Florida Lottery Unveils New Players Guide
Website will be a
best-in-class platform for tips on how to play and win
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 8,
2020) -- Today, the Florida Lottery launched the Players Guide, a new
best-in-class website with detailed information on how to play and win the
lottery responsibly. The Players Guide will serve as a one-stop-shop for
the latest tips, resources, documents and how-to information for every Florida
Lottery playerfrom beginners to experienced players.
The new website will be an extension
of the Florida Lotterys current website, www.flalottery.com. The
Players Guide homepage, which can be accessed directly at
playersguide.flalottery.com will drive players to two sections: Play
Responsibly and Win Responsibly. Content within
the Play Responsibly section includes video tips for safer gaming, a
discretionary income budget calculator, a detailed explanation of odds, and a
myth vs. fact quiz. The Win Responsibly section includes information on where
to claim a prize, payment options, documents needed to claim and how to manage
I am proud of the work the
Florida Lottery is doing to ensure its players are informed about how to play
responsibly, said Governor Ron DeSantis. Knowing how and
when to play is just as important as winning, and the new Players Guide
website helps with those efforts. I look forward to seeing more great
initiatives from the Florida Lottery as they work to maximize revenues for
education in our great state.
Our new website provides
Florida Lottery players additional informational tools for playing our
games, said Florida Lottery Secretary Randall Hunt. Whether
calculating how much they can afford to spend, discovering the odds of a
certain game, or figuring out where to claim a prize, the Players Guide
is a one-stop-shop for players to play and win responsibly. This is another way
the Florida Lottery is ensuring our players have the best chance at
successwhile remembering that every ticket is a winner for education in
The Players Guide is
a prime example of the great work the Florida Lottery is doing to promote
responsible gaming, said Lynne Roiter, Chair of the Corporate Social
Responsibility Committee and Secretary General of the World Lottery
Association. With this new tool, they are empowering their players to be
successful, both as a player and as a winner. The World Lottery Association
looks forward to seeing the success of this wonderful initiative.
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
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
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
New Jersey Lottery Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration
- $42 Billion in Prizes Awarded to its
Players since 1970
- Innovative New Games & Chances to
play in 2020
TRENTON, NJ (January 8, 2020)
The New Jersey Lottery, one of the largest lotteries and the third oldest in
the United States, is excited to celebrate 50 years of fun-filled gaming with a
year-long celebration that includes the introduction of new games and producing
on-going fun and entertainment for players, with continued commitment to
responsible gaming while providing financial support to the state.
Fifty years ago, New Jersey
voters took a chance and approved a state Lottery, which turned out to be a
winner. The original hope was that the lottery would generate $12 million in
profit annually. Last year, the New Jersey Lottery contributed over a billion
dollars to the state, said James A. Carey, Acting Executive Director
of the New Jersey Lottery.
Launched in 1969, the lottery was
born with the goal of raising funds to support education and state-run
institutions. Today the New Jersey Lottery is committed to providing
revenue-generating entertainment products to help protect the retirement
benefits of those who serve our community, including New Jerseys
teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public employees.
We have so many reasons to
celebrate fifty years of success. Since 1970, the New Jersey Lottery has
produced over $28 billion in revenue for the state and $42 billion in prizes
for our players making over 2,000 millionaires in the process. I
cant wait to meet the next group of winners at our kick-off
events, said Carey.
THE KICK-OFF EVENTS
The year-long celebration will kick
off with two events open to consumers where $50,000 in various prizes will be
available to attendees 18 and over, and some (literally) up for
grabs with the premier of the New Jersey Lottery CA$HNADO, an
interactive, prize -grabbing, everybody-is-watching experience.
- January 9, 2020; 2:30 - 4:30 PM: Bridgewater
Commons Mall in the Atrium
- January 11, 2020; 4-6 PM: Wild Wild West in
CONTACT: Missy Gillespie,
Communications Manager, T: Phone: (609) 599-5875, Email:
SOURCE: The New Jersey Lottery.
Michigan Lottery Raises Record-Breaking $1.07 Billion for Michigan
Schools in 2019
LANSING, Michigan (January 8, 2020)
-- The Michigan Lottery raised more than $1.07 billion for Michigan schools in
fiscal year 2019, an increase of nearly $129 million over the prior years
contribution. This marks the largest one-year increase in the Lotterys
47-year history and the first time the Lottery has reached the $1 billion
milestone in support for public education in a single year.
FY 2019 also was the Lotterys
fifth straight record-setting year for school contributions, an increase of
about $327 million, or 44%, since fiscal year 2014, before the streak
began. School contributions over the prior five years were:
FY18: $941.3 million
FY17: $924.1 million
FY16: $888.9 million
FY15: $795.5 million
FY14: $742.9 million
Since 1972, the Lottery has
generated more than $23.4 billion for public education in Michigan.
This vital funding for our
schools would not be possible without the support of our players and retailers,
which we greatly appreciate, said Commissioner Brian O. Neill.
Every Lottery purchase helps raise revenue for schools in our
The Lottery set several other
significant records in fiscal year 2019, including nearly $3.9 billion in
sales; more than $2.3 billion in prizes to players; and more than $287 million
in commissions to Lottery retailers, many of which are small, family-owned
businesses across the state. Our 2019 performance reflects the
incredible work done by the retailers, vendors, and the exceptionally dedicated
teams that make this organization a success, said Neill.
The Lottery is also proud of its
commitment to promoting responsible gaming. Michigan was the first state
lottery to receive certification of its online program through the National
Council on Problem Gambling and also has attained Responsible Gaming
Verification through the North American Association of State and Provincial
Lotteries. Responsible gaming information and resources are available on the
Lotterys website at:
For each dollar spent on a Michigan
Lottery ticket in fiscal year 2019, approximately:
61 cents went to players as
27 cents went to the School Aid Fund
to support public education
9 cents went to commissions for
retailers and vendors
3 cents funded the Lotterys
operations and administrative costs
Under state law, all profits from
the Lottery go to the School Aid Fund.
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.
Texas Lottery to Pay Out Larger Prizes at Metropolitan Claim Centers
Starting Jan. 6
Five claim centers can
now pay prizes worth up to $5 million by check
AUSTIN, Texas (January 7, 2020)
Some Texas Lottery® prize winners will soon have a more convenient
option for claiming large prizes. Beginning Monday, Jan. 6, the Texas
Lotterys metropolitan claim centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and
San Antonio in addition to Austin will be able to pay out prizes
of up to $5 million by check, an increase from the $2.5 million cap.
Additionally, prizes of up to $5
million may be claimed via mail. With the increase, some prize claim
restrictions remain unchanged. All Lotto Texas®, Powerball® and Mega
Millions® jackpot/top prizes regardless of the amount, all prizes paid out
in annuity payments, as well as prizes greater than $5 million, can only be
processed at the Texas Lottery Commission headquarters in Austin.
It is recommended that players call
the Texas Lottery claim center in their area or call 800-375-6886 for hours of
operation and to be certain they have all necessary information prior to
travelling to Austin or any Texas Lottery claim center to claim a prize.
Prizes of $599 or less may be
claimed at any Texas Lottery retailer and prizes of $25 or more that are
claimed by mail require a claim form for processing.
A ticket holder forfeits any claim
to a prize for a draw game after the expiration of the 180th day following the
draw date; and for a scratch ticket game after the expiration of the 180th day
following the official "end of game" as determined by the Commission.
Certain persons serving on active
military duty may have an additional period of time to claim a prize. All
claims are subject to applicable laws, rules, procedures and final decisions of
the Executive Director.
For questions or additional details
about claiming a prize, contact the Texas Lottery at 800-375- 6886 or visit
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated more than $30 billion in revenue for
the state and distributed $62 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997,
the Texas Lottery has contributed $24.4 billion to the Foundation School Fund,
which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance. Since the first veterans themed
scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed
more than $125 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch ticket games.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org. PLAY
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
NordwestLotto Schleswig-Holstein - Annual Report
- 109 million euros paid in profits,
including 3 million profits
- Taxes and lottery taxes totaling EUR 106
million were paid
KIEL, Germany (January 7, 2020) --
32 profits of at least 100,000 euros were achieved in Schleswig-Holstein in
2019. These included three wins of more than one million euros.
The happiest district in
2019 is Pinneberg. There were a total of five prizes from 100,000. The
city of Kiel, the district of Stormarn and the district of Nordfriesland
followed in second place with four major prizes, the Plön district and
three prizes of at least 100,000 euros each.
In Schleswig-Holstein, more than 32
million game orders were placed in the LOTTO acceptance points in 2019, via the
LOTTO app and on the website www.lotto-sh.de . The Schleswig-Holstein top win
in 2019 of 2.4 million euros was achieved by a game participant from the
southern part of the country in September 2019 with the lottery LOTTO
The maximum prize in the SUPER
additional lottery6 in the amount of 100,000 euros was achieved 14 times. Last
year, 15 Schleswig-Holsteiners were delighted to win the 2nd prize class in the
Spiel 77 additional lottery with respective prizes of EUR 77,777. A total of
around EUR 109 million in winnings was distributed to game participants from
Schleswig-Holstein in 2019.
In addition to the many small and
large winners in 2019, the common good also benefited from the lotteries and
bets organized by LOTTO Schleswig-Holstein.
LOTTO Schleswig-Holstein paid around
EUR 106 million in special duties (EUR 60.86 million) and lottery taxes (EUR
45.26 million) to the State of Schleswig-Holstein in 2019.
With the help of these funds, not
only social and cultural institutions were supported in Schleswig-Holstein, but
also other projects of public interest. The German Foundation for Monument
Protection, the Federal Working Group on Free Welfare Care, the German Olympic
Sports Confederation and the State of Schleswig-Holstein all received a total
of 2.3 million euros from the GlücksSpirale lottery. The sport in
Schleswig-Holstein could be funded with a sum of 8 million euros from the taxes
to be paid. About the BINGO lottery ! In 2019, numerous projects in
Schleswig-Holstein from the areas of environmental protection and nature
conservation were supported with a total of around 2.55 million euros.
With annual sales of EUR 275.8
million (2018: EUR 276.5 million), LOTTO Schleswig-Holstein almost achieved its
good previous year's result. Statistically speaking, Schleswig-Holsteiners
spent an average of EUR 95.11 (2018: 95.63) per capita on the games of chance
organized by LOTTO Schleswig-Holstein in 2019.
CONTACT: Florian Blömer, Tel .:
0431/98 05 410, Fax: 0431/98 05 444, E:
Schleswig-Holstein GmbH & Co. KG.
Camelot Illinois Awards Grants to Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation
and Lost Boyz Inc.
CHICAGO, IL (January 7, 2020) --
Camelot Illinois announced the first recipients of the Camelot Illinois Grant
Program to help fund non-profit initiatives that benefit communities across the
As an Illinois company, we
place great emphasis on social responsibility and are dedicated to providing
much-needed support to organizations that are making a difference in our
communities, said Keith Horton, Acting General Manager Camelot
Illinois. Through our new grant program, we are able to partner with
impactful organizations like Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation and Lost Boyz to
do good for the people of Illinois.
Camelot Illinois awarded the Chicago
Latino Caucus Foundation $25,000 in grant funds to help provide resources and
opportunities through its Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy guides the
next generation of Latino leaders by providing them with essential tools and
support needed for success and helps create a talent pipeline to fulfill
leadership gaps in both the public and private sectors.
We are extremely proud and
excited to have been part of the first wave of Camelot Illinois grant
recipients, said 36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas, Chairman of the
Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation.
Our foundation has worked
diligently to mobilize and empower the Latino community, particularly at a time
when our city is facing many challenges that require bold and innovative
leadership to move us forward.
Weve accomplished so
much in a short period of time, said Sonia Del Real, Executive
Director of the Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation. Receiving this grant
speaks to Camelots faith in our programs ability to have a
measurable impact within the Latino community.
Lost Boyz Inc. was also awarded a
grant of $20,000 to support the organizations efforts to address the
social and emotional needs of Chicagos youth boys and girls through
organized sports and mentorship. Lost Boyz Inc. uses the benefits of team
sports as a foundation, with additional services providing opportunities to
improve academic performance, develop personal relationships and sense of
community, experience cultural enrichment and participate in rewarding social
"Lost Boyz is extremely grateful
to be a recipient of Camelot Illinois' grant program, said LaVonte
Stewart, Founder and Executive Director of Lost Boyz Inc. This support
will further enhance our ability to positively impact the lives of children on
Chicago's south and west sides.
The Camelot Illinois Grant Program
was launched in July 2019, and awards grants to eligible non-profit
organizations four times per year. Annual grant reviews take place in January,
April, July and October. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000+ and
will be used to fund programs that:
1. Foster educational
2. Support technology initiatives
3. Promote community and
Interested applicants can find out
how to apply and obtain more information about the Camelot Illinois Grant
Program at www.camelotillinois.com.
About Camelot Illinois
Camelot Illinois is the private
manager of the Illinois Lottery. In partnership with the State, Camelot
operates a modern lottery that truly benefits the people of Illinois. Camelot
is dedicated to working with transparency, integrity and responsibility to grow
the lottery and reinforce its rightful position as a force for good. The
companys innovative approach places consumers and social responsibility
at its core, providing funding for schools, capital projects and special
causes. To learn more, visit
CONTACT: Jessica Perez, T:
Gambling Commission Opens Consultation on Society Lottery
Start date: 19 December 2019
End date: 12 March 2020
In June 2018 the Government
published a consultation on society lottery reform, seeking views on potential
changes to sales and prize limits for large and small society
In July 2019, the Government
announced that it intends to amend section 99 (3) of the Gambling Act 2005 to
raise the per draw limit on lottery proceeds (ticket sales) from £4
million to £5 million, with the result that the maximum individual prize
will raise from £400,000 to £500,000. In addition, the annual
aggregate proceeds limit will rise from £10 million to £50 million.
The Gambling Commission is required by section 99 of the Act to attach
conditions to lottery operating licences for the purposes of achieving the
requirements of section 99. So the current limits, which are reflected in
licence conditions attached to all society lottery operating licences, will
also need to be amended to reflect the changes.
The reasons for changes to, and
levels at which the limits will be set are explained in the Department for
Digital, Culture Media & Sports responses document Government response to the consultation on society lottery
We are also looking at the current
regulatory requirements to ensure that issues related to the fair and open
licensing objective, regarding transparency to consumers, are addressed. We are
seeking views on strengthening some aspects of the Licence conditions and codes
of practice (LCCP) and producing guidance related to information available to
This consultation will be of
interest to consumers of lottery products, licensees and prospective licensees,
charities and organisations concerned with gambling and social responsibility;
and academics and organisations with an interest in lotteries.
Respond to the consultation
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Svenska Spel Strengthens Its Commitment to Swedish Cross-Country
Skiing - New Partner for Ski Tour 2020
VISBY, Sweden (January 3, 2020) --
Svenska Spel strengthens the ties to Swedish cross-country skiing by joining as
a partner for Ski Tour 2020.
It feels very fun and we
are hereby taking another step to strengthen our collaboration with Swedish
cross-country skiing, says Nicklas Biverståhl, sponsoring manager at
This summer, Svenska Spel became
a new presenting partner to the Swedish Ski Association and the cross country
team. Now the gaming company is taking another step in its commitment to
Cross country skiing is the
Swedish people and our customers warmly at heart and millions of TV viewers sit
every year, week out and week during the winter, and follow the national team
heroes' deaths in the tracks. Thanks to the partnership with Ski Tour 2020, we
are further strengthening the links with skiing and obviously getting good
exposure for our brand, says Nicklas Biverståhl.
Ski Tour 2020 is a new Scandinavian
competition tour that will be decided in February and will be part of the FIS
World Cup 2020. During six racing days, in five different arenas in both Sweden
and Norway, several of the world's best skiers will compete in the
cross-country tracks in Östersund, Åre, Storlien, Meråker and
Trondheim. The event is supposed to be held every championship-free year.
Getting Svenska Spel on the
trip is extra fun considering their attitude to sports and society,
says Patrik Svärd, partner manager at Ski Tour 2020.
Ski Tour 2020 is an event that puts
sustainability issues in focus, partly because all transport of riders will
take place by train. And the investment in sustainability is also important for
Ski Tour 2020 has really
taken sustainability issues to a new level, and this is something we value
highly. During the winter, together with the cross country team, we will be
raising the sustainability issues in different channels, and therefore it feels
extra fun to be a partner to a sporting event where sustainability is the
focus, says Nicklas Biverståhl, who also hopes to see some
breakthroughs from talented Swedish riders. during the tour.
In our collaboration with
the Swedish Ski Association, not only is a focus on the cross-country team, but
also on the skiers who aim to get there. We hope that someone, or some, from
Team Svenska Spel will take further steps during Ski Tour 2020, and maybe we
will see a new breakthrough from one of the talents in the development team
Team Svenska Spel. It would be fantastic!
For more information, CONTACT:
Svenska Spel's press tour, phone 010-120 33 33
About Svenska Spel
Svenska Spel is the entire Swedish
gaming company. We want games to be a pleasure for everyone. The Group
comprises three business areas: Sport & Casino with well-known brands such
as Stryktipset and Oddset, the Tour business area with favorites Triss and
Lotto, and Casino Cosmopol & Vegas with four international casinos and
Vegas vending machines at restaurants and bingo halls. Svenska Spel is Sweden's
largest sports sponsor at both elite and grassroots level. The Group has
approximately 2,100 employees, headquartered in Visby. For more information:
SOURCE: Svenska Spel.
Red Tiger Live with LottoGo.com
Popular titles now
available to lottery players
MALTA (January 6, 2020) --
Award-winning casino game and software provider Red Tiger has released its
slots on LottoGo.com, a brand of online lottery company Annexio.
The site, which offers its players
the fun and excitement of betting on the worlds biggest draws, including
the Powerball and Mega Millions, has added their titles to its games tab.
Licensed in the Isle of Man,
LottoGo.com is a next generation operator with comedian Keith Lemon as its
Chris Looney, Commercial Director at
Red Tiger, said: Were thrilled to have joined forces with
Annexio and to add our games content to its LottoGo.com brand.
"We pride ourselves in delivering
market-leading titles and we look forward to seeing how our games
Tom Brodie, CEO at Annexio, said:
We are continuously looking to provide innovative and exciting new
content to our customers, and I know Red Tigers games will be very
Im sure this
partnership will be fruitful for both companies in the months and years to
About Red Tiger
Red Tiger is a dynamic casino games
and software supplier that creates top-performing HTML5 slots and table games.
It also offers a bespoke progressive jackpot system, a Smart Spins bonus
management application, and its own Tournaments gamification feature to enhance
the user experience. Its Daily Drop Jackpots Network allows operators of any
size access to network-wide daily and hourly jackpots. Founded in late 2014 by
a group of industry veterans from major B2B and B2C gaming brands, the company
is growing fast and is now served by over 200 full time staff including
mathematicians, graphic designers, software developers, audio engineers,
gambling experts, QAs, account managers and secret magicians; all entirely
dedicated to continuously improving the slots player experience. It holds
licences in the UK, Malta, Alderney, and Gibraltar, and its games are certified
for Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.
SOURCE: Red Tiger (www.RedTiger.com).
JCM Global® Establishes Local Relationship with Mercado Gaming to
Benefit Latin American Customers
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 6, 2020)
JCM Global® customers in Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay now have an
extra layer of confidence thanks to a new partnership between JCM and Mercado
JCM announced the new partnership
during the companys recent appearance at SAGSE Buenos Aires. With this
new relationship, Mercado Gaming will provide direct and localized sales,
service, training, support, and warranty of JCMs award-winning product
Mercado will represent JCMs
full portfolio of gaming and commercial products for the region, including JCM
Our partnership with Mercado
Gaming expands our ability to provide even greater support to our customers in
Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay. Customers at SAGSE reacted very positively to
this new development, which is just another example of how JCM is constantly
improving the ways we serve our customers in Latin America and around the
world, said JCM SVP of Sales, Marketing & Operations Dave
We are committed to
offering technical service that meets the highest quality standards of JCM
Global. We will do this with our unique team formed of highly qualified
personnel, our more than 10 years of experience in both gaming and commercial
markets, and our certified service center to attend to all business
requirements, said Commercial Manager MG Latinoamerica / Mercado
Gaming, Juan Pablo Farcuh.
Mercado will cover all local
warranty and service calls with its certified technical service. It will also
support customers on new integration processes in new and existing
opportunities and provide solutions to both gaming and commercial markets.
For more information about
JCMs award-winning products, visit JCM www.jcmglobal.com and join on
Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
About JCM Global
JCM Global is one of the
worlds leading transaction technologies supplier for the gaming, banking,
kiosk, retail, and vending industries. With unsurpassed service and support,
JCM is trusted by operators, manufacturers, and integrators on six continents.
Its extensive line of award-winning products set global standards with
ground-breaking peripheral transaction components to optimize your cash
management. Please visit www.jcmglobal.com for more information.
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute, T: +1-702-413-4278, E:
SOURCE: JCM Global media
Connective Games Receives UK Certification
poker platform and game provider receives go ahead to offer Texas Holdem
to UK operators
MALTA (January 7, 2020)
Connective Games, the Malta and Russia-based award-winning online poker and
casino technology and services provider, has received UK certification from
iTech Labs for its Texas Holdem Poker offering.
The certification allows Connective
Games to offer its Texas Holdem product to operators in the highly
regulated UK market and to strengthen its position as one of the leading online
gambling technology companies in the world.
You can find the certification
Connective Games has established
itself as one of the most successful online poker platform and service
providers in the market. It is the third largest poker network in the world
based on site traffic according to PokerScout.
The company is a pioneer of online
poker and has pushed the boundaries when it comes to mobile poker its
technology allows players to multi-table from mobile while also playing their
favourite poker games on the move in portrait mode.
Its impact on the online poker
industry has seen Connective Games and its operator partners collect many
industry awards. Most recently, Connective Games was crowned Online Poker
Platform Provider of the Year at the EGR B2B Awards 2019.
Serge Mukhanov, CEO of Connective
Games, said: We are delighted to have received certification from iTech
Labs and to be able to offer our popular Texas Holdem game to UK
operators and their players.
Our award-winning poker
products offer the best possible player experience across desktop and mobile
and we look forward to partnering with UK operators in the coming months,
allowing them to offer their players a superior Texas Holdem
About Connective Games:
Connective Games is a pioneering
software development company that has been supplying the online gambling
industry with state-of-the-art technology since 2006. It has built a formidable
reputation as the go-to-supplier for poker platforms and content driven by
highly-localised approach to product and service. The suppliers
technology powers five of the top-30 online poker rooms according to PokerScout
comprising third biggest Real Money Poker liquidity in the world. Innovation is
in its DNA, and the company is constantly moving the needle with new and
exciting game formats, tools and features.
SOURCE: Connective Games.
Microgaming Kicks Off 2020 with a Wealth of January Game
ISLE OF MAN (January 7, 2020)
Microgaming has revealed details of its latest drop of action-packed exclusive
new games designed to excite and entertain players.
Throughout January, Microgaming will
launch an array of exclusive new titles developed by its roster of independent
studios and game development partners.
The new year begins with a trip to
ancient Egypt in Book of Atem, developed exclusively by All41 Studios. Players
can unlock the mysteries of the pharaohs in this five-reel, 10-payline slot
featuring free spins with expanding symbols. The magical book symbol acts as
both a wild and scatter in this dynamic game offering excellent win potential
up to 5,000x the initial bet. With classic Egyptian music and graphics, Book of
Atem reveals its ancient secrets on 7 January.
East Asian riches await in Double
Lucky Line by Just For The Win, featuring vivid visuals and a feast of
features. Set to launch exclusively to Microgaming operators on 14 January,
this five-reel, 17-payline slot is home to several double symbols, including
pairs of dragons, frogs and turtles. The ever-present Double Lucky Line feature
ensures that only double symbols land on the centre reel, thereby optimising
win potential during normal gameplay. Rounding out the games features are
Random Wilds and free spins, with Lucky Wilds awarding further free spins and
unlocking extra double symbol positions throughout the reel set.
Triple Edge Studios take players on
a safari in African Quest, a five-by-four reel, 1,024 ways online slot
including Hyperspins, Microgamings strategic paid respin mechanic,
which previously featured in Break da Bank Again Respin. Players join the
search for Kubwa, the high-paying stacked lion symbol ready to roar out
majestic rewards. Gathering three or more scatter symbols awards free spins in
which players have the chance to select their desired free spin and multiplier
option. During free spins, the wild symbol awards a multiplier, which can
potentially result in up to a 64x multiplier if more than one multiplier lands.
Embark on this African adventure on 21 January and set your sights on
Microgamings fourth exclusive
release in January is The Incredible Balloon Machine by Crazy Tooth
Studios. Taking flight on 28 January, this whimsical and innovative game
features WiNCREASE, multipliers up to 10x, and a rewarding Pick Bonus
feature, in which players can inflate colourful balloons against a dreamy sky
to reveal lofty rewards provided they collect them before the balloons
Providing access to an
industry-leading portfolio of exclusive content and top-performing partner
games, Microgaming is set to deliver dozens of exciting new titles in 2020.
James Buchanan, Director of Global
Operations at Microgaming, comments: Microgamings January titles
are representative of the variety and quality that will be rolled out
throughout 2020. The mechanics of these feature-rich exclusive games combine
with innovative new designs to create a thrilling gameplay experience for all
players. The year ahead is shaping up to be very exciting as we add new games
to Microgamings progressive jackpot network, take on new adventures with
some of our favourite characters, and continuously debut exclusive games with
new and dynamic themes.
For further information please
CONTACT: Microgaming Press Office, T: 01624 727777, E:
Microgaming supplies online gaming
operators in markets across the world with access to a diverse,
industry-leading portfolio of content from its growing network of exclusive
independent studios, along with top-performing partner games via its
award-winning aggregation platform. Creator of the worlds first true
online casino software in 1994, and home to legendary online slots such as
Immortal Romance, Thunderstruck II and Book of Oz, Microgaming offers a branded
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Croft® Temples and Tombs. Microgamings renowned progressive
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Sporting Solutions Lands Major Norsk Tipping
Leading sportsbook and
lottery supplier will provide pricing and risk management services to Norwegian
lotterys new sportsbook
LONDON, U.K. (January 7, 2020) --
Award-winning sportsbook and lottery supplier Sporting Solutions, part of the
Sporting Group, has won a landmark tender to supply Norsk Tipping with its
market-leading pricing and risk management services.
The decision followed a competitive
procurement process in which six companies applied to deliver data and risk
management services as part of the Norwegian state-run operators new
sports betting solution.
Norsk Tipping will become the latest
lottery to benefit from Sporting Solutions fully automated suite of risk
management services, joining Danish giants Danske Spil as a partner in the
highly regulated Nordic market.
Sporting Solutions risk
management algorithms, which apply and integrate advanced economic techniques
borrowed from the financial markets, have been designed specifically to help
operators drive volume, improve efficiency in pricing and optimize returns.
Norsk Tipping will also receive
access to Sporting Solutions proprietary trading software, allowing it to
offer localised content to differentiate against private operator offerings.
Ed Peace, MD of Sporting Solutions,
commented: Being chosen by Norsk Tipping after a thorough and
competitive public procurement process is a fantastic outcome for Sporting
Solutions and testament to the innovation and leadership we continue to show in
the fields of pricing and risk management.
We are very proud to
announce Norsk Tipping as our latest lottery partner and believe our shared
vision, proven track record and market-leading offering will provide the
solutions for Norsk Tipping to drive bottom line growth and deliver a market
leading experience for its customers.
Thorbjørn A Unneberg,
Director of Customer and Market Operations for Norsk Tipping, commented:
In todays competitive sports betting environment we are
constantly looking for solutions to strengthen our product and operations. In
the procurement process, Sporting Solutions scored strongly across the board,
and were confident its attractive value proposition will support Norsk
Tipping in our continuous efforts to deliver the best responsible gaming
experiences to our players in the future.
About Sporting Solutions
Sporting Solutions is the premium
supplier and market leader for odds provision, trading expertise and risk
management services to the worlds largest sportsbooks. We are partners to
40+ operators in regulated jurisdictions, the majority of which are either
Lottery or Tier 1 operators.
Our intrinsic understanding of
pricing, trading and risk management means we have an in-depth understanding of
the services required by operators in competitive markets. While Sporting
Solutions is global in outlook, with partners from Europe to Australia, it is
focused on supporting partners to be leaders in their local markets. Rather
than providing a one size fits all solution, it works with partners
to fulfil their specific needs.
SOURCE: Sporting Solutions.
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board: 20 Video Gaming Terminal
Establishments Operational at Close of 2019
VGT tax Revenue in 2019
Totalled over $1.2 Million
HARRISBURG, PA (January 6, 2020) --
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced today that at the end of
2019 there were a total of 100 Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) at 20 qualified
truck stops operating in the Commonwealth that generated over $1.2 million in
All of the locations thus far are
offering the gaming under two licensed VGT operators, Marquee by Penn, LLC (15
establishments) and Commonwealth Gaming, LLC (5 establishments). Each of the 20
locations have the maximum of 5 VGTs in operation.
The process to open VGT
establishments begins with the PGCB conducting onsite inspections of
establishments that have applied to ensure that they adhere to the essential
elements under the Gaming Expansion Act prior to approval by the Board for
licensing. These are truck stops which:
(1) are equipped with diesel islands
used for fuelling commercial motor vehicles;
(2) have sold on average 50,000
gallons of diesel or biodiesel fuel each month for the previous 12 months or is
projected to sell an average of 50,000 gallons of diesel or biodiesel fuel each
month for the next 12 months;
(3) have at least 20 parking spaces
dedicated for commercial motor vehicles;
(4) operates a convenience
(5) is a PA Lottery Sales Agent;
(6) is situated on a parcel of land
of not less than 3 acres.
Following the award and prior to
gaining authorization to commence VGT gaming, PGCB staff conducts a rigorous
pre-implementation inspection at the establishment to ensure that the video
gaming area is in compliance with both the law and regulations. There is
also testing of the machines to ensure that each operates correctly and are
connected to the PA Department of Revenues Central Control Computer
Patrons of VGT machines must be 21
years of age and can self-exclude from participating in VGT gaming through the
A total of 52% of gross VGT revenue
is collected by the Commonwealth in taxes including 42% deposited into
Pennsylvanias General Fund and 10% of the gross revenue used for grants
under the administration of the Commonwealth Finance Agency. Since the first
VGT establishment was launched in August 2019, tax revenue through December 31,
2019 was $1,211,361 based on gross revenue of $2,329,540.
Truck Stop VGT adjusted revenue for
each terminal operator during 2019 is as follows:
| VGT Terminal Operator
| Marquee by Penn¹
| Commonwealth Gaming²
| State-wide Total
(1) operates VGTs
in 15 establishments
(2) operates VGTs
in 5 establishments
to see the VGT establishment locations that are operational as of December 31,
A detailed revenue report for the
month of December and for calendar year 2019 will be available on the PGCB
website after January 15th.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling legalized under 2004s
Race Horse Development and Gaming Act and the Gaming Expansion Act of 2017. In
addition to slot machine and table games gambling at land-based casinos, the
expansion includes online casino games available to date on five sites; sports
wagering offered through sportsbooks at 12 locations and through eight online
outlets; video gaming terminals (VGTs) offered as of this date at 20 qualified
truck stops; and, fantasy sports contests through eight providers.
The mature land-based casino
industry in Pennsylvania currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack
casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos. These
facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and annually generate over
$1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play.
Construction of a 13th casino is currently underway along with a number of new
mini-casinos that are expected to begin operation over the next
couple of years.
Additional information about both
the PGCBs gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvanias gaming
industry can be found at https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov . You can also
follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Gaming Control
LOTTO 6aus49 Remains the Most Popular German Game of
KOBLENZ, Germany (January 7, 2020)
-- There were exactly 125 new lottery millionaires in the past year. The 16
lottery companies that are united in the German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) were
able to make at least two people happy on average every week. Overall, stakes
of just under 7.3 billion euros were achieved last year. This means a slight
decrease of around 1.2 percent compared to 2018.
"We are very satisfied with this
result," says Jürgen Häfner, managing director of the currently
leading block company LOTTO Rheinland-Pfalz - and emphasizes: "Our stakes
have been almost stable for years - with the usual jackpot-related
And even more: In addition to the
many cash wins that the DLTB companies distributed last year, the households of
the federal states are also happy: The lottery companies paid over 2.9 billion
euros in taxes and duties last year - every day around eight million euros:
"These are funds that the common good in our country would have to do without
if the state lottery companies did not exist," states Jürgen Häfner.
It supports many important projects in the areas of welfare, sport and culture
as well as monument conservation and environmental protection in all federal
Pleasing development at LOTTO
The deployment development for the
LOTTO 6aus49 was particularly encouraging in the past year: Compared to 2018,
the most popular variant of the Germans recorded an increase of more than two
percent. With a stake of around 3.54 billion euros, LOTTO 6aus49 secured its
top spot in 2019. Almost 49 percent of all stakes in the DLTB were submitted
for the lottery game.
"This is a good starting point
for the further development that our classic will experience in the new
year," says Häfner, looking ahead. In the fall of 2020 there should be
some changes that will make it possible for LOTTO 6aus49 to win even more
millions in the upper prize categories for the game participants every week.
This is financed - after a long price stability of more than seven years - with
a moderate stake adjustment from 1 euro to 1.20 euros per lottery box.
The slight decline in total stakes
in 2019 is primarily due to the fact that there were less long jackpot phases.
The Eurojackpot lottery in particular is a product that thrives on large sums
of first prize. As a result, the lottery offered in 18 European countries had a
14.4 percent drop in sales in Germany last year. "After an extraordinary
increase of 61 percent at Eurojackpot in 2018, this comparatively moderate
decline was to be expected," explains Managing Director Jürgen
Nonetheless, Eurojackpot defended
its second place in the rankings of those deployed within the DLTB. With around
1.25 billion euros, the European lottery generated more than 17 percent of all
betting stakes at the DLTB in 2019.
State lottery monopoly as a model
for the future
The balance of the year 2019 shows
in the current discussion about the new State Treaty on Gaming that the state
lottery system in Germany is a model for the future: "Gambling for the common
good on the basis of regulatory law and within the framework of federal
responsibility has proven itself," says Jürgen Haefner. "Our responsible
gaming offer exemplarily satisfies the requirements of addiction prevention and
player protection. We are confident that an amendment to the State Treaty on
Gaming 2021 will be based on this after all parties have agreed to this."
It is also indisputable for the DLTB
that black lottery bets must remain banned. "Illegal providers such as
'Lottoland' operate product piracy, pay virtually no taxes and duties in
Germany and are not committed to the common good. The ban must continue to be
enforced at all levels," says Managing Director Häfner.
Acceptance points remain the most
important pillar of sales
The lottery companies continue to
perform an important structural policy task in the federal states. "We have a
dense network of around 21,500 LOTTO acceptance points all over Germany. This
network is and will remain the mainstay of our offer," says Jürgen
Häfner: "This is particularly important because, among other things, we
are there too to support rural areas. Our lottery shops are often the last
village shops to ensure local supplies. "
Online gaming stakes increased
In the online area, the companies of
the DLTB are making gratifying gains. The regional websites of the lottery
companies, where you can conveniently and securely submit your tips for most
game offers online, have enjoyed an increasing number of users and game orders.
Game fans can also get information about LOTTO via the DLTB's information and
service platform, www.lotto.de. In 2019, around 651 million euros in online
gaming bets were generated, an increase of around 11.6 percent compared to the
125 new millionaires in
The biggest winners last year were
once again the large number of game participants. 973 game orders achieved a
profit of EUR 100,000 and higher in 2019. 125 tippers have become a millionaire
with a direct hit.
In this context, it is also
interesting to take a look at the distribution of millions of profits across
the country. Baden-Württemberg took first place in 2019 with 23
millionaires, followed by the two most populous states of North
Rhine-Westphalia (21 new millionaires) and Bavaria (17). Lower Saxony (14) is
in fourth place, followed by Rhineland-Palatinate (9) and Brandenburg (8).
A Eurojackpot player from southern
Rhineland-Palatinate was delighted with the biggest win of 63.2 million euros
last year. The highest prize in the LOTTO 6aus49 was won by a participant from
the Bergisches Land in North Rhine-Westphalia with almost 31.5 million euros.
In the additional lottery game 77, a game participant from Prignitz in
Brandenburg achieved the highest win with just under 7.5 million euros.
The LOTTO numbers of the
The hit list of the most frequently
drawn numbers at LOTTO 6aus49 led the 42 in 2019, which was drawn 22 times from
the drawing drum. The 29th and 36th places follow. The number that has been
drawn the least since the first drawing in 1955 to this day is still the number
that was determined as the first in the first drawing: the 13th ,
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SOURCE: German Lotto and