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Vol. 74 No.11 - Monday March 14, 2016


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IGT Sign Four-Year Contract Extension with the Michigan Lottery to Continue Offering Lottery Products and Services through January 19, 2021

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LONDON, U.K. (March 7, 2016) – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a four-year contract extension with the Michigan Lottery to continue providing lottery technology and services through January 19, 2021. The Michigan Lottery has been a valued IGT customer since 1988.

IGT is committed to providing products and services for sustainable lottery growth,” said Michael Chambrello, IGT CEO, North America Lottery. “To that end, we will continue to work closely with the Michigan Lottery to provide added convenience to its players and retailers through additional self-service lottery vending products and the use of evolving technology.”

Under the terms of the contract extension, IGT will provide the Lottery with additional self-service lottery vending machines, as well as upgrades to the Internal Control System hardware and relating operating system and application software that interfaces with the IGT-provided lottery central system.

In addition, the Lottery will receive IGT’s ES Anywhere (ESA) which provides secure, reliable, and high performance APIs (Application Programming Interface) to customer software, such as mobile apps and web browsers. The APIs are standardized across delivery channels, so that lotteries using ESA get maximum reusability and faster time to market when adding new channels.

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ESA will also allow for other increased functionality such as third-party integration and remote functions enabling lottery players to scan, check, and validate lottery tickets over the Internet and through mobile devices, as well as claim retail prizes over the Internet and through mobile devices.

Over the term of the extension period, IGT will continue its ongoing services including the maintenance of the Michigan Lottery’s central system, 11,000 Altura® terminals, and communications network; field services; retailer training; marketing support, call center support services; and instant-ticket warehousing and distribution.  IGT will continue to operate its in-state primary data center in Lansing, and maintain its backup data center in Austin, Texas. 

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.

About the Michigan Lottery

Since it was established in 1972, the Michigan Lottery has provided more than $19.6 billion to support public education in the state.  That includes a record $795.5 million contributed in the 2015 fiscal year, which also saw the Michigan Lottery set records for sales ($2.8 billion), instant game sales ($1 billion), prizes to players ($1.7 billion) and commissions to its 11,000 retailers ($203.6 million).

About 97 cents of every dollar spent on Michigan Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players, and commissions to retailers.

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,  toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./ Canada (401) 392-7452

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

(401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

(+39) 06 51899030;

Italian media inquiries

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Texas Lottery Launch New Super-Sized Scratch Ticket

The Big Money Super Ticket™ follows record-breaking success of Super Ticket™ 7’s

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AUSTIN, Texas (March 7, 2016) – The Texas Lottery has launched a new super-sized $10 scratch ticket, The Big Money Super Ticket™ following the record-shattering success of Super Ticket™ 7’s. At 12 inches by 8 inches, The Big Money Super Ticket™ is the largest Texas Lottery® scratch ticket in market and has four separate games on one ticket.

With the tremendous success of Super Ticket 7’s we knew we wanted to give players another super-sized scratch ticket,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “It is our continued mission to identify new and innovative games to generate revenue for public education, and we anticipate The Big Money Super Ticket™ will do just that.”

Texas Big Money Ticket

Super Ticket™ 7’s, the original super-sized scratch ticket, launched in April 2015 and sold $9.8 million in its second week of sales, the highest weekly sales for a $10 scratch ticket game in Texas Lottery history. The game’s cumulative sales totalled more than $78.8 million.

With more than $85 million in total prizes, The Big Money Super Ticket™ offers five top prizes of $250,000, and overall odds of winning any prize are one in 3.45, including break-even prizes.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $24 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $48 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $18 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $52 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games. For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media Relations, 512-344-5131, E: mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us

SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.

 

 

DC Lottery Ranked Among Top 10 in Nation

Best Practices Report Awards High Marks for Sales Generated

Customer Convenience and Game Integrity

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2016) -- The DC Lottery has achieved an overall ranking of #7 among 45 lotteries in the United States in a just released Best Practices study examining organizational operations and practices. Conducted by industry experts at Delehanty Consulting, with collectively over 60 years of lottery experience, the study was ordered by the District’s Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt in August 2015.

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DeWitt said, “The purpose of the study was to independently evaluate the procedures and processes carried out by the DC Lottery to obtain an objective understanding of its strengths and challenges in its service to the residents of the District of Columbia.”

As the only city lottery in the nation, the DC Lottery is highly competitive with the best run state lotteries in operational efficiency. The study ranks the agency 7th of 45 lotteries in operating income per capita – the most important performance metric out of more than 50 processes, practices and systems evaluated within the DC Lottery.

The study further credits the agency’s efforts to increase customer convenience with its automated claims process and the implementation of the Agent Plus program that allows customers to cash winning tickets up to $5,000 at select DC Lotter retailers throughout the District.

The “Sign Your Ticket” Campaign — launched to strongly encourage players to always sign their tickets as the method of declaring ownership — was also praised in the study.

We have always been proud of our work,” said DC Lottery Interim Executive Director Tracey Cohen.

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With the conclusion of the Best Practices study — the planning, the research, the implementation — all the hard work of the employees  and retailers is confirmed. We appreciate the confirmation of the best practice study, but we can also use it as a tool to help us achieve even greater success,” said Cohen.

We certainly could not have ranked among the top 10 lotteries without the unwavering support of Chief Financial Officer DeWitt and the OCFO team,” said Cohen.

As a mandate of the District’s transparent and open government policy, the Industry Best Practices Study is available to the public HERE.

About DC Lottery

Founded in 1982, the DC Lottery is the District of Columbia Government agency that regulates the sale of gaming products and charitable gaming activities in the District of Columbia.

Since its inception, the DC Lottery has awarded more than $3 billion in prizes, transferred more than $1.8 billion to the District’s General Fund which supports essential services in the District, and has helped local non-profits raise more than $127 million in support of social causes.

Visit www.dclottery.com for detailed information about the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.

SOURCE: DC Lottery.

 

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Novomatic Lottery Solutions Signs 6-Year Contract with Promosport of Tunisia

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AUSTRIA (March 8, 2016) -- NOVOMATIC, Europe’s leading gaming technology group, announces that its subsidiary NOVOMATIC LOTTERY SOLUTIONS (NLS) has been awarded a six-year contract by PROMOSPORT, acting on behalf of the Republic of Tunisia’s Ministry for Youth and Sport, to provide a turnkey solution for the management of sports betting and ongoing maintenance and support services.

Under the newly signed agreement, which was secured through a competitive bid with three other participants, NLS will provide PROMOSPORT with up to 3,000 online retail terminals as well as a state-of-the-art and fully integrated central system encompassing retail, Internet and mobile capabilities.

The modern design of the system allows for the first Omni-channel system implementation in the region as well as for the integration with best-of-breed content providers for any future expansion requested by PROMOSPORT. NLS will cooperate with local providers to deliver a secure and resilient network and provide a high quality support service to retailers.

We are delighted to now be working with PROMOSPORT”, said Frank Cecchini, CEO of NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions.

We will deliver a solution that comprises the latest technologies with terminals deploying thin client applications, web-based transaction engines and back-office applications. PROMOSPORT will be receiving the latest premium quality system with integrated support for new games and channels.”

All the team here at NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions are very excited about this new project and eager to embrace the challenge”, said Heidar Karlsson, CTO of NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions.

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We are looking forward to a long lasting business partnership with the team at PROMOSPORT. Our industry leading technologies will help to generate increased revenues at lower cost for PROMOSPORT and help to raise more funds for its good causes.”

About NOVOMATIC:

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries.

The Group operates more than 235,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

About PROMOSPORT:

PROMOSPORT was founded in 1984 as a public company with administrative and financial autonomy for the purpose of promoting sports and providing a sports betting offering where a 50% share of the collected funds are transferred to the state. PROMOSPORT has 65 employees and holds service agreements with 750 points of sale across Tunisia. In 2015, the company achieved a total annual turnover of 90 million Tunisian Dinars (approx. EUR 40.35 million). The company is currently undertaking a project to substantially increase its revenues via the acquisition and implementation of a complete real-time sports betting system as well as a major increase in the number of points of sale to 3,000.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC.

 

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AEG Live, ALCHEMY3 in Conjunction with the Texas Lottery Partner to Launch Texas Lottery Live! SCRATCH TICKET

The Texas Lottery Live! Scratch Ticket Offers a Second Chance for Players to Win Big with Cash and Trip Packages to Some of the Year’s Hottest Music Festivals and Concerts Including Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, Hangout Fest, L.A. LIVE Sports and Entertainment District and More

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LOS ANGELES, California (March 7, 2016) – AEG Live, one of the world’s leading concert producers and venue operators, and Alchemy3, a top gaming company holding exclusive licenses with the North American Lottery Industry, is partnering with the Texas Lottery to create the Texas Lottery Live! scratch ticket. Texas Lottery Live! launches today and is available for purchase at an estimated 17,000 retail locations across Texas. The partnership is the first of its kind for AEG Live, and the Texas Lottery is the first state lottery that AEG Live and Alchemy3 are collectively launching a game in.

We are excited to introduce the Texas Lottery Live! scratch ticket to the Texas Lottery,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “This game is a great example of our commitment to provide Texans with the best lottery game entertainment experience possible through the use of our products.”

The Texas Lottery Live! scratch ticket offers consumers a second chance to win trips to some of the hottest music festivals in the country. Players can enter non-winning tickets for another opportunity to win VIP trip experiences at Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Hangout Fest, Bumbershoot and L.A. LIVE, the leading sports and entertainment district in Los Angeles. There will be five drawings during the promotion period for a total of 105 winners.

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Everybody loves music and lottery players are no exception,” said Jeffrey Schweig, president of Alchemy3. “Through Alchemy3's relationship with AEG Live, lottery players will now be able to win trips to the most popular music festivals and concert venues across the United States and around the world.”

 The winners will enjoy a range of specialty perks made possible by AEG Live through nine separate trip packages. Some of the leading prize packages include:

  • L.A. LIVE “Live Like a VIP” Experience
  • Stagecoach Ultimate VIP Experience
  • Hangout Fest “Live Like a Promoter” Experience
  • Bumbershoot “Picture Perfect” Package

 

All trip packages include airfare from within the 48 contiguous U.S. states, premium hotel accommodations at a deluxe hotel, ground transportation, plus $1,000 spending money and a number of other premium bonuses. Other prizes may include tickets to a festival of the winner’s choice, festival merchandise, artist meet and greets, exclusive access to top viewing areas and/or invites to official pre and post festival parties.

This exciting collaboration utilizes the unique strengths and assets of both AEG Live and Alchemy3 to explore new ways to generate excitement and increase engagement among lottery players,” said Josh Gold, senior director, Global Partnerships, AEG Live.

Through our mutual partnership with the Texas Lottery, Texas Lottery Live! brings enhanced value to players in the local Texas markets. We are looking forward to further enhancing our relationship with Alchemy3, bringing this and other creative concepts to many more states across the country.”

ABOUT AEG LIVE 

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance.  AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.  AEG Live’s global touring divisions of Concerts West, Atlanta Worldwide Touring, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts, Marshall Arts USA, Goldenvoice Touring and AEG Live New York, London, South America and Asia consistently promote and produce top 10 international tours. The company currently produces residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com.

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ABOUT ALCHEMY3:

Started in 2007, Alchemy3 maintains trusted relationships with North American lotteries and is one of a select few companies in America that holds exclusive licenses to companies like The Home Depot, Honda, Royal Caribbean International, Polaris and Bass Pro Shops. To learn more about Alchemy3, visit www.alchemy3.com.

ABOUT TEXAS LOTTERY:

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $24 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $47 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $18 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans' Assistance.   Since the first veterans' themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $52 million for programs supporting Texas veterans. The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games.

For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.

CONTACT:  Jeffrey Schweig, T: 770.442.6993, E: js@alchemy3.com.

SOURCE: Alchemy3.

 

 

NetEnt Becomes Associate Member of World Lottery Association

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SWEDEN (March 9, 2016) -- NetEnt, a leading provider of digital casino solutions, has become an associate member of the World Lottery Association (WLA), a member-based organization that promotes the interests of state-authorized lotteries around the world.

As a supplier of online gaming and systems solutions to the casino industry, including customers such as Lottomatica and state-owned Danske Spil, NetEnt has been approved as an associate member of WLA.

The membership could support future growth for NetEnt as a supplier to WLA-members, which is a customer segment of strategic importance to the Company.

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The World Lottery Association includes state lottery and gaming organizations from more than 80 countries and also has numerous associate members from the supplier industry worldwide.

Members adhere to the strictest standards of social responsibility, responsible gaming, security and risk management.

Online casino is about entertainment and excitement and the WLA associate membership is an important quality stamp to NetEnt as we are committed to safe and responsible gaming. NetEnt’s strategy is to expand on regulated markets and becoming associate members of WLA is a significant step for us as we grow our presence further in this important market segment”, says Per Eriksson, President and CEO of NetEnt.

For additional information please CONTACT: Per Eriksson, President and CEO, NetEnt AB (publ), Phone: +46 8 57 85 45 00, E: per.eriksson@netent.com or Anna Romboli, Communications Director, NetEnt AB (publ), Phone +46 8 57 85 45 00, E: anna.romboli@netent.com.

About NetEnt

NetEnt AB (publ) is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators.

Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by a cutting-edge platform. NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition, is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm (NET–B) and employs 700 people in Stockholm, Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg, Gibraltar and New Jersey.

SOURCE: NetEnt AB (www.netent.com).

 

 

German Supreme Court Sets Date for Ruling in Legal Proceedings for Damages Brought by mybet subsidiary SWS Service GmbH v Westdeutsche Lotteriegesellschaft (WestLotto)

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KIEL, Germany (March 8, 2016) - The Cartel Panel of the Federal Supreme Court, following today's oral proceedings concerning the appeal of Westdeutsche Lotteriegesellschaft against the ruling of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf of April 9, 2014 (File reference VI-U Kart 10/12) in the legal proceedings for damage brought by SWS Service GmbH, a fully-owned subsidiary of mybet Holding SE (ISIN DE000A0JRU67), has by decision set the date for the announcement of its ruling for June 7, 2016. In the ruling the Federal Supreme Court made no further statements in the matter itself.

Background information: in 2008 SWS Service GmbH (formerly FLUXX GmbH), a fully-owned subsidiary of mybet Holding SE, had filed for compensation for the illegal boycott of its business by the German Lottery and Pools Organisation, in breach of competition law.

In April 2014 the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf had then ordered Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG to pay damages of EUR 11.5 million plus interest.

The Higher Regional Court did not grant a right of appeal. The appeal subsequently lodged by Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG against the non-admission of an appeal was then upheld by the Federal Supreme Court by order of March 3, 2015.

CONTACT: mybet Holding SE, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Yulia Link, Tel. +49 (40) 85 37 88 47, Fax +49 (40) 85 37 88 30, E: yulia.link@mybet.com.

SOURCE: mybet Holding SE.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $93.27 Million in Revenue During February

BALTIMORE, Maryland (March 4, 2016) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced February 2016 revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. February 2016’s combined state-wide revenue totalled $93,273,076.

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Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,508,517 from both slot machines and table games in February.

Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $224.20 for slot machines, $2,507.13 for banking table games and $353.87 for non-banking table games. 

Hollywood Casino’s February 2016 revenue increased by $485,563, or 8.1%, from February 2015.  Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $25,012,475 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $224.95 for slot machines, $2,272.70 for banking table games and $937.43 for non-banking table games.

Horseshoe Casino’s February 2016 revenue increased by $2,023,099, or 8.8%, from February 2015. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 176 (151 banking and 25 non-banking) table games.

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Maryland Live Casino generated $54,010,644 from both slot machines and table games in February.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $290.74 for slot machines, $4,087.39 for banking table games and $1,355.33 for non-banking table games.

Maryland Live’s February 2016 revenue increased by $7,040,636, or 15%, from February 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,994 slot machines and 206 (154 banking and 52 non-banking) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,907,852 from slot machines in February, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $168.16. Casino at Ocean Downs’ February 2016 revenue increased by $569,752, or 17.1%, from February 2015. 

The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines, and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $3,833,588 from both slot machines and table games in February. 

Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $178.27 for slot machines and $1,026.63 for banking table games.

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This facility does not have non-banking table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s February 2016 revenue increased by $359,013, or 10.3%, from February 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 631 slot machines and 19 table games.

In a year-to-year comparison, February 2016 casino revenue increased from February 2015 by $10,478,062, or 12.7%.  See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of February 2016’s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the individual casinos and combined state total.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the state’s casinos.

In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.

To keep Marylanders informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the state’s casinos, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghlep.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

For Information, CONTACT: Carole Everett, T: 410-230-8725 (office) or 410-365-6384 (cell), E: carole.everett@maryland.gov.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

WLA Seeking to Fill the Position of Executive Director

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The World Lottery Association (www.world-lotteries.org) is a non-profit global professional association of state lotteries and sports Betting organizations, from more than 80 countries on 6 continents, whose mission is to advance in, and to guarantee the interests of their members.

Our vision is to continue being recognized as the global authority on the lottery business, to uphold the highest ethical principles, and to support our members in achieving their vision for their own communities, based on the same established standards of best practice.

We are seeking a personality (m/f) to fill the position of

 

Executive Director

 

Reporting to the President and working with the 12 members of the WLA Executive Committee, your mission is to serve all members of the association and to lead the organization in providing them a wide range of services representing their interests. While developing the WLA’s strategic plan and establishing our budgets, you are in charge of the management and leadership of our administrative office located in Switzerland (Basle). In collaboration with them, you are supporting all the regional associations in providing educational and professional development services (conferences, seminars and workshops). Responsible for the internal and external communication through the media, you also represent the WLA to other associations within the lottery industry and to external bodies such as IOC or FIFA.

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You have been able to demonstrate your leadership ability and people management skills in the past, probably in an organization with many and varied functions, and possess either a non-profit or a public sector experience, in the same time as knowledge of other business areas, maybe even pertaining to or neighboring the gaming sector. In order to provide a united voice together with the regional association, you have a high level of verbal and written skills. Fluency in English is essential as well as in at least one of the WLA’s official languages (French, German or Spanish).

On top of your sound understanding of what impact technology can have on our industry, your tertiary qualifications, preferably at post graduate level, in Business, Public Administration or similar, have allowed you to demonstrate broad range of planning, financial and management skills, preferably in an international business or organization.

You will be offered a high level of exposition to a multicultural environment where you will be allowed to show your broad communication and diplomacy skills, as well as your ability to work in connected networks and project management.

You will be able to prove your commitment to ethics and to modern standards of corporate governance. Frequent international travel will be required. You will benefit from an attractive remuneration package, commensurate with your background and experience. Pension benefits will be according to Swiss law.

We thank you for applying via www.mercuriurval.ch, Reference: CH-01309. For further information please call +41 22 365 44 44.

Mercuri Urval has offices in Zurich, Nyon, Berne and Lucerne as well as more than 70 branches worldwide.

 

 

SPTI-BOLDT Group Argentina Expands Lottery Network with Hughes Broadband Satellite System

Hughes Supplies 2000 Terminals Across Argentina for Lottery Network

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GERMANTOWN, Md. (March 3, 2016) -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced that it has been awarded a contract by SPTI-Boldt Group Argentina, a major telecommunications service provider, to supply an additional 2,000 Hughes broadband satellite terminals in support of SPTI-Boldt's lottery network.

SPTI-Boldt has been providing service to Banco Provincia using a Hughes broadband satellite system since 2009 to connect 4,000 lottery sites in the Buenos Aires province. 

Fully compliant with the IPoS/DVB-S2 standard, including ACM (Adaptive Coding and Modulation), the Hughes system is the world's most field-proven broadband satellite platform, supporting a wide range of bandwidth-intensive applications including VoIP, high-speed Internet access, interactive distance learning, video conferencing and multimedia streaming.

"We have been very pleased with the performance of the Hughes broadband system over these past several years," said Carlos Biderman, general manager of SPTI-Boldt Group Argentina.

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"We want to continue doing business with a company that shares our vision, who has solutions that meet our current needs, who is innovative, and who exhibits leadership in the development of new technology. Hughes has all of these qualities."

Hugo Frega, senior sales director of the Central America and Latin America (CALA) region at Hughes, said, "This new contract for an additional 2,000 satellite terminals is a testament to the resiliency of our solutions. The Hughes System enables SPTI-Boldt to offer an expanding range of broadband IP services throughout Argentina, employing the most cost-effective satellite platform in the marketplace. We are proud of the relationship we have with SPTI-Boldt and hope to continue it for years to come."

About SPTI-Boldt Group Argentina

Boldt S.A., an Argentine public company, is a leader in information technology services, entertainment centers, tourist resorts, gaming, and security printing. In each of these areas the company sets the standard of excellence, providing comprehensive solutions customized to the needs of each of its customers. Boldt has more than 75 years of experience providing reliable services to its customers.

SPTI is an Argentine telecommunications carrier, formed by Boldt in 1994. Handling over one hundred million transactions per month and connecting more than ten thousand points of presence, SPTI has become Argentina's leading wireless telecommunications company. For additional information, please visit www.boldt.com.ar.

About Hughes Network Systems

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Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the global leader in satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesON™ managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing close to 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.

About EchoStar

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies Corporation and Hughes Network Systems business segments.

For more information, visit echostar.com. Follow @EchoStar on Twitter.

©2016 Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company. Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks and HughesON and JUPITER are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

SOURCE: Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

 

 

Committee of Advertising Practice: Gambling Risk Factors Exercise

A Regulatory Statement on CAP and BCAP’s call for evidence into risk factors associated with advertising that could lead to gambling-related harms

LONDON, U.K. (March 8, 2016)

Executive summary

The UK Advertising Codes include extensive rules on the content and placement of gambling advertising, both in the traditional and online media. There are general provisions requiring a sense of responsibility in gambling advertising and they make clear the need to protect vulnerable groups.

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These are complemented by more focused restrictions intended to prohibit advertising approaches that might unduly appeal, for instance to children or by appealing to peoples’ financial worries, or that might encourage problematic gambling behaviours.

Guidance is provided to help clarify how these and other gambling rules are likely to apply in practice. Together, the rules and the guidance ensure that gambling ads remain responsible and the public receive the right level of protection.

In 2014, CAP and BCAP reviewed the available research on gambling, its advertising and their potential for harm.

The review endorsed their approach to regulating gambling advertising through content, scheduling and placement restrictions supported by guidance to help clarify how the restrictions apply in practice.

However, gaps in the evidence base and the need to be vigilant in this area prompted CAP and BCAP to launch a renewed call for evidence on risk factors associated with gambling advertising with a pledge to address risks that are not presently identified and mitigated by existing rules and guidance.

CAP and BCAP invited submissions from industry bodies, treatment providers, academics, NGOs and other regulators.

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All potential respondents were provided with a document setting out the aims and objectives of the exercise. CAP and BCAP received nine responses, which they have now considered carefully and in detail.

They would like to thank all respondents for providing a range of views, evidence and insights on this important topic.

The responses helped inform CAP and BCAP’s consideration of the policy risks in this area and sense check that the current advertising rules and regulatory framework remain in the right place.

Whilst respondents highlighted some risk factors that are already identified and mitigated by existing rules and guidance, CAP and BCAP consider that no new risk factors were brought to their attention.

CAP and BCAP remain open to considering any new evidence of risks, impacts or potential harms related to the advertising of gambling products or services but consider that responses to the latest call for evidence do not indicate a need to make any changes to the rules or guidance at this time.

CLICK HERE to read/download the full report.

SOURCE: Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

 

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Lottotech Agrees Mediatech Solutions Partnership

Lottery software supplier to distribute online via leading omni-channel platform provider

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MADRID, Spain (March 9, 2016) – Software supplier Lottotech has agreed a deal to extend its online lottery reach through a distribution and services deal with leading omni-channel platform provider Mediatech Solutions.

The partnership will see Mediatech bolster its lottery product offer by integrating Lottotech’s robust and flexible software to its already extensive range of innovative gaming products.

Mediatech’s white-label partners will enjoy access to the company’s lottery solution, which features the largest portfolio of lottery products in the industry.

Among the features included in the deal are Lottotech’s advanced marketing instruments, player lifecycle management tools, and one of the best user experiences on the market.

Mediatech Solutions executive director, Daniel Graetzer, said: “Online lottery is becoming hugely popular and this is a key moment for us to expand our world class content portfolio.

“By partnering with a provider with such a flexible and exciting platform such as Lottotech, we are confident our operators will be able to take advantage of the growing demand.”

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Lottotech CEO, Delzar Khalaf, added: “Mediatech is one of the most innovative and forward-looking gaming technology companies today.

I am delighted that they are teaming up with Lottotech for their strategic expansion into online lottery and looking forward to a great, mutually successful partnership ahead.”

For more information, please CONTACT: Square in the Air Communications, David Bartram, T: +44 (0) 20 3586 1978, E: david@squareintheair.com.

About Mediatech Solutions

Mediatech Solutions is an omni-channel platform provider for the real money and social gaming sectors headquartered in Madrid, Spain. The firm is a part of the R. Franco Group, after the land-based casino supplier took a controlling stake in Mediatech in February 2016.

Mediatech’s core focus is on its next generation real money and social gaming platforms PAS and IRIS, which provide operators with flexible, omni-channel solutions and fast integration. Its platforms serve over 1,200 different slot games, sportsbooks, table games, live casino, bingo and lottery products from a variety of the world's best providers, including NetEnt, Kiron Interactive and Habanero.

Mediatech, founded in 2009, is now the largest omni-channel supplier in Spain and works with a number of operators in regulated markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia. It also offers operational and consulting services.

About Lottotech

Lottotech is a leading lottery software provider which offers digital access to lotteries from around the world through a sophisticated end-to-end solution. Founded in 2013, the company provides a wide range of online lottery products and services such as added-value features and widgets, side games, skins and specialized lotto tools that guarantee an outstanding gaming experience and increased revenues. Among Lottotech’s brands are FTV Lotto, Lotto365.com, LottoPalace, IstLotto, LottoGold and many more.

SOURCE:  Lottotech.

 

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World Patent Marketing Invention Team Introduces Quick Picks, A Technological Invention That Will Make Lottery Dreams Come True

World Patent Marketing Reviews A New Technological Invention. Will Quick Picks Be the Next World Patent Marketing Low Cost Success Story?

LOS ANGELES, California (March 08, 2016) -- World Patent Marketing, a vertically integrated manufacturer and engineer of patented products, announce the Quick Picks, a technological invention that provides the best number combinations for a lottery game.

People all over the world have been purchasing lottery tickets to gain a chance at winning something big,” Jerry Shapiro, Director of Manufacturing and World Patent Marketing Inventions.

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When it comes to choosing numbers, the ones that have personal meaning are usually included in the mix. The Quick Picks is a technological invention which will provide people with a variety of number choices that best that satisfies them the most.”

Quick Picks help improve and provide a better number selection for lottery players. It is a hand held device that is designed with multiple separate digital number screens that would represent a number.

This allows users access to an unlimited amount of number combinations. People who play the lottery would normally use numbers that have special meaning to them.

However, there are times wherein a random set of numbers is preferred and this is where the Quick Picks best fills this need.

P.C. Quick Pick a better and easier way to pick your numbers,” says inventor Jeffrey S. “This technological invention provides people with a better selection of number combinations, thus further providing them with a combination that complements their feelings of luck.”

Felipe Gonzales, a construction worker and avid lottery game player from Los Angeles, CA, has this to say about Quick Picks: “Playing the lottery is definitely a game of chance and luck. However, it would be great if there is a device which will help pick out a better combination of numbers. With the Quick Picks, this is now all possible.”

Quick Picks is a technological invention which will be appreciated by lottery gamers. By being able to gain a seemingly endless amount of number combinations at a moment’s notice, one is able to use a number combination that will provide them with the best sense of luck.

About World Patent Marketing

World Patent Marketing is an innovation incubator and manufacturer of patented products for inventors and entrepreneurs.

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The company is broken into eight operating divisions: Research, Patents, Prototyping, Manufacturing, Retail, Web & Apps, Social Media and Capital Ventures.

As a leader in patent invention services, World Patent Marketing is by your side every step of the way, utilizing our capital and experience to protect, prepare, and manufacture your new product idea and get it out to the market.

Get a patent with World Patent Marketing and the company will send representatives to trade shows every month in order to further advocate for its clients. It is just part of the world patent marketing cost of doing business.

World Patent Marketing Reviews enjoy an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and five star ratings from consumer review sites including: Consumer Affairs, Google, Trustpilot, Customer Lobby, Reseller Ratings, Yelp and My3Cents.

World Patent Marketing is also a proud member of the National Association of Manufacturers, Duns and Bradstreet, the US Chamber of Commerce, the South Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and the New York Inventor Exchange.

Visit the worldpatentmarketing.com website and find out how to patent an invention. Contact us at (888) 926-8174.

SOURCE: World Patent Marketing press release.

 

 

AUSTRALASIAN GAMING EXPO 2016

 

Less Than 9% of Exhibition Space Left, at Australasian Gaming Expo 2016

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (February 22, 2016) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) is delighted to advise that 143 exhibitors have taken exhibition stands to date at the annual Australasian Gaming Expo, to be held on 9-11 August 2016 at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

With less than 751 square metres of exhibition space remaining available, any company wishing to connect with thousands of qualified gaming and hospitality industry decision making executives is advised to contact Rayner Sales & Marketing on 02 9360 6177 or at rayner@bigpond.net.au as soon as convenient.

Fully serviced exhibition facilities including a range of café facilities will be provided for the Australasian Gaming Expo. Complimentary ferry services will operate from Darling Harbour and complimentary shuttle buses will operate from Central Station during the event.

Further information about the venue is available at http://sydneyexhibitioncentre.com.au and further information about the event including an exhibition floor plan is available at www.austgamingexpo.com or from the event app which can be downloaded free of charge from the event website, from the Apple store or Google play.

 

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Entry is complimentary for gaming industry executives, who can register at www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Help line on 02 9211 7430.

Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend unless exhibiting.

Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami Australia and Scientific Games.

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

 

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NASPL Call for Speakers/Participation 2016

 

 

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Want to speak at NASPL Professional Development Seminar? Interested in sharing your expertise, strategies and knowledge with others? Submit your topics and speakers now for this year's sessions.

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Submissions are due by Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Submissions sent by email will not be accepted.

For up to date information visit:

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NASPL Lottery Leadership Institute

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Are you looking to grow or tap into your leadership potential, network with colleagues, challenge your creativity and have fun? Then this seminar is for you. Over 1400 lottery professionals have completed this unique seminar since 1994.

The NASPL Lottery Leadership Institute is designed to develop business leaders at all organizational levels and to bring out the very best performance in each and every employee. In this seminar, we focus on the key issues in today's ever-changing workplace and those that affect our industry.

Sessions are fun / interactive and focus on:

  • Self-Preservation Strategies
  • Effective Communication
  • Team Building and Motivating
  • Change Management

 

This program will reinforce an individual's leadership development through specifically designed exercises and activities that support the leadership practice principles, concepts, and ideas discussed during the week.

The NASPL Lottery Leadership Seminar website is now open.

Click the link below to learn more about the Seminar and how to register.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Cleveland, Ohio for another great event!

 

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Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 (18 - 21 Apr) Now Open

Myanmar

"Operational Excellence - Getting Things Done from Good to Great

18 - 21 April 2016

Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Yangon, Myanmar

 

Click here (Seminar brochure) for more information on the Seminar program.

Click here (Seminar registration form) to register now!

 

The Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) and the World Lottery Association (WLA) are pleased to announce that registration for the APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 is now open!

Operational Excellence is an imperative, alongside the lottery industry’s pressure to perform in this highly competitive environment, to be leaner and more efficient to drive better productivity and bottom line for stakeholders.

With the theme of "Operational Excellence – Getting Things Done from Good to Great”, this Seminar is specially put together with a different format this year.

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Led by distinguished invited speakers, its workshop format focuses on best practices and in-depth interactive learning and sharing, which will come in useful for both emerging and mature lottery organisations.

Each workshop will be followed up with insightful discussions among lottery industry leaders sharing best practices from their respective organizations.  There is also a panel comprising APLA Sponsors, most of whom are also WLA Contributors, sharing their insights from the supplier’s and partner’s perspectives.  

This Seminar caters to both senior and middle managerial levels, particularly those of us working in or dealing with operations.

It gives us insights into achieving operational excellence and also exposes us to other aspects such as web services (also known as cloud computing) and cybersecurity/cyberfraud which will also impact operations.

Hosted by Singapore Pools, the Seminar will be held in Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, a country with unspoiled beauty and mythical allure, undergoing rapid transitions on every front and emerging as the next travellers’ and investors’ hotspot. 

A definite high-point in the networking program is a visit to the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the oldest and most beautiful pagodas in the world.

Highlights of the seminar program include: 

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  •  Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
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  • Mr Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector), Amazon Web Services
    Using Web Services by Lotteries to Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency & Increase Productivity
  • Mr Simon Piff, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC Asia/Pacific
    Managing Cyber Security in the Era of the 3rd Platform
  • Mr Goh Su Gim, Senior Enterprise Cyber Security Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
    It’s Not Just Security, It’s Defence

 

We look forward to seeing you in Yangon, Myanmar from 18 – 21 April, 2016.

 

Accommodation:

The Seminar hotel, Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, is offering discounted room rates specially for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 participants and their companions.  As April is a peak period for tourism in Yangon, please make your booking early.  The necessary information is in the Seminar brochure.

 

SOURCE: Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA).

 



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