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Vol. 75 No.2 - Monday April 11, 2016


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IGT Enters Into Agreement with Station Casinos to Provide Enhanced IGT Advantage Casino Management System Allowing "On Device" Marketing, Bonusing and Guest Communication Solutions

IGT Service Window will Reside on Over 19,000 Slot Machines Across the Company's Las Vegas Portfolio

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LONDON, U.K. (April 6, 2016) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced an agreement with Station Casinos LLC ("Station Casinos") to enhance Station Casinos' IGT Advantage® casino management systems with state-of-the-art gaming systems solutions and applications that will allow for "on device" marketing, bonusing and guest communication on over 19,000 slot machines located across its nineteen properties in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The comprehensive systems enhancement includes IGT's Universal Game Adaptor (UGA®) and will permit Station Casinos to offer a premium guest experience that includes real-time customized promotions and incentives through the IGT Service Window.

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"This enterprise-wide deployment of IGT UGA and systems solutions at Station Casinos marks a significant milestone in our continued focus on providing the gaming industry's most advanced casino management systems," said Nick Khin, IGT Senior Vice President of Sales, North America Gaming & Interactive. "As Station Casinos continues to provide best-in-class entertainment offerings, we are pleased to have been selected to deliver innovative gaming systems solutions that will allow them to significantly enhance their overall guest experience."

"Our initial gaming systems partnership with IGT allowed us to customize one of their bonusing programs into Jumbo Jackpot ®, which quickly became a guest favorite," stated Marc J. Falcone, Station Casinos' Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

"We are excited once again to be at the forefront of bonusing with IGT, as the new IGT Advantage ® applications will permit us to create customized guest incentives that can only be found at Station Casinos."

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 over 12,000 employees.

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

CONTACT: Phil O'Shaughnessy, IGT, T: (702) 669-2975.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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INTRALOT Acquires Strategic Stake in Eurobet, Bulgaria

Further Strengthening Its Presence In Eastern Europe

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ATHENS, Greece (April 6, 2016) - - INTRALOT Group announces the acquisition of a strategic stake in a leading gaming company in Bulgaria, Eurobet, via its Bulgarian subsidiary, BILOT. INTRALOT will acquire a 49% stake in Eurobet, a company that offers to the Bulgarian market numerical games and scratch tickets through a network of 1,100 Points of Sales countrywide. INTRALOT already has strong presence in the country as 49% owner of Eurofootball, offering Fixed Odds and Live Betting thorough a network of 850 shops, since 2002. The completion of the acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to occur by June 2016.

Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, stated: “We are proud to expand our presence in Bulgaria through acquiring a strategic share in Eurobet, a market leader in its sector. The complementarity of the product offering between our companies will lead to strengthening our operations in a more consolidated market. This acquisition aligns with our business growth strategy to seal strategic partnerships with strong local players. Through synergies with Eurobet’s assets we will be able to further boost our operations in Bulgaria and sustain our leading position in the area.”

Mr. Millen Stamatov, Eurobet CEO, commented on the acquisition agreement: “INTRALOT’s strategic participation in Eurobet highlights our company’s ability to attract international investors and reinforces our position in the local gaming market. We are confident that INTRALOT’s global experience in our sector will further increase the value that we deliver both to our shareholders and the Bulgarian players.”

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About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 57 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.91 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees in 2015, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive.

About EUROBET

EUROBET, a private limited company, established in 1996, is the leader of number games on the Bulgarian gaming market. The company is developing its business since 2006 by providing innovative solutions and unmatched excellence in its product portfolio. Based on one of the oldest lottery games – Keno, EUROCHANCE enjoys its status of the most popular and loved number game in Bulgaria. EUROBET has in its portfolio games, licensed by the Bulgarian Commission on Gambling, among which Lottomania, Poker Chance and other. The whole suit of products is present from the beginning of 2015 also online, enabling players to enjoy them on 2 more screens – on their PC and mobile devices. In 2011, EUROBET launched the first private instant lottery in Bulgaria and in January 2015 upgraded it under the name LOTARIA BULGARIA. LOTARIA BULGARIA is distributed together with EUROCHANCE and all the other games of EUROBET in a network of over 1,100 betting shops. The scratch cards of LOTARIA BULGARIA are distributed in over 5000 points of sale. LOTARIA BULGARIA includes 14 scratch cards. LOTARIA BULGARIA started as a TV show in January, 2016 and is one of the most watched in Bulgaria with a share of over 30%. Faithful to the spirit of innovation, in 2016 EUROBET has in store the launch of several exciting products.

For more information CONTACT:

Mr. Vasil Stumbov, Marketing Director and International Relations Manager, Phone: +359-2807 2500, Fax: +359-2807 2501, email: office@eurobet.bg, www.eurobet.bg.

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

 

 

Scientific Games' Key Dual Security System Exceeds $70 Billion Milestone in Prize Money Protected for Lottery Players

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (April 7, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SGMS) today announced that the Company's Key Dual Security system has now protected more than $70 billion (U.S.) in lottery player prize monies since the patented system launched in 2004.

Key Dual Security has been chosen by a select number of lotteries around the world to provide an additional, advanced layer of security for their instant games. To date, the system has protected more than 5,000 games for lotteries including Italy's Gratta e Vinci, La Francaise des Jeux in France, UK National Lottery and the Pennsylvania Lottery in the U.S.

Joe Bennett, Vice President Operations, U.S. Instant Products, for Scientific Games, said, "Lotteries and their players must be able to trust the integrity of the games, and Key Dual Security delivers on this promise. More than a web of software tools that protect the games, it is our entire approach to instant game security with security integrated into every phase of our game design and manufacturing process.

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The Key Dual Security system, configuration of our servers, global security practices and highly experienced personnel are among the key reasons Scientific Games is consistently selected as the primary, trusted instant game supplier that can protect a lottery organization."

Rated as a superior security system by independent experts and lottery customers, Key Dual Security protects against unauthorized attempts to determine the value of an instant game ticket. Scientific Games invested five years and millions of dollars working with global security experts, including bank and credit card security professionals, to develop this complex and comprehensive system.

In 2014, the Company launched the next generation Key Dual Security 3.0 (KDS 3.0). Like the original product release, KDS 3.0 is a patented game data security system that requires multiple keys from multiple and independent parties in order to shuffle the prizes within a game. KDS 3.0 is the most sophisticated instant game protection available in the lottery industry today.

Scientific Games created the lottery industry's first secure instant game in 1974 and is the world's largest provider of lottery instant games. With operations on six continents, the Company provides games, services, systems and retail technology to 125 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 http://www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

(702) 532-7663

Media Relations:

Mollie Cole

(773) 961-1194

Lottery Communications:

Therese Minella

(770) 825-4219

 

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) New iGaming White Paper

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 5, 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the global leader in online systems and iGaming testing, is proud to announce the release of its newest white paper, “iGaming Information Security Management: Is Your Business Adequately Protected?

There are 5 reasons why you should read it:

It will highlight GLI’s ability to…

  1. Discuss your concerns about network infrastructure security
  2. Advise about data loss from players or your company
  3. Assist you to ensure security when working with third parties
  4. Provide effective personalized planning to maximize system uptime
  5. Work closely with you for continued compliance and ongoing risk mitigation

 

GLI’s Managing Director of GLI Europe and Africa Martin Britton said, “The growing expansion of iGaming has created an increasing depth of internal knowledge. We can use this knowledge bank to assist suppliers and operators and discuss and advise about security measures to ensure systems and information are protected not just for today but for tomorrow.”

The first step is understanding the security risks, determine the requirements, discuss system architecture and build a plan specifically around these. This can be a combination of audits, assessments and consultancy. We want our clients to be confident that security breaches can be minimized by having effective and logical controls in place. This is why the GLI iGaming team, headed by our VP of iGaming Salim Adatia, has spearheaded this important white paper.”

In addition to the white paper, GLI has also launched an iGaming webpage with additional information about their unique iGaming services, which can be found at www.gaminglabs.com/services/igaming.

Clients can learn more about GLI’s iGaming team as well as download GLI’s iGaming Standard – GLI-19. The new iGaming white paper can be downloaded from this webpage, too. 

Since 1996, GLI has provided independent testing and assessment services for many emerging online gaming jurisdictions. The company serves more than 475 jurisdictions, more than 130 of which exclusively accept GLI certification letters.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

 

World Lottery Sales: FY on FY Global Growth Up 2%; Latin America, North America up; Asia Pacific Down; Europe Holds Steady

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BASEL, Switzerland (April 7, 2016) —In 2015, full-year on full-year global lottery sales grew 2%, moderating sharply from 2014 full-year on full-year sales growth of 9.9%. Strong growth in the Americas over the whole year 2015 was offset by a contraction in sales in the Asia Pacific region over the second half of 2015, with the result that annual growth in global lottery sales is now at its lowest point in five years, as the attendant graph (right and below) shows.

The Latin American region fared best in 2015, with participating Latin American lotteries reporting an aggregate increase in sales of 19.1% for 2015 over  2014. Continuing its dominant run, Argentina’s Lotería Nacional Sociedad del Estado was the strongest performer, reporting an increase in sales of 25.5% for FY 2015, as against FY 2014.

Owing to very strong first-half sales of their flagship Lotto product, Chile's Polla Chilena also performed robustly, with sales at the Chilean national lottery increasing 15.4% over the course of 2015, as against the course of 2014. Building on a fourth-quarter on fourth-quarter increase in revenue of 23%, sales at Brazil’s Caixa Econômica Federal grew 10.2% over FY 2015, as against FY 2014.

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The fourth-quarter on fourth-quarter increase in sales at the Brazilian national lottery was due to several factors. In November 2015, the lottery offered the largest jackpot ever on its Mega-Sena product, resulting in the lottery’s best monthly performance for 2015, while a special year-end draw called Mega da Virada helped the Brazilian lottery in recording its second highest monthly sales revenue of the year.

For its part, the North American market continued to strengthen, with participating North American lotteries sweeping the board once again to record an aggregate full-year on full-year increase in sales of 8%. Canada’s BCLC was the stellar performer, reporting a twelve-month on twelve-month increase in sales of 14.5%. Following hard on the heels of BCLC was the California Lottery, which saw its sales increase by 14.1% year-on-year. Canada’s Ontario Lottery and Gaming also enjoyed double-digit growth over the same timeframe, seeing its sales grow by 12.8%. The Kentucky Lottery, Florida Lottery, and the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation also all performed strongly, reporting FY-on-FY increases in sales of 8.7%, 7.8%, and 7.2% respectively, while sales at the Canada’s Loto-Quebec and the U.S.’s Connecticut Lottery grew by 6.5% and 5.9% respectively over the same period. The positive results from North America were set against the backdrop of the improving U.S. economy, which saw real GDP increasing 2.4% percent in 2015 (that is, from the 2014 annual level to the 2015 annual level).

In the African market, the situation was similar to that reported for the previous quarter. For FY 2015, African lotteries participating in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator reported an aggregate increase in sales of 3.4%, as against FY 2014. Continuing its strong recent form, Ghana’s National Lottery Authority witnessed an increase in sales of 19.7% for whole year 2015, as against whole year 2014.

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Both Moroccan lotteries continued to fare well, with La Marocaine des Jeux seeing its FY-on-FY sales increase by 12.5% and Loterie Nationale seeing its sales rise by 10.1% over the same period. Offsetting these results, sales at the Mauritius National Lottery contracted sharply over the twelve months of 2015, as against the corresponding revenue period of 2014.

The picture in Europe also mirrored that of the previous quarter, where the impressive double-digit growth of several central European lotteries was offset by decreases in sales elsewhere in Europe. As a result, participating European lotteries reported an aggregate increase in sales of 1.3% for full-year 2015 versus full-year 2014. For their part, Poland’s Totalizator Sportowy and Hungary’s Szerencsejáték Zrt. continued their standout form, reporting full-year on full-year increases in sales of 18.2% and 15.5% respectively. The increase in sales at Szerencsejáték Zrt. was attributable to several factors, including the introduction of a new technological system (AEGIS) in August 2015, which allowed the Hungarian National Lottery to extend its range of sports betting offerings, and the launch of a seasonal instant ticket in the lead-up to Christmas. Counterbalancing these results, sales at Greece’s OPAP and Sweden’s Svenska Spel held steady over full-year 2015, as against full-year 2014, while sales at Italy’s Lottomatica contracted over the same timeframe. Underpinning the weaker performance of Europe as a whole was the wider European economy, where GDP increased by a modest 1.5% in the Euro area (EA19) and by 1.8% in the EU28 over the whole year 2015.

In the Asia Pacific region, sales moderated yet again, with the result that participating Asia Pacific lotteries saw full-year on full-year sales contract by 1.6%. The slowdown in sales in Asia Pacific was largely attributable to the mainland Chinese lotteries, with the China Sports Lottery recording a full-year on full-year decrease in sales of 5.7%, and the Chinese Welfare lottery reporting a full-year on full-year decrease in sales of 2.2%. Overall, total lottery sales were down 3.8% year-on-year in mainland China, with total lotto sales being down 4.9%. Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, Australia’s Lotterywest saw its sales increase by 6.7% for FY 2015, as against FY 2014, while Japan’s Takara-kuji lottery saw its sales hold steady over the same timeframe.

We close this edition of the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator with the addition of the B.C. Lottery to the list of lotteries participating in the WLA Quarterly Lottery Sales Indicator. We extend a warm welcome to our newest member and look forward to bringing you the first quarter results shortly.

Jean-Luc Moner-Banet

WLA President

 

 

Texas Lottery Launches Texas Rangers™ Scratch Ticket

Game offers chance to win tickets to the World Series™

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AUSTIN, Texas (April 6, 2016) – The Texas Lottery today announced the launch of the new Texas Rangers™ scratch ticket which offers more than $16.4 million in total prizes, four top prizes of $100,000 and a chance to win a trip to the World Series™. The $5 game is available at Texas Lottery® retailers across the state.

"We are excited to enter into a partnership with an iconic brand like the Texas Rangers,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

This game knocks it out of the park by offering our players unique prizes and the incredible opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the World Series.”

Players that do not win instantly can enter non-winning tickets into one of four promotional second-chance drawings.

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Four lucky winners will win a trip to attend Game 4 of either the 2016 or 2017 World Series.

The 2016 or 2017 World Series trip prize is a three day, two night trip that includes the following:

  • Two tickets to Game 4 of the 2016 or 2017 World Series
  • Round-trip airfare for the winner and one guest
  • Ground transportation and hotel accommodations at destination
  • $1,000 spending money
  • Three piece luggage set and a digital camera

 

This is a great new partnership for the Texas Rangers,” said Rangers Senior Vice President of Partnerships & Client Services Jim Cochrane. “The Texas Rangers scratch ticket game not only provides the opportunity for our fans to win fabulous prizes but also helps to support the Texas Lottery’s mission to benefit Texas education.”

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In addition to the World Series trip prizes, 1,460 Texas Rangers merchandise prize packs, each valued at $565, will be given away. These prize packages include an array of Texas Rangers-branded merchandise including: framed memorabilia, neon desk lamp, tumbler, glass clock, duffel bag, blanket tote and more.

About the Texas Lottery

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

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®,

Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games.

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

Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. Visit MLB.com MDI/MLBP 2016

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

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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New Mexico Lottery’s Biggest Ticket Ever and New Family of “Sizzlin 7s” Super Tuesday Scratchers™ Launched

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (April 5, 2016) – The New Mexico Lottery’s biggest ticket ever, “Super Ticket™,” goes on sale today.

“Super Ticket” is physically the largest ticket the New Mexico Lottery has ever sold. At 8″ wide by 12″ high, the game is taller than a piece of paper and almost as wide. The game is so big it is only sold at retailers with special dispensers.

“Super Ticket,” a $10 Scratcher, features four Double Diamond™ play areas and 42 chances to win. The game has top prizes of $100,000. 

A new set of games featuring “Sizzlin 7s” is also available today. Called a “Family of Games,” the three new Scratchers have graphics and names similar to each other.

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  • With over $1.4 million in total cash prizes, $5 “Super Sizzlin Hot 7s” features 15 chances to win and top prizes of $70,000;
  • “Sizzlin Hot 7s,” the $2 Scratcher, has over 50,000 prizes of $5 and above and top prizes of $7,777;
  • And $1 “Sizzlin 7s” is a tic-tac-toe style game with top prizes of $777.

 

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $686.75 million for education and more than 100,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. 

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery).

CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm, (505) 342-7638, (800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E: wahlm@nmlottery.com.

SOURCE: The New Mexico Lottery.

 

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America’s Favorite Game is Now in the Palm of Your Hand with the New Wheel of Fortune® Scratch-Off Game From the Florida Lottery

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 6, 2016) – The Florida Lottery is introducing the new $5 game, WHEEL OF FORTUNE today, featuring more than $42 million in cash prizes. The game also features a second chance promotion, in which 12 players will win a trip to Hollywood, California to participate in a lottery players-only Wheel of Fortune show for the chance to win up to $1 million!

The WHEEL OF FORTUNE Scratch-Off game offers eight top prizes of $250,000 and more than 100,000 prizes from $50 to $10,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.04.

Four drawings will be held between April 28 and June 30 for non-winning WHEEL OF FORTUNE tickets entered into the Wheel of Fortune Big Money Second Chance Promotion.

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In each drawing, three players will win a Grand Prize VIP trip to Hollywood, California to participate in a non-broadcast Wheel of Fortune show and the opportunity to win up to $1 million. Additionally, players have a chance to earn extra entries into each Wheel of Fortune Big Money Second Chance Promotion drawing by playing the “Buy a Vowel” play-for-fun game on the second chance website. Visit www.flalottery.com for more information.  

The Florida Lottery also launched two additional Scratch-Off games today, that offer more than $33.9 million in instant prizes. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

For just $2, players can win up to $25,000 with EA$Y MONEY. There are more than 3.7 million winning tickets totaling more than $22.5 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.36.

TRIPLE CASH, the newest $1 game, features more than $11.4 million in cash prizes, including 76 top prizes of $3,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.92.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Florida Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.

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, T: (850) 487-7727

SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).

 

Daily3 Players Have Record Setting Day

The Number Combination of 222 Leads to Record Pay Out

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (April 5, 2016) – The West Virginia Lottery’s Daily3 players won big on Monday (April 4, 2016) when the numbers 2-2-2 were drawn. That number combination led to a total of 1,443 tickets sharing a record prize payout of $360,750 for the game.

The Daily3 drawing for Monday generated $27,532 in sales, thus the prize expense of $360,750 was 1,310.29% of sales. The total prize expense and the percentage of payout to sales are both all-time records for the game that was introduced in March of 1987.

The previous record high payout for the game was $344,750 for the numbers 1-2-3 that were drawn on January 13, 1996. The previous record for highest percentage payout to sales was 1,135 percent for the numbers 2-2-2 that led to a prize payout of $302,500 from the Feb. 27, 2013 drawing.

Daily3 tickets cost only $1 and can be purchased at West Virginia Lottery retail locations up until 6:49 p.m. each draw day. Drawings are conducted Monday through Saturday at 6:59 p.m. The top prize for matching all three numbers in exact order is $500.

SOURCE: The West Virginia Lottery (www.WVLottery.com).

 

 

WyoLotto Makes First Revenue Transfer to Wyoming

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming (April 5, 2016) – A true Wyoming brand, born and raised in the Cowboy State, the Wyoming Lottery has aspired to bring the fun and excitement of WyoLotto™ to players across the state.

Due to the tremendous success of WyoLotto games, the Wyoming Lottery was able to make its first revenue transfer of more than $1 million to the state on April 5, and begin giving back to the Wyoming communities who have supported WyoLotto from the start.

The first revenue payment follows the earlier-than-expected $2.6 million payoff of the Lottery’s startup loan which was made on January 30.

Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO said, “These achievements were done the Wyoming way, with planning and perseverance, as well as dedication from our staff and the tremendous support of our players. Clontz continued, “We were tasked with growing the Lottery without state funding and developing a new sustainable revenue stream for cities, towns and counties, and education. We are proud to say we have accomplished that, and have done so earlier than anticipated.”

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For years, Wyoming’s lottery players spent money in neighboring states. With the launch of Wyoming Lottery ticket sales in August 2014, and the introduction of Cowboy DrawTM in March 2015, WyoLotto has successfully kept Wyoming dollars in Wyoming, spent at Wyoming retailers.

With over 1.2 million Wyoming winners and more than $19 million won by WyoLotto players, what began as a startup has become an established Wyoming organization.

Said Clontz, “With help from retailers, board members, staff, legislators, players, and the state of Wyoming, we’ve reached a number of significant milestones in a short amount of time. We see this first payment to the state as a defining achievement in the history of our organization, and the beginning of a new era for WyoLotto and our partnership with Wyoming.

The initial transfer is larger due to the revenue generated by the increased ticket sales for the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot earlier this year, as well as the sales created by the introduction of Cowboy Draw.

Both were also factors which facilitated the early loan payoff. A revenue transfer will now be made to the Wyoming State Treasurer every financial quarter, with the amount dependent on revenue.

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Wyoming State Treasurer, Mark Gordon said, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to return the proceeds of Wyoming’s home-grown lottery to our own towns and counties.  It is a bright spot at a time when Wyoming is experiencing shortfalls elsewhere.”

Per the state statute, revenue transfers each year will be distributed by the State Treasurer to Wyoming’s 99 cities and towns, and 23 counties. Should revenue transfers exceed $6 million, amounts for that year beyond $6 million will go to the Wyoming Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account.

Treasurer Gordon added, “Congratulations are in order for the WyoLotto team, the Legislature, and the people of Wyoming who worked tirelessly to make the Wyoming Lottery a reality.”

To increase revenue, the Lottery will look forward to launching a new draw game later this year and research other new game options allowed under state statute.

About The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

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.

 

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Kentucky Lottery Sales Continue Positive Trend

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 4, 2016) -- Fueled by January’s world-record Powerball jackpot and what is shaping up to be record scratch-off ticket sales in the Commonwealth, lottery sales in Kentucky remain strong. This was announced in a meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors.

According to the lottery’s Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison, sales for February were $82.8 million, which is $4.8 million (6.2%) more than the same month last year.

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Year-to-date sales through February were $663.6 million, which is $76.1 million (13%) more than the same period last year and $30.6 million (4.8%) more than budget.

Garrison said sales were led by scratch-off tickets, which at $395.4 million are up $35.8 million (10%) over last year and $7.3 million (1.9%) over budget.

The largest percentage sales increase was for the Powerball game, up $24.3 million (51.5%) from last year at $71.6 million. Keno also posted large gains with $41.8 million in sales, up $11.4 million (37.5%).

Garrison said year-to-date income before transfer of dividends is $170.6 million, which is $16.9 million (11%) ahead of last year and $13.3 million (8.5%) more than budget.

We’re having a successful year – especially thanks to the boost from the world-record Powerball jackpot – but our budget for this year was aggressive,” said the lottery’s Executive Vice President and CFO Howard Kline.

Sales are definitely up, but that was the expectation. As we enter the final quarter of the fiscal year, there remains a lot of work to do in order to maximize profits for the college scholarship and grant programs we fund.”

Kline also announced the lottery had achieved $17 billion in sales since inception. Today (April 4) is the 27th anniversary of the first day of sales for the Kentucky Lottery.

In other business, the board approved contract renewals with:

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  • Tescom Software Systems Testing and Gaming Laboratories International for quality assurance testing;
  • The Governor’s Office of Technology for the lease of space for the KLC’s data back-up center;
  • Smartplay International for drawing machine maintenance and repair;
  • Garron Lottery Products for draw machine and ball set services;
  • Affiliated Forensic Laboratory for lottery ticket testing;
  • Delehanty Consulting for third party security assessment services;
  • Gaming Laboratories International for lottery ball testing and random number generator evaluation services, and;
  • Blue and Company for draw audit services.

 

The board also approved a three month contract extension with Bandy Carroll Hellige for advertising and related services, a new contract with SHI Inc. for LogicManager online services, and rules and regulations for 15 instant games and five instant play games.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be June 10th. 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 8:00 AM EST.

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

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

 

Michigan Lottery Teams Up with Speedway to Give Players a Chance to Win Free Fuel for a Year

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LANSING, Michigan (April 1, 2016) -- Two lucky players will be filling their tanks for free for a year thanks to the Michigan Lottery and Speedway LLC (Speedway).

Beginning Monday, April 4, Lottery players who purchase instant game tickets at Speedway convenience stores and scan their registered Speedy Rewards® card will be entered in a giveaway to win free fuel for a year. A registered Speedy Rewards® card is one that is associated with a valid email address or phone number.

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Customers may register their Speedy Rewards® card online at http://www.speedway.com or via the in-store kiosk at any Speedway convenience store. Players will earn one entry for each dollar spent on Michigan Lottery instant games.

Two grand prize winners will each receive free fuel for a year in the form of a $2,500 Speedway gift card.

In addition to two grand prize winners, eight lucky winners will each receive $400 in Michigan Lottery instant game tickets. Winners will be selected at random in mid-June from eligible entries.

Players may earn entries through 11:59 p.m. on May 31. There is no limit on the number of entries a player may earn. Purchases of Michigan Lottery draw game tickets are not eligible for entry.

This marks the second time that the Michigan Lottery and Speedway have teamed up to offer players a chance to win free fuel for a year and free instant game tickets.

In 2015, Sarah Kundinger, of Elk Rapids, and Ann Ureel, of Harrison Township, each won free fuel for a year. Ron Demaggio, of Farmington Hills, Randall Heck, of Standish, Daniel Howarth, of Davison, James Howe, of Webberville, Joseph Leyva, of Mayville, Adam Oldenburg, of Swartz Creek, Cherri Reynolds, of Davison, and Kyle Woods, of Clio each won $400 in instant game tickets.

Each winner was selected from more than 2.6 million contest entries.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 

 

Sports Betting: The New National Pastime

Article By: Geoff Freeman

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 4, 2016) -- The same week he selected his nominee for the Supreme Court, President Obama filled out his March Madness bracket in a nationally broadcast event that has become an annual White House tradition over the last eight years.

The President’s bracket is just one of 70 million that were completed by more than 40 million Americans this year, and the number of brackets completed is more than the number of votes that will likely be cast for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or any other presidential candidate in November.

If the Super Bowl was any indication of the President’s affinity for betting on sports – he told late night host Stephen Colbert that he bets on the Big Game – then he likely stands in good company by putting a few bucks down on March Madness.

With an estimated $9.2 billion wagered on the NCAA tournament, including on the Final Four and championship game in Houston tonight, it stands as the biggest betting event of the year – twice the size of the Super Bowl.

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Yet just like betting on the Big Game, on professional basketball and on baseball and on hockey and on pick-your-sport, nearly all of this activity is happening illegally. On March Madness, 97 percent of bets are made in the illegal market.

What’s abundantly clear is how popular betting on sports has become. What’s also clear is that America’s prohibition, which pushes fans to engage in what’s technically illicit activity, is failing.

Officially, federal law largely bans sports betting outside of Nevada and three other states. Unofficially, a thriving illegal gambling market operates outside the reach of law enforcement, with no regulatory oversight, no consumer protection and no consideration for the integrity of games. And unlike legal gambling, no federal, state or local taxes are collected.

Despite this prohibition, Americans placed an estimated $150 billion in illegal bets on sports last year. Two possible remedies exist: dramatically increase law enforcement resources to crack down on illegal gambling, or adopt a new approach that would bring sports betting out of the shadows and into robust regulation, full transparency and real-time monitoring of wagering activity.

Fans are already saying it’s time for a new approach. A recent survey by leading public opinion researcher Mark Mellman found that 80 percent of NFL fans want to change current law. Further, a change in law would boost sports leagues and the media companies that pay billions for the rights to broadcast games. Seventy percent of fans are more likely to watch a game if they’ve wagered on it; nearly two-in-three say they follow teams more closely if they’ve placed a bet. That Cleveland Browns-Jacksonville Jaguars contest suddenly becomes a lot more riveting.

The current sports betting prohibition was enacted before Peyton Manning graduated from high school, before the first President Bush exited the White House and before casinos expanded from a handful of states to more than 40 today. Times have changed, and so have American attitudes towards sports betting in particular and gambling in general.

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Perhaps most significant is that professional sports leagues are taking a different approach. The most prominent example is NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who has repeatedly called for a regulated framework to bring sports betting out of the shadows and to protect the integrity of games. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred suggests it’s time to discuss the sport’s position on betting, “given that the country has changed in terms of its approach to legalized gambling.”

The NFL recently made a big investment in a sports monitoring company that provides data to sportsbooks, a sign that the league is preparing for legalized sports betting nationwide, and Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wouldn’t block a team moving to Las Vegas, a city that had been previously shunned. Even the NCAA is reconsidering its ban on holding championship events in Las Vegas.

Some critics suggest that sports betting could harm the integrity of the games. In truth, the greatest threat to today’s games is a thriving unregulated black market, where no one knows if the fix is in.

The gaming industry is aligned – from Nevada casinos to regional operators – and the American Gaming Association is building a coalition of sports leagues, law enforcement and other stakeholders to discuss the right regulatory structure.

After all, as the longtime sports broadcaster Brent Musburger said recently about sports betting, “Get your head out of the sand. It’s just part of American life.

Follow Geoff on Twitter and Medium.

About the Author

Geoff Freeman is the President and CEO of American Gaming Association.

SOURCE: American Gaming Association.

 

 

Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Report Best Results in History

Historic guest and sales record for domestic casinos, lotteries with great leap in return performance, further improvement for CAI

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VIENNA, Austria (April 1, 2016) -- There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the 2015 business year at the Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Group. With sales of EUR 3.6 billion, the Group achieved operating results of more than EUR 100 million – which is a first in its 50-year history. This successful development can be attributed to the extraordinary business development of the Austrian casinos and the online segment, but also and mainly to the significantly improved cost structure. This led to the best operating results in history, with Casinos Austria AG achieving EUR 20.99 million and Österreichische Lotterien GmbH (Austrian Lotteries) achieving EUR 62.79 million. Casinos Austria International also continued its successful restructuring process and improved its operating results to EUR 8.1 million.

More guests, increased sales, but most of all significantly increased earnings – this is the short summary of the year 2015 at Casinos Austria. Due to new impulses in the gaming portfolio, large-scale casino investments, as well as the expansion and enhancement of the food and beverage (F&B) offer, Casinos Austria was happy to welcome more than 2.7 million guests in the last year. This represents a plus of 8.6 per cent year-on-year and marks the best result in the past 15 years.

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Following from these excellent results, sales were increased considerably: For the first time in history, the twelve domestic casinos were able to surpass the 300 million euro sales mark. With EUR 310.73 million, they increased sales by 20.3 per cent year-on-year. Guests also positively acknowledged the F&B initiative. The ten restaurants operated under the in-house brand Cuisino generated total sales of EUR 15.2 million, which equals a year-on-year increase of 15 per cent.

Last year, Casinos Austria invested nearly EUR 23 million in the refurbishment and further development of the existing casinos as well as the new location in Zell am See. At Casino Bregenz, the second construction phase was completed with the expansion of the F&B area and the completion of the façade. In Linz, Cuisino successfully took over the F&B segment. Casino Graz expanded and redesigned its Jackpot Café and in Vienna, the gaming area on the third floor was completely overhauled and a VIP area was created. Casino Salzburg saw a general, large-scale renovation accompanied by a spatial extension of the gaming area.

Austrian Lotteries achieved the best operating profit in its history of nearly 30 years. Despite a small decline in sales, the company presented the second-best result with EUR 3.084 billion and increased its operating profit by 8.8 per cent to EUR 62.8 million. Moreover, the profit on ordinary activities with roughly EUR 76.3 million and the annual income of EUR 60.3 million mark absolute record figures.

With EUR 1.33 billion, the classic lottery games remained basically on the same level in a year-on-year comparison. However, the company's flagship product Lotto “6 aus 45” – benefiting from veritable jackpot fireworks – generated a gratifying plus of five per cent resulting in sales of EUR 615.7 million.

Bingo achieved a sales increase of 5.1 per cent due to long multi-bonus cycles and in the scratch-off ticket segment, the multi-game strategy generated a plus of 1.3 per cent with several new games.

A less “lucky” jackpot development in EuroMillions was reflected in a small sales decline of just under ten per cent, which led to total sales of EUR 306.2 million. However, this tendency has already been reversed during the first months of 2016.

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The online platform win2day expanded its mobile game range and sales went up by 10.5 per cent to EUR 1.30 billion – which also marks an all-time high. The Video Lottery Outlets of WINWIN had to face aggravating circumstances in terms of regulatory framework conditions: Due to a legally required reduction of the number of VLTs by 28 per cent and various new provisions (registration of every single guest since 1 January 2015 and access only with player card), sales dropped by 29 per cent to EUR 451 million. However, during the first months of 2016, WINWIN has already recovered substantially.

Casinos Austria International also reports good news: The operating result of EUR -5.7 million in 2014 was turned into EUR +8.1 million in 2015. Consolidated results were improved from -10.9 million to -3.8 million. The improvement of operating profits (before restructuring) by EUR 7.2 million can be attributed to increased sales in Germany (+ 1.72 million), Hungary (+ 1.54 million) and Belgium (+ 0.9 million), as well as additional savings in terms of expenses and the sale of the loss-making operation in Canberra in 2014.

In his tenth year in office, Chairman Karl Stoss looks back on an extremely successful track record: “The figures show that the reorganisation and efficiency programmes have been as successful as the numerous innovations and improvements in the product portfolio.”  Naturally, there are things – especially in the lottery business – on which we have little or no influence at all, as is the case in terms of the development of jackpots, says Chairman Stoss: “However, the fact that we were able to substantially increase profitability in nearly all segments is mainly the result of hard work and will therefore also have a sustainable effect.”

Although healthy figures are more than enough reason to celebrate, the main principle of the Group has always been and will always be its socio-political responsibility. The most important topic in the portfolio of measures: player protection. Precautionary measures are continuously improved and enhanced, e.g. in the context of events like the 12th Annual Responsible Gaming Academy, as well as recurring certifications according to external audits, which contribute to the fact that the entire group remains an international leader in this respect.

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The big winners are, on the one hand, our customers: EUR 2.4 billion were paid out to guests and customers in the past year. On the other hand, in terms of taxes and duties, the Group is among the top 3 of the country. EUR 519 million of game-related taxes and duties plus other tax payments and contributions result in an impressive total of EUR 589.4 million.

Moreover, the Group supports and promotes various projects, events and initiatives regarding social and humanitarian activities, as well as activities in the fields of science, research, arts and cultures, and tourism and sports. Many of them could probably not continue their work without this support and funding. Evidently, this involvement always follows the principle of sustainability. Many partnerships are more than 30 years old; the cooperation with Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) even exceeds this number, as it has been existing for nearly 50 years. This might also be a record-breaking fact.

The Casinos Austria AG and Österreichische Lotterien GmbH Annual Reports in German are available for download at the following links. The Financial Report for Casinos Austria International Holding will be published on 1 April, at 11:00, at the website of Oesterreichische Kontrollbank.

Annual Report Casinos Austria AG (German)

Annual Report Österreichische Lotterien GmbH (German)

Annual Financial Report Casinos Austria International Holding GmbH

For further information CONTACT: Martin Himmelbauer, Head of Corporate Communications, Casinos Austria – Österreichische Lotterien, Phone: +43/1/53440-31900, E-mail: martin.himmelbauer@casinos.at.

SOURCE: Casinos Austria – Österreichische Lotterien.

 

 

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Announce 50th Millionaire

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (April 5, 2016) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) has reached a milestone in a club most everyone wants to join – the ranks of millionaires. Last week, Jeff Hornback of Jonesboro became the 50th million-dollar prize winner since the Lottery began seven years ago.

Hornback actually purchased a non-winning instant game ticket at the Parker BP convenience store on West Parker Drive in Jonesboro, but then he entered the ticket number into his free ASL Play it Again Rewards Club account which gives players a second chance to win with losing tickets.

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On March 28, his ticket was drawn to win the $1,000,000 prize in the Platinum Payout Play it Again Drawing Number 49. Still overwhelmed when he claimed his prize March 30, Hornback said he plans to invest some of his prize money, spend some on his grandchildren and help others with the rest.

Randall Irvin of Uniontown was the first million-dollar ASL winner, with his Jan. 22, 2010 win, just months after the Lottery’s 2009 launch.

In between, the Lottery has made millionaires all over the state – in Atkins, Pearcy, Bono, Sulphur Rock, Grubbs, Diaz, Hamburg, Lepanto, Marmaduke, McRae and beyond. Below is a complete list of winners and their hometowns.

ASL Director Bishop Woosley said this is just “the first” 50 ASL millionaires – noting that nearly $2 billion overall has been awarded to Lottery players.

The state of Arkansas has 50 more millionaires now than before the Lottery’s launch,” Woosley said. “Their lives have changed forever, and hopefully our winners will always have financial security. We’re proud of them. We’re also proud of the scholarships our players and retailers provide to college students in the state, since obtaining a college degree is the surest way to financial security.”

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About Scholarships

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act of 2009 provided for revenue raised by a state lottery to provide for college scholarships, to be administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE).

As a result, tens of thousands of Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships are awarded to Arkansas residents for in-state colleges and universities across the state annually.

Lottery officials encourage both traditional and nontraditional students in the state to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship at ADHE before the June 1 deadline: www.adhe.edu.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

Since Lottery sales started in Arkansas in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has accumulated more than $573 million in net proceeds for scholarships, Lottery players have won nearly $2 billion in prizes, and Lottery retailers have earned more than $162 million in commissions.

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships and retailer commissions in the state.

Visit www.myarkansaslottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play it Again Rewards Club.

To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966).

Please follow the ASL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

CONTACT: Stephen Koch at (501)683-2055 for more information.

SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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Maryland Casinos Generate $97.85 Million in Revenue During March

BALTIMORE, Maryland (April 5, 2016) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced March 2016 revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County.

March 2016’s combined statewide revenue totaled $97,852,133, the second highest in Maryland casino history, behind July 2015’s $98,951,644.

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Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $7,044,010 from both slot machines and table games in March.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $226.03 for slot machines, $2,627.82 for banking table games and $353.58 for non-banking table games. 

Hollywood Casino’s March 2016 revenue increased by $525,892, or 8.1%, from March 2015.  Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games. 

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $27,631,69 from both slot machines and table games in March. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $227.22 for slot machines, $2,336.57 for banking table games and $1,324.72 for non-banking table games.

Horseshoe Casino’s March 2016 revenue increased by $2,931,647, or 11.9%, from March 2015. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 178 (153 banking and 25 non-banking) table games. 

Maryland Live Casino generated $54,606,979 from both slot machines and table games in March.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $276.07 for slot machines, $3,955.59 for banking table games and $1,308.13 for non-banking table games. Maryland Live’s March 2016 revenue increased by $2,672,806, or 5.2%, from March 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,923 slot machines and 206 (154 banking and 52 non-banking) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $4,471,371 from slot machines in March, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $180.06. Casino at Ocean Downs’ March 2016 revenue increased by $448,655, or 11.2%, from March 2015.

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

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4,098,078 from both slot machines and table games in March.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $178.92 for slot machines and $1,008.31 for banking table games. This facility does not have non-banking table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s March 2016 revenue increased by $242,398, or 6.3%, from March 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 631 slot machines and 19 table games. 

In a year-to-year comparison, March 2016 casino revenue increased from March 2015 by $6,821,399, or 7.5%.  See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of March 2016’s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the individual casinos and combined state total.  

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the state’s casinos.  In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.

To keep Marylanders informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the state’s casinos, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghlep.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

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

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and gaming.

 

 

INNOVA Gaming Group Announce Associate Membership in the World Lottery Association

LOS ANGELES, California (April 5, 2016) -- INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. ("INNOVA" or the "Company") (TSX: IGG), today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Diamond Game Enterprises ("Diamond Game"), has been approved to join the World Lottery Association ("WLA") as an Associate Member.

"We are delighted that Diamond Game has joined the WLA as an Associate Member," said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA.

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"This honor recognizes our success as a provider of unique local, extended play gaming solutions to North American lotteries and our growing influence within the global lottery community. As an Associate Member of the WLA, we have joined a network of responsible gaming organizations and suppliers who are committed to sharing their knowledge and experience with fellow members to continue to meet the needs of global lotteries."

The WLA is a worldwide, member-based organization that advances interests of the state and provincial lottery companies by advocating the highest ethical principles and supporting its members in achieving their visions. The WLA includes state lottery and gaming organizations from more than 80 countries on 6 continents and has associate members from the supplier industry worldwide. Members adhere to the strictest standards of social responsibility, responsible gaming, security and risk management.

The WLA offers a full program of seminars throughout the year in different locations around the world, where specialists from inside and outside the industry, including internationally respected academics, share their knowledge and insights to support the continuing education programs of WLA members. As part of this initiative, on April 6th, the WLA is hosting an i-Lottery Workshop in New York City.

About INNOVA Gaming Group Inc.

INNOVA develops unique games and products for the global gaming industry, with particular focus on state and provincial lotteries. Through the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Diamond Game, INNOVA focuses on enhancing the revenues of government-sponsored lotteries and other regulated operators by offering its unique extended-play products in traditional and non-traditional gaming venues. Its primary product is the LT-3, an instant ticket vending machine that dispenses tickets while simultaneously displaying the results of each ticket on a video monitor in an entertaining fashion. For more information, please visit: www.innovagaminggroup.com.

SOURCE: INNOVA Gaming Group.

 

Quickspin Seals Danske Spil Deal

Supplier reaches major agreement with Denmark’s largest operator

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (April 7, 2016) – Swedish slots specialist Quickspin has signed a deal to provide Danske Spil with its full portfolio of games and promotional tools.

The agreement will see Quickspin’s market-leading games including Second Strike, Genie’s Touch, Big Bad Wolf and Crystal Queen featured on Danske Spil’s Vegas.dk brand.

It will also receive Quickspin’s set of flexible promotional tools including the unique feature trigger and free rounds across all games.

Danske Spil becomes the first member of the World Lottery Association (WLA) to sign with Quickspin.

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Quickspin CEO Daniel Lindberg said: “We are delighted to have a reached an agreement with Danske Spil which will deliver Quickspin’s award-winning games to players across Denmark.

Through our partnership with Relax Gaming, we can offer our own state-of-the-art platform directly to our customers and this has proved transformational to our business.

Danske Spil is one of the most respected names in our industry, and this deal is further proof that our comprehensive platform and gaming offer holds appeal to operators across the board, including some of the world’s most successful lotteries.”

Danske Spil head of product for poker, casino and games Søren Schneider added: “Quickspin’s engaging games and innovative promotional capabilities perfectly complement our continuing mission to create the ultimate modern casino experience.

We are committed to offering the very best in online casino and partnering with Quickspin ensures we remain at the cutting edge of gaming.”

Quickspin was founded in 2011 and has quickly established itself as a leading development studio for real money and social casino gaming. It now counts the majority of Europe’s leading operators among its clients.

It has announced a number of deals with operators in recent months, including agreements with Betsson, Mr Green, 188BET and Casumo.

For more information about Quickspin please CONTACT: Daniel Lindberg on daniel.lindberg@quickspin.com or 00 46 709 67 67 68.

About Quickspin:

Quickspin is a Stockholm-based game development studio that targets the online real money and social gaming sectors. The aim of its 40-strong team of gaming industry veterans is to cause a market-changing shift in quality and innovation. The company delivers outstanding triple-A video slots with design, style, artwork, sounds and features that surpass the competition as standard.

SOURCE: Quickspin.

 

 

AUSTRALASIAN GAMING EXPO 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend unless exhibiting.

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

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

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

 

 

 

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NASPL Lottery Leadership Institute

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

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

Sessions are fun / interactive and focus on:

  • Self-Preservation Strategies
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  • Change Management

 

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights of the seminar program include: 

  • Ms Catherine DeVrye, Best-selling Author of 8 Books, Speaker on Customer Service, Managing Change and Resilience, and past winner of Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award
    Add Value – not Cost – to Your Bottom Line… and Your Life
  •  Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
    The ABC’s of Activity Based Costing
  • Mr Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector), Amazon Web Services
    Using Web Services by Lotteries to Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency & Increase Productivity
  • Mr Simon Piff, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC Asia/Pacific
    Managing Cyber Security in the Era of the 3rd Platform
  • Mr Goh Su Gim, Senior Enterprise Cyber Security Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
    It’s Not Just Security, It’s Defence

 

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

 

Accommodation:

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

 

SOURCE: Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA).

 



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