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Vol. 92 No.10A - Monday September 7, 2020

 

 

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Pragmatic Play Unveils Its First Branded Slot: Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is now available in Pragmatic Play’s slot offering

 

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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 Mandabach Productions.

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 miss!”

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 company’s 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 Group.

SOURCE: Pragmatic Play press release.

 

 

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INTRALOT, Inc. Congratulates the Idaho Lottery for Their Contribution to the State of Idaho

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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, INTRALOT’s 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 services.”

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Byron Boothe, CEO of INTRALOT, Inc. commented: “The Idaho Lottery’s leadership and team’s 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.”

About INTRALOT

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: press_office@intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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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.

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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.

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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 R. Maida.

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About Gaming Laboratories International

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 confidence.

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 c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Largest Lotto Texas® Jackpot Up for Grabs in More Than A Decade

The estimated annuitized jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing is currently $36.75 million

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AUSTIN, Texas (August 31, 2020) – The Lotto Texas® jackpot continues to swell, giving Texas Lottery® players a chance to play for the game’s largest prize in more than 10 years. With no jackpot-winning tickets sold for the Aug. 29, 2020 drawing, the game’s 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 night’s 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 game’s 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.”

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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 MJ’s 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 prizes.

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 www.txlottery.org

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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Florida Lottery Introduces A New Mobile App

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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:

 

 

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  • 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 retailer.
  • Winning Numbers. Find current jackpots and see the winning numbers for every Florida Lottery Draw game.
  • Retailer Locator. Find nearby Florida Lottery retailers.
  • 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 Lottery’s responsible gaming initiatives and practices.

 

The Lottery’s 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. It’s 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 Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $71 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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FDJ's Heritage Tickets Go on Sale

FDJ Launches the Mission Patrimoine 2020 Offer

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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 https://www.fdj.fr/

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 offer

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).

 

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The 2020 Heritage Mission scratch card

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: www.illiko.fr.

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 falconers.

Link to watch Operation Second Chance: https://youtu.be/rc5lL91E9PE

 

Loto Mission Patrimoine 2020 draws

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 Patrimoine

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 advertising director.

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 Mission.

Currently broadcast on television, the campaign is accompanied by a radio, print media, online video and social media system.

 

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 euros.

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.

 

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The three 2020 scratch tickets at 15 euros

 

Sites shown on scratch ticket 1

  • Roman theater of Lillebonne (Normandy)
  • Notre-Dame du Réal Cathedral in Embrun (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
  • Protestant Saint-Martin temple in Montbéliard (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
  • Fort of Cormeilles-en-Parisis (Ile-de-France)
  • Church of the Sacred Heart of Balata (Martinique)

 

Sites shown on scratch ticket 2

  • Abbey Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse (Occitanie)
  • Lipsheim tobacco dryer (Grand Est)
  • Church of Saint-Etienne de Mélas in Teil (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
  • Zévallos house in Moule (Guadeloupe)
  • Old Court in Baugé-en-Anjou (Pays de la Loire)

 

Sites shown on scratch ticket 3

  • Lighthouse, Fort and Barracks of Ile aux Moines (Brittany)
  • The Daughters of Mary Convent of L'Ile-Rousse (Corsica)
  • Pyramid barn in Jars (Center-Val de Loire)
  • Black Rocks Viaduct (New Aquitaine)
  • Saint-Pierre church in Dompierre-sur-Authie (Hauts-de-France)

 

SOURCE: FDJ.

 

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Aristocrat Technologies Enters Illinois Video Gaming Terminal (VGT) Market with Thrilling 8-Game Multipack Led by Buffalo™

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 state’s VGT requirements.

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Aristocrat is offering an exciting 8-game multipack of games in Illinois, led by every player’s favorite title, Buffalo™. Other titles in the pack are Fast Frankie’s Roaring Jackpots™, Flamin’ Jackpots™, Prosperity Cats™, Sizzling Phoenix™, Sky Rider Golden Amulet™, Sunset Tusk™, and Wild Lepre’Coins™.

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 Aristocrat’s passion for play.

Kurt Gissane, Aristocrat’s vice president of sales for North America, said, “We are excited to bring Aristocrat’s player-favorite games to the Illinois market. This is a testament to Aristocrat’s deliberate strategy of continued investment to grow our company and our reach as we explore markets adjacent to our Class III business.”

The Illinois 8-game multipack features leading titles from Aristocrat’s line of Core and E-Series games. Each game was created specifically to meet the state’s VGT regulations.

“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 INC.

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 company’s 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 company’s website at www.aristocrat-us.com.

SOURCE: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.

 

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Veikkaus Proposes to Bring Forward Compulsory Authentication in Gaming Arcades - Aiming to Make Online Gaming Loss Limits Cover Even Slot Machines

  • 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.

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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 responsibility.

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 Veikkaus’ arcades.”

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 October.”

Further information: SVP, Channels and Sales Jari Heino. Contacts via Communications Manager Tomi Auremaa (T: +358 9 4370 7000).

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

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West Virginia Lottery Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 23rd Straight Year

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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 award.

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“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 Lottery’s long-standing commitment to transparency and the public trust.”

The Lottery’s 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 Lottery’s CAFR for fiscal years ended 2018 through 2011 are available online HERE.

SOURCE: The West Virginia Lottery.

 

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Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica to Receive Top Industry Honor

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.

“I’m 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 I’m proud to share with the many others who make dreams possible every day.”

Medenica’s 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 country’s largest.  During his time in New York, the lottery set all-time revenue records every year.

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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 York’s nine casinos and managed the successful selection process for the operator at New York City’s Aqueduct racetrack, which has become one of the world’s 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 multistate game.

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 Maryland’s six casinos, including the 2016 opening of the state’s 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 WLA’s Sports Betting Integrity Committee.

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 Business School.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

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New Jersey Lottery Kicks Off Annual Campaign to Prevent Underage Lottery Play

“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 Lottery’s 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 CCGNJ’s Board of Directors since June 1999. The Council’s problem gambling helpline number (1-800-GAMBLER®) is printed on every Lottery ticket, brochure and sign. Finally, the Lottery’s website directs visitors to the Council’s 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.

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“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 Council’s 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 and hope.”

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 Lottery’s website: NJLottery.com.

In addition, the “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” message and the 1-800-GAMBLER® Helpline number are continually flashed on Lottery’s digital messaging screens at all retailer locations.

For distribution to students who attend the Council’s 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 Lottery

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 WLA’s Responsible Gaming Principles and Responsible Gaming Framework, which are ingrained in the Lottery’s day-to-day operations.

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 Council’s 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.

 

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Georgia Lottery Partners with Mercedes-Benz for Car Giveaway

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.

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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 promotion’s website.

The first drawing will be conducted Sept. 8, and the deadline to enter is Sept. 6.

Winners will be selected randomly in each drawing.

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 Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s 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 program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com

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SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.

 

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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 Lottery’s history, despite the state experiencing the effects of a pandemic.

The CT Lottery’s 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 Connecticut’s general fund to help finance various state services.

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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 Bucks.

We’re 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 health.”

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 state’s 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 (860) 713-2700.

SOURCE: The Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

 

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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

 

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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.

Covid-19 restrictions 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.

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With continued good growth prospects and a current healthy cash reserve position, the Dividend Policy remains at 85% of NPAT.

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

 

Customer growth FY June 20 FY June 19 % Change
Total Transaction Value (“TTV”) $349 mil $321 mil 9% up
Revenue $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 steady
Number of large jackpots1 39 49 20% dn
Dividends declared (ordinary) 35.5c 36.5c 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 follows:

  • $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 Company’s 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 Reseller Agreements.

 

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Jumbo Annual General Meeting

Details of the Company’s Annual General Meeting are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, 29 October 2019
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Venue: Level 1, 601 Coronation Drive, Toowong, Queensland

 

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 (ASX:

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 younger demographics.

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 technology solutions.

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.

 

Authorised by:

Mike Veverka

CEO and Executive Director

 

For further information: Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705.

SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.

 

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