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International Game Technology Plc Report Second Quarter 2015
- Adjusted EBITDA of $427 million and
adjusted earnings per share of $0.35; GAAP earnings per share of
- Pro forma adjusted EBITDA of $1.575
-$1.675 billion expected in fiscal 2015
- Initiates quarterly cash dividend of
$0.20 per ordinary share
LONDON, U.K. (August 11, 2015) --
International Game Technology
PLC (IGT) (NYSE:IGT) today reported financial results for the
second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015. This is IGTs inaugural
earnings announcement since the combination of GTECH S.p.A. (GTECH)
and International Game Technology (legacy IGT) was completed on
April 7, 2015.
In a separate news release issued
today, the Companys Board of Directors initiated a quarterly cash
dividend of $0.20 per ordinary share. The first cash dividend is payable on
September 10, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on
August 26, 2015.
We are pleased to report
for the first time as a single Company, said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.
As anticipated, our second quarter results reflect the stable growth
characteristics of our global lottery operations and a meaningful sequential
improvement in our gaming operations. We have accomplished a lot in the past
four months, notably organizing ourselves under a single leadership team and
consolidating our manufacturing footprint. There is much more ahead of us. In
this year of transformation, we will continue to focus on integration to
provide a solid foundation for future growth and value creation.
The second quarter is a
major milestone for our Company, as we present our first set of financials in
dollars, under U.S. GAAP, said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of IGT.
Our adjusted operating income improved from the prior years
level on a pro forma, constant currency basis and our financial condition
remains strong. We will continue to operate with our customary, disciplined
cost management and are confident in achieving our synergy targets according to
Note: Pro forma is
defined as the Companys results assuming the acquisition of legacy IGT as
of January 1, 2014 and excluding the impacts of purchase accounting. Adjusted
operating income, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income per diluted share
are non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures
to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are provided at the end
of this news release.
All figures presented in this news
release are prepared under U.S. GAAP, unless noted otherwise.
As a result of the merger, a number
of items affect the comparability of reported results. Reported financial
information for the second quarter of 2015 includes the results of operations
of GTECH for the entire period and those of legacy IGT from the date of the
acquisition. Reported financial information for the second quarter of 2014
includes only GTECH operations. Pro forma figures represent the combined
results of both companies in 2014.
Adjusted figures exclude the impact
of purchase price amortization, restructuring expense, and certain one-time,
primarily transaction-related items. Reconciliations to the most directly
comparable GAAP measures are included in the tables in this news release
(Available at Link Below).
Reported 2015 results were adversely
impacted by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to the euro; the
daily average U.S. dollar to euro foreign exchange rate was 1.11 in the second
quarter of 2015 compared to 1.37 in the second quarter of 2014. Constant
currency changes for 2015 are calculated using the same foreign exchange rates
as the corresponding 2014 period.
Management believes that referring
to certain pro forma, constant currency, or adjusted measures is a more useful
way to evaluate the Companys underlying performance.
As previously announced, the Company
is organized into four customer-facing segments:
* North America Gaming &
Interactive includes sales to commercial customers in the U.S. and Canada, and
has global responsibility for the product development, manufacturing, marketing
and delivery of all Company gaming offerings, including DoubleDown Casino
online social gaming, as well as interactive and sports betting.
* North America Lottery focuses on
World Lottery Association (WLA) customers in the U.S. and Canada, and has
global responsibility for the product development, marketing, and delivery of
all Company lottery offerings.
* International is responsible for
all business conducted outside of North America and Italy across the
Companys entire product portfolio, with specialized and separate sales
and operations groups supported by North America Lottery and North America
Gaming & Interactive as appropriate.
* Italy is responsible for all
business conducted in Italy across the Companys entire product portfolio.
Product development, marketing, manufacturing and servicing are supported by
North America Lottery and North America Gaming & Interactive as
Overview of Consolidated
Second Quarter Results
Reported consolidated revenue grew
36% to $1.29 billion from $945 million in the second quarter of 2014,
reflecting GTECHs acquisition of legacy IGT. On a pro forma, constant
currency basis, consolidated revenue increased 1%, reflecting double-digit
increases in the North American Lottery and International segments, partially
offset by single-digit declines in the Italy and North America Gaming &
Interactive segments. During the quarter, the Company sold 10,147 gaming
machines worldwide and global lottery same-store revenue excluding Italy
On a reported basis, adjusted EBITDA
of $427 million was 32% above the second quarter of 2014. On a pro forma,
constant currency basis, EBITDA was in line with the prior year period. Higher
global lottery profits were offset by lower gaming profits.
Reported operating income was $116
million, compared to $171 million in the second quarter of 2014. On a pro
forma, constant currency basis, adjusted operating income increased 3% despite
higher investment in research and development for both gaming and lottery.
Interest expense was $122 million
compared to $56 million last year due to increased debt incurred to finance the
legacy IGT acquisition.
Net loss attributable to IGT was
$117 million in the second quarter of 2015. On an adjusted basis, net income
was $70 million. The Company reported a net loss per diluted share of $0.59,
but earned $0.35 per diluted share on an adjusted basis.
Cash from operations was $217
million in the first half of the year despite approximately $150 million in
one-time, transaction-related costs, and capital expenditures were $167
Cash and cash equivalents increased
to $557 million as of June 30, 2015, compared to $503 million as of June 30,
At June 30, 2015, consolidated
shareholders equity totaled $3.56 billion and net debt was $8.38
CLICK HERE to download complete financial
Berger of Scientific Games Receives 2015 NASPL Powers Award after
Nomination by Iowa Lottery for Outstanding Performance of a Lottery Vendor
LAS VEGAS AND ATLANTA (August 10,
2015) -- Scientific Games
Corporation (Scientific Games or the Company) today
announced that David Berger, General Manager for Iowa Lottery Systems and
Services for Scientific Games, was a 2015 Powers Award recipient at the North
American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Professional
Development Seminar held recently in Seattle, Washington.
The annual NASPL Powers Awards are
presented in recognition of the significant contributions lottery vendor
employees have made through exceptional job performance. This is one of the
highest honors that vendor employees can receive because the nominations come
directly from the lotteries that vendors serve. Berger is a nine-year veteran
of the lottery industry and was nominated for the award by the Iowa
|Dave Berger (left) of Scientific Games receives a 2015 NASPL
Powers Award from Terry Rich of the Iowa Lottery. Photo courtesy of
Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Officer
Terry Rich said, Lottery support roles accomplish often unsung but
vital work in our industrys operations. Dave Berger not only keeps his
companys services to the Iowa Lottery running smoothly, but also serves
as a national resource for lotteries on behalf of Scientific Games. Dave
proactively evaluates ways to support and grow our business. His willingness to
go the extra mile for our industry is noticed and truly
Pat McHugh, Vice President of
North American Lottery
Systems for Scientific Games, said, It is a great compliment to
Dave and Scientific Games that the Iowa Lottery nominated Dave for the Powers
Award and that he is being honored for one of our lottery customers for his
drive, commitment, and integrity."
"We are proud of Daves
accomplishments managing services for one of our valued customers in our
growing U.S. lottery systems business. The Iowa Lottery has consistently
achieved record sales in recent years, and we are honored that they have
recognized Daves performance leading our Iowa team in support of their
mission. He is one of the most knowledgeable lottery systems professionals in
the industry with expertise in products, sales, operations, and project
Berger is a northwest Iowa native
and a nine-year professional at Scientific Games, where he manages systems
operations and field services in Iowa and is responsible for meeting the needs,
expectations, and contractual requirements of the Iowa Lottery. Previously,
Berger served in management roles at Gateway Computers and Philips Electronics
(Netherlands). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from
Bellevue University in Nebraska and is also a licensed commercial pilot.
The Powers Awards are named in honor
of the late Edward J. Powers, the Father of all U.S. Lotteries, and
according to NASPL, a name that is synonymous with success and defines the
organizational blueprint for todays lotteries.
Each year, lottery directors and
members of lottery executive management teams have the opportunity to submit
nominations for Powers Awards candidates who have made outstanding
contributions to lottery organizations or to the lottery industry.
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:
Company CONTACT: Therese Minella,
APR, Lottery Communications, Phone: (770) 825-4219.
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Alchemy3 and Royal Caribbean International Reunite to Offer
Lottery Themed Games
ROSWELL, Georgia (August 11, 2015)
-- Alchemy3 and Royal
Caribbean International Reunite to Offer Lottery Themed Games.
"As the leader of the cruise
industry, Royal Caribbean is known for their creative on board activities,
premier amenities and groundbreaking technology; a sure draw to lottery
players," said Jeffrey Schweig, President of Alchemy3.
"We believe Royal Caribbean is a
perfect match for lotteries and are very excited to bring them back into the
category. Lotteries will again be able to offer the chance for players to win
amazing vacations aboard Royal Caribbean ships."
"We look forward to Alchemy3
bringing the Royal Caribbean experience back to the lottery industry," said
Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal
Caribbean International. "After seeing the innovative programs Alchemy3 has
put together over the years, we are excited to once again be partnering with
them to deliver memorable vacation experiences onboard Royal Caribbean for
lottery players across the globe."
Started in 2007, Alchemy3 maintains
trusted relationships with North American lotteries and is one of a select few
companies in America that holds exclusive licenses to companies like The Home
Depot, Honda, Royal Caribbean International, Polaris and Bass Pro Shops.
To learn more about Alchemy3, visit
NeoGames Partners with William Hill as a Strategic Investor to
Fuel iLottery Expansion and Innovation
LUXEMBURG (August 7, 2015) --
NeoGames S.A.R.L. ("NeoGames"), a leading provider of complete iLottery
solutions to National and State Lotteries announces today that William Hill PLC
(LSE: WMH), one of the world's leading gambling companies, has acquired 29% of
NeoGames is a global leader in the
emergent iLottery market, providing its iLottery 360° Solutions to
lotteries worldwide. NeoGames solutions includes a complete range of iLottery
Games, State-of-the-art Platform and a set of Operational Services enabling
lotteries to succeed in and grow in their digital channels. NeoGames solutions
are provided today to 10 lotteries worldwide. In Europe NeoGames list of
customers includes, among others, Sisal s.p.a of Italy, Jogos Santa Casa of
Portugal and it was recently selected by Sazka, the leading Lottery licensee in
the Czech Republic. In the fast-evolving US iLottery market, NeoGames has
positioned itself as a significant provider by powering the most successful
iLottery launch in the market for the Michigan State Lottery, as part of its
"We are excited by this strategic
investment and partnership with William Hill," said Ilan Rosen, Chief
Executive of NeoGames. "Apart from being a strong vote of confidence in our
company and future expansion plans by one of the leading players in the
gambling world, this also opens up promising areas for synergies between our
companies which will benefit our Lottery customers, bringing William Hill's
expertise and excellence in areas such as Sports Betting and driving
This investment will enable NeoGames
to accelerate its ambitious plans to further expand into new markets and lead
the industry with its innovation development of advanced iLottery products and
James Henderson, Chief Executive
Officer of William Hill, commented: "The emergent online lottery market is
an exciting new opportunity in the gambling sector and NeoGames is a disruptive
technology and service provider, offering Lottery rights holders a great
experience with expertise that provides a compelling alternative to legacy
system providers. This agreement gives William Hill good optionality in a new
market that is increasingly attractive to gambling customers"
Ilan Rosen added: "The fast
growing trend of the global iLottery market with its substantial business
opportunity requires business scalability and flexibility to capture its full
potential. Joining forces with William Hill will allow us to leverage this
market demand, capitalizing on our collective global reach and extensive
know-how in the digital world."
Stifel served as exclusive financial
advisor to NeoGames on this transaction.
NeoGames is a leading iLottery
software and service provider. For almost a decade NeoGames provides its
customers with a complete iLottery 360° solution, which includes the widest
portfolio of market-proven games across Desktops, Smartphones and Tablets, a
comprehensive back-office Platform and a complete set of Player Operational
Services. NeoGames flexibility and experience enables its lottery customers to
tailor their best suited solution and generate significant revenues from the
interactive offering. NeoGames is based in Luxemburg, with offices in Israel,
US, Ukraine and Malta. NeoGames has formed a strategic JV with Pollard Banknote
Limited (TSX: PBL) named NeoPollard to focus on the North American lottery
William Hill, The Home of Betting,
is one of the world's leading betting and gaming companies, employing more than
16,000 people. Founded in 1934, it is now the UK's largest bookmaker with
around 2,360 licensed betting offices that provide betting opportunities on a
wide range of sporting and non-sporting events, gaming on machines and
numbers-based products including lotteries. William Hill Online
(www.williamhill.com) is one of Europe's leading online betting and gaming
businesses, providing customers with the opportunity to access William Hill's
products online, through their mobile, by telephone and by text services.
William Hill US was established in June 2012 and provides land-based and mobile
sports betting services in Nevada, and is the exclusive risk manager for the
State of Delaware's sports lottery. William Hill Australia was established
through the acquisitions of Sportingbet and tomwaterhouse.com in 2013. It is
one of the leading online corporate bookmakers in Australia, offerings sports
betting products online, by telephone and via mobile devices.
William Hill PLC is listed on the
London Stock Exchange and generates revenues of over £1.6bn a year.
CONTACT: Ms. Claire Edwards,
NeoGames S.A.R.L, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone: +356 2248
SOURCE: NeoGames S.A.R.L.
Lottery Operations Director Receives Top Industry Honour
AUSTIN, Texas (August 11, 2015) --
The Texas Lottery Commission
today announced that Michael Anger, lottery operations director, was a
recipient of the 2015 Powers Award at the
North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) seminar held recently in
I want to congratulate
Michael on a well-deserved honor, said Gary Grief, executive director
of the Texas Lottery. Michael exemplifies the distinguished
performance and overall excellence in the lottery industry that this
prestigious national award recognizes.
Each year, the Powers Awards are
presented in recognition of the significant contributions lottery and lottery
vendor employees have made through exceptional job performance.
These awards are named in honor of
the late Edward J. Powers, the Father of U.S. Lotteries. Powers
spent more than 25 years in the lottery industry helping to define the most
effective organizational structures that have become a blueprint for
todays lotteries. The drive, commitment and integrity Powers demonstrated
set the standard of excellence exhibited by lottery and vendor employees
nominated for this award.
Michael Anger has served as the
Texas Lotterys director of lottery operations since March 2003. His team
has been responsible for product sales delivering more than $1 billion annually
in revenue transfers to the state.
He currently leads more than 130
agency employees and oversees the lotterys strategic business planning,
product development, advertising and promotions, drawings and claims
processing, communication services, retailer licensing and accounting, licensee
regulation, lottery operator contract monitoring, retailer development,
security and consumer protection.
Since joining the Texas Lottery in
1995, Michael has served in numerous positions throughout his 20-year career
with the agency including work in various aspects of claim center and games
compliance operations where his work focused on program management, customer
support services and the implementation of cost and operational efficiency
Michael is a graduate of the
University of Texas where he received a Bachelor of Business
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $23 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $46 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $17 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature,
certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch-offs.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org..
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Gaming Announce Approval of Another New Electronic Pull-Tab Game in New
"GameShow Glitz" Makes
Charities Big Winners
GREENVILLE, North Carolina (July 30,
2015) -- Grover Gaming Inc. (Grover) announced today that it has received
approval from the New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission
(Commission) for its newest electronic pull-tab game, "GameShow Glitz."
According to Garrett Blackwelder,
President of Grover Gaming, "We are very proud of the success of our
electronic pull-tab products in general and are glad to see that they are as
successful in the New Hampshire market as elsewhere. We are particularly proud
of the much needed assistance that, along with our partners, we have provided
to charities in New Hampshire."
He continued, "'GameShow Glitz'
is an exciting new game that will really shine in the dual-screen cabinets we
are using in that market."
Grover provides certified software
and games for the New Hampshire "Lucky 7" electronic pull-tab program in New
Hampshire through its exclusive partner, EagleStrike Entertainment. Jim
McIntire of EagleStrike, shares Blackwelder's optimism about the release of
"We have seen in other markets
that when you have a successful system in place and add a new game of this
quality, it not only creates excitement for the player, it brings an immediate
increase in revenue to the charities."
"Like everywhere else, charities
in New Hampshire have had it tough for a while. We are very happy to be a part
of creating a brighter future for those charities and the many families and
individuals that they assist on a daily basis."
Grover was the first Manufacturer to
have an electronic pull-tab, or "Lucky 7," device approved by the Commission.
Along with distribution partner EagleStrike Entertainment, Grover was the first
to have an electronic "Lucky 7" device in operation in New Hampshire.
Currently Grover and EagleStrike
lead the market in New Hampshire's Charitable Gaming Electronic Pull-Tab market
with over 200% more devices in use than the only other manufacturer with active
terminals in the market.
Additionally, Grover software has
sold over 97% of all the electronic Lucky 7 tickets that have been sold in New
Hampshire to date.
Grover produces electronic pull-tab
products, lottery products, and other gaming software solutions for various
markets in its design and development facility in Greenville North Carolina.
SOURCE: Grover Gaming Inc.
Florida Lottery and Guy Harvey Announce Third Guy Harvey-Themed
Scratch-Off Game and "Everyday Heroes" Campaign
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 6,
2015) -- The Florida
Lottery and Guy Harvey, Ph.D. announce the Lottery's new GUY HARVEY©
HEROES Scratch-Off game and partnership behind the game's "Everyday Heroes"
campaign, which focuses on recognizing the everyday heroes who help educate,
serve, and protect all of us in the great state of Florida. Secretary O'Connell
and Dr. Harvey also revealed a PSA which focuses on this partnership and their
joint mission of helping Florida students realize their dreams.
"The Florida Lottery enjoys
partnering with Dr. Guy Harvey, and the decision to honor everyday heroes with
this ticket was an easy one," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia
O'Connell. "Our mission has always been to help raise additional funds for
education, so it only seems fitting that the Florida Lottery's everyday heroes
are the educators and principals who are dedicated to helping Florida students
achieve a brighter future."
"I am thrilled to once again have
my artwork featured on a Florida Lottery ticket," said Dr. Harvey,
world-renowned wildlife artist and conservationist. "This ticket's theme is
different from others we've done before, but I'm glad that I'm able to be a
part of what this ticket stands for - honoring everyday heroes in our beautiful
state. A hero isn't confined to one specific profession or characteristic, and
with this ticket I hope to inspire other Floridians to take the time to
recognize an everyday hero in their own community."
The new GUY HARVEY© HEROES
Scratch-Off game goes on sale Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Lottery retailers
statewide. The $2 game features 12 top prizes of $50,000 and more than $13.5
million in total cash prizes. Players can also enter their non-winning tickets
into the Guy Harvey® Heroes Adventure Second Chance Promotion for a chance
to win a resort getaway for two and a fishing trip with Guy Harvey himself!
ABOUT GUY HARVEY
Widely recognized today as the
world's finest marine wildlife artist, Guy Harvey combines his unique artistic
talents with his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer, and
angler, to create marine wildlife art with an unmatched authenticity and visual
appeal. Guy is a life-long conservationist, founding the Guy Harvey Research
Institute at Nova Southeastern University in 1999 to conduct cutting-edge
pelagic fish research; the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation in 2008 to broaden the
scope of research and increase outreach and educational efforts; and creating
NSU's Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center to help foster the next generation of
ABOUT THE FLORIDA
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than
700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Set for Life Lottery Delivers First 1st Prize Winner!
SYDNEY, Australia (August 10, 2015)
-- One week on from the launch of the exciting new game, a Wollongong father in
his forties has gone down in Australias lottery history as the first
winner in Australias new draw lottery game Set for Life after his entry
won 1st Prize in last nights draw!
The winner, who wishes to remain
anonymous, was unaware hed become the first ever winner of Set for Life
until a NSW Lotteries official contacted him this morning to break the
life-enhancing news that hell receive $20,000 this month, next month and
every month for the next 20 years!
Shut up! Oh my
god! the stunned winner exclaimed.
Ive got goose bumps!
I mentioned to my wife the other day that Id purchased an entry in the
new Set for Life game and she said wouldnt that be incredible to
Life has just changed for
us! Im now just starting to imagine the possibilities! Firstly Ill
be able to get someone else to do my renovations around our house and my family
will be able to do a lot of travel now!
The winning 2-SET QuickSET entry was
purchased at Woonona Newsagency, 371 Princes Highway in Woonona.
Woonona Newsagency owners Graham and
Christine Sturgiss were thrilled to discover theyd sold the first ever
1st Prize winning ticket in Set for Life
Its so wonderful!
Were so happy for our winner and wish them all the best for the next 20
years! Mr Sturgiss said.
Weve had a lot of
customers excited by the new Set for Life game so this is such great
Throughout Australia, it was the
only entry that won a 1st Prize in last nights Set for Life draw 3, which
offers a guaranteed 1st Prize of $20,000 a month for 20 year for up to four
winners in each draw.
Set for Life is unlike any lottery
game that has ever been offered in Australias lottery history. The Set
for Life 1st Prize will be paid to winners in monthly instalments of $20,000
for 20 years. A Set for Life draw is conducted every night of the week, 365
days each year, and players can start their seven-day Set for Life entry on any
day of the week.
To win the 1st Prize in Set for
Life, players must correctly choose the 8 winning numbers drawn from 37.
Additional smaller divisional prizes can be won from 2nd Prize to 8th Prize by
selecting a combination of the 8 winning numbers and 2 bonus numbers drawn.
Tickets for Set for Life are now on
sale in lottery outlets around the country and online at Tatts.com with the
next draw occurring tonight.
SOURCE: NSW Lotteries.
Delaware Sports Lottery to Begin Pre-Season Wagering August
DOVER, Delaware (August 11, 2015) --
Are you ready for some football? The Delaware Sports Lottery will start its
football preseason wagering on Wednesday, August 12, for adults 21 and older.
Regular Season Pro Football wagering will begin on Wednesday, September 9.
Pro Football wagering is available
at Delaware Sports Lottery retailers throughout the state and at three
Sportsbooks locations: Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and
Harrington Raceway & Casino.
Players who don't know what teams to
pick can ask their retailers for a partial or full Quick Pick. With a Quick
Pick, the Lottery will generate a ticket with teams selected at random.
"We introduced the Quick Pick in
2014, and it's been very successful in helping people who are interested in
playing but don't know what teams to pick," explains Delaware Lottery
Director Vernon Kirk.
Preseason offerings include the
Early Bird Card, Regular Season Week 1 and Pro Football Championship
Early Bird Card
Players may play Early Bird Parlay
Cards daily throughout the preseason and on Mondays and Tuesdays during the
regular season. For official rules, visit delottery.com/games/sports.
Pro Football Championship
No card is required. Players may
wager on any or all of the 32 Pro Football teams to win the Championship Game.
The Delaware Lottery offers these wagers for the entire current season. For
more information on how to place Pro Football Championship Futures wagers,
Where to Play
For a complete list of the available
wagers and the Sports Lottery retail locations, visit
About the Delaware
Since the start of operations in
1975, the Delaware Lottery
has contributed more than $4.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help
finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery
offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®,
MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno, iGaming and
assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery, and Table Games.
Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com,
at licensed locations and from the Lottery's office in Dover.
Winner privacy is our policy. The
Delaware Lottery publishes winner names only with their consent
SOURCE: Delaware Lottery.
LotSynergy Holdings Win This Year's Largest Single Batch Bid in China Sports
Lottery Terminal Market, Maintaining the Company's Industry Leading
BEIJING, China (August 11, 2015) --
China LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the Company) is pleased to
announce that Guangzhou Lottnal Terminal Company Limited (Lottnal),
a subsidiary of the Company, has recently won a bid for Guangdong Sports
Lottery Centres Sports Lottery CTG Sales Terminal Project,
becoming the first supplier to be selected for this project.
This is the largest single batch bid
in China Sports CTG lottery terminal market by volume so far this year.
The Companys CTG terminal
business has successfully expanded to cover 14 provinces and regions across
This project adopted a batch bidding
process, with a total procurement of 10,000 terminals, of which Lottnal won the
largest batch of 4,000 terminals. To date, the Company holds an approximately
30% market share of this years total Sports Lottery terminal procurement
volume, and ranks first in terms of the total number of Sports Lottery
Guangdong Sports Lotterys
sales have recorded new highs for seven consecutive years. In 2014, Guangdong
Sports Lottery sales reached RMB 16.12 billion, accounting for 9.1% of total
nationwide Sports Lottery sales, growing at 36.7% year-on-year and advancing
from third place to rank second nationwide by sales. From January to June 2015,
Guangdong Sports Lottery recorded sales of RMB 7.2 billion.
The winning of this bid marks the
successful expansion of the Companys Sports Lottery terminal business
into a major Provincial Sports Lottery market in the nation, further securing
the Companys industry position.
In the future, the Company will
leverage its geographical advantages in the Guangdong lottery market to better
serve the Sports Lottery market and maintain its industry leading position.
SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings
Popularity of Finlands Slot Machine Associations
Internet and Mobile Games Rising Slightly
HELSINKI, Finland (August 3, 2015)
-- The popularity of
Raha-automaattiyhdistys (Finlands Slot Machine
Association), which is generally referred to as RAY, online casino and mobile
games has grown slightly. Whilst in the first half of 2014 approximately 6,66
per adult resident was spent on Internet and mobile games throughout Finland,
for the first six months of this year the figure had risen to 6,97 euros.
Kinnula at the
For the first half of the year
RAYs Internet and mobile games were most popular in Kinnula, in Central
Finland, where approximately 23 euros per adult resident was spent Second most
active, spending approximately 20 euros, was Jämijärvi in Satakunta,
and in third place Södankylä in Lapland, where approximately 19 euros
per adult were spent.
The growth of domestic digital
gaming follows the global development: online gaming is growing and of this
gaming a larger and larger amount is taking place on mobile devices. We have
invested a lot in making sure that our service works well on mobile devices, as
well as increasing the selection of games we offer on such devices. This is
evident in the growth of as much as 86 per cent in mobile gaming in comparison
with the previous year. Furthermore, we have developed our site so that our
customers can easily find the products that interest them, states
RAYs Director of Digital Channels Jan Hagelberg.
88 euros per adult resident
spent on RAYs games in the first half of the year
During the first half of the year 88
euros per adult Finnish resident was spent across all of Finland's Slot Machine
Associations games. In the first six months the amount spent rose by just
over a euro compared to the same period last year.
Most active municipality in playing
RAYs games was Virolahti in Kymenlaakso, where approximately 174 euros
per adult resident was spent. Virolahti also came out on top in the comparison
of municipalities last year.
In second place was Forssa, in
Tavastia Proper, where 165 euros per adult was spent on gaming. In third place
was Utsjoki in Lapland, where the figure was 164 euros.
When calculating the total gaming
figures, all of the games offered by RAY have been included, i.e. slot machines
and table games in RAYs own arcades, business partners premises and
Casino Helsinki, as well as the Internet and mobile casino games on ray.fi.
finds out how Finland is feeling
RAY will be supporting the
operations of Finnish health and social welfare organisations by donating 309.3
million euros this year. With this sum a great number of good deeds can be
done. Inhimillisiä Uutisia (Humane News), which is funded by RAY,
discusses these good deeds, phenomena and people.
Inhimillisiä Uutisia News news
car will be touring Finland 121 August to find out how Finland is
feeling. Led by Lorenz Backman, the crew will travel the country, exploring
events and organisations they have been tipped about, along the route:
Helsinki, Kouvola, Joensuu, Kajaani, Rovaniemi, Oulu, Jyväskylä,
Tampere, Pori, Turku, Lappohja, Majvik, Vantaa and Helsinki.
For more information about
the gaming figures CONTACT:
Material: Communications Specialist
Jenni Mutka, RAY, tel. +358 (0)40 821 0321.
Digital gaming: Director of Digital
channels, Jan Hagelberg, RAY, tel. +358 (0)40 507 5712.
Total gaming: Director of Business
Operations Timo Kiiskinen, RAY, tel. +358 (0)40 568 2646.
For more information on funding:
Communications Manager, Funding operations Niclas Kourula, RAY, tel. +358 (0)40
Lottery Corporation's Fiscal Year 2015 Revenue Up for 5th
Consecutive Year With State Transfers Over $167 Million
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (August 13,
2015) -- The Louisiana Lottery
Corporation ended its fiscal year with $453.8 million in revenue, up about
$3.3 million from the previous year, making 2015 the Lotterys second best
year ever and its fifth consecutive year of growth. Resulting transfers to the
state treasury for K-12 public education were more than $158 million, which was
$9.3 million more than the state expected.
Also this fiscal year, the Lottery
transferred an additional $9 million to the state treasury for the Louisiana
Mega-Project Development Fund as part of a 2014 legislative act.
Scratch-offs were once again the
shining star in the Lotterys game portfolio, accounting for a 13 percent
sales increase that compensated for dismal Powerball sales.
Powerballs player base has
grown to include every U.S. jurisdictional lottery, which means jackpots are
getting hit faster and more frequently, according to Lottery President Rose
Because Powerball sales are
driven by high jackpots, a matrix change scheduled for October should help the
games performance, explained Hudson.
Thats icing on the
cake, as the popularity of scratch-off game has exploded. I am proud of the
contributions the Lottery has made to responsibly grow recurring revenue for
the state while upholding the publics trust.
In addition to state coffers, local
businesses that sell Lottery products also benefited from the Lottery in fiscal
year 2015 with total retailer compensation of more than $25.2 million, which
includes sales commission, incentives for cashing winning tickets and bonuses
for selling winning tickets.
Fourth quarter figures for fiscal
year 2015 show Lottery revenue totaled $108,154,599 with $37,854,110 being
transferred to the state treasury.
The Louisiana Lottery ranks second
among state lotteries in percent of revenue transferred to its government. In
fiscal year 2014, 35.5 percent of Lottery revenue was transferred to the state
treasury and dedicated for K-12 public education.
Nearly 53 percent of revenue was
allocated to prizes for players. At least 5.5 percent was paid to retailers who
sell Lottery games, and less than 6 percent was retained by the Lottery for
The Lottery's total fiscal-year
state transfers were $167,852,815. Since the Lottery began operations in 1991,
more than $8.5 billion in revenue has been generated, primarily from ticket
sales. More than $3 billion has been transferred to the state treasury.
"These results should give
Louisianians a reason to smile," Hudson added. The Lottery will
continue to pursue the excellence, ingenuity and customer focus that have made
accomplishing our mission possible.
Lottery ticket purchasers must be at
least 21 years of age. The Lottery encourages anyone with a gambling problem,
or friends of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
Gaming Show to Take Gaming Into the New Vision for Asian
MACAU (August 12. 2015) -- The Macao
Gaming Show, which is organized by MGEMA - the leading trade body in Asian
gaming, has confirmed one of the most expansive and thought-provoking agendas
for its annual summit at the Venetian Macao, November 17-19, 2015. Developing
its themes into the wider leisure mix, MGS has broadened and rebranded its
three-day conference to reflect the new directions for the gaming industry.
This year's international conference at MGS will be titled: The Macao Tourism
and Culture Summit 2015 at the Macao Gaming Show.
Featuring more than 15 sessions, The
Macao Tourism and Culture Summit 2015 at the Macao Gaming Show will pose a
direct challenge to its speakers and delegates alike: 'New rules, new vision,
new opportunities: how is Macau planning to channel gaming to power a new
entertainment mix for tourism and culture?'
The Summit will explore the Macao
Vision and its key challenge of 'Driving tourism and a new cultural mix'. It
will draw on the expertise of officials from the Macau SAR Government, the
leading figure-heads in Asian gaming, the major corporations not just from
Macao and the Asia Pacific region, but most importantly, international
luminaries and influencers that will play a pivotal role in the region's growth
A key focus throughout the Summit
will be the trans-continental opportunities of the Chinese government's One
Belt One Road (OBOR) investment program, which for delegates at MGS, delivers a
first time chance to explore a radical cultural shift to bring gaming into
Asia's wider economic mix.
Announcing the rebranded and widened
remit for the Summit, Fatima Maria Nunes, Secretary of the influential MGEMA -
the body behind the conference, explained: "Macau and the Asia Pacific region
is one of the most significant - and dynamic - markets in the world. Any
business wanting to trade here will need to understand the local vision,
explore the opportunities for growth and development, and most importantly,
witness for themselves the extent of investment and commitment being made
towards the infrastructure from Macau and all the way around the Silk Road
"November's Summit is the
one-stop forum to glean all this information and process the key factors that
could determine the future of not just their business, but the economy that
will drive their growth and development. The Macao Tourism and Culture Summit
2015 at the Macao Gaming Show embraces everything in a changing
"This year is the first of a
series of crucial summits - our vision is not just about this year; it's about
next year and the years to come. This investment in the infrastructure of a
continent is a decade long plan. We believe it's our role to discuss the
opportunities available to our key sectors of gaming, leisure, tourism and
entertainment, and this forum is the start of this program."
Organizers of the summit will be
announcing the line-up of speakers during the course of the month, and next
week it will unveil the full sessions list which will be targeted at decision
makers and industry professionals from all sectors of the off line/on line
gaming industry around the world. The Summit will also cater to leading figures
drawn from government and regulatory bodies, the banking, investment, legal and
consulting sectors as well as research and education..
Tickets will be priced at
HKD3,800/delegate for a three-day pass and HKD2,800 for a one day pass to both
the conference and exhibition. Discounts for multiple bookings are being set at
10 per cent for bookings of three delegates or more. An Early Bird discount of
15 per cent will be on offer through to 30th September.
For more information and to register
for the Macao Tourism and Cultural Summit at this year's Macao Gaming Show,
Lottery Insider is a media partner
for the Macao Gaming Show.
SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show.