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Vol. 77 No.2 - Monday October 10, 2016


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IGT and Think&Go to Showcase World’s First Lottery Application on Cashless Payment Screen at NASPL and WLS

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NASPL (October 4, 2016) -- Utilizing Ingenico Group's Think&Go patented technology, IGT will demonstrate how contactless technology can make payments seamless for lottery players. Using innovative self-service kiosk technology, IGT will demonstrate how players could collect and pay for lottery tickets by simply waving a NFC-enabled payment card or device at the IGT Connected Screen. The integration of Ingenico’s secure payment technology into connected screens enables merchants to interact with their consumers in creative ways, while enabling frictionless purchases virtually anywhere via contactless payment card or NFC-enabled mobile wallets.

"This is yet another example of IGT working together with innovative companies. We're excited to collaborate with Ingenico Group and Think&Go to debut the Connected Screen at our NASPL and WLS conferences in Atlanta and Singapore," said Marco Tasso, IGT Senior Vice President of Product Marketing, Lottery.

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"We've entered the next phase in the evolution of electronic commerce that includes many new players and innovative ways to shop, pay, and get paid, while maintaining the payment security that consumers expect."

The Gaming market is a natural fit for connected screens because convenience is key.

Using seamless payment will make it easier than ever for players to engage, place their wagers, and pay with a range of contactless enabled payment devices without the need for agent interaction. IGT is the recognized world leader in this market and we are excited by this new relationship and its enormous potential to revolutionize how connected screens will change the way consumers pay,” stated Vincent Berge, Think&Go CEO and Founder.

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.

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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 or James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190 or Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries.

About Think&Go:

Think&Go is the inventor of connected screens (2 patents and 20 international innovation awards including 2 prestigious Sesame at Cartes 2013, E-Commerce Wards in Paris 2015 and the LaTribune/BNP young entrepreneurs 2016). This technology allows consumers to interact and exchange information with the screens images in less than one second, by just placing their smartphone, contactless card, connected watch or epassport on the screens images. Think&Go has already sold over 200 screens worldwide, in retail, transport, digital signage, and banks, with applications including e-commerce or Drive-to-Store allowing consumers to retrieve reduction coupons with any connected object.

Website: http://thinkandgo-nfc.com/ Twitter: twitter.com/thinkandgoNFC

CONTACT: Stéphanie Renier – SR Presse Communication - +33 6 21 66 96 09, E: srpresse@gmail.com.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

INTRALOT and FIFA Early Warning System Sign Cooperation Agreement to Promote and Protect Football Integrity

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ATHENS, Greece (October 6, 2016) -- INTRALOT signed a cooperation agreement with FIFA’s subsidiary Early Warning System (EWS) becoming an integral part of FIFA’s global endeavor to promote and protect the integrity of football. By establishing a trusted communication platform, the two parties have agreed to exchange information on irregular and suspicious betting activities, so as to detect and prevent attempted manipulation and match-fixing.

Mr. Socrates S. Kokkalis, INTRALOT Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Our new agreement with EWS at Group level, is the continuation of the excellent cooperation we have established since 2008, when INTRALOT subsidiary ‘Betting Company’ joined EWS’ international network of partners. Transparency and integrity are INTRALOT Group’s core values and we are very proud to be part of a global alliance that actively safeguards them.”

INTRALOT’s expertise has been applied to betting markets around the world to make INTRALOT the world’s No 1 Sports betting operator in government regulated markets, handling the largest fixed odds sports book, trading billions of sales on bets annually.

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Since 1999, INTRALOT has been enabling and assisting licensed lotteries and operators in diverse regulated markets worldwide to offer full betting products or has operated its own licensed operation or participated in operator joint ventures. For the core sports betting business activity, INTRALOT has established a dedicated Betting Department, which is WLA, ISO 27001 and 9001 certified for its products, services and procedures and is currently engaged, either as technology partner or commercial operator, in 18 betting projects around the world.

Since 2006, Early Warning System GmbH (EWS) has been supporting FIFA in preventing, detecting and investigating match manipulation. EWS forms an integral component of FIFA’s Integrity Initiative and the aim is to support FIFA in the protection of the integrity of football and in the implementation of FIFA’s integrity program.

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

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

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Premieres Groundbreaking Willy Wonka™ World Of Wonka Slot Game on the Amazing Gamescape™ Cabinet at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Beloved Brand Featuring the Late Gene Wilder Debuts New Title at the Famous Atlantic City Resort

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 4, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa ("Borgata") have teamed up to bring the first Willy Wonka World of Wonka wide-area progressive ("WAP") slot games on Scientific Games' groundbreaking Gamescape platform to the Atlantic City casino resort.

Like the hit movie that made Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory a timeless classic, the Willy Wonka World of Wonka slot game takes players on an unforgettable musical journey through the deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Willy Wonka featuring every kind of chocolate and sweet treat imaginable. It's a land of chocolate waterfalls, giant lollipops, edible flowers, and, of course, Oompa Loompas.

The recent launch introduces players to the wonder of Willy Wonka through a highly entertaining play experience while adding beauty and attraction to Borgata's casino floor. Willy Wonka World of Wonka is the first game to be released by Scientific Games on the Gamescape cabinet and is set to roll out to other casinos in the coming months.

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"We are honored and excited to be able to offer the engaging World of Wonka slot game to our guests here at Borgata," said Ted Herzchel, Vice President of Slot Operations for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. "It is an eye-catching display that matches Borgata's commitment to gaming and entertainment here at our resort. World of Wonka offers our players a uniquely magical experience that they want to share with others."

Like the hit movie that made Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory a timeless classic, the game takes players on an unforgettable musical journey through the deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Willy Wonka featuring every kind of chocolate and sweet treat imaginable.

It's a land of chocolate waterfalls, giant lollipops, edible flowers, and, of course, Oompa Loompas.

This nonstop, mouth-watering game is brought to life by Scientific Games' revolutionary Gamescape cabinet.

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Featuring three vivid, high-definition displays that angle toward the player, and a 40-inch top screen, players will feel the sensation of being wrapped inside Wonka's magical world. Additionally, an ergonomic 10.4-inch tablet multi-touch button panel display integrates game play to coordinate graphics across multiple displays. The result is five unique screens that virtually combine to create an expanded platform for stunning graphics and seamless motion.

The Gamescape platform also features new motion sensor technology that allows for seamless interaction between the player's hand and the game.

Willy Wonka World of Wonka comes to life on the casino floor with delectable bonus features including Cloning, Oopma Loompa, Bonus Respin, Wonka Winko, Free Spins, World of Wonka Wheel, Chocolate River and Golden Ticket.

Scientific Games' Group Chief Executive of Gaming Derik Mooberry said, "World of Wonka is a superb example of Scientific Games' leading-edge creativity and innovation. With its mix of technology and video graphics, the game transports players back to the first time they saw Charlie Bucket run down the street waving his Golden Ticket. We hope to give Borgata guests that same thrill on this engaging journey with Willy Wonka and friends."

© 2016 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States.

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and all related characters and elements © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s16)

About Scientific Games

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

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

+1 702-532-7663

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Mollie Cole

Director, Corporate Communications

+1 773-961-1194

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Wraps Up G2E with Executive Honors

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LAS VEGAS, NV (October 4, 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has wrapped up another successful Global Gaming Expo (G2E). Focused on their world-class services and one-stop-shop offerings, the company urged current and potential customers to “leave nothing to chance” when it comes to quality testing, certification and professional services.

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GLI is proud to announce a couple of honors that happened during G2E. First, GLI’s Vice President of Global Marketing and member of the company’s executive leadership team, Christie Eickelman was honored with the Patty Becker Pay It Forward award. The award, a set of bangle bracelets, is presented annually at the Global Gaming Women’s (GGW) fundraiser and networking event, Kick Up Your Heels. A visual representation of courage, integrity and leadership, the bracelet signifies women who have helped other women be successful. Eickelman has been co-chair of the GGW events committee, planning GGW outreach programs, breakfasts and lunches at numerous events. Her efforts have increased GGW’s visibility and increased initial contact with GGW for many women in the workplace.

Eickelman said, “Being presented with an award like this is a huge honor because it not only outwardly recognizes the hard work each recipient has performed to help other women in gaming, but also gives women something to strive for in their own careers. I enjoy mentoring others and will continue to do so.”

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Second, while at G2E, GLI’s Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel Kevin P. Mullally, who is also on the executive leadership team, was appointed by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to Chair its Standards, Policy and Regulations Committee for the 2016-2017 term. As the author of the first self-exclusion program in the U.S. in 1996, Mullally has a long history of involvement in assisting with the development of responsible gaming policies.

Mullally said, “I am honored to be able to continue my long affiliation with the National Council on Problem Gambling and look forward to working with my exceptionally talented committee members to analyze the many important policy issues relating to the implementation of quality responsible gaming education, prevention and treatment programs.”

NCPG Executive Director Keith S. Whyte said, “Kevin brings a wealth of experience to this important committee, and it has been my pleasure to work with him for many years. He remains at the forefront of global gaming policy and developments in responsible gaming, and I’m grateful for his leadership on this important committee.”

GLI’s President and CEO James R. Maida said, “I am very proud of Christie and Kevin’s accomplishments. These announcements came at a great time – just as another successful year of G2E concluded. Our team of professionals works very hard to provide our customers with the best solutions for their needs, and awards and appointments like Christie and Kevin’s are just a testament to how hard our employees work to better themselves so that we, in turn, can offer higher knowledge transfers to our clients. We are looking forward to G2E 2017.

Apart from ICE 2017 in February, where GLI will be present in stand N3-210, GLI’s professionals are preparing for the North American Regulators Roundtable, which will take place at Luxor Las Vegas March 15 and 16.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

Play Canucks 50/50 Across B.C. For Home and Away Games

New Online 50/50 Raffle on PlayNow.com Gives Fans Across B.C. a Chance to Win Jackpots for All Canucks Games, While Supporting the Canucks for Kids Fund

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (October 3, 2016) -- Hockey fans across B.C. can now play Canucks 50/50 jackpots from the comfort of their living room thanks to a new online 50/50 raffle on PlayNow.com that supports the Canucks for Kids Fund. BCLC's innovative online 50/50 raffle will be available for both home and away games, giving fans a chance to win every game day, from anywhere in the province.

The new Canucks for Kids Fund Online 50/50 is a separate raffle from the existing 50/50 draws held at Rogers Arena. It is available now on PlayNow.com and is the first online partnership in Canada between a provincial lottery corporation and a charity.

Potential jackpots for the new online 50/50 could be significant given the provincial reach of the raffle. As a comparable, last year's in-game 50/50 at Rogers Arena raised approximately $65,000 to $100,000 per game and generated over $1 million for the Canucks for Kids Fund.

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Funds generated from the online 50/50 are split between the winner of the 50/50 draw and the Canucks for Kids Fund. The money collected will help support the Canucks for Kids Fund which raises money to support children's health and wellness, grassroots hockey development and education in B.C. Core beneficiaries of the Fund include: Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children's Hospice and the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. PlayNow.com does not profit on any of the sales of the Canucks 50/50 tickets.

"The Canucks are B.C.'s team so we're very excited to include fans all over the province in this opportunity to support their community, while also giving everyone a chance to win exciting 50/50 jackpots," said Paolo Aquilini, Board Chair of the Canucks for Kids Fund. "The Fund has raised over $52 million for children's charities over the past 31 years thanks to the generosity of our fans and partners. We're very grateful to BCLC for supporting this innovative new program which will help us extend our support across B.C. for years to come."

"BCLC has been playing it forward for more than 31 years. Thanks to our customers we've generated revenue for the Province of British Columbia to fund community programs, provincial programs and services, charities, and major events that have helped shape B.C." said Jim Lightbody, President and CEO of BCLC. "We couldn't be more thrilled to be partnering with the Canucks for Kids Fund and making a difference for children's charities."

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How to Buy:

Fans will need a PlayNow.com account to play the Canucks for Kids Fund Online 50/50. Fans can either sign up if they do not have an account, or log-in to their existing PlayNow.com account. Once fans have logged into PlayNow.com, they may select from one of three Ticket Pack options:

  • 3 Tickets for $5
  • 7 Tickets for $10
  • 18 Tickets for $20

 

The Draw:

The winning ticket will be drawn at 11:59 PM PT on game day by a certified Random Number Generator. The prize is calculated as 50 per cent of the value of all tickets sales for the draw. Only one prize is available to be won per draw.

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The prize will be deposited the morning after the draw into the PlayNow.com account of the winning ticket holder. Actual odds depend on the number of tickets sold.

About the Canucks for Kinds Fund:

The Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to assist charities that support children's health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in BC.

Thanks to the generosity of fans, donors, players, employees and sponsor partners, the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) has granted $52 million to charities in British Columbia over the last 31 years.

The Canucks for Kids Fund's core beneficiaries, Canucks Autism Network (CAN), Canuck Place Children's Hospice and BC Children's Hospital Foundation are providing vital resources and life-saving care to families all across this province.

About BCLC:

BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation responsible for providing socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income that benefits all British Columbians. Since 1985, BCLC has generated more than $19 billion to fund important provincial, community and charitable programs and services around the province.

About PLAYNOW.COM:

PlayNow.com was launched by BCLC in October 2004 to offer national and provincial lottery games online to British Columbia lottery players. It now offers a full suite of sports betting, lottery and casino products. PlayNow.com is the only regulated and legal gambling website in the province, and is the leading online gambling website in B.C.

PlayNow.com is available to residents of British Columbia who are 19 years of age or older and physically located within the province. Currently, there are 360,000 registered players on PlayNow.com. In 2015/16, PlayNow.com generated $135.5 million in revenue for BCLC.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20161003-BCLCCanucks800.jpg

CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Vancouver Canucks Media Relations

Alfred de Vera

604-899-4620

alfred.devera@canucks.com

BCLC Media Relations

mediarelations@bclc.com

604-225-6460

 

SOURCE: British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

 

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Florida Lottery Has Best First Quarter Ever; Sales Exceed $1.44 Billion!

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 4, 2016) --The Florida Lottery announces a record-breaking first quarter with ticket sales exceeding $1.44 billion; breaking the previous first quarter record of $1.35 billion, set last year, by $97 million. The Lottery’s first quarter contribution to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) is expected to reach $388 million, a 10.23% increase over the same period last year.

To begin a new fiscal year with such promising sales is a tremendous accomplishment for the Florida Lottery,” said Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

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Record sales mean great things for Lottery players and retailers, but most importantly for our state’s education system. Because of our hardworking sales team and Lottery staff, as well as our loyal players and retailers, I know this is only the beginning of what the Lottery will achieve this year.”

Strong Scratch-Off sales of more than $957 million, along with the multi-state Draw game POWERBALL® , with sales exceeding $115 million, helped account for the majority of the Lottery’s new first quarter record gains. POWERBALL reached its fifth largest jackpot ever at $478 million in July. Sales from this jackpot contributed more than $38.5 million to education in Florida.

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.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

 

Texas Lottery Shatters Records with $5 Billion in Sales

Nets $1.373 billion for Texas public schools and $14.7 million for Texas veterans

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AUSTIN, Texas (September 29, 2016) –The Texas Lottery announced that it has achieved $5.068 billion in sales for fiscal year 2016, breaking the sales record it set just last fiscal year and resulting in a total contribution of $1.392 billion to Texas, the single largest annual transfer of revenue to the state. In celebration of the record sales and revenue, the Texas Lottery unveiled a new billboard today at an event at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin.

This is the first time in our history that we have generated more than $5 billion in sales and we want to thank Texas Lottery players and our more than 17,000 retailers for their outstanding support,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

We are excited to celebrate the extraordinary growth we have achieved and proud to make our largest contributions ever to both Texas public schools and veterans’ programs.

This year’s revenue transfer included $1.373 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $14.7 million to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $19 billion to Texas public education and more than $66 million to Texas veterans since the dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.

The Beneficiaries: Texas Education and Texas Veterans

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The Foundation School Fund, administered by the Texas Education Agency, funds the operational needs and special program services for Texas school districts including teacher salaries, utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and talented education, and career and technical education.

The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counselling and housing assistance.

Strong Scratch Ticket Sales

Scratch ticket sales for FY 16 totalled $3.72 billion, the highest scratch ticket sales in Texas Lottery history.

Our growth can be primarily attributed to two factors, another year of strong sales across our entire scratch ticket game portfolio, which accounted for 73 percent of our total sales, and the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot that occurred in January,” said Grief.

In addition to record-breaking sales, the Texas Lottery’s careful spending kept administrative costs to just 4.4 percent of FY 16 sales, one of the lowest administrative expenditure rates in the country.

Our continued success is partially attributed to the cost containment measures taken in our administrative budget,” said Grief. “Any unspent administrative funds are returned directly to the Foundation School Fund.

Texas Lottery players and retailers also had a great year. Players collected $3.27 billion in prizes, the highest amount of prizes paid out in Texas Lottery history.

For the Lottery’s retailers that sell lottery tickets across the state, commissions, bonuses and incentives amounted to $273.3 million, the highest amount paid to retailers in Texas Lottery history.

The Lottery continues to do an outstanding job managing and maintaining a broad portfolio of scratch and draw games with the highest integrity,” said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. “I am very proud of the significant support we have provided to Texas education and veterans.

FY 16 by the Numbers

  • $5 billion in annual sales is greater than the annual sales for many well-known brands including Tesla Motors, Yahoo, Levi Strauss, Hyatt Hotels, Molson Coors Brewing and Tiffany.
  • The Texas Lottery’s $537.8 million increase alone from FY 15 to FY 16 is more than the total annual sales amounts for 20 other individual state lotteries.
  • This is the 13th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas.
  • The Texas Lottery introduces approximately 90 scratch tickets every year.
  • $1 billion could fund 19,000 teacher salaries or 22 million 5th-grade digital textbooks or 9,000 new school buses or 700,000 student computers or quality after-school programs for 500,000 students.
  • 97 percent of Texas Lottery sales are returned to the state in the form of contributions to the Foundation School Fund, the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance and other state programs, and through prizes and retailer commissions, bonuses and incentives.

 

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About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $25 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $50 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $19 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $66 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games.

For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org

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CONTACT: Media Relations, T: 512-344-5131, E: mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

N.C. Education Lottery’s New Brand Signals New Era

Updated logo rolls out with new technology, enhanced experiences

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RALEIGH, NC (September 29, 2016) – More than a decade since the first ticket was sold, the Education Lottery is rolling out fresh branding including a modern update to its logo.

But it’s about more than a make-over. The brand evolution coincides with upgrades to state-of-the-industry technology that delivers enhanced consumer experiences in stores and online.

Frank Suarez, the lottery’s deputy executive director of brand management and communications, says the rebranding is key to developing new products, delivering customer service and fueling long-term performance.

Successful organizations have a strong brand that is relevant to its consumers and constituents,” Suarez said.

The refreshed branding and new look is based on more than 12 months of research working with players and non-players across the state to ensure it resonates with North Carolinians.”

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The new logo still nods to the state’s iconic mountains and coastline and features the familiar lucky star, but with vibrant colors in a contemporary style.

Along with the new logo, other changes customers can expect to see in the coming months include:

  • New lottery terminals at each of 6,900 locations statewide for stores to provide faster service
  • A self-service scanner or vending machine at every store where players can check their own tickets •         Digital touchscreen vending machines with play options and game information
  • Redesigned website to launch this fall with experience optimized for mobile devices
  • Retooled mobile app with new scanning feature that allows players to check if a ticket has won a prize

 

We’ve grown into a $2.3 billion a year business,” said executive director Alice Garland. “Staying current as a consumer brand is essential for the lottery to meet its mission to maximize earnings for education. We’re excited about the possibilities our games bring to life for players and our state’s future.”

To discover how half a billion dollars a year make a difference for education in every county, visit nclottery.com and click on the "For Education" page.

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

SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery.

 

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Louisiana Lottery Offers Second-Chance Drawing for Nov. 13 Game-Day Experience

Article by: NewOrleansSaints.com

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (September 29, 2016) -- Louisiana Lottery players can enter their non-winning SAINTS GOLD scratch-offs into a series of second-chance drawings.

Celebrate the New Orleans Saints 50th season with a fan-favorite tradition, a scratch-off from the Louisiana Lottery. This year’s SAINTS GOLD game features three anniversary-themed scenes emblazoned in shiny gold metallic ink.

Players have the chance to win cash prizes of up to $100,000 plus the opportunity to enter nonwinning tickets into a series of second-chance drawings to win unique game-day prize experiences or official autographed Saints merchandise. The next drawing is deadline is coming Oct. 17.

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Entries received until then will be eligible to win the 2016 Tunnel Team Prize Package, including four Plaza Club Sideline tickets, four pregame field passes to be on the field as the Saints come marching in ahead of the November 13 game against Denver, one night hotel accommodation (two rooms), a parking pass and $500 spending cash.

Nine additional drawing winners will receive an official autographed Saints jersey, football or helmet.

To enter the Lottery’s second-chance drawings, players should complete the information on the back of non-winning $5 SAINTS GOLD scratch-off tickets and mail one ticket per envelope (no larger than 4.5" by 9.5") to the drawing address printed on the back of the ticket. Players can enter as many times as they wish, but each entry should be mailed in a separate envelope.

Entries received from Oct. 18 to Nov. 14 give participants a chance to win the 2016 Deluxe Prize Package, including a set of four Plaza Club Sideline tickets and limousine transportation to and from the Dec. 4 game against Detroit, plus four pregame field passes, four authentic Saints jerseys, one night hotel accommodation (two rooms) and $500 spending cash. Nine additional drawing winners will receive an official autographed Saints jersey, football or helmet.

 

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Entries received after Nov. 14 until the to-be-announced deadline will be eligible to win a Saints 2017 Season Prize Package, including four Plaza Sideline tickets for the 2017 football season, four pregame field passes for every home game, a 2017 parking pass and a VIP tour of the Saints practice facility. The winner and three guests will receive round-trip limo service to the facility in Metairie (or overnight accommodations if the distance exceeds 75 miles) where they will also view a team practice and have lunch in the team cafeteria.  Nine additional drawing winners will receive an official autographed Saints jersey, football or helmet.

Complete game and second-chance drawing entry rules can be found on the Lottery's website, www.louisianalottery.com/saints-gold.

 

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Delaware Lottery Director Earns National Lifetime Achievement Award

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DOVER, Delaware (September 29, 2016) -- Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery, has been named a recipient of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lifetime Achievement Award by Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI), nationally recognized publishers of Public Gaming International Magazine.  PGRI is charged with providing information on current legal, political, and regulatory matters affecting the Lottery industry.  Kirk accepted the award on September 13 during PGRI’s Lottery Expo ’16 held in Miami Beach, FL.

Kirk joined the Delaware Lottery as a member of its 1975 start-up staff.  Over the past 41 years, he has served in a variety of financial, marketing and administrative management positions through his appointment as Director in 2011.

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Created in 1993 to honor Major Peter J. O’Connell, the first director of the Rhode Island Lottery, recipients of PGRI’s Lifetime Achievement Award are industry executives from North America and overseas who have distinguished themselves over a long period of time and have made important contributions to the success of their peers and the lottery industry, as well as to the lotteries they serve.

“Major O’Connell personified integrity and dedication, which are the attributes exemplified by recipients of the award . . . it is significant that they are selected by their peers in the lottery industry,” said Paul Jason, publisher of Public Gaming International Magazine.

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Kirk has previously received the Delaware Award for Excellence in State Service from Governor Jack Markell, and has been cited by both chambers of the Delaware General Assembly for his leadership during the development and successful implementations of the State’s enterprises in sports betting and table games at Delaware’s three racinos.

Kirk currently serves as Chair of the Video Lottery Game Group, a multijurisdictional, progressive video lottery network administered under the auspices of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

Member states include DE, WV, RI, OH, and MD.  He is also the Chair of Delaware’s Advisory Council on Charitable Gaming and Planning.

Kirk has a degree in Political Science/Public Administration from the University of Delaware.

About the Delaware Lottery:

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.5 billion to the state’s General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware.

The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno®, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery, and Table Games.

Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations and from the Lottery’s office in Dover.

CONTACT: Vernon A. Kirk, Director, Delaware Lottery, (302) 739-5291.

SOURCE: Delaware Lottery.

 

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Jersey Cash 5 Players Can Now Add XTRA to Their Purchase and Multiply Prizes

TRENTON, New Jersey (September 30, 2016) – New Jersey Lottery players will have the opportunity to increase their non-jackpot prizes by up to five times on the long-time favorite game, Jersey Cash 5, with the addition of XTRA. Players may purchase their Jersey Cash 5 tickets with XTRA beginning on October 3, for that evening’s drawing.

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Jersey Cash 5 XTRA increases the game’s base prize amounts by a randomly selected multiplier number drawn immediately following the Jersey Cash 5 drawing. The purchase of XTRA will also enable the player to win $2.00 for matching only two numbers. The cost of adding XTRA to Jersey Cash 5 is $1.00 making the total purchase $2.00 per play. Instant Match remains available for purchase with Jersey Cash 5, with or without the addition of XTRA for an additional $1.00 per play.

Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director, said, “Jersey Cash 5 XTRA is an exciting new enhancement to a favorite lottery game that increases our players’ odds of winning. It’s a great example of the customer-centric innovations we are bringing to our draw based and instant games catalogue.”

The XTRA multiplier numbers range from 2 up to and including 5. The draw selected multiplier number determines the number with which the prize amount will be multiplied when the XTRA option is purchased.

If XTRA is chosen any non-jackpot or non-match 2 prize will be multiplied by the multiplier number selected. The chart below illustrates the estimated prize payouts for purchasing a Jersey Cash 5 ticket with XTRA. Jersey Cash 5 XTRA also provides players with an additional prize tier for matching two out of five winning numbers, improving the overall game odds to 1:11 from 1:133.

Visit the Lottery website www.NJLottery.com for complete rules.

 

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SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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$617 Million Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries

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LINCOLN, NE (October 3, 2016) – The Nebraska Lottery recently distributed among its beneficiary funds $10,139,310, derived from a share of Scratch and Lotto ticket sales for the previous three months.

A total of $617,529,325 has been distributed in quarterly transfers since the Nebraska Lottery began operation on September 11, 1993.

The latest transfer, made the week of September 30, was distributed among beneficiaries in the following manner:

  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $4,289,493;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $4,289,493;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $963,931; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $596,393.
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Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters in November of 2004 established the following distribution formula: Education as directed by the Legislature (44.5 percent) - currently distributed to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent); Nebraska State Fair (10 percent); and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).

The funds' respective totals to date are:

  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $4,289,493;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $260,980,815;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $39,105,409; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $14,540,294.

 

Prior to July 1, 1997, the Solid Waste Landfill Closure Assistance Fund received proceeds totalling $18,460,996. In 2004, the Legislature directed that a one-time transfer of $5 million be made to the State General Fund.

Prior to July 1, 2016, the Education Innovation Fund received proceeds totalling $174,222,842, and the Nebraska Opportunity Grand Fund received proceeds totalling $100,929,476.

Criteria for proceeds distribution are established by the beneficiary funds in accordance with legislative mandates. Every county in Nebraska has received service through grants funded with Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

The Nebraska Lottery marked $2.5 billion in total sales (since 1993) in September of 2016.

CONTACT: Neil Watson, Phone: (402) 471-6120, Mobile: (402) 560-4580, E: neil.watson@nebraska.gov.

SOURCE: The Nebraska Lottery.

 

 

WyoLotto to Hit the Road, Launch New Game

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Cheyenne, Wyoming (October 3, 2016) – Starting today, WyoLottoTM players can begin gearing up for the excitement of Wyoming’s newest game, Lucky for Life.

About Lucky for Life

Lucky for Life is a national game with a totally unique grand prize, in which the winner receives $1,000 a day for life! The second prize winner gets $25,000 a year for life.

Drawings will be held every Monday and Thursday evening, with a $2 ticket price and players have the choice of selecting numbers or choosing the quick pick option.

New Game Launch

Tickets will be available for purchase at Wyoming retailers starting Dec. 4. Leading up to that day, WyoLotto is launching a major giveaway on Oct. 3.

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Ride of a Lifetime Giveaway

WyoLotto begins accepting entries today from players to win a screamin’ hot Camaro LT Coupe and a Harley Davidson Trike Freewheeler. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 3 through Nov. 18. One lucky winner will win both vehicles and $3,000 cash!

Interview Opportunities

WyoLotto will be visiting communities throughout the state the week of Oct. 10, featuring either the Camaro or the Trike. Community stops include:

  • Gillette
  • Casper
  • Riverton
  • Rock Springs
  • Cheyenne

 

As WyoLotto tours the state, we would like to meet with local media to showcase one of these fantastic vehicles, and provide more details about the new game and the giveaway!

About WyoLotto

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

CONTACT: Ashley Pexton at (307) 459-0580 or E: ashley@warehousetwentyone.com

SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

 

 

Gambling Commission Starts Two-Way Conversation with Consumers

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (October 3, 2016) --The Gambling Commission is calling for consumers, and bodies that represent consumers, to help shape how it works with the public.

Today the Commission has published a two-way conversation: our plan for communicating with consumers which sets out its approach to those who gamble or have an interest in gambling.

In a video-blog Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison said: “We want gambling companies to do much more to put consumers at the heart of the businesses – we’re doing this via the regulations that we set and the way in which we go about enforcing them.

 

 

But we know we also have to do more ourselves to tap into consumer concerns, understand consumer interests and communicate better with consumers – that’s consumers who enjoy gambling, as well as those for whom it may become a real problem.”  

Ms Harrison explained that the Commission’s plan was based on three themes: increasing transparency and clarity, being more responsive and working in partnerships, for example with organisations who represent consumers’ interests.

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Commenting on the new plan Dirk Hansen, chief executive at GamCare, said: “It’s great to see that the Commission is further developing their views in order to fully appreciate how gambling affects consumers.

As a provider of support services to individuals harmed by gambling, we welcome this level of interest both in obtaining information on consumer behaviour, and in reaching out directly to consumers to obtain their perspective.”

Katie Fry, a gambling support service project manager at Citizens Advice, added: “We are very pleased that the Commission is seeking out views from a variety of organisations who already place the consumer at the heart of their work. This will add valuable insight from those who are already committed to this area.”

Any individual or organisation that wishes to respond to the plan can do so by emailing:  consumers@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

CONTACT: Press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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Nearly 1 Million Took Part in I Am Team GB

  • Rio homecoming celebration was the nation’s biggest ever sports participation event
  • More than 2,600 free events hosted across the UK, with returning Olympians appearing at events across the nation
  • New research from YouGov suggests more than 4 million people intend to be more active as a result of I Am Team GB campaign

 

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UNITED KINGDOM (October 4, 2016) -- I Am Team GB, staged by The National Lottery and ITV was the UK’s biggest ever sports participation event, new research has shown.

The event was to welcome home Britain’s Olympic heroes, encourage people to get active alongside them and to thank National Lottery players for the part they played in helping to fund the athletes and elite sport. YouGov research commissioned by ITV, The National Lottery and the British Olympic Association has revealed that nearly 1 million people took part in I Am Team GB, The Nation’s Biggest Sports Day on Saturday 27 August, when ITV switched off all of its channels for an hour to encourage the nation to get involved.

Following a hugely successful, cross-channel campaign to drive participation, the event exceeded all expectations.

Its target was to encourage 300,000 people to participate, but new figures suggest that more than 970,000 people actually took part in I Am Team GB events at flagship locations and local sports clubs, or just took the opportunity to do something active on their own or with their family such as going for a run or a bike ride.

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A selection of Team GB’s finest Lottery-funded Olympians, with 50 medals between them, including 21 Gold, 22 Silver and 7 Bronze, supported I Am Team GB by attending events the length and breadth of the UK.

Medal winners such as Max Whitlock and Charlotte Dujardin, Alistair Brownlee and Greg Rutherford were among some of the biggest names in Olympic sport to take part, together with ITV stars such as Alesha Dixon and Ben Fogle, who joined the nearly 1 million people at I Am Team GB events across the country.

The public were invited to take part in the record-breaking sports day at 14 flagship events, including activities held on the sets of Coronation Street and Emmerdale. In addition, 2,600 events were hosted by local sports clubs and organisations nationwide which have also confirmed record numbers of attendees. 

All of the events were free and didn’t require a ticket, allowing everyone to turn up and have a go.

There were 85 different sports and activities on offer for the public to try. From aikido and American football to disability swimming and dodgeball, scuba diving and snooker, to volleyball and weightlifting – there was something for everyone irrespective of age, fitness or ability.   

Significantly, of the almost 1 million people who took part, the YouGov research reveals that over half (52%) were not keen on sport – preferring to do other things than sport or activity in their spare time and also showed that 68% agreed that they are likely to do more exercise as a result of the event .  An additional online survey by ABA Research showed that 48% tried a new activity for the first time.

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The day was an incredibly inclusive event.  It attracted people from every nation and region, across all ages, socio economic groups, ethnicities and abilities; 17% of participants were from BAME backgrounds, 24% had a disability or health problem which limits their activity a lot, over half of the participants (52%) were families (households with children), 46% were women and more than a third (38%) were over 40 years of age.

Furthermore, the YouGov research suggests that, of those aware of the I Am Team GB campaign, over 4 million people say they now feel inspired to do more exercise, so the day should play an important role in kick-starting participation in sports and exercise more widely.

I Am Team GB took place in conjunction with the British Olympic Association (BOA), UK Sport and was supported by Join In.  It was also supported by Sport England, Public Health England, parkrun, GLL, Pitchero amongst others.

Clare Phillips, Head of Brand Planning ITV: “We’re delighted that nearly a million people came out on bank holiday weekend to take part in I Am Team GB and try a new sport.  ITV put everything into this initiative; talent, editorial, marketing, iconic locations like Coronation Street and Emmerdale and, of course, we switched off all our channels for the first time in our history. As the nation’s biggest commercial broadcaster, we’re proud to have helped mark Team GB’s incredible performance in Rio and brought people across the UK together for this unique moment.” 

Sally Cowdry, Consumer and Retail Director for The National Lottery, said: “National Lottery players have contributed over £80 million a year to support over 1,300 athletes for sporting success in Rio and beyond – and we wanted to create a nationwide event that everyone could participate in as a way of truly thanking them for their backing. We’re delighted that nearly 1 million people took the opportunity to get active and hope that the sparks of a few future Olympic careers will have been ignited as a result.

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Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer at the BOA, said: “The stories that came from Rio 2016 were an inspiration to many and I Am Team GB proved to be the perfect homecoming for the returning athletes and exceeded all expectations we had for the event. We shared in the National Lottery and ITV’s vision for the Nation’s Biggest Ever Sports Day and the numbers and engagement on the day truly speak for themselves. It also showcased the incredible work being undertaken by the sports’ National Governing Bodies and once again highlighted that sport can be accessible and enjoyable for all, but we know that this event must form part of the bigger picture of getting people active and engaged with sport week after week for a healthy active nation.

Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: “We are immensely proud that our Olympians, who delivered so resoundingly for the nation in Rio, were once again able to play their part in inspiring the nation to get active by joining in the nation’s biggest ever sports day on 27thAugust. We believe in the power of our athletes to inspire the nation and together with the National Lottery and ITV through this incredibly special and innovative event they were able to do so again."

 

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  • National Lottery funding plays a key role in the UK’s sporting success, and National Lottery players have contributed over £80 million each year during the four-year build up to Rio.
  • To date over 4,500 elite athletes have benefited from National Lottery funding, enabling them to have access to some of the best coaching, facilities and support staff in the world, in their preparations for Rio 2016 and beyond.
  • More than £5 billion of National Lottery funding has been invested into grassroots sports, creating opportunities for everyone to get fit.  The money has created and upgraded facilities, funded coaches and equipment, and supported initiatives to get more people playing sport.
  • Each week, Camelot generates, on average, over £36 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £35 billion has now been raised and more than 490,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century.
  • For further information on Camelot, and The National Lottery and its games, please visit: national-lottery.co.uk / camelotgroup.co.uk

 

CONTACT:  Charlotte Dixon, Senior Media Relations Manager, Camelot Business Solutions Limited, Tel: 020 7632 5758, Web: www.camelotgroup.co.uk.

SOURCE: Camelot Business Solutions.

 



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