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.
Conference is still accepting Registration and you are urged to make your
interest known to secure a position.
International Game Technology Receives the World Lottery
Association's Corporate Social Responsibility Certification for the Company's
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
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.
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.
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: Angela Wiczek, Corporate
Communications, (401) 392-7544.
Scientific Games Appoint Marco Herrera, Managing Director
Gaming in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
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 Companys Gaming Division, Herrera will lead operations
and oversee sales of gaming machines, casino-management systems solutions, and
table products representing the Companys Bally, Shuffle Master, and WMS
product brands. He will also oversee service and support to grow the
Companys 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
Companys Gaming division is located at Carrer de Leonardo Da Vinci, 24-28
in Rubi, Spain, just 15 kilometers from Barcelona.
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 Companys 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:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Svenska Spel Show the Way for a Better Gaming
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.
"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 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.
Georgia Lottery Transfers $980.5 Million to
Record dollars for HOPE
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.
"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
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com and
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.
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.
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
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
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.
Totalizator Sportowy CEO Awarded One of Poland's Highest
Wojciech Szpil awarded by
the President of Poland for outstanding contribution to the development of
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
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."
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.
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).
Lottery Professional to Lead Growing Lottery Business in
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.
"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
"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
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:
SOURCE: Xcelmobility Inc.
Belgian Gaming Commission Place Restrictions on Virtual Sports
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.
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
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
The Gaming Commission has
established a paper discussing the retsriuctions and advise for stakeholders in
the ofeering of virtual bets - available
SOURCE: Belgian Gaming
Lotto24 Q2 Revenue Up By More Than 125 pct at EUR 3.7
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.
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.
Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Fourth Consecutive
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 Commonwealths 351 cities and towns.
The Lotterys 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.
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
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 Lotterys 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.
Our challenge for FY16 is
to sustain our success in the face of new competition from the states
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.
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 Lotterys 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 Lotterys 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
Commonwealths cities and towns. Since its inception, the Lottery has
returned more than $21 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.
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 years dividend of $45,000,000. Over their twenty-six year
history, including this years dividend, the Idaho Lottery has returned
$694,500,000 for the benefit of Idaho public education, the States
permanent building fund, and the Department of Educations Bond Levy
Every year, Idahos
public schools and the States 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 Idahos public institutions, said Anderson.
This years 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
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 Departments 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
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 Idahos 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
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
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!
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
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
About the Wyoming
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
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery.
Play-at-the-Pump Lottery Delivers Easy Way to Play and
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 Linq3s Play at the Pump
technology platform the largest payout to date using the increasingly
popular gas pump game technology.
North Carolina Education
Lottery, the fourth state lottery to offer tickets at the pump, is
leveraging this innovative technology to reach more players.
Every business must stay on
top of changes in technology to remain relevant in todays
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
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:
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.
"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.
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).
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
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
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
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
Expanded Lottery (Casino)
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
Sales Increased by 4.1
Percent, Total Lottery Funding For Education Now Exceeds $3.4
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.
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
"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
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
For more information, please visit
www.tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.
World-class Gaming Expo in Sydney 11-13
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 its also one of the
largest trade events in Australia and easily the largest gaming event. A
finalist in last years EEAA Awards for Excellence,
the event attracts exhibitors and visitors from around Australia and
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
The Associations primary
members Ainsworth, Aristocrat, Aruze, Bally, Ebet, IGT, Konami are
worlds-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
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 theres definitely something for everyone in the
Visitors to this years
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 theyll 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
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.
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.
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 theyre inside the exhibition
and pass various points they will get updates about the daily Las Vegas trip
draw, entertainment and other activities.
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
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
The Gaming Technologies Associations
primary members are: Ainsworth Game
Technologies, Aruze Gaming
Australia, Bally Technologies,
IGT Australia and
Konami Gaming Australia.
For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar
CEO, Gaming Technologies Association (+61 2) 8216 0931 or Email: