INTRALOT Expands Its Presence in Africa with New Project in
ATHENS, Greece (October 25, 2015) --
INTRALOT Group announces
that its subsidiary INTRALOT Global Holdings has signed a 10-year contract with
International Lottery and Gaming Limited (ILGL) in Nigeria to provide its
best-in-class lottery technology and related services. The new lottery will
launch its operations by the end of 2015. INTRALOT as the lottery technology
and services provider will support the lottery operations of ILGL with
innovative lottery system, entertaining numerical games and exciting content
delivered to players through a well-balanced Points of Sales network.
"Our new project in the Nigerian
market is a big step towards INTRALOT's strategy to establish a solid presence
in the developing African market", stated Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos,
INTRALOT Group Chief Operating Officer, adding "We are pleased to offer to
ILGL, our valuable, new partner in Nigeria our innovative lottery technology
and services as well as our extensive operational know-how."
INTRALOT's dedicated team in the
region with the support of our global operations team will work together with
International Lottery and Gaming Limited, so as to implement our common vision
for a successful lottery operation."
"We are confident that our
partners' deep knowledge of the local market, along with our global experience,
will lead to the delivery of secure and entertaining games offering to the
Nigerian players exciting gaming experiences."
Mr. Ronaldo Minaise, Vice-Chairman
of International Lottery and Gaming Limited, stated: "ILGL has been granted
by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission a national license to operate a
lottery in Nigeria. ILGL envisages offering the best, most credible and
trustworthy lottery experience to all Nigerian players."
As Africa's most populous country
with approximately 174 million people, Nigeria ranks among the biggest
economies of the continent, posting GDP growth rate of 6,3% in 2014.
About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)
INTRALOT, a public listed company,
is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing
systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive
gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad
portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing
& Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a
competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers' efficiency,
profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, about 5.400 people
and revenues of 1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has established its
presence on all 5 continents.
For more information please CONTACT:
Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com.
Scientific Games Partners with InComm to Give Customers New
Ways to Purchase Lottery Products
agreement will allow more payment options at North American lottery retail
ATLANTA, Georgia (October 27, 2015)
-- InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company,
announced today that it has entered an agreement with
Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS), a leading developer of technology-based
products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and
interactive markets to bring new lottery gift card product offerings to
consumers in North America.
The agreement expands the lottery
industry's reach into many new distribution channels like chain pharmacy, big
box and general merchandise stores. The agreement also allows retailers to
market and sell lottery gift cards together with traditional gift cards for the
"This is an exciting relationship
for both companies," said Brooks Smith, President and CEO of InComm.
"Our collaboration provides us the opportunity to deliver innovative and
secure payment options that help consumers and increase the reach of lotteries
supporting worthy causes throughout North America."
Scientific Games introduced the
first secure, instant lottery game in 1974. Providing games, technology and
services to more than 150 lotteries around the world, the company's key goal is
to create entertaining gaming and lottery experiences. "Our agreement with
InComm is another milestone in our commitment to delivering diverse lottery
products that are convenient and safe," said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice
President of North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games. "Through
this agreement, we're leveraging state-of-the-art solutions, technology and
product innovation to create a new lottery experience consumers will
Leveraging deep integrations into
retailers' point-of-sale systems, InComm provides connectivity to a variety of
service providers that allow consumers to conduct everyday business at more
than 450,000 points of retail distribution worldwide. Whether those consumers
are activating prepaid products, paying bills, enjoying real-time discounts
through a membership card, purchasing digital goods in-store or adding funds to
an online account, InComm is there to provide unique gift-gifting
opportunities, cater to on-the-go shoppers, deliver added value through loyalty
programs and serve cash-based consumers. With 186 global patents, InComm is
headquartered in Atlanta with a presence in over 30 countries in North and
South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Learn more at www.incomm.com
or connect with us on www.twitter.com/incomm, www.facebook.com/incomm,
www.linkedin.com/company/incomm or www.incomm.com/blog.
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.
Missouri Lottery Director Named President of
JEFFERSON, Missouri (October 23,
2015) -- May Scheve
Reardon, executive director of the
Missouri Lottery, was
elected president of the North
American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) during the
organizations annual conference last week.
|May Scheve Reardon elected president of the North American
Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)
She is also a member of NASPLs
government relations and business product development committees and previously
served as the second vice president, treasurer and Region III Director of
"I really look forward to working
with May as the new NASPL president, said
David Gale, executive
director of NASPL. This will be another challenging year for us in so
many areas, and May is the perfect individual to lead the Association at this
As the Missouri Lottery director
since December 2009, Reardon has led the organization from sales of $968.5
million to more than $1.1 billion and profits for public education from $259
million to a record high of $288.8 million.
Before coming to the Missouri
Lottery, Reardon worked as director of development at the Richard A. Gephardt
Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis and taught
political science and communications at Webster University from 2005 to 2009.
Prior to that, Reardon was a Missouri state representative for 12 years.
Reardon holds a bachelors
degree in communications from Saint Louis University and a masters degree
in communications from Webster University.
SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.
Baseball Wager Sales Hit Record High with Torontos
MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada
(October 25, 2015) -- Torontos rollercoaster playoff run has thrown
Canadians into a baseball frenzy not witnessed since the early 90s. Fans
are relishing their first taste of Playoff baseball in 22 years. The increased
popularity surrounding Toronto has had a major impact on sales of PROLINE
Baseball events offered by Atlantic Lottery.
Atlantic Canadian PROLINE
players have been highly engaged with baseball since Toronto made a series of
blockbuster trades in late July which ultimately led to this much-anticipated
post-season run. Atlantic Lottery reports that in August and September,
PROLINE wagers on Toronto were up almost 300% over last year.
Last week, Torontos thrilling
6-3 Game 5 Division Series win was even more special for a New Brunswick
PROLINE player. Billy Bulger was presented a cheque for $25,384.75
earlier this week for winning an 8-pick PROLINE ticket. Billy purchased
the ticket on October 13th and won all 7 hockey selections that night.
His remaining pick, a Toronto
Moneyline selection for last Wednesdays Game 5 match-up between Toronto
and Texas, was the final selection that ultimately clinched the win.
Billy and his fiancée,
Isabelle Gagnon collected their prize earlier this week at Atlantic Lottery
head office in Moncton. They told us they often play PROLINE together and
wager on a variety of sports.
Theres certain logic
to [selecting games], Billy says. But its still a game
of chance. We have a way that we like to play, and we dont spend any more
just because weve won. So many people rush when they make their
selections: we take our time.
Isabelle says that the day they made
their selection, a blue jay kept flying past. I thought Id
listen to nature and add a Blue Jays game to our selection! she
"The whole day of the Blue Jays
game it was one of the most special since weve been
together, says Billy. What a game!
The couple is planning to use their
winnings to buy a reliable vehicle for them and their two young children. They
will also set some money aside for a future house purchase.
Torontos playoff run continues
tonight in Kansas City. Its a must-win Game 6 match-up with Kansas City
in the best-of-seven 2015 American League Championship Series.
Billy and Isabelle bought their
PROLINE ticket at Dépanneur Mallet in Le Goulet, NB. The retailer
will receive a 1% commission.
Atlantic Lottery is publicly owned
by the four Atlantic provinces which means that we return 100% of our
profits to Atlantic Canada. Interested in finding out more about who we are and
what we do? Please visit askaway.ca, find us on Twitter at @al_lottery, or like
us on Facebook.
For more information CONTACT:
Christine Manore, Atlantic Lottery Communications, Email:
SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery
Gambling Laws Come Under Pressure From CJEU
GERMANY (October 22, 2015) --
Attorney General (AG) Szpunar of the Court of Justice of the European Union
(CJEU) believes that the licensing of online sports betting in Germany should
be transparent, non-discriminatory and in line with EU legislation. His advice
follows a ruling by the Higher Administrative Court in Hesse on October 16, in
which the German court came to a similar conclusion. The European Commission
has also raised questions in the German states. The European Commission is
considering infringement proceedings against Germany.
The conclusion is published by the
AG on October 22, 2015 on the case Ince (C-336/14). Ince is an Austrian
gambling operator who has applied for a German license to offer online sports
betting. However, all similar applications have been declined in Germany since
Both the Court in Hessen as the AG
are now of the opinion that the authorization regime established in Germany is
not transparent and is discriminatory and therefore violates European law. With
the conclusion of the treaty the Attorney General will be able to put pressure
on the German states where gambling is allowed.
The Court has already ruled that the
Hesse multi permit system should be established for all online gambling
products and that the current German legislation is unconstitutional. It is now
up to the European Commission to take further steps against Germany.
The ruling is also interesting as to
how it will affect the Netherlands. Despite rulings by the Council of State
(Betfairarrest) licenses for offering of lotteries has for many years been
granted in a non-transparent and in a discriminatory manner.
The regulation of online gambling in
the Netherlands has been seriously delayed.
The European Commission warned the
Netherlands in May at a hearing in the House of Representatives that it should
make real momentum to implement transparency and not discriminate in awarding
licences. The conclusion of the CJEU is a confirmation of this commitment.
A date for the judgment of the CJEU
is not yet known. Normally speaking, the Court follows the opinion of the AG.
For further information please
CONTACT: Rutger-Jan Have, Tel: +31 (0) 6 31,046,949, Email:
SOURCE: Speel Verantwoord.
NY "Cash and Travel" Lottery Game
NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 23, 2015) --
First announced in July at the 2015 Summer Adirondack Challenge, the I LOVE NY
Cash and Travel lottery game officially hit stores on October 13 and is now
available for purchase at lottery retailers across the state. The I LOVE NY
Cash and Travel lottery game was developed by the
New York State Gaming
Commission's Division of the Lottery in collaboration with Empire State
Development's Division of Tourism, I LOVE NEW YORK and offers the opportunity
to win a vacation to one of New York's 11 unique vacation regions or up to
The I LOVE NY "Cash and
Travel" Scratch-Off Game Offers:
- A chance to win one of 15 'instant win' trips in
any of New York State's 11 vacation regions;
- A second chance sweepstakes for non-winning tickets
will offer additional prize trips in all 11 tourism regions;
- An opportunity to also win $50 of I LOVE NY
scratch-off tickets and $25 of I LOVE NY merchandise, included in second chance
drawing for second and third place prizes.
- Cash prizes of up to $25,000 and totaling $15.5
- A final drawing for one more trip to one of the 11
New York State destinations will take place, bringing the total number of
second chance trips to 45.
To view all the rules and prizes in
the second chance sweepstakes,
I LOVE NY Cash and Travel prize
trips include three-five day VIP trips, offered for each vacation region in the
State. The trips include lodging, activities, meals and spending money. Each
trip is valued at nearly $5,000, which includes taxes, bringing the total value
of prize trips to $300,000.
A full list of I LOVE NY Cash and
Travel Lottery Game Travel Prizes in all 11 regions is available
"Win What You Love"
The New York Lottery's multi-faceted
marketing campaign, "Win What You Love," kicked-off this week in support
of the I LOVE NEW YORK scratch-off game and will run through mid-November,
2015. Created by the New York Lottery's new advertising agency, McCann, the
"Win What You Love" campaign includes statewide television, radio, digital, and
out-of-home advertising, point-of-sale displays, and social media. In this
campaign, the iconic "I Love New York" song is used to announce the new
scratch-off game in a playful way in keeping with the playful spirit of the New
York Lottery brand. The beautiful landscapes, nostalgia and humor of the
advertising make the campaign fun, inviting and sharable.
Building on the campaign, the New
York Lottery launched a social media contest to further promote the I Love New
York game: players can post a picture of their ticket in one of their favorite
New York State locations using #WinWhatYouLove on Facebook.
Twenty winners will be randomly
selected to receive New York Lottery merchandise and I Love New York
The New York Lottery Acting Director
Gardner Gurney said, "The innovative I LOVE NY Cash and Travel game offers
exciting prizes for our players that showcase all the beautiful regions of New
York State. Additionally, by working with our I LOVE NY partners, we are
bringing two seminal New York State brands together to highlight exceptional
tourism opportunities and fun Lottery games in the Empire State."
Empire State Development President,
CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemksy said, "We're bringing New York's unique
travel regions to a whole new audience and supporting tourism statewide. This
collaborative effort gives us the opportunity to offer New Yorkers these
vacations in a fun and exciting way while creating awareness of the state
There are 12 million I LOVE NY Cash
and Travel tickets available at the nearly 18,000 retail locations across New
York State. Lottery ticket sales support education throughout the State.
New York Lottery, enacted into the
New York State Constitution in 1966, contributed $3.11 billion to help support
education in New York in fiscal year 2014-15.
New York Lottery continues to be
North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, earning over $54.7 billion
in education support statewide since its founding over 47 years ago.
SOURCE: New York State Gaming
Integrity Monitor and Romanian Football Federation form Integrity
LONDON, U.K.(October 27, 2015) --
Sport Integrity Monitor (SportIM) has been appointed as the betting integrity
partner of the Romanian Football Federation. Through comprehensive monitoring
of global betting markets, SportIM will assist Romanian Football Federation in
proactively managing integrity for all competitions and work with the
Federation to investigate any concerns.
The Romanian Football Federation
will collaborate with SportIM experts and utilise its state of the art
monitoring system to oversee betting activity on its matches. This unique
system incorporates comprehensive live and historic sports and betting data
allowing SportIM to identify, in real time, anomalous patterns across the
entire global betting market.
This integrity partnership is a
vital component of the Romanian Football Federations anti match-fixing
initiatives and reinforces a zero tolerance approach to betting-related
Razvan Burleanu, President of the
Romanian Football Federation, said: Maintaining the integrity of our
football competitions and preventing any potential incidences of match-fixing
is a top priority for the Romanian Football Federation. The partnership with
Sport Integrity Monitor is an extension to our wider education and prevention
campaign, Clean Football. These efforts clearly demonstrate our
commitment to ensuring we do everything we can to secure a future in which
players, fans and everyone involved in the sport are protected from any
attempts of match-fixing.
Mark Locke, Chief Executive Officer
of Sport Integrity Monitor, said: We are delighted to announce
our integrity partnership with the Romanian Football Federation. Throughout our
dealings with the Federation, it has been clear that integrity and the
prevention of match-fixing is of central importance. We are looking forward to
supporting the good work that is already under way and to deploying our
specialist solutions to ensure that this progress
SOURCE: Sport Integrity Monitor
Lotto Federation Scored Further Growth, with the Addition of New Member
HAMBURG, Germany (October 26, 2015)
-- The German Lotto Federation (DLV) scored further growth, with the addition
of new member companies is the Simple Direct Media GmbH (EDM) from Berlin.
EDM was founded in late 2011 by
former employees of Bertelsmann Direct Group with the participation of
Netzpiloten AG. Since 2013, the innovative company has a state license for the
commercial game and mediation offers
online services for state lottery products.
The DLV posistions itself as
representing the interests of independent game intermediaries active in Germany
for a new, coherent lottery regulation, which allows a fair cooperation of
government and private sector intermediaries.
"Our members have significantly
influenced the German lottery landscape and repeatedly contributed with new
services and innovative products to sales of state lottery companies," says
Norman Faber, president of the DLV.
It was also an independent lottery
promoter, the mid-90s to the Internet a new distribution channel opened and
thus opened up new, younger target groups for the state lottery companies.
"The legal framework for the
lottery must be loosened to meet the needs of a modern and digital society.
Only in this way can the brand "Lotto" in this country and be protected and
strengthened in international competition."
SOURCE: German Lotto Association
Millionaire Raffle Tickets Selling Fast
TOPEKA, Kansas (October 26, 2015) --
The Kansas Lottery announced
Monday it has surpassed the halfway mark in the number of tickets still
available in this years Holiday Millionaire Raffle. As of 3 p.m. Monday,
there are approximately 87,480 tickets remaining in this years Raffle.
Only 175,000 of the $20 tickets will
This is the seventh year for the
Holiday Millionaire Raffle and sales are pacing well ahead of last year. In
2014, the halfway mark wasnt surpassed until November 11.
The Holiday Millionaire Raffle has
sold out each year it has been offered.
The Lottery said early bird drawings
are helping drive sales.
They say there are 11 Early Bird
drawings this year, more than ever before.
Tickets purchased before an Early
Bird drawing are eligible to win that drawing and all subsequent drawings
including the Grand Prize drawing December 31 in which the Lottery will draw a
$1,000,000 winning number and thousands of other numbers to win from $100 to
The next Early Bird drawing for
$10,000 cash will be Thursday, October 29.
Other Early Bird drawings will be
held Sundays and Thursdays November 1 through November 19.
For more information about the
Kansas Lotterys Millionaire Raffle, visit their
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery,
Louisiana Lottery's First Quarter Transfers See Six Percent
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (October 26,
2015) -- For the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, the
Corporation transferred $38.9 million to the states coffers, up 6
percent from 2015.
"Scratch-off sales continue to be
a player favorite with $3 million more in sales than last year, which was a
record year for our instant product. Our in-state Lotto game also experienced a
44 percent sales spike thanks to the recent $3.2 million jackpot run, the
largest in 17 years," explained Lottery President/CEO Rose Hudson.
With first-quarter revenue of
$111,152,632 the Lottery contributed $38,903,425 to the state treasury.
By law, at least 35 percent of
Lottery proceeds are transferred to the state treasury and dedicated for K-12
public education. Roughly 53 percent of sales fund prizes and less than 6
percent is used to operate the Lottery.
Retailers earn 5.5 percent
compensation, including commission, incentives for cashing winning tickets and
bonuses for selling winning tickets, totaling nearly $6.2 million for July
through September of 2015.
"For over a decade, the Lottery
has experienced annual growth, climbing from $307 million in 2005 to $453
million in 2015. Our goal is to continue this trend in fiscal year 2016 by
maximizing revenue for the state through the development of exciting games our
players like and strategic operational efficiency," Hudson added.
Lottery ticket purchasers must be at
least 21 years of age. Anyone with a gambling problem, or friends of anyone
with a gambling problem, is encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for
For security purposes, players
should sign the back of their tickets after purchasing.
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
your Holiday Gifts A Little Something Extra
With New Scratch-Off Games
from the Florida Lottery
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 27,
2015) -- Today, the Florida
Lottery launched a new family of holiday-themed Scratch-Off games. The four
new games, $2,000,000 HOLIDAY GIFTS, $500,000 HOLIDAY GIFTS, $50,000 HOLIDAY
GIFTS and $10,000 HOLIDAY GIFTS, offer more than $139 million in cash prizes
and feature more than 15 million winning tickets! The HOLIDAY GIFTS family of
Scratch-Off games make great stocking stuffers, or can be the perfect gift all
on their own when you 'wrap' them in our special holiday envelope!
All Lottery retailers are expected
to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72
The $10 game, $2,000,000 HOLIDAY
GIFTS, gives players the chance to win more than $46 million in prizes,
including two top prizes of $2 million! The game's overall odds of winning are
one-in-3.41. The $5 game, $500,000 HOLIDAY GIFTS, offers more than 3 million
prizes, with overall odds of winning of one-in-4.00. The $2 game, $50,000
HOLIDAY GIFTS, features more than $36.5 million in prizes, with overall odds of
winning of one-in-4.41. For just $1, $10,000 HOLIDAY GIFTS features 50 top
prizes of $10,000, with the overall odds of winning of one-in-4.88.
For a limited time, players also
have the chance to win up to $2 million in the Lottery's "Gift of Giving"
Holiday Instagram Contest! Beginning Monday, November 30, through Sunday,
December 20, players can upload a photo to Instagram showing the creative way
they're gifting the new HOLIDAY GIFTS family of Scratch-Off games to family and
friends this holiday season.
A total of 12 winners will be
selected throughout the contest period to receive free HOLIDAY GIFTS
Scratch-Off tickets with the possibility of winning a top prize of $2 million.
Visit www.flalottery.com for more information.
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent
of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than
700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 97 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 $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
Supreme Ventures Commence Roll-Out of Its New Sports Betting
JAMAICA (October 25, 2015)
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Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL)
announced today, its planned roll-out of a new technology platform, IFLEX, for
its sports betting operations.
The significant investment is being
implemented in conjunction with SVLs technology partner for sports
Implementation date is slated for
20th October 2015 and has seen a buzzing of activity behind the scenes, as SVL
prepares its staff, agents and the terminal operators on the frontline to
deliver the new offering. This will include a huge jump in betting options and
leagues, combined with live betting throughout events.
Brian George President &
CEO of SVL in the announcement said, The IFLEX betting platform
project is worth over US$1M and will see investment in a state-of-the art,
innovative, robust and high performance betting solution, that meets the
growing demands of the international gaming industry. It is an excellent B2B
and B2C platform that supports both the current retail and future internet
channels, allowing customers to move beyond the compromises of the current
generation of betting technology.
The new IFLEX technology platform is
an easier interface for JustBet agents to sell SVLs offering and grow
retailer income, allows for faster transaction processing, the addition of
social space gaming and entertainment content and will take the gaming industry
into a new realm, with content similar to that offered in North America and
George added, We took the
time to get this right and will continue to make our mark in Jamaicas
gaming industry, with innovative and creative gaming content to suit the
markets needs. The new IFLEX technology platform will also pave the way
for our mobile gaming delivery, coming soon.
IFLEX is an integrated all-inclusive
solution for the management of betting activities including Game Engine,
Content Management, Auto Feed, Live Betting, Betting Content Data Management,
Risk Analyzer, Risk Management and Back Office Applications.
It provides complete sports betting
management through extended functionalities to define competition, games, odds,
handicaps and more.
There is real-time monitoring of
betting trends and potential liabilities. SVL started gaming operations in
Jamaica on 25th June 2001 and is currently a major player in the country for
The company competes actively in
sports betting and casino-type gaming lounges. SVL provides employment for over
2,500 persons, through direct employment and agency agreements.
SOURCE: Supreme Ventures
Federal Council Submits Draft Law on Gambling to
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (October 21,
2015) -- Wednesday, October 21, the Federal Council has submitted to Parliament
the draft law on gambling (LJAr) proposing to accept it. Loterie Romande
believes that this project takes into account the interests of all
stakeholders. Given the advances offered by the gaming operators, particularly
in terms of social responsibility, Loterie Romande stresses the need not to
alter the text by additional demands which would impair the competitiveness of
lottery games and sports paris.
The provisions of the law should
help ensure that the benefits of gambling within the meaning of Article 106 of
the Constitution are properly allocated to public benefit and are not diverted
to the sole benefit of private providers.
In an increasingly competitive
environment, the new legislation should enable the companies to operate lottery
games both attractive, profitable and responsible, to ensure long-term
stability of the profits distributed to the public interest, almost CHF 600
million a year for the Loterie Romande and Swisslos.
Background and objectives of
On March 11, 2012, the people and
the cantons accepted by an overwhelming majority live counter project to the
popular initiative "For gambling to serve the common good." Generated by
the success of this initiative, filed in fall 2009 and provided more than
170,000 valid signatures, Article 106 of the Constitution was then in force.
The bill allows the implementation of this article, by providing consistent
regulation, adapted and modern, the entire gambling sector.
Loterie Romande believes
that this project responds adequately to the objectives of Article 106 of the
Constitution: it helps protect the population adequately against the dangers of
gambling, ensure safe and transparent operations these and ensure that their
profits are earmarked for public benefit and to the AVS.
A project developed in
collaboration with all stakeholders
Loterie Romande notes Bill developed
in collaboration with all stakeholders, including gambling houses and
representatives of the fight against addiction. This project ensures the
balance between the powers of the Confederation and the cantons and gives those
new definitions of the various gambling that will allow operators to adapt
their offers to social and technological developments while respecting the need
to protect the population. The project also ensures that the profits from
lotteries and sports paris continue to be paid exclusively to the cantonal
distribution bodies, to support charitable projects, cultural and sporting.
Allocation of profits for
public utility purposes
Article 106 of the Constitution
establishes the principle that the benefits of gambling are to be allocated to
public interest goals. Loterie Romande wishes to recall that the provisions of
the law should not undermine that fundamental requirement. They must help
ensure that the benefits of the sense of Article gambling 106 of the
Constitution are properly allocated to public benefit and are not diverted to
purely commercial purposes or for the sole benefit providers private.
Prevention of excessive
The measures in the bill provide
effective protection, in particular of minors and vulnerable populations. This
new regulation, both flexible and responsive to risk factors, takes into
account the specific games and their operating mode. Loterie Romande believes
in this regard that the bill includes requirements that will probably Swiss law
among the strictest in Europe in terms of responsible gaming. In this context,
it does not want additional control measures which go beyond the provisions of
the draft. The adoption of disproportionate or unrealistic measures would harm
the establishment of a necessary balance between the protection of players on
the one hand and the need to ensure offers both legal and attractive on the
other. Against illegal offers
Because of the dangers of crime,
money laundering or dependence, the fight against illegal offers - which
represents gross gaming revenues estimated at CHF 300 million a year - is a
necessity. The bill has the advantage of providing concrete measures to curb
illegal gambling, such as blocking unauthorized websites. Such measures are
designed to ensure that the benefits of gambling are well allocated to public
interest goals instead of enriching private operators from tax havens.
Standardization of the tax
treatment of gains
Currently, gains from lotteries and
sports paris are subject to income tax, which is not the case of the gains made
in gambling houses, free, meanwhile, from taxation. The bill removes this
inequality and creates a situation in other countries by exempting all the
gains achieved through gambling. This new design will make lottery games and
most attractive sports paris and will therefore generate additional benefits
for the public interest. It will contribute simultaneously to curb the exodus
of players to the illegal or not taxed offered by neighboring countries.
Ensure long term stability
of the profits distributed to the public interest
As it stands, the Loterie Romande
does not want the balance and coherence of solutions proposed in the project
are challenged by amendments that would undermine the competitiveness of
lottery corporations. While avoiding excess and induce dependence, the games
offered should remain attractive and operators must be able, while respecting
their duties adapt to the evolution of society. Loterie Romande and recalls the
need for a legislative framework tailored to the mission and responsibilities
of the two Swiss companies lottery, Loterie Romande and Swisslos, whose profits
- around CHF 600 million a year - are of essential character and essential
support charitable projects, cultural and sporting.
Insider Understands that Translation software was used in order to provide this
article. We also note that translation software has its limitations and will
never replace the benefit of reading this article in its intended language - we
therefore apologise in advance for any discrepencies that may be apparent.
SOURCE: Loterie Romande.
Holiday Instant Games Offer Second-Chance Drawing
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (October
27, 2015) -- Six new Pennsylvania Lottery holiday-themed instant games are now on
sale and offer players an extra chance to win through the $100,000 Holiday
Countdown Second-Chance Game.
The new games are: Holiday
Millionaire ($20), Season's Greetings ($10), $100,000 Wish List ($5), Frosty
Fun ($3), Doughman Doubler ($2) and The Perfect Gift ($1).
The games offer millions of dollars
VIP Players Club members can submit
any non-winning 2015 holiday-themed ticket into the Holiday Countdown
Second-Chance Game for chances to win a $100,000 Grand Prize, $1,000 in weekly
Countdown Drawings, and instant cash prizes up to $500.
Entries may be submitted at
palottery.com or by using the Pennsylvania Lottery's official smartphone app.
The final entry deadline is January 7, 2016.
Visit palottery.com for entry,
prizes, rules and drawing information. Mailed entries are not accepted. Prizes,
including top prizes, are subject to availability at the time of purchase.
Again this holiday season, the
Pennsylvania Lottery has teamed with other state lotteries and the National
Council on Problem Gambling to remind players that lottery games are not
suitable for children. Whether buying a ticket for your own enjoyment or to
give as a gift, Pennsylvania Lottery players must be 18 or older. Lottery
retailers are encouraged to ask for ID.
About the Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the
only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit
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.
Media Contacts: Gary Miller or Allen
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
Responsible Gambling Council Returns with Interactive Game Show
Touring Ontario High Schools
TORONTO, Ontario (October 28, 2015)
-- The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is returning this fall to Ontario
high schools with Game Brain, its hit, interactive, educational game show.
Hosted by Jason Agnew and Matt Philips, Game Brain was widely applauded in Fall
2014 by students and faculty members, as being both highly entertaining and
"The Responsible Gambling Council
is pleased to bring this exciting new format back to Ontario students,"
says Kevin Noel, COO of RGC. "It is estimated that 2 out of 3 students
between the ages of 15-17 have gambled in the last year. And once they reach
18, their risk of developing a problem almost doubles. That's why it's
important to get this message out to students now, before a problem
The one-hour show includes five game
show-style activities designed to inform and engage students, who form teams
and answer questions about the realities of gambling, what someone risks
losing, signs of a problem, avoiding the risks and available help
"Matt and I are excited to hit
the road again with Game Brain," said Jason Agnew, host of Game Brain.
"It was so much fun last year, not only for us, but also for the thousands
of students who got a chance to take part in the interactive game show. It was
a great opportunity to share with our high school audiences important
information about gambling risks, how to avoid them and get help if need
As part of its social media campaign
to reach those students who do not have the opportunity to see the show live,
the RGC will also be offering Ontario students a chance to win a $500 gift
certificate for Amazon.ca to help out with the costs of going to school.
RGC introduced Game Brain in Fall
2014 after a successful decade-long run of dramatic productions. To find out
more about Game Brain visit www.GameBrain.ca.
Information on our High School
contest can be found at our FaceBook page, GameBrainCa.
The Responsible Gambling Council
(RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling
prevention. RGC works to reduce gambling risks by creating and delivering
innovative awareness and information programs, for a wide range of different
groups including youth and young adults.
For more information, please
CONTACT: Alison Reid, Social Media Consultant, Responsible Gambling Council,
Tel: 416-499-9800 ext 227, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Responsible Gambling
Gaming Association Sign Key Partnership Agreement with IAGA for Its Pioneering
2015 Tourism and Culture Summit
MACAU, SAR (October 25, 2015) -- The
Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA), which represents the
interests of Asia's top 100 gaming companies, has signed an agreement with the
International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), awarding the group status
as official organising partner for the innovative Macao Tourism and Culture
Summit 2015. The summit, which will be the first ever gaming forum to see the
unveiling of the People's Republic of China Government's 'One Belt One Road'
initiative, will be held at the Venetian Macao between 17-19 November 2015, and
will run alongside the Macao Gaming Show.
The agreement between the two
influential bodies covers the inaugural 2015 tourism and culture summit, which
this year incorporates a wider gaming industry perspective, taking on board the
Macau SAR drive for economic diversification in the gaming capital of the
world. The summit, which will include a number of senior analysts from the IAGA
ranks, throws down the discursive gauntlet of: 'New rules, new vision, new
opportunities: how can Macau channel gaming to power a new entertainment mix
for tourism and culture?'
The MGEMA/IAGA partnership will
place special focus on Days 2 and 3 of the Macau gaming industry summit, which
recently received the significant backing of four of the key departments of the
Macau SAR Government. These specialist sessions will cover the impact of the
2008 downturn in Las Vegas and how the lessons learnt for recovery can be
applied to Macau; the banking, funding and investment landscape for gaming
opportunities in Macau and Asia; exporting the Macau experience to Asia and the
world; and the lure of emerging markets around the Asia Pacific region.
Welcoming IAGA on board for this
year's summit was MGEMA Secretary General Fatima Maria Nunes, who stated:
"This year's summit is all about new directions, new vision, new
opportunities - that's not just an event strapline, it's one that sits at the
heart of the ambitions of the MGEMA and the Macao Gaming Show. We have set our
sights on growth, development and cultural exchange, and IAGA is an excellent
partner in this vision. We are looking at exchanging the culture of ideas, of
business, of innovations - and this partnership fits into these objectives. We
look forward to welcoming IAGA not just to the MGEMA family, but also to the
Gateway to Asia. They understand the industry, its legal framework, its
politics - and they understand the issues we all face on a global platform.
This is a partnership that continues the process of opening Macau up to the
For more information and to register
for the 2015 Macao Gaming Show and the associated Macao Tourism and Cultural
Summit with Gaming Topics, visit:
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