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Vol. 94 No.6 - Monday February 8, 2021

 

 

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CAIXA Lotteries Raise R$17.1 Billion in 2020

Result is the best in the history of Lotteries

 

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BRAZIL (January 29, 2021) -- The CAIXA Lotteries registered record numbers in 2020, with a collection of R$17.1 billion in bets. The result is the best ever recorded in history and represents a growth of 2.35% in relation to sales in 2019, when the collection was R $ 16.7 billion, a previous record.

The year 2020 was also the year in which the most prizes were distributed, breaking the record of prizes offered in 2019 by 5%: more than R$5.9 billion in prizes to more than 300.8 million winning bets, in all the award ranges and in all lottery modalities. In addition, R$8.05 billion was transferred to priority areas in the country, such as Health, Education, Security, Sports, among others, which is the largest transfer ever made by CAIXA Lotteries in its entire history.

Once again, Mega-Sena was the main modality of CAIXA Lotteries in sales, responsible for the highest percentage of collection, corresponding to 40.4% of the total collected, that is, more than R$6.9 billion.

Next is Lotofácil, which recorded the highest growth in sales, of the order of 19% compared to 2019, responsible for R $ 5.2 billion and a 30.5% share in the CAIXA game portfolio. Third, with a 17.4% share, follows Quina, which raised more than R3.0 billion.

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Credibility and social relevance:

In the year in which CAIXA Lotteries completed 58 years of history, the amounts collected, social transfers and prizes paid consolidate the relevance and the important social role of Lotteries in Brazil, which, in addition to being a fundamental part in the growth and maintenance strategy of the country's public policies, make it possible for gamblers' dreams to come true, through millionaire prizes.

The credibility and smoothness of CAIXA Lottery operations are internationally recognized. In 2020, there was a Level 3 recertification in Responsible Gambling, granted by the World Lottery Association (WLA), showing that CAIXA is in line with the best governance practices adopted by state lotteries in the world with regard to the protection of bettors and reduction of potential damage associated with the lottery games market.

Even with the impacts on the collection, which occurred as of March, it was possible to verify, from the 3rd quarter of 2020, the results of the rapid adaptation of the CAIXA Lotteries to the context of the pandemic.

In response to the impacts of COVID-19, among the measures and actions adopted throughout the year, we highlight the changes in Lotofácil, which started to have daily drawings, the launch of the new lottery called Super Sete and the availability of the App Loterias CAIXA also for users of the Android operating system.

These and other actions contributed to the increase in revenue from the sale of Lotteries:

 

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Social transfers:

Of the total collected by the Federal Lotteries, a percentage is destined to the beneficiaries provided for in Law. With the gradual resumption of sales and the strengthening of prizes and special contests, CAIXA Lotteries accelerated their results, which allowed the generation of even more resources to the lottery beneficiaries. .

In 2020, the amounts transferred to the social beneficiaries were also a record and reached a total of R $ 8.05 billion, an amount 1.58% higher than the amount transferred in 2019. These funds are transferred by the Lotteries to be applied in areas such as sports, culture, social security, health and safety, among others.

 

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Special contests:

In 2020, four special contests were held: Easter duo, Quina de São João, Lotofácil da Independência and Mega da Virada.

In the four contests, more than R $ 633.5 million in prizes were offered in the main range. The sale of the four special contests in 2020 totaled more than R $ 1.8 billion, 17.5% more than the 2019 editions. The 2020 performance generated more than R $ 869 million in social transfers.

Highlight for the biggest CAIXA Lottery contest, Mega da Virada, which celebrated its 12th edition with historical numbers: a main prize of R $ 325.2 million was offered for two winning bets, which each received R $ 162, 6 million. This was the biggest prize in the history of Lotteries CAIXA, which also registered a record collection, surpassing R $ 1.17 billion, 14.26% above the previous record in the 2019 edition.

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SOURCE: Caixa Econômica Federal (CAIXA Lotteries).

 

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IGT Adds Engaging iLottery Games to Kentucky Lottery Corporation's Portfolio via Four-Year Contract Extension

IGT PlayDigital PlayLottery Content Will Include the Company's Patented Cash Pop Draw Game

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LONDON, Feb. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a four-year contract extension with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation to continue providing its iLottery platform and mobile app, and add engaging new IGT PlayLottery content to the Lottery's existing digital games portfolio.

 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 PlayDigital will install its PlayRGS (remote game server) digital game delivery technology allowing the Lottery to expand its portfolio of Instant Play games with new game features and promotional capabilities. IGT will also add the Lottery's daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 draw games to Kentucky's iLottery lineup, as well as IGT's patented Cash Pop™ game. Cash Pop is IGT's exclusive draw-based game that gives players the ability to strategize their wager and create their own personalized experience every time they play.

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"For more than 30 years, IGT has continuously helped modernize the Kentucky Lottery's offerings to ensure they suit the ever-changing player needs and market opportunities," said Mary Harville, Kentucky Lottery President and CEO. "When we first introduced iLottery games with IGT in 2016, we offered three draw games and five instant play games. Extending our contract with IGT allows us to grow our portfolio to offer a total of eight draw games, including three new ones to the digital space, and more than a hundred compelling instant play games that will entertain players and contribute to the Lottery's record-breaking annual sales growth."

"Now more than ever, lotteries are looking to evolve the traditional lottery player experience through the introduction of iLottery play, and IGT is excited to help the Kentucky Lottery benefit from the evolution of its digital games portfolio," said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "The Kentucky Lottery was at the forefront of this initiative, and we look forward to bringing additional innovative draw games, like Cash Pop, and engaging PlayLottery instant play themes to the Lottery's players."

In addition to new games and the digital platform, IGT will provide performance analytics to recommend and identify specific opportunities for iLottery growth. IGT will also provide continued system, software and marketing support for the iLottery program.

The Kentucky Lottery has been a customer of IGT's since the Lottery's inception in 1989. In 2016, IGT began providing its PlayLottery products and solutions for the Lottery, and in early 2020, the Lottery executed a two-year iLottery extension with IGT. The latest amendment extends IGT's contract for another four years through July 2026. In addition to iLottery, IGT provides the traditional draw-based lottery system and retail lottery products, as well as operations, hotline, field services and marketing support.

For more information about IGT, visit igt.com. Follow IGT on Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IGTnews, or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

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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Svenska Spel Sport & Casino Launches New Sports Book

VISBY, Sweden (February 2, 2021) -- Svenska Spel Sport & Casino launched its new sports book on Tuesday morning in collaboration with Draftkings. The new betting platform means that Svenska Spel Sport & Casino will offer its customers an expanded range of sports betting, a better customer experience and new features such as betbuilder and cash out.

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In September 2019, Svenska Spel Sport & Casino signed an agreement with Draftkings, then SBTech, as the supplier of a new sports book. Since then, work has been done to implement and complete what is today Svenska Spel Sport & Casino's new sportsbook platform.

“It feels incredibly good to finally be able to offer our customers a new sports book with all that it entails. News such as betbuilder and cashout together with a wider range, it is very fun to now be able to offer our players.

We will continue to offer competitive odds together with fixed bet limits that apply to all customers,” says Dan Korhonen, Head of Product Sportsbetting & Sportbook Integrity, Svenska Spel Sport & Casino.

One of the biggest advantages for Svenska Spel Sport & Casino's customers is that the new sports book will offer a more competitive range of sports odds, better functionality and a more complete gaming experience. The local offer will also continue to be handled by Svenska Spel Sport & Casino's staff.

“We are pleased to announce that we are now delivering Svenska Spel Sport & Casino's new sports book with our award-winning B2B solution, a unique and outstanding gaming experience with industry-leading coverage of both local and international markets.

Svenska Spel Sport & Casino is the leading operator in the Swedish market and together we will improve the gaming experience for players throughout Sweden,” says Shay Berka, Chief International Officer, Draftkings.

Draftkings is a digital sports entertainment and gaming operator with products in daily fantasy, betting and digital media.

Draftkings was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Boston and is the only US-based vertically integrated sports betting operator.

Draftkings is an omnichannel provider of sports betting and gaming technology that runs sports and gaming entertainment for more than 50 operators in 17 countries.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel Sport & Casino AB.

 

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Second Quarter Louisiana Lottery Transfers Up $13.2 Million From Last Year

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (February 1, 2021) – For the second quarter of fiscal year 2021, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation transferred nearly $47 million to the state treasury, bringing total year-to-date contributions to over $94.7 million. This represents an increase of more than $13.2 million from the first two quarters of fiscal year 2020 and exceeds budgeted transfers by more than $15.6 million.

“Sales for the second quarter of this fiscal year were strong due to high demand for our scratch-off games and phenomenal growth of our daily numbers games Pick 3 and Pick 4,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson.

“Ending out December, monthly sales have eclipsed $40 million for the 10th consecutive month, the longest streak in our history.”

With revenue of $138,796,982, the Lottery’s total second-quarter state transfers were $46,685,930 or 33.6%. Since the Lottery began operations in 1991, it has brought in more than $11.3 billion in revenue and transferred over $4 billion to the state treasury.

In fiscal year 2021, the Lottery began adjusting scratch-off game prize structures, increasing prize payouts and adding more of the higher price-point games that have grown in popularity.

That strategy has paid off nicely so far, resulting in net gains for the state.

 Local businesses who sell Lottery tickets also saw their compensation increase for the second quarter of the fiscal year. Retailer commission, incentives for cashing winning tickets and bonuses for selling winning tickets totaled more than $7.8 million for October through December of 2020.

Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. Anyone with a gambling problem, or friends of anyone with a gambling problem, is encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for assistance.

For security purposes, players should sign the back of their tickets after purchasing.

More information on the Louisiana Lottery can be found on its website www.louisianalottery.com/about, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/louisianalottery or on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/LALottery.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery Corporation.

 

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO, ON (January 31, 2921) – Following an extensive recruitment process, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announces Pinder Basi as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

“Pinder is an experienced executive with a proven track record in finance and business with a focus on growth, profitability and collaboration,” says Duncan Hannay, OLG’s President and CEO.

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“His successes in large transformations will be an asset as we work together to position OLG for a post-pandemic recovery, digital growth, and new opportunities to maximize value for our customers and the people of Ontario.”

Prior to joining OLG, Pinder served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mastermind Toys. In this role, Pinder was a key member of the executive team that grew Mastermind Toys from a Toronto-based retailer into a national chain with a growing e-commerce operation. Pinder previously served as a senior executive at Universal Studios Canada, a division of NBC Universal, and has also been a successful leader in other sectors including packaged goods. He is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).

“I am pleased to be joining OLG and look forward to working with the team at such a crucial and exciting time for the organization,” says Pinder Basi. “I believe my experience with growing companies, in both the retail and e-commerce sectors, and with entertainment content delivery, will assist OLG as it charts its new strategic course.”

Pinder is replacing outgoing CFO Lisa Bell-Murray, who is retiring after 30 years of valued service to OLG. “On behalf of all OLG, I would like to thank Lisa for the many professional and personal contributions she has made to this organization over the course of her impressive career,” says Hannay. “We wish her the very best in her retirement.”

Pinder Basi starts at OLG on February 1, 2021.

SOURCE: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

 

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A Bonus Play Worth Up To $50,000!

Introducing a Limited-Time Draw Game Promotion from the Florida Lottery

TALLAHASSEE – Today, the Florida Lottery announces the limited-time Florida Jackpots Bonus Play Promotion, where players can enter to win cash prizes from $1,000 to $50,000 with the purchase of FLORIDA LOTTO® and JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY™ tickets during the month of February!

One drawing will be held on March 3 from all tickets entered by February 28, 2021 at midnight ET, where a total of 121 winners will be selected to win a total of $300,000 in cash prizes! Winners will be announced on March 8. The total breakdown of prizes is as follows:

 

Prize Amount Winners
Top Prize $50,000 1
2nd Prize $10,000 5
3rd Prize $5,000 10
4th Prize $2,500 30
5th Prize $1,000 75

 

To enter, players can simply visit the Lottery’s website at www.flalottery.com and click on the Florida Jackpots Bonus Play Promotion banner. Here players will find information about the promotion, including how to enter, draw information, prizes, and more.

Players can also scan their tickets into the promotion using the Florida Lottery’s mobile app for iPhone and Android users. FLORIDA LOTTO and JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY tickets are available at more than 13,000 Lottery retail locations statewide.

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Additionally, players who purchase a FLORIDA LOTTO with Double PlayTM or JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY with ComboTM ticket will receive a promo code printed on their ticket worth five additional entries into the drawing.

A total of four promo codes will be offered, one for each week of the promotional period. Each promo code can only be entered once during the week it is offered.

Florida Lottery offices are currently open to the public by appointment only for players with prizes valued at $600 or more.

Players can request a claim appointment at Headquarters and district offices through the Lottery’s website, at www.flalottery.com/howToClaim. Players can still utilize the secured drop box located at each district office or mail tickets to Florida Lottery Headquarters or a district office.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $38 billion to enhance 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 Florida's 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 www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Loto-Québec Launches a Lottery Ticket Made from 100% Recycled Materials

MONTRÉAL, Quebec (January 22, 2021) — Loto-Québec has just launched the first-ever lottery ticket printed on entirely recycled materials. With its Évasion scratch ticket, it becomes the first lottery corporation in the world to implement an environmental initiative of this kind.

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Post-consumer recycled content is an offshoot of the circular economy. It’s designed with recycled materials that have served their primary purpose and can be recycled once again. In fact, many of Loto-Québec’s products are made in part with post-consumer products.

As part of its commitment to social responsibility, Loto-Québec even went one step further—by creating a scratch ticket with the smallest environmental footprint in the industry. The Corporation also intends to launch other green products in coming months, including the Code secret scratch ticket, also made from 100% recycled materials.

Furthermore, all Loto-Québec lottery tickets are recyclable.

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In creating scratch tickets on a greener medium, Loto-Québec wanted to further reduce its environmental footprint by promoting the local economy. To do so, the Corporation called on two partners based in Québec.

The games are produced with environmentally friendly, water-based inks at Scientific Games’ highly secure Montréal instant game manufacturing facility. As for the recycled materials, it is produced by Rolland, an eco-friendly printing paper supplier located in Saint-Jérôme.

A reminder that the majority of Loto-Québec scratch tickets are FSC-certified. FSC labels deliver a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy support responsible forest management, and that the products are handled correctly at every stage of production – from forest to shelf.

SOURCE: Loto-Québec.

 

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BCLC Supports Legalization of Single-Event Sports Betting

B.C. Canada (February 1, 2021) -- BCLC is urging Ottawa to pass proposed legislation, known as Bill C-13, to allow Canadians to make single-event sports bets.

“Our players have wanted single-event sports betting for a long time. For example, this weekend is the Super Bowl and our players want to be able to simply bet on the winner, which they are unable to do under the current legislation,” says Stewart Groumoutis, BCLC’s director of eGaming. “We’re encouraging the federal government to modernize laws so we can provide single-event betting to our players and generate additional revenue to support provincial programs.”

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Online at PlayNow.com, the only regulated gambling website in B.C., legalized single-event betting would quickly create a new suite of sports-betting opportunities that players currently access on websites operating illegally in B.C.

PlayNow.com currently captures more than two-thirds of B.C.’s online gambling market, demonstrating a clear preference of players to use a regulated website with strong player health, integrity and security safeguards.

In the longer term, in land-based casinos and community gaming centres, BCLC would work with industry, regulator and government partners to introduce licensed sportsbooks in key markets. Additionally, BCLC would consider enhanced sports-betting offerings at hospitality locations across B.C. that sell lottery products. For example, players would be able to place a bet on the Canucks game outcome, and follow along while at their local bar or pub.

BCLC expects single-event sports betting would generate an estimated $125 to $175 million in additional revenue through online and land-based opportunities.

Currently, B.C. players are only able to place single-event sports bets by going across the border to Washington State casinos, or on unregulated off-shore websites. If single-event sports betting is legalized, BCLC can shift this play to B.C. casinos and PlayNow.com, where the health of players is prioritized and where revenue helps support provincial initiatives such as healthcare, education and community programs.

PlayNow.com is the only online gambling website in North America and one of the few in the world with dedicated player-health specialists available via telephone and online chat to support players with healthy play habits or refer them to treatment and support services, if needed. These specialists are also available in every B.C. casinos and community gaming centre, where they are known as GameSense Advisors.

In fiscal year 2019/20, thanks to players, BCLC generated $1.3 billion in net income for the Province of B.C., which helps support education, community programs and healthcare.

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

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Comeon Group Affirms Cooperation with Synot Games

BRNO, Czech Republic (February 2, 2021) -- The Malta based giant ComeOn Group has sealed a partnership to onboard SYNOT Games’ full portfolio suite. We are ecstatic to have the largest privately-owned operator in Sweden that is also a colossal player in several other markets, set their eyes on our content.

Our slot content is world-leading, to enable smooth and accessible play for online players, all around the globe. Our full content range will enable play through the whole suite of 21 brands held by the ComeOn Group of Companies. Client partnerships have always been paramount in successful agreements and match our business objectives; ensuring quality and clarity of integrations with clients from start to finish. We pride ourselves on our brand reputation, and therefore host some of the largest clients in the gaming industry.

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“We are looking forward to working with the esteemed brands from the Cherry Group and Come-On operation. This will enable us to showcase our extensive portfolio of online slots, to ensure a smooth transition of technologies and a mutually beneficial agreement that will be advantageous for both companies. This prestigious deal will demonstrate our dedication to quality of play, and we will add value and efficacy to their business visions," Priscilla Gatt, Head of Business Development at SYNOT Games.

“At ComeOn we always strive to give our players an awesome experience. We are committed to offer the best products to our players. Therefore, we are happy to announce our partnership with SYNOT Games and we are confident that together we will be able to provide players with a great gaming experience,” Johan Olsen, Head of Casino at ComeOn Group.

About ComeOn Group

Founded in 2008, the ComeOn Group has had a fantastic journey growing from a small start-up to a big player in online gaming. Powered by a lean but highly skilled workforce the ComeOn Group is practicing a multi brand strategy to be able to create better user experiences through meaningful brands. Learn more at www.comeon-group.com.

About SYNOT Games

SYNOT Games is an established content supplier with a growing presence, licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and UK Gambling Commission and certified across Europe. The games are already certified in several jurisdictions including Spain, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Greece, the UK, and Malta. Our comprehensive portfolio boasts with more than 60 exciting titles, available in 25 languages, and live in over 120 casinos.

SOURCE: SYNOT Games.

 

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$1.05B Mega Millions Jackpot Raises $33.5M for Education in Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia (January 26, 2021) -- Georgia Lottery officials announced Monday that the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot generated more than $33.5 million in proceeds for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.

In addition, Georgia Lottery players won big statewide in Friday’s drawing.

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Winning numbers from the Jan. 22 drawing were: 4-26-42-50-60 and the Mega Ball was 24.

One jackpot ticket was sold in Michigan, and eight tickets worth $10,000 each were sold in Georgia.

The $10,000 tickets were purchased in: Butler, Cave Spring, Clermont, Dunwoody, Jefferson, Kennesaw and Kingsland (2).

Additionally, Georgia Lottery players won more than $9.7 million in prizes since the Mega Millions jackpot began rolling in September.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $20 million to a single annuity winner.

It only takes $2 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play. Mega Millions also offers an optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot that allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.

Mega Millions tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide. Georgia residents also can purchase Mega Millions tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $22.7 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.9 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

 

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GLI Reaffirms Its Commitment to Innovation and the Needs of the Gaming Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

 

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (January 26, 2021) -- "Seeing this video of the 2019 Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable, makes us long for the moment when we hope to be together again in the not-too-distant future," says the Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) team in a recent statement.

"Although we were unable to meet in person in 2020, we never stopped working for you, anticipating what lies ahead and giving you the knowledge, you need now to navigate the future of the gaming and lottery industry."

As the industry faces numerous challenges, it is more important than ever to stay connected and on top of innovation.

For this reason, the GLI team reports that it continues to be in contact with regulators in the region to discuss the needs of each jurisdiction.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, GLI continues to focus on providing the necessary tools as new technologies emerge.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

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Microgaming and PearFiction Studios to launch Chicago Gold slot on February 4

ISLE OF MAN (January 27, 2020) – Microgaming has announced an exclusive agreement with PearFiction Studios which will see the highly creative Montreal-based games designer supply content to the Microgaming platform.

The exclusive partnership kicks off on 4 February with the launch of mobster escapade, Chicago Gold. This high-volatility, 40-payline slot is packed with free spins and respins and will be PearFiction’s first major global game to feature on the Microgaming network.

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Chicago Gold introduces exciting new bonus features like Cash Collection and the Big Boss Jackpot Reveal. It will be followed swiftly onto the network by PearFiction’s wild prehistoric adventure Blazing Mammoth.

PearFiction Studios previously worked with Microgaming on a one-off collaboration to create punk rock band themed game, The Smashing Biscuit. This success, coupled with Microgaming’s commitment to partnering with the most vibrant new talent, has prompted the two companies to take the relationship to the next stage.

Microgaming customers can learn more about PearFiction Studios and its entertaining content during a special webinar on 28 January.

PearFiction Studios’ CEO Thierry Semoff said the scope and scale of the Microgaming platform made this a transformational distribution deal for his blossoming studio.

“When an industry pioneer like Microgaming wants you on board, it’s a real recognition that the games you’re creating are good and that all your hard work is paying off,” Semoff said.

Microgaming Director of Games Andrew Booth said: “PearFiction Studios are proven innovators who marry great artwork with technical insights, game performance and a huge sense of fun. Join us on 28 January when we take a closer look at Chicago Gold and learn more about the PearFiction Studios team.”

SOURCE: Microgaming press release.

 

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Governor Kemp: Georgia Lottery Raises over $731M for HOPE, Pre-K with Record First Half

ATLANTA, Georgia (January 28, 2021) -- Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced the Georgia Lottery Corp.’s most profitable first half since its inception in 1993. The Georgia Lottery generated more than $731,281,000 in profits for the first half of fiscal year 2021, bringing the total transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account to more than $23 billion.

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The record first half includes FY21 Q2 profits of $347.9 million.

“This record success is great news for students in communities throughout Georgia,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Georgia Lottery’s continued success ensures that Georgia’s students and families remain the ultimate winners through Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program.”

The Georgia Lottery’s record FY21 first half, which began July 1, follows a record fiscal year that provided the state of Georgia more than $1.23 billion for HOPE and Pre-K.

“Our record first half provides great momentum for the remainder of the fiscal year as we work diligently each day to fulfill our mission to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said. “I am grateful for the constant support provided by Governor Kemp, our board of directors, and the legislature. I am also deeply appreciative of our dedicated employees, retailers, vendors and partners, and our players.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $23 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.9 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

 

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ONCE: The Impact of Advertising in Relation to Gambling

An evaluation of the addictive capacity of gambling, taking a predominantly clinical approach, is the subject of the winning project in the latest edition of the “ONCE International Responsible Gaming Competition” (Certamen Internacional de Juego Responsable de la ONCE).

 

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The director general of ONCE, Ángel Sánchez, presents the winner of the fourth International Responsible Gaming Competition to Dr. Marta Sancho Navarro, of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Sancho and a team of researchers submitted the winning paper titled, Impact of advertising according to game type, sociodemographic factors and associated psychopathology

 

SPAIN (January 29, 2021) -- In recent years, ONCE has adopted a new biennial competition format to fulfil the “Research” requirement for responsible gaming certification through the European Lotteries. The aim of this requirement is to promote research into the factors that facilitate the appearance of risk behavior, in order to reduce, as far as possible, the potential negative impact that gambling can have on a very small sector of consumers.

In this fourth and latest edition of the competition, the winning paper was titled Impact of advertising according to game type, sociodemographic factors and associated psychopathology, presented by a team of researchers led by Dr. Marta Sancho from Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Barcelona). The paper analyzes the impact of gambling-related advertising on both persons with a gambling addiction (clinical sample), and persons without any such addiction (sample of the general public). The study included a total of 220 participants, 89 with a gambling addiction and 131 without. All participants were evaluated through questionnaires on gambling issues, other associated symptoms (anxiety or depression) and personality, and through a computer test to evaluate attention bias towards gambling-related stimuli, such as advertising.

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The results gave rise to some noteworthy conclusions. The clinical sample showed greater interest in gaming machines, sports betting, and roulette compared to the general public sample, while the general public sample’s interest in lotteries was greater. Additionally, the clinical sample showed a greater vulnerability to the impact of gambling-related advertising, which increased in line with the seriousness of the gambling behavior. Furthermore, the study revealed that young people were more vulnerable to the impact of gambling-related advertising; increasing their interest in gambling, inducing a more pro-gambling attitude in them, and increasing their knowledge of gambling providers, especially in relation to online gambling sites.

In previous editions of the competition, studies focused on promoting research into variables that make it possible for behavioral alterations to occur in relation to gambling from different perspectives (2011) and developing an online expert system for identifying and intervening in gambling problems (2013). The third and fourth editions of the competition concentrated on evaluating the addictive capacity of games of chance.

The first winning paper, titled Factors that facilitate pathological addictive gambling behaviors in young people and adolescents, was presented by a team of researchers led by Dr. Ana Estévez, of Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain. The ultimate aim was to identify, relate and establish a relational map of the risk factors inherent in gambling that can activate the psychosocial processes that underlie addiction.

In the second edition, the winning project was titled, Development of an on-line expert system for identifying and intervening in gambling problems, presented by Dr. Francisco Labrador, who led a team from the psychology faculty from the Complutense University, Madrid, Spain. The aim of the study was to develop an online system for identifying and intervening in gambling problems. This system has been used by ONCE to improve its product design tool, providing an instrument for greater control over the risk impact of its products.

Another paper presented by Dr. Ana Estévez of Deusto University received an award in the third competition. The study was titled, Influence of commercial advertising on the risk behavior of adolescents in sports betting: Guide for regulators, operators, institutions and the media. The study measured the influence of commercial advertising on young people’s behavior in sports betting. Its findings highlight the responsibility of companies in the gambling sector, in designing advertising and marketing strategies that do not instigate gambling addiction.

ONCE’s commitment to responsible gaming and consumer protection is continuous and remains a top priority. The organization was the first operator in Spain to incorporate the responsible gaming standards established by the World Lottery Association and the European Lottery Association. The results of the winning studies in the various editions of the international competition are reported to the Spanish community, and particularly into the environments where they could be most useful when investigating, preventing or treating gambling-related pathology and problems. ONCE’s commitment to responsible gaming is materialized not only through this competition, but also through numerous measures implemented to protect consumers and its own employees. The competition is just one of many measures within ONCE’s commitment to research, responsible gaming and consumer protection.

SOURCE: World Lottery Association.

 

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Pollard Banknote Awarded Contract Extension from Loto-Québec

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, February 1, 2021 – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to announce an extension to its instant ticket games and related services contract with Loto-Québec (“Lottery”). The original contract term started on February 1, 2014, and under this extension Pollard Banknote will continue to serve Loto-Québec as the primary supplier of instant ticket games through January 31, 2022.

This contract extends the successful and highly collaborative relationship that has been forged between Pollard Banknote and Loto-Québec over the last several years. During this time, Pollard Banknote has provided a comprehensive suite of services, including game design, instant ticket production and marketing.

Firmly committed to offering top-quality entertainment to its players, Loto-Québec has long been recognized for its responsible, innovative, and dynamic approach to its instant ticket portfolio.

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Most recently, Loto-Québec’s quest to bring novel game concepts to its players has inspired the development of several new instant ticket collaborations between the Lottery and Pollard Banknote, including tickets with multi-player functionality and other unique print features, to be introduced in the coming months. In addition, Pollard Banknote’s industry-leading innovations, including Scratch FX®, pouched games, and various specialty inks, have proven to be a natural fit for the Lottery.

“Loto-Québec is pleased to continue working with Pollard Banknote to create innovative games that offer players exciting new experiences,” said Marie-Claudel Lalonde, Senior Director, Strategy and Marketing Communication at Loto-Québec.

“Loto-Québec is a valued customer and we are exceptionally proud of the strong partnership we have cultivated as their primary instant ticket partner. We look forward to continuing to support the Lottery with innovative products that meet its high standards of quality and security, while providing the utmost flexibility in terms of production and new concept development over the coming year,” said Michelle Annandale, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote.

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 Diamond Game and Compliant Gaming electronic games and devices to charitable and other gaming markets in North America.  Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 66.7% by the Pollard family and 33.3% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

for more information CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard  

Co-Chief Executive Officer

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca                       

Rob Rose

Chief Financial Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

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