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Vol. 73 No.11 - Monday December 21, 2015


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9M on 9M Global Growth Up 2.5%; Strong Growth in the Americas; Asia Pacific, Europe Hold Steady

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BASEL, Switzerland (December 14, 2015)—Global lottery sales slowed further in the nine months through to September 2015, with aggregate 9M on 9M growth moderating to 2.5% from half-year on half-year growth of 4.6% and first-quarter on first-quarter growth of 8%. Strong growth in the Americas was counterpointed by sales growth in the Asia Pacific and European regions, where sales essentially held steady.

Once again, the Latin American region was the strongest performer, with participating Latin American lotteries reporting an aggregate increase in sales of 19.2% for the first three quarters of 2015, as against the first three quarters of 2014. Continuing its dominant run, Argentina’s Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado was the strongest performer, reporting an increase in sales of 25.4% for the period January–September 2015, as against the period January–September 2014. Building on very strong first half sales of their flagship Lotto product, Chile's Polla Chilena also performed robustly, with sales at the Chilean national lottery increasing 12.4% over the nine months through to September 2015, versus the nine months through to September 2014. Elsewhere in Latin America, sales at Brazil’s Caixa Econômica Federal grew 4.1% over the same time period, while Mexico’s Lotería National para la Asistencia Pública broke even.

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Bettering its robust first half showing, the North American market also enjoyed a strong three-quarters on three-quarters. Participating North American lotteries swept the board with positive results, resulting an aggregate 9M on 9M increase in sales of 7.6%. Yet again, the standout performer in the North American region was the California Lottery, which enjoyed an increase in sales of 15.9% over the period January–September 2015, as against the period January–September 2014. Canada’s Ontario Lottery and Gaming also enjoyed double-digit growth over the same timeframe, reporting an increase in sales of 10.1%.

The Kentucky Lottery, Florida Lottery, and the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation all also performed strongly, reporting 9M on 9M increases in sales of 8.8%, 7.7%, and 6.9% respectively. Similarly, sales at the Connecticut Lottery and the Minnesota State Lottery grew by 6.5% and 6.1% respectively over the same period.

Seemingly underpinning the series of positive results reported from North America was a rise in U.S. consumer spending, with real GDP increasing to 2.1% in the third quarter of 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis second estimate.

In Africa, the picture was more varied. Overall, African lotteries participating in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator reported an aggregate increase in sales of 3.6% for Q1–Q3 2015, as against Q1–Q3 2014.

Continuing its strong recent form, Ghana’s National Lottery Authority reported an increase in sales of 25% for the period January–September 2015, as against the corresponding revenue period in 2014.

Both Moroccan lotteries also fared well, with La Marocaine des Jeux seeing its 9M on 9M sales increase by 13.7% and Loterie Nationale seeing its sales rise by 7.1%. Offsetting these results, sales at the Mauritius National Lottery contracted sharply over the period January–September 2015, as against the corresponding revenue period of 2014.

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The picture in Europe was also nuanced. Once again, participating European lotteries eked out an aggregate increase in sales, this time of 0.6% for Q1–Q3 2015, as against Q1–Q3 2014. Although sales essentially held steady across Europe as a whole, several European lotteries nonetheless recorded stellar double-digit growth.

In particular, the Czech Republic’s SAZKA a.s., Poland’s Totalizator Sportowy, and Hungary’s Szerencsejáték Zrt. continued their impressive half-year form, reporting 9M on 9M increases in sales of 25.6%, 24.3%, and 17.5% respectively.

The results from the central European lotteries were all the more impressive given Europe’s continuing muted economic performance, where (according to Eurostat’s second estimate) seasonally adjusted GDP rose by a colorless 0.4% across both the euro area (EA19) and EU28 over the third quarter of 2015.

Counterbalancing these positive results, sales at Italy’s Lottomatica contracted over the period January–September 2015, as against the period January–September 2014.

In the Asia Pacific region, sales moderated again, with the result that participating Asia Pacific lotteries saw 9M on 9M sales contract by 0.3%. The moderation in sales was most notable with respect to the mainland Chinese lotteries, with the China Sports Lottery recording a 9M on 9M decrease in sales of 4.7%, and the Chinese Welfare lottery reporting a 9M on 9M decrease in sales of 1%.

In particular, sales of the Guess Lottery (sports betting) were down by 68.2% in July 2015, as compared to July 2014, probably reflecting the influence of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 2014 sales.

Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, Australia’s Lotterywest saw its sales increase by 3.8% for the first nine months of 2015, as against the first nine months of 2014, while Japan’s Takara-kuji lottery saw its sales hold steady over the same timeframe.

For first half 2015 results, CLICK HERE.

This edition of the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator sees the Florida Lottery added to the list of lotteries participating in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator.

We extend a warm welcome to our newest member and look forward to bringing you the fourth quarter results shortly.

 

Jean Jørgensen

WLA Executive Director

 

* Based on sales of participating lotteries. Participating lotteries by region:

Africa** Latin America
Ghana: National Lottery Authority Argentina: Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado
Mauritius: Mauritius National Lottery Brazil: Caixa Econômica Federal
Morocco: La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports Chile: Polla Chilena de Beneficencia
Morocco: Loterie Nationale Mexico: Lotería National para la Asistencia Pública
Asia Pacific North America
Australia: Lotterywest Canada: Loto-Québec
China: China Sports Lottery Canada: Ontario Lottery
China: Chinese Welfare Lottery USA: California Lottery
Hong Kong: HKJC USA: Connecticut Lottery Corporation
Japan: Mizuho Bank Ltd. USA: Florida Lottery
Europe USA: Kentucky Lottery Corporation
Czech Republic: SAZKA sázková kancelář, a.s. USA: Minnesota State Lottery
Finland: Veikkaus Oy USA: New York State Lottery
France: Française des Jeux USA: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation
Greece: OPAP
Hungary: Szerencsejáték Zrt.
Italy: Lottomatica S.p.A
Norway: Norsk Tipping AS
Poland: Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o.
Spain: Loterías y Apuestas del Estado
Spain: Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles
Sweden: AB Svenska Spel
Switzerland: Loterie Romande
United Kingdom: Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

 

All WLA members receive the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator. Individual sales figures are confidential, and are available only to participating lotteries. Participating lotteries receive a separate, more detailed breakdown of quarterly sales figures. For enquiries regarding participation in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator, please contact Dr. Matthew Spinks (ms@world-lotteries.org) at the WLA Basel business office.

** Due to the changeover of license holder, sales from the National Lottery of South Africa have been omitted in this edition.

SOURCE: WLA.

 

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Scientific Games Announce Regulatory Approval for New TwinStar Cabinet and Two New Games

  • Transformative New Platform Delivers Both WMS and Bally Content
  • Shipping Begins to Customers in Multiple Jurisdictions, Additional Approvals Expected in Weeks Ahead

 

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (December 14, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") today announced gaming regulators have approved the new TwinStar dual-screen cabinet, a radical first in slot gaming – a stunning, single platform capable of delivering both WMS and Bally games with maximum results. The new cabinet is the first to incorporate the Company's next-generation ArgOs operating system providing enhanced game characteristics and play features, and will launch with new versions of some of the Company's most popular game titles, Goldfish Deluxe and Quick Shot Dwanwu.

The stunning new TwinStar cabinet delivers games, such as the player-favorite Goldfish Deluxe theme, with maximum impact, keeping player engagement high.

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The TwinStar cabinet, the ArgOS operating system and these two new game themes are approved in multiple jurisdictions, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York. Additional approvals are anticipated in the coming weeks.

Gavin Isaacs, President and CEO, said, "The TwinStar cabinet is a major achievement in our integration strategy, involving the collaboration of our hardware, operating systems, game development, quality assurance and many other support teams around the globe. I am delighted that the initial production of our TwinStar units is sold out for this quarter, with expected shipments to occur in the final weeks of December. With Twinstar and Dualos now approved, we have two innovative dual-screen video cabinets for our customers around the world."

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The TwinStar for-sale cabinet features dual, vivid, 24-inch full HD displays and debuts the ArgOS state-of-the-art operating system that combines the best technology and content from two of the industry's strongest slot brands—Bally and WMS—giving casino operators the ability to adapt it for their players.

Scientific Games' innovators have also developed exclusive new game titles for TwinStar to take advantage of the processing power of this trailblazing platform. Game themes will include player-favorite Bally and WMS brands such as Gold Fish Deluxe, Quick Hit, Quick Shot Dwanwu and Zeus, along with exciting new games Steam Dream and Hot Blooded.

"The approval of this cabinet heralds the next great evolution in casino gaming. No detail has been overlooked in creating this state-of-the-art platform," said Scientific Games' Senior Vice President & Chief Design Officer Allon Englman.

Mr. Isaacs added. "TwinStar will give casinos a great deal of flexibility in choosing the very best content from two innovative and proven gaming brands to excite players and optimize the potential of their casino floor."

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Featuring Scientific Games' new CPU 4X which offers 90 percent better processing power and unlocks a new level of gameplay and mathematical experiences, TwinStar builds on the award-winning iDeck button deck by offering a 40-percent larger area for player interaction.

TwinStar's 22-inch full HD digital topper is offered in two distinctive styles.

Both versions include chrome details, improved sound, and edge lighting, adding beauty and excitement to casino floors.

Englman notes that WMS and Bally brand content will preserve many of the features that players love, including Quick Hits symbol-driven multiple progressives and Goldfish's low volatility-high frequency hits.

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.

WMS, Bally, TwinStar iDeck, Gold Fish, Quick Hit, Quick Shot, Steam Dream, and Hot Blooded are marks owned by, or under license to or from, Scientific Games or one or more of its wholly owned subsidiaries in the United States or elsewhere.

© 2015 Scientific Games. All rights reserved.

Company CONTACTS: Investor Relations: Scientific Games: Bill Pfund, +1 702-532-7663, Vice President, Investor Relations, Email: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com
Media Relations: Scientific Games: Mollie Cole, +1 773-961-1194, Director, Corporate Communications, Email: mollie.cole@scientificgames.com
Scientific Games: Mike Trask, Senior Manager, Gaming Marketing, +1 702-532-7451, Email: mike.trask@scientificgames.com.

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

EL Reiterates Its Commitment to Grassroots Sport in Europe by Renewing Its Partnership with ENGSO

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LAUSANNE / BRUSSELS (December 14, 2015) -- Following a long fruitful cooperation over the last 7 years, the European Lotteries (EL) and the European Non-Governmental Sport Organisation (ENGSO) have renewed their partnership.

In the years 2016-2017 the two associations will continue to cooperate towards the promotion of grassroots sport in Europe, address social issues and will also deal with the on-going fight against match-fixing. The two associations will furthermore support each other’s events and raise topics of common interest.

Both associations are happy for this continuous positive relationship and are looking forward to more years of constructive collaboration.

ENGSO PresidentENGSO President Carlos Paola Cardoso and EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier.

EL President, Hansjörg Höltkemeier: “EL Members are part of a sustainable model that is based on principles, like integrity, solidarity, precaution and subsidiarity. The partnership with ENGSO and the joint achievements so far display in a very concrete way our core values and principles. In the coming two years, we are planning to go even further and take the partnership onto a higher level. As modern European society is facing many challenges, we will be also looking at sport as a tool for social change and as a means to address current societal challenges. We are looking forward to the further strengthening of this fruitful partnership, for the benefit of sport and society”.

ENGSO President, Carlos Paula Cardoso has also highlighted the importance of the cooperation over the years. “For ENGSO, the cooperation with the European Lotteries is something very natural as we share same values both in sport and in the wider society. Looking into the sports ambit we are aware of the key role played, over the last decades, by the EL Members at national level. They have been supporting sport at different levels, especially in what concerns grassroots sport. We recognize that without that support hundreds of clubs, which are the basic units of the European sports, would not have survived. We are very delighted to continue our cooperation at the European level to safeguard the sustainable financing of grassroots sport and integrity of sports.

For further information please CONTACT:

 

Evangelos Alexandrakis,

EL Sport Executive Secretary,

Lausanne

Tel: + 41.(0)21.311.30.25,

el-sport@european-lotteries.org

Jutta Buyse,

EL General Delegate,

Brussels

Tel: + 32.(0)2.234.38.20,

jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu

 

European Lotteries (EL)

European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL)

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Establishes Global Lottery Instant Ticket Testing Lab in Moncton Location, Signs Agreement with Opportunities New Brunswick

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MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (December 16, 2015) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the world’s leading gaming technical consulting and independent certification laboratory, is excited to announce the opening of its Global Lottery Instant (Scratch Card) Ticket Testing Laboratory in its Moncton location. This new initiative supports GLI’s expanding commitment to the province of New Brunswick by signing an agreement with Opportunities New Brunswick.

Based on repeated client demand over the past year throughout the company’s global network of clients, GLI decided to establish a Global Lottery Instant Ticket Testing Lab. To facilitate this latest service and the tremendous triple-digit growth the Moncton office has experienced this past year, GLI has relocated its Moncton office to 11 Ocean Limited Way, Suite 130, Moncton, NB E1C 0H1, Canada and is actively recruiting and hiring to expand current staff. The new office houses GLI’s certification testing and lottery instant ticketing labs as well as the SLI Global Solutions Quality Assurance and Professional Services Practice.

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GLI’s Director of Lottery and Gaming Thomas Bierbach said, “I am extremely excited about the GLI Instant Ticket Testing Lab and the fact that we can offer instant ticket testing services to our valued lottery clients. Having managed and operated a ticket testing lab myself, along with auditing instant ticket operations and testing globally, the GLI Instant Ticket Testing Lab will be a tremendous value proposition for lotteries around the world.

I am excited to run operations at the GLI Moncton Ticket Testing Lab, where our lottery clients benefit from the unparalleled expertise and quality they are accustomed to from GLI. We can now provide clients with world-class instant ticket testing services that fall under our ISO 17025 quality management system. While a handful of labs offer instant ticket or scratch testing as a sideline, GLI is the only lottery industry specialized, dedicated and independent instant ticket testing lab in the world, and we are proud of it,” he said.

GLI’s Managing Director of Quality Assurance and Professional Services Greg Doucette said, “The signing of this new agreement with Opportunities NB only solidifies the commitment GLI has made to New Brunswick over the past four years. We are really excited about the triple-digit growth we have achieved during 2015 and are looking forward to an even better 2016. Our new office location allows for the expansion of our Quality Assurance Testing Programs and the establishment of a Certification Testing Lab along with our Global Instant Ticket Testing Lab. These are extremely exciting times for our company, and it is a testament to the great local talent we have been able to attract. They deliver high-quality, which, in turn, creates loyal customers.

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 holds 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 Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.co.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC press release.

 

 

Texas Lottery Achieves Record First Quarter Sales

AUSTIN, Texas (December 16, 2015) – The Texas Lottery wrapped up its first quarter of fiscal year 2016 with sales of $1.102 billion, the highest first quarter sales in the Lottery’s history. This represented an increase in 3.6 percent over the previous record in fiscal year 2015.

“This has been an incredibly successful first quarter for the Texas Lottery,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “Record lottery sales mean more revenue for the important causes we support including public education and Texas veterans.”

The first quarter saw $274.0 million in accrued revenue transfers, up 4.7 percent or $12.4 million, from fiscal year 2015.

Scratch ticket sales saw record growth with sales totalling $844.6 million, the highest first quarter scratch ticket sales in Texas Lottery history and a 4.5 percent increase over 2015.

Sales totals for the top 10 scratch ticket games for the first quarter:

 

 Game FY 2016 1Q Sales
100X the Cash $40,537,740
$10 Set for Life $37,039,370
$1,000,000 Instant Cashout $36,966,940
Cashword Multiplier $35,124,120
$5 Set for Life $32,305,600
Diamond Dollars $31,700,250
$500,000,000 Cash $31,649,840
$250,000 Cash $28,530,850
Holiday Game Book $28,049,480
Bonus Cashword $27,605,025

 

Draw game sales for the first quarter started strong with $257.8 million in total sales, an increase of $2.3 million over FY 2015. The Texas Lottery’s newest draw game, Texas Triple Chance™, generated $6.6 million in sales during the first quarter since the game was launched on Sept. 27.

The game has also been a success for players with eleven players winning $100,000 prizes so far.

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“I am very proud of the strong start to fiscal year 2016 and I want to commend our employees for their hard work and commitment to generating revenue for Texas education and veterans,” said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $24 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $47 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $18 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.

As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $52 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games. For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.

CONTACT: Media Relations, 512-344-5131, Email: mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

Camelot and Featurespace Announce Responsible Play Analytics Project

Innovative collaboration further strengthens Camelot’s commitment to player protection

UNITED KINGDOM (December 16, 2015) -- National Lottery operator Camelot and Featurespace today announced the start of a project which will further enhance Camelot’s existing processes for identifying and protecting online players at potential risk of harmful play.

Featurespace and Camelot have been carrying out in-depth research and analysis over the past two years to understand patterns of online player behaviour in historic datasets. Today marks the start of a sixth-month live trial of those analytics.

The aim is to offer players even greater protection by adaptively recognising patterns of potentially harmful play, and delivering targeted responsible play messaging to at-risk players.

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Camelot is the first lottery operator to engage Featurespace’s award winning predictive, machine learning analytics to support players online.

Camelot’s objective is to maximise returns to National Lottery Good Causes through selling tickets in a socially-responsible way.

Its success in raising over £34 million each week for these projects is underpinned by its strategy of encouraging lots of people to play a little, while keeping their playing behaviour manageable and fun.

Camelot is already internationally recognised for its work in player protection.

The UK National Lottery is ranked at just 51st in the world in terms of per capita spend, despite being the sixth largest lottery in the world in terms of sales – clear evidence of the effectiveness of Camelot’s approach to responsible play.

Alison Gardner, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Camelot, explained: “Although instances of harmful play on The National Lottery are extremely rare, we are wholeheartedly committed to continuously improving the help and protection we offer our players. We want to continue to ensure that they have fun, while helping them to stay in control of their playing habits. We’re very proud to be delivering this innovative project with Featurespace.

David Excell, co-founder of Featurespace, added: “We really admire Camelot’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of player protection. We are also proud to announce our pioneering work conducted over the past two years which shows that technology exists to personalise decisions at an individual level.

CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Acting Senior Media Relations Manager, Camelot, Tel: 020 7632 5711

SOURCE: Camelot Group (www.camelotgroup.co.uk)

 

 

Michigan Lottery Gives Players a Chance to ‘Unwrap a Win’ This Holiday Season

LANSING, Michigan (December 11, 2015) -- Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win $10,000 and other prizes this holiday season by entering the “Unwrap a Win” giveaway.

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Starting Monday, players may visit www.unwrapawin.com once each day through Dec. 28 to enter for a chance to win $10,000. To enter, players must log in with their Michigan Lottery online account credentials and click on the digital gift image displayed on their screens.

In addition to a $10,000 grand prize, the Lottery also is giving away thousands of dollars in coupons for free instant game tickets and online game cards.

Players may play Unwrap a Win once each day to be entered into the $10,000 drawing and for a chance to win daily prizes.

Players who have upgraded their account for online game play will earn 100 entries into the $10,000 grand-prize drawing each day they enter the Unwrap a Win giveaway. Players who have not upgraded their account will earn one entry per day.

The $10,000 drawing will take place on Dec. 30 and the winner will be notified by Lottery officials. Online game card winners will receive their prize after January 1.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $1 million instantly playing online.

The Lottery offers players 28 different games ranging in price from 5 cents to $20. For more information or to play online, visit: http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery

 

 

The Challenges of On-Line Gambling

Enhancing Cross-Country Cooperation to Tackle Challenges of On-Line Gambling

BRUSSELS, Belgium (December 11, 2015) -- Since the expansion of online gambling in Europe, many countries have been facing new societal, regulatory and technical challenges. Laws on gambling are under the responsibility of each country,

but online gambling doesn't know borders. The challenges of cross-border online gambling cannot be tackled without efficient cooperation between countries. To make this cooperation a reality, the regulatory gambling authorities of the EEA Member States today signed an arrangement on online gambling services. This is the first agreement of its kind in the world.

Why does Europe need such an arrangement?

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There are more than 7 million citizens in the EU who gamble online. They can be at risk of addiction, and vulnerable to financial and identity fraud or privacy breaches. Gambling service providers too can be exploited for unlawful ends. Gambling can be a cover for money laundering, and betting related manipulation of sport events can make money for criminal networks.

Cooperation between countries can help protect people and ensure well-regulated and responsible gambling throughout Europe. Cooperation has already been identified as one of the priorities in the Commission Communication "Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling"

of 2012. The Commission, together with the members of the Expert Group on Gambling Services, has contributed to work on a cooperation arrangement that helps create a framework for exchanging information, best practice and assistance.

What will the agreement bring?

The agreement covers a number of different areas:

  • Organisation of gambling, such as tender procedures, verification of information provided by other authorities, exchange of technical expertise;
  • The supervision of compliance with national laws, including the protection of consumers, prevention of money laundering and fraud, and betting related to match-fixing;
  • Practical cooperation to assist the authorities in their day-to-day supervisory function;
  • Sharing of best practices.

 

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The cooperation arrangement is accompanied by fiches ("gateways") of the participating countries.

These gateways provide information on the role and remit of national authorities, areas they would like to share information on, competences of other national authorities in regards to gambling, as well as any limitations in laws regarding for example data protection.

For further information:

Communication:

Expert Group on Gambling Services

SOURCE: The Belgium Gaming Commission.

 

 

INNOVA Announce Extension of Contract with Loto-Québec

LOS ANGELES, California (December 10, 2015) - - INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. ("INNOVA", the "Company") (TSX: IGG), the indirect parent company of Diamond Game Enterprises Canada ULC ("Diamond Game"), today announced that Diamond Game has received approval from Loto-Québec to extend its lease Agreement for the LT-3 break open ticket dispensers ("LT-3") that are currently installed in the Province.

"We appreciate Loto-Québec's extension of this Agreement and look forward to continuing this relationship over the coming year," said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA. “We also hope to add new features and content to our existing deployments to improve the gaming experience and increase revenue."

The Agreement with Loto-Québec was originally put into place in late 2014 and this represents the third extension of the Agreement.

About INNOVA Gaming Group Inc.

INNOVA develops unique games and products for the global gaming industry, with particular focus on state and provincial lotteries. Through the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Diamond Game Enterprises, INNOVA focuses on enhancing revenues by offering its unique "stay-and-play" products in traditional and non-traditional gaming venues. Its primary product is the LT-3, a machine that dispenses tickets while simultaneously displaying the results of each ticket on a monitor in an entertaining fashion. For more information, please visit: www.innovagaminggroup.com.

SOURCE INNOVA Gaming Group

 

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Study Highlights the Significant Economy and Employment Effects of the Contribution of Lotteries to Sport in Europe

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LAUSANNE / BRUSSELS (December 15, 2015) -- The study “The impact of Lotteries as a funding source for European sport” carried out by SportsEconAustria proves once again the significant benefits of the lottery funding for the economy. Apart from the well-known contribution of lottery funding to grassroots sport, the study provides some concrete figures about the further impact of Lotteries’ contribution to sport on the economy and employment.

More specifically, according to the study, in 2012 the European Lotteries (EL) Members spent in total 2.5 billion euro to good causes on sport, (in the EU more than 2 billion), a volume which is almost equivalent to the GDP of Malta.

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Through the EL-member payments to good causes on sport, a total gross value added of over 1.5 billion euro is generated in the EU.

The contribution to the GDP is thus 0.01 percent, or in other words: every nine-thousandth euro generated in the EU can be traced back to the EL members’ payments for sports directly or indirectly.

In 2012 the EL member payments to good causes on sports have generated a direct employment impact by creating over 25,000 jobs. Through economic ties with suppliers and upstream sectors, further 14,000 jobs, so-called indirect jobs, were created and ensured.

Thus, as the study notes, a total of over 40,000 jobs were secured through the EL member payments on Sport which, as the study notes, “exceeds the number of inhabitants of Liechtenstein (Population 2012: 36,475)”.

Hence, the employment multiplier takes the value of 1.52 which implies that every new job created through EL member payments on sport ensured additionally one half of a job in Europe.

EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier has stated: “EL Members belong to a special and sustainable lottery model which is based on the four following principles: integrity, solidarity, precaution and subsidiarity. Our contribution to employment in Europe during these difficult times of economic crisis clearly shows that when we say that we are driven by principles, like solidarity, it is not just words, but a concrete fact."

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"This special model that enables EL Members, driven by key principles, to be a force for good, needs to be safeguarded and recognised, so that the employment benefits of lottery funding are not jeopardised.

Link to the study and the summary

For further information please CONTACT: Evangelos Alexandrakis, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Lausanne, Tel: + 41.(0)21.311.30.25, el-sport@european-lotteries.org or Jutta Buyse, EL General Delegate, Brussels,Tel: + 32.(0)2.234.38.20, jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu

European Lotteries (EL)

European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all 28 EU Member States.

The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest.

Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).

 

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AGA Poll Shows Casino Employees Will Flex Their Political Muscle on Election Day

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 15, 2015) -- Ahead of tonight’s nationally televised presidential debate hosted by Las Vegas Sands casino resort, 62 percent of Nevada casino gaming employees say politicians too frequently succumb to casino stereotypes rather than learn about the modern industry, according to a new survey released by the American Gaming Association (AGA).

Further, three-in-four gaming employees say they are closely watching the campaigns and what candidates are saying, especially when it comes to gaming; nearly 40 percent of Nevada's casino employees say they will withhold their vote from candidates who express negative and misinformed opinions about gaming.

While this research, conducted as part of the AGA’s first-ever Gaming Votes initiative, focuses on Nevada gaming employees, the lesson for candidates – that gaming voters are paying close attention – applies in Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and in all 40 states where gaming is driving economic activity and supporting jobs.

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As the Los Angeles Times reported, “The poll, by the American Gaming Assn., comes as the trade group reminds candidates that what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas anymore. The group is warning candidates that any tough talk against gambling will follow them on the campaign trail.

Candidates’ Views on Gaming Matter

Eighty percent of Nevada gaming employees are more likely to support a candidate who understands and supports their industry. As evidence of this sentiment, if the election were held today, Secretary Hillary Clinton (27%) and Donald Trump (21%) would receive the most votes among gaming employees. Clinton and Trump understand the industry better than all other candidates, according to Nevada gaming employees.

Upon learning of the poll, one prominent conservative radio host said, “I think this is great. These people are looking out for their own livelihoods, and I don’t blame them. You know, I get a little tired of the self-righteous, ‘oh, gambling…’ You know what?...Stop being so self-righteous about it.

Indeed, it’s clear that gaming employees are tired of antiquated rhetoric and the frequent patronizing of our industry. Candidates who take the time to understand casino gaming will be rewarded in Nevada and across the country when nearly one million casino employees in 40 states head to the polls on Election Day.

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Follow the Debate Along with AGA

One Nevada newspaper reported today that “the poll prompted the association’s president, Geoff Freeman, to call gaming employees ‘an electoral force to be reckoned with’ in Nevada. Much of that force will no doubt be paying close attention to Tuesday’s debate at the Venetian, and there are many reasons to think that gaming may once again come up there.

AGA (@AmerGamingAssn) will closely follow tonight’s debate to respond to any false claims about our industry and to ensure gaming employees across the country know where the candidates stand on the most important issues to gaming employees.

We encourage you to follow along and to use the hashtag #GamingVotes when posting your reactions on social media.

As always, thank you for your engagement and support of our industry.

 

Sincerely,

Sara Rayme

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs

 

SOURCE: American Gaming Association.

 

 

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Announce Edward R. Bedrosian Jr. as New Executive Director

BOSTON, Massachusetts (December 10, 201) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) announces Edward R. Bedrosian Jr. as its new Executive Director.

On December 9, 2015, MGC’s five commissioners voted unanimously to approve the hire of Mr. Bedrosian, who brings more than two decades of experience as a public sector manager; first, as a Deputy District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorneys’ Office and, then, as the First Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

The Commission interviewed two finalists and voted to offer the position to Mr. Bedrosian immediately following deliberations during Wednesday’s open public meeting.  As part of the motion to approve Mr. Bedrosian’s hire, the Commission authorized the initiation of contract negotiations and the execution of a complete background investigation. Mr. Bedrosian was selected after a comprehensive search process that began with close to 75 names.

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I am pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Bedrosian as MGC’s new Executive Director. I am confident that his proven leadership abilities and extensive managerial skills will help the Commission and its staff to continue to implement a strong and effective regulatory structure while also maximizing the intended economic benefits of the Expanded Gaming Act,” said Chairman Steve Crosby.

Currently serving as counsel for the national law firm, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, Mr. Bedrosian began his career as a prosecutor and went on to become First Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.

As First Assistant, Mr. Bedrosian oversaw both the legal and administrative operations of the office.  Mr. Bedrosian was responsible for leading an executive team to plan and implement the office’s $40 million budget, oversee all hiring, manage outside counsel appointments, and execute office priorities.

In addition to managing both civil and criminal litigation, Mr. Bedrosian directly supervised the Attorney General’s open meeting division, tobacco enforcement unit, state solicitor’s office and division of gaming enforcement.

In addition, Mr. Bedrosian advised the Legislature on the regulatory structure for gaming legislation and criminal statutes, worked with the Gaming Commission to implement the early regulatory structure, managed early litigation against the Commission, and created and managed the Attorney General’s Division of Gaming Enforcement.

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Prior to his service in the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Bedrosian was a Deputy District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. 

He tried hundreds of cases, including white-collar fraud, narcotics and homicide cases.  He also managed the Special Investigations Unit that focused on organized crime and career criminals.

Mr. Bedrosian graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A cum laude in 1987, from George Washington University in 1991 with a J.D. and from Boston University in 2012 with an M.B.A.

About MGC’s Executive Director

The Executive Director is the executive and administrative head of the Commission and is responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of law relative to the Commission and to each administrative unit thereof.

The Executive Director assumes leadership of the Commission staff and is responsible for staffing, establishing, maintaining, and changing administrative units as may be appropriate, subject to the approval of the Commission.

The Executive Director plans, directs, executes, and coordinates all administrative activities and assists the Commission in developing the policies and procedures related to the regulation of gaming in Massachusetts.

SOURCE: MGC Communications.

 

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New Jersey Lottery Players Won More than $97 Million in Instant Ticket Prizes in November

TRENTON, New Jersey (December 11, 2015) –New Jersey Lottery players across the state won more than $97 million playing instant games in November. Of that, 51 players claimed top-prize winning tickets with annuity values of nearly $8.6 million.

The largest instant ticket prize was claimed this month was by Ramkrishn Patel, 32, from Kearny in Hudson County.

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He claimed the $5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza game top annuity prize of $5,000,000. Mr. Patel said that he is an occasional player and purchased this game once before. His lucky location is Varsity Liquors & Deli, 203 Davis Ave., Kearny.

The retailer will receive a $30,000 bonus commission for selling this winning ticket.

Tyrone M., 56, from East Newark in Hudson County played the $3 Win for Life! Game winning $5,000 a month for life. He purchased his lucky ticket at F & R Convenience, 12

Kearny Ave., Kearny. The retailer will receive a $30,000 bonus commission for selling this winning ticket.

Rathang Joshi, 24, was visiting his father who works at Zackria Fuel, LLC. Gas station’s retail store. While there, he purchased two 50X Money tickets with the second ticket providing a life changing million dollar win. Rathang said that he will pay off his student loans and complete his aerospace engineering studies.

Congratulations to Ramkrishn, Tyrone, Rathang, and all of the thousands of instant ticket prizewinners throughout the state this month,” said Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director.

Everyone’s a winner with the Lottery because game revenue supports vital educational programs and institutions, tuition aid grants, school nutrition programs, veterans’ homes, and other beneficiaries across the state.

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A minimum of 30 percent of game revenue is contributed to the state on behalf of these recipients.

In addition, the more than 7,200 New Jersey Lottery retailers benefit from selling the Lottery games by earning commissions and bonuses. Retailers receive a bonus commission of 2.5% of the top prize, not to exceed $30,000, when they sell a winning instant ticket. They receive 5% on all other ticket sales plus other bonuses.

Retailers also receive benefits from the strong brand recognition created by Lottery advertising and marketing support. Displaying the Lottery brand is a valuable asset that may increase store traffic, attract new customers and keep regular players as consistent customers.

The chart below shows all of the paid top-tier prizes for the month and the stores from which they were sold.

CONTACT: Judith L. Drucker, Chief Communications Officer, Phone: Phone: (609) 599-5875, Email: Judith.Drucker@lottery.nj.gov.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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The Challenges of On-Line Gambling

Enhancing Cross-Country Cooperation to Tackle Challenges of On-Line Gambling

BRUSSELS, Belgium (December 11, 2015) -- Since the expansion of online gambling in Europe, many countries have been facing new societal, regulatory and technical challenges. Laws on gambling are under the responsibility of each country,

but online gambling doesn't know borders. The challenges of cross-border online gambling cannot be tackled without efficient cooperation between countries. To make this cooperation a reality, the regulatory gambling authorities of the EEA Member States today signed an arrangement on online gambling services. This is the first agreement of its kind in the world.

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Why does Europe need such an arrangement?

There are more than 7 million citizens in the EU who gamble online. They can be at risk of addiction, and vulnerable to financial and identity fraud or privacy breaches. Gambling service providers too can be exploited for unlawful ends. Gambling can be a cover for money laundering, and betting related manipulation of sport events can make money for criminal networks.

Cooperation between countries can help protect people and ensure well-regulated and responsible gambling throughout Europe. Cooperation has already been identified as one of the priorities in the Commission Communication "Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling"

of 2012. The Commission, together with the members of the Expert Group on Gambling Services, has contributed to work on a cooperation arrangement that helps create a framework for exchanging information, best practice and assistance.

What will the agreement bring?

The agreement covers a number of different areas:

  • Organisation of gambling, such as tender procedures, verification of information provided by other authorities, exchange of technical expertise;
  • The supervision of compliance with national laws, including the protection of consumers, prevention of money laundering and fraud, and betting related to match-fixing;
  • Practical cooperation to assist the authorities in their day-to-day supervisory function;
  • Sharing of best practices.

 

National gambling systems

The cooperation arrangement is accompanied by fiches ("gateways") of the participating countries.

These gateways provide information on the role and remit of national authorities, areas they would like to share information on, competences of other national authorities in regards to gambling, as well as any limitations in laws regarding for example data protection.

For further information:

Communication:

Expert Group on Gambling Services

SOURCE: The Belgium Gaming Commission.

 

 

Scientific Games Wins Five-Year Lottery Retail Technology Contract in Germany

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (December 16, 2015) – Scientific Games Corporation (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has signed a new contract to provide retail technology, including 725 terminals, software and maintenance services, to the Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany (the “Lottery”).

The five-year contract, which the Company won through a competitive procurement process, began in October and may be extended by the Lottery for up to an additional five years. Scientific Games currently provides the Lottery in Sachsen-Anhalt with instant games, as well as a lottery central gaming system and retail terminals.

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Klaus Scharrenberg, CEO, of Lotto-Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt said: “We look forward to continuing our trusted relationship with Scientific Games that began back in 1991. His colleague, Maren Sieb, CEO, added: “We want to offer our retailers and players modern technology that serves their needs in a secure and convenient way.

With operations on six continents, Scientific Games provides games, systems and retail technology innovation to more than 150 lotteries around the globe. The Company provides all 16 German lotteries with games, technology or services.

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 http://www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

Investor Relations: Bill Pfund   (702) 532-7663.

Media Relations: Mollie Cole   (773) 961-1194.

Lottery Communications: Therese Minella   (770) 825-4219.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 




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