Pragmatic Play Unveils Its First Branded Slot: Peaky
Peaky Blinders is now
available in Pragmatic Plays slot offering
GIBRALTAR (August 27, 2020) --
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has released
its first branded slot title, Peaky Blinders, in partnership with Endemol
Shine, and in collaboration with Peaky Blinders brand owner and producer Caryn
The 3×5 slot takes players to
the heart of Small Heath, home to the notorious Peaky Blinders from the hit
show, where they will experience the red right hand of the Shelby family.
Packed with both features and
modifiers, players will look to reach the By Order Of The Peaky
Blinders or the Shelby Betting Shop modifiers to shoot for
big wins, either of which can land on any spin.
With the By Order Of The Peaky
Blinders modifier, all Character and Wild symbols remain sticky on the
reels, before activating a Respin. They will then transform into a singular
random character, triggering huge payouts.
The Shelby Betting Shop bonus can
also land on any spin, giving cash values for all Character symbols which land,
before accumulating the total for big wins.
Both Free Spins modes are triggered
when the Peaky Blinders Bonus symbol lands on reels one and three, before
either of the modifier symbols lands on the fifth reel. The modifier will
determine which Free Spins mode the player gets, with the modified features
lasting for the entirety of the Bonus Round.
Melissa Summerfield, Chief
Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: Peaky Blinders marks our
first branded title, in partnership with Endemol Shine, and we are proud to
release a game based on such an iconic series.
It has been very exciting
developing content around such an established TV franchise, and we look forward
to seeing how it is received by our fans across the globe. This is not one to
Pragmatic Play currently delivers up
to four new slot titles a month, as well as an extensive range of Live Casino
and Bingo products through its multi-vertical offering. The companys
entire portfolio is available through a single API integration.
Peaky Blinders ©
2013-2020 a Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd. Peaky Blinders is a registered
trademark of Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd. Licensed by Endemol Shine
SOURCE: Pragmatic Play press
INTRALOT, Inc. Congratulates the Idaho Lottery for Their Contribution
to the State of Idaho
ATHENS, Greece (August 31, 2020) --
INTRALOT is pleased to announce that its U.S. subsidiary, INTRALOT, Inc., would
like to congratulate our partners at the Idaho Lottery on their 2020 state
return. The Lottery announced $55.5 million in total dividends for the fiscal
year. Since its inception, the Idaho Lottery, including this year, has now
returned over $961.5 million to the People of Idaho.
We would like to congratulate
the Idaho Lottery for achieving an outstanding return to the State of Idaho and
its citizens, said Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOTs Group CEO.
We are grateful to the Lottery for their trust and long-standing
partnership and we look forward to continue creating value and driving their
growth through our state-of-the-art technology and advanced quality of
Byron Boothe, CEO of INTRALOT, Inc.
commented: The Idaho Lotterys leadership and teams
accomplishments over the years, and especially this year (in returning over $55
million to the state during an unprecedented pandemic) are not only industry
leading but frankly they are stellar. INTRALOT looks forward to our continued
partnership and assisting in generating revenue for the great State of Idaho.
Congratulations to our partners, the Idaho Lottery team.
INTRALOT, a publicly listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 44 regulated jurisdictions worldwide. With a global workforce of
approximately 3,800 employees in 2019, INTRALOT is committed to redefine
innovation and quality of services in the lottery and gaming sector, while
supporting operators in raising funds for good causes. Uniquely positioned to
deliver state-of-the-art technology across geographies, the company has
developed an advanced ecosystem that serves all verticals enabling the digital
transformation of gaming operators and offering players an unparalleled gaming
experience. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious Responsible Gaming
Framework certification by the World Lottery Association and is certified under
the WLA Security Control Standard. Visit us at www.intralot.com.
For more information please CONTACT:
Mrs. Chryssa Amanatidou, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30
2106156000, Fax: +30 2106106800, email:
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names Two New Directors
of Client Services
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (August 31 ,2020)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to name two new
Directors of Client Services.
Justine Clay has been promoted to
Director of Client Services for North American Suppliers, and Blaine Preston
has been promoted to Director of Client Services for State Government, Lottery,
and Tribal Operations.
Justine has been with GLI since
2012. In her new role, she will lead her team in a strategy that is keenly
focused on suppliers across North America, helping them navigate the future of
gaming by taking full advantage of the broad range of services GLI offers to
suppliers of all sizes.
She brings a unique view and wealth
of casino operations experience and customer service to her clients, having
worked in casinos in both tribal and commercial operations.
Blaine has been with GLI since 2018,
and he replaces long-time GLI employee Michael Capen, who recently retired.
Blaine will lead his team as they work closely with state governments, lottery
officials, and Tribal councils, operators, and regulators.
He will help them embrace new
technologies and possibilities while also maintaining the highest levels of
integrity, compliance, and responsible gaming. Prior to GLI, Blaine spent 12
years as Enforcement Manager for the Missouri Gaming Commission and four years
as Director of Security for the Missouri Lottery.
This is both a time of
challenges and opportunities for the adapting yet evolving gaming industry.
Regulators, operators, and suppliers are all searching for the best way
forward, and GLI stands ready as their compliance partner. These stakeholders
rely on us for resources, technical expertise, and a global perspective in
helping them solve problems.
We are confident in Justine and
Blaine, and their leadership skills will provide the optimum customer service
and proven capabilities they need to achieve great results.
Justine and Blaine will further
strengthen our global team who work every day to help our customers
successfully navigate the future of gaming, said GLI President/CEO James
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC is committed to delivering the highest quality land-based, lottery, and
iGaming testing and assessment services around the world. GLI provides
suppliers, operators, and regulators with expert guidance for navigating the
future of gaming and ensuring gaming innovations meet regulatory standards with
Since 1989, GLI has certified nearly
two million items and has tested equipment for more than 475 jurisdictions.
GLI has a global network of
laboratory locations across six continents, with U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC standards for technical competence
in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI was named Responsible
Business of the Year by Global Gaming Awards in 2019 for its social
responsibility in charitable giving, diversity and inclusion, green
initiatives, and responsible gaming support and education. For more
information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T; +1 (702) 914-2220 or
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Largest Lotto Texas® Jackpot Up for Grabs in More Than A
The estimated annuitized
jackpot for Wednesday nights drawing is currently $36.75
AUSTIN, Texas (August 31, 2020)
The Lotto Texas® jackpot continues to swell, giving Texas
Lottery® players a chance to play for the games largest prize in more
than 10 years. With no jackpot-winning tickets sold for the Aug. 29, 2020
drawing, the games jackpot prize has grown to an estimated annuitized
$36.75 million for the Sept. 2, 2020 drawing the largest jackpot since
May 29, 2010 drawing when the game boasted an advertised $97 million jackpot
prize. Wednesday nights jackpot currently stands as the fifth-largest
lottery prize up for grabs in the world.
Lotto Texas has been on quite
a run this year and now our players will have a shot to play for the
games largest jackpot prize in more than decade, said Gary Grief,
executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I look forward to
congratulating the biggest Lotto Texas winner since 2010. As growing jackpots
tend to generate much excitement, we want to remind our players to play
responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.
The winning ticket for the May 29,
2010 Lotto Texas drawing was sold at 7-Eleven Convenience Store #21972, located
at 8902 Garland Road, in Dallas, and was claimed by The Bilmar Trust.
The last time the game had a jackpot
winner of more than $30 million was for the May 16, 2018 drawing when an
advertised $30.25 million prize was claimed by a Houston resident, who
purchased the winning ticket at MJs All Season Food Store in Houston.
The largest Lotto Texas jackpot in
game history was an advertised $145 million prize for the June 19, 2004
drawing, which was sold in El Paso and claimed by VOM Enterprises, Ltd. Since
launching in 1992, the Lotto Texas jackpot has awarded $6.48 billion in
So far in 2020, there has only been
one Lotto Texas jackpot winner, a Laredo resident that claimed a jackpot prize
of $17.5 million for the drawing held on Jan. 15, 2020.
Lotto Texas is played by picking six
numbers from one to 54 and offers multimillion-dollar jackpots. Drawings are
held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. CT. For $1 more per play, a
player can select the Extra! add-on feature and for a chance to win up to
$10,000 more on non-jackpot prizes.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated more than $31 billion in revenue for
the state and distributed $65 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997,
the Texas Lottery has contributed $25.5 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 $140 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
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Florida Lottery Introduces A New Mobile App
Free Mobile App Available
for iOS and Android Devices
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 31,
2020) The Florida Lottery is excited to announce the launch of its new
mobile app available for download!
Now, players can take the Florida
Lottery with them wherever they go to connect to the most current Lottery
information. Some of the exciting new features include:
- Check My Ticket. Scan a ticket barcode to determine
the ticket value.
- Second Chance. Enter tickets into second chance
promotions by scanning ticket barcodes.
- Pick Numbers. Create and save your favorite numbers
on digital playslips, then use them to purchase tickets at any Florida Lottery
- Winning Numbers. Find current jackpots and see the
winning numbers for every Florida Lottery Draw game.
- Retailer Locator. Find nearby Florida Lottery
- Scratch-Offs. Find out about the newest Florida
Lottery Scratch-Off games as soon as they are released.
- Responsible Gaming. Learn more about the Florida
Lotterys responsible gaming initiatives and practices.
The Lotterys new mobile app is
free and available to both iOS and Android users. Simply go the Apple App Store
or Google Play Store, search Florida Lottery, and download.
Its important to note that the Florida Lottery does not accept wagers,
bets, or payments of any kind through its mobile app.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $37 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 Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $71 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires.
For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
FDJ's Heritage Tickets Go on Sale
FDJ Launches the Mission
Patrimoine 2020 Offer
BOULOGNE, France (August 31, 2020) -
FDJ is launching today the third edition of its games offering dedicated to
heritage. This offer, made up of a 15 euro scratch ticket and five Loto draws
dedicated to the month of September and of which part of the funds go to the
heritage, is available in the 30,000 points of sale of FDJ and on
For Stéphane Pallez, CEO of
the FDJ group: FDJ is proud to participate in the restoration of
national heritage, thanks to its games and the mobilization of its players.
This year again, we hope to renew the success of the Mission Patrimoine games
and thus contribute to this great and great cause.
The Mission Patrimoine 2020 games
The highlight of the third edition
of the Mission Patrimoine games takes place in September, a month devoted to
the enhancement of French heritage with the European Heritage Days (EJD).
The 2020 Heritage Mission scratch
FDJ is launching, as of today, a new
scratch game illiko Mission Patrimoine . This ticket, available in three
versions and sold at 15 euros, allows players to win up to 1.5 million euros.
Part of the stakes, ie 1.76 euros per ticket compared to 1.52 euros in previous
editions, will be donated to the Heritage Foundation.
This scratch ticket offers a great
novelty this year, the Second Chance operation which offers players
the opportunity to live a unique experience at the heart of French heritage. It
allows players from FDJ points of sale who hold tickets that do not include a
prize, to participate in a draw and have the opportunity to make an exceptional
visit to one of the sites identified by the Bern Mission. To do this, the
player scratches the Second chance area of his ticket then flashes
the QR code, using his smartphone, to access the dedicated mini-site:
Several visits will be organized
throughout the marketing period of the 2020 scratch tickets. The first
out of time visit will be held on Saturday, October 31 at the
Château de Bussy-Rabutin, an emblematic 2018 site located in
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Three winners drawn at random, accompanied by a
guest, will be transported to the 17th century, in period costumes, and will be
the actors of various intrigues surrounded by musicians, swordsmen or
Link to watch Operation Second
Loto Mission Patrimoine 2020
For the first time, the French will
be able to contribute to the preservation of heritage thanks to five dedicated
classic Loto draws.
FDJ offers five consecutive Loto
Mission Patrimoine draws (with a minimum stake of 2.20 euros), over a period of
ten days preceding the European Heritage Days 2020. A specific bulletin is
dedicated to these five draws on 9, 12, 14, September 16 and 19, whose jackpots
will amount to a minimum of 2 million euros. In addition, ten Loto codes will
be drawn at random, allowing each to win 20,000 euros. For each grid of 2.20
euros played, 0.54 euros will be donated to the Heritage Foundation.
New advertising campaign Mission
For this third edition, FDJ is
launching a new advertising campaign consisting of two 15-second films,
designed by Rosapark and produced by Géraldine Nakache, film and
The objective of this campaign is to
highlight the two big winners of the operation: the players and the heritage.
To answer this, the creative idea revolves around a celebratory dance, which
makes the connection between the winning player and an old medieval armor that
embodies the heritage. With these two unexpected and offbeat films, a whole new
communication area emerges, more modern and more impactful for the Heritage
Currently broadcast on television,
the campaign is accompanied by a radio, print media, online video and social
Nearly 47 million euros collected
for the benefit of the Heritage Foundation thanks to the first two editions of
the Mission Patrimoine games.
The second edition of the Mission
Patrimoine offer ended in early July. Nearly 25 million euros were collected by
FDJ for the benefit of the Heritage Foundation for the 2019 edition. In 2018,
nearly 22 million euros had already been paid by FDJ to the Heritage
Foundation. Nearly 47 million euros were therefore collected directly for the
benefit of the Heritage Foundation in two years, to which is added the amount
of taxes collected by the State in the form of exceptional ministerial credits
in favor of heritage, as well as fundraising and sponsorship.
The total funds mobilized in 2019
thanks to the Mission Patrimoine games, exceptional ministerial credits, and
collections of donations and sponsorship, amounted to nearly 47 million
Among the three hundred and ninety
projects selected in 2018 and 2019 by the Mission Patrimoine en
Peril, thirty-nine sites have already been restored and one hundred and
thirty-one are being restored.
The three 2020 scratch tickets at
Sites shown on scratch ticket
- Roman theater of Lillebonne (Normandy)
- Notre-Dame du Réal Cathedral in Embrun
- Protestant Saint-Martin temple in
- Fort of Cormeilles-en-Parisis (Ile-de-France)
- Church of the Sacred Heart of Balata
Sites shown on scratch ticket
- Abbey Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse (Occitanie)
- Lipsheim tobacco dryer (Grand Est)
- Church of Saint-Etienne de Mélas in Teil
- Zévallos house in Moule (Guadeloupe)
- Old Court in Baugé-en-Anjou (Pays de la
Sites shown on scratch ticket
- Lighthouse, Fort and Barracks of Ile aux Moines
- The Daughters of Mary Convent of L'Ile-Rousse
- Pyramid barn in Jars (Center-Val de Loire)
- Black Rocks Viaduct (New Aquitaine)
- Saint-Pierre church in Dompierre-sur-Authie
Aristocrat Technologies Enters Illinois Video Gaming Terminal (VGT)
Market with Thrilling 8-Game Multipack Led by
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 27, 2020)
Aristocrat Technologies has entered the Illinois Video Gaming Terminal
(VGT) market with a suite of games that were custom-designed for the
states VGT requirements.
Aristocrat is offering an exciting
8-game multipack of games in Illinois, led by every players favorite
title, Buffalo. Other titles in the pack are Fast Frankies Roaring
Jackpots, Flamin Jackpots, Prosperity Cats, Sizzling
Phoenix, Sky Rider Golden Amulet, Sunset Tusk, and Wild
Since entering the marketplace on
July 1, Aristocrat has quickly deployed in excess of 300 games throughout the
state, giving Illinois residents more ways to enjoy Aristocrats passion
Kurt Gissane, Aristocrats vice
president of sales for North America, said, We are excited to bring
Aristocrats player-favorite games to the Illinois market. This is a
testament to Aristocrats deliberate strategy of continued investment to
grow our company and our reach as we explore markets adjacent to our Class III
The Illinois 8-game multipack
features leading titles from Aristocrats line of Core and E-Series games.
Each game was created specifically to meet the states VGT
Our design team is the best in
the business. When we challenged them with the task of taking eight of our most
popular titles and creating new gaming experiences to meet Illinois VGT
guidelines, the team responded with an exciting new Game Suite that delivers on
the brand promise of each title coupled with the latest IGB standards that
include a higher max bet and higher top award, Gissane said.
For more information about
Aristocrat, visit www.aristocrat-us.com.
ABOUT ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES
Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is a
subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), a global games leader with
more than 6,000 employees. The company is licensed in around 300 gaming
jurisdictions, operates in more than 90 countries, and offers a unique blend
products and services. The companys mission is to bring joy to life
through the power of play. Its values are rooted in creativity and technology,
and the company has a rich history of innovation that has shaped the gaming
industry over many decades. For further information, visit the companys
website at www.aristocrat-us.com.
SOURCE: Aristocrat Technologies
Veikkaus Proposes to Bring Forward Compulsory Authentication in
Gaming Arcades - Aiming to Make Online Gaming Loss Limits Cover Even Slot
- Veikkaus is proposing new measures to
reinforce the safety and responsibility of Finnish gaming.
- To achieve these objectives, either the
Lottery Act or the decrees must be amended.
FINLAND (August 27, 2020) --
Veikkaus aims to bring forward the adoption of compulsory authentication in its
own gaming locations the Feel Vegas and Pelaamo arcades by 1.5
years. According to the initial target schedule, compulsory authentication
would only enter into force at the beginning of 2023.
If the decision making
proceeds according to objectives, customers will not be able to play slots
unauthenticated after June 2021. After the adoption of compulsory
authentication, people will also have the chance to set a complete ban on their
gaming, if they feel that gaming causes them trouble, says
Veikkaus SVP, Channels and Sales Jari Heino.
On decentralized slot machines, for
example in stores, service stations, and restaurants, compulsory authentication
will be adopted as decided before, as early as January 2021.
We want to build a gaming
environment where even people having trouble with controlling their gaming are
looked after. We are constantly designing new solutions to facilitate gaming
control. Compulsory authentication will offer us many new opportunities in this
respect, and we will continue working on the implementation of these
opportunities and developing them further, says Mr Heino.
Veikkaus also hopes to make the
maximum loss limit currently in use in the online games of high event frequency
(online instants, slots, eBingo and the table games, excluding poker) cover the
slot machines in the retail network as such.
According to our plan, this
would be done by the end of June 2021, when the slot machines are already
covered by compulsory authentication. As regards Casino Helsinki, we are
planning to leave the slot machines in the casino out of the scope of the
general loss limit, says Mr Heino.
The loss limit applied to the online
games of high event frequency has been set to a thousand euros a day and two
thousand euros a month in the Lotteries Act. Due to the coronavirus, the limit
has been lowered to 500 euros a day by a decree of the Ministry of the Interior
for a fixed period until the end of September 2020.
According to SVP, Channels and Sales
Mr Heino, the planned measures would have a major impact on gaming
For example, the reforms
will enable us to prevent money laundering and underage gaming even better than
before. We have raised our reference age limit from 23 to 30. That means that
everyone looking under 30 will be asked to show their ID at all of
Our partners in, for
example, stores, kiosks, restaurants, and service stations will be required to
verify the customers age in the same way, starting from the beginning of
Further information: SVP, Channels
and Sales Jari Heino. Contacts via Communications Manager Tomi Auremaa (T: +358
9 4370 7000).
West Virginia Lottery Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award
for 23rd Straight Year
CHICAGO, Illinois (August 31, 2020)
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and
Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in
Financial Reporting to the West Virginia Lottery for its comprehensive annual
financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. This is
the 23rd year in a row that the West Virginia Lottery has received the
I want to thank all of our
employees who work hard every day to make sure our Lottery operates with the
highest level of integrity, West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers
said. Earning this distinction for 23 straight years is a testament to
the West Virginia Lotterys long-standing commitment to transparency and
the public trust.
The Lotterys CAFR has been
judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which
includes demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to
clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user
groups to read the CAFR.
The Certificate of Achievement is
the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and
financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment
by a government and its management.
The non-profit GFOA established the
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR
Program) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go
beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to
prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of
transparency and full disclosure.
The West Virginia Lottery operates
as a business enterprise within the framework of State laws, rules and
regulations. Its mission is to generate revenue to fund programs benefiting
education, senior citizens, tourism and other programs the West Virginia
Legislature may determine.
Since its establishment in 1986, the
West Virginia Lottery has produced more than $10.4 billion in proceeds for the
People of West Virginia.
The West Virginia Lotterys
CAFR for fiscal years ended 2018 through 2011 are available online
SOURCE: The West Virginia
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica to Receive Top
Medenica to be inducted
into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame
BALTIMORE, Maryland (September 1,
2020) The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame will induct industry veteran
Gordon Medenica, recognizing him for his many years of successful leadership.
The Hall of Fame honors individuals who are dedicated to promoting excellence
and integrity in the lottery industry. The announcement was made yesterday from
the Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI), which works with public policy
makers around the world to support government-sponsored gaming industries.
Medenica is one of six inductees who will be honored in a virtual ceremony at 5
p.m. Eastern Time on October 4.
Im truly humbled to be
among this distinguished group, Medenica said. The lottery industry
is filled with exceptional people who are dedicated to the success of this
business, so being in the Hall of Fame is quite an honor one that
Im proud to share with the many others who make dreams possible every
Medenicas breadth of
lottery-industry experience includes management of lotteries in New York, New
Jersey and Maryland. He began his career in 2007 as the Director of the New
York Lottery, the countrys largest. During his time in New York,
the lottery set all-time revenue records every year.
Importantly, Medenica authorized the
initiative that prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to rescind its
interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act, an action that led to the legalization of
online lotteries in 2011. Medenica and his team also created the New York
Lottery Black instant ticket, which became the all-time best-selling ticket at
its price point. During his tenure, the lottery also won multiple industry
advertising awards, culminating in the World Lottery Association (WLA) Best of
the Best award in 2012. In addition to the lottery, Medenica also oversaw New
Yorks nine casinos and managed the successful selection process for the
operator at New York Citys Aqueduct racetrack, which has become one of
the worlds largest casinos.
Following his time in New York,
Medenica was the transitional CEO of the Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group,
which won the contract to manage sales, marketing and related functions for the
New Jersey Lottery. He remains the only director to have managed
lotteries from both the public and private sides. He also worked with the
lottery directors in New Jersey and New York to create and launch the Cash4Life
Medenica joined the Maryland Lottery
as director in June 2015, where he has consistently set revenue and profit
records, focusing his team on instant ticket sales. He also oversees
Marylands six casinos, including the 2016 opening of the states
largest, MGM National Harbor.
His work in the lottery industry
includes serving as President of the North American Association of State and
Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) in 2012. He currently serves on the NASPL
Executive Committee as Region 1 Director, and is also Lead Director of the Mega
Millions consortium and Lead Director of the Cash4Life consortium.
Internationally, Medenica serves on the WLAs Sports Betting Integrity
Before coming to the lottery
industry, Medenica was a longtime executive and member of the Management
Committee of The New York Times Company. More recently, he was the
Executive Vice President of Philadelphia Media Holdings, LLC, an owner of the
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Prior to that, Medenica served as an
advisor to the Blackstone Group on newspaper acquisitions, and as the President
and CEO of DornaUSA, a sports marketing company. Earlier in his career,
Medenica was a Senior Analyst at the Marriott Corporation.
Medenica earned his A.B. from
Harvard College, where he majored in government, and his M.B.A. from Harvard
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and
New Jersey Lottery Kicks Off Annual Campaign to Prevent Underage
Not 18 Yet? No
Bet Awareness Campaign Underway
TRENTON, NJ (Sept. 1, 2020)
Today, the New Jersey Lottery and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New
Jersey (CCGNJ) kicked off the Lotterys annual Not 18 Yet? No
Bet Awareness Campaign at the Acme Market on Route 33 in Hamilton Square,
a Lottery retailer. This campaign reminds residents and retailers that New
Jersey law prohibits the sale of lottery tickets to or by anyone under the age
of 18. Jerry Guarino, deputy executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, and
Neva Pryor, executive director of CCGNJ, renewed their organizations
commitment to responsible play and the prevention of underage gambling.
The Lottery has a longstanding
commitment to promoting responsible play and discouraging underage gambling of
any kind, Guarino said. We have an active partnership with the
Council and support their efforts to prevent underage gambling.
The Lottery has had a representative
on the CCGNJs Board of Directors since June 1999. The Councils
problem gambling helpline number (1-800-GAMBLER®) is printed on every
Lottery ticket, brochure and sign. Finally, the Lotterys website directs
visitors to the Councils site (www.800gambler.org), which provides the
public with free information and help for anyone who may have or need advice
about a gambling problem.
The Council is expanding its
community and school-based outreach programs. One of our focuses is preventing
the onset of gambling addiction among adolescents and young adults, so the New
Jersey Lottery's message and support is particularly important, said
Pryor. The Lottery continues to be a great partner in promoting the
importance of responsible gambling and in publicizing the Councils
helpline number. If a parent thinks their young child or teenager might have a
gambling problem, they can call 1-800-GAMBLER®. We offer support, treatment
The Lottery has developed a
Not 18 Yet? No Bet brochure in English and Spanish that contains
information about the major types of teen betting and ways to recognize signs
of a gambling problem in minors. It also provides concerned individuals with
contact information on how to obtain advice and assistance. The brochures are
available at more than 7,000 Lottery retailer locations, at all
Lottery-sponsored exhibits and events, and may be downloaded from the
Lotterys website: NJLottery.com.
In addition, the Not 18 Yet?
No Bet message and the 1-800-GAMBLER® Helpline number are continually
flashed on Lotterys digital messaging screens at all retailer
For distribution to students who
attend the Councils school lecture series, the Lottery provided the CCGNJ
with additional Not 18 Yet? No Bet brochures, along with supplies
of pens and pencils imprinted with the message You Must Be 18 or Older to
Play the NJ Lottery.
About the New Jersey
The New Jersey Lottery has received
international recognition for it responsible gaming initiatives, obtaining the
highest level of achievement by the World Lottery Association (WLA). Level 4
Certification, for adherence to the WLAs Responsible Gaming Principles
and Responsible Gaming Framework, which are ingrained in the Lotterys
About the Council on Compulsive
Gambling of New Jersey, Inc.
Since 1983, the Council on
Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. has helped problem and compulsive
gamblers. The Councils mission is to provide prevention, education and
referral services to anyone affected by this illness. It operates the widely
recognized gambling helpline number 1-800-GAMBLER©, offering 24-hour
confidential assistance to anyone affected by a gambling disorder.
SOURCE: NJ Lottery.
Georgia Lottery Partners with Mercedes-Benz for Car
ATLANTA, Georgia (September 1, 2020)
The Georgia Lottery has partnered with Mercedes-Benz to offer players
chances to win a brand-new luxury vehicle. From now until Sept. 27, players can
enter non-winning Cash 3 tickets into the Cash 3 Car Giveaway second chance
game to win a Mercedes-Benz.
Four weekly drawings will be
conducted throughout the promotion.
One winner will be selected to win a
Mercedes-Benz 300 GLC SUV each week.
To participate, players must enter
non-winning Cash 3 tickets purchased between Aug. 31 and Sept. 27. Tickets can
be entered via the Cash 3 Car Giveaway promotions website.
The first drawing will be conducted
Sept. 8, and the deadline to enter is Sept. 6.
Winners will be selected randomly in
For more information about the Cash
3 Car Giveaway, including how to enter, official rules and drawing dates,
please visit: www.Cash3CarGiveaway.com.
Since its first year, the Georgia
Lottery Corp. has returned more than $22.3 billion to the state of Georgia for
education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational
programs, including Georgias HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgias
Pre-K Program. More than 1.9 million students have received HOPE, and more than
1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com
Play Responsibly Be An
Informed Player Its All about Fun!
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.
Connecticut Lottery Corporation Returns $348 Million to Connecticut
General Fund in Fiscal Year 2020
Keno Sales Continue to
Grow, Up More than 12% Over Fiscal Year 2019
ROCKY HILL, CT (August 27, 2020)
The Connecticut Lottery Corporation returned $348 million to the
Connecticut General Fund in the 2020 fiscal year (July 2019 - June 2020). In
addition, Lottery sales kept pace with the previous year, with $1.3 billion in
total sales, compared to $1.33 billion in FY2019. These strong sales and
general fund transfers represent the second-best results ever in the
Lotterys history, despite the state experiencing the effects of a
The CT Lotterys results were
led by growth in instant ticket sales of $20 million and growth in Keno sales
of $12 million. The daily numbers games Play3 and Play4
also grew by $10 million. Since its inception, through the end of FY20, the CT
Lottery has contributed $10.3 billion more than $1 billion over the last
three years alone to the state of Connecticuts general fund to
help finance various state services.
Consistent with its dedication to
promoting responsible gambling, the CT Lottery continued its support of $2.3
million to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
The CT Lottery also sponsored various responsible gambling efforts throughout
the year, including during the holidays.
On the heels of a healthy FY20, the
CT Lottery debuted a new category of games, Fast Play, on July 20, 2020. In Its
first month, the game has already generated more than $6 million in sales
towards FY21 following the launch of the first family of Fast Play games, Jumbo
Were pleased with the
continued strength and consistent contributions the CT Lottery has made to the
state, particularly during a time in which Connecticut needs funding more than
ever, said Greg Smith, president and CEO of the CT Lottery.
The CT Lottery works hard to contribute over 60% of the states
gaming proceeds, and we continue to look at new opportunities for increasing
those funds. Every day, CT residents use services that are funded in part by
lottery proceeds, from roads to schools to public safety and public
About CT Lottery:
Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's
residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2020, players won more than $822
million in prize money and Retailers earned more than $73 million in
commissions. At the same time, the CT Lottery provided $348 million to support
the valuable services and programs funded by the states General Fund
including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.
Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have
exceeded $10 billion.
The CT Lottery reminds the public
that purchasers must be 18 or older. If you gamble, use your
GameSense. For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery
retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery),
Instagram (Instagram.com/ctlottery), Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call
SOURCE: The Connecticut Lottery
Jumbo Interactive Release FY20 Final Results
- TTV $349 million up 9%
- Revenue $71 million up 9%
- Underlying EBITDA $43.2 million up 8%
- Underlying NPAT $26.5 million steady
- Fully Franked Final Dividend 17.0 cents
TOOWONG, Qld. (August 26, 2020) --
Leading internet lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX: JIN), today released
full year results that are highlighted by growth during a period of lower
jackpot activity cycling from very strong results in FY2019.
helped drive players online which helped deliver an increase in ticket sales
despite lower jackpots compared to the previous strong year, said Mr
Mike Veverka, CEO and Founder of Jumbo Interactive.
In addition, the Software
as a Service business continues to grow with the signing of our 5th
contract with the Classics
for a Cause lottery and the completion of the onboarding process for the
Mater Lottery, he said.
With continued good growth prospects
and a current healthy cash reserve position, the Dividend Policy remains at 85%
A final ordinary dividend is
therefore declared for H2 FY2020 of 17.0c (2019: 21.5c) for a total ordinary
dividend for FY2020 35.5c (2019: 36.5c).
- Record date: 9 September 2020
- Payment date: 30 September 2020
|| FY June 20
|| FY June 19
|| % Change
| Total Transaction Value
|| $349 mil
|| $321 mil
|| 9% up
|| $71.1 mil
|| $65.2 mil
|| 9% up
| EBITDA underlying
|| $43.2 mil
|| $40.2 mil
|| 8% up
| EBIT underlying
|| $37.2 mil
|| $36.8 mil
|| 1% up
| NPAT underlying
|| $26.5 mil
|| $26.4 mil
| Number of large jackpots1
|| 20% dn
| Dividends declared (ordinary)
|| 3% dn
(1) OZ Lotto/
Powerball Division 1 jackpots of $15 million or above.
Underlying earnings is derived by
adjusting the statutory earnings for significant non-operating items as
- $0.4 mil Gatherwell acquisition costs
- $0.2 mil revaluation of fair value of the deferred
contingent compensation liability for the Gatherwell acquisition
The balance sheet remains healthy
with Net Assets of $79 million and the Companys cash position at $72
million as at 30 June 2020 ($61 million general cash plus $11 million
players funds). A 17.0c final dividend was declared adding to the first
half dividend of 18.5c. The Directors continue to review capital management
options in respect of the general cash surplus.
Since the 30 June 2020 financial
year end, $15 million has been paid to Tabcorp (ASX: TAH) out of general cash
funds in respect of the extension fee under the recently signed 10 year
Jumbo Annual General
Details of the Companys Annual
General Meeting are as follows:
- Date: Thursday, 29 October 2019
- Time: 5:00pm
- Venue: Level 1, 601 Coronation Drive, Toowong,
The Company will hold a virtual AGM
from its office in Toowong.
About Jumbo Interactive
In 2000, Jumbo sold its first
lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity due
to the convenience of buying tickets online. The Company operates the popular
website www.ozlotteries.com in Australia under agreements with Tabcorp
TAH) that date back to 2005. Tabcorp
became a substantial shareholder in Jumbo in 2017.
Over the years Jumbo has grown a
large and loyal database of predominately younger customers attracted to the
Jumbo innovations. These include Lotto Party which promotes social group play,
iPhone/Android Apps and Google voice. In addition, Jumbo has grown a wide range
of lottery games that include popular charity lotteries that also appeal to
Since entering the Lottery SaaS
(Software as a Service) market with the signing of its first customer in
November 2018, Jumbo has built momentum in the charity lottery segment with a
significant TAM (Total Addressable Market) largely underserviced by optimised
In December 2019 Jumbo entered the
UK market with an acquisition of Gatherwell Limited and has embarked on a
$1 Billion vision to reach $1 Billion in ticket sales on the Jumbo
platform by FY2022.
CEO and Executive Director
For further information: Mike
Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705.
SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.