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SEOUL, Korea (August 13, 2015) -- We are pleased to inform you that the Registration for the 2015 APLA Regional Conference is now open !

This year, the Conference is held in Seoul, Korea and is hosted by Korea Lottery Commission and organized by Nanum Lotto.

The Theme for this Conference is "Sail With Korea Wave : Content, Inspiration and New Media."

It promises of another exciting Conference with lots to share in the Business program. The Business Program is being assisted by Singapore Pools who have been helping us secure many quality speakers in our previous events.

All work and no play, make one a dull person…in Seoul, there are many interesting social highlights that Nanum Lotto has put together for the delegates to select and attend, some are optional while some are included in the Delegate fees. Do check it out carefully.

Browse through the newly developed 2015 APLA Regional Conference website (www.apla2015.com) that Nanum Lotto has put together for more details and quickly sign up to attend, we only have 60+ days to the event!

There is also a mobile app to download for your convenience.

See you all in Seoul in October 2015!

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International Game Technology Plc Report Second Quarter 2015 Results

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $427 million and adjusted earnings per share of $0.35; GAAP earnings per share of ($0.59)
  • 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 IGT’s 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 Company’s 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 year’s 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 plans.

 

 

Note: Pro forma is defined as the Company’s 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.

Comparability of Results

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).

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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 Company’s 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 Company’s 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 Company’s entire product portfolio. Product development, marketing, manufacturing and servicing are supported by North America Lottery and North America Gaming & Interactive as appropriate.

Overview of Consolidated Second Quarter Results

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Reported consolidated revenue grew 36% to $1.29 billion from $945 million in the second quarter of 2014, reflecting GTECH’s 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 increased 7%.

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 million.

Cash and cash equivalents increased to $557 million as of June 30, 2015, compared to $503 million as of June 30, 2014.

At June 30, 2015, consolidated shareholders’ equity totaled $3.56 billion and net debt was $8.38 billion.

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SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

David Berger of Scientific Games Receives 2015 NASPL ‘Powers Award’ after Nomination by Iowa Lottery for Outstanding Performance of a Lottery Vendor Employee

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 Lottery.

Dave Berger (left) of Scientific Games receives a 2015 NASPL Powers Award from Terry Rich of the Iowa Lottery. Photo courtesy of NASPL

Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Officer Terry Rich said, “Lottery support roles accomplish often unsung but vital work in our industry’s operations. Dave Berger not only keeps his company’s 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 appreciated.

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 Dave’s 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 Dave’s 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 management.”

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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 today’s 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 Company’s portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit: www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACT: Therese Minella, APR, Lottery Communications, Phone: (770) 825-4219.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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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.

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"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."

About Alchemy3

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 alchemy3.com.

SOURCE: Alchemy.

 

 

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 its shares.

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 NeoPollard JV.

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"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 Omni-channel growth."

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 solutions.

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.

About NeoGames S.A.R.L (www.neogames.com

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 market.

About William Hill

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: clairee@neogames.com / Phone: +356 2248 4913.

SOURCE: NeoGames S.A.R.L.

 

 

Texas 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 Seattle.

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.

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Michael Anger

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 today’s 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 Lottery’s 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.

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He currently leads more than 130 agency employees and oversees the lottery’s 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 measures.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration.

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 Veterans’ Assistance.

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.

 

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Grover Gaming Announce Approval of Another New Electronic Pull-Tab Game in New Hampshire

"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."

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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 "GameShow Glitz."

"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.

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"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."

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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 marine scientists.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 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: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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New 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 Australia’s lottery history as the first winner in Australia’s new draw lottery game Set for Life after his entry won 1st Prize in last night’s draw!

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was unaware he’d 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 he’ll receive $20,000 this month, next month and every month for the next 20 years!

Shut up! Oh my god!” the stunned winner exclaimed.

I’ve got goose bumps! I mentioned to my wife the other day that I’d purchased an entry in the new Set for Life game and she said wouldn’t that be incredible to win!

Life has just changed for us! I’m now just starting to imagine the possibilities! Firstly I’ll 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!”

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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 they’d sold the first ever 1st Prize winning ticket in Set for Life

It’s so wonderful! We’re so happy for our winner and wish them all the best for the next 20 years!” Mr Sturgiss said.

We’ve had a lot of customers excited by the new Set for Life game so this is such great news!”

Throughout Australia, it was the only entry that won a 1st Prize in last night’s 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 Australia’s 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 12

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.

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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 Futures.

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 Futures

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, visit delottery.com/games/sports

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Where to Play

For a complete list of the available wagers and the Sports Lottery retail locations, visit delottery.com/games/sports.

About the Delaware Lottery

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.

 

 

China LotSynergy Holdings Win This Year's Largest Single Batch Bid in China Sports Lottery Terminal Market, Maintaining the Company's Industry Leading Position

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 Centre’s “Sports Lottery CTG Sales Terminal Project”, becoming the first supplier to be selected for this project.

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This is the largest single batch bid in China Sports CTG lottery terminal market by volume so far this year.

The Company’s CTG terminal business has successfully expanded to cover 14 provinces and regions across China.

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 year’s total Sports Lottery terminal procurement volume, and ranks first in terms of the total number of Sports Lottery terminals supplied.

Guangdong Sports Lottery’s 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 Company’s Sports Lottery terminal business into a major Provincial Sports Lottery market in the nation, further securing the Company’s 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 Limited.

 

 

Popularity of Finland’s Slot Machine Association’s Internet and Mobile Games Rising Slightly

HELSINKI, Finland (August 3, 2015) -- The popularity of Raha-automaattiyhdistys (Finland’s 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 top

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For the first half of the year RAY’s 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 RAY’s Director of Digital Channels Jan Hagelberg.

88 euros per adult resident spent on RAY’s 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 Association’s 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 RAY’s 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.

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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 RAY’s own arcades, business partners’ premises and Casino Helsinki, as well as the Internet and mobile casino games on ray.fi.

Inhimillisiä Uutisia 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 1–21 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)40 820 1829.

SOURCE: RAY.

 

 

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 Lottery’s 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.

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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 Lottery’s game portfolio, accounting for a 13 percent sales increase that compensated for dismal Powerball sales.

Powerball’s 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 Hudson.

Because Powerball sales are driven by high jackpots, a matrix change scheduled for October should help the game’s performance,” explained Hudson.

That’s 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 public’s 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.

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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 operating costs.

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 for assistance.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.

 

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Macao Gaming Show to Take Gaming Into the New Vision for Asian Growth

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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 and development.

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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 trading area.

"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 marketplace.

"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, visit: www.macaogamingshow.com

Lottery Insider is a media partner for the Macao Gaming Show.

SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show.




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