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Vol. 89 No.10 - Monday December 9, 2019

 

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Ring In 2020 With Four New Scratch-Off Games From The Florida Lottery

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 2, 2019) – Today, the Florida Lottery introduces four new Scratch-Off games that feature over 22 million winning tickets and offer more than $155 million in total cash prizes! The games, CA$H DELUXE, LOTERIA™, 2020 BIG RICHES, and QUICK $50, range in price from $1 to $5.

All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

The $5 game, CA$H DELUXE, offers six top prizes of $500,000, and features more than $48.7 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.03.

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The $2 game, LOTERIA™, offers more than $68 million in cash prizes and over 10 million winning tickets! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.63.

Another $2 game, 2020 BIG RICHES, features more than $27 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.37.

For just $1, players can win $50 instantly with QUICK $50! There are over three million winning tickets and more than $11 million cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.85.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 69 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2017-18.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $36 billion to education and sending more than 840,000 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 $66.9 billion in prizes and made more than 2,800 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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International Game Technology PLC Announces Departure Of Chief Financial Officer Alberto Fornaro

  • Fornaro to remain with IGT until January 31, 2020
  • IGT initiates search for successor
  • Timothy Rishton named interim CFO

 

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LONDON, U.K. (December 2, 2019) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced that Alberto Fornaro, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has resigned to pursue other professional opportunities. Mr. Fornaro will continue in his current position through January 31, 2020, to ensure a smooth transition for the company. IGT's board of directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Timothy Rishton, currently IGT's Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, as interim CFO during the search for a permanent replacement.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships...

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"I would like to thank Alberto, both personally and on behalf of the IGT Board of Directors, for his leadership and outstanding contribution during the last eight years as CFO of first GTECH and later IGT. Alberto played a significant role in improving our financial and operational performance, including helping to secure large, strategically important contracts for the next several years. We look forward to an orderly and seamless transition of his responsibilities, and wish him well in his future endeavors," said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.

"It has been a great honor to serve as IGT CFO and to participate in the company's success during the last eight years. With the recent completion of important refinancing activity and a strong finance organization in place, it is the right time for me to move on to a new challenge," said Alberto Fornaro.

IGT has initiated a global search with a leading executive search firm to find a permanent successor.

About Timothy Rishton: Mr. Rishton has been with IGT (and predecessor GTECH) since 1995, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Over his 24 years with the company, Mr. Rishton has held a series of roles with increasing responsibility, including Vice President – Finance, Assistant Corporate Controller and Director of Accounting. Before joining the company, Mr. Rishton held various roles at Acushnet Company and Ernst & Young. Mr. Rishton is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island.

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

CONTACT:

 

Phil O'Shaughnessy,

Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti,

+39 3485475493;

for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

+1 (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Colorado Lottery Earns Level 2 Responsible Gaming Certification from World Lottery Association

PUEBLO, CO (November 19, 2019) -- The Colorado Lottery has announced that it has earned the World Lottery Association (WLA) Responsible Gaming (RG) Level 2 Certification. To achieve a Level 2 certification, the Colorado Lottery had to complete a self-assessment and identify RG programs to be implemented consistent with the WLA’s responsible gaming principles. The Colorado Lottery joined WLA in 2018, attaining Level 1 certification last November.

Our commitment to responsible gaming ensures not only that the public is protected, but also that the revenues created by the Colorado Lottery are sustained for the public good and that Colorado’s greatest assets are preserved,” said Tom Seaver, Colorado Lottery director.

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As one of the biggest benefactors to the Colorado way of life, we recognize that this is the opportune time to adopt the principles of the Responsible Gaming Framework.

The Seven Responsible Gaming Principles serve as the foundation for the WLA Responsible Gaming Framework. The Framework consists of four levels of achievement around 10 different Program elements. Members then implement a broad scope of commitments and actions that must translate into actual programs that include research, employee education, retailer education, game design, promotions, advertising and marketing communications, player education, treatment referral, stakeholder engagement, reporting and measurement.

The Panel considers your (Colorado Lottery’s) submission to be a blueprint for other lotteries seeking to be certified at that level,” said Lynne Roiter, President/CEO of Loto-Quebec and evaluation Panel member, in an email.

This certification represents an important milestone and hard work for the Colorado Lottery and Director Tom Seaver, placing the Colorado Lottery in the top 15 U.S. lotteries for their commitment to responsible gaming. No U.S. Lottery has achieved a Level 5 certification, only eight are at Level 4, five at Level 3, and two at Level 2, including the Colorado Lottery.

Each of the four levels of achievement reflects how successfully a lottery has integrated the RG Principles into daily operations at different stages of implementation. The more advanced the responsible gaming program, the higher the level of achievement.

The four levels in the WLA RG Framework are:

  • Level 1: Commitment – by becoming a member of the WLA, lottery members agree to embrace the WLA RG Principles, which fulfill the Level 1 certification.
  • Level 2: Self-Assessment and Gap Analysis – members complete a self-assessment and determine which RG programs must be implemented to ensure the organization addresses all the Principles.
  • Level 3: Planning and Implementation – members must develop a plan, a timetable and a budget to implement specific RG programs.
  • Level 4: Continuous Improvement – members implement specific programs into their day-to-day operations and are continuously improving their programs.

 

The World Lottery Association (WLA) is an international trade organization, based in Switzerland, which serves the interests of state-authorized lotteries and suppliers to the global lottery industry.

About Colorado Lottery Proceeds

With every ticket sold, Colorado Lottery players help keep Colorado beautiful. Proceeds from retail sales of its games – Scratch, Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Lucky for Life, Cash 5, and Pick 3 – enhance, protect, and improve parks, trails, open space, and all 41 state parks in Colorado. Since 1983, the Lottery has returned more than $3.4 billion to outdoor projects in Colorado through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. For more information, visit coloradolottery.com.

SOURCE: World Lottery Association.

 

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Kajsa Nylander Appointed Sustainability Manager for Svenska Spel

VISBY, Sweden (December 2, 2019) -- Kajsa Nylander has been appointed new sustainability manager for Svenska Spel. She most recently comes from a position as Sustainability Manager at Systembolaget and will take up her new position at Svenska Spel on January 27, 2020.

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As sustainability manager, Kajsa Nylander will be responsible for the Svenska Spel Group's sustainability work where gambling responsibility, that is to offer gambling responsibly, is the most important area.

Kaja's solid background in sustainability and change work will be of great benefit to Svenska Spel's sustainability work with a focus on gaming responsibility. Her skills and experience give us the best possible conditions to further develop our leading position in gaming responsibility."

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"With Kajsa on board we will be able to take the next step towards even better gaming responsibility tools and minimize the risk of players getting into gambling problems. Our goal is for our customers to enjoy entertainment and gaming enjoyment in a safe environment and with control over their gaming,” says Joakim Mörnefält, communications director at Svenska Spel.

Kajsa Nylander has been Sustainabilty Manager at Systembolaget since 2017 and has prior long and solid experience of sustainability work both in Sweden and internationally, including as Senior Manager for Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY and CEO of Respect Sustainable Business.

I look forward with great joy and enthusiasm to starting my position as sustainability manager at Svenska Spel. The Swedish gaming industry is an industry in change with the new gaming legislation, which makes it a very exciting time. Svenska Spel already has solid sustainability work, and I look forward to being able to participate and continue to develop our work on gaming responsibility and the Group's other strategic sustainability issues,”says Kajsa Nylander.

Kajsa Nylander succeeds Scarlett Roa who will leave Svenska Spel in December.

The position of Head of Sustainability is part of Communication and Sustainability and reports to Director of Communications Joakim Mörnefält.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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INTRALOT Extends Contract with New Hampshire Lottery Commission to Provide Sports Betting Solutions

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ATHENS, Greece (November 29, 2019) -- INTRALOT is pleased to announce that its U.S. subsidiary INTRALOT Inc., has signed a contract extension to provide its Sports Betting solutions to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. INTRALOT will offer sports betting starting in early 2020 at over 1,300 existing lottery retailers in New Hampshire.

INTRALOT has delivered innovative lottery products and solutions to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission since it became a valued customer of ours in 2010,” said Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT Group Deputy CEO.

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The newly introduced sports betting offering to the State gives us the opportunity to deploy our next generation solutions and in-field expertise ensuring an unparalleled player experience for its citizens”.

Through this contract amendment to provide our leading sports betting technology, we will power the New Hampshire Lottery and will expand its well-established operation with new and exciting entertainment options while attracting a new demographic of players,” said Byron Boothe, INTRALOT Inc., Interim CEO. “We look forward to continue working together with the Lottery to maximize sales growth and ensure increased returns in a socially responsible way for the State and its citizens.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 48 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €0.9 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees (3,000 of which in subsidiaries and 2,200 in associates) in 2018, INTRALOT is an innovation - driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries digital transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.

For more information CONTACT:  Ms. Chryssa Amanatidou, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Ph.: +30 2106156000, Fax: +30-2106106800, email: amanatidou@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

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Michigan Lottery’s Get Your Gifts Giveaway Offers Online Players Chance to Win $20,000

LANSING, Michigan (November 29, 2019) -- The Michigan Lottery is giving online players a chance to win $20,000 with the Get Your Gifts Giveaway.

Beginning Monday, players may visit GetYourGiftsGiveaway.com to be eligible to earn entries for the $20,000 giveaway. Players will be required to log in with their Lottery account to access the giveaway.

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After logging in, players will be prompted to choose their daily gift: a chance to win in-store or online offers plus one entry into the $20,000 Get Your Gifts Giveaway or extra entries into the grand prize giveaway. Both instant win prizes and extra entries into the grand prize drawing increase randomly throughout the giveaway.

Players may earn additional entries by completing the bonus activities listed on the promotion’s web page. Additional details about how to earn entries will be available online. Players who do not have a Lottery online account may sign up to participate. Players may earn entries daily through Dec. 15.

On Jan. 8, 2020, one lucky player will be selected in a random drawing to win the $20,000 grand prize for the Get Your Gifts Giveaway.

Michigan Lottery players have a chance to win up to $500,000 instantly playing online. Players also may win prizes ranging from $1 up to multimillion-dollar jackpots playing Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Fantasy 5 online. Through its online platform, the Lottery offers players more than 50 different games with plays ranging in price from 5 cents to $20.

More than 1 million players have registered to play the Lottery’s online games, which were launched in 2014. For more information or to play online, visit http://bit.ly/MSLOnlineGames.

In 2018, Lottery players won more than $676 million playing games online.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names Peter Wolff as Director of Global Technical Compliance, Bringing Further Increased Focus on Excellence in Quality and Customer Service

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (December 2, 2019) – With an emphasis on taking quality and customer service to even higher levels of excellence, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named Peter Wolff Director of Global Technical Compliance.

Wolff brings more than 10 years of experience to this position, where he will concentrate on technological advances within the gaming industry to support regulators in jurisdictions around the world, including serving as GLI’s primary point of contact for multiple state and tribal regulators. Wolff will also guide GLI’s global engineering groups on regulatory technical questions and issues to improve process efficiencies.

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Additionally, he will play a key role in the company’s procedural and local-office government audits, including closely monitoring quality processes across all GLI domestic and international offices. This assures customers that GLI’s rigorous testing standards are being applied and are constantly up to date, as well as ensuring quality objectives are consistently met. Wolff will also oversee GLI’s renowned educational and training division, GLI University®.

Wolff’s new role is part of a companywide shift bringing even more agile and responsive global teams focused on improving the customer experience.

We are constantly thinking of ways to bring greater value to our clients and to further improve our world-class customer service and quality on a global scale. We are thrilled to announce Peter’s promotion and are confident in the contributions he will make to our global efforts,” said Christine Gallo, Vice President of Technical Compliance & Quality Assurance.

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Wolff is another GLI success story; he began as a test engineer in GLI’s lottery market group in 2008. Over his time at GLI, he has gained extensive experience in global regulations as well as up and coming technologies. Wolff currently oversees focused teams of subject-matter experts on a wide array of new technologies, including sports-wagering systems, iGaming, esports, cloud-based computing, cryptography, blockchain technology, skill-based gaming, artificial intelligence, and Big Data.

Be a part of GLI’s growing team at https://gaminglabs.com/about-us/careers/.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI also holds ISTQB certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: About Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Svenska Spel's Tool for Identifying and Communicating with Risk Players, is Spreading Internationally; Switzerland is Fourth Country to Adopt Playscan Tool

VISBY, Sweden (November 28, 2019) -- Playscan, Svenska Spel's tool for identifying and communicating with risk players, is spreading internationally. Following an agreement with the Norwegian gaming company Norsk Tipping, the French La Française des Jeux and the Swedish Million Lottery, the Swiss Société de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande has now also chosen to use Playscan.

After Norway, France and Sweden, Switzerland is the fourth country to choose the gaming responsibility tool Playscan. At the Swiss Société de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande, the system went live on Monday. An important success factor is the large number of users. Because Playscan is present at several large gaming companies, up to 6 million players are analyzed annually.

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It gives us deep insights about risk gambling. For example, we have very good opportunities to test alternative types of communication with customers and learn what gives the best effect. The greater the amount of user data, the better the predictions for the individual player,” says Annika Hjälm, Site Manager for Playscan at Svenska Spel.

The gaming companies that use Playscan get a complete solution with both statistical analysis of gaming behaviour, a complete communication interface and continuous updates of the tool. In addition, the companies can measure the impact and development of their efforts against risky gambling.

Playscan follows the customers on an individual level. The assessment of the risk level is based on the player's own behaviour rather than general conclusions. This means that the advice given is directly linked to the individual customer's gaming behaviour and therefore becomes more relevant.

And the tool seems to reach the right people. In 2016, an independent evaluation of Playscan was made based on data from nearly 10,000 users. It showed that it was precisely people with a higher risk of excessive gambling who used Playscan the most. But does this also mean that the tool helps the risk players to address their problems?

Behavioural change is a process that can take a very long time. But all the research shows that it is all the time to "poke" at the problem players, give them insight and motivation to change their behaviour. And that's what Playscan does. Now we continue to explore how we can best benefit from all the insights we gain through the tool. Going forward, we are developing new functionality in order to provide our customers with the most secure and fun gaming experience in real time,” says Annika Hjälm.

Read more about Playscan here.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Habanero Scales Up with SISAL

Supplier enhances Italian footprint with key new partnership

MALTA (November 29, 2019) -- Premium slots and table games provider Habanero looks to further its impact on the Italian market after agreeing a partnership with SISAL.

The operator, one of the biggest in Italy, has agreed a deal to initially launch 12 of Habanero’s latest slot releases via GAN’s aggregating platform, but will have access to all of its Italian-certified content.

Included in the deal are hugely popular slots Egyptian Dreams, 5 Lucky Lions, Hot Hot Fruits and Wild Trucks, as well as Habanero’s 100th slot Colossal Gems, all of which feature the latest in high-end graphics and sounds.

Arcangelo Lonoce, European Head of Business Development at Habanero, said: “The penetration of SISAL in Italy goes well beyond being one of the most popular and respected operators and agreeing this deal will help us reach even more players than ever before.

It’s a big leap ahead in Habanero’s expansion in one of our key markets and we look forward to a hugely beneficial partnership.”

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Marco Tiso, BU Online Gaming Director at Sisal Enterntainment S.p.a., added: “The goal is always to give players the best slot offering in Italy and Habanero will help us to achieve that. They will be a welcome addition to our rapidly growing portfolio.

About Habanero

With some of the industry's most talented designers, developers and mathematicians, Habanero has quickly become one of the industry’s leading suppliers of slots and table games. It has earned a reputation for delivering consistency and quality thanks to its stable of great products and an intuitive back office. Focusing on creating the most engaging and entertaining content for online, mobile and land-based casinos, it now has more than 100 slot games, a wide range of table and video poker games, a number of varied and original marketing tools, as well as a unique trademarked jackpot system. The Habanero management team is spread throughout the world and has more than four decades of experience in betting and gaming.

About Sisal

Sisal began life in 1946 and was the first Italian company to operate in the gaming sector as a government licensee. For over 70 years it has been playing a leading role in the history of Italy and the Italian population. Today Sisal Group, led by CEO Emilio Petrone, is the market leader in gaming and payment services with over 48 thousand retail points distributed across all Italy. Sisal Group operates game brands SuperEnalotto, SiVinceTutto-SuperEnalotto, Vinci per la Vita-Win for Life, Eurojackpot and VinciCasa. It also has a presence in the sports betting sector with Sisal Matchpoint and online through internet channel www.sisal.it and the brand’s dedicated mobile applications. In September 2010, the Company launched the new retail concept Sisal Wincity, which combines entertainment with food and beverages at 26 retail points in the main Italian cities. In addition, the SisalPay brand puts innovation at the consumer’s service with convenient, simple and secure ways to pay utility bills, telephone top-ups, prepaid cards and much more. Right from the outset, Sisal has been driven by a strong sense of responsibility. This commitment translates into a comprehensive Social Responsibility strategy in the areas of education, culture, sports and science, with projects addressed to recognising the value of talent, training young people, and promoting scientific research, together with a Responsible Gaming program, which represents the signature feature of the Sisal Group sustainability strategy

SOURCE: Habanero media release.

 

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Illinois Lottery Holiday Instant Tickets on Sale

Festive scratch-offs come with a second chance to win

 

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CHICAGO, Illinois (December 4, 2019) – The season of holiday celebrations has started, and the Illinois Lottery’s new holiday instant tickets are on sale across the state. From stocking stuffer to present topper, the festive scratch-offs give players a chance to win up to $1 million. This year, the Illinois Lottery is spreading more good cheer by offering a second-chance drawing on eligible tickets, with $1,500,000 available in prizes.

The holiday tickets cost between $1 and $20, with prizes ranging from $500 to $1 million. Each ticket offers a unique look and playing experience at five different price points:

 

•  Snow Me the Money – $1

•  Jingle Bucks – $2

•  Merry Money – $5

•  Trim the Tree – $10

•  Holiday Countdown – $20

 

We are pleased to be a part of holiday gift-giving traditions across Illinois every year,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said. “Our instant tickets are a great gift-giving alternative.

To make getting that perfect gift even easier, the Illinois Lottery’s holiday-themed advertising spots features a variety of ways Illinoisans can surprise their friends, co-workers and loved ones with holiday instant tickets this year.

Eligible non-winning tickets can be entered into the Holiday 2nd Chance promotion at illinoislottery.com. The cost of the ticket determines the number of entries that can be submitted. For example, at $5 per Merry Money ticket, there are five second-chance entries allowed. The entry deadline is Friday, January 3, and winners will be drawn Thursday, January 9.

 

2nd chance promotion portal at illinoislottery.com.

 

All five holiday instant tickets are available for purchase at the more than 7,200 lottery retailers across the state.

Tickets also are available from the Illinois Lottery’s holiday #SurpriseTruck, which will be making stops at holiday markets and malls throughout Illinois in December. With the on-site purchase of an instant ticket at the holiday #SurpriseTruck, the Lottery also will wrap and decorate a gift (one gift wrap per instant ticket purchased). To find out where the holiday #SurpriseTruck will be next, visit illinoislottery.com/useful-information/events.

The Illinois Lottery reminds players that instant tickets are not an appropriate gift for minors, as players must be 18 years or older to play. The Lottery supports the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Holiday Lottery Responsible Gambling Campaign because early gambling experiences are a risk factor for gambling problems later in life. Be Smart, Play Smart and gift smart this holiday season.

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorial funds and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.   

CONTACT: Jason Schaumburg, T: (312) 793-3034.

SOURCE: The Illinois Lottery.

 

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IGT Extends Private Management Agreement with the Barbados Lottery License Holders for 10 Years

Amendment includes possibility of two additional five-year renewal terms

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LONDON, U.K (December 4, 2019) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Services Limited (hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a 10-year extension to its existing agreement to provide its Private Management Lottery services to the four license holders and beneficiaries of The Barbados Lottery.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships...

The extension enables IGT to continue to provide its current private management lottery services, including its industry-leading sales, marketing, advertising, and retail agent services. As part of IGT's ongoing services under the original agreement, it will deploy new retail terminals and ticket checkers, and will introduce self-service vending machines to the market. IGT will also continue to provide peripheral equipment for social space games, which are numbers games displayed on a monitor and played in settings like bars and restaurants.

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IGT has operated The Barbados Lottery since the Lottery's inception in 2005. Through its partnership with Lottery beneficiaries the Barbados Olympic Association, the Barbados Cricket Association, the Barbados Turf Club, and the National Sports Council, IGT has helped these national organizations achieve essential revenues to support their individual missions.

In a joint statement, Lottery beneficiary officials Sandra Osborne, President of the Barbados Olympic Association; Conde Riley, President of the Barbados Cricket Association; Rosette Peirce, CEO of the Barbados Turf Club; and Neil Murrell, Acting Director of Sports, the National Sports Council said, "Our long-term partnership with IGT has proven to be the major driving force behind our ability to consistently contribute to the development of sports, youth, and cultural programs in Barbados. A significant portion of our organizations' income is derived from IGT-generated revenues, and it is these funds that enable us to deliver vital programs for all Barbadians to enjoy. This extended partnership with IGT is the proven and optimal way in which we can boost our revenues and sustain programs well into the future. We are excited to continue our partnership with IGT for years to come as we continue to focus on our missions and foster the development of our Barbadian talent."

"This amendment to extend our private management lottery services in Barbados demonstrates all four beneficiaries' confidence in IGT's expertise in responsibly growing the Lottery," said Declan Harkin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, International Lottery. "We look forward to enhancing this robust program through new and existing solutions that engage players, drive growth, and generate funds for good causes that ultimately benefit all Barbadians."

The amendment extends IGT's current agreement from 2023 through to 2033 and includes a provision for two additional five-year renewal terms. As part of the agreement, IGT will continue to provide a full suite of its world-class technology to support transaction processing and retail requirements, supported by its industry-leading marketing, advertising, retail sales, and draw show solutions and content deployment.

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.

CONTACT:

 

Phil O'Shaughnessy,

Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti,

+39 3485475493;

for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: +1 (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Mississippi Lottery First Week Sales Reach Over $8.9 Million

JACKSON, MISS. (December 4, 2019) -- The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) is thrilled to announce sales for the first week (six days) brought in $8,932,200 resulting in approximately $1.9 million for roads and bridges around the state.

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Overall, retailers and players were very positive and excited that the lottery is finally here,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen. “The top-five selling counties for the week were Hinds, Harrison, Rankin, Lee and Forrest.

In addition to positive sales, players cashed in more than $3.8 million in prizes with a number of large winners. Top prizes claimed ranged from $2,000 to $15,000. All but one winner chose to remain anonymous.

Four more scratch-off games will be available at all retailer locations on Tuesday, December 10.

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$1 — Fast $50s: Win up to $2,000!

(12 – $2,000 prizes)

$2 — Jewels 7s Doubler: Win up to $20,000! (4–$20,000 prizes)

$2 — Money Bags: Win up to $20,000!

(4 – $20,000 prizes)

$5 — Mississippi Blues: Win up to $100,000! (4–$100,000 prizes)

 

People love variety,” said Shaheen. “Our plan is to introduce four new scratch-off games once a month. In addition, Powerball® and MegaMillions® will go on sale January 30, 2020.

SOURCE: The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC).

 

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Acquisition of mkodo by Pollard Banknote

LONDON, U.K. (December 3, 2019) -- Award-winning app and digital product provider, and WLA Associate Member, mkodo today announces that it has entered into a binding agreement to be acquired by Pollard Banknote Limited (“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.

mkodo co-founders and majority shareholders, Stuart Godfree and Sue Yoxall, had the following comments:

Stuart Godfree said: “We are excited to join the team at Pollard and look forward to expanding our reach in the gaming world in collaboration with our new colleagues.  Not only do we see a great cultural fit with the two organizations but joining the leading lottery partner will allow mkodo to take the next step in its ongoing evolution as the foremost supplier of mobile lottery solutions in the world.

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Sue Yoxall added: “We have grown mkodo organically over the past 18 years into a market leading technology player in the betting, gaming and lotteries sector. Pollard Banknote is an excellent fit with mkodo at this stage in our development – having the longevity of experience, excellence in product range, and an understanding of the value their team members and partnership relations. We believe that together we will be able to leverage our complementary capabilities to bring innovative and exciting digital products and apps to the global lotteries industry.

We are very excited to have the talented mkodo team join Pollard and we look forward to bringing their proven gaming focused technology and vast experience to the lottery industry and other markets”, stated Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote.  “Working alongside our existing lottery resources within Pollard, we will be able to expand mkodo’s reach into some of the leading lotteries worldwide.  At this current time of heightened digital focus and rapid development within lotteries and gaming organizations, being able to bring to our current and future customers the technological and customer facing expertise of mkodo is a game changer.  Particularly in light of ongoing regulatory changes in app requirements, mkodo and Pollard now stand ready to lead the lottery and gaming industry to first in class solutions in the mobile environment.

Pollard Banknote will pay an initial purchase price of £7.8 million prior to standard working capital adjustments plus further potential earn-out payments based on mkodo meeting future EBITDA targets. Completion of the transaction is subject to certain regulatory and third-party approvals.

About mkodo

mkodo delivers world-class, award-winning apps and digital products for mobile, online and retail environments in the betting, gaming and lottery sectors. It also offers consultancy and app management services to assist its clients with providing exceptional UX across multiple digital channels, with a mobile-first approach. Clients of the UK-based company, which was founded in 2001, include The Rank Group’s Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo brands, and Canada’s Atlantic Lottery Corporation and British Columbia Lottery Corporation. mkodo holds an Associate Membership to the World Lottery Association. For more information on mkodo please visit www.mkodo.com.

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 see our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

SOURCE: Mkodo media release.

 

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People's Postcode Lottery Player Funding Passes £500 Million Barrier

Charities and their ambassadors have sent messages of thanks to our players for helping us to reach an amazing milestone

UNITED KINGDOM (December 2, 2019) -- Players of People's Postcode Lottery have now raised an extraordinary £500 Million for charities and good causes.

This money has supported more than 7,500 deserving causes. These have ranged from grassroots community groups, to national organisations such as Maggie's, WWF-UK and Dogs Trust.

Naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough said, "I would like to extend my thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery for the remarkable contribution they make to conservation and other charitable causes, which as of today has totalled £500 Million - a truly staggering amount.

"As a vice-president of Fauna & Flora International - one of the many charities that benefit from players' support - I understand very well just what this support means for our planet's most threatened species and ecosystems."

Dame Emma Thompson, ambassador for the Helen Bamber Foundation, added, "I really do not know where we would be without the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery - my gratitude to them for their generosity knows no bounds. They have helped the Helen Bamber Foundation achieve more than I can possibly describe."

Messages Of Thanks

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In addition to Sir David and Dame Emma, other high-profile celebrities including Hollywood actor George Clooney, Oscar winner Olivia Colman, and BAFTA winner Carey Mulligan have also sent their thanks to People's Postcode Lottery players.

Maggie's was one of the first charities to benefit from support from players. It provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends at centres across Britain.

Laura Lee, Maggie's Chief Executive, said, "For players of People's Postcode Lottery to have raised £500 Million for good causes such as Maggie's is phenomenal.

"I am so grateful for their continued generosity for over 10 years as it has helped us to provide life-changing support for thousands of people living with cancer across Britain, including workshops designed specifically to help people navigate their closest relationships.

"I am sure every organisation that works with People's Postcode Lottery will join me in saying a massive thank you to each and every player for their crucial role in helping us to make such a difference to people's lives."

Jan McLoughlin, PDSA Director General, said, "Since 2013, players of People's Postcode Lottery have provided incredible support to PDSA, enabling us to deliver vital lifesaving veterinary care.

"Their generosity has enabled our dedicated vets, nurses, staff and volunteers to be there for sick and injured pets across the country when they need us most."

Vitally Important Milestone

Clara Govier, Managing Director at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "This is a vitally important milestone for charities across Britain and beyond.

"By raising more than £500 Million for good causes, our players are making a real difference to people's lives. This simply couldn't have been achieved without them.

"So, my message to those millions of players is simple - a heartfelt thank you. People's Postcode Lottery was created to raise funds for charities and good causes, and we'll continue to work tirelessly to do exactly that."

SOURCE: People's Postcode Lottery.

 

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