Jackpots to Become More Mega When Game
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 21,
2017) -- Changes are coming this October to Mega Millions®, the draw game
beloved nationally, but especially in Arkansas, who saw a $177 million Mega
Millions® winner come forth in April.
Key benefits for players with the
forthcoming changes include better odds at winning $1 million, higher average
jackpots, and faster-growing jackpots with $5 million minimum rolls. (See
accompanying chart.) The biggest change may be that Mega Millions® jackpots
will start at $40 million, more than double the current $15 million.
The cost of a Mega Millions®
ticket will increase from $1 to $2 per play, but the Megaplier® cost will
remain at an additional $1 per play. For players who like to buy several draws
in advance, a gradual stepdown of the availability of future draws in the
current version of Mega Millions® begins after the draw tomorrow night.
From that point on, the number of future draws available for the present game
will decrease with each draw all leading to the new game change on
Saturday, Oct. 28. The first drawing for the new modified game will be Tuesday,
This is the first price adjustment
in the Mega Millions® game since Arkansas started selling it in 2002.
With Mega Millions®
going to $40 million starting jackpots, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will
be offering huge jackpots at least $40 million four nights a
week, said Lottery Director Bishop Woosley.
Mega Millions® drawings are held
every Tuesday and Friday. The game is currently offered in 44 states, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C.
In Arkansas a higher
percentage of profits from draw games like Mega Millions® goes to
scholarships, which means more financial help for Arkansas students,
About the Arkansas Scholarship
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 nearly $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 MyArkansasLottery.com
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: Donna Bragg at 501-683-1866
for more information.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Florida Lottery Reaches A New Milestone For
Students Have 32 Billion
Reasons to Celebrate
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 17,
2017) -- As a new school year begins, the Florida Lottery today announced it
has reached the $32 billion mark in contributions for the states
Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
We are extremely proud of
this achievement and what it means for Floridas students and
schools, said Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell.
Scotts leadership, the Lottery is committed to doing everything we can to
help ensure Floridas children have the resources they need to compete in
the new global economy; it all begins with a good education.
Over the past 29 years, the Florida
Lottery has proven itself to be a dependable funding source for
education. For 15 consecutive years now the Lottery has transferred more
than $1 billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficiently
operated lotteries in the nation. The Lottery has also contributed more
than $5 billion to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, sending over 750,000
students to college.
Florida Lottery contributions
represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.
Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and administered by
the Florida Department of Education.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $32 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 Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers 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.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).
Lottery Terminals for Lotto Baden-Württemberg Outlets
(August 18, 2017) -- Playing lottery on the Internet is the trend. Despite
this, the receiving agencies are still generating the vast majority of the
games. The approximately 3,200 sales partners in Baden-Württemberg are now
working with new terminal devices. The state-owned Toto-Lotto GmbH invested
around twelve million euros for the conversion.
"The acceptance points are the
backbone of Lotto and remain the most important distribution channel. We
strengthen our partners and invest in the future of state-owned lotteries,"
emphasized Lotto CEO Marion Caspers-Merk with a view to the recently completed
equipment of all around 3,200 acceptance points in Baden-Württemberg with
new terminals. The devices contain a camera for fast and precise recording of
the playing cards.
Thanks to a large display as well as
a simple and modern menu, they are user-friendly for the personnel and offer
further advantages - from the handling of the daily business to the training of
the sales partners.
Tippers can use their new technology
to pre-order their playing cards and thus, for example, before the holiday the
In addition, the current generation
of devices is bridging further bridges between analogue and digital world. The
last exchange of the terminals in the Baden-Württemberg lottery acceptance
points had been between 2006 and 2007.
Approach sites earn lion's share
of gaming missions
Even in the age of booming online
trade, the lottery accepting points in Baden-Württemberg earn by far the
largest portion of the games. In the first half of 2017, more than 90 percent
of total deployments of 474 million euros were accounted for by this
Last but not least, the state
lottery company strengthens the partners at the acceptance points with a
variety of measures. Two years ago, for example, the first so-called premium
acceptance center was opened in the south-west. This represents the ideal type
for customers, the general public and other sales partners.
The premium acceptance points are
also visually distinguished and are thus recognizable for customers. Among
other things, a uniform, modern design and a special technical equipment. In
the meantime there are 27 of these premium acceptance centers across the
Investing also in the online
Parallel to the modernization of the
acceptance points, Lotto Baden-Württemberg is also continuously investing
in its online sales channels. A year ago, the fundamentally revised Internet
appearance, which is characterized by a clear structure and a responsive
Parallel to the homepage lotto-bw.de
the official lottery app was also revised. It is available for both Android and
iOS, and offers comprehensive additional information such as winning numbers,
odds, current jackpots and acceptance deadlines.
By the turn of the year 2017/18 the
introduction of a digital customer card is planned, in order to interlink the
online and offline world still more strongly.
Furthermore, the lottery app will
soon be able to scan the game receipts produced by the receiving terminal so
that they can be checked for profits.
NOVOMATIC Lines Up Products for Entertainment Arena
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (August 22,
2017) -- Returning to Bucharest for the eleventh edition of the Entertainment
Arena Expo, NOVOMATIC will take centre stage at the Romanian trade show to
display a complete range of products for Central and Eastern European gaming
markets. On Stand #201 at the Romexpo Fair Ground in Bucharest, NOVOMATIC will
display its latest product innovations for the market.
As the leader in the Romanian casino
market with more than 60% floor share, the NOVOMATIC brand is well established
in the country, as new products are launched that enhance the gaming
experience. Visitors to the Entertainment Arena Expo 2017 on September 4-6 will
have the chance to see the latest product highlights and understand first-hand
why NOVOMATIC products continue to be top performers.
New for the market is the
GAMINATOR® Scorpion cabinet that will be on display with the Impera
Line HD Edition 5 game mix. The successor to the GAMINATOR that is
highly popular in Romania and surrounding markets, the new cabinet is
compatible with a vast array of NOVOMATIC content and, set in a matte black
finish with first-class graphics and game-dependent LED glow, has a high visual
Product highlights also include the
international hit DOMINATOR®, IMPERATOR S3, NOVOSTAR II and
NOVOSTAR SL3 cabinets featuring a selection of classic and new games such
as Book of Ra, Dolphins Pearl, Amazons Diamonds
and Upward. From the V.I.P. cabinet suite is the V.I.P. Lounge that
offers a space-optimized lounge format and will present a range of
market-leading game titles.
Specific areas will be used to
display TIP&CASH terminals that have been making their way into sports
betting operations throughout Romania. Another area will be used for the
Ainsworth brand highlighting the A600® and Multi Win 14 game mix featuring
a 2-level mystery progressive jackpot. In addition guests are invited to enjoy
a great variety of special contests, prizes and awards that will take place on
the NOVOMATIC Stand #201 over the three-day event.
Valentin Adrian Georgescu, CEO
NOVOMATIC Romania, said: Entertainment Arena Expo is undeniably the
most important annual event of the gaming industry in Romania. For NOVOMATIC,
the presence at this exhibition, which brings together the largest producers,
distributors and decision makers in the industry, has always created the
perfect professional setting to present the group's top innovations. NOVOMATIC
is an ever-evolving group of companies that embraces innovation to make a real
difference in gaming by offering first-class product brands and services both
for B2B and B2C sectors. Our best-selling collections of games are favorites to
millions of fans globally and in Romania, theyve continued to be the
first choice for entertainment for more than two decades.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs some 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 more than 70 countries.
The Group operates more than 260,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,700 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.
Interactive FY17 Preliminary Final Results
- NPAT from Total Operations $5.64 Million - an
increase of 21%
- NPAT From Continuing Operations $7.60 Million
an increase of 4%
- 5.0c Fully Franked Final Dividend Declared
TOOWONG, Queensland (August 18,
2017) -- Leading internet lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX:JIN), today
released results highlighted by an increase in Net Profit After Tax despite a
decline in Revenue from a lower than normal run of Jackpots. Cash levels remain
strong which has prompted a 5.0c fully franked final dividend, bringing the
full year dividend to 8.5c, a 21% increase over the previous year. In addition
Jumbo paid a special dividend of 15.0c early August.
Summary Preliminary Final Results
|| FY June 17 Actual
|| FY June 16 Actual
|| & Change
| Total Transaction Value
continuing operations (TTV)
|| $145.3 mil
|| $153.3 mil
| Revenue continuing operations
|| $32.4 mil
|| $34.1 mil
| NPAT continuing operations
| Discontinued operations₁
| NPAT total operations
|| $5.64 mil
|| $4.67 mil
| Number of large jackpots₂
| Average Division 1 jackpot₂
|| $24.2 mil
|| $28.8 mil
₁Operations ceased in Germany 31 March
₂OZ Lotto/ Powerball jackpots of $15 million or
It is pleasing to see that
NPAT from continuing operations has increased despite the impact of lower
jackpot activity for FY2017, and the business is well placed for good growth in
the years ahead, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO and Founder of Jumbo
It is also particularly
pleasing to see that TTV for the second half of FY2017 was 3.6% higher than the
second half of FY2016 considering there were 24% fewer large Jackpots to
benefit from, he said.
Cash levels remain strong with total
cash at $43.3 million and Net assets of $42.9 million as at 30 June 2017.
Players funds were constant at just over $7 million and cash net of
players funds available to the Company remains strong at $35.8 million.
Following the special dividend payment ($7.7 million) subsequent to financial
year end, cash and net assets have reduced accordingly to $35.6m ($28.1m net of
players funds) and $35.2m respectively.
With the long term stability of the
business being underpinned by the recent Tatts transactions as announced 12 May
2017, together with good growth prospects and a current healthy cash reserve
position, the board has set the Dividend Policy to 85% of NPAT payout in the
future. A final dividend is therefore declared for H2 FY2017 of 5.0c (2016:
5.0c) for a total dividend for FY2017 8.5c (2016:7.0c).
- Record date: 1 September 2017
- Payment date: 22 September 2017
Continuing improvements to online
marketing and the OzLotteries.com App has helped deliver growth on a
like-for-like Jackpot basis, which compares sales over a number of years for a
particular Jackpot level. The OzLotteries.com App recently reached an average
5-star rating as voted by consumers.
A number of Key Performance
Indicators (KPIs) are used to monitor customer activity underpinning ticket
sales and revenue through ozlotteries.com
|| FY 2017
| Number of new online accounts
| Cost per lead
| Number of active online
| Average spend per active online
The KPIs were adversely affected by
the 31% lower number of Jackpots, however the average spend per active online
customer actually increased due to the product mix between the 3 main products
(OzLotto, Powerball and Saturday Lotto) as well as a positive contribution from
additional sales of Charity games.
Sales of Charity lotteries have more
than tripled to $3.8 million over the past 12 months due to better product
integration into the website and app as well as portfolio expansion. The Mater
Prize Home has been added in the past year bringing the total number of
charities to five. The games now include the Mater Prize Home, Surf Life Saving
Lotteries, Endeavour Foundation, Act for Kids and the Prince of Wales Hospital
Interestingly, Charity lotteries
have been most successful with the younger demographic enhancing
OzLotteries.com reputation as the lottery app for the younger generation.
Jumbo Annual General
Details of the Companys Annual
General Meeting are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Venue: The River Room, Customs
House, 399 Queen Street Brisbane, QLD, 4000.
About Jumbo Interactive
In 2000, Jumbo sold its first
lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity due
to the convenience of buying tickets online. Customers are attracted to the
security of never losing a ticket and the convenience of automatic number
checking and prize payments, syndicates and auto-play. In 2012, Jumbo released
a lottery app for the iPhone and a new transition began driven by the
convenience of mobile lotteries.
The Company operates the popular
website www.ozlotteries.com in Australia under several long term agreements
with the Tatts Group (ASX: TTS).
Jumbo has proven its ability to open
up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing
initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the internet.
Jumbo has succeeded in targeting a younger and more mobile demographic with
mobile now accounting for 75% of all customer interactions.
For further information CONTACT:
Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, T: 07 3831 3705.
SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.
Returning to Darling Harbour and the ICC Sydney is a Winner for
SYDNEY, Australia (August 17, 2017)
-- The Australasian Gaming Expos return to where it started 28 years ago
at Darling Harbour, has been an outstanding success.
The return of this event to
Darling Harbour and the halls of the new exhibition centre created the most
successful event in the history of the AGE said Ross Ferrar, CEO of
the Gaming Technologies Association, which hosted the Expo.
This year there were 246
exhibitors, with 60 more than what we had last year and thanks to the
generous and well designed loading docks at the new venue, exhibitors
reported that the bump-in for this massive event went smoothly and that the
facilities were superior to anything else theyd experienced
This year saw a massive increase in
visitors with the final count of 8,099 representing a 19% increase over
Once they were at the show, visitors
were able to optimise their time at the event because for the first time the
Expo featured digital show bags, which allowed visitors to transfer information
about exhibitors to their mobile device.
In my view, Digital Show
Bags are a great success. Theres been a total of 11,967 badge
taps at exhibitors stands during the first 2 days and 3,956
daily digest emails sent to those who tapped said Ross
The Australasian Gaming
Expo has exhibitors from broad spectrum of hospitality suppliers.
Caterers were well represented at this years show with Riva Ice Cream
serving over 4,000 tubs of ice cream and CEO Jeff Cantor saying that
the volume of visitors seemed to be 30% up on last year and we had a
particularly good showing from the hotel groups, while around the
corner at the Commercial Kitchen Company, Robert Van den Bergh commented that
he too had given away about 4,000 slices of Pizza and we achieved
distribution agreements in Tasmania and New Zealand, directly as a result of
the show as well as selling 6 pizza systems.
Being a fully self-contained
convention centre, the ICC allowed all associated events and functions to be
held on-site and one such function was the Industry Leaders Dinner and
for the attendees, this event was extraordinary from the
dazzling décor, to the impeccable service, to the outstanding
food continued Ross Ferrar.
Guests were very pleasantly
surprised on arrival and their evening got better with every moment. Given the
high profile of the guests, it was important that they would find the event
memorable, as well as of high quality. The success of the event was assured as
the staff of
the ICC had bought
in to that mission, which was obvious as guests were indeed be
discussing ICC Sydneys excellence while attending the AGE on the Thursday
Visitors were able to broaden their
knowledge about hospitality and gaming with 1400 seats available across 7
complimentary seminars covering the latest developments in Venues, Technology,
Research and Cash Management. These seminars were held in the new purpose built
seminar rooms bristling with technology, with every session being well
One such event was the Women in
Gaming luncheon. This event was hosted by Nadine Grinblat, the Chief Executive
of the Australasian Gaming Council who commented A superlative, down
to earth interview between local media identities Stephanie Brantz and Emma
Freedman - as well as amazing hospitality from ICC Sydney - set the tone for
elegantly relaxed but purposeful networking.
The event was about
connecting like minds and people across sectors to discuss how the gaming
industry can be even more progressive - not just as individual businesses but
as a collaborative community that values diversity and gender equality in both
staff and leadership Nadine added.
Proving itself to be a world class
event, the Australasian Gaming Expo attracted visitors from 26 countries with
strong showings from the USA, UK, and more than 50 senior executives from Asia.
Many overseas visitors were in awe of the standard of the new venue and the
high standard of professionalism of the events management.
Next years Expo will be held
from the 14th to the 16th of August, 2018 and more information is available at
www.austgamingexpo.com. Exhibitors who are interested in
attending next year can contact Judy Rayner at
Note: The Australasian Gaming
Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless
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
Retailer to Receive $73,000 Commission for Selling the Winning Lucky For Life
Lewis County Man is
Lucky For Life; Claims Top Prize Ticket Worth $1,000 A Day For
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 18,
2017) -- David Jordan, 54, of Quincy, is feeling lucky after winning $1,000 a
day for life on the Kentucky Lotterys Lucky For Life game. He
matched the first five numbers and the Lucky Ball number to win the games
David plays Lucky For Life on a
regular basis and often stops at Super Quick #13 in Garrison KY to buy his
tickets. Yesterday (Thursday), on his way into the store, David noticed a
penny sitting heads up on the ground. He picked it up, putting it in his
pocket hoping it might bring him some good luck.
David bought one $2 ticket and chose
to let the lottery terminal pick his numbers (quick pick).
This morning, David stopped off at a
different store to have his ticket checked. Cathy (the retailer)
scanned it and said, Oh my god David, youve hit the big
one. I was like, really, really? I was in disbelief, he
told lottery officials.
Next, David called his brother, Mark
Jordan, to ask if he could drive him to Louisville. At first he told him
no, but he when offered to buy him a new tractor Mark quickly changed his
David works for Tram Construction as
a line worker and was supposed to work today, but called his boss and was given
the day off once he shared the good news.
David opted to take the cash option
prize instead of the annuity payout. He will receive $5,750,000 before
taxes. The first thing he plans to do is buy his daughter a new home, and
he said he would also like to by himself a new home in the near future.
The Super Quick will receive a bonus
of $73,000 for selling the winning ticket.
CONTACT: Jennifer Cunningham |
Communications Specialist, T: +1 502 560-1676.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery
is Back with Blockbuster Campaign
Category changing campaign brings
to life the excitement of bwin brand
ISLE OF MAN (August 17, 2017) --
Europe's leading sportsbook brand, bwin, is back for the new season with a
ground-breaking multimillion euro pan-European campaign that launches with a
Hollywood-style 90-second car chase to bring to life the excitement and
exhilaration of the bwin experience.
'The Race' has been shot to capture
the action and excitement of bwin's high-octane brand and invites the audience
to interact with the outcome of the ad's high speed pursuit.
The 90-second theatrical 'Black or
Yellow' launch film features black and yellow cars screeching through the
streets, getting the audience on the edge of their seats before stopping
suddenly and prompting them to back a winner. The production uses Stunt drivers
who had worked on several Bond and Fast & Furious movies and was directed
by Nima Nourizadeh, best known for his feature films Project X and American
Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg, as well directing music videos for stars
including Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson.
The Race is a fully integrated TV,
cinema, social media, CRM and digital display campaign that will run across
bwin's European footprint. The campaign's 90-second launch Ad will broadcast
for the first time on Saturday 12 August and will be followed up with a 120
second version revealing the winner during the opening games of the UEFA
Champions League in September. It represents the first major campaign from bwin
since it was acquired by GVC in 2016.
Adam Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer
of bwin, comments: "We have huge ambitions for bwin and with this campaign,
we have set out to create an action packed interactive experience for our
audience that sets us a million miles apart from the rest of the pack. When
people think bwin, we want them to think excitement, action, entertainment and
"There is more than a touch of
Hollywood about our approach - we want to keep the audience on the edge of
their seats and make them part of the excitement. With this campaign being the
first of a trilogy running through the next 12 months we are making a big, bold
statement that encapsulates our aim to cement bwin as Europe's leading betting
The Race has been created by BBH
Sport with bwin and written by Paul Silburn, Chris Clarke and Matt Moreland,
with Ewan Paterson as the Executive Creative Director.
Ewan Paterson, ECD, BBH Sport:
"bwin don't do ordinary and this campaign is far from the norm. bwin have
moved heaven and earth to make an ad for a betting brand into a cliff-hanger
movie, in over nine countries across Europe, but bwin are all about going the
extra mile to make things more fun and different."
The Race is part of the 'Live the
Action' campaign, designed to position bwin as the different, more exciting,
more interactive, more inventive betting brand.
bwin is the leading sports betting
and gaming brand of GVC Holdings PLC, the global e-gaming operator in both B2C
and B2B markets. GVC has four business segments with a number of brands; Sports
labels (bwin, Sportingbet, Gamebookers), Gaming labels (partypoker,
PartyCasino, Foxy Bingo, Gioco Digitale, CasinoClub), B2B and non-core assets.
GVC acquired bwin.party digital entertainment plc on 1 February 2016. The Group
is headquartered in the Isle of Man, is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and
has licences in more than 18 countries.
For more information see the Group's
About Nima Nourizadeh
Nima Nourizadeh is an acclaimed
film, commercial and music video director. In 2005, Nima directed a
breakthrough clip for Hot Chip's smash single "Over and Over," followed by
award-winning videos for artists such as Lily Allen, Chromeo, Flight of the
Conchords, Santigold and more. In 2008, he won Best Director at the UK Music
Video Awards. In 2010, Nima teamed up with producers Todd Phillips and Joel
Silver to direct WB's party comedy, PROJECT X. The movie marked his feature
film debut and further established Nima as the fresh, uninhibited, and
undeniably talented voice of a new generation. In 2015, Lionsgate released
Nima's second film, AMERICAN ULTRA, written by Max Landis and starring Jesse
Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
Georgia Lottery and Atlanta Falcons Score with New Scratcher
ATLANTA, Georgia (August 23, 2017)
-- For the ninth consecutive season, the Georgia Lottery Corp. and the Atlanta
Falcons have teamed up to offer an Atlanta Falcons-themed instant game.
Atlanta Falcons is a $5 Scratcher
with top prizes of $350,000 and many other great prizes. Tickets went on sale
Tuesday at Georgia Lottery retailers state-wide.
We are excited to partner
with the Atlanta Falcons again, said Georgia Lottery President and CEO
Debbie D. Alford. Profits from the purchase of Atlanta Falcons Scratchers
will benefit the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.
Our partnership with the Falcons is a win for Georgias
In the previous eight years, the
Georgia Lotterys Atlanta Falcons-themed games have earned more than $201
million in net sales with over $127 million in prizes. The games have generated
more than $74 million for HOPE and Pre-K.
The Atlanta Falcons have
been a longstanding partner of the Georgia Lottery, says Tim
Zulawski, chief commercial officer, AMB Sports & Entertainment. We
take great pride in knowing that the Falcons-themed lottery ticket sells so
well and generates millions of dollars each year for education systems in
Since its first year, the Georgia
Lottery Corp. has returned more than $18.7 billion to the state of Georgia for
education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational
programs, including Georgias HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgias
Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than
1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com.
CONTACT: Nia Roberts, Communications
Specialist, Georgia Lottery Corp., (404) 215-8922 office, (404) 272-4686 cell,
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.
Racing and Optus Business Partnership Brings English Premier League and 2018
FIFA World Cup Across Venues Nationally
AUSTRALIA (August 22, 2017) -- Catch
the English Premier League 2017/18 season live at Tabcorps Sky Racing
4,500 venues through Optus Sport
Optus Business and Tabcorp have
signed a two-year deal to broadcast the English Premier League and the 2018
FIFA World Cup to Sky Racing venues across Australia.
The deal gives Sky Racing venues an
opportunity to enhance the customer experience by showing the full range of
live Premier League fixtures in SD in any public viewing area of their venue
where their existing Sky Racing channels can be broadcast.
Within the first few rounds of the
EPL season, hotels, clubs and TAB agencies that are part of the initial roll
out will broadcast matches in ideal timeslots such as Bournemouth v Manchester
City (Saturday 26 August 9.30pm AEST) and Manchester City v Liverpool (Saturday
9 September at 9.30pm, AEST).
The new agreement means venues can
feature Optus Sport 1, the 24/7 Premier League channel, via their Sky Racing
boxes, with an option to show a second live game when multiple games are played
at the same time. Sky Racing 1, 2 and Trackside will remain unchanged and will
continue to be shown in all venues with Optus Sport an addition to the Sky
broadcast in pubs, clubs and TAB agencies.
The 24/7 Premier League channel
Optus Sport 1, features a wealth of UK and locally produced programming,
including Daily News, shows such as Match Previews/Reviews, Countdown to
Kick-off, Fanzone, Premier League World, Netbusters and match highlights from
Tabcorp Managing Director and Chief
Executive Officer David Attenborough said: The broadcast of the English
Premier League and the 2018 FIFA World Cup to hotels, clubs and TAB
agencies will deliver additional benefits to our venue partners. Outside of the
three codes of racing, soccer is consistently one of the most popular sports
with Tabcorp customers and the Premier League is the most popular soccer
John Paitaridis, Managing Director,
Optus Business said: Tabcorp is a longstanding customer of Optus, through
its relationship with Optus Satellite. This new agreement represents a
significant step for Optus in expanding and broadening our relationship with
Tabcorp with new infrastructure and media services.
The intention is currently for Optus
Sport to be rolled out to Tabcorps Sky Racing venues during August and
Ahead of the action, viewers can
tune in and join Richard Bayliss and Michael Bridges for Countdown to Kick-Off;
an in-depth yet light-hearted look at what is in store this weekend.
SOURCE: Tabcorp Holdings
Authentic Gaming Strikes Mr Green Deal
Pioneering live casino
supplier to launch Authentic Roulette product with operator
MALTA (August 23, 2017) -- Live
casino pioneer Authentic Gaming has signed a milestone partnership agreement
with Mr Green to provide the operator with its innovative Authentic Roulette
Under the deal, players on
MrGreen.com will gain access to live roulette games streamed from the floors of
luxury land-based casinos, including:
- The Platinum Casino at the Radisson BLU Hotel in
- Casino International Batumi at the Hilton Hotel
- The Saint-Vincent Casino (Italy)
- Casino Bucharest at the Intercontinental Hotel
In total, players will be able to
sit down at seven tables across the four casinos.
In addition, they will also be able
to take advantage of Lucky Ball side bets, which offer pay-outs of up to 120:1.
Mr Green players will also be able to view live entertainment events while they
play via the suppliers Live! Entertainment platform.
Authentic Roulette allows land-based
operators to live stream games from roulette tables located on their casino
floor to an unlimited number of online players via the suppliers network
of B2B clients.
The footage is captured via HD
cameras located above the wheel and around the table. Authentic Roulette is not
realistic, its real; the tables are real, the croupiers are real, the
cards and the chips are real and, most importantly, the other players are
Jonas Delin, managing director of
Authentic Gaming, said: We are delighted to add Mr Green to our growing
roster of major online casino operators that have integrated our
ground-breaking Authentic Roulette product.
There has been a huge rise
in the number of players seeking a more realistic experience when playing
online, and while studio-based products help bring the game to life, streaming
live from real-world tables takes this to the next level.
Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr
Green, said: Authentic Roulette is an exciting product that wraps
online players in the atmosphere, excitement and energy of the casino
It offers a truly authentic
experience, and is a vital addition to our portfolio as more and more players
continue to embrace live casino products.
The supplier also offers Authentic
Live! Entertainment, which allows land-based casino operators to live stream
shows, performances and celebrity appearances to online players while they
continue to wager.
About Authentic Gaming:
Authentic Gaming is a provider of
premium live casino systems to online and land-based gaming operators. All
Authentic Gaming tables are broadcasted live from the floors of luxurious
resort casinos across the world. The company was founded in 2015 and is
headquartered in Malta.
SOURCE: Authentic Gaming.
California Governor Signs Tribal State Gaming
SACRAMENTO, California (August 17,
2017) -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed
tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and the Agua
Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Jamul Indian Village, the Pechanga Band
of Luiseño Indians and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, as well as an
amendment to the current tribal-state gaming compact with the Yurok Tribe.
The terms of the new compacts
regarding licensing, compliance enforcement, mitigation of off-reservation
impacts and protections for patrons and employees are consistent with recent
compacts. The regulatory provisions reflect the professionalism of the tribes'
regulators and their constructive relationship with state gaming regulators.
The new compacts strengthen government-to-government relations at the local
level by providing incentives for tribal funding to local jurisdictions for
fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement, public transit,
infrastructure improvements, education and other essential services. They also
promote tribal investments that provide a mutual benefit to the tribe and the
local community. These investments may include renewable energy, recycling or
water conservation projects, non-gaming-related economic development and health
Two of the compacts - Pechanga and
Yocha Dehe - establish the new California Native American Education and
Scholarship Fund. This fund recognizes that investment in educational programs
and opportunities is essential to the overall health and welfare of all
Californians, and is inspired by the belief that a college education not only
improves the quality of an individual's life but also engenders broad social,
economic and political benefits. It is intended to ensure that Native American
youth from tribes without substantial gaming revenue have the financial support
to pursue and obtain undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Each of
the new compacts also provides significant additional revenue to the Revenue
Sharing Trust Fund, which distributes gaming revenue to non-gaming and limited
gaming tribes so that the economic benefits of gaming reach all tribal
governments within California.
The compact with Agua Caliente
reflects the unique relationship between the tribe and Palm Springs, Rancho
Mirage and Cathedral City and creates a framework within which the tribe can
make significant investments that will generate jobs and stimulate additional
economic growth in each of those communities.
The compact with the Jamul Indian
Village recognizes that the tribe has committed to support projects that
benefit local residents, ranging from transportation infrastructure
improvements to funding for enhanced fire services, as the tribe makes the
transition from a recipient of Revenue Sharing Trust Fund money to a
The new Pechanga compact will make
the tribe one of the largest contributors to funds - including the new
California Native American Education and Scholarship Fund and the Revenue
Sharing Trust Fund - which support other tribal governments and their members.
In addition, the compact creates a new Local Community Credit Fund that will
serve as a vehicle for investments in projects that benefit the tribe and the
The compact with Yocha Dehe affirms
the tribe's commitment to the residents of Yolo County and is intended to
enable the tribal government to invest in worthy causes, such as providing
needed funding, economic development and infrastructure for tribal and
non-tribal governments; scholarships for Native American people and funding for
schools dedicated to Native American education; capital to help local
governments establish the machinery needed to protect cultural resources; and
housing and health care benefits for those in need.
The amendment to the compact with
the Yurok Tribe conforms the provisions of its 2006 compact regarding workers'
compensation to those of more recent compacts.
SOURCE: Office of the Governor,
State of California.
First Bulgarian Gaming Company Eurofootball - 24 Years Leadership, The Story of
SOFIA, Bulgaria (August 21, 2017)
--The company, created to "accommodate" all the first things - this can
generally be described 24-years history of Eurofootball. The first Bulgarian
gaming company provides its first national edition - for the first time in the
history of Bulgarian business and beyond the status quo of the existing state
structure on August 21, 1993.
In 2002, Eurofootball signed a
strategic partnership contract with one of the world leaders in gambling
business, the Greek company Intralot and the planned investments for the
introduction of new technologies are one of the first and the largest in the
Bulgarian economy. The next year, the innovations are becoming reality through
the installation of a centralized computer system for real-time betting - for
the first time in the history of sports betting in Bulgaria. By the end of
2015, the gaming company has integrated a new-generation betting platform and
includes brand new products for the Bulgarian market in portfolio.
So, 24 years later, Eurofootball
continues to be the leader on the Bulgarian market as the largest offline
gambling operator in Bulgaria; the biggest franchisor in the country and the
most sustainable and strong partner of the Bulgarian small and medium
The gaming company maintains its
brand in nearly 1,000 attractive points of sales, which are developed on a
franchise basis and employ more than 3,000 bookmakers. The company has its own
vocational training center by investing in human resources development and
"production" of highly qualified staff to work in the field of gambling
business in accordance with the legal norms.
The company is the first and the
only company that sponsors the Bulgarian sport directly and in the 24 years
since its establishment it has funded some of the biggest sports events in
Bulgaria: the Bulgarian Super Cup, the participation of the Bulgarian national
football team and of the national volleyball team in European Championships,
amateur football tournaments, and the annual edition of "Sportsman of the
Eurofootball thanked all of its
clients, partners, bookmakers and friends for the shared successes and accepted
SOURCE: Eurofootball LTD.
Gambling in Latvia: Benefit or Harm for
RIGA, Latvia (August 22, 2017) --
Gambling in Latvia is one of business areas, showing a steady growth. According
to the results of 2016, the industry is ready to enter a pre-crisis level;
however, changed government policy towards the gambling sector challenges not
only its development but also its existence within legal environment. Market
analysts are trying to find out whether the gambling business provides Latvia
with benefits or whether its development is indeed related with harmful
consequences for the country.
Gambling in Latvia in
Here is a brief information on the
gambling business in Latvia as of June 2017:
- 315 gambling halls;
- 8826 registered slot machines;
- 6 land-based casinos;
- 183 gambling tables.
The majority of venues are
located in Riga.
Gambling business owners make
significant investments in the industry. Over the past 5 years, investments
have reached around 102 million and been used for safety control, real
property purchase, acquisition of new games and slot machines and
reconstruction of gambling halls.
2016 was an especially successful
year for the Latvian gambling sector, completing with the turnover of 264
million (a little less than the pre-crisis record: 264 million in 2007).
29.1 million of that sum went to the state treasury and 7.9 million
to local self-governments.
Latvia was attractive for gambling
organizations until 2017 due to the fixed tax rate and absence of double
taxation. But now, the government is starting a tax overhaul, supposing the
increase of gambling taxation. In 2017, one also adopted a prohibition on
locating gambling halls in the historic city center, save for territories of
The Ministry of Finance has the
- income tax on lottery winnings;
- 20% dividend tax;
- increase of gambling business taxation up to
If the amendments are approved, they
will be accepted this fall. Industry experts believes that it will lead to the
decrease of the amount of gambling halls, reduction of staff and cutting of
wages. According to some forecasts, the legal industry will be destroyed and
this sector will become shadow. Meantime, research shows that the gambling
development not only has a disastrous influence on the economy and social
aspect but also provides significant benefits.
Who visit gambling halls?
In 2016, SKDS surveyed gambling
lovers in order to assemble a psychological profile on a common player and find
out how much Latvian citizens are affected by problem gambling.
The survey has revealed the
- More than two-thirds of Latvian citizens aged 18-74
years have never gambled.
- Primarily, casinos and slot machine halls are
attended by working men aged 25-34 years.
- A majority of gamblers aim to go out, in other
words to have a time out of home among like-minded people.
- A share of Latvian playing in online casinos
increased by 11% in five years.
- Two-thirds of gamblers spend up to 10 per
- One-fifth of respondents win around 10 per
- Another 13% of players win from 11 to
- Only 11% of respondents believe that they are
addicted to gambling. Besides, more than 30% of them say that they are affected
by serials and social media, while 46% admit their computer dependency.
These data prove that the problem
gambling issue in Latvia is not quite critical. On the contrary, a majority of
citizens refer casino visits to a part of their social life.
Not only does legal gambling play an
entertainment role, but it also brings a huge sum to the budget in terms of tax
Adopting laws on gambling
restrictions, authorities were going to compensate expected state treasury
losses by increasing the excise tax on fuel, cigarettes and spirits. However,
29.1 million (and 7.9 million for municipal governments) is quite a
significant sum for the country with the budget of 8.066 billion for
This gambling situation is still
disputable. The Latvian Association of Gaming Business (noncommercial
association) and government are engaged in a tough talk. Thus, the main topic
of Riga Gaming Congress international conference is gambling business prospects
in Latvia. Is there a future for Latvian gambling? Experts from various
countries and industries will answer this question.
Riga Gaming Congress.
BetBuddy CEO to Show How Data Can Encourage Positive Play at
LONON, U.K. (August 22, 2017) --
Simo Dragicevic, is one of over 50 thought leaders appearing at this year's EiG
(30 October - 1 November, Arena Berlin). The BetBuddy CEO provides a preview of
his presentation and argues why data is such an effective tool when it comes to
building positive relationships with customers.
What is going to be the core
thrust of your presentation at EiG. How would you summarise the key take
The title of our session is Creating
Positive Play and Smart Customer Profiling, and I think it demonstrates an
emerging shift in attitudes in industry towards how data can be used to build a
Whilst there is, and will rightly
continue to be, significant focus on using data to better understand, prevent,
and minimise at-risk and problematic play, the positive play concept focuses on
beliefs, values, and behaviours that encourage the opposite. So I'll be
exploring how empirical research and behavioural profiling can be used to build
positive relationships with customers. The panel also includes Lonnie Hamm from
Kindred, who I know well and who is doing awesome things with data in a very
progressive and successful gaming group, so it will be great for the industry
to hear more about the latest developments.
Do you think the gaming industry can
be criticised for being too intrusive and knowing too much about its customers.
Is there a moral argument that needs to be explored?
Yes, there is an ethical and moral
argument for sure, but I don't think the gaming industry should be singled out.
For example, Facebook has built an incredibly successful advertising business
based on very deep knowledge of its users. It's so successful that 26% of all
Facebook users who click on an advert in the US made a purchase - I think
that's incredible! The gaming industry is also realising that its most powerful
asset is data, and it's natural that operators are investing considerably in
teams and platforms to understand customers better. However, there is a
business and moral argument that putting your customer first means using that
data to understand their needs and offering relevant products and services.
From an ethical perspective, this means that operators should not target
vulnerable customers irresponsibly and that customers always know what data is
being collected and used what it will be used for. With regulations such as
GDPR on the horizon, transparency in how data is used will become increasingly
critical to the industry.
Gaming is one of the earliest
adopters of new technology can the advances pioneered by gaming be
translated to other commercial sectors and if so, which ones?
The gaming industry has pioneered
some aspects of using technology to protect consumers that other industries
have adopted, and can further adopt. Gaming was one of the first industries to
adopt age verification technology, which has become widespread across many
industries now. I can see how some of the advances made in gaming in using data
and machine learning for consumer protection could be applied to other
industries, such as day trading to protect traders using personalised
protection rather than some of the'one-size-fits-all' approaches to capping
leverage, for example.
Also in retail financial services,
behavioural profiling and implementing behavioural insights (e.g., 'nudge
principles'), which we are trialling in the gaming industry, could support the
millions of UK customers who over-indebted, to better manage their
How important are events such as EiG
to help share knowledge, enhance professional standards and showcase the gaming
industry to regulators and opinion formers?
They are really important. Some
areas of technology are going through a very rapid pace of change, and
understanding what the major operators and suppliers are doing is important.
Networking is also a really important part of the gaming industry. The
industry, whilst commercially very large, is quite small from a networking
perspective, and you need to work on building relationships with your
customers, stakeholders, partners, and suppliers. Gaming is also no different
from any other industry in that it's very people centric and companies like
doing business with people they know, meet regularly and trust, and who are
actively sharing best practice and innovation in their respective fields.
For more information on EiG and to
register, visit: eigexpo.com
SOURCE: Press Release from Clarion