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Kentucky Lottery Breaks Sales and Dividend Records in FY16

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (July 29, 2016) -- The Kentucky Lottery announced today in a board of directors meeting that sales for Fiscal Year 2016 were a record $997.3 million. This breaks the old sales record established in FY15 of $899.1 million by $98.2 million (10.9%). FY16 ended on June 30, 2016.

Those sales led to record-breaking profits for the Commonwealth. A total of $253 million was earned for the state, breaking last year’s record of $231.1 million by $21.9 million (9.5%). Lottery proceeds in Kentucky are used to fund college scholarship and grant programs. The lottery is the sole funding source for the KEES scholarship program, and also funds the need-based College Access Program and Kentucky Tuition Grants.

Scratch-off ticket sales continued to be the best-selling product in the lottery’s portfolio, finishing the year with a record-breaking $597.3 million in sales. This is $36.8 million (6.6%) more than the previous year.

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Draw game sales however were key in the record-breaking performance. This category closed the year at $399.7 million in sales, which was $60.9 million (18%) more than the previous year. Keno showed solid performance, with sales rising to a record $65.9 million. This is $18.6 million (39.2%) more than the previous year.

Pick 3 sales for the FY were up 6.3% to $139.6 million and Pick 4 sales were up 10.7% to $42.6 million, both new records for the games.

Not surprisingly, the largest percentage increase by game for the full year went to Powerball. This follows the world record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot run the game saw in January. Sales for this game rose 45.2% from the previous year, finishing at $94.4 million ($29.4 million more than FY15).

The lottery’s Executive Vice President and CFO Howard Kline reported that Powerball alone was not the cause of the record-breaking year.

"The $1.5 billion jackpot run absolutely helped us exceed the state’s estimates for the year, but even without this bump, we were on track to break our all-time sales record thanks to the solid performance in our other game categories,” said Kline. “We had lofty goals set for us this year, and we achieved them.”

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Record sales in FY16 also led to record prizes paid to players of $620.6 million ($64.3 million or 11.6% more than last year), and record commissions to retailers of $62.6 million ($6.7 or 12% more than last year).

According to the Kentucky Higher Education Administration Authority (which administers Lottery-funded college scholarship and grant programs), from 1999 through 2015 the Kentucky Lottery has funded $2,497,431,181 in college scholarship and grant programs for 659,308 students.

Since inception, the Lottery has sold $17.4 billion in tickets, earning $4.6 billion for the Commonwealth. Winners have received $10.5 billion in prizes, and retailers have been paid $1.1 billion.

The board also approved the corporation’s operating budget for FY17. The budget includes a sales of $1.031 billion (the first time the Kentucky Lottery would ever break the billion dollar mark), a 1.5% increase over FY16’s sales mark. This includes $662 million in sales of scratch-off tickets and $386 million from draw games.

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Board approval was also granted for the FY17 retailer incentive, rules and regulations for ten

scratch-off tickets, amended Powerball and Mega Millions rules, and six Instant Play games.

The former commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Parks June Hudson of Benton was re-elected board chair. She has served in that position since March 2015. Louisville attorney Mark F. Sommer was elected vice chair.

The meeting was the first held since the passing of the lottery’s long-time President and CEO Arch Gleason.

The lottery’s Sr. Vice President and Corporate Counsel Mary Harville reported personnel from the governor’s office requested lottery staff coordinate the search for a new president and CEO, and that a request for proposals (RFP) for an executive search firm is being prepared.

Selection of the firm should take four to five weeks after the RFP is issued. By statute,  the governor appoints the lottery’s president and CEO, and is subject to confirmation by the  board.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be September 20th. 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.

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

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.

 

 

Scientific Games Selected To Provide Expansive Casino Systems Solutions to New York's del Lago Resort Casino

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 1, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced an expansive agreement to provide the Company's casino systems solutions to del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County, the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region, for its early 2017 opening.

After a competitive evaluation and selection process, Scientific Games was awarded the contract to provide an integrated suite of its industry-leading systems solutions for this $440 million casino, which will feature 2,000 slot games and 85 table games, which includes a 10-table poker room.

The del Lago Resort & Casino selected Scientific Games' SDS® slot-accounting system as the foundation for the integrated package, including:

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  • CMP™, a player-tracking system that provides player tracking, bonusing, promotions, and cage and pit accounting.
  • Live Floor View, which analyzes slot-floor performance; monitors player activity; identifies "hot player" locations; and reviews slot floor messages for monitoring activity.
  • TableView real-time table rating and player-tracking system.
  • iVIEW™ Display Manager ("DM") on-device messaging technology to present content such as player account information, bonusing offers, and directed marketing messages on the main game screen or top screen – without interrupting play.
  • Elite Bonusing Suite™, 12 powerful applications that enable floorwide bonuses, promotions, tournaments, virtual-racing events, dynamic random bonusing, flex rewards, video poker bonusing, and more.
  • Power Progressives®, a progressive jackpot application that gives operators centralized control of all SAS paytable progressive on the casino floor.
  • Beverage Ordering and Service System ("BOSS"), which enables self-service, touch-screen drink ordering at the slot machine through iVIEW DM.
  • Servizio mobile service solutions suite of intelligent, rule-driven applications, automating the traditional dispatch system for jackpot processing, player registration, host functions, slot maintenance, and more.

 

"We evaluated several other companies before selecting Scientific Games to be our casino systems solutions partner," said Jeff Babinski, Executive Vice president and General Manager at del Lago.

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"A robust, secure, and integrated system was a necessity, but beyond that, we were most excited about Scientific Games' industry leadership in innovative marketing and bonusing solutions that will help us attract, retain, and keep our guests engaged."

Derik Mooberry,Scientific Games Group Chief Executive, Gaming, said, "We are proud that del Lago's management team has chosen to leverage the marketing, business intelligence, and operational power of Scientific Games' end-to-end integrated casino solutions for their new casino resort. We are confident our technologies and professional expertise will help drive player engagement and operational efficiencies to enhance del Lago's business in the beautiful Finger Lakes region."

When complete, the  new casino resort will be Seneca County's largest employer – creating 1,800 jobs to support a 205-room hotel, 2,000 slot machines, 85 table games, a 2,500-seat entertainment center, restaurants, a spa, and other attractions. Del Lago is expected to draw patrons from two primary markets – Rochester and Syracuse – with approximately 3 million people within a 100-mile radius.

About Scientific Games

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

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games

Bill Pfund

+1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Mollie Cole

+1 773-961-1194

Director, Corporate Communications

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Wraps Up a Successful Midwest Regional Regulator’s Seminar in Indiana

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (August 1, 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), in conjunction with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC), recently concluded a successful Midwest Regional Regulator’s Seminar. The event, hosted by GLI’s world-renowned training program, GLI University®, attracted more than 80 attendees from 13 different jurisdictions.

The Midwest Regional Regulator’s Seminar – a free, one-day training held in Indianapolis, Indiana – was comprised of highly informative and interactive forums designed to provide Midwest regulators with up-to-date information and a chance to speak with top industry professionals about challenges and upcoming trends. It also provided attendees with the opportunity to cultivate critical relationships with counterparts from nearby states.

GLI’s President and CEO James R. Maida said, “This was a great opportunity to provide world-class knowledge to our Midwest regulator clients whom we have had the honor of serving since the inception of gaming in their states. It also gave them the ability to share quality time with each other, exchange ideas about how to improve the regulation of the industry, and promote further cooperation among regulatory agencies.”

The seminar’s session lineup included thought-provoking topics such as:

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GLI’s Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel Kevin P. Mullally said, “We are ecstatic about the tremendous turnout for this event. We are incredibly grateful to work with the Indiana Gaming Commission staff to co-host this Midwest Regional Gaming Regulator’s Seminar. We appreciate the participation of our speakers who are some of the world’s leading experts in their subjects. The outstanding turnout means there is high demand for this type of content in the region.”

Indiana Gaming Commission’s Executive Director Sara Gonso Tait said, “I could not have been more pleased with GLI’s Midwest Regional Gaming Regulator’s Seminar. We were happy to co-host this tremendous event. It was a wonderful opportunity to network and learn with fellow regulators. I commend GLI for attracting such prestigious panelists and developing an agenda with relevant topic areas for gaming regulators.”

GLI’s constant communication with its clients opens the door for feedback on types of training needed in the field as well as discussions about policy issues. While many of the conversations result in topics for the company’s annual Regulators Roundtables, some issues need more of a regional focus, which is why regional regulator’s seminars were developed and held in different areas around the world.

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, LLC.

 

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Introducing New Pick Daily Games From The Florida Lottery

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 1, 2016) – The Florida Lottery is introducing two new daily Draw games! PICK 2™ and PICK 5™ are on sale now; the current CASH 3™ and PLAY 4™ Draw games have also been renamed to PICK 3™ and PICK 4™ to complete the new line of daily PICK games.

Each PICK game costs 50 cents or $1 to play; and with top prizes ranging from $50 to $50,000, there’s something for every level of player to enjoy! PICK 2 players can select two numbers, from 0 through 9, to win a top prize of up to $50 for a Straight play, up to $25 for a Box play, or up to $37.50 for a Straight/Box play.

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PICK 5 players can select five numbers, from 0 through 9, to win a top prize of up to $50,000 for a Straight play, up to $10,000 for a Box play, or up to $30,000 for a Straight/Box play.

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

CASH 3, originally introduced in 1988, and PLAY 4, originally introduced in 1991, continue to be two of the most popular Draw games offered by the Florida Lottery. CASH 3 and PLAY 4’s annual sales have continued to grow steadily. To date, both games have generated a combined $14.1 billion in sales and $5.4 billion in transfers to education.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

 

When Team GB Win… UK National Lottery Players Can Too!

The UK National Lottery Announces Special Lotto Draw to Celebrate Team GB Success this Summer

UNITED KINGDOM (August 1, 2016) --The UK National Lottery is to create a special one-off Lotto draw to celebrate Team GB’s success in Rio this summer and to thank National Lottery players for supporting our elite athletes as they compete on the world stage.

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The one-off Lotto Medal Draw will take place on Saturday 27 August once our athletes have returned to the UK with their medal haul.  On top of the chance to win the jackpot, Team GB’s success will be turned directly into more life changing-prizes with an additional Lotto prize being paid out for every medal won at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

An additional millionaire (£1M prize) will be created for every Gold medal the team wins; a £100K prize will be paid out for every Silver medal won; and a £50K prize for every Bronze medal.

UK Sport’s recent medal predictions suggest that Team GB hopes to bring home at least 48 medals from Rio this summer.

If Team GB matches its enormous success in London 2012 when they won 29 Gold Medals, the draw could create the same number of Lotto millionaires in one night.

The prize pool will increase as our medal tally goes up with the final prize pool being confirmed at the end of the Games.

Arabella Gilchrist, Head of The National Lottery Brand at Camelot, says:

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We want to thank our players for the incredible support they have given our elite athletes over the last four years as they have trained and prepared for this moment. When our athletes triumph in Rio, so do our players! We wish Team GB the very best of luck and look forward to celebrating their success on their return.”

Over £80 million has been raised each year by National Lottery players to help fund elite athletes during the four year build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The additional Lotto prizes on 27 August are to thank our players for the support they have given our athletes by playing National Lottery games. 

The guaranteed £1m prizes will boost the number of millionaires Lotto has created since October last year, adding to the 160 created by the game so far.

The Lotto Medal Draw prizes on Saturday 27 August will be part of the normal Saturday night Lotto draw that evening, and will be at no extra cost (tickets £2). Lotto players will be entered into the additional Medal Draw automatically, with each ticket carrying a Raffle Number for the Medal Draw. The Lotto jackpot, Millionaire Raffle and all other prize tiers will still be selected and paid out as usual. 

The National Lottery also has exciting special events planned to celebrate the Paralympics with details to be announced in September – so watch this space.

The National Lottery is also joining forces with ITV to stage the UK’s biggest ever sports day – I Am Team GB – also on Saturday 27 August.

Thousands of local sports venues and clubs up and down the country will be opening their doors to the public, for free, to encourage everyone to try a new sport and get active. Full details of I Am Team GB and how to get involved are available on the event’s website: www.iamteamgb.com.

SOURCE: Camelot.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Wants You to Get metal!

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (August2, 2016) – What does it mean to be “metal”? It means going big and being bold. Like the new Metal 7s Scratch-offs from the Hoosier Lottery. With four metals to choose from and top prizes up to $777,777, it is your chance to METAL!

If you are feeling slightly metal, the $1 Bronze 7s pays up to $1,777 with five chances to win on each ticket, and the $2 Silver 7s pays up to $17,777 with ten chances to win on each ticket.

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Not metal enough for you? The $5 Gold 7s has a top prize of $77,777, and each ticket features twenty chances to win.

It is so metal; it is like a chicken riding a skateboard.Want the most metal we offer? Our $10 Platinum 7s pays up to $777,777 with twenty-five chances to win on each ticket. It is so metal; you could wear white leather pants after Labor Day.

Estimated overall estimated odds 1 in 4.72 on the $1 Bronze 7s, 1 in 4.19 on the $2 Silver 7s, 1 in 3.81 on the $5 Gold 7s and 1 in 3.69 on the $10 Platinum 7s.

Metal 7s Scratch-offs are available now at more than 4,500 Hoosier Lottery retailers across the state.  Try one today and GET METAL!

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 Twitter.

CONTACT: Dennis Rosebrough, Hoosier Lottery Director of Public Relations, T: 317-264-4677 office or 317-503-4453 cell, E: drosebrough@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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Just in Time for football, Lottery Kicks-Off First Carolina Panthers Ticket

Game offers once-in-a-lifetime prize: season tickets for 20 years!

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (August 2, 2016) -- As football season nears, the N.C. Education Lottery and Carolina Panthers have teamed up to create North Carolina’s first Carolina Panthers ticket.

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The game kicked off Tuesday morning at Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Panthers, with the announcement that it will include a North Carolina first: a grand prize of 20 years of season tickets to Panthers home games. The prize will be won in a special second-chance drawing associated with the game.

One thing that a lottery does is create unique once-in-a-lifetime prizes,” said Terri Avery, deputy executive director of sales for the N.C. Education Lottery. “We can offer these great prizes thanks to our new partnership with the Carolina Panthers. This will be a big win for some lucky Panthers fan and the money raised from this game will be a big win for education.”

The lottery has had a sports marketing partnership with the Carolina Panthers for six years, but this is the first time it has created an instant ticket named for the team. Lottery players can find the tickets at most of the state’s 6,800 lottery retail locations.

The N.C. Education Lottery has been a great partner for the past six years,” said Danny Morrison, president of the Carolina Panthers. “We are excited this year that we can expand that partnership to bring the first ever Panthers branded scratch-off ticket to North Carolina, giving fans the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the Carolina Panthers.”

The $5 game begins with three top prizes of $200,000. Odds of winning a top prize are 1 in 1.1 million and the odds of winning a break-even prize are one in 4.08. All tickets can be entered into the second-chance drawing for a grand prize of 20 years of Panthers season tickets, a VIP game experience, and other prizes. The odds of winning the grand prize will depend on how many entries are submitted.

Panthers fans aged 18 and up can also win free pairs of tickets to one of the 10 pre-season or regular season home games this season by showing their Panthers Pride on the lottery’s social media channels. Five weekly drawings will be held with each offering two pairs of game tickets and four $100 Panther-branded gift cards to buy team merchandise.

 

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CONTACT: Van Denton, Phone: (919) 301-3308.

 

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Charity Commission Publishes New Fundraising Guidance

Article by: Rachel Holmes, Farrer & Co LLP

UNITED KINGDOM (July 28 2016) - It has not changed a great deal, but according to the Commission's analysis of consultation responses, a number of relatively minor amendments have been made, such as:

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  • there is now a little more guidance on the charity law aspects of fundraising, for instance on the statements fundraisers are required to make when soliciting donations, requirements to disclose charitable status in certain documents, and failed appeals. It is still pretty light on law though, preferring to refer to guidance provided by other bodies;
  • there are more links to the Commission's guidance on – and reference to – the duties of trustees, to give some context to the principles set out in the fundraising guidance;
  • there is more guidance on fundraising via trading subsidiaries;
  • there is a new section on regulation, covering the role of the Fundraising Regulator and how the Commission anticipates working with it;
  • the checklist, designed to help trustees ensure compliance, has been revised to meet the needs of charities of different size and published as a stand-alone document;
  • the consultation draft said that charities should fundraise in a way that encourages public trust and confidence in charities. Several responders to the consultation considered this to be unfair; it has now been removed;
  • there is a new Annex 2, describing and linking to other organisations with a role in regulating fundraising (such as the Fundraising Regulator, the Information Commissioner and the Gambling Commission). This Annex also links to other relevant Charity Commission guidance;
  • whilst 'values' are still a prominent theme, the guidance states that there is no requirement for charities to have explicit values.

 

With the launch of the new Fundraising Regulator and the Commission's more robust approach to regulation, we recommend that both trustees and others involved in charity fundraising take the time to read the new guidance. You can download it here; the checklist can be found here.

SOURCE: Farrer & Co LLP via Lexology.

 

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Responsible Gambling Trust Commissions the Institute of Public Policy Research to Study the Cost to Government of Gambling-Related Harm

LONDON, U.K. (July 25, 2016) -- The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has commissioned the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) to estimate the cost to government of gambling-related harm.

As well as funding treatment for over 7,700 people a year affected by gambling, RGT is working to persuade all levels of government to consider gambling-related harm as a public health issue, both to encourage new partnerships to deliver preventative campaigns, and to secure better access to NHS treatment for more severe or complex cases.

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This study complements a project being undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers to define and measure gambling-related harm more generally.

The findings of the IPPR study will be presented at RGT’s annual Harm Minimisation conference on 7-8th December 2016 Marc Etches, Chief Executive of RGT said:

Given the impact of gambling is felt across a wide range of central government organisations, and at every level of government from local authorities to Whitehall, there is no clear picture of its overall cost to the public sector.

We’ve asked the IPPR to apply its skills to generate a robust estimate of the range into which they believe this cost falls, in order to inform ministers and other decision-makers better, be they in Westminster, Cardiff, Edinburgh or town halls across Great Britain.

The work will highlight where there is the potential to make considerable savings, providing the basis of a business case for further investment by the state, in partnership with charities such as RGT, to reduce the level of gambling-related harm through public health messages, and for local commissioners to consider it as a higher priority for treatment within the National Health Service.”

Craig Thorley, Research Fellow, Public Services at the IPPR said:

Problem-gambling in the UK contributes to a wide range of social and economic costs to individuals and their families.

“However we do not have a clear estimate of the cost to government, from additional financial burden that problem-gambling places on public services, to lost tax revenue and additional welfare payments. To calculate an estimate of this, we will conduct a rigorous analysis of available data, and engage widely with stakeholders in government and civil society.

We hope this will help to inform the debate about how best to reduce gambling-related harm.”

CONTACT: Vanessa Pine, T: +44 7779 151 720, E: RGT@Atlas-Partners.co.uk.

SOURCE: Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT).

 

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Commission Release 2015–16 Electronic Gaming Machine Expenditure Report

VICTORIA, Australia (July 25, 2016) -- The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) publishes monthly data on electronic gaming machine expenditure in Victoria. June 2016's data set completes the 2015-16 financial year expenditure report and is now available on the Data web-page.

Total expenditure for the 2015–16 financial year was $2,616,703,495.71, an increase of 1.74 per cent on 2014–15.

Routinely published on the fourth Friday of every month (for the previous month), the dataset outlines total gaming expenditure and gaming venue information, including venue classification and electronic gaming machine numbers. The data release includes definitions of all terms used in the dataset as well as tools to view data by both high level summary and in detail.

The VCGLR regularly publishes a range of datasets including:

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Reports are provided in both Excel and CSV format.

Local government areas may also be searched directly from a full list of councils and local government areas. As required under the Gaming Regulation Act 2003, councils will less than three venues will be aggregated with an adjacent municipal district. These local government areas are indicated by an asterisk.

Electronic gaming machines in Victoria are capped at 27,372. Gaming venue operators can only operate gaming machines if they hold entitlements, which must be attached to a venue approved by the VCGLR. A venue is restricted to operate a number of gaming machines in line with its approval conditions, regional caps and municipal limits. 

The VCGLR also maintains the interactive Licensed Venues Map which plots all gambling and liquor venues across metropolitan and regional Victoria. A useful tool for researchers, academics, council, industry and the community, the interactive map enables users to:

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  • location and density to inform ideas about how to reduce alcohol related harm in the community
  • assess impact and feasibility of new and existing venues in a spatial context.

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help with their gambling, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and Gambler’s Help helps people affected by problem gambling, as well as their families and friends. Gambler's Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via phone 1800 858 858 or online chat.

For more information on electronic gaming machines and data, please see:

 

SOURCE: The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

 

 

The AGE Attracts International Exhibitors and Visitors

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SYDNEY, Australia (July 18, 2016) -- At 20,000 square metres the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is one of the largest trade events in Australia, the third largest casino gaming equipment trade show in the world after ICE and G2E, and attracts exhibitors and visitors both nationally and internationally.

Owned and operated by the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), the AGE is the ultimate event for new gaming technologies for venues industry wide.  GTA’s primary members Ainsworth, Aristocrat, Aruze, Ebet, IGT, Konami, and Scientific Games are amongst the world’s-best and the AGE is the opportunity for customers to experience the latest in gaming design and technology all in the one location.

This year’s AGE will see over 50 new exhibitors, both local and international, with international exhibitors coming from Taiwan, South Korea, USA, Canada and New Zealand, and international visitors coming from the USA, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

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New machines and games are the biggest attraction at the AGE with exhibitors looking forward to the event each year to unveil their latest products, however with almost 200 exhibitors, new gaming technologies are not the only attraction. Visitors come to see the latest in Audio Visual equipment, ATM Equipment, Building Services, Cash Handling & Equipment, Consultancy Services, Entertainment, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Furniture, I.T., Interior Design & Fitout, Marketing Services, Membership Management, Paging & Communication, Point of Sale Systems, Retail, Security, Signage & Displays and Staff Uniforms.  So there’s definitely something for everyone in the gaming and hospitality world.

The Australasian Gaming Expo is the must attend event for the Gaming and Hospitality Industry”, said Ross Ferrar, CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, “With new equipment being showcased, and so many new exhibitors both local and international, visitors won't be disappointed with the 2016 Australasian Gaming Expo”.

Visitor registrations are open. Visitors attending the show will again have the opportunity to win a trip for two to visit the world’s largest Gaming Expo, G2E, held in Las Vegas in September. One trip for two will be drawn on each of the operational days of the AGE. More information is available from the event app and the event website.

Exhibition entry is complimentary to gaming industry executives, courtesy of the Gaming Technologies Association.

This year’s Australasian Gaming Expo will be held from Tuesday 9 until Thursday 11 August at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

Register at the AGE web site or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on: +61 2 9211 7430.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association (GTA).

 

 

Mississippi Casinos on Pace to Generate $6.5b in Gaming Tax Revenue by 25th Anniversary in 2017

Get to Know Gaming event highlights how gaming tax revenue could fund Mississippi’s entire budget for a year

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BILOXI, Mississippi (August 3, 2016) -- Gaming tax revenue generated by Mississippi casinos is set to reach $6.5 billion by the industry’s 25th anniversary in 2017 – enough to fund the entire state budget for a single year – and legalized sports betting would allow casinos to generate even more revenue in the years to come, Biloxi casinos and the nation’s chief gaming industry advocate announced today. The $6.5 billion in gaming tax revenue does not include the billions of additional dollars contributed to state and local governments in the form of property, sales, payroll and other taxes. The first legal gaming establishments in Mississippi opened in 1992.

At IP Casino Resort in Biloxi this morning, leaders from the Gulf Coast business, political, non-profit and education communities joined gaming executives for a roundtable conversation to highlight the positive economic and community impact gaming has in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast, including in the wake of major natural and man-made disasters.

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Gaming is an invaluable community partner on the Gulf Coast, but no state can rest on its laurels,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “Sports betting offers a tremendous opportunity to give southern Mississippi sports fans what they want and ensures gaming continues to benefit Mississippi for years to come.”

Participants in the panel discussion included: Duncan McKenzie, general manager, IP Casino Resort Spa; Jonathan Jones, senior vice president and general manager, Harrah's Gulf Coast; Wade Howk, vice president of operations, Boomtown Casino; Marcus Glover, general manager, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino; Larry Gregory, executive director, Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association and board member, American Gaming Association; Rep. Richard Bennett, chairman, MS House Gaming, Mississippi House of Representatives; Ashley Edwards, president, Gulf Coast Business Council; and Cynthia Minton Walker, CEO, United Way of South Mississippi.

Gaming is a consistent economic driver for people in a region that has endured natural disaster and turmoil,” said Edwards. “The progress and influence we continue to realize as ‘One Coast’ is due in large part to the deep commitment of our Gulf Coast casinos to promoting opportunity and collaboration.”

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In a sign of intense consumer demand for sports betting, 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers want to change current sports betting law, and two-thirds (66%) believe states should decide whether to legalize sports betting. Sixty-five percent of Super Bowl viewers believe transparent, regulated wagering will either strengthen the integrity of games or have no impact on game outcomes.

Sports betting may be the next step in the journey that gaming has made in Mississippi,” said Gregory. “It could add another level to this platform of revenue and bring even more income to the state and its economy.”

In a major shift last November following months of study and deliberation by AGA and its members, the casino gaming industry announced its intent to study the implications of current law and build a coalition to determine if rational, legal alternatives exist. AGA has launched a new website dedicated to this effort that serves as the hub of its campaign to educate and inform stakeholders and allies.

Biloxi is the latest stop on AGA’s Get to Know Gaming campaign, which educates communities about gaming’s role as a community partner in 40 states across the country. AGA has hosted similar events in in Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Michigan. 

About AGA:

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

SOURCE: The American Gaming Association.

 

 

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