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Vol. 75 No.3 - Monday April 18, 2016


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New $10 Instant Game Proves A Quick Winner

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LITTTLE ROCK, Arkansas (April 14, 2016) -- It’s a Blowout! The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s new $10 instant game that launched just last Tuesday, $10,000 Blowout, has already proven to be a statewide winner with eighteen top prize winners of $10,000 from every corner of the state.

The top prize $10,000 Blowout winners -- as of this writing – are Jefferson of Crossett, Conswaley of El Dorado, Lottie of Batesville, Joyce of Hot Springs, Craig of Ozark, Tammy of Benton, Ryan of Benton, Michael of Hope, Paul of Texarkana, Mikel of Jacksonville, Kiandra of Benton, Neil of Rosie, Derrell of Little Rock, Osie of Hope, Al of Fordyce, Randy of Heber Springs, Andrew of Jonesboro and Tommy of Little Rock. Five $1,000 winners -- so far -- include Ronald of Delight, Chrystal of Pine Bluff, Lindra of Lowell, Deborah of Morrilton and Edward of Pine Bluff.

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An estimated 102 top ($10,000) prizes and 34 second-tier ($1,000) prizes remain to be claimed. Including $10,000 Blowout’s $500 and under prizes, more than $6.2 million in prizes still await Arkansas Scholarship Lottery players in this game.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

Since Lottery sales started in Arkansas in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $573 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, while 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.

Please follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

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

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

INTRALOT Signs Extension Contract in the Netherlands

ATHENS, Greece (April 12, 2016) -- INTRALOT Group announces that its subsidiary, INTRALOT NEDERLAND BV, has signed an extension contract with the Nederlandse Staatsloterij / De Lotto, which announced their merger and the establishment of a new gaming entity. The extension contract has a three-year term, until April 2019, with an option to extend for one additional year. The extension of the contract follows an initial successful six-year operation, which was sealed in 2008 after a dual international tender conducted by both lotteries.

Under the terms of the extension contract, INTRALOT will continue to provide its best-in-class LOTOSTM O/S platform, along with the related services, connected to its 5,000 proprietary terminals, blended in a unique tailor made POS solution for the Dutch Lotteries. INTRALOT also provides a Prime and a Disaster Data Center, a call center for retailers and players, added to the industry-leading product solutions and services offered that will continue to facilitate the operations of the new merged entity.

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Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT Group COO, stated: “We are very pleased to continue our excellent cooperation with the two Dutch Lotteries, which are now entering a new era, as a new merged entity. INTRALOT has managed to design and deliver unique solutions for one of the most technologically advanced projects of our sector worldwide. We are happy to assist both long-term customers with novel gaming solutions in their combined new operation and we appreciate their trust in our capabilities underscored by this contract renewal.”

De Nederlandse Staatsloterij and De Lotto currently operate jointly a wide portfolio of games, including traditional lottery games (“Staatsloterij” and “Miljoenenspel”); numerical games (“Lotto”, “Eurojackpot”, “Lucky Day”), a full Sportsbook branded “Toto” (including Fixed Odds betting and Poolgame “Toto-13”) and Instant Tickets. These games are offered both in retail and online.

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.

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

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Top Prizes on New Scratch-Off Are Tax Free – and There's 135 of Them!

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 14, 2016) - If you win one of the $10,000 top prizes on the Hoosier Lottery's newest Scratch-off, the Hoosier Lottery will pay the taxes for you!

The new game is called Tax Free $10 Grand and it hit stores this month. 

The $10 Scratch-off boasts 135 top prizes, and the Hoosier Lottery is picking up the tab for the taxes on all of them. Top prize winners will receive a check for the full $10,000.

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When the game launched April 5 there were 135 top prizes available, but a few have been claimed. Gary Leathers of Indianapolis, Donna Goen of Salem, Kwasi Hall of Indianapolis, Jody Stidham of Austin, Ind. and Joshua Hanson of Bourbon (in Marshall County) have already claimed $10,000 top prizes on the new game.

Tax Free $10 Grand is packed with other prizes too.

At launch, there were 81 prizes of $5,000 and the game is designed to pay out more than $10 million in $50 to $500 prizes.

The tickets are available at most of the Hoosier Lottery's 4,500 retailers.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana.

The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund.

In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Goes Live with Loteria de Catalunya

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (April 8, 2016) -- NOVOMATIC announces that its subsidiary NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) has successfully launched its leading omni-channel lottery system for Loteria de Catalunya. This groundbreaking solution integrates the Catalonian Lottery’s sales network across retail, internet and mobile, delivering state-of-the-art technology that gives the Lottery’s customers access to its products from any channel.

On April 1, 2016 the technologically advanced NLS lottery system went online connecting the Lottery’s entire retail estate using the most modern point of sale devices and telecommunications infrastructure.

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The system supports all of the existing games such as ‘LOTO RA?PID’, ‘6/49’, ‘Trio’, ‘Super 10’ and ‘La Grossa’, as well as brand new scratch card games that were specifically developed by the local team for the local market.

This is part one of a two stage delivery,” explained Miriam Lindhorst, CEO of NLS. “In phase two, we will deliver the full omni-channel experience. After the summer, the Lottery’s customers will be able to play LOTO RA?PID from their mobile phones while travelling on the bus, or buy La Grossa with a simple click from their tablet or PC,” adding, “At NLS, we are confident that the introduction of our modern technology and comprehensive solutions will make a significant difference to Loteria de Catalunya.and its good causes,” affirming the lottery’s slogan of ‘tria-la, tots hi guanyem’ (‘choose it, we all win’).

NLS, a wholly owned subsidiary of the NOVOMATIC Group, has its roots in Iceland and currently employees over 300 people in seven locations across Europe and the USA. “This incredibly smooth and successful launch in Catalonia is proof not only that our technology works, but also that we are able to deliver a smooth and risk free conversion for our customers,” said Frank Cecchini CEO of NLS in Austria.

In one swift and sure project, a single platform delivers retail, internet and mobile sales,” he continued, “which is demonstrable proof that NLS keeps its promises.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions.

 

 

Government of the District of Columbia
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DC LOTTERY

$163,716 - $179,442

 

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The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) whose mission is to enhance the fiscal and financial stability, accountability and integrity of the Government of the District of Columbia is in search of an

Executive Director, DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board (DCLB). The Executive Director is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board (DCLB), Office of the Executive Director. DCLB’s mission is to provide District residents with financial benefits through the sale of lottery products and support of charitable organizations pursuant to gaming regulations.

This position will report to the Chief Financial Officer. Working under the general policy direction of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Executive Director has full authority for planning, directing, and overseeing all aspects of the agency’s programs, policies and procedures as it relates to administration, statutory compliance, security, revenue, sales goal achievement, marketing, game development, charitable gaming, licensing retailers and non-profit organizations and other functions.

More specifically, the Office of the Executive Director plans, administers, supervises and coordinates the operation of public gaming and charitable activities in accordance with provisions of D.C. Law 3-172, Section 2-2503. The Executive Office is also responsible for ensuring that the agency generates revenue for the District government through administration of a lottery and regulated charitable gaming, Daily Numbers games, Bingos and Raffles for Charitable purposes in the District of Columbia.

In addition, duties include but are not limited to:

  • Oversees the agency, provides executive leadership in establishing and effecting broad policies and objectives related to DCLB’s mission and has primary responsibility for all financial, administrative and program operations.
  • Oversees, implements and authorizes all aspects of the agency’s programs, policies and procedures as it relates to administration, statutory compliance, security, revenue, sales goal achievement, marketing, game development, charitable gaming, licensing retailers and non-profit organizations, and other functions.
  • Provides managerial expertise and guidance to facilitate accomplishment of the agency’s mission, goals and objectives, effective program operations, innovations, management improvements and professional development.
  • Advises the CFO on broad issues related to financial compliance, regulation, business, organizational development, long and short-range planning and its effectiveness.
  • Represents the agency before local officials, legislative committees, executives and senior managers of other agencies concerning program activities.
  • Implements and supports policy, budgetary and management options needed to establish, modify or maintain the agency’s administrative requirements and procedures for the facilitation of program delivery.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with industry colleagues, government officials, business leaders and other stakeholders to foster the lottery’s corporate image and well-being.
  • Sets agency’s budget, procurement objectives, and requirements.  Determines reallocations when additional funds are received or regulations change. Approves, monitors and reviews financial record-keeping systems, audits and agency transactions in accordance with sound fiscal practices and local regulations.
  • Responsible for assuring the preparation of reports, financial, accounting, revenue and other statements and publications which are and may be required by the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia.
  • Addresses community action groups, services clubs and professional organizations and others concerning the activities of the DC Lottery.
  • Establishes and monitors the technology used to support the agency gaming operations, financial reporting, audits and government compliance requirements.
  • Directs, plans, organizes, and oversees the activities of the office. Manages and coordinates the collective efforts of a multi-disciplined team of government staff and/or contractors assigned to agency programs.
  • Plans work for accomplishment by subordinates by providing direction and advice regarding policies, procedures, and guidelines. Develops and implements strategies, which require additional emphasis or clarification, provides different courses of action for arriving at goals and objectives, and justifies the course of action selected.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

Desired candidates must have at least seven to ten (7-10) years of progressive management and operations experience performing the related duties and responsibilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Preferred candidate will have an advanced degree in a related field of study such as Business (Administration or Finance), Advertising, Marketing or Public Administration and management experience in the gaming, recreation or attractions industries.

For initial review, please submit your resume to Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Division, located at 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W220, Washington, DC 20024 or to robert.tandler@dc.gov. For more information pertaining to applying for this vacancy, please visit www.ocfo.dc.gov.

The OCFO offers a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, retirement, and educational assistance. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

SOURCE:  Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

 

 

CT Lottery Introduces New Responsible Gambling Initiative, “GameSense”

When you gamble, use your GameSense

ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (April 12, 2016) – As part of its mission and ongoing commitment to encourage responsible gambling practices, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation is excited to introduce GameSense, a new responsible gambling campaign.  Connecticut is the first Lottery in the nation to adopt the GameSense brand.  

GameSense is a proprietary, award-winning responsible gambling campaign, created and developed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), and the CT Lottery has a licensing agreement with BCLC. 

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The GameSense campaign educates customers about playing responsibly, making informed choices and connecting with resources for help.  The campaign reminds people to use their “GameSense,” or common sense, when gambling, with messages such as “don’t chase your losses,” “know when to take a break” and “please play responsibly.” 

The GameSense campaign connects seamlessly with the CT Lottery’s existing initiatives on responsible play.  “We want the public to make sensible choices about gambling,” said Anne M. Noble, President and CEO of the CT Lottery.  “GameSense is designed to help players enjoy the lottery responsibly by reaching players before they develop a problem with gambling and encouraging players to share their ‘GameSense’ with friends and family.”

The CT Lottery’s GameSense campaign will be widespread and multi-channel.  The campaign will be broadcast on TV, radio, the Lottery’s website (CTLOTTERY.ORG) and on social media.  In addition, retailer locations will be equipped with GameSense messaging.

When gambling isn't fun anymore, help is available – all day every day.  The Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-888-789-7777, is a free, 24-hour service established for the purpose of obtaining information, support and referrals for persons impacted by problem gambling, or visit PROBLEMGAMBLING.ORG.

Since 1996, the Lottery has provided $28,648,000 to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Chronic Gamblers Treatment and Rehabilitation Fund.  In fiscal year 2015, the CT Lottery contributed $2.3 million to the Fund.  The CT Lottery is also part of the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling and the Gambling Awareness for All of Connecticut, and supports efforts of the National and Connecticut Councils on Responsible Gambling.

For more information, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG and click on “Corporate Responsibility.”

CONTACT:  Linda Tarnowski, (860) 713-2701 or Valerie Guglielmo, (860) 713-2702, Fax:  (860) 713-2695.

SOURCE:  Connecticut Lottery (ctlottery.org).

 

 

WestLotto Introduce New Video Identification Procedure

MÜNSTER, Germany (April 6, 2016) - People who wish to use the services of WestLotto online must first register with their personal data on www.westlotto.de.

Through the examination of the data according to the law the customer can be reliably identified. To prevent abuse, while the protection of minors guaranteed.

Until now, players could submit their to identify two ways: with an appropriate form in

the post office or by the so-called "1-cent transfer", where the account of the customers will be shown after entering a code provided. Now comes a third new solution for: video identification procedure.

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As the first German Lottery organizer WestLotto offers all new customers the opportunity to speak directly online via video call.

The whole process takes a few minutes. The only thing the customer needs is a smartphone, tablet or PC with a camera, a stable internet connection and an Identity document. Step by step he is then supported by the Federal Ministry of Finance

Review procedures performed. Here WestLotto working with the company WebID Solutions together GmbH, Europe's leading provider of online identification.

A specially trained staff verified the accuracy of the information provided by the Customer and the identity card or passport on the basis of security features Authenticity. Therefore the client has the identity document only by both sides in the camera hold. By entering a TAN, the customer receives via SMS or e-mail, is the Identification process is completed.

"In WestLotto we attach great importance to the highest safety standards.

Also in relation to privacy, “With the video identification procedure, anyone can safely, easily and conveniently identify online and use our products after a few minutes completely," says David Kreuzinger, head of products and marketing at Germany's largest Lotteries. "After the first hour, we can say that our Customers like to take this opportunity."

CONTACT: West German lottery GmbH & Co. OHG, Axel Weber, T: 0251-7006-1341, Fax: 0251-7006-1399, Email: axel.weber@westlotto.com.

Official press release (only in German).

SOURCE: WestLotto press release.

 

 

A Day in the Life of a Lottery Player

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Celebrates Scholarship Milestone

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (April 12, 2016) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) announces a milestone in its mission to provide scholarships to Arkansas students. As of this academic year, the Lottery has provided funding for 200,000 scholarship recipients across the state.

Every day, I talk to students and families whose lives have been changed because of lottery-funded scholarships,” ASL Director Bishop Woosley said.

We are proud of reaching this scholarship milestone. We’re even more proud of the opportunities we are able to provide through the scholarships -- but it’s the students who do all the hard work.”

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Arkansas has one of the lowest percentages of citizens with advanced degrees, Woosley noted, adding, “Some students wouldn’t be able to go to college at all without this scholarship.”

Woosley encourages both traditional and non-traditional students in the state to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education before the June 1 deadline. To learn more or to apply, visit www.ADHE.edu.

At the Lottery, we say ‘you can’t win if you don’t play.’ Likewise, you can’t get a scholarship if you don’t apply,” Woosley said.

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. 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.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

Since Lottery sales started in Arkansas in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided 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 MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play it Again Rewards Club. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Stephen Koch, T: (501)683-2055, E: stephen.koch@arkansas.gov.

SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL).

 

 

Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Release March 2016 Index

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (April 7, 2016) -- The AGEM Index posted a sharp increase in March 2016 after gaining 8.54 points in February 2016. The composite index stood at 224.35 at the close of the month, which represents an increase of 27.35 points, or 13.9 percent, when compared to February 2016.

The AGEM Index reported a year-over-year increase for the sixth consecutive month, rising 34.07 points, or 17.9 percent, when compared to March 2015.

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During the latest period, 10 of the 14 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month gains in stock price, with six up by more than 10 percent.

Of the two manufacturers reporting declines in stock price during the month, only one was down by more than 10 percent.

The remaining two manufacturers reported flat performances month-to-month.

The broader stock markets experienced a strong rally in March 2016 as well. The Dow Jones Industrial Average reported a month-to-month increase of 7.1 percent, rising to 17,685.09. Meanwhile, NASDAQ increased 6.8 percent to 4,869.85, while the S&P 500 rose 6.6 percent to 2,059.74 during the month.

Selected positive contributors to the March 2016 AGEM Index included the following:

Konami Corp. (9766) surged to ¥3,330.00 (+21.6 percent) and contributed 9.69 points.

With a stock price of $18.25 (+23.5 percent), International Game Technology PLC (IGT) contributed 8.99 points.

Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) contributed 3.26 points, due to a 3.0-percent increase in stock price to AU$10.30.

Selected negative contributors included the following:

  • With a stock price of $2.29 (-22.1 percent), Everi Holdings, Inc. (EVRI) contributed negative 0.35 points.
  • Agilysys (AGYS) contributed negative 0.06 points, due to a 2.3-percent decline in stock price to $10.21.

 

AGEM

Exchange: Symbol

Stock Price At Month End

 

Percent Change

Index

(Currency)

Mar-16

 

Feb-16

 

Mar-15

 

Prior Period

 

Prior Year

Contribution

Agilysys

Nasdaq: AGYS (US$)

10.21

 

10.45

 

9.84

 

(2.30)

 

3.76

(0.06)

Ainsworth Game Technology

ASX: AGI (AU$)

2.33

 

2.19

 

2.89

 

6.39

 

(19.38)

0.59

Aristocrat Technologies

ASX: ALL (AU$)

10.30

 

10.00

 

8.43

 

3.00

 

22.18

3.26

Astro Corp.

Taiwan: 3064 (NT$)

54.70

 

41.00

 

28.40

 

33.41

 

92.61

0.46

Crane Co.

NYSE: CR (US$)

53.86

 

49.05

 

62.41

 

9.81

 

(13.70)

3.25

Daktronics, Inc.

Nasdaq: DAKT (US$)

7.90

 

7.07

 

10.81

 

11.74

 

(26.92)

0.43

Everi Holdings Inc.

NYSE: EVRI (US$)

2.29

 

2.94

 

7.62

 

(22.11)

 

(69.95)

(0.35)

Galaxy Gaming Inc.

OTCMKTS: GLXZ (US$)

0.22

 

0.22

 

0.30

 

-

 

(26.67)

-

Gaming Partners International

Nasdaq: GPIC (US$)

9.85

 

9.64

 

10.76

 

2.18

 

(8.46)

0.02

International Game Technology PLC

NYSE: IGT (US$)

18.25

 

14.78

 

17.41

 

23.48

 

4.82

8.99

INTRALOT S.A.

ATHEX: INLOT (EUR)

1.13

 

1.13

 

1.50

 

-

 

(24.67)

0.06

Konami Corp.

TYO: 9766 (¥)

3,330.00

 

2,739.00

 

2,250.00

 

21.58

 

48.00

9.69

Scientific Games Corporation

Nasdaq: SGMS (US$)

9.43

 

8.51

 

10.47

 

10.81

 

(9.93)

0.93

Transact Technologies

Nasdaq: TACT (US$)

8.14

 

7.24

 

5.91

 

12.43

 

37.73

0.08

 

 

Change in Index Value

 

 

27.35

 

 

AGEM Index Value: February 2016

 

 

197.00

 

 

AGEM Index Value: March 2016

 

 

224.35

 

 

 

During the month, a number of industry manufacturers released financial results for the period ending December 31, 2015. Selected company highlights below suggest mixed results for key players in the industry.

On a pro forma, constant currency basis, International Game Technology PLC (IGT) reported total revenue of $5.1 billion in calendar year 2015, which represents a decline of 4 percent compared to 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, IGT reported revenues of $1.4 billion, up 5 percent over the same quarter of the prior year, due to strong gaming product sales, a stabilizing global casino installed base and lottery growth. The company shipped 11,562 machines in the fourth quarter of 2015, which was up 21.3 percent from the prior year, due to a 94.4-percent gain in new and expansion units. However, the total installed based declined 6.1 percent year-over-year, falling to 58,350, partially due to a 7.9-percent decline in the casino installed base.

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Everi Holdings, Inc. (EVRI) reported fourth quarter 2015 revenues of $204.4 million, up 34.4 percent over the same period of the prior year. Of that revenue, $50.5 million came from Everi's games segment, which reported a 5.2-percent increase year on year. Everi's payments segment increased revenues by approximately 6.4 percent, rising to $153.9 million during the latest period. One major contributor to this growth was a 13-percent increase in ATM revenue to $77.0 million as a result of higher transaction volume due to the acquisition of ATM portfolios in the third and fourth quarter of 2015.

Everi is now the first company in the casino industry to offer an EMV (chip-based) solution for signature-based transactions performed on ATM devices or fully integrated kiosks. All of the company's financial transaction devices, platforms and systems are now fully end-to-end EMV-compliant.

Galaxy Gaming, Inc. (GLXZ) reported fourth quarter 2015 revenue of $2.9 million, which represents a gain of 13 percent over the same quarter one year ago. The company reported total revenue of $11.0 million for calendar year 2015, which represents an increase of 11 percent year on year. Galaxy Gaming's revenue increases were primarily attributed to the additional placement of premium games, which command higher pricing points, as well as the company's expansion into new territories.

TransAct Technologies (TACT) reported net sales of $12.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, which is a 1.6-percent decrease from the fourth quarter of 2014. During the period, casino and gaming sales declined 9.7 percent to $4.5 million, while lottery sales fell 56.7 percent to $701,000.

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Despite declines in the latest quarter, net sales for 2015 reported an increase of 12.4 percent, coming in at $59.7 million for the year.

Annual gains were partially attributable to lottery sales nearly doubling in 2015 to $9.5 million.

However, casino and gaming sales were down for the year, falling 4.3 percent to $21.8 million.

The AGEM Index

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 14 global gaming suppliers throughout the world.

A total of 9 suppliers are based in the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange, one on the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange.

The index is computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization.

Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.

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About AGEM

AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems, lotteries, and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world.

Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization.

Together, AGEM and its member organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business environment.

AGEM Index

The AGEM index and overview is prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm providing consultation services for public and private entities.

The company utilizes extensive experience in economics, information technology and finance to provide a wide range of services, including urban economic consulting, financial advisory services, market analysis, public policy analysis, hospitality industry and gaming consulting, and information system and technology consulting.

For More Information, CONTACT: Marcus Prater, Executive Director, T: 702.812.6932.

SOURCE: Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.

 

 

South Dakota Lottery Puts Focus On Security

Article By: Bob Mercer

PIERRE, South Dakota (April 12, 2016) -- The scandal unfolding in Iowa, where software allowed some results to be rigged in multi-state lotto drawings, has added to concerns among South Dakota Lottery officials.

The Daily Republic reported officials proceeded last Thursday in requesting proposals for a security review of South Dakota Lottery facilities.

The review also would cover the statewide video-lottery system and the statewide lotto jackpot system.

Each separately connects with hundreds of private businesses.

The scratch-ticket system also would be analyzed.

State government gets more than $100 million annually from them.

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The commission received a presentation on cyber security Thursday from Jim Edman, a top official in the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications.

"This is a worldwide issue. We are not immune from it in South Dakota," Edman said.

Commission member Roger Novotny, of Fort Pierre, said BIT has done well staying ahead of hackers. He said the soft spot might be third-party vendors.

Novotny said he's confident that major vendors to the South Dakota Lottery have high-level security in place but, he asked, are there security checks?

"I think that's our greatest risk," Novotny said. "I don't view them as risks necessarily, but I don't know."

Edman said BIT deals with third-party vendors "all the time" and finds a range of attention paid by them to cyber-security.

The challenge is getting the vendors to understand "we are on the same team here" and BIT isn't interested in their proprietary business knowledge, Edman said.

The greatest frustration comes with vendors who don't understand that philosophy, he said. He called it "critical" to have outside experts play the role of hacking to test systems, policies and people.

Novotny wondered whether there should be some sort of regular report and whether third-party contracts should specifically cover the security issue. He suggested hiring an outside tester.

Novotny mentioned the Iowa lottery scam. "It was bigger than earlier anticipated and it was broader," Novotny said.

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He doesn't want a broad-scale attack originating from South Dakota. "It would be a multi-million dollar disaster, not just for us but for other states," Novotny said.

Edman replied that BIT "would certainly participate" with the lottery staff on tightening contracts and conducting third-party risk assessments.

Norm Lingle, the lottery's director, told Novotny his points were well-taken. Lingle said BIT is "looped in" when the lottery works with vendors.

Edman said, "You need to lay the expectations on this particular topic; cyber-security is very important."

Commission member Jim Putnam, of Armour, said the threat of cybercrime is "frustrating" to anyone with an electronic device.

"In days gone by, we knew who the Dalton Gang was, and when they came to town, they went to the bank," Putnam said.

Putnam said there is tremendous pressure to conduct business electronically and it relies on trust. Putnam said the Iowa case is providing information.

Edman replied that the skilled cyber criminals seldom leave a trail.

"Finding the bad guy is more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack. It would be finding a needle in South Dakota," Edman said.

SOURCE: Daily Republic.

 

 

AGA, Rivers Casino Tout Benefits of Gaming in Wake of Governor's Tax Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2016)

Dear Gaming Colleague,

Backwards proposals to tax the promotional credits, or free play, that serve as a vital marketing tool for casinos across the country are uniting our industry and offering an example of why the AGA’s Get to Know Gaming campaign is an important effort for the industry.

Educating elected officials and other stakeholders about today’s gaming industry is as important as ever after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed levying an eight percent tax on free play.

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AGA promptly replied with a letter to the Governor, saying that “taxing promotional credits would likely lead to a decrease in tax revenue from casinos – the exact opposite of the intended result."

Further, AGA explained that "taxing Pennsylvania casinos' promotional credit programs will be an economic deterrent to casinos offering such incentives, and consequently, result in a decrease in patron play and lower tax revenues generated for state and local governments."

Despite the harm it would cause casinos and the state, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Governor is standing by the proposal.

The Keystone State isn’t the first state to consider this tax proposal – just last year, lawmakers in Ohio attempted to do the same.

These proposals speak to a larger issue that gaming faces. Policymakers too often rely on antiquated notions and stereotypes of what casino gaming is all about.

This is why AGA is traversing the country to tout the value of gaming and give voice to the broad range of individuals who benefit from our industry.

Our industry – and our allies — will stand together to promote smart, growth-oriented policies.

Last week at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, AGA hosted its latest on-the-ground event to highlight the many benefits that gaming provides as a strong community partner. That theme came through loud and clear.

 

Watch the video of the event.

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"I started in my basement and have been in business for 20 years. Working with Rivers is where magic comes from for small businesses," said Carol Philp, owner of a small business in Pittsburgh that creates designs for blankets and throw pillows.

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Rivers helped us grow and create new partnerships and American-made products.”

We really value our relationship with Rivers Casino,” says Valerie Njie with Bidwell Training Center.

Our students know they will get a great income and life-long learning at Rivers.”

"Jobs are the foundation of what we are," says Craig Clark, Rivers Casino general manager. “Diversity and inclusion are part of what Rivers is all about.”

Whether in Pennsylvania or the other 39 states where gaming calls home, our industry has a tremendous, compelling story to tell.

In addition to workforce development training, charitable giving, inclusive hiring practices and serving as a strong community partner, Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos provide more than $6 billion in economic impact, support more than 33,000 jobs and generate $2.4 billion in tax revenue each year.

We're proud to work with Rivers Casino and other partners around the country to continue to educate our policymakers and tell gaming's positive story.

As always, thank you for your support and feedback.

 

Sincerely,

 

Geoff Freeman

President and CEO

SOURCE: American Gaming Association.

 

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Gambling Commission Launch New Strategy to Tackle Gambling-Related Harm

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (April 11, 2016) -- A new strategy aimed at minimising gambling-related harm over the next three years has been published.

The National Responsible Gambling Strategy sets the agenda for a range of organisations including gambling operators, regulators, commissioning organisations, government, trade bodies, treatment providers and a number of other public agencies.

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It has been produced by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) (1) following a public consultation last year.

Sir Christopher Kelly, RGSB chairman, said: “The overarching aim is to minimise gambling-related harm.

Gambling-related harm goes wider than the harm experienced by those identified as problem gamblers by existing screening tools - it can also affect the families of gamblers, their employers, their communities and society more widely.

The strategy sets out a vision of what a desirable outcome would look like although we recognise that achieving the vision will be a significant challenge, requiring expertise, resources and commitment from a diverse range of stakeholders.

In recent years some positive steps have been taken to tackle gambling-related problems and this strategy is designed to build on those foundations.”

The new strategy identifies 12 areas for action including an improvement in understanding and measuring harm, increased understanding of the effects of product characteristics and environment, and improvement in the methods of identifying harmful play.

Sir Christopher continued: “The publication of the strategy is a call to action for all of the organisations with a responsibility to work to minimise gambling-related harm. For the strategy to make a real difference, it requires ownership and prompt action from a wide range of organisations.

The strategy represents a huge opportunity to improve social responsibility in gambling, and minimise gambling-related harm.”

CONTACT: press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

 

Gambling Commission Applauds World Rugby and Partners in the Successful Delivery of the Rugby World Cup 2015

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. April 13, 2016) -- No incidents of betting integrity problems were reported to the Gambling Commission during the Rugby World Cup, it has been announced.

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A review of the event, conducted by the Gambling Commission in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA), UK Police and World Rugby, included an examination of intelligence and betting referrals, as well as information gathered for the tournament held in the UK.

The three bodies have welcomed World Rugby’s proactive approach across education, monitoring and active stakeholder engagement areas.

The initiative of installing dedicated integrity officers, who were drawn from the integrity units of other sports and security backgrounds, to deliver education to all players, management and match officials proved highly successful.

Gambling Commission Executive Director, Nick Tofiluk said: “It is appropriate to say that due to the efforts applied and compared to some others, rugby is currently considered a low-risk sport in this area."

"Notwithstanding that, it is great that World Rugby takes seriously the area of corruption and its collaborative approach with all stakeholders is a vital element of its success.

The face-to-face engagement with players, coaches, support personnel and match officials at the tournament acted as a supplement to the online education component all participants were required to complete prior to arrival in England."

"This has helped to raise awareness and make people understand their obligations under the integrity programme and recognise the potential threats.

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The reporting mechanisms and monitoring put in place allowed early identification and investigation of any irregularities or suspicious activities and this is so important in the current climate.”

The Gambling Commission, which has already commenced working with other major sports events organisers coming to the UK over the next three years, has prepared a report regarding the betting integrity support arrangements in place at the RWC 2015.

This provides learning points that can be adapted for future events based on the successful RWC 2015 model and approach.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Corruption in all its forms is a huge issue in world sport and, while there is no reason to believe rugby faces a specific problem in this area, it would be naïve to think it could not happen to us.

We must not become complacent but rather we must redouble our efforts to know the risks, be vigilant, constantly review our processes and seek independent advice on a regular basis.

“As far as Rugby World Cup 2015 is concerned, it is pleasing to know the tournament was free from manipulation. The NCA and the police, acting in conjunction with the Gambling Commission, provided invaluable assistance and inter-agency co-ordination in the lead up to and throughout the tournament. I thank them for their assistance.”

All four entities re-affirmed their partnership and intention to continue to work together and share intelligence to protect rugby from corruption, including for the London round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in May and the World Rugby U20 Championship 2016 in Manchester in June.

CONTACT: Press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

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

Myanmar

"Operational Excellence - Getting Things Done from Good to Great

18 - 21 April 2016

Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Yangon, Myanmar

 

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

Click here (Seminar registration form) to register now!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights of the seminar program include: 

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

 

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

 

Accommodation:

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

 

SOURCE: Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA).

 

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