Lottery Sets New $5.077 Billion Sales Record
Nets $1.313 billion for
Texas public schools and $16.2 million for Texas veterans
AUSTIN, Texas (September 27, 2017)
Even without the benefit of a record-setting jackpot like 2016s
Powerball prize, the Texas Lottery
achieved $5.077 billion in sales for fiscal year 2017, breaking the sales
record it set just last fiscal year and resulting in a total contribution of
$1.334 billion to Texas.
This is the seventh
consecutive year that the Texas Lottery has reached record sales,
Gary Grief, executive director of
the Texas Lottery. Due to the amazing work of our staff, retailers and
our trusted vendor partners, the Texas Lottery was able to offset the lack of
record jackpots with record-setting scratch ticket sales, which led to
outstanding sales and revenue results.
The Texas Lottery has experienced an
$890 million increase in sales over the past five years representing 21 percent
growth over that period of time.
This years revenue transfer
included $1.313 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $16.2 million to the
Fund for Veterans Assistance, the Lotterys largest contribution to
Texas veterans. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $21 billion to
Texas public education and more than $80 million to Texas veterans since the
dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.
The Beneficiaries: Texas
Education and Texas Veterans
The Foundation School Fund,
administered by the Texas Education Agency, funds the operational needs and
special program services for Texas school districts including teacher salaries,
utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and
talented education, and career and technical education.
The Texas Veterans Commission Fund
for Veterans Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable
organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations
that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7
million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial
assistance, transportation services, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder counseling
and housing assistance.
Strong Scratch Ticket
Scratch ticket sales for FY 2017
totaled $3.94 billion, the highest scratch ticket sales in Texas Lottery
history. Scratch ticket sales accounted for 77.5 percent of total sales and saw
a 5.9 percent increase of $219.4 million over FY 2016 sales.
In addition to record-breaking
sales, the Texas Lotterys careful spending kept administrative costs to
just 4.6 percent of FY 2017 sales, one of the lowest administrative expenditure
rates in the country.
The cost containment
measures taken in our administrative budget continue to contribute to our
success, said Grief. Any unspent administrative funds are
returned directly to the Foundation School Fund.
FY 2017 was also a great year for
Texas Lottery players and retailers. Players collected $3.327 billion in
prizes, the highest amount of prizes paid out in Texas Lottery history. For the
almost 18,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets across the state, commissions
amounted to $253.9 million, the highest commission paid to retailers in Texas
I am very proud of the
significant support we continue to provide for Texas education and
veterans, said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery
Commission. I want to commend Texas Lottery employees, retailers and
vendors for once again doing an outstanding job of developing, managing and
marketing our portfolio of scratch tickets and draw games.
FY 17 by the Numbers
- $5.077 billion in annual sales is greater than the
annual sales for many well-known brands including Levi Strauss, Coach, Hyatt
Hotels and Barnes & Noble.
- This is the 14th consecutive year that the Texas
Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas.
- The Texas Lottery introduces approximately 90
scratch tickets every year.
- $1 billion could fund 19,000 teacher salaries or 22
million 5th-grade digital textbooks or 8,500 new school buses or 825,000
student computers or quality after-school programs for 400,000 students.
- 97 percent of Texas Lottery sales are returned to
the state in the form of contributions to the Foundation School Fund, the Fund
for Veterans Assistance and other state programs, and through prizes and
retailer commissions, bonuses and incentives.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $26 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $53 billion in prizes to lottery players.
Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has
contributed $21 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public
education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance.
Since the first veterans
themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has
contributed more than $80 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including:
- Mega Millions®
- Lotto Texas®
- All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®
- Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five®
- Texas Triple Chance and scratch ticket
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.
CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
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SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Private Management Contract Awarded to Camelot
CHICAGO, Illinois (September 22,
2017) -- The Illinois Lottery today awarded its private management contract to
Camelot Illinois, LLC. The Lotterys Notice of Award (attached) was posted
to the Illinois Procurement Bulletin after the State of Illinois Chief
Procurement Office of General Services certified the procurement rules for
selecting the private manager were correctly followed.
Camelot has shown more than
a decade of success in managing lotteries throughout the world,
Acting Lottery Director Greg Smith said. The Lottery and Camelot
Illinois have common goals to responsibly grow the Lotterys player base,
align incentives, eliminate conflicts of interest, introduce new technology and
innovation, and ensure responsiveness to public needs and
The proposed ten-year contract is
based on a revised structure that aligns financial incentives and includes new
permanent point-of-sale at retailers, new games, and a next-generation iLottery
platform that supports omni-channel lottery participation. Additionally, the
contract mandates transparency and regular audits. Camelot will reinforce the
Lotterys commitment to responsible gaming and social responsibility by
pursuing World Lottery Association Level 4 standards.
A 14-day protest period now begins,
and the procurement file will be available for public inspection on Friday,
Sept. 29. The public may request access to the procurement file by contacting
the Lotterys Procurement Officer, Helen Kim, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If no protests are submitted, or after all timely protests are resolved, a
contract can be executed.
In 2009, the Illinois Legislature
mandated a private management model for the Lottery. Northstar Lottery Group,
LLC, the Lotterys first private manager, will continue to provide
management services to the Lottery until a successful transition is complete.
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: Jason Schaumburg, E:
CLICK HERE to download Notice of
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
Lotteries, Policy Makers and Sport Stakeholders Highlight the
Importance of Grassroots Sport as a Tool for Inclusion and
BRUSSELS, Belgium (September 27,
2017) -- The European Lotteries (EL) hosted today jointly with ENGSO and the
support of the European Commission a policy discussion on grassroots sport as a
tool for inclusion and empowerment. Following the presentation of some key
relevant initiatives, major stakeholders, including the European Commission,
the Council of Europe, the International Olympic truce Centre (IOTC) and UEFA,
called for the further promotion of grassroots sport as a tool for social
Commenting on the event, EL
Secretary General, Arjan vant Veer stated:
Grassroots sport should be
used to integrate and empower, especially youth. EL members have made a
consistent effort towards this direction, by supporting numerous relevant
projects across Europe. As highlighted today, lottery funding should be
safeguarded not only for the sustainable financing of grassroots sport, but
also for the power of sport to empower and inspire.
The event, which gathered more than
50 participants, was held in the heart of the European Week of Sport (EWOS), an
initiative of the European Commission seeking to encourage Europeans to be more
As a partner of the EWOS, EL Members
once again promoted the initiative across Europe. ENGSO and EL, along with
other partners, including the CoE, also work together on the ASPIRE project, an
ERASMUS+ co-funded initiative which seeks to make sport clubs in Europe more
inclusive towards refugees and asylum seekers.
- Watch a video on the activities of EL Members to
support grassroots sport as a tool for social change
- More information about the European Week of Sport
and its promotion by EL and its Members can be found
- More information on the ASPIRE project can be found
For further information please
CONTACT: Evangelos Alexandrakis, EL
Sport Executive Secretary, Lausanne, T: + 41(0)21.311.30.25, E:
European Lotteries (EL)
European Lotteries (EL) is the
European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance
for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all
28 EU Member States. The associations EU members contribute more than 20
billion p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture,
social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many
commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and
betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the
respective national government.
SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL)
"Let's Play" Theme for G2E 2017 Signals Delivery of Market-Ready Cabinets,
Content, and Innovation
- Expands leadership position in innovative, engaging
player experiences with new TRUE 4D titles, the introduction of
PowerSight technology, and the Company's first virtual reality game
- Launches for-sale CrystalCurve cabinet and
- Bolsters momentum of growing Proven Performer
video-reel portfolio with game segmentation strategy
- Showcases exciting next-generation mobile solutions
for operators and players alike
- Broadens new cabinet offering to address compelling
emerging market opportunities with Tournaments, Class II and Electronic Table
LONDON, England (September 26, 2017)
-- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) will demonstrate
significant advancements across its hardware, content, and solutions portfolio
in booth 3659 at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), Oct. 3 5 at the Sands
Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
"Having completed our new cabinet
lineup over the last year, we will fulfill the commitment we made to our
customers to launch new and compelling offerings at G2E 2017," said Renato
Ascoli, IGT CEO North America Gaming & Interactive. "Our 'Let's Play'
theme introduces a vast portfolio of content across our core and premium
categories, and our pursuit of growth opportunities with expanded solutions and
innovations for electronic table games, the Class II market, and
IGT's G2E hardware lineup of
market-ready solutions will include core video cabinets such as the
CrystalCurve with for-sale content, and the S3000® mechanical reel
cabinet with Class II content, representing the Company's progress in
completely renovating its full hardware lineup. Solutions such as the IGT
Dynasty electronic table games (ETG) terminals, with the addition of new
content and screen configurations, offer a clear demonstration of IGT's
commitment to advancement in emerging market segments.
IGT's CrystalCurve cabinet has been
central to the Company's Proven Performer program, which requires extensive
product testing in casino environments throughout North America. Games that
successfully emerge inspire operator confidence backed by research.
Successful core video graduates of
the Proven Performer program on the CrystalCurve cabinet featured at G2E
include the Wild Fury Jackpots game, a vibrant, five-level jackpot game;
the Ocean Magic Grand game, a new take on the player-favorite Ocean
Magic theme that introduces a 2X2 Super Bubble feature. The Big 5
Safari® and Golden Egypt games, Proven Performers originally
developed for dual-screen IGT hardware, will also make their debut on the
CrystalCurve cabinet. New to the CrystalCurve core lineup, the Cleopatra®
Gold game leverages one of the most popular slot themes of all time and
incorporates an expanded matrix and enhanced free games.
Proven Performers on the
CrystalDual® and CrystalSlant cabinets include Elephant King®,
Dancing Reels Salsa, and Golden GeckoTM games, joined by new IGT video
core concepts such as the Fire Chariot, Solar Disc, and Hao Yun
Focus on extending core stepper
leadership will be revealed in the form of new Class II games for the S3000
cabinet, with single and multi-line titles such as the Double Topaz,
2x3x4x5x Ducks in a Row, and Wild Bill games. Designed for and
initially launched in the Oklahoma market, IGT Class II games on the S3000
cabinet have expanded into several more states, while garnering tremendous
early positive feedback from operators.
Class III S3000 cabinet evolution
builds on the success of IGT's Red Hot Tamales® game, with the introduction
of the Red Hot Cantina game, a spicy new three-game linked multi-level
progressive series. The three-reel, 27-line Red Hot Tamales!, Red Hot
Enchiladas!, and Red Hot Chimichangas! games fully utilize the
light and celebration capabilities of the S3000 cabinet, and feature a variety
of anticipation-driving mechanics and fun cantina-inspired music.
IGT will also reveal a new version
of the S3000 cabinet that is equipped with a spectrum meter and backed by
content with iconic mechanics, pay tables, graphics, and sounds. Titles include
the Sizzling 7® and Double Diamond Pinball games. IGT will also showcase
new themes for the S3000 cabinet such as the nine-line Jackpot Jewels® and
Rollin' in the Ca$h games, and will fortify its position as the leader in
high-denomination games with titles such as the Sizzling Wild! ® and Triple
Complementing the Company's focus on
advancing its core product line, IGT will introduce its core segmentation model
at G2E. Featured in game toppers for easy reference, the segments group
together games with similar features and play mechanics to remove operator
guesswork from machine banking strategies.
As IGT continues to explore emerging
market opportunities, its G2E demonstration of a new Dynasty ETG terminal will
feature a landscape-oriented, 27-inch display. The new terminal supports the
Company's entire Random Number Generator (RNG) and live content library. It
delivers pristine, 4K graphics, features a mobile device charging port, and
will complement IGT's existing ETG terminal offering.
IGT will reveal its expanded ETG
content portfolio, which now includes (RNG) auto roulette, in addition to live
Dynasty Blackjack, Dynasty Sic Bo, Dynasty Baccarat and roulette games.
IGT's new Dynasty Baccarat game enables players to choose between three
different games on every live hand that is dealt, while adding to the
excitement by accommodating side bets.
Injecting innovation into the ETG
category, IGT's Live Connect is a unique solution that enables operators to
feed any live roulette and baccarat game on a casino floor to an ETG terminal.
This technology enables operators to entertain more players, across more
platforms without increasing operating costs. IGT's Dynasty solutions are all
compatible with IGT's award-winning PlaySpot mobile wagering solution.
Through the PlaySpot app, casino guests can place a variety of table and ETG
wagers on their mobile phone from any allowed locations within a casino.
IGT's legacy of innovation has often
included solutions that are unveiled for the first time at G2E. The
CrystalCurve TRUE 4D cabinet brings innovative technologies such as
mid-air haptics to casino gaming prior to it being commercially available in
the consumer electronics space. IGT's award-winning SPHINX
4D game, combining mid-air haptic and gesture-based technology
with awe-inspiring 3D graphics, will be on display at G2E and is poised to
reach casinos before the end of this year. Building on the market anticipation
of IGT TRUE 4D games, one of Hollywood's most-celebrated movie franchises will
come to life in IGT's Ghostbusters 4D. The five-level, WAP-eligible
progressive leverages TRUE 3D, gesture recognition and mid-air haptic
technologies with a curved 50-inch, ultra-HD upper display and its curved,
32-inch, ultra-HD lower display. Players will enjoy the game's many interactive
features such as the opportunity to wave their hands to shoot an energy beam at
the Slimer character, and to draw mid-air symbols to unlock game features.
When it comes to tournament
innovation, IGT is the only supplier that offers video, mechanical reel, and
video poker tournaments. At G2E, IGT customers will have the opportunity to
explore the capabilities of TournXtreme tournaments, experience the
seamless transition from coin-in mode to tournament mode, and learn more about
IGT's "Spin-Cation" event.
IGT Premium content historically
represents an area for the Company to demonstrate innovation. The stunning
CrystalCurve ULTRA cabinet will feature New York's favorite ladies
returning in the all-new Sex and the City Video Slots game, featuring
PowerSight technology, which enables a player to stare at on-screen
objects to unlock them in pick bonuses and other player-selectable components
The CrystalCurve ULTRA cabinet
also takes the stage with IGT's new game, Blake Shelton Video Slots. The
WAP-eligible progressive gives players a front row seat to play through
Shelton's chart-topping country music hits. The game leverages a built-in
player camera and Dynamic Attract technology, and introduces an in-game
giveaway feature that gives players the opportunity to receive a guitar signed
by Blake Shelton. IGT will also showcase The Voice Video Slots and The GOONIES
Video Slots on the CrystalCurve ULTRA cabinet.
IGT premium innovation continues
with the Company's celebrated TRUE 3D product portfolio on the AXXIS® 3D
cabinet. G2E attendees can be transported to Pandora with the launch of the
James Cameron's AVATAR 3D game, and can outrun raptors while playing the
Jurassic World 3D game on the AXXIS 3D cabinet. The most successful game
theme of all time will come to life in a new way with the Wheel of Fortune®
3D Wild Sapphires® game, a new TRUE 3D Reels game. G2E attendees can also
experience the Red White & Blue® 3D game, the newest iteration of one
of IGT's most storied game themes.
For the CrystalCurve cabinet premium
offering, IGT will spotlight its linked, multi-level progressives that can be
enjoyed on the CrystalCurve cabinet's curved 42-inch, ultra-HD display. IGT's
Golden Goddess®, Fortune Gong, CASH CLIMB, Fort Knox®, and
Jurassic Park Trilogy multi-level progressive games each gives players
the choice of multiple base game themes and delivers the thrill of bank-wide
Slot enthusiasts can appreciate the
classic feel of time-tested favorites that enhance play experiences with new
features. The CrystalDual® + Stepper cabinet offers the best of both worlds
with titles such as Dubble Bubble® Slots, Super Bankroll Bonus® Slots,
and Jin Long 888. All three games afford players a classic, mechanical
reel base game that is complemented by engaging bonus events that transpire in
the cabinet's 40-inch LCD top box. Dubble Bubble Slots leverages the brand's
iconic imagery and inspires players to "pop" the various progressive levels;
the Super Bankroll Bonus game introduces two popular traditional game themes to
a classic, cash-themed slot title; and the Jin Long 888 game is an exciting
Asian-inspired dragon theme that features a unique, two-wheel bonus game
Mobile technology provides an area
of casino gaming where IGT stands apart for introducing innovative solutions
that, in addition to winning multiple awards, have now been brought to market.
The award-winning Cardless Connect technology, now implemented at
properties in Nevada and California, expands to include Resort Wallet
capabilities, for cashless access to funds. The Company will also spotlight the
PlaySpot app's modular design and demonstrate recently developed functionality
that gives players the option to wager on live roulette and baccarat games,
keno, sports and more from their mobile devices while at a casino. IGT's
PlaySpot solution integrates with many of IGT's other casino solutions such as
Cardless Connect and IGT Advantage® systems, Live Connect, and IGT
Mobile casino management systems
solutions that enhance casino operations by enabling faster customer service
while reducing machine down time include Mobile Host and Mobile
Responder. In addition to these mobile solutions on display at G2E, a
robust suite of IGT Advantage systems bonuses will exemplify how operators can
streamline operations, drive revenue, and cultivate world-class casino-patron
relationships. IGT will also highlight how its location-based marketing
technology can be coupled with other IGT systems solutions to maximize ROI and
deliver personalized marketing messages.
IGT innovation often takes on large
proportions. With the MEGATOWER cabinet, which stands at more than
11-feet tall, G2E attendees can experience industry-favorite Wheel of
Fortune® themes such as Wheel of Fortune® Gold SpinTM Triple Gold®,
and Wheel of Fortune® Triple Double Diamond®.
Continuing the large-format
evolution and building on the success of the S3000 cabinet, the S3000 XL
cabinet will feature popular mechanical reel themes such as IGT's Pinball®,
Triple Gold, and Red Hot 21 Double Diamond® games at G2E.
Video Poker meets large format with
the introduction of the Video Poker XL cabinet. The upright hardware melds
design elements from IGT's S3000 XL cabinet with the time-tested IGT video
poker player panel. IGT will showcase the Wheel Poker® and 100 Play games
on the Video Poker XL cabinet at G2E.
Bolstered by its significant
leadership in the Video Poker space, IGT has expanded the offering within its
player-favorite Game King game family with Game King® 8.3 with roulette,
which adds video roulette games to its bar top and upright cabinet content
bundles. IGT will also introduce a myriad of new multi-hand video poker game
concepts such as the Haywire® Poker, Face Card Frenzy Poker, Stack
the Deck Poker, and Double Big Wheel games.
The interactive space has become
synonymous with innovation. IGT's interactive portfolio will be anchored in its
PlaySpot mobile gaming solution and complemented by new game content and
exciting technology application demonstrations.
IGT continues to add new content to
its Remote Game Server (IGT rgs®) and industry-leading online content
portfolio. From new casual games and top-tier licensed game such as BAYWATCH
Slots, to "Proven Performer" titles such as Ocean Magic and Icy
Wilds slots, IGT will showcase a diverse and dynamic portfolio of online
IGT's booth will feature virtual
reality game content that is available to be played in tournament and arcade
modes in its G2E booth Virtual Zone attraction. The Company will
demonstrate how its Tournament Manager solution can create a turnkey
participation model for casinos. IGT will spotlight games such as SiegeVR
and Tournament Archery.
IGT will demonstrate its latest
advancements in skill-based gaming with a diverse portfolio of skill-chance
hybrid content, omni-channel games, and arcade-inspired concepts. The Company
will showcase several titles from its Video Reel Edge® (VRE) game
portfolio. G2E attendees can test their skill on IGT's Cleopatra Pinball, Fuzzy
Fortune®, and Little Fish Big Fish VRE games. Each of these games is
housed on IGT's CrystalCore® cabinet and give players the option to engage
in a free games bonus, or in a skill-based bonus where a player's pinball skill
in the bonus event influences the bonus reward.
IGT will also demonstrate its
Skillcade, omni-channel, Lucky's Quest game, a for-wager, casual-style
game that features a map-based progression narrative starring a dragon named
Lucky. A player's progress within the game can be transferred from a mobile
device to a gaming machine and back, allowing for a seamless player experience
across devices and channels.
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players the sensation of participating in a real-life auto race.
IGT will also feature an array of
specialty gaming products such as Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) and Amusement
with Prize (AWP) games. For more information, visit IGT or go to Facebook at
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Second-Largest Powerball Jackpot in History Fuels Lottery
August was second-highest
sales month in KY Lottery history
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 22,
2017) -- Sales results for the first two months of Fiscal Year 18 were
announced today in a meeting of the Kentucky Lotterys board of directors
and the news was good, thanks to a $758 million Powerball jackpot in
Year to date sales (covering July
and August) were $176 million. This is $11 million (6.7%) more than budgeted
and $14.9 million (9.3%) more than the same period last year. Draw game sales
accounted for the majority of the increase, jumping 23.6% ($12.4 million) more
than budgeted and 15.4% ($8.7 million) more than last year.
Sales of $96 million in just the
month of August were the second-highest in the history of the Kentucky Lottery,
surpassed only by January 2016 when the world record-breaking Powerball
jackpots were rolling.
The jackpot run helped
Powerball sales exceed budget by $9.5 million, said Kentucky Lottery
President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. With the exception of our Five
Card Cash game, every one of our products is selling better that they did at
the same time last year. Were really firing on all cylinders
Income before transfer of dividends
for the period was $45.3 million, which is $4.6 million (11.4%) more than
budgeted and $2.2 million (5%) more than last year. Every additional
dollar we make helps kids go to college or otherwise further their
education, said Delacenserie.
The results of the audit of lottery
finances from FY17 were announced. Auditors from Harding, Shymanski and
Company, P.S.C., reported the final numbers for the year were:
- Sales (including instant tickets provided as
- Operating revenues net of direct costs of
- Operating expenses of $30,153,000, and;
- Transfers to the Commonwealth of $248,571,000.
These numbers correspond with
preliminary figures released by the KLC in July. The audit now goes to the
Commonwealths Auditor of Public Accounts for final approval.
In other business, the board
- A digital space agreement with The Buntin Group as
a part of advertising and related services for digital media;
- A lease with Bradley & Spurlock for
Prestonsburg regional office space, and;
- Rules and regulations for nine scratch-off tickets,
four Instant Play games at different price points, and amended Keno and Mega
The next meeting of the KLCs
board of directors will be December 8. 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 audit committee meeting will begin at 8:00 AM EST, as well as
the procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST.
The Kentucky Lottery
The Kentucky Lottery has earned more
than $4.9 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for
college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit www.kheaa.com to find
out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
For More Information CONTACT: Chip
Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery
Internal Committee Members Visit Lotto
STUTTGART, Germany (September 26,
2017) -- On Tuesday (September 26), Managing Director Marion Caspers-Merk
welcomed members of the Baden-Württemberg State Committee in the Lotto
headquarters. The visitors got a picture of the work of the state gambling
We started with a short guided tour
of the company-owned lotto museum. Subsequently, the Baden-Württemberg
deputies - including Karl Klein, the chairman of the Internal Committee - were
able to demonstrate the procedures surrounding the drawing of the geolotry
Logeo. Logeo has been in Baden-Württemberg since March 2017. The winners
are always determined on Mondays at the Stuttgart Lotto headquarters.
After the tour, Lotto CEO Marion
Caspers-Merk explained the latest developments in the German gambling sector
and emphasized the importance of the lottery revenues for the common good.
"Every day, an average of over one million euros in the form of lottery tax and
special income flows to the state of Baden-Württemberg - many are not
known at all." The lottery manager pointed out that gambling is not just a good
but a special danger. "As a government provider, we take the protection of
players and young people very seriously." Caspers-Merk stressed the ongoing
regulatory debate: "Politics in Baden-Württemberg is largely the result of
changes to the gambling contract. The contract was concluded not least,
The chairman of the committee, Karl
Klein, greeted the first-hand information. The members of the Internal
Committee also had a discussion of the rules of the gambling contract with the
Lotto headquarters. Klein emphasized the reliable distributions of state-owned
Toto-Lotto GmbH in favor of sport, culture, preservation of monuments and
social services in Baden-Württemberg.
Director Marion Caspers-Merk (center) with interior committee chairman Karl
Klein MdL (middle left), other committee members as well as lotto directors
Norbert Müller (2nd from right) and Michael Grepl (2nd from
Changes Coming To Multi-State Lottery Game
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (September 20,
2017) -- Although the new enhancements to the national draw game Mega
Millions® wont officially occur until the end of October, changes are
already afoot with this national draw game played in 44 U.S. states.
On Aug. 18, a stepdown of the
availability of future draws in the current version of Mega Millions®
began. Usually, draw game players can play up to 20 draws in advance but since
August 18, then number of future draws available of the present game has
decreased with each draw, all leading up to the new game changeover on Oct.
Key changes for Mega Millions
players include better odds to win $1 million, higher average jackpots, and
faster-growing jackpots with minimum $5 million rolls.
Starting Mega Millions jackpots,
currently starting at $15 million, will more than double to $40 million. With
these changes, the cost of a Mega Millions play will increase to $2 per play;
the Megaplier cost will remain at an additional $1 per play.The first drawing
for the new modified Mega Millions will be Tuesday, Oct. 31.
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 more than $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 $200 million in commissions to
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Scientific Games Reveals Exciting Innovations at G2E
Showcasing JAMES BOND and
a robust thrilling portfolio of games, systems, table products, sports betting,
and B2B mobile suite
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 25, 2017)
-- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the
"Company") will showcase its vast collection of casino, lottery and interactive
solutions to empower the player experience at the Global Gaming Expo ("G2E")
October 2-5 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
Scientific Games Chief Executive
Officer and President Kevin Sheehan said, "Every year we raise the bar at
G2E, and this year our innovation teams have elevated the game significantly,
with a huge portfolio of new game content, stunning new slot cabinets, and the
industry's most advanced lottery and interactive B2B solutions. And what truly
sets our booth apart is our exclusive JAMES BOND showcase, where we will debut
our first products based on the incredible BOND franchise. We are excited to
bring our customers the most innovative products in the industry."
The centerpiece of Scientific Games'
G2E exhibit this year is the immersive JAMES BOND Experience, made possible
through the exclusive agreement with EON Productions Limited, Danjaq, LLC and
MGM Interactive Inc., a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., which gives
Scientific Games the rights to leverage all past and future iconic JAMES BOND
films, as well as the film's talent portraying JAMES BOND.
- Scientific Games reveals its first JAMES BOND
experiences bringing to life the action, excitement, thrills,
sophistication, and intrigue synonymous with one of the highest-grossing film
franchises of all time. Scientific Games will unveil JAMES BOND CASINO ROYALE
on the new Gamefield 2.0 platform, JAMES BOND GOLDFINGER, featured on the
TwinStar J43 with iReels platform and JAMES BOND DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER on
the Blade with Wheel cabinet.
Known for its innovation in cabinet
design and engaging content, Scientific Games debuts innovative technology and
hot new content on sophisticated, sleek new platforms at G2E:
- The towering TwinStar® V75, featuring a bold
75-inch curved Ultra HD monitor, emotive lighting with holographic LEDs; dual
re-spin bet buttons, an oversized 24-inch iDeck and a patent-pending simple
assembly design. This showstopper debuts with MONOPOLY Hot Shot®,
which combines the iconic MONOPOLY brand with player-favorite Hot Shot Game-in
- The new sensational TwinStar J43 amazes with a
spectacular 43-inch curved display that is impressive sleek technology and
innovation. Featuring industry-leading hardware and thrilling multimedia
lighting and sound, the J43 will feature the next generation Zeus
Unleashed and showcase the iconic WONDER WOMAN games based on the beloved
1970s live-action TV show.
- The new TwinStar J43 with iReels features the best
of all worlds, integrating the traditional feel of a stepper cabinet, the
dynamic graphic capabilities of a contemporary HD display, and an engaging
transmissive LCD panel that provides a dramatic effect by allowing video to be
displayed over the reels. This new cabinet debuts with JAMES BOND GOLDFINGER,
THE LORD OF THE RINGS RULE THEM ALL and Cash Spin Deluxe.
- Capturing fan-favorites, Bally® Classic
High-Denomination Steppers are being released on the popular TwinStar cabinet.
Some of the most beloved classic games from the Bally library include Blazing
7s®, Bonus Times, Black & White® 5x Pay, and Double Jackpot Triple
Leveraging its international game
content, Scientific Games is introducing its successful global games to the
- Scientific Games highlights new Lock It Link®
titles Cats, Hats, And More Bats and Eureka Reel Blast, following
on the phenomenal international success of this Near Area Progressive
- Also on display will be the fabulous Fortunes
3 game. This title takes three amazing Duo Fu Duo Cai® games and
places them on a multi-game platform. The games include Echo Fortunes, Fu
Daddy Fortunes and the original 88 Fortunes®.
In its expansive Bally Systems area,
Scientific Games highlights its award-winning casino and slot management
systems solutions, with a focus on:
- Mobile / Cloud-Based Solutions developed to empower
operators to stay connected to their customers and to their business. With
Scientific Games mobile solutions, players can receive promotional offers,
check their loyalty points and even play casino games on their mobile device.
The cloud-based and mobile solutions enable casino management to stay close to
their business, even when they are not on the floor.
- iVIEW 4, the Company's next generation of on-device
messaging technology, features a cutting-edge web content management solution
and supports HTML5 content for more effective marketing at the point of play,
while empowering a new level of player engagement with analytics, rules and
- Praxis Analytics, a groundbreaking solution
that leverages predictive analytics and machine-learning external data sources
to develop intelligence on casino players, and then converts the analytics into
action, providing recommendations to maximize revenues from the player
Scientific Games' electronic table
games and its proprietary table games promote player excitement and operator
- An electronic table games G2E highlight, Fusion
Hybrid, provides concurrent betting on live Baccarat, Roulette Sic Bo, and
three new games: Stadium Blackjack, Stadium Three Card Poker and
Casino War® games. Via a one-touch tab, Fusion Hybrid enables players to
access gameplay on up to four different live table games, without leaving their
seats. Available with five to 300 seats for stadium-type environments,
configurations are endless.
- EZ Baccarat®, the most popular baccarat brand
in the US and Canada will also be showcased. EZ Baccarat is played exactly as
the traditional game but takes no commission and features the fantastical
Dragon 7® and Panda 8® side bets. EZ Baccarat tables are available in
over 180 casinos and card rooms worldwide.
SG Interactive empowers mobile
player engagement with personalized offers, consumer-favorite social casino
games, and portrait mode RGS content.
- SG Interactive will offer live demonstrations of
the enhanced SG Universe®, a comprehensive, proprietary product suite
featuring the Mobile Concierge platform, Play4Fun Network social casino,
and Core Systems Integration technology. The next generation of SG Universe
includes an intuitive interface, and exciting, never before seen customization
- Scientific Games will highlight its proven Remote
Game Server ("RGS") game library with high-performing recent launches, new
portrait mode content and highly popular titles such as Fu Dao Le®,
MONOPOLY Bring the House Down, Zeus® God of Thunder, THE WIZARD OF OZ
ROAD TO EMERALD CITY, and more.
Scientific Games brings exciting
sports-betting action to G2E with SG Sports, an enhanced omni-channel
solution for online and retail fixed odds sports betting.
Developed for secure integration
with land-based casino gaming systems, lottery central gaming systems, and
licensed interactive-only operators, SG Sports will be demonstrated on the
PlayCentral® EX and new small-form self-service terminals for payment,
redemption, and verification.
- PlayCentral EX delivers an expansive betting
program in real time, including unlimited sports, events and markets. Designed
to work well in a variety of bet shops and retail locations, this
easy-to-navigate terminal can be used as an end-to-end sports betting solution
or as an integral part of the omni-channel SG Sports platform to deliver
pre-game and in-play excitement.
- Scientific Games' new, small-form self-service
betting terminal featuring a 15" touchscreen allows players to place sports
bets, receive a printed bet slip, and check status through a barcode
The 007 Gun Logo and related James
Bond Trademarks © 1962-2017 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.
The 007 Gun Logo and related James Bond Trademarks are trademarks of Danjaq,
LLC. All Rights Reserved.
MONOPOLY is a trademark of
Hasbro. Used with permission. ©2017 Hasbro. All rights
The Lord of the Rings © 2017
New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King and the names of the characters, items, events
and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth
Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.
THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related
characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
(s17) Judy Garland as Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ. (s17)
WONDER WOMAN and all related
characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s17)
© 2017 Scientific Games
Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All ® notices signify marks registered in
the United States.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ:SGMS) is the global leader in technology-based gaming systems, table
games, table products and instant ticket games and a leader in products,
services and content for gaming, lottery and interactive markets. Scientific
Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security,
creative content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. Today, we
offer customers a fully integrated portfolio of technology platforms, robust
systems, engaging content and unrivaled professional services. For more
information, please visit ScientificGames.com.
About EON Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq
LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Wilson/Broccoli family. Danjaq is
the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the
copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce
future James Bond films. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK
based production company that makes the James Bond films and together with
Danjaq controls all worldwide merchandising. The 007 franchise has produced
twenty-four films since 1962.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading
entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film
and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the
world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In
addition, MGM has investments in numerous television channels. For more
information, visit: www.mgm.com.
Scientific Games: Bill Pfund
Vice President, Investor
Scientific Games: Susan Cartwright
Vice President of Corporate
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Veikkaus Launches Anniversary Instant Ticket in Celebration of
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada
(September 25, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard
Banknote) congratulates Veikkaus (the National Lottery of Finland) on the
success of its first ever 20 instant ticket100V RAHA-ARPA,
celebrating Finlands 100 years of independence and featuring the shimmer
and shine of Pollard Banknotes patented Spectrum Scratch FX.
Launched in November 2016, with top
prizes of 1,000,000, weekly second chance draws, and nine commemorative
scenes offered throughout the year, the 100 year anniversary ticket has quickly
achieved remarkable success, with 10-week average sales tracking 160% higher
than the Lotterys average 10 instant games.
This ticket series earned Pollard
Banknote the 2017 Printing Industries of Americas Premier Print Awards
Competition Certificate of Merit for Flexographic Printinga competition
that recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from
around the world.
The game was printed with nine
unique images, with each ticket paying tribute to a significant event in
Finlands heritage. One design features Teemu Selänne, nicknamed
The Finnish Flashformer professional ice hockey player, who
was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history during the
2017 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
Another one of the designs features
Finnish born snowboarder Enni Rukajärvi, who took home gold in in the
Snowboard Slopestyle event at the 2011 Winter X Games XV in Aspen, Colorado and
silver in Slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Rounding out
the athletic scenes is a design featuring Hannes Kolehmainen, a Finnish
four-time Olympic Gold medalist and a world record holder in middle- and
long-distance running, who won three gold medals in the 1912 Summer Olympics in
Stockholm. Another set of designs commemorates the Finnish film Unknown
Soldiers (1955)set against the events of the Finnish Continuation War,
the film follows a machine gun troops journey into the Soviet Union.
Veikkaus is celebrating
Finlands 100 years of independence with our first 20 instant
ticket, said Riitta Mesilaakso-Lehtola, Product Manager.
This special game has met with tremendous acceptance and success from
Veikkaus player base. The ticket design had to be exceptional and we knew
that we could count on Pollard Banknote to deliver. Pollard Banknote has always
provided innovative products and services that offer additional entertainment
value for our player base and responsibly grow revenues for the benefit of
Finnish society in its entirety.
Veikkaus operates lotto games,
pools, betting games, instant games and other draw games, slot machines and
toto games producing over 1 billion of lottery revenue for Finnish
society each year. Veikkaus contributes its total proceeds to the State, which
distributes them further to Finnish arts, sports, science, youth work, health
and welfare organisations as well as equestrian sports and horse breeding. In
total the Lottery has nearly 4,000 beneficiaries.
On behalf of Pollard
Banknote, we would like to thank Veikkaus for including us in their
countrys centenary celebration and for their years of hard work and
dedication in support of benefitting Finlandculminating in the launch of
Finlands 100 Year Anniversary ticket, said Michelle Annandale,
Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. The Lotterys
innovative spirit and commitment to offering high quality, entertaining
products play a significant role in its enduring success. We look forward to
working with the Lottery to continue to bring some of the industrys most
unique and innovative products to the Finnish market.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and
has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement,
sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major
role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established
in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family
and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For
more information, please visit our website at:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Authentic Gaming Strikes Greentube Deal
pioneers full suite of games to be made available to Greentubes
MALTA (September 25, 2017) -- Live
casino pioneer Authentic Gaming has struck a deal with Greentube to integrate
its ground-breaking Authentic Roulette offering and additional product suite
into the suppliers B2C platform.
Under the deal, Greentube brands in
Italy and Romania will gain access to Authentic Roulette which live
streams from the floors of premium real-world casinos as well as Lucky
Ball side bet games and Authentic Live! Entertainment.
The first Greentube operator brands
to flick the switch on Authentic Roulette will be Admiral (Romania) and
StarVegas (Italy) whose players will be able to join live roulette games
streamed from the floors of luxury land-based casinos, including:
- Casino Bucharest at the Intercontinental Hotel
- The Platinum Casino at the Radisson BLU Hotel in
- The Saint-Vincent Casino (Italy)
- Casino International Batumi at the Hilton Hotel
In total, players will be able to
sit down at seven tables across the four casinos. They will be also be able to
watch live performances from these venues while they continue to wager via the
Authentic Live! Entertainment platform.
Authentic Roulette allows land-based
operators to live stream games from roulette tables located on their casino
floor to online players via a 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 real.
Jonas Delin, Managing Director of
Authentic Gaming, said: We are delighted to be working hand in hand
with Greentube to offer their operator brands our ground-breaking live casino
products. Live dealer is becoming increasingly popular as players seek out a
more authentic experience, and while studio-based products certainly offer
that, those streamed from real-world casinos take this to another
Ronald van den Brink, Greentube COO,
added: Authentic Gaming is moving the needle when it comes to live
dealer and we are delighted to offer their localized games on our brands, in
particular Admiral and StarVegas. Once we have both operators fully up and
running, we will look to roll-out Authentic Roulette into other relevant
markets as well."
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.
Greentube Internet Entertainment
Solutions, the global interactive unit of NOVOMATIC, is a leading developer and
supplier of iGaming solutions. Greentube is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the
NOVOMATIC Group, one of the biggest producers and operators of gaming
technologies and one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world.
Greentubes industry leading Omni-channel technology allows the
convergence of online, mobile and land-based games. The well-diversified
product portfolio includes Classic Slots, Table Games, Live Dealer Gaming, AWP
Reloaded Slots, Server-Based Gaming, Social Casino Gaming, Bingo and more.
SOURCE: Authentic Gaming.
Millions® Changing; New Game with Throwback Name
$2 Mega Millions Debuts
Oct. 28; Sales Begin Nov. 12 in New $1 Lotto AmericaSM
CLIVE, Iowa (September 26, 2017) --
Updates to the line-up of lotto games available in Iowa continue with two
announcements: In late October, $2 Mega Millions® will debut, and a new $1
game with a retro name will begin in November. Like its predecessor from the
late 1980s, that $1 game will be called Lotto America.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said
that the updates are designed to give people new options for playing, and are
built upon the successful business model the lottery has utilized in its other
Weve seen over time
that our players want choices -- different games at different price points with
different features, Rich said.
With a revamp for Mega
Millions and a revival for Lotto America, were coming through with new
Sales in $2 Mega Millions will begin
Oct. 28 and the first drawing in the revamped game will be Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The games jackpots will start at $40 million rather than todays $15
million, and the top prize will grow by at least $5 million between drawings
when it is not won. Players in $2 Mega Millions will choose five numbers from a
pool of 70 and another number, called the Mega Ball, from a pool of 25.
That compares to todays 1/75 +
1/15 game design. The odds of winning the jackpot will be longer in the new
design, but the odds will improve for winning a $1 million prize for matching
just the first five numbers.
The new game design will
mean bigger starting jackpots and faster-growing jackpots overall,
Rich said. More $1 million prizes also will spread the winnings around
in the game.
Powerball became a $2 game back in
2012, and that change also was designed to deliver the big jackpots that people
expect while achieving more significant winnings at the games other prize
levels. Since that revamp, Powerball has seen a world-record jackpot of nearly
$1.6 billion in January 2016 and a grand prize of nearly $759 million in
August, the second-highest prize in the 25-year history of the game. Iowa
Lottery players have won 26 prizes of at least $1 million since the debut of $2
Players have told us
theyd like to see new features in Mega Millions, and we needed a redesign
to make that possible, Rich said.
This is the first price adjustment
in Mega Millions since the game began in 2002. Mega Millions will continue to
have its drawings on Tuesdays and Fridays.
A few weeks after the Mega Millions
changes take effect, a new $1 lotto game will debut in Iowa and at least 14
other states: Lotto America. The name is a throwback to the first multi-state
lotto game that became known for big jackpots in the United States. Iowa was a
founding member of the original version of Lotto America, which began back in
1988 and made headlines around the world at the time for its jackpots before
ultimately being replaced by Powerball in 1992.
Todays version of Lotto
America will feature jackpots that start at $2 million and drawings twice per
The new game begins sales Nov. 12
and its first drawing will be Nov. 15. It will have drawings on Wednesday and
Saturday nights and feature nine prize levels.
As we were researching new
game possibilities there was one name that kept coming up, so we decided to go
vintage, Rich said. After 25 years, Lotto America is making
a comeback, with new features for todays players.
Lotto America players will still
find the playstyle of Powerball, with numbers selected from two separate pools
for a chance at a big prize. Players in the game will choose five numbers from
a pool of 52 and another number, called the Lotto America Star
BallSM from a pool of 10. Players who match all six numbers selected in a
drawing will win the games jackpot.
The games jackpot will grow by
at least $50,000 per drawing until it is won. The game also will have a
multiplier feature. The odds of winning the jackpot in Lotto America will be
around 1 in 26 million, compared to odds of about 1 in 292.2 million of winning
the Powerball jackpot and odds of about 1 in 302.6 million of winning the Mega
Millions jackpot under that games new design.
More Information CONTACT: Terry
Rich, T: 515-725-7880, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: The Iowa Lottery.