Signs Seven Year Contract with the South Dakota Lottery to Provide New Lottery
Equipment and Services
LONDON, U.K. (January 15, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary IGT
Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a seven-year
contract with the South Dakota Lottery following a competitive procurement. IGT
will provide the Lottery with a wide array of products including an updated
lottery central system, several of its business intelligence tools, new
point-of-sale and self-service lottery terminals, ongoing maintenance, and
retailer training. The contract is expected to commence on November 3, 2019 and
allows for an additional eight extension years.
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...
"IGT has been our primary lottery
vendor since 2009, and with their support, we've been able to deliver more than
$2.82 billion to education, developing natural resources, and providing problem
gaming treatment services since 1987," said South Dakota Lottery Executive
Director Norm Lingle. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with
IGT to generate even more funds for these important causes in our state
throughout the next seven years."
"We are pleased to work with the
South Dakota Lottery to deliver our industry-leading lottery solutions which
will provide the flexibility to help evolve, manage, and grow the Lottery's
sales now and in the years ahead," said IGT Chief Operating Officer,
Lottery, Jay Gendron. "These products will provide greater insight into
player behavior to help the Lottery continue to deliver exciting games and
content that players want."
Under the terms of the agreement,
the South Dakota Lottery will receive an upgraded lottery central system that
includes components of IGT's Aurora platform. These components, comprised
of Aurora Instants Processing System, Aurora Retailer Manager, and Aurora
Claims and Payments Manager, are specially designed to provide ease of use and
convenience for the retailer, and actionable analytics for the Lottery to
continue to meet player demands. Additional point-of-sale and self-service
lottery terminals will be implemented throughout the state.
IGT will also deliver several of its
BizApps, industry leading lottery applications including Retailer Wizard, Order
Wizard, and Performance Wizard, which will enable the South Dakota Lottery to
drive profitable growth by providing actionable insights to more efficiently
manage the business and support lottery retailers. In addition, IGT will
utilize the iSpeak customized training program to train the Lottery Sales
Representatives on the new sales tools they will be using.
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 Digital
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 more than 12,000
employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
Italian media inquiries,
T: +39 06 51899584
SOURCE: International Game
Technology PLC (IGT).
Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Lottery Executive
KANSAS (January 16, 2019) --
Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Stephen Durrell will serve as the
Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery. Durrell has served as the Chief
Counsel and Assisted Attorney General to the Kansas Lottery since 2007.
Stephen brings decades of
experience in business and regulatory environments, particularly in innovative
and creative business solutions, which will serve the Kansas Lottery
well, said Governor Kelly. I look forward to his leadership
in this dynamic agency.
At the Lottery, Durrell wrote all
rules and regulations with regards to all games sold, drafted and negotiated
contracts by the agency, and oversaw day to day legal operations.
He was directly involved in
negotiation and drafting contracts with potential casino managers under the
Kansas Expanded Lottery Act, ensuring a multi-million/billion dollar revenue
stream to the State of Kansas.
As a life-long Kansan with
an expansive career in the gaming area, Im honored to lead the Kansas
Lottery at this exciting time, said Durrell. Weve made
significant progress in this agency in the past years and I look forward to
continuing that growth.
Previous to working at the Kansas
Lottery, Durrell served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Kansas Racing
and Gaming Commission.
He received his J.D. from Washburn
University Law School.
SOURCE: Office of the Governor.
Kentucky Lottery Sales and Net Income Charge Ahead in First Six
Months of the Fiscal Year 2019
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 15,
2019) -- Kentucky Lottery sales have closed the first half of the fiscal year
higher than any other period in the organizations history.
July-December sales for the lottery
came in at $544.2 million. Thats a full $36.5 million (7.2%) more than
the same period last year, which was the previous record-holder for the six
month sales period.
Net income in turn grew at an even
higher percentage. This was $147 million for the period, which is $16.5 million
(12.6%) more than what was generated in the same period last year.
According to Lottery President and
CEO Tom Delacenserie, the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot run has been a
huge factor in the success.
Weve nearly sold as
many Mega Millions in the first six months of the fiscal year as we expected to
sell for the entire year, he said. Sales for the game in this period
were $42.1 million, a whopping $24.5 million (138.8%) increase.
Delacenserie also pointed to
stronger-than-anticipated scratch-off ticket sales. That category has $310.3
million in sales, up $15.5 million (5.3%) from the previous period last
Sales of the lotterys $20
tickets in particularly have jumped, seeing a nearly 82% sales increased from
the previous year.
We have several new
initiatives were not quite ready to talk about on tap for the rest of the
fiscal year, so this trend of success looks to be the roadmap moving forward in
FY19, Delacenserie said.
He also predicted strong sales
should lead to the lotterys third straight year of sales in excess of $1
The Kentucky Lottery has earned over
$5.3 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for
college scholarships, grants and education programs.
Visit kheaa.com to find out more
about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.
For More Information CONTACT:
Chip Polston or Jennifer Cunningham, T: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery
Niedersachsen Looks Back with Satisfaction on 2018
regulation has proven itself and is fit for the future
- 351 million in profits for the
- 295 million for the common
- 22 Lower Saxony became
HANNOVER, Germany (January 11, 2019)
-- Lotto-Niedersachsen is satisfied with the course of the year
2018. Lower Saxony has spent around 726 million euros on stakes in state
lotteries and sports betting - an increase of 4.1% over the previous year. In
Lower Saxony, 22 players became millionaires. From the point of view of Axel
Holthaus and Sven Osthoff, the managing directors of Lotto Niedersachsen, the
current German gambling regulation - also in the fast-paced digital world - has
proven itself and is fit for the future.
Thus, both directors reject the
players who speak badly about German gambling regulation and demand extensive
liberalization in the German gambling market.
Politicians should not lightly
question well-regulated gambling regulation, which has also been largely
confirmed by the jurisprudence of recent years.
Wins: 22 new millionaires, 118
Lotto Niedersachsen distributed a
total of around 351 million in profits to the participants in the 52
event weeks of 2018.
The Lower Saxony still prefers the
Lotto 6aus49, introduced in Lower Saxony in 1956. Nearly every second euro was
spent in 2018, a total of around 331 million.
But the lottery Eurojackpot is also
expanding its popularity with us Lower Saxony: over 18% of the stakes were
spent on the Europe-wide lottery.
One reason for this: the high
jackpots from the Euro Jackpot in 2018 particularly delighted all of Europe: in
total, the jackpot amount was 90 million in 13 weeks.
To the special luck for 11 Lower
Saxony players who became millionaires thanks to the Eurojackpot.
Last year, 22 game participants
achieved millions in profits with the products of Lotto Niedersachsen - thus
occupying Lower Saxony's third place in the millionaires ranking.
Eleven of the new millionaires won
the Europe-wide lottery Eurojackpot, seven with the classic Lotto 6aus49, two
with the environmental lottery Bingo !, one with the lottery GlücksSpirale
and one with the add-on lottery Spiel 77.
The last win was the highest in
2018, namely the sum of 8,377,777.00. A game participant from Diepholz
district was pleased about that.
A total of 118 high profits of at
least 100,000 were paid to players in Lower Saxony.
Responsibility for Lower
As a company based in Lower Saxony,
Lotto Niedersachsen bears responsibility for the people in the country: for the
customers, for the employees and not least for the common good.
The added value remains almost
completely in our state.
In total, Lotto Niedersachsen
transferred around 295 million (previous year: 284 million) to
lottery and sports betting taxes, gambling duties and special-purpose revenues
to the state of Lower Saxony and the beneficiaries.
The premium supplier in Lower
The ambition of Lotto Niedersachsen
continues to be to remain the premium provider of gambling in Lower Saxony.
This includes on the one hand the
demand for high-quality and competitive lottery products and on the other hand
the comprehensive compliance with the player protection.
Axel Holthaus and Sven Osthoff look
to the new year with zest for action: "Lotto Niedersachsen will continue to
focus on sustainable customer orientation in 2019 and align its activities with
customer needs. Our customers should enjoy our products."
Tennessee Lottery Celebrates 15 Years, Best Quarterly Return to
Education Since Launch
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (January 16,
2019) -- As the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation marks its 15th
anniversary of ticket sales this week, it announces a record quarterly transfer
of $122.9 million returned for education, breaking the previous record set in
the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2016.
Since Jan. 20, 2004, the Lottery has
raised $4.85 billion for all education programs funded with Lottery dollars,
and more than 1.3 million scholarships and grants have been awarded.
What an incredible 15
years! said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee
Education Lottery Corporation.
This record transfer to
education couldnt have been possible without the help of so many. From
the enthusiasm of our players and hard work of our retailers to guidance from
our Board of Directors and the dedication and talent of our Lottery employees,
this success is a true team effort.
Additional details about funds
generated for the past 15 years include:
- More than $13.2 billion in prizes won by players,
with 259 tickets sold worth $1 million or more
- More than $1.2 billion paid in retailer
- More than $19.2 billion in gross ticket sales
Since the first awards were given in
the fall of 2004, Lottery-funded programs have grown to include not only HOPE
Scholarships, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, but multiple
scholarships and grants, after-school programs, and an energy-efficient schools
program as well.
For additional information, visit
tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun.
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T:
615-324-6556, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery
Arkansas Lottery Breaks Weekly Record for Instant Ticket
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (January 11,
2019) --The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) set another sales record last
week when scratch-off ticket sales reached $9.1 million the highest
instant ticket sales week in a January since the lottery began in 2009. Coupled
with strong draw games sales, the first week of January ended with total sales
exceeding $11 million.
January is typically the
month we see our instant ticket sales increase and continue throughout the
Spring, said ASL Director Bishop Woosley. December was our
best December for instant ticket sales ever (more than $38.1 million), so
hopefully, this trend is an indicator that our instant ticket sales may be even
stronger this Spring than last.
Woosley attributes the recent sales
successes to great new games along with creative advertising, focused retail
execution and working as efficiently as possible, coupled with low gas prices
and a good economy.
So far this fiscal year, the ASL is
up more than $7 million in instant ticket sales and more than $18 million in
draw game sales versus budget.
said Woosley, We are now up more than $7 million in proceeds versus
budget. That means more lottery scholarships for students in Arkansas if we can
maintain this increase for the rest of the fiscal year. We are in a phenomenal
position heading into the second half of the fiscal year.
The lottery finished fiscal year
2018 on June 30 with its best sales and revenue ever. Sales reached
$499,704,976, and revenue was $500,490,212. So far in fiscal year 2019
ASLs total sales have increased 4.6 percent.
To read the most recent Monthly
Disclosure Report presented to the Arkansas Legislative Council Lottery
Oversight Subcommittee, go to Reports on the About Us page at
www.MyArkansasLottery.com or click
About the Arkansas Scholarship
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and
other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the Lottery has provided more than $781
million for more than 302,000 college scholarships, more than $2.7 billion in
prizes to players, about $238 million in retailer commissions and more than
$121 million state and federal tax revenue.
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 | Campaign
Coordinator, O 501.683.1646 | C 501.920.6287
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
Camelot to Launch Set For Life A Brand New
Annuity Game Offering A Top Prize of £10,000 A Month for 30
Launch of new game rounds
off new-look portfolio that offers something for everyone as the national
lottery enters its 25th birthday year
U.K. (January 11, 2019) -- Camelot
UK Lotteries Limited (Camelot) today announced details of Set
For Life an exciting new draw-based game from The National Lottery
¬that will offer a top prize of £10,000 a month for 30 years. Tickets
for the new game will cost £1.50 per line and will go on sale on Friday
15 March. Draws will be held every Monday and Thursday, with the first draw
taking place on Monday 18 March*. Players will be able to buy tickets in any of
the The National Lotterys 45,000 retail outlets, as well as at
www.national-lottery.co.uk, and on both The National Lotterys iOS app and
more recently-launched Android version.
As well as delivering a game that is
both appealing to players and straightforward to play, Camelot has designed Set
For Life to offer National Lottery players something completely new. Players
will pick five main numbers from 1 to 47, and one Life Ball from 1
to 10, and have the chance to win fixed prizes ranging from the top prize of
£10,000 a month for 30 years to £5 for matching just two main
Announcing the new game, Camelot CEO
Nigel Railton said: Were really pleased to be enhancing our range
of National Lottery draw-based games with the introduction of Set For Life.
Annuity games really appeal to a
growing number of people who like the idea of winning a prize paid out in
regular instalments over the long term, and are very successful in other
We think that Set For Life will be
just as popular here in the UK it will offer National Lottery players
something completely new and meet a different set of consumer needs, especially
among younger people.
Most importantly, it rounds
off what is now a more appealing and balanced portfolio of games that offers
something for everyone one of the key aims following our wide-ranging
Weve now got a mix of
compelling draw-based games that suits all tastes, play styles and pockets.
Thats vital for The National
Lotterys long-term health and will help to ensure that, in the
years to come, we continue to deliver even more for our players and the
millions of people for whom National Lottery funding is so crucial.
Camelot has created a dedicated page
on The National Lottery website at www.national-lottery.co.uk/set-for-life that
sets out everything people need to know about how Set For Life will work and
the amazing prizes they could win.
It will also be raising awareness of
the new game in the coming weeks in a number of other ways including
through advertising, in-store signs, posters and marketing materials.
Set For Life launches as The
National Lottery enters its 25th birthday year. Following further increases in
sales and returns to Good Causes over the first half of 2018/19, The National
Lottery has raised over £39 billion for Good Causes since launch
far more than the original Government forecast of £1 billion per
National Lottery funding has now
been awarded to more than 535,000 individual projects an average of 190
lottery grants in every UK postcode district helping to transform lives
and communities across the nation. Over the same period, The National Lottery
has awarded over £69 billion in prize money and created more than 5,100
millionaires or multi-millionaires.
To thank National Lottery players
for making these achievements possible and to celebrate the massive difference
that The National Lottery has made and continues to make to the
lives of people and communities throughout the whole of the UK, Camelot is
working closely with other members of The National Lottery family on a range of
plans in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the very first draw on 19
Further details will be announced in
* Subject to final regulatory
** Match 5 + 1 and match 5 + 0
prizes are subject to capping in very rare circumstances. More details about
prize capping will be included in the Set For Life Game Procedures.
For further information, please
CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot UK Lotteries
Out of Three Swedes Played for Money in 2018: Annual Survey
STRÄNGNÄS, Sweden (January
11, 2019) -- Spelinspektionen's annual survey* of Swedes' gambling habits,
conducted in cooperation with Novus, shows that two out of three Swedes (66%)
have played money over the past year, but the long-term trend points to a
decreasing proportion of players.
For example, the corresponding
figure in the 2013 survey was 76 percent. Just over every two players state
that they play at least once a month or more often.
Despite an increasing number of
players offering games on the internet and increased competition, many still
play at Swedish games on the internet. Svenska Spel's online games have
increased by 8 percentage points, almost 60 per cent say they play with
It is the sixth consecutive year
that the Gaming Inspectorate commissioned Novus to carry out the survey aimed
at people who have been playing for money the past year.
Some other results in the 2018
- 82 percent think it is good that the gaming
companies are obliged to counteract problems with excessive gambling, but close
to one in three do not think the gaming companies take their responsibility for
- Almost 60 percent of everyone puts a game budget if
possible, which is an increase compared to the previous survey.
- 48 per cent experience the gaming market as
entertaining, but only 12 per cent perceive the gaming market as sound.
- Three percent state that at some point in the past
twelve months they have experienced that they have played too much.
- Seven percent state that they have any close
relatives that they have experienced playing too much. In the age group 18-29
years, 14 percent indicate that they have a close relative who plays too
Take a look at the survey "The
general public about games",
* The survey The public on games
2018 was made before the re-regulation of the Swedish gaming market on January
SOURCE: Spelinspektionen press
Gold Rush Is Back With Four New Scratch-Off Games From The Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 14,
2019) -- Following the success of the newest $20 Scratch-Off game, $5,000,000
GOLD RUSH CLASSIC, today the Florida Lottery introduced the GOLD RUSH CLASSIC
family of Scratch-Off games. The four new games range in price from $1 to $10,
and feature more than $1.4 billion in cash prizes and more than 65 million
winning tickets! All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets
in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.
- The $10 game, $2,000,000 GOLD RUSH CLASSIC, offers
more than $246.8 million in prizes, including ten top prizes of $2 million! The
games overall odds of winning are one-in-3.49.
- The $5 game, $1,000,000 GOLD RUSH CLASSIC, offers
more than $200.5 million in prizes, including 32 top prizes of $1 million! The
games overall odds of winning are one-in-3.97.
- The $2 game, $50,000 GOLD RUSH CLASSIC, has more
than $89.5 million in total cash prizes, including 72 top prizes of $50,000!
The games overall odds of winning are one-in-4.69.
- The $1 game, $10,000 GOLD RUSH CLASSIC, offers more
than $24.6 million in total cash prizes, including 100 top prizes of $10,000!
The games overall odds of winning are one-in-4.88.
Six drawings will be held between
January 30 and April 10, 2019, for non-winning GOLD RUSH CLASSIC tickets
entered into the Gold Rush Classic Second Chance Promotion.
In each of the six drawings, one
player will win $30,000, two players will win $10,000, four players will win
$5,000, and 30 players will win $1,000.
For more information about these
games and the second chance promotion, visit www.flalottery.com.
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 69 percent
of ticket sales and generating more than $871 million for the Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2017-18.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $34 billion to education and sending more than
808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
The Florida Lottery reinvests 97
percent of its revenue back into Floridas economy through prize payouts,
commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to
education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $61.2 billion
in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires.
For more information, please visit
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).
Gaming Authority Intends to Give Extra Attention to Gambling Providers Offering
Sports Betting to Minors During the World Cup
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (June 11,
2018) -- De Kansspelautoriteit (The Gaming Authority) will pay special
attention before and during the World Cup to the online offering of sports
betting, and especially to participation by minors.
The regulator on the gaming market
calls for participation by minors in sports betting to be reported via a
special notification form on its website.
Participation in games of chance,
such as taking bets on sports competitions, is permitted from the age of 18.
Providers of games of chance are obliged to keep minors from participating.
In the Netherlands, only the Toto,
part of the Dutch Lottery, can offer bets on the results of sports
The Law on games of chance states
that one license is issued for this. All other providers of (online) sports
betting may not offer games of chance to Dutch consumers.
They are obliged to ensure that the
Netherlands cannot participate. They can do this, for example, by applying
geo-blocking: it is not possible to participate with Dutch IP addresses.
No control possible
The Gaming Authority acts against
illegal gambling providers because there is no control on the fairness of the
game, the detection of gambling addiction and the participation of vulnerable
groups, such as minors.
Additional reasons to act against
illegal gambling providers are specific focus on Dutch consumers (for example
by using the Dutch language) and having young people participate.
Betting on the results of sports
competitions is popular and is growing fast. The Market Game 2016 of the Gaming
Authority shows that the market for legal sports betting in the Netherlands
grew by 34 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. It is generally known that extra
bets are made during major sports tournaments, such as the upcoming Football
Even if the Dutch national team does
not participate, that is the case. In the sports betting sector, football is by
far the most popular sport to bet on.
The Gaming Authority announced
earlier this year in its Monitoring Agenda that preventing minors from
participating in games of chance is an important priority. Young people form a
vulnerable group; gambling providers must make every effort to prevent minors
The Gaming Authority would like to
hear from parents, teachers, friends or other people involved whether they take
part in sports betting by minors. Minors can also make a report themselves.
Notifications can be made via the Minors Reporting Form.
The information is not used to fine
minors for their participation. The information is only used for dealing with
SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.
Camelot Illinois Named to Built In Chicagos 2019 Best
Places to Work Awards
Camelot recognized as the
sixth-best small place to work in Chicago, 16th-best place to work in
CHICAGO, Illinois (January 10, 2019)
-- Camelot Illinois was ranked the sixth-best small place to work in the city
of Chicago on Built In Chicagos 2019 Best Places to Work List.
Camelot was also ranked 16 on a list
of the 100 best companies to work at in Chicago.
Camelot Illinois is the new private
manager of the Illinois Lottery, working in partnership with the State of
Illinois to operate a modern lottery that truly benefits the people of
The company began its tenure as the
Lotterys private manager on January 2, 2018.
Camelot Illinois is proud to
be recognized by Built in Chicago as a best place to work. As a company, we
believe in delivering on our promises especially to our employees. We
strive to honor their dedication and innovation with fair compensation and an
environment where they can excel, said Colin Hadden, General Manager of
Built In Chicago ranks companies
based on employer self-identified compensation and benefits information.
Compensation is based at the median percentile for salaries entered for a
company relative to the median salaries for the same positions at other
companies in the Built In Chicago database. Benefits are defined by the
offerings most important to Built In Chicago users, and then points are
assigned to each benefit and perk.
About Camelot Illinois
Camelot Illinois is the new private
manager of the Illinois Lottery. In partnership with the state, Camelot
operates a modern lottery that truly benefits the people of Illinois.
Camelot is dedicated to working with
transparency, integrity and responsibility to grow the lottery and reinforce
its rightful position as a force for good.
The companys innovative
approach places consumers and social responsibility at its core, providing
funding for schools, capital projects and special causes.
CONTACT: Leslie Wertheimer, T:
312-550-0695, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Camelot Illinois press
Swedes' Have Joined Gambling Self-Exclusion Scheme
STRÄNGNÄS, Sweden (January
9, 2019) -- When the new game law came into force at the end of the year, the
Gaming Inspectorate simultaneously launched Spelpaus.se, a central
self-shutdown register. This means that everyone who wants to have the
opportunity to switch off games from all gaming companies that hold a Swedish
license in one place.
Most of them turn off until
One week after the launch, the
authority can confirm that 10,000 people have registered at Spelpaus.se. The
vast majority have chosen to shut down until further notice, but there is the
possibility of turning off for a shorter limited period.
Game abuse is a widespread
social problem, so it is positive that so many find the new service and use it
as a tool to refrain from gaming and avoid targeted advertising from the gaming
companies, says Spelinspektionen's communications manager
There are several reasons for the
large influx to Spelpaus.se, for example, affecting the involvement of people
who are open with their gambling addiction.
We can see, not least in
social media, that these people welcome Spelpaus.se and push on for those who
have problems or are in the risk zone to block themselves from
Some deficiencies in the
A requirement for the gaming
companies in the Swedish market to use their license is that they are connected
to Spelpaus.se. All companies must check against the registry before allowing
their customers to play.
During the first week, the authority
has unfortunately discovered shortcomings in this area. It is about license
holders who do not have an active connection to Spelpaus.se, which means that
suspended players have been able to play with these companies.
We have in the last few
days investigated what this is due to and have found that everything seems to
work well with the Gaming Inspectorate. But for some reason there are a handful
of gaming companies that do not meet the requirements set by the law,
says Anders Sims.
Spelinspektionen will send a letter
to the companies concerned where they are urged to quickly submit an
explanation of why closed customers have been able to play with them. The
authority also points out that the deficiencies are to be considered serious
and that measures will be taken if the problem is not resolved shortly.
Spelpaus.se is a central
self-shutdown register where you can turn off money from games. With that you
also get no direct marketing about games. The suspension applies to all
licensed gaming companies in Sweden with registered gaming.
These games are covered by your
suspension: online casino, betting, Vegas vending machines, computer simulated
slot games, bingo and online lotteries, and Casino Cosmopol, betting and
betting / betting and trotting.
It can be switched off in 1, 3 and 6
months or until further notice.
For more information CONTACT:
Tel: 0152-650 167, 0765-330
Tel: 0152-650 174, 0765-330
SOURCE: Spelinspektionen press