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Vol. 78 No10- Monday March 6, 2017


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APLA Announce Registration for the 2017 APLA/WLA Seminar is Now Open!

APLA (February 24, 2017) -- The APLA is pleased to announce that the much awaited Registration for the 2017 APLA/WLA Seminar is now open!  Closing date for Registration is 10 April 2017, So do hurry!

The details for this event are as follows:

Date:  24 – 27 April 2017 (Business Program on 25 – 26 April)

Venue: Shangri-la Hotel Chengdu, China

Theme: “Lottery Today: To Transform or Be Disrupted”

 

This Seminar is being co-hosted and organized by APLA and the Lottery Research Centre of China (an Academic Institution which is part of the Beijing Normal University).

This Seminar is designed to introduce topics on Disruption and Transformation. We are bringing together Keynote Speakers who will share with us information on some of the disruptive businesses happening around us and how they are progressing. Obviously, we will reflect on how such disruptions are being enabled and whether it will also affect our Industry.

So what can we do if we do not want to be disrupted? This is where we will bring back the Workshop format into our Seminar. For those of you who missed the last Seminar in Yangon, the delegates’ feedback that they liked the Workshop style where they get to take back some techniques to further explore. So, we have specially invited Specialists to introduce to us how to go about formulating a Transformation Plan. 

If this is not enough, we are also bringing together our peers to share with us in the Panel Sessions on various topics that have been carried out by them in their Transformation Journey. We will also benefit from listening to our Sponsors on their Transformation Journey as well.

For the networking day, where we can network with our peers in the Industry, we will be planning to take you to the famous Chengdu Panda Research Centre where you will get to experience first-hand Panda breeding and seeing them in their almost natural habitat.

Do browse through the ebrochure and also keep checking the APLA website for more announcements for updates on the Seminar.

 

To register for the Seminar, click HERE.

To register for the Hotel accommodation, click HERE.

 

 

See you all in Chengdu, Land of Abundance and a chance to savour the authentic and unique Sichuan cuisine in China in April 2017!

CONTACT: Beh Swan Swan, APLA Secretariat Administrator, www.asiapacific-lotteries.com

SOURCE: APLA.

 

 

INTRALOT Signs 10-Year Contract with Idaho Lottery

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ATHENS, Greece (February 28, 2017) -- INTRALOT Inc, a subsidiary of INTRALOT Group in the United States, announces the signing of the contract with the Idaho Lottery, after an open and highly competitive bidding process which was completed in December 2016 to provide Lottery Gaming System services for the Idaho Lottery. The contract is for a ten year period starting October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2027, with an option to extend for up to a maximum of two additional five-year terms. INTRALOT has been supplying the Idaho Lottery with Gaming systems services since 2007.

The contract value for the initial term is estimated at USD 60m and provides for a secure central gaming system capable of delivering, managing, and accounting for all current in-state and multi-state Draw Games, inventory control and logistics for the full complement of Scratch Games, and other related services.

Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson said: “We are very pleased to initiate a new era of cooperation with INTRALOT following a competitive selection process. Our aim is to work together with our partner to further modernize the Idaho Lottery and improve our ability to serve our players and our beneficiaries, Idaho Public Schools and the Permanent Building Fund.”

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Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, Interim CEO of INTRALOT Inc. and INTRALOT Group COO, stated: “We are really honoured to seal today the agreement with Idaho Lottery, allowing us to continue to provide to one of our most valuable customers our leading gaming solutions. I would like to personally thank the Idaho Lottery Management Team for their trust. Our experienced US team will closely cooperate with the Lottery team in the new period to help the Lottery meet its goals for responsible growth and stronger returns for good causes.” 

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.91 billion turnover and a global workforce of more than 5,200 employees in 2015. INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: tzimou@intralot.com.

About the IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.1 billion in products, awarded over $1.9 billion in prizes to players, returned $186.5 million in retail commissions, and distributed $744 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. Currently, the Idaho Lottery operates 1,063 retail terminals, 319 full-service self-activated vending machines, 60 self-service machines for draw games only, and 540 electronic jackpot signs at 1,041 retail locations in 173 towns and cities across the Gem State.

To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Wins New Norsk Tipping Contract

Bringing Entertaining Interactive Casino and eInstant Games to Norwegian Players

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (February 23, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that Norsk Tipping ("the Lottery"), Norway's national lottery operator and World Lottery Association member, has awarded the Company two new three-year contracts to provide interactive casino and eInstant games. The contracts, which Scientific Games won following a competitive procurement process, may be extended for one additional year. The Company's world-class digital content will be offered to Norwegian players via a single point of delivery through Scientific Games' secure remote gaming server ("RGS") platform.

Scientific Games also provides Norsk Tipping with lottery instant games as well as lottery gaming systems and retail technology. The Company is also collaborating with the Lottery to innovate in areas such as product portfolio management, prize structures and payouts, and retail product display.

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Åsne Havnelid, Chief Executive Officer, Norsk Tipping, said, "We look forward to offering more game entertainment from Scientific Games to Norwegians. The instant games, technology, and services provided by Scientific Games have proven successful and helped us in our mission to grow responsibly. Since launching our iGaming program several years ago, Norsk Tipping remains committed to providing the very best portfolios of interactive casino and eInstant products to our players, while executing our responsible gaming principles."

Norsk Tipping, considered to be one of the industry's most innovative lotteries, is currently ranked No. 4 in the world for total sales per capita (La Fleur's Almanac).

Bob Hays, Vice President Global Commercial for Scientific Games, said, "The addition of interactive casino and eInstant content nearly completes a full product offering for Norsk Tipping from Scientific Games. Driven by our advanced RGS platform, our exceptional digital game portfolio will support the Lottery's continued mission to grow responsibly while entertaining players in Norway with the best lottery and gaming experiences in the world."

In the Nordic region, in addition to providing lottery systems and retail technology to Norsk Tipping, Scientific Games will soon launch new gaming systems technology for Danske Spil in Denmark. The Company currently provides instant games to Danske Spil, Veikkaus Oy in Finland and several lotteries in Sweden; as well as lottery systems and retail technology to Islensk Getspa in Iceland.

The leading supplier of lottery instant games in the world, Scientific Games provides games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries globally.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit us at: www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Lottery Communications:

Therese Minella

(770) 825-4219

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

(702) 532-7663

Corporate Communications:

Susan Cartwright

(702) 532-7981

Norsk Tipping:

Hans Erland Rigsvold

(+47) 90027124

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Erwin Horak Joins NOVOMATIC as Lottery Consultant

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WIEN, Austria (February 28, 2017) -- Erwin Horak, long-standing president of the Bavarian State Lottery, Chairman of the GlücksSpirale Committee, as well as the former leader of German lottery association Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB), will be providing future support as a consultant for the NOVOMATIC Group.

With decades of expertise and experience in the lottery business, Horak will act as a consultant to NOVOMATIC. Among other things, Horak will support NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions GmbH in the areas of Business Development and Customer Development.

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Erwin Horak

Commenting on his appointment, Harald Neumann, Chairman of the NOVOMATIC board, said: “As reflected in our successes in Estonia and Greece, Lottery technology and services are of increasing strategic importance to us. With the valuable contributions of Erwin Horak we will gain an important impetus in our cooperation with state-licensed lotteries.

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Erwin Horak added: "After my active work at LOTTO Bayern, I am very much looking forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to the NOVOMATIC Group. Lotteries are increasingly under competitive pressure and require innovative, modern and open solutions, such as the solutions developed and offered by NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions. I am committed and convinced that NOVOMATIC has a good range of products. I find it very positive that this new offer will also increase the competition within the German lottery market. I would like to make a contribution to it."

About NLS

NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets delivering games and services that can be integrated with any 3rd party solution.

The NLS system supports all sales channels simultaneously, creating a truly omni-channel offering while at the same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes.

With ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS solutions guarantee the highest levels of security and reliability.

NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group, one of the biggest global producers and operators of gaming technologies, with revenues of about $4bn, more than 28,000 employees and activities in 80 countries.

NLS was established in 2014 after the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware and quickly became a major player in the international lotteries business.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS).

 

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GameCo, Inc. Receives Approval from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) for its Video Game Gambling Machines (VGM™)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 28, 2017) -- GameCo, Inc., creator of the world's first Video Game Gambling Machines (VGM), announced today that it has received certification from the gaming industry's leading testing and compliance certification agency, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) under GLI-11, the most widely accepted gaming standard worldwide.

Approval of GameCo's VGM under the GLI-11 standard is a significant component in the process that allows the company to deploy VGMs in most gaming jurisdictions that currently allow slot machines and electronic table games.

GameCo's proprietary VGM is an arcade-style cabinet featuring a single-player 30-90 second video game, adapted from top console, PC, and mobile developers. The VGM utilizes GLI-approved hardware components similar to traditional slot machines, with a patented math model that balances player skill and game design to manage the series of outcomes for all players.

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"Obtaining GLI certification for the VGM is a huge milestone for GameCo, and for all skill-based gambling products," said Blaine Graboyes, CEO of GameCo. "The next wave of consumers that are looking for new and innovative products to capture their attention and engage them as new casino players are here now. It's exciting to be at the forefront of the evolution of casino gaming."

In addition to certification under GLI-11 standard, GameCo anticipates approval for its VGM in Connecticut, where the company plans to launch nearly 20 positions within the next month.

GameCo changed history in November 2016 when it became the first skill-based gaming company in the world to debut its video game gambling machine on casino floors, launching in Atlantic City at all three Caesars Entertainment properties, followed by the Tropicana. GameCo is currently executing a major nationwide rollout, with plans to be operational in most major U.S. gambling jurisdictions in the next year.

About GameCo's (VGM™):

GameCo's VGM is a highly anticipated skill-based gaming machine that brings video games to the casino floor and aims to attract a new generation of casino customers. The first skill-based video game gambling product ever approved by any regulator in the United States, the patented VGM gambling platform allows a player's skill to determine the payout and winnings while maintaining the same casino economics as slot machines. Games are familiar titles from top entertainment companies and publishers featuring various genres and themes including first-person action, sports, racing, fighting, platformers, puzzle games, and more.

About GameCo, Inc.:

GameCo, Inc. is a pioneering new company uniting video games with casino floor gaming. GameCo is the creator of the world's first skill-based video game gambling machines (VGM™), proprietary arcade-style cabinets that balance player skill with patented game design, while maintaining the same return to players as traditional slot machines.

GameCo's VGM won the Silver Medal in the Best Slot Product category of the 16th Annual Global Gaming Business Gaming & Technology Awards. Founded by video game, casino gaming, technology, and live event veterans, GameCo brings together executives from Scientific Games, IGT, and AGS along with award-winning producers for game publishers such as Blizzard Entertainment, WarGaming, Ubisoft, DreamWorks, and The World Series Of Video Games.

GameCo is privately held and headquartered in New York City with additional offices in Las Vegas. For the latest GameCo news, visit gameco.com and follow the company on Twitter at twitter.com/GameCoInc.

SOURCE: GameCo, Inc. (http://www.gameco.com).

 

 

PA Lottery Launch New Fast Play Games

Middletown, PA (February 28, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery today launched Fast Play, a new type of games offering players the chance to win prizes without scratching the ticket or waiting for a drawing.

Fast Play launch is a milestone in the evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery,” said Executive Director Drew Svitko, noting that this is the Lottery’s first entirely new game category introduced since scratch-off tickets premiered in 1975. The first draw game went on sale in March of 1972.

Fast Play games print on-demand from a Lottery sales terminal or self-service touch-screen vending terminal. Retailers may not print Fast Play games in advance; tickets must be generated at the time of purchase.

To see if they’ve won a prize, players can review the ticket, or scan it at a Lottery retailer or with the ticket checker feature on the Lottery’s official mobile app.

This new type of game has been popular in other states and we expect Pennsylvania Lottery players will enjoy it, as well,” Svitko added.

The Fast Play games launched today are Piggy Bank Bucks ($1); Lots of $50s ($2); Hot Numbers® ($5); and Keystone Cash ($5).  Keystone Cash offers a progressive top prize that grows until it is won, then immediately resets to the minimum top prize and starts growing again.

Visit palottery.com to review rules, chances of winning and learn how to play Fast Play games.

Fast Play winners have up to one year from the ticket’s date of purchase to claim prizes.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Do not give lottery games to children. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

New Research Shows Almost Half of People in Britain Gamble

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (February 28, 2017) -- A new Gambling Commission report offers greater insight into gambling participation, attitudes and behaviours in Britain.

The research looks at overall gambling participation and perceptions in 2016, as well as how people gamble online, the devices they use and the influence of social media.

Figures also explore consumer interest and awareness around terms and conditions, self-exclusion and other gambling management tools. 

James Green, programme director said: “This report paints an important picture of how consumers in Britain choose to gamble – identifying emerging trends and potential risks to the public. We are also now able to provide a more detailed snapshot of online behaviours, which featured for the first time last year.

Effective protections come from strong evidence. Our research puts us in a powerful position to better understand the needs of gambling consumers.”

Headline findings include:

  • 48% of respondents have gambled in the past four weeks (a 3% increase on 2015), this figure drops to 33% when you exclude those that have only played the National Lottery
  • of those surveyed, 53% of men (50% in 2015) and 44% of women (41% in 2015) have gambled
  • 17% of people that gambled did so online, with 97% of online gamblers gambling at home (unchanged from last year)
  • use of mobile phones or tablet devices to gamble has increased by 10% since 2015, to 43%
  • 23% of gamblers have read terms and conditions
  • 68% of 18-24 year olds have been prompted to gamble by adverts and posts on social media
  • 0.7% of those that have gambled in the past 12 months identified as problem gamblers (compared to 0.5% in 2015), with 5.5% identified as at-risk gamblers
  • 6% of gamblers have ever self-excluded, an additional 37% of gamblers are aware of self-exclusion, an increase of 8% from 2015
  • gambling on gaming machines in bookmakers has remained stable at 1.5% (compared to last year)
  • 67% of respondent’s think people should have the right to gamble whenever they want
  • 78% of respondents feel there are too many opportunities to gamble nowadays, whilst 69% feel gambling is dangerous for family life
  • Following our work with the Competitions and Markets Authority into unfair terms and conditions, respondents were asked why they felt terms were unfair. The top three areas of concern were:
    - having to wager a certain amount before you can claim prize/winnings
    - unfair limits on the availability of/qualifying for a free bet
    - it being too difficult to win or in the companies favour.

 

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Gambling participation in 2016: behaviours, awareness and attitudes

Gambling participation in 2016: technical annex

Gambling participation in 2016: datasheets

Graphic: gambling participation

Graphic: online behaviour

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

 

Broadbeach Set for Life Winner Left Breathless After “Best Call of My Life”

  • A Broadbeach woman has been left breathless after receiving the “best call of my life” from Golden Casket this morning, confirming that she is the latest Set for Life 1st Prize winner!
  • The overjoyed woman will now receive $20,000 every month for the next 20 years and said she can now help send her grandchildren to private schools.
  • The Broadbeach woman is the 20th Set for Life 1st Prize winner nationally since the game began in August 2015 and continues the Gold Coast’s recent winning streak and lotto hotspot status.
  • The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased a 2-SET QuickSET from Resort News, Shop 1621 at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach.

 

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia (February 27, 2017) -- A Broadbeach woman has been left breathless after receiving the “best call of my life” from Golden Casket this morning, confirming that she is the latest Set for Life 1st Prize winner who will receive $20,000 a month for the next 20 years!

The woman is the 20th Set for Life winner nationally since the game began 19 months ago, and the second Set for Life winner in one week.

The win also confirms the Gold Coast’s reputation as a hotspot for lotto winners.

The Broadbeach woman checked her Set for Life ticket first thing on Friday morning, but didn’t believe it was real until Golden Casket officials spoke to her.

She was so overwhelmed by the win that she was left short of breath.

Oh my God! Oh my God!  Sorry, I’m just a bit excited,” the exasperated woman said.

I’ve checked my ticket, but I didn’t believe it was real! I was waiting for the call!  I thought ‘This can’t be real, it cannot be real!  It must be a mistake; maybe I’m checking the wrong ticket?

Thank you so much.  This is awesome.  My family is going to just love it!  Thank you so much.

With the win still sinking in, the regular lotto player said she would use her monthly windfall to pay off her mortgage, help out her children and elderly parents, and maybe even retire early.

This is the best call I’ve ever had!  It will help us all out – the whole family – each month,” she said excitedly.

It’s beautiful that it’s monthly – not just one big whoop of money!

I’m about to become a grandmother again!  They can have private schooling now!

But first, the woman said she would break to news to her husband, who had left for work earlier that morning doubting her claim that she had won.

He didn’t get it and said ‘I’ve got to go to work’,” she said.

He’s going to flip out. He’s not going to believe it either!

The newest Set for Life 1st Prize winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 2-SET QuickSET entry from Resort News, Shop 1621 Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, 2-30 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach.

Resort News owner Anthony Milligan was thrilled to have sold Queensland’s second and the nation’s twentieth Set for Life 1st prize winning ticket.

This is great news! We’re so thrilled to have been part of selling a 1st Prize winning entry to the newest game!” he exclaimed.

The team is really excited and we’re already celebrating – particularly because it’s a Gold Coast local.

Congratulations to the winner and all the best with your journey over the next 20 years!

This is the second Set for Life 1st Prize won in Queensland since Set for Life launched in August 2015.  Last night’s winner joins 19 other national winners who are already enjoying their monthly Set for Life instalments.

It follows a retired married couple from Mackay who became Set for Life in November 2016. The winning wife vowed never to do her most hated household chores again and hire an ironing lady.

Just a few nights ago on Tuesday, another Set for Life player won the 1st Prize with a ticket purchased in Kogarah in New South Wales.

Across the country, it was the only entry that won 1st Prize in Set for Life draw 567 which offers a guaranteed 1st Prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years for up to four winners in each draw.

The winning numbers in Set for Life draw 567 on Thursday 24 February 2017 were 9, 33, 7, 27, 26, 23, 25 and 17, with the bonus numbers 14 and 32.

A Set for Life draw is conducted every night of the week, 365 days each year, and players can start their seven-day Set for Life entry on any day of the week.

To win the 1st Prize in Set for Life, players must correctly choose the 8 winning numbers drawn from 37. Additional smaller divisional prizes can be won from 2nd Prize to 8th Prize by selecting a combination of the 8 winning numbers and 2 bonus numbers drawn.

Tickets for Set for Life are on sale in lottery outlets around the country and online at thelott.com with the next draw occurring tonight.

For more information please CONTACT:

 

Matt Hart

the Lott

Senior Public Relations Executive

0412 404 626

matthew.hart@thelott.com

Elissa Lewis

the Lott

General Manager Public Relations

0457 759 945

elissa.lewis@thelott.com

 

SOURCE: the Lott.

 

 

Nebraska Lottery Celebrates State’s Anniversary with Nebraska 150 Scratch Game

$2 game features official Nebraska 150 Celebration logo

LINCOLN, NE (February 27, 2017) -- To celebrate Nebraska’s 150th anniversary, the Nebraska Lottery is releasing a new $2 Scratch game, Nebraska 150.

The Nebraska 150 Scratch game is registered as an official program of the Nebraska 150 Celebration, with game artwork containing the official Celebration logo.  In addition to 15 top prizes of $1,000 there are over 500 prizes of $150 available to win in the game.

We’re excited to share the fun and excitement of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial with our players through the Nebraska 150 Scratch game,” said Brian Rockey, Nebraska Lottery Director. “This special game will be available at Lottery retailers for a limited time. And because a portion of every Lottery ticket sold is used for good causes, when you buy a Nebraska 150 ticket, you’re helping to build a better Nebraska.

Proceeds from the sale of Lottery tickets benefit the environment, education, the Nebraska State Fair, and compulsive gamblers assistance. Over $627 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993.

The Nebraska 150 Scratch game is currently available for purchase at most Lottery retailers. Launch events for the game will be held on March 1 (Nebraska Statehood Day) at retailers in Chadron and Nebraska City. Visit the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com, for more information.

The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

CONTACT: Neil Watson, Phone: (402) 471-6120, Mobile: (402) 560-4580, E: neil.watson@nebraska.gov.

SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.

 

 

March’s New Games Ready to March Forth, Multiply

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 28, 2017) -- Today, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery unveils its new instant games for March, giving players the chance to win as much as a quarter-million dollars.

It’s March Multiplier Madness, as the four new instant -- or “scratch-off” -- games for March are: $1 10X, with a top prize of $5,000; $2 20X, with a top prize of $25,000; $5 50X, with a top prize of $100,000; and $10 100X, with a top prize of $250,000.

The Lottery releases new instant tickets monthly to give our scratch-off players fresh games loaded with prizes,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. “March’s new Multiplier games allow us to multiply the fun for our players, as well as the revenue for college scholarships for Arkansas students.”

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas. Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, more than $2 billion in prizes to players, and more than $182 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Visit: www.MyArkansasLottery.com.

For more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play It Again Rewards Club. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Stephen Koch at 501-683-2055 for more information

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

Peter Hak Appointed President & CEO of Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

MANITOBA, Canada (February 24, 2017) -- Peter Hak, a longtime Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries executive, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, the Crown corporation’s board of directors announced today. Hak has served as CEO in an acting capacity since October 2016. His role becomes permanent effective immediately.

Peter Hak is a deeply experienced leader who has the trust and respect of employees across the organization,” said board chair Polly Craik. “Manitobans can expect sound fiscal management and continued improvements to products and services under Peter’s leadership.”

Hak has held a number of senior portfolios at Liquor & Lotteries since first joining Manitoba Lotteries in 1984. He was most recently Chief Corporate Services Officer and previously served as Manitoba Lotteries’ Chief Operating Officer and as Director of Finance. Hak is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba.

Hak said Liquor & Lotteries’ primary focus will be maximizing the Crown corporation’s contribution to the province.

When we improve our profitability, Manitobans benefit,” Hak said. “Sound governance, fiscal responsibility and improved revenues are the keys to further strengthening our ability to support important programs and services.”

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries income is directed to the Province of Manitoba to fund health care, education and other provincially administered programs. Liquor & Lotteries returned just over $583 million to the Province last fiscal year.

CONTACT: Andrea Kowal, Director, Corporate Affairs, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Phone: 204-957-2500, ext. 2781, Email: Andrea.Kowal@mbll.ca.

SOURCE: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.

 

 

Loto-Québec Report Third Quarter Results FY 2016-2017

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada (February 24, 2017) -- Loto Québec reported cumulative revenues of $2.612 billion and net income of $933.2 million for the third quarter, or slight declines of $39.6 million (-1.5%) and $12.7 million (-1.3%) respectively.

The step backwards is mainly due to the two fewer days in the period and a smaller number of major jackpots offered by pan Canadian lotteries.

Thanks to efficient management, the Corporation nevertheless reduced total expenses by $11.3 million (-1.6%) over the past three quarters as compared to the same period last year. The efforts deployed since the beginning of the fiscal year to expand offerings and control expenses lead us to be optimistic as we look to the end of the financial year.

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  • Cumulative revenues are on the rise, reaching $618.9 million (+2.8%) with net income of $161.5 million (+4.0%).
  • The increase in revenues is mainly due to the widening range of entertainment offerings in establishments, more customers playing at gaming tables and the vigorous tourism trade.
  • Casinos reported 226,000 more visits (+3.4%) compared to the same period in 2015-2016.

 

Lotteries

  • Lottery revenues total $1.272 billion (-4.6%), while net income reached $328.5 million (-8.2%).
  • The decline in revenue is mainly attributable to the smaller number of major Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 jackpot prizes.
  • Lotto Max offered 16 jackpots worth $50 million or more and 174 Maxmillions during the period, compared to 22 jackpots worth $50 million or more and 405 Maxmillions on the same date last year.
  • Event betting generated $8.0 million more in sales (+17.6%), due to the better odds offered online.

 

Gaming establishments

  • The gaming establishment sector includes video lottery terminals in bars and brasseries, gaming halls, network bingo and Kinzo.
  • Sector revenues, which are slightly higher than those last year, reached $738.8 million (+0.7%). Net income amounts to $443.1 million (+2.4%).
  • Gaming halls continue to perform well, bringing in $3.9 million more in revenues (+11.2%).

 

Online gaming

  • Espacejeux.com revenues, all games combined, total $58.3 million, an increase of $12.2 M (+26.4%).
  • Online lottery and casino game sales are on the rise.

 

The quarterly report is available on Loto-Québec’s website.

Source and information: Patrice Lavoie, Corporate Director, Public Affairs, Press Relations and Social media, Loto-Québec, T: 514-499-5130, Email: patrice.lavoie@loto-quebec.com

SOURCE: Loto-Québec media release.

 

 

Fortuna Entertainment Group Will Become New Market Leader in Romania, Expands Into Croatia and Spain

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (February 23, 2017) -- Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V. (“Fortuna”) as purchaser and Hattrick Sports Group LLC (U.S) and other shareholders as sellers (the "Sellers") have entered into an agreement under which Fortuna shall acquire 100% share in Hattrick Sports Group Ltd., Ireland ("Hattrick Sports Group"). The transaction is a subject of regulatory approvals and until then both companies continue to operate separately as until now.

The acquisition of Hattrick Sports Group will further strengthen Fortuna’s position as the largest licenced multi-channel sports betting and gaming operator in Central and Southeastern Europe. The Fortuna Entertainment Group was established in 2009. Originally a Czech firm with over 25 years history, it has grown over time into a holding company with strong operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Through brand licenced agreement it is also present in Romania. Hattrick Sports Group is the owner of the leading betting operator in Romania, Casa Pariurilor, the second largest operator in Croatia, PSK, and a joint venture partner in Luckia operator in Spain.

“The acquisition of Hattrick Sports Group is a key milestone in Fortuna Entertainment Group’s plans of becoming ‘The No.1 licensed multichannel betting and gaming operator in Central and Eastern Europe’ as well as a testament for our value creation strategy. Our intention is to retain the Fortuna and Casa Pariurilor brands in Romania as well as PSK and Hattrick in Croatia. On a regional level, we will combine the best of both companies with the aim to create more exciting offers for our customers, better opportunities for our employees and business partners, thus increasing value for our shareholders,”said Per Widerström, CEO of Fortuna Entertainment Group.

The combination of Fortuna and Hattrick Sports Group has a compelling logic and aligns strategically very well. The transaction will add significant geographical reach and market diversity to Fortuna and will allow the group to further strengthen its position in the core markets and beyond," adds Carsten Sundberg, CEO of Hattrick Sports Group.

The current business expansion is in line with Fortuna’s long-term strategy to become the number one licenced sports betting and gaming operator in Central and Southeastern Europe and industry leader in innovations, multi-channel offers, customer experience and financial performance.

SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment Group.

 

 

Win Your Ticket to Freedom When You Play the Florida Lottery’s Newest $25 Scratch-Off Game

$10,000,000 WORLD CLASS CASH and three others on sale today!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 28, 2017) -- The Florida Lottery is introducing four new Scratch-Off games that offer more than $670 million in total cash prizes. The games, $10,000,000 WORLD CLASS CASH, CASH RESERVE, MONEY BAG MULTIPLIER, and HIT $5,000, go on sale today. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

The $25 game, $10,000,000 WORLD CLASS CASH, features two top prizes of $10 million, 46 prizes of $1 million, and more than $539 million in total cash prizes! This $25 game offers more than nine million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-2.89.

Beginning March 6, players will have the opportunity to win four free $10,000,000 WORLD CLASS CASH Scratch-Off tickets by uploading a photo of themselves to Instagram during the WORLD CLASS CASH Ticket to Freedom Instagram Contest. Four winners will be chosen each week during the three-week contest period, for a total of 12 winners. Visit www.flalottery.com for official guidelines.

The $5 game, CASH RESERVE, offers more than $73 million in prizes, including 16 top prizes of $250,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.03.

For just $2, players can win up to $30,000 with MONEY BAG MULTIPLIER. There are more than 5 million winning tickets totalling over $33 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.66.

HIT $5,000, the newest $1 game, features more than 4 million winning tickets! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Florida Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $31 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

 

CIBELAE Announce Registration for the International Seminar on Betting Security and Integrity is Now Open

BUENOS AIRES (February 17, 2017) -- After participating in the international fair “ICE Totally Gaming London 2017” at the ExCeL London facilities, CIBELAE is getting ready to welcome attendees to the next seminar on “Betting Security and Integrity” to be held in Buenos Aires on March 29 & 30. 

Being present with our stand at ICE, one of the largest fairs in the world in addition to the WLA's Biennial Congress, means being in a first-class setting with the top gaming industry players and top world-class companies,” said the CIBELAE President, Luis Gama, who further stated that “this puts CIBELAE in a different position, which was reflected by the businesses, lotteries and regulatory bodies that have reached us to join our Corporation.”   

Also present at the fair were our Executive Director, Néstor Cotignola, and the CONAJZAR President, Javier Balbuena Estigarribia, who also provided an overview of the gaming industry in Paraguay, together with his colleagues from Brazil and Colombia.

Following this first activity, CIBELAE has opened registration for the next Seminar to take place on March 29 & 30 at Hotel Panamericano in Buenos Aires. March 28 is the date set for the first meeting of the Board of Directors with the presence of all Presidents of Latin American and Caribbean lotteries.

The event on “Betting Security and Integrity” is being organized by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the State Lotteries Association of Argentina (ALEA), and it will have outstanding speakers from operators and regulatory bodies, as well as attendees from the companies that are members of the three entities.

Anyone interested in attending the seminar can go to www.cibelae.com, where they will find the Training Agenda and registration form, both in Spanish and English.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

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NASPL Professional Development Seminar; Call for Speakers!!

CONCORD, OH (February 27, 2017) -- The NASPL Professional Development Seminar is a unique event designed to bring together lottery industry employees at all levels in a small-group, hands-on format.

Workshops cover the primary disciplines in the industry: accounting, audit, information technology, legal, product managers, public relations, research, sales and marketing, game development and security.

The PDS format allows for candid discussions and information-sharing among participants, and provides attendees with tangible ideas about how to take advantage of the industry's biggest opportunities and find solutions to its biggest challenges.

If you would like a chance to speak at this year's NASPL Professional Development Seminar please click the link below and fill out the Call for Entries Submission Form.

Click Here to Download the Call for Speakers Submission Form!

SOURCE: NASPL.

 

 


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