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Tennessee Lottery President Named Chair Of The World Lottery Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (May 1, 2018) -- Rebecca P. Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, has been appointed Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the World Lottery Association (WLA).

This is an incredible opportunity,” said Ms. Hargrove. “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) encompasses a broad range of initiatives to reinforce the vital position lotteries hold in our communities, and I’m proud to be part of the development and maintenance of such programs.”

As part of its commitment to CSR, the WLA has been a pioneer in steering responsible gaming practices—a top priority in Tennessee and around the world. In fact, Tennessee has achieved a prestigious Level 3 Certification from WLA as part of the organization’s responsible gaming framework.

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Ms. Hargrove is also the founding Chair of “Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership,” another CSR initiative designed to increase mentoring opportunities in the lottery industry for women. “Our ambition is to create a path for talented and passioniate women professionals around the globe to realize their full potential,” said Ms. Hargrove.

From partnering with schools and participating in food bank drives to setting business goals for minority business participation, ensuring staff diversity and instilling a green workplace, lotteries can provide benefits to the community in addition to the beneficiary programs they were created to fund.” In Tennessee, the Lottery’s CSR programs include responsible gaming, community outreach, an anti-litter program, and inclusion and diversity initiatives.

See tnlottery.com for a full bio of Rebecca Hargrove and for more information about the Tennessee Lottery.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4.5 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $12.4 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T: 615-324-6556, E: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

 

Arizona Lottery Hosts Exclusive, Month-Long Million Dollar Giveaway

Players Can Win $1 Million by Playing Their Favourite $10, $20 and $30 Scratchers® Tickets

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PHOENIX, Arizona (May 1, 2018) – Now through May 31, the Arizona Lottery is holding an

exclusive promotion giving players a second chance at realizing their million-dollar dream!

Starting May 1, players will have a second chance to win $1 million by entering any non-winning $10, $20 or $30 Scratchers® tickets. While playing their favourite instant games, this one-of-a-kind promotion gives players the opportunity to win a prize larger than most Scratchers top prizes and second chance promotions.

“We are committed to elevating our players’ experience by delivering exciting winning opportunities,” said Gregg Edgar, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. “Since July

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2018, the Arizona Lottery has awarded more than $370 Million in cash prizes from Scratchers games – that’s a lot of winners! Scratchers players can enter a variety of price points into the Million Dollar Giveaway for an opportunity to win this unique, life-changing prize throughout May.”

The Million Dollar Giveaway winner will be publically announced at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on June 15, 2018. The winner and their guests will be treated to a

Million Dollar VIP experience!

Not only will an Arizona Diamondbacks alumni player present the winner with their check, they will also receive premium seats, on-field access during the National

Anthem, Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys, an autographed baseball, an exclusive radio booth visit, and a VIP tour of Chase Field.

Fourteen different $10, $20 and $30 Scratchers tickets are eligible for the promotion.

Players must enter their tickets by May 31 by visiting ArizonaLottery.com or by scanning their tickets using the Arizona Lottery Player Rewards mobile app.

Players can purchase Scratchers tickets at all 3,000+ Arizona Lottery retail locations.

For more information please visit, ArizonaLottery.com.

Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

About the Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $3.9 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales — nearly $4 million per week – fund programs in education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services. The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at: ArizonaLottery.com

CONTACT: Megan Conner, OH Partners, E: m.conner@ohpartners.com, T: (480) 229-1427.

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery press release.

 

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PA Lottery Scratch-Offs Winners Claim Over $173 Million in April

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (May 2, 2018) -- Pennsylvania Lottery Scratch-Offs winners claimed $173,846,649 in prizes during April, including three top prizes of $1 million.

The following retailers sold the top-prize winning tickets:

Country Fair, 515 Main St., Saegertown, Crawford County. ($1,000,000 Power Payday)

Bi Rite Deli, 3220 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia. ($1,000,000 Power Payday)

Country Farm Convenience, 6301 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia. ($1 Million Pennsylvania Payout)

Across Pennsylvania, other big prizes claimed during the month included:

  • Eight $300,000 prizes (various counties);
  • One $250,000 prize (Bucks County); and
  • Fourteen $100,000 prizes (various counties).

 

Monthly winner lists posted in the Winners section of palottery.com include winners of $1,000 or more, although many prizes below that amount were won.

Scratch-Offs currently offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $3 million. Before playing any game, players should read and understand the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning found at palottery.com.

Check tickets promptly and immediately claim winnings.

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Prizes expire one year from a Scratch-Off game's end-sale date posted at palottery.com.

The overall chances of winning any prize, printed on the back of each ticket, are stated across all tickets produced in a game and not by consecutive tickets sold per pack.

Random distribution ensures the Pennsylvania Lottery and retailers do not know where winning tickets will be sold.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.

Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

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

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win.

Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, T: 717-702-8008.

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New May Games Hit the Jackpot

Family of four instant tickets offers prizes from $5K to $200K

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 1, 2018) -- Hooray, hooray – it’s the first of May, and these new Jackpot instant tickets launched today: $5,000 Jackpot, $20,000 Jackpot, $100,000 Jackpot, and $200,000 Jackpot! This shiny gold family of four games is loaded with prizes and primed for fun.

In addition to these games’ top prizes, proudly stated in the name of the ticket, May’s new scratch-off games are loaded with other prizes as well. $5,000 Jackpot is a $1 game loaded with $10 prizes; $20,000 Jackpot is a $2 game loaded with $20 prizes; $100,000 Jackpot is a $5 game loaded with $50 prizes; and $200,000 Jackpot is a $10 game loaded with $100 prizes.

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While national draw games Powerball® and Mega Millions® understandably draw the bulk of attention with their multi-million dollar jackpots, players from all over Arkansas are winning on instant tickets,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley noted. Recent winning scratch-off amounts ranging from $10,000 to a million dollars have been sold in Jonesboro, Batesville, Cabot, Warren, Benton, Hamburg, Beebe, Griffithville, Camden, North Little Rock, Osceola, Van Buren, Maumelle, Wynne, Stephens, Luxora, Little Rock, Lowell, Jacksonville, Marked Tree, Paragould, Des Arc, and Hot Springs.

Lottery players, lottery retailers, and lottery scholarship recipients alike are all winning in Arkansas,” Woosley added.

We’re proud the lottery has helped fund more than 275,000 scholarships and counting to students right here. With this new family of instant tickets, we hope May will be another winning month in the state. Good luck to everyone!

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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 $752 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, $2.5 billion+ in prizes to players, and more than $217 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 Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

SAZKA Group Becomes A Strategic Partner Holding a Controlling Stake in Supersport

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (April 27, 2018) -- SAZKA Group, one of Europe’s largest gaming operators, has become a strategic partner holding a controlling interest in SuperSport d.o.o. (“SuperSport”), the Croatian market leader in online and land-based sports-betting by GGR.

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SuperSport has grown rapidly since the business was founded in 2000 and holds licenses and concessions in land-based and online sports-betting granted by the Croatian Government until 2025.

Robert Chvátal, CEO of the SAZKA Group said, “The acquisition of SuperSport, the market leading Croatian sports-betting company by GGR, has compelling strategic logic, giving SAZKA Group access to an attractive gaming market while strengthening the Group’s position in the dynamic online sports-betting industry."

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The SAZKA Group is one of Europe’s largest lottery and gaming operators with household brands in Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece and Italy.

The aggregate annual amount of bets placed with companies in which the SAZKA Group holds an ownership interest are in excess of EUR 17 billion and are served through over 62,500 points of sale as well as through online channels and offered under respective licences. The SAZKA Group is strongly committed to responsible gaming, player protection and corporate social responsibility. The SAZKA Group is owned by two international investment groups, KKCG and EMMA Capital.

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SOURCE: SAZKA Group a.s. (www.sazkagroup.com).

 

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EquiLottery to Highlight Emerging “Live Sports Lottery” Category at Top Gaming Conferences

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 2, 2018) - Much of the discussion around sports gaming in the U.S., and the potential of PASPA being overturned by the Supreme Court, has been focused on traditional sportsbooks. State lotteries have been a central piece of this discussion as a regulatory body. But that’s only one piece of the puzzle. EquiLottery founder and CEO Brad Cummings will be speaking at top gaming conferences this summer such as GiGse and the East Coast Gaming Congress to share his vision for games of chance based on live sporting events.

When looking at the issue of sports gaming in the U.S., there’s no doubt lotteries will play an important role in its growth,” said Clarion Gaming’s Head of Content, Ewa Bakun, which organizes GiGse as well as ICE London and the successful Sports Betting USA conference which returns to New York in October. “The vision that Mr. Cummings and EquiLottery has set out for lotteries in this sector, not just as regulatory agencies but also in developing a new lottery game category, makes his perspective an important one as we dig deep into the what sports gaming means for the U.S. marketplace. We are confident this perspective will be a great addition to GiGse 2018 as we set out to put North American gambling, gaming and betting under the microscope."

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Sports gaming has become the topic du jour in the U.S. gaming industry as the Supreme Court considers arguments on a New Jersey challenge to PASPA, the long-standing federal law prohibiting the placing of bets on live sports. Regardless of its outcome, this challenge has created new energy around the idea that sports betting is coming to America. Conferences serving the gaming industry are making this a primary topic at their meetings in 2018.

As debate swirls around the future of sports gaming, we’re particularly interested in the perspectives of those who are finding innovative ways to bring this emerging form of gaming to the masses,” said Michael Pollock, Managing Director of Spectrum Gaming Group, and co-founder of the East Coast Gaming Congress. “EquiLottery has developed a game of chance that offers an intriguing spin on a classic product. Our audience is eager to understand how this pioneering product can enhance experiences with lotteries and casinos, as well as how it can evolve beyond horse racing into other live sporting events.”

EquiLottery is primarily known for developing a three number lottery game based on the results of live horse races and has continued to gain traction in the lottery industry since its public introduction to the marketplace in 2014. Creating partnerships and signing agreements with key players in both lottery and horse racing, including IGT Global Solutions, AmTote International and Penn National Gaming, EquiLottery has carved out a niche that has laid the groundwork for a new category in lottery which will transcend even its current focus on live horse racing. Industry participants and conference organizers are taking notice.

We are pleased and humbled to play a role in this important discussion for the gaming industry at large,” said Cummings. “We’ve long held the belief that sports gaming is a ‘when, not if’ issue in the U.S. To now be a voice in this burgeoning market is a great honor and validation of our efforts over the past few years. Our vision for live sports lottery and the corresponding intellectual property we have secured in the U.S. and Canada goes well beyond our current product line and will lead to the introduction of a new category in lottery – a live sports lottery category – to the general public."

About GiGse

GiGse’s two-day program, which takes place alongside the co-located Juegos Miami, will feature a wide range of industry debates including the monetization of sports betting and its relationship with Tribal Gaming, the role of technology in growing the gaming industry outside of regulatory boundaries, the utilization of behavioural data in tracking players from mobile to the casino floor, personalization and artificial intelligence as methods of engaging with digital users, as well as an examination of the pace of online gambling regulation and consumer attitudes towards it. To download the full two-day agenda, visit https://www.gigse.com/download-agenda. And for more information on GiGse, visit www.gigse.com.

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About Spectrum Gaming Group

Spectrum has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators and legislatures in 36 US states and territories and 47 countries on six continents. Spectrum also serves as Executive Director of NCLGS, an organization of lawmakers that shares the goal of promoting best practices. Spectrum’s sister companies include Spectrum Gaming Capital, based in New York, and Spectrum Asia, based in Bangkok and Tokyo.

About EquiLottery

Heralded as The Next Generation of Lottery Games in North America, EquiLottery has made a name for itself in the lottery and sports industries since its public unveiling in July of 2014. A novel, responsible and legal way to grow the pie for lottery and horse racing, this game concept allows players to enjoy a sport important to state and provincial economies while introducing an exciting and profitable new gaming option for state lotteries and their players. Products and services offered by EquiLottery include systems integrations, a plug and play mobile app, video streaming, intellectual property licensing, racetrack licensing, horsemen negotiations, event calendar development, data licensing, second chance raffle prizes and multi-channel marketing support.

About GiGse Launch Pad

In order to explore how the sports betting changes in the US will impact the shortage of scientific and entrepreneurial talent within the US gaming industry, GiGse is holding the GiGse LaunchPad competition, at which five start-ups will have the opportunity to present their ideas in front of an investors panel, with the eventual winners determined by the GiGse audience. The LaunchPad competition, which closes submissions on Friday 27 April, has provided a platform for a number of successful entrepreneurial businesses such as BlueBat Games, NumberFire and the 2017 winners, nQube, which specializes in the development of artificial intelligence-based algorithms and software.

CONTACT: Brad Cummings, T: (502) 644-1454, E: brad@equilottery.com.

SOURCE: EquiLottery.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Launches Keno

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (April 30, 2018) -- Keno, a fast-paced game with drawings every four minutes, goes on sale Tuesday, May 1, at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers.

Keno play starts at $1. Players choose up to 10 numbers, or spots, from 1 to 80. A computer randomly draws 20 winning numbers. The more spots players match, the more they can win.

"Pennsylvania Lottery Keno players are going to love this exciting, new way to play and win," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Although you can play Keno at any Lottery retailer, it's the first game we've specifically marketed to businesses where adults gather to have fun – such as bars and restaurants."

Keno players can watch drawing results on big-screen monitors at hundreds of locations with many more locations coming in the weeks and months ahead. Players can also watch an animated depiction of the drawing they played by visiting the Keno page at palottery.com or by using the Lottery's official mobile app.

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"Keno, along with our upcoming iLottery mobile/online games and Xpress Sports games, will bring the Pennsylvania Lottery into the modern gaming era while generating essential new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians," Svitko noted.

Keno kick-off events are planned at many Lottery retailers. Visit palottery.com for a list of locations.

As with all Pennsylvania Lottery games, Keno players must be 18 or older.

How to play Keno: Using a playslip, players select up to 10 numbers, or SPOTS, from 1 to 80 or opt for computer-selected Quick Picks. Players can spend $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $10, or $20 per play, and prizes increase as the play amount increases. The number of SPOTS selected does not change the cost of play. Players may play consecutive drawings. Purchasing the Keno Multiplier option multiplies prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times. The option triples the cost of a play.

Every four minutes, the Lottery's computer randomly generates 20 winning numbers. Players may watch drawing results on a monitor, or visit the Keno page at palottery.com or use the Lottery's mobile app to watch an animated depiction of the drawing they played. Players should scan their ticket to determine if it has won a prize. Find Keno prizes, chances of winning and game rules at palottery.com.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

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

CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, T: 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

Svenska Spel 1Q Characterized by Continued High Mobile Growth

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VISBY, Sweden (April 25, 2018) – The first quarter of the year is characterized by continued high mobile growth, expanded sports offerings, new subscription service for Lotto, and intensive preparation work for a new gaming market.

Net game revenues for the first quarter increased to SEK 2,187 M (2,157), which is 1.4 percent higher than the same quarter last year. The result of SEK 1,144 million (1,132) represents an increase of one percent, and the operating margin is 21.6 percent higher than the previous year (20.8).

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Sales online grow by 25 percent, of which sales in mobile phones increase by 52 percent compared with the same quarter last year.

Interview with Svenska Spel's CEO Lennart Käll:

"We still show that it is possible to combine growth while taking clear responsibility for gaming. Customers respond positively to the news we deliver and in gaming responsibility, we see more and more volunteers shut down or pause themselves from gaming. By the end of March, approximately 21,100 customers were voluntarily suspended from gaming, "says Lennart Käll, President and CEO of Svenska Spel.

During the quarter Svenska Spel launched a subscription service for Lotto, an app for Oddset, and the range of sports games has been expanded in terms of life games.

Throughout March, approximately 21,000 matches and sporting events have been offered compared with 10,000 the same period last year.

In parallel with the regular activities, Svenska Spel also works with the adaptation and division of the organization to meet the legal requirements of the new gaming market, which is expected to come into force on January 1, 2019.

"We are still strong as the entire Swedish people's gaming company and meet customer demand for gaming experience with an expanded range and product development. Customers continue to give us high ratings in our satisfied customer index, and with broad margins we have the highest image value of the gaming companies. We look forward to the new gaming market,” says Lennart Käll.

January - March in brief

  • Net gaming revenue for the Group amounted to 2 187 MSEK (2 157), an increase of 1.4%.
  • Online gaming revenue online increased by 25 percent, of which the mobile phone increased by 52 percent compared with the same quarter last year.
  • Net gaming revenue for Vegas Vegas decreased by 58 MSEK, a decrease of 20 percent.
  • Operating profit for the Group amounted to MSEK 1,143 (1,133), an increase of 0.9%.
  • The result for the Group amounted to 1,144 MSEK (1,132), an increase of 1.0%.
  • Operating margin amounted to 21.6% (20.8).

 

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Events during the quarter

  • Launch of a new simplified subscription service for Lotto.
  • Unrolling of new gaming terminals to all gaming agents was completed during the quarter.
  • Launch of a new research library, a gathering place where all stakeholders can search among Swedish and international research on gaming responsibilities and gaming problems.
  • About 21,100 customers were voluntarily suspended from games by the end of March (the previous quarter approximately 20,000).
  • Extensive work is being done to adapt the Group's operations to the new gaming market and GDPR, which will result in major one-off costs during the year.

 

Read Interim Report January - March 2018.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Svenska Spel's Retiring CEO Expresses Confidence in the Future at Annual General Meeting

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VISBY, Sweden (April 25, 2018) – Lennart Käll's last annual general meeting as CEO of Svenska Spel was characterized by calm and confidence. In his speech, he welcomed his competitors to the new Swedish licensing market. At the same time, he emphasized the possibilities for Svenska Spel, which reached record levels in customer satisfaction in 2017.

The result for 2017 was just over SEK 4.7 billion, which goes to the treasury. The result is marginally lower than 2016, mainly due to increased operating expenses by 2.4 percent. In his AGM, Lennart Käll touched the reasons:

“In part, we have one-time costs for adapting Svenska Spel to the licensing market and to address the new data protection regulation GDPR. But it also costs more to keep its market positions. The gaming industry's marketing increased by 44 percent in 2017 and now amounts to 5.5 billion. Svenska Spel accounts for less than a tenth of this - so I find it impressive that we can hold a market share of 40 percent.”

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In addition, Lennart Käll emphasized how conscious efforts on increased supply and smoother gaming experiences led to new record levels for customer satisfaction. Svenska Spels NKI (satisfied customer index) amounted to 70 percent during the year – all-time high.

"We have tripled the number of sports items, made Viking lottery tickets, made possible via BankID, released the Oddset Challenge game and million rain on Lotto, opened for payment via Swish ... time is not enough for me to tell us everything we've done.

And by 2019, Lennart Käll sees new opportunities:

“It may include games on e-sports, online casino, equestrian sports, fantasy leagues…

At the same time, Käll was clear that responsibility continues to go ahead of Svenska Spel's profit and proudly told that about 20,000 customers currently closed off games for three months or longer, something that the company welcomes.

"We always strive for our revenue to be healthy! said Lennart Käll and greeted his successor - "who it is now" - welcome to "one of Sweden's best and most complex jobs!"

All members of Svenska Spel's Board were re-elected at the meeting. The owner's assessment is that the board has a versatility and breadth in terms of competence, experience and background.

Erik Strand still gained confidence as Chairman of the Board while Lars Nilsson, senior economist, with management background from Tele2 and Axfood, was elected as a new member.

Lars Nilsson was welcomed as a new board member of Svenska Spel.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Quickspin Introduces All-New Slot Tournaments

Gamified feature to drive player retention in partnership with Competition Labs

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (April 30, 2018) -- Swedish slots specialist Quickspin, a Playtech Group company, has announced the launch of its new Tournaments feature.

Introduced in partnership with Competition Labs, Tournaments up the ante with event-oriented rewards and prizes.

This new tool allows for competitions to be offered using unique game events as a driver for points. Players can for example get points every time a scatter symbol appears, or every time they get a win involving a wild symbol.

Standings and progress can be followed in real time on the leader board which is featured in-game, requiring no development or integration work. Additionally, the leader board comes in a range of custom themes, allowing for a seasonal experience in line with an operator’s promotions.

We are very proud to be bringing our new Tournaments feature, which piles on the excitement with an added layer of interactivity that we are sure players will love,” said Quickspin CEO, Daniel Lindberg.

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Our Achievements Engine and Achievements Races underline our flair for implementing gamification, and the new Tournaments feature is a natural extension of our expertise.”

Founded in 2011, Quickspin rapidly established itself as a leading development studio for real money and social casino gaming and was acquired by Playtech in May 2016.

Now licensed in multiple jurisdictions, its award-winning content has helped the company sign agreements with a long list of leading operators.

About Quickspin

Quickspin is a Swedish game studio developing innovative video slots for real money online gambling and free to play social markets. The aim of our 70-strong team of gaming industry veterans is to cause a market-changing shift in quality and innovation by creating the kind of games that we as players would love to play. Quickspin games are integrated with our customers' casino through our own platform which includes ground breaking promotional tools to help attract and retain players

About Playtech

Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (LEI code: 21380068TTB6Z9ZEU548), Playtech has c.5,000 employees in 17 countries.

Playtech is the gambling industry's leading software and services supplier to many of the world's leading regulated online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.

It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services for operators seeking a full turnkey solution. Playtech's Financials Division, named TradeTech Group, operates both on a B2C and B2B basis. Its B2C focused offering is an established and growing online CFDs broker, operating the brand markets.com. Its B2B offering includes the division's proprietary trading platform, CRM and back-office systems, as well as its liquidity technology platform which provides retail brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services, liquidity and complementary risk management tools.

SOURCE: Playtech plc (www.playtech.com).

 

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$456.7 Million Jackpot-Winning Powerball Ticket Claimed in Pennsylvania

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Middletown, PA (April 27, 2018) -- A jackpot-winning Powerball® ticket from the March 17, 2018, drawing has been claimed, the Pennsylvania Lottery announced today. The jackpot had an advertised annuity value of $456.7 million.

The claimant, Emerald Legacy Trust, opted to receive a cash prize of $273,959,698, less 24 percent federal and 3.07 percent state tax withholding. The after-tax prize amount is $199,798,807.75.

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The winning ticket, sold at Speedway, 675 Lancaster Road, Manheim, Lancaster County, matched all five white balls, 22-57-59-60-66, and the red Powerball 07, to win Powerball’s eighth-largest jackpot on record.

It is the largest prize ever awarded by the Pennsylvania Lottery as well as the state’s 18th Powerball jackpot win.

The chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million.

Learn more about how to play Powerball at palottery.com.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents.

Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals. 

Players must be 18 or older.

Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

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

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Instant Scratch-Its Adds Finishing Touch to Any Mother’s Day Gift with Dazzling New Range

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BRISBANE, Qld. Australia (April 27, 2018) -- With Instant Scratch-It’s a perennial favourite to complement any Mother’s Day gift, the instant lottery brand has this week launched its new range of games for the occasion.

Ranging in price from $1 to $5, the Mother’s Day Instant Scratch-Its tickets include up to four games for special mums (not all games are available in all jurisdictions).  It gives players a chance to win multiple top prizes of up to $100,000, along with thousands of smaller prizes from the combined prize pool of more than $23.9 million!

In the weeks leading up to Sunday 13 May, Instant Scratch-Its’ Mother’s Day campaign will be predominantly supported by television, social and online advertising, as well as static and digital out-of-home media.

Using the tagline “Complete mum’s gift with Instant Scratch-Its”, the campaign highlights how the tickets can complement any gift.  This is further showcased in the television commercial, which shows real mums being surprised and delighted by their adult children.

The Mother’s Day Instant Scratch-Its ticket range includes:

  • $5 Dazzling Diamonds offers the chance for mum to win one of the two top prizes of $100,000, along with other prizes from the $5.1 million prize pool. The eye-catching game adds sparkle to any gift and comes in three bold colours.
  • $5 Crosswords Picnic is the latest game in the perennially popular Crosswords.  It’s ideal for busy mums as it encourages them to take a well-deserved moment for themselves for the chance to win one of three top prizes of $100,000, and other prizes from the $15.3 million prize pool.
  • $2 Bouquet Riches is a fun game offering two top prizes of $25,000, along with other prizes from the $2.64 million prize pool.
  • $1 Sweet Dough is a quick and easy game offering two top prizes of $10,000, along with other prizes from the prize pool of more than $900,000.

 

Not all games are available in all jurisdictions

Whether you were planning on giving your special mum a bouquet of flowers or breakfast in bed, Instant Scratch-Its Brand Portfolio Manager Jodie Milini said this year’s games were the perfect complement.

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We all know our mums go the extra mile for us, so sometimes finding the perfect gift for them on Mother’s Day can be a challenge.  This year’s Mother’s Day tickets help to complete mum’s gift by adding fun and the chance of winning,” she explained.

The ticket range caters to all types of mums – from those who like a quick and easy game, through to those who like to enjoy a little more time out of their busy day.

The hero of the range is the $5 Dazzling Diamonds game – an eye-catching ticket available in three colours.  Does your mum like her diamonds classic white, playful pink or bold black?

Mother’s Day remains one of the top times of the year when Instant Scratch-Its tickets are gifted and we hope to welcome some more Aussie mums into our top prize winners club after 13 May.”

The Instant Scratch-Its ticket range is available from Instant Scratch-Its outlets in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Agencies involved in the creation and delivery of the Mother’s Day Instant Scratch-Its campaign:

Creative agency: Y&R Brisbane

Media agency: Carat

 

About Instant Scratch-Its

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

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

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

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

The Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games in each jurisdiction under Golden Casket, NSW Lotteries, Tatts, SA Lotteries and Tatts NT.

For more information please CONTACT:

 

Matt Hart

the Lott

Senior Public Relations Executive

0412 404 626

Matthew.hart@thelott.com

Bronnie Spencer

the Lott

Public Relations Executive

0457 731 671

Bronnie.spencer@thelott.com

 

SOURCE: The Lott.

 

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Discover Deep, New Riches in Reels of Wealth

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VALETTA, Malta (April 26, 2018) -- Rich in more ways than one, Reels of Wealth is the new, multi-layered 5x3 slot game from Betsoft Gaming.  Continuing Betsoft’s tradition of innovation, Reels of Wealth takes the proprietary ‘Trail System’ to the next level - providing a sense of progression as players hop into a hoard of different bonus features and begin collecting symbols.

Designed to match the immediate aesthetic appeal of traditional slots, Reels of Wealth employs clear, compelling symbols and mechanics in its base game.  Gemstones, gold bullion, piles of paper currency, heaving sacks of valuables, and gleaming chests full of gold are all basic symbols, with a potent paytable that rewards lines from left to right, right to left, and centre outwards – all multiplied by the player’s current bet line.

Go beyond the basics and Reels of Wealth will reveal a treasure trove of rewarding gameplay innovations: five additional mechanics and a fully-featured mini-game.  First, every winning line in the base game awards a free re-spin, and when these wins begin to stack (from 3 consecutive wins onwards), a multiplier of up to 3x is applied to every subsequent win.  Where a win includes one or more wild symbols, an additional multiplier of up to 4x will be applied, and players can gamble all or half of any standard win on the heads-or-tails Double-Up game, for the chance to double their final payout.

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Reels of Wealth lives up to its name by offering players the chance to win big in the base game, promoting longer, more rewarding sessions, but the largest potential for a life-changing payday is in the MEGASTAR free spins mode.  When they find 3 or more MEGASTAR symbols anywhere in the main game, players are transported to a new 4x8 grid with its own dedicated set of symbols, including a high-paying diamond scatter and four jackpot symbols – Legend, Hero, Star and Megastar – that correspond to four different trails of ascending length, displayed to the left of the grid.  Players collect and secure these different symbols through free spins (as many as 25 spins, to collect between 7 and 9 symbols depending on trail length,) using the exclusive ‘Trail System’ to move each of the four trails towards the biggest payouts available in the game.

Our goal with Reels of Wealth was to create an immediately captivating game that also had considerable depth,” explained Dan Cooper, Head of Product Development at Betsoft.  “With re-spins, rolling wins, and a common symbol set, the base game is seriously inviting, with the potential for significant wins.  But the MEGASTAR mode - essentially a game-within-a-game – opens up even more opportunities, with four different jackpots, and a totally unique player journey powered by our in-house ‘Trail System’.”

Developed for cross-device compatibility from day one, Reels of Wealth is built on the Betsoft SHIFT platform.  Designed to reduce file sizes, speed loading, and enable new experiences like the Trail System, SHIFT guarantees that the same great gameplay reaches players on whatever platform they choose.

About Betsoft Gaming:

Betsoft Gaming develops innovative casino games for desktop and mobile.  Its portfolio of more than 190 RNG titles reaches players through partnerships with many of the iGaming industry’s leading operators.  Under the SLOTS3TM banner, Betsoft is elevating players’ expectations; these cinematic, true-3D slots blend rapid, gratifying gameplay with an audio-visual excellence more typical of movies and videogames.

An early entrant to mobile gaming, Betsoft launched the ToGoTM collection in 2012.  More recently, Betsoft revealed the ShiftTM environment, which supports truly cross-platform development at the same time as increasing performance, drastically reducing file size and streamlining integration.

Casino Manager, Betsoft’s comprehensive back-office platform, rolls reporting, management, marketing, promotion, and administration into a single compelling package.

Betsoft is headquartered and licensed to operate in Malta, and holds an additional license in Curacao.

CONTACT: sales@betsoft.com or visit www.betsoft.com for general information and enquiries.  For press and marketing enquiries, email press@betsoft.com.

SOURCE: Betsoft Gaming press release.

 

 

SIS Extends Jebel Ali Agreement

Supplier to continue streaming more than 200 races from Dubai

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LONDON, U.K. (May 1, 2018) -- Leading multi-channel supplier SIS (Sports Information Services) has extended its deal to provide exclusive live pictures and data from Jebel Ali.

The new agreement, which runs from 2018-19 to 2019-20, will allow SIS to continue distributing exclusive content from the Dubai racecourse to both retail and online operators worldwide.

This adds to SIS’ existing exclusive horse racing content, which include racing from five continents and includes six of the top 10 ranked races in the world.

Simon Fraser, Head of International Racing at SIS, said: “This is a very significant deal for us, as we can continue to provide extensive and high-quality racing content throughout the year.

“Racing from Jebel Ali is an important part of our racing schedule, as it occurs at great times for European operators, 10:30am (GMT) on Fridays between November and March, and is an attractive offering for both online and retail customers with its excellent field sizes and competitive racing.”

Meetings from Jebel Ali will be streamed via SIS Stream, SIS’s multi-platform streaming service.

About SIS

SIS (Sports Information Services) has been a trusted partner to the global betting industry for over 30 years, supplying short form betting content to online and retail betting operators.

Our horse and greyhound racing content can help keep customers engaged and increase dwell time online and in shop.

SIS provides operators with an end to end solution for horse and greyhound betting including data, live pictures, prices and derivatives, creating betting events to help drive profitable sales.  For more information about SIS please visit www.sis.tv.

SOURCE: SIS (Sports Information Services) press release.

 

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