Enters Electronic Bingo Market in Canada
Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corporation is first operator in Canada to feature IGT's new electronic
LONDON, U.K. (November 14, 2018) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced that the
Company recently launched first-of-its-kind electronic bingo content for the
Canadian market. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation ("OLG") is the
first Lottery in Canada to feature a range of IGT's electronic bingo games
through a pilot at twelve of OLG's charitable gaming centers.
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...
IGT's engaging electronic bingo
games such as Bengal Eyes®, Golden Rooster® and Pharaoh's Legacy®
are among the many exciting titles that players can enjoy at twelve
OLG-governed charitable gaming destinations.
"Launching electronic bingo
content in Canada represents a meaningful growth opportunity for IGT and our
customers," said David Flinn, IGT Regional Vice President Canada. "IGT's
bingo portfolio for Canada complements our existing solutions portfolio for the
region, and is anchored in dynamic titles that were localized to meet the needs
of our customers and their players. Following a successful launch with OLG, we
look forward to extending our electronic bingo installed base to additional
provinces throughout Canada."
For more information, visit IGT.com
or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter,
twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on youtube.com/igt.
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
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
Italian media inquiries,
T: (+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: International Game
Technology PLC (IGT).
INTRALOT Signs a Two-Year Contract Extension Together with the
Green Light to be the Provider of the New Mexico Sports Lottery
ATHENS, Greece (November 12, 2018)
-- On October 30th the New Mexico Lottery Board voted unanimously to move
forward with the creation of a game tied to the outcome of sporting events
(Sports Lottery) as well as to grant a 2-year extension on its existing online
systems contact with INTRALOT. This move reflects the great long-term
partnership and appreciation between the New Mexico Lottery and INTRALOT built
for nearly 11 years now.
The New Mexico Lottery will be the
first Lottery in the United States to authorize a Sports wagering lottery game
to be available through its entire retail network, approximately 1,100 retail
terminals. Players will be able to make their selections from a wide menu of
sporting events made available to them together with their possible outcomes
(Parlay wagering game).
Specifically, the agreement includes
the deployment and customization of INTRALOTs holistic and cross-channel
Sports Lottery Gaming Platform along with the terminal software for the
operation of its 1,100 terminals. INTRALOT will also provide the Lottery with
its suite of fully Managed Services related to the Sports Lottery game
including Risk management and Trading services guaranteeing the payout of the
game as well as product and marketing services (i.e. acquisition, retention,
INTRALOT will also offer dedicated
training to all of New Mexicos retail network and Lottery personnel, as
well as related system operation, software maintenance and supporting
Mr. David Barden, New Mexico Lottery
Chief Executive Officer, stated: Today we reinforced our strong
partnership with our systems vendor, INTRALOT by extending our contract for
another 2 years. We also moved the Lottery industry forward as we took
the approval from our Board to launch a Sports Lottery game throughout our
retail network. We are convinced sports lottery games will provide new and
exciting experiences for our players while significantly increasing dollars
being transferred to our scholarship fund for student
beneficiaries. We are always looking for games that strengthen our
Lottery brand by attracting Millennials and other new players. Lottery
games of this type are fun to play and will move us in that
INTRALOT Group CEO Antonios
Kerastaris stated: This is a special day for us, not only because we
renew our partnership with a great client but also for breaking ground with a
new sports lottery contract, leveraging our extensive experience and our latest
technology on sports prognostics, our first such venture in the US in the
post-PASPA period. I look forward to the new era bringing in all our
lottery modernization expertise while extending my sincere thanks the New
Mexico Lottery for their trust and continued partnership.
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 HQ
and 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. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel
solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries
digital transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA
Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association
(WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.
For more info: Mr. Chris Sfatos,
Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800,
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
Skilrock to Launch its 4th Gen Platform at WLS, Buenos
GURUGRAM, India (November 15, 2018)
-- After the successful tradeshow at G2E Vegas, Skilrock once again comes to
the Lottery industrys most prestigious event - The World Lottery Summit
at Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a Gold Contributor Skilrock is fully aligned
with the spirit of the event Gaining the edge in the new world and
therefore it will launch its 4th generation platform that promises to take the
lottery & gaming industry to the new world.
This latest technology platform
promises to bring a paradigm shift in the way lottery operators would like to
transform themselves with a cutting edge in the new world that is unfolding
before us. With an increased focus on Americas, this is the fourth major event
in a series of major events in the lottery and gaming industry, where Skilrock
Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director
at Skilrock Technologies Pvt. Ltd, commented We have been always
aligned with the theme of the WLS. After demonstration of Green Lottery at WLS
2016, Singapore, Skilrock will now be showcasing its latest 4th generation
platform at WLS 2018, that is designed for the new world with infinite
possibilities for diverse markets with immersive games, channels, technologies
of today and fully extensible for tomorrow. Infinite possibilities of extending
new age technologies for Smart Retailing, Exciting electronic instants,
Transforming local games, Leveraging Digital world, Managing Player Loyalties
will be some of the key highlights of the full services omni-channel platform
of Skilrock. Looking forward to seeing you at Buenos Aires.
Skilrock Technologies is a leading
technology solution provider for the lottery, gaming and payment industry with
its R&D centres located at global IT hubs. It is technology arm of $2
billion Sugal & Damani Group, who are leaders of Indian lottery &
The Omni-Channel Gaming Platform of
Skilrock serves RETAIL, iGAMING & SELF SERVICE channels with equal ease and
at the same time supporting a wide variety of games like Lotto, Keno, Bingo,
Instant, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots. More than 120,000 retail touch
points and over 5 million iGaming players across 22 jurisdictions have been
serviced by Skilrock.
CONTACT: Sourabh Goyal, Manager
Marketing & Sales, Office: +91 124 4193500, Mobile: +91 88 2631
5550, Email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies
Millions, Powerball Runs Lead to Highest Sales and Income Month in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (November 12,
2018) -- The near-world record Mega Millions jackpot run in tandem with
a Powerball jackpot run that rose to more than $680 million led to the
most successful sales month in the nearly 30-year history of the Kentucky
Overall sales for the month were
$115.5 million, which is $33.2 million (or 40.3%) more than budgeted. This
shatters the previous record sales month from January 2016, when a world-record
Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion led to sales of $105.1 million.
This in turn led to $34.4 million in
monthly net income to the Commonwealth for the month, again a record. This
surpasses the previous record, also set in January 2016 by $1.8 million.
Kentucky players hoping to win the
$1.5 billion jackpot awarded in October spent $21.2 million on Mega Millions
tickets alone. This exceeded the $3.8 million October budgeted sales for the
game by $17.4 million. Powerball ticket sales for the month were $13.3 million,
which exceeded the budgeted sales for the game in October by $7 million (or
Lottery Scratch-off tickets also
posted a solid month, realizing $55.1 million in sales. Thats $9.3
million (or 20.3%) higher than budgeted.
The Lotterys online sales
portal also saw its highest sales level in the sites history, driven in
part by the number of players going there for Mega Millions and Powerball
tickets. Instant Play games online realized $1.5 million in sales, beating the
old record by $300,000.
While jackpot games were
obviously the major driving force behind these record sales, our other products
also did really well, said the Lotterys President and CEO Tom
Delacenserie. Great performance by our Scratch-offs and strong online
sales helped bring home the record month. We have a solid plan ahead for
November to help sustain the forward momentum, as our states college
students are counting on us for scholarship and grant proceeds.
The Kentucky Lottery has earned over
$5.1 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for
college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit kheaa.com to find out
more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
For More Information CONTACT: Chip
Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery press
Maryland Lottery Launches Enhanced Player Loyalty
BALTIMORE, MD (November 8, 2018) --
The newly enhanced My Lottery Rewards program will add exciting
opportunities for Lottery players.
Beginning November 13, members of My
Lottery Rewards, the Lotterys free player loyalty program, will be able
to earn more and win more with new ways to earn rewards and new ways to
By entering eligible Maryland
Lottery tickets into your Rewards account, you will earn prize points that can
be redeemed for great merchandise like music downloads and e-gift cards in the
digital marketplace; or electronics, sporting goods, jewellery and more in the
Points for Prizes® store.
You can also earn draw points that
can be used to enter drawings for chances to win prizes like sports packages,
merchandise, electronics and more.
And, of course, all of your
favourite second-chance contests, like Ravens and the Warehouse Dash, will
still be available.
Want to become a Rewards member?
Its easy to start earning rewards and its free! Just visit
mdlottery.com/rewards or download the free My Lottery Rewards mobile app to
register your account. (You must be 18 years or older to register.)
For more details, see the Frequently
Asked Questions section on the My Lottery Rewards website.
My Lottery Rewards
website on November 13 for more information.
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery press
Francaise des Jeux Becomes Official Gaming Partner of the NBA
in France; A First in Europe for a Sports Betting Operator
FRANCE (November 13, 2018) -- This
partnership is the first of its kind for the NBA in Europe. It will allow
ParionsSport, the sportsbook brand of FDJ, the leader in sports betting in
France, to reach millions of fans of the famous American basketball league
considered as the most prestigious world championship of the discipline in
terms of exposure , audience and level of play.
FDJ and the NBA announce a
partnership making ParionsSport the official and exclusive partner of the NBA
for sports betting in France. As part of this partnership, FDJ will be able to
use the image of the NBA and its franchises for its sports betting activity and
its communication, to offer its players and fans exclusive experiences during
matches of the NBA regular season in Europe. and in the United States, and
finally will benefit from increased visibility and media exposure on all
digital platforms of the NBA in France; including NBA.com, the NBA app and NBA
social media, which will offer content dedicated to ParionsSport.
In addition, the NBA will be
highlighted in the network of 27,000 FDJ ParionsSport outlets, as well as on
digital platforms and ParionsSport social networks. In addition, FDJ will be
able to display the official statistics of the NBA on the live matches and thus
propose one of the most competitive offers of the market on the
Sports betting is one of the pillars
of the FDJ strategy ( 2.5 billion in sales in 2017 and 17% of stakes).
FDJ ranks among the top 10 sports betting operators worldwide.
In this, FDJ stands as a complete
player in this market whose sales have doubled since 2010. Out of a total of
thirty sports, basketball represents the third sport in terms of bets for
ParionsSport on its two channels of play off line and on line; the NBA
represents, it, the second sporting competition most put on line.
The NBA is a strong benchmark brand
in the world of sports and sports betting. It enjoys a strong exposure in the
world in the wake of several French players evolving in NBA displaying a
France is the 3rd most represented
country in the NBA with 9 French players playing in the biggest franchises.
ParionsSport strengthens its close relationship with the most popular sports
for the benefit of punters.
FDJ and the NBA will also be
concerned to share best practices, information and experiences in raising
awareness and monitoring sports handling risks related to sports betting.
Indeed, FDJ has a monitoring
expertise in sports betting for more than 30 years, having launched in France
the Football Loto in 1985 and the bet aside in 2003.
"We are delighted to partner with
FDJ, the leader in the sports betting market in France," said Vandana
Balachandar, Vice President, Global Partnerships NBA.
"This collaboration will result
in the best possible gambling experience for users. And this especially through
the consideration of official data of the NBA in real time and a betting offer
among the most competitive market, while implementing a joint effort to
preserve the sports integrity of our matches."
"Being an official partner of the
NBA, the most prestigious basketball competition in the world, will allow
ParionsSport to offer an even richer betting experience to its bettors, to be
even more in the game and thereby to expand its reach to new audiences. For us,
basketball is on the podium of the most played sports. Thanks to the NBA and
the exclusive partnership that we are forming with it, it will remain so,
strengthen and become even more popular and motivating for our punters,"
summarizes Richard Courtois, Director of Sports Activities Paris FDJ.
Sports paris is a market development
potential whose practice is democratized in France. FDJ made 2.5bn in
sports bets in 2017; or 17% of FDJ bets on its two channels of betting
"ParionsSport Point of Sale" and "ParionsSport Online". In 2018, FDJ posted
1.6 billion, + 24.6%, in sales in the first half of which 333
million in bets made at the World Cup football.
About the NBA
The NBA is a sports and media
company, built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball
Association, the Women's National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and
the NBA 2K League. The NBA has an international presence with matches broadcast
in 215 countries in 50 different languages and sells its products in more than
100,000 stores in 100 countries and six continents. At the beginning of the
2018-19 season the NBA teams included 108 international players from 42
countries and territories. The digital tools of the NBA include the NBA TV,
NBA.com, the NBA App and the NBA League Pass. The NBA has built one of the
world's largest social networking communities, with 1.5 billion likes and
followers across all league platforms, teams and players. Through its NBA Cares
program, the league addresses important social issues by working with
internationally recognized youth service organizations that support education,
youth and family support, and health-related causes. .
SOURCE: La Francaise des Jeux
Svenska Spels New Campaign Emphasizes: Social
Responsibility, Major Sponsor of Swedish Sport and
VISBY, Sweden (November 12, 2018) --
Social responsibility, major sponsor of Swedish sport and state-owned - these
are areas that Svenska Spel emphasizes when the Group positions itself for the
reorganization of the Swedish gaming market. The brand campaign on the theme
"The world's Swedishest gaming company" starts on November 12th.
From the turn of the year, a major
change in the Swedish gaming market takes place with a new gaming legislation,
which means, among other things, that foreign gaming companies can apply for a
license to offer games in Sweden. Svenska Spel welcomes the change and prepares
by launching a new branding campaign.
"Now that we finally compete on
equal terms in the gaming market, we want to make it clear that we are
different from many other gaming companies. We are the entire Swedish people's
gaming company, and this means, for example, that the entire profit returns to
the state and benefits society, thus taking social responsibility. Everyone may
not know what we stand for. With our new branding campaign, we show that it is
important which gaming company you choose, says Joakim
Mörnefält, Communications and Sustainability Director Svenska
The new concept is called the
world's Swedish gaming company, claiming that Svenska Spel conducts its
business in a unique way, where state ownership, social responsibility and
proximity to the sporting movement are some of the pillars.
Svenska Spel is Sweden's
oldest gaming company and has made the game a popular entertainment by offering
games for everyone. With the concept "The world's Swedish gaming company", we
want to lift the Swedish way of running gaming companies, that is, shaky,
trustworthy and genuine - endowed with a lot of humor and glimpse in the eye.
In the concept, we also want to show that we are a caring and inclusive gaming
company. Everyone is welcome and we have something for everyone, says
Anna Fohlin, Marketing Manager, the Swedish brand brand brand.
Svenska Spel also wants to emphasize
that the group is owned by the Swedish state, that is, the entire Swedish
people from north to south, and that all revenues return to Swedish
"We have a unique position and we
take it into the new gaming market. When the other companies are screaming, we
want a little more sensible tone. At the same time, we are clear about lifting
what we are good at and that we actually see things in a slightly different
way. One example is that for us a bonus is not a game bonus, but a bonus that
benefits society as a whole, "says Anna Fohlin.
About the concept and
The concept has been developed
together with Bloomy. The campaign will be on TV, outdoors, digital screens,
SoMe and on-line.
SOURCE: Svenska Spel media
Manhattan Man Wins Largest Jackpot in New York Lottery
NEW YORK (November 14, 2018) --
Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Bailey has come forward to claim the $343.8 million
winning ticket from the October 27, 2018 Powerball drawing. Bailey, of New York
City, now has the distinction of winning the largest jackpot in New York
Lottery history. His winning ticket matched all six of the numbers drawn;
numbers he said he has been playing for over twenty-five years.
A family member gave me the
numbers over twenty-five years ago and I faithfully play them,
The retired federal government
employee purchased his lucky ticket at the West Harlem Deli on 5th Avenue in
Harlem. I buy my tickets at three of four different stores. It
was raining that day so I went into the deli to get out the rain and bought my
Bailey said he checked his ticket
online after the drawing and was in shock at what he saw. I said
to myself, these look like my numbers. I tried
to remain calm and sat down to watch some shows I had on my DVR. I
didnt sleep the rest of the night.
The winning Powerball numbers for
the October 27th drawing were 8-12-13-19-27 Powerball 4.
Bailey opted to take the cash value
of the annuitized prize, earning him a single lump sum payment totalling
$198,086,518. His net check will total $125,396,690 after required
withholdings. Bailey was presented his winnings today by Yolanda Vega of the
New York Lottery at an event at Resorts World Casino New York City.
When asked how it felt to win an
historic Lottery jackpot Bailey said, Its a good life changer. I
plan to do the right thing with the money.
As far as continuing to play the
Lottery Bailey said Yes, I will continue playing my numbers until this
train runs out!
New York Lottery Director Gweneth
Dean offered her congratulations to Bailey. We congratulate
Robert on his historic Lottery win. Its good to see a new record set in
New York. I should also note that this is a good thing across the board as New
York also had two one million dollar winners and 26 winners of $150,000 or more
for this drawing.
Dean noted that the jackpot
win and increased ticket sales also had a ripple effect in New York. During the
jackpot roll up that began on August 12 and ended on October 27, New
Yorks Powerball prizes to players was more than $363 million, Aid to
Education accrued more than $39 million and Lottery retailers earned $6.6
million in commissions.
This is the second consecutive
Powerball jackpot won in New York this year. The most recent win came in
September when the Sea and Sand Trust won the $245.6 million jackpot.
The New York Lottery contributed $
1,337,283,719 in Lottery Aid to Education to school districts throughout the
five boroughs of New York City during fiscal year 2017-2018.
About the New York
The New York Lottery continues to be
North Americas largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.37
billion in fiscal year 2017-2018 to help support education in New York State.
The Lotterys contribution represents approximately 13 percent of total
state education aid to local school districts.
New York Lottery revenue is
distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to
distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school
districts size and its income level; larger, lower-income school
districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.
New Yorkers struggling with a
gambling addiction, or who know someone who is, can find help by calling the
State's toll-free, confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or
by texting HOPENY (467369).
CONTACT: NYS Gaming Commission,
Press Office: T: 518-388-3415, Email: Info@gaming.ny.gov.
SOURCE: New York Lottery.
Administrative Court Rejects Appeals by Unlicensed Operators
Against the Lottery Inspectorate's Deliberations
SWEDEN (November 13, 2018) -- The
Administrative Court in Linköping rejects a large number of appeals
against the Lottery Inspectorate's deliberations. Administrative law finds that
the injunctions are in accordance with the Constitution, do not violate EU law
and that the Lottery Inspectorate has made decisions. This means that the
testimony is confirmed and that it is not allowed to link to games sites that
are not in Swedish.
In May 2018, the Lottery
Inspectorate instructed 39 Internet domain owners to know to cease to promote
participation in a lottery organized outside the country.
The present submissions concerned
clickable graphics that, for a commercial purpose, forward (link) the site
visitor to a lottery organized outside the country.
Internet Domain Holders Refused
Sörmlands Media AB,
Norrköpings Tidning Media AB, Svenska Dagbladet AB, Skellefteå AIK
Hockey, Norra Västerbotten Newspaper Company, Stampen Local Media AB,
Herenco IT AB, Hall Media AB, Norrköping Tidning's Limited Company,
Östgöta Media AB, AB Laholms Tidning, MittMedia AB
Under section 38 of the Lottery Act
(1994: 1000), it is prohibited to promote participation in a lottery organized
outside the country for professional purposes, or otherwise for acquisition
purposes. In the new game act (2018: 1138) there is a corresponding prohibition
on the promotion of illegal games (Chapter 19, Section 2).
The Lottery Inspectorate may, in
accordance with Section 52 of the Lottery Act, notify the injunctions and
prohibitions necessary for compliance with the Lottery Act. Such an injunction
or prohibition may be combined with a penalty in accordance with the law (1985:
New game day from January 1, 2019
but same rules
Even in the new game act, which
comes into force on January 1, 2019, it is forbidden to promote illegal games
Read more about the promotion ban, click here!
Collaborate and Know Your Customers to Make Gambling Safer
Gambling Commission CEO to Leaders of Britain's Gambling
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (November 8, 2018)
-- Gambling Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur has today called on the
industry to work together and know their customers better to make gambling in
Britain the fairest and safest in the world.
Mr McArthur made the call at the
regulators Raising Standards Conference at the International Conference
Centre in Birmingham.
The event, attended by 170 leaders
from more than 100 gambling businesses, is aimed at encouraging the most senior
members of the industry to take action to boost fairness and safety.
He said: I want consumers
in Britain to be able to enjoy the fairest and safest gambling in the
and to achieve my aims I need your support: I need you to work
together to make sure you are the best - the fairest, safest - gambling
operators in the world.
Mr McArthur told delegates he wanted
gambling businesses to collaborate and focus on three areas - understanding the
early signs which could indicate a customer is experiencing or developing
problems, interacting with those customers to ensure they can receive support
and advice, and rebuilding public trust by changing advertising strategies.
This is a call to action to
join the race to the top, he said. A race to put your
customers, their enjoyment and their safety at the top of the agenda for your
management meetings, your board meetings and meetings with your
A race to approach the
minimum requirements we impose as exactly that: minimums not maximums. A race
to look for real solutions to the public health issue of gambling-related
Todays conference also heard
from Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,
and representatives from the Advertising Standards Authority, the Competition
and Markets Authority, and Twitter UK.
Guy Parker, ASA Chief Executive,
said: The existing rules that regulate the content and targeting of
gambling advertising are working effectively, but there is public concern about
the timing and quantity. Todays Gambling Commission conference is a great
opportunity for gambling firms to discuss how those concerns might be
George Lusty, CMA Senior Director
for Consumer Protection, said: Weve seen gambling operators
making changes to promotions and withdrawal practices, and this is a great
start, but its only one aspect of achieving compliance and clearly much
more needs to be done by the sector to win back customer trust.
The best operators going
forward will be those who lead by example, those who build on the work
weve done and treat their consumers fairly and responsibly.
Dara Nasr, Managing Director for
Twitter UK, said: Twitter recognises the importance of innovation,
knowing your customer and acting accordingly to ensure they are treated fairly,
and I believe such a stance will serve the other industries well too.
I think todays event
is a great way for key players in the gambling industry to come together to
find new ways to safeguard their customers which will benefit both their
businesses and the industry as a whole.
Click here to read Neil McArthurs speech to the
Raising Standards conference.
SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.
Enforcement Authorities in Portugal and Luxembourg Successfully
Dismantled Illegal Online Gambling Scheme
The Hague, The Netherlands (November
12, 2018) -- After a 15-month investigation conducted by the Portuguese Public
Prosecutors Office, and with the assistance of Eurojust and Europol,
judicial and law enforcement authorities in Portugal and Luxembourg
successfully dismantled an organised criminal group (OCG) of more than one
In one year, the OCGs profits
were estimated at EUR 80 million in activities involving illegal online
gambling, money laundering and tax fraud.
Between 6 and 8 November, Operation
Shadow Game led to a total of 267 searches in Portugal and 8 searches in
Luxembourg, resulting in the seizure of EUR 576 000, approximately 3 000
computers and tablets used in illegal gambling, 428 pieces of hardware, 22
firearms and 86 vehicles.
More than EUR 6 million in criminal
assets was recovered.
Thirty people were arrested, 29 in
Portugal and 1 in Luxembourg, and 14 commercial companies were charged with
The OCG operated since 2015 in
several EU Member States and internationally.
The operation was led by the
Portuguese Public Prosecution Office (PPO), and was carried out by the Fiscal
Action Unit of the Portuguese Republican National Guard (Unidade de
Ação Fiscal da Guarda Nacional Republicana) and several
territorial police departments, with the cooperation of the judicial and law
enforcement authorities of Luxembourg.
The international coordination would
not have been possible without the coordination of Eurojust, which assisted
with the issuing of European Investigation Orders and freezing orders, and the
support of Europol.
CONTACT: For more information about
Eurojust, see www.eurojust.europa.eu or contact Eurojusts Corporate
Communications Unit at: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: +31
70 412 5000.
SOURCE: Eurojust press release.
Swedish Gambling Market is Growing, Unlicensed Foreign Companies Drive
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (November 8, 2018)
-- The Swedish gambling market reported gross gaming revenue after payment of
winnings of SEK 16.8 billion in the first three quarters of 2018. This was an
increase of 1.2% compared with the same period last year. Operators with
Swedish permits reported gross gaming revenue of SEK 12.2 billion, down 2.4%.
Operators without Swedish permits reported gross gaming revenue of SEK 4.5
billion, up 12.4%.
Market share for operators with
Swedish permits was 73% in the first three quarters, while operators without
Swedish permits had a market share of 27%. Online gambling increased by 12.9%,
while land-based gambling decreased by 8.4%. Betting increased by 13.6% and
online casino increased by 11.9%.
- Svenska Spel reported gross gaming revenue of SEK
6.4 billion, down 1.6%. Land-based gambling fell by 9.4% while online gambling
increased by 22.5%.
- ATG reported gross gaming revenue of SEK 3.1
billion, down 0.4%. Land-based gambling decreased by 10.0%. Online gambling
increased by 6.7%.
- Non-governmental organisations
- Folkspel, with
Bingolotto and Sverigelotten, reported gross gaming revenue of SEK 345 million,
- The Swedish Postcode Association reported gross gaming revenue
of SEK 1.6 billion, down 5.1%.
- IOGT-NTO, with Miljonlotteriet among
others, reported gross gaming revenue of SEK 171 million, down 24.8%.
SAP/SSU, with Kombilotteriet among others, reported gross gaming revenue of SEK
143 million, down 10.7%.
- Other national lotteries, including Cancerfonden
and PRO among others, reported gross gaming revenue of SEK 145 million, up
- Operators without Swedish permits reported gross gaming revenue of
SEK 4.5 billion, up 12.4%.
The gross gaming revenue figures for
some of the smaller national lotteries, land-based bingo, restaurant casinos,
local and regional lotteries are not included. The Swedish Gaming Authority
estimates their gross gaming revenue to be SEK 373 million.
The table for gross gaming revenues per quarter can be found
About the data
The Swedish Gambling Authority
continually collects and analyses data in order to monitor trends in the field
of gambling. The gross gaming revenue figures for operators with Swedish
permits are based on the figures supplied by the operators themselves. The
figures for operators without Swedish permits are based on the figures from H2
Gambling Capital. Gross gaming revenue means revenue after paying winnings.
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Granlund, Analyst, tel. 0152-650 171, 0765-330 171, Email:
or My Hamrén, Press Officer, tel. 0152-650 174, 0765-330 174, Email:
SOURCE: Lotteriinspektionen (The
Swedish Gambling Authority),