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Vol. 59 No.6 - Monday May 7, 2012

  • Lottomatica’s Evolution Live Casino Goes Live in Italy. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Launches The New Racing Game “Polla & Pollon” In Peru. Full Story.
  • MDI Extends Properties Plus Agreement with Iowa Lottery. Full Story.
  • Lottery's Twelfth Consecutive Year of Record Sales and Earnings. Full Story.
  • Jumbo Interactive Announce Profit Upgrade. Full Story.
  • WLA Summit, September 9 – 12, 2012. Full Story.
  • Lottery’s Little Lotto Is Now Lucky Day Lotto. Full Story.
  • Lottery Teams Up with Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation on Scratchers® Ticket. Full Story.
  • Appointment to Newly Created Role of Chief Strategist at Svenska Spel. Full Story.
  • WMS To Provide European Casino Operator with Hosted Online Casino Site In Belgium. Full Story.
  • Microgaming Announce New Games For May 2012. Full Story.
  • Interwetten, Trend-Setter In Mobile Betting. Full Story.
  • Fortuna Loterie is Launching New Game – SUPERLOTO. Full Story.
  • NeoGames Launch Real-time Instant Lottery Games. Full Story.
  • Schleswig-Holstein: Sports Betting Licence Granted. Full Story.

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Lottomatica’s Evolution Live Casino Goes Live in Italy

UNITED KINGDOM (May 3, 2012) -- Evolution Gaming, the world leader in video-streamed Live Dealer gaming, has announced that its online Live Casino service for Lottomatica has now gone live in the Italian gaming market.

 The choice of Evolution Live Casino – the first solution of its kind to be approved by AAMS, the Italian regulator – has enabled Lottomatica to rapidly add real-time online casino table games to its extensive lottery, instant win, VLT and sports betting operations in Italy.


 Three dedicated Lottomatica tables now offer a mix of Live Roulette, Live Blackjack and Live Baccarat games to Lottomatica customers. The tables are staffed by a dedicated team of experienced native speaking Italian dealers. Each dealer has been selected and recruited specifically for the Lottomatica Live Casino in Italy, and each member of customer-facing staff wears Lottomatica corporate attire.  The dedicated tables from Evolution also give Lottomatica a high degree of control over online branding and in-studio Live Casino features, décor and backdrops. In addition, dedicated tables and staff provide opportunities for Lottomatica to cross-sell its other products and services to its online Live Casino audience.

Explaining Lottomatica’s decision to choose Evolution, Gianluca Ballocci, Internet Gaming Director at Lottomatica Group, said: “Evolution Live Casino fits perfectly with our strategy of maintaining leadership in regulated gaming markets and pursuing opportunities that enhance the value of our brand. Technology is a major enabler for new gaming applications and new market opportunities. However, technology alone is a commodity. We believe that increasingly it is content that differentiates products and services in the market. Evolution is, in our view, the world-leading Live Casino platform, blending the best content and customer experience with full flexibility for brand and service development as we move forward.

 Gionata La Torre, CEO Evolution Italy, commented: “We are delighted to have helped Lottomatica add Live Casino to its already impressive and wide-ranging line-up of gaming and lottery products. This launch is creating massive interest and adding huge incremental revenue opportunity for Lottomatica in one of Europe’s most exciting markets.

SOURCE: Evolution press release.



INTRALOT Launches The New Racing Game “Polla & Pollon” In Peru


LIMA, Peru (April 26, 2012) -- INTRALOT’s subsidiary in Peru, INTRALOT de Peru, the leading lottery operator in the country, announces the launch of the pari-mutuel horse betting game “Polla & Pollon” on behalf of Jockey Club of Peru, as per the contract signed between the two parties on September 2011. INTRALOT de Peru has successfully developed the new exciting game within the time frame agreed and will offer it to the players through its extended retail network countrywide.

Mr. Vangelis Apostolakopoulos, Executive President and General Manager of INTRALOT de Peru, stated: “The successful development and launch of this new horse betting game in Peru confirm the unlimited capabilities of INTRALOT’s state of the art LOTOS™ operating system.


"We are really pleased to add “Polla & Pollon” to our diversified portfolio of gaming offerings. This also serves as a prime example of how INTRALOT’s “Racing for Lotteries” solutions enables Lotteries and Racing organizations to cooperate and expand their product offerings, combine their sales networks and benefit from unified gaming technology.”

Mr. Fernando Drago, Horse Racing Manager of Jockey Club of Peru, stated: “We are pleased that with INTRALOT’s technological support we have re-launched, as planned, the old and beloved “Polla and Pollon” game. We are confident that, thanks to INTRALOT’s wide network of PoS, the new game will be embraced by even more players and will soon become one of their favorite games.”


INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in more than 53 countries, with approximately 5.500 people and revenues of €1.2 billion for 2011, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

Company CONTACT:  INTRALOT de Perú, SAC Milena Chávez, Teléfono: (511) 513-5555, anexo 5539, Email:




MDI Extends Properties Plus Agreement with Iowa Lottery


ALPHARETTA, Georgia (May 1, 2012 – MDI Entertainment, LLC, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:SGMS), announced today that it has signed an extension to its agreement with the Iowa Lottery to continue providing the Lottery with MDI’s Properties Plus® player loyalty program.

Since the program launched in Iowa last May, the Lottery has enjoyed substantial growth in both instant game sales and membership. Players are taking advantage of the rewards offered through the program, redeeming upwards of three million points each week in the Points for Prizes® online store. The store opened in July, and offers a wide range of products, from jewelry and clothing to sporting goods and electronics.


Also offered are digital music downloads and downloadable discount rewards that members can print and redeem for savings at their local restaurants and retail stores.

The Properties Plus program has expanded the Iowa Lottery’s players club and its online presence with Points for Prizes, as well as other program components including 2nd Chance Promotional Games, play-for-fun games, Play It Again™ drawings for cash prizes, and the Points for Prizes rewards program and online store. These new players club features are helping the Lottery build its online relationship with members. As of March 2012, more than 70 percent of Iowa’s registered VIP Club members had opted in to receive emails from the Lottery.

Looking at our record-breaking results during the past year, we certainly think that the Properties Plus program has helped us move in a very positive direction,” said Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery. “Since it was founded in 1985, the Iowa Lottery has raised more than $1.3 billion for important state projects and programs. We’ve seen considerable interest from our players in the products that Properties Plus provides, and we believe it will be a valuable tool for us in growing our player base, strengthening player loyalty, and in turn generating even more revenue for those who live in our state.

Steve Saferin, President, Properties Group and Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games, said, “The Iowa Lottery has done an excellent job raising proceeds that benefit the people of Iowa. We at MDI are gratified to be providing them with our Properties Plus program to help them sell more instant games, increase their player membership, enhance their player loyalty and continue to flourish.

In addition to the games, rewards, and added opportunities to win that Properties Plus provides to players, the program offers lotteries access to MDI’s complete portfolio of licensed games, as well as vital data gathering and analysis services. Other lotteries utilizing the Properties Plus program include the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Tennessee Education Lottery and the Missouri Lottery.


About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation is a global leader in providing customized, end-to-end gaming solutions to lottery and gaming organizations worldwide. Scientific Games' integrated array of products and services include instant lottery games, lottery gaming systems, terminals and services, and internet applications, as well as server-based interactive gaming machines and associated gaming control systems. For more information, please visit our website at

About the Iowa Lottery

The Iowa Lottery provides entertainment and prizes to its players while raising billions of dollars for state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Since its creation in 1985, Lottery funds have been used in a variety of ways to enhance the state, including projects to create new recreation areas, support research at Iowa's public universities, benefit Iowa veterans, develop new products and techniques for agriculture, and promote tourism.

CONTACT: Aimee Remey, 212-754-2233.

SOURCE: MDI Entertainment, LLC.



New York Lottery Announce Twelfth Consecutive Year of Record Sales and Earnings in FY 2011-12

Strong growth from Casinos and Traditional Lottery produce close to $2.9 billion in profit for K – 12 education

SCHENECTADY, New York (May 2, 2012) -- The New York Lottery today announced full-year, pre-audited results for the fiscal year 2011-12, which ended March 31, 2012. Sales and net win for the period totaled $8.44 billion, producing a profit of nearly $2.9 billion for education.


Substantial increases in casino net win (total bets less prizes) and profits were reported at all nine of the Lottery’s Video Gaming casinos, led by the opening of Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct in October 2011. The Traditional Lottery business benefitted greatly from strong growth of the Powerball game, which implemented a strategic redesign that included a price increase (from $1 to $2), larger starting jackpots and faster roll-ups. In addition, a world-record setting jackpot ($656 million) for Mega Millions produced more than $67.4 million in profit in the weeks leading up to the close of the fiscal year.

All Lottery profits go to funding K-12 education in New York State.  The Lottery’s fiscal year 2011-12 profit of $2.9 billion represents nearly 15 percent of total state aid to local school districts.

Total sales and net win increased $571.3 million or 7.3 percent over the prior year; profits increased $234.1 million or 8.8 percent over the prior year.  The figures exclude extraordinary items last year, which included a $380 million licensing fee from Resorts World New York in September 2010 and a one-time gain from investment bond swaps of $15.3 million in May of 2010.

The Traditional Lottery business includes draw games such as Powerball, Mega Millions, daily Numbers, and scratch-off games such as Win-for-Life and Cashword. Traditional Lottery sales increased 3.8 percent to $7.0 billion, a result of a $221.5 million increase in draw game sales (6.9 percent) and a $32.5 million increase in instant game sales (0.9 percent). Traditional Lottery growth was concentrated in Powerball, Quick Draw, daily Numbers and Win 4, while growth in instant games came primarily from higher priced ($10+) games.


 The Video Gaming business line generated a record $1.4 billion in net win and $697.1 million in profit, with increases at all nine casinos.  Resorts World alone contributed $253.3 million in net win and $116.8 million in profit with less than five months of full operation in fiscal 2011-12. The year over year increase in net win from all nine casinos totaled $317.2 million or 28.6 percent, producing an increase in profit of $149.7 million or 27.4 percent.

New York Lottery Director Gordon Medenica said of the Lottery’s strong showing in all business segments, “We’re always thrilled to set a new record and continue as the nations largest and most successful Lottery.  But most importantly, we are proud of the significant contribution we make to support New York’s schools.  We look forward to continuing our record of success in the future.

Traditional Lottery:

Within the Traditional Lottery business, draw game sales were up 6.9 percent, due mainly to the price increase of Powerball during the fourth quarter and the resulting higher jackpots, which generated $296.6 million in sales and $121.7 million in profit.  As anticipated, sales for Mega Millions were up only slightly in the wake of the Powerball growth, but results for the two games combined still showed an increase of more than $95.5 million or 14.3%.

Sales for Mega Millions picked up substantially during a roll up that started in late January and set a new world record of $656 million before being hit on March 30. Sales for Lotto, a game with a statutory low prize payout percentage (40 percent vs. 50 percent for most other draw games) continue to decline, down 7.8 percent from the previous year. Quick Draw sales increased 18.4 percent ($77.8 million) over the previous year due to extended hours of operation and more creative display designs.


New York’s daily Numbers and Win 4 posted gains of 3.1 percent and 4.8 percent ($26.1 million and $37.2 million), respectively. Take 5 sales were essentially flat (up 0.2 percent) due to game maturity and continued cannibalization from a greater number of higher jackpot games. Sales for scratch-off games have begun to rebound, increasing 0.9 percent or $32.5 million, attributable to the increased popularity of higher price point games and a revised strategy for new game launches and advertising support.

Video Gaming:

Within the Video Gaming business, net win was up substantially at all casinos, led by the opening of Resorts World Casino New York City, the first casino located within the five boroughs, as well as continued strong performance from Empire City Casino at Yonkers. Net win from the now fully operational Resorts World facility totaled $253.3 million. Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, our largest contributor, saw its annual net win increase despite the opening of the newer Resorts World Casino, with a $14.7 million year-over-year increase. All other Video Lottery casinos posted excellent gains due to a full year of extended hours, the effective implementation of a new free play program and strong results from new electronic table games. Saratoga Casino and Raceway, the oldest of the state’s casinos, posted an impressive 10.8 percent ($15.1 million) increase in net win. Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds saw its net win increase 17.0 percent ($11 million) over last year; Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack grew by 6.0 percent ($7.1 million); Tioga Downs Casino increased net win 11.0 percent ($5.9 million); Monticello Casino and Raceway grew 7.9 percent ($4.6 million; Batavia Downs Casino saw an 8.9 percent increase ($3.4 million) and Vernon

Downs Casino and Hotel grew 5.1 percent or $2.1 million.

Where Lottery Money Goes:

  • Overall, 96 percent of the Lottery’s $8.44 billion in combined sales and net win was returned to New Yorkers in the form of prizes, aid to education, and commissions to retailers.
  • Prizes paid totaled more than $4.1 billion in Traditional Lottery games.
  • Commissions paid to nearly 17,000 Traditional Lottery retailers and nine Video Gaming facilities totaled more than $1 billion.  The Lottery paid $420 million in commissions to Traditional Lottery retailers and $617 million in commissions to Video Gaming facilities.
  • The entire operation of the Traditional Lottery, including advertising, marketing, printing, systems, telecommunications, finance and administration is funded from just 3.3 percent of sales.


About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing nearly $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2011-2012 to help support education in New York State.  The Lottery’s contribution represents nearly 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education.  It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

CONTACT: Communications Department (518) 388-3415.

SOURCE: New York Lottery.



Jumbo Interactive Announce Profit Upgrade

  • FY 2012 NPAT IN THE RANGE $5.9 TO $6.2 MILLION (23% to 29% inc)
  • FY 2012 REVENUE IN THE RANGE $94 TO $98 MILLION (24% to 29% inc)



TOOWONG, Brisbane, Australia (May 2, 2012) -- Leading interactive lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX: JIN), is pleased to announce a full year Net Profit After Tax guidance in the range $5.9 to $6.2 million for FY 2012, an increase of 23% to 29% over the previous year.

Revenue is expected in the range $94 to $98 million for FY 2012, an increase of 24% to 29% over the previous year.

This growth is driven by a continually growing customer database combined with recent run of large jackpots. The customer database recently exceeded 1 million accounts and has continued to grow from successful interactive marketing initiatives and social media.


The recent $50 million OzLotto jackpot drove sales during April and the $70 million OzLotto jackpot will give May a strong start.

"Our growing customer database is having a bigger impact on sales when jackpots reach higher levels", said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive.

The guidance includes an increase in international market development costs following increased activity in the USA and any potential impact from sales in NSW from soon accepting orders in that state as they do in other states.

Jumbo has increased its efforts in international markets and is a major sponsor this week of the APLA (Asia Pacific Lottery Association) conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

About Jumbo Interactive

The Company reported record full year results for FY2011 including revenue $76 million and Net Profit After Tax $4.8 million. A fully franked 1.0c dividend was paid for that year. plays an important role in the Australian lottery industry with over $15 million in additional State Government revenue raised from sales in 2010 and $17 million in 2011.

The Company is on track to raise an additional $22 million in State Government revenue in 2012. Jumbo has signed Internet-based lottery agreements with the Tatts Group, NSW Lotteries Corporation (now owned by the Tatts Group) and recently with SA Lotteries.

Jumbo has proven its ability to open up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and Internet marketing initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the Internet.

For further information: Mike Veverka CEO and Executive Director Ph: 07 3831 3705

SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.



World Lottery Summit, September 9 – 12, 2012

Registration for the World Lottery Summit 2012 is now open!

MONTRAL, Canada (May 3, 2012) --

Dear Friends And Lottery Colleagues,

The WLA and NASPL, together with Loto-Québec, are proud to organize this unique international event, which will be held in Montreal, Canada from September 9–12, 2012. Online registration for the lottery industry event of the year is now officially open at As space is limited and registrations are expected to fill up quickly, we urge you to reserve your place now.

The Venue

WLS2012 will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montreal Convention Center). In its nearly 30 years of existence, the Montreal Convention Center has held more than 4300 international events and has earned a reputation as a world-class convention venue. The convention center is located in the heart of downtown Montreal just a short walk from Old Montreal, Chinatown, and many of the city's other main attractions.

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Five of the best hotels in Montreal have been selected for the World Lottery Summit 2012. All the selected hotels are in the immediate vicinity of the Montreal Convention Center and are just a short 20-minute drive from Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport. The hotels are all linked to the Montreal Convention Center and to each other by Montreal’s famous underground city, a system of interconnected tunnels and complexes in which boutiques and restaurants abound. You can conveniently make your reservation online for one of the five official convention hotels directly from the official convention website at

The Business Program

We have a top-notch business program lined up for you, featuring five internationally renowned keynote speakers. Highlighting the plenary sessions will be keynote addresses from Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter and Paralympic champion Chantal Petitclerc. Professor Porter, one of the world's most influential thinkers on business strategy and competitiveness, will speak on Creating Shared Value and how it relates to the lottery industry. Ms. Petitclerc, winner of 21 Paralympic Medals (Including 14 gold medals), will speak on Attitude, Passion, and Determination and how to turn a crisis into an opportunity.

The business program will also feature a broad educational track with absorbing parallel sessions, and an extensive trade show showcasing the latest in industry products and services. Specifically designed to meet the twin needs of North American and international delegates, the WLS 2012 business program will highlight the most recent developments in business intelligence, lottery technology, and strategic thinking.

Social Events

To ensure the right setting for networking with international peers and colleagues, we have organized an engaging social program for you. Starting with the traditional President’s Cup Golf Tournament and ending with a gala-evening closing dinner, you can be certain that your agenda will be filled for the entire four days of the convention. Contributor sponsored events will also add to the pleasure of your experience during the convention.

The Accompanying Persons Program

For those travelling with loved ones, we have arranged an exciting array of events for them. While you are attending the convention, your partner will have the opportunity to become acquainted with culturally rich and colorful Montreal through a diverse range of tours and attractions.

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal! For more information, including conference registration and hotel reservations, please refer to the official WLS2012 website at



The WLS 2012 Organizers



Illinois Lottery’s Little Lotto Is Now Lucky Day Lotto

The Illinois Lottery Is Making A Name Change This Weekend To One Of The Draw-Based Numbers Game

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (April 27, 2012) – The Illinois Lottery is making a name change this weekend to one of the draw-based numbers game.


As of Sunday, April 29, the popular game Little Lotto will be renamed Lucky Day Lotto!

Why the change? - The Lottery looked at Little Lotto and found that there was nothing “Little” at all about this popular pick five game. Jackpots for Lucky Day Lotto start at $100,000. Drawings are seven days a week with over 35,000 winners every day! That’s over 200,000 winners in Illinois every week!

And starting May 13, for even more fun, players can add EZmatch to win up to $500 instantly for an additional $1 per play. The EZmatch option provides a second set of numbers that will be selected and printed on Lucky Day Lotto tickets. Match any EZmatch number to any of Lucky Day Lotto numbers and win prize shown instantly. To play, ask the clerk or mark your playslip.

Throughout the month of May, people across Illinois will see TV commercials, Metro radio spots, digital advertising and out of home advertising like billboards that talk about Lucky Day Lotto. To mirror the new name, the look and feel of Lucky Day Lotto is very uplifting, sunny and positive. We’ve inserted a lot of humorous taglines into the campaign, each crafted to help our customers recognize that “today could be your lucky day.”

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.



Lottery Teams Up with Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation on Scratchers® Ticket

SACRAMENTO, California (April 26, 2012) – The California Lottery and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) today announced the release of the Stars & Stripes Scratchers ticket.

We are pleased to support the families left behind by peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our state,” Lottery Director Robert O’Neill said. “Customers can help support the work of the foundation by buying the Stars & Stripes ticket.”


The Stars & Stripes Scratchers ticket pays tribute to peace officers and assists the families of their fallen colleagues. A percentage of the proceeds from the Stars & Stripes Scratchers ticket will go to support the foundation. That payment is a licensing fee that will not interfere with the amount of money that the Lottery pays out to education. The ticket costs $2 and will be available beginning tomorrow at more than 21,000 retail locations statewide.

This partnership is a win-win situation for both our organizations,” said Wayne J. Quint Jr., President of the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation. “We hope the Stars & Stripes Scratchers ticket reminds Californians of the commitment peace officers make every day.”

The California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor California’s peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty serving the citizens of this great state, and provide support to the family members left behind.

SOURCE: California Lottery.



Peter Jannerö Appointed to Newly Created Role of Chief Strategist at Svenska Spel

SWEDEN (April 24, 2012) -- Peter Jannerö has been appointed to the newly created role of chief Svenska Spel.

He will be part of the group management and reports to President and CEO Lennart Kall. Peter Jannerö assumes the new service immediately.


This is a newly created service, a strategic and operational role as a driving force. The main task will be to ensure that the overall business strategies are relevant, clear and that the best kept together to jointly operate towards horizontal objectives.

It is an incredibly exciting and challenging role, says Peter Jannerö. “Developments in the gambling market is amazingly fast at the moment – rapid technology development, changing consumer behaviors, increased competition, etc.”

I have this service wished to strengthen the strategic utblicken and create the proper power to operate and develop business strategies in the Swedish Game.

Peter is also a key figure in more driving Swedish Games towards becoming a modern consumer and varumärkesorienterat companies,” says Lennart Käll. In the new Strategy will also drive Analysis & Environment to be included.

Peter Jannerö joined Svenska Spel of 2009, then as Vice President of marketing at number games & Cards. He comes most recently from the post of Chief market sports games & Sweepstakes. Peter Jannerö arrived at the Svenska Spel from Absolut Vodka, where he held several senior positions within the Absolute Vodkas global organization, inter alia, as a Global Brand Director.

For further information, please CONTACT: Lennart Käll, CEO of Svenska Spel, phone: + 46 8 757 77 77 or Peter Jannerö, Chief Strategist, phone 08-799 75 17.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.



WMS To Provide Leading European Casino Operator with Hosted Online Casino Site In Belgium

First Business-To-Business Deployment Of WMS' End-To-End Managed Services Online Gaming Solution

WAUKEGAN, Illinois (April 27, 2012) -- WMS Industries Inc. today announced that a wholly owned WMS subsidiary has entered into an agreement with France-based Groupe Partouche SA, (PARP.PA) one of Europe's largest casino operators with nearly 50 casinos, to provide Groupe Partouche with a WMS-hosted online casino site for residents of Belgium.

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The joint operations agreement with Groupe Partouche represents the first business-to-business (B2B) deployment of WMS' robust online gaming solution, including the iGaming technology and platform that power the successful, award-winning site, which made its full-scale debut in the United Kingdom in January 2011.

Players visiting the new Groupe Partouche online site, branded under the familiar Casino Knokke name, will have access to a diverse array of WMS' proven, premium licensed and proprietary slot games as well as a number of player-favorite card and table games, including Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack and Video Poker.

The site will feature unique WMS online gaming experiences including licensed game themes such as THE WIZARD OF OZ™ and I LOVE LUCY™, and classic WMS games such as Super Jackpot Party™, Goldfish™, Life of Luxury™ Progressive, Reel 'em In™ and Zeus™ themed slot machines. In addition, players will be able to enter the Jackpot Party Progressive™ -- the first accumulating online jackpot in the world that can be awarded on any game, with any wager, at any time, completely at random.

Group Partouche presently operates four Belgian casinos and holds licenses from the government to conduct online gaming in Belgium. The WMS-hosted online casino will operate under one of nine online casino licenses awarded by the Belgium Gaming Commission and is expected to go live in summer 2012.

SOURCE: WMS Industries Inc.

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Microgaming Announce New Games For May 2012

ISLE OF MAN (April 30, 2012) -- Microgaming (, the world’s largest provider of online gaming software, is today announcing a spectacular selection of new games for May. It is launching the exciting new game Untamed - Bengal Tiger, along with 5 other flash games.

Untamed - Bengal Tiger, is an entertaining new 5 Reel, 243 Way Video Slot that is set to drive gamers wild. This compelling new slot is set in the natural habitat of one of the world’s most endangered species, the Bengal Tiger, and it introduces a host of innovative features to enhance the gaming experience while ensuring it is still entertaining and rewarding. The main game has 3 new bonus features, including the Collect-A-Wild, Lucky Nudge and the Your Gamble features.

With Collect-A-Wild, when 4 wilds have been collected on the counters by a player, the entire reel will turn Wild on the next spin and remain Wild for the duration of 4 spins. Up to 5 reels can turn Wild, which hugely increases the player’s chances to win big!  Another feature which players can use to their advantage are the scatter symbols which peek from just above or below the reel edges. If there are 2 other scatters on the reels, there is a possibility that the peeking scatter may nudge on to the screen and trigger the Free Spins feature.  This feature includes the already familiar and well received Trailing Wilds feature, leaving wilds on screen as they slide down the reels.

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The final feature, Your Gamble, has a highly innovative function which allows players to adjust their gamble odds, according to their preference.  It also allows players to gamble a single win as many times as they like, while still allowing players’ to bank a portion of the win. As long as a player has a win amount in the win box, they can gamble all or a portion of it. This feature will offer a new and exciting way for players to adjust their gamble odds.

The combination of all these features makes Untamed - Bengal Tiger a wild territory definitely not to be left unexplored.

Untamed – Bengal Tiger will be available on Microgaming’s Flash & Viper platforms.

Around the World is a 5 reel 20 line slot that challenges players to explore the globe and collect treasures along the way. This interactive game will take players through multiple game playing environments and allow them to gamble for big rewards in a fast-paced and challenging bonus game. Players will be able to find their way to winnings by using the 3 to 5 scattered compasses on the reels and reaching a high flying 32 times bonus multiplier. No other game offers huge cash prizes and the chance to travel the world at the same time.

Around the World will be available on Microgaming’s Flash platform.

Magic Boxes is an enchanting 25 Line 5 reel video game which invites players to step into a world of illusion that conjures up many magical prizes. The game features colourful and entertaining graphics, with light hearted tunes. Magic Boxes’ main attraction is its Free Games feature triggered by 3 or more magic 8-balls anywhere on the reels. During Free Games, if any of the colourful magic boxes appear, gamers have their win multiplied and have the option to gamble their winnings via the Double Up feature. Magic Boxes will have players hoping that, rather than a rabbit, magician’s will be pulling cash prizes out of the hat!

Magic Boxes will be available on Microgaming’s Flash platform.

Fat Lady Sings is the latest musical 25 line slot from Microgaming. The famous phrase “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings” rings true in this addition to Microgaming’s May games. Players need to reach the interactive Free Spin bonus round to find that these alto voices can score them huge prizes. This game incorporates great game play with a bonus game mode and free spin awards.  When these ladies start singing, players’ start winning!

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Fat Lady Sings will be available on Microgaming’s Flash platform.

Spin Magic is a 3 reel, multi win line, pub style slot, including bonus games and a game moulded around the popular wheel of fortune format, to receive big wins. If a player can get 2 or more ‘wheel’ symbols they get rewarded with an exciting spinning wheel sub-feature that can award up to a staggering  8000x their stake, a feat that really pays off!

Spin Magic will be available on Microgaming’s Flash platform.

Lost Princess Anastasia is based on the ancient tale of young Princess Anastasia who wakes up with no memory of her former life. In this new 25 Line, 5 reel, video slot from Microgaming, players are able to become the heroine of their own story and play as Princess Anastasia while she struggles to lift Rasputin’s curse and win a Czar’s fortune. This fantasy game has a Free Spins feature and a Wild Spin feature which players can use to win big. The story of Anastasia trying to put the pieces of her past back together to reclaim her rightful place as Princess is sure to be enjoyed by players hoping that she will pass her inherited riches over to them!

Lost Princess Anastasia will be available on Microgaming’s Flash platform.

For further information or images please CONTACT: Nithiya Gnanathas, Lansons Communications, 020 7566 9716, Email:

About Microgaming (

Since Microgaming developed the first true online Casino software over a decade ago, it has led the industry in providing innovative, reliable gaming solutions to over 160 market-leading gaming sites, worldwide.  This unrivalled technology company offers over 600 unique game titles and more than 1,000 game variants, in 24 languages, across online, land-based, and mobile platforms. Its renowned dedication to innovation provides the foundation to consistently deliver award-winning Casino, Poker, Bingo, Live, Progressives and Network Gaming software, as well as managed services, to a global audience. Microgaming content is also available through QuickFire, offering a supremely versatile, unique gaming experience for operators and players. 

Microgaming provides the software for the world’s largest Progressive Jackpot Network and has paid out over €320million in total. Its software also created the world’s first online slot tournament millionaire and one of the largest online jackpot wins in history, at a staggering €6.37m. As a founding member of eCOGRA and IGC, Microgaming is at the forefront of initiatives that set the highest standards in the gaming industry, most notably in the areas of fair gaming, responsible operator conduct and player protection. 

SOURCE: Microgaming press release.


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Interwetten, Trend-Setter In Mobile Betting

GZIRA, Austria (April 25, 2012) -- Simple, quick and intuitive – the mobile betting platform of the Interwetten Group,, fulfils all of the demands that a mobile product must have.

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Bets can, for example, be placed using the ‘quick bet’ function both quickly and simply.

Of course, combination and system bets can also be placed on the move. Quick links such as ‘Today’ guide the user by displaying only the current betting programme over the coming 24 hours.

Live-Betting Marches On – Also Mobile

As is already the case via the website, Live Betting is also possible via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Moreover, these can also be combined with one another. “I am proud that we, as a sports betting pioneer online, are now leading the way in the field of mobile applications,” said a delighted Dr. Birgit Bosch, Interwetten Group COO. In the Live Betting detailed view betting customers can additionally find a scoreboard, on which all of the relevant information on a chosen event (game, race, etc.) is displayed. 

At, Interwetten offers its entire betting programme on a mobile platform, which is simultaneously accessible via the  website. And there’s good news for all Casino customers: in the next few days Interwetten will expand its mobile offer with popular Casino games. 

With this launch Interwetten will also offer its customers an optimised mobile iPad and tablet version, ensuring that they will be perfectly  equipped to bet or play in the Casino on the move!

SOURCE: Interwetten.

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Fortuna Loterie is Launching New Game – SUPERLOTO

CZECH REPUBLIC (April 26, 2012) -- One column for only CZK 12, two drawings featuring in each draw as many players desired, CZK 150 million at stake and three draws a week. All of this is part of SUPERLOTO, the new lottery run by Fortuna, set to start on Wednesday 2 May. It is a game that directly targets players of the competing Sportka.

The mechanics of SUPERLOTO will be very familiar to all of those who have been playing Loto. Once again, six numbers are selected from 49, plus a colour, but one of four, this time around. The supplementary game “+Štastné Císlo” [+A happy number] also follows the same system as seen in Loto, while another supplementary game, “Loto Plus,” is a novelty.

With a single column filled in on their ticket, players can thus now play for three different winnings.

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The lottery market has been developing quite rapidly over the past few months. That is why we have decided to respond to the new situation in a radical manner, by launching a new flagship game of Fortuna Loterie, SUPERLOTO. We have maintained the traditional format of six numbers out of 49, plus a selection of a colour, but now we hold draws three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. We have also added the second drawing within the draw, something which has been requested by many players. Compared to competing lottery games, SUPERLOTO is the cheapest, with one column costing a mere 12 crowns, but still offering the chance to win as much as hundreds of millions of crowns,” said Jií Hosnedl, CEO of Fortuna Loterie.

For a single column, costing CZK 12, with six correct numbers out of 49 (second prize), the minimum amount to be divided between the winning ticket holders is CZK 5 million. If the correct colour is selected, on top of the six correct numbers (first prize), the minimum amount distributed increases to CZK 10 million. SUPERLOTO also contains a BONUS, with the same guarantee applying to a total of at least CZK 40 million. Further winnings are available in each of the two supplementary games, “Loto Plus” and “+Šťastné číslo”, with the highest payouts in both cases being CZK 10 million.

The premium money pool is a feature of its own. The first premium of the year from Fortuna, amounting to CZK 100 million, can be played for from 15 May. The SUPERLOTO pool will therefore offer players the chance to win as much as CZK 150 million (first prize + BONUS game + premium) with a ticket costing CZK 92.

SUPERLOTO will pay out on 55% of bets received. Tickets are available throughout the complete Loterie Fortuna network, i.e. at supermarket tobacconists in Kaufland, Tesco, Globus and Spar, hAlbert hypermarkets, and in large shopping centres, and at other tobacconists across the Czech Republic


SUPERLOTO Correct Numbers Correct Colour Minimum Prize Pool
BONUS Matchng game end number and +Štastné Císlo 6 Yes CZK 40,000,000
  1st 6 Yes CZK 10,000,000
  2nd 6 No CZK 5,000,000
Prize 3rd 5 N/A /
  4th 4 N/A /
  5th 3 N/A /


About Fortuna:

Fortuna Entertainment Group is a leading Central and Eastern European fixed-odds betting operator. The founding company FORTUNA sázková kancelář, a. s. was established in Prague in 1990. Just one year later, Terno, a. s. was founded in Slovakia. In 2005, the Penta investment group became the owner of both companies and in the same year acquired the Polish betting operator Profesjonał and gradually unified these companies under one brand.


Fortuna creates standards and determines trends on the Central European market as a result of over 20 years of experience in the fixed-odds betting industry. The Group continues to invest in the development of new products and services while expanding the branch network and the quality of distribution channels. Fortuna currently operates more than 1,400 branches on three markets.

The Group has developed the FortunaWin online betting and gaming platform, enabling products to be offered on new markets. FortunaWin is currently providing betting and gaming products to customers in Hungary.

In October 2010, the company was successfully listed on the Prague and Warsaw Stock Exchanges. The major shareholder continues to be the Czech-Slovak financial group, Penta. Fortuna entered the lottery market in May 2011, launching the sale of scratch cards, followed in July by the first fully-fledged number lottery to be launched in the Czech Republic in more than 50 years – Fortuna Loto. In November of the same year another game followed - the daily game Zlatých 11.

CONTACT: Vladan Crha,  Marketing Director, Tel.: +420 267 218 133, Mobil: +420 739 607 562, E-mail:

SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment Group.

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NeoGames Launch Real-time Instant Lottery Game

‘Quick Play’ brings fast paced action to global players with new winning numbers every 60 seconds

MALTA (May 1, 2012) -- NeoGames, the global leaders of interactive scratch cards and lottery games, has enhanced its soft-gaming portfolio by offering ‘Quick Play’, a new game to the national lotteries.

The game, while based on classic quick draw games found in national lotteries worldwide, takes the genre to a whole new level.  That’s because every 60 seconds, six balls are drawn out of a possible 36 and players will have the opportunity to guess what the six winning numbers will be in order to win up to £200,000. ‘Quick Play’ also offers many bonus games whereby players can guess the color, or sum of the drawn balls, for the chance to win even more.

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According to Shay Bar-Josef, managing director at NeoGames International, “‘Quick Play’ will be available to all our partners in the lottery and gaming market and will include a complete platform of services. The game's platform was designed in a way that every lottery will be able to change the time of the draw so it can be done every three, five or ten minutes and etc. This way it can be coordinated with the regulations and rules of different countries.

The game provides a diverse gaming experience for all types of players and is a unique opportunity for company’s affiliates and partners.  In terms of player value, the game is well-suited for men and women who are looking for quick thrills because of the fast-paced action,” said Bar-Josef. “The game also lets players experience the thrills of playing the lottery from the comforts of home without having to go out and buy lottery tickets.

About Neo Games

NeoGames is a leading software and service provider that pioneered the global interactive scratch cards and lottery games, offering the most extensive portfolio of interactive instant win games. Since launching in 2005, NeoGames’ has delivered the most comprehensive soft gaming solutions which include the largest success-proven games portfolio combined with a robust backend platform and operational services.

To meet the mass market demand for mobile gaming, NeoGames offers its most popular and entertaining scratch cards and instant win games on an advanced mobile platform.

The mobile offering is optimized independently for a wide variety of smartphones and tablets, to provide outstanding game experience anywhere, anytime.

CONTACT: Hedva Neuberger, Marketing Manager, T: +972 3 6072529, M: +972 54 61 63 044, F: +972 3 6072569, E-mail:


SOURCE: NeoGames press release.

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Mybet Granted Sports Betting Licence In Schleswig-Holstein

  • mybet operator PEI Ltd. receives one of the first three licences
  • Launch of website with sports and live betting
  • Casino and poker products expected to follow in summer

KIEL, Germany (May 3, 2012) -- PEI Ltd., which is part of the JAXX SE Group (Deutsche Börse, Prime Standard, ISIN DE000A0JRU67), is one of the first three companies to have been granted a licence for the organising and marketing of sports betting in Schleswig-Holstein. It can now quite legally offer betting on football, tennis, handball and many other sports on the Internet at The 20 percent levy on revenue is passed on to the state of Schleswig-Holstein and the bulk of this money will be used to promote mass sport. mybet was issued with the permit today by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Interior.


For the JAXX Group, the granting of the licence means that mybet can now for the first time operate on a legally watertight basis with a German licence. The new arrangements guarantee mybet's German customers 100 percent reliability, 100 percent security and 100 percent fun.

Mathias Dahms, Management Board spokesman of the Kiel-based holding company JAXX SE, declared: 'Bearing in mind that we are based in Schleswig-Holstein, we are of course proud to have been granted one of the first Schleswig-Holstein sports betting licences. The permit for mybet is a document of historic importance because it represents a trailblazing approach to the regulation of the gaming industry. The regulatory authorities in Kiel conducted an exhaustive and very demanding examination that in certain respects exceeded the standards applied in other European countries.

It involved a great deal of work for us. But Schleswig-Holstein is the only German state to have understood how to go about drafting legislation that complies with both European and constitutional law and takes account of the interests of players, providers and the state in equal measure. The draft State Treaty of the other 15 federal states is clearly a shabby compromise that has lost its way in a bureaucratic jungle at federal level. The opposition in the Kiel state parliament, too, will now discover that having its own gaming law is good for the state, and good for its finances.'

The timing of the licence's granting is perfect: there are a number of major sporting events coming up, for which mybet will be offering exciting betting opportunities. The end of the Bundesliga season will be followed by high-calibre finals to the German Football Cup and the Champions League. In June, the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine will be the year's top event. Football's summer break will be filled by the Olympic Games in London, then the 2012/2013 Bundesliga season will get under way. Through its sponsorship of the clubs SpvGG Greuther Fürth and Fortuna Düsseldorf, mybet will be actively involved in both the first and second divisions of the Bundesliga.

mybet also applied for a casino and poker licence. Because of the large number of applicants and the exhaustive examination process, the Ministry of the Interior has indicated that the widening of the permit's scope is likely to take place in the summer.

About JAXX:

JAXX SE, listed in the Prime Standard of Deutsche Börse, is a financial holding company with holdings in international companies in the gaming industry. JAXX currently holds interests in companies in Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, Austria, Malta and Belgium. JAXX SE has its headquarters in Kiel. The holding companies cover the entire spectrum of the games and gambling industry.

Depending on national regulatory structures, they broker or market sports and horse betting, lotteries, and casino and poker games. The best-known brands of the JAXX Group include the sports betting provider The shares of JAXX SE have been traded at Deutsche Börse since 1999 under ISIN DE000A0JRU67.

CONTACT: Stefan Zenker, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, JAXX SE. Tel. +49 40 8537 8847, Email:





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