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Vol. 78 No4 - Monday January 23, 2017


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IGT Signs Agreement with Société De La Loterie Suisse Romande To Provide Aurora™ Lottery Technology And Services

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LONDON, U.K. (January 17, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) has announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Services Limited (with International Game Technology PLC, hereinafter "IGT") has signed an agreement with Société de la Loterie Suisse Romande ("Loterie Romande") to provide integrated Aurora™ suite of solutions and services to the Swiss market. This agreement is an amendment to an existing 10-year agreement effective through to 2023. Loterie Romande has been a valued customer of IGT, previously as legacy GTECH, since 1994.

"IGT's Aurora solution represents the next step in Loterie Romande's long history of innovation and delivering new and exciting games to our customers," said Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Loterie Romande CEO.

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"We look forward to leveraging Aurora's features and reliability for the benefit of the Romande region."

"This agreement represents the next evolution in the long-term partnership between IGT and Loterie Romande," said Declan Harkin, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, IGT International. "By providing IGT's new high-performance, high-reliability lottery platform, Loterie Romande will have the flexibility and dynamic, player-focused system that it needs to increase its customer base and revenues to good causes."

Under the new agreement, IGT will replace the current Enterprise Series™ system with the latest IGT Aurora™ product suite.

Loterie Romande will benefit from the modular Aurora design while providing a full retailer management and player integrated solution for draw games and instant ticket management.

Aurora will also provide faster time-to-market with game implementations that provide more variety for players, as well as a true omnichannel capability allowing seamless player journeys across retail and digital user experiences.

The solution is scheduled to launch in 2019.

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Proceeds generated from IGT's solution will increase the contributions LoRo provides to the Cantons, which benefit environmental causes and cultural events, and provide much-needed support for education and healthcare programs.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play.

We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees.

For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.

CONTACT:

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

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

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

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

West Virginia Lottery Celebrating 31 Years

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 9, 2017) -- The West Virginia Lottery is celebrating its 31st anniversary having produced more than $9 Billion in proceeds for the State of West Virginia. The Lottery has exceeded the most optimistic expectations from when sales began on January 9, 1986, with a single instant ticket named West Virginia Jackpot.

The West Virginia Lottery closed fiscal year 1985-86 with estimated sales of just more than $53 million and proceeds of $20 million that went to West Virginia’s General Revenue Fund.

Today, the Lottery produces more than $1.1 Billion in sales each year from more than 40 traditional lottery games, racetrack video lottery, limited video lottery, and table games.

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The Lottery also generates an estimated $520 million annually for West Virginia.

We are proud of the tremendous impact the West Virginia Lottery has made, and continues to make, in helping to support education, senior services and tourism in West Virginia,” Acting Lottery Director John Myers said.

I don’t think the most optimistic proponents of the Lottery Act could have imagined a return of more than $9 Billion in proceeds since inception. That is an accomplishment that all of our players, retailers and employees can take great pride in.”

Today, the State Legislature uses Lottery proceeds in a myriad of ways. Lottery proceeds are used to help fund new school construction, school improvements at every level, and the PROMISE Scholarship Program.

They also help fund important senior services, ranging from nutrition to in-home care, that improve the quality of life of thousands of West Virginia seniors each year.

Lottery proceeds are also used to help the state’s tourism industry, state parks, economic development, West Virginia veterans, and many other good causes.

In addition to the more than $9 Billion in proceeds to help support education, senior services, and the state’s growing tourism industry, West Virginia Lottery players have won more than $3 Billion in instant and draw game lottery prizes (this figure does not include video lottery and table games prizes).

SOURCE: The West Virginia Lottery.

 

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Scientific Games Completes Acquisition of DEQ Systems Corp.

DEQ's Table Product Portfolio Complementary and Accretive to Scientific Games' Robust End-To-End Solutions for the Entire Casino Floor

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 18, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games") today announced the successful completion of its acquisition of DEQ Systems Corp. (TSXV: DEQ) ("DEQ"). The acquisition of DEQ complements Scientific Games' innovative and expansive product portfolio for casinos, which includes a large library of proprietary table games, table progressives, electronic table systems and utility products for the casino pit.

Derik Mooberry, Scientific Games' Group Chief Executive of Gaming, said, "DEQ's table product portfolio, presently established in more than 300 casinos worldwide, expands the depth and breadth of our proprietary table games offering and table progressive systems solutions for casino operators."

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"The addition of DEQ's player-favorite and high-performing library of table games, table progressives, and random bonusing systems, including EZ Baccarat® and Progressive Pai Gow Poker, will enhance our recurring revenue base and add even more depth and breadth to our Shuffle Master® portfolio of games and table solutions.”

Mooberry added that Scientific Games is especially excited about EZ Baccarat — the world's leading baccarat brand with over 800 table games in 150 casinos across the globe.

The transaction will be accretive to Scientific Games' earnings and operating cash flow.

Advisors on the Transaction

McMillan LLP is acting as legal counsel to Scientific Games. Union Gaming Securities, LLC is acting as financial advisor to DEQ, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is acting as legal counsel to DEQ.

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

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

VP, Corporate Communications

+ 702-532-7981

Susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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LOTTO24 AG Report Very Strong Fiscal Year 2016 with 399 Thousand New Customers

HAMBURG, Germany (January 10, 2017) -- According to preliminary estimates, Lotto24 AG has again exceeded the guidance it already upgraded in October last year due to a further very favourable jackpot development - especially of the EuroJackpot lottery: in the fourth quarter of 2016, billings reached around EUR 59.0 million (prior year: EUR 35.3 million) and thus grew year on year by about 67%, according to preliminary estimates. With a preliminary figure of EUR 6.9 million (prior year: EUR 3.6 million), revenues even rose by around 95% in the fourth quarter of 2016. For fiscal year 2016 as a whole, billings and revenues thus grew by approximately 47% to EUR 200.5 million (prior year: EUR 136.3 million) and around 67% to EUR 22.6 million (prior year: EUR 13.5 million) respectively, according to preliminary estimates.

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Due in part to the successful roll-out of lotto clubs in 2016, gross margin improved to 11.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016 (prior year: 10.1%) and thus stood at 11.3% for 2016 as a whole (prior year: 9.9%).

With a preliminary figure of 113 thousand new customers in the fourth quarter of 2016 alone (prior year: 56 thousand) - corresponding to growth of around 102% - Lotto24 once again succeeded in raising the number of new customers in fiscal year 2016 by around 10% to 399 thousand (prior year: 361 thousand), according to preliminary calculations. As of 31 December 2016, the number of registered customers thus totalled 1,282 thousand (prior year: 883 thousand).

Cost per lead (CPL) of EUR 27.13 in 2016 was well below the prior-year figure of EUR 32.99. This trend was helped by a CPL of EUR 26.85 in the fourth quarter (prior year: EUR 37.19).

Based on preliminary calculations, there was a significant improvement in EBIT to EUR -3.9 million (prior year: EUR -13.4 million) and in net profit to EUR -2.3 million (prior year: EUR -10.8 million), due in particular to the strong revenue trend and reduced marketing expenditure of EUR 10.8 million (prior year: EUR 11.9 million).

In 2017, Lotto24 AG plans to extend its market leadership as an online provider of state-licensed lotteries and continue its sustainable growth strategy. The company expects jackpot effects to be lower than in the previous year and thus anticipates a significant reduction in marketing expenditure, with much lower new customer figures and higher CPL. Lotto24 also expects to raise billings by 15% to 20% with a stable gross margin compared to the previous year. Depending on external conditions - especially the jackpot trend - and marketing investments to attract new customers, EBIT is expected to slightly exceed break-even; net profit will be clearly above the break-even point.

The Annual Report 2016 is to be published on 30 March 2017.

SOURCE: LOTTO24 AG.

 

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Florida Lottery Celebrates 29 Years of Winning Moments

More than $30 billion contributed to education

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 12, 2017) -- Today marks the Florida Lottery’s 29th year in operation, with another year of record sales and record contributions to education.  In fiscal year 2016, the Lottery broke all previous records, enjoying more than $6 billion in sales and $1.67 billion in contributions to education.  The Florida Lottery is also the primary funding source for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program which has enabled more than 750,000 students to attend college since the program’s inception in 1997.

Additionally, Governor Scott’s support of the Lottery and strong commitment to education has resulted in 29 percent of all education contributions since start-up, occurring since he took office in January 2011.

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Over the past 29 years, the Florida Lottery has firmly established itself as a dependable funding source for public education, contributing more than $1 billion annually for each of the past 14 consecutive fiscal years, and averaging more than $100 million each month in 2016.

Twenty-nine years ago, we set out to bring the fun and excitement of winning to Florida and we are proud of our successes through the years because they have allowed more Florida students the opportunity for a great education,” said Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

We celebrate our 29th year, and thank our players and our retailers for making this anniversary our best one yet,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Delacenserie.

The Florida Lottery reinvests approximately 99 percent of its revenue back into the state's economy, with $1.67 billion generated for education last year, more than $3.9 billion paid to prize winners, and $342 million in retailer bonuses and commissions paid to Florida businesses.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

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

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

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires.

For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

 

Governor-elect Appoints West Virginia Lottery Director

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 15, 2017) – Today, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that he appointed Alan Larrick director of the West Virginia Lottery.

Alan Larrick has practiced law for 38 years in Beckley, WV. He earned his undergraduate degree and his law degree from West Virginia University.

Larrick was partner in the law firm of Ragland and Larrick. He remained there until 1996 when he formed Larrick Law Offices.

Mr. Larrick was appointed to the Board of Directors of  First State Bank and Trust in 1994 and subsequently served on the regional board of directors of City National Bank.

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He has served as the president and treasurer of the Raleigh County Bar Association. He has served as president of the Raleigh County Chapter of the West Virginia Alumni Association. 

In addition, he has served on the Beckley YMCA Board of Directors. He resides in Daniels, West Virginia with his wife Renee.

Alan Larrick will be a real asset to our administration and help bring the West Virginia Lottery to new heights,” said Governor-elect Jim Justice.

I’ve known Alan for a long time and he knows how to think big. I want everyone working in my administration to bring fresh ideas to the table in order to make state government more efficient and Alan will help us get there.”

It’s truly an honor to serve West Virginia and I am humbled to have the opportunity to help Governor-elect Justice make our state number one,” said Alan Larrick.

I hope to bring my private sector experience to this post and make the West Virginia Lottery as successful as possible.

SOURCE: Governor-elect Jim Justice news release.

 

 

Great Start to the New Year for Ainsworth Shareholders

Status of Head of Terms between NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (January 12, 2017) – In the process of NOVOMATIC AG (“NOVOMATIC”) obtaining minority shareholders’ approval for the acquisition of approximately 53% of the ordinary shares in Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd (“AGT”) held by Mr LH Ainsworth, several head of terms were signed.

Those that became effective upon the minority shareholders’ approval at the Shareholders Meeting (GM), which took place in June 2016, are progressing well. AGT Chief Executive Officer, Danny Gladstone, announced today: “Our respective game design departments continue to work hard on the exchange of game assets to successfully integrate NOVOMATIC’s successful games onto our platforms and vice versa. I am happy to say that the cooperation is working very well and we are looking forward to the positive prospects of the future relationship.”

The online gaming license agreement between Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH (“GREENTUBE”), a 100% indirect affiliate company of NOVOMATIC, and AGT has concluded. This will enable the distribution of AGT’s slot games using AGT’s remote gaming server via the GREENTUBE supplied online casinos within the Americas and Europe. In addition, AGT has entered into a license agreement which enables AGT the use of the Novo Remote Gaming System (powered by GREENTUBE) for faster distribution of AGT slot games in various European markets.

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NOVOMATIC UK LTD, the exclusive distributor of Ainsworth products in Europe, has placed orders to complete the purchase of 1,000 gaming kits as per the head of terms in AGT’s 2017 financial year for the European market. As part of the agreement, an additional 1,000 gaming kits will be ordered in AGT’s 2018 financial year. NOVOMATIC Chief Executive Officer Harald Neumann has emphasized that in the short period since the GM, the two companies have not only significantly realized the head of terms, but also the strategic planning for their shared future once NOVOMATIC becomes the majority shareholder of AGT. Mr Neumann is, therefore, looking forward to joining AGT’s Board in February 2017. Both companies are currently undergoing the required gaming authorities’ licensing approvals before completion of the acquisition.

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 28,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 235,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

About Ainsworth

Ainsworth Game Technology is a premier manufacturer of global gaming products committed to a culture of quality, innovation and excellence. Ainsworth distributes a range of gaming products, entertaining standalone progressives and linked games through its sales offices and distributors in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, USA and Europe. Ainsworth is an Australian publicly listed company (code: AGI) headquartered in Newington, Sydney, Australia.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC.

 

 

Texas Lottery Launches San Antonio Spurs Scratch Ticket

New game offers chance to win a trip for two to the NBA All-Star 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (January 17, 2017) – The Texas Lottery has partnered with the San Antonio Spurs to bring basketball fans a new $5 scratch ticket that offers more than $10.2 million in total prizes, three top prizes of $100,000 and a chance to win a trip for two to the NBA All-Star 2018.

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The scratch ticket is available now at licensed Texas Lottery® retail locations.

We are excited to partner with the San Antonio Spurs to offer a scratch ticket game that is sure to be a slam dunk for our players,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

The assist the Texas Lottery provides to public education and veteran’s assistance is a guaranteed winner and we’re thrilled to support their mission,” said Jeanne Garza, senior director of marketing partnerships for Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

Players that do not win instantly can enter non-winning tickets into one of four promotional second-chance drawings. One lucky winner per drawing will win a trip for two to the NBA All-Star 2018.

Trip for two to the NBA All-Star 2018 includes:

  • Round-trip coach airfare for two in the continental United States to Los Angeles, California
  • One standard hotel room for three nights
  • $1,000 spending money
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport and hotel
  • Two tickets to the NBA All-Star Saturday Night 2018 and the 2018 NBA All-Star Game
  • One merchandise prize pack

 

In addition to the NBA All-Star 2018 trip prizes, 242 San Antonio Spurs merchandise prize packs, each valued at $595, will be given away per drawing.

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These packages include an array of San Antonio Spurs branded merchandise including: framed memorabilia, neon desk lamps, tumblers, insulated cooler backpacks and more.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $25 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $50 billion in prizes to lottery players.

Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $19 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $68 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games.

For more information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.

CONTACT: Media Relations, 512-344-5131, E: mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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Hoosier Lottery Hits the BULLSEYE with Quick Draw

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (January 15, 2017) -- Today, the Hoosier Lottery launches a new game enhancement for Quick Draw called BULLSEYE.

BULLSEYE gives Quick Draw players the chance to win up to $200,000 more in each drawing. Players can add BULLSEYE to their Quick Draw purchase for just $1. If any of their Quick Draw numbers match the BULLSEYE number, they are a winner. BULLSEYE prize winnings are based on how many of the player’s Quick Draw numbers match the numbers drawn.

Players can ask for Quick Draw with BULLSEYE at any Hoosier Lottery retailer. They choose their wager amount of $1, $2, $3, or $5, then select ten numbers from 1 to 80, or they can ask for a Quick Pick. Drawings occur twice daily.

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Players win Quick Draw prizes by matching 0 numbers or at least 5 or more numbers to the 20 winning numbers drawn.

Twice a day players have a shot at winning prizes up to $2,000,000 on Quick Draw with a $5 wager! If a player’s ticket does not match any of the Quick Draw numbers, they still win a free ticket. Quick Draw is easy to play and fun to win. Watch the Quick Draw with BULLSEYE how-to-play video by clicking here.

Now by popular demand, Quick Draw players can select the drawing of their choice. Whether midday, evening or both drawings, Quick Draw players can play their way.

Players can find out if they won by checking their ticket with the free Hoosier Lottery Mobile App or by going to a Hoosier Lottery retailer.

They can also visit hoosierlottery.com to sign up for myLOTTERY and receive winning number alerts by email or text.

Estimated Overall Odds for Quick Draw are 1 in 9.1. Estimated Overall Odds for BULLSEYE are 1 in 8.0. Estimated Overall Odds for EZ match are 1 in 5.1.

Click here to download the Hoosier Lottery Mobile App. Click here for hi-resolution images.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit: www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery Sr. Manager of Public Relations, T: 317-264-4676 office, E: jgrider@hoosierlottery.com.

SOURCE: The Hoosier lottery.

 

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FDJ and the LFP Extend and Strengthen Their Partnership for 4 Years, around the Parions Sport Brand

FRANCE (January 11, 2017) -- La Française des Jeux (FDJ) and the Professional Football League (LFP), partners since 2009, are strengthening their partnership for the next 4 seasons until 30/06/2020.

FDJ is the Major Partner of the League Cup, Official Partner of Ligue 1 and Domino's Ligue 2 and Official Partner of the Trophée des Champions.

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For the first time, this partnership will highlight the sports betting brand "Parions Sport" by FDJ, and will be accompanied by an ambitious digital activation program, but also at points of sale, in and around stadiums, intended to To support the activity of sports betting of FDJ in point of sale and on line.

This partnership is part of the new FDJ sponsorship strategy, which prioritizes two major areas of expression for the general public through cycling and football.

Continuing the actions initiated in the previous partnership (2012-2016), the LFP and FDJ will continue to promote the integrity of professional football in sensitizing stakeholders and the public relating to the LFP on the risks of manipulation encounters e n link Sports betting. These awareness sessions will be aimed at clubs (players, coaches, training centers, etc.) as well as other audiences such as integrity delegates or referees. Ten sessions will be held each season.

The FDJ will also accompany the LFP in its societal initiatives. Within the framework of the FDJ program "Sport Pour Elles" initiated by Stéphane Pallez, President and CEO of FDJ, a series of actions will be devoted to the development of women's sport. Finally, other societal actions to promote the practice of women's sports will also be conducted by FDJ with the Fondaction du Football.

SOURCE: LFP Press Release.

 

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Connecticut Lottery’s Play3 Night Draws Triple Digits 7-7-7 on January 11, 2017

$1,663,600 in Total Prizes to be Awarded

ROCKY HILL, CT (January 12, 2017) – Triple 7’s for the start of 2017!  Lucky Connecticut players were treated to the Play3 Night numbers 7-7-7 drawn on January 11, 2017. 

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The popular numbers ironically match the CT Lottery headquarters address of 777 Brook Street in Rocky Hill!

Statewide, a total of 3,983 winning Play3 Night tickets were sold on January 11th - After all winning tickets are presented for claim, $1,663,600 in prize money will be paid out by the CT Lottery.

Since the Play3 Night game began, 7-7-7 has been drawn a total of 14 times in the nightly drawing with the last combination being picked on July 4, 2013. 

Because Play3 prize payouts are based upon the amount wagered, players who had 7-7-7 on their Play3 Night tickets for January 11, 2017 can expect to win from $25 up to $2,500 per wager in prize money.

Though the bulk of winners will most likely redeem their tickets in the next few days, players with winning tickets have 180 calendar days from the date of draw to collect their winnings.  The Lottery encourages all winners to redeem their tickets promptly.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.

For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700.  

CONTACTS:  Linda Tarnowski, (860) 713-2701 or Derek Wong (860) 713-2702.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery.

 

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For First Time in Nearly Four Years, Cash 5 Jackpot Tops $1 Million

RALEIGH, North Carolina (January 12, 2017) --The Cash 5 jackpot has reached the $1 million mark for the first time in nearly four years.

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If just one ticket matches all five numbers, it would place whoever bought it among the game’s biggest winners ever.

The estimated jackpot is $1,010,000. But, depending on ticket sales, the actual amount could be even larger.

The last time the jackpot surpassed $1 million, it led to the biggest single jackpot winner in the game’s history. Homer Buffaloe, a farmer from Zebulon, won $1.14 million in March 2013.

The current jackpot run began with the drawing held on New Year’s Eve. It is only the fourth time in more than 10 years that a jackpot has rolled into seven-figure territory.

The biggest Cash 5 jackpot ever was $1.35 million. It was split by three lucky tickets that matched all five numbers in May 2011.

Cash 5 jackpots start at $50,000 and grow until one or more tickets beat odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in a drawing.

Ticket sales for games like Carolina Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars a year for education.

To see how the funds support specific programs in every county, visit nclottery.com and click on the “For Education” page.

CONTACT: Chris Bushnell, Phone: (919) 301-3312.

SOURCE: North Carolina Education Lottery.

 

 

The Florida Lottery is Giving Players Four New Ways to Strike it Doubly Rich!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 17, 2017) -- Following the success of the newest $20 Scratch-Off game, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, the Florida Lottery today introduced the GOLD RUSH DOUBLER family of Scratch-Off games. The four new games range in price from $1 to $10, and feature more than $508 million in cash prizes and more than 43 million winning tickets! All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

The $10 game, $2,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, offers more than $206.5 million in prizes and more than 8.2 million winning tickets. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.41.

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The $5 game, $500,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, offers more than $182.8 million in prizes, including 44 top prizes of $500,000. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.98.

The $2 game, $50,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, has more than 12 million winning tickets and over $81.9 million in total cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.69.

The $1 game, $10,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, offers more than $28 million in total cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.

Four drawings will be held between February 9 and April 13, 2017, for non-winning GOLD RUSH DOUBLER tickets entered into the Doubly Rich Second Chance Promotion. In each of the four drawings, one player will win $25,000, three players will win $10,000, and 20 players will win $1,000. Players can also earn 25 extra entries per drawing by entering a special social media promo code that will be posted to the Florida Lottery’s official Instagram page during each of the draw periods. For more information about these games and the second chance promotion, visit www.flalottery.com.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).

 

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Powerball® Jackpot Winners Claim $121.6 Million Prize in Historic Drawing

DOVER, Delaware (January 17, 2017) -- One lucky couple from Pennsylvania will start 2017 with a $121.6 million prize after matching all five white balls plus the red POWERBALL® in the December 17, 2016, drawing. The man and woman, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket at Selbyville Goose Creek, a subsidiary of Cato Gas & Goose Creek Food Stores, located at 38452 DuPont Blvd. in Selbyville, Delaware.

The man, who has been playing the Delaware Lottery since its inception in 1975, normally plays POWERBALL® and MEGA MILLIONS® when the jackpots get large. For years, he has played the same numbers. He originally bought a POWERBALL® Quick Pick ticket a long time ago and liked those numbers, so he stuck with them ever since. It finally paid off. 

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I figured it only takes one ticket to win,” said the man. “I went to the machine and scanned my ticket, and all these numbers came up. I have never seen that many zeroes in my life! Once reality set in, my first reaction was to cry. I walked out of the store in tears and returned to my wife who was waiting for me in the car.

He came to the car and had tears on his face,” said the woman. “I didn’t know what to think at first, but then he said anxiously, ‘We are millionaires!’ I was so confused I didn’t believe him and thought he was joking, so I made him double check the numbers on his phone, and we got the same results.

The winners selected the $72.1 million cash option and told Lottery officials they already have big plans for their prize money. “This is just such a great experience, and we don’t want to spend the money foolishly,” said the woman.

I have strong feelings toward education and would want to make donations to schools or other charities in the future. We’ve also had our eyes on an RV. Since we travel a lot, it would be perfect for our family.”

In addition, the man told Lottery officials it has always been a dream of his to own a hot rod, and he may get one down the road.

This drawing represents the second-highest Delaware jackpot winner on a single ticket. The highest was in 2004, when a winner of the $214.7 million jackpot took the cash option of $116.9 million.

Winning is not going to change me,” said the woman. “I told him I don’t want us to be different because of the money. We are very blessed to win.

The winning numbers for the December 17 drawing were 01, 08, 16, 57 and 67. The POWERBALL® number was 09, and the Power Play number was 2x.

The winners claimed their prize (less 25 percent after federal tax) at Delaware Lottery Headquarters in Dover on Friday, January 13, 2017.

About the Delaware Lottery:

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Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.7 billion to the state’s General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno®, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery, and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations and from the Lottery’s office in Dover.

Winner privacy is our policy.

The Delaware Lottery publishes winner names only with their consent.

About POWERBALL®

POWERBALL® drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, 9:59 p.m. Central Time, 8:59 p.m. Mountain Time and 7:59 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information about POWERBALL®, please visit www.powerball.com.

The 47 U.S. lotteries where POWERBALL® is available are: Arizona Lottery, Arkansas Lottery, California Lottery, Colorado Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, D.C. Lottery & CGCB, Delaware State Lottery, Florida Lottery, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Hoosier Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Illinois Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Loteria Electronica de Puerto Rico, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Maine Lottery, Maryland Lottery, Massachusetts Lottery, Michigan Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery, Nebraska Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery Commission, New Jersey Lottery, New Mexico Lottery Authority, New York Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, North Dakota Lottery, Ohio Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, South Carolina Education Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery, Texas Lottery, U.S. Virgin Islands Lottery, Vermont Lottery, Virginia Lottery, Washington Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery, Wyoming Lottery, and the West Virginia Lottery. POWERBALL® is owned by the Multi-State Lottery Association, which is a government-benefit, nonprofit association owned and operated by 37 member lotteries.

POWERBALL® and Power Play® are registered trademarks of the Multi-State Lottery Association.

CONTACT: Vernon A. Kirk, Director, Delaware Lottery, T: (302) 739-5291.

SOURCE: Delaware Lottery.

 

 

IGT Wins Seven-Year Contract to Provide Video Lottery Terminals, Central System, Site Controllers, Games and Operational Services to Svenska Spel in Sweden

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LONDON, U.K. (January 18, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Canada Solutions ULC (with International Game Technology PLC, hereinafter "IGT" or "the Company"), has signed a contract to provide Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), a VLT Central System, site controllers, games, and operational services to AB Svenska Spel in Sweden ("Svenska Spel") as part of a competitive procurement process. IGT, as legacy GTECH, has been providing video lottery products and support services to Svenska Spel, operator of the Swedish national lottery and a World Lottery Association member, since 1996.

"Throughout the last two decades, we've successfully supported and enhanced Svenska Spel's approach to protecting players while creating advanced solutions to meet their business objectives," said Walter Bugno, CEO, IGT International.

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"This contract will help to ensure that Svenska Spel continues to responsibly grow and remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. It will help to increase player engagement, ensure the long-term sustainability of their offering, and provide a safe gaming experience for their players, which is the cornerstone of Svenska Spel's program."

The contract, which commenced on Jan. 9, 2017, is for seven years with the possibility of one-year extensions for up to three subsequent years, for a maximum term of 10 years. Under the contract term, Svenska Spel has agreed to a minimum 6,000 Quasar® VLTs, the INTELLIGEN™ Central System, a minimum 2,000 IGT site controllers, and more than 60 games. Operational services include continuous, 24/7 operation of the Gaming System, including VLTs, site controllers, and games from IGT's market-leading omnichannel content portfolio.

The newest member of the IGT VLT product family, the sleek, modern Quasar VLT features large, 23-inch LCD screens supporting full HD graphics; a 10.1-inch multi-touch button panel; and ergonomically comfortable design suited for players at any height.

The latest version of the INTELLIGEN Central System incorporates a proven architectural design with the latest technology available, maximizing system performance and reliability. It is designed to support growth and remain current through the evolution of technology, and is based on commercially-proven deployments in high-transaction environments.

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The solution includes robust Responsible Gaming (RG) tools that are intuitive for players and provide a transparent, realistic context for gaming through features such as tutorials, information on odds and payouts, as well as an information section that dispels gambling myths. With it, players can set both time and monetary spending limits for multiple time periods.

Svenska Spel will also receive the new, market-leading INTELLIGEN Advanced Business Intelligence value-added module, which provides data that helps quickly identify trends and provide useful insights to improve all aspects of business performance in the network.

IGT's site controller and retailer terminal includes a modern, tablet-style touch-screen display; a small footprint that minimizes space requirements; and a sleek product design.

In addition to supplying Svenska Spel's VLT wide area network operation, IGT, as legacy GTECH subsidiary Boss Media, began providing Svenska Spel with fully customizable poker software in 2006. Svenska Spel also uses IGT's Casinolink® system and IGT slot machines at its land-based casinos.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.

CONTACT:

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

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

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

SOURCE: IGT.

 




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