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Vol. 90 No.1 - Monday January 6, 2020

 

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The Georgia Lottery Had Another Record Year of Profits in Fiscal Year 2019, Gross Tickets Sales Increased by $178.2 million, or 3.9 % as Compared to 2018

ATLANTA, Georgia (December 30, 2019) – According to local media reports the Georgia Lottery's Mega Millions ticket sales soared 58% in 2019, driven by huge jackpots.

During the state's 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Georgia Lottery's Mega-Millions sales increased $73.5 million or approximately 58.6% to $199.1 million, compared to $125.6 million in fiscal year 2018, according to the Georgia Lottery's new annual audit report released Dec. 27.

"The size and frequency of jackpots are the primary drivers for Mega Millions sales," the report notes. "...The Mega Millions jackpot exceeded $400 million on three occasions during the year, reaching a high value of $1.537 billion in October 2018, $522 million in June 2019 and $437 million in January 2019."

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The Georgia Lottery's total ticket sales for fiscal year 2019 were $4.776 billion as compared to $4.598 billion in 2018, an increase of $178.2 million, or 3.9 % as compared to 2018. Gov. Brian Kemp announced in July that the Georgia Lottery transferred its fiscal year 2019 profits, a total of $1,207,369,000, to the state treasury. The amount was the largest annual transfer in the Georgia Lottery’s 26-year history, bringing the total raised for education to more than $21 billion.

The Georgia Lottery increased its advertising spending in 2019, spending $29 million, which was up from $25.3 million the year before.

The Georgia Lottery's new audit report shows which games were the most successful for the state last year.

Gross scratcher ticket sales increased $77.6 million during fiscal year 2019, from $3.142 billion in 2018 to $3.219 billion.

Scratch-games at the $10 price point generated $721.6 million in revenue in fiscal 2019, continuing to be the largest scratcher game segment, the report said. This was a $62.7 million increase over 2018. The top games at this price point included 50X The Money, $100 Million Cash Extreme, Monopoly 50X and Royal Riches. The top-selling games at this price point, 50X The Money and $100 Million Cash Extreme, generated sales at $120 million and $78 million respectively. Eight new games collectively contributed $330.6 million.

Ticket sales at the $5 price point totaled $600.7 million in fiscal year 2019 making it the second-largest scratcher game segment, the report said.

The $20 price point category contributed $554 million in ticket revenue, an increase of $48.2 million or 9.5% in 2019, making it the third largest segment in terms of overall scratcher sales, the report said.

For fiscal year 2019, draw game sales were $1.516 billion, an increase of $81.1 million, or 5.7% above the 2018 draw sales of $1.434 billion, the report said. Cash 3 sales decreased by $7 million to $518.4 million in 2019 compared to $525.4 million in 2018. Cash 3 experienced 17 high payout draws (greater than $1 million) during the year, the report said.

Click here to download the Georgia Lottery Corporation Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Audit Report

This is the fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019 audit report for the Georgia Lottery Corporation. This audit was performed by other independent auditors.

Year: 2019

Release Date: 12/27/2019

Category: Audit Reports

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corporation.

 

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New Game on the BINGO TV Show! - The Environmental Lottery

HANNOVER, Germany (December 30, 2019) -- New year, new luck - with the beginning of the new year the TV show BINGO ! - The environmental lottery on NDR television presents a new program element with additional chances of winning.

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The traditional highlight of the show is the BINGO ! Environmental quiz. In this, two candidates compete against each other in the studio and answer questions from the areas of nature and the environment. The winner of this quiz is now taking part in the new "BINGO! Final Game - The Sweet Happiness", in which regular winnings worth 2,000 to 10,000 euros can be won. If the maximum amount is not revealed in a week on the multimedia wall animated as a honeycomb, the maximum winnings for the following week increase by the difference (from the profit achieved to 10,000 euros).

"We are proud to offer our customers attractive new profit opportunities by redesigning the BINGO ! Quiz," comments Axel Holthaus, spokesman for the management of LOTTO Lower Saxony, about the new quiz format.

BINGO ! - The North German has been enthusiastic about the environmental lottery for 22 years now. It was created in Lower Saxony at the time and is particularly impressive with the combination of lottery fun and a television experience. Every Sunday at 5 p.m., the show is broadcast live on NDR television with Michael Thürnau - who has actually been there from the start - and his co-moderator Jule Gölsdorf.

The lottery is offered in the federal states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein. LOTTO Lower Saxony is the leading state lottery company for the product BINGO ! - The environmental lottery.

Tickets for the lottery are also available online at the LOTTO collection points in the participating federal states and in Lower Saxony at www.lotto-niedersachsen.de .

 

BINGO moderators Michael Thürnau and Jule Gölsdorf.

 

About LOTTO Lower Saxony:

Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen GmbH (LOTTO Niedersachsen) is the state lottery company of Lower Saxony with headquarters in Hanover. For more than 70 years, LOTTO Lower Saxony has stood for responsible gambling and guiding the gaming interest in legal channels on behalf of the state.

CONTACT: Dr. Petra-Kristin Bonitz, Head of corporate communications and press spokeswoman for Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen GmbH, Telephone: +49 (0) 511 8402-556, Mobile: +49 (0) 151 52050254, Email: presse@lotto-niedersachsen.de

SOURCE: Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen GmbH (LOTTO Lower Saxony).

 

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The World Lottery Association Recertifies New Jersey Lottery for Level 4 Responsible Gaming Certification

TRENTON, NJ (Dec. 20, 2019) – In 2016, the New Jersey Lottery was only the third state lottery in the nation to be awarded a World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Level Four Certification, the highest level of international recognition in the gaming industry.

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The Lottery has been recertified by the World Lottery Association in 2019 for continued efforts to incorporate responsible gaming best practices into its everyday operations.

The World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Principles and Framework Certification Program outlines lotteries' level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and responsible gaming. New Jersey Lottery received the recertification of its Level 4 distinction for its commitment to continued review and ongoing development of extensive responsible gaming efforts.

I am proud of New Jersey Lottery’s efforts to incorporate responsible gaming messages into all areas of communication and our work toward continued enhancements of the Responsible Play Program,” said New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive Director James A. Carey, Jr.

We are pleased that the extensive review by the World Lottery Association of our responsible gaming initiatives and continued commitment has earned the New Jersey Lottery recertification of the prestigious Level 4 Responsible Gaming Certification.

CONTACT: Missy Gillespie, Communications Manager, T: Phone: (609) 599-5875, E: PublicInfo@lottery.nj.gov.

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

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Illinois Lottery Looks Back at the Past Decade

Ten Years of Lucky Winners, Major Milestones and Giving Back

CHICAGO, Illinois (December 27, 2019) -- As we count down the days until we ring in 2020 and kick off a new decade, the Illinois Lottery takes a look back at highlights from the past 10 years. From big wins and historic jackpots to new games and modernized playing experiences, check out 10 Lottery takeaways from the 2010s:

2010 - Powerball Comes to Illinois

In January 2010, the Illinois Lottery added Powerball to its selection of draw-based lottery games, giving players two more weekly chances to win sizeable jackpots.

2011 - Illinois Lottery Offers Retailers More

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Illinois Lottery retailers started earning an additional 1 percent cashing bonus for paying out prizes of up to $600. In addition to the cashing bonus, retailers also receive a 5 percent selling commission and a 1 percent bonus for selling a winning ticket of $1,000 or more. In Fiscal Year 2019, Illinois retailers earned $165 million in commissions and bonuses.

2012 - Crosstown Classic Scratch-Off Style

In May 2012, the Illinois Lottery launched a series of Major League Baseball instant tickets, featuring the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. The $2 games offered top prizes of $25,000 and 2013 MLB season tickets to the respective ballclubs.

2013 - Illinois Lottery Breaks $18 Billion Mark for Contributions

The Lottery passed a significant milestone with $18 billion in total contributions to the Illinois Common School Fund, the Capital Projects Fund and other specialty causes in Illinois. To date, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund.

2014 - Illinois Makes History as the First State Lottery to Sell Tickets Via Mobile App

Two years after becoming the first state lottery to sell tickets online, the Illinois Lottery became the first state lottery to sell tickets through a mobile app. In January 2014, players were able to buy Lotto, Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on the app, as well as check winning numbers and find retailers. Today, players can buy tickets for all of the draw-based games the Illinois Lottery offers.

2015 - Illinois Lottery Ticket Supports Special Olympics

In February 2015, the Illinois Lottery launched its first of three new specialty instant tickets in the decade with the introduction of a ticket to benefit the Special Olympics. The Lottery also launched games to benefit police memorials (May 2019) and homelessness prevention (September 2019) in the decade, bringing the total number of specialty cause tickets to seven. To date, the Illinois Lottery has raised more than $53 million for these causes.

2016 – Powerball Sets Record for Largest U.S. Jackpot

In January 2016, three winning tickets were sold for the U.S.-record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot. During the draw run, Illinois had two $1 million winners, six $100,000 winners, 45 winners of $50,000 and more than 893,000 other winners of smaller Powerball prizes.

2017 - Largest Winner in Illinois Lottery History Nets $393M Prize

A Palos Heights woman won the largest jackpot in Illinois history when she won a $393 million Mega Millions jackpot in August 2017.

2018 - Mega Millions Madness Takes Hold of Illinois

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In October 2018, Mega Millions madness hit, and the Illinois Lottery broke records with more than $348 million in sales that month. Illinois players bought more than 27 million Mega Millions tickets as the jackpot rocketed to $1.537 billion. It was the second-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

2019 - Illinois Lottery Celebrates its 45th Birthday

The Illinois Lottery rang in its 45th birthday with a celebration of the special causes it supports during Lottery Week in July. Across social media, the Lottery shared the stories of real Illinoisans who have benefited from specialty instant tickets and announced that Illinois received a record $731 million contribution for public education funding from Fiscal Year 2019 Lottery sales.

For more history about the Illinois Lottery, visit: illinoislottery.com/illinois-lottery/lottery-history

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 memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. Players must be at least 18 years old. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com.

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

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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German Lotto and Totoblock Want to Make the Classic LOTTO 6aus49 Even More Attractive

A six for LOTTO 6aus49

GERMANY (December 19, 2019) -- The proverbial “six in the lottery” is expected to regularly lead to millions of profits from autumn 2020 even without a suitable super number.

But the many smaller profits should also be somewhat higher. These are two of the innovations with which the German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) wants to make the classic LOTTO 6aus49 even more attractive.

The lottery players want higher winnings in all ranks. We want to implement this with a new profit plan,” says Georg Wacker, Managing Director of Lotto Baden-Württemberg and also Chairman of the DLTB Product Committee LOTTO 6aus49.

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He points out that the innovations are subject to approval by the responsible state authorities. In an increasingly dynamic gaming market, it was necessary to keep the lottery flagship on a sustainable course.

Thanks to the new features, the lottery jackpot is set to climb into double-digit millions in the future. In addition, the rules for compulsory distribution are to be changed: If the jackpot is left standing for a long time, it should no longer be automatically emptied in the 13th draw, but after reaching the 45 million euro limit - regardless of the duration.

With a six without a super number, significantly more millions should be won in the future. For this purpose, it is planned to increase the proportion of the prize money disproportionately. The previous nine ranks remain. Neither will the mathematical chances of winning change.

We have put together a comprehensive package of improvements based on market research and intensive discussions at the DLTB and hope that we can implement it in autumn 2020,” emphasizes Wacker. The higher profits are guaranteed by a price adjustment with the introduction of the new profit plan. So the stake of currently 1 euro per tip should increase by 20 cents.

LOTTO 6aus49 records nationwide operations of around 3.5 billion euros per year. The classic has been around since 1955. Lotto Baden-Württemberg has been responsible for the LOTTO 6aus49 at the DLTB since early 2019. The core task of the product committee is to manage the brand strategically and operationally and to set new impulses.

CONTACT: Lotto Baden-Württemberg, Mathias Yagmur, company, spokesman Tel .: 0711/81000 – 117, E-Mail: presse@lotto-bw.de

SOURCE: German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB).

 

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Gambling Commission’s Neil McArthur Visits Addiction Charity DrugFAM

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (December 23, 2019) -- The chief executive of the Gambling Commission has visited a Buckinghamshire addiction charity which was set up through funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

Neil McArthur met with the founder, trustees, employees and volunteers from DrugFAM, an organisation which provides support to families whose loved ones are suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and those who are bereaved by addiction.

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The High Wycombe charity, which was launched in 2006, also works with schools, rehabilitation units, prisons and communities across the UK to raise awareness of the impact substance misuse has on families and the wider public.

Its founder, Elizabeth Burton-Phillips MBE, was recently honoured with a Special Recognition Award at the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards in November.

Neil McArthur said: “It is important in our role as the gambling regulator to ensure funds continue to be distributed to charities like DrugFAM.

“I met Elizabeth and her team recently at the National Lottery Awards and I was really struck by the charity’s drive and determination to help families and the community. Their work is vital and has helped hundreds of families who have been impacted by the effects of addiction.

“Funding for good causes through the National Lottery will remain a priority for us as we look to the future, including at how technology and innovation can ensure that the success of the National Lottery continues in the years ahead.”

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips added: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Neil and to discuss at length how we can support one another.

“We now have many years of experience supporting the families of addicts which includes gambling addiction in addition to drugs and alcohol. For our families it is about them knowing this is the right place with the right people who are here every day of the year to help them. National Lottery Funding for our helpline has been vital.”

The DrugFAM helpline is available through 0300 888 3853. The helpline operates seven day a week from 9am until 9pm.

The National Lottery is regulated by the Gambling Commission, who ensure that players are treated fairly, the nation’s interest in the Lottery is protected, and the operator maximises the enjoyment and benefits that the Lottery brings.

Since its launch in November 1994, the National Lottery has raised over £40 billion for good causes. These include sports projects, arts and heritage, as well as communities, health, education and environmental schemes.

 

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Read more about how the Gambling Commission regulates the National Lottery.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

 

Florida Lottery Celebrates Agency Accomplishments from Governor Desantis’ First Year In Office

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 23, 2019) -- Today, the Florida Lottery is proud to highlight its key accomplishments during Governor DeSantis’ first year in office.

We are incredibly thankful to Governor DeSantis for his leadership and unwavering commitment to our mission and education in Florida,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Randall Hunt. “This past year has been tremendously successful for the Florida Lottery. From record-breaking sales to signing a new Scratch-Off contract that will generate additional funding for education, the Lottery team has been laser-focused on results. We look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature and all of our partners as we continue to maximize revenues for education.

This past year, the Florida Lottery:

SET RECORDS FOR SALES AND TRANSFERS TO EDUCATION

  • The Florida Lottery set a record in contributions to education, transferring a total of approximately $1.9 billion to education in FY18-19. This represents an increase of more than 9% percent, or approximately $169 million Year-Over-Year.
  • The Lottery also set a record for total sales in FY18-19 with over $7.15 billion in sales. This represents a 6.7 percent, or $450 million increase Year-Over-Year.
  • In total, we have contributed over $36 billion to education since 1988 and over $1 billion for the past 17 consecutive years. We have also helped over 840,000 students receive Bright Futures Scholarships.
  • We also set records with individual games. In September 2019, the launch of the $5,000,000 LUCK game set a new single week sales record for $20 Scratch-Off games in Florida with sales topping $15.48 million.  Building off this momentum, on October 28, four new HOLIDAY LUCK Scratch-Off games offered at the $1, $2, $5 and $10 price points were introduced and have produced double-digit sales increases over holiday-themed games of the past two years.

 

LAUNCHED A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART GAMING SYSTEM

  • In April, the Florida Lottery successfully launched its new and improved gaming system. The upgrade replaced the nearly 15-year-old system software and equipment in each of the Lottery’s 13,000+ retail locations across the state. The new system enables the Lottery to sell tickets, process claims, and pay prizes in a more secure manner. It also includes improved technology and retailer enhancements that will create a better overall player experience. Some of the new gaming system features include:
    o  new self-service ticket checkers that players can use to check their tickets for winners at each retail location;
    o  updated servers, terminals, and displays in every retail location;
    o  2,500 new vending machines;
    o  a robust communications network, including a new in-state call center to provide hotline services to Florida Lottery retailers;
    o  improved security and anti-fraud measures;
    o  and streamlined processing features, including a 24/7 web-based portal for detailed retailer sales and inventory reports.

 

SIGNED A NEW SCRATCH-OFF CONTRACT TO BOOST EDUCATION FUNDING

  • In October, the Florida Lottery signed a new Scratch-Off contract with Scientific Games that is projected to generate an additional $135 million to education over the next seven-and-a-half years. The company will continue to serve as the Lottery’s primary Scratch-Off game provider through 2027, with extension options up to an additional seven years. The new contract is expected to generate at least an estimated $18 million in additional contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) each year during the term of the initial agreement, based on the latest Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) projections.

 

STREAMLINED PROCESSES AND CREATED EFFICIENCIES TO CREATE A BETTER CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

  • The Lottery restructured the Division of Claims Processing to provide better and more efficient service to our players and winners. The restructuring eliminated the backlog in ticket processing, allowing the Department to pay prizes a full two weeks quicker.
  • The Lottery deployed a cloud-based enterprise-wide Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) to support the Department’s goal of becoming the most efficient lottery in the nation.  It is expected that the EDMS will streamline many paper-intensive businesses processes, manual workflows, and manual document retention activities.

 

ENHANCED BOTH RESPONSIBLE GAMING AND MARKETING EFFORTS

  • In FY18-19, the Lottery increased its Play Responsibly advertising spend from $540,000 to $921,000, which represents an increase of 41 percent. We have enhanced this increase by ensuring that Play Responsibly messaging is incorporated into all of our communications, from tickets and Point of Sale material to advertising.

 

DIVERSIFIED MARKETING EFFORTS TO SPOTLIGHT BRIGHT FUTURES RECIPIENTS

  • This past year, the Florida Lottery worked to place an added emphasis on Bright Futures Scholarship recipients, who are the beneficiaries of the transfers we send to education. We used a multi-media approach with strong support from our media vendors to help tell the stories through added value opportunities. Our goal was to use the power of storytelling to highlight the impact Bright Futures has not only on individual lives, but on families as well. Between 2018 and 2019, we increased awareness of the Florida Lottery as the funding source for Bright Futures from 43% to 69%. Additionally, overall opinion of the Florida Lottery (positive sentiment) has remained strong at 75% among Lottery players. This year’s “Beyond the Spotlight” campaign, which allowed educators and students to submit video content highlighting their needs, collected over 3,300 real story entries and reached over 1.2 million people.

 

RECEIVED CERTIFICATIONS AND AWARDS FOR DEPARTMENTAL EXCELLENCE

  • In July, The Florida Lottery’s Division of Accounting received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017-18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  This is the second year the Lottery has received the award.  The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.  The certificate is awarded to entities who go above and beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles and evidences a spirit of transparency and full disclosure.
  • The Florida Lottery’s Division of Security sought and was awarded its law enforcement reaccreditation on October 2, 2019. A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) conducted an assessment July 24 – 25, 2019 to examine all aspects of the Florida Lottery, Division of Security’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services for its reaccreditation.  The Lottery’s Division of Security complied with 238 standards, many of which are critical to life, health and safety issues.  Verification by the team that the Division of Security meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation, which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

 

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 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $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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Georgia Lottery Rolls Out IWG Games

Instant win supplier expands footprint within North American lottery market

GIBRALTAR (December 19, 2019) -- IWG has further cemented its position as a leading supplier of instant win games to North American lotteries after launching its content with the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

The company’s top-performing games have now gone live with the state lottery following a seamless integration via the IGT platform, allowing players to enjoy a new and exciting gaming experience driven by the supplier’s advanced game mechanics.

Georgia Lottery has also become one of the first lotteries to go live with the latest incarnation of IWG’s flagship game Super Cash Buster, which is now available in portrait mode.

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As part of the agreement, IWG will deliver new releases on a regular basis to support the Lottery’s online program and help attract and retain players.

The partnership with the Georgia Lottery further enhances IWG’s footprint within the North American lottery market, with its games now live with ALC, BCLC, Loto-Québec, Michigan Lottery and Pennsylvania Lottery.

Rhydian Fisher, CEO of IWG, said: “Partnering with one of the biggest lotteries in North America is a fantastic move for us and further demonstrates our position as a premium provider of instant win games.

“Players across the state will now have access to a wide range of fun and entertaining games, featuring a mix of themes and mechanics that will appeal to a wide target audience.

“We’re looking forward to working alongside our latest lottery, driving greater online revenues alongside their existing and successful retail operations, as well as helping raise funds for good causes.”

Gretchen Corbin, President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, said: “Integrating IWG’s games is an important step in our goal to diversify our online product portfolio with exciting new content.

“They have a strong reputation for delivering innovative instant win games to the North American lottery market and we are excited to partner with them. We look forward to introducing more IWG games in the future.”

About IWG

IWG is a world leader in supplying online, instant win games to lotteries and commercial brands and platforms in the online gaming industry. It has over 15 years’ experience of making top selling, high quality instant win games and the strategic know how to make them work.

IWG has launched over 300 games that perform consistently at the highest level, engaging and retaining players while driving excellent results for customers. It has the knowledge to deliver a winning portfolio of games, the experience to make it grow and the sales figures and data to back this knowledge up.

IWG delivers an end-to-end solution covering all aspects of game development and portfolio management and a Remote Game Server (RGS) delivering content in multiple regulated jurisdictions from data centres in the UK, Gibraltar, Canada and North America. It has a broad library available via the RGS with games covering many proven themes and mechanics that can be developed into an ideal offering for a partner’s instant win portal.

SOURCE: IWG press release.

 

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The Dutch Gaming Authority Imposed Fines of 3.5 Million Euros in 2019

THE HAGUE (December 27, 2019) -- The Gaming Authority (Ksa) imposed fines of 3.5 million euros in 2019. That is more than doubling compared to 2018 when the Ksa imposed fines for more than 1.7 million euros.

Ten administrative fines were imposed in connection with the offering of online games of chance to Dutch consumers.

The fine parties were Exinvest / 1XCorp (February), Casumo Services (April), Onisac (April), Simbat (June), Spinity (June), Trannel International (August), ElectraWorks (August), TSG Interactive Gaming Europe (September) , Royal Panda (October) and LeoVegas (October).

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Ksa chairman René Jansen: 'The online gaming offer is huge. Enforcement choices must be made. In mid-2017, while awaiting the legalization of online gambling, the Ksa tightened the criteria it uses to select online providers for enforcement measures. These criteria are all aimed at protecting Dutch consumers against illegal online offers. Parties that use the Dutch language, Dutch symbols and Dutch payment methods, for example, will have to deal with the Ksa. There are several reasons for doubling the fine. For example, the basic fine has been increased , a recidivist has been included and more large providers have been fined than before. '

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Fines were not always paid in the past. Jansen: 'We cannot yet say whether the fines imposed in 2019 will all be paid, because there are still time limits. We do see, however, that more and more people do pay. That is, we think, because the Remote Games of Chance Act has been adopted by the Senate. Probably from 1 January 2021 online gambling licenses can be applied for. If a fine has not been paid, we consider a party to be unreliable. And by definition, non-reliable means no license. " Fines that are paid flow into the state treasury.

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The Remote Gambling Act, which not only legalizes online gambling but also tightens up the requirements for addiction prevention, sets strict conditions for an online license. René Jansen: 'The law is aimed at creating a safe range of games of chance in a controlled environment. Someone who wants to gamble via the internet must be able to do so safely.

He must be assured of a fair game and be assured that much attention is paid to the prevention of addiction. That is only possible in a well-regulated market, in which strict action is taken against illegal supply. "

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The Ksa will also continue to fight online gambling in 2020. Jansen: 'We will continue to do so as long as online offerings are illegal. Earlier this month we announced that we will be adding age verification as a criterion from January 1, 2020 . Illegal providers of online gambling who do not visibly verify the age of participants before the registration process is completed, will be dealt with as a priority with the Ksa. Preventing minors from taking part in gambling is an important priority of the Ksa. "

Revoking permits

In addition, the Ksa withdrew 41 operating licenses for slot machines in 2019, for example as a result of the non-payment of gambling fees or an interim test in the context of reliability. Sometimes an operating license is withdrawn at its own request, for example in the event of business termination.

About the Ksa

The Ksa is the regulator on the market for gambling. Her motto is to play safely in a fair market. The objectives are the protection of consumers, the prevention of gambling addiction and the prevention of illegality and crime. It has administrative enforcement instruments at its disposal (administrative fine, order subject to periodic penalty payments and order subject to administrative enforcement). With the administrative fine, a fine is imposed for breaking the law. Expenses subject to periodic penalty payments and administrative enforcement are aimed at enforcing the termination of a violation. For the order subject to a penalty, the penalty is collected if it appears that the violation has not ended within a certain period.

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SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.

 

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2019 a Record-Breaking Year for B.C. Lottery Winners

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada (December 30, 2019) -- From Tumbler Ridge to Richmond, Merritt to Port Alberni, BCLC paid out lottery players in B.C. with a record-breaking $785 million in winnings this year.

In addition to the highest value of prizes paid out in BCLC’s history, a second record was set in 2019 when Richmond’s Joseph Katalinic won $60 million from the July 26, 2019 Lotto Max draw – the largest single lottery prize ever awarded in B.C.

“Playing the lottery is about the chance to have life-changing dreams come true and this year’s record-breaking amount of winnings has delivered bigger dreams than ever before for our players,” said Kevin Gass, BCLC’s Vice-President of Lottery Gaming. “Our players won more than 86 million times in British Columbia in 2019 – now that’s something to celebrate.”

B.C. also had a flurry of four consecutive $1 million Guaranteed Lotto 6/49 Prize wins from November 20-30, 2019: only the second time that has ever happened in B.C.

Remember, play for fun, not to make money. For more information, visit GameSense.com.

For more information, please CONTACT: BCLC Media Relations, T: 604.225.6460, E: mediarelations@bclc.com.

SOURCE: British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

 

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Lottery to Bring Back Popular Bundle Promo for January Through February

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 30, 2019) – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) will bring back its popular 5-Buck Bundle in January. When players purchase a $3 Powerball® ticket with Power Play® and a $2 Mega Millions® ticket, they will receive a free $1 Natural State Jackpot (NSJ) ticket. The promotion will run through February 2020. All Bundle tickets must be Quick Picks.

“All players have to do to get this great deal is to ask for the 5-Buck Bundle,” said ASL Director Bishop Woosley. “This is the third straight year we have offered the Bundle. People really like it, so we are bringing it back by popular demand.”

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing is up to $220 million, and tomorrow night’s Mega Millions jackpot stands at $55 million.

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The Natural State Jackpot, which is exclusive to Arkansas, was reset on Saturday to $50,000 after a woman from Austin, Ark., bought a winning ticket at the Austin One Stop for Friday night’s drawing and won $320,000. She claimed the prize this morning at the ASL Claim Center in Little Rock. The NSJ jackpot for tonight’s drawing is $55,000.

“As long as no one wins these jackpots, they will just continue to increase. The Natural State Jackpot draws six nights a week and increases by $5,000 each day until it reaches $150,000, then it grows by $10,000 each draw until it is won. Drawings for Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots each occur twice a week and grow by several million dollars each time no one wins the jackpot,” Woosley said.

Also, tomorrow the lottery will launch five new “STACKED” instant tickets ranging in price from $1 to $10. Each ticket is loaded with prizes, and players can win multiple times on each ticket.

Woosley reminds players that if gambling is causing a problem for an individual, help is available by calling or texting the 24-hour confidential National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

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 raised more than $908 million in proceeds for scholarships. More than 540,000 college scholarships have been awarded to Arkansans. The lottery has paid more than $3 billion in prizes to players, about $263 million in retailer commissions and more than $129 million state and federal tax revenue.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions – and to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Contact Kara Lee Ford at 501-683-1646 for more information.

 

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Gambling Commission Launches New Online Self-Service Portal for Personal Licence Holders

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (December 19, 2019) -- A new online and mobile-friendly service which allows personal gambling licences to be managed and administered far quicker than before has been launched by the Gambling Commission.

The new service, available on the Commission’s website, allows personal licence holders to quickly change personal details, report key events linked to their licence, and download e-copies of the licence itself.

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The new service also includes a processing tool that reduces processing times from several weeks to only a few days.

Helen Venn, executive director at the Gambling Commission said: “This new service has only been running for a matter of weeks and already we’ve had over 4,000 users logging on and an improved processing time of 80%.

“Over half of those have used a mobile device to access the portal, allowing them to manage their personal licence on the go, save time and hopefully improving their experience.

“Listening to the needs of personal licence holders has been vital.

“Through their feedback, and through our own drive to continuously improve the way we regulate, we looked in detail at our licence management processes and set ourselves the challenge to cut down on administration by using technology and our systems more effectively.

“The result is a much more efficient process for everyone through a more streamlined, simpler service.”

The Commission is also reminding personal licence holders that if they started a maintenance application prior to 26 November 2019 via the old portal, but had not submitted, then those people will need to re-register and begin the application process again.

Readers can find more information on the new manage and maintain your personal licence service on the Gambling Commission’s website.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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Blaine Marston Wins “First Powerball Millionaire of The Year” During “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” on ABC

 $1 Million Drawing Broadcast Live Just After Midnight on America’s Biggest Celebration of the Year

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 1, 2020) – Just after midnight, dick clark productions and POWERBALL® announced Blaine Marston from Passadumkeag, Maine as the winner of the “First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year”SM drawing during ABC’s live broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.” Revealed live on-air by country artist Jessie James Decker, Marston was the lucky winner randomly chosen as part of a national POWERBALL promotion.

I can’t even believe it, this is unreal,” said Marston. “Like I’m dreaming!

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Congratulations to our First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year!” said Gregory R. Mineo, POWERBALL Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director. “This has been an exciting night in POWERBALL history. We look forward to creating even more millionaires in the New Year, while raising money for good causes supported by lotteries.”

First teased during last year’s New Year’s Eve telecast, the promotion officially kicked off last spring and continued through summer. As part of the national POWERBALL game, players who purchased tickets from 25 participating jurisdictions could enter their POWERBALL tickets into the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the YearSM second-chance drawings. More than three hundred players from those jurisdictions won a VIP trip to New York City to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020 and a chance to win $1 million. The three hundred VIP trip winners were narrowed down to five finalists and, finally, to the winner of the $1 million prize.

The first lottery to launch the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year promotion was the South Dakota Lottery, followed by the Wisconsin Lottery and New Mexico Lottery.  Additional participating jurisdictions included Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year promotion brought second-chance drawing winners and their guests to New York City for the ultimate VIP experience. After a series of seasonal activities across Manhattan, the winners and their guests gathered for an exclusive New Year’s Eve gala featuring a performance from Jessie James Decker at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Manhattan in Times Square. The party culminated with the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year drawing.

For more information on the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year promotion, please visit www.powerballrockineve.com.

About dick clark productions

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dick clark productions (dcp) is the world's largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the "Academy of Country Music Awards," "American Music Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" and the “Streamy Awards.”

Weekly television programming includes "So You Think You Can Dance" from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with over 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. dcp is a division of Valence Media, a diversified media company with divisions and strategic investments in premium television, wide release film, specialty film, live events and digital media. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

 About POWERBALL

It’s America’s Game! Since 1992, POWERBALL® has inspired the country with a chance to become a millionaire, while raising nearly $22 billion for good causes supported by lotteries. POWERBALL set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016.

The record prize was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee. POWERBALL tickets are $2 per play. Tickets are sold in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a POWERBALL ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold.

For more information, visit www.powerball.com.

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SAZKA’s Consolidated Gross Gaming Revenues Increased by 6% to €1,371 Million in the Nine Months to 30 September 2019

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (December 23, 2019) -- SAZKA Group a.s. announces its financial results for the nine months to 30 September 2019.

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Consolidated Gross gaming revenues increased by 6% to €1,371 million (9M 2018: €1,288 million).

Consolidated EBITDA increased by 19% to €430 million (9M 2018: €363 million) with growth in all key geographies and major business segments.

Consolidated Profit from continuing operations increased by 28% to €217 million (9M 2018: €169 million).

Pro-rata, pro-forma LTM EBITDA of €361 million (€391 million pro-forma for the acquisition of an additional 7.25% stake in OPAP following the end of the period).

Pro-rata, pro-forma [1] net debt / LTM EBITDA ratio of 2.4x (1.2x on priority debt basis) at 30 September 2019 (3.3x and 1.5x pro-forma for certain subsequent transactions including the acquisition of the additional 7.25% stake in OPAP).

Successful issuance of CZK 6bn (~€235m) Fixed-Rate Notes due 2024 and, following the end of the period, €300m Senior Notes due 2024.

[1] Pro-forma adjustments primarily relate to the sale of the SuperSport business.

Click here to download the Condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended 30 September 2019.

SOURCE: SAZKA Group a.s.

 

 

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