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IGT Receives Notice of Intent to Award Instant-Ticket Printing Contract from the Iowa Lottery

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LONDON, U.K. (July 16, 2018) -- IGT announced that it has received notice of intent to award an instant-ticket printing contract by the Iowa Lottery. Upon successful completion of negotiations, IGT will continue to provide instant-ticket services for the Iowa Lottery including game planning and marketing, research and analytics, graphics support, and the production and printing of instant tickets through December 2020. The proposed contract also allows for four one-year renewal options.

We have forged a strong connection with IGT through the years, and the company’s support and innovation have helped us achieve record years of scratch-ticket sales,” said Terry Rich, Iowa Lottery CEO. “We’re pleased to continue this working relationship.”

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Since our partnership began in 2015, IGT and the Iowa Lottery have worked together to launch successful instant games including the $10 Super Triple 777s which is the strongest performing $10 game since its launch in January 2016,” said Jay Gendron, IGT COO, Lottery. “We will continue to work with the Lottery to deliver tailored instant-ticket lottery solutions to assist in creating the maximum amount of revenue to fund the good causes in Iowa.”

Instant tickets produced for the Iowa Lottery since 2015 have contributed $68 million in sales to assist the Lottery in their support of the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund; a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund; and the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

About IGT

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

IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

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

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).

 

 

Loterie Nationale Welcomes New Addition to the Cash Family of Games

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (July 18, 2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Loterie Nationale (the National Lottery of Belgium) on the outstanding success of its €20 Cash instant ticket, launched on March 17, 2018. Originally planned as a limited addition to its Cash family of games, Loterie Nationale has decided to make €20 Cash a permanent part of the family based on its overwhelming popularity.

Families of games are a major contributor to Loterie Nationale’s instant ticket sales, traditionally making up about 50% of total sales. The Win for Life family, which has been on the market continuously since 1998, has long held the position of top selling family in the country. Introduced in 2016, the Pollard Banknote printed Cash family of games has consistently occupied second place, averaging more than 20% of overall instant ticket sales. However, since the launch of €20 Cash, the Cash family has accounted for an incredible 34% of total instant ticket sales, becoming the first family to succeed Win for Life as the top selling family of games. Not only are Cash family sales up, but overall family sales have increased to account for more than 80% of instant sales.

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Following the theme of the Cash family of games, €20 Cash combines Pollard Banknote’s patented Scratch FX® innovation with vibrant purple ink in a radiant swirling design to amplify visual appeal and excitement at retail. The strong cash theme, laden with euro symbols, stacks of cash, and call-outs emphasizing the magnitude of potential payouts, commands player attention and intensifies anticipation. The call-outs reflect the ticket’s higher than average prize payout and special prize structure, loaded with mid-tier prizes that create memorable wins and shareable moments.

Win for Life has been the strongest brand since before I began working in instant tickets, and I have always joked that I would retire when another family outsold it. In 2016, we introduced the Cash family and it helped boost overall instant ticket sales after a period of declining sales; but Win for Life remained the top seller,” said Wim Schoolmeesters, Business & Product Management, Instant Games, Loterie Nationale. “I am thrilled to see that the latest addition, €20 Cash, has not only helped continue instant sales growth, but has helped the Cash family out sell Win for Life! This feat comes quicker than expected, so rather than retire, I will help the Lottery find new ways to optimize its portfolio of instant games.”

We worked closely with Loterie Nationale to develop the design and prize structure of the Cash family of games, including the use of our eye-catching Scratch FX® innovation, at each of the €1, €3, €5, and €10 price points,” said Michelle Annandale, Director, Sale & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “We are delighted to see the latest addition to the family driving sales at retail and delighting Belgium’s players with its strong value proposition.”

Established in 1934, Loterie Nationale is state-owned, and aims to offer entertaining, accessible, and socially responsible games that appeal to a broad audience. The Lottery prides itself on being a modern, high-performing, cost-conscious, and sustainable organization in all aspects of its business. Loterie Nationale directs a large portion of its profits, totaling more than €185 million in 2017, to support a variety of public programs and good causes in Belgium, such as poverty reduction, scientific research, sport, culture, and local social projects.

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®) Showcases Industry-Leading iGaming Expertise at iGB Live! 2018

GLI’s veteran team of iGaming experts eager to share nearly 30 years of interactive gaming experience

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HAARLEM, The Netherlands (July 13, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will showcase its years of industry-leading iGaming experience at its stand P4 during the iGB Live! interactive gaming conference and exhibition, taking place in the Netherlands at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, 17-20 July 2018.

As the global leader in iGaming testing and certification, standards consultancy, and thought leadership for nearly three decades, GLI continues to be at the forefront of assisting numerous existing and emerging jurisdictions in developing and updating their iGaming technical standards in the rapidly evolving iGaming marketplace.

Where others see challenges, GLI sees opportunities for gaming stakeholders around the world to leverage the company’s decades of iGaming experience. GLI is approved in all regulated iGaming markets, allowing clients to generate larger amounts of revenue through global expansion via multiple jurisdictional deployments. GLI also actively seeks accreditation in new iGaming markets as they emerge.

GLI is known worldwide for providing the industry’s most comprehensive set of iGaming services that include (but are not limited to):

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  • Game Payout Analysis and Reporting
  • RNG Testing, RNG Data Analysis, and Reporting
  • Platform and Remote Gaming Systems (RGS) Testing
  • Integration, Application Program Interface (API) and Communications Testing
  • Security Audits (Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Analysis, Threat and Risk Assessments)
  • Casino, Poker, Bingo, Jackpot and Progressives Testing
  • Sportsbook, Pari-Mutuel and Betting Exchange Testing
  • Live Dealer Testing, Proxy, and Skill-Based Gaming Testing
  • Sports Betting, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), eSports, and Social Gaming Audits
  • Technical Standards Document (TSD) Development and Consultation
  • Multilingual Services, Consultation, and Compliance Support

 

We cordially invite attendees to visit with our global team of iGaming experts at our stand P4 and learn how GLI can help pave the way for their success,” stated James Illingworth, GLI’s Director of European Client Services. “For years, GLI has been at the vanguard of the latest iGaming trends by developing widely accepted gaming technical standards and by using a strategic approach to help our valued clients and customers navigate the complexities of gaming regulations; especially as they pertain to iGaming. GLI can test and certify for over 475 jurisdictions and for all gaming product verticals. We can test products against our GLI standards, and in this way, easily transfer to other jurisdictions by means of a simple GAP analysis. Our scope includes anything gaming and betting related, and there’s a clear focus on iGaming, of course.”

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Clients around the globe are choosing GLI for our iGaming services because we have a top-notch level of staff that have been providing these since 1996,” added Salim Adatia, GLI’s Vice President of iGaming & Canadian Services. “We've worked with jurisdictional regulators to enable them to begin offering iGaming services from the moment when they were considering and contemplating technical standards, all the way to when they were executing and deploying iGaming through the various licensees or through the lottery model that they have within their jurisdiction.

To learn more about GLI’s extensive, industry-leading iGaming testing, certification, and professional consultancy services, please visit gaminglabs.com.

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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Gaming Authority Considers Measures to Limit the Risks of the Increasing Interconnectedness of Gaming and Gambling

The HAGUE (July 18, 2018) -- Separate the online offer of games and games of chance. Limitations of the possibilities of advertising for games containing game elements. Setting age requirements for such games.

De Kansspelautoriteit (The Gaming Authority) thinks of these measures to limit the risks of the increasing interconnectedness of gaming and gambling. That said Joop Pot, director of the regulator of the games of chance market today (July 18, 2018) during IGB Live at the RAI in Amsterdam, a fair and conference for igaming , playing games via the internet (see also the integral speech ( pdf, 133 kB) ).

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The Gaming Authority wants to discuss the feasibility of these measures with providers of games of chance and games in September during a meeting. This meeting, for which the exact date has yet to be determined, is organized by the Gaming Authority. Joop Pot called on the providers of games of chance and games to participate in this meeting: 'The best solutions always come from joint efforts. A multidisciplinary approach provides for measures that are good for consumers, gaming providers, gambling and supervisory authorities. '

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The reason for raising this issue is that games and games of chance become increasingly intertwined. This way, game elements appear in games of chance and gambling elements in games. The Gaming Authority published two studies on this subject last month , a literature study and a quantitative study.

The interweaving of gaming and gambling keeps regulators around the world busy, because it is becoming less clear where games stop and gambling begins. It is very important for supervisors to gain more insight into this, if only because they are only authorized to supervise games of chance. Another important reason is that the prevention of gambling addiction is an important public goal of the Gaming Authority. The Gaming Authority is concerned that young people in particular, especially if they exhibit risky and / or problematic gaming behaviour, cannot easily distinguish between gaming and gambling.

SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.

 

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Tennessee Lottery Closes Year with All-Time High For Education

More than $4.6 Billion Raised Since Inception

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July 16, 2018) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL) has closed its Fiscal Year with an all-time high for sales and proceeds for education.

With record gross total sales for the year of $1.73 billion, the TEL will return an all-time high of $421.7 million for all education programs funded by the Lottery, which exceeds the prior year education funding by 9.1 percent.

All told, the Lottery has generated more than $4.6 billion for education in the state since its inception on Jan. 20, 2004.

These results are incredible news for Tennessee,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Lottery. “Thanks to the help of so many, from players and retailers to our dedicated team, Lottery funding continues to provide a strong foundation for education in the state.”

Additional details for the period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, include:

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  • Record instant ticket sales of $1.41 billion due in part to popular games such as Mighty Jumbo Bucks and additional Jumbo Bucks seasonal games introduced throughout the year.
  • Record drawing-style game sales of $328 million, fueled by the introduction of new games and high Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots in August 2017, January 2018 and March 2018.
  • Monthly total sales records nine out of the past 12 months.
  • Quarterly sales records for three of the four quarters.

 

Students were not the only ones who benefited from the dollars raised by the TEL. Since inception, players have won more than $12.6 billion, with 239 winning tickets sold worth $1 million or more. Twenty-five of those came during FY18, including two Cash 4 Life lifelong prize winners—one winner of $1,000 every day for life, and one winner of $1,000 a week for life.

Additionally, Lottery retailers earned $113.2 million during the Fiscal Year, for a total of $1.2 billion since inception.

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

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T: 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827, E: Kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com.

SOURCE: The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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South Carolina Lottery Transfers a Record $434.8 Million for Education

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COLUMBIA, SC (July 16, 2018) – The South Carolina Education Lottery reports record proceeds raised to support education this year. The transfer of $434.8 million for Fiscal Year 2018 was completed last week. This surpasses the previous record by almost $30 million and exceeds the FY 2017 transfer by more than $34 million.

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The continued popularity of instant “scratch-off” tickets and increased interest in “local” draw games like Pick 3, Pick 4, and Palmetto Cash 5, as well as jackpot runs for Powerball® and Mega Millions® were factors that contributed to record funds earned for education.

Last month, on June 14, the Lottery marked another very significant milestone in supporting education as cumulative proceeds since the 2002 start-up exceeded $5 BILLION.

We are grateful to our loyal players, hardworking retailers and dedicated staff whose contributions have created opportunities for so many deserving South Carolinians. The Lottery will keep the momentum going and continue to raise funds for education in a responsible manner,” the Lottery’s Executive Director Hogan Brown said.

South Carolina Education Lottery proceeds are deposited into the Education Lottery Account, from which the General Assembly makes appropriations in support of higher education scholarships and grants, K-12 public education programs and community education programs in our state.

SOURCE: South Carolina Education Lottery.

 

 

Idaho Lottery Delivers Historic Record Dividend; Surpasses $250 Million in Annual Sales

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BOISE, Idaho (July 17, 2018) -- The single most successful sales year in Idaho Lottery history translated into the largest dividend ever returned to the People of Idaho.  During a presentation in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the Idaho State Capitol this afternoon, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter accepted a record-setting dividend check from the Idaho State Lottery Commission for $53.5 million on behalf of the citizens of Idaho.  This year’s dividend is $5 million more than last year’s dividend.

For nearly three decades, the Idaho Lottery has been winning for our communities, our local businesses, and certainly for Idaho Idaho’s public schools and the State’s permanent buildings,” Governor Otter said. “Throughout my time as Governor, the Idaho Lottery has maintained its focus on integrity, fairness and fun while providing great benefits to the people of Idaho.”

Today’s dividend announcement, and this past year’s achievements are the result of great work from a devoted team of professionals at the Idaho Lottery,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.

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Our success is made possible by the continued support from our players and the collaborative partnership of our valued retailers, 1,200 brick and mortar establishments who sell our products every day of the year.

For the seventh consecutive year, Idaho Lottery sales have increased, eclipsing the $250 million mark in a single year for the first time in Idaho Lottery history.  This year’s sales record of $265 million is an increase of 10% over last year’s record sales amount.

This year’s dividend also increased by 10% over the previous year. At $53.5 million, it is the first time the Lottery dividend has exceeded $50 million in a single fiscal year.

During the ceremony, Governor Otter and Lottery Commission Chairman Mel Fisher presented Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra with a record-setting, $33,437,500 dividend check.  Of that, $20,062,500 is earmarked for the Department of Education for use by the districts in their public schools and the remaining $13,375,000 goes to the Department’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed $466.5 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

A well maintained school supports a positive learning environment for students and the Lottery funding helps support that by providing dedicated funding to tackle improvement projects,” Superintendent Sherri Ybarra said.

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Governor Otter and Commissioner Fisher also presented a record dividend check for $20,062,500 to the Department of Administration’s Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council Chairman Dee Jameson.  This is the single largest dividend provided to the Permanent Building Fund in Idaho Lottery history.

The permanent Building Fund is pleased and thankful to receive the largest proceeds check ever presented in the history of the Idaho Lottery,” said Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council Chairman Dee Jameson. “These funds will be applied to a growing backlog of needs to our universities and colleges as well as our other State agencies. The Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council will put these funds to the best benefit for the citizens of Idaho served by those schools and agencies. Thank You.”

Being the last dividend presentation Governor Otter will officially participate in with the Lottery, Director Anderson presented the Governor with his own personal “honorary” Scratch Ticket: “Butch ‘Cash’idy.”  During Governor Otter’s tenure, the Idaho Lottery has returned $512,450,000 – over 61% of the Lottery’s historical total.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold nearly $3.7 billion in products, awarded over $2.2 billion in prizes to players, returned $216 million in retail commissions, and distributed $846 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit: www.idaholottery.com.

CONTACT: David Workman, T: (208) 334-2600.

SOURCE: The Idaho Lottery.

 

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Kentucky Lottery Again Breaks Sales and Dividend Records in FY18

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (July 17, 2018) -- For the second year in a row, sales of Kentucky Lottery tickets have exceeded a billion dollars in a single fiscal year.

For FY18 which ended June 30, overall lottery sales were $1,042,512,000. This is the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, and is a $42 million (4.2%) jump over last year’s record-breaking number.

Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual game category, finishing the year at $613.1 million. This is a $9.3 million (1.5%) increase from the previous year.

Mega Millions saw the largest percentage increase of any game, rising 36.9% ($10.7 million) to $39.8 million.

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The increase was due in large part to several large jackpot runs over the course of FY18. Powerball also saw solid jackpot performance, helping that game realize $77.9 million in sales (up 8.0%).

Daily draw games continued to perform strongly, as Pick 3 sales rose to $149.7 million (up 3.0%) and Cash Ball 225 sales rose to $11.5 million (up 10.7%). Pick 4 sales declined slightly to $43.5 million (down 2.6%).

Keno continued its positive growth trend, ending the year with $82.8 million (up 9.3%). iLottery internet sales also rose from $5.2 million in FY17 to $10.2 million in FY18.

“Several new initiatives really helped push sales to this record-breaking level,” said KLC President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “An increased emphasis on marketing and in-store messaging, changes in prize structures that players really liked, and new measures implemented by our outstanding staff and retailers are the reason for this increase. FY18 was a year where we laid the groundwork for continued success, so we look to continue this growth pattern into FY19.”

Transfers to the Commonwealth were also at a record level - $262.8 million, an increase of $11.2 million.

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: The Kentucky Lottery (www.kylottery.com) press release.

 

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MUSL Board President and Powerball Game Chair Elected for FY19

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URBANDALE, Iowa )July 12, 2018) --The Board of Directors of the Multi-State Lottery Association elected May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, to serve as Board President for fiscal year 2019. Reardon will take over the Board President position from Rollo Redburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery, on July 1, 2018.

MUSL continues to enhance security, train staff and contribute to lottery excellence in the industry,” said Redburn. “I have every confidence in our new Board President, May Scheve Reardon, and in our officers and the entire Executive Committee, that they will continue to be inclusive and emphasize openness and communications with the entire Board of Directors.

“The Multi-State Lottery Association is rooted in the collaboration of jurisdictional lotteries,” said Reardon. “We will continue to work with our member lotteries, licensee lotteries and international partners to protect our brands and build upon the success of our world-class products.

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The Board of Directors also elected Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, and Angela Wong, executive director of the Montana Lottery, to serve as Board Vice President and Secretary, respectively.

In addition, the Powerball Product Group elected David Barden, CEO of the New Mexico Lottery, and Terry Presta, executive director of the Kansas Lottery, to serve as Game Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, for fiscal year 2019.

Our lottery leadership has excelled at positioning Powerball as the top jackpot game and most recognized lottery brand in the world, a brand that strengthens with each jackpot,” said Barden. “To continue this success, it is important to embrace change while continuing to ensure the integrity of the game. Technological advances, such as mobile devices, provide enormous opportunities for additional revenue and growth for lottery beneficiaries.”

The Multi-State Lottery Association is a non-profit, government benefit, voluntary association that is entirely owned and operated by its 36 member lotteries. Each MUSL member lottery offers one or more multi-jurisdictional lottery games administered with the assistance of MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects or purposes approved by their authorizing legislatures.

 

MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATION

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery * Arizona Lottery * Colorado Lottery * Connecticut Lottery Corporation * D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board

Delaware State Lottery * Florida Lottery * Hoosier Lottery * Idaho Lottery * Iowa Lottery Authority * Kansas Lottery * Kentucky Lottery Corporation

Louisiana Lottery Corporation * Maine State Lottery * Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency * Minnesota State Lottery * Missouri Lottery * Montana Lottery

Nebraska Lottery * New Hampshire Lottery Commission * New Mexico Lottery Authority * North Carolina Education Lottery * North Dakota Lottery * Oklahoma Lottery

Oregon Lottery * Pennsylvania Lottery * Loteria Electronica de Puerto Rico * Rhode Island Lottery * South Carolina Education Lottery * South Dakota Lottery

Texas Lottery * Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation * Vermont Lottery * Virgin Islands Lottery * West Virginia Lottery * Wisconsin Lottery * Wyoming Lottery Corporation

 

MUSL Board & Game Chair Positions for Fiscal Year 2019

 

MUSL Board of Directors

  • Board President – May Scheve Reardon, Missouri Lottery
  • Vice President – Charlie McIntyre, New Hampshire Lottery
  • Secretary – Angela Wong, Montana Lottery

 

Powerball Product Group

  • Game Chair – David Barden, New Mexico Lottery
  • Vice Chair – Terry Presta, Kansas Lottery

 

SOURCE: Multi-State Lottery Association.

 

 

LOTTO Niedersachsen Launch New Website

The new website LOTTO.de appears in a completely responsive design with an innovative user interface. LOTTO.de was developed as a Progressive Web App with fast loading times and offline usability.

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HANNOVER. Germany (July 11, 2018) -- On July 10, LOTTO Niedersachsen presented the new website of LOTTO. de online - it now appears in a fully responsive design and offers its visitors a modern gaming experience with an innovative user experience.

Mobile First. This motto was consistently practiced in the development process. Only after the page design on mobile devices was satisfactory, the desktop variant was developed. The website can now be optimally operated with any device - whether smartphone, tablet or desktop.

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"Mobile First was not just a thought of us, but a consistent commitment. Each design step was initially accepted exclusively in the mobile version. Switching from small to large is not a problem, but not the other way around, "says management spokesman Axel Holthaus.

LOTTO. de is the service and information platform of the 16 state lottery companies. In 2012, it was established. It received its first relaunch in early 2015. Right from the start, LOTTO Niedersachsen is the leading lottery company for the website. About LOTTO. de may be filled out on the website of the respective Landlotteriegesellschaft - after all, gambling is a matter of country.

"We wanted to relaunch LOTTO. de set visual and technical standards. LOTTO. de is now state-of-the-art in weaving technology and may offer its users the most innovative digital gaming experience available today," said LOTTO Managing Director of Niedersachsen, Sven Osthoff.

The site was developed as a so-called Progressive Web App, so that the website behaves much like an app and most functions are also available in offline mode - for an optimal app feeling. The loading times are very fast. Furthermore, the design has been completely redesigned to present each of the individual products such as LOTTO 6aus49 or Euro Jackpot as an independent lottery brand emotionally - because LOTTO is more than the traditional LOTTO 6aus49.

In a short video is led through the new website: https://youtu.be/X5vtFA69sfk

The 16 state lottery companies want the LOTTO. De. visitors to enjoy using the new website!

Game participation from 18 years. Gambling can be addictive. Further information at: www.bzga.de.

SOURCE: Lotto Niedersachsen.

 

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Revised Draft Online Gambling Ad Rules Released for Comment

SYDNEY, Australia (July 12, 2018) -- Amended restrictions aimed at protecting Australian children from gambling promotional content during live sport that is streamed online have been proposed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The proposed restrictions require a ‘safe zone’ across traditional and new media platforms during times when children are more likely to be a part of the audience.

The revised draft rules, which are being developed by the ACMA, prohibit gambling advertising during live sport that is streamed online between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm and restrict gambling advertising at other times. Similar rules have been in place across broadcasting platforms since 30 March 2018. 

The revised draft rules take into account stakeholder comments received during a consultation on an earlier draft released in April 2018. Areas of proposed change include the following:

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  • enhanced flexibility for providers in notifying end-users of the scheduled start of a sporting event
  • removal of a previously proposed class exemption for small online content service provider
  • restriction of a proposed exemption for age-restricted services to providers that are Australian-licensed wagering operators
  • a new exception from breach in certain circumstances that are beyond the control of a service provider
  • an extended 30-day implementation period before the new rules come into force

 

Submissions on the revised draft rules will be accepted until 26 July 2018.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

SOURCE: Australian Communications and Media Authority media release 21/2018 - 12 July.

 

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EGBA Statement on Italy’s Proposed Gambling Ban

BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 16, 2018) -- “One of the important benefits of gambling advertising is that it directs Italian customers towards those gambling operators who are licensed to operate and comply with the rules in Italy.

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Without advertising black market gambling will increase – with customers accessing websites which are not licensed in Italy and operate outside the regulated framework, including the legal protective safeguards for consumers.

No other country in Europe currently bans gambling advertising precisely for this very reason.

A ban on advertising will badly affect Italian sports. Each year gambling operators contribute about €120m to sponsor sports teams and leagues in Italy, including several teams in Serie A.

This sponsorship is important to these teams and will be put in jeopardy. That is why we have already seen a strong reaction from the Serie A to the proposal

We would also question the practicality of introducing a total ban on advertising as a result of the cross-border nature of the internet and television. Italian citizens will continue to see gambling advertising, except that those ads will advertise websites that are not licensed in Italy.

We strongly support measures to clamp down on irresponsible gambling advertising in order to protect consumers – but a total ban on advertising is counterproductive to this.

The Government should instead focus on encouraging responsible gambling advertising which sufficiently directs consumers to the regulated operators and at the same time does not entice problem gamblers or young people to gamble.”

SOURCE: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).

 

 

The year’s Best and Most Innovative Technologies on Show at the Australasian Gaming Expo

SYDNEY, Australia (July 18, 2018) -- Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) will showcase the latest technologies and educational seminars changing the way we do business at ICC Sydney. The three-day event, now in its 29th year, will be held 14-16 August and is the ‘must attend’ event for all suppliers and buyers working within hotels, clubs and casinos.

Experts within the gaming industry will discuss a range of pertinent topics relating to all levels of the sector, to generate robust conversation on the impact of new technologies, gaming, regulation and streamlining F&B.

On the back of strong seminar and educational sessions, 2018 will see further emphasis on education and professional development. This year’s program will host representatives from government, regulation, technology, gaming, communications, research and more, to offer an informative and holistic view of the industry.

Nadine Grinblat, Chief Executive, Australasian Gaming Council, will moderate the “Spotlight on Responsible Gaming” panel on Day Two of the show,

“The panel will examine the challenges and trends in responsible gaming and provide and the purpose they serve. Responsible gambling is a somewhat contested term, this discussion will explore the important role in limiting consumption under safe thresholds.”

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Scoring in the top 15% of trade shows worldwide for visitor and exhibitor satisfaction according to a recent Explori report[1], AGE stands for future sustainability and growth of the industry. This is highlighted by its sell-out show floor.

AGE exhibitors will showcase their latest technologies, newest products and unique thrills for everyone heading to Sydney.

IGT are showcasing the next evolution of the popular CrystalDual-i cabinet, the CrystalDual-i 27, along with a stellar selection of new games; Wheel Shot™, Star Stax™ and Fortune Gong™. Also featured are IGT’s overseas offerings; skill-based, 3D and 4D gaming experiences.

SprintQuip is NGS $50 ready. They will be featuring a new beta cash recycling product that facilitates a streamlined and cost-effective approach to managing cash in transit.

Cocktails Machine demonstrates how cocktail making has become an artform. With the touch of a button on the app, bar staff can prepare cocktails with confidence following simple step-by-step instructions to create and serve even the most sophisticated cocktails.

Cashpoint Payment Solutions will feature myPOS, Point of Sale solution software that with your existing gaming systems and provides cash management information, stock and warehouse control and real-time reporting at your fingertips 24/7.

Innova Group will be showcasing invigorated ‘light-base’ gaming stools – a result of 18-months of research and development to deliver what the industry was crying out for.

Ross Ferrar, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming Technologies Association, tips the 2018 show to be the best yet.

“AGE strives to deliver a bigger and better show year on year for all of our stakeholders. With a core focus on technology and the sustainability of the gaming industry, we believe 2018 will deliver maximum value and a truly enjoyable experience for visitors, exhibitors and sponsors.”

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.

About Australasian Gaming Expo

14-16 August 2018, International Convention Centre, Sydney

Established in 1990, Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow. Featuring well over 200 exhibitors, welcoming more than 6,000 attendees across 19,000m2 of exhibition space, AGE is the biggest event of its type in Australia.

AGE is the place to see new international products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales.

SOURCE: Australasian Gaming Expo.

 

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