Program Manager, Jim Brannon, Accepts Powers Award at the NASPL Professional
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island
(August 30, 2016) International Game Technology PLC (IGT)
(NYSE: IGT) announced that Jim Brannon, Senior Program Manager, has received
the Powers Award at the North American Association of State & Provincial
(NASPL) Professional Development
Seminar on August 1-5 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jim was presented this
award for his involvement in developing files and solutions related to the
important NASPL XML pilot project with 7-Eleven, said Gary Grief,
Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission, who nominated and
recognized Jim for the award.
As of April 2016, and, as a
result of Jims leadership and the work groups dedication, the
lottery industry and 7-Eleven now possess a comprehensive accounting system
that reconciles lottery sales and inventory.
The new system now allows all
7-Eleven lotteries to implement the latest XML technical advancements. More
importantly, it has created increased efficiencies in how lotteries and
retailers conduct sales and inventory reconciliation." (XML is a file
extension format similar to HTML.)
The annual NASPL Professional
Development Seminar brings together lottery industry employees to collaborate
and share best practices about industry information, research, sales, public
relations, marketing, and more. The Powers Award is given to candidates who
have enhanced the lottery industry through critical thinking, creativity,
intelligence, and dedication to their trade. There were a total of 18 award
winners; 17 were lottery employees, and Jim was the only vendor employee to
receive an award.
Jims involvement and
devotion to the Texas Lottery exceeded all expectations, said Jay
Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, North America Lottery. On behalf of
the IGT team, Id like to congratulate Jim on this award, and thank him
not only for his work on the Texas account, but also on these important and
highly-visible initiatives he takes on to provide continual service and
innovation to our lottery customers and retailer chains.
Texas became the first jurisdiction
to go live with these work products.
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:
Lotteries Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary
VIENNA, Austria (August 26, 2016) --
Just under 50 billion Euro in sales, more than 10.5 million Euro in taxes and
duties, more than 2.4 billion Euro in commissions for retail partners, 1.4
billion Euro of sports funding and 185 million Euro for sponsorships and
financial support. After 30 years of its existence, Austrian Lotteries has some
quite impressive numbers to show for its anniversary.
The first public draw for Lotto
6 out of 45 took place on 7 September 1986, which was also the
kick-off for Austrian Lotteries' operations. And it was to become an
outstanding success story. Only a few days before the 30th anniversary, the
Managing Directors Karl Stoss and Bettina Glatz-Kremsner invited journalists to
a press conference and brunch to take a look back on the past decades and to
present some of the most impressive facts and figures.
With the first Lotto draw on 7
September 1986, Austrian Lotteries started a whole new era in the history of
Austria's games of chance. The introduction of Lotto 6 out of 45
and the take-over of Toto in 1986 marked the beginning of an exceptional
success story filled with expansions and innovations made in
Austria. While lottery operators in other countries mostly limited their
activities to continuing their founding product in their original form,
Austrian Lotteries was very astute in identifying new trends and opportunities
for product innovations.
In 1988, Joker and Torwette
(correct-score bet) were launched and in 1990, the games
Zahlenlotto (Digit Lotto), Brieflos (break-open tickets) and
Klassenlotterie (Class Lottery) that had already been on the market
were included in the product portfolio as well. And the story continued with
Rubbellos (scratch-off tickets) in 1995, Bingo in 1999, ToiToiToi in 2003, and
EuroMillions in 2004.
Moreover, Austrian Lotteries quickly
recognised the great business potential of the (at the time rather new)
Internet as early as in 1998. With webclub.at (the predecessor of win2day.at),
Austrian Lotteries was one of the first lottery operators worldwide to start
its own online gaming platform. In 2004, the subsidiary WINWIN opened its first
outlets with Video Lottery Terminals.
Impressive facts and
The power of innovation that
characterised the company right from the beginning also laid the groundwork for
a quite impressive development in numbers. After 409 million Euro in the first
full business year (1987), total sales exceeded the 1 billion mark for the
first time in 1995, only to grow into 2 billion in 2006 and finally reaching
the 3 billion mark in 2013. And based on the very pleasant
developments of the first half of this year, we also expect a new sales record
for 2016, Karl Stoss explains. All in all, over those past 30 years,
total sales amount up to an impressive sum of 48.3 billion Euro, 30.9 billion
Euro of which have been paid out in winnings. Statistically speaking, thereby
every Austrian citizen over the age of 16 has won approx. 4,200 Euro. The
largest individual winner in fact, however, has not been determined by mere
chance, as CFO Bettina Glatz-Kremsner explains: It is the Austrian
Federal Ministry of Finance with an accumulated amount of about 10.6 billion
Euro in taxes and duties over those past 30 years. Breaking this number down,
we have paid 967,400 on a daily basis. During our peak years 2014 and 2015,
this amount even increases to 1.27 million Euro every day.
Overall commissions paid to the
currently more than 5,000 retail partners amount to more than 2.4 billion Euro.
To keep these partners on the cutting edge of technology, it is only natural
that large investments had to be made over the years to expand the
product range, implement new technologies, establish a parallel data centre,
and much more. 375 million Euro have been invested by Austrian Lotteries alone
(not including win2day and WINWIN) during those past 30 years, which
corresponds to annual average of 12.5 million Euro.
26.5 bets and 2.1 instant
tickets per second
Each year, about 840 million picks
(bets) are submitted and 67 million instant tickets are sold. Unbelievable, but
all in all this means an average of 26.5 bets per second are submitted in
Austria and 2.1 scratch-off or break-open tickets are sold day by day
and around the clock.
In the past 30 years, 925 of our
customers were lucky enough to score a prize in the amount of at least 1
million Euro. 859 of them won in Lotto, 36 in Klassenlotterie, 25 in
EuroMillions and 5 in Joker.
The all-time record prize in the
Austrian gaming history was won by a player from Carinthia in EuroMillions: He
hit the Europot on 16 May 2008 solo and won 55.6 million Euro. The highest
prize in Lotto was won by a player from Vienna on 12 August 2015 after a
quintuple jackpot with 9.6 million Euro.
Responsibility always a priority
For three decades now, the Lotto
mascot our lucky pig has been a constant companion for us and our
customers. And although luck is important to our business, "we never left
important issues like player protection or socio-political responsibility to
mere chance, says Karl Stoss. Since the company was formed,
Gaming with Responsibility has been the foundation of all
our business activities. Therefore, any expansion of the product offer always
has to meet the requirements of social compatibility.
Player-protection relevant aspects
are implemented early in the game design and each piece of advertising is
subjected to a responsible-advertising check, adhering to strict regulations.
The key elements in successful Responsible Gaming are the employees and retail
partners who receive mandatory training and continued education. In 2004, the
annually held Responsible Gaming Academy with renowned international experts
and comprehensive training courses and workshops for all employees was
In order to ensure the protection of
minors beyond the legally required measures, in 2009, a voluntary
self-restriction prohibiting the sale of lottery games to young people under
the age of 16 years was established. Furthermore, Austrian Lotteries has been
fully certified according to the Responsible Gaming Standards of the European
Lotteries Association since 2009. Be it with the player protection software
Mentor installed for win2day or with the launch of a separate
player protection website spiele-mit-verantwortung.at,
Austrian Lotteries consequently continues on its path of a responsible gaming
Important sponsor and
For Austrian Lotteries,
socio-political responsibility is not only limited to its own business. The
company has been supporting various projects and institutions of public
interest in the fields of social and humanitarian concerns, environmental
protection, arts and culture, science and research, and sports since the very
beginning. In total, there have been more than 30,000 sponsorship enquiries, of
which more than half have been realised mostly in long-term
partnerships. Bettina Glatz-Kremsner: A total of 185 million Euro has
thus been provided for good causes over the years. And therefore,
partnerships with the Österreichische Kinderhilfe, Sporthilfe and
Seniorenhilfe date back to the founding years of Austrian Lotteries, the
longest-standing sponsorship of WWF has been active since 1987, and Licht ins
Dunkel and the Special Olympics (since 1990) as well as the ÖOC and the
Austrian National Library (since 1991) have now been relying on this
partnership for a quarter of a century already.
Additionally, based on the legally
prescribed funding of sports, Austrian Lotteries is the most important provider
of funds for Austrian sports. Currently, the annual amount of 80 million Euro
goes to various Austrian umbrella organisations and specialised associations.
Since the company's foundation, the Austrian sport has received about 1.4
billion Euro from this funding programme.
The press conference was opened by a
veritable historic act: the handing-over of an original document written by
Empress Maria Theresa in the year 1751 to the Director General of the Austrian
National Library, Johanna Rachinger. It is the original patent document
regarding the introduction of Digit Lotto in Austria, with which
the Empress transferred the privilege to execute the game to Count
Ottavio di Cataldi on 18 August 1751. This Digit Lotto, which is the very same
Zahlenlotto that is still operated today by Austrian Lotteries 265 years later.
The former Managing Director Leo Wallner, who died last year, had obtained the
document more than two decades ago from a private collection and had it stored
at the company's headquarters. As of today, it is on display at the National
Library as a loan and open to the public.
For more Information:
CONTACT: Martin Himmelbauer, Head of
Corporate Communications, Casinos Austria Österreichische
Lotterien, Tel.: +43/1/53440-31900, E-Mail:
Scientific Games Announce Definitive Agreement to Acquire DEQ
DEQ's Table Product
Portfolio Complements Scientific Games' Leading Table Solutions to Offer More
Robust Portfolio for Casino Pit
- Acquisition strengthens Scientific Games' table
products offering, adding to the Company's "one-stop-shop" for casino
- Adds more proprietary table games and table
progressive systems to Scientific Games' rich table solutions library
- DEQ's intellectual property licensing drives high
margin long-term recurring revenue
- Transaction expected to be accretive to earnings
and operating cash flow to Scientific Games in 2017
LAS VEGAS and LEVIS, Quebec, Aug.
31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS)
("Scientific Games" or the "Company") and DEQ Systems Corp.(TSXV: DEQ) ("DEQ"),
today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement (the
"Agreement") under which Scientific Games will acquire all of DEQ's issued and
outstanding common shares for a cash payment of CAD$0.38 per share.
The transaction is expected to close
in the fourth quarter of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017, subject to approval
by DEQ's shareholders, receipt of gaming approvals in certain jurisdictions,
and other customary closing conditions. DEQ generated revenue of CAD$9.5
million with gross profit of CAD$8.1 million on a trailing 12-month basis for
the period ended May 31, 2016.
Scientific Games Senior Vice
President Table & Utility Products Roger Snow said, "The DEQ team
has grown a fantastic business focused on providing revenue-generating and
entertaining solutions for casino operators around the world. Their established
and high-performing library of table games, table progressives, and random
bonusing systems will enhance our offerings, add to our recurring revenue base,
and provide even more ways for casinos to engage players through Scientific
Games' extensive end-to-end casino portfolio of gaming machines, casino
systems, table products, and interactive solutions. We're especially excited
about DEQ's EZ Baccarat®, the world's leading baccarat brand with nearly
800 table games in 150 casinos worldwide."
Scientific Games, already a leader
through its successful and proven Shuffle Master brand, now adds depth and
breadth to its portfolio with the acquisition of DEQ Systems' table games and
table game progressives, including its suite of table progressives which
provide a recurring revenue stream.
DEQ Systems President and Chief
Executive Officer Joseph Bertolone said, "We believe that this is a very good
transaction for our company. We look forward to working closely with the
Scientific Games team to ensure a smooth transition and continued innovation
for gaming operators and their players around the world. I am incredibly proud
of the entire team at DEQ for all that we have achieved."
The acquisition of the shares of DEQ
will be completed by a court approved plan of arrangement under the Canada
Business Corporations Act (the "Arrangement") and will require the approval of
66 2/3 percent of the votes cast by DEQ shareholders at a special meeting of
shareholders of DEQ expected to be held in late October or early November.
All of the directors and executive
officers of DEQ have entered into support agreements pursuant to which they
have agreed to vote in favor of the Arrangement.
In addition to the requisite
shareholder and court approvals, completion of the Arrangement will be subject
to certain regulatory approvals, including that of the TSX Venture Exchange and
the satisfaction of certain other closing conditions customary for a
transaction of this nature.
The Agreement contains customary
representations and warranties of each party and interim operations covenants
by DEQ. The Agreement includes customary deal protections, including a covenant
of DEQ not to solicit other acquisition proposals and a right to match
provision in favor of Scientific Games.
Recommendation of the DEQ Board
DEQ formed a special committee of
independent directors to conduct an exhaustive process to identify and evaluate
a variety of potential strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value and
act in the best interests of DEQ as a whole.
Based on the recommendation of the
special committee, DEQ's Board of Directors unanimously approved the
transaction and will recommend that its shareholders vote in favor of the
transaction. The DEQ Board has determined that the Arrangement is in the best
interests of DEQ based on a number of factors, including a fairness opinion
received from Union Gaming Securities, LLC.
Information Circular and DEQ
A management proxy circular for the
DEQ special meeting of shareholders is expected to be mailed to DEQ's
shareholders in late September or early October, providing shareholders with
important information about the transaction. Details of the transaction, as
well as the rationale for the support of the transaction by DEQ's Board of
Directors and a copy of the Fairness Opinion, will be set out in the proxy
A copy of the Agreement, the DEQ
proxy materials and related documents will be filed on DEQ's profile on SEDAR
and will be available at www.sedar.com.
Advisors on the
McMillan LLP is acting as legal
counsel to Scientific Games. Union Gaming Securities, LLC is acting as
financial advisor to DEQ, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is acting as
legal counsel to DEQ.
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.
About DEQ Systems
DEQ Systems Corp. (TSXV: DEQ) is one
of the market leaders in Table Games, Progressive Systems, Proprietary Table
Games content and Utility solutions. DEQ's systems and games are installed in
over 300 casinos, in 30 countries around the world. The combination of our
services, industry leading products and revenue generation capabilities make
DEQ a leader for innovation in the table game bonusing segment of the global
gaming market. For more information, please visit www.deq.com.
SCIENTIFIC GAMES COMPANY
Vice President, Investor
Vice President, Corporate
DEQ COMPANY CONTACTS:
President & Chief
Chief Legal Officer &
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Achieves Record Turnover in First Six Months of the Year and Sees Headcount
Rise by 12.1 Percent
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (August 24,
2016) NOVOMATIC, Europes leading gaming technology group, achieved
a new record turnover in the first six months of the fiscal year 2016 and
recorded the highest number of employees in the companys history.
According to the interim financial
report published today, the NOVOMATIC Group recorded a turnover of EUR 1,094.9
million in the first six months of this fiscal year. This represents an
increase of 10.8 percent over the first six months of the previous year. The
largest gains were seen in the proceeds from gaming machines, which increased
by 11.8 percent, and the number of sites operated by the Group rose to over
1,600 as of June 30.
EBITDA remained stable at the
previous years level of EUR 287.2 million as a result of considerable
strategic investments, notably in the lottery segment, as well as negative
foreign exchange effects. EBIT declined to EUR 141.4 million during the first
six months of the year as a result of one-off effects, including
The number of people employed has
risen to a historical high, reaching an average of 22,373, which corresponds to
an increase of 12.1 percent. The scope of consolidation of the interim
financial report included around 200 companies for the first time.
Harald Neumann, NOVOMATIC Chairman
of the Board, said: We pursued our growth strategy during the first
half of the year and have undertaken a number of important expansions. With our
acquisition of the British gaming operator Talarius, we have further increased
our market share in the important UK gaming market, and we are now the largest
operator of gaming arcades in the UK. Our intention to acquire a stake in the
Australian listed gaming technology company Ainsworth would give a massive
boost to our market position in Australasia, as well as in North and South
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
SOURCE: The NOVOMATIC Group.
Fortunas Amounts Staked Grew 24.2% to EUR 511.6 Million
in the First Half of 2016
AMSTERDAM / PRAGUE / WARSAW(August
25, 2016) -- Fortuna Entertainment Group N. V., the leading regulated Central
European fixed-odds betting and multi-channel operator, has announced its
unaudited consolidated results for the first half of 2016.
- Total Amounts Staked increased by 24.2% to EUR
- Total Gross Win increased by 19.9% to EUR 80.5
- Online Sports Betting Gross Win increased by
30.9% to EUR 50.2 million
- Total EBITDA increased by 7.7% to EUR 9.7
Our robust performance was
driven by growing online sports betting, and in particular mobile, in all the
countries where Fortuna operates. The growth was also supported by the UEFA
EURO 2016 football tournament in France in which the national teams played from
all the countries where Fortuna is present, said Per Widerström,
CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Fortuna Entertainment Group
For the first half of 2016 Fortuna
recorded Total Amounts Staked of EUR 511.6 million, 24.2% more than in the
first half of 2015, according to the consolidated unaudited financial
In the first half of 2016, the Gross
Win amounted to EUR 80.5 million, an increase of 19.9% in comparison to the
same period of 2015. It was partly driven by solid results achieved during the
EURO 2016 football championship.
The Gross Win from online sports
betting in the first half of 2016 rose to EUR 50.2 million, an increase of
30.9% over the same period of 2015.
Group EBITDA of Fortuna amounted to
EUR 9.7 million in the first half of 2016, 7.7% more year on year.
For the first half of 2016, the
Company recorded a net profit of EUR 5.4 million, 12.1% more than was seen in
the first six months of the previous year.
CONTACT: PR manager, Spokesperson,
Tel.: +420 267 218 195, Mobil: +420 739 607 527, E-mail:
SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment Group.
First Half for the Swedish Gaming Market
STRÄNGNÄS, Sweden (August
31, 2016) -- Games Players with Swedish state (regulated) increased its sales
by 4 percent in the first half compared with the same period last year. The
total turnover of these just over 8.1 billion, the winnings.
Even players without Swedish state
increased its sales by 12 percent and is estimated to have been worth about 2.3
billion during this period.
Things continue to go well for
players in the gambling market in Sweden. For the second consecutive quarter of
all an increase compared with the same period last year.
In recent years, the regulated
gaming market had a downward trend, but at the end of last year, turned it
The operators are not licensed is
still increasing its sales. According to our statistics, it is primarily as
Internet gaming increases in the majority of players. Folk Games and Swedish
Postkodföreningen see it, however different, which is the land-based games
that increase the most.
Svenska Spel: had sales of
approximately SEK 4.4 billion, an increase of 1 percent.
ATG's: revenue increased by 4
percent and amounted to SEK 1.9 billion.
with Bingolotto and Sweden Lotten, had sales of SEK 288 million which is
an increase of 15 percent.
Postkodföreninge: rose 10 percent and sales of over 1.2
IOGT-NTO: which among other
things has Miljonlotteriet, had sales of SEK 151 million, an increase of 2
SAP / SSU: which among other
things has Kombilotteriet, had sales of 107 million, an increase of 8
had sales of SEK 98 million, an increase of 27 percent.
See table with sales figures, Q2
2016, click here!
Joel Kitti-Junros , administrators
statistics and trends on tel. 0152-650 171 0765-330171 or My Hamrén ,
Communications, T: 0152-650 174, 0765-330174.
Gaming Board informs the public and
the government on the development of the gaming market in Sweden and abroad. It
means that we regularly compiles statistics on the gaming market in order to
understand the area and thereby develop a proactive supervision.
Sales statistics are based on data
from each participant, all turnover statistics comes after the winnings paid
All sales figures refer to a
comparison with the same period last year, and have in many cases been rounded
off. Turnover missing for some of the smaller national lotteries, land-based
bingo, restaurant casinos and local and regional lotteries. Turnover for
operators without a permit in Sweden downloaded from H2 Gambling Capital and
Gaming Board's intelligence.
Noble, CT Lottery Corporation's President & CEO Leaving the CT
ROCKY HILL, CT (August 30, 2016) --
Anne M. Noble, CT Lottery Corporations President & CEO, today
announced that she will be leaving the Lottery after 10 years of state
service. In September, Noble will begin serving as a Senior Advisor to
the Board of Directors to assist in the smooth transition to a new President
Under Anne Nobles leadership,
the Corporation delivered rising profits to the General Fund, with seven years
of return records. During her tenure, the Lottery adopted a broad
corporate social responsibility program and has been repeatedly recognized
nationally for its commitment to responsible gambling.
Anne Noble has established
a solid foundation for the Lotterys future growth and this organization
flourished under her steady guidance, stated Frank Farricker.
Anne was instrumental in
the successful roll out of Keno this past spring, which is outperforming
expectations, as well as the expansion of the popular Lucky for Life game from
Connecticut to New England, and now sales nationwide, according to
I am honored to have played
a significant role in shaping this organization over the last decade and
appreciate the support of the Board and my team in consistently meeting the
Lotterys mission with integrity, creativity and dedication,
Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's
residents in valuable ways. In unaudited results for fiscal year 2016,
the CT Lottery provided a record of $337.5 million to support the valuable
services and programs funded by the states General Fund and players won
$760.3 million in prize money.
Since the Lottery began in 1972,
contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $8.5 billion.
The CT Lottery reminds the public
that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly. If
you gamble, use your GameSense.
For information about the CT
Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on
Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call
CONTACT: Linda Tarnowski (860)
713-2701, Fax: (860) 713-2695.
SOURCE: CT Lottery.
Year for Vermont Lottery Profits
BARRE, Vermont (August 29, 2016) --
The Vermont Lottery Commission reports record breaking profits of $26,300,000
for Fiscal Year 2016.
Lottery profits were up by $3.6
million over last year, and over $2.6 million higher than our prior record.
We are proud to report that Vermont
Lottery profits, which go into the states Education Fund, were able to
contribute an average of $312 per student this past year.
The record Powerball jackpot in
January and lower fuel prices were strong contributing factors to this
Additionally, Gallup Poll research
from 2016 shows that higher-income Americans are more inclined to play lottery
than those with lower income, and that players are evenly distributed across
education levels from high school graduates to college graduates to
those with post-graduate degrees.
Starting in 1999, Vermont Lottery
profits have been used to support education.
Since that year we have provided
almost $380,000,000 to the Education Fund.
And from our beginning in 1978, the
lottery has generated approximately $600,000,000 in profits returned to the
SOURCE: Vermont Lottery.
Neon 200X Instant Game Loaded With $50K Prizes
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 30,
2016) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery today announced the launch of a new
$20 game, Neon 200X. The new instant ticket has a top prize of $50,000, and was
one of four new instant games released to ASL retailers.
Neon 200X has more than $24 million
in cash prizes including more than $4 million in $50,000 top prizes.
Top prize odds for Neon 200X are 1
in 19,259; overall odds are 1 in 3.13. Weve found that our
scratch-off players really like our $20 games, Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said, and, with more than eighty
$50,000 top prizes, we hope Neon 200X will make a lot of people
Other instant games released today
by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery include $5 Diamond Doubler with a top prize
of $100,000; $2 Super 7-11-21 with a top prize of $20,000; and $1 5X The Bucks
with a top prize of $3,000.
About the Arkansas Scholarship
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other
expenses in Arkansas.
Since Lottery sales started in 2009,
the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $600 million for
in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, $2 billion in prizes to
players and $170 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.
Follow the Arkansas Scholarship
Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery 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 to Launch New Ticket with Chiefs Watch
TOPEKA, Kansas (August 30, 2016) --
To celebrate the launching of a new Kansas City Chiefs instant scratch game,
the Kansas Lottery is holding a Chiefs Launch Party at a popular Topeka sports
What: Chiefs Watch Party
Where: The Lazy Toad,
Fairlawn Plaza (5331 SW 22nd Pl.), Topeka
When: Thursday, September
Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Lots of Giveaways!
- The first 60 people at the Chiefs Watch Party will
each receive a FREE $5 Chiefs instant scratch ticket.
- The Lottery will also be holding multiple drawings
for FREE Chiefs merchandise such as helmets, jerseys and footballs, as well as
three pairs of Chiefs tickets for the regular season.
- With a $10 lottery purchase, players will receive a
Kansas Lottery/Chiefs t-shirt, other Chiefs merchandise or a gift card from The
- The Lazy Toad will feature several drink and food
specials during the Watch party.
V-100 Topeka's Rock Leader will
broadcast live from the Chiefs Watch Party. At 7 p.m. the Kansas City Chiefs
take on the Green Bay Packers in a televised pre-season game.
Kansas City Chiefs Instant
Players can win up to $25,000
instantly in the Chiefs game. They can also enter non-winning Chiefs tickets
online for the chance to win one of eight grand prizes in a Chiefs
second-chance drawing. Each winner and a guest will experience the Kansas City
Chiefs Penthouse suite at Arrowhead Stadium for one game in the 2017 season.
The entry deadline is noon February 14, with winners announced February 17,
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, E:
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.
Wagering: Legal Global Sports Betting
Article by: Kip Peterson,
CEO, Thorsborg Institute, LLC
Peterson, CEO, Thorsborg Institute, LLC
BRUNSWICK, Georgia (August 31, 2016)
-- The passage in July 2015 of Nevada state law labeled as Senate Bill 443 -
will give out-of-state residents access to Nevada's licensed sports' books
through sports' betting investment funds. This law will legalize sports'
betting "investment funds" and allow non-residents to participate in Nevada
sports' gambling. These investment funds will be operated by "business
entities" as per the law. In other words, the law allows Nevada business
entities to apply for registration for the purpose of betting on sports and
racing at the state's sports' books. The concept of Entity Wagering
is brilliant as the funds are invested and thus, are not subject to
any gaming restrictions as no government anywhere wants to stop
investments that flow back and forth over jurisdictional
borders...including the USA. The additional attractions can be applied to
sports betting from cruise ships and secluded resorts as winnings will be paid
to the investment accounts and thus, not violate any local
restrictions as the event and/or winnings can come in the future after the
player has left the ship/resort.
The implications of this method of
betting are global in nature and already have raised the global capitalization
of sports' betting with the increased deposits made in the operations of these
funds. These expediential increases in sports' betting are both a blessing and
a curse for the Nevada sports' books as the wins and losses will be much more
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The State of Nevada is setting
itself up to once again be the epi-center of gambling with this unique concept
to legally place sports' bets from anywhere on the planet.
This increased capitalization of the
betting lines are also accompanied by the revenge of the nerds
young computer analysts who have found a new calling from the Fantasy Team
Leagues that introduced them to the analytical side of betting that are
magnifying the results of the software programs they have created that devours
the data from every game and data resource that makes their programs more
effective with each passing day. This fall will be a very interesting spectator
sport of which Nevada sports book firms fold and/or are sold because of
losses from these algorithms that use technology, not fan enthusiasm for
selection and of bets.
The debates that are held in states
and nations to regulate sports' betting could become mote as more people become
aware of this method of legally placing bets from anywhere
winnings, [if any], will be retained in the investment fund that
can be used or withdrawn as any financial investment product. A whole new
tourist activity could be started as the offshore Investors comes
to Las Vegas to "visit their money".
Our firm has conducted considerable
research in this new style of betting and are currently advising numerous
financial investment funds, hedge funds, merchant banks and other financial
organizations throughout the world on the options that can be incorporated to
include these types of "investments" as part of their portfolio. Its a
brave new world in global sports betting, so early adopters will
establish a base to take advantage of these changes with the reticent gaming
and lottery organizations that dont realize that this could impact on
their player base will see reduced revenues in the future...a perfect case of
evolve or face extinction by a thousand cuts!
Thorsborg Institute, LLC
Shades of Digital
Article by: Duncan Malyon - Senior
Vice President North America, Camelot Global
(August 25, 2016)
There is no escaping the fact that
we are living in a digital world, as consumers with busy lives we want
convenience and the ability to buy what we want, when we want. But does this
world need to be black and white? All or nothing? Online/offline? or can we as
an industry embrace the fact that there really are fifty shades of digital?
We do not underestimate the
challenge of going fully digital, legislators, retailers and lobby groups are
all ready to express their objections and concerns, but is there a happy medium
that everyone can agree on? For the sake of our industry, and the beneficiaries
we support, we believe there has to be.
We believe that there are fifty
shades of digital, and even with the constraints that some states and countries
face there are still digital elements that they can embrace. Re-evaluating your
advertising spend and putting more money behind digital channels is a quick win
that all lotteries can easily make. Using social media is also a low hanging
fruit that can be leveraged - this is also a great way for lotteries to broaden
their reach and engage the younger, harder to reach player.
Executing a mobile led strategy
which bridges the gap between online and in-store is also a quick win. Ticket
scanning, mobile results checking, store locators, and ibeacon messaging
these are all digitally hosted features you can offer players without any
transaction happening in digital.
Once you have begun to develop your
digital presence, you can continue to evolve and develop the offering,
introducing enhanced content with digital second chance games. This not only
gives players the opportunity to interact with your lottery and to play
exciting games, it also gives you the opportunity to develop a personal
relationship with your players. And, in time, you can use this digital presence
to demonstrate that the digital lottery world is not something to fear - it is
a necessary evolution which can be well managed to ensure your lottery is able
to achieve sustainable growth in a responsible way.
There are a number of lotteries in
North America who are dipping their toes into the digital world. In
Vermont the lottery has been looking into digital second chance games and
extended online game options. In Iowa the lottery has an established a VIP Club
which allows players to enter second-chance draws by entering non-winning
tickets into their VIP Club accounts online, allowing them to build up and
enhance relationships with their most loyal customers.
In Europe, Loterie Romande has
recently launched a new Sports App which benefits both players and retailers in
Switzerland, and represents a true digital in retail experience for
users. SportTip One and SportTip Set App users are now able to check
results and get more frequent and up to date programme information, but more
importantly are able to create their wagers on the app before going into their
local retailer to play, making the experience quicker and hassle free for all
The Irish National Lottery has just
released the latest evolution of their mobile app which now allows players to
purchase a ticket on their mobile and play Instant Win Games. Prior to this the
mobile app featured useful game information including draw results, jackpot
reminder notifications, a ticket barcode scan facility to automatically check
if they are a winner, number check functionality and nearest National Lottery
outlet locator. The Irish National Lottery is a great example of demonstrating
that it does not need to be all or nothing from the outset that there are
various shades in-between.
Many people probably believe that
the UK National Lottery is at the dark end of the spectrum due to it early
adoption of iLottery - in some ways you would be correct. However, the UK
National Lottery is a great example of a lottery that is constantly evolving
and developing its digital offering based on listening to what its players want
and need. Last month they announced an enhanced offering on their mobile app
which allows players in the UK to use their smartphones to check draw results
to find out if theyre a lucky winner - all a player has to do is tap on
the Scan Ticket button and scan the QR code on the National Lottery
ticket. Alongside the Ticket Scanning feature, and to complement the
retail customer focus of the feature, this release also includes the rollout of
a 'Lite' version of the Android application - this allows the UK National
Lottery to reach the majority of the UK Android user base from the ease of the
Play Store for the first time, which is anticipated to result in a substantial
increase in installed user base.
Like with many things in life it is
all about embarking on a journey and communicating back how your journey is
progressing. There will be bumps in the road and hurdles to overcome as you
advance through the various shades but overall the journey will
position your lottery, your players and your beneficiaries in pole position to
The key throughout any digital
journey is communication. Be open and honest with your legislature on the
success that you have seen, explaining also the benefits of your strategy, and
how you will develop it. Build their support, and engage them in your vision.
Bring your retailers on the journey. Share with them the success stories from
Vermont, Iowa, Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK, among others, who have
succeeded in growing retail in conjunction with digital. Help your players to
gain confidence in the concept of digital lotteries, reassure them that you can
meet their needs safely, securely, and personally. Show them that its not
all or nothing - there really are fifty shades of digital.
CONTACT: Laura Pearson, Head of
Global Corporate Affairs, Email:
tel: +44 20 7632 5716, mob: +44 7968 939340, web:
SOURCE: Camelot | GLOBAL.
Mexico Lottery Director of Gaming Products Receives Distinguished Powers
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (August 22,
2016) -- Karla Wilkinson, the Director of Gaming Products for the New Mexico
Lottery, has received a distinguished 2016 Powers Award from
the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).
Ms. Wilkinson was the very first
employee at the New Mexico Lottery more than 20 years ago. Nominated by Lottery
CEO David Barden, Ms. Wilkinson received this award in recognition of her
significant contributions and exceptional performance at the Lottery.
Wilkinson, Director of Gaming Products
This year was the most
successful year in transfers to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund in New
Mexico Lotterys history, said Barden. Ms.
Wilkinsons role was invaluable in that it directly impacted sales that
led to the record transfer.
The Powers Award is the most
prestigious award you can receive in the Lottery industry. It is synonymous
with success and only a handful of people are recognized each year with this
coveted award. The award is named in honour of the late Edward J. Powers, known
as the Father of all U.S. Lotteries.
Ms. Wilkinson is responsible for all
New Mexico Lottery gaming product lines including planning, development and
She was a key figure in the launch
of Super Tuesday, a new program that introduces new
Scratchers the first Tuesday of every month, which led to a 19% increase ($13.3
Million) in Scratcher sales over the last two fiscal years.
The Lottery celebrated its 20th
anniversary on April 27. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $700.9
million for education and more than 100,000 students have attended college on
Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
Georgia Lottery Launch New Cash4Life Game
ATLANTA, Georgia (August 29, 2016)
-- The Georgia Lottery is joining an exciting new game that offers two lifetime
prizes. Cash4Life is a popular multi-state draw game with the chance to win
$1,000 a day for life, or the chance to win $1,000 a week for life.
The game went on sale statewide
Drawings will be held at 9 p.m.
Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing in Georgia will be held tonight.
Tickets are $2 per play.
Players must pick five numbers from
one to 60 and a Cash Ball number from one to four. Players can win $1,000 a day
for life by matching all five numbers and the Cash Ball number. Or, players can
win $1,000 a week for life matching the first five numbers without the Cash
Additionally, there are seven other
ways to win prizes of up to $2,500.
Overall odds of winning any
Cash4Life prize are approximately 1 in 7.76. Odds of winning $1,000 a day for
life are 1 in 21.8 million. Odds of winning $1,000 a week for life are 1 in 7.2
Cash4Life is a multi-state game
played in Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and
As with all other Georgia Lottery
games, proceeds from Cash4Life will benefit education in the state of
Since its first year, the Georgia
Lottery Corp. has returned more than $17.6 billion to the state of Georgia for
education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational
programs, including Georgias HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgias
Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than
1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com.
CONTACT: Kimberly M. Starks, Media
Relations Manager, Georgia Lottery Corp., (404) 215-5062 office, (404) 831-4995
mobile, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.
Louis Leaders Tout Gaming Industry's Role in State's Economic
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 24, 2016)
-- Casinos in Missouri are driving big results -- such as generating $8 billion
in tax and admission revenue over more than two decades -- while building
strong ties with small businesses and community leaders. For these and many
others reasons, the American Gaming Association (AGA) hosted its latest Get to
Know Gaming event in St. Louis last week to shine a spotlight on the vital role
the industry is playing in Missouri, a microcosm of our impact across 40
During the event at Pinnacle's River
City Casino & Hotel with Missouri gaming executives, St. Louis-area
business and community leaders, state and local elected officials and gaming
regulators, the conversation focused on the successes to date -- but emphasized
the need for policies and regulations that encourage innovation and
Leaders from Penn National Gaming,
Pinnacle Entertainment, Isle of Capri, Tropicana and Global Gaming Women came
together in St. Louis to share similar stories of success. Perhaps most
important, however, were the small business leader, the chamber of commerce
executive and others who attested to gaming's commitment to the community.
For example, Missouri casinos
routinely purchase from minority-owned, women-owned and small disadvantaged
businesses -- and they're seen as a model for other businesses.
We have actually grown from
[working with] one casino
to over 40, which is huge for our company,"
said Andrea Scales-Williams, president of Document Imaging Systems.
"Weve been able to hire three or four people and because of the casino
market, we now have four locations. Were very proud to be working in the
"The relationships our businesses
form with gaming companies are unique," said Ed Bryant, vice president,
Diverse Business Solutions, St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. "I'm seeing some
best practices in the way that you source to and from minority-owned and
diverse businesses. I'd like to see the gaming sector share your best
practices. Share what you're doing with the health care sector, with the
advanced manufacturing sector, with other sectors."
Further, of the 20,000 jobs gaming
supports, women make up nearly half of the states gaming workforce, while
more than 40 percent of employees are people of color.
The gaming industry
consistently provides unmatched career opportunities for employees from diverse
backgrounds and a range of experiences, said Virginia McDowell,
president and chairwoman of Global Gaming Women, a 501(c)3 with a mission to
support women in the gaming industry. "It's an economic imperative for the
While casino gaming is a valued
community partner in St. Louis and across Missouri, theres room for
"We are competing with other
states and industries," said Chris Plant, vice president and general
manager of River City Casino & Hotel. "So for us to continue to grow and
evolve, it's about creating experiences beyond the gaming platform and moving
to a holistic resort experience."
During the event, the panel focused
on how legalized, regulated sports betting could generate additional tax
revenue for the state of Missouri.
As CBS St. Louis reported,
Missouri and other U.S. states are missing out on billions of dollars
because of a federal law banning sports betting. NBC St. Louis noted
Americans already bet $150 billion a year on sports illegally. So the
push is to legalize it, and then also reap the benefits.
Whether it's in St. Louis, Detroit
or Biloxi, Miss., the question about sports betting is a good one to ask. Of
course, sports betting alone is no silver bullet to growth in a given market.
Instead, a shift to progressive policies and regulations -- not simply sticking
with what worked yesterday -- would go a long way.
Through our Get to Know Gaming
campaign, we're encouraging elected officials to take a progressive view of
gaming policy that supports greater reinvestment, flexibility to adapt to
rapidly changing consumer demands and commonsense regulations that help the
industry generate even greater tax revenue. We look forward to working with you
to achieve these goals together over the comings months and years.
President and CEO
SOURCE: American Gaming Association
2012, Andrew McMillin has held the position of senior vice president and
general manager, Coca-Cola Trademark for Coca-Cola North America. In this
capacity, he is responsible for growing revenue, transactions and brand love
for The Coca-Cola Company's flagship brands. Since joining the company in 2001,
McMillin has held a variety of consumer marketing, commercial and franchise
leadership roles including leadership of brand Coca-Cola in North America,
leadership of Coca-Cola's Walmart/Sam's Club marketing team, oversight of
retail shopper marketing function, launch and oversight of My Coke Rewards, and
multiple operational and franchise leadership roles in the company's Midwest
operations. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, McMillin spent six years with the Ford
Motor Company as part of their Marketing Leadership Program. For the 2016 NASPL
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