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IGT Senior Program Manager, Jim Brannon, Accepts Powers Award at the NASPL Professional Development Seminar

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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 Lotteries

(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 Jim’s leadership and the work group’s dedication, the lottery industry and 7-Eleven now possess a comprehensive accounting system that reconciles lottery sales and inventory.

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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.

“Jim’s 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, I’d 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.

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.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Austrian Lotteries Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary

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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.

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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 figures

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.

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925 millionaires

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.

“Gaming with 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 established.

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 culture.

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Important sponsor and supporter

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: www.30jahrelotterien.at.

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

SOURCE: Österreichische Lotterien Ges.m.b.H.

 

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Scientific Games Announce Definitive Agreement to Acquire DEQ Systems

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 operators
  • 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

 

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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.

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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."

Transaction Details

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 of Directors

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.

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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 Shareholders Meeting

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 circular.

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 Transaction

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 CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

+1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

+1 702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

DEQ COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

DEQ:

Joe Bertolone

+775-450-0115

President & Chief Executive Officer

Joe.Bertolone@DEQ.com

Media Relations:

DEQ:

Charles Meredith

+702-703-9518

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

Charles.Meredith@DEQ.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Achieves Record Turnover in First Six Months of the Year and Sees Headcount Rise by 12.1 Percent

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (August 24, 2016) – NOVOMATIC, Europe’s 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 company’s 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 year’s 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 write-downs.

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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 America.”

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: The NOVOMATIC Group.

 

 

Fortuna‘s Amounts Staked Grew 24.2% to EUR 511.6 Million in the First Half of 2016

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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 511.6 million
  • Total Gross Win increased by 19.9% to EUR 80.5 million
  • Online Sports Betting Gross Win increased by 30.9% to EUR 50.2 million
  • Total EBITDA increased by 7.7% to EUR 9.7 million

 

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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 N.V.

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 results.

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: srain.petr@ifortuna.cz.

SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment Group.

 

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Strong 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.

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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 upward.

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.

Folkspel;  with Bingolotto and Sweden Lotten, had sales of SEK 288 million which is an increase of 15 percent.

Svenska Postkodföreninge:  rose 10 percent and sales of over 1.2 billion.

IOGT-NTO: which among other things has Miljonlotteriet, had sales of SEK 151 million, an increase of 2 percent.

SAP / SSU: which among other things has Kombilotteriet, had sales of 107 million, an increase of 8 percent.

Övriga rikslotterier: had sales of SEK 98 million, an increase of 27 percent.

See table with sales figures, Q2 2016, click here!

 

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Ytterligare information

Joel Kitti-Junros , administrators statistics and trends on tel. 0152-650 171 0765-330171 or My Hamrén , Communications, T: 0152-650 174, 0765-330174.

Om kvartalsstatistiken

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 (net).

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.

SOURCE: Lotteriinspektionen.se.

 

 

Anne M. Noble, CT Lottery Corporation's President & CEO Leaving the CT Lottery

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ROCKY HILL, CT (August 30, 2016) -- Anne M. Noble, CT Lottery Corporation’s 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 & CEO.

Under Anne Noble’s 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.

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Anne Noble has established a solid foundation for the Lottery’s 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 Frank Farricker.

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 Lottery’s mission with integrity, creativity and dedication,” said Noble.

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 state’s 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 (860) 713-2700.

CONTACT:  Linda Tarnowski (860) 713-2701, Fax:  (860) 713-2695.

SOURCE: CT Lottery.

 

 

Record Year for Vermont Lottery Profits

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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.

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We are proud to report that Vermont Lottery profits, which go into the state’s 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 year’s results.

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 state

SOURCE: Vermont Lottery.

 

 

New Neon 200X Instant Game Loaded With $50K Prizes

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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.

Neon 200X

Top prize odds for Neon 200X are 1 in 19,259; overall odds are 1 in 3.13. “We’ve 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 happy.”

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 Lottery

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 Lottery on 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.

 

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Lottery to Launch New Ticket with Chiefs Watch Party

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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 bar.

 

 

What: Chiefs Watch Party

Where: The Lazy Toad, Fairlawn Plaza (5331 SW 22nd Pl.), Topeka

When: Thursday, September 1

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Lots of Giveaways!

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  • 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.

 

Great Deals!

  • With a $10 lottery purchase, players will receive a Kansas Lottery/Chiefs t-shirt, other Chiefs merchandise or a gift card from The Lazy Toad.
  • 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.

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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, 2017.

CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, E: sally.lunsford@kslottery.net, T: 785-296-5708.

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Entity Wagering: Legal Global Sports’ Betting

Article by: Kip Peterson, CEO, Thorsborg Institute, LLC

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Kip 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 dramatic.

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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…and the 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. It’s 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 don’t 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!

 

Kip Peterson

CEO

Thorsborg Institute, LLC

 

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Fifty 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.

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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 parties.

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.

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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 they’re 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 survive.

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 it’s not all or nothing - there really are fifty shades of digital.

CONTACT: Laura Pearson, Head of Global Corporate Affairs, Email: laura.pearson@camelotglobal.com, tel: +44 20 7632 5716, mob: +44 7968 939340, web: www.camelotglobal.com

SOURCE: Camelot | GLOBAL.

 

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New Mexico Lottery Director of Gaming Products Receives Distinguished Powers Award

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.

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This year was the most successful year in transfers to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund in New Mexico Lottery’s history,” said Barden. “Ms. Wilkinson’s 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 creation.

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.

 

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Georgia Lottery Launch New Cash4Life Game

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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 Sunday.

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.

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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 Ball.

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 million.

Cash4Life is a multi-state game played in Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Cash4Life will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

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 Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s 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 program.

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: kstarks@galottery.org.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

 

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St. Louis Leaders Tout Gaming Industry's Role in State's Economic Growth

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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 states.

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 reinvestment.

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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. "We’ve been able to hire three or four people and because of the casino market, we now have four locations. We’re very proud to be working in the casino industry.”

"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."

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Further, of the 20,000 jobs gaming supports, women make up nearly half of the state’s 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 industry."

While casino gaming is a valued community partner in St. Louis and across Missouri, there’s room for growth.

"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.

Sincerely,

 

Geoff Freeman

President and CEO

 

SOURCE: American Gaming Association (AGA).

 

 

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