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Vol. 79 No1- Monday April 3, 2017


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IGT Signs Contract to Provide Instant Ticket Printing Services to New Games Lottery in Bulgaria

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LONDON, U.K. (March 28, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has entered into a three-year instant ticket printing contract with New Games Limited (“New Games”), the National Lottery in Bulgaria. The Lottery, which was established in 2012, generated approximately 700 million tickets in 2016, and has experienced continuous growth in sales since its inception.

I can see a great synergy with New Games and its team of passionate gamers, as together, we will work to continue building the Lottery’s instant ticket portfolio by offering superior products and solutions to their players,” said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO, International.

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We are excited to be able to participate in the continuous growth of the lottery business in Bulgaria, and look forward to working with New Games to continue generating increased revenues year over year."

We are pleased to be partnering with IGT, one of the most reputable and innovative organizations in our industry. We look forward to leveraging IGT’s expertise in the industry. With their support, we look forward to bringing our instant ticket business to a new level and continuing our significant growth and momentum in the Bulgarian market," said Milen Ganev, New Games CEO.

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,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Scientific Games Brings World's Best Gaming Experiences to Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention 2017, April 12-13 in San Diego

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LAS VEGAS, NV (March 28, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") will showcase the industry's most expansive portfolio of gaming technology solutions for tribal casinos at the National Indian Gaming Association's Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention ("NIGA") 2017, April 12-13 in San Diego, California.

Scientific Games Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan said, "Tribal gaming is such an important part of our industry and our business. We look forward to connecting with our tribal casino partners at NIGA and highlighting our newest and most innovative solutions designed to empower our customers by driving revenue, operational efficiencies, and player engagement across land-based, mobile and online channels."

At NIGA, Scientific Games — one of the leading global providers of slot platforms, game content, table-game products, casino-management system solutions, and a 360-degree view of the player — will demonstrate new and exciting solutions to empower player engagement and operating efficiencies while driving revenue.

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From its games portfolio, Scientific Games will display entertaining new game titles on a variety of its leading slot platforms, demonstrating the breadth of its library for all types of players and every size of casino.

The entire TwinStar™ family of innovative and industry-leading cabinets, along with an array of game content, will be on display, including the TwinStar, TwinStar Slant and the newest additions — the TwinStar J43 with a unique, J-curved portrait monitor and the new mechanical-reel TwinStar 3RM.

Scientific Games' player-favorite licensed branded content takes center stage in the Company's slot exhibit, featuring THE GODFATHER®, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION, THE SIMPSONS, SPIDER-MAN, TETRIS™ and WILLY WONKA.

The Company will offer hands-on demonstrations of its most cutting-edge solutions for everything from big data to cashless to management of multiple disparate systems for integrated player data and player rewards.

A key highlight will be the iVIEW®4 In-Game Display Manager, a major advancement in the use of on-device messaging. The iVIEW4 system features state-of-the-art web widgets and connectivity to web services, enabling opportunities for casinos to communicate with their players like never before.

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Scientific Games, the world leader in proprietary table games, shufflers, chip sorters and other utility products, will showcase exciting innovations at NIGA including ZAPPIT™ Blackjack with Blazing 7's Blackjack Progressive; Power Suit Poker; and ShuffleStar™, a groundbreaking, low-profile front-loading shuffler that shuffles four to eight decks continuously and features a revolutionary high-speed flat-dealing shoe and sophisticated card recognition using two cameras.

Nothing exemplifies Scientific Games' leading-edge hardware innovation better than PRIZM GameTable™, an industry-first in integrating electronic table games and slots and a NIGA must-see. The pioneeering social gaming table, debuting with Lighting Launch™ Roulette, features a 65-inch 4K display that serves as both the player interface and a table with seating for four.

SG Interactive will offer live demonstrations of its enhanced SG Universe™, a comprehensive, proprietary product suite featuring the Mobile Concierge platform, Play4Fun Network™ social casino, and Core Systems Integration technology. SG Universe is the only solution in the industry to offer integration with player-loyalty systems for a true 360-degree view of the player in the casino, online, and on-the-go. For more information, visit Scientific Games at NIGA 2017 in booth No. 1334.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and shufflers; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit ScientificGames.com.

 

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

T: +1 702-532-7663

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Susan Cartwright

VP Corporate Communications

T: +1 702-532-7981

susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Sazka Enters the World of Online Betting

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic (March 27, 2017) -- Sazka enters the world of online betting. Plans to expand the portfolio, wants to reach new target groups.

In connection with the new law enters the lottery company Sazka into the world of online betting. "This is for us to begin a new important stage. Sazka has not only standard retail brand, but will become available in the online environment. Now we want to focus on expanding the existing portfolio and reach new target groups, "says Aleš Veselý, Marketing Director bet.

Following the entry into online betting changing Sazka 's logo, which will no longer be divided separately from the logotype company name. Emphasis is placed on advanced 3D design and dynamism. The new logo created London studio Sheerman Blunt, who is author also visual identity group KKCG, to which belongs Sazka.

Sazka offers opportunities for online betting since 23 March, when it launched a new umbrella gaming portal www.sazka.cz , where will be possible to offer lottery tickets, competitions and odds betting. Other products will be gradually supplemented by acquired licenses. Its offer will be online from April communicate two parallel campaigns, the first of which will support the lottery, the second course betting, associated under the brand Sazka Bet.

Campaign lottery with claimem "We fulfill dreams and online" will communicate primarily convenience and accessibility of online products to reach new players. Will run on television and the Internet. Groups at stations Nova and Prima will be deployed 30s image spots to complement other variants 15s to Sportka and Eurojackpot. "Basic spot is modular. As we add more products, we spot edit, "says Aleš Veselý that gradually will be communicated card, table games and other entertainment and Fantasy football. The campaign was created in-house production company provided Savage, directed by Danish director Johan Stahl.

 

 

Brand Sazka Bet promote the campaign on television, in print and on the Internet, which in style combined with animated infographics player communicates primarily benefits a simple online betting. Image spots to be added tactical spots to be seen on the sports-oriented channels - Czech TV Nova Sport and Sport. "Our ambition is to be a single-digit share of which in the field of odds betting yet we get to double-digit rates," says Aleš Veselý. Under this campaign is signed agency Prague Bistro, the production company Cinq visuals directed commercials Jiří Horenský.

 

 

Sazka Bet also this year a partnership connects two football teams Sparta Praha and Viktoria Plzen. Next year, we plan to Sazka's activities in football spread.

"Entry into the online environment is reflected in our media mix. From today's 20% share will increase our use of online media. Yoy will also increase total media investments, "says Aleš Veselý. Online betting should be on the volume of sales a year to form a double-digit share. However, the results are by Sazka depend on the granting of licenses by the Ministry of Finance.

SOURCE: Sazka.

 

 

INTRALOT Announces A Healthy Revenue (+7.1%) and EBITDA (+6.6%) Growth in Fiscal Year 2016

ATHENS, Greece (March 30, 2017) -- INTRALOT SA(RIC: INLr.AT, Bloomberg: INLOTGA),an international gaming solutions and operations leader, announces its financial results for the twelve-month period ending December 31st, 2016, prepared in accordance with IFRS.

OVERVIEW

 

 

Commenting on the FY 2016 Results INTRALOT Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris noted:

The strongly positive results of 2016 in both growth and profitability reflect important transformations that have taken place over the past couple of years across operational capabilities, project management, cost structure, and Products and Services portfolio investments. A series of M&A transactions greatly enhanced our business development potential through strong local partnerships and diversified portfolio offering. The past year was also marked by tremendous improvements in INTRALOT’s financial structure in a way that secures future savings and a clear funding horizon until 2021 while affirming international investors’ confidence in future value creation.”

 

OVERVIEW OFRESULTS

REVENUES

  • Reported consolidated revenues increased by 7.1% compared to the prior year; this led to total revenues for the twelve-month period ending in December 31st, 2016, to €1,323.6m. Revenues in 4Q16 increased by 7.5% compared to the same period last year, driven by the increased sports betting revenues in Bulgaria and the consolidation of the recently acquired Bulgarian lottery company, Eurobet, after 1H16.
  • The increase in Fiscal Year 2016 derives from: €+155.4m in East Europe due to increased sales in Bulgaria and Turkey, €+21.6m in North America driven by the sale of self-service lottery terminals and the largest Powerball Jackpot in history. Revenue increases were partially counterbalanced by decreased sales of €-57.8m in Asia due to lower sales in Azerbaijan where the local currency suffered severe devaluation, and €-36.9m in South America due to the considerable devaluation of the local Argentinian currency and softer sales in Jamaica and Brazil.
  • Adjusting for Eurobet’s first time consolidation, total revenues for the twelve-month period ending in December 31st, 2016, shaped to €1,295.8m (+4.9% in y-o-y)
  • Constant currency basis: In Fiscal Year 2016, revenues—net of the negative FX impact of €148.5m—reached €1,472.1m (+19.2% y-o-y), while in 4Q16 revenues—net of the negative FX impact of €36.4m—were shaped at €402.5m (+18.2% y-o-y).
  • Numerical Games are the largest contributors to our top line, comprising 41.9% of our revenues, followed by Sports Betting contributing 41.6% to Group turnover. Technology contracts accounted for 10.9% and VLTs/AWPs represented 3.0% of Group turnover while Racing constituted the 2.6% of total revenues for the Fiscal Year 2016.

 

 

  • Wagers handled

During the twelve-month period ending December 31st, 2016, INTRALOT systems handled €23.4b of worldwide wagers (from continuing operations), a 1.0% y-o-y increase. Africa’s wagers increased by 23.6%, North America’s wagers increased by 8.4%, East Europe’s by 1.7%, and West Europe’s by 0.4% while South American wagers decreased by 7.2%, and Asia’s wagers decreased by 4.1%.

 

PAYOUT/ GROSS MARGIN / OPERATING INCOME / OPEX

  • The Payout ratio in FY16 increased by 3.5pps vs. FY15 (70.2% vs. 66.7%) primarily due to Bulgaria, Jamaica & Malta. At the same time, GGR increased by 3.5% as the sales increase in our B2B/B2G contracts fully balanced the augmented payout effect. In 4Q16, the Payout ratio increased by 2.8pps. vs. 4Q15 (due to Bulgaria, Poland and Jamaica), while GGR increased by 1.5%, fueled by improved sales in our B2B/ B2G contracts.
  • The Gross profit margin wasshaped at 17.6% in FY16, compared to 18.9% in FY15, negatively affected primarily by the increased payout with margin expansions in the US, and the Netherlands partially mitigating the Gross profit margin shortfall. Overall, Gross Profit decreased slightly from 2015 levels (-0.3%).
  • Other operatingincome in FY16 totaled€33.1m compared to €23.1m in FY15; posting an increase of 43.3%, including a non-recurring income in Australia due the Victoria State Lawsuit successful settlement in 4Q16.
  • Total operating expensesincreased slightly by 0.5%, to €158.3m. Excluding impairment losses, total operating expenses decreased by 2.3% in line with our strategy to contain costs.

 

EBITDA

  • EBITDA,from continuing operations, developed to €175.8m in FY16, posting an increase of 6.6% compared to FY15. EBITDA in 4Q16 was shaped at €51.6m, increasing by 18.6% y-o-y.
  • On a yearly basis,EBITDA margin,from continuing operations, remained steady at 13.3%, showcasing operating profitability resilience as the Group fully absorbed a payout ratio increase of 3.5pps.
  • Constant currency basis: In FY16 EBITDA, net of the negative FX impact of €23.0m, reached €198.8m (+20.6% y-o-y); while in 4Q16 EBITDA, net of the negative FX impact of €5.7m, concluded at €57.3m (+31.6% y-o-y).

 

EBT / NIATMI

  • EBT in FY16 totaled €4.8m compared to €47.9m in FY15. In 4Q16 EBT was €-14.2m compared to €16.1m in 4Q15 (€-30.3m), negatively affected by higher net financial costs (€18.9m) mainly due to the bond refinancing and increased impairment/ write-offs (€29.1m) in the last quarter of 2016
  • Constant currency basis: In FY16 EBΤ, net of a negative FX impact, reached €22.4m from €44.3m in FY15; while in 4Q16 EBT, net of a negative FX impact, was shaped at €-13.4m from €13.8m (€-27.2m).
  • NIATMI from continuing operations in FY16 concluded at €-71.7m compared to €-41.7m in FY15, while in 4Q16 it was €-38.4m compared to €-6.0m in 4Q15.
  • Constant currency basis: NIATMI from continuing operations in FY16, net of a negative FX impact, reached €-68.4m from €-45.7m in FY15, while in 4Q16 it was shaped at €-40.9m from €-9.4m in 4Q15.

 

CASH-FLOW

  • Operating Cash-flow increased significantly in FY16 at €168.1m vs. €113.8m in FY15. The growth is mainly attributed to WC improvement (+€46.8m vs. FY2015) both due to efficient management and WC normalization.
  • Net Capex in FY16 was €62.9m compared to €68.7m in FY15. Major Capex items in FY16 include investments in R&D (including Competence Centers) of €17.4m, in our US business totaling €11.4m, in Chile €6.2m, and €27.9m additions in all other jurisdictions.
  • Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period decreased by €112.2m vs. LY as a result of debt repayment (€-95.1m), the refinancing expenses (€-22.0m) and dividend distribution to minority interests (€-42.1m) in part offset by the net M&A proceeds (€+19.0m) as well as the cash generated from the normal course of business (€28.0m).
  • Net debt,as of December 31st, 2016, developed to €494.9mup €17.3mcompared to the same period last year. In the 4th quarter, Net Debt dropped by €38.9m, driven by the Peru transaction proceeds
  • As of 31.12.2016 the Company didn’t hold any of our bonds.

 

RECENT/ SIGNIFICANT COMPANY DEVELOPMENTS

  • New products and services that were developed within 2016 and installed for multiple clients include:

 

Proton: a next generation, all-in-one Lottery terminal, designed for extremely limited space applications;

 

Mobile Lottery: an innovative, patent awarded, mobile application that enables participation in all games, anytime, anywhere, and allows operators to offer and monetize the lottery experience on mobile devices;

 

Native Mobile Betting applications (iOS, Android) with real money gaming;

 

Pulse Player: a complete gaming CRM system that includes an advanced Player Account Management system and a superior Marketing Tools suite, covering both online and retail operations across all platforms.

 

  • At the end of February of 2017, INTRALOT renewed its Idaho Lottery contract, following a competitive selection process, for another 10 years on improved terms.
  • In March 2017, INTRALOT and AMELCO announced the signing of a definitive agreement for a strategic partnership to develop a suite of next-generation sports betting products. The partnership will combine, in a single solution, INTRALOT’s strong retail expertise with AMELCO’s state of the art online betting platform, which is currently used by numerous leading sports betting operators around the world. This is expected to provide INTRALOT's sports betting product a significant boost in all of its betting operations, both B2C and B2B/ B2G.

 

APPENDIX

 

 

  • Revenues from Operation contracts (licenses) increased by 5.8% mainly due to higher revenues in Bulgaria, Malta, and Poland, partially counterbalanced by the performance of Azerbaijan, Jamaica, Argentina, and Brazil.
  • Sales from Management contracts posted an increase of 17.1% mainly driven by the performance of Turkey and Morocco.
  • Revenues from HW sales and facilities management increased by 8.7% mainly due to increased revenues in the US and Australia; the effect was partially counterbalanced by the revenues in Argentina, an IT contract in Malaysia, and the revenues from the Hellenic Lotteries.

 

 

 

 

INTRALOT Parent company results

Revenues for the period decreased by 14.4% to €65.5m.The sales contraction is primarily driven by the lower revenues in Malaysia (due to one-off IT sales in the first half of 2015) and the lower revenues from the Hellenic Lotteries (due to one-off sales of equipment in the first half of 2015).

 

EBITDA decreased to €-0.5m from €45.7m in FY15. The considerable EBITDA variance is mainly driven by the less Intragroup provisions reversals in 2016 vs. 2015 (€23.0m) and higher Intragroup provisions in 2016 (€12.0m) followed by the aforementioned revenue decline.

 

Earnings After Taxes (EAT) shaped at €-0.4m from €-3.6m in FY15.

 

 

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe.

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With €1.32 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,300 employees (3,450 of which in subsidiaries and 1,850 in associates) in 2016, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

 

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou tzimou@intralot.com, Corporate Relations Manager, or Investors Relation Dept. ir@intralot.com, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

 

Kentucky Lottery Sales Dip Slightly, But Proceeds to State Remain on Course

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 24, 2017) -- In today’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s (KLC’s) board of directors, updates were given on both ticket sales and the search for a new president and CEO.

Year-to-date sales thru February were $639.6 million, which is $24 million (3.6%) less than the same period last year and $21.6 million (3.3%) less than budgeted. The number from last year is somewhat inflated as the KLC was just coming off the world record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot. The main issue in the decline, according to KLC Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison, is softness in the lottery’s scratch off ticket products. “Instant ticket sales are off almost $16 million from last year, and are down $22.6 million from budget,” according to Garrison. “However, changes to the product are starting to result in positive sales."

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Sales for March are already showing improvement. “Our scratch-off ticket sales in March are ahead of budget so far, and that’s before the launch of Big Money, the largest physical ticket we’ve ever sold on March 27th,” Garrison said. “We feel our efforts to improve sales are really coming together, and we’ll see that in the remaining months of the fiscal year.”

Even though sales are down, lower than budgeted prize payouts and operating expenses have helped the KLC’s bottom line. “Our income before transfer of dividends thru February was $161.3 million,” said the KLC’s Executive Vice President & CFO Howard Kline. “Despite the shortfall in our sales, we’re on track to hit the proceeds number expected by the Commonwealth.” He also announced that sales since inception of the KLC recently surpassed the $18 billion mark and $4.8 billion in earned income for state.

Board Chair Mark Sommer updated the group on the process of the search for a new president and CEO for the organization. He said the final tally for candidates was 660, that the search committee has narrowed down the list to a small group of candidates they will soon interview, and then pass along finalists to the governor’s office for their decision. “This search has been both significant and detailed, and we’re pleased with the overwhelming interest in the position,” said Sommer. “We remain very optimistic that we’ll have strong candidates to present to Governor Bevin for his consideration in a few weeks.

In other business, the board approved contract renewals with:

  • Smartplay International for draw machine maintenance;
  • Garron Lottery Products for draw machine balls and machine maintenance;
  • Gaming Laboratories International for lottery ball testing, random number generator evaluation and related services;
  • Blue & Company for draw audit and related services, and;
  • Goldberg Simpson, LLC and Valenti Hanley, PLLC for legal services.

 

The board also approved a new contract with Software House International Corporation for STRATA software online services, along with rules and regulations for 13 instant games, seven Instant Play games, and amended Keno draw rules.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be June 16. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM EDT, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:00 AM EDT.

About KLC:

The Kentucky Lottery has earned more than $4.8 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 or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOUTCE: Kentucky Lottery Corporation (www.kylottery.com).

 

 

NOVOMATIC Americas to Showcase Latest Products to Tribal Gaming Customers at NIGA

USA (March 22, 2017) -- Come Lounge Around NOVOMATIC Americas: Supported by the NOVOMATIC Group, NOVOMATIC Americas is looking forward to highlighting its latest product innovations on Booth #633 at the National Indian Gaming Association’s upcoming trade show NIGA 2017. On April 10-13 at the San Diego Convention Center, NOVOMATIC Americas will showcase its impressive portfolio of electronic gaming products.

For the first time at NIGA 2017, Tribal Gaming customers will experience NOVOMATIC’s impressive V.I.P. cabinets – NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. Royal, NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. II and V.I.P. Lounge™ – as well as the DOMINATOR® Curve. These will be presented alongside a variety of new slot content, electronic table games and interactive tournament offerings.

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This year’s NIGA show presents a great opportunity to showcase our significant development efforts and our evolving product portfolio, including slots, electronic tables and social gaming,” said Rick Meitzler, CEO NOVOMATIC Americas. “NIGA is our opportunity to also demonstrate our deep commitment to the Tribal Gaming community and to feature our specific product evolution, content innovation and portfolio growth.

Center stage at the NOVOMATIC Americas booth will be the V.I.P. cabinets next to the DOMINATOR® Curve for an impressive content preview. For gaming in epic style, the NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. Royal, with its 65” upright full HD LED curved screen, will present Asian Fortunes™ in a stunning HD visual format. The V.I.P. focus continues with the V.I.P. Lounge™ that delivers a compelling gaming experience that enhances the suite of premium game content including beautifully designed features on games like Dancing Dragons™, Freibier!™, Hold your Horses™ and Globe Roulette™.

The NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. II brings a big slot attraction onto the gaming floor and will feature at NIGA with the new high denomination Book of Ra™ HD and Dancing Dragons™. The striking DOMINATOR® Curve, with its vertical 40" full HD curve touchscreen, will feature a host of new titles for 2017. Additionally, JackPOP!™, JackPOW!™, Treasures of Tut™ and Pharaoh’s Run™ will make their debut.

An expanded electronic table games offering will also be presented and feature Black Jack, Roulette, Sic Bo and Baccarat, as well as multi-game slots. NOVO LINE Novo Unity™ II offers virtual versions of the most popular electronic table games and slots in multiple configuration options. These games enhance the most successful electronic table game titles with a remarkable visual player appeal.

The Reel Tournament™ version World Championship of Slots™ (WCOS) continues to evolve with new content, and the latest version will be on display at NIGA. An interactive strategy Gamble Feature and big game show competition feel add to the excitement, and the “Risk it all” strategy revolutionizes slot competitions. An all new entertainment experience for players, WCOS features a new dimension in slot competition. Guests are invited to stop by the NOVOMATIC Americas Booth #633 to play for prizes.

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With the success of the social online casino for Foxwoods’s Resort Casino and the recent launch of “PlayTIcasino” for Treasure Island Resort & Casino, the team of Greentube Pro will be in the NOVOMATIC Americas booth to discuss its social casino products. Greentube Pro offers a wealth of NOVOMATIC and other successful land-based slot titles in a play-for-fun format and will be available to discuss custom options for Tribal Gaming customers.

This is an exciting year for NOVOMATIC Americas and our Tribal Gaming customers. Tribal Gaming innovators and decision makers are on hand and we take tremendous pride in our Tribal Gaming development focus and expanding product presence,” added Meitzler. “We’ve grown in a strategic and thoughtful way and continue to demonstrate our development commitment to all aspects of Tribal Gaming.”

About NOVOMATIC Americas

NOVOMATIC Americas is a fast-growing gaming supplier and division of the global gaming group NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries. NOVOMATIC Americas leverages the design, market research and experience of the Austrian Group’s R&D departments to create market-specific products that are tailor-made for the North American and Caribbean jurisdictions. The NOVOMATIC Americas product range includes slot machines for Class III and VLT/VGT markets, electronic table games, casino management systems and ancillary services. Due to its pedigree as part of one of the biggest integrated gaming conglomerates in the world, NOVOMATIC Americas understands the needs of its customers and thus is able to act as a long-term partner in numerous fields of the industry beyond being just a supplier.

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 29,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 260,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,800 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

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

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Americas.

 

 

Willy Wonka™ Golden Ticket Mania is Sweeping the State!

New Texas Lottery® scratch ticket offers chance to win trip to Las Vegas and a chance to win up to $1 billion

AUSTIN, Texas (March 22, 2017) -- Texas Lottery® players have the opportunity to find a winning Golden Ticket with the launch of the Texas Lottery’s newest game, WILLY WONKA™ GOLDEN TICKET.

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The new scratch ticket offers players the chance to win up to $250,000 instantly or enter non-winning tickets into promotional second-chance drawings for the chance to enter the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™. The WILLY WONKA™

GOLDEN TICKET scratch ticket can be found at Texas Lottery retailers across the state.

We know our players will enjoy this game and the possibility of finding a winning Golden Ticket,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

This is the first time a scratch ticket game has offered the possibility of winning a $1 billion prize.

Twenty people will win trips to Las Vegas from each of the four promotional second-chance drawings. Trip winners will then participate in the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ where they’ll have the chance to play for cash prizes and win up to $1 billion.

The $10 WILLY WONKA™ GOLDEN TICKET is a supersized scratch ticket, measuring 12 inches by 8 inches and features three separate games on one ticket.

“Our supersized tickets are very popular with players and we anticipate this game will be successful in generating revenue for Texas education,” said Grief.

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About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $25 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $50 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $20 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $74 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including:

  • Powerball®
  • Mega
  • Millions®
  • Lotto Texas®
  • All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®
  • Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®
  • Texas Triple
  • Chance™ and scratch ticket games.

 

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

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

Michigan Lottery Players Can Score Big with Home Run Riches

Michigan (March 24, 2017) -- The Michigan Lottery has teamed up with Major League Baseball® and the Detroit Tigers™ for the Home Run Riches raffle that will have Lottery players swinging for the fences this summer!

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Starting Sunday, fans may purchase tickets for the Home Run Riches raffle at Lottery retailers. Players may purchase a single play for $5 each, five plays for $20, 15 plays for $50, or 40 plays for $100.

Tickets for the raffle will be sold until May 17. The jackpot drawing for Home Run Riches will take place on May 18.

Each ticket for the 50/50 raffle offers a chance to win a jackpot which grows with every ticket sold.

Additionally, bonus drawings will be conducted on April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3. Each bonus drawing will award one World Series® trip for two, and one Detroit Tigers 2018 season ticket package for two. Players automatically are entered in the bonus drawings when they purchase their tickets. Players will be eligible for all bonus drawings after they purchase their Home Run Riches tickets, so the earlier they buy, the more chances they have to win. Players who win the bonus drawings still will be eligible for the jackpot drawing.

Winners of the 2017 World Series trip prize will receive:

  • Two tickets to game two, three, or four of the 2017 World Series
  • Round-trip coach airfare for two people to World Series host city (as applicable)
  • Round-trip ground transportation between destination airport and hotel (as applicable)
  • Hotel accommodations for two nights
  • $500 for spending money and transportation between the hotel and game
  • One 2017 World Series merchandise gift

 

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Winners of the Detroit Tigers 2018 season ticket packages will receive two lower baseline box season tickets and one parking pass for the regular season home schedule.

An online version on the Home Run Riches game will be available at MichiganLottery.com. Beginning Monday, fans will have a chance to win up $60,000 playing Home Run Riches online.

Fans will earn one entry into an online bonus drawing each day they play the game within each entry period. Bonus drawings will award 2017 World Series trips for two, and Detroit Tigers 2018 season ticket packages for two.

Entry periods and drawing dates are:

  • March 27 – April 24 (Draw Date: April 26)
  • April 25 – May 29 (Draw Date: May 31)
  • May 30 – July 5 (Draw Date: July 7)
  • July 6 – August 7 (Draw Date: August 9)

 

Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of the applicable MLB® entity. All rights reserved.

SOURCE: The Michigan Lottery.

 

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Government to Amend Racing Act 2003

Live betting during races to be introduced

Press Release: New Zealand Government, Hon Nathan Guy, Minister of Racing

NEW ZEALAND (March 23, 2017) -- Racing Minister Nathan Guy has today announced plans to amend the Racing Act 2003 and enable the introduction of charges for offshore betting operators.

These changes will help create a more level playing field for the TAB in the face of offshore competition, and ensure that offshore operators pay their fair share back to our communities,” says Mr Guy.

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By law, the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) is the only New Zealand-based provider of racing and sports betting via the TAB.

This system ensures any proceeds from gambling go back to the local sporting and racing activities that make that gambling possible in the first place, and that punters operate within a regulatory framework that minimises gambling harm.

However, a growing number of New Zealanders are now gambling through offshore betting agencies who make no contribution back to our communities.

These offshore operators use New Zealand race information for their bets without paying a royalty back to our industry for their use. Also, by not contributing any profits back to our communities, these operators are able at work at an unfair advantage to the TAB.

A Working Group found that in 2015, about 40,000 New Zealanders turned over $518 million offshore with $58 million in losses – this represents potential lost revenue of up to $45 million for local racing and sports organisations. The Working Group also found that these figures are likely to grow.

Having consulted with the public, the Government is now preparing a Bill to amend the Racing Act 2003 to help keep the TAB competitive and retain New Zealand customers, and ensure that offshore operators pay their fair share back to our communities.

The proposed changes include:

  • Enabling the introduction of an information charge for offshore gambling operators using New Zealand race data. This is akin to a royalty fee for the use of racing products.
  • Enabling the introduction of a consumption charge for offshore gambling operators accepting bets from New Zealand. This charge reflects New Zealand’s position that proceeds from betting should be returned to the community.
  • The removal of the prohibition on the TAB taking bets during a race. Currently bets can only be placed on other sports in-game.
  • The removal of the restriction that requires the TAB to offer bets only on sports represented by National Sporting Organisations.

 

The rate of the fees will be set in subsequent regulation and will be subject to consultation. However the Government expects each of the charges to be in line with two per cent of turnover, as recommended by the Working Group.

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The Government has referred the Working Group’s proposal of permitting betting on novelty prediction events to a wider review of gambling being undertaken by the Minister for Internal Affairs.

These changes are not designed to get more people gambling - it’s about recognising the value of New Zealand events to offshore operators, and attracting New Zealand money currently gambled overseas back within our framework. This will help support local racing and sports.”

Changes are also being proposed to the formula in the Act that determines how the proceeds of betting are allocated to the racing and sports sectors.

The NZRB and Sport New Zealand have negotiated a new formula, which is based on net betting revenue (NBR). Payments to sport would be calculated after GST, gambling duty and the problem gambling levy are deducted.

The new formula will account for the growth in sports betting. It will provide a greater return to sports organisations, while still benefitting racing as sports betting continues to grow in popularity.”

A Bill is now being prepared for introduction to House as soon as practicable.

The New Zealand racing industry is a major contributor to the economy, generating $1.6 billion in gross domestic product and providing for 17,000 full-time jobs.

SOURCE: Press Release: New Zealand Government, Hon Nathan Guy, Minister of Racing.

 

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Win Systems to Showcase Products at Feria Internacional del Juego

MALTA (March 24, 2017) -- Win Systems, a leading technology supplier for the gaming and entertainment industry, will showcase its innovative product range at Feria Internacional del Juego, Madrid.

Win Systems will be hosted on stand C3 by EGASA, its exclusive distributor for slots and gaming machines in Spain. The stand will see its full suite of casino solutions including WIGOS™, Intellia™ and WinUp™, as well as recently acquired Gold Club’s S2 gaming cabinets and the state-of-the-art Lumina and Clover electronic roulette machines.

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Gold Club products will be on show at Feria de Madrid, and Spanish casino operators will be able to see how the distribution partnership between Win Systems and EGASA can benefit their own land-based operations.

Senior personnel from Win Systems will be on-hand throughout the show to demonstrate the running of the products and detail how best to integrate them into your business.

After recent successful shows at ICE Totally Gaming and the Irish Gaming Show, Win Systems looks to carry momentum into Q2 and build on its current partnerships in the country.

With new product developments to come and business partnerships to be established at Feria del Juego, Win Systems are actively looking to consolidate its position as one of the leading providers of technology and systems for casinos.

Eric Benchimol, CEO of Win Systems, said: “We have had an excellent start to the year with many business opportunities arising at ICE and we are looking to build on this in Madrid.

Feria del Juego is a key event for us because of our Spanish links and we are looking forward to showing how our partnership with EGASA can benefit those in Spain, as well as operators in other countries.

We encourage all delegates at the show to visit us for a demo and experience what will be some of the most innovative products at the event.”

Win Systems are on EGASA’s stand C3 at the Feria Internacional del Juego 2017. To organise a meeting please send an email to sales@winsystemsintl.com or call +34 935 308

About Win Systems

WIN SYSTEMS is a global technology provider for the gaming and entertainment industry. The company specializes in systems and services for casinos and lotteries, gaming devices and server based video lottery terminals (VLTs).

WIN offers a full range of technology services, including design, programming, installation, operation and maintenance of its systems.

Win Systems has an extensive track-record of offering the best in class information management systems, recognized throughout the world for providing superior real-time control, stability and reliability for land-based casinos, lotteries, and route operations.

In 2016, Win Systems acquired Gold Club, a global developer and provider of gaming machines and electronic roulette with a presence in over 50 countries worldwide.

The result of the acquisition is an emerging leader in the global gaming industry with a significant footprint in Europe, South Africa and the Americas.

The company is continuously evolving, refining and expanding its product line ahead of market demands, setting trends and creating tools that are becoming essential for its customers’ successful operations.

For more information: www.winsystemsintl.com || +1 212 206 9325 || Tw: @win_systems.

SOURCE: Win Systems.

 

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New Draw Lottery Games Launch in South Australia! Are you feeling ‘Lucky’?

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (March 27, 2017) -- Ever had a lucky feeling today could be your day? Lucky Lotteries, has launched today in South Australia and offers two brand new games!

From today SA Lotteries players can join lottery customers in other states and purchase tickets into the Lucky Lotteries games for the chance to make it their ‘Lucky’ day.

SA Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said SA Lotteries was always looking for ways it could provide its customers with new and exciting games to play.

Unlike other lottery games currently available for customers to play, Lucky Lotteries games are like a raffle in that they only have a set amount of numbers per draw,” Ms Lewis explained.

Lucky Lotteries has two games; the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot which is limited to 270,000 unique numbers and the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot which is limited to 200,000 unique numbers.

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Once all available numbers are sold, the winning numbers are randomly drawn.

One of the unique characteristics about Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot and Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot is in each draw there are thousands of guaranteed prizes – from free tickets through to a 1st prize of $100,000 and $200,000 respectively.

Whether you choose to play the Super Jackpot or Mega Jackpot, each game has 10 cash prize levels, 10 consolation prize levels and a chance to win the jackpot.

As luck would have it, you have a great chance of winning!"

Ms Lewis explained that in addition to the guaranteed prizes in every draw, Lucky Lotteries is also a jackpotting game.

Each game has two draws. The first draw determines the guaranteed winning tickets and the second draw determines the jackpot number,” she explained.

If the jackpot number is the same as any of the winning ticket numbers then the jackpot prize is won but if not, the jackpot grows!

Unlike lotto-style games where the top prize is often shared between winners, Lucky Lotteries is a draw lottery where the jackpot winner takes the lot. This means the jackpot prize can only be won by a unique Lucky Lotteries ticket number so winners never have to share.

It’s easy to play Lucky Lotteries. Entries can be purchased at any SA Lotteries outlet just by asking for a Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot ticket for $2.20 or a Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot ticket for $5.50. Entries can also be purchased online at thelott.com – Australia’s official Lotteries.

To determine all the prize winners, the Lucky Lotteries draws only take place when all the tickets in the draw have sold out. This means any day can be your ‘Lucky’ day.

SA Lotteries is the newest state to join New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory for the chance to share in thousands of guaranteed prizes in every Lucky Lotteries draw.

SA Lotteries always recommends players register their entries to an Easiplay club card as it not only secures their prize, but also ensures they can be contacted directly with news of a big win.

For more information please CONTACT:

 

Elissa Lewis

General Manager

Public Relations

0457 759 945

elissa.lewis@thelott.com

Claire Taylor

Public Relations Executive

0457 731 671

claire.taylor@thelott.com

 

SOURCE: SA Lotteries.

 

AGTech Announce Alipay Lottery Channel Agreement

HONG KONG, SAR (March 24, 2017) -- AGTech Holdings Limited (“AGTech”) (SEHK code: 8279), an integrated lottery technology and services company in the China lottery market and the exclusive platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group for lottery has entered into an agreement with Alipay to operate the Alipay Lottery Channel on a 50:50 revenue sharing basis (after the deduction of taxes or expenses payable to third party service providers or partners).

AGTech expects to generate revenues in the following ways:

  1. AGTech shall distribute and sell regulated lottery products on the Alipay Lottery Channel (in the event that and so long as it is allowed under applicable laws and regulations in the PRC);
  2. By providing online activities and services which are not subject to the applicable PRC lottery laws and regulations, including information subscription and other content and games

 

The operation of the Alipay Lottery Channel is expected to strengthen AGTech’s online presence and its online customer-base in preparation for the potential re-opening of the online lottery market.

This is in-line with AGTech’s long-term strategy and vision to tap into the online lottery market and to distribute lottery and other games.

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About Alipay

Alipay is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ant Financial. Launched in 2004, Alipay.com currently has over 450 million active users in China and beyond. Alipay.com was a pioneer in the now-ubiquitous mobile payments market and remains the most popular online and mobile payment tool in China.

Alipay.com has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the APP. In addition to online payments, Alipay.com is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Over 2 million brick-andmortar merchants now accept Alipay.com across China. In addition, Alipay.com enables in-store payments in many markets popular with Chinese tourists around the world. As of December 2016, it is accepted in 70 countries and regions, with in-store payments covering more than 100,000 retail stores. Tax reimbursement via Alipay.com is supported in 24 countries and Alipay.com users can conduct transactions in 18 different currencies.

Ant Financial Services Group is focused on serving small and micro enterprises as well as individuals. With the mission to bring equal access to financial services to the world, Ant Financial is dedicated to building a global open ecosystem of technology-driven financial services while working with other financial institutions to support the future financial needs of society. Businesses operated by Ant Financial Services Group include Alipay, Ant Fortune, Zhima Credit and MYbank.

About AGTech

AGTech was incorporated in Bermuda and its shares are listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”) (Stock Code: 8279). The Group is an integrated lottery technology and services company in the China lottery market and is the exclusive platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group for lottery. AGTech has a team of over 300 employees, and the footprint of the Group’s lottery business covers multiple provinces and municipalities across China.

AGTech’s vision and strategy is to be a fully integrated service provider for the China lottery industry.

Its principal business activities comprise:

  1. Games and Systems: the development and supply of lottery and other games, underlying software and advanced supporting systems;
  2. Hardware: the development, sales and maintenance of lottery hardware (terminals and other lottery-related equipment);
  3. Distribution: the sales and distribution of lottery and other games;
  4. Ancillary Services: the provision of ancillary services.

 

AGTech is committed to applying international management concepts and advanced technologies to the China lottery industry along the entire value chain, covering lottery systems, lottery hardware, lottery games, internet and mobile smart phone systems and distribution, wireless network and streaming media, thereby providing China’s lottery authorities and millions of lottery players in China with professional and integrated lottery services. AGTech also takes an active part in the promotion of offline and online gaming events, with a view to facilitating the exchange and interaction between offline and online users, and to ensuring a steady revenue growth for AGTech through the provision of an enriched range of entertainment products.

AGTech is an associate member of each of the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) and is an official organiser and operator of the Chinese card games Guan Dan and Two-on-One poker in China.

For investor or media enquiries, please CONTACT: AGTech Holdings Limited, Geaspar Byrne CFA, Tel: (852) 2599 7111, Email: geaspar.byrne@agt.

SOURCE: AGTech.

 

Betsoft Gaming to Partner with Pixelo

CYPRUS (March 27, 2017) -- Leading 3D iGaming supplier Betsoft Gaming have announced that they have signed a partnership deal with Italian platform Pixelo.

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Pixelo is a young and rapidly expanding company, and with the launch of new games we are approaching our growth target in the field of online platforms and consolidation of our leading position at a national level," said Cristina Ferrario, Pixelo Sales Director.

Starting from today, Betsoft games will be available for all Pixelo players.

I am really proud to partner with Pixelo," said Julian Camilleri, Betsoft Sales and Account Manager. "This newly signed deal is a significant part of Betsoft's concentrated push into the Italian market.”

The first licensee to go live with Betsoft's games will be Poker&Bet. With the addition of Betsoft's premium iGaming content, their complete and engaging selection of games in both mobile and desktop version will be further extended and enriched.

The content will be available on line on www.overplus.it.

About Betsoft Gaming:

Betsoft Gaming, broadly known as the innovator and leader of true 3D cinematic gaming, is a Tier One developer and provider of complete system online gaming software. With a game library of over 180 games including the iconic Slots3™ series, Betsoft Gaming has met and exceeded the quality found in console video games and animated feature films. Starting in 2012, Betsoft initiated a concentrated push into the mobile gaming sector, with many of their popular Slots3™ games becoming available as the ToGo™ collection. Betsoft began releasing the highly anticipated Slots3™ Interactive™ line of games in mid-2013, representing the future of online slots gaming. Betsoft Gaming's extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry.

For more information, please contact Betsoft Gaming’s sales team at sales@betsoft.com or visit: www.betsoft.com.

SOURCE: Betsoft Gaming.

 




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