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IGT Extends Contract to Provide Instant Ticket Printing Services to the Idaho Lottery

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LONDON, U.K. (January 4, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC, hereinafter "IGT"), has extended its multi-year contract with the Idaho Lottery ("Idaho Lottery" or "Lottery") to continue providing Scratch Games™ printing services through March 2019. This is the second, two-year extension that has been exercised on the existing contract and was unanimously approved by the Idaho Lottery Commission during their regular meeting on November 17, 2016.

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In addition to providing Scratch Games™ printing services to the Idaho Lottery, IGT will continue to support the Lottery with related products and services including game planning, ticket design, marketing support, and analytics. 

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 more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.merger.igt.com.

IGT currently provides over 70 percent of printing for the Idaho Lottery's Scratch Games™, resulting in responsible, incremental sales growth year after year. Together, IGT and the Idaho Lottery have worked closely to deliver a portfolio of games with fun, new play styles to benefit the people of Idaho. In 2016, the Idaho Lottery broke records, returning $49.5 million to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund, a 10 percent increase from 2015.

"The Idaho Lottery has a positive and productive relationship with IGT for the development and delivery of Idaho Scratch Games.  We are pleased to continue this partnership," said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.

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"IGT's lottery industry expertise and leadership, along with their ability to develop new and innovative products, has helped us deliver a portfolio that produces an appealing mix of games for our players and benefits for the people of Idaho."

"IGT values the opportunity to continue collaborating with the Idaho Lottery," said Michael Chambrello, IGT Chief Executive Officer, North America Lottery.

"Together we will work to deliver pioneering games and solutions to Idaho Lottery players which drive sales and maximize funds generated for Idaho's good causes."

About IGT

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: www.IGT.com.

CONTACT:

Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452.

James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190.

Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Missouri Lottery Recipient of National Certification for Responsible Gaming

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (January 3, 2017) -- The Missouri Lottery has been granted the second-highest responsible gaming verification standard in the United States, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

The Missouri Lottery joins six other lottery organizations that have been granted the “Implementation Level” of certification since the verification standard began in 2016.

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This new certification comes as another affirmation that our organization continues to operate in a socially responsible manner by placing our players’ needs and their protection as a top priority,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.

The Missouri Lottery was selected to take part in the second application process of the new verification standard based on the organization’s decades-long dedication to responsible gaming. Certification was granted on behalf of the NCPG and NASPL based on the Lottery’s existing responsible gaming program as it relates to research, employee training, retailer training, player education, product oversight, advertising, engagement and awareness, and budget.

To achieve the verification standard, the member lottery must be judged to be proficient in seven of the eight categories,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the NCPG, in a statement to the Lottery. “Tangible results and efforts in the specific areas of assessment are a hallmark of an application at this level.”

The new certification comes after the Lottery received a Level 3 certification distinction from the World Lottery Association (WLA) in 2015.

The two certifications we have earned through NASPL/NCPG and WLA are the second-highest certifications available in the respective programs,” said Reardon. “While responsible gaming helps fulfill our core value of integrity, we are dedicated to further improving our efforts even more in the coming years in pursuit of the highest standards available.”

Additional information about the Missouri Lottery’s responsible gaming program can be found at MOLottery.com. 

SOURCE: The Missouri Lottery.

 

 

Demographic Survey of Texas Lottery Players 2016

Hobby School of Public Affairs, University of Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (December 2016) -- The Texas Lottery Commission 2016 Demographic Study of Texas Lottery Players surveyed a total of 1,685 Texas residents aged 18 years and older between June and August, 2016.

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The survey respondents included both past-year players (who had played any Texas Lottery game in the past year) and non-players (who had not played any Texas Lottery game in the past year). The percentage of respondents playing any Texas Lottery game (the participation rate) for 2016 was 35.0 percent, which was 6.3 percentage points higher than the rate of 28.7 percent in 2015. The increase in the participation rate was statistically significant.

2 In contrast to the overall downward trend in the Texas Lottery participation rates in the last two decades, there was a noticeable gain of 10 percentage points in the participation rates over the past two years.

There were statistically significant differences between the samples of past-year players and non-players of Texas Lottery games in 2016 with regard to employment status, own or rent home, age, number of children under 18 living in household, gender, and Hispanic origin.

Among past-year players, differences in the percent playing any game were statistically significant based on the players’ Hispanic origin, gender, age and employment status.

Among the individual games/add-on features, Lotto Texas was the most popular game in terms of participation in 2016, with a high participation rate of 61.1 percent.

The second- and third-most popular games in 2016 were Mega Millions (60.3 percent) and Powerball (56.5 percent), respectively.

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3 In comparison to 2015, a total of five games recorded a double-digit increase in their respective participation rate in 2016. They were Powerball (increase of 36.4 percentage points), Mega Millions (31.3 percentage points), Lotto Texas (29.9 percentage points), Pick 3 Day (19.9 percentage points) and Cash Five (15.8 percentage points). Texas Triple Chance, a new game introduced in 2015, had the highest frequency of purchase among those playing at least once a week (38.9 percent) among past-year players. Consistent with past years’ findings, most 2016 past-year players had participated in Texas lottery games for more than five years.

The lottery sales districts with the highest and the lowest participation rates in any Texas Lottery games in 2016 were Houston East (45.9 percent) and Houston Northwest (27.0 percent).

The lottery sales district with the largest participation rate increase for 2016 was Houston East (18.2 percentage points).

In contrast, the San Antonio sales district experienced the greatest participation rate decline, 4.5 percentage points.

The differences in participation rates between 2015 and 2016 were statistically significant for the lottery sales districts of Dallas South, Houston East, and Houston Southwest.

DOWNLOAD the white paper: Demographic Survey of Texas Lottery Players 2016

SOURCE: University of Houston.

 

 

Idaho Lottery Extends Instant Ticket Contract with Pollard Banknote

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (January 4, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce that it has received a two-year contract extension from the Idaho Lottery for the supply of Scratch Game™ tickets and related services. This agreement begins in May 2017 and marks the second of three potential two-year contract extensions.

Since 2013, Pollard Banknote has partnered with the Idaho Lottery to help strengthen its Scratch Game™ portfolio. Pollard Banknote prints a broad range of games for the Idaho Lottery, including extended play, licensed games, and holiday offerings.

In 2013, the Idaho Lottery became the first U.S. lottery to launch a $5 Frogger scratch game. A second version of Frogger—a licensed brand available to lotteries exclusively through Pollard Banknote—appeared in 2015. Each of these games were complemented with an interactive game to enhance player engagement. The games were very popular with Idaho players -- ranking as the Idaho Lottery’s two best-selling $5 games based on 10-week average sales.

The Idaho Lottery has leveraged some of Pollard Banknote’s innovative print products. The Lottery’s first $25 game, 25th Anniversary, showcased Scratch FX®, a patented Pollard Banknote printing feature that added festive, sparkling effects to the ticket’s design. The Idaho Lottery is currently employing Pollard Banknote’s Eco Scratch™ for its $2 holiday game, Santa Paws. Eco Scratch™ stock resembles brown kraft paper, giving instant tickets a hand-crafted, nostalgic feel that is perfect for the holiday season.

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“Like Pollard Banknote, the Idaho Lottery embraces and promotes innovation, making us great partners. Due to their desire to keep ahead of industry trends and willingness to introduce new products, the Idaho Lottery continues to incorporate successful, innovative products into its Scratch Game™ portfolio,” said Byron Peterson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “We are eager to continue to work with Idaho to identify new opportunities to drive growth and revenue that supports Idaho’s public schools and the State’s Permanent Building Fund.

Pollard Banknote has demonstrated their responsiveness and willingness to dedicate the necessary resources required to assist the Idaho Lottery to improve the products and services we provide to our players. This commitment has been met with marketplace acceptance and success, which translates into meaningful dividends for the State of Idaho,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “The Lottery strives to be at the forefront of industry innovation and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Pollard Banknote to help strengthen our Scratch Game™ portfolio.”

About Idaho Lottery

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch Games™, 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. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Becomes First Laboratory Awarded Accreditation in the Czech Republic

HAARLEM, The Netherlands (23 December 2016) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been awarded accreditation in the Czech Republic, becoming the first international gaming laboratory to earn this honor. The achievement further increases GLI’s activity across Europe and allows the company to provide assistance to the Czech Ministry of Finance and Gaming Board.

GLI’s Managing Director of GLI Europe and Africa Martin Britton said, “We would like to thank the Czech Ministry of Finance and Gaming Board in awarding the first accreditation to GLI, and we wish them every success.

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This will allow our valued clients to move forward in this regulated market, and we would be happy for suppliers and operators to contact GLI as we have up-to-the-minute information about the current regulation and various certification and audit requirements.

We see the Czech Republic as a key regulated jurisdiction for suppliers and operators moving forward,” he said. “Lending our global expertise is a vital service we provide in our role as an independent adviser in driving industry standards, providing a global approach to regulation in order to avoid reinventing the wheel. GLI has always provided standards across all products in the gaming arena, which are freely available on our website, to highlight the need for standardization. This is where our internal and international expertise assists through our compliance teams. Our European Compliance and Quality Assurance team is headed by Compliance Manager Dennis Byram.”

The company’s newly granted accreditation in the Czech Republic, coupled with the recently published technical standards allows current and potential licensees in the country to begin the process right away. Please email j.illingworth@gaminglabs.com to get started on your Czech Republic certification today.

For more information about GLI’s testing, certification or professional services, please visit www.gaminglabs.com  or contact GLI Europe directly by phone at +31-252-529-9838.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is Seeking a Director of Contract Management

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Position Title: Program Manager II - Director of Contract Management

Recruitment #17-005477-0001

Department: MLGCA Administration and Operations

Date Opened: 1/3/2017 11:59:00 PM

Filing Deadline: 1/17/2017 11:59:00 PM

Salary: $56,743.00 - $91,107.00/year

Employment Type: Full-Time

HR Analyst: Nathan Warfield

Work Location: Baltimore City

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INTRODUCTION: Maryland Lottery & Gaming (ML&G) seeks a Director of Contract Management to oversee the contractor responsible for providing and operating the Lottery Central Monitoring and Control System (LCMCS) for the Maryland Lottery. The LCMCS processes all draw and instant game sales ($1.9 billion in FY 16) and prize payments for the Lottery. The successful candidate will be heavily involved as the existing, ten year old system, is fully replaced with new servers, software, communications network, terminals and peripherals.

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB: The main purpose of this position is to oversee the contractor responsible for providing the LCMCS to the Maryland Lottery. Specifically this individual will ensure the contractor adheres to all terms of the contract and will act as a liaison between the contractor and various user groups within the Lottery, including Agent Administration, Sales, Finance, and Marketing. The individual will continually review contract performance and report on deficiencies and system failures, as they occur. Additionally, the individual will be primarily responsible for the review and approval of specifications developed by the contractor for customization of the LCMCS software for Maryland. Contract Management staff conduct User Acceptance Testing, coordinate equipment installation and removal at retail locations, and other functions related to successful operation of the retailer network. The LCMCS is a 24/7 transaction processing operation and the selected individual may be contacted by the contractor at night or during weekends and holidays if operational issues arise.

CLICK HERE for position duties, qualification sand application process.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

 

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Government Will Retain the Current Regulatory Model that Gives Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto a Monopoly on the Provision of Gaming and Betting Services

Protection of problem gamblers most important

NORWAY (December 16, 2016) -- The Government will retain the current regulatory model that gives Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto a monopoly on the provision of gaming and betting services. No new licensing scheme will be introduced for foreign gaming and betting companies.

I am proud to present the Government’s white paper on responsible and active gaming and betting policy,” says Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland.

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The white paper represents the first fundamental and integrated review of the gaming and betting sector since 2003. It describes the major developments in the sector in recent years and sets out a positive, forward-looking policy for this area,” says Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland.

The white paper describes a comprehensive, robust model for the regulation of gaming and betting that addresses the challenges presented by technological developments,” says the Minister of Culture.

The primary aim is to minimise undesirable gaming and betting behaviour by ensuring that lotteries and gaming and betting services are offered in safe and responsible forms. The Government has concluded that the current model, under which state-owned entities have a monopoly on the provision of most gaming and betting services, is best suited to achieving the aim of responsible service delivery. The proposals will reinforce the monopoly model and the services on offer through several new measures to protect the regulated providers Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto,” says Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland.

The white paper also gives notice of the Government’s intention to gather relevant gaming, betting, lotteries and totalisator legislation in a single new act. Parallel to preparation of the new act, new regulations will be drawn up on the most important measures to promote responsible gaming and betting. To ensure uniform and foreseeable regulation, the Ministry of Culture will be given overall responsibility for the entire gaming and betting sector.

More on the proposals in the white paper on gaming and betting policy.

SOURCE: Press release Ministry of Culture.

 

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New Jersey Lottery Beneficiaries Receive Record-Breaking Contribution for Fiscal Year 2016

TRENTON, New Jersey (December 22, 2016) – The New Jersey Lottery announced that it generated record ticket sales of more than $3.29 billion for Fiscal Year 2016, marking the seventh consecutive year-over-year increase for the Lottery. Sales topped the prior year’s results of $3.0 billion.

Increased sales resulted in a record-breaking contribution of $987 million to the State on behalf of Lottery beneficiaries, up from $960 million in Fiscal Year 2015.

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The Lottery is the State’s fourth largest revenue producer.

Players also had a notable prizewinning year with more than $2 billion claimed besting the $1.8 billion claimed in Fiscal Year 2015.

Record-breaking sales enabled the Lottery to make a record-breaking contribution to its beneficiaries,” Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director, said. “Increasing revenue required innovation, such as introducing a new play-style with Fast Play; relaunching players’ favourite instant games, resulting in new sales achievements; and, bolstering winner awareness and jackpot excitement around the draw-based game category.”

Since its inception in 1970, the Lottery has contributed more than $24.8 billion to programs and institutions that benefit millions of New Jersey residents. Some beneficiaries include: the School Nutrition Program, operating aid to public colleges and universities, higher education tuition aid grants, the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, operational aid for centers working with developmentally disabled residents, and homes for disabled soldiers. A complete list of beneficiaries can be found at www.NJLottery.com in the Giving Back section.

Additionally, the Lottery plays a key role in supporting businesses throughout the State. Retailers benefit from the Lottery’s brand recognition and the consistent stream of customers it attracts to their stores.

Retailers also earn a 5 percent commission on their Lottery ticket sales in addition to numerous bonus opportunities. In Fiscal Year 2016, Lottery retailers received $186 million, up from $170 million the prior year, in commissions and bonuses. The Lottery closed the year with 7,600 issued retailer licenses.

CONTACT: Judith L. Drucker, Chief Communications Officer, T: Phone: (609) 599-5875, E: Judith.Drucker@lottery.nj.gov.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

 

New Mexico Lottery Launches a Scratcher “Frenzy” Promotion

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (January 3, 2017) -- Four new “Frenzy” Scratchers are on sale today, Super Tuesday.

Called a ‘Family’ of games, these new tickets have similar looks and names. Each version features a different price point and different top prizes:

  • $1 “Cash Frenzy” ($1,000 top prizes);
  • $2 “$10,000 Frenzy” ($10,000 top prizes);
  • $5 “$50,000 Frenzy” ($50,000 top prizes); and
  • $10 “$100,000 Frenzy” ($100,000 top prizes).

 

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Straight out of the 80’s, these kaleidoscope-retro-looking tickets are printed with neon ink and total more than $5.3 million in cash prizes.

All non-winning Frenzy Scratchers can also be entered in the Points and Rewards Frantic Frenzy promotion. Once entered, players have a chance to win points for prizes and can also play a fast, fun online interactive game called “Frantic Frenzy.”

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

The Lottery celebrated its 20-year anniversary on April 27. Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $716.7 million for education and more than 109,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. 

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery).

CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm, (505) 342-7638 or (800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E: wahlm@nmlottery.com.

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

 

January Brings New Ways to Win Millions in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (January 3, 2016) -- For the New Year, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announces new ways to win millions in the state – the 5 Buck Bundle, and the Arkansas Millions instant ticket, which just launched today. Both have the potential to garner life-changing prize amounts to lucky Arkansas players.

What is 5 Buck Bundle? It’s become a January tradition! Arkansas Scholarship Lottery players simply buy a $3 Powerball with PowerPlay ticket and a $2 Mega Millions with Megaplier ticket and get a free, free, free $1 Natural State Jackpot ticket all month long.

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All three tickets will be Quick Picks. (This promotion is not available from lottery ticket vending machines or if tickets are purchased separately.)

What is Arkansas Millions? It’s a new $20 instant game that launched today with a top prize of, yes, a million dollars. Actually, four top prizes of $1,000,000 are included in the game’s $35,325,710 of total cash prizes. (Other new instant tickets that launched today are $1 $100 In a Flash, $2 $200 In A Flash, and $5 $500 In A Flash.)

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 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 $180 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

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Visit: http://www.MyArkansasLottery.com 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.

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CONTACT: Stephen Koch at 501-683-2055 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

Florida Lottery Reaches $6.2 Billion in Sales During Calendar Year 2016

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 3, 2016) -- The Florida Lottery has reached a new record of more than $6.2 billion in sales during calendar year 2016; surpassing the previous year’s sales by more than $411 million. The Lottery’s 2016 contributions to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) are expected to reach $1.6 billion, a 7% increase over last year.

Ending 2016 with this never before reached sales record is a tremendous accomplishment for the Florida Lottery,” said Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

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Not only do our players and retailers benefit, but more importantly, these record-breaking sales help provide more opportunities for Florida students to ensure they receive the very best education possible.”

This year’s record sales of more than $6.2 billion resulted in the Florida Lottery transferring an average of $135 million toward education every month during 2016.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into the state's economy. With $1.6 billion generated for education, more than $3.9 billion paid to prize winners, and $342 million in retailer bonuses and commissions paid to Florida businesses, the contributions made by the Lottery this calendar year will go a long way in moving the state forward.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications,  T: (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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Dutch Gambling Authority Announce New License for Lotteries

THE NETHERLANDS (December 23, 2016) – Kansspelautoriteit, the Dutch Gambling Authority, shall grant a license to a number of raffles with effect from January 1, 2017.

It granted under Article 3 of the Gaming Act, a new lottery license to five charity lotteries. In addition, it grants a license to Lotto BV

Licences for charity lotteries issued to the following five charity lotteries is licensed:

  • NV, the Dutch Postcode Lottery (NPL)
  • VriendenLoterij NV (VL)
  • BankGiro Lottery SA (BGL)
  • Lottovate Netherlands BV and
  • Foundation Cooperating Nonprofit Lotteries (SNL). The SNL include the National Foundation club action, Scouting Netherlands Association, National Association of Sunflower Foundation and National Youth Fund Jantje Beton.

 

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The NPL, VL, BGL, SNL and Lottovate now have a license until December 31, 2016.

It is to apply for a permit possible for everyone for the period from January 1, 2017.

Lotto Permits

On December 23, 2016 the Gaming Authority licenses from 2017 to 2021 for organizing granted lotteries, instant lotteries and sports betting on lotto BV Licences to organize lotteries, instant lotteries and sports betting since the introduction of the games have always been in the hands of Lotto BV the current licenses, the 'permit sports betting and lotto 2015/16 and the "permit instant lotteries 2015/16', will expire on December 31, 2016.

For offering lotteries, sports betting and instant lotteries, the board of directors of the Gaming Authority may only grant one legal permits.

The board of directors of the Gaming Authority decided the different licenses to renew to Lotto BV because this organization is under the direct administration of the State.

Valid for five years

All these new authorizations are granted for a period of five years.

Permits 2017 - 2021

Safe and sound

The Gambling Authority has three public goals of consumer protection, addiction prevention and combating illegality and criminality. Therefore, it gives various licenses for organization of lotteries and other games of chance, and it ensures that licensees comply with their obligations. One of those obligations is that 50% of the deposits of the lottery will be paid on the basis of the licenses mentioned above to charity.

About Kansspelautoriteit (the Gaming Authority)

As an independent regulator the Gambling Authority monitors a safe and reliable gaming offerings. She fights illegal and criminal forms of gambling. They also protect consumers against misleading and include gambling goes against.

SOURCE: Kansspelautoriteit.

 

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Danske Spil-Owned CEGO Chooses EveryMatrix as Platform Provider

BUCHAREST, Romania (December 28, 2016) -- Platform provider EveryMatrix has signed a deal with CEGO, one of Denmark’s most successful online casino operators. Following the agreement, CEGO’s newest brand will benefit of premium content from NYX, Scientific Gaming, Magnet Gaming, and Evolution via EveryMatrix CasinoEngine product.

CEGO, owned by Danske Spil A/S, together with the original founders, is a highly experienced Danish online casino operator powering some of the biggest online casino brands in Denmark, including Spilnu.dk and CasinoDanmark.dk. CEGO also owns the slot game provider, Magnet Gaming.

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Following the Norsk Tipping deal, this is yet another step forward for EveryMatrix and we are happy to carry out our privileged position in the Nordic market through our latest partnerships.” said Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix CEO.

We are looking forward to cooperating with EveryMatrix. It will open up a large portfolio of new and exciting games, which will benefit our players and strengthen our gaming products even further.” said Esben S. Thomsen, CEGO CMO.

As for the technological building blocks supporting the new website, content will be delivered to CEGO via WebAPI on external wallet with EveryMatrix’s bonusing system.

At this moment, our company is one of the few Danish certified platform providers, and with the new CEGO agreement, we continue to grow our name in the Nordics region. Our platform was recently selected by Norsk Tipping state lottery to provide services for their iGaming Integration Platform, and now with Danske Spill-owned CEGO we see the recognition of our hard work and focus we invested into building one of the most competitive products on the market.” added Ebbe Groes.

CasinoEngine product integrates today more than 40 gaming vendors delivering close to 4,000 games that can be plugged remotely in external wallets via a single API, or directly in the EveryMatrix standard platform service.

SOURCE: EveryMatrix.

 

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SYNOT Group Opens Casino in Georgia

CZECH REPUBLIC (January 3, 2016) -- SYNOT Group continues its expansions. Just yesterday opened a casino at the edge of Europe and Asia – in Georgia.

Georgian lottery market is fairly heavily regulated, the country has only a limited number of casinos, concentrated mainly in the capital. Therefore, we are delighted to have acquired a license to operate one of them," said sales director of SYNOT Group, Roland Andrýsek, and added: "In this country, we have already started to operate during this year, in cooperation with the local business partner. From a business perspective we are speaking about very interesting location, so that we are pleased to continue with our activities development here.

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This is not the first project of SYNOT Group in this country. The very first beginning was opening of the smaller casino in Kutaisi, in May this year. Given that this activity proved, SYNOT embarked on the implementation of other significant investments, resulting in yesterday´s opening of a casino in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi.

"The new casino is a truly great establishment. There is located more than 200 machines. In the future, we expect the construction of other similar casinos in this country, and even in other cities, "said Mr. Andrýsek.

SYNOT Group is interested in Asia and the surroundings in the long term. In the autumn of this year opened a new casino in Vietnam. Moreover, SYNOT Group management is dealing with the possible cooperation in other areas of mentioned region.

About SYNOT Group:

These days, the SYNOT Group employs about three thousand employees and operates on almost every continent, approximately in twenty countries all around the world. Its business activities has in Europe, Africa, America, Australia and most recently in Asia. In addition to the lottery industry and leading-edge IT technologies, software solutions and gaming devices also focuses on investments in tourism and sport, supports start-up projects, media activities and other business sectors. Its annual turnover is approximately 16 billion Czech crowns.

SOURCE: SYNOT Group press release | 22.12.2016.

 

 

AGE 2017 is Already Setting New Records

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (December 9, 2016) -- Visitor registration is open for AGE 2017, a full 7 months prior to when we were able to open it for the 2016 Expo and as with last year, Social Media is making registration a simplified process with auto-filled fields via the most popular social networks on the planet. Registrants will be able to see who is attending, identify the most meaningful and relevant Gaming Expo contacts who they’ll benefit from meeting at the Event. We’ve also considered returning visitors, with fields pre-populated, requiring just a couple of clicks to complete the registration.

And of course by registering now will save time by avoiding having to line up on the day. To complete the social media registration just click on this link here.

In another milestone for AGE, with 20% more floor space than what we had in 2016, 90% of the floor space has already been taken by 176 exhibitors. This is exciting news with 9 months to go until the show’s start date, which is the world’s third largest casino gaming equipment exhibition.

Our optimism was further confirmed recently about the event's future at the new ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour.  In November a group of 120 inquisitive exhibitors visited the ICC for a sneak peek of what to expect. Comprising both large and small exhibitors, with their exhibition contractors and their staff, along with the AGE coordinating team, it was a chance to get a first-hand glimpse of what is truly a world class venue for AGE 2017. The highlight of the visit was Hall 3 and while they saw only ½  of the massive 19,000 square metres of floor space that AGE will be occupying in 2017, one visitor was still impressed enough to describe the hall as ‘Cavernous”.

 

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Taking advantage of the multi-purpose seminar rooms complete with smart lecterns at the new ICC Sydney, at AGE 2017 we will be running complimentary seminars for registered exhibition visitors. The seminars will include a “Global CEOs Forum”, to be moderated by Michael Pascoe and a “Women in Gaming” event, along with a range of sessions about topical issues.

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

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

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

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

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

 

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ICE 2017 Confirmed as the Biggest on Record as Net Space Increases by Nearly 2,000 Square Metres

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LONDON, U.K.  (January 3, 2017) -- Gaming professionals planning their annual visit to ICE Totally Gaming will need to allocate some additional time on the show floor.  The world’s biggest business-to-business gaming technology event will be that much bigger in 2017, thanks to an additional 1,945 sqm of net space. 

As of the end of December, ICE 2017 will occupy a total of 40,925 sqm compared to the 2016 figure of 38,980 sqm. 

The 5% increase in space makes the 2017 event the biggest ICE on record.

Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion’s Gaming Division and the person responsible for the development of ICE since it took residence at its current home at the ExCeL Centre, said: “Whilst it is obviously positive to be able to talk about the growth of ICE in this way, equally we are very aware of the need to control and manage the brand’s development rather than pursue a full-out expansion strategy."

"What this means in practice is that we are working hard to try and mirror expansion on the show floor with a concomitant increase in visitors, a task that we continue to invest in through enhanced marketing and communications."

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"We are only guardians of the ICE brand and it’s essential for us to manage the growth strategy in a sensible, pragmatic and, most importantly, sustainable way.  Relocating to ExCeL has allowed us to grow the brand, but at the right pace.”

She added: “The growth of ICE is the result of two trends.  Firstly, a number of our existing customers have been keen to expand their stand presence and secondly we have a total of 91 exhibitors from 34 nations who will be making their first appearance with us in February.  It’s a nice, balanced combination of established, well known gaming innovators alongside some new faces and gaming industry start-ups.  Our challenge is to provide a professional business environment in which all of our exhibitors, of all sizes, can flourish."

ICE Totally Gaming is the only B2B gaming event in the world that brings together the online and offline gaming sectors.

Featuring exhibitors drawn from the casino, betting, bingo, lottery, mobile, online, street, sports and social gaming sectors, ICE provides the most comprehensive shop window on world gaming and in 2016 attracted a record 28,487 visitors drawn from 150 nations.

Gaming professionals wishing to secure their place at ICE Totally Gaming 2017 should visit icetotallygaming.com.

Delegates wanting to find out more about ICE VOX, the new learning brand which has replaced ICE Conferences, can download the brochure and agenda which provides details of the eight paid-for learning modules, comprising The International Casino Conference; World Regulatory Briefing; Cross-Platform & Multi-Channel Gaming; Modernising Lotteries; Data Science & Personalisation; BetMarkets; Cybercrime Security and Regulatory Compliance in Gaming, and Game Design and Development, at icetotallygaming.com/icevox.

SOURCE: ICE Totally Gaming.

 




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