Instant Game Proves A Quick Winner
LITTTLE ROCK, Arkansas (April 14,
2016) -- Its a Blowout! The Arkansas Scholarship Lotterys 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
An estimated 102 top ($10,000)
prizes and 34 second-tier ($1,000) prizes remain to be claimed. Including
$10,000 Blowouts $500 and under prizes, more than $6.2 million in prizes
still await Arkansas Scholarship Lottery players in this game.
About the Arkansas Scholarship
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
Please follow the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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
INTRALOT Signs Extension Contract in the
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
on New Scratch-Off Are Tax Free and There's 135 of Them!
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org,
317-264-4840 office or 317-319-9075 cell.
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Goes Live with Loteria de
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
Lotterys sales network across retail, internet and mobile, delivering
state-of-the-art technology that gives the Lotterys customers access to
its products from any channel.
On April 1, 2016 the technologically
advanced NLS lottery system went online connecting the Lotterys entire
retail estate using the most modern point of sale devices and
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
Lotterys 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 lotterys 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
$163,716 - $179,442
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. DCLBs mission is to
provide District residents with financial benefits through the sale of lottery
products and support of charitable organizations pursuant to gaming
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 agencys 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
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
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
DCLBs mission and has primary responsibility for all financial,
administrative and program operations.
- Oversees, implements and authorizes all aspects of
the agencys 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 agencys mission, goals and objectives,
effective program operations, innovations, management improvements and
- 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 agencys
administrative requirements and procedures for the facilitation of program
- Establishes and maintains relationships with
industry colleagues, government officials, business leaders and other
stakeholders to foster the lotterys corporate image and well-being.
- Sets agencys 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
- Addresses community action groups, services clubs
and professional organizations and others concerning the activities of the DC
- 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
- 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
email@example.com. For more
information pertaining to applying for this vacancy, please visit
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
SOURCE: Office of the Chief
Financial Officer (OCFO).
Introduces New Responsible Gambling Initiative,
When you gamble, use your
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.
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
dont chase your losses, know when to take a break
and please play responsibly.
The GameSense campaign connects
seamlessly with the CT Lotterys 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 Lotterys GameSense
campaign will be widespread and multi-channel. The campaign will be
broadcast on TV, radio, the Lotterys website (CTLOTTERY.ORG) and on
social media. In addition, retailer locations will be equipped with
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)
SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery
WestLotto Introduce New Video Identification
MÜNSTER, Germany (April 6,
2016) - People who wish to use the services of WestLotto online must first
register with their personal data on
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
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:
Official press release (only in German).
SOURCE: WestLotto press release.
in the Life of a Lottery Player
Camelot Global gives an imaginative
and exciting insight into the different ways lotteries can reach their
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Celebrates Scholarship
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
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. Were even more proud of the opportunities we
are able to provide through the scholarships -- but its the students who
do all the hard work.
Arkansas has one of the lowest
percentages of citizens with advanced degrees, Woosley noted, adding,
Some students wouldnt be able to go to college at all without this
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 cant win if you dont play. Likewise, you cant
get a scholarship if you dont apply, Woosley said.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Release March
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.
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
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
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.
Price At Month End
Everi Holdings Inc.
Galaxy Gaming Inc.
International Game Technology
Value: February 2016
Value: March 2016
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Together, AGEM and its member
organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the
legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business
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
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
State government gets more than $100
million annually from them.
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
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
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
Novotny mentioned the Iowa lottery
scam. "It was bigger than earlier anticipated and it was broader,"
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
Commission member Jim Putnam, of
Armour, said the threat of cybercrime is "frustrating" to anyone with an
"In days gone by, we knew who the
Dalton Gang was, and when they came to town, they went to the bank," Putnam
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.
Rivers Casino Tout Benefits of Gaming in Wake of Governor's Tax
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11,
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 AGAs Get to Know Gaming campaign is an important effort for the
Educating elected officials and
other stakeholders about todays gaming industry is as important as ever
after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed levying an eight percent tax on
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
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 isnt 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.
Rivers Casino and American Gaming Association Roundtable
"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.
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
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
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, Pennsylvanias 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.
President and CEO
SOURCE: American Gaming
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.
It has been produced by the
Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) (1) following a public consultation
Sir Christopher Kelly, RGSB
chairman, said: The overarching aim is to minimise gambling-related
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
CONTACT: press office on 0121 230
6700 or email: email@example.com.
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.
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
Rugbys 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
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.
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.
GAMING EXPO 2016
Than 9% of Exhibition Space Left, at Australasian Gaming Expo
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
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 email@example.com 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
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
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami
Australia and Scientific Games.
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 (18 - 21 Apr) Now
"Operational Excellence - Getting
Things Done from Good to Great
18 - 21 April 2016
Sule Shangri-La Hotel
Click here (Seminar brochure) for more information on the
Click here (Seminar registration form) to register now!
The Asia Pacific Lottery Association
(APLA) and the World Lottery Association (WLA) are pleased to announce that
registration for the APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 is now open!
Operational Excellence is an
imperative, alongside the lottery industrys pressure to perform in this
highly competitive environment, to be leaner and more efficient to drive better
productivity and bottom line for stakeholders.
With the theme of "Operational
Excellence Getting Things Done from Good to Great, this Seminar is
specially put together with a different format this year.
Led by distinguished invited
speakers, its workshop format focuses on best practices and in-depth
interactive learning and sharing, which will come in useful for both emerging
and mature lottery organisations.
Each workshop will be followed up
with insightful discussions among lottery industry leaders sharing best
practices from their respective organizations. There is also a panel
comprising APLA Sponsors, most of whom are also WLA Contributors, sharing their
insights from the suppliers and partners perspectives.
This Seminar caters to both senior
and middle managerial levels, particularly those of us working in or dealing
It gives us insights into achieving
operational excellence and also exposes us to other aspects such as web
services (also known as cloud computing) and cybersecurity/cyberfraud which
will also impact operations.
Hosted by Singapore Pools, the
Seminar will be held in Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, a country
with unspoiled beauty and mythical allure, undergoing rapid transitions on
every front and emerging as the next travellers and investors
A definite high-point in the
networking program is a visit to the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of
the oldest and most beautiful pagodas in the world.
Highlights of the seminar program
- Ms Catherine DeVrye, Best-selling Author of
8 Books, Speaker on Customer Service, Managing Change and Resilience, and past
winner of Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award
not Cost to Your Bottom Line
and Your Life
- Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance
Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
The ABCs of Activity
- Mr Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director,
Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector), Amazon Web
Using Web Services by Lotteries to Reduce Costs, Improve
Efficiency & Increase Productivity
- Mr Simon Piff, Associate Vice President,
Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC Asia/Pacific
Managing Cyber Security
in the Era of the 3rd Platform
- Mr Goh Su Gim, Senior Enterprise Cyber
Security Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Just Security, Its Defence
We look forward to seeing you in
Yangon, Myanmar from 18 21 April, 2016.
The Seminar hotel, Sule Shangri-La,
Yangon, is offering discounted room rates specially for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016
participants and their companions. As April is a peak period for tourism
in Yangon, please make your booking early. The necessary information is
in the Seminar brochure.
SOURCE: Asia Pacific Lottery