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IGT Signs Long-Term Contract Extension to Provide Its INTELLIGEN™ System for Louisiana's Video Gaming Program

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LONDON, U.K. (July 12, 2018) --  International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (with International Game Technology PLC, hereinafter "IGT"), signed a 9.5-year contract extension to provide a video gaming monitoring system upgrade for the Video Gaming Division of the Louisiana State Police's Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) video gaming program. The contract extension commenced on June 30, 2018. The Louisiana DPS&C has been a valued IGT system customer since 2005.

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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"Over the past 13 years, we have established a strong working relationship and foundation with the Louisiana State Police," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO, North America. "With IGT's INTELLIGEN central system, the Louisiana State Police will be equipped with more advanced tools to ensure that they continue to properly manage their expansive video gaming network and provide their players with an optimal gaming experience."

Under the extension, IGT will upgrade the DPS&C's current central system to the INTELLIGEN™ central system that will monitor approximately 13,100 video gaming devices at more than 1,700 distributed locations in the state of Louisiana.

Built on more than 20 years of proven central system experience, INTELLIGEN's new, modern architecture offers stable, secure command and control capability and business intelligence features uniquely tailored to video gaming environments. It interoperates with a wide range of video gaming devices using multiple protocols, including the Game to System® (G2S®) open standard protocol, and has advanced communication abilities.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

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

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).

 

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INTRALOT Renews Its WLA Certification of Alignment in the Responsible Gaming Framework Through 2021

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ATHENS, Greece (July 5, 2018) -- INTRALOT is proud to announce the renewal of its “WLA Certification of Alignment” with the Responsible Gaming Framework through July 2021. In-depth assessment on its products and services as well as its Responsible Gaming practices was performed by the WLA Approved assessor, TÜV NORD. TÜV Nord is one of the world’s largest certification bodies performing on-site inspections and examining the local operations.

Granted accreditation is in accordance with the criteria set in WLA Responsible Gaming Certification Standards for Associate Members and covers all corporate functions certifying the integrity of the games and corporate conduct.  The certification covers the complete life cycle of system and service design, development, implementation, support and operations.

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INTRALOT, as a leader in the gaming sector, recognizes that Responsible Gaming is an essential element of both its business and its corporate social responsibility strategy. The company ensures that players have the choice of well-designed games in a secure and supportive environment and implements strategies for preventing underage, illegal and problem gambling, or other potential harm to society. In order to achieve these goals, INTRALOT has dedicated corporate governance structures to oversee the development and execution of its Responsible Gaming Program on the basis of all 8 elements of the WLA Responsible Gaming Standards.

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®) Names Jacqueline Lin Client Service Representative

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MACAO, China (July 9, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce that it has named Jacqueline Lin Client Service Representative.

Lin will work out of the GLI Asia® office located in Macao where she will be responsible for providing GLI’s growing list of clients in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region with the world-class, personalized service they have come to expect from GLI.

We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline Lin back on our team,” stated Marina Wong, General Manager of GLI Asia, Limited.

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Having previously worked for GLI Asia in an internship capacity, Jacqueline has a distinct advantage that will help her hit the ground running. We look forward to leveraging her excellent customer service, sales, and professional customer-relationship skills as we continue to strengthen our outstanding capabilities throughout the expanding Asian gaming market.”

Lin obtained a bachelor’s degree in International and Public Affairs from the University of Macau’s School of Government and Public Administration and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

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.

 

 

Broncos, Bengals, and Vandals – Oh My! Lottery Unveils Historical New Scratch Game That Features Top Public University Mascots

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BOISE, Idaho (July 10, 2018) --The Idaho Lottery announced three new Scratch Games today for fans of college football in the state of Idaho. The announcement came during a “media day” unveiling ceremony after the filming of the television commercial for the new games in Boise. Broncos-Bengals-Vandals is a new commemorative series of $5 Scratch Games from the Idaho Lottery featuring the three mascots from Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho. The games feature a total of twenty top prizes of $5,000 each.

The opportunity to film the television commercial made for a unique moment in collegiate history in Idaho. For the first time ever among Idaho’s top collegiate public universities, all three mascots – Buster Bronco, Benny the Bengal, and Joe Vandal all appeared together today for the filming of the Lottery advertising spot. All three assisted with the unveiling of the new game today.

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The Idaho Lottery was created, in part, to benefit the State’s Permanent Building Fund – places like our university facilities.  Supporting collegiate athletics and their facilities is another way we help to improve the student-athlete and fan experience on our college campuses,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.

Today’s introduction of these limited edition, special, commemorative Scratch Games featuring all three schools, is the culmination of collaborative work, over several years, between the Idaho Lottery and each of the three universities.”

Tickets for the new games will be available state-wide in Idaho Lottery retail locations beginning July 30. All non-winning tickets, regardless of which mascot is on the front, , may be entered via the web at idaholottery.com or through tele-entry at 208-334-4656 for a chance to win a trip for two to see Boise State take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater on September 15.

Players may also enter non-winning tickets for a chance to win season football tickets to Idaho State football games or University of Idaho football games. Entries must be submitted by August 19, 2018. For the balance of the season, players may enter their non-winning tickets for a chance to go to Boise State’s Bowl Game.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.4 billion in products, awarded over $2 billion in prizes to players, returned $200 million in retail commissions, and distributed $792.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

CONTACT: David Workman, T: (208) 334-2600.

SOURCE: The Idaho Lottery.

 

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Lotto Bayern Make More Millionaires in the First Half of 2018 than in Entire 2017

14 direct hits: more million in profits at LOTTO Bayern in the first half of 2018 than in the entire year 2017

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MUNICH, Germany (July 10, 2018) -- Bayern's lottery players have proven to be lucky in the current year. Forty-four free-play gamblers managed to win millions in the lottery offer of the state-run gambling provider. It took barely six months to surpass 13 million in 2017. In the first half of 2017, there were only six seven-digit profits in Bavaria.

"I am sure that our game participants have not used up all their luck and will continue to win millions in 2018," says Friederike Sturm. The President of LOTTO Bayern is also pleased about 81 winners, who received at least 100,000 euros from LOTTO Bayern in the current year.

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With 588.6 million euros, LOTTO Bayern recorded an overall increase in turnover of 2.7 percent compared to the first half of 2017. The Bavarian State Treasury will receive about 200 million euros in lottery tax and profit transfer. LOTTO Bayern distributed almost 292 million euros to the winners in the Free State.

Measured by the number of inhabitants of the seven Bavarian administrative districts, there were in Middle Franconia most millionaires (around 435,000 inhabitants a millionaire) across all varieties. Participants from the Upper Palatinate achieved in relation to the population most of the major profits of at least 100,000 euros (to around 99,000 inhabitants a big win). The Upper Palatinate is - relatively speaking - also the leader in the major profits of at least € 100,000 in LOTTO 6aus49 (to about 272,500 inhabitants a LOTTO grand prize).

"I am very satisfied with our results. However, it could look even better if there were effective measures against black lotteries. The providers of these black lotteries are located in tax havens and offer bets on the draw results of the lotteries of the state German lottery companies via the Internet as product pirates. Betting offers of this kind - as well as the participation in it - are illegal in Germany, since they are not based on official licenses. Only the state German lottery companies are entitled to run the lotteries, as they have the necessary licenses. Already in 2016, black lotteries have withdrawn about eight percent of the German gambling market in the order of around 600 million euros. And the trend is rising.”

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Friederike Sturm (President LOTTO Bayern), Josef Müller (Vice President LOTTO Bayern) with "Lotti Pepper" Source: (LOTTO Bayern / HRSchulz)

The biggest bird in the current year shot down a lottery player from Middle Franconia. He cracked two jackpots at the draw on May 23 and won exactly 11,352,222.50 euros. About 8.8 million euros was worth the Supersechser of a game participant from Lower Franconia, about 8.3 million of a lottery player from Upper Bavaria. Exactly 3,977,777 euros scored a Oberbayer with his participation in the additional lottery game 77. Two Euro Jackpot participants from Central Franconia won over 2.9 million euros, while a handed down in Lower Bavaria Euro jackpot game order was worth over 2.1 million euros. A Glückspirale pension worth 2.1 million euros went to the Upper Palatinate, a Oberfranke was pleased, however, about his lotto-six and almost 1.9 million euros. Six correct players without a super-count had also been ticked by a lotto player from Middle Franconia, earning just under 1.7 million. 1,677,777 euros went for a direct hit in the game 77 to Lower Bavaria, about 1.4 million to a Euro Jackpot player from Upper Bavaria, just under 1.4 million fell to Upper Bavaria for a LOTTO six with no super number. In LOTTO 6aus49 a share system tip generated over 1.6 million euros profit.

The turnover of the lotteries and sports betting in detail:

  • LOTTO 6aus49: 258,600,000
  • Euro Game 77: EUR 72.6 million
  • SUPER 6: EUR 30.3 million
  • Euro Jackpot: €106.5 million
  • Instant Lotteries: EUR 58.9 million
  • ODDSET: 20.0 million euros
  • GlücksSpirale: 21.3 million euros
  • The winning chance: 3.5 million euros
  • TOTO 13er bet: 2.6 million euros
  • TOTO 6aus45: 0.9 million euros
  • KENO: 12.3 million euros
  • Plus5: 1, 1 million euros

 

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

SOURCE: Lotto Bayern.

 

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Camelot Illinois Release Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Lottery Business Plan

Financial contribution to the state projected to grow 5.7 percent to $735 million; new games, technology improvements ahead

CHICAGO, IL (July 10, 2018) – Illinois Lottery private manager Camelot Illinois today released the company’s business plan for Fiscal Year 2019 which began on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019.

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A requirement of the 10-year private management agreement between the State of Illinois and Camelot, the annual plan outlines Camelot’s business objectives for the year as well as its strategy for managing and growing the Illinois Lottery.

The plan is the framework for an ambitious program as the new private manager for the Lottery begins its first full year of operations.

Under the plan, Camelot Illinois will work in partnership with the Illinois Lottery to establish new games and improved experiences for Lottery players, as well as growth in revenue to the state.

In Fiscal Year 2019, Camelot is projected to deliver Lottery sales of $3.03 billion, an increase of 3.5 percent over the previous year, slightly more than expectations outlined in the private management agreement.

This sales increase is anticipated through 3.2 percent growth in instant ticket sales to $1.94 billion, and 4.2 percent growth in draw-based game sales to $1.09 billion.

Overall, the plan is projected to result in a financial contribution to the state of $735 million, up an estimated 5.7 percent over the prior year.

By the end of Camelot’s contract term in 2027, the company projects the net annual income to the state to exceed $1 billion. 

To achieve this growth, the annual business plan focuses on strategies, goals and planned activities for marketing and branding, games, retail and iLottery, communications and corporate social responsibility.

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Our first year is a foundation year to establish operational fundamentals and build trust in the Illinois Lottery through responsible, transparent and accountable management,” said Camelot Illinois General Manager Colin Hadden. “Our long-term goal is to create an innovative, modern lottery that will attract new players and maximize financial returns to the state in a socially responsible way.

Camelot projects Illinois Lottery expenses to be $2.3 billion in Fiscal Year 2019, including $1.96 billion in prizes and claims, $114.1 million to fund the costs of sales and services, marketing and advertising and vendor fees, as well as $26.6 million in management fees.

Key highlights anticipated in Fiscal Year 2019 include the transition to a new back-office central gaming system, new computer terminals in all retail locations, new vending machines and the launch of a new website and mobile app. In the second half of the year, Camelot plans to implement the roll out of a $15 million investment in point of sale equipment that will transform the presentation of the Lottery in more than 7,600 retail stores across Illinois.

Also planned for Fiscal Year 2019 are the launch of a new draw-based game that will offer winners regular payments for life rather than a single jackpot, enhanced training and support for retailers and initiatives to expand awareness of iLottery to acquire new customers.

To learn more and to download the business plan, please visit www.illinoislottery.com.

About Camelot

Camelot operates lotteries in Illinois, the U.K. and Ireland and serves as an adviser to multiple U.S. state lotteries. Its sister company, Camelot U.K., has operated the U.K. National Lottery since 1994 and has an unrivaled track record of success, helping the U.K. National Lottery deliver over $92 billion to winners and $52 billion to good causes (as of November 2017). Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) won a 20-year license to operate the Irish National Lottery in February 2014. Over the three years to the end of 2017, PLI has grown overall sales by 16 percent and nearly tripled digital sales.

Subscribers can access the entire business plan here.

SOURCE: Camelot Illinois.

 

 

Arkansas Lottery Celebrates Record-Breaking Year

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 10, 2018) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s (ASL) fiscal year ended June 30, and it is celebrating recording-breaking sales and revenue for the year. Sales reached $499,704,976, and revenue was $500,490,212.

ASL Director Bishop Woosley said the best part of having record-breaking sales and revenues is it means more money for scholarships. Proceeds to scholarships were just shy of $92 million – the third highest amount since 2012 when more than $97 million went to help fund the Academic Challenge Scholarship.

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Our mission is to maximize proceeds to scholarships in a responsible way,” Woosley said. “With outstanding sales and revenues, we are doing just that. We have provided more than $781 million for the Academic Challenge Scholarship program, which equates to more than 275,000 scholarships. And that number will exceed 300,000 next month when the Arkansas Department of Higher Education awards scholarships to Arkansas students for the 2018-2019 school year.”

Instant lottery ticket sales also set a new record of $407,604,791, and Arkansas draw game sales had the second highest sales ever at $92,103,185.

In 2016 draw game sales were more than $95 million,” Woosley said. “That was the year that the Powerball jackpot went over $1 billion.

The Lottery also paid out the highest amount of prizes ever to players this year – nearly $342 million, which is about $27 million more than the second highest amount paid to players in 2012. And retailer commissions of more than $28 million were record-breaking as well this year.

Woosley added that the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery staff’s hard work contributed to the record year.

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Our excellent sales staff worked extremely hard this year,” he said. “Our gaming division introduced several new recording-breaking instant tickets, and our marketing group introduced a new advertising theme which featured real winners. I think all those efforts influenced our sales. I’m proud of the entire staff.”

To read the entire financial report presented to the Arkansas Legislative Council Lottery Oversight Subcommittee, go online to http://MyArkansasLottery.com/reports and click on “June 2018 Monthly Disclosure Reports” under “LOC Reports.”

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the Lottery has provided more than $781 million for more than 275,000 college scholarships, more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, about $224 million in retailer commissions and more than $116 million state and federal tax revenue.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions – and to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Kara Lee Ford at 501-683-1646 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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New Report Takes Significant Step Forward in Measuring the Impact of Gambling-Related Harms

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (July 10, 2018) -- A ground-breaking approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society has been published today.

It was led by Dr Heather Wardle, on behalf of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) – which provides independent advice to the Gambling Commission. The report is the result of close collaboration between the Gambling Commission, GambleAware as funding body, and RGSB. The report calls for views on how the social cost of gambling-related harms can be measured and better understood.

Mapping out for the first time methodology that could be used to quantify the impact gambling can have on relationships, finances and health, the report seeks to:

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  • Agree a definition of gambling-related harms that can be used by policy makers and public health officials.
  • Explore how the social and economic impact of gambling-related harms can be better understood, measured and monitored.
  • Set a framework for action that considers how the impact of harms can be felt by individuals, families and communities.
  • Identify the most effective way to estimate the social cost of gambling-related harms.

 

Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur said: “While the majority of consumers can enjoy gambling without experiencing harm, we cannot forget the devastating effects it can have on some individuals, families and communities. This report shows significant progress in understanding those effects and measuring the impacts on wider society and the economy as a whole. We do not see this as a definitive position - it’s very much a work in progress. We encourage public health officials, academics, the industry and the public to feed back on the report and work with us to set a framework that can help prevent harm to consumers.”

Dr Heather Wardle, lead author of the report commented: "This report is a dramatic step forward in our understanding of gambling. It represents a sea change in thinking about gambling as it recognises that gambling isn't something that affects just a few individuals but extends far beyond them to affect their families, communities and society".

Marc Etches, Chief Executive at GambleAware commented: "Problem gambling is a public health issue that can have serious economic and social consequences not only for individual gamblers but also family, friends, communities and society. This is why this project, led by Dr Heather Wardle of RGSB and funded by GambleAware, is so important. We need urgently to improve our understanding of what gambling, and its wide-reaching knock-on effects, is costing us."

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

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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Governor Announces Record Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits

Lottery Profits for K-12 Education Top $600 Million for First Time in Virginia Lottery History

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RICHMOND, Virginia (July 11, 2018) -- Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Lottery completed its best year ever, with record sales of $2.14 billion and profits topping $600 million for the first time. The news was delivered at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held in Richmond today. Virginia’s Constitution requires that all Virginia Lottery profits be deposited in the Lottery Proceeds Fund, from which the General Assembly makes appropriations in support of K-12 public education programs. The previous record, set in Fiscal Year 2016, was $588 million.

These numbers are unaudited figures. The final, audited results will be released in August.

Today’s news is a big win for public education in Virginia, particularly for the students and educators across our Commonwealth who benefit from this funding,” said Governor Northam. “Not only is the Lottery generating record profits, but the General Assembly has raised the Lottery per Pupil Allocation, giving school districts throughout Virginia more flexibility to use lottery funds to meet their local needs.”

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This $600 million will support so many areas of Virginia’s K-12 education system and will benefit teachers and students in all parts of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Atif Qarni.

Lottery players shared in the year’s success through a record $1.3 billion in prizes. A total of 48 tickets won prizes of at least $1 million in Virginia.

The Lottery partners with about 5,200 retailers across Virginia to sell tickets. Those lottery retailers, many of them small, locally-owned businesses, earned more than $120 million in commissions and incentives in Fiscal Year 2018.

Players continue to support our broad, creative portfolio of fun games while also enthusiastically supporting a great cause—Virginia’s public schools. At the Lottery, we celebrate good fun with a great social purpose,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “The record $600 million we contributed to public schools this year will help local schools fund child nutrition programs, early reading intervention, career education and other important classroom programs. An additional $14 million in unclaimed prizes this year has been deposited in the Literary Fund, which provides low-interest loans to help localities upgrade their school facilities and technology. In the coming months, look for us to deliver new games in new ways and in new places.”

The Lottery celebrates its 30th birthday in 2018. The first ticket was sold on September 20, 1988, nearly a year after Virginia voters approved creation of a state lottery.

The Lottery is proud to deliver record sales while adhering to sound business principles and presenting our products in the most responsible manner possible,” said Virginia Lottery Board Chairman Ferhan Hamid. “The Lottery is all about fun and games, but we’re very serious about fulfilling our mission of benefitting K-12 education in the Commonwealth.”

For more information and a complete list of lottery funds to Virginia school districts, visit www.valottery.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on LinkedIn and YouTube. And remember: please play responsibly.

SOURCE: Virginia Lottery press release.

 

 

Kansas Lottery and Casinos Transfer a Combined $163.7 Million to State of Kansas in Fiscal Year 2018

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TOPEKA, Kansas (July 11, 2018) -- The Kansas Lottery reported to the Kansas Lottery Commission at its monthly meeting in Topeka today that in Fiscal Year 2018 the Lottery nearly matched the all-time combined transfer record for traditional lottery and casinos.

Total revenue transferred to the State through the sale of traditional lottery games was $74.7 million.  Revenue transferred from the four casinos with state-owned and state-operated gaming totalled $89.0 million.

Combined, traditional lottery and casino revenue totalled $163.7 million transferred to the State in Fiscal Year 2018. That was only slightly below the record combined transfer of $163.9 million in Fiscal Year 2016.

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Traditional lottery sales in Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) were $283.2 million (unaudited).  That’s 4.35 percent ahead of last year’s sales of $271.4 million.

I’m grateful to our retailers, staff and players for the good year we’ve had,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta.  “Instant tickets continue to grow as our biggest category. We are up in the two big multi-state jackpot games Powerball and Mega Millions, and sales show players are enjoying our new games, Lotto America and Lucky for Life.

While I’m very pleased with this year’s results, it’s next fiscal year that’s going to be the real game changer,” continued Presta.

The Kansas Lottery hopes to have vending machines in stores sometime next calendar year, and our new partner Scientific Games is providing us with a brand new state-of-the-art gaming system with incredibly fast terminals and a whole new central system that’s scheduled to go live at the end of this month. These changes will help create revenue next year and in years to come.

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Here’s a breakdown of FY18 traditional lottery sales, by game, compared to FY17 sales:

 

Game Type FY 2017 FY 2018 % Change
Thru 6/30/2017 Thru 6/30/2018

Super Kansas Cash

$16,360,577

$11,833,939

-27.67%

Keno

15,494,968

14,201,198

-8.35%

2by2

1,708,499

1,551,448

-9.19%

Pick 3

6,811,012

7,091,113

4.11%

Powerball

36,781,987

40,054,608

8.90%

Hot Lotto

6,739,519

3,326,783

-50.64%

Kansas Hold’Em

2,611,650

2,459,770

-5.82%

Lucky For Life

4,204,190

5,897,464

40.28%

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4,013,801

100.00%

Mega Millions

12,336,420

17,230,881

39.67%

Raffle

4,000,000

3,933,440

-1.66%

Instants & Pull Tabs

164,377,242

171,627,817

4.41%

Total All Games

$271,426,064

$283,222,262

4.35%

 

Veterans Games

Included in the traditional lottery Fiscal Year 2018 transfer is $1,028,373 from the sale of special $1 and $2 Veterans Benefit instant scratch tickets. Proceeds from the sale of Veterans tickets are directed to state programs that provide benefits to Kansas Military veterans.  Programs include the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program, National Guard scholarships and Kansas Veterans homes and cemeteries.
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The $89.0 million transferred to the State from state-owned and -operated casino gaming in Fiscal Year 2018 includes revenue from four casinos.  This was the first full fiscal year of operation for the Kansas Crossing Casino near Pittsburg in the Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone, which opened March 29, 2017.

In addition to $89.0 million in total transfers to the State from the four casinos, $12.1 million went to local units of government and $8.1 million to the Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund.

Here is the distribution of revenue at Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City in FY18:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2018: $41,186,637

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$9,061,060

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

823,733

Local Governments*

3%

1,235,599

Casino Manager

73%

30,066,245

 

* 1.5% to City of Dodge City and 1.5% to Ford County

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane in FY18:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2018: $182,084,528

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$40,058,596

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

3,641,691

Local Governments*

3%

5,462,536

Casino Manager

73%

132,921,705

 

* 1% to City of Mulvane, 1% to Sumner County, and 1% to Sedgwick County

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in
Kansas City, Kans., in FY18:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2018: $148,770,983

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$32,729,616

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

2,975,420

Local Governments*

3%

4,463,129

Casino Manager

73%

108,602,818

 

* 3% to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kans.

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, Kans., in FY18:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2018: $32,465,853

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$7,142,488

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

649,317

Local Governments*

3%

973,975

Casino Manager

73%

23,700,073

 

* 1% to City of Pittsburg, 1% to Cherokee County, and 1% to Crawford County

 

The four casinos are generating millions of dollars for good causes,” said Presta. “I want to thank the casino managers and their staffs for the hard work they do in competitive markets and express gratitude to the casino players for their patronage.”


Where Does the Money Go?
Traditional Lottery Revenue

Traditional lottery revenue goes into the State Gaming Revenues Fund. On a yearly basis, the first $50 million is divided by a formula which first transfers $80,000 to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.

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Then 85 percent of the balance is transferred to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, 10 percent to the Correctional Institutions Building Fund, and 5 percent to the Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund. Any receipts in excess of $50 million must be transferred to the State General Fund.
The Economic Development Initiatives Fund supports state programs that create and retain jobs in Kansas. Those include Kansas Department of Commerce programs, Tourism and Parks programs in the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, the Kansas Board of Regents for vocational education programs, and many more.

Expanded Lottery (Casino) Revenue
The 2007 Kansas Expanded Lottery Act created the Expanded Lottery Act Revenues Fund (ELARF). The State’s share of revenue from state-owned and -operated casino gaming is transferred from the ELARF for purposes of reduction of state debt, state infrastructure improvements and reduction of local ad valorem tax; and/or for other purposes as directed by the Kansas Legislature, such as Kan-Grow Engineering Funds at state universities and the reduction of unfunded actuarial liability of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).

NOTE: All revenue figures are unaudited.

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

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

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Statement from CT Lottery Board Chair Donald DeFronzo:

Appointment of Gregory Smith as President and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation

ROCKY HILL, CT (July 5, 2018) -- As indicated in the Board action earlier today, Gregory Smith, Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Lottery, has been selected as the new permanent President and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC). His appointment will be effective July 20, 2018.

This decision is the result of a lengthy search beginning in March of 2017, and delayed several times by developments within the Lottery and on the Board.

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Nevertheless, over 80 candidates from 17 states and the District of Columbia and one foreign country applied. Extensive candidate reviews were conducted as were preliminary screening interviews, and approximately a dozen in-person interviews were conducted by the Search Committee itself.

Since 2012 Greg has served as Executive Director of two state lotteries, the Vermont Lottery Commission and the Illinois State Lottery.  During his four years at the Vermont Lottery, he grew sales and profits by more than 20%. While leading the Vermont Lottery, he was asked to serve on the finance and executive committee of the Multi-State Lottery Association board, through a challenging leadership transition.

This exposure, coupled with his accomplishments at the Vermont Lottery, led him to receive an offer to serve as the Acting Director of the Illinois Lottery. Interested in working for a larger lottery and learning more about the privatization process, he accepted the position.

As Director of the Illinois Lottery, he has led a management and technology transition while restructuring Illinois’ privatized $2.8 billion lottery system. He now serves on the national board of the Mega Millions Group.

In addition to lottery experience, Greg possesses extensive private sector experience in the hospitality industry including work in the hotel business and as Director of Operations for the Vermont Country Store where he had responsibility for approximately 250 employees.

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He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He has also held a license in Virginia as a Certified Public Accountant.

In addition to his work in both large and small lotteries, and in the state agency and privatized lottery models, Greg has a national reputation having served on two national lottery boards.

The Search Committee put a high premium on administrative performance, personal integrity, credibility, communication skill, and throughout the selection process, sought to ensure stability in the operations of the Lottery in the short run, and continued growth and innovation in the future.

In addition to these desired qualities and objectives, the selection needed to fit within the Lottery’s ability to pay in what is a very competitive professional field.

I have said that the selection of a CEO is a defining moment in the development of an agency and with the selection of Greg Smith we are clearly defining our objectives as follows:

First and foremost is a commitment to integrity in operations at all levels. In selecting an individual with Greg’s mix of experience and skill we expect to change the face of the Lottery and to move forward with innovative measures that will propel the CLC to the forefront of gaming operations national resulting in expanded growth for the CLC.

The Board believes that these are realistic aspirations, shared entirely by our new CEO, and we intend to work with him to achieve these goals.

One final note, as we welcome Greg to Connecticut, the Board wants to take this opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional work done by Acting CEO Chelsea Turner over the last 16 months.

She has taken an agency with a damaged image and improved its standing with the public, improved its financial performance to record levels, endured what most of us believe have been unfair criticisms, and has helped to establish the CLC as one of the best performing lotteries in the country.

She will assume the duties of Acting Vice President effective July 20, 2018.

CONTACTS:  Kendra Eckhart, (860) 713-2711 or Valerie Guglielmo, (860) 713-2703, Fax:  (860) 713-2695

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

 

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Over $167 Million in PA Lottery Scratch-Offs Prizes Claimed in June

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (July 9, 2018) - -Pennsylvania Lottery Scratch-Offs winners claimed $167,335,899 in prizes during June, including two $1 million top prizes.

The $1 million winning tickets were sold at Wawa, 3321 Willow Lane, Lower Macungie, Lehigh County (game: $1,000,000 Power Payday), and Pantry Food Mart, 102 Trenton Road, Fairless Hills, Bucks County (game: My First Million).

Across Pennsylvania, other big prizes claimed during June included:

  • Four $300,000 prizes;
  • Two $150,000 prizes; and
  • Fourteen $100,000 prizes.

 

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

Scratch-Offs currently offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $3 million. Before playing any game, players should read and understand the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning found at palottery.com. Check tickets promptly and immediately claim winnings.

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Prizes expire one year from a Scratch-Off game's end-sale date posted at palottery.com.

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

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.

Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Do not give lottery games to children. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win.

Play and win online 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.

 

 

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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