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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 72 No.1 - Monday July 13, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

  • World-class Gaming Expo in Sydney 11-13 August. Full Story.
  • Lottery Associations Sign Agreement with the International Sports Convention 2016. Full Story.
  • Texas Lottery® Introduce Newest Scratch-Off Game Benefiting Texas Veterans. Full Story.
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation Receive Inaugural "Sustainability Award" at La Fleur's 2015 Global Lottery Forum. Full Story.
  • Lotterywest Record $283 million for WA Community. Full Story.
  • Inspired Win Norsk Tipping VLT Content Contract. Full Story.
  • Neighbourhood Games Contribute to the Care of the Blind. Full Story.
  • China LotSynergy Subsidiary Win Bid for Guangdong Welfare Lottery Information System Technical Services Procurement Project. Full Story.
  • Record Sales Once Again for the California Lottery. Full Story.
  • Powerball® Redesign Coming in October with Better Overall Odds of Winning, 10X Feature When Starting Jackpots Are Lower. Full Story.
  • LOTTO Hessen Release 1H 2015 Financials. Full Story.
  • Pay at Pump Service Lets Player Fill Pockets and Car. Full Story.
  • Lotto Coming to Wednesday Soon. Full Story.
  • Assembly Approve Bill Authorizing the Operation of Lottery Courier Services. Full Story
  • Can Lotteries Provide a Fresh Focus in a Changing Landscape? Full Story.

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World-class Gaming Expo in Sydney 11-13 August

The Australasian Gaming Expo on 11-13 August at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island is one of just four major global gaming industry trade shows annually.  At 15,600 square metres it’s also one of the largest trade events in Australia and easily the largest gaming event.  A finalist in last year’s EEAA Awards for Excellence, the event attracts exhibitors and visitors from around Australia and internationally.

Owned and operated by the Gaming Technologies Association, the Gaming Expo is the ultimate showplace for new gaming technologies for casinos, clubs and hotels.  The biggest attraction is the new machines and games from poker machine suppliers, who look forward to August each year to unveil their best products.

The Association’s primary members Ainsworth, Aristocrat, Aruze, Bally, Ebet, IGT, Konami are world’s-best at their trade and the Gaming Expo presents a great opportunity for their customers from around the region to experience the latest, cutting-edge gaming design and technologies.  And with 17 new casinos scheduled to open in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020 – including two in Australia – now is the time for suppliers to engage their customers.

New gaming technologies are not the only attraction, with more than 165 exhibitors (including 31 for the first time) proudly showcasing Audio Visual equipment, ATM Equipment, Building Services, Cash Handling & Equipment, Consultancy Services, Entertainment, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Furniture, I.T., Interior Design & Fitout, Marketing Services, Membership Management, Paging & Communication, Point of Sale Systems, Retail, Security, Signage & Displays and Staff Uniforms.  So there’s definitely something for everyone in the hospitality world.

Visitors to this year’s Australasian Gaming Expo will be transported from Darling Harbour to the event on a complimentary Sydney Harbour ferry cruise, or they can ride on shuttle buses from Central Station, Pyrmont or Sydney airport, all free of charge.  Limited car parking is available at the venue and taxi services are available to and from the event.

There they’ll see over 750 poker machines and hundreds of truckloads of signage and equipment which is moved in to Glebe Island, installed, connected, tested, used and compared by the most demanding critics and then moved out again – all in only a few days. 

Last year well over 2,300 visitors attended the first day, with 2,500 on the second day and 1,000 on the third day.  They came from every Australian State and Territory, along with a big contingent from New Zealand and international guests from America, Europe and around the Asia-Pacific region.

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97% of visitors surveyed last year saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new products and technology, while 99% said the exhibition stand quality was good or excellent and the event itself was satisfactory or excellent.   One quote was “the best trade show I have been to!”.

Visitors who attend the Australasian Gaming Expo are eligible to win a trip for two to the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas– including airfares from Sydney and 5 nights at the luxurious Palazzo Venetian Resort and Casino.   One trip for two will be drawn on each day of the Gaming Expo.

The AGE15 app is available for download at the Apple Store, on Google Play or via the event website.  The app features information including how to get to the venue, transport timetables, an interactive floor plan and a detailed exhibitor list.  Visitors who have installed the app and allowed access, will receive a welcome message as they pass through the entry gate.  Once they’re inside the exhibition and pass various points they will get updates about the daily Las Vegas trip draw, entertainment and other activities.

The event website includes the interactive floor plan which is updated in real time, along with a list of exhibitors which can be sorted by company name, stand number or category – and provides contact details for each exhibitor and their website address for further information.

Exhibition entry is complimentary to gaming industry executives, courtesy of the Gaming Technologies Association.  The exhibition is open from 10am on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August and closes at 5pm on the Tuesday and Wednesday (closes at 3pm on the Thursday).   Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting and nobody under 18 years of age (including infants) may enter the Exhibition.

More information and Visitor registration are available online at www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.

Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are: Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Technologies, Ebet Limited, IGT Australia and Konami Gaming Australia.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar CEO, Gaming Technologies Association (+61 2) 8216 0931 or Email: rferrar@gamingta.com.

 

 

Lottery Associations Sign Agreement with the International Sports Convention 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland (July 3, 2015) -- The World Lottery Association and European Lottery Association have signed an agreement with the International Sports Convention (ISC) 2016. The ISC takes place on December 7-8, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Many in the World of Sport are unaware of the vital contribution and significant role Lotteries have played in the sustainable financing of grassroots sport and social projects in Sport.

Having a strong base at the pyramid of Sport is essential for the long term and sustained Sports development as well as a strong sports business industry. Indeed, supporting sports and mainly grassroots sport has always been part of the traditional lottery model. Feeling that match-fixing undermines the credibility of modern sport and as the traditional allies of sport, Lotteries could not stay idle in the fight for sports integrity.

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The World Lottery Association (WLA) and European Lottery Association (EL) will play a significant role in The Sports Integrity Conference and also have speakers and representatives in other conferences. In total there will be 18 sports conferences over 2 days and 3000 delegates. A combined delegation of WLA/EL members will be about 200 persons, indicating the significance of the WLA, EL and ISC cooperation.

Nigel Fletcher, CEO of The International Sports Convention states:

We look forward to welcoming The World Lotteries Association and The European Lotteries Association including many of its members. The significant role they are both playing in maintaining the integrity and high ethics of sport is paramount for the future of Sport.

Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, President of the WLA and CEO of Loterie Romande, Switzerland said:

Integrity and transparency is at the very heart of the games offered by the global lottery community and in particular when it comes to sports betting. Without the guarantee of integrity that we can give to our authorities, our players and the sports associations that organize the competitions - the medium of our bets - there would be no games of chance. The initiative to participate in the International Sports Convention (ISC) 2016 will contribute to share our core values with the sports sphere and to fight against anything that threaten the integrity of our bets, notably the manipulation of sports results.”

Hansjörg Höltkemeier, President of the European Lottery Association (EL) and Member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, states:

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We are excited about this new collaboration with the International Sport Convention (ISC) regarding the organization of a Sports Integrity Conference on 7 December 2016. Without any doubt, match-fixing is the greatest threat modern sport is confronted with and EL and WLA have been extremely active in the fight against the phenomenon and have taken numerous actions against it. EL, WLA and the ISC will work hard in order to develop an interesting programme and we are confident that this Conference will provide a unique platform for discussions and exchange of ideas and will take the fight for sports integrity onto a higher level.”

European Lotteries (EL)

European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s Members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. The annual contribution to sports reaches the level of 2.5 billion Euros, of which grassroots sport is the main beneficiary.

Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government (in the jurisdiction where the consumer is located).

For more on EL, please visit their website at: www.european-lotteries.org

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About The World Lottery Association

The World Lottery Association (WLA) is an international, member based organization of state-authorized lotteries and suppliers to the global lottery industry.

Its mission is to advance the collective interests of its members and to facilitate their development through the provision of a range of lottery-related services, such as internationally recognized lottery sector standards.

WLA Lottery Members are organizations licensed or authorized to conduct lotteries or sports betting operations in a jurisdiction domiciled in a state recognized by the United Nations. The majority of their net revenues must be dedicated to supporting the public good.

As stipulated by the WLA Code of Conduct, all WLA Member Lotteries may only sell their products to consumers within the jurisdiction in which they are licensed.

WLA Associate Members are suppliers of goods and services to the lottery or sports betting industries whose business practices conform to the aims and objectives of the association. Currently, there are 152 WLA Lottery Members and 71 WLA Associate Members drawn from over 80 countries spanning five continents.

For more on the World Lottery Association, please visit their website at: www.world-lotteries.org

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CONVENTION – December 7-8, 2016 – Geneva, Switzerland.

World’s largest sports convention including 18 sports conferences over 2 days, a combined exhibition, 200 speakers and 3000+ delegates. www.iscgeneva.com.

SOURCE: EL.

 

 

Texas Lottery® Introduce Newest Scratch-Off Game Benefiting Texas Veterans

AUSTIN, Texas (July 6, 2015) -- Texas Lottery® players can show their support for Texas veterans by purchasing Neon 9’s, the newest scratch-off game benefiting the Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The $2 game features nine top prizes of $25,000 and more than $12 million in total prizes. The overall odds of winning are one in 4.42 for any prize including break-even prizes. Players interested in finding the game in their area can use the Scratch-Off Game and Store Locator on the Texas Lottery website.

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Since the first veterans’ themed scratch-off game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $39 million for programs benefitting Texas veterans. The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans spread across the state, it is important to have programs in the community providing financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling and housing assistance.

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 $46 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.

About the Texas Veterans Commission

The mission of the Texas Veterans Commission is to advocate for and provide superior service to Veterans and their families in the areas of disability claims assistance, employment services, education benefits and grant funding. Over 200 skilled counselors in 75 cities provide one-on-one guidance to Veterans and their families to ensure they receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled.

For more information about the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, please visit: http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Fund-for-Veterans-Assistance.aspx.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

Connecticut Lottery Corporation Receive Inaugural "Sustainability Award" at La Fleur's 2015 Global Lottery Forum

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ROCKY HILL, Connecticut /July 6, 2015 - The Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) has been recognized by La Fleur's magazine with their inaugural "Sustainability Award" for leadership in responsible gambling. The award was presented at the La Fleur's Global Lottery Forum in Toronto, Ontario on June 16, and accepted by Chelsea Turner, CT Lottery Director of Government, Regulatory and Operational Affairs. In all, eight global lotteries received awards in the areas of corporate social responsibility, responsible gaming and the environment.

"This award recognizes CLC's leadership for its Problem Gambling Awareness Month, which includes extensive videos and statewide campaigns. CLC also provides extensive employee training, retailer training, responsible gambling advertising and communication efforts, player education and stakeholder engagement," said Terri Markle, Publisher of La Fleur's magazine. "CLC has also been big supporter of 'Strikes! for Responsible Gaming,' an annual event at La Fleur's Lottery Symposium in Washington, D.C. that supports the National Council on Problem Gambling's programs, including the National Problem Gambling Helpline."

Founded in 1991, TLF Publications has been an independent resource for the global lottery industry. TLF publishes La Fleur's, a bi-monthly trade magazine, organizes educational conferences and publishes statistical data books, including La Fleur's World Lottery Almanac.

"I am very proud that the CT Lottery continues to be recognized for our leadership on responsible play," said Anne M. Noble, CT Lottery President and CEO. "Receiving La Fleur's first Sustainability Award only helps to further exemplify our commitment to meet the highest standards in our industry for gambling education and awareness."

Additional Responsible Gambling Awards:

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The CT Lottery received an award for "Best Responsible Gambling Communications" in the Electronic Category for Retailer Training at the 2014 North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries Annual Conference and Trade Show in Atlantic City.

The CT Lottery's newsletter, Chatter that Matters™, was selected by the National Council on Problem Gambling at the organization's 28th National Conference on Problem Gambling as the winner of the "Best New 2014 Problem Gambling-Related Newsletter."

In 2013, the CT Lottery was selected by the National Council on problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University for the second year as the winner of the "Best 2012 U.S. Holiday Lottery Campaign." The award recognized the CT Lottery's continued and outstanding commitment during the holiday season to promote responsible play.

The CT Lottery participates in the World Lottery Association's responsible gaming accreditation program. In 2012, the CT Lottery achieved Level 2 Accreditation-one of only six U.S. lotteries to achieve this distinction.

About the CT Lottery

In fiscal year 2014, players won more than $668.7 million in prize money. At the same time, the Lottery provided a record $319.5 million to support the valuable services and programs founded by the state's General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more. Since the Lottery began in 1972, its contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $8.2 billion, and more than $14.4 billion has been awarded to winners.

The CT Lottery contributes $2.3 million annually to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' Chronic Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund, and commits additional funding support in various ways including Public Service Announcements.

To learn more about the CT Lottery's responsibly gaming efforts, visit ctlottery.org and click on the "Corporate Responsibility - Responsible Gaming" tab. The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.

For information about the CT Lottery visit ctlottery.org, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.

 

 

Lotterywest Record $283 million for WA Community

  • Lotterywest has achieved record sales of $826 million* in 2014-15
  • $283 million has been raised for the Western Australian community
  • $463 million was allocated in winnings

 

PERTH, West Australia (July 9, 2015) -- Lotterywest has broken records to achieve $826 million* in sales in the 2014-15 financial year, raising $283 million to support the Western Australia community.

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Premier Colin Barnett said Lotterywest direct grants totalling $131 million were given to 949 community and charitable organisations, while a further $152 million of statutory grants went to hospitals ($122 million), the arts ($15 million) and sport and recreational groups ($15 million).

"The grants ranged from $1,000 to $4 million, including a grant of $3.2 million to Nulsen towards the establishment of new corporate offices," Mr Barnett said.

"The Nulsen grant is just one example of how money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games supports organisations working to improve the lives of West Australians.

"Nulsen provides valuable services for people with disability in our State. The number of people they support has doubled in the past decade. This grant will help Nulsen expand their services and provide improved accommodation, employment and recreation services for people with disabilities."

The Premier said over the 2014-15 financial year, $463 million was allocated in prize money and 85 WA players experienced the thrill of winning Division One.

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Mr Barnett said over the past year Lotterywest had focused on key business initiatives to continue its successful lottery operation.

"West Australians now have more choice in how they play Lotterywest games across multiple channels including in-store, online and mobile, with the recent launch of the Lotterywest App. Soon all Lotterywest outlets will also be redesigned to incorporate modern technology and further improve the player experience," he said.

The Premier thanked the Lotterywest board and staff for their work over the past year and acknowledged the efforts of the Lotterywest retail network.

"I'd like to express my appreciation to the more than 500 small business operators who, through their hard work selling Lotterywest games are at the forefront of raising vital funds for the community," the Premier said.

From every dollar West Australians spend on Lotterywest games each week, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community.

  • WA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities that work to enhance the quality of life for all West Australians
  • The Lotteries Commission Act outlines eligibility for Lotterywest grants and specifies ScreenWest and the Perth International Arts Festival as beneficiaries who receive an allocation of Lotterywest funding each year linked to a percentage of sales
  • The Act also specifies a percentage of Lotterywest sales revenue each year which is directed to the departments of Health, Culture and the Arts, and Sport and Recreation
  • Not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities can apply for a Lotterywest 'direct grant' towards a charitable or benevolent purpose
  • For a full list of grants recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier, visit: http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants/approved-grants

 

NOTE: *Preliminary figure until audited

SOURCE: Government of Western Australia.

 

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Inspired Win Norsk Tipping VLT Content Contract

Inspired to supply more of its leading VLT content to Norsk Tipping, following a competitive procurement and the success of previous Inspired games in Norway

LONDON, U.K. (July 6, 2015) -- Inspired, the leading provider of Virtual Sports, Mobile Games and SBG Video Lottery, today announces that it has won a new contract to supply VLT games to Norsk Tipping's Multix and Belago VLT platforms in Norway. The contract was awarded following a competitive tender process against some of the world's leading game developers.

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Norsk Tipping is Norway's only VLT operator, with over 4,300 terminals across over 2,200 venues. In 2011 Inspired was selected as one of only three companies to supply content to Norsk Tipping's VLT platforms, including its hit games Diamond Goddess, Monster Cash and Jungle Bucks. Following the recent tender for new VLT games, Inspired will be launching a minimum of four new games, including Centurion and Super Hot Fruits. Inspired was also awarded an additional game due to its ability to develop a new game in the shortest timeframe.

Martin Lucas, Managing Director, VLT & New Markets, Inspired, comments: "Norsk Tipping is a highly regarded lottery and we're delighted to have been selected again as one of their premium content partners. We invest a significant amount in our content R&D and are committed to developing the best content, which keeps players entertained, whilst driving incremental growth for our customers."

Lene Finstad, EVP Product and Brands, Norsk Tipping, adds: "We are very pleased to continue to have Inspired as one of our three partners delivering new games to our Terminals. Inspired has provided us with high quality games for many years and in the tender Inspired demonstrated clearly a strategy to progress even further in the Multix and Belago markets. We look forward to bringing more high quality content to these markets to further develop them in an attractive, yet responsible manner."

Inspired is a leading supplier of VLT technology, hardware and content in Europe and Latin America. It is the leading supplier of VLTs in the UK, a top three supplier in Italy and Colombia, and was recently contracted to provide nearly 4,000 VLTs to the Greek market through OPAP.

For more information about this press release, please contact: marketing@ingg.com / Tel: +44 (0)20 7438 5800

About Inspired (www.inspiredgaminggroup.com)

Inspired is a global content and technology company, headquartered in London, creating the future of gaming and lottery entertainment. It offers unique Virtuals, Casino, Slots and Video Lottery games and technology in 35 countries around the world.

Having pioneered the invention of networked gaming in the UK over a decade ago, Inspired is at the forefront of the global digital gaming evolution with over 35,000 gaming terminals connected to its leading technology. Via this trusted network, Inspired provides fresh gaming and lottery content to operator-controlled devices in shop, online and on mobile.

Its Virtual Sports are the most original and trusted Virtuals in the world. Created by a BAFTA award-winning team of graphic designers and sports betting experts, Inspired is always pushing the boundaries to create ever more compelling virtual entertainment experiences.

Inspired's customer base includes regulated operators of lotteries, casinos, licensed betting offices, gaming halls, bingo halls and regulated online sportsbooks and casinos. Key customers include major regulated gaming companies such as Sisal, Lottomatica, William Hill, Gala Coral Group, Betfred, Ladbrokes, Genting, Paddy Power, Codere, Sky Vegas, PartyGaming, Fortuna, bet365 and Caliente.

SOURCE: Inspired.

 

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Neighbourhood Games Contribute to the Care of the Blind

HAMAR, Norway (July 2, 2015) -- Just as neighborhood creates the hustle and bustle where people live, the proceeds from the game's profits give life to the Blind Association's activities.

Play the game of neighborhood? When you support humanitarian and charitable organizations while you can get some more volume in your wallet. A good combination, according to Secretary General of the Association of the Blind, Gunnar Haugsveen.

"Funds from the neighborhood will use is to arrange popular summer camps and recreational activities for blind and visually impaired children and youth. In addition to continue to train the elderly experiencing visual problems to cope best with the vision to help," says Haugsveen and continues:

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They will learn to read and write again, find their way in new ways, freshen their homes and perform hobbies and leisure activities"

Association of the Blind is entirely dependent on voluntary support to be there for all who lose their sight. Play neighborhood, please help more blind and partially sighted can get the help they need."

Facts about Norway Blindeforbund

Norwegian Blind Association is the organization for anyone with impaired vision. They have offers and benefits that can help, no matter how small the issue. Today, eight of ten members with us visually impaired. Norwegian Blind Association is the oldest organization of and for disabled people.

Association of the Blind has always been a strong contributor to the visually impaired rights and opportunities both nationally and internationally, has been strengthened. Right to work, school books, an adapted transport services and access to information and physical surroundings are important requirements.

Association for the Blind has a number of service initiatives for the country's blind and visually impaired. Guide dogs training, summer camps for children and youth, visiting service, three visible and activity centers where there are courses for new visually impaired, lydaviser and many local activities are examples of this.

Norwegian Blind Association has been engaged in relief work for blind and visually impaired since 1978. Today, Norges Blindeforbund 21 national projects in 12 countries in Africa and Asia.

Another important part of the Blind Association's work is the prevention through public education about eye diseases.

SOURCE: Norsk Tipping.

 

 

China LotSynergy Subsidiary Win Bid for Guangdong Welfare Lottery Information System Technical Services Procurement Project

HONG KONG, SAR (July 7, 2015) -- China LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Beijing Bestinfo Cyber Technology Company Limited (“Bestinfo”), has won a bid for Guangdong Welfare Lottery Issuance Centre’s “Welfare Computer Ticket Game (“CTG”) Lottery Information System Technical Services Procurement Project” in a sole source procurement.

In accordance with project requirements, Bestinfo will provide operation maintenance for the three main systems currently in use by Guangdong Welfare Lottery Issuance Centre (“Guangdong Welfare Lottery”), including the Welfare CTG Lottery Sales Management System (which comprises Database System, Management System, Real time Transaction System, Lottery Drawing System, Betting Terminal System, and Disaster Recovery System), the Lottery Data Analysis System, and the Official Website System, together with technical development for new business and new functions. New functions and business include: new terminal connection, 3D game upgrade, old game withdrawal, telephone betting system enhancement, database upgrade, electronic drawing system upgrade, new games, financial management subsystem upgrade, a new monitoring subsystem, and lottery data analysis enquiry system upgrade. The project is contracted for a term of three years.

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The procurement of this project adopts sole source procurement. Guangdong Welfare Lottery’s CTG Lottery System was a non-universal system developed by Bestinfo in 2000, and was commissioned by China Welfare Lottery Centre. The Welfare CTG Lottery Information System provided by Bestinfo has provided stable technical support and services for Guangdong Welfare Lottery’s sales and development over the years, and is an important safeguard for the sales activities of Guangdong Welfare Lottery. Having considered the practical circumstances in relation to the security of the Guangdong Welfare CTG Information System, a panel of experts have unanimously recommended that Bestinfo be the sole provider for the Guangdong Welfare CTG Lottery Information System Technical Services Procurement Project.

Guangdong Welfare Lottery is the largest provincial market in the nation in terms of lottery sales, having maintained the top sales rank for seven consecutive years. In 2014, Guangdong Welfare Lottery’s sales exceeded RMB 20 billion, the first provincial market to hit this mark in the nation. With nearly RMB 8.5 billion sales in the first five months of 2015, Guangdong Welfare Lottery continues to lead the market. Guangdong Welfare Lottery has greatly contributed to the development of the nation’s Welfare Lottery, and thus its social welfare and charitable activities.

In addition to Bestinfo providing Guangdong Welfare Lottery with the CTG Information System, the Company’s other subsidiary, Guangzhou San Huan Yong Xin Technology Company Limited (“San Huan”), has also provided Welfare CTG terminal servicesto Guangdong Welfare Lottery for over ten years. For more than a decade, Bestinfo and San Huan have closely cooperated to provide comprehensive services including the CTG system and terminals to Guangdong Welfare Lottery, safeguarding the long-term and sustainable growth of Guangdong Welfare Lottery, and helping Guangdong Welfare Lottery to become the largest provincial lottery market in terms of the number of connected terminals and sales in the nation.

Currently, the Company is the provider of the CTG system and terminals to both Guangdong province and Shanghai municipality, and its technical strengths and comprehensive service capabilities have earned the recognition and praise of lottery authorities. Such outstanding performance has laid a solid foundation for the Company to win more projects. The Company will continue to make efforts for the vigorous development of Guangdong Welfare Lottery, and work hard to respond to the industry and market as they put their trust in and have expectations for the Company.

SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings Limited.

 

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Record Sales Once Again for the California Lottery

Lottery on Track to Send More Than $1.3 Billion to Schools

SACRAMENTO, California (July 8, 2015) -- The California Lottery just closed the book on Fiscal Year 2014-15 - and what a year it was! While final, audited numbers won't be available for a couple more months, it's safe to say that it was another record-breaking year for the California Lottery. Preliminary numbers are in, and it looks like the Lottery generated more than $5.5 billion in total sales, smashing its all-time record of $5.03 billion which was set just last year.

Based on the early sales figures, California schools can once again expect more than $1.3 billion in supplemental funds - a modest figure when divided up amongst school districts all across the state, but still money that schools count on and put to good use every year. For some great examples on how every little bit helps, click here.

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"This is a great achievement for the California Lottery and great news for our state's public schools," Acting Lottery Director Paula LaBrie said. "And with great new games, fun promotions and a sustainable growth strategy, it's a really exciting time for the Lottery. Our team is firmly committed to doing everything possible to make Fiscal Year 2015-16 another record year in prizes paid to winners and contributions to education."

Unlike the previous fiscal year when lotteries across the nation received a sales boost from a series of large jackpots in the Mega Millions® and Powerball® games, last year's increase in sales was largely fueled by big gains in Scratchers® sales and Hot Spot, as well as modest gains in the Daily Games category - Fantasy 5, Daily 3, Daily 4 and Daily Derby. Scratchers sales totaled a whopping $3.9 billion, while Draw Game sales (Powerball, Mega Millions and SuperLotto Plus®, along with Daily Games) amounted to a total of $1.6 billion.

All in all, Fiscal Year 2014-15 was a highly-successful year for the California Lottery. And there's even more fun on the horizon! Fiscal Year 2015-16 - in October to be exact - marks the 30th anniversary of the California Lottery. That's right, on October 3, 1985 the Lottery sold its first ticket to the public. Fast-forward 30 years and we're proud to have provided more than $29 billion to California's public schools for basic school supplies, equipment, educational programs, books and teacher salaries.

The California Lottery is a $5 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2014-15, the Lottery created 100 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at: 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: California Lottery.

 

 

Powerball® Redesign Coming in October with Better Overall Odds of Winning, 10X Feature When Starting Jackpots Are Lower

Changes Should Continue To Deliver Big Jackpots, Bump Up Other Significant Prizes

CLIVE, Iowa (July 7, 2015) -- In October, an updated version of the Powerball game will debut with changes designed to continue to deliver big jackpots while upping some other significant prizes in the game. Plays will still cost $2 each, and there will be better overall odds of winning any prize, a big jump up to $50,000 for the game's third prize level, and a chance for players to multiply most winnings by up to 10 times when the jackpot is $150 million or less.

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"Powerball has been revamped several times through the years to continue to deliver the big jackpots people expect, but also give players the chance to win other significant prizes," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. "Our latest changes are designed to continue that trend and build in several new features."

Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today it's sold by 47 lotteries across the nation, with players buying more than $4 billion annually in Powerball tickets. The biggest jackpot in the game so far was a $590.5 million prize won by a Florida woman in May 2013.

With the game's success comes demand for innovation to keep things fresh. Rich said that the latest changes are the eighth revamp in Powerball's history.

"Players have told us they'd like to see new features in the game, and we needed a redesign to make that possible," he said.

Sales in the redesigned game will begin on Sunday, Oct. 4, and the first drawing with the new features will be on Wednesday, Oct. 7. There will be changes to both sets of numbers that players use. Players will choose their first five numbers from a set of 69 (currently 59) white balls and their Powerball from a pool of 26 (currently 35) red balls. The end result will be better overall odds of winning any prize with extended odds of winning the jackpot.

Powerball jackpots will continue to start at $40 million and the game's second prize for matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball will still be $1 million. But the game's third prize level will get a five-fold increase from $10,000 to $50,000 for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.

The game's Power Play® option also will get a big expansion with a 10X feature when jackpots in the game are at lower levels. Currently, players can multiply many prizes by up to five times by adding the Power Play option to their purchase for an extra $1 per play. Under the new design, the Power Play option will be expanded to multiply most prizes (except the jackpot and Match 5 level) by up to 10 times whenever the game's advertised annuitized jackpot is $150 million or less. The Match 5 prize of $1 million will continue to double to $2 million with the Power Play added.

"The 10X feature in the Power Play has been used in short-term promotions in the past and players have always liked it, so we're keeping it as an enhancement to the game," Rich said.

Starting Oct. 7, the Power Play numbers available will be 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X and 10X when the jackpot is $150 million or less. Only the first four multipliers will be in play when the jackpot is higher than that.

Here's an example of how it will work: Let's say the Powerball jackpot is at $100 million for a particular drawing and you win a $50,000 prize that night for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. But you've also added the Power Play option to your ticket. If 10X is selected as the Power Play number in that night's drawing, your $50,000 prize will be multiplied to $500,000.

Powerball drawings will continue to be held at 9:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.

 

 

LOTTO Hessen Release 1H 2015 Financials

  • Hessen ended 2015 positively
  • 63.7 million euros for sports, cultural, social and historic preservation
  • 4 millionaires

 

Wiesbaden, Germany (July 1, 2015) -- LOTTO Hessen has for the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year experienced sales growth in the amount of 5 , 1 percent.

Overall, 36.6 million lottery tickets valued at 317.9 million euros went in Webshop lotto-hessen.de and more than 2,000 sales outlets to 30 June.

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Statistically tapped every Hesse from January to June per head for 52 euros, in the first half 2014, this figure was 50 euros. "With additional online resources and a significantly more advanced customer service we could again meet the national trend," said Dr. Heinz Georg Sundermann, Managing LOTTO Hessen, "but also plagues us the nationwide held overregulation of state providers while illegal operators from abroad gambling providers in shops and on the Internet freely and be able to act without any restrictions."

From the occupied stakes presented LOTTO Hessen in the first half already 22.2 million Euro for sports, 15.6 million euros for culture, 14.3 million euros to social projects and 11.6 million euros of monuments in Hesse are available.

The common good promotion was created by the Hesse Lottery with the foundation in 1949 in the album. At that time, the construction of sports venues like Frankfurt Waldstadion in the foreground, which was largely financed by the predecessor company "State Betting GmbH".

Today there comes from any Lotto Hessen occupied around 21 Euro cents not only sports, but also social, cultural and historic preservation projects benefit.

Another 16 cents to be dissipated as a lottery tax. "Lottery and betting providers who offer this country from Malta or Gibraltar without German license over the Internet, definitely afford welfare taxes", emphasizes Dr. Sundermann, "if so many tip suppliers based abroad could ever pay a higher million profit, I think more for excluded ".

LOTTO Hessen Since January paid gains totaling EUR 135 million, four Hesse were even tapped as new millionaires. They won at LOTTO 6aus49 and Glücksspirale 1.0 to 6.2 million euros.

SOURCE: Lotto Hessen.

 

 

Pay at Pump Service Lets Player Fill Pockets and Car

$227,196 Cash 5 jackpot win in Brunswick County

RALEIGH, North Carolina (July 6, 2015) -- Someone who bought a Carolina Cash 5 ticket at a Bolivia convenience store in Brunswick County started the Fourth of July holiday by winning a $227,196 jackpot.

The winning Cash 5 ticket was sold at a lucky gas pump at the Middle River C Store on Old Ocean Highway. It matched all five numbers in Thursday’s drawing, beating odds of 1 in 575,757.The winning numbers were 2-16-19-36-38. The winner has 180 days to claim the jackpot at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

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The win is the largest so far by lottery players using a new way in North Carolina to buy tickets for three lottery games, Cash 5, Powerball and Mega Millions. The new service, called Play At The Pump, allows players to purchase their tickets at the gas pump. It is designed as a convenience for someone who wants to buy a lottery ticket but doesn’t have time to go into the store.

The lottery began offering the service in January using a program provided by Linq3, an Atlanta-based company that has developed technology that allows lottery tickets to be sold through gas pumps.

The service is available at lottery retailers who choose to offer it to their customers and works in a similar way to buying a car wash at the gas pump.

Currently, Play At The Pump is an option at 117 locations across the state, including all Murphy Express stores. To learn more about the service and find locations where it is available, go to https://ncelonthego.com/. Players can use a debit card to purchase 5, 10, or 20 Quick Picks when playing Cash 5 or Mega Millions. If playing Powerball, players can choose 3, 5 or 10 Quick Picks.

All plays are for the next available draw. Purchases are limited to no more than $70 a week.

Ticket sales made it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion for the state last year. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.

SOURCE: NCEL.

 

 

Lotto Coming to Wednesday Soon

NEW ZEALAND (July 2015) -- Lotto, Powerball and Strike will be drawn on Wednesday as well as Saturday later this year, giving Kiwis another chance to win big with Lotto across the week.

These game changes will create more winners, more millionaires and more chances to win than ever before,” said Lotto New Zealand’s Chief Executive Wayne Pickup.

Lotto, Powerball and Strike will be played in exactly the same way on Wednesday as they are on Saturday.

The jackpot for Powerball will be linked between both draws, which means that if the top prize isn’t struck on Saturday it will increase and be up for grabs on the following Wednesday – and so on, until it’s won.

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 “This means the Powerball jackpot will grow bigger, faster – giving our customers more to play for, more often,” said Mr Pickup.

 “We’ve listened to what our customers have told us. They love winning, they love simplicity, and they love convenience. That’s Lotto on a Wednesday and a Saturday.”

This is the latest in a series of innovations from Lotto New Zealand, bringing customers new ways to play and win.

 “Recent innovations like our ticket-checker app for smartphones and online subscriptions have improved the experience for our players and made playing our games more convenient,” said Mr Pickup.

This latest Lotto evolution will support Lotto NZ’s purpose – to generate money for New Zealand communities.

 “Lotto players help make good things happen by generating essential funding for thousands of community projects every year.                                                                                 

 “We think Lotto on Wednesday is really going to take off, leading to increased lottery funding to communities up and down New Zealand.”

To make way for the Lotto draw on Wednesday, Big Wednesday will be finishing. The exact date for the first Lotto draw on Wednesday will be announced soon, but is expected to be some time in October. Further information will be available later this year.

More information: https://mylotto.co.nz/lotto-changes/

SOURCE: Lotto NZ.

 

 

Assembly Approve Bill Authorizing the Operation of Lottery Courier Services

Assembly Approves Burzichelli, Caputo & Mazzeo Bill to Permit Lottery Ticket Delivery

NEW JERSEY (July 9, 2015) -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen John Burzichelli, Ralph Caputo and Vince Mazzeo to make it easier for New Jersey residents to obtain lottery tickets was approved 54-20-4 by the full Assembly last week.

The bill (A-4018) would require the New Jersey Lottery Commission to authorize the operation of lottery courier services, allowing delivery companies to bring lottery tickets directly to customers. Courier services would be required to register with, and receive authorization from, the State Lottery Commission prior to delivering tickets.

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"Ticket delivery will make lottery products more accessible for players who are homebound or find it inconvenient to get to a retailer," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "This bill is aimed at saving players time and broadening a customer base that provides revenue for services that benefit all New Jersey residents."

Under the bill, a courier service may charge a delivery fee, but may not collect any portion of any prize redeemed from a delivered ticket. A courier service may, however, redeem winning tickets on behalf of its clients within Lottery Commission purview. Furthermore, a courier service interested in storing a purchased lottery ticket in lieu of delivering it would have to maintain a secure database of all tickets, which would be subject to random Lottery Commission audits.

"Just about anything you can think of is available through delivery these days to make people's lives easier," said Caputo (D-Essex). "By extending this convenience to lottery tickets in a way that emphasizes security and transparency, we can also increase revenue for important statewide programs and services."

"This is both a revenue raiser and a job creator that will help broaden the reach of the lottery to those who might otherwise not have the means to participate," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Ultimately this will boost funding support for many worthwhile state programs."

The provisions of the measure state that courier services would not be permitted to obtain lottery sales agent licenses and that operating a courier service would not constitute gambling or the sale of lottery tickets.

SOURCE: Assembly Democrats Release.

 

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Can Lotteries Provide a Fresh Focus in a Changing Landscape?

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MACAU, SAR (July 7, 2015) -- Speakers at this year’s Macao Gaming Summit,Nov. 17 – 19 at Venetian, Macao, will be directing their gaze at Asia’s lucrative lotteries market as the rapidly expanding sector forms part of a special focus at the November event.

It’s one of the untapped resources of worldwide gaming, but lotteries are making their mark on the industry landscape. In the vast market of Asia, the opportunities are significant, which explains why the Macao Gaming Summit will be theming one of its conference sessions this year to the prospects of lotteries in Macau and the Asian markets.

As lottery suppliers report soaring revenues and pundits predict big developments in the regulatory landscape, experts will be taking a closer look at how businesses from all over the world can capitalise on this key growth area.

A recent study by Ken Research identified booming lottery sales as a driver for progress in both Hong Kong and Macau, meriting its status as a point of focus at this year’s conference.

In a report titled ‘China Casino and Gambling Industry Outlook to 2019’, the research analyst wrote: “The transition of the lottery industry from manual distribution to channels such as internet and mobile has not only created convenience for the masses in buying lottery tickets, but has also led to the increase in participation of younger and more professional masses. Online lottery purchase has become an important medium of lottery sales and has been growing exponentially in China.”

As well as presenting seminars and talks on this widely popular sector, the 2015 Macao Gaming Summit will be taking an in-depth look at the changing landscape of gaming in the Macau and Asian markets taking in lessons from around the world and looking at how to exploit the vast opportunities.

Full details of this year’s Macao Gaming Summit are due to be announced shortly.

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SOURCE: Macao Gaming Summit.

 

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