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IGT Announces Four-Year Extension with Svenska Spel for Multichannel Poker Enhancements

New poker additions include U.S. patent-pending Poker Challenge tournament format

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LONDON, U.K. (September 22, 2016) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) (“IGT”) announced that it has signed a four-year contract extension to enhance the suite of interactive multichannel poker products it provides to AB Svenska Spel, the Company’s lottery customer in Sweden and operator of the world’s fifth-largest ring-fenced market poker site according to pokerscout.com. Svenska Spel is exercising a four-year extension provided under its contract with IGT signed as part of a competitive procurement in 2013.

“For a decade now, Svenska Spel has successfully worked with IGT to offer the Swedish public a fun and safe interactive poker product,” said Lennart Käll, CEO of Svenska Spel.

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Choosing partners with innovative, marketing-leading products is essential to responsibly meeting our customers’ needs.”

“By leveraging industry best practices and our experience as a successful B2C operator in the

Italian interactive market, IGT’s enhanced multichannel suite of interactive poker products will help Svenska Spel to reach a broader player base,” said Declan Harkin, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, IGT International. “IGT’s best-in-class mobile and tablet user interface ensures that the customer can provide its players with a safe, responsible, and entertaining experience anytime, anywhere.”

Under the terms of the contract extension, IGT will enhance its multichannel suite of interactive poker products across desktop, Android smartphone, Android tablet, iPad and iPhone with a new user-friendly graphical interface, new game formats, and tournament variations. Enhancements include IGT’s U.S. patent-pending Poker Challenge tournament format, which appeals to novice and expert players alike, and Character-Based Cash Tables. The suite of poker products is powered by IGT’s new poker solution, which consists of IGT’s new poker engine and the IGT Connect™ platform.

IGT, as legacy GTECH, began providing Svenska Spel with fully customizable poker software in 2006 and video lottery gaming solutions in 1996. Svenska Spel also uses IGT’s Casinolink™ system and slot machines at its land-based casinos.

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About IGT

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

We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit: www.IGT.com.

CONTACT:

Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452.

James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190.

Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030 for Italian media inquiries.

SOURCE: International Game Technology (IGT).

 

 

INTRALOT Successfully Prices €250 Million 6.750% Senior Notes Offering

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ATHENS, Greece (September 16th, 2016) - -INTRALOT S.A. Integrated Lottery Systems and Services today announced the successful pricing of an offering of €250 million 6.750% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “Notes”), to be issued by its indirect subsidiary INTRALOT Capital Luxembourg S.A., a public limited liability company (société anonyme) organized under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. International investors and funds from Europe and North America participated in the Offering. The Notes were offered at an issue price of 100.000%; and guaranteed by INTRALOT S.A. (the “Parent Guarantor”), INTRALOT Global Securities B.V. (the direct parent company of the Issuer) and certain indirect subsidiaries of INTRALOT S.A.

The Notes are expected to be admitted to trading on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange’s Euro MTF market.

Following the release of proceeds from escrow upon satisfaction of certain financing conditions, the proceeds will be used, together with cash on the balance sheet, to pay the tender price for the €276.7 million outstanding 9.750% senior notes due 2018 (the "2018 Notes"). The settlement of the tender offer is expected to occur on September 23, 2016 (unless extended), and any 2018 Notes that remain outstanding following the closing of the tender offer will be fully redeemed under the redemption provisions of the related indenture.

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Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group Chief Executive Officer, stated: “The warm reception of our senior bond notes offering today is a strong endorsement by international markets of INTRALOT’s achievements and potential. We succeeded in issuing a €250 million bond priced at a 6.750% coupon to refinance an existing 9.750% coupon bond therefore dramatically reducing the debt servicing burden and we re-affirmed INTRALOT’s credit ratings by international agencies. I am extremely pleased by the high caliber of investors who signed up today and thank them for their pledge of confidence in our company. These developments will offer a significant boost towards successfully implementing our two-pronged strategy for growth based on an enhanced products and services portfolio as well as a series of new strategic partnerships around the globe.”

In relation to the offering of the Notes:

 

(i)  no public offer, as defined in L. 3401/2005, art. 10 of L. 876/1979, article 8a of Codified L. 2190/1920 and L. 3461/2006 (all, as amended and in force), shall take place; and

(ii)  no advertisement, notice, statement or other action has been or shall be reviewed, approved or authorized by the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission under L. 3401/2005, art. 10 of L. 876/1979, article 8a of Codified L. 2190/1920 and L. 3461/2006 (all, as amended and in force), in, from or otherwise involving the Hellenic Republic.

No offering document of the Notes has been approved by the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission.

 

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 54 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.91 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees in 2015, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

 

Scientific Games Builds on 29-Year Relationship as Primary Instant Games Provider for South Dakota Lottery

SaleMaker™ Retail Program Set for Statewide Rollout

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (September 20, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that it has once again been selected by the South Dakota Lottery (the "Lottery") as its primary instant game provider. The Lottery awarded Scientific Games a new three-year contract for instant games and related services that may be extended for an additional three years. Building on its 29-year successful business relationship with the Lottery, the Company will roll out its SalesMaker™ retail development and training program across South Dakota over the next several years as part of the agreement.

Norm Lingle, Executive Director of the South Dakota Lottery, said, "For nearly three decades, Scientific Games has helped us create fun and entertaining instant games that appeal to South Dakotans. We will continue our work together to launch new games in our mission to responsibly grow retail sales and contributions to education, natural resources, the General Fund and the Capital Construction Fund in our state. We also look forward to maximizing the success and profitability of our retailer network through the SalesMaker retail training."

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Scientific Games has provided the South Dakota Lottery with instant games since its start-up in 1987, helping grow the product category each year. Additionally the Company has provided a video lottery gaming system in the state since 1989.

John Schulz, Senior Vice President Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "We have a trusted relationship with the South Dakota Lottery as their primary provider of instant games and now we will be sharing with them the best practices of our SalesMaker program. Led by our retail industry experts, SalesMaker is highly customized for small stores as well as large chains, and it has had a proven impact on lottery sales and retailer profits per square foot in the jurisdictions where it has been implemented. We are very excited about what we believe the program can achieve with lottery retailers in South Dakota."

Scientific Games creates the games that account for 76 percent of instant lottery game retail revenues in the U.S. The Company supplies 23 of the world's top 25 lotteries ranked by instant game per capita sales. Scientific Games developed the world's first secure instant game in 1974. Today, with operations on six continents, the Company provides lottery games, services, systems and retail technology to more than 150 lotteries globally.

About Scientific Games

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

 

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

VP Investor Relations

+1 702-532-7663

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Mollie Cole

Director, Corporate Communications

+1 773-961-1194

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

Lottery Communications:

Therese Minella

Director, Lottery Communications

+1 770-825-4219

therese.minella@scientificgames.com

 

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Iowa Lottery Awards American Games A New Contract For Pull-Tab Vending Machines

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (September 20, 2016) -- Pollard Games, Inc. (dba “American Games”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL), is pleased to announce that, under a new contract, it will supply the Iowa Lottery with 337 new pull-tab vending machines (PTVMs) and related maintenance services. Beginning October 1, 2016, this three-year contract provides the Lottery the option of exercising three, one-year extensions. The contract value, including extensions, is estimated at $3.1 million (USD).

This contract award builds upon a 29-year partnership between American Games and the Iowa Lottery. Since 1987, American Games has produced more than one billion pull-tab tickets for the Lottery and, since 1991, has installed more than 4,000 vending machines in Iowa.

The well-established relationship also goes beyond pull-tab products; Pollard Banknote supplies the Iowa Lottery with instant scratch tickets, including some of the company’s patented and specialty products.

We’re thrilled to again be selected as the Iowa Lottery’s partner for pull-tab vending machines and related services,” said Steven Fingold, President, American Games. “We are very proud of the working relationship we have built with the Iowa Lottery since we began manufacturing their pull-tab tickets nearly 30 years ago. Our vending platform has also come a long way since then and we have the Iowa Lottery to thank for driving many of the enhancements to our vending machines.”

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The Lottery is pleased that American Games will continue to supply and service our pull-tab vending machines,” said Larry Loss, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Lottery. “American Games is an Iowa-based business that has played an important role in the development of our pull-tab business with entertaining games for players and vending machines that are user friendly for both players and retailers. In addition to products, American Games offers market knowledge that we have been able to leverage to help raise funds for good causes in the state.”

American Games’ PTVMs are the machines of choice for members of North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL); over the years, American Games has signed vending machine contracts with numerous lotteries throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to lotteries, these vending machines can also be found in many charitable gaming markets. Worldwide, the company has supplied more than 15,000 PTVMs that, in turn, have vended billions of secure gaming products.

Since its inception in 1985, the Iowa Lottery has raised more than $1.7 billion for state programs that benefit all Iowans. Today, lottery proceeds are allocated to three main causes: support for veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions and build and repair schools. In FY2016, pull-tab sales accounted for $15.1 million of the Lottery’s total lottery sales of over $366.9 million.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

For more information CONTACT:

 

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

John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive

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

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

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Provides Customized Training for the Institute of Lotteries and Casinos of the Province of Buenos Aires

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LAKEWOOD, NJ (September 22, 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) experts had the honor of providing customized training to The Institute of Lotteries and Casinos of the Province of Buenos Aires (IPLYC)’s systems and inspection department from Sept. 12 to 14.

The IPLYC, interested in strengthening their technical knowledge and expanding their professional toolkit, reached out to GLI’s world-renowned educational program, GLI University®, for training and invited regulators from other Argentinean jurisdictions to attend, including the Provinces of Santa Fe, Mendoza, Cordoba, National Lottery, Institute of Games City of Buenos Aires and the Federal Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP). The three-day, customized training took place in the cities of Pilar and Tigre and included a theoretical introduction based on GLI’s Slots 101 module and on-site inspection training on system verification, communication testing, machine and game verification and progressive verification.

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IPLYC Director of Systems, the Province of Buenos Aires regulatory entity, Marcelo Mehl said, “We are very satisfied with the training. GLI developed a curriculum tailored to our needs. We want to strengthen our relationship with GLI and plan for at least three trainings per year, especially for the inspectors that work within the regulatory entities. Also, we will continue to invite regulators from other jurisdictions to participate in the training.”

GLI’s Director, Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes said, “GLI was honored by the IPLYC Buenos Aires’s trust in our services and for allowing us to work with them in customizing the GLI University program to their very specific and immediate needs. This training is the initiation of a long-term relationship that will allow us to cooperate on their technical development to strengthen their supervision and control processes.

IPLYC Buenos Aires has been leaders in utilizing technology to monitor their gaming industry,” she said. “This training is adding to their technical capabilities by investing in the professionalization of its human resources so technology is complemented by the supervision on-site that the inspections and systems department will perform to guarantee the integrity of the games operation. We are thankful to IPLYC Buenos Aires for facilitating what was needed to perform the training and for sharing the training with the regulators of Santa Fe, Mendoza, Cordoba, National Lottery, Institute of Games City of Buenos Aires and AFIP. The opportunity of sharing experiences among regulators had an added value to the training that will benefit the efforts across the jurisdictions in attendance. We look forward to our next collaboration with IPLYC.”

GLI is proud to continue offering support to Latin America and the Caribbean, a region the company has been present in for over 18 years.

About Gaming Laboratories International

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

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International (GLI).

 

 

Maryland Lottery Celebrates State Pride with New Scratch-Off Ticket

New TV Commercials Feature Maryland Scratch-off, ‘Maryland Pride’

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State’s flag design inspires new Lottery scratch-off ticket, TV spots

BALTIMORE, Maryland (September 16, 2016) – The Lottery is celebrating Maryland Pride with the $2 Maryland scratch-off ticket, which will be featured in a new television advertising campaign launching on Monday, September 19.

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The commercials feature a slideshow of still photos showing Marylanders wearing clothing and accessories adorned with the Maryland state flag’s distinctive black, yellow, red and white design.

The flag provided the inspiration for the design of the Maryland ticket.

Residents across the state share a special affinity for the flag, which is deeply rooted in the history of the state’s founding family.

The black and yellow portion comes from the Calvert family coat of arms, while the red and white portion comes from the coat of arms of the Crossland line, the family of George Calvert’s mother.

The Maryland ticket launched on August 22, and was featured prominently in the Lottery’s display at the Maryland State Fair from August 25 through September 5.

The Lottery’s area in the lobby of the Exhibition Hall at the State Fairgrounds was decorated with the flag design, and the “Maryland Man,” was on hand, dressed head-to-toe in a Maryland flag logo bodysuit.

The ticket features six $10,000 top prizes, six $5,000 prizes, 14 $1,000 prizes, and thousands of other prizes ranging from $2 to $500.

It is available at more than 4,500 Lottery retailers across the state.

New TV Commercials Feature Maryland Scratch-off, ‘Maryland Pride’

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery.

 

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Hoosier  Lottery Giving Players a Chance at $1,000 a Day for Life!

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (September 16, 2016) -- On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, the Hoosier Lottery will introduce Cash4Life, a new draw game, where players could win up to $1,000 a day for life.

$1,000 a day for life is a great way to let out your "Inner Winner." What exactly is the "you" that dives into the deep end and takes a bigger bite out of life. Whether you dream of opening a food truck or learning to paint, now is your chance to let out your "Inner Winner," with Cash4Life.

Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah M. Taylor said, "The Hoosier Lottery is pleased to offer this new multi-state draw game to our players. Cash4Life has quickly become a popular game and we are pleased to join the growing number of states adding this game to their lotteries." 

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She added, "By providing a fresh selection of popular games, the Hoosier Lottery has generated record revenues to support the State Teachers' Retirement Fund, local police and fire pension funds and the Build Indiana Fund."

How to Play

Cash4Life drawings are every Monday and Thursday evening at approximately 9 p.m. ET. Players may select five (5) numbers from 1 to 60 and the Cash Ball number from 1 to 4 or choose a Quick Pick ticket. Players must match all five (5) numbers and the Cash Ball number to win $1,000 a day for life. If a player matches five (5) numbers, but not the Cash Ball number, they win $1,000 a week for life. Cash4Life also offers seven other ways to win with prize levels from $2 to $2,500. There is a minimum 20-year payout for annuity prizes.

You can watch a live stream of each Cash4Life drawing on the Hoosier Lottery website at www.hoosierlottery.com/cash4life.

Second Chance in Cash4Life

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Have you heard of getting a second chance in life?? Beginning Sunday, players get a second chance to win with Cash4Life. Non-winning Cash4Life tickets will be eligible for an Indiana-only 2nd Chance drawing held quarterly. Each drawing will award ten (10) players $500 each and one (1) player $20,000.

Cash4Life is sold in eight states including Georgia, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. Cash4Life Overall Odds are 1 in 8. Cash4Life 2nd Chance Promotion odds are dependent upon the number of entries received. All draws must be complete on a non-winning ticket, including multi-draw tickets, before entry into the Cash4Life 2nd Chance Promotion.

Must be at least 18 years of age to play. Please play responsibly.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitte.

CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery Sr. Manager of Public Relations, E: jgrider@hoosierlottery.com, T: 317-264-4676 office.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery press release.

 

 

New Lottery for Baden-Württemberg: "Logeo" to Start Early 2017

The luck looking for a home: early 2017 start in Baden-Württemberg a new lottery called Logeo - the first geo Spielangebot the Staatliche Toto-Lotto GmbH. In Logeo you win with the coordinates of their own homes. The main prize every week 100,000 euros waving. The special feature: The neighbors cheer with, provided that they have played. The first Logeo-draw will take place in mid-March 2017 - For sale is a few weeks earlier.

 

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GERMANY (September 20, 2016) -- The gameplay of Logeo moves away from the traditional lotteries. Instead of numbers to tick, one attends with the geodata his residential address. Every week is drawn digitally a participating game orders. In this address no longer exclusively in Baden-Württemberg, the guaranteed top prize of 100,000 euros. Using the geo-coordinates are calculated in a second step, the distances to the other players. In addition to the € 100,000-lucky geographically to closest teammate from the neighbourhood achieve then also profits. The range from 5,000 euros in immediate vicinity of the Grand Prize winner and five euros in the wider community. This is graphically represented by a circle, in the center of which the grand prize winner is. The diameter of the circle depends on the number of players. The fewer players are in the vicinity of the Grand Prize winner, the larger the diameter.

"With Logeo we break new ground. Such lottery has never existed before in Baden-Württemberg. We thus take up the trend geo-based games that are gaining popularity. In developing the neighbourhood also thought played an important role: Play together, cheer together, win together. We are very confident to come up with this innovative approach to the people in the Southwest, "said lottery CEO Marion Caspers-Merk.

Logeo-Ziehungstag every Monday-morning in the Stuttgart headquarters of Lotto Baden-Württemberg. The first draw will take place on March 13, 2017. Participate for the first time can be expected from the beginning of February.

The game is offered in the 3,200 lottery agencies in the country, on the Internet at lotto-bw.de and through the official lotto app.

The use per game order is five euros, the dividend payout ratio at 60 percent, significantly higher than the traditional lotteries.

SOURCE: Staatliche Toto-Lotto GmbH Baden-Württemberg.

 

 

‘POP’, the New Loterie Romande Ticket that Combines the Real and the Virtual Worlds

 

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (September 20, 2016) -- The Loterie Romande is launching an innovative new scratchcard on 20 September 2016. Called ‘POP’, it’s played in combination with a smartphone app under the same name. This instant game – the first of its kind in Europe – allows players to scratch, play and win up to CHF 50,000 by combining the real and the virtual worlds.

Like playing games on your mobile? Don’t wait – try the new ‘POP’ ticket: a whole new concept that allows you to win up to CHF 50,000. With ‘POP’, your winnings are displayed on the related app.

How to play

Purchase a ‘POP’ scratchcard from a Loterie Romande sales outlet. Download the free LoRo POP app by scanning the QR code located on the upper part of the card ticket or obtaining it from the App Store or Google Play. Next, scratch your "Code chance" and enter it, either manually or by scanning it using the LoRo POP app. Then play and see your winnings displayed on your smartphone! Three wins are possible per scratchcard.

This new scratchcard combined with an app represents a technological leap forward that finds us responding to evolution in the marketplace and to changes in consumer habits; we are addressing that section of our clientele that is always more connected, explains Mr. Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Managing Director of the Loterie Romande.

To validate a winning ‘POP’ ticket and receive the winnings, the player must write the security code displayed when playing the game on the back of the ticket, then visit a Loterie Romande sales outlet and present the ticket.

This game unites the real and the virtual worlds without reducing footfall in the sales outlets,” concludes Mr. Moner-Banet.

The ‘POP’ ticket, priced at CHF 5.-, is being launched through all the Loterie Romande sales outlets on 20 September 2016. The game is open to persons aged 18 and over. A smartphone is required to be able to play 'POP'.

 

How to Play

 

CONTACT:  Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Managing Director, T: 021 348 13 13.

SOURCE: Société de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande.

 

 

 

Strike It Doubly Rich with the Florida Lottery’s Newest $20 Scratch-Off Game

$5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER and four others on sale today!

 

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 21, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery is introducing five new Scratch-Off games that offer more than $866.7 million in total cash prizes.

The games, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, PLATINUM 7’s, BINGO, TRIPLE PLAY, and QUICK CASH, go on sale today.

All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

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The $20 headlining game, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, features six top prizes of $5 million, 30 prizes of $1 million, and more than $752 million in total cash prizes!

This $20 game offers more than 16.8 million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-2.99.

Beginning September 26, players will have the opportunity to win free $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off tickets during a series of Florida Gold Rush photo caption contests on Facebook! During each of the three entry periods, the Florida Lottery will post a photo to the Lottery’s official Facebook page.

After each week’s photo is posted, players will have the opportunity to comment on the photo with their most creative caption.

One first prize winner and two runners-up will be chosen during each entry period based on creativity and originality.

The $5 game, PLATINUM 7’s, offers more than $37 million in prizes, including eight top prizes of $250,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.02.

For just $3, players can win up to $50,000 with BINGO. There are more than 5.5 million winning tickets totaling more than $46.5 million in cash prizes!

The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.99.

The $2 game, TRIPLE PLAY, offers more than $20.5 million in prizes, including eight top prizes of $30,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.39.

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QUICK CASH, the newest $1 game, features more than 3.4 million chances to win! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Florida Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires.

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

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727, Web: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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ONCE to Release Ticket dedicated to Autonomic Parliaments

CATALUNYA, Spain (September 19, 2016) -- A presentation of the coupon that the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) dedicates to the Parliament de Catalunya was held in the office of the President of the Catalan Parliament Monday.

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Presentation of the ONCE ticket dedicated to the Parlament de Catalunya

The ticket is from the series that the ONCE dedicates to Autonomic parliaments. Five and a half million tickets carry their image throughout the state.

The event was attended by Carme Forcadell, president of the Catalan Parliament; Xavier Grau, territorial delegate, and Enric Botí, president of the Territorial Council of ONCE in Catalonia, accompanied by a seller of coupons, a deaf-blind person and a blind student who explained what it means for them the coupon. was also attended by the president of the Committee on Social Affairs and Family, Magda Casamitjana (JxSí), and Carmen Rivera deputies (C's), Maria Francisca Valle (C's) and Raul Moreno (PSC).

President of the Territorial Council of ONCE in Catalonia, Enric Botí, has delivered a replica of coupon dedicated to Parliament, its president, Carmen Forcadell. Forcadell highlighted the work of social, labour and educational inclusion of ONCE, with contributing to "improve the lives of people" and make it "more dignified".

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He referred to the "symbolic and historic" value Parliament building with this coupon also adds a "social value".

"Today we bring to the Parliament the best thing about the ONCE, your coupon. We are at the headquarters of popular sovereignty fruit of the will of its citizens. And thanks to the will of the people and solidarity that exists our Organization and social services it provides to thousands of Catalans, "said Xavier Grau, territorial delegate of ONCE in Catalonia.

The Palau del Parliament de Catalunya is a building located in the Parque de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, headquarters of the Catalan Parliament since 1932.

Work Joris Van Prosper Verboom, was built in the eighteenth century as an arsenal of military Citadel Barcelona.

In 1889 it was refurbished as a royal palace by the city of Barcelona and in 1932 ceded it to become the Catalan parliament building.

The coupon ONCE offers, weekends, a main prize of 300,000 euros and 5,000 euros per month for 20 consecutive years to a single number and winning coupon number in the first extraction.

In addition, awards of 2,000 euros per month for 10 consecutive years, four coupons and winning numbers in a series of withdrawals from the second to the fifth. 54 prizes of 20,000 euros to the five digit number awarded in the first extraction. And prizes of 400, 200, 30, four and two euros.

ONCE products are marketed by 20,000 ONCE vendors. Thanks to the Point of Sale (POS), the customer can choose the number you like.

They can also be purchased from the ONCE games website: www.juegosonce.es.

SOURCE: ONCE.

 

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Lottointeractive Launches A New Era Of Digital Games For The $300 Billion Lottery Industry

Star Match Combines Popular Match-3 Mobile Gameplay with Digital Scratchers for the Win

LOS ANGELES, California (September 16, 2016) -- LottoInteractive, the new iGaming entertainment company, has launched Star Match for the Georgia Lottery. A game-changer for the lottery industry, Star Match is a new interactive game that combines the challenge and excitement of a match-3 game with a chance to win cash prizes via digital scratchers with every play.

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Players are engaged and entertained by popular casual puzzle gameplay with the goal of matching three or more Hollywood icons to collect as many stars as possible. Points and other bonuses are gained along the way before their digital lottery cash prize is revealed. Star Match, powered by IGT’s iLottery platform, is available now for play anytime, anywhere in the state of Georgia on iDevices, Android, PC or Mac, and is available for free trial anywhere in the world.

With Star Match, LottoInteractive is pioneering the convergence of the $35 billion mobile games industry and the $300 billion global lottery industry, driving participation and engagement among new and existing lottery players alike. LottoInteractive is committed to creating game experiences that will bring lotteries new players who want to be entertained and play on-the-go, while giving loyal existing lottery fans exciting interactive options, all with a chance to win cash with every play.

We’re thrilled to be the first lottery in the world to launch Star Match,” said Debbie Alford, President & CEO, Georgia Lottery Corporation. “This mobile-game-inspired addition will enhance our product offerings and deliver engaging content to our players.”

Over 50% of American adults play the lottery and over 50% of the population plays mobile games,” said Brian Ward, LottoInteractive CEO/Founder. “Star Match is an interactive mobile game and digital scratcher that merges these two segments by delivering a first-of-its-kind crossover experience. LottoInteractive is developing a full slate of compelling games for lotteries around the world, in the most popular casual mobile game genres. With our games, it’s now just as fun to play the lottery as it is to win it.

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LottoInteractive combines mobile best practices, AAA game development, data-driven research and robust analytics with the lottery, to create today’s best digital lottery experiences. CEO/Founder Brian Ward, a 20-year veteran of the video game industry, is joined by Tricia Bertero (COO), who has 17 years of sales and marketing experience in mobile and gaming, and Kurt Freedlund (President), a senior lottery executive with 20 years-experience at the Illinois and Georgia lotteries.

IGT is the global leader in lottery and gaming, enabling players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, including Lotteries, Gaming Machines, Interactive, and Social Gaming. Leveraging premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, IGT’s gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play.

 

 

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SOURCE: LottoInteractive.

 

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Lottery Profits Continue Ahead of Last Year

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 21, 2016) -- Year-to-date sales of Kentucky Lottery tickets are above the previous fiscal year, but slightly below budgeted amounts. This was announced during a meeting of the corporation’s board of directors yesterday.

$161.1 million in tickets were sold in July and August, which is $8 million more (5.2%) than the previous year but $2.2 million (1.4%) lower than budgeted.

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This was due in part to some softening in scratch-off ticket sales, which finished the period with $93 million in sales. This is $4 million (4.1%) less that the same time in the previous year and $5.7 million (5.8%) less than budgeted.

According to Vice President of Finance and Administration Rick Kelley, “Instant sales for the first quarter of most fiscal year are traditionally soft. There’s a seasonality to our business, and we’re optimistic this category will trend upwards as the fiscal year progresses.”

However, due to large Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots during the same period, income before transfer of dividends YTD is above the previous fiscal year’s amount and budget. This number was $43.1 million for the two month period, which is $5.4 million (14.4%) more than the same period in FY16 and $3.3 million (8.3%) more than budgeted. “The large Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots, which are two of our most profitable games, along with effectively managing expenses helped us exceed budgeted net income for the period,” said the lottery’s Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison.

The Oliver Group, a Louisville-based search firm, has been retained to conduct a nationwide search for the lottery’s next president and CEO. Long-time president and CEO Arch Gleason passed away in July. The search is to begin shortly, and the average search for such a position typically takes 90 to 120 days.

Board chair June Hudson announced her resignation from the board due to relocation. This ends her eight years of service to the organization, where Hudson was elected chair in March 2015, and was the first woman in the history of the Kentucky Lottery to hold the position.

In other business, the board approved:

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  • Naming the board room at Lottery headquarters as the Arch Gleason Board Room;
  • A contract with ICF Olson for player communication solutions and related services;
  • A contract with Bandy Carroll Hellige for traditional media creative production, and a contract with The Buntin Group for digital media creative, production, media planning and buying;
  • A contract amendment with Smartplay International for random number generator systems and related services, and;
  • Rules and regulations for seven scratch-off tickets and four instant play games, along with amended draw game rules for Powerball, Mega Millions, KY Cash Ball and Lucky for Life.

 

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be December 2nd. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.

About The Kentucky Lottery (www.kylottery.com)

The Kentucky Lottery has earned more than $4.6 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989.  KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit www.kheaa.com to find out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE:  The Kentucky Lottery.

 

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Pick 2™ and Pick 5™ Reach 100th Drawing Milestone

Over 100,000 winners in first 50 days!

 

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (September 21, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery announces the 100th drawing for the new PICK 2™ and PICK 5™ daily Draw games. The 100th drawing milestone took place during the September 19, 2016, evening draw.

In the 50 days since the two games launched, there have been 99,045 PICK 2 winners totaling $2,911,963.50 in prizes, and 4,843 PICK 5 winners totaling $3,750,147.00 in prizes.

That’s an average of over 2,000 winners and more than $133,000 in prizes per day!

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PICK 2 and PICK 5 launched on August 1, 2016; the CASH 3™ and PLAY 4™ Draw games were also renamed to PICK 3™ and PICK 4™ to complete the new line of daily PICK Draw games.

Each PICK game costs 50 cents or $1 to play; and with top prizes ranging from $25 to $50,000, there’s something for every level of player to enjoy!

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

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires.

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

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).

 

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PA Lottery Wild Ball Bonus Second-Chance Drawing Now Open

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (September 20, 2016) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's new Wild Ball Bonus Second-Chance Drawing is now open, offering players of the PICK family of terminal-based games even more chances to win.

Any winning or non-winning PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4 or PICK 5 game ticket purchased between September 20 and October 20, 2016 may be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $50,000.

PICK tickets purchased with the Wild Ball add-on feature can be entered into the $50,000 drawing, plus a Wild Ball Bonus Drawing through which prizes of up to $100,000 will be awarded.

PICK tickets will receive one entry for every 50 cents in ticket value. PICK tickets with Wild Ball will receive one entry for every 50 cents in ticket value, plus five bonus entries into the $50,000 drawing and the Wild Ball Bonus Drawing.

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Entry codes are found at the top of qualifying tickets. Players may enter the codes via the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or by using the Lottery's official mobile app.

The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on October 20, 2016. Visit palottery.com for entry, prize details, rules, and drawing information. Mailed entries will be disqualified. Prizes will be awarded through a random drawing.

About Wild Ball: Wild Ball is an add-on option for the PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, and PICK 5 games, drawn twice daily. At every drawing, the Pennsylvania Lottery draws a one-digit Wild Ball number that applies to all four PICK games for that drawing. With option purchase, the Wild Ball number selected for that drawing can be used to replace any one of the numbers drawn for base game play to help create a winning combination for the play type on that ticket.

Wild Ball details, including frequently asked questions, prizes, chances of winning, rules and a How to Play video, are available on the Wild Ball page or any PICK game page at palottery.com.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed more than $25.8 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

At G2E 2016, Gaming Standards Association (GSA) Celebrates 18 Years of Standards Leadership

Annual Meeting, Technical Update Highlight Organization’s Activity at Show

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LAS VEGAS (September 19, 2016) – For the past 18 years, the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has provided global leadership, guiding the gaming industry toward open, universal standards that have provided the framework for unleashed creativity and development. Now in booth #4100 at G2E 2016, GSA will celebrate 18 years as the only standards setting association in the gaming industry.

For that past 18 years, GSA has been and continues to be where the industry collaborates. The unprecedented level of cooperation between suppliers, operators and regulators from across industry disciplines and around the world has laid a solid and ever-growing foundation for development,” said GSA President Peter DeRaedt.

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We invite the industry to join us at G2E to discuss where we are and share our vision on expanding global collaboration.”

GSA will also hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Veronese Room 2404. In addition to committee updates, a major operator will provide their observations on the benefits of utilizing GSA’s standards to improve ROI.

Members and non-members are invited to join the meeting. Registration is free, required and is available now at this link: Register here.

Additionally, GSA Protocol Director Ethan Tower will present a Technical Update on Thursday, September 29 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, also in Veronese Room 2404.

Tower will provide an in-depth update of GSA’s new communication & online gaming standards. Register here.

GSA standards are available for free to all GSA members on GSA’s website, www.gamingstandards.com.

There is a level of membership for every budget. Visit www.gamingstandards.com to learn more. Join GSA as a member today and join GSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

For more information, visit: www.gamingstandards.com

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, T: +1 (702) 413-4278.

SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association (GSA).

 

 

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Welcome to the 2016 NASPL Business Development and Product Innovations Conference!

The Georgia Lottery Corporation and NASPL are very excited to host this year's event in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
Our theme is "E is for Experiential!" In an all-new conference format, we will discuss the growing importance of creating a closer bond between the consumer and the brand by immersing them in memorable brand experiences at each stage of their path to purchase. We have a stellar lineup of speakers representing many major brands -- they will give riveting presentations!

Kathryn Cleary leads a team responsible for growing emerging verticals within the U.S. Market Development team of MasterCard. This strategic role works directly with merchants, acquirers and third party processors to gain card acceptance and to increase MasterCard market share within the key verticals. Cleary will detail how the lottery industry can engage with a cashless society during the 2016 NASPL Conference.
Don't miss Kathryn Cleary or any other of our Experiential Keynotes this year - Register Now!

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