Launches PlayBingo Solution in Norway
State Lottery Operator
Norsk Tipping Goes Live with Enhanced Games and Chat Room to Seamlessly Drive
Results Across All Game Categories
LONDON, U.K. (May 15, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE:IGT) announced that
Norsk Tipping, Norway's state lottery operator and a World Lottery Association
(WLA) member, has launched IGTs new digital PlayBingo platform. The
solution was awarded to IGT as part of a competitive procurement process, and
replaces Norsk Tippings previous digital bingo platform provided by IGT
The new solution includes IGT
PlayCasino slot titles and a selection of mini-games that can be played for
extra entertainment between or during rounds, while extensive chat features let
players socialize with one another. PlayBingo offers exclusive bingo variants
including Picture Bingo and Roulette Bingo, which customers can easily
configure and customize. Built on multi-channel HTML5 for desktop, tablet, and
mobile, it provides a variety of popular IGT digital casino slot games within a
single game window, so players can seamlessly experience multiple game
Thanks to IGTs
PlayBingo platform, Norwegian players are responsibly enjoying a new and more
entertaining Bingo experience, enhancing our program and keeping proceeds in
Norway to support arts, sports, and cultural initiatives, said Hans
Erland Ringsvold, Head of Gaming Operations, Norsk Tipping.
As a leader in regulated
digital gaming, Norsk Tipping has recognized the benefits of PlayBingo not only
as a baseline product with crossover appeal, but as a vertical that supports
responsible gaming through its social aspect and low average player
spend, said Declan Harkin, IGT Senior Vice President and COO,
International. Our experience in WLA markets in Europe and North
America have proven that PlayBingo is a powerful driver of player acquisition
and player retention, while accelerating growth across an operators
entire digital offering.
IGTs PlayBingo solution offers
both standalone and network bingo capabilities, and is part of a complete suite
of PlayDigital products, game platforms, content, and business systems that
work seamlessly together, with the flexibility and modularity to grow, adapt,
and integrate with all types of lottery and casino businesses. IGTs
PlayInstantWin and PlayCasino game portfolios feature many popular titles from
IGTs leading PlayRGS game content library, including exclusive, popular
titles adapted from the Companys land-based game library.
Norsk Tipping has been a valued
customer of IGT, previously legacy GTECH, since 2012. In May 2018, IGT
announced the five-year contract with Norsk Tipping for the digital Bingo
solution, which can be extended for an additional three two-year extensions,
for a total of up to 11 years.
In addition to Norsk Tipping, IGT's
Nordic WLA digital customers include Veikkaus in Finland and Svenska Spel in
Sweden. IGT also provides its digital content through a third party to Danske
Spil in Denmark.
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 over 12,000
employees. For more information, please visit
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Gibraltar Gambling Division signs MoU with the Swedish Gambling
STRÄNGNÄS, Sweden (May 8,
2019) -- Gibraltar Gambling Division (GGD) and Spelinspektionen (the Swedish
Gambling Authority) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for
the purposes of enhanced cooperation between the two authorities in furtherance
of the authorities public policy objectives and mutually common
The aim of this MoU is to facilitate
on-going close communications between the two authorities, and to support
effective sharing of information on matters of mutual interest and policy
Both authorities have also agreed to
provide the best possible operational assistance to one another, on a
continuous basis, in accordance with both their respective procedures and
The Director General of the Swedish
Gambling Authority, Camilla Rosenberg said that: Some of the companies
that have received a Swedish license also have technical equipment and a
license in Gibraltar.
By opening the communication
channels between the authorities we become stronger in our supervisory
This is the beginning of a broad and
Earlier this year we entered a MoU
with Malta Gaming Authority and our plan is to initiate corresponding
collaborations with more gambling authorities in Europe.
GGD´s Executive Director,
Andrew Lyman, also expressed his satisfaction on this agreement whereby he
stated that: Gibraltar is committed to working collaboratively and
effectively with first tier regulators such as the Swedish Gambling Authority
who share common values in terms of consumer protection, a fair market,
promoting social responsibility and reducing crime associated with
The MoU came into force as of the
8th of May 2019.
Arizona Lottery Awards Pollard Banknote Instant Ticket
Warehousing And Distribution Contract
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (May 13, 2019) --
Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased
to announce that it will be partnering with the Arizona Lottery to deliver
instant ticket warehousing and distribution services, as a result of being
awarded a contract through a competitive procurement process. The six-year
contract began on February 14, 2019, and will end on August 30, 2026.
Pollard Banknote has been an instant
ticket printing and production services provider for the Lottery since 1998 and
was awarded the first pull-tab ticket warehouse and distribution services
contract in Arizona in 2010.
Under this new contract, Pollard
Banknote will operate an instant ticket warehouse and distribution center for
the Lottery, which will include telemarketing services, inventory storage and
management, order fulfillment, and distribution to retailers, as well as
marketing support to foster sales growth and retail excellence.
In order to create greater
efficiency, pull-tab and instant ticket warehousing and distribution services
will be consolidated under this contract once the existing pull-tab agreement
Pollard Banknote will manage the
Lotterys instant ticket inventory using our state-of-the-art, proprietary
SureTrack Lottery Management System. SureTrack is a web-based,
turnkey solution with a range of flexible tools for inventory control and
management, forecasting, ordering, distribution, validation, and reporting that
support lottery goals for sales and retail expansion.
SureTrack technology solution has been used by a variety of lotteries
around the world for 18 years.
Pollard Banknote is
thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with a long-standing client like
the Arizona Lottery in a new capacity to deliver instant ticket warehousing and
distribution services, said Brad Thompson, Vice President, Sales and
Marketing, Pollard Banknote. We have worked diligently to develop a
modern and sophisticated lottery management solution that offers outstanding
operational support. We look forward to implementing this solution for the
Arizona Lottery, and we are confident that it will play an important role in
our holistic approach to helping the Lottery drive sales of pull-tabs and
At the Arizona Lottery, our
mission is to maximize net revenues in a responsible manner to support programs
that benefit Arizona communities, said Gregg Edgar, Executive
Director, Arizona Lottery.
Over the course of our more
than 20-year long relationship, Pollard Banknote has demonstrated a keen
ability to provide quality products and services that help us deliver on our
mission. We are confident that Pollard Banknote is the right partner to help us
take our sales to new heights by providing instant ticket warehousing and
About the Arizona Lottery
Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and
its retail partners have generated more than $4 billion in net funding in
support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of
Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales more than $4 million per
week fund programs in education, economic development, environmental
conservation and health and human services. The mission is to support Arizona
programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible
manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems retail merchandising
solutions, 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 provides 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 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5%
by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at PollardBanknote.com.
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Laboratories International (GLI®) Announces Key Promotions and Appointments
at Its Sydney Laboratory
Daniel Pennisi Promoted
to Technical Manager; Tony Blayney Named Service Delivery Representative;
Daniel McDougall Named Technical Specialist
SYDNEY, Australia (May 16, 2019)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has announced three key
staff appointments at GLI Australias® Sydney laboratory.
Daniel Pennisi has been promoted to
Technical Manager, Tony Blayney has been named Service Delivery Representative,
and Daniel McDougall has been named Technical Specialist. The promotions
underscore GLIs commitment to its customers as well as highlight
GLIs core principle of creating a culture of developing its team members
at all levels.
Our people are what truly
sets GLI apart as the global testing and certification leader, said
GLI Australia COO Erdal Eskin. Daniel M., Tony, and Daniel P.
exemplify our philosophy of hiring the best and brightest in their field;
thereby providing our valued customers, both in our Sydney lab and throughout
the Asia-Pacific region, with the superior quality and customer service they
expect from GLI.
In his new role, Pennisi provides
overall management and leadership of the Sydney labs technical team;
including supervising staff and developing operational processes and procedures
to enhance overall efficiency.
Blayneys new responsibilities
include building and maintaining business relationships with assigned clients;
ensuring that they receive the utmost in professional, courteous, and timely
support and service. This includes all sales activities from lead generation
through contract signing, and post-service follow-up to achieve
customer-satisfaction and revenue-generation goals and objectives.
As Technical Specialist, McDougall
will be utilizing his 20+ years of experience in the gaming industry to provide
expert-level analysis of gaming systems and machines. From 1997 through 2013,
McDougall held various key roles at GLI Australia, including Group Engineering
Manager, Operations Manager and Technical Manager. His responsibilities
included all testing completed within the Australian region and supervising a
staff of more than 30 full-time engineers.
For information about career
opportunities at GLI, visit the careers page of gaminglabs.com.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI also holds ISTBQ
certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
York Lottery & Video Lottery Gaming First in the Nation to Break $10
Billion in Combined Sales & Net Win in a Single Fiscal
- Record profits generate $3.47 Billion in
Lottery Aid to Education in FY2018-2019, a $102 million increase over
- Commission earns the gaming
industrys highest responsible gaming recognition during record-setting
NEW YORK (May 13, 2019) -- The New
York State Gaming Commissions Lottery and Video Lottery operations today
reinforced their collective standing as North Americas largest and most
profitable Lottery businesses by becoming the first to break $10 billion in
combined sales and net win for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. Combined,
the record-breaking earnings generated $3.47 billion in Lottery Aid to
Education which accounts for 13 percent of all New York State School Aid
disbursed in FY2018-2019.
Fiscal year sales of traditional
Lottery games, comprised of in-state draw games, multi-state games, and instant
scratch-off tickets, totaled more than $8.2 billion. The total makes New
Yorks state-administered lottery the 7th most profitable in the world,
surpassed only by the two National Lotteries of China, and those of Italy,
France, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Video lottery gaming net win
(proceeds after all prizes have been paid) amounted to more than $2.08 billion
during the same period, besting all other American video lottery gaming
operations and is third behind two Italian independent operators.
New Yorks long
history of increasing earnings for New Yorks public K-12 schools is a
direct result of sound business planning, mature and responsible stewardship of
our lottery and video lottery products, and a fundamental continuous
improvement effort, said Commission Acting Executive Director Robert
See attached for New York Lottery
Aid to Education disbursements.
In addition to fulfilling their
primary mission of raising revenue to support education, the Commissions
Lottery and Video Lottery Gaming operations also generated significant revenue
for New York businesses large and small during FY 2018-2019.
Licensed Lottery retailers earned $492 million in commissions and video lottery
gaming operators netted $964 million during the same 12-month period.
New Yorks Gaming Commission is
one of eight gaming jurisdictions in North America to earn the global gaming
industrys highest level of achievement Level 4 Certification
from the World Lottery Association. The accreditation recognizes the
Commission for incorporating responsible gaming principles into its everyday
business practices and its commitment to continuous improvement.
CONTACT: Communications, T: (518)
388-3415, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The New York State Gaming
Lottery Jackpots Continue to Grow, Along with Proceeds for
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 13, 2019)
-- The Arkansas Scholarship Lotterys (ASL) three major draw game jackpots
continue to grow. Powerball® stands at $250 million, Mega Millions® has
climbed to $316 million and the Natural State Jackpot is up to $300,000.
Draw game sales actually
produce more proceeds for scholarships, said ASL Director Bishop
Woosley. And when jackpots get big, our sales go up, which means more
money for scholarships.
The lottery has raised $82.5 million
for scholarships so far this fiscal year, and thats more than $11 million
over the projected budget, according to Woosley.
From a sales and proceeds
standpoint, we have never been in a better position at this time in a fiscal
year (which ends June 30), he said. If this trend holds, we
may surpass our previous record for sales and proceeds.
Woosley said the new Taxes Paid
scratch-off tickets have only be in the market for two weeks. One of the top
prizes on the $200,000 ticket, which sells for $10, was claimed last week.
Since the lottery is paying the taxes on the top-prizes on these tickets, the
player won $289,855. There is about $7.5 million in prizes remaining in that
game. About the same amount of prize money is available on the other three
Taxes Paid tickets that sell for $5, $2, and $1.
May is the third and final month in
the lotterys Spring Cash Giveaway promotion. Players can enter winning
and non-winning Powerball tickets along with non-winning instant tickets that
launched in March, April and May for a chance to win cash. The final drawing
will be June 4. For details on the promotion, go to MyArkansasLottery.com and
click on The Club.
Woosley said he wants to remind
players that the lottery is designed as entertainment so to play for fun and to
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:
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 $2.8 billion in
prizes to players, about $248 million in retailer commissions and more than
$125 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.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Illinois Lottery Launches New Instant Ticket To Benefit Police
CHICAGO, Illinois (May 13, 2019) --
The Illinois Lottery today celebrated the unveiling of its new police memorial
instant ticket, Blue, which benefits police memorials across Illinois and the
families of fallen law enforcement officers.
The Illinois Lottery is
proud to support such a worthy cause with this ticket that helps honor the men
and women who put their lives on the line to protect the people of
Illinois, Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays said.
The Blue ticket costs $2, and
players can win up to $20,000. It was designed in collaboration with the
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, the Illinois Police Officers Memorial
Committee and the Illinois State Police Memorial Park Fund. All of the profits
from the ticket will be divided evenly among the three foundations.
The Chicago Police Memorial
Foundation is an invaluable resource for the families of fallen Chicago police
officers, said Philip Cline, Executive Director of the Chicago Police
Memorial Foundation. This new Illinois Lottery ticket will be an
important part of supporting the Foundations mission moving forward. I
know I speak for families all across the city when I express my gratitude for
the Lotterys involvement here.
Funds from the ticket can be used to
build and maintain police memorials, hold commemorations and provide
scholarships and assistance for families of fallen officers or those officers
who have been injured on the job. Funds also can be used to purchase or replace
bulletproof vests to be used in the line of duty.
We are grateful to the
Illinois Lottery and players across the state for their support of our officers
and their families through the Blue police memorial ticket, Illinois
State Police Director Brendan Kelly said. Playing this ticket really
makes a difference for the families of the fallen and the troopers serving our
state every day.
The Illinois Police
Memorial holds special meaning for the law enforcement community across our
state, said Dave Johnson, President of the Illinois Police Officers
Memorial Committee. Recently, we recognized the sacrifice of two of
our fallen officers at the Memorial. In this time of reflection, it is
heartening to see the support for our officers that this Lottery ticket
The Blue police memorial ticket is
the newest addition to the Illinois Lotterys portfolio of instant tickets
that support special causes. Since 2006, Illinois Lottery specialty ticket
sales have raised more than $50 million for special causes throughout the
state. This is the first new ticket to be added to the specialty cause
portfolio since 2015.
The Blue ticket was introduced this
morning at a ceremony in the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park near
Chicagos Soldier Field. For video footage of the ticket launch event,
The ticket is available for purchase
at more than 7,200 Illinois Lottery retailers across Illinois.
For more information on the ticket
and how it will benefit officers and their families across the state, please
About Illinois Lottery:
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) to the states
Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of
millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like
Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research,
Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to
playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all
draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at
least 18 years old.
CONTACT: Jason Schaumburg, T:
SOURCE: The Illinois Lottery.
Wheel of Fortune Game Offers a $200,000 Top Prize and VIP Trips to
RALEIGH, NC (May 14, 2019) -- A new
Wheel of Fortune instant game starts today in North Carolina with four top
prizes of $200,000 and VIP trips to L.A. where winners can compete for a $1
Long-time co-host of Wheel of
Fortune, Vanna White, will help get the new instant game started with an
appearance in North Carolina on Friday.
White will meet Wheel of Fortune
fans at the Charlotte Motor Speedway just before she serves as grand marshal of
the NCEL 200.
Just like the TV game show, the
lotterys Wheel of Fortune game has proved popular with lottery players
here. It is the third time that the lottery has offered a Wheel of
Were in the business
of making fun things happen, said Mark Michalko, executive director
of the N.C. Education Lottery. This game not only offers a great top
prize, but once-in-a-lifetime trips to Los Angeles where you can see the Wheel
of Fortune show and compete for a $1 million prize. Along the way, this fun
will help the lottery meet its mission of raising money for
The $5 game begins today with more
than $13 million in prizes, including four top prizes of $200,000.
Another way to win is by entering
Wheel of Fortune tickets into second-chance drawings offering trips for two to
Los Angeles as prizes. Eight trips can be won. The trips include round-trip
airfare to Los Angeles, four nights deluxe accommodations, a tour of Sony
Studios, a bus tour of Hollywood, studio audience tickets for a taping of the
Wheel of Fortune show, and tickets to a Big Money Spin Event where up to $1
million can be won.
Wheel of Fortune fans can meet White
during her appearance in Charlotte. Instead of turning letters, White will get
to say the most famous words in racing, Drivers. Start your
engines! at the NASCAR truck race. Her events include:
- Meeting fans beside the Education Lotterys
booth at the speedways Fan Zone from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Greeting NASCAR drivers as they are introduced to
- Performing grand marshal duties to help get the
truck race started.
More information about the Wheel of
Fortune game is available on the lotterys website, nclottery.com.
Instant games such as Wheel of
Fortune make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year
for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all
of North Carolinas 100 counties click on the Impact section
of the lotterys website.
CONTACT: Van Denton, Phone: (919)
SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery.
Mexico Lottery Offers a Chance to Become the First Powerball® Millionaire
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (May 9,
2019) -- If you ever wanted to win a million dollars and visit Times Square in
New York City on New Years Eve, nows your chance.
New Mexico Powerball® players
can now enter for a chance to become the First Powerball Millionaire of the
Year at the Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve event in
This promotion offers a
We are excited to offer our
players the chance to attend this iconic event while also having a chance to
win a million dollars, said David Barden, Powerball Product Group
Chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO. Its an opportunity for ten
lucky New Mexico Lottery players to check off items on their bucket
To enter, players must purchase a
minimum of $6 in Powerball plays on one ticket to receive an entry coupon. Then
they must enter the serial number from their coupon on the promotion entry
site, available at nmlottery.com, by September 30, 2019 for a chance to win.
There will be four separate drawings.
Ten lucky New Mexico players will be
selected to take a trip for two to New York City to ring in 2020 in Times
Square. Winners will receive airfare for two, hotel accommodations, ground
transportation, dinner on a Hudson River cruise, tickets to an iconic Broadway
show, and spending money. On New Years Eve, winners will have a private
viewing area of the ball drop in Times Square and the First Powerball
Millionaire of the Year will be drawn just after midnight.
Details and entry for the First
Powerball Millionaire of the Year Promotion can be found at nmlottery.com.
All profits from the sale of New
Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program. Since
1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $812.1 million for education and more
than 122,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.
Illinois Lottery Re-Launches Deal or No Deal Instant
Ticket offers top prize
of $100K and a second-chance contest
CHICAGO, Illinois (May 10, 2019)
The Chicago Crusader report the second-chance contest is for players
with non-winning tickets. Players can enter non-winning tickets at
IllinoisLottery.com for a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, Fla., to
participate in the Deal or No Deal Experience and a shot at winning $1
Deal or No Deal airs on CNBC and
features host Howie Mandel. It will air 10 all-new episodes starting Wednesday,
June 12. The Illinois Lottery last launched a Deal or No Deal instant ticket in
Included in the second-chance grand
- Five days, four nights in Orlando with roundtrip
coach airfare for four people from any U.S. International airport
- Ground transfers from Orlando International Airport
to the destination hotel and any contest-related events
- Accommodations of two 3-star or better hotel rooms
for four nights
- $1,000 in spending money for the trip
- Theme park tickets
Admission to the DEAL OR NO
DEAL Experience for all four guests; Prize-winner has chance to win a
cash prize in the game show itself.
How to play Deal or No
Scratch BRIEFCASES 1-18 one at a
time to reveal either a prize amount or a "NO DEAL" symbol.
For every prize amount revealed in
the BRIEFCASES area, scratch the corresponding prize amount shown in the PRIZE
For each "NO DEAL" symbol revealed
in the BRIEFCASES area, scratch ONLY ONE "NO DEAL" box under the PRIZE
TO WIN: If the last symbol remaining
in the PRIZE BOARD is a prize amount, you win that amount.
BANKER'S BOX: Reveal two matching
prize amounts in the BANKER'S BOX, win that amount.
*Enter your non-winning DEAL OR NO
DEAL game 7307 into the Second-Chance Promotion for a chance to win a
trip to Orlando, FL.
If selected as a trip winner, you
will have the opportunity to play the Lottery Winners Only $1 Million DEAL OR
NO DEAL Experience for a chance to win up to $1 Million.
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
Veikkaus Reports a Good Start in Q1 2019 Despite the
Challenging Market Situation
- Turnover EUR 774.0 million (-3.9%).
- Gross gaming revenue EUR 438.8 million
- Profit EUR 261.5 million (+2.2%).
- 69.2 percent of the turnover came from the retail
sales network and 30.8 percent from the digital channel.
- Veikkaus revised its cost structure and enhanced
its operations. As a result of cooperation negotiations, 330360
employment contracts will be terminated.
- Lotto boasted a record-high jackpot for six weeks
in a row, which caused Lottos turnover (EUR 108.2 million) to increase by
- 46.1 percent of gaming took place identified (+1.4
HELSINKI, Finland (May 15, 2019) --
Olli Sarekoski, Veikkaus President and CEO:
Veikkaus year 2019 had a
good start in terms of business. The result was affected especially by a Lotto
jackpot, which rolled over for six weeks in a row. February also brought with
it the biggest jackpot won in Lottos entire history, EUR 15.5
At the beginning of the year, we had
to make difficult decisions at Veikkaus, with the objective of revising our
cost structure and enhancing our operations.
We decided to discontinue table
gaming services in restaurants and at the Pelaamo arcades, as they were
unprofitable and tied up a significant amount of resources. Veikkaus conducted
cooperation negotiations, following which ca. 330360 employment contracts
will end. Around 300 of them are part-time.
The table gaming services are to end
in restaurants and at the Pelaamo arcades by the end of May. We will continue
to develop the table gaming activities at Veikkaus Feel Vegas clubs, the
Casino Helsinki, and the Casino Tampere, which will open in 2021.
We will take good care of both the
employees who will be leaving Veikkaus and of those who will continue. We will,
for example, offer comprehensive personal job search support to everyone
affected by the personnel cuts.
Our objective is to ensure
Veikkaus future in the tightening digital competition, where gaming is
shifting strongly towards the digital channel.
As a result of the structural
changes in retail trade, our point-of-sale network has also been reduced
considerably in the past few years.
By acting in a cost-efficient way,
we can make sure that Veikkaus will be able to offer excitement and experiences
to the customers even in the future and continue to be a good employer to a
large number of gaming industry professionals.
There has been a lot of public
debate over gambling problems. It is good that the responsibility of our
operations and the reliability of our games are still seen as significant
values. Veikkaus keeps monitoring the development of gambling-related problems
regularly and developing measures to control problem gambling. At present,
Veikkaus is preparing for comprehensive identification on decentralised slot
machines, which will be introduced in 2021, enabling the players, for example,
to set limits on their own gaming. According to Veikkaus estimate, the
compulsory identification will reduce the profit from slot machines by ca. EUR
100150 million annually. This will affect the lottery tax paid by
Veikkaus by ca. EUR 1236 million.
The monopoly status is based, in
part, on Veikkaus competitiveness. We want to be able to provide games
responsibly, minimizing gaming-related harm even in the future, in order to
channel the gaming revenue to the benefit of Finns.
For more information,
President and CEO Olli Sarekoski
through Communication Units media service, tel. +358 9 4370 7000.
SOURCE: Veikkaus press release.
Release 2018 Group Annual Report
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (May 10,
2019) -- 2018 was marked by continued strong growth across all of SAZKA
Groups markets, through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions
in certain markets, as the Group focuses on delivering the broadest gaming
experience, with lottery at its core.
For the year ended 31 December 2018,
the total amount staked grew 11% to 5,502 million (IFRS consolidated)
with Group GGR up 13% to 1,886 million (IFRS consolidated).
The lottery industry represents a
large and resilient segment of the European gaming market with significant
barriers to entry, namely long-term contracts, typically with single operator
status and high brand and customer loyalty building costs.
Furthermore, the lottery segment
benefits from positive regulatory and public perception compared to other
The SAZKA Group has an asset-light
business model and unique distribution network that allows for an unparalleled
customer reach within a growing and resilient lottery industry. The Group
continues to build its leading position in the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus,
Austria and Italy supported by iconic and trusted brands and exclusive
long-term licenses across Europe with unblemished renewal records. In 2018, the
Group acquired an additional share capital of Casinos Austria, taking the total
indirect stake to 38.2%.
Delivering best-in-class lottery
services and games to customers remains at the centre of the Groups
strategy. We continue to respond to developments in the industry and changing
consumer habits. The SAZKA Group is truly embracing the shift to digital
gaming, whilst expanding its lottery product portfolio and diversifying to
additional gaming verticals.
Group EBITDA increased by 29% from
427 million in 2017 to 553 million in 2018. This is mainly
attributable to an increase of 51 million in Greece, a 19 million
increase in the Czech Republic and a 45 million contribution from the
Croatian business following the SuperSport acquisition. Both the Austrian and
the Italian businesses also contributed positively to the EBITDA growth, by
16 million and 8 million, respectively.
Profit for the year after tax was up
39% in 2018 to 263 million. The Group's Income tax expense was 90
million in 2018, implying an effective income tax rate of 25.6%. The net
finance expense stood at 81 million in 2018, up 11% from the previous
Cash generated from operating
activities before payment of interest and taxes increased by 18% from 318
million in 2017 to 388 million in 2018. Net cash used in investing
activities went from 172 million to 347 million due to the
SuperSport acquisition and the increase in the Group's shareholding in Casinos
Click Here to read/download the 2018 SAZKA Group Annual
SOURCE: SAZKA Group.
Lotto and Totoblock Release Key Issues Paper on the State Treaty on
GERMANY (May 10, 2019)
I. The 16 state lottery companies united in the
German Lotto and Totoblock (DLTB) welcome the unanimous decision of the
Conference of Prime Ministers of 21 March 2019 to reorganize the sports betting
with the extension of the experimentation clause and the Third State Treaty on
Gaming. The DLTB expects players in the sports betting market to comply with
the legal requirements of the State Treaty on Gambling.
The Federal Constitutional Court and
the Federal Administrative Court have just recently stated once again that the
current State Treaty on Gaming is constitutional and European law compliant.
The DLTB is therefore confident that the above-mentioned legal and political
decisions as well as the increased intervention of the regulators against
illegal offers will contribute to the stability of the gambling markets in
The decisions of the Prime
Ministers' Conference of October 2018 to initiate a structured debate on
possible reform needs are expressly supported by the DLTB. The DLTB will
continue to accompany this process in a constructive and relevant manner.
II. The welfare-oriented gambling on the basis of the
regulatory law and in the context of the federal jurisdiction has proven
itself. An amendment of the State Treaty on Gambling in 2021 should be based on
the agreement of all parties concerned.
The 16 state lottery companies
provide an adequate and responsible gambling offer. It is indisputable and
exemplary that the requirements of addiction prevention, the protection of
minors and the protection of gamblers are sufficient.
In particular, large lotteries are
due to the current design for decades to less addictive gambling. The negative
side effects of gambling, especially gambling addiction, could be minimized by
organizing in state monopoly and strict regulation. For large lotteries, the
governance function of state regulators is immediate and efficient. The
dampening effect of high taxes and duties is evident. Any manipulation hazards
are maximally reduced.
Each year, the 16 state lottery
companies pay nearly 3 billion euros in taxes and fees for public interest
purposes. That's about 8 million euros per day. They secure many jobs in small
and medium-sized companies with about 21,500 points of sale. The positive
impact of the reception centers in the social fabric, especially in rural
areas, is undisputed.
Attractive offers that meet the
needs of the players are crucial for efficient channeling. In order to be able
to offer and further develop sufficient gambling that is required to prevent
gambling addiction, the state lottery companies must be in a position to
co-operate with technical service platforms and to jointly use social media
services and electronic media in addition to self-marketing.
The DLTB advocates the unrestricted
preservation of the lottery monopoly in its present structures and adheres to
the objectives of § 1 of the First Amendment to the State Treaty on
Gaming. We expect that the future provisions of the State Treaty on Gambling
will also strengthen this socially acceptable gambling offer.
III. The DLTB has a keen interest in
effective oversight. They protect the legal providers. They are necessary to be
able to push back illegal offers. They are indispensable for any regulation.
The DLTB is in favor of a strong strengthening of supervision and enforcement
in technical, personnel, legal and financial terms. This applies to all forms
of distribution, in particular for the online area.
In addition to the existing "white
list" for licensed companies, the DLTB also holds a so-called "black list" for
illegal gambling providers. In addition to blocking payment flows, it also
blocks the blocking of illegal gambling services in the network. Close
cooperation between supervisory authorities, state media authorities and tax
authorities , Youth and consumer protection institutions, police and law
enforcement agencies, as well as playing on the Internet, the identification
and authentication under the same requirements for all promoters and
intermediaries in the same gambling industry for indispensable.
The DLTB supports the creation of a
transnational and independent online gambling supervisor to monitor and combat
illegal online gambling services. In order to strengthen enforcement against
illegal online gambling providers, the DLTB advocates the creation of a joint
public law institution, as it ensures the participation of the federal states
in matters of organization by statute and statutes.
IV. The DLTB joins demands for stronger
support for addiction and prevention research. DLTB also considers it necessary
to sustainably support appropriate care and prevention facilities throughout
the federal states.
V. For DLTB advertising is an important part
of the regulatory channeling order. Without appropriate advertising information
work, the DLTB can not exist in a market enforced by illegal providers.
The DLTB considers it necessary to
specify the type and scope of advertising. They should follow the principle
derived from § 5 (1) of the First Amendment to the State Treaty of
Gambling that advertising must take more account of the idea of channeling,
even in the case of large lotteries in a selected provider environment. The
different risk potential of gambling offers must be taken into
VI. Black lottery betting must be prohibited.
They operate product piracy, pay virtually no taxes and duties in Germany and
are not obliged to the common good. The ban must continue to be enforced at all
VII. The DLTB points out that in the field of
e-sports and e-games are increasingly game elements to find that either lead to
gambling offers or even are already games of chance. Especially from the point
of view of the protection of minors, we suggest to examine legislative
VIII. The companies of the DLTB do not offer
online casino games as they are prohibited by the applicable State Treaty on
In the course of the amendment of
the State Treaty on Gaming in 2021, a possible lifting of the ban on these
offers is also being debated. For the DLTB applies that from a possible
relaxation of the on-line prohibition for casino offers no direct and indirect
threats for the welfare-oriented gambling in Germany and the federally
organized national lottery monopoly may go out.
For the DLTB relevant questions are
connected. On the one hand, how, in particular against the background of the
coherence requirements of the European Court of Justice and the requirements of
the Federal Constitutional Court, the aforementioned threats can be legally
excluded. On the other hand, how the legally compliant regulation of the
terrestrial slot machine game can be maintained while simultaneously allowing
online casino offers. And last but not least, how it can be ensured that,
following the previous enforcement experience, the regulatory requirements are
actually adhered to.
IX. Finally, the DLTB is convinced that for a
sustainable regulation of gambling, it is not necessary, as any other asset, to
have uniform legislation by the states. We therefore warmly welcome the efforts
of the federal states to reach a joint decision on the State Treaty on Gambling
from 1 July 2021.
German Lotto and
The German Lotto and Totoblock is
the community of 16 independent lottery companies in the federal states. The
companies of the German Lotto and Totoblock carry out the national gambling
offers nationwide according to common principles.
SOURCE: German Lotto and