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Australasian Gaming Expo Delivers

SYDNEY, Australia (August 17, 2015) -- The Australasian Gaming Expo wrapped up on Thursday 13 August 2015 at the Sydney Convention Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, delivering “more”.

Event owner and organiser, the Gaming Technologies Association, had promised more exhibitor space, more products offered, more innovation, and more food and beverage space. These were all comprehensively delivered, along with 6,794 visitors over the 3 days which was 16.5% more than last year.

All kinds of records were broken including 86,233 website page views and total Facebook reach of 41,471. The event app utilised geo-fencing at the venue and localised ‘beacons’ on exhibitor stands to send 3,026 messages welcoming and informing mobile device users.

The Best Stand award was won by Riva Ice Cream Dispensers and three trips for two to Las Vegas USA were won by Liz Jacobs from the Hellenic Club in Canberra, Rod Pittorino from the Bayview Hotel in Gladesville Sydney, and Gavin Hood from SKYCITY Auckland in New Zealand.

Next year’s Australasian Gaming Expo is on 9 to 11 August 2016 at the Sydney Convention Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

 

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The Gaming Technologies Association’s members: Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Ebet Limited, IGT Australia, Konami Gaming Australia and Scientific Games.

The Complete Photo Gallery from the Event is Available HERE

For further information contact: Ross Ferrar CEO, Gaming Technologies Association (+61 2) 8216 0931 or Email: rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association.

 

 

IGT's DoubleDown Casino Introduce New Jackpot Feature with Winning Potential of More Than Two Billion Chips

LAS VEGAS and SEATTLE, (August. 13, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC's ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) DoubleDown Casino® social gaming website raised the stakes today by introducing its new jackpot feature that gives players the chance to win more than two billion chips.

Initially available on the classic Wolf Run™ slot game, a pair of jackpots is launching on the DoubleDown Casino website: the Super Jackpot, which grows quickly, and hits more frequently; and the Mega Jackpot™ feature, where a player can win more than two billion chips. When a jackpot is due to hit soon, it will 'go hot' and the graphics will catch on fire, letting players know that they should spin to win before someone else does.

"Many players love slot machines because they offer the chance to win jackpots, so it's a natural extension of DoubleDown Casino that we introduce jackpots," said Joe Sigrist, IGT SVP and GM of DoubleDown Casino. "Providing the chance for any player to win more than two billion chips from a DoubleDown Casino Mega Jackpot makes our best-in-class game portfolio even more fun and exciting."

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Play DoubleDown Casino games online at apps.facebook.com/doubledowncasino or on any mobile device via the free iOS and Android app. For more information, visit IGT, go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/user/igt.

About IGT

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

For more information, please visit: www.merger.igt.com

CONTACT: Phil O'Shaughnessy, IGT Corporate Communications, Phone: +1 (702) 669-2975.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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INTRALOT Release 1H15 Financial Results

INTRALOT Half Year Revenues Approach €1 Billion +8.4% EBITDA Increase in 2Q15

ATHENS, Greece (August 14, 2015) -- INTRALOT S.A., the leading international gaming company, today announces its financial results for the six month period ending June 30th 2015, prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Consolidated Revenues for the 1H15 period grew by 5.9%, to €958.7m from €905.5m in the 1H14 period, representing an increase of €53.2m. Net of a positive FX impact of €40.8m, revenues reached €917.9m, posting an increase of 1.4% versus the 1H14.

EBITDA developed to €87.2m, being a decrease of €2.3m (-2.6%) compared to the first half of 2014. Net of a positive FX impact of €5.2m, EBITDA reached €81.9m in the 1H15, a decrease of 8.4% year-on-year. On a continuing business basis EBITDA in 1H15 was shaped at €80.1m, +9.4% compared to the 1H14. In the second quarter of 2015 EBITDA developed to €41m, an increase of 8.4% compared to the same period last year. While on a continuing business basis EBITDA in the 2Q15 was shaped at €38.7m, posting an increase of +26.7% compared to the 2Q14.

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EBT in the first half of 2015 decreased by 12.7% to €17.6m. Net of a positive FX impact of €9.2m, EBT reached €8.4m from €16.3m, posting a decrease of 48.2% year-on-year. Net profit after minorities for the period was shaped at €-31m.

Operating Cash-flow in the 1H15 decreased to €8m from €31m in 1H14, impacted by a negative working capital of €30.7m. Capex in 1H15 was €36.0m compared to €29.4m in 1H14. Net Debt as at 30 June 2015 developed at €416.1m, increased by €34.7m compared to 31 December 2014 (€381.4m). The Group continued to invest in R&D in order to remain at the forefront of technological developments, mainly focusing on further enhancing its products relating to mobile gaming, content, player engagement platforms, CRM systems, and the LOTOS10 system. The total amount spent for R&D in 1H15 was €9m versus €7.6m in 1H14.

Revenues for the Parent company for the period decreased by 17.8%, to €39.3m. EBITDA increased by 114.1% to €34.3m from €16.0m in 1H14. Earnings After Taxes (EAT) decreased to €-0.3m from €-3.3m in 1H14.

Commenting on the 1H15 Results, INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, noted: "In the second quarter of 2015 INTRALOT delivered a strong set of results as EBITDA grew by 8.4% compared to the same quarter of 2014, which also resulted in improved EBITDA margins, despite a tough comparison with 2Q 2014 due to the gradual fall-off of the Romanian contract and the effect of the World Cup Headwinds from a higher than usual payout continued in Q2 2015, albeit improved as compared to Q1 2015.

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A comparison of the business excluding these exceptional items shows a strong growth in Revenue across all our geographical segments. On a like for like basis our EBITDA grew by 9.4% in the first half of 2015 as the majority of our subsidiaries reported strong results coupled with new contracts namely in Wyoming, Ohio and Georgia, in-line with our broader expectations.

During the first half of the year we have renewed our contracts in the Netherlands, Morocco and Azerbaijan and continued the implementation of our strategic plan to streamline operations.

Moreover, we proceeded to the acquisition of a strategic stake in Bit8, enriching further our products and services offering and enhancing customer experience.

We implement our strategy with strong operational and financial discipline and are seeing positive impact in key growth areas. We remain focused on maximizing shareholder value and customer satisfaction."

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide.

Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers' efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, about 5.400 people and revenues of €1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Millionaire-Making TV Game Show Moves to Half-Hour Episodes

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 18, 2015) -- "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB", the weekly syndicated lottery game show produced by Scientific Games Productions, LLC (a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation), under license from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will debut its second season on September 12. This season, host Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly") and local game co-host Todd Newton ("Family Game Night") return to Las Vegas to help make more and more millionaires. The "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" TV game show is filmed on a new, custom-built soundstage that is the largest in Nevada and atop the largest LED floor ever used on a TV series. The stage is located adjacent to Bally's Las Vegas on the Strip. Gardell and Newton will greet contestants and take them through a series of games inspired by the iconic MONOPOLY game for their chance to win a million dollars.

"We're headed back to Vegas with hundreds of lucky contestants ready for their shot at winning life-changing money," said Gardell. "We made two millionaires last season, and I want to see if we can break that record this time around."

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In its first season, the "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" TV game show awarded record-setting amounts of money. During its 12-episode premiere run, "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" gave away more than $5 million in cash and prizes to contestants and audience members, and awarded two $1 million grand prizes to individuals from the Georgia Lottery and Rhode Island Lottery, which sets a record for the most cash any television game show in history has given away in its first season.

"The enthusiasm that our stations and audience showed for the first season of 'MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB' was overwhelming," said Steve Saferin, President of Properties Group and Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games. "We are building on that success to bring more energy, more fun and massive cash prizes to the second season of this groundbreaking show."

This season the show will move to a half-hour format. Every show, three contestants will play one of eight signature games for the chance to win up to $100K. Then, one contestant will risk their winnings to advance to "GO! For A Million," the exciting final round that offers the chance to win $1 million in cash and other prizes.

The one-of-a-kind game show can be seen on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst, CBS, Gannett, Media General, Graham Holdings, and other leading station groups covering more than 90 percent of U.S. TV households. Visit the "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" website for local listings.

The "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" TV game show is a companion to the multi-state instant lottery game of the same name. The series was created by Scientific Games under license from Hasbro and is based on the MONOPOLY brand, which is one of the most well-known brands in the world. Lottery tickets are available at retailers in participating states.

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The "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" studio audience consists of hundreds of lottery players, and their guests, who were awarded a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas, with a stay at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and a seat in the audience to watch the taping of the show. Contestants are randomly selected from the live studio audience to compete in an array of MONOPOLY themed games to win cash and prizes valued at $2.3 million per episode. On "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB", the studio audience is deeply invested in the outcome as each contestant splits his or her cash winnings with one section of the studio audience in each of the signature games. In the final round, if the contestant passes GO, he or she will collect $200K to split with his or her audience section. If the contestant lands on GO, he or she wins $1 million and his or her audience section will split a cash prize worth up to another $1 million.

The MONOPOLY name and logo, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and the playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment. ©2015 Hasbro. All rights reserved. Used with permission

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.

The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services.

For more information, please visit: www.scientificgames.com.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Receive One-Year Extension on Instant Game Contract with Massachusetts State Lottery

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (August 19, 2015) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to announce a one-year extension to its contract for instant lottery tickets, game designs, and marketing services with the Massachusetts State Lottery. Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue to provide the Lottery with instant products and related services through October 2016, with the possibility of another one-year extension at that time.

Pollard Banknote's relationship with the Massachusetts State Lottery dates back to 1999. Through the years, the company has successfully worked with the Lottery to help strengthen its instant game portfolio-particularly the development of its Crossword category. As the Lottery's exclusive supplier of crossword games to date, Pollard Banknote helped the Lottery launch its first $2 Cashword ticket in 2007. The category has since expanded to include offerings at the $5 and $10 price points and has seen an increase in annual sales of 159% since FY 2009-from $165 million to $427 million in FY 2015. The use of Pollard Banknote's industry-leading translucent marking system, combined with the company's expert product knowledge and unsurpassed extended play programming capabilities, have contributed to the success of these games.

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Michael Sweeney, Interim Executive Director, Massachusetts State Lottery, said, "Our partnership with Pollard Banknote over the past 16 years has contributed to our record-setting success, particularly with the company's expertise in extended play games, which have experienced significant growth in recent years, helping us achieve our goal of maximizing the revenue that we deliver to cities and towns statewide"

"Pollard Banknote is pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with the Massachusetts State Lottery," said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. "We are dedicated to working with the Lottery to continue to develop market-specific strategies that will leverage our unique and innovative products to foster sales growth in the State."

The Massachusetts State Lottery was established by the legislature in 1971 in response to the need for revenues for the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth. Each year, the Massachusetts State Lottery returns money to the Commonwealth to help aid the local communities. The Lottery is the Commonwealth's single largest source of unrestricted local aid, returning an estimated $983.5 million in net profit to the state in FY 2015.

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca
John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca
Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

At G2E 2015, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Show How Kobetron Tools Increase Efficiencies in Six Crucial Ways

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 13, 2015) - In booth #4430 at G2E 2015, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will show a wealth of exclusive tools that make doing business easier, faster and more cost efficient for regulators.

Some displays to look forward to in GLI's booth at G2E are the handheld Kobetron GI-4000 unit and the Kobetron MI-300 adapter series. These exclusive and progressive tools help regulators increase efficiencies in six crucial ways:

  1. Replace 100s of other compliance tools
  2. Eliminate human error
  3. Verify a wide variety of EPROMs, Compact Flash devices, and other removable media storage
  4. Easily portable to the casino floor
  5. No computer connection needed
  6. Minimize compliance risk and machine downtime by returning the correct signature on demand, every time!

 

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"When verifying a jackpot, brining machines online or auditing the gaming floor, that time is money. Regulators and operators don't have time to waste, and using a signature tool that 'may' work adds more risk and time lost, and can lead to costly delays, customer perception issues and lost revenues."

"With smart tools from GLI like the handheld Kobetron GI-4000 unit and MI-300 adapter series, regulators and operators can dramatically increase efficiencies, save time, save money, and make doing business easier. We invite regulators from all jurisdictions to visit us in booth #4430 at G2E to discover how our exclusive tools can benefit their operation," said GLI Development Manager David Elmore.

GLI invites you to be our guest at G2E 2015 with a complimentary exhibit hall pass.

To register for your free pass, please visit: http://bit.do/GLIG2EFreePass

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and consulting services. GLI's laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company 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, Phone: +1 (702) 914-2220, Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: GLI press release distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, Phone: +1 (702) 413-4278.

 

 

Set for Life Delivers 180,000 Prizes in First Week!

SYDNEY, Australia (August 17, 2015) -- One week on from the first draw of Australia’s new draw lottery game Set for Life, and more than 180,000 Tatts Lotteries customers from around the country are celebrating after sharing in more than $2.2 million in prizes in 2nd to 8th Prize.

The first week of Set for Life daily draws also saw a Wollongong father in his forties go down in Australian lottery history as the first winner of the 1st Prize in Set for Life of $20,000 a month for 20 years with his entry in the game’s third draw on Sunday night!

New South Wales won the race to be the first state with a 1st Prize Set for Life winner and is currently on top of the leader board with a total of 59,119 prizes in 2nd to 8th Prize totalling $741,342.80.

 

State Total Prizes Won 2nd Prize – 8th Prize Total Prizes amount 2nd Prize – 8th Prize
New South Wales and ACT 59,119 $741,342.80
Tatts (Victoria & Tasmania) 57,011 $691,211.00
Queensland 46,686 $570,480.40
South Australia 14,944 $181,001.05
Northern Territory 2,577 $30,261.60

 

Set for Life is the first new national draw lottery game in almost 20 years and offers a 1st Prize of $20,000 each and every month for 20 years.

Better still, every night of the week up to four winners can claim a life-enhancing 1st Prize, and each will be Set for Life with $20,000 deposited in their bank account every month like clockwork!

Tatts Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said winning 1st Prize in Set for Life will give winners 20 years of possibilities to get more out of life.

Set for Life is unlike any lottery game that has ever been offered in Australia’s lottery history. It’s different to the weekly lottery games as it offers a draw each night of the week, seven day entries which can be purchased on any day of the week, a unique game mechanic and a brand-new proposition in the way the 1st Prize is paid to winners,” Ms Lewis explained.

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Winning Set for Life offers players the chance to enhance their own life and their family’s lives by giving them the opportunity to enjoy experiences that could otherwise have remained merely dreams.

Imagine the things you’d do, the places you’d go, and what you would be if you were Set for Life.”

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.

Each entry is a minimum of two games (SETS) each day over seven draws at a cost of $8.40 ($8.25 in South Australia).

As with all lottery games, players can choose their favourite numbers for each SET on a game coupon or have the lottery terminal randomly generate a SET of numbers for them, called a QuickSET. Players can choose QuickSETS of between 2 and 50 SETS to increase their chances of winning across seven days.

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. The chance of winning Set for Life 1st Prize based on playing the minimum 2 SETS in each draw is 1:19,304,010 remembering that each entry is played for seven consecutive draws.

Tickets for Set for Life are now on sale in lottery outlets around the country and online at Tatts.com with draws occurring every night of the week.

SOURCE: Tatts Lotteries.

 

 

Pennsylvania Lottery's Eagles Instant Game Takes Flight

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (August.18, 2015) --The Pennsylvania Lottery's new Eagles instant game has taken flight, offering players a chance to win one of ten top prizes of $50,000 and many other prizes.

"This new $5 instant game offers big prizes and second chances to win tickets to Eagles games, autographed replica jerseys and hundreds of other exciting prizes," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "We offered a similar instant game in 2009 and it was a hit with our players."

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The Eagles instant game offers 10 top cash prizes of $50,000 and more than $17 million in total cash prizes. Players have 12 chances to win on each ticket. The overall chances of winning a prize are 1-in-3.95. Full game details, including a list of all available prizes, are available at palottery.com/eagles.

VIP Players Club members can enter non-winning tickets from this instant game into second-chance drawings at palottery.com or using the Lottery's official smartphone app. Hundreds of prizes will be awarded, including game tickets, away game travel packages, sideline passes, club and suite tickets, VIP tailgates, and autographed replica jerseys.

Second-chance entries must be submitted at palottery.com or the official smartphone app. Mailed entries will be disqualified. Visit palottery.com for entry, submission deadlines, prizes, rules, and drawing information.

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"We want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles for partnering with us to offer this instant game," Svitko said. "Lottery players who are planning to attend a home game should remember to pick up an instant game while at Lincoln Financial Field to add to their game-day fun."

"We are thrilled to bring back the Eagles instant ticket," said Ari Roitman, Eagles Senior Vice President of Business. "We are looking forward to working with the Pennsylvania Lottery once again to benefit older Pennsylvanians while providing Eagles fans with an opportunity to win one-of-a-kind experiences."

Fans are encouraged to share their experience on social media using #EaglesInstantTicket.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $25.8 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.

The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.

For drawings results, winning numbers, winners' stories and to subscribe to the Lottery's RSS news feed, visit: www.palottery.com.

Like us on Facebook or follow us at: www.twitter.com/palottery.

CONTACT: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

Bacon-Scented Scratch Ticket Sizzles Into the Colorado Lottery

DENVER, Colorado (August 12, 2015) -- Something big is sizzling at the Colorado Lottery

This week the Lottery launched the new $1 Makin’ Bacon Scratch ticket featuring a smoky, bacon aroma.

Bacon-Scented Scratch Ticket

The game has Top Prizes of $4,000 and will be sold at all of the Lottery’s more than 3,000 retailers. Adding a tasty bonus to promote the launch, fans will have the chance to win Bacon For Life.

The Lottery will team up with Colorado-based Tender Belly, to host two promotional events on the Front Range celebrating all things bacon. The Lottery and Tender Belly will be on site at the following locations:

Get right in the thick of it at the main gate just outside Security Service Field at 4385 Tutt Blvd. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the Colorado Springs Sky Sox game on August 20.

Stop and smell the bacon at the Wynkoop Walkway at Wynkoop and 20th Street outside Coors Field from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the Rockies game August 21.

The team will be handing out free bacon samples, promotional items, and Scratch tickets on site. Bacon buffs will also have the chance to enter a raffle to win one-pound packs of Tender Belly bacon and “Bacon For A Year”.

Get ready to pig out – the Lottery and Tender Belly will also take part in a free online promotional drawing to award one lucky winner Tender Belly “Bacon For Life”.

For more information, visit: http://www.tenderbelly.com/ and https://www.coloradolottery.com/GAMES/SCRATCH/MAKIN--BACON/

SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.

 

 

Virginia Lottery Turns Over More Than a Half-Billion Dollars for Virginia's K-12 Public Schools Along with Schools, Players and Retailers Win Big

RICHMOND, Virginia (August 18, 2015) -- For just the second time in its history, the Virginia Lottery has delivered more than a half-billion dollars to Virginia's K-12 public schools in a single fiscal year. The Lottery announced today that profits for the 2015 fiscal year totaled nearly $534 million.

It wasn't just education in the Commonwealth that benefitted. Players raked in a record $1.1 billion in prizes during the year, and retailers selling Virginia Lottery tickets earned nearly $104 million in commissions - a record. Many of those approximately 5,300 retailers are small independent businesses.

By law, every dollar of Lottery profits benefits K-12 education in the Commonwealth. Lottery profits make up approximately 8 percent of Virginia's K-12 education budget.

"With a combination of hard work by our team, sound business practices, new and exciting games and promotions, and, of course, a bit of luck, we increased our total sales for the year to more than $1.84 billion," said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. "That's good news for our schools and all Virginians, whether they play the Lottery or not."

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The increase in total sales was driven by sales of Scratcher tickets, which surpassed $1 billion for the first time in a single fiscal year in Virginia.

"Many people don't realize that it's not those headline-grabbing Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots that make up the largest part of our sales," said Ms. Otto. "It's the quiet and steady sales of Scratcher games. And this year we're proud to have broken the billion-dollar mark in that category for the first time in our history."

Along with schools, Virginia Lottery players won big in FY15. The Lottery paid out a record $1.1 billion in prizes. That includes the year's biggest winner, Andy Ciaccio of Herndon, who won $5 million with a Mega Millions ticket he bought in Warrenton. A total of 28 tickets won at least $1 million during the year. That's not including tickets winning a $1 million annuity where the winner elected to take a smaller cash option. Among the million-dollar winners was a Mega Millions ticket split by an office pool of eight people in Harrisonburg. That office pool is now known as the "Awesome Eight."

One of the most exciting times for Lottery players, retailers and employees is when the jackpot gets really large. That happened when the Powerball jackpot grew to $564 million for the February 11 drawing. Eleven tickets in Virginia each won $10,000 in that drawing. Sales of Powerball tickets in the Commonwealth from that jackpot alone generated $14.4 million in profit.

"While it's exciting to see those players who've been incredibly lucky, the fact is that a very large number of people win smaller amounts," said Ms. Otto. "Overall, 60 cents on the dollar goes right back to players in the form of prizes."

During the year, the Lottery's sales staff continued working to increase the number of retailers offering Lottery tickets to their customers. Stores benefit by earning a 5 percent commission for every ticket sold, a 1 percent cashing bonus for all prizes redeemed, various sales incentives and a bonus for selling tickets that win prizes of $20,000 or more. In addition, while that lottery jackpot may bring customers in the door, those customers often end up making other purchases as well.

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The Lottery also continued its strategy of working to increase its customer base. Almost one-third of adult Virginians play at least one Lottery game in a typical month.

"Growing the number of people who play the Lottery in Virginia is more than just good business; it's the socially responsible way to build sales," said Ms. Otto. "We'd rather see a larger number of people buying a few tickets each, than the same people playing more."

There's one number that the Lottery worked to keep as low as possible: the cost of running the organization. In FY15, that number was kept to just 4.9 percent of sales, which is far below the 10 percent allowed by state law. The Lottery operates entirely on money generated by sales, not tax dollars.

During the year, the Lottery introduced new draw games like $1,000,000 Money Ball and Cash4Life®. Dozens of new Scratcher games were launched like $100,000 Home Changer, which featured a unique partnership with The Home Depot® for home makeover prizes, and 7-Eleven, a Scratcher game created in partnership with 7-Eleven stores that offered a top prize of $711 per day for a year.

Innovative promotions like eXTRA, in which players can enter non-winning tickets for the chance to win great prizes, have helped the Lottery change the perception from those "traditional" lottery games. The Lottery also continues to make extensive and innovative use of its website and social media channels to give players new ways to win prizes.

"It's all fun and games, but there's a much larger purpose," said Virginia Lottery Board Chairman Fred Helm. "The Lottery exists for one reason only: To help generate funds for education in Virginia. That's why the Lottery's mission is 'Contributing to Virginia's future, one play at a time.'"

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There's one other way in which the Lottery contributes to education in the Commonwealth, and it may surprise some people. In FY15, more than $12.4 million in Virginia Lottery prize money went unclaimed by the winners. By law, the Virginia Lottery gives all unclaimed prize money to the state's Literary Fund, which is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding.

In addition, the Lottery continued its acclaimed Super Teacher Awards, in which outstanding Virginia K-12 public school teachers are recognized in surprise presentations at their schools. The Super Teacher Awards consist of a $2,000 cash prize for the teacher and a $2,000 classroom credit from the Supply Room Companies. Along with the Virginia PTA, the Lottery presents the awards to eight teachers statewide.

In another unique way the Lottery benefits the Commonwealth, more than $1.8 million in unpaid taxes, fines and child support were collected from prizes. The Lottery partners with Virginia's Department of Taxation as part of the Set-off Debt Collection Act.

In the coming year, the Lottery plans to roll out new games, exciting promotions and unique ways of engaging with a new generation of Virginians.

"The Lottery has built a reputation over nearly 27 years for fun, innovation and integrity," said Ms. Otto. "Since 1999 we've generated more than $7.2 billion for K-12 public education in Virginia. The Lottery's employees across the Commonwealth are immensely proud of that."

In 2015, the Virginia Lottery was named a Top Workplace by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

or more information about the Virginia Lottery, visit www.valottery.com. Follow the Virginia Lottery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Please play responsibly.

SOURCE: Virginia Lottery,

 

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Missouri Lottery Transfer $25.2 Million to Education From July Ticket Sales

JEFFERSON, Missouri (August 14, 2015) -- The Missouri Lottery today transferred $25.2 million to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education. The transfer of $25,266,761 is based on July sales, and it brings the total to education in FY16 to more than $48.8 million.

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Since Missouri Lottery sales started in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $5 billion for the state and public education. Programs funded in FY15 include the A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri.

For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county, see the “Where the $ Goes” section at MOLottery.com.

In addition to providing funds for public education, the Lottery also benefits the state by collecting state taxes on prizes of more than $600. During the past fiscal year, the Lottery added $8.7 million in state tax collections from prize winnings to the General Revenue Fund

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Generates funds to provide educational opportunities for Missouri students, support Missouri businesses and entertain millions.

The Missouri Lottery was created in 1985, and since 1994 has used its proceeds to help fund the state's public education programs. Learn about the Missouri Lottery — its history, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), job opportunities, entrepreneurial programs and much more.

SOURCE: The Missouri Lottery.

 

 

Powerball Game is Changing on October 7

Fewer Multi-Draws Available after August 15 Drawing

TOPEKA, Kansas (August 14, 2015) -- Kansas is getting ready for a new version of Powerball with better overall odds. Sales for the new Powerball game start Sunday, October 4. The first drawing with the new Powerball game will be October 7, 2015.

Among the changes players will see are:

  • Better Overall Odds
    Overall odds in the game will improve to 1:25 instead of the current 1:32. Players will choose their first five numbers from a set of 69 (currently 59) and their Powerball from a pool of 26 (currently 35).
  • 4+1 Prize Five Times as Big
    The third prize level for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball increases from $10,000 to $50,000.
  • 10X Multiplier Added to Power Play
    A 10X multiplier will be added whenever the advertised annuitized jackpot is $150 million or less. Currently, players can multiply prizes (except for the jackpot and Match 5 level) by up to 5X by adding the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play. Power Play numbers will be: 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X and 10X
  • Jackpot Odds
    Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot will increase to 1:292 million from the current 1:175 million

 

The game change will affect Kansas players who like to purchase tickets for multiple consecutive drawings.

To prepare, the Kansas Lottery is "stepping down" the number of consecutive Powerball drawings players can purchase after the August 15 drawing until October 4 when sales begin for the new Powerball game.

Powerball is currently played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. Central Time.

Players have until 8:59 p.m. on draw days to purchase Powerball tickets.

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

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Welcome to the 2015 APLA Regional Conference in Seoul, Korea

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SEOUL, Korea (August 18, 2015) -- This is a very well-known Korean greeting that is now familiar to many who have become fans of the popular and successful Korean Singers and TV Drama series.

Seoul is well known to be the world's most wired city and ranked first in technology readiness by PwC in their Cities of Opportunity report. It is also a world leading technology hub and boasts 15 Fortune Global 500 Companies such as Samsung, the world's largest technology company, as well as LG and Hyundai-Kia. APLA is pleased to have selected Seoul to be the 2015 APLA Regional Conference venue.

On behalf of APLA, I would like to welcome all of you to attend this year’s Conference which is being hosted by the Korea Lottery Commission and organized by Nanum Lotto together with the assistance from Singapore Pools on the Business Program.

The Conference Theme is “Sail with Korea Wave – Content, Inspiration and New Media”

The Business Program is packed with many interesting topics to cover these 3 key segments and I am sure delegates will take home with them many key learning points. In addition, delegates will be presented with networking opportunities as this event is where lottery industry peers in the Region can meet to share and exchange ideas with one another.

I look forward to personally welcome each and every one of you to this 2015 APLA Regional Conference in Seoul.

Dato Lawrence Lim Swee Lin

Chairman, Asia Pacific Lottery Associatio

Registration is Now Open

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.

CLICK HERE to register, Register NOW!

SOURCE: APLA

 

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The Arizona Lottery Gives Big in Fiscal Year 2015

PHOENIX, Arizona (August 19, 2015) --The unaudited Fiscal Year 2015 numbers are in and Arizona players and the state of Arizona received huge payouts with over $620 million in game prize winnings and over $176 million in transfers to Arizona beneficiaries.

The Arizona Lottery is committed to increasing revenue and transfers year over year to help sustain the important programs benefitting from Lottery funding. In fact, there has been a steady climb in ticket sales during 14 of the past 15 years and increased transfers to beneficiaries in 12 of the past 15 years.

"The Lottery's mission is to generate revenues in a responsible manner to provide essential funding for important state programs," said Tony Bouie, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. "We are fortunate to give millions of dollars back to the Arizona community and support local businesses through sub-contracting opportunities."

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Lottery dollars support a wide variety of programs under six main pillars: Arts and Education, Community Engagement, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Health and Human Services, and Public Safety, benefitting cities and towns throughout all of Arizona's 15 counties. More than $176 million in net funding was provided for Lottery beneficiaries during this fiscal year. Without this vital funding, many programs would not exist

Arizona Lottery beneficiary funding has helped numerous important state initiatives including delivering education, support and advocacy services to pregnant women and their families through the Arizona Department of Health Services Health Start Program, providing state of the art educational facilities for Arizona's public universities through the Arizona Board of Regents University Bond Fund, and saving endangered animals through The Heritage Fund.

In Fiscal Year 2015, three new Arizona Lottery beneficiaries were added with the enactment of Senate Bill 1477 and House Bill 2517. The beneficiaries include the Internet Crimes Against Children Enforcement Fund, the Victims' Rights Enforcement Fund, and the Tribal College Dual Enrollment Program Fund.

Lottery dollars also positively impact the almost 2,800 Arizona retailers who sell lottery tickets. In Fiscal Year 2015, lottery retailers earned more than $48 million in retailer commissions. Many Arizona retailers rely on ticket commissions to support their local businesses.

About the Arizona Lottery

The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it doesn't receive any General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets -- nearly $3.4 million per week, fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $6.2 billion in prizes to players, more than $3.3 billion in net funding to the state and more than $735 million in commissions to retailers. Learn more at: ArizonaLottery.com

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.

 

 

The Florida Lottery's Newest Guy Harvey© Heroes Scratch-Off Ticket Exceeds $1 Million in Sales in First Week

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 18, 2015) -- The Florida announced today that Scratch-Off ticket sales for the new GUY HARVEY© HEROES Scratch-Off game exceeded $1.3 million in its first week of sales, up 15 percent from the 2013 Guy Harvey-themed Scratch-Off game. These Scratch-Off sales resulted in more than $254,000 being generated for the benefit of Florida students and schools.

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"Our players love the Guy Harvey-themed Scratch-Off games, and I think these sales results speak for themselves," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell.

The new $2 GUY HARVEY HEROES Scratch-Off game launched on August 11 and features 12 top prizes of $50,000 and more than $13.5 million in total cash prizes! Players can also enter 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.

"This ticket is unlike any other we've done," said O'Connell. "The GUY HARVEY HEROES Scratch-Off game honors the everyday heroes of Florida; and for the Florida Lottery, those heroes are the wonderful educators and principals who are dedicated to helping Florida students achieve a brighter future. Over the past 27 years, the Florida Lottery has become part of the fabric of Florida, and this is our way of recognizing these education heroes who make our state such a great place to live, work, and play."

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During the Everyday Heroes campaign that coincides with the new GUY HARVEY HEROES Scratch-Off game, the Florida Lottery will be featuring Florida teachers, principals, and students on its website and social media platforms.

The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines and counter displays at more than 13,000 retail locations statewide. Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.

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

 

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Lottery Warns of New Nationwide Scam

OKLAHOMOA CITY, Oklahoma (August 19, 2015) - The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is warning Oklahomans of a new scam circulating throughout the country seeking to mislead consumers into believing they have won a large sum of money.

Recipients receive Facebook and/or text messages from an individual claiming to be with the DC Powerball Lottery Grant. They tell the recipient they've won a large prize that can be claimed within 48 hours at the D.C. Lottery offices after transferring $950 to the scammers.

"The information in these messages is not legitimate and is not associated with any officially recognized lottery," said Rollo Redburn, Executive Director. "If any organization asks you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize, you should immediately contact a reliable source to verify the information, as it is very likely to be a scam." Redburn also pointed out that when you play a lottery game, Lottery employees "don't know the identity of winners until they come forward to claim their prize."

The Oklahoma Lottery security department urges anyone who receives a communication that could be a potential scam to contact the Attorney General's Office (405.521.3921) or the Federal Trade Commission (877.382.4357). If anyone receives messages similar to the above, they can call the lottery to verify the source at 405.522.7700.

Prizes exceeding $600 can be claimed at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters, any Authorized Lottery Claim Center or by mail. Prizes of $5,001 or more must be claimed through Lottery Headquarters in Oklahoma City.

About the Oklahoma Lottery

Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $685 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.

For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.

SOURCE: Oklahoma Lottery.

 

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Macao Gaming Show hits Three Quarters Full Mark with 89 days to Go

MACAU, SAR (August 19, 2015) -- The Macao Gaming Show (MGS) has confirmed that 75% of its exhibitor booth and stand space for the 2015 edition has been sold. With three months still to go before the doors open to the Asian gaming industry's primary exhibition, the three quarters full mark was passed weeks earlier than the corresponding landmark last year.

MGS is now in its third edition and the latest additions to the exhibition list reinforce the expo's hard earned reputation as the fastest growing expo on the international gaming calendar. Show organisers, the influential trade body MGEMA, will convene this week to discuss an extension to the exhibition floorspace.

Event Director and Show Organizer Marina Wong said: "The signs are encouraging. This year our objective was to consolidate our position following such incredible levels of growth in the first two shows. So the increasing interest is a real boost to the credentials of the show."

She added: "We also recognise that Macau remains the most significant market in the world and MGS has shown that it offers a forum where business can be done, and more importantly, where even more business can be done especially in other territories. We serve as a 'Gateway to Asia' and this message is gaining traction."

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In addition to a large international contingent of exhibitors, the Asian industry's most influential gaming firms, who organise the show through the trade body MGEMA, will all be represented on the showfloor. However, a significant growth area has come from the leisure, entertainment and technology sectors. In addition, strong interest is also coming from Europe where negotiations are currently underway with a number of business groups looking to explore the opportunities emerging from the recently unveiled One Belt One Road initiative by the Chinese Government.

MGS will cover its six traditional gaming industry segments; Gaming Equipment and Accessories, Gaming Promoters (Junkets) and VIP Clubs, Casino Fixtures and Fittings, Promotional Services and Memorabilia, Food and Beverage and Entertainment and Performance. In addition, special pavilions and zones will be allocated to new sectors from the broader service and complementary industries. Taking place at the Venetian Macao, MGS 2015 will have a floor area of over 10,000 m2 with an estimated 100+ exhibitors and circa 10,000+ buyers coming from across the world.

For more information and to register for the 2015 Macao Gaming Show and the associated Macao Tourism and Cultural Summit with Gaming Topics, visit www.macaogamingshow.com.

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Macao Gaming Show (MGS) is organised by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA), co-organised by the General Association of Administrators and Promoters for Macau Gaming Industry, Associação de Mediadores de Jogos e Entretenimento de Macau, Macau Jockey Club, MACAUSLOT, and Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome. MGS is the first large scale gaming and entertainment exhibition organised and run by Macao organisations. MGS will have a floor area of over 10,000 m2. Exhibitors and buyers eyeing the Asian market will be coming from all corners of the world. The event will cover six gaming industry segments: Gaming Equipment and Accessories, Gaming Promoters (Junkets) and VIP Clubs, Casino Fixtures and Fittings, Promotional Services and Memorabilia, Food and Beverage, Entertainment and Performance.

SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show.




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