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Arizona Lottery Waives Retailer Licensing Fees for Fiscal Year 2019

New Promotion Allows Arizona Retailers to Partner with the Arizona Lottery with Ease

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PHOENIX, Arizona  (June 28, 2018) – Starting July 1, 2018, the Arizona Lottery will be waiving all retailer licensing fees for its fiscal year 2019. The promotion will allow all new and existing Arizona Lottery retailers to acquire or maintain licensing at no cost.

We are dedicated to creating and strengthening our retail partnerships across the state,” said Raynie Hosto, deputy director of customer service and sales for the Arizona Lottery. “This promotion will allow new retailers to partner with the Arizona Lottery with greater ease, and will allow current Arizona Lottery retailers license renewals with no cost associated. We look forward to growing our network of retailers over the next year.”

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The Arizona Lottery is proud to have a network of more than 3,000 retailers across the state including grocery, convenience and independent stores. The thousands of accessible Arizona Lottery retailers create an exciting experience and lasting relationship for loyal customers.

As an Arizona Lottery retail partner, every story receives a 6.5 percent commission on all Lottery sales, which happens to be one of the highest commissions in the country. In fiscal year 2018, the Arizona Lottery gave more than $64 million in commissions to retailers across the state.

Additionally, 95 percent of Lottery customers purchase at least one additional product while in a retail store resulting in an increase in sales. Arizona Lottery retailers also receive performance incentives, marketing support and technical maintenance.

The current licensing fees range from $45 to $67 depending on the type of retailer applying. From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, the Arizona Lottery will waive all initial and renewal licensing fees. The Arizona Lottery is committed to providing ongoing support for its retailers and anticipates an increase in Arizona Lottery retailers over the next year.

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

About the Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $3.9 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.

 

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INTRALOT Renews Its Contract with New Hampshire Lottery Commission Through 2025

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ATHENS, Greece (July 2, 2018) -- INTRALOT is pleased to announce a five-year extension to its current gaming systems contract with the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.  The extension will commence at the end of the current contract term of June 30, 2020, furthering the contract through June 30, 2025.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is the first and oldest U.S. state lottery and continues to be an industry leader. INTRALOT began its partnership with the New Hampshire lottery in 2010.

The newest product addition included is a Keno game. The game is branded “KENO 603” and is driven in part by self- service peripherals that are an integral part of the extension. The projected growth that keno revenues will provide the State of New Hampshire specifically is kindergarten funding for the upcoming years.

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Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery, said, "Our collaboration with INTRALOT on the gaming system contract over the last eight years is an amazing success story. INTRALOT has a great understanding of our market and we look forward to our future collaboration.”

John Donahue, INTRALOT U.S. CEO stated, “The New Hampshire lottery has a terrific team that INTRALOT has been privileged to work with over the past eight years on behalf and for the people of New Hampshire. INTRALOT appreciates the confidence and looks forward to a continued successful relationship.”

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).

 

 

Oregon Lottery Awards Pollard Banknote Five-Year Instant Ticket Contract Extension

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (July 5, 2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce that it has received a five-year contract extension from the Oregon Lottery for instant ticket printing services. Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue to provide the Lottery with instant ticket printing, marketing support, and related services through June 30, 2023. Based on average annual sales, this contract is valued at approximately $2.65 million USD over the five-year term beginning July 1, 2018.

Since 2005, Pollard Banknote and the Oregon Lottery have worked together to bring a variety of engaging instant scratch games to the citizens of Oregon, including Frogger, the nostalgic licensed brand available to lotteries exclusively from Pollard Banknote; in fact, this Scratch-its ticket performed so well in 2015 that the Lottery launched it again in 2017.

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Oregonians count on the Lottery to fund state programs they care about, and Pollard Banknote helps us to achieve that goal each year,” said Barry Pack, Director, Oregon Lottery.

By leveraging Pollard Banknote’s print innovations and industry knowledge to develop games that our players enjoy, we continue to deliver funds that support education, economic development, state parks, watershed restoration, veteran services, outdoor school and problem gambling prevention and treatment.”

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to partner with the Oregon Lottery,” said Brad Thompson, Director, Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The Lottery’s approach to Scratch-its balances player favorites with new, innovative offerings that entertain and engage, and we look forward to many more future collaborations.”

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets in 1985, it has grown to become the second largest revenue producer for the state following income tax revenues, and continues to do good things for Oregon. Since its inception, the Lottery has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks, and watershed enhancements. It has also paid players over $28 billion in prizes. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, and a full suite of digital offerings ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in providing pull-tab tickets, bingo paper and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.6% by the Pollard family and 32.4% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.

CONTACTS:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Expands Long-term Relationship with West Virginia, Approved as Test Lab for Sports Betting

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LAKEWOOD, NJ (July 2, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been approved as a test laboratory for sports-wagering equipment in West Virginia by the West Virginia State Lottery Commission, expanding a long-term relationship and bringing GLI’s global expertise in sports wagering equipment testing to West Virginia.

We are extremely pleased that the State of West Virginia has chosen to expand the successful, long-term relationship we have had and place its trust and confidence in GLI to deliver world-class sports wagering testing solutions,” said GLI Director of Client Services Michael Capen.

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We are excited to help regulators, operators, and suppliers ensure the integrity of sports wagering in West Virginia by offering our nearly 30 years of extensive global sports/event-wagering experience.”

The West Virginia Lottery will benefit from GLI’s end-to-end knowledge of sports-wagering platforms and operations from around the globe, experience earned from GLI’s position as the first and most experienced independent event-wagering testing and certification laboratory in the world.

Since 1990, GLI has provided the State of West Virginia Gaming and System Testing, Regulatory and Technical Consultation, Forensic Assistance, and On-Site Field Inspection services. Most notably, GLI was at the forefront of introducing Video Lottery Terminals at West Virginia racetracks in 1994, the Limited Video Lottery in 2001, the certification of West Virginia’s Aegis Video Lottery Central System in 2006, the Connexus Video Lottery Central System in 2017, and the current User Acceptance Testing for the West Virginia Aurora Traditional Lottery System. GLI also provides the West Virginia Lottery with a dedicated team of engineers possessing many years of video lottery testing experience.

GLI was the first independent testing lab to certify a sports wagering system built from the ground up in the state of the Nevada and is the most trusted name in the gaming equipment certification industry.

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When a jurisdiction has its equipment and software tested by GLI, those regulators, operators, and suppliers can rest easy knowing the tests and reviews have been conducted by the most sophisticated network of gaming test labs in the world,” said GLI Senior Engineer Manager Joe Carlon, whose team spearheads many complex sports wagering projects. “GLI customers worldwide have come to rely on the unmatched expertise, technology, tools, and capabilities of our staff, and we are able to test for every regulated market in the world that uses ITLs.”

GLI invests considerable resources in its extensive global technical compliance team that is unique in the industry. This group of specialized engineers and policy analysts works with regulators in every jurisdiction in the world to ensure a complete understanding of technical requirements. This team, along with GLI’s legal staff, has been actively engaged with supplier, operator, and regulatory clients for more than a year in preparation for the expansion of sports wagering in the U.S.

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.

 

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$11.2 Million in Proceeds Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries

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LINCOLN, NE (June 29, 2018) – The Nebraska Lottery recently distributed among its beneficiary funds $11,246,604, derived from a share of Scratch and Lotto ticket sales for the previous three months.

A total of $693,917,786 has been distributed in quarterly transfers since the Nebraska Lottery began operation on September 11, 1993. The latest transfer, made the week of June 29, was distributed among beneficiaries in the following manner:

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  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $5,004,739;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund,$5,004,739;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund,$1,124,660; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund $112,466.

 

With the June transfer, the total amount distributed to Lottery beneficiaries during the current fiscal year is $45.2 million. This is the largest yearly transfer amount in the Lottery’s 25-year history. Strong Scratch ticket sales, the addition of the Lucky for Life Lotto game, and extended jackpot runs for the Powerball and Mega Millions games contributed to the increased transfer amount.

Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters in November of 2004 established the following distribution formula: Education as directed by the Legislature (44.5 percent) - currently distributed to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent); Nebraska State Fair (10 percent); and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).

The funds' respective totals to date are:

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  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $38,059,858;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund,$294,751,180;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund,$46,694,255; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund $15,799,179.

 

Prior to July 1, 2016, the Education Innovation Fund received proceeds totaling $174,222,842, and the Nebraska Opportunity Grand Fund received proceeds totaling $100,929,476.

Prior to July 1, 1997, the Solid Waste Landfill Closure Assistance Fund received proceeds totalling $18,460,996. In 2004, the Legislature directed that a one-time transfer of $5 million be made to the State General Fund.

Criteria for proceeds distribution are established by the beneficiary funds in accordance with legislative mandates. Every county in Nebraska has received service through grants funded with Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

CONTACT:  Neil Watson, Phone: (402) 471-6120, Mobile: (402) 560-4580, E: neil.watson@nebraska.gov.

SOURCE: The Nebraska Lottery.

 

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Efficient Measures Against Illegal Black Lotteries

Co-operation to maintain the successful model: GlücksPirale and Destinatäre Demand Efficient Measures Against Illegal Black Lotteries

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MUNICH, Germany (July 2, 2018) -- A total of more than 2.1 billion euros in funding: Since its founding in 1970, the GlücksSpirale has been a model of success in support of the common good. However, "black lotteries" are massively threatening this welfare-oriented model. Supported organizations (beneficiaries) are therefore calling for a joint declaration to take effective measures against the illegal offering of product pirates.

From the proceeds of the organized by the German Lottery and Totoblock pension lottery payments of a total of about 65 million euros annually go to the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the German Foundation for Monument Protection and the Federal Association of the Free Welfare. The fourth part of the funding goes to organizations that do charitable work at the country level in the areas of nature and environmental protection, addiction prevention and church charitable work.

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"Commercial providers based outside Germany without German regulatory approval offer black lotteries over the Internet," says Friederike Sturm, President of LOTTO Bayern and GlücksSpirale leader and said: "The game is interested suggests that he participates in the German lotteries. In fact, he betting on the outcome of the draw results of German lotteries of state licensed lottery companies, but does not participate in fact de facto. The proceeds go to the private shareholders of the providers and are thus removed from the common good."

According to Friederike Sturm, this practice jeopardizes the functioning funding structure and thus its effect on the general public. The common good gambling model is therefore massively endangered. State lottery providers and beneficiaries are therefore working together to preserve the tried and tested funding model.

"The Destinatäre der GlücksSpirale are pulling together and are consistently committed to preserving the welfare-oriented lottery model in Germany," says Friederike Sturm.

"Sportdeutschland's 90,000 clubs engage eight million volunteers who deserve support and solidarity. The charitable lotteries belong to the sport like the groundskeeper or the trainer, they only produce winners. The black lotteries, on the other hand, withdraw taxes from our society and put the profits in their own pockets, they use few and harm many ", explains DOSB boss Alfons Hörmann.

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Federal Working Group of the Free Welfare and Chairman of the Joint Welfare Association - Gesamtverband e. V., Alfons Hörmann (DOSB President), Friederike Sturm (President LOTTO Bavaria and Leader GlücksSpirale), Thomas Röhler (Javelin Olympic Champion 2016).

"Supporting people who need help or who are in need is the most important task of the Free Welfare. Since 1976, the GlücksSpirale has supported us with a total of over 627 million euros ", emphasizes Prof. Dr. med. Rolf Rosenbrock, Vice President of the Federal Association of the Free Welfare and Chairman of the Joint Welfare Association - Gesamtverband e. V., out.

Dr. Steffen Skudelny, Member of the Board of the German Foundation for Monument Protection, adds: "The German Foundation for Monument Protection needs around 22 million euros a year for its projects. In total, the German Foundation for Historic Monuments has received more than 480 million euros from the GlücksSpirale since 1991."

What the lucky spiral generates for its beneficiaries, showed its positive balance of the first half of 2018. Safe annuity payments of 10,000 euros - and the 20 years - get three lucky spiral game participants.

"I am pleased with all winners, who may now call themselves GlücksSpirale pensioners," said Friederike Sturm a satisfied conclusion.

CONTACT: Oliver Albrecht, Phone: +49 89 28655-586, Fax: +49 89 28655-300, E: oliver.albrecht@lotto-bayern.de

SOURCE: LOTTO Bavaria.

 

 

Hit The Jackpot This Summer With The New Monopoly™ Themed Family Of Scratch-Off Games From The Florida Lottery!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (July 2, 2018)  – The Florida Lottery today introduces the MONOPOLY™ JACKPOT™ family of Scratch-Off games. The four new games feature more than $355 million in cash prizes and over 31 million winning tickets! All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

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The $10 game, $2,000,000 MONOPOLY JACKPOT, offers more than $176 million in prizes, including eight top prizes of $2 million! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.44.

The $5 game, $1,000,000 MONOPOLY JACKPOT, offers more than $91 million in prizes, including eight top prizes of $1 million! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.98.

The $2 game, $50,000 MONOPOLY JACKPOT, offers more than $66 million in prizes, including 20 top prizes of $50,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.39.

The $1 game, $10,000 MONOPOLY JACKPOT, offers more than $22 million in total cash prizes, including 136 top prizes of $10,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.95.

Players can also enter their non-winning MONOPOLY JACKPOT Scratch-Off tickets into the “Pass Go, Collect $20,000” Second Chance Promotion for the chance to win cash prizes of $1,000 to $20,000! Four drawings will be held between July 25 and September 26. In each of the four drawings, one winner will receive $20,000, five winners will each receive $5,000, and 30 winners will each receive $1,000. All entries are weighted by price point, giving players the chance to earn up to 10 entries per ticket.

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

The MONOPOLY name and logo, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment.  © 1935, 2018 Hasbro.  All  Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.

 

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ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $33 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 contributions 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.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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MGA Publishes its 2017 Annual Report and Financial Statements

MALTA (July 2, 2018) -- The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published its Annual Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ending 31 December 2017 (found here). The report provides an overview of the activities and work performed throughout the year by the MGA which mainly focused on the finalisation of the new Gaming Act, coming into force in 2018, and on the enhancement of its compliance systems, including the implementation of the requirements of the EU 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

Throughout 2017, the MGA also focused on enhancing its IT systems, as reflected in the introduction of the Licensee Relationship Management System (LRMS), a secure and dedicated portal featuring a one-stop shop for licensing and reporting and a new communication channel.

The Annual Report also looks at 2018 and beyond, whereby the MGA will be focusing on the implementation of the new regulatory framework, the transition towards a risk-based approach to regulation, the continued implementation of onerous AML (Anti-Money Laundering)/ CFT (Combating the Financing of Terrorism) obligations, and the application of the General Data Protection Regulation, and its impact on operators and the MGA alike.

The following are the key highlights from the Annual Report:

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  • During the year under review, the MGA generated a total revenue of €66.3m in licence fees, gaming tax and other administrative fees and fines, compared to €62.5m in 2016. This represents an increase of €3.7m or a 6% year-on-year increase;
  • The direct contribution of the gaming industry to the Maltese economy was valued at €1.1 billion in 2017, with approximately 9,800 full time jobs created within operators directly in the sector and other associated businesses;
  • In January of the same year, the MGA launched a licensing and regulatory regime based on the Skill Games Regulations for the online skill games sector, including the creation of a specific B2C and B2B licences for ‘controlled skill games’;
  • It also conducted a thorough study to assess the application of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and the use of cryptocurrencies in a sandbox environment, with the objective of issuing a consultation paper and subsequently, guidelines, in 2018;
  • As highlighted above, the MGA kept investing in its IT systems, most notably on the introduction of a New Licensee Relationship Management System accessible through a secure and dedicated web portal. This system has changed the way the MGA interacts with its existent and prospective licensees through the digitisation of regulatory and licensing processes;
  • In 2017, the MGA further enhanced its AML/CFT supervisory mechanisms, including the implementation of the EU 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. This involved cooperation with the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) to develop supervisory practices and procedures, sector-specific guidelines, and joint supervision;
  • MGA’s most important achievement was the finalisation of the new Gaming Act which was tabled in Parliament earlier this year. The new law is set to overhaul completely the way the Authority regulates the sector, once it comes into force in 2018.

 

In publishing this report, Heathcliff Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Gaming Authority, stated that: “Last year was perhaps one of the most exciting years for the MGA. The ongoing efforts and relentless work of MGA officials on the various projects the Authority embarked upon was reaching its final stages, with the new regulatory framework and the 4AMLD being the most notable ones.

Their introduction in 2018, coupled with the investment in IT systems shall continue to elevate our regulatory standards, by strengthening our controls and empowering the Authority to adopt a risk based approach towards enforcement and supervision.”

Whoever wishes to receive hard copies of the Annual Report may send an email to: info.mga@mga.org.mt.

SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.

 

 

NOVOMATIC wins WKO Export Prize

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GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (July 2, 2018) – Every year since 1994, the Austrian Export Prize is awarded to Austrian companies with the most success in foreign markets. This year, NOVOMATIC applied for the prize and emerged as a winner in the Tourism and Leisure Industry category. The leading company from Gumpoldskirchen, with a strong focus on export, was honored for international success by Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck and WKO President Harald Mahrer at a Black Tie Gala in the Vienna Museumsquartier.

NOVOMATIC has been steadily improving its turnover since the company was founded 38 years ago. The gaming technology group is a clear market leader in Europe, and active around the globe with more than 300 subsidiaries. In total, NOVOMATIC employs more than 25,500 employees worldwide, 3,300 of those in Austria alone.

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As a globally operating gaming technology group with exports to more than 75 countries, this prize is not just a high commendation for NOVOMATIC’s successful international engagement, but also confirmation that we are contributing significantly to Austria’s export success,” said NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann. “Not only that, we are proud, with an export quota of around 97%, to do our part for Austria’s economic success,” he continued.

Focus on sustainable growth and consolidation

NOVOMATIC is not interested in short-term profit maximization, we prefer to think long-term,” said NOVOMATIC CEO Harald Neumann on the company strategy. The company plans to shift focus to a consolidation of the corporate group so that global growth can be fostered over the next few years. “This also, of course, includes modest acquisitions and the evaluation of various national subsidiaries in regards to their optimization potential.” He noted that after rapid growth over the past few years, the time has now come to optimize internal processes and structures across the board. NOVOMATIC is also an international pioneer when it comes to the area of player protection. In 2017, an innovative fingerprint access system was introduced at ADMIRAL Casinos & Entertainment AG in Austria, and the facial recognition access system CLEVER ENTRY was introduced at LÖWEN Entertainment GmbH in Germany.

 

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For the 24th time, the annual Austrian Export Prize was awarded to the country’s most successful export companies at Exporters’ Nite 2018. One of the winners: NOVOMATIC in the Tourism and Leisure Industry category.

 

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 30,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 75 countries. The Group operates around 270,000 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: The NOVOMATIC Group.

 

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Global Lottery Monitoring System Welcomes Maltco Lotteries Ltd within the GLMS Family

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (July 3, 2018) -- Maltco Lotteries Ltd has today become the 31st Member of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS). Maltco Lotteries has been a firm and traditional supporter of sport of all levels in Malta and with a long-standing commitment to responsible gaming operations in all its products.

GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “We are delighted to welcome Maltco Lotteries Ltd to our Association. Maltco once again proves its commitment to responsible and sustainable sports betting operations, but also to an ethical driven sport in the highest interest of all Maltese citizens. The joining of Maltco will no doubt further strengthen this unique global alliance of Lotteries that have joined forces to safeguard the credibility of sports, fully in line with the core lottery integrity mission and values”.

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Vasileios Kasiotakis, CEO of Maltco, adds: “Being an operator that respects both society and its customers and sharing a strong commitment to responsible sports betting operations, Maltco is pleased to join the GLMS, notably as it has been lately enhancing its operations and intensifying its regulatory efforts and activities. We look forward to benefiting from the GLMS services and also contributing to its important work for the benefit of sport and society.”

CONTACTS:

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

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

 

About GLMS

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. 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 (www.glms-sport.org).

 

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Evolution to Partner with Svenska Spel in New Swedish Gambling Market

RĪGA, Latvia (July 4, 2018) -- Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, announced today that it has been selected by Svenska Spel to provide a complete Live Casino solution for the re-regulating Swedish market.

According to Evolution, the new Svenska Spel Live Casino service will go live the moment Sweden’s new gambling law comes into effect on 1 January 2019.

Svenska Spel will have access to Evolution’s full portfolio of live games, including exclusive Poker variants and exclusive side bets.

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Svenska Spel is Sweden's largest gaming company and includes such well-known brands as Lotto, Triss, Stryktipset, Oddset, Vegas and Casino Cosmopol. The state-owned Svenska Spel’s mandate is based on protecting the customer by delivering attractive games in a responsible manner. The company’s vision is that gaming is for everyone´s enjoyment.

Svenska Spel Sport & Casino MD Fredrik Wastenson commented: “We naturally carried out a thorough market review with regard to our choice of Live Casino partner. We are confident that Evolution Gaming offers the very best solution for Svenska Spel and its current and future players. Evolution’s world-class Live Casino will mean not only the best possible choice of live games for our players, but also highly enjoyable and secure gaming experiences.”

Martin Carlesund, Group CEO at Evolution Gaming, said: “This a truly ground-breaking agreement between our two companies, both of which are very deeply rooted in Sweden. Sweden is a key market for Evolution, and we are honoured to have been selected by such a big name in that market as Svenska Spel.”

Sebastian Johannisson, Evolution’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “We are proud of our market leading Live Casino solutions and content, and we are confident of their ability to bring excitement and joy to existing and new Svenska Spel customers. We are looking forward very much to 2019 and to helping Svenska Spel maximise its opportunities in the new re-regulated market.”

For trade press and media enquiries, please CONTACT: Amy Riches, Head of Marketing, Email: ariches@evolutiongaming.com.

For investor enquiries, please CONTACT: Jacob Kaplan, CFO, Email: ir@evolutiongaming.com.

SOURCE: Evolution Gaming press release.

 

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Technology and Innovation the Focus at Australasian Gaming Expo 2018

SYDNEY, Australia (June 18, 2018) -- In Australia, gambling expenditure has increased from $22.7 billion in 2014–2015 to $23.6 billion in 2015–2016 (up 3.9 per cent) [1]. The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), from 14-16 August 2018, is an annual event run by the Gaming Technologies Association, focusing on fostering a sustainable and prosperous industry.

AGE is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s program focuses on  technology and innovation across the entire sector, featuring over 200 local and international exhibitors, as well as industry-led seminars covering new technology, gaming, hospitality, service, and the end customer.

Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, shares his insights into the changing industry and what that means for the future.

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Our event is crucial for the health of the industry – we promote connections, education, regulation, technology and trends, business and more, to casinos, pubs, clubs and hotels. It’s about empowering local businesses to thrive.

We’ve got a jam-packed show floor this year, featuring the latest innovations direct to the industry. It’s these new technologies driving the evolution of gaming and it’s our job to embrace, explore, train and innovate alongside them. We are proud to provide such a platform for our industry,” said Mr Ferrar.

 Key exhibitors confirmed from the gaming technology sector include:

•   Ainsworth Game Technology

•   Aristocrat Technologies

•   Aruze Gaming Australia

•   Atlas Gaming

•   IGT (Australia)

•   Independent Gaming

•   Interblock Asia Pacific

•   Konami Australia

•   Maxgaming

•   Paltronics Australasia

•   Scientific Games

•   Tabcorp

•   Utopia Gaming Systems

•   Wymac Gaming

 

This year’s event will incorporate technology into the visitor experience offering Teleportals, or virtual assistants, across the show floor to aid guests with their enquiries.

All AGE registered delegates will also have a Konduko reader in their lanyard – a small digital platform that can be tapped at exhibitor stands they visit.

At the end of each day a “Daily Digest” email containing a full round-up of information from the day is delivered to the delegate’s inbox, in either PDF, PowerPoint, or short video format.

For 2018, we are really aiming to provide a 360 degree digital-focus, to elevate our event and provide real ROI to our stakeholders. We want to be at the forefront of the industry, to make Australasian gaming, global gaming,” added Mr Ferrar.

 Australasian Gaming Expo is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow and will take place at International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 – 16 August 2018.

For more information or to register, visit austgamingexpo.com

[1] Queensland Government Statistician's Office, Queensland Treasury, Australian Gambling Statistics, 33rd edition.

SOURCE: Australasian Gaming Expo.

 

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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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