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INTRALOT Expands Its Presence in Africa with New Project in Nigeria

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."

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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: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Partners with InComm to Give Customers New Ways to Purchase Lottery Products

Strategic five-year agreement will allow more payment options at North American lottery retail locations

ATLANTA, Georgia (October 27, 2015) -- InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, announced today that it has entered an agreement with Scientific Games 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 first time.

"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."

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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 enjoy."

About InComm

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.

SOURCE: InComm.

 

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Missouri Lottery Director Named President of NASPL

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 organization’s 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 NASPL’s government relations and business product development committees and previously served as the second vice president, treasurer and Region III Director of NASPL.

"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 time.”

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 bachelor’s degree in communications from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in communications from Webster University.

SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.

 

 

Baseball Wager Sales Hit Record High with Toronto’s Playoff Run

MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (October 25, 2015) -- Toronto’s rollercoaster playoff run has thrown Canadians into a baseball frenzy not witnessed since the early 90’s. 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 PRO•LINE Baseball events offered by Atlantic Lottery.

Atlantic Canadian PRO•LINE 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, PRO•LINE wagers on Toronto were up almost 300% over last year.

Last week, Toronto’s thrilling 6-3 Game 5 Division Series win was even more special for a New Brunswick PRO•LINE player. Billy Bulger was presented a cheque for $25,384.75 earlier this week for winning an 8-pick PRO•LINE ticket. Billy purchased the ticket on October 13th and won all 7 hockey selections that night.

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His remaining pick, a Toronto Moneyline selection for last Wednesday’s 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 PRO•LINE together and wager on a variety of sports.

There’s certain logic to [selecting games],” Billy says. “But it’s still a game of chance. We have a way that we like to play, and we don’t spend any more just because we’ve 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 I’d listen to nature and add a Blue Jays game to our selection!” she laughs.

"The whole day of the Blue Jays game – it was one of the most special since we’ve 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.

Toronto’s playoff run continues tonight in Kansas City. It’s 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 PRO•LINE 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: Christine.manore@alc.ca

SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery Communications.

 

 

German 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 2012.

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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: rjhebben@speelverantwoord.nl.

SOURCE: Speel Verantwoord.

 

 

I LOVE 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 $25,000.

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 million; and
  • 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, click here

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 here

"Win What You Love" Marketing Campaign

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.

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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 scratch-off tickets.

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 tourism brand."

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 Commission.

 

 

Sport Integrity Monitor and Romanian Football Federation form Integrity Partnership

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.

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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 Federation’s anti match-fixing initiatives and reinforces a zero tolerance approach to betting-related corruption.

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 continues.’’

SOURCE: Sport Integrity Monitor (SportIM).

 

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German Lotto Federation Scored Further Growth, with the Addition of New Member Companies

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.

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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 www.EinfachLotto.de 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 (DLV).

 

 

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 year’s Holiday Millionaire Raffle. As of 3 p.m. Monday, there are approximately 87,480 tickets remaining in this year’s Raffle.

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Only 175,000 of the $20 tickets will be sold.

This is the seventh year for the Holiday Millionaire Raffle and sales are pacing well ahead of last year. In 2014, the halfway mark wasn’t 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 $5,000.

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 Lottery’s Millionaire Raffle, visit their website.

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery,

 

 

Louisiana Lottery's First Quarter Transfers See Six Percent Increase

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (October 26, 2015) -- For the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation transferred $38.9 million to the state’s 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.

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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 assistance.

For security purposes, players should sign the back of their tickets after purchasing.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.

 

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Give 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 hours.

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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: www.flalottery.com

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

 

Supreme Ventures Commence Roll-Out of Its New Sports Betting Platform

JAMAICA (October 25, 2015) – Bookmark and Share 16th October 2015 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 SVL’s technology partner for sports betting – INTRALOT.

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.

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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 SVL’s 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 Europe.

George added, “We took the time to get this right and will continue to make our mark in Jamaica’s gaming industry, with innovative and creative gaming content to suit the market’s 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 lottery gaming.

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 Limited.

 

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Federal Council Submits Draft Law on Gambling to Parliament

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.

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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 the Bill

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.

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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 gambling

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.

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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.

NOTE: Lottery 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.

 

 

New 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 in prizes.

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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 Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.

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

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

Media Contacts: Gary Miller or Allen Zieglar, 717-702-8008

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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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 informative.

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"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 starts"

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 resources.

"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 be."

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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.

About RGC

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: alisonr@rgco.org.

SOURCE: The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC).

 

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Macau 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.

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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 world."

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

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SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show.




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