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A Weekly Snapshot of the Top Lottery and Gaming News Stories


Vol. 79 No. 12- Monday June 19, 2017

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IGT Signs Cross Licensing Agreement with Konami Gaming Inc

LONDON, U.K. (June 12, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT), holder of the largest slot game feature patent portfolio in North America, announced that it has signed a patent cross-licensing agreement with Konami Gaming, Inc., a leading innovator of slot machines and gaming enterprise management systems for the global gaming market. Under the agreement, Konami Gaming, Inc. can offer games including patented game features from the IGT portfolio, and will pay licensing fees to IGT.

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...

"Cross-licensing these game patents between our two companies allows Konami and IGT to share some of the best features that make our games desired by customers. The opportunity to leverage some of IGT's patented mechanics enables Konami to enhance our game portfolio as we continue to focus on delivering the most enjoyable 'Born from Fun' gaming experiences possible," said Thomas A. Jingoli, Konami Gaming, Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.


"Our cross-licensing agreement with Konami Gaming, Inc. demonstrates the strength of IGT's game feature patent portfolio and the value that it represents to other gaming companies. We look forward to continued collaboration across the industry as we collectively invest in the growth of gaming," said Michael Prescott, IGT Senior Vice President and General Counsel, North America Gaming & Interactive.

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

About Konami Gaming, Inc.

Konami Gaming, Inc. is a Las Vegas-based subsidiary of KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION (TSE: 9766). The company is a leading designer and manufacturer of slot machines and casino management systems for the global gaming market. For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc. or the SYNKROS gaming enterprise management system, please visit


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

Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, Gaming (702) 669-2975.

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

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

Konami Gaming, Inc. Media CONTACT:

Tashina Wortham, Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist, T: 702.419.6025, E:



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5 Years of Winners! The Ever-Popular Lotto 6/49 Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary Today

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada (June 12, 2017) -- The very first Lotto 6/49 draw was conducted on June 12, 1982.

Since then, over $7.7 billion was paid out to Quebecers thanks to this popular lottery, including 932 jackpots and 271 guaranteed prizes.


35 years later, Lotto 6/49 continues to produce winners.

It is the most well-known lottery in Canada, with a 99% recognition rate.

At the June 12, 1982 launch:

  • The odds of winning a rize was 1 out of 53.7 (today, it is 1 out of 6.6).
  • The cost of the ticket was $1 (today, it is $3).
  • The minimum jackpot was $500,000 (today, it is $5 million).


The Lotto 6/49 format was used for other lotteries, including the Powerball and Megabucks in the United States. England and France also offer a Lotto 6/49-inspired lottery.

The 10 most frequently drawn numbers:


Rank Numbers Total
1 31 537
2 34 535
3 45 532
4 43 529
5 27 528
6 20 526
40 526
47 526
9 41 518
10 46 517


The biggest jackpots won in Québec

  • $32,912,981 in the April 29, 2009, draw (Montérégie)
  • $32,707,357 in the November 9, 2016, draw (Montréal)
  • $30,000,000 in the June 25, 2008, draw (Chaudière-Appalaches)
  • $30,663,650 in the August 11, 2012, draw (Estrie)
  • $27,000,000 in the May 26, 2007, draw (Montréal)
  • $25,000,000 in the May 23, 2007, draw (Montérégie)
  • $25,000,000 in the January 21, 2017, draw (Outaouais)
  • $24,426,784 in the October 26, 2004, draw (Montérégie)
  • $23,846,591 in the January 2, 2016, draw (Estrie)
  • $22,915,322 in the September 13, 2006, draw (Capitale-Nationale)
  • $22,572,856 in the August 6, 2008, draw (Côte Nord)
  • $22,442,363 in the December 31, 2011, draw (Montréal, Montérégie and Estrie)
  • $20,663,499 in the February 19, 2011, draw (Montréal)


Noteworthy dates

  • September 24, 1984: Start of Quick Picks
  • September 11, 1985: Start of bi-weekly draws (Wednesday and Saturday)
  • March 1986: The Lavigueur family's jackpot garnered significant media attention. The most famous Lotto 6/49 winners, they took home the $7,650,000 jackpot, which, at the time, was the largest prize ever paid out by Loto-Québec.
  • October 27, 1990: The $19 million jackpot was divided into 18 prizes due to 18 winning selections! That was a record. Among the 18 winners, 3 were from Québec.
  • March 30, 1994: A group from Saint-Wenceslas shared a $19 million jackpot, the largest prize ever paid out at the time.
  • September 2, 1995: The jackpot reached $24,000,000. It was total frenzy! Sales topped $22.3 million in Québec and $81.6 across Canada. That three-day sales record still stands today.
  • A Saguenay resident won the Lotto 6/49 jackpot twice: first, $747,348 in October 1983 and then $1 million in 2003.
  • 2005: Tabagie Ti-Père in Louiseville sold an $8.5 million winning Lotto 6/49 ticket to a group in the region. Two months later, in August, the same retailer sold a winning $3.9 million Lotto 6/49 ticket to another group.
  • March 19, 2008: The winning selection was 23, 40, 41,42, 44, 45 (43). There were 239 winners in the 5/6+B category (usually, there are only 2 or 3)!
  • October 17, 2015: Lotto 6/49 paid out a record jackpot worth $64 million.



Popular slogans

  • It won't change the world, but...
  • Bye, boss!
  • Always be nice with those who play Lotto 6/49
  • You should play 6/49





"After 35 years, Lotto 6/49 has maintained a special place in the hearts of Quebecers," said Isabelle Jean, President of Operations – Lotteries and Vice President of Public Affairs. "With the addition of guaranteed prizes and the possibility of playing online in recent years, Lotto 6/49 continues to innovate and produce more winners in Québec."


About Loto-Québec

Loto-Québec's mission is to responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the heart of its activities. From January 1 to June 7, 2017, Loto-Québec has awarded 65 prizes worth $1 million or more, for a total of 83 new millionaires. Thanks to the lotteries Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie, 16 lucky winners walked away with a lifetime annuity or a lump sum.

Hashtag: #lotoquebec


SOURCE: Loto-Québec.



A New Era Dawns for the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE)

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (June 8, 2017) -- In 2017 the Australasian Gaming Expo opens at its permanent home, the new ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour.

We’re excited about the new location and by the fact that AGE is the world’s third largest gaming industry trade show. Requiring 19,000 square metres of floor space, it is one of the largest trade events in Australia and easily the largest gaming event in the Southern Hemisphere.

A finalist in last year’s EEAA Awards for Excellence, the event attracts exhibitors and visitors from around Australia and internationally.

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Owned and operated by the Gaming Technologies Association, AGE is the ultimate showplace for new gaming technologies for casinos, clubs and hotels. The biggest attraction is the new machines and games from poker machine suppliers, who look forward to August each year to unveil their best products.

The Association’s primary members Ainsworth, Aristocrat, Aruze, Ebet, IGT, Interblock, Konami and Scientific Games are world’s-best at their trade and AGE presents a great opportunity for their customers from around the region to experience the latest, cutting-edge gaming design and technologies. And with 15 new casinos scheduled to open in the Asia-

Pacific region in the next 5 years – now is the time for suppliers to engage their customers.

New gaming technologies are not the only attraction, with 250 exhibitors (including over 50 for the first time) proudly showcasing Audio Visual equipment, ATM Equipment, Building

Services, Cash Handling & Equipment, Consultancy Services, Entertainment, Financial

Services, Food and Beverage, Furniture, I.T., Interior Design & Fitout, Marketing Services, Membership Management, Paging & Communication, Point of Sale Systems, Retail, Security, Signage & Displays and Staff Uniforms. So there’s definitely something for everyone in the hospitality world.

There they’ll see 800 poker machines and hundreds of truckloads of signage and equipment which is moved in to the ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, installed, connected, tested, used and compared by the most demanding critics and then moved out again – all in only a few days.

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Last year 2,527 visitors attended the first day, with 2,911 on the second day and 1,359 on the third day. They came from every Australian State and Territory, along with a big contingent from New Zealand and international guests from America, Europe and around the Asia-Pacific region.

92% of visitors surveyed last year saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new products and technology, while 96% said the exhibition stand quality was good or excellent and 96% said the event itself was satisfactory or excellent.

Visitors who attend the Australasian Gaming Expo are eligible to win a trip for two to the

Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas– including airfares from Sydney and 5 nights at a luxurious Vegas Resort and Casino. One trip for two will be drawn on each day of the Gaming Expo.

The AGE17 app is available for download at the Apple Store, or via the event website. The app features information including how to get to the venue, transport timetables, an interactive floor plan and a detailed exhibitor list. Visitors who have installed the app and accept messages, will receive a welcome message as they pass through the entry gate. Once they’re inside the exhibition and pass various points they will get updates about the daily Las

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Delegates attending AGE 2016

Vegas trip draw, entertainment and other activities.

This year we will be running complimentary seminars for all visitors over the first two days of the Expo. A highlight is the seminar at 9am on Wednesday 16 August, when financial commentator Michael Pascoe will chair a panel of Global CEOs from the gaming industry.

When visitors register on-line to attend the event, they’re also offered the opportunity to register for any seminars they wish to attend.

For the first time the Expo will feature the “AGE Daily” newspaper, covering both event and industry news, which will be free to all registered visitors and will be available online.

All visitors will be able to take away information in “digital show bags” just by tapping their entry badge at their preferred exhibitors’ stands and they’ll receive email information.

The event website includes the interactive floor plan which is updated in real time, along with a list of exhibitors which can be sorted by company name, stand number or category – and provides contact details for each exhibitor and their website address for further information.

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Delegates attending AGE 2016

Exhibition entry is complimentary to gaming industry executives, courtesy of the Gaming Technologies Association. The exhibition is open from 10am on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August and closes at 5pm on the Tuesday and Wednesday (closes at 3pm on the Thursday). Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting and nobody under 18 years of age (including infants) may enter the Exhibition.

More information and Visitor registration are available online at or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.

Visit the event website or call the Help Line on +61 2 9211 7430.

Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Group, IGT (Australia), Interblock Asia Pacific, Konami Australia and Scientific Games.

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Scientific Games Debuts First Skill-Based Slot Machine with Classic Arcade Video Game Favorite -- SPACE INVADERS™

Innovative new slot integrates authentic alien shooter bonus game, free games, and an option to Buy a Bonus


LAS VEGAS, NV (June 8, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced today the launch of its first slot machine with a skill-based bonus — SPACE INVADERS — featured on the sleek and innovative Blade™s32 cabinet.

Based on the popular classic arcade video game, which was originally released in 1978, SPACE INVADERS is a six-reel, 60-line slot game that features a number of bonuses including free games and the SPACE INVADERS Bonus. Channeling the original alien shooter game, the SPACE INVADERS Bonus allows the player to control a laser cannon, moving it horizontally across the bottom of the screen while trying to shoot down rows of descending aliens, collecting credits, advancing levels and vying for one of the multi-level Jackpot Pools.

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Players also have the option to bypass the base slot game and Buy a Bonus on demand, taking them directly to the SPACE INVADERS Bonus where they play with higher credit win levels than the normal base game.

"SPACE INVADERS is one of the true classic video arcade games and a childhood favorite for many who grew up in the era of video games.  We are thrilled to bring this iconic game to casino slot game play," said Derik Mooberry, Group Chief Executive of Gaming for Scientific Games.  "Our development team worked diligently to ensure that our first skill-based game featured authentic SPACE INVADERS game play, complete with its familiar alien symbols and correlative music, and we are certain that players are going to be captivated with this compelling new game."

SPACE INVADERS is currently available in New Jersey and will soon be available in various jurisdictions throughout North America.

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Planned, developed, and released by TAITO Corporation (TAITO), the 1978 arcade game SPACE INVADERS became an instant global phenomenon. Today, its iconic characters frequently appear both in licensed projects worldwide and as TAITO's corporate mascots.

Chosen as an art collection of MOMA, and a collaborative character with famous fashion brands, SPACE INVADERS is still loved all over the world today.

TAITO is the exclusive owner of the global intellectual property rights, including copyrights and trademarks, for SPACE INVADERS and its characters, and takes an active role regarding new SPACE INVADERS-related enterprises.

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


SPACE INVADERS © TAITO CORPORATION 1978. 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  TAITO CORPORATION is the exclusive owner of the global intellectual property rights, including copyrights and trademarks, for SPACE INVADERS and its characters.

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




Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund +1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

Vice President, Corporate Communications


SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.


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Winning Powerball Jackpot Ticket Worth a Revised $447.8 Million Sold in California!

SACRAMENTO, California (June 10, 2017) -- A single Powerball ticket sold in Sun City (Riverside County) has successfully matched all six numbers (20-26-32-38-58 and red Powerball number 3) in tonight’s Powerball draw! The $447.8 million jackpot (revised amount based on sales) is the 7th-largest jackpot in Powerball game history.


We will not know who California’s latest Powerball winner is until at least Monday morning at 8 a.m. That’s the soonest they’ll be able to claim their prize. Whoever the winner turns out to be will now have the option of taking the entire $447.8 million spread out over 30 years, or they can elect to take the lump sum amount of $279.1 million.

While we still don’t know who the winner is, we do know the winning ticket was purchased at Marietta Liquor & Deli, which is located at 27985 Bradley Road in Sun City (Riverside County).

This lucky retailer wins as well! It will be receiving a huge $1 million retailer bonus just for selling the winning ticket. (The retailer bonus comes from a separate fund and is not subtracted from the winner’s jackpot prize).

Tonight’s winner is strongly encouraged to sign the back of their ticket in ink, keep it in a safe place where they’ll remember and visit any of the Lottery’s nine district office locations as soon as possible. Tonight’s jackpot winner has one year from the draw date to claim their prize.

Powerball is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and most importantly, earn more money for California public schools!

Powerball is played in 44 states (plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PDT. Ticket sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw.

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Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 22,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Powerball site for more information on how to play.

The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2015-16, the Lottery created 98 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: California State Lottery.



Pollard Banknote Awarded Pull-Tab Ticket Contract By Michigan Lottery


YPSILANTI, Michigan (June 14, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce that, following a competitive procurement process, it has been awarded a contract to serve as the sole supplier of validation pull-tab tickets and related services for the Michigan Lottery. The contract will run until December 31, 2022, with the potential for three additional one-year extensions. The value of the contract term, including contract renewals, is estimated to be $5.6 million.

The contract extends the 21-year relationship between Pollard Banknote and the Michigan Lottery, which began in 1996 with an instant ticket contract. Since 2003, the company has printed nearly half a billion pull-tabs for the Lottery through its wholly owned subsidiary, American Games. Working with the Michigan Lottery, Pollard Banknote has adapted strategies from the instant games category to develop and enhance the pull-tab product line. Examples of that include introducing popular themes from the instant category (e.g., Cash for Life) and various licensed properties, as well as by evolving prize structures to offer higher top prizes. In FY2016, pull-tab tickets from the Lottery generated approximately $32 million in revenue to support education in Michigan.


We are thrilled to again be selected as the Lottery’s sole supplier of validation pull-tab tickets,” said Donna Preziotti, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “Since the inception of the Lottery’s pull-tab product line in 2003, we have worked together to enhance these tickets by incorporating many innovative features. In 2009, we successfully implemented bar coded validation, providing added security and accountability to these games. We see a lot of potential for sales increases in this category and we’re excited about pursuing this together with the Michigan Lottery.

Pollard Banknote has consistently proven to be a leader in the lottery industry with its state-of-the-art innovations and services. We are pleased that the company will continue to serve as our pull-tab ticket supplier,” said Aric Nesbitt, the Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery. “Pollard Banknote provides unparalleled industry knowledge and strategies that have improved the financial performance of our pull-tab products. We look forward to working with Pollard Banknote to develop future innovations that help support the Lottery’s mission of providing funds for public education in Michigan.

In addition to providing pull-tab tickets, Pollard Banknote has served as the Michigan Lottery’s primary supplier of instant tickets for more than two decades, providing print innovations and marketing services to the Lottery, including game designs, launch strategy recommendations, and prize structure strategies.

About the Michigan Lottery

Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery’s mission has been to maximize revenues to supplement the state’s School Aid Fund with entertaining games of chance. The Lottery has contributed more than $20.5 billion to support Michigan’s public schools, including a record $888.9 million in FY2016.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at:



Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323


John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323


Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323



SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.



The National Statistics Office Publishes its Quarterly Report – The Gaming Sector Continues to Grow

By Malta Gaming Authority

MALTA (June 9, 2017) -- The gaming industry continued to grow sustainably during the first quarter of 2017. This was reflected in an increase in the number of remote gaming licence applications received, from 22 in Q1/2016 to 44 in Q1/2017. Furthermore, the MGA issued 26 remote gaming licences during the first quarter of 2017 compared to 14 licences issued during the corresponding period of 2016. The number of Maltese gaming licences continued to increase reaching 543 as at the end of March 2017.


Provisional estimates published by the National Statistics Office (NSO)[1] indicate that the gaming industry directly contributed 13% of the total economic gross value added (GVA) generated in the Maltese economy during the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 10% compared to the first quarter of 2016 reaching a total GVA of €277m. Employment in the gaming sector also increased by 16% during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 reaching a total of 5,458 employees. The latter figure does not include indirect employment in the gaming sector. It must be noted that the contributions identified by the NSO refer solely to gaming services activity and do not take into account the indirect contribution which the gaming industry is making to other sectors of the economy such as ICT and real estate as a result of its establishment in Malta.

MGA Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri said: “While the MGA acknowledges the positive results achieved during the first quarter of 2017, the Authority is committed to its continuous improvement programme to enhance its service delivery, governance and supervision of all gaming activities in and from Malta. Our priority remains to ensure fairness of games, protection of minors and vulnerable persons and the prevention of crime, fraud and money laundering. Our key focus for the coming years shall be to raise quality & standards across all gaming sectors, raise the bar in the overall governance and supervision of the gaming sector, engage and build partnerships with other jurisdictions, key stakeholders and regulators, explore new growth areas including niche gaming sectors and innovations and enhance consumer protection mechanisms and empowerment”.

For a downloadable version of this press release please click here.

[1] National Statistics Office – Malta, News Release 093/2017

SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.



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GVC and Rambler Media to Launch bwin Branded Sports Betting Offer in Russia


DOUGLAS, Isle of Man (June 7, 2017) -- GVC Holdings PLC (LSE:GVC), the multinational sports betting and gaming group and Digital Betting LTD, supported by Rambler&Co, the Russian media group, are pleased to announce they have formed a multi-year partnership to offer a bwin branded sports betting product to customers in the Russian Federation.

Under the terms of this ground breaking partnership, GVC will supply its market-leading technology platform, support services and sports betting product, along with a licence to use the internationally recognised bwin brand mark. Digital Betting will operate the service under its Russian online gaming licence. The new site is expected to launch later this year and will be available via both desktop and mobile devices.

The partnership, which brings together one of Russia's largest and most innovative online media companies with one of the world's most popular gaming brands, will be amongst the first licensed online betting services offered in Russia and it is anticipated it will take a leading position in the market.

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GVC's Chief Operating Officer Shay Segev commented:

"We are delighted to be partnering with one of Russia's leading online media organisations. We believe the combination of the bwin brand, GVC's cutting edge technology and Rambler's marketing expertise will provide an extremely compelling offering for Russian punters.”

Dmitry Sergeev, CEO of Digital Betting added:

"For quite a long period of time Russian sports bettors have been waiting for innovative solutions in Russian betting industry. We are extremely pleased to be offering the internationally admired bwin sports betting brand and product in Russia. We believe this partnership has great potential to capture significant market share in Russia when it launches later this year."

For further information CONTACT: GVC Holdings PLC, Jay Dossetter: T: +44 (0) 20 7337 0100.

About GVC Holdings PLC

GVC Holdings PLC is a leading e-gaming operator in both B2C and B2B markets. GVC has four business segments with a number of brands; Sports Labels (bwin, Sportingbet, Gamebookers), Games Labels (partypoker, partycasino, Foxy Bingo, Gioco Digitale, CasinoClub), B2B and non-core assets. GVC acquired digital entertainment plc on 1 February 2016. The Group is headquartered in the Isle of Man, is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and has licences in more than 18 countries.

For more information see the Group's website:

About Rambler&Co

Rambler&Co is one of the largest Russian groups of companies working in the sphere of media, technologies and e-commerce with the audience over 40 million people a month. The leader among media holdings within RuNet coverage (a ranking of the Center of researches of RIA Novosti "TOP-20 media holdings on coverage in the RuNet" from 11/28/2013). The group of company was formed by the fusion of business of "Afisha-Rambler" (including the Rambler portal and such services as Rambler/cash desk, Afisha Restaurants, Rambler/real estate, and internet editions "Afisha", and an e-commerce platform and SUP Media (including,,, etc). Since April, 2014 the company works as Rambler&Co brand. The head of Rambler&Co and board of directors chairman is Alexander Mamut.



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Easy as 1-2-3! CT Lottery’s Play3 Night Draws Sequential Numbers on June 12, 2017

$757,190.50 in Total Prizes to be Awarded

ROCKY HILL, CT (June 13, 2017) -- For some lucky CT Lottery players, winning Play3 Night—is as easy as 1-2-3!  The popular numbers were drawn last night, June 12, 2017.


Statewide, a total of 4,306 winning Play3 Night tickets were sold for the June 12th drawing.  After all winning tickets are presented for claim, $757,190.50 in prize money will be paid out by the CT Lottery.

Since the Play3 Night game began, 1-2-3 has been drawn a total of 14 times in the nightly drawing with the last combination being picked on September 17, 2013.  Because Play3 prize payouts are based upon the amount wagered, players who had 1-2-3 on their Play3 Night tickets for June 12, 2017 can expect to win from $25 up to $2,500 per wager in prize money.

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

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook ( and Twitter (, or call (860) 713-2700.  

CONTACTS:  Linda Tarnowski, T: (860) 713-2701 or Derek Wong, T: (860) 713-2702, Fax:  (860) 713-2695.

SOURCE: CT Lottery (




Camelot UK Announces in-Depth Review of National Lottery Strategy

WATFORD, U.K. (June 13, 2017) -- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) is carrying out a strategic review after achieving total National Lottery ticket sales for the 2016/17 financial year (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017) of £6,925.3 million. Although the fourth-best sales performance since The National Lottery’s launch in 1994, the figure represents a fall of 8.8% when set against last year’s record sales of £7,595.2 million.


On behalf of the Board, the review is being led by Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot Global, who took over Camelot’s UK operations following Andy Duncan’s decision in April to step down.

It is focusing on four key business areas – commercial plans to boost sales performance; investment in technology and systems; the current business structure; and long-term succession – and an update will be given when Camelot announces its half-year sales later in the year.

Camelot’s performance in 2016/17 saw players and Good Causes share over £5.4 billion – underlining how The National Lottery is continuing to transform the lives of people and communities throughout the UK.

Combined with the Lottery Duty it pays to government and the commission it pays its retail partners, Camelot returns around 95 pence of every pound in revenue back to society – one of the highest percentages of any major lottery operator in the world.

In the year to 31 March 2017, Camelot created 393 new lottery millionaires – more than one a day and a new National Lottery record, beating the previous high of 367 set in 2012/13 – and awarded £3,943.2 million in prize money to players.

The National Lottery has now awarded over £63 billion in prize money to date, creating over 4,600 millionaires in the process.

Over the same period, Camelot delivered £1,628.0 million (excluding investment returns) for Good Causes – more than £30 million every week – taking the total delivered to date to over £37 billion.

National Lottery funding has now been awarded to more than 510,000 individual projects across the UK – an average of 170 lottery grants in every neighbourhood.

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However, total returns to Good Causes in 2016/17 were lower than in the previous year. This was mainly because of disappointing performance across The National Lottery’s range of draw-based games – especially on Lotto, with player confidence in the game still dented by three very long and statistically unexpected rollover series in quick succession at the beginning of 2016. EuroMillions also had a soft first six months in 2016/17 but its performance improved significantly over the second half of the year following the game changes Camelot introduced in late September.

Commenting on the review, Jo Taylor, Chairman of Camelot, said: “Achieving the fourth-highest ever sales, creating a record number of lottery millionaires and raising over £30 million every week for Good Causes is no mean feat. However, sales in 2016/17 fell well short of where we’d like them to be – and that’s largely down to a disappointing year for draw-based games and Lotto in particular. There’s clearly work to be done to re-engage players and address the performance of our draw-based games – and this is one key area that Nigel is focusing on as part of the wider review he is conducting.

“Given the current climate of economic uncertainty and increasing competition from the gambling sector, we expect 2017/18 to be equally, if not more, challenging for The National Lottery. It will therefore take time to turn things around and I anticipate a further sales decline this year. I am, however, confident that the review will enable us to put the business on the best possible footing to get back into growth – and so deliver even more for our players and the millions of people for whom National Lottery funding is so crucial over the remainder of this licence period.

NOTE: Total ticket sales and all related financial results figures for 2016/17 are subject to final audit.

For further information, please CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711



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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Brings 20+ Years of Global iGaming Customer Service and Expertise to Canadian Gaming Summit


VANCOUVER, BC, Canada (June 14, 2017) – For more than 20 years, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has supported regulators, operators and suppliers with industry-leading testing and certification services. Next week, the company is sponsoring the Canadian Gaming Summit conference and trade show in Vancouver, BC, where GLI’s Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services Salim L. Adatia will discuss mission-critical issues with attendees.

Adatia will be a panelist on two Summit sessions:

  • The Power of Negotiation – Tuesday, June 20, from 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
  • The Benefits, Issues and Challenges of Using Cloud Services for the iGaming Industry – Wednesday, June 21, from 3:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.


Adatia said, “The Canadian Gaming Summit’s theme, ‘the rapid pace of change,’ is incredibly relevant to the regulators, operators and suppliers GLI serves in the land-based, lottery and iGaming industries. The rapidly evolving pace of technology presents a constant challenge for our customers, which is why, for the past 27 years, GLI has been researching, developing and enhancing processes for robust product testing and security auditing to help our clients navigate the ever-changing technological landscape.”

Advances in technology have brought with them a growing popularity of iGaming, skill-based games, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), esports and electronic raffles, and Summit attendees can rely on Adatia to lend his expert insights to these and other pressing topics. 

GLI has been paving the way for regulators, operators and suppliers entering the iGaming realm since 1996, and the company’s experts offer extensive knowledge on the field. The company provides the following iGaming testing services:


  • Game evaluations
  • Game math and % Return to Player (RTP) evaluations
  • Game payout analysis and reporting
  • RNG testing, RNG data analysis and reporting
  • Platform and Remote Gaming Systems (RGS) testing
  • Integration, Application Program Interface (API) and communications testing
  • Security audits (penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, threat and risk assessments)
  • Slots, poker, bingo, jackpot and progressives testing
  • Sportsbook, pari-mutuel and betting exchange testing
  • Live dealer, proxy and skill-based gaming testing
  • DFS, esports and social gaming audits
  • Technical Standards Document (TSD) development and consultation
  • Multilingual services, consultation and compliance support


In addition, GLI experts have developed industry technical standards, which can be downloaded at, to help shape future regulations. GLI’s technical standards are comprised of best practices from jurisdictions around the globe and are continuously updated to incorporate the latest developments in technology. Specifically for iGaming, GLI developed GLI-19: Interactive Gaming Systems. Achieving compliance to GLI-19 ahead of entry to other regulated markets allows suppliers to realize efficiencies in both testing costs and product time-to-market given reduced incremental testing and certification efforts that may otherwise have been required.

To learn more about GLI’s services, visit, or contact Adatia at to arrange a meeting at the Summit.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.


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Sky Wins eGR Innovation Award for Playtech Live Casino Offering

New Playtech ONE Live Casino offers Sky players enhanced mobile and desktop experience, product enhancements and improved gameplay

LONDON, UK (June 8, 2017) -- Sky has won this year’s eGaming Review Innovation in Casino award for its new Playtech-supplied Live Casino, offering players an enhanced omni-channel experience, product enhancements and richer gameplay.

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Sky won the innovation award due to its significant Live Casino growth and achievements, including close collaboration with Playtech on Live product innovation, and usability and accessibility that has driven consistent uplift in Live performance.

At eGR’s B2B awards this week Playtech picked up five trophies, a record for the event, winning awards for Platform of the Year; Multi-channel supplier of the Year; Bingo Supplier of the Year; and Poker Software and Poker Network of the Year.

Sky launched a new, state-of-the-art dedicated Live Casino environment within Playtech’s new studio in Riga, Latvia, in April this year, using the industry’s leading digital Roulette wheel that allows players to immerse themselves in the action.

Sky’s new Live Casino is part of Playtech Live’s next-generation offering which, following significant investment in the industry’s most advanced technology, offers Sky and many other leading brands and their players, with an enhanced mobile and desktop experience, major product enhancements and improved gameplay.

The new Playtech Live building is the world’s largest next-generation live casino studio catering for hundreds of custom-made tables and gaming areas, an advanced control and monitoring centre and large-scale dealer campus used to train and develop all Playtech Live’s staff.

Earlier this year Sky Casino also won the first ever annual Playtech Award that recognises and rewards marketing excellence and innovation across the Playtech Casino network of global licensees.

As a result of winning the Playtech Award, Sky Casino received the top prize of one month’s exclusivity on a new Playtech game as well as a sum of £50,000 marketing budget contribution.

Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “Many congratulations to Sky on winning this prestigious and well-deserved award. This is fantastic recognition for the growth and success of their new offering, the close working relationship we continue to have with them on Live and many other products, and the innovation both Sky and Playtech continue to drive forward to generate such a unique and best-performing Live product.”


About Playtech

Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000 employees in 17 countries.

Playtech is the gambling industry’s leading software and services supplier with more than 140 licensees globally, including many of the world’s leading regulated online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.

It is the pioneer of Omni-channel gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.

Playtech’s Financials division operates both on a B2C and B2B basis. Its B2C focused offering is an established and growing online CFDs broker, operating the brand

Its B2B offering includes the division's proprietary trading platform, CRM and back-office systems, as well as its liquidity technology platform which provides retail brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services, liquidity and complementary risk management tools.

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Finnplay Group Awarded UK Licenses

HELSINKI, Finland (June 12, 2017) -- Finnplay, the Finnish-based open gaming platform provider, today announced that the UK Gambling Commission had granted the company a Remote Gambling Software Operating Licence.

Martin Prantner, chief executive officer of The Finnplay Group, commented: “The United Kingdom market is without a doubt one of the biggest and longest-established licensed jurisdictions in the world, with exacting regulatory standards that are sound, rigid and trustworthy for both players and operators. We are very proud to have been entrusted with UK licenses, to go along with our already pre-existing UK Pool Betting License.”

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Finnplay Group awarded UK licenses “This will be a significant stepping stone for our company’s strategy of continued regulatory technical compliance and growth opportunities in which we can offer our customers an all-inclusive, serviced gaming product for the UK, with a full array of licensed products across the gaming spectrum including, betting, pool betting, and casino.

About The Finnplay Group

Founded in 2008, Finnplay provides a handcrafted open iGaming platform with the option to own the source code for the iGaming industry. The gaming platform is compliant in the regulated gaming jurisdictions of Malta, UK, Belgium, Hungary, Bulgaria, Mexico and Curacao.

The platform caters to start-ups, SME’s as well as large established companies looking to replace existing legacy gaming systems or improve them, and includes a huge range of casino games (4000+) from major gaming studios as well as numerous global and localized 40+ payment integrations for operators.

Viral Interactive LTD is the group’s white label multi-channel casino and betting solutions provider and holds a UK Operating Casino License, and a Betting License. is our first brand fully operating under the UKGC license.

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For additional information, please CONTACT: Erkki Nikunen, Finnplay, Phone: + 358 40 71 54 486, E-mail:

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ESV Neuaubing Receives the European Lotteries (EL) Sport Award for Its Project “Sports United”

KRAKOW, Poland (June 8, 2017) -- In a ceremony held yesterday in Krakow, as part of the EL Congress, the first edition of the EL Sport Award was handed to the Bavarian sports club ESV Neuaubing for its “Sports United” project. Established in 2012 with the objective to offer real integration opportunities to refugees and asylum seekers in and through sport, the project - first of its kind in Germany - empowers and integrates numerous refugees of all sexes, ages and abilities through different sports. Under the roof of sports club ESV Neuaubing players are also competing in the regular league of the Bavarian Soccer Association – as the very first team of refugees in the state.


EL Secretary General, Arjan van’t Veer, states: “We congratulate ESV Neaubing for winning this first edition of the EL Sport Award and we look forward to providing support to similar sport projects through future editions of the EL Sport Award. This Award is fully in line with the EL Members’ strong commitment to society, sport values and integrity”.  Olaf Butterbrod, Head of Football of ESV Neaubing added “We are delighted to win the 2017 edition of the EL Sport Award and we are grateful to the European Lotteries for having selected us. This Award gives us strength to continue our activities, whereas the financial contribution which accompanies it will gives us additional means to bring to life our ideas to further enhance the impact.”

Open to any initiative seeking to tackle negative phenomena in/through sport or to support societal causes through sport, the European Lotteries’ Sport Award was launched through a call for submissions/nominations in September 2016. Among the 16 submissions/nominations received, the selection was based on a set of criteria, including the quality of application, relevance of project, inspirational value and impact. The call for nominations/submissions for the 2nd edition of the EL Sport Award will be launched in September 2017.

EL CONTACTS: Evangelos Alexandrakis, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Tel: + 41(0)21 311 30 25, E:

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European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 43 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).


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