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Vol. 92 No.4A - Monday July 27, 2020

 

 

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INTRALOT Deploys AI-Driven Betting Product in Malta

Maltco Lotteries uncovers U*BET Simulated Reality games extending its sports betting portfolio with a unique concept offering

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ATHENS, Greece (July 17, 2020) -- INTRALOT and its subsidiary in Malta, Maltco Lotteries, announced the launch of U*BET Simulated Reality encompassing a range of football and tennis AI-driven events. The new offering deployed by INTRALOT will enhance Maltco Lotteries’ prestigious sports offering in Malta.

The new introduction will incorporate Pre-Game and Live Betting Markets played out over a full 90 minutes with vast betting markets available to choose from. Simulated Reality Events, powered by SPORTRADAR, are AI driven simulated matches generated by computer software which totally reflect the flow, duration, and rules of the real sport. The generated events are based on historical statistics and data of the real teams involved in the respective simulated match whereby results are determined by advanced algorithms, using a certified Random Number Generator infrastructure.

When announcing this release, Maltco Lotteries’ CEO, Vasileios Kasiotakis said that the company is thrilled to continue broadening its sportsbook offer with innovative markets aimed to attract existing and new sports enthusiasts. “As the pioneers and leaders of betting in Malta, we feel committed to offer the most comprehensive sports betting product to our retailers in order to offer an unmatched gaming experience inside the shops, operating within a safe environment, practicing social distancing measures, following the Anti Money Laundering regulations and providing entertainment through a vast portfolio of games which have been specifically designed on responsible gaming principles”.

With the addition of U*BET Simulated Reality, we remain committed to offering a world-class betting experience to our partner in Malta and help them create a more engaging relationship with their players,” commented Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOT’s Group CEO.

U*BET Simulated Reality will be launching today covering the top-tier international leagues and competitions including English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League, and Europa League.

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For more information about U*BET Simulated Reality, players are encouraged to visit the company’s website, social media pages, or call Maltco’s Helpline on +356 23883333 which is open from Monday to Sunday between 06:00hrs to 20:00hrs.

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

About MALTCO LOTTERIES

Maltco Lotteries, a modern and dynamic company established in 2003, holds the latest Licence and Concession to operate the National Lottery of Malta awarded in 2012. Maltco Lotteries provides high-quality, innovative, and entertaining games (including lotteries, sports-betting, fast games and instant games) under the auspices of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

The company’s POS network offers a friendly, secure and entertaining gaming environment, in which players can enjoy their favourite games, assisted by the highly-trained Maltco Lotteries Agents’ client service.

Maltco Lotteries has leveraged INTRALOT’s innovative technology and advanced services, ensuring security, trustworthiness, transparency, and a superior gaming experience. Certified under the Responsible Gaming, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, and Security Control (WLA SCS) standards by the European Lotteries and the World Lottery Association, Maltco Lotteries provides a responsible and secure retail network, the largest one in Malta and Gozo, maintaining the leading position in the market. Maltco Lotteries has an exceptional Corporate Social Responsibility track record, consistently supporting the Governmental Good Causes Fund and numerous Maltese charitable causes, as well as sponsoring local sports and athletes, contributing to Malta’s culture and community well-being.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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The All-New Keno Go Game Available State-Wide on July 19

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 20, 2020) – The West Virginia Lottery’s all-new Keno Go game will be available for sale everywhere lottery tickets are sold beginning Sunday, July 19

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The new game features a top prize of $100,000, draws that occur every three minutes, and gives players the ability to watch the drawings anywhere through the West Virginia Lottery’s convenience app.

Keno Go takes the popular game to a new level by offering a new game every three minutes, seven days a week, from 5 A.M. to 3:45 A.M.

The more numbers a player plays and matches, the more they win, with a top prize of $100,000 for a 10 spot.

Tickets can be purchased at any Lottery retail location and cost as little as $1 per play, per draw.

Players can fill out a paper play slip at retail, use the mobile app to create a digital play slip that is scanned at retail, or select plays at a Lottery vending machine at select locations.

The West Virginia Lottery’s random number generator randomly draws 20 numbers out of a pool of 80 numbers and a BONUS multiplier.

Players win by matching some of all of their numbers to the 20 that are drawn.

Draws are shown on Keno monitors in select social space locations, on the lottery’s mobile app, and online at www.wvlottery.com.

Keno Go also allows players to use a BONUS feature and double their wager. Adding the BONUS feature multiplies a potential prize by 3, 4, 5 or even 10 times.

For more information and complete rules, prizes and odds go online to: www.WVLottery.com.

West Virginia Lottery proceeds benefit Education, Seniors and Tourism.

SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Releases Revised Standard: “GLI-19 Standards for Interactive Gaming Systems V3.0”

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (July 20, 2020) – To further help the industry navigate the future of gaming, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has released a revised standard, “GLI-19 Standards for Interactive Gaming Systems V3.0.”

The standard provides regulators, suppliers, and operators with additional clarity and best practices surrounding interactive gaming systems. GLI-19 V3.0 is available for download now at gaminglabs.com/gli-standards. GLI-19 V3.0 accomplishes several goals, including:

  1. Providing better clarity between technical requirements, which would be evaluated in the lab, and operational controls and procedures, which would be evaluated on-site post system install.
  2. Aligning GLI-19 requirements with overlapping requirements contained in other technical standards. For example, alignment to game requirements within GLI-11 and reporting requirements within GLI-33 where possible.
  3. Reflecting industry best practices and global standards while providing an appropriate level of prescription that is minimally disruptive to the industry.
  4. Enhancing sections pertaining to operational controls and procedures, including periodic security testing to help regulators and operators create more efficient and alternative processes to monitor interactive gaming operations.

 

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Over the past several months, GLI has worked closely with various industry stakeholders including suppliers, operators, and regulators to ensure GLI-19 V3.0 represents the most highly developed set of technical requirements and practices available in the gaming industry. GLI-19 is especially important at this point in time with many jurisdictions across the globe looking to roll out Internet Gaming sooner than later,” said GLI Director of Technical Compliance Peter Wolff.

Multiple gaming regulators have already incorporated GLI-19 within their regulatory structure.

GLI is the only test lab that works with all global jurisdictions – existing and emerging – putting GLI in a unique position to help all stakeholders. The GLI-19 standard, and all standards in the GLI canon, are examples of how GLI can help in ways no other lab can.

Each standard in the GLI Standard Series is a culmination of industry best practices and is continually updated based on industry feedback. The GLI Standards are true industry standards in that they are created using a collaborative approach which involves thousands of gaming industry stakeholders. 

These standards are intended to assist regulators by creating baseline technical guidelines which they can adopt and/or utilize in the manner they see fit. In addition to assisting regulators, the standards are of tremendous value to suppliers who use the standards as a guide in their design and development process, saving both time and expense. 

GLI-19 and the entire set of the GLI Standards Series is available for free download at www.gaminglabs.com.

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 E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Fast Play – CT Lottery’s New Category of Games – Launches July 20 with “Jumbo Bucks”

Fast Play offers instant cash prizes and rolling progressive jackpots

 

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ROCKY HILL, CT (July 17, 2020) – On Monday, July 20, 2020, the CT Lottery will launch a new category of games called Fast Play. Fast Play games are like instant (scratch) games but are printed on-demand from a CT Lottery retailer terminal or self-serve CT Lottery vending machine. The first family of games will be “Jumbo Bucks,” and will be available at the $1, $2, and $5 price points.

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“Fast Play will offer our players an entertaining option that combines several elements of different games and playstyles with the familiarity that comes with CT Lottery games,” said Greg Smith, CEO and President, CT Lottery. “We’re excited to add Fast Play games to our product line, and look forward to seeing that progressive jackpot grow and for our players to win it.”

Fast Play progressive games are a series (or family) of games that all share the same name, appearance and playstyle, but are available at different price points (wager amounts). There are no numbers to pick, no play slip needed and no drawings. Each game in a family contributes to ONE progressive jackpot that grows with ticket sales, until someone wins. Fast Play will be available across the CT Lottery’s 2,900-strong retailer network. Almost 20 state lotteries offer games similar to Fast Play, many with progressive jackpots.

Along with the CT Lottery’s current slate of games that includes an expansive instant ticket portfolio and draw games like Powerball, Mega Millions, and Connecticut’s own Lotto game, Fast Play will offer a fresh and entertaining option for consumers and continue to grow the Lottery’s financial contributions to the state’s General Fund. In fiscal year 2020, the CT Lottery returned $348 million* to the General Fund, the second-most ever. In the last three years alone, the Lottery has returned in excess of $1 billion to the state.

 * Not-yet audited

 

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, Instagram, Twitter, or call (860) 713-2700.

SOURCE: CT Lottery.

 

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Missouri Lottery Director to Chair Powerball Group

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (July 17, 2020) -- May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, has been elected to chair the Powerball Product Group by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

"This is a challenging time for multi-state games, and I look forward to guiding this group in our strategic initiative to improve Powerball sales,” Reardon said. “We are committed to fully exploring a variety of possibilities – including a new add-on feature and additional draw days – to see how we can best enhance and advance ‘America’s Game.’”

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Last year, the directors approved a set of game development criteria to help the Powerball Product Group make future game decisions.

“New games need to be flexible, scalable, simple, winnable and entertaining, as well as align-able with lotteries’ existing game portfolios,” she added. “My goal is to get a few states to start a new Powerball add-on game (“Double Play”), which meets that criteria, and add states as they are able to come on board. This will help create more regular Powerball play at lower jackpot levels.”

Reardon has served as executive director of the Missouri Lottery since December 2009. In that time, she has led the organization from annual sales of $968.5 million to more than $1.5 billion, and profits for public education have achieved record levels.

MUSL is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its 38 member lotteries.

About the Missouri Lottery (MOLottery.com)

When you play the Missouri Lottery, you Play It Forward! Lottery proceeds make up approximately 4% of the state’s funding for public education. In FY20, the Lottery generated $333 million for vital education programs, including A+ scholarships.

Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $6.5 billion for the state and public education, Lottery players have won more than $15 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $1.35 billion in commissions.

Follow the Missouri Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

SOURCE: Missouri.

 

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Tennessee Lottery’s FY 2020 Proceeds Bring Total Raised for Education to More Than Five and A Half Billion Dollars

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 16, 2020) -- Driven by the success of Tennessee-only draw style and instant games this fiscal year, the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL) today announced it has raised $5,503,978,000 for education in Tennessee since January 20, 2004.

The TEL closed FY 2020 with its best quarter (4Q, April 1 – June 30, 2020) since inception, transferring $118,263,000 to the Lottery for Education Account.

For all of FY 2020, the TEL recorded its highest gross total revenues of $1.84 billion, generating a total of $438,229,000 for education in Tennessee, including $17,605,000 for after-school programs.

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“We find ourselves in unique times, but our mission remains the same: to serve Tennessee by generating proceeds for education,” TEL President and CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove said. “Throughout this spring and summer, we stayed focused on our mission.

I am incredibly grateful for our committed retailers, passionate players, Board of Directors and the dedicated team at the TEL who made this possible for Tennessee students.”

Additional highlights from FY 2020 include:

  • The $420.6 million transfer to the Lottery for Education Account exceeds the February estimated range of $410-418 million in proceeds;
  • Tennessee-only draw style games, which are Cash 3, Cash 4, Tennessee Cash and Keno To Go, and instant games grew 8.2 percent and 7.4 percent over FY 19 respectively; and
  • The total revenues of $527.3 million for 4Q FY 2020 were the highest of any quarter since inception.

 

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than five and a half billion dollars to fund designated education programs, including college grants, scholarships, Drive to 55 initiatives and after-school programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $15.2 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.4 billion in commissions.

For additional information, visit www.tnlottery.com and follow the TEL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

SOURCE: The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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INTRALOT Extends Contract with the Vermont Lottery to Provide Lottery Solutions and Services

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ATHENS, Greece (July 20, 2020) -- INTRALOT is pleased to announce that its U.S. subsidiary, INTRALOT, Inc., has signed a contract extension with the Vermont Lottery. Vermont Lottery offers a variety of lottery and scratch games, contributing all proceeds to the Education Fund. INTRALOT’s world-renowned LOTOS central system, Photon terminals and Winstations are operating in Vermont, offering players the opportunity to contribute to good causes, win and entertain themselves responsibly at the same time.

Vermont Lottery has a great history and track record in contributing funds for good causes,” said Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOT Group CEO. “I would like to thank the Vermont Lottery for its continued trust to INTRALOT and I am looking forward to seeing our US subsidiary, INTRALOT, Inc., adding even greater value by using our technology as an enabler.”

Through this contract amendment, INTRALOT will provide the Vermont Lottery and its operations with exciting entertainment options,” said Byron Boothe, INTRALOT, Inc. CEO.

We look forward to continue working together with the Lottery to maximize sales growth and ensure increased returns in a socially responsible way for the State and its citizens.”

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

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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Svenska Spel Report Stable Operating Profit Despite Difficult Times in 1H FY2020

VISBY, Sweden (July 20, 2020) -- Svenska Spel strengthens operating profit by 12 percent during the first half of 2020. This despite the fact that the effects of covid-19 had a major impact on revenues as a result of closed physical casinos and temporarily paused sports games. The number games continue to develop positively during the period and at the end of the second quarter it has also turned upwards for the sports games. This is shown by Svenska Spel's interim report for January – June 2020, which is presented today.

We show innovative power and perseverance during a tough time by continuing to launch new games and improve the gaming experience for our customers. Despite the fact that covid-19 left deep traces in many ways and despite the fact that it is not over yet, it looks brighter going forward. We are on the way up again after having managed the rapid transition to the big and unexpected changes during the spring,” says Patrik Hofbauer, President and CEO of Svenska Spel.

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The Group's net gaming revenues during the first half of the year amounted to SEK 3,698 M (4,092), a decrease of SEK 394 M or 10 percent compared with 2019. Operating profit during the first half of the year amounted to SEK 1,174 M (1,053), an increase of SEK 121 M or 12 percent. The improvement is primarily due to higher net gaming revenues for the Tur business area, reduced operating costs and a positive effect on the gaming tax due to lower net gaming revenues and large profit payments.

The Group's net gaming revenues for the second quarter are SEK 1,643 million, which is lower than the same quarter last year (2,036). Net gaming revenue for the Sport & Casino business area decreases by 37 percent, while the Tur business area increases by 3 percent. Business area Casino Cosmopol & Vegas decreases by 61 percent. Operating profit of SEK 473 M (534) means a decrease of 11 percent compared with the same period last year, which is due to lower net gaming revenues. Significantly lower operating costs and a positive effect on gaming tax due to large profit payments mean that the decline in operating profit remains at 11 percent.

The effects of covid-19 have affected the Svenska Spel Group in several areas. At the beginning of April, the Sport & Casino business area was virtually without sports betting, but as matches and sporting events have started, operations have recovered and employees who have had short-term work are back at work. The Tur business area has taken advantage of the opportunity in the changed customer behavior as a result of covid-19. Many customers have gone from playing in-store to digital gaming and Tur's customer base continues to grow. Within the Casino Cosmopol & Vegas business area, all four casinos are still temporarily closed, and the majority of employees have short-term work. The Vegas vending machines continue to be affected by the fact that many restaurants have temporarily closed.

Svenska Spel's expert group has continued its in-depth analysis of risk gambling. The results show that more people chose to try new games during the period, but show no general increase in risk-taking.

As Sweden's largest sports sponsor, Svenska Spel has tried to support its partners in a difficult time.
The most extensive effort was an advance payment of Gräsroten, which meant that 3,600 associations in the country were allowed to share in SEK 20 million already in May.

Svenska Spel has also brought forward the payment of certification within Elite Football Women, as well as sponsorship payments to the Swedish Handball Association and Swedish Elite Handball. During the period, the agreement with the Swedish Sports Confederation was extended to a value of SEK 17 million.

On the product side, the Tur business area has launched animated digital tickets and also expanded the possibilities of giving away Triss digitally, which has been a success in connection with Mother's Day, among other things. Luck has also broken records in terms of the number of customers playing together.

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The Sport & Casino business area can now offer over 1,000 online casino games and at the end of June, Sport & Casino's highest profit ever fell by 28 million on the online casino game Mega Fortune. There have also been million winnings on Europatipset and Stryktipset.

At Tur, the Dream Win on Lotto fell by 87 million in April and in May the highest win on the Eurojackpot landed for the third time ever in Sweden, this time by 141 million.

In April, Svenska Spel became the first in Sweden to offer payouts via Swish, a service that is appreciated by customers. Within the Casino Cosmopol & Vegas business area, the Vegas vending machines have received cash-free payment.

Summary of the second quarter:

  • Net gaming revenues for the Group amounted to SEK 1,643 M (2,036), a decrease of 19 percent. Closed physical casinos and temporarily paused sports games had a major impact on net gaming revenues during the quarter.
  • Operating profit for the Group amounted to SEK 473 M (534), a decrease of SEK 60 M.
  • The result for the Group amounted to SEK 340 M (417), a decrease of SEK 77 M.
  • The operating margin was 29 percent (26).
  • The image value amounted to 51 percent (+ 3 percentage points compared to the second quarter of 2019) and is still the highest among gaming companies.
  • The Tur business area has launched animated digital tickets.
  • Sport & Casino's highest profit of SEK 28 million fell on the online casino game Mega Fortune.
  • Cash-free payment has been introduced at the Vegas ATMs.
  • Advance payment of Gräsroten meant that 3,600 associations were allowed to share in SEK 20 million.

 

Summary of the period January – June

  • Net gaming revenues for the Group amounted to SEK 3,698 M (4,092), a decrease of 10 percent.
  • Operating profit for the Group amounted to SEK 1,174 M (1,053), an increase of SEK 121 M.
  • The result for the Group amounted to SEK 885 M (825), an increase of SEK 60 M.
  • The operating margin was 32 percent (26).
  • Three Dream Winnings on Lotto were SEK 138, 87 and 78 million, respectively. A total of another 33 winners became millionaires in the subsequent Million Rain.
  • Svenska Spel's Board of Directors has decided to withdraw its proposed dividend as the effects of covid-19 are difficult to review.
  • The Swedish Competition Authority's investigation into the complaint that Svenska Spel is abusing its dominant position has been completed and the case is being written off.
  • Casino Cosmopol has temporarily closed all four casinos since March 29.

 

Here you can read the Interim Report January – June 2020.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Maryland Lottery Introduces New Ravens-themed Scratch-offs

MARYLAND Baltimore (July 20, 2020) – Although the 2020 football season may look a little different than past years, the Maryland Lottery and the Baltimore Ravens are teammates for the 12th consecutive year, and are once again partnering on the popular Ravens-themed scratch-offs. The two organizations have collaborated to introduce $2 and $5 Ravens scratch-off tickets. In addition, the fan-favorite second-chance promotion returns.

The $5 Ravens ticket features seven top prizes of $100,000, while the $2 ticket has seven top prizes of $20,000. Both games hit shelves today at Lottery retail locations across the state.

"We know our players look forward to football season and our Ravens tickets every year – this year maybe even more than in the past," said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. "Marylanders are excited about the team and about seeing live sports again."

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Although the second-chance promotion offers the same prizes as last year's contest, there are a few changes. Any prize that includes tickets to a Ravens game will be awarded for the 2021 season. The "Travel with the Team" prize will also take place next year, with the location to be determined.

To enter the second-chance promotion, players can submit non-winning Ravens scratch-offs into their My Lottery Rewards accounts, and then choose which prize drawings they would like to enter. Each non-winning $2 ticket offers two entries, while each non-winning $5 ticket will give players five second-chance entries. Here are the promotion details:

  • Six grand prize finalists will each win $10,000, and one of those six will win season tickets for 20 years.
  • Six additional winners will each receive $10,000.
  • Two winners will travel with the team to see a Ravens away game during the 2021 season.
  • Two winners will each receive club-level and one winner will receive lower-level season tickets for 2021 Ravens home games, plus a $500 shopping spree in the team store.
  • Ten winners will each receive season tickets for 2021 Ravens home games, plus $250 in Ravens Bucks, which can be used for food and merchandise purchases at the stadium on game days.
  • Ten winners will be selected to each win $5,000 cash and to participate in the Ravens Pass for Cash On-field Experience during the 2021 season.

 

"We appreciate the continued support of the Maryland Lottery," Ravens President Dick Cass stated. "For the 12th straight year, our fans will have the opportunity to win exciting Ravens prizes by playing these unique scratch-off tickets."

Since its inception in 1973, Maryland Lottery and Gaming has awarded more than $26.9 billion in prizes to Lottery players and more than $16.7 billion in Lottery revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland's largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to mdlottery.com. Please remember to play responsibly and within your budget. For confidential help or information about gambling problems, visit mdgamblinghelp.org or call 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery.

 

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Mississippi Lottery Corporation Announces June Transfer to the State

From Launch-June 30, MLC Transfers more than $70 million

JACKSON, MISS. (July 20, 2020) – Today, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) completed its June transfer of $10,723,795.84 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury.

This brings the total amount deposited to the State for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020, to $70,730,502.31.

“We have actively sold lottery tickets slightly more than seven months during FY2020,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen. “We are very pleased we have been able to return as much as we have to the state.

This would not have been possible without the support of our players, retailers and MLC staff.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is already putting several lottery-funded projects in motion.

We look forward to continuing our work to raise money for roads, bridges and education.”

In accordance with the Alyce G. Clarke Lottery Law, the MLC is required to transfer net proceeds within 20 days following the close of each calendar month.

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) was created in 2018 by the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, Senate Bill 2001.

The MLC is a legislatively created corporation.

Visit us online at www.mslotteryhome.com.

SOURCE: The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC).

 

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Illinois Lottery Reopens Four Of Five Claim Centers by Appointment Only

Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford, and Springfield to Reopen

CHICAGO, Illinois (July 20, 2020) – The Illinois Lottery announced today that it will reopen four of its five Lottery Claim Centers by appointment only starting July 27.

The new appointment-only system for Illinois Lottery Claim Centers will help protect the health and safety of Lottery players and staff, while managing the volume of players visiting each center by strictly adhering to social distancing and the building capacity guidelines of each facility. No walk-ins will be allowed.

Players can visit IllinoisLottery.com to make an appointment. To schedule a Claim Center appointment online, players will be required to submit the following information:

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  1. Claim Center location
  2. First and last name
  3. Phone number
  4. Email address

 

We know that many players prefer the immediacy of claiming their prize in person. The new appointment system will allow those players to do that conveniently,” said Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays.

Due to high demand, the appointment schedule is expected to fill quickly. Players still have the option to claim any prize less than $600 at a local lottery retailer; players can also mail-in any sized claim.

We’ve seen our mail-in program double its throughput since April, with thousands of players choosing it over waiting for an in-person visit. Many players have gotten their prize within 3-4 weeks of their claim being received. We strongly encourage players to try it,” said Mays. 

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

The following Claim Centers will be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM by appointment only:

  • Des Plaines - 9511 Harrison Street, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
  • Fairview Heights - 15 Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208
  • Rockford - 200 South Wyman, Rockford, Illinois 61101
  • Springfield (Illinois Lottery Headquarters) - Willard Ice Building (Dept. of    Revenue) 101 West Jefferson Street, Springfield, Illinois 62702

 

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The Illinois Lottery Claim Center in the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) remains closed to the public at this time.

To help ensure players enjoy a positive experience at the Claim Centers, the Lottery has released the following guidelines to its players:

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  • Come to the Claim Center alone, unless assistance is required
  • Check in with security and Lottery staff, upon arrival
  • Wait in a designated area until your appointment time
  • Bring a mask and wear it at all times in the Claim Center
  • Bring photo ID and proof of Social Security number
  • Sign your winning ticket and bring it with you
  • Bring a completed claim form and winner questionnaire, if possible
  • Follow social distancing requirements.

 

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  • Go to the Claim Center without an appointment, no walk-ins are allowed
  • Go to the Claim Center if you have already claimed your prize via mail.

 

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 memorial funds 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.

 

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MA Lottery Produces Estimated $979 Million in Net Profit for the Commonwealth in Fiscal Year 2020

Total revenues of $5.252 billion is third highest total in Mass Lottery history

DORCHESTER, MA (July 21, 2020) -- State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced today that the Massachusetts State Lottery produced an estimated $979 million in net profit for the Commonwealth during the 2020 fiscal year that began July 1, 2019 and ended June 30, 2020.

Lottery revenues rang in at an estimated $5.252 billion, the third highest total in the Lottery’s 49-year history. It is the sixth consecutive year that revenues have surpassed the $5 billion mark.

“Our top priority during these unprecedented times has been the health and well-being of our employees and customers,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.

“I am grateful for our loyal customers and proud of the work the Lottery team and dedicated retail partners have done to adjust operations in order to continue to generate essential local aid.  At a time when we face mounting challenges, these resources are even more critical for our cities and towns.”

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In fiscal year 2019, the Lottery set a record net profit of $1.104 billion and record revenues of $5.509 billion.

“From the early stages of the pandemic, the Lottery has been committed to operating within the guidelines recommended by state and federal officials, taking significant measures to create a safe environment for Lottery team members and the public,” said Michael Sweeney, the Lottery’s Executive Director.  “I commend our team members for their ability to quickly and responsibly implement and adapt to new and modified operating procedures during what has been a uniquely challenging time in all of our lives. The team’s performance under these conditions is the most impressive accomplishment in my time at the Lottery. More important than setting records across the board last year, we faced significant operational challenges and overcame them.”

Fiscal year 2020 revenues and net profit were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Overall sales in the months of March, April and May decreased by a combined $244.6 million compared to the same period of fiscal year 2019.

As restaurants and bars remained closed for an extended period of time, fiscal year 2020 Keno sales were most affected by the pandemic.  Keno sales totalled $979.0 million, a $76.2 million (7.2 percent) decrease from record sales of $1.055 billion in fiscal year 2019.

As a result of a strong performance prior to the onset of the pandemic and solid sales in the month of June, instant ticket sales for the 2020 fiscal year totalled $3.646 billion, a $27.2 million (0.74 percent) decrease from record sales of $3.673 billion in fiscal year 2019.

Due primarily to smaller jackpots over the course of fiscal year 2020, Mega Millions and Powerball sales decreased by a combined $141.0 million compared to fiscal year 2019.  Mega Millions sales were down $78.6 million (50.9 percent), while Powerball sales were down $62.4 million (47.1 percent).

While the FY 2020 figures have not been formally audited, the Lottery does not expect them to change substantially once that annual review process is complete.  Lottery officials anticipate completing the finalized financial statement of operations by the end of September.

The Lottery’s network of retailers earned an estimated $300.8 million in commissions and bonuses in FY 2020.  With approximately 7,500 retailers, that amounts to an average of over $40,000 in income for each of the Lottery’s retail partners.

The Lottery paid out an estimated $3.866 billion in prizes in FY 2020, the third highest total in its history.  An estimated 73.6 percent of all revenue was returned to players in FY 2020.  Prize payouts can fluctuate from year to year based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their prizes.  In FY 2020, Lottery players won 185 prizes valued at $1 million or more, including 23 prizes valued at $2 million or more.

The Lottery’s administrative costs remained at approximately 2.0 percent of overall revenues.

The Massachusetts State Lottery was created in 1972 to generate local aid revenues for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns.  Since its inception, the Lottery has returned more than $28 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.

SOURCE: Massachusetts State Lottery.

 

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Camelot Lottery Solutions Receives Responsible Gaming Certification from World Lottery Association

Certification recognises that Camelot Lottery Solutions has been accredited by the WLA in accordance with its Responsible Gaming Certification Standards for associate members.

LONDON, U.K. (July 21, 2020) – Camelot Lottery Solutions (Camelot LS) is proud to announce that it has been accredited as a certified Responsible Gaming Supplier by the World Lottery Association (WLA) after achieving alignment with the WLA Responsible Gaming standards for associate members.

Recognised for putting player safety at the core of its operations, Camelot Lottery Solutions becomes one of just a handful of suppliers in the world to achieve alignment with the rigorous standard since the inception of the certification in 2015.

Wayne Pickup, CEO of Camelot Lottery Solutions, said, “Player safety is the starting point for any product or solution we design, build, and deploy, and we’re proud that our products and services operate in some of the strictest regulatory environments in the global lottery ecosystem.

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“We believe that lotteries grow best, and communities benefit most, when players are responsibly engaged. I’m delighted that Camelot Lottery Solutions has been recognised as a certified Responsible Gaming Supplier by the WLA.”

The WLA Responsible Gaming Standard is made up of eight areas, including employee program, product and service development, research, advertising and marketing communications, remote gaming environment, client awareness, stakeholder engagement, and reporting.

Third party appraisal of Camelot LS’ RG programme was performed by Corporate Citizenship, a WLA-approved assessor that provided an unbiased assessment of the company's operations and completed a Statement of Alignment reflecting compliance with WLA Responsible Gaming Standards for Associate Members.

The Responsible Gaming Certification award to CLS is valid until June 2023 when CLS will seek recertification to WLA Standard.

About Camelot Lottery Solutions:

Camelot Lottery Solutions (Camelot LS) is a leading lottery solutions and advisory provider to lotteries around the world. Camelot LS’ digital and data platforms and digital services power some of the most innovative and fastest growing digital lotteries in the world, including the Illinois Lottery, the Irish and UK national lotteries, and Loterie Romande (Switzerland).

Camelot LS is the integrated business manager of the Illinois Lottery and is a long-term strategic partner to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

For more information, visit camelotls.com.

SOURCE: Camelot Lottery Solutions.

 

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Texas Lottery Launches Nation’s First In-Lane Receipt Ticket

H-E-B Business Centers to print Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets on cash register receipt paper

AUSTIN, Texas (July 21, 2020) – Texas Lottery® players have the first-in-the-nation opportunity to get Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets printed on cash register receipt paper, referred to as Receipt Ticket, while visiting the Business Centers of participating Texas H-E-B stores. Customers may find their nearest H-E-B location here.

The new Receipt Tickets can be purchased at any H-E-B Business Center cash register. Quick Pick numbers are printed on the receipt, along with a lottery barcode, and are valid for the next available Powerball or Mega Millions drawing. The Power Play® and Megaplier® add-on features are unavailable for purchase on Receipt Tickets at this time.

“Texas continues to break ground with ‘in-lane’ lottery solutions that provide our players direct access to the games they love in the most convenient ways possible,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

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“These tickets look different than any other that the Texas Lottery has ever produced, as they are the first lottery tickets ever printed on cash register receipt paper rather than on lottery rollstock by a dedicated lottery terminal.

Players will notice a lottery barcode at the bottom of the ticket, which may be scanned using the Texas Lottery App to check the winning status.”

This announcement is the result of more than a year of work with Texas’ lottery operator IGT and long-time lottery ticket retailer H-E-B, culminating with the integration of national lottery products into H-E-B’s point-of-sale system.

“IGT has provided growth-driving products to the Texas Lottery since the Lottery’s inception more than 28 years ago,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery.

“We are pleased to partner with the Lottery and the world-class retailer H-E-B to deliver the latest innovation, Receipt Ticket, in Texas. This solution simplifies the sale of lottery products for the retailer and makes lottery products more convenient and accessible for players. We expect the execution of the in-lane solution for the Texas Lottery and H-E-B to set a standard upon which other retailers and lotteries will seek to adopt.”

Receipt Ticket is currently live in all H-E-B locations with Business Centers, with an expansion to other registers planned in the near future.

Winning Receipt Ticket prizes of $599 or less purchased at H-E-B may also be validated at any H-E-B Business Center or Texas Lottery retail location with a dedicated lottery terminal.

To check to see if a ticket won, a player may scan the barcode using the Texas Lottery App or self-service Check-a-Ticket machines deployed at most Texas Lottery retail locations, visit the Texas Lottery’s website at txlottery.org or call 800-375-6886.

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Winning Receipt Ticket prizes of $600 or greater must be claimed at a Texas Lottery Claim Center. At this time, players who wish to claim a lottery prize at a Claim Center must request an appointment online at www.txlottery.org/appointment or by calling 800-375-6886. Prize claimants will be required to provide their full name, phone number and preferred Claim Center location at which to complete their prize claim process. Walk-in claims will not be accepted and unscheduled claimants will not be admitted into any Texas Lottery facility. The claim centers are operating under this method for an undetermined period of time and until further notice.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $31 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $64 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $25.4 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $139 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five® and scratch ticket games. For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org. PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

SOURCE: The Texas Lottery.

 

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Kiron and Complianza Establish Co-Operation in Nordic Region

LONDON, U.K. (July 22, 2020) - Specialist virtual games provider Kiron has teamed up with consultancy agency Complianza Sweden AB to expand its footprint in key Nordic markets.

The agency, which provides senior consulting services to the European gaming industry, will assist Kiron with a variety of sales and support services in the region as the company looks to grow its local presence and expand the reach of its market-leading virtuals platform.

Kiron’s European business has gone from strength to strength in recent months, as the supplier’s extensive collection of virtual sports and racing titles, as well as its innovative number games, continues to attract top-tier operators throughout the continent.

The partnership with Complianza, which has a track record in helping businesses excel in the Nordic markets, will further accelerate Kiron’s growth with major online casino and sports betting brands across Scandinavia and Finland.

Steven Spartinos, co-CEO of Kiron, said: “Having known the principles for some years we are very happy to have reached an agreement with Complianza that will help us to establish a strong presence the Nordics.

“We are confident that Complianza’s wide-reaching network and on-the-ground knowledge, combined with the appeal of our well-suited virtuals platform, will help us to speed up our expansion strategy in the region.”

Christer Hutchinson-Kay, Managing Partner of Complianza, said: “We are very proud to be part of Kiron’s continuous success story and to support them in growing their footprint in the Nordic market.

“It’s exciting to bring Kiron on board as a partner during these interesting times, which currently present significant business opportunities in both the land-based and online sectors.

With our experience in product management and regulatory expertise, we expect this partnership will offer great benefit to both our businesses.”

SOURCE: Kiron Interactive media release.

 

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