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Vol. 80 No. 3- Monday July 17, 2017


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Second Best Year for Kansas Lottery; $156.8 Million Transferred to the State in Fiscal Year 2017

TOPEKA, Kansas (July 12, 2017) -- The Kansas Lottery had its second best year ever in Fiscal Year 2017. Total revenue transferred to the State through the sale of traditional lottery games was $75.2 million. Revenue transferred from the four casinos with state-owned and -operated gaming totaled $81.6 million. Combined, traditional lottery and casino revenue totaled $156.8 million transferred to the State in Fiscal Year 2017.

Traditional lottery sales in Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) were $271.4 million (unaudited). That is only 5.34 percent behind last year’s record sales of $286.7 million. The transfer of $75.2 million is the second highest transfer from the sale of traditional lottery products, exceeded only by last year’s $78.2 million transfer.

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Included in the traditional lottery transfer is $1,225,812 from the sale of special $1 and $2 Veterans Benefit instant scratch tickets. Proceeds from the sale of Veterans tickets are directed to state programs that provide benefits to Kansas military veterans (see below).

It’s been a very good year, thanks to our terrific players, staff, and retailers,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “The new Lucky for Life game has been well received by players and is creating a nice boost in sales. Super Kansas Cash saw a good increase this year, and we continue to enjoy strong sales of our instant scratch tickets.

We knew it was going to be tough to beat last year’s record Powerball sales without another billion dollar jackpot like the we had in January 2016, but we worked hard to meet our goals and give our players the fun and exciting entertainment they expect,” added Presta. “We’re especially pleased that we were able to introduce our new Kansas Lottery PlayOn® Players Loyalty program this year. PlayOn lets our players connect with us like never before and gives them fun new ways to play and win.

“The coming year will bring many changes and opportunities to the Kansas Lottery,” said Presta. “We look forward to meeting the challenges and making the Lottery the best it can be for the citizens of Kansas.”

 

Traditional Lottery

Here’s a breakdown of FY17 traditional lottery sales, by game, compared to FY16 sales:

 

Game Type FY 2016 FY 2017 % Change
Thru 6/30/2016 Thru 6/30/2017
Super Kansas Cash $12,852,156 $16,360,577 27.30%
Keno 16,053,147 15,494,968 -3.48%
2by2 1,919,689 1,708,499 -11.00%
Pick 3 6,536,670 6,811,012 4.20%
Powerball 54,254,605 36,781,987 -32.20%
Hot Lotto 6,697,606 6,739,519 0.63%
Kansas Hold’Em 2,758,932 2,611,650 -5.34%
Lucky For Life 0 4,204,190 100.00%
Mega Millions 14,021,964 12,336,420 -12.02%
Raffle 3,500,000 4,000,000 14.29%
Instants & Pull Tabs 168,140,300 164,377,242 -2.24%
Total All Games $286,735,069 $271,426,064 -5.34%

 

Expanded (Casino) Gaming

The $81.6 million transferred to the State from state-owned and -operated casino gaming in Fiscal Year 2017 includes revenue from four casinos, including the new Kansas Crossing Casino near Pittsburg in the Southeast Gaming Zone of Kansas, which opened March 29, 2017.

In addition to $81.6 million in total transfers to the State from the four casinos, $11.1 million went to local units of government and $7.4 million to the Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund.

Here is the distribution of revenue at Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City in FY17:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2017: $40,222,932

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$8,849,045

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

804,459

Local Governments*

3%

1,206,688

Casino Manager

73%

29,362,740

 

*1.5% to City of Dodge City, 1.5% to Ford County

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane in FY17:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2017: $178,105,968

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$39,183,313

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

3,562,119

Local Governments*

3%

5,343,179

Casino Manager

73%

130,017,357

 

*1% to City of Mulvane, 1% to Sumner County, 1% to Sedgwick County

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kans., in FY17:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2017: $144,582,037

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$31,808,048

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

2,891,641

Unified Government

3%

4,337,461

Casino Manager

73%

105,544,887

 

*3% to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, Kans., in FY17:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2017: $8,206,260

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$1,805,377

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

164,125

Local Governments*

3%

246,188

Casino Manager

73%

5,990,570

 

*1% to City of Pittsburg, 1% to Cherokee County, 1% to Crawford County

 

I want to thank casino players for their patronage and also express my gratitude to the casino managers and their staffs for the hard work they have done in competitive markets this year,” said Presta. “The four casinos are generating millions of dollars for good causes.”

 

Where Does the Money Go?

Traditional Lottery Revenue

Traditional lottery revenue goes into the State Gaming Revenues Fund. On a yearly basis, the first $50 million is divided by a formula which first transfers $80,000 to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.

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Then 85 percent of the balance is transferred to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, 10 percent to the Correctional Institutions Building Fund, and 5 percent to the Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund. Any receipts in excess of $50 million must be transferred to the State General Fund.

The Economic Development Initiatives Fund supports state programs that create and retain jobs in Kansas. Those programs include the Rural Opportunity Zones Program, Kansas Department of Commerce programs, Tourism and Parks programs in the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, the Kansas Board of Regents for vocational education and other programs, and many more.

Proceeds from the sale of the Kansas Lottery’s Veterans games are directed to programs that benefit Kansas military veterans such as the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program which brings services to veterans where they live, National Guard scholarships and Kansas Veterans homes and cemeteries. For more information on how Kansas Lottery revenue is used, visit Where the Money Goes, and Economic Development Initiatives Fund.

 

Expanded Lottery (Casino) Revenue

The 2007 Kansas Expanded Lottery Act created the Expanded Lottery Act Revenues Fund (ELARF). The State’s share of revenue from state-owned and -operated casino gaming is transferred from the ELARF for purposes of reduction of state debt, state infrastructure improvements and reduction of local ad valorem tax; and/or for other purposes as directed by the Kansas Legislature, such as Kan-Grow Engineering Funds at state universities and the reduction of unfunded actuarial liability of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).

NOTE: All revenue figures are unaudited.

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

SOURCE: The Kansas Lottery.

 

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Scientific Games Acquires Red7Mobile, Industry Leader in Mobile and Interactive Casino Content

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LAS VEGAS, NV (July 10, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced the acquisition of Red7Mobile Ltd. ("Red7"), a Bristol, UK-based firm that designs, develops and delivers innovative and award-winning mobile and desktop casino games and sports apps for real-money gaming partners. The acquisition provides Scientific Games with access to a large portfolio of mobile and interactive game titles, including slot games, instant win/scratch cards, and table games.

In addition to game content, Red7 offers a range of sports betting solutions. Its flexible and dynamic sports middleware provides a robust, real-time platform for the development of a range of innovative UX and UI solutions for sports-book web and native apps. Through partnerships with some of the industry's leading sports feed and odds providers, Red7 provides the essential real-time feeds for in-play stats and betting solutions.

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Red7 has existing game, platform and sports partnerships with many of the industry's leading online gaming and sports betting operators.

Scientific Games Group Chief Executive – Interactive Barry Cottle said, "The acquisition of Red7 and its highly creative, talented team is a very positive development in SG Interactive's growth story. Red7's portfolio of innovative games augments our entertaining game content and industry-leading intellectual property. We're also excited about their sports betting apps, which include a host of robust features that add excitement to the sports betting experience."

Scientific Games will employ all of Red7's staff in the firm's existing Bristol, England location, and will continue to fully support Red7's partnerships with online and sports betting operators through the Scientific Games network.

Cottle said, "Many of Red7's partners are also our partners, so we truly feel this is a win-win for all of our stakeholders. As we merge Red7's content into our extensive game library, we will expand our UK retail and digital portfolio and be able to deliver even more compelling game content for the global digital Real Money Gaming business."

Matt Hatch, Chief Executive Officer of Red7, said, "We are excited to be a part of Scientific Games, combining Red7's creativity, innovation, and award-winning games to deliver transformational player experiences to Scientific Games' real-money gaming partners around the globe."

Red7 Chief Technology Officer Adam Fox added, "Red7 has always focused on designing and producing some of the most innovative games and sports apps. Having access to Scientific Games' content, brands, and global network is a very exciting prospect for the Red7 team."

About Scientific Games

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

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

T: +1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

T: +702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Nearly $152 Million in PA Lottery Scratch-Offs Prizes Won in June

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (July 11, 2017) -- Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-offs players claimed $151,940,150 in prizes during June, including four prizes of $1 million claimed by players in Carbon, Crawford, Montgomery and York counties.

Two of those $1 million wins were on the Millionaire scratch-off game; the others were on the $1,000,000 Mad Money and All the Money Millionaire Edition games.

Other notable scratch-offs prizes claimed during June included: three prizes of $300,000; two $250,000 prizes; and 11 prizes of $100,000.

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Winner lists for all games are posted monthly in the Winners section of palottery.com. The lists include all winners of $1,000 or more, although many prizes below that threshold were won.

Current scratch-off games offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $3 million.

Before purchasing any game, players should review and understand the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning found at palottery.com. The overall chances of winning any prize vary by game and are printed on the back of each scratch-off ticket. Overall chances are expressed across all tickets produced in a game and not by tickets sold per pack.

Chances of winning are not influenced by where a ticket is sold. Random distribution of tickets ensures the Pennsylvania Lottery and its retailers do not know where winning tickets will be sold. Scratch-offs prizes must be claimed within one year of a game's posted end-sale date.

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. Do not give lottery games to children. 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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OLG’s New Horse-Themed Lottery Ticket Will Help Raise the Profile of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry

OLG Launches $5 Instant In The Money Multiplier

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (July 10, 2017) -- OLG is taking another step to raise the profile of the Ontario horse racing industry by launching a new horse-themed lottery ticket called $5 INSTANT IN THE MONEY MULTIPLIER.

This is the fourth horse-themed product OLG has released in less than two years,” said Cal Bricker, Senior Vice President, Horse Racing.

The launch of our new INSTANT game will help build excitement and expand awareness about horse racing in Ontario.

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The INSTANT game costs $5 and features six top prizes of $100,000. It also includes a second chance contest customers can enter for a chance to win one of 500 prize packages valued at approximately $100 that include betting vouchers for Ontario racetracks and a soft shell jacket.

The new INSTANT ticket is available at lottery retailers located within 200km of an Ontario racetrack.

OLG has previously released Fire Horse, an online slots game, launched in December 2015; THE CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN INSTANT game, an INSTANT lottery ticket, launched in May 2016; and Champion Raceway, an online slot game, launched in May 2017.

OLG is continuing to work in partnership with the horse racing industry and Ontario government to help build a more sustainable future for the industry.

OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $44 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.

All for Here – 100 per cent of OLG’s proceeds are invested in Ontario

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CONTACT: OLG Media Relations, T: 1-888-946-6716.

SOURCE: OLG.

 

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Auditor Galloway Releases Audit of Missouri State Lottery Commission

Commission Receives Good Performance Rating, Report Recommends Changes to Ensure All Travel is Disclosed

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Jefferson City, Missouri (July 10, 2017) -- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a regularly scheduled audit of the Missouri State Lottery Commission.

As with the previous audit in 2015, the commission received an overall performance rating of good. State law requires an audit of the lottery once every two years.

"I commend the Lottery Commission for the efforts they have made to correct concerns found in previous audits," Auditor Galloway said.

"Officials have already addressed issues identified in this report to improve the transparency of lottery operations and ensure expenses are fully disclosed to the public.

The report identified a concern with a lack of transparency of some travel costs.

These expenses, including $50,000 for flights and conference fees over two years, were paid for by a contractor and not included in financial statements.

A complete copy of the report is online here.

For more information:

CONTACT: media@auditor.mo.gov.

SOURCE: Office of Missouri State Auditor.

 

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Finnplay Sign Ahaworld’s Casino Brands

HELSINKI, Finland (July 11, 2017) – Finnplay, the Finnish-based open gaming platform provider, today announced that it is to provide its licensed platform for the Swedish publicly listed AhaWorld AB’s casino brands ahaCasino.com and MoboCasino.com.

Finnplay signs Ahaworld’s casino brandsThe deal will see AhaWorld launch under Finnplay’s platform which is licensed under the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), providing access to a wide array of tier 1 games content, and access to future regulated markets such as the United Kingdom, where Finnplay also holds a platform license.

Martin Prantner, chief executive officer of The Finnplay Group, said: “The AhaWorld AB business is a progressive company, which operates several successful consumer facing casino and bingo gaming brands. Our team is delighted to provision our licensed technology platform, which provides casino games (4000+) from the major gaming studios as well as numerous global and localized 40+ payment integrations for their B2C brands ahaCasino.com and MoboCasino.com.

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Krister Bergström, CEO ahaWorld (publ), commented: “We are happy to agree our partnership with Finnplay finally. During the 20+ years in the gaming business, I have followed the progress of Finnplay and Martin’s work with the company closely. From my experiences previously working with both Boss Media and NYX, I know a lot about gaming platforms and back office solutions. We are therefore happy to be able to establish our future casino business in one of the most innovative platforms in the market right now.”

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.

For more information please visit: www.finnplay.com.

About Aha:

AhaWorld AB is the parent company in the Group. The company was founded in late 2007 and invests in internet based gaming. Core Investments are online casino ahaCasino.com, MoboCasino.com, SwedenCasino.com and ahaBingo.com that deliver the best online gaming entertainment in a unique package, aha experience. Play casino, slots and bingo with an aha experience.

AhaWorld’s business idea is to conduct internet-based gaming through its affiliates and invest in online gaming companies that have a profitability potential and create a long-term shareholder value.

The Group’s operators are run by Malta-based Aha Limited and its subsidiaries licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and Curacao eGaming. Aha World AB is listed on Aktietorget since June 2014.

AhaWorld AB (publ) has been listed on 25 June 2014 on the trading platform AktieTorget in Stockholm. AktieTorget is an alternative marketplace for smaller growth and entrepreneurial companies and traded in the same way as shares on NASDAQ OMX and other Norex markets.

SOURCE: Finnplay.

 

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Exceeds Fiscal Year Projections

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 10, 2017) -- The numbers are in – the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery beat projections for June, and has come in well over budget for its fiscal year scholarship reserve, according to a new report released to the Arkansas Legislature’s Lottery Oversight Committee.

What does this mean for Arkansas? More money for lottery-funded scholarships. While budgeting for $80.9 million, the lottery actually made $85,277,000 in total proceeds for fiscal year 2016-2017, a difference of more than $4.3 million.

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In fact, just the month of June exceeded projections for proceeds by more than $900,000. (See the entire report at the lottery’s website under “Reports” or click HERE.)

“There’s always room for improvement, but we’re obviously pleased with these numbers,”

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. “Keeping it fun for our players while maximizing the revenue for Arkansas college scholarships is our focus.”

“These are great numbers. Simply put, this report is good news for any Arkansas student hoping to be awarded a lottery-funded scholarship,” said Larry Walther, director of the Department of Finance and Administration, which has overseen the lottery since 2015.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $2.3 billion in prizes to players, and more than $195 million in commissions to Lottery retailers. The Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for more than 235,000 scholarships in the state since it began. More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas.

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.

 

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Jumbo Interactive: Special Dividend Announcement

  • FULLY FRANKED SPECIAL DIVIDEND 15c PER SHARE
  • RECORD DATE 25 JULY 2017
  • PAYMENT DATE 8 AUGUST 2017

 

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TOOWONG, Queensland (July 11, 2017) -- Leading internet lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX:JIN) today announced a fully franked special dividend of 15c per ordinary share has been declared as part of the Company’s ongoing cash management strategy.

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The Company will have approximately $9 million in franking credits following this special dividend payment and ample cash reserves available for any potential acquisitions, expansion opportunities and/or a further special dividend in the future.

  • Record date: 25 July 2017
  • Payment date: 8 August 2017

 

The Dividend Reinvestment Plan will be suspended for the fully franked special dividend.

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With the long term stability of the business being underpinned by the recent Tatts transactions as announced 12 May 2017, together with good growth prospects and a current healthy cash reserve position, the board changed the Dividend Policy to 85% of NPAT payout ratio for H2 FY2017 as announced 31 May 2017.

Based on the FY17 forecast NPAT and H1 FY2017 actual results, a final dividend for H2 FY2017 is estimated to be 5.1c (2016: 5.0c) for a total estimated dividend for FY2017 of 8.6c (2016:7.0c).

About Jumbo Interactive

In 2000, Jumbo sold its first lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity due to the convenience of buying tickets online. Customers are attracted to the security of never losing a ticket and the convenience of automatic number checking and prize payments, syndicates and auto-play. In 2012, Jumbo released a lottery app for the iPhone and a new transition began driven by the convenience of mobile lotteries.

The Company operates the popular website www.ozlotteries.com in Australia under several long term agreements with the Tatts Group (ASX: TTS).

Jumbo has proven its ability to open up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the internet.

Jumbo has succeeded in targeting a younger and more mobile demographic with mobile now accounting for 75% of all customer interactions.

For further information CONTACT: Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705.

SOURCE:  Jumbo Interactive.

 

 

Boyd Gaming Installs Scientific Games' Slot and Casino Management System at Aliante Casino+Hotel+Spa

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 11, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced today the installation of its suite of system products at Aliante Casino+Hotel+Spa. The casino resort, which was acquired by Boyd Gaming in September 2016, is located in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Scientific Games installed its core casino and slot management solutions to manage Aliante's 1,860 slot machines and 40 table games.

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Included in the installation was Scientific Games' iVIEW® and iVIEW Display Manager ("DM") on-device messaging and player-user interface technology, as well as the Elite Bonusing Suite® of applications, which will enable Aliante to interface with and reward players right at the gaming device.

Aliante, a AAA Four Diamond resort, features an 82,000-square-foot casino floor, a 170-seat race and sports book, a 202-room hotel, a 16-screen movie theater, a 650-seat showroom, 14,000 square feet of event space, and a resort-style pool.

Scientific Games Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Bob Parente said, "Scientific Games and Boyd Gaming have had a long-standing, successful partnership, and we are proud of the fact that our casino management systems are currently installed in 20 of Boyd Gaming's properties. We highly value this relationship and look forward to continuing to provide quality products and services, and strengthening this relationship in the future."

About Scientific Games 

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

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

T: +1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations: 

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

T: +1 702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications 

Susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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Mybet Holding SE Appointed Sports Betting Provider in Oberbayern

BERLIN, Germany (July 5, 2017) -- Personal Exchange International Ltd. (PEI), a company of the mybet group, has received the toleration as a sports betting provider from the district Oberbayern. The PEI is thus allowed to offer sports betting in sports betting shops under the brand name mybet. This granted toleration is the first for the mybet group in the state of Bavaria. Further applications for toleration for the other districts in Bavaria have already been submitted.

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Since the toleration is directly applicable to the PEI , all the sports betting shops operated in cooperation with the mybet group in the Oberbayern district are simultaneously tolerated. Also to future newly opened mybet shops transfers this tolerance.

"The new toleration complements our already existing efforts to secure German legal certainty. It is another official proof, also for other authorities, that the mybet Group does everything within its means to comply with existing rules in Germany," said Markus Peuler, CEO of mybet Holding SE.

Mybet already many well-tolerated providers

In addition to the now granted toleration in Oberbayern, subsidiaries of the mybet group and / or mybet-Wettshops already have comparable tolerances in the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and also in Saxony.

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The mybet Group is a provider of sports betting and online casinos, based in Berlin and locations in Cologne and Malta, licensed in several European countries. Mybet offers its betting and gaming products via the internet platform mybet.com as well as by franchising in mybet betting shops. In addition, as a B2B service provider, the group supplies regional players in Europe and Africa.

Mybet Holding SE is the parent company of the mybet Group. The shares of mybet Holding SE (ISIN DE000A0JRU67) are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the Prime Standard.

For more information, visit: www.mybet-se.com | www.mybet.com | www.mybet-shop.com.

CONTACT: mybet Holding SE, Sebastian Bucher, Investor & Public Relations, Tel +49 30 22 90 83-161, fax +49 30 22 90 83-150, e-mail sebastian.bucher@mybet.com.

SOURCE: mybet Holding SE.

 

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Aristocrat’s New Midnight Stampede™ E*Series™ Family of Games Charges into Casinos Across N. America

Aristocrat Class III New Game Profile July 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 10, 2017) -- Players everywhere who love Aristocrat’s E*Series™ line of entertainment-style games now have two new reasons to stampede to your casino: Aristocrat’s new Midnight Stampede™ family with the launch titles Midnight Rumble™ and Super Stampede™.

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Both titles in the Midnight Stampede family offer a two-level “Must Hit By” jackpot with achievable levels of $1,250 (major) and $250 (minor). Jackpots can be won randomly on any bought game, and when the player increases the wager, it proportionally increases the odds of winning jackpot prizes.

Adding to the fun, both titles have a new game mechanic – 2X Symbols that multiply multipliers with up to 32x wins on each pay line.

Players will be entertained with the exciting STAMPEDE, MAX Stacks, and Free Games features. Plus, two mini-games replace all of the major symbols on the reels with a randomly selected major symbol or player-selected major symbols. What’s more, a new “blackout” win cycle shows winning symbols and blacks out non-winning symbols.

Midnight Rumble and Super Stampede are the first E*Series games to allow players to use “auto-play,” a new feature that enables players to select a number of games to play on auto-play. The auto-play feature can be stopped at any time.

Midnight Rumble and Super Stampede also offer flexibility to the operator, with different denomination set-ups and two progressive set-ups to choose from.

Midnight Rumble and Super Stampede are available now on Aristocrat’s Helix™, Helix+™ and ViridianWS™ cabinets.

Create a stampede to your casino with Aristocrat’s new Midnight Stampede family of E*Series games. Contact your Aristocrat Sales Representative today at (702) 270-1000.

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, T: +1-702-413-4278, E: paul@steinbeckcommunications.com.

 

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Nominations Now Accepted for Arch L. Gleason Award

FRANKFORT, Kentucky (July 12, 2017) -- Nominations now are being accepted for the Arch L. Gleason Industry Award for Responsible Gambling Leadership.

Named in honor of the former president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, the Gleason Award recognizes a gambling industry leader who embodies Mr. Gleason’s commitment to responsible gambling practices.

The initial Gleason Award was presented in a ceremony at the 2017 Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) Annual Educational and Awareness Conference to Thomas Meeker, retired president and CEO of Churchill Downs, Inc. Meeker’s leadership established the Backstretch Program at Churchill Downs, which included problem gambling awareness and counselling; and he was instrumental in the founding of KYCPG in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Gleason, too, was instrumental in the founding of KYCPG, and his commitment to establishing responsible gambling awareness and promotion extended beyond the Kentucky Lottery to include leadership with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA). During his term as WLA President, the organization established the first certification standards for responsible gambling among lotteries.

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The Gleason Award will recognize an individual who has demonstrated the ability to successfully manage a gambling enterprise in a socially responsible manner, embodying the concept of profitably operating a gambling company while incorporating responsible gambling principles across all aspects of the business. The nomination form and criteria

may be found on the KYCPG website, www.kycpg.org. The deadline for 2018 award nominations is Aug. 15, 2017.

The Gleason Award honoree will commit to deliver the keynote address at the 2018 KYCPG Annual Educational and Awareness Conference, to be held at the Clarion Hotel, Lexington, Ky., Feb. 1-2, 2018. The nomination is open to anyone in the gambling industry worldwide who can document adherence to Mr. Gleason’s principles. Judging will be conducted by the KYCPG Awards Committee.

For more information on the Gleason Award, please

CONTACT: KYCPG Executive Director Michael R. Stone, 502/223-1823,E:kmstone1951@gmail.com.

KYCPG is a non-profit Kentucky organization, and is an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). KYCPG takes no position for or against gambling. It serves to raise awareness of problem gambling as a public health issue and promote the availability of treatment for problem and addicted gamblers.

The 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) problem gambling helpline is a source of information or referral to a certified gambler counsellor, Gamblers Anonymous or Gam-Anon. The helpline accepts text and voice calls. More information and access to an on-line chat with helpline counsellors can be found by visiting the updated and redesigned

KYCPG website: www.kycpg.org.

 

The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to increase awareness of problem gambling, promote prevention and research, and advocate for the availability of treatment. KYCPG is supported by memberships and donations. Corporate members include Churchill Downs, Keeneland Race Course, Turfway Park, Kentucky Downs, Ellis Park, The Kentucky Lottery Corporation, G-Tech Corp., Belterra Casino Resort, Harrah’s Metropolis Casino, Hollywood Casino Hotel, Horseshoe Casino of Southern Indiana, and Tropicana Casino.

Members of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling Board of Directors are President Herbert (Bud) Newman, Psy.D, Louisville; Secretary Chip Polston, Louisville; Treasurer Mike Townsend, Crestwood; Professional Adviser Curtis L. Barrett, Ph.D., Prospect; Education Director RonSonLyn Clark, Psy.D., Owensboro; Jim Blackerby, Lexington; Dennis Boyd, Louisville; Caleb Cooley, Pikeville; Gayle DiCesare, Owensboro; Scott Hunt, Ph.D., Richmond; Susan Jacobson, Petersburg; and Patrick Malarkey, Louisville.

SOURCEL: The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling.

 

 

Easy Payment Gateway Raises £5.5m in Latest Funding Round

LONDON, UK (July 10, 2017) -- Online payment specialist, Easy Payment Gateway (EPG), has bolstered its war chest after completing a £5.5m funding round.  The injection of capital has come from two renowned angel investors and entrepreneurs, Andreas Mihalovits and Alejandro Betancourt.

Mihalovits is already an investor in Easy Payment Gateway, and has significantly increased his shareholding with this latest funding round.  Betancourt is a Venezuelan businessman with a wide spectrum of investments such as construction, energy, real estate, oil, banking, technology and most recently fashion, after investing in the sunglasses company Hawkers.

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The investment will be spread over two phases, with an initial £2m followed up by a further £3.5m once all KPIs are met. Easy Payment Gateway plans to use the cash to drive operational growth with new offices in Malta and Madrid, while also expanding its London base.  Some of the investment will also be used to explore the viability of entering new markets such as Israel and South America.

Jose Manuel Peral, Chief Operating Officer at Easy Payment Gateway, said: “We are thrilled to have raised £5.5m via our latest funding round, and to bring on a new investor in the form or Mr Betancourt. We will use the money to drive growth in the markets we are currently active, while also testing the waters for expanding our reach into Israel and the Middle East as we look to take the business to the next level”.

I’d like to thank Mr Mihalovits and Mr Betancourt for their support and confidence in Easy Payment Gateway and our plans to become the go-to payment provider for the online gambling industry.”

Gonzalo Guzman, CFO at O’Hara Administration, said, "We at Ohara are very glad to be part of this project, which in our opinion will surpass all expectations. We are more than confident that the team behind EPG have both the experience and know how required to reach our goals and we will do our best efforts to make sure that the project follows its path like it is supposed to, and are confident that we alongside EPG, working as team can turn this startup into a case study about success".

Andreas Mihalovits, said “Knowing that Easy Payment Gateway is clearly the technology leader in its sector and being impressed by the superb growth rates, I obviously had to raise my stakes in this company and I’m really looking forward to support this great team on its way to market leadership!"

Easy Payment Gateway is an online portal with more than 220 different payment methods and worldwide acquirers. They offer online merchants everything they need to process transactions via a simple yet secure API integration. Currently working with operators like BetVictor, iGC, Nektan, VodooDreams, Ikibu, among others.

About Easy Payment Gateway

Easy Payment Gateway is developed by its own Payment Engineers with offices based in UK and Spain. The individuals behind the development have extensive experience in building high availability, high capacity software systems for the online industry.  Find out more here: www.easypaymentsgateway.com.

SOURCE: Easy Payment Gateway.

 

 

The Malta Gaming Authority Publishes A White Paper Proposing Major Reforms To Malta’s Gaming Legal Framework

MALTA (July 12, 2017) -- The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has today published a White Paper proposing major reforms to Malta’s Gaming Legal Framework.

The main objective behind this proposed overhaul is to repeal all the existing legislation and replace it with a singular primary Act of Parliament entitled the Gaming Act, together with subsidiary legislation covering horizontally the main areas of regulation as well as a series of directives and guidelines issued by the Malta Gaming Authority as the single regulator of this sector.

The proposed regulatory framework empowers the MGA to be more agile in its decision-making, and decreasing unnecessary regulatory burdens which are not conducive to the regulatory objectives, whilst concurrently strengthening supervision and focusing the regulator’s efforts on the areas which present a higher risk profile.

Furthermore, the proposed reform proposes the enhancement of best-in-class consumer protection standards, responsible gaming measures, a risk-based approach towards regulation and wider powers for the MGA in compliance and enforcement. It also establishes objective-orientated standards to encourage innovation and development.

These proposals are underpinned by a number of initiatives which have been undertaken throughout the preparatory period for this proposed legal overhaul, including various public consultations, technical studies and economic and financial impact assessments.

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They also reflect the experience which the MGA has garnered from years of experience regulating the sector. Concurrently, the proposals embrace a forward-looking regulatory ethos which seeks to ensure that regulation can cater for new potential sectors whilst reacting proportionately to societal risks.

Key highlights of the changes envisaged include:

  • Replacing the current multi-licence system with a system in which there will be two different types of licences – a Business-to-Consumer (B2C) licence and a Business-to-Business (B2B) licence – covering different types of activities across multiple distribution channels;
  • Moving towards an objective-based rather than excessively prescriptive regulatory approach, to allow for innovation whilst ensuring that the regulatory objectives are attained;
  • Broadening the regulatory scope to increase MGA oversight and allow for intervention where necessary and in a proportionate manner;
  • Widening the MGA’s powers under the compliance and enforcement functions to better achieve the regulatory objectives, in line with concurrent developments on anti-money laundering and funding of terrorism obligations;
  • Segmenting the Key Official role into various key functions within a licensed activity, requiring approval, for direct scrutiny and targeted supervisory controls, thereby raising the bar for persons of responsibility within a gaming operation;
  • Strengthening the player protection framework by formalising the mediatory role of the MGA’s Player Support Unit, enshrining segregation of player funds at law and moving towards a unified self-exclusion database across both remote and land-based delivery channels;
  • Introducing new and more effective processes for criminal and administrative justice, including the allocation of appeals from decisions of the Authority to the Administrative Review Tribunal and the introduction of a distinction between administrative and criminal offences;
  • Introducing the concept of administration to protect an operation in distress and, if necessary, to assist the winding down of an operation, thereby protecting jobs and player funds;
  • Moving towards automated reporting, facilitating adherence to regulatory obligations and strengthening the Authority’s oversight;
  • Bolstering the Authority’s role in the fight against manipulation of sports competitions by introducing new obligations on operators to monitor sports betting and report suspicious bets, in line with the efforts being made by the National Anti-Corruption Task Force in which the Authority also participates actively;
  • Streamlining taxation into one flow with two main layers; and
  • Exempting B2B licensees from gaming tax, thus increasing Malta’s competitiveness as a hub for these services providers.

 

The white paper can be accessed from here. Queries and requests for clarifications with respect to the content of the document, as well as contributions/feedback from interested parties may be sent by email to legaloverhaul.mga@mga.org.mt or in writing to:

Dr Edwina Licari

Chief Officer – Legal and EU/International Affairs

Malta Gaming Authority

Level 4, Building SCM02-03,

SmarCity Malta,

Kalkara SCM1001,

Malta.

Closing date for feedback on the aforementioned consultation is Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017.

SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.

 

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NetEnt’s First-of-its-Kind Reality TV- Style Series ‘The Challenge’ Hits 1.4million Views and Boosts Employment Applications

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (July 12, 2017) -- NetEnt, the leading provider of digital gaming solutions, has enjoyed impressive interaction across its social media channels and website thanks to its reality TV-style campaign, The Challenge.

The Employer Branding campaign, which was designed to cement NetEnt’s reputation as a top-tech employer in the highly competitive gaming industry, has helped NetEnt scale new heights in terms of awareness and recruitment.

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The reality TV-style web episodes have been seen 1.4m times since May’s launch, with job applications up by 86% and traffic from social channels to netent.com up by 325%.

More than 900 employees at seven global locations took part in The Challenge, which saw four members of the NetEnt team, climb one of the European Alps’ tallest mountains with support from colleagues in-house.

Tasks designed to strengthen the company’s strong culture were completed by staff across the business as NetEnt transferred its gamification expertise to the branding campaign. 

Per Eriksson, CEO of NetEnt, said: “NetEnt is always looking to stay one step ahead as we strive to be leaders in the sector and we take an innovative approach to all we do including recruitment and employee engagement.

It’s a project we can all be proud of as a company as it highlights how fun but challenging it is to work here every day. It’s good to give prospective candidates an exclusive behind-the-scenes view at what working at NetEnt really looks like.”

The success of The Challenge shows that our workforce is never afraid to go above and beyond and their dedication will only continue to lift us.”

For additional information please CONTACT: Anna Romboli, Chief Communication Officer, NetEnt, Phone +46 8 578 54 500, E: anna.romboli@netent.com

About NetEnt AB (publ)

NetEnt is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by their cutting-edge platform. With innovation at its core, NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition. NetEnt is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (NET-B), employs 900 people and has offices in Stockholm, Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg, New Jersey, Krakow and Gibraltar.

SOURCE: NetEnt AB (www.netent.com).

 

 

PA Gaming Control Board Approves $182,500 in Fines

HARRISBURG, PA (July 12, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines for violations by licensees totaling $182,500.

The fines were the result of Board approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:

  • Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC, operator of the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort in Northampton County, which was fined $150,000 for underage gaming violations;
  • Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of the Mt. Airy Casino Resort in Luzerne County, which was fined a total of $25,000 for two separate violations, one involving a failure to follow alcohol serving guidelines and the other for failure to maintain surveillance footage of underage gaming violations; and,
  • American Gaming and Electronics, Inc., a New Jersey-based goods and services provider, for unauthorized work on associated gaming equipment.

 

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The fine against Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC was for 10 incidents in which it failed to prevent underage access to the gaming floor of the Sands Bethlehem Resort Casino:

  • A 19-year-old male and a 17-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and both wagered at slot machines;
  • A 17-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at slot machines;
  • A 17-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at slot machines;
  • A 17-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at table games;
  • A 20-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at slot machines;
  • A 20-year-old male gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at table games;
  • A 16-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at a slot machine and sat at a table game while her father gamed;
  • A 20-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at both slot machines and table games while also consuming an alcoholic beverage;
  • An 18-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor and wagered at slot machines; and,
  • A 20-year-old female gained access onto the gaming floor on three occasions on a single day and wagered at slot machines while also consuming an alcoholic beverage.

 

All these incidents, which occurred over an approximate 5-month window from September 25, 2016 to March 1, 2017, were self-reported by the Sands.

The first fine approved by the Board against Mount Airy #1, LLC was $15,000 for a failure to follow its alcohol service guidelines. The second fine, for $10,000, was for 2 incidents in which it failed to maintain, retain and save surveillance footage according to Board directives in relation to underage patron access at the Mt. Airy Casino.

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Finally, a $7,500 fine was approved against American Gaming and Electronics, Inc. for providing bill validator repair service on 42 occasions prior to the company and two technicians being properly licensed by the Board.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 




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