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IGT’s Global Technology Solutions Support Organization Reaffirms CMMI® Level 3 Rating

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LONDON, U.K. (January 19, 2016 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI®-DEV), version 1.3 for IGT’s Global Technology Lotteries Support organization. While IGT received its initial maturity Level 3 rating in 2004, this latest appraisal confirms IGT’s continued commitment to following established industry best practices while providing high quality software solutions and services.  CMMI® Level 3 rating is highly coveted due to its rigorous assessment of a vendor’s software and systems engineering, program management, and organizational process management capabilities.

Having been successfully appraised again at CMMI Maturity Level 3, along with our two recent NASPL re-certifications for requirements definition and development best practices, reaffirms the Company’s commitment to software excellence,” said Matthew Whalen, IGT Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lottery. “It is a reflection of the hard work of our employees and demonstrates how IGT ensures our global lottery customers are provided with best-in-class solutions.”

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CMMI® is an internationally-acknowledged approach, used in 101 countries, that employs best practices to appraise, recognize, and guide process improvements throughout an entire organization.  CMMI®-DEV, which focuses on Software and Systems Engineering, is a framework that defines a set of objective standards for assessing an organization’s full range of engineering (systems, software, and hardware), program management, organizational management processes, and other supporting processes used in development and maintenance.

IGT’s maturity rating was confirmed by Process Improvement and Compliance LLC. (PI&C) via an appraisal performed in accordance with the Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPISM) Class A methodology. Since 2004, IGT’s Global Technology Lotteries Support organization has instituted CMMI-DEV compliant processes across six continents.

CMMI® is the result of more than 20 years of ongoing work at Carnegie Mellon University by members of industry, government, and the Software Engineering Institute. The CMMI Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, is working to build upon CMMI’s success, advance the state of the practice, accelerate the development and adoption of best practices, and provide solutions to the emerging needs of businesses around the world. Published appraisal results are available at https://sas.cmmiinstitute.com/pars/pars.aspx.

About IGT

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

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

CONTACT:

 

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

Italian media inquiries

Simone Cantagallo,

(+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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INTRALOT Awarded 10-Year Contract in Chile

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ATHENS, Greece (January 21, 2016) -- INTRALOT Group has signed a contract with the State Lottery organization of Chile ‘Polla Chilena de Beneficencia’ S.A. for the management of its games including the provision of integrated, best-of-breed technological solutions and services, as well as operational support services. Polla Chilena operates national numerical, instant lottery, and sports betting games in Chile. The ten-year contract, with the option to extend for an additional period of two years, follows a competitive procurement process.

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Under the terms of the contract INTRALOT will install its flagship LOTOS™ O/S Gaming System, as well as 2,700 Photon terminals, incorporating INTRALOT’s innovative Icon Digital Imaging technology, plus 800 Genion multi-functional terminals, in Polla Chilena Points of Sale countrywide.

INTRALOT will support Polla Chilena in its endeavour to improve customer experience by redesigning Polla Chilena’s gaming portal using INTRALOT iGaming Console (iGC), a management and content delivery platform, and by offering its modern native mobile applications, for lottery and sports betting, to the Chilean players. iGC is fully integrated with the Interactive Gaming Platform (iGP), our dynamic player account and relationship management platform that includes, among others, advanced marketing tools through interactive channels.

Moreover, INTRALOT will provide its Horizon Platform for the delivery of multimedia content on screens installed in Polla Chilena stores. As far as Fixed Odds Betting is concerned, INTRALOT will improve the Xperto FOB game through its iFlex platform, coupled with world class trading and sports betting management services. INTRALOT will also renovate Polla Chilena’s e-Instant games portfolio and look-and-feel with its Remote Gaming System (RGS).

Mr. Edmundo Dupre Echeverría, Chief Executive Officer of Polla Chilena de Beneficencia S.A., stated: “We are happy to have INTRALOT back in Chile; especially after winning a long and very competitive tender. My congratulations to the Company for its bid submission and we are confident that, with the collaboration of Polla Chilena’s team, we will be able to make a qualitative technological leap in the Chilean gaming industry and demonstrate to other Latin American Lotteries new processes and games, which offer more entertainment to our clients and better results to all our stakeholders”.

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Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, stated: “Polla Chilena de Beneficencia is one of our first clients and we are really pleased to re-establish our cooperation with our valued partner. Together with Polla Chilena de Beneficencia we are entering a new era envisaging to transform the gaming landscape of Chile, bringing in the leading technology and pioneering gaming services of Intralot coupled with the operational excellence and proven experience of the Intralot team. We will work with Polla Chilena de Beneficencia  to offer to the Chileans unprecedented gaming experiences and big prizes in a responsible manner always securing the highest levels of integrity.”

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Launch Mobile Games with British Columbia Lottery Corporation's PlayNow.com

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LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO (January 13, 2015) – Scientific Games Corporation (“Scientific Games” or ”the Company”), today announced the launch of mobile real money gaming as an enhancement of its commercial relationship with Canada based British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).

In addition to their desktop games, BCLC’s PlayNow.com is now live on mobile with games from SG Interactive’s Bally and  Williams game development studios. Content includes player favorites like Cash Wizard, Montezuma, Cash Spin, Raging Rhino, Lady Robin Hood, Zeus and Zeus III with more titles to come.

PlayNow.com is excited to offer its players a variety of new games to engage with by bringing popular land based content to the mobile platform.

Bob Hays, Vice President Global Commercial, Interactive at Scientific Games said, “This is a significant step in our relationship with BCLC. It’s important to be omni- channel in a world where mobile devices now outnumber humans and the expectation for a seamless gaming experience continues to grow. We’re excited about the opportunity to work with BCLC to deliver more content for both desktop and mobile moving forward, ensuring players can engage whenever and wherever they are.

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About Scientific Games

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

About BCLC

BCLC is a Crown corporation in British Columbia, Canada offering socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating more than $1 billion in net income each year to benefit provincial and community programs across B.C. Learn more at http://www.bclc.com/.

 Bally, Williams, Cash Wizard, Montezuma, Cash Spin, Raging Rhino, Lady Robin Hood, Zeus and Zeus III are marks owned in the United States or elsewhere by, or under license to or from, Scientific Games Corporation or one of its directly or indirectly wholly owned companies.

© 2015 Scientific Games. All Rights Reserved.

Company CONTACTS:

Investor Relations: Scientific Games, Bill Pfund, Vice President, Investor Relations, +1 702-532-7663, Email: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations: Scientific Games, Mollie Cole, Director, Corporate Communications, +1 773-961-1194, Email: mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

Scientific Games Interactive: Lindsay Goldner, Senior Manager B2B Marketing, Email: lindsay.goldner@scientificgames.com.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Interactive.

 

 

ICE Totally Gaming Visitors to Learn 4 Ways Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Helps EU-Based Suppliers

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HILLEGOM, The Netherlands (January 18, 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is known worldwide for its commitment to unrivaled testing expertise in gaming, and the European region is no different. ICE Totally Gaming attendees will have the opportunity to speak with GLI’s leading experts about ways the company helps its European-based suppliers.

Those specific ways include:

  • GLI’s global experts are passionate about providing you the best compliance testing advice.
  • The company takes your business personally – every submission counts.
  • Their value-added tools can assist you with product compliance.
  • GLI listens to your certification needs and proposes efficient solutions.

 

GLI Europe’s Managing Director Martin Britton said, “In established, as well as emerging jurisdictions across Europe, GLI provides vital services to regulators, suppliers, and operators in all gaming sectors. People know us for our testing; they love us for the multitude of services we provide beyond our traditional testing practice and for our unrivalled level of customer service.

Among its global locations across six continents, GLI has five fully staffed and functional labs across Europe, located in Graz, Austria; Bologna, Italy; Hillegom, The Netherlands; Krakow, Poland; and Barcelona, Spain.

Please join GLI at ICE Totally Gaming stand N3-210 and follow the conversation on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services.

GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.

For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Arizona Lottery Big Money Game Book Spinner

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ADAIR, IA (January 8, 2016) -- In December, Arizona Lottery launched their first Pollard Banknote Game Book, Big Money Game Book, to help kick-off their 35th Anniversary.

With six top prizes of $150,000, the Arizona Lottery knew the game would be a big hit.

To help promote the game at retail, the Arizona Lottery planned to use Schafer Systems Dual 6" GEN2 dispenser as well as various POS.

However, they were looking for something to showcase sample tickets so players could see the unique play action of the Game Book.

Schafer Systems offered several choices of "spinners" in various colours and sizes and they ultimately chose the clear model shown on the right.

"We strongly feel having sample Big Money Game Books available for our players to easily see helped increase trial of the game," noted Robin Peters, Senior Sales Operations Manager.  "Schafer Systems helped us find the right tool at the right price to achieve our marketing goals."

SOURCE: Schafer Systems Inc.

 

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Alchemy3 Partners with Washington’s Lottery to Launch Honda Ultimate Garage Giveaway

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ROSWELL, Georgia (January 20, 2016) – Alchemy3 (A3) and Washington’s Lottery have partnered to launch the “Honda Ultimate Garage Giveaway” $5 scratch ticket.  The game will launch on January 20, 2016.

Honda is an incredibly strong brand that registers with players because of the brand’s reputation and quality,” said Jeffrey Schweig, President, A3.  “Washington’s Lottery and Honda make a perfect match; along with a beautiful multi-scene series of tickets, the Lottery and A3 are implementing promotional events that will appeal to many consumer segments.”

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The scratch tickets will feature Honda automobiles and Powersports units including ATV’s and Scooters.  Players will have the chance to win up to $50,000 instantly and enter a series of second-chance drawings to win a Honda vehicle.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Honda on Washington’s Lottery’s newest Scratch ticket that will give our players the opportunity to win up to $50,000 or a second-chance prize of a new Honda vehicle,” said Randy Warick, Assistant Director of Marketing at Washington’s Lottery. “Given Honda’s popularity and the multiple prize options, we are poised to reach a breadth of players.”

In addition to traditional marketing efforts, Honda will feature the “Honda Ultimate Garage Giveaway” ticket via their social media pages - supported with messaging that encourages players to play for a chance to win. Some local participating Honda auto dealers will also be displaying POP in the service section and showrooms to generate awareness amongst consumers with the highest propensity to purchase the lottery product.

After the success of the South Carolina Honda ATV game, we can’t wait to launch another great program in Washington,” said Chuck Boderman, VP Powersports Division, American Honda Motor Co.  “As our brand continues to grow and evolve, we are excited to offer not only Powersports, but also Honda automobiles to the lottery category.”

Three second-chance drawings will be held throughout the promotion. To learn more about this game, or any of Washington’s games, please visit walottery.com.  To learn more about Alchemy3, visit alchemy3.com.

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About Washington’s Lottery:

Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $3 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity

Pathways Account. Money in the Pathways Account goes toward helping students achieve their higher education dreams and supports early childhood education learning programs. The state’s Lottery offers consumers several types of games: Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit walottery.com or join our online community on Facebook at facebook.com/walottery and follow us on Twitter @walottery.

About Honda:

Honda offers a complete line-up of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. In 2014, Honda celebrated its 20 millionth vehicle produced in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.

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 alchemy3.com.

CONTACT:  Jeffrey Schweig            , Phone: 770.442.6993, Email: js@alchemy3.com.

SOURCE: Alchemy3 media release.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Boasts Very Important Player Experience at ICE 2016

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AUSTRIA (January 20, 2016) -- Already hailed as the ‘Gaming Technopolis’ and unarguably Europe’s major gaming show, ICE-Totally Gaming 2016, will once again provide a magnificent setting for NOVOMATIC’s premiere display of new and innovative Very Important Player Experiences. The traditionally spectacular NOVOMATIC booth will cover all aspects of gaming with products and solutions for a variety of international markets and their particular segments.

From February 2nd-4th the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands will be transformed into Technopolis, a city within the city of London, entirely dedicated to the future of gaming. A significant area of this gaming show of superlatives will be taken by the NOVOMATIC booth with a comprehensive presentation of the collaborative R&D efforts within the Austrian gaming group and its international subsidiaries and competence centres.

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In order for visitors not to get lost among the plethora of product, the huge NOVOMATIC booth space will again be sectioned into individual spaces that cater to the various industry segments such as casino products, systems and cash management solutions, arcade and pub products, sports betting and lotteries as well as interactive solutions.

Upon entering the south hall visitors turning left will find themselves in an international Arcade & Pub area where they are welcomed by the teams of LÖWEN Entertainment, Crown Technologies, NOVOMATIC Italia, NOVOMATIC Gaming Spain and Novo Gaming Netherlands with an extensive range of AWP/LPM and VLT products. Moving on, the products array of NOVOMATIC UK (Astra Games, Bell-Fruit Games, Empire Games and Gamestec) and Eurocoin for the UK and international markets follows.

On the right hand side NOVOMATIC SPORTS BETTING SOLUTIONS and NOVOMATIC LOTTERY SOLUTIONS will reside side by side, each with a true omni-channel offering for discerning operators. Moving on right-handed a large NOVOMATIC Interactive area will cover the right wing of the booth boasting  varied online/mobile/social gaming products and solutions from subsidiaries comprising Greentube, iGaming2Go, Funstage, StakeLogic, Mazooma Interactive and Extreme Live Gaming.

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At the head of the booth concludes the main section which will be dedicated to the full range of innovative casino gaming technologies and systems, presented by NOVOMATIC and Octavian as well as to the traditional hospitality area and, slightly above, a tier of meeting rooms for secluded talks and negotiations away from the noise of the show.

As in previous years there’s no way past the NOVOMATIC booth – located as it is right at the heart of the show! Visitors, partners and guests will be greeted with the famous Austrian hospitality and treated to NOVOMATIC’s own Very Important Player Experience. No enquiry shall remain unanswered and all requirements will be elucidated by the many product experts for the various industry markets and segments.

There’s no pleasure like the frisson of anticipation, and we’ll not give the game away by revealing that for 2016 the Very Important Player Experience will be augmented with massive additions to the V.I.P. range of cabinets. Whereas the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. II is already a smash hit on the international casino floors, NOVOMATIC will launch no less than four new V.I.P. cabinets.

Further attractions on the NOVOMATIC booth will, of course, come in the form of new games, fresh multi-game editions, jackpots and solutions as well as the omni-present video content delivery system Absolute Vision™ that will turn the booth into a truly spectacular arena of action and innovation.

The teams of NOVOMATIC and its various affiliate companies look forward to welcoming visitors, partners and guests at ICE – Totally Gaming 2016.

 About NOVOMATIC:

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 23,000 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 232,000 gaming terminals in its about 1,500 plus traditional and electronic casinos as well as via rental concepts. Part of the Group is also Admiral Sportwetten GmbH, Austria‘s leading sports betting operator with more than 200 outlets as well as the Vienna based online gaming specialist Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH.

With the foundation of NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions in 2013 the Group also entered the lottery business segment.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC press release.

 

 

Missouri Lottery Celebrates 30 Winning Years with the Launch of Its First $30 Scratchers Ticket

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (January 20, 2016) -- What were you doing in January 1986? Many Missourians were trying their luck with the Missouri Lottery for the first time by scratching off tickets from the first Scratchers game, “Jackpot ’86.” Fast forward 30 years and the Lottery is now celebrating more than $5.2 billion in profits to state and public education, more than $11.3 billion in prizes to players and retail commissions exceeding $1.1 billion.

There’s no doubt, the Missouri Lottery has made a huge impact on the state of Missouri,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. “Not only has it helped provide vital funding to public education, but it’s also impacted many Missouri businesses and winners.”

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To celebrate the 30-year milestone, the Missouri Lottery is launching its first $30 Scratchers ticket, called “$300,000,000 Golden Ticket.

The game offers the most prizes ever, include 15 prizes between $1 million and $10 million, which can be won instantly. In addition, three more $1 million prizes, along with several prizes of $10,000, $1,000 and $500, will be awarded through second-chance drawings during the year.

The Lottery has truly evolved into a key part of Missouri’s fabric,” Reardon said. “Whether it is providing funding for programs like A+, helping business owners meet their bottom line, supporting local community events or making someone a millionaire, it has made a lot of dreams come true.”

Reardon noted that the Lottery has gone from first-year sales of $206.9 million to more than $1.15 billion annually, and proceeds of $80 million to an all-time high of $288 million. The Lottery also started with one Scratchers game and now it offers as many as 40 different games at one time and nine Draw Games.

Prizes have gone from a maximum of a few million to more than half a billion.

As a self-sustaining agency, the Lottery has also grown more efficient.

Our operating costs are one of the lowest in the industry at 4.4 percent,” Reardon said. “In the early days, it was as high as 14 percent.”

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Since 1986, many other changes have been made to benefit players, such as being able to cash tickets at any Lottery retail location, a cash option on jackpot prizes, more drawings, as well as additional ways to buy tickets and enter promotions.

Not to mention all the technological advancements that have happened in the last 30 years, like websites, mobile apps, loyalty programs, ticket vending machines and Check-A-Ticket machines,” Reardon said.

But the Lottery would not have been successful without the support of so many Missourians,” Reardon said. “We are so grateful to the 4,700 businesses in our retail network, our vendors, legislators, Lottery commissioners and employees and, of course, the players. They all play a major role in helping the Lottery Play It Forward for public education.

“We expect the next 30 years to be even more beneficial and fun,” she said. “It’s why the Lottery was created – to raise money for public education.”

Missouri Lottery Quick Facts (through FY15)

  • More than $18.5 billion in ticket sales;
  • More than $5.2 billion in proceeds to the state, including public education;
  • More than $11.3 billion in prizes paid to players;
  • More than $1.1 billion to retailers in commissions and incentives;
  • 444 tickets sold worth $1 million to $293.7 million.

 

SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.

 

 

Tennessee Lottery Celebrates 12 Years, More Than $3.6 Billion for Education

Record-Breaking Success Continues; Technology Evolves to Keep Playing Simple and Fun

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (January 20, 2016) -- The Tennessee Lottery marked its 12 year anniversary today with the announcement of another record quarter and a total of more than $3.6 billion for education.

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The Lottery’s stellar performance - growth every year since inception - is thought to be a U.S. record for consecutive years of sales growth, continuing its place as one of the top organizations in the industry.

These achievements are only possible with the support from enthusiastic players, the hard work of over 5,000 retailers state-wide, the guidance of our board of directors, from our very first board to our current members, and the hard work and commitment of our employees,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TELC).

Our success is vital to the students and families of Tennessee, and we’re dedicated to making sure the years ahead prove just as successful.”

Since the first awards were given in the fall of 2004, Lottery-funded programs have grown to include 12 different scholarships and grants, multiple after-school programs, an energy-efficient schools program, and the recent Tennessee Promise initiative.

And during the 2015-2016 academic year, the number of Lottery-funded scholarships and grants reached over one million.

Currently for Fiscal Year 2016, total sales of $886.1 million are $115 million, or 15%, ahead of last year. Additional details, since Jan. 20, 2004:

  • More than $14.26 billion in gross ticket sales;
  • More than $9.7 billion in prizes won by players;
  • More than $930 million paid in retailer commissions;
  • 181 winning tickets worth $1 million or more.

 

A key component of the Lottery’s success is meeting evolving consumer demand by continuing to launch innovative, fun games, and offering new platforms such as:

  • Phone apps that allow players to scan tickets to see if they are winners;
  • Stand-alone “ticket checkers” at retailers throughout the state;
  • Digital display signage;
  • VIP Players Suite, a players’ affinity club.

 

For more information about the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, please visit www.tnlottery.com.

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, Tennessee Lottery, 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827, Email: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com.

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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Leading European Online Gambling Association Welcomes the European Parliament’s Push for a Digital Single Market

STRASBOURG, France (January 19, 2016) --Today, the European Parliament adopted its Digital Single Market report, calling for the EU to become a leader in the digital economy, fostering jobs, innovation and consumer welfare. The Parliament asks the European Commission to deliver concrete proposals to improve the functioning of the Digital Market.

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Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, concluded: “We applaud that both the European Parliament and Commission have invested significant political attention in the Digital Single Market over the last 12 months. We are now looking forward to a swift legislative process that will take away national barriers and ensure that the EU’s 500 million consumers have access to European digital products.

The EGBA shares the European Parliament’s concern “about the different national approaches taken so far by the Member States on regulating the internet… urges the Commission to take initiatives, in line with EU competences… to remove barriers to digital trade.” CLICK HERE

The EGBA would like to recall the European Parliament’s 2014 “Cost of non-Europe study”, which pointed to the fact “the absence of a single market for online gambling results in unequal protection of consumers” and that a unified European online gambling market would bring benefits of 5.6 billion euros per year. CLICK HERE

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

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The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwin.party, Expekt, and Unibet.

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) are affiliate members of EGBA.

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

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

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

SOURCE: EGBA www.egba.eu media release.

 

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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.

 

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Strong December Table Games Numbers Spur Record Casino Gaming Revenue Year in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (January 15, 2016) --  Record table games revenue in 2015 helped propel overall gaming revenue this past year to the highest annual figure since legalized casino gaming began in Pennsylvania.

Gross revenue of $808,135,353 from the play of table games at Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos in 2015 was nearly 8% higher than revenue in 2014.

Combined with previously reported annual slot machine revenue figures, the $3,173,787,012 total revenue produced from casino gaming in 2015 was 3.41% higher than in 2014.

The 2015 figure also edged out 2012 as the highest gaming revenue year in Pennsylvania to date and marks the fifth straight year in which the total casino revenue figure topped $3 billion. Total gaming revenue generated since the first casino opened in Pennsylvania now totals over $22.6 billion through the end of 2015.

The following chart tracks slot machine and table games gross revenue since the first slots-only casino opened in November 2006.  Table games were added to Pennsylvania casinos in July 2010.

 

Calendar Year

Gross Slot Machine Revenue

Gross Table Games Revenue

Total Gaming Revenue

2006

$31,567,926

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$31,567,926

2007

$1,039,030,723

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$1,039,030,723

2008

$1,615,565,758

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$1,615,565,758

2009

$1,964,570,480

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$1,964,570,480

2010

$2,273,934,190

$212,473,871

$2,486,408,061

2011

$2,405,867,897

$618,905,062

$3,024,772,959

2012

$2,470,935,317

$687,382,546

$3,158,317,863

2013

$2,384,098,225

$729,830,365

$3,113,928,590

2014

$2,319,534,380

$749,543,217

$3,069,077,597

2015

$2,365,651,659

$808,135,353

$3,173,787,012

 

Tax revenue in 2015 from the combined play of slot machines and table games was $1,379,226,502*. Revenue returned to Pennsylvania in the form of taxes and license fees since the first casino opening now stands at approximately $11.8 billion dollars.

The casino gaming market remains strong in Pennsylvania,” Gaming Control Board Chairman David M. Barasch said.

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This is good news for state residents who once again saw a return of nearly $1.4 billion in tax revenue that is used by the Commonwealth and communities statewide for a myriad of projects, and to all homeowners for a reduction in their school property taxes.

Table games revenue for each of the casinos in December 2015 has been posted on the Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, under the Revenue section of the site.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ over 17,000 people and generate an average of $3.7 million per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

 

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Submits White Paper on Daily Fantasy Sports to the Legislature

MASSACHUSETTS (January 11, 2016)

A message from MGC Chairman Steve Crosby:

Friends Interested in Daily Fantasy Sports -

As many of you know, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) was launched in 2007.  It is variant of fantasy sports, that offers a condensed version of the season-long fantasy experience, providing for the drafting of a team and participation in weekly or daily contests. 

The most popular DFS sport is football, followed by baseball, racing, basketball and hockey, with golf on the rise.

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With the kick-off of NFL Football season and its advertising last Fall, coupled with the widely-distributed story of a DraftKings insider making big money on a competitor’s site, DFS exploded into the public’s consciousness. Gaming regulators, Attorneys General, and Legislatures across the country suddenly confronted complex questions about the legality of DFS, the definition of gambling, the significance of skill vs. chance, and the overall muddled state of societal views of gambling and the equally muddled state of much of its regulatory infrastructure.

The Gaming Commission has no regulatory authority over DFS (that resides principally with the Attorney General) and has no policy-making authority (that resides  exclusively with the Legislature).  But with all this attention to DFS—surely a gambling-like activity, at least– and with encouragement from political leaders on Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is publishing this White Paper, offering our thoughts on a range of issues the Legislature and the Governor will likely confront as they come to grips with the challenge of regulating DFS, and perhaps other online (also referred to as “internet-based,” or “remote”) gaming.

Although we have no direct experience with DFS, and no authority over it, we do have a great deal of experience with the challenges of introducing  a new kind of gambling to the Commonwealth, and to the fascinating and troublesome nuances of making public policy on controversial issues. And we operate under an expanding statute from the Legislature, many years in the making, which raised and addressed many if not virtually all of the complex issues raised in gambling law. With that guidance from the Legislature, coupled with our experience, we expect that certain issues will need to be addressed soon, concerning DFS:

  • Not so much the issue of whether DFS is legal under existing relevant law, but rather whether DFS should be legal.
  • If the Legislature determines DFS should be legal, should it be regulated?
  • If the Legislature determines that DFS should be regulated, what are the critical issues that need to be addressed by that regulation?
  • As the Legislature determines what issues need to be addressed, it will likely consider what regulatory structure is appropriate, ranging from consumer protection laws, the regulatory style of the Department of Public Licensure (hairdressers, plumbers, etc.) or the full agency-led regulation like the Division of Banks, the Division of Insurance or the Gaming Commission.

 

Right now, it appears to us that the law concerning DFS is at best unsettled, and that there is a possibility that DFS could be considered illegal, even though the Attorney General has seen fit to move directly to the issues that really matter—consumer protection regulations that will permit the pleasure of DFS play, while protecting against its possible downsides. Until this legal uncertainty is resolved—which can only be done by the Legislature -- the citizens of Massachusetts, DFS players, and DFS companies alike (including one of the leaders, DraftKings, which is located in Boston), will find their activities risky, and the DFS future utterly uncertain.

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The last section of this paper will suggest the possibility of the Legislature establishing a regulatory environment which is applicable to all online gaming technologies (not just DFS), assigning that regulatory structure to an agency for implementation, and leaving the daily work of drafting and adapting regulation of new gaming types to the regulatory agency that can be nimble and flexible in responding to technological gaming innovations. Our agency stands ready to accept that role, and stands equally ready to work with another or a new agency that the Legislature may consider appropriate.

Special thanks go to Commissioner Gayle Cameron, who led the background research and Education Forum on DFS, and to Staff Attorney Justin Stempeck and Director of Licensing Paul Connelly who did most of the research, ran the Forum,  and did much of the drafting of the White Paper, and to Commissioner Lloyd MacDonald and former Commissioner Jim McHugh for their help in contemplating these issues and in drafting this paper.

Too often controversial topics like this one are discussed only with bumper sticker epithets, anecdotes, and spinning PR strategies, rather than facts and objective contemplation. We hope this White Paper will contribute to a sober, thoughtful and objective consideration of regulation of this new form of gambling (or gambling-like) activity. Until DFS gets this consideration, the citizens of Massachusetts, DFS players and DFS operators alike will be subject to serious legal and operational risk.

To view Daily Fantasy Sports white paper, CLICK HERE.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

 

 

New Jersey Approves Integrity™ for iGaming Online Identification and Geolocation Provider

Ancillary Casino Service Industry Enterprise (CSIE) License Granted by the New Jersey Department of Gaming to Accelerate Demand in Regulated Gaming

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 19, 2016) -- Aristotle International's Integrity division, a global leader in age and identity verification solutions, has been granted one of the first licenses — by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement (NJ DGE) — for Know Your Customer (KYC) and geolocation in the state of New Jersey for regulated online gaming.

With Integrity's multi-process approach to verification, which includes real-time global data verification, geolocation, automated government document verification, and face-to-face authentication, New Jersey online gaming platforms have the most comprehensive age and verification service on the market.

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Aristotle Integrity's SVP of Business Development Michael Bolcerek said, "The New Jersey iGaming market continues to grow, and we welcome the granting of this license to help accelerate the demand in regulated internet gaming."

Gaming operators and suppliers who currently use Integrity as the premier provider of age and verification services to the New Jersey online gaming market to enable casinos under its transactional waiver now can use the full licensed approval of the NJ DGE to support their regulatory obligations for KYC and identity verification.

Bolcerek added, "This license is a representation of Integrity's commitment to facilitate compliance with all online gaming regulations. Recent initiatives in Europe combined with our 15 years of compliance experience in U.S. and European regulated markets prove Aristotle is the only truly global KYC provider for the iGaming industry."

About Integrity

Integrity is a suite of widely accepted identity and age verification solutions. Providing tailored solutions for both commercial and government sectors, Integrity is the most comprehensive and cost-effective approach for age and identity verification available across multiple platforms.

About Aristotle

Aristotle is the leader in providing technology to political campaigns and organizations, offering a seamless solution for campaign software, voter data, PAC, and grassroots software and services.

Since 1983, every U.S. president — from Reagan through Obama— have used Aristotle's solutions, in addition to countless senatorial and congressional campaigns, Democratic and Republican state party initiatives and many of the largest PAC and grassroots organizations.

Representatives from Integrity will be at the ICE Totally Gaming show in London February 2-4, 2016. For a personal appointment at the show, please CONTACT: integritysales@aristotle.com.

CONTACT: Brandi Travis, Phone: 202-903-4221, Email: brandi.travis@aristotle.com.

SOURCE: Aristotle media release.

 

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West Virginia Lottery Names Deputy Director of Marketing

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 20, 2016) -- West Virginia Department of Revenue announced today that Tommy Young has been named Deputy Director of Marketing for the West Virginia Lottery.

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Young, a native of Sissonville, comes to the Lottery after having served as the Director of Client Relations and Business Development for ZMM Architects & Engineers since 2012. In that capacity, Young helped coordinate overall business development efforts for the firm and advertising.  Prior to that, Young served as the Director of Client Relations and Business Development for McKinley & Associates from 2007 to 2012 and as Vice President of Operations for the Providence Construction Company from 2006 to 2007.

He also served as the Assistant Director of Architectural Services for the School Building Authority of West Virginia from 1996 to 2006, where he worked closely with architects, engineers, county school systems and contractors to ensure effective and efficient use of state funds for school facilities throughout West Virginia.

Young served his country as a combat engineer and recruiter in the United States Marine Corps from 1984 to 1991 and as a technical sergeant in the 130th West Virginia Air National Guard from 1991 to 2007. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I look forward to serving the State of West Virginia in yet another capacity and joining the marketing team for the start of the Lottery’s 30th Birthday celebration,” Young said. “Lottery proceeds make a tremendous impact on education, seniors and tourism in West Virginia and I am grateful for the opportunity to play a role in that.”

SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery.

 

 

Arizona Lottery Director Steps Down

PHOENIX, Arizona (January 14, 2016) – The Associated press reports Governor Doug Ducey’s office has announced Tony Bouie, the director of the Arizona State Lottery, resigned on Wednesday.

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The news service said his resignation follows a ‘Phoenix New Times’ article this week that revealed that he drove a state vehicle for personal use.

In discussing some of these recent issues with Director Bouie, the director and the administration agreed they would be a distraction. In the best interests of the state, Director Bouie has stepped down,” governor’s spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said Thursday in an email.

Governor Ducey announced Bouie’s appointment in January 2015.

At the time, the governor said Bouie had successfully overseen corporations and brought a strong history of leadership to the public sector.

Bouie previously was chief operating officer for Parkinson Wellness Recovery.

He also worked as a director of a consumer services company and as a strategic consultant.

He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1995 to 1999.

Before his NFL career, he played for the University of Arizona.

SOURCE: The Associated Press.

 



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