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Vol. 88 No.3 - Monday July 22, 2019

 

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NASPL: Inaugural Lottery Week Recognizes Important Industry Contributions

CONCORD, Ohio, July 15, 2019 – As America’s lotteries continue to report record sales and profits for fiscal year 2019 (which for most ended June 30), the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) – the industry’s trade association – would like to recognize the important role lotteries play in their jurisdictions.

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After all, lotteries were created to raise revenue for good causes, such as education, college scholarships, environmental conservation, senior citizen programs, tourism, tax relief, local aid for cities and towns, economic development and more.

They do this by providing entertaining games that give all adults a chance to win big prizes for small stakes.

And it doesn’t end there. Throughout North America, lotteries provide hundreds of thousands of retailers with lottery-specific revenue as well as additional foot traffic, and provide tens of thousands of jobs either directly or indirectly. They also team up with responsible gambling groups to educate their retailers and consumers, encouraging safe, responsible play.

In addition, lottery organizations and their partners in private industry are often involved in supporting local causes in other ways as well, by hosting events like food drives and community clean-ups.

NASPL created Lottery Week, which begins July 15, to recognize all of these contributions by lotteries to the communities they serve.

We launched Lottery Week to showcase the good lotteries do in their communities,” said Executive Director David Gale.

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In the U.S. alone, their creative and entertaining products produced more than $23.4 billion in revenues to good causes during fiscal 2018, plus some $4.8 billion in revenues to retailers – from single-store mom-and-pops to massive corporate chains – for selling traditional lottery products. In addition, the industry suppliers that partner with lotteries also contribute to their communities by creating jobs and making substantial financial investments.

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Many lotteries have gone far beyond the role of selling traditional products, which include instant tickets and a multitude of draw games including Powerball and Mega Millions in the United States and Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 in Canada.

Nine American lotteries and four of the five Canadian lottery organizations are also involved in casino-style gaming in one way or another.

All Canadian lotteries and an increasing number of American lotteries also offer sports betting.

Governments around the world recognize that lotteries are effective, trusted operators for all games of chance, and even games of skill if those are authorized,” said Gale, adding that while sports betting is a brave new world for the United States, it is embraced by some 60 countries globally. “About 70 percent of sports betting revenue around the world is generated by lotteries.

Lottery Week evolved from an idea implemented with great success by the Massachusetts Lottery last year. Declaring July 17, 2018, as National Lottery Day, Massachusetts offered consumers and retailers a special day of lottery promotions and celebrated the provision of billions of dollars in local aid since the state’s Lottery was created in 1972.

About NASPL

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations.

NASPL’s basic mission is to assemble and disseminate information on the lottery industry through education and communications, and where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters of general policy. Media contact: David Gale, Executive Director, 440-361-7962 or dgale@nasplhq.org

SOURCE: NASPL.

 

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IGT Demonstrates Commitment to Systems Innovation at OIGA 2019

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LONDON – July 16, 2019 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE:IGT) today announced that the Company will demonstrate the many benefits of its IGT ADVANTAGE® Casino Management System (“CMS”) at the 2019 Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference and Tradeshow (“OIGA”) in Tulsa, Okla. July 22-24. IGT Advantage CMS and its suite of modular, mobile systems solutions will be joined in IGT’s OIGA booth #602 by a range of the Company’s newest games and hardware.

IGT’s Advantage CMS will anchor our OIGA showcase because of its capacity to help our customers optimize their slot floors, cultivate world-class patron loyalty programs, and modernize play,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming. “When our valued tribal customers leverage Advantage with high-performing games and solutions, they are well-positioned to maximize the ROI of their IGT solutions.

Product highlights within IGT’s OIGA booth will include:

An Innovative Systems Ecosystem: IGT will demonstrate how the IGT ADVANTAGE® CMS can enhance the player experience when combined with mobile systems solutions such as Cardless Connect™, Intelligent Offers, and Resort Wallet solutions. Trade show attendees can also experience M5 media content. Built with HTML-5, M5 places player conveniences, such as promotion redemption and beverage ordering, within a slot machine’s Service Window. The Company will also highlight its Mobile Suite which gives operators the ability to manage voucher redemption, jackpots, comps, and more; all from a mobile device.

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Proven Core Content: The Company will present several titles from its expanded video Core content portfolio with proven titles such as the Coin O Mania™, Golden Jungle Grand™, and Fortune Charm™ games on the widely placed CrystalCurve™ gaming machine.

New Class II Content: Attendees can also experience the Company’s latest Class II video bingo games with IGT titles such as Magic Moons™, Rosa’s Fiesta™, and Disco Dolphin™ on the CrystalDual™ 27 gaming machine.

Premium Content that Excites: IGT will showcase the depth and breadth of its premium portfolio with games inspired by world-class licensed brands with titles such as Wheel of Fortune® Cash Link™ with the two engaging base games Australian Outback™ and Egyptian Adventures™. Attendees can also experience IGT’s TRUE 4D™ technology with American Gods™ 4D Video Slots. Making its OIGA debut and standing 11-feet tall, The Price is Right® Showcase Showdown on the Megatower™ Universal cabinet will recreate many of the TV show’s most memorable moments.

Innovative Poker Hardware and Content: Also making its OIGA debut, is the CrystalSlant™ Poker gaming machine with industry-leading poker themes including Game King®. Attendees can also experience 25 50 100 Play on the large-format Poker XL cabinet. The large-format cabinet features an enlarged display and an extended touchscreen for a modern and immersive poker experience.

Electronic Table Games: IGT will showcase its cutting-edge Dynasty Electronic Table Games (ETG) including RNG offerings such as baccarat and triple hand blackjack with expanded options for side bets.

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt.

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 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
  • Francesco Luti, +39 34 85475493; for Italian media inquiries
  • James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190
  • Kelley Waynert, Global Communications (702) 669-3236

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Pollard Banknote Expands Galaxy of Arcade Game Brands with Galaga™

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (July 17, 2019) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) a leading lottery partner that provides instant tickets, interactive programs, retail solutions, and full marketing support, is pleased to announce the addition of GALAGA™—the classic arcade game—to its portfolio of licensed brands. Under an agreement with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., Pollard Banknote is excited to offer GALAGA™ branded instant tickets to its lottery clients. This marks the first time the GALAGA™ brand is available in the lottery industry.

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GALAGA™ has made a lasting impression on arcade players and pop culture alike based on its popular intergalactic theme and superior game play. In the GALAGA™ universe, players must defend the galaxy from formations of alien forces ready to destroy, collide with, or capture their spaceship. The thrill elicited by its exciting playstyle and retro design has catapulted GALAGA™ to iconic status. Recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the best video games of all time, GALAGA™ has stood the test of time. 

Pollard Banknote’s suite of licensed brands includes several powerhouse arcade games from the early 1980’s. GALAGA™ joins retro classics Frogger, Tetris®, PAC-MAN®, and Ms. PAC-MAN®, which have proven to be fan favorites with lottery players across North America.

Under the agreement, Pollard Banknote will leverage the GALAGA™ signature logo and colorful pixilated icons for eye-catching ticket designs and promotional merchandise. Just as Pollard Banknote has done with its other arcade properties, such as Frogger and PAC-MAN®, ticket artwork will utilize distinctive GALAGA™ imagery to mimic the game’s acclaimed playstyle, with spaceships facing off against insect-like alien invaders. GALAGA™ branded merchandise, including full-sized vintage arcade games, will be available to lotteries for social media contests and second chance draws. In addition, customized trips to retro gaming events, such as the GALAGA™ World Championship held in New Mexico in 2018 and live streamed to more than 300,000 online viewers, provide exciting experiential prize possibilities.

Pollard Banknote’s retro arcade brands have captivated lottery players around the globe, and we are confident that GALAGA™ will give players more of the classic arcade look and feel they love,” said Brad Thompson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “We look forward to helping lotteries bring GALAGA™ to market, supported by our 360˚ approach to marketing and promotional programs that promote player excitement and engagement.

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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 and Fastrak 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: www.pollardbanknote.com.

CONTACT: Brad Thompson Pollard Banknote Limited, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: bthompson@pbl.ca.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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South Carolina Lottery Reports Record Year-End Results

COLUMBIA, SC (July 11, 2019) – The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) enjoyed its best year ever, setting records for proceeds raised for education, prizes paid to players and commissions earned by retailers.

SCEL transferred $487.6 million to support education programs in our state during Fiscal Year 2019, which closed on June 30th.

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This tops last year’s record transfer by $52.8 million and brings the Lottery’s total contribution to education to more than $5.5 billion since startup in 2002.

In other firsts, players won more than $1.3 billion in prize money and lottery retailers earned in excess of $138 million in commissions in Fiscal Year 2019.

The selling of a $1.5 billion Mega Millions® jackpot ticket in October and a sustained interest in instant “scratch-off” games contributed to the Lottery’s unprecedented year-end results.

Each and every one of our players, retailers and staff played a critical role in helping us achieve such an outstanding year,” the Lottery’s Executive Director Hogan Brown said.

We remain committed to operating our Lottery in the most efficient manner possible to provide more funds to improve education in South Carolina while continuing to market our products in a socially responsible manner.

Lottery proceeds are deposited into the Education Lottery Account, from which the General Assembly makes appropriations in support of higher education scholarships and grants, K-12 public education programs and community education programs throughout the state.

SOURCE: The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL).

 

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First Annual Lottery Week Kicks-Off July 15th

Celebrating lotteries’ contributions to communities

TRENTON, NJ (July 12, 2019) – For the first time ever, the New Jersey Lottery, in collaboration with lotteries across North America, has declared the week of July 15th as the inaugural observance of Lottery Week.

Lottery Week is a celebration of lotteries across the United States and Canada, in acknowledgement of their collective contributions to the communities they serve.

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In fiscal year 2018, together, U.S. lotteries generated $23.4 billion to support initiatives in their individual states and transferred $4.8 billion to their retailer partners.

As its fifth largest revenue producer, the Lottery is a significant economic engine for the State of New Jersey. Since its inception in 1970, the Lottery has contributed more than $26.8 billion to the State. In Fiscal Year 2018, the Lottery generated approximately $3.3 billion in sales.

The strong sales resulted in a contribution to the State of approximately $1.03 billion, helping to bolster the public employee pension system for teachers, police and fire personnel and other public employees, as well as supporting businesses and communities throughout New Jersey.

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The Lottery's success in FY 2018 was shared by many with the award of more than $1.991 billion in prize money won by players and payment over $188 million in commissions to our retailers.

Lotteries team up with responsible gambling groups to educate their retailers and consumers, to help encourage safe, responsible play. Since June 1999, the New Jersey Lottery has participated on the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc.'s Board of Directors. The Council's 1-800-GAMBLER helpline number is printed on every Lottery ticket, and on all brochures and signage, and it also appears as a tag line on all of the Lottery's radio and television advertisements. The Lottery's website directs visitors to the Council's site, where members of the public can get free information and help.

And, of course, lotteries provide a fun, exciting source of entertainment for all their players – not to mention a big payout for the lucky winners. In fact, the largest jackpot ever won in New Jersey was $533 million from the March 30, 2018 Mega Millions drawing. Just two months later, the Powerball jackpot of $315.3 million was won in New Jersey from the May 19, 2018 drawing. In March of 2019, a resident of Alpha won a $273 million Mega Millions jackpot.

"While millions of people who never play the Lottery certainly benefit, those that do take a chance and buy a ticket often win as well," said New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive Director James Carey.

The goal of Lottery Week is to highlight these positive impacts that lotteries make and improve public perception and awareness.

INQUIRIES: MaryAnn Rivell, Public Information Office, Phone: (609) 599-5875, E: PublicInfo@lottery.nj.gov.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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Excitement Builds for 30-Year Celebrations on 13 August 2019

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SYDNEY, Australia (June 28, 2019) -- There are less than two months until the biggest hospitality and gaming event in Australia. Celebrating its 30th year, the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) will showcase many of your favourite suppliers, give you access to new and innovative industry providers, and present to you the latest in thinking. Keeping your venue in sync with your customers' expectations.

You'll get hands-on experience with the latest in cutting-edge gaming design from Australia's leading gaming machine makers. Compare machines on the show floor, and gain insights into Australia's product innovation roadmap from the developers and regulators through the presentations and panel sessions in the seminar rooms.

You'll also see many new names on the show floor including Cellarmasters, RTC Foods, MJ Playgrounds, HOLOGATE, and Power Knot. You'll hear about customer expectations and learn about sustainability and what it means for your bottom line. You may even walk away the winner of a trip for two to G2E in Las Vegas – there’s a new draw each day.

Celebrate with your industry peers. The AGE's 30th milestone is a testimonial to the people and businesses that are our community.

Whether it's your first time to the AGE or you are a 30-year veteran, the variety of products and information available will leave you informed, inspired and ready to take your business forward.

Register here to attend.

 

The Australasian Gaming Expo is on the 13th to the 15th August 2019. Visitor registration is available at www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Registration line on 02 9211 7430.

 

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NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

GTA’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aruze Gaming Australia, IGT (Australia), Interblock Asia Pacific, Konami Australia, Scientific Games and Tabcorp,

For further information contact: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited

 

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Governor Kelly Appointed Three Members to the Kansas Lottery Commission

TOPEKA, KS (July 11, 2019) -- Governor Laura Kelly appointed three members to the Lottery Commission.

This team will play an integral role in enhancing the Kansas Lottery,” Kelly said.

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I look forward to seeing what they can do to improve our lottery system.

  1. Catherine Moyer (D), Ulysses, retained as Chair; she is CEO and General Manager of Pioneer Communications and CEO of High Plains Telecommunications, Inc., and chair of the Telcom Insurance Group. She sits on the board of the Rural Trust Insurance Company and on the advisory council of the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association Board of Governors.
  2. Kala Spigarelli (D), Pittsburg, succeeds Tom Roberts. Spigarelli is an attorney at the Spigarelli Law Firm.
  3. Ed Trimmer (D), Winfield, succeeds Alan Roethle. Trimmer is a retired teacher and former legislator.

 

These appointments are pending confirmation by the Senate and were submitted prior to Sine Die.

The Lottery Commission administers the lottery in the state of Kansas.

The commission consults with and advises the executive director on the operation of the lottery, in the establishment of policies governing the lottery, and reviews and approves its annual budget.

No more than three of the five members of the commission may be of the same political party.

SOURCE: Office of the Governor.

 

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Texas Lottery to Highlight Its Impact on Public Education and Veterans' Services During Inaugural Lottery Week

Texas Lottery to highlight its impact on public education and veterans’ services

AUSTIN, Texas (July 11, 2019) – For the first time ever, the Texas Lottery, in collaboration with lotteries across North America, has declared the week of July 15 as the inaugural observance of Lottery Week.

Lottery Week is a celebration of lotteries across the United States and Canada, in acknowledgement of their collective contributions to the communities they serve.

We are thrilled to join lotteries across the continent in celebrating the first-ever Lottery Week,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “Throughout the week on our social media channels, we will highlight the positive impacts the Texas Lottery has had on our beneficiaries – public education and programs for veterans in the state of Texas.

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As much as 96 percent of funds generated from traditional U.S. lottery games goes directly back into the economy through prizes, public beneficiaries and retailer commissions. Lottery proceeds fund different programs according to each jurisdiction’s guidelines and are dedicated to a variety of important causes, including education, environmental conservation, elderly care, tourism, economic development and more.

In fiscal year 2018 alone, U.S. lotteries generated $23.4 billion for good causes and transferred $4.8 billion to their retailer partners. Of that total, the Texas Lottery transferred record funds to the Foundation School Fund ($1.432 billion) and to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance ($18.1 million). It also paid out $281.5 million in retailer commissions, which was the highest commission paid out to retailers in Texas Lottery history. To date, the Texas Lottery has 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.

While individual jurisdictions vary, the Texas Lottery’s financial breakdown is in line with industry averages. During the 2018 fiscal year, the Texas Lottery returned 65.1 percent in prizes to players, 25.8 percent to Texas education and Texas veterans and 5.4 percent to its retailer partners. The remaining 3.7 percent that was directed to supporting lottery administration is one of the lowest administrative expenditure rates in the country.

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.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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The Ukrainian National Lottery Announced the Termination of the State Lottery "COSMOLOT"

KYIV, Ukraine (July 12, 2019) – We inform the players and partners about the cessation of the distribution of the state cash instant lottery "COSMOLOT" from July 6, 2019.

The sale of lottery tickets (acceptance of rates / participation payments) of the state cash instant lottery "KOSMOLOT" will be carried out by 23:59:59 on July 5, 2019.

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All accepted payments for participating in the state cash instant lottery "KOSMOLOT" after 23:59:59 hours on July 5, 2019 will be considered illegal and violate the requirements of the Law on State Lotteries in Ukraine and the Law on the Prohibition of Gambling in Ukraine »

Thanks to the loyal players for participating in the state cash instant lottery "KOSMOLOT" and we suggest paying attention to other lotteries conducted by the Ukrainian National Lottery.

We emphasize that the last day of the validity of the certificates issued by the Enterprise "Ukrainian National Lottery" for the distribution of the state cash instant lottery "KOSMOLOT" is July 05, 2019.

Starting from July 6, 2019, contracts of commission and re-assignment to the distribution of the state cash instant lottery "COSMOLOT" are terminated.

Taking into account the above and in order to protect your rights and interests, we ask that after 23:59:59 on July 5, 2019, not to make or receive rates in the state money instant lottery "COSMOLOT" both at land distribution points and on the Internet site:  https://cosmolot.com.ua and other online resources that have similar titles.

We consider it advisable to remind that acceptance and payment (bet) for gambling for money, other than holding a state lottery, is a prohibited form of activity in accordance with the Law "On the prohibition of gambling in Ukraine", which may entail administrative and criminal liability in accordance with current legislation.

SOURCE: The Ukrainian National Lottery (UNL).

 

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Camelot Lottery Solutions Congratulates Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Record-Breaking Year

Camelot Lottery Solutions’ strategic partner ends fiscal year 2019 with new records set for both sales and net proceeds including a 17% increase in draw-based game sales

CHICAGO, Illinois (July 15, 2019) -- Camelot Lottery Solutions congratulates its valued customer the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on its second successive record sales year and achieving a new record for net proceeds to scholarships.

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Supported by business services from Camelot, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s total sales for FY19 were $516.2m and net proceeds to scholarships were $98.4m - both new records.

The record figures were achieved due in part to a 17% increase in total draw-based game sales, including double-digit sales growth in MegaMillions, Lucky For Life, Fast Play and Arkansas’ Natural State Jackpot lotto game.

Camelot started its business relationship with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in 2015 as part of a long-term strategic partnership with the specific aim of responsibly growing the lottery’s performance to deliver greater benefits to the citizens of Arkansas.

In that time, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has grown total sales more than 26%, with a 35% higher return to scholarships.

Bishop Woosley, Executive Director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, said, “The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery exists solely to fund college scholarships for the citizens of Arkansas.

I’m extremely proud that this year we have been able to return over $98m, more funds than ever before, to help students and families make paying for college just that little bit easier.

“Over the past 10 years of the Lottery’s existence, we have worked incredibly hard to raise funds for the students of Arkansas, funding over 542,000 scholarships worth more than $803m.

Setting a new record this year is a fantastic achievement and my congratulations go to the whole Arkansas Scholarship Lottery team.

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Wayne Pickup, CEO of Camelot Lottery Solutions, said, “Congratulations to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery for a second recording-breaking sales year in succession.

The key drivers of our work with the Arkansas Lottery have always been to help engage players and responsibly grow the lottery and deliver greater benefits to the citizens of Arkansas.

I’m delighted that net proceeds to scholarships have reached a new record level, allowing tens of thousands of students to attend college in the State.

About Camelot Lottery Solutions:

Camelot is a leading lottery solutions and advisory provider to lotteries around the world. Camelot’s digital and data platforms and digital 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 (Switzerland). Camelot is the integrated business manager of the Illinois Lottery and is a long-term strategic partner to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

For more information, visit camelotls.com

About The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery:

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the Lottery has provided more than $803 million to help fund more than 542,000 college scholarships, more than $2.9 billion in prizes to players, more than $250 million in retailer commissions and more than $126 million in state and federal tax revenue.

For more information, visit: MyArkansasLottery.com.

CONTACT: Emilia Mazur - Director of Corporate Affairs, Camelot Lottery Solutions, T: +44 (0) 7889 232 755, E: Emilia.Mazur@camelotls.com.

 

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The Florida Lottery Celebrates The Inaugural National Lottery Week

A Celebration of All Things Lottery and Contributions to Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (July 15,2019) -- The Florida Lottery, in collaboration with Lotteries across North America, announces the week of July 15th as the inaugural observance of Lottery Week – a celebration of Lotteries across the country in acknowledgement of their collective contributions to education and the communities they serve.

Each day during the week of July 15th, the Florida Lottery is focusing on a different theme to highlight the ways in which it gives back to Florida communities from the Panhandle to the Keys. These daily themes include contributions to education; recognizing dedicated retailers; encouraging responsible gaming practices; and highlighting winners.

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Approximately 98 percent of Florida Lottery revenue is reinvested back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers, and contributions to education. Florida is ranked second among U.S. Lotteries in terms of sales and efficiency, making Florida one of the most successful Lotteries in the country.

National Lottery Week is also an opportunity to highlight important impact the Florida Lottery has on education. Over the years, the Florida Lottery has been dependable funding source for education, contributing more than $35 billion since 1988.

Our contributions to Florida communities go far beyond the numbers,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. “Through the Bright Futures Scholarship and enhancements to education, we are able to create opportunities for students all across Florida. We also work to create lasting impacts in Florida communities through food drives, cleanups, mentorship programs and more. The Florida Lottery is proud to celebrate National Lottery Week and the partners, players and retailers across our state that help us give back to Florida communities.

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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $35 billion to enhance 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.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).

 

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APLA Regional Conference 14-18 October, 2019 Brisbane, Australia

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Join us in Brisbane!

 

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association Limited (APLA), it is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the APLA 2019 Regional Conference, hosted by the Lott, Tabcorp in Brisbane, Australia from the 14 to 18 October.

 The Regional Conference is always an important event in the APLA calendar, combining a high-quality business program with an excellent opportunity to network with your colleagues in the Asia Pacific lottery community.

This year's conference theme is CX Unlock the Exceptional. Customer experience encompasses every aspect of a company’s offering and achieving success in this area is paramount to the success of our lottery businesses.

This theme will drive the business program with leading keynote speakers discussing their knowledge in the CX area and providing delegates with key learnings. Industry expertise will be added to the program through a range of high-quality speakers from lotteries and supply partners.

For the first time, the conference features an additional half-day program that focuses solely on how technology aides the lottery business in its pursuit of exceptional customer experience. This is a must for delegates who work in the information technology, security and data fields.

Appreciation is extended to our conference gold sponsors, Pollard Banknote Limited, INTRALOT, Jumbo Interactive, IGT, Scientific Games and silver sponsor, Carmanah Signs.

As the conference host, we look forward to providing an exceptional business and social program where you will be able to gain valuable insights and knowledge, as well as network with lottery colleagues and key industry partners.

I look forward to personally welcoming you to the beautiful river city of Brisbane, Australia in October 2019 for the regional conference.

 

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European Lotteries An Official Partner of the European Week of Sport 2019

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (July 16, 2019) -- EL is an official partner of the European Week of Sport, and this year’s 5th edition is set to be the biggest ever with events supported by 47 partner associations in 41 countries. Stay tuned to find out more!

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Every year from 23 to 30 September, millions of sports professionals, enthusiasts, experts and associations from across Europe – and beyond – come together to take part in one of the biggest sport initiatives in the world: the European Week of Sport. Led by the European Commission and co-organised by national coordinators and sport partners all over Europe, the European Week of Sport promotes an active lifestyle through a variety of celebrations and events and really is a week for everyone – regardless of age, background or fitness level - helping individuals, public authorities, the sport movement, civil society organisations and the private sector to collaborate in the field of sport. More information about the Week and how to get involved is available here

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EL AND THE EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORT 2019

EL is an official partner of the European Week of Sport, and this year’s 5th edition is set to be the biggest ever with events supported by 47 partner associations in 41 countries. The opening ceremony will be held alongside Austria’s Day of Sport in Vienna’s Prater Park on 22 September.

Preparations for EWoS 2019 are well underway. EL actively participated at the kick-off seminar in May organised by the European Commission in Sintra, Portugal. The Seminar was a good opportunity to learn about this year’s #BeActive campaign and a chance to network and meet key players.

With a new European Parliament and Commission, the European Week of Sport this year is the perfect opportunity for EL and its members to engage with EU decision makers on important sport topics, such as the funding of grassroot sports through lottery contributions, the manipulation of sport competitions and the benefits of physical activity of well-being and health. This is also an occasion to promote the Sports Intergroup in the European Parliament. Stay tuned to find out more! EL continues to work closely with its members and like-minded associations during the European Week of Sport. For example, in 2018, EL co-organised a two-day event with ENGSO and Panathlon International to combine physical activities with discussions about gender and sport. In 2017, EL organised an event with ENGSO focused on grassroot sports as a tool for social change. EL members also planned diverse activities all over Europe. More information on the activities of EL and its members from previous editions is available here

ACTIVITIES BY EL MEMBERS AT EWOS 2019

Just like in previous years, EL members are encouraged to plan their activities in order to encourage their citizens to #BeActive and engage in an active lifestyle. Lotteries can promote the European Week of Sport in their respective countries through activities, projects, and communication platforms.

SOURCE: The European State Lotteries and Toto Association.

 

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Connecticut Lottery Corporation Has Its Best Year Ever, FY2019 Results in $370 Million to Connecticut General Fund

Keno Sales Also up Nearly 20% Over Fiscal Year 2018

ROCKY HILL, CT (uly 16, 2019) -- The Connecticut Lottery Corporation returned more than $1 million per day, a total of $370 million, to the Connecticut General Fund in the 2019 fiscal year (July 2018 - June 2019). This was an increase of $25 million from last fiscal year. In addition, Lottery sales were up more than 5 percent over the same period last year, with $1.333 billion in total sales. These strong sales and general fund transfers represent the best results ever in the Lottery’s history.

The CT Lottery’s Keno sales totaled $102.9 million, almost 20 percent over FY18.  Sales for the Lottery’s multistate draw games were especially strong and added $154.1 million in revenue.  Mega Millions and Powerball sales totals equaled $72.6 million and $81.5 million, respectively.

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In accordance to its dedication to responsible gambling, the organization again gave $2.3 million to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The CT Lottery also sponsored various responsible gambling efforts throughout the year, including during the holidays.

In FY2019, the CT Lottery placed 200 automated vending machines throughout the state as an added convenience for players, with even more terminals slated to debut at retail. These vending machines sell all of the CT Lottery’s products, including Keno.

The CT Lottery is pleased to continue to be a consistent and significant financial contributor to the state,” said Greg Smith, President and CEO, CT Lottery. “In order to maintain and build upon these results in the coming years, we hope to soon become authorized for additional revenue streams, such as sports betting and internet lottery games.

About CT Lottery:

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2018, players won more than $791 million in prize money and retailers earned $70 million in commissions. At the same time, the CT Lottery provided $34 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state’s General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.  Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $9.5 billion.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery), Instagram (Instagram.com/ctlottery), Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700

CONTACT:  Tara Chozet, (860) 713-2696, Fax: (860) 713-2695.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery Corporation (ctlottery.org).

 

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Governor Northam Announces Record-Breaking Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits

Lottery generated nearly $650 million in profits for K-12 public education in Fiscal Year 2019

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 17, 2019) -- Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Lottery recorded its biggest year yet, with sales reaching over $2.29 billion and profits totaling nearly $650 million in the last fiscal year, which ended on June 30. The record profits represent a seven percent increase over last year and are equivalent to about $1.78 million per day for education in the Commonwealth generated by the Lottery. These numbers, which are unaudited figures, were provided at the Lottery Board’s quarterly meeting held today in Richmond. The final, audited results will be released in August. The previous record, set in Fiscal Year 2018, was $606 million.

“Students and teachers in every part of our Commonwealth continue to benefit from the Virginia Lottery’s record-high proceeds, and with an increase in the Lottery per Pupil Allocation, our school districts have more flexibility to use Lottery profits to meet their diverse needs,” said Governor Northam.

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With this funding we are not only supporting a variety of important programs in our public schools, we are also making critical investments in our young Virginians and expanding opportunities for them to succeed.

Approximately 10 percent of Virginia’s education budget comes from the Lottery. Virginia’s Constitution requires that all Virginia Lottery profits be deposited in the Lottery Proceeds Fund, from which the General Assembly makes appropriations in support of K-12 public education programs. Programs supported include textbooks, school breakfast, and career and technical education, to name a few.

The Lottery is a great partner in education across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “In addition to the Lottery Proceeds Fund, the Virginia Lottery supports a variety of events, professional development conferences, and campaigns that directly benefit our students, teachers, and administrators.

Virginia businesses that sell Lottery tickets -- some 5,300 retailers -- earned nearly $130 million in commissions and incentives in Fiscal Year 2019. Players also benefitted, as roughly 60 cents of each dollar spent on lottery tickets in Virginia goes right back to customers in the form of prizes. Lottery players won more than $1.4 billion in prizes, including 45 tickets that each won at least $1 million.

A new way of playing the Lottery was unveiled during the year with MobilePlay, which utilizes Bluetooth technology to allow people to play securely on the Lottery’s mobile app using their smartphone or personal device while located on the premises of a licensed retailer.

As the competitive environment for gaming continues to evolve in Virginia, the Lottery remains a successful, well-run business and a proven, trusted brand,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “We’re working to develop and deliver new types of games in new ways using new technology to meet customers where they are today. We provide good fun for a great purpose, and that is to generate additional funds for K-12 education in the Commonwealth.”

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One of the most exciting and high-profile events of Fiscal Year 2019 was the Mega Millions drawing on October 23, which offered a $1.537 billion jackpot. In the week leading up to the drawing, Mega Millions generated more than $27 million in profit for K-12 education. That week also saw four Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia win $1 million each.

Virginia’s two biggest wins of the year were both $10 million. Charles Martin of Amelia Courthouse won it when he scratched an Extreme Millions ticket that he bought in Blackstone in September. In July, Juanita Simpson and Sharon Calhoun, both of Virginia Beach, split the $10 million top prize in the 100X the Money Scratcher game. Their winning ticket was bought in Newport News.

Along with record results in sales, profits for education and retailer commissions, the Lottery also posted one very low number: its operating expenses. Operating expenses are consistently kept around five percent of total sales, far below the limit set by Virginia law. The Lottery operates entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, not tax dollars.

The Lottery uses responsible business principles to efficiently deliver these profits for its stakeholders—the people of Virginia and Virginia’s K-12 public schools,” said Virginia Lottery Board Chairman Ferhan Hamid. “Whether or not you choose to purchase lottery products, your local public schools still share in the benefits of this well-run business.

For a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts through FY18, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page. For more information on the Lottery, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. The Virginia Lottery has been recognized nationally for its continuing efforts to raise awareness of problem gambling and gambling addiction. Remember to please play responsibly.

Office of the Governor CONTACT: Alena Yarmosky, Email: Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

Virginia Lottery CONTACT: John Hagerty, Phone: (804) 692-7778, Email: jhagerty@valottery.com.

SOURCE: Office of the Governor.

 

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OPAP Announce Management Team Update

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ATHENS, Greece (July 17, 2019) -- OPAP SA announces that Michal Houst, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board member, has informed the company of his intention to pursue other opportunities and that he wishes to leave the company by the end of September 2019.

Michal Houst joined OPAP in 2013 as a key member of the team that managed the privatisation of OPAP.

Commenting on his decision, Michal Houst says: “I have genuinely enjoyed the last 6 years at OPAP and feel really proud to have had the opportunity to impact the radical transformation that the company has undergone over this period. I am confident that the already set foundations will allow OPAP to continue its successful path, adding value and further solidifying its unique position in the gaming spectrum in Greece and in general.”

Commenting on Michal Houst decision, CEO Damian Cope says: “I want to thank Michal for his major contribution to OPAP Group during the past six years. His relentless focus and personal dedication have played a critical part in OPAP’s development during this time.  He will be missed by everyone at OPAP and we wish him much success in his future endeavours.

The process for appointing Michal Houst’s successor is already underway and the company expects to be able to provide further details in the near future.

SOURCE: OPAP S.A.

 

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