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New Cash Ball 225 Game Helps Mark Kentucky’s 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 event.

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.

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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 Lottery

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 Lottery.

 

 

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 state’s 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 corporation’s 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.

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  • 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 Corporation’s 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 game’s highest jackpot to date.
  • April 6: Following the early loan payoff in January, WyoLotto made its first revenue transfer to the Wyoming State Treasurer’s 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 WyoLotto’s 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 giveaway winner.
  • 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 WyoLotto’s game offerings. To add even more excitement to the game’s introduction, WyoLotto announced the Trip of a Lifetime giveaway, which will send a winner and their guest to Ireland in 2017.
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In a year of highlights, there was also sadness for WyoLotto and the state of Wyoming. Brian Scott Gamroth, an integral part of WyoLotto’s history, was killed in a motorcycle accident near Lewistown, Montana. Brian was the founding chairman of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors and was a key figure in WyoLotto’s early success. His loss was felt by many, including the thousands of listeners who tuned into Brian’s daily morning show on K2 radio.

Apart from Brian Scott Gamroth’s death, 2016 was a banner year for the Wyoming Lottery Corporation and WyoLotto players. With the launch of a new game and WyoLotto’s 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 Wyoming’s economy and a signature element of the state’s 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 beyond.

To see the year in review in video form, click here.

SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery Corporation.

 

 

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 magazine’s “The Best Of Slots 2016”.

 

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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 MACHINE

 

FAVORITE VIDEO SLOT MACHINE

  • 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 ROUND

  • 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 ROUND

  • Quick Hit – Second Place
  • Reel 'em In® – Third Place
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ – Fourth Place

 

FAVORITE PROGRESSIVE SLOT MACHINE

  • 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 customers."

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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 it.

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.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

+1 702-532-7663

E: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

Vice President, Corporate Communications

+1 702-532-7981

E: susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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Lotto 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."

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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 high-ways.

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.

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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 Baden

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 havens

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

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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.

SOURCE: Lotto Baden-Württemberg.

 

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St. Patrick’s 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 Lottery’s ninth annual St. Patrick’s Day Raffle began Sunday, Jan. 1. Each St. Patrick’s Day ticket costs $10.

Prizes for the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle include:

  • One $1 million top prize
  • 300 prizes of $500
  • 1,500 prizes of $100
  • Special Offer – Free Megabucks Ticket
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Every Friday from 5-7 p.m. beginning Friday, Jan. 6, when someone buys a St. Patrick’s Day Raffle ticket, they will receive a free $1 Megabucks ticket for the next day’s Megabucks drawing. This offer will be available every Friday while there are still remaining St. Patrick’s Day Raffle tickets.

The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day – Friday, Mar. 17. To check the winning numbers for the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle, players can go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

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.

Raffle History

  • The 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Raffle was the Lottery’s first Raffle game
  • Chuck Mikes of Camas, WA was the first $1 million top prize winner
  • The 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Raffle is the ninth St. Patrick’s 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. Patrick’s 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 www.oregonlottery.org.

SOURCE: The Oregon Lottery.

 

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2016: 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 less.

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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

 

Canada’s 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, there’s 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 winner’s 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 winner’s experience gives each story its own unique shape.

Highlights from a year of lottery millionaires

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 PLAYER’S 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. “I’ll 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 Manitoba’s PlayNow.Com. “I keep asking myself what I should do with it,” she told us. “I don’t 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 they’d won $1 million on their LOTTO 6/49 subscription. “I felt like the queen when I got to tell everyone we had won,” the group’s spokesperson said. “I got to make 20 people’s dreams come true.”

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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. “We’re 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. “That’s 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 I’m 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 there’s 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 Saskatchewan’s 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 they’d 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 winner’s priorities hadn’t 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 Corporation (WCLC)

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 Corporation (WCLC).

 

 

Online 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 welfare.”

Today’s 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 protection.”

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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 (www.tipp24.com).

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: maarten.haijer@egba.eu Tel: +32 2 554.08.90

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 products (www.tipp24.com).

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 streaming rights.

www.egba.eu

SOURCE: EGBA.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate Record-Breaking $133.5 Million in Revenue During December

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 state’s horse racing industry.

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 HERE).

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"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 Maryland’s 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 Maryland’s other casinos are in line with our expectations, and we’re 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 marketplace.”

With MGM operating for only a partial month, Maryland Live Casino continued to generate the state’s highest revenue, totalling $48,032,057 from both slot machines and table games in December. Maryland Live’s 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.

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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 Casino’s 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 Casino’s 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 Resort’s December 2016 revenue increased by $38,898, or 1.1%, from December 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 662 slot machines and 17 table games.

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 2016’s 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 state’s 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 Gaming.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Offers Tips to Avoid Newly Reported Scam

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania 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:

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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 scam.
  • 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.

 

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"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 state police.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.

Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older.

Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win.

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SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery (http://www.palottery.com).

 

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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 2015.

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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 5,383.12.

 

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 to $14.00.

 

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 fighting.

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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 outcome.

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 region.

The AGEM Index
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 14 global gaming suppliers throughout the world. A total of 9 suppliers are based in the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange, one on the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange. The index is computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization. Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.

About AGEM
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.

AGEM Index
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:

  • AGS
  • 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: Email Contact.

SOURCE: AGEM press release distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications.

 

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Lottery Kicks Off King Cake Giveaway with its Mardi Gras Games

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.

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"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 Lottery’s Mardi Gras promotion."

The Lottery’s 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 website.

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.

 

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A 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:

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  1. 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 be?
  2. Will the Commission publish written rules for the "standard" games (g., poker, blackjack, craps, roulette)?
  3. 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?
  4. What will be the Commission's process for review and approval of new and modified table game rules?
  5. Will the Commission publish table game rules in its regulations, on its website, or in some other way?
  6. 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?

 

To view the Table Games Memo presented during the meeting, click here: Table Game Rules Memo

 

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with '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 Commission.

 






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