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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 92 No.2A - Monday July 13, 2020

 

 

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INTRALOT Has Been Shortlisted for the Global Gaming Awards 2020

INTRALOT Orion, the next-generation Sports Betting platform, has been nominated in the “Land-Based Product of the Year” category

 

 

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ATHENS, Greece (July 9, 2020) -- INTRALOT is delighted to announce that INTRALOT Orion, its next-generation Sports Betting platform, has been shortlisted for the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2020, in the “Land-Based Product of the Year” category.

The Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas are recognized and prestigious awards within the casino and gaming industry, powered by the leading B2B-gaming publication Gambling Insider in association with G2E show and independently adjudicated by KPMG Isle of Man. The winners will be decided by a team of 100 judges, all of which are industry C-level executives from the leading gaming companies, and will be announced at a special ceremony on October 5th in Las Vegas.

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INTRALOT Orion is a state-of-the-art omnichannel sports betting platform, designed to optimize the player experience and empower the modern operator. Leveraging our certified Managed Trading Services (MTS) team, INTRALOT Orion is the best choice for risk management, business growth and exceptional levels of quality, reliability, and flexibility.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 44 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €0.7 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 3,800 employees (2,200 of which in subsidiaries and 1,600 in associates) in 2019, INTRALOT is an innovation - driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries digital transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Chryssa Amanatidou, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30 2106156000, Fax: +30 2106106800, email: press_office@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

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New ALEA Online Debate on Illegal Play

 

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CÓRDOBA - Argentina (July 6, 2020) -- Next Wednesday, July 8, the Association of Argentine State Lotteries (ALEA) will hold another online debate meeting, with the participation of representatives of that group and authorities of Justice.

The topic of the talk will be about physical illegal gambling and illegal online gambling from the normative-legal point of view and its negative implications for society, as well as different strategies applied in our country's jurisdictions to combat it.

Participants: Dr. Augustine Li Gambi (Director Provincial of Affairs Legal of the IJAN and Chairman of the Committee of Labor of Affairs Legal of ALEA), Dra. Paola Strombolo (Department of Prevention of Laundering of Assets and Financing of the Terrorism of Lottery of Córdoba SE andmember of the UCPLA of ALEA), Dr.

Rodolfo Ariza Clerici (Judge of First Instance in Criminal, Contravencional and Faults in Council of the Magistracy, CABA) and Héctor Rojas Decut (President of the Provincial Institute of Lotteries and Casinos SE of Misiones).

Wednesday, July 8, 3:30 p.m.

I followed the talk live on our YouTube channel (click here) and on FacebookLive (click here).

See you at ALEA #LINKS?

SOURCE: Association of Argentine State Lotteries (ALEA).

 

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IGT Raises the Bar with Launch of PeakBarTop Cabinet

Gaming venues in California and Nevada welcomed back players with IGT's next-generation bartop cabinet and its high-performing video poker, slots, keno and roulette content

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LONDON, U.K. (July 6, 2020) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it successfully launched its next-generation bartop hardware, the PeakBarTop™ cabinet.

Guests of Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif., San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. and Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. can be among the first players in the world to experience IGT's much-anticipated PeakBarTop cabinet and its legendary content library.

 

 

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"Launching the PeakBarTop builds on IGT's decades of commanding leadership in video poker and positions us to transform the entire bartop market segment. It provides our customers with a compelling, technologically advanced cabinet for market-dominating IGT video poker games such as Game King®, Super Star Poker® and Ultimate X Poker®, in addition to Proven Performer IGT slot games such as Scarab® and Solar Disc™," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "IGT customers can launch the PeakBarTop with confidence, knowing that it's backed by the gaming industry's most talented and experienced video poker product team and extensive focus group testing with players, operators and bar staff."

The innovative PeakBarTop cabinet features an ergonomic design that includes a 23-inch curved, full-HD display, a front-mounted ticket printer and an embedded card reader. The PeakBarTop cabinet also includes a range of technologically advanced features such as enhanced lighting and sound, a USB mobile device charging port, a play-level indicator for service staff, and embedded Bluetooth technology that enables operators to seamlessly integrate with IGT's cashless gaming systems technology.

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The PeakBarTop cabinet supports an expansive library of IGT game content. In addition to housing the most popular video poker titles of all time, the PeakBarTop portfolio offers new IGT video poker games such as Ultimate X Bonus Streak Poker™, exciting Keno games such as Da Vinci Diamonds® Keno, Proven Performer slot games such as Mistress of Egypt™ and a variety of roulette games. The cabinet's game menu configuration enables players to effortlessly scroll through their favorite game titles with a finger swipe, just as they would search for content on a personal mobile device.

For more information, go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTnews, or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

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.

CONTACTS:

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

 

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SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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COVID-19: Lotteries in Recovery Mode

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (July 7, 2020) -- Like the global financial crisis of 2008, or the 9/11 terror attacks, the coronavirus pandemic has proved to be an earth-shaking event. The full magnitude of its consequences will likely be felt for years to come. Now, emerging from the pandemic lockdown, we are faced with many uncertainties. True to its nature, the world lottery community is collectively working to seek clarity in the wake of the crisis.

Governments around the globe have adopted various emergency measures to manage the fallout of the pandemic. It is reasonable to assume that some of these measures will remain in place for the long term, if not permanently.

For the world lottery community, the key to success going forward will be continued global cooperation. Now, more than ever, the sharing of information among our members is paramount. We will do all that we can to disseminate best-practice information, including sharing the experiences our members have had in dealing with the pandemic crisis throughout the past weeks.

We recently interviewed 10 lottery CEOs from around the globe to get their perspectives on the current and lasting effects of the pandemic. Each of the questionnaire participants was posed the following ten questions:

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  • How has the pandemic and the resulting lockdown affected the lottery and sports betting sector?
  • What do you believe will permanently change in the lottery and sports betting sector once the pandemic lockdown has been lifted?
  • How has the pandemic lockdown affected the working environment of your operation? Do you foresee any permanent changes in how staff will work once the lockdown has been lifted?
  • Has the lottery sector's fundamental mission of raising funds for good causes been affected by the lockdown?
  • Lottery retail points of sale have been among those hardest-hit by the lockdown. Even operators with a well-established online presence rely heavily on retail channels to drive sales and acquire new customers. Do lottery leaders need to redefine how their retail points of sale operate?
  • Pan-jurisdictional lottery games such as Powerball and EuroMillions, which were once viewed as robust gaming products, have also suffered as a result of the lockdown. What do lottery leaders around the world need to do to protect pan-jurisdictional games in the event of another lockdown?
  • The cancellation of major sporting events has been devastating for the sports betting sector. Going forward, do you see sports betting operators embracing new products such as eSports or virtual sports to lessen their reliance on live events?
  • Have illegal gaming operators been able to capitalize on the lockdown?
  • What regulatory and contingency measures should be put in place in order to protect the lottery and sports betting sector as a whole in the event of a future crisis?
  • How do you feel the WLA can best help its members in the event of a future lockdown?

 

The ten lottery CEOs who participated in the questionnaire were:

  • Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, USA
  • Richard Cheung, Executive Director, Customer and Marketing at Hong Kong Jockey Club Lotteries Limited
  • Stéphane Pallez, President and CEO of la Française des Jeux (FDJ), France
  • Yaping Feng, Director General of China Welfare Lottery Issuance and Management Centre
  • Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
  • Lynne Roiter, President and CEO of Loto-Québec, Canada
  • Gordon Medenica, Director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, USA
  • Younes El Mechrafi, General Director La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS), Morocco
  • Dato Lawrence Lim Swee Lin, CEO of Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Jesús Huerta, President and CEO of Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE), Spain

 

Each respondent’s answers can be accessed here.

 

The inquiry had five main objectives:

  1. To evaluate what measures have proven successful;
  2. What measures were taken to protect lottery employees;
  3. What lotteries have done to support their communities;
  4. What can be learned from this crisis to better prepare the lottery in the future; and
  5. To evaluate what further the WLA can do to help support the world lottery community through this crisis.

 

By way of this inquiry, we hope to not only mitigate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the lottery sector, but also to turn this crisis into a valuable learning experience for all our members.

 

Key takeaways from the questionnaire

 

Accelerating trend towards online

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend toward online gaming that has been slowly taking hold in the lottery sector for the past 15 years. Lotteries that already had robust online gaming platforms in place prior to the outbreak of the pandemic were able to better mitigate the effects of the lockdown. For lotteries in countries where online gaming is prohibited by law, it is hoped that, given lessons learned over the course of the lockdown, regulators will be ready to re-examine the laws governing online gaming.

During the lockdown, retail Points of Sale (POS) were completely shut down in some countries. In jurisdictions where POSs were able to stay open, retail revenues were impacted by social distancing measures, limited opening hours, and a decline in foot traffic.

Although a move to strengthening online channels was expressed by questionnaire participants as desirable, it was agreed by most participants that the relationship lotteries have with their retailers is vital and should be protected. A move toward digital solutions that include and enhance the retail experience is preferred; however, online solutions should be able to stand alone in the event of a lockdown.

Sports vs eSports

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Esports and virtual sports could partially compensate sports betting operators for losses should a new pandemic lockdown cause the cancelation of major sporting events. As such, they should be seriously considered as viable alternatives to betting on live sporting events. However, eSports and virtual sports cannot replace the excitement of live sporting events and potentially bring with them a high risk for addiction. Moreover, eSports and virtual sports are games of chance, whereas sports betting games (whether fixed odds or pools) are games of skill.

Community service

Encouragingly, the questionnaire also revealed that lotteries endeavored to support their beneficiaries despite lockdown-imposed austerity. In some cases, participant lotteries additionally donated revenue to help fight the coronavirus and to help protect the most vulnerable during the crisis. Lottery staff also provided valuable community outreach services, as in the case of FDJ employees who donated over 1,400 leave days – the equivalent of EUR 300,000 – in support of medical staff and persons of need afflicted by the crisis.

Likewise, the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) set up an HKD 100 million emergency fund during the COVID-19 pandemic and donated 100,000 mobile Internet data cards to underprivileged students who may not have Internet access at home.

La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS) also allocated MAD 100 million to a special fund established to support the costs of upgrading medical devices and to help support the national economy weather the impact of the crisis.

And in the UK, the National Lottery directed around GBP 600 million toward charities and organizations to help mitigate the alleviate the impact of the pandemic.

Safety first

All of the lotteries questioned followed strict measures to protect both their players and staff. In many cases, retail Points of Sale (POS) were closed. In those POSs that were allowed to remain open, social distancing and other hygienic safety measures were implemented and practiced to protect players and retail staff from possible infection. Prize claim centers were either closed completely, or remained open with restricted access. Lottery staff worked from at home wherever possible. Home office helped to mitigate disruption of services and ensure business continuity.

Sharing best practices

Questionnaire participants almost unanimously expressed their appreciation for the WLA for providing information and support throughout the pandemic crisis. They called on the WLA to further strengthen their role as a forum for knowledge sharing, disseminating best practices and lessons learned from countries around the world in order to better withstand a future lockdown.

SOURCE: World Lottery Association.

 

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Washington’s Lottery Celebrates Contributions to Communities During Second-Annual Lottery Week, July 13-17

$215 million generated for beneficiaries in fiscal year 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (July 6, 2020) – Continuing the tradition set last year, Washington’s Lottery will join lotteries across North America in celebrating contributions made to their respective communities with the second-annual Lottery Week throughout the week of July 13, 2020.

In fiscal year 2019 (which ended 6/30/19), Washington’s Lottery generated $215.8 million for its beneficiaries, an increase of more than $32 million over FY2018. In Washington, after prizes are awarded to winners (60% of sales) and retailer commissions are paid (5%), the primary beneficiary of Lottery sales is education through the Washington Opportunities Pathway Account, or WOPA, (20%).

In FY2019, beneficiary distributions from Washington’s Lottery were as follows:

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  • $166.7 million went to WOPA. WOPA supports education in Washington State, including access grants and state work study awards, as well as merit scholarship programs and early learning programs.
  • $30.9 million to the General Fund. Contributions to this fund were generated from excess funding between the in-state and Powerball games.
  • $13.1 million to the Stadium & Exhibition Center. Funds go towards paying principal and interest payments on bonds issued to construct CenturyLink Field and Exhibition Center.
  • $4.6 million to the Economic Development Account to make expenditures for the economic good of the state. This includes preventing the closure of a business or facility, preventing relocation of a business or facility outside the state or to recruit a business or facility to the state.
  • $406,800 to the Problem Gambling Account. This account was created for the prevention and treatment of problem and pathological gambling and the training of professionals in the identification and treatment of problem and pathological gambling.

 

Lottery Week provides us a platform to shine a light on our beneficiaries and the contributions made to them, which is the whole reason Washington’s Lottery exists,” said Marcus Glasper, director of Washington’s Lottery. “Each lottery ticket purchased generates funds that support our communities. Our team works hard to make Lottery fun for our players, and beneficial for our citizens.”

We’re happy to be celebrating Lottery Week and the contributions Washington’s Lottery makes to education,” said Michael Meotti, executive director of Washington Student Achievement Council. “With current and future students as the major beneficiary, the funds generated help us provide Washingtonians access to financial aid and support services.”

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On average, about 95% of funds generated from traditional U.S. lottery games goes directly back into the economy through prizes, public beneficiaries and retailer commissions. In fiscal year 2019, U.S. lotteries generated $25.1 billion for those good causes and transferred about $5 billion to their approximately 216,000 retailer partners.

But there’s more, beyond the numbers. Lottery organizations and their partners are often involved in directly supporting local causes as well, by hosting events like food drives and community cleanups. They team up with responsible gambling groups to educate their retailers and consumers, to help encourage safe, responsible play. And, of course, they provide a fun, exciting source of entertainment for all their players – not to mention a big payout for the lucky winners.

About Washington’s Lottery:

Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $4.2 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, which provides grants to help college students statewide achieve their higher education dreams, and supports early childhood education learning programs. The state’s Lottery offers consumers several types of games, including Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit www.walottery.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @walottery.

Keep it fun. Know your limit. Washington’s Lottery is an advocate for responsible gaming and collaborates with the Evergreen Council for Problem Gambling to provide resources for those in need. More information is available at www.walottery.com/Responsibility.

CONTACT Delaney Berreth (Curator on behalf of Washington’s Lottery), E-mail: Delaney.berreth@curatorpr.com

SOURCE: Washington’s Lottery.

 

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BCLC Contracts with iTel to Support Lottery Network Services

KAMLOOPS, BC (July 2, 2020) -- Kamloops’ technology future looks even brighter with a new agreement between two of the city’s largest technology companies: BCLC and iTel Networks (iTel).

Under a three-year contract with BCLC, iTel will provide the fast and secure Internet connection needed to support BCLC’s retail partners located in remote and rural areas of the province to sell lottery products.

Given the breadth of our network, iTel checked off all the boxes we had on our list,” said Pat Davis, Vice President of Business Technology and Chief Information Officer. “Its unique ability to support our remote network requirements provided an efficient solution to meet our business needs. We’re pleased to work with an organization that shares our support for expanding the local tech business.”

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BCLC awarded the contract to iTel for Province Wide Internet Services following a public procurement process that included an August 2019 Request for Proposal.

"Having lived in Kamloops for most of my life, I am deeply invested in this community both personally and professionally,” added Danny Rink, CEO, iTel Network. “I am excited that we have built iTel over the last 12 years to be an organization that can support the vast and robust network needs of an enterprise organization like BCLC, and by doing so, iTel can continue to invest in the community and help further grow the Kamloops tech sector.”

In addition to both being deeply rooted in the Kamloops technology sector, both BCLC and iTel support the Kamloops Innovation Centre (KIC), a non-profit technology start-up accelerator. Rink helped found KIC in 2012 and BCLC has since created an on-site Innovation Lab in partnership with KIC, with the goal of fueling growth of local tech talent.

Diversification into technology for B.C.’s regional economies requires the active participation of its large technology employers. iTel Networks and BCLC have proven themselves to be those catalysts in our community,” said Dr. Lincoln Smith, executive director, KIC. “Both of these corporate leaders are directly and indirectly helping to create the ecosystem in Kamloops where new technology-enabled businesses can start up and thrive.”

Thanks to lottery players and retailers across B.C., the lottery business helped BCLC generate $1.4 billion for the Province of B.C. last year to support health care, education and community programs across B.C.

SOURCE: The British Columbia Lottery Corporation

 

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Arizona Lottery Waives Annual License Fees for Third Straight Year

Lottery offers welcome relief to retailers during COVID-19 pandemic

PHOENIX, Arizona (July 2, 2020) – New and existing Arizona Lottery retailers are getting even more economic assistance from the Arizona Lottery as the Lottery extends their successful retail license fee-waiver program for another year, through June 30, 2021.  This means a savings of up to $67 for all new and existing Arizona Lottery retailers who can continue to acquire or maintain their licensing at no cost!

“We are dedicated to helping our valued retailers, as they operate during this health and economic crisis, by creating and strengthening our retail partnerships across the state,” said Raynie Hosto, Deputy Director of Customer Service and Sales for the Arizona Lottery.

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“Continuing to waive the annual license fee will enable new retailers to more easily partner with the Arizona Lottery, and will allow current retailers to renew their licenses at no cost. We hope that this added opportunity makes a real difference for our retailers as they cope with the current health and economic crisis.”

The Arizona Lottery is proud to work with its growing retail network of more than 3,000 retailers, ranging from big-box stores, like Walmart and Costco, to independent grocery and convenience stores across the Grand Canyon State. These thousands of accessible Arizona Lottery retailers are creating an exciting play experience and lasting relationships for loyal customers.

Every Arizona Lottery retail partner receives a 6.5 percent commission on all Lottery sales, which happens to be one of the highest commissions in the country, in addition to opportunities to earn bonus sales incentives. In fact, Arizona Lottery retailers across the state earned more than $73 million in commissions in FY2019 and show every sign of having reached even higher heights in FY2020.

Additionally, more than 9-in-10 Arizona Lottery customers also purchase at least one additional product while in a retail store, further increasing those retailers’ sales. Retailers also receive free marketing support and technical maintenance.

About Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $4.3 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales fund programs in higher education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services. The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.

 

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Illinois Lottery Temporarily Closes Claim Centers, Reopening Soon

CHICAGO, Illinois (July 4, 2020) -- The Illinois Lottery opened its doors at four of its five claim centers on July 1, to players across the state and processed over 1300 claims.

Although many were able to be serviced, many more could not get in due to maximum capacity being reached quickly at each center.  The significant backlog of unclaimed prizes due to the extended closure of our claim centers due to COVID-19 is unprecedented and led to an overwhelming response from our players.

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We anticipated a high volume of players and long wait times but in order to maintain proper social distancing in the centers many of those players had to wait a long time outside or in their cars.” said Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays.

With temperatures projected to reach 90 degrees next week, we have decided to temporarily close our claim centers and reopen again soon with a process that will better control the volume and match it to the capacity of the __cp Location to minimize the risk to players.  We share the urgency our players have about claiming their prize; however, we want to make sure the experience is enjoyable and safe,” said Mays.

The Illinois Lottery continues to encourage its players to take advantage of the opportunity to claim their prize by mail as an alternative to visiting a claim center in person.

Our mail-in claims process is simple, safe and has seen great success during this time,” said Mays.  “I strongly encourage our players to try it while we improve the in-person experience.

Instructions on how to claim a prize via mail can be found at illinoislottery.com/winning.

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery Press and Media Center.

 

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Danske Spil Appoints Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen as Its New CEO

DENMARK (June 30, 2020) -- On October 1, Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen will take over as CEO of Danske Spil A / S. He comes from a position as Director of Economics, Technology and Media Production and is part of the Executive Board of DR.

In addition to experience from DR, Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen has a past in the state, including a number of years in the Ministry of Finance. He takes over the baton from former CEO of Danske Spil A / S Susanne Mørch Koch.

Chairman of the Board Peter Christensen comments on the appointment:

"I am delighted to welcome Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen to Danske Spil as new CEO on behalf of an overall board of directors. Danske Spil is a modern and digital company that has managed to balance the difficult task of securing the financial foundation under Denmark. association life and contribute to a balanced and responsible gaming market in Denmark," says Peter Christensen and continues:

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"Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen has the right skills and personal qualities to continue this important community mission and lay the stones for the future of the Danish Games."

Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen looks forward to getting into his work clothes:

"I am extremely proud to be part of a historic company that has been for the benefit and benefit of the whole of Denmark for more than 70 years. Together with the rest of the team at Danske Spil I look forward to continuing to secure the financial foundation under the associations and more than 1,300 initiatives in, among other things, cultural life, sports, health and the protection of the environment and climate, which benefit each year through the distribution funds from over DKK 1 billion from Danske Spils lotteries."

Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen will take up the position of CEO of Danske Spil on October 1.

Facts about Danske Spil

The Danish state owns 80 percent of Danske Spil.

The Danish Sports Association (DIF) and the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI) each own 10 percent of the Danish Games.

Danske Spil was established in 1948 for the purpose of financing Denmark's sports and associations. The profits from Danske Spils lotteries go to the so-called Distribution Funds, which are distributed to more than 1,300 projects across sports and culture.

The profits from the Danish License Games, which offer games in the liberalized part of the player market, are for the state.

In 2019, Danske Spils' total community contribution was DKK 2,954 million. kr. incl. profits and taxes.

SOURCE: Danske Spil A / S.

 

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NetEnt’s Mega Fortune Pays Out Record-Breaking €2.6 Million Jackpot to Svenska Spel Sport & Casino Customer

Stockholm-based player wins largest jackpot in online casino’s history

SWEDEN (July 3, 2020) -- A player in Sweden became Svenska Spel Sport & Casino’s highest ever online slot winner on Saturday 27 June 2020 after claiming a SEK28 million (€2.6 million) jackpot prize with NetEnt’s Mega Fortune.

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The pay-out smashed the operator’s previous jackpot record of almost SEK2.5 million (€238,500), which was won only a week before by another player in Stockholm when the game’s progressive Mega Jackpot landed.

“Our global jackpot games are continuing to break records across the globe and we’re proud to be able to bring such monumental wins to players through Mega Fortune,” said Andy Whitworth, Chief Commercial Officer at NetEnt. “We hope to continue raising the bar with even bigger jackpots in future.”

Niklas Örtbrant, Head of Online Casino, at Svenska Spel Sport & Casino, said: “To break records twice in two weeks with such a significant jump from the second to first highest win is incredible and we can’t wait to see what the jackpot climbs to next time. We wish all the best to the lucky player and hope they enjoy this life-changing sum.”

Mega Fortune has produced regular life-changing wins for players across the globe since launching in 2012 and has become a firm favourite among audiences world-wide, distributing six to seven figure sums in a host of markets.

The news follows another major NetEnt jackpot win in Pennsylvania, where one lucky player broke U.S records last month in claiming a $533,239 prize with Rush Street’s Playsugarhouse.com brand.

For additional information please contact: press@netent.com.

SOURCE: NetEnt AB (publ) media release.

 

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Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah M. Taylor Named President of Multi-State Lottery Association

INDIANAPOLIS (July 6, 2020) The Board of Directors of the Multi-State Lottery Association elected Sarah Monnett Taylor, Executive Director of the Hoosier Lottery, to serve as Board President for Fiscal Year 2021. Taylor is a Greencastle, IN native. She’s a graduate of Greencastle HS and Indiana University. 

Taylor was first appointed as Executive Director of the Hoosier Lottery by former Governor Mike Pence in 2013 and reappointed by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2016.

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Sarah will be the 31st MUSL Board President and the first ever to serve from the Hoosier Lottery.  "It’s my honor to help lead the 38 member lotteries with a strategic plan to help each one responsibly maximize profits for all the good causes they support,” said Taylor.

"Powerball is the number one product of the Multi-State Lottery Association and has successfully helped generate billions for good causes.  Each member lottery offers one or more multi-jurisdictional game, and all profits are retained by the individual lotteries to fund projects or purposes approved by their authorizing legislatures. In Indiana alone it helps us contribute to police, firefighter pension fund and teacher’s retirement funds to the tune of $30 million each.”

Indiana to date has the most Powerball Jackpot winners with a total of 39.

Sarah served MUSL most recently as Vice President. Prior to that she chaired the both the Audit Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee and was the first Hoosier Lottery Director to serve in both roles, as well.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:

For 30 years, Hoosier Lottery distributions have benefited every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery has contributed $6 billion to good causes, including $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions and $30 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund annually. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

 SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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IGT Advances Slot Play in Pennsylvania Truck Stops with CrystalDual 27 and CrystalSlant Video Gaming Terminals

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LONDON, U.K. (July 7, 2020) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that the Company's video gaming terminals ("VGTs"), CrystalDual® 27 and CrystalSlant™, received approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to be added in qualified truck stop locations throughout the State. This approval positions IGT to build on its long-established gaming presence in Pennsylvania that encompasses slots and video poker games, casino management systems, iGaming, sports betting and the video gaming central system.

 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.

"With the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's approval for IGT's market-attuned video gaming terminals, we can offer player-favorite games including Stinkin' Rich®, Red Hot Tamales!®, and The Wild Life®, to the State's truck stop market," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "IGT has had great success in Pennsylvania across gaming verticals and channels, and we believe our innovative hardware and proven game content will drive incremental visitation to gaming venues there. We look forward to leveraging our decades of experience in the State to maximize this new opportunity."

The CrystalDual 27 is a high-performing, globally relevant cabinet that features a best-in-class operating system and dual high-definition 27-inch displays to create an immersive player experience. The CrystalSlant cabinet showcases a modern cabinet design with ergonomic comfort elements for players and a 27-inch high-definition screen. Both cabinets support a range of IGT content including many of the Company's Proven Performer core video games.

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

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.

CONTACTS:

 

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

for Italian media inquiries

T: +39 3485475493

 

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: +1 (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

G2E Asia 2020

 

Paysafe and NeoPollard Interactive Expand Partnership into North Carolina Lottery Market

North Carolina Education Lottery becomes latest U.S. state lottery to integrate industry-leading iLottery platform with payment gateway

HOUSTON, Texas (July 7, 2020) – Paysafe, a leading specialized payments platform, has expanded its partnership with NeoPollard Interactive (“NPi”), the leading provider of the most profitable iLottery programs in North America. Through this partnership, NPi’s technology leverages Paysafe’s proprietary payment gateway to power the iLottery services offered by the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Paysafe and NeoPollard Interactive first partnered in the U.S. market in 2014 to provide the Michigan Lottery with a comprehensive 360° iLottery and payments solution. In addition to the Michigan Lottery and the North Carolina Education Lottery, NPi and Paysafe’s milestone partnerships include contracts with the Virginia Lottery and the New Hampshire Lottery.

Following a competitive procurement process, the North Carolina Education Lottery partnered with NPi to successfully convert its previous digital offerings to a fully integrated omnichannel digital engagement solution. This technology solution includes Pollard Banknote’s playON® player engagement platform, a full-featured mobile application, and NPi’s NeoSphere player account management system, which leverages best-in-breed payment technology from Paysafe.

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Players can use their North Carolina Education Lottery account to purchase tickets online for Powerball, Mega Millions, Carolina Cash 5, and Lucky for Life. The rapid connectivity of Paysafe’s payment gateway technology ensures that players can seamlessly and securely fund their iLottery accounts and withdraw winnings (up to a certain limit) using a wide variety of different payment methods.

Gregory Kirstein, Director of Business Development for iGaming at Paysafe, said, “The future of the U.S. lottery market will see digital channels complement retail, or offline, lottery ticket sales. We’re excited to support this evolution by strengthening our partnership with NeoPollard Interactive to enhance North Carolina Education Lottery’s online offering.”

“In order to power the most profitable iLottery programs, NPi maintains the highest standards of technical excellence and commitment to our Lottery partners,” said Liz Siver, General Manager at NPi. “The high bar that we have set for ourselves is one that we also expect from partners in our technology and services ecosystems. For this reason, we are proud to continue growing with like-minded partners such as Paysafe.”

About Paysafe

Paysafe is a leading specialized payments platform. Its core purpose is to enable businesses and consumers to connect and transact seamlessly through industry-leading capabilities in payment processing, digital wallet, card issuing and online cash solutions.

With over 20 years of online payment experience, an annualized transactional volume of over US $85 billion, and approximately 3,000 employees located in 12+ global locations, Paysafe connects businesses and consumers across 200 payment types in over 40 currencies around the world.

Delivered through an integrated platform, Paysafe solutions are geared toward mobile-initiated transactions, real-time analytics and the convergence between brick-and-mortar and online payments. Visit us at www.paysafe.com

Follow Paysafe on Twitter / LinkedIn / Paysafe Insights

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive”) is jointly owned by two of the world’s most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and internet gaming—Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.a.r.L. (“NeoGames”). Established in 2014, NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services suited to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services that enable regulated lottery clients to generate revenues for good causes.

For further information about Paysafe, please CONTACT:

 

Nick Say

Manager, Corporate Communications, North America

T: +1-514-452-8747

E: Nick.Say@Paysafe.com

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

T: 204-474-2323

E: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Moti Malul

Co-Chief Executive Officer

T: 1-734-353-4275

E: moti.malul@neopollard.com

 

 

SOURCE: Paysafe press release.

 

G2E Asia 2020

 

Illinois Lottery Announce Change to Lotto Jackpot Increments

CHICAGO, Illinois (July 8, 2020) -- The Illinois Lottery today announced that it was making a change to the jackpot increments for its Lotto game.

Following the July 13, 2020 drawing, the Lotto jackpot will increase by $150,000 between drawings. Currently, the Lotto jackpot increases $250,000 between drawings.

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This change will help to ensure that ticket sales will continue to support the jackpot being offered.

The Lotto odds, price per line, draw days and time, and the starting jackpot of $2 million remain unchanged.

Lotto is drawn on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 9:22 PM CT. The jackpot starts at $2 million and grows incrementally between drawings until struck.

The Illinois Lottery exists to generate essential funding for the Common School Fund and other good causes.

Updated Lotto rules are available at IllinosLottery.com

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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

CONTACT:  Jessica Perez, T: (312) 965-4139.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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