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Vol. 76 No.2 - Monday July 11, 2016


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KY Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason Has Died

Kentucky (July 4, 2016) -- Long-time Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason has died. He passed away Friday due to injuries sustained in a fall.

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Gleason spent nearly 23 years leading the Kentucky Lottery, taking the helm of the organization in just its fourth year of existence. He served under five governors, and was currently the longest serving lottery director in the United States.

Gleason had just announced his retirement from the organization less than a month ago. At that time, he said, “The Kentucky Lottery has generated billions of dollars for Kentucky education, with a record $236.1 million contribution in 2015. Over the years we’ve built one of the most successful lotteries in the country, a powerful economic engine for our state which will run for years to come. I’m so proud of our efforts.”

Prior to joining the KY Lottery Corporation in September 1993, Gleason served two separate terms as director of the West Virginia Lottery. He is also a former secretary of the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Arch leaves behind an amazing legacy,” said Kentucky Lottery Board Chair June Hudson. “He took such great pride in the Kentucky kids that went to college using more than $2.5 billion in scholarships and grants during his tenure. He would often relate stories of young people he met and how gratifying it was to hear how education had helped shape their future.”

He always refused to get an unlisted home telephone number, in case a player wanted to call him with a question or concern,” Hudson recounted. “I don’t think you’d find many CEO’s of a nearly $1 billion a year company who would do that. But that was Arch.”

Gleason is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Annie, four children and seven  grandchildren. His funeral will be Saturday at Epiphany Catholic Church, with visitation Friday at Highlands Funeral Home.

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

 

 

IGT PLC Creates Central Administrative Organization; Appoints Robert K. Vincent as Lead

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LONDON, U.K. (July 5, 2016) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) ("IGT") announced that as part of the continued evolution of the corporate functions integration, a centralized Administrative Services organization is being created to achieve greater efficiencies through the consolidation, coordination, and management of global activities related to the administrative support of the Company.

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..

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With an expansive operational footprint that spans over 100 countries, IGT has grown to have more than five million square feet of space under management and procures well over $1 billion worth of goods and services annually.

A new central Administrative Services organization has been created to ensure the proper delivery of goods and services to help drive the operation of the business units and to capture the naturally-resulting improved synergies from centralization.

A major focus of the new group will be to enhance the coordination and oversight of corporate security and cyber-security functions that will be centralized under a new Global Information Security Office in the Administration Services organization.

In addition to Information Security, the functions reporting into the new Administrative Services organization will include Global Procurement, Real Estate and Facilities, Food Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facility Security and Monitoring.

The new organization will be led by Robert K. Vincent who will take on a new role as Executive Vice President for Administrative Services and External Relations reporting to IGT PLC CEO Marco Sala.

He will continue to lead the external affairs functions that include Global Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Branding, and Social Responsibility programs, as well as provide Investor Relations support.

"As was anticipated, IGT has reached a point of requiring an increased level of global coordination and oversight of the acquisition and management of critical assets including cyber security," said Mr. Sala.

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"As I have previously done, I am turning to a senior executive with whom I have great confidence to lead these functions. Bob Vincent has the right balance of experience and good judgment to successfully meet the challenges associated with managing, supplying, and protecting our growing global enterprise.

"As a member of the senior leadership team, Bob has played an important role in helping to define the new IGT organization and attract an unparalleled group of individuals to lead the Company. I greatly value his contribution and appreciate his willingness to take on the new and important challenges of this new role."

During his over 20-year tenure at IGT and its legacy companies, Bob has served in roles of increasing responsibility in administrative, public affairs, and business development. A University of Rhode Island graduate, he resides with his family in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

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: IGT.

 

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Jumbo Interactive Issues FY2016 Guidance

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TOOWONG, Queensland, Australia (July 5, 2016) -- Leading interactive lottery business, Jumbo Interactive Limited (ASX:JIN), is pleased to advise that it expects a significant increase in profit driven by growing customer numbers combined with a good run of Jackpots. A focus on managing costs and improving Germany also contributed to the forecast profit increase.

The following guidance is provided for the 12-month period to 30 June 2016:

 

 

30 June 2016

Forecast

30 June 2016

Actual

TTV

+/- $155.0 mil

$130.0 mil

Revenue

+/- $34.0 mil

$29.2 mil

NPAT

+/- $4.4 mil

$0.7 mil

 

The Jackpot activity for H2 FY2016 was not as strong as H1, which is reflected in the expected TTV, Revenue and Profit as follows:

 

 

31 Dec. 2015 H1

Actual

30 June 2016 H2

Forecast

30 June 2016 FY Forecast

TTV

$81.3 mil

+/- $73.7 mil

+/- $155.0 mil

Revenue

$17.8 mil

+/- $16.2 mil

+/- $34.0 mil

NPAT

$2.0 mil

+/- $2.4 mil

+/- $4.4 mil

AU Jackpots

· Number

· Average Div

 · Peak

· Aggregate Div

 

24

$30.4 mil

$70 mil

$730 mil

 

21

$26.9 mil

$70 mil

$565 mil

FY2016 (FY2015)

45 (34)

$28.8 mil ($25.7 mil)

$70 mil ($70 mil) $1,295 mil ($860 mil)

 

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Australia

Continued investment in proprietary technology and marketing together with jackpot activity

during the financial year, leading to a large increase in the number of new customer accounts, are the principal drivers of growth in the Australian lottery business.

This increase in TTV and Revenue together with a focus on managing costs are the main reasons for the expected increase in the forecast profit.

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Germany

The restructure of and changes in the German business in June 2015 have reduced expenses by +/- $1 mil with a FY2016 forecast loss of +/- $2.6 mil (2015: loss of $3.6 mil).

About JUMBO Interactive

Jumbo Interactive Limited is listed in Australia (ASX: JIN) as well as the German Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart exchanges (Symbol: WKN A1C82X).

In 2000, Jumbo sold its first lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity due to the convenience of buying tickets online. At first customers were attracted to the security of never losing a ticket and the convenience of automatic number checking, prize payments and auto-play. In 2012, Jumbo released a lottery app for the iPhone and in 2016 one lucky customer using the app won a $25 million Powerball division 1 prize. The appeal of mobile devices was taken a step further with the release an app for the Apple watch with prize alerts, winning numbers and ticket management now available on the wrist.

The Company operates the popular website www.ozlotteries.com in Australia under agreement with the Tatts Group (ASX: TTS) and www.jumbolotto.de in Germany under federal licence and agreement with all 16 Länder (states).

Jumbo has proven its ability to open up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the internet.

Jumbo has succeeded in targeting a younger and more mobile demographic with mobile devices now accounting for 67% of all online activity.

For further information: Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705.

SOURCE: JUMBO Interactive.

 

 

Friedrich Stickler Becomes a NOVOMATIC Consultant

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (July 1, 2016) – Friedrich Stickler, a long-standing member of the Board of Österreichische Lotterien GmbH and six years as President of the European Lotteries association, became a consultant for the NOVOMATIC Group on July 1.

Stickler will support NOVOMATIC with his decades of expertise and experience in the field of gaming and lotteries. NOVOMATIC CEO and Chairman of the Board, Harald Neumann, said: "Friedrich Stickler is an internationally recognized expert, who will make valuable contributions, particularly in our newest segment of lottery technology and lottery services." Stickler will support, among other things, NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions GmbH in the fields of product development, business development and employee training.

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Friedrich Stickler added: "I am delighted to be joining the most innovative and successful gaming group in Europe. NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions is currently the most modern and progressive player in the lottery sector, which is at the beginning of a promising development phase. I am very proud to be able to contribute to the success here."

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.           

CONTACTS:

 

Dr. Hannes Reichmann

Head of Group Communications

NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH

E: hreichmann@novomatic.com

Tel.: +43 664 301 48 20

 

Mike Robinson

International Communications Manager

NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH

E: mrobinson@novomatic.com

Tel.: +44 7871 918097

Andrea Lehner

Product Marketing

NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH

E: alehner@novomatic.com

Tel.: +43 2252 606 626

 

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH.

 

 

Gambling Statistics Paint Picture of Gambling in Great Britain

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (June 30, 2016) -- Figures released today provide an up-to-date picture of the gambling industry in Great Britain - including almost a year's worth of data from all operators offering online gambling. These figures provide an update on the last set of industry statistics released by the Gambling Commission in November 2015 and are based on information provided to the Commission by licensed operators.

The Gambling Commission's regular industry data reports sit alongside its research on consumer participation in gambling in Britain. The next major consumer survey will be published in July.

Headline findings reveal:

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  • £12.6bn - Total Gross Gambling Yield (GGY1) for the Great Britain gambling industry (October 2014 - September 2015). This compares with £11.2bn reported in the April 2014 - March 2015 industry statistics2.
  • 29% (£3.6bn) of the gambling market share is remote (online) betting, bingo and casino (October 2014 - September 2015). This remains steady, showing little change from the first five months' worth of online data published in November 2015, following changes in the law which meant the online sector was regulated by the Gambling Commission under a point of consumption regime.
  • £1.7bn - Contributions to good causes from the National Lottery (October 2014 - September 2015) increased by 2.1% from £1.67bn during the period April 2014 - March 2015.
  • £195m - Contributions to good causes from large society lotteries increased by 3.9% between the April 2014 - March 2015 report and the October 2014 - September 2015 report.
  • 8,809 - The number of betting shops (March 2016) decreased by 1.9% compared to 8,975 in March 2015.
  • 1,721 - The number of arcades (March 2016) fell by 11.1% compared to 1,937 in March 20153.
  • 34,704 - The number of B2 machines in betting shops decreased by 0.5%. A total of 34,894 was reported in the last industry statistics report (April 2014 - March 2015). The GGY from these machines increased by 1.5% from £1.68bn to £1.71bn4).
  • 599 - The total number of bingo premises (March 2016) decreased by 10.1% to 599 compared to March 2015, with an increase in bingo game GGY (October 2014 - September 2015) of 4.9% - the first increase since April 2011 - March 20125

 

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Programme director James Green said: "Today we are publishing clear authoritative data on the gambling industry in Great Britain.

"For the first time the figures include almost a full year's worth of data relating to online gambling operators - the market share of the online betting, bingo and casino sector is 29% and we'll be interested to see how this varies over time.

"Offline we're seeing changes. For instance, there's been a reduction in the number of betting shops, arcades and bingo halls in the last two years.

"Market trends and consumer participation research are key to shaping the Commission's regulatory policy to keep gambling in Britain safe for consumers, fair, and crime-free."

Download the industry statistics in word or excel format.

Notes:

  1. Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) - the amount retained by operators after the payment of winnings, but before the deduction of the costs of the operation.
  2. Care needs to be taken when comparing these figures because the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act only came into effect on 1 November 2014.
  3. Excludes those requiring only a Local Authority permit.
  4. Note that this figure incorporates B2 and B3 content. See page 10 of the Industry statistics for more information.
  5. This includes all forms of bingo apart from that played on machines in bingo halls.
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CONTACT: press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

 

New York Lottery Enters New Dimension with First-Of-Its-Kind 3D Scratch-Off Game

The Gold Castle instant game allows New York Lottery players to experience augmented reality in an entirely new & exciting way – via mobile app to play scratch-off games

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 5, 2016) -- The New York Lottery announced today the launch of an innovative, first-of-its-kind 3-dimensional instant game that brings players into the next dimension.

Gold Castle combines the excitement of dragons, castles and fantasy on a new instant game with revolutionary augmented reality (AR) via a new mobile app – all with the chance to win a $250,000 top prize. The game underscores the New York Lottery’s goal to provide innovative entertainment for its players with state-of-the-art technology.

The New York Lottery is proud to offer the first-ever scratch-off that brings AR to life in game play,” said Gardner Gurney, Director of the Division of Lottery for the New York State Gaming Commission. “Gold Castle changes the narrative in how instant games are played, bringing players into a new world with an exciting way to win up to $250,000.”

To bring the Gold Castle game to life, players simply need to download the free NY Lottery 3D mobile app and then scratch to reveal the special barcode on their $5 ticket, available for purchase at more than 14,500 retailers across the state. Scanning the barcode will launch a 3D rendering of a medieval castle on the player’s smartphone (complete with a looming dragon nearby). Players then tap the castle windows to reveal any cash prizes and earn points. With chances to win between $5 and $250,000, players can share news of their winnings on social networks directly through the app.

Players may also play Gold Castle as a traditional scratch-off on the bottom half of the ticket. The end result is the same regardless of whether or not the individual plays the game in 3D or in the traditional scratch-off way. Players collect winnings by presenting the ticket to a New York Lottery retailer or customer service center.

The new NY Lottery 3D app is available through Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for Apple devices.

For more information, please visit NYLottery3D.com or follow @newyorklottery and @goldcastle3D on Twitter and New York Lottery and Gold Castle 3D on Facebook.

This innovative 3D technology is licensed to the NY Lottery exclusively through IGT Global Solutions and powered by Paymaxs.

NY Lottery

FAQ

What are you announcing?

For the first time ever with Gold Castle, your scratch-off lottery ticket turns into an AR experience where you can play the game in 3D on your smartphone and it comes to life right before your eyes.

How much does a Gold Castle scratch-off ticket cost?

$5, or the price of one of those fancy lattes.

Where can I buy one?

You can purchase a Gold Castle ticket in any of the 14,500 scratch-off-selling retailers across the state.

How much does the app cost?

The NY Lottery 3D app is free to download.

How can I download the app?

The app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App store, accessible through NYLottery3D.com.

How do I play it?

Each ticket offers two ways to play: traditional scratch-off and the new 3D experience.

To play in 3D you just need to follow four steps:

STEP 1. Download the NY Lottery 3D app

STEP 2. Purchase a Gold Castle ticket

STEP 3. Scratch to reveal the code on the top half of the ticket

STEP 4. Scan the code to launch the 3D castle and tap the windows to reveal your prize

Can I play more than once?

Players can play in 3D more than once, but winnings will only be awarded one time and several in-game features will only be available once per unique ticket.

How do the winnings work?

Players receive the same results and winnings whether they scratched the ticket’s game area or played the ticket in 3D. When using the app, gameplay can also be posted to social networks directly through the app.

Can I play Gold Castle without buying a ticket?

Once you download the app, you can experience a preview of the 3D world of Gold Castle on  NYLottery3D.com. But otherwise, a ticket must be purchased in order to play-to-win.

Can I share my winning experience?

Yes! Winnings can be captured and shared to social networks directly through the App.

Is this the only 3D game I can play?

This is the first and only 3D game available from the New York Lottery.

What if I don’t live in New York?

Non-New York residents can play the game, but tickets must be purchased in New York State.

Is this online gambling?

No. It’s an evolution of a new way to play a single scratch-off ticket.

How old to I have to be to play Gold Castle?

Per New York State law, players must be 18 years or older to purchase lottery tickets.

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CONTACT: Communications, T: (518) 388-3415, E: info@gaming.ny.gov.

SOURCE: New York Lottery.

 

 

PA Gaming Control Board Report Rise of Over 2% In Slot Machine Revenue During 2015/2016 Fiscal Year

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (July 7, 2016) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today reported that slot machine revenue grew 2.3% during the recently completed 2015/2016 state fiscal year compared to the previous fiscal year.  It was the second consecutive fiscal year in which total slots revenue grew in Pennsylvania.

The yearly increase came in spite of a slight decrease in monthly slots revenue of 1.1% in June 2016.

The findings were part of a report posted on the Board’s web site that provides monthly revenue figures for all 12 of the Commonwealth’s casinos.

Slot machine revenue was up 9 of the 12 months during the fiscal year, with a 2015/2016 total of $2,388,658,549 compared to $2,335,787,919 during the 2014/2015 fiscal year.  Tax revenue produced through slot machine play during the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year totaled $1,276,133,621.*

These figures do not include revenue and tax generation during the fiscal year from table games.  The Board will provide those figures later this month when it publishes its June 2016 revenue report for table games.

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To date, since the opening of the first slot machine casino in November of 2006, revenue from slot machine play has totaled $20 billion resulting in a tax generation of $11.3 billion.  Tax revenue from slot machines is designated under the Gaming Act to fund homeowner property tax reduction; increase purses and provide health and pension benefits to personnel in the horse racing industry; provide revenue toward economic development projects statewide including water and sewer projects; assist thousands of local fire and emergency companies with annual grants; and, provide a new stream of tax revenue to the county and local governments which host a casino.

The report on the Board’s web site also provides total and casino-by-casino monthly slot machine revenue for June 2016. During the month the 12 casinos generated $189,976,690 in gross revenue during June compared to $192,060,510 in June 2015.

The average number of operating slot machines this June at the 12 casinos was 26,634 compared to 26,388 in June 2015.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ over 17,000 people and annually generate more than $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $93.4 Million in Revenue During June

BALTIMORE, Maryland (July6, 2016 ) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced June 2016 revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. June 2016’s combined state-wide revenue totalled $93,365,919, up 2.1% from June 2015.

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

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $5,986,996 from both slot machines and table games in June.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $200.63 for slot machines, $2,147.88 for banking table games and $311.06 for non-banking table games.  Hollywood Casino’s June 2016 revenue decreased by $448,949, or 7%, from June 2015.  Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $24,446,954 from both slot machines and table games in June. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $204.95 for slot machines, $2,224.01 for banking table games and $897.88 for non-banking table games. Horseshoe Casino’s June 2016 revenue increased by $1,350,238, or 5.9%, from June 2015. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 178 (153 banking and 25 non-banking) table games.

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Maryland Live Casino generated $53,699,355 from both slot machines and table games in June.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $270.55 for slot machines, $4,338.25 for banking table games and $1,100.01 for non-banking table games. Maryland Live’s June 2016 revenue increased by $773,232, or 1.5%, from June 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,923 slot machines and 206 (154 banking and 52 non-banking) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $5,068,555 from slot machines in June, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $210.87. Casino at Ocean Downs’ June 2016 revenue decreased by $220,222, or 4.2%, from June 2015.  The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines, and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4,164,060 from both slot machines and table games in June.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $194.13 for slot machines and $858.09 for banking table games. This facility does not have non-banking table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s June 2016 revenue increased by $464,555, or 12.6%, from June 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 634 slot machines and 18 table games.

In a year-to-year comparison, June 2016 casino revenue increased from June 2015 by $1,918,855, or 2.1%.  See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of June 2016’s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the individual casinos and combined state total.

 Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos.  In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities.  To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

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

SOURCE:  Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

Florida Lottery Celebrates New Milestones

Recognizing $6 Billion in Sales and $30 Billion in Transfers to Education

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (July 1, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery announces its fifth consecutive record-breaking sales year with an estimated $6.06 billion in annual sales during fiscal year 2015-16. In addition, the Lottery anticipates reaching $30 billion in transfers to education since 1988.

Governor Rick Scott said, “We are working each day to ensure that Florida’s students have the resources and opportunities they need to get a great education so they can succeed in their future careers. I applaud the Lottery for their commitment to investing in education and look forward to seeing Florida’s students become the leaders of tomorrow.

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The Florida Lottery's mission is to maximize revenues for the enhancement of public education. We are extremely proud to be able to transfer $1.66 billion to education this year as a result of having reached $6 billion in sales. This represents a 10.9% increase in transfers to education over the previous year, something all Florida students and teachers can celebrate,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

I want to thank our retail partners, loyal players and dedicated employees who work hard every day to ensure the Florida Lottery continues to be among the very best in the nation.”

Over the past 28 years, the Florida Lottery has firmly established itself as a dependable funding source for public education, contributing more than $1 billion annually for each of the past 13 consecutive fiscal years.

The Lottery’s commitment to corporate outreach and its effective business model focuses on the development of new revenue streams, creating a win-win partnership with its retailers and vendors, and benefitting Florida’s overall economy.

Lottery transfers to education represent approximately six percent of the state’s total education budget, and are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and administered by the Florida Department of Education.

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  • Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $30 billion to education, and has transferred more than $1 billion to education for each of the past 13 years.
  • More than $4.8 billion in Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to more than 725,000 students in the state. Additionally, $415 million has been provided to students in the form of other state student financial aid.
  • Florida’s public schools (Pre-K and K-12 programs) have received more than $16.4 billion since the Lottery’s inception. Florida’s state universities and colleges have also benefited, receiving a combined total of more than $7.8 billion since the Lottery’s inception.
  • The Lottery broke all sales records in fiscal year 2015-16, reaching more than $6 billion in sales and surpassing last year’s sales of $5.5 billion by more than $480 million.
  • The Lottery had record Scratch-Off sales for 11 of the 12 months of fiscal year 2015-16, which helped lead to overall record gross sales for 8 of the 12 months this fiscal year, giving the Lottery its best sales year ever.
  • Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires.

 

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 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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WyoLotto Make Second Revenue Transfer to Wyoming

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming (July 6, 2016) – The Wyoming Lottery brings fun and excitement to players across the state and throughout the region, and on July 6, WyoLottoTM made a second transfer of revenue to Wyoming.

This revenue transfer, totalling $915,750.88, is emblematic of WyoLotto’s success and continues the Lottery’s commitment to giving back to Wyoming communities that have supported the organization from the start.

The initial revenue transfer was made on April 5, totalling more than $1 million. The transfer amount was larger due to increased sales spurred on by a billion-dollar Powerball jackpot at the beginning of 2016.

Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO said, “We continue to see success because of our players, retailers and other supporters, allowing us to give back revenue to support our communities.”

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For years, Wyoming’s lottery players spent money in neighboring states. With the launch of Wyoming Lottery in August 2014, and the introduction of Cowboy DrawTM in March 2015, WyoLotto has successfully kept Wyoming dollars in Wyoming, spent at Wyoming retailers.

With over 1.4 million Wyoming winners and more than $23.6 million won by WyoLotto players, what began as a startup has become an established Wyoming organization.

A revenue transfer will be made to the Wyoming State Treasurer every financial quarter, with the amount dependent on revenue.

Per the state statute, revenue transfers each year will be distributed by the State Treasurer to Wyoming’s 99 cities and towns, and 23 counties. Should revenue transfers exceed $6 million, amounts for that year beyond $6 million will go to the Wyoming Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account.

WyoLotto is a true Wyoming brand, born and raised in the Cowboy State. The Lottery created Wyoming’s own game, Cowboy Draw, and also offers Powerball and Mega Millions to players at more than 450 retailers throughout Wyoming.

To receive updates and notifications about Cowboy Draw, Mega Millions or Powerball, visit wyolotto.com/signup.

About The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account.

CONTACT: Ashley Pexton, WyoLotto, Phone: 307-459-0580, E: ashley@warehousetwentyone.com.

SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

 

 

ESSA Expands Into Russia with Fonbet Sign-Up

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 30, 2016) -- Fonbet, a leading operator in the Russian market has joined the regulated betting industry’s integrity body ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity). The operator brings ESSA’s membership to 20, continuing the organisation’s growth and further bolstering the global market coverage of its betting integrity alert and reporting system.

Fonbet was the biggest operator in the Russian retail and online market in 2014 with 1180 betting shops (21.4% market share) and 2.5 million monthly visits to its website, serving over a million customers from more than 50 countries. It was the official betting sponsor of this year’s Euroleague

Final Four, the pinnacle event of European club basketball, won by Russian team CSKA Moscow.

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, said: “I am delighted that Fonbet has teamed up with ESSA. It is

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a major player in the Russian betting market and it will add significant value to our alert system, benefiting our wider membership and integrity partners. Fonbet joins other responsible betting operators intent on driving fixers and cheats out of their markets; the options for corrupters continues to diminish as ESSA’s membership and global information sharing network grows.”

Alexandra Sergeeva, CMO of Fonbet, added: “We have been very impressed by ESSA’s systems and professional operation. It continues to play an important role for our sector not just as an effective alert mechanism, but also defending operators at major policy forums. Fonbet recognises the importance of this and the clear advantages of being part of an organisation of that stature. We are delighted to have been accepted as a member of ESSA and look forward to playing a full and constructive role.”

ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC.

It is also involved in a number of activities aimed at addressing match-fixing, including a player education programme with EU Athletes (see here) and an international project, entitled “Keep Crime out of Sport”, led by the Council of Europe and funded by the European Commission (see here).

ESSA’s Q2 2016 integrity report will be released in July; its Q1 integrity report is available HERE.

About ESSA:

ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity) represents many of the world’s biggest regulated sports betting operators, serving over 40 million consumers in the EU alone.

Concerned regulated bookmakers created ESSA in 2005 to monitor betting markets and alert sporting bodies and national regulators to suspicious betting patterns.

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The goal was and is to protect consumers from potential fraud caused by manipulating sporting events. ESSA helps to combat this with evidence-based intelligence it provides to sporting bodies and regulators.

Every year, our members invest over €50m in compliance and internal security systems in order to help combat fraud.

They also give back to sport and society by spending €400m on sponsorship around the world - €250m of that in Europe alone.

This increases substantially when advertising and photo and video-streaming rights are taken into consideration. ESSA and its members also co-fund an education programme on gambling with EU Athletes that reaches out to 15,000 athletes/players across at least ten different sports in 13 EU countries.

ESSA continues to play a key role as the regulated betting sector’s representative body at national and international match-fixing policy forums and holds positions on working groups at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The organisation is continually reassessing and improving its alert and reporting systems and has established information sharing arrangements with a range of sports bodies and regulatory authorities.

ESSA members include: the ABB, Betclic, Bet-at-Home, Betsson, Bet365, BetVictor, Betway, bwinparty, Digibet, Expekt, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Interwetten, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, Sporting Index, Stanleybet, Unibet and William Hill.

For more information see ESSA’s website or visit us on twitter:

@ESSA_Betting.

SOURCE: ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity).

 

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Players Win $2.4 Million+ in June

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 5, 2016) -- Nearly 250 players won a total of $2,436,097 playing the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in June, according to Arkansas Scholarship Lottery figures. These aren’t all the cash prizes claimed during this time period, just those of $500 or more. (See attached for details.)

The biggest win was claimed on the last day of the month, a $350,000 top prize on instant game Jumbo Bucks Bonus, won by Michael Blevins of Tuckerman. Other Arkansas Scholarship Lottery instant game prizes rounded out the biggest prizes of the month, with $200,000 prizes claimed by Jayme Munn of Delaware (Win Big), Joey Willis of Trumann (Bonus Bonanza) and Paulette Tatum (Triple 777); and $100,000 prizes claimed by Prinice Lovett of Strong (Neon 50X) and Julia Carlton of Harrison (Super 7’s).

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Other high-tier instant ticket winners include $50,000 200X The Money winners in White Hall, Carlisle, Summers, Sherwood and El Dorado.

In draw games, Lois Jackson of Gurdon won $25,000 playing Mega Millions and Arkansas-only draw game Natural State Jackpot’s $190,014 jackpot was claimed by Mubeen Jahangir of Benton.

Arkansas Lottery players who won less than $500 are not even included in the month’s $2.4 million amount, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley noted. “It’s all about scholarships,” he added. “And it’s all thanks to our players and retailers.” 

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

Since Lottery sales started in Arkansas in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $573 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, while players have won nearly $2 billion in prizes -- and Lottery retailers have earned more than $166 million in commissions.

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships and retailer commissions in the state.

Please follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit www.myarkansaslottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions -- and to join the free Play It Again™ Rewards Club. T

o 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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Monopoly™ Florida Edition Family of Scratch-Off Games is Here!

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (July 5, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery today introduced the MONOPOLY™ FLORIDA EDITION family of Scratch-Off games. The five new games feature more than $664 million in cash prizes and more than 36 million winning tickets! All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

 

 

  • The $20 game, $5,000,000 MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION, offers more than $346 million in prizes, including 6 top prizes of $5,000,000 and 20 prizes of $1 million! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.97.
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  • The $10 game, $2,000,000 MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION, offers more than $151 million in prizes and including eight top prizes of $2,000,000. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.45.
  • The $5 game, $500,000 MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION, offers more than $84 million in prizes, including 12 top prizes of $500,000. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.98.
  • The $2 game, $50,000 MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION, has more than 10 million winning tickets and over $61 million in total cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.39.
  • The $1 game, $10,000 MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION, offers more than $20 million in total cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.95.

 

Four drawings will be held between July 28 and September 29 for non-winning MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION tickets entered into the Pass Go, Collect $10,000 Second Chance Promotion. In each of the four drawings, two players will each win $10,000 and 30 players will each win $1,000.

Players can also earn 25 additional entries per drawing by entering a special social media “Promo Code” that will be posted to the Florida Lottery’s official Facebook page during each entry period.

Enter the Lottery’s MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION Instagram Contest beginning on July 8 for a chance to win 150 of the new ($2) $50,000 MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION Scratch-Off tickets! Simply upload a photo of yourself with any of the new MONOPOLY FLORIDA EDITION Scratch-Off tickets at your favorite Florida destination to Instagram, tagging @floridalottery #Floridaopoly!

For more information about this contest, these games, and the second chance promotion, visit (http://www.flalottery.com/instagramContest).

 Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.

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 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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It’s a Sizzlin’ Summer with “Grills Gone Wild”

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TOPEKA, Kansas (July 5, 2016) -- Kansas Lottery players have a chance to put sizzle in their summer with the Kansas Lottery’s “Grills Gone Wild” promotion! Beginning July 5, Kansas Lottery Players Club members can enter winning or non-winning Hot Lotto Sizzler tickets (minimum $2 purchase) for a chance to win one of 20 sizzlin’ hot prize packs! Eligible Hot Lotto Sizzler tickets must be purchased from July 5 through 2 a.m. August 28, 2016.

Each of the 20 prize pack winners will receive a $300 Sears gift card (for a grill or anything the winner chooses) and a $200 Omaha Steaks gift card.

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The Lottery will hold four drawings, with five winners in each drawing. The deadlines and winner announcement dates are as follows:

  • 1st Drawing: Deadline noon July 19, winners announced July 22, five winners
  • 2nd Drawing: Deadline noon Aug. 2, winners announced Aug. 5, five winners
  • 3rd Drawing: Deadline noon Aug. 16, winners announced Aug. 19, five winners
  • 4th Drawing: Deadline noon Aug. 30, winners announced Sept. 2, five winners

 

Entries not drawn in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd drawings will carry over to subsequent drawings.

How to Enter

To enter tickets using a mobile device, players will scan the QR code on eligible Hot Lotto tickets to download an App.  The App allows players to scan their Hot Lotto tickets from a smartphone or other electronic device. Players can also manually enter eligible winning and non-winning Hot Lotto tickets through the Kansas Lottery’s Players Club.

Once Hot Lotto tickets are scanned or manually entered, a symbol is generated on the player’s electronic card.  Players collecting all six symbols on a single card will automatically earn an entry for the drawings.  Each Hot Lotto ticket may only be used one time as an eligible entry.  Players may enter the drawings as often as they wish, but may only win one prize in each drawing. Mailed entries will not be accepted for this promotion.

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

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

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Missing Millionaire Campaign Earns New York Lottery Two North American Effie Awards

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 30, 2016) -- The New York Lottery won two awards in the North American Effie’s 2016 contest, announced on June 2. Both awards were won for the Lottery’s hunt for a missing millionaire who purchased a Cash4Life ticket worth $7,000,000 from a Brooklyn deli.

The Effie Awards are known by advertisers and agencies globally as the pre-eminent award in the industry, and recognize any and all forms of marketing communication that contribute to a brand's success. Since 1968, winning an Effie has become a global symbol of achievement.

The New York Lottery awards were:

  • Bronze -- Category of Single Impact Engagement: #Unclaimed: The Hunt for a Missing Millionaire for New York Lottery
  • Silver - Category of Small Budgets – Products: #Unclaimed: The Hunt for a Missing Millionaire for New York Lottery

 

Receiving an Effie Award signifies the New York Lottery’s work was one of the most effective marketing efforts of last year, incorporating an insightful communications strategy, outstanding creative, and the market results to prove it worked. North American winning and finalist case studies are rigorously examined, debated and evaluated by seasoned industry leaders over at least two rounds of judging and only a small percentage of entering cases emerge as winners. As the competition continues to grow, winning an Effie is becoming increasingly difficult.

This is the first time the New York Lottery has won a North American Effie Award, and we are particularly proud of this accomplishment with our advertising partner McCann,” said Gardner Gurney, Director of the Division of the Lottery.

The hunt for the missing millionaire began in July of 2015 as the deadline to claim the $7,000,000 ticket was approaching. A lucky Lottery player purchased the jackpot-winning ticket for the July 24, 2014 Cash4Life drawing at Milky Way Deli at 1669 Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn. Prizes can be claimed up to a year after the drawing, which means the winner had until July 24, 2015 to claim the jackpot Lottery prize.

The Lottery canvassed the Brooklyn neighbourhood around the Milky Way Deli with ‘Have You Seen Me?’ and ‘Is This You?’ fliers (below) to try to find the winner of this lucky ticket (see pictures below), as well as a social media video to attract attention to the missing ticket.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the July 24, 2015 deadline passed and the prize went unclaimed. As is always the case, when a prize is not claimed by the deadline, the prize money was returned to the prize pool for future winners. It will be used to subsidize prizes for jackpots, promotions and/or special one-time games.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.30 billion in fiscal year 2015-2016 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

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About Effie Worldwide

Effie Worldwide is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization championing the practice and practitioners of marketing effectiveness. Today, Effie celebrates effectiveness worldwide with over 40 global, regional and national programs across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa and North America. Effie initiatives include the Effie Effectiveness Index, ranking the most effective companies and brands globally and the Effie Case Database. For more details, visit www.effie.org.

Background on Judging Process:

The Effie Index identifies and ranks the marketing communications industry’s most effective agencies, marketers and brands by analyzing finalist and winner data from worldwide Effie Award competitions. The North American Index rankings reflect finalist and winning work from the 2016 North American, Global and Positive Change Effie Award competitions. North American winning and finalist case studies are rigorously examined, debated and evaluated by seasoned industry leaders over at least two rounds of judging. A more in-depth explanation of the award judging process can be found HERE.

About McCann New York

 

McCann New York is a unit of both McCann Worldgroup, a leading global marketing service company and McCann, the world’s largest advertising agency network. McCann Worldgroup also includes MRM//McCann (digital marketing/relationship management), Momentum Worldwide (total brand experience), McCann Health (professional/dtc communications), CRAFT (global adaptation and production), UM (media management), Weber Shandwick (public relations), FutureBrand (consulting/design), ChaseDesign (shopper marketing) and PMK-BNC (entertainment/brand/popular culture).

SOURCE: New York Lottery.

 

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First Hearing of the New All Party Parliamentary Group on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals Was Held Today

Derek Webb, the founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling shares his thoughts on an All Party Parliamentary Group hearing on fixed odds betting terminals

Written by: Campaign for Fairer Gambling

LONDON, U.K. (July 6, 2016) -- The first hearing of the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals was held today. Speakers included problem gamblers and myself.

The main body of my speech was as follows:

To explain every angle of FOBTs would take me all 12 hours of your proposed hearings. But at its core, the issue is so simple.

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When FOBTs were approved, a gift to the DCMS minister was granted to allow stake reduction, if adequate evidence of associated harm was forthcoming. By definition, stake reduction would be a precautionary approach, so the standard of proof required should not even need to rise to a balance of probability level.

However, the available evidence is robust, clear and convincing. A stake reduction to £2 maximum per spin, on parity with highest maximum on other high street machines, should be delivered as soon as possible through a new statutory instrument.

The campaign would not exist but for my success in collating evidence in US litigation cases, the three licensing objectives of the 2005 Gambling Act and the ability of DCMS to reduce FOBT stakes.

Matt Zarb-Cousin, who is no longer with the campaign, joined as a consultant. He had been a FOBT roulette addict, was an underage gambler and gambled at other activities without being addicted to them. He got treatment that worked for him - cognitive behavioural therapy.

Adrian Parkinson also joined the campaign as a consultant and a whistle-blower. He had worked for the Tote and was responsible for rolling out FOBTs. He saw how FOBTs changed the shop demographic, how previous over-the-counter controlled gamblers changed after getting hooked on FOBT roulette, how the atmosphere in shops became more toxic, how staff abuse increased, how violence in shops increased and how easily FOBTs facilitated money-laundering.

There are many parties that share the blame for where we are today with FOBTs. The suppliers, the bookmakers, those involved with creating the 2005 Gambling Act and every government that failed to regulate bookmakers prior to then. There is intellectual compromise  in the handling of the FOBT issue by each of DCMS, the Gambling Commission, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and the Responsible Gambling Trust, which has had the same effect as if there had been corruption or conspiracy.

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Gamblers Anonymous and GamCare, whilst providing some help to some people, are a poor substitute for public health involvement in a mental health issue. The totality of gambling related harm, in particular FOBT related harm, is increasing daily.

The Senet Group and the Association of British Bookmakers (the ABB) provide a PR media front to support the FOBT status quo. They are promoting a Gamble Aware week starting on Monday July 18 with an ABB event in the House of Commons.

The ABB CEO, Malcolm George, claims that betting shops are the safest places to gamble on the high street. This is absolutely false. They are probably the most dangerous legalised gambling venues anywhere in the developed world. 

FOBT roulette is not as fair as the traditional casino table game roulette.

FOBTs are more associated with disordered gambling than any other gambling activity. As a result, betting shops have far higher incidents of crime and violence, the vast majority of which are FOBT related, than any other gambling premises. 

The murder of a betting shop manager and the attempted murder of a young female employee would not have happened were it not for FOBTs.

Some will say I am too aggressive but I will compromise. A stake reduction to £2 will allow the bookmakers to take advantage of the revenues and market share they have obtained through introducing FOBTs illegally and then misleading the public, media and Parliamentarians about FOBT facts.

There were many excellent questions posed by the Group members who were a most refreshing contrast to other parliamentarians of late who have shown an unwillingness to acknowledge the dangers of FOBTs.

The Group on Betting and Gaming, chaired by Philip Davies MP, has been unwilling to listen to problem gamblers and the CMS committee, on which Mr Davies also played a strong role in 2012, has also  been unwilling to listen to my oral evidence.

There was enough evidence to restrict FOBT stakes in 2012. However, the consequential harm of inaction on FOBTs has paved the way for many tragedies, particularly in respect of the violent attacks on shop staff. A number of people have blood on their hands, but they still don’t want to acknowledge the extent of FOBT harm.

The Gambling Commission has now set up a Confidential Intelligence Reporting Line 0121 230 6655 and intelligencereports@gamblingcommission.gov.uk for reporting of gambling criminality and regulatory infractions. The day of reckoning for FOBTs is getting closer than ever.

SOURCE: Campaign for Fairer Gambling.

 

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Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About Florida Lottery, Division of Security, Accreditation Assessment

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (June 6, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery announces that a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive August 16, 2016, to examine all aspects of the Florida Lottery, Division of Security, policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.  The Lottery’s Division of Security must comply with approximately 241 standards in order to receive accredited status.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through the Florida Lottery’s Communications Office in Tallahassee, FL at (850) 487-7727.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Florida Lottery’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

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CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

The Accreditation Manager for the Florida Lottery, Division of Security is Gina Blanton with the assistance of Bob Brongel.  The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from agencies within the State of Florida.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Dr. Bruce Clark.  Dr. Clark recently retired from the Mount Dora Police Department as a Police Lieutenant and was their Accreditation Manager for several cycles.  He is one of only 21 Certified Accreditation Professionals in the state.  He is currently the Accreditation Manager for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the Department is to receive accredited status.  The Florida Lottery’s, Division of Security accreditation is for a three year period.  Verification by the team that the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The Lottery is proud of the work that the Division of Security does in support of its efforts to ensure the integrity and security of the Florida Lottery is maintained.  “I have complete confidence in the Lottery’s Division of Security meeting and exceeding these industry standards through the CFA,” said Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

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 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires.  For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

 

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Easy Registration for AGE 2016 Through Facebook

9 – 11 August 2016

Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (June 23, 2016) -- Visitors registering to attend the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) will find it easier this year with the addition of “social media registration”.

Social media registration fills in the necessary forms automatically via the most popular social networks on the planet – Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Visitors can then see who else from their social media network is attending, identify their most meaningful contacts who’re attending and who they can reconnect with at the event.

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So not only will visitors using social media registration save time avoiding forms, they’ll save time by avoiding having to line up at the event and they’ll know which friends and colleagues are attending.

Visit www.austgamingexpo.com and click on “Visitor Registration” to use social registration.

NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami Australia and Scientific Games Corporation.

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

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MGS Launch Macau Government Incentive Scheme for Visitors to 2016 Show

MACAU, SAR (June 22, 2016) -- The MGS Entertainment Show, the Asian gaming industry’s premier trade exhibition, has partnered with the Macau SAR Government to help drive more international buyers and business partners into the region. As part of its expanded project activity with the Macau SAR, MGS will be launching the Government’s targeted ‘Qualified Buyers’ program to the global market for its 2016 expo. The agreement will enable MGS, currently the industry’s fastest growing trade show, to provide extensive travel and accommodation sponsorship for visitors to the Government-supported exhibition which is being held at the Venetian Macao, 15-17 November 2016.

The Macau Government’s Buyer Sponsorship program is one of a number of key joint initiatives scheduled for launch at the MGS Entertainment Show over the next three years, as the exhibition rolls out its business programme in support of the SAR’s drive for greater diversity in the domestic and regional economy.

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Designed to draw in new visitors from the expanding zones of the MGS show, the QB scheme will be open to registered visitors from all companies exhibiting at the MGS expo, including grant support of up to MOP 7,000 (US$875) to international visitors at this year’s show. The grants will be used to subsidise travel, transport and accommodation costs for visitors from anywhere in the world to the MGS Entertainment Show.

MGS Chairman Jay Chun stated: “The Qualified Buyer incentives are a pioneering initiative by the Government aimed at building trading links from Macau across the globe. MGS is excited to join the program and bring these significant benefits of financial support to our own global business community. It’s an important boost to our endeavours and cements the ever developing relationship between the SAR Government, the show and our exhibitors.”

He added: “With the push for economic diversity top of the region’s agenda, the path is opening up for fresh investment, new business opportunities and major developments both here in Macau and around the Asia Pacific continent. MGS will be using the QB scheme as a starting point for the show's three year vision - we want our vast network of visitors from all sectors and locations to come to Macau, experience our vision and join us on this economic journey. QB offers a significant investment in building not just our's but our partners' business relationships over the coming years - it’s part of MGS’s support and commitment to our visitors and our exhibitors.”

The Qualified Buyers scheme will be operated through a designated team at the MGS offices in Macau and is open to official buyers of any exhibitor at the 2016 show. Visitor subsidies will be aligned to exhibitor stand size - the larger the stand, the more visitors eligible for the subsidy. Contributions will be  available towards the costs of round trip flights, transportation services to Macau and hotel accommodation in Macau or Taipa. The maximum grants at this year’s exhibition range from: MOP 1,200 (US$150) for visitors from Hong Kong SAR & Guangdong Province; MOP 4,000 (US$500) for buyers from China (outside Guandong Province) and Asia; MOP 7,000 (US$875) for all visitors from regions outside Asia.

For Qualified Buyers wishing to apply for the MGS Entertainment Show’s Buyer Sponsorship Program, download the application form HERE.

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The MGS Entertainment Show (MGS) is owned and organised by the Macau SAR’s largest trade association, the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA). Working in partnership with the senior gaming, entertainment and sports associations in the region, MGS is supported and sponsored by the Macau SAR Government through its various labour, tourism and cultural departments. MGS, the only large scale gaming and entertainment exhibition organised and run by the Macao business community, commands a floor area of over 12,000 m2. Exhibitors and buyers eyeing the Asian market will be coming from all corners of the world. The event will cover three key zones - gaming, technology and entertainment – and features new product launches and innovations from Gaming Equipment and Accessories, Gaming Promoters (Junkets) and VIP Clubs, Casino Fixtures and Fittings, Promotional Services and Memorabilia, Food and Beverage, Entertainment and Performance. In addition, the show features a special Macau Creative and Culture zone promoting the innovations and technical skills of young entrepreneurs in the city, and includes the support and backing of the region’s primary concessionaires.

SOURCE: The MGS Entertainment Show (MGS).

 

 

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Visit us in Pittsburgh for the NASPL Professional Development Seminar hosted by the Pennsylvania Lottery

August 2-5, 2016

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REASONS TO REGISTER...

  1. Networking Opportunities! Network with over 40 registered lottery organizations and industry providers over the three day span.
  2. Educational Opportunity! Learn from experienced speakers representing both inside and outside the lottery industry. Those attending and representing specific committee disciplines will receive CEU/CPE credits and a Certificate of Attendance. Actual approved credit hours granted are determined individually by each jurisdiction.
  3. Great Value! Cost of registration is affordable and includes limited meals, breaks, breakout sessions and CEU/ CPE credits for specific committee disciplines.

Hotel Reservation cut off date July 8, 2016
Transportation not provided. NASPL will provide the following meals: Opening reception, three lunches, six breaks and an Associate Member sponsored off-site event Tuesday.


Robbie Bach

Featured Keynote:
Robbie Bach, Innovation Expert, Former Chief Xbox Officer for Microsoft & Author, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal

For conference information visit:
www.nasplprofessionaldevelopment.com

NASPL does not provide transportation for this event

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