IGT to Provide Veikkaus Oy in Finland with Its PlayDigital
Organization's PlayRGS Solution and PlayCasino Content
LONDON, U.K. (June 4, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that its
subsidiary IGT Global Services Limited (hereinafter "IGT") has signed an
agreement with Finnish lottery operator Veikkaus Oy to deliver IGT
PlayDigital's PlayRGS (remote game server) solution and PlayCasino content.
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
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...
"Veikkaus Oy is committed to
engaging our players with a variety of highly entertaining games across all
channels. Through IGT's PlayRGS solution, we can seamlessly provide
best-in-class digital content, including IGT's top-performing PlayCasino
digital game titles," said Olli Sarekoski, Veikkaus Oy CEO. "This
agreement gives the lottery enhanced flexibility to offer our players the games
they want and ensures the sustainability and ongoing success of our digital
"Veikkaus Oy is one of the
world's most innovative and sophisticated lotteries, and the introduction of
our powerful PlayRGS remote game server and player-tested PlayCasino digital
content will significantly enhance player engagement," said Declan Harkin,
IGT Senior Vice President & COO, International. "IGT's extensive
experience in the government-regulated digital gaming market will ensure the
continued growth of Veikkaus' digital program, generating funds for good causes
to benefit the people of Finland."
The agreement, which is for an
initial term of four years with a provision for possible one-year renewal
periods after the initial period, includes PlayRGS installation, maintenance,
monitoring, support, as well as access to the complete library of IGT
PlayCasino content and marketing support.
One of the most advanced
cross-platform delivery systems on the market, PlayRGS provides operators with
the best premium game content and plugs seamlessly into an existing back
One integration grants access to an
extensive library of the world's best-performing slots, table games, video
poker, and instant win games, making them instantly available to players where
and when they want to play: on desktop computers, mobile phones, and tablet
IGT PlayDigital's PlayRGS solution
powers gaming sites around the globe for both lottery and commercial customers.
In addition to Veikkaus, IGT supplies PlayRGS solutions to World Lottery
Association customers including Danske Spil in Denmark, Norsk Tipping in
Norway, as well as Loto Québec and the British Columbia Gaming
Corporation in Canada.
IGT is established in the Nordic
region as a valued digital partner that successfully supports some of the
industry's leading government operators, including Veikkaus, Svenska Spel in
Sweden, and Norsk Tipping.
IGT also provides Veikkaus with its
core lottery central system, sports betting, PlayBingo (digital bingo), and
land-based casino games.
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 more than 12,000
employees. For more information, please visit
Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global
Communications, (401) 392-7452.
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Italian media inquiries.
INTRALOT Announce Y-o-Y Revenue (-8.5%) and EBITDA (-14.7%)
Contraction Following Primarily Business Transition
ATHENS, Greece (May 31, 2019) --
INTRALOT SA (RIC: INLr.AT, Bloomberg: INLOT GA) an international gaming
solutions and operations leader, announces its financial results for the
three-month period ended March 31, 2019, prepared in accordance with IFRS.
- Revenue and EBITDA contraction of -1.1% and -3.0%
year over year respectively on a constant currency basis.
- Group Revenues lower by 8.5% in 1Q19, compared to
- EBITDA in the three-month period declined by 14.7%
year over year.
- EBITDA margins on sales/ GGR lower by 1.2pps (at
16.5%) and 3.1pps (at 29.1%), respectively.
- EBT at 4.5m decreased by 45.8% vs. 1Q18. EBT
margin developed to 2.3% (-1.6pps vs. 1Q18).
- NIATMI (Net Income After Tax and Minority Interest)
from continuing operations down by 4.1m vs. last year, developing to
- Operating Cash Flow in 1Q19 below last year by
- Net Debt stood at 647.5m, up 32.2m
compared to December 31st 2018, affected also by the application of the IFRS16
- In early May 2019, INTRALOT announced the
completion of the sale of its subsidiary sports betting provider, Totolotek SA,
to Merkur Sportwetten GmbH, a subsidiary of the Gauselmann Group based in
- In early May 2019, INTRALOT announced a Group
restructuring and in particular concerning the Operations, Technology, Digital,
and Commercial Divisions, reorganizing them with executives from the
companys experienced talent pool.
- At the end of May 2019, INTRALOT announced its
entrance in the Canadian market through a new contract with British Columbia
Lottery Corporation (BCLC).
INTRALOT Group Chairman
& CEO Sokratis P. Kokkalis noted:
The first quarter results
reflect the continuing impact from the partial loss of some contracts last
year, though the successful launch of the Illinois Lottery landmark project on
February 18, 2019 has started and will continue to offset these effects
incrementally throughout the year. Continuing positive news from advances in
the sports betting legislative environment in the US, in the District of
Columbia and Montana, create immediate prospect for new revenue streams in the
promising US sports betting market. We are also very optimistic about GAMENET,
our asset in Italy, which announced very strong growth in the first quarter of
2019. In addition, INTRALOT recently signed an important contract with BCLC in
Canada to provide the Lottery Gaming Engine along with terminal
hardware/software and services, marking our entrance to the Canadian market.
Further to our market growth initiatives, we continue to implement our plan for
operational improvements and cost savings that will help us leverage the
strategic advantages from the launch of our next generation products and
services for digital transformation.
as Proportionate EBITDA of fully consolidated entities including EBITDA from
equity investments in Italy, Peru, Greece, and Taiwan.
Click here to view/download the complete report.
SOURCE: INTRALOT SA.
Skilrock Awes Delegates at the 10th EL
GURUGRAM (Delhi NCR), India (June 6,
2019) -- Skilrock is back after an extremely successful participation at the
10tH European Lotteries Congress at Antwerp, Belgium. It exhibited and
showcased a wide range of solutions and services for the lottery industry which
specifically addressed the challenges of attracting new generation of players
towards lotteries. Various European lotteries also evinced interest in
Skilrocks attractive Scratch Cards and Tablet based gaming to bring back
excitement towards the Retail Lottery shop.
Going beyond the attractive
front-end, the extensive player management features involving acquisition,
retention and servicing of players and back office admin feature of iLottery
platform provided by Skilrock and its ease of integration with existing lottery
platform was attractive to many European lotteries who are looking for robust
and extensive solutions to reach out to Digital audiences.
Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director
at Skilrock Technologies Pvt. Ltd stated: It could not have been
better for us at Skilrock!
The European Lotteries have
diverse business needs, discerning tastes and attention to detail. The visitors
to our booth thoroughly enjoyed what we showcased to them in terms of maturity
and depth of the solution with innovative approach to everything that we
The Lottery business is
more than Skin Deep; it goes much beyond the visual attractiveness
of the gameplay and involves the entire dimension of User Experience as well as
Backend service delivery dimension of the operator.
independent unified gaming approach and its strong belief that even Retail
experience can be enhanced manifold for every lottery operator using its Smart
Retail solution was very well understood and appreciated
We look forward to our
further engagements with European Lotteries
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 200,000 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.
Executive Director of NASPL Respectfully Requests Governor DeSantis
to Veto HB 629
May 22, 2019
Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-00001
As Executive Director of the North
American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), I am writing to
you today to respectfully request that you veto HB 629. This bill would require
the lottery vendor to print a warning statement on the front of every lottery
ticket printed on or after January 1, 2021 that occupies at least 10% of the
total front face of the ticket. The bill would also require the Florida Lottery
to include a warning label on every advertisement or promotion of lottery games
that takes up 10% of the surface area of the advertisement or promotion. These
warning labels must contain one of two messages, and each message must appear
in an equal number of advertisements and promotions:
GAMES MAY BE ADDICTIVE or PLAY
Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has
generated more than $35 billion for education, with over 800,000 students
receiving a Bright Futures scholarship. It is almost certain that the funding
generated for education each year will be substantially hurt if HB 629 is
signed into law.
I am not aware of any North American
lottery that is required to print a warning message on the front of a lottery
ticket that would occupy 10% of the surface area, similar to HB 629. I am
concerned that devoting 10% of ticket and advertising real estate to this
warning message would have a substantial negative impact on lottery game retail
sales and a corresponding negative impact on profits and funding for the
education programs these sales support.
It has been estimated that HB 629
could lead to a $235 million reduction in Florida Lottery top line sales,
resulting in a loss of $61 million for education. In addition, this would
result in a loss of $14.1 million in retailer commissions (6%). Ultimately, a
loss in revenue, top line sales, education benefits, retailer commissions, and
player prizes would have a huge negative economic impact, because it will mean
fewer dollars for education, fewer dollars for the lottery to run its billion
dollar business, and less infrastructure for lottery partners to run their
business, including investment.
The effective date of HB 629 is
January 1, 2021. In order to comply, the Florida Lottery would need to remove
every instant scratch-off ticket and game without the warning message from the
market by that date and replace billions of dollars of inventory. It would be a
monumental task and likely have a significant negative impact on the
The Florida Lottery does more than
$4.5 billion in instant scratch-off ticket game retail sales annually.
Based on the 2019 projected value of
printed instant scratch-off ticket game retail sales and inventory, the impact
on the lottery of implementing HB 629 and removing inventory without the
warning message prior to January 1, 2021 is $7.1 billion. In addition, another
$7.1 billion in retail value of inventory would have to be produced to replace
the inventory pulled out of the market to support this ill-conceived
Additionally, if this bill were
signed into law, it would likely have a national impact on the lottery
industry. NASPL does not want the state of Florida to set in motion a trend in
legislatures that ultimately leads to a reduction in dollars for lottery
beneficiaries, including college scholarships, pre-K funding, state budgets,
healthcare funding, programs that support senior citizens, and more.
The primary focus of state lotteries
is to continue growing the much needed funding for good causes and to do so
responsibly and with integrity. The industry has always proactively addressed
problem gambling, by including Play Responsibly messaging on
tickets and advertising materials, as well as directly funding problem gambling
organizations. This is not something that NASPL takes lightly. It is my belief
that the industry and more importantly the recipients of the funds
generated by the lotteries, such as the Bright Futures Scholarship students
will be negatively impacted if HB 629 is signed into law.
Executive Director, North American
Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
See, Hear, and Imagine a Better Business with the 2019 Australasian
Gaming Expo Seminars
SYDNEY (May 31, 2019) -- Take a seat
for Hyper Distraction, Customer Experience, and
Sacred Cows. Thats just a glimpse of the thought-provoking
topics and information youll gain from the 2019 Australasian Gaming Expo
Hear how you can do business bigger,
better, smarter and look ahead.
While the 2019 Australasian Gaming
Expo showcases the latest technologies, the educational seminars provide
insights to help hotels and clubs do business better.
With a 24 speakers across 17
sessions, experts within the hospitality industry will discuss a range of
topics relating to all levels of the sector, generating a robust conversation
on the impact of new technologies, gaming, regulation, customer service, food,
On the back of strong seminar and
educational sessions in 2018, this year will see further emphasis on education
and professional development. The program will host representatives from
government, regulation, technology, gaming, communications, research and more,
to offer an informative and holistic view of the industry.
Sponsored by the Gaming Technologies
Association (GTA) and Asia Gaming Brief (AGB), heres a taste of some of
the topics covered:
- How the culture of your organisation and employee
incentives can be appropriately leveraged to provide an engaging and highly
satisfying customer experience for valued customers.
- A seminar that reviews the effectiveness of
hospitality marketing sacred cows, including badge draws and cheap
- How the growth of the $1.7trillion illegal black
market betting industry impacts hospitality operations.
- Clubs industry, whats coming next? This
session will explore the key opportunities and challenges facing the clubs
industry over the year ahead.
To see the full list of seminar
topics visit the
The three-day Australasian Gaming Expo, now in its 30th year, will be held
13-15 August and is the must attend event for hotels and clubs
looking to innovate, learn and continually improve the customer offering.
Held in state-of-the-art seminar
rooms located within the ICC Sydney complex, attendance at the seminars is
complimentary for visitors attending the Australasian Gaming Expo, on a first
come-first served basis.
Visitors who have completed the
on-line registration to attend AGE 2019 will be sent further
details about sessions and the event as they become available.
Sponsorship and branding
opportunities are also available for the Seminars but are limited. If you have
interest in sponsoring this years AGE Seminar Program, please email
To submit a topic idea or
presentation proposal, or general questions about the AGE seminar program,
please contact Felix@agbrief.com.
The Australasian Gaming Expo
is on the 13th to the 15th August, 2019. Visitor registration is available at
www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Registration
line on 02 9211 7430. For exhibitor registration please call Judy Rayner on
0417 990 000.
NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a
trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
Trade suppliers are not eligible to
attend the event unless exhibiting.
GTAs primary members are
Ainsworth Game Technology, Aruze Gaming Australia, IGT (Australia), Interblock
Asia Pacific, Konami Australia, Scientific Games and Tabcorp
For further information contact:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
New Mexico Lottery Introduces Four New Games for Summer
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (June 4,
2019) -- The New Mexico Lottery is kicking off a season of fun with four new
- $500 Fully Loaded is loaded with over
$1.6 million in total prizes including over 500 $500 prizes.
- LOTERIA, a New Mexican favorite,
features $25,000 top prizes and a fun bingo-like playstyle.
- BETTY BOOP Scratchers return,
decked out in red, white and blue and featuring $10,000 top prizes.
- Hot Dice is a fiery ticket featuring
five chances to win up to $3,000.
All eligible non-winning Scratchers
can be entered in the My Rewards program at nmlottery.com, or by
scanning them with the NM Lottery Official App.
In June, players can enter for a
chance to win a cash prize of $2,500 for Gas for a Year (two prizes
valued at $2,500 each), a tablet (ten prizes valued at $500 each), or
Bicycles for Two (one prize valued at $400). Get all the details
and enter at nmlottery.com.
All profits from the sale of New
Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program. Since
1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $815.3 million for education and more
than 122,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
© 2019 King Features Syndicate,
Inc./Fleischer Studios, Inc. Hearst Holdings, Inc./Fleischer Studios,
Inc. www.bettyboop.com and www.bettyboopstore.com
LOTERIA/©: Licensed by
Don Clemente, Inc. 2019. All Rights Reserved.
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
The Arizona Lottery Makes History in Fiscal Year
Retailers exceed $1
billion mega-milestone and Players Vie for a near-record $14.6 million The Pick
Jackpot with 27 days still remaining!
PHOENIX, AZ (June 3, 2019) --
Its an exciting time to play the Arizona Lottery as record after record
is broken and new ones are being set:
- Annual Instant-win and draw games sales are
reaching historic records totaling more than $1 billion with four weeks
to go before the end of fiscal year 2019!
- The Arizona Lottery is projected to give back more
than $220 million a new record - to over a dozen vital Arizona programs
- Arizonas own draw game, The Pick, is offering
a massive $14.6 million jackpot that is only getting bigger!
"This is great news for all of
Arizona as we are all winners with the Lottery," Executive Director Gregg
Edgar said. "The Arizona Lottery has worked hard for almost 38 years to
reach this goal and help make dreams come true for Arizonans by paying billions
in prizes and awarding billions more to beneficiary agencies over the
The money the Arizona Lottery gives
back estimated to surpass $220 million in FY20 goes to 18 worthy
programs that would otherwise rely on tax dollars, including: building higher
education infrastructure through the Arizona Board of Regents; protecting
children from cyber-predators through Internet Crimes Against Children Task
Force Program (ICAC); and conserving Arizonas iconic and majestic
wildlife through the Arizona Game and Fish Departments Heritage fund.
Additionally, lottery revenue is on
track to generate more than $72 million in retailer commissions across the
This record-breaking sales-year puts
the Arizona Lottery one year ahead of schedule on exceeding its fiscal year
2020 goal of $1 billion in sales.
SOURCE: The Arizona Lottery.
Total Good Causes Returns Exceed £40 Billion as the National
Lottery Turns 25
U.K. (June 4, 2019) -- Camelot UK
Lotteries Limited (Camelot) today announced that National Lottery
ticket sales for the 2018/19 financial year (1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019)
were £7,206.8 million an increase of £255.1 million on last
year and clear evidence that the company is making good progress as it
continues to implement the outcomes from its 2017 strategic review.
During 2018/19, Camelot generated
£1,654.7 million for Good Causes, which continues to amount to around
£30 million every week and takes the total delivered to more than
£40 billion over the past 25 years.
National Lottery funding has now
been awarded to 565,000 individual projects an average of 200 lottery
grants in every UK postcode district. Combined with the Lottery Duty it pays to
the Government and the commission earned by its retail partners, Camelot
continues to return around 95% of all revenue to winners and society one
of the highest percentages of lottery revenue given back in the world. In
2018/19, returns to winners and society grew by £205.0 million to
Over the course of the year, Camelot
awarded £4,128.5 million in prizes to players and created a record 406
new millionaires including Patrick and Frances Connolly from Northern
Ireland who became Britains fourth biggest-ever National Lottery winners
when they scooped £114.9 million on New Years Day. The National
Lottery has now awarded over £71 billion in prizes and created more than
5,350 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
Sales growth in 2018/19 was driven
by a number of factors, including record digital sales of £1,833.5
million. Following continued investment and innovation in its digital presence
including ongoing improvements to the National Lottery mobile apps
Camelot grew sales through smartphones and tablets to an all-time high
of £1,019.5 million, accounting for 55% of all National Lottery digital
sales. Likewise, sales across The National Lotterys range of Scratchcards
and online Instant Win Games also reached a record £3,125.0 million, an
increase of £290.1 million following improvements to ensure a wide
range of differently-priced products with varying themes, combined with better
stock management processes.
With sales of £5,373.3 million
over the period an increase of £73.8 million on last year
retail remains the largest National Lottery sales channel, with nearly 75% of
total sales coming through in-store terminals. At the time of the strategic
review, Camelot announced plans to grow its sales force, move into discounters
and ensure that National Lottery games are available at self-checkout to better
serve customers as their shopping habits continue to change. And it has
delivered on those plans, having doubled the size of its sales force last year
and launched initiatives that reflect the constantly-changing retail landscape.
Since last summer, the company has been trialling the sale of National Lottery
products in a number of Aldi stores, and has started to make National Lottery
games available at self-checkouts having recently rolled out this facility to
over 550 Asda stores nationwide.
Although total sales of draw-based
games were broadly flat, both Thunderball and EuroMillions HotPicks performed
well. While EuroMillions and Lotto were both slightly down EuroMillions
as a result of fewer rollover draws of over £100 million in 2018/19
Lotto gained momentum in the second half of the year following
enhancements introduced in November 2018.
These have seen the game create 56
new millionaires almost 30% more than would have been made under the old
game while the new cascade mechanic has seen hundreds of
thousands of players across the lower cash prize tiers sharing the jackpot,
including more than 290,000 players who have seen their usual £30 prizes
for matching just three main numbers boosted to an average of over £140.
In addition, the launch of the brand new Set For Life game in March
which offers a top prize of £10,000 a month for 30 years is on
track and expected to boost Good Causes by an additional £100 million in
the next financial year.
Camelot CEO Nigel Railton commented:
As we celebrate 25 years of The National Lottery and the massive
difference it has made to UK society with an incredible £40
billion raised for Good Causes Im delighted to see our hard work
paying off. Sales across most of the business are up with our ongoing
investment and innovation in retail and digital continuing to yield positive
results. In particular, weve spent much of the last 12 to 18 months
getting our draw-based games back in good health with a more balanced
portfolio that now offers something for everyone and making improvements
to our Scratchcards and online Instant Win Games in terms of product design,
range, merchandising and availability, which has led to record sales of those
Weve also made
excellent progress on our brand relevance better connecting The National
Lotterys purpose with play with the launch of our Amazing
Starts Here brand strategy and our ongoing partnership with ITV to ensure
The National Lottery is a key fixture on primetime Saturday night TV. And we
have some really exciting plans lined up with the other members of The National
Lottery family over the coming months to thank players for the enormous
contribution theyve made over the past 25 years.
Looking forward to next
year, it will be very much more of the same as we look to build on the
steady progress that weve made across all areas of our business. Last
year, we reviewed our player protection approach to ensure we went far beyond
our licence requirements in fulfilling our responsibilities to consumers. In
the coming year, we will continue to make our player protection activities
best-in-class through our work to reduce excessive play, prevent underage play
and promote safe play, as well as by working closely with partners such as
GambleAware as part of its Safer Gambling Campaign and
While well continue
to face economic uncertainty and increasing competition from the gambling and
wider lotteries sectors and while there is still a huge amount of work
to do Im delighted that the foundations weve put in place
and the initiatives weve already implemented are paying off. And with the
innovative plans we have lined up, Im confident that The National Lottery
will continue to make a huge difference to the lives of people and communities
throughout the UK.
Gambling Commission Chief Executive
Neil McArthur said:
This is an incredible
achievement - National Lottery players have now raised £40 billion for
good causes across the UK since it was launched in 1994. Ensuring that returns
to good causes are maximised is a priority for us as regulator. This will
remain a priority as we look to the future and at how technology and innovation
can ensure that the success of the National Lottery continues in the years
NOTE: Total ticket sales and all
related financial results figures for 2018/19 are subject to final
For further information, please
CONTACT: Camelot Press Office, T: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot UK Lotteries
The $80 Billion Gamble: Unmasking a Lotto Fraud
New book explores how one
man rigged a multi-state lottery, and the investigation that exposed the
DES MOINES, IA (June 3, 2019)
A new book detailing how a lottery ticket, two hot dogs and a hunt for Bigfoot
foiled the largest lottery fraud in United States history was released today,
with shocking inside details from the investigators and public officials who
helped solve the case.
The $80 Billion Gamble, written by
Perry Beeman and Terry Rich, describes the bizarre twists, turns and lucky
breaks officials encountered as they pursued an ingenious con-man and worked to
protect the lottery industrys operational integrity and reputation.
After hiding two malicious lines of
code deep within computers to draw lottery numbers, Eddie Tipton, the former
security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), and
co-conspirators began playing rigged games across the United States.
However, Tiptons greed, as
well as his foolish attempts to cash in winning tickets, led officials to
investigate the fraud. This book explores the intricate web of international
shell corporations, surrogate law firms and third parties Tipton utilized to
hide his identity and how investigators were able to unravel this mystery.
As former Iowa Governor and US
Ambassador to China Terry Branstad shares in his forward, The $80 Billion
Gamble is a fascinating story, with inside details about
how the Iowa Lottery played the key role in foiling the biggest lottery fraud
There are some moments in
life when you know you have a front row seat to history. This story is one of
them it is fascinating, fast-paced and full of spectacle, said
Terry Rich, former CEO of the Iowa Lottery. On one side, a coding
genius with the combination to the vault. On the other, a dedicated
taskforce driven by obsessive integrity. Millions of dollars, the reputation of
community leaders and the foundation of the lottery system hung in the
Rich added, Its
timely with todays debate about whether lottery winners should be
anonymous. If we would have allowed anonymous claims, Eddie Tipton could still
be cheating lottery winners across America.
Beeman, an award-winning journalist
who reported on the case as it unfolded, and Rich, the Lottery official who
decided to fund and push the investigation wherever it might
lead, chronicle the journey that landed Eddie Tipton and his brother
Tommy behind bars.
Criminal conspiracy of this
magnitude, involving such a respected national gaming institution, is truly
unprecedented, Beeman said. As I reported on this story, and
as we all learned the intricate details of the fraud scheme from Tiptons
confession, I found myself intrigued. You just cannot make this stuff up.
Computer-tampering? Bigfoot hunters? Hoodies? Fateful hot dogs? It is like
something out of a movie.
The $80 Billion Gamble reviews the
entire case, presenting detailed and entertaining accounts of the frustrations,
breaks, and shocking twists leading to Tiptons capture, and the
subsequent confession that exposed fundamental security risks within
MUSLs Hot Lotto game.
Although Tipton was in a unique
position given his clear intellect and position at MUSL to carry
out this crime, his case highlighted remarkable security flaws within their
organization. This book reveals the risks MUSL took by limiting resources
dedicated to the code writing and oversight of the Hot Lotto game, culminating
in a scam affecting the 75% of Americans who spend over $80 billion on the
lottery per year.
The $80 Billion Gamble, published by
Business Publications Corporation, will be highlighted at the June North
American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) conference, and is available on
Amazon, Kindle, Audible Audiobooks, Barnes and Noble and other selected
Media and Interviews CONTACT: Keegan
Brown, Wixted & Company, Phone: (515) 226-0818, Email:
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Dutch Gaming Authority is Aiming for the Remote Gambling Act to Come
Into Effect on July 1, 2020
THE HAGUE (June 5, 2019) -- The
Gaming Authority is aiming that the Remote Gambling Act will come into effect
on 1 July 2020. Permit applications can then be processed from that date. The
market for online games of chance can then open from 1 January 2021.
That is what René Jansen,
chairman of the Ksa, said today during the annual conference of the Gaming
platform in Holland. René Jansen emphasized that managing the licensing
process in the context of the Remote Gambling Act will be a priority in the
coming two years.
The Remote Gambling Act, which was
adopted by the First Chamber on 19 February 2019, legalizes online gambling
under strict conditions. Under current legislation, it is not possible to apply
for a license to offer online games of chance. That will change with the new
law. The Ministry of Justice and Security is currently drafting the law into
so-called lower regulations. When that is ready, the Ksa can draw up permit
conditions. "Such an operation demands a lot from an organization with the size
of the Ksa," says Jansen. "But we do everything in our power to get this done.
If we don't make it through the permanent staff, we hire external staff. "
Secure online offer
The intention of the law is to
create a safe, legal online gambling offer. By granting a license to reliable
companies, conditions can be set and supervision can be made at the same time.
The Ksa is given additional powers by law to be able to tackle illegal online
René Jansen today warmly
called on to fill in the registration form 'I want to become a Koa license
holder' on the Ksa site. René Jansen: 'It is important for the Ksa to
know how many permit applications we can expect in the future. This allows us
to properly organize the organization. We have an interest in that, but that
also applies to companies that are going to apply for a permit. "
SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.
General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) Issues
Prohibition Guide for the Protection of Minors
MADRID, Spain (June 4, 2019) -- Law
13/2011, of May 27, regulating the game (hereinafter, LRJ) keeps among its
objectives the protection of minors, who are completely prohibited from
participating in the gaming activities regulated by said law.
This prohibition should guide the
exercise of any public or private actions that may be carried out in the
framework of the LRJ, since its purpose is to exclude from the scope of
regulated gambling any aspect have as participants or connect with minors.
In the development of the regulated
online gambling offer that has taken place in Spain since the entry into
strength of the LRJ, and with regard in particular to the betting activity, it
has been found that some gaming operators with state qualifying title are
offering event forecast contests sports that can be played exclusively or
mainly by minors.
There are several reasons why the
Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling does not understand that it
is convenient for minors to integrate the events that are the object of the
bet, whether it be their sporting nature or another, and all of them based on
the best interests of the child, constitutionally recognized and directly
connected to the object of the LRJ from a holistic point of view. First, by the
relevance of establishing a clear separation between the scope of minors and
that of all types of bets in order to avoid the trivialization of the risks of
the activity of games and bets by the minors. And second, and focused on the
modality of horse and sports betting, with the purpose to ensure the healthy
participation of those in the practice of sports activities, which contribute
to an adequate development of the personality, without incurring the risk of
their concurrence in the same exogenous constraints to these practices derived
from the emergence of economic interests of third parties. In this sense, this
measure would help eliminate the environment of the educational spheres of the
sports activity the possibility that competitions are manipulated by the
perversion of athletes whose sporting and personal maturity has not yet been
completed and, therefore, more susceptible to
For all the above, by virtue of the
provisions of article 6.3 and sections 4 and 9 of article 21 of the
LRJ, which enable the Directorate
General for the Regulation of Gambling to issue instructions of a general
nature aimed at all gaming operators and to ensure that the interests of
vulnerable groups are protected, as well as in article 14 section 1 of the
basic regulations of sports betting of counterpart, approved by Order EHA
3080/2011, of November 8, and concordant articles of the remaining basic
betting regulations, approved by the corresponding Ministerial Orders, the
following is available:
- First. Gaming operators with a single license in
any of the regulated bets may not include in its program of events those that
are played exclusively or mainly by children of age;
- Second. For the purposes provided in the first
section, it is understood that, in the case of bets sports and equestrian
sports, are carried out mainly by minors all the events that are develop within
the framework of a sports competition that, in a generalized way, only allows
people under the age of 18, including; and
- Third. This Resolution shall take effect from the
day following its publication in the "State official newsletter".
Click here to download:
Prohibition Guide for the Protection of Minors
Click here to download:
The Responsible Gaming Program of the DGOJ. 2019-2022
SOURCE: La Dirección General
de Ordenación del Juego de España (DGOJ).
Wales Launch for NEW NATIONAL STRATEGY to Reduce Gambling
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (June 5, 2019) --
The Gambling Commission has joined with partners in Wales to launch the new
National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms at an event held in Cardiff.
The three-year strategy will drive
work across Wales, and the other nations in Britain, to bring a lasting impact
on reducing gambling harms - with Welsh health bodies, charities, regulators
and businesses coming together in partnership to effectively tackle the
The Commission is continuing to call
for action and combined efforts on two strategic priority areas:
- Prevention and Education making
significant progress towards a clear public health prevention plan which
includes the right mix of interventions.
- Treatment and Support delivering
treatment and support options that meet the needs of users in Wales.
The Cardiff launch is accompanied by
similar events to unveil the new strategy in London and Edinburgh.
Neil McArthur, chief executive of
the Gambling Commission, said: The new strategy will provide us and our
partners across Wales the opportunity to make faster progress to reduce
It will address not only the harms
experienced by people who gamble but will also focus upon the impact that can
be felt by friends, family and the wider community.
The success of this strategy
relies on everyone working together to reduce gambling harms through prevention
and education, and treatment and support. Im delighted that those within
the health, charity and business sectors in Wales are showing their commitment
to making the strategy a success.
We all need to better
understand the harms that can be caused by gambling, moving away from simply
counting problem gamblers and instead build a greater understanding of the
harms experienced. Over the lifetime of the strategy we will better understand
the full range of harms and how to protect against them.
Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical
officer for Wales, said: I welcome the shift in emphasis in this new
strategy to focus on reducing gambling harms, rather than simply promoting
responsible gambling as an approach to tackling this public health issue.
Building the resilience of children and young people is essential to reducing
these harms, as is understanding, through increasing the availability of robust
and independent research, the most effective measures for intervention.
I have championed the
introduction of a mandatory levy to support harm minimisation, prevention,
evidence-based treatment options and research into gambling-related harm since
taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer for Wales and wholly endorse the
Gambling Commissions commitment to pushing industry to meet their
Earlier this spring the Gambling
Commission also announced that its independent advisors, the Responsible
Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), had been renamed as the Advisory Board for
Safer Gambling (ABSG) as part of a renewed focus on the safety of consumers and
prevention of harm.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Win Cold Hard Cash This Summer with the Florida Lotterys Newest
Second Chance Promotion
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 31, 2019)
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SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
Spelinspektionen to Fine Swedish Licensed Gaming Companies for
SWEDEN (June 3, 2019) -- Gaming
companies with a Swedish license may only offer their customers a bonus at the
first game opportunity. In its supervision, the Gaming Inspectorate has found
that license holders have violated the legislation by informing their customers
about the possibility of receiving recurring bonuses on their website. The
Authority has therefore decided on measures against the following
- AG Communications Limited, note and a penalty fee
of SEK 500,000; and
- Genesis Global Limited, note and a penalty fee of
According to the game law, an offer
of more than one bonus is sufficient for the license holder to break the bonus
The fact that the licensees stated
that they did not issue bonuses to the customers does not mean that the bonus
provision has not been violated. Already an offer poses a high risk from a
gaming responsibility perspective since the offer itself has been able to
attract players with problems to games.
Decision AG Communications Limited
Decision Genesis Global Limited
AG Communications provides games on
the websites karamba.com, hopa.com, mrplay.com, goliathcasino.com, spinson.com,
magicred.com, toptally.com, barbadoscasino.com, lanadas.com, casinoluck.com,
vikingslots.com, primeslots.com and slotjerry.com
Genesis provides games on the sites
casinojoy.com, spel.com, casinocruise.com, spinit.com, genesiscasino.com,
sloty.com, vegashero, com, pelaa.com and casinogods.com
Letter of bonus and previous
As the Spelinspektionen already had
indications at the beginning of the year that some gaming companies did not
comply with the legislation, on February 19, the authority issued a letter to
all licensees regarding bonus offers. After the letter, the Gaming Inspectorate
noted some compliance from the licensees, but the assessment is that further
measures must also be taken to achieve full compliance.
The bonus offer letter can be read here.
On May 16, the Gaming Inspectorate
decided on two cases of serious violations, which resulted in warnings and
penalties of SEK 5,000,000 and SEK 9,000,000, respectively.
Press release and decisions can be read here.
By bonus is meant a discount or
similar financial incentive that is directly linked to the game.
The main purpose of the new gambling
regulation, which came into force on January 1, 2019, is to strengthen consumer
protection and reduce the negative effects of gambling. The limitation on
bonuses is contained in the law to reduce social and economic damages and
problem gambling. The Gaming Inspectorate will therefore continue to focus on
supervision of this area.
For more information, please