International Game Technology PLC Announces Appointment of
Heather J. McGregor to Board of Directors
LONDON, UK (March 9, 2017) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) today announced the
appointment of Heather J. McGregor as an independent director to IGT's board of
directors effective March 8, 2017.
"Heather's global perspective and
years of experience in talent acquisition and finance, along with her
commitment to diversity and board experience, will be valuable additions to the
expertise of our board," said Philip Satre, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of IGT.
McGregor, 54, is a British citizen
and currently resides in the U.K. She is the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh
Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot-Watt University in
the U.K. McGregor is also the principal shareholder and non-executive chairman
of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett.
In addition, McGregor is a director
of Non-Standard Finance PLC, a company specializing in offering consumer loans
in the U.K. McGregor has a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in
Structured Finance and is an experienced writer and broadcaster, including
writing for the Financial Times for 17 years.
In her early career, McGregor worked
in financial public relations and investor relations before completing an MBA
at the London Business School and joining ABN Amro as a sell-side analyst,
where she spent eight years working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and
McGregor is the founder of the
Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the
communications industry by equipping talented graduates from ethnic minorities
with the skills and confidence to pursue successful communications careers. She
is also a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is
working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the U.K.'s
publicly listed companies. In June 2015, McGregor was made a Commander of the
British Empire for her services to diversity and employment. In February 2017,
she was appointed by the U.K. Government to be a member of the Honours
Committee for the Economy.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit:
Robert K. Vincent,
Corporate Communications, toll
free in U.S./Canada
+1 (844) IGT-7452;
+1 (401) 392-7452
+1 (401) 392-7190
for Italian media
+39 06 51899030
SOURCE: International Game
INTRALOT and Amelco Form Sports Betting Platform Strategic
ATHENS, Greece (March 7, 2017) --
INTRALOT and AMELCO announce the signing of a definitive agreement for a
strategic partnership to develop a suite of next-generation sports betting
Under the partnership INTRALOT will
integrate modules of AMELCOs market-leading ATS platform to develop a new
groundbreaking, omni-channel sports-betting solution. This new product will be
tailored to suit the needs of regulated lotteries and pure sports betting
operators globally, catering to customers needs across all channels.
The project will see INTRALOT and
AMELCOs technical teams working side by side to co-develop a unique
product that combines the strong retail expertise of INTRALOT with the
innovative functionality of AMELCOs online sportsbook platform.
The new omni-channel product will
build upon AMELCOs core ATS sportsbook platform, which is already used by
a range of top-tier operators. ATS will be integrated with INTRALOTs
proven, WLA-approved retail lottery solution to create the new, customised
Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT
Group CEO, stated: "INTRALOTs legacy as global sports-betting operations
leader is widely enhanced by integrating AMELCOs innovative software
functionalities. We are confident that the resulting pioneering product will
quickly be recognized as the best integrated retail and online betting platform
AMELCO owner and founder Mr. Damian
Walton said: "Having the opportunity to deploy our sportsbook solution
including our algorithmic trading engine, supplemented with our physical
trading services, within the core of INTRALOT business, will help us
demonstrate the full capabilities of the product. Our collaboration with
INTRALOT on this partnership will allow us to maximise our full potential on a
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
23 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.
More information CONTACT: Ms.
Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager,
Telephone:: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org -
Amelco builds bespoke trading and
sportsbook solutions tailored to its customers' specifications. The company was
established in 2006 by veterans of the global finance sector experienced in
building software solutions for pricing, trading and execution platforms
offering electronic brokering services. Amelcos enterprise sports betting
trading solution (ATS) is now recognized as a market leader within the
industry, integrating to over 50 sports data feeds and over 2000 casino
Scientific Games Signs Exclusive James Bond Licensing
Company to Leverage
First-Ever James Bond Omni-Channel License: Across Gaming, Lottery and Social
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 8, 2017) --
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") today announced a license agreement for the James Bond franchise,
spanning land-based gaming, lottery and social slots.
The exclusive agreement with EON
Productions Limited, Danjaq, LLC and MGM Interactive Inc., a subsidiary of
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., gives Scientific Games the rights to leverage all
past and future iconic James Bond films, as well as the film's talent
portraying James Bond.
With the industry's broadest product
portfolio and a large library of engaging, player-favorite games, Scientific
Games will capitalize on the James Bond experience across its omni-channel
Scientific Games Chief Executive
Officer Kevin Sheehan said, "The Bond franchise is clearly a long
sought-after and incredibly exciting brand for our industry. James Bond is
synonymous with action, excitement, and next-generation technology. We look
forward to harnessing the power of the Bond brand to drive innovation across
the Company in the years ahead."
Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman of
Scientific Games' Board of Directors, said, "We have been excited about this
license opportunity for a very long time and are thrilled that Kevin Sheehan
and his team at Scientific Games were able to secure the exclusive licensing
Scientific Games expects to showcase
the first James Bond-themed slot games at the Global Gaming Expo October 3-5,
2017 in Las Vegas.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems;
table games products and shufflers; instant and draw-based lottery games;
server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and
rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information,
please visit ScientificGames.com.
About Albert R. Broccoli's EON
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq
LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is
the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the
copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce
future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON
Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which
makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise has produced twenty four films
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading
entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film
and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the
world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In
addition, MGM has investments in numerous television channels. For more
information, visit: www.mgm.com.
T: +1 702-532-7663
Vice President, Investor
T: +1 702-532-7981
Vice President, Corporate
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Hoosier Lottery First to Launch Pollard Banknote Innovation
That Pops Open a Ticket Full of Fun
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (March 7,
2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is
pleased to congratulate the Hoosier Lottery on the launch of its $10 Cash Vault
instant ticket featuring Pollard Banknotes innovative Jumbo Pop
n Play design. The visually dramatic $10 Cash Vault ticket
marks the first-ever launch of Pollard Banknotes Jumbo Pop n
Play product and offers players the chance to win up to $300,000. Cash
Vault boasts a creative design and unique folded format that allows for more
than double the play area of standard Scratch-off tickets! Players
unlock the Jumbo Pop n Play Cash Vault ticket to
reveal a jumbo layout of three money-themed games, loaded with 75 chances to
win up to $300,000! The front panels incorporate the doors of a vault to invite
players to open the ticket and play.
With the launch of our new
ticket, Cash Vault with Jumbo Pop n Play, we offer our
players another unique way to play our popular Scratch-off games,
said Sarah M. Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery. We are
always looking for new, exciting, and engaging games for players, and this
innovation is a great addition to the large- format games that our players
Offering maximum play value, Cash
Vault with Jumbo Pop n Play follows in the footsteps of
Pollard Banknotes other popular large-format products like PlayBook®,
Big Ticket and Scratch Tab. Jumbo Pop n Play
takes the big ticket format even further, and is a perfect option for
lotteries higher price points. This folded ticket offers great
flexibility in the number, size, and positioning of play areas on a
ticketfrom filling the entire inside panel with play areas, to the
possibility of covering every surface for a maximum, jumbo play experience!
We are very excited to see
the first launch of Pollard Banknotes innovative Jumbo Pop n
Play product with the Hoosier Lotterys Cash Vault ticket,
said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development,
Pollard Banknote. Players expect a lot of gameplay from higher price
points, and this delivers big time value to players. The size and value offered
by this ticket concept will guarantee that games stand out at retail and
provide lotteries with a great opportunity to continue to strengthen the $10+
offering, or introduce a large-format ticket to the market for the first
The Hoosier Lottery is dedicated to
building a stronger, safer, smarter Indiana. Every year since the
Lotterys inception in 1989, Hoosier Lottery funds have supported local
police and firefighters pensions, the Teachers Retirement Fund, and
the Build Indiana Fund. Since 1989, and including FY2015, a total of $4.8
billion has been transferred to State with $242 million donated to causes in
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:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited.
Up and Away to the Kansas Lottery Today!
Kansas Lottery Kicks off
30th Birthday Year at State Capitol
TOPEKA, Kansas (March 7, 2017) --
The Kansas Lottery began a year-long celebration of its 30th birthday today
with a Birthday Kick-off event at the Kansas State
During a program in the First Floor
Rotunda, Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation designating Kansas
Lottery Day on November 12, 2017.
Also at the Capitol today, the
Kansas House recognized the Kansas Lotterys impact on the state with a
special resolution and the Kansas Senate followed suit with its own Kansas
It was November 12, 1987, when the
Kansas Lottery sold its very first ticket. First Kansas Lottery Director
Larry Montgomery (1987-89), on hand for todays festivities, recalled that
sales of the first instant game Up and Away were $7 million
the first week.
That $1 game was the only product
the Kansas Lottery had to sell at start-up. Thirty years later, the
Kansas Lottery is still going strong and setting records.
Thanks to the hard work of
our staff and the continued support of our players and retailers, weve
had record sales for three years in a row and record transfers for two years in
a row, said current Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta.
We run the Lottery very professionally, like the business it
From the beginning, through June 30,
2016, the Kansas Lottery has:
- Sold more than $5.4 billion worth of lottery
- Transferred more than $1.6 billion to the State of
- Helped retailers earn nearly $310 million in
commissions and bonuses.
- Awarded nearly $3 billion in prizes.
The Kansas Lottery has created
nearly 100 millionaires in its 30-year history, and the number grows every
year! The number of players who have won $1 million or more and the games they
won are: 8 Holiday Millionaire Raffle; 23 Super Kansas Cash; 31
Powerball; 5 Mega Millions; 7 Hot Lotto; 9 Kansas
Cash; 8 Lotto America; 1 Club Keno Million Dollar Giveaway, and 1
Cash Lotto. Three players also won $1,000 a week for
life in Cash 4 Life.
The largest win in Kansas Lottery
history was one third of a record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, which was
captured by a Franklin County resident in March 2012. The largest Powerball
winner in Kansas was Donald Damon of Great Bend, who won a $96.6 million
jackpot in November 2009.
Countless other players have won
prizes ranging from $1 up to hundreds of thousands of dollars without hitting a
jackpot, plus the Lottery has given away an impressive array of vehicles of all
descriptions boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, even an RV plus
all kinds of trips and cruises, electronics and even original art, in
second-chance drawings and special promotions.
Were always looking
for new ways to provide fun and exciting entertainment that lets our players
dream about what they would do if they won, said Presta.
Thats the impetus behind the interactive games weve rolled
out in recent years, the addition of draw games like Lucky for Life, and our
new PlayOn® Players Loyalty program.
Presta said the Lottery is also
focused on growing sales and making it easier for retailers to sell lottery
products. To that end the Lottery this year has introduced legislation that
would allow the Kansas Lottery to use electronic product dispensers (vending
machines) to dispense Kansas Lottery products at select locations.
The Kansas Lottery currently sells
$1 and $2 pull tabs, and $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 instant scratch tickets, with
its first $30 instant ticket planned for later this year. Kansas Lottery
players also enjoy Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life, Super
Kansas Cash, Pick 3, 2by2, Keno and Kansas HoldEm draw games. Kansas
Lottery products are sold at approximately 1,750 retailers.
State-owned and -operated Casino
The Kansas Lottery entered a new era
in 2007 with passage of the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA) authorizing the
Lottery to own and operate casino gaming. Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City
was the first casino to open with state-owned and -operated gaming in December
2009. Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane started operations in December 2011, and
Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway was right behind in February 2012.
Kansas Crossing Casino is scheduled to open later this month in Crawford
The casinos generate revenue, not
only for the State, but for the communities in which they are located. So
far, the casinos have generated more than $420 million for the State, more than
$57 million for local governments and more than $38 million for the Problem
Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.
Where Does the Money Go?
Revenue from state-owned and
-operated casino gaming is used for reduction of state debt and other purposes
as directed by the Kansas Legislature, such as Kan-Grow Engineering Funds at
state universities and the reduction of the unfunded liability of the Kansas
Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).
The majority of funds from
traditional Kansas Lottery sales are dedicated to economic development.
Some Lottery revenue also pays for prison construction and maintenance,
juvenile detention facilities, the problem gambling grant fund and the State
General Fund. For more information, visit Where the Money Goes and
Economic Development Initiatives Fund.
Lottery revenue from selling special
Veterans tickets is directed to programs that benefit Kansas military veterans.
Since legislation authorizing Veterans games was passed in 2003, the Lottery
has transferred more than $15 million from the sale of Veterans games for
designated programs. Programs currently being funded are National Guard
Education Scholarships, Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program, and
Veterans Homes and Cemeteries.
PlayOn Players Loyalty
The Kansas Lottery reminds its
players to submit their winning and non-winning tickets in the new Kansas
Lottery PlayOn® Players Loyalty program to earn points for drawing entries
and a chance to win cash and other prizes!
PlayOn® is a registered
trademark of Pollard Banknote Limited used under license
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, T:
(785) 296-5708, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: The Kansas Lottery.
Pennsylvania Lottery Observes 45th Anniversary of First Ticket
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (March 7,
2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery today marked the 45th anniversary of its very
first game, which went on sale March 7, 1972. Since then, the Lottery has paid
nearly $45 billion in prizes and generated approximately $27 billion to benefit
"The Pennsylvania Lottery is
proud of the role it has played in helping older Pennsylvanians to lead
healthier lives over the past four and a half decades," said Executive
Director Drew Svitko. "Without the support of Lottery players, none of this
would have been possible."
The Pennsylvania Lottery's first
game was a 50-cent ticket with weekly drawings, the first of which was held on
March 15, 1972. The game offered a $50,000 top prize and periodic drawings for
$1 million prizes. The first $1 game, Lucky 7, went on sale in November of that
year and also featured a weekly drawing.
The Lottery's first televised
Millionaire Drawing was conducted in March 1975. The first scratch-off game
("Instant Lottery") was introduced two months later. Nightly televised drawing
shows came along on March 1, 1977, with the debut of The Daily Number, the
first of the Lottery's numbers games. Today, the game is named PICK 3.
"From humble beginnings, the
Pennsylvania Lottery has grown to offer a wide variety of in-state and
multi-state draw games, scratch-off instant games, and we recently introduced
Fast Play games," Svitko added. "In our last fiscal year, we achieved
record sales of over $4.13 billion, from which we generated more than $1.12
billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians and paid more than $2.63 billion in
prizes which were also new records."
When the Pennsylvania Lottery first
launched, players had to read a newspaper to find that week's winning numbers.
Today, players can immediately learn if their ticket is a winner by using the
ticket checker feature on the Lottery's official mobile app. They can also scan
their tickets using a scanners found at Lottery retailers, check drawing
results listed at palottery.com (launched in 1998) and watch the nightly
televised drawing show.
Today, Pennsylvania Lottery games
are sold through a state-wide network of nearly 9,200 retail locations. In
addition to at-counter sales, may stores also offer touch-screen, self-service
vending terminals or instant ticket vending machines. The Pennsylvania Lottery
launched self-service instant game sales in 1993. In 2004, the Pennsylvania
Lottery became the first state to introduce self-service units that sell both
instant and terminal-based games.
"I want to thank our dedicated
retailer partners for contributing, every day, to the Lottery's continuing
success," Svitko said. "A number of retailers have been with us since
the very first day of sales and they've grown right along with
The Lottery originally was created
to support property tax relief for older homeowners. Today, proceeds are
directed to five main program areas: property tax and rent rebates,
transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and a variety of local
services provided through Area Agencies on Aging across the state. These
benefit programs help to make a significant improvement in the quality of life
for older adults who receive services.
"Some of the people who were
among our first 18-year-old players in 1972 may now be eligible to enjoy
Lottery-funded benefit programs," Svitko said. "We're proud to be a
Keystone state institution that has served generations of
Review a full timeline of Lottery
historical highlights online at our History page at palottery.com.
Website visitors can also find full
details on games, chances of winning, drawing results and how to claim a
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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lottery Media
Relations, T: 717-702-8008.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Selected as Winner of Norsk Tipping
eInstants and Digital Flax Game Contract
VIENNA, Austria (March 7, 2017) --
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a wholly owned subsidiary of NOVOMATIC, has
been awarded a three-year contract with an optional one-year extension, by
Norsk Tipping AS, the national lottery of Norway. Under terms of the contract,
NLS will design and manage instant games and digital versions of the
Lotterys Flax game for Norsk Tipping. In addition, NLS has been selected
to provide business development expertise in the area of interactive games.
Recently, NLS entered into a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gamevy Ltd to provide innovative new
instant win games to NLS customers. The partnership will combine NLS'
market-leading lottery platform with Gamevy's unique content and ﬂexible
development capability, to deliver authentic, customized games to Norsk
Norsk Tipping is a lottery
that prides itself on being innovative and bold in the sophistication of our
technology and products. As such, we look forward to working with NLS in the
years to come, said Åsne Havnelid, CEO, Norsk Tipping AS.
from left to right: Hans Erland Ringsvold, Head of VLTs and iGaming, Norsk,
Johann Sigurdsson, Director of Business Development NLS and Ståle Rindal
Business Relationship Manager Norsk Tipping; front, from left to right:
Åsne Havnelid, CEO, Norsk Tipping AS, Frank Cecchini, CEO and Managing
Norsk Tipping offers a wide range of
lottery, sports and instant games in the Norwegian market. Since its inception
in 1948, Norsk Tipping profits have successfully supported the Norwegian sport
and cultural sector.
In the next three years,
possibly four, Norsk Tipping will continually select from the extensive NLS
eInstant game catalogue and award-winning game portfolio of our MoU partner
Gamevy, and/or receive customized games developed by NLS exclusively for Norsk
Tipping, commented NLS Managing Director & CEO, Frank Cecchini.
The content NLS will deliver will ignite and renew player excitement
in the Lotterys eInstant portfolio and interactive games because NLS is
truly committed to delivering new solutions and new standards to the lottery
customers we serve.
Together with Gamevy, NLS
has a wide-ranging game library, exciting roadmaps, and the capacity to develop
customized games. NLS will support the growth and diversity of the
Lotterys eInstant portfolio, making Norsk Tipping games more attractive
to a wider and younger audience focus on mobile game development is a
key success factor for eInstants in Norsk Tipping. NLS, with Gamevy, will be
important partners for Norsk Tipping, added Hans Erland Ringsvold,
Head of VLTs and iGaming, Norsk Tipping.
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is
an energized, full-solution alternative technology partner for international
lottery operators. Most importantly, NLS is an inspired team of people who
share a mission to advance and invigorate the lottery industry. The
companys operating principles are to anticipate rather than react to
consumer demand, embrace all innovative technologies, question how to surpass
the expected and deliver long-term industry resilience and success. NLS does
this by delivering games and services that allow for easy integration with any
3rd party systems and games. 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 surpassing 4 billion EUR, more
than 29,000 employees worldwide and activities in 80 countries. NLS was
established in 2014 after the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware
and quickly became a major player in the international lottery business:
- Full-service retail solutions for lotteries
including POS Embedded software and advanced Instant Ticket Vending
- Intrinsic player account management that is truly
- Open and flexible gaming platform for retail,
online and mobile lottery games
- Portfolio of all classic Lottery games, with full
support for instant ticket and eInstant games
- Comprehensive facilities management service
NOVOMATIC: Lottery Solutions
Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU), Unveils Its New Campaign
For PMU, The Best Is
PARIS, France (March 7, 2017)
In a very competitive dynamic market, PMU, one of the world leader in horse
race betting, is developing its brand platform to revive interest in horse race
betting and also to renew its punters.
This first collaboration with the
agency TBWA\Paris, following a call for tenders in 2016, marks a strategic
turning point in its communications.
In fact, PMU has chosen to put all
the emphasis on winnings and winners, thus refocusing on its DNA as a betting
By drawing on its specific character
and highlighting the self-confidence needed to place a bet, the new
communication platform gives a more singular and differentiated role to the
The vocation of the brand is to
accompany each player by highlighting their acumen and wisdom, because betting
is not a game of chance¹.
PMU is taking advantage of this new
brand campaign to unveil its new signature Bet on
yourself², understandable by all and embracing all the brand
activities: Horse racing, Sport and Poker. This new signature, with the accent
on action, marks a break with PMUs usual communications.
The launch on Monday March 6, has
been orchestrated around a mechanic based essentially on posters and digital.
This new graphical and pop universe allows PMU to adopt a resolutely modern
tone, in contrast with its usual communications.
The mechanic will be complemented by
waves of back of bus ads and digital posters, as well as by
two digital and social activations aimed at amplifying the promises of the
brand, including the frequency of winning, 550,000 winning bets per
¹We dont believe in
chance. We learnt that from the horses mouth. Bet on yourself.
² To win, you need to back
the right horse. And the right horse is you. Bet on yourself.
³ 550,000 winning bets per
day 5 (daily average of winning horse race bets in France and internationally
seen in 2016, in the PMU point-of-sale network, on AlloPari and at the
Managers: Samuel Loiseau, Pascal Drai, Sophie Andréani,
Christel Mulet-Querner, Pierre Vinogradoff
Managers: Brice Garçon, Matthéo Pressmar,
Hélène Royer, Maxime Le Toquin, Cédric Charron
CONTACTS: Marie-Anne Tambuté
, T: +33 (0)1 49 09 71 29 , E:
or Paolo Antonio, T: +33 1 56 09 94 27, E:
SOURCE: Pari-Mutuel Urbain
Florida Lottery Sets New Single Week Record for Scratch-Off
Contributions to Education of $19 Million
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 6, 2016)
--The Florida Lottery today announced a new single week record of $19.44
million in contributions to the states Educational Enhancement Trust Fund
(EETF) from record Scratch-Off sales. This record $19.44 million in
Scratch-Off contributions comprises more than 57% of the Lotterys total
$34 million in education contributions for the week.
Strong Scratch-Off sales
like the ones the Florida Lottery demonstrated this past week are critical to
our mission to maximize revenue for education, said Secretary Tom
Delacenserie. Thanks to the revenue generated by Scratch-Off sales,
the Lottery is able to provide more opportunities for Floridas students
to receive the best possible education.
Over the past 29 years, the Florida
Lottery has established itself as a dependable funding source for public
education. For 15 consecutive years the Lottery has transferred more than $1
billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficient lotteries in
the nation. Additionally, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to
the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to send over 750,000 students to
Florida Lottery contributions
represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.
Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered
by the Florida Department of Education.
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 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.
Opens Consultation on Prohibiting Third Party Betting on Non-UK EuroMillions
LONDON, U.K. (March 4, 2017)
UK newspaper The Sun reported Ministers last night announced they
are closing a betting loophole that allows online gambling sites to offer
cut-price bets on the Euromillions draw.
According to the newspaper laws ban
betting on National Lottery games but sites such as the Chris Tarrant-fronted
Lottoland get around the rules by offering UK punters £2 stakes on the
Euromillions in other countries, including Spain.
The loophole takes money away from
good causes that benefit from lottery money.
Lotteries minister Tracey Crouch
said: We want to act to ensure that money going to good causes is
protected and that there is no confusion around the EuroMillions draw,
providing the same levels of clarity as there is with the National
Prohibiting Third Party Betting on
Non-UK EuroMillions Draws
From: Department for Culture, Media
First published: 6 March 2017
This consultation closes at: midday
on 2 May 2017
This consultation is seeking views
on prohibiting third party betting on the outcome of non-UK EuroMillions
Consultation on Prohibiting Third Party Betting on the Outcome
of non-UK EuroMillions; (PDF, 180KB, 11 pages)
Prohibition on Betting on EuroMillions Impact Assessment
2016-17 (PDF, 355KB, 12 pages)
Section 95 of the Gambling Act sets
out a clear prohibition on offering bets on National Lottery draws, yet some
operators currently offer bets on EuroMillions draws outside the UK. Such
products are clearly at odds with the intention and spirit of the Act.
In order to preserve the clear
boundary between The National Lottery and gambling that s.95 of the Gambling
Act seeks to achieve, and prevent a potential negative impact on National
Lottery good cause returns, we propose introducing a licence condition to
prohibit operators from offering bets on EuroMillions draws outside the UK.
Further detail on the implementation
and impact of the proposal is set out in the consultation document and impact
assessment above. Our preferred method of capturing your responses to our
consultation questions is via the dedicated online survey to share your views
Ways to respond
Lotteries Consultation 2017
Gambling, Licensing and Lottery Team
100 Parliament Street
London SW1A 2BQ
SOURCE: Department for Culture,
Media & Sport March 6, 2017.
Maryland Casinos Generate $128.7 Million in Revenue During
Maryland Live leads the
way for the month at nearly $46.3 million
BALTIMORE, Maryland (March 6, 2017)
Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced February 2017 revenue
numbers for the states six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil
County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in
Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino
Resort in Allegany County, and MGM National Harbor in Prince Georges
County. Marylands casinos totaled $128,713,443 in revenue during February
2017 an increase of $35,440,368, or 38.0%, compared to the February 2016
figure of $93,273,076.
In a year-to-year comparison not
including MGM National Harbor, which opened on Dec. 8, 2016, state-wide casino
revenue in February 2017 decreased by $10,328,702, or 11.1%.
Maryland Live Casino led the way in
February, totalling $46,291,292 from both slot machines and table games.
Maryland Lives gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $264.21 for
slot machines, $3,532.57 for banked table games and $1,076.29 for non-banked
table games. February 2017 revenue at Maryland Live decreased by $7,719,352, or
14.3%, from February 2016. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,941 slot machines
and 209 (157 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.
MGM National Harbor generated
$45,769,070 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day in February at MGM National Harbor was: $263.27 for
slot machines, $5,802.68 for banked table games and $1,483.00 for non-banked
table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,212 slot machines and 165 (126
banked and 39 non-banked) table games.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated
$22,031,143 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $212.56 for slot machines, $1,995.95 for banked
table games and $574.04 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casinos
February 2017 revenue decreased by $2,981,332, or 11.9%, from February 2016.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,186 slot machines and 179 (154 banked and
25 non-banked) table games.
Hollywood Casino Perryville
generated $6,210,824 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross
gaming revenue per unit per day was: $221.36 for slot machines, $2,510.46 for
banked table games and $424.81 for non-banked table games. Hollywood
Casinos February 2017 revenue decreased by $297,693, or 4.6%, from
February 2016. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 20
(12 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated
$4,364,925 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $205.73 for slot machines and $1,142.31 for
banked table games. This facility does not have non-banked table games. Rocky
Gap Casino Resorts February 2017 revenue increased by $531,337, or 13.9%,
from February 2016. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 662 slot machines and 17
Casino at Ocean Downs generated
$4,046,190 from slot machines in February, and its gross gaming revenue per
unit per day was $180.30. Casino at Ocean Downs February 2017 revenue
increased by $138,339, or 3.5%, from February 2016. Casino at Ocean Downs
operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games.
Under Maryland law, casino revenue
supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund as well as small-, minority- and
women-owned businesses, local impact grants and the states horse racing
industry. February 2017 contributions to the state from all six Maryland
casinos and fiscal year-to-date totals are documented in the attached
spreadsheets and available online (click HERE).
Maryland Lottery and Gaming is
responsible for oversight of the states casinos. In this role, the agency
provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security,
regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders
informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial
reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds
players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at
mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.
CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry,
410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), Email:
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Releases February
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 7, 2017) -
The AGEM Index reached another record high in February, continuing the momentum
from previous months. The composite index stood at 351.4 points at the close of
February 2017, which represents an increase of 21.3 points, or 6.5 percent,
when compared to January 2017. The AGEM Index reported a year-over-year
increase for the 17th consecutive month, rising 155.4 points, or 78.4 percent,
when compared to February 2016.
During the latest period, eight of
the 13 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month increases
in stock price, with two up by more than 10 percent. Five manufacturers
reported decreases in stock price during the month with one experiencing
The broader stock markets continued
to gain value in February 2017. The S&P 500 reported a month-to-month
increase of 3.7 percent, rising to 2,363.64. Additionally, the Dow Jones
Industrial Average increased 4.8 percent to 20,812.24, while the NASDAQ
increased 3.8 percent during the period to 5,825.44.
Selected positive contributors to
the February 2017 AGEM Index included the following:
- Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) contributed 11.07
points due to a 9.64 percent increase in stock price to AU$16.60.
- Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) reported a
21.47 percent increase in stock price, rising to $20.65 and contributing 4.82
- Konami Corp (TYO: 0766) contributed 3.74 points due
to a 4.87 percent increase in stock price to ¥4,740.
Selected negative contributors
included the following:
- With a stock price of $9.10 (-6.47 percent),
Agilysys (AGYS) contributed negative 0.17 points.
- Ainsworth Game Technology (AGI) contributed
negative 0.12 points to the index due to a 3.31 percent decline in stock price
Price At Month End
Ainsworth Game Technology
Everi Holdings Inc.
Galaxy Gaming Inc.
Gaming Partners International
International Game Technology PLC
Scientific Games Corporation
Value: January 2016
Value: February 2017
With the final numbers for the year
tallied, it is a good time to review performances of the past year at two of
the largest US domestic markets, as well as Macau China. Nevada's tourism and
gaming industries showed positive trends to close out 2016. Visitation to the
Las Vegas area finished the year at an all-time high of 42.9 million travelers
with roughly 620,000 more people visiting Las Vegas compared to the previous
year. Visitation experienced a positive boost from the convention segment, with
6.3 million trade show attendees, also a record from the 2007 high of 6.2
million. The number of conventions held in the Las Vegas area rose, as Las
Vegas hosted 21,864 trade shows, a 2.6 percent increase over the previous
As for gaming revenue, the Nevada
Gaming Control Board recently released the 2016 Gaming Abstract, which reported
total revenue for casino operations in the state of Nevada at just over $25.2
billion for the fiscal year ending June 30. Of the total, gaming revenue
accounted for 42.6 percent, or nearly $10.8 billion over the same period. Total
revenue was up 2.6 percent from 2015 while gaming revenue increased 1.3 percent
as the hospitality sector of the casino business continues to expand.
Of the statewide revenue total,
$22.6 billion, or 89.5 percent, originated in the Clark County (Southern
Nevada) market area. Additionally, 86.2 percent of the statewide gaming revenue
was generated in Clark County, with nearly $9.3 billion in gaming spend.
Revenue in Clark County rose 2.5 percent from the $22.0 billion reported in
2015, while gaming revenue grew 1.1 percent from $9.2 billion in the prior
Over 66.1 percent of Nevada's gaming
revenue was attributed to coin-operated devices with $7.1 billion worth of
coin-operated revenues in the year 2016. By comparison, pit revenue accounted
for $3.2 billion on the year, or 30.2 percent of total gaming revenue.
Coin-operated devices experienced reasonable growth from 2015. In the state of
Nevada, coin-operated revenue grew 3 percent from the $6.9 billion reported in
the prior year.
Pennsylvania gaming revenue also
experienced a moderate increase from $3.17 billion in 2015 to $3.21 billion in
2016, or a 1.2 percent revenue increase. Slot machine revenue in the area
remained relatively flat year to year with a small increase of 0.2 percent from
$2.36 billion in 2015 to $2.37 billion in 2016.
Macau gaming revenue declined 1.9
percent year over year from $28.9 billion to $28.3 billion in 2016, though the
last five months of 2016 showed positive increases in year-over-year revenues.
The number of slot machines decreased in Macau from 14,578 units in 2015 to
13,826 units at the end of 2016, and slot machine revenue followed suit with a
3.1 percent decline.
The AGEM Index is published monthly
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The AGEM Index
The Association of Gaming Equipment
Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 14 global
gaming suppliers throughout the world. A total of 9 suppliers are based in the
United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two trade
on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange, one on
the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange. The index is
computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits)
of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization.
Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been
converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes.
The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.
AGEM is an international trade
association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems,
lotteries, and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to
further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world.
Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and
good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create
benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM and its
member organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in
the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business
The AGEM index and overview is
prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm
providing consultation services for public and private entities. The company
utilizes extensive experience in economics, information technology and finance
to provide a wide range of services, including urban economic consulting,
financial advisory services, market analysis, public policy analysis,
hospitality industry and gaming consulting, and information system and
For More Information, CONTACT:
Marcus Prater, Executive Director, 702.812.6932.
SOURCE: The Association of Gaming
Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).
Pressure on Governments to Legalize Online Gambling and Betting
to Drive Global Market
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 6, 2017) -- The
global online gambling and betting market is primarily being driven by an
increasing adoption of high-speed internet services in mobile devices. The
overall demand for live streaming of sports and games videos through online
portals and mobile devices is growing at a very high rate and provides players
from the global online gambling and betting market the opportunity to integrate
their betting services into live streams directly, further enhancing the growth
rate of the market. Currently, the global online gambling and betting market
comprises players that primarily providing online gambling and betting
platforms and gaming solutions. Meanwhile, progress is being made into
developing comprehensive online gambling and betting solutions that allow for
better user interface and interactions, and provide an enhanced user
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The global online gambling and
betting market is expected to reach US$96.89 bn by the end of 2024. The market
is projected to expand at a CAGR of 10.8% from 2016 to 2024. By the end of
2016, the global online gambling and betting market is expected to reach
Europe Reigns Supreme in
Provision of Online Betting and Gambling Platforms
From a regional perspective, Europe
held the leading share in the global online gambling and betting market in
terms of revenue for 2015. This region in marked by the presence of a large
number of online operators for gambling and betting, and several of its
countries hold favorable regulatory environments conducive to the growth of the
market. The U.K. is especially expected to play a key role the European market,
followed by Malta. Additionally, Asia Pacific is expected to contribute a
steady revenue stream in the global online gambling and betting market over the
coming years, due to a growing demand for online betting and gambling portals
and the easing up of regulatory norms for these online portals. The market for
global gambling and betting in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a CAGR of
12.9% in terms of revenue, from 2016 to 2024.
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Conversely, a heavy restriction on
online gambling and betting in the U.S. has resulted in a severe loss for
market players in North America. This region is expected grow at a much slower
pace than others. Over the coming years, the relaxation of stiff regulations
for online betting and gambling is expected to result in an upswing in their
demand in states such as Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. The Middle East &
Africa (MEA) region and South American countries are expected to contribute
very low revenue to the global online gambling and betting market for the
Online Casino Services Show High
Based on the types of games, casino
services segment held the leading share in the global online gambling and
betting market a hefty 26.4% of its revenue in 2015. On the other
hand, sports betting is expected to surge over the coming years due to a higher
rate of adoption of live sports betting by multiple players. Online Lottery and
poker are also likely to be potentially beneficial to the overall markets
growth rate. A large number of users are showing a demand for better gaming
experience and also hold higher disposable incomes to spend.
Gambling and betting operators are
currently evolving with the adoption of online platforms and their preference
over traditional, physical operations. In 2015, the global online gambling and
betting market was dominated by key names that included NetEnt AB, 888 Holdings
PLC, GVC Holdings PLC, Fortuna Entertainment Group, Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC,
William Hill PLC, Playtech PLC, Amaya, Inc., Kindred PLC, and Paddy Power
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Playtech First to Launch Online Casino in Czech
Fortuna first operator to
go live in newly regulated market
LONDON, U.K. (March 3, 2017) --
Playtech, the worlds leading gaming content and software, systems and
services supplier, has become the first supplier to launch online casino in the
Czech Republic with the rapidly expanding Fortuna brand.
On February 24th the Czech Ministry
of Finance granted Fortuna the countrys first ever licence to operate
online technical games. The operator has since gone live with a
large selection of Playtechs industry-leading online and mobile slot and
table game content and best-performing progressive jackpot titles including the
Age of the Gods portfolio and other Playtech favourites including
Gladiator and White King. Fortuna will gradually expand this in the coming
In August 2016 Playtech agreed a
contract with Fortuna to supply it with a scalable, omni-channel platform and
seamless wallet technology enabling it to accelerate its gaming strategy across
sportsbook, gaming and CRM and become a leading regulated operator in the
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.
Since then, both companies have
worked closely together to launch in Romania and plan to broaden the offering
across further markets including Poland and Slovakia in the future.
Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said:
We are delighted to be the first supplier to go live in the Czech
Republic with our pioneering omni-channel platform technology and
best-performing casino content and to further expand Fortunas offering in
this newly regulated market.
We pride ourselves on being
leaders in regulated markets and todays announcement highlights just how
we always aim to lead the way, Akad added.
David Vanek, General Manager,
Fortuna CZ, said: We are proud to be the first company in the Czech
Republic to have met the demanding conditions defined by the new legislation
and to be granted a licence as a result. Broadening our product range to
complement our sports betting offering is a major priority. We are therefore
very pleased that our customers will be the first to play online roulette and
casino games in full compliance with Czech legislation.
Granting this licence means
that Fortuna has become the first multiproduct (sports and games) gaming
company in the Czech market. Our new online casino and aggressive games
expansion is crucial to growing the business and means the Fortuna product
offering will be comparable to some of Europes largest operators.
"Thanks to our close co-operation
with Playtech, the industrys leading online gaming technology company, we
have a comprehensive range of best-performing products and the best gaming
experience to offer our players, Vanek added.
Playtech is a market leader in the
gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the
Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000
employees in 17 countries.
Playtech is the gambling
industrys leading software and services supplier with more than 130
licensees globally, including many of the worlds leading regulated
online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government
sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in
newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software
offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.
It is the pioneer of omni-channel
gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a
seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online,
mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It
provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services
for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.
Playtechs Financials division
operates both on a B2C and B2B basis. Its B2C focused offering is an
established and growing online CFDs broker, operating the brand markets.com.
Its B2B offering includes the division's proprietary trading platform, CRM and
back-office systems, as well as its liquidity technology platform which
provides retail brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services,
liquidity and complementary risk management tools.
SOURCE: Playtech (www.playtech.com).
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.
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Speakers Submission Form!
Kamlesh Vijay, Group CEO of Sugal & Damani, participating as a speaker
during a conference "Parallel Session Corporate Social Responsibility
and Responsible Gaming - Whats Now? Whats Next?" at World Lottery Summit
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