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Governor Appoints New Michigan Lottery Commissioner

LANSING, Michigan (February 17, 2017) – Governor Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Aric Nesbitt of Lawton as Michigan Lottery Commissioner.

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The lottery commissioner is responsible for the overall management and operation of the bureau, including development of long-range plans, formulation of policy, assuring the accountability and integrity of the lottery, and establishing and maintaining contact with state legislators to research, evaluate, and gauge the impact of lottery-related legislation.

I thank Aric for his continued service to the great state of Michigan. He has served many years in public service and I am confident that experience will suit him well in this role,” Snyder said.

Nesbitt served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He previously served as Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Murphy and Congressman Tim Walberg.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hillsdale College and a master’s in economics and business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics.

He will replace M. Scott Bowen.

His term is effective February 19, 2017 and will serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Photo courtesy of Michigan House Republicans

SOURCES: Governor Rick Snyder media release.

 

 

Florida Lottery Reaches $1 Billion in Education Contributions with Four Months Left in the Fiscal Year

$31 Billion Total Over 29 Years

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 20, 2017) -- The Florida Lottery today announced another record – $1 billion in contributions to education for the 15th consecutive year.  Additionally, the Lottery reached the $1 billion mark for this fiscal year earlier than any other year in Florida Lottery history. This brings the Lottery’s life-to-date education contributions to more than $31 billion.

This milestone would not have been possible without the support of our loyal players, dedicated retailers and hardworking Lottery staff,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

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The Lottery will continue working hard every day to advance our mission of maximizing contributions to education in a manner that is consistent with the dignity and integrity of the state.”

Over the past 29 years, the Florida Lottery has established itself as a dependable funding source for public education. For 15 consecutive years the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation. Additionally, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to send over 750,000 students to college.

Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered by the Florida Department of Education.

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.

 

 

Splendid Response to Game Changing Products from Skilrock at ICE 2017

GURGAON, India (February 21, 2017) -- Team Skilrock is back after successful participation at ICE TOTALLY GAMING held in ExCel, London from7th to 9th February 2017.

 

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A Splendid response from visitors, delegates and our clients who appreciated every bit of what we showcased - be it Tablet Based Gaming, innovative Retail Solutions, Scratch Cards and Electronic Instants or the wide range of Sports Games like Virtual sports, Live Betting, Sports Lottery etc.

Skilrock’s unified gaming platform covers the entire spectrum of Retail, iGaming and Self-Service with a wide range of games and contents making it exciting for every segment of players. The underlying architecture being highly scalable, flexible and modular makes it suitable for any lottery & gaming market across the world.

Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Director of Skilrock Technologies, commented, "It’s always been our pleasure to be at ICE to meet industry associates from across the world to discuss opportunities for innovation in their operations. We had engaging meeting with various operators, showcasing concepts like Electronic BetSlips, Tablet Based Gaming & Instant Scratch, which can not only save their recurring costs on production, distribution and logistics but also make it appealing to the players by having dynamic gaming experience.

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Skilrock gathered interesting insights from visitors, which it plans to add to its pipeline of development and launch them quickly. Watch out for this space and we look forward to seeing you at ICE 2018.

Venue: ExCel, London

Website: www.icetotallygaming.com

Stand Number: N3-240

About Skilrock Technologies:

Skilrock Technologies is a leading technology solution provider for the lottery, gaming and payment industry with its R&D centres located at global IT hubs. It is technology arm of $2 billion Sugal & Damani Group, who are leaders of Indian lottery & gaming operations.

The all-encompassing WEAVER Gaming Platform of Skilrock serves RETAIL, iGAMING & SELF SERVICE channels with equal ease, supporting a wide variety of games like Lotto, Keno, Bingo, Instant, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots. More than 120,000 retail touch points and over 3 million iGaming players across 18 jurisdictions have been serviced using Weaver Platform.

For further information or assistance please CONTACT: Sourabh Goyal,T: +44 (0) 20 3286 7878 / +91 8826 315550, Email:  sourabh.goyal@skilrock.com, website: www.skilrock.com.

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

 

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.

 

 

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Jumbo Interactive 1H Report; Strong December Trading Pushes Results Ahead of Guidance

 

Toowong, Qld., Australia (February 17, 2017) --

 

Strong December trading pushes results ahead of guidance:

  • NPAT $2.6 million AN INCREASE OF 30%
  • HY DIVIDEND 3.5c
  • TTV $71 million A DECREASE OF 12%
  • REVENUE $16.1 million A DECREASE OF 9%
  • NUMBER OF JACKPOTS $15 million or more - DOWN 37%

 

The following summary is provided for the six months to 31 December 2016.

 

  HY Dec 16 Actual HY Dec 15 Actual % Change
Total Transaction Value (“TTV”) $71 mil $81 mil 12% down
Revenue $16.1 mil $17.8 mil 9% down
NPBT $4.2 mil $3.5 mil 20% up
Income tax ($1.6) mil ($1.5) mil  
NPAT $2.6 mil $2.0 mil 30% up
Number of jackpots ¹ 15 24 37% down

 

¹OZ Lotto/ Powerball Division 1 jackpots of $15 million or more.

 

Despite a very low run of large jackpots, Net Profit After Tax is up 30% to $2.6 million after strong December trading”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO and Founder of Jumbo Interactive.

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On a like-for-like jackpot basis, sales continue to climb over time demonstrating that the business fundamentals are sound despite occasional periods of low jackpot activity”, he said.

Charity Lottery sales have tripled and Jumbo is well placed for an improved second half should jackpots reach higher levels”, he said.

Charity lottery sales reached $1.6 million (2015: $497,000) indicating good growth since launching in June 2015.

The balance sheet remains healthy with Net Assets of $25.1 million and the Company’s cash position at $25.9 million ($19.2 million net cash plus $6.7 million players’ funds) as at 31

December 2016.

The continued focus on cost management in both Australia and Germany has resulted in the increased Profit, notwithstanding the decreased Revenue.

During the 2016 half year, the business in Germany was scaled down with customers being referred/converted to Lotto24 under an agreement with them, and tickets ceased being sold early December 2016.

 

Excluding Germany, the financial result is summarised as follows:

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Based on the profitable half year period, a fully franked interim dividend of 3.5 cents per ordinary share has been declared for the half year (2015: 2.0 cents). The current dividend policy of a stable dividend payment remains unchanged.

Record date: 10 March 2017

Payment date: 24 March 2017

 

The Dividend Reinvestment Plan will be suspended for the interim fully franked dividend.

 

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The Australian Internet lottery business was the main contributor to the result with ticket sales (TTV) of $69 million, down 13% on the corresponding previous period, largely as a result of a 37% decrease in the number (and 53% decrease in aggregate value) of large jackpots of $15 million or more. This has also had an impact on the Marketing KPI’s summarised below.

 

  Dec. 2016 Dec. 2015
Number of new accounts for the half year 77,800 108,600
CPL (Cost per Lead) for the half year Total marketing cost divided by the number of new accounts in a given period. New accounts potentially become active customers after the account has been established. $16 $19
Number of active customers (12 months) Customers who have spent money on tickets in the preceding 12- month period. 361,700 350,300
Average spend per active customer (12 months) Total spent by active customers divided by the number of active customers over the preceding 12 month period $322 $340

 

Although the number of new accounts and average spend per active customer were down, the number of active customers increased due to improved customer engagement activities.

 

Like-for-like Jackpot Analysis Removing the impact of the very low large jackpots on KPI’s, a like-for-like jackpot analysis comparing July-December HY periods was undertaken, supporting continued growth in ticket sales over time (see below graphs). This is a strong indicator that despite the jackpot fluctuations, the underlying business is performing well.

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About Jumbo Interactive Limited

Jumbo Interactive Limited is listed in Australia (ASX: JIN) as well as the German Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart exchanges (Symbol: WKN A1C82X). In 2000, Jumbo sold its first lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity due to the convenience of buying tickets online. At first customers were attracted to the security of never losing a ticket and the convenience of automatic number checking, prize payments and auto-play. In 2012, Jumbo released a lottery app for the iPhone and a new transition began driven by the convenience of mobile lotteries. A new app for the Apple watch takes the customer experience a step further with prize alerts, winning numbers and ticket management now available on the wrist. The Company operates the popular website www.ozlotteries.com in Australia under agreement with the Tatts Group (ASX: TTS). 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. Jumbo has succeeded in targeting a younger and more mobile demographic with mobile now accounting for 75% of all customer interactions.

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

SOURCE: ASX Release.

 

 

Instant Scratch-Its Set to Thrill with New #joyments Brand Campaign

BRISBANE, Qld., Australia (February 23, 2017) -- Tatts Group Lotteries has revealed the first major repositioning of its Instant Scratch-Its brand in more than a decade with its new national #joyments campaign.

The campaign focusses on how Instant Scratch-Its deliver little moments of joy that brighten up Australians’ lives every day.

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The campaign will be predominantly supported by digital and social media advertising and activities, along with instore promotions throughout Instant Scratch-Its’ network of more than 4000 retailers.

The #joyments positioning will deliver a continuous platform for below-the-line marketing, with further above-the-line activities to be scheduled around key gifting periods of the year when Instant Scratch-Its sales peak.

To support the open-ended campaign, an initial four-week outdoor and digital advertising campaign will be rolled out nationally from 19 March.

A #joyments campaign microsite, www.joyments.com, has also been created that encourages Australians to share the small instances that made them smile.

Instant Scratch-Its Brand Portfolio Manager Jodie Milini said the #joyments campaign aimed to reinvigorate Instant Scratch-Its, a brand that had been living in the hearts and minds of Australians for more than three decades.

For this campaign, we embarked on a journey of uncovering the true brand essence of Instant Scratch-Its and started talking to our customers about how they felt about their favourite games,” she said.

Throughout our research, it became clear that the key was the emotional connection customers had to Instant Scratch-Its, making #joyments the ideal new brand positioning.

#joyments are those little moments of joy you experience every day that make you smile, like hearing your favourite song on the radio or catching all the green lights on your way to work. #joyments give you the same wonderful feeling you get from having an Instant Scratch-Its ticket in your pocket.

The launch of the new #joyments campaign comes as part of the ongoing development of new Instant Scratch-Its games and tickets aligned to customers’ needs.

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Our new strategy is based on people’s needs rather than price points.  We know from our recent consumer research that our customers are in different mindsets when they are playing different types of tickets. We are developing our tickets from these insights,” Ms Milini said.

In 2016, about 150 Australians won more than $15 million in Instant Scratch-It top prizes.

Agencies involved in the creation and delivery of Instant Scratch-Its’ #joyments campaign:

Research agency: Colmar Brunton (led by Philippa Ung)

Creative agency: GPY&R Brisbane

Media agency: Carat (led by Gill Black)

To download the #joyments campaign video and images, CLICK HERE.

About Instant Scratch-Its

The world’s first scratch off ticket with instant prizes was introduced in the USA in 1974 and into Australia in 1978.

Instant Scratch-Its are priced from $1 to $20. Within this price range there are a range of game types, from quick fun plays to extended play games. 

Each ticket series or game has a specific prize structure consisting of several prize levels, ranging from top prizes of up to $1 million down to thousands of other smaller prizes. In most instances, the top prize represents approximately 10 per cent of the total prize pool available in that game.

Chances of winning on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket range from 1 in 2 to 1 in 4, which creates millions of moments of instant joy each year.

Tatts Group Lotteries operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games in each jurisdiction under Golden Casket, NSW Lotteries, Tatts, SA Lotteries and Tatts NT.  These games include Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, The Pools and Instant Scratch-Its.

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: Tatts Group Lotteries.

 

 

Financial Results of the Last Year of the Three Finnish Gaming Operators

FINLAND (February 17, 2017) -- The year 2016 was the last year of operations of the Finnish gaming operators Fintoto, Finland’s Slot Machine Association, and Veikkaus. At the beginning of 2017, a new gaming company was launched, as the gaming operations of the three previous operators merged into a single company called Veikkaus.

The gaming operators’ final year was a record-breaking success:

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  • The year 2016 was the last year of operations of the Finnish gaming operators Fintoto, Finland’s Slot Machine Association, and Veikkaus. At the beginning of 2017, a new gaming company was launched, as the gaming operations of the three previous operators merged into a single company called Veikkaus.
  • The new Veikkaus Oy is owned entirely by the Finnish State and has the exclusive right to operate all gaming in Finland. The gaming revenue continues to be used for good causes, to support social and health care organisations, art, sports, science, youth work, as well as the equestrian sports and horse breeding.
  • he total Finnish gaming market amounted to ca. EUR 3 530 million in terms of turnover during the year under review. This meant a growth of three percent as compared with the previous year. Foreign competition targeted especially digital gaming; it was estimated that the share of cross border gaming out of the total market remained under 8 percent.
  • Fintoto’s financial statements 2016; RAY’s activity report, financial statements, and CSR and annual report 2016; and the old Veikkaus’ annual report and financial statements 2016 can be found at a www.veikkaus.fi/company.

 

Below you can find short reviews of each gaming operator’s year 2016.

Fintoto’s sales developed favourably

Fintoto Oy’s turnover went up from EUR 230.7 million in the previous year to EUR 235.3 million (+2.0%).

The company’s game sales developed favourably but the customers took a stronger interest in foreign betting objects. The increase in the international game offerings boosted the turnover; yet, at the same time, it also had a negative impact on the company’s financial result. The object compensations paid abroad went up by over two million as compared with the previous year, reaching EUR 4.8 million as a result of the increase in the volume of foreign gaming. This weakened the company’s financial result for its part.

The company’s result before the return to the field in accordance with the Lotteries Act was EUR 31.3 million (-1.2%). During the financial year 2016, a total of EUR 32.8 million (EUR 30.8 million) were returned for the promotion of horse breeding and the equestrian sports, including the shares paid to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Finnish Trotting and Breeding Association Suomen Hippos.

After the shares returned to the promotion of horse breeding and the equestrian sports, the company’s result showed a total of EUR 2.5 million of loss (in 2015: EUR 0.8 million of profit). The loss for the financial period resulted from a bigger amount of funds returned to the promotion of horse breeding and the equestrian sports in accordance with the Lotteries Act.

Fintoto’s share of Finnish gaming was ca. 3.6% (-0.1 percentage points as compared with the previous year).

For more information on Fintoto’s year 2016, please contact Pertti Koskenniemi, tel. +358 400 512 196.

The best result in RAY’s history

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Finland’s Slot Machine Association RAY reached the best result in its entire history in 2016. RAY’s turnover amounted to EUR 809.4 million and profit to EUR 423.5 million. The turnover increased by 13 million euros (+1.6%) as compared with the previous year. RAY paid twelve percent of its turnover in lottery tax to the Finnish State, i.e. EUR 96.9 million.

The arcades, restaurant games, and digital games posted growth. The turnover increased most in the digital games (+14.2%), amounting to EUR 73.3 million.

The arcades included RAY’s Pelaamo and Klubi gaming locations. They generated a turnover of a total of EUR 110.1 million (+12.9%). The restaurant games grew by 2.1%, attaining a turnover of EUR 14.6 million.

For the gaming points and the Casino Helsinki, the turnover showed a slight decrease.

RAY’s loyal customers numbered 423 667 at the end of the year, and 50 000 of them had joined during 2016.

Registered gaming increased from 10.1% in 2015 to 11.8% in 2016.

The good financial result means EUR 317.6 million of support to social and health care organisations. That is the biggest amount of funds granted during RAY’s entire history. In addition, a total of EUR 108.2 million was paid to the State Treasury for the rehabilitation of Finnish war veterans.

RAY’s share of Finnish gaming was ca. 45.1 % (-0.5 percentage points as compared with the previous year).

During its last year of operations, Finland’s Slot Machine Association had 94 members.

For more information on RAY’s year 2016, please contact Velipekka Nummikoski, tel. +358 50 506 5588.

A record-breaking final year of operations for the old Veikkaus

The old Veikkaus attained a record-breaking result, EUR 582.6 million (+8.5%). The total profit for the financial year will be used for supporting Finnish art, sports, science, and youth work.

We can calculate that the direct economic value generated by Veikkaus to society amounted to a total of EUR 799.3 million in 2016. In addition to this amount, the company paid a total of EUR 81.0 million of undistributed prize funds from the previous years to the Ministry of Education and Culture. Further, the company paid a total of EUR 110.2 million in lottery tax and EUR 25.5 million of VAT to the State.

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The turnover for the financial year went up to EUR 2 204.5 million (+5.2%). The growth was based on successful product reforms and on the launch of new games and services.

Thanks to an increase in Internet gaming in particular, a bigger share of Veikkaus’ customers play registered, which, for its part, promotes responsibility and improves consumer protection. The share of registered gaming out of Veikkaus’ total sales went up to 69.6% (+4.5 percentage points) during the financial year. A total of over 135 000 Finns joined as Veikkaus’ loyal customers in 2016.

Gaming takes place more and more often in the digital channels. In 2016 their share of the total sales went up by five percentage points, representing up to over 48%. All in all, Finns spent EUR 1 065.6 million (+17.5%) on gaming through the digital channels. Finland’s largest consumer webstore veikkaus.fi had ca. 510 000 buying customers a week.

Sports games posted a turnover of EUR 531.5 million (+18.5%). The sales growth was especially due to product reforms and a large number of major sporting events. The most important reform was the revision of Fixed Odds Betting at the end of May. The turnover of Fixed Odds Betting (EUR 278.8 million) grew by 18.9% over the previous year.

Finland’s most popular gambling game Lotto had a turnover of EUR 380.0 million (-13.0%). The fall can be explained especially by the jackpots that were clearly smaller than those of the previous year. Other factors that reduced people’s playing of Lotto included the ban on oral marketing at the points of sale; switching over to other jackpot games; and the temporary interruption of standing entry gaming due to a game reform. Lotto was revised in November. As the customers had wished, you can now win more often in Lotto and bigger prizes are available more frequently.

Eurojackpot’s sales (EUR 251.7 million, +12.9%) were speeded up by big rollover jackpots. Viking Lotto’s (EUR 94.1 million, +24.7%) popularity was boosted by a successful reform, which brought with it bigger jackpots for perfect matches. In digital games, the games to show the biggest growth were the eInstants, which attained a turnover of EUR 183.4 million (+17.7%). The selection of eInstants is being extended constantly; during the year under review we introduced eleven new eInstants.

Veikkaus’ share of Finnish gaming was ca. 51.3%  (+0.5 percentage points as compared with the previous year).

For further information on Veikkaus’ year 2016, please CONTACT: Maija Hjelt, tel. +358 40 740 7008.

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

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DLTB Comments on the Changes to the State Gambling Agreement Adopted by the Prime Ministers

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HAMBURG, Germany (February 16, 2017) - The German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) comments on the changes to the state gambling agreement adopted by the Prime Ministers.

In Hamburg, Michael Heinrich and Torsten Meinberg, the lead manager of the DLTB and at the same time the managing director of LOTTO Hamburg GmbH, explained the attitude of the state lottery companies and formulated demands on politics:

"The changes in the gambling agreement will re-regulate the sports betting area, as well as re-order the transnational tasks of the lucky games, and the DLTB also expects a necessary reassurance on the gambling markets as well as an obscurity of further debates." The providers of sports bets appeal to the DLTB's leaders: "The sports betting providers should accept ODS's offer to agree on common standards where the rules have not yet been defined."

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On October 28, the Prime Ministers and 8.12.2016 decided to reorganize the gambling in Germany partially and to put fundamental topics to the test. The agreed changes to the Gaming Treaty (GlüStV) concern various areas:

  • Reorganization of the sports betting area as of 1 January 2018.
  • Relocation of transnational tasks of the Happiness.
  • The countries intend to introduce illegal gambling offers Especially on the Internet, more effectively. Specific Inspection contracts refer to illegal lotteries, sports betting, And online casino offers.
  • An evaluation will also focus on the issues of  And loss limits as well as simplifications in identification And authentication of the players on the Internet.

 

Important test assignments for illegal lotteries, sports betting and online casinos offers:

In addition to the decided changes concerning sports betting, the DLTB representatives Michael Heinrich and Torsten Meinberg also attach great importance to the test assignments as they are dealing with topics which are of great relevance for consumer protection and prevention of games. The test orders are addressed to the top lucky authorities, referring to illegal lotteries, sports betting and online casino offers.

The DLTB welcomes the intention of the countries to combat illegal gambling, especially on the Internet more effectively.

To this end, Torsten Meinberg explains: "Companies with their illegal bets on lotteries (black lotteries) are a form of product piracy, do not provide protection against gambling, mislead consumers, circumvent the tax obligations in Germany and do not generate any benefits for the common good."

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The German Lotto and Totoblock, which in February 2017 dealt intensively with the planned changes at a special meeting, considers a fundamental improvement in the state enforcement to be necessary. The efficiency of the inspections should be increased in the interests of an orderly gambling.

The dynamics of the Internet require a unified, independent online supervisory authority for all legitimate gambling and the comprehensive fight against illegal gambling offers.

The DLTB thinks it would be useful to continue the terrestrial tasks of the lucky-screen view in the existing, but still to be, powerful structure. "This requires a high level of human resources and financial resources for the supervisory authorities," explains Michael Heinrich, adding that "the supervisory authorities must be able to implement the laws efficiently at all levels." The League of Gambling should provide for a binding coordination of the highest levels of happiness and the supervisory authority responsible for the Internet.

Online casinos and online poker are to remain banned.

The DLTB is committed to maintaining the ban on online casino games and online poker. The ban is still justified because it is the most dangerous gambling. Gameplay and further economic livelihoods of the citizens are heated by these offers.

Torsten Meinberg emphasizes: "We do not want a gambling Republic! Online casino games have a high risk of gambling, and a high frequency of incentives is an incentive And money laundering risk is high."

Operational limits should be maintained.

For reasons of the protection of the game the DLTB pleads for the maintenance of an employment limit. These offer more security than pure loss limits.

Conclusion: The public-oriented gambling must be secured.

In summary, the DLTB leadors Michael Heinrich and Torsten Meinberg explain: "The responsible and publicly oriented gambling game must continue to be secured in Germany.The lottery monopoly ensures a social and social compatibility of lotteries, is tamper-proof and has proved its worth, protecting the population against gambling And dangerous online casinos is the top priority for us, and these goals can only be achieved if online casinos are still banned.

About the DLTB:

The German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) is the community of the 16 independent Lotte companies in the federal states. LOTTO stands for happiness on the basis of responsibility. Our primary goal is to allow the game of luck, but at the same time to prevent the development of gameplay. On a governmental mandate, our actions are not geared towards profit-making but are primarily geared towards the promotion of common good. The players' bets are largely returned to the community and finance numerous projects in the areas of social, cultural and sports.

CONTACT: Madeleine Göhring, Press Officer of the German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB)

LOTTO Hamburg GmbH, E-Mail: pressestelle@lotto-hh.de, Phone: +49 (0) 40 6 32 05 241.

SOURCE: German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB).

 

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La Française des Jeux and Webedia Join Forces to Launch FDJ eSport

FDJ affiche ses ambitions dans l’eSport et se lance dans l’organisation de compétitions en partenariat avec Webedia

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BOULOGNE, France (February 20, 2017) -- La Française des Jeux (FDJ) announced on Friday that it will commence eSport competitions in partnership with Webedia (Fimalac Group).

This is a first diversification outside gambling for the FDJ, which presents this project at the opening of the competition of video games ESWC Winter 2017 this week.

The FDJ will create a professional competition "FDJ Masters League" and amateur competitions "FDJ Open Series" from March.

It will also launch the "FDJ eSport" website where players will be able to register for free at the competitions and where they will be broadcast.

The partners did not specify at this stage which games will be offered in these competitions, while they are still in discussion with the publishers.

Webedia will also broadcast the competitions on its web-TV.

"What interested us is to participate in this democratization, this enlargement of the eSport on the national territory. It is a factor of attractiveness for France," Véronique Morali, chairman of the board Of Webedia told AFP.

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At first, the FDJ wants to learn how to work with the players' communities and to highlight its brand with a young audience before setting up a possible economic model.

The FDJ engages in a market whose legal status has been clarified by law for a digital Republic, but which presents regulatory issues.

"We have a know-how to bring in the integrity of sports competitions to develop a healthy eSport market," said Stéphane Pallez, President and CEO of the FDJ.

Bets on eSports are not allowed by law in France, whereas they exist elsewhere in Europe, as in the United Kingdom.

The FDJ wants to recruit a million new players by 2020 and plans to invest 500 million euros in innovation and digital over five years to adapt to the new uses of entertainment.

Some 4.5 million people are practicing eSports in France, according to figures from the firm Newzo, in a market estimated at 20 million euros and which is expected to grow by 10% per year.

About FDJ

FDJ is the second European lottery and the first gambling operator in France, worth 14.3 billion of sales made in 2016. The company is a mainstream gaming operator. FDJ offers to 26 million customers a wide range of games, online as in its 31,000 points of sale (POS): interactive lottery games, drawing games, expertise games such as sports betting.

About Webedia and ESWC

Since 2007, Webedia has built a unique global network of media, talent, events and Services to a passionate audience, on the strong themes of entertainment and recreation. With more than fifty sites and applications in the world (AlloCiné, PureTop, PureTop, Gamestar, 3DJuegos, 750g, Tudo Gostoso, EasyVoyage ...) and some of the most powerful influencers on social platforms (Cyprien, Squeezie, Norman, Natoo, Sananas, El Rubius, Kefera ...) the group gathers pl

CLICK HERE to download the original FDJ Media release (in French)

SOURCE: La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

 

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Genera Networks Launch Location-Based Lottery Game in Germany in Partnership with Lotto Baden-Württemberg

Luck Has Found A Home In Germany

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (February 21, 2017) -- Genera Networks today announce that Lotto Baden-Württemberg is the first German state lottery to launch Nabor®, the lottery where you participate with your home address and win with your neighbours.

Germany is home to one of Europe’s biggest gaming markets with enormous potential in terms of lottery growth. The total market size for German lotteries is estimated at €7.7 billion in turnover and €4 billion in GGR.

Mobile and interactive gaming continues to grow at a significant pace; creating new opportunities for innovative lottery providers like Genera.

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With the launch in Germany, Nabor is now the lottery format sold to most countries in the world. To Lotto Baden-Württemberg, Genera has licensed its Nabor game, branded as LOGEO, and successfully delivered a complete gaming solution integrated to the existing central system, internet system and retail terminals.

The key drivers of the game with guaranteed local winners every week and the possibility to create a modern and entertaining lottery that attracts new players convinced Lotto Baden- Württemberg.

LOGEO will be sold across a network of 3.300 retailers, online and via mobile distribution channels.

The launch of Nabor in Germany is a big step for Genera as we continue to deliver innovation to more lotteries. Lotto Baden-Württemberg is a market leader in Germany and their trust in us and Nabor symbolizes the beginning of further expanding activities for Genera” explains Rickard Strömberg, CEO of Genera Networks.

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Nabor ® is a lottery game where you participate with your home address and win with your neighbours. Players participate monthly or weekly through subscription or by making single purchases online, via their mobile or at a traditional lottery retailer.

Each draw results in guaranteed winners, geographically clustered together, which results in a game around winners, places and stories.

This positions the game differently from jackpot driven lotteries and allow our Customers to build loyal relationships and provide a new way of exposure and entertainment for players.

For more information about LOGEO, please refer to:

http://Logeo-lotto.de

https://www.lotto-bw.de/presse/mitteilungen/pressdetail_02379?gbn=3

https://www.lotto-bw.de/imperia/md/pm_-_neue_lotterie_fur_baden-wurttemberg.pdf

SOURCE: Genera Networks AB.

 

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Florida Lottery Launch New Cash4life® Draw Game

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 17, 2017) -- CASH4LIFE® is the newest addition to the Florida Lottery’s portfolio of games, and is on sale now. Florida is the ninth state to join the regional multi-state lottery game, and sales are expected to raise millions of additional dollars for education in Florida and increase commissions to the Lottery's more than 13,000 retailers.

By adding CASH4LIFE to the Lottery’s line up, we are strengthening our product offerings with an exciting new game we hope will appeal to Florida’s diverse and growing population. It is my hope CASH4LIFE sales will help us generate additional funding for the enhancement of education in our state,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

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Each CASH4LIFE game costs $2 to play; players choose six numbers, five white ball numbers from 1 through 60 and a Cash Ball number from 1 through 4. There are nine exciting ways to win in the game.

Offering two life changing top prizes including a $1,000 a Day for Life top prize and a $1,000 a Week for Life second prize, plus seven other prize levels with prizes ranging from $2 to $2,500, there’s something for every level of player to enjoy! For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CASH4LIFE launched in New Jersey and New York in June 2014. CASH4LIFE drawings are held Monday and Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m., ET in New Jersey Lottery Headquarters studio.

Live drawings may be viewed on www.livestream.com/CASH4LIFE, and on flalottery.com. CASH4LIFE winning numbers will also be available at www.flalottery.com, at Florida Lottery retailers state-wide, and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Also, you may register here to receive CASH4LIFE winning numbers and other Lottery information by email or text message.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 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.

 

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SNAI Selects Betgenius to Lead Major Digital Marketing Campaign

Betgenius to help drive the growth of Snai's online sportsbook through digital marketing partnership

Author:  George Smith

LONDON, U.K. (February 17, 2017) -- Betgenius, the leading supplier of sophisticated sportsbook data and services to regulated bookmakers and lotteries, has been selected by leading Italian operator Snai for a major digital marketing campaign.

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Betgenius will help drive the growth of Snai’s online sportsbook throughout 2017, attracting new customers through a multi-faceted digital marketing campaign.

Jack Davison, Managing Director at Betgenius, said: “We are extremely proud to have been chosen by Snai to drive the growth of its online sportsbook. Our proven track record in harnessing unique, data-driven solutions will enable us to attract new customers while maximising their turnover.”

The deal includes use of Betgenius’ unique Betslip Retargeting technology, enabling Snai to track their customers’ unconfirmed betslips and serve up relevant offers, even when they have left the bookmaker’s site.

Use of Betgenius’ Popular Bets tool is also included in the agreement, while dynamic in-play and video banners will serve up relevant content to customers.

Fabio Schiavolin, CEO di Snai Group, said: “Our partnership with Betgenius continues to be very important to the growth of our sportsbook, enabling us to deploy a test and learn approach on new creative and acquisition strategies. We truly believe this will lead to consistent and successful campaigns and look forward to even more success with Betgenius in the future.”

SOURCE: Betgenius media release.

 

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New Report: Top Media Expert Calls For Legalized Sports Betting To Boost TV Ratings

Legal sports betting could boost ratings across cable and network TV channels

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 9, 2017) --Following reports that a record $138 million was legally wagered on Super Bowl 51 – and an estimated $4.5 billion was bet illegally – MoffettNathanson Research has released a new report detailing how the NFL could boost its ratings and advertising revenue if Congress were to lift the ban on sports betting.

The report, NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying, was released by Michael Nathanson, a leading U.S. media analyst at MoffettNathanson, and echoes recently released research by the American Gaming Association (AGA) that shows NFL fans who wager on a game are more likely to watch those games.

Key takeaways from the report include:

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  • “One potential change in the direction of viewership and ad dollars would be an evolution in the NFL’s view of legalized national sports gambling.”
  • “Up to this point, the NFL has been reluctant to embrace [NBA Commissioner Adam] Silver’s point of view. Perhaps that would change if broader business decisions—and the health of the NFL’s TV partners—were taken more into account.”
  • NFL Network and ESPN are more likely to be viewed by sports bettors than the average viewer.
  • If sports betting were legalized, roughly 10% of non-bettors would be likely to bet on sports, which would raise the overall time spent by viewers watching NFL games.
  • “On a network by network business, the NFL Network and ESPN were more likely to be viewed by sports bettors versus the average viewer. These trends would be further inflated if gambling were to be legalized, according to Nielsen research. If gambling were allowed, a majority of NFL Network viewers would be sports bettors, followed closely by 47% on ESPN. The broadcast networks would all be closer to the 40% range.”
  • “In 2015, Nielsen estimated that the NFL took in only $40 million, excluding the $125 million from Daily Fantasy Sports, in advertising and sponsorship from traditional gaming institutions. The league’s monetization of national (non-daily fantasy) gambling advertising is purposely low and held back by limitations on national sports betting. However, it is clear that they have a built-in market that casinos and legalized sports books target.”

 

This report from the leading media analyst on Wall Street shows TV partners why legalizing sports betting would boost viewership and grow advertising revenue,” said Sara Slane, AGA senior vice president of public affairs. “We invite broadcasters and advertisers to join our growing coalition to advocate for Congress to lift the failing federal ban on sports betting.”

A Nielsen Sports study released by the AGA last year found that those who bet on the NFL watched 19 more games in the 2015 regular season than adults who didn’t bet at all – more than an entire season’s worth – and generated more than double the ratings across the major broadcast and cable networks compared to average American adults.

In addition, if sports betting were legalized, the number of NFL 2015 regular season viewers who bet on sports would jump from 40 million to 57 million. Bettors would consist of 36 percent of the total NFL audience and consume 56 percent of all minutes viewed of NFL regular season games.

Due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), traditional sports betting is permitted only in Nevada.

About AGA:

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

SOURCE: The American Gaming Association.

 

 

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. 

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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.

 

 

AGE 2017 to Have Daily News Coverage

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (February 10, 2017) -- The organisers of the 2017 Australasian Gaming Expo are excited to announce plans to produce a daily newspaper that will be published over the three days of the 2017 Expo.

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Published by Intergame Limited UK, it will be coordinated locally by David Snook, a journalist with over 20 years’ experience in the gaming industry and he has been producing a similar publication for the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition that is held in London.

A hard copy of the publication will be available at the Visitors Entrance and will be supplemented with an on-line version that can be viewed via an integrated “PageSuite” application that allows the viewer to read it, just as they would a hard copy.

Called AGE Today the publication will include both local and international news plus information about “what’s on” for each day of the Expo.

The Australasian Gaming Expo is on the 15th to the 17th August, 2017.

NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.

Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

GTA’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Group, IGT (Australia), Interblock Asia Pacific, Konami Australia and Scientific Games.

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

DECLARATION: Lottery Insider is a media partner for the Australasian Gaming Expo.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

 


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