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Vol. 74 No.13 - Monday March 28, 2016


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Governor Appoints New Director of the Arizona Lottery

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PHOENIX, Arizona (March 18, 2016) -- Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Gregory Edgar director of the Arizona State Lottery.

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Gregory brings more than two decades of experience in strategic communications, media relations, brand development and management, marketing, public policy and more,” said Governor Ducey.

His extensive background, proven record of leadership and strong reputation for solving problems and getting results will be a valuable asset to Lottery and to the administration. We’re glad to have him on the team.” 

Mr. Edgar is the founder of Edgar Strategic Communications, a firm he started in 2014 that focuses on delivering effective communications strategy and positive media positioning.

He previously served for more than 20 years as chief operating officer and senior communications strategist for Gordon C. James Public Relations.

In this role, Mr. Edgar was responsible for managing the firm’s daily operations while directing communication campaigns for a variety of clients – including Arizona Public Service, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Snickers Brand, and the White House – as well as developing media pitches, producing client events and creating grassroots issue campaigns.

Mr. Edgar earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Arizona State University.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Doug Ducey.

 

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Scientific Games To Welcome More Than 500 Attendees at EMPOWER(SM) Customer Conference from March 29-31 at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to Deliver Keynote Address

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 21, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company) today announced that will host its inaugural EMPOWER customer conference showcasing the Company's innovative solutions, convergence technologies and the industry's broadest gaming, lottery, and interactive product portfolio.

 

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The EMPOWER conference evolved from Bally Technologies' Systems User Conference, which was held for 11 years at casino resorts across the United States. Following the merger of Scientific Games and Bally Technologies in 2014, the Company is now planning an expanded event to incorporate its three business divisions, making EMPOWER the only private, global conference of its kind in the gaming and lottery industry.

The EMPOWER conference keynote speaker is Apple Computer co-founder and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, who helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple's first line of products and influenced the popular Macintosh. Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985 – the highest honor bestowed on America's leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology. Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with a New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.

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Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Philanthropist and Chief Scientist for Fusion-io, is the keynote speaker at Scientific Games' EMPOWER Customer Conference, March 29-31, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games, said, "EMPOWER attendees are in for an incredible three days of innovation, technology, and entertainment designed to propel them to new levels of professional and personal success.

"The conference is a must-attend for every Scientific Games customer seeking to learn more about our new combined business and the integrated approach we deliver with the industry's most comprehensive and inventive product suite. We look forward to engaging our customers with great speakers, powerful insights, and lots of fun. Most of all, this is an opportunity for us to listen and learn from our customers while we inform, inspire, and entertain."

More than 500 casino and lottery operators, sponsors, partners, and members of the media are registered for EMPOWER. The conference promises to be Scientific Games' largest customer event ever, with a footprint 30 percent greater than the Company's 26,000 square foot exhibit at the 2015 Global Gaming Expo (G2E).

The high-energy three-day conference brings together the Scientific Games customer community to provide attendees with world-class professional development, hands-on product demonstrations, fast-paced workshops, direct access to product experts, and valuable networking events.

EMPOWER will provide powerful insights on how casino and lottery operators can capitalize on the increasing convergence of gaming, lottery, and interactive technologies and utilize the industry's broadest, most innovative, and most exciting product portfolio to drive revenue, improve operating efficiencies, and increase player engagement.

To collaborate and learn, attendees can take advantage of more than 40 interactive sessions, including:

Informative Conference Tracks: Games, Systems, Table Products, Lottery, and Interactive

Sessions Targeted for Your Business: Mobile, Marketing, Big Data, The 360-Degree Customer, Slot Floor of the Future, Emerging Technology, and more!

Fast-Paced How-To Workshops: Designed to help you maximize your investment in Scientific Games solutions

Speakers: In addition to Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, hear from casino and lottery industry thought leaders as well as Scientific Games executives

Hands-On Product Demonstrations: Spend time experiencing Scientific Games' new products yourself through hands-on demonstrations of our visionary games, systems, table products, lottery, and interactive solutions

To play, mix, and mingle, attendees should also consider:

  • Golf Tournament at The Las Vegas Country Club: Enjoy sunshine, well-manicured greens, views of the Las Vegas Strip, and plenty of peer-to-peer networking
  • Wine Tasting Lunch: Surprising reds and delightful whites will be paired with a delicious lunch at Planet Hollywood's glamorous Strip House

 

EMPOWER is sponsored by 3M, Axiomtek, BCM Advanced Research, eConnect, Effinet Systems, Inc., JCM Global, KIOSK Information Systems, NRT Technology Corp., Olea Kiosks Inc., Synopsys, Touch Dynamic, TransAct Technologies, Inc., Yesco, and Zebra Technologies.

To register for EMPOWER or for more information on sponsoring the conference, please visit ScientificGames.com or download the conference app on iTunes or Google Play.

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 shufflers; 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 ScientificGames.com.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games: 

Bill Pfund

+1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Mollie Cole

+1 773-961-1194

Director, Corporate Communications

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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INTRALOT to Merge Its Italian Activities with Gamenet

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ATHENS, Greece (March 21, 2016) -- INTRALOT Group and Trilantic Capital Partners Europe, the controlling shareholder of Gamenet S.p.A.  ("Gamenet"), announce they signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ,  to merge the Italian activities of the INTRALOT Group into those of Gamenet, a leading VLT and AWP concessionaire and retailer in Italy and a betting and online operator.

Following completion of the transaction, INTRALOT Group is envisaged to control 20% of the combined operations. With a network of approximately 800 betting POS, that will continue to use INTRALOT’s brand name, ca. 8.200 VLTs, over 50.000 AWPs and more than 60 directly owned and managed gaming halls, the new group will become one of the largest operators in the Italian gaming market.

The Group CEO of INTRALOT, Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, commented on the deal:

Since acquiring a betting operator license in Italy in 2007 and at a later stage VLT and AWP licenses, INTRALOT has established a strong presence in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the world. We are thrilled about the great prospects of a partnership with Gamenet that will enhance our product offering and presence in the country, in line with our strategy to seek synergies with strong local partners in promising gaming markets around the Globe”.

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Gamenet CEO, Mr. Guglielmo Angelozzi, commented on the deal: “This is a strategic step for us, as we were seeking size and diversification to complement our vertical integration programmes. We look forward to capture all the synergies from this combination and seize all the opportunities available in the market in the next years, also leveraging on the partnership with a global betting provider as the INTRALOT Group”.

Completion of the transaction, which is expected by June 2016, is, inter alia, subject to approvals by the corporate bodies of INTRALOT and Gamenet and by competent public authorities.

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide.

Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth.

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

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: tzimou@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Joins Bidder Consortium for Italian Lotto Concession

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (March 18, 2016 (OTS) – NOVOMATIC, Europe's leading gaming technology group, has entered, together with Lottomatica, a subsidiary of International Game Technology (IGT), Italian Gaming Holding (IGH), a subsidiary of SAZKA Group, and EMMA Capital and Arianna 2001, an entity affiliated with the Federation of Italian Tobacconists, into a consortium to bid for the Italian lottery concession.

This bidder consortium bundles the know-how and the financial resources of all its partners to collaboratively continue the success story of the Lotto game in Italy.

The consortium submitted its bid on March 16, 2016 in accordance with the submission deadline. If the concession is awarded to the consortium, a joint venture will be established and Lottomatica will act as the principal operating partner.

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By joining this consortium, NOVOMATIC in particular continues the successful cooperation with SAZKA Group and EMMA Capital, which started in Austria with a partnership agreement for Casinos Austria”, said NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann. In addition, NOVOMATIC is in talks with SAZKA Group about further co-operations in Greece and other countries.

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.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC.

 

 

Montana Lottery Game 10 Spot Will End April 2

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HELENA, Montana (March 18, 2016) – The Montana Lottery’s 10 Spot game will end after the 7:30 p.m. draw on Sunday, April 2, 2016.

10 Spot was originally launched in February of 2010 as an exclusive Montana Lottery game. 

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The end of 10 Spot gives the Montana Lottery the opportunity to launch their new daily game, Big Sky Bonus, which goes on sale on April 3.

All prizes and jackpots for 10 Spot will be funded for the standard 184 day from date-of-draw claim window. All monies that were wagered on 10 Spot are being used to seed the prize fund for Big Sky Bonus and for game promotion.

10 Spot enjoyed a devoted group of players and the Montana Lottery thanks them for supporting the game all these years.

The Montana Lottery was created by voter referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $497 million in prizes and returned approximately $224 million to the State of Montana.

CONTACT:  George Kesel, Phone: (406) 444-5806, Email: gkesel2@mt.gov.

SOURCE: Montana Lottery.

 

 

Gas Monkey Garage™ Scratch Ticket Goes On Sale Today

Game offers the chance to win a custom Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat

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AUSTIN, Texas (March 21, 2016) – The Texas Lottery and Gas Monkey Garage™ have teamed up on a new $2 scratch ticket that offers more than $8.6 million in total prizes, five top prizes of $25,000, and a chance to win a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat customized by Gas Monkey Garage™. The scratch ticket goes on sale today at Texas Lottery® retail locations throughout Texas.

If you know anything about Gas Monkey Garage, you know we’re not afraid to gamble. You also know that we are a Texas brand, through and through. So, partnering with the Texas Lottery just made sense,” said Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage™ and star of DISCOVERY CHANNEL's toprated show Fast N' Loud.

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Players that do not win instantly can enter non-winning tickets into one of four promotional second-chance drawings. Four finalists will be chosen and will receive $10,000 for travel to participate in the Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat giveaway event at Gas Monkey Garage™ in Dallas. One of the lucky finalists will win the car, which will feature a custom decorative finish by Gas Monkey Garage™.

We are excited to partner with Richard Rawlings and a successful Texas-based brand like Gas Monkey Garage,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We anticipate that our players and fans of Gas Monkey Garage and Fast N’ Loud will respond enthusiastically to this new game.”

Gas Monkey Garage™ merchandise prize packs will also be given away through the second-chance drawings. Each of the 1,200 prize packs, valued at $595, include:

  • Gas Monkey Garage™ branded plush robe
  • Gas Monkey Garage™ neon wall clock
  • Gas Monkey Garage™ branded trucker-style hat with adjustable strap
  • Gas Monkey Garage™ branded stainless steel cooler
  • Gas Monkey Garage™ branded speaker with full stereo sound and Bluetooth functionality
  • Gas Monkey Garage™ branded wheeled travel duffel bag with large zippered storage

 

Players can join Richard Rawlings and the Texas Lottery at a launch party for the ticket at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill on March 24 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill is located at 10261 Technology Blvd. in Dallas.

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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.

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

About Gas Monkey Garage

Gas Monkey Garage is an automotive restoration shop in Dallas, TX, that is featured on the hit television program Fast N’ Loud. Owner, Richard Rawlings, along with master mechanic Aaron Kaufman, finds abandoned classic cars dating back to the 1920s and brings them back to life and back on the road. For more information, visit http://gasmonkeygarage.com and follow @GasMonkeyGarage on Twitter.

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

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

ALEA Conference Agrees to Continue Working on the Draft Amendments to the Tax Law Awards

Continuidad y renovación: definiciones sobre proyectos de ley y convenios en marcha

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CORDOBA, Argentina (March 21, 2016) -- On March 17, in the City of Buenos Aires, the Board of la Asociación de Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA) met. After addressing the Balance Sheet of the Association, the authorities led by President CP Thomas Felix Elizalde, provided definitions of each of the items on the agenda.

About the Law on Tax Awards (Law 20630) Project defined continue its development in order to achieve the modification of the minimum tax to be recalled, it was sanctioned in December 1973, promulgated in January 1974, as amended in 1992 and then last updated in 2003. the common goal of regulators is to update the minimum amount exempt ($ 1200), which now reaches virtually the entire awards official games, including smaller, favouring the proliferation of illegal gambling or illegal, because it puts the official game at a distinct disadvantage against alternatives that do not retain the aforementioned tax and generates significant losses on bets the official game.

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Amendment updating its minimum amount would result in higher revenues to spend on social action and would impact positively on the daily administrative operation of regulators. It is recalled, would not mean any harm to the Treasury because the tax represents only 0.1% of total national tax revenue, being the 3rd lowest income.

Seguidamente, about combat illegal gambling, different views were expressed and analyzed alternatives to amend existing legislation and raising the criminalization of violation of criminal offense. From the records compiled by the Administrative Technical Secretariat ALEA on the drafts previously prepared, authorities in different jurisdictions presented visions and needs to provide tools to agencies to combat this extremely serious scourge, it was decided to form a group of technicians and specialists in order to carry out a bill aimed at achieving a breakthrough in the legal classification.

In another order of topics, about the Convention of Partnership and Cooperation between the National Authority for Communications (ENACOM, ex AFSCA) and ALEA signed in order to ensure compliance with Article 81 of Law 26,522 of Audio visual Communication Services, based on the advertising of gambling, defined continue monitoring the proceedings brought in the matter, which has already generated a score of violations who spread by the media in our country offering illegal gambling.

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It is recalled that ALEA, along with regulators, serve respectively reference and authority on this subject and to this end, work on regularly updating the map of Argentina authorized games.

Then, each of the Chairmen of Advisory and Coordinating Unit presented the developed issues and proposals for future work.

ALEA participation in the meeting of Board of La Corporacion Iberoamericana de Loterias y Apuestas (CIBELAE) and the 'Game Seminar on line: Present and Future', in Uruguay, was the next topic addressed.

In this regard, the CP Elizalde produced a synthesis in which he mentioned the work requested the Association in its role as Treasurer of the Corporation on the Budget of the Latin American entity; Buenos Aires's nomination to host the 2018 World Meeting Lotteries organized by the WLA; and welcomed the Seminar, while he reviewed the positions of Brazil, Chile and Paraguay on online gaming and reaffirmed the need for concerted positions in our country to advance the issue.

Finally, various organizational aspects of the 66th Ordinary Meeting to be held on Thursday, May 5 in San Martin de Los Andes exposed. In this regard, the President of the Provincial Institute of Gaming Neuquen and Vice President of ALEA, CP Alfredo Monaco, gave details and presented an audiovisual provided useful for participants and members of the event information, choosing the be made authorities Association for the biennium 2016-2017.

SOURCE: la Asociación de Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA) (translation by Google).

 

 

Lottery Celebrates Over One Million Scholarships & Grants Awarded

Over $3.6 billion raised; 1,000,000 educational opportunities for Tennesseans

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (March 23, 2016) -- Celebrating the number One Million is nothing new for the Tennessee Lottery. But this time the excitement isn’t about the latest millionaire—it’s a celebration of the one millionth education award funded by the Lottery, which has officially been granted.

This milestone is a testament to the Lottery’s ongoing success and its impact on helping Tennessee students achieve their higher education goals,” said Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove. “We remain committed to maximizing dollars for these vital scholarships and grants, which can be the primary means for a student to achieve a postsecondary education.”

According to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program has more than doubled the amount of scholarships and grants given out each year since its creation in 2004. The number of awards has grown to an average of approximately 100,000 each year, with the milestone of one million recently crossed.

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The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship has transformed education opportunity in our state and made college attainable for many Tennessee students,” said Russ Deaton, interim executive director of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. “Each scholarship awarded, and each student who benefits from the program, moves Tennessee closer to reaching our postsecondary attainment goals.”

Since the first HOPE Scholarships and technical skills grants were awarded in the fall of 2004, Tennessee Education Lottery Programs have grown to include a variety of financial assistance programs, including the Aspire Award, dual enrollment grants, Helping Heroes grants, and Tennessee Promise. For more information about Lottery-funded programs, visit

http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/topic/tennessee-education-lottery-programs and http://tennesseepromise.gov/.

The Lottery celebrated its 12th anniversary on January 20 with the announcement of yet another record quarter and a total of more than $3.6 billion for education. The Lottery’s stellar performance—growth every year since inception—is thought to be a U.S. record for consecutive years of sales growth.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $9.7 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $930 million in retailer commissions. For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, E: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com, T: 615-324-6556.

SOURCE: Tennessee Lottery.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Receives Top Vendor Award

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 22, 2016) - The Kroger Co. has selected the Hoosier Lottery as a 2015 Vendor of the Year as part of its annual program to recognize vendor partners who share the grocery chain's business and community values.

"The Kroger Co. values collaborative partnerships, whether serving customers in our stores or neighbors in local communities," John Elliott, Kroger spokesman, said. "Our greatest results come from working side-by-side with companies who share our business and community values. Each year we celebrate the very best vendor partners with our Vendor of the Year awards. We are honored to recognize Hoosier Lottery as a Vendor of the Year for 2015."

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Kroger Central Division selects the Vendor of the Year award winners. Hoosier Lottery was chosen for the award based on a mix of merchandising, operations, customer service and community support metrics.

"The members of our Hoosier Lottery team take great pride in the work that we do and in knowing that the citizens of our great state benefit from the results," said Sarah M. Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery.  "We thank Kroger for this award and for being such a great Hoosier Lottery retailer. Kroger has been a valuable retail partner to the Hoosier Lottery for more than 26 years, and we value the collaboration between our two organizations."

Kroger has been a Hoosier Lottery retailer since the lottery began in 1989 and sells Hoosier Lottery products at each of its 101 grocery stores and 77 fuel centers across Kroger's central division in Indiana. Recently, the Hoosier Lottery held a press conference at the Kroger store in Speedway, Ind. to announce the official scratch-off ticket for the 100th Running of the Indy 500.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Download Hoosier Lottery logos here.

CONTACT: Carrie Stroud, Hoosier Lottery Chief of Staff, E: cstroud@hoosierlottery.in.gov,

T: 317-264-4840 office or 317-319-9075 cell.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

OpenBet and BC Lottery Corporation Partner to Make Sports Betting Simpler

Sports Pools to launch on Canadian operator’s PlayNow.com portal

LONDON, U.K. (March 18, 2016) – OpenBet, the world’s leading software provider to the sports betting industry, has partnered with BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) to launch Sports Pools on PlayNow.com, British Columbia’s gambling website. 

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OpenBet has worked closely with BCLC since they launched their initial online gaming offering in June 2010, when it delivered Canada’s first online casino on OpenBet’s leading platform and centralised account (Player Account Management). Since then, OpenBet and BCLC have continued to develop the offering through new games like Sports Pools.

Sports Pools is a first for a regulated online gambling site in Canada. Sports Pools engages all levels of fans with their favourite sports and doesn’t require knowledge of sportsbook odds.

With a $5 buy-in, players can test their sports knowledge against each other for a chance to win or share the prize pool. Players pick the winning outcome for all the match-ups on a betting card, or randomly choose winners with the ‘quick pick’ feature. The jackpot goes to the players who pick the required amount of correct outcomes.

OpenBet CEO Jeremy Thompson-Hill commented: “We are delighted to continue our work with BCLC through the launch of Sports Pools.”

OpenBet is focused on working with our customers to develop technology that offers a superior player experience with new entertaining ways to play. Sports Pools is a great new product for BCLC and one we have been pleased to work with them in developing.”

BCLC Vice President eGaming Monica Bohm added: “Sports Pools offers sports fans an innovative and easy point of entry into sports betting that is fun and appealing.

It is another example of PlayNow.com delivering the very best in gambling entertainment to British Columbians while helping communities across the province grow.” 

BCLC offers socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. Each year, revenue from gambling contributes more than $1 billion to fund important provincial, municipal and charitable programs across B.C.

For more information about OpenBet, please CONTACT: Olivia Gillibrand, Head of Marketing, T: +44 (0)7701 037513, E: olivia.gillibrand@openbet.com.

For more information about BCLC, please CONTACT: BCLC Media Relations, T: +1 604-225-6460, E: mediarelations@bclc.com.

SOURCE: OpenBet.

 

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Ladbrokes Unveil Frankie Dettori As Brand Ambassador

We've signed a sporting legend!

UNITED KINGDOM (March 21, 2016) -- Frankie Dettori has signed an exclusive deal with Ladbrokes to become a brand ambassador for the bookmaker with immediate effect.

The deal will see Dettori become the face of some marketing, brand, media and internal communications campaigns for the firm while his racing views will be published throughout the year exclusively.

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The deal, which is the most extensive of its kind to date for Ladbrokes will also make use of Dettori’s profile to promote other events in the bookmaker’s portfolio of sport sponsorships.

Commenting on the news Frankie Dettori said: “I am really pleased to be working with Ladbrokes. I’ve come to know the team there very well over the years and I’m looking forward to working more closely with them now. It’s a challenge I am excited about and it’s a great opportunity to promote racing as widely as possible.”

Dan Staples, Marketing Director, UK at Ladbrokes said: “Frankie has been the biggest name in the sport for two decades. He is pure box office and we’re delighted that he’s joining Ladbrokes as our ambassador. His sporting passion for everything from Ascot to Arsenal is infectious and makes him stand out as the ultimate fit for our brand.”

Staples added: “We can’t wait to get Frankie involved in work that is sure to excite our customers and colleagues. His views throughout the upcoming Flat season are also sure to be entertaining.”

SOURCE: Ladbrokes.

 

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DJI's Qingdao Baifa Joint Venture Launches First Approved Mobile Lottery App with Shandong Sports Lottery

Major milestone in DJI's recovery from China's online lottery sales suspension, supported by Premier League football relationships

CHESHIRE, U.K.  (March 22, 2016) -- DJI Holdings plc (AIM: DJI, "the Group", "DJI"), a licensed promotion solutions and service provider of Chinese sports and welfare lottery products to third party retailers and direct to consumers, is pleased to announce a major expansion of its key partnership in Shandong with the launch of mobile sales across one of China's largest lottery markets.   

Qingdao Baifa Network Science Technology Service Co Ltd (Qingdao Baifa), DJI's 50% held joint venture, will collaborate with Shandong Sports Lottery, the lottery authority for Shandong Province, to promote the first Ministry of Finance approved mobile lottery sales app throughout the province. DJI will be responsible for developing and executing the marketing strategy for Qingdao Baifa and Shandong Sports Lottery.

The launch follows the successful implementation of DJI's trials of Sports Lottery products via mobile phones in Shandong's Qingdao City announced in October 2015. It marks a major development and revenue opportunity for DJI while online sales of lottery products remain suspended in China.

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Shandong, with 15 million lottery players, is a key market for DJI.  The province has the second highest sports lottery sales in China, an 11% market share totalling approximately RMB 15.89bn (£1.75bn) in 2014, with mobile sales comprising 40% and rising. Its Gross Domestic Product is the third highest in China and mobile phone penetration is close to 90%.

The Shandong Sports Lottery has one of only three mobile lottery apps approved by the Ministry of Finance. It is the only mobile app authorised to sell Big Lotto (China's most popular Sports Lottery draw game and the equivalent of the main Saturday night draw in other countries) and Jingcai (football betting), the fastest growing lottery game in China.  The rapidly growing popularity of football in China was the main driver of the near doubling of online Sports Lottery revenues in Shandong in 2014 to approximately RMB 6.5bn (£715m). That trend continued into the first two months of 2015, prior to the online sales suspension.

DJI's contribution of a unique promotion strategy for the mobile app, through its access to leading football clubs and other sporting relationships, is expected to be an important

element of growing sales. Qingdao Baifa will utilise DJI's exclusive Chinese lottery partnerships with both Arsenal and Manchester City football clubs to promote and support the "Shandong mobile online app" with unique tailored content and 'money can't buy' special prizes such as signed merchandise, trips to football clubs and meeting the players in person. The 2014 soccer World Cup significantly enhanced lottery sales across China during 2014 and the Euro 2016 tournament in June this year is expected to be an important revenue-enhancing event for the lottery industry.

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Qingdao Baifa is expected to generate significant revenues for its partners in 2016. The official app's total sales ran at approximately RMB 40m (£4.4m) a month during restricted trials in late 2014 and early 2015. Average Revenue per User (ARPU) was approximately RMB 400 (£44). The trials were limited in numbers and reach within the province, with players recruited in physical stores. These consumers are, historically, lower value lottery players. However, the JV intends to accelerate recruitment of higher-spending, white-collar users by offering incentives to new Sports Lottery registrants and collaborating with promotional partners China Mobile (62 million users in Shandong Province), China Unicom (32 million users) and China UnionPay, the country's only bankcard operator.

DJI will contribute to Qingdao Baifa's marketing costs and will provide technology support, while developing the JV's promotion strategy and lending operational assistance in its implementation. Qingdao Baifa's financial controls will be managed by DJI.

Update re China lottery industry

Online sales of lottery products remain suspended in China pending the publication of new regulations by central government lottery authorities and the Ministry of Finance. The lottery industry maintains its firm expectation that the central government will lift the suspension and, in due course, vigorously promote this public welfare project. Recent investment in lottery operations by major Chinese corporations, not least the purchase of a controlling stake in AG Tech, the Hong Kong listed lottery operator and technology business, by Alibaba and Ant Financial, indicates the confidence of sector operators in the opportunity for growth in the lottery market in China.

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The Board of DJI remains hopeful but patient as it awaits the return of a better regulated lottery landscape. In the meantime, the Company's strategy continues to focus on working with channel partners, government and provincial lottery centres to identify new revenue streams using its robust, secure, flexible and scalable technology and regulatory platform. DJI is in discussions with a number of significant partners and provinces in China and the Company looks forward to announcing these in the near future.

Commenting on the exciting development for DJI in Shandong, Chief Executive Darren Mercer said

"This is a major milestone for DJI in using its rich experience of channel marketing and English Premier League club resources to promote the Chinese lottery since the suspension of online sales 12 months ago. The opportunity to launch the only officially approved mobile lottery app in China's second largest provincial lottery market is expected to make a substantially material impact on group revenues in the current financial year.  The prospect of marketing a product that will allow millions of lottery players to take part online through their mobile phones is enormously exciting. We look forward to leveraging our exclusive football agreements and Qingdao Baifa's rights to market through third parties to dramatically expand the promotion channels for Shandong's sports lottery games."

For further information please CONTACT: DJI Holdings plc. Darren Mercer, Group Chief Executive, T: +44 (0) 1565 872990.

About DJI Holdings plc

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DJI's strategy is to capitalise on the rapidly expanding Chinese lottery market and the opportunity to deliver lottery ticket fulfilment sales to its substantial client base of large Chinese corporations (B2B) and individual consumers via the Group's owned and operated websites (B2C), within the online and mobile environment.

Through the Group's long-standing relationships with the Chinese regulators, portfolio of lottery contracts and reliable technology platform, the Group is well positioned to capture the market opportunity.

The principal activities of the Group are the development, promotion and distribution of authorised lottery products in China. DJI's subsidiaries are licensed and/or contractually authorised to distribute and promote Sports and Welfare lottery products online, via mobile and through physical retail outlets across China.

The Group has a differentiated approach to the Chinese lottery market in that DJI operates throughout the promotion and distribution value chain. The Group offers:

  • front-end lottery ticket sales via websites owned and operated by the Group, third party websites, mobile applications and physical retail outlets
  • back-office lottery ticket fulfilment services to large online and offline lottery partners

 

Beyond the Group's lottery activities, DJI has a joint venture with the Heilongjiang Provincial Sports Bureau (HSB) to provide support services to all of HSB's commercial activities. These include football and winter sports in the province, including China's largest ski resort, Tabuli.

 The HSB joint venture includes, for the first time in a Chinese province, a Business-to-Business (B2B) online booking system for sports, based on DJI's technology. The JV agreed terms with three of China's largest online portals to sell and promote this B2B system from 1 November 2015.

SOURCE: DJI Holdings plc.

 

 

Synot Group Partner Latvian Football Higher League

LATVIA (March 16, 2016) -- Latvian football Higher League has a new partner. SYNOT Group has lent the name of SYNOT TIP to the Latvian league. The news was announced just today at a press conference, which was held in Riga, Latvia.

"For the main league sponsorship have competed several companies. However, none of them, could not compete with the offer from the SYNOT Group. We are honored to have such a well-known and experienced partner. SYNOT Group has already done a great job in the sponsorship of different leagues and sports teams all around Europe. I do believe that mentioned experience and our shared vision will result in the growth of the league and that three very successful years are certainly ahead of us," said Emils Latkovskis, CEO of Latvian football Higher League.

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"I am sincerely glad that the name of SYNOT Group will be associated with Latvian football Higher League. I am truly convinced that the cooperation will be very effective and will bring the local football a lot of positives. Our primary aim is to make individual matches attended by more and more satisfied and enthusiastic fans. With the support of sport at all levels - from the smallest clubs across the league teams to the highest league, has SYNOT Group years of experience from several countries in which it operates."

"These include the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Monaco. At the same time, we are dealing with possible cooperation in other countries," said the chairman of the board of the WCV Cyprus Limited, Ivo Valenta.

This year Latvian League continues already 25th season and the official launch is scheduled for Friday, 11th of March, 2016.

About SYNOT Group

SYNOT Group operates in Latvia for more than 20 years, through the company Sia Joker Ltd. Moreover, two years ago, SYNOT Group also started to operate a sports betting and online lotteries, for which obtained a license.

SYNOT Group as an international company employs around 3000 employees and operates on nearly all continents, i.e. approximately in twenty countries worldwide.

To sum up, SYNOT Group operates in Europe, Africa, America, and Australia and from now also in Asia. In addition to the lottery industry, and the leading-edge in IT technologies, software solutions and gaming devices, SYNOT Group also focuses on investments in tourism and sport, support of start-up projects, media activities and other business sectors. Its annual turnover is approximately 16 billion Czech crowns (599 million euro).

CONTACT:  Mgr. Magda Pekařová, tisková mluvčí, Mobil:  +420 739 604 032, E-mail: magda.pekarova@synot.cz.

SOURCE: SYNOT Group

 

 

Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announce Five New Members Join Organization

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 23, 2016) – The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of five new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the world’s leading gaming suppliers to a total of 154, an all-time high.

The new AGEM members are:

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  • APEX gaming, based in Budweis, Czech Republic, provides complete gaming solutions for all applications such as slot machines, multiplayer games, online and mobile.
  • Casino Screens, based in Essex, United Kingdom, is a provider of complete screens for digital signage and monitors for use in VLT and gaming machines.
  • RMMC, based in Las Vegas, is a sales and marketing consultancy headed by gaming industry veteran Robert McMonigle.
  • Slot Constructor, based in Las Vegas, is a software game development company.
  • Tohkoh Plastics America, based in San Diego, is a supplier and manufacturer of plastics and LED lights.

 

AGEM is a non-profit international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, lotteries, systems, table games, online technology, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives.

For more information, visit www.AGEM.org.

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, T: +1 (702) 413-4278

SOURCE: Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

 

 

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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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.

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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.

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: 

  • Ms Catherine DeVrye, Best-selling Author of 8 Books, Speaker on Customer Service, Managing Change and Resilience, and past winner of Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award
    Add Value – not Cost – to Your Bottom Line… and Your Life
  •  Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
    The ABC’s of Activity Based Costing
  • 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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