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IGT Cardless Connect Mobile Technology Launches at Station Casinos Properties

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LONDON, UK (October 16, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that its Cardless Connect™ mobile technology will be introduced at several Station Casinos properties in Las Vegas before the end of 2017.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships...

Now deployed at a single Station Casinos property for testing, IGT's Cardless Connect technology enables players to participate in Station Casinos' MyBoardingPass loyalty program by simply tapping their smartphones on a slot machine card reader. Based upon the initial success of the Cardless Connect technology, Station Casinos plans to implement it at two more locations in Las Vegas later this year with the remaining properties to follow shortly after.

"We are committed to continuously delivering new benefits to our My Rewards Boarding Pass that bring value and convenience to our new and existing members," said Staci Alonso, Station Casinos EVP and Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer. "IGT's Cardless Connect technology adds meaningful value to the STN mobile app by allowing guests to use their phone to card in at their favorite slot game if they prefer a digital experience."

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"Station Casinos has been a phenomenal partner in our rollout of Cardless Connect technology," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Commercial Officer, North America Gaming & Interactive. "We evaluated multiple technologies and developed a flexible solution that supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or QR code connectivity. From the initial phases of implementation to the excitement of the 'go live', the Station Casinos team has embraced Cardless Connect's innovative features and BLE connectivity, which deliver a superior user experience."

To experience Cardless Connect technology at featured Station Casinos properties, players can simply download the STN app from the App Store or Google Play Store, sign in and tap their phones on the card reader to "card in" to a slot machine. The phone will simply connect the player just as a physical loyalty card would so the player can experience all of the benefits of the loyalty program.

About IGT

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

Station Casinos, LLC

Founded in 1976, Station Casinos is the leading provider of gaming and entertainment to the residents of Las Vegas, Nevada with 20 properties, including Boulder Station, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Palms Casino Resort, Wild Wild West and several smaller properties under the Wildfire Gaming division.

To learn more, visit http://sclv.com

IGT CONTACTS:

  • Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452.
  • Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, Gaming (702) 669-2975.
  • Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries.
  • James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190.

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Scientific Games Signs Agreement with Apigee

SG Systems to utilize Intelligent API Management Platform for Enhanced Product Interfaces

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LAS VEGAS, NV (October 16, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced today that it has signed an agreement with Apigee, a subsidiary of Google, to utilize its full lifecycle application programming interface ("API") management platform, as part of the Company's portfolio of casino management technology solutions for the gaming industry.

This agreement allows Scientific Games to deploy Apigee API management software in its suite of casino and slot management systems solutions and will enable Scientific Games to design, secure, deploy, monitor, and scale APIs. Apigee's industry-leading solution will make integration with third-party applications easier, more secure, more reliable, and more operationally efficient.

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"Scientific Games is committed to providing the best possible technology solutions for our customers and this agreement with Apigee, along with our newly launched Partner Program, underscores that commitment," stated Catherine Burns, Senior Vice President of Gaming Systems for Scientific Games. "The Apigee API platform will help us to open up the door for more flexibility in working with third-party providers, enabling smoother integration and better security between our systems' products and third-party products. This gives our casino clients the ability to more easily integrate 'Best of Breed' product combinations to meet their specific operational needs, as well as enhance their interactions with their customers."

Founded in 2004, Apigee delivers an intelligent API platform that enables companies to securely share their enterprise data and services to provide connected digital experiences. Apigee was acquired by Google in 2016.

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: www.scientificgames.com.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

T: +1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

E: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Susan Cartwright

T: +1 702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Tennessee Lottery’s First Quarter Is Highest Since Inception

$103 Million for Education in Just 3 Months

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (October 17, 2017) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation continues to shatter its own records, announcing the highest first quarter since it began Jan. 20, 2004. The Lottery transferred $103 million to the Lottery for Education Account for the period of July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017, 14.1 percent higher than the previous record set during the same period last year.

Total sales were $423.7 million, up 11.8 percent over the prior year.

Drawing-style game sales hit a record $92.8 million, driven by a Powerball jackpot that grew to $758.7 million (won Aug. 23), and the launch of KENO To Go.

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And with help from the Lottery’s “Mighty Jumbo Bucks” game, instant game sales were a record $330.9 million.

These results are great news for education. Our ongoing success is a testament to the hard work of a dedicated team of professionals, our board of directors, retailer network, and so many others,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products.

Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4.3 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.8 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T: 615-324-6556, E: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com.

SOURCE: The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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Georgia Lottery Reaches $19 Billion Raised for HOPE, Pre-K with Record First Quarter

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ATLANTA, Georgia (October 17 2017) -- The Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced record profits for education for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. Profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account will amount to $290.45 million, surpassing last year’s record first quarter transfer by $16.85 million.

Educational programs funded by the lottery continue to lay the groundwork for Georgia’s evolving and growing workforce,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “The $19 billion generated by Georgia Lottery has provided the HOPE scholarship to more than 1.8 million college students and offered access to lottery-funded Pre-K programs for more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds."

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"The ongoing success of the Georgia Lottery is major component of ensuring each child in Georgia attains a quality education from start to finish.”

The Georgia Lottery’s first quarter profits bring the total raised for educational programs in the state of Georgia to more than $19 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

We are celebrating a special milestone with $19 billion raised for education in Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “The greatest reward is knowing that Georgia’s students benefit from our success through lottery-funded HOPE Scholarships and Grants, as well as Pre-K. Our record first quarter is a great foundation to build upon for the remainder of the fiscal year.”

The Georgia Lottery’s record first quarter follows a record fiscal year. In fiscal year 2017, the Georgia Lottery reached the benchmark of $1.1 billion raised for education for the first time in a single fiscal year.

The first quarter of the Georgia Lottery’s fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2017.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com.

CONTACT: Tandi Reddick, Communications Director, Georgia Lottery Corp., (404) 215-5062 office, (404) 323-4644 cell, E: treddick@galottery.org.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

 

 

Kentucky Lottery Posts Record First Quarter

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (October 17, 2017) -- First quarter FY18 Kentucky Lottery sales were the highest for this period in history, led by strong Powerball and scratch-off ticket sales.

Total sales for the first quarter of FY18 (July-September) were $255.9 million. This is an 8.5% or $20.1 million increase from the same period in FY17. The largest percentage increase, 31.6%, came from Powerball sales. The $25.8 million in Powerball tickets sold for the period was $6.2 million more than the previous year. This was a result of the $785.7 million jackpot in August, the second-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

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Scratch-off tickets showed the largest dollar increase, up $7.7 million or 5.6% to close the quarter with $145.2 million in sales. The re-vamped Kentucky CashBall 225 game also posted a strong increase, up 19.6% to $2.9 million. Keno sales rose 15% to $19.4 million, a $2.5 million increase.

Bottom line results show income before transfer of dividends up 7% for the quarter at $66.1 million. That’s a $4.3 million increase for the same period last year.

While the halo effect from the large Powerball jackpot certainly helped with these results, other solid efforts are paying off as well,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “New ticket display arrangements at retail are bearing fruit, and better executed sales plans are paying dividends.”

With nearly every one of our games exceeding or nearly exceeding last year’s sales measures, we’re on our way to a successful year. Lots of young people around Kentucky are counting on us to fund their college scholarship and grants – including every dollar of the popular KEES program – and our strong performance benefits them,” said Delacenserie.

The Kentucky Lottery

The Kentucky Lottery has earned over $4.9 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit 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.

 

 

Neopollard Interactive Welcomes Liz Siver as New General Manager

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LANSING, Michigan (October 17, 2017) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPi”) is pleased to announce that Liz Siver joined the NPi team as General Manager on September 25, 2017. In this newly established role, Liz will report directly to Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive Officer. Liz brings to her new role 18 years of experience at Microsoft, and extensive experience overseeing public sector sales teams. As General Manager, she will be responsible for leading the NPi business with an emphasis on adding new iLottery accounts, and managing operations to ensure the company continues to meet and exceed customer expectations.

Liz has held sales, marketing, and operations positions of increasing scope and responsibility during her tenure with Microsoft, and this experience also provided her with a strong enterprise technology knowledge base. Most recently, she was Director of Public Sector Sales, responsible for the sale and implementation of large software solutions to government agencies in 21 states, generating annual revenue of $88 million. Prior to her career with Microsoft, Liz worked at Deloitte & Touche as a Senior Marketing Manager, Business Development, where she gained strong foundational experience in Marketing and Business Development. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton (Ohio).

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I am very eager to embark on this opportunity to enter the digital lottery space,” said Liz Siver. “It’s a growing industry, and I’m excited to leverage my public sector knowledge and solution-selling experience to take advantage of the opportunities that iLottery can offer our clients.”

We are thrilled that Liz Siver is joining us at NPi,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. “Liz’s experience overseeing large-scale digital projects will be a valuable addition to our company. Her executive-level operations perspective will be highly beneficial in overseeing all NPi operations.”

We welcome Liz Siver to the NPi team,” said Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. “Microsoft has had great success with their digital products, and Liz possesses a wealth of industry expertise. We are certain that her passion for innovative digital products will enhance our ability to deliver the best possible iLottery solutions to our customers.”

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive LLC was established on July 31, 2014 and is jointly owned by two of the world’s most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and internet gaming—Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.A.R.L. (“NeoGames”). NPI combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.

For more information about Neopollard Interactive, CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Ilan Rosen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: +356-2-2494832

E-mail: ilan.rosen@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive LLC.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Welcomes New GLI Australia Chief Operating Officer

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SYDNEY, Australia (October 11, 2017) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to welcome new GLI Australia Chief Operating Officer (COO) Erdal Eskin. With over 20 years of experience in the Australian gaming industry, Eskin has forged strong relationships with the clients he has worked with and has served in various progressive roles within the industry.

As GLI Australia COO, Eskin manages GLI’s Sydney laboratory and oversees operations and supplier relations for each of the GLI’s three Australian-based laboratories in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

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GLI Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Ian Hughes said, “We are extremely fortunate to have Erdal join our team of professionals. With a proven ability to build high-performing teams of experts, he will be an asset to the GLI team. The connections he’s cultivated are invaluable, and we are looking forward to his expertise and ability to strengthen our Australian teams.”

Eskin has stepped into various high-level positions in his career, including Engineering Manager and General Manager of Engineering. With vast experience managing different departments within an organisation and providing effective leadership to the employees he has overseen, Eskin has the unique ability to strengthen client relationships and ensure technical compliance issues are resolved quickly and efficiently.

Eskin holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical, from University of Technology, Sydney. He has also obtained various industry licenses, including: NSW Poker Machine Technician’s License; NSW Casino Special Employee License; NSW Electrical Contractor’s License; and Tasmania Gaming Technician’s License.

About Gaming Laboratories International

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

SOURCE:  Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Neopollard Interactive Celebrates the Success of its Digital-Focused Client Conference – Digitalxchange

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LANSING, Michigan (October 13, 2017) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive”) is pleased to announce that its second annual digitalXchange (dX) client conference, held October 11-12, 2017, was an incredible success. This year’s dX conference took place in Richmond, Virginia, and was co-hosted by the Virginia Lottery, where NeoPollard Interactive provides eSubscription services.

The focus of the event was to help lotteries develop their digital efforts by introducing attendees to successful tactics and strategies. Lotteries engaging in digital is shown to help retail lottery sales while also preparing lotteries to ultimately sell iLottery.

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The event was designed to foster engagement among participants and spark discussions about innovative ideas for lotteries to consider for their own digital offerings. The attendance exceeded that of the previous year, demonstrating that more and more lotteries are interested in learning how to drive sales and attract new players through the digital landscape.

Over the course of the two-day event, delegates from 17 lotteries from around the world were given the opportunity to tour the Virginia Lottery offices and take part in presentations and panel discussions covering a wide range of digital lottery opportunities. The conference featured a variety of speakers from global lotteries, including North America, Europe, and Australia. Barry Condrey, Chief Information Officer of Chesterfield County in Virginia, was the keynote speaker for the event and delivered a compelling message that innovation and digital technologies go hand in hand to create new and valuable experiences for lottery players.

We were very excited to co-host NeoPollard Interactive’s digitalXchange conference this year,” said Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery. “It’s a chance for attendees to engage each other in interactive discussions and exchange ideas on how to capitalize on digital trends to enhance our products and grow our player base. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase our operations to lottery leaders from around the world and are delighted with the success of the event.

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We’re thrilled to hold this conference for our clients for the second year and were overwhelmed with the response from our lottery partners that attended the event,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. “Hearing firsthand experiences from our lottery partners fortifies the notion that online gaming is a growing trend in the lottery industry, driving success across both retail and digital channels.

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive”) was established on July 31, 2014 and is jointly owned by two of the world’s most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and Internet gaming— Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.A.R.L. (“NeoGames”). NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.

For more information about Neopollard Interactive, CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Ilan Rosen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: +356-2-2494832

E-mail: ilan.rosen@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive LLC.

 

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General Assembly Elects Luis Gama -titular de la Dirección Nacional de Loterías y Quinielas de Uruguay President of CIBELAE for the Third Consecutive Term

Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 11, 2017) -- The General Assembly of CIBELAE unanimously elected Luis Gama - Director of the Uruguayan National Lotteries and Quintiles Division - , as President of the Corporation for the third consecutive term.

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The vote was held in the framework of the 16th Congress that began yesterday morning with the development of the Board Meeting in the afternoon of the General Assembly and the inauguration of the fair of exhibitors with the presence of companies TecnoAction, Novomatic, IGT; Gi Tech; Skilrock; GLI, Carmanah Signs, Idem, Smartplay, Oasis Entertainment and EPPL.

In the morning, the meeting of the CIBELAE Board of Directors was held, with the presence of representatives of the regulators and operators of games of chance of Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Argentina, El Salvador, Spain (SELAE), Uruguay, Panama, Spain (ONCE) and Paragua, and the National Assembly of Children (PANI) of Honduras, National Lottery of Nicaragua, Lottery des Pacifique des Jeux and the companies La Banca and AAQUI of Uruguay joined the General Assembly.

The new Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 biennium was made up as follows:

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  • President: National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas of Uruguay, by Luis Gama.
  • 1st Vice-President: SELAE, Spain, by Inmaculada García.
  • 2nd Vice-President: Caixa Economica Federal, Brazil, headed by Deusdina dos Reis Pereira.
  • 3rd Vice-President: National Lottery of Charity, Panama by Armando Guerra.
  • Secretary General: National Commission of Gaming, Paraguay by Javier Balbuena Estigarribia. Treasurer: ALEA, Argentina by Alfredo Monaco.

 

Members:

  • National Organization of the Blind of Spain, Spain by the Executive Director Alfonso Galiano Martínez.
  • Loteria Nacional de Beneficencia, El Salvador by Rogelio Fonseca Alvarenga.
  • Santa Casa da Misericordia of Lisbon, Portugal by Edmundo Martinho.
  • National Lottery of Mexico.
  • National Children's Trust of Honduras, by Golda Sánchez.
  • Pacify des Jeux by his CEO, Thierry Gabarret.
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It was also decided to move the Regional Office that operates in the Dominican Republic to Panama, created the figure of Vice-Presidency 3, considered changing the profile of the Executive Director, approved the incorporation of ColJuegos de Colombia and the financial statements of 2015 and 2016.

At the end, President Luis Gama stated that "I have a very positive balance, we have grown, we have adopted a strategic plan, the work commissions are with clear objectives of work and we incorporate new members. A new stage is coming, we have already grown and we must give it content and rationale internally. "

From now on "we will seek to create a new structure for the next two years. Promoting joint actions, generating documents on responsible gambling, illegal gambling, online gambling and the topics that serve the region. Two years are very important for the internal structure, to generate value," culminated Gama.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

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Sara Harpold Named Advertising Manager for West Virginia Lottery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 17, 2017) -- West Virginia Lottery Deputy Director of Marketing Tommy Young announced Friday that Sara Harpold has been hired as the West Virginia Lottery’s Advertising Manager. She replaces Mike Ross who is retiring from the position after 31 years of service.

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We are pleased to have Sara join our marketing staff. She has a great deal of experience and tremendous creativity that will make her a valuable asset to our team,” Young said.

Harpold comes to the West Virginia Lottery after serving as a graphic designer at the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort since 2003. Harpold was instrumental in the creation and development of the graphic design office at Mardi Gras where she was responsible for the creation of marketing materials for promotions, events and campaigns across all mediums for the resort. She worked closely with the Mardi Gras Marketing Department on advertising campaigns, promotions, ad copy, radio scripts and television commercial production and spots, and she coordinated with vendors on a wide-variety of projects from the production stage to completion.

I am excited to have this opportunity, and the chance to make a difference, in the state I was born and raised in,” Harpold said. “I am looking forward to contributing to, and learning from, the marketing staff and being part of a team that helps generate revenue that is important to the education of our children, the well-being of our seniors, and other good things.”

Harpold, a South Charleston native, earned a B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Marshall University in 2002.   

SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery www.WVLottery.com.

 

 

Missouri Lottery Launches the World’s First Pop ‘n’ Play™ Ticket

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (October 19, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Missouri Lottery on its new $20 holiday Scratchers ticket, Happy Holidays, the first-ever launch of Pollard Banknote’s Pop ‘n’ Play™ innovation. Launched on October 6, 2017, the visually dramatic and festive Happy Holidays ticket features a creative design and unique folded format that lets players pop the ticket open to reveal six game play areas. 

Happy Holidays offers the Lottery’s players 44 chances to win with cash prizes of up to $500,000! Players can also enter their non-winning Happy Holidays tickets into the Lottery’s second-chance promotion, “Cruise into the Holidays”, for the opportunity to win the choice of either a cruise at one of three popular destinations, an in-state lake vacation, or $1,000 in cash.

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Tickets featuring Pollard Banknote’s Pop ‘n’ Play™ innovation are a perfect option for lotteries looking for new ways to entertain players. This ticket presents great flexibility in the number, size, and positioning of play areas, offering a variety of play formats and styles. In addition to the envelope format of Happy Holidays, Pop ‘n’ Play™ tickets can integrate other thematic designs, such as wallets and purses, inviting players to pop open a wealth of game play.

We are very excited to launch our new $20 ticket, Happy Holidays,” said May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery. “As the first Lottery in the world to introduce this new folded format, we are confident that Happy Holidays will have strong appeal to a wide range of players. This unique game format with a fun pop-open concept and gift-giving feature is aligned with the Lottery’s goal of marketing and distributing fun and entertaining products, and it demonstrates our commitment to offering players the most innovative products available today.”

We are pleased to see the first launch of Pollard Banknote’s innovative Pop ‘n’ Play™ product with the Missouri Lottery’s festive Happy Holidays Scratchers ticket,” said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote. “Players expect extra game play from higher price points, and the Lottery delivers extra value with this ticket. The size, value, and playful pop-open concept will appeal to players over the holidays, and gives the Lottery a great opportunity to attract new players through gifting.”

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More than 95 cents of every dollar spent on the Lottery benefits Missouri. Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $5.8 billion for the state and public education. In fiscal year 2016, the Lottery generated more than $308.9 million for vital education programs. 

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: www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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Arizona Lottery Offering Refunds on Tickets Following Computer Glitch

PHOENIX, Arizona (October 11, 2017) -- To begin, Arizona Lottery is still investigating to determine how the error occurred. We have added additional procedures to safeguard against this error occurring again in the future and are confident on the integrity of our draws.

The games affected are Fantasy 5, Pick 3, All or Nothing and 5 Card Cash.

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Powerball, Mega Millions and the Pick were not affected.

Arizona Lottery operates three Random Number Generators (RNG) to produce winning numbers for our Arizona draw games. These are standalone machines that are not connected to any network or online system. Two of the machines are currently managed with our industry colleague the Multi State Lottery (MUSL) in Iowa. The third is here in Phoenix and is used as backup.

The draw team at MUSL followed all standard procedures. As part of that standard procedure, the draw team randomly select which RNG will be utilized for each draw. For the morning draw on September 28 and September 30 and the evening draw on September 29 and October 3, RNG2 was selected. That machine produced duplicate numbers from the most recent draw that utilized RNG2.

RNG2 has been taken out of use and Arizona Lottery will utilize RNG1 and RNG3 moving forward. We have also implemented additional draw audits before numbers are certified.

The integrity of our games is paramount to Arizona Lottery. We have incredible players at Arizona Lottery and we appreciate their patience and support.

Players with non-winning tickets for the four games affected from September 28 – October 3, 2017, can return their tickets for exchange or refund to Arizona Lottery.

Lastly, since the numbers drawn were the certified numbers -- despite their being duplicated -- all prizes won will be honoured and paid out.

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.

 




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