and are thrilled that we will be giving our dedicated players and Patriots fans the chance to win a top prize of $100,000 this year.”

New England Patriots scratch tickets first went on sale in New Hampshire on Aug.30, 2012. Since then, Patriots scratch tickets have become one of the New Hampshire Lottery’s most popular games.

Our organization is proud of the partnership we have established with the New Hampshire Lottery and excited to see the Patriots scratch ticket game continue to grow in popularity,” said Murray Kohl, vice president of corporate sales for the New England Patriots.

The Patriots scratch ticket offers many great prizes and is a fun way for us to connect with our fans in the Granite State. We wish all of the game’s players the best of luck.”

Players with non-winning $5 Patriots scratch tickets will be able to enter a series of drawings to win a variety of Patriots ticket packages.

Each drawing provides the opportunity to win season ticket packages, single game ticket packages, away game trip packages and more.

SOURCE: New Hampshire Lottery.

 

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Monopoly Millionaires’ Club™ Instant Game Coming to Michigan

LANSING, Michigan (May 21, 2015) -- Michigan Lottery players soon will have a chance to win up to $300,000 and a trip to Las Vegas with the new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant game.

For just $5 per ticket, the new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant game gives players a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $300,000. All told, the game features more than $12 million in prizes.

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The Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game also features a second chance drawing that will give lucky players a chance to win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas and an opportunity to compete for $1 million on a nationally syndicated game show.

More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs in each hour-long show.

Players must enter ticket codes from their Monopoly Millionaires’ Club tickets at: http://www.playmmc.com to be eligible for the second chance drawing.

The TV game show is hosted by “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell and may be viewed in Michigan on the following stations: WKBD (Detroit), WXMI (Grand Rapids), WHTV (Lansing), WSYM (Lansing), WBSF (Flint), WGTU (Traverse City), WJMN (Marquette), and WMKG (Muskegon). Air times vary, so players should check local listings for details.

Michigan is one of several states to offer a Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant game, which replaces a previously offered draw game.

Tickets for the game will be available to players across the state in early June.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Update Mobile Convenience App to Include Ticket Checker

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 22, 2015) - Keep forgetting to check your Powerball ticket at the store? Don't worry-there's an app for that!

The Hoosier Lottery's most recent mobile convenience app upgrade features a ticket-checker function that allows players to scan and verify the status of their Hoosier Lottery tickets at their own convenience.

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The official Hoosier Lottery app is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. The app already provides an easy way to view jackpot amounts, winning draw game numbers and nearby Hoosier Lottery retailers, but the new ticket-checker function allows players to verify the status of all tickets, including Scratch-offs, by scanning the QR code on each ticket.

Adults 18-and-older must visit a Hoosier Lottery retailer or prize payment office to purchase tickets and claim all prizes

More information about all games and the mobile convenience app is available at: www.hoosierlottery.com.

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.

CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Hoosier Lottery, Public Information Officer, Email: carango@hoosierlottery.in.gov, 317-264-4898 (office), 317-653-0561 (cell).

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

Lottery Statewide Proceeds Campaign Kicks Off This Month

DENVER, Colorado (May 21, 2015) -- For the second year in a row, the Colorado Lottery is excited to launch its Statewide Proceeds Campaign. Having proudly funded the way Colorado plays for the past 32 years, the Lottery has returned more than $2.7 billion back into the state for parks, recreation, open spaces, conservation education and wildlife projects.

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This summer, the Lottery will promote awareness of “Where the Money Goes”, and the positive effects associated with those funds.

From rural community playgrounds and ball fields to Colorado’s 42 state parks, the message is that many recreation areas and activities enjoyed by Coloradans every day are made possible by Colorado Lottery dollars

The Statewide Proceeds Campaign launches on May 25 with various integrated marketing elements including a 30 second commercial, billboards, digital and social media.

The campaign will run through August, so there's plenty of time for you to see it when you're out and about enjoying all that Colorado has to offer during the summer.

The Colorado Lottery appreciates your support in sharing the Statewide Proceeds Campaign message. Contact the Lottery media representative for interview opportunities, and visit the Giving Back section of our website at: http://www.coloradolottery.com/GIVING-BACK/PROJECTS-BY-COUNTY/ to see how Lottery proceeds are distributed by county.

Discover how the Colorado Lottery “Funds the Ways Colorado Plays”.

SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.

 

 

Credit Card Ban at Casinos Would Reflect Gross Misunderstanding of the Gaming Industry

Convention space, hotel rooms, restaurants, retail stores among legitimate business-related uses of government credit cards at casinos

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2015) -- In light of a new report in which the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Inspector General recommends banning the use of government credit cards at casinos, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is urging DoD not to single out the gaming industry and ignore the diverse offerings provided by casinos.

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In a letter to DoD Inspector General Jon T. Rymer and Defense Travel Management Office Director Harvey Johnson, AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman said that while government employees should use credit cards responsibly, the recommendation to ban such cards at casinos is troubling.

A policy that prohibits the use of government credit cards at casinos would reflect a gross misunderstanding of casinos, which consist of much more than the gaming floor itself, and would ignore the many legitimate business-related expenses incurred at gaming facilities,” wrote Freeman in the letter. “For example, would employees not be permitted to stay in a hotel room that is part of a casino? Would such a policy prohibit the purchase of staple items in retail locations, or restrict patronizing restaurants, within a casino?

Further, in cities across the country, from Las Vegas to Philadelphia, Biloxi to Detroit, government agencies and private-sector businesses alike routinely hold important meetings and conventions at casinos, which provide state-of-the-art facilities. Would a potential DoD ban prohibit these activities?”

Freeman noted that casino gaming is a $240 billion American industry that supports 1.7 million jobs and generates $38 billion in vital tax revenues for state and local governments. He also compared the proposal to the misguided blacklisting of prominent cities for government conferences and events.

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The gaming industry is also proud to provide outstanding career opportunities to military veterans after they have completed their service to our country, and we regularly partner with charitable organizations that benefit veterans and active duty servicemembers.

Given the offering of lodging and convention amenities, as well as diverse retail and dining establishments often housed within a casino facility, a blanket ban on the use of government credit cards at casinos would have significant negative unintended consequences. We urge you to consider these negative repercussions and not single out an industry that represents a key part of the U.S. economy,” wrote Freeman.

About AGA

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a pathway for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

SOURCE: American Gaming Association.

 

 

NetEnt Sign Key Patent Cross-License Agreement with IGT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (May 21, 2015) -- GT, holder of the largest portfolio of slot game feature patents in North America, reaches IP patent cross-license agreement for the North American market with NetEnt, leading provider of online gaming solutions.

The agreement enables NetEnt to offer games in North America that include any of the patented game features contained in the IGT portfolio. Signing this IP patent cross-license agreement is a big step forward in the process of an entry for NetEnt into the North American market.

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Björn Krantz, Managing Director NetEnt Americas LLC, comments, “IGT is a key partner for NetEnt in its expansion into North America, and we are really pleased that we’ll have access to all of IGT’s game feature patents for our North American multichannel games offering.”

Matteo Monteverdi, Senior Vice President Global Product Marketing, Interactive, IGT comments, “We are very pleased to reach an agreement to provide NetEnt with IGT’s best-in-class portfolio of game feature patents. Working in partnership with NetEnt enables us to further validate our significant IP portfolio.”

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NetEnt AB (publ), previously Net Entertainment, is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by a cutting-edge platform. NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition, is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm (NET–B) and employs 600 people in Stockholm, Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg and Gibraltar. NetEnt Americas LLC is a US subsidiary of NetEnt AB. http://www.netent.com

About IGT

GT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT generated approximately $6 billion in revenues in 2014 and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit http://www.merger.igt.com.

SOURCE: NetEnt.

 

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First $1 Million Prize Claimed in $500,000,000 Cash Scratch-Off Game

Forty-nine prizes worth $1 million or more remain unclaimed in the game

AUSTIN, Texas (May 27, 2015) -- The $500,000,000 Cash scratch-off has created its first millionaire. Paul Nunez of Manchaca has claimed the first of four $1 million second-tier prizes available in the game.

The claimant requested minimal publicity.

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For selling the winning ticket, the Shop N Carry #1 at 8422 S. Congress Ave. in Austin is eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus.

In addition to 39 second-tier prizes worth $1 million, 10 top prizes worth $2.5 million remain unclaimed in the game.

$500,000,000 Cash offers half a billion in total prizes. Overall odds of winning any prize in $500,000,000 Cash are one in 2.76, including break-even prizes.

About the Texas Lottery®

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $23 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $45 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $17 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®and scratch-offs.

For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org..

SOURCE: Texas Lottery Commission.

 

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FDJ Celebrates 25 Years of Its Iconic Ticket "Banco" by Revisiting the Offer of Gambling Outlets and on Digital

 

 

FRANCE (May 21, 2015) -- To mark the 25th anniversary of the scratch game "Banco", the French Games revisits one of his iconic games (better awareness of scratchcards ILLIKO® with 87% awareness). "Banco" is one of the iconic games of the French and the Games a great success. Since the launch of its latest version December 3, 2012, 150 million tickets were sold.

30 million tickets for this new edition will be available in 32,700 retail outlets. The new offer "Banco" will also be present on the website of FDJ.

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More chances to win and still its main assets

The new edition of "Banco" is more generous compared to the previous one as it now offers 4.24 chance of winning a lot (against 1 chance in 4.72 for the previous edition).

For a bet of 1 €, gains can be accumulated up to €1000. The success of "Banco" is based on the simplicity of its mechanics gain immediate revelation and set to 1 €, which make the most game instant and affordable range of scratchcards ILLIKO®. To play it is sufficient to scratch the "Gain 1" and "Gain 2", the player winning the total of the amounts appearing under 2 scraped boxes.

A new design and renewed themes throughout the year

"Banco" is modernized by launching new editions throughout the year. Every 3 months, a new theme will thus be honored through tickets to fun and colorful design. The first edition of "This is Your Day! ", Launched on Thursday, bouncing off the succession of calendar holidays (Mother's Day, fathers, music, July 14). This new offer consists of 4 models tickets, all illustrated with smileys and symbols illustrating the various opportunities to party. Two next editions will be launched later in the year. The next will be launched August 27, 2015 and will propose a "soft recovery" for September. The following will be launched October 29, 2015 with the theme of luck.

"Banco", 25 years of evolution

The new offer launched this week is the fifth since the launch of scratch game. The 4 previous offers were launched in 1990, 2002, 2010 and 2012.

SOURCE: FDJ.

 

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ASA and CAP Annual Report 2014: Having More Impact, Being More Proactive

LONDON, U.K. (May 27, 2015) -- Our Annual Report published today reveals the steps we’re taking to have more impact and be more proactive as part of our ambition to make every UK ad a responsible ad.

At a time when the responsibility agenda is a live issue amongst the ad industry, our Report highlights the proactive steps we’re undertaking to provide a responsible framework for advertisers to engage creatively with their customers.

In summary these steps include:

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  • Supporting advertisers – CAP published new guidance for advertisers and vloggers to help them make it clear to consumers when they are advertising.  We also broadened our advice and training resources by creating a new eLearning module for alcohol advertising
  • Tackling problem ads – our work resulted in 3,384 ads being changed or withdrawn and a record 1,599 compliances cases resolved. The ASA received 37,073 complaints about 17,002 ads with a 35% increase in complaints about online ads (for the first time overtaking TV to make it the most complained about medium)  reflecting the importance of keeping pace with a rapidly evolving media landscape
  • Understanding society’s concerns about ads – we conducted research into the public’s experience of ‘copycat websites’ and gambling advertising. CAP also commissioned an independent food literature review on online food and drink marketing to children to ensure the rules are in the right place
  • Having more impact – the ASA devised new Prioritisation Principles to help it decide what regulatory resource it uses when responding to complaints and what resource will be proportionate to the problem to be tackled
  • Raising awareness – With the creative talent and expertise of AMV BBDO the ASA created a national advertising campaign.  The campaign will feature across media in 2015 thanks to ad space generously donated by the media industry

 

In our Report we also outline our commitment to increasing, improving and better targeting our support for industry. Last year, we delivered training and advice on a record 194,200 occasions including 7,168 Copy Advice enquires. Our focus now is on carrying on that momentum so every business has access to the information and support it needs.

Chairman of CAP and BCAP, James Best said:  “If we’re to meet the challenges that the ad industry faces - declining public trust, rapid changes to the media landscape and calls for tighter regulation on several fronts - key to that is helping advertisers make responsible ads. Through delivering more proactive and impactful regulation and with industry support and buy-in we will promote consumer confidence which is in turn good for business.”

Download the 2014 Annual Report HERE

SOURCE: The Committee of Advertising Practice Ltd.




 

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