9M-on-9M Global Lottery Growth Up 4.9%; Sales Driven by North
America, Asia Pacific, and Europe
Edging up from a
half-year on half-year increase in sales of 4.5%, lotteries around the world
continued to gain momentum in the third quarter of 2016, resulting in an
aggregate increase in sales of 4.9% for the period JanuarySeptember 2016,
as against JanuarySeptember 2015. Nine-month on nine-month sales were up
sharply in Africa, and were also up in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe.
Sales in Latin America held steady.
BASEL, Switzerland (February 1,
2017) -- Edging up from a half-year on half-year increase in sales of 4.5%,
lotteries around the world continued to gain momentum in the third quarter of
2016, resulting in an aggregate increase in sales of 4.9% for the period
JanuarySeptember 2016, as against JanuarySeptember 2015. Nine-month
on nine-month sales were up sharply in Africa, and were also up in North
America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Sales in Latin America held steady.The
African region enjoyed the strongest performance over the first nine months of
2016, as against the first nine months of 2015, with participating African
lotteries reporting an aggregate increase in sales of 27.6% for Q1Q3
2016, as against Q1Q3 2015. Once again, the main contribution to the
performance of the African market came from South Africas Ithuba. The
South African National Lottery saw its Q3 2016 sales rise by more than 50% over
the third quarter of 2015, the new license holders first quarter of
operations. Moroccos La Marocaine des Jeux continued its previous strong
showing, reporting an increase in sales of 19.4% for 9M 2016 over 9M 2015,
while Loterie Nationale Morocco reported a 9M-on-9M increase in sales of 9.6%.
Also in positive territory was Ghanas National Lottery Authority, which
recorded an increase in sales of 7% for the nine months through to September
2016, as against the nine months through to September 2015. Offsetting these
results, sales at the Mauritius National Lottery contracted over 9M 2016, as
against 9M 2015.
The North American
market also performed robustly, with participating North American
lotteries reporting an aggregate three-quarter year on three-quarter year
increase in sales of 7.8%. Once again, lotteries across the continent were in
the black. The Minnesota Lottery, Kentucky Lottery, California Lottery, and the
Tennessee Education Lottery all enjoyed sales growth of more than 10% over the
first nine months of 2016, as against the first nine months of 2015. Leading
the way was the Minnesota Lottery, which reported an increase in sales of 13.2%
over 9M 2016, as against 9M 2015. Following closely behind was the Kentucky
Lottery, which reported an increase in sales of 11.6% for the nine months
JanuarySeptember 2016, as against the corresponding nine months of 2015.
Similarly, the California Lottery and the Tennessee Education Lottery witnessed
sales increases of 10.8% and 10.3% respectively across the same timeframes. For
its part, the Florida Lottery enjoyed a record-breaking Q3 2016, with ticket
sales exceeding USD 1.44 billion; this broke the previous third quarter record
of USD 1.35 billion, set in 2015, by USD 97 million. Overall, sales through the
first nine months of 2016 were up 8.5% at the Florida Lottery, compared to the
corresponding period in 2015. Also in the U.S., the Connecticut Lottery
Corporation and the New York Lottery saw 9M-on-9M sales increases of 6.8% and
6.6% respectively. North of the U.S.-Canada border, the Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corporation enjoyed the best performance of participating Canadian
lotteries, reporting an increase in sales of 5.4% over the nine months to
September 2016, as against the corresponding revenue period of 2015.In the Asia
Pacific region, participating Asia Pacific lotteries recorded an aggregate
9M-on-9M increase in sales of 4.6%.
As in the first half of 2016, growth
in the Asia Pacific region was driven by China Sports Lottery, which saw its
sales increase by 12.6% over the nine months to September 2016, as compared to
the nine months to 2015. Over the 9M-on-9M period, sales growth in China was
driven by the Guess Lottery game, the sales of which increased by 32.5% over
the given timeframes.
For its part, the China Welfare
Lottery saw its sales increase by 1.6% over the period JanuarySeptember
2016, versus the period JanuarySeptember 2015. Elsewhere in the Asia
Pacific region, 9M-on-9M sales at Hong Kongs HKJC and Australias
Lotterywest were up 3.5% and 1.1% respectively, while sales of the Takara-kuji
lottery at Japans Mizuho Bank contracted over the same timeframes.The
picture in Europe was similar to that reported at half year, with participating
European lotteries witnessed an aggregate increase in sales of 4.2% over the
period JanuarySeptember 2016, as against JanuarySeptember 2015.
Leading the pack was Norways Norsk Tipping, which saw its sales
strengthen from a half-year on half-year increase of 10.8% to a nine-month on
nine-month increase of 11.8%.
Also performing strongly were
Frances FDJ, which reported a 9M-on-9M increase in sales of 8.9%, and
Hungarys Szerencsejáték Zrt., where sales increased by 8.5%
over the 9 months through to September 2016, as opposed to the corresponding
revenue period of 2015. At the Hungarian National Lottery, sales of instant
tickets strengthened owing to the launch of several new instant games, whereas
sales of numbers games and sports games held steady in the absence of a major
numbers jackpot on the one hand, and a dearth of major international sporting
events on the other. At Polands Totalizator Sportowy, 9M-on-9M sales
increased by 7.8%, while sales at Finlands Veikkaus Oy increased by 5%
over the same timeframes.
Elsewhere in Europe, Q3-on-Q3
revenues increased by 8.3% at Greeces OPAP, on the back of higher
revenues in the lottery and Hellenic Lotteries segments. The Greek
lotterys positive third quarter performance ensured its 9M-on-9M revenues
broke even as a result; earlier, half-year on half-year results had been in
negative territory. In Latin America, participating Latin American lotteries
held steady, reporting an aggregate increase in sales of 0.1%, again on the
basis of revised reporting measures from Argentinas Lotería
Nacional Sociedad del Estado. Once again the Argentinian national lottery
continued its rapid growth in 2016, reporting a double-digit increase in sales
for the nine months through to September 2016, as against the nine months
through to September 2015. Offsetting the performance of the Argentinian
National Lottery was Brazils Caixa Econômica Federal, which saw its
sales contract over the same time periods. Beyond these results, sales at
Chiles Polla Chilena continued to strengthen, growing by 5.7% over 9M
2016, versus 9M 2015, while Mexicos Lotería National para la
Asistencia Pública performed similarly, overseeing an increase in sales
of 5.3% for the period JanuarySeptember 2016, as against the period
JanuarySeptember 2015. For its part, Mexicos Pronósticos
he WLA will continue to track the
progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA QLSI. Once again
we thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look
forward to bringing you the final quarter 2016 results shortly.
WLA Executive Director.
Scientific Games Announces Selected Preliminary Expected Fourth
Quarter 2016 Results in Connection with Plan to Refinance a Portion of Its
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 1, 2017)
-- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or
"the Company") today announced selected preliminary expected financial results
for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016, in connection
with a plan to refinance and extend the maturity dates of its term loan debt
and revolving credit facility, and otherwise take advantage of favorable market
conditions to lower its cost of debt and extend maturities.
Results of Operations
The Company currently expects
consolidated revenue to be in a range of $748-to-$755 million for the three
month period ended December 31, 2016, and full year 2016 revenue to be in a
range of $2,878-to-$2,885 million compared to $737 million and $2,759
million for the fourth quarter and full year 2015, respectively. The Company
further expects that its net loss for the fourth quarter will be in a range of
$105-to-$115 million, including a projected $69 million goodwill impairment
charge as described in the reconciliation below, with Attributable EBITDA
("AEBITDA") of approximately $290-to-$295 million. The full year net loss
including the goodwill impairment charge is expected to be in a range of
$348-to-$358 million, with AEBITDA of approximately $1,100-to-$1,105 million.
AEBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that is defined below. The
Company currently anticipates releasing its fourth quarter 2016 results and
full year 2016 audited results on March 2, 2017 after market close.
"Our preliminary results for the
fourth quarter 2016 reflect ongoing improvements in our gaming, lottery and
interactive operations, as well as the initial benefits from our recently
implemented business improvement initiative that is expected to reduce our
annualized cost structure by $75 million," said Kevin Sheehan, CEO and
President of Scientific Games. "With our customer and player-focused
strategies, we believe the Company is well positioned to build on this success
in 2017. We plan to generate improved results in 2017, while remaining focused
on deleveraging. I am grateful to our team members around the globe who
continue to empower our customers with the best gaming and lottery experiences
in the world, while remaining focused on our financial goals."
The preliminary unaudited results
noted in this release are derived from preliminary internal financial reports
and are subject to revision based on the Company's procedures and controls
associated with the completion of its year-end financial reporting, including
all the customary reviews, audit and approvals. Accordingly, actual results may
differ from these preliminary results and such differences may be material.
The Company has prepared these
preliminary expected financial results in connection with its proposed
refinancing transaction and is sharing the preliminary expected results
disclosed in this press release with its prospective lenders.
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 utilities; 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: www.scientificgames.com.
Bill Pfund +1 702-532-7663
Vice President, Investor
Susan Cartwright +1
Vice President, Corporate
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri Lotteries
Achieve Verified Status under Responsible Gambling Best
Milestone Dates for Next
Round of Verifications Approved
HARTFORD, Connecticut (January 27,
2017) -- The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
(NASPL) announced that the Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri
Lotteries have received Verified status within its
responsible gambling framework and independent verification program.
Partnering with NASPL in this
important effort is the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).
Its a wonderful
accomplishment and speaks very highly of each lotterys dedication in this
area, said NASPL President and Louisiana Lottery President/CEO Rose
Im so proud of our
partnership with NASPL and with the overwhelmingly positive response from the
lottery industry to this program. It has been such a pleasure working with
NASPL staff and Responsible Gaming Committee members as well as representatives
from all the lotteries who have applied to have their responsible gaming plans
verified. NCPG Operations Manager Lissa Cobetto and all the assessors deserve
thanks for their hard work and invaluable contributions to this rigorous and
objective assessment process, said NCPG Executive Director Keith
The new program has three levels of
verification. The first level (Plan) is for lotteries that have not
yet developed a robust responsible gambling program by submitting an
application at this level, lotteries will have experts in the field critique
their plans and help them move towards the next level. The second level
(Implementation) assesses current programs and results for
lotteries with more advanced responsible gambling programs. The third level
(Sustaining) will review Implementation verification every three
years to ensure ongoing performance.
An independent assessment panel,
under the guidance of the NCPG, reviews all applications for verification. The
seven areas of assessment include research, employee training, retailer
training, education and awareness, new/existing product oversight, budget, and
I am heartened by the
reception of the lotteries for this verification program. In the last few
years, we have seen more responsible gaming activity on the part of the
lotteries. This is great for the health of this industry, said NASPL
Responsible Gambling Committee and Executive Director of the North Carolina
Education Lottery Alice Garland.
Lotteries wishing to apply for Phase
Three should submit an application statement (250 words or less) by February
24, 2017 that includes:
- Background as to why the organization/jurisdiction
is seeking verification.
- The Lotterys willingness to accept help from
other jurisdictions who have participated in the process.
The NCPG will select the next
lottery jurisdictions on March 3, 2017 and their applications will be accepted
in no later than May 2, 2017. It is expected that the first round of
verification results will be announced in July 12, 2017 after evaluation by an
independent assessment panel.
The North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal
exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the
organization has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery
organizations. NASPLs basic mission is to assemble and disseminate
information on the lottery industry through education and communications, and
where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters
of general policy.
Media contact: David Gale, Executive
Director, (440) 361-7962, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Council on Problem
Gambling is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG
is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote
responsible gaming. The organizations vision is to improve health and
wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem
SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery
Pollard Banknote Awarded Instant Ticket Printing Contract
Extension from the Arizona Lottery
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (February
1, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote)
is pleased to announce a one-year extension to its Instant Printing and
Production Services contract with the Arizona Lottery. Under this agreement,
Pollard Banknote will continue to provide the Lottery with instant ticket
printing and related services until January 14, 2018.
This extension continues Pollard
Banknotes long-standing partnership with the Lottery that began in 1998.
This relationship is a testament to the companys ability to foster
enduring, cooperative, and mutually beneficial relationships with its lottery
partners, together fulfilling the common goal of increasing revenues and
profits that support good causessuch as improving the quality of life for
the people of Arizona. In addition to providing instant ticket printing to the
Arizona Lottery, Pollard Banknote delivers marketing support and strategic
planning, research, and design testing.
The year 2016 marked the Arizona
Lotterys 35th anniversary. To celebrate, the Lottery launched a 35th
anniversary family of instant tickets at the $1, $2, $5, and $10 price points.
The tickets featured Pollard Banknotes patented Scratch FX®, an
innovative printing process that adds a celebratory holographic shine to the
ticket design, making it a perfect way to commemorate three-and-a-half decades
of contributing to important programs that benefit Arizona residents. During
this momentous year, the Lottery also launched its first ticket on Pollard
Banknotes Eco Scratch stock. The brown kraft paper effect of Eco
Scratch on $1 Letter to Santa gave the ticket the nostalgic look of a
classic brown envelope, which appealed to players. Letter to Santas
10-week average sales were 34% higher than all other $1 games launched in
Arizona since 2013!
Our relationship with
Pollard Banknote began nearly two decades ago, and in that time we have
achieved great success implementing many of the companys strategic
recommendations, said Gregg Edgar, Executive Director of the Arizona
Lottery. We have worked closely with Pollard Banknote to grow our
instants sales and will continue to explore new ways to increase excitement for
our players, sales for our retailers, and transfer dollars to our
We are very proud of our
enduring partnership with the Arizona Lottery, said Brad Thompson,
Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. Through ongoing
consultation, the Lottery has taken advantage of many of our print innovations
over the years, including Scratch FX® and the recent launch of the
Lotterys first Eco Scratch ticket. We are excited to have the
opportunity to continue working with the Lottery to offer the best games and
services in order to generate revenues for a variety of vital state
The Arizona Lotterys mission
is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue
in a responsible manner. Since 1981, the Lottery and its retail partners have
generated more than $3 billion in net funding in support of programs that help
to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery
ticket salesmore than $3.7 million per weekhelp fund arts and
education, community enrichment, economic development, environmental
conservation, health and human services, and public safety programs. Learn more
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile, and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales,
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited.
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions wins seven year contract with
Estonias Eesti Loto to provide central system and player account
VIENNA, Austria (January 30, 2017)
-- After a competitive procurement process, Eesti Loto awards a seven-year
contract (Including possible extensions) to Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS)
for the provision of an Information System to manage its sales in all channels.
NLS proposed a truly modern, state of the art technology platform designed to
enable lottery sales over every channel. Built around proven, up to date
Service Oriented Architecture and making use of an extensive library of APIs
the platform enables sales over a wide range of POS devices including existing
devices and large-scale retail POS systems.
NLS advanced lottery platform
features the latest technologies that will allow Eesti Loto to exceed its
players expectations and set new, standards in lottery operations and
services, both in the short- and long-term.
The solution will deliver
out-of-the-box all the necessary options to drive new business and offer new
Lottery content for players across all channels mobile, retail, internet
as well as the flexibility to handle whatever the future may bring.
The NLS omni-channel
solution gives Eesti Loto the ability to create an entirely new player
experience by breaking down the barriers that used to exist between
channels, said Frank Cecchini, NLS Managing Director & CEO.
Eesti Loto will have the freedom to incorporate best-of-breed services
and content; deploy the most appropriate POS devices and deliver a whole new
experience to its players. We are extremely excited to be working in
partnership with one of the most technically advanced lotteries in the region
and are looking forward to working with Eesti Loto to realize the benefits of a
truly modern system where technology is not a barrier to growing the
NLS pioneering BYOT (Bring
Your Own Terminal) philosophy allows Eesti Loto to utilize existing assets or
deploy modern tablet or mobile devices. The solution utilizes NLS Thin
Retail Client, which enables the lottery to use any third-party hardware for
its POS. Eesti Loto will deploy this solution across new Linux-based POS
systems, as well as Android devices for smaller retailers.
This strategy will significantly
strengthen its retail footprint by improving the Lotterys instant ticket
sales channel and enabling lottery sales at smaller retail locations.
Eesti Loto will also plan to
collaborate with its retail partners to roll out the NLS POS Embedded solution
thereby allowing supermarkets to offer Eesti Lotos lottery games and
instants tickets at in-lane locations within the stores.
Under the new contract, which
includes two possible one-year extensions, NLS will additionally provide Eesti
Loto with eInstants from the extensive NLS portfolio of entertaining games.
The excitement at Eesti Loto was
perhaps best captured by the Lotterys CEO, Heiki Kranich, who said:
This will be a major jump forward! We selected the NLS system and team
because they are the most ready to support our inventive team who rely on
technology to open doors to new possibilities and maintain Eesti Lotos
reputation for innovation and technological leadership in a country where these
qualities are the norm."
"NLS provides an advanced, secure
and robust multichannel system with player registration methods that will allow
Eesti Loto to achieve its commercial objectives as well as further implement
our KYC and Responsible Gaming strategy. NLS is future-ready, and so is Eesti
About NLS (http://www.novomaticls.com/)
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is
a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets delivering
games and services that can be integrated with any 3rd party solution.
The NLS system supports all sales
channels simultaneously, creating a truly omni-channel offering while at the
same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes.
With ISO 27001 certification, WLA
Security Control Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS
solutions guarantee the highest levels of security and reliability.
NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group,
one of the biggest global producers and operators of gaming technologies, with
revenues of about EUR 4bn, more than 24,000 employees and activities in 80
NLS was established in 2014 after
the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware and quickly became a
player in the international lotteries business.
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery
Records a 4.6% Increase in Sales to 14.3 Billion in 2016 and Enters Third
Year of Its FDJ 2020 Project
BOULOGNE, France (January 19, 2017)
-- FDJs sales have passed the 14 billion mark at 14.3
billion, an increase of approximately 600 million compared with
13.7 billion in 2015. This growth was driven by the strong momentum of
betting activities (UEFA Euro 2016 in France), scratch games and digital
activities (new apps to prepare stakes).
This momentum, after growth of 5.4%
in 2015 (sales up 700m), underpins the second year of implementation of
the FDJ 2020: FDJ augmented vision strategic project, which puts
digital technologies and innovation at the heart of its activity and physical
For Stéphane Pallez,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the FDJ Group, the game
sector is continuing its transformation around the world with the introduction
of new games, new generations of customers more accustomed to using digital
technologies, and new meeting ground with the players.
"This revolution in games and
betting is a source of opportunities for FDJ, the second-largest lottery
company in Europe, committed to the completion of its FDJ 2020 project. The
sales growth recorded in 2016 will enable us to continue FDJs digital
transformation in optimum conditions, in line with the Groups responsible
business model. In 2017, FDJ will develop its dimension as a group, notably by
merging its headquarters and several subsidiaries into a new site. FDJ will
also strengthen the identity of the FDJ brand and its appeal in terms of
entertainment and commitment values.
Robust activity in 2016
- 9.5 billion won by customers (an increase of
around 500 million vs. 2015); 235 winnings > 1 million vs. 215 in
- 718 million in revenues for local sales
points (+ 4%; + 30 million)
- Sports betting activities totalled 2.5
billion, up 11% (+ 240 million); 3.5 million players
- Scratch games and interactive games generated sales
of 6.9 billion, up 7% (+ 450 million)
Development of FDJ 2020 strategic
- 88 million investment in future development
- Digital sales rose 65% to more than 900
- Launch of 6 new generation lottery games, more
diverting and interactive
- Automation of FDJs logistics base allowing
for the preparation of 6,000 packs/day
- Launch of FDJ Gaming Solutions, offering content
and technology to lotteries across the world
- 3.1 billion contributed to the national
- SaferGame, designed jointly by FDJ and IBM, a Big
Data solution for gaming integrity and responsible gaming
- Sports sponsorship: UEFA Euro 2016 (close to
150 million for stadium renovations), 25th anniversary of its
Foundations Challenge programme, support for the Paris bid for the 2024
Summer Olympics, Sport pour Elles programme to support women in
sports, notably co-sponsoring a female cycling team
- FDJ tops WWW Frances Pap 50 barometer for its
- Pass 1 billion mark in digital sales
- Continue to support the development of sports
betting in France with new betting formulas and new point of sales tools
- New Loto formula; pilots for new generation games
in the network (digital tickets)
- Network consolidation and modernisation: drive to
scout Newsagents-Tobacconists-Bars-Local sales points; installation of new
gaming stands and digital displays, Launch of a scratch game to support the
Paris bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics
- Prevention of gaming for minors: new tools and
signing at points of sale, new training programme for the 800 FDJ sales people
and 8,000 of the largest points of sale
- Development of the Group dimension, digitisation of
working environment to encourage innovation, new working methods (quality of
life at work and improved performance)
Results of game ranges
French players mostly continued to
stake relatively small amounts: 26 million betters played average stakes of
10.6 per week (vs. 10 in 2015). Winnings amounted to 9.5
billion (500 million more than in 2015).
Redistribution increased by + 0.6
point to 66.6% of stakes.
235 winnings > 1 million
(215 in 2015), of which 15 winnings > 10 million (vs. 10 in 2015). The
record of the year was 66 million won in Paris with the Euro Millions-My
Lottery games accounted for
82% of sales, i.e. 11.8 billion (vs. 11.4 billion in 2015), a 3.3%
increase driven by scratch games and interactive games
Scratch games and interactive games
accounted for 48% of FDJs sales
This gaming category recorded
6.9 billion of sales, up 7% (vs. 6.4 billion in 2015). The 20-odd
scratch tickets on the market attracted more customers: 18.7 million compared
with 18.6 million in 2015.
Over and above the upgrade of the
main games, this growth was attributable mainly to the success of football
themed games (Goal, Maxi Goal, UEFA-Euro 2016), which generated sales of more
than 400 million.
Scratch games accounted for 34%
of FDJs sales
Scratch games recorded sales of
4.9 billion compared with 5 billion in 2015, down 1.6% due to the
decline of Euro Millions-My Million before its relaunch in September and to the
Amigo game being less promoted.
FDJ celebrated 40 years of its Loto
game in 2016. For this occasion, FDJ broke new ground by offering the first
participatory jackpot in the history of the game. Loto continues to attract
17.5 million players and 1.5 billion stakes, confirming its resilience
despite a smaller number of events (only one week with a Friday 13th in 2016
vs. three in 2015). The record of the year was 17 million, won in the
Côte dOr department. Loto holds the alltime record winning on
FDJ.fr with 16 million won this year.
Euro Millions-My Million recorded
1.4 billion in sales in 2016 (1.5 billion in 2015). The new formula
launched mid-September attracted 14.7 million customers, i.e. nearly one
million new players. It helped revive sales with an increase of 8% (vs. -8% in
the first 9 months of 2016). 15 winnings of more than 1 million were
recorded in France against four in 2015, with a record of 66 million
compared with 40 million in 2015. My Million made
143 million-euro winners compared
with 146 in 2015.
Amigo recorded 1.3 billion in
sales, down 1.8% from 2015 as there were fewer publicity events for the game in
Together, Keno and Joker+ generated
stakes of close to 700 million.
Sports betting activities
represented 18% of FDJs sales at 2.5 billion (vs. 2.3 billion
in 2015), up 11% due to the UEFA Euro 2016 in France
The range is benefiting from the
growing popularity of sports betting with French players, catching up with
their European counterparts (7% penetration rate for adult population in France
vs. 12% in the rest of Europe). The number of players grew to 3.5 million, i.e.
200,000 new players in 2016.
2016 notably benefited from the UEFA
Euro 2016 being held in France (174 million in sales, + 94% compared with
the Euro 2012), as well as from the Summer Olympics (23 million in bets,
+ 6% vs. the London 2012 Olympics). FDJ used these opportunities to extend its
offering (eight new sports and types of bets).
Second year of FDJ 2020
The FDJ 2020 strategic project aims
to enable the company to adapt to new digital consumer behaviour at points of
sale and online. FDJ has earmarked 500 million for investment by 2020 in
order to transform its IT base (250 million), digitise the network
(180 million) and invest in innovation, notably through start-up
In 2016, FDJ invested 88
million, i.e. a total of 190 million since 2015.
FDJ has set itself a target of close
to 20% in digitized sales by 2020. In 2016, digitized sales
amounted to more than 900 million compared with more than 550
million in 2015, i.e. 6.5% of sales, an 65% increase vs. 2015.
News frontiers for FDJ
FDJ is targeting close to one
million new players in 2020, particularly young adults and women. With 26
million customers in 2016, of which 13 million women and 6.7 million young
adults in 2016, FDJ is stabilising its player pool. Player numbers increased by
0.1 million for scratch games, 0.2 million for draw-based games and 0.2 million
for sports betting activities while decreasing by 0.5 million for Amigo.
Games and services
- FDJ is looking for 10% in sales of breakthrough
innovation games by 2020. FDJ has developed its online offering, with 26
new games available. It has notably launched the Illiko Actions range, with
entertaining, interactive new generation games (Duel de Cartes, Happy
Dés, Les Trésors du Nil and LOr des Caraïbes).
- FDJ is developing its digital services. Most of
FDJs games (Loto, EuroMillions-My Million, Illiko, Parions Sport) are
available on all digital channels (PC/Smartphone/Tablet). The Parions Sport
app, which enables players to prepare their stakes on their mobile phones, is
highly popular: 28% of Parions Sport stakes at end-2016 compared with 8% at
end-2015. In addition, after the Loto and Euro Millions-My Million apps, FDJ
has launched an Illiko app.
The physical network remains strong
with more than 31,100 points of sale (vs. 31,900 in 2015), i.e. the no.1 French
local network, present in more than 11,000 municipalities. Revenues paid to the
network by FDJ reached 718 million, an increase of 4% compared with 2015
(about + 30 million), i.e. average commissions paid to retailers
(including commissions linked to paying out winnings) of more than 20k
per point of sale (+ 9% on
average per point of sale).
In order to maintain its network,
FDJ created over 700 new points of sale. In 2016, more than 1,000 points of
sale benefited from the addition of at least one licence (draw-based games,
scratch games, Amigo or Sport).
FDJ is also very gradually opening
local points of sale other than Newsagents-Tobacconists-Bars. These new outlets
remain limited to roughly 1,400 points of sale (petrol stations, grocery
stores, bakeries, etc.), or 5% of the network in 2016, including in border
areas where Newsagents-Tobacconists-Bars are particularly hard hit by foreign
It is also upgrading its traditional
network with the roll-out of 12,000 equipment kits (stands and displays) and
strengthening the control of its intermediate distribution circuit (100% of the
sectors steered directly or indirectly by FDJ; two-thirds of sales internalised
FDJ is keen to channel its FDJ 2020
investments into cooperation with national lotteries. In this way, FDJ
successfully operated the Portuguese sports betting offering in 2016. In order
to further develop this initiative, on the occasion of the World Lottery Summit
2016, FDJ launched FDJ Gaming Solutions, a new commercial brand to
sell technology (operating platforms for lottery and sports betting games), new
generation games and services for global lotteries.
A new way of working in start-up
mode and Open Innovation
In 2016, FDJ accelerated the digital
transformation of its organisational structure: merger of Marketing and Digital
Departments, multiplication of incubation cells (six in 2016: gamification,
social gaming, etc.), innovation trip abroad.
It has initiated cooperation with
its new partners:
- Gaming: with French publisher Asmodee, the no.2 in
Europe (LOr des Caraïbes, Splendor)
- Innovation/start-up: 15 million investment in
two management companies, Partech and Raise
- Innovative school: reflection on the new Loto 2017
with the Web School Factory
- New media: YouTube and Facebook.
Transformation of the
technological and logistics base
FDJ has pressed on with the overhaul
of its IT system, which is now more powerful (4 billion transactions in 2016,
digital platform capabilities increased from 15,000 to 100,000 connections) and
nimble (launch of global gaming experience accessible on
smartphones, tablets and online).
On 24 January 2016, FDJ launched an
automated logistics system to prepare orders for retailers at its central
warehouse. By the end of 2018, this investment of more than 10 million
will make it possible to make direct deliveries to our entire sales network
(2,700 POS already benefited from direct deliveries at end-2016).
A responsible, committed
FDJ and IBM have forged a
partnership based on a Big Data approach and designed the SaferGame software
application to combat laundering and excessive gambling in the network (launch
in 2017). FDJ has strengthened its initiatives to encourage a recreational use
of gaming, in particular actions to prevent underage gaming during the UEFA
Euro 2016 (prevention campaign with TV spots Le sport on le vit, le pari
on loublie (Experience sports live, forget about betting) and with
the distribution of 50,000 information leaflets in the fan zones).
The Group continued to build ties
with the civil society, academic world (GIS: scientific interest group bringing
together four universities of the Paris area) and associations.
FDJ organised and facilitated the
World and European Lottery associations seminar on responsible gaming,
held in Paris.
A committed and innovative HR
policy: the Group has 2,137 employees (1,800 in 2015).
FDJ is engaged in terms of gender
equality: a proactive approach co-driven by senior managers and General
Management helped advance the proportion of women in line management by 4% in
one year to 38%. The groups engagement for disability is unswerving: the
employment rate of people with disabilities has been around 6% for the last
four years. Lastly, FDJ is sensitive to social diversity: the Group conducts
recruitment actions in less privileged environments (in partnership with Mozaik
RH) and sponsors schoolchildren through the charity Telemachus, as well as
young graduates seeking employment through the charity Nos Quartiers ont des
Talents (63 young graduates sponsored in 2016, 23 returns to employment).
A company that makes a
contribution to society
Strong contribution to society:
since its creation, FDJ has based its approach on a model of redistribution for
the greater benefit. In 2016, close to 95% of stakes were distributed: to
customers (66.6%; 9.5 billion), to retailers (5.2%; 718 million)
and to the national community (21.8%; 3.1 billion).
FDJ is more than ever committed to
supporting sport: financing of sport for all in France (more than
220 million in 2016) and of the construction or renovation of the
stadiums that hosted the UEFA Euro 2016 (close to 150 million between
2011 and 2016), fighting corruption in sports and championing French sport (FDJ
commitment for the Paris bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, victory of
FDJ-sponsored cyclist Arnaud Démare in the Milan San Remo race,
The FDJ Corporate Foundation, which
is currently active in the fields of sports, disability and solidarity, has
decided to devote a portion of its resources to encouraging equal opportunities
in the years ahead.
SOURCE: La Française Des
December A Lucky Month for Lottery Players in
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 27,
2017) -- December was a lucky month for Kentucky Lottery players, according to
a report made today during a meeting of the lotterys board of directors.
Total prize payout was 4% higher than the same month in the previous year, and
2% more than budgeted.
According to Vice President and
Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison, even though sales compared to the same
month last year dipped by $4 million, prize expense for the same period
actually increased $1 million. Pick 3 players in the period were
especially lucky, as the game paid out 81% of sales in prizes, she
said. Garrison explained this was primarily fueled due to popular combinations
of numbers being drawn. For example, she said, Our
December 3 midday Pick 3 winning numbers were 1-2-3. We sold $207,000 in
tickets for that drawing, but paid $1.4 million in prizes. A few days later, on
the 11th, 7-7-7 was drawn. Sales were $213,000, and we paid $1.5 million for
December was definitely a
good month for our players, Garrison said.
Year-to-date sales for the first
half of FY17 (July December) were $479.1 million, which is $3.4 million
more than the same period last year but $17.6 million less than budgeted.
Income before transfer of dividends was $119 million, which is $2.2 million
more than the same period last year but $2.9 million less than budgeted.
In other action, the board elected
current Vice Chair Mark F. Sommer as chair. The Louisville-based attorney
practices at Brown Frost Todd LLC where he leads the firm's Tax and Benefits
Practice Group. Board member Jan Buddeke was elected vice chair.
Board Chair Sommer briefed the board
on the status of the search for a new president and CEO. Sommer said interviews
for the job will be conducted in mid- to late February, and finalists then sent
to Governor Bevins office for his selection. He also reported that Lt.
Governor Jenean Hampton will be joining the search committee as a liaison to
In other business, the board
- A contract with Affiliated Forensic Laboratory,
Inc. for ticket testing;
- A contract extension with Pollard
Banknote LLC for secondary scratch-off ticket production;
- A contract renewal with Smartplay
International for a random number generator system;
- A policy renewal with USI Insurance Services LLC
for directors and officers liability insurance, and;
- Rules and regulations for seven scratch-off
tickets, amended rules for eight draw games, and rules for seven Instant Play
The next meeting of the KLCs
board of directors will be March 24. The meeting will begin at 10 AM EST, and
will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville.
Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST. Also, a meeting of the
boards president and CEO selection committee will be held at KLC
headquarters (same address as above) on Monday, January 30th starting at 2:30
The Kentucky Lottery has earned more
than $4.6 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for
college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit www.kheaa.com to find
out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
For More Information CONTACT: Chip
Polston, Jennifer Cunningham, Sara WestermanT: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Corp.
Svenska Spel Report Continued Strong Growth in Sales via
VISBY, Sweden (January 31, 2017) --
Sales via the mobile phone developed strongly and increased in 2016 by 57
percent, reflecting that customers appreciate the game experience we deliver.
The products are characterized Eurojackpot with net gaming revenue of close to
400 million in 2016, an increase of 34 percent. Full-year profit lands at 4866
We end the year 2016 with a
successful result in a tough competition at the same time, we show that it is
possible to combine growth with responsible gaming, says CEO Lennart
We have a leading market position
with well-established products, satisfied customers and a strong digital
offering that meets customer demand for experience.
We are well prepared for future
opportunities. Our focus is growth, but it must be done with healthy revenues,
says CEO Lennart Käll.
October-December in brief
- Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to SEK 2
447 M (2 426), an increase of 0.9%.
- Consolidated operating profit amounted to SEK 1 297
million (1 245), an increase of 4.1%.
- The result for the Group amounted to SEK 1 301
million (1 246), an increase of 4.4%.
- Operating margin amounted to 21.5% (21.3).
- Customer Satisfaction Index was 68, which is level
with the previous quarter.
- Swedish Spel image value was 55% which is in line
with the previous quarter.
- Spelkoll index was 83 and was unchanged compared
with the previous quarter.
Events during the quarter
- Bingo has been launched in the mobile and
- An independent evaluation of the company's
responsible gaming efforts. The conclusions are that responsible gaming tools
work and gives effect.
- SEK 50 million has been paid to sports clubs youth
through grass root.
- A new sponsorship policy that protects human rights
has been launched.
- The company is involved in financing the first
Swedish Medical Chair in gambling.
- Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to SEK
8,993 million (8,961), an increase of 0.4%.
- Operating income for the Group amounted to 4851
MSEK (4791), an increase of 1.3%.
- The result for the Group amounted to 4866 MSEK
(4803), an increase of 1.3%.
- Operating margin amounted to 22.2% (22.6).
Year-December 2016 is to take note of this.
Film which Lennart Käll says Swedish Spel end report in
For more information CONTACT:
Lennart Käll, CEO Swedish Games, call Press Officer Andreas Jerat at:
070-087 46 94.
SOURCE: Svenska Spel.
Arizona Lotterys Call to Artists: Original Artwork
PHOENIX, Arizona (January 25, 2017)
The Arizona Lottery is pleased to announce an opportunity to create
original artwork to be used on a Día de los Muertos lottery ticket to
celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Arizona Lottery is dedicated to
supporting the local Hispanic community while providing exciting games for its
players. The Arizona Lottery will be launching a Día de los Muertos
ticket in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The ticket will allow the
Lottery to highlight a talented, local Arizona artist while commemorating the
traditions and festivities of Hispanic Heritage Month.
As part of this project, the Arizona
Lottery is seeking an Arizona artist to create original artwork for the ticket,
which will launch in August 2017. A minimum of two original and captivating
Día de los Muertos scenes by the selected artist will be used in the
design of a $2 Scratchers® ticket that will be sold in more than 2,900
Arizona Lottery retailers throughout the state of Arizona. Artists of all
professional levels are invited to submit 2-4 original works for consideration.
The large distribution of the ticket will provide the selected artist with an
exceptional opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and strengthen their
presence in the Hispanic community.
A selection panel will be convened
to review all submissions that meet the application requirements and deadline.
Selection will be based on five areas:
- Originality The submitted artwork must be
unique; it must not be a reproduction of another artists work.
- Interpretation & Execution of Theme The
artwork must strongly reflect the Día de los Muertos holiday and its
connection with Arizona Hispanic culture.
- Overall Design & Appeal The artwork must
be eye-catching, creative and engaging to lottery players across the
- Marketability The artwork must be marketable
to Arizona Lotterys audiences and 2,900+ retailers as a Scratchers®
- Application Completion All required items
must be submitted and complete. Incomplete submissions will be deemed
The selected artist will be notified
by phone and email on or before March 10, 2017. The judges unanimous
decision is final.
Negotiations may be conducted with
any artists reasonably susceptible of being selected. The selected artist will
be required to enter into a contract with the Lottery for public art services.
The contract terms and conditions can be found attached on the Arizona
CLICK HERE for Application Requirements
Selection notification: On or before
March 10, 2017.
For any questions, please call Nikki
OShea at 480-921-4438.
This Request for Proposals does not
commit the Arizona Lottery to enter into an agreement, to pay any costs
incurred in the preparation of the proposal to this request or in subsequent
negotiations, or to produce a contract for the project. The Arizona Lottery may
cancel this solicitation, reject any and all applications in whole or in part,
reissue the Request for Proposals or procure the services by other means.
The Arizona Lottery is not
responsible for loss of or damage to materials included with applications.
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery press
Laboratories International (GLI®) Lends Unsurpassed Global Expertise to
Regulators, Suppliers and Operators at ICE Totally Gaming
HAARLEM, The Netherlands (26 January
2017) Across Europe and extending as far as Japan and Brazil, the
land-based and iGaming industries are in a state of evolution and emergence. At
ICE Totally Gaming, global experts from Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI®) will be on Stand N3-210 to guide regulators, operators and suppliers
through the most urgent questions of this new period in gaming.
GLI Managing Director of Europe and
Africa Martin Britton said, We have never been more optimistic about
the gaming industry, both land-based and online. Of course, as technologies
evolve, new questions arise, and operators, suppliers and regulators worldwide
rely on GLI for guidance and expertise to ensure they leave nothing to chance.
We are excited to bring our global knowledge to ICE Totally Gaming where the
show floor will be populated by new and exciting technologies that will
challenge us all to up our game.
GLI recently became the first
international gaming laboratory to earn accreditation in the Czech Republic,
increasing GLIs activity across Europe and allowing the company to
provide assistance to the Czech Ministry of Finance and Gaming Board. Britton
will be on GLIs stand to discuss the latest developments in the Czech
Republic and in other land-based and iGaming markets across EMEA.
Additionally, as Brazil continues to
be an emerging area of interest, GLIs Director of Latin America and
Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Karen Marcela
Sierra-Hughes will be on GLIs stand.
She will also moderate the LatAm
Briefing, which takes place 8 February from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. More information
on this exciting session is available at http://bit.ly/ICELatAm.
GLI is the worlds leading
gaming testing lab, and land-based and iGaming testing and certification
services are only the tip of the iceberg. Others include:
- Professional Services
- Security Auditing
- Security Operations Center (SOC) & Network
Operations Center (NOC)
- 24/7 Monitoring and Managed Security Services
- eSports and eLottery Testing
- DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) Audits
- Social Gaming Audits
- Geo-location Testing
- Electronic Raffle Testing
- In-venue Wireless Testing
- Mobile Gaming Testing
- GLI University® and ISO Testing
- Forensic Investigations
- Expert Witness Research and Testimony'
- EGM, Kiosk, Slot and VLT Testing
- Skill-based Games Testing
- Sports Betting and Pari-Mutuel Testing
The company also performs
traditional lottery testing, gaming device and systems testing, rule writing,
technical standards advice and consultation.
GLIs world-class customer
service is one reason why the company works with more than 475 global gaming
jurisdictions, ensuring stakeholders are successful and performing at the very
top of the industry. With offices and more than 950 professionals strategically
located on six continents, GLI brings a truly global perspective to each
Whether youre a small
start-up, large enterprise or an emerging or existing jurisdiction, leave
nothing to chance when it comes to your success. Visit GLI on Stand N3-210 or
visit their website for more information.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more
information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
CIBELAE Informs Its Agenda in Advance
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (January 30,
2017) -- The CIBELAE Board of Directors ended 2016 with a more than positive
outcome thanks to the ongoing support and encouragement of its 28 Regular
Members, 8 Regular Observer Members and 34 Associate Members.
It is now getting ready to hold
three annual meetings and to attend various international events, as usual.
This February 7, 8 & 9, CIBELAE
will be present again at the prestigious international ICE Totally Gaming
London 2017 fair that will take place at the ExCeL London facilities.
As it is known, CIBELAEs
presence at this fair is important because of our efforts to achieve our goals
of expanding the Corporation's participation and visibility in order to show
the benefits and services provided by CIBELAE at various gaming fairs, while
reporting on the work being carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The next meeting will be held on
March 29 & 30 at Hotel Panamericano in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, where,
together with the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the State Lotteries
Association of Argentina (ALEA), a Seminar on Betting Security and
Integrity will be held with the presence of outstanding speakers from the
organizations, regulators and businesses that are members of the three entities
The Agenda and registration sheet
will be available soon at the CIBELAE and ALEA websites for anyone interested
in expanding their views and experience on the subject.
After this event, on June 19-21 the
members of the Board of Directors will be welcomed for the first time in San
Salvador City, where the directors will hold the Boards second meeting
and the second training seminar of the year will take place.
The last meeting of 2017 will be on
October 10-13 at the 16th Congress being organized by the National Charitable
Lottery of Panama.
The purpose is to renew the
Boards members by the vote of the General Meeting members.
There will also be an unprecedented
gaming tradeshow and a seminar to be enjoyed.
Iberoamericana de Loterias y Apuestas (CIBELAE).
Governor Scotts Fighting For Floridas
Future Budget Fights for Record Education
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 31,
2017) -- Governor Scotts Fighting for Floridas Future
Budget supports the Florida Lotterys core mission of providing funding
for education by investing $181.5 million in the Florida Lottery. During fiscal
year 2015-16, the Florida Lottery generated $1.67 billion in contributions to
education, its sixth consecutive record-breaking sales year, while keeping
operational expenses below two percent.
Governor Scott said, The
Florida Lottery is working each day to support Florida students so they can
become tomorrows leaders. By continuing to support the Lotterys
commitment to contributing record-breaking funding to our education system, we
can ensure generations of students will have the tools they need to succeed in
the classroom and beyond.
The Fighting for
Floridas Future Budget includes:
- $12.6 million in additional funding as a result of
projected increases in Scratch-Off and Terminal sales for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
These additional funds and the new contract are projected to result in a $1.58
billion transfer to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
- $837,000 for an electronic document management
system to improve accuracy and efficiency by electronically storing and
managing claims information. Functionality will be built to interface with the
Lotterys gaming system.
- $761,760 to replace data servers at Lottery
Headquarters; the Orlando Data Center; and the State Data Center. These servers
support critical business applications and are currently operating at or beyond
capacity. New storage area network shelves will also be included to
accommodate the Lotterys additional data growth needs.
- $53,265 for new management software program that
will automate the audit and investigation processes, allowing the
Lotterys Office of Inspector General to more efficiently and effectively
fulfill responsibilities in accordance with Chapter 24 and Section 20.055,
- $67,918 to replace the existing Adaptive Security
Appliance Lottery firewalls located in the district offices, the Orlando Data
Center, and at Headquarters, all of which will reach their End of Life and End
of Technical Support in 2018.
Florida Lottery Secretary Tom
Delacenserie said, The Fighting for Floridas
Future Budget reflects Governor Scotts continued commitment toward
ensuring that Floridas students have the resources and opportunities they
need to get a great education and succeed in their future careers. The
Lottery will continue to do all we can to maximize education contributions to
help Floridas students become tomorrows leaders.
Ned Bowman, Executive Director of
Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association said,
I applaud Governor Scott for putting Florida businesses first and the
Florida Lottery for helping retailers grow their businesses while supporting
our states education system. We are proud of our long partnership with
the Florida Lottery, and we look forward to continuing to support their efforts
of generating revenue for Floridas students and schools.
Randy Miller, President and CEO,
Florida Retail Federation said, I appreciate the Governors
support of Floridas business community and his commitment to having a
strong educational system. The Florida Retail Federation is proud to help
contribute to the success of the Florida Lottery because we recognize the
organizations benefit to Floridas schools.
John Peyton, President of Gate
Petroleum Company, We appreciate having a businessman like
Governor Scott leading our state, creating jobs, helping businesses succeed and
growing Floridas economy. We also value our relationship with the Florida
Lottery and are proud to partner with them to help generate additional funding
University of Florida student,
Eric Jones, The Bright Futures Scholarship was the
motivating factor behind turning my dreams into reality. It allowed me to set
my goals high, and settle for nothing less. I appreciate all that Governor
Scott and the Florida Lottery are doing to ensure future funding for this and
other educational programs.
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
CONTACT: Lottery Communications
Office, (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
Arizona Lottery Makes Historic $206 Million Transfer to State
PHOENIX, Arizona (January 25, 2017)
From a milestone anniversary and new airport location, to the first-ever
Arizona Cardinals Scratchers® and a billion dollar Powerball, the Arizona
Lottery had a lot to celebrate in 2016. The biggest highlight of the year,
however, is Arizona Lotterys record breaking annual transfer of over $206
million back to the state of Arizona.
In fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to
June 30, 2016), Arizona Lottery transferred more than $206 million to its
beneficiariesa 17% increase from fiscal year 2015, or nearly $30
record-breaking transfer, Lottery will continue to positively impact a variety
of programs and organizations that serve diverse groups of Arizonans, such as
foster children, the vulnerable, tribal students and more, said
The transfer increase is a result of
record-breaking sales driven by the largest Powerball® ever recorded, an
incredible $1.586 billion. Consequently, Powerball was the most Googled term in
2016 producing international attention. The $1.586 billion jackpot generated
over $85 million in sales in Arizona over the course of just nine weeks.
Proceeds from Arizona Lottery sales
have a large economic impact as well. With three Top 10 Powerball jackpots in
2016 alone, lottery players and retailers got lucky. Here are the
- 5th largest Powerball Jackpot reaching $487
million, resulting in $25.9 million in sales over a course of 12 weeks
- 7th largest Powerball Jackpot reaching $429.6
million, resulting in $19.6 million in sales over a course of 8 weeks
- Nearly half a billion dollars paid in prizes to
- Over $59.1 million in commissions to retailers
The growth we have seen in
transfers to beneficiaries, commissions for retailers and prizes for players is
an immense accomplishment for Arizona as a whole, said Gregg Edgar,
Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. Looking forward, we are
strategizing various innovative ways to maintain, and even surpass these record
numbers so Lottery can continue to deliver its products how our players would
like, as well as transfer even more funds to our beneficiaries.
The Arizona Lottery transfers
dollars to 13 legislatively mandated funds that serve 18 beneficiaries. Funding
supports organizations throughout Arizona in the areas of Arts and Education,
Community Enrichment, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Health
and Human Services and Public Safety.
Scratchers® is a registered
service mark of the California Lottery.
CONTACT: Nikki OShea, Arizona
Lottery, Communications Specialist, T: (480) 921-4438, Email:
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery press
Thorsborg Institute, LLC is Proud to Announce Its 37th
Anniversary Serving the Lottery and Gaming Industry Coincides with the
Forthcoming ICE Conference in London
BRUNSWICK, Georgia (January 31,
2017) -- Thorsborg Institutes consultancy operations in 99 countries have
assisted and augmented the operations and revenues for its diverse clientele
such as financial institutions, lottery/gaming concessionaires, charitable
organizations and governments since 1980. Thorsborg Institutes unique
historical and operational expertise/experience is a global resource for the
lottery/gaming industry. As the lottery/gaming industry matures and evolves, we
can provide the independent perspective to provide solutions for the
introduction of new games, evaluation of operational methodology and financial
analysis of the operating jurisdiction.
Our research and experienced staff
has a global historical perspective that provides unparalleled consultancy
services consisting of the evaluation/feasibilities of lottery/gaming
opportunities, creation/adjudication of international tenders and management
assistance in creating and sustaining operating protocols.
Thorsborg Institute, LLCs
Founder and CEO, Captain Kip Peterson will be attending the ICE conference and
is available for limited meetings.
For further information and/or to
arrange a meeting at ICE 2017, please CONTACT: Thorsborg Institute, LLC, Email:
Info@Thorsborg.com, Telephone: 1+ 770
SOURCE: Thorsborg Institute,
Games Regulations & Fantasy Sports Ruling Now in Force
By Malta Gaming Authority
MALTA (January 31, 2017) -- The
Skill Games Regulations (S.L. 438.11) are now in force following publication in
the Government Gazette on the 24th of January 2017. In terms of these new
regulations, the Authority is entrusted with the governance and regulation over
the skill games sector, as originally envisaged under article 78 of the
Lotteries and Other Games Act (Chapter 438 of the Laws of Malta).
The publication of these regulations
follows a public consultation that was carried out in 2015. The Authority
collected and analysed the feedback received, and met with industry
stakeholders, and a position paper was published in December 2015, laying down
the Authoritys roadmap for the regulation of this sector. The legislative
process was undertaken in 2016, which included notification to the European
Commission in terms of the process laid down by Directive 2015/1535.
In terms of the Skill Games
Regulations, the Authority is empowered to regulate the sector in terms of a
number of public policy objectives listed down in regulation 3, including
consumer protection, fairness of the game, and the prevention of
Furthermore, skill games which, in
the opinion of the Authority, should be subject to additional regulatory
supervision because of any additional risk they may pose to consumers, may, by
virtue of a public ruling issued by the Authority in terms of regulation 6, be
deemed controlled skill games, and thus become subject to the
requirement of a licence, and the rest of the obligations envisaged in the
In view of the above, the Authority
is hereby exercising this power to deem fantasy sports as controlled skill
games. The ruling on fantasy sports, and the parameters thereof, are attached.
The effects of this ruling, together with the repealing of the Fantasy Sports
(Exemption) Regulations (S.L. 438.10), are that such fantasy sports operators
are required to acquire a controlled skill games licence from the
A controlled skill games licence may
be a licence to provide a service for the purposes of engaging with end
consumers, or a licence to provide a supply, that is, in a business-to-business
capacity. The licence is valid for five years, and is subject to a number of
requirements, including a procedure to ensure that the persons behind the
business are fit and proper, financial and system auditing to ensure that the
operation is fair, sound and secure, and other measures to prevent fraud and
money-laundering, a consumer-centric approach to the business, a high level of
information security and segregation of player funds. Licence holders are also
subject to administrative fees, licence fees, and a 5% tax over gaming revenue.
A three-month transitory period is in effect.
Stakeholders are invited to access
the Skill Games page on the Authoritys website for further resources on
this new framework, and to contact the Authority for further assistance.
SOURCE: Malta Gaming
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