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Vol. 79 No. 6- Monday May 8, 2017


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IGT Signs Agreement to Provide its Remote Game Server Content to PokerStars Casino

LONDON, UK (May 1, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) today announced that the Company signed a content distribution agreement with Rational Group, the owners and operators of leading online gaming site PokerStars. Under the agreement PokerStars Casino now offers its players in many jurisdictions, game content and features from IGT’s Remote Game Server (RGS). 

IGT’s RGS is a server-based content library that contains a portfolio of more than 100 game themes including some of the gaming industry’s most celebrated titles such as Cleopatra®, Golden Goddess®, and Wheel of Fortune®.

IGT’s passion for innovation and our ongoing commitment to growing our customers’ businesses continue to fuel our RGS development strategy. The RGS contains a vast library of new and proven slot games and features that ignite player excitement and engagement in markets around the world,” said Gianluca Ballocci, IGT Vice President Commercial Interactive Sales and B2C Operations. “PokerStars Casino can entertain its player base with the most robust and time-tested slot content library in the industry.

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Expanding our content library to include industry-leading games from IGT’s RGS is a testament to PokerStars’ ongoing commitment to offering our players the most compelling online gaming experiences,” said Bo Wänghammar, Director of PokerStars Casino Operations. “IGT’s decades of experience in content creation and deployment give PokerStars confidence that the added slot content will inspire even more winning moments for our players.

For more information, visit IGT or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt.  Play IGT’s DoubleDown Casino on Facebook or at doubledowncasino.com.

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.

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About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 165 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

PokerStars is the flagship brand of Rational Group, which is ultimately owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) and operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, StarsDraft, and the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival live poker tour brands (incorporating the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour). Amaya, through certain subsidiaries, is licensed, approved to offer, or offers under third party licenses or approvals, its products and services in various\jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, both within and outside of the European Union, the Americas and elsewhere. In particular, PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions. PokerStars.com and PokerStars.eu operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively.

Play Responsibly!  For more information on responsible gaming please visit our website at http://www.pokerstars.com/about/responsible-gaming/

CONTACT:

  • Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
  • Michelle Schenk, Global Communications, Gaming, (702) 669-8177
  • James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190
  • Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

GeoComply Scoops Major Gambling Technology Award

VANCOUVER, Canada (May 3, 2017) – GeoComply, a global leader in geolocation technology, is delighted to announce that it has been named as the RegTech Provider of the Year at the Gambling Compliance Awards in London, England.

The award recognises an operator and/or technology that has had significant success in automating the compliance function in an innovative and cost-effective way.

Judges were tasked with looking at how the technology has been successfully implemented into the gambling industry, in either a bricks-and-mortar or online environment.

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Evidence was provided through case studies and customer testimonials which demonstrate strategic and measurable improvements in areas such as security, efficiency and cost saving.

Anna Sainsbury, Chief Executive Officer of GeoComply, said: “We are really honoured to have won this prestigious award. The finalists for this category are all at the cutting edge of technologies to enhance regulated markets globally.

We thank the judges for recognising the efforts we have made at GeoComply thus far, and we look forward to doing even more in the future to support our customers to ensure compliance and to fight fraud through technical innovation in location confidence.”

The latest award comes after GeoComply last year won the Responsible Business of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards.

In 2015, GeoComply also won the Best Innovation in North American iGaming award at the iGaming North America Awards, as well as the Best Geolocation Supplier of the Year at the EGR North America Awards.

GamblingCompliance is a leading provider of independent business intelligence to the global gambling industry.

About GeoComply Solutions

GeoComply is a global leader in geolocation technology, and recipient of the 2017 RegTech Provider of the Year at the Gambling Compliance Awards’.  Since launching in 2011, GeoComply has quickly become the iGaming industry’s trusted solution for reliable, accurate and precise geolocation services. GeoComply’s patented and proprietary geolocation solution, used by Georgia Lottery, Delaware Lottery, Caesars Palace, MGM and Draft Kings, is unparalleled in its level of accuracy and integrity, as well as in its depth of security and ease of implementation. GeoComply’s solutions have been utilized on over 250 million devices and perform more than 10 million verification checks a day.

CONTACT: Anna Sainsbury, Chief Executive Officer, E: anna@geocomply.com, W: www.geocomply.com

SOURCE: GeoComply.

 

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OPAP Sports Academies Support 125 Amateur Football Clubs for Third Consecutive Year

Submission of applications from today to 26 May

ATHENS, Greece (April 28, 2017) -- In line with its commitment to investing in the future of sports and youth, OPAP announces the continuation of its Corporate Responsibility Program, OPAP Sports Academies, for a third consecutive year. Amateur football clubs wishing to join and benefit from OPAP's comprehensive training program can now apply at: http://sportsacademies.opap.gr/el.

The deadline for submitting applications expires on May 26, 2017. The evaluation process will then be followed to select 125 academies from all over Greece, who will be participating in the program from the beginning of next season. The clubs will be announced September 2017.

Criteria for participation - Evaluation procedure

The evaluation of the clubs will be based on specific quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as safety, the group of coaches, facilities and training specifications.

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At the same time, each academy will be evaluated according to the philosophy, the operational plan and the regulations-procedures it follows.

All amateur clubs that are members of the Local Associations of Football Clubs, and therefore the Hellenic Football Federation, can participate in the OPAP Sports Academies program if they have:

  • A men's or/and women's team
  • An academy for children aged 7-12 years

 

The 125 academies taking part in the program this year are eligible to participate again.

Significant benefits for 15,100 children, 500 coaches and 25,000 parents and guardians

The OPAP Sports Academies Program, which is being implemented for a second consecutive year, supports a total of 15,100 children and 500 coaches from 125 academies in 48 prefectures across Greece. At the same time, 25,000 parents and guardians of children participate in the program, who are advised by the specialized scientific team of the program on psychology, nutrition and first aid.

To date, in the framework of the program, 475 training hours and 3,000 hours of scientific seminars for parents, children and coaches have been held.

Each academy receives free sports material that meets its training needs and helps to improve the quality of services provided to children. Specifically, 8,000 balls, 125 sets of training equipment, 15,100 pairs of shin pads and 3,000 pieces of sportswear for children have been distributed.

The integrated training program provided at OPAP Sports Academies includes:

  • Scientific support by qualified pediatricians, child psychologists and nutritionists
  • Training directions for ages 7 to 12 based on the international standards of UEFA and FIFA
  • High quality training material
  • Insurance coverage throughout the training sessions and matches, but also for one hour before and one hour after sessions
  • Participation in major sports celebrations with both educational and recreational character

 

Great celebrations of sport all over Greece

In the framework of the OPAP Sports Academies program, great celebrations of sports / festivals are organized every year in 10 regions of Greece. To date, 17 festivals with the participation of 14,820 children and 23,200 parents/chaperons have been held. By the end of May 2017, three festivals will be organized in Thessaloniki, Volos and Kallithea.

During the festivals, young athletes participate in team games and football skills, nutrition lessons through play, and the experience of competing as Paralympic athletes. They are also actively involved in Olympic demonstration sports.

More information about the Sports Academies and festivals is available at: http://sportsacademies.opap.gr/el.

SOURCE: OPAP press release.

 

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Scientific Games Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Growth

Growth Driven by Gaming Machine Sales and Interactive

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 27, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company"), today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

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  • First quarter revenue rose 6 percent to $725.4 million, up from $682.0 million a year ago. The growth was led by a 24 percent increase in global new unit shipments of gaming machines and a 33 percent increase in interactive revenue. Foreign exchange had an $8.1 million, or 1 percent, unfavorable impact on revenue.
  • Operating income in the first quarter increased 75 percent to $88.0 million from $50.3 million a year ago as a result of the revenue growth and lower cost structure. Net loss was $100.8 million compared with $92.3 million in the prior-year period, as the increase in operating income was offset by a $29.7 million loss on extinguishment and modification of debt and a $35.9 million increase in the income tax provision.
  • Attributable EBITDA ("AEBITDA"), a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, increased to $286.6 million from $258.8 million a year ago driven by the higher revenue and lower cost structure; and AEBITDA margin, a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below, improved to 39.5 percent from 37.9 percent in the prior-year period.
  • Net cash from operating activities rose to $111.0 million, inclusive of $12.6 million of cash payments related to the business improvement initiatives previously announced and implemented in the 2016 fourth quarter, from $101.1 million a year ago.
  • The Company completed refinancing transactions during the first quarter 2017 that lowered cash interest costs at current rates, reduced exposure to variable interest rates, and extended a substantial portion of its debt maturities.
  • At March 31, 2017, the Company had fully repaid borrowings under its revolving credit facility, and its cash and availability under its revolving credit facility was $657.7 million.

 

Our continued steady improvement in revenue and margin are a direct result of our focus on creating innovative products that drive demand and our commitment to operational excellence," said Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games. "This is a great start to the year, with all three of our business segments contributing to growth. We have a tremendous global team firmly focused on unlocking the power of our brands, strengthening our commitment to innovation, and executing a disciplined fiscal approach to enhance long-term shareholder value. We are building for our future."

Michael Quartieri, Chief Financial Officer of Scientific Games, added, "All across our global businesses, we are improving our operational excellence that parlays our strength in innovation to drive enhanced financial results and stronger cash flow.  We expect these initiatives will drive profitable growth and increased cash flow that will provide further opportunities to deleverage in 2017 and beyond."

 

CLICK HERE to view the original version of First Quarter 2017 Results

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Florida Lottery’s Grouper® Promotion is Back for A Limited Time

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 1, 2017) -- Beginning today, and for a limited time only, the Florida Lottery is bringing back the GROUPER® promotion, offering players a $6 value for $5!  GROUPER players receive a $1 PICK 2™ 1-OFF®; $2 FLORIDA LOTTO® with XTRA; and $2 FANTASY 5® with EZmatch™ ticket plus; one free $1 LUCKY MONEY™ ticket; a $6 value for $5!

"The addition of the PICK 2 1-OFF ticket combined with the XTRA feature on the FLORIDA LOTTO ticket gives GROUPER players more ways to win more, while boosting the Lottery’s contributions to education,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

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GROUPER season is limited, available now through Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Lottery’s more than 13,000 retail locations statewide. Players can simply ask the retailer for GROUPER and the terminal will print four individual Quick Pick tickets for the next available drawing. Players who win an instant prize with EZmatch can cash their prize instantly and will receive a continuation ticket for the evening FANTASY 5 drawing.

PICK 2 drawings are held twice daily, seven days a week, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:57 p.m., ET; FANTASY 5 drawings are held seven days a week, at 11:15 p.m., ET; FLORIDA LOTTO drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 p.m., ET, and LUCKY MONEY drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:15 p.m., ET. Florida Lottery drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state and are available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $31 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery press release.

 

 

Kansas Lottery’s 2by2 Promotion Offers More for You in May

TOPEKA, Kansas (May 1, 2017) -- Happy May Day from the Kansas Lottery!  Starting today, for a limited time, any player who buys a 2by2 ticket will have a chance to win $50 cash instantly or a FREE $1 2by2 ticket. 

The “2by2 More for You” promotion will run from May 1 through May 30, or when the designated number of free 2by2 tickets and cash prizes is met, whichever comes first.

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  • A FREE $1 2by2 TICKET will print automatically with every 5th 2by2 ticket sold throughout the state during the promotion. The free ticket will be for the next 2by2 drawing.
  • A $50 INSTANT CASH prize will be awarded with every 400th ticket sold. Players who win a $50 instant cash prize will hear a sounder and a voucher indicating they have won will print automatically on the terminal.  Retailers will pay the $50 cash prizes.

 

The required 2by2 purchase in this promotion may include multiple plays or multi-draws on a single ticket.  The promotion does not include the purchase of a Fast 5 Sampler.  If a player receives a $50 instant cash prize, he or she will not also receive a free 2by2 ticket.

The Kansas Lottery reminds its players to submit their winning and non-winning tickets in the new Kansas Lottery PlayOn® Players Loyalty program to earn points for drawing entries and a chance to win cash and other prizes! 

PlayOn® is a registered trademark of Pollard Banknote Limited used under license.

CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, T: (785) 296-5708, E: sally.lunsford@kslottery.net.

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

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New Mexico Lottery Expands “Points and Rewards” Promotion

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (May 1, 2017) -- Now, New Mexico Lottery players can enter “Roadrunner Cash™” and “Pick 3®” tickets in the VIP Club ‘Points and Rewards’ Promotion. Introduced in 2015, the promotion offers players a second chance to win prizes. Each month, one lucky player wins $5,000 cash and 300 players win points, which can be redeemed for an assortment of items from the online Prize Store.

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“Players have asked for more opportunities to win,” said New Mexico Lottery CEO, David Barden. “This program offers players more excitement and added value for their lottery purchase with a second chance to win cash and prizes.” To date, the program has awarded 25 winners of $5,000 and 7,500 winners of Points for Prizes.

The latest $5,000 prize winner, Orlando Chavez from Roswell raved about the promotion. Mr. Chavez said, “I’ve always liked the Second Chance Promotions that the Lottery offers. I was thrilled to win $5,000 in the Points and Rewards Promotion. It’s definitely worth players’ time to enter the Lottery’s Second Chance Promotions. In fact, I have always wondered why more people don’t participate. People do win!”

Non-winning $1, $2, $3 Scratchers, and “Roadrunner Cash™” and “Pick 3®” tickets (both winning and non-winning) can be entered online at nmlottery.com, or scanned via smart phone with the Points and Rewards App. Visit nmlottery.com for more details and to view the Prize Store.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $729 million for education and more than 109,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. 

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

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

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

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

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Andy Duncan to Leave Camelot UK in the Summer

UK (April 27, 2017) -- Camelot UK, operator of the National Lottery, announces that its chief executive Andy Duncan is stepping down from his role after nearly six years with the company.

Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot Global, will take over UK operations during this transitional period, and whilst the board considers its options for permanent succession.

Over the coming months Andy will work with Nigel and the board to support a smooth transition and continue to represent Camelot UK on the committees of the European Lotteries Association, World Lottery Association and the EuroMillions Lottery Operators Board until the summer.

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Commenting on the news, Andy Duncan said: “It has been a great privilege to have led Camelot and the National Lottery through an exciting period. I’m proud that total returns to good causes during the last six years exceeded £10bn, an increase of 25% or nearly £2bn compared with the previous six years. This money is distributed to society in order to change the lives of people across the country.

I believe that the purpose at the heart of the National Lottery has never been stronger, changing lives by creating a millionaire nearly every day whilst returning more than £30m to good causes every week,” he added.

Over the last six years, Camelot has run a programme of major innovations that has supported growth in digital. It now has more than 10 million registered digital players contributing £1.5bn to annual sales, making it the largest digital lottery globally.

The National Lottery has also grown its retail estate to 46,000 from 29,000, substantially beyond its commitment under the terms of the licence. During this period, Camelot has also played a key leadership role in making EuroMillions the largest lottery game in the world, working closely with its European partner lotteries.

Commenting on Andy Duncan’s resignation, Camelot Chairman Jo Taylor added: “Andy has achieved a tremendous amount on behalf of National Lottery players, winners and the good causes the National Lottery supports. We thank him for his contribution to Camelot and the National Lottery and wish him well for the future.”

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

SOURCE: Camelot Press Office.

 

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Structura Begins Lottery Sale by Cellular in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (April 27, 2017) -- In the framework of the FADJA, American Fair of Gaming, the company STRUCTURA announces the beginning of the sale of lottery tickets in Colombia using SMS text messages, under the trademark LOTERIA MOVIL.

STRUCTURA will distribute lottery tickets from existing departmental lotteries in Colombia, under the online and real-time lottery distribution model, interacting with customers through SMS text messages.  In the picture, we recorded the moment a visitor to our Stand in FADJA 2017 made the first purchase of Lottery by SMS in the history of Colombia. Congratulations to Johanna León from Bogota, who bought a ticket from the Cundinamarca Lottery that plays on May 2. We wish Johanna luck in the draw! 

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Jaime X. Nogales, CEO of STRUCTURA said "the world today is connected through mobile phones. Even the use of personal computers has decreased in relation to the use of the cell phone, so the cell phone is the channel of the present and future. SMS is the medium of communication most used by companies because their security and traceability, and it is available to all mobile phones without exception. We are pleased to make a new channel available to lotteries in Colombia so that they can increase their sales and access new customers "

Customers will be able to decide which lottery to buy, choose their numbers, use different means of payment, and have greater security than the existing printed and electronic tickets.

The detailed information is in the portal www.loteriamovil.co

STRUCTURA specializes in the use of SMS for the formal industry of lottery and gambling.

The SMP system STRUCTURA MOBILE PAYMENT is a turn-key solution that allows companies or entities holding gaming licenses to use the SMS channel as a means of marketing. This platform is backed by patents in multiple territories.

Colombia is the first market to be launched and in the course of 2017 is expected to launch in other countries.

Contact information:  STRUCTURA COLOMBIA, E: Info@loteriamovil.co, Web: www.loteriamovil.co.

STRUCTURA CORPORATION: Jaime X. Nogales, CEO, E: Info@structura.ec, Mobile: +593 9999 52299, Web:  www.structura.ec.

SOURCE: Structura media release.

 

 

The Texas Lottery® is Spinning & Winning with Pollard Banknote’s Flip Scratch™ Print Innovation

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (May 2, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) congratulates the Texas Lottery® on the success of its Lucky 7 Flip Multiplier instant ticket. The ticket has achieved high honors in the Texas Lottery record book as the Lottery’s top-selling instant ticket in the week it was launched. Lucky 7 Flip Multiplier’s five-week average sales were 60% higher than average five-week sales of all other $5 games launched in Texas since 2014!

Launched in February 2017, Lucky 7 Flip Multiplier represents the North American lottery industry’s debut of Pollard Banknote’s latest print innovation: Flip Scratch™. Flip Scratch™ is a patented Fusion® product that combines pop-open windows and scratch-off areas, enhancing the play value and doubling the excitement! Players of Lucky 7 Flip Multiplier pop open windows to reveal a scratch area that covers three play symbols. If these symbols match, the players wins the prize amount on the back of the window.

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The Flip Scratch™ innovation blends seamlessly with Lucky 7 Flip Multiplier game play, providing players with seven chances to ‘spin and win’ in a slot machine-themed game play format. In addition to slots, Flip Scratch™ accommodates a variety of play styles, including blackjack, and other popular card games such as poker and high-low.

Lucky 7 Flip Multiplier is the first ticket in North America to use this flip innovation and our players really appreciate the enhanced play value,” said Gary Grief, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery. “It is no coincidence that the Lottery celebrated its highest one-week sales ever in the same week that Lucky 7 Flip Multiplier launched.

Pollard Banknote is thrilled about the Texas Lottery’s success with our Flip Scratch™ innovation,” said Brad Thompson, Director, Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The new look and play style not only draws attention at retail, but also offers a fun new way to play that’s different from other products players have seen before. The new format adds value for players with a whole new layer of winning opportunities.

The Texas Lottery is committed to generating revenue for the State of Texas through the responsible management and sale of entertaining lottery products while incorporating the highest standards of security and integrity. Since 1992, the Texas Lottery Commission has generated more than $26 billion in revenue for good causes in the state of Texas, including education, veterans’ services, and other important state programs. The Lottery has contributed $20 billion to the Foundation School Fund, with $1.37 billion contributed in FY 2016 alone, and more than $77 million for veterans programs.

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 www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited

 

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Novo Panamá Presents Stellar Line-Up of Gaming Machines at SAGSE Panama

GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (April 24, 2017) -- Novo Panamá is returning to El Panamá Convention Center on May 10-11 for the annual SAGSE Central America & Caribbean gaming show in Panama. With a wide range of products, the local NOVOMATIC subsidiary will have a large presence on Stands #109 and #203 to demonstrate the continuous expansion of NOVOMATIC throughout the Central American gaming markets.

NOVOMATIC subsidiary Novo Panamá is once again a Platinum show sponsor at SAGSE Panamá and will present an array of its latest products for the region. Making its Panamanian debut will be the international gaming machine GAMINATOR® Scorpion, which brings new and proven NOVOMATIC content to the gaming floor in outstanding high-definition. Another show-first is the dual-screen GENESIS II cabinet that will display a range of leading as well as market-attuned content.

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Top performers on Central American gaming floors are sister cabinets the DOMINATOR® and DOMINATOR® Curve that will both return to SAGSE Panamá with new slot content. Other gaming machines returning to the show due to their extensive popularity in the region are the upright IMPERATOR™ S3 and slant top NOVOSTAR® SL2 that will host a variety of slot games and electronic table content.

The complete line-up of V.I.P. cabinets – NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. II, NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. III, NOVOSTAR® V.I.P. Royal and V.I.P. Lounge™ – will be presented, each creating an exclusive gaming environment that allows players to play their favourite games with a new level of comfort and sophistication. Jackpots and tournaments will be running on the gaming machines, with guests invited to try their luck on several live tournaments during both show days for the chance to win some cash prizes.

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 AG.

 

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Arkansas Lottery May’s New Games Have A Range Of Options

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 2, 2017) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery unveils its new instant games for the month today -- four games ranging from $1 to $10, and with top prizes ranging from $3,000 to $100,000.

The four new instant -- or “scratch-off” -- games for May: $1 Quick 7’s (featuring four different scenes!) with a top prize of $3,000; $2 Triple Dynamite 777 with a top prize of $20,000; $5 Platinum 7’s with a top prize of $100,000; and $10 $10,000 Loaded with a top prize of $10,000.

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“We love the excitement that comes from from releasing new instant games every month,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said, “and so do our players. And it’s all to the end goal of generating revenue for college scholarships for Arkansas students, which is our focus.” The Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for more than 235,000 scholarships in the state since it began. The deadline to apply for scholarships has been extended to June 15 by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Visit www.scholarships.ADHE.edu for more information.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas. Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, more than $2 billion in prizes to players, and more than $182 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit www.MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play It Again Rewards Club. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Stephen Koch at 501-683-2055 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

‘I Am Team GB’ Wins Multiple Awards

UNITED KINGDOM (May 2, 2017) -- The UK’s biggest ever sports participation event, ‘I Am Team GB’, staged by The National Lottery and ITV last year, has won three awards at two separate prestigious events.

At the BT Sport Industry Awards, held in London on Thursday 27 April, ‘I Am Team GB’ won Best Sports Participation Event. While on the same night, at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Awards, the campaign to support the event won both Best Integrated Marketing Campaign and Best Partnership Marketing, for the collaboration between The National Lottery, ITV, Team GB and UK Sport.

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I Am Team GB was staged on Saturday 27 August 2016, to welcome home Britain’s Olympic heroes, encourage people to get active alongside them and to thank National Lottery players for the part they played in helping to fund the athletes and elite sport. YouGov research commissioned by ITV, The National Lottery and the British Olympic Association revealed that nearly 1 million people took part, making it the nation’s biggest ever sports day.

Arabella Gilchrist, Head of Parent Brand for National Lottery operator Camelot, said: “We’re delighted that I Am Team GB has won these awards – demonstrating what a unique and truly inspiring nationwide event it was. National Lottery players have contributed over £80 million a year to support over 1,300 athletes for sporting success in Rio and beyond. I Am Team GB was devised as way for everyone to participate in sport for a day and as a way of truly thanking National Lottery players for their continued backing. We were thrilled that nearly 1 million people took part and these three awards are recognition for everyone involved in making it happen – they should all be incredibly proud of what they achieved.

I Am Team GB took place in conjunction with the British Olympic Association (BOA), UK Sport and was supported by Join In.  It was also supported by Sport England, Public Health England, parkrun, GLL, Pitchero amongst others.

About Camelot/The National Lottery:

  • National Lottery funding plays a key role in the UK’s sporting success, and National Lottery players have contributed over £80 million each year during the four-year build up to Rio.
  • To date over 4,500 elite athletes have benefited from National Lottery funding, enabling them to have access to some of the best coaching, facilities and support staff in the world, in their preparations for Rio 2016 and beyond.
  • More than £5 billion of National Lottery funding has been invested into grassroots sports, creating opportunities for everyone to get fit.  The money has created and upgraded facilities, funded coaches and equipment, and supported initiatives to get more people playing sport.
  • Each week, Camelot generates, on average, around £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total £36 billion has now been raised and more than 500,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century.

 

For further information on Camelot, and The National Lottery and its games, please visit: national-lottery.co.uk / camelotgroup.co.uk

SOURCE: Camelot.

 

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Four Fresh PA Lottery Fast Play Games Now on Sale

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (May 2, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery today released four fresh Fast Play games: Crack the Safe ($3); Fat Wallet ($2); In Between ($2); and Crazy 8s ($1).

Fat Wallet offers a progressive top prize that grows until it is won, then immediately resets to the minimum top prize and starts growing again.

The first Fast Play games launched in late February proved to be very popular, awarding more than $20 million in prizes to more than 2.2 million players in under two months.

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Visit palottery.com to see all Fast Play games available for purchase.

About Fast Play: Fast Play games offer the chance to instantly win prizes without scratching the ticket or waiting for a drawing. These games print on-demand from a Lottery sales terminal or self-service touch-screen vending terminal. Review the ticket, scan it at a Lottery retailer or use the ticket checker on our official mobile app to learn if it is a winner. Some Fast Play games offer progressive top prizes. Fast Play tickets must be printed at the time of purchase; retailers may not print tickets in advance. Chances of winning vary by game. Prizes expire one year from the date of purchase. Review rules, chances of winning and other details at palottery.com.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, T: 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 




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