Lottery to Host Royals Tailgate Party in Olathe
Free Tickets, Drawings,
Giveaways, More at June 27 Event!
TOPEKA, Kansas (June 23, 2017) --
The Kansas Lottery is teaming up with the Double Nickel in Olathe and the 2015
World Series Champions Kansas City Royals on an exciting promotion next
week. The Royals Tailgate Party will be held from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, June
27, at the Double Nickel located at 189 S. Rogers Road in Olathe. Here
are some highlights!
The first 60 players get a FREE $5
Raised Royal instant scratch ticket.
Buy $10 in Lottery tickets and pick
from an array of promotional items from the Kansas Lottery and the Kansas City
Royals (while supplies last).
Autographs and photo opportunities
with former Royals legend John Mayberry and Dave the W Guy.
- Lunch for four with Royals Announcer Denny
- Alex Gordon and Danny Duffy autographed
- Two tickets to July 22 game Royals vs. White
- Two tickets to August 6 game Royals vs.
The Royals Tailgate Party at the
Double Nickel will be a great way to get ready for the first pitch of the
Royals vs. Tigers game at 6:10 p.m. that night. Hope to see you
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery press
Scientific Games Debuts THE SIMPSONS Slot
New wide-area progressive
link features characters and setting from the longest-running American
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 27, 2017) --
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") announced today the launch of THE SIMPSONS a new wide area
progressive slot game featuring beloved characters and settings from the
record-breaking popular animated television series of the same name. THE
SIMPSONS slot game is showcased on the groundbreaking and immersive
THE SIMPSONS boasts six bonus games
centered on popular characters from THE SIMPSONS television series including
the Donut Wheel Bonus, Moe's Pranks A Lot, Apu's Scrat-Cha-Pa-Looza, Krusty's
It's Cobblering Time, Wiggum-A-Role and Homer's Monorail Madness. THE SIMPSONS
is played on a captivating base game with multiple features including symbol
cloning, a mystery symbol, and character respin features. Players also have the
option to make an additional bet for a chance to increase the bonus feature
THE SIMPSONS is showcased on the
revolutionary Gamescape cabinet, which is designed to envelop players in the
gaming experience with three vivid HD displays, a 40-inch top screen, and an
ergonomic 10.4-inch tablet multi-touch button panel display, all integrated for
coordinated game play graphics that give players the sensation of being
immersed in the world of Homer and friends. The extra wide display allows for
the game's bonus features to expand the game array up to 24 reels, giving
players more excitement and more ways to win. THE SIMPSONS also integrates an
industry-first gesture control element utilizing motion sensor technology to
allow the player to physically interact with the game in some of the bonus
"We could not be more excited to
launch THE SIMPSONS, which is based on the hugely popular and iconic television
show," said Derik Mooberry, Executive Vice President and Group Chief
Executive of Gaming for Scientific Games. "THE SIMPSONS is jam-packed with
entertaining features and bonuses and the impressive Gamescape cabinet immerses
the player in the world of Homer with screens that wrap the player in the game
action and the gesture-control feature that puts the player in control. We are
certain fans of the show and general slot enthusiasts alike will love this
Available on a wide-area progressive
("WAP") link with a reset value of $200,000 or as a standalone game in non-WAP
jurisdictions, THE SIMPSONS is now available in various jurisdictions
throughout North America.
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.
Vice President, Investor
T: +1 702-532-7663
Vice President, Corporate
SOURCE: Scientific Games
INTRALOT Sign Extensions with Ohio Lottery Through
ATHENS, Greece (June 27, 2017) --
INTRALOT Inc., a subsidiary of INTRALOT Group in the United States,
- The renewal of its current contract with the Ohio
Lottery for the two-year period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2019,
consistent with its existing agreement and the State of Ohios Controlling
Board, covering the period 2009-2021. The value of this 2-year contract is
estimated at $ 71 million.
- The amendment of the current agreement with the
Ohio Lottery providing the Ohio Lottery three additional 2-year renewal
options, thus extending the contract term through June 30, 2027.
- INTRALOT provides a secure central gaming system
that delivers, manages, and accounts for all current in-state and multi-state
draw games, inventory control and logistics for the full complement of scratch
games, EZPLAY®, EZPLAY® TAP and QuicKeno games and other related
services. The extended renewal provisions include 750 additional online vending
machines, the ability to upgrade 1100 MPs currently in the field,
cashless sales functionality added at all vending terminals, and approximately
11,000 new Photon terminals with cashless functionality and the only terminal
with modern digital camera reading technology, replacing all currently
installed clerk operated machines.
Mr. John Donahue, CEO of INTRALOT
Inc., stated: We are very pleased and excited about this agreement
with Ohio Lottery. This allows INTRALOT to continue to provide to one of
our most valued customers INTRALOTs leading gaming solutions. I would
like to personally thank the Ohio Lottery Management Team for their trust. Our
experienced US team will closely cooperate with the Ohio Lottery in the new
period to help the Lottery meet its goals for responsible growth and greater
returns for good causes.
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. 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: Mr.
Chris Sfatos, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: email@example.com
SOURCE: INTRALOT (
Willy Wonka Golden Ticket Is Here!
Instant Game Offers Chance At A
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (June 27,
2017) -- Its finally here the WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET
arrives today! The $10 GOLDEN TICKET instant ticket has a top prize of
$200,000, and an even more incredible second-chance promotion: Players who
enter non-winning WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKETS into promotional
second-chance drawings will get the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for the
opportunity to play the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE -- and two lucky players
from Arkansas will be competing!
This is the first instant ticket
that offers a chance at a billion dollars! (BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE details.
With prize offerings from a hundred
bucks to a billion, its all part of Julys instant ticket launch
that also includes Lots of $100s, a $1 game with a $100 top prize; $5
$125,000 Payout, a $5 game with, yep, a $125,000 top prize; and the return of
the classic Loteria, a $3 game with a $70,000 top prize.
About the Arkansas Scholarship
Since its inception in 2009, the
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for in-state
college scholarships to Arkansas students, more than $2.2 billion in prizes to
players, created more than 50 millionaires, and paid more than $191 million in
commissions to Lottery retailers.
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and
other expenses in Arkansas.
In fiscal year 2016, the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery had nearly 2 million winners every month more than
2,500 an hour.
Follow the Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery on Facebook,
and Instagram. Visit
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.
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE
FACTORY and all related characters and elements © & Warner
Bros. Entertainment Inc.
CONTACT: Stephen Koch at
501-683-2055 for more information.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Pollard Banknote Introduces A Fresh, New Face To Its Licensed
Brand Portfolio -- MS. PAC-MAN
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (June 26,
2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) a
leading lottery partner that provides instant tickets, interactive solutions,
and marketing support, is excited to announce the addition of Ms.
PAC-MANthe iconic arcade gameto its expanding licensed games
portfolio. Under the agreement with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Inc., Pollard
Banknote now offers Ms. PAC-MAN branded instant tickets to its lottery
clients. This is the first time the brand has been available for use on lottery
Introduced in North America in 1981,
Ms. PAC-MAN became one of the most popular arcade video games of all
time, and in 2016, the game placed 5th on TIME Magazine's The 50 Best
Video Games of All Time list.
Ms. PAC-MAN was the first
arcade game to introduce a female playable character, and featured four
different mazes in different color schemes. The simple, yet exciting game play
quickly led Ms. PAC-MAN to become one of the highest selling arcade
Just as the arcade game expanded on
the success of its predecessors, the Ms. PAC-MAN brand builds on the
popularity of classic retro games in the lottery industry. This fresh face
offers a broader appeal that can be highlighted in bright, powerful ticket
designs, making the brand longevity of Ms. PAC-MAN the perfect way to
engage both nostalgic players with established, yet still-relevant game
concepts, and the younger demographic who has been introduced to the brand more
Ms. PAC-MAN is a welcome
addition to Pollard Banknotes suite of licensed retro brands, and is a
natural follow up for lotteries wishing to launch the next exciting retro
brand. Diversifying licensed games portfolios with a strong female lead, Ms.
PAC-MAN is strutting her way to lotteries throughout North America.
suite of retro brands has been embraced by lottery players around the
world, said Sina Aiello, Pollard Banknotes Vice President,
Marketing. Ms. PAC-MAN is a natural next step for lotteries who
have found success with other retro brands, and a great introduction for those
who havent. This popular character, combined with an engaging retro
theme, will attract a wide player base of lottery clients who enjoy playing
these classic branded games.
NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
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
For more information CONTACT: Sina
Aiello, Pollard Banknote Limited, Vice President, Marketing, Telephone: (204)
474-2323, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
Winning in New England! Scientific Games Celebrates New
Hampshire Lotterys New Instant Games Contract
The Oldest and One of the
Most Successful U.S. Lotteries Has Partnered with Company Since Launching Its
First Instant Game in 1975
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (June 26,
2017) Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (Scientific
Games or the Company) today announced that the Company won a
new, four-year contract to provide instant games and additional services to the
New Hampshire Lottery (the Lottery), the first U.S. state lottery
and one of the nations most successful lotteries. A catalyst for the U.S.
lottery industry that has grown to 44 state lotteries, the New Hampshire
Lottery is currently ranked among the Top 10 lotteries in the world for instant
game per capita sales (La Fleurs Almanac).
The New Hampshire Lottery has
partnered with Scientific Games since its first instant game launch in 1975,
and for the last 10 years the Company has served as the Lotterys sole
instant game provider. The new four-year contract begins July 1, 2017 and may
be extended for two additional years. Scientific Games also provides licensed
properties to the Lottery, including the fan favorite THE WIZARD OF OZ,
and interactive games such as SLINGO® Lottery Challenge.
Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director
of the New Hampshire Lottery, said, Our collaboration on instant games
over the last four decades is truly a success story. Scientific Games has
have deep expertise with prize structures, and highly experienced game
designers who create games our players love to play. Most important, their
instant games have generated millions in revenue to support education in New
In New Hampshire, total instant game
sales have increased 6.4 percent in the last five years (FY 2011-2016), with
instant game per capita sales increasing 6.2 percent compared to 5.7 percent
for the industry. Creative options like Scientific Games Scratch My
Back®, offering play on both sides of the ticket, have recently been a big
hit with players in the state.
John Schulz, Senior Vice President,
Instant Products, for Scientific Games, said, We appreciate the New
Hampshire Lotterys confidence in Scientific Games ability to offer
a wide array of instant games. Ultimately, our goal is to provide the Lottery
with the most innovative game portfolio to entertain New Hampshire players and
help drive proceeds for education.
Scientific Games currently supplies
more than 70 percent of lottery instant games in the U.S. and provides games,
technology and services to more than 150 lotteries worldwide, including nearly
every North American lottery.
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 Companys portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and
systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery
games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology;
loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more
information, please visit us at:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Laboratories International (GLI®) to Host Midwest Regional Gaming
Regulators Seminar in Missouri Next Month
LAKEWOOD, NJ (June 28, 2017)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce that its
experts will host the Midwest Regional Gaming Regulators Seminar in
Kansas City, Missouri, July 13.
Attendees can expect highly
informative, interactive forums created specifically for the region. GLI has
arranged for world-renowned industry thought leaders to discuss the following
topics and more:
- What to Do in the Event of an Online Breach
Protocols for Regulators
- Verification and Inventory Management Tools for the
Modern Gaming Floor: Lessons from the Field
- Getting Better Compliance: How Audits Can Change
- G2S/S2S: Regulatory Practices for Implementing
Next-Generation Protocols Today
- Protecting Privacy: The Growth of Player Data
Collection and How to Avoid Compromises
- Emerging Gaming Channels and Technology: Lessons
from Regulated Markets
The Midwest Regional Gaming
Regulators Seminar is a free, one-day training for regulators developed
to help nurture critical relationships between nearby jurisdictions. Attendees
will have the opportunity to ask GLIs experts any questions they may have
pertaining to the gaming industry.
GLI Vice President of Government
Relations and General Counsel Kevin P. Mullally said, We are very
excited to offer a regulators seminar to those located in the Midwestern
region because it allows us to facilitate the sharing of years of knowledge
with clients in a location that is convenient for them. We continue to be
committed to providing quality educational opportunities to our
To register for the Midwest Regional
Gaming Regulators Seminar or to download the full agenda, please visit
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.
For more information, visit
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Montana Lottery Celebrates 30 Years of Business -- and
HELENA, Montana (June 23, 2017) --
The Montana Lottery marks 30 years in business on Friday -- and has paid out
more than $48,000 every single day on average to winners since it sold its
first ticket in June of 1987.
The Lottery was created by an
overwhelming 69 percent of Montana citizens in a legislative referendum
election in 1986. The first tickets went on sale on June 24, 1987.
Since then, the Montana Lottery has
been doing exactly what it was designed to do, said Lottery Director Angela
Wong: Making winners in Montana and making money for state programs benefiting
Weve paid out more
than $526 million to our winners in the last thirty years, Wong said,
Weve generated more than $236 million to benefit the citizens of
Montana and help fund state programs. Today marks a winning three decades of
excitement and success in Montana.
The Lottery celebrated the
anniversary Friday with a public event and open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
its headquarters. The event is expected to draw past directors, players and
The Montana Lottery started small:
Initially, the Lottery sold just one ticket a $1 Scratch ticket called
Pot of Gold. The states first jackpot went to Shirley J.
Waldo, of Billings, who bought her winning ticket on the very first day of
Today, the Montana Lottery offers
several multi-state games, like Powerball and MegaMillions. But the backbone of
the Montana Lottery remains the games that are designed and created by
Montanans, for Montanans, including Montana Cash, Montana Millionaire, Big Sky
Bonus and the vast majority of its Scratch tickets. All are created and
designed by Lottery staff at the Helena headquarters.
Montana Lottery proceeds have gone
to several state accounts since the Lotterys inception. Since the 1990s,
lawmakers have allocated Lottery revenues to the state General Fund, which pays
for a long list of important state services like education, public safety and
public health. The Lotterys contributions to state programs have grown
much in three decades. For the past several years, the Lottery has transferred
around $12 million to the state each year.
Winners have come from every corner
of the state. While each winner uses their winnings uniquely, most winners
report to the Lottery they intend to use their windfall to pay off debt
(usually their house), buy a new vehicle (usually a truck) and send their kids
For much more information about the
Montana Lottery story,
CONTACT: Jennifer McKee, T:
SOURCE: The Montana Lottery.
Missouri Lotterys Annual and Monthly Profits Second
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (June 19,
2017) -- On June 16, the Missouri Lottery made its final monthly transfer for
fiscal year 2017 worth $30.7 million, the second-largest monthly transfer in
the Lotterys history. It brings the transfer year total to $297.8 million
and exceeds the Lotterys strategic goal by more than $11.4 million.
Our strategic goal was to
reach $286.4 million, and we surpassed that by 4 percent, said May
Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. Were
very pleased. This is the second-highest annual profits to public education
The monthly transfer was
the second-highest ever, too, due to a large unclaimed Lotto prize, and strong
Powerball and Scratchers sales in May, Reardon said.
A $3.5 million Lotto prize sold in
Hermann for the Nov. 12, 2016, drawing, expired on May 11. That prize amount
was part of the May transfer to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education.
It was the largest unclaimed prize and the third worth more than $1 million to
go unclaimed in the Lotterys 31-year history.
Reardon said prior to each fiscal
year, the Lottery averages the most recent five years profits for a
benchmark and increases it by 1 percent to arrive at a reasonable
goal. She noted that while last years annual proceeds came in higher
$308.9 million it was due to profits from the record high $1.5
billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016.
The last fiscal year was an
anomaly, Reardon said. A jackpot higher than $1 billion is
only expected to happen once every decade. This year, we are $9.1 million
higher than our prior second-best year without any record jackpots or
Reardon said strong Lottery sales in
transfer year 2017 came from a full year of sales of the $30 $300,000,000
Golden Ticket Scratchers game, increased Scratchers tickets displayed
from 24 to 28 in new Gemini Touch machines, and record Pick 3 and Pick 4
Our average price per
Scratchers ticket sold this past year was $3.93, said Reardon.
Scratchers sales have hit an all-time high up more than 3.9
percent so far this fiscal year compared with last year.
We also have to attribute some
of the increase to our network of more than 4,700 dedicated retailers. They
work hard to help us maximize money for public education programs.
One hundred percent of the proceeds
from Missouri Lottery ticket sales go to public education. In fiscal year 2017,
these proceeds were appropriated for a variety of programs including: the
Foundation Program, the A+ Scholarships Program, Special Education Excess
Costs, the Classroom Trust Fund, and 10-11 percent of the states funding
for several public higher education institutions operating costs. For a
complete list of programs, including information about Lottery dollars directed
to your county, visit the Lottery's website at MOLottery.com.
Each year, the proceeds are
allocated by the governor and the states legislature during the annual
appropriation process. These funds represent approximately 4 percent of the
annual funding required for Missouris public education system.
For each dollar spent on the
Lottery, more than 95 cents goes back to the citizens of the state in one form
or another. Approximately 66.6 cents is returned to players as prizes, 23 cents
goes to the states public education programs, 5.9 cents pays for
retailers commissions, incentives and bonuses, and 4.5 cents is used for
About the Missouri Lottery
In 1984, more than 70 percent of
Missouri voters approved a lottery. Currently, the Lottery is the sixth-largest
source of state income, and more than 95 cents of every dollar spent on the
Lottery benefits Missouri. Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery
has generated more than $5.7 billion for the state and public education, and
annual Lottery proceeds make up approximately 4 percent of the states
funding for public education. Lottery players have won more than $12.2 billion
in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $1.2 billion in commissions.
Each year, the Lottery generates more than $283 million for vital education
programs, including A+ scholarships. When you play the Missouri Lottery, you
Play It Forward!
CONTACT: Susan Goedde, Phone:
SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.
Gambling: Court Rejects Non-Transparent Licensing Regimes and Prohibits
BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 22, 2017) --
Today, the CJEU manifestly ruled that enforcement actions against EU licensed
operators unlawfully excluded from national licensing processes are prohibited
and not in compliance with EU law (case Unibet International (C-49/16). The
Court confirmed the obligation on Member States to organise transparent
licensing processes and rejected EU countries discretion to impose
enforcement measures. This ruling comes at a crucial time for countries like
the Netherlands, were national legislation that has been found incompatible
with the Treaties, is enforced.
The Court of Justice of the EU
(CJEU) found that Hungary violated the fundamental freedom to provide services
guaranteed under Art 56 of the EU Treaty (TFEU) prohibiting a cross-border
operator licensed in the EU to lawfully provide its services in Hungary, by
failing to organise a licensing tender published according to objective,
transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate criteria. This has been
precised in para. 42 stating that, where it may be of interest to an
undertaking located in a Member State other than that in which the concession
is granted, [the State is required] to enable the service concession to be
opened up to competition and the impartiality of the award procedures to be
reviewed. The Court is further stressing the need for an impartial licence
award [para. 41] and stressed that the rules of law be clear and precise and
predictable in their effect [para. 43]. The judgment confirms existing CJEU
jurisprudence1, such as the February 2016 Sebat Ince ruling (C-336/14).
Hence, when the national regime is
in violation of EU law, a Member State is precluded from sanctioning an
operator holding a licence in the EU. Such jurisprudence is more relevant than
ever with Member States such as Poland and the Netherlands introducing very
restrictive and incompatible regulatory frameworks and imposing subsequent
enforcement measures which clearly contradict the fundamental principles of EU
In addition, the CJEU judgment
states (see link):
- In that regard, it is sufficient to recall
that, where a restrictive system has been established for games of chance and
that system is incompatible with Article 56 TFEU, an infringement of the system
by an economic operator cannot give rise to penalties (Pfleger and Others, C
390/12, EU:C:2014:281, paragraph 64 and the case-law cited.) (para.
- "The answer to the third question is that Article
56 TFEU must be interpreted as precluding penalties [Note: see para. 22 where
penalties are, amongst others, defined as ISP blocking and fines], such as
those at issue in the main proceedings, imposed for the infringement of
national legislation introducing a system of concessions and licences for the
organisation of games of chance, if such national legislation proves to be
contrary to Article 56 TFEU." (para. 51).
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of
EGBA, comments: The Court reiterated that Member States must guarantee
that national regulation on online gambling services meets objective,
transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate criteria. Only a properly
regulated and transparent online gambling market can ensure that the consumer
is channelled to the regulated offer.
Haijer added The
Courts ruling is a clear message to other Gaming Authorities, including
the Dutch Gaming Authority, that they must not enforce regulation that does not
comply with basic EU law. We expect these Member States to reconsider and lift
these enforcement measures as they are acting in violation of EU law. Their
actions do not serve the interest of consumers, they fail to channel the
consumers to reliable providers, instead they merely prop up failed
See the CJEUs press release
The Budapest-Capital Administrative
and Labour Court asked the CJEU whether Hungary violated the freedom to provide
services (Article 56 TFEU) for imposing administrative fines and temporary ISP
blocking measures against an EU licensed and regulated operator, whilst it
failed to publish a call for tenders and did not enable the operator to submit
an application for the purposes of obtaining a Hungarian license.
In 2014, the European Commission
sent an EU Pilot letter to Hungary in reaction to the changes in the Hungarian
gambling framework, in which it emphasised the negative impact on the freedom
to provide services (Art 56 TFEU).
1 Sebat Ince, C-336/14, paragraph
55, EU:C:2016:72; Carmen Media Group, C-46/08, EU:C:2010:505, paragraph 90; and
Stanleybet International and Others, C-186/11 and C-209/11, EU:C:2013:33,
For more information, please
CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA, T: +32 25 540 890, E:
About the EGBA:
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, GVC
Holdings PLC, Expekt, Kindred Plc, ZEAL Network, Betsson Group and Bet365. The
Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA), Branschföreningen
för Onlinespel (BOS) and the Oesterreichische Vereinigung für Wetten
und Glücksspiel (OVWG) are affiliate members of EGBA. As a Brussels-based
non-profit association, EGBA promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult
European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an
informed, regulated, safe and secure environment. While online gambling remains
a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation,
technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into
an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-off
effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA
members have invested more than 600M into digital security and
contributed to sports with more than 800M, mainly via sponsorship deal
and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.
Tipping AS Signs a New Agreement with Link Mobility AS on Mobile
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (June 28, 2017) --
Norsk Tipping has chosen Link Mobility as its mobile communications partner.
Link Mobility was given the contract through an open tender competition and the
agreement is valid for two years, with the option of renewal for another two
Norsk Tipping is a government-owned
limited company under the direction of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. The
company is assigned by the government to offer games that create excitement and
entertainment within responsible limits, with the profits going to good
Norsk Tipping has more than 2
million customers and hade over NOK 32 billion in revenue for 2016. All profit
from the gaming are distributed between sports, culture and humanitarian /
social organizations according to a separate distribution key set by its owner,
The Norwegian Government.
"Norsk Tipping is, after our
experience, the first Norwegian company to have conducted a multi-channel
tender offering. With this, Norsk Tipping shows that they have a clear mobile
strategy that they want to communicate through the channels their customers use
and prefer to communicate on, young as old. In addition to SMS, most people use
and prefer channels like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, E-mail, MMS, App push
and Snapchat as a communication platform. In additional to these there will
always come new channels like RCS, Joyn,
Link Mobility will at all time
provide and deliver on all new channels that Norsk Tipping and other customers
would like to use." says Ina Rasmussen, Director of LINK Mobility AS
"Link Mobility delivered the most
economically advantageous offer and won the tender competition among a number
of sharp competitors. Communication with customers is very important to us and
we are looking forward to working closely with Link Mobility over the next
years," says Marit Skaugen Holmberg, Categorical Purchasing in Norsk Tipping
LINK Mobility are one of Europe's
largest providers of B2C mobile services with a range of solutions for
efficient and targeted mobile communications between businesses and their
customers. LINK Mobility's parent company LINK Mobility Group ASA is listed on
Oslo Stock Exchange.
"We are of course very happy and
proud that Norsk Tipping has chosen LINK Mobility as its supplier and partner
in their future mobile communications strategy, we are looking forward to a
close and innovative cooperation for many years to come," says Ina
For further information CONTACT:
LINK Mobility AS, Jan Tore Kjær, Director Marketing & Sales, Cell: +
47-9595-3000, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Link Mobility Group ASA.
International Association of Gaming Regulators Announces 2017
Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa
NEVADA, U.S.(June 28, 2017) -- The
International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) today announced that its
2017 Annual Conference will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa over
October 16-19, 2017. The event will explore issues affecting gaming
regulators, policymakers and industry executives in gambling markets around the
The conference will focus on
challenges faced by regulators as they seek to improve the effectiveness and
efficiency of gambling oversight. Expected to attend the annual gathering
are IAGR members who represent gaming jurisdictions from throughout the world
including those in Asia, Australia, Africa, Central America, the Caribbean,
Europe, North America and South America. Industry representatives are
also invited to attend the conference.
IAGR is pleased and excited
to be returning to South Africa for our 2017 Conference," said Dale Fuga,
President of IAGR and Chief Operating Officer of the Liquor and Gaming
Authority of Manitoba (Canada). "Our first conference as an
independent organization took place in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa under
the leadership of then-President Mr. Serobi Maja. Since that time, IAGR
has hosted conferences in several countries around the world to educate
regulators, encourage discussion, foster international cooperation and work on
developing common standards for regulating gaming in a global
environment. This years conference in Johannesburg will provide
topics related to the regulation of evolving and emerging technology used by
land-based and online operators, sports betting, responsible gambling and much
more. I encourage all of our regulatory members and those in the gaming
industry to attend what will definitely be an educational and informative
"The local organising committee
(LOC) has been hard at work ensuring that, come the time for the conference in
October, the conference lives up to IAGRs annual conference standards and
that delegates are treated to a unique experience of true African
indulgence," said Bheki Mlambo, Johannesburg 2017 Conference Sub-Committee
Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Mpumalanga Gambling Board (South
"The conference venue, Emperors
Palace is conveniently situated next to O.R. Tambo International Airport and
offers guests a complimentary shuttle service operating every 20 minutes
daily. We have negotiated discounted accommodation rates of between
30%-60% of the normal rack rate for our delegates.
The LOC is currently finalising
various social event programmes for our delegates and together with the host
jurisdiction, we are looking forward to welcoming you all."
Every year it becomes more
apparent that there are many issues that jurisdictions from around the world
share in common," said Nick Tofiluk, Johannesburg 2017 Conference Sub-Committee
Co-Chair and Director of Regulatory Operations of the Gambling Commission
(United Kingdom). "We operate in a fast-moving industry but by working
together we can learn from each other, share best practice and uphold common
regulatory standards on a global stage. I am confident that this years
conference will attract high quality presenters who will provide authority and
topicality to the subjects they address. I have no doubt that those attending
will benefit from the insights these speakers provide, as well as the more
informal networking opportunities that a conference of this nature
The conference will take place at
the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort.
For more information on the IAGR
Conference visit: https://iagr.org/conference.
About the International
Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)
The International Association of
Gaming Regulators (IAGR) consists of representatives from gaming regulatory
organizations throughout the world. The mission of IAGR is to advance the
effectiveness and efficiency of gaming regulation by providing a forum in which
gaming regulators from around the world can meet, exchange views and
information, and discuss policy issues among themselves and with
representatives of the international gaming industry; a means of fostering
cooperation between gaming regulators in the performance of their official
duties; and a central point of contact for inquiries from governments, gaming
regulatory agencies and personnel, and representatives of the international
gaming industry. You can follow IAGR on Twitter at IAGR_org or join our
LinkedIn Discussion Group.
CONTACT: Mariah Echele, IAGR
Secretariat, +001 (314) 973-4784 US Central Time, E:
SOURCE: The International
Association of Gaming Regulators.