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Vol. 73 No.8 - Monday November 30, 2015


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IGT Slots Mint Four Millionaires in October

IGT awarded four life-changing jackpots totaling a combined $6.4 million in payouts

LONDON, UK (November 23, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) propelled its millionaire minting momentum in October and awarded four lucky players with life-changing jackpots, totaling more than $6.4 million in combined payouts. All winners wished to remain anonymous.

IGT awarded the following million dollar-plus jackpots across the U.S. last month:

  • A $1,546,567 jackpot was awarded on IGT's Megabucks® video slots at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., on Oct. 24.
  • A $2,305,876 jackpot was awarded on Wheel of Fortune® Super Spin Cleopatra® slots at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif., on Oct. 13.
  • A $1,051,670 jackpot was awarded on Wheel of Fortune Five Times Pay® slots at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 12.
  • A $1,519,890 jackpot was awarded on Wheel of Fortune Pink Diamond® slots at IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, Miss., on Oct. 3.

 

No one pays jackpots like IGT. IGT Megabucks' mega-payout history totals more than $1 billion since its inception in 1987.

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Launched in 1996, IGT's Wheel of Fortune slots have minted more than 1,000 millionaires and delivered over $3 billion in jackpots throughout its illustrious history.

For more information, visit IGT or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt. Play IGT's DoubleDown Casino on Facebook or at doubledowncasino.com.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 13,000 employees.

For more information, please visit: www.IGT.com.

CONTACT: Ortal Dahan, IGT Corporate Communications, Phone: +1 (702) 669- 7662.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Arizona Lottery Commissioners Unanimously Endorse Director Bouie’s Agenda for Transparency, Social Responsibility and Efficiency

PHOENIX, Arizona (November 24, 2015) -- The five-member Arizona State Lottery Commission (Commission) voted unanimously on Friday, November 20 to endorse Executive Director Tony Bouie’s agenda for operations of the $750 million state agency.

Director Bouie presented an agenda with three areas of focus, including transparency, social responsibility and government efficiency.

Efforts to impact these three priorities have already begun during the Director’s first nine months leading the agency.

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The Arizona Lottery management team and I have taken a hard look at where to cut costs and how to grow sales,” said Bouie. “Under my direction, the Lottery team has already cut more than $710,000 in expenditures, with projected savings of more than $3.4 million for Fiscal Year 2016.

After the first of the new year, the Arizona Lottery will outsource, through a request for proposal (RFP), the management of its 20-25 person sales force. This will reduce Lottery staff by 26 percent and decrease personnel costs by $2.5 million annually.

The Phoenix City Council recently approved a plan submitted by the Arizona Lottery to open a new sales location at Sky Harbor International Airport in 2016. This location is projected to quickly become the top Arizona Lottery sales location, bringing in an additional $2-$3 million in new revenue per year, with a large portion being from non- Arizona residents.

For the first time in the nearly 35 year history of the Lottery, all marketing subcontracting opportunities of more than $5,000 are now publicly posted on the Arizona Lottery website, in an effort to support Arizona-based businesses. More than 90 percent of marketing spending, excluding billboards, is now spent in state, Bouie explained.

(LINs) and all billboards in LINs statewide will be removed or changed to the Lottery’s “Giving Back” campaign messaging. Retailers in LINs that approach the Lottery requesting a license will be licensed as normal, however.

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Through the first quarter of this fiscal year, which began July 1, Arizona Lottery payouts to state programs are up 14 percent from the same time period in 2014.

For the period of July 1 through September 30, gross sales were $182,387,033 with more than $39,360,000 being distributed to beneficiaries statewide.

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail.

Overall odds vary by game.

All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.NEXT STEP (1-800-639-8783). Please Play Responsibly™. Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

About the Arizona Lottery

The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it doesn’t receive any General Fund dollars from the State.

Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets — nearly $3.4 million per week, fund a variety of state programs.

Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.8 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net funding to the state and more than $686 million in commissions to retailers.

Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.

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Governor Appoints Tom Delacenserie as Secretary of the Florida Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (November 24, 2015) -- Today, Governor Rick Scott appointed Tom Delacenserie as Secretary of the Florida Lottery.

Governor Rick Scott said, "Tom is dedicated to ensuring the Florida Lottery continues to achieve historic transfers to education through record sales so students have the tools they need to succeed."

Tom has demonstrated his knowledge of this important agency and his commitment to serving Floridians. We look forward to his continued success as Secretary, and the continued investment in Florida's education system."

Delacenserie has served as interim secretary since August. Previously, he served as the Deputy Secretary of Sales and Marketing at the Florida Lottery from 2013-2015.

Prior to that, he served as the Director of Sales for the Florida Lottery from 2005-2013. He began his career at the Florida Lottery in 2000 as a District Manager in Fort Myers.

Delacenserie has held various sales positions in the private sector. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

 

Lotterywest Reveal New Retail Design and Technology

PERTH, Western Australia (November 25, 2015) -- A new retail design and new lottery technology is set to modernise the way lottery games are played in retail stores across Western Australia.

Lotterywest has been working on a retail transformation which aims to improve the in-store player experience and offer new ways to play.

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At present, key elements of the new design and technology are being tested in a mock store environment and will then be tested in concept stores at selected Lotterywest retail locations in early 2016.

Following this, the new design and technology will start rolling out across WA in more than 500 retail locations.

Lotterywest CEO Paul Andrew said the transformation was a vital step in continuing to operate a successful lottery business into the future which raises much needed funds for the WA community.

It’s about engaging with our existing players, but just as importantly, attracting new players to play our games. We need to respond to significant changes occurring in the retail environment and the ever changing purchasing behaviour of our players,” he said.

Key features of the new design and technology will include:

  • A more visible Scratch’n’Win display showcasing a wider range of tickets
  • A self-service device giving players more choice and new ways to play Lotterywest Games
  • Digital screens displaying more dynamic information for players
  • A new Player’s Card delivering improved features for players

 

Mr Andrew said in the lead up to establishing the mock store, extensive consultation and engagement activities with various stakeholders, in particular our retail network, had taken place.

Over the last year we have held more than 20 sessions with retailers, retailer reference groups, staff, players, shopping centres, landlords and leasing agents. Consultation with these groups has been extremely valuable in gathering feedback that has influenced the new design and technology,” he said.

“User testing and player observation sessions have also helped to confirm assumptions and clarify areas of player behaviour.”

Lotterywest retailer and manager of newsXpress Halls Head, Sharon King, said the redesign and new technology was set to appeal to the next generation of lottery players.

It will help to engage our players; most importantly the younger market who I think will be attracted to this fresh and innovative new look,” she said.

Lotterywest is not only responsible for operating the official lottery in WA, but for directly distributing a proportion of the funds raised to support the WA community.

Last financial year, WA winners shared in $463 million worth of lottery prizes, while $283 million was raised for the WA community.

 

The new player display unit which will be rolled out as part of the Lotterywest retail transformation The self-service device will give players more choice and new ways to play Lotterywest Games.

 

SOURCE: Lotterywest.

 

 

Kentucky Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket Sales Continue To Surge

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (November 20, 2015) --"The story we've shared with you over the past year continues to hold true," said the Kentucky Lottery's Vice President of Finance Rick Kelley in a meeting of the organization's board of directors yesterday. "Our scratch-off product continues to post impressive gains. Mega Millions and Powerball - two of our most profitable products - continue to suffer due to the lack of sustained jackpot runs."

Kelley reported overall lottery sales from July through October were $310.3 million, which is $23.2 million (or 8.1%) more than last year and $1.1 million more than budget. Sales of instant tickets for the period were $194.4 million, a $16.3 million (or 9.2%) increase from last year and $5.9 million (or 3.1%) more than budget. He said Keno continues its strong performance at $18.6 million, up $4.4 (or 30.7%) million from last year and $170,000 more than budget. Draw game sales though continue to be stunted by the jackpot issue in the large multi-state games. Kelley said draw game sales were $97.3 million, which is $2.5 million more than last year yet $4.9 million less than budgeted.

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"Powerball sales in Kentucky are actually up very slightly from last year, but are 13.8% below where they were budgeted to perform. Mega Millions is down 22.7% below budget as well," said Kelley.

Year-to-date income before transfer of dividends was $75.8 million, which is $873,000 more than last year but $816,000 less than budgeted.

Kelley said players have benefitted in the past two months due to high-paying number combinations being drawn in the daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. "Pick 3 prize expense so far this year is $967,000 above what was anticipated, and Pick 4 prize expense had been $432,000 more than anticipated" he said. The trend continued in November, when a single Pick 4 drawing of the combination 1-2-3-4 paid out $1.4 million in prizes.

Results of a benchmark measurement study comparing Kentucky's performance to 11 comparable state lotteries in the U.S were shared with the board. "Kentucky sold $899.1 million in tickets last year, as opposed to the average of $865.1 million in our benchmark states," Kelley said. "In addition, while we returned $236.1 million to the Commonwealth, the average state returns in our benchmark states was $221.5 million."

In other business, the board approved new or amended rules and regulations for eight scratch off games, eight Internet instant play games and three draw games.

The next meeting of the KLC's board of directors will be January 22nd. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Board Release.

 

 

Since When is Close Enough Good Enough?

Starting on November 22, That’s When

TRENTON, New Jersey (November 20, 2015) – Not only can anything happen in New Jersey when playing the Lottery, now, being “pretty close” is good enough to win prizes when playing Pick-3 and Pick-4. Beginning on Sunday, November 22, a new Close Enough bet type pays out prizes when players’ numbers are one number higher or lower than the winning numbers drawn by the Lottery.

When playing Close Enough on Pick-3, players win if one, two or even all three of their selected numbers are off by one, either higher or lower, than the Lottery drawn numbers. Players also win if their numbers match in the exact order of the Lottery drawn numbers.

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The same rule applies for the Pick-4 game; players win by matching the winning numbers exactly or having up to four numbers one higher or lower.

The Pick-3 and Pick-4 games are the best-selling Draw Games in our product line-up. With the addition of the Close Enough bet type, we are confident that even more players will be intrigued by the opportunity to win even if they don’t pick the numbers exactly right,” said Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery. “More things in life should be like the Close Enough game.” Close Enough is a bet type, each bet can be played for as little as $0.50. Instant Match can be added to Close Enough bets for an additional $1.

Players can easily determine if they have a winning ticket because the winning combinations are printed right on the ticket for easy reference. Also, a new bet slip was designed for the Close Enough bet type on which players can view the average prize payouts for the various types of wagers.

Close Enough is being added to the already popular and familiar bet types available for the Pick-3 and Pick-4 games which are: Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Wheel and Pair bets.

About the New Jersey Lottery

Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $23 billion to the State in support of education and institutions. In Fiscal Year 2014, the Lottery’s contribution was more than $965 million. Among its beneficiaries are: veterans homes, colleges and universities, school nutrition programs, homes for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, higher education scholarship programs and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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NZ Racing Board Welcomes Report on Offshore Betting

NEW ZEALAND (November 24, 2015) --New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) Chair Glenda Hughes has today welcomed the findings of an off-shore betting working group announced by the Minister for Racing, Nathan Guy.

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Speaking at the organisations' Annual General Meeting in Petone today, Minister Guy outlined recommendations designed to combat the impact of off-shore betting on racing and sport.

These include the introduction of an offshore bookmaker fee and changes to the Racing Act designed to make NZRB more competitive.

It is estimated that New Zealanders spend with overseas agencies an estimated $58 million of gross betting revenue (turnover less dividends) from a total turnover of up to $518 million per year.

Further, corporate bookmakers take an estimated $300 million of betting on New Zealand's domestic racing product.

Hughes says offshore bookies are freeloading on quality New Zealand sport and racing products - they contribute nothing back to our domestic racing industry, they give nothing back to our local communities and pay nothing to the New Zealand Government.

"The purpose of NZRB is to ensure the benefits from betting go to funding sport and racing, but offshore bookmakers erode this return back to the community," says Hughes.

"It is not just for the Government to act, the NZRB also needs to be more competitive, ensure that Kiwis can get the same level of service and product offerings as are available offshore," says Hughes.

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In 2013/14, NZRB contributed $47.5 million in duties, tax and levies to the Government. NZRB CEO John Allen says the Governments recommendations are pleasing news for an industry that contributes $1.6 billion to the New Zealand economy and employs more than 17,000 people.

"Racing is facing challenges, but it is an industry that can and will flourish - we just need to act now.

"We are working on a series of projects and innovations designed to make us more competitive, so that we can grow Net Profit for distributions and properly support the racing and sports industries that depend on us."

For the financial year ending 31 July the NZ Racing Board posted a Net Profit of $144.0 million - an increase of 5.1% on the 2013/14 financial year.

The three racing codes - NZ Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing NZ and Greyhound Racing NZ received $134.2 million in distributions with a further $10.6m applied to the racing industry from gaming.

National Sporting Organisations received $6.1 million and a record $2.7 million was paid or provided to other sporting bodies from gaming activities.

Click here for a copy of the 2015 NZRB Annual Report.

SOURCE: Press Release: NZ Racing Board.

 

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Remote Gambling Association Updated AML Guidelines Published

LONDON, U.K. (November 25, 2015) -- The Remote Gambling Association (RGA), has today published the Second Edition of its publication, ‘Anti-money laundering: Good practice guidelines for the online gambling industry.’

The guidelines are designed to help licensed online gambling companies combat the threat of money laundering and terrorist financing in a consistent and effective manner.

It covers key areas such as the application of a risk-based approach; due diligence processes; and internal controls.

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Clive Hawkswood, the RGA’s Chief Executive said, ‘Our first edition of these guidelines was well received and, more importantly, provided a useful tool for companies in the online gambling industry. In this Edition we have, among other things, sought to anticipate some of the changes that will flow from implementation of the EU’s 4th AML Directive. We will keep the guidelines under review so that they continue to reflect any new developments.’

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the guidelines can be downloaded via the following.

The Remote Gambling Association(RGA)

We are a London & Brussels -based trade association whose members are all licensed for gambling purposes in Europe.

Our membership includes most of the world's largest and most respected Internet gambling companies, many of whom also have interests in terrestrial gambling establishments.

We are committed to promoting a regulated and non-discriminatory environment for responsible licensed operators in the world's remote gambling markets.

The key objectives of the RGA are as follows:

  • to provide an organisation for the benefit and service of remote gambling operators within the betting and gaming industry;
  • to consider litigation and where appropriate support any of its members involved in litigation over the right to provide services;
  • to represent, express and give effect to the views and opinions of remote gambling operators and their employees on commercial or mercantile matters;
  • to encourage high standards of probity and integrity within the betting and gaming industry, both for the benefit of its members and the public generally; and
  • to encourage social responsibility within the betting and gaming industry effected through various means including support for charities and initiatives to help those who have gambling problems.

 

RGA’s role is to provide the industry with a single voice on all the issues of importance to regulators, legislators, and key decision makers around the world. We are working to promote a regulated and non-discriminatory environment for on-line gaming globally. Within Europe we call for fair and open market access for all companies licensed or legally established therein . European consumers should be guaranteed the right to access services provided by regulated and responsible on-line gaming providers of their choice. RGA encourages social responsibility and high standards of probity and integrity within the industry through the development of codes of conduct.

SOURCE: RGA.

 

 

Responsible Gambling Trust Announce Over £500,000 Funding for Gambling-Related Harm Minimisation Projects

LONDON, UK (November 19, 2015) -- The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has agreed to provide £580,000 of grant funding to deliver five advice and education projects that aim to reduce demonstrably the impact of gambling-related harm, particularly on vulnerable populations such as young people and the homeless. The programme will provide funding over a period of two years and will form an important element of RGT’s ambitions for an effective and integrated response to gamblingrelated harm delivered by public and third sector service providers.

RGT’s independent Treatment Expert Panel reviewed proposals received through an open tender process. Each of the five projects to be funded has the potential to be delivered nationally and offers strong local partnerships with public bodies, charitable organisations and other services.

  • Two projects will develop curriculum-based materials and interventions to be used in secondary schools; Fast Forward will deliver a programme in Scotland, and Demos, in partnership with Mentor, the PSHE Association, and CNWL Foundation NHS Trust will deliver a programme in England and Wales
  • A project exploring how best to screen for gambling problems and provide brief advice within homelessness services will be delivered by the University of Lincoln in partnership with NatCen Social Research.
  • Newport Citizens Advice will lead on the delivery of a programme to raise awareness of gambling-related harm, equipping other professionals and the wider CAB network to effectively identify those presenting for debt advice for gambling problems, and provide early intervention and signposting for those in need of additional support.
  • The Professional Player’s Federation will lead a programme of education for sports men and women to raise awareness of gambling-related harm, with its member associations partially funding this work.

 

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This latest round of funding will build on a pilot of harm minimisation programmes run by organisations in England, Scotland and Wales which concluded in March 2015. RGT is also planning to deliver projects which address gambling-related harm within both the military and the criminal justice system, and will be announcing further Invitations to Tender for such projects in 2016.

Marc Etches, Chief Executive of the Responsible Gambling Trust, said: “RGT is keen to promote an integrated and holistic prevention and treatment landscape for those suffering gambling-related harm in Great Britain. Underpinned by the National Gambling Helpline, an effective and integrated response to gambling-related harm includes awareness-raising and early harm prevention work, particularly among young people and other vulnerable populations, alongside the various counselling and treatment services RGT already funds. We are committed to funding effective harm minimisation programmes and are delighted to be funding these innovative and practical proposals which have the potential for sustainable national impact.”

CONTACT: Paul Scaping, Bell Pottinger, Direct line: +44(0)20 3772 2626, Mobile: +44 (0)7795 971022, Email: pscaping@bellpottinger.com.

SOURCE: Responsible Gambling Trust.

 

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Iowa Office of the Attorney General Announce Additional Charges in Hot Lotto Fraud Case

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 20, 2015)- A criminal investigation that began in Iowa and has been underway for nearly five years has expanded, with charges now involving lottery jackpot prizes in four states, the latest in Oklahoma. A felony criminal conduct charge filed last month that stemmed from jackpots won in Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin was amended this week to also include a lottery jackpot in Oklahoma.

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At the time that all of the jackpots were won, the man charged in the case worked as an information security consultant at a vendor organization within the lottery industry. That man, Eddie Tipton, later became the Director of Information Security at that same vendor organization, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is based in Urbandale, Iowa. MUSL handles day-to-day functions such as prize drawings in some lotto games on behalf of U.S. lotteries. In his work at MUSL, Tipton evaluated security systems at many U.S. lotteries and provided other information-technology duties, including software programming.

Tipton was convicted this summer on two felony counts of fraud in the case that started the long-running investigation: the attempted claim of a lottery jackpot in 2010 in Iowa.

Then in October, a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct was filed against Tipton that initially encompassed lottery jackpot prizes won in three different states: the attempted claim in 2010 in Iowa; a jackpot claimed in 2005 in Colorado; and another in 2007 in Wisconsin. The criminal conduct charge has been expanded this week to include a jackpot prize claim in 2011 in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma prize was a $1.2 million Hot Lotto jackpot won on Nov. 23, 2011. The prize was claimed on Dec. 21, 2011, by a Texas man.

Tipton is charged with violating Iowa's ongoing criminal conduct statute. The criminal complaint against him stipulates that he helped build the random-number generator equipment used in the jackpot drawings for the prizes involved. The complaint also stipulates that according to court testimony earlier this year, he had the technical ability and opportunity to tamper with the drawing equipment that picks the winning lottery numbers in order to make the numbers predictable.

The Iowa and Oklahoma jackpots were both won in the multi-state Hot Lotto game, while the jackpots in Colorado and Wisconsin were won in games offered only in those states.

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Background Regarding the Investigation

The long-running investigation dates back to 2010. On Dec. 29, 2010, a ticket purchased at a convenience store in Des Moines, Iowa, won the multi-million-dollar jackpot in that night's Hot Lotto® drawing. For nearly a year, the prize went unclaimed.

Then, with less than two hours to go before the prize would have expired on Dec. 29, 2011, the winning ticket was presented to the Iowa Lottery by lawyers on behalf of a New York investment trust that had been established to benefit a corporation in the country of Belize. No one associated with Hexham Investments Trust of Bedford, N.Y., would provide the basic details necessary to verify that the ticket had been legally purchased, legally possessed and legally presented. Those involved said they could not identify the jackpot winner or the man who purchased the winning ticket. That standard information is routinely requested from jackpot winners in Iowa as part of the lottery's security processes to comply with both state law and lottery game rules.

On Jan. 26, 2012, Crawford Shaw, a New York attorney who identified himself as the trustee of Hexham Investments Trust, withdrew the claim to the jackpot. The Iowa Lottery requested that the Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation open a criminal investigation into the matter, which has been ongoing since that time.

The money from the jackpot involved, which totaled nearly $10.8 million in cash, was returned to the lotteries in the Hot Lotto game in proportion to the sales from each jurisdiction.

In January 2015, Eddie Tipton was charged with two counts of lottery fraud in the Iowa prize claim. He was convicted on those charges in July in Iowa's Polk County District Court and sentenced in September to 10 years in prison, the maximum penalty possible. At the sentencing, the judge called Tipton's behavior a large breach of trust.

A second man is also charged in the Iowa case. Robert Rhodes II of Sugar Land, Texas, was arrested in March and charged with two counts of lottery fraud. The criminal complaint against him detailed that Tipton previously worked for Rhodes' Houston-based company. An Iowa trial date for Rhodes has not been set.

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Tipton is the only person charged to date in the prize claims in Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Lottery stated, "It's appalling to know that the person at the center of this case once worked as a trusted employee at a vendor organization within the lottery industry. This is a breach of trust against lotteries, our players, our games and the worthy causes that lotteries benefit. The case is a stark reminder of the need to be vigilant against fraud. We are so pleased that the staff of the Iowa Lottery was the key factor in preventing prize payment in the initial case and the continued investigation has helped our industry introduce new equipment, additional layers of security and better separation of duties to protect our players. The Oklahoma Lottery is committed to ensuring the security and integrity of our games and to ensure that the games are fair and offer all players an equal chance to win. We will continue to cooperate with the investigators in this case wherever it leads."

About the Oklahoma Lottery

Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $699 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.

For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov

SOURCE: Oklahoma Lottery.

 

 

Juegos Miami Win Support of International Gaming Organisations

LONDON / MIAMI (November 23, 2015) -- Juegos Miami, the new event concept dedicated to the business needs of the Pan-Latin American and Caribbean gaming industry (May 31st - June 3rd 2016, The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami), has secured the support of leading transnational industry bodies relevant to the region.

The supporting associations comprise, CIBELAE (Latin American Corporation of State Lottery and Betting), ALEA (Lottery, Pool and Casino Association), Provincial Lotteries & Casinos Institute, ECA (European Casino Association), ACCJ (Chile Casino Association), CONNAZAR (National Consortium of Gaming and Gambling Concessionaires), FEDELCO (Colombian Lotteries Federation), CONAJZAR (National Gambling Commission), SCJ (Chile Superintendence of Casinos), AECJ (Spanish Casino Association) and APEJA (Peruvian Association of Entertainment & Gambling). The associations are based in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Spain.

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Courtney Muller, Executive Vice-President at Urban Expositions, which is jointly organising Juegos Miami in partnership with Clarion Events, believes this latest development is another endorsement of the vision which is driving the Juegos Miami brand. She explained: "I am delighted that our vision to create a business event which is targeted to meet the very specific needs of the industry in this key region has resonated with so many key trade bodies.

"There's no doubt that events require a number of ingredients in order to be successful and sustainable. Based on our research and our lengthy discussions with the industry, we have the right location in Miami - the gateway to Latin America, and the right timing in the industry calendar. We have secured the support of notable gaming leaders including Novomatic, Merkur Gaming, Aristocrat, BMM, GLI and Ainsworth and I am equally delighted to be able to now confirm the participation of such influential trade bodies and associations."

"The teams at Urban and Clarion are totally focussed on delivering a refreshing mix of product, learning, knowledge-exchange, training, networking and socialising. We recognise how important it is that Juegos Miami is cost-effective for exhibitors and our plug and play pricing structure allows suppliers to access key buyers and decision makers where the only additional cost is shipping equipment and flights for their staff. All accommodation, exhibit costs and F&B are included."

The first edition of Juegos Miami will take place at The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, May 31st to June 3rd, 2016.

Juegos Miami is being held at The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, May 31st to June 3rd, 2016, web: www.juegosmiami.com

About the Juegos Miami brand

Juegos Miami is organised by Clarion Events and Urban Expositions, the leading producers of gaming events globally. These include ICE Totally Gaming, NIGA, GiGse and EiG along with the Totally Gaming Academy - a series of training events for the industry. With a successful track record bringing buyers and sellers together in cost-effective and convenient settings, both Clarion and Urban have the experience and industry relationships with this type of specialised trade show audience.

For more information: www.juegosmiami.com.

SOURCE: Juegos Miami.

 

 

eQube Gaming Extends LOI to Acquire Leading eBingo Provider in Norway

EDMONTON, Alberta (November 19, 2015) -- eQube Gaming Limited announced today it has extended its non-binding letter of intent ("LOI") to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Teknobingo Scandinavia AS ("Teknobingo"). On April 14, 2015, eQube announced its intention to acquire two Norwegian companies: Teknobingo Scandinavia AS, a software and hardware solutions provider to the eBingo market and Bingo Entreprenøren AS, an operator of 21 bingo halls in Norway. On November 3, 2015, eQube announced its decision to not move forward with the Bingo Entreprenøren acquisition.

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Headquartered in Oslo, Teknobingo is a leading eBingo provider in Norway. The business is a complementary fit to eQube's core business of providing eBingo product solutions across North America and Europe.

Total consideration for the Acquisition will be EUR4,000,000 Euros ($5,680,000 CAD) and will consist of EUR750,000 Euros ($1,065,000 CAD) in cash and the equivalent of EUR250,000 Euros ($355,000 CAD) in ordinary shares of eQube issued at a price of $0.50 per share at the closing of the transaction and cash earn outs not to exceed EUR3,000,000 Euros ($4,260,000 CAD) over three years.

Kent Tong, CEO and Director, commented: "eQube's goal is to become the leading provider of technology and operational tools in the global charitable and community gaming markets. Our acquisition of one of the leading eBingo software solutions fits perfectly within our growth strategy. We see immediate revenue-generating opportunities in key European markets using Teknobingo's proven software platform. Our penetration into this market will further demonstrate the value of eQube's suite of products and professional services directly to eBingo and related community gaming operations."

Rationale for the Acquisition

  1. Teknobingo is a proven eBingo technology platform with immediate application opportunities in key European markets including Ireland;
  2. Synergies and growth opportunities - The Teknobingo linked bingo software platform and games can be deployed in new European markets and can be added to eQube's offerings in existing customer locations in North America and Ireland; With a large market presence in Norway, eQube bingo variant products can also be placed into this new market; and
  3. Management team - Following the Acquisition, Teknobingo's president and sole shareholder, Terje Olsen, will become a significant eQube shareholder and consultant of eQube holding approximately 2% of the outstanding shares of the Company. Mr. Olsen and his team bring over 25 years of developing, managing and supporting eBingo in the global market.

 

Closing Conditions

The Acquisition is subject to completion of customary due diligence, negotiation and settlement of a definitive agreement, approval of all regulatory and third party approvals, including the TSX Venture Exchange and customary closing conditions. There is no assurance that a definitive agreement will be successfully negotiated or entered into or that the Acquisition will be completed.

Currency conversions from Euro to Canadian dollars set forth herein are based on a rate of 1.42 in effect on November 18, 2015. It is anticipated that the actual conversion rate from Euro to Canadian dollars will be based on the exchange rate in effect at the time of closing.

About eQube Gaming Limited ("eQube"):

eQube is a leading provider of community and charitable gaming solutions for charitable and commercial gaming facilities. eQube has a majority market share of the Canadian regulated eBingo market, is the leading provider to the Irish digital bingo market and now operates the largest linked bingo game in Western Canada. Current solutions, consisting of commercial eBingo, linked bingo, social games and ancillary systems, are deployed in North America and Europe. eQube's open platform suite of tools provides customers with new revenue channels to deliver and enhance traditional bingo income for lottery, tribal and other gaming organizations.

eQube has been offering its charitable gaming solutions to provincial gaming authorities and private industry since its inception in 1999. Its registered and head office is in Edmonton, Alberta. eQube is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol EQG. For more information visit: www.eqube.com.

SOURCE: eQube Gaming Limited.

 

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Governor Scott's Florida First Budget Aims to make The Florida Lottery First For Education Contributions

TALLAHASSEE, Flroida (November 22. 2015) -- Governor Scott's Florida First budget supports the Florida Lottery's core mission of providing funding for education in Florida by investing $168.8 million in the Florida Lottery. The Florida Lottery generated $1.5 billion in transfers to education during fiscal year 2014-15.

Governor Scott said, "We know a great job begins with a great education, and the Florida Lottery is working to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed in college and careers. We will continue to support the Florida Lottery so they can make historic investments in Florida's education system."

The Florida First budget includes

  • Sales Incentive Plan - The Florida Lottery contributed $1.5 billion to Florida's education system out of $5.58 billion in sales last fiscal year alone. The Florida Lottery is the second highest contributor to education among all state lottery systems. To further increase education contributions through higher sales, the Governor's budget recommends $761,000 for a Sales Incentive Plan based on achieving established sales goals with manager incentives to cultivate top performance among sales staff.
  • IT Equipment and Security - Maintenance and replacement of the Lottery's network infrastructure as well as its security equipment is critical to maintaining the safety and integrity of its operations. The Governor's budget provides $948,900 for IT Equipment and Security.
  • Statewide Network Capacity Increase - The Department of Management Services recommends the Lottery upgrade its systems to increase connectivity between the Lottery's Mainframe Network, the Orlando Data Center and the Lottery's nine district offices. The Governor's budget provides $142,081 to double the current bandwidth and increase capacity
  • $119,700 for six new draw machines to replace the current machines which are near the end of their useful life and must be replaced
  • $480,994 to ensure sufficient budget is available for the Lottery's advertising agency fee based on the appropriated budget for paid advertising and promotion.

 

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Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie said, "The Florida First budget reflects Governor Scott's continued commitment to investing in education and strengthening Florida's economy. The Lottery will continue its efforts to achieve record-setting sales to maximize contributions to Florida's education system."

Ned Bowman, Executive Director of Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association said, "I want to thank Governor Scott for putting Florida businesses first and the Florida Lottery for helping retailers grow their businesses with exciting games and tangible incentives. We are proud of our long partnership with the Florida Lottery, and we look forward to continuing to support their efforts of generating revenue for Florida's students and schools."

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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New Holiday-Themed PSAs from New York's Responsible Play Partnership Challenge New Yorkers to Gift Responsibly

New York joins 37 other Lotteries around the globe in sending a united responsible gaming message reminding holiday shoppers that Lottery tickets are not child's play

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 24, 2015) -- Members of New York's Responsible Play Partnership (RPP), comprised of the New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substances Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling today announced the launch of the second in a series of public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at educating the public about problem gambling and increasing awareness of related prevention and treatment options available to New Yorkers in need.

The new PSA reminds New Yorkers that "some gifts are better left to the grown-ups." The point is made clear with visuals of bewildered children opening gifts clearly meant for older adults such as a set of tires and a coffee maker.

The TV PSA, available in 15- and 30-second formats, will begin airing Black Friday, November 27.

 

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New York State Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams said, "We are committed to working collaboratively with the National Council on Problem Gambling and with other lotteries around the world to share the message that lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children."

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New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "Research has shown that the sooner a child begins to gamble, the more likely that child is to develop problem gambling issues in later life. This PSA serves as a reminder that by giving Lottery tickets to children at holiday time and throughout the rest of the year, you may be putting a child at risk."

New York Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Jim Maney said, "We support the ongoing collaborative efforts of the RPP to promote responsible gambling messaging year-round. I believe this and other efforts being developed by the RPP are truly helping to educate New Yorkers on this important issue."

The Gift Responsibly statewide effort highlights the RPP's mission to advance the public discussion about problem gambling in New York. The holiday PSA follows on the heels of an earlier production entitled "Too Much to Lose" that showcased New York's free addiction referral HOPEline (1-877-8HOPE-NY) administered by OASAS

The "Too Much to Lose" PSA ran more than 4,700 times statewide through the month of August. Both PSAs complement the RPP's ground-breaking "Let's Start the Conversation" regional forums, which served to bring together all of the State's gaming operators, responsible gaming representatives, and problem gambling prevention and treatment providers on a region-by-region basis to develop a more coordinated responsible gaming infrastructure to support the unprecedented gaming expansion taking place in New York today.

The holiday effort in particular comes in response to a call from the National Council on Problem Gambling asking lotteries around the world to send a responsible gaming message regarding underage play during the holiday season.

SOURCE: New York State Gaming Commission.

 

 

Kansas Lottery's "Black Friday EVERYBODY WINS Raffle Bonus"

Buy a Raffle Ticket - Win $5 in Super Kansas Cash or $50 Instant Cash Bonus

TOPEKA, Kansas (November 23, 2015) -- We all know you can snag some fabulous deals on Black Friday, and one of those deals is being offered by the Kansas Lottery!

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Anyone who purchases a $20 Holiday Millionaire Raffle ticket between 5:00 a.m. and 8:59 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015, will win a FREE $5 Super Kansas Cash ticket or one of thousands of $50 Bonus Cash instant prizes in the raffle game.

Buy one or more Holiday Millionaire Raffle tickets for yourself!

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Holiday Millionaire Raffle tickets cost $20 each. The Kansas Lottery will sell only 175,000 tickets. As of 4:00 a.m. November 24, only 51,005 raffle tickets remained.

This is the seventh year for the Holiday Millionaire Raffle, which has sold out each year it has been offered. Regardless of when the raffle sells out, the Grand Prize drawing will still be held December 31.

The $1 million dollar winning number will be announced at approximately 12:00 p.m. December 31. Other cash prizes to be drawn in the Grand Prize are 20 - $5,000 prizes, 25 - $1,000 prizes and 2,500 - $100 prizes.

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Macao Gaming Show Closes on 2015 with Eyes Wide Open for 2016

MACAU, SAR (November 23, 2015) -- “The greatest platform for Macao Gaming Show to move forward to the next level," is how Jay Chun, Chairman of the influential trade association MGEMA, described the 2015 MGS which closed on Thursday 19 November at The Venetian.

Gaming and leisure professionals from throughout the world, including representatives from every continent, attended the 3rd edition of the Macao Gaming Show which this year drew in a record total of 138 exhibitors on the showfloor, plus additional companies in its special zones from France, South Korea and Macau.

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The 2015 MGS occupied a record breaking 12,000 sqm of stand space – nearly 20 percent larger than last year – to establish itself as one of the top three independent exhibitions in the Macau SAR.

Reflecting on the exhibition, Jay Chun said: “The Macao Gaming Show has made a significant step forward. The exhibition has signalled its intent to grow in numbers and expand in sectors, and the positive response from all the exhibitors and visitors suggests that MGS must continue with its vision through 2016 and beyond."

He continued: “Last week’s show saw major innovations on the floor from both the gaming and entertainment sectors; key product launches across the board; a strong input from the Macau concessionaires and the local business community; an increasing overseas contingent; and notable commitments to sign up for 2016. Equally important is the impression MGS and the Macao Tourism and Culture Summit left on our key partners at the Macau SAR Government. MGS 2015 proved that Macau can really make its mark on the international stage through both quality trading opportunities and ideas and debate that will drive the industry forward."

Reinforcing the role of the MGEMA and its crucial work in pushing the Macao Gaming Show forward, Jay Chun continued: “MGS has reinforced its unique position as a key driver in our industry: we have confirmed our status as the only show that is truly representative of the Asian gaming industry and that it has the credentials, quality and vision to move this on to the next level. Our task – which starts immediately – is to build on the success of 2015 and push forward with the show’s development as one of the world’s ‘must attend’ gaming events.”

DECLARATION: Lottery Insider is a media partner for the Macao Gaming Show (MGS).

SOURCE: Macau Gaming Show.

 




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