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Vol. 80 No. 6 - Monday August 7, 2017


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Australasian Gaming Expo to Wow Visitors

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (August 2, 2017) -- The Gaming Technologies Association, owner and operator of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) advised today that the event build starts next week.

Scheduled for 15-17 August 2017 at the ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour, AGE2017 is already the largest and most anticipated in the event’s 28 year history.

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“Next week we start building the event” said Ross Ferrar, the Association’s CEO.

“After five years of planning, it’s a pleasure and a challenge to be back at Darling Harbour – a pleasure because ICC Sydney is a great venue, and a challenge because we’re building many more stands than ever before. No effort has been spared to make sure that visitors will be dazzled and entertained by the event and its exhibitors. With digital show bags, cutting-edge signage, an ‘ask me’ event team and many other new features, we’re making sure that

visitors experience much more than they ever have before.”

More information about the AGE and Visitor registration are available at: www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.

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

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

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).

 

 

IGT Forms Joint Venture with Telling Telecommunications to Provide Innovative Lottery Products

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LONDON, U.K. (July 27, 2017) -- IGT has announced that it has formed a Chinese-foreign equity joint venture with Telling Telecommunication Holding Co., Ltd. subsidiary Shenzhen Tian Lian Cai Investment Co., Ltd. (“Telling”) to provide innovative lottery products to regulated Lottery Centers in the People’s Republic of China. Telling owns 51 percent interest in the newly formed joint venture, while IGT owns 49 percent.

IGT is excited to join forces with a company of Telling’s stature and provide our latest technology and innovations to the growing Chinese lottery market,” said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International.

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As the lottery market continues to change, and the regulatory framework evolves, we believe that this partnership will be ideally positioned to successfully participate in China’s bright lottery industry future.”

We are pleased to join forces with global lottery industry leader IGT,” said Huang Shaowen, Chairman of Telling Telecommunication Holding Co., Ltd.

By working together, we will bring the world’s most advanced technology, games, and operational best practices to China, enrich players’ experiences, help advance the Chinese lottery industry into a new era, and enhance its contribution to China’s social welfare.

In addition to providing innovative lottery products, the joint venture will have the capability to conduct independent market operations, business development, and technological innovations in China.

Operations will be subject to applicable Chinese regulatory and licensing approvals, and pending all approvals, it is expected to be operational in the third quarter of this year.

About Telling

Telling Communication Holding Co., Ltd. was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 1997 (stock code: 000829, stock abbreviation: Telling Holding).

Beginning as a mobile phone distribution business, it has developed into a large group of companies, including mobile phone distribution, lottery, mobile internet, mobile resale, and other businesses.

Since 2004, for 13 consecutive years, it has ranked among the top 500 enterprises in China.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Missouri Man Finds His $10 Million ‘Golden Ticket’

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (July 31, 2017) -- Being particular paid off to the tune of $10 million for one Imperial electrician, who was searching for a specific Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket during a recent trip to Schnucks Market in Arnold for groceries.

David Piper said he found the “$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” Scratchers in the third machine, so he bought one of those and a few other tickets. When he took his tickets home to scratch them, he got a jolt when he discovered his “Golden Ticket” was worth a $10 million top prize.

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The number 33 came up, and I thought, ‘Well, I won something,’” Piper said. “And when I scratched it off, I had to look at it several times before I believed what it said.

After some careful thought and financial counsel, Piper decided to retire from the electrician job he has held for more than 27 years. His fellow co-workers were excited for him.

I said goodbye on the same day I was leaving,” he shared. “I was kind of sad, and I hated to leave it.

Both David and his wife, Vickie, would like to buy a new home, but Vickie also has an item she would like to cross off her list.

I want to go to New York City,” she said. “I have always wanted to see Central Park, Broadway and stand in the middle of Times Square at night and see the lights. That would be one of the best things in the world to do.

Piper purchased the winning Scratchers ticket on July 9 at Schnucks Market, 3900 Vogel Road, in Arnold, where he often buys his Lottery tickets. Winners of the top prize have the option to take the $10 million winnings in 25 annual payments of $400,000 or as a one-time lump-sum payment of $6.8 million. The Pipers decided to take the cash option.

“$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” is a $30 game that started Jan. 25, 2016, to celebrate the Missouri Lottery’s 30th anniversary. It offers more than $165 million in remaining prizes, including five $1 million prizes and one $10 million top prize.

The Pipers are the 114th players to win $1 million or more on a Scratchers ticket, and they claimed the 473rd Missouri Lottery prize worth $1 million or more sold since the Lottery began in 1986.

SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.

 

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Arizona Lottery and Arizona Cardinals Kick Off Second Season of Cardinals Scratchers® TICKET

Lottery Players and Cardinals Fans Can Celebrate This Football Season With a Chance at Winning $100,000

PHOENIX, Arizona (August 2, 2017) – The Arizona Lottery and the Arizona Cardinals are teaming up again to bring back the popular Arizona Cardinals Scratchers® ticket for its second season.

Last year, the two organizations introduced the exclusive ticket to lottery players and football fans alike. This season, the ticket kicked off on August 1, 2017.

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As the Arizona Lottery and the Arizona Cardinals continue their long-standing partnership, players can score even bigger cash prizes than last year.

The top prize has doubled to $100,000 with $11 million in additional prizes ranging from $10 - $5,000. The ticket also boasts a robust prize pool for its second-chance drawings, where players can enter their non-winning tickets for the opportunity to win experiential prizes.

These prizes include autographed memorabilia, season tickets, home game tickets and an exclusive trip to attend an away game.

Arizona Lottery is thrilled to continue its long standing partnership with the Cardinals and bring back this fan-favorite with even bigger cash prizes,” Executive Director Gregg Edgar said.

We had an incredibly successful launch of this ticket last year, and we can’t wait for Cardinals fans to start winning with this ticket this year.”

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Arizona Lottery will host a tailgate party on Monday, August 7 at the Arizona Lottery Phoenix office at 4740 E. University Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Attendees can pick up their Cardinals Scratchers tickets while mingling with Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, alumni players, team mascot Big Red and head coach Bruce Arians. Players can also participate in a promotion where those who purchase $30 in Arizona Cardinals Scratchers will receive $4 worth of Scratchers free*, a spin on the prize wheel and a chance to win a pair of Club Level tickets to an upcoming Arizona Cardinals game.

The $10 Arizona Cardinals Scratchers ticket is available today at Arizona Lottery retailers state-wide. For more information about the partnership, Scratchers and launch event, please visit www.arizonalottery.com/promotions.

Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

*Free Scratchers tickets offered during the promotion will be determined by the Arizona Lottery

Arizona Cardinals CONTACT: Chris Melvin, Cardinals Director of Media Relations,

E: cmelvin@cardinals.nfl.net, T: (602) 379-1882.

About Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $3.5 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona.

Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales — nearly $4 million per week – fund programs in education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services.

The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.

SOURCE:  Arizona Lottery.

 

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Lottery Raises $622 Million for Education Programs in N.C.

Earnings top $600 million mark for second year in a row

RALEIGH, North Carolina (August 2, 2017) -- Fun games and prizes added up to another year of record-breaking sales for the N.C. Education Lottery as it raised $622 million for education programs in North Carolina.

As the lottery ended its fiscal year on June 30, preliminary and unaudited results showed lottery ticket sales totaled $2.42 billion, up 1.8 percent from the year before. The lottery has increased its sales in each of its 11 years of operations. From those sales, the lottery earned $622 million for education programs in the state, topping $600 million for the second year in a row. Earnings for education averaged $1.7 million a day.

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The lottery’s performance shows how much Tar Heels like their lottery,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the lottery. “The prizes, averaging $4.2 million a day, make for a lot of fun. The fun fuels the sales and the sales produce the profits that go to a good cause.”

Final transfers of revenues to the state in June brought the lottery’s total contribution since inception to more than $5.2 billion.

During the year, prizes of $1 million or more were won 59 times. The lottery paid out $1.54 billion in prizes. The biggest prizes won included a $10 million instant prize from the Ultimate Million game and two $1,000 a Day for Life top prizes in the new Lucky for Life Game that were worth at least $7.2 million. Many winners put their money right back to work in the economy, by paying bills, buying new houses or cars, taking vacations, saving and investing the money for retirement or college, or donating to good causes they care about.

Retailers across the state earned $169 million in commissions, up 1.8 percent, or $3 million. The commissions play an important role in the state’s retail economy.

Legislators decide how lottery proceeds are best used. Currently, lottery funds cover the costs of non-instructional support staff and provide additional transportation funds to all school systems; help counties build and repair schools; provide scholarships and grants based on financial need to help cover the cost of going to a state university or community college; and help “at-risk” four-year-olds get a better start in school by attending an academic preschool in the N.C. Pre-K Program.

CONTACT: Van Denton, Director of Communications, Brand Management & Communications, PHONE: (919) 301-3308.

SOURCE: NC Education Lottery.

 

 

Debit Card Purchases To Be An Option For Players, Retailers

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 28, 2017) -- With the new month comes a new addition to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery – beginning August 1, lottery players may use debit cards for their purchases at participating retailers.

Act 876, signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on April 5th following its passage by the Arkansas Legislature, gives lottery retailers the option to allow debit card payments for lottery games.

Retailers may also accept other non-cash, non-deferred forms of payment such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet apps. The act does not allow for lottery purchases with credit cards or checks.

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This law is not mandatory – it allows retailers discretion on whether to accept debit cards for lottery purchases,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. “This gives our players more convenience, and our retailers more options.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

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. 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.

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: Bishop Woosley at 501-683-1890 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

Texas Lottery Products Manager Wins Top Industry Honor

AUSTIN, Texas (August 2, 2017) – The Texas Lottery Commission today announced that Robert Tirloni, products manager, was a recipient of the 2017 Powers Award at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries’ (NASPL) seminar held recently in Nashville.

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I want to congratulate Robert on this prestigious honor,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “Every day, Robert demonstrates the distinguished performance and overall excellence in the lottery industry that this national award recognizes.”

Each year, the Powers Awards are presented in recognition of the significant contributions lottery and lottery vendor employees have made through exceptional job performance.

These awards are named in honor of the late Edward J. Powers, the “Father of U.S. Lotteries.” Powers spent more than 25 years in the lottery industry helping to define the most effective organizational structures that have become a blueprint for today’s lotteries.

The drive, commitment and integrity Powers demonstrated set the standard of excellence exhibited by lottery and vendor employees nominated for this award.

Robert Tirloni joined the Texas Lottery in June 1997 and has held several operational and marketing positions. He oversees a product portfolio that realizes more than $5 billion in annual sales and is responsible for managing the research, development, implementation, promotion and sale of Texas Lottery scratch and draw games.

Robert works closely with the Texas Lottery’s scratch ticket manufacturers and its operator, IGT, to market the games to retailers and players through contests, promotions and incentive programs.

He has been involved in implementing numerous draw game launches and game enhancements during his tenure including the introduction of Mega Millions in 2003 and Powerball in 2010.

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About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $26 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $50 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $20 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $80 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five®, Texas Triple Chance™ and scratch ticket games. For more information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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UK Gambling Commission Launches Lottery Transparency Consultation

Should society lotteries be more transparent about the money raised for good causes? Have your say

BIRMINGHAM, UK (July 24, 2017) -- The Gambling Commission is calling for views on changes that will make it easier for consumers to understand where money raised from society lottery ticket sales is going.

Our latest consultation, sets out proposals for new rules for society and local authority lottery operators - as well as external lottery managers (ELMs) - that seek to improve transparency for society lottery players.

This includes:

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  • making it clear to consumers before they buy a lottery ticket exactly which society or charity the lottery proceeds are going to
  • publishing how much money raised from lottery ticket sales is being returned directly for the purposes of the society.

 

The consultation also addresses what the Commission views as an 'instant win' and 'low frequency lottery', incorporates recent changes to the remote technical standards required by online gambling businesses, as well as updates relating to changes to regulatory data collection requirements.

Sarah Gardner, executive director explains:

Society lotteries are a crucial source of income for many good causes across the country, whether a hospice, air-ambulance services, community groups or other charitable causes. We want to improve consumer confidence in the lotteries sector to protect those much needed funds that benefit so many societies across the country.

Transparency plays a vital role in this, as ultimately consumers need to be confident that the money they are contributing via ticket sales is going to the people and organisations that needed it the most.

While the proposed changes will come as no surprise to the lottery sector, we want the wider industry and public to give their views on the proposals.”

The consultation is open for responses until 30 September 2017.    

CONTACT: press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

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AGTech Announce Joint Venture with Paytm to Expand into the Indian Mobile Entertainment Market

HONG KONG, SAR (July 28, 2017) -- AGTech Holdings Limited is pleased to announce that it has entered into a joint venture agreement with One97 Communications, parent company of Paytm, India’s largest mobile payment platform, to create India’s leading mobile entertainment experience.

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This joint venture will enable both companies to tap into the significant potential of the fast growing mobile entertainment market in India. Vijay Shekhar

Sharma, the founder and CEO of One97, and Mr. John Sun, Chairman and CEO of AGTech, attended the signing ceremony in New Delhi, India.

This joint venture plans to engage in the development and operation of website, mobile applications and other distribution channels to offer a variety of entertainment products and services to Paytm’s 225 million users. Through this joint venture, AGTech plans to create a high quality mobile entertainment experience tailored for the Indian consumers by leveraging its operating experience and technical expertise in products and services such as casual mobile and social games and other user engagement activities. As the leading mobile payment platform in India, Paytm is the ideal local partner for this key international initiative.

This joint venture is AGTech’s first significant strategic international expansion and an important milestone for the company, laying the foundation for further international expansion in the future.

SOURCE: AGTech.

 

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mybet New Co-Sponsor and Official Exclusive Sports Betting Partner of Borussia Mönchengladbach

BERLIN, Germany (July 26, 2017) -- The mybet Group supports Borussia Mönchengladbach as new Co-Sponsor during the upcoming two seasons of the German football league Bundesliga. Therefore, a sponsoring contract has been signed by the club and the sports betting provider.

As official Co-Sponsor of Borussia Mönchengladbach and exclusive sports betting partner, mybet will be present in various ways in the stadium and within Borussia's public communication. Part of the sponsoring package are, amongst other things, perimeter advertising within the stadium and the presentation of the mybet logo on the team bus, but also advertising measures in the club's own online, print and social media channels, the Club.TV and radio programme as well as promotion options with players of the professional football team.

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"We are very pleased by this partnership with mybet as an established player in the sports betting market for more than 15 years", said Guido Uhle, Director Sponsoring, Catering and Events at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

From mybet's point of view is Borussia Mönchengladbach, a club with a long-standing tradition, presenting itself these days as a modern club aligned towards the international football business, that in spite of that is not losing its down-to-earth attitude and closeness to its fans. Because of the highly matching brand characteristics as well as the high brand awareness of Borussia, mybet's decision in favour of Borussia Mönchengladbach was taken very easily.

"Football is by far the most important sport when it comes to sports betting. As our newly developed online product platform is now operating, it was time for mybet to again be present on the stage of the football Bundesliga. With Borussia from Mönchengladbach we do support a club, whose image and development in the last couple of years fit our own goals perfectly", said Markus Peuler, CEO of mybet Holding SE.

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The mybet Group, licensed in several European countries, provides sports betting and online casino games with the headquarter located in Berlin and offices in Cologne and Malta. mybet offers its betting and gaming products over the internet platform mybet.com as well as in land-based betting shops operating under a franchise system. In addition, the group is supplying regional betting providers in Europe and Africa as a B2B service provider.

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 further information, visit www.mybet-se.com | www.mybet.com | www.mybet-shop.com

CONTACT: mybet Holding SE, Sebastian Bucher, Investor & Public Relations, T: +49 30 22 90 83 161, F: +49 30 22 90 83 150, E: sebastian.bucher@mybet.com.

SOURCE: mybet Holding SE.

 

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Record Returns to the Community from Lotto NZ

Press Release: New Zealand Government, Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs.

NEW ZEALAND (August 1, 2017) -- Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced a new record figure of $272 million in lottery funding to help build stronger, more sustainable communities across New Zealand.

The funding is a result of a very strong 2016/17 financial year for Lotto New Zealand.

Lotto New Zealand exists to generate community funding for distribution through the Lottery Grants Board to support a diverse range of community activities, including building community facilities, funding health research and services, supporting outdoor safety and protecting New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage.

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“Lotto New Zealand’s strong performance during the year was highlighted by a number of large jackpots, including two Powerball Must Be Won draws in 2016, leading to record funding for distribution.

“This represents over $81 million in additional community funding than initially forecast”, said Mr Dunne.

Lotto funding is a major source of funding for Sport New Zealand, Creative New Zealand and the NZ Film Commission (including Nga Taonga Sound and Vision).

"This result will also be welcome news for more than 3,000 groups and organisations which receive Lotto funding to support their communities.

”Total lottery funding for the financial year includes $2.7 million raised for earthquake relief efforts in Kaikoura/Hurunui and surrounding regions through a special Lotto draw held on 10 December 2016; and a further $7.5 million allocated to Kaikoura’s earthquake rebuild in July from profits distributed to the Lottery Grants Board.

“Lotto New Zealand celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Beyond its winners, its biggest impact over the past three decades is most clearly demonstrated by the more than $4 billion in funding that has been returned to Kiwi communities during that time”, Mr Dunne said.

Lotto New Zealand’s final audited financial statements for 2016/17 will be published in its annual report later this year.

Background information

Lotto New Zealand’s statutory purpose is to provide safe gaming that allows New Zealanders to play and win, while contributing money back to New Zealand communities.

Lotto New Zealand profits are transferred to the Lottery Grants Board for distribution to New Zealand communities.

SOURCE: Press Release: New Zealand Government, Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs.

 

 

The Florida Lottery’s Grouper® Package Play is Back and Here to Stay!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 1, 2017) -- Beginning today, the Florida Lottery is bringing back GROUPER®, but this time as a permanent offering, which gives players the opportunity to sample a variety of Draw games in one easy purchase! GROUPER players receive a $1 PICK 4™, $1 FANTASY 5®, $1 FLORIDA LOTTO®, and $2 CASH4LIFE® ticket plus; one free $1 LUCKY MONEY™ ticket. That’s a $6 value for $5!

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"With the purchase of every Lottery ticket, players are investing in the future of our children and grandchildren,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. “Offering a player favorite like GROUPER as a permanent fixture will allow us continue to generate revenue to benefit education in Florida.”

GROUPER is now available for purchase at more than 13,000 Lottery retail locations statewide. Players can simply ask their retailer for GROUPER and the terminal will print five individual Quick Pick tickets for the next available draw.

For detailed information on draw schedules and times, visit the Lottery’s website at www.flalottery.com.  Florida Lottery drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state and are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website, along with winning numbers information.  You can also get winning numbers information at Lottery retailers statewide or by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Also, you may register here to receive winning numbers and other Lottery information by email or text message.

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 contributions 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 (www.flalottery.com).

 

 

VGT Names Jerry Hale Vice President of Midwest Operations

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (July 31, 2017) – Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. (VGT) announced the promotion of Jerry Hale to Vice President of Midwest Operations. Hale is based at VGT’s manufacturing facility in Tulsa, Okla. and will report directly to VGT President Jay Sevigny.

Jerry’s leadership has increased our supply chain efficiency and the overall value we can provide to our customers,” VGT President Jay Sevigny said. “Jerry brings a passion for delivering quality products and providing exceptional customer service to the role. We are thrilled to welcome him to the position of Vice President of Midwest Operations.

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Hale said, “This is an exciting time for VGT, and I am honored to lead our Midwest team in delivering the best Class II gaming experience in the industry.

Hale started his VGT career in 2006 as Supply Chain Manager. In 2012, he relocated from VGT’s corporate headquarters in Franklin, Tenn. to the Tulsa facility as Director of Supply Chain and was most recently Vice President of Supply Chain.

About Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.:

VGT — An Aristocrat Company is the leading designer/manufacturer/distributor of Class II games for Native American casinos and emerging markets. The company is headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., with a manufacturing facility in Tulsa, Okla., and design studios throughout the country. The VGT difference provides customers with exciting game titles that generate intense player loyalty, record-setting gaming revenues, the assurance of reliability and unmatched customer service. Visit: www.vgt.net.

CONTACT: Susan Frederick, Marketing Representative II, Product Marketing, T: (918) 877-7000 ext. 52295, E: susan.frederick@vgt.net.

SOURCE: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications.

 

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TrueFlip and DAO.Casino Join Hands to Create a New Quick Lottery Game on TrueFlip’s Platform

USA (July 27, 2017) -- True Flip has entered into a strategic partnership with DAO.Casino to improve user experience.

A number of agreements have been reached between TrueFlip, the international anonymous blockchain lottery known for its instant payouts, open source code, and transparent prize fund, and DAO.Casino, the creator of an Ethereum-based protocol for the online gambling industry and decentralized gambling platform. The agreements on the part of both parties acted as the prerequisite for the decision to become strategic partners. The two projects are currently in ICO stage.

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For their first joint project, True Flip will undertake development of a decentralized lottery game on their platform utilizing DAO.Casino’s gambling protocol. True Flip expects this update to provide additional momentum to platform’s development following the crowdsale.

As we’re aimed to provide the ultimate user experience for those playing at True Flip, the general idea of extending our product line was stated to be among the first major improvements following the crowdsale. It has become clear that True Flip and the team behind DAO.Casino have a mutual interest, so we move on with our Roadmap goals using this chance to rapidly implement the partner’s excellently crafted solution. Thanks to the success of True Flip’s ongoing crowdsale, now we’re ready to boost the planned improvements process”, said Nikita Parhomenko, True Flip COO.

As per DAO.Casino team, this partnership demonstrates to the entire gambling community all the advantages of using their protocol. According to them, it is a substantive confirmation of how easy it is to implement the DAO.Casino back-end and another argument in favor of the bright future ahead of their technology.

Ilya Tarutov, DAO.Casino CEO, stated that the DAO.Casino’s protocol was created to provide the necessary level of decentralization for the businesses seeking it. True Flip is one good example of the benefits given by such partnerships.

Tarutov further added that as DAO.Casino provides True Flip team with a sustainable back-end solution to maintain one of its gaming options, it’s going to become a good showcase of the opportunities that DAO.Casino provides to its partners. DAO.Casino looks forward to making this partnership a truly win-win for both teams.

Additional details concerning the new game are to be published in the following weeks.

Finally, True Flip’s ongoing crowdsale is running successfully and has raised 4,880,392 USD in funds with 5,698,961 TFL sold, at the time of writing. The funds raised are to be used for further technical improvement, marketing and forming of lottery’s jackpot.

SOURCE: True Flip.

 

 

Activistic JV Extends Sports Lottery Offering to the Round-Ball Game

AUSTRALIA (August 2, 2017) -- After launching its innovative charitable lottery product with the Collingwood Football Club in January, listed wagering company Activistic (ASX: ACU) has struck an agreement with a prominent Melbourne soccer club to offer a similar product to its members and supporters.

The deal is via a joint venture with the Collingwood FC, Sports Lottery Australia.

Under the tie-up, Activistic’s Plus Connect gaming arm will develop a lottery for the South Melbourne Football Club, to enable the 58-year old club to fund its many community activities.

The lottery will be modelled on Magpie Millions, a weekly draw for Collingwood FC that has attracted strong interest not just from the club’s extensive member base but AFL supporters generally.

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South Melbourne FC is one of Australia’s most successful soccer clubs, having won four national championships and represented Oceania in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championships. It is expected to be elevated to the A League as part of the premier competition’s planned expansion.

Football is a strong and growing area of sport in Australia and its success is dependent on securing reliable, independent funding sources,” club president Leo Athanasakis said. “Sports lotteries play a key role in delivering that funding in Europe and we are excited to be the first Australian football club to bring this potential to Australia through this exciting partnership.

Activistic executive director Paul Crossin said the joint venture had a strong pipeline of interest across a number of sporting codes. “The company has a full pipeline of product releases for the next 12 months that will see it becoming a major contributor to developing sport in Australia,” he said.

Mr Crossin said the South Melbourne FC agreement came at an exciting time with sports lottery products (which are well established in Europe but less so here) replacing traditional charity fundraising techniques.

The lotteries involve members purchasing a $2.50 bet in the weekly draws, with a $2m prize for picking seven correct numbers. But there are also minor rewards for picking as little as two correct number.

The main prizes are insured by Lloyds of London.

Revenues are split evenly between Sports Lotteries Australia and the participating club, which must use the funds for its charitable and community support activities.

Once the product is developed, South Melbourne FC will promote the lottery across its supporter databases, social media platforms, club media publications and game-day events.

Further information CONTACT:

 

Paul Crossin

Executive director

pcrossin@plusconnect.com.au

Jane Morgan

Investor and media relations

jm@janemorganmanagement.com.au

 

SOURCE: Activistic media release.

 

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Western Lotto Brings International Lottery Brands to Nigerian Market

LAGOS, Nigeria (July 28, 2017) -- With the support of a UK firm, entertainment and gaming company Western Lotto Nigeria Limited entered the Nigerian market on July 10th with five international lottery games and pledged to change the landscape of gaming in the country.

Western Lotto is offering well-known European and American gaming brands on its platform. It is also luring customers to go entirely online, unlike many other players in the market who offer sports betting on improvised boards for the urban poor.

Games on offer at Western Lotto include Powerball, Euro Millions, Euro Jackpot, UK Lotto and Mega Millions. Powerball is an American lottery game played every Wednesday and Saturday. Euro Millions is a transnational lottery played across Europe. The Euro Jackpot is similarly played across Europe. UK Lotto is also known as the National Lottery. It has served good causes in the UK. Draws for Mega Millions are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Western Lotto secured the exclusive franchise to operate the games in the Nigerian market. It claims to be the biggest, most equipped and most capitalised gaming company in Nigeria.

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Mr. Elvis Krivokuca, the Croatian who is Managing Director, speaks excitedly about the initial response to the brand. It has hired over ten stars from the Nigerian entertainment industry, including well-known music acts by Tuface Idibia and Olamide as well as key players from Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry.

Firms offering lotto and lotteries have grown in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. There are noless than eight companies in the Nigerian market, each offering a mix of games. There is a strong pull as many of the urban youth play the games. They also create jobs through the many agent locations.

Mr. Elvis Krovokuca, Managing Director, said, "Western Lotto seeks through its products to create employment opportunities, wealth and empowerment for people in Nigeria and across Africa." He added, "Our mandate at Western Lotto is to bring both fun and hope to the people who choose to play our games. For a few Nairas, we deliver excitement and the possibility to change the story of your life radically."

A particularly resonant message is the company's pledge to contribute to right causes, such as a campaign against rape and support for education, as lotteries elsewhere do.

A Croatian, Krivokuca studied Hotel Management with emphasis on gaming casinos and entertainment business, at the University of Rijeka, Croatia and completed a General Management Programme at the Harvard Business School in 2012. Fluent in German, English and Italian, he has been in Nigeria doing business for over five years.

The technical partnership is with Lot. To, a British company that avers its mission to 'change the way people play the lottery.'

A galaxy of stars from three arms of the Nigerian entertainment industry formally endorsed Western Lotto, as it entered the market. The stars come from Nollywood, music and comedy.

Present at the unveiling of the brand were Olu Jacobs, Jide Kosoko, Zack Orji, Aki and Pawpaw, and Ramsey Noauh. Also present were Paul Obazele, Alex Usifo and Lanre Anjola. Musicians included Tuface Idibia and Olamide, while there was also comedian Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY.

Also present at the launch were Senators Ben Murray-Bruce, Magnus Abe and Fatima Raji Rasaki. Honourable Segun Oni and Abdulmojeed Adekoya came from the House of Representatives.

Nollywood's great Olu Jacob was one of the endorsers at the launch. He recalled playing the lottery during his 20-year sojourn in the UK, "Usually, you play with small stakes with hope in your heart for big winnings."

It's your game, people. Play to win. Play to support good causes. Play for recreation.

As Tuface Idibia, one of the brand ambassadors stated, "Tell a friend to tell a friend. Let's have fun. And let the lucky people be lucky. Let us play the games."

CONTACT: Celestine Achi, Cell: +234-8037197175, Email: Celestine.achi@gmail.com.

SOURCE: Western Lotto Nigeria Limited.

 




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