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Vol. 87 No.13 - Monday July 1, 2019

 

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Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) James Maida Wins EY Entrepreneur of The Year® 2019 New Jersey Award

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LAKEWOOD, NJ (June 21, 2019) – Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) President/CEO James Maida won the EY Entrepreneur of The Year® 2019 New Jersey Award, which was presented during a gala ceremony last night at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J.

Maida was selected as the winner of this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year New Jersey regional award by a panel of independent judges who recognized him for excelling in the areas of innovation, financial performance, and his personal commitment to GLI and the local community. As a regional award winner, Maida is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 national competition.

I am both humbled and honored to receive this most prestigious award,” Maida said. “It was a privilege to be numbered among such an outstanding group of finalists; each of whom displayed exceptional entrepreneurial talent and vision.

This honor is especially noteworthy considering that GLI is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the leading independent testing laboratory for the global gaming industry,” Maida added. “I would also like to acknowledge GLI co-founder Paul Magno who played such a pivotal role in our success; as well as our 1,250+ dedicated employees around the world who embrace our commitment to integrity, quality, and customer service 24/7 – 365.

 

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Pictured left to right are GLI staff: Chris Gallo, Paul Magno, James Maida, Angela Koutsouris, Robert Cox, Bruce Hecht, Angela Stewart

 

About Entrepreneur of The Year®

Entrepreneur of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national, and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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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Carolina Pick 4 Players Win $7.8 Million with 0-0-0-0

Lucky winners have 180 days to collect prizes

RALEIGH, NC (June 22, 2019) -- The numbers 0-0-0-0 in Saturday afternoon’s Carolina Pick 4 drawing added up to a $7.8 million win for lottery players, the most ever won in a single drawing in the game.

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The drawing produced 2,014 winning tickets that matched all four numbers. The game’s top prize of $5,000 will go to players who hold one of the 1,002 winning $1 tickets purchased for the drawing. A $2,500 prize will go to players who hold one of the 1,012 winning 50 cent tickets.

The winning numbers, 0-0-0-0, are known as “Quads” among players of the Pick 4 game. Quads are some of the most popular combination of numbers played. The odds of matching all four numbers in a Pick 4 drawing are 1 in 10,000.

The prizes can be claimed at one of the six lottery’s regional offices. The offices open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and close at 5 p.m.

Lottery officials remind winners that they have 180 days to claim their prizes. Due to the large number of winners, players should expect extended waiting times to complete their claims if they choose to visit a regional office on Monday and Tuesday. Players must bring a Photo ID and proof of their Social Security number to complete their claims. Prizes can also be claimed by mail.

The $7.8 million in prizes set a new record of prizes won in a single Pick 4 drawing. The previous record Pick 4 win occurred on Aug. 11, 2012 when the numbers 1-1-1-1 paid out $7.5 million in prizes.

For more information on how to make a claim, go to the N.C. Education Lottery website at https://www.nclottery.com/ClaimPrizes or call Customer Services at (877) 962-7529. A claims form can be downloaded from the website. The locations and addresses of the NCEL’s regional offices are:

 

•  2728 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, N.C. 27604

•  16-G Regent Park Blvd., Asheville, N.C., 28806

•  5029-A West W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28269

•  20A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, N.C. 27407

•  2790 Dickinson Ave., Suite A, Greenville, N.C. 27834

•  123 North Cardinal Extension Drive, Suite 140, Wilmington, N.C. 28405.

 

Drawings in the Carolina Pick 4 game are held twice a day, at 3 p.m. and at 11:22 p.m. Players can either pick their own numbers or select a Quick Pick by allowing the lottery terminal to generate a set of four numbers for them.

The Pick 4 game helps raise more than $650 million a year for education programs in North Carolina. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in North Carolina, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.

CONTACT: Van Denton, Phone: (919) 301-3308.

SOURCE: NC Education Lottery.

 

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Svenska Spel Supports the Application to Arrange Winter Olympics and Paralympics 2026

VISBY, Sweden (June 19, 2019) -- Svenska Spel supports the Swedish Olympic Committee's application to arrange winter Olympics and Paralympics 2026.

As the country's largest sports sponsor, it feels natural for Svenska Spel to support the campaign. It feels exciting that we can actively go in and support now in the final question,” says Svenska Spel's CEO and CEO Patrik Hofbauer.

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On June 24, which country will host the Winter Olympics and Paralympics 2026, the International Olympic Committee's members will vote to place the games in either Sweden, Stockholm / Åre or Italy, Milan / Cortina.

"We believe that Sweden has a good chance of organizing the Olympics and Paralympics, not least considering that the Swedish structure is sustainable both from a social, democratic and environmental perspective, which has been important to us when we decided to support the application, says Patrik Hofbauer.

"We also see that a championship at home can inspire children and young people to move more and to get more in motion, which is important to us.

"We want to participate in breaking the negative development with sedentary and inactivity among children and young people.

"An Olympic winter game at home believes we can create new and interesting contact areas and platforms for movement, exercise and health, says Patrik Hofbauer.

The Swedish Olympic campaign comments on Svenska Spel's campaign support as follows:

"Of course, it feels positive that Sweden's largest sports sponsor and the entire Swedish people's gaming company support the campaign.

"Svenska Spel's commitment to a winter Olympics and Paralympics at home provides good energy for the vote," says Richard Brisius, CEO and campaign manager for Sweden's Olympic application.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Florida Lottery Players Will Soon Have More Days to Play Cash4life®

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (June 25, 2019) -- Beginning July 1, 2019, the multi-state Draw game, CASH4LIFE®, will move from Monday and Thursday night drawings to nightly drawings. Each CASH4LIFE game only costs $2 to play and now players have a chance to win every day!

Players choose six numbers; five white ball numbers from 1 through 60 and a Cash Ball number from 1 through 4. There are nine exciting ways to win in the game. With two life changing top prizes including $1,000 a Day for Life and $1,000 a Week for Life, there’s something for every level of player to enjoy!

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Since joining the multi-state CASH4LIFE game in 2017, Florida has had more than 8.6 million winning tickets totaling more than $48.5 million in prizes. Additionally, the game has generated more than $46.1 million for Florida students and schools.

For detailed information on draw schedules and times, visit the Lottery’s website at www.flalottery.com. Florida Lottery drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state and are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website, along with winning numbers information. You can also get winning numbers information at Lottery retailers statewide or by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Also, you may register here to receive winning numbers and other Lottery information by email or text message.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $35 billion to education and sending more than 808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $65 billion in prizes and made more than 2,500 people millionaires.

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

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727, E: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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INTRALOT’S Annual General Shareholders Assembly

Re-organization, New Strategy and Operational Efficiencies are the key drivers for INTRALOT in 2019-2020

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ATHENS, Greece (June 26, 2019) -- The Annual General Shareholder Assembly of INTRALOT took place on Tuesday June 25th, 2019 at the company’s Innovation Center in Athens presenting the Financial Results, the new Strategy, and major Developments and Successes of the previous year.

During the meeting, the new management under INTRALOT’s Group Chairman and CEO, Mr. Sokratis Kokkalis presented the new strategic initiatives towards improving operational performance and financial results.

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Mr. Kokkalis stressed that he is very optimistic about the strengths of the company and the opportunities opening up including Sports Betting in the US.

INTRALOT will continue to make partnerships and explore synergies with other companies to enhance its product offering while implementing its strategy of geographic refocus in more developed markets.

INTRALOT’s management presented an overview of the financial results, focusing on the need to improve the company’s cash flow generation through a combination of new business, operational efficiencies, and organic growth opportunities and analyzed the company’s main business developments during the year including the contract renewals with New Hampshire, Wyoming, and New Mexico State Lotteries and the new contracts signed with Camelot for Illinois State Lottery, the “LOTTO Hamburg GmbH” German State Lottery, the Croatian State Lottery, and the NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ - the Dutch Lottery operator.

On the organic growth front, the latest successes of the new flagship contract in Canada with British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and the renewal of the Sports Betting contract in Morocco in addition to the Illinois Lottery launch earlier this year mark some of the company’s major successes. The company also works intensively to pursue new opportunities in Ohio USA, in Turkey, in Italy, in Argentina and in Brazil.

About INTRALOT

 

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INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 48 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €0.9 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees (3,000 of which in 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 CONTACT: Ms. Chryssa Amanatidou, Corporate Affairs  Director,

Ph.: +30 2106156000, Fax: +30-2106106800, email: amantdiou@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

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April Showers Bring Cash Prizes for Lottery Players

Scratch-Offs Players Received More Than $109.1 Million in Prizes in April

TRENTON, NJ (June 21, 2019) – Keisha Lewis of Linden is an occasional Lottery player, only purchasing Scratch-Offs when she is feeling lucky.

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She recently purchased a few Scratch-Offs on her way home after visiting with some friends, grabbing a particularly lucky Win for Life game ticket in the process.

Keisha started to scratch the tickets at home and was in disbelief as she revealed the prize under the matching number on her Win for Life ticket:  $5,000 a Month for Life.

I thought this was a prank,” Keisha said. “It’s unbelievable. I still can’t grasp it.

At first, Keisha wasn’t even sure she was reading the ticket properly, so she went to a Lottery retailer to scan the ticket where it was confirmed that she had just won the top prize of $5,000 a Month for Life!

Must be 18 or older to buy a lottery ticket. Please play responsibly.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER®

CONTACT:

MaryAnn Rivell, Public Information Office, E: PublicInfo@lottery.nj.gov

Phone: (609) 599-5875.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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NetEnt Launches Games with Veikkaus in Finland

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (June 20, 2019) -- NetEnt, leading supplier of digital casino solutions, has launched a selection of its award-winning games with Finland’s state-owned gaming operator Veikkaus.

In October 2018, NetEnt signed a customer agreement with Finnish state-owned Veikkaus, the largest and only licensed gambling operator in Finland both offline and online.

After completed technical integrations, a selection of NetEnt’s online casino games are now available in Veikkaus’ online casino, www.veikkaus.fi.

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For additional information please CONTACT: Roland Glasfors, Investor Relations & Corporate Strategy, NetEnt AB (publ), Phone: +46 760 024 863,E: roland.glasfors@netent.com

About NetEnt

NetEnt AB (publ) is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by a cutting-edge platform. NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition, is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm (NET–B) and employs around 1,000 people in Malta, Stockholm, Kiev, Krakow, Gothenburg, Gibraltar and New Jersey. www.netent.com

About Veikkaus

Veikkaus is a company owned entirely by the Finnish State and one of the ten biggest companies in the country in terms of turnover and profit. The company’s turnover amounted to EUR 3 231 million in 2017, of which ca. 42 percent came from the digital channels. Veikkaus’ games can be played in its online casino, at thousands of points of sale all over Finland, in numerous game arcades and Casino Helsinki. Veikkaus.fi is one of Finland’s largest consumer online stores with up to 700 000 weekly players. Veikkaus has more than two million registered loyal customers, which is ca. 45 percent of adult Finns. The entire profit from Veikkaus games, ca. EUR 1.2 billion a year, is used for the benefit of people living in Finland. Veikkaus has thousands of beneficiaries all over Finland and employs ca. 2 000 professionals of the gambling and digital industries.

SOURCE: NetEnt AB (publ).

 

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Pennsylvania Fantasy Contests Revenue Up 35% in May

HARRISBURG, PA (June 20, 2019) --  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today posted on its web site May’s Fantasy Contest Report which shows fantasy contests revenue of $1,803,056 for May 2019, an increase of 35.39% over May of last year when fantasy contests revenue was first tracked and taxed in the Commonwealth.

Tax revenue collect from the play of fantasy contest for May was $270,458.

Fantasy Contest Adjusted Revenue for each of the operators which had revenue for either May 2019 or May 2018 are displayed in the following table:

 

Fantasy Contest Operator May 2019 May 2018 % Change
FanDuel $960,155 $673,014 42.66%
DraftKings $813,346 $632,009 28.69%
Yahoo Fantasy Sports $8,463 $4,430 91.01%
Draft $18,001 $16,992 5.94%
Fantasy Draft $1,176 $2,500 -52.95%
Sportshub Technologies $1,012 $1,591 -36.37%
Boom Fantasy $903 $851 6.04%
FastPIck.com* $0 $319 --
Statewide Total $1,803,056 $1,331,706 35.39%

 

* FastPick.com stopped providing fantasy contest in Pennsylvania in July 2018

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry.

In addition to slot machine and table games gambling, this now includes sports wagering offered through land-based sportsbooks at eight locations and through one online outlet. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

SOURCE:  Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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EL Reiterates That Grassroots Sport is a Vehicle for Inclusion and Empowerment of Refugees

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (June 20, 2019) -- On World Refugee Day 2019, EL reiterates that grassroots sport is a significant and important tool for social inclusion and empowerment. With society being one of the core values of EL, and the refugee crisis still high on the political agenda in Europe, sport can play a fundamental role in the social integration and trauma relief of refugees.

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EL strongly holds the conviction that sport creates real opportunities for participation in society, as it enables individuals of all abilities, to experience togetherness.

Lotteries, driven by their core values, have always considered sport as a vehicle for inclusion and empowerment.

As a supporting partner of ASPIRE, an international project which focuses on social inclusion of people who are at risk of exclusion – especially refugees, EL recently had the opportunity to moderate the Project’s Final Conference in Frankfurt.

Co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU and led by ENGSO, the European Sports NGO, ASPIRE seeks to establish how sports clubs, by creating opportunities to participate in sport activities and community life through sport, can support the inclusion of migrants and refugees.

Throughout the two-year Project, EL focused its support on dissemination, networking and knowledge sharing. It engaged with its members in the national trainings and encouraged them to get involved and share the project results.

It was a real honour to moderate the Final Conference, which brought together a wide range of stakeholders from decision-makers in sport governing bodies, sport organisations to NGOS, foundations, think tanks and governments. This was an opportunity to present the key scientific results, conclusions and recommendations on the potential challenges and successes of sport as a context to help the social inclusion of refugees.” said Jutta Buyse, EL Deputy Secretary General.

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The Final Conference shared a Call to Action #Sport4Refugees, signed by 130 individuals and 83 organisations, which recognises the contribution and enormous potential of sport for inclusion.

Sharing a commitment to society, the ASPIRE Project is an excellent example of how sport can lead to trauma relief of refugees and can lead to sport clubs to be more sustainable and inclusive.” Jutta added.

EL will continue to support the work of ASPIRE and believes the Project will have a lasting societal impact.

Further information

The UN World Refugee Day is on 20 June each year. The day honours the courage, strength and determination of all refugees who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

The theme for 2019 is #StepWithRefugees. More information at: https://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/.

ASPIRE stands for Activities, Sport & Play for the Integration of Refugees in Europe.

More information here ENGSO news article on the final conference is available here.

SOURCE: The European State Lotteries and Toto Association.

 

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Illinois Lottery, Mariano's Introduce New Sales Partnership

Grocery chain to sell Lottery games at all 44 of its Chicago-area locations

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CHICAGO, Illinois (June 24, 2019) -- The Illinois Lottery and Mariano’s announced today the availability of Illinois Lottery games at Mariano’s stores across the Chicago area.

We are proud to launch a new partnership with an important retailer such as Mariano’s. This will enable the Illinois Lottery to expand its reach and connect with more players,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said.

Retail expansion makes us more accessible and helps increase our player base. This makes the job of growing the Lottery easier and means more funding for education and special causes in Illinois. With this partnership, Mariano’s shoppers win, but so do the people of Illinois.

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At Mariano’s, we listen to our customers in order to provide a full-service shopping experience. Many of our customers would like the convenience of being able to purchase an Illinois Lottery ticket while shopping at our stores,” said Michael Marx, President of Kroger’s Roundy’s Division. “With the addition of Illinois Lottery games in our 44 Mariano’s stores, we will now be providing an added convenience for our customers.

Mariano’s and the Illinois Lottery celebrated the new partnership at an event this morning at the Mariano’s store in Chicago’s Lakeview neighbourhood. At the event, Mariano’s announced its plan to donate 5% of Illinois Lottery sales, up to $25,000, through July 21 to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Today’s announcement highlights Mariano’s and the Illinois Lottery’s shared commitment to supporting organizations that are important to the communities we serve,” Marx said.

Mariano’s shoppers will see Illinois Lottery vending machines installed in Mariano’s stores, and have the ability to buy Lottery tickets at the customer service counter. Additionally, Mariano’s and the Illinois Lottery will team up for in-store events and experiences in the coming months to celebrate the new partnership.

Including the 44 Mariano’s locations, the Illinois Lottery has more than 7,200 retailers across Illinois.

For video footage of the launch event click here.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

About Mariano’s:

Mariano’s, the Midwest’s most exciting food destination, is one of four grocery banners of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).  With 44 locations across the Chicagoland area, Mariano’s places a premium on the customer experience, offering a highly differentiated food shopping experience combined with exceptional customer service. Mariano’s incorporates Chicagoland’s distinctive neighborhood culture into its signature grocery merchandising, allowing customers to enjoy a truly unique foodie experience.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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FDJ Gaming Solutions Acquires Sporting Group

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BOULOGNE-Billancourt, France (June 24, 2019) -- FDJ Group through its 100% subsidiary FDJ Gaming Solutions, the innovation, technology and service hub of FDJ Group, has acquired Sporting Group, the world’s leader in sports betting technology and trading. This acquisition strengthens FDJ Gaming Solutions existing B2B business by adding market leading pricing, trading and risk management capabilities to the Group. It allows FDJ Gaming Solutions to take full control of Sporting Solutions, the highly regarded B2B sportsbook services supplier and Sporting Index, the leading sports spread betting company.

Sporting Solutions uses the widest range of official data and highest quality of content to deliver superior pricing, generated by best-of-breed algorithms and overseen by their expert trading team. Sporting Solutions also provides automated Risk Adjusted Pricing, a unique risk management service which adjusts prices on a per-operator basis, allowing sportsbooks to differentiate their offering based on their actual exposure and their own appetite for risk.

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The combination with FDJ Gaming Solutions capabilities will provide operators in regulated territories a market-leading full-service proposition, combining a proven, fully flexible, multi-channel Advanced Betting Platform and a customized pricing, trading and risk management service. The new offer, called ‘Advanced Betting Services’, will be commercialized to lotteries under the FDJ Gaming Solutions brand and to other gambling operators under the Sporting Solutions brand.

Besides, Sporting Solutions will remain an independent provider of pricing and trading solutions to 3rd party technology, with their current partner and supplier relationships continuing unaffected.

Xavier Etienne, Executive VP Technology & International at FDJ Group and Chief Executive Officer of FDJ Gaming Solutions, said: ‘We are very pleased to have completed this acquisition, which underlines FDJ’s ambition in the B2B sports betting sector. FDJ recognizes the excellence that Sporting Group has in pricing and trading. That is why this operation is key for our B2B international development.’

Simon Trim, Chief Executive Officer of the Sporting Group, said: ‘We are thrilled to be joining FDJ, and becoming a part of FDJ Gaming Solutions. It is clear we have a shared vision on the future shape and evolution of the industry, in particular the important role that expert risk management and price differentiation will play going forward. The acquisition allows us to continue delivering our world-leading B2C spread betting proposition and B2B trading services, and we look forward to delivering exciting new products and services as part of the enlarged business.”

About FDJ Group

FDJ Group is ranked 4th lottery worldwide with 15.8 Bn EUR stakes in 2018 including a strong and fast growing 3 Bn+ EUR betting vertical. FDJ Group offers lottery and sports betting to 25 million customers, providing secure and responsible entertainment.

The Group including its B2B subsidiaries FDJ Gaming Solutions UK & FDJ Gaming Solutions France employs 2,200 people. FDJ distributes lottery and betting through a retail network of 30.000 points of sale and 15% of the stakes are digitalized.

FDJ Gaming Solutions is a 100% subsidiary of FDJ Group, delivering B2B Advanced Betting Services, distribution services and interactive services for the gaming industry. FDJ Gaming Solutions has prestigious references from around the world with nearly 300,000 lottery terminals installed in partnership with Idemia, a growing number of lotteries connected to its digital contents distribution platform and over 40 clients consuming outsourced pricing, risk management, betting platform and fully managed betting services. https://www.fdj-gaming-solutions.com/

Sporting Group now part of FDJ Gaming Solutions includes Sporting Solutions, the highly regarded B2B sportsbook services supplier, and Sporting Index the leading sports spread betting company.  http://www.sportinggroup.co.uk/.

CONTACTS:

FDJ Press Department, E:servicedepresse@lfdj.com, T: +33 1 41 10 33 82

FDJ Gaming Solutions, Cédric Lhote, Head of B2B Marketing, E: cedric.lhote@fdj-gs.com or Pascal Blyau, VP B2B, E:  pascal.blyau@fdj-gs.com

FDJ Gaming Solutions Press department: Jodie Thind, Press Relation Director, E: jodie@lyceummedia.com.

SOURCE: FDJ Group.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Qualified to Provide Independent Testing Services for the Online Gaming Market in Belarus

HAARLEM, The Netherlands (27 June 2019) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is now qualified by The Gambling Business Monitoring Center (GBMC) to provide independent testing services for the online gaming market in Belarus.

The GBMC is a state-owned arm of the Ministry of Finance/Taxes which is responsible for all technical tasks related to the regulation of online gaming in Belarus and is permitted by the government of Belarus to issue final certificates for remote gaming.

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We are grateful to Siarhei Trukhan and to the entire The Gambling Business Monitoring Center staff for their careful consideration and review of GLI’s qualifications,” said Alex Haberl, Regulatory Development Manager, GLI EMEA.

We are honored by this qualification that extends GLI’s services worldwide, and we look forward to providing The Gambling Business Monitoring Center with GLI’s industry-leading testing and auditing services.” said Martin Britton, Managing Director, GLI EMEA.

GLI recently expanded its lab and staff in its Netherlands location to accommodate the increasing demand for its services in Europe. In addition to online, land-based, and lottery testing, assessment, and certification services, GLI EMEA provides a wide range of professional services to its clients. These include responsible gaming consultation; cybersecurity testing, auditing, and managed IT services provided by Bulletproof™ a GLI Company; testing automation; forensic investigations; and training offered through GLI University®.

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.

 

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Future of Lotteries to be Examined at Summer Meeting of Legislators from Gaming States, July 12-14 in Minneapolis

SOURCE: National Council of Legislators from Gaming States

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota  (June 26, 2019) --  The evolution of state lotteries into multi-faceted gaming providers will be the focus of the Committee on Lotteries when the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) convenes July 12-14 in Minneapolis.

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A Summer Meeting-record 44 legislators – and counting – from 17 states are registered for the three-day conference at the Radisson Blu Downtown.

The NCLGS Summer Meeting – the only gaming conference where the legislative decision-makers meet – is open to the public. To view the agenda, register, and book rooms at the host hotel at special attendee rates, visit http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html.

The NCLGS Committee on Lotteries, chaired by Connecticut Representative Kevin Ryan, will hear from the following experts:

  • Beth Bresnahan, Executive Director, DC Lottery
  • John Osenenko, Vice President, Business Development, Scientific Games
  • Former Congressman Jon Porter, President & CEO, Porter Group
  • Paul Sternburg, Senior Lottery Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group

 

"As a state Representative, I know how valuable lotteries are to state budgets. Lotteries must continually innovate to maintain their growth, yet they most do so in a way that complements other forms of gaming in a state," Representative Kevin said. "I and other members of the Committee look forward to hearing from experts who will examine aspects of convergence and collision among lotteries and gaming."

The Summer Meeting has been approved for 10.75 and 10.0 Continuing Legal Education credits by the Minnesota and Nevada bars, respectively, underscoring its importance as a premier gaming policy forum.

The three-day NCLGS Summer Meeting agenda includes:

  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Indian Gaming, Lotteries, Responsible Gaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • Keynote Luncheon Address: "The Next Five Years of Gaming," by Timothy Wilmott, CEO, Penn National Gaming, and Chairman, American Gaming Association
  • The Masterclasses conducted by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Special general session panel examining gaming's evolution toward entertainment
  • Thursday evening cocktail reception
  • Friday evening welcome reception
  • Saturday afternoon tour of Sportradar offices

 

For sponsorship information, contact events@nclgs.org. Legislators, those seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Wayne Marlin at wayne.marlin@nclgs.org.

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NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming.

Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry.

The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation.

Spectrum Gaming Group, which has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators and legislatures in 39 US states and territories and in 47 countries on six continents, serves as Executive Director of NCLGS.

SOURCE: National Council of Legislators from Gaming States.

 

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Ed Mouton, Elicia Bravo Elected as Chair and Vice Chair of the European Lotto Betting Association

BRUSSELS, Belgium (June 25, 2019) -- eLBA, the European Lotto Betting Association, has elected Ed Mouton, Chief Executive Officer of Gameworx, as its new Chairman. Elicia Bravo, Chief Strategy Officer of Lottoland, was re-elected as Vice Chair of the one-year-old association, which advances the interests of the lottery betting sector.

Mr. Mouton takes the helm of eLBA just four months after joining the organisation, which represents six of the biggest companies in the fast-growing lottery betting sector. As CEO and former Chief Operating Officer of Gameworx, a Malta-based provider of jackpot games including online lotto betting, he brings a wealth of experience in the online betting industry.

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It’s great to be elected to run eLBA at such an exciting time for the lotto betting sector, which is growing fast by creating new opportunities for European citizens to bet on the results of state lotteries,” he said. “I look forward to working with the other members to promote better understanding of  lotto betting, which provides a sustainable, socially responsible, online complement to state lotteries.

Mrs. Bravo was re-elected in her position as Vice Chair, a testament to her work and contribution to eLBA’s work to date. “It is great to look back at what we have achieved in the past year and I am excited to work with Ed and the rest of the members towards the development of a sensible and effective regulatory regime for our industry.

Mr. Mouton acknowledged the good work of Ms. Bravo and outgoing Chair Elisa Field of MyLotto24, who actively led eLBA’s efforts to share information with regulators and promote informed and evidence-based regulation of lotto betting across Europe in the first year of the association’s existence.  Thanks to eLBA’s advocacy work the organisation has successfully demonstrated to national authorities in several countries that lotto betting products are legitimate gambling products based on a sustainable business model, contrary to some myths frequently attributed to the industry.

Lotto betting has become increasingly popular amongst customers in Europe. Rising demand as well as growing recognition of lotto betting products has led to the development of thriving, competitive markets in places such as Ireland, the UK, Malta, Gibraltar and Sweden.

eLBA aims to give the industry a voice and help achieve a sustainable and coherent regulatory environment in Europe.

About eLBA

For more information please visit: www.lottobetting.org.

CONTACTS: Email: secretariat@lottobetting.org

- Denitsa Marchevska, eLBA Secretariat, tel. +32-2-626-9573

- Brandon Mitchener, eLBA Secretariat, tel. +32-2-896-9151

SOURCE: European Lotto Betting Association.

 

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