Announce Registration for the 2017 APLA/WLA Seminar is Now
APLA (February 24, 2017) -- The APLA
is pleased to announce that the much awaited Registration for the 2017 APLA/WLA
Seminar is now open! Closing date for Registration is 10 April 2017, So
The details for this event are as
Date: 24 27
April 2017 (Business Program on 25 26 April)
Venue: Shangri-la Hotel
Theme: Lottery Today:
To Transform or Be Disrupted
This Seminar is being co-hosted and
organized by APLA and the Lottery Research Centre of China (an Academic
Institution which is part of the Beijing Normal University).
This Seminar is designed to
introduce topics on Disruption and Transformation. We are bringing together
Keynote Speakers who will share with us information on some of the disruptive
businesses happening around us and how they are progressing. Obviously, we will
reflect on how such disruptions are being enabled and whether it will also
affect our Industry.
So what can we do if we do not want
to be disrupted? This is where we will bring back the Workshop format into our
Seminar. For those of you who missed the last Seminar in Yangon, the
delegates feedback that they liked the Workshop style where they get to
take back some techniques to further explore. So, we have specially invited
Specialists to introduce to us how to go about formulating a Transformation
If this is not enough, we are also
bringing together our peers to share with us in the Panel Sessions on various
topics that have been carried out by them in their Transformation Journey. We
will also benefit from listening to our Sponsors on their Transformation
Journey as well.
For the networking day, where we can
network with our peers in the Industry, we will be planning to take you to the
famous Chengdu Panda Research Centre where you will get to experience
first-hand Panda breeding and seeing them in their almost natural habitat.
Do browse through the
and also keep checking the
website for more announcements for updates on the Seminar.
To register for the Seminar, click
To register for the Hotel
See you all in Chengdu, Land of
Abundance and a chance to savour the authentic and unique Sichuan cuisine in
China in April 2017!
CONTACT: Beh Swan Swan, APLA
Secretariat Administrator, www.asiapacific-lotteries.com
INTRALOT Signs 10-Year Contract with Idaho
ATHENS, Greece (February 28, 2017)
-- INTRALOT Inc, a subsidiary of INTRALOT Group in the United States, announces
the signing of the contract with the Idaho Lottery, after an open and highly
competitive bidding process which was completed in December 2016 to provide
Lottery Gaming System services for the Idaho Lottery. The contract is for a ten
year period starting October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2027, with an
option to extend for up to a maximum of two additional five-year terms.
INTRALOT has been supplying the Idaho Lottery with Gaming systems services
The contract value for the initial
term is estimated at USD 60m and provides for a secure central gaming system
capable of delivering, managing, and accounting for all current in-state and
multi-state Draw Games, inventory control and logistics for the full complement
of Scratch Games, and other related services.
Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson
said: We are very pleased to initiate a new era of cooperation with
INTRALOT following a competitive selection process. Our aim is to work together
with our partner to further modernize the Idaho Lottery and improve our ability
to serve our players and our beneficiaries, Idaho Public Schools and the
Permanent Building Fund.
Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, Interim
CEO of INTRALOT Inc. and INTRALOT Group COO, stated: We are really
honoured to seal today the agreement with Idaho Lottery, allowing us to
continue to provide to one of our most valuable customers our leading gaming
solutions. I would like to personally thank the Idaho Lottery Management Team
for their trust. Our experienced US team will closely cooperate with the
Lottery team in the new period to help the Lottery meet its goals for
responsible growth and stronger returns for good causes.
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: email@example.com.
About the IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly
provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions,
Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the
dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their
inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.1 billion in products,
awarded over $1.9 billion in prizes to players, returned $186.5 million in
retail commissions, and distributed $744 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho
public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. Currently, the Idaho Lottery
operates 1,063 retail terminals, 319 full-service self-activated vending
machines, 60 self-service machines for draw games only, and 540 electronic
jackpot signs at 1,041 retail locations in 173 towns and cities across the Gem
To learn more, please visit
Scientific Games Wins New Norsk Tipping
Interactive Casino and eInstant Games to Norwegian Players
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (February 23,
2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") today announced that Norsk Tipping ("the Lottery"), Norway's
national lottery operator and World Lottery Association member, has awarded the
Company two new three-year contracts to provide interactive casino and eInstant
games. The contracts, which Scientific Games won following a competitive
procurement process, may be extended for one additional year. The Company's
world-class digital content will be offered to Norwegian players via a single
point of delivery through Scientific Games' secure remote gaming server ("RGS")
Scientific Games also provides Norsk
Tipping with lottery instant games as well as lottery gaming systems and retail
technology. The Company is also collaborating with the Lottery to innovate in
areas such as product portfolio management, prize structures and payouts, and
retail product display.
Åsne Havnelid, Chief Executive
Officer, Norsk Tipping, said, "We look forward to offering more game
entertainment from Scientific Games to Norwegians. The instant games,
technology, and services provided by Scientific Games have proven successful
and helped us in our mission to grow responsibly. Since launching our iGaming
program several years ago, Norsk Tipping remains committed to providing the
very best portfolios of interactive casino and eInstant products to our
players, while executing our responsible gaming principles."
Norsk Tipping, considered to be one
of the industry's most innovative lotteries, is currently ranked No. 4 in the
world for total sales per capita (La Fleur's Almanac).
Bob Hays, Vice President Global
Commercial for Scientific Games, said, "The addition of interactive casino
and eInstant content nearly completes a full product offering for Norsk Tipping
from Scientific Games. Driven by our advanced RGS platform, our exceptional
digital game portfolio will support the Lottery's continued mission to grow
responsibly while entertaining players in Norway with the best lottery and
gaming experiences in the world."
In the Nordic region, in addition to
providing lottery systems and retail technology to Norsk Tipping, Scientific
Games will soon launch new gaming systems technology for Danske Spil in
Denmark. The Company currently provides instant games to Danske Spil, Veikkaus
Oy in Finland and several lotteries in Sweden; as well as lottery systems and
retail technology to Islensk Getspa in Iceland.
The leading supplier of lottery
instant games in the world, Scientific Games provides games, technology and
services to more than 150 lotteries globally.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems;
table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games;
server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and
rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information,
please visit us at: www.scientificgames.com.
Hans Erland Rigsvold
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Horak Joins NOVOMATIC as Lottery Consultant
WIEN, Austria (February 28, 2017) --
Erwin Horak, long-standing president of the Bavarian State Lottery, Chairman of
the GlücksSpirale Committee, as well as the former leader of German
lottery association Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB), will be providing
future support as a consultant for the NOVOMATIC Group.
With decades of expertise and
experience in the lottery business, Horak will act as a consultant to
NOVOMATIC. Among other things, Horak will support NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions
GmbH in the areas of Business Development and Customer Development.
Commenting on his appointment,
Harald Neumann, Chairman of the NOVOMATIC board, said: As reflected in
our successes in Estonia and Greece, Lottery technology and services are of
increasing strategic importance to us. With the valuable contributions of Erwin
Horak we will gain an important impetus in our cooperation with state-licensed
Erwin Horak added: "After my
active work at LOTTO Bayern, I am very much looking forward to contributing my
knowledge and experience to the NOVOMATIC Group. Lotteries are increasingly
under competitive pressure and require innovative, modern and open solutions,
such as the solutions developed and offered by NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions. I
am committed and convinced that NOVOMATIC has a good range of products. I find
it very positive that this new offer will also increase the competition within
the German lottery market. I would like to make a contribution to it."
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is
a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets delivering
games and services that can be integrated with any 3rd party solution.
The NLS system supports all sales
channels simultaneously, creating a truly omni-channel offering while at the
same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes.
With ISO 27001 certification, WLA
Security Control Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS
solutions guarantee the highest levels of security and reliability.
NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group,
one of the biggest global producers and operators of gaming technologies, with
revenues of about $4bn, more than 28,000 employees and activities in 80
NLS was established in 2014 after
the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware and quickly became a
major player in the international lotteries business.
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions
GameCo, Inc. Receives Approval from Gaming Laboratories
International (GLI®) for its Video Game Gambling Machines
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 28,
2017) -- GameCo, Inc., creator of the world's first Video Game Gambling
Machines (VGM), announced today that it has received certification from the
gaming industry's leading testing and compliance certification agency,
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) under GLI-11, the most
widely accepted gaming standard worldwide.
Approval of GameCo's VGM under the
GLI-11 standard is a significant component in the process that allows the
company to deploy VGMs in most gaming jurisdictions that currently allow slot
machines and electronic table games.
GameCo's proprietary VGM is an
arcade-style cabinet featuring a single-player 30-90 second video game, adapted
from top console, PC, and mobile developers. The VGM utilizes GLI-approved
hardware components similar to traditional slot machines, with a patented math
model that balances player skill and game design to manage the series of
outcomes for all players.
"Obtaining GLI certification for
the VGM is a huge milestone for GameCo, and for all skill-based gambling
products," said Blaine Graboyes, CEO of GameCo. "The next wave of
consumers that are looking for new and innovative products to capture their
attention and engage them as new casino players are here now. It's exciting to
be at the forefront of the evolution of casino gaming."
In addition to certification under
GLI-11 standard, GameCo anticipates approval for its VGM in Connecticut, where
the company plans to launch nearly 20 positions within the next month.
GameCo changed history in November
2016 when it became the first skill-based gaming company in the world to debut
its video game gambling machine on casino floors, launching in Atlantic City at
all three Caesars Entertainment properties, followed by the Tropicana. GameCo
is currently executing a major nationwide rollout, with plans to be operational
in most major U.S. gambling jurisdictions in the next year.
About GameCo's (VGM):
GameCo's VGM is a highly anticipated
skill-based gaming machine that brings video games to the casino floor and aims
to attract a new generation of casino customers. The first skill-based video
game gambling product ever approved by any regulator in the United States, the
patented VGM gambling platform allows a player's skill to determine the payout
and winnings while maintaining the same casino economics as slot machines.
Games are familiar titles from top entertainment companies and publishers
featuring various genres and themes including first-person action, sports,
racing, fighting, platformers, puzzle games, and more.
About GameCo, Inc.:
GameCo, Inc. is a pioneering new
company uniting video games with casino floor gaming. GameCo is the creator of
the world's first skill-based video game gambling machines (VGM),
proprietary arcade-style cabinets that balance player skill with patented game
design, while maintaining the same return to players as traditional slot
GameCo's VGM won the Silver Medal in
the Best Slot Product category of the 16th Annual Global Gaming Business Gaming
& Technology Awards. Founded by video game, casino gaming, technology, and
live event veterans, GameCo brings together executives from Scientific Games,
IGT, and AGS along with award-winning producers for game publishers such as
Blizzard Entertainment, WarGaming, Ubisoft, DreamWorks, and The World Series Of
GameCo is privately held and
headquartered in New York City with additional offices in Las Vegas. For the
latest GameCo news, visit gameco.com and follow the company on Twitter at
SOURCE: GameCo, Inc. (http://www.gameco.com).
Lottery Launch New Fast Play Games
Middletown, PA (February 28, 2017)
-- The Pennsylvania Lottery today launched Fast Play, a new type of games
offering players the chance to win prizes without scratching the ticket or
waiting for a drawing.
Fast Play launch is a
milestone in the evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said
Executive Director Drew Svitko, noting that this is the Lotterys first
entirely new game category introduced since scratch-off tickets premiered in
1975. The first draw game went on sale in March of 1972.
Fast Play games print on-demand from
a Lottery sales terminal or self-service touch-screen vending terminal.
Retailers may not print Fast Play games in advance; tickets must be generated
at the time of purchase.
To see if theyve won a prize,
players can review the ticket, or scan it at a Lottery retailer or with the
ticket checker feature on the Lotterys official mobile app.
This new type of game has
been popular in other states and we expect Pennsylvania Lottery players will
enjoy it, as well, Svitko added.
The Fast Play games launched today
are Piggy Bank Bucks ($1); Lots of $50s ($2); Hot Numbers® ($5); and
Keystone Cash ($5). Keystone Cash offers a progressive top prize that
grows until it is won, then immediately resets to the minimum top prize and
starts growing again.
Visit palottery.com to review rules,
chances of winning and learn how to play Fast Play games.
Fast Play winners have up to one
year from the tickets date of purchase to claim prizes.
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
Players must be 18 or older. Do not
give lottery games to children. 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 Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.
SOURCE: The Pennsylvania
Research Shows Almost Half of People in Britain Gamble
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (February 28, 2017)
-- A new Gambling Commission report offers greater insight into gambling
participation, attitudes and behaviours in Britain.
The research looks at overall
gambling participation and perceptions in 2016, as well as how people gamble
online, the devices they use and the influence of social media.
Figures also explore consumer
interest and awareness around terms and conditions, self-exclusion and other
gambling management tools.
James Green, programme director
said: This report paints an important picture of how consumers in
Britain choose to gamble identifying emerging trends and potential risks
to the public. We are also now able to provide a more detailed snapshot of
online behaviours, which featured for the first time last year.
Effective protections come
from strong evidence. Our research puts us in a powerful position to better
understand the needs of gambling consumers.
- 48% of respondents have gambled in the past four
weeks (a 3% increase on 2015), this figure drops to 33% when you exclude those
that have only played the National Lottery
- of those surveyed, 53% of men (50% in 2015) and 44%
of women (41% in 2015) have gambled
- 17% of people that gambled did so online, with 97%
of online gamblers gambling at home (unchanged from last year)
- use of mobile phones or tablet devices to gamble
has increased by 10% since 2015, to 43%
- 23% of gamblers have read terms and conditions
- 68% of 18-24 year olds have been prompted to gamble
by adverts and posts on social media
- 0.7% of those that have gambled in the past 12
months identified as problem gamblers (compared to 0.5% in 2015), with 5.5%
identified as at-risk gamblers
- 6% of gamblers have ever self-excluded, an
additional 37% of gamblers are aware of self-exclusion, an increase of 8% from
- gambling on gaming machines in bookmakers has
remained stable at 1.5% (compared to last year)
- 67% of respondents think people should have
the right to gamble whenever they want
- 78% of respondents feel there are too many
opportunities to gamble nowadays, whilst 69% feel gambling is dangerous for
- Following our work with the Competitions and
Markets Authority into unfair terms and conditions, respondents were asked why
they felt terms were unfair. The top three areas of concern were:
to wager a certain amount before you can claim prize/winnings
limits on the availability of/qualifying for a free bet
- it being too
difficult to win or in the companies favour.
Gambling participation in 2016: behaviours, awareness and
Gambling participation in 2016: technical annex
Gambling participation in 2016: datasheets
Graphic: gambling participation
Graphic: online behaviour
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Broadbeach Set for Life Winner Left Breathless After Best
Call of My Life
- A Broadbeach woman has been left breathless after
receiving the best call of my life from Golden Casket this morning,
confirming that she is the latest Set for Life 1st Prize winner!
- The overjoyed woman will now receive $20,000 every
month for the next 20 years and said she can now help send her grandchildren to
- The Broadbeach woman is the 20th Set for Life 1st
Prize winner nationally since the game began in August 2015 and continues the
Gold Coasts recent winning streak and lotto hotspot status.
- The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous,
purchased a 2-SET QuickSET from Resort News, Shop 1621 at Pacific Fair Shopping
Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach.
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
(February 27, 2017) -- A Broadbeach woman has been left breathless after
receiving the best call of my life from Golden Casket this morning,
confirming that she is the latest Set for Life 1st Prize winner who will
receive $20,000 a month for the next 20 years!
The woman is the 20th Set for Life
winner nationally since the game began 19 months ago, and the second Set for
Life winner in one week.
The win also confirms the Gold
Coasts reputation as a hotspot for lotto winners.
The Broadbeach woman checked her Set
for Life ticket first thing on Friday morning, but didnt believe it was
real until Golden Casket officials spoke to her.
She was so overwhelmed by the win
that she was left short of breath.
Oh my God! Oh my God!
Sorry, Im just a bit excited, the exasperated woman said.
Ive checked my
ticket, but I didnt believe it was real! I was waiting for the
call! I thought This cant be real, it cannot be real!
It must be a mistake; maybe Im checking the wrong ticket?
Thank you so much.
This is awesome. My family is going to just love it! Thank you so
With the win still sinking in, the
regular lotto player said she would use her monthly windfall to pay off her
mortgage, help out her children and elderly parents, and maybe even retire
This is the best call
Ive ever had! It will help us all out the whole family
each month, she said excitedly.
Its beautiful that
its monthly not just one big whoop of money!
Im about to become a
grandmother again! They can have private schooling now!
But first, the woman said she would
break to news to her husband, who had left for work earlier that morning
doubting her claim that she had won.
He didnt get it and
said Ive got to go to work, she said.
Hes going to flip
out. Hes not going to believe it either!
The newest Set for Life 1st Prize
winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 2-SET QuickSET entry from
Resort News, Shop 1621 Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, 2-30 Hooker Boulevard,
Resort News owner Anthony Milligan
was thrilled to have sold Queenslands second and the nations
twentieth Set for Life 1st prize winning ticket.
This is great news!
Were so thrilled to have been part of selling a 1st Prize winning entry
to the newest game! he exclaimed.
The team is really excited
and were already celebrating particularly because its a Gold
Congratulations to the
winner and all the best with your journey over the next 20 years!
This is the second Set for Life 1st
Prize won in Queensland since Set for Life launched in August 2015. Last
nights winner joins 19 other national winners who are already enjoying
their monthly Set for Life instalments.
It follows a retired married couple
from Mackay who became Set for Life in November 2016. The winning wife vowed
never to do her most hated household chores again and hire an ironing lady.
Just a few nights ago on Tuesday,
another Set for Life player won the 1st Prize with a ticket purchased in
Kogarah in New South Wales.
Across the country, it was the only
entry that won 1st Prize in Set for Life draw 567 which offers a guaranteed 1st
Prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years for up to four winners in each draw.
The winning numbers in Set for Life
draw 567 on Thursday 24 February 2017 were 9, 33, 7, 27, 26, 23, 25 and 17,
with the bonus numbers 14 and 32.
A Set for Life draw is conducted
every night of the week, 365 days each year, and players can start their
seven-day Set for Life entry on any day of the week.
To win the 1st Prize in Set for
Life, players must correctly choose the 8 winning numbers drawn from 37.
Additional smaller divisional prizes can be won from 2nd Prize to 8th Prize by
selecting a combination of the 8 winning numbers and 2 bonus numbers drawn.
Tickets for Set for Life are on sale
in lottery outlets around the country and online at thelott.com with the next
draw occurring tonight.
For more information please
Senior Public Relations
0412 404 626
General Manager Public
0457 759 945
SOURCE: the Lott.
Nebraska Lottery Celebrates States Anniversary with
Nebraska 150 Scratch Game
$2 game features official
Nebraska 150 Celebration logo
LINCOLN, NE (February 27, 2017) --
To celebrate Nebraskas 150th anniversary, the Nebraska Lottery is
releasing a new $2 Scratch game, Nebraska 150.
The Nebraska 150 Scratch game is
registered as an official program of the Nebraska 150 Celebration, with game
artwork containing the official Celebration logo. In addition to 15 top
prizes of $1,000 there are over 500 prizes of $150 available to win in the
Were excited to share
the fun and excitement of Nebraskas sesquicentennial with our players
through the Nebraska 150 Scratch game, said Brian Rockey, Nebraska
Lottery Director. This special game will be available at Lottery
retailers for a limited time. And because a portion of every Lottery ticket
sold is used for good causes, when you buy a Nebraska 150 ticket, youre
helping to build a better Nebraska.
Proceeds from the sale of Lottery
tickets benefit the environment, education, the Nebraska State Fair, and
compulsive gamblers assistance. Over $627 million has been raised for the
Nebraska Lotterys beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993.
The Nebraska 150 Scratch game is
currently available for purchase at most Lottery retailers. Launch events for
the game will be held on March 1 (Nebraska Statehood Day) at retailers in
Chadron and Nebraska City. Visit the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com,
for more information.
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery
is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment
options to Nebraskans. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.
Marchs New Games Ready to March Forth,
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 28,
2017) -- Today, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery unveils its new instant games
for March, giving players the chance to win as much as a quarter-million
Its March Multiplier Madness,
as the four new instant -- or scratch-off -- games for March are:
$1 10X, with a top prize of $5,000; $2 20X, with a top prize of $25,000; $5
50X, with a top prize of $100,000; and $10 100X, with a top prize of
The Lottery releases new
instant tickets monthly to give our scratch-off players fresh games loaded with
prizes, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said.
Marchs new Multiplier games allow us to multiply the fun for our
players, as well as the revenue for college scholarships for Arkansas
About the Arkansas Scholarship
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other
expenses in Arkansas. Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for in-state college
scholarships to Arkansas students, more than $2 billion in prizes to players,
and more than $182 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.
Follow the Arkansas Scholarship
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 at
501-683-2055 for more information
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Hak Appointed President & CEO of Manitoba Liquor &
MANITOBA, Canada (February 24, 2017)
-- Peter Hak, a longtime Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries executive, has been
appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, the Crown corporations
board of directors announced today. Hak has served as CEO in an acting capacity
since October 2016. His role becomes permanent effective immediately.
Peter Hak is a deeply
experienced leader who has the trust and respect of employees across the
organization, said board chair Polly Craik. Manitobans can
expect sound fiscal management and continued improvements to products and
services under Peters leadership.
Hak has held a number of senior
portfolios at Liquor & Lotteries since first joining Manitoba Lotteries in
1984. He was most recently Chief Corporate Services Officer and previously
served as Manitoba Lotteries Chief Operating Officer and as Director of
Finance. Hak is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA from the University of
Hak said Liquor &
Lotteries primary focus will be maximizing the Crown corporations
contribution to the province.
When we improve our
profitability, Manitobans benefit, Hak said. Sound
governance, fiscal responsibility and improved revenues are the keys to further
strengthening our ability to support important programs and
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
income is directed to the Province of Manitoba to fund health care, education
and other provincially administered programs. Liquor & Lotteries returned
just over $583 million to the Province last fiscal year.
CONTACT: Andrea Kowal, Director,
Corporate Affairs, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Phone: 204-957-2500, ext.
2781, Email: Andrea.Kowal@mbll.ca.
SOURCE: Manitoba Liquor &
Loto-Québec Report Third Quarter Results FY
MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada
(February 24, 2017) -- Loto Québec reported cumulative revenues of
$2.612 billion and net income of $933.2 million for the third quarter, or
slight declines of $39.6 million (-1.5%) and $12.7 million (-1.3%)
The step backwards is mainly due to
the two fewer days in the period and a smaller number of major jackpots offered
by pan Canadian lotteries.
Thanks to efficient management, the
Corporation nevertheless reduced total expenses by $11.3 million (-1.6%) over
the past three quarters as compared to the same period last year. The efforts
deployed since the beginning of the fiscal year to expand offerings and control
expenses lead us to be optimistic as we look to the end of the financial
- Cumulative revenues are on the rise, reaching
$618.9 million (+2.8%) with net income of $161.5 million (+4.0%).
- The increase in revenues is mainly due to the
widening range of entertainment offerings in establishments, more customers
playing at gaming tables and the vigorous tourism trade.
- Casinos reported 226,000 more visits (+3.4%)
compared to the same period in 2015-2016.
- Lottery revenues total $1.272 billion (-4.6%),
while net income reached $328.5 million (-8.2%).
- The decline in revenue is mainly attributable to
the smaller number of major Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 jackpot prizes.
- Lotto Max offered 16 jackpots worth $50 million or
more and 174 Maxmillions during the period, compared to 22 jackpots worth $50
million or more and 405 Maxmillions on the same date last year.
- Event betting generated $8.0 million more in sales
(+17.6%), due to the better odds offered online.
- The gaming establishment sector includes video
lottery terminals in bars and brasseries, gaming halls, network bingo and
- Sector revenues, which are slightly higher than
those last year, reached $738.8 million (+0.7%). Net income amounts to $443.1
- Gaming halls continue to perform well, bringing in
$3.9 million more in revenues (+11.2%).
- Espacejeux.com revenues, all games combined, total
$58.3 million, an increase of $12.2 M (+26.4%).
- Online lottery and casino game sales are on the
The quarterly report is available on
Source and information: Patrice
Lavoie, Corporate Director, Public Affairs, Press Relations and Social media,
Loto-Québec, T: 514-499-5130, Email:
SOURCE: Loto-Québec media
Fortuna Entertainment Group Will Become New Market Leader in
Romania, Expands Into Croatia and Spain
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (February 23,
2017) -- Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V. (Fortuna) as purchaser
and Hattrick Sports Group LLC (U.S) and other shareholders as sellers (the
"Sellers") have entered into an agreement under which Fortuna shall acquire
100% share in Hattrick Sports Group Ltd., Ireland ("Hattrick Sports Group").
The transaction is a subject of regulatory approvals and until then both
companies continue to operate separately as until now.
The acquisition of Hattrick Sports
Group will further strengthen Fortunas position as the largest licenced
multi-channel sports betting and gaming operator in Central and Southeastern
Europe. The Fortuna Entertainment Group was established in 2009. Originally a
Czech firm with over 25 years history, it has grown over time into a holding
company with strong operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
Through brand licenced agreement it is also present in Romania. Hattrick Sports
Group is the owner of the leading betting operator in Romania, Casa Pariurilor,
the second largest operator in Croatia, PSK, and a joint venture partner in
Luckia operator in Spain.
The acquisition of Hattrick
Sports Group is a key milestone in Fortuna Entertainment Groups plans of
becoming The No.1 licensed multichannel betting and gaming operator in
Central and Eastern Europe as well as a testament for our value creation
strategy. Our intention is to retain the Fortuna and Casa Pariurilor brands in
Romania as well as PSK and Hattrick in Croatia. On a regional level, we will
combine the best of both companies with the aim to create more exciting offers
for our customers, better opportunities for our employees and business
partners, thus increasing value for our shareholders,said Per
Widerström, CEO of Fortuna Entertainment Group.
The combination of Fortuna
and Hattrick Sports Group has a compelling logic and aligns strategically very
well. The transaction will add significant geographical reach and market
diversity to Fortuna and will allow the group to further strengthen its
position in the core markets and beyond," adds Carsten Sundberg, CEO of
Hattrick Sports Group.
The current business expansion is in
line with Fortunas long-term strategy to become the number one licenced
sports betting and gaming operator in Central and Southeastern Europe and
industry leader in innovations, multi-channel offers, customer experience and
SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment
Your Ticket to Freedom When You Play the Florida Lotterys Newest $25
$10,000,000 WORLD CLASS
CASH and three others on sale today!
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 28,
2017) -- The Florida Lottery is introducing four new Scratch-Off games that
offer more than $670 million in total cash prizes. The games, $10,000,000 WORLD
CLASS CASH, CASH RESERVE, MONEY BAG MULTIPLIER, and HIT $5,000, go on sale
today. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock
and available for purchase within 72 hours.
The $25 game, $10,000,000 WORLD
CLASS CASH, features two top prizes of $10 million, 46 prizes of $1 million,
and more than $539 million in total cash prizes! This $25 game offers more than
nine million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-2.89.
Beginning March 6, players will have
the opportunity to win four free $10,000,000 WORLD CLASS CASH Scratch-Off
tickets by uploading a photo of themselves to Instagram during the WORLD CLASS
CASH Ticket to Freedom Instagram Contest. Four winners will be chosen each week
during the three-week contest period, for a total of 12 winners. Visit
www.flalottery.com for official guidelines.
The $5 game, CASH RESERVE, offers
more than $73 million in prizes, including 16 top prizes of $250,000! The
games overall odds of winning are one-in-4.03.
For just $2, players can win up to
$30,000 with MONEY BAG MULTIPLIER. There are more than 5 million winning
tickets totalling over $33 million in cash prizes! The games overall odds
of winning are one-in-4.66.
HIT $5,000, the newest $1 game,
features more than 4 million winning tickets! The games overall odds of
winning are one-in-4.88.
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Florida Lotterys 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 $31 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 Floridas
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
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
CIBELAE Announce Registration for the International Seminar on
Betting Security and Integrity is Now Open
BUENOS AIRES (February 17, 2017) --
After participating in the international fair ICE Totally Gaming London
2017 at the ExCeL London facilities, CIBELAE is getting ready to welcome
attendees to the next seminar on Betting Security and Integrity to
be held in Buenos Aires on March 29 & 30.
Being present with our
stand at ICE, one of the largest fairs in the world in addition to the WLA's
Biennial Congress, means being in a first-class setting with the top gaming
industry players and top world-class companies, said the CIBELAE
President, Luis Gama, who further stated that this puts CIBELAE in a
different position, which was reflected by the businesses, lotteries and
regulatory bodies that have reached us to join our
Also present at the fair were our
Executive Director, Néstor Cotignola, and the CONAJZAR President, Javier
Balbuena Estigarribia, who also provided an overview of the gaming industry in
Paraguay, together with his colleagues from Brazil and Colombia.
Following this first activity,
CIBELAE has opened registration for the next Seminar to take place on March 29
& 30 at Hotel Panamericano in Buenos Aires. March 28 is the date set for
the first meeting of the Board of Directors with the presence of all Presidents
of Latin American and Caribbean lotteries.
The event on Betting Security
and Integrity is being organized by the World Lottery Association (WLA)
and the State Lotteries Association of Argentina (ALEA), and it will have
outstanding speakers from operators and regulatory bodies, as well as attendees
from the companies that are members of the three entities.
Anyone interested in attending the
seminar can go to www.cibelae.com, where they will find the Training Agenda
and registration form, both in Spanish and English.
Professional Development Seminar; Call for Speakers!!
CONCORD, OH (February 27, 2017) --
The NASPL Professional Development Seminar is a unique event designed to bring
together lottery industry employees at all levels in a small-group, hands-on
Workshops cover the primary
disciplines in the industry: accounting, audit, information technology, legal,
product managers, public relations, research, sales and marketing, game
development and security.
The PDS format allows for candid
discussions and information-sharing among participants, and provides attendees
with tangible ideas about how to take advantage of the industry's biggest
opportunities and find solutions to its biggest challenges.
If you would like a chance to speak
at this year's NASPL Professional Development Seminar please click the link
below and fill out the Call for Entries Submission Form.
Click Here to Download the Call for
Speakers Submission Form!
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