Idaho Lottery Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Raises Historic $60
Million for Education
BOISE, Idaho (July 19, 2019) --
Thirty years after selling the very first ticket on the steps of the Idaho
Capitol, the Idaho Lottery returned to the Idaho Statehouse this morning and
returned the largest dividend in their history. Accepting the dividend on
behalf of the people of Idaho, Governor Brad Little received a check
representing $60,000,000 during a ceremony at the State Capitol. This
years record dividend came on the strength of the eighth consecutive year
of responsibly increased sales.
Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson
and the Idaho Lottery Commission also presented Governor Little with a check
representing the total 30-year dividend provided to Idaho Department of
Educations School Building Account Fund, the Department of
Educations Bond Levy Equalization Fund, and the State of Idahos
Permanent Building Fund for $906 million.
For 30 years, the Idaho
Lottery has ensured the fairness, accountability, and integrity of all their
games and operations, said Governor Little. The Idaho
Lottery has made good on their commitment to make significant contributions to
education at all levels to help fund meaningful projects that improve student
safety and promote scholastic achievement.
With close to a billion
dollars now returned for our good causes, the dividend we announce today proves
every play pays for our beneficiaries, retailers, and players, said
Anderson. Every day we contribute to the future of Idahos
education and prosperity among her citizens.
Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has
totalled $3.9 billion in sales. The state-wide network of 1,200 brick and
mortar retail locations has earned $232.7 million in commissions.
For the eleventh time in twelve
years, and the eighth consecutive year, the Idaho Lotterys annual sales
exceeded the previous year. This years sales were $287.9
During the ceremony, Governor Little
presented Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra with a
record-setting, $37.5 dividend check. Of that, $22.5 is earmarked for the
Department of Education School Building Fund Account for use by the districts,
and the remaining $15 million goes to the Departments Bond Levy
Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed more than
$504 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.
Each year, students and
educators throughout our state benefit from school improvement projects funded
by the Idaho Lottery dividends, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Sherri Ybarra said. Not only does this years funding set a new
record, but it brings the three-decade history of Lottery funding for education
to a staggering half a billion dollars.
Governor Little also presented Cindy
Bateman, Vice-Chair Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council, with a dividend
check for $22.5 million. This is the largest amount ever received by the
States Permanent Building Fund. Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has
returned $305.6 million back to the permanent buildings of Idaho.
The Idaho Lottery has been
a meaningful partner for the maintenance, preservation, and development of
Idahos public buildings and state operated facilities for thirty
years, said Bateman. Lottery proceeds each year enables us
to restore our historical facilities, provide safe work environments for the
Gem States employees, and enhance the quality of Idahos college
The Idaho Lottery celebrates its
30th Anniversary by setting four new records in Fiscal Year 2019. In
addition to the record dividend and sales figures, the Lottery also set records
for prizes paid to the players ($190 million), and commissions earned by Idaho
Lottery retailers ($16.6 million).
The Idaho Lotterys 30th
Anniversary celebration will continue this afternoon with a community
celebration event along River Street east of 13th Street in downtown Boise. The
event features live music, food trucks, the final competition to determine
Idahos Fastest Scratcher, and at 6:05 pm MT, an official Guinness World
Records Attempt for the Largest Number of People Scratching Scratch tickets at
one time. The event is FREE and open to the general public.
ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly
provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions,
Scratch Games, and Pull-Tabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize
the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since
their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in
products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6
million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery
dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn
more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.
CONTACT: David Workman (www.idaholottery.com).
SOURCE: The Idaho Lottery.
IGT Extends Instant Ticket Services Agreement with the Ohio
LONDON, U.K. July 22, 2019
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that
its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has signed a two-year instant
ticket services contract extension with the Ohio Lottery. Under the terms of
the agreement, IGT will continue providing a range of instant ticket services
for the Ohio Lottery such as game planning and marketing, research and
analytics, graphics support, and production and printing through June 30,
IGT has been a print vendor for the
Ohio Lottery since 2015. During this time, IGT has worked with the Lottery to
launch successful tickets such as The Three Stooges®, Jokers Wild,
Money Bags Multiplier, and most recently the $5 Wheel of Fortune®
IGT has worked closely with
the Ohio Lottery to launch new games and deliver high-quality, innovative
instant tickets to its players since 2015, said Jay Gendron, IGT
Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. IGT is pleased to continue our
partnership with the Ohio Lottery and looks forward to enhancing its instant
ticket portfolio with compelling new game concepts and world-class service over
the next two years.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital
and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial
investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise
and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100
countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest
standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has more than 12,000
employees. For more information, please visit:
- Phil OShaughnessy, Global Communications,
toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401)
- Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media
- James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401)
INTRALOT Signs Contract to Provide Sports Wagering, Lottery Gaming
Systems and Related Services in Washington, D.C.
ATHENS, Greece (July 24, 2019) --
INTRALOT is pleased to announce that its U.S. subsidiary INTRALOT Inc, has
signed a new contract that will continue its nearly 10-year partnership with
the District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Gaming (DC Lottery).
INTRALOT will support the DC Lotterys commitment to maximize revenue
returned to the District by modernizing the gaming system, deploying
next-generation gaming technology, and ushering in the transformational new era
of regulated sports wagering. The five-year contract is effective October 1,
2019 and allows for an additional five extension years.
Under the contract INTRALOT will
continue to supply the DC Lottery with its LOTOS gaming and instant
ticket management system. INTRALOT will deploy its industry leading technology
to the retail network by offering its state-of-the-art Photon terminals,
WinStations®, new MP NG self-service vending terminals, online terminals,
new peripheral devices, and related Services to support traditional lottery,
sports wagering and e-Lottery gaming verticals.
Starting in early 2020, INTRALOT
will deploy its INTRALOT Orion sports wagering mobile and retail platform to
enable the DC Lotterys sports wagering offerings. Additionally, INTRALOT
will provide all trading and risk management services for the District of
Ms. Beth Bresnahan, Executive
Director of the DC Lottery, remarked: INTRALOT has been a valued
partner of the DC Lottery for the last nine and a half years, helping to
transfer more than $500 million since 2010 to the District to fund vital public
programs and initiatives. We look forward to continuing our partnership with
INTRALOT to introduce exciting new games and innovative gaming platforms to
generate additional revenue for the Districts important causes.
INTRALOT, Inc. Interim CEO, Mr.
Byron Boothe, added: We have been DC Lotterys partner since
2010. Being chosen to continue offering leading technical and marketing
solutions to the DC Lottery is rewarding and motivating, as it recognizes our
commitment to delivering significant value to our partner. We look forward to
exceeding expectations and offering even more exciting new entertainment
options while increasing returns in a socially responsible way for the Lottery,
the District, and its citizens. Finally, it is equally rewarding to have the
opportunity continue our highly successful relationship with our joint venture
partner, Emmanuel S. Bailey, CEO of DC09LLC.
DC09LLC, Inc. CEO, Mr. Emmanuel
Bailey, commented: I think the decision of the DC Lottery, one of the
most innovative and forward-thinking lotteries in the U.S., to continue its
partnership with INTRALOT, in the face of unprecedented new market
opportunities, is indicative of the level of trust that the DC Lottery (and
other state lotteries) have placed in INTRALOTs innovative products,
services, and absolute commitment to ensuring its customers satisfaction.
Im honored to have the opportunity to continue working with the global
leader in government-sponsored sports betting and leading force in the domestic
gaming industry for years to come.
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 48 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With 0.9 billion turnover
and a global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees (3,000 of which in
subsidiaries and 2,200 in associates) in 2018, INTRALOT is an innovation -
driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience.
The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations
across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise.
The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel solutions
across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries digital
transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA Responsible
Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the
WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.
For more information please CONTACT:
Mrs. Chryssa Amanatidou, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Ph.: +30 2106156000,
Fax: +30-2106106800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
Continued Digital Growth for Svenska Spel
VISBY, Sweden (July 19, 2019) -- The
positive development continues for Svenska Spel's digital business. During the
second quarter, there is also a recovery in customer growth and revenue
compared with the beginning of the year. This shows Svenska Spel's interim
report January June 2019 which is presented today.
Net gaming revenues decreased during
the second quarter to MSEK 2,039, which is two percent lower than the same
quarter last year, but an improvement compared to the previous quarter. The net
operating margin of 26 per cent is considerably lower due to the new gaming tax
than in the previous year. With adjustment for gaming tax, it amounted to 45
The Sports & Casino business
area - which operates on the new market for online gaming and betting - is
increasing by more than five percent compared to the same quarter last year.
The Tour business area declines by almost one percent, but this is a pick-up
and stabilization compared with the previous quarter. The Casino Cosmopol &
Vegas business area declines by almost 12 percent, and Vegas has the largest
impact on net gaming revenues, which declines by SEK 37 million or almost 17
Svenska Spel's digital business is
increasing by 14 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, of which
mobile phone sales are increasing by just over 21 per cent. The digital deal
now accounts for 35 percent of the Group's net gaming revenue.
Svenska Spel's operations
have stabilized after the transition to the new gaming market and we see a
recovery in customer growth and revenues. The customers we lost at the end of
the year in connection with the division of the Group and the transition to
separate gaming accounts can now be found back to us. We are pleased that
customers choose Svenska Spel because they appreciate our products and because
it is safe and secure to play with us, says Patrik Hofbauer,
President and CEO of Svenska Spel.
The Sports & Casino business
area has during the period, among other things, launched virtual sports, many
new casino games and the Play Together service, where customers can buy shares
for various sports games. With the ombudsmen, rollout of self-service has
begun, a new service with touch screens where customers can fill in their
sports betting via digital coupons and then pay at the checkout. The Tour
business area has, among other things, launched a subscription to Eurojackpot
and Vikinglotto. The Casino Cosmopol & Vegas business area replaced during
the quarter 1,300 Vegas automatic dispensers with new ones that include a
stronger consumer protection since Playscan's risk assessment is offered
directly in the machine.
During the quarter, Svenska Spel's
Research Council granted five million SEK to new research projects on gambling
addiction. Svenska Spel has expanded the team that works with care talks, ie
calls to customers with an identified increased risk behavior. The gambling
index, which measures the proportion of Svenska Spel's customers who are aware
of their gambling and make conscious choices, is at the high level 85 in the
first half of this year.
It has been an intensive
quarter in the new gaming market where the Gaming Inspectorate acted
vigorously. This is positive for all Swedish consumers as it shows that
consumer protection has been strengthened. As the entire Swedish people's
gaming company, our vision is that games should be for everyone's pleasure.
This means that our focus ahead is offensive, but with continued consideration
of our customer, says Patrik Hofbauer.
Summary of the second
- Net gaming revenues for the Group amounted to SEK
2,039 M (2,082), a decrease of 2 percent.
- Online continues to grow by 14 percent, of which
the mobile phone increases by 21 percent.
- Operating profit for the Group amounted to SEK 534
million (975), a decrease of SEK 441 million, of which SEK 381 million consists
of gaming tax.
- Profit for the Group amounted to SEK 417 M (973), a
decrease of SEK 556 M, of which SEK 490 M consists of gaming tax and estimated
- The operating margin (net) was 26 percent. With
adjustments for gaming tax, the operating margin was 45 percent (47).
- Launch of the Play Play service together where
customers can buy shares for our various sports games
- Eurojackpot and Vikinglotto are now also offered as
a subscription service.
- Via the ombudsmen's digital screens, a self-service
service is now offered where the customer can fill in their sports game coupons
- The roll-out of new Vegas automated machines with
enhanced gaming responsibility has begun, about 1,300 out of a total of 4,400
have been replaced and everyone is to be exchanged at the end of the year.
- Svenska Spel has been given new assignment goals
for Casino Cosmopol and Vegas by the owner in terms of marketing and duty of
care. In addition, the company has achieved new financial goals.
Summary of the January-June
- Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to SEK
4,097 M (4,269), a decrease of 4 percent.
- Operating profit for the Group amounted to SEK
1,053 M (2,118), a decrease of SEK 1,065 M, of which SEK 783 M consists of
- Profit for the Group amounted to SEK 825 M (2,116),
a decrease of SEK 1,291 M, of which 1,005 consists of gaming tax and estimated
- The operating margin (net) was 26 percent. With
adjustment for gaming tax, the operating margin amounted to 45 percent
Here you can read
Interim Report January-June 2019.
SOURCE: Svenska Spel.
SYNOT Games Obtains Certification for
BRNO, Czech Republic (July 22, 2019)
-- SYNOT Games acquire another major certification, granting us access to the
Portuguese iGaming market.
As established content supplier,
SYNOT Games will now be able to extend the market presence by partnering with
Portugals leading operators.
The regulatory news comes after
recent launches in Sweden and Denmark and outlines further expansion to south
European markets expected in the upcoming weeks and months.
Portuguese market has gone live in
2017 and is in its third year of regulation under the Portuguese Gambling
Inspection and Regulation Service (SRIJ). Last year revenues in online
gaming and betting amounted to an impressive 152.1m, meaning significant
growth compared to the previous year.
Ivan Kodaj, CEO at SYNOT Games:
Portugal is another significant destination for SYNOT Games and marks our
entry to the Iberian Peninsula. The certification underlines our commitment to
further focus on expansion in regulated markets. We believe that our diverse
portfolio will prove to be highly popular among Portuguese players.
SYNOT Games is an established
content supplier with a growing market presence, is licensed by the Malta
Gaming Authority and certified in markets across Europe. The games are already
certified in a number of jurisdictions including Spain, Italy, UK, Sweden, and
Denmark. Our comprehensive portfolio boasts with more than 40 exciting titles
and is available in 24 languages and live in over 70 casinos.
Learn more about the
or visit our
SOURCE: SYNOT Games.
Massachusetts Lottery Produces Estimated $1.092 Billion in Net Profit
for the Commonwealth in Fiscal Year 2019, Establishing All-Time
National Lottery week July
15-21 July 23, 2019
MASSACHUSETTS (July 23, 2019) --
Record-setting revenues result in largest commissions and bonuses for retailers
and all-time prize payout for players
State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg
announced today that the Massachusetts State Lottery produced an estimated
$1.092 billion in net profit for the Commonwealth during the 2019 fiscal year
that began July 1, 2018 and ended June 30, 2019.
This is the highest net profit total
in the Lotterys 48-year history, surpassing the previous record of $1.039
billion set in the 2017 fiscal year. Net profit for the 2018 fiscal year
was $997 million, the third highest total.
Lottery revenues rang in at an
estimated record high of $5.499 billion, surpassing the previous record of
$5.292 billion set last fiscal year. It is the fifth consecutive year
that revenues have eclipsed the $5 billion mark.
Another net profit record
is a proud achievement for the Lottery. We continue to perform at the
highest levels even as we face mounting challenges in todays retail
environment, said Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts
State Lottery Commission. This profit generates local aid,
critical to every community across the Commonwealth.
While the FY 2019 figures have not
been formally audited, the Lottery does not expect them to change substantially
once that annual review process is complete.
Lottery officials anticipate
completing the finalized financial statement of operations by
The Lotterys network of
retailers earned an estimated $314.4 million in commissions and bonuses in FY
2019, also a record, surpassing the previous high of $303 million set in FY
2018. With approximately 7,500 retailers, that amounts to an average of
over $41,000 in income for each of the Lotterys retail partners.
Contributing to FY 2019s
record-setting revenue figure were jackpot-driven sales of Mega Millions, the
continued growth of Keno, and the consistent performance of instant ticket
Mega Millions sales increased 73.6
percent over FY 2018 to a total of $154.3 million.
This growth was largely fueled by a
sequence of drawings in the fall of 2018 that culminated in advertised jackpots
of $1 billion and $1.6 billion.
Keno sales exceeded $1 billion for
the first time since the launch of the game in 1993. With an estimated
total of $1.055 billion, Keno sales were up 5.8 percent over last fiscal
year. Sales of instant tickets increased 2.2 percent, ringing in at an
estimated $3.673 billion, also an all-time mark.
The Lottery set another record by
paying out an estimated $3.987 billion in prizes in FY 2019. An estimated
72.5 percent of all revenue was returned to players in FY 2019.
Prize payouts can fluctuate from
year to year based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their
prizes. In FY 2019, Lottery players won 202 prizes valued at $1 million
or more, including 26 prizes valued at $2 million or more.
The Lotterys administrative
costs remained approximately 1.9 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any
Over the course of the 2019 fiscal
year, the Lottery relocated its headquarters, converted to a new host system,
and completed the process of replacing its 20-year old agent terminals, all on
or ahead of schedule, and within budget.
Setting records across the
board, while simultaneously executing multiple major operational transitions,
is a testament to the devotion of our team and the cooperation of our dedicated
retail partners, said Michael Sweeney, the Lotterys Executive
These accomplishments are
also the result of the thoughtful guidance provided by the Treasury and our
The Massachusetts State Lottery was
created in 1972 to generate local aid revenues for the Commonwealths
cities and towns.
Since its inception, the Lottery has
returned more than $27 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth. For more
information about the state Lottery, please visit:
SOURCE: The Massachusetts State
Maine Lottery sets records in Fiscal Year
Maine Lottery sets record for
payouts to players, commissions to retailers and profit for the state's general
fund More than $196 Million to Players; $19.5 Million to retailers; $62.6
Million to the General Fund.
HALLOWELL, Maine (July 23, 2019) --
Topping last years record numbers, The Maine Lottery has just closed its
books on its best 12 months ever.
During the 2019 fiscal year, ending
June 30, the Lottery set records for sales, prize money, commissions to
retailers and funds transferred to the states General Fund.
Players took home a record total,
before taxes, of $196.8 million in winnings from the Lottery's draw, instant
scratch and fast play games. Total lottery sales were nearly $300 million, with
retailers earning nearly $20 million in commissions all-time high totals since
the Lottery was established in 1974. Instant ticket sales totalled more than
$224.6 million, also a record.
"We are very proud of the work we
do to generate this important revenue while ensuring the integrity of the games
and keeping responsible gaming at the forefront of what we do," said Gregg
Mineo, director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.
The $62.6 million in lottery money that goes to the General Fund supports
important programs throughout the state and were very proud of that.
Here is a breakdown of the
- General fund transfer: $ 62,675,109
- Prizes paid to players $196,797,222
- Commissions paid to retailers: $ 19,719,408
- Instant ticket sales: $224,635,254
- Draw game sales: $68,217,582
- Total Sales: $299,451,696
About Maine State
The Maine State Lottery was
established in 1974 by Maine voters in a statewide referendum. Maine State
Lottery proceeds benefit the General Fund. For information on lottery games and
game draw results, visit mainelottery.com. Maine State Lottery officials
encourage everyone to play responsibly.
SOURCE: Maine State Lottery.
BCLC Releases 2018/19 Annual Report and Accountability Disclosure
BCLC achieved $1.415 billion
in net income on record revenue of $2.590 billion, an increase over last year
of $15.5 and $87.6 million respectively
BC, Canada (July 18, 2019) -- BCLC
has released three key reports highlighting its performance in fiscal year
2018/19 in the areas of financial results, service provider commissions and
BCLCs results demonstrate the
organizations commitment to deliver on its mandate: To offer socially
responsible gambling entertainment to generate income for British Columbia.
BCLCs revenue continually assists community growth throughout the
province by contributing to the improvement of essential services British
Columbians rely on, including health care, education and community
BCLC achieved $1.415 billion in net
income on record revenue of $2.590 billion, an increase over last year of $15.5
and $87.6 million respectively.
Full details of BCLCs
financial performance are in the
2018/19 Annual Service Plan Report.
The 2018/19 BCLC Gambling Service
Provider Commissions Report details how BCLC calculates commissions paid to
casino and bingo service providers and includes the amounts earned by service
providers over the past fiscal year. The report also includes information about
the new Operational Services Agreement.
BCLC is required to annually
disclose all compensation provided to the CEO and the next four highest paid
executives. BCLCs 2018/19
Statement of Executive Compensation is also available on the
Public Sector Employers Council Secretariat website.
Since 1985, BCLC has been helping
communities grow. Thanks to players in B.C., more than $23 billion generated by
gambling activities went back into health care, education and community groups
across B.C. Learn more
Lottery Financial Operations Manager Receives Top Industry
AUSTIN, Texas (July 24, 2019)
The Texas Lottery Commission today announced that Kelly Stuckey, the
agencys financial operations manager, was named a recipient of the 2019
Powers Award at the North American Association of State and Provincial
Lotteries (NASPL) seminar, which is being held this week in Phoenix,
I want to congratulate
Kelly on this prestigious honor, said Gary Grief, executive director
of the Texas Lottery. Kelly strives for excellence in all that she
does. Her careful attention to detail and job knowledge, as well as expertise
of the gaming system and internal financial system, allow her to be proficient
in her job duties. Kelly has been an integral part of the Texas Lotterys
success for many years, and she is very well-deserving of this years
Each year, the Powers Awards are
presented in recognition of the significant contributions lottery and lottery
vendor employees have made through exceptional job performance. These awards
are named in honor of the late Edward J. Powers, the Father of U.S.
Lotteries. Powers spent more than 25 years in the lottery industry
helping to define the most effective organizational structures that have become
a blueprint for todays lotteries.
The drive, commitment and integrity
Powers demonstrated set the standard of excellence exhibited by lottery and
vendor employees nominated for this award.
Stuckey joined the Texas Lottery
Commission in December 2005 as financial operations manager. She is responsible
for administering the daily operations and activities for budget, payroll,
jackpot estimation, large winner payments and various financial analysis.
During her 13-plus years, Stuckey
has served as the second in command for the agencys Controller and is
relied upon by many members of senior management for financial guidance.
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 $61 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 $117 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:
MEDIA CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
512-344-5131, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Rothschild & Co Appointed to Advise 4th National Lottery Licence
- Gambling Commission appoints Rothschild
& Co to engage parties interested in fourth National Lottery licence
- Executive Director and Commercial
Director appointed to programme leadership team.
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (July 22, 2019) --
The Gambling Commission has appointed Rothschild & Co as lead financial
advisor for the fourth National Lottery licence competition.
Since its launch in 1994, the
National Lottery has raised more than £40 billion for good causes,
transforming lives through its contribution to the arts, sports, heritage and
The current licence to operate the
National Lottery expires in 2023 and the Gambling Commission is responsible for
designing and running the competition to award the next licence.
The programme to award the next
licence commenced in November 2018. Since then, the Gambling Commission has
been carrying out global market engagement to help inform the design of the
As the programme moves to the next
stage of commercial engagement, the Commission has appointed Rothschild &
Co as lead adviser in delivering the competition and to engage interested
parties ahead of the official launch of the competition in early 2020.
Rothschild & Co join a team of
advisors on the programme including EY who are supporting the commercial and
competition design, Deloitte who are supporting policy development and licence
design, and Hogan Lovells who are the Commissions external legal
In July 2019, John Tanner joined the
programme as Executive Director and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO), charged
with leading the programme and delivering the competition. John joins from HM
Revenue and Customs and brings with him a wealth of experience in managing high
profile programmes and projects across government.
The Commission has also appointed
Andrew Wilson to the role of Commercial Director. Working closely with the SRO
and the team of advisors, Andrew will oversee a fair and competitive process
for potential bidders.
The market engagement work
undertaken so far has also included consulting with interested parties about
key policy themes that will inform the design of the next licence and lead to a
vigorous competition, one of which is the number of operator licences.
Following feedback from the market,
it has been decided that the fourth licence should be awarded to a single
licensee as that is considered the best way to serve the National Lottery and
returns to good causes.
Edward Duckett, Managing Director,
Rothschild & Co said: The National Lottery is one of the largest
and most successful lotteries globally and is of significant national
importance. The competition for the 4th National Lottery licence is one which
has the potential to generate interest from a wide range of national and
international operators. We are delighted to have been entrusted by the
Gambling Commission as their lead adviser to assist in delivering a successful
competition for the fourth licence.
Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of
the Gambling Commission, said: The National Lottery is a national
asset. We want to build on the tremendous success of the National Lottery and
we are determined to run a fair and transparent competition process that
maximises the opportunities for innovation and creativity whilst protecting the
special status of the National Lottery.
John Tanner, Executive Director for
the 4th National Lottery Licence competition, said: Im delighted to
be leading the team that is working on this vitally important project. We
have already set firm foundations for the competition and I am looking forward
to working with prospective bidders, stakeholders and all the members of our
team as we build on those foundations to prepare for the formal launch of the
competition at the end of March next year.
About the programmes
Rothschild & Co: Lead financial
advisor for the 4th National Lottery Licence competition
Deloitte: Supporting on licence
development and development of policy
EY: Supporting delivery of the
licence competition, including development of the commercial strategy
Hogan Lovells: Providing legal
advice to the programme on key policy and commercial aspects of the competition
and responsible for drafting the licence.
About John Tanner
John Tanner is a highly experienced
project delivery profession with an extensive background in delivering major
government projects across a number of departments, most recently HMRC and the
Home Office. He is a graduate of the Infrastructure and Projects
Authoritys Major Projects Leadership Academy.
John became the Executive Director
and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the 4th National Lottery Licence
Competition (4NLC) in July 2019. In this role, he assumed overall
responsibility for the competition including establishing governance, securing
funding and engagement with DCMS to ensure the fourth licence competition is
fair, open and robust while maximising innovation, creativity and utilising
Before joining 4NLC, John held
leadership roles with HM Revenue & Customs, UK Home Office and the National
Crime Agency focusing on the delivery of major programmes and transformation
About Andrew Wilson
Andrew is a seasoned commercial
director, strategist and architect with over 20 years experience in the
definition and acquisition of business critical technical/service capability,
both as a consultant, a service provider and a commissioner.
Andrew brings extensive commercial
and technical expertise gained across the telecommunications, rail, health and
utility industries, from hands-on operational engineering through to advising
government on commercial structure and contracting strategies.
Before joining 4NLC Andrew held the
role of Commercial Director for NHS Digital (an ALB to DHSC), prior to this
Andrew was a partner in a successful management consultancy specialising in
complex commercial transactions.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Gambling Commission: Gambling Online with Credit
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (July 24, 2019) --
Following a recent call for evidence on the issue of gambling online with
credit cards, the Gambling Commission has confirmed it will be holding a
twelve-week consultation to begin in mid-August.
One approach would be to ban
gambling online with credit cards. However, the public and all other
stakeholders will be consulted on other options, including restricting the use
of credit cards. The Commission will then take the most appropriate course of
action in view of any evidence obtained by this consultation, alongside data
The call for evidence, which the
Commission launched in February, provided several key interest points around
the use of credit cards to gamble online. These included:
- Alternative forms of borrowing: if action is
taken on credit cards alone then consumers experiencing harm may use other
forms of borrowing to fund their gambling, such as overdrafts and loans. It is
therefore vital that the financial and gambling sectors work to protect
customers from harm where they gamble with other forms of borrowed money.
- E-Wallets: where online gambling deposits
are made through some e-wallets, operators have no means of knowing which
method the payment originated from. Any future proposals would therefore
require e-wallet providers to take the necessary action to support any
regulatory measures introduced.
- Further evidence: the Commission wants to
obtain further evidence about consumers motivations for using credit
cards to gamble, and any specific benefits of using them. The call for evidence
highlighted very little in this regard. In aiming to prevent harm from gambling
with credit cards, the Commission is clear that it must take account of the
impact of a ban or restrictions on gamblers who are not experiencing gambling
Paul Hope, Executive Director at the
Gambling Commission, said: Gambling with borrowed money is known to be
a risk factor for consumers, so we think there is a need for action. This
consultation will help us decide what that action should be.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Pariplay Granted Class II Gaming Licence in
Licence enables games
provider to distribute hundreds of game titles to the Romanian market through
GIBRALTAR (July 17, 2019) --
Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators,
land-based casinos and lotteries, has secured a Class II gaming licence for
online game content in Romania. Granted by the Romanian National Gambling
Office (ONJN), the licence enables the B2B provider to supply the regulated
Romanian market with a diverse portfolio of online casino games via the
Pariplay FUSION aggregation platform.
Pariplay FUSION now grants
Romanian operators access to a large, high-profile library of content, which
comprises Pariplays own portfolio, as well as a large range of
Featuring exclusive game content
from major studios and boutique game developers alike, the platform boasts an
array of innovative video slots, scratch cards, instant win titles and more,
available for Romanian players to peruse. This includes the hugely successful
titles Dragons Of The North, Jack In The Box and Goldorado.
Further establishing its industry
leadership role by extending its market reach, Pariplays presence in
Europes regulated markets has recently seen its services go live in
Sweden, Italy and Bulgaria. The revolutionary games supplier is also in the
process of expanding into other jurisdictions, including Portugal, Denmark and
Richard Mintz, Commercial and
Marketing Director at Pariplay, said: Acquiring the Romanian gaming
licence is another key milestone in Pariplays overall growth. With
Pariplay FUSION, which offers a seamless and simple integration,
were able to equip our partners with edgy products and enhanced features
to elevate players gaming experiences. We already have several key
Romanian operators lined up for our custom-tailored aggregation
About Pariplay Ltd.
Pariplay Limited is a leading
provider of Internet Gaming Systems, offering state-of-the-art, in-house
developed gaming platforms and Internet games as well as integrated third-party
games from leading industry companies. Founded in 2010, our team has over 70
gaming experts with offices in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sofia, Bulgaria, Gibraltar,
Isle of Man and India, built to support our customers requirements in a
dynamic and competitive environment.
The group is licensed and regulated
by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority, the UK Gambling
Commission, and the Connecticut State Governments Gaming Division. Our
Gaming Systems, RNG and all games are certified and tested by the leading
testing labs and meet the highest industry standards for online gaming testing
As a business-to-business provider
of games of skill and chance, Pariplay fully understands the importance of
responsible gaming and has implemented policies and tools within its systems
and games to provide industry-leading entertainment in a socially responsible
fashion. The system combines identity verification with age verification and
geo-Location services to determine whether an individual meets the minimum age
requirement and is playing within a specific territory. Pariplay has
implemented multiple responsible gaming tools to meet different regulatory
standards and have provided players with a sophisticated self-exclusion tool
that offers them an easy way to manage their gaming habits.
SOURCE: Pariplay Ltd.
Betgenius and Betfred Agree Long-Term Trading
Deal sees Betgenius trade
in-play markets for major sports including the English Premier League, Football
League and Scottish Premiership
UNITED KINGDOM, London (July 18,
2019) Betgenius, the leading supplier of sportsbook content and trading
services, has signed a major new deal with Betfred incorporating official data
for all English and Scottish league football from the 2019/20 season onwards.
The five-year agreement sees
Betgenius act as primary in-play trading partner for the major sports of
football, tennis and basketball, across both retail and online.
A key part of this service is live
pricing on over 4,200 English and Scottish football fixtures per season, driven
by official data from its exclusive agreement with Football DataCo, the data
rights holder of all competitions organised by the English Premier League,
English Football League and SPFL. The season officially began in the opening
round of the Betfred-sponsored Scottish League Cup on July 12.
Betfred is the first major UK
sportsbook to sign up to the new Betgenius-powered scheme for official UK
football data, which can be supplied as a raw feed for customers to build their
own trading models or as a fully-traded service.
Craig Reid, Group Trading Director
at Betfred, said: Providing our customers with a trusted, reliable and
engaging service has been instrumental in helping Betfred grow its in-play
sportsbook offering in the UK and Betgenius have helped us deliver that.
Were delighted to lock in some of the most important in-play content in
the industry and look forward to continuing our relationship for the years to
Matt Stephenson, Global Partnerships
Director at Betgenius, said: Were thrilled to continue our
decade-long partnership with Betfred. Their long-term commitment is recognition
of our continued investment in product quality and innovation, with our
market-leading in-play product for UK football, driven by official Football
DataCo data, the latest example of that.
OLG Makes First-Quarter Payments To Gaming Site Host
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario (July 19,
2019) -- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued the first-quarter
(April 1 to June 30, 2019) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling
$44,399,230 to 28 communities which currently host gaming facilities.
To date, host communities have
received more than $1.6 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.
OLG has established
tremendous partnerships with host municipalities and the revenue generated at
these local gaming sites is helping to improve the quality of life for
individuals and families right across the province, said Rod
Phillips, Ontario Minister of Finance.
These funds are invested in
plenty of important projects, including much needed investment in local
infrastructure, community programs and services, roads and public
transit, Phillips said.
These payments are made under an
equitable formula that determines the funds communities receive for hosting a
gaming facility and are based on a graduated scale of gaming revenue that is
consistent across all sites in Ontario.
OLG provides the Ontario government
with its largest source of non-tax revenue from Government Business
Enterprises. In 2017-2018, this amounted to $2.49 billion.
OLG is a crown agency that develops
world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a
socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming
facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming;
and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable
Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing
industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $50 billion to the
people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health
care; the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling; and support
for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLGs operations also
support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local
charities across the province.
All for Here 100 per cent of
OLGs proceeds are invested in Ontario
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