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Vol. 77 No11 - Monday December 12, 2016


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IGT Signs New Contract with the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission To Supply A New Central Gaming System And Terminal Applications, And Internet Website, Following Competitive Procurement

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LONDON, U.K. (December 5, 2016) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC, hereinafter “IGT” or “the Company”), has signed a new contract with the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission (“Massachusetts Lottery” or “Lottery”) to provide a new central gaming system, terminal software applications, and an integrated Internet website to display general Lottery information, as well as for marketing and player convenience purposes, following a competitive procurement. IGT provided the Lottery’s existing central gaming system and lottery terminals in 1996. Over the years, IGT has installed self-service vending machines and currently prints a portion of the Lottery’s instant tickets.

We look forward to continuing to support one of the world’s most successful lotteries as it modernizes and positions itself for future growth in an ever-evolving environment,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, WLA North America Lottery. “With this latest technology, we hope to assist the Lottery in achieving even greater efficiency and success in the years ahead.”

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Under the terms of the product sale with the Massachusetts Lottery, IGT will provide project management and system integration responsibilities for all aspects of the Lottery’s gaming system conversion. The Company will convert the Lottery’s existing central gaming and back-office systems to IGT’s latest systems solutions including a comprehensive business intelligence and analytics tool that provides insights across all sales channels. IGT will also provide technology transfer services to enable Lottery personnel to maintain and support the provided software. In addition, IGT will work with the Massachusetts Lottery to improve its presence on the Internet and enhance its customer relationship management.

The Massachusetts Lottery generated record sales of $5.234 billion in its fiscal year 2016 and ranks number one in the world in per capita sales.

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.

 

 

INTRALOT Announce Sports Betting Platform Strategic Partnership

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ATHENS, Greece (December 3, 2016) -- INTRALOT and AMELCO announce the signing of a binding MoU forming a strategic partnership and leveraging AMELCO's state-of-the-art sports betting software platform. This move is expected to address market opportunities by combining in a single novel solution the strong retail expertise of INTRALOT with AMELCO's betting platform's state-of-the-art functionalities. The Definitive Agreement between the two parties is expected to be finalized within 1Q17.

Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, stated: "Partnering with AMELCO is a milestone development for the evolution of INTRALOT's sports-betting offering and our capability to enhance our leading position in a fast growing sports betting market around the world, across all channels. We see in AMELCO the right partner towards this goal."

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AMELCO owner and founder Mr. Damian Walton said: "Our agreement with INTRALOT is an important recognition of the high caliber of our betting platform and a tremendous opportunity for us to access world markets through INTRALOT's wide and prestigious client base and expertise. We look forward working closer with INTRALOT management and technical teams to tap growth opportunities through world-class products and services."

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.91 billion turnover and a global workforce of more than 5,200 employees in 2015.

INTRALOT is an innovation - driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise.

Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive.

INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

More info: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Telephone:: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: tzimou@intralot.com - www.intralot.com

About Amelco

AMELCO builds bespoke trading and sportsbook solutions tailored to its customers' specifications. The company was established in 2006 on the back of technical and industry expertise gained from development experience building software solutions for pricing, trading and execution platforms offering electronic brokering services to the global banking sector. AMELCO's enterprise sports betting trading solution is now recognized as market leading within the industry.

More info: Mr. Paul Manning email: pmanning@amelco.co.uk - www.amelco.co.uk

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Gaming System Conversion Success Continues for Scientific Games in Puerto Rico

Integration of Instant Game Management Services Key to Growth

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA - December 6, 2016 - Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that its next generation AEGIS™ gaming system is now powering Lotería Electrónica de Puerto Rico (the "Lotería Electrónica") after a successful systems conversion in November. The technology conversion took place in just four months as part of the Company's new, eight-year systems contract which began July 1, 2016. The contract was awarded by the Lotería Electrónica following a competitive procurement process, and includes sales and marketing services. Along with the new, advanced systems technology in Puerto Rico, Scientific Games also launched the lottery industry's first single ticket accounting program for instant games in the U.S. as well as a new retail Keno game.

To support Lotería Electrónica's continued revenue growth, Scientific Games launched its global market leading Cooperative Services Program™ (CSP) for instant game management. Integrating game portfolio planning, analytics, inside sales, packaging, warehousing and retail distribution, CSP is used by more than 20 lotteries globally, including nine of the Top 15 lotteries in the world for instant game per capita sales (La Fleur's Almanac).

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Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said, "Despite challenging economic conditions, Lotería Electrónica has a very strong brand in Puerto Rico and offers players one of the top performing draw game portfolios in the industry. Scientific Games is honored to be a trusted partner in their remarkable success. We appreciate the continued confidence in our games, innovative products, technology and services to maximize profits for Lotería Electrónica and their retailers."

As part of the systems conversion, Scientific Games implemented a new, comprehensive suite of retail technologies, innovative products and services that support Lotería Electrónica's strategic plans across all product lines to meet Puerto Rico's evolving consumer needs and maximize total sales and profits in the coming years. To maximize sales uptime, the conversion also included a new dual communications network for Lotería Electrónica retailers across the island.

Víctor Pizarro Núñez, Assistant Secretary of the Puerto Rico Lotteries, said, "The system conversion we implemented for Lotería Electrónica de Puerto Rico was part of a long-term strategic growth plan that included integrating our draw and instant game technologies so that our products are more convenient for our retailers to sell, more accessible to our players, and more efficient for the Lotería Electrónica to manage. Scientific Games' conversion went live with great success, and this is an important step forward to support our growth in the coming years."

Since 2005, Scientific Games has provided the lottery gaming system in the U.S. territory with a population of 3.5 million. Since switching to the Company's systems technology, Lotería Electrónica has grown sales more than 55 percent and profits to the Puerto Rico Government by 64 percent, and has become one of the top 10 performing lotteries in U.S. for draw games per capita sales. The Lotería Electrónica reported nearly $492 million in total sales in fiscal year 2015-16.Scientific Games provides products, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries worldwide, including nearly every North American lottery

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 utilities; 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 us at www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

Investor Relations: Bill Pfund, T: 1-702-532-7663.

Lottery Communications: Therese Minella,T: (770) 825-4219.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Successfully Completed Acquisition of Albanian National Lottery

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Gumpoldskirchen, Austria (December 1, 2016) -- NOVOMATIC, Europe’s leading Gaming Technology Group, yesterday completed the final required steps for the successful acquisition of the Albanian National Lottery.

Following a tender carried out in 2012, Lotaria Kombëtare had been granted a ten-year license to establish, operate and manage the Albanian National Lottery. With the completion of the acquisition, NOVOMATIC continues to systematically strengthen its lottery business. With its expertise as a provider of lottery system solutions, it will ensure the successful operation of the Albanian National Lottery.

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Eastern and South Eastern Europe are among the core markets in which NOVOMATIC has established an excellent position due to its early commitments. With the successful completion of the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Lotaria Kombëtare, we intend to further enhance this position and to implement our strategy as a full-service provider for the gaming industry in this region, as well”, stated Harald Neumann, CEO of NOVOMATIC AG.

Lotaria Kombëtare complements NOVOMATIC’s portfolio with its reliable, secure and high-quality lottery products with high payouts and considerable chances of winning.

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 235,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

SOURCE: Novomatic.

 

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Florida Lottery Has Best November on Record

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 2, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery announces its strongest November ever, with record sales for the month totaling over $489 million, an all-time record high. This represents an increase over last year's November sales of 9.5 percent. Ticket sales during the month of November generated approximately $127 million in contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

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"With the support of our players and retailers, the Florida Lottery is able to go above and beyond in fulfilling its mission of maximizing revenues to education in Florida," said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "Our players should feel good knowing that each time they play the Florida Lottery, it's a win for education; these record sales translate into millions of additional dollars for Florida's students and schools."

The Lottery's November sales figures represent all product offerings, with Scratch-Off sales being primarily responsible for the record numbers; sales of Scratch-Off tickets alone exceeded $327 million. Draw games accounted for more than $162 million in sales.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Performs Mexico’s Loteria Nacional para la Asistencia Pública WLA-SCS Audit

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LAKEWOOD, NJ (December 7, 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce that it has performed the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard (WLA-SCS) audit for the Loteria Nacional para la Asistencia Pública (Lotenal), Mexico’s national lottery.

As an associate member of the World Lottery Association (WLA) and official WLA certification service entity, GLI deploys experienced WLA-SCS auditors, accredited by the WLA Security and Risk Management Committee, in continued support of the lottery industry.

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GLI’s Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes said, “GLI was honored by Mexico’s Loteria Nacional para la Asistencia Pública choosing our expertise and knowledge in this very important process to renew their WLA-SCS certification. GLI not only brings its unsurpassed technical expertise, but also its rounded lottery industry experience to its clients. This perfect combination allows for lotteries to benefit from an audit that is scoped to its line of business, achieving not only its objective to receive the WLA-SCS certification, but also to apply continuous improvement to their different areas for success. This audit shows the Lotenal Mexico’s continued efforts to comply with higher standards to guarantee transparency and integrity in their operations.”

The WLA-SCS certificate was granted to Mexico’s Loteria Nacional para la Asistencia Pública at the World Lottery Summit 2016 in Singapore.

WLA-SCS is the lottery sector’s only internationally recognized security standard that allows for lottery entities to adhere to a set of guidelines that are considered best industry practice. While ISO27001 is a prerequisite for the certification, the WLA-SCS standards are specific to the lottery industry and are audited and evaluated by a separate scope.

The audit and certification process enables lotteries to benefit from GLI’s decades of experience specific to the lottery industry and build on observations and continuous improvement to support the mitigation of risks and preventative measures to protect the lottery’s reputation.

GLI’s WLA lottery services also include WLA-SCS training and assessments.

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, +1 (702) 914-2220 or c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

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Lotto Draw for Earthquake Relief

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (November 30, 2016) -- A pecial Lotto Draw is to raise funds for Kaikoura/Hurunui earthquake relief.

The draw will be held on Saturday 10 December to raise funds for the Kaikoura/Hurunui earthquake relief efforts, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne announced today. The draw will include the Lotto family of games, Lotto, Powerball and Strike.

Raising money for the community is the fundamental purpose of Lotto New Zealand, with over $3.5 million in community funding being raised each week.

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It is only fitting therefore, that profits from next Saturday’s special draw go towards relief efforts in Kaikoura/Hurunui and surrounding regions affected by the earthquake.

Profits from the Lotto draw will help support the affected communities to recover and following the magnitude 7.8 November 14 earthquake”, said Mr Dunne.

A similar special Lotto draw was held in March 2011 in the wake of the devastating Canterbury earthquake, resulting in over $8 million in lottery funding being allocated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

The generosity of New Zealanders in 2011 was heartening and provided much needed support to the Canterbury community.

Sadly, it’s now our Kaikoura/Hurunui communities that have been the worst affected following the latest earthquakes. All profits from this special draw will go a long way to help Kaikoura/Hurunui rebuild so I encourage all New Zealanders to support this event.

I want to thank Lotto NZ and the Lotteries Commission and Grants Board for enabling this to happen”, Mr Dunne said.

The Lottery Grants Board distributes the profits of games run by New Zealand Lotteries to a range of regional, national and statutory bodies, and lottery funding is important funding in building strong, sustainable communities in New Zealand.

SOURCE: Press Release NZ Govt.

 

 

Sports Integrity Conference as Part of the International Sports Convention 2016

Key stakeholders call upon the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sport Competitions, welcoming the significant contribution of Lotteries to sports integrity

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LAUSANNE / BRUSSELS (December 7, 2016) -- Major stakeholders in the fight against match fixing, convened in Geneva today on December 7, 2016 for the Sports Integrity Conference, which was part of the two-day International Sports Convention 2016 (ISC) and was supported by the European Lotteries (EL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA). More than 20 international speakers, of a diverse background, discussed the state of on-going work, facts and figures, and lessons learned from past cases and investigations, as well as forward-looking strategies.

The stakeholders agreed that the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions is now essential, and even more states need to start developing their national platforms.

The significant contribution of Lotteries in the fight against match-fixing through the provision of information on irregular betting patterns via their risk management systems and the establishment of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) was highlighted and welcomed.

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Commenting on the Sports Integrity Conference, Chairman of EL Sport Committee, Torbjørn Almlid, noted “It is clear that the setting up of national platforms, cooperation and sharing of information among all relevant stakeholders, as also required by the Macolin Convention, are vital for the fight against the phenomenon. Lotteries all over Europe are already actively contributing towards this direction. As highlighted by many speakers, though, illegal betting operators pose obstacles and undermine the efficient information sharing among the national actors and it is vital that states need take concrete measures against illegal betting.

Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sport Competitions

For further information please CONTACT: Jutta Buyse, Deputy Secretary General, Brussels

Tel: + 32.(0)2.234.38.20, jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu or Evangelos Alexandrakis, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Lausanne

Tel: + 41(0)21.311.30.25, el-sport@european-lotteries.org.

European Lotteries (EL)

European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).

 

 

Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling Joins EGBA

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (December 3, 2016) -- The EGBA and the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) are pleased to announce that OVWG has joined EGBA as its newest member as per 2 December 2016.

Claus Retschitzegger, President of the OVWG said: "OVWG faces many challenges on the Austrian market and joining the EGBA will strengthen our position both in Austria and on EU level. EGBA has been the leading voice for the industry in Europe for many years, and we can now benefit from their vast experience of other European markets and knowledge of EU law and procedures. The prime objective of OVWG is to support the enactment of a new, fair and modern regulation for online gambling in Austria".

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After welcoming in recent years the Gibraltar and Swedish trade associations to the EGBA, OVWG is the third affiliate member to join the EGBA. Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA said: "We are very pleased that OVWG has joined EGBA and we look forward to cooperating. It is puzzling that even Austria, where so many successful online operators originate from, still has no online gambling regulation in place that fits with the realities of the digital economy and online consumer behaviour."

Commenting on the current status of online gambling in Austria, Claus Retschitzegger, underlined: "There is too much legal uncertainty with the current regime in Austria for many years. Now, as a relatively new interest group in Austria, we are ready and willing to contribute to a new regulation that is both EU compliant and strong on player protection." Haijer added: "Our continued membership growth is also a testament to the importance of influencing the discussions at EU level, as EU digital regulation increasingly applies to the online gambling sector. For an evidently cross border sector like ours the proper application and enforcement of EU law becomes ever more important."

For more information, please CONTACT: Claus Retschitzegger, President, OVWG, E: cr@ovwg.at, Tel: +43 676 840988109 or Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA, E: maarten.haijer@egba.eu, Tel: +32 2 554.08.90.

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About OVWG

The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) is the voluntary coalition of international online providers for sports betting and gambling operating in Austria. The aim of OVWG is to achieve a regulation which provides a clear framework of fair competition for regulated operators in line with EU law. Its members are Bet-at-home, Cashpoint, Interwetten, Leovegas, Meridian Bet, Mr Green, Unibet, Tipico, Wettpunkt. www.ovwg.at

About the EGBA

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, GVC/bwin.party, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA), Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) and the Oesterreichische Vereinigung für Wetten und Glücksspiel (OVWG) are affiliate members of EGBA.

As a Brussels-based non-profit association, EGBA promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment.

While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-off effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.

SOURCE: EGBA (www.egba.eu)

 

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WyoLotto Launch New Game, Lucky for Life

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming (December 5, 2016) -- WyoLottoTM CEO Jon Clontz announced today that a new kind of luck is coming to Wyoming. WyoLotto hosted a celebration for the launch of its newest game, Lucky for Life?, in Cheyenne at the Cheyenne Depot Museum.

Clontz was joined by WyoLotto Board Chairman Mark Macy and Lucky for Life's Wyoming spokesperson, Luck. Lucky for Life is a national game with a unique jackpot; for $2 per ticket, players have the chance to win $1,000 a day for life.

Lucky for Life also offers players the opportunity to win $25,000 a year for life and smaller prize options. "Lucky for Life offers the jackpot of a lifetime, and we're proud to introduce our players to an exciting new game that continues WyoLotto's tradition of fun and excitement," Clontz said. Tickets went on sale at all WyoLotto retailers on Dec. 4.

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Winner Leading up to the launch of the game, WyoLotto held the Ride of a Lifetime giveaway, which included a Camaro and a Harley Davidson trike. Today, Nathan Harrison and his wife Michelle, were at the celebration to accept their prizes.

Yolo, WyoLotto's mascot, presented Harrison with the keys to a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT coupe and a 2016 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler, plus $3,000 cash. "The fact that I won didn't sink in until I got home and was talking about it with my wife, and then I danced a little jig in the house," Harrison said.

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Harrison and his wife live in Mountain View, Wyo., along with their two children, Dylan, 17, and Kadee, 15. He added that his children were so excited about the vehicles that they were running around the house screaming.

Harrison is a Wyoming native, but left the state to serve his country in the Army for several years. Now retired from the military, he returned to Wyoming and now works for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

He added "This was a heck of a way to win your mid-life crisis car."

A Giveaway of a Lifetime "Now that players can buy Lucky for Life tickets, we're happy to announce that playing the game just got more exciting," Clontz said. "We want to send a WyoLotto player and their guest on a trip to Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day."

Starting today, players can enter to win a trip to Ireland by purchasing a Lucky for Life ticket at any WyoLotto retailer, visiting WyoLotto.com/Lucky, and entering the promo code printed on the ticket. The lucky winner receives a trip for two to Ireland from March 11-18, 2017.

The prize includes airfare for two from Denver International Airport, one hotel room for two individuals, $3,000 cash, two tour packages, and meals. Players can enter from Dec. 4, 2016 to Jan. 4, 2017, and WyoLotto will announce the winner on Jan. 19, 2017. For more details, go to WyoLotto.com/Lucky.

About WyoLotto

The Wyoming Lottery is a Wyoming brand, born and raised in the Cowboy State. WyoLotto games include Mega Millions, Powerball, Cowboy DrawTM and now Lucky for Life. To receive updates and notifications visit wyolotto.com/sign-up 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.

SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery.

 

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Lottery Profits Remain Steady

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (December 2, 2016) -- Kentucky Lottery sales are ahead of last year but slightly below budget, according to a report in today's meeting of the lottery's board of directors. Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported year-to-date (July-October) sales of $314.3 million, which is nearly $4 million (1.3%) more than sales for the same period last year of $310.3 million.

This is however $13 million (4%) less than budget for the period of $327.3 million. Even though sales are lower than budgeted, income before transfer of dividends remains ahead of the budgeted number.

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This amount year-to-date is $80.2 million, which is $4.4 million (5.9%) more than last year and $167,000 (0.2%) more than budgeted.

"We're heading into the time of year which is always our best sales period," said the lottery's Executive Vice President and CFO Howard Kline. "Even though sales are a little lower than we'd hoped, by effectively managing operating expenses we continue to meet the bottom line of what we need to return to the Commonwealth for our college scholarship and grant programs."

Board Vice Chair Mark Sommer reported on progress being made in the search for the lottery's next president and CEO. Sommer said according to the firm conducting the search (Louisville-based The Oliver Group), there have been nearly 300 applicants for the position. The board will narrow that field and submit recommendations to the governor, who will name the new leader. Sommer said he hopes to have the process completed by the end of January. In other business, the board approved:

A lease renewal with Bradley and Spurlock for regional office and storage space in Prestonsburg Rules and regulations for 23 scratch-off tickets, five instant play games and amended rule for Kentucky Cash Ball.

The next meeting of the KLC's board of directors will be January 27. 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.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.

 

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National Lottery Christmas Ad Campaign Kicks-Off

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LONDON, U.K. (December 6, 2016) -- The National Lottery’s Christmas campaign kicks off tomorrow with TV ads airing from 6am – you can download the advert here: https://we.tl/Ce3qZWTvfF

The 40-second animated ad – which was developed by AMV through Art&Graft in conjunction with Camelot’s in-house team – and wider campaign build on the momentum generated by the success of The National Lottery’s ‘I Am Team GB’ and ‘I Am ParalympicsGB’ campaigns.

The Christmas campaign celebrates the landmark figure of 500,000 lottery-funded projects and thanks National Lottery players for what they make possible across the nation – across the arts, heritage, sport, health, education, environment and charities.

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The ad plays out to the James track ‘Nothing But Love’ – which has been specially re-recorded using a children’s choir. It sees National Lottery tickets and Scratchcards joining together to form a flock that travels the length of the nation – transforming communities and individuals as it goes, in exactly the same way that National Lottery funding does.

The ad opens with a ticket landing on a derelict wasteland that is then transformed into a new park. The ticket soon joins others and flies over Cardiff Castle and the Giant’s Causeway – both of which have had lottery funding – before swooping over an ordinary lorry, which magically becomes a mobile family cinema.

The tickets then go on to revisit the success in Rio – soaring over a Team GB athlete as she crosses the finish line – before culminating in a festive village square, with the choir singing and people ice skating. The voiceover thanks National Lottery players for their contribution in supporting over 500,000 Good Cause projects, with the end-frame featuring a ‘Thank You’ in fireworks.

Arabella Gilchrist, Head of Brand for The National Lottery, said: “This campaign is about celebrating the fantastic things that the public do to enrich the nation by playing National Lottery games – and what better time of the year to say thank you than at Christmas. National Lottery players raise more than £30 million every week – which goes towards arts, sport, heritage and community projects in every neighbourhood across the UK.”

CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Communications Manager,T: 020 7632 5711.

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A Joy to Give, but Not to Kids: Give Lottery Products Responsibly

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KAMLOOPS, B.C., Canada (December 5, 2016) -- Every year, as part of our own holiday tradition, BCLC reminds parents and adults that lottery products such as Scratch & Wins are a form of gambling, and not suitable gifts for children and minors.

This year’s campaign, titled ‘A Joy to Give, but Not to Kids,’ encourages responsible play and responsible gift-giving through online and social media outreach, as well as through digital signage at more than 3,900 lottery retailers and all casinos and community gaming centres across the province.

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Lottery products may be great stocking stuffers, but not for children and youth. It is important that parents and adults understand the risks and impacts associated with underage gambling. Research has shown a correlation between the introduction of gambling products to underage children and potential problem gambling behaviour later in life. In fact, kids are more likely to gamble than to do drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, yet it is a topic that is less frequently discussed between a parent and their child. This is why BCLC encourages parents to start a conversation with their children about the risks of gambling, and make a conscious decision not to give them lottery products as gifts.

Additional information can be found on gamesense.ca to learn more about the comprehensive programs in place to help players make informed choices about gambling. BCLC also encourages parents and other adults to access our GameSense for Parents program which gives parents tools and resources to start a conversation with kids about gambling

BCLC has supported the National Council of Problem Gambling and McGill University’s Holiday Campaign for nine years, which encourages lotteries in the United States, Canada and around the world to promote this important message. BCLC joins gaming jurisdictions across North America and Europe who are also encouraging players to gamble responsibly and limit access to gambling products by minors.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $92 Million in Revenue During November

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BALTIMORE, Maryland (December 6, 2016) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced November 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. November 2016’s combined statewide revenue totaled $91,969,393, an increase of 2.5% from November 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 $5,642,941 from both slot machines and table games in November.

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Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $183.89 for slot machines, $2,430.59 for banked table games and $324.32 for non-banked table games. 

Hollywood Casino’s November 2016 revenue decreased by $419,473, or 6.9%, from November 2015.  Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 20 (12 banked and eight non-banked) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $28,503,083 from both slot machines and table games in November. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $255.42 for slot machines, $2,377.74 for banked table games and $840.14 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casino’s November 2016 revenue increased by $3,917,505, or 15.9%, from November 2015. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 179 (154 banked and 25 non-banked) table games. 

Maryland Live Casino generated $50,247,300 from both slot machines and table games in November.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $259.58 for slot machines, $3,755.72 for banked table games and $1,259.82 for non-banked table games. Maryland Live’s November 2016 revenue decreased by $1,407,953, or 2.7%, from November 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,952 slot machines and 207 (155 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.

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Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,789,848 from slot machines in November, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $158.12. Casino at Ocean Downs’ November 2016 revenue decreased by $66,408, or 1.7%, from November 2015.

The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 798 slot machines and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $3,786,222 from both slot machines and table games in November.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $165.31 for slot machines and $1,247.42 for banked table games.

This facility does not have non-banked table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s November 2016 revenue increased by $200,263, or 5.6%, from November 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 634 slot machines and 17 table games.

In a year-to-year comparison, November 2016 casino revenue increased from November 2015 by $2,223,993, or 2.5%.  See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of November 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.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, Director of Communications, Maryland Lottery and Gaming, T: 410-230-8725.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

 

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AGE 2017 is Already Setting New Records

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (December 9, 2016) -- Visitor registration is open for AGE 2017, a full 7 months prior to when we were able to open it for the 2016 Expo and as with last year, Social Media is making registration a simplified process with auto-filled fields via the most popular social networks on the planet. Registrants will be able to see who is attending, identify the most meaningful and relevant Gaming Expo contacts who they’ll benefit from meeting at the Event. We’ve also considered returning visitors, with fields pre-populated, requiring just a couple of clicks to complete the registration.

And of course by registering now will save time by avoiding having to line up on the day. To complete the social media registration just click on this link here.

In another milestone for AGE, with 20% more floor space than what we had in 2016, 90% of the floor space has already been taken by 176 exhibitors. This is exciting news with 9 months to go until the show’s start date, which is the world’s third largest casino gaming equipment exhibition.

Our optimism was further confirmed recently about the event's future at the new ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour.  In November a group of 120 inquisitive exhibitors visited the ICC for a sneak peek of what to expect. Comprising both large and small exhibitors, with their exhibition contractors and their staff, along with the AGE coordinating team, it was a chance to get a first-hand glimpse of what is truly a world class venue for AGE 2017. The highlight of the visit was Hall 3 and while they saw only ½  of the massive 19,000 square metres of floor space that AGE will be occupying in 2017, one visitor was still impressed enough to describe the hall as ‘Cavernous”.

 

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Taking advantage of the multi-purpose seminar rooms complete with smart lecterns at the new ICC Sydney, at AGE 2017 we will be running complimentary seminars for registered exhibition visitors. The seminars will include a “Global CEOs Forum”, to be moderated by Michael Pascoe and a “Women in Gaming” event, along with a range of sessions about topical issues.

The Australasian Gaming Expo is on the 15th to the 17th August, 2017.

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, Scientific Games, Ebet Limited, IGT Australia and Konami Australia.

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).

 

 

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