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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 87 No.12 - Monday June 24, 2019

 

IGT's PlayDigital Receives G4 Responsible Gaming Certification

Company becomes first gaming supplier to be certified by G4 for its Digital and Gaming segments

LONDON, U.K. (June 20, 2019) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it successfully achieved responsible gaming accreditation by the Global Gambling Guidance Group ("G4") for its IGT PlayDigital™ operations. IGT received G4 responsible gaming certification in 2017 for its land-based casino segment. This latest accreditation makes IGT the first gaming supplier to be certified by G4 for both its Digital and Gaming segments.

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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...

G4 aims to minimize the impact of problem gambling by promoting a worldwide accreditation program for gaming industry operators and suppliers. The G4 certification reinforces IGT's position as a responsible vendor across business segments, and demonstrates the effectiveness of the responsible gaming technology it provides to gaming operators worldwide.

"IGT's gaming solutions are utilized by gaming operators throughout the world, making it our responsibility to ensure that we develop and deliver universal technologies and services to assist our customers with protecting their players," said Wendy Montgomery, IGT Senior Vice President, Global Brand, Marketing, and Communications. "We prioritize innovation and are pleased that our gaming solutions continue to be recognized for responsible gaming excellence. Extending IGT's accolades with G4 to include IGT PlayDigital reinforces our company-wide leadership and commitment to this important topic."

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To maintain G4 certification, IGT was independently evaluated to ensure that it exceeds industry standards for providing player protection tools and responsible gaming information on its IGT PlayDigital product platform. As part of G4's evaluation, IGT had to demonstrate its responsible gaming commitment to research, policy development, and employee training.

"I am happy and proud to certify IGT's PlayDigital operations for the first time under the G4 umbrella," said Pieter Remmers, a member of the G4 Board of Directors. "IGT shows us, once again, real commitment to responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility by having clear responsible gaming policies and guidelines, and by implementing the latest responsible gaming features within its products. We look forward to a longstanding relationship between IGT and G4 and appreciate all that they do to maintain the integrity of gaming globally."

About IGT

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

IGT CONTACTS:

  • Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452
  • Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries
  • James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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INTRALOT Announces New Board of Directors For Its US Subsidiary

ATHENS, Greece (June 14, 2019) -- INTRALOT announces the appointment of a new Board of Directors at its fully owned US subsidiary, INTRALOT Inc. to include three new Independent Directors.

 

• Ambassador (Ret.) Thomas Miller, Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director

• Mr. Daniel Rappaport, Non-Executive Vice-Chairman and Independent Director

• Mr. Nicholas Mitropoulos, Independent Director

• Mr. Byron Boothe, Director and Interim CEO, INTRALOT Inc.

• Mr. Nikolaos Nikolakopoulos, Director and INTRALOT Group Deputy CEO

 

INTRALOT Group Chairman and CEO Mr. Sokratis Kokkalis stated: “I am very pleased to welcome three very senior Independent Directors at the Board of INTRALOT Inc. joining a very experienced team, in support of our efforts to strengthen corporate governance as a driver for growth and customer satisfaction.

Thomas Miller is a former American diplomat and three-times U.S. Ambassador, including ambassadorships in Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and as Cyprus negotiator.

He has also served as CEO of Plan International, a UK-based NGO, working to help children in developing countries; President/CEO of International Executive Services Corps (IESC); President of the United Nations Association; Chairman of the International Commission of Missing Persons (ICMP); and a board member of The Partnership for a Secure America.

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He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Daniel Rappaport has served as Chairman of the Board/CEO of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX); member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC); and member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Global Markets Advisory Committee. He served as a board member of the Futures Industry Institute, a trustee on the Board of Trustees of New York Law School, and as an appointment of the Governor of the State of Connecticut on the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations.

Nicholas Mitropoulos is a political and business consultant who has previously worked with the Monitor Company. He served as Executive Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, was the Director of the Forum at the Kennedy School, as well as Deputy Director of Institute of Politics at Harvard.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 47 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €0.9 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees (3,000 of which in HQ and subsidiaries and 2,200 in associates) in 2018, 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 information please CONTACT: Mrs. Chryssa Amanatidou, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Ph.: +30 2106156000, Fax: +30-2106106800, email: amanatidou@intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Joins the Canadian Gaming Association

Salim L. Adatia, Vice President of iGaming & Canadian Services, to Speak at the 2019 Canadian Gaming Summit

VANCOUVER, BC (June 17, 2019) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is proud to have joined the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the evolution of Canada’s gaming industry.

We are delighted to welcome Gaming Laboratories International to the Canadian Gaming Association,” said Paul Burns, President and CEO, CGA.

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GLI joins a growing list of members who represent an inclusive and diverse list of operators, manufacturers, suppliers, and other industry associations who are committed to advocating for the benefits associated with the Canadian gaming industry. They will bring great value to our association, thanks to GLI’s deep history in Canada and its world-class services.”

We are honored to become an associate member of the Canadian Gaming Association,” said Salim L. Adatia, GLI’s Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services. “This marks another important milestone in our continuing commitment to the growing Canadian gaming landscape. We’ve been working closely with our Canadian colleagues for many years and we look forward to further enriching our successful relationships with Canadian gaming, lottery, and First Nations regulators, operators, and suppliers through our membership in the CGA.

The CGA is the primary source of information on gaming in Canada and co-owns the Canadian Gaming Summit, which GLI is sponsoring and speaking at again this year, and Canadian Gaming Business magazine. CGA members enjoy a variety of exclusive benefits, including leveraging the organization’s established relationships with key lottery and gaming senior management, regulators, and government officials; advocacy on key issues and legislation affecting the Canadian gaming and lottery industries; and access to proprietary research on a variety of topics, including public attitudes and opinions, responsible gambling, and economic development.

After 30 years in business, GLI has never lost sight of why we opened our doors in the first place, both in Canada and around the globe: To be the trusted, proven advisor, offering an unparalleled range of services designed to enrich the Canadian gaming environment. Now, GLI’s membership in the CGA further underscores the lab’s strong support for Canada’s growing gaming and lottery industries.

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For over two decades, GLI has operated a full-service test lab in Burnaby, British Columbia that has provided testing for the land-based, online, charitable, pari-mutuel, and lottery gaming sectors across the country and its global lottery group is based in Moncton, New Brunswick. Additionally, GLI’s cybersecurity and professional services arm: Bulletproof Solutions, Inc. – A GLI Company, is headquartered in Fredericton, New Brunswick. And in 2016, GLI became the first independent test lab to join the Gaming Security Professionals of Canada (GSPC) association.

Salim L. Adatia to Moderate Technology Panelat the Canadian Gaming Summit, June 20, 2019, at 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Salim L. Adatia, GLI’s Vice President of iGaming & Canadian Services, will moderate a panel on the topic: “Exploring Emerging Technologies” during the upcoming 23rd Annual Canadian Gaming Summit taking place at the Edmonton Convention Centre, June 18 – 20, 2019. Adatia will be joined by Stasi Baran, Ph.D., COO of nQube. They will discuss how such emerging technologies as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and cryptocurrencies will impact Canada’s gaming industry; examining the pros, cons, and risks that will have to be managed to adopt them.

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. GLI also holds ISTQB certification. 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, LLC.

 

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Kentucky Lottery Sales Grow As Fiscal Year Ends

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (June 14, 2019) -- In today’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that sales continue to perform ahead of expectations in the final weeks of Fiscal Year 2019.

Year-to-date sales through the end of May 2019 were $1.035 Billion, which is 8.1% ($77.7 million) ahead of the previous FY and 1.4% ($13.9 million) ahead of budget. This is the earliest point in a fiscal year for the Kentucky Lottery in which the billion dollars in sales threshold has been achieved and marks the third straight year for this milestone.

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Strong performance of the Mega Millions game (which is up more than $23 million from the previous year), along with strong Scratch-off ticket sales (up more than $48 million from FY18) and an increase in iLottery Instant Play sales have made up the bulk of the increase.

The board also approved the Lottery’s budget for FY20. The plan calls for an overall 6.5% sales increase, which would set the sales goal at $1.2 billion. Income before transfer of dividends is budgeted to be $280.4 million.

Scratch-offs continue to be the area where we believe significant growth will occur,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “We’ll continue our focus on new product launches including a second $30 Scratch-off, increasing marketing and media support, and maximizing operational and field efficiencies through best practices. We’ll also continue our work to expand awareness on the positive effects Lottery proceeds have on education in the Commonwealth, as this is a great story to tell and one in which we take immense pride.

In other business, the board approved both Keno and Scratch-off retailer incentive plans, along with rules and regulations for 12 scratch-off tickets and three Instant Play games. The board also re-elected Mark F. Sommer as chair and Jan Buddeke as vice chair.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be July 26. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM EST and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. The audit committee meeting will begin at 8:30 AM EST, as well as the procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST.

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

 

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Global Lottery Monitoring System Actively Contributes to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ Integrity Taskforce

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (June 14, 2019) -- In line with ongoing measures in place to protect and safeguard the integrity of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, FIFA has put together a taskforce, composed by key organisations, including French authorities (ARJEL, FDJ, police), INTERPOL and the Council of Europe’s Group of Copenhagen (GoC). GLMS is the only Global non-for-profit monitoring association that supports this significant initiative.

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Regular meetings and conference calls are organised throughout the duration of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ (7 June 2019 – 7 July 2019) in which the various partners involved share information and experiences in relation to the different matches. GLMS Operations team is closely monitoring all matches of the competition and regularly updating stakeholders in case of any irregularities, should any occur.

Commenting on this development, GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi states: “I am glad that FIFA is so proactive in terms of the monitoring of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and as an important stakeholder to the ongoing integrity work FIFA carries out, GLMS is honoured to actively support the significant effort that is being undertaken by FIFA to safeguard the integrity of the competition. The FIFA Women’s World Cup is inspiring and empowering millions of women across the world. Keeping the competition clean and protecting football core values is vital to achieve these societal objectives.

FIFA Director of Integrity & Institutional Legal, Oliver Jaberg, added "GLMS has been a significant and trusted stakeholder for us and the information and regular alerts we receive play an important role in integrity work FIFA carries out. We are glad that GLMS has so enthusiastically accepted to be part of this taskforce and has been constructively contributing to this work since the very beginning.

GLMS CONTACTS:

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

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

 

About GLMS

GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

 GLMS currently has 32 individual Members from 4 continents and 2 associate Members: Scientific Games International (SGI), INTRALOT.

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS).

 

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Stop & Shop Donates CT Lottery Retailer Bonus from Sale of One-Million-Dollar Mega Millions Ticket to Milford-Based Food Pantry, The Storehouse Project

Milford, CT (June 14, 2019) -- Stop & Shop has donated the $2,500 CT Lottery selling bonus it has received for selling a one-million-dollar Mega Millions ticket in the June 4, 2019 drawing to The Storehouse Project, a Milford-based food pantry.

“Stop & Shop is very pleased that one of our regular customers purchased the winning ticket,” said Milford Stop & Shop store manager, Mark Mancini. “The customer came in not knowing he had won. Our customer service associate scanned the ticket and they were very excited when they realized the ticket was a winner.

Stop & Shop presented the $2,500 selling bonus to The Storehouse Project, a non-profit organization which provides individuals and families throughout Connecticut with food and other items necessary for living, at a check donation ceremony at the Milford Stop & Shop on East Town Road.

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We at Stop & Shop wanted to share our good fortune with our community,” continued Mancini.  “We value The Storehouse Project’s work and commitment to the community. Stop & Shop is proud to assist them in their efforts to provide for Connecticut residents in need.

Storehouse’s food pantry operates twice weekly by appointment, feeding 325-350 families per month. These families are often forced to choose between paying the electric bill and buying groceries.

"The Storehouse Project is so grateful to Stop & Shop for helping us serve our community through this generous donation,” said Kimani Sioux Williams, Operations Director for The Storehouse Project. “We would not be able to have the impact that we do without this type of support."

The CT Lottery loves adding another lottery player to the list of Connecticut millionaires,” said Greg Smith, CT Lottery President and CEO. “We are delighted that Stop & Shop has made the incredibly generous decision to donate its retailer bonus to a local organization that helps so many in the Milford community.

About Stop & Shop

A neighborhood grocer for more than 100 years, today’s Stop & Shop is refreshed, reenergized and inspired, delivering new conveniences for customers. Committed to helping its communities enjoy better food and better lives, Stop & Shop has a longstanding history of giving back to the neighborhoods it serves with a focus on fighting hunger and helping children to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is an Ahold Delhaize USA Company and employs nearly 60,000 associates and operates over 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

 

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Camelot Lottery Solutions Appoints David Kelly as New Chair

LONDON, U.K. (June 13, 2019) -- Camelot Lottery Solutions is pleased to announce that David Kelly has been appointed as the new Chair of its Board. David joined the Board in November 2014 and is an experienced operating executive and Board director, with strong digital and product development expertise.

David has an incredible pedigree in leading internet and technology businesses, from start-ups to fast-scaling and established global brands, and his expertise will be instrumental in guiding the future success of Camelot Lottery Solutions,” said Wayne Pickup, Camelot Lottery Solutions Chief Executive.

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Commenting on his new role, David said, “I’m proud to be part of a company with such a strong heritage in building successful global lotteries, based on modern digital solutions like mobile, cloud and data.

I look forward to working with the management team and board to continue the company’s legacy of driving responsible lottery growth by engaging players and increasing benefits returned to local communities.

David’s experience driving digital growth and innovation includes roles as Chief Operating Officer at eBay Inc. (Europe), Chief Operating Officer at lastminute.com, Operations Director at Amazon.co.uk, Senior Vice President of Rackspace International and as a Non-Executive Director at Camelot UK.

He is currently Chairman of Simply Business and On The Beach, and acts as a Non-Executive Director at Reach Plc, The Gym Group and Holiday Extras.

Camelot Lottery Solutions is a leading lottery solutions and technology provider to lotteries around the world. Its next-generation digital and data platforms and services power some of the most innovative and fastest growing digital lotteries in the world, including the Illinois Lottery, the Irish and UK national lotteries, and Loterie Romande in Switzerland.

Background information: Camelot Lottery Solutions (“Camelot Global Lottery Solutions Limited”) is part of the Camelot group of companies. Camelot Lottery Solutions is autonomous and operationally separate from its sister company, Camelot UK. Camelot UK is the operator of the UK National Lottery.

CONTACT: Emilia Mazur, Director Corporate Affairs, Camelot Lottery Solutions, E: emilia.mazur@camelotls.com, T: +44 7889 232 755.

SOURCE: Camelot Lottery Solutions.

 

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Education Lottery Issues Warning About Powerball Jackpot Scams

RALEIGH, NC (June 13, 2019) -- The N.C. Education Lottery is issuing a scam warning to alert the public about fake email and social media from scammers claiming to be North Carolina’s Powerball jackpot winner.

In an email scam, the scammer poses as the jackpot winner and offers to make a $4 million donation to an organization. The scammer then asked for $500 as a minimum deposit in the banking account that would provide the donation to the group. Scammers on social media are posing as the jackpot winner, using photos of the winner.

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They then say they are going to give away money to social media followers. “Gonna be blessing lucky people with $5,000,” said one impersonator. Another said: “I’m giving away $100,000 to my first 2k followers $$.

Unfortunately, scams like these are all too common,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Anyone who makes a promise of a donation or prize but wants you to give money first is trying to trick you. Never give your money or personal information to these people.”

Michalko said there’s been other cases in other states when scammers use the name of big lottery winner to try and take advantage of people.

Protect yourself from these scams with the following tips:

  • Not responding to a letter, email, phone call or social media post asking you to send money to get a donation or prize. No legitimate donor or lottery will ever send you this type of communication.
  • Never giving your credit card, Social Security number, driver’s license, passport or bank account numbers over the phone to someone promising you a donation or lottery prize.

 

As of Thursday, the lottery has spotted 36 cases of social media impersonators of the jackpot winner. In each case, the lottery reports the fake site to the social media platform. The lottery also will report the email scam to the Consumer Protection Section of the N.C. Department of Justice.

Consumers who believe they have been the victim of a scam or an attempted scam can get assistance from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section by calling 1-877-5-NOSCAM or by filing a consumer complaint online at https://www.ncdoj.gov/complaint. The Education Lottery keeps information about lottery scams in a section of its website. If you are approached by someone trying to scam you, please report the attempted fraud to local law enforcement.

CONTACT: Van Denton, Director of Communications, Brand Management & Communications, Phone: (919) 301-3308.

SOURCE: The N.C. Education Lottery.

 

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Texas Lottery Will Make History In Fiscal Year 2019

Record revenue expected for Texas public schools and Texas veterans

AUSTIN, Texas (June 13, 2019) -- It’s an exciting time to Play the Games of Texas® , as the Texas Lottery continues to shatter sales records, and record contributions are expected again this year for Texas education and veterans.

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With 11 weeks left in fiscal year 2019, current sales are up 13% to-date over fiscal year 2018, thanks in large part to:

  • the addition of a new twenty-dollar Million Dollar Loteria scratch ticket to the best-selling Loteria family of games;
  • the launch of exciting new and expanded second-chance cash and trip prize promotions built around the Multiplier and Gem 7s families of scratch tickets;
  • the continued introduction of scratch ticket games featuring innovative play styles, licensed properties and unique production features;
  • a redesign to the popular draw game Cash Five® and the launch of the new FIREBALL add-on feature for the Pick 3TM and Daily 4 TM daily draw games; and
  • player excitement surrounding large national jackpots for both Powerball® and Mega Millions® , including a record-setting $1.537 billion Mega Millions® jackpot prize.

 

This growth includes eight weeks of more than $100 million in scratch ticket sales, including a six-week run that was capped by a record-breaking sales week ($108,027,193 for the week ending April 6).

We take seriously the innovative nature our work requires us to pursue on a daily basis, and we would not be seeing this record growth without the hard work of our employees, retailers and vendor partners. We have accomplished all of this while being careful to stay within the statutory and budgetary guidelines the Texas Legislature requires of our agency,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We also remain committed to our PLAY RESPONSIBLY messaging to players, having recently developed new content for our webpage, brochures and social media platforms.

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Most importantly, record sales growth will mean a record year of contributions to the Texas Lottery’s two main beneficiaries, the Foundation School Fund and the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Based on sales to date, the Texas Lottery is on pace to give more than $1.6 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $18.2 million to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, the Lottery’s largest contributions ever to Texas education and Texas veterans. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $23 billion to Texas public education and more than $115 million to Texas veterans since the dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.

The Beneficiaries:

Texas Education and Texas Veterans The Foundation School Fund, administered by the Texas Education Agency, funds the operational needs and special program services for Texas school districts including teacher salaries, utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and talented education, and career and technical education.

The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder counseling and housing assistance.

About the Texas Lottery:

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $29 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $60 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $23 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $115 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball® , Mega Millions® , Lotto Texas® , All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step® , Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five and scratch ticket games. For more information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org. PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

CONTACT: Media Relations, T: 512-344-5131, E: mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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SWF and Svenska Spel's Joint Youth Initiative Against Match Fixing and Gambling Problems Continues

VISBY, Sweden (June 10, 2019) -- The Swedish Handball Federation's and Svenska Spel's joint youth initiative against match fixing and gambling problems continues. In connection with the national team camp in Halmstad, the next generation of handball stars got to implement the National Sports Federation's training "My match". 

Match fixation is a serious threat to the future of competition sports and research shows that young athletes are at risk when they take the step up to senior level and themselves become gaming objects.

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The Swedish Handball Federation and Svenska Spel have therefore initiated a youth initiative in which it recommends youth teams throughout the country to implement the National Sports Federation's web education "My match" to prevent match fixing.

It is important that we within the handball take the issue of gambling backside seriously and that we start with preventive work at an early age,” says Robert Wedberg, Swedish Handball Federation's Secretary General.

Already last year, the Handball Federation and Svenska Spel started their joint venture with the handball juniors in youth SM, and before that all players and leaders in the Swedish handball elite (SHE) and the Handball League had been trained.

When Sweden's foremost handball talents gathered in Halmstad on June 6-9, all players in DU17, DU19 and HU19 received training to counter match fixing and gaming problems.

"As a partner to the Swedish Handball Federation and the Swedish National Sports Association, it is important for us that the issue of match fixing is highlighted and that both young and adult athletes receive education," says Dan Korhonen, head and product manager for sports betting and gaming safety at Svenska Spel.

Matched matches are devastating for sport, and as the Swedish sports biggest sponsor, we will never give up the fight against match fixing.

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You can find the training of the Swedish Sports Confederation "My match" here.

More about Svenska Spel's work against match fixation can be found here

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Copa América: Medellin Lottery Launch a Bifractional Ticket

MEDELLÍN, Colombia (June 14, 2019) -- The Lottery of Medellín took out for the first time a bifraccional ticket, which will offer greater options to participate in its prize plan that is constituted for a total of $ 24,400,000,000.

The raffle will play today and will be accompanied by the traditional Raspa ya, promotional that allows you to win prizes instantly.

This ticket is composed of two fractions, and each one has a value of $ 9,000 and has a football design, in honor of the Copa America, which has allowed it to become a striking piece for collectors.

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"Gildardo Pérez, manager of the Medellín Lottery, told Kienyke.com that it is the first time we do this and it will only be for this June 14. Let's see how we are doing and how the betters' reaction will be. They also come with a very interesting promotional of the Copa América and very interesting prizes."

In this way, the manager referred to the well-known Raspa ya, which offers cars, motorcycles, bicycles, refrigerators, washing machines, purchase bonds for up to $ 10 million and more. "We in the year do approximately 20 raffles with promotional Raspa already. This is how, apart from an award in cash, there are a series of goods that we give to people and motivate the buyer, "he noted.

Millionaire opportunities

With a dry prize of $ 400 million, the capital of Antioquia has a new winner of the Medellín Lottery. The new millionaire reached his luck on June 7, with the number 1711 of the 126 series.

"We are very happy to have another millionaire. The Lottery of Medellín weekly delivers between 400 and 600 million pesos in awards. People think that the Lottery is just the top prize, but in all the dry and approximations, with the largest, a bag is made that averages $ 500 million weekly," explained the manager.

"This is how through the jackpot and 42 dry prizes, it is possible that each week there is a winner throughout the country."

The purpose is to help health, not only betting on an important prize that can be won by the bettor, but also to deliver the resources for this sector, which is the reason for the Lottery."

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

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EGBA Brings Case Against Payment Blockings In Norway

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 12, 2019) -- This week the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), along with Entercash payments processor, brought a case against the Norwegian Ministry of Culture in Oslo District Court over the Norwegian government’s policy of seeking to block online gambling payments.

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EGBA believes payment blocking infringes on European Union law and the freedom of payment processors to do business across the European Economic Area (EEA).

Instead of enforcing restrictive payment blocking measures to protect the revenues of the state monopoly and fend off outside competition from EU-licensed operators, EGBA urges the Norwegian government to undertake a more fundamental review of how the country regulates online gambling.

The adoption of a multi-licensing regime – like in the vast majority of EEA countries, including those with existing state-owned monopolies – would improve the functioning of Norway’s online gambling market and bring with it several other benefits.

Online gambling is a consumer-driven market – but monopolies naturally restrict consumer choice. This lack of choice available locally might lead some Norwegian players to search elsewhere and play on gambling websites based outside of Norway – which neither apply Norwegian laws nor pay taxes in Norway.

The introduction of a multi-licensing regime would enable a greater variety of products, brands and competition on the Norwegian market to meet existing consumer demand. This would make the local market more attractive to Norwegian players and encourage more of them to play on websites which are licensed and regulated in Norway – and not on websites based outside it.

This is important because it would ensure more Norwegian players are protected by Norwegian laws when they play online and generate greater tax revenues for the state from local gambling activity.

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In today’s digital age it is virtually impossible to enforce national borders on the internet but that’s what the Norwegian authorities are trying to do by introducing payment blockings for online betting.

Rather than being a tool to benefit consumers, such restrictive measures are aimed at protecting the revenues of the state-owned monopoly by cutting off outside competition from reputable EU-licensed operators.

This is not only in breach of the EU’s internal market principles but out of step with the reality of a consumer-driven betting market, where players will inevitably search around the internet for value and choice in the games they play.

This reality is why we’re seeing national gambling monopolies across Europe slowly being replaced by multi-licensing regimes which facilitate better consumer choice and enable better functioning national markets. Norway is one of only two EEA countries which do not have a licensing regime yet – but it is inevitable they will have to confront this decision sooner or later.

The introduction of a multi-licensing regime would be a win-win: it would encourage more effective channelling which would benefit player protection, more effective local control of gambling activity and increased tax revenue for the Norwegian state.”

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Secretary General, EGBA.

 

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2019 Asia Pacific Lottery Association Regional Conference to be held in Brisbane

BRISBANE, Qld (June 18, 2019) -- The Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) Regional Conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia, between 14 and 18 October 2019

Hosted by the Lott – Australia’s official lotteries, and APLA, the conference’s theme is “CX: Unlock the Exceptional”.

Tabcorp Lotteries & Keno Managing Director and APLA Chairperson Sue van der Merwe said the conference would focus on how lotteries could deliver an unparalleled experience through multiple integrated customer touchpoints.

The conference will feature a thought-provoking business program that draws on the expertise of leaders from lotteries and other global retail industries, along with memorable social and networking activities,” she said.

High quality keynote speakers will deliver both inspiring and practical presentations which demonstrate the value of being a customer-centric organisation.

 

WHAT: CX: Unlock the Exceptional, 2019 APLA Regional Conference

WHEN: 14 to 18 October 2019

WHERE: Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 

Visit www.asiapacific-lotteries.com for more information

More details, including the conference program and registration, will be available in July 2019.

 

For more information, Contact: Matthew Hart, the Lott, Head of Public Relations, T: 0412 404 626, E; matthew.hart@thelott.com.

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ELSE and Loterie Romande win at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2019

LONDON, UK. (June 13, 2019) -- Experience design consultancy ELSE has won a Gold Award for its work on Loterie Romande’s new eGaming platform at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2019. The awards recognise projects that demonstrate design’s tangible effect on a business by drawing focus onto design’s strategic and commercial value. BBC presenter Alice Bhandhukravi presented the awards at last night’s event at the Royal Horticultural Hall in central London.

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Loterie Romande (LoRo), the lottery provider for the 6 French-speaking Swiss-Cantons, felt their online offer had become outdated and needed a complete rethink. They brought in ELSE in partnership with Camelot Global Services to redesign their eGaming platform (jeux.loro.ch) that provided more opportunity to both players and LoRo. The objective was to offer a modern, relevant and personalised experience for their players with mobile at its core.

Dave Dunlop, Creative Partner, when asked about the strategic approach said, “We drew on inspiration from a wealth of different online entertainment experiences and designed an experience that brought back a sense-of-occasion to the online gameplay. An experience that adapted to the rhythm of the week by highlighting upcoming events. And naturally it needed a short, snappy and easy-to use UI.”

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The redesign far exceeded all original objectives. A +250% increase in registrations was achieved and player volume doubled, which in turn delivered a +25% growth in sales. The responsive new platform also opened up significant new revenue opportunities, which in turn increased funds available for social good, by bringing a more entertaining and sophisticated experience to players living in Switzerland. Additional opportunities have been made possible through player tracking, cross-sell, repeat usage, CRM and cross-device play, as well as targeted in-platform marketing and personalisation.

We entrusted ELSE with a very complex project and the whole team managed, with a user centric approach, to immerse themselves in the very specific world of our customers,” said Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO of the Loterie Romande.

"We are very proud of the recognition this award represents. The design of our online gaming platform has played a key role in the success of our technological leap forward. It allows us to respond to changes in the market and evolving consumer habits; we are addressing this increasingly connected segment of our clientele," explains Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO of the Loterie Romande.

About ELSE (www.elselondon.com)

ELSE is an Experience Design Consultancy helping businesses create products and services that change behaviour.

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Visit www.elselondon.com to find out more about our company culture, work and Academy of Experience Design.

ABOUT THE DBA DESIGN EFFECTIVENESS AWARDS

Entered jointly by client and designer, the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards are an annual event that provide powerful evidence that design thinking combined with business acuity can bring about the right conditions for business transformation to occur.

The shortlisted winners have been selected through three rigorous rounds of judging, by a panel made up of design and marketing heads from leading brands and organisations.

The winning case studies prove that design can drive growth in global businesses, bring brands to life experientially, stimulate brands, businesses and initiatives back to growth and prove its power to persuade and be a critical enabler for competitive advantage.

Nowhere is the quality and effectiveness of the design industry’s offer more evident than across the winning case studies in the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. They prove why now, more than ever, design is a sound commercial investment.

For more information please CONTACT: Linsay Duncan, Marketing Director ELSE, T: 0203 743 7020, E: linsay@elselondon.comm

SOURCE: Loterie Romande.

 

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