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Vol. 75 No.6 - Monday May 9, 2016


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IGT Introduces Market-Attuned Innovations at G2E Asia 2016

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LONDON, U.K. (May 3, 2016) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) will present a broad portfolio of gaming innovations and market-leading systems solutions at G2E Asia, May 17-19 at The Venetian Macau. IGT's stand 601 will feature numerous gaming solutions, including the award-winning OnPremise™ mobile betting solution with new baccarat back-betting functionality.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships...

"IGT is constantly evaluating how we can leverage meaningful innovation in new and existing product segments to differentiate our customers' casino floors and exceed players' expectations. At G2E Asia, IGT will introduce the next generation of our OnPremise mobile betting solution with back betting and side betting features that can help our customers further capitalize on the immense regional popularity of baccarat, while meeting the increasing player demand for mobile gaming solutions," said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International.

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OnPremise's new back betting feature utilizes embedded technology that enables casino patrons to play at multiple live tables simultaneously through their smartphone or tablet from any permitted area within a casino. IGT will also demonstrate the Product's back betting with side bets capabilities that can seamlessly integrate into existing Players' Club programs and enables players to earn rewards for OnPremise play. IGT's OnPremise solution is designed to open up the mobile world to land-based casinos and provide gaming opportunities that go beyond the limits of physical expansion. Other key features of OnPremise for players and operators include: omni-channel games, one-touch access, player loyalty programs, convenience applications and more.

Guests visiting IGT's systems demonstrations can get a first-hand look at the Company's comprehensive systems solutions portfolio. IGT continues to expand its systems footprint throughout the APAC region, and can meet the unique systems needs of any size or type of gaming venue. IGT will present IGT Advantage®, GALAXIS ™ and SYSTEM2go™ casino management systems -- all tools designed to run efficient operations, attract and retain players, and drive revenue. Additionally, IGT will feature multiple mobile apps including Mobile Host and Mobile Responder, along with more specialized systems products such as IGT Floor Manager and JP2go™ systems. IGT's Floor Manager with Analytics is a leading analysis tool that generates real-time performance data and analytics. Operators can deploy IGT's JP2go system to amplify jackpot excitement on their properties with turnkey mystery and Wide Area Progressive jackpot functionality.

Other items in IGT's stand 601 include:

  • Linked progressive titles such as the Fu Gui Ji Li™, San Xing Bao Xi™ and Shake the Money Tree games
  • Standalone themes on IGT's CrystalDual® cabinet such as the 99 Riches™, Legends of Chang'e™, Yin Yang™ and Dragon Journey™ games
  • Standalone themes on IGT's G23 cabinet such as the Money Frog™, Imperial DragonTM, Jade RabbitTM,  Ju Boa Pen, Lucky LotusTM, and King Koi games
  • TRUE 3D® technology titles Dreams of Asia™ 3D, Sphinx  3D® and Aladdin's Fortune™ 3D games on the AXXIS™ 3D cabinet
  • Spinning reel S3000® cabinet titles such as the I Heart Jackpots®, Triple Red Hot 7's™ Spitfire Free Games and Hot Hit™ Rainbow Riches® Diamonds games
  • Ascent® platform-compatible titles such as the Fortune Ingot™ and Majestic Gorilla™ games on the CrystalSlant™ cabinet

 

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

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT: Phil O'Shaughnessy, IGT +1(702) 669-2975 or Michelle Schenk, IGT, +1(702) 669-8177.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Florida Lottery Has Best April on Record

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 3, 2016) – The Florida Lottery had its strongest start ever to the last quarter of the fiscal year, with record sales for the month of April totaling $513 million, an all-time record high. Ticket sales during the month of April generated approximately $130 million in contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

The Lottery's April sales figures represent all product offerings, with Scratch-Off sales being primarily responsible for the record numbers. Sales of Scratch-Off tickets alone exceeded $350 million, boosted with the recent launch of the new WHEEL OF FORTUNE game, which surpassed $26.8 million.

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With the support of our players, retailers, vendors and employees, the Florida Lottery has once again achieved record sales,” said Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

These sales are translating into millions of dollars for education. Moving forward, the Florida Lottery will continue to create new and exciting games that will help maximize revenue for education.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires.

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

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

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

 

Scientific Games Awarded Expansive Contract with Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for Systems, Games, Interactive Solutions

Washington Casino Resort Chooses the Industry's Only One-Stop-Shop for Innovation Spanning the Entire Casino Floor, Including 100 New Games

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (May 4, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: SGMS)  today announced the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores, Washington, has selected Scientific Games' industry-leading systems, games, and interactive solutions for its new casino expansion.

Angel of the Winds Casino patrons will explore a land of fantastical beauty with the dazzling warrior Precious Jade™, who leads players through a journey of exciting Free Games with re-triggers and abundant Mystery Stacks.

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The $25 million Quinault Beach Resort expansion project, scheduled to be complete later this year, will add 70 percent more casino space to accommodate additional slot machines.

Quinault Beach Resort and Casino Chief Executive Officer Don Kajans said, "We went through a rigorous selection process before choosing to partner with Scientific Games, and ultimately it came down to which solutions would help us increase player satisfaction and coin-in. The Scientific Games' integrated systems and interactive portfolio will enable one single view of our player across multiple channels, providing us with powerful, actionable business intelligence that we'll use to create even more engaging experiences for our patrons."

As part of this major upgrade to its resort amenities, Quinault elected to upgrade their legacy Bally casino-management system with Scientific Games' modern and robust SDS™ slot accounting and player-tracking systems – the preferred choice of many of the world's largest casino operators.

To elevate excitement on their larger casino floor, Quinault Beach Resort is adding 100 new Scientific Games slot platforms and games. On the expanded Quinault Beach casino floor, players will experience the ALPHA 2™ Pro Wave®, ALPHA 2 Pro V27/27, and ALPHA 2 Pro V22/22 slot cabinets, along with engaging game titles including 88 Fortunes®, Ca$h'm If You Can!®, Precious Jade®, Lucky Tree®, and a number of premium licensed brands.

Quinault Beach Resort selected SG Universe™, a holistic mobile solution with compelling content for land-based casino operators to connect with players everywhere – all with a single view of the player through Core Systems Integration. Through award-winning platforms Mobile Concierge™, VenueBet™, and Play4Fun Network™, SG Universe enables casinos to increase player engagement between casino trips and reach patrons at home, on-the-go, and in the casino.

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Scientific Games' President and Chief Executive Officer Gavin Isaacs said, "The fact that Quinault Beach chose our games, systems, and interactive solutions for their casino upgrade reflects confidence in our solutions to deliver tangible business value. SG Universe integrates with our SDS® system to provide a 360-degree view of the player – which is critical in attracting more revenue growth, increasing overall operational agility, and enabling better customer experiences. We are greatly appreciative of this expanded partnership with Quinault Beach."

In addition to the SDS slot-management solution, the savvy casino operator also chose to take advantage of these Scientific Games system innovations to improve operating efficiencies, customer service, drive revenue, and add excitement across the casino floor:

iVIEW™ Display Manager ("DM") on-device messaging technology presents self-service player-account access, marketing messages, and secondary bonus games on the main game screen – without interrupting play.

Elite Bonusing Suite™ ("EBS") enables operators to increase coin-in, carded play, and new player's club signups, while increasing engagement and excitement on the casino floor through 12 different secondary bonusing events.

TableView is a table-management solution that replaces the manual player rating process with digital automation and integrates with the casino-management system to provide secure and instant access to table ratings and financial accounting data – thus enabling casinos to more efficiently and effectively reward and engage table players.

All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States. © 2016 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and shufflers; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit ScientificGames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

+1 702-532-7663

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Mollie Cole

Director, Corporate Communications

+1 773-961-1194

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation

 

 

Swisslos Enjoys Success With Instant Scratch Game Printed By Pollard Banknote

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (May 4, 2016) – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) is pleased to congratulate Swisslos, the Swiss lottery company that serves the German-speaking cantons, on the impressive sales results achieved with its instant game, Das Traum-Los (The Dream Ticket). Das Traum-Los, featuring Pollard Banknote’s patented Spectrum Scratch FX®, launched on January 6, 2016 and is significantly outselling previous versions of the game. After nine weeks, sales were an amazing 38% above that of the 2015 version. While this game typically stays in the market until December, Swisslos expects to be out of stock as early as August and has therefore requested a new order!

Every year since 2011, the two Swiss lotteries, Swisslos and Loterie Romande, have partnered to offer players this multijurisdictional game. While each lottery’s game has a unique name and design, they both feature common elements such as the same play mechanics—which closely match bingo—and a shared prize structure (both developed by Loterie Romande).

Das Traum Los

Das Traum-Los, sold at the 25 Swiss franc price point (approximately $26 USD), is designed to reflect a theme of dreams and aspirations. The inside of the ticket includes images of an extravagant home, a motorboat, expensive jewelry, a dream vacation, and a luxury car. To maximize the play area and accommodate nine separate games, Das Traum-Los is a large 8” by 11” (20 cm by 28 cm) ticket that is folded in half for a unique card-style format.

The 2016 edition of Das Traum-Los marks the first time Swisslos has enhanced one of its instant tickets with Pollard Banknote’s patented Spectrum Scratch FX®—a print treatment that adds sparkle and shine for a visual appeal that exceeds that of foil and metallic inks. The front of this stunning ticket features shimmering holographic wording and design elements on a contrasting black background—offering a high-value, luxurious look that stands out at retail and attracts impulse buyers.

Sales of our Das Traum-Los instant game have been growing slightly year-over-year, but the jump in sales this year is unprecedented,” explained Rolf Kunz, Head of Marketing at Swisslos. “We like to change the ticket art each year and the change this year is very significant. We have been impressed with samples of instant tickets that feature Pollard Banknote’s Spectrum Scratch FX® treatment and decided that it would be a perfect addition to Das Traum-Los—giving it an elegant feel that reinforces the ticket’s theme of dreams and luxury. As sales are proving, the result is a very attractive ticket that is being noticed at retail.

Pollard Banknote is excited to see the exceptional sales performance of Swisslos’ first Scratch FX® instant game,” said Michelle Annadale, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “Das Traum-Los is the latest in a long list of successful instant games that utilize our patented Scratch FX® process. Swisslos’ sales numbers match our expectations: on average, initial launches of Scratch FX® games sell 40% higher than average games at the same price point. We look forward to working with Swisslos to add more of Pollard Banknote’s print innovations to its instant game portfolio.

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Swisslos was established on January 1, 2003 as a result of the merger of three lotteries. In 2014, Swisslos, across its multiple product lines, generated 389 million Swiss francs for charitable purposes. While 29 million Swiss francs were allocated to national sports, the remaining 360 million Swiss francs were distributed to the lottery funds of the cantons, which used the money to fund charitable projects and institutions in the fields of culture, sports, environment, and social issues. Since its inception, Swisslos has generated 6 billion Swiss francs for charitable and non-profit purposes.

Loterie Romande, founded in 1937, serves Switzerland’s French-speaking cantons. Loterie Romande distributes its profits to associations that support the social, cultural, educational, research, environmental, and sports aspects of the local community. In 2014, the Lottery’s contributions to the community reached 209 million Swiss francs.

About Pollard Banknote

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

For more information CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive

Officer 
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Achieves Highest Turnover Since the Group’s Formation

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (April 29, 2016) -- In fiscal year 2015, NOVOMATIC AG, Europe‘s largest gaming technology group, recruited some 1,900 new employees and was able to increase its turnover by 5.5% to a new record high of more than EUR 2 billion.

According to the company’s annual financial report that was officially published today on the ÖKB (Österreichische Kontrollbank) website, the NOVOMATIC AG Group was able to generate the highest turnover in its 35-year history. The revenue for the past fiscal year 2015 amounted to EUR 2,086.3 million, which corresponds to an increase of 5.5%. The largest gains were generated from proceeds in the area of gaming technology rentals, which increased by 7.9% to EUR 594.7 million. The EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) reached EUR 616.7 million (2014: EUR 647.4 m). In fiscal year 2015, the NOVOMATIC AG Group employed 20,188 staff members – an increase of 10.4%. The growth dynamic of the NOVOMATIC AG Group is further documented by the fact that the number of fully consolidated companies increased from 178 to 188 during fiscal year 2015.

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Harald Neumann, NOVOMATIC CEO, said: “This annual result is proof of the successful implementation of our strategy to cover all the segments of the international gaming industry as a full-service supplier and to further extend our market share in key European gaming markets such as Spain, UK and Italy.

In Spain, NOVOMATIC has developed a strong presence based on its successful duality strategy with the take-over of the third-largest manufacturer GiGames and the acquisition of several arcade operations. In the UK, Playnation, a renowned operator in the amusement segment operating some 20,000 amusement machines in over 1,700 locations, was acquired.

The accumulated turnover of the NOVOMATIC Group – comprising the NOVOMATIC AG Group as well as the two Swiss sister holding companies ACE Casino Holding AG and Gryphon Invest AG – amounted to a record level of EUR 3,929 million in 2015 (2014: EUR 3,827 m). The NOVOMATIC Group employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide, of which 3,300 from 78 countries are located in Austria.

About NOVOMATIC:

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 235,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land-based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions, as well as lottery and sports betting solutions, together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC.

 

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Schafer Systems Inc. Extends Contract with the Ohio Lottery Commission

Ohio Lottery Commission Awards Schafer Systems Inc. with a Contract Extension

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ADAIR, Iowa (April 27, 2016) - Schafer Systems Inc. announces an awarded contract extension by the Ohio Lottery Commission. The contract provides the Lottery with ticket dispensers and other products produced and supplied by Schafer Systems Inc. through March 31, 2017.

About Schafer Systems Inc.

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Schafer Systems Inc. is a subsidiary of Owner Revolution Inc. located in Adair, Iowa. Schafer Systems Inc. is an innovative leading manufacturer of plastic products for the lottery industry.

Servicing clients domestically and internationally, Schafer Systems Inc. has a solid reputation for quality and customer service; producing and manufacturing products for over 25 years.

If you would like more information on this topic, CONTACT Kayt Gabrielson at 641-742-5140 or email: kayt.gabrielson@ownrev.com.

About Ohio Lottery

The Ohio Lottery Commission was created in May 1973 by a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The first tickets went on sale in August 1974.

Today, the Ohio Lottery Commission offers customers a wide variety of instant games and on-line games to play at more than 10,000 licensed retailer locations across the state and VLT play at the state’s seven racinos.

Since 1974, the Lottery has provided more than $22 billion to public education.

Annually, we provide about 4 percent of the funding needed for public education—an effort shared by local, state and federal governments.

SOURCE: Schafer Systems Inc.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) First to be Awarded Class II License in Romania

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HILLEGOM, The Netherlands (2 May 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is the first international gaming laboratory to be awarded Class II Gaming Systems licenses in Romania. This honour further increases GLI’s activity across Europe and allows the company to provide assistance to the Romanian ONJN (Oficiul National pentru Jocuri de Noroc).

GLI’s Managing Director of GLI Europe and Africa Martin Britton said, “We would like to thank ONJN in awarding the first Class II license to GLI, and we wish them every success. This will allow our clients to move forward in this regulated market, and we would be happy for suppliers and operators to contact GLI as we have up-to-the-minute information about the Romanian regulation, along with all the various certification and audit requirements.

We see Romania as a key regulated jurisdiction for suppliers and operators moving forward,” he said.

Lending our global expertise is a vital service we provide in our role as an independent advisor in driving industry standards, providing a global approach to regulation to avoid reinventing the wheel. GLI has always provided standards across all products in the gaming arena, which are freely available on our website, to highlight the need for standardization. This is where our internal and international expertise assists through our compliance teams. Our European Compliance and Quality Assurance team is headed by Compliance Manager Dennis Byram.

Granting Class II licenses in Romania, coupled with the recent release of Ordinul nr.93/2016 (scope of the certification and audit), allows licensees in Romania to begin the process straight away.

For more information about GLI’s testing, certification and professional services, please visit www.gaminglabs.com or contact GLI Europe directly by phone at +3-125-252-9838.

About Gaming Laboratories International

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

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

 

First ‘NLS Experience’ Takes Place in Vienna

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (May 2, 2016) -- From April 26th – 27th NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) hosted the first ‘NLS Experience’ at the prestigious NOVOMATIC forum in the heart of Vienna. CEOs and CTOs from lotteries across Europe were invited to attend a series of presentations, demonstrations and active discussions on the future of lottery technology. 

The event was moderated by the now retired former CEO of Austrian Lotteries and former President of The European Lotteries Association, Mr. Friedrich Stickler.

30 Representatives from 14 European lotteries had the opportunity to learn about NLS and the NOVOMATIC Group of Companies, its history, operations and ongoing commitment to the lottery industry. Harald Neumann, the CEO of NOVOMATIC, in his welcome note emphasized the complete commitment of the whole company to its lottery division and the strategic importance of NLS within the Group.

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The participants spent two days learning about NLS’ lottery vision, the philosophy behind its products as well as its passion for innovation and technology. Demonstrations provided a hands-on experience of a true Omni-Channel approach. Michael Woodford, a former CEO of the Olympus group of companies gave a thought provoking and dramatic talk on his experiences and lessons from the Olympus scandal. Ólafur Andri Ragnarsson, Visionary and Futurist from the University of Iceland, provided a glimpse into the future of consumer technology.

We are a company that strives to bring people together from across the globe sharing the same values, innovative spirit and the drive to move the lottery industry forward and provide our customers with up to date technology and services that will help to improve their contribution to the good causes they in turn serve,” said Frank Cecchini, the CEO of NLS.

Our guests were impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the NLS team which only assures me that we are on the right track to establishing a leading position in this industry,” added Heidar Karlsson, the CTO of NLS.

About NLS:

NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets delivering games and services that can be integrated with any 3rd party solution. The NLS system supports all sales channels simultaneously, creating a truly omni-channel offering while at the same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes. With ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS solutions guarantee the highest levels of security and reliability. NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group, one of the biggest global producers and operators of gaming technologies, with revenues of about $4bn, more than 24,000 employees and activities in 80 countries. NLS was established in 2014 after the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware and quickly became a major player in the international lotteries business.

NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS)

 

 

Governor Announce Record Quarterly Transfer to Arizona Lottery Beneficiaries

 $1.5 billion Powerball® jackpot delivers $20 million increase to community organizations and programs served by the Arizona Lottery

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PHOENIX, Arizona (Monday, May 2, 2016) – Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Lottery are announcing a record breaking third quarter transfer of funds to statewide community organizations for fiscal year 2016.

More than $64 million was transferred to Lottery beneficiaries in the third quarter, which is approximately $20 million more than the average quarterly transfer. The increase is a result of record sales during the third quarter, driven by the $1.5 billion Powerball® jackpot. Since July 2015, the Arizona Lottery has transferred more than $145 million back to the State of Arizona and is on track to surpass its fiscal year 2016 goal of distributing more than $184 million dollars.

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This announcement is exciting news for Arizonans who directly benefit from the programs and community organizations funded by the Arizona Lottery,” said Governor Ducey.

This historic lottery transfer supports a number of important priorities including educational excellence, protecting our communities and the health of all Arizonans.

The Arizona Lottery transfers dollars to 13 legislatively mandated funds that serve 18 beneficiaries. Funding supports organizations throughout Arizona in the areas of Arts and Education, Community Enrichment, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Health and Human Services and Public Safety.

The growth in our beneficiary transfers this quarter will have a direct impact on the people of our state,” said Gregg Edgar, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery.

Every ticket purchase supports the mission of the Arizona Lottery, inspiring its employees and retail partners alike to have a positive impact on the state. In its 35 year history, the Arizona Lottery has transferred more than $3.4 billion to Arizona beneficiaries.

About the Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $3.4 billion in net funding to support programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona.

Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales — nearly $3.4 million per week – fund Arts and Education; Community Enrichment; Economic Development; Environmental Conservation; Health and Human Services; and Public Safety programs.

Our mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com

CONTACT: Shelby Alessi, Arizona Lottery, (480) 921-4406.

SOURCE: The Arizona Lottery.

 

 

Oregon Lottery Launch New Loteria Scratch-It

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SALEM, Oregon (May 2, 2016) – Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery has launched its second Scratch-it ticket version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game, Loteria.

This was a very popular Scratch-it last year, and it resonated well with all Oregonians, so we decided to bring it back again this year, new and improved,” said Oregon Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick.

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Loteria is a Mexican Bingo-style game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community. The Loteria Scratch-it ticket offers players a $10,000 top prize.

Oregon’s population is becoming increasingly diverse,” said Rodick. “Currently, 12.3 percent of Oregonians are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and 2 percent African American."

"We are broadening our product offerings to make sure our games remain relevant with our consumers, and the recent success of Loteria Scratch-it and our most recent Chinese New Year ticket illustrate that we’re on the right track.

New versions of the Loteria Scratch-it will be available in the coming months incorporating themes like “Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and “Navidena” during the holidays.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.

For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

CONTACT: Thais (ty-EES) Rodick, Phone: 503-540-1032, E: thais.rodick@state.or.us.

SOURCE: Oregon Lottery.

 

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The US Dollar Loses Its Crown As The Most Popular Currency In Online Casinos

GERMANY (May 5, 2016) -- New research has shown the Euro is now the most common currency option offered by online casinos around the world. It has overtaken the US Dollar, which historically was always at the top of the table. The Euro is now offered as an option in 78 percent of global casinos.

The research was carried out by KeyToCasino.com research team which is dedicated to studying online casino industry and published a number of reports in the past.

Their latest research looked at the currency options offered by casinos from all over the world. This gives an interesting insight into the consumer market that the online casino industry is currently targeting, and the way trends are changing.

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Before 2006, almost every online casino in the world offered US Dollar as a currency option. Things started to change after the introduction of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in the United States. At first, many casinos banned US customers, but US Dollar option was left available to all other players. However, later they began to eliminate that option, and some new brands that started operating after 2006 have not even considered it. By 2014, just about 90% of the casinos allowed US Dollar player accounts, and today the number is less than 75%.

Now, for the first time in online casino history, the Euro is the most common currency option offered to online casino players.

Olena Prachenko, the research coordinator from KeyToCasino said: "The UIGEA effectively banned online casinos, and without the large US market to target, the US currency became less of a priority for online casino operators. This is particularly true for those casinos that began trading after 2006."

Ms. Prachenko added that there are other reasons that have contributed to this changing currency trend, including the fact that online casinos remain popular in Europe. In addition, the Euro is one of the world's leading currencies, with more countries adopting it as their currency since 2014.

Other Findings

The top five currency options in online casinos around the world are Euro, US Dollar, British Pound, Australian Dollar and Canadian Dollar.

Currencies that are more common now than they were in 2014 include the Russian Rouble, South African Rand, Norwegian Krone, South Korean Won and, of course, the Euro.

In addition to the US Dollar, the currencies that are now less common than they were two years ago include the Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, British Pound and Danish Krone.

The research is a snapshot in time as the currency options offered at online casinos often lag behind the economic, legal and political realities of a particular country. The findings do, however, show clear trends, and changes to those trends, over time.

The full report is available HERE.

CONTACT: Olena Prachenko, Research Coordinator, KeyToCasino, E: rsearch@keytocasino.com

SOURCE: KeyToCasino (http://www.keytocasino.com).

 

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Maryland Casinos Generate Record Revenue of $103.9 Million During April

BALTIMORE, Maryland (May 5, 2016) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced that monthly combined revenues for the state’s casinos reached a new high of $103,891,225 in April 2016. The total surpassed the previous best month, July 2015, which saw casinos generate $98.95 million.

Maryland’s first casino opened in September 2010, and there are now five casinos operating in the state: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County.

This is another great milestone for Maryland’s casinos,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “We’re looking forward to continued growth of the state’s casino industry, and of course, that means more funding for important state programs.

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Casino contributions to the state go to the Maryland Education Trust Fund and also support small-, minority- and women-owned businesses, local impact grants and the state’s horse racing industry.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $7,010,172 from both slot machines and table games in April.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $235.58 for slot machines, $2,505.23 for banking table games and $335.01 for non-banking table games.  Hollywood Casino’s April 2016 revenue increased by $135,000, or 2%, from April 2015.  Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $30,248,185 from both slot machines and table games in April. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $239.97 for slot machines, $2,938.81 for banking table games and $1,182.47 for non-banking table games. Horseshoe Casino’s April 2016 revenue increased by $7,306,306, or 31.9%, from April 2015. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 178 (153 banking and 25 non-banking) table games. 

Maryland Live Casino generated $57,791,248 from both slot machines and table games in April.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $298.71 for slot machines, $4,490.84 for banking table games and $1,311.43 for non-banking table games. Maryland Live’s April 2016 revenue increased by $6,847,478, or 13.4%, from April 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,902 slot machines and 206 (154 banking and 52 non-banking) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $4,675,615 from slot machines in April, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $194.58.

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Casino at Ocean Downs’ April 2016 revenue increased by $381,060, or 8.9%, from April 2015.  The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines, and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4,166,005 from both slot machines and table games in April.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $189.34 for slot machines and $1,011.86 for banking table games. This facility does not have non-banking table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s April 2016 revenue increased by $238,576, or 6.1%, from April 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 631 slot machines and 19 table games. 

In a year-to-year comparison, April 2016 casino revenue increased from April 2015 by $14,908,408, or 16.8%.  See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of April 2016’s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the individual casinos and combined state total.  

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the state’s casinos.  In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.  To keep Marylanders informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the state’s casinos, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghlep.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

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

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

Jackpocket App Launch the First Way to Play New York Lottery Daily Games on Your Phone

  • Lucky Birthday Feature Lets Users Discover How Lucky Their Birthday Is
  • Jackpocket launches the ability for New Yorkers to play the daily Numbers (Pick 3) and Win 4 (Pick 4) representing nearly 60% of all NY Lottery sales.

 

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 29, 2016) -- Jackpocket, an innovative mobile app that lets users play the NY Lottery from their phones just released a big update to support two additional lottery games. Users now have the option of playing Numbers (Pick 3) and Win 4 (Pick 4) lotteries from their phones.

Jackpocket is the first mobile app to offer Numbers/Win 4, bringing the total number of state games they support to eight within the app. Combined, Numbers & Win 4 games account for nearly 60% of all draw games played in the state of New York.

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This launch marks the first time in US history lottery players can play a state’s daily numbers games via a mobile app. Users can try the app and get their first ticket for free by using the promo code “DAILY”.

Both of New York’s daily numbers games are drawn twice per day at 12:24 PM and 7:35 PM, and they give players a better chance at winning smaller prizes.

Players can win up to $500 on the Numbers game and $5000 on the Win 4 game for a $1 wager.

More information about these games can be found on the NY Lottery website.

To support the launch of the new daily games, Jackpocket is releasing the ‘Lucky Birthday’ campaign to bring a fun and personal experience to the lottery.

Using Facebook Connect, ‘Lucky Birthday’ takes a user's birthday and discovers how many times and how much their birthday combination won in the last 15 years (Example: April 17 translates to 4-1-7 & 0-4-1-7). It provides a scrollable infographic and timeline full of fun statistics to see how their birthday and zodiac sign compares to others.

The most interesting statistic showcases the numbers of days it's been since their birthday has hit which gets users wondering if their birthday is due.

The campaign automatically creates a personalized video that is shared with their Facebook friends to illustrate how lucky their birthday actually is.

Jackpocket (iOS Version 1.5.0) gives users access to new games as well as other gamification features that weren’t previously available. It also includes technical improvements to make playing even smoother.

Check out some of the new features offered:

  • Ability to play Numbers (Pick 3) & Win 4 (Pick 4) draw games.
  • Improved On-Boarding Experience for Users to Register.
  • Enhanced graphics and interface for app browsing and interaction.
  • The ability to fund their Jackpocket account directly from their bank or by using Bitcoin.

 

Since launching Jackpocket, by far the most requested feature has been to support the daily games. It required us to rethink the entire user experience and ensure lottery players would be super comfortable playing these new game formats. The ‘Lucky Birthday’ campaign is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can do to personalize and socialize the lottery experience for our users.” -- CEO Peter J. Sullivan III

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To download Jackpocket 1.5.0 for iPhone visit the app store. Users on Android devices can download the latest version from the Jackpocket website. In order to play the lottery Jackpocket users must physically be in New York State when placing an order.

About Jackpocket (https://jackpocket.com/)

Jackpocket is a mobile lottery app based out of Brooklyn, NY that allows users to play NY state lottery games on their phones.

The new app, which launched in September 2015, currently supports all eight state draw games including Mega Millions and Powerball.

Users have the option of picking their numbers manually or selecting the “Quick Pick” option to randomly select their numbers.

The ‘Subscriptions Feature’ allows users to set their Jackpocket account to automatically make ticket plays when the jackpot reaches certain threshold amounts set by the user.

Users on Jackpocket can get their first ticket free by utilizing a promo code after downloading the app, and can buy additional tickets through the various payment methods supported in the app.

Users are notified if they win so they don’t have to check their numbers.

Winnings up to $600 are credited directly to the user's account where they can use it for future plays or withdraw to their bank.

Prizes over $600 are sent via certified mail or claimed in-person depending on the user's’ preference.

Jackpocket operates as a service between the user and licensed retailer by purchasing tickets on the user's’ behalf from partnered retailers using a cutting-edge technology platform.

The app hopes to expand nationally in the near future by providing its innovative technology to help other states sell lottery tickets on mobile devices.

SOURCE: Jackpocket media release.

 

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Attorney General Reaches Agreement to Terminate Paid Daily Fantasy Sports Contests in Idaho

SOURCE: Press release Office of Attorney General State of Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (May 2, 2016) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says executives of two companies offering various paid Daily Fantasy Sports contests have agreed to quit providing those contests to consumers in Idaho.

The agreement with DraftKings Inc., and FanDuel Inc., two of the nation’s biggest companies offering paid fantasy sports contests, was reached after three months of negotiations, Wasden said.

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Under terms of the agreement, the companies, as of May 1, 2016, will not allow any consumers based in Idaho to participate in any of their daily paid online fantasy football, baseball, basketball and other sports contests.

Both DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to process requests by Idaho participants to withdraw their account balances in a timely manner.

The companies will monitor Idaho players based on geoblocking technology or through IP addresses.

The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” Attorney General Wasden said.

I have a duty to enforce and uphold that law.  I commend the companies for negotiating in good faith and agreeing not to make these contests available in Idaho.

Wasden began a review of the companies and their websites in January amid concerns regarding the legality of the daily fantasy sports contests offered by those companies.

The Idaho Constitution prohibits gambling except for the state lottery, pari-mutuel betting as well as bingo and raffle games.

Idaho defines gambling, in part, as risking money or other thing of value for gain that is contingent in whole or part upon chance or the outcome of an event, including a sporting event,” Wasden said.

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My concern is that the daily fantasy sports offerings my office reviewed require participants to risk money for a cash prize contingent upon individual athletes’ collective performances in various future sporting events. As I see it, this falls within Idaho’s definition of gambling.”

Nothing in the agreement precludes FanDuel or DraftKings from offering free daily fantasy sports leagues or other free contests that offer prizes to players in Idaho.

The agreement signed by both companies also provides a path to resume offering paid fantasy sports contests to Idaho consumers, including the Idaho Legislature changing the law to allow for and regulate such contests.

Paid daily fantasy sports contests could also resume if a court with authority and jurisdiction in Idaho rules in favor of any form of such contests.

The companies can also restart offering such contests at any time, but executives have agreed to provide the Attorney General written notice 30 days prior to doing so.

The notice serves to give the Attorney General time to evaluate the proposed contests to determine whether they comply with Idaho law.

The agreement does not constitute an admission of liability or evidence of wrongdoing by the companies, Wasden said.

CONTACT: Todd Dvorak, (208) 334-4112.

SOURCE: Office of Idaho Attorney General.

 

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Awards More Than $2 Million in Prizes

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 3, 2016) -- More than 250 players won a total of $2,079, 193 playing the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in April. These aren’t all the cash prizes claimed during this time period, just those of $500 or more.

Jo of Lonoke claimed the lion’s share with her top prize win playing the $1,000,000 Golden Ticket. An incredible 49 players were top prize ($10,000) winners of the $10,000 Blowout and $10,000 Stacks games, with winners in Crossett, El Dorado, Batesville, Hot Springs, Ozark, Benton, Hope, Jacksonville, Texarkana, Rosie, Fordyce, Heber Springs, Jonesboro, Sweet Home, Desha, Lincoln, Alexander and beyond.

Jimmy of Bay was a top prize ($100,000) winner of $100,000 Bonus Play; Jens of Sherwood, Eddie of Mountain View and Freddie of Forrest City each won $50,000 playing 200X The Money.

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And while lots of other winners statewide combine to make the more than $2 million figure, the many other lottery players winning less than $500 are not even included in this amount.

From the life-changing, multi-million dollar wins, to the smallest cash prize, our players and retailers are the ones that make scholarships happen for college students in Arkansas,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. “Big or small, we are proud of all of winners and players.

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.

 

 

Thorsborg Institute, LLC’s CEO to Speak at Brazilian Gaming Congress

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BRUNSWICK, Georgia (May 4, 2016) -- Thorsborg Institute, LLC’s CEO to Speak at Brazilian Gaming Congressin the Capital City of Brasilia, Brazil on the 11th to 12th of May 2016

Captain Kip Peterson, CEO of Thorsborg Institute, LLC will provide an overview on the re-entry of various lottery/gaming options within Brazil.

Thorsborg Institute, LLC’s CEO was the global lottery/gaming expert that provided a 2015 overview analysis of the Brazilian lottery/gaming market to the Brazilian Government and is uniquely aware of the opportunities and the obstacles that are in the path for one of the largest economies to re-enter into legalized gaming.

Captain Peterson will present in the following session:

WORKSHOP: Preparing to enter the Brazilian gaming market

Session 1:  Understanding the size of the commercial opportunity for both local and international organizations –who is best, placed to enter the newly regulated market?

Captain Kip Peterson, CEO of Thorsborg Institute, LLC

This presentation will be timely as the major international vendors accelerate their due diligence into entering into this immense market along with the local operators who will be involved as a consequence of the forthcoming regulations stemming from the new gaming laws that are being considered and passed in rapid succession.

Thorsborg Institute, LLC has an affiliated company (Thorsborg do Brazil) that has provided an in-situe centre to understand the dynamics of the changing Brazilian culture and political environment. Independent analysis by the experts of Thorsborg Institute, LLC; with projects in 99 countries and more than 35 years expertise in the gaming/lottery, privatization and global strategic competitive intelligence industries provide a dynamic overview that is not constrained by tunnel vision of those who have no perspective outside of the gaming/lottery industry.

The lottery/gaming industry tends to be insular; yet the insatiable global need for more public revenues has attracted new potential investors/operators who have a completely different perspective on the lottery/gaming industry from the existing vendors/operators.

These organizations will become more involved in the industry as they have means to investigate the options and become a force in the future to change the industry.

Thorsborg Institute, LLC provides the clarity for new global strategies.

For further information please contact Mr. Axel Myer at: Thorsborg Institute, LLC, P.O. Box 2017, Brunswick, Georgia 31521 USA, Email: Info@Thorsborg.com, Telephone” 1-770-518-0704

SOURCE: Thorsborg Institute, LLC (www.Thorsborg.com)

 

EquiLottery LLC and IGT Global Solutions Corporation Sign Agreement for Innovative Lottery Game

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 4, 2016) -- EquiLottery, LLC (“EquiLottery”) and IGT Global Solutions Corporation, a subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) (“IGT”) have entered into an agreement whereby IGT can elect to promote EquiLottery to lotteries across the U.S. Touted as “The Next Generation of Lottery Draw Games,” EquiLottery offers a compelling new game for lotteries that delivers the excitement of live horse racing to lottery players. This unique offering provides lotteries an opportunity to grow the revenues going to lottery good causes while increasing the exposure and revenues to the sport of horse racing, an industry that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.

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EquiLottery Founder and CEO Brad Cummings said, “IGT is the global leader in lottery services and this arrangement shows their commitment to growing the industry through third-party innovation. We are excited to pursue our goals of increasing support for lottery good causes and creating a new way for players to experience the thrill of live horse racing.

Studies conducted over the summer of 2015 with global research leader Ipsos show that the EquiLottery game concept, which allows players to purchase quick pick lottery tickets based on future live horse races and watch these races at their convenience through mobile, online and in-store platforms, has widespread appeal across all major demographics in Kentucky. Projected player appeal and spend scores make EquiLottery a viable game for state lotteries searching for ways to increase lottery profits and appeal to new player bases, including the Millennial Generation.

Under this arrangement, IGT has the ability to make EquiLottery available to current and potential lottery customers as an established game and software solution. Learn more about EquiLottery at www.EquiLottery.com.

About EquiLottery LLC

Touted as the next generation of lottery draw games in North America, EquiLottery has made a big splash in the lottery and horse racing industries since its public unveiling in July of 2014. A novel way to grow sales for lottery and horse racing, this game concept allows players to enjoy a sport important to many state economies, while introducing an exciting and profitable new gaming option for state lotteries and their players.

EquiLottery LLC has been built around the idea of delivering an innovative opportunity for lotteries looking for ways to fund the good causes they support.

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Products and services provided by EquiLottery can include systems integration, plug and play mobile app, intellectual property licensing, multi-channel marketing support, racing calendar development, government and legal affairs, and investment in market research studies.

About Brad Cummings

 Cummings first developed the concept for EquiLottery in late 2009 as a response to a life-changing Breeders’ Cup experience at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Since then, he has spent years designing the game and business model to suit the needs of lottery and horse racing, two multi-billion-dollar industries of vital importance to the states they serve.

The initial success of the EquiLottery launch along with the proven track record of his first start up, a website called the Paulick Report he started in 2008 with internationally-renowned journalist Ray Paulick, has helped Cummings build a name for himself as an innovator with the persistence necessary to follow through on his vision. Cummings most recently served as COO of PM Advertising, a Lexington, KY ad agency specializing in Thoroughbred racing, penned a regular column with the Courier-Journal and previously served as a political operative in his adopted home state of Kentucky.

SOURCE: EquiLottery, LLC.

 

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Government Short of the Mark on Wagering Reform

AUSTRALIA (April 28, 2016) -- The Australian Wagering Council Chief Executive, Mr Ian Fletcher, today said the Federal government had flinched in the face of the opportunity to deliver fit for purpose wagering reform.

Mr Fletcher was responding to the release by Human Services Minister Alan Tudge of the Review into the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering and the government’s response to the Review’s recommendations.

Offshore operators will be delighted. Nothing announced today will stop those determined to flout the law.

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Land-based operators, pubs and clubs too may see this as a protectionist lifeline. But as Warren Buffett said, it’s only when the tide goes out that you see who’s been swimming naked. And the tide of wagering consumer choice is inexorably moving online. It’s a matter of time. Sadly, denial is a poor substitute for good regulation.

Perhaps the gravest omission, and the real missed opportunity, is the apparent abandonment of Australian sport and sports integrity. Sports themselves made clear that they needed in-play wagering to be integrated into the onshore, regulated world; failure to do so means the integrity and enforcement gap they identified gapes wider with each passing day.

Innovation is intense in wagering markets globally, and Australia is missing the chance to cement a place as a leading market for product development and design – so missing out on tax, jobs, economic growth and significant regional and global e-commerce opportunities

The AWC believes these goals can be achieved only through national regulation and, today, the Federal Government has flinched in the face of the opportunity to provide meaningful and long-lasting reform of the wagering industry – balanced reform the industry itself wants.

Mr. Fletcher stressed that the story of wagering regulation and reform in 21st century Australia is really a story of customer choice.

For too long, parliaments have passed up the opportunity to respond to shifts in consumer demand for wagering, arising from the mobile internet and the globalization of sports. As a result, Australians have chosen to bet with illegal, offshore wagering operators – that’s what the O’Farrell Review was designed to address.

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Australians will continue to use the power and freedom the internet gives them to make choices about what they bet on (racing or sport, domestic or international events), when they bet (pre-match or in-play) and how they bet (in person, on the phone, or via the internet).

On online in-play wagering:

Regrettably, the government has decided to maintain the archaic prohibition in the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 on online in-play wagering, despite overwhelming international evidence that access to live betting online is of the key factors in why Australians choose to wager with unlicensed offshore operators”, explained Mr. Fletcher.

The O’Farrell Review recommended that the question of lifting the prohibition to allow licensed Australian wagering operators to meet the demands of Australian consumers should be deferred until a national framework is in place.

The legalisation of online in-play was recommended by the Department of Communications in its previous review of the Interactive Gambling Act in 2012.

Yet, government inaction continues. Australian consumers and sports deserve better.” Mr. Fletcher noted that since the Australian parliament legislated a prohibition on live betting via the internet in 2001, 35 other countries around the world had enacted gambling regulation and no other jurisdiction imposed a similar ban on their own citizens.

The Australian government has gone against the grain of international regulation. Australians use the internet to access unlicensed operators in droves. Surely those same Australians can be trusted to use the internet to place their bets with Australian licensed operators in a highly regulated and safe environment?

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On click-to-call:

Australian customers want to be able to access wagering products in the same way as they do other services and the development and use of ‘click to call’ facilities have responded to that demand.

These products have been available in the Australian marketplace for over 12 months, with significant uptake and use by customers who now view the innovative technology as an accepted and expected way, in today’s modern digital age, of placing their bets.

The government’s decision to seek to introduce legislation to ban click to call products clearly demonstrates a pattern of penalizing Australian licensed wagering operators, while keeping the back door open for illegal offshore operators to target Australian customers. Nonetheless, wagering operators will of course continue to work constructively to address legitimate concerns as they emerge in the legislative process.

The combined effect of attempting to ban click to call technology and maintaining a prohibition on online inplay betting will ensure wagering by Australians with illegal offshore operators will increase.

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While the AWC welcomed the government’s announcements on enhanced consumer protections (many of them already in place, of course), Mr Fletcher stressed much work would need to be done to see these skeletal recommendations through to implementation.

The AWC has long supported the establishment of a national self-exclusion register, funded by industry but run independently by Government, to assist people manage their gambling activity.

A properly resourced national regulator is best placed to oversee such a scheme – yet there is no commitment by the government on this front. The AWC would like to see it happen sooner, rather than later.

On financial transaction and ISP blocking:

While the Australian Wagering Council does not oppose the government’s decision to explore internet and financial transaction blocking measures, we simply don’t believe they will be effective in stopping Australians gamble with offshore operators and experts in these areas support our view,” Mr Fletcher concluded.

The Australian Wagering Council represents the interests of Betfair, Bet365, Sportsbet, William Hill Australia and Unibet

Media CONTACT: Mary Collier, M 0403506073, E collier@australianwageringcouncil.com.

SOURCE: The Australian Wagering Council press release.

 

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GiH Conference Program Update: Book Today and Take Part in the Conversation!

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (April 22, 2014) --The next few months promise to be decisive in shaping the Netherlands' gaming regime for the foreseeable future. Ahead of the expected adoption of the Dutch remote gaming bill, secondary legislation is already being drawn up, while the Netherlands Gaming Authority continues to flesh out its licensing process.

Now that the plenary debate on the Dutch remote gaming bill has been rescheduled to May 17, 18, or 19, this year's edition of our annual Gaming in Holland Conference will take place in the immediate aftermath of the Lower House's vote: on June 7-8, 2016 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Center in Amsterdam.

Register Here

Due to the support of both government coalition parties, the current bill is all but guaranteed to pass the Lower House. The Gaming in Holland Conference will thus be the first and foremost event to discuss the bill's contents and progress with national and international industry insiders, as well as regulators and legal experts. (It should be noted that the postponement of the debate has been caused by scheduling conflicts, rather than a lack of political support for the bill.)

Book your risk-free ticket now! In case the debate in the Lower House will end up being postponed beyond May 31, we will reschedule our conference to the fall. If it turns out you will be unable to attend at the new date, we will offer restitution of the amount paid.

Last year's edition of the Gaming in Holland Conference sold out, so book today! And don't forget: the Gaming in Holland Conference is co-hosted with the iGaming Super Show

Our own high-quality, two-day program, however, should definitely not be missed either.

Day 1 topics:

 

  • Outcome of the plenary debate on the Dutch remote gaming bill
  • Secondary legislation (possibly in consultation during event dates)
  • Legal ramifications: tax advantages and illegal state aid
  • The upcoming sale of Holland Casino
  • Dutch lottery licensing and the role of lotteries in funding sports and good causes.
  • Responsible gaming

 

Day 2 topics:

 

  • Marketing for iGaming: data & analytics
  • The Dutch affiliate market
  • Key ingredients for a successful iGaming operation: staffing & HR; efficient player identification
  • New kids on the block: eSports, daily fantasy, binary options
  • Innovation in iGaming with David Sargeant, founder of iGaming IdeasInnovation in iGaming with David Sargeant, founder of iGaming Ideas
  • Player panel:  speak directly to your future customers. Already one million punters are playing online in the Netherlands!

 

Confirmed speakers include: Daniel Macadam (GamblingCompliance), Marja Appelman (Netherlands Gaming Authority), Dennis van Breemen (Ministry of Security and Justice), Justin Franssen (Kalff Katz and Franssen), Peter-Paul de Goeij (Lottovate Nederland), Pieter Remmers (Assissa), Wouter Sleijffers (Fnatic), Eric Olders (JVH Gaming), Andy Lulham (Oddschecker), Robert Andersson (Catena Media), Martin van Geest (Meneer Casino), Armijn Meijer (OneTime), Frank Tolboom (Kalff Katz and Franssen), Lennert de Rijk (Metapeople), Dennis van Maanen (Esanda), Martijn de Boer (CDDN), and David Sargeant (iGaming Ideas).

Register Here and See you in Amsterdam!

 

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Find Exhibitors at the Gaming Expo with the AGE 2016 App

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (April 26, 2016) -- Last year, AGE visitors were able to download an App for their mobile phone. This year at the AGE we have updated the App with new features which will help visitors to find exhibitors at the show and also keep the visitors abreast of news and activities while they are at the show.

As with last year, visitors who have installed the AGE App on any of their mobile devices will receive a welcome message as they pass through the entry gate.

Once they’re inside the exhibition and pass various points they will get updates to remind them about such things as the time of the Daily Vegas Draw, entertainment and other activities.

In addition to this, visitors can use the App to locate any exhibitor at the show. They can search the alphabetical exhibitor database that’s included in the App and then simply click on the stand number for an exhibitor’s location on the interactive show map.

In order to get these features, visitors must install the latest version of the AGE 2016 App. 

Further details about the app are available at the AGE web site or it can be downloaded by simply visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August are the dates for the 2016 Australasian Gaming Expo Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island

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Featuring more than 200 exhibitors across 17,000 square metres of exhibition space, the Australasian Gaming Expo is easily the biggest event of its type in Australia and one of the world's biggest. All indications are that the exhibition will again be full to capacity with a wide range of companies showcasing the world’s best gaming and related equipment and services

Last year’s Gaming Expo saw a number of changes resulting from the move to the temporary location at Glebe Island, all of which have been favourably received. Interstate visitors were particularly pleased with the free Ferry travel from Darling Harbour to Glebe Island, affording them a spectacular Sydney Harbour cruise.

Of course there’s more to the Expo than a cruise, with one visitor summing up their Gaming Expo experience in the following words: “Always interesting not just to see new products but totally new ideas and ways of doing business..... new areas of thought into how to trade.”

In fact, our post show research showed that 97% of the visitors saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new products and technology.

The Gaming Technology Association’s members whose exhibition stands would sit comfortably alongside the world’s best at any global event, will be in full force at the Australasian Gaming Expo. The Australasian Gaming Expo is the “must attend” event.

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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