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NASPL Professional Development Seminar in Seattle is SOLD OUT

Game Developers Conference is Still Accepting Registration

SEATTLE, Washington (July 13, 2015) -- NASPL has had an outstanding interest in the Professional Development Seminar and as a result all places have been Sold Out.

The Upcoming Game Developers Conference is still accepting Registration and you are urged to make your interest known to secure a position.

SOURCE: NASPL.

 

 

International Game Technology Receives the World Lottery Association's Corporate Social Responsibility Certification for the Company's Lottery Operations

LONDON, U.K. (July 15, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced that it has been awarded certification for its lottery operations by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for the WLA Associate Member Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Standards and Certification Framework. IGT was commended for its commitment to having established sustainable CSR and Responsible Gaming programs as a vendor to the global lottery industry for nearly 40 years.

"Responsible gaming is fundamental to our business success and our corporate social responsibility initiatives are part of our DNA," said Robert K. Vincent, IGT Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Public Affairs. "These principles govern the protection of our lottery customers and their players. It also gives us a unique opportunity to work more closely with our Responsible Gaming stakeholders, refresh our advertising practices, and involve our employees in unique ways to reinforce the Company's commitment to responsibly delivering growth to the lottery industry."

An external appraisal was performed by a WLA approved assessor, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI). GLI provided an informed, complete, and impartial assessment of the Company's lottery operations and completed a Statement of Alignment reflecting IGT's compliance with the eight sections of the WLA CSR standards. The eight standards include research; employee program; product and service development; remote gaming environment; advertising and marketing communications; client awareness; stakeholder engagement; and reporting. IGT also received letters in support of its application from key stakeholders such as customers, problem gambling associations, and world-renowned problem gambling scholars.

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IGT has reinforced its commitment by adopting global Commitments and Guidelines for each of the eight CSR standards including the creation of a global Responsible Gaming working group; the launch of an interactive employee e-learning course on Responsible Gaming and problem gambling; and the adoption of a global advertising and marketing communications Code of Conduct.

"We are honored to be recognized by the WLA as an industry leader in CSR and Responsible Gaming, and we will continue to evaluate and strengthen the technology and consumer safeguards we provide to our customers," concluded Mr. Vincent.

In 2012, IGT received an invitation from the WLA to be a part of a Responsible Gaming pilot program for lottery vendors and suppliers. In 2014, WLA released its standards document for the pilot program that ultimately set Responsible Gaming requirements for vendors and suppliers across the industry. The Company will keep Corporate Social Responsibility front and center in the expanding gaming industry. IGT will seek recertification from the WLA in 2018.

About IGT

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

CONTACT: Angela Wiczek, Corporate Communications, (401) 392-7544.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Scientific Games Appoint Marco Herrera, Managing Director Gaming in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Names International Headquarters for Gaming Division

LAS VEGAS and BARCELONA (July 7, 2015) – Scientific Games Corporation (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Marco Herrera in an expanded role as Vice President, Managing Director of Gaming for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Reporting to Robert J. Parente, Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for the Company’s Gaming Division, Herrera will lead operations and oversee sales of gaming machines, casino-management systems solutions, and table products representing the Company’s Bally, Shuffle Master, and WMS product brands. He will also oversee service and support to grow the Company’s market share in EMEA and to elevate the customer experience in the region by bringing the three powerful product brands under a combined operational infrastructure. The international headquarters of the Company’s Gaming division is located at Carrer de Leonardo Da Vinci, 24-28 in Rubi, Spain, just 15 kilometers from Barcelona.

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Derik Mooberry, Group Chief Executive Gaming at Scientific Games, said, “We are honored to elevate Marco into a role with greater responsibility in the oversight of operations, sales, and the integration of our proven product brands in the strategic and vitally important EMEA region. Marco brings strong customer relationships, a proven track record for delivering growth, deep insights into our industry, and a competitive spirit to his expanded role.”

Herrera joined Scientific Games in November 2014 following its merger with Bally Technologies. Previously, Herrera served as Bally Technologies’ Vice President and Managing Director of EMENA for four years, and eight years as Vice President and Managing Director of the Bally Technologies MCC™ casino and slot-management system division in Nice, France. Before joining Bally Technologies in 2006, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ztradingindustries, a software and services provider in the pre-owned goods market.

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.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Svenska Spel Show the Way for a Better Gaming Experience

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (July 9, 2015) -- Svenska Spel is at the absolute forefront when it comes to promoting healthy gaming habits. Now distinguished company further over the competition by introducing Spelkoll with three innovations that contribute to a better gaming experience and control over their gambling. This is part of the Svenska Spel's mandate to conduct gambling in a responsible manner.

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"With the new tool Games Pause 24 customers can at any time pause the online gaming for the next 24 hours. In this way, you reduce the risks during the periods mean higher vulnerability to unhealthy gaming behavior," says Zenita Strandänger, CSR manager at Svenska Spel.

Svenska Spel also offer My Games Habits for all customers and that signals when a game behavior evolve towards being more risky and provides the ability to test on their own playing.

As a third step for healthy gaming habits, all customers can also take advantage of their gaming history on an even more detailed way than before and with extended comparisons over time.

"Now we are taking the initiative for a healthy gambling on three levels with benchmark to further focus on gaming experience and reduce the risk of gambling addiction. As a customer of Swedish Game you should always feel that the best experience goes hand in hand with responsibility," concludes Zenita Strandänger.

Read more about the launch of the enhanced responsible gaming and Swedish Spel's work for the common gambling on svenskaspel.se and Spelkoll.

For more information, CONTACT: Zenita Strandänger, CSR Manager Svenska Spel, tel 010-120 36 31 or Anette Törnqvist, Acting Press secretary Svenska Spel, tel 070-087 45 90.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Georgia Lottery Transfers $980.5 Million to Education

Record dollars for HOPE & Pre-K

ATLANTA, Georgia (July 13, 2015) --The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced today that fiscal year 2015 profits transferred to the State Treasury's Lottery for Education Account will amount to $980,500,000. The profits exceed last year's transfer by more than $35.4 million. As a result, the total raised for educational programs in the state of Georgia increased to more than $16.5 billion since the lottery's inception in 1993. The Georgia Lottery's fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

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"We are pleased to have raised more dollars for education than in any previous year," said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. "This would not have been possible without the support of our players, retailers, business partners and employees across the state."

Draw games and instant games, including $1,250,000 Cash Bonanza, Max The Money and 21 Black Series, performed well across the board. Jumbo Bucks Lotto, the first Georgia-only lottery game that offers jackpots starting at $1 million, was introduced this year.

In addition, 67 players won prizes of $1 million or more in fiscal year 2015.

Revenue generated from Coin Operated Amusement Machines (COAM) also contributed to a record-breaking year.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

 

 

Ohio Lottery See Continued Growth, Record Profits

CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 10, 2015) -- Ohio Lottery traditional sales combined with video lottery net win reached a record $3.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2015, up $483 million from Fiscal Year 2014.

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The opening of two new racinos, combined with the popularity of the lottery's instant ticket offering and the continued growth of KENO and EZPLAY® Games, contributed to the tenth consecutive year of profit growth.

Profits generated $990 million for the Lottery Profits Education Fund in Fiscal Year 2015, an all-time record.

Profits were up $85.7 million compared to Fiscal Year 2014. By law, Ohio Lottery profits support public school operations, K through 12.

"We've been aggressive in achieving growth in KENO, EZPLAY® Games and instant tickets to diversify our portfolio, making us less reliant on the multi-state jackpot games, which saw a slump in sales due to a lack of large jackpots," Director Dennis Berg said.

KENO and EZPLAY® Games, the Ohio Lottery's instant/online game category, led the way for the record sales performance, up $31.2 million and $15 million respectively over the previous year.

Consumers purchased $1.5 billion worth of Ohio Lottery instant games. Pick 4 and Pick 5 game sales combined increased by $12.4 million over last fiscal year.

All figures are preliminary and unaudited. Audited figures are expected to be released in October. Information on VLT revenue can be found here.

SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.

 

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Totalizator Sportowy CEO Awarded One of Poland's Highest Orders

Wojciech Szpil awarded by the President of Poland for outstanding contribution to the development of culture

WARSAW, Poland (July 10, 2015) -- The date of July 1,2015 will go down in the history of Totalizator Sportowy as an exceptional day. It was the day when the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta to Wojciech Szpil, the CEO of Totalizator Sportowy for outstanding merits in the field of supporting development of culture and popularization of the Polish art.

This is one of the highest Orders in Poland, awarded to Wojciech Szpil shows that his long-term activities aimed at promoting and supporting culture and the art, has gained a great recognition.

Wojciech Szpil when asked to make a comment after the ceremony of awarding the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, he said: "It is for me a really great moment. Such an honor for my humble person, I perceive as a recognition for the efforts of the entire Totalizator Sportowy, that with every year is more and more involved in activities in the field of promoting and supporting culture. I would also like to thank our players, because it is thanks to their money we can support so effectively this extremely important area of social life."

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It is difficult to point the date, which may be considered as the official beginning of the great mission of supporting Polish culture by Totalizator Sportowy. Nevertheless, it is certain that one of the first and also of the really important tasks performed by the Company was the involvement in 1971 in the reconstruction of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Since then, thousands of small and large projects related to culture - from the expansion or renovation of cultural facilities, and national and international events have been completed thanks to Totalizator Sportowy.

Totalizator Sportowy supports activities related to culture and the arts directly, by using their own resources, as well as transferring money obtained from surcharges on games and lotteries. The total value of the funds coming from surcharges, transferred since 2003, has exceeded 1.75 billion PLN. Irrespective of the funds from the surcharges, as it has already been mentioned, each year Totalizator Sportowy directly supports the implementation of projects of particular importance for Polish culture. They included multimedia shows as "The Lost Museum", the 19th Easter Festival of Ludwig van Beethoven or 20th Anniversary Gala of FRYDERYK 2014 and the Independent Film Festival OFF PLUS CAMERA.

About Totalizator Sportowy (www.totalizator.pl)

Totalizator Sportowy, the owner of LOTTO brand and one of the best-known Polish companies, has been operating number games and lotteries for more than 60 years. The company has an online network of over 14,000 points of sale. It uses the latest technology, enabling people to place bets in real time. Thanks to Totalizator Sportowy, many Poles have enjoyed their winnings; hundreds, if not thousands, have been able to fulfill their wildest dreams; while millions have benefited from the sports facilities established with funding from the company.

SOURCE: Totalizator Sportowy (www.totalizator.pl).

 

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Proven Lottery Professional to Lead Growing Lottery Business in China

PALO ALTO, California (July 9, 2015) -- Xcelmobility, Inc. (OTCBB: XCLL), a leading online lottery service provider in China, today announced the appointment of Wei Zhixiong as chief executive officer of the Company's China subsidiary, Shenzhen CCpower Corporation.

Mr. Wei brings more than 15 years of relevant industry experience to his new role having previously built and sold one of China's leading mobile lottery companies.

"We welcome Mr. Wei's experience and leadership to the Xcelmobility family," said Ronald Strauss, Executive Chairman of Xcelmobilty.

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"Mr. Wei is eager to reproduce his past success at quickly growing a profitable and successful lottery company in China. He is a proven entrepreneur in China and he brings his vast network and relationships in the China lottery business to drive our immediate success and growth."

"I am here to reproduce the success I had building Silvercreek and become the leading mobile lottery player in China again," said Mr. Wei. "I am excited to be part of the new Xcelmobility, I will continue to build on our relationships with China Mobile and quickly expand on the recently announced Lottery Alliance Partnership program."

Mr. Wei has been working in the lottery business since 2001 when he founded Shenzhen Silvercreek Digital Technologies Inc. Mr. Wei built Silvercreek into one of the most competitive phone and mobile lottery service providers in the PRC.

Mr. Wei is considered a pioneer in the mobile lottery market in the PRC having built up good relationships with various lottery-related departments and telecom operators. He has participated in the discussion and drafting of the related standards for national and provincial paperless lottery.

About Xcelmobility, Inc.

Xcelmobility aggregates and processes lottery purchase orders from registered user accounts and derive revenues from service fees paid by provincial lottery administration centers for the purchase orders of welfare and sports lottery products. We focus on China's burgeoning online lottery market of well over 300 Million Users.

For more information visit: www.xcelmobility.com and https://twitter.com/xcelmobility

SOURCE: Xcelmobility Inc.

 

 

Belgian Gaming Commission Place Restrictions on Virtual Sports Betting

BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 13, 2015) -- The Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) has moved to implement a series of restrictions on the supply of virtual sports, only allowing operators to offer the games for 30 hours each month.

To avoid that this new type of betting leads to excesses, it is advisable to limit its supply. After a prospective evaluation, this restriction be modified if necessary. On the one hand the broadcasting time of the virtual (sports) events remain limited to a maximum of 30 hours per month. The start of the broadcast time is the moment: the first visible action of the event.

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It ends when the last visible action on the virtual event is finished. Alternatively, virtual (sports) betting for maximum approved a timeslot of 4 hours per day and are sold so that the secondary character is guaranteed. This time slot of 4 hours can be divided into 4 slots of 1 hour per day continuously.

If, for example at 11.15 a first bet on a virtual (sports) event is offered in the betting, starting thus a first time slot of one continuous hour to 12:15 regardless of the fact other bets on virtual (sports) events are offered During this hour.

There are for that day says 3 time slots of one hour continuously available where such bets are accepted and sold.

To this matter to retain control of the licensee F1 needs upon request a list each month of the broadcast and marketing times, to communicate the sales and revenues and profit for virtual (sports) betting to the secretariat of the Gambling Commission.

During the first three months of prior authorization for setting up virtual (sports) betting by the Secretariat of the Gambling Commission, the licensee F1 is such monthly statement to deliver spontaneously.

The Gaming Commission has established a paper discussing the retsriuctions and advise for stakeholders in the ofeering of virtual bets - available HERE.

SOURCE: Belgian Gaming Commission.

 

 

Lotto24 Q2 Revenue Up By More Than 125 pct at EUR 3.7 Million

HAMBURG, Germany (July 13, 2015) -- According to preliminary estimates, Lotto24 AG succeeded in greatly enhancing its key performance indicators in the first half of 2015. Billings of EUR 62.6 million for the first six months of 2015 were more than 70% above the prior-year figure of EUR 36.7 million. Revenues rose by more than 80% from EUR 3.4 million in the previous year to EUR 6.1 million. The second quarter of 2015 played a major role in this development with an increase in billings by more than 114% to EUR 37.6 million (prior year: EUR 17.5 million).

Revenues rose by more than 125% to EUR 3.7 million (prior year: EUR 1.6 million). Gross margin also improved from 9.2% in the previous year to 9.7% in the first half of 2015.

Due to the very favourable jackpot situation over several weeks in April and May with high jackpots for Lotto 6aus49 and record jackpots for EuroJackpot, the number of new registered customers was nearly tripled in the second quarter, from 58 thousand (previous year) to 153 thousand.

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This is the highest number of new customer registrations gained in a single quarter since the IPO of Lotto24 AG in 2012. As of 30 June 2015, the number of registered customers therefore totalled 730 thousand (prior year: 372 thousand).

In order to benefit from the increased efficiency of new customer acquisition during high jackpot periods, marketing activities were stepped up in the second quarter. As a result, marketing expenses increased from EUR -6.2 million in the previous year to EUR -6.8 million in the first half of 2015. Cost per lead (CPL) was reduced significantly to EUR 32.80 (prior year: EUR 46.16).

In the second quarter, CPL was just EUR 31.58 (prior year: EUR 44.64). As a result of the stepped up marketing activities, EBIT decreased to EUR -7.9 million (prior year: EUR -7.3 million) - according to preliminary calculations. However, net profit improved in the first half of 2015 to EUR -7.0 million (prior year: EUR -7.5 million). At the end of the reporting period on 30 June 2015, the company had available funds of EUR 6.2 million (31 December 2014: EUR 10.2 million).

In view of the success expected for the second quarter, Lotto24 AG already upgraded on 20 May 2015 the guidance for the current fiscal year it published on 20 January 2015: instead of reduced growth, it forecast strong new customer growth in line with the prior-year figure (284 thousand).

Lotto24 expects a less significant reduction in marketing expenses compared to the previous year but still plans a year-on-year decrease in CPL. Assuming that the regulatory environment remains unchanged, and depending on the jackpot situation, Lotto24 AG continues to expect a strong increase in billings of up to 50% and a slight year-on-year improvement in gross margin.

Moreover, losses of the two KPIs EBIT and net profit are expected to be lower than in the previous year. At the same time, the company is continuing the insourcing of its strategically important IT division started in 2014. Lotto24 AG still expects that losses of the two KPIs EBIT and net profit will be lower in the current fiscal year than in the previous year.

The company aims to secure and extend its position as Germany's leading online provider of lottery products.

The quarterly financial report as of June 30,2015 will be published on August 13,2015.

SOURCE: Lotto24.

 

 

State Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Fourth Consecutive Year

Record-Setting Sales Year Produces $983.5 Million in Net Profit

BOSTON, Massachusetts (July 14, 2015) -- State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced today that the Lottery ended its fiscal year with an estimated $983.5 million in profit, $35.7 million higher than what was forecasted in the original FY15 state budget. Surpassing the $5 billion mark in transactions for the first time, the Lottery achieved a record-setting year in terms of sales with $5.011 billion, and the resulting profit is second only to the record $983.7 million that the Lottery generated in FY12. Lottery net profit is the single largest source of unrestricted local aid to the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.

The Lottery’s fiscal year commenced on July 1, 2014 and ended June 30, 2015. Sales of $5.011 billion eclipsed the previous record of $4.863 billion set last year by $148 million, marking the fourth consecutive year of record-setting sales.

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I am proud that our thoughtful analysis and strategy have produced another record-setting performance, generating valuable financial resources for cities and towns across the Commonwealth for programs and initiatives that will benefit residents at the local level,” said Goldberg, who as Treasurer serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.

Treasurer Goldberg cited robust sales at the $20 and $30 instant ticket price points and a substantial increase in KENO sales over FY14 as primary contributors to the record-setting numbers.

The Lottery introduced its first $30 instant ticket, “World Class Millions,” shortly before the start of FY15, helping to drive overall instant ticket sales to unprecedented levels in the weeks following its launch. Sales of the industry award-winning “World Class Millions” remained strong throughout FY15, which also saw the release of the Lottery’s second $30 game, “Supreme Millions,” on April 28, 2015. Combined sales of all $20 and $30 instant tickets accounted for over $1 billion in sales in FY15, an 18 percent increase over the previous year.

KENO sales rang in at an estimated $851 million, a $36 million increase over FY14, due in part to the expansion of the number of agents offering the product. An additional 250 agents are now selling KENO compared to a year ago.

The Lottery spent an estimated $100.5 million on administrative costs in FY15. These costs remained at approximately 2 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any U.S. lottery.

Our challenge for FY16 is to sustain our success in the face of new competition from the state’s first gaming facility and prepare ourselves for the additional competition that will emerge when the resort casinos open,” said Goldberg. “With a limited advertising budget, it is essential that we use innovation and technology to effectively position the Lottery in this increasingly competitive gaming market.

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The Lottery awarded a record $3.641 billion in prizes in FY15. Prize payouts for a given year can fluctuate based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their prizes. FY15 saw three $15 million prizes claimed on $30 instant tickets. With 72.6 percent of all revenue returned to players in the form of winnings in FY15, the Massachusetts Lottery has the highest payout percentage of any lottery in the country. Meanwhile, Lottery retailers earned over $286 million in retailer commissions and bonuses in FY15, topping the mark of $277 million set last fiscal year.

The Lottery’s goal is to maximize profit for local aid and we appreciate the efforts of our employees and our network of retail partners across the state, as well as the continued support from our players, in helping us reach our goal,” said Michael Sweeney, the Lottery’s Interim Executive Director. “As Lottery sales have continued to set records, our players and our retailers have enjoyed record-setting returns of their own.”

While the FY15 figures have not been formally audited, the Lottery does not expect them to change substantially once that annual review process is complete. Lottery officials anticipate completing the finalized financial statement of operations in September.

The Massachusetts State Lottery was created in 1972 to generate much-needed local aid revenues for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. Since its inception, the Lottery has returned more than $21 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.

SOURCE: Massachusetts State Lottery.

 

 

Idaho Lottery Returns $45 Million Dividend to the People of Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (July 14, 2015) -- The Idaho Lottery made their annual dividend presentation to the People of Idaho during a ceremony this afternoon at the State Capitol. Led by Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Commission Chairman Mel Fisher and the Idaho State Lottery Commission, they presented Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter with a check for this year’s dividend of $45,000,000. Over their twenty-six year history, including this year’s dividend, the Idaho Lottery has returned $694,500,000 for the benefit of Idaho public education, the State’s permanent building fund, and the Department of Education’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund.

Every year, Idaho’s public schools and the State’s permanent building fund are the true winners of the Idaho Lottery,” said Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter. “The Lottery has upheld their commitment to operating with the greatest degree possible of fairness and integrity while fulfilling their mission to provide an essential dividend to the People of Idaho.”

The Idaho Lottery remains steadfast to responsibly maximize our annual dividend for the betterment of public schools and Idaho’s public institutions,” said Anderson. “This year’s dividend would not be possible without the support of our dedicated, statewide network of 1200 brick and mortar retail locations, and the continued support from our players who participate voluntarily.”

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During the ceremony Governor Otter presented Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra with a $28 million dividend check. Of that amount, $17 million is earmarked for the Department of Education for use by the districts in their public schools and the remaining $11 million is for the Department’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed $371.9 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

"For 26 years, the Idaho Lottery has been a financial partner in supporting schools throughout the state," Superintendent Ybarra said. "In our ongoing effort in soundly funding education, this contribution supports in helping schools and students to achieve."

Governor Otter also presented Dee Jameson, Acting Chairman for Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council, with a dividend check for $17 million. Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has returned $322.6 million back to support Idaho’s permanent buildings.

The relationship between the Permanent Building Fund and the Idaho Lottery has grown stronger over the past twenty-six years,” said Jameson. “Each year, with the support of their dividends, we are able to fund projects that promote education and preserve our historical facilities.”

The Idaho Lottery ended its Fiscal Year on June 30, recording $210.2 million in annual sales, awarding $136.7 million in prizes to players, and retailers earning $12.5 million in commissions.

During the year the Idaho Lottery made five millionaires, saw its newest Draw Game Lucky for Life award a $25,000 a year for life prize, and Wild Card logged a jackpot winner for the fifth time in the past six years. Scratch GamesTM continue to be the most popularly played game format, grossing $126.8 million.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.95 billion in products, awarded over $1.77 billion in prizes to players, returned more than $172.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $694.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit: www.idaholottery.com.

SOURCE: The Idaho Lottery.

 

 

WyoLotto's Sponsorship Brings Fun and Entertainment with a Western Flair to Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (July 14, 2015) -- For the second year, WyoLotto™ is proud to sponsor Cheyenne Frontier Days, one of Wyoming's grandest traditions. For the first time at CFD, the WyoLotto bus will be at the main entrance from July 17th through the 26th where folks attending the Daddy of 'em All can purchase tickets, play games, win prizes, and enter WyoLotto giveaways.

WyoLotto tickets will be available to buy so attendees can try their luck at Wyoming's very own Cowboy Draw™ and experience a game that's as exciting as an Old West shootout. For more chances to win, guests can also purchase Mega Millions® and Powerball® tickets. Just maybe your ticket could be the one!

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In appreciation of our military service men and women, WyoLotto will give away 3 VIP ticket packages to the rodeo and Toby Keith concert taking place on Friday, July 24th. All military members are invited to visit the WyoLotto bus to enter the giveaway. Three sets of four tickets will be available and no purchase is necessary to participate.

WyoLotto will also show our appreciation to our dedicated WyoLotto and CFD fans by giving away 2 VIP ticket packages to the rodeo and Keith Urban concert taking place on Saturday, July 25th. Anyone over 18 years of age is invited to visit the WyoLotto bus to enter the giveaway. Two sets of four tickets will be available and no purchase is necessary to participate. We'll see you at the bus!

So far, more than 501,000 WyoLotto players have won over $4,600,000 since the launch of the lottery in August 2014. Make sure you know your WyoLotto! Sign up for updates at www.wyolotto.com/signup.

About the Wyoming Lottery

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account.

SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery.

 

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Play-at-the-Pump Lottery Delivers Easy Way to Play and Win

A new convenient way to play lottery yields N.C. man over $227,000

ATLANTA, Georgia (July 16, 2015) -- On July 2, a North Carolina resident won a Carolina Cash 5 lottery for the amount of $227,196 using Atlanta-based Linq3’s Play at the Pump™ technology platform — the largest payout to date using the increasingly popular gas pump game technology.

The North Carolina Education Lottery, the fourth state lottery to offer tickets at the pump, is leveraging this innovative technology to reach more players.

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Every business must stay on top of changes in technology to remain relevant in today’s marketplace,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the Education Lottery. “Many lottery players will continue to buy tickets inside their favorite stores, but Play At The Pump makes it convenient for others to participate. By staying up with the times, we can attract new customers and build on our success raising money for a good cause."

This new lottery service leverages existing equipment at the North Carolina retail location and provides an easy-to-use interface for customers to simply swipe their debit card at the gas pump, follow a few prompts and get their Quick Pick numbers delivered on their smartphone. And if a player wins, up to $599, the prize is automatically credited to their card.

Currently, Play At The Pump is offered at locations in North Carolina, California, Missouri and Minnesota, including all Murphy USA and Express stores.

Lotteries and retailers have a new opportunity to grow sales and profits by selling lottery draw games at the pump,” said Daniel Cage, CEO of Linq3. “Our Play At The Pump service is interactive and designed as a convenience for fuel customers to add a lottery ticket when filling up simply by swiping their credit or debit card.”

About Linq3

Linq3 is a technology solution provider working in collaboration with its partners and lotteries to provide a cost efficient and secure new option for lottery sales. The Linq3 solution works in partnership with the existing lottery networks, allowing lotteries to efficiently reach a greater market. For more information, please visit: www.linq3.com.

SOURCE: Linq3.

 

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Kansas Lottery Sets New Records in Fiscal Year 2015

$155 Million Transferred to the State in Fiscal Year 2015

TOPEKA, Kansas (July 16, 2015) -- The Kansas Lottery set new records in Fiscal Year 2015, both for traditional lottery games and for the three casinos where games are owned and operated by the Lottery. Together, they transferred a combined $155.32 million to the State.

Traditional lottery sales in Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) were $264.4 million (unaudited). That is 2.66 percent ahead of last year's record sales. As a result of strong sales, the Kansas Lottery transferred $75.02 million to the State in FY15, which also set a record.

Transfers to the State from state-owned and -operated casino gaming were $80.3 million, making FY15 the highest revenue year since the three existing casinos were opened. The cumulative revenue from all three casinos was $365 million (unaudited), which compares to the previous high of $360.5 million in Fiscal Year 2013.

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"We have to give a big 'thank you' to our players for their support of our games," said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. "I also want to recognize the hard work of Kansas Lottery staff, hundreds of lottery retailers, and the casino managers. Together, they do an outstanding job of creating fun and exciting games for players, while generating important revenue for the State of Kansas."

On the traditional lottery side, Presta said he is especially proud of achieving record sales and transfers at a time when the lottery industry nationwide was facing many challenges.

"High jackpots were in short supply for Powerball and Mega Millions, and high jackpots are what drive sales," he said. "Plus a new national game we were counting on for $6 million in sales collapsed in other state lotteries before Kansas could even begin selling it." Despite those challenges, Presta said, the Kansas Lottery was successful in growing sales through new initiatives and internal changes, as highlighted by a 10.11 percent growth in Instants and Pull Tabs, the Lottery's largest product category.

Traditional Lottery:

Here's a breakdown of FY15 traditional lottery sales, by game, compared to FY14 sales:

 

 

Included in the record transfer is $1,587,428 from the sale of special $1 and $2 Veterans Benefit instant scratch tickets. Proceeds from the sale of Veterans tickets go directly to state programs that provide benefits to Kansas military veterans (see below).

Expanded (Casino) Gambling

Fiscal Year 2015 saw the third full year of operations for both Kansas Star and Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. Boot Hill was in its fifth full year. In addition to $80.3 million in total transfers to the State from the casinos, $10.95 million went to local units of government and $7.3 million to the Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund.

Here is the distribution of revenue at Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City in FY15:

 

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane in FY15:

 

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kans., in FY15:

 

 

Where Does the Money Go?

Traditional Lottery Revenue

Traditional lottery revenue goes into the State Gaming Revenues Fund. On a yearly basis, the first $50 million is divided by a formula which first transfers $80,000 to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund. Then 85 percent of the balance is transferred to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, 10 percent to the Correctional Institutions Building Fund, and 5 percent to the Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund. Any receipts in excess of $50 million must be transferred to the State General Fund.

The Economic Development Initiatives Fund supports state programs that create and retain jobs in Kansas. Those programs include the Rural Opportunity Zones Program, Kansas Department of Commerce programs, Tourism and Parks programs in the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, and many more.

Proceeds from the sale of the Kansas Lottery's Veterans games go directly to programs that benefit Kansas military veterans such as the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program which brings services to veterans where they live, National Guard scholarships and Kansas Veterans homes and cemeteries. For more information on how Kansas Lottery revenue is used, visit Where the Money Goes, and Economic Development Initiatives Fund.

Expanded Lottery (Casino) Revenue

The 2007 Kansas Expanded Lottery Act created the Expanded Lottery Act Revenues Fund (ELARF). The State's share of revenue from state-owned and -operated casino gaming is transferred from the ELARF for purposes of reduction of state debt, state infrastructure improvements and reduction of local ad valorem tax; and/or for other purposes as directed by the Kansas Legislature, such as Kan-Grow Engineering Funds at state universities and the reduction of unfunded actuarial liability of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).

CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, Director of Public Affairs, Kansas Lottery.

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

 

Tennessee Lottery Posts 11th Consecutive Record Year

Sales Increased by 4.1 Percent, Total Lottery Funding For Education Now Exceeds $3.4 Billion

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 16, 2015) -- Posting record sales for the 11th consecutive year, the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation today announced its sales and proceeds figures for Fiscal Year 2015. The Lottery reported $1.475 Billion in total sales for the period from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, an increase of $58.7 Million, or 4.1 percent, over last year's previous sales record of $1.417 Billion. This year's sales resulted in a contribution of $347.7 Million for all education programs funded by the Lottery, also a record.

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Once again, robust growth in instant ticket sales fueled the record year. Forty-six new instant ticket games were introduced during the year. Sales of these popular games reached an all-time high of $1.2 Billion during FY 2015, amounting to 83 percent of all Lottery sales.

"We work hard developing fresh and innovative games that respond to the market demand and offer value and entertainment for our players," said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. "In so doing, we stay focused on the Corporation's mission to serve Tennessee students and their families by responsibly raising proceeds for the designated education programs funded by the Lottery. With first-rate support for our retailer channel and the use of best practices throughout the organization, I am proud to report that this approach has delivered record sales for the eleventh consecutive fiscal year."

Total Lottery funding for education-related programs in Tennessee-including funds used for scholarships, grants, and after-school programs-now exceeds $3.4 Billion since ticket sales began in January 2004.

Since January 20, 2004, more than 900,000 scholarships, grants and dual-enrollment awards have been awarded to Tennessee students, including more than 100,000 during the past academic year alone. Lottery funds are also used to support other education-related activities, such as after-school programs, an ongoing project to make schools more energy efficient, and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $8.4 Billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $872 Million in retailer commissions.

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

SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.

 

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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.




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