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Vol. 77 No.9 - Monday November 28, 2016


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IGT Installs $17,000 Computer Lab at Nashville’s Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club

IGT, In Partnership with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Launch the 282nd After School Advantage Lab

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 15, 2016) -- IGT unveiled its newest After School Advantage computer lab at the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club with an official ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today. The Preston Taylor Club provides youth with a safe and positive after-school environment where they can receive quality youth development programming.  The opening is part of a worldwide program IGT implemented in 1999 to serve at-risk youth in communities where the Company does business. IGT provides government lotteries and commercial gaming industry with proven solutions across the entire continuum of products and channels, and is the technology partner to the Tennessee Education Lottery. The Lottery provided funding for 73 after-school programs during 2015-2016, serving 17,311 students throughout the state.

"The Lottery’s impact on education in Tennessee continues to grow,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery. “We are proud to partner with IGT to strengthen valuable after-school programs in various locations throughout the state. By helping provide computer labs, students have a chance to practice and expand computer literacy skills at an early age.

As part of the $17,000 donation, the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club received 12 Dell desktop computers, a laptop, a laser printer, assorted learning software, and furniture for the room. IGT Tennessee employees worked with the Boys & Girls Club to customize this computer lab to suit the needs of its students. The computer lab will be available for the students of Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club during after-school hours.

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IGT is providing students with access to a powerful combination of educational resources and technology, opening doors to a vast range of opportunities and leading them toward an exciting future,” said Chris Shaban, Regional Vice President of IGT. “IGT is proud to support Nashville youth through our After School Advantage Program and applauds the community impact made by the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club.”

Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club operates to enable all young people, especially those most in need to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee is extremely appreciative and fortunate to have our Preston Taylor Club as the location selected to receive the latest IGT Tech Center.  The IGT Tech Center will pave the way for higher learning among our Club members.  Our Club members will get a chance to explore coding, design apps, and build and program robots in robot tech,” said Dan Jernigan, President/CEO of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. “Through this opportunity, the digital divide that exists among many our youth today will be less, simply because of this IGT Tech Center.”

Today’s event marks the 282nd IGT After School Advantage lab opening worldwide for the charitable giving program. The opening is also the 6th After School Advantage lab IGT has opened in Tennessee.

About IGT’s After School Advantage

The After School Advantage Program allows IGT to apply its technological expertise, as a leading provider of technology and services to lotteries and commercial gaming operators worldwide, to assist in the education of our youth. For each After School Advantage Program, IGT donates, on average, $15,000 in new computers, printers, software, furniture, and volunteer hours to qualifying public schools and non-profit agencies in jurisdictions where IGT conducts business worldwide. Since the launch of the After School Advantage Program on April 14, 1999, IGT has installed 282 computer centers in the District of Columbia, Antigua, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, Rhode Island, Texas, Oregon, Georgia, California, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona, New Jersey, Michigan, Kansas, Wisconsin, New York, Colorado, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, New Mexico, Virginia, Idaho, Florida, Tennessee, Nevada, Washington, Indiana, North Carolina, and South Dakota. For more information about IGT’s After School Advantage Program, please visit www.IGT.com.

 

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Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, assists children at Preston Taylor Boys & Girls Club during yesterday’s computer lab opening.

 

About the Tennessee Education Lottery

The Tennessee Education Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $3.9 billion to fund designated education programs, including college grants and scholarships, after-school programs and Tennessee Promise.  In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $10.4 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1 billion in retailer commissions. For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

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Elena Chiaradio

401-392-7705 (office)

401-215-0614 (cell)

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Kym Gerlock

615-604-2827 (cell)

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

INTRALOT Ran The Good Race At The 34th Athens Marathon. The Authentic

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ATHENS, Greece (November 21, 2016) -- INTRALOT participated in the 34th Athens Marathon, the Authentic, in support of “KETHEA”, the largest rehabilitation and social reintegration network in Greece that helps people suffering from major forms of addiction including gambling, drugs, alcohol, etc.

Mrs. Alina Papageorgiou, Group HR Director, stated: “Crossing a marathon finish line requires a powerful state of mind. I would like to congratulate INTRALOT runners for their commitment, team spirit, strength, but above all their sense of solidarity by participating in this race and its parallel events in support of a good cause. INTRALOT is a responsible corporate citizen committed to achieving its business goals by ethical means while supporting society and the protection of the environment according to the highest standards of corporate responsibility.”

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Athens Marathon, the Authentic, is a unique global sports event and an exceptional lifetime experience. It is a bridge that unifies the legend with history; it showcases the strength of human will, friendship and solidarity. For the fifth consecutive year, “INTRALOT Runners” ran the 5km, 10km and 42km races of this year’s Marathon wearing branded INTRALOT orange T-shirts promoting “KETHEA”. 

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.91 billion turnover and a global workforce of more than 5,200 employees in 2015. INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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Instant Success for Fastrak Lottery Solutions at WLS Singapore

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CHESHIRE, U.K. (November 22, 2016) -- The team at Fastrak Lottery Solutions were proud to be able to present our innovative and flexible products and services to our customers and friends at the recent World Lottery Summit in Singapore. The summit was a resounding success with over 1,000 participants.

Visitors to our booth were able to view the very latest features of our unique POD range of instant ticket dispensers.

The displays on the stand were designed to demonstrate the total modularity and flexibility of the system which allows Lotteries to configure their displays in any format and incorporate accessories from our comprehensive range, including; price pointers, prize information, feature game highlighters, jackpot communication options and much, much more.

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Add to this our branding options which comprises of a wide range of side & top panels, graphic toppers and bespoke solutions if required.

The POD system is at the heart of our Lottery Retail Range and has been developed through years of retail experience, customer consultation and feedback and an in-depth knowledge of the Lottery Retail Market.

We understand the need to be able to future-proof retail equipment and allow the integration of digital retailing and media. Additionally POD is the only system available that can be re-configured in-store, this allows lotteries total control of estate and asset management for retail dispensing and offers the ability to add facings to existing units in any configuration and facilitate the need to support their best performing retailers.

Put simply POD is the ultimate in flexible Instant Ticket Retailing:

  • It can be built to any configuration, think lego bricks, the only limit is your imagination.
  • POD can be factory built to your required style or we can leave it to you for even more flexibility.
  • Secure and easy to operate in store.
  • Branding and accessories can be manufactured in your brand colours.
  • Additional facings can be added or removed in-store therefore saving costs.
  • The system is fully future proof as it can be re-configured to integrate digital media.
  • Enhanced game visibility.
  • Proven to increase sales.
  • Exceptional return on investment.

 

Also at WLS 2016 Fastrak introduced ‘Fastplay’ the new integrated vending solution for lottery. With the ability to vend both instant and draw based products, enhanced security features and a flexible and intuitive user interface the ‘Fastplay’ unit offers the ideal solution to autonomous retailing for lottery.

Add to that our comprehensive range of draw game play points, jackpot communication, signage and promotional products and you’ll find a truly comprehensive solution for your lottery retailing needs, all designed specifically to increase your sales.

Contact us to find out more….

CONTACT: Mike Price, Business Development Manager, Fastrak Lottery Solutions, T: +44 (0)1625 439 966, M: +44 (0) 7719 777777, E. mike.price@fastrakretail.co.uk.

SOURCE: Fastrak Lottery Solutions.

 

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Texas Lottery Wins International Responsible Gaming Award

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AUSTIN, Texas (November 17, 2016) – For its responsible gaming initiatives, the Texas Lottery was awarded the Best Innovation Responsible Gaming Award-Level 2 by the prestigious World Lottery Association (WLA).

We are incredibly honored to receive this international recognition,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We continue to experience record sales and revenue and we take responsible growth seriously.”

The Texas Lottery achieved $5.068 billion in sales for fiscal year 2016, breaking the sales record it set in 2015 and resulting in a total contribution of $1.392 billion to Texas, the single largest annual transfer of revenue to the state. It was the 13th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas.

As part of its responsible gaming initiatives, the Texas Lottery provides awareness training for retailers and employees and makes resource information available to players and retailers through the dedicated PLAY RESPONSIBLY page on its website.

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Responsible gaming messages are also featured in employee communications and on the Texas Lottery’s official social media accounts. In 2015, the Texas Lottery livestreamed a responsible gaming message to its nearly 180,000 Facebook followers as part of Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

We are committed to the World Lottery Association’s principles of responsible gaming and we continue to look for new and innovative ways to communicate the PLAY RESPONSIBLY message,” said Grief.

The WLA is an international trade organization that represents 147 lotteries from 82 countries on all five continents. These member organizations must be licensed or authorized to conduct lotteries by the jurisdiction in which they reside. To be certified by WLA, lotteries must demonstrate a commitment to the WLA’s Responsible Gaming Framework through the organization’s rigorous application process which is assessed by a panel of international experts in the field of corporate responsibility.

The Texas Lottery joined WLA in 2014, attaining Level 1 certification that year and Level 2 certification in 2015.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $25 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $50 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $19 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $68 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games. For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org. PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

Maryland Lottery to Offer $30 Scratch-Off Tickets

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BALTIMORE, Maryland (November 17, 2016) -- The Baltimore Sun report that on Thursday the Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approved the launch of what will be its most expensive ticket — $30.

According to the newspaper the Commission approved the new ticket, called "$2,000,000 Fortune," on a voice vote at its monthly meeting

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The ticket's $2 million top prize will be a new state high for instant tickets, also known as "scratch-offs." The new ticket will debut in the first quarter of next year.

"We want to get on that bandwagon," lottery director Gordon Medenica said at the meeting. He said other states have had success offering increasingly expensive – and potentially lucrative – instant tickets.

Instant tickets are so called because players can find out immediately if they won. The highest-priced ticket now sold is $20, and the lowest is $1.

Lottery officials say the higher-priced tickets – particularly the $20 ticket – have become increasingly popular. The most expensive tickets typically offer bigger prizes than the cheaper ones.

Seventeen states have tickets costing at least $30 – and Texas has a $50 ticket.

"It is a trend in the industry and one in which we've seen positive results in other states," Medenica said.

Net sales of $20 ticket in Maryland rose from $62 million in the 2013 fiscal year to $75 million in 2015. Sales of the $1 ticket were flat in the same period.

The Maryland Lottery reported record sales during the 2016 fiscal year, buoyed by the increased popularity of scratch-off tickets and a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. Powerball tickets cost $2 per game.

SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun

 

 

New Instant Game Proves Itself A Blast!

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (November 18, 2016) -- Though less than three weeks old, a new instant ticket has proven itself a winner – but especially today. More than a half-dozen top prize winners of $10,000 Blast! have lined up in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s Little Rock Claim Center downtown to claim their $10,000 prizes today. Top prize claimants in this hot $10 scratch-off game today – so far – include Ernest Hall of Jacksonville, Andy Peeks of Cabot, Chad Grace of Benton, Hanna Compton of Greenbrier, Gage Johnson of Pine Bluff, Lacy Beaver of DeWitt, Christy Jones of Kensett, and Kenneth Curtis of Magnolia.

The respective winning tickets were sold at Express Mart, 1530 W. Main St., in Jacksonville; Rock’s Smoke N Gas, 815 S. Second St., in Cabot; Texaco One Stop, 1005 W. South St., in Benton; GJ NLR, 11000 highway 165, in North Little Rock; Super Stop Valero, 101 Blake St., in Pine Bluff; DeWitt A-Z Mart, 123 W. Second St., in DeWitt; Crystal Food Mart, 6116 Crystal Hill Road, in North Little Rock; and Dixie Mart #26, 2322 N. Vine St., in Magnolia. Each retailer will receive a 1% commission on the sale.

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About $10 $10,000 Blast!

$10,000 Blast! is a $10 instant game from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery that launched Nov. 1 loaded with 130 $10,000 top prizes. More than a hundred $10,000 top prizes remain to be claimed in this game.

$10,000 Blast! has more than $7.2 million in cash prizes remaining – including more than $1million in $10,000 top prizes. Overall odds are 1 in 3.00. (The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is unable to determine how many winning tickets are lost or purchased but still remain unclaimed. Prizes remaining are updated daily.)

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas. Since its inception in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, nearly $2 billion in prizes to players and more than $178 million in commissions to Lottery retailers. More than 235,000 Arkansas students have been awarded scholarships.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions -- and to join the free Play It Again™ Rewards Club. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Stephen Koch, T: 501-683-2055

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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HISTORY MADE! For the First Time in Play3 Day and Play3 Night, Two Triples Digits Are Drawn

Play3 Day and Play3 Night pay winner’s $1,084,875 in total prizes on November 17

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ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (November 18, 2016) -- History was made on November 17, 2016 when the Play3 Day’s drawing yielded 0-0-0 and Play3 Night’s drawing resulted in 8-8-8.  This is the first time two triple digits have drawn in the same day. 

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State-wide, a total of 2,903 winning Play3 tickets were sold on November 17th - 1,092 of those tickets were won on the day number 0-0-0 and 1,811 wagers were won on the night number 8-8-8.  After all winning tickets are presented for claim, $1,084,875 in prize money will be paid out by the CT Lottery.

Because prize payouts in the game are based upon amount wagered, players could have won $250 (for a $.50 wager) up to $2,500 (for a $5.00 wager). 

Though the bulk of winners will most likely redeem their tickets in the next few days, players with winning tickets have 180 calendar days from the date of draw to collect their winnings.  The Lottery encourages all winners to redeem their tickets promptly.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.  If you gamble, use your Game-Sense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700.  

CONTACTS:  Linda Tarnowski, T: (860) 713-2701 or Derek Wong, T: (860) 713-2702

Fax:  (860) 713-2695

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.

 

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CPI Card Group-Canada Inc. Selected by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as Manufacturer for First-Ever Canadian Lottery Gift Card Program

Initial Effort of Over 2 Million Cards Provides New Convenience to Customers, Distributing Cards Through Gift Card Malls and Lottery Retailers

LITTLETON, Colorado (November 22, 2016) -- CPI Card Group (Nasdaq:PMTS) (TSX:PNT), a global leader in financial and EMV® chip card production and related services, today announced that CPI Card Group in Toronto, Ontario was selected by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) to produce more than 2.4 million lottery gift cards.

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The cards are part of the first-ever gift card program offered by a Canadian provincial lottery corporation and one of the first such programs offered in North America. CPI’s proven track record and success providing high-quality product and services helped position CPI to gain the OLG contract.

CPI will liaise directly with OLG to produce the closed-loop gift cards as part of OLG’s efforts. Cards will be sold by more than 8,000 lottery retail locations province-wide and are redeemable for any lottery product, whereas those sold from gift card malls featured within mass retail stores can be redeemed for either LOTTO 6/49 or LOTTO MAX lottery games. In all cases, the cards provide a brand new experience for OLG’s customers, allowing them to share the gift of lottery while enabling gift recipients to select and purchase their favorite lottery tickets.

Our work for OLG demonstrates an area of CPI’s strength, which is coordinating among many vendors to seamlessly produce and manage a high quantity of cards,” said Steve Montross, president and CEO, at CPI Card Group. “OLG’s new gift cards are a compelling way to deliver a convenience to customers that didn’t previously exist.”

More information about OLG’s gift cards is available on the company’s website: http://www.olg.ca/lotteries/giftcards.jsp.

About CPI Card Group

CPI Card Group is a leading provider in payment card production and related services, offering a single source for credit, debit and prepaid debit cards including EMV chip, personalization, instant issuance, fulfillment and mobile payment services. With more than 20 years of experience in the payments market and as a trusted partner to financial institutions, CPI’s solid reputation of product consistency, quality and outstanding customer service supports our position as a leader in the market. Serving our customers from ten locations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, we have the largest network

of high security facilities in North America, each of which is certified by one or more of the payment brands: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Interac in Canada. Learn more at www.cpicardgroup.com.

SOURCE: CPI Card Group.

 

 

Georgia Lottery Launches New Printable Games, Instant Wins

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ATLANTA, Georgia (November 21, 2016) -- The Georgia Lottery is introducing exciting new printable games, offering players more chances to win instantly anywhere. The games, called Print n Play, are printable tickets purchased at retail, allowing players to win cash prizes instantly.

Print n Play games went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Monday and are from $1 to $5 per play.

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Print n Play games offer top prizes from $888 to $25,000.

Tickets are printed instantly from lottery terminals at retailers statewide. Playslips, number picks and draw-date waiting are not required to play the games.

For more information about Print n Play, visit www.galottery.com.

About the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $17.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education.

All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program.

More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com.

CONTACT: Kimberly M. Starks, APR, Media Relations Manager, Georgia Lottery Corp., Office (404) 215-5062, Mobile (404) 831-4995, E: kstarks@galottery.org.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

 

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Josh Kaufman Releases 'Home For The Holidays' with the Hoosier Lottery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (November 21, 2016) -- The Hoosier Lottery and Season Six winner of "The Voice" Josh Kaufman have teamed up to release a new holiday song, written by Josh, called "Home for the Holidays."

Starting today, fans who want to download a copy of his new song can go to hoosierlottery.com/joshkaufman. The song is available for free from the Hoosier Lottery from Nov. 21, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.

Josh Kaufman fans can also go to the Hoosier Lottery Facebook page (fb.com/hoosierlottery) to see special behind-the-scenes footage of Josh recording "Home for the Holidays" in the studio.

"It was a really fun experience to work with the Hoosier Lottery creating this original song. We had a great time in the studio, and I am really happy with the finished product," said Kaufman. "I hope the song brings people a bit of holiday cheer this season."

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"The Hoosier Lottery is thrilled that Indiana's own Josh Kaufman has partnered with us to introduce his beautiful new holiday song and made it available through our Hoosier Lottery website," added Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor.

"We are proud to showcase his amazing talent for everyone to enjoy."

Fans will hear "Home for the Holidays" played in commercials for the Hoosier Lottery's Holiday Scratch-off campaign and can use Shazam to download the song when they hear it.

Earlier this month, the Hoosier Lottery launched new Holiday Scratch-offs, giving players the opportunity to win up to $75,000 instantly.

Players can purchase the $1 Joy, Cheer and Merry Scratch-offs with a top prize of $2,500, the $2 Happy Holidays Scratch-off with a top prize of $15,000 and the $5 Merry and Bright Scratch-off with a top prize of $75,000. All of the Hoosier Lottery Holiday Scratch-offs make wonderful gifts this season.

A Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off is the gift that keeps on giving, and players are getting a second chance this holiday season.

Every non-winning Holiday Scratch-off is eligible to be entered in the Holiday Magic 2nd Chance Giveaway. Holiday Magic 2nd Chance prizes are $500, $5,000 and $75,000.

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To enter, players can go to hooserlottery.com and click on the mylottery tab. Once there, players can sign up for a free mylottery account and register their non-winning Holiday Scratch-offs.

The $1 Joy, Cheer, Merry tickets will count for one entry each, the $2 Happy Holidays tickets will count for two entries each, and the $5 Merry & Bright tickets will count for five 2nd Chance entries each.

Overall Odds for $1 Joy, Cheer, and Merry are 1 in 4.30, $2 Happy Holidays are 1 in 3.76, and for $5 Merry and Bright are 1 in 3.76. Holiday Magic 2nd Chance Giveaway Overall Odds are based on the number of entries. Must be 18 or older to play. Please gift responsibly.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana.

The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund.

In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery Sr. Manager of Public Relations, T: 317-264-4676 office, E: jgrider@hoosierlottery.com.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

Illinois Lottery’s ‘Veterans Cash’ Instant Game on Sale Statewide

100% of Proceeds Benefit Illinois Veterans

CHICAGO, Illinois (November 17, 2016) - -The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) joined the Illinois Lottery today in launching the newest Veterans Cash instant game at the National Able Network, a recent grant recipient of the Veterans Cash funding.

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The first Veterans Cash ticket was launched in 2006. It was the first lottery game in the United States to designate 100 percent of net proceeds to veterans. Since then, Veterans Cash has awarded more than $13.3 million in grants statewide to veterans’ organizations that provide vital services, including job training, housing assistance, and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

The Illinois Lottery is proud to be partnering again with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to support men and women who have fought for and represented our country,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Gregory Smith said. “This gives lottery players the chance to support our veterans and to win cash prizes just by asking for the Veterans Cash instant ticket. Millions of dollars have been raised through this instant ticket to help veterans with housing, education, and training.

Proceeds from the sale of Veterans Cash are deposited into the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund. The IDVA uses the money to provide grants to veterans’ service providers. Some additional services provided through the Lottery game include assistance for homeless veterans, health insurance costs and disability benefits.

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The Veterans Cash lottery ticket is a critical component for our support to veterans’ organizations across the state,” Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries said. “The more Veterans Cash tickets we sell, the more funding we have to support our Illinois heroes. Thanks to the Veterans Cash lottery program, we have been able to provide funding to nearly 300 organizations, totalling more than $13 million.”

Tickets for the new Veterans Cash game cost $3 and feature three top prizes of $50,000. This game is available at nearly 8,000 Illinois Lottery retail locations statewide.

Veterans Cash is one of five specialty instant tickets that benefit good causes in Illinois. The others are Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure (breast cancer research), MS Project (Multiple Sclerosis research), Red Ribbon Cash (AIDS/HIV prevention), and Special Olympics (sports training programs).

For more information on Veterans Cash, please visit IllinoisLottery.com. To apply for a Veterans Cash grant, please download an application at the Veterans Cash website.

For more information about IDVA and its programs, please visit the agency’s homepage.

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About the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The mission of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is to empower veterans and their families to thrive.

We do this by assisting them in navigating the system of federal state and local resources and benefits; by providing long-term health care for eligible veterans in our Veterans’ Homes; and by partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $19 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old

CONTACT: Jason Schaumburg, T: (312) 793-3034.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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Connecticut Lottery Kicks-Off 3rd Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at Lottery Headquarters in Rocky Hill, Nov. 18 - Dec. 16

ROCKY HILL, Connecticut (November 18, 2016) -- The CT Lottery is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” holiday toy drive starting November 18 through December 16, to raise Responsible Gambling awareness that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children. Give a child a toy, not a ticket.

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For the third year in a row, the CT Lottery has partnered with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in these efforts. On average, 150 children are treated daily in the center's emergency department alone—each child receives a toy. Toys are also given to every child who has a procedure, celebrates a birthday or special event; they are used in multiple playrooms throughout the hospital, and utilized as a distraction from pain before shots, tests and surgeries.

In total, the yearly need for donated toys is great—73,000—ranging from a simple deck of cards or silly bands, to the more substantial, board games and video games.

We are very excited to be holding our third annual toy drive for Connecticut Children's. It is a way to help to make every child’s visit or stay during the holidays, and at other times during the year, as comforting and enjoyable as possible,” said Frank Farricker, Interim CT Lottery President and CEO.

It also provides the CT Lottery with the opportunity to promote a very important message to adults—to give a child a toy, not a ticket.”

TOY DRIVE - DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off from Nov. 18th - Dec. 16th at:

  • CT Lottery Headquarters, 777 Brook St., Rocky Hill, Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • CT Health & Education Facilities Authority, 10 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
  • CT Office of Early Childhood, 165 Capital Ave., Hartford
  • C&A Market, 1088 Boston Post Rd., West Haven
  • Casey’s Market, 496 Spring St., Windsor Locks
  • Cheshire Gulf, 197 Main St., Cheshire • DADA Grocery, 757 Meriden Rd., Waterbury
  • Geissler’s Supermarket, 965 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor
  • Middletown U-Haul, 1200 Newfield St., Middletown
  • Scientific Games International, 301 Hammer Mill Rd., Rocky Hill
  • Terracon Consultants, 201 Hammer Mill Rd., Rocky Hill
  • The Wooden Toy, 1275 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield
  • Qorex LLC, 101 Hammer Mill Rd., Rocky Hill

 

For a “Wish List” of suggested gift ideas, visit connecticutchildrensfoundation.org/toys.

Since 2008, the CT Lottery has partnered with the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) during the holidays to promote the message that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children.

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If you or someone you know is affected by a gambling problem, please call the CT Council on Problem Gambling’s Helpline at 1-888-789-7777 or visit problemgambling.org for more information.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700.

Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children's hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  With a medical staff of nearly 1,100, practicing in more than 30 specialties, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children's hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children.  For information about Connecticut Children’s, visit connecticutchildrens.org or connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/connecticutchildrens) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctchildrens).

CONTACTS:  Linda Tarnowski, T: (860) 713-2701 or Derek Wong, T: (860) 713-2702

Fax:  (860) 713-2695

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.

 

 

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Exhibitors Get a Taste of the New ICC Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia (November 4, 2016) -- A group of 120 inquisitive exhibitors took over the new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour today. Comprising both large and small exhibitors, with their exhibition contractors and their staff, along with the AGE coordinating team, it was a chance to get a firsthand glimpse of what is truly a world class venue for AGE 2017.

Divided into 5 groups of 24, with each group being led by two representatives of the ICC, the visitors were escorted into the building via the imposing main entrance stairway that leads to a very impressive exhibition foyer and registration area.

 

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The groups then got to see the multi-purpose seminar rooms complete with smart lecterns, remote powered privacy screens and flexible seating arrangements.

They also got to see the enormous loading tunnel which will allow all four halls being used for AGE 2017, to be loaded simultaneously.

But the highlight of the visit was Hall 3 and while they saw only ½  of the massive 19,000 square metres of floor space that AGE will be occupying in 2017, one visitor was still impressed enough to describe the hall as ‘Cavernous”.

The whole group was then treated to a light lunch at L’Aqua on Cockle Bay where Ross Ferrar the CEO of the event organiser announced that “already 80% of the floor space has been sold for 2017”.

In another milestone for the event, Visitor Registration is already open and can be found at this link here: https://www.infosalons.com.au/AGE17S/

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

 

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NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

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

For further information contact: info@gamingta.com.

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

 

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