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International Game Technology PLC Announce Award to its Subsidiary for Seven-Year Contract from the Wisconsin Lottery

LONDON, U.K. (July 16, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation (the "Company") has been notified of the intent to be awarded a seven-year contract by the Wisconsin Lottery to provide bundled lottery solutions and services. This includes a new draw-based and instant-ticket lottery system, full-service lottery terminals, self-service and multimedia products, instant-ticket printing, warehousing, distribution, and telemarketing, as well as a communications network. The intent to award follows a competitive procurement with the Company receiving the best overall score.

"The Wisconsin Lottery has achieved five consecutive years of increased sales and has made tremendous contributions to property tax relief in Wisconsin," said Michael Chambrello, CEO, North America Lottery, for IGT. "We believe that this contract demonstrates our commitment to the Wisconsin Lottery and the citizens they serve."

Following contract execution and a 15-month conversion period, the Company will provide the Lottery with the latest version of its Enterprise Series (ES) solution, offering a robust, secure, and flexible system built to power the Lottery's business today and grow along with their evolving needs. Additionally, the Company will replace the existing terminal base with its Altura® GT1200, which offers a modernized, highly reliable, and easy-to-use sales platform.

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Moreover, the contract also includes the Gemini® Ultra Instant Ticket Vending Machine and ES MultiMedia displays that will transmit and manage Lottery information, advertisements, and promotions directly to players at the point-of-sale. Ticket-Scan® Plus, the Company's self-service ticket checker, will allow players to check the win status of their own draw-based and instant tickets.

The Company is increasing its scope of responsibility under a combined - or bundled - scope of services, and will provide instant-ticket printing, warehousing, distribution, and telemarketing services. In addition, ongoing services to the Wisconsin Lottery will include installation and maintenance of the central system, terminals, and communications network; retailer training; field services; and hotline services.

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.

CONTACTS:

 

Robert K. Vincent,
Corporate Communications,
(401) 392-7452
James Hurley,
Investor Relations,
(401) 392-7190
Simone Cantagallo,
Italian media inquiries,
(+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

California Lottery's Playbook® Featuring an Interactive Game Reaches Record-Breaking Sales

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (July 22, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to congratulate the California State Lottery ("California Lottery") on the launch of its first ever PlayBook® instant ticket, Deluxe 7's Playbook. This also marks the first time that a PlayBook® product has been launched with an interactive WebPlay™ component-Deluxe 7's Digital-designed and implemented by Pollard Banknote. The $20 Deluxe 7's Playbook has been the star of the Lottery's portfolio since its launch on June 22, 2015, helping to push the $20 price point to record-breaking levels. To date, Deluxe 7's Playbook has had cumulative sales that are 20% ahead of the Lottery's last two games launched at the $20 price point-adding $43.7 million (USD) to California's instant ticket sales!

Integral to the excitement is the interactive Deluxe 7's Digital WebPlay™ game. Offering players the chance to play for fun or collect Bonus Draw entries, the mobile and web-friendly game adds value to the PlayBook®, a booklet of tickets packed with six dazzling gem-themed games. Pollard Banknote's exclusive PlayBook® brings multiple instant games together in a unique format, allowing players to enjoy a wide variety of play experiences and a number of different games in a new, exciting way. By the end of this year, 65 PlayBook® games will have been launched in 20 jurisdictions around the world, with estimated retail sales of more than $1.3 billion.

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"Our most recent collaboration with Pollard Banknote has allowed us to give our players a new and exciting instant ticket experience," said Paula LaBrie, Acting Director, California Lottery. "The PlayBook® innovation has broad appeal and offers a variety of games. We've taken it one step further to give our players the option of extending the play experience to a digital platform, encouraging interaction with the Lottery's brand online."

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to enhance the California Lottery's instant ticket portfolio with the addition of our patented PlayBook®-a concept that has proven time and again to drive instant ticket sales," said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. "California is the first jurisdiction in the world to combine a PlayBook® ticket with an associated WebPlay™ game, and in just a few weeks, the web and mobile-friendly game has been played close to 300,000 times! This proves that California's players are enjoying the Deluxe 7's Playbook across all platforms."

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California public education on all levels, from kindergarten through to the University of California plus several specialized schools. Since its inception in 1985, the Lottery has provided approximately $28 billion to students attending California's public schools.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL).

For more information, please visit our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Issue White Paper on Fantasy Sports & Website Testing

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (July 17, 2015) - According to statistics available through the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) website, the estimated number of fantasy sports players has grown from 12.6 million to 56.8 million in the last 10 years.

Because of the growing popularity of fantasy sports and increasing consumer demand for greater transparency in how the games operate, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the global leader in online systems and iGaming testing, has issued a White Paper on Fantasy Sports, highlighting the benefits of having fantasy sports sites properly tested and certified by GLI. Independent testing of fantasy sports sites provides consumers with greater confidence in the service and allows operators to establish credibility and maintain player loyalty.

FSTA research also states that 48 percent of players (the highest response of eight categories), chose the website to play because they trusted the site.

"The exponential growth in fantasy sports players, combined with the fact that players choose their sites to play primarily because they trust the site, clearly speaks to the need for these sites to be properly tested," said GLI President/CEO James Maida.

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"GLI's fantasy sports white paper provides information regarding current regulatory environments, GLI's testing services, testing results, and the easy steps operators can follow to submit their website for GLI's experts to analyze. Earning and keeping players' trust is of utmost importance and GLI is, here to provide a means for fantasy sports operators to demonstrate the integrity, value, security and fairness of their product." added GLI Vice President, iGaming & Canadian Services Salim Adatia.

GLI's White Paper on Fantasy Sports is available for free download now at gaminglabs.com, where users will also find more information about GLI, additional news and white papers, the GLI Standards Series™ as well as a menu of testing and certification capabilities.

GLI certifications do not contain legal opinions or issue any statements regarding the legality of fantasy sports. Certifications either provide valuable information to consumers to create transparency for a fantasy sports service or certify that games meet technical standards established by regulators.

GLI has been successfully testing iGaming systems for more than 20 years. Today, GLI serves more than 475 global jurisdictions, more than 130 of which exclusively accept GLI certification letters.

About Gaming Laboratories International

For more than 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.

For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing +1 (702) 914-2220, Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

New Jersey Lottery Announce Record Sales for Fiscal Year 2015

TRENTON, New Jersey (July 16, 2015) – The New Jersey Lottery announced generated record sales of more than $3 billion* for Fiscal Year 2015, marking the seventh straight year of record-breaking sales for the Lottery.

Sales topped last year’s results of $2.90 billion.

Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director, said the increased sales are attributable to the innovations that have occurred across all departments of the Lottery.

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They include product innovation, expansion of our public engagement, an increased retailer base, refreshed advertising, and internal and external technological efficiencies,” she said.

I am extremely pleased with the management teams that have achieved these results. A solid groundwork has been laid for continued growth and innovation into the future.”

The New Jersey Lottery is the State’s fourth largest revenue producer, with 31 percent of sales going to its beneficiaries.

Lottery revenues for the year have shown strong growth through May, and the State expects final collection totals for FY 2015 to echo that trend.

Since its inception in 1970, the Lottery has contributed more than $23 billion to programs that benefit millions of New Jersey residents.

Some of the programs and institutions include: the School Nutrition Program, Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarships (NJSTARS), higher educational services funding such as aid to county colleges, the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, Homes for Disabled Soldiers and many others.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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Lottery Corporation Contribute $1.25 billion to British Columbia

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RICHMOND, B.C. Canada (July 16, 2015) -- BCLC posted a record net income of $1.25 billion to government in 2014/15, which helps support communities, health care and education. This is the ninth straight year BCLC has been able to deliver more than $1 billion to the province of B.C.

The growth in net income is primarily due to higher than budgeted revenue in the high-limit tables category, and lower than budgeted costs due to ongoing cost management, lower staff costs resulting from a higher vacancy rate than budgeted, and a one-time amortization adjustment.

In 2014/15, BCLC demonstrated its focus on innovation in distribution and in product development, modernizing the business by replacing legacy technology and systems, encouraging responsible gambling, and creating entertaining experiences for players.

Highlights of the 2014/15 year include:

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  • Costco locations across B.C. began selling scratch and win tickets for the first time anywhere in North America.
  • B.C’s first live venue sports betting pilot was launched at Starlight Casino, with the opening of the PlayNow.com Sportsbook.
  • Extended Encore Rewards to table game players was also launched, allowing members to earn Encore Dollars redeemable for food and beverage at casino restaurants.
  • The gaming management system (GMS) was fully completed and has been installed in all 36 gaming facilities across the province.
  • New Horizons Conference in Vancouver - BCLC hosted its third annual highly successful Responsible Gambling conference where industry representatives and international experts discussed ideas on responsible gambling.
  • Investment in gambling research - BCLC invested $2 million over five years to the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC.
  • BCLC’s facility distribution strategy is nearing completion with 90 percent of B.C. adults living within a 30-minute drive from a casino or community gaming facility.

 

While gambling continues to be a popular form of entertainment in B.C., people have many choices for how to spend their entertainment dollars. BCLC aims to stay relevant and create entertaining experiences for players, in a safe and responsible manner.

Download a full copy of the Annual Service Plan Report HERE.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

 

De Lotto Respond to News of Scratch Card Sales

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NETHERLANDS (July 19, 2015) -- The Lotto has, as sole license holder in the Netherlands been given the opportunity to sell scratch cards, the government has granted this license to De Lotto on the condition that those games are organized responsibly.

That is, gambling, fraud and crime should be prevented and that consumers should be protected against this. The integrity of De Lotto is of paramount importance.

The Lotto will ensure that the products of The Lotto will not be sold to players under 18. To make this enforced, all areas of sale of Lotto in all its manifestations display a consumer recognizable logo 18+.

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In addition, retailers are informed and resources, tips and ideas provided in order to sell products in a responsible manner.

We advise retailers to deal with consideration with players who want to buy many Scratchcards at once. We monitor sales at stores daily and we use a transaction limit for Scratch 50 euros. This is to prevent risks such as gambling or, if that is played with cash, money derived from criminal activity (money laundering).

The Lotto will be notified by observation by authorities. In addition, we train the sales and customer service on the (impending) addiction) can be recognized and what can be done in that case. When in doubt, we recommend directing players to the website www.weetwatjespeelt.nl. On this site you can find more information about responsible participation in games of chance. You can also do a "knowledge test" to see how well you know and ask if help or advice HANDS.

HANDS is an organization offering help and advice to any problem players.

We know our players that they are often purchased Krasloten home only open scratch and not directly in the store wanted to know whether they have a price. So there is a relatively long time between commitment (buy a Scratch card) and price benefit. This can reduce the risk of gambling addiction. In addition, there have been several studies in the past that show that a Scratch Ticket addiction in the Netherlands is a rare phenomenon.

The Lotto was founded by and for the sport and charity organizations and sells Lotto, Toto, Lucky Day, Euro Jackpot Scratch. The proceeds of the lottery games of chance including Scratchcards are paid to NOC * NSF and charitable organizations.

For questions please contact our spokesperson: Rieneke van de Laar, Phone: 06 205 780 53.

SOURCE: De Lotto.

 

 

Macao Gaming Show 2015 Unveil Ambitious Subsidy Scheme to Draw Visitors

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MACAO, SAR (July 17, 2015) -- The Macao Gaming Show (MGS) has unveiled the most ambitious and wide-ranging package of travel subsidies and grants for visitors attending this year's exhibition at the Venetian Macao, November 17-19 2015.

Easy to apply for the subsidy

The subsidy can also be claimed by qualified visitors before the show through presentation of boarding passes and other documents to the MGS offices.

Support Initiatives

The full range of support initiatives are detailed on the MGA website, and a dedicated 'Helpdesk' has been established at the Macao Gaming Show offices to assist visitors with the programme. The advice includes how to complete the subsidy forms, what information to keep and forward, how to apply and an explanation of the criteria.

Marina Wong, Event Director and General Manager at MGS, said: "This year's subsidy scheme for Qualified Buyers has been designed to help buyers from all over the world come to Macau and explore all the business opportunities available both in Macau and throughout Asia. The show is expanding into exciting new areas with gaming sitting at the heart of a tourism, culture and entertainment exhibition that is simply a one-stop show for Asia.

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"We want to make sure that every visit is not just financially sound, but also logistically easier, which is why we're opening a helpdesk style of support and information from our offices. With grants immediately available as visitors arrive, and advice on hand throughout the process, we think the Qualified Buyers Scheme is a major asset to the show."

Last year, Macao Gaming Show drew a record number of international visitors to the expo - 12,000 drawn from 20 countries - and this year, MGS is looking to build on this growth with a more far-reaching subsidy programme for qualified buyers coming to the industry's premier exhibition and conference, regardless of the size of their organisation or geographical base.

Fatima Maria Nunes, Secretary of trade association MGEMA, which owns the Macao Gaming Show, added: "We are working closely with the biggest names in Asian gaming, the major hotel and casino operators, the support and service industries from the region and the Macau SAR Government - all of us determined to bring a broader perspective to the show and the region. These are exciting times for the whole industry, and our challenge is to bring gaming innovation, cultural exchange and business growth all together into one show: MGS. The visitor subsidies are a crucial part of that campaign."

Media Enquiries CONTACT: Phyllis Zhang, Public Relations Officer, Macao Gaming Show, Tel: +853 2878 7250, Email: phyllis.zhang@macaogamingshow.com.

NOTE: Lottery Insider is a media partner to the Macao Gaming Show 2015.

SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show 2015.

 

 

Lottery Issue Statement Following Verdict in Hot Lotto® Trial

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CLIVE, Iowa (July 20, 2015) -- Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich released the following statement Monday following announcement of the jury's verdict in the Polk County District Court trial involving the Hot Lotto case:

"There is no doubt this has been a fascinating case. We respect the court's work and the jury's verdict. The facts in this case have enabled us to further enhance our layers of security to protect the integrity of lottery games, and that ultimately has been a positive

This case is an important reminder that lotteries have to keep monitoring and making improvements to stay ahead of those who would try to beat the system. As a society, we may never be able to stop people from trying to commit crime, but we need to have strong procedures in place to catch and prevent them when they do.

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I have confidence that the games we offer today are fair. Our lottery has strong layers of security to protect lottery players, lottery games and lottery prizes. Those procedures enabled us to seek information about the winning ticket in this case and not pay the prize until basic questions could be answered - and they never were.

There was no prize paid in this instance. The money from this jackpot, which totaled nearly $10.8 million in cash, was returned to the lotteries in the Hot Lotto game in proportion to the sales from each jurisdiction. The Iowa Lottery received about $1.4 million back and gave the money away in a special summer promotion called 'Mystery Millionaire' back in 2012. Fifteen players ended up winning prizes in that promotion.

The details in this case are important for anyone who has ever played a lottery game, the good causes benefitted by lotteries, and the billions of dollars at stake. There obviously were indications that something was amiss with this particular prize claim. This case has provided our lottery with an opportunity to better pinpoint potential security risks and update our procedures to protect against them."

Additional History and Background

In December 2010, a man bought a Hot Lotto ticket at a convenience store on Des Moines' north side. That ticket went on to win the multi-million-dollar jackpot on the line in the Hot Lotto drawing on Dec. 29 of that year. For nearly a year, the prize went unclaimed.

Then, with less than two hours to go before the prize would have expired on Dec. 29, 2011, the winning ticket was presented by lawyers on behalf of a New York investment trust that had been established to benefit a corporation in the country of Belize.

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Neither the two lawyers who presented the ticket nor anyone associated with Hexham Investments Trust of Bedford, N.Y., would provide the basic details necessary to verify that the ticket had been legally purchased, legally possessed and legally presented. Those involved said they could not identify the jackpot winner or the man who purchased the winning ticket.

That standard information is routinely requested from jackpot winners in Iowa as part of the lottery's security processes to comply with both state law and lottery game rules. Such details are usually received within minutes of the time a winning ticket is presented.

On Jan. 26, 2012, Crawford Shaw, a New York attorney who identified himself as the trustee of Hexham Investments Trust, withdrew the claim to the jackpot. The Iowa Lottery requested that the Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation open a criminal investigation into the matter.

What Is Hot Lotto?

Hot Lotto got its start in April 2002 and has jackpots that start at $1 million. Today, the game is offered in Iowa, 13 other states and the District of Columbia. In May 2013 the game's jackpot became an all-cash prize paid in a lump-sum amount with all state and federal withholding taxes paid for the winner. Players in Hot Lotto choose five balls from a pool of 47 and another number, called the Hot Ball®, from a separate pool of 19. Plays cost $1, and Hot Lotto drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.

 

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adesso Optimise Lotterie.de for Use on Mobile Devices

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DORTMUND, Germany (July 17, 2016) -- adesso AG has optimised the lottery portal Lotterie.de for use on mobile devices. With this new platform, the commercial gaming broker Lotterie.de in Hallstadt near Bamberg has opened up a new market segment for itself to offer its customers gaming no matter where they are.

During adesso's development of the mobile version of Lotterie.de, the focus was on creating a modern, fresh design and offering users optimal functionality. Displaying lottery tickets on the smaller screens of mobile terminal devices posed a particular challenge, which the IT service provider tackled successfully.

Users who access www.lotterie.de on mobile terminal devices are automatically redirected via an integrated browser to the mobile version of the service portal. There, they have access to Lotterie.de's complete range of games - from Lotto 6 aus 49, with its additional games Spiel 77 and Super 6, through to Eurojackpot and Glücksspirale.

In October 2013, Lotterie.de became the first commercial gaming broker in Germany to go live with a service portal in all 16 states at the same time. That portal was also provided by adesso and based on the direct customer platform in|FOCUS 360, as well as the content management system FirstSpirit.

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"When developing this modern and user-friendly mobile gaming channel, adesso was, as usual, a reliable and expert partner," says Petra Billhardt, press spokesperson for Lotterie.de. "The results-oriented approach and multi-faceted expertise of adesso's specialists allowed us to make our innovative mobile lottery portal a reality in the shortest possible time."

About Lotterie.de

Lotterie.de is the gaming portal for the lotteries Lotto 6 aus 49, Eurojackpot, Klassenlotterie SKL and NKL, as well as Glücksspirale. These lotteries and the additional games Spiel 77 and Super 6 are available to users for simple and serious online play or ordering at Lotterie.de. The portal also provides up-to-date information regarding how many millions are in the jackpots, the latest winning numbers, the prizes of the latest drawings and daily news about winners. The portal's operator is the commercial gaming broker Lotterie.de, based in Hallstadt near Bamberg. The provider is a partner of all 16 state lottery companies for the online brokerage of lottery tickets. Behind Lotterie.de GmbH & Co. KG is a team of lottery specialists with decades of experience. More information can be found at www.lotterie.de.

adesso AG (www.adesso.de)

adesso is one of the leading IT service providers in the German-speaking area and focuses its consulting and software development activities on the core business processes of companies and public authorities. adesso's strategy is based on three pillars: the deep industry-specific know-how of its staff, the comprehensive expertise in technology and the application of reliable methods in software implementation projects. Following this approach, adesso develops superior IT solutions, which enhance the competitive position of a company.

adesso was founded in Dortmund in 1997 and employs more than 1,400 members of staff in thirteen offices. The share is listed on the regulated market. Some of the most important customers are Allianz, Hannover Rück, Union Investment, Westdeutsche Lotterie, Swisslos, Zurich Versicherung, DEVK, DAK and Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern.

For additional information, please visit: www.adesso.de or Blog: http://blog.adesso.de, Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/adessoAG, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adessoAG

CONTACT: Daniela Steins, adesso AG, Tel.: +49-231-7000-2508, Fax: +49-231-7000-1000, Email: steins@adesso.de.

SOURCE: adesso AG.

 

 

Lottery Posts 11th Consecutive Record Year

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

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 20, 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 sales.

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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.

 

 

Joint EL/WLA Security Seminar – "Secure, Monitor, React... or pay the price"

Seminar in cooperation with the European Lottery Association, 27 – 29 October 2015, Stockholm, Sweden

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (July 21, 2015) -- "Cybercrime is a growing threat for businesses but many businesses are under-prepared for it. A third of them (companies in the Annual Kroll Global Fraud Report 2013/14) say they don't currently invest in IT security and while companies that are planning to increase investment are focusing on technology, they are neglecting elements such as staff screening and due diligence on partners, clients and vendors. These processes are key to mitigating the insider threat, which often can't be detected by anti-fraud technology or physical security."

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The perennial problem with Security is that the measures taken to prevent any breach of security or fraud are frequently regarded as excessive or overly expensive until they are breached.

From physical security to cybersecurity, the 2015 joint EL/WLA Security Seminar to be held in Stockholm in October 2015 will address potential weaknesses in lottery systems, procedures and processes ranging across the design and security of scratch cards, the testing of complex systems, the resilience of increasingly complex communications systems, electronic "lottery tickets" and the security or lack of security of non-physical (e.g. RNG) draws.

As systems become more "intelligent", the ingenuity of those wishing to subvert those systems will also grow – posing much more sophisticated threats to lottery systems. Management must accept their responsibility to understand the risks and either allocate proportionate resources and budgets ... or pay the price.

Come to Stockholm in October to hear presentations from external security professionals, experts from the lottery supplier companies and, most importantly, from your lottery colleagues - security professionals with years of practical and relevant experience.

Who should attend?

  • Security directors and senior managers
  • Risk managers
  • Audit managers
  • Managers responsible for IT operations and strategic planning.

 

When?

The seminar will start on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 with a welcome dinner at 20:00 and end on Thursday, 29 October around 16:00.

Where?

Meeting venue and accommodation: Scandic Hotel, Grand Central Kungsgatan 70 SE - 111 22 Stockholm, web: www.scandichotels.com.

Transfers will not be organized.

Language

The seminar and sessions will be conducted in English only.

Further Information: Please forward to the WLA Website for costing and registration information HERE

SOURCE: WLA.

 

 

Svenska Spel See Earnings Growth in the second Quarter but Market Share Continued to Decline

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VISBY, Sweden (July 21, 2015) -- During the second quarter of 2015 Svenska Spel's profit after financial items and tax amounted to 1135 million, an increase of 2.7 percent compared with the same period in 2014.

"The result for the quarter increased slightly, but we still feel a strong concern the market uncontrolled development. We call for swift and concrete measures from both politicians and authorities to ensure that the Swedish gaming market is healthy and safe, "says Svenska Spel CEO Lennart Käll.

Quarter April - June 2015

  • A new agreement with the Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIF) have been signed. The agreement runs for six years at a value of just over SEK 121 million
  • Customer Satisfaction Index, CSI, was 70, up from 69 the previous quarter.
  • Image value, indicating the proportion of Swedes who are explicitly favorable to the Swedish game, was 61%, and is close to unchanged compared with the previous quarter.
  • Responsible Gaming Image amounted to 54%, which is up from 51% the previous quarter.
  • Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to SEK 2 164 M (2 163), on par with the previous year.
  • Operating income for the Group amounted to SEK 1,137 M (1,085), an increase of 4.7%.
  • The result for the Group amounted to SEK 1 135 M (1 105), an increase of 2.7%.
  • Operating margin was 22.5% (20.8).

 

The interim period January - June 2015

  • Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to SEK 4,349 M (4,457), a decrease of 2.4%.
  • Operating income for the Group amounted to SEK 2,328 M (2,329), in line with last year.
  • Net income for the Group amounted to SEK 2,337 M (2,363), a decrease of 1.1%.
  • Operating margin was 22.6% (21.6).

 

Här kan du ta del av Svenska Spels delårsrapport januari–juni 2015.

For more information CONTACT: Lennart Käll, VD, eller Marie Loob, Finansdirektör/Vice VD, sök presschef Johan Tisell på tel. 070-322 55 21.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Lottery Achieve 13th Consecutive Year of Sales Above the Billion Dollar Mark

FY 2015 sales led to a transfer of $508.8 million to the State, which was $48.9 million above projections

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia (July 21, 2015) -- West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave announced today that Fiscal Year 2015 sales finished above $1.0 billion for the 13th consecutive year. The Lottery posted $1.16 billion in total sales for the fiscal year that just ended on June 30, 2015. This year’s sales resulted in a transfer of more than $508.8 million to the State of West Virginia, which was $48.9 million above projections.

We are very fortunate to have yet another year of sales above the billion dollar mark,” said Musgrave.

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"Despite the ongoing challenges from increased competition on our borders, a declining revenue forecast, and a shortage of high jackpots fueling sales of the Powerball® and Mega Millions® games at retail this past year, we have been able to meet our financial obligations to the State for more than 29 years. The hard work it takes to maintain our financial position is something to be proud of.”

Musgrave said that the money transferred to the State in FY 2015 included $254.6 million from Racetrack Video Lottery, $187.4 million from Limited Video Lottery, $23.0 million from Racetrack Table Games, $2.3 Million from the Historic Resort, and $41.5 million from the sale of Traditional Lottery products, which include Instant Scratch-off tickets, TRAVEL Keno and the popular Powerball® jackpot game.

Since the Lottery’s inception in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $8.5 Billion in proceeds for legislative appropriation. These dollars fund programs to support seniors, education including the PROMISE Scholarship program, tourism and the general fund.

During the Lottery’s 29-year history, $1.0 billion has been transferred to the State to support seniors, $2.9 billion for education and more than $920.6 million for tourism.

SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery.

 

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Lottery Corporation's Internet Gambling Site First to Achieve RG Check - Internet Accreditation

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TORONTO, July 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is pleased to announce that Playnow.com, BCLC's internet gambling site, is the first site to be accredited by its RG Check - Internet program.

RG Check - Internet is an international accreditation program that launched in 2014. The program enables gambling websites to have their responsible gambling (RG) safeguards assessed against independent, evidence-based standards.

"By becoming RG Check accredited, PlayNow.com has shown that it meets a rigorous set of responsible gambling standards," says RGC CEO Jon Kelly, "and we commend BCLC for its commitment to this independent assessment of their player safety net."

RG Check staff assessed PlayNow.com over several months against the following seven standards:

  1. Responsible Gambling Policies
  2. Employee Training
  3. Self-Ban
  4. Assisting Players who May Have a Problem with Gambling
  5. nformed Decision Making
  6. Advertising and Promotion
  7. Game and Site Features

 

These standards, and 51 criteria, form the basis of RG Check staff's evaluation of written documents, interviews and surveys of both players and staff. An independent panel then makes the final accreditation decision based on a report by RG Check staff.

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"We are thrilled that our efforts and commitment to responsible gambling have not only been recognized at our gaming facilities, but now include PlayNow.com," said BCLC's Social Responsibility and Communications Vice President, Susan Dolinski.

"This certification verifies that the quality and effectiveness of responsible gambling initiatives extend beyond the land-based facilities and into our online presence. Raising awareness of responsible gambling and resources for problem gambling is important to us, and should be readily available to players wherever they choose to play."

The scope of this assessment includes all PlayNow.com online offerings, with the exception of poker games. BCLC's PlayNow.com joins the 36 land-based venues in B.C. accredited under the RG Check - Venue program.

The RG Check accreditation program is voluntary and confidential and lasts for three years. Standards, criteria and other information about the program are available at www.rgcheck.com.

About RG Check and the Responsible Gambling Council

RG Check is an accreditation program developed by RGC based on its Responsible Gambling Standards for gaming venues and for internet gambling sites.

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The program offers gaming companies the opportunity of an independent assessment of the quality of their responsible gambling safety net. The program promotes a high standard of customer protection by supporting the adoption of meaningful responsible gambling initiatives by gambling providers.

Established in 1983, RGC is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention. RGC works to reduce gambling risks by creating and delivering innovative awareness and information programs. It also promotes the adoption of improved play safeguards through best practices research and standards development.

About BCLC and PlayNow.com

BCLC is the sole owner and operator of PlayNow.com. Established in 1985, BCLC is the Crown corporation responsible for the conduct and management of all gambling in B.C., as well as the delivery of venue and internet-based responsible gambling programs. Gambling managed by BCLC includes lottery games, casinos, community gaming centres, commercial bingo halls and online and mobile gaming.

PlayNow.com was established in 2004 with an initial offering of lottery products. In 2010, PlayNow.com expanded to include casino games and in 2011 peer-to-peer poker was launched in partnership with Loto-Québec.

SOURCE: Responsible Gambling Council.

 

 

Authoritative Industry Publication Recognizes Michigan Lottery for its Responsible Gaming Efforts

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LANSING, Michigan (July 23, 2015) -- La Fleur's magazine has recognized the Michigan Lottery with the publication's inaugural Sustainability Award for its leadership in responsible gaming. The award was announced recently at the La Fleur's 2015 Global Lottery Forum. In all, eight lotteries from around the world received Sustainability awards in the areas of responsible gaming, corporate social responsibility, and the environment.

"The Michigan Lottery incorporated advanced responsible gaming tools into its online sales program. For example, the lottery's responsible wagering program sets reasonable limits on the amount its players can deposit in a given week," said Terri Markle, publisher of La Fleur's Magazine.

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"It is the first U.S. lottery to pursue the National Council on Problem Gambling's iCAP Internet Responsible Gambling Assessment Program. The Michigan Lottery also helped the state's Problem Gambling help line develop a text and chat platform to expand the safety net for lottery players."

Each year, the Lottery provides the Michigan Department of Community Health with $1 million to fund statewide education and treatment programs for problem gambling. That includes a toll-free help line that is available 24 hours a day: 800-270-7117. The Lottery recently enhanced the assistance services available in Michigan by teaming up with the Health Management Systems of America to provide options for live online chat, and texts, at 248-648-3363.

In addition to these programs and services, the Lottery's online games service features responsible gaming safeguards, such as limits on player deposits and allowing players to exclude themselves from online games.

The Michigan Lottery also is a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling.

La Fleur's Sustainability Awards recognize lottery organizations worldwide that achieved outstanding results in the area of Responsible Gaming, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Environmental Initiatives. The awards were established this year by TLF Publications, Inc. Founded in 1991, TLF Publications has been an independent resource for the global lottery industry.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 

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International Game Technology PLC Announce Signing of Five-Year Extension Agreement with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission

LONDON, U. K. (July 17, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH Corporation ("the Company"), has entered into a five-year extension agreement with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission to continue providing the Company's INTELLIGEN™ central monitoring and control system for the existing video lottery terminal (VLT) program at the state's five licensed VLT venues: Hollywood Casino Perryville, The Casino at Ocean Downs, Maryland Live! Casino, Rocky Gap Resort and Casino, and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

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Additionally under the extension agreement, the Company will provide technology and services to connect the VLTs at the state's sixth licensed VLT venue, MGM National Harbor, which is expected to open in the third or fourth quarter of 2016, to INTELLIGEN.

"We have built a strong partnership with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission since this contract began in 2010, and we couldn't be more pleased to extend the relationship," said Michael Chambrello, CEO, North America Lottery, for IGT.

"We have also gained a deep understanding of the VLT landscape in Maryland over the past five years, and welcome this new opportunity to assist the Commission in expanding its VLT program and supporting its next phase of growth."

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.

CONTACTS:

 

Robert K. Vincent,
Corporate Communications,
(401) 392-7452
James Hurley,
Investor Relations,
(401) 392-7190
Simone Cantagallo,
Italian media inquiries,
(+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: IGT.




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