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Christiane Jansen Appointed Managing Director of West German Lottery GmbH (WestLotto)

GERMANY (October 29, 2015) -- The longtime Director for the West German Lottery GmbH (WestLotto), Theo Gossner, retires on March 31, 2016 from the company. The function of Chairman of the Management Board assumes at this time then the present general manager Andreas Kötter.

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With the appointment of Christiane Jansen the West German lottery GmbH & Co. OHG ensures continuity in the management of the company and follows the path of sustainable positioning as a modern and leading provider of legal gambling products consistently.

"The orderly succession in the management makes WestLotto future-proof, while also ensuring consistency in the proven course to consolidate its market leadership in the lottery sector and expand. The decision taken today is a decision that strengthens WestLotto also for the needs of the future, such as the debate about the future structure and legal regime of the German gaming market, "says Michael Stölting, Chairman of the Board of WestLotto and responsible board member of the General Partner NRW.BANK.

"The approach taken by Theo Gossner way WestLotto establish national and international success with the European Lottery Euro Jackpot is now being pursued consistently and sustainably. For this, we wish Christiane Jansen and Andreas Kötter good luck!"

The future CEO is not yet working as General Manager of NRW.BANK in Munster and Dusseldorf. Christiane Jansen heads up the area Consulting & Infrastructure Finance.

She has extensive experience in corporate strategic matters and also has expertise in communications, parliamentary and European Affairs.

The 49-year-old qualified lawyer is privately engaged in international Social Environment Volunteering.

SOURCE: West German lottery GmbH & Co.

 

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Treasurer Names Michael Sweeney Executive Director of Massachusetts State Lottery Commission

BOSTON, Massachusetts (November 2, 2015) -- Treasurer Deborah Goldberg today announced that Michael R. Sweeney has been appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission after having previously been named Interim Executive Director effective July 1 of this year.

Working closely with Michael over the last several months, it became clear that his previous experience at both the local level and within the Treasurer’s office has prepared him for the challenge of leading the most successful lottery in the country,” said Goldberg.

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Michael has quickly demonstrated excellent management skills and a commitment to finding innovative ways to ensure that the Lottery will continue to grow and provide critical local aid to the 351 cities and towns in our Commonwealth.

Prior to joining the Lottery, Sweeney served as Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts State Treasury, a post he held since 2010. In that role, Sweeney provided legal counsel for a variety of programs, including the Unclaimed Property Division, the Small Business Banking Partnership and the State Board of Retirement. He previously worked as Planning Director for the city of Lawrence, where he also had served as a City Councilor. Sweeney lives in Lawrence, received his B.A. from University of Massachusetts Amherst and his J.D. from the City University of New York Law School.

I am grateful to Treasurer Goldberg for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading the Lottery," Sweeney said. "I am fortunate to be joining an accomplished and dedicated team and look forward to leading this team as we strive to position the Lottery for sustained success over the next decade.

The Lottery posted record-setting gross sales of $5.014 billion and a record net profit of $985.8 million in fiscal year 2015.

Sweeney was named Interim Executive Director prior to the departure of Beth Bresnahan, who concluded her tenure as Lottery Executive Director on June 30.

The Massachusetts State Lottery was established in 1971 to generate much-needed local aid revenues for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns.

Since its inception, the Lottery has returned more than $23 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Lottery.

 

 

Governor Names John Myers Acting Director of West Virginia Lottery

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 30, 2015) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the appointment of John Myers as Acting Director of the West Virginia Lottery, effective November 1.

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Myers fills the vacancy created by the retirement of John Musgrave.

I am incredibly appreciative of the work done by John Musgrave over the years,” Gov. Tomblin said.

John Myers has worked closely with John Musgrave and will provide leadership and stability to the agency moving forward.”

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Myers has served as assistant director of the West Virginia Lottery since May 2008. Prior to that he was the manager of corporate administration for Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia and worked for American Electric Power for 17 years.

I appreciate Gov. Tomblin’s confidence in me and look forward to serving in this new role,” Myers said.

We take our regulatory responsibilities very seriously and also do our best to generate revenue for the state of West Virginia to support important education, senior and tourism programs.”

Before his retirement this month, Musgrave had served as Lottery Director for more than 19 years.

SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery.

 

 

Scientific Games' Systems Technology Will Continue to Power the Iowa Lottery

System Conversion Helped Drive Increase in Lottery Sales

LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (November 4, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that its online systems will continue to power the Iowa Lottery ("the Lottery") with an extension of the Company's existing seven-year contract through June 2019. Scientific Games works in close partnership with the Lottery and its 2,400 retailers, providing an online system, retail terminals, in-store digital content displays and ticket checkers for players. The Company launched the Lottery's first mobile app and implemented automated systems for instant game ordering and shipment functionality.

Terry Rich, CEO, Iowa Lottery, said, "Scientific Games has been our trusted systems provider for nearly 20 years, providing the Iowa Lottery with a high level of operational integrity and technology that has helped drive growth and improve security. They are a valued partner in our mission to generate revenues for the state of Iowa while providing fun, entertaining lottery games and promotions to Iowans."

Under the current contract, Scientific Games implemented a systems conversion for the Lottery in 2011. Iowa Lottery sales increased 14 percent the first year (FY2012) the new system was in place. On average, sales during the four fiscal years following conversion increased by more than 25 percent ($66 million per year) over the average annual sales the four years prior.

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Pat McHugh, Vice President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said, "The Iowa Lottery has a long history of integrity, thought leadership and marketplace innovation, led by a seasoned, capable and award-winning management team. Since our merger with Bally Technologies, Scientific Games has created strong connections between our gaming and lottery systems groups to drive further innovation. We look forward to continued collaboration to provide 24/7 service, maintain best-in-class systems operations and make it easy and convenient for retailers to sell Iowa Lottery games for the enjoyment of players in the state."

With operations on six continents, Scientific Games provides lottery games, services, systems and retail technology to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery.

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.

About Iowa Lottery

Since the Iowa Lottery's start in 1985, its profits have helped make Iowa a better place to live, work and raise a family. The Lottery provides entertainment and prizes to its players while at the same time raising billions of dollars for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Through the years, Lottery funds have been used in a variety of ways to enhance the state, including projects to create new recreation areas, support research at Iowa's public universities, benefit Iowa veterans, develop new products and techniques for agriculture, and promote tourism. For that, the Iowa Lottery thanks its players. When you play the Lottery, Iowa wins.

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.

 

 

Kambi Group plc Q3 Report 2015

MALTA (November 4, 2015) --

Q3 Report 2015 (unaudited)

Summary

  • Revenue amounted to €12.8 (9.5) million for the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 35%, and €33.5 (26.7) million for the period January to September 2015, an increase of 25%
  • Operating profit (EBIT) for the third quarter of 2015 was €2.5 (0.9) million, with a margin of 19% (10%), and €4.1 (1.6) million for the period January to September 2015, with a margin of 12% (6%)
  • Profit after Tax amounted to €2.1 (0.7) million for the third quarter of 2015, and €3.3 (0.7) million for the period January to September 2015
  • Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2015 were €0.071 (0.023) and €0.109 (0.030) for the period January to September 2015
  • Cash flow from operating and investing activities (excluding working capital) amounted to €2.2 (1.2) million for the third quarter of 2015 and €3.4 (2.2) million for the period January to September 2015

 

Significant events during Q3

  • Strongest financial quarter in Kambi’s history
  • Exceptional performance for our customers
  • Substantial increase in operating margins demonstrates our scalable business model

 

Kambi’s revenue reached the highest level during a quarter so far, showing exceptional results with strong underlying growth for our customers in a third quarter which had no major sporting tournaments.

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We have continued to invest in our innovative and competitive offering. This has driven the growth of our customers and supported the strong financial results.

We remain focussed on signing new customers and are in a number of advanced discussions.

We are well positioned and prepared to face a time of very exciting opportunities as the market continues to consolidate and become more competitive. The requirement for an outsourced premium Sportsbook becomes greater as operators need to save cost whilst also delivering a service in which user experience is paramount.”, says Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi.

You are invited to participate in a report presentation at 10:45 CET with the CEO Kristian Nylén and CFO David Kenyon. The presentation will be held in English via a telephone conference and can also be accessed via an audiocast using the link below. Questions can be asked on the telephone conference or sent via the audiocast link. Numbers for participation in the telephone conference:

SE: +46 8 566 426 65 UK: +44 20 3428 1410 US: +1 646 502 51 18 ESP: +34 911 140 089 PIN: 655360#

Link to the audiocast: http://media.fronto.com/cloud/kambi/151104

SOURCE: Kambi Solutions Plc.

 

 

Neopollard Interactive and Michigan Lottery Achieve ICAP Certification

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (November 5, 2015) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC ("NeoPollard Interactive") is pleased to announce it has completed the Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) and been fully certified by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). NeoPollard Interactive also congratulates the Michigan Lottery for becoming the first U.S. lottery to obtain iCAP certification.

The first program of its kind in the U.S., iCAP provides vendors and operators with an independent assessment of responsible gaming policies based on standards and best practices from jurisdictions around the world. As members of NCPG, the Michigan Lottery and NeoPollard Interactive voluntarily sought iCAP certification after collaborating to launch an online games program for the Lottery in 2014.

"We believe that problem gambling must be addressed by vendors and lotteries alike," said Keith Whyte, Executive Director, NCPG. "We applaud NeoPollard Interactive and the Michigan Lottery for meeting or exceeding operational standards for all of the NCPG's specific 30-point criteria in order to achieve iCAP certification."

Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive, added, "Responsible gaming is now the industry standard for vendors and their lottery partners. In obtaining iCAP certification along with the Michigan Lottery, our goal is to develop socially responsible tools and practices that will protect the interests of players while at the same time maximizing lottery sales and proceeds for good causes in the long-term."

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Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive, said, "Sustainable consumer engagement and loyalty can only be achieved when lottery customers are playing within their limits. For this reason, our iLottery 360° solution includes a robust suite of responsible gaming tools to manage gaming behaviors. iCAP certification affirms our commitment to helping our lottery customers minimize risk to their players and encourage responsible play."

The NCPG, a non-profit organization founded in 1972, leads state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling.

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive is a joint venture between Pollard Banknote Limited ("Pollard Banknote") and NeoGames S.A.R.L. ("NeoGames"). NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. This joint venture leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.

For more information about NEOPOLLARD INTERACTIVE Contact:

 

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com
Ilan Rosen
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: +356-2-2494832
E-mail: ilan.rosen@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NEOPOLLARD INTERACTIVE.

 

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Novomatic Further Enhances Market Presence in Panama

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AUSTRIA (November 4, 2015) -- Novomatic products are firmly established in Panama and the reports of the local operators and Novomatic customers of the machines’ performance are excellent. The installed machines cover the entire international product range: the Super-V+ Gaminator®, Novo Super-Vision™ and NOVOSTAR® SL2, plus the NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II electronic multiplayer products are all common sights in Panamanian gaming operations and their performance is clearly well above average

The new Super-V+ Gaminator® III cabinet will be presented in Panama featuring a selection of Marilyn-themed single games. Marilyn Blue Star™, Marilyn Red Carpet™ and Marilyn’s Diamonds™ will all feature strongly, as will the Premium-V+ Gaminator® multi-game mix 1 comprising a total of 41 games that are presented to the guest in five colour-coded logical categories for best game recognition and guest orientation. Extra wide screens for an in-depth gaming experience, elegant style and top quality design make this cabinet an attractive highlight on every casino floor.

On a bank of the hugely successful NOVOSTAR® SL2 slant tops Novomatic will show a variety of Coolfire™ II single games: Costa del Cash™, Bee Wild™ and Northern Light™. Also the NOVO LINE™ games Garden of Fortune™, Golden Scarabs™ II and Gorilla™ will be presented on the NOVOSTAR® SL2.

Further slot highlights on show in Panama will be the Coolfire™ I+ game mix Ultimate™ 10 G in the classic Gaminator® and Novo Super-Vision™ cabinets featuring a selection of the latest Super-V+ Gaminator® multi-game mixes linked to a RISE OF THE DRAGON™ mystery progressive jackpot.

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Novomatic,together with its Argentine subsidiary Octavian de Argentina SA, will participate in the SAGSE Panama gaming show from June 27-28. The Novomatic booth number 25 atthe ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City will boast a great selection of the latest product highlights and gaming solutions for the South and Central American markets.

A special area of the booth will be dedicated to the extensive range of Novomatic electronic live games. On a bank of Novo-Bar™ terminals visitors will be able to see and try for themselves the great choice of fully animated virtual (“Novo Flying”) versions of Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat, Bingo, Poker3, Caribbean Poker and Sic Bo as well as a selection of slot games, all available on each of the connected player terminals.

Also on display will be Octavian’s modular and highly ‘tuneable’ casino management system ACP (Accounting Control Progressives System). This system’s ‘add-on’ functionality includes profit calculation, TITO, Cashless and Player Loyalty and has proved an extremely attractive ‘package solution’. ACP is highly successful in South-America with some 20,000 machines already interconnected via this online casino management system.

Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH (AGI) a 100 percent subsidiary of Novomatic AG (www.novomatic.com) is an integrated global gaming company specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales of electronic gaming machines and advanced technology products. As Europe's leading manufacturer AGI delivers one of the broadest product ranges in the industry

The NOVOMATIC group is one of the biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world. The group employs more than 18.000 staff worldwide (2,800 in Austria). Founded by entrepreneur Prof. Johann F. Graf, the group has locations in 32 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment to more than 70 countries.

he group operates more than 200,000 gaming machines in its about 1,200 plus traditional and electronic casinos as well as via rental concepts. Part of the group is also Admiral Sportwetten GmbH, Austria's leading sports betting operator with more than 200 outlets as well as the Vienna based online gaming specialist Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH.

SOURCE: Novomatic.

 

 

Loto-Québec Displays a Marked Increase in Revenues and Net Income Halfway Through FY2015-2016

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (November 2, 2015) -- For the second consecutive quarter, Loto-Québec recorded a rise in revenue and net income. The increase in the first quarter has continued, even increased, for the period from 30 June to 28 September 2015. In fact, the second quarter overall revenues of $ 889.1 million and net income to 318 , $ 9 million, representing increases of $ 58.8 million (7.1%) and $ 23.3 million (+ 7.9%) compared to the same period last year.

Halfway through the fiscal year, for the period from April 1 to September 28, revenues totaled $ 1.750 billion, up $ 66.2 million (+ 3.9%). As for net income, it stands at $ 617.6 million, up $ 30.8 million (+ 5.2%). "The upward trend in revenues and net profit is reflected in all areas of the Company. The shift that we have undertaken in the last strategic planning, focusing on entertainment and efficiency, generates the expected positive results, "stated Gérard Bibeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Loto-Québec.

 

 

The sector lotteries shows the most pronounced growth, with sales up $ 64.2 million (7.9%) for the first six months of the year. This good result is largely the many large-scale batches Lotto Max has put at stake and media visibility at which the winners were treated, the result of a development strategy gains importance. Quebecers have been lucky again, having got his hands on $ 461.7 million in prizes awarded in the lottery (+ 8.2%), including 45 prizes of $ 1 million or more (66.7%).

As for casinos, revenues after six months are up slightly by $ 1.0 million (+ 0.3%). The summer period has seen the results on the rise, both at the Montreal Casino (+ 2.9%) and the Casino du Lac-Leamy (+ 2.2%) at the Casino de Mont-Tremblant (+ 1.0 %). The quarter's results show a decrease in the Casino de Charlevoix (-6.3%).

Furthermore, Espacejeux.com, which offers casino games, lotteries and bingo, a cumulative revenues of $ 28.3 million, an increase of $ 6.2 million (28.2%). Combined revenues of gaming halls increased by $ 7.0 million (+ 42,5M%), mainly thanks to the success of the gaming hall Quebec, while a slowdown was observed in the network of bars and brasseries ( $ -11.0 million or 2.4%), mainly because of a decrease in the number of these. The bingos have meanwhile continued to grow, with a significant increase in income of $ 4.2 million (37.8%), due to the popularity of new offerings. The gambling establishments sector thus has income up slightly (+ 0.1%).

 

 

Throughout the period, the Company continued to apply strict management, which notably led to lower total expenses of $ 6.4 million (-1.3%). The transfer of the upcoming Quebec City office activities in a room adjacent to the gaming hall and the revision of the lottery ticket distribution model in retail are part of a series of optimization measures, the effects on loads will be felt during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The quarterly report is available on the Loto-Québec website at the following address: link here

Source and information: Patrice Lavoie Director of Communications and Media Relations Loto-Québec and its subsidiaries 514 499-5130

SOURCE: Loto Quebec.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Relocates Sydney Laboratory, Moving Closer to New South Wales Manufacturers, and Increasing Staff to Meet Growing Demands

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SYDNEY, Australia (November 2, 2015) - Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will relocate its Sydney, Australia-based laboratory from Rosebery to Seven Hills in the coming months, moving closer to New South Wales manufacturers that have moved further west of Sydney's Central Business District.

The laboratory relocation, which is in line with GLI Australia's long-term expansion program, will provide the majority of New South Wales manufacturers and other clients easier and faster access to GLI's laboratory, services and personnel. In addition, the new space will afford a 30 percent increase in engineering staff as well as a 25 percent increase in laboratory floor space.

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With an increasing demand for GLI's testing, certification and professional services, GLI Australia is adapting in order to ensure all customers' needs are met.

GLI Australia's Chief Operating Officer APAC Espee de Robillard said, "This is a very exciting time for GLI, and especially for GLI in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Expanding our offices, employing more staff and investing in the gaming industry means we can accept a greater workload from across the region, truly support our regional offices in Macau and the Philippines, and maintain the expectations and trust of our customers.

"In today's world of technology and future vision, we see our customers challenging the realms of the possible, and this is an area where GLI, as a global professional services deliver organization, is building its knowledge base, expertise/specialist services, and this requires increased infrastructure. We are truly excited," he said.

GLI has been operating in Australia for more than 20 years and serves regulatory clients and customers throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Western Pacific. GLI's three Australia-based labs, known collectively as GLI Australia, began expanding in June 2014 by increasing staff members at all three locations. With the combination of locations and continued growth, GLI is now the largest service provider of its kind in the region.

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, Phone: +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

New York Lottery Ad Campaign: LOTTO Players Make Way Better Rich People

37 Years and 1,326 New Millionaires Later, New York's LOTTO Game is Recognized for Making More New Yorkers Rich than Any Other Game

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 4, 2015) -- A rich New Yorker spends millions of dollars for a dead bat to add to his dead bat collection. An internet startup guru pays hundreds of dollars for solid gold staples to bind historic documents together. An eccentric heir spends $28,000 a week on expensive wine - to bathe in.

A lot of millionaires certainly have questionable ways to spend their riches.

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The New York Lottery's namesake game LOTTO has created more New York millionaires than any other jackpot game. With a track record like that, we believe our winners make way better rich people than these odd and eccentric characters who enjoy their spoils in decidedly unique ways.

Inspired by this notion, the New York Lottery's advertising agency, McCann, has put together a campaign highlighting why New York LOTTO players make the best rich people. The LOTTO campaign, "You'd Make A Way Better Rich Person" reminds us that LOTTO has made millionaires out of more New Yorkers than any other in-state game.

"When the LOTTO game debuted in 1978, it was designed to fuel players' dreams of being rich with a starting jackpot of just $250,000," said New York Lottery Director Gardner Gurney. "LOTTO grew exponentially and over the years has turned 1,326 New Yorkers into LOTTO millionaires. We believe our LOTTO players have the knowledge, charisma and common sense to be rich in the best way."

"We're clearly having fun with the campaign's wry portraits of wealthy eccentrics," said Grant Smith, McCann Executive Creative Director, "The truth is that New Yorkers enjoy watching the odd behavior of some rich people. Because we all know that, if we were rich we'd do a better job of it."

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The campaign spans television, radio, online, billboards and placards, a/k/a out-of-home, as well as a first-of-its-kind digital "Field Guide" to identifying eccentric wealth at RichPeopleGuide.com. Here, New Yorkers can discover exactly which type of Rich Person they would be better than if they were rich.

Among the specimens found in the Rich People Field Guide are the Hypertense Hyperallergenic, a histamine normal person, but simply too wealthy to have normal feelings about dirt; the Eccentric Collector of Eccentric Collections, who has never had to work, socialize, or have meaningful relationships with other humans so has acquired a unique social adaptation: amassing a ridiculous assortment of alarmingly weird objects; and the Grown-Up Child Star whose efforts to reclaim her lost childhood have resulted in an exotic animal menagerie, and an even more exotic wig collection.

New York's LOTTO game earned more than $83.9 million in sales last fiscal year and returned 51 percent of that (more than $43 million) to aid the state's 760 school districts. The New York Lottery posted overall sales of $9.16 billion for its traditional and video lottery operations for the same time period, returning $3.11 billion in profit for education. The Lottery's contribution represents 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

The LOTTO campaign will make its debut this week, and will continue through the month of December.

Link to the TV spots and assorted collateral:

 

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.11 billion in fiscal year 2014-2015 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery's contribution represents 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

About McCann

McCann Erickson, based in New York, is the world's largest advertising agency network and a unit of McCann Worldgroup, a leading global marketing service company. McCann Worldgroup also includes MRM//McCann (digital marketing/relationship management), Momentum Worldwide (total brand experience), McCann Health (professional/dtc communications), CRAFT (global adaptation and production), UM (media management), Weber Shandwick (public relations), FutureBrand (consulting/design), ChaseDesign (shopper marketing) and PMK-BNC (entertainment/brand/popular culture).

For Lotto Game Inquiries CONTACT: Lee Park, NYS Gaming Commission, Division of the Lottery, (518) 388-3415, Email: info@gaming.ny.gov.

For Lotto Ad Campaign Inquiries CONTACT: Neena Koyen, McCann, 646-865-2842, Email: Neena.Koyen@mccann.com.

SOURCE: New York Lottery.

 

 

PA Lottery's Gus the Groundhog is Back by Popular Demand

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (November 2, 2015) -- The people have spoken and the Pennsylvania Lottery listened: Gus, Pennsylvania's second most famous groundhog, is back.

"Gus went into semi-retirement in early 2012 after a nearly eight-year run as our instant game ad mascot," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.

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"In the years since, we have continued to hear from players who told us how much they missed Gus and wanted him to return. Simply stated, Gus is a Pennsylvania Lottery institution."

So, just where has Gus been?

"We'd like to imagine Gus used his well-deserved break to travel around the state and have some fun along the way," Svitko added.

Last week, a series of travel-themed postcards from locations across Pennsylvania and mysteriously signed with the initial "G" began appearing on the Lottery's social media channels. The final postcard came from the State Capitol in Harrisburg, only a few miles from Lottery headquarters.

"When we opened the doors this morning, Gus loped in, dropped his suitcase, loudly proclaimed, 'Keep on Scratchin!' and headed right to his desk," Svitko joked.

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Gus returns to the television airwaves this week as part of the Lottery's holiday season advertising campaign. Players will see more of Gus in the coming months.

Gus made his TV debut in early 2004, promoting a St. Patrick's Day-themed instant game. He went on to appear in more than 50 TV commercials and numerous print ads.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

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

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

For drawings results, winning numbers, winners' stories and to subscribe to the Lottery's RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008

SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Montana Millionaire Has Returned

HELENA, Montana (November 2, 2015) -- The Montana Lottery's ninth annual seasonal raffle game is back as of November 1! The game loved all across Montana will make someone $1 million richer to start off the New Year.

Featuring the best odds of winning $1 million, Montana Millionaire tickets are limited to 135,000 and are only available until December 31 or until they sell out. Last year's game sold out for the third year in a row, before the deadline.

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Every ticket purchased could win the $1 million grand prize, one of two $100,000 prizes, or one of three $10,000 prizes.

Players who buy their tickets early will be eligible to win one or both additional $10,000 drawings: the November 27 Early Bird Drawing and the December 18 Pre-Millionaire Drawing. Players who win the early drawings are still eligible for the grand prizes.

In addition, $50 and $500 instant-win prizes will be awarded randomly throughout the game, adding even more excitement to the ticket purchase.

"We are excited about the launch of Montana Millionaire this year, and hope to sell out again for the fourth consecutive year. This game gets peoples' attention because it is so unique and because someone will become a millionaire," said Lottery Director, Angela Wong.

Montana Millionaire tickets may be purchased from any of the Lottery's retailers. Tickets can also be purchased by using a QR Code located on select Lottery machines throughout the state. The price of a ticket is $20.

For more information, visit montanalottery.com/montanamillionaire. The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid more than $497 million in prizes and returned more than $224 million to the State of Montana.

SOURCE: Montana Lottery.

 

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Scratch Ticket Game Has Gone To The Dogs…And Cats!

New game will feature dog and cat photos selected though Facebook contest

AUSTIN, Texas (November 2, 2015) -- The Texas Lottery is asking its players to submit photos of their dogs and cats for a chance to have their four-legged friend featured on the upcoming Texas Lottery scratch ticket, Cats vs. Dogs.

From Nov. 2 to Nov. 16, anyone 18 and older can upload a photo of their dog or cat to the Texas Lottery’s official Facebook page for a chance to win.

From November 19 to November 25, visitors to the Texas Lottery Facebook page can vote for their favorite dog or cat.

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The six cat photos and six dog photos receiving the most Facebook likes will win a spot on the game.

In addition to seeing their dog or cat immortalized on the $2 Texas Lottery scratch ticket, winners will receive one large novelty version of the Cats vs. Dogs scratch ticket that features their dog’s or cat’s image and 125 Cats vs. Dogs scratch tickets (a $250 value).

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 benefitting 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.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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Ohio Lottery to Join Lucky for Life Game

CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 3, 2015) -- Starting November 15, 2015, Ohioans will have the chance to let luck follow them when the Ohio Lottery joins the Lucky for Life multi-state draw game.

Lucky for Life is a $2 draw game with a top prize of $1,000 a day for LIFE and a second prize of $25,000 a year for LIFE.

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Players choose five out of 48 numbers and one number out of 18 for the "lucky" ball.

If you match all five numbers and the lucky ball, you win the top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Players who match five numbers without the lucky ball win $25,000 a year for life.

Both prizes are payable as an annuity or lump sum payment.

"Lucky for Life is truly the game of a lifetime because unlike any of our other draw games, the prize is payable for the length of the winner's natural life. We're excited to be able to join the other participating states to bring the game to our players in Ohio," Director Dennis Berg said.

Ohio will be the 17th state lottery to join the Lucky for Life game.

Drawings are conducted on behalf of all lotteries by staff at the Connecticut Lottery Corporation and take place on Mondays and Thursdays at approximately 10:35 p.m.

A video of the drawing is uploaded to www.LuckyforLife.us, www.facebook.com/LuckyforLife.US, and www.twitter.com/LuckyforLifeUS.

Lucky for Life sales in Ohio begin November 15, 2015 with the first drawing taking place November 16, 2015.

For more information about Lucky for Life, visit: www.LuckyforLife.us.

SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.

 

 

Pennsylvania Lottery's First Halloween Millionaire Raffle Awards Over $5 Million in Prizes

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (October 31, 2015) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's first Halloween Millionaire Raffle was drawn tonight, creating four new millionaires and thousands of other winners.

The four $1 million top-prize raffle ticket numbers selected were: 00075238, 00116632, 00163156, and 00352625.

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The four $100,000 second-tier prize raffle ticket numbers selected were: 00047520, 00168200, 00340911, and 00353216.

Millionaire Raffle also awarded 100 prizes of $1,000 and 5,892 prizes of $100. In total, the drawing offered 6,000 prizes worth $5,089,200.

To be considered a winning ticket, the eight-digit number on a Millionaire Raffle ticket must exactly match a winning number selected in the raffle drawing, and all digits must appear in the same sequence as the winning number.

Players may check winning numbers beginning tonight at palottery.com. Winning raffle ticket numbers will be listed by prize category. Players should also check tickets using a scanner available at Lottery retailers and immediately sign their winning tickets.

The $1 million top prizes must be claimed by presenting a winning ticket at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, or at any of the Lottery's seven area offices. Claims may be filed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lottery headquarters and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.

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Claims for the $100,000 prizes can be filed at any of the Lottery's seven area offices or at a Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Holders of Millionaire Raffle tickets worth $1,000 and $100 can claim winnings at Lottery retailers.

Ticket sales for the Pennsylvania Lottery's first Halloween Millionaire Raffle began August 25 and ended at 8 p.m. tonight. The drawing was conducted from among 356,904 ticket numbers sold. Each ticket cost $20.

Millionaire Raffle, launched in 2005 and originally offered twice a year, is now offered four times a year. The New Year's Millionaire Raffle will go on sale November 10 and will be drawn on January 2, 2016.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

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

The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly.

For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880. For drawings results, winning numbers, winners' stories and to subscribe to the Lottery's RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com.

Like us on Facebook or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery. Media Contact: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

New Draw Game Offers Chance to Win $1,000 Every Day For Life!

CASH 4 LIFE® on Sale November 1; One-of-a-Kind Drawing-Style Game with 2 Lifetime Prizes

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (October 31, 2015) -- Picture this: $1,000 every single day for the rest of your life. That's the top prize of CASH 4 LIFE, a new drawing-style game from the Tennessee Lottery on sale Sunday, November 1. Second prize for the new game is $1,000 a week for life.

"With two lifetime prizes, CASH 4 LIFE is a one-of-a-kind game we are delighted to launch in Tennessee," said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery. "It should prove to be a popular addition to our existing array of entertaining games, while helping fulfill our mission of raising funds for valuable education programs in Tennessee."

Playing CASH 4 LIFE is simple and fun. Details include:

  • Top prize is $1,000 a Day for Life
  • Second prize is $1,000 a Week for Life
  • $2 per play
  • Players select 5 numbers from a field of 1-60 and 1 Cash Ball from a field of 1-4
  • There are 7 additional ways to win a prize in CASH 4 LIFE, for a total of 9 prize levels.
  • Drawings are held twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET.
  • Overall odds to win a prize are 1:8

 

Tennessee is the fifth state to offer the game. Others are Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

About the Tennessee Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $3.5 billion for designated education programs to fund college grants and scholarships, a variety of after-school programs and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $8.7 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $896 million in retailer commissions. For additional formation, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Kym Gerlock Director, Communications kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827

SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.

 

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New Mexico Lottery "Serves Up" New Scratchers™

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (November 4, 2015) -- New Mexico Lottery announces four new games today, Super Tuesday, November 3rd. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, these dough-filled Scratchers are a perfect (baked from 'Scratch') dish for this fun, festive holiday.

New games include:

  • "3 Times Lucky," a tic-tac-toe-style game with $3,000 top prizes;
  • "Scoop the Cash," filled with 10 scratch-able popcorn 'cash' tubs and $10,000 top prizes;
  • "Double Dollar Bingo," with four bingo-cards to play and $25,000 top prizes; and
  • "Frosty Crossword," a fun, winter crossword ticket with $30,000 "cold, hard, cash" prizes.

 

So far this year, New Mexico Lottery Scratchers sales continue to perform, up by $2.14 million (8.6%) in Fiscal Year 2016 compared to the same time period in Fiscal Year 2015.

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Since its inception in 1996, the lottery has raised $664 million for education in New Mexico. More than 97,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at: www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

Florida Lottery and Florida Gulf Coast University Honour Bright Futures Scholarship Recipients with Ice Cream Social

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 28, 2015) -- The Florida Lottery and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) celebrated Bright Futures scholarship recipients at an event attended by Lottery Fort Myers District Manager Rocky Gonzalez and FGCU President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw. More than $88.8 million of Florida Lottery contributions have directly benefited FGCU Bright Futures students.

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Gonzalez and President Bradshaw had the opportunity to interact with students one-on-one to discuss their academic goals and future plans in a laid-back setting with other FGCU faculty and Lottery staff. Students enjoyed music, giveaways and ice cream donated by Florida Lottery corporate retailer, Winn-Dixie.

"Improving education for future generations is at the heart of what we do at the Florida Lottery," said Interim Secretary Delacenserie. "Offering the best and brightest students in the state the opportunity to pursue higher education can impact generations to come."

Recognized as one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation, the Florida Lottery has remained a strong partner in helping generate additional funds for public education for the past 27 years. Lottery contributions have made an impact with more than $1 billion being transferred annually to the EETF for the past 13 consecutive years, resulting in a total contribution of more than $28 billion. Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.

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: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Lotus Brand Revs the Engine for Macao Gaming Show

MACAU, SAR (October 30, 2015) --MGS will prove its worth as the driving force behind the Asian gaming industry with a little help from Lotus. The high performance car brand will be making an appearance at this year's event with Macao's official Lotus Fan Club exhibiting at the show.

The Fan Club Lotus Macau (FCLM) will be showcasing a range of Lotus supercars at the Venetian Macao, offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the premier sports cars brand, while discussing the technical qualities of the luxury vehicles.

The FCLM, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to gathering Lotus Enthusiasts in Macau, will be exhibiting a number of Lotus models - from the Esprit to the Elite - on the Macao Gaming Show show floor next month.

Formed in March 2010, and officially registered with the Macau Sports Development Board later the same year, the group is also a member of the Automobile General Association Macao-China, and now boasts over 100 members.

"We are coming to MGS 2015 with the aim of meeting Lotus enthusiasts, promoting the Lotus brand to MGS visitors, and communicating cultural and recreational activities among members," said FCLM spokesperson Patrick Ma.

"We are always keen to work with events such as MGS to unite Lotus car fans and spark local and foreign exchange related to luxury cars. We want to promote and participate in the region of Macau, the land of the lotus!"

Marina Wong, MGS Event Director and Show Organiser, responded: "We're extremely excited about having the Lotus Fan Club here. FSLM highlights just how diverse and cultural MGS has become and will be of huge interest to car enthusiasts and visitors equally."

FCLM will be showcasing their range of luxury Lotus brand cars in Booth #U34 at the Venetian Macao (17-19 November).

Macao Gaming Show

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

Ken Scott Director, GB Media Corporation Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1273 699 900? Email: ks@sjc.co.uk

Countdown to MGS 2015

MACAU, SAR (October 30, 2015) -- The Macao Gaming Show is the place where the key decision makers in Asian gaming come to meet.

Drawing them in will be the largest gaming machine manufacturers from the region, offering the most innovative technology on the market.

Providing the best of Asian production in all areas of gaming and entertainment, if you want to open the door to the Asia-Pacific market, then make your mark at the Macao Gaming Show.

Register for the Asian gaming industry's number one exhibition at www.macaogamingshow.com.

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