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Vol. 93 No.10 - Monday December 7, 2020

 

 

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Starlight Wishes to Brighten the Lives of Seriously Ill Children Thanks to $250,000 Donation

 

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BRISBANE, Qld (November 26, 2020) -- Thirty-eight seriously ill children will receive a Starlight Wish this Christmas thanks to a $250,000 donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The donation, from The Lott by Golden Casket, has been funded from unclaimed prize money.

A Starlight Wish is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a seriously ill child and their family. It gives them hope and an opportunity to forget about treatments and surgeries for a moment.

Each Starlight Wish is unique and specifically designed to suit the needs of the child. They can range from holidays to gifts and experiences.

Starlight Children’s Foundation State Partnerships Manager Tracey Tomlin said the Foundation would be able to help more sick children thanks to The Lott’s support.

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“During this time of rapid change, there are no fewer sick kids. Starlight’s vision is for a future where everyone has a happy childhood, even when they experience serious illness or hospitalisation,” she explained.

“What happens in childhood lasts a lifetime and happiness matters, especially when it comes to improving health outcomes.

“Grounded in principles of positive psychology, Starlight’s Wishgranting program is vital for improving the wellbeing and resilience of sick kids in the community.

“This year The Lott’s generous contribution to this program will enable Starlight to deliver 38 life-changing Starlight Wishes, which provides something positive to look forward to after the pain and stress of treatment and hospitalisation.

“We are so thankful for The Lott’s support of more than 12 years which helps us bring joy to sick kids now and in the future.”

The Lott General Manager Andrew Shepherd said Starlight’s Wishgranting program gave hope to children living with serious illnesses and their families.

“We have a long history of supporting important health initiatives within our communities, and we’re proud to continue that tradition through our donation to Starlight,” he said.

“Starlight helps sick kids and their families take a much-needed break and find light in the darkest of times.

“It’s a privilege to play a part in brightening the lives of sick children and their families.”

The Lott by Golden Casket has been supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation for more than a decade.

The home of Australia’s Official Lotteries, The Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games customers know and love creating everyday winners, winning every day.

In the 12 months to 30 June 2020, Australia’s Official Lotteries contributed more than $1.4 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.

SOURCE: The Lott.

 

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Texas Lottery® Hawaii Dream Getaway Second-Chance Promotion

Atlas Experiences and Pollard Banknote Limited Partner to Deliver a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

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MARIETTA, Ga. (November 30, 2020) – Atlas Experiences, LLC (“Atlas”) and Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) have announced they are joining forces to deliver the Texas Lottery’s Hawaii Dream Getaway second-chance promotion travel program that will host five hundred (500) lucky winners and their guests at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii in September 2022. The Hawaii Dream Getaway promotion is available on the Texas Lottery’s new multiplier family of scratch ticket games that will launch across the state on January 4, 2021.

“Atlas is thrilled to be partnering with Pollard Banknote and the Texas Lottery to send players on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hawaii in September 2022,” said Derek Gwaltney, Founder and CEO of Atlas Experiences. “The vision of Atlas is to craft custom experiences that deliver ‘The WOW Factor’ and I believe we have structured an event that Texas Lottery players will remember for many years. We will curate private receptions, events, activities, a concert and the Taste of the Islands dinner that allow guests to enjoy all that the beautiful island of Maui has to offer.”

Pollard Banknote is not only supporting the Hawaii Dream Getaway second-chance promotion but is also printing the family of scratch ticket games, which includes five price points ranging from $1 to $20 and features the company’s patented Scratch FX® innovation. Texas Lottery players can enter non-winning tickets through their Luck Zone accounts to enter for a chance to win.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Atlas Experiences on this unique promotion,” said Brad Thompson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “We’re looking forward to building on the success of experiential programs with Texas Lottery players. Hawaii has always been considered a dream destination, and now coupled with an exclusive concert experience, it’s an opportunity that will attract and engage players across the state.”

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Atlas Experiences will be providing turnkey event execution and logistics to include an all-expenses paid trip for two to the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa on the island of Maui, a private concert by Darius Rucker, a Taste of the Islands dinner, exclusive Drums of the Pacific Luau, welcome reception with local island entertainment, $1,000 spending money, and $50,000 in cash prizes. With over 25 million albums sold, Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he’s earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus nine No. 1 singles at Country radio. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 8x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” His latest single, "Beers And Sunshine," calls for slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life when the world feels out of control. For more information, visit www.dariusrucker.com and follow on social media @DariusRucker.

“Working with Darius Rucker to create a private intimate performance and custom augmented reality message will create memories we strive to deliver for our guests. The opportunity to collaborate with Darius to film personal messages for Texas Lottery players that will be integrated into augmented reality is a completely new promotional element for a lottery second-chance program. The QR code that will be on in-store POS, social media, email communications and digital channels will reveal an augmented reality message from Darius that players can see on their mobile device. Finding ways to innovate the player, guest and fan experience will be pivotal for future events and consumer engagement.” said Derek Gwaltney, Founder & CEO of Atlas Experiences.

About Atlas Experiences, LLC: Founded in 2019, Atlas Experiences is a boutique incentive travel company specializing in once-in-a-lifetime programs and augmented reality promotional elements. Focused on crafting custom incentive travel programs and delivering turnkey services to include destination sourcing, hotel contracting, travel logistics, event support staff, onsite support, marketing strategies, private concerts, and guest hospitality services. Atlas Experiences integrates innovations that engage consumers and reward loyalty to your brand, organization, or team with unforgettable moments.

About Pollard Banknote Limited: Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com

For More Information: Derek Gwaltney, Founder & CEO - Atlas Experiences, LLC • 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 240 #486, Marietta, GA 30066 • (Ph) 404.308.2225

SOURCE: Atlas Experiences, LLC.

 

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Jumbo Secures Gambling Commission Software Licence Approval in Great Britain

TOOWONG, Qld (November 26, 2020) -- Jumbo Interactive Limited (ASX: JIN) (Company or Jumbo) is pleased to announce that the Gambling Commission (GC) has approved and issued a remote gambling software operating licence to Jumbo. This enables Jumbo to supply its proprietary Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) online platform to GC-licensed operators, which in-turn provide gambling and lottery services to consumers in Great Britain. The software operating licence is in addition to the external lottery manager operating licences (remote and non-remote) already held through Jumbo’s wholly owned UK subsidiary Gatherwell.

We are delighted to achieve this international expansion milestone which, together with our local subsidiary Gatherwell, will drive our growth strategy in the UK charities market,” said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director.

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This is an important step in Jumbo expanding its footprint in the UK following the great work carried out by the Gatherwell team to date,” he said.

Securing this licence empowers Jumbo to execute its dual offering in the UK market consisting of (1) a pure play SaaS solution; and (2) a managed charities solution operated by Gatherwell.

The new licence also provides immediate access to an increased addressable market in the UK as it supports and powers lotteries of any size or level of sophistication.

There are 168,168 registered charities in England and Wales with total revenue of ₤77.404 billion as at 30 September 20181 from various sources such as grants, donations, lotteries and other fundraising activities. Jumbo’s immediate addressable market is Society Lotteries (Large Society and Small Society) and Local Authority Lotteries with latest provisional lottery sales for the 12- month period to September 2020 of £775.62 million (excluding Small Society Lotteries)2.

For further information CONTACT: Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, +61 7 3831 3705.

About Jumbo Interactive

Jumbo is one of Australia’s largest digital lottery retailers through its flagship service, Oz Lotteries www.ozlotteries.com. Jumbo is powered by dual revenue streams as a leading digital retailer of both national and charity lotteries (Reseller - B2C) and developer and supplier of software platforms and provider of lottery services to the lottery industry globally (SaaS – B2B/B2G). We utilise the latest technology to craft an engaging and entertaining experience for customers across a range of digital platforms developed entirely in-house.

For more information about Jumbo Interactive, please visit www.jumbointeractive.com.

SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.

 

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JCM Global® and The Cordish Companies Execute Master Supplier Agreement

Industry-leading agreement covers Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, and Live! Casino Pittsburgh

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LAS VEGAS, NV (November 30, 2020) – JCM Global® has entered into a master supplier agreement with The Cordish Companies, expanding a long-term partnership between the two companies. The industry-leading agreement establishes JCM as the exclusive provider for bill validators, thermal printers, and peripheral management systems for all their gaming casino properties: Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, and Live! Casino Pittsburgh.

JCM will upgrade the thermal printers at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland to the standard-setting GEN5™ Thermal Printer. The property is already equipped with JCM’s award-winning iVIZION® bill validator and Intelligent Cash Box System (ICB®) system.

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The Cordish Companies will expand their gaming operations by opening the new Live! Casino Pittsburgh in late 2020 with 750 electronic gaming machines (EGMs) and the new Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia in early 2021 with 2,255 EGMs. Both properties will feature the award-winning iVIZION® bill validator, the GEN5 thermal printer, and the ICB system.

With the solid foundation of iVIZION and GEN5, The Cordish Companies are prepared for the future and equipped to unleash the power of JCM’s FUZION®, the only system that enables complete peripheral management over EGM bill validators, thermal printers, and other connected peripherals.

Cordish Gaming Group President Robert Norton said, “At Cordish Companies, we are focused on bringing the most innovative products, the best technology solutions, and maximum benefits to our properties. Expanding our partnership with JCM through this master supplier agreement further positions our gaming floors for the future, enabling us to provide even higher levels of customer service to our guests while increasing security and accountability across the operation.”

“Throughout their history, The Cordish Companies have been leaders and visionaries for the gaming industry. This unique and extraordinary deal builds on our long-term relationship with Live! and expands on our partnership to create an amazing corporate-wide opportunity for JCM,” JCM SVP Sales, Marketing, & Operations Dave Kubajak said. “Our casino partners trust and rely on JCM to provide the most secure, most innovative, most efficient transaction technologies available anywhere. We are honored to extend that trust with The Cordish Companies across multiple properties and into the future.”

For more information about JCM’s award-winning products, visit JCM www.jcmglobal.com and join on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute, T: +1-702-413-4278, E: paul@steinbeckcommunications.com.

SOURCE: JCM Global press release.

 

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Appoints Mr Anthony Ingham to the Position of Executive Director, Membership, Strategic Marketing and Branding

HONG KONG (November 30, 2020) -- The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced today (30 November) that Mr Anthony Ingham will join the Club on 7 December 2020 as Executive Director, Membership, Strategic Marketing and Branding (Designate) (“EDMSMB(D)”), and assume the role of EDMSMB from 1 January 2021.

As EDMSMB, Mr Ingham will lead the development of the Club’s Membership strategy with the aim of enhancing and creating unique membership experiences for the Club’s 30,000 members. He will also lead the development and implementation of the Club’s strategic marketing plans through active co-ordination with key stakeholders. He will be responsible for articulating the Club’s brand and further strengthening the communication of the Club’s unique integrated business model and its significant contribution to the community.

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As a member of the Board of Management, Mr Ingham will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges.

Mr Ingham brings 20 years of in-depth experience in brand transformation, strategic marketing and customer experience development for globally renowned luxury and lifestyle hospitality brands. Prior to joining the Club he worked for Marriott International leading brand strategy, marketing and guest experience execution for some of its major hotel brands. He was appointed Global Head of the W Brand in 2015 being responsible for developing and executing a holistic brand transformation of W Hotels. In 2018 he took on additional global responsibility for The Luxury Collection Hotels and Resorts, a 115 strong portfolio of luxury hotels. Previously he spent ten years with InterContinental Hotels Group.

Mr Ingham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath. He attended King George V School in Hong Kong and is looking forward to returning to the city after many years away.

The Club also announced today the retirement of Ms Scarlette Leung, Executive Director, Corporate Planning, Branding and Membership, who will leave on 1 January 2021 after two decades of significant contribution to the Club.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class racing club that acts continuously for the betterment of our society. The Club has a unique integrated business model, comprising racing and racecourse entertainment, a membership club, responsible sports wagering and lottery, and charities and community contribution. Through this model, the Club generates economic and social value for the community and supports the Government in combatting illegal gambling. In 2019/20, the Club contributed HK$19.9 billion in duty and profits tax and HK$0.8 billion to the Lotteries Fund. Approved charity donations were HK$4.5 billion. The Club is Hong Kong’s largest single taxpayer and one of the city’s major employers. Its Charities Trust is also one of the world’s top ten charity donors. The Club is always “riding high together for a better future” with the people of Hong Kong.

SOURCE: The Hong Kong Jockey Club press release.

 

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Pariplay Enters Spain Through Fusion™ Platform Partnership with MGA Games

Leading local Spanish casino game provider launches with 888casino in Spain

GIBRALTAR (November 26, 2020) – Pariplay Ltd, the No. 1 aggregator and content provider behind innovative products including the Fusion™ aggregation platform and the Ignite Studio development programme, has today announced it will be going live in the Spanish market with 888casino for the first time through one of the market’s most pioneering providers, MGA Games. With this agreement, Pariplay’s locally approved content will also be made available to players in Spain via the Fusion™ aggregation platform, starting with 888casino’s Spanish brand, and later expanding to other operators.

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Pariplay’s milestone entry into the Spanish iGaming space comes at a time of significant growth for this market, with revenues reaching close to €218 million in Q1 of this year, an increase of 17.6% over Q4 2019, according to Spanish regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ). Following a successful 2020 for Pariplay and its Fusion™ product, in which the business entered Switzerland and Portugal, the agreement with 888 marks another regulated market ‘first’ for the company, reinforcing its no.1 position for aggregation.

Pariplay’s revolutionary Fusion™ platform helps partners engage regulated markets and promote continuous growth with efficiency by leveraging an expansive catalogue of fully localised content. With its addition, MGA Games joins an ever-expanding list of top industry providers that use Fusion™.

Founded in 2001, Barcelona-based MGA Games are a leading company specialized in the development of large productions, localised and destined for global operators in the gaming sector. Committed to regularly putting out fresh new content for its partnered operators, MGA Games launches new slots every few weeks, making them a frontrunner for content provision in Spain.

Joan Sanahuja, CEO at MGA Games said: “We are delighted to become part of Pariplay’s Fusion™ platform, as it provides us with a very unique opportunity to expand the reach of our offering to even more operators. Kicking things off with 888casino.com puts us in an excellent position to leverage our game content, and we’re looking forward to reaping the benefits of partnering with an industry leader like Pariplay and growing alongside them through 2021 and beyond.”

Guy Cohen, SVP, Head of B2C at 888 Holdings said: “The market leading offering from MGA Games is an important addition to our Spanish business. Having already seen the benefits of the multi-market content provided by Pariplay Fusion™, we definitely see this partnership as a win. We are confident it will allow us to extend our reach even further into the Spanish market and help us continue to deliver on our commitment to a safe and enjoyable gambling experience.”

Adrian Bailey, Managing Director at Pariplay said: “We are very pleased to be making our entrance into the Spanish market with MGA Games, whose pioneering spirit will be an excellent addition to our Fusion™ aggregation platform. We are eager to see our leading portfolio of games made available through 888casino and look forward to providing even more local Spanish content to other operators over the course of this quarter and into 2021.”

SOURCE: Pariplay press release.

 

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Five MiGEA Prestigious Awards Honoured Maltco Lotteries

MALTA (November 26, 2020) – The fifth edition of Malta’s Excellence Gaming Awards took place on Friday night, 13th November at the Intercontinental Hotel. Maltco Lotteries has been awarded with five prestigious awards for “Best Industry’s Contributor”, “Best CSR Contributor” “Best Workplace in Malta” and “Best CEO of the Year”. Furthermore, the Gaming industry panel of jurors the selected and presented the most prestigious award of the MiGEA event - “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Maltco’s CEO for his longstanding and continuous contribution to the gaming industry.

Maltco Lotteries’ CEO Mr. Vasileios Kasiotakis exclaimed that he was emotional, overjoyed and most appreciative about the recognition of the work performed by Maltco’s Teams that resulted in winning the five Awards.

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“I feel honoured that Maltco’s continuous care for its Agents, its Employees and the Maltese Players has been distinguished with these prominent Gaming Awards. Our Team’s drive, imaginative work and commitment towards our industry has been recognised by Gaming Industry professionals. This is a great achievement for the company and for our talented team.”

Mr. Kasiotakis concluded “for the past 16 years, Maltco Lotteries has been continuously striving to be at the leading position, both as an employer and through its way of operating, serving and entertaining. Our actions are built the company’s core values which are Care, Drive, Trust and Imagination!”

The company endeavors to put players first by offering best in class service and products within a responsible, transparent, accountable, and secure gaming environment.

Mr. David Antony Gatt, Maltco’s CCO was delighted with the five awards and commented that “Maltco is proud to continue its Retail Transformation whilst also elevating the experience of its players to a digital one. It has leveraged INTRALOT’s innovative technology and advanced services, ensuring security, trustworthiness, transparency, and a superior gaming experience. Over the years, the company has introduced many different gaming verticals to its portfolio with the latest addition being the launch of Maltco’s iLottery.”

Ms Caroline Attard, Maltco’s Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications was thrilled and added that “the new Maltco iLottery platform, offers a convenient channel for local players to play Malta’s favourite games online. The company has an exceptional Corporate Social Responsibility track record whereby it is consistently contributing to Malta’s society, culture and community’s well-being.

SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries Limited.

 

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IGT’s Cash Pop Fuels Georgia Lottery Corporation’s Innovation Success

Georgia Lottery Corporation recently won the Buddy Roogow Innovation Award for Best New Draw Game at NASPL Deskcon 2020

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LONDON, U.K. (November 30, 2020) -- IGT announced today that its proprietary Cash Pop™ game recently won an award for the Georgia Lottery Corporation at NASPL’s Deskcon 2020. The Lottery won the Buddy Roogow Innovation Award for Best New Draw Game for IGT’s patented Cash Pop game, which launched in December 2019.

Cash Pop was designed to attract a new demographic of players and offer flexibility for operators and players with its easy-to-play game mechanics. Cash Pop gives players the ability to strategize their wager and create their own personalized experience every time they play.

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Players wager on one or more numbers from 1 to 15 and then select a wager amount of $1, $2, $5, or $10 per number. The player can also choose how many consecutive games to play. Lotteries can choose the frequency of the draws according to their needs, but each draw will be a single number from 1 to 15.

IGT’s Cash Pop game has been a strong addition to the Georgia Lottery’s game portfolio and our players have gravitated toward its innovative model,” said Gretchen Corbin, Georgia Lottery President and CEO. “The game’s performance has been solid in retail stores and impressive in the digital space, which is driving about 14 percent of our total Cash Pop sales.

Congratulations to the Georgia Lottery on the excellent execution of IGT’s patented Cash Pop game,” said Sarah Simpkins, IGT Senior Director of Draw Base Game Portfolio Optimization. “We are very proud of IGT’s Cash Pop brand and that lotteries across the U.S. and Latin America, including the Georgia Lottery, are adding this game to their draw game lineups.”

IGT’s patented Cash Pop theme was developed through a structured game innovation project in which our FutureGame Team analyzed our customers’ draw game portfolios to identify where we could help create more engaging player experiences,” said Francesco Parola, IGT Senior Vice President of FutureGame and Italy Lottery Operations. “Based on current sales figures, we’re confident that IGT’s Cash Pop will continue to gain momentum with our customers worldwide.”

For more information visit igt.com.

SOURCE: IGT, Global Communications.

 

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Nélida Acuña Named New Executive Director of the Bolivian National Lottery

LA PAZ – Bolivia (November 29, 2020) -- María Nélida Acuña Segovia was inaugurated last Friday as the new executive general director of the National Lottery of Charity and Health (Lonabol).

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The Deputy Minister of Promotion, Epidemiological Surveillance and Traditional Medicine, María Renee Castro, was the authority that gave her the official and public oath, on behalf of the Minister of Health, Édgar Pozo.

“We will work tirelessly with great effort and efficiency, with ethics and transparency to serve the most vulnerable sectors of society. We will make Lonabol an institution that restores hope and faith to all Bolivian homes," said Acuña in the act of possession.

Acuña is a business administrator, specializing in administration and public management. A work experience of more than 15 years in the public and private sector.

“92 years have passed since the creation of Lonabol, it is time for an update according to the new digital and technological era that we are living in the world. We are going to generate more sources of employment and greater economic income for the State, "he said.

In turn, Vice Minister Castro stressed that the entity has a commitment to health and charity. "The Lottery has solidarity as a main engine in noble causes for the benefit of the population, of the most underprivileged with donations and help in the social area," he emphasized.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

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Authentic Gaming Now Available at SkillOnNet Brands

Market leading live casino provider hits game lobbies at popular sites such as PlayOJO, AHTI Games, and DrückGlück

MALTA (December 2, 2020) – SkillOnNet, the market leading platform provider behind the world’s most popular online casino brands, has added more quality content to its live casino portfolio by partnering with live dealer specialists, Authentic Gaming.

Under the deal, players at over 60+ brands including new casinos like paynplay hits Metalcasino and Turbonino will be able to access Authentic Gaming’s top performing live casino titles broadcast from its state-of-the-art Live ARENA studio in Malta.

Along with delivering live games streamed from the floors of some of the most famous land based casinos around the world, Authentic also has a number of unique features like “Bet on Stats”, “High roller” and “Neighbours betting on main table”. which enhance the engagement for players who love the feeling of playing in a real casino.

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This includes Blaze Roulette, 24/7 Roulette and Grand Roulette, as well as six custom auto roulette games for the previously mentioned SkillOnNet brands. Games will be made available to players in Malta jurisdictions as well as the UK, Denmark and Sweden.

With the addition of Authentic Gaming, SkillOnNet now offers its operator partners more than 3,000 slot, table, jackpot, Slingo and instant titles with a suite of live dealer titles from the most in-demand developers and studios from around the world.

In addition to its market-leading game portfolio, SkillOnNet also offers its partners localised promotions and payment options, bespoke features, tournaments and reel races, responsible gambling tools and round the clock customer support.

Michael Golembo from SkillOnNet, said: “We have seen live casino become increasingly popular with players in markets around the world and we are meeting this demand by partnering with the best live casino providers out there.

“Authentic Gaming has emerged as a pioneer in the live casino space thanks in part to its impressive ARENA studio and we are delighted to be able to offer its suite of games, including six custom auto roulette games, to our operator partners and their players.”

Magdalena Podhorska-Okolow , Chief Commercial Officer at Authentic Gaming, said: “SkillOnNet powers some of the most recognised online casino brands in the world and we are really excited to see our cutting-edge live casino games made available to players across its sites for the very first time.

“Our ARENA studio allows us to offer a truly authentic and entertaining live casino experience across our range of titles and we look forward to players at SkillOnNet brands being able to sit down at our tables and enjoy a superior live dealer product and experience.”

SOURCE: SkillOnNet media release.

 

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LOTTO Hamburg Continues to Sponsor First Division Basketball

  • LOTTO Hamburg extends the cooperation with the Hamburg Towers and the BG Baskets
  • Even during the pandemic, LOTTO Hamburg is proving to be a reliable partner for sport

 

HAMBURG, Germany (November 26, 2020) - LOTTO Hamburg extends the cooperation with the two first division clubs Hamburg Towers and BG Baskets for the 2020/21 season.

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As a long-term partner, the municipal company has been accompanying the Hamburg Towers since the 2016/2017 season. The team from Wilhelmsburg plays in the first basketball league (BBL) and is one of the flagships of the sports city of Hamburg.

Torsten Meinberg, LOTTO Hamburg managing director, explains: “We are supporting the BBL team Hamburg Towers for the fifth season.

As a reliable partner, we of course not only celebrate successes together, but also see ourselves as teammates who also support the team in difficult times off the field. The current pandemic is not an easy situation for everyone involved, one that constantly requires creativity and flexibility from everyone. That is why we work closely with those responsible at Hamburg Towers and jointly develop new approaches to cooperation. "

With the contract extension, LOTTO Hamburg is setting an example in the pandemic for the preservation of professional competitive sport in the Hanseatic city. The lottery company continues its involvement in sport without restrictions with creative communication measures, especially in the digital sector.

The popular public campaign, the “LOTTO Hamburg Lucky Shot”, is currently no longer taking place during sold-out home games. Due to the corona, the center line litter was moved from the hall to the digital world. Until further notice, a player from Hamburg Towers will try his luck from the center line on behalf of the fans and social media users.

Jan Fischer, Hamburg Towers Managing Director: “We are very pleased to have LOTTO Hamburg at our side as a partner of Hamburg Towers even in these challenging times. Our brand message, More than basketball, our connection to the Wilhelmsburg district and the resulting connection between competitive sports and social work complement each other perfectly with the strong commitment of LOTTO Hamburg in regional youth, popular and competitive sports."

SOURCE: LOTTO Hamburg GmbH.

 

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BCLC Interim President & CEO Greg Moore Resigns Effective January 2021

KAMLOOPS, BC (November 25, 2020) -- BCLC Board Chair Peter Kappel today announced the resignation of Interim President and CEO, Greg Moore, effective January 15, 2021.

Moore, who is leaving the organization to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector, assumed the temporary role in September 2019 when Jim Lightbody began medical leave to undergo cancer treatment and recovery.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Greg for the incredible contribution he has made to help redefine BCLC’s approach to business and corporate culture,” said Kappel.

The Board will take the time necessary to appoint a new Interim President and CEO to work with BCLC’s Executive Team while Lightbody continues his medical leave.

BCLC conducts and manages lottery, casino, bingo and online gambling on behalf of the province for the benefit of British Columbians.

Last year, BCLC generated more than $1.3 billion to support provincial programs, communities, charitable and community organizations.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

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Veikkaus Closes Its Slot Machines and Gaming Arcades in the Regions in Spreading and Acceleration Stages

HELSINKI, Finland (November 27, 2020) -- Following the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on 26 November 2020, Veikkaus closes its slot machines and gaming arcades in regions where the COVID-19 epidemic is either in the acceleration or the spreading stage.

According to the new guidelines by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, “the use of different measures, targeted regionally and locally, yet comprehensively and in such a way that the measures support each other, provide the regions with the best prerequisites for fighting the spreading of the epidemic as a whole.”

Veikkaus’ slot machines and gaming arcades will be closed in the regions in the acceleration and spreading stages on Saturday at the latest. The closure process was initiated right away on Thursday.

“We have followed the development of the coronavirus situation and acted according to the official guidelines. We made the decision on the closure today quickly after the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health published their guidelines,” says Jari Heino, SVP, Channels and Sales at Veikkaus.

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The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on Thursday cover a fixed period, lasting until mid-December.

“No-one knows yet what the situation will look like in three weeks. We are sure that all efforts are made in society to suppress the second wave of this disease.

Veikkaus is prepared to act quickly if there are any changes in the regional coronavirus situation.

“We will be listening to the specialists, evaluating the situation based on their knowledge; and we will make our decisions accordingly,” Mr Heino says.

The gaming arcades and slot machines will be closed in the following regions:

 

South Ostrobothnia

Helsinki and Uusimaa

Kanta-Häme

Kymenlaakso

Länsi-Pohja

Pirkanmaa

North Karelia

Northern Ostrobothnia

Päijät-Häme

Satakunta

Vaasa

Southwest Finland

 

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ACMA: Monitoring Online Gambling Advertising Restrictions During Live Sport

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (November 27, 2020)

Gambling advertising monitoring program

The ACMA has been monitoring how the new gambling advertising restrictions during live sport on TV, radio and online have been operating since they began in 2018.

In November 2019, the ACMA published a research report with findings from our first 12 months of monitoring gambling ads.

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The research looked at the placement and number of gambling ads on TV, radio and online, before and after the new restrictions were introduced. It also looked at people’s awareness of the new rules and attitudes towards gambling advertising.

During these first 12 months, the ACMA did not identify any major issues with the operation of the broadcasting code restrictions.

However, because of some inconsistencies in providers notifying scheduled start times, and issues with record-keeping obligations, the ACMA decided to keep monitoring how the Online Content Service Provider Rules (the Online Rules) operated for another year.

In our second period of monitoring the Online Rules, the ACMA compared information about the ‘scheduled start of play’ on platforms with the placement of gambling ads during live streamed sports coverage.

The ACMA also contacted online providers to get extra information about their gambling advertising practices. During the period, the ACMA conducted 3 investigations under the Online Rules.

Findings

The ACMA did not identify any major concerns about the operation of the Online Rules. However, there were some inconsistencies in how providers interpreted the rules. These included:

 

Use of exemptions

  • The Broadcasting Service Act 1992 (BSA) allows for an identical online simulcast of a live sporting event to be exempt from the Online Rules (this is because the live sporting event would be subject to broadcasting codes of practice). The ACMA found this exemption is being widely used, and sometimes combined with an exemption for low audience share subscription television channels from the broadcasting codes of practice restrictions.
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  • As the size of online audiences for live sporting events continues to grow in Australia, it may be relevant to also consider the potential online audience share for live sporting events broadcast on TV, so that exemptions continue to apply as intended, where there are genuinely small audiences.

 

Record-keeping requirements

  • The ACMA found that online providers are making and keeping records of gambling ads shown during live sporting events, as required by the Online Rules. However, the types of records kept by individual providers vary.
  • To avoid potential record-keeping breaches, the ACMA encourage providers to consider whether their records comply with the Online Rules, particularly for unique, digitally-inserted advertising.

 

Although our formal monitoring program has now ended, the environment for broadcasting and streaming live sporting events is evolving. We’ll keep watching developments in this sector and how these interact with gambling advertising restrictions.

Find out more about the rules for gambling ads here.

SOURCE: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

 

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