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Vol. 81 No. 5 - Monday October 30, 2017


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IGT Appoints Christopher Spears as Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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LONDON, UK (October 23, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) has announced that Christopher Spears is joining the Company to lead its legal team. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Spears will be responsible for overseeing all legal and corporate governance matters for the Company, and will report to IGT Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Alberto Fornaro.

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...

Spears will replace Neil Abrams, who is retiring from the Company effective Dec. 31, 2017, and who has transitioned to the role of Senior Advisor to the CFO until his retirement.

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"As IGT faces significant opportunities in our rapidly evolving industry, Chris Spears' skills and depth of experience with an international Fortune 500 company will foster strong partnerships with IGT's leadership, and ensure that we responsibly meet our growth objectives," said Alberto Fornaro, IGT Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Neil Abrams has been a valued member of the Senior Executive team at IGT. He played a key role in supporting the Company through critical activities during and after the merger completion. We thank him for his service, and wish him well in this new chapter of his life."

Spears has 19 years of experience in positions of increasing scope and responsibility with Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. Most recently, he was Group General Counsel – Commercial and International Operations where he led a large, international team of legal professionals responsible for providing comprehensive legal support to Caterpillar business units around the globe. Prior to that, he held several positions, including Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer; Deputy General Counsel; Associate General Counsel – Securities, Tax and Regulatory; and, while based in Singapore, General Counsel – Asia-Pacific. Before joining Caterpillar, he was an Associate Attorney in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC.

Spears has Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Berea College in Kentucky.

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.

IGT CONTACTS:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

The CT Lottery Receives Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling ‘Industry Award’

The CT Lottery to Continue Dedicated Responsible Gambling Initiatives

ROCKY HILL, CT (October 25, 2017) -- At the 14th Annual Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) Conference, the CCPG awarded the CT Lottery the ‘2017 Industry Award’ for “… exemplary effort in implementing or promoting a responsible gambling program...

In consideration, the CT Lottery highlighted its dedication to responsible gambling during Problem Gambling Awareness Month (“PGAM”, March).  Awareness for PGAM and responsible gambling (RG) was promoted every day during the month of March, in big and small ways.

One example, the CT Lottery led and coordinated efforts to get a proclamation issued by Governor Malloy in support of PGAM on behalf of all the gaming entities in the state: the CLC, the CCPG, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Problem Gambling Services Department, the Department of Consumer Protection, SportTech (off-track betting), and the two tribal casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

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Additionally, all CT Lottery employees and many retailers participated in responsible gambling training.  The CT Lottery also installed a “RG Button” on all Lottery terminals.  When pressed, the button discreetly printed out a slip providing problem gambling resources for customers.  This new tool is a great additional way retailers can help. 

This is a huge accomplishment for our organization and we thank all of our staff and retailers for their dedicated work around responsible gambling not just during PGAM, but all year long,” said Chelsea Turner, CT Lottery Interim President & CEO. 

In 1999, the CT Lottery, CT Council on Problem Gambling and the CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) joined forces to establish the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling.  The collective effort continues to this day. 

About CT Lottery Corporation:

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways.  In fiscal year 2017, players won more than $756.3 million in prize money and retailers earned $68 million in commissions.

At the same time, the CT Lottery provided $330 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state’s General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.  Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $9.2 billion.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery), Instagram (Instagram.com/ctlottery), Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700. 

CONTACTS:  Linda Tarnowski, T: (860) 713-2701 or Derek Wong T: (860) 713-2702, Fax:  (860) 713-2695, Web:  ctlottery.org.

SOURCE: CT Lottery.

 

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Scientific Games Interactive Brings Fantasy to Reality with Sword of Destiny

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LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO (October 24, 2017) -- SG Interactive's Sword of Destiny™ introduces epic fantasy to the online gaming space. Bringing the magic aesthetic of the land-based original to online gaming, Sword of Destiny ushers players into a world of dynamic bonus rounds and remarkable visuals. Based on popular card games and role-playing games, Sword of Destiny is made to appeal to a fan-base familiar with epic online fantasy games.

Sword of Destiny is packed with engaging features and bonus games. The reel array varies between 5x3 and 5x5; during the base game, the reels randomly expand upwards, adding two additional rows and 25 new pay lines. This also launches one of three features: Clumped Wilds, Random Wilds, or Symbol Upgrade. Each enhances the possibility for big wins and injects the reels with eye-catching art and animation.

Tom Wood, VP and Chief Product Officer, B2B for SG Interactive said, "Sword of Destiny was unique as a land-based title for Scientific Games, and we're excited to bring it to the real money online space. This game stands out as a premiere portrait mode title that captures the aura of a high fantasy world and is unlike anything we currently have in our portfolio."

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Two bonus games highlight the Sword of Destiny experience and make full use of the game's portrait orientation. The Free Games Bonus, triggered by three scattered X-Zone™ symbols, applies a multiplier to each winning combination. Different multipliers can apply to new winning combinations, maximizing anticipatory gameplay.

The Temple Tower Jackpot feature ignites when three scattered bonus symbols land on reels one, three, and five. A ladder with 16 steps appears on screen, containing credit prizes and static jackpots. Players pick three stones, each of which awards between one and six steps up the ladder. When no more picks remain, the prize on the highest step the player reached is awarded. The Temple Tower offers a riveting and satisfying mechanic that expands the scope of the game world and introduces the possibility of huge wins.

Sword of Destiny brings a fully featured land-based theme to the online space with a high fantasy look and feel, amazing bonus rounds, and riveting features. The title launches with online operators in October 2017.

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:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

T: +1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations 

E: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

T: +1 702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications 

E: susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Minnesota Lottery’s Instant Sales Vault Upwards

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (October 24, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) extends congratulations to the Minnesota State Lottery (“Minnesota Lottery”) on the success of two recent games, its $10 $8,000,000 Cash Blowout and the $20 Cash Vault Crossword oversized ticket, both launched in summer 2017. These money-themed tickets experienced sales worthy of the Lottery’s record books.

Based on 10-week average sales, $8,000,000 Cash Blowout is the Lottery’s top-selling $10 game since 2004! The unique prizing offered by the Lottery’s “Cash Blowout” games—first introduced in 2014—has always been successful in Minnesota. Loaded exclusively with $50 and $100 prizes, players remember and share their winning experiences. This most recent game, $8,000,000 Cash Blowout, printed by Pollard Banknote, has proven to be the most successful ever!

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Cash Vault Crossword is the Lottery’s best-selling $20 crossword game to date (based on 10-week average sales). The Lottery has cashed in by leveraging an oversized ticket format (larger than 48 square inches in area). Cash Vault Crossword is the fifth oversized ticket Pollard Banknote has printed for the Minnesota Lottery. The first ticket, Big Cash Crossword (2012), made a big impression on the judges at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), who chose the ticket as a Finalist for the Best New Instant Game of the Year!

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Cash Vault Crossword continues to build the “big ticket” product line by offering great play value. The game design offers a combination of features that lottery players love—a top prize of $300,000, four crossword grids, an instant-win bonus, and a coupon that can be redeemed at retail for a free Progressive Print-N-Play® Crossword game.

We are very excited to continue our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote,” said Jason LaFrenz, Director of Marketing and Sales, Minnesota Lottery. “We rely heavily on our primary printing partner for game design, marketing, and strategy leadership. Pollard Banknote continues to help the Lottery enhance our product portfolio through its innovative products and deep understanding of our instant ticket market which helps build our overall brand and increase revenue for the General Fund and the Minnesota environment.

Pollard Banknote has been a proud partner with the Minnesota Lottery for almost a decade,” said Byron Peterson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The Lottery and Pollard Banknote both share a vision of driving sales through delivering innovative and entertaining games that engage players and retailers.”

The Minnesota Lottery has been supporting good causes throughout the state since 1989. Over the years the Lottery has raised over $2.8 billion that is directed to the General Fund and the Minnesota environment. The General Fund supports education, health care, local governments, and public safety. The funds also help the environment in many ways through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. For more information about the Lottery, please visit: www.mnlottery.com.

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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Governor Announces Acting Director for Washington State Lottery

OLYMPIA, Washington State (October 20, 2017) – Governor Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Marcus Glasper as acting director of Washington State Lottery.

Glasper is currently the deputy director at the Washington State Department of Revenue. In his role, he is responsible for the administration of Washington state tax law and management of day-to-day operations. Prior to that role, Glasper served as senior assistant director for administrative services at DOR for 10 years.

"Marcus has a wide breadth of leadership experience in state government,” Inslee said.

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The agency will benefit from his collaborative style and willingness to bring some changes to workplace culture. I look forward to working with him.”

"I am honored the governor asked me to serve in this role," Glasper said. "I am excited to work with the Lottery team in this new capacity and continue our mission to support state programs, such as public education."

Glasper has served as assistant deputy secretary at the Department of Corrections and as an engineer and field manager with the U.S. Department of Energy. He began his career at General Motors as a manufacturing supervisor and laboratory technician.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Washington State Employees Credit Union and served as a commissioner on the Tumwater Planning Commission.

Glasper received the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management in 2010.

Glasper received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University and A&M College and his master's degree in engineering management from Washington State University.

He has taken leadership development for government leaders through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and an executive management program through the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

Glasper’s appointment is effective on November 1, and is for up to six months. The appointment follows the resignation of director Bill Hanson earlier this month, and a search is underway for a permanent director.

CONTACT: Tara Lee, Governor Inslee’s Communications Office, T: 360.902.4136.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Jay Inslee.

 

 

Camilla Rosenberg Appointed as New Director General and Head of the Swedish Gambling Authority

FINNINGEVÄGEN, Sweden  (October 20, 2017) -- The Government has appointed Camilla Rosenberg as Director-General and head of the Swedish Gambling Authority

Camilla Rosenberg came to the Swedish Gambling Authority in September 2015 as head of the operations department with responsibility for the Authority's permit and supervisory activities, and has been acting Director-General since May 2017.

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"We are currently in an important phase for Swedish gambling policy, and I am delighted to be in a position to recruit an experienced and popular Director-General with good experience of the gambling market," says Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi.

Ms Rosenberg previously worked at the Swedish Energy Agency, where she held various managerial positions, including most recently that of chief legal officer. She has also previously worked at the Swedish Gambling Authority and as a tax adviser.

"I look forward to leading the major reorganisation of the Swedish Gambling Authority that is now necessary, together with all of my colleagues at the Authority", says Ms Rosenberg.

The term of appointment is from 19 October 2017 to 31 October 2023.

Ms Rosenberg was born in 1966 and holds a Master of Laws from Uppsala University

About Lotteriinspektionen

The Swedish Gambling Authority is the authority which has been given the task of ensuring the legality, safety and reliability of the Swedish gaming and gambling market.

We aim to provide consumers with the tools needed for fair gaming by maintaining a transparent and balanced gaming market in addition to reducing the potentially harmful social effects which gambling may entail.  

Our goal is to contribute to a reduction of illegal gambling and lottery operations.

SOURCE: Lotteriinspektionen media release.

 

 

Loterie Romande Launches New Camelot Global Online Gaming Platform

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (October 23, 2017) -- Loterie Romande has announced the successful launch of its new online gaming platform developed by Camelot Global, which includes a brand new website and instant win games (IWGs).

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The platform Camelot Global has custom-made for Loterie Romande puts the player at the heart of the design and development process. We’ve created exciting new IWGs and worked hard to optimise the online user experience across the entire website. Now that we’ve reached this exciting milestone, we will continue to build out this innovative platform with frequent updates and new games so players are constantly engaged and having fun.” explained Nigel Railton, Camelot Global CEO.

Loterie Romande CEO, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, added: “Through this successful partnership, we have acquired a new system to enable us to develop an online games site that is fun, modern and secure. The aim is to fulfil the expectations of new generations of players who are ever keener on using their mobile devices. We are proud of this new platform, which will continue to evolve regularly to offer players new features.”

For more information CONTACT:  Carly Mae Penworthy: E: carlymae.penworthy@camelotglobal.com.

SOURCE: Loterie Romande.

 

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Mega Millions to Offer Larger Jackpots, Create More Millionaires

MIDDLETOWN, PA (October 18, 2017) -- The Mega Millions® multi-state lottery game is being updated to offer $40 million starting jackpots and faster jackpot growth.

Starting jackpots will increase from $15 million to $40 million, and jackpots will grow faster overall. There will be higher secondary prizes and better chances to win $1 million prizes. To support the new prize structure, the ticket price will change from $1 to $2 per play.

Mega Millions players are motivated by large jackpots, which is what these changes are designed to deliver,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.

In the updated game, players will select five numbers from 1 to 70, and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Players will have a 1 in 24 overall chance of winning any prize. The chances of winning the jackpot will be 1 in 302,575,350.

The game will continue to offer the $1 Megaplier® add-on, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by a factor of 2, 3, 4, or 5. By purchasing the Megaplier option, a player could win up to $5 million for matching all five numbers drawn but not matching the Mega Ball number.

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Ticket sales for the updated game will begin October 28 with the first drawing under the new rules taking place October 31. This is the first change to the Mega Millions game since the current game matrix was implemented in October 2013.

The number of advance Mega Millions draws available for purchase will continue to decrease by one, after each drawing, until the updated game goes on sale October 28. At that time, players will again be able to purchase up to 26 drawings in advance.

Since the Pennsylvania Lottery joined Mega Millions in 2010, players in this state have won two jackpots worth $86.7 million and $91 million (cash), as well as more than $186 million in other prizes through playing the game.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot on record was a $656 million prize split by three winners in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland in 2012. Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

How to Play Mega Millions (until Oct. 27, 2017): Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per play. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 to 15 (the Mega Ball). Players may select their own numbers using a Mega Millions play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. For an extra $1 per play, players can add the Megaplier®. Prior to the televised Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier number – ranging from two to five – is randomly selected. The Megaplier applies to non-jackpot prizes. In Pennsylvania, ticket sales end at 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights, Tuesdays and Fridays.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Four New Scratch-Off Games from the Florida Lottery Make the Perfect Gifts This Holiday Season

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 24, 2017) -- Today, the Florida Lottery launched a new family of holiday-themed Scratch-Off games. The four new games, $2,000,000 HOLIDAY CASH, $500,000 HOLIDAY CASH, $50,000 HOLIDAY CASH and $10,000 HOLIDAY CASH, offer more than $139 million in cash prizes and feature more than 14.5 million winning tickets!

The HOLIDAY CASH family of Scratch-Off games make great stocking stuffers, or can be the perfect gift all on their own when you ‘wrap’ them in our special holiday envelope! All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

The $10 game, $2,000,000 HOLIDAY CASH, gives players the chance to win more than $52 million in prizes, including two top prizes of $2 million! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.41.

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The $5 game, $500,000 HOLIDAY CASH, offers more than three million winning tickets, with 118 prizes from $10,000 to $500,000! Overall odds of winning are one-in-4.07.

The $2 game, $50,000 HOLIDAY CASH, features more than $26 million in prizes, with overall odds of winning one-in-4.41.

For just $1, $10,000 HOLIDAY CASH features 36 top prizes of $10,000, with the overall odds of winning one-in-4.88.

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

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and 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 www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727, W: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) to Support Clients’ iGaming Efforts at Excellence in iGaming (EiG) Conference & Trade Show 2017

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HAARLEM, The Netherlands (October 18, 2017) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the global leader in iGaming testing and certification, standards consultancy and thought leadership, is pleased to support its clients in their ongoing iGaming efforts. Committed to helping iGaming regulators, operators and suppliers pave the way to a successful future, GLI resources will be available on stand #201 at the Excellence in iGaming (EiG) conference and trade show held in Berlin 30 Oct. – 1 Nov.

 GLI Director of European Client Services, Europe and Africa, James Illingworth said, “The iGaming industry can be very fluid and complicated, which is why it is extremely important to partner with an independent test lab that understands your business inside and out. GLI paved the way for iGaming, certifying the first online lotteries, casinos, poker and sports wagering systems. Our iGaming testing and security auditing experts remain committed to providing you with the best advice and services that will help you continue on the path to success. We are looking forward to demonstrating this firsthand once again at EiG.

GLI tests all areas of gaming offered via internet, mobile, wireless in-venue and interactive TV channels including (but not limited to):

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  • RNG Testing
  • Game and RNG Payout Reporting
  • Platform and RGS Testing
  • API, Integration and Communications Testing
  • Security Auditing (Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Analysis, Threat and Risk Assessments)
  • iLottery Testing (Instant Win, Scratch and Lottery Tickets)
  • Live Dealer Testing and Skill-based Gaming Testing
  • Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), Esports and Social Gaming Auditing
  • Slots / Poker / Bingo
  • Jackpot and Progressive Testing
  • Sportsbook, Pari-mutuel and Betting Exchange Testing

 

Visit gaminglabs.com/services/igaming to learn more about GLI’s iGaming services and to download their digital iGaming brochure.

With nearly 30 years of gaming industry experience, GLI is focused on providing their clients with customized testing and analysis that will maximize the gaming operation’s revenue and system uptime. Because the company provides more than just testing and certification, their experts can also provide end-to-end consultancy for new and emerging iGaming markets.

To schedule a meeting at GLI’s EiG stand #201, please contact:  j.illingworth@gaminglabs.com

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, LLC.

 

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OPAP and PAOK BC Continue Together for the 2017-2018 Season

Presentation of sponsorship cooperation

ATHENS, Greece (October 19, 2017) -- OPAP and PAOK BC presented their sponsorship cooperation for the 2017-2018 season, on Tuesday 17 October 2017. OPAP, the leading company in the games of chance industry in Greece, will be the club's Major Sponsor for the second consecutive year, and will feature on the team's official jersey through the popular game Pame Stoixima.

OPAP CEO, Damian Cope, stressed: "This is the second year of our partnership and Pame Stoixima will continue to appear on PAOK's official jersey, both in the team's matches in Greece, and in Europe for the Basketball Champions League. We are particularly pleased to implement joint actions with PAOK, focused in Thessaloniki, within the framework of our Corporate Responsibility program, and we look forward to the expansion of the support we provide to society and sports".

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On his part, the President and CEO of PAOK BC, Bane Prelevic stated:  "OPAP has always supported sport in practice and stands beside society with a series of corporate responsibility actions. It is very important to realize that your major sponsor does not only focus on the sporting side, but offers much more. This is why we are especially pleased and satisfied for the renewal of our partnership with OPAP. We had a successful partnership last year and we hope that this season will be even better".

PAOK's coach, Ilias Papatheodorou, mentioned: "We are very pleased for our partnership with OPAP. It is very important for partnerships of high importance not to focus only on the sporting side. This is why we believe it is important that we also participate, together with OPAP, in actions that will return to society the love it gives to all of us that are involved in sports, such as the renovation of pediatric hospitals, the Business Growth program and the Sports Academies".

The team captain, Vaggelis Margaritis, said: "We are particularly pleased to be a part of the exceptional action that is the OPAP Stand for Children. We want to see the children inside stadiums and with the stand for children action we jointly provide the opportunity to children to come to the stadium, to watch our team's matches, to enjoy the sport and to come closer to sports. It is very important, because the children are the future of sport".

The event, which was held in Thessaloniki, was attended by the entire team, the members of the Board of Directors, technical director Nikos Stavropoulos, manager Telis Zournatsidis, as well as veteran basketball players of PAOK.

A reference point was the presentation of awards by OPAP's CEO, Damian Cope and OPAP's Chief Customer Officer, Petr Matejovsky, to coach Ilias Papatheodorou and athletes Antonis Koniaris, Vasilis Charalampopoulos and Thodoris Karras for winning the Eurobasket U20 championship with the Greek Youth National Team, in the summer of 2017.

SOURCE: OPAP.

 

 

Holiday Scratch-Off Tickets Launched in Kentucky

New themes should lead to increased sales

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (October 24, 2017) -- A new “family” of holiday-themed scratch-off tickets are now on the market in Kentucky, and early indications are the launch is successful.

The Kentucky Lottery’s 2017 holiday line-up of scratch-offs is branded across four “Holiday Gifts” tickets. The group starts at the $1 price point with “$1,500 Holiday Gifts”, moves to a $2 “$10,000 Holiday Gifts”, there’s a $5 “$30,000 Holiday Gifts”, and the line tops out with a $10 “$125,000 Holiday Gifts” ticket. All four have similar artwork and like themes.

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My experience has always been that scratch-offs make fun holiday gifts, and we’re redoubling our efforts this year to get products in the marketplace which we feel consumers will really enjoy,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “By consolidating our four tickets under a common theme, we’ll be able to better advertise and market the line to build sales.”

In addition to the common theme, new retail infrastructure is also projected to help sales. Countertop ticket dispensers which only hold the four tickets are currently being deployed in retailers across the Commonwealth, setting off these tickets from traditional dispensers and drawing more attention to the line. Dispensers are currently being installed in approximately 500 retailers.

Early indicators point to a successful roll-out. The four tickets hit the marketplace on October 23rd, part of the lottery’s Big Money Monday launch schedule. “It was our best single-day launch since February 2016, so I’m very optimistic that our plan will pay off in significantly increased sales over last year’s holiday period,” said Delacenserie.

Sales for holiday-themed scratch-off tickets in FY16 were $11.3 million. Projections for the Kentucky Lottery’s FY17 holiday tickets are set at $20.7 million.

A dedicated television advertising campaign for the tickets is also planned. “The commercial will be filmed next week in Los Angeles, and while I can’t disclose any details on who will be starring in the spot, I can confidently say this very well may end up being the most talked-about commercial in the lottery industry this year,” said Delacenserie. The commercial is set to hit the air Thanksgiving Day and continue for four weeks.

In light of the increased emphasis on holiday-themed tickets, the lottery has also increased its emphasis on a campaign designed to warn parents against buying lottery tickets for children as gifts. Run by the National Council on Problem Gambling and McGill University in Canada, messaging for the campaign will be seen in retail, on the lottery’s social media channels, and other outlets. The Kentucky Lottery was one of the first U.S. lotteries to adopt the campaign, participating every year since 2009.

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, Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery.

 

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COMING SOON! Lotto America with All Star Bonus SM!

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TOPEKA, Kansas (October 24, 2017) -- The Kansas Lottery is joining 12 other lotteries across the nation to launch Lotto America SM, America’s newest multi-million dollar draw game.  Players will have a chance to win prizes in nine different tiers, starting with the first Lotto America drawing November 15, 2017.

 

New Game with an Old Name

Kansas was one of seven lotteries that started the original Lotto AmericaSM game, which existed from 1988 to 1992 before being rebranded as Powerball®.  Now after 25 years, it has been revived in an exciting new format. One thing that hasn’t changed is the price to play.  Lotto AmericaSM tickets will be affordably priced at $1 per play.

Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta is the Chairman of the Lotto AmericaSM Group of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).  “Given the rich history of Lotto America in the state of Kansas, we are excited to bring this classic American game back to our players,” said Presta. “The game has been enhanced for a new generation. We’re confident our players will be excited about Lotto AmericaSM and have fun playing it.

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  • Here’s a summary of the new Lotto AmericaSM game!
  • Lotto AmericaSM Sales Start: Sunday, November 12
  • First Lotto America(SM) Drawing: Wednesday, November 15

 

Lotto America(SM) – the Game at a Glance

  • Game Matrix:  5/52 + 1/10
  • Jackpot starts at $2 Million; Rolling Jackpot
  • 9 Ways to Win – Jackpot, plus 8 Set Cash Prize Levels
  • $1 Per Play, $2 with Lotto America All Star BonusSM  (Multiplier Option)
  • Drawings Wednesday and Saturday nights after 10 p.m. CT

 

How do I get my ticket?

Lotto AmericaSM tickets will be available in all locations that sell Kansas Lottery products starting November 12. Players may select Quick Pick (QP) and have the computer randomly pick the numbers for them or choose their own numbers.  Lotto AmericaSM play slips will be available at all Kansas Lottery retailers.

Lotto America All Star Bonus(SM)

For an additional $1 per play, the Lotto America All Star BonusSM can multiply all prize levels (except the jackpot) by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.  By purchasing the All Star Bonus option, a player can win as much as $100,000 without hitting the jackpot.

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize (jackpot) will start at $2 million and increase by a minimum of $50,000 per roll until it’s won. Jackpot winners will have the option to select a cash lump sum payment or the annuity option (30 payments over 29 years). The Grand Prize will be determined on a pari-mutuel basis.

What are my Odds of Winning?

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The odds of winning the Grand Prize are approximately 1 in 26 million. The odds of winning any prize in the game are approximately 1 in 10.  Click on Lotto AmericaSM Odds Chart to see the 9 ways to win, prize amounts and odds of winning at each level.

Drawings

Lotto America(SM) drawings will be held every Wednesday and Saturday after 10 p.m. CT in the Florida Lottery draw studio where Powerball drawings are conducted. The Lotto AmericaSM game will feature two draw machines: 5 red balls will be drawn from the first machine containing 52 balls; 1 blue Lotto America Star BallSM will be drawn from the second machine containing 10 balls. Drawings will not be televised, but may be live streamed on the Internet. 

Where will Lotto America(SM) be played?

When Lotto America(SM) begins sales on November 12, 2017, 13 lotteries will offer the game: Kansas, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Dakota and West Virginia. New Hampshire plans to join the game in January 2018.

More Information

For more information about this exciting new game, click on Lotto AmericaSM.

CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, T: (785) 296-5708, E: sally.lunsford@kslottery.net.

SOURCE: The Kansas Lottery.

 

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The CT Lottery Receives Multiple National Awards for ‘Public Awareness’ and Best ‘Newsletter’

The CT Lottery Director of Human Resources Receives NASPL ‘Powers Award’

ROCKY HILL, CT (October 23, 2017) -- The CT Lottery was recently selected by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) as the winner of the “Public Awareness Award” and “Newsletter Award” at the organization’s 31st National Conference on Problem Gambling on July 21, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

In consideration for the NCPG Public Awareness Award, the CT Lottery submitted a 15 and 30 second version television ad titled, “Gamble Responsibly”. This ad was developed in conjunction with the roll out of our new responsible gambling initiative, GameSense; the CT Lottery English and Spanish responsible gambling radio spots; and the launch of our Responsible Gambling Button on retailer terminals.

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The Corporate Newsletter award recognized the CT Lottery’s Chatter that Matters™ as the best new problem gambling-related newsletter.  Written quarterly by employees, Chatter that Matters helps to keep co-workers and stakeholders informed about the Lottery’s efforts to promote responsible gambling, supplier diversity, pro-business initiatives and green initiatives.

Jane Rooney, the Director of Human Resources for CT Lottery, was presented the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) “Powers Awards” in recognition of the significant contributions lottery and/or vendor employees have made through exceptional job performance. These awards are named in honor of the late Edward J. Powers and are presented to industry stand-outs.

We are extremely proud of the recent accomplishments achieved by our dedicated team and our robust responsible gambling initiatives,” said Chelsea Turner, CT Lottery Interim President & CEO.

About CT Lottery Corporation:

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways.  In fiscal year 2017, players won more than $756.3 million in prize money and retailers earned $68 million in commissions.

At the same time, the CT Lottery provided $330 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state’s General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.  Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $9.2 billion.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older, and to please play responsibly.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery), Instagram (Instagram.com/ctlottery), Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700.

CONTACT:  Linda Tarnowski, T: (860) 713-2701 or Derek WongT: (860) 713-2702, Fax:  (860) 713-2695, Web: ctlottery.org.

SOURCE: The CT Lottery.

 

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New Holiday Games Offer Second Chances to Win; Lottery Urges Age-Appropriate Gift Giving

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (October 24, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's new holiday-themed Scratch-Offs are now on sale, offering millions of dollars in prizes and extra chances to win through the Very Merry Second-Chance Drawings. 

This year's holiday Scratch-Offs are Merry Millions ($20), Holiday Gifts ($10), $100,000 Wish List ($5), Twelve Elves ($3), Candy Cane Cash ($2), and Snow Me the Money ($1).

Non-winning tickets for those games may be entered into the Very Merry Second-Chance Drawing, offering three $100,000 top prizes among a total of $1 million in prizes.

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Starting October 31, the drawing will also accept designated winning or non-winning draw game tickets that feature an Official Entry Code. Starting November 7, the drawing will also be open to non-winning holiday-themed Fast Play games, Holiday $100s ($5) and Stocking Stuffer Doubler ($1).

Entrants will also have the chance to play bonus interactive games. Enter by January 4, 2018, through the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or scan-to-enter using our Official Mobile App. Visit palottery.com for entry, prizes, rules and drawing information. Mailed entries are not accepted. Prizes, including top prizes, are subject to availability at the time of purchase.

The Pennsylvania Lottery has again joined other state lotteries and the National Council on Problem Gambling to remind players that lottery games are not suitable for children. Whether buying a ticket for yourself or as a gift, Pennsylvania Lottery players must be 18 or older. Tickets are not toys.    

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

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

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 




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