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
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
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 years Australasian Gaming
Expo is on 9 to 11 August 2016 at the Sydney Convention Exhibition Centre @
The Gaming Technologies
Associations 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
For further information contact:
Ross Ferrar CEO, Gaming Technologies Association (+61 2) 8216 0931 or Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
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."
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.
IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has more than 13,000 employees.
For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Phil O'Shaughnessy, IGT
Corporate Communications, Phone: +1 (702) 669-2975.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
For more information CONTACT: Ms.
Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email:
Millionaire-Making TV Game Show Moves to Half-Hour
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 18, 2015)
-- "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB", the weekly syndicated lottery game show
produced by Scientific Games Productions, LLC (a subsidiary of
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."
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
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
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
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:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
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.
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
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.
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:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
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:
- Replace 100s of other compliance tools
- Eliminate human error
- Verify a wide variety of EPROMs, Compact Flash
devices, and other removable media storage
- Easily portable to the casino floor
- No computer connection needed
- Minimize compliance risk and machine downtime by
returning the correct signature on demand, every time!
"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
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
For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing, Phone: +1 (702) 914-2220, Email:
SOURCE: GLI press release
distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, Phone: +1 (702)
for Life Delivers 180,000 Prizes in First Week!
SYDNEY, Australia (August 17, 2015)
-- One week on from the first draw of Australias 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 games 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
||Total Prizes Won 2nd Prize
||Total Prizes amount 2nd Prize
|New South Wales and ACT
|Tatts (Victoria & Tasmania)
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
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 Australias lottery history.
Its 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.
Winning Set for Life offers
players the chance to enhance their own life and their familys lives by
giving them the opportunity to enjoy experiences that could otherwise have
remained merely dreams.
Imagine the things
youd do, the places youd go, and what you would be if you were Set
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
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
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
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
"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."
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
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.
"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
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,
Like us on Facebook or follow us at:
CONTACT: Gary Miller,
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery.
Bacon-Scented Scratch Ticket Sizzles Into the Colorado
DENVER, Colorado (August 12, 2015)
-- Something big is sizzling at the
This week the Lottery launched the
new $1 Makin Bacon Scratch ticket featuring a smoky, bacon aroma.
The game has Top Prizes of $4,000
and will be sold at all of the Lotterys more than 3,000 retailers. Adding
a tasty bonus to promote the launch, fans will have the chance to win Bacon For
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
For more information, visit:
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
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."
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
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.
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
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.'"
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
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,
Missouri Lottery Transfer $25.2 Million to Education From July
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.
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
The Missouri Lottery
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
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
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
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
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.
Welcome to the 2015 APLA Regional Conference in Seoul,
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
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 years 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
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
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.
HERE to register, Register NOW!
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
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
About the Arizona
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:
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.
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.
"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
"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."
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
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:
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
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
"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
About the Oklahoma
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
For more information about the
Oklahoma Lottery, please visit
SOURCE: Oklahoma Lottery.
Gaming Show hits Three Quarters Full Mark with 89 days to
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
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."
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.
Macao Gaming Show
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.