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Vol. 91 No.4 - Monday April 27, 2020

 

 

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Innovation and Sustainable Development for Lotteries in Africa

 

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire (April 20, 2020) -- Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the National Lottery of Côte d’Ivoire (LONACI) members of the African Lottery Association (ALA) came together to discuss innovation and sustainable development in an Africa lottery context in Abidjan on March 4 and 5, 2020.

Innovation and sustainability are on the minds of lottery operators and their suppliers worldwide. In a rapidly changing context, where technology-based disruption takes place almost daily, it behooves lotteries to stay ahead of the game, develop new ways to stay relevant and interesting to players, and, of course, to do so sustainably. This is especially true in Africa, where lotteries’ development and growth is often closely linked to societal and economic development for these emerging markets.

This year, the National Lottery of Côte d’Ivoire, LONACI, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary and, to coincide with these celebrations, the lottery, in conjunction with ALA and WLA, hosted a seminar to focus on developing the African Lottery Association’s 2020 action plan for sustainable development. The theme of the seminar, held at the General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d'Ivoire in Abidjan on March 4 and 5, was “Innovation and Sustainable Development”. Topics under discussion included the development of the ALA’s 2020 Action Plan.

Dramane Coulibaly, Director General of LONACI, said: “This high-level meeting takes place in an important context for us, being LONACI’s fiftieth anniversary,” during the opening of the seminar. “The digitalization of games and payments, diversification of product portfolios, and reinforcement of governance through modern management and planning tools are among the topics that we will focus on.”

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He went on to add that LONACI and its co-hosts would share their expertise and experience in various social responsibility matters during the two-day seminar. This social mission, as he termed it, included responsible gaming, social responsibility, and environmental preservation.

According to ALA, lotteries worldwide are experiencing rapid changes, especially in the behavior of consumers, due to disruptive business models and technological innovation. Creating a framework for responsible and collaborative innovation allows ALA members to expand their activities, offer new value-added products, and establish sustainable development principles. To ensure a sustainable future, lotteries must remain attentive to consumers, be at the forefront of trends in human behavior and technology, and be able to adapt quickly and effectively.

Malick M'Baye, Special Advisor to the Director General of the Senegalese National Lottery (LONASE), said that the themes chosen were of paramount importance for a gaming industry that is experiencing major changes on a global scale. “In recent years, our profession has been increasingly confronted with problems of addiction and underage gambling" he said. “To sustain our industry, we must take bold measures against phenomena which could compromise the stability of our industry", concluded M'Baye.

Younes El Mechrafi, Secretary General of the ALA and representing the President of the WLA, Rebecca Hargrove, welcomed the proactive approach this seminar took. He mentioned that the questions raised will help African lotteries offer their existing customers and young people alike new options that will help the industry grow.

Panel discussions included, among others, promoting the industry through social responsibility, and innovative and impactful start-ups. A panel was held around the promotion of women in leadership positions in African lotteries, with a specific focus on the Women in Lottery Leadership initiative, founded by WLA President, Rebecca Hargrove. In addition, attendees discussed the roles and responsibilities of lotteries to the communities in which they operate, and the good causes, including sport, education, culture and health, they support.

Following the panel discussions, ALA members pledged to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals on environmental issues, through the creation of an environmental charter. With this charter, the ALA is adopting a voluntary eco-responsible approach, with the aim of reducing lotteries’ environmental impact, raising awareness among members, and finding simple but effective means to respect the environment. The five primary goals of this charter are:

  • Limiting the carbon footprint of transporting participants to ALA events
  • Focusing on using reusable and recyclable products.
  • Reducing, sorting, and valuing waste.
  • Offering sustainable restoration.
  • Setting up eco-responsible communication and raising awareness of the principles of sustainable development.

 

Outside of the seminar itself, attendees took part in a tree-planting at the National Agricultural Research Center in Bingerville, handing over a check for EUR 3,000 at the same time. This planting was held to offset the carbon impact of the seminar’s travellers.

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LONACI's fiftieth anniversary celebration festivities were launched on February 6, 2020, by Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, around the theme: "Meeting the challenges of innovation and social responsibility together".

About ALA

The African gaming industry is represented by the African Lotteries Association (ALA), founded in 1983 in Dakar, Senegal, with the objectives of encouraging mutual technical and educational assistance; participating in the integration of the African economy by instituting pan-African games; and participating in the socioeconomic advancement of various priority sectors.

Since the election of Mr. Younes El Mechrafi as ALA Secretary General in 2014, the organization has been promoting cooperation between members through exchange platforms, information, and support. This includes four committees aimed at helping members achieve certification, operate according to international standards, and follow best practice.

ALA supports members in achieving their vision in accordance with the highest standards of corporate responsibility, including the WLA Responsible Gaming Principles. Several ALA members have signed partnership agreements, creating a framework for sharing international and regional knowledge, experiences, and expertise. These exchanges at continental level are also available to be shared internationally. The ALA plays a vital role in helping members share their experiences with other lotteries and sister associations.

SOURCE: World Lottery Association.

 

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IGT Signs Two-Year Contract Extension with Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

IGT will upgrade the Lottery's loyalty website and mobile app to engage players and drive growth

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LONDON, U.K. (April 22, 2020) -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), signed a two-year contract extension with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, extending its current contract to June, 2027. As part of the agreement, IGT's PlayDigital team will replace another vendor's entire loyalty solution and deliver comprehensive upgrades to the Lottery's loyalty website and mobile app, providing a full range of new player convenience features. The Lottery will also receive its choice of either GameTouch™ 20 or GameTouch 28 self-service vending machines.

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

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"IGT has been a trusted and reliable partner to the Tennessee Education Lottery, helping us significantly grow our operation and impact every step of the way since our inception in 2004," said Rebecca Hargrove, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation President and CEO. "IGT provides unprecedented lottery expertise, and we're excited to leverage its digital lottery knowledge in the overhaul of our loyalty website and mobile app, making them both more convenient and appealing for players."

"As digital lottery supplier to more than 30 lotteries around the world and first supplier to launch a mobile lottery app in the U.S., IGT has a deep understanding of how multi-channel player engagement and a sophisticated loyalty program can help lotteries achieve their goals and differentiate their offerings," said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. "IGT is pleased to continue applying our expertise in lottery content and platform technology to deliver outstanding experiences for Tennessee Education Lottery players."

Under the terms of the extension, IGT will upgrade the Lottery's loyalty website where players can register for its VIP Rewards Program. The website will include several of IGT's PlayLottery loyalty features such as account registration, second chance eligibility, and rewards club. Upgrades to the Lottery's mobile app will include the same offerings as the website and a full range of player convenience features allowing users to scan instant and draw game tickets to see if they are winners, check jackpot amounts, learn how to play lottery games, find the nearest retailer, and view all Keno-To-Go drawings and instant ticket games.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT:

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

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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COVID-19 Pandemic Forces Postponement of WLS 2020

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BASEL, Switzerland (April 20, 2020) -- The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically slowed the global economy and has forced all of us to make compromises in order to safeguard both ourselves and the health of our loved ones.

In an extraordinary teleconference on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the WLA Executive Committee discussed the pandemic and the measures that need to be taken to steer the Association through these challenging times.

In particular, it was decided that the World Lottery Summit 2020 (WLS 2020), which was scheduled to be held in October 2020, will be postponed until October 2022. In effect, WLS 2020 will become the World Lottery Summit 2022 (WLS 2022). Thus, WLS 2022 will be held in collaboration with NASPL in Vancouver, Canada with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) as host. The new dates of the event are October 16 – 20, 2022. An alternative date for 2021 was considered but owing to scheduling conflicts the date of October 2022 was settled upon. We greatly value our collaboration with our partners NASPL and BCLC and look forward to seeing you in Vancouver for WLS 2022. Additional WLA events are planned for 2021 that will permit our members to exchange information and keep abreast of the latest developments concerning our industry.

Should you have any questions or concerns pertaining to the postponement of WLS 2020, please feel free to contact WLA Executive Director, Luca Esposito at:

luca.esposito@world-lotteries.org.

SOURCE: World Lottery Association.

 

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Webinar: Lotteries In COVID-19 Lockdown

 

Webinar Lotteries in COVID-19 Lockdown

 

Europe's lotteries are all, to varying degrees, coping with the public health measures introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19. Join us as we look across Europe and examine the impact of COVID-19 on lotteries.

In a webinar conducted in association with the European Lotteries Association, VIXIO GamblingCompliance brings together lottery industry experts and executives.

Topics for discussion include:

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  • As points of sale close, how have online sales and instant games substituted for retail?
  • How can lottery sports betting be adapted to new offerings?
  • Are there more radical actions that can be taken to ensure the health of lotteries and the good causes they fund?

 

Speakers include:

  • Robert Chvatal, CEO, Sazka Group
  • Sami Kauhanen, SVP of Betting, Veikkaus
  • Arjan van ‘t Veer, Secretary General, The European Lotteries
  • Andrew Gellatly, Head of Global Research, VIXIO GamblingCompliance

 

Join us to discuss these topics and more in the 'Lotteries In COVID-19 Lockdown' webinar on 23 April 15:00 CET (14:00 GMT).

 

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SOURCE: The European Lotteries.

 

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The Malta Gaming Authority Signs Data Sharing Agreement with the International Cricket Council

MALTA (April 20, 2020) -- The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has recently established a data-sharing agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC is the international governing body of cricket and is made up of over 100 national governing bodies from around the world.

The ICC governs and administrates the sport, stages ICC global events, oversees playing regulations and through the Integrity Unit coordinates action against corruption and match fixing. This agreement will facilitate the sharing of information between the two parties, in fulfilment of the requirements at law.

The MGA’s Sports Integrity Manager, Antonio Zerafa stated that, “This data sharing agreement with the ICC represents the Authority’s on-going commitment of combatting match-fixing and other types of manipulation in sports. In fact, this agreement will allow the MGA and the ICC to share crucial data related to the process of detecting, preventing and investigating activities related to manipulation of sports competitions.”

SOURCE: The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) press release.

 

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Lottery Rolls Out “Moment to Shine” Social Media Initiative for Class of 2020

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 17, 2020) -- Across the state graduates are missing out on walking across the stage during their graduation ceremony in front of those who helped them get to that moment.

For its “Moment to Shine” initiative, the Tennessee Education Lottery wants to engage the Class of 2020 and help them share on a bigger stage a special graduation message or a “thank you” to their loved ones, friends or teachers.

If a member of the Class of 2020 would like to share a video message, please visit the Tennessee Lottery Facebook page and upload a video message. The Tennessee Lottery will be compiling these messages to share on its social channels.

Click here to go to the Lottery’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TNLottery.

Since the Lottery’s inception, nearly 1.5 million Lottery-funded scholarships and grants have been awarded to students across Tennessee.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $5.38 billion to fund designated education programs, including college grants, scholarships, Drive to 55 initiatives and after-school programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $14.8 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.4 billion in retailer commissions.

CONTACT: Dave Smith, T: 615-324-6556, E: Dave.Smith@tnlottery.com

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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Svenska Spel Makes Advance Payment of Grassroots 2020 Money

VISBY, Sweden (April 16, 2020) -- Over the past seven years, Svenska Spel, through the Gräsroten initiative, has distributed almost SEK 400 million to youth sports in Sweden. In ordinary cases, the payment is made in November, but in a move to help associations under prevailing circumstances, Svenska Spel has chosen to make an advance payment , which now means that over 3,600 associations around the country can share SEK 20 million.

This is a positive news. Many sports associations have lost revenue as a result of the Corona pandemic and youth sports need all the support they can get in this situation,” says Björn Eriksson, chairman of the Swedish Sports Federation.

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When Svenska Spel distributes money via the Grassroots for the eighth consecutive year, this is the first time that the payment is divided into two dividends. The 20 million distributed in connection with the advance payment will be deducted from the regular payment in November. As usual, Svenska Spel's customers distribute the money by choosing one to three favorite associations.

We know that in many cases many associations are already turning and turning every krone, and during this social crisis, the economic situation becomes even tougher for sporting Swedes. Therefore, it was a matter of course for us, when we have the opportunity both technically and organizationally, to make an advance payment of the Grass Root. Of course, this does not solve all the problems, but we hope that the advance payment will help a bit along the way,’ says Patrik Hofbauer, CEO of Svenska Spel.

In the down payment, football gets the most money, SEK 11 million, followed by the hockey of SEK 3 million and the handball of almost SEK 1 million.

It is a trying time for everyone and the Swedish football family is no exception. Svenska Spels Gräsroten has long been an important building block for youth football and I hope the advance payment can help make a small difference for Sweden's football associations,’ says Janne Andersson, the national team for the national football team.

It is still important for children and young people to move, and this crisis really sheds light on the important social function of sport. The fact that Gräsroten is now making an advance payment will please many associations in Sweden. The hat and helmet off,” says Johan Garpenlöv, the associate captain for Three Kronor.

About the Grassroots 2020 and the down payment:

Svenska Spel has a close connection to the sport and over the years we have tried to address the challenges of the sport. We now see that many associations find it difficult because of the situation we are in and therefore we have decided to make an advance payment in the Grass Root, which will be deducted from regular payment this fall. It is the customers of AB Svenska Spel and Svenska Spel Sport & Casino AB who decide which sports associations receive money. As a customer in each company, you can choose to support three favorite associations in Gräsroten. Only associations whose earned points that result in more than SEK 1,000 between October 1 and March 31 will be allocated money in this advance payment. When an association's earned points do not reach up to SEK 1,000, this will retain its points until regular payment in the fall.

 

* SEF has requested withdrawal for its association members and these have not been in the Gräsroten since December 20, 2019, but each association receives its earned amount until then. SEF's resignation, whose associations received larger sums in previous payments, means that Svenska Spel will pay a total of SEK 42 million to youth sports during 2020.

** Since the association has not been a member of Gräsroten since December 20, 2019, there are no supporters to report.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

 

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Coming to a screen near you soon, ICE North America Digital has been designed to deliver the expert insights you expected from this year's exhibition and conference, even while most of us are at home.

The pressure on you isn't off, just because the world as we know it has pivoted. In fact, quite the opposite - you've had to get used to a new way of working and it's a challenge to keep up with developments in your Gaming industry under these conditions.

So we've gone back to the drawing board for you and - following the postponement of the in-person ICE North America exhibition and conference in New Orleans - we're bringing you a whole week of streamed industry content, discussions and debate, that you can access from wherever you are.

One the debates is lottery-focused and today ICE North America Digital has provided Lottery Insider with their interview with Lauren Walker from the Kentucky Lottery.

 

All roads lead to iLottery in present predicament, customer service expert claims

The difficulties experienced by the betting and gaming industry because of the COVID-19 pandemic is hastening the adoption of iLottery in Kentucky, according to Lauren Walker, Director of Interactive Content and Customer Service at the Kentucky Lottery.

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Alongside Michigan and Pennsylvania, the Bluegrass State was one of first – and to date, few – lotteries to offer their players omni-channel opportunities when it launched in 2016.

Despite only attracting around two percent of its billion-dollar yearly sales before the outbreak, the online option has witnessed a noticeable uptick in the weeks since.

Walker said: “iLottery is what today’s players expect as they grow and evolve. It is necessary to continue the expansion of the portfolio that way, not as an ‘or’ to retail but an ‘and’. It keeps lotteries top of mind, is convenient and meets the needs of customers. I don’t think it will replace retail sales and believe it will definitely augment retail efforts.

“The types of stores that sell lottery are still open, of course, but they are not seeing nearly as much traffic. We are seeing extra players using an omni-channel approach as a result, and I’m sure that is the case across the states that offer iLottery.

“Let’s not kid ourselves that this will happen overnight as there are roadblocks. But those states who have it on their wish list will have additional support now.”  

Walker believes the main advantage of launching online is the medium’s ability to reach a younger demographic. But she warns that a diverse product portfolio is essential to maintain their interest once they’re there.

She added: “The majority of retail players start to pick up after the age of 30, whilst online players are four of five years younger. Generally speaking, 18-24-year-olds don’t have as much disposable income, but those that do are often attracted to games like Keno rather than jackpots.

“It is important to have a good mixture of draws, scratch-offs and other games like Keno which gives you cross play opportunities. Players also have the luxury of being able to try out games online in the comfort of their own home rather than feeling intimidated in a grocery store with people waiting in line.”

 

 

Walker is set to discuss the evolving lottery landscape at the forthcoming ICE North America Digital, which takes place between May 11th-15th. For more information and to register for the free-to-attend event click here.

 

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Nevada Gaming Control Board Announce Approval to Offer Wagers on 2020 Call of Duty League

NEVADA (April 17, 2020) – On April 16, 2020, the Nevada Gaming Control Board granted approval to offer wagers on the 2020 Call of Duty League, pursuant to the provisions of Regulation 22.1201. Approval is granted for all licensed books to post and accept wagers on 1) Head to Head 2) Winner of Each Match 3) Overall Winner, of the 2020 Call of Duty League, subject to the following conditions:

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  • Prior to the acceptance of a wager, official rules must be posted on the event organizer or sanctioning body’s website. Please note, Nevada licensees must notify all patrons that once the winner is declared, all wagers will stand.
  • Licensed books electing to offer these wagers must provide the Enforcement Division with notification of terms via email at ops@gcb.nv.gov.
  • The setting of odds is at the discretion of the book; rules governing these wagers shall be made available to the public.
  • Acceptance of wagers must cease prior the commencement of each match.
  • The results shall be based on a permissible source in accordance with Regulation 22.060 (4).
  • All audit procedures detailed in Industry Letter 2011-48 must be adhered to.
  • Any additional wagers which deviate from 1) Head to Head 2) Winner of Each Match 3) Overall Winner, of the 2020 Call of Duty League for this event will require a separate application and approval.

 

 

Please direct additional questions to the Enforcement Division’s Operations Unit at

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SOURCE: Nevada Gaming Control Board.

 

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EGBA: Safer Gambling More Important Than Ever During Coronavirus

BRUSSELS, Belgium (April 15, 2020) -- Responsible and safer gambling is an essential objective everyday of the year, we all want a sustainable industry with customers that can enjoy their play in a safe environment. But it is now even more important as millions of Europeans are isolated at home due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Thankfully there are many tools available to help gamblers manage their online gambling in a responsible way. But the onus shouldn’t only be on the customers, online gambling companies should also act responsibly and be mindful of their social responsibilities during these difficult times. Common sense goes a long way.

That’s why online gambling companies should ensure that responsible gambling tools are widely available to their customers and these tools are visible, accessible and easy-to-use.

Self-exclusion is one such tool and allows customers to ban themselves (permanently or temporarily) from accessing a specific gambling website. It is naturally a vital safety net for those who experience problematic gambling and/or wish to stop gambling. Responsible companies (including EGBA members) already provide self-exclusion tools to their customers – and it is a legal requirement in at least 23 EU countries.

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There are also national self-exclusion registers. These registers allow customers to ban themselves from accessing all the gambling websites licensed in a country. 14 EU countries have already established these registers – and we think all countries should have one. It is important that these registers are easy-to-use and not easily circumventable.

Unfortunately, self-exclusion registers don’t apply to black market gambling websites (based outside the EU) which operate outside the control of national gambling regulators and their laws. These websites can, therefore, avoid compliance with self-exclusion registers and disregard many other essential social responsibilities. In the context of safer gambling, national gambling regulators must step up their efforts to tackle these operators.

In this respect, advertising plays a vital role in signposting to customers the licensed/regulated online gambling companies which comply with their country’s consumer protection rules and whose activity falls under the control of the national gambling regulator.

Without licensed advertising, customers are more susceptible to play on harmful black-market websites – which have ramped up their advertising efforts during the coronavirus – where the customer has little or no consumer protection. This is a prospect which all responsible stakeholders should seek to avoid.

That being said, we encourage licensed companies to be mindful of their own activities in these difficult times and step up their own safer gambling efforts. That’s why we recently issued guidance on how companies can promote safer gambling and responsible advertising. We urge all online gambling companies to apply these essential measures.

While it is extremely important that online gambling companies are vigilant in protecting their customers during this lockdown, well-intentioned concerns of an “explosion of online gambling” are unfounded.

The cancellation of major sports events and the consequent loss of sports betting revenue negatively impacts online bookmakers: website traffic and revenues will drop. That’s because sports betting makes up nearly half of Europe’s online gambling activity. In the absence of sport events to bet on, some sports betting customers might switch to other gambling verticals but most will simply stop betting altogether until sports have resumed. This is reflected in recent market updates.

Here in Belgium, the government confirmed last week that traffic to licensed gambling websites had decreased by 38% (from pre-COVID19 levels). A significant drop which the government attributes to the decline in sports betting.

This reality is also reflected in H2 Gambling Capital’s recent forecasts which predict a 12.5% drop in 2020 global gambling revenues (compared to 2019). While online gambling’s share of the declining gambling market is expected to increase – by 3% – from 13% to 16%, real terms online gambling will actually drop because of the overall market decline.

This is contrary to what many predicted and disproves the concerns about dramatic increases in online gambling, which have underpinned the recent introduction of severe advertising restrictions in some European countries.

 

Maarten Haijer

Secretary General

European Gaming and Betting Association.

 

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PA Casino Shutdowns Mandated by Covid-19 Precautions Leads to Overall Revenue Reduction in March

However, iGaming play and revenue has increased

HARRISBURG, PA (April 16, 2020) -- Closures of all Pennsylvania casinos in March due to mandated restrictions to protect citizens from the Covid-19 virus led to a 51% drop in overall revenue for the month.

Figures released today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board show that revenue from gaming and fantasy sports contests during March 2020 was $153,481,368 compared to $316,279,316 in revenue generated in March 2019.

Sources of gaming revenue regulated by the Board include slot machines, table games, internet gaming, retail and internet sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals.

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In releasing these new figures, the Board is noting that revenue for casino-type games offered online increased 24.5% during March when compared to the previous month of February 2020 when there was a full month of play at games offered at the now-shuttered casinos.

While games available through the internet continue to operate, land-based casino games including slot machines, table games and retail sports wagering along with Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) ceased operating mid-month.

The Board has posted separate reports for these types of gaming on its website.

Total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was $62,183,897* during March of 2020.

 

Slot Machine Revenue

March’s gross revenue from slot machines at the 12 casinos was $87,562,756, a 61% decrease in revenue when compared to the $226,597,681 generated in March 2019.

The average number of slot machines operating on a daily basis was 24,104 during March 2020 compared to 25,238 at the casinos in March 2019.

Tax revenue from the play of slots machines in March of this year was $45,212,087*.

 

Table Games Revenue

Table games revenue for March 2020 was $33,105,591, a decrease of 59.9% over March of last year when revenue was $82,527,450.

Total tax revenue from table games play during March was $5,322,528* with an average of 1,274 tables in daily operation statewide.

 

Internet Casino-Type Gaming Revenue

Casino games offered online generated gross revenue of $24,265,820 during March. That figure is 24.5% higher than the previous month of February 2020 when revenue was $19,490,815.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming play during March was $8,574,877*.

 

Sports Wagering Revenue

March 2020 total sports wagering handle from 13 retail and 9 online outlets was $131,330,059 compared to the February 2020 total of $329,765,782.   At the same time, the taxable revenue figure for March 2020 was $6,889,255 or 45.9% higher than February 2020 taxable revenue of $4,722,252.

Tax revenue generated from sports wagering during March was $2,480,132*.

 

Video Gaming Terminals

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Total adjusted revenue for March for video gaming terminals (VGTs) was $934,004 compared to $1,341,936 in February, a decrease of 30%. Each of the establishments operated the maximum of 5 machines. By the close of March, a total of 25 truck stop establishments under two operators reported revenue.

Tax revenue collected from the play of VGTs in March was $485,682*.

 

Fantasy Contests

Fantasy Contests revenue was $723,942 in March 2020, a decrease of 56% over March of last year when revenue was $1,634,845.

Tax revenue collected from the play of Fantasy Contests in March of this year was $108,591*.

*Tax revenue figures reflect amount generated prior to any adjustments by the PA Department of Revenue

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling legalized under 2004’s 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 seven sites; sports wagering offered through sportsbooks at 13 retail locations and through eight online outlets; video gaming terminals (VGTs) at 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, along with other types of Board-regulated gaming, has annually generated over $1.5 billion in tax revenue.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Adjusts Cash 5 Starting Jackpot

Middletown, PA (April 18, 2020)– The Pennsylvania Lottery today announced changes to its Cash 5 game. Starting today, April 18, 2020, after the Cash 5 jackpot is won, the game’s minimum jackpot will be determined by the Lottery on a drawing-by-drawing basis. The change is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in reduced sales for Lottery’s traditional games, including Cash 5.

The Cash 5 jackpot change is necessary to ensure that ticket sales can support the jackpot. New starting jackpot amounts will be announced on the Lottery’s website, palottery.com, following each Cash 5 jackpot win.

Many Lottery players in the Commonwealth are staying at home, and as can be expected, this is affecting lottery game sales,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “Just as other businesses are forced to make adjustments during this time of uncertainty, the Pennsylvania Lottery also has to make changes in order to ensure that our games continue to generate funding for the vital programs that Pennsylvania seniors rely on.”

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Lottery players are also reminded that they have the option of playing PA Lottery online games at pailottery.com. This is another place where players can buy their Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets without having to leave their homes. This is also an option for players to continue supporting older Pennsylvanians during this challenging time.

The Lottery is reminding players to please play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older and for those who may have a gambling problem to call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit: www.pacouncil.com.

How to play Cash 5: Players pay $1 and select five numbers from 1 to 43. Players may select their own numbers using a Cash 5 playslip or opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn to win the jackpot. Players also win prizes for matching two, three or four winning numbers. Cash 5 is drawn each evening and tickets can be purchased up to seven draws (one week) in advance. Chances of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 962,598; the overall chances of winning any prize are about 1 in 10.5.

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About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed more than $30 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Visit the Winners and Benefits pages at palottery.com to review how much money each county receives in Lottery prizes and funding to benefit older Pennsylvanians.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club to play online or enter for second chances to win. Install our Official App, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery. Use the hashtag #palottery to share your messages with us.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Containment and Risk of Gambling Addiction: ARJEL's Advice to Retain Control Over Your Game

FRANCE (April 17, 2020) -- In this period of containment, the offer of sports and horse betting is extremely limited. As a result, ARJEL notes that players tend to refer massively to poker, which even attracts new players.

Other players might be tempted to play on the illegal offer which continues to offer some bets but mainly casino games (slot machines).

Echoing operators' initiatives in the area of responsible gambling, ARJEL remains particularly attentive to the risks of excessive gambling and advices players to keep control of their gambling so that it remains a recreational leisure activity.

ONLINE POKER

For several weeks now, ARJEL has observed that poker is attracting more players and in particular new players, a more intensive practice and a GGR (Gross Gaming Revenue) which has increased significantly in recent weeks.

This significant increase of online poker has led ARJEL to call on operators to be very vigilant. As such, operators should not multiply incentives to gambling by bonuses.

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Moreover, they must be particularly vigilant with players whose behaviour could reveal a loss of control and approach them to provide them with prevention advice. Licensed online poker operators offer poker players ways to stay in a recreational game.

The player can do this on the online poker website:

  • Set his limits in terms of deposit on his account and the limit in terms of stake for each gambling action
  • Set a limit on his playing time with some online poker operators. This option will soon be extended to all poker operators
  • Exclude themselves for a limited period of time when they feel they are losing control of their game.

 

ARJEL'S TIPS FOR KEEPING THE GAME AS A LEISURE ACTIVITY

To control your game, you have to:

  • Set a budget and stick to it
  • Set a time limit
  • Alternate leisure activities
  • Accepting losses and knowing when to stop. Don't try to "make it up"
  • Don’t overestimate your expertise
  • Take regular breaks to take a step back
  • Know how to stop playing when you no longer enjoy it

 

Remember that:

  • You don't make a living from gambling
  • It is not because you won at the beginning that you are stronger than chance. Gambling is always based on chance
  • Chance is present in sports competitions, poker and even more so in lotteries.

 

EXISTING TOOLS AND SUPPORT RESOURCES

EVALUJEU

In order to evaluate its gambling practice, ARJEL offers on EVALUJEU site an anonymous test and adapted advice.

http://www.evalujeu.fr/static/

 

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Help organizations

If gamblers feel that they are in difficulty with gambling or if they have questions about their practice, there are specialized organizations to answer their questions or those of their entourage, and to accompany them if necessary.

 

Joueurs Info Service, the national information and prevention service on drugs and addictions, answers by chat, by telephone.

 

SOS joueurs, a non-profit association that offers psychological, legal and social support to players and their families.

 

ILLEGAL OFFER

The feeling of boredom caused by the containment and the suspension of the majority of sports competitions could encourage some players to turn to the illegal offer.

ARJEL recalls that no site offering casino games and slot machines is legal in France. Many players who visit these illegal websites never get their winnings paid and are not protected if they lose control of their game. It is also possible that some of the sports competitions offered for betting may in fact be fake competitions.

The greatest caution is needed with online slot machines, which are among the most addictive games available.

To be protected, players must play on ARJEL-approved websites, a list of which can be found here:

http://www.arjel.fr/-Liste-des-operateurs-agrees-.html

presse@arjel.fr / https://twitter.com/arjel

SOURCE: ARJEL.

 

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Sportsbook Rhode Island Unveils Enhanced Digital Wagering Experiences

IGT and William Hill provide Ocean State Sports Fans with Elevated Interface and More Ways to Bet on New Sportsbook Rhode Island Mobile App and Website

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LONDON, U.K. (April 20, 2020) -- IGT Global Solutions Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT), and William Hill U.S., a subsidiary of William Hill PLC(LON: WMH), today announced  the release of enhanced versions of both the Sportsbook Rhode Island mobile app and website.

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivalled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

The new app, available for iOS and Android devices, and website (sportsbetrhodeisland.com) provides sports fans in the Ocean State a more streamlined experience featuring an elevated interface, an expanded wagering menu, and an additional way for patrons to fund their accounts.

The elevated user interface, powered by IGT PlaySports technology, offers an improved navigation design for both live and upcoming sporting events and a more efficient wagering process with significantly fewer steps, from start to finish, to place a bet.

"Recent IGT PlaySports technology updates for the Rhode Island Lottery provide Sportsbook Rhode Island users an elevated player experience," said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "These updates also position the Rhode Island Lottery for success when professional sports return in full force."

Sportsbook Rhode Island users can now wager on a wider selection of futures and prop bet options on popular sporting events.  For example, pro football fans can pick "Which team will have more regular season wins in 2020 – New England or Tampa Bay?" The expanded wagering menu, powered by William Hill Sports Book, has been adjusted with the pause of US sports. The menu now features new international sports including Russian Table Tennis, Taiwanese Basketball, and Nicaraguan and Belarusian Premier League Soccer.

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"We are excited to continue to innovate with the Rhode Island Lottery and IGT. We are adding alternative sports and additional prop bets to our wagering menu now and look forward to supporting Rhode Island even more when sports return to the U.S.," added Ken Fuchs, William Hill US President of Digital.

In addition to E-Check, users of the Sportsbook Rhode Island app and website now have the option to fund their accounts electronically with Debit Cards.

In November of 2018, IGT and William Hill partnered with the Rhode Island Lottery to open New England's first sports books at Twin River Casino and Tiverton Casino. The debut version of the Sportsbook Rhode Island mobile app went live in September of 2019.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivalled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

About William Hill

William Hill PLC is one of the world's leading betting and gaming companies, employing over 12,500 people. Its origins are in the UK where it was founded in 1934, and where the company is listed on the London Stock Exchange. With headquarters in London and Leeds it has a national presence of licensed betting offices in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and is one of the country's leading online betting and gaming services. In 2012, it established William Hill US with a focus on retail and mobile operations in Nevada, which is now the largest sports betting business in the USA. William Hill US (www.williamhill.us) currently operates 113 race and sports books in Nevada and the state's leading mobile sports betting app. In New Jersey, William Hill is operating at Monmouth Park Racetrack, Ocean Resort Casino, Tropicana Atlantic City, and online with the William Hill New Jersey sports betting app.  William Hill also is operating race and sports books in Florida, Indiana, West Virginia, and Iowa, and online with the William Hill Iowa sports betting app.  William Hill is a licensed sports betting provider in numerous casinos in Mississippi and New Mexico, and serves as the exclusive risk manager for the Delaware and Rhode Island sports lotteries.  In October 2019, William Hill signed an agreement with Monumental Sports & Entertainment to build and operate a sports book at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C., subject to regulatory approval. William Hill has licensed operations in The Bahamas, Italy, Spain and Sweden and serves online customers in the UK, Ireland and throughout the world from its digital hubs in Gibraltar and Malta. In February 2019, it completed the acquisition of MRG Group, acquiring the Mr Green and Redbet brands, and with it an expanded pan-European footprint in faster growing online betting and gaming markets.

CONTACTS:

IGT:

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

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries.

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190.

 

William Hill US:

Lisa Campos; Public Relations Manager, E: lcampos@williamhill.us

 

IGT and William Hill provide Ocean State Sports Fans with Elevated Interface and More Ways to Bet on New Sportsbook Rhode Island Mobile App and Website

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH (TQG-LS) Donates €10.000-- for Social Institutions

HAMBURG, Germany (April 20, 2020) -- As a software company, The Quality Group is currently in the fortunate position of being able to continue to expand, hire new employees and become socially involved in its city of Hamburg.

In times of Covid-19, The Quality Group Lottery Solutions is donating € 10.000 -- to social institutions to help those most in need.

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The Arche is one of these institutions. It focuses its activities on socially disadvantaged children and supports them with a wide range of services in the form of homework help, meals, advice and much more.

The Arche has also had to reorganise its work as a result of the Coronavirus. Employees now provide support directly to the families in the form of food or school supplies; counselling or tutoring is also provided by telephone or online.

This week, The Quality Group handed over a cheque for € 1,500 -- to Die Arche. With our donation, the children and their families are helped directly and without delay.

Thanks to The Arche for their commitment! TQG Lottery Solutions will continue to support this essential organisation in the future. You too can help! Aid organizations need our support especially now.

# WirBleibenZuhause #DerNordenHilft #wirhaltenzusammen #TQGhilft #TQGCoronaHilfe

Please contact us for feedback and inquiries:

The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH

Public Relations / Marketing Claudia Köhler T: + 4940689468-41 Email: claudia.koehler@tqg-ls.com

SOURCE: The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH (www.tqg-lotterysolutions.com).

 

 

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