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Vol. 81 No. 2 - Monday October 9, 2017


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IGT Signs Seven-year Contract Extension with The California Lottery to Provide Leading-Edge Technology Through October 2026

LONDON, UK (October 2, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT PLC") (NYSE:IGT) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (the "Company" and collectively with IGT PLC, "IGT"), has agreed with the California Lottery to extend its existing contract for seven years, through October 31, 2026. An IGT customer since 1986, the California Lottery is the second largest lottery in the United States, generating approximately $91.4 billion in sales, and contributing nearly $31 billion to public education since its inception in 1985.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

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Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships...

"IGT and the California Lottery have enjoyed a long and successful partnership for more than three decades. We have assisted the Lottery in increasing sales and funds for education exponentially over the past several years, including in its most recent audited fiscal year with lottery sales of $6.276 billion and $1.587 billion returned to education," said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, WLA North America Lottery. "We look forward to using this opportunity to further strengthen our partnership with the California Lottery and its retailers through the deployment of leading-edge solutions."

Under the extension, IGT will provide its industry-leading Aurora™ system platform to the California Lottery, providing it with a comprehensive set of new tools and applications to support the Lottery's player and retailer base, and enhance the back-office suite. This new platform includes:

Aurora Navigator, a new user-friendly, back-office suite that will provide the tools the California Lottery will require to manage its business and maximize productivity;

OpenRetail, a new retail solution software architecture that will enable the California Lottery to deploy a single terminal application across multiple types of retailer devices, reducing complexity and time to market, and creating new retailer expansion opportunities; and

Performance Wizard, a comprehensive, dashboard-driven solution for analytics and business intelligence.

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Additionally, the California Lottery will receive IGT's best-in-class equipment delivery that includes more than 19,000 Altura™ GT1200 Flex retailer terminals, offering a smaller footprint to optimize retail space, while continuing to offer a highly-configurable platform. IGT's Ticket-Scan™ Plus ticket checkers allow players to easily and securely check the win status of their own instant and draw-based tickets. The Company will also deliver its Gemini Ultra™ self-service lottery vending machine, offering players an easy-to-use interface and a buying experience that is intuitive and inviting. The Lottery will also receive new monitors for multimedia advertising as well as HotSpot draw shows. Certain Lottery retailers will receive IGT's patented Dual Comm Inside, comprising a combination of next-generation VSAT and cellular-based technology. Tablet-based third-party terminals will be provided to the Lottery giving them the capability to provide more terminal type devices to new and current retailers, and create new opportunities for expanding the retailer base.

The Company will continue to provide ongoing services to the Lottery such as support and maintenance of the central system, communications network, and more than 140,000 points-of-sale in over 22,000 retailer locations; field services; marketing and research services; consumables; and call center support.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).

 

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INTRALOT Expands Its WLA SCS & ISO 27001 Certification in Chile and the US States of Louisiana and Montana

ATHENS, Greece (October 2, 2017) -- INTRALOT has been awarded the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard (WLA SCS:2016) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its operations in Chile and in the States of Louisiana and Montana in the US, in line with the Group strategic priority to meet the highest global security standards.

The new certifications cover all corporate functions of each operation, formalizing the existing management systems that control the integrity of the games and corporate conduct as a whole and are complementary to the WLA SCS, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, ISO 9001, ISO 29990 and ISO 14001 certificates of INTRALOT Headquarters in Athens, Greece.

The certifications cover the complete life cycle of system and service design, development, implementation, support and operation in a particular country. The audits were performed by TUV Nord, one of the world’s largest certification bodies which performed on-site inspections, examining the local operations.

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Boosting transparency and integrity standards is a strong prerequisite for sustainable growth and value creation in the digital era. To this end INTRALOT provides reliable systems and solutions of the highest qualifications. We are proud to extend our WLA security certification credentials in three more jurisdictions as part of the continuous improvement of our offering to players and business clients,” stated INTRALOT’s Group COO Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos.

Mr. Thierry Pujol, WLA SRMC Chair, added: “INTRALOT is being WLA SCS: 2016 certified with 3 new jurisdictions (Chile, States of Louisiana and Montana in the USA). This is a great result for this company which was the first Associate Member of the WLA to be WLA SCS certified in 2008. The WLA SCS: 2016 is now a reference in terms of transparence and governance in the lottery business industry. With a total of 137 controls WLA SCS:2016 is a strong, mature and reliable standard. As chair of the WLA Security and Risk Management Committee and on behalf of the members of this committee I would like to express my sincere congratulations to INTRALOT and all its management involved in this process.

About INTRALOT

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 €1.32 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,300 employees (3,450 of which in subsidiaries and 1,850 in associates) in 2016, 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:  Mr. Chris Sfatos, Group Director Corporate Affairs, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: sfatos@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

 

Scientific Games to Acquire Tech Art to Expand its Table Game Portfolio

Adds MAXTime® 4H, the Industry Leader in Blackjack Hole-Card Reading and Chip Tray

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LAS VEGAS, NV (October 3, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") today announced it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Tech Art, the gaming industry's leading supplier of hole-card readers for blackjack. Subject to customary conditions to closing, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tech Art will bring to Scientific Games its innovative MAXTime® 4H product, a combination of a blackjack hole-card reader and a chip tray, as well as the proprietary table games Super Fun 21® and Bet the Bust.

There will be an opportunity to market Tech Art's MAXTime® 4H product internationally through Scientific Games' expansive distribution network, helping casinos across the world increase play speed and enhance the security of blackjack games.

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This planned acquisition is another example of Scientific Games' continued investment in solutions that help the Company better partner with their casino customers and offer the broadest portfolio of innovative products in the industry.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a global leader in technology-based gaming systems, table games, table products and instant games and a leader in products, services and content for gaming, lottery and interactive gaming markets. Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, creative content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. Today, Scientific Games offers customers a fully integrated portfolio of technology platforms, robust systems, engaging content and unrivaled professional services. For more information, please visit http://www.scientificgames.com/.

About Tech Art

Tech Art, formed in 1989, is the preeminent provider of blackjack hole-card readers around the world.   The company has a dominate market share in a field that they created with the invention of the MAXTime® device.  This device provides ironclad game security when dealing blackjack and is in use on over 11,000 tables worldwide.  For any further information please contact Tech Art at: http://www.techartinc.com/.

 

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

T: +1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

E: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Susan Cartwright

T: +1 702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications

E: susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

Tech Art Investor and Media Relations

Marketing Director

Robert Del Rossi

T: +1 702-736-0637

E: Bob@techartinc.com

 

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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$660 Million Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries

LINCOLN, NE (September 29, 2017) -- The Nebraska Lottery recently distributed among its beneficiary funds $12,155,625, derived from a share of Scratch and Lotto ticket sales for the previous three months.

A total of $660,823,297 has been distributed in quarterly transfers since the Nebraska Lottery began operation on September 11, 1993. The latest transfer, made the week of September 29, was distributed among beneficiaries in the following manner:

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  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $5,186,753;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $5,186,753;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $1,165,563; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $616,556.

 

This is the second-largest beneficiary transfer since the inception of the Lottery in 1993. Strong Scratch ticket sales and a Powerball jackpot run that ended with a record $758.7 million jackpot for the August 23 drawing contributed to the large transfer amount.

Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters in November of 2004 established the following distribution formula: Education as directed by the Legislature (44.5 percent) - currently distributed to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent); Nebraska State Fair (10 percent); and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).

The funds' respective totals to date are:

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  • Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $23,332,810;
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $280,024,132;
  • Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $43,384,807; and
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $15,468,234.

 

Prior to July 1, 1997, the Solid Waste Landfill Closure Assistance Fund received proceeds totaling $18,460,996. In 2004, the Legislature directed that a one-time transfer of $5 million be made to the State General Fund.

Prior to July 1, 2016, the Education Innovation Fund received proceeds totalling $174,222,842, and the Nebraska Opportunity Grand Fund received proceeds totaling $100,929,476.

Criteria for proceeds distribution are established by the beneficiary funds in accordance with legislative mandates. Every county in Nebraska has received service through grants funded with Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

The Nebraska Lottery marked $2.5 billion in total sales (since 1993) in September of 2016.

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

SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.

 

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International Association of Gaming Regulators Announce 2017 Johannesburg Conference Program

NEVADA, U.S. (September 27, 2017) -- The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) today announced its program for the 2017 Annual Conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The event will explore emerging issues affecting gaming regulators, policymakers and industry executives in gambling markets around the world. The event will also bring the IMGL Masterclass series into the Johannesburg conference week of activities from October 16-19, 2017. 

The conference will focus on challenges faced by regulators as they seek to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of gambling oversight.

I am pleased to announce that our program will continue to build upon the foundation we established at our previous conference in Sydney, Australia.  Representatives from around the world will appear as speakers or on panels to share their experiences with regards to responsible gaming, eSports integrity and regulation, futuristic technologies and more,” said Dale Fuga, IAGR President and Chief Operating Officer of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba.

The Program Sessions currently planned include:

  • The Changes in the Punter Profile and the Possible Impact to the Gambling Regulatory Landscape in Africa
  • Open Microphone - Member Driven Issues & Discussions
  • Blockchain - the New 'Internet'?
  • Regulating the Digital Market
  • Measuring and Reporting Gambling Harm and Responsible Gambling Doctrine
  • Responsible Gambling Policy and Interventions
  • Creating Revenue Within a Responsible Gaming Environment
  • eSports: Integrity and Regulatory Challenges
  • Anti-Money Laundering: Practical Guidance for Gaming Regulators
  • Establishing Gambling Policies in order to Avoid Harm for the Poorest
  • PR & Communication - Tools to Optimise Gaming Regulation in the Future
  • Interactive Gambling - Lessons from South Africa on How to Achieve Regulatory Clarity and Effective Enforcement  (IMGL Masterclass Topic)
  • Inter-Agency Friction in the South African Gambling Sector. Case Study of Secondary Lotteries: Fixed Odds Betting on a Contingency or Unauthorized Lottery?  (IMGL Masterclass Topic)

 

A complete list of confirmed speakers is available on the IAGR website. The event will take place at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort in Johannesburg.

For more information on the IAGR Conference visit: https://iagr.org/conference

About the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)

The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) consists of representatives from gaming regulatory organizations throughout the world.

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The mission of IAGR is to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of gaming regulation by providing a forum in which gaming regulators from around the world can meet, exchange views and information, and discuss policy issues among themselves and with representatives of the international gaming industry; a means of fostering cooperation between gaming regulators in the performance of their official duties; and a central point of contact for inquiries from governments, gaming regulatory agencies and personnel, and representatives of the international gaming industry.  You can follow IAGR on Twitter at IAGR_org or join our LinkedIn Discussion Group. 

About the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL)

The International Masters of Gaming Law is a non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives and consultants from around the world who are dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information and advice. The open networking and collective experience of its members makes the IMGL an integral and effective tool for the dissemination of gaming law developments worldwide.  The IMGL members practice independently and not in a relationship for the joint practice of law.

CONTACT: Mariah Echele, IAGR Secretariat, T: +001 (314) 973-4784 US Central Time. E: iagr@iagr.org.

SOURCE: International Association of Gaming Regulators (www.iagr.org).

 

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2016-2017 Annual Report of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Released

HARRISBURG, PA (September 28, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has released the 12th edition of its Annual Report.

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 The PGCB’s 2016-2017 Annual Report provides significant detail on the work of the agency in regulating the Commonwealth’s casino industry, and also includes:

  • slot machine and table game gross revenue and tax revenue statewide and broken down for each of the 12 casinos;
  • reports and pertinent statistical figures from the PGCB’s key bureaus;
  • a list of all Executive Sessions held by the board during the fiscal year;
  • revenue and expenditures during the fiscal year by the PGCB, along with a breakdown of employment at the agency; and,
  • an expanded section on problem gambling with statistics on the PGCB’s Self-Exclusion Program.

 

 The report can be downloaded by visiting the Gaming Control Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, and choosing the 2016-2017 PGCB Annual Report link under the Quick Links section of the homepage.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

 

Novomatic Lottery Solutions Receives the Responsible Gaming Certification By WLA

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VIENNA, Austria (October 3, 2017) -- Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS) is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Responsible Gaming Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and achieved alignment with the WLA Responsible Gaming Standards for Associate Members.

This certification allows suppliers like NLS to benchmark their corporate social responsibility practices against a recognized industry set of standards and proves that player protection is at the core of the operation. Although NLS has been devoted to Responsible Gaming policies and Corporate Social Responsibility practices since its very beginnings, this achievement marks an important step forward for the company.

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Ms Anne Pattberg, Chair of the Independent Assessment Panel of WLA, announcing the Responsible Gaming certification of NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions at the WLA CSR and RG seminar in Madrid 20-22 September. Present on behalf of NLS: Fanney Karlsdottir, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Manager, and Marc Chabrand, Director of Field Marketing and Lottery Operations.

NLS has successfully passed the certification through an external audit carried out by the independent, WLA-approved assessor BSI Group. All NLS products and services, as well as best practices towards lottery customers, have been analysed and assessed in the process.

The WLA Responsible Gaming Standard covers eight main areas, including the employee program dealing with employee engagement in responsible gaming. All NLS employees were obliged to undergo internal training and a follow-up test on responsible gaming. By successfully completing this process, NLS has demonstrated a commitment to responsible gaming and demonstrated compliance with all WLA’s standards.

“Our alignment with the WLA Responsible Gaming Framework shows our commitment and strategic approach to responsible gaming. It underlines how social responsibility and responsible gaming remain the foundation of our business strategy. In good cooperation with our clients, employees and other stakeholders, we will continue to develop our solutions in a responsible way,” said Frank Cecchini, CEO of NLS.

NLS will continue to examine the best practices in the field of responsible gaming and actively participate in the WLA’s Responsible Gaming program. This Responsible Gaming Certification is valid until 2020 when NLS will seek recertification to WLA Standard.

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Ms Anne Pattberg, Chair of the Independent Assessment Panel of WLA, announcing the Responsible Gaming certification of NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions at the WLA CSR and RG seminar in Madrid 20-22 September. Present on behalf of NLS: Fanney Karlsdottir, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Manager, and Marc Chabrand, Director of Field Marketing and Lottery Operations.

ABOUT NLS

NLS is a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets. NLS delivers games and services using state-of-the-art technology that allow for easy integration with any third-party systems and games. 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 with more than 25,000 employees and activities in more than 70 countries.

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

CONTACTS: Sales and customer-related matters: sales@novomaticls.com. Partnership and cooperation opportunities: Frank CECCHINI, fcecchini@novomaticls.com

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions GmbH.

 

 

Gambling Commission: Improving Communications and Consultations

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (September 27 2017) -- Tim Miller, Commission executive director, explains how we’re listening to industry, partners, licensing authorities and consumers - and acting on their recommendations.

"Your views are very important to us.

This is why, last year, we carried out a survey in which we asked stakeholders what they thought of the tools we use to communicate. As part of that two significant themes emerged – our website and the way we consult.

A number of you found our website difficult to navigate, some of you said it was too text heavy, and others said it needed modernisation. As a result we conducted a complete overhaul.

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We made the content easier to understand – emphasising the importance of plain English - and changed the navigation so it was better suited for different stakeholders. For example, we now have different sections for consumers, for operators and for licensing authorities – all of whom come to us for very different reasons. This is just the first stage in improving our website and we know that we have much further to go. Since the new site was launched we have sought further feedback and will be continuing to improve the site over the coming months.

Some of you also let us know that our public consultations varied too much in terms of style, content and quality. And this is something we are improving – we’re reviewing the way we construct consultations so that they are clearer and easier to respond to.

Others flagged up the fact that responding to consultations was labour intensive and would therefore like to be forewarned about those on the horizon.

As a result, we’ve now launched a new consultations calendar. This will be updated regularly and communicated through our bi-weekly e-bulletin and through our social media channels… and hopefully will help all of you to plan when having your say.

If you don’t yet receive our e-bulletin you can subscribe or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Improving the way we communicate with everyone who has an interest in our work is a priority for us and we welcome your feedback about the way we share information. We won’t stop listening to you and continuously improving our offering."

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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PA Gaming Control Board Levies Fines Against Three Casinos Totalling $77,500

HARRISBURG, PA (October 4, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved fines totaling $77,500 against three casinos for various violations.

The fines were the result of Board approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:

  • Holdings Acquisition Company, L.P, operator of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, which was fined a total of $42,500 for two violations:
    -- $22,500 for a violation of the procedures for handling a self-excluded individual; and
    --- $20,000 for holding several poker tournaments without prior approval by the Board;
  • Downs Racing, L.P., operator of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Lackawanna County, which was fined $25,000 for procedural violations that occurred in the Poker Room; and
  • SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.P., operator of the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, a $10,000 fine for failing to prevent underage access to the gaming floor.

 

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The $22,500 fine against Holdings Acquisition Company, L.P was the result of casino personnel allowing three individuals who are on the PGCB’s Self-Excluded Persons List to gamble:

  • A female who had placed herself on the 1-year Self-Exclusion List was provided a Player’s Card and played table games;
  • A male who had placed himself on the 5-year Self-Exclusion List was provided cash advances and played table games; and,
  • A male who had placed himself on the 1-year Self-Exclusion List was provided a Player’s Card and played table games.

 

 Gaming facilities in the Commonwealth must refuse wagers from, and deny gaming privileges such as player’s cards and cash advances to individuals who are on the Self-Excludion List.  Individuals who place themselves on the Self-Exclusion List can choose 1-year, 5-year, or lifetime options but must in all cases make a request to the Board to be removed from the list even if that agreed upon time period has expired.

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The Board also fined Holdings Acquisition Company, L.P. $20,000 for holding five poker tournaments prior to its submission to and approval by the PGCB of its 2017 Poker Schedule. Regulations mandate that a casino which elects to conduct a poker tournament must submit for approval by the PGCB’s Executive Director a proposed schedule of tournaments to be conducted.

The fine against Downs Racing, L.P. was for its failure to report to the PGCB a 2016 incident in which compromised decks with incorrect cards were utilized during the play of poker and the failure of casino personnel to properly notify the Board of the incident.

Finally, the fine against SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.P. stemmed from casino personnel permitting a 19-year-old male access to the gaming floor of SugarHouse Casino in which he gambled at a slot machine.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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Marine Corps Veteran Wins First “Extreme” $10 Million Prize

RALEIGH, North Carolina (October 4, 2017) -- Monte Hukill of High Point and his wife, Gage, are the first players to win the top prize of $10 million in the Extreme Millions scratch-off game.

Hukill, a Marine Corps veteran, stopped by the Fairway One Stop on Greensboro Road in High Point and bought an Extreme Millions scratch-off ticket, returning home to watch Thursday Night Football.

I would scratch a number and then look back at the game,” said Hukill. “I wasn’t really paying attention. But that sure did change.

When Hukill realized he was a winner, he called out to his wife.

I walked over to the stairs and yelled, ‘Hey honey, you might want to come down here,’” said Hukill recalling the moment.

Gage instinctively ran downstairs thinking something was wrong.

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My first initial thought was the kids,” said Gage, a high school English teacher. “But it wasn’t the kids! He showed me this ticket and I just thought, ‘No way. Things like this just don’t happen to ordinary people like us.’”

Putting the lucky ticket on the nightstand, the Hukills tried to sleep through the night.

I think I slept with one eye open,” said Hukill. “Because I knew I had won, I just knew it.”

Excited and nervous, they woke up at 5:00 a.m. and drove to the high school where Gage works so she could finish lesson plans for the day. They then headed to Raleigh, lucky ticket in hand.

The whole ride down I kept telling him to prepare because it might not be real,” said Gage. “I can’t believe I was such a Debbie Doubter!

Hukill had the choice of taking a $10 million annuity that has 20 payments of $500,000 a year or a lump sum of $6 million. Hukill chose the lump sum and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $4,170,069. He plans on using the money to help his two kids pay for college and pay off his wife’s student loan debt.

My wife went back to school at 42 to be a high school teacher,” Hukill said. “Education is important in our household. So once we get that settled, then we will think about what to do next.

Extreme Millions launched in December 2016 with four $10 million prizes, and 22 $1 million prizes. Three top prizes and 13 $1 million prizes remain to be claimed. Players can also enter their tickets for a chance to win $1 million in a second-chance drawing.

Ticket sales from games like Extreme Millions make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Guilford County, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website.

CONTACT: Kathleen Jacob, Phone: (919) 301-3620 or (919) 368-9863

SOURCE: NCEL press release.

 

 

European Lotteries Launches Second Edition of EL Sport Award

LAUSANNE / BRUSSELS (October 4, 2017) -- The 2nd edition of the EL Sport Award has been launched today and the European Lotteries (EL) is accepting submissions by January 31, 2018.

With society/sustainability being one of the core lottery values, EL for 2nd consecutive year releases its call for submissions for its EL Sport Award with the objective to further promote and support an outstanding sports initiative. Any project/organisation/individual seeking to promote grassroots sport, use sport as a tool for social development or combat negative phenomena in sport, is eligible to submit its application. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018. The full call for submissions, along with the submissions guidelines can be found here.

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EL Secretary General, Arjan van’t Veer, states: “With the EL Sport Award initiative we showcase once again our commitment to society and to a value-based, sustainable, clean and credible sport.” Chair of EL Sports Committee, Olli Sarekoski, adds “We look forward to receiving this year again submissions for relevant projects that seek to promote the societal role of sport or safeguard its integrity and credibility”.

The selection will be based on a set of criteria, including the quality of application, relevance of project, inspirational value and impact. The Award will be accompanied by a financial award of 5,000 EUR which will need to be spent in similar activities. The Award ceremony will take place during the EL Industry Days in Prague in June 2018.  The 1st edition of the EL Sport Award was handed to sports club ESV Neuaubing for its “Sports United” project, which seeks to offer real integration opportunities to refugees and asylum seekers in and through sport.

More information on the EL Sport Award and the submission guidelines can be found here.

EL CONTACTS: Evangelos Alexandrakis, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Tel: + 41(0)21 311 30 25, E: el-sport@european-lotteries.org.

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European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 43 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

SOURCE: European Lotteries.

 

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New York Lottery Wins Back-to-Back Industry Awards for Creative Advertising Campaigns & Player Outreach

Top Awards for “Have Fun for Life,” “How Would You Spend It?” “Untangling the Holiday Spirit Instantly” & “Play by Play” Digital Newsletter; “The Cash Court” wins runner-up

NEW YORK (October 4, 2017) -- Once again, the New York Lottery’s innovative advertising and marketing campaigns via McCann New York have been recognized by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

The Lottery’s “Untangling the Holiday Spirit Instantly” Facebook Live stream won the top prize – the coveted Best of the Batch award – and the Hickey Award for Potpourri Promotion from NASPL. The Lottery’s Cash4Life game’s “Have Fun for Life” advertisement won the Batchy Award, Original Music for TV or Radio prize.

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The Lottery’s “How Would You Spend It?” campaign, featuring “Give Back For Life” (60 second and 30 second spots) and “Have Fun for Life” (60 second and 30 second spots), scored runner up status in the Batchy Award for TV Advertising – Coordinated Campaign category.

“The Cash Court” campaign touting the 3-D Champions of Cash instant game scored runner up in the Batchy Award for TV Advertising – Instant Games.

“We are proud to see the New York Lottery’s iconic brand once again recognized for creative and influential advertising,” said Dana Idema, Director of Advertising for the New York State Gaming Commission’s Division of the Lottery.  “Our advertising partner McCann New York continues to create innovative work for us that captures the spirit of the brand to help maintain our position as the largest and most successful lottery in North America.”

 

 “Untangling the Holiday Spirit Instantly”

  • Winner – Best of the Batch
  • Winner – Hickey Award - Potpourri Promotion

 

NASPL judges recognized the Lottery’s holiday-themed “Untangling the Holiday Spirit Instantly” Facebook Live stream of an individual interacting with viewers while entertainingly trying to untangle an unwieldly knot of holiday lights, all while giving viewers the chance to win holiday-themed scratch-off tickets, such as Holiday Millionaire.

 

Cash4Life “How Would You Spend It?”

  • Winner – Batchy Award, Special Category – Original Music for TV or Radio – “Have Fun for Life”
  • Runner Up – Batchy Award, Television Advertising Coordinated Campaign – “How Would You Spend It?”
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The winning Cash4Life “How Would You Spend It?” campaign creatively shows individuals engaged in life-enriching tasks while simply asking the viewer: “If you won $1,000 a day for life, how would you spend it?”

Both “Give Back for Life” and “Have Fun for Life” spots were directed by renowned and award-winning director Derek Cianfrance. The music for “Have Fun for Life” was written by performed and composed by Scott Langley and produced by New York-based Nylon Studios (Executive Producer Christina Carlo).

 

Play by Play Newsletter – February 2017

  • Winner – Batchy Award, Corporate Communications – Employee/Player Newsletter

 

For the second consecutive year, NASPL recognized the New York Lottery’s Play by Play digital newsletter in the Corporate Communications – Employee/Player Newsletter category. The newsletter is emailed monthly to more than 550,000 Lottery players.

 

The Cash Court

  • Runner Up – Batchy Award, TV Advertising – Instant Games

 

Earlier this year, the New York Lottery introduced Champions of Cash, an innovative 3-D instant game that allows players to use the NY Lottery 3-D mobile app to play the game in virtual reality. The accompanying campaign captured the look of surprise of unknowing basketball players in New York City shooting hoops – and then having money fall from the basket with each goal scored.

Last year, the New York Lottery received four NASPL awards for its #Unclaimed missing millionaire campaign, the “Dog Wedding” Quick Draw ad, the “Get Drawn Together” campaign and the new Play by Play digital newsletter for Lottery players.

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About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.27 billion in fiscal year 2016-2017 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents approximately 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts. New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

About McCann Worldgroup

McCann Worldgroup, part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG), is a leading global marketing services company with 24,000 employees in more than 100 countries, comprising McCann (advertising), MRM//McCann (digital marketing/relationship management), Momentum Worldwide (total brand experience), McCann Health (professional/dtc communications), CRAFT (global adaptation and production), UM (media management), Weber Shandwick (public relations), FutureBrand (consulting/design), and PMK-BNC (entertainment/brand/popular culture).

About NASPL

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has now grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations.

CONTACT: Communications, T: (518) 388-3415, E: info@gaming.ny.gov.

SOURCE: The New York Lottery.

 




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