2017 Shatters Records on Its First Day
SYDNEY, Australia (August 15, 2017)
-- Over 3,000 key industry executives from the Gaming and Hospitality Industry
gathered for the first day of the 28th Australasian Gaming Expo at the ICC
Sydney at Darling Harbour. This years Expo saw 26% more exhibitors than
last year, while the first days visitor attendance represents an 22%
increase over the previous years attendance.
What they came to see was the
worlds best and latest gaming and hospitality equipment and
thats exactly what they got.
The event owners and operators, the
Gaming Technologies Association, added to the fun by offering a trip for 2 to
Las Vegas for each day of the Expo which on Tuesday was won by Mr Lee Cook,
Group Gaming Operations Manager, Matthews Hotels, of Kent Town, S.A.
The Association also presented a
Best Stand award, which took the judges some time to decide. Based on a strict
set of criteria, it was agreed that a number of exhibitors had excelled in
terms of creative execution of brand identity and key messages; innovative and
efficient use of space; simplicity of form and aesthetics; imaginative use of
materials, colour and lighting; and most importantly, visitor engagement and
246 exhibition stands put in a huge
effort to make the event a welcoming, entertaining and innovative exhibition
showcase. Of these, the judges compliments were extended to Scent
Central, Hennessy Coffee, Next ATM and Bromic. Last years winner
Satelight, returned this year with an innovative lighting display, which also
makes them worthy of a special mention. We also make a special mention of long
term exhibitor Plantscaping Solutions, represented by John Dickinson.
The Best Stand award winner for 2017
is Big Screen Video, on stand 953. This exhibitor maximised their use of the
ICCs cavernous ceiling height to bring a wow factor to the
show, with Ross Ferrar presenting the award to Big Screen Videos, Mr Paul
Ellery. Visit http://www.bigscreenvideo.com.au/ for more information about Big
The exhibition concludes this
Thursday 17 August at 3pm and visitors can register at the event. For further
information call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430 or visit
Right Ross Ferrar, CEO Gaming Technologies Association, Allen Edwards who
conducted a Welcome to Country Ceremony and Pau Newson Deputy Secretary,
Liquor, Gaming and Office of Racing.
||Eager visitors queue up to enter 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
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, IGT (Australia), Interblock Asia Pacific,
Konami Australia, Scientific Games and Tabcorp,
For further information contact:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Signs Secondary Instant Ticket Printing Contract with the Colorado
LONDON, U.K. (August 14, 2017) --
IGT has signed a secondary contract to provide instant ticket printing services
to the Colorado Lottery (the Lottery), following a competitive bid
process. The six-year contract runs through July 1, 2023, and has the option
for two two-year extensions for a total term of 10 years.
As a secondary printer, IGT will
have the opportunity to print up to 20% of the Lotterys annual games, and
will also provide instant ticket game design, production, and related services.
IGT has printed games for the Lottery since 2010. Most recently, IGT printed
the Lotterys Ghostbusters game, which indexed well over 100 for
over four months.
We are pleased that the
Colorado Lottery has chosen IGT for its instant printing needs, said
Michael Chambrello, IGT Chief Executive Officer, North America Lottery.
Theyve been a great
partner for many years, and were proud to work with an organization so
committed to the quality of its products and to re-investing its proceeds to
the great outdoors of Colorado.
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:
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
Italian media inquiries,
T: (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: International Game
Technology PLC (IGT).
Lottery Commission Extends Primary Instant Games Contract with Scientific
Lottery Positioned for
Growth to Benefit Education
LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (Aug. 15,
2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") today announced that the Ohio Lottery Commission ("the Lottery") has
extended its primary instant games contract for two years with Scientific
Games, the world's leading supplier of lottery instant games.
In addition to instant games, the
Company has begun rolling out SalesMaker in Ohio, a highly successful
lottery retail development and training program. Scientific Games also provides
the Lottery with research and consumer studies, licensed properties, and
In fiscal year 2016, the Ohio
Lottery ranked among the Top 20 lotteries worldwide for total instant game
sales (La Fleur's Almanac). Scientific Games has been the Lottery's primary
provider of instant games since 2001.
In September, the Lottery will
launch Scientific Games' blockbuster WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET instant
linked game, offering players a bonus second-chance opportunity to win trips to
Las Vegas, where the luckiest will take part in the WILLY WONKA BILLION DOLLAR
CHALLENGE event to win cash prizes from $1,000 up to a $1 billion
During its 16-year partnership,
Scientific Games and the Ohio Lottery have innovated top-selling instant games
together including Holiday Cash, Cash Explosion® 30th Anniversary, Luck of
the Irish, and most recently oversized Gigantix instant
Scientific Games' John Schulz,
Senior Vice President, Instant Products, said, "We are honored to continue
working with the Ohio Lottery to grow instant game revenue, introducing
exciting new games that appeal to players and that are supported by a
best-in-class retail program."
Currently, Scientific Games provides
games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries globally, including
nearly every North American lottery.
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE
FACTORY and all related characters and elements © and Warner Bros.
Entertainment Inc. (s17)
All notices signify marks
registered in the United States. © 2017 Scientific Games
Corporation. All Rights Reserv
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 utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games;
server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and
rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information,
please visit us at: www.scientificgames.com.
T: (770) 825-4219
T: (702) 532-7663
T: (702) 532-7981
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Your Tickets! Largest-Ever Jackpot Won in Illinois
$393 Million Mega
Millions Winning Ticket Sold in Palos Heights
CHICAGO, Illinois (August 12, 2017)
-- The Illinois Lottery is thrilled to announce it has sold the winning ticket
for the largest jackpot in Illinois history in last nights Mega Millions
drawing. The winning ticket was a Quick Pick sold at Nicks Barbecue,
12658 South Harlem Avenue in Palos Heights, Illinois. The estimated grand prize
is $393 million. The retailer will receive a $500,000 selling bonus.
The Illinois Lottery urges the lucky
winner to immediately sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place
until they visit one of the Lotterys five Prize Centers in Chicago, Des
Plaines, Rockford, Springfield or Fairview Heights. Winners have one year from
the original drawing date to claim a prize.
This jackpot is the fifth largest in
Mega Millions history and has an estimated cash value of $246 million.
The jackpot began on April 28, 2017
and rolled 30 times.
About the Illinois
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $19 billion (since 1985) to the states
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 illinoislottery.com. Players must be at
least 18 years old.
CONTACT: Jayme Odom, E:
Illinois Ticket Takes Mega
The summer is sizzling for one lucky
Mega Millions player after a single ticket, sold in Illinois, matched all six
numbers drawn Friday night. The winning numbers for the August 11 drawing are
the white balls 23, 33, 53, 56 and 58, plus the Mega Ball 6. The ticket is
worth $393 million ($247.3 million cash) the largest jackpot in almost a
year, the fifth largest prize in the games 15 year history and the second
largest ever won with a single ticket. The winning ticket was purchased at
Nick's Barbecue in Palos Heights, Ill.
Also in Fridays drawing, three
tickets matched the five white balls to win the games second prize. One,
sold in Washington, included the optional Megaplier (a $1 extra purchase
available in most states) to win $5 million after the 5x Megaplier was drawn;
the others were sold in California and Ohio.
Eleven other Mega Millions jackpots
have been won in the month of August, including two more of the games
largest prizes $336 million on August 28, 2009 (split between winners in
California and New York) and $330 million on August 31, 2007 (shared among
winners in Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia). One August jackpot winner
never claimed his/her prize $31 million won in New York on August 1,
This is the fourth Mega Millions
jackpot won this year. It had been rolling since it was last won on April 28,
when David Trapp won a $61 million prize in California. Two other jackpots have
also been awarded this year $191 million to Jack Freney, also in
California, and $177 million to Texan Eliberto Cantu with a ticket he purchased
In this jackpot run, more than 51.6
million prizes have been won at all levels since April 28, including 55 prizes
of $1 million or more.
The jackpot resets to $15 million
($9 million cash) for the next drawing on Tuesday, August 15.
SOURCE: Mega Millions | Illinois
Sales Division of NOVOMATIC takes over Sales Management of Ainsworth in
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (August 11,
2017) -- In line with a strategic commitment to strengthen the sales force,
product offering and customer support of Ainsworth, the Global Sales Division
of NOVOMATIC, headed by Mr. Lawrence Levy, is assuming the sales management of
Ainsworth in Europe.
In charge of the Ainsworth brand
introduction, product positioning and direct sales to European gaming operators
will be Mrs. Sonya Nikolova, who has successfully headed the sales for
NOVOMATIC in the CEE countries.
Sonya Nikolova said: "Customer
satisfaction and building long-term relationships within the gaming industry
has been an immense motivation of mine for many years. I am enthusiastic about
my new role with NOVOMATIC I consider it a big responsibility and honor
and one that will complement the quality of services and diversity of
products that are delivered to our customers and partners. I am committed to
enforcing my deep industry expertise and knowledge to the development and
popularization of the Ainsworth brand in Europe, as well as to collaborate
intensively with my colleagues to improve customer support and product
The head position for sales in the
CEE countries will be entrusted to Mr. Roman Czubak, who has a long record with
NOVOMATIC and previously held important roles in Research and Development,
Project Management and Sales for the company. Roman Czubak commented on his new
appointment: "For me, this appointment means returning to a sales function
with the great responsibility of further building and strengthening the
NOVOMATIC brand in this core market".
In their respective roles and with
the purpose of promoting the major product brands included in the NOVOMATIC
portfolio, Mrs. Nikolova and Mr. Czubak will report to Mr. Lawrence Levy, Vice
President of Global Sales for NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries GmbH.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor
Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and
exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries.
The Group operates more than 260,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,800 plus
gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.
Through its numerous international
subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming
industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its
partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based
gaming products and services, management systems and cash management,
online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting
solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Group.
Tennessee Lotterys Eclipse Jumbo Bucks Game
Adds to the Fun of Epic Event
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (August 14,
2017) -- The Tennessee Lottery is offering a fun way to celebrate the upcoming
total solar eclipse with its new Eclipse Jumbo Bucks Seasons
instant game. The $3 ticket features a colorful image of the sun peeking out
from behind the moon and the chance to win up to $75,000.
This fun new game is a
great way to commemorate this historic event while raising funds for education
in Tennessee, said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the
Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Eclipse Jumbo Bucks
Seasons is available for a limited time at Tennessee Lottery
retailers throughout the state.
About the Tennessee Education
The Tennessee Education Lottery
Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of
its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4
billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs,
college grants and scholarships and the Governors Drive to 55
In addition to the educational
beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.5 billion in prizes and Lottery
retailers have earned more than $1 billion in retailer commissions.
For additional information, visit
tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun.
Play Responsibly. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T:
615-324-6556, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Tennessee Education
WyoLotto Announce New Chair to Board of
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (August 14, 2017)
WyoLotto officials announced after the quarterly Board of
Directors meeting on July 31, that Sandi Chitwood of Rock Springs has been
appointed as the new chairman. The board consists of up to nine members who
oversee the Wyoming Lottery Corporation, with each member appointed by the
Governor for a four year term.
Sandi truly represents the
spirit of community and brings talent, expertise, and energy to the board. We
are very fortunate to have her as we continue to move forward, said
Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO.
"I'm very proud to be part of an
organization which has given back to the citizens of Wyoming with $4.6 million
to be used in the communities on projects that otherwise may not have had
funding. The staff and the board for WyoLotto could not be a finer bunch of
folks, and it is an honor to serve with them," Chitwood said.
Previously, she served as a
commissioner for District 2 on the Wyoming Transportation Commission and on the
steering committee for the Business Leadership Network, an employer-led
coalition dedicated to promoting opportunities that benefit businesses by
supporting people with disabilities. She has co-chaired the Chamber of Commerce
Auction Committee, was a member of the Business and Professional Womens
Organization, and served on the Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Board. She
and her husband have lived in Rock Springs for over 30 years.
In addition to naming Chitwood as
chairman, the board also named a new vice-chairman. Jim Whalen, Teton County
Sheriff, has been on the board since 2013 and was appointed vice-chairman.
Below is a full list of the WyoLotto Board of Directors:
Sandi Chitwood, Chairman
Jim Whalen, Vice-Chairman
Gerry Marburger, Treasurer
Dave Bonner, Secretary
For more information about the
Wyoming Lottery Corporation and the Board of Directors, visit wyolotto.com.
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a
corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative
session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as
a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money.
State law requires Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and
counties based on ticket sales.
SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery
2016-17 Gaming Expenditure Data Released
MELBOURNE, Australia (August 4,
2017) --The gaming expenditure data for 2016-17 is available now.
Each July, the VCGLR publishes the
annual gaming expenditure data for the previous financial year. The data
outlines total gaming expenditure and gaming venue information, including venue
classification and electronic gaming machine numbers for Victoria.
The total expenditure for 2016-17 is
2,609,530,060 a decrease of 0.27 per cent on the 2015-16 numbers.
Did you know?
The VCGLR routinely publishes gaming
data on the fourth Friday of every month (for the previous month) as well as
bi-annually for certain expenditure sets. The range of datasets include:
The VCGLR also maintains the
interactive Licensed Venues Map which plots all gambling and liquor venues
across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
For further information on the data
released by the VCGLR see the Find venue data page of our
SOURCE: Victorian Commission for
Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
Hestevæddeløb ApS, Operator of All Nine Racetracks in Denmark,
Selects Sportech as New Technology Partner
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Aug. 9, 2017) --
Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO), has been
selected to provide pari-mutuel betting technologies and services to Dansk
Hestevæddeløb ApS ("DHV"), the joint operating company for horse
racing and operator of all nine racetracks in Denmark.
Sportech Racing and Digital has had
a presence in Denmark for many years, providing Danske Spil A/S, the national
lottery in Denmark and a valued long-term customer, with pari-mutuel betting
technology for land based and digital channels.
DHV's selection of Sportech follows
the Danish Government's decision to liberalize horse race betting effective
Sportech will provide a suite of
pari-mutuel betting technologies and services including the central system that
will act as the Danish national host to consolidate all betting from private
betting operators, including Danske Spil.
The package will comprise Sportech's
Quantum System, the most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting software in
the world, and hosting services from Sportech's worldwide service delivery
network. The Quantum configuration will also facilitate the
implementation of digital betting solutions, such as Sportech's G4 website and
Digital Link mobile, by future private operators.
Henrik Friis, CEO of Dansk
Hestevæddeløb ApS, stated, "We sought a technology partner with an
exceptional suite of products and services, strong options for digital and
self-service betting, and direct access to global commingling markets.
Sportech met these requirements, and their well-established track record and
presence in Europe assures us that we will receive excellent support. We are
looking forward to working with Sportech to offer a reliable and satisfying
betting experience to our private betting operator partners."
Andrew Gaughan, President of
Sportech Racing and Digital, stated: "We at Sportech are very pleased to have
been selected by Dansk Hestevæddeløb as their tote technology
provider and look forward to working with them to help grow betting on horse
racing under Denmark's newly liberalizing horse racing environment.
We are pleased to note that this
agreement further cements Sportech's position as the leading independent
provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services in Europe, building
upon Sportech's already strong position in Denmark, the United Kingdom,
Ireland, Finland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, and Cyprus."
About Sportech Racing and Digital
and Sportech PLC
Sportech Racing and Digital is a
leading global provider of wagering technology solutions to licensed betting
operators and a division of Sportech PLC, one of the world's leading operators
and suppliers of pools betting services.
The Sportech Racing and Digital
footprint is international in scope, with significant market positions in The
Americas and Europe and a growing presence in Asia. Globally we process $11.6
billion in bets annually, with a presence in 37 countries, and customers in
most US states that permit such betting. In addition to software, hardware, and
services that facilitate land-based pari-mutuel wagering, Sportech is one of
the largest internet and mobile wagering technology providers in the U.S.
Sportech's Bump 50:50 division
provides technologies and services to allow charitable foundations affiliated
with professional sports teams to implement 50/50 raffles. This year,
Sportech Racing and Digital is proud to celebrate its Centennial
Anniversary. For more information on Sportech Racing and Digital, please
For more on Sportech PLC, please
SOURCE: Sportech Racing and
Nebraska Lottery Joins Lucky for Life® Aug.
The Game of a
Lifetime® offers a top prize of $1,000 a day for
LINCOLN, NE (August 15, 2017
Starting August 20, Nebraska Lottery players will be able to play Lucky for
Life, a multi-state Lotto game offered by 24 lotteries across the United
Lucky for Life is a $2 Lotto game
with a top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Tickets will go on sale at retailers
across Nebraska on August 20.
We are excited to add Lucky
for Life to our product lineup, said Brian Rockey, Nebraska Lottery
Director. The prizes are unique and contrast well with our existing Lotto
games. We think our players will appreciate the opportunity to win a prize that
will last their lifetime. As with all Nebraska Lottery games, a portion of
every ticket sold goes to support good causes across Nebraska.
Proceeds from the sale of Lottery
tickets benefit the environment, education, the Nebraska State Fair, and
compulsive gamblers assistance. Over $648 million has been raised for the
Nebraska Lotterys beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993.
Each Lucky for Life play costs $2.
Players select five white ball numbers from 1 to 48, and one yellow
lucky ball number from 1 to 18 for one play. To win the $1,000 a
day for life top prize, players must match all six winning numbers. A second
prize of $25,000 a year for life can be won by matching all five white ball
numbers. Other cash prizes range from $5,000 to $3. More information is
available at the official Lucky for Life website, LuckyforLife.us.
Players will be able to take
advantage of some special offers for the Nebraska launch of Lucky for Life.
Through August 19, $2 Lucky for Life coupons will randomly print with
Powerball® ticket purchases across the state.
Lottery retailers in the path of the
August 21 solar eclipse will have free Lucky for Life glasses available that
players can use to view the eclipse safely.
And members of the Lotterys
MVP Club at nelottery.com will receive a $2 Lucky for Life eCoupon to print and
redeem after the game launches.
The odds of winning the $1,000 a day
for life playing Lucky for Life are 1 in 30,821,472, while the overall odds of
winning any prize are 1 in 7.8. For Life prizes can be paid as an
annuity for the length of a winners natural life, or as a lump sum
payment. A minimum of 20 years worth of payments is guaranteed with the
Lucky for Life drawings are held
every Monday and Thursday night at 9:38 p.m. (CT). Winning numbers will be
available at the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com, and on the Nebraska
Lottery Players Hotline at 800-224-LUCK (402-471-6139 in Lincoln).
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery
is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment
options to Nebraskans. Over $648 million has been raised for the Nebraska
Lotterys beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93
counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska
CONTACT: Neil Watson, Phone: (402)
471-6120, Mobile: (402) 560-4580, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.
Pollard Banknote Announce 2nd Quarter
WINNIPEG, Canada (August 9, 2017) --
Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard") today released its financial
results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, achieving record
quarterly levels of Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA.
"We are extremely pleased with
our financial results for the second quarter," commented Co-Chief Executive
Officer John Pollard. "Very strong orders from our existing client
portfolio generated significantly higher production volumes compared to last
year, continuing the impressive levels achieved in the first quarter.
Robust sales of our specialty products contributed positively to our average
sales prices and gross margin. This highlights the importance of our
ongoing innovation focus and the success of our creative process in developing
unique products and services that generate market leading returns for our
"Our second quarter sales were up
by 44% from last year to $77.9 million and Adjusted EBITDA increased 118% to
$13.1 million. As discussed last quarter, our second quarter sales
volumes were boosted by the significant amount of product in transit at the end
of the first quarter. This in transit volume had accounted for
approximately 15% of our first quarter production and the incremental revenue
relating to this work provided an extra boost to our revenue for the second
quarter. One needs to really look at the first half results for 2017 in
total rather than the individual quarters to more clearly understand our
current year's results. Nevertheless, for the first six months our sales
are up by 15% and Adjusted EBITDA by 52%. These results clearly
illustrate our ongoing success of growing our share of the instant ticket
market and the impact of additional ancillary products sales in categories such
as iLottery and licensed games."
"Our manufacturing operations
continue to yield positive results through increased productivity and improving
cost structures as we continue to more efficiently utilize our expanded
capacity to produce increased volumes. Once again our operating results
generated considerable cash flow which was used to lower our net financial debt
although in the quarter there was some investment in working capital to support
our growth. In the first six months of this year we have generated
sufficient cash to pay down our total net debt (long-term debt plus
subordinated debt less cash) by $13.1 million to $56.4 million. We expect
this positive cash generation to continue in the longer term allowing us to
lower our debt leverage even further and provide funding for future
"On August 3rd, 2017, we acquired
17,929,021 common shares (89.3%) of INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. in conjunction
with our friendly bid to acquire the company. The mandatory 10 day
extension for the remaining shareholders to tender their shares will end August
15th. We encourage all remaining shareholders to tender their shares in
accordance with the bid instructions. We expect to commence the normal
steps to privatize the company upon completion of the extension. The
addition of INNOVA and its Diamond Game business is a very exciting new chapter
for Pollard and we look forward to the combined strengths of the two companies
serving the lottery and charitable gaming sectors in the future."
"The lottery market remains very
healthy and we are thrilled with the traction and support we are receiving from
lotteries around the world," stated Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive
Officer. "During this past year we have renewed a number of our
important instant ticket lottery contracts and are actively pursuing additional
opportunities through the RFP process. We are very pleased to see a
number of lotteries increasing Pollard's share of their instant ticket business
in situations with multiple ticket suppliers and believe this is a reflection
of the products, services and knowledge we're bringing to our customers.
Our vision is to be the best partner to help our customers grow their lottery
sales and our results for the first six months of 2017 demonstrate that we are
achieving our vision. We look forward to continuing to expand the depth
and breadth of products and services that we offer lotteries, as we help our
customers continue to achieve record sales levels."
"The first half of 2017 has been
very gratifying for us, as many of the investments and developments in process
for some time have produced some very encouraging results," concluded John
Pollard. "Going forward our existing business is well positioned to
continue to organically generate successful results and to provide a solid
foundation for additional growth through acquisitions. We are thrilled
with the addition of INNOVA and their operating business Diamond Game to our
family and we look forward to their future contributions."
POLLARD BANKNOTE LIMITED
Pollard is one of the leading
providers of products and services to lottery and charitable gaming industries
throughout the world. Management believes Pollard is the largest provider
of instant tickets based in Canada and the second largest producer of instant
tickets in the world.
The selected financial and operating
information has been derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the
condensed consolidated unaudited interim financial statements of Pollard as at
and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017. These financial
statements have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial
Accounting Standards ("IFRS" or "GAAP").
To read the entire 2nd Quarter Results click here.
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Kentucky Lottery Sales Remain Steady
FY18 budget calls for new
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 11,
2017) -- Expectations for Fiscal Year 2018 and his plans on how they
would be met were presented to the Kentucky Lottery board of directors
today by President and CEO Tom Delacenserie.
The final sales number for FY17 was
$1,000,501,000, which was $3.2 million (0.3%) more than the previous year.
Proceeds to the Commonwealth were $247.7 million, a $5.3 million (2.1%) drop
from the previous record-breaking year. Executive Vice President &
CFO Howard Kline said the reason for the decline is due to the high level of
Powerball sales from the previous fiscal year. Powerball is our most
profitable product, said Kline. The $1.6 billion jackpot we
saw in FY16 added approximately $9 million dollars in net income for that
Sales for July, the first month of
FY18, were $80.1 million. Thats $2.1 million (2.6%) less than budgeted,
and $4.7 million (5.5%) less than last year. July 2016 saw Mega
Millions and Powerball jackpots both in excess of $450 million, which is why
sales were less than the same period last year, said Vice President
and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison. However, the last three
weeks of sales have been very solid, and having both Powerball and Mega
Millions with large jackpots have helped us make up this gap. We are now
performing as expected.
For the first time in history, both
Powerball and Mega Millions each head into the weekend with jackpots in excess
of $350 million.
The board approved the budget for
FY18, which anticipates $1,033,100,000 in sales and $252 million in proceeds to
In presenting his first budget to
the board, Delacenserie outlined a number of growth opportunities he plans to
target during FY18. They include:
- Introducing families (like-branded
groups at different price points) of scratch-off games;
- Adding 470 new ticket vending machines;
- Increasing product awareness at retail;
- Developing stronger corporate partnerships with
chain operations, and;
- Tying retailer incentive to targeted sales
Ive been very
impressed with the team here in Kentucky, and feel like weve given them
the tools they need to rise to the occasion of increasing our sales and
dividends back to the Commonwealth, said Delacenserie.
In other business, the board
- A contract with Ellipse Solutions LLC for
implementation of finance and purchasing back-office systems and
- Approval of the FY18 Retailer Incentive Plan;
- Approval of the FY18 Audit Plan, and;
- Rules and regulations for seven scratch-off tickets
and eight Instant Play games.
The next meeting of the KLCs
board of directors will be September 22nd. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM
EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in
Louisville. The Development Committee will meet September 15th at 3:00 PM. The
audit committee meeting will begin at 8:00 AM EST on the 22nd, as well as the
procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST that same day.
For More Information CONTACT:
Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502)
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery
Glück Games and LottoInteractive Announce New Concept in
iGaming with the Launch of StarMatch
A StarMatch made in
GIBRALTAR (August 16, 2017) --
Glück Games, a Gibraltar and Berlin-based developer of scratchcards,
instant win and lottery games for the iGaming sector and LottoInteractive Inc.,
creator of immersive, skill-based mobile games integrated with instant-win
mechanics, announce a first-of-its-kind crossover experience with the launch of
Star Match on August 15th, 2017 in multiple European territories.
Star Match will launch as an instant
win initially. This will be quickly-followed by an interactive scratchcard.
Both products will be available across Europe on Lottoland.com. In addition,
several other operator partners will be announced soon.
In Star Match, players try to match
three or more Hollywood icons to collect as many stars as possible, gaining
points and bonuses along the way before the digital lottery cash prize is
revealed. LottoInteractive and Glück Games have collaborated to provide a
prize tier in the scratchcard that awards free plays in the instant win game,
an innovation that will drive cost-effective user acquisition.
Star Match, powered by Glück
Games proprietary Remote Gaming & Commerce Server (RGCS) platform,
will be available for play anytime, anywhere on iOS, Android, PC or Mac.
Glück Games CEO, Robert
As an iGaming developer with a
focus upon the casual real-money gaming crossover, we are very
excited to introduce the skill-based playing experience that Star Match
provides to our ever-increasing player base.
Adds LottoInteractives CEO,
We are delighted to work with
such an innovative partner as Glück Games, and to bring the North American
success of Star Match to much larger European audiences, offering a skill-based
experience and mobile game mechanics that younger audiences have come to
For more information, please
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or
About Glück Games
Glück Games makes casual,
real-money games and technology products. We are based in Berlin and Gibraltar
and pride ourselves on applying the highest quality design and engineering
principles to deliver unparalleled games and back-end products to the online
lottery and casino markets. For more information, please visit
LottoInteractive creates immersive,
skill-based mobile games in the most popular game genres integrated with
instant-win mechanics. LottoInteractive is committed to creating game
experiences that will bring operators and lotteries new players who want to be
entertained and play on-the-go, while giving loyal existing players exciting
interactive options -- all with a chance to win cash with every play. For more
information, please visit:
SOURCE: Glück Games.
Group: We Have A New Name!
UNITED KINGDOM (August 9, 2017) --
Welcome to myLotto24.ie
We are delighted to announce that we
have a new corporate name in Ireland, and are now known as myLotto24.ie.
While our name has changed, our
mission to give you access to many of the worlds biggest lotteries and
games has not!
With myLotto24.ie, registered
players can bet on the EuroMillions, EuroJackpot and many more international
lotteries, knowing that we will match the prize amounts and jackpots on offer
in those draws.
Shenaly Amin, myLotto24s Irish
Country Manager, explains the reasons behind the rebrand:
We simply feel that the
name myLotto24.ie will resonate more strongly with our customers here in
Ireland. myLotto24 is already a very well-established global brand, with up to
100,000 winners per week across Europe and 1 billion paid out in prize
We look forward to
continuing our journey in Ireland and, following our partnership with the Marie
Keating Foundation, we will soon be announcing how we will continue to give
back to Irish communities and neighbourhoods.
SOURCE: Press Releases from Zeal
Group Affiliate Mylotto24, Which Operates in Ireland under the Brand
Betting & Gaming India
27th Feb 2018 - 28th Feb 2018
Location: Goa, India
The Sports Betting & Gaming
India Conference (SBGI) promises a busy conference schedule and outstanding
panel of industry experts and speakers
Gambling in India is heavily
restricted and the SGBI panel of experts and speakers will evaluate both the
potential and the possible impact of legalized gambling in the country. The
Indian governments willingness to consider and clarify gambling
legislation provides the ideal background against which the conference speakers
and delegates will discuss a wide range of topics and issues - ranging from
anti money laundering strategies to the challenges and opportunities that come
Day one of the conference
proceedings will see a keynote address delivered by Tim Shepherd, founder of
Silver Heritage: Show me the money: How the global gaming industry is
responding to the liberalisation of gambling regulations and how can you
capitalise. From here, the dialogue will move to the latest developments in
Indian regulation and the onset of GST in India. The question on
everybodys mind, whether GST will be a game changer in the sports betting
and gaming industry in India, will be thoroughly dissected and
Two panel discussions will further
explore the current legal scenario of gambling in India, as well as the
conventional status of lotteries and more innovative measures for it to
The second day keynote address will
be delivered by Christina Thakor Rankin, Principal Consultant at 1710
Gaming. Christina will discuss key growth markets and opportunities in
India, including lottery, sports betting, land based, and online gaming, and
how to foster further growth. Roland Landers, CEO of All India Gaming
Federation will deliver additional remarks.
Security, payments, and data
protection topics are also on the conference menu, as is practical solutions to
retain player confidence, preventing data leakage, match-fixing, and the
inevitability of sports betting.
The final panel discussion of the
conference will focus on the growth potential (and restrictions) for casinos
and the scope for new players entering the Indian market.
Our events are attended by hundreds
of senior delegates from the private and public sector. For more information on
Eventus International, kindly visit: