"Best User Experience in Mobile" at International Gaming Awards
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
"It's an honor to be recognized
by the International Gaming Awards for providing the gaming industry's Best
User Experience in Mobile."
"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
IGT has also recently introduced
Mobile Host and Mobile Responder, to enable operators to reduce service
response time and enhances the player experience.
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.
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
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countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest
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Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 (18 - 21 Apr) Now
"Operational Excellence - Getting
Things Done from Good to Great
18 - 21 April 2016
Sule Shangri-La Hotel
Click here (Seminar brochure) for more information on the
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 industrys pressure to perform in this
highly competitive environment, to be leaner and more efficient to drive better
productivity and bottom line for stakeholders.
With the theme of "Operational
Excellence Getting Things Done from Good to Great, this Seminar is
specially put together with a different format this year.
Led by distinguished invited
speakers, its workshop format focuses on best practices and in-depth
interactive learning and sharing, which will come in useful for both emerging
and mature lottery organisations. Each workshop will be followed up with
insightful discussions among lottery industry leaders sharing best practices
from their respective organizations. There is also a panel comprising
APLA Sponsors, most of whom are also WLA Contributors, sharing their insights
from the suppliers and partners perspectives.
This Seminar caters to both senior
and middle managerial levels, particularly those of us working in or dealing
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
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
- 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
not Cost to Your Bottom Line
and Your Life
- Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance
Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
The ABCs of Activity
- Mr Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director,
Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector), Amazon Web
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
Just Security, Its Defence
We look forward to seeing you in
Yangon, Myanmar from 18 21 April, 2016.
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
Scientific Games Named 'Lottery Supplier of the Year' Two Years
in a Row
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
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."
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
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:
Vice President, Investor
SOURCE Scientific Games
Lottery Gives Players the Star Treatment with Instant Game Featuring Pollard
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 Banknotes exclusive Scratch
FX®, has captured the attention of lottery fans and is achieving remarkable
results. After 10 weeks on the market, Star Platinum Plays 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
effectscatching the eye of new and existing players alike, with a
prominent and clear emphasis on the top prize of $1,000,000.
Island 9 - 11 August 2016
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
Lotterys 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 Lotterys 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 Lotterys
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 Lotterys 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 publics trust through integrity and honesty.
In fiscal year 2015, the Lottery
achieved sales of $1.144 billion, returning a record $319.7 million to the
states 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
For more information CONTACT:
| Doug Pollard
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
| John Pollard
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
| Rob Rose
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
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
This dramatic jump, propelled by a
world-record $1.5 billion jackpot, was a focus of todays meeting of the
lotterys 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.
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
lotterys Executive VP and CFO Howard Kline. Weve 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
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
- Renewal of a contract with Smartplay
International for random number generator systems and related
- A contract with Hudson Alley Software for a new
sales force management solution and relate services, and;
- Rules and regulations for nine scratch-off
The next meeting of the KLCs
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
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.
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
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
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.
In todays 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
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
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).
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
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
Courts 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.
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.
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
GameSense resources are also
available at lottery retailers, on PlayNow.com and at GameSense.ca.
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
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.
Jim Lightbody, President &
"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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lottery Shatters All Previous Monthly Sales Records
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.
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
The Lotterys 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
Floridas 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:
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Receives Renewal of Responsible Gaming Certification from European Lotteries
Association (EL) and World Lottery Association (WLA)
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 Companys 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
Lottomaticas assessment to
obtain certification renewal was carried out by an independent third party,
which verified Lottomaticas commitment to planning and developing a
program aimed at player protection and promotion of a responsible gaming
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
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
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.
These certifications from
the European Lotteries and World Lottery Association reaffirm
Lottomaticas 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
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
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
Lottomaticas gaming sites,
www.lottomatica.it, www.totosi.it, and www.grattaevincionline.it, have been
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WyoLotto Pays Off Loan, Set to Transfer
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
Wyomings 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.
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 states 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
years launch of the popular Cowboy Draw game, which offers better
odds and more winners.
Growing the lotterys
player base and adding new games are crucial to the lotterys ability to
transfer more revenue to the state, Clontz said. If we
dont see more growth, then the next revenue transfer will be much
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
In the meantime, the lottery will
turn over its first revenue transfer of at least $1 million to the Wyoming
Treasurers 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
Funds 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.
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
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 Wyomings
unique culture. We are working hard to continue to contribute to the
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
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
SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery
Group to Provide Media Planning and Buying Services for Hoosier
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.
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
"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
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:
PRESS CONTACT: Hollie Rapello, The
Buntin Group SVP, Communications and Business Development, 615-244-5720 x232
office or 646-932-0054 cell, Email: email@example.com
MEDIA VENDORS CONTACT: Christine
Poss, The Buntin Group Associate Director/Channel Engagement, 615-244-5720
x370, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Retired FBI Agent Appointed to Lottery
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
Davis served as a member of Governor
John Hickenloopers 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.
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
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 Governors
Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee.
Davis is Michigan State University
alum with a Bachelors 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
CONTACT: Kelly Tabor, Phone:
303.759.6872, Cell: 303.945.9724, Email:
SOURCE: Colorado Lottery.
AGA Research: Super Bowl Viewers Support Change to Sports Betting
Article by: Geoff Freeman, President
and CEO, AGA
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 3, 2016)
-- An overwhelming majority of Super Bowl viewers say its 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. Thats 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.
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 theyre 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 Boards adoption
of a modernized approach to sports betting in November, AGA has begun to
aggressively highlight sports bettings 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 years 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.
President and CEO
SOURCE: American Gaming Association
Lottery Operator Sazka Selects NeoGames as Its iLottery Strategic
NeoGames will provide
turnkey interactive gaming solution with centralized platform to Czech lottery
operator for iLottery and future iGaming services
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 Republics 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.
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
The iLottery 360⁰ 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 worlds 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: