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Vol. 82 No. 3 - Monday January 15, 2018

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IGT Secures Multiple-Product Systems Agreement with Nisqually Red Wind Casino

LONDON, U.K. (January 10, 2018) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced an agreement with Nisqually Red Wind Casino ("Red Wind Casino") to provide a range of systems solutions, including its IGT Advantage® casino management system, to the Olympia, Wash. property. IGT Advantage will replace a competing gaming equipment supplier's casino management system.

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...

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IGT Advantage now connects Red Wind Casino's 1,500-plus gaming machines, and enables the casino to optimize its casino floor and cultivate world-class patron loyalty programs. In addition to IGT Advantage, Red Wind Casino agreed to install IGT's Media Manager system, along with the PointPlay®, Random Riches® and Xtra Credit® bonus applications. Red Wind Casino will further enhance its casino offering by deploying IGT's Mobile Responder, EZ Pay®, Table Manager, and several additional IGT system solutions.

"We believe that IGT offers a very comprehensive, innovative and high-quality systems portfolio," said Cheebo Frazier, Nisqually Red Wind Casino General Manager. "Red Wind chose to deploy IGT Advantage and several other IGT system applications because we are confident in the products' capacity to help us continue rewarding and entertaining Club Red members now and into the future."

"The state of Washington is an increasingly competitive gaming market, making it even more rewarding to have Red Wind Casino select IGT as its trusted systems partner," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming. "The combination of IGT Advantage, bonusing apps, Media Manager and Mobile Responder will position Red Wind Casino to operate a fully-connected casino floor, and to offer highly personalized player promotions."

As a leading innovator in casino management systems, IGT offers a wide range of systems solutions to meet the needs of any-sized operation.  IGT Advantage, Casinolink®, GALAXIS™ and SYSTEM2go™ empower server-based solutions such as Floor Manager and Media Manager to engage players and enable more efficient casino operations.  Bonusing and applications, progressive jackpot solutions, ticketing products and the dynamic Tournament Manager application drive game play by enhancing player experiences and incentives.

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on youtube.com/igt.

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 | Michelle Schenk, Global Communications, Gaming (702) 669-8177 | Simone Cantagallo, T: (+39) 06 51899030 | for Italian media inquiries James Hurley, Investor Relations, T: (401) 392-7190.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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WyoLotto Transfers $1,001,963 to State Treasurer’s Office

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (January 10, 2018) -- On Friday, Jan. 5, WyoLotto™ transferred $1,001,963 to the State Treasurer’s Office, where the funds will be distributed to Wyoming cities, towns and counties.

This is the second of four quarterly transfers that will occur this fiscal year [July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018]. To date, the Wyoming Lottery has transferred a total of $6,539,300.94 to the State of Wyoming since launching in 2014. Committed to giving back to Wyoming, quarterly revenue transfers are a critical part of WyoLotto’s mission.

Thanks to our dedication to paying off our start-up loan early, we were able to start making transfers to the state in April 2016, making this our eighth transfer,” said Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO.

Clontz added that he is very excited for 2018 and expects it to be the most successful year yet. “We have been working hard to get our brand recognized by players throughout the state, and as such have set a goal to be in as many communities as possible focusing on relationships with retailers and smaller communities. We’re thrilled about giving back to Wyoming with this most recent transfer and the positive impact it will have on our counties and municipalities. Overall, it is far-reaching and meaningful -- to residents, to businesses, to winners -- celebrating keeping money in Wyoming that, without the Lottery, would have been spent elsewhere,” Clontz said.

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Not only are Wyoming communities winning, but players and retailers are also winning.

  • Since launch, the Wyoming Lottery has seen 2,269,922 WyoLotto players take home $33,505,280 in winnings.
  • There are approximately 450 WyoLotto retailers around the state.
  • According to the Wyoming Lottery’s 2017 Governor’s Report, retailers have earned over $5 million in commissions from August 2014-October 2017. Small businesses around the state have been able to realize the benefit derived from a new revenue source that didn’t exist before the Lottery was formed.

 

A young corporation, the WyoLotto continues to increase revenue and decrease expenses. Large jackpots, like the recent Jan. 6 of nearly half a billion in Mega Millions and over half a billion in Powerball, hugely impact sales forecasts on a positive note.

By state statute, at least 45 percent of net proceeds from lottery sales must go to the prize pool. In 2015 and 2016, approximately 55 percent each year went to the prize pool. This number rose to 57 percent in 2017.

To receive updates and notifications about Cowboy Draw, Mega Millions, Powerball  or Lucky for Life visit info.wyolotto.com/signup.

Wyoming Lottery Corp.

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on ticket sales. 

CONTACT:  Lynn Welker Fevold, Wyoming Lottery Corporation, Phone: 307-399-4145, E: lynn@welkerpr.com

SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery Corp.

 

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Arizona Lottery Partners with Arizona Game and Fish Department for Exclusive Ticket

Cash Adventure Game and Fish Scratchers® Ticket Offers Players Cash Prizes and Top-Of-The-Line Outdoor Gear

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PHOENIX, Arizona (January 8, 2017) – The Arizona Lottery partnered with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to launch the first-ever Arizona Lottery Cash Adventure Game and Fish Scratchers® ticket. The exclusively branded Scratchers ticket launched in December 2017.

Since 1994, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has been an Arizona Lottery beneficiary and the Arizona Lottery has given more than $383 million to the department’s Heritage Fund to support wildlife conservation throughout the state. The Arizona Lottery continues to look for interesting ways to expand its existing relationships, and this ticket allows both agencies to build on their partnership and combine the opulence of the outdoors with the excitement of playing the Arizona Lottery.

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We are proud to expand our partnership with Arizona Game and Fish,” Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery Gregg Edgar said. “This ticket not only offers players the chance to win big with cash prizes and outdoor gear, but lottery players also have the satisfaction of knowing they support Arizona conservation efforts.”

With three nature-themed play areas featuring a variety of Arizona wildlife and outdoor landscapes, players have the opportunity to win a grand prize of $50,000 as well as unique second-chance prizes. This one-of-a-kind second-chance promotion offers fishing licenses, range passes, camping gear and even a premium fishing boat.

In addition to the exclusive ticket, the Arizona Lottery installed vending machines at two Arizona Game and Fish locations earlier this year. Players and Game and Fish visitors can now simultaneously enjoy the outdoors and the Arizona Lottery.

The Cash Adventure Game and Fish Scratchers ticket is available now for $5 and players can purchase their tickets at all 2,900+ Arizona Lottery retailers. For more information about Cash Adventure and other Arizona Lottery games, visit www.arizonalottery.com.

Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

About Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $3.5 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales — nearly $4 million per week – fund programs in education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services. The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery press release provided by OH Partners.

 

 

Lotto Bayern Contributes €400 Million Euros for the State Budget Last Year

Participants win at Lotto Bayern 558 million euros / 13 millionaires created in Bavaria

BAVARIA, Germany (January 10, 2018) -- Around 558 million euros in profits was distributed last year to the State Lottery Administration to its players. There were 13 million winnings in Bavaria in 2017 thanks to the lotteries offered by Lotto Bayern. "About 400 million euros went to the state treasury for lottery tax and profit transfer from Lotto Bayern. "These funds allow a variety of social and cultural benefits for the citizens," said Minister of Finance and Homeland. Markus Söder on the occasion of the 2017 lottery results.

The highest individual win in the Free State scored a game participant from Upper Bavaria. For his hit in winning class 1 at the Euro Jackpot he got nearly 22.57 million euros transferred to his account.

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In Lotto 6aus49, a total of two matchmaking orders handed in at Bavarian betting shops hit the highest winning class in 2017 (six corrects plus a super number), and Bavarian players have scored "six corrects" 31 times. Four Lotto players from the Free State won more than one million euros. Nearly 19 million euros fell on a game order from Upper Bavaria, almost 5.9 million euros got a game participant from Lower Bavaria transferred. Also in Upper Bavaria two lottery game orders were submitted, whose owners were paid 1.3 million and just under 1.1 million euros.

In Game 77, the highest prize in 2017 was four times Bayern. All these hits were worth more than a million euros. Almost 3.3 million won a game participant from Swabia. A player from Upper Bavaria won at the additional lottery almost two million euros. Approximately 1.7 million euros fell on a game order, which was also submitted in Upper Bavaria, while the owner of a game played in Swabia 77 game order won nearly 1.2 million euros.

In the lottery GlücksSpirale, there was a player from Upper Bavaria and one from Upper Palatinate in 2017, who won a monthly lifelong pension of € 7,500 or, in the case of cash withdrawals, a one-time amount of € 2.01 million. In the internationally coordinated lottery Euro Jackpot accounted for next to the highest Bavarian profit of the year of 22.57 million around ten million euros on a game order from Middle Franconia. Exactly one million euros worth was the tip of a Keno player from Lower Bavaria.

SOURCE: Bavarian Ministry of Finance, for state development and homeland.

 

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Kentucky Powerball and Mega Millions Sales Respond Positively During Recent Jackpot Runs

LOUISVILLE, KY (January 8, 2018) -- Although Kentucky wasn’t one of the locations where the winning Powerball and Mega Millions tickets were sold this weekend, sales for both games were strong during the jackpot run.

This was an interesting weekend in the sense that we’d never seen both games simultaneously at such large levels,” said KLC President and CEO Tom Delacenserie.

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Powerball’s $559 million jackpot was the 6th largest in the game’s history, while the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot ranked as the 4th largest ever seen in the game. “This really captured the attention of players and led to solid sales in the build up to the end of the run,” Delacenserie said.

From October 17th (the last time Mega Millions was hit) through last Friday, sales in Kentucky were $9.6 million. From that number, an estimated $3.8 million will be returned to the Commonwealth.

For Powerball, the run that started October 28th through Saturday generated $17.3 million in sales, with an estimated $6.9 going back to the Commonwealth.

All told, that’s $27 million in sales for those two games during the run, generating approximately $10.8 million in proceeds,” Delacenserie said.

He added overall lottery sales are currently tracking 7.5% higher than last year’s record-breaking pace, when for the first time the Kentucky Lottery generated over $1 billion in sales.

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The Kentucky Lottery has earned $5 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.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Opens 'Hearts Are Wild' Second-Chance Drawing

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (January 9, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's Hearts Are Wild second-chance drawing is now open, offering PICK game players second chances to win up to $5,000.

Qualifying PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4 or PICK 5 tickets may be entered for chances to win a total of 105 cash prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.

As a bonus, submitting any qualifying PICK ticket purchased with the WILD BALL option will award an Entry Doubler. The entry deadline is February 15, 2018.

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Enter through the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or scan-to-enter using our official mobile app. Enter qualifying tickets as soon as possible after play.

Review entry instructions, prize details, official rules, and drawing information at palottery.com. Mailed entries will be disqualified and late entries are not accepted. Winners will be announced in the Second Chance Prize Zone™ at palottery.com.

About Pennsylvania Lottery

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, T: 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Magnum Corp: 50 and Stronger

Malaysia’s pioneering gaming company celebrates its golden anniversary with renewed commitment to strengthen its brand’s positioning through new corporate identity and outlet uplifting exercise nationwide

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (January 8, 2018) -- Magnum Corporation (Magnum) today celebrated its 50th Anniversary as the first private company to be awarded the license to operate the highly successful 4-digit numbers (4D) forecast betting game in Malaysia at a celebratory dinner at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The event was attended by more than 700 Magnum business associates and sales partners, many whom have been with Magnum from the very beginning. Since its inception in 1968, Magnum has been setting the benchmark for the gaming industry on both the local and international front. In 1988, it was the first company in Malaysia to modernise the gaming operation through the computerisation of 4D ticket sales, resulting in greater efficiency and guaranteed fairness and sustainability. In 2009, it continued to innovate the industry by introducing the world’s first 4D game with a jackpot element with the launch of ‘Magnum 4D Jackpot’. This swiftly became the second most popular game in Malaysia and the most popular Jackpot game by far.

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Following the success of Magnum 4D Jackpot, Magnum subsequently launched Magnum 4D Jackpot Gold and Magnum 4D Powerball in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Reflecting on Magnum’s achievements over the past fifty years, Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Lawrence Lim Swee Lin thanked the unwavering loyalty and support of Magnum’s customers, extensive network of business associates and sales partners throughout the country, whilst also praising the dedication of its workforce in delivering Magnum’s vision to its customers and the communities they serve.

He notes that while it was important to celebrate the golden milestone, the occasion also gives the organisation a golden opportunity to chart its path forward in a appropriate and sustainable way.

Dato’ Lawrence Lim Swee Lin remarked that, “to continue our journey towards the next chapter, we cannot simply rest on the laurels of our past successes. If we are to continue to grow and to be successful, we must, as the saying goes, ‘up-our-game’. Above all, we need to continue to Inspire Hope – not only for our loyal customers, but in all of us. To this end, Magnum will be embarking on a progressive journey to reaffirm our commitment to our loyal customers, business associates and sales partners, whilst continuing to excite our customers with fresh gaming experiences. In an increasingly challenging market, it is important that we remain competitive with our offerings, whether in the form of new innovative games, down to how we look and appeal to our customers.”

Part of the next-chapter strategy will include a refreshed and updated brand identity across all Magnum’s touch-points nationwide. All of Magnum’s store fronts will undergo an uplift in stages, that will refresh and improve the overall brand image and experience for both customers and sales partners alike. Magnum plans to continue to remain relevant to today’s new generation of customers.

With our past successes with industry-changing games innovation, we are confident that they will be very well-received by all stakeholders and customers,” added Dato’ Lawrence Lim. With the understanding that an organisation’s growth cannot be achieved without growing the values it brings to its workforce and communities, Magnum will continue to keep sustainability, charitable initiatives and its people development programmes at the heart of everything it does. “We have a saying in Magnum – ‘Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something.’ With that in mind, as we move forward at Magnum, we are resolute in Inspiring Hope in everyone. We will strengthen our commitment to champion the underserved communities and to empower our people to fulfil their potential at work and as contributing members of society. Together, we believe we can all contribute in making ‘Inspiring Hope’, our vision, a reality.” concluded Dato’ Lawrence Lim.

SOURCE: Magnum Corporation.

 

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Florida Player Sole Winner of the Fourth Largest Mega Millions® Jackpot in History

Second MEGA MILLIONS jackpot-winning ticket sold in Florida!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 6, 2018) -- The Florida Lottery is excited to announce that one MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot winning ticket was purchased in Florida from last night’s drawing! The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, located at 7131 Ridge Road in Port Richey.

The January 5, 2018, MEGA MILLIONS winning numbers were 28 – 30– 39– 59 – 70 and the Mega Ball was 10. One Florida ticket matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball from Friday night’s drawing to claim the $450 million MEGA MILLIONS jackpot. The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

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The Florida MEGA MILLIONS jackpot winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. However, to elect the one-time, lump-sum cash payment option (in the amount of $281.2 million,) the claim must be filed within 60 days after the winning draw date.

ABOUT MEGA MILLIONS IN FLORIDA

The next MEGA MILLIONS drawing will be held Tuesday, January 9, at 11:00 p.m. ET with an estimated $40 million jackpot. Tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. ET to be eligible for this drawing. MEGA MILLIONS drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Since joining MEGA MILLIONS in 2013, the game has generated more than $294 million for education, and has awarded more than $296 million in prizes to 38.6 million players.

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 $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.

 

 

Member of the Executive Board Kai Hannemann to Leave Lotto24

HAMBURG, Germany (January 8, 2018) -- A change to the Executive Board of Lotto24 AG (Lotto24.de) is imminent: Kai Hannemann, responsible for IT Strategy, IT Systems, IT Processes and IT Operation, as well as Process and Innovation Management, and the B2G (Business-to-Government) business field, will step down from the Executive Board on 31 January 2018 for personal reasons and has asked the Supervisory Board to prematurely terminate his service agreement. The Supervisory Board has agreed to his request with regret.

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Kai Hannemann joined Lotto24 as CIO (Chief Information Officer) in February 2014 and was appointed to the Executive Board of Lotto24 AG in July 2016. Under his guidance, Lotto24 AG successfully completed the insourcing of its IT activities. He shaped the entire IT organisation and infrastructure, whose highly scalable technology enables the continued growth and ongoing expansion of the company's product offerings.

Professor Willi Berchtold, Chairman of Lotto24's Supervisory Board, states: "Over the past few years, Mr Hannemann has played a major role in establishing Lotto24 AG as a leading player in its industry - also with regard to its IT systems. We would like to thank him for his services and wish him all the best!"

Until a successor has been appointed, the IT departments will be headed on an interim basis by Petra von Strombeck, CEO of Lotto24 AG.

About Lotto24 AG:

Lotto24 is Germany's leading provider of state-licensed lotteries via the Internet (Lotto24.de). Lotto24 brokers customers' tickets to the state lottery companies and the »Deutsche Fernsehlotterie«, for which it receives a commission. The offerings include among others Lotto 6aus49, Spiel 77, Super 6, EuroJackpot, GlücksSpirale, lotto clubs, Keno and the Deutsche Fernsehlotterie. After its foundation in 2010 and IPO in 2012 on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard), Lotto24 is now the market leader. As a fast-growing company with a strong service and customer orientation, Lotto24 aims to provide its customers online as well as mobile with the most convenient, secure and modern game experience possible.

CONTACT: Lotto24 AG, Vanina Hoffmann, Manager Investor & Public Relations, Tel.: +49 40 82 22 39 – 501, E-mail: ir@lotto24.de

SOURCE: Lotto24 press release.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Finalises Ainsworth Investment Following Green Light From Gaming Regulators

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (January 8, 2018) -- NOVOMATIC completes investment in Ainsworth, an Australian gaming supplier, following approval from regulatority authorities, including the Nevada Gaming Commission in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All the necessary international regulatory confirmations are in place, allowing NOVOMATIC to move ahead with the purchase of approximately 52% of the Australian gaming company Ainsworth Game Technology Limited (AGT). The process involved regulatory approval from multiple gaming jurisdictions, including in Australia, South America and the United States (US). One of the authorities’ main tasks was to carry out comprehensive compliance checks, not just for NOVOMATIC itself, but also for all owners, Supervisory Board and Executive Board members.

The completion of the transaction took place on 5th January 2018. NOVOMATIC is now the owner of 52% of AGT’s issued capital. Given the completion of the sale, Mr Len Ainsworth has resigned as an Executive Director of AGT effective immediately. Mr Ainsworth will continue to support AGT as a consultant for a period of 12 months.

NOVOMATIC is now one of the few European Union based companies to have passed strict compliance checks from these international authorities. For this reason, a variety of independent licensing boards undertook lengthy probity investigations and have confirmed the deal can go ahead.

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NOVOMATIC is particularly proud of its successful approval with the Nevada Gaming Control Board in Nevada, US, which required rigorous compliance scrutiny. NOVOMATIC is now the first Austrian company to receive regulatory approval in the gaming metropolis of Las Vegas. Harald Neumann, Chairman, stated: “The compliance investigations carried out as part of this registration were extremely thorough. They included all corporate divisions of NOVOMATIC AG.

The purchase of shares in AGT at over EUR 300 million is, to date, the largest investment an Austrian company has ever made in Australia. Mr Neumann added: “Our shares in Ainsworth are strategically very important for NOVOMATIC. After all, the joint plan is to increase market share in the US to about 10% over the next five years. In the long-term, NOVOMATIC may become the world market leader in the area of gaming.”

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 25,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in 45 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 70 countries. The Group operates more than 260,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC press release.

 

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PA Lottery Scratch-Offs Winners Claim Over $174 Million in December

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (January 4, 2018) --  Pennsylvania Lottery Scratch-Offs winners claimed $174,580,990 in prizes during December, including two prizes of $300,000 won on the $3 Million Mega Multiplier and $300,000 Bonus Crossword Scratch-Off games.

Those two winning tickets were sold by Sheetz, 405 Galleria Drive, Johnstown, Cambria County and Y&D Newstand, S.7th and Market St., Philadelphia.

Across Pennsylvania, other big scratch-off prizes claimed during the month included a $250,000 prize in Lancaster County and a $100,000 prize in Philadelphia.

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Monthly winner lists posted in the Winners section of palottery.com include winners of $1,000 or more, although many prizes below that amount were won.

Scratch-Offs currently offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $3 million. Before playing any game, players should read and understand the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning found at palottery.com. Check tickets promptly and immediately claim winnings. Prizes expire one year from a Scratch-Off game's end-sale date posted at palottery.com.

The overall chances of winning any prize, printed on the back of each ticket, are stated across all tickets produced in a game and not by consecutive tickets sold per pack. Random distribution ensures the Pennsylvania Lottery and retailers do not know where winning tickets will be sold.

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. Do not give lottery games to children. 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, T: 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $141 Million in Revenue During December

State’s six casinos have second-best month

BALTIMORE, Maryland (January 5, 2018) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced December 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Ocean Downs Casino in Worcester County, Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County.

Maryland’s casinos totalled $141,034,126 in revenue during December 2017, the second-best month since casino gaming in the state began in September 2010. The total was an increase of $7,556,420, or 5.7%, compared to the December 2016 figure of $133,477,706. MGM National Harbor opened on December 8, 2016, thus December 2017 was the first month in which it was possible for a year-over-year comparison to include all six of the state’s casinos.

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MGM National Harbor totalled $56,575,869 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in December at MGM National Harbor was: $330.82 for slot machines, $6,179.89 for banked table games and $1,593.03 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 2,821 slot machines and 173 (134 banked and 39 non-banked) table games. December 2017 revenue at MGM National Harbor increased by $14,641,841, or 34.9%, from December 2016.

Live! Casino totalled $47,199,454 from both slot machines and table games in December. Live! Casino’s gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $259.22 for slot machines, $3,493.70 for banked table games and $876.55 for non-banked table games. December 2017 revenue at Live! Casino decreased by $832,603, or 1.7%, from December 2016. Live! Casino operates 3,868 slot machines and 186 (136 banked and 50 non-banked) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore totalled $23,962,236 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $190.00 for slot machines, $2,185.10 for banked table games and $772.23 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casino’s December 2017 revenue decreased by $5,787,045, or 19.5%, from December 2016. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 177 (154 banked and 23 non-banked) table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville totalled $5,757,830 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $190.99 for slot machines, $1,960.56 for banked table games and $404.33 for non-banked table games. Hollywood Casino’s December 2017 revenue decreased by $337,133, or 5.5%, from December 2016. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 822 slot machines and 21 (13 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.

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On December 29, Ocean Downs Casino opened its expanded gaming floor, including the introduction of the property's first table games. Ocean Downs Casino totalled $3,748,454 from slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $139.51 for slot machines and $2,697.60 for banked table games. Ocean Downs Casino’s December 2017 revenue decreased by $369,179, or 9.0%, from December 2016. Ocean Downs Casino operates 853 slot machines and 10 banked table games. Ocean Downs does not have non-banked table games. (Ocean Downs’ slot machine count was temporarily reduced for part of December due to construction related to the casino’s expansion.)

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $3,790,283 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $154.92 for slot machines and $1,122.14 for banked table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s December 2017 revenue increased by $240,539, or 6.8%, from December 2016. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 665 slot machines and 17 banked table games. Rocky Gap does not have non-banked table games.Under Maryland law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, local jurisdictions, the state’s horse racing industry and the Maryland General Fund. December 2017 contributions to the state from all six Maryland casinos and fiscal year-to-date totals are documented in the attached spreadsheets and available online

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Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos. In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), E: carole.gentry@maryland.gov.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

Unibet Extends Official Gaming Partner Agreement with FC Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (January 8, 2018) -- FC Copenhagen and Unibet have agreed to extend their cooperation until the end of 2021.

The B Stand at Telia Parken will therefore continue to be named the Unibet Stand and the club will continue with future initiatives to benefit FC Copenhagen fans.

Alex Rasmussen, Sales Director in FC Copenhagen, said: "We are incredibly proud to have extended our agreement with a brand such as Unibet.

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Viewed from our side, for many years we have had a strong anchored cooperation, which has resulted in some amazing experiences.

"There have been many benefits, especially our joint-produced documentaries, and not least when we saw a helicopter land on the Telia Parken pitch this summer with our former captain Thomas Delaney to celebrate our title win.

We are looking forward to a successful future with Unibet, where we will certainly challenge each other and try to lift the sponsor initiatives again, so we we can create even more valuable content and even more great experiences to delight the club's amazing fans."

At Unibet, the new agreement is seen as strengthening an already strong cooperation.

Anja Bruun, Unibet Sponsorship Strategy Manager, said: "Unibet is a dedicated gaming provider in Denmark, so we are naturally pleased to extend our cooperation with FC Copenhagen.

We are a company that believes in long-term strategies, and the partnership with FCK, now entering its seventh year, is a good proof of this.

"By continuing our commitment as the exclusive betting partner with FC Copenhagen, we maintain our ambition to make Unibet Denmark's favourite online gaming provider and look forward to even more great experiences with the club."

Unibet has been a sponsor of FC Copenhagen since 2012 and the new deal will extend our cooperation to nine years.

SOURCE: FC Copenhagen press release.

 

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