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IGT Receives Silver Stevie® Award For Company’s Aurora™ Lottery Solution at 2018 American Business Awards®

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LONDON, U.K. (June 27, 2018) -- IGT’s Aurora™ product development team was named the winner of a silver Stevie® Award in the Excellence in Application Modernization category during the 16th Annual American Business Awards® held in New York on June 11.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.

Under the leadership of Robert Beauparlant, IGT’s Vice President of Product Development, Lottery and Core Platforms, the team at IGT created an innovative end-to-end lottery solution, Aurora, which is widely recognized as a successful, revolutionized application in the lottery industry.

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IGT’s longstanding technology partner, HCL, nominated Aurora for several reasons, citing that it is a versatile modern architecture and an advanced end-to-end lottery solution with user interfaces that work on any browser or device; is cost effective; and delivers a faster speed-to-market, among many other benefits.

Beauparlant has worked in the government-sponsored lottery and gaming industry for over 30 years and currently leads a team of more than 200 engineers, spanning all engineering disciplines, in IGT’s Lottery & Core Platforms Division.

This award further validates IGT’s leadership in the global lottery and gaming market where government-sponsored gaming is at the intersection of gaming, politics, and social responsibility,” said Beauparlant. “It also provides affirmation of our Aurora product strategy in helping to modernize the clients we serve. I thank HCL for their nomination and for their longstanding relationship as a valued strategic partner with IGT; Matthew Whalen, CTO Lottery and Core Platforms, for his vision and support; and the whole Aurora team for their hard work and dedication and without whom this recognition would not be possible.”

More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

The nominations submitted for the 2018 American Business Awards were outstanding. The competition was intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2018 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

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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.

About the Stevie Awards Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations.

Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.

Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Sponsors of The 2018 American Business Awards include HCL America, John Hancock Financial Services and SoftPro.

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

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

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).

 

 

Marilyn Monroe™ Ticket an Instant Star in Maryland

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (June 28, 2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Maryland Lottery on the spectacular success of its Marilyn Monroe™ instant ticket, launched on March 26, 2018.  After ten-weeks, average sales of Marilyn Monroe™ tickets were 28% higher than average sales for other $2 games over the same period since 2015, making it the third-best selling $2 ticket since 2016!

The Marilyn Monroe™ ticket is available in three different scenes, each showcasing an iconic image of the glamorous star, and is enhanced with Pollard Banknote’s patented Spectrum Scratch FX® innovation, adding a vibrant diamond dazzle befitting the legendary performer. Serving as Lady Luck, each Marilyn Monroe™ ticket offers players the chance to win up to $10,000 instantly, and entry in a second chance draw for one of eight $5,000 cash prizes or an ultimate Marilyn experience in New York City. The experience includes a $5,000 cash prize, as well as a trip for two to the Marilyn Monroe™ Spa, complete with transportation, a three-night hotel stay in Times Square, $1,000 worth of spa treatments, and $1,000 spending cash!

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The Maryland Lottery leveraged Marilyn’s strong brand appeal to generate excitement and promote the game to players and non-players alike through social media. Facebook and Twitter posts featured fun and inspiring facts about the timeless star, as well as trivia and quiz contests such as the “Which Marilyn Are You?” game, for Marilyn-themed prizes. Together with geographically- based posts for the Maryland market on the official Marilyn Monroe™ Facebook page, the social media campaign contributed to the game’s outstanding retail success and high-volume response to the second chance offering.

"We are thrilled with the performance of the Marilyn Monroe™ instant ticket,” said John Gorman, Chief Marketing Officer, Maryland Lottery. “This launch lent itself to an innovative digital and social ad campaign that our whole team had fun working on and the response from our players has exceeded our expectations."

We were very pleased to work with the Maryland Lottery to produce this eye-catching ticket for their players. Our brilliant Spectrum Scratch FX® innovation is a natural fit with the glamorous and elegant appeal of the Marilyn Monroe™ brand, and together they form the perfect pairing for retail success,” said Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “Marilyn Monroe™ is one of our newest additions to our range of licensed games offerings, and we are thrilled to see that it is already generating a lot of excitement among our lottery partners and their players and delivering strong sales performances in the two jurisdictions in which it has been launched.

Pollard Banknote provides turnkey solutions and customized promotional support for a robust portfolio of licensed games. In addition to designing, programming, and printing the themed tickets, Pollard Banknote’s integrated marketing strategies also include second-chance drawings, interactive games, retailer promotions, consumer launch events, advertising development, social media campaigns, point of sale materials, and ‘how to-play’ videos.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency generates revenue to help support good causes within the state. Since its inception in 1973, the Lottery has contributed $15.5 billion in revenue to the state and awarded more than $24 billion in prizes to players. In FY2017 the Maryland Lottery contributed a record breaking $1.117 billion in revenue to the state, including $524.9 million in lottery profits for the General Fund, which supports education, public health and safety, and environmental preservation.

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.

For More Information CONTACT: Sina Aiello, Pollard Banknote Limited, Vice President, Marketing, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: saiello@pbl.ca.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

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Agreement Between Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) and the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (June 22, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce that it has signed a 12-month agreement with the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires (LOTBA) to provide a variety of advisory, consulting, training, and auditing services related to games of chance and their connected activities.

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The Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires has the competence to authorize, organize, operate, collect, administer, and control games of chance, skill games, and pari-mutuel wagering and connected activities in the territory of the City of Buenos Aires.

The agreement procures the correct operation of the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo Sociedad Anónima (HAPSA), Casino Buenos Aires, and official agencies.

We are thankful to LOTBA for trusting GLI to provide them with our world-class professional consulting, training, and auditing services,” said James Maida, GLI President and CEO.

As the first and most experienced independent gaming and lottery testing laboratory in the world, we look forward to working closely with LOTBA’s regulators to help ensure the integrity of the gaming and lottery industries in Buenos Aires.”

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Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLI’s Director of Latin American and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development

We are also thankful for the confidence that LOTBA has placed in GLI’s global resources to deliver the type of outstanding results the Latin American and Caribbean gaming and lottery industries have come to expect from GLI,” said Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLI’s Director of Latin American and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development.

This agreement with LOTBA further underscores GLI’s strong commitment to the Latin American and Caribbean region, as evidenced also by our upcoming Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable in Lima, Peru August 6 – 8.

This agreement is very important for the Lottery of the City because we understand GLI´s prestige and global recognition."

"The signing of this agreement will allow us to train our team and continue to work in line with our transparency principles,” said Martín García Santillán, President of LOTBA.

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GLI is proud to expand its successful partnership with gaming and lottery regulators in Argentina.

Last year GLI, through its world-renowned GLI University® professional education program, provided training to Argentina regulators, as well as other regulatory entities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing 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.

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.

 

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Kentucky Lottery Sales Grow As Fiscal Year Nears End

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (June 25, 2018) -- In Friday’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that sales continue to perform ahead of expectations in the final weeks of Fiscal Year 2018.

Year-to-date sales through the end of May 2018 were $956.8 million, which is 4.7% ($42.7 million) ahead of the previous FY and .9% ($8.8 million) ahead of budget. Several large Mega Millions runs have helped that game show the highest increase of any product, up 38.4% ($10.1 million) from the previous year.

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Scratch-off sales continue to be the dominant force, accounting for $560.8 million in sales for the period.

This is 1.7% ($9.3 million) more than the same period last year, but 1.6% ($8.8 million) below budget.

According to Vice President of Finance and Administration Rick Kelley, sales since March have been crucial in these gains. “New strategies for Scratch-off tickets, offering Keno online via our mobile app, and solid jackpot performance in both Powerball and Mega Millions have been the boost,” he said.

The board also approved the Lottery’s budget for FY19. Executive Vice President & CFO Howard B. Kline presented a plan that calls for an overall 9% sales increase, which would set the sales goal at $1.13 billion. Income before transfer of dividends is budgeted to be $269.8 million.

It’s a very aggressive budget, calling for increases such as a 10% jump in our Scratch-off sales,” said Kline. “We feel a number of new sales initiatives though will help us meet this goal.”

Both this year and next, those increased Scratch-off sales are making a big impact,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “We listened to players and made changes in prize structures to which they’re responding. We also changed our media approach and have new plan execution in place at retail, all of which combine to really drive this product.”

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Delacenserie also said Keno is in a growth pattern, surpassing Powerball sales in the state. “People have really embraced Keno wholeheartedly,” he said.

In other business, the board approved incentive plans for both the Scratch-off and Keno

product lines, a test pilot program for the game Win Place and Show, game rules and regulations for eleven Scratch-off games and three Instant Play games, and amended rules for three draw games.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be August 10.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:00 AM EST.

The Kentucky Lottery has earned more than $5.1 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs.

Visit www.kheaa.com to find out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Corporation (www.kylottery.com).

 

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PA Lottery Nightly Drawing Show Now Online

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (June 25, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's live evening drawing show can now be viewed online at palottery.com.

"We want to offer players the convenience of watching drawings from wherever they are," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Today's busy players really enjoy watching the drawings as they happen, but aren't always near a television."

The 6:59 p.m. live drawing show includes all PICK games and Wild Ball, Cash 5, and Match 6 Lotto, drawn seven nights a week.

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In addition to being livestreamed, the drawing is carried by the following Pennsylvania television stations:

  • WTXF, Philadelphia
  • WPXI, Pittsburgh
  • WGAL, Harrisburg/Lancaster
  • WNEP, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
  • WTAJ, Johnstown/Altoona
  • WJET, Erie

 

The Pennsylvania Lottery's televised drawings began in 1977.

Drawing results may also be obtained at palottery.com, via the Lottery's official mobile app or by calling the toll-free results hotline, 1-877-282-4639. Players should check every ticket using a scanner at a Lottery retailer or with the official mobile app's Ticket Checker feature.

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. Play and win online at pailottery.com. 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.

 

 

AGTech Enters Strategic Cooperation with Jiangsu Province Sports Lottery Administration Centre

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HONG KONG, SAR (June 20, 2018) – AGTech Holdings Limited (“AGTech” or the “Company”, HKEX stock code: 08279) is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Jiangsu Province Sports Lottery Administration Center. The agreement signals the start of cooperation on a wide range of lottery related initiatives covering business innovation, channel expansion, smart hardware terminal, technology and data services, marketing and promotion, etc. We expect the cooperation will help strengthen the foundation and development of Jiangsu sports lottery, and increase brand awareness and lottery sales volume. As the exclusive lottery platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group, AGTech will leverage their expansive offline retail network and channels, as well as its deep lottery industry expertise, to assist Jiangsu Province Sports Lottery Administration Center in advancing China’s lottery industry and contributing to the healthy development of sports nationwide and public welfare.

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Under the cooperation, Jiangsu Province Sports Lottery Administration Center and AGTech will utilize resources from both parties to actively promote the innovation of the sports lottery and accelerate the marketing and promotion as well as the R&D of the lottery games.

In addition, the two parties will expand the offline retail network of the sports lottery and carry out the lottery business cooperation by leveraging various offline retail channels of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group, such as Rural Taobao, Ling Shou Tong, etc. AGTech will also bring its vast channel resources, as well as data and technology support to the collaboration in the areas of digitizing stores sales efforts, upgrading of conventional lottery stores, as well as smart lottery pilot stores. The cooperation between the two parties on technology enhancement will include but not limited to technology and data service, smart hardware terminal, John Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGTech, said, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to cooperate with Jiangsu Sports Lottery Administration Center in such a comprehensive manner, ultimately improving and modernizing the entire lottery experience for the benefit of the customer. In 2017, the sales of Jiangsu province sports lottery exceeded RMB20 billion for the first time, making it the top seller in China. Given the considerable scale of lottery sales in Jiangsu Province, Alibaba and Ant Financial’s expansive offline retail network and channels as well as our expertise and experiences in the lottery channel business and technology and data services, we believe this strong combination will further improve the consumption pattern and experience of sports lottery products as a whole. It will also advance the lottery industry and contribute to the healthy development of national sports and public welfare.”

About AGTech Holdings Limited

AGTech was incorporated in Bermuda and its Shares are listed on GEM (Stock Code: 8279). AGTech is an integrated technology and services company engaged in the lottery and mobile games and entertainment market with a focus on China and selected international markets. A member of the Alibaba Group with around 400 employees, AGTech is the exclusive lottery platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group.

AGTech’s businesses are broadly divided into two categories:

  • Lottery (including games and systems, hardware and distribution); and
  • Games and Entertainment.

 

AGTech is a Gold Contributor of the World Lottery Association (WLA), an associate member of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA), an official organiser and operator of the competition card games Guan Dan and Two-on-One poker in China, and an official partner of the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA).

For enquiries, please contact Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia:

 

Crystal Yip

Tel: (852) 2894 6223

Email: crystal.yip@hkstrategies.com

Renee Chen

Tel: (852) 2894 6228

Email: renee.chen@hkstrategies.com

 

SOURCE: AGTech.

 

 

Global Lottery Monitoring System Concludes Agreement with Norwegian Gaming Authority

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (June 21, 2018) -- The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the Norwegian Gaming Authority have reached today an agreement. The two entities will be sharing key information on irregular betting patterns and will be strengthening relations and cooperation when it comes to the overall fight against the phenomenon of competition manipulations. The Norwegian Gaming Authority is also leading the Norwegian National Platform, as per article 13 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions.

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GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, states: “We have been cooperating with the Norwegian Regulatory Authority for some years now and we have had the opportunity to know them better through our Norwegian member, Norsk Tipping. We have always been impressed by their professional attitude and socially responsible approach and we are therefore thrilled to further strengthen our relations and enhance our joint work in the massive fight to safeguard the integrity of sports.”

Henrik Nordal, Director of the Norwegian Gaming Authority adds: “The Norwegian Gaming Authority, also leading the work of the Norwegian National Platform, has been taking the problem of sport competitions manipulations very seriously. GLMS through its Member in Norway, Norsk Tipping, has been already contributing to enhance our efforts. We are delighted to now further strengthen relations and work together even more closely.”

CONTACTS:

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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.

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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)

Visit the GLMS website here

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System.

 

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Kentucky Lottery to Test New Lottery Game Based on Horse Racing Results

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (June 26, 2018) -- The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors has approved a trial introduction of “Win Place Show,” a lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. The board has approved a pilot test beginning March 24, 2019. The pilot will consist of the game being offered in limited release at approximately 45 stores in the Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky regions, and is expected to span 90 days.

The development, roll-out and operation of “Win Place Show” will be a result of the collaborative efforts between the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, EquiLottery LLC, and IGT, the Lottery’s draw game system vendor. “We’re looking forward to seeing how our players respond to this new game,” said Kentucky Lottery Corporation CEO Tom Delacenserie.

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The market research indicates the game could be a good opportunity for the lottery to appeal to existing players and bring in new players.  To offer a game that uses a signature Kentucky industry is an exciting opportunity.

Win Place Show” is a lottery game based on the results of an actual live horse race. Players will buy one or more $2 quick pick Lottery tickets at participating retailers through the same draw game system that produces games such as Powerball and Pick 3. The ticket will feature three horses along with their numbers based on their post position at the track, along with basic racetrack information and post time. With the “Win Place Show” mobile app, players can watch the featured races live or on replay and see if they’ve won.

This is a great opportunity for us to premiere our vision for a live sports lottery,” said EquiLottery Founder and CEO Brad Cummings. “We look forward to this chance to deliver an exciting and innovative new game to Kentuckians that our studies say will increase scholarship funding through existing and new player participation, and give much needed awareness to the horse racing industry in Kentucky and beyond. We anticipate this being just the beginning for our Louisville-based company.”

Retailers participating in this pilot will be selected by lottery staff based on store location and sales. A complete list of participating retailers will be made available. For more information on “Win Place Show”, go to equilottery.com.

The Kentucky Lottery has earned over $5.1 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989.  KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit kheaa.com to find out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery press release.

 

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New Management Team at Norsk Tipping AS

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NORWAY (June 26, 2018) -- Norsk Tipping has employed two new directors. Eirill K. Holtvedt becomes Director of Strategy and Organizational Development, while Per Kristian Mengshoel is responsible for Innovation and Development.

Norsk Tipping has for some time been actively working on developing the organization. The process is in the final phase, and we are pleased to welcome two new directors.

Eirill K. Holtvedt, Strategy and Organizational Development

Eirill Holtvedt
Eirill K. Holtvedt

Eirill (44) is from DNB, where she has been for 19 years. She is a graduate of MBA in Strategy and Finance from BI and Siv. ing. Industrial Mathematics from NTNU.

Over the last ten years, she has held executive positions in three different divisions in DNB: Division of Marketing and Communications, then Wealth Management and now New Business. She has extensive experience as both project manager and line leader in merger and conversion processes, group and regional strategy work, brand building, concept development and establishment of new units.

Erill lives at Bekkelaget in Oslo, is married and has two children.

"It will be very strange to end in DNB after 19 years, but I'm very excited to start in Norsk Tipping. It's never easy to change jobs, but sometimes you have to be courageous and jump on a chance that may not happen again. Norsk Tipping sounds like an amazingly exciting workplace, and as an active athlete, I see daily what the profit of Norsk Tipping is for children and young people's leisure activities, says Eirill.

"I'm incredibly happy and big that we have got Eirill on the team in Norsk Tipping. She has the expertise and experience we need in the future, and qualities that complement the top management team, "adm. Dir. Åsne Havnelid.

Kristian Mengshoel
Kristian Mengshoel

Per Kristian Mengshoel, Innovation and Development

Per (44) studied for civil engineer / master in computer science at INSA Institute of Engineering in Toulouse, France. Then he graduated in technology management in 2008/09.

He has worked several years in Norsk Tipping and knows the company well.

After completing his studies, he joined the consultancy industry in Oslo with SW development, first in Oracle, then in BEKK. After almost 15 years as a consultant, he started as an intermediary in IT Operations in Norsk Tipping.

After three years as an intermediary, he started as a business developer in the New Business unit, where he worked for just over a year. Recently he has worked as Fagsjef Data.

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In the organization project he has been responsible for building the Innovation and Development department.

"That I now get the opportunity to continue this work and lead the Innovation and Development department onwards is something I'm looking at as a real challenge. I'm looking forward to taking on the task, "he says.

Per is married, has four children and lives on Hamar.

Per has an exciting expertise and experience from several environments in addition to Norsk Tipping. I'm particularly pleased that we could find such a skilled and good candidate in our own ranks, and look forward to working on Per. He will be an important contribution to the Top Leader Group, "said Havnelid.

Senior management group

When the new organization is established from September 1, the company's top management team will look like this:

  • Åsne Havnelid. CEO
  • Thorbjørn A. Unneberg, Director Customer Meeting
  • Tonje Sagstuen, Director Responsibility, Society and Communication
  • Eirill K. Holtvedt, Director Strategy and Organizational Development
  • Stein Willy Andreassen, Director of Economy and Business Support
  • Per Ove Skomakerstuen, Director IT Operations
  • Per Kristian Mengshoel, Director of Innovation and Development

 

CONTACTS: Åsne Havnelid, 41900370, Eirill K. Holtvedt, 95991774 or Per Kristian Mengshoel, 98219330.

SOURCE: Norsk Tipping AS.

 

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Gambling Commission Announces Further Plans to Protect Children

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (June 26, 2018) -- The Gambling Commission has set out further commitments to protecting children and young people from the dangers of gambling, building on work already underway in this area.

The Commission asked its expert advisers for specific advice on the critical theme of children, young people and gambling.

Bringing together existing work and acting on the advice provided by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), the Commission’s strengthened focus seeks to ensure the right protections are in place to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people.

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The gambling regulator has called for all those responsible for safeguarding children, to work together with the Commission to address the wide range of issues identified in RGSB’s advice. Actions are needed to address:

  • access and exposure to gambling by children and young people;
  • digital and online risks;
  • preventative education and treatment;
  • evidence collection and consumer engagement.

 

Tim Miller, an Executive Director at the Gambling Commission, said: “We have a strong commitment to protecting children and young people from the harm gambling can pose – it’s at the heart of how we regulate. We asked our expert advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, to consider this critical theme. The advice helps us to refocus and reinforce what we are doing already, and what we need to do next. For example, this year we will be carrying out targeted compliance and enforcement activity to identify and tackle any weaknesses in the age verification processes.

“Safeguarding children in a digital age is complex, and what both RGSB and our research has highlighted is that it takes a multi-faceted approach by us, government, educators, gambling firms and parents. It will take firm ongoing commitments from the Commission as gambling regulator, but also from all of those with a part to play.”

CONTACT: press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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Swedish Gambling Regulator Lotteriinspektionen Announce Forms to Apply for Gaming Licenses Will be Available from July 10th

SWEDEN (June 20, 2018) -- On June 7, Sweden's Riksdag voted through the government's proposal for a reorganized gaming market. It is thus clear that a licensing system in the gaming market will be introduced as of January 1, 2019.

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Interest in the reorganization of the Swedish gaming market is great, even internationally. Many players have already shown interest in applying for a license in Sweden, which, as planned, should be possible from 1 August.

We are now waiting for the government to decide on a new spell arrangement.

Once done, we can publish the application documents on our website. Spell decision decisions are expected to be taken no sooner on July 5, forms for applying for a gaming license could in that case be available from July 10, (if they do not need to be adjusted due to spelling in the spell order).

Applications will be processed when the application fee is paid.

The Lottery Inspectorate's regulations and general advice should be pre-published on the Lottery Inspectorate's website after July 24th. These will be provisional to enter into force on September 1st.

Preliminary timetable for application forms and regulations

  • ·July 5, the government is expected to decide on the spell regulation that describes areas of application in the new game play. The regulation also contains application fees.
  • July 10 application forms are published on the Lottery Inspectorate's website (if they do not need to be adjusted as a result of writing in the spell order).
  • After July 24, the Lottery Inspectorate's regulations and general advice are pre-published on the Lottery Inspectorate's website. These will be provisional to enter into force on September 1st.

 

SOURCE: Swedish Gambling Regulator Lotteriinspektionen.

 

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Technology and Innovation the Focus at Australasian Gaming Expo 2018

SYDNEY, Australia (June 18, 2018) -- In Australia, gambling expenditure has increased from $22.7 billion in 2014–2015 to $23.6 billion in 2015–2016 (up 3.9 per cent) [1]. The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), from 14-16 August 2018, is an annual event run by the Gaming Technologies Association, focusing on fostering a sustainable and prosperous industry.

AGE is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s program focuses on  technology and innovation across the entire sector, featuring over 200 local and international exhibitors, as well as industry-led seminars covering new technology, gaming, hospitality, service, and the end customer.

Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, shares his insights into the changing industry and what that means for the future.

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Our event is crucial for the health of the industry – we promote connections, education, regulation, technology and trends, business and more, to casinos, pubs, clubs and hotels. It’s about empowering local businesses to thrive.

We’ve got a jam-packed show floor this year, featuring the latest innovations direct to the industry. It’s these new technologies driving the evolution of gaming and it’s our job to embrace, explore, train and innovate alongside them. We are proud to provide such a platform for our industry,” said Mr Ferrar.

 Key exhibitors confirmed from the gaming technology sector include:

•   Ainsworth Game Technology

•   Aristocrat Technologies

•   Aruze Gaming Australia

•   Atlas Gaming

•   IGT (Australia)

•   Independent Gaming

•   Interblock Asia Pacific

•   Konami Australia

•   Maxgaming

•   Paltronics Australasia

•   Scientific Games

•   Tabcorp

•   Utopia Gaming Systems

•   Wymac Gaming

 

This year’s event will incorporate technology into the visitor experience offering Teleportals, or virtual assistants, across the show floor to aid guests with their enquiries.

All AGE registered delegates will also have a Konduko reader in their lanyard – a small digital platform that can be tapped at exhibitor stands they visit.

At the end of each day a “Daily Digest” email containing a full round-up of information from the day is delivered to the delegate’s inbox, in either PDF, PowerPoint, or short video format.

For 2018, we are really aiming to provide a 360 degree digital-focus, to elevate our event and provide real ROI to our stakeholders. We want to be at the forefront of the industry, to make Australasian gaming, global gaming,” added Mr Ferrar.

 Australasian Gaming Expo is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow and will take place at International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 – 16 August 2018.

For more information or to register, visit austgamingexpo.com

[1] Queensland Government Statistician's Office, Queensland Treasury, Australian Gambling Statistics, 33rd edition.

SOURCE: Australasian Gaming Expo.

 

 

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