Extends Contract to Provide Instant Ticket Printing Services to the Arizona
LONDON, U.K. (February 14, 2018) --
IGT (NYSE:IGT) announced that it has signed a one year contract extension with
the Arizona Lottery (Arizona Lottery or Lottery) to
continue printing instant tickets. The original five-year print contract was
executed in 2010 and included the option for five one-year extensions. This is
IGTs third extension, and runs through January 14, 2019.
IGT will continue providing service
and support surrounding instant games, as well as long range planning for
future growth. The Arizona Lottery and IGT have had a relationship since 1984.
IGT also manages the Lotterys warehouse and distribution, including
The Lottery has launched multiple
games featuring IGT innovations: Super Ticket 7s in November 2016 and
Precious Metals in September 2017, as well as two Crossword Connect games, in
January and December 2017.
IGT values our longstanding
relationship with the Arizona Lottery and looks forward to continuing to
delivery high quality instant games, said Jay Gendron, IGT COO,
In 2017, the Arizona
Lottery saw great success with the $5 Wheel of Fortune game, which sold
extremely well and aided in generating funds for the Lotterys good
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:
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
Italian media inquiries,
T: (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: International Game
Technology PLC (IGT).
INTRALOT Awarded Five-Year Contract Extension with Wyoming
ATHENS, Greece (February 14, 2018)
-- INTRALOT S.A. announces the renewal of the current contract of INTRALOT
Inc., a subsidiary of the INTRALOT Group in the United States, with the Wyoming
Lottery for the five-year period from August 25, 2019, to August 25, 2024. This
is the first of three five-year extension options in line with the initial
The Wyoming Lottery has been a
valued partner of INTRALOTs since the Lotterys inception in 2014.
When first launched, the Lottery offered two multistate games, Powerball and
Mega Millions. The Lottery has since expanded their product portfolio to
include an annuity game called Lucky For Life and an instate game called Cowboy
Draw. With industry-proven retail solutions like the clerk-operated Photon and
the player-facing Genion, the Lottery has been able to scale their business
through these expansions, and achieve their goals to the full benefit of their
beneficiaries and the State of Wyoming. INTRALOT was honored to work with the
Wyoming Lottery Director and his knowledgeable team for their successful
ground-up launch of the Lottery.
Wyoming Lottery Director Jon Clontz
said: The Wyoming Lottery has had a terrific partnership with INTRALOT
and this extension will allow the two entities to continue that partnership for
the benefit of the cities, towns, municipalities and people of Wyoming whom we
The extended renewal provisions
include player advertising displays for all Wyoming Lottery retailer locations,
INTRALOTs proprietary content management system and full operational
support of the new content management system. High definition displays will
keep Wyomingites informed and engaged with the valued Wyoming Lottery brand.
Mr. John Donahue, CEO of INTRALOT
Inc., stated: The Wyoming Lottery and INTRALOT have accomplished much
together in the past three years that began with a successful state lottery
launch, multiple successful game launches, and highly successful retail
recruitment. This extension will be another step in continuing our mission in
supporting the municipalities and people of Wyoming.
About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 52 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With 1.32 billion
turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,300 employees (3,450 of
which in subsidiaries and 1,850 in associates) in 2016, INTRALOT is an
innovation driven corporation focusing its product development on the
customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and
gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail
operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach,
INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and
product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery,
Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized
experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery
channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the
prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery
Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.
For more information CONTACT: Mr.
Chris Sfatos, Group Director Corporate Affairs, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, Email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
Malta Gaming Authority Sets Up New Anti-Money Laundering Supervisory
MALTA (February 13, 2018) -- Further
to the transposition of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive into
Maltese Law, the wide ranging consultations carried out
between the FIAU and the MGA including the publication of the AML/CFT
supervisory mechanisms carried out last year, the MGA would like to inform all
its licensees and subject persons that a new Anti-Money Laundering Unit has now
been set up within the Authoritys operational and regulatory
This new unit, which is now fully
operational, will be conducting AML/CFT supervisory assessments through on-site
and off-site inspections and will report any findings to the Financial
Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU). The team of AML officers within this unit
have been given extensive training by local and international experts in AML/
CFT activities in order to make sure that the new team has the necessary
capability, skill and capacity to conduct effective off-site and on-site
assessments for all licensees both land based and remote. With the
transposition of the 4th AML Directive into Maltese Law, some on-site
examinations shall be carried out jointly with the FIAU.
Furthermore, the Authority has drawn
up an AML/CFT supervisory plan for 2018 which includes a significant number of
on-site visits to both land based and remote gaming operators. The MGA has also
conducted an organisation wide AML/CFT training programme with the help of
experts in the field in order to ensure that there is sufficient
organisation-wide knowledge with respect to AML/CFT.
The Authority shall continue to
enhance its collaboration with the FIAU to ensure an effective AML/CFT
framework coupled with the required levels of co-ordination and scrutiny across
public and private bodies.
SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.
Skilrock Showcases Reality Games and Digitization of
Traditional Games at ICE 2018
GURGAON, India (February 12, 2018)
Skilrock team is back from London after a stupendous show involving new
games and concepts running over its well established Weaver Unified Gaming
Platform at ICE Totally Gaming show held at ExCel Exhibition Center, London
from 6th to 8th February.
Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive
"This was our 7th consecutive year
at ICE and we wanted the visitors to experience something real where the player
plays a central part in the game itself, apart from our feature rich platform
that supports all game formats and all channels. Thousands of visitors took
part in the game of boxing and appreciated the tremendous excitement and
gamification possibilities involving reality games.
We also showcased the unique concept
where we can digitize an operators OWN LOCAL TRADITIONAL GAMES which are
well supported by our unified gaming platform that covers the entire spectrum
of Retail, iGaming and Self-Service with a wide range of contents, making it
exciting for every player segment.
Skilrock Technologies is a leading
technology solution provider for the lottery, gaming and payment industry with
its R&D centres located at global IT hubs. It is technology arm of Sugal
& Damani Group, a 48+ year old business conglomerate with revenues of over
US$2 billion and presence in 3 continents. The group operates the largest state
government lotteries & also the second largest commercial services business
The all-encompassing WEAVER Gaming
Platform of Skilrock serves RETAIL, iGAMING & SELF SERVICE channels with
seamless unified focus, supporting a wide variety of games like Lotto, Keno,
Bingo, Instant, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots. More than 120,000
retail touch points and over 4 million iGaming players across 18 jurisdictions
are being serviced using Weaver Platform.
For further information or
assistance please contact: Sourabh Goyal, T: +44 (0) 20 3286 7878 | +91 8826
315550, email: firstname.lastname@example.org |
SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies press
Loto-Québec Bring Back the 100 $ ultime
MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada
(February 11, 2018) -- After its exciting debut last year with 99.6% of the
500,000 tickets sold, the 100 $ ultime lottery ticket is back! On sale for 8
weeks beginning tomorrow, 100 $ ultime offers a 1-in-25,000 chance of becoming
a millionaire. The draw to select the 20 winning numbers will be conducted on
April 5 at 7:30 p.m. on TVA.
- "As the 100 $ ultime ticket generated so much
excitement among Quebecers last year, we adjusted the distribution process in
order to maximize the chances that as many tickets as possible remain available
for a longer period throughout all regions in Québec," said Richard
Trudel, Director, Customer Service and Draws.
- "Last year, we received over 3,300 calls from
customers asking about the 100 $ ultime ticket. That's huge! Many were looking
to purchase tickets. We let them know which points of sale still had tickets
available. This year, customer service personnel will have access to a
regularly updated system in order to better direct customers to nearby
retailers who have tickets for sale," Mr. Trudel added.
- 100 $ ultime is the consumer's best chance of
becoming a millionaire: odds of 1 in 25,000 compared to 1 in 14,000,000 with
- Loto-Québec predicted that this lottery
would encourage people to form groups to purchase tickets, and that is exactly
what occurred. In fact, 13 of the 20 grand prizes awarded went to groups. It is
worth noting that all 20 grand prizes offered were awarded.
- Similar to Célébration, the ticket
offers instant scratch prizes in addition to numbers valid for the 20
- This is the second edition of 100 $ ultime. Over
the years, Loto-Québec has marketed 6 special editions of products
- Capsules of winners' stories hosted by Patrice
Bélanger will be aired on TVA starting on March 12.
100 $ ultime, in short
- Marketing date: February 12
- Draw date: April 5
- Broadcast of draws: Starting at 7:30 p.m. on TVA.
Patrice Bélanger will emcee the draws during movie night commercial
- Grand prizes: 20 grand prizes worth $1 million, 1
of which is decomposable
- Ticket price: $100
- Odds of winning $1,000,000: 1 in 25,000
- Odds of winning a prize: 1 in 4
- Number of tickets available: 500,000
Loto-Québec's mission is to
responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured
fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the heart of its
activities. In 2017, Loto-Québec paid out 107 prizes worth $1 million or
more and created 132 millionaires. Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie
lotteries have provided 29 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity.
Asia is Celebrating Ten Years of Service to the Macau Gaming
MACAU, China (February 13, 2018)
As we enter the new year, GLI Asia is celebrating ten years of service
to the Macau gaming market and to the operators, regulators, and suppliers of
the surrounding regions in Asia-Pacific. The expert testing and consulting
staff has been honored to diligently serve clients in land-based gaming, online
gaming, and lottery sectors with unsurpassed skill and commitment, and like the
year of the dog teaches us, GLIs customer-focused approach is centered on
the qualities of honesty, loyalty, and responsibility.
GLI Asia is Celebrating Ten Years of
Service to the Macau Gaming Market GLI Asia officially opened for operation on
20 July 2007. Since that time, the lab has grown to more than 300 square meters
(about 3,300 square feet) and is the most structured test lab in Asia.
It has been an honor and a
thrill to see our business grow with customer demand. It is especially humbling
when our customers return to us again and again, asking us for additional
service offerings, allowing us to grow along with them, said Marina
Wong, GLI Asias General Manager of Client Services.
Another exciting aspect of GLI
Asias Macau presence is its positive impact on the local economy, with
each of the labs employees being local Macau residents. In fact, four
employees have been with the company nearly since the labs opening.
Julian Lei and Nathan Chang have been with the lab since 2009, and Ben Leung
has been with GLI Asia since 2010. Their long-term presence and insights are a
boon to GLIs clients and to the labs other employees.
We are proud that so many
of our employees have chosen to stay with GLI Asia for so long, Wong
said. Their experience is incredibly valuable to our clients, and to
the other staff members. When new employees join us, they are able to quickly
learn from our long-term employees and expand their knowledge
Because of their expertise, GLI Asia
staff have become in-demand speakers on lottery issues throughout the
Today the lab serves clients of all
sizes in land-based gaming, online gaming, and in lotteries. Key services the
lab provides include testing for hardware, software, platforms, systems, games,
GLI Asia also helped successfully
develop Chinas first gaming technical standard Technical
Gaming Standards for Online Lottery Systems and Betting Terminals.
The lab has also executed numerous high-profile lottery projects in Beijing,
China; South Korea; and Taiwan.
For Wong, the GLI Asia staff, and
for GLI as a company, over the past ten years, the mission has remained the
same: We put the customer first, Wong said. We
understand that when our customers succeed, we succeed. When regulators rest
easier, when suppliers are able to speed up their time-to-market and reduce
expenses, when operators casino floors are compliant and secure, and when
the products are fair for everyone that is when we know we have
So what does the future hold for GLI
Asia? Wong said, As we celebrate the year of the dog, we will continue
to keep in mind our focus on honesty, loyalty, and responsibility. That is how
we have earned both regulators and our clients trust, and we will
continue to work hard every day to maintain that trust and to continue to be
the most reliable lab in Macau, in Asia, and in the world.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman,
Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: GLI press release.
ARJEL: 2017 Review of the Authorized French Online Gaming
PARIS, France (February 8, 2018) --
The ARJEL has just made public the figures of the approved market online for
the year 2017. The light last year is confirmed and for the first time since
2010, the three segments - sports betting, horse betting and poker - recorded a
rise in activity with positive results on both the bets, the gross product of
the games and the number of players accounts assets.
On the entire online market, there
are 9.2 billion euros in bets and entry fees an increase of 9%, 962 million
euros of gross product of the games is an increase of 18% and a 13% increase in
active player accounts.
These results are encouraging: they
testify to the dynamism of the approved operators and account of the determined
action of the regulator: it is his responsibility to support this market and
fight the illegal offer because it is the most protective for the player.
However, the disparities between the
three markets remain very present.
- Sports bets confirm their pre-eminence with a
record amount of bets - 2,510 millions of euros, 2 million active players
accounts against 1.6 million in 2016. In 2018, the prospect of the football
world cup in particular portends new margins of progress.
- Online horse betting activity starts again after
four consecutive years of decline. AT the origin of this reversal of the trend,
the effects of a renewal of the offer of gambling and the increase in the
return rate punters eagerly awaited by the turfists. The growth of the number
of active player accounts that followed - 523,000 against 484,000 in 2016, a
increase of 7% - confirms the validity of these measures.
- As for poker, the turnaround was all the more
expected as the numbers were down, cash game, since 2011. Even if it remains
modest, the growth is back: 3,601 million compared to 3,556
million last year a 1% increase in cash games and a 9% increase in entry fees
for tournaments. As with horse betting, the diversification of supply and the
mobilization of new liquidity were decisive factors. The arrival of the
European tables of poker should help consolidate and amplify this thrill.
As a result, a relative fragility
remains, which will be lifted only through structural reforms and in
particular, the change of tax base. The current regime taxes operators on while
they return a significant share to players in the form of earnings. A plate on
the PBJ1 would give a boost to this business sector by aligning it with its
European partners. In 2017, the amount of compulsory deductions reached 439
million euros, ie 13% increase for public finances compared to 2016.
Finally, if the regulator welcomes
the dynamism found of the approved online market, it is his responsibility to
at the same time, ensure that the protection of players' health is not
The product "gambling online" must
remain recreational and the ARJEL monitors particularly the evolution of the
expenses of the players: in 2017, the amount of the average expenditure on the
three online gambling segments is 343 per year compared to 328 in
2016. An increase of small scale therefore, which should be followed carefully.
An action plan on this point will be presented in the coming weeks.
SOURCE: ARJEL press release.
Standards Association (GSA) Creates Gaming Blockchain
LAS VEGAS, NV (February 12, 2018) --
The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) and Gaming Standards Association Europe
(GSA Europe) have created a new Technical Committee dedicated to blockchain
use. GSA made the announcement from its stand at ICE Totally Gaming, where the
organization celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Blockchain technology is poised to
revolutionize data sharing, security and has the ability to provide regulatory
authorities with previously unobtainable levels of transparency. GSAs new
Blockchain Technical Committee will collaboratively address the technology and
advise on possible areas where standards could be developed.
GSA was created to help drive
innovation in the gaming industry for the benefit of manufacturers, suppliers,
operators and regulators, said GSA President Peter DeRaedt. By
creating a new Blockchain Committee, we are once again proving how, by creating
a standard way to use technology, GSA is achieving our mission.
GSA Europe Managing Director Mark
Pace said, Many industries are evaluating how the blockchain technology
can enhance data sharing security and increase operational transparency. GSA
will launch this new committee and evaluate the creation of a gaming industry
standard. This is very timely and may have significant impact on how
companies can achieve GDPR and AML requirements.
GSA standards are created through a
collaboration between volunteer representatives of its members. Over the
past 20 years more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 190 companies have
contributed their expertise to create 15 GSA standards in nine committees.
GSAs award-winning standards are in use around the world, driving the
industry to innovation and growth.
GSA was born out of a globally
recognized need to streamline processes and create standards that would spur
growth, innovation, and revenue. Gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators,
and regulators have benefitted from GSAs mission to facilitate the
identification, definition, development, promotion, and implementation of
standards to enable interoperability, innovation, education, and communication
for the benefit of the entire industry.
SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association
(GSA) press release.
Announce Long-Term Agreement with Churchill Downs to Supply 600 Machines for
Its Newly Built Historical Machine Racing Facility
AGT will initially supply
at least 600 machines to CDI to be installed at its newly built historical
machine racing facility
SYDNEY, Australia (February 13,
2018) -- Ainsworth Game Technology Limited (AGT) today announced a long-term
agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated in the United States (NASDAQ: CHDN,
AGT will initially supply at least
600 machines to CDI to be installed at its newly built historical machine
racing facility, Derby City Gaming in Louisville, opening fall of 2018.
Development has been completed in conjunction with CDI utilising acquired
technology though the previous purchase of Nova Technologies.
Churchill Downs is investing
approximately US$60 million in construction and technology costs to build an
85,000-square foot historic racing facility at CDIs former Trackside
site. CDI, headquartered in Louisville, is an industry leading racing, gaming
and online entertainment company anchored by its iconic flagship event - The
Kentucky Derby. CDI is a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with
approximately 10,000 gaming positions in eight states and is the largest legal
online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through ownership
Upon completion of regulatory
approval, the new Trackside facility will feature AGTs pari-mutuel
historical racing games, which have been specifically engineered for CDI as
part of the agreement. The games will be supplied on Ainsworths range of
cabinets, including the A640, A600, A600 Slant Top, A560, A560SL Noir and Wide
Note the 600 machines were
previously assumed in AGTs 2H FY18 profit expectations as released on ASX
on 28th November 2017. The companys outlook comment provided at the time,
We expect to sell similar units in North America in 2HFY18 compared to
the full year in FY17 is affirmed, subject to regulatory
Mr Danny Gladstone, CEO said,
Ainsworth is very proud of this exciting relationship with the iconic
Churchill Downs business. We are delighted to supply these historic racing
machines and we look forward to continuing to work very closely with our new
partner in the future.
SOURCE: Ainsworth Game Technology
Betting & Gaming India February 27 to 28, 2018
The Sports Betting & Gaming
India Conference (SBGI) promises a busy conference schedule and outstanding
panel of industry experts and speakers
Gambling in India is heavily
restricted and the SGBI panel of experts and speakers will evaluate both the
potential and the possible impact of legalized gambling in the country.
The Indian governments
willingness to consider and clarify gambling legislation provides the ideal
background against which the conference speakers and delegates will discuss a
wide range of topics and issues - ranging from anti money laundering strategies
to the challenges and opportunities that come with eSport.
Day one of the conference
proceedings will see a keynote address delivered by Tim Shepherd, founder of
Silver Heritage: Show me the money: How the global gaming industry is
responding to the liberalisation of gambling regulations and how can you
capitalise. From here, the dialogue will move to the latest developments in
Indian regulation and the onset of GST in India. The question on
everybodys mind, whether GST will be a game changer in the sports betting
and gaming industry in India, will be thoroughly dissected and
Two panel discussions will further
explore the current legal scenario of gambling in India, as well as the
conventional status of lotteries and more innovative measures for it to
The second day keynote address will
be delivered by Christina Thakor Rankin, Principal Consultant at 1710
Gaming. Christina will discuss key growth markets and opportunities in
India, including lottery, sports betting, land based, and online gaming, and
how to foster further growth. Roland Landers, CEO of All India Gaming
Federation will deliver additional remarks.
Security, payments, and data
protection topics are also on the conference menu, as is practical solutions to
retain player confidence, preventing data leakage, match-fixing, and the
inevitability of sports betting.
The final panel discussion of the
conference will focus on the growth potential (and restrictions) for casinos
and the scope for new players entering the Indian market.
Our events are attended by hundreds
of senior delegates from the private and public sector. For more information on
Eventus International visit: www.eventus-international.com.
Veikkaus Report the First Year of the New Veikkaus Went
According to Expectations
FINLAND (February 9, 2018) --
Veikkaus financial result for the year 2017 turned out as expected,
amounting to EUR 1 021.3 million. During its first year of operations, Veikkaus
invested especially in the smooth functioning of the gaming operations,
integration of the game systems and ways of operating, as well as the
development of responsible gaming tools. The new Veikkaus was born when the
three former gaming operators Veikkaus, RAY, and Fintoto were integrated at the
beginning of 2017.
- Turnover EUR 3 230.9 million
- Profit EUR 1 021.3 million
- A new veikkaus.fi online store was launched in
2017. All the games were united under one game account.
- Veikkaus has over 2 million Loyal Customers.
- Slot Machines and Instant Games, and Lucky Games
are especially popular among our customers.
- Of the turnover, 58% come from the retail sales
network, 42% from the digital channels.
The profit of the new Veikkaus
exceeded the projected amount to be distributed to the beneficiaries, recorded
in the State Budget 2017, which was EUR 1 003.5 million.
The first year of the new
Veikkaus was successful in spite of the challenges associated with the
integration, and we were able to generate the projected profit to our
beneficiaries, says Veikkaus President and CEO Olli
The share of identified gaming of
all playing of Veikkaus games went up to 40.6% (+1.6 percentage points).
Increasing identified gaming is one of Veikkaus core strategic
Identified gaming helps us
to offer our customers even more responsible tools for gaming management. Last
year we renewed the Veikkaus Card, which now enables our customers to play
identified even on slot machines, says Sarekoski.
In 2017 we also adopted tools for
the management of online gaming, which are unique in an international setting;
and the Loyal Customer Programme, which has two million members, was
supplemented with new features supporting responsible gaming. Further, Veikkaus
made a decision to launch a strategic project, which aims at as extensive
identification as possible on decentralised slot machines starting from 1
The Finnish gaming market totalled
ca. EUR 1 978 million in terms of GGR in 2017. This meant a growth of one
percent. Veikkaus share of the total market was ca. 90%. There is
competition especially in the field of digital gaming, where even foreign
operators are active.
Gaming moving increasingly over
to digital channels
One of the years most
significant achievements was the launch of the new online store veikkaus.fi,
and the integration of the old operators game accounts. Veikkaus.fi
online service had an average of 525 000 buying customers a week, and a total
of 1.3 million customers during the year. Mobile gaming is increasing in
popularity, and at the end of the year, 44% of the digital sales came from
gaming on mobile appliances.
Among the game groups, our customers
favoured especially Slot Machines and Instant Games, and Skill Games. The games
to increase their popularity most were fixed odds betting games, table games,
and digital slot machine games. The launch of Kulta-Jaska 2 slot machine game
was particularly successful, both on slot machines and at veikkaus.fi. The
popularity of the new Lucky game, Kaikki tai ei mitään, also exceeded
Financial profit to
Veikkaus direct financial
profit to society during the year under review can be calculated to amount to a
total of EUR 1 273.8 million. The company returned EUR 537.8 million to the
Ministry of Education and Culture, EUR 436.3 million to the Ministry of Social
Affairs and Health, and EUR 40.6 million to the Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry. Further, the company paid EUR 212.8 million in lottery tax to the
State, and the financial result was affected by the cost impacts of a total of
EUR 46.3 million of VAT paid.
Veikkaus Annual report will be
published in English at a later date on the website veikkaus.fi.
SOURCE: Veikkaus press release.
Government Appointees to Manitoba Liquor and
WINNIPEG, MB (February 12, 2018) --
Minister Cliff Cullen announced the appointment of three new board members to
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.
I am pleased to announce
the appointment of three distinguished Manitobans to the board of Manitoba
Liquor and Lotteries, each of whom I am confident will continue the good work
of the corporation, Cullen said. In addition, I am happy to
announce two re-appointments to the board. I commend all members, both previous
and current, for their due diligence.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is
responsible for the sale of liquor and gambling and operates Liquor Marts, Club
Regent Casino, McPhillips Station Casino, Video Lotto and PlayNow.com. With the
federal government mandating the legalization of recreational cannabis
effective July 1, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will see an expanded role
managing the safe warehousing and distribution of cannabis throughout the
The corporations net revenue
is returned to the province to support health care, education, economic
development, public safety initiatives, and social and community services. The
board directs the business affairs of the corporation and ensures it complies
with the mandate set out by government including making bylaws, overseeing
operations and monitoring financial results.
The newly appointed directors are
Randall Swanson, Marshall Ring and Patricia Solman.
Swanson, from Gimli, recently
retired from his position as vice-president of Aboriginal services and forestry
services for MNP. He has over 30 years of experience developing effective
long-term relationships with Indigenous communities, providing expert support
in areas related to financial management, governance and leadership.
Ring, of Winnipeg, is currently the
CEO of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator. In addition to serving as a
dedicated volunteer at Winnipeg schools, Ring is secretary to the board of
directors for the APHA Rangers Hockey Association, and is co-founder and
manager of the Manitoba Knights Angel Investor Group.
Solman, from East St. Paul, is the
former senior vice-president for network and field services at BellMTS. In
addition, she previously served as vice-president of operations for MTS
Allstream from 2011 to 2015. She is a past director of Women in Communication
and Technology, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and United Way Winnipeg, and
was named the 2008 Mentor of the Year by Canadian Women in
The re-appointed directors are
Stuart Murray and Gary Coleman.
Murray, from Winnipeg, is president
and CEO of the City of Human Rights Education Inc. (2015 to present). He held
the position of president and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from
2009 until 2014, leading the construction and completion of the project. Murray
was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
Coleman, of Winnipeg, is the
president and CEO of Big Freight Systems, a Canadian asset-based trucking and
freight management company (1981 to present). He has served on various boards
including the Economic Innovation and Technology Council of Manitoba, the
Health Science Centre Foundation and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
The remaining directors are Polly
Craik (chair), Nick Logan (vice-chair), Tracey Maconachie, Mavis Taillieu and
The minister thanked all previous
board members for their service to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries and wished the
new board well.
SOURCE: Government of Manitoba.