Carlos Mabry From Washington, D.C., Becomes Powerball First
Millionaire of The Year During Dick Clarks New Years
Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021 On ABC
$1 Million Drawing
Broadcast Live Just After Midnight on Americas Biggest Celebration of the
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 1, 2021)
Just after midnight, dick clark productions and POWERBALL® announced
Carlos Mabry from Washington, D.C., as the winner of the POWERBALL First
Millionaire of the Year drawing during ABCs live broadcast of Dick
Clarks New Years Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.
Revealed live on-air by POWERBALL correspondent Jessie James Decker, XX was the
lucky winner randomly chosen as part of a national POWERBALL promotion.
Congratulations to the
POWERBALL First Millionaire of 2021! said May Scheve Reardon, POWERBALL
Product Group Chair and Missouri Lottery Executive Director.
POWERBALL and its lottery
partners look forward to sharing more thrilling moments of winning in the New
Year, while raising funds for vital public programs and services across the
Returning after a successful
inaugural launch in 2020, this years promotion included 19
participating lotteries that held second-chance drawings and contests in their
respective jurisdictions to determine a national pool of semi-finalists. From
that pool, five finalists were randomly selected to advance to the $1 million
In addition to the chance to win $1
million from POWERBALL, each finalist also received an incredible New
Years Eve at-home party prize package that included a $12,500 cash prize,
deluxe surf-and-turf dinner, 70-inch LED TV, karaoke system, $500 gift
certificate to Party City, and much more.
Decker, who checked in with the
finalists across the country throughout the night, ultimately revealed Mabry as
the POWERBALL First Millionaire of 2021.
Participating lottery jurisdictions
included Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maine,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North
Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and
For more information on the
POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year promotion, please visit:
SOURCE: dick clark productions.
Pollard Banknote to Acquire Next Generation
WINNIPEG, MB, Dec. 31, 2020 /CNW/ -
Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote", "Pollard" or the
"Company") announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire
100% of the equity ("Acquisition") of Next Generation Lotteries AS ("NGL"), a
leading provider of lottery management and iLottery technology. The Acquisition
is subject to certain standard regulatory and third-party consents and is
expected to close early in the first quarter of 2021.
NGL is a full solution supplier to
the lottery industry, including providing a state-of-the-art retail lotto
system and iLottery platform, creating a truly omni-channel offering that
increases lottery revenues and returns to good causes. With a focus on Europe
and Asia, current customers include the operation of the Loteries de Catalunya
in Spain and the provision of lottery services in a number of other
international jurisdictions including Tunisia and Norway. NGL acquired its
lottery operations when it purchased Novomatic Lottery Solutions (formerly
Betware) from NOVOMATIC AG on October 31, 2019, and since that time has been
focused on expanding its presence in the international lottery market.
In addition to its lottery
operations staff in Spain and Tunisia, NGL has development staff in Iceland and
Serbia, with a company-wide team of 130 dedicated professionals. NGL provides
an extensive range of products and services for the lottery industry
- Modular, open gaming platform for retail, online
and mobile lottery games
- Full-service retail solutions for lotteries
including terminal management
- Modern iLottery platform with full-featured player
account management system
- Extensive portfolio of e-instant, toto and draw
games, developed by a games studio supporting both retail and digital
- Comprehensive facilities management services
"We are thrilled with the NGL
team joining Pollard Banknote," said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive
Officer of Pollard Banknote. "NGL will significantly expand our product
offering for both retail and iLottery gaming and will be a strong complement to
our North American leading joint venture, NeoPollard Interactive LLC. The
recent worldwide growth seen in 2020 in omnichannel lottery sales, and
particularly iLottery, highlights an important opportunity for lotteries around
the world. With NGL's expertise, we look forward to helping our lottery
customers in Europe and around the world to increase revenues for the good
causes they support."
Hans Vigmostad, CEO of NGL,
commented, "We are excited about the cultural fit between NGL and Pollard
Banknote. Lotteries will not only appreciate the great technology we will
offer, but also the commitment from our teams to offering the right solutions
for our customers."
The Acquisition purchase price is
36 million, prior to standard working capital adjustments and certain
deferred cash considerations, of which 32 million will be payable at the
time of closing (approximately $50 million CDN dollars using an exchange rate
of $1.57 CDN dollar per EURO) and the remaining 4 million of which will
be paid upon the achievement of certain gross margin targets in 2021. The
purchase price will be funded from existing Pollard Banknote cash resources and
availability under our existing senior credit facilities for approximately
27.6 million and the issuance of treasury shares, subject to Toronto
Stock Exchange approval, of Pollard Banknote for approximately 4.6
About Pollard Banknote
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
67.3% by the Pollard family and 32.7% by public shareholders, and is publicly
traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at:
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Florida Lottery Celebrates Accomplishments Reached in
Education Milestones, Celebrating Jackpot Winners, and More
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 24,
2020) Today, the Florida Lottery is proud to highlight the significant
accomplishments and milestones achieved in 2020, during Governor DeSantis
second year in office.
The Lottery is incredibly
thankful to Governor DeSantis for the guidance and leadership it has received
this year, said Florida Lottery Secretary John F. Davis. This year
has been a year unlike any other, but one thing that has remained unchanged is
the Lotterys commitment to Floridas students and schools. In 2020,
the Lottery reached not one, but two major milestones in its mission to enhance
education; surpassing $37 billion in total contributions to the states
Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in May, and then exceeding $38
billion in total contributions just five months later in October. As we look
ahead to 2021, we will continue to offer Floridians the best Lottery games
available to support our mission of enhancing education and providing students
across the state opportunities to become tomorrows leaders.
This past year, the Florida
ENSURED SAFETY FOR PLAYERS DURING
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
- The Lottery established secured drop boxes for
players to drop off their winning ticket(s) and claim information as an
alternative option to submitting them via mail or coming into offices to claim.
Players who opted to use the Lotterys new secured drop boxes have been
pleased with the ease, security, and quick turnaround on prize payments.
- In October, the Lotterys MONOPOLY BONUS
SPECTACULAR television commercial received a Gold Graphis Advertising Award.
Players excitedly look forward to Monopoly Season, but this year,
with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting production capabilities, the Lottery had to
think outside of the box and created a completely animated television
commercial to promote the new Monopoly-themed games. The international Graphis
competition recognizes the most compelling design work of the year for
Platinum, Gold, and Silver award considerations, which are then featured in
hardcover annual book publications.
REACHED MILESTONES IN
CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATION IN FLORIDA.
- In October, the latest transfer to the EETF brought
the Lotterys life-to-date education contributions to more than $38
billion over the past 32 years.
- Since the Lotterys inception, Floridas
public schools have received more than $20.3 billion, while colleges and
universities have received a combined total of more than $9.9 billion.
- Additionally, more than $6.8 billion has been used
to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which has enabled over 880,000
students to attend college since 1997.
LAUNCHED THE AWARD-WINNING
PLAYERS GUIDE WEBSITE.
- In January, the Lottery launched the Players
Guide, a new best-in-class website with detailed information on how to play and
win the Lottery responsibly. The Players Guide serves as a one-stop-shop
for the latest tips, resources, documents and how-to information for every
Florida Lottery player from beginners to experienced players. The new
website is an extension of the Lotterys current website and can be
accessed directly at playersguide.flalottery.com.
- The website drives players to two sections:
Play Responsibly and Win Responsibly. Content within
the Play Responsibly section includes video tips for safer gaming, a
discretionary income budget calculator, a detailed explanation of odds, and a
myth vs. fact quiz. The Win Responsibly section includes information on where
to claim a prize, payment options, documents needed to claim and how to manage
- In June, the Players Guide website was
awarded a Gold Hermes Creative Award. The international competition honors
those who bring ideas to life through traditional and digital platforms. Awards
are given to companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of
excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
- In October, the Players Guide website
received a Batchy Award from the North American Association of State and
Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). The Batchy Awards honor the memory of Ralph
Batch, the first President of NASPL, by recognizing Lottery advertising that
achieves the level of excellence Batch upheld throughout his career
LAUNCHED NEW LOTTERY MOBILE APP
FOR IOS AND ANDROID DEVICES.
In June, the Lottery introduced a
new, free mobile app available for iOS and Android users. Players have
responded with praise and gratitude for the new app and are particularly
appreciative of these exciting new features:
- Check My Ticket: Allows players to scan a
tickets barcode to determine if it is a winner;
- Second Chance: Players can enter tickets into
second chance promotions by scanning ticket barcodes;
- Pick Numbers: Players can create and save their
favorite numbers on digital playslips, then use them to purchase tickets at any
Florida Lottery retailer;
- Winning Numbers: Allows players to find current
jackpots and view the winning numbers for every Florida Lottery Draw game;
- Retailer Locator: Allows players to find nearby
Florida Lottery retailers;
- Scratch-Offs: Gives players information about the
newest Florida Lottery Scratch-Off games as soon as they are released; and
- Responsible Gaming: Provides players more
information about the Lotterys responsible gaming initiatives and
ACHIEVED RECORD GAME AND
- In January, the Lottery launched the X MULTIPLIER
family of Scratch-Off games featuring the Xtra Chance Promotion, in which
players could enter non-winning tickets into drawings for cash prizes. Ticket
sales of the $1, $2, $5, and $10 games during the promotional period were 35%
higher than the multiplier-themed game sales during the same launch and
promotion period two years prior. Additionally, the promotion saw an 84.5%
increase in player participation and a 94% increase in volume of tickets
entered compared to the 2018 promotion.
- The Lotterys Triple Cash Collect N Win
Promotion, which took place in January and February, set a record for entries
with more than 9 million tickets entered during the 33-day promotion period.
The Triple Cash Collect N Win Promotion generated a $1.5 million increase
in sales over expected daily game sales during that period. Overall, the
promotion helped generate more than $3.6 million to the EETF. This was the
first promotion where all six daily Draw games FANTASY 5®, PICK
2, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, and CASH4LIFE®
could be entered.
REACHED THE HIGHEST SCRATCH-OFF
SALES WEEK NATIONWIDE.
- Scratch-Off ticket sales for the week ending March
1, 2020, exceeded $149.8 million, setting a new industry record for the highest
single-week Scratch-Off sales of any Lottery in the country, and resulted in
$28.2 million being generated for the benefit of Florida students and schools.
This record-breaking sales week surpassed the previous single-week Scratch-Off
sales record, also held by the Florida Lottery, of $126 million for the week
ending March 3, 2019.
CELEBRATED FLORIDAS 13TH
AND 14TH POWERBALL® JACKPOT WINNERS.
- On March 10, Sheryll Goedert, of Ocala, managing
member of Vacation Life LLC, claimed the $396.9 million jackpot from the
POWERBALL® drawing held on January 29, 2020 becoming Floridas
13th POWERBALL jackpot winner since Florida joined the game in 2009. The
Vacation Life LLC chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment
in the amount of $276,558,034.09. The jackpot-winning Quick Pick ticket was
purchased from 7-Eleven, located at 4520 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs.
The retailer received a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the
jackpot-winning POWERBALL ticket.
- On August 20, William Kruger, of Lantana, claimed
the $168.5 million jackpot from the POWERBALL drawing held on August 12, 2020
becoming Floridas 14th POWERBALL jackpot winner since Florida
joined the game in 2009. Kruger chose to receive his winnings in a one-time,
lump-sum payment in the amount of $140,145,006.00. The jackpot-winning Quick
Pick ticket was purchased from Publix, located at 4770 North Congress Avenue in
Boynton Beach. The retailer received a $100,000 bonus commission for selling
the jackpot-winning POWERBALL ticket.
RECEIVED FINANCIAL REPORTING
AWARD FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR.
- In June, the Lotterys Division of Accounting
received the Government Finance Officers Associations (GFOA) Certificate
of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2018-19
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, marking the third consecutive year the
Lottery has received the award. The GFOA award is the highest form of
recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and is awarded
to entities who go above and beyond the minimum requirements of generally
accepted accounting principles, indicating a spirit of transparency and full
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $38 billion to education and sending more than
880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery
retailers, and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $72.5 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit
SOURCE: Florida Lottery
American Gaming Association Statement on New COVID-19 Relief
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 21,
2020) -- American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Bill Miller issued
the following statement today in response to Congress passing new COVID-19
The American Gaming
Association is encouraged that Congress has agreed on bipartisan legislation,
which provides important relief for many Americans and businesses that continue
to struggle as a result of the pandemic.
While this much-needed aid is a
significant step, it is imperative that the next Congress act swiftly on
additional measures to address the economic challenges facing our nation and
Gaming communities, companies, and
employees across the country have been disproportionately affected by the
pandemicenduring mandated closures and operating restrictions, investing
heavily in health and safety protocols, and playing a key role in stopping the
community spread of COVID. Weve met these challenges with resolve and
Congress must do their part to
provide meaningful relief for businesses and their communities, whose vitality
are inextricably linked. Gaming companies support nearly two million American
jobs, provide critical tax revenue, and serve as economic engines in
communities all across America.
The AGA looks forward to working
with the 117th Congress and the Biden Administration in the new year to provide
tax relief that will save gaming jobs and alleviate costs, liability
protections that advance responsible reopening, incentives for reviving travel
and tourism, and essential support for tribal nations.
SOURCE: American Gaming Association
Spinola Gaming Upgrades Its Lottery Solutions for Southeast
- Spinola Gaming is now providing custom games for
the Southeast Asian market.
- The Southeast Asian market has seen exponential
growth in the lottery and gaming industry as of late.
MALTA (December 22, 2020) -- Spinola
Gaming, the leading authority in lottery software announces the details of the
bespoke Southeast Asian lottery solutions catering for a wide variety of
operators, from national lotteries to casino operators, white label clients and
What solutions can we provide to
clients in the East?
Spinola Gaming has been growing, and
with this growth comes new prospects and clients present in the eastern part of
the world, specifically Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Singapore,
Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
Due to this heightened interest from
the region, the team has put together a bespoke solution catering for this
region, while also having full capabilities to provide access to the full suite
of Spinola Gaming products. These consist of the following:
These products are enabled for
government and state operations, lotteries for online casinos and sportsbooks,
white label lottery operators and affiliate marketing companies.
Lotteries currently generate $400bn
globally, and this is an opportunity for our audiences, as mentioned above
within this demographic, to enter this lucrative market. Given our combined
experience of over 60 years working in the lottery space, the team have been
accumulating data on the southeast asian region, developing trends with this
data and finding out what lottery players want to play. Were in the
process of onboarding the biggest global lotteries focused around this region
onto our Connex, Lottery Management System, making them fully available to
clients all across the world.
Outside of this, we have developed a
geo-specific customizable system where clients can build their own lottery
game, with its own respective jackpot. Albeit, if clients prefer an
out-of-the-box solution, we have this available for clients to onboard at the
click of a button. Clients can choose an abundance of specialised templates
catering for specific regions.
Localised content is important, and
that is why all our games come integrated with all the global currencies and
languages available for use.
Ade Repcenko, CEO of Spinola Gaming
said that, Given the recent global situation, weve seen a massive
influx of operators gaining interest in lottery, coupled with national
lotteries digitising their lottery platform. Given this huge interest in Asia,
we have expanded, and adapted our product range for the market, particularly in
products seen in Southeast Asia. The team has studied the region heavily, both
via field and secondary research to provide the best end-to-end lottery
solution to cater for the ever growing needs within the iGaming sphere,
especially those coming from emerging markets.
SOURCE: Spinola Gaming press
Sports Betting Association Elects Jens Becker to the
BERLIN, Germany (December 22, 2020)
-- The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has elected Jens Becker to its
executive committee. The Munich lawyer has been with bwin (Entain Group,
formerly GVC) for almost two decades.
Becker succeeds Christoph
Nestelberger, who resigned from his office on November 30, 2020 due to a career
Jens Becker comments on his choice:
I'm looking forward to working with the DSWV Presidium. Much has already
been done in recent years to promote the nationwide licensing of sports
betting. Now we as an industry face completely new challenges in order to
further develop the new regulation and make it a success."
DSWV President Mathias Dahms
welcomes the election: We have known Jens Becker for many years as a
competent and committed gaming law expert. He will enrich the Presidium with
his high level of competence and extensive experience in the area of online
About the DSWV
The German Sports Betting
Association (DSWV), founded in 2014, is the union of the leading German and
European sports betting providers. Based in Berlin, the DSWV sees itself as a
public contact, particularly for politics, sport and the media. Its 16 members,
who represent between 80 and 90 percent of the tax-paying sports betting market
in Germany, advocate a modern, competition-oriented and European law-compliant
regulation of sports betting in Germany. All members have nationwide sports
betting permits in accordance with the 3rd GlüÄndStV or are in the
application process. Since 2012, they have paid over 2.5 billion euros in
sports betting taxes in Germany. Most of the members are also active as
sponsors in German professional sports.
SOURCE: The German Sports Betting
Mississippi Lottery Corporation Announces November Transfer to the
JACKSON, Mississippi (December 21,
2020) -- The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) completed its November
transfer of $7,970,084.81 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the
Mississippi State Treasury.
This brings the total transfer for
Fiscal Year 2021 to $ 41,625,121.54.
The Mississippi Department of
Transportation (MDOT) also recently announced the additional awarding of
projects throughout the State. For the latest list of MDOT projects using
lottery net proceeds,
Coming Soon: New Year, New
The MLC will introduce a $1
Valentines Day Doubler and a $5 Gold Rush scratch-off game scheduled to
arrive at lottery retailers throughout the state starting Tuesday, January 5,
In accordance with the Alyce G.
Clarke Lottery Law, the MLC is required to transfer net proceeds within 20 days
following the close of each calendar month.
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation
(MLC) was created in 2018 by the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law,
Senate Bill 2001. The MLC is a legislatively created corporation.
Visit us online at
www.mslotteryhome.com. For the MLCs first seven months operating in
Fiscal Year 2020, the lottery reported gross sales of $339,776,406 and returned
$70,703,360 in net proceeds to the State.
SOURCE: Mississippi Lottery
American Gaming Association CEO Reflects on 2020 and Cheers to the New
A Note From the CEO
Dear AGA Members and Industry
By any measure, 2020 has been an
We endured a devastating pandemic,
social unrest, and a contentious national election. The toll COVID-19 has taken
on each of us is realaffecting our families, teams, and businesses. But
as the year comes to an end, the deployment of breakthrough vaccines presents
promise and hope for a much brighter 2021.
Despite the trials of this past
year, together we have achieved remarkable success.
Most importantly, for the first time
ever, our industry received fair treatment from the federal government in the
CARES Act. We then ensured discriminatory policy wouldnt stand, providing
small gaming businesses access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). But
that wasnt all we accomplished. Together, we:
- Led all industries in establishing robust health
and safety protocols to reopen responsibly.
- Pioneered new payment innovation to help protect
public health and offer consumer choice.
- Extended our commitment to responsible gaming by
forging new partnerships and setting new industry standards.
- Deepened our knowledge through AGA-led research
that showed sports bettors abandoning the illegal market, enhanced policymaker
and American consumer perceptions of gaming, and informed industry reopening
- Connected -- virtually -- to share insights,
conduct business, and unite the industry at G2E 2020, AML Summit, Regulator
Roundtable, or any number of webinars.
As we build on this earned momentum
in 2021, the AGA is singularly focused on accelerating gamings recovery.
We will focus on four strategic priorities:
1. Secure urgently needed
economic relief for gaming.
Our CARES Act victory set the
standard: gaming must be included in all federal support packages. While the
latest round of stimulus offers some new relief, the AGA is undeterred in
seeking liability protections for gaming companies that follow stringent safety
protocols, additional support for tribal nations, and incentives to
reinvigorate the travel, meetings, and hospitality sectors.
2. Develop new champions to
promote gamings recovery.
Policymakers who understand our
impact are more likely to support our goals. We are already meeting with the
Biden transition team, engaging the 45 new members of Congress from gaming
states, and working to expand the Congressional Gaming Caucus. We will continue
to leverage our investments in advocacy, research, and communications to
sustain our success in improving policymakers perceptions of
3. Block harmful policies and
advance specific reforms to generate revenue growth.
Policies that hinder our growth hurt
the communities where we operate. We will strongly oppose any attempt to enact
new federal or state taxes on gaming. We will keep promoting efforts to get
sports betting right, pushing for payment choice on the casino floor, and
fighting against illegal, unregulated gaming markets and machines.
4. Drive communications and
research to promote industry priorities.
As gaming seeks new customers and
welcomes returning patrons, we will reinforce the industrys commitment to
responsible reopening, demonstrating how our health and safety protocols
protect our customers, employees, and communities. The AGA will advance
gamings recovery by showcasing the link between local economic stability
and gamings vitality.
There has never been a greater need
for a unified industry and strong association. We enter the new year on a
sound, resilient foundation, that we built together. Im privileged to be
leading our efforts with the amazing support of the talented, hard-working AGA
team. Were all excited about what 2021 will bring and eager to advance
gamings recovery together.
Thank you for your continued support
of the AGA during this challenging year. I am grateful for it and proud of what
we have accomplished together.
I wish you all a safe, enjoyable
holiday season and a very happy New Year.
All the best,
SOURCE: American Gaming
Conscious Gaming's Playpause Service Launches with the Pennsylvania
Gaming Control Board
LAS VEGAS, NV & HARRISBURG, PA
(December 22, 2020) - Conscious Gamingand the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
are jointly announcing the deployment tomorrow of PlayPause, an
innovative self-exclusion tool for internet-based gambling created to modernize
and strengthen the effectiveness of the U.S. gaming industrys responsible
This is the first deployment of
PlayPause in the United States with the solution being made available at no
cost to operators and regulators via Conscious Gaming, a new non-profit
organization established by GeoComply.
The system is designed for
regulators and licensed gaming operators in one state to securely identify
self-excluded patrons who chose to participate in the program with other
participating United States licensed gaming operators and regulators.
underscores Conscious Gamings and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Boards commitments to uniting the industry to achieve shared responsible
gaming goals and protect consumers.
Pennsylvania is pleased to be
the first jurisdiction to join the PlayPause program, says Elizabeth
Lanza, Director of the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling of the
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. By integrating with this solution, the
industry and regulators can increase wellbeing efforts and advance the
effectiveness of self-exclusion.
Lanza says individuals who sign up
for the Self-Exclusion program in Pennsylvania will be provided the option of
participating in PlayPause to assist them in extending the self-exclusion to
other jurisdictions as they deploy the tool.
We are thrilled to see our
vision for a national self-exclusion tool come to life with Pennsylvanias
PlayPause launch, says Anna Sainsbury, Conscious Gaming Trustee and
GeoComply Chairman and Co-Founder. We are looking forward to further
collaboration with industry stakeholders to expand coverage and impact for this
Powered by GeoComply, which provides
the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board licensees with a geolocation service that
effectively blocks participation in internet-based gaming when the player is
not within the Commonwealths borders, the PlayPause solution will:
- Expand the protective self-exclusion bubble so that
as players move from state to state, the protection that they have asked for
can also move with them.
- Enable consumers to self-exclude across multiple
states to prevent the incidence of simply crossing a state line and continuing
- Empower operators to strengthen responsible gaming
programs - and make more data-driven decisions - with greater insights into
players that have already self-excluded in one state but need to be recognized
and protected if/when they seek to play in another jurisdiction.
- Streamline the administrative burden and eliminate
the silos associated with maintaining numerous separate state-operated
For more information on PlayPause,
please visit: www.playpausegaming.com
For more information on Conscious
Gaming, please visit: www.consciousgaming.org
For more information on the
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, please visit
www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. For more information on
gambling disorder programs and Pennsylvanias assistance, please visit the
Boards Office of Compulsive and Problem Gamblings website,
For more information regarding this
press release, please contact Seth Palansky of Conscious Gaming at
email@example.com , or Doug Harbach at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Conscious Gaming
Conscious Gaming is a philanthropic
organization committed to utilizing advanced technology to propel social
responsibility initiatives. Conscious Gamings mission is to leverage
advanced technology and insights, to empower corporate social responsibility
within our and our partners communities. We work with gaming operators,
regulators, responsible gaming advocacy groups, academics and treatment
professionals, to better protect consumers and enhance responsible gaming.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling legalized under 2004s
Race Horse Development and Gaming Act and the Gaming Expansion Act of 2017. In
addition to slot machine and table games gambling at land-based casinos, the
expansion includes online casino games available to date on 12 sites; sports
wagering offered through sportsbooks at 13 retail locations and through 11
online outlets; video gaming terminals (VGTs) offered as of this date at 40
qualified truck stops; and, fantasy sports contests through six providers. The
mature land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania currently consists of six
racetrack (Category 1) and four stand-alone (Category 2) casinos in, along with
the two resort (Category 3) casinos and one mini-casino (Category 4).
These facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and, along with other
types of Board-regulated gaming, annually generate over $1.5 billion in tax
revenue. An additional Category 2 casino is expected to open in the first
quarter of 2021, while a number of Category 4 casinos are expected to begin
operation over the next couple of years.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Gaming Control
QTech Games Sharpens Its Premium Platform with Spearhead
expands its content portfolio with new games from emerging-force
MALTA (December 22 2020)
QTech Games, the number-one games distributor across Asia and all growth
markets, has maintained the strong momentum in its premium pipeline, thanks to
its latest supplier deal with emerging force, Spearhead Studios.
Under the terms of the deal,
Spearhead has delivered its progressive portfolio to QTech Games
partners, whose players will now enjoy an array of 25 slots and table games,
featuring some of the hottest properties around, like the breakout Book of
Souls and Wilds of Wall Street franchises.
Integrating content from one of the
most innovative and creative online studios around adds yet more creative
muscle to QTech Games burgeoning platform, which is bringing the widest
range of online games to emerging territories with established names, such as
Ezugi and Yggdrasil, sitting alongside the industrys rising-star
Spearhead Studios game client
has been optimised for mobile (notably with its snackable Slider Games series),
a channel at the heart of QTechs RNG model, which is founded on its
fully-owned and customised technical platform, affording games providers and
operators the fastest integration available. Through this leading platform,
which has become renowned as a global gaming one-stop shop, clients also
benefit from the best performance and customer support available, localised to
every region across both emerging and more mature markets.
The agreement organically widens
Spearhead Studios international footprint, unlocking untapped
jurisdictions from Asia to Eastern Europe and Latin America for diversified
Ulf Norder, CCO QTech Games, said:
Were committed to rolling out the best content that generates fresh
revenue streams for our partners. Therefore, this deal with Spearhead Studios
extends our wide-ranging pipeline for the year. In todays marketplace,
only a premier portfolio of the highest calibre separates you from the crowd,
so were thrilled to see how Spearhead has satisfied this
Mathias Larsson, Managing Director
at Spearhead Studios, added: Our aim at Spearhead is to disrupt the
industry by making local games for local markets and in QTech Games
weve found a platform partner who shares our core values. Teaming up with
them constitutes a fantastic opportunity to bolster our product distribution
across emerging territories and deliver our great games to a range of
high-profile partners. We cant wait to see how they connect with new
audiences, and we will expand this partnership over the months ahead.
In an era of customisation,
QTech Games is truly embracing their brand promise of tailoring top-class
content for diverse audiences. It keeps them at the cutting edge of relevance
for all kinds of players across emerging markets.
SOURCE: QTech Games press
Sky Racing World Launches Free Live Streaming Mobile
New product will feature
daily live-stream of International horse racing on mobile
LOUISVILLE, KY. (December 22nd,
2020) Sky Racing World, the Louisville, Kentucky-based distributor of
International horseracing (Thoroughbred) content and subsidiary of Australian
wagering operator Tabcorp, has announced the launch of its new smartphone App.
Available today on the Apple and Google Play stores, the Sky Racing World
Streaming App will make live viewing of International horse racing easier and
more accessible than ever before for North American handicappers.
Featuring extensive coverage of live
horse racing meets and live harness racing coverage, the new mobile App will
provide enthusiasts of the sport with an unparalleled mobile experience that is
With a few quick clicks, iPhone,
iPad and Android users can download the Sky Racing World Streaming App and
instantly gain access to a variety of International horse racing content, all
at their fingertips.
The App boasts live horse racing for
meets in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and Japan, as well as live
harness racing coverage in Australia. In addition, the Sky Racing World
smartphone app also includes a link to free past performances, race forms and
programs on the Sky Racing World website.
Horse racing is one of the few
sports that has continued despite the ongoing global pandemic, albeit, without
spectators in some jurisdictions. With its new mobile app for iOS and Android,
Sky Racing World looks to fill the void of not being able to attend meets in
person by bringing the thrilling action from global tracks to horse racing
fans, wherever they go.
David Haslett, President and CEO at
Sky Racing World, said: Demand for digital racing content has accelerated
since the start of the global pandemic, so it became clear that a single-minded
App to stream and watch International racing would fill a prominent need in the
market. We are excited to show our customers how committed we are to continuing
to deliver world-class racing from a variety of markets.
Races are available to live stream
on their mobile devices through the Sky Racing World Streaming App on iOS and
for the first time on Android devices. Fans can also watch live via desktop at
skyracingworld.com, and watch and wager with all major ADW platforms such as
TVG, TwinSpires, Xpressbet, NYRABets, WatchandWager, HPIbet, AmWager, and
SOURCE: Sky Racing World media
SB Secures Gaming Laboratories International 33 Certification Ahead
of US Debut
technology provider meeting highest possible integrity standards as North
America launch nears
LONDON (December 22, 2020)
FSB, the award-winning sports betting and iGaming technology provider, is
pleased to announce it has been granted Gaming Laboratories International GLI
33 certification for its sports betting platform.
FSB has successfully completed
pre-compliance testing of its products and services against GLI 33 Event
Wagering Systems standards ahead of the providers entrance into the
regulated US market, where it has identified tremendous opportunities.
The standards, while not a
replacement for the requirements that must be met in each regulated state,
ensure that platform providers are meeting the highest possible integrity
standards and will help to expedite the approval process in each state that FSB
Bob Akeret, Vice President
Operations, North America at FSB, said: We are delighted to have received
Gaming Laboratories International GLI 33 certification for
our sportsbook platform, proving that we are meeting the highest integrity
standards ahead of our debut in the US market.
Approval for our certification
was quick and straight-forward and thats a real testament to the
technical capacity of our highly evolved platform.
Dave McDowell, CEO at FSB, said:
Gaining GLI 33 certification is another milestone for FSB.
We see huge potential for our
various products and services in the US and this certification gives us the
platform to prove our technologies can meet the exact needs of operators and
players across North America. It all points to an exciting 2021.