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Vol. 80 No. 7 - Monday August 14, 2017

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Awarded Accreditation as an Independent Certification Test Laboratory in Argentina’s Province of Mendoza

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (August 7, 2017) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce that they are the first independent test laboratory to be awarded certification accreditation in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina.

GLI’s Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes said, “Continuing with our commitment to the regulatory entities, GLI prepared and submitted the petition for accreditation per the regulatory requirements as outlined by the jurisdiction. Having been granted accreditation, we are ready to receive submissions for the jurisdiction of Mendoza.


We are very thankful to the Inspection and Legal Department of the Provincial Institute of Games and Casinos for their guidance during the process and to the board of directors for approving our accreditation as we look forward to continuing collaboration with them in their regulatory efforts. GLI celebrates every effort that regulators do to strengthen and solidify the controls in their jurisdiction, and the Mendoza jurisdiction will be another example to follow in regards to technical compliance in Argentina,” she said.

GLI has been accredited for the certification of gaming devices by the Provincial Institute of Games and Casinos of the Province of Mendoza of Argentina since 2012. With the issuance of a new and updated regulation strengthening the requirements for test laboratories last year, GLI submitted its application to comply with the process and successfully achieved its accreditation under the new requirements.

With this renewed accreditation, GLI gives continuity to its certification services for the Mendoza jurisdiction.

About Gaming Laboratories International

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

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.


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Scientific Games to Showcase 'Next-Level' Innovations at Australasian Gaming Expo August 15-17 in Sydney, Australia

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 7, 2017) --  Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") will showcase a host of innovative games and products for gaming and lottery operators in our exhibit No. 190 at the Australasian Gaming Expo ("AGE") August 15-17 at the International Convention Center ("ICC") Sydney in Darling Harbour.

Scientific Games Group Chief Executive – Gaming Derik Mooberry said, "At AGE, we are looking forward to showcasing the innovative games, table products, systems, and lottery technologies that are designed to help our customers drive revenue, enhance operating efficiencies, and make smarter business decisions. We're excited to display showcase our products and solutions that will truly shape the future of our industry."

New Games, Slot Cabinets Drive Exceptional Player Experience

Scientific Games Senior Vice President of Australasia Adrian Halpenny said, "We are excited to bring an incredible line-up of new game and hardware solutions to the Australasian Gaming Expo and Sydney's ICC. Our commitment to providing customers with the world's best products will be clearly demonstrated across all of our business lines as we herald in a new era for the Australasian gaming industry."

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Scientific Games' diverse line-up of game content will cater to every type of player. The world's coolest cat, THE PINK PANTHER™, will be featured as a standalone progressive and as a linked progressive with four new titles – Kalahari King ™, Mega Mariachi™, Many Fortunes™, and Big Ned Kelly™.

Other popular, third-party licensed brands on display at AGE include IRON MAN™ and MONOPOLY Grand Hotel® – both developed locally in Scientific Games' Sydney game-development studios.

Bolstering the licensed games are several original new game themes that will be released throughout the second half of 2017, including new Big Reel Feature games Rolling 777™, Silk Moon™, and God of Wealth, to name a few.   Continuing its successful run with the high-performing and entertaining Locked & Loaded standalone titles and the internationally acclaimed Lock It Link™ games, the library grows to nine games with the addition of Deep Sea-Lock It Link.

Three Scientific Games slot platforms will be prominently featured: the Dualos cabinet with its 58.4-centimeter full HD widescreen monitors and OLED button panel; the ALPHA 2 Pro Series V27/27 cabinet with its dual 68.5-centimeter HD displays leveraging the Dualos game library; and the ALPHA 2 Pro Series Wave cabinet, with its trademark 101.6-centimeter curved LCD vertical touchscreen monitor.

From its electronic table systems portfolio, Scientific Games will display Roulette, Baccarat, and Sic Bo on its award-winning Shuffle Master® Fusion platform with its stunning new Quartz™ cabinet, designed to transform electronic table game play. Players will appreciate the Quartz™ onscreen video dealer displays and enhanced statistics on each of the betting screens; a variety of new dealers; an increased library of games; and multi-lingual player interfaces.  Casino operators, in turn, will find advanced features such as the ability to add additional tables; the power to schedule bet limits to suit the time of day; options to allow players to easily switch between games and tables; and the ability for casinos to create zones to increase floor energy and player engagement.

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Gaming Systems Transform Floorwide Bonusing, Rewards, Mobile Connection

Another AGE highlight will be Scientific Games' array of gaming system solutions, which go far beyond the traditional player tracking and slot accounting functions to drive player engagement across the gaming floor.

Solutions such as the Company's iVista4 in-game display manager now offer state-of-the-art widgets and connectivity to web services – enabling opportunities for our customers to communicate with players like never before. Whether it is floorwide bonusing, secondary wagering, customer service, or accessing websites and promotional kiosks, the feature-rich iVista4 enables casinos to manage their own content dynamically.

Scientific Games' Integrated Table Game Solutions Deliver Richer Player Experience

Rounding out its end-to-end suite of solutions for the entire gaming floor, Scientific Games offers a host of proprietary table games and utility products to entertain players and help customers achieve the highest levels of safety, security and reliability.

As the industry leader in the depth and breadth of its proprietary table games portfolio, Scientific Games showcases these titles at AGE: EZ Baccarat®, ZAPPIT®, Zombie Blackjack, and DJ Wild® Poker.

A host of utility products will also be on display for AGE attendees to experience first-hand. Known for its market leadership in card shufflers, chip sorters, and other utility products, Scientific Games will showcase two new innovations:

  • ShuffleStar®, a groundbreaking, low-profile front-loading shuffler that shuffles four to eight decks continuously and features a revolutionary high-speed flat-dealing shoe and sophisticated card recognition using two cameras.
  • Shufflink™, a pioneering innovation that for the first time links shufflers, chip sorters, and i-Shoe® dealing shoes to the casino-management system to provide real-time data and reporting on table performance, player ratings, and important metrics —without dealer input, interaction or any manual data collection.


Lottery Technology Enhances the Retail Experience

Scientific Games' technology, games, and services are chosen by lotteries in more than 50 countries around the world, and now AGE attendees can experience the latest retail technology.  On display at AGE are the following lottery innovations:

  • WAVE is Scientific Games' high-performance, flagship lottery terminal that's ergonomically designed for ease of use and speed of service, ultimately making it more efficient to sell and purchase lottery games. Flair is Scientific Games' smallest full-function all-in-one terminal, designed to minimize required space at retail check-out counters and maximize valuable selling space for other products. Flair integrates everything a retailer needs – printer, document scanner, barcode reader, and touchscreen interface – in a sleek, compact unit.
  • For lottery sales outside the traditional retail store, the WT8600 mobile handheld terminal enables mobile sales. With a real-time data connection to the host system, the WT8600 fully supports instant and draw games sales, validations, and ticket management just like our in-store terminals.
  • There is nothing like a winning ticket confirmed by Scientific Games' wireless ticket checker. The Company's reliable technology provides a fast, easy method for players to check tickets on their own, without involving a retailer clerk. The compact design and wireless connectivity makes it simple to install in minimal retail space.
  • Today's consumers love convenience, and they'll find it in the award-winning PlayCentral® HD lottery game dispenser for instant, draw, and monitor games. An unparalleled self-service experience, PlayCentral HD features a 106.7-centimeter full HD touchscreen display that combines rich, vibrant graphics with an intuitive user interface to actively engage players.


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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



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Instant Ticket Sales Break August Record

July Total Proceeds Also Exceed Budget Projections

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 9, 2017) -- Last week, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery broke its August instant ticket sales figures for any week in August in the Lottery’s history. The first week of August 2017’s instant ticket sales totaled $8,237,658. All four instant tickets launched last week started well, especially sales of the new $20 instant ticket, $50K Cash – that game saw the strongest launch for a $20 ticket in Arkansas since the Lottery’s second-ever $20 game in 2012.


Last week also was the first week that debit cards and other non-cash, non-deferred forms of payment such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet were allowed by Arkansas law for purchase of Lottery products.

And, at $7,544,082, the Lottery additionally exceeded budget projections of $6,405,860, for July total proceeds (which are net proceeds plus unclaimed prizes) by more than $1.1 million.

We’re thrilled to be breaking not only ticket sales and proceeds projections, but years-old actual sales records,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. “The best part is this means more revenue for college scholarships in Arkansas. All the credit for these wins goes to our loyal players, our retailers across the state, and our small but dedicated Lottery staff.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in the state. Since the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery began in 2009, the Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for more than 235,000 scholarships to Arkansas students to 51 colleges, universities and technical schools in the state. It has provided more than $2.3 billion in prizes to players, and more than $197 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions -- and to join The Club for free. 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, T: 501-683-2055 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.




New Mexico Lottery Announces FY 2017 Revenue Transfer

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (August 9, 2017) -- The New Mexico Lottery announced FY 2017 proceeds of $37.8 million for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund. 

David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO said, “Fiscal Year 2017 represents an $8.5 million decline in transfers compared to Fiscal Year 2016. This news is very troubling for both students and Lottery players as it not only represents a decline in scholarship assistance, but also resulted in less winnings for players. This year’s reduced transfer is the result of several law changes enacted in 2007.”


Lottery Chairman, Dan Salzwedel, explained, “While the statutory changes were well-intentioned, they have had a long-term, negative impact on the Lottery’s ability to maximize revenue for students. Unless statutory changes are addressed, the Lottery cannot produce a growing and predictable source of funding each year, as is evidenced by this year’s $8.5 million reduction in transfer.”

Barden said, “The New Mexico Lottery’s ability to maximize scholarship dollars for students has been severely hampered by the 30% return mandate, coupled with an increase in contract fees. New Mexico has one of the lowest prize payouts in the country for Scratcher games. Online draw games (Powerball®, Mega Millions®) have experienced jackpot fatigue, resulting in less revenue. And, because our contract periods have been shortened by statutory changes, the Lottery has also experienced additional contract expenses of approximately $2 million a year.

And yet, for over a decade, lotteries across the nation have had robust financial growth for their beneficiaries, while the New Mexico Lottery has been stagnating,” said Barden. “Players want games that have winning experiences and failure to increase prizes in Scratcher games will get students similar results every year. Change is inevitable. It is clear we need to rethink everything. If we don’t, students will continue to lose as educational costs continue to increase.”

The year’s net sales were approximately $126 million, down $28.3 million (18.3%) from last year.  From net sales, players won $67.2 million and retailers earned $8.2 million for selling tickets and cashing prizes.


Game FY 2016 Net Sales (audited, rounded) FY 2017 Net Sales (unaudited, rounded) $/Percent Change
Scratchers™ $83,106,000 $72,399,000 -$10,707,000/-12.88%
Powerball® $43,322,000 $26,329,000 -$16,993,000/-39.22%
Mega Millions® $10,509,000 $9,656,000 -$853,000/-8.12%
Roadrunner Cash™ $7,395,000 $7,141,000 -$254,000/-3.43%
Hot Lotto® $4,283,000 $4,294,000 $11,000/0.25%
Pick 3® $4,891,000 $5,365,000 $474,000/9.69%
Quicksters™  $692,000 $741,000 $49,000/7.16%
Lucky Numbers Bingo™ $147,000 $116,000 -$31,000/-21.39%


$154,345,000 $126,041,000 -$28,304,000/-18.34%


Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $738.7 million for education and more than 109,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. 

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at


CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm, T: (505) 342-7638 or (800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E:

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.



Get Your Ticket! Hot Lotto® Game Ends October 28

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (August 7, 2017) -- The Hot Lotto® game, currently played in 14 states, will hold its last drawing at the end of October.

David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO said, “The Hot Lotto draw game is ending on October 28th. After reviewing the game’s sales performance over the past decade and seeing a continual decline despite numerous game updates, the Hot Lotto game group is ending Hot Lotto. Our players are looking for new and exciting games, and the Lottery is always working to meet this challenge. There is good news with this change, as we plan to introduce a new $1 multi-state draw game later this year that the lottery thinks players will be excited to play.”


Hot Lotto sales began in New Mexico on November 12, 2006. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday, the same nights as Powerball®. Tickets cost $1 per play; $2 with Sizzler, a non-jackpot prize multiplier. Jackpots start at $1 million and grow until won.

To date, New Mexico Lottery players have won more than $23.6 million playing Hot Lotto, including six Hot Lotto jackpots:

  • Edward Boyd of Farmington claimed one half of a $2 million jackpot shared with a player in Minnesota in August 2007.
  • David C. Fort of Albuquerque won a $5.6 million jackpot in February 2008.
  • Aurbra King of Elida won a $1.1 million jackpot in November 2009.
  • Bill and Janet Swann of Ruidoso and daughters Lisa Swann and Stacey Swann of Austin, Texas won a $3.54 million jackpot in January 2010.
  • Robert Platt of Albuquerque won a $1.54 million jackpot in April 2012.
  • Doug and Roberta Barnard of Rio Rancho won a $7.6 million jackpot in August 2013.


New Mexico Lottery players have 90 days from the date of the drawing (or the first business day after the 90th day if the Lottery is not open for business) to claim their drawing game prize(s).

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $738.7 million for education and more than 109,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships. 

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (

CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm, T: (505) 342-7638, (800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E:

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.



There’s Still Time To Win More With The Florida Lottery’s Ezmatch™ Promotion

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 5, 2017) -- Time is running out for players to win more in the Florida Lottery’s limited-time EZmatch™ promotion. Only four weeks remain for players to enjoy higher prize payouts, including a top prize of $1,000 – double the regular top prize of $500! Since the promotion began on Monday, July 3, more than 230,000 EZmatch players have won more than $1.5 million in instant cash prizes.

The Lottery’s EZmatch promotion will end at midnight on Sunday, September 3, 2017. In addition to the top prize being doubled from $500 to $1,000; the second prize has also been increased from $250 to $500, and the minimum prize is increased to $5, up from $2. Plus, the number of $500 instant-win prizes is increased throughout the nine-week promotion.


EZmatch is an add-on feature that gives FANTASY 5 and LUCKY MONEY players the opportunity to win cash prizes instantly, for an additional $1 per play. When a player adds EZmatch to his or her FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY purchase, five EZmatch numbers and instant prize amounts will be printed on the ticket. If any of the EZmatch numbers match any of the FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY numbers on the ticket, the player instantly wins the prize amount shown. Players can win up to five times on a single ticket. Since the feature was first introduced in 2006, more than 74 million EZmatch winners have won over $264 million in cash prizes.

All EZmatch prizes of less than $600 can be redeemed at any Florida Lottery retailer. Prizes of $600 or more must be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office. If an EZmatch prize is paid by a retailer before the applicable FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY drawing on the ticket has occurred, a continuation ticket will be provided to the player. EZmatch prizes may be claimed up to 180 days after the first draw date on the ticket.

For detailed information on draw schedules and times, visit the Lottery’s website at  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.


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

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery (


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Lotto24 AG Continues to Grow in H1 2017

EBIT and net profit pass break-even point for first time

HAMBURG, Germany (August 9, 2017) -- Lotto24 AG,, Germany's leading online provider of state lotteries, continued its expansionary course in the first half of 2017 and took a major step towards achieving its goal of sustainable and profitable growth: at EUR 112.8 million, billings were up 33.4% on the previous year (EUR 84.5 million), while revenues of EUR 13.0 million exceeded the prior-year figure (EUR 9.2 million) by as much as 40.6%. In the second quarter of 2017, billings and revenues grew year on year by 26.7% to EUR 54.6 million (prior year: EUR 43.1 million) and by 31.3% to EUR 6.3 million (prior year: EUR 4.8 million), respectively. As Lotto24 only launched lotto clubs in February 2016 and their positive impact on the previous year was thus correspondingly shorter, gross margin of 11.5% in the first half of 2017 was also above the corresponding prior-year figure of 10.9%. The second quarter contributed towards this growth with a gross margin of 11.6% (prior year: 11.2%).


With 161 thousand new customers in the first half of 2017 (prior year: 175 thousand new customers) - of which 66 thousand in the second quarter (prior year: 69 thousand) - the total number of customers registered with Lotto24 AG grew by 36.3% to 1,442 thousand (prior year: 1,058 thousand).

"Thanks to efficient marketing measures - which we tailor to the prevailing jackpot trend - we were able to reduce cost per lead (CPL) from EUR 28.73 to EUR 25.13 in the first half of 2017," says Petra von Strombeck, CEO of Lotto24 AG.

In the second quarter, CPL fell from EUR 33.82 in the previous year to EUR 26.64. The strong revenue trend and reduction in marketing expenditure from EUR 5.0 million to EUR 4.0 million led to the first-ever positive figures for both EBIT and net profit: in the first half of 2017, EBIT reached EUR 0.4 million (prior year: EUR -3.4 million) and net profit EUR 0.6 million (EUR -1.4 million).

"Following the positive development of business in the first half of 2017, we are well on track to reach our targets again," adds Petra von Strombeck.

About Lotto24 AG:

Lotto24 AG is Germany's leading online provider of state-licensed lotteries ( Lotto24 brokers customer tickets to the state-owned lottery companies of Germany's federal states and the »Deutsche Fernsehlotterie«, for which it receives a commission. The product range includes »Lotto 6aus49«, »Spiel 77«, »Super 6«, »EuroJackpot«, »GlücksSpirale«, lotto clubs, »Keno« and the »Deutsche Fernsehlotterie«. Following its foundation in 2010 and IPO in 2012 on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard), Lotto24 is now the clear market leader and well ahead of its competitors. As a fast-growing company with a strong service and customer orientation, Lotto24 aims to provide its customers online as well as mobile with the most convenient, secure and modern game experience possible.

CONTACT: Lotto24 AG, Vanina Hoffmann, Manager Investor & Public Relations, Tel.: +49 40 82 22 39 – 501, E-mail:

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Kentucky Lottery’s Pete Ramsey Receives NASPL Powers Award

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 3, 2017) -- The Kentucky Lottery’s Vice President of Sales Pete Ramsey has received the highest individual honor awarded by the North American lottery industry.

The Powers Award, named after Ed Powers (the first US lottery director), was presented to Ramsey last week at NASPL’s Professional Development Seminar in Nashville, TN. Ramsey oversaw the Kentucky Lottery’s sales operation during their achievement of the organization’s first $1 billion sales year in FY17.


Due in large part to many initiatives championed by Ramsey, sales have grown during his three years as vice president by over $140 million.  That represents a strong annual growth rate of over five percent.

Ramsey joined the Kentucky Lottery just before the first ticket was sold in the spring of 1989.  He has held various positions before being named the Vice President of Sales in 2014.  Those include lottery sales rep, key account manager, internal sales manager and regional sales manager; now he oversees those positions as vice president of sales.  Ramsey holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Business Administration.

Pete’s work has helped the Kentucky Lottery achieve new heights,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “I’m proud of what he’s accomplished in his nearly three decades with our organization, and I’m confident in his ability to keep growing sales so we can increase funding to college scholarship and grant programs in Kentucky.”

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.



PA Lottery Sales Again Top $4 Billion; Over $1 Billion Raised to Benefit Older Pennsylvanians

MIDDLETOWN, PA (August 3, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery again sold more than $4 billion in games in the 2016-17 fiscal year, from which it generated more than $1 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians and paid nearly $2.6 billion in prizes to winners.

We’re very grateful for the support of our players, business partners and employees in making this the sixth consecutive year in which we surpassed $1 billion in proceeds to benefit older adults through a variety of important programs,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.

Overall results of the fiscal year, spanning July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, include:

  • Total game sales of $4,001,035,373 were off by $134.13 million from the previous fiscal year’s total. Unlike in 2015-16, when there was a world-record Powerball jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion, there were no record jackpots to drive sales last fiscal year.
  • Net revenue generated for the Lottery Fund totaled $1,045,731,338; marking the sixth consecutive year that the Lottery generated over $1 billion to fund vital senior benefit programs. Reflecting lower sales, net revenues were off by $75.59 million year-to-year.
  • The $2.59 billion in prizes paid meant nearly 65 cents of every sales dollar went back to players. A total of 84 players won prizes of $1 million or more during the fiscal year.
  • More than 9,100 licensed Lottery retailers statewide, many of them small and family-owned businesses, earned more than $211.42 million in sales commissions.


Svitko noted that other state lotteries reported similar challenges last year, and added that new forms of competition have affected game sales in Pennsylvania.

To responsibly grow sales and profits, we must modernize our 45-year-old business model and develop new ways to engage new customers,” Svitko said. “If we do not, it will become harder for us to adequately support the benefit programs on which so many older Pennsylvanians rely.”

For the 2016-17 fiscal year, by-category sales summaries were as follows:

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  • Sales of Scratch-Offs games totaled $2.73 billion, down by $66.04 million, or 2.4 percent, from the previous year. These games accounted for over 68 percent of all game sales.
  • Sales of Draw Games – including the PICK family of games and Wild Ball, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6, Millionaire Raffle, Cash4Life®, Powerball®, and Mega Millions® – totaled $1.22 billion for the fiscal year, which was $123.10 million, or 9.2 percent, below the previous year’s total. Of particular note:
  • Multi-state game sales (Powerball®, Mega Millions® and Cash4Life®) fell by over $127 million, or 25.6 percent, from the prior year. Decreased Powerball and Power Play® sales accounted for $105.4 million of that decline.
  • The new Wild Ball feature for the PICK family of games was a bright spot in this segment of the game portfolio, generating $23.44 million in new sales.
  • Sales of Fast Play games, launched February 28, totaled over $55 million for the first few months of sales, reflecting the popularity of this new product category.


The Pennsylvania Lottery operates as a bureau within the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Financial statements are available at, under “About Us & News,” then “Annual Sales & Benefit Reports.”

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 $28 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 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.

SOURCE: PA Lottery.



IGT’s Lottomatica Launches Affiliate Programme with Income Access

New affiliate programme for Italy-facing brand to be powered by Income Access platform

MONTREAL, QC. Canada (August 2, 2017) – Lottomatica, the Rome-based gaming, lottery, iLottery and iGaming operator and a subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT), has launched an affiliate programme for its Italian online gambling web portal in partnership with Income Access, Paysafe Group’s marketing software provider. The new affiliate programme for the multi-vertical brand will be managed using the Income Access platform.

Licensed by Italian gambling regulator Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM), Lottomatica’s web portal offers Italian players online sports-betting on local and international football matches as well as tennis, baseball, volleyball, hockey and other sporting events. The web portal also features live betting functionality.

In addition, boasts an online casino with over 100 state-of-the-art branded and original slots from leading software providers, including The Big Easy, Treasures of the Pyramids, Guns N’ Roses, and Cowboys Go West. A wide range of table games, including live-dealer blackjack and roulette, diversify a casino that is also complemented by an array of online poker tournaments.

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Lottomatica’s longstanding presence in the lottery space is strongly represented at, which offers players an array of iLottery wagering options, including Lotto online, 10&Lotto online, and various online Instant Lotteries such as “Gratta e Vinci” (scratch and win).

Following the launch of the new affiliate programme on the Income Access platform, which has won eGR’s ‘Affiliate Software’ B2B Award four times since 2013, affiliates will be able to promote this diverse brand. The new programme, which offers affiliates the flexibility of bespoke commission deals, is accompanied by a promotion in which all new depositing players referred by affiliates receive €10 in addition to the brand’s standard welcome bonuses.

Gianfranco Allocca, Head of Digital Product Development & Marketing at IGT, said: “Lottomatica parent company IGT has a longstanding and successful business relationship with Income Access, so the platform was a logical choice when we prepared to launch’s affiliate programme. We look forward to using the platform’s sophisticated capabilities, and reporting and analytics suite to give a boost to our player acquisition via the affiliate channel.”

Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Income Access and Digital Wallets at Paysafe, said: “We’re excited to further extend our partnership with Lottomatica for the launch of the affiliate programme. Lottomatica has a very high brand profile in Italy, an iGaming market that is growing strongly and offers European affiliates an increasingly important revenue opportunity.

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IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit

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Founded in 2002, Income Access is a technology company, affiliate network and digital marketing agency servicing the global gaming market, including regulated iGaming, social gaming, land-based casinos and online financial trading (forex, binary options). Through its award-winning marketing software and a partnership-centric approach, Income Access delivers comprehensive data and strategic insight on marketing campaigns across all digital and offline channels.

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The Income Access team is made up of professional content writers. They have academic and professional backgrounds in journalism, public relations and marketing. Experts on the iGaming industry, the team write press releases, blogs and feature articles for Income Access and the company's partners.

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Public Hearing Set for Lottery Finalist’s Private Manager Proposal

CHICAGO, Illinois (August 4, 2017) – The Illinois Lottery issued a notice for a public hearing regarding the selection of a new private manager, a significant step in its procurement. The hearing details are below.


Date:  Monday, August 14, 2017

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Illinois Department of Employment Security

Conference Room 8124

33 S. State Street, Chicago


The purpose of this public hearing is to provide an opportunity for Camelot Illinois – the finalist in the Illinois Lottery’s solicitation for a private manager – to present an overview of its proposal for private management of the Lottery and to allow the public to comment on the proposal.


All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard.

The state endeavours to select a new private manager that shares the Lottery’s goals of increasing profits to the state, responsibly broadening its player base, introducing new technology and innovation, ensuring responsiveness to public needs and concerns, and eliminating conflicts of interest.

After the public hearing, the Lottery and Camelot Illinois will seek to finalize contract details and, if successful, a Notice of Award will be posted on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. At that time, a 14-day protest period begins, and, within seven days, the procurement file will be available for public inspection. If no protests are submitted, or after all timely protests are resolved, a contract could be executed.

About the Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $19 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old.

CONTACT:  Jayme Odom, E:

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.


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Q1 Lottery Sales 2017 -- Lotteries Make Modest Start to 2017; Growth in Asia Pacific / Latin America Offset by Lower Sales in North America


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BASEL, Switzerland (August 3, 2017) -- Lotteries worldwide got off to a modest start to 2017, with reporting lotteries eking out a first-quarter on first-quarter aggregate increase in sales of 0.9%. Solid performances in the Asia Pacific and Latin American markets were counterbalanced by a marked decrease in sales in North America, where, in comparison to the first quarter of 2016 – which saw the record-breaking USD 1.6 billion Powerball draw of January 2016 – the absence of a strong driver of growth was missed.

Africa: Innovation at Morocco’s Loterie Nationale

The African region accounted for the strongest performance in Q1 2017, with reporting African lotteries enjoying an aggregate increase in first-quarter on first-quarter sales of 9.4%. All mainland African lotteries recorded positive results. Leading the pack was Morocco's Loterie Nationale, where sales were up by 11.2% quarter-on-quarter. According to a spokesperson for Loterie Nationale, the increase in sales in the first quarter of 2017, as compared to the first quarter of 2016 – and more generally since the third quarter of last year – was achieved thanks to regular promotions, especially on KENO games (where players could double their winnings on certain predetermined days) and LOTO (where there was a special jackpot of the end of the year). Loterie Nationale hopes to continue this positive trend through the launch of new games (in particular, games specially designed for tablets) and through virtual greyhound racing, which was launched last month.

Elsewhere in Africa, South Africa's Ithuba enjoyed a similarly successful start to the year. Fresh off celebrating its one year anniversary, the South African National Lottery reported an an increase in sales of 11.1% for the first three months of 2017, as against the first three months of 2016. Back in Morocco, La Marocaine des Jeux saw its sales rise by 9.7% quarter-on-quarter, while in Ghana, National Lottery Authority saw sales increase by 7.3% over the same timeframe.

Latin America: Building on growth at Loteria Nacional Sociedad del Estado

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In Latin America, reporting Latin American lotteries enjoyed a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 5.8%. Underpinning the positive results of the Latin American market was the performance of Argentina's Loteria Nacional Sociedad del Estado, which reported growth in sales of 22.2% for the first three months of 2017, as against the corresponding revenue period of 2016. Also enjoying a robust performance was Chile's Polla Chilena, which reported a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 12.5%. Also in Latin America, Mexico's Loteria Nacional reported a first-quarter on first-quarter sales increase of 5%, while Brazil's Caixa reported an increase in sales of 2.5% over the same timeframes.

Asia Pacific: Off to the races with the Hong Kong Jockey Club

In the Asia Pacific region, sales were up 5.4% over the first quarter of 2017, as against the first quarter of 2016. Dominating the Asia Pacific market were the results of the Chinese lotteries, such as in Hong Kong, where the Hong Kong Jockey Club enjoyed a first-quarter on first-quarter increase in sales of 7.5%. The strong performance was mainly driven by an impressive 10.1% growth in racing, thanks to multiple growth levers including additional racedays and the continued growth of customer base and commingling, which underline the growing attractiveness of Hong Kong’s world-class horse racing. In mainland China, meanwhile, sales at the China Sports Lottery grew by 6.6% first-quarter on first-quarter, while sales at the China Welfare Lottery grew 3.5% over the same comparative time period. The growth in sales at the mainland Chinese lotteries was driven by sales of numbers games and sports betting products, which were up 5.4% and 15.5% respectively quarter-on-quarter. From January 2017 to March 2017, numbers games, sports betting products, and instant tickets respectively accounted for 63.7%, 17.5%, and 6.7% of total sales, while over the same January to March period, a total of 22 Chinese provinces saw their lottery sales increase. Standout performers included the Jiangxi, Chongqing, Hubei, and Gansu provinces, which saw sales grow by 50.1%, 32.1%, 24.4%, and 19.8% respectively quarter-on-quarter.

Europe: Reorganization of the Finnish gaming market

In Europe, reporting European lotteries held steady, recording an aggregate decrease in sales of 0.9% first-quarter on first-quarter. Strong gains at Hungary's Szerencsejáték Zrt. and Poland's Totalizator Sportowy were counterbalanced by poorer results in the UK. In Hungary, Q1-on-Q1 sales were up by 16.7% in total. Quarter-on-quarter, sales of draw-based games at the Hungarian national lottery were up by 6%; sales of instant games, where a new scratchcard was launched, were up by 15%; and sales of bookmaker-type games such as Tippmix and Tippmixpro were up by 28%. Enjoying similar success was Poland's Totalizator Sportowy, which saw its first-quarter on first-quarter sales increase by 12.2%.

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In other developments in Europe, the beginning of 2017 saw the reorganisation of the Finnish gaming market. The previous three operators of games in Finland – Fintoto, Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY), and Veikkaus – merged into a single gaming company owned by the Finnish State, and also called Veikkaus. The new Veikkaus Oy started its operations at the beginning of 2017. The games on offer fall into three major categories: Lucky games, slot machines and instant games, and skill games. The Finnish system is based on the exclusive rights principle, with the purpose of operating games responsibly and mitigating the possible risks involved in gambling.

The system secures the legal protection of those engaging in gambling and prevents gambling-related fraud. Commenting on the reformation of the Finnish gaming system, the President and CEO of Veikkaus, Mr. Olli Sarekoski, commented, “The to-do-list of the merger has been enormous – and all of it in addition to keeping the business running. The first three months have been successful and some of the crucial projects, such as the launching of the new brand, have been accomplished. The company is in an excellent position to continue the work in the years to come.”

North America: Hangover from the USD 1.6 billion Powerball draw of January 2016

In North America, reporting North American lotteries recorded an aggregate decrease in sales of 7.2%, on the back of the USD 1.6 billion Powerball draw of January 2016. The record-breaking draw, which offered the biggest jackpot seen to date of anywhere in the world, resulted in a bonanza first quarter 2016 for US lotteries, as the attendant graph (right) depicting the spike in US Powerball sales for the January 13, 2016 draw indicates. Without a drawcard of similar magnitude, sales across the US suffered in comparison during the first quarter of 2017, contributing to the overall decline in sales indicated. Participating lotteries in the US were down across the board, in some cases by double-digit margins. In Canada, however, it was a different story, with first-quarter on first-quarter sales at Canada's Loto-Québec up by 19.8%. Said Isabelle Jean, President of Lottery Operations at Loto-Québec, “Loto-Québec’s record number of jackpot winners in the first three months of 2017 generated added exposure for lottery products, thus triggering additional sales. We also benefitted from the introduction of two new products.” In fact, 2017 got off to an incredible start for Loto-Québec, with two Lotto Max jackpots of CAD 60 million and one Lotto 6/49 jackpot of CAD 25 million. In connection with the new products introduced, a permanent terminal-based draw lottery called Grande Vie brought in CAD 20.3 million in additional sales, while a limited-time high-end scratch ticket ‘100 $ ULTIME’ alone raked in CAD 39 million.

Looking forward

The WLA will continue to track the progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA QLSI. Once again we thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look forward to bringing you the second quarter 2017 results shortly.

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Over $154 Million in PA Lottery Scratch-Offs Prizes Won in July

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (August 7, 2017) -- Pennsylvania Lottery Scratch-Offs players claimed $154,414,298 in prizes during July, including three prizes of $1 million claimed by players in Bucks, Lackawanna and Philadelphia counties.

Two of those $1 million wins were on the $1,000,000 Silver & Gold scratch-off game; the other was on the Million Dollar Gold Rush scratch-off game.

Other notable scratch-offs prizes claimed during July included five prizes of $300,000, one $250,000 prize, and 15 prizes of $100,000.

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


Scratch-Offs currently offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $3 million. Prior to purchase, players should review and understand the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning found at 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. Prizes must be claimed within one year of a Scratch-Off 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 $28 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 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.

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

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.


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36 New Chances to Win with Five New Scratch-Off Games From The Florida Lottery!

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery introduced five new Scratch-Off games today that offer more than $263 million in total cash prizes. The games, $2,000,000 CASHWORD, FULL OF $500’s, ACES AND 8’s, CA$H PAYOUT, and 2’s FOR THE MONEY, range in price from $1 to $10. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

For $10, $2,000,000 CASHWORD features six top prizes of $2 million and over 6,000 prizes of $1,000 to $2 million! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.38.


The $5 game, FULL OF $500’s, offers more than $72 million in prizes, including eight top prizes of $250,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.33.

ACES AND 8’s features eight top prizes of $25,000 and more than $5 million in cash prizes of $30 to $10,000! This $2 game offers more than 2.5 million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-4.36.

The second $2 game launching today, CA$H PAYOUT, features 10 top prizes of $30,000 and more than $32 million in total cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.36.

For just $1, players can win up to $3,000 with 2’s FOR THE MONEY. There are over four million winning tickets totaling more than $12 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.94.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 68 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $784 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2016-17.


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:

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.


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Maryland Casinos Generate $138.8 Million in Revenue During July

MGM National Harbor leads the way at nearly $50.8 million in revenue

BALTIMORE, Maryland (August 7, 2017) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced July 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Maryland’s casinos totaled $138,756,987 in revenue during July 2017 – an increase of $34,907,222, or 33.6%, compared to the July 2016 figure of $103,849,764.

In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, which opened on Dec. 8, 2016, statewide casino revenue in July 2017 decreased by $15,865,020, or 15.3%.

MGM National Harbor generated $50,772,243 from both slot machines and table games in July. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in July at MGM National Harbor was: $282.97 for slot machines, $5,352.87 for banked table games and $1,608.43 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,126 slot machines and 168 (129 banked and 39 non-banked) table games.

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Maryland Live Casino totalled $46,846,464 from both slot machines and table games in July. Maryland Live’s gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $263.11 for slot machines, $3,206.25 for banked table games and $768.52 for non-banked table games. July 2017 revenue at Maryland Live decreased by $13,635,091, or 22.5%, from July 2016. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,910 slot machines and 190 (138 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $22,992,004 from both slot machines and table games in July. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $201.79 for slot machines, $1,840.50 for banked table games and $629.39 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casino’s July 2017 revenue decreased by $1,993,321, or 8.0%, from July 2016. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 178 (153 banked and 25 non-banked) table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,603,233 from both slot machines and table games in July. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $221.39 for slot machines, $2,130.42 for banked table games and $416.37 for non-banked table games. Hollywood Casino’s July 2017 revenue decreased by $162,968, or 2.4%, from July 2016. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 822 slot machines and 21 (13 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $6,459,557 from slot machines in July, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $260.47. Casino at Ocean Downs’ July 2017 revenue decreased by $90,894, or 1.4%, from July 2016. Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $5,083,486 from both slot machines and table games in July. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $213.43 for slot machines and $1,322.22 for banked table games. This facility does not have non-banked table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s July 2017 revenue increased by $17,254, or 0.3%, from July 2016. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 663 slot machines and 17 banked table games.

Under Maryland law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, local jurisdictions, the state’s horse racing industry and the Maryland General Fund. July 2017 contributions to the state from all six Maryland casinos and fiscal year-to-date totals are documented in the attached spreadsheets and available online.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos. In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are posted on Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), E:

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.



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