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Vol. 77 No.5 - Monday October 31, 2016


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Nebraska Lottery Standardizes Operations with Seven Day Drawings

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LINCOLN, Nebraska (October 21, 2016) – Starting Nov. 6, the Nebraska Lottery will hold drawings for the Nebraska Pick 5, Nebraska Pick 3 and MyDaY Lotto games Monday through Sunday, seven days a week.

Currently, drawings for the three Nebraska-exclusive Lotto games are held six nights per week. Powerball and Mega Millions drawings are held twice per week, and 2by2 drawings are held every night. Players can buy and redeem tickets for all games Monday through Sunday. The upcoming schedule change will help players more-easily schedule their ticket purchases and increase in-store traffic for Lottery retailers.

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Offering seven day draws is a goal we’ve been working towards for some time,” said Lottery Director Brian Rockey. “The majority of lotteries in the United States offer daily drawings, and we’re excited to offer this convenience for our players and retailers here in Nebraska. Standardizing drawings will provide us with some operational efficiencies, and in addition, we expect to generate more proceeds for good causes across the state.”

Proceeds from the sale of Nebraska Lottery tickets benefit the environment, education, the Nebraska State Fair, and compulsive gamblers assistance. The Lottery anticipates that an additional $360,000 a year in additional proceeds could be generated by moving to seven day draws.

To prepare for the change to seven day draws, the amount of drawings that can be purchased in advance for Nebraska Pick 5, Nebraska Pick 3 and MyDaY has been temporarily changed. The maximum number of drawings that can be purchased on a multi-draw ticket decreases by one after each successive drawing. Beginning Sunday, Nov. 6, players will again be able to purchase tickets for up to 12 weeks of drawings (84 draws). Complete information on the multi-draw phase out is available at the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com.

The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $617 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

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

SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.

 

 

New York Lottery Wins Industry Awards for Creative Advertising Campaigns & Player Outreach

Awards for #Unclaimed, “Dog Wedding,” “Get Drawn Together,” “You’d Make a Way Better Rich Person” Ads & “Play by Play” Digital Newsletter

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 20, 2016) -- The New York Lottery recently received four Lottery industry awards from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) for its #Unclaimed missing millionaire campaign, the “Dog Wedding” Quick Draw ad, the “Get Drawn Together” campaign and the new Play by Play digital newsletter for Lottery players. In addition, the 4A’s advertising agency trade association awarded the Lottery with a Gold Jay Chiat Award for Strategic Excellence for the “You’d Make a Way Better Rich Person” campaign.

The New York Lottery is a worldwide brand showcasing the Empire State because of innovative, creative and influential advertising,” said Dana Idema, Director of Advertising for the New York State Gaming Commission’s Division of the Lottery.

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The Lottery and our advertising partner McCann New York are proud of these recognitions and we will continue to produce groundbreaking campaigns that capture the world’s attention.

The Lottery’s #Unclaimed campaign earned the Hickey Award for its creative search for a “missing millionaire.” An unknown player purchased a Cash4Life ticket worth $7,000,000 from a Brooklyn deli in July 2015 but never came forward to claim the jackpot prize. The guerilla marketing campaign involved canvassing the Brooklyn neighborhood around the Milky Way Deli with fliers to try to find the winner of the lucky ticket as well as a social media video to draw attention to the missing ticket.

NASPL judges recognized the Lottery’s “Get Drawn Together” campaign that demonstrated how ordinary Lottery players get “drawn together” in social situations to play Quick Draw (examples here and here). The campaign, which was cited for its outstanding advertising and business communication achievements, featured a “Dog Wedding” television commercial and a “Muffgels” radio spot that inspired a recent craze for a cross between a muffin and a bagel.

The final NASPL award won was for a new Play by Play digital newsletter to Lottery players spotlighting topics such as new instant game promotions and a new mobile app. The newsletter is emailed monthly to nearly 400,000 Lottery players.

In addition to the four NASPL top awards, the New York Lottery was a finalist in six additional advertising categories for its Quick Draw and instant game products. This is the tenth consecutive year the New York Lottery has won NASPL awards. A full list of award nominees and winners may be found here.

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With nearly 500 entries from 43 lotteries across North America, this year’s awards were judged by more than 25 creative directors from lotteries and their advertising agencies.

The 4A’s, the leading trade association representing the advertising agency business, awarded the Lottery and McCann New York with the Gold Jay Chiat Award for Strategic Excellence in its Regional Strategy category for the Lottery’s “You’d Make a Way Better Rich Person” campaign (example here). The campaign showed hyperbolic examples of some of the eccentricities of the already-rich, and how New Yorkers could do a better job with their millions of dollars.

The Lottery was one of only eight brands from around the world to win a Gold award. The Jay Chiat Awards honor strategic thinking and recognize advertising professionals who develop breakthrough insights and initiate creative campaigns that inspire both consumers and business around the globe. The judging panels were comprised of top industry leaders.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.30 billion in fiscal year 2015-2016 to help support education in New York State.  The Lottery’s contribution represents 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts. New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education.  It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

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About McCann New York

McCann New York is a unit of both McCann Worldgroup, a leading global marketing service company, and McCann, the world’s largest advertising agency network.  McCann Worldgroup also includes MRM//McCann (digital marketing/relationship management), Momentum Worldwide (total brand experience), McCann Health (professional/dtc communications), CRAFT (global adaptation and production), UM (media management), Weber Shandwick (public relations), FutureBrand (consulting/design), ChaseDesign (shopper marketing) and PMK-BNC (entertainment/brand/popular culture). McCann is #3 on the 2016 Ad Age A-List and McCann New York is a Creativity Innovators Standout.

About NASPL

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has now grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations.

About the 4A's Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence

Now in its 20th year, the Jay Chiat Awards are global awards recognizing the best strategic thinking in marketing, media and advertising around the world. The 4A's is the catalyst for bringing together the right people in the right places at the right time to address the advertising industry's most critical business issues. It provides leadership, advocacy, guidance and community to its members and the industry at large, with proprietary access to the people, information and tools needed to make smarter management decisions. Its mission is to help agencies become more successful.

CONTACT: Communications, T: (518) 388-3415, E: info@gaming.ny.gov.

SOURCE: New York Lottery.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Receives Extension on Instant Game Contract From Massachusetts State Lottery

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (October 24, 2016) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce an extension to its contract for instant game tickets, game designs, and marketing services with the Massachusetts State Lottery. Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue to provide the Lottery with instant products and related services until October 2017.

Pollard Banknote’s relationship with the Massachusetts State Lottery began in 1999. Through the years, the company has worked with the Lottery to help strengthen its instant game portfolio—particularly the development of its Crossword category, which accounted for approximately 14% of the Lottery’s instant ticket sales in FY 2016. Pollard Banknote helped the Lottery launch its first $2 Cashword ticket in 2007, and subsequently leveraged its category management expertise to assist in the introduction of $5 and $10 Cashword games in the Massachusetts market. Most recently, Pollard Banknote designed and printed the Lottery’s current $5 Crossword game on the market, 20X Cashword.

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Our partnership with Pollard Banknote has contributed to our overall performance as one of the world’s most successful lotteries,” said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director, Massachusetts State Lottery. “We particularly appreciate their flexible and responsive customer service and the valuable assistance they have offered in building our extended play portfolio. The continued sales growth of our Crossword category has helped us meet our goal of maximizing the net profit that we deliver to the Commonwealth for all cities and towns in Massachusetts.

“Pollard Banknote values this opportunity to continue our long-standing relationship with the Massachusetts State Lottery,” said Brad Thompson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “We will continue to work with the Lottery to develop market-specific strategies that will leverage Pollard Banknote’s unique and innovative products to foster sales growth in the State.”

The Massachusetts State Lottery was established by the legislature in 1971 in response to the need for revenues for the cities and towns of the Commonwealth. Each year, the Massachusetts State Lottery returns money to the Commonwealth to help aid local communities. The Lottery is the Commonwealth’s single largest source of unrestricted local aid, returning $989.4 million in net profit to the state in FY 2016.

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 www.pollardbanknote.com.

For more information CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail:dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive

Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail:jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail:rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Invitation: Kambi Group Plc's Third Quarter 2016 Result

MALTA (October 21, 2016) -- Kambi's result for the third quarter (July - September) 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 2 November, at 07:45 CET.

You are invited to participate in a report presentation at 10:45 CET with the CEO Kristian Nylén and CFO David Kenyon. The presentation will be held in English via a telephone conference and can also be accessed via an audiocast using the link below.

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Questions can be asked on the telephone conference or sent via the audiocast link. Numbers for participation in the telephone conference:

SE: +46 8 5664 26 64     UK: +44 20 3008 9811    ES: +34 9 1414 07 82    US: +1 8 558 315 944

Link to the audiocast:

https://wonderland.videosync.fi/2016-11-02-kambi-group-q3-report

About Kambi

Kambi is a provider of premium sports betting services to licensed B2C gaming operators. Kambi Group plc is listed on First North at Nasdaq Stockholm. Our services encompass a broad offering from front end user interface through to odds compiling, customer intelligence and risk management, built on an in-house developed software platform. Kambi's 13 customers include Unibet, 888, Paf, 32Red and Napoleon Games. Kambi employ more than 450 staff across offices in Malta (headquarters), Bucharest, London, Manila, Stockholm and Sydney.

About Kambi (www.kambi.com).

Kambi utilises a best of breed security approach, with guiding principles from ISO 27001. Kambi is eCOGRA certified.

Kambi Group plc is listed on First North at Nasdaq Stockholm under the symbol "KAMBI".

The Company's Certified Advisor is Redeye AB.

Disclaimer: The information in this report/press release is such that Kambi Group plc is required to disclose under the Swedish Securities Market Act.

CONTACT: Kambi Group plc., Kristian Nylen, Chief Executive Officer, T: +44 7764 161 055 or Anna-Lena Åström, Head of IR & Corporate Communications, T: +44 7834 626 301.

SOURCE: Kambi Group Plc.

 

 

Smartplay International Announces Receipt of ISO 9001 Certification

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EDGEWATER PARK, New Jersey (Tuesday, October 25, 2016) -- After an extensive analysis of its quality systems and processes, Smartplay International, Inc. is proud to announce successful ISO 9001:2008 certification of our Quality Management System, effective October 21, 2016. 

External auditing was completed by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc. an internationally recognized registrar, accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) among others.

ISO 9001:2008 focuses on achieving customer satisfaction, improving the focus on the customer, providing excellent leadership, team involvement, and a management system approach.

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By realizing this certification, Smartplay sends a clear message to lotteries and the gaming industry marketplace that the products we manufacture are produced under a system which is held to the highest standard.  In achieving ISO 9001:2008 compliance, Smartplay assures customers of their commitment to consistent delivery of quality products and services

Smartplay President David Michaud stated, “I am extremely proud of Smartplay’s personnel for the commitment, diligence and teamwork they have demonstrated to achieve this certification. Our focus on quality and service extends throughout our entire organization and this achievement serves as official recognition of the processes which support our corporate goal of customer satisfaction.”

Smartplay has been in business for 23 years and has distinguished itself in the gaming marketplace as the premier manufacturer of high quality, reliable and robust lottery solutions and services to our clients. 

While Smartplay employees are delighted at this initial achievement, we plan to use the continual improvement process and press forward to meet compliance for ISO 9001:2015.

ABOUT SMARTPLAY INTERNATIONAL, INC:

Established in 1993, Smartplay is dedicated to the creative design, development and manufacture of lottery drawing equipment. The product line has evolved over the years in response to clients’ needs by incorporating the latest technology. Smartplay has maintained international leadership in the area of lottery drawing machines and customized game show equipment. Smartplay is consistently chosen above other manufacturers due to a reputation for quality and reliability. Smartplay is proud to be the choice of the world’s most prestigious lotteries. 

CONTACT:  Mariana Mokritski, Marketing, T: +1 609 880 1860, W: www.smartplay.com

SOURCE: Smartplay International, Inc., Edgewater Park, NJ USA.

 

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Florida Lottery Warns Citizens of Mega Millions® Scam

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 25, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of an advance fee lottery scam involving MEGA MILLIONS® and invoking fake notices from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) to the public claiming they have won prizes.

The notice advises individuals that they have won a MEGA MILLIONS prize and requests they wire transfer thousands of dollars to the scammer in order to secure their winnings.

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In further efforts to appear legitimate, the documentation sent to the victims includes memorandum/stationary from the FBI and FDIC that serve as letters of authentication. In a recent scam, a photo claiming to show three FBI agents was sent in an attempt to further prove its validity.

The Florida Lottery joins the FBI and the FDIC in urging the public to remain vigilant to this scam and others like it.  Florida Lottery players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for MEGA MILLIONS or any other Florida Lottery game. For more information and to find other tips to protect yourself, please visit flalottery.com. To report a lottery scam, consumers should contact the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security at (850) 487-7730.

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 (www.flalottery.com).

 

 

New Holiday Instant Games on Sale, Lottery Promotes Responsible Gift Giving and Play

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MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (October 25, 2016) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery’s new holiday-themed instant games are now on sale, offering millions of dollars in prizes and extra chances to win through the Secret Santa Second-Chance Drawings. 

The new games are: $1,000,000 Snow Bank ($20), Trim the Tree ($10), Frosty Ca$h ($5), Freezin’ Greetings ($3), Unwrap the Cash ($2) and Merry Money ($1).

Plus, the Secret Santa Second-Chance Drawings will award a sleigh-full of cash prizes: $10,000; $50,000; and $100,000; plus numerous “Secret Santa” prizes.

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Players may enter non-winning 2016 holiday-themed instant games and/or winning and non-winning tickets for most draw games (excluding Millionaire Raffle). Eligible draw game tickets carry an Official Entry Code.

Enter through the online VIP Players Club at palottery.com or use the Lottery’s official mobile app to quickly and easily scan tickets to enter. Submit qualifying tickets by January 5, 2017.

Visit palottery.com for entry, prizes, rules and drawing information. Mailed entries are not accepted. Prizes, including top prizes, are subject to availability at the time of purchase.

Continuing its promotion of responsible play, the Pennsylvania Lottery has again teamed with other state lotteries and the National Council on Problem Gambling to remind players that lottery games are not suitable for children. Whether buying a ticket for your own enjoyment or to give as a gift, players in Pennsylvania must be 18 or older.  

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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China LotSynergy Announce Second Successful Sports Lottery Terminal Procurement Programme from Henan

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HONG KONG, SAR (October 25, 2016) -- The Board is pleased to announce that Lottnal, a subsidiary of the Company, has recently won a bid for Henan Sports Lottery Administration Centre’s “2016 Sports Lottery CTG Terminal Procurement Programme”. This is the second time in which Lottnal has won a single batch bid with sales volume over a thousand terminals from the province of Henan.

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The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of China LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, collectively referred to as the “Group”) is pleased to announce that Guangzhou Lottnal Terminal Company Limited (“Lottnal”), a subsidiary of the Company, has recently won a bid for Henan Sports Lottery Administration Centre’s “2016 Sports Lottery Computer-Generated Ticket Game (“CTG”) Terminal Procurement Programme”.

This is the second time in which Lottnal has won a single batch bid, with a total procurement of over 1,000 units of terminals, from the province of Henan.

Lottnal’s Sports Lottery CTG terminals have been highly praised by its customers ever since Lottnal won its first bid, with a total procurement of 1,000 terminals, from the province of Henan in July 2015.

A second win in the supply of Sports Lottery CTG terminals, the only tender this year in Henan Province, reflects the Group’s technological strength, high quality products, sustainable innovation and professional services.

Henan, a leading province in China’s Sports Lottery space, where lottery sales recorded continuous growth in recent years on the back of a series of reform measures including sales network expansion, management regime enhancement and innovation of technical support.

In 2015, Henan province’s Sports Lottery ranked among the top five provincial markets with lottery sales exceeding RMB 10 billion.

Sales of Sports Lottery in Henan province grew 20.7% year-on-year to reach RMB 7.6 billion in the first eight months of 2016, far exceeding the 12.3% growth of China Sports Lottery market and the 6.1% growth of overall Chinese lottery market.

In the future, the Group will continue to provide high quality products and services to Henan Sports Lottery Administration Centre by taking advantage of the Group’s vertically integrated business model, endeavor to develop its business ranging from CTG to new media lottery and strive to make contributions to the Henan’s Sports Lottery market.

SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings Limited.

 

 

Competition and Markets Authority Launches Investigation Into Online Gambling

From: Competition and Markets Authority

LONON, U.K. (October 2016) -- The CMA has today announced it is investigating whether online gambling firms are treating their customers fairly.

This follows concerns raised by the Gambling Commission about potential breaches of consumer law, including misleading promotions and unfair terms, being used by firms to block players’ payouts.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is today issuing Information Notices under consumer protection legislation requiring evidence from companies as a first step to establishing whether enforcement action is required. It is also asking people who use gambling sites and have experienced such issues to provide us with further material.

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Nisha Arora, CMA Senior Director for Consumer Enforcement, said:

“Gambling inevitably involves taking a risk, but it shouldn’t be a con. We’re worried players are losing out because gambling sites are making it too difficult for them to understand the terms on which they’re playing, and may not be giving them a fair deal. We are now investigating to see whether firms are breaking the law.

Around 5.5 million Britons gamble online and they must be treated fairly. We’ve heard worrying complaints suggesting people may be lured into signing up for promotions with little chance of winning because of unfair and complex conditions. We’re now working closely with the Gambling Commission to examine this more closely.

Sarah Harrison, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, added:

We expect the gambling industry to ensure terms and conditions are not unfair. However, operators are still not doing enough. I continue to have concerns that many of these appear to bamboozle rather than help the customer make informed choices.

Gambling, by its very nature, is always going to involve risk but customers must have faith that if they win, they will not end up feeling that the deck is stacked against them because of an obscure condition that they did not properly understand.

We approached the CMA to work with them to address issues in the gambling sector and we are delighted to have agreed a joint programme of work to ensure terms are fair and transparent.

Online gambling has grown by around 146% since 2009 and now more than 5.5 million people regularly log on to sports betting, gaming and casinos using gambling websites. The initial CMA review of the £4 billion-a-year sector has highlighted examples of potentially unfair treatment that require more comprehensive examination. In particular, the CMA is concerned that players may be losing out as a result of:

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  • Being locked into complex and strict requirements linked to gaming promotions that are difficult to understand and may be unachievable. These can include terms that require people to play for longer than they had bargained for before they can withdraw money. The CMA is also concerned that players may not be able to withdraw what remains of their deposit, and any winnings, when they want to stop playing.
  • Companies having a wide discretion to cancel bets or alter odds after bets have been accepted, because they made a mistake when the odds were first set. The CMA is investigating whether the terms operators rely on in cases such as this are fair.
  • Terms restricting players’ ability to challenge a firm’s decision, for example by placing very short time limits on making a complaint or inaccurately suggesting that other means of redress are not available.

 

This investigation is part of a joint programme of work with the Gambling Commission to tackle issues around fairness and transparency in the gambling industry. The investigation may lead to further action, such as enforcement action, or guidance being issued by the CMA or the Gambling Commission, to secure improved compliance across the remote gambling sector.

All information relating to this investigation can be found on the case page. This also sets out how people can get in touch with information on the concerns identified above.

About The CMA

The CMA is the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It is an independent non-ministerial government department with responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries and enforcing competition and consumer law. For CMA updates, follow us on Twitter @CMAgovuk, Flickr and LinkedIn.

SOURCE: Competition and Markets Authority press release.

 

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Debate in Las Vegas Highlights Significant Week for Gaming

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 21, 2016)

Dear Gaming Colleague:

A final presidential debate in Las Vegas, a potential NFL stadium near the Strip and the growing momentum of the sports betting conversation propelled the gaming industry into the national spotlight this week.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the city took center stage on Wednesday during the third and final presidential debate of this historic election.

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Nearly 70 million Americans tuned in for the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, giving those in attendance and millions watching the opportunity to see how Las Vegas has transformed itself into an entertainment destination for millions of visitors each year. 

In a CBS This Morning interview this week, Jim Murren, American Gaming Association (AGA) board chairman and MGM Resorts International chairman and CEO, said, “I’ve seen an industry playing defense, go to an industry that’s proud of its heritage and proud of its role in the economy here.

An op-ed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal emphasized that Wednesday night’s event was a signal of gaming’s emergence into the mainstream:

 

Interestingly enough, when gaming executives speak out, gambling is never an issue. Instead, the focus is on high-priority policy issues including the national debt, government spending, trade, immigration, health care and even the Iran nuclear agreement. It’s another sign of gaming’s emergence from the political sidelines into the public mainstream.”

 

In advance of the debate, a reception co-sponsored by AGA attracted some of the biggest names in national politics, and media and a post-debate panel discussion gave AGA members and industry stakeholders an insider view as political experts weighed in on what we learned from the debate and the implications the election could have on gaming.

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Las Vegas also grabbed the attention of sports fans this week after the Nevada Legislature and Governor Sandoval approved funding for a new stadium.

The stadium has the potential to bring an NFL team to Las Vegas, further signaling that sports betting and professional sports can coexist in a safe, regulated marketplace.

AGA will be taking this national debate on sports betting to the 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas.

Announced this week, AGA, in partnership with leading industry experts, will participate in a first-of-its-kind panel discussion on regulated sports betting.

A renowned forum for soon-to-breakthrough issues, it’s clear that sports betting is nearing its tipping point. 

The AGA will continue to build on this momentum in the months ahead.

The industry is thriving and has grabbed a piece of the national spotlight, allowing us to tell our unique story, push for a more rational approach to sports betting law and build gaming champions across the country.

 

Sincerely,

 

Geoff Freeman

President and CEO

American Gaming Association.

 

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Give the Gift of Winning This Holiday Season with New Scratch-Off Games from the Florida Lottery

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 25, 2016) -- Today, the Florida Lottery launched a new family of holiday-themed Scratch-Off games.

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The four new games, $2,000,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS, $500,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS, $50,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS and $10,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS, offer more than $126 million in cash prizes and feature more than 13 million winning tickets!

The HOLIDAY MILLIONS family of Scratch-Off games make great stocking stuffers, or can be the perfect gift all on their own when you ‘wrap’ them in our special holiday envelope! All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

  • The $10 game, $2,000,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS, gives players the chance to win more than $48 million in prizes, including two top prizes of $2 million! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.41.
  • The $5 game, $500,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS, offers more than 2.9 million prizes, with overall odds of winning of one-in-4.06.
  • The $2 game, $50,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS, features more than $25 million in prizes, with overall odds of winning of one-in-4.41.
  • For just $1, $10,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS features 30 top prizes of $10,000, with the overall odds of winning of one-in-4.88.

 

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For a limited time, players also have the chance to win up to $50,000 in the Lottery’s “12 Days of Giveaways” Holiday Facebook Contest! Beginning Thursday, December 1, through Monday, December 12, players can upload a photo of themselves with one of the new HOLIDAY MILLIONS Scratch-Off tickets to the “12 Days of Giveaways” app located on the Florida Lottery’s official Facebook page. One winner will be randomly selected each day during the contest period to receive free HOLIDAY MILLIONS Scratch-Off tickets with the possibility of winning a top prize of $50,000! Visit www.flalottery.com for more information.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.

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 (www.flalottery.com).

 

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New Report Highlights Robust Anti-Money Laundering Measures in Canada's Casinos

Expert says casinos are "unattractive" for money laundering

TORONTO, ONTARIO (October 24, 2016) - Canadian casinos have strong safeguards in place to deter and prevent potential money laundering activities. This is one of several conclusions made by international anti-money laundering expert and criminal lawyer Christine Duhaime in a newly published Question and Answer document titled "Casinos & Money Laundering."

Prepared on behalf of the Gaming Security Professionals of Canada, the document outlines the facts around money laundering and details the preventative measures, controls and technology that the industry has in place to comply with federal anti-money laundering laws and deter casinos being targeted for money laundering. The author reviewed the practices of the industry and notes:

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"In order to prevent casinos from being targeted by criminals for money laundering, Canadian gambling jurisdictions have implemented robust countermeasures, including policies, procedures and training that allow for the detection and reporting of such transactions, which in turn deters criminals from using casinos for money laundering."

The Q&A provides an overview of the regulated gambling landscape across Canada, along with information about the checks and balances that are in place to mitigate against financial crimes. The author finds that, to date, there are no known cases in Canada where a person has been convicted of a money laundering offence involving a casino. The document concludes:

"Virtually every transaction at a casino in Canada is video recorded, making casinos one of the highest risk locations to potential money launderers. Canada's strict enforcement of anti-money laundering law ... the presence of security and surveillance personnel at casinos, and the inability of criminals to complete large financial transactions anonymously with cash, chips or by converting currency or electronic funds transfers, makes Canadian casinos unattractive to would-be money launderers."

The Casinos & Money Laundering Q & A is available on the GSPC website.

About the author:

Christine Duhaime is a global lawyer and Certified Financial Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Christine is frequently consulted to advise on complex and emerging legal issues in connection with financial crime, terrorist financing and money laundering risk mitigation and compliance. She advises financial institutions, securities brokers, law firms, accounting firms, gaming companies, FinTechs, digital currency companies and regulatory agencies. For more information, visit duhaimelaw.com.

About Gaming Security Professionals of Canada (GSPC):

GSPC is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on ensuring the safety, security and integrity of the Canadian gaming industry, while providing a forum for members to communicate, educate and share best practices. For more information, visit gspc.ca.

CONTACT:

 

Duhaime Law

Christine Duhaime

604.601.2046

christine@duhaimelaw.com

www.duhaimelaw.com

Gaming Security Professionals

of Canada (GSPC)

Gerald Boose

Executive Director

519.819.4618

gerald.boose@gspc.ca

www.gspc.ca

 

SOURCE: Gaming Security Professionals of Canada.

 

 

Gaming Technologies Association Statement

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SYDNEY, Australia (October 26, 2016) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) today said legal action against Aristocrat regarding the design of poker machines operating in the Australian market ignores clear facts about the strict legal and compliance obligations of the Australian gaming industry.

I’m advised the claim will be vigorously defended. Australia has one of the most stringent regulatory environments for poker machines in the world. Regulators impose comprehensive conditions on every aspect of poker machine design and operation,” GTA Chief Executive Ross Ferrar said today.

Poker machines are designed to be entertaining and are a legitimate recreational activity that many Australians enjoy responsibly.

We look forward to contributing to a sensible debate about these issues and dispelling the myths underpinning this action,” Mr Ferrar said.

INQUIRIES: GRACosway, T: 02 8353 0401.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association (GTA).

 

 

Skilrock Announces Its Participation in World Lottery Summit, Singapore 2016

GURGAON, India (October 27, 2016) -- Skilrock Technologies is delighted to announce its participation in the World Lottery Summit 2016 to be held in Singapore from 6th to 9th November.

The World Lottery Summits had been providing a unique platform for global who-is-who of the industry representing lottery operators, WLA partners, and suppliers from around the world to gather under one roof to exchange knowledge and share experiences.

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Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director of Skilrock Technologies said, “It gives me an immense pleasure to be a part of Skilrock’s 8th consecutive appearance in WLS since the year 2000. WLS 2016 is also special for us as we are returning to Singapore after 10 years since WLS 2006.

We look forward to meeting our friends & colleagues from the lottery industry during WLS 2016 where we are showcasing several additions to our product portfolio, including innovative and game changing solutions for improving Responsible Gaming and much more.”

 

Date: 6th - 9th November 2016

Venue: Marina Bay Sands

Website: www.wls2016.org

 

About Skilrock Technologies

Skilrock Technologies (SUGAL & DAMANI GROUP) is a leading technology solution provider for the lottery and gaming industry. Skilrock is a Software Products & Services company specializing in technology solution for lottery & gaming industry. It is part of $2 billion Sugal & Damani Group, who are leaders of Indian lotteries & gaming market.

Skilrock has a rich portfolio of games and gaming platform suitable for every jurisdictions across the globe. The innovative WEAVER Gaming Platform encompasses RETAIL, iGAMING & SELF SERVICE channels. More than 120,000 retail touch points and over 3 million iGaming players across 18 jurisdictions have been serviced using Weaver Platform covering Lotto, Keno, Bingo, Instants, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots.

For More Information CONTACT: marketing@skilrock.com | Visit www.skilrock.com.

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

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International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Conference, Sydney 2016

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SYDNEY, Australia (October 25, 2016) -- Liquor & Gaming NSW is proud to be hosting the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) annual conference in Sydney, which runs from 31 October to 3 November 2016.

Sydney will host the event on behalf of all Australian gaming regulators and is being held at the ParkRoyal Hotel in Darling Harbour.

The IAGR conference brings together regulators from all over the world to discuss emerging issues, trends and changes impacting the gaming industry and regulation of the sector.

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It is an important opportunity for regulators to collaborate and share ideas on how to effectively regulate the gaming industry and prepare for future changes.

The event is open to the public and media, and registration will remain open throughout the conference. The program comprises keynote presentations and panel sessions on a range of topics, including:

  • technology and responsible gambling
  • casino regulation
  • millennials and regulatory challenges
  • interjurisdictional collaboration
  • convergence of gambling and gaming
  • virtual reality gaming, and
  • sports betting and match-fixing.

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) and the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) will also deliver half-day programs at the conference.

Currently, over 180 delegates have registered to attend the event, including top executives and senior staff of regulatory bodies from Australia and the Oceania region, Africa, Europe and the United States.

To register, visit the IAGR website.

 

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Save the Dates for Australasian Gaming Expo 2017

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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 biggest.

All indications are that the exhibition will again be full to capacity with a wide range of companies showcasing the world’s 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 2017.

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. 

Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.

Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Scientific Games, Ebet Limited, IGT Australia and Konami Australia.

 

 




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