Cash Ball 225 Game Helps Mark Kentuckys Birthday
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 9,
2017) -- As the Commonwealth begins its 225th anniversary year, the Kentucky
Lottery is updating the long-time draw game Kentucky Cash Ball to help mark the
Now known as Cash Ball 225, the $1
daily game offers a top prize of $225,000 along with seven other prizes. Drawn
every evening, the Kentucky-based game functions much like the popular
Powerball and Mega Millions games where two draw machines are used. Players try
to match four numbers drawn from 35 in the first draw machine, and the one Cash
Ball number from 25 in the second draw machine.
Other changes in the game include
better lower-tier prizes (including a free ticket option), and a simplification
from the previous game by eliminating the 50 cent half share ticket and the
bonus Kicker feature.
Cash Ball has been a
dependable performer for us for many years, but it was in need of a
refresh, said acting Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Marty Gibbs.
By simplifying the game and providing better prizes, we think more
players will enjoy the game and in turn, help us raise more proceeds for
the college scholarship and grant programs we fund.
Lottery staff will be conducting a
Cash Ball 225 promotional tour in nine cities across the state from January 9th
thru the 18th, with the chance to learn more about the updated game and win
prizes. In February, the lottery will join forces with the Kentucky Derby
Festival to hold our popular Festival Fanatic promotion where non-winning Cash
Ball 225 tickets can be used for entry. The winner will receive a variety of
Kentucky Derby Festival VIP experiences, including serving as the 2017
Thundernator who starts Thunder Over Louisville.
Cash Ball was first sold in KY in
March 2001. In the last fiscal year the game accounted for $9.7 million
in sales, a 3% drop from the previous fiscal year.
About The Kentucky
The Kentucky Lottery has earned over
$4.8 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for college
scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit kheaa.com to find out more
about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
For More Information CONTACT: Chip
Polston, Jennifer Cunningham, Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: The Kentucky
WyoLotto 2016 Year in Review
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (January 6, 2017 -
In Wyoming, 2016 was marked by a weakening economy linked to the downturn in
the states energy production industries. Despite these struggles, and
because of WyoLottoTM incredible players, the Wyoming Lottery Corporation
experienced a record-setting year of sales. With the launch of a new game, the
early payoff of the corporations start-up loan, and the transfer of more
than two million dollars to the state, 2016 represented a year of growth and
advancement for WyoLotto.
The following six milestones helped
define WyoLotto as a financial contributor and leader in corporate
responsibility in Wyoming this past year.
- January 13: Powerball broke records with a
$1.6 billion jackpot. Though none of the three Powerball jackpot winners
resided in Wyoming, the size of the jackpot and the national publicity
surrounding the astronomical amount sent Wyoming ticket sales skyrocketing.
This ultimately resulted in benefits for WyoLotto, the state of Wyoming, and
Wyoming residents around the state.
- January 30: Although the Wyoming Legislature
approved the creation of Lottery, it was left to the Wyoming Lottery
Corporations Board of Directors and CEO to secure a $2.6 million start-up
loan to fund the venture. In 2016, the corporation paid off the loan earlier
than anticipated, allowing WyoLotto to begin revenue transfers to the state
ahead of schedule.
- February 8: Cowboy DrawTM jackpot climbed to
more than $1.8 million before a first-time Cowboy Draw player purchased a
jackpot-winning ticket at the Flying J in Cheyenne. The amount holds the record
for the games highest jackpot to date.
- April 6: Following the early loan payoff in
January, WyoLotto made its first revenue transfer to the Wyoming State
Treasurers Office totalling $1.2 million. The early loan payoff and
subsequent revenue transfer were largely attributed to record-breaking
Powerball and Cowboy Draw jackpots that dramatically increased ticket sales. In
2016, WyoLotto gave back more than $2.8 million to the state.
- October 3: An eventful summer for WyoLotto
concluded with an exciting announcement when it was revealed that Lucky for
Life would be joining WyoLottos portfolio of draw games. The announcement
was accompanied by the launch of the Ride of a Lifetime giveaway which awarded
a 2016 Camaro, 2016 Harley Davidson Freewheeler, and $3,000 cash to the
- December 5: Lucky for Life was officially
launched in Wyoming, giving players the chance to win $1,000 a day for life, a
jackpot completely unique in WyoLottos game offerings. To add even more
excitement to the games introduction, WyoLotto announced the Trip of a
Lifetime giveaway, which will send a winner and their guest to Ireland in
In a year of highlights, there was
also sadness for WyoLotto and the state of Wyoming. Brian Scott Gamroth, an
integral part of WyoLottos history, was killed in a motorcycle accident
near Lewistown, Montana. Brian was the founding chairman of the Wyoming Lottery
Corporations Board of Directors and was a key figure in WyoLottos
early success. His loss was felt by many, including the thousands of listeners
who tuned into Brians daily morning show on K2 radio.
Apart from Brian Scott
Gamroths death, 2016 was a banner year for the Wyoming Lottery
Corporation and WyoLotto players. With the launch of a new game and
WyoLottos multi-million dollar revenue transfers to the state, it
represented not only a year of firsts, but a year in which WyoLotto reaffirmed
its role as an important part of Wyomings economy and a signature element
of the states unique identity. This has been a big year for WyoLotto, and
we couldn't have done it without all of the support from WyoLotto retailers and
players. WyoLotto looks forward to carrying this momentum into 2017 and
To see the year in review in video form, click here.
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery
Scientific Games Wins First in Three Categories in Strictly
Slots' the Best Slots of 2016 Awards
Company's games win top
spots in Favorite Video Slot Machine, Favorite Video Slot Theme and Favorite
Video Slot Bonus Round
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 11, 2017)
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (Scientific
Games or the Company) received extensive recognition as a
favorite among slot players as a part of Strictly Slots magazines
The Best Of Slots 2016.
Strictly Slots annually polls its
readers, who are gaming enthusiasts and players, and compiles its "Best Of
Slots" awards among thousands of votes.
Scientific Games' products received
first place in the categories of 'Favorite Video Slot Machine' and 'Favorite
Video Slot Theme' for THE WIZARD OF OZ, and 'Favorite Video Slot Bonus
Round' for MONOPOLY.
In addition, Scientific Games ranked
among the top five in multiple other categories:
FAVORITE VIDEO SLOT
FAVORITE VIDEO SLOT
- THE WIZARD OF OZ First Place
- MONOPOLY Third Place
FAVORITE VIDEO SLOT THEME
- THE WIZARD OF OZ First Place
- MONOPOLY Second Place
FAVORITE VIDEO SLOT BONUS
- MONOPOLY First Place
- THE WIZARD OF OZ Fifth Place
AVORITE REEL SLOT MACHINE
- Quick Hit® Fourth Place
- Blazing 7s® Fifth Place
FAVORITE REEL SLOT THEME
- Quick Hit Second Place
- Blazing 7s Third Place
- THE WIZARD OF OZ Fourth Place
FAVORITE REEL SLOT BONUS
- Quick Hit Second Place
- Reel 'em In® Third Place
- THE WIZARD OF OZ Fourth Place
FAVORITE PROGRESSIVE SLOT
- MONOPOLY Third Place
- Quick Hit Fourth Place
- THE WIZARD OF OZ Fifth Place
Scientific Games Group Chief
Executive, Gaming Derik Mooberry said, "This is an incredible honor for our
company and for our products. We take pride in knowing players selected our
innovative games as their favorites, which speaks highly of the work being done
by our game development, marketing and sales teams. This level of recognition
will only further drive us to improve upon our many innovation initiatives to
provide the most entertaining and engaging play experience for our
THE WIZARD OF OZ has been the
publication's favorite video slot since its introduction in 2007. The game
features the sights and sounds of the original 1939 classic and uses
"Sensory Immersion" to bring players into the game like nothing before
MONOPOLY has also been featured
multiple times as a winner in the Favorite Video Slot Bonus Round category, due
in part to players' love for the popular brand. The game's bonus round works in
the classic MONOPOLY board and rewards players certain amounts of credits for
landing on different properties.
MONOPOLY is a trademark of
Hasbro. Used with permission. ©2017 Hasbro. All rights
reserved. THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are
trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co. (s17) Judy Garland as Dorothy
from THE WIZARD OF OZ. (s17)
All ® notices signify marks
registered in the United States. © 2017 Scientific Games
Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
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.
Vice President, Investor
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SOURCE Scientific Games
Baden-Württemberg Announce Sales Increased 2.2 Per Cent in 2016, New Game
to Launch in March
Year plus of 2.2 per cent
/ 21 million hits / New Geolotterie Logeo from March
GERMANY (January 9, 2017) --
Baden-Württemberger lottery players again spent more on state lotteries
and sports bets in 2016 than in the previous year. The games played at Lotto
Baden-Württemberg amounted to 967.4 million euros. This is an increase of
21.3 million euros or 2.2 percent compared to 2015.
Lotto CEO Marion Caspers-Merk
stressed: "2016 was a successful year for us. The biggest single German gain
ever came to a black forest. In addition, there were an above-average number of
million hits. Our games have been very well developed. We also invested
heavily. We will soon launch a new Geolotterie exclusively in
Baden-Württemberg. "The future is also coming to the 3,250
acceptance points in the country."
The lottery manager announced a new
generation of modern terminals for the acceptance and processing of the playing
cards. For this, the preparations had been going on for months on
478.5 million euros distributed
to the players Participating in the event is over 380 million euros
Lotto Baden-Württemberg pledged
a total of 478.5 million euros to the players in 2016. For the country, the
state gambling company generated 368.1 million euros. The amount is composed of
157.6 million euro lottery tax and 210.5 million euro of special income. With
around 135 million euros of the benefits, the country is sponsoring the Sports,
Art and Culture, Heritage and Social Welfare funds in Baden-Württemberg
this year. "We donate more than 1 million euros to the country every day for
the common good. The thanks go to the millions of loyal players. These are the
secret patrons. They make the established lottery principle possible for
decades, "says Caspers-Merk. A further 12.4 million from the proceeds
from the "Lenten Lotterie Glückspirale" went to the Federal Labor Union of
the Freie Wohlfahrtspflege, the German Olympic Sports Federation, the
Baden-Württemberg Landessportverband, the German Foundation for Monument
Protection, the Monument Foundation in Baden-Württemberg and the country
For the promotion of environmental and nature conservation projects. From the
new supplementary lottery "Sieger-Chance", EUR 0.5 million was awarded
exclusively to the German Olympic Sports Federation for the first time.
145 Win over 100,000 euros, 35
lottery six and 21 new millionaires
Tippers in the South West are
looking forward to a successful 2016 year: 145 wins of EUR 100,000 or more were
recorded across all games, a clear increase compared to 2015 (134). The
Lottospieler scored 35 times the proverbial "Six". 21 lucky rulers went to the
illustrious club of millionaires. The highest single win of the year and, at
the same time, the largest German champions of all time by volume, achieved a
black forest in mid-October.
In the European lottery Eurojackpot,
he shed exactly 90 million euros. In addition, there were three more million
wins in this game. Six Baden-Württemberger became millionaires thanks to
the classic Lotto 6aus49. The maximum sum amounted to 13.6 million euros for a
Tipper from the area Heilbronn. Two winnings in the seven-figure range were
scored in the extra slottery game 77 and a million hits in a special draw. Four
players were happy about a monthly ransom of the Glückspirale. The pension
corresponds to a cash value of EUR 2.01 million. Four Baden-Württembergers
scored the main prize of the Landeslotterie New Year's Eve Millions just before
the turn of the year.
Again higher gaming in
On average per capita and year,
every Baden-Württemberg player tried his luck in one of the offered games
with 89 Euros. As in previous years, the gaming revenues in Baden ( 95.60
per capita and year) were significantly higher than in Württemberg (
83.30). The game bets for the European lottery Eurojackpot have risen sharply
for the fourth consecutive year. Also the immediate lotteries continued their
long-term upward trend. In January 2016 the odds of the sports betting Oddset
were increased. This combined with the sporting major events such as the
football EM animated the stakes. Pleasingly, there was also a development of
fortune tales. On the other hand, the gaming revenues for the main product
Lotto 6 out49 fell in favor of the Eurojackpots.
"Black lotteries" from tax
Lucky games from un-licensed and
thus illegal providers in Germany also helped the Lottoblock companies in 2016.
Companies from tax havens like Gibraltar offer so-called "black lotteries". The
tips given on the Internet by the participants are not passed on to the state
lottery companies of the federal states, but rather as a bet on the outcome of
the draw in their own book. "This is not known to many online tippers. These
offers mislead consumers. The keeper expects to take part in the public offer -
he only bets on the outcome of the draw, "explained Caspers-Merk. She
emphasized: "In a million jackpot, the luck is dependent on the ability to pay
and on smaller profits the willingness to pay a foreign company. This can lead
to unimagined difficulties. Whoever gives his tip directly to the state
companies does not have to worry about it. "
View: Happiness is looking for a
home - new Geolotterie "Logeo" starts
In mid-February, a new lottery named
Logeo will take place exclusively in Baden-Württemberg - the first gaming
offer of the State Toto-Lotto GmbH. At Logeo you get with the coordinates of
your own apartment. The main prize is 100,000 a week. What is special is
that the neighbors cheer with them, as long as they have played together and
also benefit from the common good. The first Logeo draw will take place on 13th
March - sales start is 14th February.
"A lottery like Logeo has never
existed in Baden-Württemberg. We are thus tackling the trend of geobased
games, which are becoming increasingly popular. The idea of the
neighborhood also played an important role in the development: to play
together, to share a fever, to win together. We are very confident to arrive
with this innovative concept, "says Caspers-Merk.
The game principle of Logeo moves
away from the classic lotteries. Instead of ticking numbers, one takes part in
the geodata of his residential address. Each week, one of the participating
playlists is drawn digitally. This address is exclusively guaranteed in
Baden-Württemberg the guaranteed top prize of 100,000 euros. By means of
the geocoordinates, the distances to the other players are calculated in a
second step. In addition to the 100,000 fortune, the geographically
closest players from the neighborhood also make profits. The range from 5,000
euros in the immediate vicinity of the main winner up to five euros in the
wider environment. This is shown graphically with a circle with the main winner
at the center. The diameter of the circle depends on the number of other
players. The fewer players in the vicinity of the main winner, the larger the
diameter. In addition, the main winner has the opportunity to decide on the
promotion of a community-oriented institution within its environment. Lotto
Baden-Württemberg donates 5,000 euros to this facility.
Logeo draw day is every Monday
morning at the Stuttgart headquarters of Lotto Baden-Württemberg. The game
is offered at the acceptance points in the country, on the Internet under
lotto-bw.de and via the app of Lotto Baden-Württemberg. The bet for each
game is 5.
Patricks Day Raffle Tickets Now On Sale
by Chuck Baumann
SALEM, Oregon (January 3, 2017) --
Offering over 1,800 cash prizes, ticket sales for the Oregon Lotterys
ninth annual St. Patricks Day Raffle began Sunday, Jan. 1. Each St.
Patricks Day ticket costs $10.
Prizes for the St. Patricks
Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100
- Special Offer Free Megabucks Ticket
Every Friday from 5-7 p.m. beginning
Friday, Jan. 6, when someone buys a St. Patricks Day Raffle ticket, they
will receive a free $1 Megabucks ticket for the next days Megabucks
drawing. This offer will be available every Friday while there are still
remaining St. Patricks Day Raffle tickets.
The Lottery will release the winning
numbers at 5 a.m. St. Patricks Day Friday, Mar. 17. To check the
winning numbers for the St. Patricks Day Raffle, players can go to
www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail
The $500 and $100 prize winners can
claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize
winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.
Overall odds of winning a prize are
1 in 138.8.
- The 2009 St. Patricks Day Raffle was the
Lotterys first Raffle game
- Chuck Mikes of Camas, WA was the first $1 million
top prize winner
- The 2016 St. Patricks Day Raffle is the ninth
St. Patricks Day Raffle
- The 2010 Thanksgiving Raffle doubled the number of
tickets and prizes offering 500,000 tickets and two $1 million top prizes
- Since 2009, the Lottery has offered 15 Raffle
games: St. Patricks Day Raffle (9), Thanksgiving Raffle (4), 4th of July
Raffle (2), and Halloween Raffle (2)
The Oregon Lottery reminds players
to always sign the back of their lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In
the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial
planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize
winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an
appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began
selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic
development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more
information on the Oregon Lottery visit
SOURCE: The Oregon Lottery.
A Winning Year for Lottery Players on the Prairies
STETTLER, AB, Canada (January 9,
2017) -- As Canadians raise a glass to toast the close of the year, dozens of
lottery players in the west will also be celebrating a memorable lottery win.
In 2016, 57 prizes of $1 million or more were claimed on tickets purchased on
the prairies. Combined, those prizes total more than $218 million.
The new millionaires hail from 29
different communities across the prairies. Of course, the major cities in the
region are well represented in the list. But 2016 was also a very big year in
some very small places.
The two biggest wins of the year
went to winners from tiny communities. In August, a woman from Neville,
Saskatchewan population 83 claimed a LOTTO MAX prize worth $60
million. And in December, a $50 million LOTTO MAX prize went to a woman from
Irma, Alberta population 500.
Small towns, big wins:
In 2016, five prizes of a million
dollars or more were won by residents of communities of about 1,000 people or
Neville, SK: population 83 -- $60
million, LOTTO MAX
Irma, AB: population 450 -- $50
million, LOTTO MAX
Hague, SK: population 878 -- $5
million, LOTTO 6/49
Goodsoil, SK: population 281 -- $1
million, LOTTO MAX
Sandy Hook, MB: population 1,017 --
1 million, LOTTO 6/49
Canadas newest national
lottery game, DAILY GRAND, launched in October. Two months in, two top prizes
have been awarded on the game, both to Alberta residents one in Edmonton
and one in Calgary. Each won $1,000 a day for life, and each winner chose to
accept their prize as a one-time payment of $7 million.
In Saskatchewan, theres still
an impressive jackpot yet to be claimed. A LOTTO 6/49 ticket purchased in
Saskatoon for the August 31, 2016 draw won $5 million, but no winner has come
forward yet. The winning numbers for that draw were 8, 10, 17, 36, 39 and 44.
The winner or winners have one year from the draw date to claim the prize.
Every lottery winners story is
similar in many ways. Each follows a certain pattern from purchasing a
lottery ticket, to discovering the win, to making plans for the windfall. But
within that familiar pattern, the details of each win and each winners
experience gives each story its own unique shape.
Highlights from a year of lottery
January: The town of Penhold, AB had
its first-ever $1 million lottery win. And four days later, it had its second!
A couple from the town of about 2,400 claimed $1 million on a PLAYERS
CHOICE MEGA PACK SCRATCH N WIN ticket. Four days later, another Penhold
resident claimed his own $1 million prize, won on LOTTO MAX.
February: A father and son
from Goodsoil, SK said their $1 million LOTTO MAX prize will help them keep
their family farm operating. Ill be able to help my dad on the
farm and not work for someone else for the rest of my life, the
younger man said.
March: A Winnipeg, MB woman
got the surprise of a lifetime when she checked her email on a quiet Sunday
morning. She had won $3.6 million! The lucky winner played LOTTO 6/49 through
Manitobas PlayNow.Com. I keep asking myself what I should do with
it, she told us. I dont need a new car or anything. So I
decided to try to help people.
April: A group of 21
co-workers in Calgary, AB were surprised by a phone call telling them
theyd won $1 million on their LOTTO 6/49 subscription. I felt like
the queen when I got to tell everyone we had won, the groups
spokesperson said. I got to make 20 peoples dreams come
May: A Calgary, AB resident
said she had so many dreams flying around after winning $1 million
on LOTTO MAX. But her very first plan for her winnings revolved around
something she knew would please her children most. Were getting a
puppy, she said.
June: A Thompson, MB man
hooked himself a winner when he played WESTERN MAX. He won $1 million, and he
knew exactly how he planned to use the windfall. You know that old
lottery commercial with the guys fishing? he asked. Thats
going to be me!
July: A $1 million LOTTO 6/49
windfall gave a Fort McMurray, AB resident a chance to give back to those who
had helped him through a difficult time. When he claimed his prize, he spoke
about the aid agencies that helped when his family was evacuated during the
wildfires only a few months before. We got a lot of help, he said.
Now Im going to return the favour.
August: A woman from Neville,
SK had a strong feeling she should check her lottery ticket. You know how
they say your hands itch when theres money coming your way? she
asked. Well, both my hands were itchy. Her feeling was right
the lucky player won $60 million on LOTTO MAX and became Saskatchewans
biggest-ever lottery winner.
September: A Calgary, AB
resident found good fortune on the menu at his birthday dinner. While out
celebrating with his daughter and her fiancé, he checked their shared
LOTTO 6/49 ticket and found theyd won $1 million.
October: One Winnipeg, MB
resident will only buy or check her lottery tickets if a particular clerk is on
duty. She and 23 of her co-workers will probably continue that practice after
their group LOTTO MAX ticket netted them $1 million.
November: My wife and I
have worked hard all our lives and sacrificed for our family, another
Edmonton, AB man said. He won the first-ever DAILY GRAND top prize of $1,000 a
day for life and opted to receive a single $7 million payment. The
winners priorities hadnt changed; he planned to use his win to help
his children build their future.
December: The small village
of Irma, AB hit the headlines in a big way when a local woman won a $50 million
LOTTO MAX prize. Like many lottery winners, her plans for the windfall were
modest. She said she planned to share with her family members, and she was
thinking of buying a new vehicle.
About Western Canada Lottery
Western Canada Lottery Corporation
(WCLC) is a non-profit organization authorized to manage, conduct and operate
lottery and gaming-related activities as agent for its Members, the governments
of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Yukon Territory, Northwest
Territories and Nunavut participate as associate members. WCLC works in
conjunction with the provincial and territorial marketing organizations:
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Manitoba Liquor
& Lotteries, Lotteries Yukon, and NWT & Nunavut Lotteries.
National games marketed by WCLC with
Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) include DAILY GRAND, LOTTO MAX and
LOTTO 6/49. In addition, WCLC offers regional games as authorized by its
Members including: WESTERN 649, WESTERN MAX, EXTRA, PICK 3, SPORT SELECT, KENO,
and a variety of SCRATCH 'N WIN games.
SOURCE: Western Canada Lottery
Lottery Operator ZEAL Network SE Joins EGBA
BRUSSELS, Belgium (January 9, 2017)
-- The EGBA and ZEAL Network SE are pleased to announce that ZEAL has joined
EGBA as its newest member as of 1. January 2017.
Dr Helmut Becker, CEO of ZEAL
Network SE, said: I am looking forward to working with EGBA. There is
increasing consumer demand for modern online lottery products and there are
signs across Europe of changing regulation. Together with EGBA we will work for
more consistent and coherent regulation across all markets and all gambling
segments, regulation which benefits the consumer and increases state
Todays announcement of the
membership of ZEAL Network SE follows EGBA welcoming OVWG, the Austrian
association for betting and gambling (see link), as its third affiliate member
in December 2016.
Commenting on the membership of
ZEAL, Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, said: We are very
pleased that ZEAL Network SE has joined EGBA and we look forward to working
together. The addition of ZEAL Network SE to the EGBA partnership is a
testimony of our ability to attract a new generation of companies. Together, we
want to ensure Europe works towards attractive regulated markets that are
capable of channelling consumers and providing a high level of consumer
ZEAL Network SE is a holding company
with investments in a variety of businesses running under brands such as
Lottovate (www.lottovate.com), Lotto Network (www.lottonetwork.com), Ventura24
(www.ventura24.es), ZEAL Investments (www.zeal-investments.co.uk) and Tipp24
For more information, please
CONTACT: Sebastian Blohm, Global Head of Corporate & Legal Affairs, ZEAL
Network SE, E: sebastian.blohm@ZEAL-network.co.uk, Tel. +44 (0) 2037397120 or
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA, E: email@example.com Tel: +32 2
About ZEAL Network SE:
ZEAL is a holding company
specializing in the area of online lottery. They offer consumer facing products
as well as business to business solutions.
ZEAL Network SE is a London based
company, founded in Germany in 1999 as Tipp24 SE (renamed to ZEAL Network SE in
November 2014). Its shares are listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt
Stock Exchange and are included in the SDAX index. To date ZEAL hasgenerated
stakes of 2.5 billion euros and thus contributed over 650 million euros in
taxes and duties.
ZEAL holds equity interests in
several businesses: Lottovate runs digital lotteries and offers services to
other operators (www.lottovate.com). Lotto Network enables private business
partners to host their own branded lotto betting product
(www.lottonetwork.com). Ventura24 is a lottery ticket broker in Spain
(www.ventura24.es). ZEAL Investment is a seed-stage and scale-up investor
(www.zeal-investments.co.uk). Tipp24 offers consumer facing lottery betting
About the EGBA:
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic,
GVC/bwin.party, Expekt, Unibet, ZEAL Network. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming
Association (GBGA), Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) and the
Oesterreichische Vereinigung für Wetten und Glücksspiel (OVWG) are
affiliate members of EGBA. As a Brussels-based non-profit association, EGBA
promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to
participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe
and secure environment. While online gambling remains a smaller part of the
total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital
consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion
of the European digital economy with material spin-off effects towards other
digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA members have invested
more than 600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more
than 800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports
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Newly opened MGM National
Harbor brings in $41.9 million in less than one month
Baltimore, MD (January 5, 2017) --
Highlighted by the opening of MGM National Harbor, Maryland's six casinos
combined for a record-setting month in December 2016, generating $133,477,706
million in state-wide gaming revenue. December surpassed the previous revenue
record set in May 2016, when five casinos totalled $104,351,219 million.
MGM National Harbor in Prince
George's County, which held its grand opening on Dec. 8, generated $41,934,028
from both slot machines and table games in just over three weeks.
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
MGM National Harbor's contribution
to the Education Trust Fund in December was $12,624,344. December 2016
contributions to the state from all six Maryland casinos are documented in the
attached spreadsheets and available online (click
"We anticipated that December
would be a record-breaking month, and we are tremendously enthusiastic about
the future of Maryland's casino program," said Maryland Lottery and Gaming
Director Gordon Medenica. "MGM National Harbor is an outstanding facility in an
ideal location, and we are confident that its success will fuel the continued
growth of revenue that supports vital state programs."
Gross gaming revenue per unit per
day in December at MGM National Harbor was: $313.59 for slot machines,
$5,343.76 for banked table games and $1,508.57 for non-banked table games. MGM
National Harbor operates 3,237 slot machines and 165 (126 banked and 39
non-banked) table games.
While the opening of MGM National
Harbor attracted local, national and international attention, three of
Marylands first five casinos Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Casino at
Ocean Downs and Rocky Gap Casino Resort saw their revenues increase in
December. Hollywood Casino Perryville and Maryland Live Casino saw
decreases compared to December of 2015.
Given the intense spotlight
on the opening of MGM National Harbor, the December numbers for Marylands
other casinos are in line with our expectations, and were pleased to see
the increases at Ocean Downs, Rocky Gap and especially Horseshoe,
Medenica said. I am confident that as our casino program continues to
evolve, each of the six casinos will establish its unique presence in the
With MGM operating for only a
partial month, Maryland Live Casino continued to generate the states
highest revenue, totalling $48,032,057 from both slot machines and table games
in December. Maryland Lives gross gaming revenue per unit per day was:
$255.60 for slot machines, $3,116.84 for banked table games and $1,160.97 for
non-banked table games. December 2016 revenue at Maryland Live decreased by
$6,152,008, or 11.4%, from December 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,906
slot machines and 209 (157 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated
$29,749,282 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $235.53 for slot machines, $2,755.31 for banked
table games and $649.09 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casinos
December 2016 revenue increased by $2,485,682, or 9.1%, from December 2015.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 179 (154 banked and
25 non-banked) table games.
Hollywood Casino Perryville
generated $6,094,963 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross
gaming revenue per unit per day was: $191.41 for slot machines, $2,585.42 for
banked table games and $357.88 for non-banked table games. Hollywood
Casinos December 2016 revenue decreased by $244,861, or 3.9%, from
December 2015. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 20
(12 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.
Casino at Ocean Downs generated
$4,117,633 from slot machines in December, and its gross gaming revenue per
unit per day was $165.83. Casino at Ocean Downs December 2016 revenue
increased by $238,272, or 6.1%, from December 2015. The Casino at Ocean Downs
operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated
$3,549,744 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $145.40 for slot machines and $1,058.85 for
banked table games. This facility does not have non-banked table games. Rocky
Gap Casino Resorts December 2016 revenue increased by $38,898, or 1.1%,
from December 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 662 slot machines and 17
In a year-to-year comparison,
December 2016 casino revenue increased from December 2015 by $38,300,011, or
40.2%. In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, December
2016 revenue decreased by 3,634,017, or 3.8%. See the attached document for a
detailed breakdown of December 2016s fund disbursement, fiscal
year-to-date totals for the individual casinos and combined state total.
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.
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and
Pennsylvania Lottery Offers Tips to Avoid Newly Reported
Lottery (January 10, 2017) -- In the wake of a newly reported email scam,
the Pennsylvania Lottery is again cautioning consumers to be wary of emails,
phone calls and social media messages from scammers posing as a "claim officer"
or "claim agent".
"These types of scams are quite
common and difficult to prosecute because the scammers are usually based
outside of the country," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.
"The Pennsylvania Lottery will only contact you if you have won a
second-chance drawing or giveaway into which you submitted an entry we
never call or email people at random."
The latest reported scam attempt is
an email that falsely claims to be from the Pennsylvania Lottery. It reads:
We happily announce to you the draw
of Pennsylvania Lottery program held this year 2017.
You have won 1,000,000 in cash and
prize (1 Million U S D ) from Pennsylvania Lottery online draw 2017.
Your Email Identity was one of the
selected email all over the world in the lottery draw and it comes out one of
the lucky winning number.
You are to contact claims Officer
via email below for claims procedures.
Mr Howard Boyer
The email includes a gmail.com email
address as well as a phone number with a 281 area code, neither of which are
associated with the Pennsylvania Lottery.
"Not only do we not have an
employee by that name, the typos and grammatical errors should stand out as red
flags to recipients that this email is, in fact, a scam," Svitko added.
"Should you receive it, do not reply to it."
Scammers will falsely claim to
represent a lottery organization, sometimes posing as real employees whose
names can be found through the Internet. Scammers will sometimes offer a "badge
number" or other made-up information to try to sound legitimate. They'll also
use the names of real lotteries and lottery games, including multi-state games
like Mega Millions®.
Many scam operators are located
offshore, beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement. Scammers will often set up
fake websites and telephone switchboards to hide their whereabouts, creating a
"spoofed" phone number which makes it appear on a caller ID display that a call
is coming from a real entity or a U.S. area code.
Warning signs of a scam include:
- If you are told to buy a pre-paid debit card to pay
an up-front "processing fee" or taxes this is a major hallmark of a
- If you are asked for personal financial
information, such as bank account routing numbers.
- If you're told the supposed prize is in pounds,
euros, or anything other than dollars.
- If an e-mail contains poor grammar or misspellings,
or if a caller states they are -- or sounds as if they could be -- calling from
outside the United States.
- If you are instructed to keep the news of your
supposed "win" a secret.
- If you are told that you can "verify" the prize by
calling a certain number. That number may be part of the scam. Instead of
calling it, look up the lottery or organization on your own to find out its
real contact information, then call and ask to speak with security.
"We always say that when in
doubt, check it out," Svitko said. "Our website contains a contact page
to help players reach our headquarters office. By looking it up on your own,
you're making sure you're reaching the right place."
The Pennsylvania Lottery's website,
www.palottery.com, offers a variety of Player Security tips to educate
consumers about ways to avoid email, telephone and social media scams.
The Federal Trade Commission has
more information on fake lottery and other scams at
www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams. To file a
complaint or get free information call toll-free, 1-877-382-4357. If you have
been the victim of a scam, contact your local police or sheriff's office or
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benefit older residents.
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SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery (http://www.palottery.com).
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Releases
December 2016 Index
LAS VEGAS, Nevada ( January 6, 2017)
- The AGEM Index ended 2016 on a positive note with the gains reported during
December 2016 largely offsetting losses experienced during November 2016. The
composite index stood at 321.28 points at the close of 2016, which represents
an increase of 13.14 points, or 4.26 percent, when compared to November 2016.
The AGEM Index reported a year-over-year increase for the 15th consecutive
month, rising 123.96 points, or 62.8 percent, when compared to December
During the latest period, seven of
the 13 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month increases
in stock price, with two up by more than 10 percent. Six manufacturers reported
decreases in stock price during the month.
On the year, positive performances
were posted by the majority of equipment suppliers. Galaxy Gaming (GLXZ) posted
the largest percentage gain, increasing by more than 200 percent. A handful of
players posted impressive 50-percent-plus gains during 2016, including the
following: Konami Corp., International Game Technology PLC, Scientific Games
Corporation, Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) and Crane Co.
The broader stock markets reported
positive results in the first full month following the election. The S&P
500 reported a month-to-month increase of 1.8 percent, rising to 2,238.83 at
year-end. Additionally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 3.3 percent
to 19,7652.60, while the NASDAQ increased 1.1 percent during the period to
Selected positive contributors to
the December 2016 AGEM Index included the following:
- Konami Corp (TYO: 9766) contributed 14.05 points
due to a 21.32 percent increase in stock price to ¥4,695.
- Ainsworth Gaming Technology (AGI) reported a stock
price of AU$2.11 (+16.57 percent) and contributed 0.87 points.
Selected negative contributors
included the following:
- With a stock price of $72.12 (-1.86 percent), Crane
Co (CR) contributed negative 0.98 points.
- Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) contributed
negative 0.78 points to the index due to a 5.08 percent decline in stock price
Technological advancements continue
to change the way in which the world functions. This is also true of the gaming
experience within the four walls of a traditional casino floor. Skill-based
gaming recently entered the market, and the expectation is that these
cutting-edge devices will not only enhance the gaming experience for existing
customers, but it will attract a whole new demographic.
Nevada legislators were quick to
recognize the possibilities of skill-based games when they approved legislation
in 2015 authorizing their use in casinos. However, Atlantic City casinos
recently unveiled the new technology on a live casino floor. In October of
2016, Caesars Entertainment launched skill-based games across all three of its
Atlantic City properties featuring a total of 21 gaming positions. Caesars
partnered with GameCo to bring its flagship game "Danger Arena" to the casino
floor. The arcade-style first-person shooter places players in an arena
environment tasked with destroying six robots. Payouts vary based on
achievements of the player. GameCo designed the game to have the same
return-to-player ratios as a traditional slot machine.
The cabinet is what GameCo calls a
Video Game Gambling Machine (VGM) and while the first-shooter concept is the
first type of skill-based game to hit the casino floor, numerous other types of
games are in development. The skill-based game model is also being applied to a
number of other genres such as action, adventure, sports, racing and
With the adoption of these games at
Caesars' properties, other Atlantic City operators have taken notice. In
December of 2016, Tropicana Atlantic City announced that it would also feature
nine gaming positions with GameCo's technology, bringing the total number of
positions in the area to 30. The performance of these initial units will likely
provide insight to a broader rollout.
Interestingly enough, the journey
for skill-based games in Atlantic City can be traced back to a free-throw
shooting competition at the Borgata in March of 2015. The tournament featured a
$20 buy-in with participants going head to head in a bracket format until a
group of finalists received a total of $10,000 in prize money. Players outcomes
were determined solely on physical skill with luck removed as a determinant of
The tournament was approved by the
New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as part of the "New Jersey First"
program. In an effort to bring innovation and rejuvenate the Atlantic City
region, New Jersey has been quick to approve new forms of gaming, bucking the
trend of New Jersey being the one of the last jurisdictions to approve a new
game or technology. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has offered
to review and potentially approve more contests like the free throw shooting
competition, expanding the potential game offerings for casinos in the
The AGEM Index
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 environment.
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 technology consulting.
AGEM Gold Members:
- Ainsworth Game Technology
- Aristocrat Technologies
- NOVOMATIC Group
- Everi Holdings Inc.
- International Game Technology PLC (IGT)
- Intralot S.A.
- Konami Gaming
- Merkur Gaming
- Sega Sammy Creation
- Scientific Games
CONTACT: Marcus Prater, Executive
Director, T: 702.812.6932, E:
SOURCE: AGEM press release
distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications.
Lottery Kicks Off King Cake Giveaway with its Mardi Gras
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (January 7,
2017) -- As King's Day officially kicks off carnival season today, the
Louisiana Lottery is highlighting the quintessential carnival treat on its
Mardi Gras scratch-offs the king cake. The two games, $1
Baby Cakes and $2 Carnival Deaux, incorporate photographic images of king cakes
from Cartozzo's Bakery, a gourmet wholesale and online bakery in Kenner, which
has been family-owned for four generations.
"Each year the Lottery produces
Mardi Gras scratch-off games that are some of our best-selling games during the
winter months," noted Lottery President Rose Hudson.
"In keeping with that tradition
and with our passion for partnering with other Louisiana businesses, we are
bringing the sugary goodness of Cartozzo's Bakery to our games; these tickets
truly do look good enough to eat!"
As part of the partnership, the
Lottery will offer visitors to its website,
www.louisianalottery.com/mardi-gras, the chance to enter to
win a large regular or filled Cartozzo's Bakery king cake and $20 worth of
scratch-offs from Jan. 15 to Feb. 12. To enter, fans will vote on their
favourite king cake flavour. Then from Feb. 13 to Feb. 26, a winner a day will
be announced in social media, with the king cake prize delivered to them.
It's incredibly exciting to
see your creation on the face of a Lottery ticket and know that thousands of
people across the state will be enjoying the game," said Angelo Cartozzo,
president of Cartozzo's Bakery. "We are honoured to be a part of the
Lotterys Mardi Gras promotion."
The Lotterys Mardi Gras games
feature top prizes ranging from $1,000 to $12,000. Full game details,
how-to-play instructions and prizes remaining can be found on the Lottery's
Lottery ticket purchasers and
promotional participants must be at least 21 years of age. For security
purposes, players are encouraged to sign the back of their tickets immediately
after purchasing. The Lottery also reminds players that anyone who has a
gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem are
encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help.
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules Regulations
BOSTON, Massachusetts (January 5,
2016) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment from
interested members of the public and its gaming licensees on questions posed at
its meeting on January 5, 2017, with respect to the Commission's promulgation
of regulations governing table game rules.
The questions are as follows:
- Will the Commission require that all games
(including so-called "standard" games) go through an approval process in order
to be authorized for play, or will it authorize particular games for play by
some other method (e.g., authorization by regulation)? If the Commission
does require an approval process for all games, what will that approval process
- Will the Commission publish written rules for the
"standard" games (g., poker, blackjack, craps, roulette)?
- What will be the application process for new table
game rules and modified table game rules? Will parties other than
licensees be permitted to submit applications?
- What will be the Commission's process for review
and approval of new and modified table game rules?
- Will the Commission publish table game rules in its
regulations, on its website, or in some other way?
- Will the Commission permit reciprocity for game
rules that have been approved in other jurisdictions? If so, will those
game rules then be completely exempt from an approval process or will they be
subject to a modified approval process?
the Table Games Memo presented during the meeting, click here:
Table Game Rules Memo
Please email comments to
'table game rules' in the subject line or send by mail to the Commission's
office at Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street - 12th Floor,
Boston, MA. The Commission will accept comments until the close of
business on Friday, January 13, 2016.
The mission of the Massachusetts
Gaming Commission is to create a fair, transparent, and participatory process
for implementing the expanded gaming law passed by the Legislature and signed
by the Governor in November, 2011.
SOURCE: Massachusetts Gaming