Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen Stepping Down After Nine Years of
LANSING, Michigan (October 7, 2016)
-- M. Scott Bowen announced today his plans to step down from his role as
Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery after nine years of service. Gov. Rick
Snyder plans to accept Bowens resignation and will begin the process to
find his replacement. Bowens resignation is effective Feb. 18, 2017.
Scotts work at
Michigan Lottery has been critical to the reinvention of Michigan, with the
lottery providing significant support for public education in our
state, Snyder said.
While I am sad to accept
his resignation, I wish Scott all the best as he pursues new opportunities in
the private sector.
Bowen was appointed Lottery
Commissioner in January 2008 and is the Lotterys longest serving
commissioner. Under Bowens leadership, the Michigan Lottery has provided
$6.8 billion to support public education while garnering $22.8 billion in sales
during his nine years of leading the agency.
Serving as the Commissioner
of the Michigan Lottery has been a great honor and wonderful
opportunity, Bowen said. The Lotterys success
during my tenure reflects the hard work and dedication of the Lottery employees
and its retailers, who are proud to carry out the agencys mission of
providing funds for public education in our state. The Michigan Lottery
consistently ranks as one of the top-performing lotteries in the nation because
of their efforts.
The Michigan Lottery developed and
launched several industry-leading innovations under Bowens leadership,
most notably online games, first offered to players in August 2014. The
Lotterys online games launch was the most successful in North American
The Lottery projects the online
games will provide incremental growth and contribute an additional $480 million
to the School Aid Fund in the first eight years of operation. More than
414,000 players have registered to play Lottery games online.
Bowen, a strong advocate for
responsible gaming, also guided an expansion of the Lotterys efforts to
help players play responsibly. The Michigan Lottery became the first
lottery in the United States to receive certification for its commitment to
responsible internet gaming.
SOURCE: Governors Office.
INTRALOT and FIFA Early Warning System Sign Cooperation
Agreement to Promote and Protect Football Integrity
ATHENS, Greece (October 6, 2016) --
INTRALOT signed a cooperation agreement with FIFAs subsidiary Early
Warning System (EWS) becoming an integral part of FIFAs 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 Groups core values and we are very proud to be part of a
global alliance that actively safeguards them.
INTRALOTs expertise has been
applied to betting markets around the world to make INTRALOT the worlds
No 1 Sports betting operator in government regulated markets, handling the
largest fixed odds sports book, trading billions of sales on bets annually.
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 FIFAs Integrity
Initiative and the aim is to support FIFA in the protection of the integrity of
football and in the implementation of FIFAs 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scientific Games and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Announce
Multi-Property, Multi-Year Partnership for Top-Tier Brands
Company Launched Broad
Warner Bros. Consumer Products Portfolio, including SEINFELD, WILLY WONKA
AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, THE BACHELOR and NATIONAL LAMPOON'S
VACATION at Global Gaming Expo (G2E®) September 27-29 In Las
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 6, 2016)
-- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") and Warner Bros. Consumer Products today announced a multi-property,
multi-year partnership to bring top-tier brands from Warner Bros.' powerhouse
portfolio. These brands were revealed at the Global Gaming Expo ("G2E") in Las
Vegas last week.
The multi-year partnership pairs
Warner Bros. Consumer Products' globally recognized brands with the technology
and innovation from industry-leading game developer, Scientific Games.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products' highly successful brand licensing offerings
include timeless player favourites such as AUSTIN POWERS(TM), CADDYSHACK,
THE FLINTSTONES, FRIENDS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, WACKY
RACES, THE WIZARD OF OZ and WONDER WOMAN, among many
At G2E, the world's largest casino
gaming conference and exhibition held annually at the Sands Expo® in Las
Vegas, Scientific Games showcased new Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed
slot games, including:
- WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY,
- THE BACHELOR and
- NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
Along with other Warner Bros.
Consumer Products licensed titles extending the Company's offerings of
omni-channel experiences for all players.
SEINFELD, the 10-time Emmy
Award-winning hit television comedy series, named by TV Guide as one of the
"greatest TV programs of all time," is a comedy that takes players into
the quirky lives of Jerry Seinfeld and his friends George Costanza, Elaine
Benes, and Cosmo Kramer and the hilarious antics of their daily lives in an
Upper West Side Manhattan apartment building. The hit sitcom ran for nine
seasons, featuring the timeless humor and witty sayings turned cultural
references such as "Yada Yada Yada," "No Soup for You!," "It's
a Festivus Miracle!" and "Serenity Now."
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE
FACTORY, is the unforgettable film from 1971 that takes fans on the journey
through the deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Willy Wonka
and his Chocolate Factory.
THE BACHELOR, the hit romance
reality television series from Warner Horizon Television, is a pop culture
staple and celebrated its 20th season this year. For more than a decade, this
romantic rollercoaster ride has been one of TV's top social media and water
cooler shows, as one lucky man and more than 20 lucky women have the unique
opportunity to find true love.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION, based
on the 1983 box-office hit comedy, follows the unconventional Griswold family
on their unforgettable cross-country vacation road trip to visit the "Walley
World" fun park.
The multi-year partnership pairs
Warner Bros. Consumer Products' globally recognized brands with the technology
and innovation from industry-leading game developer, Scientific Games.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products' highly successful brand licensing offerings
include timeless player favorites such as AUSTIN POWERS,
CADDYSHACK, THE FLINTSTONES, FRIENDS, THE LORD OF THE
RINGS, WACKY RACES, THE WIZARD OF OZ and WONDER
WOMAN, among many others.
"We're excited to continue our
partnership with Scientific Games and bring many of Warner Bros.' iconic brands
and characters to fans through new, immersive and entertaining games," said
Pam Lifford, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "This
collaboration will allow us to leverage our popular brands in creative ways and
across channels to captivate players and make new consumer connections in the
Scientific Games' portfolio of
Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed brands covers a broad spectrum of
genres, including comedy, popular sitcoms, reality TV, science fiction, movie
classics and more. This widely appealing content offers the ability to
reach an omni-channel audience of players across multiple platforms such as
land-based slot machines, online real-money gaming and lottery instant ticket
Scientific Games Chief Executive
Officer and President, Kevin Sheehan, said, "The expansion of our Warner
Bros. Consumer Products partnership mirrors the growth and evolution of our
business, which after mergers with Bally Technologies and WMS Gaming now
includes the broadest portfolio of end-to-end solutions for the gaming and
lottery industries. The convergence of players across multiple channels in
land-based casino, real-money gaming and lottery entertainment, affords us an
unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on our investment in these timeless and
popular Warner Bros. brands to delight players wherever they like to engage
with our products. I am confident that this slate of powerhouse brands will
help us grow and continue to deliver on our mission of providing the world's
best gaming and lottery experiences."
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.
About Warner Bros. Consumer
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a
Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail
merchandising organizations in the world.
Scientific Games Company
Vice President, Investor
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Lotterys Successful $10 Instant Ticket Shines With Pollard
Banknotes Innovative Scratch FX®
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (October 13,
2016) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is
pleased to congratulate the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
(Maryland Lottery) on the success of its $10 instant game,
$250,000! High Rollers Club. Based on the first 25 weeks of sales, this game is
selling 29% higher than the Lotterys average $10 game since 2013. To
date, $250,000! High Rollers Club has earned close to $15.8 million in sales
for the Lottery (all figures in USD).
The strong performance of $250,000!
High Rollers Club was a contributing factor in the 25% jump in the
Lotterys $10 instant game sales from FY2015 to FY2016. The games
sales also played a role in the Lotterys overall instant sales growth;
FY2016 sales reached a record high of $611.3 million, a 12% increase over the
Launched in February 2016, $250,000!
High Rollers Club is available in two designs, both reflecting two popular
lottery themes: cash and casino gaming. One design is set on an elegant black
pattern, while the other is on a lush red backdrop. While stylistically
similar, the two versions game play areas are unique.
This outstanding ticket shines with
Scratch FX®, a patented Pollard Banknote printing feature that adds
sparkling effects to enhance an instant tickets visual appeal. The gold
Scratch FX® contrasts with the black and red backgrounds for a premium
look. Further heightening the games aesthetic appearance, its high-gloss
varnish finish. These design treatments come together to create an eye-catching
ticket that stands out at retail to attract impulse buyers.
Pollard Banknotes Scratch
FX® products have been helping lotteries grow sales for more than 10 years.
More than 500 Scratch FX® games have been launched by 42 lotteries
worldwide, earning over $10 billion in sales.
Pollard Banknote is
thrilled about the success of the Maryland Lotterys latest $10 ticket
enhanced with Scratch FX®, said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice
President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote.
Over more than 10 years as
the Lotterys primary instant ticket contractor, we have worked hard to
support the Lottery with great innovative products and value-add services like
expert design, marketing insights and strategic guidance to help drive sales
for good causes. We look forward to continuing this collaborative relationship
with the Lottery.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming
Control Agency generates revenue to help support good causes within Maryland.
Since its inception in 1973, the Lottery has generated $15 billion in revenue
to the State and awarded more than $23.3 billion in prizes to players. In
fiscal year 2016 the Maryland Lottery contributed $569.8 million in revenue to
the states General Fund, which supports education, public health, public
safety, human resources and the environment.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at
For more information CONTACT:
Co-Chief Executive Officer
T: (204) 474-2323
T: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Laboratories International (GLI®) Authorized to Test for the New York State
LAKEWOOD, NJ (October 6, 2016)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been authorized by the
New York State Gaming Commission to perform independent testing and
certification for gaming equipment in the state of New York.
GLI has also been authorized to
conduct inspection and certification for the following categories:
- Games and game variations
- Gaming devices and their modifications
- Gaming associated equipment and their
- Cashless wagering systems and their
- Inter-casino linked systems and their
- Mobile gaming systems and their modifications
- Interactive gaming systems and their
With this authorization now in
place, GLI is actively performing testing and certification for the New York
State Gaming Commission and will be releasing results soon. The company is
looking forward to continuing its relationship with New York as they progress
through this important market expansion. GLI wishes to thank the New York State
Gaming Commission and their staff for their ongoing professionalism and
For more information, please contact
your local Client Service Representative or visit
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more
information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Football Association Expresses Thanks to GLMS for Its Support Dealing in with
Match Fixing Suspicions Against Albanian Club KF
BASEL, Switzerland (October 6, 2016)
-- In January 2015, the Dutch Football Association KNVB, received some signals
regarding a possible manipulated match by an Albanian club, KF Skënderbeu
Korçë. This club played friendly matches against Dutch clubs during
the winterstop in Spain. The Dutch FA approached GLMS through its member De
Lotto (now Nederlandse Loterij), asking for insights into the betting patterns
of the matches in question.
When we heard of these signals
we started an investigation into this matter. We contacted our national lottery
partner and asked if GLMS detected suspicious betting patterns. A few hours
later we received reports from GLMS based on odds movements from the
international, Asian and lottery markets and from the GLMS-members point of
view. Wouter Boshuis, Dutch FA Integrity Officer
Skënderbeu is now well known in
the match fixing sanction record as the European football governing body (UEFA)
has taken the club through a long and demanding yet successful disciplinary
procedure. Indeed, in July 2016, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS)
dismissed Skënderbeus appeal against UEFA decision to ban the club
form the Champions League for one season due to its involvement in fixed
matches (source UEFA).
Thanks to a long-standing
operational partnership, GLMS (previously acting on the European level as ELMS)
had shared information on diverse occasions with UEFA concerning risks
surrounding the Albanian club.
The words of thanks received last
month by GLMS from the Dutch football association is an important recognition
of the value and impact of the lottery association cooperation. Indeed, it
demonstrates that reactive feedback can help in some specific cases for an
informed stakeholder decision.
With this valuable
information we could advise our clubs to organize friendly matches in the
future against opponents they know, and not to organize matches against teams
with a questionable reputation. Dutch FA
GLMS serves as a preemptive tool to
its members and other parties with such on-demand requests. It is central to
the cooperation between sports organizations and all stakeholders on sports
betting features worldwide and associated risks.
GLMS is the state lotteries
mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and
analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a
sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment
in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015
extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of
sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in
ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation
with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports
SOURCE: World Lottery Association
Lottery Association Endorses the Lottery Holiday Campaign
BASEL, Switzerland (October 7, 2016)
-- The Lottery Holiday Campaign is a corporate social responsibility program
designed for lotteries and spearheaded by Washington, D.C.-based National
Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Centre for Youth
Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at Canadas McGill University in
The World Lottery Association (WLA)
joins the European Lottery Association and the North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries in endorsing the campaign, which has one simple
message that lottery tickets are risky gifts for children.
Whether or not it is legal for
minors to purchase lottery tickets in a given jurisdiction, a responsible
gambling message is always appreciated, especially around the holidays. The
Lottery Holiday Campaign encourages parents and loved ones not to give lottery
products as holiday gifts to minors. Research shows that the majority of
adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a
gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has been shown to be linked to
other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug
Holiday 2016 is the ninth year of
the campaign, and NCPG and International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems
welcome lottery organizations wishing to partner in this important educational
program. Participation is free, and lotteries may utilize a library of
resources such as sample press releases and artwork to frame
their campaigns or to build their own independent programs. The campaign is
truly a grass roots effort that allows each lottery organization to tailor the
message to the needs of their own jurisdiction.
holiday campaign exemplifies how lottery corporations worldwide continue to
work with the research and clinical communities in raising awareness about the
importance of not encouraging underage gambling. We welcome the WLAs
support during the holiday season as a way of reminding parents that lotteries
are for adults." Jeff Derevensky, Department of Educational and Counseling
Psychology at McGill University
Options for participating
- Allow the use of their name as a supporter of the
Holiday Lottery Campaign in press releases and any publicized material related
to the campaign;
- Distribute their own press release concerning the
campaign (sample press releases are provided);
- Place a link on their website to the NCPG Holiday
Campaign website (www.ncpgambling.org/holiday);
- Produce and distribute the campaign playcenter
insert, which is designed to facilitate rapid and easy customization based on
an individual lotterys needs; and/ or
- Develop their own marketing collateral/campaign
around the theme that lottery products are not suitable gifts for underage
minors. Lotteries are encouraged to develop creative campaigns focused on the
central messaging of the initiative.
NCPG and the International Centre
for Youth Gambling Problems encourage organizations to use the templates
provided or create their own materials. In past years, numerous lotteries have
developed multi-channel campaigns to disseminate the message, involving
web-based advertisements, social media, press releases, television and radio
Award winning campaigns
These holiday campaigns generate
significant media and press coverage, and the NCPG recognizes the most
innovative campaign with an award at its annual conference. Past winners of the
Holiday Responsible Gaming Campaign Award are:
- 2015: British Columbia Lottery Corp.
- 2014: Hoosier Lottery
- 2013: Illinois Lottery
- 2012: Connecticut Lottery and British Columbia
- 2011: Connecticut Lottery and Austrian Lotteries
Participating lotteries in
A record 42 lotteries participated
in the 2015 campaign, an increase from 38 lotteries in 2014. Of the 42
participating lotteries, more than half are members of the WLA.
CLICK HERE to see the lotteries participating in the Lottery
For more information CONTACT:
Lynette Gilbeau, Research Coordinator at McGill Universitys International
Centre for Youth Gambling Problems, E:
SOURCE: The World Lottery
Lottery Wins Prestigious National Awards
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (October 11,
2016) -- The New Mexico Lottery was recognized nationally by the North American
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) for Best New Instant Game of the
Year (2016). The lottery won the award with the Dia de Los
Muertos Scratcher game. David Barden, New Mexico Lottery
CEO said, The scratcher game seemed to be a perfect fit for a fun and
culturally relevant lottery game. This award is a huge achievement and
represents a team effort of artistry, graphics and marketing strategy. Just as
importantly, it allows us to bring a local artist, Sean Wells, to the forefront
on a national stage.
The lottery also won a
Batchy Award for the TV $10,000 and under
category with the accompanying Dia de Los Muertos Scratcher
television ad, created by in-house animator Andrew Dormody.
NASPL is a more than forty years old
association formed to provide resources, education, training, research and
communications for and among lotteries. It is comprised of 52 lotteries. The
annual NASPL Awards recognize the very best achievements in the lottery
About Dia de Los Muertos
Karla Wilkinson, Director of Gaming
Products and recent Powers Award recipient, was instrumental in bringing the
game to creation after recognizing the work of New Mexican artist Sean Wells in
various local markets.
The Dia de Los Muertos
artwork is colorful, vibrant and fun. It speaks to the spirit and culture
of New Mexico. We knew we had to try and contact the artist to see if she would
be interested or willing to design the artwork for a Scratcher, said
To have the Lottery select
me and the opportunity to show my artwork on this level its like I won
the Lottery, said artist Sean Wells.
Wells created six original paintings
celebrating the best of New Mexicos character for the Scratchers. They
were: Dog Is My Co-Pilot (motorcycles), 56 Oldsmobile
(classic cars) Balloonists (ballooning), The Betrothal
(love), Folklorico (dancing) and Mariachis (music).
This was the first time a local
artist was featured on a New Mexico Lottery Scratcher. This was also the first
time Dia de Los Muertos was featured on any Scratcher game in North America,
and other states are now interested in using the art.
Introduced in August 2015, the game
was so successful that it was followed by a second series of tickets, titled
Legends of the Southwest in August 2016. This
years Scratchers feature Mae West, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the
Roswell Alien, Pancho Villa, La Llorona and Billy the Kid.
Sean Wells is a 5th generation
Spanish Colonial New Mexican artist influenced by the traditional heritage art
forms of the region. Her artwork has been commissioned for the Day of the
Dead-themed beer labels, Cerveza de los Muertos and the wine labels for La
Catrina Vino. Wells shows at the weekly Rail Yards Market in Albuquerque and
participates in the annual Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe.
Legislative Lottery Scholarships
One hundred percent of New Mexico
Lottery revenues fund New Mexico education. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery
has raised $707.92 million for New Mexico education. As of Spring 2015, more
than 100,000 students have attended college and 53,511 have graduated from
college with Legislative Lottery Scholarships.
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm, T: (505)
342-7638 or (800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers September 2016 Index
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 10, 2016)
-- The AGEM Index posted a modest increase in September 2016 after
relinquishing 8.29 points in August 2016. The composite index stood at 306.85
points at the close of the month, which represents an increase of 20.46 points,
or 7.14 percent, when compared to August 2016. The AGEM Index reported a
year-over-year increase for the 12th consecutive month, rising 123.51 points,
or 67.4 percent, when compared to September 2015.
During the latest period, nine of
the 13 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month increases
in stock price, with three up by more than 10 percent. Three manufacturers
reported decreases in stock price during the month, while Galaxy Gaming
reported a flat performance.
The broader stock markets reported
mixed results in September 2016.
The S&P 500 reported a
month-to-month decrease of 0.1 percent, falling to 2,168.27. Additionally, the
Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased 0.5 percent to 18,400.88, but the NASDAQ
increased 1.9 percent during the period to 5,213.22.
Selected positive contributors to
the September 2016 AGEM Index included the following:
- Aristocrat Technologies (ASX) contributed 6.16
points due to a 4.7-percent increase in stock price to AU$15.81.
- Konami Corporation (TYO: 9766) reported a stock
price of ¥3,895 (+6.57 percent) and contributed 5.71 points.
- With a stock price of $11.27 (+36.61 percent),
Scientific Games (SGMS) contributed 4.27 points to the overall index.
Selected negative contributors
included the following:
- With a stock price of $63.01 (-2.04 percent), Crane
Co. (CR) contributed negative 0.89 points.
- Astro Corp. (TW: 3064) contributed negative 0.01
points due to a 2.16-percent decline in stock price to NT$34.00.
Note: Daktronics, Inc. is no longer reported
in the index.
Stock Price At Month
Ainsworth Game Technology
Everi Holdings Inc.
Galaxy Gaming Inc.
Gaming Partners International
International Game Technology PLC
Scientific Games Corporation
Change in Index
AGEM Index Value: August
AGEM Index Value:
As casino operators scramble to
engage millennials who are reluctant to spend time and money at a slot machine,
skill-based games have found a space mostly online to engage this
ever-important demographic. However, these games have yet to see much space on
the casino floor as laws and regulations surrounding skill-based games are
still in the process of firming up.
Social games as well as E-sports are
seen by many operators as a way to engage an audience that has been reluctant
to participate in traditional gaming. As an example, the Las Vegas Convention
and Visitors Authority reported in 2015 that while Millennials made up over a
quarter of the visitors to Las Vegas, only 63 percent gambled at a casino
during their stay. In addition, only 9 percent of millennials reported spending
more than five hours gambling per day on average. That compares to 40 percent
of the silent generation, 29 percent of the Baby Boomers, and 23 percent of
Generation X reporting to be spending five hours or more gambling.
Millennials are still spending
during their trips to Las Vegas, but they consistently spend more on social
experiences such as nightclubs and day clubs in comparison to other
generations. In 2015, 17 percent of Millennials reported attending a nightclub
while 4 percent reported spending time at a day club. Generation X reported
only 4 percent of visitors going to nightclubs and 1 percent attending a day
club, while Boomers and the Silent Generation reported 0 percent attendance for
In response to the changing
preferences and demographics of the casino customer, Caesars Entertainment
announced a multi-year agreement to officially bring skill-based games to the
casino floor. Caesars is partnering with Gamblit Gaming on a multi-year
agreement to start placing Gamblit's Model G and TriStation units in its
Caesars plans on rolling out its
first games at Harrah's Rincon in Southern California. The Model G and
Tristation will feature a word matching and Match 3 game and will expand to
include gambling versions of Catapult King and INTO THE DEAD, which have a
combined 95 million online downloads.
Pending regulatory approval, Caesars
aims to bring these games to its Nevada properties as well, with plans to
deploy 125 Gamblit gaming positions across numerous Nevada properties.
Additionally, the two companies hope to release another 100 positions in other
markets across the United States.
Skill-based games are designed to
offer a different and more social experience than traditional slot
While slot machines will continue to
dominate casino floors into the foreseeable future, catering particularly to
the aging Baby Boomer population, skill-based games offer a more social
experience that appeals to the next generation of gamblers.
The AGEM Index
The Association of Gaming Equipment
Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 14 global
gaming suppliers throughout the world.
A total of 9 suppliers are based in
the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two
trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange,
one on the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange.
The index is computed based on the
month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and
weighted based on approximation of market capitalization. Market
capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been
converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes.
The AGEM Index is based on a
100-point value as of January 2005.
AGEM is an international trade
association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems,
lotteries, and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to
further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world.
Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and
good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create
benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM and its
member organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in
the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business
The AGEM index and overview is
prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm
providing consultation services for public and private entities. The company
utilizes extensive experience in economics, information technology and finance
to provide a wide range of services, including urban economic consulting,
financial advisory services, market analysis, public policy analysis,
hospitality industry and gaming consulting, and information system and
CONTACT: Marcus Prater, AGEM
Executive Director, T: (702) 812-6932.
SOURCE: The Association of Gaming
Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).
Havnelid New CEO at Norsk Tipping
NORWAY (October 2016) -- Havnelid
will replace Torbjørn Almlid. Mr. Almlid will stay at Norsk Tipping as a
special advisor to the CEO for an interim period. Mr. Almlid is also a member
of the European Lotteries Executive Committee and is prepared to hold this
position until the election in Krakow in June 2017.
Åsne Havnelid comes from the
position as Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross. In addition, Mrs.
Havnelid has a broad field of experience from central executive positions
within business and sports in Norway.
I am very pleased to join
Norsk Tipping, and look forward to bringing my experience from the sports and
humanitarian sector into the companys operations, Åsne
Havnelid says. Also, it is a privilege to follow Mr. Almlid who,
during his almost eight years as CEO, has done a great job in modernizing and
expanding the company, delivering fantastic results. At the same time Norsk
Tipping has, with Mr. Almlid as a strong advocate, established a
ground-breaking and globally leading platform for responsible gaming. I want to
take this opportunity to thank him for his invaluable work for Norsk
Tipping., Mrs. Havnelid says.
I am very proud of the
companys accomplishments these past eight years. I want to thank Norsk
Tippings organization, our key national and international partners and
our board and owner for the good cooperation during the last eight years. I am
convinced that Mrs. Havnelid, with her broad experience, will be a great CEO
for the company in the coming years, and I want to use this occasion to wish
both her and the organization the best of luck., Mr. Almlid says.
CONTACT: Åsne Havnelid,
Telephone: 419 00 370 or Linda Bernander Silseth, Chairman of the Norsk Tipping
Board, Telephone: 907 35 979 or Bjørn Maaseide, Dep. chairman of the
Norsk Tipping Board, Telephone: 996 39 000.
SOURCE: Norsk Tipping.
Lottery Introduces New Mobile App
AUSTIN, Texas (October 10, 2016)
Checking tickets for winners just got easier! The Texas Lottery is
introducing a new mobile app that allows players to check their tickets for
winning status, access drawing results, enter promotional second-chance
drawings and more. The free app is available for download on all iOS and
With more people accessing
information through mobile devices, we knew we needed to offer our players
greater convenience to the game information they want, said Gary
Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
With the new app, players can:
- Scan and check draw and scratch tickets to see if
they have won.
- Create and save their favorite numbers so that a
Texas Lottery retailer can scan the QR code and print a ticket for
- View current jackpot amounts and winning
- Locate a favorite scratch ticket game or nearest
- Easily scan tickets to enter promotional
Players still must visit Texas
Lottery retailers to purchase tickets.
About the Texas
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
CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
512-344-5131, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Fleurs Magazine Commences Voting for 2016 Fleurry Awards for Best Lottery
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (October 13,
2016) -- La Fleurs Magazine initiated voting today at
www.lafleurs.com for La
Fleurs 2016 Fleurry Awards for Best Event. Here is the link to begin
viewing the ads and then vote online:
Click here to view this week's lotteries' events.
We invite you to vote for
your favorite events submitted by 14 North American lotteries for La Fleur's
2016 Fleurry Event Competition for best lottery event, said La
Fleurs Magazine publisher Terri Markle. Winners will be
showcased at La Fleurs 2016 Lottery Conclave & Interactive Summit in
Austin, Texas (which will be held December 4-7, 2016).
For seven weeks, La Fleurs
Magazine will pulse out a link to view two new Fleurry event submissions.
Voting will run from Thursday to the following Wednesday. The next
week, we will pulse out the link to vote on the next events. You only have a
limited time to vote on each video so dont procrastinate!
Each week, La Fleurs Magazine
will send the email to announce the weeks choice for lottery event videos
to watch database of 5,500. Awards are determined by peers voting on
peers submissions, basically the Peoples Awards for the best
event, explained Markle. The lotteries with the highest
rated events will receive trophies at the Fleurry Event Awards ceremony at the
This is the third year that La
Fleurs Magazine has organized the Fleurry Best Lottery Event contest. The
video submissions show how lotteries are creatively using lottery-centric
events and sponsored events to engage current and potential players.
Please let other executives in your
organization know about the Fleurry best event contest so they can vote too. If
you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
The winners of La Fleurs 2015
Best Lottery Event Fleurry awards were: Atlantic Lottery Corp. (LOTTO MAX
presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival); Illinois Lottery (Memorial Day Brett
Eldredge Surprise Concert), Kansas Lottery ($2 Zombie Instant Ticket) and
Minnesota Lottery (Make My Day Gas Station Surprise).
Philadelphia Leaders Tout Gaming Industry's Role in State's
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 11,
Dear Gaming Colleague,
As gaming in Pennsylvania approaches
its 10th anniversary, casinos continue to have a strong economic and community
impact in the state. Annually, Pennsylvanias 12 casinos are responsible
for over $6 billion in economic activity and support nearly 34,000 jobs, which
pay more than $1.7 billion in wages to Pennsylvania workers. Federal, state and
local tax revenues generated from gaming add up to an impressive $2.4 billion
and $1.4 billion of that is generated directly from gaming taxes.
Thats why, last week, the
American Gaming Association (AGA) held its latest Get to Know Gaming event in
Philadelphia to highlight casinos positive impact on the area. The event,
hosted at SugarHouse Casino, brought together the citys casino
representatives, business and community leaders and local, state and federally
elected officials. The panel consisted of:
- Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA-07);
- State Senator Larry Farnese (D-PA-1);
- Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse
- Marc Oppenheimer, chief marketing officer, Parx
- Richard F. Levins, VP and deputy general counsel,
PA Markets, Independence Blue Cross;
- Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO, Philadelphia
Convention & Visitors Bureau; and
- Stephen Mullin, president and principal, Econsult
Watch the event on Periscope
Participants discussed the
industrys contributions to programs that support education, veterans,
employee growth, sustainability, the arts and more. Marc Oppenheimer of Parx
Casino said during of the event:
There are things in many
different areas, whether it be culturally, whether it be community-wise
where weve been the partner that has stepped up when the community has
Wendy Hamilton of Sugarhouse
I think that anyone will
tell you that from the time that gaming was legalized in Pennsylvania, the
neighborhood around SugarHouse became critically important, [we told folks]
were going to be a great neighbor, heres why you want us
Wendy Hamilton of SugarHouse Casino
Julie Coker Graham of the
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau highlighted gamings
contribution to visitors to the Philadelphia area:
We're charged at the Bureau
with bringing in conventions and meetings, but also the overseas
visitors...[Gaming] offers yet another product to enhance the visitor
experience...The more that we can enhance the experience that they have while
they're here causes them to stay longer, which obviously creates more taxes and
In addition to livestreaming video
of the event on Periscope, gamings positive community impact was
highlighted in The Delaware County Times:
'This industry has
delivered to Pennsylvania and it has delivered to local communities,' Geoff
Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, said. 'Our
commitment to these communities has never been stronger.'
The event also generated news
coverage in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Business Journal, The
Intelligencer and CDC Gaming Reports.
Additionally, as you may know,
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ruled recently on the state's casino host fee law.
As The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "the municipal portion of tax on slot
machines outside Philadelphia violates the state constitution because it
effectively imposes different rates on casinos depending on their size." At the
event, I had the chance to address the recent decision:
Many of our casinos are
already working with their local communities to determine how this issue can be
resolved. Were confident that the Legislature will also address this
issue. I feel very good about our long-term commitment to these communities to
the commonwealth of Pennsylvania...That's not to say that there aren't policies
here in Pennsylvania that need a fresh a look. The policies that were put in
place in 2004 might not be the best policies for 2016 and beyond."
We need to ensure that in
Pennsylvania, and all across the country, lawmakers and stakeholders are
continuing to look at more progressive gaming policies. It will enable the
industry to thrive for years to come, which will allow gaming to continue to
have a strong impact on communities.
President and CEO
American Gaming Association.
the Dates for Australasian Gaming Expo 2017
SYDNEY, Australia (October 10, 2016)
-- Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th August are the dates for the 2017 Australasian
Gaming Expo to be held at the new International Convention Centre Sydney,
located at Darling Harbour.
Featuring more than 250 exhibitors
across 19,000 square metres of exhibition space, the Australasian Gaming Expo
is easily the biggest event of its type in Australia and one of the world's
All indications are that the
exhibition will again be full to capacity with a wide range of companies
showcasing the worlds best gaming and related equipment and services.
It follows on from AGE 2016 Gaming
Expo when we saw 6,813 visitors attending over the three days establishing a
new record for attendance, since the show first started 27 years ago.
We're excited about the event's
future at ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour. Almost 100 exhibitors covering
two-thirds of the exhibition floor have already committed to exhibit at the AGE
The new event website is already
operational at www.austgamingexpo.com and plans are extremely advanced for an
even bigger and better event.
Event owner and operator, the Gaming
Technologies Association, will again add to the fun by offering a surprise trip
for 2 to Las Vegas for visitors at each day of the Expo, which was won in 2016
by Ron Kent from the Vikings Group ACT, Peter Smith from Springvale RSL
Victoria and Daniel Grady from Wests Leagues Club.
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
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Scientific Games, Ebet Limited, IGT
Australia and Konami Australia.