Appoint David Flinn as Regional Vice President, Canada
LONDON, U.K. (September 17, 2015) --
International Game Technology
PLC (IGT) (NYSE:IGT) today announced that it has appointed
David Flinn as Regional Vice President, Canada, effective immediately.
In this role, Flinn has
responsibility for all facets of IGTs product lines in Canada (excluding
Ontario Lottery and Gaming interactive operations, which is supported in
collaboration by IGTs Interactive division) including casino and casino
systems, video lottery terminal (VLT) and VLT systems, interactive gaming and
traditional lottery. Flinn reports to Nick Khin, SVP North America Sales &
Strategic Accounts, and Jay Gendron, SVP WLA North America.
A gaming industry veteran, Flinn has
extensive experience including senior positions with IGT, serving as Executive
Vice President of Business Development for Atlantic Lottery Corporation, and as
a Director of Sales for GTECH S.p.A. with SPIELO.
David continues to build
upon his winning track record of helping his customers excel across both the
gaming and lottery segments. His expertise and ability to cultivate outstanding
long-term business partnerships position IGT to drive further positive momentum
in Canada, said Khin. Davids talent for understanding
his customers needs and delivering best-in-class solutions demonstrates
how well he represents IGTs Customer First approach.
Flinn is based in IGTs New
Brunswick, Canada office.
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 has more than 13,000
employees. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Phil OShaughnessy,
IGT Corporate Communications, +1 (702) 669-2975
INTRALOT's Chryssa Amanatidou Receives Prestigious
ATHENS, Greece (September 18, 2015)
-- INTRALOT is proud to
announce that Ms. Chryssa Amanatidou, Sr. Manager of Public Relations and CSR,
has been awarded by PGRI with the "Collaboration Award" together with her
partners from Scientific Games and IGT, for their vision, breakthrough
initiatives and action in forging creative collaborations which have
contributed to the great success of Government Lotteries. The official award
ceremony was held in the framework of the PGRI Lottery Expo in Miami, in the
presence of leading lottery professionals.
Mr. Paul Jason, CEO of PGRI, stated
during the award ceremony: "Lotteries all around the world are striving to
create new collaborations that promise to keep government-gaming in the
leadership role and continue to drive increasing funds to Good Causes. It's
about seeking out and creating new opportunities to work collaboratively in
service to our industry. That's why we want to recognize three industry
leaders, INTRALOT, IGT and Scientific Games, who took it upon themselves to
collaborate for the purpose of delivering a better result that benefits the
entire industry. We congratulate them for all of their tremendous efforts, and
work to emulate their example for how service to our industry will be best
served by focusing on our common goals and interests".
Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT
Group Chief Operating Officer, congratulated Ms. Amanatidou and stated: "We
are proud of Chryssa's well-deserved recognition from the industry. This award
rewards her efforts and commitment, as well as her ability to effectively
collaborate with other industry professionals to the benefit of the gaming
sector as a whole".
Ms. Chryssa Amanatidou stated, while
receiving the award by Ms. Rebecca Hargrove, President & Chief Executive
Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. and Mr. Paul Jason of Public Gaming,
"I am very honoured to receive this award and I would like to thank my
management and my team that supported and empowered this initiative all the way
through. It's been a long journey of more than 10 years, when we decided with
Gayle Kennedy (Scientific Games), and Edith McCarthy (IGT) to join forces
towards a common vision: to create a networking platform where people from the
industry would share their knowledge, experience and ideas and ultimately
inspire the lottery community. And therefore competition became "co-opetition"
based on mutual trust, respect, consistency and commitment".
Chryssa Amanatidou is a gaming
industry professional with more than 15 years of experience. Chryssa entered
the industry in 2001 joining INTRALOT as a Public Relations executive. She is
managing the Group's communication and relations with the Lottery and Gaming
Associations globally, while she is responsible for Corporate Social
Responsibility and the organization of the tradeshows and corporate events.
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
For more information please CONTACT:
Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com.
Scientific Games Win Ohio Lottery Instant Game
Lottery Reported Record 8.8
Percent Increase in Instant Game Retail Sales Fiscal Year 2015
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, (September
24, 2015) -- Scientific Games
Corporation ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that the
Company has signed a new two-year contract with four two-year extension options
to provide instant games and related services to the Ohio Lottery (the
"Lottery"). The contract, awarded through a competitive procurement process,
began in July 2015 and includes instant games as well as marketing, licensed
brands and interactive services.
Ohioans purchased a record $1.5
billion in instant games in fiscal year 2015, an 8.8 percent increase over the
Since 2001, Scientific Games has
been the primary instant game provider to the Ohio Lottery, which is currently
ranked among the Top 15 lotteries worldwide for instant game per capita sales
(La Fleur's Almanac).
John Schulz, Senior Vice President,
Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "We look forward to partnering
with the Ohio Lottery to drive continued growth of instant games to benefit
education in the state. We will continue to provide a great entertainment value
for Ohio players with exciting new instant games like the two $30 games
launched in 2015, innovative new play styles, favorite licensed brands, and
interactive mobile and internet promotions to complement instant game retail
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 www.scientificgames.com.
About Ohio Lottery
The Ohio Lottery Commission was
created in May 1973 by a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The first
tickets went on sale in August 1974. Today, the Ohio Lottery Commission offers
customers a wide variety of instant games and on-line games to play at more
than 9,800 licensed retailer locations across the state.
Since 1974, the Lottery has provided
more than $19 billion to public education. Annually, the Ohio Lottery provides
about four percent of the funding needed for public educationan effort
shared by local, state and federal governments.
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Pollard Banknote Unveils New State-Of-The-Art Instant Ticket
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (September 21,
2015) -- Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to announce that its new
22-station TRESU press-the lottery industry's most advanced instant ticket
printing press-is now in operation.
The press, unveiled on September 21,
is located in Pollard Banknote's 90,000-square-foot production facility in
Ypsilanti, Michigan. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured several state and
local dignitaries, as well as lottery industry officials.
"All of us at Pollard Banknote
are very excited to demonstrate our new state-of-the-art press to our
customers. Our core business is instant ticket printing, and we continue to
seek out and invest in the most cutting-edge innovations in equipment and
logistics with the goal of improving capacity, efficiency, and the quality of
our print products. This press is one example of that commitment," said
Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote.
"This major capital investment is
a result of tremendous support from the lottery industry, as well as Pollard
Banknote's belief in the continued growth potential of the lottery retail
space. Increased sales volumes and the expansion of our client base in recent
years have been the main impetus behind our purchase of the new TRESU press. We
are now in an even better position to support our lottery customers in their
goal of increasing proceeds for good causes."
Pollard Banknote's TRESU press
includes a number of unique features that make it the world's most efficient
and flexible inline instant ticket press. With a production capacity increase
of approximately 35 percent, Pollard Banknote will be able to significantly
grow its volumes, while at the same time transition to a more efficient
"Pollard Banknote has been a
fixture in the Michigan manufacturing industry for close to two decades, and
over this time the plant has had an impressive worldwide reach, with tickets
being printed for more than 20 states and for international lotteries
throughout Europe and as far away as Australia," noted Congresswoman Debbie
Dingell. "This new press-a $20 million [USD] investment-signifies the
company's continued commitment to the state of Michigan and our workers."
Ypsilanti Township Supervisor,
Brenda Stumbo added, "This new investment will help keep skilled
manufacturing jobs in Michigan. Pollard Banknote currently employs about 150
Michiganders-a number that is expected to grow with new contract awards. In
addition to an overall annual salary expenditure of approximately $8 million,
the company contributes to the local economy through expenditures to suppliers
and utilities, as well as through state and local taxes."
The TRESU press is the latest in a
series of improvements and expansions that Pollard Banknote has undertaken in
Michigan. The company's history in Michigan began with the purchase of Webcraft
Games, Inc., an instant ticket printer, in 1996.
Pollard Banknote began printing for
the Michigan Lottery in that same year, and soon after began work on a new
facility that more than doubled the company's print capacity in Michigan. This
was followed by a building expansion and the addition of an automated finishing
Following the official ribbon
cutting, guests toured the facility and learned about the broad capabilities of
the press, including its high degree of automation and unique custom
For instance, compared to other
presses in the instant ticket industry, this press boasts the most display
color stations capable of printing continuously across both the graphic and
scratch-off surfaces, all with high-precision registration.
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:
For more information contact:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Carmanah Signs Hire A New Sales Professional and A Digital
Fast Growing Company
CALGARY, AB, Canada (September 22,
2015) -- Carmanah Signs
Inc. (www.carmanahsigns.com) is pleased to announce the hiring of
two new team members as part of a long-term strategy to broaden its sales and
customer service capabilities.
David Roy joins Carmanah as an
International Business Development Director to further develop Carmanah's
growing portfolio of international accounts. David Roy comes with a wealth of
experience particularly related to sales, marketing and business development
for major global corporations within the Lottery and FMGC industries.
Ryan Ali joins Carmanah as the
Marketing & Interactive Design Manager to oversee Carmanah's overall
marketing strategy. His specialties are digital signage strategy and app
development, and his expertise in this area will really set Carmanah apart in
developing digital sign networks for the lottery industry.
David is based in the U.K. and
supported by the Luxembourg office locally and the Calgary office globally,
while Ryan is based and supported out of the global Calgary office.
Carmanah helps lotteries and casinos
to engage players by designing and supplying digital sign networks, interactive
digital media experiences and value-added LED signs.
Carmanah is the gaming division of
Stratacache, a leading global provider of digital sign software, touch
interactive hardware and network operation services. Carmanah and Stratacache's
digital technologies improve in-store shopper experience, promote retail
conversion and assist with mobile activation.
Carmanah is the world leader for the
global lottery market in the development and production of wirelessly-updated
lottery jackpot signs, which increase jackpot awareness, sales and ultimately
revenues for good causes. Carmanah has provided over 110,000 wireless jackpot
signs for lottery retailers in 46 lottery jurisdictions.
Carmanah's LED and digital table
game signage is installed in over 500 casinos on all five major continents,
helping to inform, engage and retain casino players.
Carmanah Signs Inc. CONTACTS:
SOURCE: Carmanah Signs.
Laboratories International (GLI®) is Now Accepting Submissions for
Skill-Based Gaming in Nevada
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 18,
2015) - Gaming Laboratories
International (GLI®) is proud to announce that the company is now
accepting Nevada submissions for skill-based gaming due to the regulatory
changes as a result of Nevada Legislature of Senate Bill 9 (SB9).
The Nevada Gaming Commission
approved modifications to Nevada Gaming regulations 4, 6 and 14 to accommodate
SB9, including changes to Regulation 14 that permits skill-based gaming.
According to the Nevada Assembly
Committee on Judiciary, SB9 was introduced to enable "the continued growth
and success of the gaming industry in the State of Nevada, which depends on the
fostering of a business and regulatory environment that promotes continued
advances in the use of technology in gaming, which improves the entertainment
experience, encourages innovation, and supports expansion of the domestic
technology sector of the economy of this state."
SB9 states that the Nevada Gaming
Commission will adopt regulations which encourage manufacturers to develop and
deploy gaming devices that incorporate innovative, alternative and advanced
technology. Games can now be developed and submitted for approval within Nevada
that implement physical skill, dexterity, knowledge and strategy, and awards
can be paid accordingly, allowing greater flexibility in payout percentages.
Previously, games were required to base outcomes on chance with the player
having no ability to influence the end result.
GLI's Vice President of Global
Services Ian Hughes said, "This is an exciting time, and our engineers and
mathematicians are prepared for the adoption that occurred today to meet the
industry needs and play our role in ensuring product compliance. Nobody can
fully anticipate the type of gaming products that we may see on a gaming floor
in Nevada as the regulations open the door to all types of skills and hybrid
games. GLI will work closely with the industry and the Gaming Control Board to
Regulation 14 amendment is backed by
the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and the industry. The
regulation allows slot machines to incorporate skill-based gaming, arcade-style
elements, hybrid games and other unique features and advanced technologies to
the casino floor.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
consulting services. GLI's laboratory locations are found on six continents,
and the company is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and
international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and
17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery
For more information, visit:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Lottery Launch New Draw Game
Sales For Texas Triple
Chance Start Sept. 27, First Drawing Sept. 28
AUSTIN, Texas (September 24, 2015)
-- The Texas Lottery today
announced the launch of its newest draw game Texas Triple Chance. Texas
Triple Chance becomes one of nine draw games offered by the Texas Lottery and
joins existing draw games Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two
Step®, Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® as well as the
multistate draw games, Powerball® and Mega Millions®.
We are excited to offer
this fun, new game to our players that features three chances to win $100,000
in every play, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas
Lottery. Players wont be the only winners though, as we estimate
that Texas Triple Chance will result in approximately $29.3 million in revenue
for public education over the next five years.
Drawings for the Texas Triple Chance
game will take place at the Texas Lotterys Austin headquarters located at
611 E. 6th Street. Drawings will be held Monday through Saturday at 10:12 p.m.
How to Play Texas Triple
- Each play costs $2 per drawing, and each play
includes three chances to win a prize.
- For chance 1: Player picks seven numbers from one
to 55 or marks the Quick Pick box on a playslip which lets the
terminal pick the numbers.
- For chance 2 and chance 3: The seven numbers will
always be Quick Picks and will automatically print on a players
- Multi-Draw option: Player may purchase the same
play (three sets of seven numbers) for more than one drawing by marking the
Multi-Draw box to play up to 12 consecutive drawings
How to Win
- The Texas Lottery will draw 10 numbers from one to
55. The top prize can be won by matching all seven numbers in any one chance to
the numbers drawn.
- A player matching three or more numbers in any one
chance will win a prize ranging from $2 up to $100,000
Overall odds of winning a prize in
each chance are one in 9.6 and the overall odds of winning a prize in a play
are one in 3.6. The odds of winning a Texas Triple Chance top prize are one in
More information about Texas Triple
Chance can be found by visiting the Texas Lotterys website or by viewing
the how-to-play video on the Texas Lotterys YouTube channel
About the Texas
Beginning with the first ticket
sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $24 billion in revenue for the
state and distributed $47 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the
Texas Lottery has contributed $18 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
Since the first veterans
themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has
contributed more than $52 million for programs benefitting Texas veterans.
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®, Texas Triple Chance and
scratch ticket games. For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.
CONTACT: Media Relations, Phone:
512-344-5131, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Ghostbusters & Spooky Loot Instant Games Offer Big Cash Prizes, Second
Chances to Win
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (September
17, 2015) -- The Pennsylvania
Lotterys new Ghostbusters and Spooky Loot instant games are now
on sale, offering players exciting cash prizes and second chances to win
through the Pumpkin Patch Payout Second-Chance Drawings.
Ghostbusters, a $2 instant game,
offers 10 top prizes of $30,000 and more than $9.5 million in total cash
prizes. Spooky Loot, a $5 game, offers 10 top prizes of $50,000 and cash prizes
totaling more than $20.2 million. Visit palottery.com for details on both
Through the Pumpkin Patch Payout
Second-Chance Drawings, non-winning tickets for these games may be entered into
one of two random drawings for one winner of $50,000, or 100 winners of $1,000.
Each qualifying ticket submitted
will receive a number of entries equal to the ticket price: two entries for the
$2 Ghostbusters game and five entries for the $5 Spooky Loot game. Entries must
be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
Entry for all second-chance
opportunities must take place via the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or the
official smartphone app. Mailed entries will be disqualified. Visit
palottery.com for entry, prize details, rules, and drawing information.
About the Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the
only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit
older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has
contributed more than $25.8 billion to programs that include property tax and
rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost
prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the
52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers
throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds
players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please
For help with a gambling problem,
For drawings results, winning
numbers, winners stories and to subscribe to the Lotterys RSS news
feed, visit: www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at:
www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
Szrek2Solutions LLC - Ensuring RNG
EAST GREENWICH, Connecticut
(September 22, 2015) -- Random Number Generators (RNG) play an important role
in the lottery industry - they determine winning numbers in draw games, raffles
and second chance games, instant win games, Quick Picks, etc. Yet, RNG
processes are not always secure. The recent RNG fraud conviction of
MUSL Security Director Eddie
Tipton demonstrates that it is possible to compromise RNG systems without
leaving a trace. Even though MUSL deployed a very secure environment for its
drawing system, Tipton was able to fix the draw and was caught only
because of the suspicious way in which he tried to cash the winning ticket. One
fraud case was brought to justice.
This recent event reveals a
deficiency in the way RNG systems are deployed: even in extremely secure
environments, lotteries risk exposure to RNG fraud and lack a comprehensive
fraud verification mechanism. In order to mitigate the risk, the industry
should require RNG system solutions that detect insider fraud.
However, traditional RNG approaches
fail to provide such capabilities, and consequently these systems can be
For the last 11 years
Szrek2Solutions has been
deploying Trusted Draw and Trusted Play RNG systems, with
integrated proof of RNG integrity validated by Trusted Audit. Our
patented technology proves that winning numbers and draw times are not
manipulated. The proof of draw integrity can be obtained immediately after the
draw or years later.
It is independent of the draw system
and tamper-evident, and so if the draw system is compromised the audit system
will detect the fraud with 100% accuracy.
Trusted Audit may be deployed
internally by lotteries or is offered as a service provided by an independent
3rd party. Szrek2Solutions partners with a major ICS vendor to provide this
We will be demonstrating our Trusted
Draw 360 and TD Audit products and answering any questions about RNG
technology and system deployment at
NASPL 2015. Please visit
us in our booth #310.
Szrek2Solutions LLC has been
providing certified RNG solutions to the lottery industry since 2005. We are a
well-established RNG vendor.
Our systems have been generating
random outcomes for lottery applications without a single failure since the
first deployment, over 2 billion audited random numbers ago.
Our current clients in the US
include: IGT, Texas Lottery, Oregon Lottery, and Georgia Lottery.
Our current clients in Europe
include Lottomatica Italy, Sisal Italy, Luxembourg Lottery, and Danske
SOURCE: Szrek2Solutions LLC.
Arizona Lottery Introduce One-Of-A-Kind Instant Win & Draw
PHOENIX, Arizona (September 17,
2015) The Arizona
Lotterys first-ever instant win and draw game, 5 Card Cash will
launch Oct. 4 and will give players a chance to win up to $5,000 instantly and
up to $100,000 during nightly drawings Monday through Saturday.
While 5 Card Cash is poker-themed,
no card knowledge or skill is needed to play.
In the 5 Card Cash game, 5 card
symbols from a field of 52 card symbols are selected via a computer-generated
The $2 ticket gives players a chance
to win a prize instantly at the time of purchase if the card symbols on their
ticket match a specified winning hand from the prize structure.
The same ticket gives players an
additional chance to win during the nightly drawing if their ticket matches 2
to 5 of the card symbols drawn.
If an instant win prize is redeemed
after the nightly drawing associated with the purchased ticket, the instant win
prize and the draw win prizes will be automatically combined.
Drawings take place every night of
the week, except Sunday, at approximately 7:05 p.m. during daylight saving time
and 8:05 p.m. the rest of the year.
"5 Card Cash is the Arizona
Lottery's first hybrid game that allows our players to win both instantly and
by a nightly drawing, which is in direct response to our players' requests for
more ways to win," said Tony Bouie, Executive Director of the Arizona
"We are excited to launch 5 Card
Cash and expect it to be extremely popular with our players."
The 5 Card Cash game
includes the following cash prizes for instant wins:
During the nightly drawings,
players can win in the following ways:
5 Card Cash will replace Weekly
Winnings, which will end after Friday night's drawing on Oct. 2, 2015.
Players must be 21 years or older to
purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to
claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by
game. All sales are final.
In accordance with the ADA, these
materials may be made available in an alternative format. Gambling Problem?
Call 1.800.NEXT STEP (1-800-639-8783). Please Play Responsibly.
About the Arizona Lottery
The Arizona Lottery operates
entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it
doesnt receive any General Fund dollars from the State.
Proceeds from sales of Lottery
tickets nearly $3.4 million per week, fund a variety of state programs.
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
Learn more at
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery .
Florida Lottery Launch Its 1,000th Scratch-Off
Along with three other new
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 22,
2015) -- The Florida
Lottery reached a new 1,000th Scratch-Off game milestone today with the
launch of its newest $20 game, $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER! The new game
features more than $346 million in cash prizes including, six top prizes of
$5,000,000 and 20 prizes of $1,000,000. The games overall odds of winning
are one-in-2.97. $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER is the Lotterys 1,000th
Scratch-Off ticket to launch since the very first Scratch-Off game,
MILLIONAIRE, launched in 1988.
The Florida Lottery is also
celebrating its 1,000th Scratch-Off game by giving retailers the chance to win
along with players. Twenty retailers will have an opportunity to win $1,000
when they sell a winning $1,000 $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER ticket.
The Florida Lottery began
sales with a single Scratch-Off ticket, and now 27 years and 1,000 games later,
Scratch-Off products have become the driving force behind the Lotterys
record sales and education transfers, said Interim Secretary Tom
This ticket will generate
enthusiasm among our players, and is also expected to generate more than $84
million for education, and thats something we can all be excited
The Florida Lottery also launched
three other Scratch-Off games today, offering more than $65 million in instant
prizes. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock
and available for purchase within 48 hours.
The $5 game, FANTASTIC 5S,
offers more than $37.2 million in prizes and eight top prizes of $250,000. The
games overall odds of winning are one-in-3.99.
The $2 game, LUCKY STARS, offers
more than $18.7 million in prizes, including 14 top prizes of $20,000. The
games overall odds of winning are one-in-4.52.
The $1 game, MONEY TREE, has more
than three million winning tickets, including 128 top prizes of $3,000. The
games overall odds of winning are one-in-4.96.
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent
of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.
About The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than
700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy
through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and
transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than
$48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires.
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Scratch and Win a Zombie Adventure Motoped®
TOPEKA, Kansas (September 23, 2015)
-- According to Zombie pop culture, the five key things humans need to survive
a zombie invasion are water, shelter, clothing, food and fire.
Kansas Lottery suggests
there may be an additional need - a Zombie survival bike!
Kansas Lottery players now have a
chance to win a Zombie survival bike in a game like no other! Players who
purchase one of the Kansas Lottery's new $2 Zombie Adventure instant scratch
tickets have a chance to instantly scratch and win one of 200 Motoped®
"This is the first time the
Kansas Lottery has given away merchandise prizes that are actually part of the
game and not a prize in a second-chance drawing," said Kansas Lottery
Executive Director Terry Presta. "The Motopeds are a blast and will make
extraordinary prizes for the players who win them."
The Motoped has a head-turning style
that's impossible to ignore. The military-inspired vehicle can be pedaled like
a bicycle or ridden like a motorcycle. It's lightweight and can go places and
do things traditional bicycles or motorcycles can't.
With a low-carbon footprint, one of
these bikes can travel up to 300 miles without a fill up. The retail value of
each bike is $3,200 to $3,600.
In addition to the 200 Motoped
instant merchandise prizes in the $2 Zombie Adventure game, there are hundreds
of thousands of cash prizes for players to also win instantly.
The new Zombie Adventure tickets are
being shipped to Lottery retailers statewide this week.
For more information click on Zombie
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.
Announce Release of Two New Reports Into Emerging Betting
CASTLETOWN, Isle of Man (September
23, 2015) -- Global Betting and
Gaming Consultants, a specialist gaming consultancy with more than 15
years'experience, has produced two new reports investigating African sports
betting and emerging trends in virtual betting.
The reports are based on
groundbreaking research conducted as part of GBGC's flagship Global Gambling
Report, a market-leading study of more 250 gaming and betting markets which is
now in its tenth edition.
GBGC CEO Warwick Bartlett commented:
"We're pleased to be releasing reports into these exciting emerging sectors.
Both topics have been very interesting to research, and we're certain that our
readers and subscribers will find them engaging and a catalyst for ideas. Tax
and regulation have put pressure on operators' profits in recent years so it
has never been more important to seek out new sectors."
He continued: "In our decade-long
work on the Global Gambling Report, we've always tried to take a comprehensive
long-term view on the industry as a whole - but we understand that operators
are looking for the most intriguing opportunities in the here and now. That's
what these two new reports are all about."
The firm's report on virtual betting
examines the ways in which the simulated betting format - long derided as
'cartoon betting' - is on the rise. Improvements to graphics and new products
offered by suppliers are slowly transforming virtual betting into a serious
contributor to revenues, compounded by operators' desires for stable margins
and a longer "betting window".
Meanwhile, GBGC's report on Africa
identifies cultural trends that are currently driving the continent's emerging
sports betting sector.
Although the African betting market
currently lags behind its European and Asian counterparts, there are several
trends giving cause for growth: urbanisation, increasing stability and economic
prosperity and a growing, young population.
Lorien Piling, Director at GBGC,
said: "Global suppliers have already seen the potential and are working with
established operators in Africa, but now non-domestic operators are sensing
that this might be a market to break into. Of course, there's quite a
difference between sensing opportunity and actually navigating the complex
terrain of a new jurisdiction. That's where GBGC's expertise comes in."
The company has already completed
projects in Africa, finding partners and researching potential opportunities in
various jurisdictions. According to Bartlett, a symbiotic relationship exists
between GBGC's specialist gambling reports and its international consultancy
"Our research has always gone
hand-in-hand with our consultancy work," added Bartlett. "Being properly
informed is the best way to start, but looking at strategy, licensing,
partnerships and individual business goals is the next step. These two reports
on virtual betting and Africa will help spark ideas for new opportunities for
betting firms looking to diversify and increase their revenues."
Media Information CONTACT: Lorien
Pilling, Director, Email: email@example.com,
Phone: +44 (0) 1624 827138.
Fastrak Win GOLD Once Again at the 2015 POPAI
CHESHIRE, U.K. (September 23, 2015)
-- For the second consecutive year
Fastrak have won
the gold award in the G.M & Non Food Permanent
category at the prestigious POPAI annual 2015 awards ceremony held at the
glamorous Lancaster Hotel in London. Our winning entry was a scratch card
dispensing system, based on our innovative and successful POD scratch card
retailing system, for Premier Lotteries Ireland. (The Irish National
The POPAI Awards represent the very
best the retail point of purchase industry has to offer in all areas of
in-store communication. Our POD scratch card dispensing system impressed the
judging panel with the flexibility it provides for varying retail environments
and the resulting increase in unit sales which followed. To understand more
about how the POD system can help your lottery please
click here for further information.
Fastraks Managing Director
John Barrett commented, Winning this award clearly demonstrates our
ability to design, develop and manufacture lottery POS products that make a
real difference. To be officially recognised for this fact is fantastic news
for Fastrak. We look forward to further developing more award winning products
for our lottery based customers in the up and coming month and year to
follow. To read Fastraks entry for yourself please
Whether you require lottery or
retail based POS systems to be designed and manufacturing from scratch, or
something to be developed and retrofitted into an existing store environment,
our team of experts at Fastrak Retail are able to offer the very best
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Solutions International BV Accepted as Associate Member of
Abacus Solutions International
joins the North American Association of State and Provincial
AMSTERDAM & LONDON (September
23, 2015) -- Abacus Solutions International BV (Abacus) announced today
that it has been accepted as an Associate Member of the
North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).
"Joining NASPL is very important
for Abacus," said Simon Butler, CEO at Abacus,
"because Abacus has a number of
innovative solutions specifically developed for the lottery world with a strong
emphasis on the North American markets."
NASPL represents over fifty lottery
organisations in the North American Continent, and has been operating now for
more than forty years.
"Being a member of NASPL is a
good opportunity for Abacus," stated Tim Yahya, North American Country
Manager, "because NASPL recognises that lotteries need to be innovative by
creating software based, customer purchase solutions at EVERY existing point of
sale that make it easier for consumers to buy lottery products responsibly, as
well as encouraging new players to play, thereby supporting the lotteries to
help generate revenue to meet public needs."
Abacus will be attending
NASPL's Annual Conference in
Dallas in October and they are excited about being part of the show for the
first time as it will be a great opportunity to showcase our range of
innovative lottery solutions that enable consumers to play anywhere at
anytime said Tim Yayha.
SOURCE: Abacus Solutions
Lottery Break Record With $1.2 Billion Contribution to Texas
Record sales also result
in $13.1 million for Texas veterans programs
AUSTIN, Texas (September 22, 2015)
-- The Texas Lottery ended
fiscal year 2015 by making its largest contributions to Texas education and
veterans programs in the agencys 23-year history.
This is the 12th
consecutive year that the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in
revenue for Texas, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas
Lottery. With this revenue transfer, the Texas Lottery has now
contributed more than $18 billion to Texas public education and more than $52
million to Texas veterans.
With $4.529 billion in gross sales,
the Texas Lottery broke the sales record it set in the previous year, resulting
in a contribution of $1.242 billion to Texas, the single largest annual
transfer of revenue to the state.
This years revenue
transfer included $1.225 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $13.1
million to the Fund for Veterans Assistance, said Grief.
These are the single largest annual revenue transfers to both
The Foundation School Fund,
administered by the Texas Education Agency, funds the operational needs and
special program services for Texas school districts including teacher salaries,
utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and
talented education, and career and technical education.
Since the first veterans
themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has
contributed more than $52 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, these
programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder counseling and housing assistance.
The Texas Lottery once again saw
strong sales across its entire scratch ticket game portfolio. Scratch ticket
sales totaled more than $3.48 billion, the highest scratch ticket sales in
Texas Lottery history.
In addition to record-breaking
sales, the Texas Lotterys careful spending kept administrative costs to
just 4.45 percent of fiscal year 2015 sales. Texas Lottery players and
retailers also had a great year. Players collected $2.93 billion in prizes, the
highest prize payment in Texas Lottery history.
For the states more than
17,000 Texas Lottery retailers that collect a five percent commission on every
lottery sale, commissions amounted to $226.6 million, the highest commission
paid to retailers in Texas Lottery history.
Ninety-six percent of Texas
Lottery sales were returned to the state in the form of prizes, retailer
commissions and bonuses, and contributions to the Foundation School Fund, the
Fund for Veterans Assistance, and other state programs, said
I am very pleased with the
results for fiscal year 2015 and proud of the significant contributions made to
Texas education and veterans, said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the
Texas Lottery Commission.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $24 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $47 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $18 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. Since the first veterans themed scratch ticket
game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $52
million for programs benefitting Texas veterans.
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 ticket games.
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SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.