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IGT Delivers Online and Mobile Sports Betting Platform for FanDuel in New Jersey

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LONDON, U.K. (September10, 2018) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its PlayShot sports betting platform now powers online and mobile sports betting in New Jersey via FanDuel Group's ("FanDuel") consumer-facing wager website, sportsbook.fanduel.com.

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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FanDuel is leveraging PlayShot's built-in content management system to deliver a bespoke mobile and desktop user experience. The system integration enables FanDuel to create betting promotions and dynamic content for retail, mobile and online all from a single source.

"Leveraging IGT's PlayShot platform to power FanDuel's online and mobile sports wagering in New Jersey was the natural extension of our technology partnership with IGT," said Niall Connell, General Manager & SVP Sportsbook, FanDuel Group. "We are confident that IGT's proven technology and quick delivery will enable FanDuel to continue offering unparalleled sports betting entertainment to our players with an intuitive and reliable user experience."

"IGT's online and mobile PlayShot platform deployment with FanDuel Group in New Jersey reinforces the omni-channel sports betting expertise of our PlayDigital organization, and continues the Company's momentum in seizing and maximizing U.S. sports betting market opportunities," said Enrico Drago, IGT Senior Vice President PlayDigital. "The integration of IGT's PlayShot platform into FanDuel's online and mobile sports betting site creates extraordinary user experiences for sports fans in New Jersey and builds on the momentum that we created with FanDuel at Meadowlands Racetrack."

IGT integrated PlayShot into GAN's player account management system utilized by FanDuel to complete the solution, and deployed a responsive HTML site for desktop and mobile designed by FanDuel.

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PlayShot's end-to-end sports betting management tools and its modular HTML 5 framework enable operators to develop promotions, bet structures and offers that are unique to each channel, while delivering unique user experiences that meet individual operator requirements.

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 Digital 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, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries
  • James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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INTRALOT Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Trade Wilbur Ross in Its Booth During TIF 2018

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ATHENS, Greece (September 10, 2018) -- Thessaloniki International Fair opened its gates on September 8, 2018 hosting the United States as honored country for 2018 with INTRALOT participating as Gold Sponsor of the US Pavilion. A senior US Administration delegation was led by US Secretary of Trade Wilbur Ross., participating in the inauguration ceremonies. INTRALOT’s Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris welcomed Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and US Secretary of Trade Wilbur Ross, escorted by US Ambassador in Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and Chairman of American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Simos Anastassopoulos at the INTRALOT booth, exhibiting in this year’s TIF as a global technology corporation with a strong base in the US.

Next-generation Sports Betting and Lottery Solutions and the latest editions of clerk-operated and self-service terminals are exhibited, demonstrating a unique customer journey focused on digital transformation technologies and holistic solutions.

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INTRALOT’s Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris stated: “It is a great honor to participate in this year’s TIF as a gold sponsor and member of the U.S. Pavilion, showcasing our leading technologies. Our success in the U.S. is a result of our unwavering commitment to innovation and our consistent investment in new technologies offering flexible platforms for integrated solutions across all distribution channels driving growth for our clients and responsible gaming entertainment for players. This is the fruit of our efforts to create competitive products and services that will strengthen our position in mature markets such as the United States, currently at the center of our strategic planning for long term value creation.”

About INTRALOT

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 €1.1 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees (3,100 of which in subsidiaries and 2,000 in associates) in 2017, 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 info: Mr. Chris Sfatos, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: sfatos@INTRALOT.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.INTRALOT.com).

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Renews Contract with Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) for On-Site Inspection, Consulting, and Training Services

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LAKEWOOD, NJ (September 10, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has renewed its annual contract with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) for a wide range of professional services, including on-site inspections of gaming equipment tested within a laboratory setting and professional consultation pertaining to new technology, policy and legislation development, rule writing, field issues, player disputes, and forensic examinations.

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Under the renewed agreement, GLI will continue to provide the PRTC with a dedicated team of experts for on-site inspections of gaming devices and systems, as well as associated equipment testing and audits of gaming systems, devices, and kiosks. On-site inspection of gaming equipment ensures that the equipment is configured correctly and can properly communicate and report the required accounting and security information.

We are extremely pleased and thankful that the PRTC is continuing our successful professional partnership,” said GLI President/CEO James Maida.

We have been providing the PRTC with our testing, certification, educational, and consultancy services since 2001. We highly value our close working relationship with the PRTC and look forward to continuing to help the PRTC ensure the integrity of the gaming industry throughout Puerto Rico.”

Mr. Jaime A. Irizarry Delgado, Gaming Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company said, “The Gaming Division of the PR Tourism Company has contracted GLI’s services for the past 16 years without interruption. As regulators, we have obtained an excellent and professional service that has allowed us to be always ahead with everything related to new technologies, programs and modalities of emerging games. As part of our recent regulatory efforts, we are in the final stages of testing the use of the IRIS Online program in a modality that will allow us to achieve a better measurement of our communications systems and certification of gaming machines in our authorized casinos. Additionally, we are working together with GLI on Legislative projects regarding Online Gaming and Sports Betting, a measure in which we can regulate this activity and achieve growth in the sector. We thank James Maida and all his team for the support and consulting during all these years.”

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The agreement includes renewal of the PRTC’s subscription to the IRIS® Online slot management system by Kobetron. IRIS Online empowers the PRTC to track all certified software components on casino floors, providing real-time updates to non-compliant software.

Additional features provided to the PRTC include customized workflow, accounting, machine and component tracking, change requests, and claim dispute implementation.

The renewed agreement between GLI and the PRTC also includes a variety of scholastic services, training, and curricula provided through the company’s GLI University® training program.

This latest PRTC contract renewal is another example of GLI’s commitment to the region.

Recently, GLI became the first lab to be certified by the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires (LOTBA).

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.

For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International press release.

 

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FY 2018-2019 - 1st Quarter: Loto-Québec Reports Higher Revenues

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (September 7, 2018) -- Loto-Québec presents positive results at the beginning of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Consolidated revenues amounted to $ 686.5 million, up $ 41.6 million (+ 6.4%) compared to the same period last year. Net income amounted to $ 359.8 million, an increase of $ 34.7 million (+ 10.7%).

 

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"Loto-Québec's positive results at the beginning of the year are thanks to the efforts of all sectors. I would like to thank the teams for their excellent work, "said Lynne Roiter, President and CEO of Loto-Québec.

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  • Lotteries: revenue up 22.5% and net income up 28.7%:
    The lottery sector shows the largest increase. The Lotto Max has offered record jackpots, and it's once again in Quebec that the $ 60 million jackpot was won.
    The $ 100 ULTIME lottery was again a great success and made many millionaires. Instant lotteries are growing in sales thanks to original concepts that appeal to customers.
  • Casinos: stable revenues and net income:
    The casinos have made many happy with the theme Leave in BMW , which has created a lively atmosphere, conducive to entertainment, and has allowed lucky to win various prizes.
    If the quarter did not count one day less, the products would have increased by $ 2.9 million (+ 1.4%). It should also be noted that a larger batch of prizes at the Casino de Montréal had a negative impact on the products.
  • Gambling establishments: 1.4% drop in revenue and stable net income:
    In the gaming sector, revenues are down in bars and breweries due to the withdrawal of devices in the areas targeted by the VLT Network Action Plan.
    The gaming halls, however, had a good performance.
  • Revenues from the lotoquebec.com site , for all types of games, grew by 34.9%.

 

 Note: Due to new accounting methods, the prizes awarded are now deducted from the lottery, bingo and Kinzo products, as was the case for casinos and video lotteries ( see page 6 of the quarterly report for more details).

As a result, 2017-2018 figures have been adjusted. Gross profit and net income are not impacted.

The quarterly report is available on the Loto-Québec website.

SOURCE: Loto-Québec press release.

 

 

Massachusetts State Lottery Returns $997 Million in Net Profit for the Commonwealth

Record-setting revenues result in second-highest net profit in Lottery’s 47-year history

BRAINTREE, Massachusetts (September 12, 2018) -- Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced today that the Massachusetts State Lottery returned $997 million in net profit for the Commonwealth during the 2018 fiscal year which began July 1, 2017 and ended June 30, 2018.  This is the second-highest total in the Lottery’s 47-year history.  The Lottery produced its record net profit of $1.039 billion in the 2017 fiscal year.

Lottery revenues rang in at a record high of $5.291 billion, surpassing the previous record of $5.233 billion in FY 2016 by $58 million and topping last fiscal year’s total of $5.097 billion by $194 million.  It is the fourth consecutive year that revenues have eclipsed the $5 billion mark.

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The Lottery’s performance is critically important to every city and town in the Commonwealth,” said Treasurer Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. “I am proud of the work the Lottery team and our dedicated retail partners have done to deliver over $2 billion in essential funding for unrestricted local aid over the last two years.”

The Lottery’s network of retailers earned a record $303 million in commissions and bonuses in FY 2018, surpassing the $300 million mark for the first time ever.  With approximately 7,500 retailers, that amounts to an average of $40,000 in income for each of the Lottery’s retail partners.

With 73.5 percent of all revenue returned to players in the form of winnings in FY 2018, the Lottery set another record by paying out $3.891 billion in prizes.  Prize payouts can fluctuate from year to year based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their prizes.

With record or near-record figures across the board, Lottery players, our retail agents, and the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth all benefited from the Lottery’s fiscal 2018 success,” said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery.

The net profit and prize payout totals both include a $1 million a year for life prize (20-year minimum) that was awarded in FY 2018 in the Billion Dollar Blockbuster instant ticket game that ended in March of 2018.

The Lottery’s administrative costs remained approximately 1.9 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any U.S. lottery.

The Lottery announced an estimated net profit figure of $986 million-plus in July, noting that the final statement of operations would be completed by mid-September.  A combination of interest earnings, multi-state game prize settlements and other revenues, including season ticket subscriptions and license renewals, accounted for the increase to $997 million.

SOURCE: Massachusetts State Lottery press release.

 

 

Scarlett Roa, New Sustainability Manager for Svenska Spel

With sustainability in focus. Scarlett Roa begins as sustainability manager at Svenska Spel on October 1, 2018.

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SWEDEN (September 12, 2018) -- Scarlett Roa becomes New Sustainability Manager for Svenska Spel. She has been appointed after an extensive recruitment process with both external and internal applicants and will take place on October 1, 2018.

She will be from a position as Deputy CEO at the Digital Agency Authority.

As sustainability manager, Scarlett Roa will be responsible for the Swedish Spel Group's sustainability and gaming responsibilities.

Her education covers both law and the environment, innovation design and communication.

Scarlett Roa has a background as business adviser and sustainability manager at Almi, as well as a lawyer with a focus on diversity issues and from his own consultancy company in sustainability.

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"I am extremely pleased that Scarlett will start playing Svenska Spel. She has a lot to contribute and comes in with a broad competence and background that will strengthen our already unobtrusive position in gaming responsibility and sustainability, "says Joakim Mörnefält, Communications and Sustainability Director at Svenska Spel.

"It is with great joy, pride and humility I take on the role of New Sustainability Manager for Svenska Spel. We have an exciting time ahead of us with a new gaming legislation that will come into force at the turn of the year and will place higher demands on all players in the market."

"I look forward to working with the employees at Svenska Spel to continue to develop the Group's gaming responsibility work and to lead the way in sustainability, including business ethics and anti-corruption issues, as well as gender equality and diversity," says Scarlett Roa.

Scarlett Roa succeeds Zenita Strandänger who left Svenska Spel earlier this fall.

The service as Sustainability Manager is included in Communication and Sustainability and reports to Communication and Sustainability Director Joakim Mörnefält.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel press release.

 

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PureRED and New Jersey Lottery Rebrand Instant Games in Multimedia Campaign Launch

Consumer Research Confirmed ‘Scratch-Off’ As Preferred Moniker

LAWRENCEVILLE, New Jersey (September 7, 2018) -- Launched this week, Northstar New Jersey and PureRED, announce the rebranding of New Jersey Lottery’s Instant Games to Scratch-Offs via an advertising creative platform dubbed “Scratch-Offs Division” with a clever and humorous mix of characters that are charged with ‘giving away wheelbarrows and forklifts full of money.’

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The teaser digital billboards ran in August with the headline “Helping Jersey Get Lucky 24/7.”

“We created a fictitious location called the ‘Scratch-Offs Division” with a quirky team who has crazy ideas for how to give money away through the Lucky 7’s New Jersey Lottery Scratch-Offs,” said Mark Borcherding, Creative Director of PureRED.

The Scratch-Offs Division was created as an ongoing umbrella campaign for all Scratch-Offs advertising moving forward. The Division is a fictional New Jersey Lottery team who are extremely dedicated and want to continue to develop new and fun opportunities to win lots of prizes,” Borcherding continued.

Through quantitative consumer research, PureRED and Northstar found that the majority of consumers polled referred to instant games as scratch-offs, thereby leading to the decision to rebrand the entire category of New Jersey lottery tickets. “‘Scratch-Offs’ is far-and-away the terminology our players use to talk about these tickets,” said Vince Smart, Senior Director of Marketing, Northstar New Jersey.

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The Scratch-Offs Division Lucky 7’s campaign runs through October 1 via radio, TV, outdoor, digital video & banner ads, social media, cinema ads and out-of-home. The Scratch-Offs Division will also launch holiday tickets in November. Marketsmith, Inc. handled the media buy.

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About PureRED

PureRED is a leading Digital Marketing Solutions Partner delivering strategic brand experiences and technology enabling solutions at all points of the consumer path to purchase. With more than 50 years of consumer and retail brand expertise, and in partnership with 15 of the top 25 U.S. retailers and consumer brands, we’ve seen firsthand the impact of moving digital to the center of today’s integrated marketing strategies. Today, we are leading our clients’ transformation and reengineering how they engage with their consumers — from go-to market integrated brand strategy to technology development and execution. PureRED clients include Lowe’s Home Improvement, DollarGeneral, Rite-Aid, Heinz, Arm & Hammer, Johnson & Johnson and Kimberly-Clark.

For more about PureRED, visit: http://www.purered.net.

SOURCE: PureRED.

 

 

Call for Entries: Virginia Lottery Launches "Made in Virginia" Awards to Celebrate 30th Birthday and Lottery's Significant Support for K-12 Public Schools

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RICHMOND, Va. (September 6, 2018) -- The Virginia Lottery has introduced a new campaign to recognize exceptional individuals who got their start in Virginia public schools. Launched on September 4, Made in Virginia is calling for individuals to nominate public-school educated Virginians who have found success in their career, overcome adversity or demonstrated a passion for service to their community. The four selected graduates will get the opportunity to award $9,000 in prizes to the Virginia K-12 public school which played an instrumental role in their future success. The four winners will be featured in a statewide commercial set to air in early 2019.

The launch of Made in Virginia coincides with the Lottery's 30th birthday this month. The first Lottery ticket was sold on September 20, 1988, and since 1999, a combined $9 billion in Virginia Lottery profits have benefited K-12 public schools.

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"We can't think of a better way to say 'thank you' to Virginians for 30 years of good fun for such a great cause – our K-12 schools," said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. "We are excited to commemorate our 30th birthday by celebrating those remarkable graduates and the K-12 schools which played instrumental roles in their ultimate success."

The $9,000 in prizes, which will be awarded to the Virginia public school of the winner's choice, includes $5,000 from the Virginia Lottery and $4,000 in school supplies from The Supply Room Companies. The four schools that are honored may use those winnings to address their unique needs.

"Education has the power to positively influence individuals' paths and the future of communities big and small – it influenced me, and it's why I chose to be a public school teacher," said Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. "Ask around and I guarantee you'll hear of success stories that began from a lesson in school, an inspirational teacher or life-changing academic experience."

Nominations will be accepted at MadeinVirginia.com through October 12, 2018. Four winners will be selected – one each from the northern, southern, eastern and western parts of Virginia – and announced later this year. To qualify, winners must have attended a Virginia public school and graduated between 1999 and 2018.

For more information about the Made in Virginia nomination process and eligibility requirements, visit MadeinVirginia.com.

The Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia's public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

SOURCE: The Virginia Lottery.

 

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Gambling Commission Publishes Latest Combined Health Survey

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (September 6, 2018) -- The Gambling Commission has today published the latest combined Health Survey, which outlines participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling rates across Great Britain. The data, drawn from field research carried out in 2016, shows that the rate of problem gambling across Britain was 0.7%

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Tim Miller, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission said: “The Health Survey, along with all of our evidence and data, indicates that the problem gambling rate in Great Britain is stable. However, we want to see a sustained and significant reduction in the levels of problem gambling and will continue to drive the industry to build momentum towards this goal.

Understanding the level of problem gambling is an important part of making gambling safer, but what this data won’t show is the extent of the harm someone may be experiencing, or the wider impact upon their families and their communities.”

Tim adds: “That is why, together with our expert advisers the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, we recently published a ground-breaking approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society.”

This work, alongside the recently published research programme marks an important step in informing the direction of the next National Responsible Gambling Strategy, which will launch in April 2019. Comments on how the social cost of gambling-related harms can be measured and better understood, along with feedback on the research programme are welcomed by email: research@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

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  • 1.2% of gamblers were classed as problem gamblers (0.7% of the population) – this is statistically stable, and consistent with both 2012 and 2015 reports
  • 2.4% of people were classed as low risk gamblers, and 1.1% of people as moderate risk gamblers
  • Problem gambling was more prevalent among people who had participated in multiple gambling activities in the past year, than those that had just participated in one
  • 57% of adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain had gambled in the past year – this is down by 6% compared to 2015
  • Men (62%) are more likely to participate in gambling than women (52%)
  • Most popular gambling activities were: National Lottery draws (41%), scratchcards (21%) and other lotteries (14%)
  • Gambling participation (excluding National Lottery draws only) was highest among 25 – 34 year olds
  • Gambling participation was lowest among non-drinkers (36%), followed by those who drank up to 14 units of alcohol per week (59%) and were highest for those who drank more than 14 units per week (69%)
  • Problem gambling rates were higher among those with probable mental ill health (according to the GHQ-12 score), than those that indicated no evidence of probable mental ill health.

 

CONTACT: press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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PA Lottery's Spooktacular Second-Chance Drawing Opens

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's Spooktacular Second-Chance Drawing is now open, offering a total of $200,000 in prizes.

Non-winning Jack O' Lantern Jackpot and Spooky Cash Scratch-Off tickets may be entered now for chances to win one of two $31,000 top prizes, six prizes of $13,000 and 10 prizes of $1,000.

Starting October 2, non-winning Lucky 13 and Screamin' 7s Fast Play tickets may be entered for chances to win one of two $13,000 top prizes, 14 prizes of $1,000 and 20 prizes of $500.

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Each ticket submitted will receive one entry for every $1 in purchase price. For example, a $5 ticket will result in five entries. Randomly selected tickets will be awarded an entry tripler.

The entry deadline is November 1, 2018. Winners will be announced at palottery.com.

Enter via the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or scan-to-enter using our official mobile app after reviewing entry instructions, prize details, rules, restrictions, and drawing information.

Enter tickets as soon as possible after play and please play responsibly. Mailed or late entries are not accepted. Games will remain for sale after the second-chance promotion ends.

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 $29 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. Play online games at pailottery.com. 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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Global Lottery Monitoring System President Presents GLMS Intelligence System to Law Enforcement Authorities

LYON, France (September 11, 2018) -- GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, attended today (Tuesday, 11 September) the INTERPOL Integrity taskforce in Lyon, France.

Ludovico presented to an audience of more than 100 individuals, mainly coming from national law enforcement agencies, the new GLMS monitoring system, powered by TXODDS.

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The distinctive character of the overall GLMS alliance is based on a “glocal” approach supported by a global network present in 4 continents and backed by local information and intelligence provided by the 31 GLMS Members across the globe. Ludovico also highlighted how GLMS alerts can support law enforcement investigation efforts and provide concrete valuable evidence to prevent and detect any sport competition manipulations at global level.

The matter of illegal betting was also on the Agenda, in which INTERPOL presented its operation SOGA VII against illegal gambling conducted throughout Asia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. GLMS Member, HKJC, and UNODC also contributed to the discussions with key facts and figures.

GLMS President stated “I would like to warmly thank INTERPOL for organising this important conference, which gave us the chance to interact with numerous law enforcement agencies, share good practices and lessons learned. GLMS thanks to its enhanced analytical tools and real time global messaging system can play a significant role in supporting law enforcement authorities even if the massive fight against illegal betting is still a major worldwide threat, which often jeopardises not only the integrity of sports, but also vital state revenues.”

CONTACTS:

• Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General Secretary: giancarlo.sergi@glms-sport.org

• Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary, evangelos.alexandrakis@glms-sport.org

 

About GLMS (Global Lottery Monitoring System)

GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents.

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GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

GLMS currently has 31 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,  Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia,  Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France,  Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece,  Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland,  Israel Sports Betting Board  - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy,   Maltco Lotteries Ltd – Malta, Norsk Tipping – Norway,  Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal,   STOLOTO – Russia, Sportna Loterija – Slovenia,  Svenska Spel – Sweden,   Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisslos – Switzerland,  Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands,  Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore,  Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada,  Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco,  Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association)

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS).

 

 

AGTech's Lottery Terminal Wins Two More Hardware Bids in Zhejiang Province and Hubei Province

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HONG KONG, SAR (September 11, 2018) -- AGTech Holdings Limited ("AGTech" or the "Company", HKEX stock code: 8279) is delighted to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd. ("GOT"), has won two more lottery terminal bids to supply sports lottery hardware in Zhejiang Province and Hubei Province, bringing the total number of successful bids for GOT in 2018 to 12 following the winning bids in Guangxi, Jilin, Hunan, Guizhou, Shanghai, Hebei, Henan and Jiangsu. The successful bids further solidify the continued competitiveness of AGTech's lottery terminals.

With over 70,600 lottery terminal units manufactured by GOT currently in use today, GOT has nearly half of China Sports Lottery's lottery hardware terminal market share nationwide, reaffirming our industry leading position and continued commitment in China's lottery hardware market.

John Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGTech, said, "In 2018, GOT has already won 12 tenders in various provinces, municipality and autonomous region across China, further demonstrating our hardware division's continued dedication to and leading position in China's lottery industry. As we continue to enhance product innovation, safety and R&D compliance of lottery hardware, we expect to continue to contribute to the overall healthy development of China's lottery market."

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About AGTech Holdings Limited

AGTech was incorporated in Bermuda and its shares are listed on the GEM (Stock Code: 08279). AGTech is an integrated technology and services company engaged in the lottery and mobile games and entertainment market with a focus on China and selected international markets.

A member of the Alibaba Group with around 400 employees, AGTech is the exclusive lottery platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group.

AGTech's businesses are broadly divided into two categories:

  • Lottery (including hardware, games and systems, provision of distribution and ancillary services); and
  • Games and Entertainment.

 

AGTech is a Gold Contributor of the World Lottery Association (WLA), an associate member of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA), and an official partner of the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA).

For more information, please visit www.agtech.com.

SOURCE: AGTech Holdings Limited.

 

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Have You Registered Yet for the WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires?

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It is already July, and WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires, the lottery event of the year, will soon kick-off in grand style.

If you have not yet registered for this important event, we encourage you to do so today. As a member-based association with a global reach, a key goal of the WLA is to provide our members with a platform for learning international lottery best practice, as well as a forum for networking with lottery colleagues from around the world. There is no other event in the industry that meets these goals better than the World Lottery Summit.

In the interest of our attendees, we have negotiated excellent room rates. We recommend you to act now and take advantage of this great offer, which will only last until October 12, 2018.

The WLA together with host ALEA look forward to welcoming you in Buenos Aires for WLS 2018, the WLA’s flagship event.

To register, please CLICK HERE.

Further information about the convention can be found at the WLS 2018 website at: www.worldlotterysummit.org

 

See you in Buenos Aires!

 

Sincerely,

Jean-Luc Moner-Banet

WLA President

 

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2018 APLA Regional Conference 8 - 12 October 2018 - Registration OPEN!

Dear friends of APLA

Hurray! We are pleased to announce that the Registration for the 2018 APLA Regional Conference is now open!

The details for this event are as follows:

  • Date: 8 - 12 October 2018 (Business Program on 9 - 11 October 2018)\
  • Venue: Hilton Kuching Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Theme: Rumble in the Jungle

 

This Conference is being hosted and organized by Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd.

A very interesting and varied business program has been drawn up to keep the attention of the delegates' interests on all 2.5 days.

Have a read at the ebrochure attached and you will find we have invited a Global Keynote Speaker, Guest speakers with domain knowledge on the topics selected, our very own Panelists from our peers to share their experiences, our popular debate with a thought-provoking topic and a special half day workshop on Design Thinking. Not forgetting the sharing from our valued Sponsors on their commitment and direction towards embracing which new technologies.

Do keep checking the APLA website for more announcements and updates (www.asiapacific-lotteries.com) and note that the Closing Date for the Conference Registration and Hotel booking is 24 September 2018.

See you all in Kuching!

Regards

Beh Swan Swan APLA Secretariat Administrator

www.asiapacific-lotteries.com

 

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