Lottery Posts Record Year
State to receive record
$281 million for teacher and public safety pensions and Build Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (August 16,
2016) -- With record sales in both Scratch-off and Draw products, the Hoosier
Lottery projects that it will provide $281 million, a 16.0% increase over
FY2015, to the State of Indiana from the fiscal year ending June 30,
2016. Sarah M. Taylor, Executive Director of the Hoosier Lottery, today
reported to the State Lottery Commission of Indiana that unaudited results for
the fiscal year showed that Hoosier Lottery total revenue was $1.2 billion.
Lottery winners received over $772
million in prize payments, and more than 4,500 retail partners earned $82
million in commissions. She noted that sales performance of both
Scratch-off and Draw games were strong and were bolstered by the large
Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots experienced within the fiscal year.
Executive Director Taylor explained,
All Hoosiers will benefit from this very successful year for the
Hoosier Lottery. We will provide $60 million to the pension funds for
Indianas teachers, and local police officers and firefighters, and our
contribution to the Build Indiana Fund will continue to support reduced auto
She added, The Hoosier Lottery
staff and our colleagues at IGT Indiana are committed to providing entertaining
games for all of our players. We also will continue to encourage all of
our customers to play responsibly. This year the Hoosier Lottery became
only the second U.S. lottery to achieve the industrys highest
certification for its responsible gaming program.
Bill Zielke, chairman of the Lottery
Commission, commented, We are extremely pleased with these results and
the success of the Lottery under our amended service agreement with IGT
Indiana. This public/private model for the Hoosier Lottery is serving our
state well and helping us fulfill our mission to provide important funds for
the State of Indiana.
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
CONTACT: Dennis Rosebrough, Hoosier
Lottery Director of Public Relations, E:
317-264-4677 office or 317-503-4453 cell.
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Electronic Sports and Loto-Québec: A world of
Zone at DreamHack Montréal
MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada
(August 11, 2016) -- Loto-Québec joins forces with DreamHack
Montréal for the first Canadian edition of this international video
gaming event. The Corporation is giving an opportunity to a dozen independent
Québec studios to showcase their products by offering free space at Loto
Québecs Indie Zone.
Some 8,000 to 10,000 participants
and spectators are expected to come to Place Bonaventure during the 3-day
competition from August 12 to 14. Loto-Québec is committed to helping up
and coming video game creators cultivate their talent for a Québec
speciality that deserves to be more widely known. Loto-Québecs
Indie Zone is meeting that objective at Dreamhack Montréal.
At Loto-Québec, we
are passionate about gaming in all its forms. Theres a natural link
between our teams and local creators, communities, studios and talented
developers. Video gaming is a major source of innovation and pushes the limits
of creativity in a whole range of sectors, including ours. Extremely active in
Québec, this scene is the source of many great avantguard entertainment
ideas, said Nathalie Rajotte, Corporate Director, Strategy,
Innovation and Branding.
Bets on esports with
Loto-Québec is offering the
first legal, honest and secure gaming environment for placing bets on
electronic sports in Québec. Many video gaming fans are already
interested in this type of bet, but offerings on the international scene are
often via illegal or poorly-regulated channels.
With the increasing
popularity of esports, there is more and more demand for opportunities to bet
on this type of competition. With Mise-o-jeu, Loto-Québec is filling the
gap by offering a secure and honest environment for placing bets. A new ESports
category has now been activated on our platforms. We will continue to track
interest in this type of betting over the coming months, explained
Louis Beaudet, Director of Sports and Entertainment Betting.
Electronic sport, or esport, refers
to competitive video gaming, either online or during events where several fans
get together in the same location. The launch of Mise-o-jeus new bet
offering coincides with the DreamHack Montréal event. Bet offerings will
continue to be available for other international calibre competitions, such as
The International, where professional players are featured.
Loto-Québecs mission is
to responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and
measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the
heart of its activities.
CONTACT: Patrice Lavoie, Corporate
Director, Public Affairs, Press Relations and Social Media, Loto-Québec
and its subsidiaries, T: 514-499-5130, E:
Scientific Games Boosts Customer Roster, Adds Kansas Crossing
Casino + Hotel with Complete Casino Systems Deal
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 16, 2016)
-- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") will provide a full suite of casino-management systems solutions to
the new Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel scheduled to open in early 2017 in
Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel
selected Scientific Games, the global market leader in gaming systems
solutions, to deliver entertainment and rewards, and drive operating
efficiencies across its new casino floor anchored by the Company's
powerful, secure, and reliable SDS slot-management system and CMP
Derik Mooberry, Scientific Games
Group Chief Executive of Gaming, said, "Scientific Games' industry-leading
portfolio of systems solutions is transforming casino operations and the player
experience the world over. We are thrilled to partner with Kansas Crossing and
its management team to develop an engaged and loyal player base in this
When the new casino opens, its
modern, high-speed and fully networked gaming floor will utilize these
Scientific Games products:
- iVIEW Display Manager ("DM") on-device messaging
technology to excite and engage players across the casino floor. iVIEW DM will
power touch-enabled in-game communications and bonuses on all of the casino's
630 slot machines without interrupting slot play.
- Elite Bonusing Suite, which features 12 turn-key
applications for rewarding players including DM Tournaments, Dynamic Random
Bonusing, Flex Rewards, U-Spin Bonusing, Power Progressive Strike, and Virtual
- 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.
- BOSS ("Beverage Ordering Service System")
touchscreen, self-service drink-ordering feature that works through iVIEW
Doug Fisher, General Manager of
Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel, said, "The most important consideration for us
when choosing a casino systems provider was finding a partner with robust
player-bonusing solutions at the point of play. We want our casino floor to
provide a fun, high energy, and anticipatory experience for our patrons, and no
supplier can enable that like Scientific Games can with its iVIEW DM on-device
technology paired with its Elite Bonusing Suite to provide mystery-style
progressive jackpots, instant tournaments, and the array of customizable
The $80 million Kansas Crossing
Casino + Hotel is under construction near Pittsburg in Crawford County. The
casino resort will feature 630 slot machines, 16 gaming tables, poker, a
restaurant, live entertainment venue, and a 120-room hotel.
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.
Vice President, Investor
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Banknote Wins Contract as Primary Scratch Game Supplier to the Minnesota State
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (August
18, 2016) Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard
Banknote) is pleased to announce that following a competitive procurement
process, it has been awarded a four-year contract to serve as the primary
scratch game supplier to the Minnesota State Lottery (Minnesota
Lottery). Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue as
the Lotterys primary scratch game vendor, but expects to increase ticket
volumes supplied, with a guarantee in the new contract of at least 70% of all
scratch games purchased for every year of the contract. The new contract runs
until June 30, 2020 with the potential for two one-year contract extensions.
The contract value is estimated to be approximately $11.2 million (USD) over
the four years.
Pollard Banknote was first awarded a
secondary scratch game contract for the Minnesota Lottery in 2007 and was
elevated to primary supplier in 2010. This speaks to the Lotterys
confidence in Pollard Banknotes ability to help drive sales with
innovative products and strategic recommendations, a client-focused approach,
and an in-depth understanding of the Minnesota market. By focusing on industry
innovations and winning strategies, the scratch game category generated 69% of
total Lottery sales for FY2015. The Lottery chose Pollard Banknote for the
expertise of its marketing team to ensure that this important product category
continues to grow sales for good causes the Lottery supports.
To date, the forward-thinking
Lottery has brought many of Pollard Banknotes innovative products and
licensed brands to market, including the PlayBook®, Scratch FX® and
Spectrum Scratch FX®. It was also the first Lottery to launch Scratch
FX® at the $20 price point. Most recently, the Lotterys launch of a
$5 Frogger game (a licensed brand offered exclusively by Pollard Banknote) had
five-week average sales that were 82% higher than all other $5 games launched
in Minnesota since 2013. It was the Lotterys best-selling ticket at this
Over the course of this new
contract, Pollard Banknote will continue to offer the Lottery design, marketing
and strategic leadership. The Lottery will also have access to exciting brands
from Pollard Banknotes licensed portfolio and will benefit from the
companys extensive collection of primary research projects.
We are very excited to
continue our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote, said Michael
Vekich, Acting Director, Minnesota Lottery. We rely heavily on our
primary printing partner for design, marketing and strategy leadershipa
partner proven to help the Lottery drive its scratch sales. Pollard Banknote
offers everything we seek from a scratch game printerguidance and
expertise in research, marketing and product innovation. We are always
intrigued by the new concepts presented and look forward to launching a variety
of new initiatives in the years to come, ultimately increasing revenue for good
causes in the state of Minnesota.
Banknotes experience working with a variety of lottery jurisdictions
worldwide, our strategies incorporate the best of the best in utilizing
innovations to maximize scratch ticket sales that raise money for good
causes, said Byron Peterson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard
Banknote, noting that the Minnesota State Lottery does a fantastic job
of executing those strategies.
The Minnesota Lottery has been
supporting good causes throughout the state since 1989. Over the years the
Lottery has raised over $2.6 billion that is directed to the General Fund and
the Minnesota environment. The General Fund supports education, health care,
local governments and public safety. The funds also help the environment in
many ways through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. For more
information about the Lottery, please visit
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales,
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at:
For more information CONTACT:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Appointed to Support the Development and Introduction of the New National
Online Self-Exclusion Scheme (NOSES)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (August 15, 2016)
-- The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) announced today that it has retained
the services of KPMG to (i) undertake a scoping study which will help to shape
the development of NOSES; and (ii) to support and advise the RGA during the
In February this year the Gambling
Commission wrote to all remote gambling licence holders to inform them that it
had decided that the industry should now take forward the project to design,
introduce and run a national online self-exclusion system.
The aim of the project is to provide
consumers with a single process whereby they can self-exclude themselves from
all online gambling operators that are licensed by the Gambling Commission.
The website will also set out other
measures that are available to help people to manage their gambling and will
signpost specialist advice and support services for those who might benefit
Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive of
the RGA commented that: Self-exclusion can be a vitally important tool,
especially for problem gamblers or those who are at risk of developing
problems. Self-exclusions have long been offered on a company basis, but in
terms of consumer protection it will be a huge step forward to have a single
national scheme of the type envisaged by government and the Gambling
Establishing a cross industry system
of this kind raises a host of complex legal, technical, and governance issues.
We are therefore delighted to have retained KPMG to help us successfully
navigate our way through all of these details with a view to having everything
in place before the end of 2017.
Speaking on behalf of the Gambling
Commission, Paul Hope (Programme Director) said: We are very pleased that
the RGA is developing the scheme on behalf of the online sector. The Commission
will work with the RGA to achieve our shared objective of a scheme that is
focused on what works best for people that would benefit from using it.
Micky Swindale, Director of KPMG
Gibraltar, added KPMG are delighted to be working with the RGA on an
important opportunity for the industry to work together to put in place a
customer-focused, user-friendly system.
About the RGA:
The RGA is the trade association for
the online gambling industry.
Further information and a full list
of its members can be found at www.rga.eu.com.
KPMG is a leading provider of
professional services including audit, tax and advisory. KPMG in the UK has
over 11,000 partners and staff working in 22 offices across the UK. KPMG Isle
of Man & Gibraltar has 125 staff working across two jurisdictions.
For further information or comment
please CONTACT: Clive Hawkswood, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Remote Gambling
Laboratories International (GLI®) Renews Its Colombia
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (August 11, 2016)
In the latest sign of its commitment and dedication to the Latin
American gaming industry, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has
successfully completed its application for renewal of its accreditation as an
independent test lab in Colombia.
Recently, COLJUEGOS released a
regulation establishing new requirements for laboratories in the jurisdiction.
The regulation strengthens requirements independent test labs must meet to
clearly demonstrate their capabilities to test for Colombia.
GLI has been accredited in Colombia
since 2013 when COLJUEGOS established the process for laboratories to be
GLIs Director of Latin America
and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Karen Marcela
Sierra-Hughes said, We are thankful to COLJUEGOS, who had a very open
consultation process prior the publication of the regulations that allow for
transparency and labs to prepare properly for the submission process.
We take licensing processes
seriously and consider them a top priority in our business. We understand that
by doing so, we show support for our supplier clients, so they can access all
the jurisdictions in their commercial plans, and we also show our strong
support regulators who are able to start receiving approvals to allow for
operations of new games, she added.
With this milestone, GLI is ready to
receive submissions for all games allowed in Colombia, including monitoring and
control systems, tote systems, route operations, virtual sports betting and the
recent authorization of Internet gaming.
GLIs commitment to support
regulators in their continued training and path to strengthen their regulations
is also reflected at our Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable.
The 2015 edition of the Regulators Roundtable was celebrated in Colombia where
more than 90 regulators from 21 countries attended. This year, the event will
take place August 24 and 25 in Curacao at the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Emerald Casino. For registration and information, visit
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs 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:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Lottery Announces Record-Breaking Transfer to the Legislative Lottery
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (August 15,
2016) -- The New Mexico Lottery is delivering its highest profits ever.
We are excited to announce
a return of $46.3 million approximately $5.2 million more than last
years return to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund for
Fiscal Year 2016, announced David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO.
Barden said the years revenues
are the result of numerous initiatives that led to an increase in
Scratchers sales, coupled with Powerball® sales. Without one or the
other, the Lottery would not have delivered a record return.
The years net sales were
approximately $154.3 million, up $17.3 million (12.65%) from last year.
From net sales, players won $84.8 million and retailers earned $10 million for
selling tickets and cashing prizes.
FY 2015 Net Sales (audited)
FY 2016 Net Sales (unaudited)
The Lottery celebrated its 20th
anniversary on April 27. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $700.9
million for education and more than 100,000 students have attended college on
Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at
CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm (505) 342-7638,
(800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: The New Mexico Lottery
Network Report A Solid and Profitable 1Q 2016 and is Progressing in Line With
Its Strategic Objectives
- Total operating performance reached to
EUR 61.4 million (prior year: EUR 65.5 million)
- EBIT in the first half year amounted to
EUR 10.3 million (prior year: EUR 18.5 million)
- Pay-out of the second interim dividend
for 2016 amounted to EUR 0.70 per share
LONDON, U.K. (August 12, 2016) --
ZEAL Group continued its solid and profitable development in the first six
months of 2016. With four new instant win games launched in the period,
strengthening the Group's customer facing business.
Total operating performance growth
in the first half of 2016 was affected by a high prize pay-out amounting to EUR
37 million. Thanks to a special insurance policy covering a large portion (EUR
20 million) of this big win, the overall impact on total operating performance
was only EUR 17 million. The impact of the big winner was further mitigated by
increased revenue from instant win games, and higher average spend from the
customer base, resulting in total operating performance of EUR 61.4 million,
representing a decrease of only EUR 4.1 million on prior period.
'Normalised' revenue(1) of EUR 69.5
million increased by EUR 1.5 million period on period, despite the distraction
of the Euro 2016 Championship, as well as lower average jackpots.
EBIT in the first six months
amounted to EUR 10.3 million (prior year: EUR 18.5 million) which represents a
decrease of EUR 8.2 million compared to the same period in the prior year. This
decrease was primarily attributable to uncontrollable variances including the
decrease from total operating performance (EUR 4.1 million) together with
period on period adverse exchange movements (EUR 2.8 million).
Earnings per share in the first half
year of 2016 decreased because of above from EUR 1.52 to EUR 0.75.
Dr Helmut Becker, Chief Executive
Officer of ZEAL: "We are pleased to report half year results which highlight
the profitability and the stable underlying growth momentum of our group. ZEAL
has continued to leverage its instant win games initiative, and has improved
its marketing effectiveness. We continue to drive our business-to-business
offering as planned. We see lots of growth potential by continuously innovating
the online lottery market."
ZEAL is satisfied with its current
growth trajectory and confident that adherence to the strategic objectives set
out in the 2015 Annual Report will result in a positive EBIT growth momentum
for the rest of 2016.
In accordance with its dividend
policy, ZEAL Network paid out the second interim dividend of 2016 amounting to
EUR 0.70 per share at the end of Q2 2016. The Group intends to pay two more
instalments of EUR 0.70 per share in 2016 and continue quarterly payments in
future years. The dividend policy is subject to periodic review and possible
amendments depending on future earnings and financial position.
ZEAL re-iterates outlook for
The strategic outlook remains
unchanged with attractive growth opportunities in ZEAL's target markets. The
Group's positive development is in line with its strategic goals. Favourable
European Courts rulings have enabled ZEAL to enhance its marketing
capabilities. ZEAL Group is confident that its ability to increase direct
investment in marketing will deliver the planned growth strategy thereby
building on the existing customer base. Popular instant win games continue to
attract new target groups who are looking for an exciting gaming experience and
have increased the average revenue generated from customers. The Group will
further cater to this demand with innovative games and benefit from this
growing market. ZEAL remains well positioned to capitalise on opportunities
arising from changes to regulatory conditions and the relatively low internet
penetration of the lottery industry.
As announced on 17 May 2016, ZEAL
expects full year total operating performance to be EUR 125-135 million and
full year EBIT to be EUR 25-35 million.
¹ Consolidated "normalised" revenue represents
gross revenue generated adjusted for differences between actual and expected
prize pay-outs. Further explanation is included on page 7 of the Interim
Financial Report 2016.
CONTACT: ZEAL Network SE, Press
office, Tel.: +44 (0)20 3739-7000, E-Mail:
About ZEAL Network SE:
ZEAL Network SE and its consolidated
companies specialise in the area of online lottery. We offer consumer facing
lottery-based games as well as business-to-business solutions. Our vision is to
create a better world of lottery.
ZEAL Network SE is a London based
company, founded in Germany in 1999 as Tipp24 SE. In November 2014, the company
was renamed ZEAL Network SE. Its shares are listed on the Prime Standard of the
Frankfurt Stock Exchange and are included in the SDAX index. Since its
incorporation, ZEAL has generated stakes of 2.5 billion euros and thus
contributed over 650 million euros in taxes and duties.
ZEAL holds equity interests in
businesses running under the following brands: Lottovate offers digital
services to licensed lottery operators around the world (www.lottovate.com).
Lotto Network enables private business partners to host their own branded lotto
product (www.lottonetwork.com). Ventura24 is a lottery ticket broker in Spain
(www.ventura24.es). Tipp24 offers consumer facing secondary lottery products
SOURCE: ZEAL Network SE.
Camelot & Freeformers to Disrupt The National
Search is on for 16 young
people to receive training in digital skills and thinking to help shape the
future of The National Lottery
- Recruitment event to be held in London on September
3rd 2016 for 18-25s
- Camelot hopes to discover fresh-thinking, diverse
and digital native talent
- Placements will be offered at Camelot in Digital,
Marketing, Data, Finance, IT and HR
- Digital transformation and social impact startup
Freeformers will direct the training
UNITED KINGDOM (August 18, 2016) --
National Lottery operator Camelot has joined forces with Freeformers, a startup
dedicated to giving young people the right skills for the future of
work, to find a group of 18-25 year olds who can play a part in shaping
The National Lotterys digital future and help Camelot raise even more
money for Good Causes.
Camelot and Freeformers will be
running a recruitment event on September 3rd
[http://bit.ly/upload-live-camelot] to find 16 people for the unique year-long
programme mixing digital training with work experience at The National
Lotterys HQ. It will offer those attending the tools and knowledge to
help make a difference to Camelot, finding ways for the company to stay even
more relevant to customers in the fast-moving digital age.
The all-day event next month takes
place in Central London and forms part of Freeformers new Talent
Programme. This sees the startup partner with big brands to help them become
more future-thinking. It is open to any young person, whether a confident
digital native or someone who wants to make their mark in digital but
doesnt know where to start.
The partnership with Camelot begins
in October when the group will start receiving training from Freeformers in the
likes of coding, app prototyping, cyber security and digital marketing. They
will then spend time working in six different departments at Camelot, bringing
their new-found knowledge and skills into a hands-on working environment.
Camelot hopes this will encourage digital disruption across the business.
Emma Smith, Head of Talent and
Development at Camelot, said: We want to hire young people who can
help shape the future of The National Lottery. These disrupters
will have the chance to influence our talented teams right across the
Were part of the
fast-paced games industry, but we also do a lot of good. National Lottery
players raise a staggering £36 million every week for Good Causes.
Although were leading the way in the field of digital lottery innovation,
were ambitious to do even more to help us deliver a great player
experience and, crucially, deliver even more for Good Causes.
Septembers recruitment day
forms part of Freeformers successful series of Upload Live festivals,
designed to uncover fresh and diverse untapped digital talent from across the
Adam Freeman, Partner and Head of
Talent at Freeformers, says: Our partnership with Camelot is vital to
helping both big companies and young people ready themselves for the fast-paced
changes we now see happening within the digital economy and future of work.
We cant wait to find
16 talented individuals who will not only help further transform Camelot and
The National Lottery but also be instrumental in shaping a business to raise
even more money for Good Causes that help other young people just like
This is a life-changing
opportunity for all those involved and could lead to a whole new career they
may never have thought was possible to achieve. With A-Level results out today,
its crucial to show young people who may not have got the grades they
wanted that there are still plenty of potential career paths for them, with or
Sign-up link for the recruitment
event for publication: http://bit.ly/upload-live-camelot
If you would like more information
or to arrange interviews, please contact:
For Freeformers: Jonathan Weinberg,
07947 141014, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Camelot: Claire Monaghan, 0207
632 5711, email@example.com
About Camelot/The National
- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed
operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for
National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not
responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
- Each week, Camelot generates, on average, over
£36 million for National Lottery-funded projects. In total, over
£35 billion has now been raised and more than 490,000 individual grants
have been made across the UK an average of 150 lottery grants in every
- The National Lottery has so far awarded over
£59 billion in prizes and created more than 4,250 millionaires or
multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
- Camelot runs the most cost-efficient major lottery
in Europe, with around 4% of total revenue spent on operating costs.
- The UK National Lottery is ranked at just 52nd in
the world in terms of per capita spend, despite being the fifth largest lottery
in the world by sales clear evidence of Camelots longstanding
commitment to being a responsible operator (Source: La Fleurs 2016 World
- Total digital sales in 2015/16 were a record
£1,585.2 million, an increase of £244.8 million on 2014/15. Mobile
sales were a record £595.5 million, an increase of £206.1 million
- With over eight million registered players,
national-lottery.co.uk is Europes largest online lottery in terms of
sales and one of the top 10 e-commerce sites in the UK.
- For further information on Camelot, The National
Lottery and its games, please visit: www.camelotgroup.co.uk and
- Players of all National Lottery games must be aged
16 or over.
Freeformers are the digital growth
partner to the FTSE 100 and to enterprise, helping businesses deal with all the
challenges faced by the digital economy. They focus on workforce transformation
through their Talent Programme, consulting and training services, showing
incumbents how to maintain position, boost growth, gain new customers and react
to the disruption all around them from startups and challenger brands.
Freeformers are creating the future
workforce now by training from the CEO and C-Suite down throughout the whole
business. Sessions are taught by smart, fresh-thinking young people, many of
whom have been found through Freeformers Upload Live festivals or
outreach sessions. And for every corporate place booked, they then train a
16-25-year-old for free as part of the Freeformers one_for1 social impact
This is the second time Freeformers
have launched a Digital Talent programme but it is the first focused on a
direct consumer brand. Earlier this year they partnered with global media group
Dentsu Aegis Network to provide a talent pipeline for its new digital agency
The agencys MD is former
Freeformers head trainer Lewie Allen, whose own life was transformed by the
startup when he attended their programme after years spent living in hostels
without any real idea of what his future career opportunities looked like.
Players Win Cash 4 Due to Statistical Rarity
1111 Was the one for
Arkansas Cash 4 Players
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 16,
2016) -- A statistical rarity gave more than one hundred Arkansas lottery
players a win on Saturday, when the numbers for Cash 4 drawn were 1111.
One hundred and eight Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery Cash 4 players across the state played 1111; each straight
ticket in this midday draw won $5,000.
In what was the highest-ever Cash 4
payout in Arkansas, this draw had a total prize payout of $270,000. (The
previous highest payout was $130,000 on Sept. 12, 2011, for the numbers
About Cash 4
Cash 4 is a four-digit
terminal-generated game with four ways to play and several ways to win.
Midday Cash 4 drawings are held at
12:59 p.m. Monday through Saturday; evening drawings are held at 6:59 p.m.
About the Arkansas Scholarship
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other
expenses in Arkansas.
Since Lottery sales started in 2009,
the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $600 million for
in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, $2 billion in prizes to
players and $170 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.
Follow the Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Visit MyArkansasLottery for more
information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions -- and to join
the free Play It Again Rewards Club.
To hear winning numbers, call the
Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem
gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
CONTACT: Stephen Koch at
501-683-2055 for more information.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Gambling Commission Shines Light on Virtual Currencies, eSports
and Social Gaming
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (August 11, 2016)
-- The Gambling Commission has today launched a discussion paper setting out
its latest thinking on virtual currencies, eSports and social gaming and
seeking views on emerging issues that can pose a risk to both regulation and
The discussion paper has been
prepared in response to:
the blurring of lines between some
social gaming products and gambling
technological advances and the
expansion of digital or virtual currencies resulting in some social
gaming products offering facilities for Gambling Commission
the growth in the market for
gambling on eSports
Neil McArthur, General Counsel at
the Gambling Commission, explained: Our key concern is to ensure that
consumers are protected and that children and other vulnerable people are not
harmed or exploited by gambling. This discussion paper brings to the fore some
areas where we see real issues for regulation, player protection and the
protection of children and young people.
We are concerned about
virtual currencies and in-game items, which can be used to gamble.
We are also concerned that not everyone understands that players do not need to
stake or risk anything before offering facilities for gaming will need to be
licensed. Any operator wishing to offer facilities for gambling, including
gambling using virtual currencies, to consumers in Great Britain, must hold an
Any operator who is
offering unlicensed gambling must stop or face the consequences.
We are also concerned about
betting on eSports. Like any other market, we expect operators offering markets
on eSports to manage the risks including the significant risk that
children and young people may try to bet on such events given the growing
popularity of eSports with those who are too young to gamble.
Finally, in terms of social
gaming, the Commissions view has not changed significantly since the
publication of its social gaming paper in January 2015. But,
cautions Mr McArthur, if we discover that items such as additional spins,
credits or tokens or even loyalty points are tradeable, then we will be taking
a keen interest.
Interested parties have until 30
September to respond. The Commission will also be looking for suitable
opportunities during the Autumn for direct engagement prior to issuing a
position paper towards the end of the year.
CONTACT: press office on 0121 230
6700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.
Games Fantasy Sports in Focus
Article by: Malta Gaming
MALTA (August 12, 2016) -- In
December 2015, the Malta Gaming Authority (the Authority) published
its Position Paper on Digital Games of Skill with Prize following a public
The Authority stated that in view of
the element of skill and knowledge involved in fantasy sports, such an activity
should be differentiated from games of chance in terms of licensing and
This relates specifically to fantasy
sports where players choose virtual representations of real-life athletes,
where the value and points attributed to an athlete reflect the athletes
performance in actual sporting events, and where the outcome is determined
predominantly by skill and knowledge rather than by chance.
The Authority also took the position
that such games still warrant regulatory intervention which is appropriate and
proportionate to address the level of risk presented to the consumer.
The Maltese Government is committed
to introduce legislation to regulate certain skill games which may present
increased risks to the consumer. In this regard, the proposed Skill Games
Regulations have been notified to the European Commission as part of the
process for the Authority to roll out its licensing framework to regulate such
skill-based games, including fantasy sports.
In the interim, the Minister for
Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, the Hon. Dr
Emmanuel Mallia, has, on advice of the Authority, published the attached Legal
Notice 271 of 2016, entitled the Fantasy Sports (Exemption) Regulations (S.L.
438.10), exempting fantasy sports from the requirement of a gambling licence
issued in terms of the Lotteries and Other Games Act (Chapter 438 of the Laws
of Malta) or the Remote Gaming Regulations (S.L. 438.04).
In effect, during this temporary
period and until the proposed regulatory framework for skill games is put into
force, the Authority shall be open to receiving interests via ad hoc
notifications, in order to closely monitor these operations and evaluate
potential risks to the consumer.
Entities offering fantasy sports may
voluntarily notify their operations to the Authority via the form provided
through the following link, and subject to meeting certain general conditions
applicable under general law, the operator will be formally recognised by the
Interested operators are kindly
invited to send any queries to: email@example.com so that
they can be guided accordingly.
SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.
Welcome to the 2016 NASPL Business Development and Product
The NASPL Business Development and
Product Innovations Conference is Hosted by the Georgia Lottery
The Georgia Lottery Corporation is
very excited to host this years event in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
After hosting the world for the Olympics, we are proud that our city has
continued to be a showcase of culture, corporate development, entertainment and
global access through the worlds largest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson.
Our theme for this years event
is E is for Experiential! We will discuss the growing importance of
creating a closer bond between the consumer and the brand by immersing them in
memorable brand experiences at each stage of their path to purchase.
In keeping with our theme, we have
defined the following goals of this years conference:
- E! is for Execute! - To provide strategic
executions to brand building that drives sales, profitability and return on
- E! is for Exchange! - To bring together
leading industry professionals and vendors to present and exchange business
- E! is for Engage! - To engage with the
worlds most successful business leaders outside of the lottery industry
to learn their approach to business executions.
- E! is for Evolve! - To present evolutionary
trends and innovative solutions to lottery industry challenges.
- E! is for Empower! - To provide applicable,
ready to implement business presentations that may be applied directly to a
lotterys business needs.
- E! is for Encourage! - To provide an
inspirational and encouraging platform for lottery professionals to network and
discuss industry challenges.
Atlanta is the home to some of the
greatest brands in the world. We have diligently recruiting an amazing line-up
of business professionals to share best-in-class business practices and provide
We are implementing some
evolutionary changes to this years event, starting with our conference
name. To better reflect the content of our industrys most coveted
gathering, we have renamed to NASPL Business Development and Product
Innovations Conference. We believe you will appreciate the unique approaches
taken to provide you with the best content, on-site experiences, business and
personal growth opportunities.
Please join us in Atlanta, October
4-6, 2016 for a professional learning experience like none other.
Our Southern Hospitality is waiting
CEO & President
Georgia Lottery Corporation.
Lottery Summit 2016
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
6 - 9 Nov. 2016
Dear WLS Delegate,
Serving the global lottery
community, the WLA makes every effort to stage its events such as workshops,
seminars and, in particular, its biennial convention on every continent in fair
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Since the foundation of the
association in 1999, the World Lottery Summits provide a unique platform for
several hundred delegates representing lottery operators, WLA partners,
and suppliers from around the world to gather together under one roof
and exchange knowledge and experiences.
The Asia-Pacific region, which will
welcome us in November 2016, has considerably developed its activities over the
last decade, as far as games of chance are concerned. Besides the traditional
operators that have been in business for several decades, there has been a
surge in development of numerous emerging markets, and the WLA, with its broad
global membership base, know-how, and international experience, plays an
important role in serving the lottery industry with its services and training
programs. The WLA is a frontrunner in the development of standards, in the
domain of Responsible Gaming as well as Security and Risk Management, and is
currently in the process of addressing topics surrounding the issues of
integrity in the industry. These standards are implemented to develop best
practices worldwide and to collaborate in the professional development of
emerging lotteries. This has particularly been the case in recent years as
numerous Asian operators have implemented standards of the WLA.
We are really happy to invite you to
participate in the next WLS 2016. Many sincere thanks to Singapore Pools, most
notably the initiative of its CEO, Mr Seah, for its renewed commitment to the
activities of the WLA. We look forward to welcoming many of you in Singapore in
iGaming Education Forum Drives Key Message of Responsible
MALTA (August 16, 2016) -- Social
Responsibility has been confirmed as a top priority on the learning agenda at
the first ever iGaming Education Forum, taking place during the SiGMA
Conference in November (16/17/18), with key training sessions on compliance
across the gaming industry to be delivered by experts from a variety of
The Forums organisers,
Malta-based iGaming Academy in partnership with SiGMA and the Malta Gaming
Authority, have cemented their vision to grow the industry through
education with the entire first day of the event dedicated to
Compliance in iGaming, and focusing on topics such as responsible gaming,
anti-money laundering and fraud prevention.
Explaining their commitment to
compliance across the gaming industry, iGaming Academy Director, Jaime Debono,
stated: Ensuring that companies act responsibly and meet their
regulatory obligations is crucially important to the iGaming sector and gaming
as a whole, not just to safeguard individuals, but to preserve the legacy of
the industry too. Its imperative that social responsibility is
highlighted as a priority in the industry which is why our interactive and
comprehensive courses are designed and delivered by leading industry experts
and made suitable for any employee in a gaming or gaming-related operation, as
well as attendees looking to enter into the industry.
The gaming industry has
overcome many pitfalls and prejudices over the years and its heartening
to see so much progression surrounding the potential harms associated with
gambling in the 21st Century. However, there are still areas the industry needs
to focus on and develop, which is why we are proud to be dedicating an entire
day to compliance and the policies and practices used to promote consumer
protection and awareness, he added.
Backed by over 80 years of
gaming experience and with a fundamental aim to deliver the first education
driven forum at SiGMA, we are looking forward to driving real change with our
comprehensive compliance training programs in November.
Wendy Zitzman, who will be
delivering the Anti-Money Laundering Training session at the inaugural iGaming
Education Forum, explained: The workshops at Novembers iGaming
Education Forum have been designed to comply with legal requirements across a
number of international jurisdictions such as UK, US, Malta and other EU
countries and the interactive training means that operators will be able
to gain insight into the different regulations that apply to the global
audience attending the forum.
Our compliance sessions
also include bespoke practical scenario exercises which are vital for all
levels of staff in the gaming industry whether they are customer facing,
creating marketing campaigns or dealing with financial transactions - due to
the changing aspects of responsible gaming, particularly online and mobile
gaming, as well as advancements in money laundering and fraud.
We hope that by
highlighting these important issues surrounding compliance and money-laundering
through bespoke workshops delivered by iGaming professionals, the industry can
adapt and work more stringently to safeguard itself and its customers in the
For more information and to register
for the iGaming Education Forum, visit:
Note that spaces are limited and on
a first come first serve basis.