International Game Technology PLC Releases Notice of 2019
Annual General Meeting and 2018 Annual Reports and Accounts
LONDON, U.K. (April 18, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today the
release of its Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting ("2019 AGM") and 2018
Annual Reports and Accounts for the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31,
2018, and provided updated information for the 2019 AGM, which will be held at
the Hyatt Regency London, 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, on May 17, 2019,
at 3:00 p.m. British Summer Time (BST).
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...
The Notice of the 2019 AGM, 2018
Annual Reports and Accounts, and instructions to participate at the AGM are
available at www.IGT.com, along with IGT's 2018 Annual Report on Form 20-F.
These materials can be viewed
directly online and are also available for download in PDF format. IGT's 2018
Annual Report on Form 20-F was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission on March 8, 2019 and is accessible through its website at
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
For more information, please visit
SOURCE: International Game
Lottery to Add New Fireball Feature to Pick 3 and Daily 4 Starting
New add-on feature
provides more chances to win and increased prize amounts
AUSTIN, Texas (April 24, 2019)
--Texas Lottery® players will soon have more chances to win when they play
Pick 3 and Daily 4 by purchasing FIREBALL, a new add-on feature for
both daily draw games. FIREBALL will replace the Sum It Up!® feature
starting Sunday, April 28. The first drawings for Pick 3 plus FIREBALL and
Daily 4 plus FIREBALL will be Monday, April 29.
We are excited to refresh
Pick 3 and Daily 4 with the launch of the FIREBALL add-on feature, said
Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. FIREBALL will give
our players more opportunities to create winning combinations and increase
their chances of winning a prize. Pick 3 is one of our longest-running draw
games and Daily 4 set a sales record last fiscal year. By introducing FIREBALL,
we anticipate player interest for both games will grow, generating higher
sales, which most importantly leads to more revenue for Texas
Following each Pick 3 and Daily 4
base game drawing, the Pick 3 FIREBALL and Daily 4 FIREBALL numbers will be
drawn separately from a set of 10 balls (0-9). To create FIREBALL prizewinning
combinations, the Pick 3 FIREBALL number can be used to replace any one of the
three drawn Pick 3 winning numbers, and the Daily 4 FIREBALL number can replace
any one of the four drawn Daily 4 winning numbers.
If a players selected numbers
match any of the FIREBALL prizewinning combinations, the player can win a prize
based on their selected Play Type and wager amount, in addition to any base
game winnings. Players can also win FIREBALL prize(s) without winning in the
Players must select the FIREBALL
option at the time of purchasing a Pick 3 or Daily 4 base game ticket. The cost
of the board(s) doubles where the FIREBALL option is chosen. Pick 3 and Daily 4
players will need to use new Pick 3 plus FIREBALL and Daily 4 plus FIREBALL
playslips. Players should be advised that the current Pick 3 and Daily 4
playslips will no longer be accepted after the Night drawing on April 27.
Pick 3 and Daily 4 drawings take
place four times a day, six days a week (Monday-Saturday) at 10 a.m., 12:27
p.m., 6 p.m. and 10:12 p.m. CT. A live webcast and results of all Texas Lottery
drawings are available at txlottery.org.
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 $110
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:
CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
512-344-5131, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.
Loto-Québec Awards Pollard Banknote Two-Year Instant
Ticket Contract Extension
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (April 25, 2019)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is
pleased to announce a two-year extension to its instant ticket manufacturing
contract with Loto-Québec. The extension commenced February 1, 2019, and
will allow the company to continue its role as the Lotterys primary
instant lottery ticket supplier, which it has been since 2014.
Pollard Banknote has partnered with
Loto-Québec to create high performing instant games since 1989,
initially through an agreement with Canadas Interprovincial Lottery
Corporation (ILC). Over the past three decades, Pollard Banknote
has worked closely with the Lottery, gaining an understanding of their
production requirements and unique market considerations, and leveraging this
expertise to develop innovative products that align with
Loto-Québecs exacting requirements.
Most recently, Loto-Québec
selected three of Pollard Banknotes wide range of industry-leading print
innovations to enhance its Multiplicateur Surprise ticket and the X
LArgent family of games.
Multiplicateur Surprise takes
advantage of Pollard Banknotes exclusive Flip Scratch format,
allowing players to snap open windows to reveal variable imaging on the back
side of each window, and a scratch area that covers additional play
The Lotterys $2 10x
LArgent and $5 20x LArgent combine two eye-catching innovative
features on one ticketPollard Banknotes patented Scratch FX®
product and neon inks. This Winning Combination brings together the
unmistakable shimmer and shine of Scratch FX®, with the bold glow of neon
ink that makes these tickets pop at retail.
We are pleased to extend
our agreement for instant lottery tickets with Pollard Banknote. We have
established a successful working relationship and continue to be impressed with
the companys innovative printing processes that help keep our retail
market stocked with fresh and modern-looking tickets, said
Marie-Claudel Lalonde, Senior Director, Strategy & Marcom,
Loto-Québec. We look forward to continue building on our strong
and collaborative working relationship to bring players in Québec the
most entertaining and engaging instant tickets available.
Pollard Banknote is
thrilled to continue working as the primary supplier of instant lottery tickets
for Loto-Québec, said Michelle Annandale, Vice President,
International Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. As the leading
instant ticket vendor in Canada, we are pleased to maintain our strong
relationship with the Lottery, drawing on our extensive experience and
specialized expertise to develop unique and innovative products that meet the
specific needs of the Québec marketplace.
Loto-Québecs mission is
to responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and
measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. In fiscal year 2017-2018,
Loto-Québecs contribution to the Ministère des Finances
reached $1,310.5 million. These funds help support major government programs in
health, education and infrastructure sectors, as well as pay down the
provincial debt. For more information, visit:
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems retail merchandising
solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from game apps to
comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic
marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales,
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets,
bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines
to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in
1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and
32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
& Damani Shares Its Experience in Delivering Instant and Personalized
Services to Millennials
GURUGRAM, India (April 22, 2019) --
Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) recently concluded its seminar on
Lotteries in the Digital World.
The Group CEO, Mr.
Kamlesh Vijay spoke about his vision and global experience involving delivering
instant and personalized services to the Millenials in the digital world.
Mr. Kamlesh Vijay, commented:
|Group CEO, Mr. Kamlesh Vijay
Every modern lottery is
talking about creating traction for the Millennials, who constitute a large
segment of population, having disposable income, means and influence. Handling
this demography is not easy as they have discerning taste and lingering
World over; Sports, high
frequency and instant win games are natural choices for this segment at the
cost of traditional lottery games. The choices before an operator are diverse
and tricky due to regulatory framework, cultural and social
It was a perfect
opportunity for us at APLA to discuss this subject in detail and set our vision
for the future.
It is said that Challenges
lead to brilliance. In India the regulators and lawmakers, have banned instant
win games long time back and recently imposed the highest slab of GST tax rate
leading to infeasibility of running the most popular forms of high frequency
games. Any forms of sports games fixed odds, pools or even sports
lottery have never been allowed. Under such a challenging situation some of the
operators and technology providers had to come up with brilliant ideas and
offer unique services involving skill and fantasy games to attract the
As an example; Skilrock
Technologies Pvt Ltd from India, which is a group company of Sugal & Damani
and also a Gold contributor to WLA, designed unique services around its gaming
platform, which were immaculately launched by another Group company of Sugal
& Damani www.khelplayrummy.com to attract, service and retain very
discerning Millennial players with an extensive range of loyalty, bonus and
customer services with deployment of latest AI, ML ,data analytics and also AR
and VR for immersive gaming experience. Now this experience is benefiting a
large number of operators across the world.
Lotteries around the world
have to adopt latest technologies, keep pace with the expectations of
Millennials and provide them one of the finest services to ensure maximization
of revenues for good causes.
Event: APLA/WLA Seminar 2019
Venue: Danang, Vietnam 14 18
A copy of Mr. Kamlesh Vijays
presentation can be downloaded
About Sugal & Damani
Sugal & Damani Group is a 48
year old privately held diversified business conglomerate with revenues
exceeding US$2 billion. The group runs the largest state government lottery
operations in India and has diversified into Skill based games, fantasy sports
and other services, which are attractive to the young adult players.
Its Group Company SKILROCK
TECHNOLOGIES is a Gold Contributor of WLA, a leading Lottery and Gaming
technology provider, which offers innovative gaming solutions for the emerging
markets. S&D also runs a very large payment services business called
Payworld with over 200,000 retail touch points.
For further information or
assistance please CONTACT:
Neopollard Interactive Named Lottery Supplier of the Year At
2019 EGR North America Awards
LANSING, Michigan (April 22, 2019)
-- NeoPollard Interactive (NPi) is pleased to announce that it has
been named Lottery Supplier of the Year at the 6th Annual EGR North America
Awards. Culminating in a ceremony in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on April 11,
2019, the EGR North America Awards recognizes excellence in the North American
online gaming industry.
The Lottery Supplier of the Year
category celebrates suppliers who have demonstrated outstanding performance and
innovation in the delivery of market-leading solutions for lottery operators.
Evaluation in this category considered product integration and delivery,
quality, commercial success, and innovation in the last 12 months. The
judges remarks cited NPis proven commercial success and recognized
NPis iLottery 360° Solution as an innovative and comprehensive
As partner to North Americas
leading iLottery operators, with approximately 80% U.S. market share in terms
of revenue, NPis leadership in the iLottery space is further solidified
through this recognition. NPis iLottery 360° Solution enables the
company to provide a fully turnkey iLottery operation -- including
sophisticated technology platforms, managed services, and industry-leading game
content -- that is specifically geared towards serving the needs of lotteries
and the preferences of lottery players.
NPi is truly honored to be
awarded Lottery Supplier of the Year by the EGR North America Awards,
said Liz Siver, General Manager, NPi. As a company, we have, and will
continue to be, committed to our clients success. We are thrilled to be
recognized for our comprehensive iLottery 360° Solution, innovative
approach, and, most importantly, the successful lottery partnerships we have
cultivated since forming nearly 5 years ago.
NPis focused approach and
operational expertise has earned the company the reputation as partner of
choice for lotteries looking to enhance the way they connect and engage
with players. By focusing on generating sustainable revenue for good causes, as
well as offering the most exciting, innovative, and engaging digital gaming
products, NPi demonstrates the proven ability to incrementally increase
revenues for its lottery partners.
About NeoPollard Interactive
NeoPollard Interactive LLC
(NeoPollard Interactive) is jointly owned by two of the
worlds most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and Internet
gaming Pollard Banknote Limited (Pollard Banknote) and
NeoGames S.A.R.L. (NeoGames). Established in 2014, NeoPollard
Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery
experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of
NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services suited
to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each
partner company to develop, implement, operate and maintain innovative online
gaming services that enable regulated lottery clients to generate revenues for
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
NEOPOLLARD INTERACTIVE, CONTACT:
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Co-Chief Executive Officer
SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive
Laboratories International (GLI®) Successfully Oversees the Worlds
First Private Manager Transition Project
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (April 22, 2019)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has successfully overseen
the worlds first Private Manager Agreement Transition Project, working on
behalf of the Illinois Lottery.
Acting Director of the Illinois
Lottery Harold Mays said, GLI ensured all parties stayed informed and
coordinated throughout the two-and-a half-year-long project. We could not have
successfully completed this complex transition without GLI.
General Manager of Camelot Illinois
Colin Hadden added, GLIs governance oversight and project
management expertise were invaluable to this transition.
The first project of its kind, the
complex disentanglement of Lottery business operations included transitioning
all Private Manager lottery operations and processes from one vendor to a new
In addition, the transition included
all underlying technology, as GLI oversaw the transition of both lottery
business operational processes, as well as core-system migration to deliver a
new retail network, new data centers, new iLottery platform, and integration
with the lotterys scratch-ticket management system.
GLI experts also implemented
governance processes to ensure quality delivery by vendors in the areas of
project management, business and technical requirements, development and
quality assurance testing, and data center and network design and
implementation, along with retailer rollout and security.
After winning a competitive bid, GLI
operated a Project Management Office (PMO) for two-and-a-half years for the
oversight and management of the Private Manager Disentanglement Agreement
Project transitioning the Illinois State Lottery from one Private Manager to
another. GLI played a critical role as the PMO, implementing the necessary
governance and project-management infrastructure to ensure the success of this
transition, which concluded in February 2019.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs 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 ISTBQ
certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Hoosier Wins Big in Las Vegas at BILLION DOLLAR
Fishers native wins
$50,000 on trip won via Hoosier Lottery 2nd Chance promotion
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (April 23,
2019) -- Eight Hoosier Lottery players travelled to Las Vegas last week to
participate in the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE.
The Hoosiers, along with 91 other
participants from lotteries across the country, were playing for the chance to
win up to $1 billion.
Laura Clayton from Fishers won big,
coming home with a $50,000 prize.
Its a bit surreal at
the moment. I came here with the mindset that we had a vacation that we
didnt pay for, Clayton said after the event in Las Vegas.
Clayton advanced to the second round
of the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE to win the $50,000 prize. She plans to
use the prize money to pay off student loans.
She travelled to Las Vegas with her
husband, and the couple said they enjoyed relaxing by the pool.
unbelievable, Clayton said after advancing to the second round.
We were just excited for the free trip.
The trip took place April 14-17,
2019. In addition to the cash prizes won at the event, each participant
received round-trip airfare to Las Vegas, deluxe hotel accommodations for three
nights, $1,000 spending money and the opportunity to play in the BILLION DOLLAR
Hoosier Lotterys BILLION
DOLLAR CHALLENGE 2nd Chance promotion ran from April 3, 2018-Jan. 13,
2019. To enter, players submitted a non-winning $10 GOLDEN TICKET Scratch-off
into the myLOTTERY 2nd Chance promotion. The Hoosier Lottery randomly drew
eight winners: four in August and four in January.
$10 GOLDEN TICKET Estimated Overall
Odds are 1 in 3.63. 2nd Chance promotion odds are dependent upon the number of
BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE is
administered by MDI Entertainment, LLC and Scientific Games International,
Any questions regarding the BILLION
DOLLAR CHALLENGE, including questions regarding the assignment of
proxies, prize payments, and tax liability or withholding for cash prizes,
should be directed to MDI Entertainment, LLC at 1-800-201-0108.
Participation in the BILLION DOLLAR
CHALLENGE may be subject to other local, state, and federal laws,
including the laws of the State of Nevada.
here to download the Hoosier Lottery Mobile App.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER
Hoosier Lottery distributions
benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30
million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the
Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2018, the Hoosier Lottery contributed
$246 million to the Build Indiana Fund.
To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback
and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier
Lottery, Sr. Manager of Public Relations, T: 317-264-4676, E:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Florida Lottery Introduces Three New Fast Play Games
The fastest way to play
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 22,
2019) -- Rush to your nearest Florida Lottery retailer for three new Fast
Play games from the Florida Lottery, on sale now! $50,000 CASH DOUBLER,
9s IN A LINE, and CASH STASH range in price from $1 to $5, and give players the
chance to win top prizes of $500 to $50,000.
Fast Play game tickets print
on-demand from the Lottery terminal and can be played immediately. If the
ticket is a winner, the prize can be claimed instantly! $50,000 CASH DOUBLER,
9s IN A LINE, and CASH STASH can be purchased at any of the Lottery's more than
13,000 retailer locations state-wide.
To play, ask the retailer for a Fast
Play ticket for the game you wish to play, or present a Fast Play playslip,
tear-away sheet, or barcode to the retailer and a ticket will print
Follow the instructions printed on
the ticket to determine if you are a winner. The overall odds of winning a
$50,000 CASH DOUBLER prize are 1-in-2.94. The overall odds of winning a 9s IN A
LINE prize are 1-in-4.00. The overall odds of winning a CASH STASH prize are
Prizes up to $50,000 can be claimed
at any Florida Lottery district office and prizes less than $600 can be
redeemed immediately at any Florida Lottery retailer. Fast Play game prizes
must be claimed within 60 days after the official end of game.
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 97 percent of its revenue back into Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games
have paid more than $61.2 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727, Web:
SOURCE: Florida Lottery
Illinois Lottery Digital Platform Delivers Increased Player
Improved website and
mobile app make it easier to play games and scan tickets
CHICAGO, Illinois (April 18, 2019)
-- The Illinois Lotterys new digital platform is now fully operational
and delivering encouraging signs of early engagement. The website
(IllinoisLottery.com) and mobile app are designed to make gameplay easier and
more convenient for players.
The modernized digital platform
already is bringing new players to the Illinois Lottery, with 35,000 new
accounts registered in March.
The Lottery also continues to see an
increase in website traffic, with more than 1.9 million visitors since the soft
launch in February. Mobile app downloads have increased 277% when compared to
the same six-week period last year.
Our mission is to grow the
Lottery and attract new players in a socially responsible way, Illinois
Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said. The new digital platform helps
support that mission by providing a solid foundation for future revenue growth
for the State of Illinois.
The new digital platform features a
dynamic home page that displays the next jackpot and most recent game results,
quick registration and a state-of-the art data platform to provide a
personalized experience for each player.
The new mobile app allows players
who buy draw-based game tickets at retail locations to check whether they have
winning tickets by scanning them directly through the mobile app.
The new mobile app is available for
iOS and Android users. The iOS app can be found in the Apple App Store, and
Android users can download the app from the Illinois Lotterys website.
Players also can play via their mobile device or computer at
The Illinois Lotterys
digital platform offers players an engaging, streamlined experience,
Camelot Illinois General Manager Colin Hadden said. By employing best
practices to create an environment for responsible gaming, our goal is to
attract lots of people to play a little, rather than a few playing a lot.
The new website and mobile app have
built-in responsible play protections. With mandatory age and identity checks,
only those 18 years old or older who reside in Illinois are able to play
Other player protections include a
weekly deposit limit that a player may set to a lower limit that fits with
their budget, preventing players from adding more funds once the limit is
reached, and a session timer that displays how long a player has been active on
The new digital platform is one part
of a complete technology and retail transformation for the Illinois Lottery,
with significant retail improvements being delivered in the coming months.
These improvements are intended to make it quicker for retailers to check
tickets and improve the in-store experience for players and other
An $86 million investment will see
new retail terminals, vending machines, signage and ticket dispensers transform
the Illinois Lotterys presence in more than 7,200 retail locations. The
transformation is one of the biggest retail and technology transformations
undertaken by any lottery in the U.S.
Last year, the Illinois Lottery
provided more than $700 million to the States Common School Fund to
support K-12 education throughout Illinois. With Camelot Illinois on board,
Illinois Lottery funding for education is expected to grow by 40 percent to
more than $1 billion annually in 2027.
The new digital lottery was
developed by Camelot Lottery Solutions for Camelot Illinois, the integrated
business manager for the Illinois Lottery. Camelot Lottery Solutions
digital lottery, data platforms and services power some of the most innovative
and fastest growing digital lotteries in the world, which now includes the
About the Illinois
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) to the States
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.
CONTACT: Wendy Abrams, T: (312)
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
Achieves Strong Financial and Non-Financial Results in 2018
Solid 2018 results : Revenues up
1.8% to 1.8 billion, EBITDA margin up 17.5%, net profit up to 170
- Retailer remuneration up + 4% to 785
Strong economic and social
- 5.4 billion contribution to GDP (+ 2.9% vs.
- 52,500 jobs created or sustained
- Territorial impact: 20,350 jobs created or
sustained in the local bar-tabac-presse trade
FRANCE (April 12, 2019) --
Stéphane Pallez, CEO of the FDJ Group: "The Group's financial and
non-financial results validate the relevance of our business model, which
combines strong operational performance with redistribution to the community,
including since 2018, the French heritage. Responsible Gaming policy and strong
economic and social footprint. They allow the FDJ Group to continue its
investments, both in terms of digital transformation and corporate social
responsibility. With this in mind, FDJ is committed to allocate, as of 2019,
10% of its television advertising investments to Responsible Gaming.
Turnover of 1.8 billion +
2.3% vs. 2017; EBITDA margin of 17.5%
In 2018, bets are up + 4.4%, to
15.8 billion and players' gains up + 5.7% to 10.7 billion, with a
return rate to players (TRJ ) up 66.8% to 67.6%, thanks in particular to the
very good performance of sports betting.
FDJ records a gross gambling product
(PBJ = stakes - gains) up 1.9% to 5.1 billion euros with a share of the
economic gambling sector in France close to 50%.
FDJ's contribution to public
finances rose 2.8% to 3.5 billion, including 3.3 billion in
public levies on games.
FDJ's 2018 sales amounted to
1,803 million, up + 2.3% vs. 1,762 million in 2017.
The Group's operating expenses,
excluding depreciation, totaled 1,488 M , up 2.9%, after the 1 st phase
of increase in compensation retailers 4% to 785 million.
Indeed, the agreement signed in 2018
to fully involve retailers in the sustainable development of the company has
entered into force.
- In 2018, retailers benefited from the stop payment
of the rental of furniture at the point of sale (more than 13 million in
2017) and the remuneration of promotional activities, i.e. an equivalent of 0.1
- In 2019, a 2 nd phase of increase in their
remuneration, differentiated according to the games in order to support low
lottery lottery games and the growth of sports betting in the network, applies,
i.e. an equivalent of 0.2 point of commission.
Over two years, retailers' average
total income will rise by +0.3 percentage points, or 5.5% of average commission
per retailer, compared to 5.2% in 2017. Remember that 95% of the stakes are in
the network of more than 30,000 points of sale.
FDJ posted a stable EBITDA of
315 million, representing a margin on sales of 17.5% at a very satisfactory
level. Excluding the impact of higher retailer compensation, the Group's EBITDA
would have increased + 4.6% and the EBITDA margin on sales would have increased
The stable operating result stands
at 257 million.
Solid net income of 170
FDJ Group's net profit for 2018 is
solid at 170 million, vs. 181 million in 2017, including a
financial result impacted by market developments end 2018.
With shareholders' equity up
44m at 564m and net cash surplus up 33m at 841m at the end
of December 2018, the FDJ group continues to present a solid financial
CSR policy: reinforced priority
on Responsible Gaming and strong commitment to the game of minors in
Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) is at the heart of the company's sustainable development model, with
Responsible Gaming as a priority.
FDJ has reinforced its actions to
train retailers to refuse sales to minors: more than 13,000 retailers trained
The company broadcast during the
World Cup an information campaign on the prohibition of gambling minors and
integrated at the end of its Illiko TV campaigns a film recalling this ban.
These actions mobilized in 2018 more than 2% of the television advertising
budget. FDJ announces that as of 2019, 10% of the Group's television
advertising investments will be dedicated to Responsible Gaming and in
particular to the prevention of the game of minors *.
FDJ has maintained in 2018 at 100%
its level of compliance for the Responsible Gaming certification of the
European Lotteries, the highest level of commitment acquired in 2012. Its level
4 certification, corresponding to the highest level of global commitment, has
also confirmed by the World Lotteries Association in 2018.
FDJ has also strengthened its
actions in the following areas:
- Fight against fraud and money laundering : 4
billion gambling transactions and earnings payments were the subject of a risk
analysis in 2018; in 2019, a "scoring" of money laundering risk will be
developed and applied to all point-of-sale and online activity;
- Promoting diversity : FDJ obtained a score of
84/100 on the new index "equality women-men" established by the law Avenir
Professionnel in 2018 and continues to strengthen its actions to improve its
score in 2019;
- Fight against global warming : the group's
greenhouse gas emissions fell by 8% in 10 years between 2017 and 2017, while
the turnover increased by 62%. In 2019, FDJ will implement an ambitious action
plan aimed at achieving carbon neutrality this year and reduce its carbon
emissions by 20% by 2025.
Contribution of 5.4
billion to GDP, + 2.9% vs. 2017; 52,500 jobs created or sustained
For the third consecutive year, the
BIPE evaluated the economic and social contribution of the FDJ Group in France
In 2018, the contribution to the
national wealth of FDJ amounted to 5.4 billion, + 2.9% vs. 2017,
representing 0.2% of the Gross Domestic Product. The economic training effect
induced by FDJ is close to that of the construction sector ***.
In terms of jobs, FDJ has created or
maintained 52,500 jobs in France. Between 2016 and 2018, the average annual
growth of jobs created or sustained was + 0.7%.
The contribution of FDJ is notable
for two ecosystems:
- The State, with 3.6 billion euros of total
contribution to the state budget, up + 3.3% vs. 2017, including 3.5
billion in public finance and 0.1 billion in dividends;
- Local commerce , with 785 million
contribution. FDJ created or maintained 20,350 jobs in this network in 2018. It
contributes 20% of the jobs created or sustained in the bar-tabac-presse
sector. With 1 point of sale accessible in less than 10 minutes, in urban foot
or rural by car, FDJ has with its 30,000 points of sale the 1 st network of
proximity present in more than 10 000 municipalities.
FDJ supports other ecosystems,
resulting in the redistribution of 160 million in 2018 and the creation
or sustainability of 6,200 jobs (ie 12% of total employment attributable to
- French sports , both professional and amateur,
through the action of the National Center for the Development of Sport (CNDS)
and the sports partnerships established by FDJ, for 116 million;
- French heritage in danger , thanks to the funds
donated to the Heritage Foundation during Operation 2018 Mission Heritage
Games. Thanks to the 22m raised in 2018, matched by the State, more than
230 sites have begun to benefit from financing;
- The social action and the memorial contribution of
its founding shareholders in the world of fighters : the Union of the Wounded
of the Face and the Head and the National Federation André Maginot,
thanks to the 18 M of dividends received in 2018 which contribute to
more than 90% of their budgets;
- The action of its Foundation, which is committed to
promoting equal opportunities by supporting more than 100 national and local
associations with a 2018 budget of 4 million.
* This commitment
is taken in addition to the strict respect of the obligation of law to gambling
operators and that any commercial communication in their favor must be
accompanied by a warning message against excessive gambling or gambling.
pathological, as well as a mention of the telephone number of information and
assistance made available to the problematic players (article 7 of the law n
° 2010-476 of May 12, 2010)
methodology of the BIPE study incorporates the international standards for the
evaluation of economic impacts used by major bodies (UN, European Commission
...). It evaluates the direct, indirect, induced and catalytic effects for
calculating the contribution of FDJ to wealth (Gross Domestic Product) and
employment in France.
*** The induced
economic training effect corresponds to the multiplier effect between the added
value directly generated by FDJ and that induced on the French territory via
its various contributions.
About the FDJ group (https://www.groupefdj.com)
National Lottery and French leader
in gambling, 2 nd lottery in Europe and 4 th in the world, FDJ offers in point
of sale and on-line a public offer, fun, responsible and secure of more than 90
games: lottery games - Draw (Lotto, EuroMillions ...) and Scratching
(Millionaire, Cash, Mission Heritage games, Astro, Végas, ...) - and
sports betting (ParionsSport).
FDJ performance is supported by a
portfolio of iconic brands, historic and recent, 1 st close sales network in
France, a growing market, recurring investment and innovation strategy for
increased attractiveness of its offer and of its distribution with an enriched
In 2018, with 25 million players,
with more than 30,000 points of sale and 2,200 employees, FDJ collected
15.8 billion in bets, 15% digitized, distributed 10.7 billion to its
players, contributed 3.6 billion in the state budget and remunerated its
retail network for 0.8 billion.
SOURCE: FDJ group.
Global Lottery Monitoring System and Moldovan Police Join Forces to Safeguard
the Integrity of Moldovan Sports
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (18 April
2019) -- The Global Lottery Monitoring system (GLMS) and the General Police
Inspectorate of the Moldovan Ministry of Internal Affairs concluded today an
agreement with the objective to share information regarding irregular betting
patters in relation to Moldovan sport.
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi has
stated: Cooperation with law enforcement authorities is of key importance
Working already closely with
EUROPOL, INTERPOL and Victoria Police in Australia, we consider law enforcement
authorities as a significant piece of the puzzle for the overall fight against
sport competition manipulations.
We are confident that with the
active cooperation with the Moldovan police, we will be able to make a
difference in a country in which we have detected a big number of
irregularities over the last years.
Representatives of the General
Police Inspectorate have added: Being well aware of the good reputation
of GLMS and its Lottery-Members in combatting corruption in sport as well as
its global network, we are pleased to conclude this agreement, which will
surely be extremely beneficial for our investigations.
We are pleased that we have now such
a significant ally in our efforts to safeguard the integrity of Moldovan
Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS
General Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLMS Deputy General Secretary, email@example.com
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
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
GLMS currently has 32 individual
Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,
Loterie Nationale Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija Croatia, SAZKA
Czech Republic, Danske Spil Denmark, Veikkaus Finland, La
Française Des Jeux France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in
Bayern Germany, Opap SA Greece, Szerencsejatek
Hungary, Islenk Getspa Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board
- Israel, Lottomatica Italy, Sisal Italy, Maltco
Lotteries Ltd Malta, Norsk Tipping Norway, Santa Casa De
Misericordia da Lisboa Portugal, STOLOTO Russia,
Sportna Loterija Slovenia, Svenska Spel Sweden,
Loterie Romande Switzerland, Swisslos Switzerland,
Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Jockey Club Hong
Kong, Singapore Pools Singapore, Ktoto Co South Korea,
China Sports Lottery China, Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla
Chilena de Beneficencia Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo
Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale
du Sénégal Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European
Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association).
GLMS has 2 associate Members:
Scientific Games International (SGI), INTRALOT
SOURCE: GMLS (www.glms-sport.org).
Wins Lottery Hardware Bid in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of
HONG KONG, SAR (April 23, 2019) --
AGTech Holdings Limited is delighted to announce that its wholly-owned
subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd has won the lottery
terminals procurement tender to supply lottery terminals to the Sports Lottery
Administration Center in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the Peoples
Republic of China, following the winning bids in Tianjin and Hainan since
The successful bid further
strengthened the Companys leading position in Chinas sports lottery
hardware market and demonstrated the continued competitiveness of AGTechs
John Sun, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of AGTech said, So far this year, AGTech GOT has
already won tenders in various province, municipality and autonomous region
across China, further reaffirming our hardware divisions continued
dedication to and leading position in Chinas lottery industry. AGTech has
and will continue to enhance product innovation, ensure safety and R&D
compliance, and contribute to the overall healthy development of Chinas
About AGTech Holdings
AGTech was incorporated in Bermuda
and its shares are listed on the GEM (Stock Code: 08279). AGTech is an
integrated technology and services company engaged in the lottery and mobile
games and entertainment market with a focus on China and selected international
A member of the Alibaba Group with
around 400 employees, AGTech is the exclusive lottery platform of Alibaba Group
and Ant Financial Group.
AGTechs businesses are broadly
divided into two categories:
- Lottery (including hardware, games and
systems, provision of distribution and ancillary services); and
- Games and Entertainment.
AGTech is a Gold Contributor of the
World Lottery Association (WLA), an associate member of the Asia Pacific
Lottery Association (APLA), and an official partner of the International Mind
Sports Association (IMSA).
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SOURCE: AGTech Holdings Limited.