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Vol. 94 No.13 - Monday March 29, 2021

 

 

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The Veikkaus App is Now Also Available for Download in the Google Play Store

HELSINKI, Finland (March 19, 2021) -- The Veikkaus app can now be downloaded to Android phones from the Google Play Store. The app has previously been available for download in the Apple App Store, but for Android phones, the app has had to be downloaded via Veikkaus' website.

 

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Google changed its app store rules 1.3. starting in 15 new countries, including Finland. Government gambling operators in these countries that are officially licensed in that country will have their apps available on the Google Play Store.

“It is really great for the customer that the Veikkaus app can be downloaded from the Google Play store in the future. Typically, applications are downloaded to phones through application stores, so the absence of the Veikkaus application from the Google Play store has been a significant shortcoming, which is now being remedied,” says Johanna Väisänen , Veikkaus' development manager.

The Veikkaus app has previously been available on the Google Play store, but four years ago, Google changed its rules to remove gambling apps from its store.

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“Unfortunately, since then there have been occasional downloadable scams in the Google Play store that look like the Veikkaus app. The authenticity of the Veikkaus application, which is now being downloaded, can be verified by checking the publisher's name. The publisher of the genuine application is Veikkaus Oy and it appears under the name of the application,” Väisänen says.

The Veikkaus app can be found in the store with the search term "veikkaus" or or by searching directly at this link.

The change does not require any action from those who downloaded the application.

The entry of the Veikkaus app into the Google Play Store will not cause any action to those who have previously downloaded the app through the Veikkaus website. In the future, all app updates for Android phones will happen automatically through the app store. Only when you change your phone will you need to re-download the app from the Google Play Store.

The Veikkaus app can no longer be downloaded via the Veikkaus website, but will be downloaded from the App Store on the iPhone and Google Play on the Android phone. On Veikkaus' website, the customer is automatically directed to the right store.

Authentication is easy with the application

After 12 January 2021, Veikkaus slot machines can only be played by logging in with either a Veikkaus card, a payment card attached to the Loyal Customer, a browser version of veikkaus.fi or the Veikkaus application.

“It is a good idea to download the Veikkaus application to your phone, which makes it easy to identify yourself with a slot machine without a physical card. The Veikkaus card is also always included in the application in digital form,” Väisänen suggests.

“In Veikkaus, your favorite games can be played quickly and easily. In addition, it is easy to keep track of your own gaming and the amount of money spent on it through the app. It is also easy to check the results and watch the matches on VeikkausTV, for example, he adds.

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

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INTRALOT and La Marocaine Des Jeux et Des Sports Amend the Contract in Morocco

MOROCCO (March 23, 2021) -- INTRALOT announces the amendment of the contract of INTRALOT Maroc, a subsidiary of the INTRALOT Group acting as games operator in Morocco, with La Marocaine Des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS), a state lottery offering sports betting and other games of chance in Morocco, which was signed in June 2019.

According to this amendment, counterparties agree to reduce the duration of the contract, which was initially effective for an 8-year term, ending 31.12.2022.

This amendment was designed to enhance resilience in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic repercussions on the overall lottery market.

INTRALOT Maroc, which has been a successful partner of MDJS since 2010, will continue to support MDJS with the overall management and operation of its lottery, sports betting, and other games activities.

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SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names James Boje Chief Operating Officer, EMEA

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HAARLEM, The Netherlands (23 March 2021) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has welcomed experienced gaming industry icon James Boje as Chief Operating Officer (COO), EMEA.

Boje brings more than 35 years of gaming and hospitality experience to GLI’s clients. In this changing time for gaming and the world, he further increases GLI EMEA’s abilities to give clients the confidence and critical local insight needed to explore new markets.

As COO, his primary focus will be GLI’s ongoing drive of efficiency and innovation across departments, continuing the company’s employee engagement culture, and providing outstanding customer experience while leading the engineering teams across EMEA.

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GLI Managing Director EMEA Martin Britton said, “I am very pleased to welcome James to the team. His leadership and gaming knowledge will make a significant contribution to the overall experience within GLI and with our customers. He has been a key driving force in his previous roles with his enthusiasm, skill, and professionalism, which he now brings to GLI.”

Boje said, “I am truly elated to be joining GLI as Chief Operating Officer, to be both leading and working with the EMEA team, where together we can further enhance the customer experience with a collaborative hands-on approach.”

Boje has a proven record of success in developing a culture of engagement focusing on outstanding employee and customer experiences. His areas of expertise include new market initiatives, workflow re-engineering, and sales and marketing development, as well as strategic planning and execution.

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Before joining GLI, he was Managing Director EMEA for Aristocrat Technologies Europe Ltd., where he successfully addressed critical and significant growth across the EMEA region, increasing revenue and positioning the company as a dominant player in the competitive EMEA landscape. Previously, he held senior leadership roles with IGT Europe and Africa, where he spent 12 years growing the business and increasing services.

GLI is on the cutting edge of casino gaming technology and regulation, and the company is hiring for a wide range of positions. Apply now to join our team at gaminglabs.com/careers.

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 2 million items and has tested equipment for more than 480 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 “Best Laboratory” in the SAGSE Awards 2020, “Best Test Lab in the Baltics,” and “Best Test Lab in the Nordics” in the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2020. 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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Mississippi Lottery Corporation President Tom Shaheen to Retire End of June

JACKSON, MISS. (March 24, 2021) – The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) President Tom Shaheen today announced he will retire June 30 of this year.

“This is a tough decision for me,” said Shaheen. “After spending more than 32 years in the lottery industry, it is time for me to take a step back and spend time with family. I will forever value the experience of being a part of the MLC family and living in Mississippi.

“Thank you to all of our hard-working employees, loyal retailers, diligent vendor partners, several state lotteries that provided unlimited support during start-up, and our dedicated board of directors,” he continued. “I believe this has been one of the most successful start-ups in the history of U.S. lotteries, if not the most.”

On May 7, 2019, the MLC Board of Directors hired Shaheen, who will turn 68 in May. He began work as the first employee of the MLC on June 1, 2019.

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“I would like to especially thank the MLC Board of Directors for selecting me to lead the start-up of the Mississippi Lottery,” said Shaheen.  “It has been my sincere pleasure to work with a board whose tireless contributions were extremely instrumental to the success of start-up, along with the ongoing development of the lottery.” 

Mike McGrevey, Chairman of the MLC Board of Directors, said Shaheen’s leadership style is unbeatable.

“Tom Shaheen has done an extraordinary job as president of the Mississippi Lottery,” said McGrevey, “When he informed us in January he was contemplating retirement, we knew he would leave massive shoes to fill.  Tom’s leadership has been instrumental to the smooth and successful start-up of the lottery, and we are immensely grateful for his time with us.

“While we are sad to see him leave, we wish him the best as he enters his well-earned retirement,” continued McGrevey.

Since start-up, the lottery staff has grown to 74.  The lottery sold its first instant ticket on November 25, 2019, and began offering Powerball® and Megamillions® on January 30, 2020.  During Shaheen’s time with the MLC, the lottery has transferred $70.7 million for FY2020 (7 months) and $84.9 million through February FY2021 to the state to benefit Mississippi’s roads, bridges and educational needs.

The Board of Directors will conduct a search for a new President with the goal of making a selection prior to Shaheen’s retirement.

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) was legislatively created in 2018 by the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, Senate Bill 2001. Visit us online at:  www.mslotteryhome.com.

SOURCE: The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC).

 

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Michigan Lottery Contributes Record $1.179 Billion to Michigan Schools in 2020

Michigan (March 24, 2021) -- The Michigan Lottery raised more than $1.179 billion for Michigan schools in fiscal year 2020. This marks the sixth record-setting year in a row for Lottery contributions to the School Aid Fund and the second consecutive year that the Lottery has generated more than $1 billion for public education in a single fiscal year.

“We continue to find ways to make historic investments in our classrooms in conjunction with the bipartisan budget that I signed last year to make the largest investment in K-12 education in the history of our state without raising taxes,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The Michigan Lottery’s $1.179 billion contribution in education will add to this record investment to help our students, our teachers, and our communities thrive. For six years in a row, the Michigan Lottery has set records, and I am grateful to the players, retailers, vendors, and state agencies who make this investment in our kids and their future possible.”

Lottery contributions to the School Aid Fund over the prior five years were:

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FY19: $1.070 billion

FY18: $941.28 million

FY17: $924.11 million

FY16: $888.91 million

FY15: $795.50 million

 

Since 1972, the Lottery has raised more than $24.5 billion for public education in Michigan. Approximately $5.8 billion or 23.6% of that amount was raised over the last six record breaking years.

The Lottery set several other significant records in FY20, including more than $4.2 billion in sales, more than $2.5 billion in prizes to players, and more than $307 million in commissions to Lottery retail locations across Michigan ranging in size from small independently owned stores to large chains.

Record sales in FY20 were driven in part by the Lottery’s internet platform and instant games. Internet-based sales increased by almost 88% and instant-game sales increased by about 23% compared to FY19. The Lottery’s internet platform saw an increase in player registrations which led to greater awareness of games both online and at retail. Players participating in promotions online frequently receive offers redeemed at retail locations, further connecting Lottery’s internet platform to retail businesses.

“Each Lottery purchase in Michigan helps raise critical funding for our schools,” said Lottery Commissioner Brian O. Neill. “The last six record-setting years would not be possible without the support of our players and the dedicated work of our retailers, vendors, and teams at both Lottery and supporting state agencies.”

The Lottery is also committed to promoting responsible gaming. Michigan was the first state lottery to receive certification of its online program through the National Council on Problem Gambling and also has attained Responsible Gaming Verification through the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Responsible gaming information and resources are available on the Lottery’s website.

For each dollar spent on a Michigan Lottery ticket in FY20, approximately:

 

61 cents went to players as prizes.

28 cents went to the School Aid Fund to support public education.

9 cents went to commissions for retailers and vendors.

2 cents funded the Lottery’s operations and administrative costs.

 

Under state law, all profits from the Lottery go to the School Aid Fund.

SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Launches Cash 5 With Quick Cash

MIDDLETOWN, PA (March 24, 2021) – The Pennsylvania Lottery today announced it is revamping its longest- running jackpot game, Cash 5, by launching Cash 5 with Quick Cash. The Cash 5 with Quick Cash game is the same nightly draw game that players have always enjoyed, but now offers a chance to instantly win $2 or $6.

“The last time that the Pennsylvania Lottery made any changes to the Cash 5 game was in February of 2008, so it was due for a refresh,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “We listened to our players and we heard what they wanted: more chances to win and higher jackpots.”

Here’s what’s changing: Players who play Cash 5 with Quick Cash will receive their usual ticket with their numbers for the Cash 5 Evening Drawing. In addition to that ticket, players will also receive a separate Quick Cash game ticket, providing them with a chance to instantly win $2 or $6.

As part of the game changes for Cash 5 with Quick Cash, the cost per play is changing from $1 to $2. Players will find updated playslips at Lottery retailers across the Commonwealth. The Lottery anticipates that increased sales will support a higher starting jackpot and that players will experience higher jackpots more often.

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“Lottery games, like Cash 5 with Quick Cash, help us generate funds that pay for vital programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians every day,” added Svitko. “These programs provide property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.”

In April 23, 1992, the Pennsylvania Lottery introduced its longest-running jackpot game, Cash 5. Originally, Cash 5 players selected five numbers from 1 to 39 for a chance at the all-cash jackpot, starting at $100,000. Cash 5 started as a weekly game and eventually became a nightly drawing in 1998. In February 2008, the Lottery made a change to Cash 5, increasing the matrix from 5 of 39 numbers to 5 of 43 numbers.

The Lottery is reminding players to please play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older. Those who may have a gambling problem may call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit: www.pacouncil.com.

How to play Cash 5 with Quick Cash: Players select five numbers from 1 to 43. Players may select their own numbers using a Cash 5 with Quick Cash playslip or opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn to win the Cash 5 jackpot. Players also win prizes for matching two, three or four winning numbers. Every $2 play includes one Quick Cash game. When any of your numbers match any winning number in the same Quick Cash game, win the prize shown for that game. Each Quick Cash game offers a chance to instantly win $2 or $6. The chances of winning a Quick Cash game are separate from the chances of winning the main Cash 5 game. The overall chances of winning in a Quick Cash game are 1 in 4.71. Chances of winning the Cash 5 jackpot prize are 1 in 962,598; the overall chances of winning any prize in the main Cash 5 game are about 1 in 10.5.

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ABOUT US: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed more than $31 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Visit the Winners and Benefits pages at palottery.com to review how much money each county receives in Lottery prizes and funding to benefit older Pennsylvanians.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club to play online or enter for second chances to win. Install our Official App, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery. Use the hashtag #palottery to share your messages with us.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Happy F&B Receives Extended Trust as an Agency Within Strategic Brand Design for Svenska Spel

VISBY, Sweden (March 19, 2021) -- In the autumn of 2020, Svenska Spel started a public procurement regarding strategic brand design as the current agreement expires in 2021. The result of the procurement is ready and Happy F&B has been awarded the contract.

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“During the procurement, we have had the privilege of taking part in a large number of tenders of very high quality from some of Sweden's best agencies in strategic brand design. After an intensive process and careful evaluation, we now look forward to signing an agreement with Happy F&B, which will be awarded a contract for the procurement,” says Joakim Mörnefält, Communications Director of Svenska Spel.

The assignment as an agency within strategic brand design for Svenska Spel includes strategy and design-related issues for the entire Svenska Spel Group. The agreement is valid for two years starting in May and with the possibility of extension for 1 + 1 years. The current agreement with Happy F&B then expires.

“We are very happy to be able to extend with Happy F&B as our partner. With their experience and expertise in strategy and design, they will be a valuable partner for Svenska Spel,” says Joakim Mörnefält.

“We think it is fantastic fun to continue the collaboration with Svenska Spel. We see extended trust as a great seal of quality on the collaboration that has been, and our common ambitions in the future,” says Peter Olsson Wästergård, customer manager project manager, Happy F&B.

The tenderers were informed of the award decision in the procurement on 8 March 2021.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Connecticut Lottery Corporation Statement on Lamont-Tribal Sports Betting and Online Gaming Agreement

ROCKY HILL, CT (March 18, 2021) – The Connecticut Lottery Corporation today released a statement from its Board of Directors Chair Rob Simmelkjaer and its President and CEO Greg Smith regarding Governor Ned Lamont’s landmark agreement between the state and its two tribal nations on sports betting and online gaming.

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“We offer our congratulations to Governor Lamont and our state’s two tribal nations on this momentous agreement that will bring Connecticut’s gaming landscape into the 21st century.

We’re pleased that the agreement would allow the Connecticut Lottery to modernize our business through online sales of some existing lottery games, and to grow our contribution to the state by introducing both online and retail sports betting.

The CLC has already contributed nearly $300 million to the General Fund through the end of last week, and we are poised to continue delivering responsibly for the state through these additional revenue streams.”

The agreement, in part, gives the Connecticut Lottery Corporation:

  • The right to operate a statewide online sports betting skin with partners and vendors to be determined
  • The right to operate 15 retail sports betting locations (including new venues in Hartford and Bridgeport)
  • The right to sublicense some of those retail locations to the state-licensed parimutuel operator.
  • The right to sell draw games and Keno products online statewide (also known as “iLottery).

 

NOTE: Though an agreement is in place, the CT Lottery must await legislative authorization to come from the Connecticut General Assembly, as well as regulatory authorization from the Department of Consumer Protection, before sports betting and online lottery sales can commence.

SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

 

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Mississippi Lottery Corporation Announces February Transfer to the State

Total Net Proceeds for First Seven Months of Fiscal Year 21 Exceed $84m!

JACKSON, MISS. (March 18, 2021) – The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) completed its February transfer of $9,834,061.43 to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury. This brings the total transfer for Fiscal Year 2021 to $84,907,290.12.

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“With this month’s transfer to the state, we have exceeded the $80 million mark,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen.

By surpassing this benchmark, proceeds from the sale of lottery tickets for the remainder of FY21 will help fund educational programs in addition to funds already provided for road and bridge repair.  This is a major milestone for the lottery, our retailers and all Mississippians.”

We are beyond grateful to be in this position and look forward to raising even more money for both important causes,” he continued.

Per the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, the first $80 million in net proceeds go to road and bridge needs around the state for 10 years. Net proceeds over $80 million go to the Education Enhancement Fund.

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Roads, bridges and education are not the only groups benefitting from the lottery. As the temperatures rise and the time changed, springtime winners having been keeping our headquarters busy this week!

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 MLC was legislatively created in 2018 by the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, Senate Bill 2001.

Visit us online at www.mslotteryhome.com.

SOURCE: Mississippi Lottery Corporation.

 

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New Commission Model for Svenska Spel's Gaming and Lottery Agents

VISBY, Sweden (March 22, 2021) -- Today, March 22, Svenska Spel introduces a new commission model for gaming and lottery agents. This is done with the aim of keeping Svenska Spel competitive and at the same time giving the agents a continued attractive remuneration for the sale of games.

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Already on January 1, 2019, the Swedish gaming market was deregulated, which means that there are now about 100 licensed gaming companies in Sweden.

While the gaming market has changed and gone from a monopoly to a competitive market, Svenska Spel's commission model for gaming and lottery agents has been the same for over 30 years. When the company now introduces a new commission model, it is therefore high time for change.

“Our agents are very important to us, which is why we have developed a new commission model that is positive for as many people as possible and that means higher remuneration for most of our agents. It provides conditions for Svenska Spel and our agents to develop the Retail business and together go strong into the future,” says Tove Kandell, Sales Manager Retail, Svenska Spel.

Svenska Spel has a total of approximately 5,000 agents, of which approximately 2,100 are gaming agents and approximately 2,900 are lottery agents. They were informed of the forthcoming change three months ago and have since received ongoing information in the form of, for example, educational films. In short, the new model includes, among other things, that the percentage sales commission for certain games and lotteries is increased, that the compensation for winnings and the Saturday fee is removed and that the compensation for new customer registration increases.

“Svenska Spel is the entire Swedish people's gaming company and we need to ensure that our business is competitive. Therefore, we are pleased that we have been able to develop a commission model that means an improvement for both us and our agents,” says Tove Kandell.

SOURCEL: Svenska Spel.

 

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After a Year of Virtuality, ALEA Resumes Face-To-Face Meetings

ARGENTINA (March 23, 2021) -- Yesterday, at the closing of the Board of Directors meeting, the President of ALEA and the Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos of the Province of Buenos Aires, Omar Galdurralde, highlighted the attempt to hold face-to-face meetings and summoned members to continue working on joint issues in common, referring to the development of online gambling, sector regulations, training, research and studies of the Commissions, Units, Areas of the Association.

He added, "I want to congratulate the ALEA team for the objectives achieved and express appreciation to the team that has been doing intense and satisfactory work."

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The authorities of 17 member organizations, seven in person and ten in virtual form, addressed the agenda that included, of the Academic Training Area, the relaunch of the 1st Year of the Technical Degree in Gaming Management, the presentation of the Final Integrative Work of the 3rd year students of the degree, close to completing the degree and the renewal of the agreement with the University of Salta, which was signed by Galdurralde, together with Mario Trucco, Executive Director and Diego Wilde, Rector of UPAP. Also, the association's training program was advanced this year.

Regarding the development of online gambling, the status of the working group called the Roadmap for the Regulation and Administration of Online Gaming in Argentina was commented. Also, the update of the Game Map is foreseen.

Executive Director Mario Trucco reviewed the work carried out in preventing clandestine gambling, through the agreements with Mercado Libre and Facebook. And he anticipated that the Code of Good Practices for online gambling advertising in Argentina, developed by ALEA, will be released.

The incorporation of new Adherent Members was approved: Bapro Medios de Pago - Provincia Net, Park Avenue Gaming Argentina SA, Zone 3W Press & Communication Agency - Zona de Azar y de A de T Juegos SA

The Executive Directorate Report included, among other topics, the progress of the working group on

Strategic communication; the Coordinating Units for Social Responsibility and the Prevention of Money Laundering; the updating of the Normative Reference N ° 19 ALEA-IRAM; and the Strategic Plan. Also, the renewal of the institutional website and the internal restructuring of functions of the Administrative Secretariat.

After more than a year without face-to-face meetings, the first meeting of the Board of Directors allowed to put the bi-face-to-face modality to the test for 2021. And the will of the members to join forces to, in one way or another, continue contributing to joint development.

SOURCE: Argentine State Lottery Association (ALEA).

 

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Selects Konami Gaming’s Historical Horse Racing Machines for Launch Across Kentucky

Industry-leading racing, online wagering, and gaming entertainment company signs-on to top Konami HRM innovations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 24, 2021) -- Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced an agreement to purchase a strong line-up of the latest historical racing machines (“HRMs”) by Konami Gaming, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of gaming technology.

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HRMs are approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and utilize the results of previously run live horse races to generate player outcomes. Stunning venues such as Derby City Gaming and Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel will feature Konami’s historical horse racing machines—characterized by top-performing content and award-winning cabinets. CDI guests will be among the first to experience Konami’s newest HRM offering.

“As a company that is driven to create memorable gaming experiences for guests, CDI is proud to expand its HRM selection to include the latest games by Konami,” said Austin Miller, senior vice president of gaming operations for CDI. “Konami’s recognizable game series and winning machine formats give us hundreds of game themes from which our guests can choose.”

Players will have the opportunity to enjoy popular game play events such as free games, jackpots, wheel spins, and symbol collection features with favorite Konami Gaming characters, scenes, and symbols. Among the top games are China Shores Great Stacks™, Mayan Chief Great Stacks™, Star Watch Magma™, Star Watch Fire™, and more. These will be delivered on Konami cabinets like the curved Concerto Crescent™, award-winning KX 43™, and newest DIMENSION 49™.

“CDI operates at the highest level of commitment to gaming entertainment quality, diversity, and innovation, which Konami is thrilled to support through this shared agreement,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “We look forward to reaching CDI’s valued guests with player-favorite Konami games and machines.”

SOURCE: Konami Gaming, Inc. (www.gaming.konami.com).

 

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IGT's Kim Barker Lee Named to National Diversity Council's 2021 List of Top 100 Diversity Officers

Honoree established IGT's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, pioneered employee-led Diversity and Inclusion Groups program

LONDON, March 24, 2021 -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that Kim Barker Lee, IGT Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, was recently named to the National Diversity Council's list of Top 100 Diversity Officers.

IGT’s Kim Barker Lee Named to National Diversity Council’s 2021 List of Top 100 Diversity Officers.

The Top 100 Diversity Officers awards program recognizes the efforts of individuals who have the leadership and counsel to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives, and provide innovative solutions that strategically prioritize the preservation and advocation for diverse talent in the workplace.

"As the pioneer of IGT's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Kim Barker Lee continues to make meaningful contributions that support IGT's global commitment to a fair and inclusive culture that values unity, diversity, and belonging, in our people, players, customers, and communities," said Dorothy Costa, IGT Global Head of People and Transformation. "Through Kim's leadership, IGT has achieved a range of significant diversity and inclusion milestones such as the creation of six global, employee-led Diversity and Inclusion Groups, growth in the representation of women and people of color in leadership and global recognition by highly respected organizations such as Bloomberg and the All-In Diversity Project.”

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Barker Lee was appointed to her current role at IGT in 2018. She is a member of IGT's Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and helps shape IGT's supplier diversity programs. She is a widely respected diversity and inclusion thought leader within the gaming and lottery industry and is often called upon to speak at industry events. Barker Lee is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law and is actively involved in many goodwill organizations such as the Community College of Rhode Island Foundation, the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, the United Way of Rhode Island, the American Gaming Association's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and more.

Barker Lee and other professionals named to the Top 100 Diversity Officers list will be honored at the 17th Annual National Diversity & Leadership Conference held virtually April 21-22 and April 28-29, 2021.

To learn more about IGT's commitment to diversity and inclusion 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.

 

IGT CONTACTS:

Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE” International Game Technology PLC.

 

 

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