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Vol. 73 No.9 - Monday December 7, 2015


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Arizona Lottery Launch Big Money Game Book Just in Time for the Holidays

PHOENIX, Arizona   (December 1, 2015) – The Arizona Lottery will launch the Big Money Game Book today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, a book of six, $5 Scratchers® tickets for $20, just in time for the holiday season.

The Big Money Game Book will be sold at participating Arizona Lottery retailers, delivering a savings of $10 off the cost of the tickets if purchased separately.

Scratchers tickets are extremely popular during the holiday season because they make fun and easy gifts,” said Arizona Lottery Executive Director Tony Bouie. “While the Big Money Game Book will be available well into 2016, Lottery players now have the opportunity to purchase six tickets for the price of four during the gift-giving season.

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The Big Money Game Book is sold exclusively at customer service counters at participating retailers. Included in the six-pack of tickets are Money Bag Doubler, 5x the Money, Money Multiplier, Jumbo Bucks Doubler, and two Big Money games. 

More than $21 million in prizes will be awarded through the purchase of Big Money Game Books. Each book of six Scratchers tickets provides players with a chance to win up to $150,000.

This is the first in a series of 10 games designed to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Arizona Lottery in 2016. Nine additional tickets will be released throughout the year and can be identified by a 35th Anniversary seal on each ticket. Each non-cash winning ticket with the special seal will qualify for a special Second Chance Drawing. 

Lottery players can enter eligible non-winning 35th Anniversary tickets into the Second Chance Drawing at ArizonaLottery.com. Nearly 200 winning entries will be drawn from the pool of tickets during the course of five drawings taking place Mar. 23, June 22, Sept. 21, Nov. 16 and Dec. 9, 2016. Winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $150,000.

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Proceeds from the sale of Arizona Lottery tickets support a wide variety of programs under six main pillars: Arts and Education, Community Enrichment, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Health and Human Services, and Public Safety. During the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2016, the Arizona Lottery transferred $39.3 million to beneficiaries throughout Arizona’s 15 counties.

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the game-ending 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

CONTACT: Shelby Alessi, Arizona Lottery, (480) 921-4406.

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.

 

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INTRALOT Announce 9m 2015 Financial Results

Revenues & EBITDA Increase

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ATHENS, Greece (November 27, 2015) -- INTRALOT Group today announces its financial results for the nine-month period ending September 30th 2015, prepared in accordance with IFRS.

In 9M15 INTRALOT’s Consolidated Revenues grew by 3.8%, to €1,379.8m from €1,329.5m in the same period of 2014, representing an increase of €50.3m. On a continuing business basis Revenues (mainly adjusted for OPAP, Romania and Victoria contracts) in the first 9 months of 2015 were shaped at €1,368.4m, +7.2% compared to the same period last year.  Net of a positive FX impact of €47.0m, revenues reached €1,332.8m, posting an increase of 0.2% versus 9M14. Revenues for the 3Q15 period remained relatively unchanged compared to 3Q14 at €421.2m vs. €424.0m in 3Q14.

EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) in 9M15 was shaped at €131.9m from €131.6m in 9M14 (+0.2%). On a continuing business basis EBITDA in 9M15 was shaped at €128.0m, +20.4% compared to 9M14. Net of a positive FX impact of €5.4m, EBITDA reached €126.5m, posting a decrease of 3.9% compared with the same period of 2014. In 3Q15 EBITDA developed to €44.7m, an increase of 5.9% compared to 3Q14.

EBT (Earnings Before Tax) in the first 9 months of 2015 decreased to €18.0m from €27.3m in 9M14. On a continuing business basis EBT in 9M15 was shaped at €14.3m from €3.0m in the same period of 2014. Net of a positive FX impact of €3.2m, EBT reached €14.8m from €20.4m, posting a decrease of 27.6% y-o-y.

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NIATMI (Net Income after Tax & Minorities Interest) in 9M15 was shaped at a negative €50.4m compared to €-32.1m in 9M14. On a continuing business basis NIATMI in 9M15 was shaped at €-52.4m vs. €-49.3m in 9M14. Net of a positive FX impact of €2.0m, NIATMI reached €-52.4m from €-38.9m in 9M14.

Operating Cash-flow in the 9M15 period totalled €64.8m from €94.1m in 9M14. This decrease is caused by mostly one-off working capital requirements in 1H15. Net Capex in 9M15 accumulated to €53.7m, compared to €42.6m in 9Μ14. Net Debt as at 30 September 2015 developed at €484.1m, increased by €102.7m compared to 31 December 2014 (€381.4m).

Concerning the parent company, Revenues for the period decreased by 18.1%, to €52.8m. EBITDA increased by 147.1% to €37.2m from €15.0m in 9M14. Earnings After Taxes (EAT) decreased to €-8.2m from €-7.4m in 9M14.

Commenting on 9M15 results INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, noted: “We are pleased with the 3Q results that are in line with our expectations for stable growth of our business. EBITDA grew by 6% compared to 3Q14, despite the ailing performance of Italy due to extraordinarily high, country specific, payouts, which led the Italian business to contribute marginally to our EBITDA, the weak performance of Azerbaijan, the fall-off of the Romanian contract and the effect of the World Cup last year in both the second and third quarters.

I would like to point out that the majority of our subsidiaries reported strong results coupled with our new contracts in Wyoming, Ohio and Georgia, in the US, thus leading to an increase of our EBITDA on a like for like basis by 15.8% in the nine months of 2015.

During the third Quarter, we continued streamlining our global operations and unfold our selective expansion plans. We renewed our presence in New Mexico, US, for 8 years, where we have an excellent cooperation with the State Lottery since 2006 and signed a new 10 year contract in Nigeria, a very dynamic African market. Our focus on licensed operations remains strong, as we proceed with the integration of Bit8 CRM platform that will be a valuable asset on the B2C front of our business.

Finally, it is important to note that we ratified our commitment to sustainable growth, as we have recently been awarded with the WLA Responsible Gaming certification as a gaming vendor.” 

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth.

With presence in 57 jurisdictions, about 5.400 people and revenues of €1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information please CONTACT: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

 

 

Scientific Games Will Continue as Instant Game Provider to Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

No. 1 in Canada for Instant Game Retail Sales with more than CA$1 Billion FY2014

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (December 2, 2015) – Scientific Games Corporation (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced that its existing five-year contract to provide lottery instant games to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) in Canada has been extended for three additional years through November 30, 2018.

With more than CA$1 billion in instant game retail sales in fiscal year 2014, OLG is currently ranked No. 1 in Canada for total instant game sales (La Fleur’s Almanac).

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Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Lottery Marketing and Sales for OLG said, “We have a successful working relationship with Scientific Games and look forward to the creativity the company continues to bring to the instant game product category.

John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games Lottery, said, “OLG continues to be a leader in product innovation. We are delighted to help them deliver the entertaining instant games to their players using insights from our new player segmentation study, a highly-experienced team of game designers, and some of our most innovative new instant game play styles, textures, colors, sizes and packaging.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company’s portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services.

For more information, please visit: http://www.scientificgames.com.

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Investor Relations:

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SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Florida Lottery Sets New November Scratch-Off Sales Record

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 2, 2015) – The Florida Lottery transferred $115 million to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) for the month of November. This contribution to education was driven by Scratch-Off ticket sales, which surpassed $305 million, setting a Scratch-Off sales record for the month of November. This month’s Scratch-Off sales reflect a 9.5 percent increase over last November.

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Our Scratch-Off sales continue to be led by our high price point games, most recently the $20 Scratch-Off game, $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER,” said Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

These sales have enabled us to set records every month this fiscal year, allowing us to also contribute significant amounts to education in Florida, which is the Lottery’s ultimate goal.

Scratch-Off game sales represented 68.2 percent of November’s sales. The $20 Scratch-Off game, $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER, produced nearly $43 million alone, accounting for 14 percent of the monthly Scratch-Off sales total. The game, launched on September 22, has already paid out more than $94 million in prizes, including five $1 million and two $5 million prizes.

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.

CONTACT: Lottery Communications Office, (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

 

OLG Launch Horse-Themed Slots Game on PLAYOLG.ca

TORONTO, Ontario (December 2, 2015) --The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is launching Fire Horse, an exciting new horse-themed product on PlayOLG.ca. The online slots game is the first of its kind on a new section of the website that is dedicated to horse racing. It includes information about the industry as well as a link to bet on horse racing online.

Launching Fire Horse is the latest step OLG is taking in partnership with the horse racing industry and Ontario government to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy,” said Cal Bricker, OLG’s Senior Vice President of Horse Racing.

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It represents progress on integration by using a new gaming platform to increase awareness of the industry while further demonstrating OLG’s support for horse racing in Ontario.

Fire Horse is available to people who have registered with OLG’s online gaming website, PlayOLG.ca. It was developed in consultation with the horse racing industry and is the first horse-themed product released by OLG. Additional horse-themed products are expected to be released in the future.

Horse racing is vital to rural communities. The industry provides jobs for thousands of people across the province and is an important part of Ontario’s rich heritage.

By integrating horse racing into gaming, OLG is helping to create a sustainable industry in the province for generations to come.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario.

OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

SOURCE: OLG.

 

 

Camelot Global Win Five Year Contract To Provide Consultancy Advice To The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

UNITED KINGDOM (December 3, 2015) - -Camelot Global ("Camelot") has today announced that it has commenced work on a consultancy contract in Arkansas. Camelot, working with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) will devise, develop and implement a five year business plan to help the ASL improve sales and net revenue to benefit scholarship recipients. The contract also allows for two additional one-year extensions.

Since 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has been working with over 1,900 retailers and has awarded over 200,000 college students with lottery-financed scholarships. However, in an ever-increasing challenging environment, ASL has identified the need to bring in an experienced consultant to provide an external and fresh perspective on lottery operations.

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Camelot is uniquely positioned to support the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery as it is able to use, not only its experience as a successful lottery operator, but also its industry knowledge to provide a certain and proven plan for growth.

Bishop Woosley, Lottery Director said; "Bringing in an external expert can provide a fresh perspective on how things can be improved. Camelot Global is well respected and has helped other lotteries to draft and implement a successful business plan. We look forward to working with them."

Richard Bateson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Camelot Global, said; "We are thrilled to have been awarded this contract and look forward to working with Bishop Woosley and his team. We applaud the Lottery for recognising there are improvements that can be made to ensure more Arkansans can receive a scholarship and attend college. Our approach will be similar to that of a consumer goods company in putting the player at the heart of the strategy. Growing net revenue requires changes in player participation levels, changes in marketing proposition and changes in retail strategy. Our team of experts come from both marketing and retail backgrounds and have had both operational responsibilities in market as well as advisory experience from over twenty states/countries around the world. We look forward to starting work in Arkansas."

For more information please CONTACT: Laura Pearson, T: 0044 (0) 7968 939 340 E: laura.pearson@camelotglobal.com.

About Camelot Global:

Camelot Global is a leading technology and professional services provider to lotteries around the world. Our mission is to provide proven and pioneering solutions for responsible lottery growth. We do this through:

  • Providing industry-leading lottery technology and managed service solutions. The lottery industry has struggled to develop cost-effective and agile solutions in response to the digital revolution. Camelot Global has developed an interactive platform, game content, managed service and in-lane solutions that lotteries can deploy rapidly at low cost. Camelot Global supplies the interactive platform to the UK National Lottery, one of the largest interactive lotteries in the world.
  • Advising lotteries and lottery owners on the key issues facing their organisations. We have worked with the world's leading lotteries on critical decisions around technology procurements, game design and commercial strategy. Where appropriate, we will manage complex technology programmes or processes on behalf of our clients.

 

We are owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP), Canada's largest single-profession pension plan with over $130 billion in net assets. OTPP is the owner of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (the operator of the UK National Lottery, which Camelot has operated since 1994) and majority shareholder in Premier Lotteries Ireland (the operator of the Irish National Lottery).

SOURCE: Camelot Global.

 

 

Online Gambling in Britain Measured Accurately for the First Time

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (November 26, 2015) -- New figures released today are set to help paint an accurate picture of how much consumers in Britain spend gambling online.

For the first time, the Gambling Commission’s Industry Statistics includes five months’ worth of data from all operators offering online facilities to customers in Britain.

Previous industry statistics publications do not include this information as the data is gathered from operators licensed by the Commission, and prior to November 1, 2014, online operators did not have to have a Commission licence.(1)

While the data relating to online only covers November 2014 to March 2015, almost a year’s worth of online gambling data will be published in June, 2016.

Findings for the period between April 2014 to March 2015(2) include:

  • The non-remote (not online) British commercial gambling industry (excluding the National Lottery and Society Lotteries data) generated a gross gambling yield (GGY)(3) or equivalent of £5.4bn. This represents an increase of 2% or £112m when compared with the previous year;
  • Growth in the non-remote casino sector is up £50m (or 4.5%) and in the large society lotteries sector (up £54.8m or 18%). The non-remote betting sector also experienced a growth of £78.4m, representing a 2% increase on the previous year;
  • GGY for B2 machines in betting shops was over £1.6bn, an increase of just over £99m (6%) on the figure for the previous reporting period, set against an increase in the number of B2 machines of 60(4);
  • 104,869 people were employed across the industry.

 

CLICK HERE to download the industry statistics in word or excel format.

CONTACT:  press office, Phone: 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

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EU Industry Welcomes Cooperation Agreement Between EU Gambling Authorities

BRUSSELS, Belgium (November 27, 2015) -- EGBA, Europe’s leading online gambling association, welcomes today’s signing of administrative cooperation agreement (see link) between the EU’s national gambling authorities. The cross border cooperation will allow for the structural exchange of information and best practices and reduce unnecessary administrative burden.

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The agreement is part of the ongoing implementation of the Commission action plan ‘Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling’ of 2012 (see link), which inter alia aims to create structural cooperation between national gambling authorities to improve the protection of consumers, minors and ensure the integrity of games.

The agreement signed today is  a voluntary cooperation agreement, not underpinned by an EU legislative act (unlike for instance the EU Competition, Telecom and Consumer Authorities networks), but is nevertheless a crucial step in building confidence and trust. The information exchanged can cover a wide range of issues that will allow Member States to better and more efficiently achieve their public policy objectives and reduce unnecessary administrative burden for EU established and regulated operators.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, stated: “The signing of the cooperation agreements between the EU’s Gambling Authorities is a crucial step in building trust and confidence in this inherently cross border sector. We encourage the Authorities to address with priority unnecessary administrative costs that make the regulated offer less competitive than the unregulated offer. We would like to congratulate Commissioner Bienkowska and her team with today’s success and encourage the Commissioner to continue the implementation of the Commission Action Plan.

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For more information, please CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA, Email: maarten.haijer@egba.eu, Tel: +32 2 554 08 90.

About EGBA

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwin.party, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) are affiliate members of EGBA.

As a Brussels-based non-profit association, EGBA promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment.

While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-off effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports.

EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights. www.egba.eu

SOURCE: EGBA.

 

 

It’s a THREE-PEAT!  CT Lottery Players Rejoice When 7-2-2 is drawn -TWICE -in the Same Day!

Play3 Day and Night draw games pay winners $308,441 in total prizes on November 27

ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (November 30, 2015) – While throngs of holiday shoppers were celebrating the day after Thanksgiving in search of the best “Black Friday” deals to be found, a select group of lucky “Play3” players rejoiced when a “Three-peat” occurred—the 3-digit number 7-2-2 was drawn twice on the same day in the CT Lottery’s Play3 Day and Play3 Night games!

State-wide, a total of 1,762 winning Play3 wagers were sold for the November 27 day and night drawings—414 of those wagers were played “Straight” on the number 7-2-2. 

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After all winning tickets are presented for claim, $308,441 in prize money will be paid out by the CT Lottery.

Because each ball number has the same odds of being drawn (1 in 10) and all drawings are completely independent, mutually exclusive events, the odds of the same 3-digits being drawn in the same day are the identical, no matter what number is drawn:  1 in 1,000.

While the odds are the same, a Three-peat is still a rare event.  Such an occurrence has happened only four times since “Play3 Day” joined the “Play3 Night” game on February 2, 1998.

Because prize payouts in the game are based upon amount wagered, players could have won $250 (for a $.50 wager) up to $2,500 (for a $5.00 wager). 

Though the bulk of winners will most likely redeem their tickets in the next few days, players with winning tickets have 180 calendar days from the date of draw to collect their winnings.  The Lottery encourages all winners to redeem their tickets promptly.

Play3 Day drawings are held daily at 1:58pm.  Play3 Night drawings are held daily at 10:29pm. Tickets cost from $.50 to $5.00.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit ctlottery.org, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700.

CONTACT:  Linda Tarnowski (860) 713-2701 or Val Guglielmo (860) 713-2702, Fax:  (860) 713-2695.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.

 

 

Watch the Cash Fall When You Play the New Scratch-Off Games from The Florida Lottery

Three new games launching today

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida ( December 1, 2015) – The Florida Lottery today introduced three new Scratch-Off games that offer more than $73.1 million in total cash prizes. The games, $250,000 CASHFALL, 2016 CASH JUBILEE, and HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, go on sale today. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

$250,000 CASHFALL features eight top prizes of $250,000 and more than $44.8 million in total cash prizes! This $5 game offers more than 3.1 million winning tickets, and the overall odds of winning are one-in-3.99.

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The $2 game, 2016 CASH JUBILEE, offers more than $18.7 million in prizes and over three million winning tickets! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.36.

For just $1, players can win up to $1,000 instantly with HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. There are more than 3.1 million winning tickets totaling more than $9.6 million in cash prizes!

The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires.

For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).

 

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Danish Gambling Authority Adopt IAGR’s Multi-Jurisdictional-Testing-Framework (MJTF)

DENMARK (November 27, 2015) -- There is good news for gambling operators that work across national borders. The Danish Gambling Authority has for some time participated in a working group under the IAGR (International Association of Gaming Regulators) to create a common testing standard.

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The working group encompass Great Britain, Alderney, Isle of Man and Denmark.

Many jurisdictions have differentiated testing requirements for gambling operators, but seek the same purpose in the end – to keep games safe and fair. On that note, the working group has started with a key area when it comes to online gambling, and established a framework for testing an RNG (Random Number Generator).

The framework is available on the IAGR website and the working is continuing to work on common standards for other areas of online gambling.

The new framework is currently only adopted in the participating jurisdictions, but it will be updated as other jurisdictions adopt and accept the standard.

It is important to remember that if a jurisdiction holds a requirement that goes beyond the common standard, the gambling operator that follows the common standard will still need to comply and be tested for the remaining requirements to that given jurisdiction.

The Danish Gambling Authority will now accept tests completed to the common standards.

SOURCE: Danish Gambling Authority.

 

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Gaming Authority Wants Consumers to “Gamble Reliably and Responsibly"

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (November 27, 2015) -- Marja Appelman, Director of the Dutch Gaming Authority Kansspelautoriteit, addressed industry representatives on consumer habits during her speech at a meeting of the gambling industry organization on November 25, 2015.

Because they must, according to Appelman, be able to participate in a game of chance in a secure and safe environment

In that context, she thanked the hundred members present who provide reliable gaming machines for consumers.

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Innovation within gaming machine industry

Appelman also expressed her joy on the innovation in the gaming machines sector. An attractive play offer is important to ensure that consumers switch to illegal content.

However Appelman said she thinks existing laws and regulations sometimes could stand in the way of innovation.

For that reason, she will argue for modern rules to be adapted for the vending industry. "The Gambling Authority will advise the Ministry of Security and Justice to modernize its laws and regulations on vending machines, giving you more room for innovation."

Measures against gambling addiction

But there was also a point of concern raised, where according to Appelman both the Gaming Authority and the vending industry must strive for, and that is: “to allow consumers to take their responsibility to play responsibly.

"The Gambling Authority next year intends to investigation the practice of addiction prevention in amusement arcades and restaurants."

The aim is to understand what we are doing well, and what could be improved. As well as learning about other matters that perhaps need clarification.

Marja Appelman ended her speech by saying: "We have the same goal: that consumers gamble reliably and responsibly."

SOURCE: Kansspelautoriteit media release.

 

 

International Pilot to Streamline Testing Standards

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (November 26, 2015) -- The Gambling Commission has teamed up with international gambling regulators to improve the procedure for testing online games.

The Commission has joined the multi-jurisdictional testing framework (MJTF) scheme along with the Gambling Control Commission in Alderney, the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and the Danish Gambling Authority.

Phase one of the MJTF has been drafted by the participating jurisdictional members above within the auspices of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) to streamline the external gambling product testing processes.

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Phase one of the pilot is limited to the operations of external testing laboratories and to the testing of random number generators (RNG) used in online gambling. At this stage the MJTF is only recognised by the pilot group of participating jurisdictions but it is hoped that other jurisdictions considering or currently regulating remote gambling will be able to join the scheme should it suit their testing assurance needs.

A spokesman for the Commission said: “This will help regulators, especially those who rely on outsourced fairness testing, as it allows them to pool experience in the complex area of fairness testing remote RNGs and games. It will also benefit the industry by reducing testing duplication. The aim is for all participating jurisdictions to agree on common standards and then where one product operates in multiple jurisdictions operators can have the game tested to these standards and use the one test to satisfy the testing requirements of all participating jurisdictions.

Gambling Commission licence holders will still be required to adhere to our testing strategy which requires pre-release testing for all new and relevant updated RNGs and the submission of testing evidence prior to release, they can now use this one standard for testing which will be of particular benefit if they operate in all or some of the participating jurisdictions.

Further phases of the MJTF will include game fairness testing, field product certification and information security. The inclusion of this standard will form part of a forthcoming consultation on the Commission’s remote gambling testing strategy.

More details about the multi-jurisdictional testing framework can be found on the IAGR website.

CONTACT:  press office, Phone: 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

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Australian First Pre-Commitment Rolled Out State-wide

Gaming Machine Players Can Now Set Their Own Gambling Limits Under a State Government Initiative

Media Release: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

MELBOURNE, Vic., Australia (December 1, 2015) – In an Australian first, Victorians will have the power to track and limit their betting on any electronic gaming machine in the state.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Liquor and Gaming Jane Garrett said the voluntary pre-commitment scheme, YourPlay, was available at any venue from today.

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The technology allows players to limit how much they spend, track their time, and set personalised warning messages to remind them to stop if they choose to do so.

The state-wide rollout coincided with the release of a new study which examines the emerging trends and prevalence of problem gambling in Victoria.

The study found that one in three players would use a pre-commitment system to set a time or money limit on their play.

The Andrews Labor Government will review YourPlay in six month’s time by using the data from the gambling study as a benchmark to help measure the impact of the scheme.

The study identified significant shifts in the gaming landscape over the past six years, such as the growth of sports betting and online gambling.

The study outlines a number of concerning trends, including an increase in the number of low risk gamblers, particularly among women.

It collected data from more than 13,000 participants who took part in random landline and mobile phone interviews.

Key findings from the study include:

  • the number of people whose gambling puts them in the low-risk category has increased from around one in 20 in 2008 to one in 12 in 2014, particularly among women aged 35 to 44;
  • the prevalence of problem gambling has remained the same since 2008 at 0.81 per cent (35,600 people);
  • 8 per cent (approx 122,500 people) have experienced problems as a result of someone else’s gambling.

 

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Ms Garrett said the findings will help to shape government policy to better address problem gambling.

The Labor Government has invested $150 million in the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation for harm minimisation programs such as counselling services, community groups, gamblers support services.

View a copy of the Study of Gambling and Health in Victoria at responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett

The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way when it comes to the rollout of YourPlay. This is just one of the tools we are giving people to reduce gambling-related harm in the community.

The study provides us with significant insights and identifies new emerging trends which will help us tackle problem gambling in the community.

 “By understanding how people gamble, we can better tailor our support programs and deliver policy to help those who need it most.

SOURCE: Government Media Release.

 

 

CORE Gaming Achieves Motion Technology First with ‘Pan for Gold’ Scratch Card Game

SOLIHULL, U.K. (November 30, 2015) -- CORE Gaming, the world-leading HTML5 gambling software house, has incorporated innovative mobile motion technology into its new Wild West-themed ‘Pan for Gold’ instant win scratch card game.

The release, set in the gold rush era, offers a huge £25,000 jackpot and is available through SKY Vegas.

Players simply buy a £2 card, choose one of six locations on a map of the gold rush and then get three chances to find gems as they dunk their sifting pan. Mobile gamers are prompted to shake or swipe their device – with desktop players told to click and drag - to reveal golden nuggets, precious gems and unwanted odds and ends.

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 ‘Pan for Gold’ is the first HTML5 game of its kind to use the device itself to interact with the game.

Kev Short, CORE Gaming’s Head of Production, said: “This game has truly been a team effort.

The initial thought process of using the device to enhance the player experience of a game, was developed as part of CORE’s ongoing research and development program designed to keep them at the forefront of mobile gaming technology.

 If the player gathers three of the same gems during the dunks, then the corresponding win is awarded – from £2 for turquoise gems all the way up to £25,000 pearls.

Golden nuggets are collected in a separate pot and are retained should any further scratch cards be bought, giving players an incentive to keep enjoying the game.

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Lucky gold-diggers that obtain eight nuggets enter the Bank bonus feature, where they can weigh their haul and win huge prizes up to £25,000.

Short added: “Using all our in-house expertise, the development team has done an outstanding job to deliver this creative and ultimately fun gaming experience.

CORE Gaming is a world leader in the development of HTML5 gambling content. It has created more than 150 games since launch in 2011 for the online gaming industry’s leading operators and is leading the way in HTML5 technology, recently deploying a single code base strategy for both mobile and desktop.

CORE Gaming is based in the UK and has a software licence through the UK Gambling Commission.

A Free Play version of Pan for Gold can be accessed HERE.

https://www.skyvegas.com/game/pan-for-gold-html

For more information CONTACT: Jodie Thind, Phone: +44 (0) 7932 440 157, Email: Jodie@lyceummedia.com or Justin Chamberlain, CEO, CORE Gaming Ltd, Email: Justin.Chamberlain@coregaming.co.uk.

SOURCE: CORE Gaming Ltd (www.coregaming.co.uk) media release.

 

 

Macao Gaming Show Confirms New Calendar Slot for 2016

MACAO, SAR (November 27, 2015) -- The Macao Gaming Show, the fastest growing exhibition on the entertainment and gaming industry circuit, has confirmed its new calendar slot for 2016. The premier Asian expo, which is backed by major government departments in Macau SAR, will stage its fourth edition on 11-13 October 2016 at the Venetian Macao.

Following consultation with key parties during last week’s MGS, organiser and owner - the influential trade body MGEMA - has brought the three day event forward to the popular October slot.

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The move is designed to further maximise interest at the show from the Chinese and Asian markets, with the new date falling immediately following China’s Golden Week national celebrations.

Macao Gaming Show will now hold the opening expo slot for the city’s crucial autumn attractions schedule next year: Macao Gaming Show and Summit (11-13 October 2016), Macau Investment Fair (20-23 October 2016) and the Macau Grand Prix 17-20 November 2016).

MGEMA Chairman Jay Chun stated: “2016 will be a landmark year for MGS on both the international and domestic stage. The city is on a mission for diversity and economic development, and events like MGS and the Summit are crucial drivers to this progression. We represent the top 100 businesses in Macau’s primary industry sector, and this move will facilitate a key focus for commerce in the city, aligning us more closely with Macau’s major trading events as well as the SAR Government who see the show as an important player on the expo stage. The move will serve to link the trading plan for businesses in the MGEMA from MGS through to MIF and the Grand Prix. MGS is not just a trade show; it’s a vital launch-pad for companies worldwide to do business in this region. The new date slot is a great opportunity to bring fresh innovations into Asia quicker than ever and increase the sales time ahead of Christmas and the New Year.

The Macao Gaming Show continues to enjoy strong growth in the international marketplace with last week’s 2015 edition attracting a record number of exhibitors (168) on the showfloor, plus representations in the separate French, Korean and Macau pavilions. The exhibition 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.

For more information on 2015 Macao Gaming Show and the associated Macao Tourism and Cultural Summit, visit: www.macaogamingshow.com.

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

SOURCE: GB Media Corporation.

 

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Winners Announced at La Fleur's 2015 Best Lottery Event Contest

ROCKVILLE, MD (December 3, 2015) -- The winners of the 2015 Fleurry Best Lottery Event were announced at La Fleur's 2015 Lottery Conclave & Interactive Summit, which is now being held in Orlando, Florida.

The four Best Lottery Events as judged by their peers were: Atlantic Lottery (LOTTO MAX Presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival), Kansas Lottery (Zombie Adventure Scratch Game), Illinois Lottery (Memorial Day Brett Eldredge Surprise Concert) and Minnesota Lottery (Make My Day Gas Station Surprise).

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The winners of the 2015 Fleurry Best Lottery Event

Winners received their 2015 Fleurry Best Lottery Event trophy in an awards ceremony on December 2. Attendees could also view the winning video entries.

"This contest is highly regarded by lottery marketers because it gives them the opportunity to view best-in-class events staged by lotteries," said Terri Markle, Publisher, La Fleur's Magazine. "I think the entries also provide inspiration for future events."

La Fleur's Magazine created its Fleurry Lottery Best Event contest in 2014. It is an offshoot of the magazine's Fleurry Best Lottery Advertising competition. In its first year, the 2014 Fleurry Best Lottery Event competition attracted 17 submissions.

For the 2015 contest, La Fleur's Magazine again invited all North American lotteries to submit a video (up to four minutes in length) detailing a lottery event that occurred in the past year. Again the magazine received 17 submissions.

Each day over a two-week span, La Fleur's Magazine emailed the link to view two lotteries' submissions. The magazine's database of 5,500 received the email at 2 p.m. advising them to vote within a 24-hour span. The Fleurry awards are determined by peers voting on peers' submissions, basically the People's Awards for Best Lottery Event.

CONTACT: Terri Markle, President TLF Publications, Inc. (La Fleur's Magazine), Tel: (301) 610-6070 / Mobile: (240) 723-0446 / Fax: (301) 610-6072 / Email: terri@lafleurs.com

SOURCE: TLF Publications, Inc. (La Fleur's Magazine).

 




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