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Vol. 82 No. 2 - Monday January 8, 2018

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IGT Extends Agreement with the D.C. Lottery to Provide Instant Ticket Printing Services

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LONDON, U.K. (December 22, 2017) -- IGT announced that it has signed a one-year extension agreement with the D.C. Office of Lottery and Charitable Games (D.C. Lottery) to continue providing instant tickets and related services through December 1, 2018. Under the agreement, IGT will continue to provide a comprehensive range of instant ticket services for the D.C. Lottery including game planning and marketing, research and analytics, graphics support, and the production and printing of instant tickets.

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IGT has been a print vendor for the D.C. Lottery since 2014. During this time, IGT has developed multiple tickets for the Lottery, ranging in price from $1 to $10. In addition, the Lottery will launch its first Super Ticket™ with IGT in March of 2018.

“IGT is pleased to continue working with the D.C. Lottery, and we look forward to enhancing their instant ticket program with creative new content over the next year,” said Michael Chambrello, IGT CEO, North America Lottery.

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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Virginia Lottery Kicks Off ‘Thank a Teacher’ Art Contest for Students

Richmond, VA (December 27, 2017) -- The Virginia Lottery is expanding its “Thank a Teacher” campaign by adding an art contest for K-12 students enrolled in Virginia’s public schools. Launching on January 2, 2018, the Thank a Teacher Art Contest is looking for student artists to design the thank-you notes that will be distributed to thousands of teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11.

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Open from January 2 – February 2, 2018, the Virginia Lottery will accept submissions online from K-12 public school students, with permission from a guardian. Winners will be selected from three levels:

elementary school, middle school and high school. The winners will each receive a $150 gift card, win $1,000 for their school’s art department, have the opportunity to attend the Thank a Teacher campaign kick-off event in the Spring, and have their original artwork featured on thousands of 2018 thank-you notes distributed across the Commonwealth.

We are excited to expand our Thank a Teacher program and involve students in a new way to help say ‘thanks’ to Virginia’s deserving teachers,” said Virginia Lottery’s Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are looking forward to adding a more personal touch to the campaign, and celebrating our creative students and the art programs that shape them.”

Thank a Teacher is a state-wide campaign organized by the Virginia Lottery in partnership with the Virginia PTA and Virginia Tourism Corporation. Each year, these partners encourage students, parents and the general public to send thank-you notes to Virginia’s public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. In its first two years, Virginians distributed more than 70,000 thank-you notes as part of the Thank a Teacher campaign. Through a random drawing, a few teachers were even awarded some cool prizes, including Virginia-themed vacations.

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Entries for the art contest will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel of various members of the arts community in Virginia, and winning designs will be revealed in March. For more information about the Thank a Teacher Art Contest eligibility requirements, design criteria, prize structure and submission guidelines, visit www.ThankaTeacherVA.com.

About Virginia Lottery

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game. In fact, it’s the reason we play. We generate more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than a half-billion dollars for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2017. For more info, visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

CONTACT: Virginia Lottery: Jill Vaughan, T: 804-692-7778, E: jvaughan@valottery.com

Padilla on behalf of Virginia Lottery: Katie McCombie, T: 804-675-8142, E: Katie.mccombie@padillaco.com

SOURCE: Virginia Lottery.

 

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Win Now and Win Later with Florida Lotto® with EZmatch™

Win up to $500 Instantly!

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (December 29, 2017) -- The Florida Lottery is proud to announce that the exciting, optional add-on feature EZmatch™, will be available on FLORIDA LOTTO® purchases beginning Monday, January 1, 2018. Players who add EZmatch to their FLORIDA LOTTO purchases can win cash prizes of up to $500 instantly!

EZmatch gives FLORIDA LOTTO players the opportunity to win cash prizes instantly, for an additional $1 per play, and still have the chance to win millions more in the FLORIDA LOTTO drawing. When a player adds EZmatch to his or her FLORIDA LOTTO purchase, six EZmatch numbers and instant prize amounts will be printed on the ticket. If any of the EZmatch numbers match any of the FLORIDA LOTTO numbers on the ticket, the player instantly wins the prize amount shown.

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All EZmatch prizes of less than $600 can be redeemed at any Florida Lottery retailer. Prizes of $600 or more must be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office. If an EZmatch prize is paid by a retailer before the applicable FLORIDA LOTTO drawing on the ticket has occurred, a continuation ticket will be provided to the player. EZmatch prizes may be claimed up to 180 days after the first draw date on the ticket.

FLORIDA LOTTO has been the Lottery’s flagship game since 1988, contributing more than $7.7 billion to education. FLORIDA LOTTO has the highest sales of any in state lotto game nationwide. 

The next FLORIDA LOTTO drawing will be held tomorrow, December 30, 2017, at 11:15 p.m. ET, with a $10 million jackpot. FLORIDA LOTTO drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 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 contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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NJ Lottery Director Hedinger Announces Retirement

  • Recipient of Lottery Industry Statesperson Award and of the
  • Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

 

TRENTON, New Jersey (December 29, 2017) – Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director, has announced her retirement, effective December 31, 2017. Hedinger began her lottery career as deputy executive director of the New Jersey Lottery in 1994. She became acting director in 2003, serving for a year before moving on to the position of chief clerk at the Ocean County Surrogate Court in 2004. Hedinger served in that capacity until June 2010 when Governor Chris Christie selected her to lead the Lottery as its executive director. She brought three decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant to her new role.

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Charged with shaping the future of the Lottery, Hedinger’s tenure at the Lottery was filled with achievements that exemplified her leadership skills and visionary approach, resulting in new product offerings that have positively impacted the gaming industry. The Lottery initiated many innovative industry firsts by using advanced technology, fresh marketing techniques and product development, to engage the public.

As executive director, Hedinger managed significant changes at the New Jersey Lottery, including Lottery’s successful transition with Northstar New Jersey Lottery, LLC which included the restructuring of Lottery’s operations and staffing to enhance operational efficiency and productivity. The New Jersey Lottery delivered sales of more than $3.2 billion in FY 2017 that contributed nearly a billion dollars in net funds to public education and other state institutions that serve the people of New Jersey.

Under Hedinger’s direction, the Lottery achieved financial successes while maintaining a strong commitment to responsible gaming. The New Jersey Lottery is one of the few lotteries in the nation to achieve Level 4 Certification in Responsible Gaming from the World Lottery Association.

Hedinger received the prestigious Lottery Industry Statesperson Award given by the Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI). Award recipients are selected based on achieving historically significant accomplishments that have contributed to the great success of government lotteries during their years of work in the industry. Hedinger is the first woman and only the fifth person to receive this respected award.

“Receiving the Lottery Industry Statesperson Award is a sincere honor. It validates the pioneering work achieved by the New Jersey Lottery to explore new ideas to create a lasting and positive impact that benefits the State of New Jersey and the lottery industry at large.” said Hedinger.

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The Statesperson Award complements the PGRI Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Hedinger in 2016 in recognition of her dedication, contribution and great success in managing a government lottery.

Hedinger has served in several leadership positions including a term as president in 2011 with the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the AICPA Council.

She currently serves as the Region 1 Director for the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

Hedinger previously served on Gov. Christie’s Sports, Gaming & Entertainment Transition Team and Gov. Whitman’s Education Transition Team. She is the current Chair of the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital’s Community Advisory Board, former member of the Georgian Court University Planned Giving Council and the Board of Trustees for Stockton University of New Jersey, chairing the board from 1997 to 1999.

John White, deputy director of finance, will become acting executive director effective January 1, 2018. “Following Carole as Lottery director is the equivalent of following a legend. She truly knows and understands every aspect of the lottery industry. She has worked extensively during her career to help make the New Jersey State Lottery one of the top performing lotteries in the world,” White said. 

“Carole’s years of exemplary leadership of the Lottery have been invaluable to the State and Lottery’s beneficiaries,” said State Treasurer Ford M. Scudder. “She is widely recognized across the government-run lottery industry for being an innovative and talented leader.”

SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.

 

 

International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc., Awarded the World Lottery Association Security Control Standards:2016 Certification and the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification

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VISTA, CA (January 4, 2018) -- INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY & TOTALIZATOR SYSTEMS, INC. ("ILTS") announced today that it has been awarded the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard:2016 ("WLA-SCS:2016") certification and the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification signaling that its information security management practices meet the highest international standards and best practices.

The formal assessment and audit for the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification was conducted in accordance with the PECB auditing and certification procedures by PECB, a global management system certification body accredited by the International Accreditation Service.

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The WLA certification attests that the Information Security Management System ("ISMS") of ILTS has met the requirements of ISO/IEC 27001:2013, together with the additional security requirements of the General Security and Integrity Control Objectives and Controls of the WLA SCS:2016 for the design, the development and the provision of lottery processing systems, in accordance with the statement of applicability and scope established within the ISMS operated by ILTS. ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is a globally recognized standard for the establishment, maintenance, and certification of an information security management system.

ILTS President Jeff Johnson said, "ILTS is proud that our ISMS is recognized for adhering to the highest information security protocols and best practices. Obtaining the WLA and ISO 27001 certifications is a tremendous achievement as it has demonstrated our commitment to our customers that our information security controls and practices follow internationally recognized information security standards. I congratulate our team who worked diligently during this process. We've invested our time and effort to implement a sound information security management system that complies with the WLA and ISO 27001 standards."

ILTS provides computerized wagering systems, equipment and services to lottery and racing organizations worldwide. Further information on ILTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.ilts.com.

The WLA is recognized as the global authority on the lottery business. It is comprised of state-authorized lotteries and gaming organizations from more than 80 countries on six continents. The WLA's Responsible Gaming Principles and Framework is a certification program that outlines lotteries' level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and responsible gaming.

CONTACT: Marketing Department, ILTS, T: 760-598-1655.

SOURCE: International Lottery & Totalizator Systems.

 

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WyoLotto Announce New Member to Board of Directors

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (December 21, 2017) -- WyoLottoTM officials announced the appointment of Jim Willox as the newest member of the 2017 Board of Directors. The Board consists of up to nine members who oversee the Wyoming Lottery Corporation, with each member appointed by the Governor.

“I am pleased Jim Willox accepted the appointment to the Lottery Board,” said Governor Mead. “Jim is a businessman. He has been a Converse County Commissioner for over ten years and has served on a number of boards and commissions. His experience will serve the Lottery Board well.”

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WyoLotto CEO Jon Clontz added to the Governor’s sentiment. “Jim is already a great addition to the board, bringing local community perspective and thought leadership to add to the expertise and energy we have with our board. Governor Matt Mead did a great job selecting this addition,” said Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO.

Jim Willox is a fourth generation Converse County resident. He was raised on his family ranch south of Douglas. In 2001, the family decided to sell the ranch and move into Douglas.

“Wyoming is my home, and getting to be an active member of this board is an honor and one that excites me very much,” Willox said.

Willox graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Agricultural Business.

He has previously served as an officer of the Converse County Stockgrowers, Douglas Moose Lodge and the Douglas Board of Realtors. He was also an active member of the Wyoming Republican Party, in which he served in several positions, culminating as State Chairman from 2003 to 2005.

He was sworn in as a Converse County Commissioner in January of 2007, and has been active and engaged in many local issues while a commissioner. As a member of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, he served as Chairman of the WCCA Transportation Committee for 6 years before being elected Treasurer of the WCCA in December 2016.

Willox is also active in other realms of his community, including his involvement with the Wyoming High School Activities Association as a basketball official for 15 years and as a USA wrestling official for 10 years.

Jim and his wife, Tione, have two sons, Bo, who lives and works in Douglas, and James is a junior at the University of Wyoming.

The Board of Directors for the Wyoming Lottery Corporation are:

  • Sandi Chitwood, Chairman
  • Gerry Marburger, Treasurer
  • Dave Bonner, Secretary
  • Gina Monk
  • Mary Throne
  • Ross Newman
  • Jim Whalen
  • Jim Willox
  • Sandra Wallop

 

For more information about Wyoming Lottery Corporation and the Board of Directors, visit wyolotto.com.

SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery Corporation.

 

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Gambling Regulation Act 2003 Changes

MELBOURNE, Australia (December 20, 2017) -- On 30 November 2017 the Victorian Parliament passed the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Act 2017. This will mean a number of changes for gaming venue operators.

A number of changes in the amendment come into effect on 20 December 2017. In particular:

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  • if accumulated credits on a gaming machine are less than $2000, that amount may be paid out via any payment method (including cash)
  • any payment of $2000 or more made via an EFT must be transferred in a way that means they are not available to the person for at least 24 hours after the transfer, and,
  • if that is not possible, or the venue does not have the facilities to provide for EFT, the payment of accumulated credits over $2000 or more must be made via cheque.

 

More information is available on the Technical Standards for Industry page.

The VCGLR website will be continually updated with further information on the changes.

Learn more about the changes to the Gambling Regulation Act

SOURCE: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

 

 

Synot Acquires Stake in Bosnian Willy Klub

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (December 23, 2017) -- SYNOT continues to expand its business activities in the Balkans. After recently joining the Macedonian company The Slots, which is one of Macedonia's largest gambling operators, it has now strengthened its position in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Specifically, she joined WILLY CLUB. This is an operating network that currently runs nearly 700 game machines.

"With this company, we established contact in 2015 when we started our business in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We have now decided to extend the cooperation and join the company WILLY CLUB. Our plan is to stabilize the entire network by the end of the year and increase the number of machines operated by WILLY CLUB to approximately 800," said Neofytos Neofytou, director of SYNOT International Limited, adding:

"B alkane is a very interesting market for us. In addition, in the coming year, there will be an adjustment to the conditions for running online lotteries, which has not yet been legislated."

SYNOT has been operating in the Balkans for nearly 10 years.

Specifically, in this region and its immediate vicinity, Bosnia and Herzegovina is also active in Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and also in Greece.

Earlier next year, he plans to enter the Croatian market.

CONTACT: Mgr. Magda Pekařová, spokesperson, The SYNOT Group, Mobile: +420 739 604 032, E-mail: magda.pekarova@synot.cz.

SOURCE: The SYNOT Group.

 

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Tabcorp Announce Executive Leadership Team Appointments

SYDNEY, Australia (December 21, 2017) -- Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) today announces the appointment of its Executive Leadership Team who from tomorrow, 22 December 2017, will lead the Company following the combination with Tatts Group.

The Executive Leadership Team will be comprised as follows:

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  • Managing Director and CEO - David Attenborough
  • Chief Financial Officer - Damien Johnston
  • Managing Director, Wagering & Media - Adam Rytenskild
  • Managing Director, Lotteries & Keno - Sue van der Merwe
  • Managing Director, Gaming Services - Frank Makryllos
  • Group General Counsel - Sean Hughes
  • Chief Information Officer - Mandy Ross
  • Chief People Officer - Merryl Dooley
  • Chief Risk Officer - Clinton Lollback
  • Chief Strategy Officer - Ben Simons
  • Group Company Secretary - Fiona Mead

 

Tabcorp’s Managing Director & CEO, Mr David Attenborough said:

Tabcorp’s new Executive Leadership Team brings together executives from both Tabcorp and Tatts. I am very pleased to have such a strong team in place from day 1 as we enter a new era for these two great companies.

The combination has created a world-class, diversified gambling entertainment group. Our new Executive Leadership Team, together with our more than 5000 people, will work to deliver the material benefits the combination is expected to create for shareholders, the racing industry, business partners, customers and governments.

I’d like to take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation to the executives who are departing the organisation due to the combination becoming effective. Each has contributed to the strength of Tabcorp and Tatts and has helped set us up with a great platform for growth. These executives will remain with us for a period of time into the New Year to support the initial phase of the integration program.”

For more information CONTACT:

Media: Nicholas Tzaferis, GM Corporate Affairs, T: 03 9868 2529.

Financial analysts: Sacha Krien, GM Investor Relations, T: 03 9868 2794.

SOURCE: Tabcorp Holdings Limited.

 

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ComeOn Launches “Snabbare.com”, a New and Exciting Casino on the Swedish Market

SWEDEN (December 20, 2017) -- Gaming operator ComeOn, a Cherry AB (publ) – STO: CHER-B.ST – subsidiary, announce the successful launch of a new exciting brand on the Swedish market. The brand, Snabbare.com (Eng: Faster.com), will meet the demand from Swedish players for faster withdrawals and faster casino play, without a time-consuming registration. Snabbare.com is the first brand in Sweden to offer faster casino play and withdrawals within 15 min under a Malta Gaming Authority license.

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Tomas Johansson, Interim CEO of ComeOn said:

“We see an increasing demand among players to have a faster and more seamless gaming experience. We strongly believe in a future where we simplify the experience for the user and take away unnecessary waiting times and time-consuming steps. With Snabbare.com we are taking a major step in this direction and it feels great to be able to be the first operator to offer instant play, faster withdrawals combined with tax free winnings to the Swedish players. Snabbare.com will be a great addition to our already strong brand portfolio and we are already working on bringing more features and improvements to the site. So stay tuned, the future is Snabbare!”

Snabbare.com is using a pay and play service that enables a full Know Your Customer (KYC) solution on every deposit. This is a fast, easy to use and very secure solution that enables customers to play casino without having to go through the ordinary time-consuming registration process. It also opens up for faster withdrawal processing, which is very appreciated among Swedish players.

ComeOn is a leading player in the rapidly expanding online gaming market via mobile, tablet and computer, with well-known brands and strong positions, primarily in casinos and sports betting.

This information was submitted for publication on 20 December 2017, at 10:00 a.m. CET.

CHERRY IN BRIEF

Cherry is a Swedish innovating and fast-growing gaming company established in 1963. The business strategy is to create shareholder value by owning and developing fast growing and profitable businesses within the gaming and casino industry. Today, Cherry operates through five diversified business areas: Online Gaming, Game Develop¬ment, Online Marketing, Gaming Technology, and Restaurant Casino. The objective is to grow organically in combination with strategic acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry employs some 1,100 people and has about 6,900 shareholders. The company’s class B share is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at www.cherry.se.

SOURCE: Cherry AB.

 

 

Fastrak Chosen to Help Develop the Kazakhstan Lottery

U.K. (December 22, 2017) -- The leading supplier of point of sale display products to the lottery industry, Fastrak Lottery Solutions, has revealed its part in the re-launch of the Kazakhstan Lottery with new scratch card dispensers and promotional material delivered across the country.

Following the successful licence bid by Satty Zhuldyz to run the Kazakhstan National Lottery, the new operators quickly looked to revamp the point of sale units, choosing the Fastrak Lottery Solutions POD scratch card dispenser to display and dispense its new range of scratch cards.

To date Fastrak has built 1,000 modular scratch card dispensers which started rolling out in Kazakhstan in September 2017 with a further 2,000 installations planned for early 2018.

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John Barrett, Managing Director of Fastrak said; “The new operators of the lottery in Kazakhstan recognised that they needed an effective solution for the display and sale of their games and identified that a new and vibrant point of sale unit could significantly enhance how they reach and engage their consumer – so we were asked to bring a fresh approach to their instore image.”

The flexibility offered by Fastrak’s POD modular design allows it to expand as sales grow. Along with this, its ability to be branded for the changing needs of the Kazakhstan Lottery meant that it both made an immediate impact together with preparing for future growth.

The signature marketing features included in Fastrak’s POD design allows for tactical messaging, price point information and the ability to promote feature games, all of which fitted with the Satty Zhuldyz marketing and communication strategies as the range of lottery products expands.

Fastrak’s design team proposed their modular POD system to allow for multiple games to be stacked and displayed within the same unit. This resulted in a range of configurations being delivered including 2x2, 2x3, 3x2 and 1x4 configurations.

Flexibility was of prime importance within the solution,” added Paul Shardlow, Design Manager at Fastrak. “Our team of British designers have over 15 years’ experience in developing innovative solutions, and they have once again used their talent to create a unit that not only gives impact and flexibility, but also has been proven to increase sales.”

The team at Fastrak were chosen for the project due to their experience in working with some of the largest lottery operators in the world through which they have proven their understanding of the consumer journey, engaging the customer and lottery sales.

Although official sales figures on the Kazakhstan Lottery project have not yet been released, it was confirmed that a sales increase was achieved from the launch of the new POD units, and are continuing to grow as consumers recognise the impactful displays and understand the products on offer.

John Barrett, Managing Director of Fastrak, said; “Our solutions are all designed to inform the consumer, sell more product and expand the displays as the success of lottery sales grow. Its projects like these that show how we can take a client’s brief, and provide a customised solution from our standard range of products that really works and delivers a measurable increase in sales.”

Fastrak Lottery solutions are world leaders in providing specialist point of sale to the lottery industry offering the most extensive and advanced range of lottery point of sale products available anywhere in the world.

For more information on Fastrak Lottery Solutions, visit www.fastraklotterysolutions.com email hello@fastraklotterysolutions.com or call UK (+44 (0)1625 439966), Australia (+61 411 552 393), Hong Kong/China (+852 3755 4511) or The Unites Stated (+1 212 729 1990).

SOURCE: Fastrak Lottery Solutions.

 

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Gambling Authorities Grant SAZKA Group Permission to Acquire Shares in Casinos Austria AG

After the closing, the indirect stake of the SAZKA Group in Casinos Austria AG increases to 34%

VIENNA, Austria (December 30, 2017) -- In December 2017, CAME Holding GmbH, which belongs to the Czech SAZKA Group, received the approvals of the outstanding national and international gambling authorities to acquire the indirect shares of LEIPNIK-LUNDENBURG INVEST Beteiligungs AG (LLI) and the UNIQA Beteiligungs-Holding GmbH (UNIQA) at Casinos Austria AG.

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With the positive decisions of the authorities in Austria, Australia, Canada and Switzerland, the necessary regulatory approvals have been granted for the share purchase of the SAZKA Group in Casinos Austria AG agreed in January 2017.

A general assembly of Casinos Austria AG was convened for 15 January 2018. This general assembly marks the final step towards the complete settlement of the share transaction with LLI and UNIQA.

"Obtaining the permits is a successful completion of one year of intensive work with the gaming, antitrust and other competent authorities. In our role as the largest strategic shareholder in the future, we want to continue the path of successful co-operation with all other shareholders and secure the long-term economic success of the company," said Robert Chvátal, CEO of the SAZKA Group, on the latest development.

SAZKA Group: Successful gaming company with many years of expertise SAZKA Group is one of Europe’s largest lottery and gaming operators. The aggregate annual amount of bets placed with companies in which the SAZKA Group holds an ownership interest are in excess of EUR 15 billion and the aggregate EBITDA amounts to over EUR 850 million. Shareholders of SAZKA Group are investment companies KKCG (75% shareholding) and EMMA Capital (25% shareholding), who share an equal managerial control of the SAZKA Group. SAZKA Group currently holds interests in the Greek lottery OPAP, Italy’s LOTTOITALIA and the Sazka lottery in the Czech Republic, as well as a stake in Casinos Austria AG and in Österreichische Lotterien GmbH.

CONTACT: Rückfragehinweis, pantarhei corporate advisors, Dr. Michael Höfler, Tel.: +43 / 664 / 886 56 355, E-Mail: michael.hoefler@pantarhei-advisors.com

SOURCE: SAZKA Group.

 

 

Casino Site Mr Green Launch in Denmark

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (December 29, 2017) -- Mr Green has obtained a license for its casino site by the Danish gaming authority. Mr Green now offers its whole range of entertaining casino products to Danish customers like casino games and live casino.

Mr Green has been present in Denmark since its acquisition of Dansk Underholdning in the spring 2017. Dansk Underholdning operates for instance the gaming sites BingoSjov and BalletBingo. After receiving the license, the casino site Mr Green has been launched in Denmark today.

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This is an important step in our strategy to grow geographically”, says Per Norman, CEO of Mr Green & Co. “Denmark is a locally regulated market which is an important criterion for us when expanding to new geographies”.

For further information, please CONTACT: Per Norman, CEO of Mr Green & Co AB, T: +46 72 230 91 91, E: per.norman@mrg.se or Åse Lindskog, Director Communications and IR, T: +46 730 24 48 72, E: ase.lindskog@mrg.se.

About Mr Green

Mr Green is a leading online gaming company with operations in twelve countries. The business concept is to offer entertainment and a first-class gaming experience in a responsible environment. The business was founded in 2007 and has developed into a well-established online gaming company with a broad customer offer and a strong globally viable brand. In 2016, Mr Green generated sales of SEK 924.5 million and the company has over 220 employees. The headquarters and technical development are based in Stockholm, and operations in Malta. Mr Green has gaming licenses in Italy, Malta, UK, casino license in Denmark and Sportsbook license in Ireland. The company is as of January 2, 2018, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm’s Mid Cap segment. Read more at www.mrg.se.

SOURCE: Mr Green press release.

 




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