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IGT Powering Retail Sports Betting at MGM Resorts International's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as Legalized Sports Betting Opens in New Jersey

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LONDON, U.K. (June 14, 2018) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that MGM Resorts International ("MGM Resorts") (NYSE: MGM) is utilizing IGT's sports betting platform to run its retail sports betting operations as the State of New Jersey has now opened legalized sports betting.

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...

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IGT was selected by MGM Resorts to provide its end-to-end sports betting solution at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Borgata has opened for sports betting with IGT's retail point-of-sale system, enabling in-casino patrons to place in-play and pre-match sports bets over the counter, effective today.

IGT brings significant expertise and experience to providing leading technology to MGM Resorts sports betting. IGT currently powers MGM Resorts' retail sports betting at 10 major Las Vegas Strip properties, and mobile sports betting on the playMGM app with IGT PlaySpot™ technology throughout Nevada.

"Deployment of IGT's sports betting solution at Borgata demonstrates that we are ready to deliver the products, technology, support and service to make retail and mobile sports betting a reality in any legalized state, today," said   Renato Ascoli   , IGT CEO North America. "We're very excited to extend our successful sports betting relationship with MGM Resorts to New Jersey and beyond."

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on youtube.com/igt. 

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.

IGT CONTACTS:

  • Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452.
  • Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, Gaming (702) 669-2975.
  • Michelle Schenk, Global Communications, Gaming (702) 669-8177.
  • Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030; for Italian media inquiries.
  • James Hurley, Investor Relations, (401) 392-7190.

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

California Lottery Updated App Lets You Check-A-Ticket Using Your Cell Phone to See If You’ve Won!

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SACRAMENTO, California (June 11, 2018) -- California Lottery players have been asking for this feature and now they’ve got it! Get ready to use your mobile device to Check-A-Ticket to see if you’ve won.

That’s right, no more waiting! You can instantly see the results anytime and anywhere. All you have to do is download the upgraded official California Lottery mobile app to get this new feature, or if you already have the app, make sure it’s the latest version. Once it’s loaded, hover your phone’s camera over the unique barcode on the front of a California Lottery Scratchers® or newer draw game ticket. The app will automatically show the results on your screen.

A couple of important things to note. This uses your phone’s camera, so you must approve the camera access prompt during setup and accept the legal notice. Be careful when scratching the ticket barcode area on a Scratchers®. Don’t get too excited and rip it, because the device must be able to read the barcode.

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You can use the California Lottery’s mobile app to check the unique barcode on the front of a California Lottery Scratchers® or newer draw ticket. (The newer draw tickets have a unique barcode that looks a little different or “squiggly” compared to a traditional barcode which has straight vertical lines.) Of course, one question you may ask is, “What if, for whatever reason, the app won’t work on my phone?” Don’t worry, you can still take any ticket to a California Lottery retail location and have it scanned. This is simply faster access to that service.

Our goal in providing the Check-A-Ticket mobile app feature is to continue to capture the excitement of playing our games. Remember, the ONLY way you can purchase our products is by visiting one of the California Lottery’s more than 23,000 retail locations. That hasn’t changed. If you have a winning ticket, you can still claim by mail, or take that ticket to a participating Lottery retail location or any one of our nine California Lottery District Offices.

This app is easy to use. But if you’d like to know more, we created two videos that walk you through the process for your Android and iOS phones. Take a moment to view these short informational videos at www.calottery.com/mobileapp. 

This feature is the latest significant upgrade to our mobile app since we included a feature that lets you scan tickets into the California Lottery’s 2nd Chance program.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your phone, download the app and Check-A-Ticket! It’s winning knowledge in the palm of your hands.  

About The California Lottery

The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2016-17, the Lottery created 83 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: The California Lottery

 

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Kansas Lottery to Launch In-Lane Supermarket Sales through Abacus Solution

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TOPEKA, Kansas and NORTHAMPTON (June 8, 2018) -- Abacus Solutions International Group (ABACUS) is pleased to announce that the Kansas Lottery has decided to implement lottery sales in-lane in supermarkets using the ABACUS Fusion platform.

Using the NASPL (North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries) API, the ABACUS Fusion platform will be integrated with the Lottery’s new, advanced central gaming system from Scientific Games, to enable in-lane sales of Kansas Lottery games in supermarkets throughout the state.

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The NASPL API was developed by a working group of lottery and vendor personnel who shared a goal to increase lottery sales by providing an optimal consumer and retailer solution (particularly for multilane environments) and increase sales at underpenetrated or non-penetrated retailers. Underpinning the API’s success will be the lottery community’s willingness to interface with retailers in a “uniform and consistent manner.”

Kansas Lottery Director Terry Presta, a leading advocate for the NASPL API, said, “ABACUS will enable us to sell more tickets with no additional costs for consumers right where they check out, in lane in supermarkets.”

Company contact information:

Technology Centre

Preston Deanery

Northamptonshire

NN7 2DS   United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1604 846777

info@abacus-bv.com

 

About ABACUS

Abacus is the only vendor that specializes in providing in-lane software solutions to the lottery industry. We work closely with all the central gaming system vendors and know and understand what the lotteries and retailers need to implement in-lane solutions.

In the last two years Abacus has used its technology to enable over 20,000 tills in-lane to sell lottery products. To learn more, go to https://www.lotteryeverywhere.com.

What is an API?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. An API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. In other words, an API is the messenger that delivers your request to the provider that you're requesting it from and then delivers the response back to you.

CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, Director of Public Affairs, T: 785-296-5708, Email: sally.lunsford@kslottery.net.

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

 

Minnesota Lottery Shows Off State with First Playbook Mini™

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (June 11, 2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Minnesota State Lottery (“Minnesota Lottery”) on the tremendous success of its innovative Minnesota Treasures Playbook Mini™ instant ticket, which is the first of its kind launched in the U.S. market. Minnesota Treasures has contributed to a remarkable 39% sales growth in the $10 category, based on a comparison of sales 10-weeks before and after its launch on February 6th, 2018.

Looking to capitalize on past successes with Minnesota themed tickets, the Lottery leveraged the unique multi-page format of Pollard Banknote’s Playbook Mini™ to deliver six games featuring the regional charms of the state. From the natural beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to the glowing skyline of Minneapolis, Minnesota Treasures gives players across the state the chance to see their favorite landmark or local attraction captured as part of this collection of games. Minnesota Treasures offers players a huge value proposition at the $10 price point with 44 chances to win nearly half a million prizes ranging from $10 to $200,000.

The Playbook Mini™ is Pollard Banknote’s ‘fun-size’ version of its patented Playbook® that takes extended play to new heights by merging multiple games into one entertaining booklet offering endless possibilities for imaginative themes and play styles.

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The Lottery utilized an effective strategy to entice players by loading the Playbook Mini™ with low and mid-tier prizes that create more chances for memorable wins. By combining this prize structure with the popular state theme in the novel format of the Playbook Mini™, Minnesota Treasures stands out at retail and delivers on customer expectations.

Our players have been asking for a new Playbook® game and we are thrilled with the mini version Pollard Banknote has created for our customers,” said Robert Doty, Executive Director of the Minnesota Lottery. “Pollard Banknote’s innovative concepts and informed strategies elevate the entertainment value for our players, which helps our Lottery maximize revenues for state projects that maintain and improve the landmarks featured in Minnesota Treasures.”

Pollard Banknote is pleased to see the Playbook Mini™, enhanced with the proven strategies of local themes and a low and mid-tier loaded prize structure, paying off for the Minnesota Lottery at retail,” said Byron Peterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “We look forward to continuing to partner with the Lottery to deliver unique play experiences and exciting tickets for their customers.”

The Minnesota Lottery has been supporting good causes throughout the state since 1989. Over the years the Lottery has raised more than $2.7 billion for programs that improve the quality of life for Minnesotans across the state, including over $1 billion for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, which supports projects that sustain natural ecosystems and protect endangered species. The General Fund supports education, health care, local governments, and public safety. For more information about the Lottery, please visit www.mnlottery.com.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, and a full suite of digital offerings ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in providing pull-tab tickets, bingo paper and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.6% by the Pollard family and 32.4% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Hosts 11th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable in Lima, Peru Aug. 6 - 8

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LAS VEGAS, NV (June 12, 2018) - Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®)  announced that it will host its much-anticipated 11th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable August 6 - 8, 2018 in Lima, Peru, where Mr. Manuel San Roman Benvante, General Directorate for Casino Games and Slot Machines, Peru Gaming Regulator, will be the host regulator.

Presented by the global independent consultancy, testing, and certification laboratory’s world-renowned GLI University®, this year’s Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable is an educational event held free-of-charge and attendance is exclusively for gaming and lottery regulators and government lotteries.

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Held at the Estelar Hotel - Miraflores in Lima, the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable offers two informative days of learning, networking, and thought-provoking discussion. Gaming and lottery regulators and government lotteries will share and gain important strategic insights from industry experts regarding such mission-critical topics as iGaming, sports betting, licensing, development and implementation of new games, regulatory updates, money laundering controls, testing and certification, and more. Attendees will also experience cutting-edge technological innovations that are fueling the future of gaming and lotteries in the rapidly evolving Latin American and Caribbean gaming and lottery sectors.

Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLI’s Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development, stated, “We cordially invite gaming and lottery regulators and representatives of government lotteries to join us in Lima Aug. 6 - 8 for engaging discussions and informative presentations regarding the many important issues affecting the Latin American and Caribbean gaming and lottery sectors. Attendees will also gain valuable insights from our expert team of global specialists.

We are dedicated to enhancing professional relationships between regulators by building a solid foundation of mutual understanding and cooperation, and by promoting a common interest in the prosperity and regulated growth of the Latin American and Caribbean industry,” added Sierra-Hughes. “The Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable reaffirms our strong and continuing commitment to this important region.”

Comprehensive Agenda Covers Key Industry Topics

This year’s comprehensive Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable agenda offers attendees a wide range of important and timely topics that are critical to the success of the Latin American and Caribbean gaming and lottery sectors, including:

  • Regulatory and Policy Development Best Practices - Establishing strong regulations that also allow for a thriving industry
  • Online Gaming, Sports Betting, and Lottery - The preference of new generations; risk assessment approach for the incorporation of new games and products; regulation/supervision; mobile gaming; player identification; player protection; and security
  • Best Practices in Technology and Certification for Lottery and Gaming Operations
  • Standards for Sports Betting Regulation and Supervision
  • Tools for the Professionalization and Institutional Strengthening of Government Lotteries
  • Licensing Operations and Process for Renewals
  • Latin America and Caribbean Regulatory Update for Land-Based and Online Gaming and Lottery
  • Field Inspection and Supervision Processes for Land-Based and Online Operations
  • Responsible Gaming
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
  • What do the Gaming and Lottery Industries Mean for Our Countries? Dissemination of industry facts; job creation; social responsibility; social causes; the industry as a business

 

Building on a History of Success

Last year’s Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable, held in Panama City, Panama, welcomed attendees representing government lotteries and gaming and lottery regulators from many countries across the region, including:

  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Spain
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay

 

2017 Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable Attendee Testimonials

Our industry is highly regulated, and it is, therefore, important to be able to respond effectively and immediately to new technological and regulatory trends. Precisely, the answer to those tendencies and their management are those that GLI allows us to study and focus on during Regulators Roundtables – a unique opportunity for all regulators from the industry to be able to share experiences and ideas so we can carry out our ministerial work effectively.” Jaime A. Irizarry Delgado, Gaming Director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company

The Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable was a great opportunity to learn from the state first hand where the gaming industry stands in their region, with its different complexities and peculiarities. The opportunity to exchange experiences with other regulators, without a doubt, allows us to broaden our perspective and reflect on what value we want to add to this activity and how we take on the challenge of regulating it, taking care not only of the technological advances, but also to ensure that their development takes place within an ethical framework.

Vivien Villagrán Acuña, Superintendent of the Superintendency of Casinos, Chile

It has been an honor for me to have attended the GLI Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable for the first time. This Regulators Roundtable has been a real success in terms of the quality of presentations, content and active participation of its participants.”

Guillermo Olagüe Sánchez, Deputy General Director of Gambling Regulation at the DGOJ (Directorate General for Gambling Regulation), Ministry of Finance and Civil Service, Spain

REGISTRATION IS OPEN. (Registration is only for gaming and lottery regulators and government lotteries)

To register for the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable, please click here.

About GLI

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and consulting and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI also holds ISTBQ certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT:  Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®).

 

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It’s a Record-Breaking Spring for the Arkansas Lottery

May report shows strong sales

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (June 8, 2018) -- The May numbers are in, and year to date, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery total sales are up 12.5 percent, or nearly $51 million, versus the same period last year.

Here are the specifics for May 2018:

 

  • Total Sales - $40,396,655
  • Total Revenue - $40,568,778
  • Total Prizes - $28,118,783
  • Commissions - $2,276,167
  • Net Proceeds - $8,037,625
  • Total Number of Active Retailers - 1,927 (as of May 31, 2018)
  • Total Number of Employees – 67 (as of May 31, 2018)

 

With the month’s net proceeds at more than $8 million, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has now raised nearly $768 million for in-state scholarships. In total, it’s been a great spring for lottery sales. March’s report recorded the Lottery’s highest-ever month for prizes, ticket sales, retailer commissions, and total revenue. The numbers in April’s report showed it was the biggest-ever April for prizes, ticket sales, retailer commissions and total revenue as well.

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For the fiscal year through May, we now stand at $7.4 million above budget for scholarship proceeds,” Director Bishop Woosley said. “Maximizing proceeds for scholarships is why we’re here, and these are incredible numbers. And with the June 15 scholarship application deadline nearly upon us, we’d like to encourage any Arkansas student to apply for one at scholarships.adhe.edu.”

The full May report was released to the Lottery Oversight Committee today. This report is available to the public here.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $767 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, $2.5 billion+ in prizes to players, and more than $221 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions -- and to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Kara Lee Ford at 501-683-1646 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Lottery.

 

 

Camelot Succeeds in Returning the National Lottery to Growth and Raising More Money for Good Causes

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited: 2017/18 Financial Results

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UNITED KINGDOM (June 8, 2018) -- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) today announced that National Lottery ticket sales for the 2017/18 financial year (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018) were £6,951.7 million – an increase of £26.4 million on last year and an early indication that initiatives from the company’s recent strategic review are yielding results.

Welcoming the announcement, Camelot CEO Nigel Railton said: “Given that we had anticipated a further sales decline this year, our achievement in getting The National Lottery back into growth and delivering more money for Good Causes underlines the importance of the work we have been carrying out following the strategic review. It’s fair to say that sales benefited from a nice run of luck – particularly on EuroMillions with some incredible jackpots – but the strong foundations and new initiatives that we are putting in place have also started to play a part.”

During 2017/18, Camelot generated £1,655.3 million (excluding investment returns) for Good Causes, £27.3 million more than in 2016/17. This equates to around £30 million every week and takes the total delivered to date to more than £38 billion. National Lottery funding has now been awarded to 535,000 individual projects – the equivalent of around 190 lottery grants in every UK postcode district.

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Over the course of the year, Camelot awarded £3,928.4 million in prizes to players and created 343 new millionaires. The National Lottery has now awarded over £67 billion in prizes and created more than 5,000 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch.

The sales increase over the period was, in part, due to record digital sales of £1,652.2 million, which included the best-ever performance by The National Lottery’s range of online Instant Win Games. Mobile sales grew to an all-time high of £700.6 million, with sales through smartphones and tablets now accounting for well over 40% of all digital sales. Sales through the official National Lottery apps for iPhone and Android also set new records, following the launch of a full version of the Android app last year – instantly making National Lottery games available to millions more smartphone users.

In addition, EuroMillions had a strong 12 months, with the game benefiting from an unexpectedly high number of £100 million+ jackpots, as well as a number of special draws offering multiple £1 million prizes – both of which are proven drivers of player excitement.

Initial activity that Camelot has been carrying out following its strategic review also contributed to a strong finish to the year. The review outcomes focused on four main areas: improving the range of National Lottery games, investing in retail initiatives, upgrading the company’s digital capabilities, and reinvigorating the National Lottery brand.

From a games perspective, Camelot launched a new game EuroMillions HotPicks and added an extra draw day to its £1 Thunderball game in January, both of which performed ahead of expectations in the last two months of the financial year.

With sales of £5,299.5 million over the period, retail remains the largest National Lottery sales channel – with over 75% of total sales coming through in-store terminals. As a result of the strategic review, Camelot recently doubled the size of its sales force to better serve its 45,000 retail partners – resulting in around 5,000 retail visits per week (compared with around 2,000 at the same time last year). In total, the company is investing £20 million in initiatives to boost engagement and improve in-store display, merchandising and game availability – and so support its retailers.

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Looking to the future, Nigel commented: “As we look to build on the progress we’ve made, we’ll continue to take action in those areas that we identified in the strategic review. For example, we know that we need to make The National Lottery brand and its purpose more relevant and visible, so one of the first things we’ve done is to bring The National Lottery – and the Good Causes it supports – back onto primetime Saturday night TV with a slot during some of ITV’s most popular shows.

“We’re also looking to adapt our market presence – to better reflect the constantly-changing retail landscape. Key priorities include making National Lottery games available at self-checkout, as well as in discounters whose market share has grown considerably in recent years – and we'll be looking to start this process with a trial over the summer with a leading retailer.

“All of this activity will reflect our longstanding commitment to player protection. While we have already carried out a great deal of work aimed at reducing excessive play, preventing underage play and promoting safe play, we are in the process of more closely examining how we can further strengthen our work in this area to ensure that our approach is industry-leading and goes far beyond our licence requirements in fulfilling our responsibility to consumers.

“While there is much work still to do – and we’ll continue to face challenges beyond our control, such as continuing doubts over the economy and ever-increasing competition from the gambling sector – we’re confident that we have some really strong plans lined up. These include improvements to Lotto coming later this year to give our players a better winning experience. The National Lottery is a truly national institution that makes a massive difference to the lives of people and communities across the UK – and everyone at Camelot is fully committed to ensuring that this success story continues.”

Total ticket sales and all related financial results figures for 2017/18 are subject to final audit.

For further information, please CONTACT: Camelot Press Office, T: 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.

 

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Red Ribbon Cash’ Grants Announced; Illinois Lottery Launches New Ticket

Proceeds exceed $7.6 million since 2008

 

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Greg Smith, Acting Director, Illinois Lottery, Modesto Valle, CEO, Center on Halsted, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., and Eduardo Alvarado, HIV/AIDS Section, IDPH stand with the newly unveiled 2018 Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket and representatives from four out of 11 the 2018 grant recipients.

 

CHICAGO, IL (June 8, 2018) -- The Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) helped kick off Pride Month today by revealing the 11 agencies that are receiving 2018 grants to fund HIV/AIDS research, treatment and prevention programs across the state of Illinois. The grants, ranging from $50,000 to $75,000, are made possible through the sale of the Illinois Lottery’s Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket. This year’s ticket launched this week.

Since 2008, Red Ribbon Cash has raised more than $7.6 million to help fight HIV/AIDS in Illinois. One hundred percent of proceeds are dedicated to HIV/AIDS research, education and prevention through grants administered by IDPH and the Quality of Life Board.

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"The Illinois Lottery is proud to be partnering again with the Illinois Department of Public Health to support the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith said. “The Red Ribbon Cash instant game allows players to know they are directly supporting HIV/AIDS research and services throughout Illinois. The grants being awarded today make a difference in Illinois’ fight against HIV/AIDS."

The Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket is available at more than 7,000 Illinois Lottery retailers across the state. Each Red Ribbon Cash ticket costs $3. Available prizes range from $5 to three top prizes of $50,000.

We are fortunate that our partners at the Illinois Lottery, the Governor’s office, and the legislature who developed this ticket continue to prioritize HIV/AIDS research,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “We depend on the funds raised to support innovative projects in diverse communities of need that will improve screening, testing and prevention efforts.”

According to IDPH, Illinois ranks sixth nationwide in the diagnosis of HIV infections and ninth in the estimated number of AIDS cases. In 2016, the last year for which complete data are available, there were 1,476 cases of HIV/AIDS diagnosed in Illinois. In Chicago alone, there are more than 23,500 people living with HIV/AIDS – nearly three times the national prevalence rate.

The 2018 Red Ribbon Cash/Quality of Life grant awardees are:

 

    •      Asian Human Services, Chicago, $50,000

    •      Bethany Place, Belleville, $50,000

    •      Brothers Health Collective, Chicago, $75,000

    •      Center on Halsted, Chicago, $50,000

    •      Lake County Health Department, Waukegan, $50,000

    •      McLean County Health Department, Bloomington, $50,000

    •      Men and Women in Prison Ministries, Chicago, $75,000

    •      Phoenix Center, Springfield, $75,000

    •      Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago, $50,000

    •      Sisters Helping Each Other, Gardner, $75,000

    •      Writers, Planners, Trainers Inc., East St. Louis, $75,000

 

Without the support of grants like these from the state of Illinois, the Center on Halsted would be unable to provide essential services to the more than 1,000 community members that visit our Center every day,” said Modesto Valle, CEO of Center on Halsted, which hosted today’s event. “I urge everyone in our community to go out and buy the Red Ribbon Cash Lottery ticket, because 100 percent of profits are dedicated to an HIV/AIDS-free Illinois.”

The Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $20 billion since 1985 to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

For video footage of the ticket launch event click here. For more information about Lottery’s Red Ribbon Cash ticket, please visit illinoislottery.com.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old

SOURCE: The Illinois Lottery.

 

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IGT Indiana Donates Fifth Computer Lab

Montgomery County Boys & Girls Club receive donation

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN. (June 14, 2018) - IGT Indiana, the integrated services provider to the Hoosier Lottery, announced today that the company has donated approximately $30,000 worth of technology equipment and opened a new computer lab at the Montgomery County Boys & Girls Club of Crawfordsville. The lab will allow the Boys & Girls Club to serve more than 7,000 children during the school year and summer. 

Executives from IGT Indiana joined Mayor Todd Barton, Representative Tim Brown, Senator Phil Boots and Montgomery County Boys & Girls Club Executive Director, Craig Reeves and other staff for the lab’s official opening.

The Boys & Girls Club computer lab is the fifth such donation under IGT Indiana’s Technology Giving Program, which provides state-of-the-art computers, printers, software, furniture and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsor educational programs in Indiana. The first two computer labs benefited Hoosier veterans through the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation and the Donald W. Moreau, Sr. Veterans House. The third benefited youth through the Fort Wayne Urban League, and the fourth benefited the Evansville Boys & Girls Club.

IGT Indiana is honored to provide computers and technology as part of our continued commitment to charitable giving within the communities we serve. The Montgomery Boys & Girls Club does a tremendous job serving our youth,” said Melissa Pursley, IGT Indiana’s vice president of marketing and product. “We are excited to help the Boys & Girls Club carry out their mission by serving more than 7,000 children throughout the Montgomery County area.”

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The Boys & Girls Club received 15 Dell desktop computers, professional software, two Dell notebook computers, 15 Samsung Galaxy tablets, 15 drawing tablets with a stylus, a Dell server, wireless routers and a variety of technology equipment to supplement the computer lab.  Additionally, IGT Indiana donated two flat panel televisions that it purchased from Indiana Audio Video in Zionsville.

IGT Indiana’s generous donation will greatly enhance the lives of more than 7,000 boys and girls every year by providing them with access to the latest in advanced computer technology,” said Chase Cummings, club board president “Your act of kindness demonstrates how much the community cares about the future of our youth, and it will inspire them to study more, set goals and follow their dreams.

The Montgomery County Boys & Girls Club began operations in 1955, and today the Club provides programming and services for the most at-risk boys and girls of our community. Through the combination of their after-school sports and community programs, the Club continues to serve an average of 7,000 Montgomery County youth per year and rely on continued support from the community in the form of volunteerism, local partnerships, & agency support from MUFFY and the Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF).

Words cannot describe the excitement of our board, staff, and kids of our Club.  Education with STEM programming is vital today in preparing our children for the future.  This lab allows us to show our commitment to our kids, families, and community that preparing our children for the future is our Club’s priority. The lab will be cutting edge allowing us to offer programs that will be fun and challenging,” said the Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Craig Reeves.

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Our kids will now have the opportunity to be above the curve tech wise. They have no idea of what is in store for them. Thank you to IGT Indiana for your support of our kids who need us most.”

About IGT Indiana’s Technology Giving Program

IGT Indiana’s Technology Giving Program donates on average to each computer lab $15,000 worth of state-of-the-art technology, furniture and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsors educational programs in Indiana. IGT Indiana’s Technology Giving Program is modeled after IGT’s global After School Advantage program that began in 1999.  The ASA program’s goal is to address the needs of children during the critical after-school hours. The program strives to close the “Digital Divide” for disadvantaged children who get left behind because they do not have the means to access computers in today’s increasingly digital society. The ASA program has been implemented throughout the U.S., as well as the District of Columbia, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts, Antigua, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the launch of the ASA program IGT has installed more than 295 computer labs. IGT employees volunteer their time and technology skills to restore, establish and maintain each computer lab. For more information, visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT: Jessica Norris, Director of Corporate Affairs, IGT Indiana, T: 317-264-4637, E: jnorris@hoosierlottery.com.

SOURCE: IGT Indiana.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Launches Affiliate Marketing Program to Promote PA iLottery Enrollment

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MIDDLETOWN, PA. (June 7, 2018 – Lottery retailers and other businesses that drive enrolment in the Pennsylvania Lottery’s iLottery online play platform can earn a share of the profits through an affiliate program with Income Access, Paysafe Group’s marketing technology and services provider. The Income Access affiliate platform will power the new program, which will also be managed by the company’s affiliate team.

PA iLottery features online games played on a computer, tablet or mobile device that offer chances to win up to $250,000. The games can be played from anywhere in Pennsylvania.

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This affiliate program provides an excellent incentive to promote PA iLottery,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “For 24 months, qualified partners can earn a profit share of up to 20 percent for each iLottery player they refer.”

Qualified partners will earn a 10 percent profit share for players who sign up for iLottery through in-store marketing efforts, or a 20 percent profit share for players who sign up through digital marketing efforts.

Although applicants do not need to be a Pennsylvania Lottery retailer to join the affiliate program, existing Lottery retailers are urged to participate.

“We want existing retailers to understand that building awareness of iLottery can be good for their bottom line,” Svitko added. “In other states that offer online games, there has been growth in lottery game sales at retail.

The Pennsylvania Lottery affiliate program will be managed using Income Access’ affiliate platform, which has won eGaming Review’s ‘Affiliate Software’ B2B Award four times since 2013.

Income Access’ team of lottery affiliate managers, which managed the Michigan Lottery affiliate program from its launch in January 2018, will also manage the Pennsylvania Lottery program directly. 

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Tara Wilson, General Manager at Income Access, said: “We’re excited to partner with Pennsylvania Lottery to launch the U.S. state lottery industry’s newest affiliate program. Our technology and affiliate managers have a strong track-record supporting global lottery brands’ customer acquisition.” 

To apply to join the PA iLottery affiliate program, visit www.pailottery.com/partners. Upon approval, registered partners will receive printed leaflets with their unique ID and a leaflet holder to display in-store.

Electronic assets and a unique referral tracking ID will be provided to those partners planning digital marketing and promotion efforts. Partners will be able to promote that new iLottery enrollees will receive $5 in free play.

Partners can manage their affiliate account through a web portal featuring reporting tools and will receive dedicated customer support.

New iLottery players can only register once, so do not miss the opportunity to receive credit for referring players,” Svitko said. “Remember: the more iLottery players you refer, the greater the potential profit-sharing earnings.”

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

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About Income Access

Founded in 2002, Income Access is a technology company, affiliate network and digital marketing agency servicing the global gaming and financial trading industries, including regulated iGaming, lottery, social gaming and land-based casinos as well as online forex and binary options trading.

Through its award-winning marketing software and a partnership-centric approach, Income Access delivers comprehensive data and strategic insight on marketing campaigns across all digital and offline channels.

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In September 2016, Income Access was acquired by Paysafe Group, the company behind the digital wallet brands NETELLER and Skrill. Income Access is partnered with over 300 gaming and financial trading brands worldwide. These include: Betfred, Bet Victor, BGO Group, Caesars Interactive, Coral, Danske Spil (Danish national lottery), ETX Capital, GAIN Capital, Gala Interactive, IGT’s Lottomatica, Jackpotjoy, Lottoland, Michigan Lottery, Pinnacle, PMU, Sportingbet, Stan James, and Tote Ireland.

Follow Income Access on Twitter / LinkedIn / Facebook / Press Room / Content Hub

About Paysafe

Paysafe is a leading global provider of end-to-end payment solutions. Its core purpose is to enable businesses and consumers to connect and transact seamlessly through industry-leading capabilities in payment processing, digital wallets and online cash solutions.

Delivered through an integrated platform, Paysafe solutions are geared towards mobile-initiated transactions, real-time analytics and the convergence between brick-and-mortar and online payments. With over 20 years of online payment experience, a combined transactional volume of US$56 billion in 2017 and over 2,600 staff located in 12+ global locations, Paysafe connects businesses and consumers across 200 payment types in over 40 currencies around the world. For more information, visit: www.paysafe.com.

Follow Paysafe on Twitter / LinkedIn / Google + / stories.paysafe.com

CONTACTS: Gary Miller, Pennsylvania Lottery Media Relations, T:717-702-8008.

Income Access, Paysafe, Nick Say, Communications Manager, Tel. +1-514-849-8595, Email: Nick.Say@Paysafe.com

SOURCE: Income Access (https://incomeaccess.com/).

 

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World Cup: Dutch Gaming Authority to Come Down Hard on Gambling Providers that Allow Participation by Minors

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (June 11, 2018) – De Kansspelautoriteit (Dutch Gaming Authority) will pay special attention before and during the World Cup to the online offering of sports betting, and especially to participation by minors. The regulator on the gaming market calls for participation by minors in sports betting to be reported via a special notification form on its website.

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Participation in games of chance, such as taking bets on sports competitions, is permitted from the age of 18. Providers of games of chance are obliged to keep minors from participating. In the Netherlands, only the Toto, part of the Dutch Lottery, can offer bets on the results of sports competitions.

The Law on games of chance states that one license is issued for this. All other providers of (online) sports betting may not offer games of chance to Dutch consumers. They are obliged to ensure that the Netherlands cannot participate.

They can do this, for example, by applying geo-blocking: it is not possible to participate with Dutch IP addresses.

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The Gaming Authority acts against illegal gambling providers because there is no control on the fairness of the game, the detection of gambling addiction and the participation of vulnerable groups, such as minors. Additional reasons to act against illegal gambling providers are specific focus on Dutch consumers (for example by using the Dutch language) and having young people participate.

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Betting on the results of sports competitions is popular and is growing fast. The Market Game 2016 of the Gaming Authority shows that the market for legal sports betting in the Netherlands grew by 34 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. It is generally known that extra bets are made during major sports tournaments, such as the upcoming Football World Cup. Even if the Dutch national team does not participate, that is the case. In the sports betting sector, football is by far the most popular sport to bet on.

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The Gaming Authority announced earlier this year in its Monitoring Agenda that preventing minors from participating in games of chance is an important priority. Young people form a vulnerable group; gambling providers must make every effort to prevent minors from participating. The Gaming Authority would like to hear from parents, teachers, friends or other people involved whether they take part in sports betting by minors. Minors can also make a report themselves. Notifications can be made via the  Minors Reporting Form . The information is not used to fine minors for their participation. The information is only used for dealing with illegal providers.

SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit (Dutch Gaming Authority).

 

 

GLMS Further Expands Its Membership with the Addition of Stoloto in Russia

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (June 11, 2018) -- Today GLMS had the pleasure to welcome the Russian Lottery, Stoloto to its Association. Just before the official opening of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 in Russia, GLMS network has been further strengthened with one more member, which will effectively contribute to the key monitoring activities by GLMS through local intelligence and information directly from Russia.

GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, states: “The addition of a member, like Stoloto, will further enhance the efficiency of our operations. Stoloto with its GLMS membership further proves its commitment to sustainable sports betting operations, safeguarding sports values and contributing to the enhancement of the quality and depth of GLMS services.”

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Anton Shapiro, CEO of Stoloto, adds: “Being part of an authentic and credible association, like GLMS, is a pleasure for us and we are looking forward to actively contributing and benefiting from the work and services of GLMS. We are happy that our input and contribution will set another milestone in the rapid growth of GLMS in its “glocal” reach and approach.”

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• Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General Secretary: giancarlo.sergi@glms-sport.org

• Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary, evangelos.alexandrakis@glms-sport.org

 

About GLMS

GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

GLMS currently has 30 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,  Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia,  Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France,  Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece,  Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland,  Israel Sports Betting Board  - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy,   Norsk Tipping – Norway,  Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal,   Stoloto – Russia,  Sportna Loterija – Slovenia,  Svenska Spel – Sweden,   Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisslos – Switzerland,  Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands,  Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore,  Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada,  Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco,  Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association)

SOURCE: GLMS.

 

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