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Vol. 93 No.9A- Monday November 30, 2020

 

 

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Strong Foundations and Decisive Action by Camelot Protect Vital Returns to Good Causes During First Half

  • Resilience, Flexibility and Agility Key to Strong Six-Month Performance
  • Initial Sales Hit Reversed by Early Interventions and Seamless Digital Shift
  • Long-Term Strategy Remains Unchanged but Adaptability Remains Key

 

U.K. (November 24, 2020) -- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) today announced its second best ever National Lottery ticket sales for the first six months of the 2020/21 financial year (1 April to 26 September 2020), despite an 18% hit to sales at the start of the pandemic. The company achieved sales of £3,854.1 million – a small decrease of £67.2 million (-1.7%) on the first half of 2019/20 – demonstrating considerable resilience, given the widespread disruption caused by coronavirus.

Key to the half-year performance was a series of urgent interventions made by Camelot to minimise the effects of COVID-19 on National Lottery sales as much as possible. For instance, the company updated all of its advertising to prioritise the ability to play online or on mobile – urging people to only buy tickets in retail if they were already in-store to do an essential shop – which resulted in a significant shift in the retail/digital sales split over the period.

With more than 1.3 million new online registrations, there was a marked increase in traffic to The National Lottery’s well-established digital channels accompanied by a sharp rise in new online players needing technical support – leading Camelot to invest in additional resources to accommodate this.

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The company also postponed a series of special jackpot draws that had originally been planned for April and May – as it felt it was inappropriate to encourage people into retail during that time. In addition, Camelot adapted its plans over the period to support retailers – particularly small, independent shops – making their safety a priority. Although its Retail Sales Team had to come off the road during lockdown, Camelot’s local sales reps continued to support retailers via phone and video technology – with some of them also moving to the operator’s Retailer Hotline to help resolve any day-to-day queries. Camelot also moved its popular Site, Stock, Sell in-store retailer standards and rewards programme online and, in addition to offering one quarterly prize of £10,000, is now offering 10 prizes of £1,000 – to give more retailers the opportunity to scoop a big reward.

All of these measures helped to generate £863.7 million (excluding investment returns) for National Lottery Good Causes – an average of £34 million every week – £13.1 million less (-1.5%) than the same period last year. This vital funding comes at a time when it’s most needed. Thanks to National Lottery players, over £800 million has been distributed to date across the UK to help tackle the impact of coronavirus – aided by last year’s record sales performance. It takes the total raised for Good Causes since 1994 to over £42 billion – 60% more than the most optimistic Government forecast at the time of The National Lottery’s launch.

Announcing the results, Camelot CEO Nigel Railton said: “Like most other businesses, we’ve faced a lot of upheaval and challenges this year. At the start of April, we found ourselves in an unprecedented situation – with a sharp decline in sales, retail uncertainty and our EuroMillions game in jeopardy, as some of our partner countries were under strict lockdowns. To add to this, we had to move overnight to the vast majority of our employees working from home – so we’re enormously proud of this set of results. Thanks to the strong foundations we established following our strategic review – combined with our years of experience and some innovative thinking – we’ve moved quickly and decisively, and adapted to the ever-changing situation. That has enabled us to continue running The National Lottery safely and responsibly because we know the huge amount of good it does across the UK.”

 Over the first six months of the year, Camelot awarded £2,243.9 million in prizes to players, £5.5 million more than last year, and created 203 new millionaires. Combined with the Lottery Duty it pays to the Government and the commission earned by its retail partners, Camelot continues to return around 95% of all revenue to winners and society – one of the highest percentages of lottery revenue given back in the world.

 

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Sales of draw-based games decreased by £111.6 million to £2,149.4 million, mainly due to fewer big rollovers on EuroMillions, as well as lower-than-usual ticket sales due to local restrictions in some of the partner countries – resulting in the jackpot not growing as quickly as it normally would. However, The National Lottery’s newest draw-based game, Set For Life, continues to grow in popularity and exceed sales expectations. And, while sales of Lotto were maintained over the period, the most recent enhancement to the game is already driving both sales and player excitement. This sees players win an additional cash prize of £5 for matching two main numbers in a ‘Must Be Won’ Rolldown draw and resulted in over 1.2 million winners scooping the boosted prize in the first draw following the change.

Elsewhere, Camelot grew sales of National Lottery Scratchcards and online Instant Win Games over the period by £44.4 million to £1,704.7 million – as a result of its ongoing strategy of ensuring a wide range of regularly-refreshed and differently-priced products with varying themes.

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Camelot's continued digital innovation over the period led to record online sales of £1,619.3 million – an increase of £455.2 million and the company’s fifth consecutive quarter of digital growth. As part of this, it grew mobile sales by £379.7 million to an all-time high of £1,128.7 million. This sales growth was accompanied by over 1.3 million new online registrations, as Camelot made it easier for people who might traditionally play in retail to play online during lockdown – for example, by increasing resources on its technical support helpline, introducing ‘how to’ videos and lowering the minimum deposit amount.

The company’s ongoing enhancements to the National Lottery’s mobile apps also drove record sales through them, while a recently-launched new ‘number picker’ makes choosing those lucky numbers more fun and interactive. With online average weekly spend remaining consistent over the period, all of this has been achieved in conjunction with Camelot’s longstanding commitment to player protection – encouraging lots of people to play but to individually only spend relatively small amounts. The company continues to invest in and promote its ‘Dream Big, Play Small’ portal and, over the six months, increased its healthy play communications to all players and had personalised interactions with the very small number of players who showed signs of potentially unhealthy play.

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Despite the lockdown disruption – which led to significant reductions in both footfall and shopper frequency – retail remains the largest National Lottery sales channel. Over the period, in-store sales decreased by £522.4 million to £2,234.8 million. However, from July to September, National Lottery sales saw a 15.2% quarter-on-quarter increase as restrictions were lifted – and, while there is an ongoing impact in city centre outlets, suburban and commuter belt stores are performing particularly well. As a result, National Lottery retailers earned £126.5 million in commission over the half year – an average of around £2,800 per store over the six months.

The company is also continuing to successfully trial the sale of National Lottery products in Aldi and Iceland, and is in ongoing talks with other major supermarkets about making tickets available in self-checkouts – following a successful nationwide rollout with Asda.

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Over the period, further progress has been made in helping people better understand the connection between The National Lottery’s unique purpose and play.

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Back in the spring, Camelot was able to very quickly create advertising to support both the initial £300 million National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 support package, as well as the overall £600 million contribution from National Lottery Distributors. This figure has now increased to £800 million. And The National Lottery has recently offered further COVID-19 aid by supporting socially-distanced pantomime and National League football.

Approaching the end of the period, the operator launched an extensive campaign to highlight the £30 million a week raised by National Lottery players. This is being supported by a cross-Distributor initiative – ‘Celebrating the Dedicated’ – which focuses on committed individuals across the UK making a difference in their communities. More recently, the company announced a partnership between The National Lottery, National Lottery Community Fund, ITV and STV called ‘Miss Out To Help Out’, which encourages the public to make time to help out in their community.

CEO Nigel Railton continued: “With the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and recessionary headwinds, the second half of the year will, no doubt, be very challenging – and indeed this disruption could extend further into 2021/22. So, while there are no guarantees that we’ll finish the year in as strong a place as we ended the first half, we’ll continue to focus on our strategy for long-term, responsible growth – adapting our plans as necessary according to the circumstances. My sincere thanks must go to all of my fantastic colleagues – whose wellbeing is, and continues to be, our first priority – as well as our 44,000 National Lottery retailers who have done an extraordinary job for the entire UK, providing food, medicine and other essentials. We don't pretend that selling National Lottery tickets is as important as any of that, but the fact that they’ve stayed open has also ensured that Good Causes have continued to benefit throughout.

“I firmly believe that we have the strong track record and experience required to carry on raising vital funds for those who need it most – and we’re fully committed to continuing to work with the government, our regulator and the wider National Lottery family to keep making a real difference to the lives of people and communities across the UK.”

SOURCE: Camelot Press Office.

 

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European Lotteries Launches First Lottery Module on EL Learning Platform

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (November 24, 2020) -- European Lotteries (EL) is proud to announce that the first lottery related e-learning module has been launched. During a workshop especially for HR and L&D professionals EL explained the setup of the EL Learning Platform and it's modules as well as some general developments in the world of e-learning.

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The first lottery related module that has now been launched on the platform examines Corporate Social Responsibility in general and how you as an individual can contribute to a better world.

It also goes deeper into how this can be applied within your own lottery organization. And the development continues. At the moment we are working hard on a second CSR module in which we will go deeper into how you can implement CSR within your own organization. In short, there is a lot more to come.

The platform that is freely accessible to all employees at Member lotteries was put into use in April 2020. The EL Learning Platform gives everyone the opportunity to follow both general modules and lottery related modules.

A lot of members are already registered on the EL Learning Platform. However, some aren't. Therefore, we have created a handout which offers additional information about the platform, and the step that needs to be followed to register.

For each lottery there is a separate registration link. All the links are gathered on this page.

Please share this link with all your colleagues so that everyone can get started with the EL Learning Platform.

Questions? elearning@europeanlotteries.org

SOURCE: The European State Lotteries and Toto Association.

 

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IGT Wins "Sustainable Business Award" in 2020 Industry Community Awards

Company recognized for corporate social responsibility leadership for gaming industry suppliers

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LONDON, Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it recently won the "Sustainable Business Award" for gaming industry suppliers in the 2020 Industry Community Awards. In its inaugural year, the Industry Community Awards recognizes companies and individuals within the gaming industry that have gone above and beyond in helping others and in tackling major issues brought on by the pandemic.

 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.

IGT was honored for its sustainable business practices that are anchored by four key pillars: Valuing our People, Advancing Responsibility, Supporting our Communities, and Fostering Sustainable Operations.

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"IGT's commitment to sustainable business practices guides our every action and continues to create value for our employees, customers and stakeholders," said Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP Global Brand, Marketing and Communications. "IGT winning the 'Sustainable Business Award' in the 2020 Industry Community Awards is a reflection of our company-wide dedication to supporting our people and the communities where we do business, and a by-product of the hard work and focus of our global workforce."

The Industry Community Awards are produced by the same organization responsible for the annual International Gaming Awards and the Women in Gaming Diversity Awards. To learn more about IGT's leadership in corporate social responsibility and to access the Company's 2019 Sustainability Report visit IGT.com

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 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT:

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

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Holiday Memories Made from Scratch

Hoosier Lottery is Making it Easy to Spread Holiday Joy; Introduces Cheer Challenge

 

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 24, 2020) — This season of giving the Hoosier Lottery is bringing fun and exciting gift ideas with the theme “Holiday Memories Made from Scratch.” Five new Holiday Scratch-offs, ranging from $1-to-$10 with chances to win prizes up to $100,000 instantly, are now available at retailers statewide to individuals 18 and older.

As Hoosiers we appreciate family time, celebrations and cherished memories. We are reminded this holiday season that some of the best memories are those made from scratch, and that inspired our new Holiday Scratch-offs,” said Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah M. Taylor. “Sharing the gift of fun through holiday-themed Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs has become quite a tradition with friends, family and co-workers.”

 Holiday Scratch-offs this season include:

 

• $1 Tis the Season;

• $2 Deck the Halls;

• $3 Candy Cane Crossword;

• $5 Merry Multiplier;

• $10 Holiday Cash Blowout.

 

Hoosier Lottery players have more chances to win with Cheer Challenge. By completing weekly challenges on the Hoosier Lottery app, players can earn entries into the Cheer Challenge drawing. Additionally, the $1 and $2 Holiday Scratch-offs provide players a 2nd Chance opportunity to win up to $500. Visit HoosierLottery.com to learn more.

Responsible Gifting

The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to please gift responsibly by only giving Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs to adults 18 years and older.

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Season of Giving is Foundational to Hoosier Lottery

The season of giving is year-round for the Hoosier Lottery. Since the first Scratch-off was sold more than 30 years ago, Hoosier Lottery has given more than $6 billion back to the State of Indiana, including contributions to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund and local police and firefighters’ pensions. These contributions are not possible without the support of players and retailers across the state.

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$1 Tis the Season 1 in 4.55; $2 Deck the Halls 1 in 4.29; $3 Candy Cane Crossword 1 in 3.99; $5 Merry Multiplier 1 in 3.75; and $10 Holiday Cash Blowout 1 in 9.86. 2nd Chance promotion odds are dependent upon the number of entries received.

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Find your nearest Hoosier Lottery retailer here. Download the free Hoosier Lottery app here. Register for a free myLOTTERY account here.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: For over 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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Bishop Woosley Hired as Consultant for SCA’s Lottery Solutions Division

Woosley Gaming Advisors to work with industry leader in promotional risk management

DALLAS, Texas (November 19, 2020) -- SCA, the industry leader in promotional risk management, announced that Bishop Woosley of Woosley Gaming Advisors, LLC. will consult with them on the best solutions and services to bring to the lottery industry.

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As the former director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, President of NASPL, and recent inductee to the Lottery Hall of Fame, Bishop brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the SCA team.

This agreement comes at a very opportune time for both parties with SCA’s renewal to cover the risk for the Texas Lottery Commission on their retailer bonus program and multiple 2nd chance promotions for Scientific Games.

“We are so thrilled and fortunate to have Bishop on as a consultant. It’s like going to ‘lottery school.’

Learning from him will allow us to develop more relevant and helpful solutions for the industry,” explains SCA’s Director of Business Jackie Walker.

“When I started my next chapter, Jackie was one of my first calls,” adds Bishop. “Their innovative solutions for risk and budget management for lotteries have never before been so relevant. I’m excited to help bring their expertise to my friends in the industry.”

SCA works with state lotteries, lottery selling retailers and industry vendors to offer secure risk transfer agreements backed by top-rated insurers.

ABOUT SCA:

SCA provides risk mitigation and budget management solutions for the lottery industry. Since 1986, SCA is the only organization to have supported the chance-to-win a $1 Billion prize in both the public and commercial sectors.

SCA offers a unique set of capabilities, including digital gamification, risk transfer, bonding, and patented technologies specific to the lottery industry.

SOURCE: SCA.

 

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IGT and Maverick Gaming to Deliver Retail and Mobile Sports Betting with Launch of Play Maverick Sports in Colorado

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LONDON, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its leading PlaySports platform will power world-class retail sports betting at Maverick Gaming's three Colorado-based casinos as well as interactive sports betting throughout Colorado via Play Maverick Sports. Through a multi-year agreement with Maverick Gaming, IGT will provide its proven PlaySports turnkey solution including user-friendly self-service PlaySports kiosks, to Grand Z Casino and Johnny Z's Casino in Central City, Colo. and Z Casino in Black Hawk, Colo. The IGT PlaySports platform, complete with a fully integrated Player Account Management (PAM) solution, will also power Maverick Gaming's "Play Maverick Sports" mobile sports wagering app.

 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.

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"IGT's comprehensive PlaySports technology will enable Play Maverick Sports to engage new players and enhance our portfolio with exceptional sports betting experiences at our casinos and throughout the state of Colorado," said Justin Beltram, Maverick Gaming Chief Operating Officer. "The turnkey nature of IGT's PlaySports solution and its proven ability to deliver positive player experiences across channels were key drivers of our decision to choose IGT as our sports betting growth partner. Maverick Gaming cannot wait to extend the excitement of sports betting to our players and sports fans throughout Colorado."

"By leveraging the IGT PlaySports turnkey solution, Maverick Gaming is positioned to benefit from the entire PlaySports value chain and operate a top-quality, cross-channel sports betting program," said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "IGT will apply the experience and expertise that we have gained through our leading B2B sports betting operations in 15 U.S. states to help fuel the success of Maverick Gaming's Colorado sports betting enterprise."

For more information on IGT PlaySports visit IGT.com/PlaySports.

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 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit: www.igt.com.

ABOUT MAVERICK GAMING LLC

Maverick Gaming is majority owned and was founded by gaming industry veterans Eric Persson, who previously served as Global SR Vice President of Slots at Las Vegas Sands and Justin Beltram, former Vice President of Slots at Bellagio and Marina Bay Sands. Together they bring over 30 years of gaming experience spanning gaming markets around the world including the Las Vegas Strip (Venetian, Palazzo, Bellagio), Macau (Sands China Limited), Singapore (Marina Bay Sands), and many regional markets in North America. Maverick Gaming currently owns four casinos in Nevada, three in Colorado and nineteen card rooms in Washington.

CONTACT:

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

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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New York Lottery Takes Leading Role in Campaign to Encourage Age Appropriate Gift Giving

National Council on Problem Gambling Praises Lottery and N.Y.S. Gaming Commission for Underage Gambling Prevention Efforts

NEW YORK (November 23, 2020) -- The New York Gaming Commission today announced that its Lottery Division has once again joined the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Gift Responsibly advocacy campaign. This is the seventh consecutive year the Commission in conjunction with its Responsible Play Partnership colleagues, which include the N.Y.S. Office of Addiction Services and Supports and New York Council on Problem Gambling, has championed the effort to raise awareness of the risks associated with giving lottery products as gifts to minors.

New York Lottery Director Gweneth Dean said, “We’ve spoken with subject matter experts and reviewed available research linking youth gambling to other risky youth behaviors.

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We believe that it is important to make every effort to work with retailers and the public to enforce the law prohibiting the sale of Lottery products to young people. These principles serve as the foundation for our annual Gift Responsibly messaging.”

The central theme in the Lottery’s Gift Responsibly public service campaign is Age Matters when it comes to selecting gifts for family and friends.

National Council Executive Director Keith Whyte commended the New York Lottery for expanding what started as a limited, holiday-themed reminder that lottery tickets are not child’s play into an evergreen message that sustains public awareness year-round.

“We appreciate that New York has long been a leader in underage gambling prevention efforts,” said Keith. “The research is clear that the earlier children start to gamble the more likely they are to have gambling problems later in life. We applaud the Commission and Lottery for their efforts to remind retailers and customers to refrain from giving lottery tickets as gifts to kids.” 

New York’s extended Age Matters public service campaign will kick off this month and run through January 2021. The campaign will be added into rotation with the Lottery’s other Responsible Gaming messaging which focuses on the need to talk to children about gambling, the benefits of voluntary self-exclusion, and dispelling the myths associated with gambling.

The New York Lottery is one of 55 U.S. and 15 international Lottery jurisdictions participating in the Gift Responsibly initiative. The global campaign is endorsed by the World Lottery Association, which, in 2019, certified the New York Commission at the highest level for its demonstrated ability to incorporate Responsible Play into its day-to-day operations and for its commitment to continuous improvement. The Gaming Commission is the only regulator in North America to earn the WLA’s Level 4 accreditation across multiple gaming divisions.

SOURCE: The New York Lottery.

 

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Sweet Sixteen: Tennessee Lottery’s Annual Comptroller Audit Contains No Findings for 16th Year in A Row

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 19, 2020) -- The Tennessee State Comptroller’s annual financial and compliance audit of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL), a quasi-public instrumentality, contains no findings for the 16th year in row.

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“For the sixteenth year in a row the TEL has received a clean audit report from state auditors, and, as board chair, I want to thank the TEL’s leadership team and dedicated staff for their work on behalf of the State of Tennessee,” TEL Board of Directors Chairman Susan Lanigan said. “The Lottery has generated more than $5.6 billion for education in Tennessee, and these results show it has done so in an efficient and effective manner.”

The audit covers the period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The complete FY20 Audit Report is posted here.

The audit states: “In our opinion, the financial statements…present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation as of June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2019, and the changes in financial position and cash flows thereof for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”

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 $5.6 billion 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 $15.5 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.4 billion in commissions.

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

SOURCE: The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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Kansas Lottery Moves to Mail-in Claims Only

TOPEKA, KS (November 20, 2020) -- In response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Kansas Lottery lobby will be closed to the public starting Monday, November 23, 2020. The in-person claims process is temporarily suspended and only mail-in claims will be accepted. The in-person claims process will be on hold until further notice.

Any prize of $600 or higher must go through the Lottery Headquarters mail-in claims process. Mail-in claims will be processed in the order they are received.

To claim a prize by mail, players must completely fill out the back of the ticket, sign it, and include a printed and completely filled out claim form. Players can print a claim form from the Lottery’s website here or a retailer can print one off from a Kansas Lottery terminal. A completed claim form is required for each individual prize claimed.

The Kansas Lottery recommends players take photos or scans of the front and the back of the ticket for their records before mailing. Tickets are accepted via standard mail, but the Lottery recommends sending claimed tickets by certified mail, registered mail, or some other service that allows players to track a package’s progress. Please address tickets to: Kansas Lottery Claims, 128 N. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603.

If players need assistance, they are asked to email lottery.info@kslottery.net, and a response will come as soon as possible. The Lottery thanks everyone for their understanding, and asks everyone to stay safe and wash their hands!

CONTACT: Jessica Herrera, Phone: 785-296-5708.

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

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Leovegas Roaring Out Game Titles from SYNOT Games

BRNO, Czech Republic (November 23, 2020) -- SYNOT Games has rolled-out a distribution agreement that will see the integration of its suite of slot titles with industry King of Casino giant operator, LeoVegas. As a result of the link-up, players on LeoVegas brands will now be able to access the complete slot suite of SYNOT GAMES, which includes its recent releases Rock´N´Roll Rooster and Jack & The Mystery Monsters.

“We are ecstatic to have partnered with LeoVegas, a company with almost a decade of industry experience and an acclaimed product suite enjoyed by players all over the world. We have no doubt that our games will be well received across all their extensive network” Priscilla Gatt, Head of Business Development at SYNOT Games.

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“SYNOT Games prides itself on providing high caliber slots, so we are thrilled to have signed with a provider that is everyday gaining more and more reputation with the creation of their top-tier casino games. Introducing SYNOT Games’ fresh portfolio will be a very exciting prospect. We are confident that this partnership will thrive over time,” Johan Ekberg, Casino Operations Manager at LeoVegas.

About LeoVegas

LeoVegas vision and position is ”King of Casino”. The global group LeoVegas offers games on Casino, Live Casino, Bingo and Sport. The parent company LeoVegas AB (publ.) is located in Sweden and its operations are mainly located in Malta. The company’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.leovegasgroup.com

About SYNOT Games

SYNOT Games is an established content supplier with a growing presence, licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and certified across Europe. The games are already certified in a number of jurisdictions including Spain, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Malta. Our comprehensive portfolio boasts with more than 55 exciting titles, available in 25 languages and live in over 120 casinos.

SOURCE: SYNOT Games press release.

 

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Svenska Spel Introduces Coupon-Free Gambling at Pressbyrån Convenience Stores

VISBY, Sweden (November 25, 2020) -- Svenska Spel launches a pilot project with coupon-free gambling at four selected Press Agency stores around the country. The purpose is to test a new surface-efficient concept that suits smaller stores in city locations and investigate what customers think about playing completely digitally.

For the first time ever, Svenska Spel is testing to offer games completely without coupons in store. The test is performed together with Reitan Convenience Sweden in four Press Agency stores in Stockholm, Jönköping, Östersund and Kalmar.

“This is a historical development for us at Svenska Spel. Our thousands of agents are incredibly important to us and in this way we can take them into a new era,” says Carolina Swaffer, head of retail and customer service at Svenska Spel.

The backgrounds to the test are several. On the one hand, Svenska Spel and Pressbyrån have a common goal of working coupon-free and digitally from a sustainability perspective. On the one hand, Pressbyrån has announced that games and lotteries are not a priority in new establishments, as the stores are often quite small and the gaming corners take up some space. Svenska Spel has therefore developed a new surface-efficient gaming venue with digital screens, which has appealed to Pressbyrån.

“For us at Reitan, we have requirements for surface efficiency, and then it is good to get rid of the paper coupons. We go to smaller stores in traffic-dense areas, and then the classic Swedish Game Corner ends up in the risk zone. Until now,” says Jonny Lönn, category manager Non Food at Reitan.

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“We know it is becoming more and more important to use the store space optimally and with the new flexible playground, it will be very space efficient. At the same time, we are taking a big step in our joint sustainability work by not having any physical coupons and printed marketing material. I am convinced that this is the future for us, especially in city locations,” says Carolina Swaffer.

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The requirement has been that the playing field should be able to stand free on the floor, take up some space and that two people should be able to play at the same time.

“We had a meeting with Reitan about a year ago where we presented the self-service function in our screens connected to a new surface-efficient playground. Reitan felt that this should suit their customers and staff. The advantage for Pressbyrån's employees is that they also save time by not having to top up coupons and update campaign material,” says Torgny Lilja, store concept manager at Svenska Spel.

The digital screens contain the entire Svenska Spel range, apart from tickets that are still sold over the counter. As a customer, you place your bet directly on the screen where you enter your social security number and then identify yourself and pay at the checkout.

The test lasts for six months and will be evaluated in the meantime. Both Svenska Spel and Reitan are very interested in seeing how customers receive the news.

“I think they will think this is fantastic,” says Jonny Lönn.

The store at Klarabergsgatan 29 in Stockholm has had the new venue in place for about two weeks. They have previously only offered Svenska Spel's tickets, but with the new venue can offer Svenska Spel's entire range. The first reactions from customers have been positive.

“It has gone very well and those who come in appreciate this. The environmental perspective is much better, the game becomes easier and the rules are clear. I have great confidence in this,” says merchant Salimkhan Afeworki.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Gift Responsibly is Theme of Lottery Holiday Message

KENTUCKY (November 25, 2020) -- Gift Responsibly is the message the Kentucky Lottery presents annually as the holiday season nears. It is a message that gifts of gambling-related items, such as lottery tickets, to children is inappropriate. Promoting the slogan furthers the Lottery’s commitment to corporate and social responsibility that was recognized multiple times with awards from the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG).

To stress the importance of the gambling industry adopting responsible gambling practices, KYCPG created the Arch L. Gleason Award for Responsible Gambling Leadership. Named in honor of the late President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery, the award encourages the gambling industry to continue pursuit of Arch’s commitment to corporate and social responsibility. The 2021 recipient will be Gerald Beasley, Director of Human Resources and Compliance, Eldorado Resort Casino, Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Gift Responsibly campaign reinforces that legal gambling is an age-restricted activity. Individuals must be 18 or older to purchase lottery tickets. It asks parents and relatives not to give lottery tickets to minors. The Gift Responsibility campaign also carries a tag line: “Lottery tickets aren’t child’s play.” Neither are other forms of gambling.

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According to the International Centre for Youth Gambling and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University, Montreal: “Like many other products, lottery games are restricted to adults because children lack the judgment to use them appropriately.”

Adolescent brains are not fully developed, making the child less able to understand risk. A child is less likely to have the perspective that a randomly received win is a result of chance. Research shows that the earlier someone gambles correlates directly with the development of gambling problems as an adult. Children can interpret the gift of a lottery ticket or other forms of gambling (pari-mutuel ticket, casino games, poker sets, etc.) as a safe activity, overlooking possible risk.

For most adults, gambling is another form of entertainment. Research indicates that about 1 percent of the adult population is addicted to gambling, with another 3 percent possible problem gamblers.

Those percentages are higher for children. According to International Centre research, 4-6 percent of high school students have a serious gambling problem, and another 10-14 percent are considered at risk for gambling problems.

Similarly, youth in Kentucky gamble. The latest biennial Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) survey of public school sixth, seventh, tenth and twelve grade students showed 13.2 percent of sixth graders indicated they had gambled for money or possessions during their lives; Grade 8:  23.9 percent; Grade 10:  26 percent; Grade 12:  26.6 percent.

A question on financial or personal problems resulting from gambling reflects gambling addiction criteria showed 1.4 percent of sixth graders indicated money or time spent gambling led to financial problems or problems with family, work, school or personal life; Grade 8:  1.8 percent; Grade 10:  2.1 percent; Grade 12:  1.9 percent. The results equate to more than 2,000 Kentucky youth admitting to a possible gambling problem.

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Another specter is looming. Last year, the World Health Organization cited videogame playing as a potentially addictive behavior. Several academic and behavioral health researchers note the similarity between videogame playing and online gambling.

Further, the introduction of “look boxes,” in which players may purchase unknown elements that possibly could help win the game, introduces the same psychological characteristics as gambling. Parents can learn their responsibility regarding their child’s gambling and gaming behavior.

 

• Inform yourself about the risks associated with gambling activities.

• Limit your own gambling participation, as you are an important role model for your child.

• Explain why the risk of gambling is greater for teens than for adults.

• Explain to your child the difference between responsible gambling and excessive and risky gambling.

• Clearly state your position on gambling participation by teenagers.

• Discuss rules and expectations and follow through with consequences.

• Do not offer any lottery products to your children or teenagers as gifts or rewards.

• Listen to what your child has to say about gambling and encourage discussion.

• Notice any unusual changes in your child's behavior.

• Be aware of their Internet use.

 

Please Gift Responsibly. Don’t gamble with your child’s future.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

 

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Sports Betting and iGaming Supplier FSB Appoints Industry Veteran as Vice President of Operations, North America, as it Readies for US Launch

LONDON, U.K. (November 25, 2020) – FSB, the market-leading sports betting & iGaming technology provider, has appointed US retail and online gambling veteran Bob Akeret as Vice President of Operations, North America, as the company gets ready to launch into the North American market.

Based in New Jersey, he will be responsible for fine-tuning the provider’s cutting-edge product and service offering for the market, including assisting FSB’s business development team in localising its retail and online sportsbook technologies.

He will also build relationships with third parties such as payment providers and data suppliers required to succeed in the US, as well as identify new business opportunities for FSB in the US market. Akeret will report directly to FSB  COO Glenn Elliott.

Akeret joins FSB from Resorts Digital Gaming where he was Director of Operations and Customer Experience. During his time at Resorts Digital, he launched the operator’s first retail and online sportsbook in New Jersey, ResportsCasino.com, as well as its FSB-powered DFS site, FastPick.com.

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His experience covers product launch, project management, acquisition and retention marketing, user experience, user journeys, team building, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Dave McDowell, CEO of FSB, said: “Bob is one of the most experienced retail and online gambling executives in North America and I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Securing Bob is a real coup for FSB as we prepare to enter the North American market with our leading technology.

“We see huge potential for our products and services as the US market continues to roll out and with Bob on board, we will be able to make sure our technologies meet the exact needs of operators and players across North America.”

Bob Akeret, Vice President of Operations, North America, at FSB, said: “I am extremely excited by the opportunity to join FSB and showcase my gaming experience in the US market where there are tremendous opportunities for the business.

“FSB has seen incredible growth over the past few years and I believe the most recent commitment from Clairvest solidifies this. As we fine tune our product for the market and continue to build out our US team, I really do believe we are in a great position to succeed.”

About FSB Tech: 

FSB is an award-winning sports betting and iGaming technology supplier at the forefront of innovation. Present in four different continents and a recipient of the prestigious SBC Sportsbook Supplier Of The Year award, this cutting edge company offers a wide range of supplier services including a comprehensive modular platform as well as an impressive full service offering in retail, trading, customer support and marketing.

SOURCE: FSB Tech press release.

 

 

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