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IGT Wins "Best User Experience in Mobile" at International Gaming Awards

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LONDON, U.K. (February 2, 2016) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it won "Best User Experience in Mobile" at the 9th Annual International Gaming Awards in London.  The International Gaming Awards recognize excellence and innovation for technology, products and services that enhance the gaming experience. The Awards are judged by a panel of international gaming industry experts.

"It's an honor to be recognized by the International Gaming Awards for providing the gaming industry's Best User Experience in Mobile."

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"This award acknowledges IGT's firm commitment to our customers across all regulated segments of gaming.  We're focused on developing the industry's best-performing and broadest selection of games, systems and solutions that can help meet customer needs in any market of any size.  We appreciate this recognition of our ongoing commitment to innovation," said Matteo Monteverdi, IGT Senior Vice President Global Product Marketing, Interactive.

IGT's leading mobile technology solutions were recognized for providing operators with comprehensive and convenient product solutions. As provider of the Best User Experience in Mobile, IGT is recognized for its innovation with solutions such as OnPremise, which leverages simple, intuitive apps to integrate mobile, online and retail gaming.

IGT has also recently introduced Mobile Host and Mobile Responder, to enable operators to reduce service response time and enhances the player experience. 

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IGT's innovation in content has also helped the Company propel its industry leadership and the mobile user-experience with MegaJackpots® games, which extend liquidity and pooled jackpots in the interactive space.

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

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: Phil O'Shaughnessy, IGT, +1 (702) 669-2975.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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

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"Operational Excellence - Getting Things Done from Good to Great

18 - 21 April 2016

Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Yangon, Myanmar

 

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

Click here (Seminar registration form) to register now!

 

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

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

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

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Led by distinguished invited speakers, its workshop format focuses on best practices and in-depth interactive learning and sharing, which will come in useful for both emerging and mature lottery organisations.  Each workshop will be followed up with insightful discussions among lottery industry leaders sharing best practices from their respective organizations.  There is also a panel comprising APLA Sponsors, most of whom are also WLA Contributors, sharing their insights from the supplier’s and partner’s perspectives.  

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

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

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

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

Highlights of the seminar program include: 

  • 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).

 

 

Scientific Games Named 'Lottery Supplier of the Year' Two Years in a Row

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 3, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") won top honors in the 2016 Gaming Intelligence Awards on February 2, 2016 at the ICE Totally Gaming conference and tradeshow.

The Company took home the 2016 "Lottery Supplier of the Year" award at the world's largest business-to-business gaming show that brings together leading innovators from the global gaming industry.

Gavin Isaacs, Scientific Games' President and CEO, said, "It is an honor to be recognized as the 'Lottery Supplier of the Year' by Gaming Intelligence and its well-respected panel of judges."

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Jim Kennedy, center, Scientific Games Group Chief Executive of Lottery, accepts the company's award for "2016 Lottery Supplier of the Year" at the ICE 2016 Totally Gaming conference in London on Tuesday, February 3, 2016.

"We believe this recognition is the result of our investment in market-leading innovation, world-class customer service, and powerful consumer research and analytics to help lottery operators continue their growth. We are proud to be a trusted supplier to such an entertaining, generous and vibrant industry."

This is the second year in a row that Scientific Games has been named "Lottery Supplier of the Year" in the annual Gaming Intelligence Awards. A prestigious panel of judges from the global gaming and lottery industry evaluates the nominations.

Scientific Games' Group Chief Executive of Lottery Jim Kennedy accepted the award during a presentation in the Company's ICE exhibit at ExCel London.

"Our entire company is honored to win 'Lottery Supplier of the Year' two years back-to-back in a very competitive category," Kennedy said. "We will continue to work hard to earn the trust and business of lottery operators across the globe by creating and delivering the world's best lottery experiences."

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The Gaming Intelligence awards recognize online and land-based gaming and lottery suppliers and operators spanning 18 categories. The awards recognize the best performers in each category purely on merit.

With operations on six continents, Scientific Games provides lottery games, services, systems and retail technology to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery.

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.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

+1 702-532-7663

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Mollie Cole

Director, Corporate Communications

+1 773-961-1194

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Connecticut Lottery Gives Players the Star Treatment with Instant Game Featuring Pollard Banknote Innovation

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (February 3, 2016) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (“CT Lottery”) on the sales success of its $10 instant scratch game, Star Platinum Play. This premium instant game, featuring Pollard Banknote’s exclusive Scratch FX®, has captured the attention of lottery fans and is achieving remarkable results. After 10 weeks on the market, Star Platinum Play’s average weekly sales were 55% higher than the average sales of all other $10 games launched by the Lottery since 2012! Since its launch in September 2015, this game has earned the Lottery over $15.5 million in sales.

Star Platinum Play showcases Scratch FX® — a print treatment that adds sparkle and shine to an instant ticket for a visual appeal and brilliance that exceeds that of foil and metallic inks. The stunning ticket, designed and printed by Pollard Banknote, features a combination of shimmering silver, platinum, and holographic effects—catching the eye of new and existing players alike, with a prominent and clear emphasis on the top prize of $1,000,000.

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With multiple top prizes of $1,000,000, Star Platinum Play invites players to step into the limelight and get a taste of VIP treatment. Building on this notion, the CT Lottery created a unique advertising campaign.

A video available on the Lottery’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel shows a player strolling a neighborhood as a movie star. The campaign includes clever taglines, such as “For the STAR in YOU!

The stars have aligned in Connecticut and lottery fans are over the moon!

In partnership with Pollard Banknote, the Lottery has developed a number of successful games using Scratch FX®, and Star Platinum Play is just one more example of how game development and marketing can be combined to create a real show stopper in an instant product,” noted Anne Noble, the Lottery’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Scratch FX adds the ‘special’ effect that supports our creative concept of ‘star- quality’ for this product. Our ad campaign celebrates the fun of winning in a humorous way, and features the ticket prominently. We remind customers to ‘Own It’ and ‘Play like a STAR,’ and, they are!’”

Pollard Banknote is delighted with the exceptional performance of the Connecticut Lottery’s Star Platinum Play game,” said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. “This game is yet another demonstration of our patented Scratch FX® process optimizing the visual impact of an instant ticket at retail, and driving sales that go toward supporting good causes. More than 400 Scratch FX® products worldwide have earned over $7.5 billion in sales. We look forward to working with the Lottery to continue strategically incorporating Pollard Banknote innovations into its instant ticket portfolio.”

The CT Lottery’s mission is to raise revenue in an entrepreneurial manner for the State of Connecticut, consistent with the highest standards of good public policy and social responsibility, by offering fun and entertaining products to its players, and by ensuring the public’s trust through integrity and honesty.

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In fiscal year 2015, the Lottery achieved sales of $1.144 billion, returning a record $319.7 million to the state’s General Fund. The Lottery supports valuable services and programs such as health and hospitals, education, road maintenance, and public safety. In its commitment to responsible gaming, the CT Lottery has achieved Level 2 Certification for its responsible gaming program from the World Lottery Association and is working towards Level 3 Certification.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile, and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

For more information CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca
John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca
Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Strong Powerball Jackpot Propels Kentucky Lottery Sales

Kentucky (January 29, 2016) -- In the first 13 days of this month, the Kentucky Lottery sold more Powerball tickets than it had in the previous six months.

This dramatic jump, propelled by a world-record $1.5 billion jackpot, was a focus of today’s meeting of the lottery’s board of directors. VP of Finance and Administration Rick Kelley reported players had purchased $31.2 million in Powerball tickets from the beginning of July 2015 through the end of December.

From the 1st of January through the 13th of the month – the date of the world-record drawing – we sold $31.5 million. On the day of the drawing, we had our highest single day of Powerball sales in our history - $8.3 million. In fact, there were two hours that day in which we sold right at $1 million in Powerball tickets per hour,” Kelley reported.

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While higher January sales were driven primarily by Powerball, Kelley said other games were also turning in better-than-expected performances. Compared to the first six months of FY15, scratch-off ticket sales were up 9.8% from $271.2 million to $297.7 million. Keno also jumped 34% in the period from $22.2 million in the first six months of FY15 to $29.7 million in the same FY16 period.

In light of these record sales, projections for the remainder of the fiscal year were provided by the lottery’s Executive VP and CFO Howard Kline. “We’ve raised our overall sales forecast for the remainder of the year from $972 million to $987.9 million. In turn, our dividends to the Commonwealth is projected to increase from our budgeted number of $232 million to $237 million. This is $15.5 million increase from what we transferred last year,” Kline said.

Before we hit the massive Powerball run, net income was $6.5 million more than last year and $16,000 ahead of what was budgeted to be turned over to the Commonwealth thanks to solid sales of our other products. This number will go even higher once the books for January are closed,” Kline said.

In other business, the board approved:

  • Renewal of a contract with Smartplay International for random number generator systems and related services;
  • A contract with Hudson Alley Software for a new sales force management solution and relate services, and;
  • Rules and regulations for nine scratch-off tickets.

 

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be March 31. The meeting will begin at 10 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.

About The Kentucky Lottery

The Kentucky Lottery has earned more than $4.4 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989.  KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit: www.kheaa.com to find out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham, Sara Westerman on (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery.

 

 

Court of Justice of the European Union: National Rules on Betting and Gaming may be Contrary to the Principle of Proportionality if They Require the Licensee to Transfer Free of Charge the Equipment Used for the Collection of Bets

The national court must determine the proportionality of such rules in the light of the conditions specific to the case, such as the market value of the assets which are the subject of the compulsory transfer

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LUXEMBOURG (January 28, 2016) -- Italian law provides that the exercise of the activities of the collecting and managing bets is subject to the requirement to obtain a licence and a police authorisation. Any infringement of that law carries criminal penalties.

In 2002, Italy launched a call for tenders with a view to granting new licences. The draft licence agreement attached to the call for tenders, provided, in particular, that on the expiry, termination or revocation of a licence, the licensee was required to transfer free of charge the rights to use the tangible and intangible assets which constitute the network for managing and collecting bets.

Stanley International Betting, a UK company, and its Maltese subsidiary Stanleybet Malta, are engaged in the collection of bets in Italy through data transmission centres (‘DTCs’). For about 15 years DTC owners have carried on their activities in Italy on the contractual basis of a mandate, without any licence or police authorisation¹.

In 2014, a check at the premises of a DTC managed by Ms Rosanna Laezza, affiliated to Stanleybet Malta, brought to light the unauthorised collection of bets. The police therefore seized certain equipment used for the reception and transmission of bets.

In the course of proceedings brought by Ms Laezza seeking the annulment of the order for seizure, the Tribunale di Frosinone (District Court, Frosinone, Italy) asks about the compatibility of the new licences with EU law, in particular, with regard to the obligation imposed on new licensees to transfer free of charge, on the expiry, termination or revocation of the licence, the equipment used to collect bets.

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In today’s judgment, the Court of Justice states that the obligation to transfer does not appear to be discriminatory in so far as it applies, without distinction, to all the operators who have taken part in the call for tenders launched in 2012.

However, the Court observes that such an obligation may render less attractive the exercise of the activity of collecting bets.

The risk of an undertaking having to transfer the rights to use assets in its possession, without any financial consideration, may prevent it from obtaining a return on its investment and, thus, constitute a restriction on the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services guaranteed by EU law.

The Court recalls, nonetheless, that the objective of combating criminality linked to betting and gambling is capable of justifying restrictions on fundamental freedoms under those rules, provided that those restrictions are proportionate, which is for the national court to ascertain.

As part of the objective of combating criminality linked to betting and gambling, the compulsory transfer of equipment used for the reception and transmission of bets may be justified by the interest in ensuring the continuation of the lawful activity of collecting bets, in order to curb the growth of parallel illegal activities.

If the licence agreement is terminated or revoked, the transfer free of charge to the Independent Authority for the Administration of State Monopolies (Agenzia delle dogane e dei Monopoli, ‘the CMA’) or to another licensee of the rights to use the network for the management and collection of bets may be proportionate.

By contrast, where the cessation of business takes place solely as a result of the expiration of the licence, the principle of proportionality is not necessarily complied with if the objective of the continuity of the authorised activity of the collection of bets may be attained by less restrictive measures (such as a compulsory transfer, but in return for payment of the market price of the assets concerned).

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The national court will therefore have to determine whether the principle of proportionality is complied with by taking account, inter alia, of the market value of the assets which are the subject of the compulsory transfer.

Finally, the provision, which provides that the transfer free of charge of the rights to use the assets which constitute the network for managing and collecting bets is to be made only ‘at the express request of the CMA’ and is not imposed systematically, does not specify the conditions and detailed rules pursuant to which such an express request must be made. It follows that that provision lacks transparency, which is likely to adversely affect the principle of legal certainty.

In any event, the judgment today is concerned only with the compatibility with EU law of the compulsory free-of-charge transfer of assets, and cannot be regarded as being intended to call into question the new licensing system put in place in Italy in 2012 in the betting and gaming sector in its entirety.

 NOTE: A reference for a preliminary ruling allows the courts and tribunals of the Member States, in disputes which have been brought before them, to refer questions to the Court of Justice about the interpretation of European Union law or the validity of a European Union act. The Court of Justice does not decide the dispute itself. It is for the national court or tribunal to dispose of the case in accordance with the Court’s decision, which is similarly binding on other national courts or tribunals before which a similar issue is raised.

 

¹Before the Italian courts, the two companies successfully requested the annulment of the latest call for tenders for gaming licences and obtained the organisation of a fresh call for tender in 2012. Cases C-72/10 and C-77/10 Costa and Cifone, see Press Release No. 12/12, Case C-463/13 Stanley International Betting and Others, see Press Release No. 10/15.

 

SOURCE: Court of Justice of the European Union, press release No 6/16.

 

 

BCLC's GameSense Adopted by Connecticut Lottery Corporation

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada (February 2, 2016) - The Connecticut Lottery Corporation has entered into an agreement with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) for the right to use "GameSense," BCLC's proprietary, award-winning responsible gaming education program, joining several other jurisdictions who are embracing the internationally recognized brand.

The announcement was celebrated at the launch of the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference, taking place February 2 - 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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GameSense uses a fun and positive approach to give players factual information they need to play responsibly, make informed choices and connect with resources should they need help. In addition to Connecticut, the program has been implemented by Massachusetts casinos and gaming jurisdictions in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

In B.C., every casino has a GameSense Information Centre staffed by GameSense Advisors who are funded by the province's Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. GameSense Advisors discuss gambling odds, dispel common myths and share information on resources. They also support the enrollment process for BCLC's Voluntary Self-Exclusion program, and referral to the Province's free problem gambling counselling services.

GameSense resources are also available at lottery retailers, on PlayNow.com and at GameSense.ca.

About BCLC:

BCLC is a provincial Crown corporation offering socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating more than $1.2 billion in net income each year to benefit provincial and community programs across B.C.

About CT Lottery Corporation:

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2015, players won more than $707.7 million in prize money. At the same time, the CT Lottery provided a record $319.7 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state's General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more. Since the Lottery began in 1972, its contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $8.5 billion.

Quotes:

Jim Lightbody, President & CEO, BCLC

"It is an absolute pleasure having the Connecticut Lottery choose to license our GameSense program and brand. BCLC built this award-winning program to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices and support people in making informed choices about their gambling. GameSense continues to gain esteem and recognition from other gambling jurisdictions and together we aim to strengthen the program even more."

Anne Noble, President & CEO, CT Lottery Corporation

"The Connecticut Lottery is excited about partnering with BCLC on their GameSense brand. This international endeavor is illustrative of the great work that can be done through collaboration in this vitally important area of social responsibility. The CT Lottery plans to unveil their GameSense program this spring."

CONTACT: BCLC Media Relations, 604-225-6460, Email: mediarelations@bclc.com.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

 

Florida Lottery Shatters All Previous Monthly Sales Records

Florida’s Students and Schools are the Beneficiaries

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 2, 2016) – The Florida Lottery announces it reached $716 million in ticket sales for the month of January, an all-time record high.  This reflects a 32.75 percent increase over the previous sales record of $539 million achieved in March, 2015.

The Florida Lottery is expected to transfer $213 million to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) for the month of January, an increase of 41% over the highest monthly transfer record of $151 set in May, 2013.

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This contribution to education was driven in large part by record sales that were generated from the series of rollovers that resulted in the January 13, $1.5 billion POWERBALL jackpot.  In addition however, this was also the best January on record for Scratch-Off sales, with more than $333 million in total sales for the month.

The Lottery’s sole mission is to sell tickets to generate additional funding for education.  We are extremely proud that this unprecedented sales record will assist in furthering that goal,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. “For the past 28 years, Lottery dollars have benefited Florida’s students and schools, and we are confident that this year will prove to be the largest contribution yet.”

Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered by the Florida Department of Education.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires.

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

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

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Lottomatica Receives Renewal of Responsible Gaming Certification from European Lotteries Association (EL) and World Lottery Association (WLA)

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ROME, Italy (February 3, 2016) – Lottomatica is pleased to announce that it has received Responsible Gaming recertification from the European Lotteries Association (EL). EL recertifies triennially, with Lottomatica first receiving certification for its responsible gaming programs in 2009. In tandem with the EL recertification, Lottomatica also received recertification from the World Lottery Association (WLA) for the Company’s Level 4 accreditation.

EL is the umbrella organization bringing together state-owned and private operators to promote a sustainable gaming model. The WLA is a member-based organization that advances the interests of state-authorized lotteries committed to the highest standards of corporate responsibility, including the WLA Responsible Gaming Principles and Framework.

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Lottomatica’s assessment to obtain certification renewal was carried out by an independent third party, which verified Lottomatica’s commitment to planning and developing a program aimed at player protection and promotion of a responsible gaming model.

The Lottomatica Responsible Gaming program is inspired by international best practice and allows supervision of game management process, with awareness and attention to its possible social impacts.

The guiding principles that inspired the Responsible Gaming program are the prevention of underage gambling, and supporting players who have a problematic approach to gambling.

The program is regularly updated through dialogue and cooperation with national and international stakeholders, such as trade associations, universities, and research bodies; associations of experts in problem gambling; and associations dealing with the protection of minors.

Also this year, with regard to underage gambling, Lottomatica, in collaboration with the Federation of Italian Tobacconists (FIT) and the Italian Parents Movement (MoiGe), has initiated the "Let's spread the word" project to promote and educate parents and adults about the ban in Italy on gambling by minors.

The project consists of a campaign in newspapers, magazines, web pages, and social networks, and an informative tour of 24 Italian cities with the aim of increasing and strengthening awareness of the ban.

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These certifications from the European Lotteries and World Lottery Association reaffirm Lottomatica’s ongoing commitment to responsible gaming and player protection,” stated Fabio Cairoli, CEO, Lottomatica.

Lottomatica has always promoted gaming as a form of entertainment, with an emphasis on legal and responsible play."

By adhering to the responsible gaming framework established by EL and WLA, we work to continuously improve our responsible gaming programs in the areas of research; employee education programs; product and service development; remote gaming; advertising and marketing communications; client awareness; stakeholder engagement; and reporting.”

Lottomatica:

Lottomatica in Italy is the sole concession holder of the State for the management of the Gioco del Lotto, instants (scratch offs), and deferred lotteries. Over the years, subsequent to the regulation of other gaming segments, Lottomatica has expanded its services, with concessions and licenses for the operation of gaming machines (AWP and VLT); sports betting (sports lotteries, tote betting, and fixed-odds betting); and online games.

Moreover, leveraging its investments in technological infrastructure for gaming services, Lottomatica also offers a complete range of services to companies and individuals through a data communication network that connects the terminals for Gioco del Lotto at the points of sale to also process payments of utilities, bills, taxes, and phone top-ups.

Lottomatica’s gaming sites, www.lottomatica.it, www.totosi.it, and www.grattaevincionline.it, have been awarded

“G4” Certification for online games, from an international group of experts that certifies the attention and commitment toward issues linked to responsible gaming with rules and protocols that are at the forefront in Europe.

CONTACT:

 

Simone Cantagallo

Director Media Communications

Lottomatica

(+39) 06 51899030

Matteo Selva

Press office

Lottomatica

(+39) 06 51899992

 

SOURCE: Lottomatica.

 

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WyoLotto Pays Off Loan, Set to Transfer Revenue

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (January 30, 2016) – With its final payment of $25,000 on January 30, the Wyoming Lottery Corporation has paid off its $2.6 million startup loan and announced that its first revenue transfer to the state coffers will be $1 million in April.

We are officially debt free,” announced Jon Clontz, CEO of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation at a small celebration held at the lottery headquarters in downtown Cheyenne.

Our $2.6 million loan allowed the lottery to start up the corporation. With ticket sales through Wyoming’s own game and other draw games, we were able to start developing a new state revenue stream for cities, towns, counties, and education as soon as that loan was paid off,” Clontz said.

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Doing this all without state funding in less than a year and half of ticket sales is quite an accomplishment, especially taking into account the state’s small population and that we were only authorized to sell draw games.”

Clontz explained that the loan payoff and the April revenue transfer happened faster than originally expected due to increased ticket sales for the recent $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot and last year’s launch of the popular Cowboy Draw™ game, which offers better odds and more winners.

Growing the lottery’s player base and adding new games are crucial to the lottery’s ability to transfer more revenue to the state,” Clontz said. “If we don’t see more growth, then the next revenue transfer will be much lower.”

In order to grow revenue, the lottery will continue to research new draw game options allowed under state statute. “We will present that research to our board with the hopes of adding, at least, one new draw game by the fall of 2016,” Clontz added.

In the meantime, the lottery will turn over its first revenue transfer of at least $1 million to the Wyoming Treasurer’s Office, which will be distributed to the 99 cities and towns and 23 counties, according to the formula in the state statute. Additional payments will then follow once every quarter, up to a maximum of $6 million per year. Any revenues exceeding that will then go to the Wyoming Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account.

Clontz emphasized additional milestones reached by the lottery. “Beyond being debt free and transferring revenue to the state, we have been able to keep Wyoming players’ dollars in Wyoming, spent at Wyoming retailers.”

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So far over one million WyoLotto™ players have won $11 million. The new game, Cowboy Draw, increased player excitement with better odds, more winners, and six jackpots won since its launch in March 2015.

The 441 Wyoming retailers selling tickets are also seeing a boost with an average of $300 to $1,000 in ticket sales a day. And when jackpots are high, like the recent $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, one Wyoming retailer sold $29,000 worth of tickets in a day.

Ticket sales translate into commission for the retailers, who receive a six percent commission on ticket sales and a one percent commission on validated winning tickets in store. So far, the lottery has paid $2.38 million in commissions to retailers, who have sold a total of $39.3 million of lottery tickets.

Clontz emphasized that keeping lottery players in Wyoming keeps revenue here. “Research shows that players usually purchase other products when they go in to buy lottery tickets in store.”

The top five selling counties were Uinta County at $8.2 million in ticket sales, Natrona County at $5.2 million, Laramie County at $5.1 million, Sweetwater County at $3.7 million, and Campbell County at $3.1 million. Please see the chart below for a breakdown of ticket sales by county.

Clontz added, “The Wyoming Lottery is a Wyoming brand and is very proud to be a part of Wyoming’s unique culture. We are working hard to continue to contribute to the state’s economy.”

To receive updates and notifications about WyoLotto, visit wyolotto.com/sign-up.

Listen to an audio clip of CEO Jon Clontz talking about the loan payoff.

About the Wyoming Lottery

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account.

SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

 

 

The Buntin Group to Provide Media Planning and Buying Services for Hoosier Lottery

Agency brings wealth of lottery industry experience

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 1, 2016) - IGT Indiana, LLC, the Hoosier Lottery's integrated services provider, announces an agreement with The Buntin Group to provide media buying and strategic planning services on behalf of the Hoosier Lottery.

Through this arrangement, the Hoosier Lottery will leverage The Buntin Group's depth of experience in the retail sector, including specific lottery industry experience, to maximize returns to the state of Indiana in accordance with the Hoosier Lottery's commitment to integrity, transparency, passion, inclusivity and responsibility.

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The Hoosier Lottery's contract with The Buntin Group is the result of a formal public Request for Proposal process initiated in October 2015. The new contract extends through June 2019.  

"The Hoosier Lottery is excited to work with the The Buntin Group," said Sarah M. Taylor, Hoosier Lottery Executive Director.

"The firm's record of success over decades, and relevant experience in the lottery industry, affords the Hoosier Lottery an opportunity to maximize returns to the state and fulfill our goal of building a smarter, safer, stronger Indiana."

Since 2008, The Buntin Group has served as the agency of record for the Tennessee Education Lottery, an industry-leading lottery recognized for its continuous growth.  

The Buntin Group is a privately-held, independent agency founded in 1972 in Nashville, Tenn. The firm is wholly owned by President and CEO, Jeffrey Buntin, Jr. Principals include Kathy Canady, EVP, Chief Insights Oficer; Brian Harkness, EVP, Strategic Initiatives; Ben Thomas, SVP, Channel Engagement Director and Ray Reed, SVP, Deputy Creative Director.

ABOUT THE BUNTIN GROUP:

The Buntin Group is Tennessee's largest strategic brand communications firm and an ADWEEK recognized "Top U.S Shop." The agency specializes in building brand and business momentum for regional, national and international client organizations across broad industries.

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In addition to its work with corporate clients, the agency operates a cause branding division called AdHope that assists organizations in maximizing their social value through "great work that does good in our world." To learn more, visit: buntingroup.com, facebook.com/buntingroup or @TheBuntinGroup.

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 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback. Download the official Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Hoosier Lottery logos are available online.

CONTACT: Carrie Stroud, Hoosier Lottery Chief of Staff, 317-264-4840 office or 317-319-9075 cell, Email: cstroud@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

PRESS CONTACT: Hollie Rapello, The Buntin Group SVP, Communications and Business Development, 615-244-5720 x232 office or 646-932-0054 cell, Email: hrapello@buntingroup.com

MEDIA VENDORS CONTACT: Christine Poss, The Buntin Group Associate Director/Channel Engagement, 615-244-5720 x370, Email: cposs@buntingroup.com.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

Retired FBI Agent Appointed to Lottery Commission

DENVER, Colorado (January 22, 2016) – Jim Davis of Westminster is the newest appointee to the Colorado Lottery Commission. His appointment fulfils the requirement that at least one member of the Commission has served as a law enforcement officer for five years or more.

Davis served as a member of Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) and as Homeland Security Advisor. Heading a department of more than 1,600 employees, he supervised the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Colorado State Patrol, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Colorado School Safety Resource Centre.

Under Davis’ leadership, the state successfully integrated homeland security, emergency management, and wildland firefighting into CDPS.

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The result was more effective responses to emergencies including the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, and the floods of September 2013.Davis also supervised the return of Port of Entry to the Colorado State Patrol, leading to more efficient motor carrier safety inspections, improved traffic safety, and reduced wear and tear on highways.

Prior to his service with the governor, Davis served almost 26 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division, he was responsible for all FBI investigative, intelligence, and administrative operations in Colorado and Wyoming. During his tenure, Davis oversaw the investigation and disruption of a 2009 al-Qaeda terrorist plot, served as the senior federal law enforcement official for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, directed a four-year undercover operation that resulted in the conviction of over two dozen public officials and organized crime figures in Chicago. As an FBI agent Davis served nearly two years in Iraq and Afghanistan, leading the team responsible for the initial processing of Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003.

Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mizel Institute in Denver and the Denver Police Foundation. Previously, Davis served as Chair of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and the Colorado Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee. He was a member of the US Criminal Intelligence Coordination Council, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Committee on Terrorism, and the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee.

Davis is Michigan State University alum with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He is a principal in Longmont-based Public Safety Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on public safety technology. He is also the founder and chief executive officer of the Denver-based security and risk management consulting firm Ascent Risk Solutions.

CONTACT: Kelly Tabor, Phone: 303.759.6872, Cell: 303.945.9724, Email: Kelly.Tabor@state.co.us.

SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.

 

 

New AGA Research: Super Bowl Viewers Support Change to Sports Betting Laws

Article by: Geoff Freeman, President and CEO, AGA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 3, 2016) -- An overwhelming majority of Super Bowl viewers say it’s time to change sports betting law, according to new research released by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and reported by ESPN. Further, 47 million people have bet on the Big Game at some point, and an equal number say they have bet on sports in the past year. That’s nearly three times the number of people who attended every NFL game this season (17.3 million).

The first-of-its-kind survey also found that two-thirds (66%) of viewers believe the decision to legalize sports betting or not should be up to the states.

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The research also found that regulated sports betting would:

  • Protect the Integrity of Games: 65 percent of Super Bowl viewers believe transparent, regulated wagering will either strengthen the integrity of games or have no impact on game outcomes.
  • Benefit Communities, Enhance Consumer Safety: 72 percent of Super Bowl viewers believe allowing states to regulate sports betting will make it safer for consumers; 68 percent believe legal, regulated sports betting will generate tax funds for much needed local programs like education and public safety.
  • Increase Fun and Engagement Among Fans: 67 percent of Super Bowl viewers say they’re more likely to watch a game if they bet on it. Most fans agree betting makes the game more enjoyable (53%) and makes them follow teams and players more closely (55%).

 

Following AGA Board’s adoption of a modernized approach to sports betting in November, AGA has begun to aggressively highlight sports betting’s widespread popularity and antiquated federal law that drives an illegal market which fails to protect consumers and the integrity of sports. Just last week, we released an estimate predicting that Americans will wager $4.2 billion – 97 percent of it illegally – on this year’s Super Bowl, which drove significant attention to the current state of sports betting.

Additionally, AGA has launched a new website to inform media and the public and to build a grassroots network of advocates for a new approach to sports betting. Add your name to the conversation at SportsBettingInAmerica.com.

In 2016, AGA is leading a national discussion around sports betting through robust research, aggressive communications and partnerships with a variety of voices with interest in sports betting, including gaming leaders, law enforcement officials, regulators, legislators and professional sports leagues.

As always, thank you for your feedback and engagement.

 

Sincerely,

Geoff Freeman

President and CEO

SOURCE: American Gaming Association (AGA).

 

 

Czech Lottery Operator Sazka Selects NeoGames as Its iLottery Strategic Partner

NeoGames will provide turnkey interactive gaming solution with centralized platform to Czech lottery operator for iLottery and future iGaming services

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LUXEMBOURG (February 3, 2016) -- NeoGames S.A.R.L., (“NeoGames”), a leading provider of complete iLottery solutions to regulated national and state lotteries, and Sazka a.s. (“Sazka”), the Czech Republic’s leading regulated lottery operator, today announced a strategic partnership to bring state-of-the-art iLottery and iGaming solutions to the Czech market.

Sazka has been a market leader in lotteries, yet the online space is relatively new to us. Subject to Czech market regulations, we expect to launch activity next year.  Partnering with NeoGames enables us to benefit from their extensive experience in more mature markets,” said Mr. Robert Chvátal, CEO of Sazka. “Long a trusted brand in the brick-and-mortar world, Sazka intends to extend its credibility to the online space, fully subscribing to strictest principles of responsible gaming and accessibility – across all touchpoints and screens to become the foremost provider of iLottery and iGaming entertainment services in the Czech market.

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We selected NeoGames for their superior platform, unsurpassed variety of games focused on lottery players, flexibility and can-do attitude. Their extensive experience in running online operations in regulated markets across the EU positions us to maximize our business potential in the Czech Republic”.

We are honored that Sazka selected NeoGames as its strategic partner,” said NeoGames CEO Ilan Rosen. “Sazka has been the fastest growing lottery in recent years in Europe and we look forward to supporting their growth in the online space. Following implementation of our proven iLottery 360 solution. Sazka will introduce sports betting and lottery game verticals as well as other products as regulations evolve to allow them. We are confident that we will meet their high standards and expectations, drawing from more than 11 years of operational experience to prepare their team for the launch of innovative digital services”.   

The iLottery 360 solution to be provided to Sazka is based on our flagship NeoSphere unified and integrated player management platform, serving as the heart of the digital entertainment, and will introduce a rich variety of engaging games from the broad NeoGames’ portfolio as well as from 3rd party providers.

About SAZKA, a.s (http://www.sazka.cz/)

The Czech Republic Sazka is the largest domestic operator of number and instant scratch cards as well as one of the largest lottery companies in the Czech Republic. Its main business consists of operating number betting, odds and sports betting and instant lotteries.

Sazka is part of international investment group KKCG, operating in 11 countries and is member of European Lotteries (EL) and World Lottery Association (WLA). Sazka operates a network of over 7,400 points of sale.

About NeoGames S.A.R.L

NeoGames is a leading iLottery software and service provider. For more than a decade, NeoGames’ iLottery 360™ solution has boosted lottery success with the widest portfolio of market-proven games across all online devices, a comprehensive back-office platform, and a complete set of player operational services. NeoGames’ tailored solutions best fit each lottery customer to generate maximum revenues from its interactive offering. In August 2015, William Hill PLC (WLH – Lon), one of the world’s top betting and gaming companies, employing more than 16,000 people, acquired 29% of NeoGames’ shares to advance its iLottery strategy, expansion and innovation.

CONTACT: Tal Stein, Marketing Director, NeoGames, T: +972 73 3723039, E-mail: tals@neogames.com.

SOURCE: NeoGames.

 



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