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IGT Wins Contracts with Norsk Tipping to Provide Interactive Casino and Instant Win Game Libraries and Customized Games

IGT Also Signs Separate Two-Year Extension of Existing Interactive Gaming Platform Contract

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LONDON, U.K. (February 7, 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 contracts with Norsk Tipping to provide interactive casino and Instant Win game libraries and custom games through a Remote Game Server (RGS) as part of a recent competitive procurement process. Norsk Tipping, Norway's state lottery operator and a World Lottery Association (WLA) member, has been a valued customer of IGT, previously legacy GTECH, since 2013.

"Since the launch of Norsk Tipping's iGaming program in 2014, IGT's compelling interactive content has contributed to its ongoing success," said Åsne Havnelid, CEO, Norsk Tipping. "Thanks to IGT's investment in its interactive solutions, we can continue providing Norwegian players with unique games that they enjoy built on the foundation of Responsible Gaming principles."

"IGT's extensive experience across commercial iGaming has helped to meet the specific needs of the traditional WLA markets, and has enabled IGT to provide Norsk Tipping with a competitive, customized iGaming portfolio," said Declan Harkin, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, IGT International. "IGT was proud to play an integral role in Norsk Tipping's historic iGaming program launch, and this contract will further enhance their successful program with additional entertaining game content."

The new contracts for the provision of games, which took effect on Feb. 1, 2017, are for three years with the option for an extension of one year. Related contracts for the operation of games will have initial three year terms from the date of regular operation and will be automatically renewed for one year at a time until a maximum of eight years. IGT will provide additional interactive casino and Instant Win content from its game libraries, as well as new games created exclusively for the regulated Norwegian market, through an RGS. IGT will also provide a selection of games through its Nordic sub-supplier Magnet Gaming. The games are expected to be deployed beginning in the second half of 2017.

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In a separate contract, executed in September 2016, IGT received a two-year extension until March 2019 of its current contract with Norsk Tipping dated November 2012 for the ongoing provision of the interactive gaming platform.

IGT's extensive game libraries leverage the Company's experience across multiple gaming verticals, including interactive and land-based gaming, to help customers attract new players and retain existing ones. The libraries feature a broad variety of themes and features, enabling operators to select proven game styles for their market while easily introducing new themes. IGT's libraries include widely recognized licensed content, and offer cross-promotion and advertising material to enhance player engagement.

Beginning in January 2014, Norsk Tipping went live with its successful Instaspill portfolio consisting of IGT iCasino, Instant Win, and Bingo titles, as well as the platform supplied exclusively by IGT.

In addition to Norsk Tipping, IGT's Nordic WLA interactive customers include Veikkaus in Finland and Svenska Spel in Sweden.

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.

 

 

Scientific Games Brings Together Two Global Brands with New Playboy Don't Stop The Party! Featuring Pitbull Game

Company launches high-energy slot experience for both land-based casinos and Play4Fun™ social online game through SG Universe™; game features hit songs from global music superstar Pitbull

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 8, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") has launched its newest slot game designed exclusively for the hugely successful ALPHA 2 Pro Theater cabinet – Playboy Don't Stop The Party! Featuring Pitbull.

This groundbreaking partnership between two of the world's most recognized and popular consumer brands features the Playboy brand and Playboy Bunnies alongside the new face of Playboy — global music superstar and Playboy brand ambassador Armando Christian Perez, also known as Pitbull.

Along with the land-based casino launch, Playboy Don't Stop The Party! Featuring Pitbull is also available through Scientific Games' Play4Fun™ social casino network on both desktop and mobile through its SG Universe™ product. SG Universe enhances a casino's ability to build an engaged online player community and to keep their brand top-of-mind between casino visits.

The highly stylized land-based slot game will have players looking to keep the party going with a five-level near-area progressive, single-level wide-area progressive options, and multiple bonus features comprising Mr. Worldwide Wild Reels, Random Wild Patterns, Give Me Everything Free Games, and the Don't Stop the Party in-game bonus. Hit singles from Pitbull, combined with the enhanced Pro Sound Chair, add energy and turn the game into a party-like experience.

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Showcasing the incredible visuals and pulse-pumping sound design of the ALPHA 2 Pro Theater cabinet, Playboy Don't Stop The Party! Featuring Pitbull capitalizes on Scientific Games' Pro Sound Chair, bringing the player closer than ever before to the glamorous lifestyle of "Mr. Worldwide".

Derik Mooberry, Group Chief Executive, Gaming for Scientific Games, said, "We are ecstatic to launch Playboy Don't Stop The Party! Featuring Pitbull across both land-based and online channels. Our customers have been eagerly anticipating this game because of its high energy, its engrossing bonus events, the chance to win a life-changing progressive jackpot, and most of all – its combination of Playboy and Pitbull, two of today's most provocative consumer brands. Pitbull's music, synchronized with game play and enhanced by our Pro Sound Chair, makes people feel good, and that is what slot game entertainment is all about."

Scientific Games and Playboy have maintained a 17-year relationship, resulting in numerous popular game titles such as Playboy Hot Zone®, Playboy Muy Caliente, Playboy Platinum, Playboy Prizeball, and Playboy Club, among others.

Playboy Don't Stop The Party! Featuring Pitbull is approved in several jurisdictions worldwide and is now available for casinos to order.

Grammy award-winning musician, songwriter, and record producer, Pitbull has sold more than six million albums and 70 million singles worldwide. Through the release of seven studio albums, "Mr. Worldwide" has achieved No. 1 status in more than 15 countries around the world with his rapid-fire rhythms, billion-dollar beats, and globally infectious hooks that cross over to audiences around the world.

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.

All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States.  © 2017 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

© 2017 Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. PLAYBOY, PLAYMATE, PLAYBOY BUNNY and Rabbit Head Design are marks of Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. and used under license by Scientific Games Corporation.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund +1 702-532-7663

VP Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

VP Corporate Communications

Susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

Artist Contact:

Entotal Agency:

Tom Muzquiz

tom@entotalagency.com

 

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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Kambi Signs Deal with Greentube - NOVOMATIC Interactive

Supplier to offer sportsbook to a number of Greentube’s European markets

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MALTA (February 7, 2017) -- Premium sportsbook provider Kambi has signed a with contract with Greentube - NOVOMATIC Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of NOVOMATIC, Europe's leading gaming technology group.

This follows the MoU with NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) announced in October 2016, where Kambi and NLS launched 'NLS Sports Betting - Powered by Kambi'.

Kambi will offer its state-of-the art sports betting service to Greentube's brands in regulated European markets such as Spain, Italy, UK, Germany and Romania.

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Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi, said: "We are very pleased to have been chosen to provide Greentube with our fully managed Sportsbook service. This deal is another positive step towards extending the partnership with NOVOMATIC Group.

“With Greentube's many local licenses, the partnership has great potential to make it an important pan-European Sportsbook player alongside its already successful casino brands."

“Thomas Graf, Greentube CEO, commented: "Adding Kambi's Sportsbook to our online brands will further enhance the appeal of our online casinos and open completely new customer segments for us. We look forward to this partnership and are convinced that it has the potential to be a great success."

To find out more about Kambi and Greentube, visit Kambi at ICE Totally Gaming at the ExCel, London, stand S2-110.

For more information, please CONTACT: Christina Haralambous, Head of Marketing Communications, E: Christina.Haralambous@kambi.com, Office: +44 (0) 203 617 7270, Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 188 184.

About Kambi

Kambi is a B2B supplier of managed sports betting services to gaming operators. Kambi's product encompasses a broad offering from front end through to odds compiling and risk management. The company's current coverage includes more than 165,000 live betting events and 300,000 pre-match events per year covering 65 different sports from all over the world. Kambi utilises a best of breed security approach, with guiding principles from ISO 27001. Kambi is a member of WLA, EL, Cibelae and is eCOGRA certified. Kambi is listed on First North at Nasdaq Stockholm under the symbol "KAMBI". Kambi's Certified Advisor is Redeye AB.

SOURCE: Kambi.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $126.2 Million in Revenue During January

MGM National Harbor brings in $48.8 million in its first full calendar month

BALTIMORE, Maryland (February 6, 2017) -- In its first full calendar month of operation, MGM National Harbor generated $48,828,135 million from slot machines and table games in January, leading the way as the state’s six casinos totaled $126,212,756 in revenue during the first month of 2017 – a 42.8% increase from the January 2016 figure of $88,361,884.

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Other casinos saw expected declines in revenue as Maryland’s gaming market continues to evolve. In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, January 2017 revenue decreased by $10,977,263, or 12.4%.

Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in January at MGM National Harbor was: $241.88 for slot machines, $5,824.32 for banked table games and $1,494.45 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,237 slot machines and 165 (126 banked and 39 non-banked) table games.

Maryland Live Casino totalled $43,999,451 from both slot machines and table games in January. Maryland Live’s gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $229.05 for slot machines, $2,958.93 for banked table games and $981.01 for non-banked table games. January 2017 revenue at Maryland Live decreased by $8,146,370, or 15.6%, from January 2016. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,941 slot machines and 209 (157 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $20,216,734 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $180.03 for slot machines, $1,709.50 for banked table games and $568.22 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casino’s January 2017 revenue decreased by $3,435,285, or 14.5%, from January 2016. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 166 (141 banked and 25 non-banked) table games.

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Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $5,769,969 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $184.86 for slot machines, $2,154.29 for banked table games and $376.64 for non-banked table games. Hollywood Casino’s January 2017 revenue increased by $256,342, or 4.6%, from January 2016. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 20 (12 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,676,271 from slot machines in January, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $147.93. Casino at Ocean Downs’ January 2017 revenue decreased by $45,457, or 1.2%, from January 2016. Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $3,722,195 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $152.90 for slot machines and $1,069.85 for banked table games. This facility does not have non-banked table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s January 2017 revenue increased by $393,507, or 11.8%, from January 2016. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 665 slot machines and 17 table games.

Under Maryland law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund as well as small-, minority- and women-owned businesses, local impact grants and the state’s horse racing industry. January 2017 contributions to the state from all six Maryland casinos and fiscal year-to-date totals are documented in the attached spreadsheets and available online (click HERE).

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos. In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), Email: carole.gentry@maryland.gov.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

OPAP Group Announce New Strategic Technology Partnerships

The enhancement of digital and technology capabilities and upgrade of core services is part of an investment of more than 100 million EUR

GREECE (February 2, 2017) -- OPAP Group (OPAP), the leading Greek betting and lottery operator, has concluded its technology strategy review and has selected the key organisations with whom OPAP will partner in the delivery of its 2020 Vision. The new partnerships are consistent with the company's Strategic Priorities of "building a world class portfolio of products and services" and "leveraging the latest digital and technology capabilities".

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OPAP has chosen Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS), a member of the Novomatic Group, as its new technology partner in the field of numerical lotteries, covering Kino, Tzoker, Lotto and Proto. OPAP will migrate to the NLS platform during 2018 and this process will also involve the replacement of all of the existing shop tills. NLS will also provide its Player Account Management System (PAM) to OPAP and this will be the foundation of customer relationship management, initially for digital channels.

Agreement has also been reached with Playtech BGT Sports for the supply of software licenses and services for self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) and the subsequent introduction of a full sports betting solution for OPAP agencies network. SSBTs initial roll-out will commence in OPAP stores during H1 2017, followed by the introduction of an over the counter sports betting solution in 2018.

The company's digital offering will also undergo a significant improvement and, given the fast-moving and competitive nature of this market, OPAP has selected Betgenius to become its primary provider of an integrated digital sportsbook service. Under the terms of the agreement OPAP will also receive fully-automated prices for around 130,000 events a year for the next two years, including all major football, basketball and tennis fixtures.

OPAP is planning to proceed with an investment of more than 100 million Euros over the next few years, for the implementation of its 2020 Vision, which includes the transformation of the technology role within the organization. Specifically, this will involve migrating to these new platforms, the investment in new SSBTs and the replacement of existing shop hardware. This will also include the necessary upgrade in technology infrastructure for both its retail and digital channels and provide modern, best-in-class solutions for all existing activities, as well as the foundation for future strategies.

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In parallel, OPAP will be creating more than 100 new job positions in Greece in 2017 that will support the implementation of its plans, while generating additional indirect job opportunities in the country through its operations.

Commenting on these strategic partnerships OPAP Chief Executive Officer, Damian Cope, stated: "Leveraging the latest digital and technology capabilities is one of OPAP's stated Strategic Priorities within our 2020 Vision. After a long and careful review we have now identified how we intend to do this and with whom. Our selection of these key partners demonstrates our clear focus on working with the industry's leading providers of modern gaming technology, whilst also allowing OPAP an element of control and flexibility over the fast-moving digital world. Our Board of Directors has also approved a significant investment in people, systems, solutions and infrastructure.

I am pleased to be announcing these agreements with world leading technology providers, each with industry expertise that will help transform the role of technology within our organization and this in turn will enable us to improve existing products, introduce new ones and enhance our customers' experience both online and across our network".

OPAP has previously announced its partnership with Inspired Entertainment for the provision of Virtual Sportsbetting and can now confirm that this product is expected to start roll-out during H1 2017, initially offering the successful Virtual Football to customers, with additional sports expected during 2018.

SOURCE: OPAP.

 

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Azerbaijan State Lottery Chooses SBTech as its Platform and Sportsbook Supplier

LONDON,U.K. (February 6, 2017) -- eTopaz, the exclusive sportsbook of the monopoly state lottery of Azerbaijan, Azerinteltek's Topaz brand, has announced that it will power its future growth with SBTech's award-winning fully managed platform to benefit from SBTech's sportsbook experience in a deal with of one of the industry's leading providers of iGaming platform and sports betting solutions and services.

EL member Azerinteltek offers sports betting both online and through a network of over 500 retail locations under the brand Topaz. eTopaz is the sole exclusive online licensed dealer of Azelinteltek, serving tens of thousands of users within Azerbaijan. Following the launch of the SBTech platform, its customers will now be able to enjoy a wide range of cutting-edge sports betting features, including a customisable, fully responsive front-end, partial cash out and 'bank my stake' options, automatic enhanced combo bets, best-in-class live betting and a fully comprehensive offering of live streaming.

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Supported by the Chameleon360 iGaming platform, eTopaz will take advantage of a full suite of player management services, including configurable bonusing, payment processing, CRM, internal marketing operations and advanced reporting. In addition, the company will benefit from unrivalled big data analytics, allowing ever-increasing levels of personalisation, engagement and bet suggestions.

SBTech was awarded the contract via a competitive tender, having demonstrated its compliance with all regulatory requirements. This is the second time in recent months that the company has succeeded in partnering with a major lottery operator, following its deal with Sazka, the dominant lottery player in the Czech Republic, which also holds equity in OPAP, the Greek state lottery, as well as Casinos Austria and various other operators.

eTopaz CEO and Azerinteltek Board Member, Altay Aliyev, said: "In order to build on our position as the sole online sports betting operator in Azerbaijan, we have taken the decision to partner with SBTech, on account of the strength of its award-winning sportsbook. The Chameleon360 platform's wide range of revenue-generating features and the company's demonstrable commitment to innovation and proven versatility were pivotal in our choice, and we anticipate substantial growth as a result of the new products we shall be offering to our customers."

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Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, commented: "We are delighted to be launching our sportsbook with eTopaz and providing our market-leading platform and fully managed sports betting services. This agreement further advances our strategy of becoming the foremost provider of sports betting solutions to state lotteries, as well the leading supplier of platform products and services in regulated markets."

About SBTech:

SBTech is an industry-leading provider of fully-managed and semi-managed sports betting solutions and services in regulated markets, thanks to the world-class coverage of its sportsbook, unrivalled multi award-winning in-play betting, complete Omni-channel solution and its innovative and uniquely configurable Chameleon360 iGaming Platform.

About eTopaz:

eTopaz was founded on January 19, 2010 with the goal of evaluating the investment potential of Azerbaijan in the sport betting sector. Topaz - a commercial trademark of Azerinteltek - was launched in 2011 as the sole legal sports betting game operator in the country. In 2013, it launched greyhound racing games and started selling state lottery products. Since 2012, Topaz has been the main sponsor of the football Premier League of Azerbaijan.

CONTACT: info@sbtech.com.

SOURCE: SBTech )http://www.sbtech.com).

 

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Delaware Lottery Offers Powerball® Players Chance to Win Exclusive Caribbean Vacation in Second-Chance Contest

Six Cruise Packages Up for Grabs in Delaware as Part of National POWERBALL® Promotion

DOVER, Delaware (February 7, 2017) -- All aboard the POWERBALL® Power Cruise™! Starting Wednesday, February 8 through Saturday, March 25, Delaware Lottery players will have a chance to enter the first-ever POWERBALL® Power Cruise contest. The POWERBALL® Power Cruise is a privately chartered five-night cruise on Royal Caribbean International’s adventure-packed ship, Brilliance of the Seas. Departing from Tampa, Florida, the ship will sail to Key West, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico. The ship is scheduled to set sail in January 2018, giving trip winners plenty of time to plan for their vacations.

Players can enter the Power Cruise promotion by mailing non-winning POWERBALL® tickets to the Delaware Lottery PO box (Power Cruise Second Chance, PO Box 319, Cheswold, Delaware 19936-0318). The Delaware Lottery will hold six prize drawings for the cruise packages, with six prizes awarded to players who enter with Delaware tickets.

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It only takes one ticket to win, and sometimes even a second chance can be a lucky one,” said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery. “We continually enhance and refine our promotions to offer different opportunities for players to become winners.

The Delaware Lottery is one of 25 U.S. lotteries that will be part of the Power Cruise campaign, which has chartered the entire Royal Caribbean ship exclusively for lottery trip winners from across the country.

Three of the cruise packages available to Delaware players will be for Balcony staterooms on board the ship—one for Ocean view staterooms and two for Interior staterooms. Each vacation package for two includes coach airfare to Florida; a one-night hotel stay in Tampa the night before the cruise departs; ground transportation from the airport to the hotel and to the ship; a stateroom on the Power Cruise, with two ports of call; primary gratuities paid for the stateroom attendant and dining room staff on the ship; and transfers from the port to the airport when the cruise has concluded. Plus, every bundle offers a $250 credit to spend on board the ship for bucket-list excursions on land; Royal Caribbean’s Wi-Fi; VOOM, the fastest internet at sea; spa treatments; and specialty dining.

Once the Power Cruise sets sail, the excitement will really get going for the guests onboard. Two-hundred $500 cash prizes will be given away to registered trip winners on the ship. And on the last night, one lucky registered trip winner onboard will receive a $50,000 grand prize.

Power Cruisers will also be treated to VIP concerts featuring the rock group Goo Goo Dolls, rap artist Flo Rida and pop singer Macy Kate.

On Brilliance of the Seas, winners can set their own pace, whether in relaxation mode or seeking an active adventure. The award-winning ship’s features include spacious accommodations, the cruise line’s signature rock-climbing wall, an outdoor movie screen, miniature golf, a fitness center, pools and whirlpools, the popular Vitality Spa, and boutiques.

To enter the promotion, Delaware Lottery players must purchase POWERBALL® tickets between February 8 and March 25, and mail their non-winning POWERBALL® tickets to Power Cruise Second Chance, PO Box 319, Cheswold, Delaware 19936-0318.

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The Delaware Lottery will hold six consecutive weekly promotional prize drawings beginning February 22. (The drawing schedule and the number of prizes that will be awarded is included below.)

Power Cruise™ is a trademark of Alchemy 3, LLC. Used under license. Royal Caribbean International logo is a registered trademark of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and is used with permission. ©2017 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.® POWERBALL® and Power Play® are federally registered trademarks and are used with permission of the Multi-State Lottery Association. All rights reserved.

Delaware State Lottery is a sponsor of the promotion.  

About the Delaware Lottery:

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.

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

SOURCE: Delaware Lottery.

 

 

Gambling Commission Chief Executive Looks to the Future at This Year's Flagship Gaming Show

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (February 7, 2017) -- Gambling Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison has today set out her vision for the future focus of the Gambling Commission and wider industry, as she addressed one of the largest international gaming shows.

Sarah spoke on a number of topics at the World Regulatory Briefing conference within ICE Vox. Her address considered recent market, political and society developments, as well as her reflections on the past 12 months.

Importantly, she also set out the Gambling Commission’s focus for the coming year, focusing on:

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  • publication of a forward strategy that will guide the Commission’s work over the next three years
  • building consumer trust and confidence
  • improving the way the Commission works
  • developing advice to the Government on the gambling review
  • a review of the online market.

 

Discussing the seismic shift in the balance of power between the public and government, Mrs Harrison noted that these changes are also altering the relationship between consumers and business. She said: “Gambling operators need to focus now on how they should adapt, improve and build consumer trust and confidence to avoid the aftershocks and retain sustainable long term businesses.

We will work as the GB regulator, and with our European and international regulator partners, to do all we can within our powers to put consumer interests first to create regulation which can give confidence and, in turn, foster a healthy gambling market.

Read the speech in full.

CONTACT: Press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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Hoosier Lottery Releases the Frenzy!

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 7, 2017) -- Today, the Hoosier Lottery launches a new family of games called Frenzy Multiplier where players could instantly win up to $1 million and "Release the Frenzy!"

Winter can be a little...ho-hum. With the new Frenzy Multiplier Scratch-offs from the Hoosier Lottery, players can beat those winter blahs with five different games loaded with prizes and many ways to win. Players can purchase Frenzy Multiplier Scratch-offs at any Hoosier Lottery retailer choosing from $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 Frenzy Multiplier Scratch-off tickets. Frenzy Multiplier Scratch-offs are loaded with $50, $100, $500, $5,000 and $10,000 prizes. Players "Release the Frenzy" by matching their numbers to any of the winning numbers to win the prize shown. If players reveal a multiplier symbol, they multiply their prize by that amount up to 50X.

Prizes vary depending on which level of Frenzy players choose, but the Frenzy does not stop there. Top prizes range from $2,000 on the $1 $50 Frenzy Multiplier all the way up to $1 million on the $20 $10,000 Frenzy Multiplier.

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By entering non-winning Frenzy Multiplier Scratch-off tickets at hoosierlottery.com through myLOTTERY, players have the opportunity to win up to $100,000 in the Cash Frenzy 2nd Chance Promotion. The price of each Frenzy Multiplier ticket determines the number of 2nd chance entries a player receives. The $1 $50 Frenzy Multiplier is worth one entry while the $20 $10,000 Frenzy Multiplier is worth twenty. There is no limit to the number of tickets a player may enter.

Players are invited to join the Hoosier Lottery in "Releasing the Frenzy" at retail events all over the State of Indiana. During the month of February, Frenzy promotions give players an opportunity to spin the prize wheel and receive an entry into a drawing for a $50 Frenzy prize basket. To participate, players purchase $5 in Frenzy Multiplier Scratch-offs while attending the promotional event. Click here for Frenzy promotion details.

Estimated Overall Odds for $1 $50 Frenzy 1 in 4.83, $2 $100 Frenzy 1 in 4.54, $5  $500 Frenzy 1 in 3.97, $10 $5000 Frenzy 1 in 3.60 and $20 $10,000 Frenzy 1 in 3.45. 2nd Chance Promotion Odds are dependent upon the number of entries received.

Click here to download the Hoosier Lottery Mobile App.

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. Download Hoosier Lottery logos here.

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

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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New Mexico Lottery Announces Over $5 Million in Total Prizes in New Scratcher Games

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (February 7, 2017) -- Four new Scratchers are on sale today, Super Tuesday.

Themed with images of cash and gold, these four games total more than $5 million in prizes:

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Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $719 million for education and more than 109,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. 

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

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

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

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

 

Florida Lotto® Free Ticket Wins One Lucky Player $12 Million Jackpot!

This jackpot generated more than $9.6 million for education!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 7, 2017) -- The Florida Lottery today announced that for the second time in its history a FLORIDA LOTTO® jackpot was won by a free FLORIDA LOTTO with XTRA® ticket. Muhamed Omeranovic, 66, of Jacksonville, claimed the $12 million FLORIDA LOTTO® jackpot from the December 21, 2016, drawing, and chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $8,035,884.00.

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Players who match two winning numbers on a FLORIDA LOTTO with XTRA ticket win a free FLORIDA LOTTO with XTRA Quick Pick ticket for the next available drawing. The winning numbers drawn were 2-4-7-21-34-48 and the XTRA number was 5.

The free FLORIDA LOTTO Quick Pick ticket was generated from Ruts BP, located at 6923 Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville. The retailer received a bonus commission of $60,000 for selling the jackpot-winning FLORIDA LOTTO ticket. Total ticket sales for this jackpot generated more than $9.6 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

The next FLORIDA LOTTO drawing will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 11:15 p.m. ET, with a $3 million jackpot. FLORIDA LOTTO drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state.

Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.

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, (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Touchdown! Long-time Panthers Fan Wins Season Tickets for 20 Years

RALEIGH, North Carolina (February 7, 2017) -- Pamela Jamison of Dallas says she feels like she’s scored a touchdown after winning a pair of Panthers season tickets for 20 years.

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I’ve been cheering for the Panthers ever since they started,” Jamison said. 

Jamison, the head cook at a truck stop, won the tickets after she entered a $5 Carolina Panthers scratch-off ticket into the lottery’s second-chance drawing.

When I entered my ticket, I kept telling my husband, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if I won,’” Jamison said. “I can’t believe I did.”

She plans to use the tickets to start a new tradition.

I’ve got a lot of family who are football fans,” Jamison said. “So I’ll take them with me.”

She claimed her prize Tuesday at the lottery’s Charlotte regional office. Her entry was drawn from more than 500,000.

This once-in-a-lifetime prize was part of the state’s first Carolina Panthers ticket created by the N.C. Education Lottery and Carolina Panthers. Other Panther fans and lottery players also had big wins, including eight who won $200,000 instantly, and one who won a VIP game experience at a Bank of America Stadium suite for himself and 15 friends.

Ticket sales from games like Carolina Panthers made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $634 million for the state last year. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Gaston County, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.

CONTACT: Kathleen Jacob, phone: (919) 301-3620.

SOURCE: NC Education Lottery.

 

 

FIFA Strengthens Global Football Integrity Programme with Sportradar Agreement

ZURICH, Switzerland (February 3, 2017) -- FIFA has concluded an agreement with Sportradar Integrity Services that will provide world football’s governing body with a full suite of monitoring, education and intelligence services to further strengthen the integrity of football around the globe.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Sportradar, the global leader in match manipulation detection and prevention, will use its award-winning Fraud Detection System to identify and analyse any suspicious betting behaviour or patterns across a number of international and domestic competitions around the world.

FIFA will work closely with the six continental confederations (CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, CAF, UEFA, the AFC and the OFC) that comprise FIFA’s member associations to ensure that any findings are provided to the appropriate organisations, and to support any relevant follow-up action or disciplinary proceedings.

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The monitoring activities will cover various FIFA tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup™ and its qualifiers, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Olympic Football Tournaments and all of its youth competitions, as well as a wide range of national leagues and all confederation-run competitions.

In addition to monitoring and detection services, FIFA will be able to call on Sportradar’s in-house intelligence and investigation experts.

Sportradar will also deliver a full range of fraud prevention services and provide a programme of educational workshops and e-learning solutions, as well as a bespoke app to enable players, coaches and staff to understand the importance of protecting the integrity of football and the repercussions of fraudulent activities. The app will allow them to confidentially and anonymously report any concerns.

Speaking about today’s news, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “Preserving the integrity of the game is paramount to FIFA. Given that match manipulation is still a serious concern for everyone who loves the game, FIFA will work with Sportradar, the global leader in match manipulation detection and prevention, to invigorate and enhance our integrity programme. FIFA is committed to tackling match manipulation and protecting the integrity of football for players and fans.”

Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl added: “It is an incredible honour to stand side by side with FIFA and also with all the confederations in a clear and unequivocal statement of intent and resistance. We have worked hard to earn the trust of a whole range of stakeholders across sport and of course football, and now we have the chance to join up all that work, expertise and insight and to provide the game with such a high level of monitoring and collaboration. We thank President Infantino and his team for their trust and look forward to working together with FIFA at the start of this new era.”

About Sportradar

Sportradar is a global leader in understanding and leveraging the power of sports data and digital content for its clients around the world.

The company’s Integrity Services operation provides the Fraud Detection System (FDS) to several federations across 13 sports, including the AFC, UEFA, CONMEBOL, World Rugby, the NHL and the NBA. This unique system allows the Integrity Services team to monitor betting behaviour and patterns worldwide and to identify suspicious activities. Those findings prove invaluable for sports federations and law enforcement agencies that are looking to pinpoint match-fixers.

The Integrity Services also include the Fraud Prevention Service (FPS), through which Sportradar offers educational tools and services that have been delivered to leagues and clubs around the world. These have been shown to increase awareness of illegal betting and match manipulation among those involved in sport.

More than 800 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar’s data depth and quality services in their daily business. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other cities and employs over 1,650 highly experienced staff worldwide.

SOURCE: Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

 

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Inspired Announce Expansive Virtual Sports Partnership with OPAP

Rollout of Inspired’s Virtual Sports products to leading Greek operator is expected to commence in 1st Half of Calendar 2017

NEW YORK and LONDON (February 3, 2017) -- Inspired Entertainment Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE), a leading provider of Virtual Sports, Mobile Games and SBG Video Lottery, today announced that it expects to begin to deploy its Virtual Sports products in Greece, following OPAP’s reiteration of an agreement first announced in September 2016.

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Inspired will work as a technology supplier to the leading Greek betting and lottery operator, deploying its Virtual Sports products both online and across OPAP’s extensive retail network.  The rollout, currently expected to commence in the 1st Half of Calendar 2017, will initially focus on Virtual Football (soccer), with other sports planned to follow.

Luke Alvarez, President and CEO of Inspired, commented, “Inspired is enormously excited by the Virtual Sports market opportunity in Greece and we’re delighted to be working as a key supplier to OPAP as it works to realize its ‘2020 Vision’.

About Inspired Entertainment, Inc.

Inspired is a global games technology company, supplying Virtual Sports, Mobile Gaming and server-based gaming systems with associated terminals and digital content to regulated betting and gaming operators around the world.  Inspired currently operates more than 25,000 digital gaming terminals and supplies its Virtual Sports products in more than 35,000 venues and on over 100 websites in 30 countries. Inspired employs over 800 employees in the UK and elsewhere, developing and operating digital games and networks.

Additional information can be found at: www.inseinc.com.

SOURCE: Inspired.

 

 

EveryMatrix and Norsk Tipping Officially Ink the Deal for the Gaming Integration Platform

HAMAR, Norway (February 3, 2017) -- Following the December 2016 announcement that the procurement for Norsk Tipping’s Gaming Integration Platform has been awarded to EveryMatrix, the contract between EveryMatrix and the Norwegian State Lottery has officially been signed in Hamar, Norway.

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Norsk Tipping is the exclusive legal provider of lottery, sports, and instant games in the Norwegian market. Ever since Norsk Tipping started 60 years ago, the profit from company’s operations was channelled back to the Norwegian sport and cultural sector.

In order to boost their casino offering, Norsk Tipping issued a public tender which saw 10 other suppliers taking part. Following a competitive process, EveryMatrix has been selected to supply the service, platform and integration for several casino brands, including IGT, NetEnt, Quickspin, Novomatic, Magnet Gaming and Scientific Games via the CasinoEngine platform.

EveryMatrix has done an excellent job by offering a rich and flexible solution that meets our present requirements. In conjunction with their competitive price model, EveryMatrix provides a solution catering for efficient integration to our different game vendors, scalability and redundancy, all operated in our own hosting environment.” said Hans Erland Ringsvold, Head of VLT and iGaming in Norsk Tipping

Per the present agreement, EveryMatrix assumes responsibility for operational services and content provider support for the contract period, which can be extended for up to 12 years.

We have deployed important people and financial resources in the last two years to rebuild our gaming platform and improve our integration methods, always seeking the right balance between technology, product features, flexibility and a competitive price model. Norsk Tipping win is a confirmation of such. The team is proud of this win and we are delighted to be partnering with Norwegian State Lottery. We look forward to working with the team to deliver CasinoEngine platform and the most competitive casino product to their customers.” said Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix CEO.

CasinoEngine -- one of the most successful EveryMatrix products at the moment – is the largest content aggregator on the market today integrating more than 50 gaming vendors and delivering 4,000 games from top casino brands.

SOURCE: EveryMatrix.

 

 


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